News in brief – The press

The drawing breaks the tie in District 6

GREEN BAY — The tie was broken for second place in the April 5 general election for Green Bay City Council District 6.

Aron Obrecht will face Steve Campbell, after a casting Monday, February 21 at City Hall.

Obrecht and Andrew Gerlach both received 73 votes.

Contestants were selected from two sealed envelopes – one envelope contained a paper with the word “winner”, which Obrecht chose, Gerlach’s envelope included a blank sheet of paper.

Contacted after the draw, Gerlach said he would not ask for a recount and planned to support Obrecht in the general election.

Obrecht, who said he would have preferred a vote count to a draw to determine who qualified for the general election, also said he welcomed Gerlach’s support in the race.

The April 5 winner between Obrecht and Campbell wins a two-year term to replace Kathy Lefebvre, who did not seek re-election.

Water rescue training

LITTLE SUAMICO – Members of the Little Suamico Fire Department participated in ice water rescue training Feb. 19 at a pond in the Sobieski area.

Outfitted in ice suits, firefighters walked through iterations of an actual ice rescue, learning the skills needed in case there was one.

Volunteers wanted for boards and committees

DE PERE – The town of De Pere is looking for people to serve on various boards and commissions in the following areas:

• Appeal Committee

• Board of review

• Housing Authority

• Planning committee

• Police and Fire Commission

• Redevelopment Authority

“As I begin to fill in nominations for the 2022 openings, I both welcome and encourage people from all walks of life and life experiences to consider getting involved with our boards, commissions and committees,” said said Mayor James Boyd. “With these broad and varied perspectives, we can better shape De Pere’s future.”

More information and background on each of these boards/commissions can be found at

Bike back from Bayshore to Lakeshore

GREEN BAY – Registration for the 2022 BayCare Clinic Century Bayshore to Lakeshore Bike Ride begins Tuesday, March 1.

The family ride is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 4, and begins and ends at the BayCare Clinic headquarters in far east Green Bay.


Riders have the option to ride the 100, 60, 30 or 15 mile courses through Brown, Door and Kewaunee counties.

Entry fees range from $35 to $55, depending on the length of the race, with proceeds going to the BayCare Clinic Foundation.

Fees increase on April 1 and again on June 3.

Visit to register or for more information.

Financial Reporting Awards

HOWARD – The Village of Howard received its 28th consecutive Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association, for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2020.

The report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the program’s high standards, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial history and motivate potential users and user groups to read The report.

The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the field of government accounting and financial reporting.

Superintendent Finalists

SEYMOUR – With the help of consultants Don Stevens and Associates, the Seymour School Board held the first interviews for the position of superintendent last week.

Finalists are expected to be announced on Friday, February 25.

Finalists will undergo a second round of interviews during the week of February 28, with a contract offered after discussion with the school board.

The newly selected Superintendent will take office on July 1, replacing current Superintendent Laurie Asher who will retire at the end of June.

Blindmans Volleyball Tournament

DENMARK — This year’s Blindmans Volleyball Tournament at Cassie’s Coop in Denmark will take place February 25-27, with the goal of raising more than $14,000 for CP.

The event includes a full weekend of volleyball matches, raffle prizes, live music and food and drink specials, with proceeds going to the non-profit organization.

Now in her 38th year, Cassie Collins, owner of Cassie’s Coop, said the tournament brings people together to enjoy a weekend of food, fun and awareness for a great cause.

Contact Cassie’s Coop at (920) 864-2239 or send a Facebook message for more information.

“Once upon a time there was a watch auction”

WISCONSIN – The Brian LaViolette Foundation launched its newest fundraising campaign – “Once Upon a Time Watch Auction” on February 22.

The foundation is seeking donations of watches, which will be auctioned off live and online to a global audience later this year.

Dozens, including American heroes, celebrities, sports personalities, heads of state and even Pope Francis, have stepped up to the cause.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation.

Over the past 29 years, the foundation has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships to students around the world.

For more information visit

Centraide’s annual celebration

BROWN COUNTY – Brown County United Way will hold its annual celebration event online from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16.

This year’s theme – Mission Possible… United Way – which organizers say serves as a backdrop to the organization’s focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

The organization will also reveal the total dollar amount raised in 2021 at the event, along with legacy and campaign award presentations.

The event will conclude with the announcement of the car contest winner: a 2021 Subaru Crosstrek donated by Bergstrom Subaru of Green Bay.

Registration for the free event can be done at

The Historical Society will host a memorabilia show

HOWARD — The Howard-Suamico Historical Society (HSHS) will celebrate its 14th anniversary with a memorabilia show at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, at the Weyers-Hilliard Library.

This event is open to the public, free, family friendly and features over 75 photos from the HSHS collection.

Light refreshments will be served.

Donations are also being accepted to help with moving costs from this historic Aspen School to a new location in Ancestry Acres.

Writing contest winners

HOWARD — The Howard-Suamico School District’s (HSSD) Gifted and Talented Program announced that eight students from the district have been placed in the Delta Kappa Gamma-Zeta Chapter’s Mary Jo Nettesheim Memorial Writing Contest.

The winners were honored at an awards ceremony at Preble High School on February 15.

Dr. Rebecca Meacham, professor of writing at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, shared inspirational remarks and writing wisdom with attendees.

HSSD was honored with eight winners in various categories including:

• Sidney Liss, Grade 7, won first place

• Marcus Christenson, 6th year, tied for first

• Nolan Piciask, 7th grade, finished second

• Lauren Hart, 3rd year, tied for second

• Lydia VerHaagh, 4th year, tied for third

• Jennifer Zhu, 4th year, tied for third

• Lorelei Turkow, 5th year, tied for third

• Lily Jensen, 6th grade, tied for third

Books written by first-place winners will advance to the state-level competition in April.

Genealogy Lecture Tour

BROWN COUNTY – Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundations in Belfast, Northern Ireland, return to the Brown County Central Library on Monday, March 14, as part of their genealogy lecture tour of the States -United.

The free lecture will take place in the auditorium of the Central Library in downtown Green Bay and is part of the Foundation’s USA March Lecture Tour series, supported in part by a grant from the Miller/Anthes Family Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

$5,000 donation to firefighters

GREEN BAY — An increased number of calls involving addictions prompted the Green Bay Area Professional Firefighters Charitable Group to donate $5,000 to the Jackie Nitschke Center.

“We are constantly helping people when they are in need, and unfortunately too often it involves substance abuse issues,” said Green Bay Metro firefighter/paramedic Ben Peters.

The organization is made up of firefighters from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, De Pere Fire & Rescue, and firefighters from Austin Straubel International Airport.

“The additional funds are appreciated, as is their recognition of community need and what we are doing to meet that need,” said Michelle Pierquet-Hohner, director of community and donor engagement at the Jackie Nitschke Center. .

Dad, daughter dance

DE PERE — The city is hosting a Daddy Daughter dance at the community center on April 29.

The event will host dancing, appetizers, an official photo space and more.

Two time slots are available:

• 5.30pm-7pm for 3-6 year olds

• 7:30-9pm for 7-13 year olds

Tickets are $30 per pair, with each additional girl costing $5.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Community Center.

Clinic expands to Pulaski

PULASKI — Alyssa Thomas, a physician assistant at BayCare Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic, began seeing patients at Aurora Health Center in Pulaski.

The opportunity to practice sports medicine in Pulaski is something of a homecoming for her – Thomas was born and raised in Pulaski and was a multi-sport athlete in high school.

She treats a wide range of orthopedic conditions and specializes in sports medicine.

Aurora Pulaski Health Center is located at 980 S. St. Augustine St., on the south side of the village.

Thomas also sees patients in Green Bay and Oconto.

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