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Chamber Harvest Fest 2017

OCONTO CHAMBER HARVEST FEST 2017

 

     Harvest Fest was held on September 30th. Vendor numbers increased significantly from last year as the venue was changed to Main St. and many businesses on Main St. were open. The weather was fantastic and many, many positive comments were heard about the new venue. The Oconto Area Humane Society sponsored a “Cutest Pet” Contest.

      You may have noticed that the flower pots on Main St. were planted with a fall theme. A thank you goes out to Nancy Rhode who purchased the pumpkins and mums. Planting was done by Nancy and Kathy Hayes on the first day of autumn, the hottest day of the year. Please recognize the business sponsors of the planters: Newcap, Cain Accounting, OCEDC, Huntington Bank, Image Apparel, Citgo, Oconto Pharmacy and State Farm Insurance.

     More activities for children will hopefully be added next year. In addition to the Cutest Pet Contest,  Bay Impressions set up a tent for a coloring activity for young and old artists. Brenda Race supplied pumpkins for children to paint,  Westenberg Financial had a bean bag toss game as well as the Lions Club and Farnsworth Library was conducting a bike decorating  activity.

      Food was provided by Wise Guys, Aurora Carrazco, 1st American Lutheran, Jim Truckey’s kettle corn, Newcap, and Crivello’s. Entertainment was provided by Don Marovich and Jean Carlin and Cain throughout the day.

 

Water Fest 2017

      The City of Oconto along with the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its first annual Waterfest on July 1st at the Harbor. Hats off to Sara Perrizo, Oconto City Administrator and all of the City staff who coordinated the event along with Ron Hayes, Chamber President.  Bad Habitz played from 2:30-6:30 and Nashville Pipeline played from 6:30-10:30 pm. A lighted boat parade took place at 9:30 p.m. The best decorated watercraft received $25 in Chamber Bucks. They are Steve Witt of Oconto Falls, Gregg Catch of Green Bay and Patti Ernst of Oconto. Fireworks were shot off on the causeway at 10:00 p.m. This event was free to the public due to the generosity of the business sponsors which were the City of Oconto , the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce, Bellin Health, Huntington Bank, Roberts Hometown Hardware, Thompson’s County Market, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, and Wagner Shell. A huge thank you also goes out to Kobussen Bus Company which provided shuttle service, Kenny Sallee who provided the water taxi, the Oconto Elks Club which provided food and beverage for purchase and all the other vendors who displayed their products. This event is being planned again for next year.

Miss Copperfest 2017

At the Kick-Off Breakfast on Friday, June 9, Miss Copperfest 2017 was chosen. She is the 35TH queen to receive this honor. She is MARISSA DIAZ

      The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the contest by presenting scholarship amounts. Miss Copperfest 2017 received a $1000 scholarship, the 1st Runner-up, ALLISON BUCHEGER received a $500 scholarship and the 2nd Runner-up, BRIANNA CAIN received a $250 scholarship. Image Apparel supplied additional prizes to all 3 of the candidates.

       The Chamber would like to thank all the 2017 Chamber Business sponsors which include: Bayshore Chiropractic, sponsor of Marissa; Davis Agency, sponsor of Allison and Cain Accounting, sponsor of Brianna.

        The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce wishes to thank : Miss Wisconsin, Courtney Pelot, for her appearance; Lauren Resch, Patty Trepanier and Sara Perrizo, judges for the contest; Oconto Legion Golf Club for hosting the meal for the judging; Vital Signs for the car signs, The Reporter and WOCO for publicity for the contest, Image Apparel for providing the sashes, crown and prizes, and Oconto Floral for the flowers for the crowning.

Kathy Hayes, chairman of the Miss Copperfest Committee.

 

MISS COPPERFEST SINCE THE BEGINNING 1983-2016

1983 – CINDY GROLL DUFEK

1984 – LORI ZAHN

1985- LAURA BRABANT (JOHNSON)

1986 – THERESA CAMPBELL (GAGE)

1987 – LORI SULLIVAN (ZAVADA)

1988- AMY YOUNG (CISAR)

1989 – APRIL STROM

1990 – LISA STEIER

1991 – SHEILA CAMPBELL (VANDERLOOP)

1992 – WAUNELL TREPANIER

1993 – MANDY FREASE

1994 – SARA SULLIVAN (PERRIZO)

1995 – SHANNON HANES

1996 – FRANCESCA WESOLOSKI

1997 – JENNIFER SCHMIT

1998 – NICHOL HARTMAN

1999- MELISSA BARRIBEAU

2000- MANDY EICHMAN

2001 – JENNIFER WERNER

2002-MICHELLE MATRAVERS

2003 – KRISTIN HEROUX

2004 – LAUREN BAKE

2005 – AMANDA CALDIE

2006 – BOBBIE JO PANSIER

2007 – AMANDA SAMSA

2008 – LEXI OLSON

2009 – JESSICA THOMPSON

2010 – LAUREN CALDIE

2011 – CHERRAN DEA RASMOVICZ

2012 – SERENA DICKINSON

2013 – KELLY LOBERGER

2014 – CAMILLE SOWLE

2015 – LAKEN JAMES

2016 – CARLEE BEHNKE

2017- MARISSA DIAZ

Restaurant Week 2017

                                      RESTAURANT WEEK 2017

      The Chamber sponsored “Restaurant Week 2017 April 23-29 for the 4th consecutive year. A little over 1100 votes were cast at the various food establishments. Customers were given slips were to fill out indicating their favorite restaurant and menu item. The Chamber is pleased to announce that Wayne’s Family Restaurant is the 2017 winner. They were voted as serving the best pie in town, stuffed hash browns and Swedish pancakes. Check out their extensive menu items. The restaurant is located at 805 Brazeau Ave.

     Angry Eddies located at 1131 Main St. was voted as having the best big pretzel in town as well as specialized pizzas and Gyros.

      Brothers 3 is located at 106 Superior Ave. and still seems to be a favorite spot for pizza especially the Deluxe, bacon Cheeseburger and Hawaiian pizzas. A drawing was held there and Chris Roberts won a 13” pizza.

     Crivello’s located at 818 Main St. is the spot to go for the Vinnie burger, stuffed hash browns and a Jack Daniels burger. Crivello’s was the Restaurant Week winner in 2014

      The Oconto Legion Golf Club located at 532 Jefferson St. is the place to go for wings, chicken dinner, and steaks.

      Wagner Shell located at 517 Smith Ave. was voted as having some of the best broasted chicken and pizza slices. Why not check out “Wacky Wednesday” for a free package of toilet paper or paper toweling with special purchases.

      Wise Guy’s Riverside Bar seems to be the place to go for prime rib, all sorts of burgers and homemade grasshoppers served at the end of many of their entrees.  They were the Restaurant Winners in 2015.

Most of our home town food establishments make deliveries and do have carry outs. Benjamin’s Family restaurant was the winner in 2016. Shop and dine locally and “beef” up our local economy.

Oconto Chamber Recognition Banquet

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce Recognition Banquet 2017 took place on May 6th at Crivello’s.

The selection for the “Ed Zahn Volunteer of the Year” Award was Janine Hornblad. Janine has been very active in the community as President of the Woman’s Club. In this role, she has helped coordinate “Deck the Fence” and Christmas gifts to Rainbow House. She is definitely a community volunteer and leader as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, an organizer of the Holy Trinity auction, a helper at the Blood Mobile and manna meals, a City election worker and she also serves on the Technology Committee for the City of Oconto. Gary Zahn, in memory of his father Ed Zahn, presented the award to Janine. Janine’s husband Jim and three sons and many members of their families were in attendance.

The selection for the “Business of the Year” was Stephenson National Bank & Trust, the Oconto branch.

Since opening its branch in 2002, the staff volunteers in many community events. Bob Schwartz, Loan Officer, is very active in the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Oconto Chamber “Grow Oconto” Committee and the Elks Club where he was named “Member of the Year for 2017.  SNBT is dedicated to volunteerism and community leadership. Members of the staff also belong and participate in many civic organizations in the City of Oconto. SNBT distributes over $100,000 to non-profits yearly. Beth Larson, Branch manager accepted the award. Beth also is active in the community and Oconto Chamber where she functions as Vice-President and a member of the “Grow Oconto” Committee. Dan Peterson, President and CEO of SNBT commented on the outstanding job that the Oconto Branch does.  Other members from the Oconto Branch who attended include Cathy Heimke CSR Supervisor; Denise Holtger, CSR; and Tina Hazen, CSR. Other employees of SNBT who were unable to attend include Patti Ernst and Sally Nischke.

This recognition takes place every other year. Past recipients of the volunteer award include: Gary Zahn, Jeremy Wusterbarth and Karl Ballestad. Past recipients of the business award include: Thompson’s County Market, Matravers Hardware, and Oconto Wagner Shell.

Rose Award 1st Quarter 2017

ROSE AWARD NOMINATION

By City of Oconto & Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce 

The City of Oconto and The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce would like to recognize outstanding achievement for a business or home resident who has greatly improved its property or façade. Nominations are being accepted on a quarterly basis for this award. If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out a form and submit it to either Sara Perrizo, City Administrator, 1210 Main St. Oconto, WI 54153 or Patsy Bake, Oconto Chamber Secretary, PO B ox 174, Oconto, WI 54153. Please include the name of the business and reason for nomination. Forms can be picked up at the Oconto City Hall or Image Apparel or downloaded from the Home Page at www.ocontoareachamber.com Before and after pictures are highly encouraged.     

           THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER IS JUNE 30, 2017.

      The Business recipient for the first quarter of 2017 is BeYoutiful Boutique at 1102 Main St. Oconto. The owner is Lisa Carey Hirst and she has done an outstanding job in not only opening up a classy boutique for women but  she has also renovated the inside of the building to make it stylish and inviting to customers. The boutique  became a reality on October 26, 2016. The hours of operation are 10-5 Wednesday-Friday and 9-12 on Saturdays. The boutique is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. The merchandise includes: ladies tops, dresses, scarves, purses,  Paparazzi jewelry, and silverware jewelry all reasonably priced with merchandise always changing. She was nominated for this award by several people.

     The recipient of the Home Owners award is Norm & Annette Courchaine at 214 Pecor St. Oconto. They have done an outstanding job in renovating the outside of their home with new siding and they also added a decorative fence on the corner of Brazeau and Pecor St. During the holidays the fence is nicely lit up and adds a lot to the corner of the lot. Sue Anderson nominated the Courchaines.

          

Courchaines

Beyoutiful Boutique