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Chamber Chat 4/17/17


The monthly meeting for the Oconto Area chamber of Commerce was held at Brothers 3 on April 18, 2017.

Mark your calendar for “Water Fest” July 1, 2017 at the Oconto Harbor. Festivities will begin at 2:00-6:00 pm with the band Bad Habitz. At 6:30-10:00 p.m. Nashville Pipeline will perform. Fireworks will be shot off at the Harbor at 10:00 p.m. Other activities are also planned with a tentative lighted boat parade. Awards will be given out for the best decorated boat. Anyone may enter the boat parade. Vendors are encouraged to set up at the Harbor. There will be no cost for a booth. This is a joint venture between the Oconto Chamber and the City of Oconto Tourism Committee. Contact City Administrator Sara Perrizo if you wish to have a booth.  The overflow parking area will still be available for fishermen as there will be shuttles available at various spots for the general public.

Kites ‘N Kids is also scheduled for July 1st at the J. Douglas Bake Memorial Airport from 11 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Donations of $50 or more are now being accepted at Oconto County Economic Development. There will be a kite show by the Wisconsin Kiters Club.

Order forms for the 12th Annual “ Lights for the Vets” to honor our veterans by decorating the fence on Business 41 are now available at the Bond Community Center and various businesses. This activity is sponsored by the Oconto Hospital Auxiliary and the American Legion Post 74.  The cost is $5 for a light and  an additional $5 for an American Flag.  Lights and Flags will be displayed beginning on Sunday, May 28th. Profits benefit Bellin Health Oconto Hospital and DAV of Oconto County.

The ATV Club is working hard to get signage put up around the City of Oconto for the routes. Due to the fact that signs are quite costly, they are asking for help to purchase more signs. If you are interested, you can join the club as an individual for $10 or a corporate membership is $30. Oconto County Economic Development is collecting donations for the signage. Mail checks to OCEDC PO Box 43 Oconto, WI 54153. Your contribution is tax deductible. The ATV Club will be providing “Welcome Signs” for businesses to welcome ATVs to their businesses.

April 23-29 is “Restaurant Week” Stop in at Angry Eddies, Brothers 3, Crivello’s, Irish Greens, Oconto Legion Golf Club, Wagner Shell or Wise Guys Riverside to vote for your favorite food establishment of the year. A plaque from the Chamber will be given to the winner to be displayed proudly.

Miss Copperfest 2017 application forms are now available at Oconto High School or Image Apparel.

The Chamber awards scholarships in the amounts of $1000, $750 and $500 to the 3 winners. This scholarship is a great opportunity for a business or organization to sponsor a candidate. The Chamber is also asking all former queens to participate in the Copperfest parade on Saturday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m. Contact Kathy @ Image Apparel if you can attend. This is the 35th year of Miss Copperfest.

The Chamber is hosting its 4th Recognition Banquet at Crivello’s on May 6th. The Volunteer of the Year is Janine Hornblad and the Business of the Year is Stephenson National Bank & Trust. Tickets for this event are $15 and can be purchased at Image Apparel.

Congratulations to the Oconto Utility Dept. as it was chosen as “Waste Water Treatment Plant of the Year” by the State of Wisconsin.

Don’t forget to register your golf cart at $25 per year if you plan to drive on City Streets. ATV riders also need to register at City Hall.

The Oconto Lions Club is collecting old and used reading glasses to be turned in at Lambeau Field on April 27th. The glassed can be dropped off at SNBT or Gallagher Funeral Home.

Oconto Bellin Hospital is pleased to announce that it will offer robotic surgery sometime in May.

The Machickanee Players will have a golf outing on May 6th at the Oconto Legion Golf Club. The next performance at various dates in May will be “The Odd Couple Female Version.” Tickets can be purchased on line.

DJ’s Oconto Lanes will sponsor a meat raffle this Saturday, April 22 from 1-4 pm to benefit the Oconto Area Humane Society.

Abrams Days Community Picnic will be July 29, 2017. There will be a parade, food and beverages, car show, vendors, raffles and various kids’ activities.

The Rose Award for the first quarter of 2017 went to Norm & Annette Courchaine for the outstanding job of renovating their home and Beyoutiful Boutique and owner Lisa Carey Hirst for renovating her business on Main St.

The Elks Club will sponsor a pancake Breakfast on May 21st to benefit the Skate Park.

Mark your calendar for the annual Chamber Joint Golf Outing at the Oconto Legion Golf Club. More details will follow as to the cost and time.

The Oconto High School Oral Interpersonal Communications class is asking for help in raising money and donations to provide My Little Pantries in Oconto. These are wooden pantries with a “take what you need, leave what you can” concept for individuals in need to have access to food, water and toiletries. Contact Lauren Bastian at

The Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd Annual “Run for the Trails” on June 24, 2017. Sponsorship is available as well as an opportunity for runners on a tour of Oconto Falls. There will also be the annual Memorial Day Celebration from May 26-May 29  in Oconto Falls. Email: or to enter a float in the parade or sponsorship.

The Oconto Hospital Citizen’s Foundation with support from the Oconto Lions, Elks and Kiwanis is sponsoring a Beer, Wine and Cheese Tasting event on April 22nd from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Advance Tickets are $30 each and $35 at the door.

The City of Oconto, community members and local agencies are involved in a Community Revitalization Program. The goal is to restore the housing stock in the City of Oconto. Some of the work that can be done on existing housing is accessibility, plumbing, electrical, basement, roof, heating and more.

If you feel you meet the criteria, call 715-524-8522. On April 20th from  2:00-6:00 p.m. there will be a forum at Oconto City Hall to give out further information.

The Oconto Chamber meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at local food establishments. The next meeting will be at Wayne’s Family Restaurant on May 15, 2017.

It is never too late to join the Chamber. Dues for an average business are $100, a home based business with no store front and no employees is $50, non-profits and churches are $35 and an individual membership is $25.

Recognition Awards 2017

The Oconto Chamber is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Recognition Awards. The selection for the “Ed Zahn Volunteer of the Year” Award is 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 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.The selection for the Business of the Year is Stephenson National Bank & Trust, the Oconto branch.Since opening its branch in 2001, its staff volunteers in many community events and serves on the Board of Directors for the Oconto Chamber where they help to organize many events. 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.The Recognition Banquet will take place on May 6th at Crivello’s. Chamber members and the public are encouraged to attend the banquet to honor these recipients. The cost for the  banquet meal is $15 each and tickets can be purchased at Image Apparel. The deadline to sign up is May 1st. 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 Wagner Shell.

Expo 2017

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 10th Annual Expo at the Bond Community Center on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Over 40 vendors displayed their products and services. Vendors and attendees were able to enjoy delicious food items from  Brothers 3, Geano Beach Bar & Grill, Angry Eddie’s and Oconto Legion Golf Club. The Chamber would like to thank the Bond Community Center for hosting this event once again. The admission to the Expo and the money from the raffle basket will go to the Oconto County Historical Society Carriage House. The Chamber wishes to thank all the businesses that contributed a gift item for the raffle basket which was won by multiple people.  The following businesses and organizations exhibited: Abrams Spotlight Productions, Angry Eddies,  Avon Products by Patsy Bake, Bayshore Glassworks, Bellin Health, Bond Community Center, Brothers 3,  City of Oconto Park & Rec, Fire Dept., & Police Dept. Geano Beach Bar & Grill, 1st Prebyterian Church, Home Energy Solutions of Wisconsin, Huntington Bank,  Image Apparel,  Koehne Chevy, Buick, GMC,  Machickanee Players, Main Street Health,  Mortell Studio,  Naked Skin Care, NEW Credit Union, NEW Solid Surface Cleaning, Oconto Area Humane Society, Oconto Community Revitalization Program,  Oconto Copperfest, Oconto County Historical Society, Oconto Legion Golf Club, Oconto Lions Club, Oconto Woman’s Club,  Peterson Chiropractic, Prevea/HSHS St. Clare, Signs Plus, Thrivent Fianancial and WOCO.  Also the Chamber would like to thank the Oconto County Reporter for the great ad and WOCO for their continued coverage of our event before and during the Expo. See the Chamber’s ad for Restaurant Week April 23-29. Try a new dining experience in our local restaurants and bars and vote for the “Chamber Food Establishment of the Year 2017. Also it is time to pick up applications for Miss Copperfest 2017 at Oconto High School, Image Apparel or look for it in the Oconto County Reporter. The deadline to submit applications for Miss Copperfest is May 20, 2017.


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. This award was given out many years ago and recently has been put in place again and nominations are being accepted on a quarterly basis. The business recipient for this past quarter is Oconto Floral located at 220 Main St., Oconto. This business was nominated by Pearl Christopherson. Pearl stated that this business owner “greets customers always with a smile; one can tell stopping in she loves what she is doing in her floral shop and she is always reasonably priced!”

Stop in and see the newly renovated interior of the shop and meet the new owner Becky Fahler. You can find items for anyone on your shopping list. They specialize not only in floral items, but scarves, jewelry, hand bags, cards, candles, wine glasses, glassware, ornaments, memorial stones, plaques and statues. The shop also carries seasonal items and gifts for all occasions.

            The recipient of the home resident is Becky Richmond at 202 Second St. She was nominated by Mayor Lloyd Heier. She received this award as she has not only cleaned up the yard but installed new windows and doors, new siding and painted the roof of the house. The effort that Ms. Richmond has put into her home fits in with the City’s Community Redevelopment initiative and exemplifies what the Rose Award is about!

Chamber Wreath Decorating Contest

City of Oconto     Electrical Service & Supplies

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce invited all its Chamber members to participate in its 1st Annual  “Wreath Decorating Contest 2016”.  Each  2016 Oconto Chamber member was entitled to a free 36” wreath to decorate as they chose in any creative manner.  There were 56 wreaths picked up and they were lit around town on or about December 3rd.  

The judging took place at the December Chamber meeting. There was a 3 way tie with the City of Oconto, Electrical Service & Supplies and Patsy Bake declared the winners. Each will receive $25 in Chamber Bucks. 

After 5 Oconto Floral

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a “Christmas Open House” at Oconto Floral at 220 Main St. Oconto on Thursday, November 17, 2016. Stop in and see the newly renovated interior of the shop and meet the new owner, Becky Fahler.  You can find items for anyone on your shopping list.  They specialize not only in floral items, but scarves, jewelry, hand bags, cards, candles, wine glasses, glassware, ornaments, memorial stones, plaques and statues. The shop also carries seasonal items and gifts for all occasions.

Oconto Floral offers floral delivery in and around Oconto and also nationwide through its reliable florist network as they are members of Teleflora.  This provides same-day delivery for important last minute gifts!  Check out their website:

Oconto Floral serves the following areas in Wisconsin:Abrams, Lena, and Oconto.  They also serve Oconto Elementary, Middle and HIgh School and local restaurants. The following facilities are also serviced: Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto Bellin Hospital, Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, GMSP, KCS International, Prevea, Neroco, Unlimited Services, and all Nursing Homes.

They are family owned and operated. The shop is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m to noon. The phone number is 920-834-2828. oconto-floral-aoconto-floral-b

Pictured left to right is Pearl Christopherson, Cary Yudes, Becky Fahler, and Mark Greatens.