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Business 41 Dedication & Ribbon Cutting

phoca_thumb_l_BUS 41 AThe Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Business 41 was held on Friday, October 28, 2011.

City Officials, Chamber members,Congressmen and honored guests were on hand. Various restaurants that were affected by the renovation provided purchased food items: Wagner Shell, Subway, Z Cheese, Happy Garden, Jenny’s Mobil, Thompson’s County Market, Wayne’s Family Restaurant. Mayor Tom Fulton was the Master of Ceremonies and called the highway “our second Main Street.”

There are new curbs and gutters and fence and boulevard along the riverfront. He stated that these are “all things to show visitors we’re running our city well.” This was a $1.5 million project started in June. Business 41 now has 12 foot wide lanes with a 10 foot median. On the rest of the highway, yellow lines mark a turning lane. There is also a 10 foot wide bike lane on the west side of the highway.

Two state legislators attended the dedication: Senator Dave Hanson who commended the City for getting this project done and State Rep. John Nygren indicated that because today many people no longer live close to their jobs, good roads are an important part of the economy.

The state paid for the reconstruction project, however city officials decided to handle the project. The dedication wrapped up with a blessing of the highway by Pastor Craig Alwin. A reception followed at the Riverview Inn & Suites.

This event was sponsored by Northeast Asphalt of Green Bay, Peters Concrete of Green Bay, the City of Oconto and the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce.

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phoca_thumb_l_Groundbreaking2September 7. 2011,marked a milestone moment for the City of Oconto and its neighboring communities toward expanding local healthcare services. For 6 years, services have been provided at the Oconto Hospital & Medical Center in partnership with Bellin Health but now 55,000 additional square feet will added.

55 new jobs will be created through this expansion. Laura Cormier , President of Operations, introduced several of the dignitaries that attended: Senator David Hansen, Mark Rahmlow, Field Rep for Congressman Reid Ribble, Mayor Tom Fulton, George Kerwin, President and CEO of Bellin Health, Dr. Charles Heyka, President of the Medical Staff of Oconto, and Dr. John Honish President of the Oconto Hospital Citizen’s Foundation and who was instrumental in helping to raise funds for this project.

The project will be complete in the summer of 2012. The Executive Board and Board of Directors of the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce assisted in the groundbreaking.



phoca_thumb_l_1281550816_pingpong ball 2010 005The Chamber hosted its 4TH Annual Ping Pong Ball drop on Friday, August 6th at 6:00 P.M. by providing a helicopter piloted by Lee Huebscher. The helicopter was loaded with over 1400 ping pong balls with special promotions, free items and discounts from current 2011 Chamber businesses and organizations.

There were 2 age groups: ages 3-7 and 8-12. The Chamber would like to thank the merchants who participated:Citizen’s Bank, NEW Credit Union, Happy Garden, Thompson’s County Market, Wayne’s Family Restaurant and Stiles Junction, Brothers 3, Matravers Hardware, Bay Impressions, Image Apparel, Flowers, Cain Accounting, Z Cheese, Oconto County Reporter, Oconto Mobil Mart, Wagner Shell, Oconto Historical Society, City of Oconto Park & Rec and Stephenson National Bank & Trust. Thank you also to all shoppers who shopped Oconto during Sidewalk Sale Days at the many businesses who provided sale items outside or inside. Remember to shop locally and see what you can save.

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phoca_thumb_l_1285258168_wings6The Chamber sponsored its 2nd “Wings Over Oconto” Chicken Wings Recipe Contest at the EAA Fly-In at the Oconto airport on Saturday, September 18, 2010.

Dishes were submitted by Brothers 3, Tina’s Roost, Lynn Reed, Wagner Shell and Happy Garden. The unanimous winner was Lynn Reed who received a cash prize with her orange glazed chicken wings. Tina’s Roost took 2nd with its teriyaki glazed wings. The judges were TJ Perrizo, computer analyst at Navatist; Karl Ballestad and Norb Wesseley, retired teachers;Lee Rymer, Oconto County Board Chairman; and Reid Ribble, Republican candidate for the 8th District seat in Congress.

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phoca_thumb_l_1281549122_chamber golf 2010 003On Monday, August 9th, the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual golf outing at the Oconto Golf Club.

It was a 4-person scramble that was won by the team composed of Travis & Susie Cain and Mike and Ken Thompson. The event winners included: Ken Thompson – longest drive for men on hole #5, Kathy McDougal, longest drive for women on hole #5, Closest to the pin for men on Hole #4 – Ken Thompson and closest to the pin for women on hole #4 – Kathy Hayes. Nsight Teleservices provided a chance for each golfer to win a Blue Ray DVD Player which was won by Mike Lochner.

Sub sandwiches were provided by Brothers 3 as well as off the menu dining after the outing. The Chamber wishes to thank the following hole sponsors as well as anyone who contributed prizes for the outing: Brothers 3, Unlimited Services, Nsight Teleservices, NEW Credit Union, Century Link, Cain Accounting, Bay Care Clinic, Oconto Community Hospital, Bond Community Center, LeBreck & Sons, Image Apparel, Wisconsin Public Service, Stephenson National Bank & Trust, Bay Title & Abstract, Mead & Hunt, Patsy Bake of Avon, Harris Bank, Citizen’s Bank, and Thompson’s County Market.

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2009 Annual Joint Christmas Party

phoca_thumb_l_1264197218_joint christmas party 004The Annual Joint Christmas Party with the Oconto and Oconto Falls Chambers was held on January 16, 2010 at the Oconto Golf Club. A Las Vegas theme was selected for decorations and entertainment. A “Jackpot Buffet” consisting of all you can eat prime rib and broasted chicken was catered by Ron Pecha and staff of Brothers 3. Each guest was entered into a drawing for a Trip for 2 to Las Vegas.

Pam Lemorande was the lucky winner. Guests were also encouraged to bring in canned goods or cash for Bread by the Bay, Oconto’s own food pantry.

Each donee qualified for a gift basket donated by Chris & Bob Schwartz. This was won by Ray and Chique Tabar. Entertainment after the buffet was provided by the band Renegade.

The sponsors of the band were CenturyLink, Wisconsin Public Service and Ryczek Communications. Each guest received a goodie bag of promotional items from various Oconto Chamber businesses.

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Harbor Sign

phoca_thumb_l_1264199696_harbor sign 001The Chamber has refurbished the informational board at the Oconto Municipal Harbor. It was accomplished through the efforts of Jeff Larmay at Vital Signs who designed all the logos and placed a colored vinyl strip on a PVC board and Ron Hayes, Ron Pecha and Bob Schwartz who sought advertisers.


It includes many of our area restaurants, service stations, churches, retail shops, medical facilities, telephone services, etc.  There are 36 individual spots with 30 businesses advertising at this time.  There is also a 2 by 4 foot map of the City of Oconto in the middle with color coded numbers identifying the various businesses.

There are a few additional spots that can be purchased.  Call Jeff @ Vital Signs for additional info and pricing for the artwork at 920-834-5050.  The Chamber has established the pricing for the squares. Many businesses have committed to a 3 year lease for $50 per year. A purchase of one year isn’t $75.

It is a very attractive sign and should be an asset to  visitors, the residents of the area, boaters, snowmobilers, or anyone else who frequents the Harbor and wants a quick overview of the area and the City businesses and the surrounding area.

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Community Beautification Day

phoca_thumb_l_Beautification Day 004The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oconto worked together to coordinate a Community Clean up Day on Saturday, May 21st.

Various sections of the City of Oconto were designated as needing some clean up.


The Chamber would like to thank the groups that participated: “Oconto Cares”, Oconto Elks Club, Oconto Lions Club, Scout troops, Babe Ruth, Little League, and Little Girls’s Softball Teams , Middle School Student Council, and Prevea Health. Wisconsin Public Service generously donated money toward the barbecue that the Chamber provided at the Oconto Harbor Park.

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