After 5 Main Street Health Insurance by Butler & company

AFTER 5 AT OCONTO CHAMBER’S NEWEST BUSINESS

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored an After 5 and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for one of Oconto’s newest businesses, Main Street Health Insurance by Butler & Company at 1022 Main St. Oconto on Thursday, October 24th from 5-7 P.M. Their phone number is 920-834-4200. This new business is locally owned by Sandy and Frank Mathy who have been serving the small group health insurance industry for 20+ years. Butler & Co. has been in business since 1993.  The purpose of this business is to educate customers regarding  health insurance needs. Between Medicare rules & options and the recent ObamaCare initiatives, the need for health insurance education is greater than ever.
The staff consists of Diana Tiegs and Sandy Mathy and is open 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Monday and Wednesday and 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Appointments are also available evenings. The Butler group operation is also staffed by Carolyn Mueller, Sharon Aubry, Cindy O’Leary, Peggy Hartman, Elizabeth Kostichka, Barb Koch, Edie Minor, Judy Anderson, Sam Mueller, Erik Mathy and Scott Boucher. The staff will help you review your financial situation and work through the paperwork to help you find a health plan that is suitable for your specific needs. They will also help you find available programs that you may eligible for to offset some of your health care expenses. The staff is offering FREE educational sessions. Medicare Mondays is at 10 AM and 5 PM. ObamaCare Wednesdays consists of sessions at 10 AM and 5 PM  These events are only for educational purposes and no plan specific benefits or details will be shared.
There are green bags that can be picked up at the business for compiling Medicare or health insurance related mailings. Bring in the bag and a member of the staff will sort it all out for. Butler & Company is not a government agency but an independent insurance agency that is contracted with all of the major individual, senior and group health carriers in the state. They have made a commitment to assist residents of the area in learning more about their health insurance options. Stop in for a no-cost discussion, or just to have a cup of coffee or snack. Remember that no question is too small for the Main Street Insurance staff to answer.
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Winter Wonderland

25th WINTER WONDERLAND 2013

IMPORTANT DATES:
NOVEMBER 16     Decorating Day- Free Lunch
NOVEMBER  24    Lights of Love Tree Lighting
NOVEMBER  25    Light Testing (for Participants)
NOVEMBER 29     Lighting of the Park at 6:30 P.M.
JANUARY 2            Last day park is lit

******This is the 25th year for this event, so the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce will award a gift certificate to the group, business or individual who has the best decorated site.

ANGEL TREE: We need to limit the number of Angel trees to 12. It will be on a first come basis. The committee will purchase lights, provide a lighted sign and decorate your tree. Your cost is $200 enclosed with your completed form below.

CUT TREES: We will have boom trucks and operators available on Saturday, November 16 to assist you the stringing of the lights. There will be cut trees brought in which will be available to decorate for a fee of $25 each.

PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM BELOW. YOU MUST ENCLOSE YOUR REMITTANCE WITH THIS FORM IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!
MAKE YOUR CHECK PAYABLE TO : 2013 WINTER WONDERLAND
No site or tree will be reserved without payment. This is necessary to map out Holtwood Park.

Cut and mail this form and your check to: WINTER WONDERLAND
PO BOX 103
Oconto, WI 54153

Name of Business/Group/Individual ________________________________
TELEPHONE # _________________________________________________
Have cut tree brought in? $25 each tree enclosed $_____________________
Angel Sponsor? $200 enclosed $_____________________________________
Put up Lighted silhouette_____________
Decorate Real tree in park ? There are not many left so this will be on first come basis _______________________________
Other donation $ __________________

2013 WINTER WONDERLAND GUIDELINESThank you for registering for this year’s event. The following guidelines must be followed:

1. ONLY mini lights can be used.

2. Trees that can be decorated with a ladder may have decorations with mini lights. Decorations must be suitable for the theme of Winter Wonderland, be weatherproof and will not damage the tree while up or when removing. Only mini lights are allowed on trees.

3. When putting up lights, no more than 3 sets can be connected together. Any more may cause a fuse in the string to burn out. LEAVE MALE END OF CORD HANGING AT THE BASE OF THE TREE.

4. A sign indicating your name can be placed by your tree or display. The sign is only to include your name or business name. NO ADVERTISING ALLOWED! All signs/silhouettes must be illuminated with a floodlight. Signs can be no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet.

5.  Extension cords are available from the Committee on SATURDAY ONLY!
These cords are to be used only for hooking your tree to the electricity.

6. The Committee DOES NOT furnish spotlights. A maximum of 50 watts can be used.

7. Committee assistance will be available on SATURDAY ONLY!

8. You are responsible for maintaining your decorations, lights and display. Please remove all decorations from your tree as soon as possible after the last lighting day. This includes small purchased trees, If you do not comply with this you will not be asked to participate again.

9. MEMORIAL POLICY: Memorials can be remembered on the “LIGHTS OF LOVE” tree with a donation. You may decorate a tree identifying the tree as “John Smith” tree, not “In Memory of John Smith”. WATCH THE MEDIA FOR THE FORMS AND INFO FOR THE LIGHTS OF LOVE TREE.

PLEASE FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE GUIDELINES TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR ALL INVOLVED IN PLANNING AND DECORATING.

The Winter Wonderland Committee will provide food and refreshments while decorating on Saturday only.

This beautiful event could not happen without YOU.
If you have any questions, call Kathy or Ron at Image Apparel at 834-5606.

 

Cabella’s Registration Night

Carol 002The Chamber hosted another successful buffet for the Cabella’s registration at the Bond Community Center on Thursday, May 30th. The Chamber would like to thank all the food vendors that participated: Happy Garden, The Dockside, Oconto Golf Course, Thompson’s County Market, Oconto Mobil, Wagner Shell, Brothers 3, Irish Greens, Treats by the Bay, Wayne’s Family Restaurant, Crivellos’ and Subway. Congratulations to Carol Stewart, Miss Walleye 2013 who was crowned last night. The queen contest is sponsored by Image Apparel and Ron and Kathy Hayes. Be sure to extend a warm welcome to all the fishermen this weekend. Oconto is a great tourism destination. Carol 001Carol 003

BUSINESS RECOGNITION

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The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Recognition Banquet on Saturday, April 27th at Irish Greens Golf Course. The recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award was Jeremy Wusterbarth who was nominated by City of Oconto Administrator, Sara Perrizo. Jeremy, who is the Superintendent of Public Works and manager of the Utility Department for the City of Oconto was chosen for his outstanding volunteer work with the youth of Oconto especially in revitalizing the Youth Wrestling program, as tournament director of the Oconto Little league for the past 6 years and tournament director for the Oconto Softball Tournament for the first time this year. Jeremy was instrumental in helping to decorate the larger trees in Winter Wonderland this past holiday season to help out the Chamber. Jeremy is also assistant Wrestling Coach and Varsity Softball Coach for the Oconto School District. Some of his greatest coaching memories include the Sectional Softball Championship game in 2007 and coaching 9 individual wrestlers at the State Tournament. Jeremy is married to the former Laurie Allen and has three children, Aiden, Hallie and Ethan. Congratulations, Jeremy!
The Chamber also selected John Matravers for “Business of the Year” as John is one of the City of Oconto’s foremost owners of 4 different businesses: Matravers Hardware, Matravers TV & Appliance, Matravers Power Center and Oconto Furniture. John employs 16 employees and has always been optimistic about Oconto’s future. He has not been afraid to take chances and has stated that he has “his whole life invested here.” In addition to operating the 4 different businesses, John is also Chairman of the Board for Maple Valley Mutual Insurance. John along with a few others started the Copperfest Parade in 1983 and was parade chairman for 15 years. The reasons that John is successful is that he has competitive prices, good selection, excellent service, delivery, and financing. Many of John’s former as well as current employees attended the banquet. John is married to his wife Rose who has done childcare in her home for the past 29 years and has 2 daughters, Michelle and Amy and 3 grandchildren, Bobby, Jackson, and Colin and 2 sons-in-law Robert and Tucker. Congratulation, John!
Ron Hayes, President of the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce introduced the recipients as well as the dignitaries that attended which included Dave Hansen, 30th District Wisconsin State Senator and wife Jane, and 89th District Assemblyman John Nyren and his wife Maggie. Reid Ribble, Wisconsin’s 8th District Congressman, was unable to attend, but sent an excellent DVD congratulating the recipients. Kathy Hayes was emcee for the program and wishes to thank her technical staff, Sara & Tim Perrizo. The Chamber wishes to thank Irish Greens, owners Ken & Erin Sikora and the staff, especially, Patty Trepanier and Cindy Olson for their hospitality, service and excellent food. Thank you also to all those who attended. The Recognition Banquet is held every other year and the Chamber accepts nominations of current Chamber members from anyone for these prestigious awards.

 

OCONTO AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE RECOGNITION BANQUET

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2nd Recognition Banquet on Saturday, April 27th at Irish Greens Golf Course. The recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award was Jeremy Wusterbarth who was nominated by City of Oconto Administrator, Sara Perrizo.

Jeremy, who is the Superintendent of Public Works and manager of the Utility Department for the City of Oconto was chosen for his outstanding volunteer work with the youth of Oconto especially in revitalizing the Youth Wrestling program, as tournament director of the Oconto Little league for the past 6 years and tournament director for the Oconto Softball Tournament for the first time this year. Jeremy was instrumental in helping to decorate the larger trees in Winter Wonderland this past holiday season to help out the Chamber. Jeremy is also assistant Wrestling Coach and Varsity Softball Coach for the Oconto School District. Some of his greatest coaching memories include the Sectional Softball Championship game in 2007 and coaching 9 individual wrestlers at the State Tournament. Jeremy is married to the former Laurie Allen and has three children, Aiden, Hallie and Ethan. Congratulations, Jeremy!

The Chamber also selected John Matravers for “Business of the Year” as John is one of the City of Oconto’s foremost owners of 4 different businesses: Matravers Hardware, Matravers TV & Appliance, Matravers Power Center and Oconto Furniture. John employs 16 employees and has always been optimistic about Oconto’s future. He has not been afraid to take chances and has stated that he has “his whole life invested here.” In addition to operating the 4 different businesses, John is also Chairman of the Board for Maple Valley Mutual Insurance. John along with a few others started the Copperfest Parade in 1983 and was parade chairman for 15 years. The reasons that John is successful is that he has competitive prices, good selection, excellent service, delivery, and financing. Many of John’s former as well as current employees attended the banquet. John is married to his wife Rose who has done childcare in her home for the past 29 years and has 2 daughters, Michelle and Amy and 3 grandchildren, Bobby, Jackson, and Colin and 2 sons-in-law Robert and Tucker.

Congratulation, John!
Ron Hayes, President of the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce introduced the recipients as well as the dignitaries that attended which included Dave Hansen, 30th District Wisconsin State Senator and wife Jane, and 89th District Assemblyman John Nyren and his wife Maggie. Reid Ribble, Wisconsin’s 8th District Congressman, was unable to attend, but sent an excellent DVD congratulating the recipients. Kathy Hayes was emcee for the program and wishes to thank her technical staff, Sara & Tim Perrizo. The Chamber wishes to thank Irish Greens, owners Ken & Erin Sikora and the staff, especially, Patty Trepanier and Cindy Olson for their hospitality, service and excellent food.

Thank you also to all those who attended. The Recognition Banquet is held every other year and the Chamber accepts nominations of current Chamber members from anyone for these prestigious awards.

Business Expo #6

Expo 2013 002Expo 2013 003Expo 2013 004Expo 2013 005Expo 2013 006The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored its 6th Annual Business Expo  on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at the Bond Community Center. A larger than normal crowd  came to see over 50 businesses exhibit their products and services. The proceeds from the $1 admission went to the Rainbow House. The Chamber also donated a signed Jordy Nelson jersey to the Rainbow House booth for which raffle tickets were sold. The winner was Gary Perret. At 3:00 p.m. the 3rd annual Easter Duck Race was held in the Bond Center Pool. The winners of $25 gift certificates to any 2013 Chamber business went to Sue Shew, Gary Ahnen, Jim Bourassa and Mary Elias. The Chamber wishes to thank the Oconto County Reporter and WOCO for advertising the event and again to WOCO for broadcasting the event. Thank you also to all the public who attended for without whom the event would not be successful.Expo 2013 001 Some of the Chamber’s newest members are pictured such as Bayshore Community Academy, High Falls Canvas, and Treats by the Bay with Heidi Reed.

Bayshore Academy After 5

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an After 5 in cooperation with the upcoming new Bayshore Community Academy in the Oconto School District on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The new academy is for students who love to learn but are frustrated with school and want to be more independent but seek a deeper engagement in topics of interest. Each grade level is limited to 20 students each in grades 5-7 in the fall of 2013. The learning experience can be in cooperation with community members who could offer hands-on projects, innovative use of technology and a learning environment focused on academic excellence and success in a global economy.  The governance Board consists of Dean Reed, President; Tom Fulton. Vice-President; Shannon Durand, Treasurer; and Tracey Sohrweide, Secretary.  The teachers are Jenny Holmgren, Kelly Votava, Allison Campbell, Rhonda Ross, and Kari Brunette. Tours of the facility were conducted by Superintendent Dr. Sara Croney. Bayshore Academy 004Bayshore Academy 003Bayshore Academy 002Bayshore Academy 001 If you are interested in enrolling a student, contact Aaron Malczewski, Middle School Principal at 920-834-7806, X2106 or aaron.malczewski@oconto,k12.wi.us or Tom Fulton at 920-834-2095 for more information. The event was catered by Brothers
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BAYSHORE COMMUNITY ACADEMY AFTER 5

The Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an After 5 in cooperation with the upcoming new Bayshore Community Academy in the Oconto School District on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The new academy is for students who love to learn but are frustrated with school and want to be more independent but seek a deeper engagement in topics of interest.

Each grade level is limited to 20 students each in grades 5-7 in the fall of 2013. The learning experience can be in cooperation with community members who could offer hands-on projects, innovative use of technology and a learning environment focused on academic excellence and success in a global economy.

The governance Board consists of Dean Reed, President; Tom Fulton. Vice-President; Shannon Durand, Treasurer; and Tracey Sohrweide, Secretary. The teachers are Jenny Holmgren, Kelly Votava, Allison Campbell, Rhonda Ross, and Kari Brunette. Tours of the facility were conducted by Superintendent Dr. Sara Croney.

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Joint Holiday Party 2013

The Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Holiday Party with the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, January 19th at Jo Jo’s in Stiles. It was a “Dancing with the Stars” theme. A red carpet was laid out to greet guests. Doug & Sara Croney gave dance lessons after dinner to all who wanted to participate. A contest was then held and it was declared a tie between Larry & Pam Lemorande and Pat and Dr. John Honish. This has been an annual event that rotates between the two Chambers. About 60 guests attended in the rather frigid weatherDancing with the Stars                Dancing with the stars 001Dancing with the stars 002Dancing with the stars 003Dancing with the stars 004

Santa’s Visit

phoca_thumb_l_1291232199_santa 9On Saturday, December 1, 2012, Santa & Mrs. Claus made their annual visit to City Hall after the Chamber Christmas parade to greet all the children waiting to see them. While they were waiting, children filled out letters to Santa, made ornaments for the tree at City Hall and enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate.

 

The Chamber would like to thank members of the Women’s Club and Chamber members who helped to make this a successful event again this year.

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