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Borchardt announces clerk of courts candidacy
BROWN COUNTY – District 8 Supervisor Megan Borchardt officially announced her candidacy for Brown County Clerk of Courts earlier this week.


“Restoring credibility in the Clerk of Courts Office, reducing turnover and increasing morale in the office are my top priorities,” she said. “These actions will increase efficiency and accountability within the court system.”

Borchardt was first elected to the County Board in 2018, was reelected in 2020 and again in 2022.

Borchardt will face off against current Clerk of Courts John A. Vander Leest for the four-year term Nov. 8.


Mechanical issue delays Legion Pool opening
DE PERE – Due to a mechanical issue with Legion Pool, the City of De Pere is delaying its opening from Saturday, June 11, to Saturday, June 18.

“We apologize for this inconvenience and assure you we are working hard to get our pool back up and running,” Marty Kosobucki, De Pere Parks, Recreation and Forestry director, said.

Until it opens, any current Legion only Pool members will have access to VFW Pool.

For more information, call (920) 339-4097.


HSSD celebrates groundbreaking, wall-breaking ceremonies
SUAMICO – It was an important day for the Howard-Suamico School District (HSSD) and the students and families of Forest Glen Elementary School and Bay View Middle School as a groundbreaking (Forest Glen) and a wall-breaking (Bay View) signified the start of two large projects June 2.

Made possible through a voter-approved $98 million facilities referendum in 2021, both projects include a new gym addition with the old one being renovated into a kitchen and cafeteria, as well as renovations to multiple classrooms, HVAC improvements and updated lighting.

Renovations and improvements are happening at all eight district buildings with referendum dollars.


County Road JJ closure
BELLEVUE – Beginning at 6 a.m. Monday, June 13, County Road JJ in the Village of Bellevue will be closed between the southbound Interstate-43 on-ramp and the northbound Interstate-43 off-ramp for scheduled concrete repairs.

The closure is estimated to be in effect through Monday, June 27.

The interchange ramps will remain open.

A detour route has been set up and can be found at /projects.511wi.gov/maintain-ne/schedule.

Challenge Academy cadets graduates
WISCONSIN – Dozens of cadets from 31 counties throughout the state – including three from Brown County – graduated from the Wisconsin National Guard Challenge Academy Thursday, June 9.

The Challenge Academy, which helps support life changes of at-risk 16- to 18-year-olds, uses a structured, military-style environment during the 22-week residential program.

The program currently operates 41 programs in 30 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.

Vendor fair and car show
ALLOUEZ – The Allouez Optimist Club will host the 37th annual AllouezFest Picnic and Car Show Sunday, June 12.

The family-friendly event includes food, refreshments, face painting, bounce houses, kids games and activities, remote control car demo, vendor fair and a live DJ.

Admission is free, but a $2 donation at the gate is suggested, with all proceeds benefitting local youth activities.

New participants this year include the NEW Zoo’s Zoomobile and the Einstein Project’s Mobile Makerspace.

The event, which still has vendor space available, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Green Isle Park.


Bona Fide Juicery grand opening
HOWARD – The newest Bona Fide Juicery location, at 430 Cardinal Lane in Howard, will holds its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11.

The full menu, including smoothies, smoothie bowls, avocado toast, bone broth, oats, paninis, salads, coffee, cold brews, cold-pressed juice and a few surprises, will be available for purchase.

Bona Fide Juicery opened its first location in De Pere in 2017.

The juicery has since expanded to Appleton, Bellevue and now Howard.


Oneida partners with FWWA
ONEIDA RESERVATION – Oneida Retail announced it has partnered with Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance (FWWA) to help protect the water in Northeast Wisconsin by donating a portion of sales from Oneida One Stop water to the nonprofit organization.

Oneida One Stop water is bottled locally and recently received a new label featuring the muskrat, which represents the start of new life with the water and land.

Another new component of the label is a QR code that will bring customers to the Oneida Retail website and provide more information about the partnership.

BayCare Clinic welcomes new providers
GREEN BAY – BayCare Clinic has welcomed two new faces to its provider team.

Tracey Aukerman, a certified audiologist, has joined the Hearing Center BayCare Clinic in Green Bay.

She received her degree from Ohio University in Athens, and is certified in audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Abigail Johnson, a nurse practitioner, is now seeing ear, nose and throat patients at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Johnson earned her degree from Alverno College in Milwaukee, and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Books distributed to Howe students
BROWN COUNTY – Every Howe Elementary student received a brand-new book Monday, June 6, thanks to Brown County United Way Emerging Leaders and Imperial Supplies.

Organizers said the annual Summer Send-Off Book Drive, now in its second year, is meant to not only encourage children to read during the summer, but to also show students that the community cares.

The project is coordinated by Brown County United Way’s Emerging Leaders members and is financed by Imperial Supplies, with books selected by teachers based on each class’ interests.

The inaugural book drive, held in 2021, gave out more than 350 books to Howe’s students.

GBAPS Education Foundation grants
GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Area Public School District (GBAPS) Education Foundation, which aims to enhance and/or expand learning opportunities for equitable access, recently announced its inaugural grant recipients.

They include:

• Diana Delbecchi – Read Your Heart Out to include both Howe Elementary Community School and Tank Elementary.

• Kathleen Neuser – Sprouts Reading Program, which provides direct support to kindergarten readers in District Title I schools.

• Mark Valentine – Purchase of a STEM Flex Farm so students at Aldo Leopold Community School can grow greens and herbs year-round.

• Michelle Erickson – Recess read-alouds at Elmore Elementary School.

More information on the foundation can be found at: gbaps.org/educationfoundation.


Kress Inn wins hospitality award
DE PERE – St. Norbert College’s Kress Inn was recently named a 2022 recipient of the Best of Choice and Ring of Honor Awards from Choice Hotels International, Inc.

The awards recognize hotels for performance and guest ratings, with the Best of Choice award recognizing commitment to guest service and operational excellence and the Ring of Honor award recognizing hotels with the highest guest satisfaction.

“At the Kress Inn, we try each and every day to make our guests feel welcome and at home,” Patrick Olejniczak, director of sales and hotel services, said. “We have a tremendous staff who go above and beyond to make sure our guests have a great stay.”


Prevea Surgery Center opens doors
GREEN BAY – Construction of the approximately 33,000 -square-foot ambulatory surgery center (ASC), comprising a waiting/reception area, five operating rooms, 10 procedure rooms, 28 surgical preparation and recovery rooms and eight post-anesthesia care unit rooms, officially opened its doors Monday, June 6.

The same-day, outpatient surgical care center is the first ASC for Prevea Health and the first multi-specialty ASC in the Greater Green Bay region.

NWTC names Jaeger vice president of college advancement
GREEN BAY – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) recently named Meridith Jaeger the new vice president of college advancement.

“Meridith brings exceptional leadership, passion and strategic innovation to the college,” Jeff Rafn, NWTC president, said.

As part of that role, Jaeger will oversee marketing, communications, legislative relations, institutional research, grants and NWTC’s Educational Foundation.

“I am honored for this opportunity to build upon the College’s long history of success,” she said.

Jaeger has been with NWTC since 2018 as the dean for corporate training and economic development.


DNR Learn To Hunt program instructs hundreds
WISCONSIN – According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), more than 300 youth and adult hunters participated in Learn to Hunt programs in 2021.

Last year, 19 organizations coordinated Learn to Hunt events statewide for bear, deer, waterfowl and pheasant hunting.

2022 is off to a good start as well, with 40 organizations coordinating events to learn how to hunt turkey for nearly 500 participants.

“Part of what makes hunting amazing and worth pursuing is the amount of time spent in nature. The Learn to Hunt program provides the extra time and flexibility needed for a quality learning experience,” Emily Iehl, DNR Hunting and Shooting Sports Program specialist, said.

To learn more, visit the Learn to Hunt webpage dnr.wisconsin.gov.


Road closures begin Friday for Bellin Run
GREEN BAY – Multiple road closures will take place Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, for the 46th Annual Bellin Run.

The 10K run starts and finishes on Webster Avenue in front of Bellin Hospital and weaves through the streets of Green Bay and Allouez.

For more information on closure specifics, visit bellinrun.com.


Students provide support through art
GREEN BAY – A collaborative project between the Jackie Nitschke Center (JNC) and a dozen students from Aldo Leopold Community School aims at providing positive support to those recovering from substance addiction.

As part of the project, students designed, painted and installed five large garden-style signs outside the five buildings on the JNC campus, along the 100 block of North Quincy Street.

“These students understand how important it is to have programs like those offered at the Jackie Nitschke Center, and they wanted to use their talents in this positive way,” Aldo Leopold art teacher Megan Pierquet said.

Michelle Pierquet-Hohner, Jackie Nitschke Center COO, said the positive images and messages will certainly boost the spirits of participants and all those who visit.

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