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Thanksgiving services set throughout area, ecumenical gathering Wednesday evening
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Thanksgiving worship services, many of an ecumenical nature, will stretch through the holiday week, beginning on Tuesday.

The largest of the programs will be on Wednesday, when St. John Catholic Church in Antigo will host the popular ecumenical service beginning at 7 p.m.

Participating churches including Antigo United Methodist Church, Calvary Lutheran Church, Faith United Church of Christ, First Baptist Church, all of Antigo; Arbutus Lutheran Church, Pearson; and St. John Lutheran Church, Polar.

Other churches have also planned mid-week services and programs to offer thanksgiving. A list follows:

TUESDAY

ANTIGO: Liberty Baptist Church, 6:30 pie and praise fellowship.

WEDNESDAY

ANTIGO: Ascension Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m.; Peace Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m.

BIRNAMWOOD: St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

DEERBROOK: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. service with communion.

GLEASON: Luther Memorial Church, 7 p.m.

MATTOON: St. John Lutheran Church, 7 p.m.

PICKEREL: St. John Lutheran Church, 4 p.m.

POLAR: St. Peter Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. worship with communion.

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Clergy involved in Wednesday’s community Thanksgiving service gathered for a planning meeting in the St. John Catholic Church rectory. From left are (back row) Rev. David Schmidt, Deacon Andy Bures, Rev. Dick Kendall, Rev. Dr. Wes Jendras, (front row) Rev. Debbie Pimm and Sister Dolores Demulling.
Salvation Army campaign off to best start ever
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What started a number of years ago as an opportunity for local officials to ring the bell and have donations matched by Lakeside Pharmacy has led to the most successful Salvation Army red kettle kickoff ever in Langlade County.

Pat Frey, pharmacist at Lakeside was on hand outside his store recently as Jim Draeger, Draeger Oil and Propane, and Jerry Rice, City Gas, each recently presented $2,500 checks to Bill Kelly, Salvation Army volunteer coordinator. The checks are the results of matching over $7,500 donations made during the recent Wizard of Oz performances at the Volm Theater.

And on Wednesday and Thursday, volunteer bell-ringers from Aspirus Langlade Hospital were collecting donations at Lakeside that were being matched by Aspirus Hospital.

Draeger and Rice said they were surprised by how many people not only thanked them for doing the match, but were very supportive for a program that helps over 900 people in Langlade County with emergency needs.

We thank everyone who helped make this the most successful campaign kickoff ever, they said. The kettle match is the best way to leverage their support for the campaign and we urge other businesses
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From left, Diana Brettenhemd, Aspirus Langlade Hospital volunteer bell ringer, Lakeside pharmacist Pat Frey, Salvation Arrmy volunteer coordinator Bill Kelly, Jim Draeger of Draeger Oil and Propane, and Jerry Rice of City Gas with matching funds for the kettle campaign.
Holiday season arrives here
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Let there be no doubt about it.

The holiday season is now underway in Antigo and Langlade County.

The city’s downtown lights are blazing, many homeowners have completed, and lighted their displays and there seems to be Christmas trees glowing in living rooms.

And if that isn’t proof, take a look at the list of events printed on page three for this weekend and into next week. It is staggering, containing 2,140 words, and the events start with the Kickin’ Off the Season show tonight at North Star in Antigo with Hip Pocket and Slim Man providing some of the best musical entertainment heard in these parts for quite a spell. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are available at the door.

While that list is massive, and should be carefully inspected, Dec. 6 will be a big day in the Christmas holiday schedule here.

The Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual chili cookoff starting in the morning with dozens of cooks preparing the fixings in booths along Fifth Avenue. Just about every business in the community is represented in the competition for the best chili in two divisions.

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Allan Meister put lights on the community Christmas tree Thursday afternoon shortly before the Yesterdays Sign Park was lighted for the Yule season.
'A pretty good deer season' predicted
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Department of Natural Resources wildlife technician Eric Borchert is predicting a pretty good deer season: as hunters prepare to take to the woods Saturday.

The state’s nine-day gun deer season opens Saturday and Borchert, based on Antigo, joined over DNR staff across the state in voicing enthusiasm about the prospects.

We have recovered nicely after our hard winter a few years back, Borchert said. The deer numbers look pretty good and I’m expecting we will see one of the better deer seasons we have had in recent years.

DNR big game ecologist Kevin Wallenfang agreed.

"We are coming out of a third straight mild winter and a good summer growing season, so as expected we are seeing good to excellent deer numbers throughout most of the state," Wallenfang said. The public and County Deer Advisory Councils are also recognizing the increase as is evident by increased antlerless tag availability, especially in some northern counties. So, in general, we are anticipating an overall increase in deer registration this fall."

In 2016, far northern portions of Wisconsin saw an overall gun season increase of approximately 30 percent, while the tot
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Steven Frei, general manager at the Antigo Mendards store, stood with a number of deer hunting items offered at the Jerome Street store as thousands of people prepared to go to the woods Saturday.
Letters sent over alcohol problem at high school
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The Antigo school district is seeking the community’s help in combating a potentially serious alcohol situation, and District Administrator Dr. Colleen Timm is taking her message directly to parents.

In a letter distributed over the district’s e-mail messaging system on Tuesday, Timm referred to Monday incidents involving middle and high school students drinking before and at school, including a case that required medical intervention.

It is not something I ever want to experience in the district again, Timm said, stressing that the student is now recovering.

In her letter, Timm said that of further concern is that the actions of this student were not only witnessed by other students but encouraged, videoed and posted to social media. And she said that there was activity in the community last weekend that was an antecedent to the events.

There were reports over the weekend of shoplifting incidents involving underage students and alcohol and of a possible drinking party in the area, but no charges have been filed.

Timm said that staff has and will be meeting with students to update the situation and talk about decision-making and con
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Dr. Colleen Timm speaking at the high school on the opening day of classes in September.
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