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Mary Jo Filbrandt retiring today after long career guiding Antigo's schools
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Over the course of her 28 1/2 year career, Mary Jo Filbrandt has watched 6,500 students graduate from Antigo High School.

She has attended well over 650 school board meetings.

She has helped guide 13 referendum questions, four of them successfully.

And she has developed budgets that, in total, exceeded $735 million.

That comes to an end today, when Filbrandt retires as director of business services for the Antigo school district.

“It has been a privilege to work for the Antigo school district,” Filbrandt said. “Antigo is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, filled with many great people who truly care about education and the future of their community.”

“Mary Jo has been a highly valued asset to the district and community and her hard work has saved the taxpayers many dollars over her tenure,” Mike Boldig, president of the board of education, said. “We wish her nothing but good health and happiness as she starts the next phase of her life.”

The business manager is leaving at the top of her game, guiding the district successfully through another round of budget-balancing while maintaining core educational standards, ev
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Mary Jo Filbrandt is retiring as Antigo school district director of business services today. She is shown with her successor, Tim Prunty, who is moving into the post from his job as supervisor of building and grounds.
Shopping
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The downtown Antigo Farmers Market was loaded with fresh vegetables as the season for them has arrived. There were plenty of shoppers on hand to take advantage of the mid-summer bounty. the market continues on Saturday morning on the Country Store-Family Dollar parking lot.
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Crunch time for county fair exhibitors
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With 32 days until the opening bell, it’s crunch time for exhibitors at the Langlade County Fair.

The annual summertime extravaganza opens with face-to-face judging for 4-H non-livestock projects on Tuesday, July 28, easing a crunched schedule that often forced young exhibitors between showing livestock and non-animal projects due to time conflicts.

Entries are due at the Langlade County University of Wisconsin-extension Office by July 1 and organizers said there will be no exceptions to the rule for both youth and open class exhibitors.

In addition to the switch in the judging date, another change will be the expansion of Saturday into a full-fledged “Family Time” afternoon, with ticket specials on the midway, giveaways, the Ag Olympics and scavenger. Activities will run from noon to 5 p.m.

Grandstand entertainment will open Thursday with the vocal ensemble Six Appeal, an a cappella group, providing family entertainment. On Friday, the IRA Outlaw Sprints will return for some very fast action. Fair traditions continue with the demolition derby Saturday and tractor pull on Sunday.

Midway music tent entertainment will kick off on Wednesday with
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Langlade County 4-H Youth Development Agent Krista Otto, left, and Karalee Brock, support staff, are reminding youth and adult exhibitors that it’s only 32 days until the County Fair.
Cattails cleared from Antigo Lake basins improve viewing, fishing
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Young anglers had some new hot spots to try on Antigo Lake this week.

As part of the Inland Lake District’s cattail eradication project, the weeds were trimmed—with an eye on destruction—on the north side of the lake’s two basins located between the Watson Street bridge and the Fourth Avenue dam.

Administrator Mark Desotell said city crews used equipment they fabricated to cut the heads of the cattails one foot below the water level in a project approved by the Department of Natural resources. That pruning method, undertaken before the cattails go to seed, should kill the growth.

“We’re hoping it will be successful,” Desotell said, adding the city preferred the natural method instead of spraying the weeds. “We saved a lot of money by doing it ourselves.”

The project was approved through the Antigo Inland Lakes.

“The goal is to open up viewing areas along the lake,” Desotell said. “It makes for a very attractive view for those walking or bicycling along the walkway.”

And it also makes a hot spot for anglers, including the youngsters enrolled in the Antigo school district’s summer school program out trying their luck.
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Youngsters fish in an area newly-cleared of cattails along the north shore of Antigo Lake, near the Fourth Avenue dam.
Bits and Pieces for June 27
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My dance card was freed for Sunday, so I took a little time and went to the graves of my parents in the Queen of Peace Cemetery.

My dad has been deceased for much of my life, but I thought it was an excellent way to pass time on Father’s Day.

He was an exceptionally smart man. He was the driving force behind the creation of Channel 7 Television in Wausau, the first in this area, was an attorney, and was rated as “swift” on a Linotype machine, which was quite an accomplishment for something that means nothing to any of the readers today.

He was an excellent musician.

His favorite poem was Thanatopsis, which was read at his funeral service.

He had read untold pages of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and I’ve looked at the pages; that’s quite an assignment. The type is very small on thin tissue paper.

Of course, across all the short years of his life, dying at 59, I think he did raise a little heck, too.

But the accomplishments far outweighed those times. The only one I know who knew him in his prime is Dean Blazek, and both of us smile when we talk. 

I read his obituary over on Father’s Day, and it was a reminder of what an
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