Loaded baked potatoes served at noon today as Giving Tree project|
Peace Memorial Garden Walkway to be celebrated during program Sunday
|Loaded baked potatoes, always an Antigo favorite, brought a little extra warmth to diners over the noon hour.|
The annual Giving Tree project, a longtime holiday effort spearheaded by Katie Clay, kicked off its fund-raising efforts with a loaded baked potato lunch sponsored by the Antigo Kiwanis Club.
By 10 a.m., volunteers from Antigo Head Start and elsewhere were heaping tubers donated by Fleischman Farms with taco meat salsa, cheese, broccoli and other toppings for delivery, carryout and dining-in at the Peaceful Valley warming house.
By the time the doors opened at 11 a.m., hundreds of spuds were decorated for dining and the coffers for the Giving Tree project plumped just a bit.
The Giving Tree provides Christmas gifts for children in need in Langlade County. In addition to the baked potatoes, there will be several more events, and trees will be placed around Antigo containing tags with wish lists for local children.
Antigo has long been known for its generosity of spirit, and no where is that more evident than the upcoming Christmas season. In addition to the support for the Giving Tree, this area also annually produces the best fund-rai
Amybeth Kegler of Head Start dishing up a baked potato this morning
Credit Union marks its day
|A combined church-community effort in the village of Elcho will be celebrated on Sunday with dedication ceremonies for the Peace Memorial Garden Walkway.|
The facility is located adjacent to the Elcho Community Pavilion, just east of the United Church of Christ.
Dedication ceremonies will take place at noon, following the churchs usual Sunday service. Rev. Dana Schindler will officiate with participation from Boy Scout Troop 644 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Bruce Thomae, assisted by Chris Wagner.
The walkway has been in the planning stages by the churchs Garden Club for four years and received a boost this summer when Mitchel Wagner pursued the work as his Eagle Scout project. He is a son of Chris and Debi Wagner and grandson of Warren and Jane Wagner.
The garden club has been saving up for the project and with the help of Thrivent Financial Action Teams and approval by the Samoset Boy Scout council and our church council, the go-ahead was given, Warren Wagner, a member of the planning committee, said. There has been much support from the community, church members, Boy Scouts, family and friends.
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Boy Scout Troop 644 leader Bruce Thomae laying brick.
At Elcho, budget meeting turns to the building plans and referendum
|Brian Prunty, president of CoVantage Credit Union, celebrated his final International Credit Union Day with friends today, including a stop at the Antigo Daily Journal.|
Prunty, who with the late Richard Goodman, guided the credit union from an office in the basement of the Antigo Co-op Oil Association in 1953 to become one of the nations financial leaders, is retiring on Jan. 1.
He arrived at the newspaper office with a cake, prepared by his wife Karen, to help the staff join in Credit Union Day celebration. He explained his wife was from a grocery store family, and she worked in the bakery, and is still turning out stunning special-occasion cakes and other tasty morsels.
While the newspaper got a special treat, the CoVantage sites, from Rib Mountain to Iron River and Crystal Falls in Michigan, all served treats to members and visitors today.
Credit unions are not-for-profit financial cooperatives, which returns theirs profits to members, as CoVantage patrons know well.
Goodman brought the credit union out of the Oil Associations basement, constructed an office in the 600 block of Sixth Avenue, and when it out grew that, another
Flanked by some of the Antigo Daily Journal staff, CoVantage CEO Brian Prunty cut a Credit Union Appreciation Day cake this morning.
Elcho students work on trail project
|The Elcho school districts 2016-17 budget wasnt the main issue at the annual meeting Wednesday.|
With the document continuing the status quo, with no major increases or reductions in programs, the focus of the evening was the districts building and spending referendum slated for a vote on Nov. 8.
District Administrator Bill Fisher spent much of the evening reviewing that plan, which includes $18 million to replace the elementary wing constructed in 1938 plus make other improvements, along with a second question asking voters for permission to exceed the state-imposed revenue limits by $500,000 for each of the next four years. The district is in the final year of a similar operating referendum that allowed it to exceed revenue limits by $400,000 annually.
Both questions are equally important to the district, Fisher, now in his ninth year as administrator at Elcho, said.
The proposed budget calls for overall spending of $6,147,827, an increase of 2.59 percent from the previous year.
It will be funded by a tax levy of $4,350,745, which is down 3.96 percent from last year.
The administrator explained that the expenses out
Elcho Administrator Bill Fisher reviewed the budget, tax levy and referendum plans at Wednesdays annual meeting.
|Elcho school students are mixing work and pleasure at the Moccasin Trail.|
On Friday, sixth through eighth grade students traveled to the trail, located just west of Elcho off Moccasin Lake Road, for a morning of maintenance work mixed with some hiking and other activities.
The students visited the trail as a labor of love through the districts positive behavior program. Using supplies provided by the Elcho Cross-Country Ski Club, they scrapped and painted picnic tables, the lean-to and the pumphouse located at the trailhead.
They took turns walking the trails, which are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in wintertime and hiking and horseback riding in the warmer weather months.
There was also a scavenger hunt and a bonfire perfect for enjoying smores.
The ski club and school district are joining forces on a major project to expand the trail into a full four-season facility. Fund-raising currently underway to purchase needed maintenance equipment and construct a four-season chalet that will be known as Michelles Lodge, named in memory of Michelle Koss, a 1980 Elcho High School graduate and health and wellness advo
Elcho sixth through eighth graders at the Moccasin trailhead, after completing a Labor of Love project through the schools positive behavior program.
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