Annual Christmas tree burn Monday|
Farm, business figure John Schroeder, 81, dies
|Antigo will mark the unofficial end of the holiday season Monday, when a vast pyre of trees will go up in flames at the community Christmas tree burn.|
In a switch, relatively balmy conditions are expected for the annual event, which in past years has tilted toward the chilly side of the thermometer. Temperatures are forecast to be barely below the freezing mark.
It may be a little wet for the fire though, Antigo Optimist Christmas Tree Burn co-chair Tim Sharon said. But it will still be toasty.
The bonfire will be lit at 5 p.m. at the huge pile of trees, which has been growing daily as city crews collect evergreens curbside from across the community. It is located in the parking lot south of the high school, with plenty of parking available.
Optimists will provide free hot dogs and hot chocolate and there are large piles of snow around the stack of trees that will offer great sliding for families bringing sleds.
Everyone in the community is invited to bring a donation for the food pantry.
Antigo Optimist members annually sponsor the tree burn and numerous community activities that promote positive youth programs throughout the year.
City crew Steve Desjarlais and Jim Klement with Optimist members Tim Sharon, Sam Hardin and Bill Kelly at the growing pile of Christmas trees, which will be set afire Monday night.
CoVantage Foundation starts role to assist home communities
|John H. Schroeder, 81, who spent his life in agriculture and business, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at his residence of complications associated with Parkinsons disease.|
He was surrounded by his family.
John was born on May 24, 1935 in the Town of Rolling, to the late Henry and Martha (Weix) Schroeder.
John was united in marriage to Jaclyn Cousineau on Nov. 16, 1957 in Madison. She survives and resides in Antigo.
John was raised on a dairy farm homesteaded by his great-grandfather in 1879. The farm was 80 acres, including 20 acres of potatoes.
John was a graduate of Antigo High School class of 1953. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Alaska until 1957. He attended University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a degree in Agricultural Economics.
John returned to Antigo working as an agent with Prudential Insurance Company. He also established Schroeders Farm Market and owned and operated the Blackjack Steakhouse with his wife for 40 years.
In 1970, John returned to farming with his father. They expanded the farm from 350 acres of potatoes along with rotation crops to the present, Schroeder Brothers Farms, c
Crossing guards saluted this week
|Antigo and Elcho charitable organizations have received a significant boost from the CoVantage Cares Foundation.|
As part of its recent Giving Tuesday campaign, the organization distributed nearly $76,000 to local non-profit groups that serve communities where CoVantage Credit Union has branches. The funds were made possible thanks to donations by members, staff, and others who responded to the foundations Giving Tuesday campaign.
Recipients included the Elcho and Antigo food pantries and the Weekend Backpack Program, chosen by members and staff representing the Antigo and Elcho offices.
Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Black Friday and is nationally recognized for charitable giving. It was selected by the foundation as an opportune time to kick off a fund-raising effort to support organizations that help local individuals and families in need.
Branch staff throughout CoVantage Credit Unions locations were asked to select a non-profit group in the community they serve to be the recipient of funds raised, with the understanding that contributions generated during the two-week effort would be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $40,000 by
In the top photo, representatives from the Antigo Community Food Pantry and the Weekend Backpack Program gathered together to accept checks from the Giving Tuesday campaign from John Lyon, Katie Devore and other CoVantage staff. In the lower photo, representatives from the Elcho Food Pantry gathered together to accept a check from Pam Jansen (far left) and Brenda Wilber (far right) from CoVantage Credit Union.
Kay Doran vying for top Packer honors
|For one week, the quiet, unsung heroes of traffic control take center stage.|
Today kicks off Adult School Crossing Guard Recognition Week, with ceremonies at North Elementary School for the three Antigo sentinels who make sure youngsters get to and from school safely in all sorts of weather.
Robbie Rosier, Robert Fritsch and Dwaine Packard received gifts and certificates of appreciation from Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt and Brian Misfeldt, Antigo school district administrator.
In his proclamation, Brandt noted the invaluable service the guards provide to ensuring the safe passage of the youngest, most vulnerable pedestrians.
They serve with a dedication that discounts the rigors of harsh weather, split shifts and heavy traffic, the mayor said.
Their service, he said, has helped drive down the rates of young pedestrian deaths and injuries and reinforcing in the minds of the young people they assist the importance of traffic hazard identification and safe street-crossing behavior.
Also joining in the assembly, were Police Chief Eric Roller, Capt. Jim Kolpack, Det./Sgt. Dan Duley, Officer Nate Zirngible and Officer Misty Servi along with Nor
Antigo crossing guards are shown at todays recognition ceremony with their young counterparts from North Elementary School. The adults, from left, include Principal Glenda Davis, Mayor Bill Brandt, Bobbie Rosier, Police Chief Eric Roller, Robert Fritsch, Officer Nate Zirngible, Dwaine Packard, Capt. Jim Kolpack, Det./Sgt. Dan Duley and Antigo School District Administrator Brian Misfeldt.
|Kay Kuester Doran is certainly Antigo—and Clintonvilles—number one Packer backer.|
Soon, she may be the states as well.
At 81 years old, Doran is in the running for induction into the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame, a rare honor awarded to only a few of the millions of people across the nation who love their pack.
Prick me, and I bleed green and gold, Doran said.
Nominated by her sister, Mary Beth Kuester, the Clintonville native is entering the home stretch of the competition, with online voting continuing through Jan. 31.
Doran said she was dubious at first when her sister approached her with the idea.
I said to her, with all the thousands of fans, do you think I have a chance? She said, yes, I do, Doran said. I really didnt think I stood a chance.
What makes Doran stand out among the worthy competitors for the honor dates back to her years as an educator. She retired from Elcho High School after decades in education and still retains that zeal of teaching. And she wants everyone to experience the thrill of Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packers.
Doran and her husband, R
Kay Doran give Jordy a hug in her Packer-ladden dining room.
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