Supervisors reject wheel tax|
Board to act on Mattoon school sale
|Langlade County officials today put the brakes on a proposed wheel tax.|
Following a cordial, question-filled public hearing, the County Board Executive Committee voted 4-1 against moving a proposed $20 county vehicle registration forward to the full board for consideration.
The voteâ€which followed the hour-long public discussionâ€wounds but doesn't kill the idea. It could still be brought up for consideration by any county supervisor.
Today's discussion, although billed as a public hearing, focused more on questions and answers rather than testimony for or against.
A broad range of residents from within city limits as well as rural areas questioned the need for the tax, where the money would be going, and most importantly, lobbied for a referendum vote.
â€śIt should be a vote of the people because we are the ones who will be directly affected,â€ť Fred Woodward of the White Lake area said. â€śWhatever the decision is, we'll live with it.â€ť
The proposed ordinance called for an annual vehicle registration feeâ€often called a wheel taxâ€of $20, which would be added on to the notices mailed by the Department of Transportation
Director of Social Services Ron Barger speaks at this morning public hearing on the proposed wheel tax. At right is Highway Commissioner Brian Braun.
The Antigo school board may be ready to sell the Mattoon school, which has been sitting empty since it was shuttered two years ago.
The panel will be meeting as a committee of the whole Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the high school library, with Mattoon front and center on the agenda.
The board is scheduled to review three bids for the vacant, sprawling structure, which once served as the heart of the community. They range from $15,800 for a local business to $10 for a non-profit community center.
A stipulation of the bids is that the complex â€śshall not be used for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade compensatory education,â€ť a condition that has stymied the sale of the parcel in the past.
The school was closed two years ago after a contentious round of legal manipulations between the village of Mattoon and the district.
Antigo offered the building which includes classrooms, offices and an expansive gymnasium to the village for $1. But a title search turned up some issues dating from when the property was transferred to the Unified School District of Antigo when it absorbed the then-stand-alone Mattoon school district in 1961. The property sprawls
Altar Society marks its 125th year
For a number of reasons, Yule season coming fast
|Few organizations survive their 25th birthday and fewer still make it to 50, 75 or 100.|
St. John the Evangelist Christian Mothers and Altar Society has blown through all those milestones, and today is formally celebrating its 125th anniversary.
The Confraternity of Christian Mothers was officially established in the parish on Nov. 12, 1893 with the purpose of receiving the Lord in Holy Communion, working together, and meeting to pray with and for one another and for their families.
The members were schooled in the ideals of Christian "womanhood, wifehood and motherhood,'' and to aid one another in educating their children at home to become faithful members of the Catholic Church and imitators of Mary, the ideal mother, and her perfect son, Jesus Christ.
In the early years the meetings were held on the feast of the Seven Dolors (Sorrows) of the Blessed Virgin and on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Spiritual practices included attending Mass and Holy Communion in a body, reciting the rosary for deceased members, serving as honorary pallbearers, and receiving Holy Communion on the other feasts of the Blessed Virgin, St. Anne, and the H
St. John Altar Society members posed in the church sanctuary prior to their 125th birthday commemoration.
Kiwanis are 'kickin' off the season'. Will host Slim Man, Hip Pocket at Friday gala
|The calendar says Nov. 12 but the weather says winter, and that means its time to get ready for Christmas.|
City crews were busy on a blustery day last week, installing the snowmen, snowflakes, poinsettias and other decorations that will light up the main streets over the holidays.
And the calendar is getting crammed with events as well, starting with the assembly of the Winter Wonderland life-sized holiday card display in the Peaceful Valley Festival Grounds.
Clubs, organizations, businesses and individuals are all invited to participate in the annual event, hosted by the city's park and recreation department. Contact the office to register.
Displays should be set up by Wednesday, Dec. 5 just in time for the big chili cookout and Christmas parade sponsored by the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce.
The chili cook-off takes place along Fifth Avenue and typically draws a crowd of entries. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m.
This year's parade down Fifth Avenue will follow at 6:30 p.m. with the theme â€śMusical Notes and Holiday Floats.â€ť A community-favorite, brightly decorated floats and other entries are assured, with Santa a
City crews put up Christmas decorations on a blustery day
|Kiwanis International Antigo Chapter Club will be â€śKickin' Off the Season,â€ť with help from national recording artist Slim Man and joined by Hip Pocket.|
The high-energy concert will take place Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at North Star Lanes. Kiwanis Gold Star sponsor for the event is Waukesha Bearings.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at North Star and CoVantage Credit Union in Antigo. Proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County and AVAIL Inc., the local advocacy agency for victims of abuse.
Tim Camp. aka â€śSlim Man,â€ť brings professionalism to the smooth jazz music scene in the style of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, with a sultry voice, romantic compositions and unique persona.
The singer has earned Best Jazz Vocalist honors for the last three years at the Cochella Valley Music Festival in southern California and has recorded over 14 CDs. He has sung at parties for Clive Davis and Barbara Sinatra and even published a cookbook.
He'll be joined at the holiday kick-off by Hip Pocket, one of the hottest bands in Wisconsin featuring Antigo's own Joe and Mike Fittante.
From left, Kiwanis members and guests Dave Corcoran, Mike Theisen, Terri Wild, Brian Blink, Mike Winter, Angel Zimmerman, Nathan Wagner, Brynn and Brookyn Radtke and Scott Erickson, along with Mike and Joe Fittante of Hip Pocket.