Sunday was absolutely perfect|
Longtime law officers hanging up badges
|Every fall season, one of the outstanding features of the northwoods, should have a tremendous Sunday.|
And that just happened. Temperatures in Antigo went to 76, the sun was as bright and warm as July, and the trees are starting to get their fall colors and some areas of the state already nearing their peak.
The Green Bay Packers may have been playing, but the day was devoted to far more important outdoor activities. There were gardens needed a fall shutdown and flowerbeds demanding the same.
The roads were buzzing with motorcycles and convertibles perhaps on their last 2015 cruises.
“It was gorgeous,” one of those in a convertible into northeastern Wisconsin said when the trip back home ended. ‘The top never came up.’
Pontoon boats were out on the lakes too, as the owners took another cruise for the season, perhaps the last.
The high on Sunday was about 20 degrees higher than the historic average for the date, but there are always spikes and dips. What was nice is this one came on a Sunday when there was good reason to go for that last boat ride, the last game of golf or do the chores, which have been on hold during the rains and c
A stunning photo of the trees at the north end of the boardwalk in Antigo.
Voting concludes this weekend in 'Cans' Hunger, awards Wednesday
|Two longtime law officers officially hung up their badge from full-time service on Friday.|
Lt. Dale Lenzner and Sgt. John Kondzela, both deputies with the Langlade County Sheriff’s Department, were the guests of honor at a party which attracted dozens of co-workers, family members and friends to the Safety Building’s county board room.
Combined, the pair have given nearly 60 years of their lives to protecting and serving the community in which they reside.
“It is going to be a big loss for our agency,” Sheriff Bill Greening said earlier this week as the days toward the deputies’ retirement drew near. “There is a lot of knowledge and experience walking out our door.”
Lenzner was first hired by the county in March of 1986, serving as a corrections officer in the jail for two months before being employed as a deputy. He was promoted to corporal in 1987, sergeant in 1993 and lieutenant in 2011.
Kondzela also began his career as a corrections officer, beginning his employment in 1990. He was hired as a deputy sheriff in 1997 and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2011.
“They are both very dedicated, professional and hard-working emplo
Chief Deputy John Schunke, middle, presents service weapons to retiring deputies Dale Lenzner and John Kondzela outside the Langlade County Safety Building. With them are fellow deputies Brian Lenzner, far left, and Dan Bauknecht, far right. Combined, the two law enforcement officers dedicated nearly 60 years of their lives to protecting and serving others.
Library landscape gets spruced up
|Online voting concludes this weekend in the third annual Thrivent “Cans” Hunger competition, with the prize-winners announced at a picnic next week.|
Coordinated by the Pinnacle Team of Thrivent Financial and the Antigo Community Food Pantry, “Cans” Hunger over the past two years has blossomed into the largest food drive in the community. This year it is extending to the Elcho area as well, with food contributed by businesses and organizations there earmarked for the Elcho Food Pantry located at United Church of Christ there.
“We set a new record this year with 53 separate organizations, businesses that came together in some form of collaboration for the building of the structures,” Jean Greening of the Thrivent Pinnacle Team said.
On-line viewing and voting continues through Sunday at www.antigofoodpantry.com.
Trophies will be awarded in four categories: “Antigo Heavyweight,” the largest creation by weight; and “Peoples Choice,” given to the structure that receives the most votes from the public. The other two categories, “Most Creative” and “Best Collaboration” between various organizations will be decided by a panel of impartial judges.
The Antigo school district PRIDE entry located in the former Java Junction building on Fifth Avenue.
|Antigo Public Library patrons are enjoying a spruced-up building exterior, on their way inside to check out the mix of books, computers and programs.|
Spurred by a request from her three-year-old son Grant, Sherelle Schmidt led a corps of volunteers on a landscaping project at the downtown facility in September, collecting cigarette butts, trimming shrubs and replacing worn-out mulch and plants.
“Grant saw that this area was being abused and together with donations from local businesses, something was done about it,” Schmidt said. “The library is a beautiful asset and this shows that our community really takes pride in it.”
Library Director Cynthia Taylor called the project a “wonderful addition.”
“We invited everyone to take a moment, before entering the building, to admire all the hard work done by the volunteers,” she said. “They have dramatically increased the attractiveness of the building with magnificent efforts.”
The library remains the best source for countless items for adults, teens, and children, whether they are seeking printed or audio books on CD, on MP3 discs, or on preloaded Playaways. The library also has nearly 4,000 DVDs f
Antigo Public Library staff members pose outside the newly-landscaped facility with Grant, in front, who inspired the volunteer project. From left are (front row) Deb Van Auken, Savannah Wagnes, Elizabeth Simek, Elizabeth Merry, (back row) Betsy Pilecky, Director Cynthia Taylor, Nancy Fredrickson, Carol Engebretson, custodian Brian Grabowsky, Maria Pregler and Barbara Divine.
|Workmen were at the north edge of the roof on the new body shop and recreational vehicle building at Brickners of Antigo this week on Antigo’s north side. The large building will allow updating and expansion of the body shop and also provide space for servicing, storage and perhaps display of some of that recreational machinery. Floors on the interior of the structure were being poured this week.||
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