Salvation Army gets a gold coin early in 2016 campaign|
Fire department to host open house on Saturday
|The Langlade County Salvation Army, which has been recognized for its successes, had a sparkling gold coin in a collector case dropped into its Fleet Farm kettle Thursday morning.|
This is a nice way to start 2016, Bill Kelly, who heads the campaign in the Antigo area, said as he sported a big smile. He had the pristine coin evaluated, and it was valued at $1.300.
Kelly, his wife, Beth and Nick Salm run an excellent campaign.
It works. Kelly said this is the third year a gold coin has been donated, and he has found diamond rings and other valuables have been in the red buckets.
After the Christmas, 2016 campaign, Kelly was hoping for a $100,000 total, which is tremendous for a community of this size.
On Thursday he was all smiles with the 1898 gold $20 piece.
It is a sign this may be another very good year.
Bill Kelly, who heads the Salvation Army drive here, with a valuable gold coin collected on Thursday.
Christmas making a comeback in Mattoon starting with Friday parade
|The Wolf River Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual community open house on Saturday, including tours, chili and community outreach.|
Activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the fire station and town hall, located just south of the Highways 45 and 64 intersection.
A special feature of this year's open house is the effort to get working smoke alarms in more area homes.
"People often don't know how old their smoke alarms are, or that they should be replaced every 10 years," Jonita Schuman, who leads the department's smoke alarm campaign, said. "Our department has teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide new smoke alarms for members of the community. At the open house we'll be making appointments to do free installations. We hope to get them all installed before the holidays, which is traditionally a time for increased risk of home fires."
To determine a smoke detectors age, look on the back of the housing where the date of manufacture is marked. Alarms should be tested monthly, and that batteries should be replaced once a year or when they begin to chirp, signaling that they're running low.
In the top photo, from left, Alex, Justin and Donald Emerich serve as officers on the Wolf River Fire Department, which holds its annual open house on Saturday. The lower photo shows volunteers form the department installing a free smoke alarm in an area home. Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years.
Elizabeth Constable now officially county's D.A.
|After a lull of a few years, a time-honored tradition is returning to Mattoon.|
On Tuesday, Jim Zahn, Zach Kickhaver and Richie Zarda carefully decorated and installed a 25-foot evergreen courtesy of Fullers Christmas Trees, at the communitys north ball diamond, located adjacent to the now-shuttered public school building.
The tree will be lighted as part of a full evening of activities on Friday night.
The evening will kick off at 7 p.m. with a Christmas parade. Units should line up at the 6:30 p.m. at the south ball diamond and proceed through downtown to the north ball field.
A tree-lighting ceremony will follow and there will also be a cookie and candy bake sale buffet.
The event, all outdoors, will also include a tree ornament-making station.
Free coffee and hot chocolate will be served.
Organizers are seeking donated baked goods and Christmas candy to help fill the buffet. For details, contact Kickhaver at 715-903-0069 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas fun will continue in Mattoon on Saturday, when the village hosts its annual get-together at the Community Center from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
From left, Richie Zarda, Zach Kickhaver and Jim Zahn prepare the Mattoon Community Christmas Tree Tuesday afternoon. It will be lit in ceremonies Friday night.
White Lake school, village honored for anniversary events
|For only the second time in three decades, Langlade County officially welcomed a new full-time prosecutor Monday as Elizabeth Constable took her oath of office as district attorney.|
Judge John Rhode, himself only on the bench for less than two years, administered the oath in a brief ceremony which attracted fellow courthouse staff, law enforcement officers and representatives of other agencies.
Constable fills a spot left vacant with the resignation last March by longtime District Attorney Ralph Uttke who took on an assistant prosecutor post in Marathon County.
She was elected by voters earlier this month and was subsequently appointed to the office by Gov. Scott Walker. She joins an office currently manned by Assistant District Attorney Jill Laufenberg who also maintains a private practice in Merrill.
Following Uttkes departure, Laufenberg was joined by Attorney Galen Bayne-Allison who served the county as a special prosecutor on an interim basis. He closed his local post last week and will begin his term as Lincoln County district attorney in January.
Constable comes to the Langlade County position after serving as an assistant distr
Attorneys Elizabeth Constable and Jill Laufenberg.
|A collaborative project between the village and school district in White Lake in honor of the communitys centennial has received statewide accolades.|
At a recent program in Stevens Point, village and school officials accepted a Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin award, one of six presented by Department of Public Instruction State Superintendent Tony Evers.
Wisconsins rural heritage is held together by the people who work to support children through strong schools, libraries and communities, Evers said. The individuals and organizations that we recognize for rural awards demonstrate the great potential and collaborative spirit of our states rural communities.
For White Lakes 100th birthday, the village and school district partnered to facilitate the planning of 100 events involving organizations throughout the community.
The celebration included a 100 Hours of Fitness Challenge that leveraged the support of the Community Fitness Center at the school. The bicycle rodeo partnered the fire department, volunteers and Antigo Optimist Club and the community garden was led by the member of the village board with active participation fr
State Superintendent Tony Evers, center, presents a Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin award to White Lake school and village officials.
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