Family, friends of Justin Schroepfer hold dedication for life-saving equipment|
Registration underway for big Splash-n-Dash event in July
|Three weeks shy of a year ago, Antigo native Justin Schroepfer went into Lake Superior just off Little Presque Isle at Marquette, Mich. attempting to save a young woman who had been caught in a rip current.|
Schroepfer and the young woman died that day, but his efforts may now assure no one suffers a similar fate.
On Sunday, Schroepferís parents, Connie and Kevin Schroepfer of Antigo, his fiancee, Suzy Solin, her parents, Don and Kathy Solin of Deerbrook, and other family members and friends gathered at the windswept location in Michiganís Upper Peninsula to dedicate a plaque in his memory and, more importantly, get an inaugural look at the new life-saving drone installed at the location in Presque Isle Park.
"We felt that we just needed to come up and properly thank everyone who helped us that day," Kevin Schroepfer said.
The plaque was installed next to a new EMILY (EMergency Integrated life-saving LanYard) drone installation.
The only device of its kind on the Great Lakes, EMILY is a remote controlled buoy that can maneuver through rip currents and other hazardous water conditions at 22 miles per hour to get to someone struggling in the w
The Schroepfer and Solin families and friends gathered at Presque Isle Park in Marquette Sunday to dedicate a plaque and lifesaving equipment in honor of Justin, who drowned at the site while attempting to save a woman caught in a rip current last summer. Justinís parents, Connie and Kevin Schroepfer, are at lower right. Terry Schroepfer provided the photograph.
Julianna Bauknecht, 11, honored in D.C. for work helping animals
|It may be a chilly spring day, but planning is well underway for an event that is striving to become summers hottest.|
The fifth annual Splash-n-Dash Duathlon, the only race of its kind in northcentral Wisconsin, will take place on Saturday, July 15 at Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake.
The race involves swimming either 1/2 or 1/4 mile in the crystal clear waters of Jack Lake, then running a 5 kilometer course around the trails of Veterans Memorial Park in Deerbrook. Racers can compete individually or as a tandem team, with one swimming and one running.
Again this year there will be high school tandem teams and a special race for youngsters.
The high school tandem teams will consist of one swimmer and one runner. The teams can choose the long or short course, with the winners receiving a traveling trophy. The youth event is for racers ages 6 to 8 or 9 to 11. Racers, ages 6 to 8, will swim 25 yards and run 1/4 mile. Racers, ages 9 to 11, will swim 50 yards and run 1/2 mile.
Prices for the adult race range from $35 for an individual to $65 per tandem team. High school tandem teams cost $65 per team. The youth race costs $15.
Jenny Renfro, right, discusses Splash-n-Dash strategy at the July, 2016 race.
Community Band, Of Chorus! spring concert set for Sunday
|Julianna Bauknecht, 11, of Bryant, was honored in Washington D.C., recently, rubbing shoulders with celebrities and other guests at the Prudential Spirit of Community 22nd annual national award ceremony.|
Baukecht, along with Sarah Kartie Spade, 17, of Shorewood, were named Wisconsin's top youth volunteers in February, and were officially recognized at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History along with the top two youth volunteers in each other state and the District of Columbia.
And the honors continued for Eder, who was named one of America's top 10 youth volunteers of 2017. Selected from a field of more than 31,000 youth volunteers from across the country, she earned the title of National Honoree, along with a personal award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a crystal trophy for her school, and a $5,000 grant
At that event, each of the 102 State Honorees for 2017 received $1,000 awards as well as personal congratulations from Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. The honorees each also received engraved silver medallions and all-expense-paid trips with a parent to Washington, D.C., for the recognition events.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps congratulates Sarah Katie Eder, 17, of Shorewood (center) and Julianna Bauknecht, 11, of Bryant on being named Wisconsin's top two youth volunteers for 2017 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.
Elks present scholarships, honor teens
|Antigo Community Band and Of Chorus! will team for a concert filled with springtime melodies on Sunday.|
The afternoon event will begin at 4 p.m. at the Volm Theater, located at Antigo High School..
The band, under the direction of Jeff Burdick, will open the performance with Second Suite in F for Military Band followed by Joyful, Joyful March, Sweet Tomorrow and The Gift of Love.
It will continue with Star Wars Medley, Follow the River, Ye Banks and Braes OBonnie Doon, and A Native American Prayer.
Things will take a turn toward pop tunes with Disney at the Oscars, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, Double Happiness, Loves Me Like a Rock, and California Dreamin.
The band will conclude with He Aint Heavy, Hes My Brothers, Blowin in the Wind/America, Lord Help Us Live in Peace and Let the River Run.
The chorus, directed by Mike Werdeo and featuring 24 singers, will begin its set with Hold On the Rock, There is a Balm in Gilead and Into the Woods.
It will continue with Children Will Listen, Lullaby, When You Believe, I Dream of Rain, and conclude with America.
The band and choir will combine at th
SPRING CONCERTóThe Antigo Community Band, top photo, and Of Chorus! will combine for a spring concert Sunday afternoon at the high schools Volm Theater. Jeff Burdick directs the band while Mike Werdeo is at the helm of the choir.
|The Antigo Lodge, which serves an extensive area of northern Wisconsin, hosted recipients of the Teens of the Month, those who will receive scholarships from the local and national orders, and named the Teens of the Year Wednesday evening.|
Grace Tews and Cole Johnson, both students at Antigo High School, were named the Teens of the Year.
The teens and their families are invited to the lodge for a dinner, and what has become a snappy program under the direction of Exalted Ruler Heather DeBroux and Brian Blink.
DeBroux welcomed the crowd, telling the young people they had done an excellent job in earning the accolades from the Elks and its local and state scholarship committees. She also offered an Elks prayer to open the dinner program.
Following the meal, Blink opened the awards program, turning over to Bob Anderson, who introduced the scholarship recipients. He praised the field of entries this year, saying that six ofthe six who entered the college/university competition all will get $1,000, and the lodge was able to provide two vocational scholarships this year.
The scholarship recipients included Abigail Luerssen, Samantha Schuessler, Tho
Elks Exalted Ruler Heather DeBroux, left and Brian Blink with Teens of the Year Grace Tews and Cole Johnson at the annual lodge honors program Wednesday evening.
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