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Remington Foundation has long record of funding groups, latest is firefighters
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When people in this part of Wisconsin were buying Texaco oils and fuel products and Pontiac automobiles, no one dreamed that the man selling them would one day be one of this area’s leading philanthropists.

Before his death in April, 2010, Elwyn “Al” Remington established the Remington Foundation and distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships, an assortment of community projects and the local aquatic center.

Since his death, the foundation, now headed by a board led by his longtime friend, Jeanne Lucht, has continued the philanthropy unabated.

The latest example occurred Wednesday afternoon when the Remington Foundation distributed tens of thousands of dollars to 12 volunteer fire departments from throughout the area.

“This was one of Al’s favorite causes,” Lucht told representatives of the agencies. “Thank you for all the work you do.”

Lucht noted that the volunteers are on call 24 hours a day, helping to keep their communities safe.

Neal Wozniak, chief of Rural Fire Control and president of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association, applauded the donation, which he said will be used by the departments for neede
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Representatives of area fire departments and the Remington Foundation posed at the grant ceremony Wednesday at Rural Fire Control. From left are (back row) Brian Owens, Mattoon; Randy Berger, Birnamwood; Jim Zahn, Mattoon; Nick DeHart, White Lake; John Uttech, Pine River, Jon Petroskey, city of Antigo; Mike Winski, Town of Antigo; Neal Wozniak, Rural Fire Control; front row, from left, Jeanne Lucht, Remington Foundation; Dave Gregurich, Peck; Diane McKinney, Norwood; Brian Messer, White Lake; Maureen Winter, Remington Foundation; Dan Duley, Rural Fire Control, and Howard Caddle, Langlade.
Santa shares his stories at museum
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Santa Claus is as old as Christmas and as young as the gleam in a toddler’s eye.

The Jolly Old Elf is inviting youngsters to visit him at the Langlade County Historical Society Museum through Sunday, sharing stories of life with Rudolph and the elves at the North Pole, trolling for cookies and milk under the balsams on Christmas Eve, and reminding children to be nice, not naughty or risk getting coal in their stockings.

“I bet three out of four households in Antigo have a photo of me,” Santa says, suggesting that he has been visiting with three or even four generations of families since he made Antigo his wintertime headquarters over 40 years ago, “I love it, every minute of it.”

Santa has heard it all, with items from Disney’s “Frozen” franchise topping the list this year, along with a mix of Barbie dolls, trucks and other toys.

“All kids want something a little different,” Santa says. “Sometimes, you have to negotiate with them, like when they ask for a horse. You’ve got to explain that sometimes that’s just not possible if you live in town or in an apartment since a horse needs a barn and a pasture and lots of room.”

And of course, there a
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County Board welcomes new veterans officer on Tuesday
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The Langlade County Board passed the master plan for compensation and benefits for its employees and approved a part-time employee for the Department of Social Services through 2015 at its December meeting Tuesday.

Dale Oatman, the retiring Langlade County veterans service officer, introduced his replacement, John Zenkovich.

Supervisors also heard a stunning report on health hazards, presented by health department director, Ron Barger.

Barger brought a report that explains the requirements for reporting the hazards in residences and the ways the problem must be addressed.

Barger explained that the health problems do exist, noting that during 2013 there were 73 problems reported, 115 contacts made and 27 enforcement actions ordered.

His report has pages of upsetting pictures showing filled toilets, septic failures and contamination, stacks and stacks of trash and garbage, indoor environment problems, mold and other issues.

The hazards also include drug paraphernalia, structural issues, cases of hoarding, which Barger said are very difficult to control. He also noted animal neglect after stunning pictures in the report that were upsett
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Salvation Army kettle has $1,200 gold coin
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With a solid “thunk” into a red bucket, Langlade County’s Salvation Army campaign got a $1,200 boost Monday.

Sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., an anonymous donor placed a $20 gold coin into the collection bucket outside Mills Fleet Farm, during the shifts of either Geno McKenna or Scot Peterson, both longtime bell-ringers.

The coin, in exceptional condition, was discovered during the evening’s count by Cavan Kelly, and quickly identified as a Saint-Gaudens double eagle, produced at the Philadelphia Mint in 1922.

“It is in extremely good condition,” Kelly said.

The coin is large and heavy, and Kelly said could not have been placed in the kettle by accident.

“Somebody knew what they were doing,” he said.

A trip to a local coin dealer placed the value of the 20-dollar gold piece at about $1,200, Kelly said. It will be sold and the proceeds added to the Salvation Army total for the season.

The kettles have been the recipient of surprises over the years, including several diamond rings, but never such a valuable coin.

“As far as I know, this is the first gold coin that has been put in a kettle in Wisconsin,” he said.
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Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator Bill Kelly with the gold coin, an unexpected Christmas treat in a red bucket.
Highway 55 closed down by river water
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With flooding getting worse instead of better, crews have closed state highway 47/55 between Go-Around Road and Rabbit Ridge Road in Keshena.

Traffic is being be detoured via Go-Around Road, BIA Route 321, County VV, BIA Route 19, and Rabbit Ridge Road.

The Wolf River is breaching the highway near the intersection of Menominee County VV, with high water caused by a combination of a quick snow melt, overnight rain and ice jams.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution on all area roads and are reminded not to drive through standing water.

Crews will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen the highway when the waters recede and the road does not present any safety concerns.
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