Ecumenical service held here Wednesday for Thanksgiving|
'Keep it Green' drive begins to curb local fires
|Rev. Charles Hoffmann played a few word games Wednesday evening during the homily at the Antigo area ecumenical Thanksgiving service, a tradition that launches the holiday season.|
Hoffmann, from St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, Phlox, delivered the homily for the service held at St. John Catholic Church involving 10 members of the clergy representing a number of different local congregations.
Hoffmann shifted the name of the Thursday holiday to Thanks Living, and then elaborated on reasons for humanity and thankfulness.
Those participating in the program included Deacon Andy Bures, St. Wenceslaus, SS. Mary and Hyacinth, St. John churches, Rev. Wes Jedras, Faith United Church of Christ, Rev. Dick Kendall, First Baptist Church, Rev. Debbie Pimm, Antigo United Methodist Church, Rev. David Schmidt, St. John, St. Wenceslaus, SS. Mary and Hyacinth churches, Rev. Karen Tews, Calvary Lutheran Church, Vicar Bob Wilkinson, St. John and Arbutus Lutheran churches and Rev. Jerry Woman, SS. Mary and Hyacinth, St. Wenceslaus, St. John churches.
One of the keys to the success of the service was the choir, gathered from the participating religious groups.
Rev. Charles Hoffmann delivering the homily Wednesday evening.
Surveys due today: Board closing in on school project
|Neal Wozniak is hoping for a repeat performance, if not better, of last years Keep It Green fire safety campaign.|
We only had one red bulb, said Wozniak, who serves as president of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association.
The crimson light, signifiying a Dec. 11 residential fire at Pickerel, was one of two only non-green bulbs to mark wreaths which were placed on fire stations across the county during the five-week campaign. The other, a white bulb, represents those lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The goal is to keep the wreath green, Wozniak stressed, explaining that there has been as many as six red bulbs in one year of the decade-plus program.
The wreaths used in the campaign provide a visual reminder that safety should be of utmost concern.
People call me when they see a red bulb, Wozniak said. They attract attention and hopefully people remember, particularly during the holidays, that safety comes first.
The campaign begins today and runs through the new year.
Neal Wozniak is pictured with the Keep It Green wreath.
With the deadline fast-approaching, the Antigo school district is on track to receive 1,000 responses to its recent district survey of facility needs.
District Administrator Dr. Don Childs reported those results to the board of education Tuesday. The document was distributed to 9,500 residents, representing virtually every household in the district, earlier this month. Deadline for response is today.
We could very well be looking at a 10 percent return, which would be statistically significant, Childs said.
The survey was presented by School Perceptions LLC, an independent firm with expertise in the area, with input from the board. Results will be available for review by the board at its Dec. 8 meeting as a committee of the whole, two weeks in advance of a board deadline to make a decision on an April building referendum.
Although a discussion of the referendum and consolidation issues was not included on the open meeting agenda, the board did venture into the area.
Over the concerns of board members familiar with open meeting laws and proper public notification, board member Tim Fuller made a motion, which was seconded by Jeanne Long, to mov
Fab Lab sparks meeting of school board Tuesday
|An Antigo teen, who wishes to remain anonymous, used savings and birthday gifts to buy turkeys for the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry. Copps Food Center personnel, shown in the picture, delivered the 100 turkeys this morning. Shown, lower, are Dave Steger, Mickey Reimer, above, Cody Messer and Gabby Beilke. The food distribution center is located at 2120 Progress Blvd., the former Langlade Hospital WelFit facility, and is generally open on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. It will be closed this Friday due to the holiday.|
Plans for a high-tech Fab Lab—right now the hottest thing in school-business partnerships—are advancing in the Antigo school district.
At Tuesdays meeting of the board of education, District Administrator Dr. Don Childs updated the panel on the initial stages of the project to place a Fab Lab—short for Fabrication Laboratory—at the high school.
It seems to be moving forward, Childs said.
If constructed, the lab, which received the enthusiastic backing of the board in October, would be the seventh in the state. The district is already applying for a grant for initial funding for the program, with long term finances likely through a public-private partnership.
The project is centered in northern Wisconsin and spearheaded by Don Sidlowski, founder of Northwoods Broadband & economic Development Coalition. He is in the middle of a three-year initiative to install one of the units in each of Wisconsins eight Grow North counties—Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas.
Using the increasingly availability of high-speed Internet, the labs incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) i
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