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Honor Society banquet Sunday
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The Antigo High School's 2019 National Honor Society banquet and induction ceremony was held Sunday evening at the North Star banquet facilities, and it is likely one of the happiest celebrations of the year.

Dozens of society members from 2018-2019 are preparing to graduate in a handful of days and they explained their plans for careers and higher education at the event.

And there was another crowd of students coming in to the society ranks for 2019-2020, anxious to do community service and continue advancing an already exemplary record at Antigo High School.

The students, parents, siblings and school officials seemed to be smiling throughout the program.

The evening opened with a greeting from Aimee Hein, the society's advisor, who introduced school officials and faculty, and it shifted quickly to Alayna Weix, president, offering the formal welcome for students and parents. Vice President Emily Brettingen provided the pre-dinner invocation.

After the dinner the cornerstones of the National Honor Society, scholarship, leadership, character and service, were explained by the officers.

High school principal Clint Rogers then t
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Nathan Deep was named Honor Society president, with outgoing presiden Alayna Weix.
'What A Wonderful World' at Spring Valley
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By the end of the program, there were very few dry eyes in the house.

Spring Valley Elementary celebrated “A Tradition of Excellence” Friday afternoon, marking the conclusion to 57 years of education at the little country schoolhouse.

The rural facility, located in the heart off potato growing country northeast of Antigo, will be closed as part of the Antigo school district's consolidation efforts after the school year concludes on June 7.

Similar programs are also planned at Crestwood and Pleasant View schools, also victims of consolidation. Crestwood will hold its celebration on Wednesday, May 29 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Pleasant View will hold its farewell potluck on Friday, May 31 beginning at 11:15 a.m.

Friday's event was designed as a celebration of all the good things that have happened over the decades, but it was a poignant one.

District Administrator Dr. Julie Sprague, who called herself “a former Spring Valley Bluejay,” spoke of her formative years at the school, remembering and reciting the names of all her teachers and a few stories from her elementary experience there.

After first grade “I officially
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Kindergarten and first grade students hold up a giant Thank You” sign at Friday's farewell program at Spring Valley Elementary School.
Merit Gear will close plant in Antigo in 2020: Rexnord
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Merit Gear, one of Antigo successful home-grown industries, will close in phases into 2020, Milwaukee-based Rexnord Corporation announced today.

“We notified Merit Gear associates regarding the decision to close our Antigo manufacturing facility and consolidate it into our exiting gear manufacturing facility in Milwaukee,” a company spokesman said this morning.

She explained that the consolidation will help better serve “our customers by improving total machining capacity and enhancing our location access and logistics.”

But the corporate explanation means little to the 80 or so employees left in the sprawling plant between Fulton and Hudson streets in Antigo.

The Rexnord spokesman said it has been a “very difficult decision and we understand its impact on our associates, their families and the Antigo community.”

When Rexnord purchased the Antigo plant in December 2013 there were hopes for additional jobs and expansion.

In fact, Rexnord officials were upbeat.

At the time, Dean Vlasak, a Rexnord vice president, said Merit's capabilities “are highly complementary to our core Falk product line.”

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An Antigo Daily Journal file photo of gears just after production at the Merit facilities here.
AVA summer show will open Saturday
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Antigo Visual Arts will celebrate “Summer in the Northwoods.”

The artists group will open its summer exhibition Saturday with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. at the AVA art gallery in the Langlade County Historical Society Museum, 404 Superior, Antigo. Wine, courtesy of bbJacks will be served along with a selection of Antigo's own Sartori cheeses. Finger foods, prepared by the artists will also be available.

Reception visitors will have the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite piece of art. AVA artists will also be voting on their favorite piece. Both the People's Choice and Artist Choice winners will receive a ribbon and cash award. Ribbons and cash awards will also be awarded for first, second, and third place. Honorable mention ribbons may be awarded at the discretion of the judge.

Cindy Louise Brown is judging the show. A resident of Wausau, she received a bachelor of fine arts degree from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia in 1985.

Currently she specializes in mixed-media abstracts using an experimental process that combines acrylics, Oriental papers, and drawing media. Her work can often be seen at the Wiscons
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Antigo High School student artists Mackenzie Teal, Ashley Kammer and Kendra Simpson with their pieces created for the “Summer in the Northwoods” Show.
Rural schools marking farewells after many decades of service to community
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The clock is ticking towards the conclusion of nearly four decades of public education at Antigo's rural elementary schools, but first there will be some parties.

Crestwood, Spring Valley and Pleasant View School, the final vestiges of a rural education system that once saw dozens of schoolhouses dot the countryside, will be shuttered at the conclusion of the 2018-19 school year on June 7.

The date was determined by the board of education in 2017, part of a districtwide consolidation effort designed to save money and equalize educational opportunities in an age of tightening fiscal resources, state cost controls and declining enrollments. There has also been a long-standing unwillingness by the majority of local voters to support the schools through referendums for increased spending or upgraded facilities.

The farewell celebrations begin on Friday northeast of Antigo at Spring Valley Elementary School, with the theme Spring Valley Farewell: A Tradition of Excellence.” Activities will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include a potluck supper, with meat, buns and beverage provided by the Parent Teacher Organization.

There will also be games, includ
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In the top photo, Spring Valley second graders pose at the school entrance. The lower photo shows staff in the gymnasium.
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