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Pickerel fire, rescue upgrades equipment
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Pickerel Volunteer Fire and Rescue has upgraded its equipment, and that will mean quicker response times for residents in the town of Ainsworth.

The department has added purchased a new water tender from Firovac Power Systems in Ohio and Capt. Brennan Cook called it an exponential upgrade in functionality, capability, and safety from the previous water tender.

The department anticipates the new truck will outperform the old truck by at least a 2-to-1 ratio in gallons per minute of water delivered while using less personnel, Cook said.

The tanker replaces a used 1991 Ford purchased by the department over 15 years ago. It carried an 1,800 gallon milk tank that was purchased used by the department in 1973 and placed on a used 1966 International. This tank was later moved to a used 1977 Mack and then to the Ford.

Nationwide, fire department water tenders are involved in more accidents per number of responses than any other emergency vehicle which made replacement of the older homemade truck a high priority, Cook said. The new truck meets and in some areas exceeds national safety standards for fire apparatus.

Firovac has built similar trucks for
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Pickerel fire department volunteers are shown with the new tanker. From left are (back row) Kyler Bruss, Lt. Gene Mason, Gary Larson, Brennan Livermore, Ted Jacobsen and Chief Rob Adherholdt.
Antigo officers receive national honors
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Andrew Hopfensperger, the Antigo police officer who brought a potentially deadly plot at the 2016 high school prom to a sudden close on the evening of April 23, and Ryan Bula, who was with him that night, received a major awards Wednesday.

Hopfensperger, who has received a number of decorations for his actions that evening in front of Antigo High School, and Bula were named recipients of the Officer of the Month Award by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in ceremonies held in the City Hall council chambers.

Brian Lacey, visiting for the event from Washington, D.C., explained the memorial fund was established in 1984 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement officers.

He added that the Officer of the Month Award Program, which Hopfensperger and Bula were the recipients, dates to 1996 and recognizes federal state and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.

He recalled the events of April 23, when attendees started to leave the Antigo High School prom, and waiting outside in the parking area was a
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Two national awards were presented to Antigo police officers Ryan Bula and Andy Hopfensperger Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall. From the left are Mayor Bill Brandt, Police Chief Eric Roller, Bula, Hopfensperger, Brian Lacey with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Police Captain Jim Kolpack.
County Board OKs ad hoc study panel
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The Langlade County Board of Supervisors approved action to establish an ad hoc committee the human resources needs here, a project that at one intensity or another has been underway for more than 20 years.

The decision to create the study committee was made Tuesday at the March session of the board, but it only came after a spirited discussion.

The board shifted the agenda to place the ad hoc action and a resolution to create a staff accountant position in the office of the finance director to the end of the meeting to allow additional time for discussion.

The ad hoc committee study comes after the resignation of the previous human resources director in late 2016, after being in that position for about a year. The plan for creating the post had first been studied in 1994 and 2005 before it was filled in 2015.

The committee will also study the general administrative structure of the county. It will tap county using personnel from several different departments for the project.

Hiring of the accountant for the finance department, which was also approved following an extended discussion. Salary and fringe benefits for the remainder of 2017 will
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It has been an unusual year for mapling
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Maple sapping season started early across the northwoods and it may be lingering late.

Producers of nature’s sweetest treat started tapping trees in mid-February, weeks earlier than usual, and the up and down temperatures of March have turned the spigots on and off since.

‘It’s been an unusual year, Jim Adamski of Adamski’s Sugarbush, one of the area’s largest producers, said. Normally we don’t cook at all in February and this year we had 30 percent of our harvest done last month.

Maple sap is collected in the early spring, when temperatures get below freezing at night and above freezing during the day. The mid-February start compares to 2016’s average opening date for the season of March 6, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics. And that was more than three weeks earlier than the March 28 season opener in 2014.

Adamski said that the early start worked fine for large-scale operators—those who connect lines to the trees and use vacuum pumps to extract the sap. Smaller producers—those who use bags or pails and lots of manual labor in the woods—got started weeks later, with some just hitting the woods
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Vicky and Jim Adamski with the natural gas-fired evaporator at Adamski’s Sugarbush southwest of Antigo.
On stage
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Members of Antigo High School’s Canto Voce honors choir are easily distinguishable in their red robes at a Sunday evening performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choir, under the direction of Jacob Oxley, was invited to perform with 12 other school ensembles as part of Distinguished Concerts International New York I Hear America Singing program. They traveled to the Big Apple following an extensive community fund-raising campaign and while there, visited the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a Broadway production of Aladdin, and more. They are returning to Antigo later today.
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