Old Elcho school is tumbling down|
International Food Fest draws a crowd
|The slow-motion demolition of the old Elcho elementary school is picking up steam this week.|
The projectâ€justifiably cautious due to the proximity of the building to the new construction and the rest of the school complexâ€quickened pace on Monday when Eckart's Demolition heavy equipment began clawing at the brick walls and supports of the structure, completed in 1940 as a Depression-era WPA project.
â€śThey built it to last,â€ť Earl â€śDocâ€ť Smith of EDS Builders, the construction manager on the $18 million addition and renovation project, said. â€śIt's a very strong building.â€ť
The building may be strong, but it was rendered obsolete by changing technologies, an antiquated heating plant, and winter weather that was slowly compromising the brick facade.
â€śIt was time,â€ť Smith said.
Voters made the decision in November, 2016 to replace it with new construction and the death knell came following the final day of classes in May, when the long demolition process began.
Work was scheduled to be completed over the summer months, but was delayed by the discovery of asbestos, which officials had thought was abated during the 199
Heavy equipment clawed into the west side of the old Elcho elementary school on Monday, just feet from where students were having class in the new building. It's a careful process.
Elcho ready to open fitness center, meeting Wednesday
|It was a Sunday for smiles at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.|
It was a perfect fall day for the St. John Catholic Church International Dinner, a truly ecumenical event, drew a massive crowd to the Livestock Pavilion for the polka masses and then to the multi-purpose building for the food festival, music and fun galore.
The fall festival, which has evolved into the largest fundraiser in the community, served massive amounts of meatballs and pastas, Canadian meat pie even with a Labbatt's beer, that spicy chicken curry with lemon rice from India and a huge assortment from Poland, including creamy potato soup.
The morning started with the 9 a.m. polka Mass in the Livestock Pavilion, and the word had been well circulated that the Marozek Brothers Polka Band from Pulaski, were performing â€ a group well known for their polkas and work at religious services.
Rev. Mathew Simonar had scouted them out and offered an endorsement.
At the 9 a.m. Mass in the livestock building, Rev. Simonar told the standing-room-only crowd that this was not his first Mass in a barn after serving in Door County.
There were smiles everywhere during the two ch
Dick Hilger and Paul Payant served Greek salads at the International Festival Sunday at the fairgrounds. Bill and Jane Martine were not far away, busy preparing the delicacy.
Late summer storm lashes Antigo with downed trees, lost power
|The Elcho School Fitness Center is ready to open for the community and the public is invited to find out what it has to offer at an information night on Wednesday.|
Interested individuals can drop in anytime between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to ask questions, review policies and sign up for memberships. Parking is available in the west entrance parking lot at the intersection of Owano and Arcola Streets; enter through commons/cafeteria doors.
â€śWe are excited to bring a much-needed service to our community,â€ť Kari Lazers, the district's communications and community education coordinator, said. â€śIt's accessible, affordable and a great place for community members to succeed in staying active and healthy.â€ť
Starting Oct.. 1, the fitness center will have open hours seven days a week for the community to use. Members will have full use of strength and cardio equipment, including cross-trainer machines, free weights, recumbent bikes, treadmills and a cable motion dual adjustable pulley station.
â€śThe goal of our center is to make fitness easily accessible and to encourage healthy lifestyles,â€ť Lazers said. â€śThe center layout is designed for quick an
The new Elcho School Fitness Center, which will be open to the community.
A big Sunday planned for the annual St. John International Dinner, festival
|A late summer storm shook Antigo and Langlade County Thursday night as power went out, trees crashed into homes and by this morning, things were starting to get back to normal.|
This area seemed to be the target of the storm, which knocked out the power to about 2,500 utility customers in the central Wisconsin area.
But the majority of them were right here in Antigo, where at the height of the problem there were 1,036 people in the dark.
According to the Wisconsin Public Service, the utility that maintains many of the lines here, 2,500 customers were without power through Central Wisconsin after the storm swept through.
There are still some customers without electrical service, including those in Minocqua, Lake Tomahawk and 249 in Lac du Flambeau.
Locally, damage calls began coming in right around 10:30 p.m. as the storm moved through. The majority of reports came from within the city, but were not limited to residential areas.
A transformer was blown near Fifth Avenue and Sunset Road, while a tree resting on an electrical wire started on fire on County Road A, with a tree causing another wire to at least spark in the 700 block of Fif
A number of homes, plenty of power and other utility lines were hit when a storm roared through the Antigo and Langlade County area Thursday evening. The top picture shows that Daniel and Terry Zelechowski home, hit hard by a broken tree that had been partially cleared away this morning, and lower, a home 1524 Fifth Ave., where the roof was smashed by a pine tree in two locations. The branches were able to penetrate the roof.
|Enjoy ethnic food, auctions, games , raffles and much more at the annual International Food Festival hosted Sunday by St. John catholic parish.|
The annual event, a fall highlight, will be held at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The day will kick off in the dairy pavilion with a Polka Mass celebrated at 9 and 11 a.m. with Rev. Matt Simonar.
The music will be provided by the Maroszek Brothers, a very lively polka band from Pulaski. It includes four brothers Gene, Al, Frank and Scott Maroszek, their nephew, Bruce Brzeczkowski, and family friend John Wudtke.
At 10 a.m. the International Food Court and all the booths, and raffles will open in the multi- purpose building. Plan on sampling a variety of ethnic food and beverages from the Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Mexico, India, Poland , Greece and of course the United States. For those with a sweet tooth, there is an ethnic desserts booth, and The Bell Sisters Sweet Shoppe featuring old fashion sodas.
Local families are preparing the delicious fare from their heritage country, with recipes that have been handed down through the generatio
From left, Larry and Peg Ourada and Mary Schmoll in the kitchen at the Dixie Lunch, where they are making 700 Bohemian kolatches for Sunday's Fall Festival.