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North students munching on parsnips, learning about different food options
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North Elementary School youngsters weren't sure about the parsnip chips being served on Wednesday,.

But Friday's strawberry version was a hit.

The school is among 184 educational facilities across the state benefiting from the state's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

“It's been very positive, kindergarten instructor Kathy Zblewski said, as her students munchedor at least triedparsnips chips this week. “They've enjoyed trying new things and some of them actually like parsnips.”

For the uninitiated, parsnip chips taste something like carrotsbut not exactly.

“The program encourages 63,000 students from throughout Wisconsin to try fruits like pears and starfruit and sample vegetables such as radishes and broccoli by providing eligible schools with reimbursements for fresh produce offered in the classroom, allowing students to taste both familiar and unfamiliar fruit and vegetable snacks.

North received $7,900 through the grant program, which exposes students to fresh produce they may not have access to at home. In doing so, the program also gives students a nourishing snack that helps sustain them thro
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Instructor Kathy Zblewski, at right, and secretary Maggie Spinler encourage North kindergarten students to give parsnip chips a try.
Chilly ski
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Kettlebowl ski hill, located northeast of Antigo off Highway 52, was finally able to open for the season on Saturday after a drought of snow kept the gate close during December. About 100 skiers braved below single-digit below zero temperature but calm winds meant minimal wind chill. Skiers are a hardy bunch, skies were sunny and the chalet was open serving hot snacks and drinks. Volunteer Scot Peterson, who snapped this photo from the top of the hill looking down on the skiers and chalet below, reported that conditions were excellent. Temperatures at the Langlade County Airport dipped as low as 17 degrees below zero this morning and at 7 a.m. a wind chill of minus 26 was reported.
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Crossing guard week
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Antigo city and school district officials were joined by the Police Department in honoring crossing guards this week, stressing their important role in ensuring children's safety. The crossing guards, all wearing their vests, include, from left, Bobbie Rosier, Donnie Fritsch, Robert Fritsch, and Dwaine Packard. Missing is Kathy Randl. Also shown, from left, are school board member Danny Pyeatt, Det. Sgt. Dan Duley, District Administrator Dr. Julie Sprague, Officer Nate Zirngible, Police Chief Eric Roller, Mayor Bill Brandt and East Elementary Principal Tom Zamzow, where the ceremony was held. This marks National Crossing Guard Week.
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Golf carts getting attention
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A blanket of snow and ice covers the greens, tees, and fairways, and temperatures are heading below zero Saturday, but that doesn't mean there isn't work being done at the classy 18-hole Bass Lake golf course north of Antigo.

Core full-time members of the summer grounds crew have gathered the past two weeks for the first-ever preventive maintenance program on the club's fleet of golf carts.

Despite the inhospitable conditions on the links, each of the Bass Lake carts is receiving a thorough inspection and tune-up in the toasty maintenance shop.

The crew has been at the task since Jan. 7, and will conclude the project by the end of this week. The project is taking place under the guidance of course superintendent Dave Van Auken.

He explained that the men who keep the course beautiful in the spring, summer and fall, are working in January to make sure carts are safe and ready to roll on opening day.

But that is likely at least three months away at all three of the Langlade County courses, including Bass Lake, Riverview and Maplewood, depending on how Mother Nature behaves during early 2019.
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In the top photo, the Bass Lake Golf course crew do some maintenance work on a golf cart, long before it will be needed on the links. The lower photo shows the crew from left, Tom Westerman, Jeff Lass, Perry Michiel and Bob Diercks.
Workers getting Kettlebowl ready
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The weather will be chilly but hill conditions are expected to be “fair to good” for the season opener at Kettlebowl Ski Hill on Saturday.

A dearth of snow this season has delayed the hill's opening, which usually happens over the Christmas vacation break for students.

“Mother Nature helped us a bit,” Judy Peterson, a volunteer with the Langlade County Ski Club, said. “Weather is going to be colder than it has been but its winter.”

The hill opening comes as the club, its volunteer corps and thousands of skiers and snowboarders who have enjoyed the hill over the decades, mourn the loss of Gloria Schofield, longtime Kettlebowl volunteer, who often served as the welcoming smile at the ticket counter. She and her husband, Gordie, were honored by the club at its annual meeting prior to the start of this ski season.

“They have been volunteers for over 50 years at Kettlebowl and have been a great part of the ski hill and encouraged many volunteers to get involved,” Peterson said. “Very special people. We will miss her.”

To get the hill ready, volunteers are encouraged to be at Kettlebowl Friday beginning at 9 a.m. to unload a
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Dave Peterson runs the groomer at the Kettlebowl ski hill, which will be open for the first time of the season this Saturday and Sunday.
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