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Jeremy Doucette, the mastermind for the decor at the annual Snow Ball fund-raiser, worked this morning with Caren Carley at the North Star banquet facilities. Doucette and his crew are transforming the room in an elegant setting for the Saturday night event. There will be music by Hip Pocket, dancing, dessert hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $40 each and are available at the door.
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Excellent turnout attends downtown meeting Thursday
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A group, far larger than expected, met Thursday evening to launch a plan to bring luster back to downtown Antigo.

The session, hosted by CoVantage Credit Union, included Charlie Zanayed, CEO and president of the credit union, and Darrin Wasniewski, representing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, as speakers.

The program opened with a welcome by Roseanne Hoffman, who leads Antigo First a group deeply involved with the city’s downtown concerns.

She discussed downtown Antigo, and thanked CoVantage for its involvement in the program that was just getting underway.

CoVantage is a downtown anchor, she added.

Zanayed saluted the number of people interested in the downtown for turning out at the session, and turned to discussing CoVantage as part of the community.

He discussed the primitive beginnings of the organization in the basement of an oil cooperative plant and service station building to financial powerhouse that serves members across most of central and northern Wisconsin and western Upper Michigan.

Zanayed also explained the patronage system used by CoVantage, which returns funds to its members.

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The top picture shows credit union CEO and president Charlie Zanayed speaking Thursday evening and the lower picture shows Darrin Wasniewski, with the Wisconsin Development Corporation, at the downtown meeting.
Mattoon decision appealed
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Supporters of a Mattoon school district have appealed the Antigo school board’s rejection of their proposal with the state Department of Public Instruction.

Antigo School district Administrator Brian Misfeldt said he received word of the appeal late Wednesday afternoon, just meeting the filing deadline.

I’m sure the Department of Public Instruction will be sending us a letter outlining the next steps, Misfeldt said.

The petition for review had to be signed by at least 10 percent of electors in the affected school district, in this case Antigo, by Feb. 15.

The boundary appeals board, which is made up of 12 school board members from around the state appointed by the state school superintendent, will hold a public hearing and consult with the school board. That must be done by May 15.

The board could overturn the decision of the local school board only if it finds that the conclusion regarding seven factors are not supported by the facts or were not properly applied.

If the appeals board approves modifications, the issue goes back to the Antigo school for a review and a vote to grant or deny the modified plan. That action mus
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Antigo's Peace Lutheran School joins the choice movement in Wisconsin
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The state’s School Choice Program, which has provided tuition vouchers to allow parents to send their children to private schools in the Milwaukee and Racine areas for years, is expanding into Antigo.

Peace Lutheran School is among 163 private nonsectarian and religious schools and school systems that registered with the Department of Public Instruction by the Jan. 10 deadline to accept students for the next school year.

We are enthusiastically opening our doors to the new school choice program, David Reineke, administrator of Peace Lutheran School said. Many parents in our community have shown interest in attending our school. This new program will now make that connection possible.

The Wisconsin Parental Choice Program allows students to use a taxpayer-funded subsidy to attend participating private or religious schools.

This new program allows even more families in Antigo to access the outstanding educational program at Peace Lutheran School, especially those families who in the past could not afford to attend, Reineke said.

Peace, open to all families in the area, offers programs from preschool through eighth grade.

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Administrative assistant Ashley Cornelius and District Administrator Dave Reineke are inviting parents to take a look at Peace Lutheran School, now included in the state’s Choice Program.
Downtown Antigo to be topic of meeting Thursday at CoVantage
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It’s time to give downtown Antigo some tender loving care.

That’s the focus of the Doing More Together evening, hosted by CoVantage Credit Union and Antigo First.

The evening, billed as a working session, will take place Thursday beginning at 5:15 p.m. in the community room located on lower level on CoVantage’s main office at Sixth Avenue and Clermont Street.

Antigo First, an organization of largely downtown businesses, has been working with city officials and experts from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation on ways to reinvent the community’s core, which has gone through a series of evolutions since the community’s founding in the late 1800s.

Thursday’s session will open with remarks by CoVantage CEO Charlie Zanayed, who will discuss the credit union’s choice to rebuild its headquarters in the heart of the city and its impact on the downtown corridor.

Zanayed said CoVantage always takes an active interest in the communities it serves.

We have an obligation to the communities we serve and especially Antigo, where we were founded, Zanayed said.

After his remarks, Darrin Wasniewski o
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This photograph offers a field day for Antigo historians. With a meeting set Thursday evening in the future of downtown, this was taken during the day when there was nothing north of North Avenue, it was all within a short ride or a walk. If you are looking to find buildings and locations, good luck. The starting point is the large lighter-colored building at the main intersection, now Chase Bank. Two blocks west, or up, is the white Montgomery Ward store and near the top, Athletic Park. The baseball stadium is still there and it is where the football stadium has been built yet, and that happened just over 75 years ago. The picture was likely taken by Clarence Toburen, a pilot and professional photographer.
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