Huge crowd expected tonight for picnic|
Fourth of July in Antigo is sure to be a good time, parade at 7 p.m.
|Volunteers were unloading the big gas grills, wiping tables and setting up the cheese curd stand this morning, in preparation for this afternoon’s huge Music in the Park fund-raiser.|
The event will bring together all the ingredients for a great summertime picnic, including brats, custard and pies along with great patriotic music.
The annual fund-raising fete will take place at City Park, featuring the music of a 35-piece ensemble from the 451st U.S. Army Band from Fort Snelling, Minn.
Activities will kick off at 5 p.m. with the annual fund-raising picnic, once again featuring Salm Partners sausages with buns, Steakhouse potato salad, potato chips, pickle spears, sauerkraut, catsup and mustard. Freewill donations will be accepted.
Salm Partners packages sausages for everyone from Aldi’s to Johnsonville, and they are bringing a mix of flavors to the picnic. In addition to traditional brats, diners can enjoy beef and bleu, chipolte, chicken brat with onion, chicken brat with cheddar cheese and onions and beef franks.
The Antigo Visual Artists group will be serving pies and ice cream and Antigo Optimist Club will be selling its deep fried cheese
Volunteers unload the grills for tonight’s picnic in the park. A huge crowd is expected, but the serving lines move remarkably quickly.
Independence Day events in the area get rolling Friday, Army band coming
|It’s promising to be a great Fourth of July in Antigo.|
The Northwoods Tractor Club has dusted off its big people-hauler, plans to decorate it in high style, and is inviting all veterans to ride in the parade. Those interested are asked to be at Edison Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues at 6:30 p.m.
The parade begins at 7 p.m. at the Middle School and proceeds south on Edison Street to 10th Avenue and then west to the high school.
The Antigo High School boys soccer team will be serving brats, popcorn, water, soda, cookies and brownies at Listle Field beginning at 5 p.m.
The fireworks will start at about 9:30 p.m. at the high school.
Parking will be available in the high school lots and along Western Avenue Sunset Drive and 10th Avenue following the parade. Porta-potties and tennis court bathrooms will be available. Be sure to bring a lawn chair.
Tune to WATK 900 AM to hear music to accompany the fireworks show.
Earlier in the day, head out to White Lake for one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in the northwoods.
Activities open with the Country Possum Chase. The one mile fun run starts at 7:30 a.m. wit
Ron Korn prepares the Northwoods Tractor Club people-hauler for Saturday’s parade.
Merry's berries are ripe, and very sweet
|A massive July 4th weekend gets underway in just a few hours.|
Fireworks, parades and special events will storm across the northwoods to celebrate the nation’s independence, and many communities will get started a little early, with some fireworks and other activities already getting underway on Friday.
Antigo is one of those off to an early start, with a 5 p.m. fund-raising picnic for Music in the Park on Friday, including a performance by the 451st Army Band at 6:30 p.m. There will be Salm Partners sausages, pies served by L.A. Arts volunteers, and much more. It all happens at the City Park bandstand.
A look at the rest of the weekend follows:
Antigo will celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday with its annual parade at 7 p.m.
The route will begin at the Middle School and travel down Edison Street to 10th Avenue and west to the high school.
Fireworks will follow at 9:20 p.m. at the high school marking lot.
As part of the festivities, the Antigo High School boys soccer team will be serving brats, hot dogs, popcorn, soda, water and brownies from the concession stand at Listle Field. Food will be available star
Les Cigel, who operates AC Fireworks in Birnamwood, holds a few of the bigger pieces he has in the vast assortment set for July 4.
State aid to decline for local schools as assets in budget shift elsewhere
|The strawberries are ripe, juicy and ready for those Independence Day picnics.|
Merry’s Berries, located northwest of Antigo off Highway H, is open for picking, and owner Andy Merry expects plenty of the springtime fruits will remain available for another week or so across his 10 acre patch.
“It’s going along pretty good,” the veteran berry grower said. “We’ve been open just over a week and I expect it will last another 10 days or so.”
Merry said the early season moisture has resulted in plump strawberries full of flavor, although “several” bouts of frost led to long nights in the field, irritating the plants to keep the temperatures up.
The season started with pickers enjoying Wendys, an early berry, and now transition to Annapolis, which makes up most of Merry’s crops.
“It’s a good all-around berry,” he said. “That’s what I eat all winter.”
Sparkles, soft and sweet berries good for making jam and for freezing, are also available.
Merry said almost all of his berries are pick-you-own, with only a few pre-picked orders.
“It’s always fun to see families and kids out there,” he said. “We have families who come out and te
Andy Merry, his daughter, Anna, left, and Wendy Simonis display the bounty available at Merry’s Berries. The field, full of vehicles and pickers, is visible in the background.
More than half of Wisconsin schools, including all three Langlade County districts, will see a decline in general aid in the next school year, according to estimates from the state Department of Public Instruction.
The state budget not yet finalized would keep general school aid flat at almost $4.5 billion. But DPI says diversions of money to the Milwaukee voucher program and charter schools drop that closer to $4.3 billion. The agency says other factors such as property values and enrollment also play a role in how much aid rises or falls.
Of the state’s 424 school districts, 55 percent, 234, are estimated to receive less general aid in 2015-16, while 44 percent of districts, 188, are expected to receive more aid. Two districts have no change in the aid estimate between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 fiscal years.
According to DPI estimates, Antigo will receive $14.685 million in general aid, a drop of $35,782, or .24 percent.
Elcho will receive $31,046, a decline of $4,685, while White Lake will get $394,279, a decline of 15 percent, or $59,514.
State statute requires the department to compute an estimate of the general school aid each public sc
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