Remington fund aids fire departments
|Dennis Klement and Denise Hale are shown in a scene from Antigo Community Theater’s “Ten Feet From the Source of the Heat,” an original play by local author Bridget Strasser, which opened Thursday at the Volm Theater at the high school. The show continues tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and will close following a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door or in advance at Neve’s Floors to Go, Furniture and Mattress Gallery. The opening night crowd was substantial and enthusiastic.|
City's tornado sirens are silent today
|Local fire departments are once again the beneficiaries of one of the area’s leading philanthropists.|
Earlier this month, representatives of 12 area fire departments were each granted $3,000 in funds by the Elwyn Remington Foundation.
“We are very appreciative and thank the foundation for its continued support,” said Neal Wozniak who serves as president of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association.
Prior to his death in April, 2010, Elwyn “Al” Remington established the foundation and over its term the charitable organization, now headed by longtime friend Jeanne Lucht, has distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships as well as assisting in assortment of community projects and the local aquatic center.
“This was one of Al’s favorite causes,” Lucht said.
Fire departments in Langlade County along with neighboring units in Shawano and Lincoln counties were recipients of the donations.
Shown above were area representatives Justin Emerich and Brandon Helmer, Town of Wolf River; Jeff Zettler, Brad Hartwig and Tony Hartwig, Town of Pine River; Neal Wozniak, Rural Fire Control; Jim Zahn, Mattoon; Dave Gregurich, Town of Peck
Representatives of area fire departments are pictured with Jeanne Lucht of the Remington Foundation.
Boys & Girls Club fund-raiser Saturday, pianos will be dueling
|When the statewide tornado drill was conducted this afternoon, Antigo’s sirens were silent.|
And they will remain that way.
City officials are urging residents to take advantage of a myriad of other weather alert systems, following a decision last fall by the Antigo Common Council to eliminate the use of the emergency weather sirens.
“With advanced technology, there are other ways to get the information out,” Brad Henricks, emergency management director for Langlade County, said. “Weather forecasting has gotten so much better with advance warnings far ahead of any storms.”
Warning sirens are not mandated by either state or federal law and their use—or disuse—is strictly a local decision. But if they are installed, the municipality must maintain them, and that can get very pricey and raise liability concerns as well.
According to Jim Pike, who oversees the city’s communications and computer systems, the two sirens had simply outlived their usefulness. They went off—or failed to do so—unpredictably, and would have been difficult or impossible to repair.
“They are now completely disconnected,” he said.
Instead of the antiquated si
From left, firefighter Brett Hefty, Chief Jon Petroskey and firefighter Corey Smith pose with NOAA weather radios at Radio Shack.
Comedy is coming to Elcho for Saturday show
|Everything from dueling pianos to games of chance will be offered when the Langlade County Boys & Girls Club presents Corks, Forks & Brews Saturday evening at North Star Lanes.|
The event, a fund-raiser for the local youth organization, will get underway at 6 p.m.
There will be a food, wine and beer tasting with silent auction items and specialty hors d’oeuvres. Sample Wisconsin’s finest cheese from Sartori and enjoy more than 20 of Wisconsin’s favorite microbrews from Big Bull Falls and Central Beer Distributors.
It will also be Casino Night, with Texas Hold ’Em, Blackjack and Roulette. Top players can trade in their winnings for raffle tickets on a variety of prizes.
Entertainment will be provided by Dueling Pianos, which offers a raucous mix of music and audience interaction.
Tickets are $50 in advance and are available at the Boys & Girls Club and North Star Lanes. They will be priced at $60 at the door.
Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Angel Zimmerman, left, and Hilary Messer-Franz take a break from decorating for Saturday’s Corks, Forks & Brews fund-raiser.
|Comedy comes to Elcho on Saturday, part of a special ‘spring break” for parents.|
The Elcho Men’s Club will host the dinner and comedy show at the Jack LaMar/Elcho Community Pavilion, featuring Liysa Callsen, Kathy Kowalski from Manitowoc and Craig Knitt from Marion providing a variety of comedy.
Doors open at 4 p.m., dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the comedy show at 7 p.m.
The night promises to be full of laughter. After the standup and skits, improv will allow for audience participation. Like in the TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?’’ audience members will participate by either calling out suggestions to questions such as “Give me a location only in books?’’ or “A historical figure you’d look to have dinner with?’’ The crowd’s answers set the scene for the actors. Other participation includes guests being called onto the stage.
Callsen’s passion for comedy is to just have fun.
“Things are so serious all the time,” she said. “The daily grind in a world that seems to be grinding harder and faster. Comedy gives relief, it’s a healing that can erase the weight of the world in just one evening. An escape from the grind.’’
Liysa Callsen is will among a trio of comedians performing a dinner and comedy show at the pavilion in Elcho on Saturday.
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