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Marge Gibson to be honored as AHS alumnus
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Marge Gibson, who translated a lifelong love for birds into a career as a renowned rehabilitator and founder for the Antigo-based Raptor Education Group Inc., will be honored as distinguished alumnus when Antigo High School holds its commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Sheldon Fieldhouse.

Gibson will be presented her award by Dr. Don Childs, district administrator.

Student speakers will include Jamie Spychalla, valedictorian, and Collin Thiex, salutatorian. They will receive their awards from Principal Tom Zamzow.

Isaac Cuellar, class president, will give welcoming remarks. Master of ceremonies will be Jillian Incha, junior class president.

Senior choir members will sing the national anthem to open the afternoon after seniors arrive to the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance March” as performed by the Antigo High school band.

The combined choirs will sing “May It Be.”

Andrew Blink, National Honor Society president, will announce National Honor Society members while Amy Dahms will list the top quarter of the class.

Diplomas will be presented by members of the board of education.More

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Jamie Spychalla and Collin Thiex.
Jobless rate fell sharply in county
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Langlade County joined all of the others in the state of Wisconsin showing declines in the rate of joblessness for April.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures this week.

Racine had the highest unemployment rate last month at 6.8 percent, which was down from 8 percent in March. The second highest was Beloit at 6.4 percent and Milwaukee at 6.3 percent.

The lowest city unemployment rate was 2.9 percent in Fitchburg, Madison and Sun Prairie.

Neighboring Wausau dropped from 4.7 percent in March to 4 in April.

Langlade County’s rate fell sharply from 7.3 percent in March to 6.2 in April, which is certainly better than the 7.8 percent recorded for the same month a year ago.

In neighboring Lincoln County the rate dropped from 6.4 percent to 5.2 and in Oconto County, there was a drop from 6.6 percent to 5.1.

To the north, Oneida had been at 8.3 percent in March, coming down to 6.4 percent in April. In Shawano County the number fell from 6.1 to 4.9 percent.

The local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and therefore not comparable to the state unemployment rate which was 4.4 percen
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Local Habitat group looks for volunteers
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Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County is at a very pivotal point, and is seeking volunteers and interested families to help it moved forward.

In the fall, Habitat completed its eighth home, and now plans are underway to begin building its ninth due in part to a grant from Thrivent Financial.

The group recently hired a full time VISTA staffer to assist the organization with community outreach and resource development during the 2015-2016 year. The affiliate also plans to launch what is known as the A Brush with Kindness Program this summer, which will focus on home repairs for existing homeowners in need.

The largest obstacle in taking these steps forward, however, is the organization’s current needs, organizers said. Habitat for Humanity of Langlade County is searching for a family for its 2015 build, a part time construction supervisor to spearhead the project, and a part time/as needed contractor to lead the home repair projects.

Partner families qualify for a Habitat home based on their income, their need for a safe, decent affordable home, and their willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity by putting sweat equity hours into the ho
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Crews work at the 2014 Habitat for Humanity home.
Elcho to graduate 21 at Saturday commencement
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Twenty-one seniors are expected to receive their diplomas when Elcho High School holds commencement ceremonies Saturday.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Valedictorian is Cheyenne Bloechl, who will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in fall in the pre-dentistry program. Salutatorian is Bradley Bennett, who plans to major in genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Commencement spreaker, as selected by the class, will be Kim Schoenrock, the school’s art teacher.

The class flower is the tulip while colors are black and gold. Motto is “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.”
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Cheyenne Bloechl and Bradley Bennett.
Antigo High School seniors honored, receive scholarships
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Business and civic leaders joined with Antigo High School seniors Wednesday for a night designed to recognize past accomplishments and predict future successes.

The annual scholarship presentation program, which stretched toward the three hour mark, saw hundreds of thousands of dollars presented to members of the graduating class, four days before they receive their diplomas in commencement exercises.

“We have an exceptional group of young men and women we are honoring here tonight,” Mike Blood, who served as master of ceremonies, said.

Blood stressed the large number of awards being presented and the amount of financial assistance it would provide, “which makes me very pleased.”

Top honors went to Ryley Jones and Jamie Spychalla, recipients of the Academic Excellence Scholars Program/Wisconsin Academic Scholars Award. It was presented by Principal Tom Zamzow.

Zamzow also presented a new award, the Wisconsin Technical Excellence Scholarship, to Luke Krivoshein and John Monk.

Zamzow also thanked the other presenters.

“We appreciate and thank you for what you do for our students,” the principal said, adding the entire evening wa
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Antigo High School Principal Tom Zamzow presents the Academic Excellence Scholars Program/Wisconsin Academic Scholars Award to Ryley Jones and Jamie Spychalla.
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