New administrator to preside at first meeting|
The Antigo school board will welcome its new administrator, Dr. Colleen Timm, when it convenes Tuesday for its regular July session.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school.
Dr. Timm joined the district at the beginning of the month, replacing Brian Misfeldt, who resigned to accept a similar job at Bloomer. She comes to Antigo after serving as administrator for the Mishicot school district.
In action items, the board will discuss the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Facilities/Referenda, which is working toward ideas to present to the public by February, 2017 prior to proceeding with a elementary consolidation plan.
In March, the board unanimously advanced the expansive grade reconfiguration plan that would essentially end rural education, with a two-year phase-in beginning in the 2018-19 school year.
But it left the door cracked for alternatives as well, with the motion including the stipulation that the plan will move forward unless a referendum is passed by February, 2018 to implement an alternative facilities consolidation plan.
The ad hoc panel, which is chaired by board member Andy Merry, has be
Merit Gear celebrates 365 days without a recordable incident, a big deal for industry
UW-Extension team ready for fair
|Merit Gear on Hudson Street, which was acquired by Rexnord Corporation in 2013, is celebrating 365 days without a recordable incident.|
This is a major environmental health and safety milestone that we reached together, and everyone should be very proud of this accomplishment,Hank Kakes, Merit Gear plant manager, said. We recognize that all associates deserve to feel safe at work and the company places a high priority on this by creating a safe environment for everyone.
The plant celebrated with a safety recognition dinner this week and recognized associates who were integral in reaching the safety record, with food provided by the Antigo Boys Soccer Club.
Kakes explained that Rexnord emphasizes a safe work environment by actively participating in continuous improvement initiatives to ensure they maintain optimal health and safety levels. They include monthly safety meetings and walkthroughs, in-depth investigations for corrective and preventive actions, and employee-suggested improvements.
Rexnord Merit Gear manufactures custom precision spur and helical gearing and specialized gearboxes that serve industries such as mining, energy, transit, construc
The Rexnord Merit Gear crew at the celebration picture. In front, at left is plant manager Hank Kakes. and at right, Penny Rustick, E.H.S. coordinator.
Boys & Girls Club busy and active
|For staff at the UW-Extension office, the Langlade County fair is all about education.|
The staff at the Extension, which is a branch of the University of Wisconsin system, has been preparing for the start of the annual exposition, which officially kicks off on Wednesday, for months.
People really have no idea what all goes on behind the scenes or what goes on before you go into that barn or that exhibition building, Karalee Brock, 4-H program assistant, said.
In addition to Brock, the staff includes Samantha Straley, interim 4-H youth development agent; Beth Meyer, Food Wise educator; Steve Zimmerman and Dan Marzu, agricultural agents Jennifer Beran, program assistant; and Carrie Kubacki, interim family living agent. All play key roles in assuring the exposition runs smoothly.
Its really a team effort, which is nice, Brock said.
Much of the behind-the-scenes work revolves around data entry. In 2016, there were 4,102 fair entries, with antiques and Cloverbuds/Exploring leading the list. Numbers are expected to be similar for this year, and each of those entries must be recorded and placed in the proper categories.
University of Wisconsin-Extension staff are ready for the county fair. From left are Jennifer Beran, UWEX program assistant; Carrie Kubacki, interim family living agent; Beth Meyer, Food Wise educator; Dan Marzu, ag agent; and Karalee Brock, 4-H program assistant. Not pictured is Samantha Straley, interim 4-H youth development agent.
Large dairy farm seeking to grow, again
|There is a success story unfolding this summer in the 400 block of Superior Street.|
Thats where the Boys & Girls Club is drawing crowds of young people who are having a great time and learning at the same time.
Angel Zimmerman, the clubs executive director, explained that the average daily attendance of young people has gone to 160, but when popular programs like summer camp are offered, those numbers go right through the roof.
Zimmerman said youth participation this year has gained about 30 percent, which led to hiring of 11 additional staff members, five of them taking part in the AmeriCorps program. That is a win-win for the people it serves and those working through AmeriCorps get an education award for colleges and universities at the end of summer.
We have a total of 23 employees, Zimmerman said. That includes four full-time and 19 part-time.
Our summer camp youngsters are split into age groups, Zimmerman said. There are grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-8, she said. Each group has three program instructors and they take part in five core areas including art, health and life skills, education and career development, character and leade
The staff and participants posed for a picture recently in the gymnasium.
|Matsche Farms, which is located east of Birnamwood on Highway N in the town of Almon, is already a huge dairy farm. And it has an eye on growing again.|
The Shawano Leader newspaper reported recently that the massive family agriculture organization is seeking regulatory approval for a dramatic expansion, and that would come on top of what is already a stunning commercial dairy operation.
According to the newspaper, the farm has a request to construct a barn that is longer than five football fields placed end-to-end, which would be home to 5,000 or more milk cows.
The proposal for the property at N9035 River Road, which is basically on Highway N, has already won approval from local and county officials and it is going to the state of Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources for review.
It is quite a expansion. The farm currently has an estimated 6,600 cows, and the new project would add 5,000 or more, bringing it close to the 12,000 mark.
The Shawano paper said that the farm already ranks among the larger operations in the northeastern part of the state, with Rosendale Dairy LLC, Fond du Lac County, and Holsum Dairies LLC in Calumet
The big ventilation fans were keeping the cows cool at the Matsche dairy farm near Birnamwood this week.