Lexi Schroeder selected as homecoming queen|
Antigo to celebrate Oktoberfest Saturday
|Lexi Schroeder and Jacob Rhode are reigning as queen and king over Antigo High School homecoming festivities this afternoon and evening.|
The court was announced at a spirit-filled afternoon pep rally, capping a week of games and dress-up days.
Joining them on the court are Doug Benishek and Abigail Fleischman, first attendants; Hayden Groot and McKenzy Powell, second attendants; Devon Brisby and Kira Simonis, third attendants; and Sam Brettingen and Marisa Young, fourth attendants.
The king, queen and court will be introduced to the public at the homecoming parade, slated for 4 p.m. The route begins in the St. John Church parking lot and proceeds through downtown along Fifth Avenue, disbanding at west Elementary School.
In addition to the court, it will include the high school and Middle School marching band, class floats and more.
The Antigo Red Robins will take on the Lakeland Thunderbirds in a 7 p.m. grid contest.
Activities conclude with a student dance in the high school commons from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Ben-Jamin DJ Service. Tickets are $6 at the door.
Lexi Schroeder was crowned Antigo High School homecoming queen this afternoon.
|German beer, food and music will combine with some great early fall weather for Antigo’s ninth annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday.|
The event, hosted by the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce, is slated from 4 to 9 p.m. in the multi-purpose building at the Langlade County Fairgrounds.
Enjoy Oktoberfest beer tasting in the biergarten and be sure and take home a souvenir mug. There will be German food along with contests for best costume and beer stein hoist.
The Clete Bellin Orchestra will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
The forecast is promising ideal fall conditions for the event, with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-50s.
The Clete Bellin Orchestra will perform for Antigo’s Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday.
Student nutrition needs addressed
|The corner of Fifth Avenue and Clermont Street was getting attention this week as flowers were planted and bark spread to make the lot even more attractive. Duffek employees are shown distributing the bark on Wednesday afternoon. Northern Advertising signs make the long-idle downtown lot sparkle with light. |
Spychalla ski chalet to be in place for busy Jake Lake trails
|Antigo school district youngsters are guaranteed a nutritious breakfast and lunch every weekday.|
But what about on the weekends?
Sensing a need to expand nutritional opportunities for children, the Community Health Foundation in partnership with The Antigo Community Food Pantry, Aspirus Langlade Hospital, Langlade Health Coalition, Langlade County Health Department and the UW-Extension office, is launching the Weekend Backpack Program.
According to foundation officials, some children in the school district are coming to school on Monday morning hungry, suggesting that they may not have eaten—or have eaten very poorly—since previous Friday’s school lunch.
Beginning in November, a number of children will be sent home with backpacks filled with easy-open meals for weekend dining. The pilot program will begin at one area school where 80 percent of the student population receive free or reduced-priced lunches. It will run until May.
Students who have participated in successful programs in other counties in Wisconsin have shown marked improvement in school attendance, test scores, behavior and health, officials reported.
A pilot program that provides backpacks filled with food for youngsters to eat over the weekends, when school breakfasts and lunches are not available, will begin in October.
|Ten months after his death, the memory of Jim Spychalla lingers over the Jack Lake trails, where he logged thousands of miles skiing and running over his 87 years.|
In a few weeks, there will be a visible tribute as well.
In their patriarch’s memory, the Spychalla family has presented the Langlade County Forestry and Recreation Department with a check for $35,000 to be used toward a ski chalet that will grace the entrance of the Jack Lake ski trails by the opening of this ski season.
“My father was a fixture at Jack Lake Park for perhaps the last 40 years of his life,” James Spychalla said. “He would frequently have strings of over a hundred days in a row at the park. Dad was an accomplished amateur athlete. He was always either cross country skiing, running the trails or even circumnavigating the lake in his triathlete days. “
Like its benefactor, the building will be simple, yet sturdy, appealing to skiers and outdoors enthusiasts.
The log-sided structure was designed by county maintenance director and architect Nate Heuss and will compliment the various pavilions and shelters located at the nearby Veterans Memorial Park.
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In the top photo, James Spychalla, right, presents a check to Tom Lazers at the site of the new Jack Lake ski chalet. The lower photo shows a drawing of the shelter, being built in memory of Spychalla’s father, Jim, an avid skier who traversed the trails on an almost-daily basis every winter. It should be ready for the start of this year’s ski season.
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