Finishing touches being put on the fair|
School tax rate will dip below $8
|Over 4,000 entries, ranging from championship cattle and rabbits to photographs and cakes will be on display when the Langlade County fair kicks off on Wednesday.|
The fair is an annual summer highlight, but while the formal exposition only stretches through the weekend, staff at the University of Wisconsin-Extension office have been working for weeks preparing for the day, and some exhibits have been preparing more months to get ready for the big day.
Karalee Brock, 4-H program assistant, said that there are 4,088 total entries for the exposition.
The highest number, 514, is in the area of Exploring and Cloverbuds, who make up the youngest exhibitors at the fair. Exploring is open to youths grades three through five, while Cloverbuds are kindergartners through second graders.
Exhibits for those young members can run the gamut from foods, flowers and clothing to vegetables, crafts and small animals.
The open class antiques department is the second most popular category, with 499 entries. There are various classes for clear and colored glass, dolls, cookie cutters, jewelry, clocks, vintage clothing and even collections of fancy buttons.
Karalee Brock, left, 4-H program assistant, and Krista Otto, 4-H youth development agent, with just a bit of the paraphernalia that go into making the Langlade County Fair a success.
The Antigo school district property tax rate will dip below $8 for the first time in four years under a spending plan up for adoption by the board of education Tuesday.
The board will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the high school media tech room.
Leading the agenda will be preliminary approval of the 2016-17 budget, which calls for a tax rate of $7.97 per $1,000 of equalized valuation, a drop of 66 cents, or 7.65 percent.
Under the plan, the owner of a $100,000 home will pay $797 in property taxes to finance school operations for the upcoming year, a drop of $66.
The last time the levy was this low was in 2012-13, when the district operated with a tax of $7.94 per $1,000. The rate is less than half of what district residents were paying 24 years ago, when taxes were $19.02 per $1,000 of valuation.
The levy is estimated at $8,515,779, a decline of 7.7 percent, or $702,601. It will finance general fund spending of $25.9 million and total expenditures for all funds, including areas covered by grants, of $30.2 million.
The preliminary adoption will allow the district to publish the budget in preparation for an Augus
Library patrons can learn language for free
Power being connected, trees are cleared today
|Mango is going live.|
After a successful trial, the Antigo Public library is now offering Mango Languages, a professionally-created and linguist-approved software that teaches real conversations in over 70 languages and makes it fun.
Weve had a lot of interest and everyone was very positive, Library Director Cynthia Taylor, said. Were glad to bring it here and it is now up and running.
Mango is an online resource which focuses on teaching 72 conversational languages. There are the usual Spanish, German and French units but also everything from Hawaiian and Hungarian to Norwegian, Ukrainian, Yiddish and even Pirate.
Mango teaches through examples like What time are they arriving? instead of much less useful phrases like The dog is under the table. It breaks things down into small, bite-sized chunks; then challenges users to build them back up into full sentences. Users will learn language structure and vocabulary in a highly intuitive and contextual way.
Mango can be used online from any computer, anywhere, at any time. No CDs, DVDs, downloads, or installations are necessary
Its perfect for people who are traveling and
Antigo Public Library Director Cynthia Taylot shows some of the ways to access Mango, a new language program.
Actor Tim Allen visits on a motorhome shopping trip
|Mop-up crews are following behind a Thursday storm TAHT topped trees, snapped power lines and created general havoc across the area during a summer of odd, and often destructive weather conditions.|
The storm, which arrived shortly after the sun rose, shifted docks, boats floated from their moorings and other havoc was reported across northern Langlade County.
Trees were scattered among the memorial stones at Lakeside Cemetery at Summit Lake and in many areas Wisconsin Public Service linemen worked through the day and into the night to restore service. The utility was still listing 1,394 homes without electricity across the northwoods at 10 a.m. today, 138 in the Deerbrook area.
STUNNING WINDS—Straight line winds over Summit Lake were strong enough to bend flagpoles, and send boats and dock sections traveling Thursday morning. Damage along the lake was not severe, but cleanup and dock repairs will take some time. The hardest hit may have been nearby Lakeside Cemetery, with evergreen trees snapping in and falling on headstones. The storm struck about 6:30 a.m. and it wasnt until about 12 hours later that power was restored.
|There have always been speculation and rumors that famous people quietly visit Antigo, and just about everyone knows nothing about it.|
It happened again Tuesday when a very popular actor, Tim Allen, flew into the Langlade County Airport on a shopping trip.
Allen, who currently stars in the TV series, Last Man Standing, did fly into town quietly, but not without a welcome party that included Cameron Berg and Amanda Walker, who oversee the airport facility here.
The group included three grandsons of Chris and Linda Berg and Camerons nephews, David and James, and Camerons wife Luisa and son, Zander.
The youngsters dont remember the smash TV hit that starred Allen, Home Improvement, that was on the air from 1991 to 1999, as well as his roles in several popular films, including Disneys The Santa Claus trilogy and the Disney/Pixars trilogy, Toy Story. The children were all familiar with those.
The man who played Tim The Tool Man during the 1990s, was in Antigo to eyeball a motorhome thats on the buy list for him and his wife.
Before his plane took off from the airport and headed back to Michig
Actor Tim Allen, right, with Luisa and Zander Berg at the Langlade County Airport. Notice the Buzz Lightyear figure.
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