Antigo school district, already a security leader, gets a $160,000 grant|
Fair opens here Wednesday
|The Antigo school district, already a leader in enhancing security and safety in its buildings, is receiving a $160,000 boost from the state.|
On Thursday, district officials, including newly-hired District Administrator Kathy Sprague, traveled to Wausau for a meeting with Attorney General Brad Schimel, who announced that Antigo receive a $160,0000 grant awarded through the Wisconsin Department of Justice School Safety Grant program
Combined, the 89 schools and school districts will receive $3,980,473 which will be spent on building safety improvements, as well as mental health training for faculty and staff.
It helps us complete the items we never seem to have the money for, Supervisor of Building and Grounds Jake Leiterman, who has guided school safety efforts, said. We spend as much as we can afford out of our budget every year, but there are always a list of things we cant get to due to money constraints.
Also attending were Langlade County Sheriff Mark Westen and Antigo Police Officer Misty Servi. Those departments will partner with the district to review safety measures.
We are working with all the schools in this area to review wh
Shown at the safety grant awards presentation, held in Wausau Thursday, are, from left, (front row) Antigo School DistrictAdministrator Julie Sprague, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, Supervisor of Building and Grounds Jake Leiterman, (back row) Antigo Police Officer Misty Servi, Langlade County Sheriff Mark Westen and Antigo School Board President Mike Boldig.
Old-time methods, modern results the goal
|Enjoy jumping frogs, chubby hogs, corn dogs and much more at the Langlade County Fair, opening in six days.|
The exposition, well into its second century, will offer its traditional mix of 4-H exhibits, champion livestock and outstanding entertainment, plus a few new twists this year.
All proceeds benefit Langlade County 4-H programs.
According to Rhonda Klement, fair coordinator, the biggest change for fair-goers will be expanded parking in the overflow lot north of the fairgrounds and the closure of North Avenue to through-traffic.
The change was forced by the ongoing construction of the new Langlade County Highway Department storage garage, which is extending into the southeast corner of the grounds traditionally used for midway parking and the campers used by the carnies.
North Avenue, which separated the fairgrounds from the lot, will be closed between the north entry gate into the fairgrounds east to Charlotte Avenue for the duration of the exposition.
Entry into the overflow lot will be off Kelly Street, adjacent to Pomps Tire. Exit will be a left turn only onto North Avenue and then out to Neva Road.
The switch w
Holly Luerssen, left, Langlade County 4-H program coordinator and fair co-coordinator, and Deb Wirth, fair board secretary, sort ribbons in preparation for this years exposition, which starts in six days.
Elcho school time capsule opened
|Grandview Orchard is turning to some old friends to propel it to new heights.|
Owner Lisa Rettinger has added natural plants, chickens and now pigs to the venerable orchard just east of Antigo, with a goal of creating a holistic, sustainable environment that benefits the trees, boosts soil nutrients and produces healthy livestock as well.
Its going back to what makes sense, Rettinger, who specializes in regenerative agriculture, said. The goal is to leaving it better than you found it.
It sounds like old-time farmsteading, but Rettinger, with a degree in agronomy, is using scientifically-proven methods, and that has won her grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to quantitatively study the results.
The program, known as SARE, or sustainable agriculture research and education, awarded Rettinger a two-year farmer-rancher grant, this spring.
The orchard will also be part of a sustainable farm tour on Aug. 25 that will also include Organic Valley Dairy, McDougals Farm LLC, Canopy Gardens, Igl Farms Organic Spuds, and Tapped Maple Syrup.
The latest projects started this spring, when Rettinger installed 80 chick
Lisa Rettinger in the Grandview Orchard with Itchy, doing a natural job of improving the grounds.
Refuge closes abruptly, Antigo site is for sale
|If Jim Croce had written and recorded Time in a Bottle a few years earlier, that 45 might have made it into the Elcho school cornerstone.|
But Croces 1973 ode to mortality came on the market five years too late, and instead the time capsule installed when the school addition was dedicated in 1968 contained Herb Alperts Tijuana Taxi, with a flip side of Zorba the Greek.
On Monday, District Administrator Bill Fisher, along with members of the newly formed Elcho Historical Society, opened the capsule and discovered that Alpert recording along with a treasure trove of history about the school, community and those turbulent times.
Its something that should be preserved, Fisher said. Its part of the history of our school and the community.
Its exciting, Sue Mackowski of the historical society said. Were trying to piece together the history of Elcho and the surrounding area and this is a big puzzle piece.
The capsule, which almost everyone had forgotten existed, was saved hours before the cornerstone and a sizable portion of that addition succumbed to age, time and the districts ongoing $18 million constructi
Looking over items from the 1968 time capsule, rescued from the rubble of the Elcho school demolition, are, from left, Sue Mackowski and Otto Tiegs of the Elcho Historical Society, District Administrator Bill Fisher, and society member Greg Mejak.
|The Refuge, one of the communitys major hospitality sites, closed abruptly during the weekend.|
A note on the front door of the business at the busy intersection of Highways 45 on 64 on the citys north side, thanks customers for their past support and that the establishment is closed for business.
The building also being offered for sale.
There were no formal comments on the closing but there were apparently internal problems that led to the decision.
The building started its life as a strip mall and later became a restaurant that was currently on its second owners.
The idled Refuge facility this morning.