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School district, partners reach out to community to share ideas, more
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The Antigo school district is reaching out to families and the response has been encouraging.

The district held its first community outreach program this week, drawing over 200 people to East Elementary for an evening filled with student performances, holiday music and fun.

“We have incredible resources right here in Antigo,” Kelly Fassbender, the district's director of instruction, said. “Our goal is to connect our district to as many community organizations as possible to join together to provide family events that engage our students and families not only to our district but also to our wonderful community.”

The evening was hosted and coordinated by April Schofield with assistance from the Title I staff and four-year-old kindergarten team.

“Michelle Knetter was the 4K lead on this event, working hard to ensure that our students and their families gain valuable tools to engage with their children at school and at home, as well as develop a relationship with the community,” Fassbender said.

In keeping with the season, the event had a gingerbread theme and included reading, student performances, cookie decorating and challenge
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A community outreach event drew a wide variety of participants, including representatives from the Antigo Police Department, this week.
Gathering in Barron offers some hope for teen missing since Oct. 15
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By The Associated Press

A Wisconsin girl who investigators believe was kidnapped after her parents were killed two months ago is being honored in her hometown with a Christmas tree adorned with messages of hope for her safe return.

Hundreds of people attended a gathering Wednesday evening in Barron to light a “tree of hope” for 13-year-old Jayme Closs. The middle school student hasn't been seen since before her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their home on Oct. 15.

“We just pray every day and we just hope for her safe return,” said her uncle, Mike Closs.

Detectives have pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and spent countless hours searching for Jayme, but their efforts haven't yielded any suspects . Investigators believe Jayme was abducted.

The 16-foot tree was erected at Riverview Middle School and decorated with messages such as “Pray for Jayme” and “Bring Jayme Home.” The tree was lighted in blue, her favorite color, and green to symbolize missing child awareness.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told WEAU-TV that there have been no new breaks
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This undated file photo provided by Barron County Sheriff's Department shows Jayme Closs, who was discovered missing Oct. 15 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Barron.
Special Christmas show here on Sunday
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There is a special holiday treat coming to Antigo late Sunday afternoon.

Music lovers have attracted the Blue Canvas Orchestra's Christmas Show to Volm Theater, with the music starting at 4 p.m.

The orchestra's musical director, Ed Willett, who also performs on the cello, guitar and does vocals, explained that the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua tent may be tucked away for the winter, but the Blue Canvas Orchestra is “awake and brimming with the magic of Christmas.”

In addition to Willett, there is quite a crew coming on the musical trip to Antigo not their first visit. They include Jane Aleckson, bass and vocals, Phillip Anich, vocals, Bruce Bowers, piano and vocals, Jack Gunderson, vocals, Tom Mitchell, percussion and vocals and Randy Sabien, violin, mandolin and vocals.

Nick Salm, who has been working to make the show Sunday a success, said there are many sponsors who have helped with the big project.

The major sponsors include Music in the Park and the Antigo Music Association, Andy L. and Leone Sheldon Charitable Trust, Hydratight, CoVantage Credit Union and one anonymous CD donor.

Other show sponsors are the Anti
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A photograph provided by the Blue Canvas Orchestra shows the visitors to Antigo Sunday.
Poinsettia Day arrives Wednesday
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Wednesday is National Poinsettia Daya real holiday across the United States and Mexicoand its the perfect time to celebrate the plant that is synonymous with Christmas.

Dec. 12 marks the death of John Roberts Poinsett, an American botanist, physician and minister to Mexico, who in 1828 sent cuttings of the plant he'd discovered in southern Mexico to his home in Charleston, S.C. The day gained formal status in July, 2002, when the House of Representatives created Poinsettia Day to honor Paul Ecke Jr., who is considered the father of the poinsettia industry.

Locally, the day will be celebrated at Fricsch Greenhouses, which is offering 25 percent off one poinsettia of the buyer's choice with the coupon published in The Antigo Daily Journal. The offer is good today and Wednesday only and the coupon must be included.

According to Dan Marzu, agriculture educator for the University of Wisconsin-Extension, other than the Christmas tree there is no other plant that says the holidays like the poinsettia.

The poinsettia is native to the deciduous tropical forests of the Pacific Coast of Mexico and Guatemala. There are more than 100 varieties that c
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Richard Daniells in the Frisch Greenhouses this morning with poinsettias.
Practice burn
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Northcentral Technical College, and the city of Antigo Fire Department, held a practice burn at a house at 1401 Saratoga St. Through the morning hours about 25 personnel trained in areas including interior fire attack, incident command operations, firefighter safety, fire behavior, ground and aerial ladder operations, defensive operations and ventilation. After a very smoke-filled morning, the home was scheduled to be allowed to burn down shortly after lunchtime.


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