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4-H members flood Camp Susan
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Camp Susan, among northern Wisconsn’s premier facilities for summer fun, welcomed an influx of 4-H members this week.

Located in the town of Upham, the camp hosted 72 day campers on Monday, focusing on painting gold medals to match the camp’s Olympic theme forthe season.

Action switched to overnight camps for the remainder of the week, with 60 4-H members, assisted by counselors and volunteers, enoyed the outdoor opportunities Camp Susan provides.

Campers enjoyed arts and crafts, games, sports, nature, and swimming while competing for medals as in the Olympics.

There were also dances, campfires, skits, and singing as well in the evening.

In addition to campers, the camp was staffed with 16 counselors who are youth leaders in the 4-H program and several adults. 
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In the top photo campers and counselors pose at Camp Susan. The lower photo shows campers painting flags using their hands as rather sloppy—and fun—brushes.
Expanded triathlon is Saturday
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The expanded MK Triathlon, formerly known as Splash-N-Dash, will be staged as a full-fledged festival Saturday morning, headquartered in the new Jack Lake Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park.

There have been a few planning hiccups in the move from a swimming and running event into a true triathlon, with swimming, running and cycling components, but organizers said they are ready for a good group of competitors, pushed to the finish line by enthusiastic spectators.

New this year will be the introduction of Sundrop Slushees as part of the fund raising efforts for the Antigo Swim Program. Volunteers will also be offering loaded baked potatoes, pulled pork sandwiches and Antigo Optimist Club cheese curds.

Plans for craft beer have been pulled due to county ordinances which do not allow the sale of alcoholic beverages at the park.

According to Sarah Repp, Optimist president, after the triathlon tryout, the slushees will be added to the fair menu as a treat for fair attendees and another opportunity for everyone to support positive youth programs in Langlade County. New location will be inside the former 4-H food stand, offering curd lovers a chance to enjo
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MK Triathlon Committee members Mary Ponasik and Michelle Arlen along with Antigo Optimist members Angie Close, Drew Lundt and Fred Kawalski give their stamp of approval to Sundrop Slushees.
New stadium at Birnamwood ballpark dedicated at program
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The new grandstand at the Birnamwood ballpark, a very well used structure, was formally dedicated Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony that included the benefactor of the project, Norm Matsche, tossing out the first ball at a Little League game.

Known as Roepke Park for the donors of the land well over a century ago, and now Rivertronics Stadium, the firm operated by Norm Matsche and his wife, Alice in Illinois, is a stunning facility that will likely be part of the Birnamwood landscape forever.

The ballpark got its start somewhere between 1881 and 1885 as the Birnamwood Baseball Club was organized and John E. Roepke, a local businessman, donated the land.

The grandstand that served until 2017 was built in 1964, and was certainly showing its age in the past few seasons. The wooden structure was on a pace to become a risk in a few years.

Chanda Kersten, who works at the community’s library, suggested that perhaps the Matsches should look into a stadium project, since they were already behind construction of a community building/town hall project and land acquisition for an Aspirus Langlade Hospital Clinic now operating on Birnamwood’s main str
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Ball players thanked Alice and Norm Matsche at the new stadium dedication program Tuesday in Birnamwood.
Elcho school update continues with crushing blows to the older structure
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A big backhoe dug into the 1960s-era portion of the Elcho school Monday, taking down administrative and classroom areas as part of an $18 million remark of the complex.

Salvage work was completed in the structure—fairly new compared to many schools across the region—during June, leaving just a shell of the building that had housed two classrooms, administrative offices and the gymnasium lobby with the sky visible through empty second story window frames.

That allowed the backhoe and related equipment to make quick work of the second story on Monday.

The gymnasium was not touched and will remain in use as an ancillary facility. Portions of the structure extending to the west that had been home to the bandroom and industrial arts department have been revamped into locker rooms.

The area being demolished will be rebuilt and reconfigured for the district’s major child care program, with a circular driveway allowing easy drop-off and pick-up of the youngest students. That program melding traditional four and five-year-old kindergartens with wrap-around services and care for younger children was among the first in the state and is being emulated else
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Part of the 1966 portion of the Elcho school complex are taking a battering this week.
Big White Lake celebration caps Independence Day
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The Independence celebration came to an official end Saturday in Langlade County with festivities in White Lake that again drew a huge crowd for a day of fun.

The parade started at noon, but the event had already been rolling along for a few hours. The traditional Possum Run, a one-mile run started at 7:30 a.m. and then the 5K and 10K events got underway at 8:15 a.m.

After the runners trotted from the lakeside pavilion the stocking of coolers and the preparations for the crowds who were planning to have a sandwich later in the day got underway. Pies were cut, brats, burgers and hot dogs — and plenty of buns — were unpacked, grills were put in place and the coins hidden in the big pile of sawdust for the youngsters.

While the Possum Run is a true silent sport, that came to an end just before noon when the parade fired up on the south edge of the village and started moving toward the pavilion, its destination.

The procession started with the traditional color guard followed by a number of American Legion units, the parade’s grand marshal, Bob Graupner, Poppy Princess Gwendolyn Korchagin, the American Legion Auxiliary, Sylvan Wabeno American Legion
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The White Lake Independence Parade was led by a color guard on Saturday afternoon.
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