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Dr. Noel Deep heads Medical Society
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Noel Deep, MD, of Antigo, was inaugurated the 166th President of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the society’s annual meeting April 21 and 22 in Wisconsin Dells. Dr. Deep succeeds Barbara A. Hummel of West Allis.

Dr. Deep is a board-certified internist with additional certification in hospice and palliative medicine. He practices with the Aspirus Antigo Clinic and Aspirus Langlade Hospital, where he serves on the board of trustees and was chief of staff for several years. He is also a clinical assistant professor with the Medical College of Wisconsin and member of the editorial advisory board of Internal Medicine News.

During his inaugural address, Dr. Deep encouraged his colleagues to be advocates for patients and stewards of the medical profession, noting that physician burnout is a serious issue he plans to focus on during his presidency.

As we advocate for our profession, we need to support our colleagues in adapting to the changing practice environment, and we need to ensure we find ways to put patients before paperwork to protect the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship, Dr. Deep said.

He also urged his colleagues to reach o
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Dr. Noel Deep of Antigo is sworn in as president of the Wisconsin Medical Society by Dr. Martha Tolli, who is outgoing chairman of the organization.
Ground formally broken at Elcho
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The Elcho School gymnasium rocked with enthusiasm Wednesday, as students, staff and the community celebrated the ground-breaking of the district’s $18 million building and renovation project.

With big earth movers parked on the former school playground just yards away, district officials said thank you to a community that showed overwhelming support for education, agreeing to fund the school project and allow the district to spend a half-a-million-dollars annually above and beyond state-imposed limits for the next five years.

The gray skies cannot dampen the community spirit that made this day possible, District Administrator Bill Fisher said. Elcho pride is second to none. Go Hornets!

This has been a long time coming, Board President Dave Visser said, stressing that the revamped facility will be a centerpiece for the community. It was a great win to have on that referendum day.

Wendy DeNamur, representing the Community Building Task Force, also cheered the community and volunteers willingness to serve generously and dream endlessly while instructor Katrina Kubeny noted that while the next 18 months of construction will be challenging for studen
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Elcho task force members and community leaders tossed shovelfuls of dirt into the air in a ceremonial ground-breaking for the school project.
Community Food Pantry begins partnership to offer special twists
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The Antigo Area Community Food Pantry started a new partnership with Tree Toppers 4-H Club and Sweet Thyme Coffee Shop this month, and the focus was on lentils.  

About 40 club members helped pack 120 bags of dry lentil soup mix for Food Pantry clients.  

We wanted a service project that felt both informative and meaningful, Tonya McKenna Trabant, food pantry manager, said. Everyone stepped up to make it happen.

The recipe for Lily’s Lentil Soup emerged from the taste-testing done by Sweet Thyme’s Lili Wagner and Tanya Seldon in partnership with McKenna Trabant. Ingredients were selected based on specific requirements including being simple, shelf stable, healthy, and delicious.

"Developing the recipe was interesting and I hope we can gets kids to do more of that part in the future," Wagner said.

4-Hers worked in shifts to pack seasonings and lentils. They also sampled the soup, and several other lentil recipes including a cold lentil salad, dessert superfood bites, and a hot cereal mix.

We focused on lentils because they’re so often overlooked and are so versatile, Seldon said.

Lentils are a high fiber, high p
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Members of the Tree Toppers 4-H Club pack ingredients for Lily’s Lentil Soup at the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry.
School board reorganizes, approves major projects
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The Antigo school board welcomed two new members, and conducted an usually competitive election for board officers to open its 2017 term Tuesday.

The meeting, the first since the April spring general election, also included the awarding of over $800,000 in bids for summer maintenance projects, and action to trim $200,000 from the 2017-18 budget.

REORGANIZATION

The evening opened with reorganization, and a welcome to the board for new members Dr. Noel Deep and Danny Pyeatt, filling vacancies left by Tara Guelzow and Scott Jensema, who declined to seek re-election.

They join JD Schroeder and Dr. Patrick McKenna who were also re-elected to new terms.

In the election for president, incumbent Mike Boldig held off a challenge from Andy Merry to earn a new term on a 5-4 vote.

Jeanne Long will replace Jessica Meade as clerk, outpolling her by a 6-3 tally.

An unusual three-way contest found Meade winning election as vice-president. She received four votes to three for Merry and two for Pyeatt.

All contested voting was done by secret ballot.

The only unanimous selection was Danielle Yuska as treasurer.

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REORGANIZATION—The Antigo school board held its reorganizational meeting Tuesday, seating new and returning members and electing officers. The winners in the April elections are shown in the top photo. From left are Danny Pyeatt, incumbent JD Schroeder, Dr. Noel Deep and incumbent Dr. Patrick McKenna. The lower photo shows the 2017 slate of officers, from left, returning President Mike Boldig, Vice-President Jessica Meade, Clerk Jeanne Long and returning Treasurer Danielle Yuska.
DPI School hearing here Tuesday
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Another chapter in the saga that is the Mattoon school will unfold Tuesday afternoon, when Department of Public Instruction officials come to town for a public hearing.

The School District Boundary Appeals Board will hold the hearing on the proposal to carve a Mattoon school district out of Antigo’s southeastern corner from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Volm Theater at the high school.

A second meeting, which may include rendering a decision, is slated for May 4.

The boundary appeals board is made up of 12 school board members from around the state appointed by the state school superintendent. It is reviewing the plan after Mattoon school supporters filed an appeal of the school board’s Jan. 10 decision against formation of the new district.

The appeal board could overturn the local school board’s decision, but only if it finds that the conclusion regarding seven factors were not supported by the facts or were not properly applied.

The board voted 8-1 against the new district after it walked through seven factors, plus possible other mitigating circumstances, laid out by the state DPI .

At that meeting, the board dissected individ
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