Big crowd at Saturday's park egg hunt|
Mary Pavek honored as a 'Pioneer'
|There was a massive crowd on hand for the annual Antigo Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at City Park â€ perhaps the unofficial start of spring.|
At least it was this year, with temperatures during the day rising to comfortable levels under a bright sun, which drew families for a day of smiles and gifts from local merchants.
â€śIt went very, very well,â€ť Parks, Recreation and Cemetery Department Director Sarah Repp said when the event had ended and the cleanup was underway.
The municipal crew was packing away equipment needed to stage the hunt and there was a general upbeat mood.
â€śWe all had a good time,â€ť Repp said, and offered a sincere thank you to donated offered the gifts that went into each of the 4,000 plastic eggs.
Winners of prize baskets:
The winners in of the prizes at the park were:First place, Alex Koeppel, walkers and crawlers; Preston Wickerhseim, ages three to five; Sawyer and Jacob Brandt, ages six to eight.
Second place, Emilee Cronin, walkers and crawlers; Angelica Henke, ages three to five; R.J. Parilek, ages six to eight.
Third place, Creelyn Zinda, walkers and crawlers; Mallory Statezny, ages three
In just one area of the park, a big crowd of youngsters rushed to find some of the 4,000 plastic eggs.
Bits and Pieces for April 20
|Mary Pavek and local youth have $10,000 reasons to give thanks this Easter weekend.|
Pavek, executive director of the Antigo Housing Authority, was the recipient of the Community First Award presented by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
Along with a stylish trophy, the honor comes with a $10,000 stipend for a non-profit organization designated by Pavek. And she chose the Boys & Girls Club of Langlade County.
â€śI wanted the funds to stay in Antigo,â€ť Pavek stressed. â€śAnd I wanted the youth of the community to benefit.â€ť
The club members were thrilled with the giant check, complete with six zeroes.
â€śIt's like a million dollars,â€ť one youngster exclaimed, missing the decimal point for a second.
Through her efforts, Pavek and the Antigo Housing Authority have brought $10 million into the community to meet the housing needs of the community. For a small town, that a substantial amount of dollars going to fill unmet needs.
â€śIt's remarkable,â€ť Pavek said. â€śThis award is in recognition of what we have done as a housing authority. It's a group effort. It's my staff and my board, who have been very prog
Mary Pavek, front center, and Langlade County Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Angel Zimmerman with the check and some happy club members.
If you are reading early, grab your children or grandchildren and get to City Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
The city's recreation department does a great job, and while this is written in advance and I don't know what the weather is, I was told this may be the best-yet day of 2019.
Let's get an early start, it is a worthy event for grandparents, parents and of course, children.
I've done this gig for years for the Journal, and Sarah Repp and an excellent crew have this situation well under control.
And those 4,000 eggs are filled with very nice things this year â€ check the front page on Friday for the story and a picture.
The hunt starts at 10 a.m., but you might want to come a tad early to get the lay of the land and the rules.
And have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny â€ I always do.
I was writing along on Peeps at Our Past from 1969 this week and came across a real estate ad for two taverns, both of them north of Antigo.
One of them was owned by Harry Flood at Highway 45 and Five Corners, where Harry operated a beer bar. And the other was Barley Eaton's at
Egg hunt, plenty more going on here
Easter, Holy Week services listed
|There will be eggs, chocolate bunnies and dining galore as the northwoods celebrates Easterâ€and the arrival of springâ€this weekend.|
Easter egg hunts are scattered throughout the area and many area restaurants will also have larders groaning under the weight of scrumptious buffets.
And the weather promises to be just fine, with sunny skies and pleasant temperatures,
A look at Easter events follows. For other weekend activities, check out the Journal's regular weekly listing published on page three.
ANTIGO EGG HUNT
With help from Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), along with donations from Walmart, Walgreens, and Rusty Bucket Auctions and Shabby Shack, the Antigo Park and Recreation Department is planning its biggest hunt ever.
The hunt is open to youngsters through age eight. It's free and pre-registration is not required.
It gets underway at 10 a.m. sharp on the east and west sides of City Park. Parents should bring their cameras for pictures with the Easter bunny starting at 9:15 a.m.
The park will be filled with over 4,000 pre-stuffed eggs.
Crawlers and new walkers will hunt on the east side of the pa
Antigo park and recreation staff joined Sarah Repp, the department's director, and the Easter Bunny at the City Park bandstand with some of the items that will be given away during Saturday's huge hunt.
|An ecumenical worship service will focus on â€śHe Chose the Nails,â€ť with a visual reminder of the Christ's suffering, leads Good Friday and Easter worship services across the region.|
The community, regardless of religious affiliation, is invited to the Friday program at noon, taking place at First Baptist Church, 414 Eckart St.
â€śAs many are aware, several of the Lenten services over the past weeks have rotated amongst several area churches with the host pastor delivering the message,â€ť Rev. Dick Kendall of First Baptist Church, said. â€śFriday's service is the culmination of those efforts.â€ť
Those in attendance will each receive a nail cross to take with them following the close of the worship service. The crosses were welded by the students in the tech ed class at Antigo High School with Rev. Kendall using his woodworking skills to affix them to bases.
Everyone will be asked to hold their crosses high as the final hymn, appropriately â€śThe Old Rugged Cross,â€ť is sung.
The theme â€śHe Chose the Nailsâ€ť will be explored as Rev. Kendall delivers three short messages titled:
â€â€śThe Gospel in Their Own Languageâ€¦Visib
Rev. Dick Kendall with some of the crosses that will be distributed Friday.