Antigo First meeting Thursday, trial removal of bump-outs eyed|
'American Sniper' film a big hit in Antigo, across the U.S.
|The Antigo First organization will celebrate a year of small successes and look ahead toward an ambitious 2015 agenda on Thursday, and it’s encouraging more people to help.|
The downtown business organization will hold its annual meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Edison Club.
“We’re looking for those people who are truly interested in the downtown and who want to see it prosper,” Roseann Hoffman, the organization’s president, said. “We need people to volunteer. We need people who care.”
The program, slated at 6 p.m., will include a glimpse of several downtown initiatives for the upcoming year, led by the removal of mid-block bump outs along Fifth Avenue.
The bump-outs, installed as part of a street beautification project dating to the 1970s, have long been unpopular with business owners, who complain about the lack of parking along the community’s main downtown street.
Neglect has also hampered the once-vibrant area, with dying and stunted trees and planters in disarray marking some of the bump out areas. Others remain well-tended and attractive.
The city has budgeted funds to remove some of the mid-block bump outs west of Fifth Av
A planter lurks under the snow cover in a bump out on Fifth Avenue today.
'Hard water' fishing sure to beat blues
|“American Sniper” is a big hit across the United States, and that certainly translates to Antigo’s Palace Theater.|
Tim Suick said this morning that he crowds since the picture opened Friday night have been “great,“ and that was easy to see as Fifth Avenue, Edison Street and even the municipal parking lots had plenty of action associated with the “Sniper” film.
“People have really enjoyed it,” Suick said. He explained that it is a true story about a man who is an American hero, and people are finding that very attractive.
The successes certainly wasn’t limited to Antigo.
The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday.
The Associated Press reported it is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film now stands at $200.1 million. “American Sniper” also earned an additional $17.6 million in 16 international territories, including Australia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.
“We’ve never quite seen anything like this at thi
BOX OFFICE—In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Kyle Gallner, left, and Bradley Cooper appear in a scene from “American Sniper.’’ The film is based on the autobiography by Chris Kyle.
Library adds more video games, hopes to bring teens into facility
|With the exception of a dog chasing a crow, there is perhaps nothing more optimistic than an ice fisherman.|
Just do the math:
Give or take a few gazintas, Remington Lake contains 20,286,180 gallons of water, the equivalent of about 7 million fish bowls. Cole Musolff’s hole through the ice is maybe a foot in diameter, a very tiny window to a watery world.
The dog will likely never catch the crow, but the same can’t be said for Cole. The 12-year-old has had great luck catching supper on the manmade pond and he’s beating the wintertime blues every time he’s out on the ice.
“Hard water angling” within Antigo’s city limits is available on Remington Lake, just off First Avenue for fishermen Cole’s age along with disabled adults. The three basins that make up Antigo Lake downtown follow regular fishing regulations. On any given day, portable shacks and four-wheelers dot the ice with anglers setting tip-ups and jigging for everything from stocked trout to northern pike.
“Fishing is a great opportunity for all ages and ice fishing allows anglers to continue to hone their sport skills during the winter months,” Sarah Repp, who helps city residents a
Cole Musolff drills a hole through the ice on Remington Lake.
A few changes for '15 fair, 187 days away
|For local teen-agers, the Antigo Public Library is fun and games.|
Steph Cherrywell, who recently took over duties as youth services librarian, is beefing up the video game collection, hoping to encourage more young people to come to the library and check out the wide variety of services and offerings available.
“Games are getting more and more recognized for their narrative qualities,” Cherrywell said, and gaining acceptance within the traditional library framework.
Cherrywell enjoys video games herself, and used that expertise in determining what titles to add.
“Wii games are really popular,” she said, and the initial focus will be in that area with a variety of titles.
PS3 and xBox 360 are also popular platforms, she said.
Topics range from sports and fighting games to Minecraft, with something for all ages, she said.
The library currently has 30 titles, she added, with plans to add more.
“It’s one more way to bring people into the library,” Cherrywell said.
Jordan Knight and Liz Eldright check out the gaming section at the Antigo Public Library.
|The 2015 Langlade County Fair is 187 days away, and there will be a few changes along with some old favorites.|
Members of the Fair Board recently returned from the Wisconsin Association of Fairs Convention in Wisconsin Dells, a key industry conference where fair officials from across the state share ideas, discuss their problems and triumphs, and most importantly book acts.
“It’s really a good chance to network,” fair administrator Rhonda Klement, who also serves as the District 1 representative on the Wisconsin Association of Fairs State Board, said.
Klement reported that the 2014 exposition, plagued by difficult weather that trimmed turnout, still posted a profit of $8,967.81, money that will be plowed right back into the 4-H program for member trips at the regional and national levels and maintenance at Camp Susan.
“We’re always pleased when we make money,” Klement said. “It was a successful event.”
She hopes to continue that trend at this year’s exposition, slated July 29 through Aug. 2, with the theme “”Country Nights & Carnival Lights.”
“We will have more vendors and exhibitors,” she said. “The fair is getting bigger.”
Members of the Langlade County Fair Board attended the Wisconsin Association of Fairs convention in Wisconsin Dells recently. From left are Deb Wirth, secretary, Rhonda Klement, fair administrator, Adeline Hess, 4-H agent Krista Otto, Shelli Hagerty, treasurer, Dennis Klement, president, and Bill McFarlane, vice-president.
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