County's jobless rate up slightly in October|
Langlade Countys jobless rate ticked up a bit between September and October but still remains 1 1/2 points below the numbers from one year ago.
According to the latest figures from the Department of Workforce Development, Langlade County posted a jobless rate of 4.7 percent in October, the 12th highest among the states 72 counties and a tenth of a percentage point more than in September. The October, 2014 figure was 6.2 percent.
The states jobless rate for October was unchanged from a month earlier at 4.3 percent, significantly lower than the national average of 5.0 percent in October and below the state's rate of 5.3 percent in October 2014.
According to the state, the latest rates ranged from 2.6 percent in Dane to 7.9 percent in Menominee. Rates also decreased or were unchanged in 53 of 72 counties from September 2015 to October 2015.
Rates in surrounding counties included:
—Forest: 5.4 percent, up .2 percent from September, seventh highest in the state.
—Lincoln: 3.9 percent, unchanged, 29th in the state.
—Marathon: 3.2 percent, unchanged, 50th in the state.
—Marinette: 4.6 percent, down .10
Do the cookies lure Santa Claus to town?
Wolf River firefighters plan holiday open house
|The common thinking is Santa will be lured to Antigo by the spicy smells of chili simmering on Wednesday night.|
But it may actually be the cookies.
Sheila and Mike Pavek of Antigo Bakery are once again donating the cookie dough to The Salvation Army for baking on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Clermont Street for Antigos day-long kickoff to Christmas, taking place Wednesday along Fifth Avenue.
Antigo will welcome Santa Claus to town with a gala nighttime parade through downtown at 6:30 p.m., capping a full day of holiday activities.
The day will open with the 18th annual chili cook-off beginning at 8 a.m. There will be traditional and roughneck divisions, with sampling after 5 p.m.
At 5:45 p.m. the community tree lighting will take place at a new location, Yesterdays Sign Park at Fifth Avenue and Clermont street.
Following the parade, the Antigo High school band will perform at the fire department, with a special appearance by Santa.
While chili is a highlight and Santa the star of festivities, the Antigo Bakery chocolate chip cookies are a major hit with visitors who come downtown for the afternoon and evening.
Sheila and Mike Pavek take cookies out of the Antigo Bakery oven as the Salvation Armys Bill Kelly looks on.
Ecumenical service held here Wednesday for Thanksgiving
|The Wolf River Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual community open house, which also includes the firefighters chili cook-off and a variety of treats—one week from today.|
The event will run Saturday, Dec.5 from noon to 4 p.m. at the fire station and town hall in Langlade, just south of the intersection of Highways 64 and 55.
Assistant Chief Bill Kallner said this has been a very active year for the department.
"We're on pace for a record number of calls, Kallner said. We've done more joint training with our mutual aid partners White Lake and Town of Langlade fire departments, which pays off when we're working together on the scene of a structure fire or search and rescue operation. We've completed our box alarm card planning for MABAS, a wide-area mutual aid system. And we've worked on community emergency response preparation. We're called on to serve the community at motor vehicle accidents, to land medical helicopters, to watch over downed power lines until the power company can get there, and lots of other situations."
The department also tries to help out the community in other ways. At the open house, fi
Youngsters enjoyed the 2014 Wolf River fire department open house.
'Keep it Green' drive begins to curb local fires
|Rev. Charles Hoffmann played a few word games Wednesday evening during the homily at the Antigo area ecumenical Thanksgiving service, a tradition that launches the holiday season.|
Hoffmann, from St. Joseph Holy Family Catholic Church, Phlox, delivered the homily for the service held at St. John Catholic Church involving 10 members of the clergy representing a number of different local congregations.
Hoffmann shifted the name of the Thursday holiday to Thanks Living, and then elaborated on reasons for humanity and thankfulness.
Those participating in the program included Deacon Andy Bures, St. Wenceslaus, SS. Mary and Hyacinth, St. John churches, Rev. Wes Jedras, Faith United Church of Christ, Rev. Dick Kendall, First Baptist Church, Rev. Debbie Pimm, Antigo United Methodist Church, Rev. David Schmidt, St. John, St. Wenceslaus, SS. Mary and Hyacinth churches, Rev. Karen Tews, Calvary Lutheran Church, Vicar Bob Wilkinson, St. John and Arbutus Lutheran churches and Rev. Jerry Woman, SS. Mary and Hyacinth, St. Wenceslaus, St. John churches.
One of the keys to the success of the service was the choir, gathered from the participating religious groups.
Rev. Charles Hoffmann delivering the homily Wednesday evening.
|Neal Wozniak is hoping for a repeat performance, if not better, of last years Keep It Green fire safety campaign.|
We only had one red bulb, said Wozniak, who serves as president of the Langlade County Fire Chiefs Association.
The crimson light, signifiying a Dec. 11 residential fire at Pickerel, was one of two only non-green bulbs to mark wreaths which were placed on fire stations across the county during the five-week campaign. The other, a white bulb, represents those lost in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The goal is to keep the wreath green, Wozniak stressed, explaining that there has been as many as six red bulbs in one year of the decade-plus program.
The wreaths used in the campaign provide a visual reminder that safety should be of utmost concern.
People call me when they see a red bulb, Wozniak said. They attract attention and hopefully people remember, particularly during the holidays, that safety comes first.
The campaign begins today and runs through the new year.
Neal Wozniak is pictured with the Keep It Green wreath.
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