March 19, 2019
AHS softball team heads to spring training
Arts reception Saturday, AHS entries added to the annual spring show
|Even if spring is in the air, temperatures and snow-covered area fields are still not conducive to softball, so the Antigo Red Robins have departed the northwoods, bound for a “spring training” of their own.|
The Antigo varsity team, 13 strong along with four coaches departed Antigo High School Thursday afternoon, on its way to Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport where the group boarded a plane for Orlando, Fla.
The girls will be getting a fair amount of practice time in during the coming days at the Chain of Lakes complex in Titusville, Fla., and will play three official games against teams from Ohio.
Monday the Robins face Willougby at 12 p.m. and follow that up with a 2:30 p.m. game against Oak Harbor. Tuesday, Eastwood will be the opposition for a night contest at the facility.
While spring trips to Florida is a relatively common occurrence for a number of teams throughout the cold Midwest, this is the first time an Antigo team has made the trip.
“All the girls in the program do a fair amount of fundraising,” head coach Sandi Robrecht said. “I hope to make this trip something we do every three years.”
That time fra
Armed with balls, bats, gloves and Coppertone, the softball team prepared to leave on Thursday.
Noted comedy team visits this weekend
|Starved for spring? Antigo Visual Artists has just the menu.|
The artists group, known as AVA, will unveil its “Starved for Spring” show Saturday with a wine and cheese reception at the AVA Gallery, located in the Langlade County Historical Museum.
The event will run from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited. There is no charge. White and red wines will be available courtesy of bbJacks, along with bottled water. Reception visitors will also have the opportunity to sample a select variety of award-winning Sartori cheeses, as well as cast their vote for their favorite piece of art.
AVA artists will also be voting on their favorite piece. Both the People's Choice and Artist Choice winners will receive a ribbon and cash award. Ribbons and cash awards will be awarded for first, second, and third place. Honorable mention ribbons may be awarded at the discretion of the judge.
For the first time, AVA's Starved for Spring show features the work of Antigo High School student artists Ashley Kammer and Jordan Miinch. Kammer has two show entries and Miinch has three.
"I have never been so excited to see a show open," AVA Director of Student Servi
Ashley Kammer, one of Antigo Visual Arts (AVA) student artists shows off her watercolor she titled "Scorn."
NTC adds vacuum drying kiln here
|Enjoy some “Ebony & Irony” this weekend at North Star Lanes.|
Nationally-acclaimed comedian Bob Zany is making his springtime trip to Antigo and he is bringing a friend, Jimmie Walker, for shows Friday and Saturday night.
Zany's known for his appearance on the “Bob & Tom” radio show and is also appearing in the new “Casino Boss” television series starring Joe Piscopo.
Walker is best remembered from the 1970s “Good Times” television show and his “dy-no-mite” trademark line.
Together they have been touring the country off and on for months with “Ebony & Irony: Hilarious Together in Perfect Comedy,” itself a take-off on the 1982 duet between Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, “Ebony and Ivory.”
Walker and Zany promise it will be great fun.
“The Zane-Man is well-worth the time,” Walker said, stressing that his friend is among the hardest-working men in comedy today. “The great Zany is deep pooling in the business end of it. I give him tremendous credit.”
Zany, who has been coming to Antigo for half-a-dozen years, said the two nights of shows give local audiences a chance to see two professiona
Jimmie Walker, left, and Bob Zany are bringing their “Ebony & Irony” show to Antigo Friday and Saturday.
Kettlebowl closes a busy season with Sunday Fun Day
|Langlade County, already a hub of the forest products industry in the northwoods, has gained a new educational tool.|
Recently local business and regional business and educational leaders gathered at Northcentral Technical College's Wood Technology Center of Excellence in Antigo for the unveiling of a new cutting-edge kiln.
“We are excited to make this technology available to our industry partners,” Travis Allen, wood science instructor at NTC, said. “This research opportunity allows companies to assess and experience the vacuum drying technology before investing in their own unit.”
The VacuPress Technology dry kiln will be used to dry wood more quickly than a conventional drying technique.
“With limited availability of third party research on press drying technology, we plan to provide our industry with up-to-date analysis and opportunity to compare this technology with conventional drying technique,” Allen said.
Vacuum drying uses a vacuum to create a pressure gradient between the surface and the core of the wood, while conventional drying relies on moisture gradients between the surface and core allowing water from the wette
Shown standing in front of the new kiln at the Wood Technology Center are, from left, Jim Rosenberg, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Scott Bowe, University of Wisconsin-Extension; Scott Lyon, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Great Lakes Kiln Drying Association; Travis Allen, Northcentral Technical College; Vincent Rice, Wisconsin Economic Development Cooperation; students Dylan O'Gorman, Dakota Kakes and Jessica Becker; and Troy Brown, Kretz Lumber.
|Kettlebowl Ski Hill hosted its annual season-capper Fun Day on Sunday, and there were plenty of leprechauns on the slopes in honor of on St. Patrick's Day.|
“The ski hill was in excellent condition,” Judy Peterson of the Langlade County Ski Club, which operates Kettlebowl, said. “The weatherman cooperated with sunshine and temperatures above freezing.”
Kettlebowl also started a new tradition with its first annual Cardboard Classic sled race, which drew 11 decorative, innovative and in some cases very fast entries.
“It was very exciting to watch and even the racers who hadn't done something like this before were happy to see their sleds cruise down the hill,” Peterson said.
Many of those at the hill came dressed in green for the costume contest. There was also an opportunity to roast marshmallows and enjoy s'mores by the firepit.
Fun Day ends a special season at Kettlebowl with nearly 2,000 skiers enjoying the facility during a season marked by a lack of snow early in the year, some frigid conditions at times and heavy snows.
“The hill is supported by a lot of wonderful volunteers that make this ski hill a spe
Three handmade cardboard sleds race down the hill at Kettlebowl's Fun Day on Sunday. Great youthful designers and engineers used their skills to come up with cardboard sleds that traveled faster than most would imagine.