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Pickerel church marks centennial
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St. Mary Catholic Church in Pickerel will celebrate its centennial on Sunday.

The church dates to the turn of the 20th century, founded by pioneer Pickerel and Pearson areas settlers who first celebrated Mass at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Monette in Pearson. It was later relocated to Highway 55 in Pickerel, a picturesque location just off the shores of Twin Lake.

Rev. David L. Ricken, bishop of the Diocese of Green Bay, will lead the 10:30 a.m. Mass, with concelebrants Rev. David Zimmerman and Rev. Len Evers. The parish choir has chosen songs that may have been sung at the congregation’s dedication 100 years ago.

Dinner will follow in the church hall.

“This is a great celebration of the faith community that has lasted this long,” Rev. Zimmerman, the current church pastor, said. “It’s really due to the dedication of the parishioners, who are always looking to the future and planning for the future.

St. Mary parishioners placed signs announcing the anniversary early this year, and entered a float in the Pickerel St. Patrick’s Day parade in March. They also held a series of special events, including a May crowning of St. Mary, and a polka
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Members of the St. Mary Catholic Church centennial planning committee are ready for Sunday’s centennial celebration and Mass at the Pickerel congregation. From left are (back row) Bill Heinen, Bonnie Young, Pat Marquardt, Nancy Killoren, Grace Bostwick, (front row) Virg Kruzitski, Mary Guenther, Ray Bostwick, Ben Clark and Carol Marquardt.
Board OKs refilling positions
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The Langlade County Board eased through a decision that has been difficult to come by for the past several months this morning.

Trimming the requirements for the position to an associates degree, the board approved the filling of a post to share the double duties as a recreation director and work with the forestry department.

The slot has been contentious for several months as the supervisors have struggled with wages, fringe benefits and responsibilities.

The decision took some time to make, but was completed before the key snowmobile season arrives and also in time to provide assistance for the forestry department, which is becoming increasingly busy as additional timberlands are added to its management responsibilities.

Eric Rantala, the county’s forestry chief, explained the need to fill the position and some financial implications that come with it. But during the discussion supervisors also noted that it was one of the county units that makes more than it spends, contributing to the financial health of the county.

The board unanimously supported hiring a new veterans service officer filling the position of Dale Oatman, who will retire
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Voting continues through Sunday in Thrivent 'Can' competition
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Voting continues through Sunday in the second annual Thrivent Financial “Cans” Hunger competition.

Sixteen sculptures, created by local businesses and organizations, are awaiting judgment from the community and voters in the event, a fund-raiser for the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry.

The entries range from the whimsical to the serious and includes flags from Spain, Germany, Mexico and the Dominican Republic created by Antigo High School language classes; a giant candle “lighting the way through darkness” from Calvary Lutheran Church; an ambulance at Langlade Memorial; and even a giant piece of pumpkin pie with chipped cream at Bradley Funeral Home.

Locations for viewing and voting include:

—Boys & Girls Club, partnered with Johnson Electric Coil.

—Bradley Funeral Home.

—Brettingen, Smits, Novak & Bastle, SC.

—Calvary Lutheran Church.

—CoVantage Credit Union.

—Freshtech/Volm Companies, Plaspack USA.

—Antigo Family Consignment, partnered with consignors and The King of Sleep customers.

—Heinzen Plumbing, Excavating and Septic Service partnered with Van Prooyen Photography, Upper Case Living-R
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From left, Bradley Funeral Home’s big pumpkin pie, a delivery truck from CoVantage Credit Union and a sink complete with plumbing fixtures created by Heinzen Plumbing and Heating, Van Prooyen Photography, Upper Case Living-Robin Frei, and Northwoods Computer Guy, LLC are among the Thrivent “Cans” Hunger entries.
Alzheimer's walk
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Participants in Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s enjoyed sunny, but chilly conditions Saturday morning, traversing a three-mile route centered on the city’s walking trails, Fifth Avenue and Langlade Road, where this photo was taken shortly after the 9:30 a.m. start. Sarah Waukau, a former benefit specialist for the Langlade County Department on Aging who has assisted many older residents and their families facing Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia, served as the honorary ribbon-cutter for the event. Johnson Electric Coil served as headquarters.


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Genevieve Praslowicz, last survivor of Chet & Emil's in Birnamwood, dies
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Genevieve “Gen” Praslowicz, 94, of Birnamwood, an original owner of Chet & Emil’s in Birnamwood who continued to light up the bowling lanes well into her 80s, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 under the care of Homme Home of Wittenberg and LeRoyer Hospice.

She was born May 28, 1920 in Antigo, a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie (Samborski) Preboski. She married Emil F. Praslowicz on June 22, 1942, in Fayetteville, N.C. He preceded her in death on March 12, 1988.

Mrs. Praslowicz graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1938 and from Jacqueline School of Beauty Culture in Fayetteville, N.C. in October of 1942.

She was one of the original owners of Chet & Emil’s, Inc. in Birnamwood which was opened in 1946 along with her husband Emil and Chet and Lil Skodinski. The business, which included a bar, restaurant and bowling alley, was operated by them until their retirement in 1981. They also operated Chet & Emil’s Resort in Pelican Lake from 1957 to 1989.

Mrs. Praslowicz was a 69-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 341. She enjoyed bowling, bingo, gardening, playing cards, shaking dice, jig-saw puzzles, the Milwaukee B
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A picture of Gen Praslowicz from 2009 at Chet & Emil's.
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