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The sweet season arrives at Merry's
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One of the sweetest summertime traditions is continuing this week at Merry’s Berries.

For three decades, Andy and Elizabeth Merry have been opening their patch to strawberry pickers at the peak of season, this year welcoming the second, and maybe even third generation of families to their Highway H farm.

That’s really what it’s all about, Merry said this morning, gesturing to a youngster enjoying a berry with her family. It’s getting the families out here, enjoying the fields and the berries.

Fields all over Wisconsin are turning red with fresh, juicy, delicious, homegrown strawberries, but the season is a short one, lasting only two to three weeks during the month of June and early July.

At Merry’s, picking began last week, and should continue for about another 10 days, as the season progresses from early to late varieties.

Merry’s draws strawberry lovers from across the region, with many making an annual pilgrimage from northern Wisconsin, where there is a dearth of berry farms to the west and south. They come for the berries, but also the camaraderie and the experience.

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Andy and Elizabeth Merry, along with their daughter, Anna, and dog Max pose in the berry patch this morning.
50th anniversary
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Nick and Jeanette Salm celebrated their 50th anniversary in unique style with hundreds of people, some of them strangers, at City Park on Saturday. The couple who has worked on a number of community projects and led the successful Music in the Park series, held the anniversary with Monroe Crossing, a classy Minneapolis band, performing great bluegrass selections. They even mixed in a few 1960s selections, which were interesting to hear. Long Cool Woman, a gigantic 1971 hit by the Hollies, was all sorts of fun performed with the instruments of a bluegrass band. In the lower picture two of the Salm children, Christine and Matt are shown with Nick and Jeanette on the bandstand.
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School board expected to vote on elementary funds
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The Antigo school board Tuesday is expected to take formal action to borrow $2.5 million in zero-interest bonds to fund a series of elementary building improvements.

The board will also move forward with setting new attendance boundaries following the closure of Mattoon Elementary School at the session, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the media tech room at the high school.

Leading the agenda will be the formal paperwork on the federal bonds, which are formally known as Qualified Zone Academy Bonds. The money may be used for certain renovation and rehabilitation projects (including energy projects), as well as equipment purchases. It cannot be used for new building construction.

The bonds allow qualified schools to borrow money cheaply because the purchasers receive federal tax credits to subsidize much, if not all, of the school district’s interest costs.

Projects will be taken from a priority list of elementary needs identified by the CESA No. 10 study. That 2014 listed $10 million of upgrades and improvements that its authors were careful to stress would only bring the schools into compliance and back to the level of the 1960’s era scho
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'The Emperor's New Clothes' is youth theater production
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The Emperor’s New Clothes, a performance for all ages, comes to the Volm Theater for one show Wednesday.

Antigo youth theater will take the stage for the 6:30 p.m. performance. Admission will be a non-perishable food item or a freewill offering for the local food pantry.

The Emperor’s New Clothes is a story of a girl, Petra who wants to make it rich by cheating a very vain Emperor. She meets many people along the way, has a few weavers to help her do the convincing and well, then, someone calls foul. Are they fools?

This is the 10th year of the Antigo Youth Theater. Each year students in grades five through nine from across the Antigo school district prepare and present a show, usually with some kind of moral, which annually delights both family and the community.

It is a fast and furious ride. Students and staff, this year are practicing and producing the show in just 11 days. Youngsters work on their craft while parents and community members design sets, get costumes, help learn music and in that short amount of time, it all manages to get accomplished.

Cast for The Emperor’s New Clothes includes:

Petra (1-6): Abby
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The cast of "The Emperor's New Clothes,'' on stage here Wednesday.
Couple celebrates their 75th anniversary
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Maynard Behm jokes that when he and his bride, Margaret, tied the knot, I didnít think I was going to be married 75 days.

On Tuesday, the couple, now living in nearby rooms at Care Partners, will celebrate 75 years of largely wedded bliss.

Maynard, who will also celebrate his 95th birthday on Tuesday, and the former Margaret Duernberger, who will be 96 on Friday, were married on June 28, 1941 at Unity Evangelical Reformed Church on Deleglise Street. Attendants included Marion and Marjorie Boettcher along with Joey Vitous and Jack Buck.

It was a tumultuous time, with World War II starting within months of their wedding and the Great Depression just beginning to ease.

Maynard worked largely in the building trades, including doing work on the Langlade County Courthouse dome and then in Milwaukee. They also operated a dairy farm in the town of Vilas for 20 years before moving to Post Lake in 1977.

We never stayed in one place for too long, Maynard says.

Margaret has spent much of her life as a homemaker, including tending large flower and vegetable gardens.

The coupleís only daughter died in an accident on Lake Huron in 1978. The
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Maynard and Margaret Behm, celebrating 75 years of marriage.
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