Ash Wednesday, Lenten dining options unveiled|
Mediator helps city and chamber settle lawsuit
|The pre-Lenten revelry is about done, the Mardi Gras beads thrown and caught in the Big Easy, and King Cakes consumed.|
To mark Ash Wednesday and the opening of the 40-day Lenten period, area restaurants are changing up their menu to offer midweek fish and seafood specials, a tradition as oldâ€or olderâ€than those New Orleans cakes and beads.
Vickie and the Vets will offer a carryout-only fish fry, featuring two or three pieces, to mark Ash Wednesday. Fish tacos will also be available. Call ahead to 715 623-5810 or 715 216-5255.
Farmers Home Bar and Restaurant will serve deep fried or broiled fish all day on Wednesday.
Head down to Karcz's Melody Mill in Aniwa for a fish fry Wednesday.
Or, go north, to Sammy's Bar and Grill on Waterpower Lake. It will be serving grilled fish Wednesdays through March.
Heartbreakers on Antigo's south side and Crab 'N Jack's in Langlade will be serving their fish frys every Wednesday through Lent.
Two Angels Family Restaurant may be your best spot for fish on Ash Wednesday. The beer-battered fry comes with potato, vegetable and choice of soup or salad.
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Senior snowshoer Dave Devore with his piece of Mardi Gras King Cake, holding a newborn babe. The cake, a Fat Tuesday tradition, was made by Julie Zalewski for one of the final senior snowshoe treks on a sunny springlike Monday afternoon.
A bit late, AHS baseball coach Scott Farmer gets honor trophy
|The city of Antigo and Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce have reached a tentative agreement ending a threatened lawsuit over the use of room tax funds.|
The deal â€which covers the city, chamber, Hotel/Motel Room Tax Commission, and Langlade County Economic Development Corporationâ€was unveiled at last week's meeting of the city's Finance, Personnel and Legislative Committee, where it won unanimous approval.
It will be reviewed again by the Hotel Motel Commission on Wednesday in an 8:30 a.m. meeting and also requires a final vote by the chamber board of directors and Antigo Common Council.
â€śWe had a mediator and came together with an agreement,â€ť Mayor Bill Brandt told the Finance, Personnel and Legislative Committee, noting â€śat this time there is no chosen tourism entity.â€ť
After the reams of filed paperwork over the lawsuit, the final document covers two succinct pages. Under the pact:
â€The Hotel Motel Commission will split 70 percent of room tax proceeds equally between the chamber and Economic Development Corporation for each of the next three years, with the dollars to be used exclusively for tourism promotion and
LAWSUIT SETTLEDâ€The city of Antigo, Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and related parties have reached an agreement on a long-simmering lawsuit. The top photo shows the chamber offices on Antigo's south side, which will receive $65,000 in room tax funds for upgrades.
Venerable Eagle River Dome draws fans, community support
|It's been months since Antigo Red Robins head varsity baseball coach Scott Farmer was named the 2019 State Coach of the Year by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association (WBCA).|
On Friday Feb. 14, Farmer was officially presented with the honor, trophy and all at the WBCA's Clinic in Madison. Assistant coaches Tom Weix, Bill Greening and Roger Weber were all in attendance to see Farmer receive the award.
Farmer led the Red Robins to their first-ever state baseball championship in 2019, winning the Division Two Crown, defeating West De Pere and West Salem at the State Tournament, while finishing with a 21-5 overall record.
The year prior, Farmer coached the Robins to a a sectional final.
In the WBCA's program for the event, the bio for Farmer noted how despite losing a big senior class from the 2018 team, he took a squad that suffered a heartbreaking loss in the sectional finals, motivated them into believing in themselves, and convinced them to not only return in 2019, but to excel. The result was a state championship.
The Robins begin defense of that state title on March 31, with the season opener at Green Bay Preble.
COACH OF THE YEARâ€Antigo varsity baseball coach Scott Farmer, center, holds the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year trophy, with his assistant coaches, Tom Weix, left, and Bill Greening.
Kettlebowl adds numbers, new terrain park for snowboarders
|As the city of Eagle River did what it does best this past Saturday, hosting a great day of hockey, many northern Wisconsin fans got their first look at recent improvements to its famed facility, the Eagle River Sports Arena, known fondly as â€śThe Dome.â€ť|
Northland Pines High School took its turn to host the well-received, new Great Northern Conference boys hockey tournament, which featured a full day of games among the eight teams in the GNC, with seventh place, fifth, third and the championship game all being played.
The improvements began of necessity, with significant repairs needed to continue operation at the venerable facility, a staple of the Eagle River community. The need brought those in the community together, and fundraising for the estimated $774,000 project began.
â€śThere has not been any opposition to anything that made sense,â€ť Save the Dome campaign leader Jerry Burkett recently told the Vilas County News-Review. â€śEvery weekend there is something going on out there, there is hockey oozing from that building. It's built for one thing, skating and hockey. With this project, it's set to carry us into the next 50 years.â€ť
The Dome was center stage at a recent Antigo Red Robin junior varsity game against Northland Pines.
|Kettlebowl Ski Hill is having a great year with over 2,000 skiers and snowboarders so far, and there's plenty of time to add more over the last three weekends of the season.|
â€śWith warm temperatures in the forecast, Saturday and Sunday will offer opportunity for some early spring skiing,â€ť Judy Peterson of the Langlade County Ski Club said. â€śWith the colder weather and new snow this week, the hill is in very good condition.â€ť
Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Peterson noted that a new area is being developed as a Terrain Park for the snowboard crowd.
â€śSeveral new jumps and rails have been added,â€ť Peterson said. â€śSnowboarders tried out the new area this past weekend. Going forward plans for the off season include expanding this area and include some additional apparatus.â€ť
But before this season is over, Fun Day is on the horizon, scheduled for Saturday, March 7.
â€śSo far there will be the second annual cardboard box race, speed races, a costume contest, sawdust pile and maybe new this year a water puddle race,â€ť she said.
Check out further details at the Hill this weekend, in the Antigo Daily Jour
Two snowboarders assisting in moving some new apparatus for the Snowboard Terrain Park at Kettlebowl.