UW-Extension team ready for fair|
Boys & Girls Club busy and active
|For staff at the UW-Extension office, the Langlade County fair is all about education.|
The staff at the Extension, which is a branch of the University of Wisconsin system, has been preparing for the start of the annual exposition, which officially kicks off on Wednesday, for months.
People really have no idea what all goes on behind the scenes or what goes on before you go into that barn or that exhibition building, Karalee Brock, 4-H program assistant, said.
In addition to Brock, the staff includes Samantha Straley, interim 4-H youth development agent; Beth Meyer, Food Wise educator; Steve Zimmerman and Dan Marzu, agricultural agents Jennifer Beran, program assistant; and Carrie Kubacki, interim family living agent. All play key roles in assuring the exposition runs smoothly.
Its really a team effort, which is nice, Brock said.
Much of the behind-the-scenes work revolves around data entry. In 2016, there were 4,102 fair entries, with antiques and Cloverbuds/Exploring leading the list. Numbers are expected to be similar for this year, and each of those entries must be recorded and placed in the proper categories.
University of Wisconsin-Extension staff are ready for the county fair. From left are Jennifer Beran, UWEX program assistant; Carrie Kubacki, interim family living agent; Beth Meyer, Food Wise educator; Dan Marzu, ag agent; and Karalee Brock, 4-H program assistant. Not pictured is Samantha Straley, interim 4-H youth development agent.
Large dairy farm seeking to grow, again
|There is a success story unfolding this summer in the 400 block of Superior Street.|
Thats where the Boys & Girls Club is drawing crowds of young people who are having a great time and learning at the same time.
Angel Zimmerman, the clubs executive director, explained that the average daily attendance of young people has gone to 160, but when popular programs like summer camp are offered, those numbers go right through the roof.
Zimmerman said youth participation this year has gained about 30 percent, which led to hiring of 11 additional staff members, five of them taking part in the AmeriCorps program. That is a win-win for the people it serves and those working through AmeriCorps get an education award for colleges and universities at the end of summer.
We have a total of 23 employees, Zimmerman said. That includes four full-time and 19 part-time.
Our summer camp youngsters are split into age groups, Zimmerman said. There are grades 1-2, 3-4 and 5-8, she said. Each group has three program instructors and they take part in five core areas including art, health and life skills, education and career development, character and leade
The staff and participants posed for a picture recently in the gymnasium.
Over 100 turn out for Splash-n-Dash Saturday, a good time, fitness marked
|Matsche Farms, which is located east of Birnamwood on Highway N in the town of Almon, is already a huge dairy farm. And it has an eye on growing again.|
The Shawano Leader newspaper reported recently that the massive family agriculture organization is seeking regulatory approval for a dramatic expansion, and that would come on top of what is already a stunning commercial dairy operation.
According to the newspaper, the farm has a request to construct a barn that is longer than five football fields placed end-to-end, which would be home to 5,000 or more milk cows.
The proposal for the property at N9035 River Road, which is basically on Highway N, has already won approval from local and county officials and it is going to the state of Wisconsin and the Department of Natural Resources for review.
It is quite a expansion. The farm currently has an estimated 6,600 cows, and the new project would add 5,000 or more, bringing it close to the 12,000 mark.
The Shawano paper said that the farm already ranks among the larger operations in the northeastern part of the state, with Rosendale Dairy LLC, Fond du Lac County, and Holsum Dairies LLC in Calumet
The big ventilation fans were keeping the cows cool at the Matsche dairy farm near Birnamwood this week.
An aerial look at the Elcho school project
|The fifth annual Splash-n-Dash, now known as the MK Memorial Race, drew over 100 participants to Veterans Memorial Park for trail running and swimming on Saturday.|
It was a perfect day, organizer Mary Stensberg said. There were 104 participants and many friends and family spectators having a great time at Jack Lake.
The race involved swimming either 1/2 or 1/4 mile in the crystal clear waters of Jack Lake, then running a 5 kilometer course around the trails of Veterans Memorial Park. Racers could compete individually or as a tandem team, with one swimming and one running.
The event was established by the late Michelle Koss and serves as a fund-raiser for Antigo swim programs.
Michelle would have loved the day, Stensberg said. We opened with a tribute to Michelle and a moment of silence honoring her memory and remembering all of the work she did for Antigo swimming and splash and dash in the past. She was an outdoor fitness enthusiast and would have loved to see all of the people who came together to swim and run at Jack Lake and have a great time together.
Koss died in a bicycling accident in March, 2016.
Results from the race inclu
Destiny Davis took this photo of Splash-N-Dash participants at Veterans Memorial Park at Jack Lake.
|After seemingly unending rain, improving weather conditions are allowing work to advance at a quick pace on the Elcho school districts $18 million construction and renovation project.|
According to Earl Doc Smith of EDS Builders Inc., the project manager, the concrete decking has been installed between the first and second floors, allowing crews to install duct work and do electrical wiring in the now-inclosed area.
The project will move the main office and entrance from the south to the north end of the school complex with secure doors; add an additional gymnasium with a seating capacity of 1,200; and revamp existing locker rooms and music and band areas. The existing library will be downsized, with a portion turned over to an early childhood center.
New construction will also include a community fitness center, commons/cafeteria with seating for 300 to 350 and an adjoining kitchen; technology education and a mix of classrooms.
The 1938 elementary structure will remain in use for the upcoming school year. Once it is removed, the area will be redeveloped into a playground for youngsters up to grade two.
The goal is to complete the cons
Earl Doc Smith of EDS Builders Inc. took this panoramic photo of the Elcho school building site.