Former laundry building razed today|
Antigo retailers offering nice specials, big stocks for 'license to shop'
|The city of Antigo today razed the building that for decades housed the Langlade Laundry and Cleaners, a brick and concrete structure at 511 Clermont St., just north of the post office building.|
The building had been used as a recycling center for a number of years by a local firm dealing in electronic devices. Earlier this year, a second level had been removed from the front of the structure, where seamstresses were employed during the early decades of the 1900s.
The Laundry had a long history in Antigo. It was formed by C.E. Horne and O.R. Frisby in 1916 in the Neff Roberts building, which still stands in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue.
William Lange joined the partners and it operated in the Fifth Avenue site until 1921, when the new and modern building â€ the one razed today, was constructed.
For decades Lange operated a modern and progressive cleaning establishment at the site. In addition to the very large commercial washing machines, there was drying equipment and machinery that handled the folding of things like sheets for the hotels and hospitals in the area.
Lange and his partners, who he eventually bought out, added all of the lates
City equipment and personnel chewed at the back of the former Langlade Laundry and Cleaners building at 511 Clermont St. this morning. The area will eventually be used for parking.
Deb Wirth named top leader in Langlade County 4-H for '18
|While the hunters are away, the widows will....shop.|
Saturday, the opening of the gun deer season, is also â€śLicense to Shopâ€ť across Langlade County.
No back tag is needed for the annual extravaganza of deals, perfect for the temporary widow â€or perhaps widowerâ€left behind by their mate's foray into the wilderness.
Antigo United Methodist Church will kick things off with its annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be bakery, crafts, gifts, Christmas Past and cooking knives. For lunch enjoy barbecues and baked potatoes with toppings.
North Star Lanes will host its annual widow's weekend holiday craft and vendor show on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There's free admission and door prizes, and free bowling for youngsters during the show. A full menu and lunch buffet is also available.
Luxury Living Warehouse on Antigo's north side will hold its open house Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be Ladies Day specials throughout the store along with wine tasting.
Colleen's Craft Shed, 517 Clermont St., will host a holiday open house on Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be candle specials,
Colleen Gelhausen posed with a decorated Christmas tree at her shop at 517 Clermont St. It is packed with items for the Yule season.
Supervisors reject wheel tax
|The leaders in the Langlade County 4-H program held their annual awards banquet Tuesday evening at Vickie and the Vets and visited, just like a large group of friends with common interests do.|
Holly Luerssen, who steers the Langlade County 4-H program, welcomed the crowd and introduced the 4-H board of directors, awards committee and other friends.
The board members include Wendee Arrowood, Kim Frisch, Chris Hagerty, Shelli Hagerty, Adeline Hess, Dennis Klement, Bill McFarlane, Tina Wild, Deb Wirth and Joe Novak.
The awards committee consists of Sara Adamski, Krista Carley, Melanie Lucht, Kathy Teal and Deb Wirth.
With the early business out of the way, Adeline Hess offered the blessing for the meal and the Vickie and the Vets crew went to work.
The awards program then got underway.
Leaders receiving first year certificates included Charlie Bauer, Gavin Bunnell, Elizabeth Burgess, Jennifer Carson, Bridgett Dixon, Kirk Franske, Bethany Fuller, Carmen Haddaway, Amy Johnso, Jon Lewis.
Abby Luerssen, Patti Meyer, Julie Nelson, Jessica Olson, Heather Packard, Kathy Packard, Tonya Strandberg-Bauer, Olivia Wolf, Cindy Zarda, Pamela
Deb Wirth, left was named the Langlade County 4-H Leader of the Year Tuesday evening. Katie Kirsch made the presentation.
Board to act on Mattoon school sale
|Langlade County officials today put the brakes on a proposed wheel tax.|
Following a cordial, question-filled public hearing, the County Board Executive Committee voted 4-1 against moving a proposed $20 county vehicle registration forward to the full board for consideration.
The voteâ€which followed the hour-long public discussionâ€wounds but doesn't kill the idea. It could still be brought up for consideration by any county supervisor.
Today's discussion, although billed as a public hearing, focused more on questions and answers rather than testimony for or against.
A broad range of residents from within city limits as well as rural areas questioned the need for the tax, where the money would be going, and most importantly, lobbied for a referendum vote.
â€śIt should be a vote of the people because we are the ones who will be directly affected,â€ť Fred Woodward of the White Lake area said. â€śWhatever the decision is, we'll live with it.â€ť
The proposed ordinance called for an annual vehicle registration feeâ€often called a wheel taxâ€of $20, which would be added on to the notices mailed by the Department of Transportation
Director of Social Services Ron Barger speaks at this morning public hearing on the proposed wheel tax. At right is Highway Commissioner Brian Braun.
The Antigo school board may be ready to sell the Mattoon school, which has been sitting empty since it was shuttered two years ago.
The panel will be meeting as a committee of the whole Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the high school library, with Mattoon front and center on the agenda.
The board is scheduled to review three bids for the vacant, sprawling structure, which once served as the heart of the community. They range from $15,800 for a local business to $10 for a non-profit community center.
A stipulation of the bids is that the complex â€śshall not be used for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade compensatory education,â€ť a condition that has stymied the sale of the parcel in the past.
The school was closed two years ago after a contentious round of legal manipulations between the village of Mattoon and the district.
Antigo offered the building which includes classrooms, offices and an expansive gymnasium to the village for $1. But a title search turned up some issues dating from when the property was transferred to the Unified School District of Antigo when it absorbed the then-stand-alone Mattoon school district in 1961. The property sprawls