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Big car show in Antigo on Saturday
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Visitors to the 24th annual Badgerland Classics and Customs car show and swap meet Sunday will hear Tyler Summ's 2001 Mustang before they see it.

Summ's snazzy sports car, with a custom paint job and exquisite detailing, boasts a F-1X Pro-Charger under the hood and that provides a deep-throated rumble that will be sure to attract plenty of attention.

It's a labor of love for Summ, who has spent six years working on the model.

Also on hand will be Bob and Ruth Ann Meyer with their 1963 Buick Riviera, a true classic dating from the first year the cruisers came out.

The Meyers have not restored the Buick, but it still purrs, decades after Bob bought it from his uncle after it had changed hands several times, including being traded for a Corvette.

Those are just a couple the stories that will be found at the annual show Sunday at Peaceful Valley Park, which draws classic car enthusiasts from across Wisconsin for the day of camaraderie and car talk.

There will be classes for stock and modified autos and trucks, along with special divisions for Corvettes and motorcycles.

There will also be a food drive, raffle sponsored
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Tyler Summ with his beefed up Mustang and Bob and Ruth Ann Meyer with their classic Buick Riviera, all part of the Badgerland fun on Sunday.
Pelican Lake area moves ahead on damage
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The July 19 windstormsâ€really the equivalent of an inland hurricaneâ€left tons and tons of debris across the northwoods.

Now, the two towns surrounding hard-hit Pelican Lake are taking pro-active steps to deal with it, and perhaps get some federal reimbursement dollars.

Leonard Guth, town of Enterprise chairman, and Ed Mas, town of Schoepke chairman, have teamed with Jamie Flannery, who specializes in major storm cleanup efforts, to clear the trees and debris that snarled roads, smashed campers and trucks, and peeled back the shoreline from around the lake.

Guth was familiar with Flannery's work in disaster cleanup in the southern United States, handling cleanup for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana.

“His knowledge of how FEMA reimburses municipalities was instrumental in bringing him on to take care of the roads,” Guth and Mas explained, adding that working together got the job done quickly and efficiently.

Flannery's big twin-trailer trucks and grapplers were put into service within hours of the disaster, with brush sites established in both Schoepke and Enterprise.<
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Town of Schoepke and Enterprise officials pose with Jamie Flannery and his clean-up crew at the enormous brush pile taking shape on the north side of Pelican Lake. Flannery estimated it contained at least 17,000 cubic yards of debris from the July 19 wind storm.
Art auction set for Friday at North Star
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An eclectic mix of folk and fine artâ€ranging from classic to impressionist pieces, etchings and even a bit of “sewerrealism” will be on the block at North Star Banquet Center on Friday.

Antigo Visual Artists, known as AVA, will host an art auction to benefit the Langlade County Historical Society museum addition and renovation project, which will include relocating and updating of the organization's art gallery.

The auction, part of a gala evening, will open with viewing at 5 p.m. and bidding getting underway at 6 p.m. Auctioneer Jerry Chuilli will be assisted by John Carbonari as ringman.

There will also be drawings and silent auctions for artwork donated by AVA's award-winning artists.

“This art auction is a first for Antigo and for all of northern Wisconsin” Fran Brown, one of the event organizers, said. “We have received expressions of interest from collectors and historians from across Wisconsin and we hope many of them are able to attend and bid on these one-of-a-kind pieces.”

The auction will feature pieces from George Falkenhagen, known as “Wisconsin's Artist Plumber” and Frank Vavruska, a nationally known
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AVA artists and friends on the steps of the Langlade County Museum with some of the artwork that will be auctioned off Friday night. Those pictured include Fran Brown, Danna Gabriel, Jerry Chuilli, Jon Cabonari, Greg Koeppel, Joanne March, and Cammille Converse-Smith.
Section of downtown Antigo is smoky today as sewers are tested
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The west side of Antigo's downtown had a bit of a smoky aroma this morning and there were plenty of flashing lights and even an airborne drone on patrol, but there was no disaster in the making.

Instead, it was the beginning of a two day process with the city, in conjunction with Ruekert-Mielke consultants, “smoke outing” issues with the sanitary sewer system in advance of the Fifth Avenue reconstruction project next year.

Today and Wednesday, smoke canisters are being introduced into the system in a 400 acres area roundly bound by Fourth Avenue, Aurora Street, 10th Avenue and Deleglise Street.

Propelled by fans, the white or gray smoke, which is harmless and non-staining, follows the path of least resistance through all the piping and vents that make up the sanitary system, and that means that it is seeping out of cracks and cross-connections, dry drain traps and other problem areas.

“Our goal is to identify unwanted clear water that is entering the sanitary sewer system,” Mark Desotell, the city's director of administrative services, explained. “We're looking for the big things and a smoke test allows us to cover a large area
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Gene DePrey of Ruekert-Mielke consultants introduces a smoke canister into the city's sanitary sewer system in the 100 block of Fifth Avenue this morning.
After a decade, Kayla baloon launches end, but not memories hope
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Hope Sprengler will never give up hope of finding her daughter, Kayla Berg, missing 10 years.

But on Sunday evening, she did give up a tradition.

For the final time, Sprengler, surrounded by family and friends, launched 100 colorful balloons high above Antigo's Lake Park in honor of her daughter, who went missing just days before her 16th birthday on Aug. 11, 2009.

“Everyone knows I love my daughter,” Sprengler said. “I'm sure I'll be doing other things to raise awareness about my daughter's disappearance, but right now I need time for myself to try and heal and recuperate, August is a tough month for me.”

According to police reports, Berg is believed to have gotten a ride from a friend to Wausau. After that nothing.

“It's just unbelievable that it's been this long,” Sprengler said. “Somebody knows something. People do not just vanish off the face of the earth.”

Berg's missing poster with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children says her “ears and navel are pierced. Kayla has a scar on the right side of her nose. She also has a scar on her right shin.”

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Balloons containing information on the Kayla Berg missing person case rise into the sky one final time Sunday evening near the Hudson Street Bridge. Kayla's mother, Hope Sprengler, right, speaks to a large crowd in attendance.
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