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Golf carts getting attention
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A blanket of snow and ice covers the greens, tees, and fairways, and temperatures are heading below zero Saturday, but that doesn't mean there isn't work being done at the classy 18-hole Bass Lake golf course north of Antigo.

Core full-time members of the summer grounds crew have gathered the past two weeks for the first-ever preventive maintenance program on the club's fleet of golf carts.

Despite the inhospitable conditions on the links, each of the Bass Lake carts is receiving a thorough inspection and tune-up in the toasty maintenance shop.

The crew has been at the task since Jan. 7, and will conclude the project by the end of this week. The project is taking place under the guidance of course superintendent Dave Van Auken.

He explained that the men who keep the course beautiful in the spring, summer and fall, are working in January to make sure carts are safe and ready to roll on opening day.

But that is likely at least three months away at all three of the Langlade County courses, including Bass Lake, Riverview and Maplewood, depending on how Mother Nature behaves during early 2019.
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In the top photo, the Bass Lake Golf course crew do some maintenance work on a golf cart, long before it will be needed on the links. The lower photo shows the crew from left, Tom Westerman, Jeff Lass, Perry Michiel and Bob Diercks.
Workers getting Kettlebowl ready
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The weather will be chilly but hill conditions are expected to be “fair to good” for the season opener at Kettlebowl Ski Hill on Saturday.

A dearth of snow this season has delayed the hill's opening, which usually happens over the Christmas vacation break for students.

“Mother Nature helped us a bit,” Judy Peterson, a volunteer with the Langlade County Ski Club, said. “Weather is going to be colder than it has been but its winter.”

The hill opening comes as the club, its volunteer corps and thousands of skiers and snowboarders who have enjoyed the hill over the decades, mourn the loss of Gloria Schofield, longtime Kettlebowl volunteer, who often served as the welcoming smile at the ticket counter. She and her husband, Gordie, were honored by the club at its annual meeting prior to the start of this ski season.

“They have been volunteers for over 50 years at Kettlebowl and have been a great part of the ski hill and encouraged many volunteers to get involved,” Peterson said. “Very special people. We will miss her.”

To get the hill ready, volunteers are encouraged to be at Kettlebowl Friday beginning at 9 a.m. to unload a
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Dave Peterson runs the groomer at the Kettlebowl ski hill, which will be open for the first time of the season this Saturday and Sunday.
Tree burn
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The Antigo Optimist Club had a roaring fire and toasty hot dogs at the south end of the Antigo High School parking lot, and attracted a nice crowd for the annual fire. The club, which has been holding the tree burns for decades, collects the brittle evergreens from curb sides and piles them at the high school property, which has been attacked several times by vandals looking to beat the Optimist Club to its mission. But their plans didn't work, and there was a giant pile just waiting to come to a bright blaze to the delight of a big crowd, most of them dining on hot dogs and hot chocolate. Notice the pile being lighted with a torch on the right side.
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Town of Elcho shuts off most street lights in busy community
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Elcho has largely gone dark.

In a cost-saving move, the town board has removed about two-thirds of the community's streetlights, leaving only 15 marking main intersections.

“It was a conscious decision that the town board made in order to save money,” Chairman Gary Johnson said. “We worked on this for several months and evaluated each light individually. Those that we felt were safety or security concerns, we didn't touch.”

The lack of lightsespecially along the side streets in what was a brightly-lit community is a bit unsettling, and a concern to some local businesses.

“This is a safety concern,” Dr. Charles Wetzel, who operates a dental practice in Elcho, said, adding that the route between the school and the parking lot two blocks to the east is now largely dark.

Karen O'Neil of North Trail Store, located at the heart of the village, agreed.

“When you live in the middle of a community, you pay for, and expect to have some amenities, like sidewalks and streetlights,” she said. “This is really a concern.”

The move is expected to save about $10,000 a year, Johnson said, adding that Each lig
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A streetlight pole on Elcho's south side is empty, with just the brackets remaining following a decision by the town board to remove most of the community's nighttime illumination.
School furnishings among keys to learning
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Twenty-first century learning requires 21st century tools, and that includes furnishings.

That's the focus of a major purchase by the Antigo school district, which is equipping English language arts classrooms with flexible seating options.

“This purchase is monumental for our district,” Kelly Fassbender, director of instruction, said. “Our classrooms will be transformed, not only from a curricular and instructional aspect, but with a learning environment that will support our students in the rigorous 21st century skills they will need to be college, career and life ready.”

At first sniff, it would seem that tables and chairs are just thatplaces to sit and study.

But, according to Fassbender, district instructional coach Jamie Kirsch, and literacy coach Donna Krueger, research has found that the configuration of furnishings has direct correlation on results.

In other words, those long rows of individual desks, with students arranged alphabetically that so many grew up with, don't cut it.

“The traditional methods constrain student learning to just one way,” Kirsch said. “This system allows flexibility for the te
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From left, Kelly Fassbender, director of instruction, literacy coach Donna Krueger and instructional coach Jamie Kirsch explain the new collaborative furnishings.
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