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Programs, parades set for Memorial Day here Monday
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Veterans of World War II, whose numbers continue to dwindle, will be guests of honor at Antigo’s Memorial Day tribute Monday.

“This year is the 70th anniversary of V.E. Day and V.J. Day,” Mike Piller, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2563, this year’s host for the observance, said. “We are honoring WWII veterans by inviting them to lead our parade.”

Veterans will ride at the parade’s head in vehicles provided by Badgerland Classics and Customs Car Club .

Piller said the VFW has attempted to contact all area WWII veterans with the invitation. Anyone who has been missed, and who would like to participate, should arrive at the parade staging location at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center prior to the 9 a.m. start.

Parades and programs are planned across the region in honor of those killed in defense of the nation, a fitting coda to the unofficial first weekend of the summer season.

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Commemorations in Antigo will actually begin on Sunday, when the 40 et 8 organization will hold a rare public program at 5 p.m. at the Legion hall. It is known as the Calvin Kane Ceremony, a ritual that involves toasting fallen me
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Pete Higgins and Mike Piller place a World War II veteran recognition placard on one of the cars that will carry the honored veterans, who will lead Monday’s Memorial Day Parade in Antigo.
Police here looking to put extra 'teeth' into its patrols
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The Antigo Police Department is looking to add a little extra teeth to its patrol.

A kick-off to a fund-raising campaign for an addition of a K9 unit to the agency was held this week thanks to monies provided by a pair of donors — Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt and his wife Julie and members of the Langlade County Law Enforcement Association.

“We are reaching out to the public for support in funding,” Chief Eric Roller said, calling the addition a benefit for the entire community, not just city residents.

“One of the most positive and distinguishing enhancements of a police K9 is an increased sense of personal security within the community,” he said. “In today’s world of law enforcement, a K9 police dog is an effective tool to assist officers in a proactive approach to keep our communities safe as well as deter criminal activity.”

The plan to add a dog to the force was floated earlier this year and approved this month by the city council with a nod that funding would be provided through community donations. Start-up costs, which includes several weeks of intense training, are estimated in the $30,000 range. Yearly maintenance fees including such things
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Donations are being accepted toward the addition of a K9 unit to the Antigo Police Department. Pictured are county and city law enforcement officers Greg Carter, Dan Duley, D.J. Eldridge, Eric Chernetski, Dan Bauknecht, Police Chief Eric Roller, Julie Brandt, Antigo Mayor Bill Brandt and law officers John Kondzela and Dale Lenzner.
Graduation Saturday at White Lake school
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The White Lake graduating class of 2015 will hold commencement ceremonies Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Alycia Ortiz is the class valedictorian and Megan Schewe as salutatorian.

Ortiz plans to study at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and eventually earn her doctorate. She is active in band, choir and the National Honor Society.

Schewe is enlisting in the United States Navy and also hopes to earn her doctorate degree. She is involved in softball, basketball, and volleyball and active in band, choir, and National Honor Society.

Senior speaker will be Matt Bowman.

Principal Glenda Butterfield-Boldig will offer the welcome and closing and present the valedictorian and salutatorian awards.

Guest speaker will be White Lake alumnus Andy Whitt.

The program will also include a musical selection, “My Wish for You” sung by Alycia Ortiz, Megan Schewe, Elizabeth Schultz and Sarah Hull, scholarship presentations, youth apprenticeship recognition, a slide show and presentation of flowers to parents.

Diplomas will be awarded by school board members Chris Berry, Scott Popelka, Carol Blawat, Len Schneid
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From the left, Alycia Ortiz and Megan Schewe.
Antigo Elks present teen awards
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A year of honors for northern Wisconsin teens was capped Wednesday evening at the Antigo Elks Lodge recognition banquet and awards program.

The event honors the club’s “Teens of the Year,” selected from Antigo, Elcho and White Lake schools, and scholarships winners from across a huge area of northeastern Wisconsin.

Brian Blink, who oversees the teen program, explained that just like other years, this one was exceptionally difficult taking the best of the best from the three high schools in the area and selecting one young man and a young lady.

Not that the decision had to be made, he announced that they are Jamie Spychalla and William Schmidt.

The award was just one of the highlights of a busy evening at the annual banquet for the students and their parents.

The recipients of the teens of the month of September were Theresa Guth, Elcho and William Schmidt, Antigo; October, Benjamin Rustick, Elcho and Bailee Krueger, Antigo; November, Isaac Cuellar, Antigo and Ashley Brown, Antigo; December, Bradley Bennet, Elcho and Megan Schewe, White Lake; January, Andrew Blink, Antigo and Sarah Duff, Antigo; February, Jack Lund, Antigo and Samantha Smits,
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Teens of the year Jamie Spychalla and William Schmidt with Elks officers Wednesday. From the left are Brian Blink, Spychalla, Schmidt, Jim Pike and Heather DeBroux.
City offering the Edison Club for sale
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The city of Antigo is hoping to breath renewed life into a downtown entertainment venue with a storied past.

The city is requesting proposals for the lease and/or purchase of the Edison Club Event Center, which over the years has hosted everything from big-name country, rock and roll and comedy acts to regional artists, fund-raising balls and too many wedding receptions to count.

The city owns the facility, and after the club’s long-term operator declared bankruptcy earlier this year, entered into a month-by month lease with the present tenants, allowing already scheduled events to continue without interruption. The city also purchased the club’s restaurant equipment, assuring that whomever takes it over will find a totally-equipped facility.

The city is requesting proposals for use of the facility as a nightclub/banquet hall or to develop the business into an alternate format compatible with the downtown and Spring Brook revitalization program.

“The objective is to increase the walking traffic and general commercial activity in the downtown corridor as one method of stimulating the revitalization of the business climate,” Mark Desotell, the city’s d
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The Edison Club was all dressed up for the LA Arts Snowball in 2014.
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