Some areas have salt problems|
40th anniversary of Ice Age Trail to be celebrated here on Saturday
|The reward for surviving last winter’s frigid temperatures and record snowfall, several states are learning, is drastic price increases for road salt — and that’s if they can even get it.|
Replenishing stockpiles is proving challenging, especially for some Midwestern states, after salt supplies were depleted to tame icy roads last winter. And price increases of at least 20 percent have been common in places including Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina.
The sitiuation is better on the local level, officials said.
Tim Rusch, Highway Commissioner of Langlade County, explained that the county and state have separate salt supplies. The county’s stock is thought to be adequate and the state used an average winter use pattern to set its purchases hoping it will be a year that fits them.
In Antigo, Street Commissioner Bob Piskula said a price increase from $55 to $65 a ton has crimped supplies a bit.
“We allot the same money, so we’ll be buying a little less,” Piskula said.
That won’t be a problem if the winter is normal, since the city, which has traditionally purchases 600 tons, is often left with a bit of a surplus that it can stockpile. Bu
Officials said that local supplies of road salt are plentiful as the city and county prepare for scenes such as this view along Superior Street from last winter.
Area enjoys perfect fall weather
|This is a very big weekend for Ice Age Trail enthusiasts in Langlade County.|
On Saturday morning, the final 2014 hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Langlade County will take place over the Kettlebowl segment northeast of Polar.
And that evening, supporters will gather again for the 40th anniversary celebration dinner at Swartzendruber’s Supper Club.
The hike will serve as a local annual observance of National Trails Day held earlier this summer in other parts of the country. The special day is organized each year by tail groups to observe the Oct. 2, 1968 signing of the National Trails Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Interested persons and groups should meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office at the fairgrounds. Chapter membership or fees are not required as the outing is open to the public.
Hikers are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch for the early fall stroll. Transportation to the trailhead northeast of Antigo will be by carpooling from the fairgrounds.
The five-mile Kettlebowl segment includes scenic high ridges and large kettles formed by ice chunks lodged in the landsca
Joe Hermolin snapped this photograph along the Ice Age Trail route. The final hike of the year is Saturday, followed in the evening by a 40th anniversary dinner.
Shelby Ruhland and Dan Pless are royalty for Elcho's homecoming festivities
|After a winter, spring and summer of less than perfect weather, Saturday and Sunday may have made up for some of it.|
High temperatures blazed into the 70s and it brought people out for fall yard work, picnics and other outdoor activities. It was simply that nice of day.
At the Dells of the Eau Claire, shown in the photograph above, the crowd Sunday was massive. Picnic tables were filled, the walking paths were equally busy and the parking lots were buzzing with cars and motorcycles. It was obvious there was pent-up demand for a few days just like this.
The high temperature on Saturday was a mild 76, and it was ticked up a bit on Sunday when the reading went to 78.
Mix the mild air with some sunlight and the color of the fall foliage, it was ideal along the Eau Claire River.
The fall season is roughly divides the state into thirds for the distribution of color with the north, which includes Langlade County, pretty well at its peak.
There is still a bit to go south of here and more changes are due in the southern part of the state in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately, the next step here is raking all of those beautiful leaves up
A big crowd was on hand for the stunning Sunday at the Eau Claire Dells park in Marathon County.
Photo by Jim Martinsen.
Langlade Hospital nursing staff cited
|Elcho High School celebrated its homecoming Saturday, with Shelby Ruhland and Dan Pless reigning over a day of parades, football and an evening dance.|
Joining them on the court were Kyleigh Decorah and Trinton Menomin, senior representatives; Ryan McFadden and Tori Franer, junior reps; Jacob Parise and Molli Morrison, sophomores; and Collin Smith and Emily Schafer, freshmen.
Also appearing in the parade were the Elcho High School marching band and class floats.
The Elcho-White Lake Wolverines played the Menominee Indian Eagles in a gridiron match-up, falling 48-16.
The day ended with a student dance at the school.
Homecoming season comes to a close on Oct. 17 with a celebration at White Lake. The Wolverines will play the Florence Bobcats.
Shelby Ruhland and Dan Pless were queen and king of homecoming celebrations at Elcho High School on Saturday.
|Langlade Hospital has been named as a recipient of a Five Star Award in Inpatient Services for Discharge Instructions and a Four Star Award recipient for Inpatient Services for Overall Quality of Care. |
The awards were presented at a recent conference in St. Louis, Mo. Health care leaders from across the country gathered to participate in the Excellence in Health Care Conference hosted by Professional Research Consultants, Inc.
Award winners are recognized annually for their achievements in improving patient experiences, health care employee engagement and/or physician alignment based on perceptions obtained through surveys of patients at Langlade Hospital.
"We are so proud of Langlade Hospital and are thrilled to present them with these National Excellence in Health Care Awards,” Joe M. Inguanzo, Ph.D., President and CEO of Professional Research Consultants, said. “These awards are proof that Langlade Hospital is committed to improving healthcare. It takes years of dedication, determination and hard work to achieve this level of success. Congratulations to Langlade Hospital and its staff for improving health care services.”
To be an award winner
Some members of the Langlade Hospital nursing staff pose in the second floor family area with the latest awards.
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