Highway 64 west getting new pavement|
White Lake school board sets funding referendum for Nov. 14
|Paving crews began work along Highway 64 west of Antigo Wednesday, part of a $1.5 million project to improve sections of the roadway between the Lincoln County line and Zima Road.|
Northeast Asphalt Inc. is the prime contractor for the project, which covers 12 miles of the highway. Crews are milling the roadway and resurfacing it with new asphalt.
Additional improvements include:
—Replacing beam guard to meet current safety standards.
—Shaping and finishing the highway shoulders with additional base aggregate.
—Replacing permanent signs and installing new pavement markings.
—Repairing the bridge deck of the west branch of the Eau Claire River.
—Installing centerline rumble strips.
Highway 64 is remaining open during construction, but motorists are encountering flagging operations, a 12-foot width restriction, and temporary traffic signals.
Construction is currently scheduled for completion by Sept. 30.
Eighty percent of the project will be paid for with federal transportation funds; the remaining 20 percent will be paid with state transportation funds.
Paving machinery was working just west of Antigo Wednesday afternoonn.
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|Voters in the White Lake school district will be asked to approve $250,000 in spending above and beyond state-imposed revenue limits in November.|
This week, the White Lake school board unanimously approved the paperwork necessary to hold the spending referendum, which will be identical to an April ballot question which failed by two votes.
“We have a seven member board and all of them were in favor of moving forward with this vote,” District Administrator Bill Fisher said. “We have lots of review and discussion and this vote really shows confidence in the plan we are putting forward.”
The district is seeking $250,000 annually above state-imposed revenue limits for the next three years. The dollars would replace a $200,000, three-year referendum that expired at the close of the 2013-14 school year and would be used to maintain existing programs.
Cost to taxpayers would be 87 cents per $1,000 of equalized valuation, or $87 annually for the owner of a $100,000 home.
Without the dollars, officials have warned that the district could face a deficit in excess of $267,000 for the upcoming year, a substantial number for the school that operates with
A file photograph of the White Lake school.
Under justice department orders, new culverts installed in Upham
|The Langlade County Voiture 1204 honored Antigo as its Wisconsin City of the Year at its Promenade Tuesday evening.|
Chef de Gare Don Emley explained that the Voiture had entered the state cities competition with a report on the activities in the Antigo linked to veterans, prepared by Commissarie Intendant Steve Bradley.
It was a success, and Emley added that it will go to national competition, where metropolitan areas are in the running. There, he said, the chances of a victory are far more slim.
Bradley read the entry report before the plaque was presented to Mayor Bill Brandt, noting that the community “has a long tradition of honoring those who have served in the armed forces of the United States,” dating back to founder Francis Deleglise, a Civil War veteran.
“In World War I the 107 Trench Mortar Battery was formed in Antigo, trained here and fought in France,” Bradley said. “Upon their return, this community welcomed home their boys with a large parade and celebration. These young men began a tradition of veterans service organizations that has lasted almost a century.”
The 107 Trench Mortar Battery, WWI Barracks, American Legion Po
From left, Langlade County Voiture 1204 Chef de Gare Don Emley, Cabane 1204 Presidente Marie Schuh, Mayor Bill Brandt and Commissarie Intendant Steve Bradley.
Popular Elcho congregation offers warm welcome to new pastor, Rev. Dana Schindler
|A section of Forest Road in the town of Upham will be closed for the next couple days, allowing for replacement of culverts along the creek flowing between Summit and Bass lakes.|
Krueger & Steinfest’s big backhoes will likely make quick work of the project, a fast end to a lingering controversy that dates back several years.
“We were ordered to do this by the Department of Justice,” Pete Resch, chairman of the town of Upham said, explaining that the town faced hefty fines if the work was not completed in a timely manner.
The same watershed feeds Summit, Greater Bass, Waterpower, Deep Woods and a series of smaller lakes, and that has caused hard feelings between the various property owners during times of drought when lake levels can be dramatically altered.
The Forest Road culvert has long been a flashpoint, with each side accusing the other of altering or inhibiting stream flow. There have even been arrests and fines.
The Department of Natural Resources waded into the issue several times, holding public meetings and initially stating that the current culverts were at the correct depth before reversing course. It has also brought a flurry of
Shane Krueger manuevers a big Krueger & Steinfest backhoe to begin the culvert work on Forest Road in the town of Upham this morning.
|Elcho United Church of Christ, known as the village’s “community church,” has welcomed a new pastor.|
Rev. Dana Schindler began duties at the congregation, know for its local philanthropic efforts, earlier this summer, coming to the ministry after a career in education and speech therapy.
“I felt called to the ministry in high school and all through the years I have still felt that pull,” she said. “It was one of those things that kept niggling on me.”
Schindler became a world traveler at an early age, growing up in the military family before settling in Huntsville, Ala. where she received a degree in speech pathology and taught school for nine years.
Her husband, David, was also in the military and the couple met in Germany, where she was a speech therapist for the Department of Defense.
They later were stationed as Fort Knox and then settled in St. Louis, where he was employed as a systems analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank and she continued work as a speech therapist.
At age 49, Schindler decided on a career change.
“I decided it was time to go to seminary,” she said, adding that it is not a uncommon decision. “There we
Rev. Dana Schindler, the new pastor of Elcho United Church of Christ, known as the town’s “community church.”
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