Langlade County tree dedicated at State Capitol|
|A stately Langlade County tree is now filling the state Capitol rotunda with fragrance and lights, after two lighting ceremonies on Thursday.|
Gov. Scott Walker, early Thursday morning, presided over a low-key ceremony to turn on the lights of the 30-foot balsam fir, donated by Jim Draeger of Antigo and cut near Kempster.
But the lights were turned back off until a noontime ceremony where they were switched on a second time by Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp and members of the Antigo High School trumpet ensemble.
“Thank you to everyone who took time to create the wonderful ornaments symbolizing our Wisconsin Traditions at the State Capitol,” Walker said. “Visitors will get to see how beautifully the Capitol is decorated during the holidays and learn about the traditions we value.”
Boumatic, a Madison company, fabricated and donated a new tree stand, which is currently holding up the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree
Patti Hellenbrand of Lodi and Cindy Hasse of Cottage Grove spearheaded the effort to make a new Capitol Christmas tree skirt. Hellenbrand, who owns Village Creek of Lodi, designed the tree skirt and donated the
The sparkling Capitol Christmas Tree, provided by Jim Draeger at Kempster.
Christmas event was a success
|Judy Bolen, standing, and Deb Thom work on the decorations for Shining the Light of Peace, a Christmas gala taking place Saturday evening at Peace Lutheran Church and School. The celebration, running from 6 to 10 p.m., will include gourmet hors d’oeuvres, chocolates and specialty cheeses. There will also be silent and live auctions featuring beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths. Tickets are $25 each and are available at the school office, the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and Thrivent Financial/Pinnacle Office. Proceeds will go to benefit Peace Lutheran School, with a portion also designated to a local non-profit organization.|
Wolf River Fire Department plans annual open house for Saturday
|The turnout for the annual Christmas chili cook-off and parade offered proof that Antigonians will put up with cold and snow, but when it comes to a frigid rain, it is a different story.|
The crowds on the street for the usually packed event were down a bit, but there were still plenty to devour dozens and dozens of roasters of chili, applaud floats and cheer the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
The annual Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce event drew a crowd for the chili sampling, which this year featured booths from east of Field Street to the 100 block of Fifth Avenue, where those roasters had been steaming away for most of the late morning and afternoon.
“Considering the weather, it went fantastic,” Deena Grabowsky said after most signs of the big event had been cleared from Fifth Avenue.
She saluted the spirit of the Antigo and Langlade County residents who registered the floats and made the chili for “hanging in there” despite the cold rain that fell nearly all of Wednesday.
“Only three parade entries didn’t make it,” she said, adding that one of them was the Antigo High School Marching band and another was a motorcycle
Santa and his mate were under an umbrella to cap the parade here.
Chili chefs working on masterpieces
|The Wolf River Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual community open house on Saturday.|
The holiday event features the firefighters’ chili cook-off, holiday treats, and the collection of canned goods for the local food pantry. Volunteer firefighters will conduct tours of the station, offer winter fire safety tips, and talk about the department's activities over the past year.
"One of the year's highlights was getting seven new firefighters on the department," Assistant Chief Bill Kallner said. "Much of our training this year was planned to help get those guys more experience with skills they learned in firefighter training. So we've trained on motor vehicle extrication, emergency vehicle operations, dry hydrant use, village hydrant operation, water movement, situational awareness, and search and rescue protocols. We've done more training jointly with the White Lake-Evergreen firefighters, including a recent tour of the flooring mill in the village. And we've been working with our Auxiliary, which already plays an important role in our search and rescue operations, to implement some new rehabilitation and personal accountability systems."
Firefighter Josh Hess works with wildland firefighter trainer Terry Trapp on a controlled burn.
|The weather isn’t exactly frightful, but the aromas are certainly delightful as chili chefs up and down Fifth Avenue prepare for this evening’s judging.|
Deena Grabowsky, executive director of the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce, reported 36 entries in the 16th annual contest, with sampling by the public beginning at 5:30 p.m.
The parade will follow at 6:30 p.m.
It’s a competition, but a friendly one, and after 15 years, the contestants all have their traditional booth locations and swap spices, snacks, stories and, very rarely, recipes.
Cooks began preparing setting up and in many cases decorating their booths shortly after 8 a.m. and by mid-morning, the smells of frying hamburger and sausage along with spices and tomato sauces was wafting up and down the avenue. The rules require all chopping and cooking to be done on-site, meaning the work started early to make the judging deadline at 3 p.m.
There are two divisions. Traditional chili is defined as any kind of meat or combination of meats with chili peppers, various spices and ingredients with the exception of beans and pasta, which are strictly forbidden. Roughneck is defined as
Don Emley stirred the chili at Neve’s Floors to Go and Furniture as the chili contest got underway this morning.
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