AHS marching band was a star at Disney Thursday|
Judicial candidates meet at forum, they stress diversity, experience
|Members of Antigo High School Marching Band became stars of their own Disney show on Thursday when they entertained resort guests at the Magic Kingdom Park. The group traveled over 1,400 miles from Antigo to the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.|
The marching band, under the direction of Jeff Dewey, entertained hundreds of Magic Kingdom Park guests as they marched through Frontierland and around Cinderella Castle onto Main Street, U.S.A. before the “Festival of Fantasy Parade.”
This was the group’s fourth visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts Program.
Vocal, instrumental and dance ensembles from all around the world apply to perform each year as a part of Disney Performing Arts at both the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Once selected, they are given the opportunity to perform at the resort for an international audience of theme park guests. Millions of performers have graced the stages of the Disney Parks in the more than 25-year history of the program.
The band arrived in Orlando on Wednesday, with performances Thursday and a day of tours at the Epcot Ce
The Antigo High School Band marching at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday.
Jobless rates unchanged here, up in other areas of Wisconsin
|Years of courtroom experience versus the diversity of legal practice weighed large in a discussion between two judicial candidates who participated in an electoral forum at Volm Theater Thursday.|
Attorneys Ralph Uttke and John Rhode are both in the running for a seat as Langlade County’s circuit court judge. The position, which carries a six-year term, will be decided by voters in the April 7 election.
The forum was hosted by the Langlade County Bar Association. Antigo High School provided the student moderator, Nadia Voytovich and panelist Montana Aiuppy, who are both involved in forensics. Other questioners were Drew Kelly of Results Broadcasting and Lisa Haefs of the Antigo Daily Journal.
Uttke, a native Californian, has 32 years of legal experience with the last 24 as Langlade County district attorney. Rhode, who grew up in Wisconsin, arrived in Antigo 20 years ago where he began, and still continues, employment at the Sommer, Olk & Payant law firm.
“My experience is just something you can’t downplay,” said Uttke, whom prior to his appointment to the prosecutor seat in 1990 worked in private practice which included aspects of civil and other area
FORUM—Ralph Uttke, center, and John Rhode, candidates for Langlade County Circuit Court judge, participated in a forum sponsored by the Langlade County Bar Association on Thursday evening at Antigo High School’s Volm Theater. They are shown with moderator Nadia Voytovich.
Unemployment levels remained unchanged in Langlade County between January and February, but were up in most cities and counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported that preliminary unemployment rates increased in 20 of the 32 largest cities and in 52 of 72 counties. The department says it is not unusual to see an increase in the local unemployment rates in the winter months because the numbers are not adjusted for seasonal variances.
Last year between January and February nearly all cities and counties saw a spike in unemployment rates as well.
Langlade County’s rate remained static at 7.7 percent, but is still down 1.7 percent from February, 2014.
Among surrounding communities, Oneida climbed from 8.1 percent in January to 8.4 percent in February, while Vilas topped 10.3 percent, compared to 9.7 percent a month earlier. Forest’s unemployment rate for February was 9.4 percent, up from 9.1 percent, and Shawano, 6.2 percent, up a tick from 6.1 percent.
The labor leader, Marathon, had a jobless rate of 4.9 percent, up from 4.8 percent, while Lincoln’s rate was 6.5 percent, up a tenth of a percentage point.
Incumbent Bill Brandt, will face Roger Bricko in mayor's race
Unique Professions building mixes spa, salon-type services downtown
|An incumbent with a history of public service is facing a longtime resident who promises to be “the people’s mayor” in the race for top job in the city of Antigo.|
Mayor Bill Brandt is being challenged for his position by Roger Bricko. The election will be part of the regular spring ballot on Tuesday, April 7.
Bill Brandt, 718 Willard Ave., has served as Antigo’s mayor since 2009, moving to the job after retiring as chief of police. He was re-elected to the position in 2011 and 2013 without opposition.
The mayor is married with two sons and several grandchildren.
“It’s been an honor to serve as mayor and hopefully the people think I’ve done a good enough job to continue,” the mayor said.
Brandt pointed to a series of successes and initiatives he has undertaken while in office, including industrial expansions at Sartori, Volm Companies/Plaspack, and Amron Corporation. Working through the public and private sectors, he negotiated the revamping of Antigo Neon, saving local jobs and putting the plant in a position to grow again.
“It keeps jobs and opportunities in the area,” Brandt said
Brandt was also part of the negotiations that
Mayor Bill Brandt, at left, is being challenged for his position by Roger Bricko. The election will be held on Tuesday, April 7.
|A longtime downtown professional building is being reinvigorated, and those using the services it houses may soon feel the same.|
Stefanie Tatro and her husband, Joe, have purchased the former Clermont Centre at 612 Clermont St., remodeled it to attract new clients, and renamed it Unique Professions.
“Ideally I would like to enhance the salon/spa type services available,” she said. “Although I welcome any business that would be interested in renting a space. We still have several rooms available and this is a great location for small businesses of any size.”
Tatro operates Tangles Hair Studio and her relocation into the space from Phlox prompted the purchase of the building.
“We wanted to move the business into Antigo. I was going to rent but the previous owner gave us an amazing deal and we decided to buy it,” she said.
Tatro said the building’s excellent location, in the heart of downtown across from the Antigo Public Library, and structural soundness made it a simple decision.
A new roof and windows, paint and flooring completed the transformation.
Tangles is a full service hair salon offering haircuts, color, waxing and per
Stefanie Tatro in her Tangles Hair Studio.
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