Antigo native Lukas is on the Derby trail again|
New Elcho gymnasium is ready for action, but details prevent a game there for now
|Antigo native D. Wayne Lukas is back on the Kentucky Derby trail.|
Lukas, who has won the famed horse race four times, punched at least one ticket to Louisville on Saturday, when his Bravazo won the Risen Star Stakes as a 21-1 longshot.
That win for the Calumet Farms thoroughbred, earned the colt 50 qualifying points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. Barring an injury, he is almost certain to make the trip to the starting gate on the first Saturday in May.
The legendary trainer may have another contender in Sporting Chance, who is scheduled to make his seasonal debut later today in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. That three-year-old colt is already a Grade 1 winner, and is among the favorites in the 11-horse field. Race time is 5:10 p.m. central.
Bravazo came ready to run on Saturday, but was overlooked by bettors.
In his second start of the year, the colt tracked pacesetter Snapper Sinclair every step of the 1 1/16th mile test, edging the front-runner by a nose after a sustained battle down the stretch.
Snapper Sinclair hung on for second, outrunning his 41-1 odds.
For the win, Bravazo paid $44, $15.
Bravazo, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, earned a stop in the starting gate for this years Kentucky Derby with Saturdays longshot win in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Track in New Orleans.
On a wintery weekend, with activities galore, RV event a hint of spring
|To coin a cliché: The new Elcho school gymnasium is all dressed up with no place to go.|
After a careful walk-through, state inspectors signed off on the completion of the new gym—a centerpiece of the school districts $18 million construction and renovation plan—this week, but due to quirks in the prep basketball schedule its unlikely it will be used for any boys or girls basketball action this season.
I want the first impression people have of the new gymnasium to be an exceptional one, District Administrator Bill Fisher said. We want to make sure everything is operating perfectly and we have a few tweaks to work out yet.
School officials have long pointed to the possibility of holding one of the final games of the season in the new gym, but the girls are coming off an outstanding season and are predicted to go deep into the playoffs. After a first-round bye on Tuesday, they will hit their home court on Friday. Its unlikely players, coaches or fans will want to stray from the familiar confines of the long-standing gymnasium for the important tilt.
The new gym will have a different look and feel. Thats for certain, Fisher said.
The new Elcho School gymnasium is almost ready for action.
City council quickly OKs cost sharing deal
|Maybe it was a midweek Valentines Day, the start of the Lenten season, or the brief weather warm-up, but signs of spring are nudging the calendar across the northwoods.|
While downhill and cross-country skiing conditions will be near perfect at Kettlebowl, Moccasin, Jack Lake and Gartzke Flowage, some folks will be keeping their long boards at home and thinking spring at the Brickners of Antigo RV Centers open house.
The annual spring ritual—pushed forward a couple weeks this year—will take place in the big indoor facilities at Brickners two locations off Highway 64 next to Menards. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The new Flagstaff E-Pro Travel Trailers will be on display along with the complete Brickners lineup of toy haulers, tent campers, travel trailers and fifth wheels.
There will also be special finance rates and door prizes.
While the RV show is an early sign of warmer weather and camping trips, there is plenty of winter activities to enjoy as well.
Kettlebowl is in stellar shape, with the tow rope running and the concession stand serving food Saturday and Sunday, noon
Rodger Hansen with a camper at Brickners today.
With members likely anxious to celebrate Valentines Day somewhere other than City Hall, the Antigo Common Council Wednesday breezed through a busy agenda led by a proposal to share the cost of a new records management system for the Safety Building.
At its regular monthly session, aldermen approved, without discussion the cost-sharing resolution, which had earlier been the focus of some dissension for the price tag and the process used by the county in moving forward with the project.
The resolution noted that the county independently authorized the purchase of a records management system for the 911 dispatch center and subsequently informed officials that the city would also need to switch software in order to receive dispatching services and continued system support.
After extensive negotiations and a review of the capabilities of the software, the citys Finance, Personnel & Legislative Committee voted to move forward with the plan.
The citys contribution will be limited to $74,000 from the 2018 capital improvement program undesignated fund balance and $64,000 from the 2019 budget, for a total of $138,000. It will also pay $3,300
Kovac Planetarium is closing, at least for now
|Ten years after opening, Frank Kovac is closing the doors on his one-of-a-kind planetarium in Monico.|
The facility, the largest of its type in the world, is known as Kovac Planetarium and has entertained thousands of school groups, families and others over the decade. But Kovac said the strain of maintaining full-time employment—necessary to pay the bills—and operate a high-quality program has simply proven to be too much.
Im OK with it. Ill be fine, he said. I had to make the decision this year. It was just too much.
Kovac said he never expected to make money on the planetarium, a labor of love in memory of his father, but he was hoping to be able to pay the bills without needing a full-time outside job. That never happened though, and he continued to plow thousands of dollars of funds from savings, and finally resorted to a social media fund-raising page when foreclosure loomed.
That danger is gone, he said, a relief since the facility is located adjacent to his home.
Kovac began constructing the planetarium in 1996 following a cloudy evening that disrupted an evening of star-gazing he had arranged for a group of Boy Scouts.
Frank Kovac in his planetarium Monico. After 10 years, he has closed the doors on the popular attraction, siting time and money issues.