As soon as the Kretz volunteers finished filling backpacks last year for the WeekEnd Backpack (WEB) Program; the crew started discussing ways to do more for this very important and necessary joint venture between the Antigo Unified School District and the Antigo Community Food Pantry.
"We made a monetary donation from our Kretz Score for Charity campaign, and brought a crew to help fill backpacks," said Kretz salesman Jason Brettingen. "Once we learned more about the program, and how many kids throughout the school district relied on these weekly backpacks to get themselves through the weekend ... it became obvious to us that we needed to step up our efforts.
This December - besides for sending a crew of packing volunteers and making a nice "Score for Charity" cash donation, the company was able to donate 360 packets (12 cases) of Boy Scouts microwave popcorn that the company purchased from the local troop. "We though what an awesome way to support two great organizations at the same time," Brettingen added.
The WeekEnd Backpack (WEB) Program helps sustain Antigo's future through nutritional support and education. From October to May, backpacks are prepared weekly and sent home through Antigo area schools. This year between 300-350 backpacks are filled weekly. They contain easy-to-prepare food, and nutritional information such as recipes, for children and families. Personal hygiene items are also included for high school aged participants. Applications are available through school secretaries and guidance counselors. Cost per child per school year to fund WEB is approximately $160.
With the start of the winter sports season, Kretz Lumber Company is pleased to announce another season of charitable giving tied to the athletic success of the Red Robin varsity teams.
Similar to last year’s program, the hardwood lumber manufacturer will select a weekly local charity, and make a monetary contribution based on the play of Antigo’s varsity teams during that week’s home contest. The company will donate $5 for each:
The gun deer season is here and it's time to get out in the woods and bag the biggest buck! Enter the 2018 Kretz Lumber Company’s Big Buck Contest and you could win more than just bragging rights. Every entrant has a chance to win!
There are two ways to win:
To enter our contest:
2. Bag your buck and post a picture on our Facebook page by 11:59 pm CST on 11/26/18.
All photos submitted must be bucks taken during the 2018 Wisconsin rifle season and shot in one of the following counties: Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Shawano, Menominee, Forest, Oconto, Portage, or Waupaca. No other submissions will be accepted.
3. With your submission, include your score. We are using a complete honor system.
To determine your score:
1 point per inch of inside spread + 1 point per “Point” number of antlers 1” and longer = Total Points
Inside spread = 15 inches
Eight 1-inch “points”
15+8 = Total score of 23
Kretz Lumber Company reserves the right to disqualify any entries suspected of cheating.
We will announce the winners the week of November 26, 2018 on our Facebook page.
Good luck and have a safe hunt!
This contest is in no way sponsored or administered by Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for this contest's purposes.
One of the greatest threats to Wisconsin forests is spreading rapidly and some experts consider it more destructive and dangerous than oak wilt, dutch elm and emerald ash borer combined. Invasive species garlic mustard and buckthorn are decimating forests and forestry experts say many landowners and outdoor enthusiasts aren’t familiar with the plants. In order to change that, leaders are hosting a free program for anyone interested in learning how to identify and treat these forest killers.
“This is the greatest threat to our northern Wisconsin forest since the Peshtigo fire,” stated Dennis Fincher, Kretz Lumber Company Forester. “The growth of garlic mustard and buckthorn is exploding rapidly. The horror stories are beginning, yet many landowners don’t know how to identify these plants or what to do if they find them on their property.”
To raise awareness and educate the public, local forestry professionals are presenting a free program to teach residents how to identify and treat garlic mustard and buckthorn.
Anyone with questions can call Dennis Fincher, Kretz Lumber Company Forester, at 715-493-4041 or Cody Brauner at 608-220-2665.
The program is sponsored by Kretz Lumber Company, the Department of Natural Resources, Langlade County Forestry, Verso Paper, and F.S. Co-op.
Submit your best Wisconsin autumn photo!
Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!
To enter our fall Facebook photo contest:
By Jim Kostrzewa, Forester, Kretz Lumber Company
If you own wooded property, you likely have a list of goals you’d like your land to achieve. A land management plan can help you identify those specific goals, establish a strategy for achieving them, and then also set a timeline to make it all happen. I’ve highlighted some of the more popular goals landowners share with me. Do your interests include any of the following?
Submit your best Wisconsin summer photo!
Get outside and share with us your best summer scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The image with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!
To enter our summer Facebook photo contest:
By: Al Koeppel, Kretz Lumber Company, with insight from Linda Williams, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
This spring and summer, we have found that spruce trees, which include blue, white and Norway species, are under attack. They are being impacted by a fungal disease which goes by the name of Rhizosphaera needle cast. It’s a mouthful, no doubt, and it’s wreaking havoc on our spruce population.
I reached out to Linda Williams, Forest Health Specialist - Northeastern Wisconsin from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to get her insight into the disease. This is what she shared:
Submit your best Wisconsin spring photo!
Get outside and share with us your best spring scenery photo. Enter our contest by uploading your favorite photo to our Facebook page. We’ll compile all entries into an album and fans will then vote on their favorite. The photo with the most likes at the end of the voting period will receive a $25 Mills Fleet Farm gift card!
To enter our contest:
By Dick Ballou, Volunteer Coordinator, Cedar Lake Buckthorn Control Project
There is a red barn in northwest Wisconsin, and adjacent to this red barn is a 3-acre woodlot that is not unlike one that might be found almost anywhere. The land was used primarily for nature walks and hunting in the fall; sadly, it is now nearly useless for either activity. The little red barn was once part of a real farm, and years ago it was converted to a popular summer theatre, where the actors, stagehands, and theatergoers all loved watching the graceful white-tailed deer around the barn. But gradually there were fewer animals, and then none at all.
This woodlot had gradually become ‘choked off’ by an invasive tree known as buckthorn. Some tall pines, oak, cherry, and other native trees could be seen above the 12-15 foot canopy of buckthorn, but all that remained underneath was a wall of invasive growth that was so thick that neither man nor animal could enter. Moreover, the invasive growth was so dense that seeds from native plants could not germinate and grow – the ground underneath was plain dirt, with no grass, weeds or other new growth. When it rained there was mud.
This example should serve as a wake up call to landowners who own woodlots – check your land for buckthorn!