Local News of Interest

Changing Gears

Changing Gears  accepts donated bikes, gets the bikes some TLC, and then donates them to disadvantaged kids that need a bike.

Students work with A.J. Jefcik who is the bike mechanic at Mel’s Sporting Goods in Rhinelander to fix up the bikes and find them new homes.

As a fundraiser the organization has prepared a cookbook with over 200 recipes. The cookbooks are $12 and all of the money goes to repairing the bikes.  Anyone interested can contact Tim Otto by email at popplecop@wildblue.net or by phone (623-7320) or can contact Shelley Lehman at shelleyllehman@yahoo.com   or by phone at (715) 891-0474.

 At this time Changing Gears is working primarily out of Rhinelander but plans are in the works to establish an Antigo location. If anyone is interested in helping with an Antigo group, has a bike to donate, or knows of someone in need of a bike, they can contact Tim or Shelley.

Plans for a Trail in Eastern Langlade County:
The Antigo Bike and Ski Club is circulating a petition encouraging the county to keep an abandoned railroad bed as a non-motorized trail during spring, summer, and fall.  This 11.7 mile portion from White Lake to Lily was designated a non-motorized trail in an earlier plan. Petitions will be available at the sign-in for the Lakes and Leaves Ride on Friday September 21 (the ride itself is on Sept. 22). People may also sign by contacting the club for further information.

A view of the Wolf River from the Trail

UPDATE (Oct. 30)
The Langlade County Forest and Recreation Committee has recently received word from both the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Federal Fish and Wildlife Service that ATV use on the trail would be incompatible with the master plan, created earlier, which is to develop the trail for non-motorized use.  Work to improve the trail for hiking and biking should begin in the spring/summer of 2013.  Our petition to maintain the trail for non-motorized use is now on file with the Langlade County Forest and Recreation committee. Thanks to all who signed the petition.