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Send Athens news to: phone: 715-223-2342 fax: 715-223-3505 P.O. Box 677 103 West Spruce Street Abbotsford, WI 54405 Memorial Day change

The Athens Chapman-Belter American Legion No. 4 and Athens VFW 8527 are cancelling this year’s Memorial Day program and pot luck because of social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Athens American Legion and VFW members, and whoever else wants to attend, are invited to follow the caravan to render honors at five cemeteries like what’s occurred every year. Athens American Legion and VFW members who want to participate should meet at 8 a.m. on Memorial Day to lower the flag on the downtown square. Veterans will then render honors at Wuertzberg, Pilgrim’s Rest, Milan and Town Hall cemeteries. Veterans will then proceed to the bridge on Degner Street to render honors to those lost at sea, before rendering honors at Athens Cemetery.

Library item pickup

The Marathon County Public Library Athens Branch began offering curbside pickup of materials on Monday.

Library patrons must call the Athens library at 715-257-7292 during its hours of operation from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and also from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesdays to request items and schedule a pickup time, and then arrive at the agreed upon pickup time.

People can drop off library items 24 hours per day in a box located outside the library entrance.

Anyone wanting more information on curbside dropoff should visit or call 715-261-7200.

No Cancer Walk

Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens Crusaders for Christ Youth Group will not be hosting its annual Cancer Walk this summer. The event will return in the summer of 2021.

Over the past 14 years, Crusaders for Christ with the help of Athens area residents has raised more than $24,000 for the Aspirus Regional Cancer Center in Wausau.

Aspirus clinic closed

Aspirus is temporarily closing its Athens clinic in order to support the needs for additional staffing and resources at its hospitals in the event of a surge in COVID-19 patients.

Some physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses and other staff from these locations will be re-deployed to other Aspirus clinic locations. Others will support needs at the various Aspirus hospitals throughout the region.

If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, you are encouraged to call the Aspirus COVID- 19 Hotline at 1-844-568-0701.

Trash pick-up

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately, Advanced Disposal will not collect any trash/refuse or recycling that is not properly placed in a container.

All trash/refuse must be bagged and placed in containers that do not exceed 32 gallons or weigh more than 50 pounds.

Recycling must be placed loose in a container or receptacle clearly labeled “recycling.” All bulky item pick-up/collection is suspended until further


Village hall closed

The Athens municipal building clerk’s office and police department have been closed until further notice.

To contact the police department for non-emergency issues, call 715-257-7611. To contact the clerk’s office, call 715-257-9170, or e-mail to athensclerk@ villageofathens. com.