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Edgar Fire Department spokesperson Greg Kornack on Friday said the department will not hold its annual summer celebration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said the department had already decided last week to cancel the celebration’s parade after people said they would not participate in the event. The firemen learned, too, that bands who normally play in the firemen’s beer tent had not been practicing due to social distancing.

Kornack said that the department voted to cancel the entire celebration after Gov. Tony Evers extended his Safer at Home executive order through Tuesday, May 26. The decision comes prior to the department putting money down for tents, rides and portable toilets. Kornack said the fire department will lose between $30,000 and $35,000 in revenue, but, given the department’s strong financial position, the department will not need to make up the loss with higher fees charged to municipalities.

He said the Edgar Fire Department will continue to have a raffle as a fundraiser.

Kornack said cancelling the celebration was a “tough decision” because local civic and church organizations rely on booth sales at the Edgar Firemen’s Celebration for a lot of their annual budget.

He said, for example, 75 percent of the Edgar Lions Club budget is generated during the celebration.

“There is a ripple through the entire local economy,” he said.

Kornack said the department had hoped to celebrate its 125th anniversary at this year’s celebration but that safety of the public was an overriding consideration.

“The Edgar Fire Department is dedicated to the safety of everyone in our protection district,” he said. “That was another big reason for the cancellation of the carnival.”

Spring clean-up

Recycle America has announced new rules for a Village of America spring cleanup scheduled for Saturday, April 25, 8 a.m. until noon at the village’s maintenance yard on Thomas Hill Rd.

The business will not accept old televisions, mattresses or furniture. It will charge a fee for disposal of computer monitors, flat screen televisions and electronic devices and appliances, including washers, dryers, dishwashers, exercise equipment and furnaces.

Items that are free to dispose include bicycles, batteries, propane tanks, copiers, printers, computer components and microwaves.

For more information, contact Darrell Schillinger, 715- 613-7016.

Circle of Joy

Darlene Berg has re-established the Edgar-Marathon Circle of Joy. The pantry will be open on Wednesday, May 6, from 9 – 11 a.m. Those needing services are to use the west door only for pickup. Items will be pre-bagged and set out for pickup one at a time. Everyone should practice social distancing while waiting as well.

Edgar Public School nurse Lara Beranek, BSN RN, is available to students with health-related problems. To contact her, go to [email protected]

Green lights

Edgar Public School will provide green lights for donations as part of an effort during the COVID-19 pandemic to show support for Edgar students and community. Donations will be used to support local small businesses during the pandemic.

The lights will be available to the public during the 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. lunch pick up on the west side of the school on Thursday.

Stay strong

The Green Bay Packers encourages Edgar families to tweet photos or videos of themselves staying active and exercising during the COVID-19 pandemic to #Stay-HomeStayStrong. Fans under the age of 18 must have a parent post photos or videos on their behalf.

Winning submissions will be eligible for Green Bay Packer prizes. Entries must be received by Friday, April 24.

National Poetry Month

Marathon County Public Library staff will read a poem daily at 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Facebook Online to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Wellness Center

The Edgar Public School Wellness Center will be closed until further notice because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

County libraries

Due to the threat of COVID- 19 (commonly known as coronavirus), and in compliance with the state’s effort to respond to and contain the spread of the disease, all nine Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) locations have been closed. This includes locations in Wausau, Athens, Edgar, Hatley, Marathon City, Mosinee, Rothschild, Spencer and Stratford.

Due to the closure, all library programs and events that were scheduled to have been canceled.

Some library services will continue to be offered throughout the closure. Patrons may still contact the MCPL Wausau reference desk for questions and assistance via phone (715-261-7230), email ([email protected]) or online chat between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Wi-Fi at each of the eight branch libraries will remain on 24/7, providing patrons outside of the library (within range) with access to high-speed Internet. lmc/ home.