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Teachers returning to Superior High School this week are in for a shock. The building is not the way they left it. Asbestos tiles have been removed from floors, leaving waxed concrete in their wake. Former science labs boasted sand floors last week dotted with new pipes. By the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the area will be the school's new kitchen. A corner of the cafeteria was being outfitted as temporary storage space for musical instruments last week. The nearby staff lounge was being transformed into joint office space for music teachers.
When asked if each of the Superior school district's referendum projects is on budget, Gary Niemi couldn't give a yes or no answer. "That's like you calling me up to say, 'Do all the kids at the high school have lunch money this morning?'" the district buildings and grounds director said. "There are a whole lot of moving parts and you have no idea." Regardless, said Kraus-Anderson senior construction manager Patrick Gallagher, the students will all get lunch. "We are not committed to a building that exceeds the budget," he said.
Construction of the new Cooper Elementary School was in high gear last week. On Tuesday, the first precast concrete floor planks for the third-floor mechanical mezzanine were lifted into place. A section over, workers smoothed out newly-poured concrete on the second floor. Tubing for in-floor heating was visible in a ground floor classroom area, and the framework of the cafeteria stage was in place. A metal bridge spanned the cafeteria and gymnasium area, with a barrel roof curving above it.
The call came at 10:09 a.m. Thursday, a fire and spill at the AMSOIL facility on Susquehanna Avenue. When Superior firefighters pulled up to the business, a key question got asked that upended the entire scenario. "Right away the first engine captain asked if everyone was accounted for," said Battalion Chief Scott Gordon of the Superior Fire Department. The answer was "No." That changed a fire call into a life safety incident, adding the need for a rescue, medical team and different tactics. Firefighters also had to deal with a leak outside the facility.
The beehive of activity at the Empire Block stills every Friday. For Thad Whitesel at nearby TW Wood Design, however, work continues full-bore.
An herbicide called Garlon was used in Lucius Woods Park this month to combat buckthorn and honeysuckle, invasive plant species seeking to get a foothold in Solon Springs.
When he decided to turn the El Dorado Bar & Grill's annual customer appreciation event into a fundraiser, Todd Pfeffer didn't need to look far for inspiration.
In honor of its 100th birthday, the village is dialing up the fun during the annual Poplar Fun Days. The centennial event stretches over two days this year, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.
Superior's neighborhood festivities are heating up this summer.
An 82-year-old woman is dead following a house fire in the Town of Superior.