That’s good news for a group of young bears that spent most of the year at a wildlife rehab center. They finally have the chance to be released back into the wild. As WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski reports, that release is also good news for the bears’ caretakers…who finally have a chance to get some rest.
Bear release day dawns cloudy and damp. Just east of busy traffic on Highway 47, Mark Naniot has rounded up interns and a small crew of volunteers.
Many communities in the Northwoods are descended from eastern European immigrants.
Those with a Czech background may be familiar with the traditional pasties called kolaches. WXPR Contributor Jessica Samuelson wanted to hold onto that piece of cultural history, so she went to visit her grandmother, Alice Klimesh.
The Northwoods United Way has announced the resignation of it's long-time Executive Director Tracy Beckman. The organization began in 1976 and Beckman has been the only Executive Director. Beckman has accepted a position with Northwoods Saves.
The Northwoods United Way board has hired Nancy Sattler as it's interim Executive Director.
The Northwoods United Way funds human service agencies in Oneida, Vilas and Forest counties.
Local organizations are helping put the spotlight on the importance of afterschool programs. Lights On Afterschool is an event happening nationwide. Old School Arts and Learning Center is having an open house Wednesday. Director Louise Perreault says programs are intended to keep kids from having to be home alone after school.
A Rhinelander volunteer working on Colorado disaster relief has returned home. Carol Miller traveled to northern Colorado after heavy flooding put the area into crisis. For 17 days she supervised nurses at a Red Cross disaster relief center in Denver. She says a lot of the work was preventative. But they did encounter more serious conditions, and numerous cases of altitude sickness.
“When I first arrived there it was pretty intense, because we had a lot of shelters open. So just keeping the people healthy in those shelters and well cared for.”
Cranberry Fest is over. But if you’re ready for another fall celebration, Pumpkin Fest is coming up this weekend.
The Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary puts on the annual festival to raise money for the fire department. Spokesperson Spokesperson Mary Babich says last year the group was able to purchase a special boat motor, so crews can fight fires from the water.