Arts & Life

Recycling Proceeds Generate Funds
5:56 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Cell Phone Collection to Benefit Soldiers

This Memorial Day weekend… a charity group wants you to donate old cell phones to benefit soldiers. 

Military Support Group and AT&T have put out collection boxes in several locations in Rhinelander. 

AT&T Wisconsin Spokesperson Jessica Erickson says the old cell phones are recycled …and the proceeds go to pay for phone cards for soldiers overseas.

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Three Lakes July 11-12
10:08 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Northwoods Heritage Festival Gets JEM Grant

Tourism Sec. Stephanie Klett(bottom center) at Three Lakes
Credit Dept. of Tourism

Three Lakes has also picked up state money to promote an event coming this summer.

State Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett stopped by this week to present a $7,000 Joint Effort Marketing grant to the Chamber of Commerce to promote Heritage Fest in July.

 

Northwoods Heritage Festival is a two day event taking visitors through a journey of German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Wisconsin cultures. The festival provides guests with a taste of the past and features traditional foods, crafts, demonstrations, exhibits, dances, and music.

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Boom Lake Log Jam
4:35 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Klett Delivers $10K Marketing Check To RCOC

Stephanie Klett(with check) delivering Joint Effort Marketing money to the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce
Credit WXPR

The state's top tourism official dropped by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce Thursday with a big check to promote this year's Boom Lake Log Jam.

Tourism Secretary Stephenie Klett delivered $10,000 in Joint Effort Marketing money to promote Rhinelander's relatively new event. She says it's a competitive marketing grant and there were many groups hoping to get some of the promotion money. She says Rhinelander's application stood out....

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Food For All
3:20 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Monthly Breakfast Hopes for More Diners

A new community breakfast has its second installment Wednesday.  A pair of business owners is organizing a free breakfast once a month at the VFW in Rhinelander.

Organizer Nancy Smith says the idea for Coffee and Company began last fall. 

“It was last October.  We started thinking – we saw the people roaming the streets in downtown Rhinelander, and the first thing it started as just coffee and a sweet roll.” 

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Life on the Water
4:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Other Side of Ninety: Charley Requa

Charley Requa is a longtime resident of Phelps, Wisconsin.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Today in our series “The Other Side of Ninety” we hear from a voice familiar to many WXPR listeners: Charley Requa.  

He was a longtime host of the big band show Your Favorites…with his daughter Tuckey Requa.  Charley grew up in Lakeforest, Illinois and spent summers in Phelps…where he located permanently in 1971.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski spoke with Charley a few days before his 97th birthday…which is today.  

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Returning to Music
5:39 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Northwoods Jazz Camp Draws Musicians From Around U.S.

Jazz musicians from around the country are holed up outside of Rhinelander this weekend…sharing knowledge about technique and improvisation.

It’s the annual jazz camp at Holiday Acres Resort…that brings eight professional musicians and about twenty students for a few days of nonstop jazz. 

Kim Richmond, one of the artistic directors of the Northwoods Jazz Camp, says the camp is strictly for adults…which makes for a unique teaching experience. 

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Woodstock and Beyond
4:00 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Like Living in Your Imagination: Hendrix's Coat Evokes 1960s Memories

Ray Quicksilver, sporting the coat given to him by Jimi Hendrix.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

This is the story of a special coat that currently resides in the Northwoods.  

It’s a long burgundy, double-breasted coat once worn by both John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.  It’s now owned by Rhinelander resident Ray Quicksilver.

WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with Quicksilver to hear how Hendrix came to give him the coat.  It all started when Quicksilver’s father sent him to live with a relative in California…which landed him right in the middle of the countercultural movement of the 1960s.    

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Still Early for Most Vegetables
5:17 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Greenhouses Fill as Gardeners Wait for Warmer Temps

Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Temperatures are warming up and that means many people are eager to plant gardens.  

Spring is the busiest season of the year for Hanson’s Garden Village in Rhinelander.  Many of the greenhouses are bursting with flowers, herbs and vegetable starts that have been nurtured since March. 

Brent Hanson says it’s still too early to plant most things outside. 

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Best Showing Since 2004
2:46 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

RHS Mock Trial Finishes in Top Ten at Nationals

Rhinelander High School’s mock trial team finished eighth in the nation this weekend.  46 teams competed in the national tournament held in Madison. 

Faculty coach Kathy Vick-Martini says it’s the best they’ve done at nationals in a decade.  And that’s with seven of the nine members new on the team this year. 

Senior members and co-captains Amber Sheth and Lydia O’Brien both earned recognition as “outstanding performers” in attorney roles.  Three underclassmen from the Rhinelander team also earned “outstanding performer” recognition in witness roles. 

Arts & Life
10:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

RASTA To Hold Mountain Bike Race

RASTA is hoping to attract mountain bikers of all levels to its race this weekend.
Credit Belal Khan / https://flic.kr/p/dcBe1k

A mountain bike race outside of Rhinelander this weekend hopes to drum up financial support for trail maintenance. 

RASTA, the Rhinelander Area Silent Sports Association is holding the bike race May 17th at the Washburn Silent Sports trails near Perch Lake.

Spokesperson Suzanne Flory says it’s a new location for the RASTA Rally…which could make it more exciting for riders of all levels. 

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