Arts & Life

Effort to save energy
6:07 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Northwoods Well Represented In WPS Energy Grants

Credit Wisconsin Public Service

Several area organizations have picked up Wisconsin Public Service grant money for helping to save energy as part of the 2014 Energy Challenge.

 Initially, 17 non-profit organizations were challenged with four tasks related to energy efficiency and weatherization during the two months of October and November. Fifteen organizations completed the challenge.

While no area organization made the top three, Leah Van Zile from Wisconsin Public Services says the Northwoods organizations who competed were tasked with some projects...

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Director says it's one possibility
6:01 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Debit Cards Leading To Lower Red Kettle Totals?


The final numbers are in for the 2014 Salvation Army drive in the Northwoods and a change in how people use money might be affecting the totals.

District Representative Tom Bremer says they're noticing a trend at the red kettles that people aren't carrying as much cash as before...

"....the public is changing, using debit cards more and more, so people have less and less cash, so that is something we're going to do some planning about. We'll always be out there doing this, but maybe at some point there may be some sort of credit processing machine..."

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4:59 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Rhinelander Area Church Group Helps Those In Need


People in need of assistance often turn toward local churches, and a collaborative of churches in the Rhinelander area have been working together to assist those needing help over the last two years. The group is called ACES, or Association of Churches for Emergency Support.

Carol Miller is an ACES  spokesperson. She says the idea arose after several churches noticed people in need calling all the churches in the area...

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RASTA event this weekend
2:01 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Snowshoe Hare Race Should Find Good Trail Conditions

Cold weather should mean good trail conditions for this weekend's Snowshoe Hare race.
Credit Andy Arthur

Snowshoers have a chance to hit the trails this weekend in the Snowshoe Hare Run/Walk race.

Rhinelander Area Silent Sports Association, or RASTA spokesperson Suzanne Flory says it’s an event for all ages and levels. 

“We’re hoping for a couple hundred people, each year there’s more participation which is great.  And it’s just – you can really choose whether to walk, or run the whole way, it really is up to you.” 

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Fiddlers and Logging Camp Singers
8:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Folk Music Collection Features Northwoods Performers of 1930s, 40s

Leizime Brusoe with Rube Tronson and His Texas Cowboys, (L-R): Leizime Brusoe, Rube Tronson, Wally Van Trees, Al Mee, Ted Simons, and Tom Johnson; WLS Barn Dance, 1933.
Credit Courtesy of Mills Music Library, University of Wisconsin.

A UW Madison professor is producing a collection of archival field recordings performed by musicians from northern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan more than 70 years ago. The music ranges from polkas to waltzes and fiddle tunes.  

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Boost in exercise after New Years
3:18 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

A New Year's Resolution To Lose Weight? Start Slow


New Year’s is a time for new resolutions, and one popular resolution is to hit the gym.

Getting the first day right can make a difference says an expert.

The YMCA of the Northwoods is open on New Year’s Day, and it’s one of their largest membership drives of the year. Marketing and wellness director Chris Cook says doing that first workout right can make or break a New Year’s resolution.

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Clothes for the needy
5:57 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The Big Bundle Up Nears End

Credit Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism

State Department of Tourism officials have again called the "Big Bundle Up" campaign  a  success. The campaign gathers warm winter clothing at spots across Wisconsin. This is the fourth year of the collection statewide.

The collection point in Rhinelander is the Chamber of Commerce. They will be ending their collection on Friday.

At the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce, Visitor Center Coordinator Lauren Strand says they've had a good response...

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Weather again doesn't cooperate
5:46 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

No Ice Castle This Year In Eagle River

Ice Castle
Credit Eagle River Chamber of Commerce

Mother Nature has again put an end to the Eagle River Ice Castle.

The Ice Castle is constructed each year by the Eagle River Fire Department. They take 3000 blocks of ice from Silver Lake and construct the attraction in downtown Eagle River.

But Fire Chief Pat Weber says even with the recent cold weather, it doesn't look favorable to  safely get the ice from Silver Lake. He says the weather has alternated between warm and cold but an inspection this week didn't result favorably...

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Gold coin among donations
4:56 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Bell Ringing Wrapping Up, Two Northwoods Areas Set Records


Collections in the Antigo area by Salvation Army Bell Ringers during the holiday campaign have apparently set another fundraising record.

While some campaigns are still going on, Field Representative Tom Bremer says enough is known that some campaigns did well. He says it appears they will reach their goal of at least getting as much money in as last year.  He says records were set...

".....they did set a new record down in Antigo at $85,000 for bell ringing which is real nice for them and will help the less fortunate. They're up almost $10,000 from last year..."

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Controversial movie
4:25 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Eagle River Theater Shows "The Interview"

A number of Wisconsinites spent part of their Christmas watching the controversial film "The Interview." 

It premiered on its originally-scheduled date at theaters in Beloit, Janesville, Platteville, Hartford, New London, Shawano, Sturgeon Bay, Sparta, Eagle River, and Ashland.  Folks also got to watch it from home, as a separate Sony Web site sold and rented "The Interview" online. You-Tube Movies, Google Play, and Microsoft X-Box were among the sites where folks paid at least 5.99 each to rent the movie for up to 48 hours. 

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