An expert is asking everyone using legal fireworks this weekend to remember the cost that can occur during what should be a fun time.

Tod Pritchard from Wisconsin Emergency Management says the safest way to celebrate the holiday is leave it to  professional displays. He says a sparkler tip burns at 1200 degrees...

"....if you put that into perspective, water boils at about 200 degrees...wood burns at about 600 melts at 900, so 1200 is extremely hot...."

Exposure to some insecticides has been shown to decrease children’s cognitive ability. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Environment International.

Pyrethroids are a family of insecticides used in agriculture and veterinary sectors, and  found in lice shampoo and mosquito products. Pyrethroids have generally been considered effective and safer than alternatives. They're  stored in ground-level dust, and can get into  the digestive system, such as when children put their hands to mouth.

The next MASH-style blood donation is coming to Rhinelander in early July.

Each year the Community Blood Center hosts  summertime blood drives featuring a theme of a mobile army hospital.

Jerry Shidell helps coordinate the Rhinelander event....

"...there's a big irony going on's vacation time and people are out doing things and unfortunately, they get hurt. But because, ironically, they are out doing things, they don't donate blood, so supply is down. Double-whammy. Demand is up, supply is down...."

Two sessions are set for later today in Three Lakes to address concerns about sexual predators.

Braden Bayne-Allison from Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault ...

"....we're hosting an open community forum for the community in Three Lakes and any one else who would like to attend. It's going to be at the Demmer Memorial Library to discuss concerns that community members have brought to our attention...."

The state and other agencies are out with a new plan to address suicide in Wisconsin. On average each year 724 persons take their own lives. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the state, and the second leading cause of death due to injury.

Prevent Child Abuse America announced last week that the Healthy Families America affiliate, Northwoods Home Visiting has been accredited as a provider of quality home visiting services.

The service is designed to improve a child's health, nutrition and developmental outcomes and answer questions for new parents.

Northwoods Home Visiting spokesperson Deb Blackstone  says they work with families from the Riverside Clinic in Rhinelander.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Later this month, the NAMI Northern Lakes Chapter of the National Alliance For Mental Illness will hear about how law enforcement is training to work with people with mental illness.

Lon Voils from the local chapter says Rhinelander Police Chief Michael Steffes will discuss how law enforcement is being trained to work with people in crisis....

" enforcement can, with a little bit of training and understanding, respond better and deescalate situations that can escalate into unpleasantness, I guess...."

May is Mental Health Month. While it's easy to see when a child has an injury, sometimes it's less easy to read when the young person is having mental health issues.

Corie Zelazoski from the Oneida County Health Department says 13 percent of youth ages 8-15 live with mental illness severe enough to impair their daily lives. That figure jumps to 21 percent for kids ages 13-18. Zelazoski says there are signs if there is a problem and perhaps professional help is needed...

Wednesday(5/6) is National Bike To School Day and the weather should cooperate.

Maria Skubal from the Oneida County Health Department says the idea is to find an easy way for young people to get more exercise...

"....the reason we have them(ride to school)  is to get outside, get some exercise in the morning before school and then right after school. They can enjoy the beautiful weather we are having...."

The  speaker Wednesday(5/6) for  'Science On Tap' in Minocqua will discuss the overuse of antibiotics and what possible options might be around the corner.

Dr. Warren Rose is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Pharmacy. He says there has been news stories about recent lack of  development of antibiotic agents....

"...we're reaching a point where you have the emergence of antibiotic resistance at a time when there is limited new products coming out. It leaves patients at a crux of a problem that there is no treatment for them..."