Public safety workers got a chance to test their emergency preparedness in a mock exercise today at the Rhinelander Airport. Crews simulated a response to an airplane engine catching fire while taxiing.
On the airport tarmac, a test plane is lit on fire several times, so different fire crews can practice putting it out. During the course of the exercise, emergency response teams arrive, make sure the scene is safe, and practice tending to possible victims. Rhinelander Assistant Fire Chief Tom Waydick says it’s an important chance to practice working with other emergency crews.
A Nicolet College fundraiser has raised almost $2500 for local food pantries. Empty Bowls is based around a soup dinner served in bowls donated by local potters and Nicolet College students. Patrons make a donation for the soup and take home the bowl. Laura Wind Norton is an instructor at Nicolet, and she helped coordinate this year’s event. Wind Norton says hunger is an issue that touches many in the community.
You may have been spotting an unusual number of shooting stars in the night sky. And you might already know they’re part of an annual meteor shower that’s been lighting up the Northwoods.
Astronomers predict the Perseid meteor shower should peak Monday night, with possibly hundreds of meteors passing through the night sky in just a few hours.
Frank Kovac owns Kovac Planetarium and has been stargazing for 25 years. He explains that what we see as shooting stars are actually bits of dust…in this case coming from a large comet called Swift Tuttle.
Mothers-to-be have a chance to learn more about breastfeeding resources. The Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting several educational sessions this week. Cheri Nemec is a dietician who works with the Wisconsin WIC program and the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She says a lot of moms plan to breastfeed, but may switch to formula if they start to worry about whether they’re doing it right.
Late summer means ragweed is starting to bloom in the Northwoods, and that
could mean the onset of allergy symptoms for many residents.
Jill Blake is a public health nurse with Oneida County Health Department. She says Wisconsin usually has its first pollen surge in May, but ragweed is responsible for second round of allergy flare-ups in the fall.
“It’s a tall branch plant and it’s found all over, in dry pastures and fields, it’s by the roadsites, at construction sites. It’s the pollen that produces the symptoms.”
A community dance in Land-o-Lakes is hoping to have an impact on the other side of the planet. Organizers Steve and Rita Kickert had the idea to raise money for an AIDS clinic in Swaziland. But they weren’t sure how to go about it. Rita says her husband Steve decided to try something he already knew how to do: calling square dances.
The Lac du Flambeau tribe is moving forward with a plan to bring high speed internet access to the Lakeland area. The tribe has formed Ogema Communications, a company it hopes will deliver broadband access not only to tribal lands, but other parts of the Northwoods. Tribal spokesman Brandon Thoms says access to high-speed internet would stimulate job and business growth.
“There’s a huge need for reliable service throughout the Northwoods. And the tribe is looking to fill that need, or fill that void through the creation of Ogema Communications.”