holiday giving

Decorating for Holiday Season
4:01 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Forty-Foot Oneida County Balsam Fir Heads to Capitol Rotunda

Kim and Dennis Shoeneck are donating more than a dozen trees to decorate the state capitol.
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The state capitol will celebrate the holidays this year with help from a 40-foot balsam fir from Pelican Lake in Oneida County. 

Dennis Shoeneck is owner of logging company Enterprise Forest Products.  He’s donating the large tree for the statehouse rotunda, along with more than a dozen smaller trees for outside the Capitol Square and Governor’s residence.

Shoeneck describes how Madison officials came to check out the trees earlier this spring, and notified him of their selections. 

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Community Shows Support
3:34 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Celebrating at Frederick Place

Local high school students donated one of the Christmas trees at Frederick Place.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

Holidays can be tough for those facing hard times, who may not have family nearby or even a home to celebrate in.  At Rhinelander’s homeless shelter, community members and staff are doing their best to make Christmas a festive time. 

Paper snowmen grace the windows at Frederick Place, and ornaments adorn a Christmas tree in the living room.  Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing Director Tammy Modic says all the decorations are donated. 

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Looking for Volunteers, Donations
2:56 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Food Pantry Says Holidays Are Peak Time

Canned food donations are good, says the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry, but monetary ones go further.
Credit Salvation Army USA West

Grocery stores and shopping centers aren’t the only places seeing heavy traffic this time of year. 

Rhinelander Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says demand goes up during the holidays.

“Our business increases – we have a lot of people that come in, when they wouldn’t come in other times of the year, because they’re preparing for holidays, company and so on.  And money’s always a little short at this time of the year.” 

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Bustling Time of Year
12:00 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Help a Worker Out: Mail Sooner, Not Later

An influx of packages and letters make it a busy time of year for the US Postal Service
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

With the holiday season upon us, post office employees may find themselves up to their ears in packages.  The post office is asking you to mail early to avoid a last minute rush.

  More than two weeks before Christmas and the Rhinelander post office is already hopping with customers mailing cards and gifts.  Joan Santy walks in carrying a large package. 

“I like to mail early so I know they get it.  I’d feel bad if they didn’t get their presents on time, and this way I know it’s done, and I can relax a little bit.”

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Holiday Community Event
4:13 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Bring a Box, the Wrapping's Free

A youth program in Rhinelander is hosting two free gift wrapping nights.  Young people who are turning to Forward Service Corporation for help finding jobs will be giving back to their community by wrapping presents for free.

Youth program coordinator Serena Adler says there are multiple benefits for the young gift wrappers. 

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Gift certificates might be better
11:50 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ask First Before Gifting a Pet

This pet doesn't go back to the shelter.
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Giving a pet as a holiday gift could result in a problem if the person getting the animal hasn't approved it.

Oneida County Humane Society Director Bria Swartout talked with Ken Krall about giving pets as gifts.

Experts ask anyone thinking of giving a pet as a gift to remember it will be a 10 to 15 year commitment to the animal.

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Best Six in the State
3:30 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Langlade County Supplies Fine Firs for State Capitol

Jim Draeger is donating a 25-foot balsam fir for the state capitol rotunda.
Credit Justin Russell

A grower in Langlade County is sending a fleet of Christmas trees to Madison Tuesday morning to decorate the state capitol. Jim Draeger says his trees were selected for their shape, color and height.

“I was kind of proud that they picked my trees .  I mean you never tell a mother her baby’s homely, you always say they look good.  If someone tells you they look really good, you’re even happier.”

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Arts & Life
4:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Local Charity Says Holidays Are Time to Help Needy Families

Rhinelander Salvation Army is kicking off its holiday bell ringing.
Credit Sage Ross

November and December is a big time for shopping.  It’s also a critical time for people who need assistance. The Rhinelander Salvation Army is seeking bell-ringers to stand outside big stores and collect donations. 

WXPR’s Ken Krall sat down with coordinator Kim Swisher.

 Swisher says 86 cents out of every dollar goes to help needy families in Rhinelander.

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