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Habitat for Humanity holds grand opening for new building in WestonSubmitted: 07/23/2017

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WESTON - The Habitat for Humanity of Wausau celebrated a big milestone on Saturday. The organization held the grand opening for its new Recycled Building Materials facility.

The new building is a place where people can go to buy new and used building materials. For the grand opening, there was face painting for kids, free hot dogs, and even a visit from Woody Woodchuck.


"It is fabulous and the support we've had from the community and the people coming to buy and the volunteers who have come to work today has just been awesome," said Habitat for Humanity of Wausau Interim Executive Director, Debbie Scholfield.
 
Around 60 volunteers helped with the grand opening. The new building has provided a home base for Habitat for Humanity of Wausau.

"We're really excited to be under one roof, we have our construction team, out deconstruction, we sell things to the public on Saturdays," said Scholfield. 

Funding from the items purchased goes to help Habitat for Humanity in their mission to build homes for families in need.




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The Northwoods Adventure Quest Program brings students from China and America together.

 Last year travel rules stopped the program from happening, but this year the students and organizers are more driven than ever to keep their mission going. 

"You get to form relationships with people from around the world," said 10- year- old Chase Neubauer. 

This is Neubauer's first time joining the two week Adventure Quest Program. 

The goal of the program is to do more than just keep kids busy during the summer. 

"[It] promotes connections with Wisconsin especially the Northern part [of Wisconsin with] all of China," said WISP Executive Director Xiaodong Kuang.

Kuang is one the organizers of the quest program. He couldn't think of a better way of promoting his goal than starting with young students. 

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On Sunday he spent the day giving free water skiing and wakeboarding lessons.

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Blanchard said every year the water sports community chooses a day to give back and participate in "International Pass the Handle Day."

 Kylee Swendson decided to help Blanchard this year with the lessons. 

"It's great for everybody to get a chance to learn especially people who don't get the opportunity every day," said Swendson. 

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