Loading
Search
TOP STORY

Peoples State Bank delivers more than 7,300 care items for Rhinelander Military Support GroupSubmitted: 11/20/2017

Play Video
RHINELANDER - A mound of boxes full of things like canned goods, toiletries, and clothing stunned LeRoy Eades when he walked into Peoples State Bank in Rhinelander on Monday morning.

"It blew my mind out," Eades said, with a smile.

Eades, his wife Shirley, and Cheryl Zastrow came to Anderson Street branch to pick up donations for their Rhinelander Military Support Group.

"I would have to say, it's probably one of our largest [collections ever]," Eades said.


Eades helped his friend Ray Zastrow turn what was once a process of shipping shoe boxes to troops serving overseas in 2001 into a full-scale operation of sending thousands of care packages via priority mail. Eades is now carrying on with the program after Zastrow's death in early September. Eades never served in the military, but he says that never bothered Zastrow.

"I guess it's mainly because I couldn't make the service," Eades said of why he helps with the group. "It was my way of showing that, to help the soldiers."

Peoples State Bank has helped the support group financially in the past, but Commercial Lending Vice President and U.S. Army veteran Craig Lau knew receiving care packages from the support group, like he did in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, make a big difference to soldiers.

"They were a gift from God," Lau said.

Between four Northwoods branches and five Wausau-area locations, Peoples collected 7,300 personal care, food, and other items and nearly $600 dollars for the group through employee, customer, and community donations. The drive lasted one month.

"I don't really know if we knew what we were going to get," Lau said. "I thought we would have a fractional amount of what we got."

Eades plans to ship the donations to Wisconsin soldiers stationed in Kuwait. He estimates it will cost about $1,000 to mail.

"Now my job begins," Eades said.

Eades will also send the items to soldiers from across the U.S. if he can't find enough service members from Wisconsin. It's a simple "hello" from a bank back home that Lau knows will show soldiers we're invested in their well being.

"You're away from your family [when you're serving overseas]," Lau said. "[It's great to have] people thinking of you and people that don't even know you are contributing to the troops... I think this is absolutely incredible."

Eades is always looking for more donations. If you'd like to help out the military support group, call Eades at either 715-360-0433 or 715-362-2746.

Story By: Lane Kimble

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
 Print Story Print Story | Email Story Email Story






 LOCAL NEWS

Play Video

LINCOLN COUNTY - In a criminal complaint, police give basic details about what they say happened in the hours leading up to Eric Lee Moen murdering a Tomahawk man last week. 

Moen made his first appearance in court on Monday. Moen didn't speak at all during his initial court hearing, and instead let his lawyers do the talking. Moen did however speak to police according to that criminal complaint.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Cities and towns in Wisconsin only get so many liquor licenses for restaurants and bars.
 
All 30 of Minocqua's are currently filled and have been for quite a few years. 

Town Clerk Roben Haggart says Minocqua has had to turn away potential businesses because of the lack of Class B liquor licenses. 

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander man allegedly told his girlfriend he "wanted to slit her from ear to ear and stab her in the face." That sparked a nearly six hour standoff last Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint, 21-year-old Mathew Smith threatened to kill himself and others with a knife inside of a home on Highway 8. 

+ Read More

Play Video

EAGLE RIVER - Today marks day three of the gun deer season.

Many Northwoods hunters have already filled their tags and are ready to process their deer meat.

+ Read More

Play Video

MERRILL - Getting a real Christmas tree to decorate your home can really bring the smells and sights of the holidays right to your living room.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill sells Christmas trees and wreaths in the lot next to the Trinity Lutheran School.

Tree lot organizer Dan Frick says he has been selling trees there for a decade.

+ Read More

ST. GERMAIN - After your big Thanksgiving meal later this week, you might be looking for a way to get active.

St. Germain will be hosting its holiday light parade and Jingle Bell 3K Race this Saturday.

People will pull out their lawn chairs and wool blankets to watch floats take over downtown.

The St. Germain A-T-V club will also be collecting food along the parade route for the Vilas County Food Pantry.

"St. Germain has always had the tradition of the town tree lighting and caroling and stuff like that. We just amped it up and taken it one step further. It is really neat to be a part of and kick off the Christmas season," says special events coordinator Judy Jurries.

You can still register for the Jingle Bell 3K Race.



+ Read More

Play Video

GREEN BAY - One man who grew up in Tomahawk is now in charge of keeping thousands of fans safe at Lambeau Field.

For a noon kickoff game most Packer fans start preparing a few hours before.

"It's actually a full weekend for me it'll start Friday night into Saturday," said Green Bay Police Department Operations Commander Paul Ebel.

Ebel is the Operations Commander for the Green Bay Police Department and needs a 48 hour head start to cover all his responsibilities.

"If something does happen at the stadium it's one of those things when they turn around and say okay what do we do and that's my role," said Ebel.

+ Read More
+ More Local News
Search: 








Click Here