RHINELANDER - Filling up your tank may be taking a toll on your wallet this week as gas prices go up for the seventeenth day in a row.
In Saturday's Weekly Address, President Obama discusses the pain Americans are experencing at the pump.
"You know there are no quick fixes to this problem, and you know we can't just drill our way to lower gas prices. We need to keep developing the technology that allows us to use less oil in our cars and trucks; in our buildings and plants. That's the strategy we're pursuing," Obama said.
Since the President has taken office, gas prices have nearly doubled, according to statistics.
AAA said the national average price of gasoline is $3.65 per gallon and in some areas, like in the Northwoods, the prices are higher.
At gas stations in Rhinelander, prices are $3.69.
With gas prices on the rise, local drivers say they're cutting back on spending in other areas to compensate.
"We cut down on a lot of extra stuff like the entertainment things. We spend a lot of extra time at home," said Becca Lehmkuhl.
To fill up her mini van with regular gas, Becca Lehmkul told Newswatch 12's Jenn Sullivan it cost her $63, which she said is far more than she's used to paying.
But these high prices are affecting more than just drivers, it's taking a toll on recreational activities like snowmobiling.
One Shell station customer paid $29 dollars to fill up his snowmobile. The man would not give his name but said these high prices aren't stopping him from driving up to the U-P to snowmobile. However, come July, when prices are predicted to jump to $5 a gallon, he said he won't be able to travel nearly as much.
Some analysts say tensions over Iran are to blame for the rise in gas prices. Whatever the reason, experts say the only way to lower the prices would be to cut gas tax.
LAKE TOMAHAWK - All around you witness goodwill gestures. It could be as simple as a smile and wave or opening a door for someone. In Lake Tomahawk, it's making a pie.
"I made a pretzel crust with butter and sugar, " explains Sheila Punches. Sharon Hilgendorf adds, "Flour, for the thickening."
Snowshoe baseball's been entertaining crowds since the 1960's. But over at the concession stand, the pie takes center stage.
Strawberry rhubarb, banana butterscotch pie, blueberry pie, rocky road and coconut cream are just a few of the creations. "I like making ones that I think will appeal to the crowd," says Linda Penno.
Each week a different service club's in charge of the snack shack and in turn, takes home the proceeds. Locals bakers, a lot of local bakers make their best pies and donate them to support the cause.
"You get involved with it over the years and it just becomes your way of life on Mondays," says Punches.
On an average night they sell 80 pies. Each one is cut into six pieces and are only two dollars a slice. That means making almost a thousand dollars is easy as pie.
Ken Lochte of Rhinelander exclaims, "This is the only place you get your dessert first, before you get your food." "It's a great honor and pleasure and I've been doing it for quite a few years now," adds Rebecca Morien.
No matter how you slice it, everyone benefits from this unique fundraiser.
"It is unique and different which makes Lake Tomahawk special," says Morien. "It's a very good fundraiser for the community who in turn give it all back. So, it's kind of a domino effect you know," adds Hilgendorf.
If you think this is a lot of pies, the team is requesting the bakers provide double this Friday. They're hoping to have more than 200 pies for the Snowhawks game against the Wounded Warriors.
EAGLE RIVER - A new type of foundation could give you a better way to build a home, and the idea for the improvement starts right here in the Northwoods.
Composite Panel Systems in Eagle River builds composite panels for home foundations. Composite means anything made of two or more materials, which includes fiberglass in this case. The company describes the EPITOME Quality Foundation Wall as a revolutionary composite building solution for residential foundations.
The company makes them off site, and then they put them together on location. Composite Panel Systems' Scott Weber says that means a shorter build time compared to concrete foundations.
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
CONOVER - The Chain Skimmers Water Ski Team from Conover won the state title for their division last weekend in Wisconsin Rapids. Summer water ski shows are a wonderful part of the Spirit of the North.
"I don't know how to spend the summer anywhere else," said Jessica Clark.
She is one of about 35 skiers between the ages of 12 and 31 who spend their summers on Lake Pleasant in Conover. They come from Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida and Texas.
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