RHINELANDER - With only a few weeks until November 6th the political tension is heating up.
While some houses are decorated with pumpkins and ghosts for Halloween, others are decorated for a different kind of season-political season.
Like wearing your favorite team colors-residents are sporting their political Blue and Red.
Jackie Cody of Oneida County Democratic Party said "It's a wonderful part of the Americana and the elections."
Peter Biolo of the Oneida County Republican Party said "It helps describe what people feel."
It's the war of the lawn signs and with only a month left until the November 6th elections political enthusiasts are lining their front lawns with their favorite front runners.
From Obama to Romney--to more local races like Duffy and Kreitlow--they're telling their neighbors who they support in a big way.
Republican Bob Schultheis said having neighbors with Democratic signs makes him want to get more Republican signs.
"It's competition you've got to grind them a little bit, Schultheis said.
Democrat Avis Pence said she got lawn signs after her neighbors put up Republican candidate signs.
"It gives me more incentive to put mine up," she said.
No matter what side you're on, the signs are a creative way to show your support.
"I think it is something that helps motivate people; helps energize both on their side and perhaps. When you see someone supporting someone you want to become a part of it too," said Biolo.
So what happens to a neighborhood when political signs are clashing?
Cody said "Every once and a while someone will come in and say we need to balance the neighborhood. That means they need to take a few Obama signs, Kreitlow signs, and a few Susan Sommers signs and inform their neighbors there is another side to that story of politics."
And after the election then what happens?
When the election is over, Schultheis said "We'll have a barbeque and a couple of stories sit by a campfire and maybe have a beer, brats, and some Wisconsin cheese."
Students celebrate International Day in the Northwoods
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
Diehard Bears fan trades in his orange and blue for green and gold
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
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