PARK FALLS - Cold temperatures outside means people are taking exercise inside.
But Park Falls is struggling to re-open their pool for the winter season.
Funding for the Chequamegon High School pool is gone because an operations referendum failed in April.
But the community is rallying to save it.
“I’m an adapted PE teacher, and I love to take adapted students in here. It’s free movement for a lot of people, especially if they have limitations,” said Jane Gustafson, a member of the “Save the Chequamegon Pool” committee.
“It’s a strong community and student resource,” said Dave Anderson, Chequamegon superintendent. “One of the things we’ll be trying to promote is a lifelong fitness practices with our students.”
That’s tough to do when you have to shut down the pool.
“A lot of people were so concerned and wanted to do something to help, but nobody knew where to begin,” Gustafson said.
She got together with about ten others to raise enough money to keep the pool open.
It costs about $1800 a month to keep it running. The committee has raised $6,000 so far, so they’ll need more to keep it open through April, when it normally closes for the summer.
“We’re in it for the long haul, and we’re going to continue to fundraise and do what we need to do to keep it afloat, this year and the coming years,” Gustafson said.
“My hope is that they succeed. My hope is that they raise the funds and that we’re able to keep the pool open for the benefit of our kids and our community,” Anderson said.
With the money the committee has raised so far, the pool will stay open until January, but they’re hoping more people will donate and attend their monthly fundraisers.
More information is available on their Facebook page.
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/.
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.
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