RHINELANDER - The "Green Dean" at Nicolet College is serious about recycling, and she's not afraid to get a little dirty to prove a point.
Today Brigitte Parsons, the Dean of Trade and Industry at the college donned a hazmat suit, and jumped into one of the schools dumpsters. She was a little disappointed at what she foundů
"This is a brand new pad of paper! I can't believe that! That's unfortunate."
It should have been recycled, but instead it ended up in the trash.
"This is not a finger pointing game, really," she said, "We're just trying to raise awareness that's it's just as simple as making a decision between throwing an item in the trash can, or in the recycling bin."
At Nicolet college, it really is that simple. They've gone to a single-stream recycling program that makes it easy to be green.
"You can throw everything in the same bin, doesn't matter if it's glass, plastic, paper, everything all goes together, and then they take it away and they can separate it out," said Leanne Vigue Miranda, a sustainability leader on campus.
Still the "Green Dean", is a dumpster diving machine... And she's finding plenty of trash in the dumpster that shouldn't be.
"I'm standing on probably 10-15%, maybe a little bit more of items that definitely can be recycled," she said.
"If materials are recyclable, you have to recycle them. That's the law, basically," said Miranda.
Parsons adds, "Whether you agree with recycling scientifically or not it's about trying to save what we have going into the landfills, because we don't have an infinite space in landfills for all of this stuff."
By exposing this dirty truth the "Green Dean" hopes students will wake up, smell the trash, and make a greener choice.
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.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
RHINELANDER - You can expect to see a major reconstruction in Downtown Rhinelander in 2016. The downtown area will improve its look and layout through a "streetscape" project. The new look could include wider sidewalks, outdoor restaurant seating and parking changes on Brown Street, but before any of that happens, city leaders need feedback from their community.
Downtown Rhinelander Incorporated already had surveys filled out b businesses in the area about parking on Brown Street.
The construction company came up with a compromised solution. The proposal keeps Brown Street as a two way street, but there will be parallel parking on the west side and angled parking on the east side.
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