RHINELANDER - Your kid's job interests may change on a daily basis.
But a new program for middle-schoolers in Rhinelander could steer them in the direction of science for a career.
James Williams Middle School science teacher, Lisa Swaney, hopes to provide the kids with all the options in today's job field to give them an idea of what they might like to do. "I think kids are starting to think about what they want to do after their education. But I know for myself, I always wanted to go into science but I didn't know all the different options out there. So if we can get these kids more familiar with careers, I think it's a great opportunity."
She says 90 percent of high paying careers involve some aspect of science.
Students in grades 7 and 8 will hear from new speakers on different science related careers.
Today's speaker, Area Health and Education Center Consultant Larry Bergum, covered healthcare and the importance of a college degree. "It's never too early to start thinking about a career. If you think about it they start thinking about sports and music at a very young age, so why not get them thinking about a career in healthcare also when they are at a young age."
Students like Samantha Rocha learned a few things during today's talk. "I didn't know that being a pharmacist would make you a lot more money than other things."
Even students like Emily Bauer, whose favorite subject is English, may find something interesting in the programs speakers. "Well I find science really interesting. I really like the hands on things that we do and I like all of the labs that we did last year."
"I kind of wanted to be a doctor before," says Chelsea Newby. "I've always thought that would be kind of cool because you can help people, make them feel better."
If you have a career in science and would like to tell these students about it, contact Lisa Swaney. You can reach her by calling (715)365-9220.
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.
MILWAUKEE - Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County.
Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a ``running gun battle'' on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene.
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.
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.
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