RHINELANDER - Next week people around the country will celebrate national Hunger and Homeless Awareness week. But the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing is designating the whole month of November for the cause.
For the second year in a row NATH is asking local businesses to help out with the "Everybody Deserves Shelter" campaign.
"The store should have a poster in them that shows they're participating in this. And then hopefully when you go through the checkout the cashier will ask you if you'd like to donate a dollar toward 'Everybody Deserves Shelter' and Frederick Place. If you agree you'll get a little card that you can put your name on and get to hang it up in the store," says Tammy Modic, Frederick Place Executive Director.
Modic says they want to spread the word about what NATH and Frederick Place does. They're also hoping to raise $5,000.
There are nearly three times as many businesses participating this year in Rhinelander alone. So far stores, schools and restaurants from Eagle River, Minocqua and Lac du Flambeau are helping out too.
Here's a list of businesses participating so far:
IN RHINELANDER A la Mode All About Style Bikes & Boards Birchwood Bar Carpetiers/Carpet One Cross Country Bar & Grill East Side Auto Foster & Smith Retail Store Friendship House Lincoln St. Liquor Mane Flare Nicolet College OK Auto Parts Pappillions Sew Smart Slumberland Sportsman ReVive
IN LAC DU FLAMBEAU LDF Ojibwe
IN EAGLE RIVER Friendship House Grandma's Toy Box Lief's Restaurant Northland Pines School The Flour Sack
MEDFORD - You know curling from the Olympics. This week, master curlers from across the country are throwing their rocks in Medford. But this kind of curling you won’t see in Sochi, Mixed Doubles.
"Mixed doubles is fun. I really like it. It's really quick, everything happens quick and you're making a lot of precision shots because you don't have sweepers. I like that a lot and I like getting to play with Brady," said Cristin Clark.
FOREST COUNTY - Forest Count and Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc. (WORVPI) have found a 10,000 acre plot of land they would like to buy for an off-road park, according to WORVPI President John Schnorr.
Schnorr wouldn't discuss the exact location in Forest County, but said they would hope to buy the parcels by June 2014. Right now they’re contracting an engineering firm to evaluate the land.
"That's so environmental concerns can be met," Schnorr said. "We'll look at that as well as a pleasurable experience for an off-road visitor who is going to come up and spend hopefully a weeks vacation in Forest County."
Forest County leaders believe an off-road park could help bring more tourists to the area, and with that more money. The county has the fifth worst unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, in Wisconsin.
WORVPI used Ripon College to perform a feasibility study on the off-road park. It says the average off-roader will travel 300 miles to visit an off-road park. It also projected an off-road park could bring in nearly $28 million per year for Forest County businesses.
"It will take us some time to operate and open it up and develop the trails, the camp sites, the amenities inside," Schnorr said. "Realistically we could see an opening date of Memorial Day of 2015."
The park would host ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles on off-road trails.
People can help fund the park by purchasing $150 charter membership passes. More than 30 have already been purchased. Schnorr says only 100 will be available.
"The pass will entitle the holder to a park pass, an annual park pass, for the first year when the park opens," Schnorr said. "It will give us some capital up front and afford them a discounted price down the road."
Even with the progress, Schnorr says the project is still in the early stages.
"If you are an optimist, you think a huge amount of progress has been made," Schnorr said. "But if you are a pessimist, not enough progress has been made."
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