PHILLIPS - Winters in the Northwoods can make staying active a difficult task. A community pool in Phillips might have you covered for fitness away from freezing temperatures.
In this small town of 1400, holds a hidden gem for Northern Wisconsin. A gem that one organization is using to help draw in more people and hopes it will help by-pass economic turbulence amid ramped fiscal cliff talk.
"We just feel like we needed a new feature to draw people into the pool and looking at something new and unique. And to the best of our knowledge there
isn’t anything like this probably north of Milwaukee." Said Phillips Pool Coordinator, Karen Smart.
Kim Mess, who is a founding member of the Philips Area Aquatic Foundation, knows unique additions to the facility, like this rock wall, help ensure its survival in the future.
"It's worked, we've been able to keep this pool, and our likely hood to keep the pool is pretty high. It's amazing what a small town can do when a handful of people are passionate about their community."
Aquatic Director, Annie Knudson, devotes her time to helping people stay fit year around, and couldn't be happier for the foundation's success.
"Our pool wouldn't survive the way it does, so as people talk about budget cuts for education...An organization like this takes it up a notch and makes sure that this facility is available to the community ages into the future."
With 50,000 dollars to the foundation's name, this facility doesn't appear to be going off the deep-end anytime soon.
There's something you can do every day at the Phillips Community Pool-- for more information and specific hours visit phillipscommunitypool.com
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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