RHINELANDER - The Northwood's Alliance for Temporary Housing just got some help from an unexpected group.In a time where finances are tight and people are looking for an answer, sometimes all you can hope for is to "Sail Away".
Which is also the name of a tune from popular 80's band "Styx".
The group recently donated a guitar to auction off. It'll help Frederick Place's fundraiser to help the homeless. Tammy Modic is NATH's Executive Director...she says it took some work to get the instrument.
"So in telling a story to Carol about trying to get some autographs things from different people, and talking about Styx. She said I think we can figure this out. So a week after telling her that story we had in hand a fender guitar that was autographed by all members of the band Styx."
NATH is also working with the Onieda County Tavern League to put on an 80's party. Modic knows that having this new connection definitely helped inspire the theme.
"Well having the partnership with a nationally known band maybe internationally know band Styx, Is kind of a neat idea. To know that someone who is really based out of Chicago is helping us here in Northern Wisconsin."
The autographed guitar is currently touring bars around Northern Wisconsin. The "Totally 80's Party" is set for April 13th.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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