EAGLE RIVER - On Wednesday, Northland Pines Elementary students and Eagle River Fire Department had big plans.
Build a castle with nothing but Milk Jugs and good old fashion work ethic. But Working doesn't mean you can't have fun.
“We focus on jobs and we also focus on heroes, community. This really fits into all aspects. And the kids are so excited to see a fire fighter these are there heroes.” said Kindergarten Teacher Sarah Simac.
Teaching a few lessons is the goal for Assistant Fire Chief Nikolai Karl. He just knows kid's love getting their hands messy.
“Anything that's hands on with the safety house where the kids actually do something. They not only retain it but they get to be active and children like to be active."
If kids have doubts about scary firefighters--projects like these extinguish that thought.
"We get to go to the fire department in October for fire prevention and that's their first meeting with them. It just gets the kids more comfortable seeing them and they're just overall excited about it."
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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