THE NORTHWOODS - We're fewer than two weeks away from regional and sectional competition for the Winter sports. Many high school athletes are stepping up their game when it counts. Here are the latest nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Nominee 1 -
In girls hockey, Marshfield's Paige Johnson had a great game last Thursday against Tomahawk. Johnson had 2 goals and three assists in the Tigers 9-2 victory over the Hatchets. She also leads the conference in points with 21.
Nominee 2 -
Antigo senior Maura Boodry had a strong showing at the Red Robin Gymnastics Invite on Saturday. Maura placed 2nd in bars and 4th in vault, which led to a second place finish in the All Around. Boodry's performance helped Antigo take 1st place in the 9 team competition.
Nominee 3 -
On the mat, Wausau West's Joe Umlauf captured the 132 pound title at the Pulaski Invite. Joe is top ranked in division one at 138 pounds and his dominating win helped West take the team title out of 16 schools competing.
Nominee 4 -
And in boys basketball, Clayton Grose scored 17 points for Elcho last Friday. The 6'5'' senior helped lead the Hornets to a 52-39 victory over Northern Lakes conference foe Goodman-Pembine.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner receives a plaque courtesy of R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
RHINELANDER - Technology seems to change almost daily. That's why the City of Rhinelander Public Works Department is growing its use of radio water meter devices.
A little blue box takes in signals from radio water meters on certain homes installed with radio meters. Workers don't even need to get out of their cars to get a reading.
More than 200 homes in Rhinelander use the technology, but there are more then 3200 water customers in the area.
But Rhinelander Public Works Director Tim Kingman says the radio meters make the process much faster.
"An employee can go into a an area where these radio read instruments or meters are used and touch a button and it collects several if not dozens of meter readings at a time," Kingman said.
Tom Roeser reads meters, installs radio meters and does other kind of work for the Rhinelander Water Department. He has to walk through plenty of yards to get to readers.
"Oh yeah I get asked what I'm doing a lot," Roeser said.
For most of the properties in Rhinelander, Roeser uses a touch stick to automatically send readings to a wireless receiver he carries with him.
"You don't have to scroll to find out where you are in your route," Roeser said. "You can just read it and it moves into the hand held and you can continue on."
If the reader doesn't work, Roeser punches in the reading by hand. The department installs the radio meters on homes that are more spaced out, which helps speed up the process.
Rhinelander bills water quarterly, so every three months. A city wide radio meter system would speed up the process so much the city could have monthly billing. The upgrade would help customers find water waste issues sooner because they would see signs of it in their bill more often.
"We try to do that frequently as possibly can," Kingman said. "But with a quarterly system we're not able to do that as quickly as we would desire."
Kingman says right now it wouldn't be worth it to upgrade the entire system. The cost would outweigh the benefits to taxpayers and customers. So they'll take their time and upgrade little by little.
"We're trying to do two or three percent a year,"Kingman said.
That means Roeser will have plenty of walking ahead of him, but that's what he likes.
"The radar reads are fine, especially on the long runs," Roeser said. "But I like doing the walking."
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Neither Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. nor By Request Web Designs shall be responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.