ANTIGO - A small business wants to help you out with finding a job.
It may not provide a job right away, but they can help you develop the skills to get one.
Foward Service Corporation is a private nonprofit business that helps provide training, employment and support.
The focus of this program is to help prepare for the work environment and tweak resumes.
Case manager Danni Grochowski says even though it's a struggle to land a job in this economy, her goal is to help start something new.
"We decided to offer a bunch of new workshops this year to help them get out of the house and engage in something else," said Grochowski.
"Do something different. We meet with them regularly about how to stay focused, how to stay positive and we try to let them know of any new jobs out there that they can apply for. We help them do that."
A key to getting a job is building a network.
Erica Berg is also a Case Manager at Forward Service Corporation.
One of the other goals are to make a connection with employers.
"We can help pay for part of the training employees working for our company. There's also trial jobs through W2 and the work experience site too," said Berg.
"So we're looking at hopefully to setting up some more of those kinds of things this year."
The Workforce Investment Act is another option.
It helps participants interested in enhancing their education and ultimately finding a skilled labor job.
Cooking for people with multiple, chronic health conditions
MINOCQUA - For people struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes or heart disease, cooking can be a challenge.
But being careful with how you cook doesn't mean your meal has to be bland.
One dietician teaches the "Cooking for Multiple Diseases" class at Nicolet College in Minocqua.
People taking her class need help finding the best recipes for their conditions.
"Maybe they have diabetes and their spouse has heart disease. Or other people in the family may have a different disease," said Mary Sikora-Petersen, a Registered dietician. "They want to know, how [to] cook a meal that's going to be for everybody in the family."
Petersen also stresses the importance of using healthier ingredients without losing flavor. One way to do that is by using seed-based seasonings and avoiding too much salt.
"[Add] flavors to food without adding salt. Certainly, salt adds flavor," said Petersen. "But there are other ways to add flavor, such as adding ground seasonings, adding fresh herbs to the foods."
Petersen also recommends using light olive oils and whole wheat products.
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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