"Science on Tap" shares knowlege and creates conversation
Story By Hayley Tenpas
MINOCQUA - If you take a look outside, it's easy to notice the beauty of the Northwoods.
But you might wonder how it got to be that way and how we can protect its future?
Those were some of the questions answered tonight at "Science on Tap" in Minocqua.
The monthly series kicked off at the Minocqua Brewing Company.
The topic was environmental history of the Northwoods.
Scientists working in the area spoke and answered questions.
"I would like there to be, in the public a greater ease with science. So that we can elevate the conversation to talk about some of the issues really pressing, not only in the northwoods but nationally," said speaker Tim Kratz, Director at the Trout Lake Station.
The free event will be back March 6th.
The topic for that "Science on Tap" will be climate change.
NORTHWOODS - Children went back to school across the Northwoods Tuesday. That's why it's important to make sure you're prepared for anything.
Emergency workers say it's important to have a plan in place for all possible emergency situations. That plan should include emergency contacts, safe meeting locations, and emergency kits in homes and cars. Officials say taking time to plan and practice is crucial.
"Look at things before it happens," says Dawn Robinson, Oneida County Emergency Management Program Assistant. "Make sure your family, your loved ones, your neighbors, make sure everyone has a plan and practice those plans. That way when something does happen, it becomes more, that you know what to do, so be prepared as much as possible, and practice."
Part of being prepared is communication and knowing who to contact. Officials encourage parents to make sure that schools have up-to-date emergency contact information, especially for small children.
PHILLIPS - About seven years ago, a driver killed a pedestrian walking across Lake Avenue, the main street in downtown Phillips. It was dark and misty that night, and the walker was trying to cross in the middle of a block.
But pedestrians are often at risk in Northwoods downtowns, even on sunny days, and even when they're using crosswalks.
HAZELHURST - You won't find any alligator-filled moats at an upcoming medieval festival in Hazelhurst. But you will get the chance to step back in time during the Northwoods Medieval Faire at Tommy O's Playhouse next weekend.
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