PHILLIPS - Hundreds of Northwoods kids find themselves working on a piece of history this school year.
Phillips middle and high schoolers have been working on this tile mural since November.
It's made from hundreds of clay pieces.
Students draw on paper first, then transfer the designs to clay.
The inspiration comes from the Friends of Fred Smith. The group looks after the Phillips artist's Wisconsin Concrete Park.
Administrator Sharyn Friedell wants everyone to be involved.
"We are encouraging the kids to express through art, how they feel, what they think about their home, their school, their families, their friends," Friedell said. "So, it is truly a community project."
Right now, high schoolers and volunteers are finishing the underglaze work. Friedell thinks the kids have taken a real ownership to the project.
"We had kids coming through the mural room here every period and they'd come in and look at the mural and say, 'Oh, there's one of mine,' so it's been great," Friedell said. "It's been great for all of us."
The Friends of Fred Smith hired two Door County clay artists to help lead the 170 kids working on the mural.
They plan to hang the finished product during an open house at the school in April.
LAONA - This time last year, staff at Camp LeFeber in Laona thought they weren't going to have another season. The Boy Scout Camp was set to close last summer, but with the help of one group and people in the community, it'll stay open this year and perhaps for years to come.
Camper Erik Norlock has made the trip from Whitefish Bay to Camp LeFeber in Laona since he finished 5th grade.
"I care a lot about every single scout that we have here," said Norlock. "And being about to do it in such an amazing place is really something that touches home for me."
But the now high school graduate and hundreds more boy scouts who travel to the camp every year almost didn't have a place to go back to.
RHINELANDER - You can find a lot of signs around downtown Rhinelander this summer. Some say "road closed," others say "detour". But some new, large signs will help you find all the downtown businesses are still open.
Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. printed several laminated signs directing people to those downtown shops and restaurants. The signs will be placed on Lincoln Street as well as various entry points downtown.
Hext Theater Owner Jim Hext, who serves as DRI's promotions director, says some store owners put signs up in front of their buildings, which made a big difference.
"A lot of traffic flowed to their businesses then because of the signage that they put up," Hext said. "So this is in hope that people will kind of see that as well too."
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's July 4th parade will follow a slightly different route this year, due a major downtown reconstruction project. But the parade organizer says people are as excited as ever for the celebrations.
Instead of going down Brown Street as in years past, the parade will step off right in front of the Oneida County Courthouse on Oneida and Davenport Streets. The route will then go down Pelham Street, past City Hall, and north up Courtney ending at Young Street.
"We know there's excitement when they're saying, 'Is there going to be a parade? Is there going to be a parade? How are you going to do it,'" parade director Dale Schlieve said.
PHILLIPS - Having just finished her sophomore year in high school, Park Falls' Allison Michels can barely drive a car legally. But even at a young age, she, like many high schoolers in Price County, is already taking college-level classes at Northcentral Technical College.
Michels is taking advantage of a summer Certified Nursing Assistant class at NTC's Phillips campus.
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