CRANDON - A unique winter sport helped raise awareness for people affected by cancer this weekend.
“It’s a little slippery out there, last year we had a few crash and burns but it’s all in fun and they all get back up and go at it again,” said ice bowling organizer Stacey Jameson.
“It’s way different than bowling in a regular bowling alley, but still really fun,” said bowler Dawn Hines.
This is the second year the Crandon community has ice bowled on Lake Lucerne. Teams are competing for more than just a prize, they’re fundraising for Relay for Life.
“We all probably have special circumstances that have happened in our family, but also it’s American Cancer Society and it’s just a wonderful, wonderful benefit to help those that are needing. Our team is willing to do anything for that”
Teams of four played two games on the ice.
Many teams had a personal reason for playing , including a team, of tooth fairies.
“Team Julie was started a few years ago when our friend Julie, she was our co-worker, was diagnosed with cervical cancer and unfortunately she lost her battle so we’ve carried on the tradition of Team Julie, in her honor and in her memory,” said Hines.
Jameson is part of team “My Wish” and is bowling for people she knows who are affected by cancer.
“Personally I do it for my grandmother. She passed away of lung cancer. So to me it’s a very special time. I have a co-worker, an ex-co-worker that has recently been diagnosed with lung cancer so this event today is actually really meaningful to me,” said Jameson.
Jameson says ice bowling will always be held at Waters Edge Lodge in Crandon.
They’ll continue to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
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