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.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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