PHELPS - Sundays banquet brought out a lot of people for one reason, to show their support for war veterans.
"The people in Phelps have been so generous that they've decided that they would like to send four guys on a one hundred percent paid fishing trip in this area." said Wounded Warriors In Action Associate, Matt Tennessen.
Wounded Warriors In Action is a national public charity.
The idea started in Phelps last year when Robin Vold went on a fishing trip with one of the purple heart veterans.
"I was just so impressed by the wounded warriors. There were guys who had no knees. You know, just severe handy caps," said WWIA Coordinator, Robin Vold.
"And they stood in those float boats on that river just all day long and they kept fishing. They were just thankful that they were there."
But these fishing trips aren't just about reeling in the big ones.
"If you catch fish or shoot a dear or a turkey, it doesn't matter," said Purple Heart Veteran Scott Spurgeon.
"What matters is is that your there. You're there with other purple heart veterans and you can share some experiences or you can just hunt if you want."
Even though Charlie Rice is not a veteran himself, he has family members and friends who have served their country.
"I think there's probably not enough of these events to show the support of the wounded warriors," said Rice.
"Because a lot of these people's lives have been changed forever."
"I still have difficult times, we all have difficult times, but we're a band of brothers so we have each other. And that's the best part about it." Tennessen said.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
Diehard Bears fan trades in his orange and blue for green and gold
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
Students celebrate International Day in the Northwoods
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
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