ARBOR VITAE - Spring training is going strong in Arizona and Florida, but that's not the only place to swing a bat in February. Marisa Silvas caught up with some folks playing softball on a frozen lake.
"People truly look forward to this," says Nick MacDonald - Charity Softball Organizer.
Softball in the snow. Not your typical winter activity. But one that brought a big group out to Arbor Vitae to give it a try.
MacDonald adds, "You have people out here that play softball once a year and this is the tournament they do it."
" It's the first time I've seen softball played on the ice," adds Logan Murphy - a Lakeland Junior who was an umpire at the event.
Playing on a frozen lake does provide some challenges.
Jesse Anderson, one of the players explains, "It's more difficult on the snow. It's a different set of rules. It's like running in beach sand."
The event isn't just about the love of the game. It's also hitting a home run for charity.
Slo's Pub Owner Sue Slominski says, "The money goes for Cruisin For a Cause, which is a benefit for Angel on my Shoulder. So we try to do these added events to contribute to that."
This was the third year of the tournament, and they raised a record $1650.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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