RHINELANDER - Feeding the family on a budget gets harder and harder each year. Now imagine feeding a community for a low price. One local Food Pantry looks back on a successful year that met this challenge.
The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry served more pounds of food per household than last year. Their total this year was over five-hundred fifty-four-thousand pounds of food. This total was up from last year despite rising food prices and operation expenses.
"The goal for next year or for this year actually for the food pantry of course is to continue to provide food for the hungry people in the Rhinelander Area," says Guy Hansen, Food Pantry Executive Director.
The Food Pantry expects to run into new challenges in 2013. Food prices continue to rise and storing so much food is difficult.
"We do have some space issues here. We're plenty crowded. We're looking into some possibilities for how we might improve that for next year," says Guy Hansen
The Pantry also appreciates all the volunteers that keep the shelves well stocked.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
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