Northwoods Girl Scouts Tackle BullyingSubmitted: 03/22/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

RHINELANDER - We hear more and more about bullying in schools every day. One local Girl Scout troop saw it was becoming a problem in their school. So they did something about it.

Junior Girl Scout Troop 7091 needed to do something to help the community to earn their teamwork badge. They wanted to tackle bullying.

"Because lots of it was going on and we just wanted to help prevent it," says Leah Shaver.

"It could happen at any age level. It doesn't just have to be the older kids. It can happen in kindergarten too," says Gabi Lawrey.

Together the girls wrote a screen play about a girl who is bullied. By the end of the project they had a video called "The Bully Diaries" that they could show to their younger classmates.

Each troop member has had their own experiences with bullies.

"I know I have been bullied. It has happened since, maybe, first or second grade," says Emma Beckman.

"This boy in my class, he bullied this girl a lot and it kind of got me a little upset because it was going on like every day," says Shaver.

"I know somebody who bullies people. She... I think she knows she's bullying people," says Lawrey.

The girls think they know why some kids might be scared to stand up for other kids to bullies.

"You always think, 'What if they come back and start bullying you'," says Lawrey.

But like their video shows, getting other people to stand up to a bully with you makes it easier. And they think it's worth taking the risk.

"They're all human beings, and they don't deserve to be bullied," says Beckman.

"I'm not scared. I know that it's right. Some people think they don't want to stick up for people because they'll get made fun of too. But if it's the right thing to do they should do it," says Shaver.

A lesson they hope their video teaches other kids.

To watch the video, please click on the link below.

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LAKEWOOD - What would you do if you felt like part of your history was taken from you?

That's what it felt like for Lakewood community members when the state fish hatchery shut down after operating for 72 years.

Since its doors opened in 1939, generations of Lakewood community members toured the DNR Hatchery.

"It was just a piece of our history," said Lakewood resident Scott VanLaanen.

Due to funding cuts the DNR shut down the trout hatchery in 2011.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County Health and Human Services says it's seen an increase in whooping cough cases in the area. It wants parents to make sure their families are up-to-date on their vaccinations.

Kids usually get a vaccine as a baby, but it says parents may not realize kids need a booster dose at 11-years-old.

Portage County Health and Human Services also recommends adults to get a booster if they haven't had whooping cough since childhood.

Whooping cough usually starts with a runny nose or mild cough, but can be dangerous for babies.

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WAUSAU - Teachers from Wausau East High School are finalists in a contest sponsored by Farmers Insurance.  

They could win $100,000 to convert Wausau East's current technology lab into a state-of -the-art digital space.

The teachers have moved up to 5 place in the contest. 

They need to stay in the top six until October 31 to win the $100,000. 

Teachers Paula Hase and Elizabeth Kysely, both saw a need in their community. 

They want their students to be able to have the same opportunities as students in other areas of the country.

"In the last five years we have had our resources cut back," said Hase.

 "So it would be great to bring this chunk of money and make a significant difference in a program and ramp it up to quality level.

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RHINELANDER - The yellow Historical Society Museum on Pelham Street looks like many houses here in Rhinelander, but step through the doorway and see early 1900's history packed from wall to wall.

The Historical Society Museum will have an open house Saturday from noon to 4:00 p.m.

Pieces of Rhinelander's past are preserved inside the house.

Some of those items include a black and white photo of the original hodag, a drum from the old paper mill marching band, and a dining room set made by the Rhinelander Boat Company.

Not only are those items inside the house artifacts, so is the house itself.

"If the walls were empty there would be stories and neat things to see here. You take that, just the neat house and then of course fill it up with all of the items, every room is just a multitude of stories of different items that are in it," said Vice President of the Rhinelander Historical Society Bill Vancos.

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ONEIDA COUNTY - Prosecutors believe a 52-year-old man from southeastern Wisconsin drove up to Hazelhurst to have sex with a 14-year-old girl he met online.

Robert Weiss  of Hartford appeared via video in Oneida County Court Friday.

According to the criminal complaint, Weiss started talking with the girl on a website called "Hitwe." 

Weiss told the girl his name was Keegan and he was 14 years old.

On October 10, Weiss showed up at the girl's house and sexually assaulted her.

He was arrested early this morning.

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- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

The Wisconsin high school football level 2 playoffs begin tonight. We will take you live to Green Bay where the Antigo Red Robins will take on Green Bay Notre Dame. We'll give you a preview of that game and tell you the challenge the Robins will face.

Also, on tonight's Friday Night Blitz at the end of Newswatch 12 at 10, we will bring you highlights from that game as well as from Hudson vs. Stevens Point and Marathon vs. Abbotsford.

We'll bring you this and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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Rhinelander's Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will honor those lives Friday night at a vigil.

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