RHINELANDER - If you drop by a certain restaurant in Rhinelander today, you might be surprised by who cleans up your table.
"Teachers, Principals, anybody from the school district," said, Elvisa Sabani, Owner of Friendship House Family Restaurant, "They're serving coffee, water, helping bus tables, anything they can do to help."
This is the second year Rhinelander school district staff jumped behind the counter at the Friendship House Family Restaurant. In return, owners Tony and Elvisa Sabani are donating half of their proceeds for the day.
"We raised about $4,500 [last year] so that was pretty exciting, and our goal for this year is to be able to beat what we raised last year," said Dave Wall, Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent.
More than 50 district employees will take turns today. They started at 5:30 this morning, and they'll be there through the dinner shift tonight.
The district's assistant superintendent says it's a great chance to fund some student activities, and a big change of pace from their normal jobs.
"We're just very excited and happy that they allow us this opportunity. And it helps us with a new appreciation for what their work staff does. I mean, you put on the miles working here!" said Wall.
You can still grab dinner at the Friendship House off Highway 17 in Rhinelander. School staff will serve until 9 o'clock tonight.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
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