RHINELANDER - You know technology moves fast. That means you probably have old cell phones laying around. Now, you can put them to good use.
The Cell Phones for Soldiers program started today in Rhinelander. It's one of many ways the Oneida County Military Support Group continues help troops overseas.
"The last Saturday of every month, we gather up the items that we are going to ship and then we pack them and ship them. This Saturday we had, I think there was ten girl scouts here helping us pack, which was really nice," says Ray Zastrow, Onieda County Military Support Group.
Now the group teamed up with AT&T to get cell phones to soldiers. Many people were there to support the program, including State Representative Rob Swearingen and State Senator Tom Tiffany.
"If you have phones at home that you are not using, cell phones, there's several collection spots in Rhinelander right now that you can drop off the phones," says Ray Zastrow.
You can take your old cell phones to Trig's, Nicolet College, the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, the V. F. W. Club House, the American Legion Building, and Wal-Mart.
TOMAHAWK - If you feel stir-crazy this time of year, taking a quick drive Tuesday afternoon might help.
Hometown Chiropractic in Rhinelander and Tomahawk hopes to spread smiles during, "Sunshine on the Streets."
The doctors will wave signs with their favorite positive quotes starting at 12:30 in the afternoon.
Chiropractors normally work to get your physical health in check, but they want to help your mental health, too.
"I want to say we are one of the smaller countries in the world, but we take almost 80 percent of the world's anti-depressants. So we want to make sure we have positivity energy and positive thoughts because it will help us heal better and feel better," says Dr. Grace Zuiker Nash.
"Sunshine on the Streets" also marks the First Official Day of Spring.
RHINELANDER - Some members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group have shared a stage together for more than 30 years. However, they almost had to stop when one of their key members passed away. "When it all works really well, nothing can top it," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Corky. The 25 members of the Hyms and Hyrs singing group are used to hitting the right rhythm together.
"We have a lot of fun," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Jim Priovolos. However, when the group's director and founder of the group died, they thought they would have to put their beats on hold. "We were wondering where we were going to end up with that," said Hyms and Hyrs singer Ken. Just a few months before their talent showcase at Nicolet College Sunday, Priovolos stepped in. "I feel very honored to be conducting them," said Priovolos. Priovolos got the group to pick up exactly where they left off. "He's kept us going," said Ken.
RHINELANDER - A New York based dance company brought their talent to Northern Wisconsin. The Equus Projects performed at ArtStart in Rhinelander Sunday. ArtStart Program Director Ashley McLaughlin was excited to bring art the community usually doesn't get to see She also wanted to bring new talent to the area.
The group doesn't perform traditional choreography. "[I's] improvisation of dance so they're reacting off of each other. [Their] acting off the spot. Very little is choreographed. So that goes to the whole emotion of the group," said McLaughlin. ArtStart collaborated with the Ware House in Eagle River. The Equus Projects will participate in dance classes at ArtStart all week.
MADISON (AP) - An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.
The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.
Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the Forest Service's budget has been stretched by efforts to fight wildfire that have become more frequent and more intense.
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