TOMAHAWK - As we first told you on Wednesday, weather conditions forced several changes to the upcoming seasons for the Great Northern Conference.
On Thursday morning, GNC Commishioner Scott Winch sent out a memo outlining the changes.
Golf Any of the seven conference meets that are canceled due to weather will not be made up.
Track Invites will not be made up, Conference Meet will still take place in Antigo on May 16th.
Girls Soccer 2nd round of scheduled games will count towards the conference standings. The second round starts on May 2nd for girls soccer. Any games played prior to this will be considered non-conference events.
Baseball/Softball Double headers (will start at 5:00) will be scheduled on the second round conference dates. If all seven schools play all twelve conference games then conference champion will be determined by the records of the schools in those games. In the event that all seven schools dont play all twelve games, due to weather, the first game played against another school will be counted as the conference game.
May 11th will be set aside as a make up day for softball, Medford and Antigo have agreed to be host sites if schools need to play more than one team on that day. Teams that play at each of these sites will split the cost of umpires equally.
May 18th will be set aside as a makeup day for baseball, Antigo and Tomahawk have agreed to be host sites if schools need to play more than one team on that day. Teams that play at each of these sites will split the cost of umpires equally.
The Athletic Directors met with Winch Wednesday in Tomahawk. The meeting took about three hours, going over all possible scenarios.
Although all of the schools in the GNC are effected, Northland Pines, Lakeland, and Rhinelander were considered to be in the worst shape for their athletic fields. Rhinelander's Hodag Park alone had around 12 inches of snow on their baseball diamond.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
It's not your typical food pantry, says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.
I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger, says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items, says Cobb. They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.
They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line, says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
Future Wisconsin Project wants to bring more workers, manufacturers to Wisconsin
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
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