MANITOWISH WATERS - This month, Manitowish Waters welcomes a Northwoods native as its newest Chamber of Commerce Executive Director.
Dave Karaffa grew up near Boulder Junction and graduated from Lakeland Union High School.
For more than a decade, he's called Manitowish Waters home.
"I've lived and worked here in Manitowish Waters for the last 11 years of my life. I worked at Little Bohemia Lodge for 14 years...It was an opportunity to help sell the town as opposed to one business," Karaffa says.
It's the third new director in under a year for Manitowish Waters.
Although the people have changed, what the area offers hasn't.
"Obviously, our 10-lake chain has been one of our biggest draws for as long as the town's been around. It's just a gorgeous natural scenic area. We're just trying to promote that and bring people here to show them what a great location it is," he said.
Karaffa says he's looking forward to better weather.
That's when the town's population can increase by about sevenfold from visitors.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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