BOULDER JUNCTION - Old age and disease can rob us of our eyesight. Glasses, bifocals, and prescriptions help, but sometimes not enough. A Northwoods library wants you to know about a tool that you can use.
The Boulder Junction Library bought a handicap accessible computer with grant money. It can zoom text and even read things for people who cannot see. Library Director Cherie Sanderson says the computer already gets good use.
"It started out when I was helping her years ago, she would magnify eight times. She's now up to sixteen times magnification and the software goes even higher. So if she needs to, it'll go even higher," says Cherie Sanderson, Library Director.
Some people are reluctant to use it at first. But Sanderson hopes people try it out.
"Some patrons are reticent. They don't want to admit that they could benefit from that kind of a product. Once they see it demonstrated, they realize that its so much easier to read the text," says Sanderson.
The computer screen can also change color schemes for easier reading. It also comes with a special mouse and a large print keyboard for easier use.
WISCONSIN/THREE LAKES - Wisconsin continues to be the best state nationwide when it comes to producing cranberries. One Northwoods farm is preparing to make this year even better.
James Lake Farms in Three Lakes harvested close to 8,000 barrels last year. They hope to meet those expectations this year.
Right now they are in the growing season. The assistant manager believes Wisconsin is a natural environment for growing cranberries.
"It's fairly consistent as compared to somewhere out on the coast where most of the other cranberries are grown. I think a lot of those things combined help make it a good place to grow," said James Lake Farms Assistant Manager Benjamin Riker.
Burke releases rural jobs plan, focuses on schools, health & growth
ACROSS WISCONSIN - A new job plan from Democratic candidate for Governor Mary Burke focuses on her economic objectives with rural Wisconsin.
Many parts of Wisconsin's rural areas, like the Northwoods, lags behind the rest of the state economically; for example, five of the ten Wisconsin counties with the worst unemployment rate in the state are in the rural portions of the Northwoods, according to June unemployment numbers from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Her focus is on growing the rural economy, boosting healthcare and improving schools.
RHINELANDER AND MINOCQUA - Summer gets us outside playing games on the lake or in the yard, but with cooler temperatures this year, trips to the lake may not be as popular.
That impacts certain businesses in a good way. Imaginuity toys stores in Minocqua and Rhinelander have noticed a difference in the toys they've sold this summer.
"We're definitely getting a lot more traffic with the cooler temperatures. A lot more people in the door, which we're loving. We are seeing a lot more people buying more project based items. They're buying a lot of the active play but not so much the water active," said Jessica Hatch, Store Manager.
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