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Committee discusses legality of Oneida Co. Second Story Store volunteersSubmitted: 05/06/2013
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Committee discusses legality of Oneida Co. Second Story Store volunteers
RHINELANDER - Oneida County hopes to save its two-year-old resale shop. But budget cuts and an expiring trash collection deal could force it to close.

The Solid Waste Committee met Monday morning to talk about ways to keep the Second Story Store afloat, It's located on Highway K, northwest of Rhinelander.

People can donate things like lightly used tables, chairs and furniture they would otherwise be throwing away. Then, shoppers can buy it at a discounted rate.

But the county doesn't have the money to keep paying workers to man the store.

Two volunteers have now come forward to offer their time to keep the Second Story Store open every day. The county needs to make sure it can legally have those two volunteers work for free.

If it can, Solid Waste Director Freeman Bennett tells us they would hope to have the store running full-time by July 4th.

If not, it will only be open twice this year.

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The Northwoods chapter needs volunteer captains and mates to keep the rides running.

The first training session is tomorrow night at 6 p.m. at the Pavilion at Hodag Park in Rhinelander.

Chapter President Mark Schroeder says the program is like lake therapy.

"Hey for one thing we are out on the water. It's something that is good for all us; it is good for everyone really," said Schroeder.

Anyone can volunteer to be a captain or a mate.

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"When you're out in the water, there's something that happens. It is the look that people have, it's the smile have. It truly changes your attitude towards life," said Pastor Rod Ankrom of Calvary Baptist Church.

Pontoon rides run through mid-September.

If you want to schedule a ride or volunteer, call 715-219-5436.



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