ARBOR VITAE - Golf is still important to Laura Lee, even at the age of 95. She took up the sport in her 50's and continues to hit the links as often as possible.
"I enjoy it and I think that's half of life," Lee explains. "If you get out and do something that you enjoy."
Her husband taught her to play, but she says the game wasn't easy at first.
"He was a wonderful golfer," Laura says. "I must say that I hit the ball very badly. If I didn't do it right, he told me. (laughs)"
Laura's golf buddies are her biggest fans.
"She just goes up and takes this little relaxed swing," adds Bonnie Butzer, one of Laura's playing partners. "And the ball just flies out there and I'm in awe."
Another player in the group, Shirley Lang says, "She's little, but she can hit that ball with her Tiger Woods club."
The ladies say they've learned a lot from Laura over the years.
"Laura's very calm and that's something I'm trying to learn from her," adds Butzer.
One of Lee's favorite memories was when she got a hole in one.
"I got a hole in one. We couldn't find the ball so we thought we'd look in the hole and sure as shootin' there it was!"
It's clear Laura loves the game of golf and the camaraderie, but it also helps keep her active at her age.
"Being 95 is, as the doctor told me, don't be a couch potato," says Lee. "It's one way to get out and get exercise and it's fun. Well I tell you, as long as the Lord keeps me here on this earth, and I expect to be here for a while yet."
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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