Youth volunteers help out the Northwoods Childrens Museum
Story By Hayley Tenpas
EAGLE RIVER - Kids explore, play and create every day at the Northwoods Children's Museum in Eagle River.
But that wouldn't be possible without some dedicated volunteers.
And this crew, might surprise you.
Before dozens of children can create arts and crafts, work needs to be done.
"We start off the day with the workshop, and then we do pickup which is like a toy that is not in the right spot and we have to take it and put it back," said volunteer Nikole Bortolotti.
These guys are just some of the Northwoods Children's Museum's youth volunteers.
They're helping out one day a week, for 3 hours a day.
"The Youth volunteers do a lot of the cleaning and prepping for the different crafts. And it helps the staff members save time by doing stuff," said program organizer Lauren Riedel.
The summer program allows youth ages 10 to 14, to help out museum staff.
In return they get volunteer hours and museum dollars.
Abel Lifeschutz is in his 5th year of volunteering. He says he does it for the kids.
"It's really beneficial because you're helping so many little kids and they always have fun, and it's really nice to see all the little kids having fun here. And that's what most people do it for," said Lifeschutz.
And for some of the younger volunteers, they might have one extra reason for helping out.
"It's fun. If you get here a little early, you get to play with some of the toys," said Bortolotti.
The youth volunteer program continues through August 9th.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
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