PHELPS - Take a scavenger hunt. Give it a 21st century twist, and you get Geocaching.
"Geocaching is a very inexpensive opportunity for the people in town to get together with their families and do something else without having the computer screens always in front of the kids," says Arlyne Becker, Phound It in Phelps co-coordinator."
Arlyne and her husband recently organized a free Geocaching event in Phelps.
Treasure hunters take a list of coordinates and use their GPS's to find containers like this called Geocaches.
"They have little trinkets and stuff in there that you can trade," Becker says.
Once you find a Geocache, you take a trinket out, and put one in.
That way the Geocache remains full for others.
"It's fun to do that because I really like finding things," says 6-year-old Abraham Meinka.
Abraham and his dad, Kevin, play this never-ending game in Wisconsin and their home state of Michigan.
"I like to get him out into a wild area to have him experience nature. I think he has a good time finding things and looking for them," Kevin says.
Geocaching isn't just a fun, inexpensive way to get the family outdoors.
It also helps them find some of their new favorite places.
"You get out into these parks and wild areas that you would not know about except for you're there geocaching and some of them, you know, we now regular because they're just such interesting, neat places," Kevin Meinka says.
The 21st century scavenger hunt started in 2000 in Oregon.
Since then, it's expanded worldwide.
Now there are more than 2 million Geoecaches located around the world.
Arlyne lives in West Bend now but decided to organize the event in her hometown to show people what Phelps has to offer.
"The people that have come in here, a lot of them have been, 'We've heard about it. We don't know what it is. We're from Chicago. You know, get us going on this. And what a perfect opportunity for them all to get to try it," Becker says.
Those geocachers can now put Phelps on the worldwide geocaching map.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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