Community shows off its attractions through a 21st century scavenger huntSubmitted: 07/22/2013
Story By Lauren Stephenson

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.

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MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.

The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.

When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.

"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.

Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.

Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.

"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.

The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.

Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.

Call (715) 536-1207 for more information.

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"I never thought I would see in my lifetime the almost normalization of hate speech from a major presidential candidate," said Clinton.

For some who attended the event, seeing Clinton was more than just a reminder to get out and vote; it was a reminder of where Clinton started.

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In Park Falls, the chamber does it a little differently. 

Their haunted house is guaranteed to frighten anyone.

But the scares keep drawing people in while supporting the community.

"They should be prepared right off the bat," said volunteer Skyler Dural-Eder.

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But on Tuesday some Rhinelander high school students went going door-to-door a few days early.

Students from a business club took to the street to collect donations for their first ever 'Trick or Can' food drive.

Some students hope going into the community will help the event be successful.

"The idea is that it's no easier to give back in a food drive mentality than if we came to your house and asked to it. So in the theme of Halloween we took trick or can, and instead of asking for candy we are asking for cans in order to give back to our community," Rhinelander High School Senior Elliot Fehlen.

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