ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Making the future better begins with our kids. That's why Big Brothers Big Sisters is RE-launched its Northwoods chapter.
The organization is hosting a relaunch party tonight at Harbor View in Phillips. The branch had financial troubles and is now re-starting.
"The Northwoods branch now consists of Oneida, Vilas, Price, and Taylor counties. We'll be combining with Northwestern Wisconsin which is Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dune, St. Croix, and Pierce counties," says Craig Monson, Northwoods Branch CEO.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization. It places adults with kids who face adversity. The Northwoods branch is looking for adults that could spend about 1 hour each week with a child. Volunteering is rewarding, plus you can help out a kid in need.
"Our kids come from all different kinds of backgrounds, but we know that studies show that kids will improve in academic performance, school attendance, self-confidence, set higher goals for themselves, and just overall achieve higher goals in life," said Monson
The branch's goal is to serve about 15 kids this year. By 2014, they want to up that to 40 or 50 kids.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
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