RHINELANDER - Performing arts lovers in Rhinelander will soon need to walk across the street to see performances.
But that change will reward theatergoers with a bigger and better experience.
The Hext Theatre recently moved out of the Brown Street Mall to a much larger location across the street.
It's a month away from opening.
"We were limited to 50 seats. We really liked it down there. It was a good place but after two years we were doing well with it and we realized it was time to expand the business and make it a little bigger," says Hext Theatre co-owner Jim Hext.
Hext and his wife, Lori, opened the original theatre in 2011.
Their son Zach is a magician.
He was the main inspiration for opening the theatre because there was nowhere for him to perform.
The theatre has since given local performers a place to showcase their talent.
"We want to offer things that people don't really find in Rhinelander. Comedy shows, you know, improv, magic shows, music. And for the music we want to offer stuff that, you know, like again like I said, that you don't find. We had a fiddler that was over there, Tess Stevens, who was really good, bluegrass bands," Hext adds.
The new theatre will have 150 seats.
Comedians from out of state will perform each month.
They also hope to have plays now that the theatre is three times bigger than before.
On this Memoria Day, we take you on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with a Vietnam veteran from Arbor Vitae.
A Tripoli resident found a plaque in his home that turned out to be for a veteran of World War I and World War II. We'll show you what the American Legion in Tomahawk did with the plaque to honor the veteran.
And a three thousand acre wildlife area about 10 miles west of Rhinelander is managed by the DNR, but now it's getting help to care for the land from a local sportsmen group. We'll show you how the Wisconsin River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is helping to preserve the area.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 60,000 names line the walls of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than eight million men and women served in the Vietnam-Era conflicts in the 1960s and early 1970s. More than seven million veterans who served in the Vietnam War are alive today.
Last week more than 80 Vietnam-era veterans from north-central Wisconsin boarded the 28th Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
To them, those 60,000 names are personal.
"I've lost some good friends," said Gerald Streeter, a Vietnam veteran from Arbor Vitae. "Great people."
Streeter served in the Marine Corps in the early 1960s, before the Vietnam conflict began to ramp up. Streeter was also sent to Panama after the Bay of Pigs Invasion and then was sent to a Pacific island for nuclear tests. He recalls hearing of two people who died in helicopter crashes.
"We thought that was terrible that two people were already killed because of Vietnam," Streeter said. "And a short time later another one went missing. One was my drill instructor in boot camp."
Sometimes it can be hard for veterans to find the name of their fallen friends on the wall.
"You called them by last name or the rank and last name, but you never used first names," Streeter said. "So trying to locate on this wall the ones that I was aquainted with I can't find. I've tried several times with the books and manuals they have, the directories. Just unable to find them."
Streeter says his experiences don't measure up to what his younger brother endured. John Streeter, who was also on the Flight, joined the Marine Corps and went to Vietnam in 1965, according to his brother.
"He saw the worst, did the worst," Streeter said. "He was a door gunner on medivac helicopters. He's my hero."
If you want more information about the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, the link to its website is at the bottom of this page.
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