MERRILL - You can expect plenty of screams at haunted houses this time of the year.
For organizers, that takes a lot of work.
Fear keeps the Merrill Boy Scout Troup 599 running.
"We were looking for a fundraiser to help out the boy scouts for the cost of scouting. So we set up a committee and we started throwing around some ideas of different ideas for a haunted house," said Haunted Sawmill Committee chairman, Jerry Hersil.
"Everybody’s done haunted houses, so we wanted to tie something in to the Merrill area that fit with the logging theme. That’s where we came up with the haunted sawmill."
This is third year they’ve scared people.
But this year they had to buy the sawmill because the city wanted to tear it down.
They keep the outside looking nice.
But the inside is a whole different story.
"Inside we’re always adding new rooms to the building making new areas for people to wonder through and new exciting places for them to look at." Hersil said.
A new room that they recently added that might get you turned around is probably something you’ve seen on TV.
"It’s just something you don’t normally see. You have a group go through and they think ok this is easy," said Troop 599 Eagle Scout, Bret Waller.
"They find a door and go through it. They just end up in the same spot. You have a lot of opportunities to scare people through there. It’s just a fun room to be in."
"You get the big guys that think oh I’m too tough for this. They come around the corner and the first guy might not scare them," Waller said.
"But the next guy that’s not expecting somebody to be there, you jump out at them. They hit the wall and there are people holding on to them are scared. The big guy is oh I’m scared too. That’s probably the best part. Getting the people to think this isn’t scary and scaring them into a corner."
This first timer has high expectations.
"For my father to push me into something and me peeing my pants." said Emily Edwards-Sonnenberg.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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