RHINELANDER - Pantries provide healthy food to people who probably wouldn't get it otherwise.
High demand pressures some pantries' ability to help those that qualify.
That's why one Northwoods group will use their wood crafting skills to help them raise money.
The Northwood Turners meet every Saturday to create wood work on lathes inside their workshop.
Bill Kingsbury use it as a retirement hobby and a way to relax.
"There is no pressure involved, you can turn something on a lathe or you don't have to you can do something else," Kingsbury said. "You get a feeling of what you want to and then just go for it and if it doesn't work out, there's the wood burner."
The St. Germain based group will sell their work at the Holiday Expressions fundraiser at Holiday Acres in November. All of that money will go to the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
"We might someday be in the same situation where we have to go to the food pantry," Kingsbury said. "It just gives us a good feeling that we are benefiting the whole area here."
The fundraiser will be November 23rd in Rhinelander.
The Northwood Turners are also looking for new members. If your interested you can contact Kingsbury at (715)282-7338, or use the Northwood Turners website, www.northwoodturners.com
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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