MERRILL - A Northwoods library is offering a heirloom seed program for the first time this spring.
The combination of that and a consistent warm up will finally give gardeners the chance to start planting.
The T.B. Scott Library in Merrill is offering the seed program. You can pick up a seed kit with seeds and planting tips for free.
Richie Zaborowske, T.B. Scott Library Reference & Information Service, says you'll just need to return seeds from the fruits and vegetables once they grow.
"You can keep planting every year," Zaborowske said. "Every fall you can spit out the seeds and save them, then the next spring you can replant them and just keep going. So we are sort of growing a library within that like a custom library to Merrill."
This is the library's first year offering the program. Zaborowske says the program will help bring people in the community together.
"They're excited about something different," Zaborowske said. "It's not books, it's not movies, it's something totally new so we're getting gardeners and green thumbs who typically don't come to the library."
The library plans on holding a festival for the planters in October. You can contact the TB Scott Library if you'd like more information.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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