ONEIDA, FOREST, AND VILAS COUNTIES - Rhinelander, Wabeno, and Eagle River each feature their own bowling leagues, but this summer, those leagues will merge into one. The United States Bowling Congress required the leagues to make the change, which should unite the leagues and allow bigger, more cooperative events. The merger will affect more than 300 bowlers in the area.
"We can do a better job of providing for our bowlers. We can do more toward getting the youth programs up, because they are the future of bowling," said Merged Association Transition Committee Chair Alice Sturzl. "Merging the associations will bring uniformity to the sport for all bowlers."
The biggest changes will come to association tournaments. In the past, men, women, and kids bowled separately. New tournaments could feature men's and women's co-ed competition or a mix of all three. The leagues themselves can still operate normally.
"The leagues will still have their individuality," Sturzl said. "You'll still have officers. You'll still have your league activities. The things that will change will be at the next level."
The association is holding a series of four meetings for bowlers to come vote on new bylaws and leadership. The meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Sunday, June 25 at 5 p.m. in Wabeno Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in Rhinelander Tuesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in Land O' Lakes Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in Eagle River
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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