RHINELANDER - Keith McCaffery takes his job at the Department of Natural Resources in Rhinelander seriously. So, seriously he's been strolling into work here for nearly 12 years for free!
Keith McCaffery, Volunteer, DNR, says, "I have a great deal of affection and admiration for the the colleagues that I've worked with here. And it's really a thrill everyday to be able to come back and be able to associate with them. And I felt that I was getting fairly good at what I was doing and it's kind of fun to continue!"
Continue helping with the deer management program by assisting his co-workers with research on deer herds. And this Wisconsin native says it's a career he became interested in at an early age.
McCaffery says, "Way back when I was in 7th or 8th grade, I developed an interest in conservation."
But McCaffery also credits his father for helping him realize his calling in life.
McCaffery says, "My dad told when I was trying to choose which vocation I wanted to pursue when I was in college he said, 'think about what you like to do in your spare time.'"
And that spare time fun lead to a rewarding career lasting nearly four decades.
McCaffery says, "I had 37 years of experience that I didn't want to just throw away."
And McCaffery's not throwing it away, but rather builiding on it for 49 years and counting.
McCaffery says, "If I stop having fun, I'm sure I'll quite. I hope I'm going to be sensitive enough to the point when I feel like I'm no longer really making contributions to the outfit, hopefully I'll quite, because I don't think my bosses know how to get rid of me!"
And McCaffery says he has no plans of giving up on volunteering anytime soon.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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