THREE LAKES - What brings a community together for 20 years? In Three Lakes it's the best of the fall; Caramel apples, kettle corn- and pumpkins from the patch to the plate. Event organizer Cindy Starke remembers the first pumpkin festival...
"It was a terrible day like today- it rained. But the people came out and it just kind of grew from there."
Now over 100 booths sell crafts, an army of volunteers sell homemade treats. And all the proceeds go right back into the community
“We've given to the 8th graders to go to Washington DC. We've given to the soccer team bought them new uniforms one year. We've bought the 4-wheeler and all kinds of equipment for the fire department. So it goes for a little bit of everything for our town," said Starke, the President of the Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary.
This year they expect to raise around $10,000, and put the finishing touches on a brand new fire station on the west side of town.
Besides helping the community, everyone has their own reasons for coming to Pumpkin Fest.
8th graders Jordan, Joel, & Katelin say: “Pumpkin pie!” “Kettle Corn! And go to the gym and see all the crafts cause they're really cool.” “Cotton Candy!"
Starke says, "On a day like to today, we've got wonderful soups. We’ve got five different kinds of soups and we've got cookbooks for sale that have all the soups also."
RHINELANDER - Wisconsin will get a new state attorney general this election year.That could mean new changes for the department.
But many of the candidates agree that more needs to be done to deal with heroin in Wisconsin.
Police and prosecutors say the drug continues to spread throughout the state. Republican candidate Brad Schimel, Waukesha County district attorney, believes heroin and opiates are one of the state’s biggest challenge.
"We're seeing more people die from accidental drug overdoses than we're seeing in car crashes," Schimel said. "That is a dangerous statistic for us to be looking at."
According to a Gannet Wisconsin Investigative study, at least 199 people died in 2012 in Wisconsin from drug overdoses.
The legislature has passed several bills this session to fight heroin and help people who are addicted to the drug.
State Rep. Jon Richards-(D) Milwaukee, is one of three Democratic candidates running for attorney general. He believes the state needs to keep going after drug traffickers.
"Local prosecutors and law enforcement are already stretched to the max in terms of their man power," Richards said. "We have to be addressing these new problems of public safety in creative ways and effective ways."
Democratic candidates Susan Happ and Ismael Ozanne were not available before running this story.
Richards was touring the Northwoods Friday talking to media and district attorneys in the area.
The Democratic primary is set for August 12th. Election day is Nov. 4, 2014.
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
VILAS COUNTY - More people today use maps on their phones when traveling, but some people still like those paper maps.
The Vilas County GIS just made 15 maps of the area. They give people the option to download and print them at home. A map of Boulder Junction even won an award at the 27th annual Wisconsin land Information Association conference in Middleton.
“There was a lot of interest in creating a portable, easy to use map atlas that responders, town crew, delivery entities, could take out in the field with them and find any address point any road name any water body,” says Rebecca Nordine, Vilas County GIS Specialist. “Something that they could bring out along out in the field with them.”
The atlases will give people an easier way of looking up addresses across Vilas County.
“We do offer up online mapping and that's great but if you get into an area where there's no cell phone or no internet service you'll need something a map or paper map to fall back on,” says Nordine.
Each atlas will be updated at the beginning of the year.
To download a copy of the atlases for FREE you can visit: http://vcgis.co.vilas.wi.us/vcom/.
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