- Many kids in the Northwoods may have already started trick-or-treating over the weekend, but Wednesday is officially Halloween and time for the big haul.
It's part of a nationwide effort for dentists to buyback kids' candy after the holiday called Cash for Candy.
Healthy teeth aren't the only reason dentists participate, they also do it to boost moral in the military.
Dr. Dean Hussong of Hussong Family Dentistry says, "The troops, overseas, are looking for as much help as they can get in a lot of areas and they appreciate the candy treats. We'll buy back any unopened candy after Halloween, after kids have had a few days to enjoy them."
The current "going rate" for the candy buy back program is 1-dollar per pound and sweets aren't the only thing the dentists ship overseas, Hussong says, "We try to send brushes and dental floss and all that stuff. It's a national effort and we're part of a small cog in the national effort to do that. The candy will be shipped out to California and it will be taken to the troops from there."
You can also donate your candy or even the cash payout to the troops.
In Tomahawk, Hussong Family Dentistry will be buying candy on Monday the 5th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
WAUSAU - Students at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau got to see Tibetan monks create a work of art steeped in Buddhist history.
The Mandala Sand Art is an ancient Tantric Buddhist tradition dating back thousands of years.
The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery are on an international tour called Mystical Arts of Tibet where they create mandalas in front of an audience.
"The colored patterns we are using, we are following the scriptures, the Buddhist scriptures. It's a very old tradition, more than 2,500 years ago," says Geshe Loden, head of the Mystical Arts of Tibet.
The monks' last visit to Northcentral Technical College in 2011 was so popular, they were invited back.
"At NTC we feel like it's important to offer our students a variety of different programming, and one of the things we feel our responsibility to do is expose our students to other cultures, other religions, other ideas," says Director of Student Development Shawn Sullivan.
The monks work hours at a time placing sand delicately in the lines of the intricate pattern.
The mandala will take them four days to complete, but the beautiful creation won't last long.
"After finishing this, making the mandala, we consecrate this completed mandala, and we dismantle it to symbolize the impermanence of all the conditioned things, all the phenomena," says Loden.
The monks' tour raises money for more than 3,000 monasteries in India. They also do it to raise awareness about the plight of Tibetans.
"Lord Buddha had started this, and that tradition keeps going on."
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