CONOVER - People come to the Northwoods for blue skies, clean water, and fresh air. But how can we make sure it stays that way? One Conover resort has an idea--
Sandy Shores Resort is the first business in the city to be “Certified Travel Green." Juli Welnetz, who owns the resport along with her husband Curt, couldn't be more proud.
"It means a lot to us, the property has been with us since 1931. Our kids are
the fourth generation that have been here, anything we can do to live green.”
"Certified Green" businesses recycle more and use Energy Star appliances to cut out pollution. Welnetz said it was easy enough for her. She hopes she's starting a trend to preserve a place people love.
"A lot of it is promoting your local community; we have menus and different things in our cabins that help do local events. It's just another way of promoting the Northwoods."
One more way the resort cuts energy use-- cabins aren’t air conditioned. There is, however, a year-round breeze.
RHINELANDER - Whether by plane train or automobile more people will travel this holiday season. AAA says 30 percent of Americans will take a trip this holiday season.
Most of those people will go by car. Triple-A expects drivers will pay less for gas compared to last year. It's important to be prepared for a road trip this holiday season.
"You should carry your normal items your blanket, a shovel, water, some food, whatever,” says Leon Pittsley, the Gates Body Shop Manager. “But most of all, don't drink and drive and just drive defensively on these icy roads."
Safe driving could keep your car out of a repair shop like Gates Body Shop in Rhinelander. Driving defensively means staying alert behind the wheel.
It also means keeping a safe distance from the car ahead. If you see anyone with road rage, don't let it bother you.
“You know just kind of pass it off,” says Pittsley. “You know someone gets a little too close or somebody blinks their bright lights at you, you're on your way to visit grandma or somebody you know, get there safe.”
AAA estimates 95 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from their home.
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