ANTIGO - For new parents, safety can be a big concern. It's easy to assume your kids are out of harm's way when strapped in a car seat. But car seats aren't always installed the right way.
That's why Antigo's fire department hosts a fitting station that teaches people how to correctly install car seats.
Sheila Rine is a certified child seat technician in Antigo, and is quick to point out common mistakes parents make.
"You're not supposed to move it an inch, side to side; a lot of the times when you check them you can move them loosely. The straps are at or above their shoulders for rear facing or at or above for forward facing. There are a lot of technicalities that you have to look at."
Rine said keeping kids safe is the top priority.
"We just want the kids to be safe. The weather, the roads, the other vehicles…We just want kids to be in the safe seat in the correct way. And to just make sure to follow the rules…There is a law!"
The Antigo Fire Department holds a fitting station on the second Tuesday of each month at 4PM.
WOODRUFF - The state will no longer use county-by-county rules to attempt to slow the spread of deadly emerald ash borer (EAB).
Next Friday, all of Wisconsin will be under an EAB quarantine. That means ash wood can now move freely around the state.
In the current system, individual counties are quarantined only if the tree pest was found there. The state restricted the movement of ash wood between infected counties and those free from EAB, trying to keep more areas "clean."
EAGLE RIVER - You typically find cotton or denim running through her sewing machine, but Chris Gaffron has been sewing a lot of plastic lately.
"It's just straight stitching, so anyone can do it," Gaffron said.
The "StitchIt" custom embroidery store owner worked on sewing old plastic feed bags from a friend's horse barn, which don't biodegrade. Gaffron and her friend talked about ways to make better use of the trash and came up with an idea to help the homeless.
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