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Four Rest Area Maintenance Employees Received AwardsSubmitted: 01/23/2013
Shardaa Gray
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sgray@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - Four young men won an award today.

They were awarded for their hard work with keeping our roadside rest areas clean and landscaped.

Rehabilitation For Wisconsin handed out the award.

The program provides employment for people with disabilities.

The four supervisors honored train 14 other individuals on custodial and landscape maintenance throughout Oneida, Vilas, Forest and Lincoln counties.

Part of the award was dedicated to co-worker Eric Harrison.

Eric died this past Monday after an accident on Friday.




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