LAKE TOMAHAWK - Taking care of vision shouldn't be a tough task. If we can't see clearly, it's just a matter of visiting the eye doctor. For some people it's not that simple.
People go without clear vision all over the world. The Lions and Lioness Club in Lake Tomahawk is doing their part to give people the gift of sight.
At the Raymond Sloan Community Center, it's about seeing clearly.
Lake Tomahawk's Lions and Lioness's Club has helped thousands of people's vision, worldwide. Dave Johnson has been here since 1997.
"When we found out they needed clubs to do this, our club went into it whole hog. We started out with a few guys doing it, now we got everyone involved. Almost the whole club works at it sooner or later."
The Lions camp in Rosholt Wisconsin recycles about a million pairs annually. It's the club's job is to clean up the mess.
And once the eye-glasses are sorted the Lions' and Lioness' write new prescriptions.
Thousands of hours are devoted to keep this train rolling. But delivering the gift of sight makes it all worth while.
"It doesn't cost a penny to do this, just our time. And that's what's so great about it. That's how you improve lives. That's what Lionism is all about."
WAUSAU - After struggling for a few years, Wausau's mayor hopes new management and building changes will revitalize the Wausau Center Mall.
On Tuesday, Mayor Robert Mielke announced in a press conference that Mid America Asset Management will take over management of the mall. Mielke says Mid America will focus on new marketing, maintenance, and leasing new tenants.
MINOCQUA - Three local cyclists planned to bike in the Ride Across Wisconsin event just for fun this year, but a few days before the ride, a good friend of theirs became unexplainably sick. In that moment, the purpose of their ride changed.
"This is nothing. This is a day. This is an hour, a minute that I can keep going," said cyclist Connie Trapp.
For Trapp, riding 178 miles was a small hurdle compared to the struggle of a close friend.
"Just having somebody to ride it for and be encouraged that you're doing it for someone else besides yourself really helped," said Trapp.
MERCER - This year, almost 40 northern Wisconsin communities formally expressed interest in becoming the new home of the DNR's state forestry headquarters. But there's a chance the headquarters stay right where they are--in Madison.
WOODRUFF - The amount of blood donations usually drops during the summer, but this summer has been particularly challenging in northern Wisconsin.
"Over the course of the summer, our blood supply has declined considerably. It has dropped 35 percent over the course of the summer, and it is approaching dangerously low levels," said Community Blood Center Donor Services Vice President Kristine Belanger.
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander's Highway 8 is finally getting its long-awaited renovation.
Beginning this week, construction will begin along two busy intersections on Rhinelander's busy bypass.
Michael Wendt, the Department of Transportation project development supervisor said, "This is probably something we should have done a little while ago, but it takes some time to get these projects going.
Construction at Highway G and 17 South started this week, and crews will lay new surface and install new stoplight sensors.
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