ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Breaking a centuries old trend doesn't happen every day. But for the first time in nearly 600 years a pope is resigning. Pope Benedict the 16th announced his decision today.
Typically a pope serves until death. But Pope Benedict is stepping down from his position because he says doesn't have the strength. Pope Benedict has paved the way into the modern era for the Catholic Church. He was the first Pope to ever send a Tweet. His legacy will continue with the next pope who faces new challenges.
"[He must be] able to deal with the modern challenges of society, of human issues, life and family and poverty and hunger. So the new pope will have a new, trust I believe, in course of time," says Fr. Tom Thakadipuram, Nativity of Our Lord Pastor.
The resignation comes just two days before the holy season begins. The College of Cardinals must pick a new pope within a month.
"They will have a pope by the Holy Week. That's important. You know, Holy Week, the most important season of the year," says Fr. Tom.
Pope Benedict has suggested that the church consider a pope from Africa or Latin America since many popes are from Europe.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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