PHELPS - Sundays banquet brought out a lot of people for one reason, to show their support for war veterans.
"The people in Phelps have been so generous that they've decided that they would like to send four guys on a one hundred percent paid fishing trip in this area." said Wounded Warriors In Action Associate, Matt Tennessen.
Wounded Warriors In Action is a national public charity.
The idea started in Phelps last year when Robin Vold went on a fishing trip with one of the purple heart veterans.
"I was just so impressed by the wounded warriors. There were guys who had no knees. You know, just severe handy caps," said WWIA Coordinator, Robin Vold.
"And they stood in those float boats on that river just all day long and they kept fishing. They were just thankful that they were there."
But these fishing trips aren't just about reeling in the big ones.
"If you catch fish or shoot a dear or a turkey, it doesn't matter," said Purple Heart Veteran Scott Spurgeon.
"What matters is is that your there. You're there with other purple heart veterans and you can share some experiences or you can just hunt if you want."
Even though Charlie Rice is not a veteran himself, he has family members and friends who have served their country.
"I think there's probably not enough of these events to show the support of the wounded warriors," said Rice.
"Because a lot of these people's lives have been changed forever."
"I still have difficult times, we all have difficult times, but we're a band of brothers so we have each other. And that's the best part about it." Tennessen said.
MERRILL - People know Helene's Hilltop Orchard in Merrill as the place to go to get your fall season fix.
The pie makers and apple peelers come in early to crank out caramel apple pies fresh throughout the day.
When people come to Helene's, they are usually greeted by the smell of the pies before they even see them.
"I love being out in the parking lot when people step out of their cars and smell the air. It doesn't smell like a lot of other farms. It's distinctly the cinnamon sugar you smell," said Helene' Hilltop Orchard baker Olivia Telschow.
Helene's is only open for six weeks from mid-September to late October; however, Telschow works alongside her mother Helene throughout the entire year.
Even in the winter, the apple orchard is checked on.
"February is pruning season. Think of me when it's minus ten and it's snowing and windy and snow drifts because I will be out there," said Telschow.
The orchard is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through October 30th.
Helene's will close Sunday for the season, but pies will be available to order for Thanksgiving.
WAUSAU - It can take a big name and a well-known face to get people excited about signing up for a group. As part of its revitalization drive, Wausau's American Legion Post 10 got a visit from a name you might not recognize, but one that veterans groups know is an honor to host.
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt stopped by the Wausau post Tuesday morning. It was the first visit by a national commander ever at Wausau's Post 10.
Schmidt says the same issues veterans faced when the Legion formed in 1919 -- healthcare, jobs, and education -- still exist in 2016.
RHINELANDER - Next Monday Northwoods youngsters will go house to house in search of Halloween candy and fun with friends.
But on Tuesday some Rhinelander high school students went going door-to-door a few days early.
Students from a business club took to the street to collect donations for their first ever 'Trick or Can' food drive.
Some students hope going into the community will help the event be successful.
"The idea is that it's no easier to give back in a food drive mentality than if we came to your house and asked to it. So in the theme of Halloween we took trick or can, and instead of asking for candy we are asking for cans in order to give back to our community," Rhinelander High School Senior Elliot Fehlen.
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