RHINELANDER - Snow piles grow bigger and bigger with throughout the winter. But you don't want that snow to pile up just anywhere around the house.
Covering up vents and meters on the side of your house could be dangerous. If snow is blocking an appliance vent, it could cause maintance problems or worse.
"With carbon monoxide being odorless and tasteless and you can't see it, there's a chance of carbon monoxide poisoning," says Evelyn Weyker, WPS Gas Engineer.
That's just another reason why Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) encourages homeowners to have a carbon monoixde detector in your home. You also want to keep the METER along the side of your house free from snow.
"When you've got your snow plow, you want to make sure you're not pushing that snow up against the gas meter or the regulator on the side of the house because it could block the vent from your regulator and then that would cause your regulator not to work properly and then you'd overpressure your equipment," says Weyker.
Icicles can also cause problems if they fall on meters. Therefore, it is best to keep your house clear of them.
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.
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.
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