RHINELANDER - If you drop by a certain restaurant in Rhinelander today, you might be surprised by who cleans up your table.
"Teachers, Principals, anybody from the school district," said, Elvisa Sabani, Owner of Friendship House Family Restaurant, "They're serving coffee, water, helping bus tables, anything they can do to help."
This is the second year Rhinelander school district staff jumped behind the counter at the Friendship House Family Restaurant. In return, owners Tony and Elvisa Sabani are donating half of their proceeds for the day.
"We raised about $4,500 [last year] so that was pretty exciting, and our goal for this year is to be able to beat what we raised last year," said Dave Wall, Rhinelander School District's Assistant Superintendent.
More than 50 district employees will take turns today. They started at 5:30 this morning, and they'll be there through the dinner shift tonight.
The district's assistant superintendent says it's a great chance to fund some student activities, and a big change of pace from their normal jobs.
"We're just very excited and happy that they allow us this opportunity. And it helps us with a new appreciation for what their work staff does. I mean, you put on the miles working here!" said Wall.
You can still grab dinner at the Friendship House off Highway 17 in Rhinelander. School staff will serve until 9 o'clock tonight.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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