RHINELANDER - Natural beauty surrounds us here in the Northwoods.
But living in a way that supports that natural beauty might seem tricky.
People who live in cities may have more access to sustainable, earth-friendly resources.
But there's plenty of that here in Rhinelander.
Monday was the third Sustainability Fair in Rhinelander, first in the new ArtStart building, and it was by far the biggest yet.
27 vendors, food, and music help show that people can live an earth-friendly life here in the Northwoods.
"There are sustainable services. You don't have to go to Madison, you don't have to go to California. There really are people up here that are providing services. We wanted to bring people together, both the providers and the possible consumers," a coordinator of the fair.
One of those providers is Rich Urban.
He evaluates houses to help with more efficient energy use.
"One of the things I try to bring into the discussion is the environmental aspects of their energy bill, their energy usage, and how that impacts the larger world," he says.
The event this year was the highest attended of the three years.
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today. "We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore. However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to. "As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore. Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander. "Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow.
RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year.
Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.
"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic.
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