RHINELANDER - Most of us can refill our plates, cups and bowls anytime we want.
But an annual event in Rhinelander will raise money for those who don't always get their fill.
Nicolet art students are making ceramic bowls for the Empty Bowls event.
It happens Tuesday, April 30 at Nicolet College.
You pay $15 for soup and bread, and you get to take home a hand-crafted bowl.
The money goes to local food pantries.
Laura Wind-Norton's faculty association is co-sponsoring the event.
She says the meal reminds us to be grateful for what we have.
"In a country where we're used to over-indulging, [the idea is] to bring it back to that simplicity and make people realize the situation that some people do find themselves in on a daily basis," Wind-Norton said.
The event happens Tuesday, April 30 from 5 to 7 pm in the Learning Resources Center at Nicolet College.
Reservations can be made by Friday, April 26, by calling the Nicolet College Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.
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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