WOODRUFF - We'll have to wait a while longer to see if Ministry Medical might be able to move forward with its new helipad in Woodruff.
The Woodruff town board and Oneida County Zoning Committee viewed the new location of the Helipad along with a demonstration yesterday.
The new location is right across the street from the emergency room on Pine Street and Third Avenue.
Moving the pad there would cut down on time to get the patients into the emergency room.
"As you can see the emergency department is literally a couple of hundred feet away as opposed from the old site which was much farther and therefore when we are transferring critical patients literally every minute counts," Ministry Director of Emergency Services Dr. Roderick Brodhead said.
The old location is a quarter of a mile from the new one.
Neighbors say they're not actually against the new location for the helipad, but they want the Oneida County Zoning Committee to be fair with the neighbors who will be affected by it.
"I'm all for the helicopter and emergency services and time saving, but I don't think that a couple of people who are in this unfortunate situation should have to disproportionately bear the cost of the helicopter going in," resident Todd Albano said. "I think that that's something zoning laws were made to protect us from and that should be a shared expense among everybody."
The Oneida County Zoning Committee has the final say on whether that will be the new location. They will set a decision date Wednesday.
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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