RHINELANDER - You probably try to put your car in the garage when a hail storm is coming. But lots that are full of cars, like rental agencies, cannot move them all to shelter in time.
That was the case yesterday at the Rhinelander airport. Avis rental car agents could only watch as a storm came across the runway with small pea size hail.
"Then it let up, and then, all of the sudden, it just like poured down quarter size....It was loud and we knew there would be damage to our cars," says Jay Kellner, Avis Rental Agent.
Out of the 28 cars Avis had on the lot yesterday...NOT ONE of them escaped damage. Every car has dents in its hood and roof. Now the rental agency must go through a set process to get them fixed.
"Our headquarters, we call them and for each car, we have to file an individual claim and then they send an adjustor out that's going to look at them all at once and assess what the cost will be to fix them all," says Kellner.
All the cars are still drivable but the agency hopes to get them all fixed soon.
Heavy rain this weekend nearly delayed the start of Lake Tomahawk's snowshoe baseball season.
The Snowhawks will begin their 12 game schedule Monday night against Newswatch 12.
Early Monday, it looked like the field at Snowshoe Park might be too wet to play on.
Snowhawks Manager Jeff Smith said the sun Monday afternoon has helped prepare the wood chips on the field for the game.
"Once you get them ruffed up, it kind of pulls the moisture out. It's kind of nice to have the sun going, because it will dry some of that right up. It takes a little while, it takes a little wind, but with everything going on now it's going to make big improvements by game time," said Smith.
LAKE TOMAHAWK - Camp American Legion recently opened up for visitors this year, but campers will notice some big changes.
The entire top floor of the main building was redone with new flooring and new bathrooms. The camp also cleared the way to put in concrete outside the front entrance to be used as a future spot for music and other outdoor gatherings.
But those aren't the only projects underway.
"The other one that we worked on was the front entrance and the sunroom entrance out here actually on the second floor, and that got a complete facelift on it also," said Camp Director Don Grundy. "We got stone work on the outside, all new windows, that we'll now be able to use these spaces in the winter."
Grundy hopes to be able to have winter programming in the future. The camp will also have a grand opening for a new building for families of the fallen this coming Wednesday.
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