RHINELANDER - Retired Rhinelander educators want to help teachers-in-training pay for school.
The Rhinelander Area Retired Educators' Association has been around for decades.
But for the first time, the group gave out a $1,000 scholarship.
They plan to give one every year to a college student who wants to go into education.
Janice Lambele remembers when she had to wear dresses, skirts, and high heels in the classroom.
A lot has changed since then.
"I think the kids are a bigger challenge now because of the TV and the games and everything, but it's wonderful, they ask questions," Lambele said. "Whereas when I was there [...] it was always so quiet. Nowadays, the kids are so verbal and open that's what's changed. But as far as what we do and the results, that hasn't changed much."
Michelle Sweet won the first scholarship.
She has an Associate's Degree from Nicolet, and is going on to study biochemistry at UW-Milwaukee.
She's excited for the changes in education.
"I actually think that education is always changing, because there's always more to learn and I'm excited to learn it," Sweet said. "So I'm actually pretty excited about it, like - bring on the new stuff!"
The group paid for the scholarship by holding a rummage sale.
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.
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.
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