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.
VILAS COUNTY - Voters can still cast their absentee ballots in person this week for the upcoming April 7 election. Voters have until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3 to go to their municipal clerk's office to vote.
PRESQUE ISLE - The art of violin making dates back hundreds of years, and Brian Derber is carrying on the tradition. He wanted to go into furniture making, but fell into instrument design after taking a class in college. In 1999, he opened his own school. It's the only violin making school in Wisconsin.
"The program itself is modeled after a German school of violin making," said New World School of Violin Making Owner Brian Derber. "Students have to fulfill a certain requirement before they can apply to graduate. So the minimum time they are with me is three years."
Students start out by making the body of a violin in their first year. As they progress, they add the scroll and varnish, which can take months for students to finish. Nearing the end of their stay, they can even try to make a cello.
"In the time that I have with students in the school here, I can only give them so much, and then it's time for them to go someplace else and get more knowledge," said Derber.
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