ARBOR VITAE - Golf is still important to Laura Lee, even at the age of 95. She took up the sport in her 50's and continues to hit the links as often as possible.
"I enjoy it and I think that's half of life," Lee explains. "If you get out and do something that you enjoy."
Her husband taught her to play, but she says the game wasn't easy at first.
"He was a wonderful golfer," Laura says. "I must say that I hit the ball very badly. If I didn't do it right, he told me. (laughs)"
Laura's golf buddies are her biggest fans.
"She just goes up and takes this little relaxed swing," adds Bonnie Butzer, one of Laura's playing partners. "And the ball just flies out there and I'm in awe."
Another player in the group, Shirley Lang says, "She's little, but she can hit that ball with her Tiger Woods club."
The ladies say they've learned a lot from Laura over the years.
"Laura's very calm and that's something I'm trying to learn from her," adds Butzer.
One of Lee's favorite memories was when she got a hole in one.
"I got a hole in one. We couldn't find the ball so we thought we'd look in the hole and sure as shootin' there it was!"
It's clear Laura loves the game of golf and the camaraderie, but it also helps keep her active at her age.
"Being 95 is, as the doctor told me, don't be a couch potato," says Lee. "It's one way to get out and get exercise and it's fun. Well I tell you, as long as the Lord keeps me here on this earth, and I expect to be here for a while yet."
EAGLE RIVER - Some schools give out movie tickets, pizza parties, or ice cream coupons for students with good grades and good behavior. We do things a little differently here in the Northwoods.
Twenty-two students from Northland Pines Middle School will enjoy a half-day of fishing with a local guide as a reward for their success in school. The "Guides for Grades" program rewarded students on Monday for setting a good example in the classroom.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
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