ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Making the future better begins with our kids. That's why Big Brothers Big Sisters is RE-launched its Northwoods chapter.
The organization is hosting a relaunch party tonight at Harbor View in Phillips. The branch had financial troubles and is now re-starting.
"The Northwoods branch now consists of Oneida, Vilas, Price, and Taylor counties. We'll be combining with Northwestern Wisconsin which is Eau Claire, Chippewa, Dune, St. Croix, and Pierce counties," says Craig Monson, Northwoods Branch CEO.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a mentoring organization. It places adults with kids who face adversity. The Northwoods branch is looking for adults that could spend about 1 hour each week with a child. Volunteering is rewarding, plus you can help out a kid in need.
"Our kids come from all different kinds of backgrounds, but we know that studies show that kids will improve in academic performance, school attendance, self-confidence, set higher goals for themselves, and just overall achieve higher goals in life," said Monson
The branch's goal is to serve about 15 kids this year. By 2014, they want to up that to 40 or 50 kids.
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.
However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.
"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.
EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year. Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.
Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time. Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon. Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.
"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers. "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."
RHINELANDER - Most people stop by Rhinelander's chamber of commerce to get their picture taken with the giant hodag out front. Visitors to the chamber can also stock up on Rhinelander trinkets and gear.
Now, the chamber has decided to downsize its store in order to let someone else set up shop.
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