ONEIDA COUNTY - Realtors in Oneida County say directional signs on major roads boost business and help home seekers, but some residents and the Minocqua Town Board say otherwise.
"They don't like to see these signs popping up on the back roads at every intersection off the premise from a listed property. It becomes a bit of clutter, it becomes an eyesore to people. Especially people get real sensitive in their own neighborhoods," said Mark Hartzheim, Minocqua Town Chairman.
Right now an Oneida County ordinance does NOT allow these signs. The Northwoods Association of Realtors is petitioning the Oneida County board to allow GENERIC arrow signs on major roads.
"The directional signs are pretty important for realtors up in this area...What our association is proposing is that we create a non-branded arrow sign and we would only put one at a major intersection so it wouldn't get cluttered up with 5, 6 different signs," said Sandy Ebben, a manager with First Weber Group Rhinelander.
Minocqua Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim says allowing realtors an exception to post signs, is a slippery slope, and other businesses will want to follow suit.
The realtors say their business is different, and the signs aren't permanent. The Oneida county board will discuss the sign ordinance at their meeting August 6th.
MERRILL - Hospitals can sometimes scare kids and even many adults.
That's why one Northwoods hospital wants those kids to be comfortable with doctors if they ever need their help.
Merrill kindergarteners visited Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center today.
The kids got to see an ambulance, physical therapy and x rays.
"We try to show them that you know what, the hospital isn't so scary. And we bring them through different areas that they may experience when they come in or they have a family member here. And a lot of times children, if they don't know, they're very afraid. A hospital can be very intimidating, says Jane Bentz, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach.
NORTHWOODS - People in Wisconsin love their beer, but alcohol is a big problem in the Northwoods. Experts want people to remember that alcohol is a drug and should never be abused.
Alcohol is a depressant and slows down the central nervous system. Experts feel drinking here in the Northwoods has become too normalized.
“When you talk to people even from the Northwoods community alcohol goes hand in hand with family gatherings , graduation, prom, hunting, snowmobiling, recreational activities,” says Katie Kennedy, Options Counseling Service Clinician. “It's kind of created this normalized look at alcohol that it's okay to do that in these environments or in these situations when it actually really increases risks.”
It's not just adults that have alcohol problems. Kids under 21 are finding unique ways to abuse the drug. Some have even resorted to snorting alcohol as a means to get drunk faster.
“What happens anytime you ingest a substance as far as snorting like right into your nose it goes into your mucus membrane,” says Kennedy. “So instead of drinking alcohol whereas it's processed through your system it's a process, the alcohol goes immediately into your body into your blood stream it affects you a lot quicker.”
In 2012 Wisconsin was the number one state for binge drinking. That's according to the Center for Disease Control. April is alcohol awareness month.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People from all over the Northwoods celebrated Earth Day today. Students at Lac du Flambeau school participated in a natural resources fair today.
Classes, groups and individual students submitted projects to be judged. By doing the projects they learned the importance of Earth Day.
“Polluting could harm the earth and if that harms the earth later on we won't have a better earth to do stuff on like camping, or fishing, hiking and taking walks,” says Sky Risingsun, a Lac du Flambeau student.
35 projects were judged in the science competition. Each student was given a white spruce seed to take home and plant in their own yard.
“It's a white spruce which is a native tree to this area,” says Bryan Hoover, Lac du Flambeau Energy and Air Quality Coordinator. “We've got almost 500 of them and every student is going to take one home so that they can pick a spot in their yard to plant the new tree and watch that tree grow as it matures.”
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