Northwoods Spotlight - Senior womens bowling Oct 9
Story By Marisa Silvas
RHINELANDER - No matter what Wisconsin town you're in, you can probably find a bowling alley. Hundreds of bowlers are in Rhinelander for one of the city's biggest events.
People of any age can enjoy bowling. More than 900 ladies will be knocking them down at Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander this month. It's the 31st WI Women's Senior Tournament.
"I've been bowling in this tournament for ten years," Jeanne Tatro of Antigo explains. "And I thoroughly enjoy it."
The event's traveled around the state since it began in 1982, but this is the first time it's been in Rhinelander.
"The feedback I've been getting from the ladies is, 'Rhinelander is awesome,'" tournament coordinator Sharon Cline says. "Getting them to the area means we show them a good time. They like it here, they will come back."
This is a handicap tournament with both singles and doubles... and the ladies have to be at least 50 years old to take part.
"The senior tournament is something you look forward to every year," Somerset's Shirley Higgins proclaims. "I really enjoy it."
Lois Kasmarek of Rhinelander adds, "It's something I really enjoy. As long as I can walk and throw the ball, I'm going to do it."
While everyone wants that perfect game, it's also about enjoying the experience. The senior tournament continues Fridays through Sundays for the month of October.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Vilas County finally got what it wanted. For fifteen years, the county had needed someone to act as a full-time Recreational Officer--someone to monitor public safety on the snowmobile and ATV trails as well as the lakes and rivers. Now, Vilas County Deputy Sheriff Randy Schneider will fill that role.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
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