RHINELANDER - Holiday shoppers can now feel the time crunch...there are only 7 days until Christmas.
But you can save yourself some time and help the community by letting some people in town wrap your gifts for you.
Members of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program in Rhinelander will wrap your gifts for free.
They look forward to the opportunity to give back to the community.
The group decided to do the free gift wrapping project because it knew it would help people during a stressful time.
"It's around the holidays and a lot of people don't have time to do it because everybody now has families, and little kids and it's really hard to actually make time to do that," said WIA Youth Program member Elisa Kurth.
Even though the wrapping is free, the group hopes you'll make a donation.
Donations will go to the Oneida County Humane Society and the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry.
"I just think it's a great way for youth to get into the community, get to know the community, and feel like they're doing something for the community," Kurth added.
You can get your gifts wrapped on Friday, December 20th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Northern Advantage Job Center on North Brown Street in Rhinelander.
RHINELANDER - People lived through detours, dust, and demolition throughout most of 2016 in downtown Rhinelander. Residents won't see that kind of work in 2017, but the city is planning more closures and road work to finish up the Streetscape Project.
Crews will start with the Davenport Street Bridge shutting down for a month in starting April 17. Public Works Director Tim Kingman says some sections of concrete, sidewalk, and asphalt pavement shifted, settled and cracked over the winter.
RHINELANDER - Cracked concrete, twisted rebar, and overgrown trees and bushes don't paint the most ideal picture for a park. But a Rhinelander alderman sees the perfect chance for a peaceful place to enjoy nature.
Alderman Alex Young hopes to turn an old snow dumping dock site into a "pocket park." The site sits where Norway Street runs into the Wisconsin River behind Ripco Credit Union and the DNR Service Center building.
WAUSAU - A contractor fell from a ladder and died at the construction site of the new Hilton Garden Inn in Wausau last week. Now, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.
Marathon County Sheriff's Captain Dale Wisnewski said Shane J. Cash, 45, of Wisconsin Rapids was drilling holes in the ceiling on Thursday when he fell from his ladder and died on scene.
TOMAHAWK - Tomahawk High School sporting events got an attendance boost this winter. At the same time, local charities benefited from the community's generosity.
The school's Varsity Club sponsored six nights of special events, one for each winter sport. The Varsity Club gave out T-shirts printed with team rosters. Meanwhile, fans brought donations for local charities.
"Each kid would walk in and they'd put on their T-shirt," said Varsity Club member Jackie Elliott. "When we got our student section going, they were all together, and you just had this block of white. It was awesome."
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