RHINELANDER - It can get more difficult to move around when you get older.
That makes trips to the grocery store or doctor tougher. But the Oneida County Department on Aging can help.
Right now, the department's bus takes seniors and adults with disabilities around Rhinelander. The bus is also used by the general public for an extra fee.
The department workers say most of the people using the bus wouldn't get around without it.
Mary Boyer is the Nutrition and Transportation coordinator.
"It helps our clients get to their doctor appointments, even hair appointments, coming here for nutrition, doing grocery shopping," said Boyer. "Pretty much anything that they need during those hours."
The department wants to expand transportation options outside of Rhinelander.
Forest County uses its funding to do that. Their route goes through Three Lakes, Sugar Camp and Rhinelander.
"That's what they do with their money, they do that outlying thing. So it would nice if we could up go to Eagle River or Minocqua and transport people back and forth that way," said Boyer. "Not on a daily basis, but maybe every week, or every other week."
Oneida county is trying to partner with Forest and Vilas counties.
They hope to form a transit commission. That would mean more rides to more places, for everyone.
MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life. "It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury. Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time. "When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury.
Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill. "As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi. After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change. "I realized I had enough this is a young man's job," said Drury. Friday afternoon Drury said goodbye to a room of men who merged and became family. "Not having that is a little scary I know they'll always be our family but it's hard to leave," said Cassi. Cassi watched her dad rush off to help his community since the day she was born. "It's scary because you hear about the times things don't go right or the times fire fighters don't come home," said Cassi.
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