RHINELANDER - The School District of Rhinelander will now run the Aspirus Community Fitness Center.
The school district held its grand opening Monday.
The center has been open for two years now, but it was the YMCA of the Northwoods, not the school district, that ran it.
"We had a three-year contract with [the] YMCA. We were year number two with the YMCA. And that contract was terminated effective August 18," says Director of Business Services Marta Kwiatkowski. "Aspirus has donated money. Therefore, their name is on the wall and you know they have the naming rights for the fitness center."
During the school year, the fitness center is open before and after school Monday through Friday. They also have hours on Saturday morning.
School leaders think the center has a lot to offer the community.
"I think we're really unique, and no other place in town can offer what we offer. We have trained fitness coaches on staff to be able to help people with equipment and exercise routine," says Kwiatkowski. "We're going to have [a] personal trainer on staff and athletic trainer. There's no other gym in town that has an athletic trainer."
It costs $15 a month for one person to use the fitness center. It costs $25 a month for a family to sign up.
On this Memoria Day, we take you on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with a Vietnam veteran from Arbor Vitae.
A Tripoli resident found a plaque in his home that turned out to be for a veteran of World War I and World War II. We'll show you what the American Legion in Tomahawk did with the plaque to honor the veteran.
And a three thousand acre wildlife area about 10 miles west of Rhinelander is managed by the DNR, but now it's getting help to care for the land from a local sportsmen group. We'll show you how the Wisconsin River Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society is helping to preserve the area.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nearly 60,000 names line the walls of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than eight million men and women served in the Vietnam-Era conflicts in the 1960s and early 1970s. More than seven million veterans who served in the Vietnam War are alive today.
Last week more than 80 Vietnam-era veterans from north-central Wisconsin boarded the 28th Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
To them, those 60,000 names are personal.
"I've lost some good friends," said Gerald Streeter, a Vietnam veteran from Arbor Vitae. "Great people."
Streeter served in the Marine Corps in the early 1960s, before the Vietnam conflict began to ramp up. Streeter was also sent to Panama after the Bay of Pigs Invasion and then was sent to a Pacific island for nuclear tests. He recalls hearing of two people who died in helicopter crashes.
"We thought that was terrible that two people were already killed because of Vietnam," Streeter said. "And a short time later another one went missing. One was my drill instructor in boot camp."
Sometimes it can be hard for veterans to find the name of their fallen friends on the wall.
"You called them by last name or the rank and last name, but you never used first names," Streeter said. "So trying to locate on this wall the ones that I was aquainted with I can't find. I've tried several times with the books and manuals they have, the directories. Just unable to find them."
Streeter says his experiences don't measure up to what his younger brother endured. John Streeter, who was also on the Flight, joined the Marine Corps and went to Vietnam in 1965, according to his brother.
"He saw the worst, did the worst," Streeter said. "He was a door gunner on medivac helicopters. He's my hero."
If you want more information about the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, the link to its website is at the bottom of this page.
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