TOMAHAWK - People living in the Tomahawk area will need to find another library for a while.
The Tomahawk Public Library will be closed for the month of September. No library materials will be due during that time.
While the library is closed, the space will get a more than $80,000 facelift.
All carpeting will be replaced and all walls will be repainted.
The project will be paid for through the library's reserve fund.
"Right now we're encouraging everyone to stock up. We will be closed for the full month of September, so we're asking everybody to come up and check out their materials. We will be open through Saturday. Our hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.," said Tomahawk Public Library Director Mary Dunn.
The Children's Department Play & Learn program will still be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rodeway Inn.
Newspaper subscriptions will still be available at the Tomahawk Senior Center Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"Within a 20-mile radius of us, north, east and south, are three beautiful libraries. The Minocqua Public Library, the Rhinelander District Library and the Merrill Library. And our library card works at all three locations, and it also works in Wausau, too," Dunn explained.
The library is urging people who use the library's wireless internet to go to local businesses that offer WiFi. You can call the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce at (715) 453-5334 for a full list of businesses that offer WiFi.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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