TOMAHAWK - Doctor Bobbi Voermans collected a lot of honks, smiles, and waves Monday afternoon. But she dished out a lot of them first.
"The biggest thing is just sharing them," Voermans said.
The Hometown Chiropractic owner stood along Fourth Street in Tomahawk with her daughter, coworkers, even an inflatable Tyrannosaurus rex, to spread "Sunshine on the Streets."
"Putting a smile on someone's face is just the start of being a well-oriented community," Voermans said.
The group held signs with inspirational quotes, like 'Have your best day' and a variation on Wayne Gretzky's 'You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.' It's an idea a chiropractic friend from southern Wisconsin shared with Voermans. The doctor says people need to focus on emotional well-being just as much as physical and chemical health.
"If we're not in realm with all three of them, our bodies can't function well," Voermans said. "As a chiropractor, I look at how stress affects our body."
That message spread, at least down the street.
"Just a half-hour, [but] I could probably stand out here all day though," Samantha Bailey said with a laugh.
Bailey joined the efforts outside Park City Credit Union on Fourth Street. She left her poster design to others from inside the bank, but hoped a short time spent along a busy road could affect at least one person.
"Smiles, waves, people are so excited about this," Bailey said. "We've gotten a bunch of honking."
There's no statisitic to prove how many people Voermans and her team reached. But she knows that, if anything, just like her sign, this was her best day yet.
"There's a lot of negativity in today's world, so if we're going to put positiveness [sic] in it, we need to search that out." Voermans said.
This is the first time Hometown Chiropractic held "Sunshine on the Streets." Voermans would like to make it a yearly tradition, saved for the first day of spring.
RHINELANDER - Nineteen months ago, 10 police agencies surrounded the Tripoli home of Kenneth Welsh.
Police say Welsh caused a three-hour standoff, threatened to blow up his house, and threatened to kill his wife.
Later in court, he was convicted of two felonies and sentenced to three years in prison by Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.
But now, those convictions and prison sentence have been erased. This month, while in prison, Welsh argued he didn't fully understand all the elements of one of the crimes to which he pleaded no contest, first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Welsh's motion put some of the blame on his defense attorney, Rod Streicher.
RHINELANDER - This holiday season, you might want to tell your child to hug family members at holiday gatherings.
The Girls Scouts of the USA hopes you won't. The organization is saying daughters don't owe anyone physical affection, and that the expectation of hugs and kisses could have bad aftereffects later in life.
"I think for some people, it is a new concept," said Melissa K., the domestic violence coordinator at Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual assault, which is based in Rhinelander.
In a post, the Girl Scouts of the USA told parents their daughters don't "owe anyone a hug. Not even at the holidays."
RHINELANDER - A number of Rhinelander police and firefighters will work a weekend morning shift in December and won't get paid for it. It's an extra task they're happy to help with.
The Rhinelander Police Department's Shop With a Cop program returns December 16. Police and firefighters take 20 third grade students from Crescent, Pelican, Zion, and Nativity schools shopping for Christmas presents at Walmart. The schools recommend students for the event.
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