ONEIDA, FOREST, AND VILAS COUNTIES - Rhinelander, Wabeno, and Eagle River each feature their own bowling leagues, but this summer, those leagues will merge into one. The United States Bowling Congress required the leagues to make the change, which should unite the leagues and allow bigger, more cooperative events. The merger will affect more than 300 bowlers in the area.
"We can do a better job of providing for our bowlers. We can do more toward getting the youth programs up, because they are the future of bowling," said Merged Association Transition Committee Chair Alice Sturzl. "Merging the associations will bring uniformity to the sport for all bowlers."
The biggest changes will come to association tournaments. In the past, men, women, and kids bowled separately. New tournaments could feature men's and women's co-ed competition or a mix of all three. The leagues themselves can still operate normally.
"The leagues will still have their individuality," Sturzl said. "You'll still have officers. You'll still have your league activities. The things that will change will be at the next level."
The association is holding a series of four meetings for bowlers to come vote on new bylaws and leadership. The meeting dates and locations are as follows:
Sunday, June 25 at 5 p.m. in Wabeno Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in Rhinelander Tuesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. in Land O' Lakes Wednesday, June 28 at 7 p.m. in Eagle River
RHINELANDER - Wild Instincts celebrated the release of BBC's "Supercharged Otters," which filmed at Wild Instincts in Rhinelander.
Saturday's viewing at Rouman Cinema in Rhinelander had a complementary showing of the episode.
The episode features otters that spent seven months with Rehabilitation Director Mark Naniot and his team.
The episode gives people a look into the life of an otter.
"Like everything else it's the web of life. Everything's all interconnected and even if it's just the pure enjoyment of watching an otter swim or catch a fish and seeing how playful they are sliding down a mudslide or sliding through the snow that alone is immeasurable really," said Naniot.
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