Rhinelander hosts annual Green & White Day, welcome former PackerSubmitted: 08/05/2017
Katie Leszcynski
Katie Leszcynski
Sports Reporter/Anchor

Rhinelander hosts annual Green & White Day, welcome former Packer
RHINELANDER - Rhinelander hosted its annual green and white day on Saturday. But this year, there was a little green and gold mixed in. Not only was it the usual scrimmage and family day, but the Hodags also welcomed a former Packer player.

"This is Hodag Country, you've got to come back here. I love it up here. I love the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I love the people up here," said former Packer, William Henderson.

After 12 years in Green Bay, he still can't stay away from Wisconsin.

"This area definitely represents the Packers very well," said Henderson.

He now lives in Virginia, but has teamed up with Rhinelander GM to make occasional trips back to the area.

Having him at the green and white scrimmage made the day a little more exciting for everyone involved.

"It's just fun knowing that someone of that capability here watching you and it's just fun having that around," said senior Cole Spaulding.

Spaulding is looking forward to his new role this season.

"This whole season is about stepping up into that leadership role," said Spaulding.

And his teammate, Senior Jared Fabich says Green and White Day is one of his favorites.

"It's really the first chance we get to play like a game. It gives us that game scenario, the game feel," said Fabich.

That's the enthusiasm Henderson comes back to see.

"Keep inspiring people to be ambassadors of the game, to keep representing football well, to enjoy the game and keep getting the community stronger," said Henderson.

Last year the Hodags started their season 2-0 and the team is looking to start this year the same way.

"We want the community to really believe in us and show that we are that team that can be a force in the Great Northern Conference and show that we mean business," said Sapulding.

Next up for the Hodags is another scrimmage next Friday with Northland Pines and then they hit the road the following Friday, August 18th, to open their season at Prescott High School.

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Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.

The conservancy plans to use some money to restore Simpson Creek by rerouting the channel and exposing the gravel floor that fish need to spawn. The group also plans to rebuild a handicap accessible boardwalk on the Oconto River and will use funds to restore habitat for the endangered Kirtland's warbler.

Forest Supervisor Paul Strong says the Forest Service's budget has been stretched by efforts to fight wildfire that have become more frequent and more intense.

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The St. Patrick's Day Parade brought in hundreds down to Brown Street.

Green beer, good food and great music made for a perfect St. Patrick's Day.

While most people wore their green clothes proudly, Mike Lamarre from Suring Wisconsin didn't get the memo.

"My eyes are green that's it," said Lamarre.

Lamarre came to Rhinelander with one thing on his to do list.

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Jason Headson and his partner Sam were out checking on timber when they saw a parked vehicle.

"We noticed some movement in the car," said Headson.

They approached the small, grey sedan, which had its hood up. Then they discovered an elderly woman in the car.

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"You get a lot of people waving at you and taking a look at it because they've never seen anything like it before," said Dadabo. 

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You have until Sunday to get ice shanties off the lakes.

This applies to all lakes north of Highway 64.

DNR Conservation Warden Chris Bartelt says if you refuse to move your shanty you could face more than a $250 ticket.

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