EAGLE RIVER - Northland Pines High School seniors received their diplomas Sunday at their graduation, but before the seniors had their big moment, some Alumni received a special honor. Two new members were inducted into the school's Alumni Hall of Fame.
Kathy Holtorp was chosen for her volunteer work with the Salvation Army Toy Program and numerous other charitable organizations.
Nancy Schaffer used to be a teacher at Northland Pines, and was chosen for her dedication to the school district and for her work as the Walter E Olson memorial Library Foundation President.
Both women were grateful for the honor.
"There's so many people who go unrecognized for all that they do. It's very humbling to be receiving this award, and it's great," said Holtorp.
The goal of the Alumni Hall of Fame is not only to recognize good works, but also to inspire students at the school to make accomplishments of their own. The new inductees believe using local accomplishments to encourage the younger generations is important.
"They can see that people can do things, not that it's going to be setting the world on fire, but things that just will help out their community," said Schaffer. "And I truly believe as Kathy does that giving back to the community is very important."
Friends, family members, and colleagues of the inductees attended Sunday morning's ceremony.
FLORENCE COUNTY - Two high school students died in a car crash early Friday morning in Florence County. The wreck happened at around 6:20 a.m. according to the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
The vehicle was traveling north on County Highway N in the Commonwealth Township, when the driver lost control while making a turn. The vehicle crossed the center line, left the roadway, and hit a tree, bursting into flames upon impact.
The names and ages of the Florence High School students will be released after notifications are made.
RHINELANDER - A Rhinelander group working to maintain recreational trails in the area got some help in their mission. The Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association received grants to help fund its various projects.
The group got two DNR Recreational Trail Act Grants totaled at a little more than $13,000. The WPS Foundation also gave a total of $1,800 in grants. The grant money will be used to help with multiple projects.
One project is to construct a boardwalk over the wetlands of the Cassian Cross County Ski Trail. RASTA is also going to construct a new ski trail at Washburn.
For more information on all of RASTA's projects, visit their Facebook page lined below.
- In the last week, more than a dozen people in the Wausau area found their cars damaged or broken into.
In a span of six days, at least 17 vehicles were either keyed, had windows bashed in or had stuff stolen from them.
"Some weirdo doings some weirdo stuff that's how I look at it," said Jon Radtke who lives in the neighborhood where items were stolen from a handful of unlocked cars."It's kind of (strange) for this area. We really don't have a lot of problems in the area."
Last Friday, two vehicles parked at the East High Apartments on Street and Adams Street and three more just down the street were broken into.
"We're working on who [is doing] this," said Wausau Police Officer Brian Burkhardt.
He says a few days after the break-ins around 7th Street; he received calls of 12 cars being vandalized, nothing stolen just vandalized.
MINOCQUA - Owners of wooden boats describe them as labors of love.
"If you're going to own a boat like this, you have to have a commitment," said boat owner Marc Toigo. "It's not optional."
It's the kind of commitment Gordon Moore had when he helped start the Minocqua Antique Wooden & Classic Boat Show 26 years ago. Moore passed away in August, making this weekend's show the first without him.
"We're going to laugh a lot, because he'd want us to," said show organizer Al Hanley. "(Moore) had a great sense of humor, he was a truly unique individual."
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