RHINELANDER - We hear the words "joy and peace" spread around easily and often during the holidays. But many people might feel like those words don't apply to their lives. An upcoming service hosted by St. Augustine Church in Rhinelander hopes to comfort those feeling the holiday blues. The second annual Blue Christmas Service will be held later this month. This gives people feeling down during the holidays a chance to have a sense of company and comfort. First United Methodist Pastor Keith Wolf wants those in attendance to feel supported.
"People really get a lot of support from one another, not just from the people who are putting the service together and providing it, and it's like a small community within itself," said Wolf.
"Some people just…when they aren't in the holiday spirit, they just don't want to be around crowds. So they don't feel like coming to a traditional Christmas eve worship service," said Wolf.
The service will be held Dec. 21 at St. Augustine's Church in Rhinelander and will start at 6:30 PM.
TOMAHAWK - Two local car mechanics told us a stretch of Highway 51 near Tomahawk is so bad, they won't even drive on it. Both said the road is rougher than they've ever seen it, a condition echoed on roads throughout the Northwoods.
But the nine-mile stretch near Tomahawk especially stands out for some drivers.
"[Highway] 8 to Highway S, the southbound lane, is buckling so bad, you just bounce down that road. The cars, when they bounce down there, the suspension just takes a beating," said Gary Luedke, the service manager at Heritage Chevrolet in Tomahawk.
Luedke has seen problems with ball joints, tie rod ends, and even tires with chunks missing. All of the damage comes from bad winter roads like Highway 51.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - A business development agency in the Northwoods pictures new homes, apartments, and jobs coming to Lac du Flambeau in the next decade. Building those and making them a reality may get a boost from a new tax deferral process.
Lac du Flambeau has been identified as an "Opportunity Zone." Essentially, it allows investors to avoid paying taxes on capital gains through things like profits made through trading stocks.
PHILLIPS - You can still get protection with a flu shot. The Price County Health Department says it's not too late. In Wisconsin, the number of people taking advantage of the flu vaccine is up this year.
Last year, 37 percent of people in Wisconsin received a flu shot during the flu season. This year, that number slightly rose to 38 percent.
Many of us worry about the flu during the winter months. But it can still be a problem through the warmer months because of airplane travel. Travel between the northern and southern hemispheres will allow the flu to spread anytime during the year.
Even in late February, we are still encouraged to get the shot.
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