Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Phelps to host 'socially distant' Fourth of July parade on the lake Submitted: 07/01/2020
Peter Dubois
Peter Dubois
Reporter/Anchor
pdubois@wjfw.com

Phelps to host 'socially distant' Fourth of July parade on the lake
PHELPS - The small town of Phelps celebrates the 4th of July in a big way every year. But due to the coronavirus, organizers like Amy Thomason had to get a bit creative this year.

"We felt it was really important to find a way to celebrate 4th of July even with all that's going on," said Thomason.

Rather than cancel its popular parade, the town decided to move it to the lake.

"A lot of our community organizations are decorating boats," said Thomason. "It's just a great way to celebrate the 4th of July and keep our social distance. We're all in our own boats."



On Saturday, a parade of more than 30 boats will take to North Twin lake in a display of American spirit. A panel of judges will vote on their favorite floats, giving out prizes and bragging rights. Thomason says the parade has a thoughtfully designed route that should give a much-needed boost to the local economy.

"We strategically planned our boat parade to go past as many of our local businesses on the lake as we can," said Thomason. "After the boat parade is over they can find their spot on the water and watch the fireworks from their boat."

If you have a boat and want to take part in the parade, it's not too late to register. Contact the Phelps Chamber of Commerce by 3 o'clock Friday.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

MADISON - An oversight board is considering firing Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd's death, the last straw for members upset with how the chief has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018.

+ Read More

WISCONSIN DELLS - Noah's Ark Water Park at the Wisconsin Dells announced on Wednesday that the park is going to stay closed for the rest of the season.

Their Facebook page says the park is trying to keep their guests, employees and the Dells community safe from COVID-19.

According to NBC in Madison, the park did close on Aug. 1 after two employees tested positive for the virus.

People who have single day passes and season passes for 2020 can use them for 2021.

The water park will use the remainder of this year to prepare for the 2021 season.

+ Read More

SEATTLE - A widely cited University of Washington model predicts U.S. deaths from COVID-19 will reach nearly 300,000 by Dec. 1.

+ Read More

THREE LAKES - On Thursday, August 20th starting at 10:00 AM the Demmer Library will be giving away 100 trees.

+ Read More

DETROIT - Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago."

+ Read More

- The Grand Theater announced on Thursday that they will be postponing their 2020-21 Season and all other major events through November, as well as creating The Grand's Ghost Light Fund. 

+ Read More

Play Video

THREE LAKES -

Students and parents have been patiently waiting to hear from local school districts on what classes will look like in the fall.

Last night, the Three Lakes School District flipped the script, they instead took questions from community members to hear their concerns.

Educating is a stressful job, now imagine trying to plan a school year around a global pandemic, and combine that with answering questions from nearly 130 parents in one night. That's a day in Teri Maney's shoes.

"It was truly a listening session...this was laying the groundwork so people have an idea of what we're planning and thinking about at the district," Maney said. 

 Those plans primarily aim to have students back in the classroom full time.

 "That would be our goal to return on site five days a week," she added. 

But with COVID-19 showing no signs of letting up in the U.S. backup plans will be in place for any changes.

"Our next level would be a blended approach," Maney added, "We're keeping our primary focus on elementary students being on site and that might mean for our junior high and high school, a little shift of scheduling."

Three Lakes would then approach any positive cases in the district through guidelines from Oneida and Vilas county health officials.

"We also have a plan for if we would have a positive identification in a grade level, or a teacher, or if there's a teacher. We would not want to shut down the entire district," Maney explained. 

But if things don't go as planned, Three Lakes will be fully prepared for online classes.

"The last level, level four, that would be fully remote instruction."

The school board will vote on Monday night at 6:30 whether or not they will continue with the district's plan. 


+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: