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Remembering Jon: Mother keeps son's memory alive with Arbirthday event
Friends and loved ones of Jonathan Ottman will gather at the Birchwood Lodge, 3966 Moen Lake Road April 28 to celebrate both Arbor Day and Jon's life.

The event, called Arbirthday, will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to the public. The proceeds from the event will go to a scholarship for Rhinelander High School students in Jonathan's name.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Driven to work in theater, Gustafson embraces role in Nicolet Players' 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Finding your way in life isn't always easy.

But for Northwoods native Josh Gustafson, the direction he would take became clear in the spring of 2011 when he first stepped on stage to perform in a play at Lakeland Union High School.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Driven to work in theater, Gustafson embraces role in Nicolet Players' 'Arsenic and Old Lace'
Preparing for his role as Mortimer, Josh Gustafson, left, rehearses a scene with Tony Jones, who plays Teddy, for the Nicolet Players' production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" May 5-7, and 11-14. Tickets are $7 and $9 and can be purchased online at or by calling (715) 365-4646.
Saturday, April 22, 2017

'It's not like something you can go get fixed': Alzheimer's Association member shares family experience
The Alzheimer's Association will host the 15th annual Memories and Melodies fundraiser April 22 at Holiday Acres. Social hour is set for 5 to 6:30 p.m. with a buffet dinner of herb-baked chicken and carved roast top sirloin at 6:30 p.m. Dave Drivas will perform during the social hour.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Multi-county veterans expo April 21 in Rhinelander
Oneida County's veterans service officer Tammy Walters, in partnership with six other veterans service officers, will hold a Veterans Benefit Expo April 21.

"Veterans, family members, survivors and care givers from anywhere are welcome to attend," Walters said.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Healthy Kids Day 2017: Charging up for a healthy summer
Summer is almost here and the YMCA of the Northwoods wants to start it off right.

In a press release, YMCA officials note that with summer comes a change in children's routine.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Chamber announces Summer Kickoff Celebration May 12 in Elcho
Summer is right around the corner and to commemorate National Tourism and Travel Week the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first "Summer Kickoff Celebration" May 12 in Elcho.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lions help fight diabetes
Rhinelander Lion Sandy Mode provides an eye screening to a community member attending Lions Diabetes Awareness Day.

Club members assist in screening for diabetes every year. The Rhinelander Senior Center provided room for the Lions to serve those persons wanting to be screened for diabetes, and eye screening.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Monroe-Kane to speak at library April 24
Charles Monroe-Kane will discuss his memoir, "Lithium Jesus" at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at the Rhinelander District Library.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fair to include pallet recycling contest
This year's Oneida County Fair will include a pallet recycling contest. Local individuals or groups are invited to bring projects for indoor or outdoor use that are made from recycled pallets, fair organizers said in a press release.
Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 YMCA Teen Character honorees announced
The 2017 Y Teen Character Awards Banquet were held Monday, April 10 at the Rhinelander Quality Inn.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter dash
The rain just barely held off as children, giddy with excitement, dashed for colorful Easter eggs Saturday at the annual Rhinelander Optimist Club Easter Egg Hunt at Pioneer Park.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Northwoods residents gather to support Medicare For All bill
A group of roughly 50 gathered at Torpy Park in Minocqua on April 7 to express their support for H.R. 676, also known as the Expanded and Improved Medicare For All Act. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nicolet College event April 20 encourages men to enter health care profession
Nicolet College nursing students Luke Freund and Nicholas Hamus didn't think twice about being young men studying for a profession traditionally thought of as mostly for women.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Helen Mears Art Contest inspires young artists
This year's Helen Mears Art Contest winners have been announced and their work is on display at ArtStart in Rhinelander. (subscriber access)
Saturday, April 15, 2017

Egg safety for the holidays
Whether eggs are from a store or your local farmer, safe handling and cooking will reduce the chance of getting sick. Even the cleanest eggs that do not have cracks in the shell can contain salmonella, which can cause food- borne illness, often called "food poisoning." The following are recommendations from the Oneida County Health Department for handling, cooking, serving and storing eggs and egg dishes.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

FACT members meet with sheriff
Rhinelander High School FACT members Matthew O'Melia, Anna Eckardt and Anna Joerns met with Sheriff Grady Hartman recently to discuss the ongoing issues they are seeing with candy-flavored tobacco products. The group works to remind the community not to be fooled by Big Tobacco's manipulative lies as all tobacco is deadly no matter what it looks, smells or tastes like.
Saturday, April 15, 2017

VFW hosts 97th birthday bash for World War II vet
Friends and fellow veterans threw a surprise birthday bash April 5 for World War II veteran Carl Weidling. Fittingly, the party was held at VFW Post 3143 in Rhinelander where Weidling spends much of his time. (subscriber access)
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Benefit planned for day care owner battling cancer
A benefit is being planned to help a young mother and business woman battling breast cancer. The benefit for Amanda Engstrom will be held at Rosewood Barn - N10830 State Hwy. 17 S., Gleason - from 4 to 8 p.m. April 29.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Oneida and Vilas Land and Water to host special Earth Day event
In celebration of the 47th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), the Oneida and Vilas County land and water conservation departments will partner to host and present a special showing of "Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes," on the big screen.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

OCEDC annual luncheon April 28
Would you like to upskill your game by discovering how your business can plug into local students? Oneida County Economic Development Corporation (OCEDC) is looking to connect area employers and students through use of Inspire, a cloud-based platform by Career Cruising. To learn more, attend the OCEDC Annual Luncheon to be held at noon Friday, April 28 at Holiday Acres.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

First Weber supports NATH
First Weber Rhinelander agents Linda Moore and Tarah Rappley recently delivered a $1,000 check from the First Weber Foundation to the Northwoods Alliance for Temporary Housing. The First Weber Foundation also sponsored the Green Bay Packer Tailgate Tour in Rhinelander to raise funds for Frederick Place, the local homeless shelter. Agents and staff pitched in at the event Friday and collected donations.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Alzheimer's Association to host 15th annual Memories and Melodies April 22
The Alzheimer's Association Greater Wisconsin Chapter has announced that the 15th Annual Memories & Melodies event will be held on Saturday, April 22 at Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander.
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Peoples State Bank remodels Minocqua location
Peoples State Bank has announced it has completed the remodeling of its Minocqua location.

The 2,000-square-foot facility has been entirely remodeled to provide an improved banking experience for customers which was finalized in mid-March, according to a press release announcing the completion of the project.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Rhinelander Rotary Club throws 'roaring' gala at Holiday Acres
Holiday Acres in Rhinelander resembled a speakeasy Saturday evening as the Rhinelander Rotary Club threw a 1920s-themed bash complete with dazzling "flapper" dresses, long necklaces, feather boas, stylish hats, suspenders, suits and jazz. (subscriber access)
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Library foundation to host Spring Fling dinner
The public is invited to attend the Three Lakes Public Library Foundation's annual Spring Fling fundraising dinner on Wednesday, May 10. This year's event will be held at the Black Forest Pub and Grille with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m., organizers said in a press release. Early bird tickets are on sale now at the Demmer Library for $60 each until April 15. After April 15, they will be on sale for $75 each until May 1.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Bundled Up
While Thursday may have been a little on the chilly side for a trip to the playground at Hodag Park, this weekend promises to be much more conducive to outdoor activities. Saturday's high is predicted to be around 65 degrees and Sunday's nearly 70, before a chance of rain moves in late in the day. The forecast calls for the rain to stick around Monday with a high of 46 degrees.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Nicolet students help the homeless as part of service learning class
Nicolet College students are collecting donations for the residents of the Frederick Place homeless shelter as part of a community service project.
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Children explore science at the library
The Rhinelander District Library resembled a research lab Monday as various concoctions popped, foamed and burst with pretty colors, much to the delight of a group of enthusiastic children enjoying the library's Fun with Science program.

Children's librarian Tom Hurlburt said the library has a science day every few years, often on days like Monday when classes in the School District of Rhinelander are not in session.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Nicolet Players ready for 'Arsenic and Old Lace' this May
The cast is set and rehearsals are in high gear as actors in the Nicolet Players community theater troupe prepare to perform "Arsenic and Old Lace" this May at Nicolet College.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

'Dallas Brass' to perform at LUHS
The Lakeland Performing Arts Association (LPAA) is bringing "Dallas Brass," one of America's foremost musical ensembles, to the stage at the Lakeland High School theatre, 9753 State Hwy.70 West in Minocqua, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Public urged to enter exhibit items for the county fair
The 2017 Oneida County Fair Exhibition entry books are now available and fair organizers are urging the public to enter exhibit items for this year's fair.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

'Hops & Vines' event right around the corner
Spring means April showers and the Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual Hodag Hops & Vines. Whether you attend every year or decide to check it out for the first time, you will not be disappointed.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Warehouse Art Center celebrating poetry month
The Warehouse Art Center in Eagle River is celebrating National Poetry Month during April. Special guest artist, poet Brent Goodman, will lead a class in Haiku Poetry and will give a reading of his work at Arts on Tap. There will also be a class in Self-Published Poetry: Chapbooks and Zines. These are just a few of the highlights of a month of Spring programming.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

No. 1 in sales
First Weber Inc. has announced that Skagen & Associates ranked No. 1 in sales in 2016 for the company's Northern Region which is comprised of all First Weber offices in Wausau, Stevens Point, Marshfield, Antigo, Merrill, Minocqua, Eagle River, Rhinelander, Park Falls, Mosinee, and Wisconsin Rapids. From left, John Zenk, Christy Schneider and Ron Skagen are available to help with all of your real estate needs, according to a press release announcing the honor. The Skagen team is thankful for having had the opportunity to serve buyers and sellers in the Rhinelander community, the release also notes. First Weber is a division of Berkshire Hathaway. The Skagen team can be reached at 715-550-8244.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

League of Women Voters to host discussion on climate change
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LWVNOW) will host a discussion about the problems of human-caused climate change. This meeting will take place at noon Wednesday, April 12, at the Tomahawk Public Library, the group said in a press release.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Free Family Nights held in Rhinelander
Are you looking for something new to do with your family this spring? If so, the Oneida County Health Department (OCHD) may have just the thing for you.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Faith Evangelical announces spring ministry event
Faith Evangelical Free Church in Woodruff invites the public to attend its spring women's ministry event with author Susan Perry.
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Class of '77 planning 40-year reunion
The Rhinelander High School Class of 1977 will hold its 40th Class Reunion July 28, 29.

For more information on the reunion planning, search Rhinelander High School Class of '77 on facebook or contact Nancy at 715-369-4213.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Recreation Rodeo set for May 11
The School District of Rhinelander, Oneida County Health Department, Nicolet Area Technical College and Partners in Education (PIE) have joined forces to bring the first annual Recreation (Rec) Rodeo to all local third-graders May 11.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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