West Nile Virus found in Oneida County bird
The Oneida County Health Department is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites. A dead crow found in the county last month tested positive for West Nile virus, which is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds. The health department recommends the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes by applying an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing, make sure window and door screens are in good repair and remove stagnant water from items, such as tin cans, plastic containers, wheelbarrows and wading pools. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay or raven, call the dead bird reporting hotline, 800-433-1610.
Y holds fall plant sale
Even though it is still summer, YMCA of the Northwoods Active Older Adult department is getting ready for its annual fall plant sale. Mums in an 8-inch pot can be ordered for $10 and come in yellow, rust or purple; fall asters in 8-inch pots are also $10. A fall arrangement in a 12-inch pot that includes ornamental kale, grasses and flowering plants will be available for $20, all provided by Forth Floral. Orders and payment must be received by Aug. 30 with pick up at the Y Sept. 12. Proceeds benefit special older adult programs at the Y. Order forms available at ymcaofthenorthwoods.org, at the Y or call 715-362-9622.
Photography and drawing at the library
During the month of August the Rhinelander District Library is featuring information and activities about photography and drawing. The Rhinelander Photography Club will be at the library Aug. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon to answer questions and demonstrate equipment. Enter a picture in the library’s photo contest, which will award a prize for the most creative photo and the best location in the Northwoods. Email photos by Aug. 29 to email@example.com.
Cartoonist Tom Barnett will be at the library Aug. 28 from 10 a.m-noon to sketch patrons into their very own cartoon character. Time is limited; first come, first served, and free to all. Available all month are DIY creative and unusual picture frame crafts and the food feature is “photo worthy” desserts from Aug. 20-24, with samples available. Also, stop in for a free book, “The Packer Chronicles,” by Lyle Lahey. For more information, call 715-365-1070.