Referendum meeting set for SDR
The public is invited to attend the final remaining referendum information meeting being held by the School District of Rhinelander. The meeting is Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. at Crescent Elementary School library. A new four-year $4.25 million referendum will be on the ballot for the school district that will maintain current programming and staffing, and will cost taxpayers 68 cents less per $1,000 Fair Market Value than the current referendum.
Teen court panelists sought
Oneida County teens interested in improving leadership and communication skills while gaining insight on teen behavior may want to apply to serve on Teen Court. The Oneida County Teen Court program gives first-time youth citation offenders, ages 10-16, the opportunity to have their case heard before a panel of trained teens who determine sanctions as part of a deferred prosecution agreement. Applications are open to students currently in grades 9-11; following an interview and team training, new panelists will begin in Jan. 2019. Application forms are available at the RHS Students Activities office or by calling the UW-Extension office at 715-365-2750. Application deadline is Nov. 2.
Nicolet Promise available to eligible high school grads
Applications are being accepted for the tuition assistance program at Nicolet College known as Nicolet Promise. Since it began in 2016, the program has allowed more than 150 students to attend college tuition free. “The Nicolet Promise puts college within reach for many recent high school graduates who otherwise may not have been able to attend college,” said Nicolet Director of Enrollment Erika Warning. To be eligible, students must be high school graduates or have earned a GED/HSED between 2016 and 2018, or plan to in 2019, and must be eligible to receive federal Pell grants. Under the program, Nicolet College Foundation will pay the balance of tuition and fees for eligible students after federal and state grants have been applied, up to 15 credits per semester over four fall and spring semesters. For more information, visit nicoletcollege.edu/promise.
Arts council seeks grant requests
Northern Arts Council (NAC) is accepting grant requests from area non-profits and organizations that support the arts, and also accepting applications for its Emerging Artist Grant program. Deadline is Nov. 30. The NAC provides grant assistance to numerous local organizations including Headwaters, Inc., ArtStart, Northwoods Choraliers and the male chorus, Lakeland Performing Arts Association and the Lakeland Community Band. 2018 grants totaled $14,600. A grant application is available at www.northernartscouncil.info.
Wabeno Legion Auxiliary presents musical tribute to veterans
To celebrate Veterans Day 2018, Wabeno American Legions Auxiliary Unit 44 will present “God Bless America Again.” This musical tribute to American heroes takes place Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Townsend Town Hall, with shows at 2 and 7 p.m. Admission is $8; doors open one hour prior to performances.
Researched and written by Kathleen Marsh, the original narrative briefly details the various conflicts engaged in by America’s military, explaining how the carefully selected songs rallied both the troops and the home-front. Each program features patriotic songs dating from the American Revolution to Operation Desert Storm. Reserved seating is available for those with disabilities by calling 715-276-6515.
‘Stigma free’ center open weekdays in Rhinelander
NAMI Northern Lakes, the local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, serves Forest, Vilas and Oneida counties and operates NAMI Northern Lakes Center. The center is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, 5-9 p.m. The Center is a “stigma free” place where people can come to talk with their peers, have a meal, engage in a variety of social activities, or just relax and is located at the lower level of Trinity Lutheran Church at the corner of Stevens and Phillips Street in Rhinelander. For up-to-date information, call NAMI Northern Lakes Center at 715-420-1700 or Mick Fiocchi, 715-369-4740.
International Games Week at the library
Rhinelander District Library is joining more than 1,000 libraries around the world Nov. 5-10 to celebrate International Games Week. Events for the whole family have planned, including tabletop gaming, teen trading card play and Harry Potter trivia. The special week is an intiative supported by te American Library Association, the Australian Library and Information Association and Nordic Game Day. A full listing of the events is at RhinelanderLibrary.org, the library Facebook page, or call 715-365-1070.
Bazaar vendor spaces available
There are some vendor spaces still available for the annual Nativity of Our Lord Christmas bazaar, held Saturday, Nov. 17. The day’s activities will include an expansive cookie and candy walk, arts and craft vendors, a basket raffle and a kids-only gift store. New this year will be a cake and pie walk. Early morning coffee and a light lunch at 11 a.m. will be available. For more information, contact the parish office at 715-369-3141.