This week’s news briefs
Another snowmobile fatality has increased to four the number of people who have died as a result of snowmobile crashes in Oneida County this season. Matthew S. Martens of Green Bay, 44, died Jan. 26 when the snowmobile he was driving left the trail and crashed into trees off Lyannas Road and HWY 47 in Lake Tomahawk. According to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources information, this is the third fatality in 13 days in Oneida County and the ninth death statewide.
Rhinelander High School club collects ‘Jeans for Teens ‘
A community effort spearheaded by the Rhinelander High School FBLA/DECA club resulted in the collection of more than 600 pairs of jeans. The jeans will be donated to Frederick Place temporary housing in Rhinelander and other locations in need around the Northwoods.
FBLA/DECA held special donation events the past month, including a collection at a home basketball game. “From the bottom of our hearts, FBLA/DECA would like to sincerely thank you for all of your participation in the project throughout the year,” said club communications officer Valerie Dalka. “We could not have had the amazing success we did without your help and donations.”
Relay for Life daffodil sale helps celebrate spring
The American Cancer Society’s annual Daffodil Days is a celebration of spring and an opportunity to join ACS in the fight for a world without cancer. The Relay for Life movement is one of the world’s largest fundraising events to benefit people with cancer. Money raised through daffodil sales supports research, patient services and other programs. Sales are underway now through March 1. Receive a bunch of 10 daffodils for a donation of $10. Order by calling Joy Turpin, event lead at 715-479-6560 or through email at email@example.com. Flowers will be available for delivery or pick up March 14. Order forms are available from Relay participants and various locations in Eagle River and Rhinelander. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/northwoodswi.
Education and money
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LWVNOW) are holding a joint meeting with the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of the Northwoods, Monday, Feb. 4 at the Pine Lake Town Hall and fire station at 12:30 p.m. At 1 p.m., the program will hear from two administrators from Merrill Area Public Schools regarding the difference between charter schools an voucher schools, what impact these have on public education funding, why are school districts holding referendums to keep them running, are there alternate ways of funding education and will answer other education and money questions. Optional lunch at Rhinelander Café and Pub at 11:15 a.m.; email firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 1 if attending either. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Rhinelander Community Ed offers filmmaking class
Whether a Northwoods resident aims to be the next Steven Spielberg or Sofia Coppola, or simply wants to learn how to use a camera better, the School District of Rhinelander’s Community Education program is offering a class to get started. The class will take place in the Rhinelander High School Library Tuesdays, Feb. 5 – March 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ages ninth grade to adult are welcome to participate. The instructor will be video and music producer Nate Sheppard.
Students in Filmmaking 101 will learn the process of filmmaking from start to finish, from story structure and scene composition to camera settings and post-production techniques. This is an introductory course, so no prior knowledge or experience of filmmaking/videography is necessary. Each class period will include lectures on aspects of filmmaking, analysis of clips from professional films, class discussions, and occasional hands-on activities.
Pre-registration is required; deadline is Feb. 1. Space is limited. For details and to register, visit the ‘Community’ section of the School District of Rhinelander website.