This week’s briefs
Last day for SDR 4K registration
Parents of children entering 4K in the School District of Rhinelander have one final registration opportunity. Students who will be attending Crescent, Pelican, Northwoods Community Elementary, Central or the Stevens Street site may register Tuesday, June 18 from 12-6 p.m. at the Professional Development Center located within the Administrative Center at Rhinelander High School (Door 13). Registration will include a short student screening, fun stations for the children, goody bags to take home; light refreshments will be served. Children who are four years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019 may be registered. Parents are reminded to bring their child’s birth certificate.
‘Forest clean-up day’ June 1
In an effort to combat illegal dumping on public lands, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and Tread Lightly are teaming up for a forest clean-up day on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will meet at Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River in the morning, and lunch will be provided. Participants should wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and sturdy shoes and should bring water, work gloves and a hat as well as sunscreen and bug spray. In addition, volunteers with access to four-wheel drive vehicles or ATVS are asked to bring those also. Anyone wishing to participate can register at treadlightly.org/events.
Rhinelander hydrant flushing
City of Rhinelander hydrant flushing is scheduled to begin June 3. Flushing will take place Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is expected to continue for four to six weeks. The purpose of hydrant flushing is to ensure hydrants are working properly and maintain high-quality drinking water by eliminating iron deposits that naturally accumulate in the water lines. Residents may notice a change in water color during the flushing, but this will clear once the flushing is complete. While the water is safe, care should be taken when doing laundry or other projects where water discoloration could be a problem. Once the flushing in a location is complete, area residents should run the tap water for 5-10 minutes to purge plumbing systems of any sediment. Times and locations of the flushing will be announced on Rhinelander radio stations.
Tour Iron County wetlands
Explore Iron County wetlands with Troy Walters of Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT), along with retired wildlife biologist Ron Eckstein and retired water specialist Tom Jerow on Tuesday, June 6. The day will begin at Sherman Town Hall in Iron County with an informative presentation, followed by a tour of local wetland areas. NWLT will provide snacks and beverages, and lunch will be available for purchase at Springstead Lake Lodge. Participants should bring rubber boots, rain gear and bug spray. Those wishing to take part in this event should register by calling the NWLT office at 715-479-2490 or emailing [email protected] The deadline for registration is June 12, and space is limited.
Be aware of the ‘silent killer’
May is high blood pressure education month. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is called the “silent killer” because there are generally no warning signs. This can be a dangerous condition so it is important to have blood pressure checked regularly by a physician or pharmacy. Fortunately, blood pressure can be controlled and even reduced by a healthy diet, exercise, and weight reduction. Smoking cessation, avoiding second-hand smoke, and limiting alcohol use can also help with blood pressure control. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov or contact Anne Buchmann, community health specialist at Oneida County Health Department, at 715-369-6117 or [email protected]
New art exhibit open at Nicolet College Art Gallery
A Wisconsin Regional Art Program (WRAP) exhibit is scheduled for May 29 through June 29 at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. Local emerging artists will be featured in a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, ceramic, fiber, and photography. The exhibit is one of several WRAP events held in various regions across the state. This year’s judge will be fine arts instructor Nate Wilson, who will select pieces for the statewide Best-of-Show exhibit in Madison this fall. The exhibit will culminate with an artist workshop and critique by Wilson on June 29. Nicolet College Art Gallery located in the Northwoods Center on the Rhinelander campus. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, contact Melinda Childs at [email protected]