Community news briefs
Hodag Reunion Aug. 10
The Hodag All-Class Reunion will take place downtown Rhinelander Saturday, Aug. 10, from noon to 11 p.m. Organized by the Hodag Schools Foundation, the event will feature live music beginning at noon with Rat River Band, followed by The Kingfish Band and Living the Dream will play 3-11 p.m. Parts of Brown, Davenport and Rives streets will be closed, and open containers will be allowed in those designated areas. This is the sixth year for the all-community party. “This event is really all about reconnecting alumni with one another, their community and thanking everyone for their support of HSF,” said HSF board member Sue Makris. “HSF has now exceeded $3 million dollars in funds donated to The School District of Rhinelander. Our supporters should take great pride in that – it would not be possible without them.”
Cheeseheads film to play in Rhinelander Aug. 13
The Rhinelander District Library, together with the Rhinelander Masons, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers with a tailgate party preceding and viewing of the film, “Cheeseheads.” The documentary film takes a tongue-in-cheek tour of cheesehead culture in Wisconsin by exploring the factories, farms, museums, breweries and people who have made the moniker globally recognizable. The event takes place 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at the Rhinelander Masonic Lodge, 23 E. Davenport Street. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Healthcare ills and proposed remedies
The League of Women Voters of the Northwoods (LVWNOW) will hold a discussion Aug. 13 on the shortcomings of the current healthcare system and discuss bills that have been proposed in Congress to address those concerns and the likelihood of passage. The meeting will be held at the Oneida County Department on Aging in Rhinelander, from 5:30-7 p.m. Retired physician Dorothy Skye will lead the discussion. Skye, the president of LWVNOW and board member of the state organization, practiced in Rhinelander for 30 years and before that trained and practiced at the Naval Regional Medical Center. For more information, visit www.lwvnow.org.
“Working with a Scattered Mind,” is the featured program for August at Ascension Koller Behavioral Health in Rhinelander. “Whether we are always attention challenged or occasionally, this program will feature techniques to sharpen your own attention or assist those around you,” said Kathy Mitchell, MA, of Ascension Koller Behavioral Health. The program is free to attend, and will be held 1-2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20. Ascension Behavioral Health also offers the Riverside Meditation Group, this month held 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 8 and 22. The meditation group is for anyone with a meditation practice to have regular support. For more information on either program, call 715-361-2805.
Genealogy Q & A
The Rhinelander District Library will host the last genealogy question and answer session of the year 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 13. A member of the Northwoods Genealogy Society will be available to answer questions about resources available and also give tips about researching family history.
Leadership Oneida County 2.0
Alumni of the Leadership Oneida County program are invited to register for a series of in-depth evening sessions designed to improve their personal leadership practice. The sessions will be held the second and fourth Tuesdays Sept. 24 through Dec. 10 at the ArtStart conference room in Rhinelander. Sessions will begin with social time at 5:30 followed by the class at 6 p.m. Cost is $40 for all six classes; $10 if taken individually. Space is limited. Register online before Aug. 31 at rhinelanderchamber.com.
VA to host mental health summit
The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain will host its 7th Annual Mental Health Summit 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Bay College West Campus in Iron Mountain, Mich. Topics will include suicide prevention, intimate partner violence, aging and mental health, quality of life, innovative treatment options and chronic pain. For more information or to register for the event, contact Amy Fowler at Amy.Fowler1@va.gov or 906-774-3300, ext. 32541.
Westfahl appointed to Council on Tourism
Krystal Westfahl, executive director of the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce, is one of four people named to the Governor’s Council on Tourism. The council advises the tourism agency as it develops and enacts its strategic plan. Westfahl is a 2015 recipient of the Wisconsin Tourism Trailblazer award and a recent nominee for the Governor’s Conference on Tourism Rising Star award. The other appointments are AJ Frels of La Crosse, Michelle Martine of Washburn County and Darren Bush, founding member of the Blue Water Business Consortium and owner of Rutabaga Paddlesports.