Economic impact of ROC airport exceeds $35 million
An annual economic report released by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Aeronautics attributes over $35 million in local economic impact in 2018 to the Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport, according to a release by airport director Matthew Leitner. The airport’s impact includes 137 full-time jobs that are attributable to activities derived solely from the airport’s presence. Visitors using the airport contribute $6.5 million to the local economy which sustains 75 full-time jobs. The data used for the report was gathered from activity directly related to the 24,820 takeoffs and/or landings in 2018. The Rhinelander-Oneida County Airport Commission, with financial assistance from the state of Wisconsin and the Federal Aviation Administration will oversee $3.796 million in capital improvements in 2019, including an expanded passenger seating and screening area.
Senate Scholar program offers insights into political process
High school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about Wisconsin state government can apply to take part in a week-long experience in Madison called the Senate Scholar Program. Students will learn from experts about constituent relations and bill drafting. The week features a chance for students to staff the senate floor during a legislative session, witness debate, and draft bills and amendments. They will form a mock committee, elect committee leadership and conduct a committee hearing. One student will be selected from each senate district. For more information or to apply, visit senatescholar.com. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 8.
Superior Diesel donates to the Hodag sports complex
The Hodag Schools Foundation (HSF) is pleased to announce the donation of $100,000 from Superior Diesel through the Rhinelander Community Foundation. The donation comes in the form of a pledge over several years, designated for improvements for the Hodag Sports Complex. According to Brian Wendt, owner of Superior Diesel and board member of the Rhinelander Community Foundation, the impact to area businesses and Rhinelander overall was a major factor in the decision to make the donation. Wendt believes the permanent dome and outdoor facility improvements will dramatically help the community and feels the investment builds on what Rhinelander has to offer.
Oneida County Health Department offers flu vaccines for area residents
Influenza, or “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe symptoms and can even lead to death. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that everyone receive a flu vaccine, but it is especially important for those considered high risk, such as children, pregnant women, those over 50 years of age, anyone living in a nursing home and people with chronic medical conditions.
Oneida County Health Department is offering flu vaccines Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. No appointment is needed. Residents can also receive flu vaccines from their primary care provider. In addition, flu vaccination clinics will be held throughout the community from late September until the middle of November. For more information, contact Oneida County Health Department at 715-369-6111.
Green Golf Partners acquired by Arizona company, Troon
Green Golf Partners, which manages Rhinelander’s Northwoods Golf Course, was recently acquired by Troon, a worldwide management company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Green Golf Partners began in 2011 and is currently managing 18 public and private golf courses in five states. Company CEO, Matt McIntee, said Green Golf Partners was built using Troon as a model and that he is thrilled to be working in partnership with Troon. While Troon manages a variety of services including golf courses, homeowner associations, private residence clubs and hospitality venues already, it’s acquisition of Green Golf Partners will serve as a catalyst for creating a new Troon office in Chicago to service new and existing Midwest customers.
Babysitting course to be held in Northwoods
Camp Fire Oneida is sponsoring a self-reliance babysitting course for boys and girls ages 11 and up. The course prepares youth by teaching responsible behaviors, child care skills, first aid basics, safety and accident prevention and fun and engaging kids activities. Cost is $40 per student. Partial scholarships are available. Rhinelander classes will be held Oct. 5 and Nov. 23; Eagle River, Oct. 19 and Minocqua, Nov. 30. Class size is limited. A completed registration and fee must be submitted to the Camp Fire office before attending the course. Visit wwww.campfireoneida.org or call 715-362-3513 to register.