Big Bundle Up
The Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce is asking residents to help keep Wisconsin warm this winter by dropping off new or gently used cold weather attire. The Department of Tourism’s Big Bundle Up campaign is underway and accepting coats, sweaters, hats, mittens and other warm clothing items through Nov. 28. This is the ninth year of the campaign which has to date collected more than 155,000 items to help families in need. A collection box is located at the Rhinelander chamber, 450 W. Kemp Street. All items donated at this location will be given to Warm for Winter Clothing Pantry for distribution. The chamber is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Additionally, other chambers and some Travel Wisconsin Welcome Centers are collection sites. For more information, call 715-365-7464.
Preparing for Entrepreneurial Success
Nicolet College is hosting a free workshop for anyone who has been thinking of starting their own business, who has an idea for a new business or is looking for guidance to turn your idea into reality. The workshops are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Vilas County Incubator and 6-8 p.m. Nov. 7 at Nicolet College Fireside Center. Attendees will complete a comprehensive self-assessment, receive advice and guidance from an experienced business coach and identify the next steps to take. RSVP to 715-365-4905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turkey Trot kicks off Thanksgiving Day
Registration is open for the second annual 5K Turkey Trot in downtown Rhinelander. The run/walk starts and ends at the St. Mark Lutheran Church parking lot Thursday, Nov. 28. Registration before Nov. 1 is $20; on or after that date is $25, with $30 same-day registration. Winners of each age group will receive a Thanksgiving pie as their award. Age groups will be in 10-yeaer increments. Funds raised from the race will pass through St. Mark Lutheran Church and then be disbursed to area individuals or organizations in need. The race begins at 8 a.m. Same-day registration and packet pick up is 6:45-7:45 a.m. To register and for more information, visit rhinelanderturkeytrot.com.
Winter room tax grant applications
The Rhinelander Tourism and Marketing Committee is accepting applications for the winter disbursement of room tax community grants. Funding is available for non-profit community groups and organizations. Proposed projects should focus on projects for Rhinelander and the town of Pelican that will bring people to the area, or encourage them to stay longer. Funds can be used only for advertising and marketing activities and may not be used for operating expenses, volunteer stipends or infrastructure. Visit explorerhinelander.com or stop by the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce office for an application. Applications are due to the chamber by 5 p.m., Wednesday Nov, 27. For more information, call 715-365-7464.
Disconnected utility customers urged to make payment plans
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is urging consumers who are currently disconnected to make bill payment arrangements before Friday, Nov. 1, which is the start of the winter heating moratorium. From Nov. 1-April 15 utilities are prohibited from disconnecting customers who are behind on their bills. However, consumers who are currently disconnected must make arrangements to pay outstanding bills in order to restore service. Wisconsin law requires utilities to attempt to contact consumers currently disconnected in an effort to get reconnected, but they are not required to reconnect service until payment arrangements have been made. Wisconsin Public Service Corporation can be reached at 800-450-7260. Energy assistance is available through the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program to income-eligible households. For more information, call the Home Energy Plus hotline, 866-432-8947.