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Church celebrates 125 years by commissioning art piece
Following the dedication of a permanent art piece commemorating the 125th anniversary of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eagle River, from left, Bernie Hupperts, moderator of the church and chairman of the anniversary events, Patti Roberts of the Sanctuary Arts Group and artist Carl Gromoll took a closer look at the work.                       —Contributed Photo

An original piece of art has been installed and dedicated in the sanctuary of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eagle River to conclude the 125th anniversary celebration of the founding of the church.

Designed and created by local wood artist Carl Gromoll, the piece is named “Spirit Triangle.” It is made from a piece of white oak from a 258-year-old tree, known as the “Spirit Oak,” that grew on family land in southern Wisconsin.

The tree died in 2008. Gromoll

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:38 PM
Veterans benefits forum slated Saturday, Sept. 13

A veterans benefits forum, hosted by American Legion Reino Post 21, will be held Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Windsor Center in Iron River, Mich. The forum aims to help veterans better utilize services available to them.

Presentations will cover various topics that affect veterans and their families including health care, educational assistance, Agent Orange benefits, women’s health, housing, long-term care, burial benefits and a variety of other important issues.

Assistance will be available at the forum to help veterans apply

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:36 PM
Little Lambs to hold open house Aug. 28

St. Mary of the Snows Anglican Church will host an open house for the new Little Lambs Children’s Ministry Thursday, Aug. 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Rock Mission Community Center in Eagle River.

Little Lambs is a teaching program that will provide children with a faith-based curriculum supportive of Christian values.

The class is open to toilet-trained children of all Christian practices ages 3 to 5. Families can tour the facility and learn about the weekly program, which begins Tuesday, Sept. 9, and runs every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The cost will be $50

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:35 PM
Symphony to perform in Rhinelander

The Northwoods Concert Association will present the Milwaukee?Symphony Orchestra in concert at the Rhinelander High School auditorium Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m.

Advance ticket sales for the concert will be available after Sept. 1 until the night of the concert.

Tickets for adults will be $25 in advance

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:33 PM
Historical museum plans open house this Sunday

Phelps Historical Museum will hold an open house Sunday, Aug. 31, from 1 to 4 p.m. Wine, cheese and beverages will be available at the museum.

A 50/50 raffle will be offered and donations to the building fund will be accepted. At the downtown park area at 2 p.m., author Bill Jamerson will perform a reenactment of the logging days.

Sampling of ethnic foods under the tent will be available

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:26 PM
Blood drive set Sept. 4

The Northwoods Community Blood Center will hold a Community Blood Drive Thursday, Sept. 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Phelps.

To schedule a donation appointment, call Lola at (920) 227-5561 or go to

Walk-in donors are welcome. St. Mary’s church is located at 4494 Town Hall Road.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 1:25 PM
Cancer center sets Celebration of Life

James Beck Cancer Center will host the seventh annual Celebration of Life: Life is a Gift, Untie the Ribbons event Thursday, Aug. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at James Beck Cancer Center on the grounds of Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital, located at 2251 N. Shore Dr. in Rhinelander.

Celebration of Life honors those whose lives have been touched by cancer and cancer survivors, and recognizes the contributions of their families and friends.

The event aims to promote awareness that knowledge,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:18 PM
Northland Pines to host open houses

The Northland Pines School District (NPSD) announced the 2014-’15 back-to-school open house schedule for schools in its district. All NPSD families are welcome to the open houses.

• Land O’ Lakes Elementary open house and picture day for all grades, Monday, Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m. For more information, call (715) 547-3619.

• St. Germain Elementary open house, Monday, Aug. 25, 2-6 p.m. For more information, call (715)?542-3632.

• Eagle River Elementary open house,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:17 PM
Sausage Fest set Aug. 31

The Eagle?River Lions Club will hold its inaugural Sausage Fest family fun day at Riverview Park in Eagle River Sunday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will include a five-kilometer (5K) fun run at 11:30 a.m., a Sausage Fest competition at 2 p.m., games, food, Oktoberfest beer, root beer floats and live music by the Bill Hassey Orchestra at noon.

There also will be a Lil’ Porkies fun run at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:17 PM
Northland Adventure Quest brings Pines, Chinese students together
Attending the closing ceremony for the Northland Adventure Quest were, from left, Jack Palmer, International Education consultant; Don Anderson, SOAR advisor; Kate Neville, SOAR  advisor; Pines District Administrator Mike Richie, Chinese chaperones Quingping Yi

The Northland Adventure Quest — a two-week-long cultural experience engaging 26 Northland Pines School District students ages 10-14 with 20 Chinese students concluded with a closing ceremony last Thursday evening at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River.

Northland Pines SOAR Charter School advisors Kate Neville and Don Anderson instructed the students in a variety of settings from Aug. 4 to 14.

The local school district worked with Xiaodong Kuang,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:16 PM