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Relay kickoff slated Monday

Area volunteers are gearing up for the 2014 American Cancer Society Northwoods Relay For Life with the Northwoods Relay For Life Kickoff event set Monday, March 24, at Eagle Waters Resort located at 3958 Eagle Waters Road in Eagle River.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with registration, networking and information tables. The program will held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., followed by a special showing of the ESPN documentary “Into the Wind.”

The public is welcome to attend to learn more about the American Cancer Society and the Northwoods Relay For Life.

This will also be an opportunity for participants

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:32 PM
Multi-platinum band to rock Derby hall will present A Low Dose Show featuring the American multiplati­num band Fuel — whose new album, Puppet Strings, ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart this week — Friday, March 28, at the AMSOIL World Championship Derby Track Expo Hall in Eagle River.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale online for $5 in advance at This is an age 21-and-older show.

Also scheduled to perform are the British rock band Half­way to New York and  local band 4th Floor will open the show. Nudge, from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, will host the after-show late into the night.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Operation Underground Railroad,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:32 PM
Elementary school offers disability-simulation activities
In an attempt to infom its teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators about what it’s like to live with a disability, Eagle River Elementary School (ERES) has set up disability-simulation training stations. ERES Principal Tony Duffek uses his non-dominant hand to write while using only a mirror for guidance at one of the stations.                              —Contributed Photo

The Northland Pines School District (NPSD) announced that the special education staff at Eagle River Elementary School is currently facilitating disability awareness training for teachers, paraprofessionals and administrators at the school.

Various stations are set up to simulate the experience of struggling through reading, visual discrimination, and writing and hearing deficits

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:30 PM
United Way begins agency review process

The Northwoods United Way, serving Vilas, Oneida and Forest counties, is beginning the agency review process for the 2015 funding cycle.

Any programs or agencies interested in finding out more about funding criteria or interested in completing an application are welcome to contact Executive Director Nancy Sattler at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (715) 369-0440.

The Northwoods United Way helps fund agencies that provide programming

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:30 PM
Stop at ATM leads Gail Lovett to Nicolet’s echnology program
Gail Lovett, left, of Three Lakes works with instructor Jeff Labs in the Architectural Technology classroom at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.                  —Contributed Photo

Interior decorator Gail Lovett of Three?Lakes didn’t have any immediate plans to go back to college until one day when she was standing at an ATM and saw a poster for the Architectural Technology program offered at Nicolet College.

“I got excited right away,” said Lovett. “I love the concept of home and everything that goes into creating a home. I saw it as a great fit for me and a good way for me to expand the skills and talents that I can offer clients.”

Lovett is set to graduate from the two-year associate degree program this May and then hopes to land a job with a local builder. And the chances of that happening look to be excellent,

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:27 PM
YMCA seeking teen nominations

The YMCA of the Northwoods is seeking nominations for its annual Teen Character Awards to be held Monday, May 19.

“We are looking for teens that have demonstrated the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and have made an impact on someone’s life,” said a Y representative.

Any adult is able to nominate teens by filling out the nomination form

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:26 PM
Mobile screening unit coming to Eagle River

Marshfield Clinic’s Mobile Screening Unit will offer digital mammography and digital bone density screenings Friday, April 4, at the Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Center, located at 500 Commerce Loop in Eagle River.

Marshfield Clinic’s Mobile Screening Unit delivers breast cancer and bone density screenings monthly to rural Wisconsin residents whom otherwise would not have easy access to the services.

Providing that type of critical access to mammograms could save lives. For the past two decades, national breast cancer death rates have dropped, possibly due to earlier disease detection and improved treatment options.

More than 230,000 women in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:26 PM
Students of the month
The Northland Pines Middle School students of the month for February are, from left, Ryan Peterson, sixth grade; Mikaela Calix, seventh grade; and Sam Smith, eighth grade.                                —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:24 PM
Family fun day
The Northland Pines School District physical education department held its final Family Fun Day of the winter season in the Northland Pines High School field house Sunday afternoon. Some of the scenes included, above, teachers Brad Dodge, Shelley Peterson and Tammy Schroeder assisting participants at the climbing wall.                            —Staff Photo By GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:20 PM
Seed planting class planned March 25

Vilas County UW-Extension announced its upcoming classes as part of Gardening Brown Bag?Lunch series held at the Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River, from noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 25,  “Gardening Edibles, Seed to Seed” with Debbie Jircik, Vilas County UW-Extension master gardener volunteer.

Participants will learn the basics of starting plants from seed with emphasis on vegetables and herbs, as well as how to select and where to purchase seeds, the basics of varieties and how to plan a garden to save seeds in the fall for next year’s planting.

There will be hands-on activities including

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:19 PM