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The former Superior Housing Authority director who stole $10,000 from the agency will spend 90 days in jail as a condition of probation. Debra Lynn Waterman, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft - one felony and one misdemeanor - in Douglas County Court last week for charging thousands of dollars in personal purchases on the SHA credit card while she served as the agency's director.
The town of Gordon offers a cure for cabin fever. Winterfest kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday. with ice skating, sledding, snow bowling, a warming fire and free indoor crafts, all in the heart of Gordon. At 8 p.m., Chetek-based band the Twerps will rock the town hall. "The Twerps specialize in getting people involved," said Karen Griffin, a member of the Gordon parks and recreation committee, which planned the event. "They're very high energy." Last year, the committee launched Winterfest to raise money to revitalize the town park.
The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development has linked Northland libraries, approved funding for a Parkland sewer project and repaired roofs over the heads of area families. The agency wants to do more. Money is available for homeowners, businesses and community facilities through the USDA. Area Specialist Sue LaPorte will be in town 11 a.m.
A Douglas County meal program aimed at seniors feeds many hungers. The elderly nutrition program, headed by Senior Connections, provides lunch to seniors age 60 and older - either delivered to their door or at congregate meal sites. A varied menu encourages them to try new things. "Sometimes it's their only meal of the day," said Steve Westerlund, a volunteer at the Wentworth meal site. "If it's their only meal, they've gotten a good meal.
For 28 years, Betty Prinz has been serving up smiles to seniors at the Lake Nebagamon Auditorium through the Elderly Nutrition Program. "I was there the day it opened," said Prinz, who now lives in Superior. Over the years, she has volunteered in the kitchen, led Friday bingo games and driven meals to homebound seniors.
Here in the Northwood, residents have taken the Scout motto of "be prepared" to heart. A recent survey found that 30 percent of respondents in northwest Wisconsin were prepared for an emergency, the highest percentage in the state. "I feel pretty good that our citizens were the most prepared population," said Keith Kesler, emergency management coordinator for Douglas County.
Northwest Wisconsin K-9 units converged on Superior High School and Superior Middle School Monday for training. The dogs and their handlers walked through both buildings, checking lockers for drugs, according to Superior Police Capt. Chad La Lor. Although nothing was found at the high school, dogs "hit" on one of the lockers at the middle school, according to Capt. Matt Markon of the Superior Police Department. Suspected marijuana shake - an extremely small amount of substance similar to pepper flakes - was found in a backpack in the locker.
The Yellowjacket Union was buzzing with activity Tuesday. As the grand opening event for the new building drew near, University of Wisconsin-Superior students could be seen chatting, eating, reading, working on laptops and sharing hugs. "Everyone seems to love it," said Kasey Jones, a UWS junior majoring in studio art. The $22 million building, paid for with student fees and the Campaign Superior fund, replaces Rothwell Student Center. "It's a lot better than RSC," said sophomore Tad Hildebrandt.
To a child on the verge of running away, a voice on the phone may be their last hope. For options. For support. For a sounding board. Jane Larson has been that voice for 14 years. As the program coordinator for Project Reach Out, she has talked youth in crises through a gamut of situations - from a teen debating whether to attend a party where alcohol will be served and a girl searching for the closest site to get a pregnancy test to a suicidal teen who had taken pills. "It's not our job to tell them what to do," Larson said.
Pair an ideas man with a problem solver. Add in technology that keeps people linked with the push of a button and a growing web of volunteers. Stir in some enthusiasm and a "can do" attitude. Then watch the momentum build. "Lots of good things are happening in Wascott," said Sheryl Beglinger, many of them prompted by the new Neighbors Helping Neighbors network. Since its inception in August, the group has winterized approximately 250 houses in the Gordon/Minong/Wascott area, hosted a Christmas day dinner and began developing a Neighborhood Watch Program.