Cancer survivors deserve
The 14th annual Northwoods Relay For Life is scheduled this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, with a goal of raising $73,000 for the American Cancer Society and its research and education programs.
Raising that kind of money in the fight against cancer is extremely significant, but we would argue that the Relay For Life event services an even greater purpose.
This year we are asking more people to attend the event not for the reason of raising additional funds, but to show community support for the honorary caregiver, the honorary survivor and the hundreds of cancer survivors who will take a victory lap around the track Friday evening.
The applause that echoes around the Northland Pines High School track at the public announcement of each participating cancer survivor is vital to helping those individuals and families who stand on the front line in the battle against cancer. Won’t you add your hands to the cause?
Just as cancer affects people of all ages, the Relay For Life is a family event where everyone can be involved. Besides walking for pledges and support of the cause, the all-night vigil includes a Locks of Love tent, a luminaria ceremony, a silent auction, live music and both food and refreshments.
Family-oriented activities will start at 5 p.m. with bucket truck rides sponsored by the city of Eagle River, and Fire Safety House demonstrations sponsored by the Eagle River Area Fire Department. There will be a dunk tank sponsored by the Conover Lions and the Northland Pines girls soccer team.
The Northwoods Relay For Life is more than a fund-raiser. It is a significant annual event in the lives of many who have faced cancer as a survivor or caregiver. It is one way a community can directly support those individuals who are most affected by this devastating disease.
Added flexibility helps
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is proposing to add some flexibility to its proposed shoreland zoning standards in Chapter NR 115, yet the changes aren’t so liberal as to significantly lessen the environmental protections that prompted the changes.
The alterations address public sentiment in opposition to a strict 15% limit on impervious surfaces — which many viewed as unreasonable because most lakefront properties would immediately violate the standard.
Instead, the DNR is now proposing to allow counties to set the impervious surface limit up to 30%, which is where Vilas County has been for years. It could be up to 40% for residences on highly developed shorelines and as high as 60% for commercial or industrial properties in those urbanized areas.
What is important here is that the state stops delaying the implementation of the revised NR 115, which will strengthen the minimum standards that were set back in 1968 when much of today’s shoreline development wasn’t envisioned.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:53 PM|