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Jones overcomes obstacles
Helen Jones, 87, of St. Germain, is legally blind due to advanced macular degeneration, but that didn’t stop her from taking charge of her life and moving to the North Woods.  —Contributed Photo

Being legally blind doesn’t stop this woman

By Mary Platner
Special to the News-Review

If you were to meet Helen Jones at a monthly meeting of the St. Germain PrimeTimers,  you would never guess that she’s an 87-year-old legally blind woman.  She stands straight and tall and has a firm handshake.

If the conversation drifts to politics or books, you would swiftly learn that she is an astute, well-informed, conservative Republican.

Helen was born in San Bernardino, Calif.,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:33 PM
Northland Adventure Quest camp planned at Trees For Tomorrow

The Northland Pines School District (NPSD) will hold Northland Adventure Quest, a cultural-experience adventure camp set Aug. 4-14 at Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River.

The camp will engage 25 Northland Pines students, ages 10-14, with 25 Chinese students. Classes will run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with optional evening and weekend activities for the American students.

Teaching the students will be Kate Neville and Don Anderson,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:32 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:14 PM )
Ministry Health Care welcomes four pastoral education students
Ministry Health Care Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) students and program officials include, front row from left, Sue Kruger, chaplain of Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center and clinical pastoral education coordinator; Kate Sullivan, clinical pastoral education supervisor; and back row, CPE students Dennis Fahey, Marion Arndt, Heather Bogacz and Missy Holdorf.                                                  —Contributed Photo

Ministry Health Care announced it welcomed four clinical pastoral education (CPE) students to its latest program unit.

As a part of the 17-week program, students are required to complete 300 hours of clinical training by providing pastoral services primarily in Ministry Health Care facilities with assigned chaplains acting as mentors.

The program also features 100 hours of

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:31 PM
Nicolet to hold IT information sessions

Nicolet College will hold a series of informational sessions for people interested in training for a career in information technology (IT).

Sessions include:

— Monday, Aug. 4, 3 to 6 p.m. at Vilas County Business Park Incubator, located at 413 Highway 70 W.; and

— Wednesday, Aug. 6, 3:30

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:30 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:13 PM )
Church concert
Approximately 70 singers prepared seven weeks for the Vacationland Voices “I Love to Tell the Story” concerts held July 23-24 at St. Peter the Fisherman Cat­h­olic Church in Eagle River. Around 300 people attended the concerts, and more than $1,800 was raised for the Vilas County Salvation Army, Northern Access Special Olympics and Warm The Children. Above, Lori Hunter (far right) directs the choir in the anthem “For the Music of Creation” July 23 at the church. —Staff Photos By RYAN BURGY
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:29 PM
Purple Pride Golf Fundraiser nets $4,700 to fight cancer

The Purple Pride Golf Fundraiser, an 18-hole scramble played in June to help raise funds to combat pancreatic cancer at Eagle River Golf Course, raised $4,700 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Forty-eight participants, 24 women and 24 men, played in four-person teams. The results were divided into two flights with each person in the top three teams in each flight rewarded with either a $35, $25 or $15 restaurant gift certificate to a North Woods business.

The festivities ended in the Eagle River Golf Course

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:28 PM
Pines teacher to speak on money’s role in politics

“Money and the Divisive Nature of Politics,” a presentation by Northland Pines High School Teacher Alan Tulppo, is set Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. at Many Ways of Peace in downtown Eagle River.

Tulppo currently teaches political science, economics, sociology, criminology and history at the high school.

According to Tulppo, the political climate in the United States reinforces the statement that elections have consequences.

“As another political season heats up,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:28 PM
Comedy show scheduled at Wild Eagle

“The Hobbit Trail: A Misguided Comedy Tour” will bring its nationally recognized stand-up comedy show to Wild Eagle Resort’s Blue Heron Restaurant in Eagle River Saturday, Aug. 2, at 9:30 p.m.

The event will feature comedians Nate Ford, a Wisconsin native, and Brendan O’ Day of Boise, Idaho. They have a 20 years of stand-up comedy experience.

Ford has appeared on NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:27 PM
Faerie Fest
The sixth annual Woodland Enchantment Faerie Festival recently was held in Three Lakes. Festively attired fairies of all ages attended the event and participated in a variety of activities including dancing, crafts, face painting, Maypole ribbon dancing, a tea party and a parade.  —Photo By Jan Hintz
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:26 PM
Chorus concert set Aug. 5

The 15th annual Festival Aurora Borealis Chorus will present its concert, “Wicked and Wonderful: The Musicals of Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz,” Tuesday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua.

This year’s show will feature music from the plays “God­spell,” “Wicked,” “Sween­ey Todd” and “Into the Woods.”

“This is a fun and unique chorus that

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 1:26 PM | Updated ( Tuesday, July 29, 2014 2:12 PM )