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Kids Wheelchairs Turned Into Awesome Costumes

Nearly 40 lucky kiddos will be trick-or-treating in style, sporting their brand new, absolutely epic wheelchair costumes built by Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit that teams with volunteers across the country to create the elaborate ensembles fitted for their chairs.

“It impacts these kids in a deeper way than just the smile on their face,” Magic Wheelchair’s founder, Ryan Weimer of Kaizer, Oregon, told ABC News. “That’s one of the beautiful things of what we do. They really get the sense of what true joy is.”

Weimer was inspired to launch the nonprofit in 2015 after gaining recognition for the wheelchair costumes he built for his own sons, Keaton, 12, and Bryce, 6, both of whom were born with spinal muscular atrophy.

“For him, it was the ultimate inclusion in the holiday,” Weimer said about Keaton’s confidence wearing the first costume he built in 2008. In the past, he’s transformed their wheelchairs into dragons from the animated hit, How to Train Your Dragon, and other popular films.

“What was really, really amazing about it, that barrier of the disability seemed to be swallowed up in that costume,” Weimer said, adding, for the first time ever, people saw his son before they noticed his disability.

“It was almost like a cure for the day,” said the proud dad. “That awkwardness wrapped around the disability was gone for people.

With the skill of both professional and top amateur prop-makers donating their time, the company has gone on to create far more elaborate costumes, such as transforming one wheelchair into a rugged vehicle being towed by a running raptor from Jurassic World, and another into a fabulous sled for a little Princess Anna from Frozen, and another into Fluffy, the three-headed dog, for a young wheelchair-bound Harry Potter fan.

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GAMBLERS RAISE $35,000 FOR DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

The Green Bay Gamblers hosted their 6th Annual Military Night on Saturday, October 28 at the Resch Center.  A season-high crowd of 4,363 was treated to a 5-4 win over the Sioux Falls Stampede.  The highlight of the night was the contribution of $35,000 to the local chapter of Disabled American Veterans.  The DAV will purchase a new transport vehicle with the funds.

For the past six-years the presenting sponsor of Military Night has been the Animal Referral Center. Since 2013, Military Night has raised $118,000, all of which has stayed right here in Northeast Wisconsin to assist our veterans.  Proceeds are generated from 100% of helmet/jersey auction, sponsorship and ticket sales.

In 2016 the local chapter of the DAV provided transportation for 39,197 veterans, logging over 885,000 miles.

With each goal scored on Saturday, 26 separate businesses and private citizens each donated $100.00 through the Goals for the Military promotion.  The Gamblers responded with a season-high five goals, bringing the total to $13,000.

Along with raising funds the Gamblers also honored the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  Honorary captains included United States Army, Corporal Matt Kempainen, United States Marine Corps Corporal Deb Nooyen, United States Navy, Retired Chief Tom Beverly, United States Air Force Retired Master Sergeant Holly Hoppie and United States Coast Guard BM2 Dan Parsley.

Ceremonial puck drop included Lisa Peters of the Animal Referral Center, Former United States Army Sergeant and current WFRV reporter Steve Dent and United States Marine Corp Staff Sergeant Jose C. Mendozavasquez.

 Flag was presented at center ice by the Desert Veterans of Wisconsin.  Colors were presented by the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3 Military Honor Guard and the national anthem was performed by Retired Air Force Sergeant Mike Goodreau.  In the first intermission the 132nd Army Band performed God Bless America.  All current and former military was asked to stand and were saluted by both teams in the first period.

Check will be presented to the DAV on Wednesday (11/1).

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10 Year Old Leads Police on 100 MPH Car Chase

Police say it was the second time he took a car for a joyride in two weeks.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that a 10-year-old Cleveland boy is being accused of leading police on a nearly 50-mile chase at speeds of up to 100 mph on Thursday.

The boy allegedly decided to go for a joyride around 8:30 a.m. while he was waiting for his sister to take him to school.

According to Cleveland police, mother’s boyfriend called police and said the kid took his car.

Police say the mother then jumped in her car and followed the boy. She called 911 from the car and told dispatchers where they were.

The kid got on highway 1-80 and state patrol picked up the chase. At one point, police say, a trooper pulled up next to the car and motioned for the boy to stop. The kid shook his head and sped up.

The kid allegedly drove about 96 miles per hour, on I-90 through Cuyahoga, Lake and Erie counties.

A number of cruisers were in pursuit and forced him onto the shoulder, where he continued to drive until blocked by police cars.

The chase ended about an hour after he took off.

No one was injured in the incident.

The kid told police he took his mother’s car because he was bored.

He will face the juvenile equivalent of third-degree felony charges in Erie County Juvenile Court.

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Cedar Crest Donates to WAEC

Cedar Crest Ice Cream announced today they will support the state-of-the-art educational center with a $250,000 gift. This tremendous gift marks another important local investment in the capital campaign to build the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center.

In recognition of this leadership gift, the ice cream parlor in the discovery center will be named “Ice Cream Acres” in Cedar Crest’s honor. Visitors will be able to purchase a selection of the over 80 crafted flavors the company makes throughout the year with seasonal flavors featured.

Nic Schoenberger, Farm Wisconsin Board Vice-President indicated, “We are absolutely honored by this philanthropic partnership. Cedar Crest Ice Cream is a strong, local company and their ice cream is certain to be a popular stop for visitors. Their family’s story and the company’s history is another shining example of how agriculture is woven into our state’s culture.”

“This extraordinary gift from Cedar Crest Ice Cream brings us over $12 million raised-to-date towards our $13 million capital campaign goal. I can see it now – next year at this time, visitors will be lining up for their favorite ice cream and enjoying it on the patio.” exclaimed Kim Kowieski, Farm Wisconsin Director of Operations. “It is another important step in making our vision for the center a reality.”

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Wisconsin Man Locked in Beer Cooler

A Wisconsin man turned a Kwik Trip into an all-nighter.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, an unidentified Marshfield, Wisconsin, man got locked inside a cooler at a local convenience store Tuesday night and rather than call for help, decided to stay and drink.

The manager of a Kwik Trip in Marshfield, reported the incident after the intrepid man was discovered at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday. The 38-year-old man was locked in a beer cooler all night.

The man told police he went to Kwik Trip to buy beer and got stuck inside when the beer cooler was locked at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. The man said he decided he might as well just stay inside the cooler and drink the beer.

If the man had only knocked on the glass door employees would have heard him and let him out.

At about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, a customer told Kwik Trip employees there was a man inside the cooler. When employees opened the door, the man left without paying for the beer.

The Kwik Trip manager told police the man drank an 18-ounce bottle of beer and three cans of a malt beverage. Apparently, he also fell over a stack of 30-can beer packs, breaking three of them open.

The man was issued a citation for retail theft.

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Pumpkin Lineup

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, when pumpkins began disappearing from outdoor displays in Maryland Heights, Missouri, Sargent Jamie White of the Maryland Heights Police Department was on the case.

Then, a neighbor called in a description of a compact SUV that was spotted at the crime scene.

Sgt. White soon tracked down a Subaru Forester matching the description, which held three teenage boys, 48 pumpkins and one gourd.

Maryland Heights police Captain Scott Will said, “No idea how they all fit in there. It was top-to-bottom orange. It wasn’t hard to put the pieces together after that.”

Police stopped the car and arrested the teens on the spot. The pumpkins were safe. But what to do with all of them?

The next day at headquarters, officers placed the pumpkins along a white wall, took a picture and posted it to social media.

Captain Will said, “You’d be surprised how many people showed up to identify their pumpkins. We were inundated.”

It was a happy ending for all except the three teens who were arrested.

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Man Flies Across South Africa in a Chair Lifted by Balloons

The BBC reports that Tom Morgan, 38, of Bristol, England, crossed 15-and-a-half miles of South Africa by air in a camping chair held aloft by helium-filled balloons, soaring to heights of 8,000 feet.

Morgan described the experience, reminiscent of the Disney Pixar film Up and the Australian film Danny Deckchair, as “magical” and “unbelievably cool,” adding that he was “somewhere between terrified and elated” on his flight.

When the balloons rose to the inversion layer of the atmosphere, where the temperature rises, the flight accelerated quickly.

“I had to keep my cool and start gradually cutting the balloons,” he said.

Morgan wants to establish a competitive helium balloon race in Africa eventually .

“We will have to avoid areas with lots of spiky bushes though,” he said.

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AAA Issues Halloween Safety Tips for Motorists and Trick or Treaters  

Halloween is an exciting time of year for many young people, but it also holds its share of hidden dangers, particularly around roadways.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year.

“Safety is a responsibility we all share,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA – The Auto Club Group.  “A safe Halloween means making yourself visible and exercising caution – both for motorists and pedestrians.”

To help make this a safe Halloween, AAA offers these tips:

Motorists

  • Reduce any distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential areas.  Children may unexpectedly dart out in the street or from between parked cars.
  • Watch for children walking on roadways, medians and curbs.  In dark costumes, they will be harder to see at night.
  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself more visible – even in the daylight.
  • Drive sober. Nearly 40 percent of fatal crashes on Halloween night involve a drunk driver.  Always designate a sober driver if you plan to drink.  Visit www.PreventDUI.AAA.com to learn more.

 

Parents

  • Parents are encouraged to walk children door to door while trick-or-treating, showing children safe places to cross the street.
  • Ensure an adult or older, responsible youth is available to supervise children under age 12.
  • Buckle up. If driving trick-or-treaters between neighborhoods, always use appropriate car seats and have children exit and enter on the passenger side of the vehicle.
  • Bring a flashlight to help trick-or-treaters see and be seen.
  • Pick a costume that is safe for your child to move in and see out of.   Buy costumes and wigs labeled “flame resistant.”

 

Trick-or-Treaters

  • Cross the street and corners using traffic signals and crosswalks.  Look both ways between crossing and keep an eye on the road while you are crossing.
  • Wear light colored clothing or costumes with reflective material or tape for the best visibility.    Consider using nontoxic face paint instead of masks to avoid obstructing vision.
  • Stay in familiar neighborhoods.Only visit homes that have the porch light on and never go into a stranger’s house.
  • Always have an adult check your treats before you eat. Discard anything that looks like it has been unwrapped or tampered with.

Parents can pick up free trick-or-treat bags for their kids at any AAA Wisconsin branch office.  For a list of locations, please visit www.AAA.com.

For additional tips to keep Halloween safe, visit http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/child-safety/halloween-safety

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Wisconsin Working: Progress in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Detection

State Agencies highlight efforts during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that they are pleased with the progress the state is making in preventing childhood lead poisoning, but both agencies acknowledge that there is work left to do.

“We are moving closer to our goal of no child ever being exposed to the damage lead can do to their bodies and minds, thanks in part to efforts made by Governor Scott Walker, our local and tribal health departments, and our other partners,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown.

A report published by DHS in September showed that in 2016, there were more than 4,300 Wisconsin children who were tested and found to have too much lead in their bodies. Over the last 20 years, lead poisoning cases were identified in every county in the state.

As part of the 2017-2019 biennial budget, Governor Walker signed into law a measure that changes the amount of lead considered harmful to a child in accordance to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This change allows for the identification of more children exposed to lead, which in turn allows for faster intervention to remove the source of lead from the child’s environment. In Wisconsin, a greater proportion of children under age 6 are tested, compared to the national average, however, Wisconsin also has a greater proportion of older homes, which are more likely to pose lead hazards. Consequently, Wisconsin identifies a greater proportion of children under age 6 with lead exposure than the national average.

DHS and its local partners are also working closely with child care providers to encourage parents to get their children tested for lead, and to identify and remove lead hazards in their child care facilities. DHS recommends all kids who live or spend time in older homes or buildings be tested for lead exposure.

While lead paint continues to be the most common source of lead exposure to children, states are also working to reduce lead exposure in drinking water systems. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently provided lead line service replacement funding for communities, encourages testing of private water supplies and provides tips on ways to reduce lead exposure in drinking water. You can find out more information by visiting the DNR’s  website and searching keywords “drinking water.”

October 22 through October 28 is Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week across the nation. Experts on lead and lead poisoning from DHS and DNR are hosting a Facebook Roundtable on Thursday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. to answer frequently asked questions about sources of lead and preventing lead exposure.

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Be Careful Singing in Montreal

A Montreal man who was loudly singing along to C+C Music Factory’s 1990 hit “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now),” was ticketed and fined $149 by police for singing in his car, reports CTV News.

Taoufik Moalla says he was on his way to buy a bottle of water on September 27 when he heard a police siren behind him.

Moalla told CTV, “I stopped and four police came, two on each side, and checked the inside of the car. Then they asked me if I screamed. I said, ‘No, I was just singing.'”

Moalla said police ran his license and registration and then issued him the $149 dollar ticket for screaming in public. He noted, “I said, ‘Okay, thank you,’ because I know I can contest the ticket. They were doing their job.”

According to a Montreal bylaw, “to cause disorder by screaming” violates “peace and tranquility” and can be punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 for the first offense and $100 to $2,000 for any additional infractions.

Moalla said he is now waiting for his court date to contest the ticket, which could take up to one year.

Moalla’s wife said she wasn’t shocked that her husband’s singing earned him a fine. He explained, “She told me, if it was for singing, I’d have given you a ticket for $300.”