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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

September 18, 2018

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Sept. 22-24:

FOR SATURDAY-SUNDAY:

EXCHANGE-CONGREGATION REBUILDS

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Two years earlier, David Huber stood watching Plymouth United Church of Christ, where he loved to lead worship services, burn to the ground after a lightning strike sparked a fire there. During the initial months after the fire, Huber did his best to get Plymouth’s members through the loss of their church. Last month work on the new church was complete and the congregation returned to a new space at their old home. By Julian Emerson, Leader-Telegram. SENT IN ADVANCE: 883 words, photo.

EXCHANGE-VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. — The wind speaks when it blows across the ridge through clusters of wind chimes inscribed with 1,244 names of those from Wisconsin who died or are missing in action in the Vietnam War. The Highground Veterans Memorial Park dedicated in 1988 is meant not to celebrate war but honor those who served and pay tribute to the men and women lost in battles ranging from World War I through Afghanistan. On Saturday, between 3,000 and 5,000 people are expected to mark the park’s 30th anniversary. By Barry Adams, Wisconsin State Journal. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1606 words, photos.

FOR MONDAY:

EXCHANGE-HOUSING HOMELESS VETS

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A former nursing home between Janesville and Beloit is serving as the Housing 4 Our Vets program. Housing 4 Our Veterans takes in male veterans for a maximum of two years from parts of four states. The program at the former Caravilla Nursing Home is a contractor for the VA, which runs the federal government’s effort to end veteran homelessness. The local program forbids the use of drugs or alcohol, one of the reasons some homeless won’t go there. By Frank Schultz, The Janesville Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1675 words, photos.

EXCHANGE-COMBAT ROLE PLAYERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Saturdays at Pamperin Park are transformed into something different, with people in colorful garb wielding homemade, padded swords and shields and casting spells. The group, known as Crimson Circle descends on the Howard park every Saturday for a session of what is commonly called live action role play — or, in its short form, “LARPing.” The group is part of an international fantasy role-playing network called Amtgard. By Shelby Le Duc, Green Bay Press-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 805 words, photos.

The AP, Milwaukee

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