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Beat Notes: Learn to make a rain barrel in Rothschild

8:52 PM, Jun. 16, 2013  |  Comments
Katie Hoffman
Katie Hoffman
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Editor's note: Beat Notes are filed weekly by Daily Herald Media reporters discussing events on their beats and observations they have made while reporting.

If you've ever seen one of those big colored barrels sitting under a drain spout next to a house and wondered what it is, wonder no more.

The Marathon County University of Wisconsin-Extension will host Thursday a rain barrel building workshop at the Rothschild Village Hall at 211 Grand Ave. in the village.

The class will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and teach participants about rain barrel technology and the environmental benefits they offer. The class then will build rain barrels to take home.

Rain barrels collect rain that drains from roofs and runs down gutters. A quarter-inch of rain can generate more than 200 gallons of water and fill a rain barrel in minutes. Class organizers said water collected in barrels - which otherwise would run through fertilized lawns and driveways into storm drains - can be used to water plants and gardens.

The class costs $30 and is limited to 30 registrants. Call 715-261-1230 for more information.

? Officials in the D.C. Everest Area School District are continuing this summer a program that started last year as an effort to encourage low-income students in kindergarten through sixth grade to read while school is out of session.

Rollin' Readers Traveling Library offers a collection of more than 1,500 books available for a free one-week check-out and through Aug. 28 will stop at a variety of trailer parks in the south metro area and Greenheck Field House in Weston.

Organizer Penny Antell said she has high hopes for the program's second year. In its first week, more than 110 children checked out books. Last year, the library rented books to 123 students total. The library features chapter books including "The Hunger Games" series and easy-to-read picture books for younger students.

The library will stop Tuesdays from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Green Acres Mobile Park at 4311 Schofield Ave. in Weston; and from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Colonial Garden Mobile Home at 6300 Birch St. in Weston.

On Wednesdays, the library will stop from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Greenheck Field House at 6400 Alderson St. in Weston; and from noon to 12:45 p.m. at Aspen Street Apartments at 4911 Aspen St. in Weston.

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