WPT's "In Wisconsin" Reports on Church Action That Made a Shrine World Famous

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April 12, 2011

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The next episode of In Wisconsin on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) reports on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, which has officially been declared a place of apparition by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Other reports include an overnight stay at Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse, an interview with Wisconsin’s poet laureate, and a visual treat from and the collaborative work of poet Bianca Spriggs and WPT Videographer Wendy Woodard. 

The newsmagazine airs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 on WPT and is available in high definition. The program also will air at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, April 24 on Milwaukee’s MPTV and on WDSE-TV in Duluth at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 24. 

In Wisconsin Reporter Adam Schrager reports on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. For more than 150 years, Catholics around Green Bay heard the story of the Belgian immigrant Adele Brise’s visions of the Virgin Mary and have believed in the shrine’s curative powers. After two years of study, the Diocese of Green Bay has officially declared the apparitions to be worthy of belief, making the shrine the only location in the U.S. to have that distinction and one of only a dozen or so worldwide.

 In Wisconsin’s Patty Loew features the Pottawatomie Lighthouse in Door County. The Friends of Rock Island group has turned the rundown lighthouse into a destination. Every summer volunteers live in the lighthouse for a week. In exchange for the free bed and breakfast, they provide tours and a history lesson about Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse.

April is Nation Poetry Month and In Wisconsin honors the tradition by introducing viewers to Wisconsin's newest Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen. The Westfield resident — a retired teacher, coach and librarian — began his new post January 1 after an appointment by former Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
The In Wisconsin series, “Poems about Places,” honors poets by combining the talents of a word artist with those of a visual artist. This week, Wisconsin poet Bianca Spriggs and WPT Videographer Wendy Woodard collaborate their talents on a visit to Peter Sciortino's Bakery in Milwaukee.

This program’s video postcard features a springtime walk through Cherokee Marsh, Dane County’s largest wetland.

To learn more about what is coming up on the series, visit the In Wisconsin website at wpt.org/inwisconsin where the “Producer’s Journal” blog offers behind-the-scenes insights and information about reports currently in production.

Funding for In Wisconsin is provided, in part, by Alliant Energy, and Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists LLC of Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Minneapolis.

WPT is a service of the Educational Communications Board and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
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DESCRIPTION: IN WISCONSIN #922
In Wisconsin reports on the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, which has officially been declared a place of apparition by the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay. Other reports include an overnight stay at Wisconsin’s oldest lighthouse, an interview with Wisconsin’s poet laureate, and a visual treat from and the collaborative work of poet Bianca Spriggs and WPT Videographer Wendy Woodard.