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Kids Launch into Science

Today the Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Program and Sheboygan Spaceport complete a week-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camp for middle school youth. This camp sponsored by Rockline Industries, Curt Joa Inc, and Bemis provides hands-on experience in Space Exploration, Aviation, Robotics and Rocketry.

The Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development program has embarked in a partnership with Spaceport Sheboygan, a nonprofit, science education facility in our community, to diligently make an impact locally for our future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts.

 

“With 4-H projects like Aerospace, Robotics, Small Engines, Lego’s and Rocketry as well as hands-on exhibits, NASA artifacts and educational opportunities for students of all ages 4-H is providing young people with the relationships and resources to explore the diversity of science,” says Sarah Tarjeson, 4-H Youth Development Educator in Sheboygan County. “4-H has been able to offer year-round monthly activities to achieve this goal and celebrates 4-H STEM camp to nurture these skills and curiosities.”

 

The next opportunity to join in the 4-H STEM Project Meetings will be Thursday, August 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m. at Spaceport Sheboygan. The public is welcome. This opportunity will include a showing of the movie Apollo 13, which is about the third lunar mission, providing an opportunity to teach students about several science concepts and the nature of scientific investigation.

 

The United States is falling dangerously behind other nations in developing its future workforce of scientists, engineers, and technology experts. The Sheboygan County 4-H Youth Development Program is committed to helping to fill the gaps in knowledge and resources needed to develop young people to fill these roles. Across America, the 4-H Youth Development Program is directly connected to the research and resources of the 106 land grant universities and colleges of the Cooperative Extension System. This connection strategically positions 4-H to strengthen US global competitiveness and leadership.

 

Experiences like these meetings and camps give participants a glimpse of what a career in these industries would be like while they brainstorm ideas, solve problems, and approach challenges using the scientific inquiry model. Each activity encourages creativity, critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills in youth and introduces them to opportunities and careers in STEM fields.

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UK Man Bicycling From East to West Coast for Charity – Passing Through Manitowoc

Mark Saunders, 54, from Barnstaple in the United Kingdom (UK), is cycling from Barnstable, Massachusetts (the twin town of Barnstaple, North Devon) on the East Coast to Santa Cruz, California on the West Coast of the United States of America over the summer 2016.  Mark started his challenge on 24 June and is currently cycling from Holland, MI to Ludington to take the ferry to Manitowoc, WIon Saturday 30 July.

 

Mark is undertaking this challenge to raise vital funds for the See Hear Centre, Barnstaple – run by disability charity Living Options Devon – which provides a vital equipment and support service for people who have hearing and/or sight loss, enabling them to continue to live independent lives.

 

Mark, who has recently given up work as a Chartered Certified Accountant in order to undertake this challenge, will be raising awareness of the impact of sensory loss and raising vital funds for the See Hear Centre’s support services. The journey will take Mark through the historic eastern states to Niagara falls, around and across the Great Lakes, the flat and expansive lands of North Dakota, over the Rocky Mountains and into Yellowstone National Park and finally down the Pacific Coast.

 

Mark said: “I have had a serious hearing loss since I was 5 years old due to measles and an important part of this challenge is to raise much needed funds to help the See Hear Centre in Barnstaple – a valuable resource for anyone with hearing or sight loss and one which has supported me for a number of years.”

 

Anne Clayton, See Hear Centre Manager said: “The See Hear Centre relies entirely on donations and grants. Holding an event like this is a fantastic way to raise vital funds to support our work.

 

“Sight and hearing loss are hidden disabilities and are often ignored or their impact underestimated. They lead to isolation, depression, loss of confidence and self-esteem. Our service aims to counteract the effects of sensory loss and bring people back into contact with others through advice, peer support and specialist equipment training. We provide support to over 1,000 people each year. With no other equivalent service within 50 miles it is vital that we raise money to keep our Centre open.

 

“We are incredibly grateful to Mark for his support. We are planning to have a map on display at the Centre to keep track of Mark’s progress this summer. I hope the event will be a huge success and will encourage others to hold their own events.”

 

You can follow Mark’s journey on his blog: https://wheresmarkblog.wordpress.com

If you would like to support Mark you can donate online via: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/marksaunders

For information or to find out more about the See Hear Centre services:

Visit http://livingoptions.org/support-help/see-hear-centre

Phone: +44 1271 373236              SMS: +44 7831 515809

Email: seehearnd@livingoptions.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/seehearnd/

Twitter: @seehearnd

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Lakeshore News

July Service Excellence Winner

Felician Village announces Julie Larson, Dietary, won the Service Excellence Star Award for the month of July.

Julie’s nomination: “I am nominating Julie Larson for Service Excellence as she truly lives our values every day. Her service is always done with a smile. Lunch time has been proven to be extremely hectic and many times staff/residents
are lined up into the hallway. Julie never appears frustrated and serves everyone with the compassion and dignity they deserve. Great customer service skills! Thank you Julie for all your hard work.”
About the Service Excellence Star Award

In conjunction with Felician Village’s Service Excellence initiative and Resident Firstsm philosophy, selection is based on the employee’s conduct as it reflects Felician Village values. Service Excellence is a way of consciously living out the mission and core values of Felician Village and fostering an environment that creates exceptional experiences for all.

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Lakeshore News

Officials Confirm Heat-Related Fatality

State health and emergency management officials are confirming the state’s first summer heat-related death, which occurred the first week of July in Iron County. The agencies are encouraging residents to take high temperatures seriously, and to take steps to stay safe and healthy.

Hot weather is especially dangerous for older adults, infants and young children, individuals with chronic health conditions, those who work outdoors or in hot settings, and isolated individuals who may not know how to cool off or ask for help.

“Heat stroke can occur quickly and can be fatal,” said State Health Officer Karen McKeown. “We encourage people to check on their neighbors, friends, and family during hot weather.”

Health officials suggest these steps to stay safe when temperatures rise:

  • Never leave anyone, especially children or pets, in a parked car – even briefly. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked slightly, can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Keep your living space cool. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If you don’t have an air conditioner, go to an air conditioned facility like a library or mall. At home, open windows to let air circulate. When it’s hotter than 95 degrees, use fans to blow hot air out of your home. Basements or ground floors are usually cooler than upper floors.
  • Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Do not wait for thirst, but instead drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid alcohol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals.
  • Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early morning or after dark when temperatures are cooler.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a hat or umbrella to keep your head cool, and don’t forget sunscreen.
  • Don’t stop taking medication unless your doctor says you should. Take extra care to stay cool and ask your doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice as some medications can react adversely with increasing temperatures.
  • Taking a cool shower or bath will cool you down. A shower or bath will actually work faster than an air conditioner. Applying cold wet towels to the neck, head, and limbs also cools down the body quickly.
  • Check on neighbors throughout the day who may need assistance to protect themselves against dangerous temperatures.
  • Empty any small containers, rain gutters, or any tires on property that may contain water. Standing water during extreme heat can lead to an increase in the mosquito population. Increased exposure to mosquitoes can increase the risk of mosquito borne diseases.
  • Pets and livestock can also suffer from the heat. Make sure all pets and livestock have access to cool, clean water, and shade. If you can, bring pets inside where there is air conditioning. Try to provide shade for all animals pastured outside. Limit exercising your pet to early morning or late evening hours when it is cooler. Some of the signs of heatstroke in pets include heavy panting, glazed eyes, and excessive thirst. Seek veterinary assistance immediately.
  • The heat can cause roads to buckle. For up-to-date closures and detour information visit 511 Wisconsin (link is external), download the free mobile app, or follow @511WI on Twitter.

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Tips for Back to School Shopping

Store shelves are lined with supplies and advertisements are chock full of deals – the back-to-school shopping season is here again.  If you are in the market for backpacks, markers, folders, tablets, clothing and more, retailers statewide are ready for your business.  To make sure you get your money’s worth at the register, take these tips from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) along with your shopping list.

“The back-to-school season is a very competitive time for Wisconsin retailers, providing consumers with a number of ways to save on class supplies, new clothes and electronics,” said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.  “With so many items on sale and so many different types of products crossing the scanner, consumers should pay close attention to the register and to their receipts to ensure that they receive the advertised prices for their purchases.”

Follow these simple tips to ensure that you are charged correctly:

  • Before setting out for your shopping run, review the advertisements for restrictions on quantities, sale hours, returns and rain checks.  Check store policies on price matching to consolidate your run.
  • Write down prices or special sales while you shop to have a better sense of the final total before you hit the register. Most pricing errors occur on sale items.
  • Keep an eye on the display screen while your items are being scanned.  Speak up if you think you have been overcharged for an item.
  • If there is a pricing error, Wisconsin law requires that a store refund any overcharge amount.  Work with customer service to receive a refund while you are in the store.  Double check your receipt before you leave to ensure that the totals are correct.
  • Report pricing errors to state or local inspectors.  To file a weights and measures complaint with DATCP’s Weights and Measures Bureau, send an e-mail to datcpweightsandmeasures@wi.gov or call 608-224-4942.
  • When you are finished shopping, save your receipts and submit any rebates immediately.

Every year DATCP’s Weights and Measures team visits stores statewide to test for price accuracy, and the results show that consumers pay correct prices at Wisconsin stores an overwhelming majority of the time.  In 2015, DATCP inspectors tested more than 68,000 items for price accuracy, and found that prices were accurate or registered in the consumers’ favor 99% of the time.  Even so, it doesn’t hurt to keep these back-to-school shopping tips in mind during this busy shopping season.

For additional information, visit datcp.wisconsin.gov or contact the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-422-7128 or by e-mail: datcphotline@wisconsin.gov.

Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wiconsumer.

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Community Events

Paper Tigers Film Showing

Paper Tigers, an award-winning documentary film, will be shown on August 4, 2016 in the UW-Manitowoc theatre. The film tells the story of Lincoln High in Walla Walla, Washington, where students are struggling with truancy, violence, drugs, sexual abuse, bullying, and a host of other problems. Admission to the film is free to the public. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.

 

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of the high school. The principal decides to radically change its approach to disciplining students, which becomes a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families.

 

The film’s director, James Redford, said, “I knew I wanted to make a film about the emerging science of adversity: how high doses of stress during childhood get into our bodies, change our brains, and lead to lifelong social problems – everything from domestic violence and substance abuse to heart disease and cancer.”

 

Paper Tigers is being shown free because of a desire to begin a community conversation about the consequences of high-risk behavior and adverse circumstancesaffecting many of our youth, according to Roxanna Strawn, Executive Director of the UW-Manitowoc Foundation. “Our campus is working with the Manitowoc County United Way, UW-Extension, Manitowoc Public Library and the UW-Oshkosh College of Education and Human Services. We hope that anyone who is interested – educators, parents and grandparents, mental health professionals, community leaders – will attend this important event.”

 

The film begins at 6 p.m. in the UW-Manitowoc Theatre, 705 Viebahn Street, Manitowoc. Refreshments will be served. Those who will be attending are asked to register through EventBrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paper-tigers-tickets-26042986273

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Aaron Rodgers Not Commenting on Bachlorette Finalist Brother

Aaron Rodgers has always made it a policy to keep his personal and family life out of the public eye as much as possible. So it was no surprise that the Packers’ quarterback took a pass Tuesday in talking about his brother Jordan — who’s one of two finalists to win the heart of Jo Jo Fletcher on A-B-C’s “The Bachlorette.” Earlier this month, Jordan Rodgers said on the show that his relationship with his star brother was “complicated,” and he’s been estranged from him the past two years. At the first day of Packer Training Camp, Aaron Rodgers said he has not seen the reality series, so it has not affected him much. He would not discuss his relationship with Jordan, saying it’s “inappropriate to talk about some family matters” — but he wishes him well on the show, and the winner will be announced on the season finale Monday night.

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