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Veteran Crew Chief Parrott Joins Premium Motorsports

Premium Motorsports has added veteran crew chief Todd Parrott to its competition department as the organization gears up for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  The team is fielding the Number-7 Chevrolet for Danica Patrick in this year’s Daytona 500, with crew chief Tony Eury Junior already assigned to steer Patrick through her final NASCAR race.  After attempting to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 later this year, Patrick plans to retire from competition.  The news of Parrott joining Premium came on Tuesday, just three days before he celebrates his 54th birthday.

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A Change on Pit Road

NASCAR’s primary rule change in the off-season was a reduction in the number of over-the-wall crew members for pit stops from six to five.  Carrying tires, changing them and jacking the car will now be performed by a group of four, one member of which will do double duty. A fifth person will fuel the car but is prohibited from doing anything else.  A light-duty sixth crew member will be allowed but only to assist the driver by providing food or drink and changing windshield tear-offs.  The primary reasons for the reduction are to (1) reduce the number of team members on pit road for safety reasons and (2) highlight the athleticism of over-the-wall crew members, some of whom will now adapt to multiple jobs during stops.

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Two Drivers, One Car for Tri-Star Motorsports

On Tuesday, TriStar Motorsports unveiled its plans for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.  There’ll be one full-time entry with drivers Cole Whitt and Corey LaJoie sharing seat time in the Number-72 Chevrolet.  Whitt ran the full schedule in 2017 with a best finish of twelfth at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his thirty-six starts.  He’s scaling back his schedule in 2018, which will give LaJoie the majority of races including the season-opening Daytona 500 on February 18th.  LaJoie drove for B-K Racing last season in the Cup Series and had a best finish of eleventh at Daytona in July.

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Opportunities for New Veterinarians

New veterinarians can offset some of the cost of their education by committing to practice food animal medicine in one of six regions of Wisconsin, or in public health statewide under the USDA Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program.

“These are areas of the state where we have identified a shortage of veterinarians working with food animals,” said Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw. “Statewide, we need veterinarians to work with government agencies and other organizations that deal with the intersection of animal health and public health. Participants in the program gain a broad range of experience and get a good portion of their student loans repaid.”

The program requires participants to work in the shortage area for at least three years. In return, they can get up to $25,000 a year toward repaying loans they received to earn their doctoral degrees or equivalent from an accredited veterinary college. Those recipients working in the six shortage regions must work with dairy and beef cattle, and may also need expertise in working with swine, poultry, goats and sheep.

The six regions of the state needing food animal veterinarians are:

  • Eau Claire-Jackson-Trempealeau counties
  • Barron County
  • Chippewa County
  • Dunn County
  • Adams-Columbia-Green Lake-Marquette counties
  • Calumet-Fond du Lac counties

Applications are due March 16. For detailed information about the program and application materials, go to https://nifa.usda.gov/vmlrp-applicants,\.

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Newly Retired Dale Jr is Grand Marshal for Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Junior is returning to Daytona for Speedweek this year … not as a driver but as an honorary race official.  Earnhardt, who retired as a full-time NASCAR competitor at the end of the 2017 season, will serve as grand marshal for the sixtieth running of “The Great American Race” on February 18th at Daytona International Speedway.  In that role, he will give the command to start engines for the first points race of the new season.  In his twenty-year career, “Junior” won seventeen races on the famed two-point-five-mile Daytona oval – a total surpassed only by his father, who claimed thirty-four wins there … and Tony Stewart (nineteen) … Before Earnhardt steps to the microphone and gives the command, Rascal Flatts will perform a pre-race concert.  All fans who purchase a pre-race pit pass for the Daytona 500 will be able to view the pre-race show from the grassy tri-oval area along the track’s frontstretch.

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Porta Polly Arsonist on the Loose

An arsonist targeting porta-potties in downtown Vancouver appears to have struck again.

CTV reports a porta potty was torched Wednesday night and little was left by the time firefighters extinguished the fire.

There have been seven fires in portable washrooms in the last two months, all of which occurred between December 8 and January 19.

So far, no one has been injured.

Vancouver Police Sgt. Jason Robillard said that in most cases damage was contained to the porta-potty but one fire did spread to a nearby building.

That fire took place on January 4 at an artist collective in East Vancouver, Vancouver Art and Leisure, and is part of their investigation. A GoFundMe page was set up to recoup some of the expenses is trying to raise $10,000.

A single porta-potty costs about $1,200.

Investigators recommend anyone that has a porta-potty on their property move it away from buildings or structures, lock it overnight and be sure to remove toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

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LTC Offering Electrical Continuing Education Seminars

Lakeshore Technical College is offering a series of electrical continuing education seminars in February and March. Participants can take one or both of the seminars in the series.

The first seminar, Electrical Code Interactive Update: 2017 NEC & SPS 316, will be held on Tuesday, February 20 from 5:30-8:30pm. This seminar will provide information on vital changes and expansions of the NEC. Participants should bring their 2011 and 2017 National Electrical Code books. The seminar will go through changes from the 2011 to the 2017 National Electrical Code and SPS 316.

This seminar will be held in the Manitowoc County Training Room on the Cleveland campus and the cost is $79.  The course is approved for all electricians and inspectors certified by DSPS: Commercial Electrical Inspector; Industrial Journeyman Electrician; Journeyman Electrician; Master Electrician; Registered Electrician; Residential Journeyman Electrician; Residential Master Electrician; and UDC-Electrical Inspector. The class should also be acceptable for Design Professionals. The class number is 26466.

The second seminar being offered is Electrical Safety & Arc Flash Hazard. This seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 13 from 5:30-9:30pm. Participants will learn about electrical safety and arc flash hazard in one 4-hour course. This class is approved for 4 hours of continuing education credit by the DSPS for those with credentials as Commercial Electrical Inspector, Journeyman Electrician, Master Electrician, and UDC-Electrical Inspector.

Electrical Safety is designed to educate the learner about the safety hazards involved in working with or near electricity. We will review the basics of electricity, discuss electrical terms, and identify methods that can be used to ensure proper operation of electrical equipment. Topics that will be covered: Voltage, Current, Resistance and Power; Conductors & Insulators; Direct Current & Alternating Current; and Single-phase and Three-phase Power.

New industry standards establish safe practices to protect electrical workers from the hazards of shock, electrocution, arc flash, and arc blast. These standards include: OSHA 29 Code of Federal Regulations Part 1910, Subpart S; NFPA 70-2014 National Electrical Code; and NFPA 70E-2015, Standard for Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces. Participants will examine these standards, gain an understanding of their significance, and learn how to apply them in the workplace. This class will be held in the Manitowoc County Training Room and the cost is $125.  The class number is 21308.

To register by phone with credit card, call 1.888.GO TO LTC (1.888.468.6582) Ext. 1366. For questions or detailed information, visit http://www.gotoltc.edu/seminars or call Ruth Semph at 920.693.1167, or e-mail at ruth.semph@gotoltc.edu.

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Deadline Approaching for BBB Scholarships

The deadline to apply for the Better Business Bureau Serving Wisconsin Students of Integrity Scholarship is quickly approaching. Applications must be received by February 15, 2018 at 4:30 pm.

BBB awards scholarships to Wisconsin high school students who have demonstrated character, leadership, and ethical values. The scholarships will be awarded for post-high school education at any Wisconsin-based accredited college beginning in the fall of 2018, including community colleges/technical colleges. As the scholarship recipients pursue their careers, BBB Serving Wisconsin hopes to develop future business leaders who will promote ethics in the Wisconsin marketplace.

To be eligible for this award, the student must:

  • Be a high school senior
  • Be a Wisconsin state resident
  • Have a 3.0 or show GPA improvement consistently over time
  • Plan to attend a Wisconsin-based accredited Higher Education Institution (2 or 4 year)

Since 2010, BBB Serving Wisconsin has awarded $127,000 in scholarships to Wisconsin high school students. This financial support, provided by generous ethical Wisconsin companies and the BBB of Wisconsin Foundation, provides the opportunity for these students to continue their education and, it helps to create long-term ties with future Wisconsin business leaders who will promote ethics in the marketplace as they pursue their careers.

For more information or to apply, go to bbb.org/wisconsin/scholarship.

Scholarship winners will be spotlighted at the Annual BBB Torch Awards for Ethics luncheon, which will take place on May 16, 2018 at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Torch Awards for Ethics honor businesses that meet the highest standard of ethics and trust among their employees, customers and local communities, embodying BBB’s mission to advance marketplace trust. And, the 2nd Annual Spark Awards for Entrepreneurship recognize Wisconsin millennial entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate a high level of character. Our hope is that the Spark Awards will continue to inspire young entrepreneurs to both follow their dreams and continue to work toward an ethical and positive marketplace that recognizes hard work and emphasizes the idea that “we’re in this together.”

Click here to apply for a Torch Award or nominate an ethical Wisconsin business.

Click here to apply for a Spark Award or nominate a Wisconsin millennial-owned business.

Completed applications for the 2018 Wisconsin Torch Awards for Ethics and Spark Awards are due on March 7, 2018.

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More in NASCAR News

Dale Earnhardt Jr, who retired from full-time competition last year, was named the National Motorsports Press Association’s Most Popular Driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series for the fifteenth straight year … And the NASCAR Hall of Fame held its ninth annual induction ceremony last month in Charlotte, North Carolina, with Red Byron, Ray Evernham, Ron Hornaday, Ken Squier and Robert Yates comprising the Class of 2018.

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KBM Announces Youthful Line-Up

Kyle Busch Motorsports announced its youthful Truck Series driver lineup last month.  Noah Gragson is returning to the Number-18 Toyota.  Primary sponsorship for all twenty-three races will come from Ohio-based Safelite AutoGlass, the nation’s largest provider of vehicle glass repair and replacement services.  Gragson, 19, finished tenth in the 2017 championship standings after collecting one win (Martinsville Speedway) and three poles in his rookie season.  He fell fifty-five points short of qualifying for the playoffs … Harrison Burton, 17-year-old son of former Cup Series driver Jeff Burton, will compete in nine races behind the wheel of the Number-51 Tundra … Team owner Kyle Busch will run three races in the “51” and two other events in the Number-4 Toyota, which has been vacated by 2017 champion Christopher Bell – who’s moved into Joe Gibbs Racing’s X-finity Series program.  And 17-year-old Todd Gilliland, a two-time champion in the NASCAR K-and-N Pro Series West, will run the majority of races in the Number-4

K-B-M Tundra in pursuit of Rookie of the Year honors.  His father, David Gilliland (another former Cup Series competitor), will race in the season-opener eleven days from now at Daytona International Speedway.