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Flags Ordered to Half-Staff for Memorial Day

Governor Scott Walker issued Executive Order 293 today ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 28, 2018, for Memorial Day in remembrance of Wisconsin service members who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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Packers and UW-Extension Team Up to Promote Fresh Produce Donations

This growing season, the Green Bay Packers and Brown County UW-Extension are partnering to continue and expand their Planting for a Purpose Program, to encourage community members to donate fresh produce to local food pantries. The program, including its new Brown County Sweet Potato Project, will have three kickoff dates:

  • Friday, May 25, from 4 to 6 p.m., at 210 Museum Pl. in conjunction with the Northeast Wisconsin Master
    Gardeners’ plant sale.
  • Saturday, May 26 from 9 to 11 a.m., at 210 Museum Pl. in conjunction with the Northeast Wisconsin Master
    Gardeners’ plant sale.
  • Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Saturday Farmers’ Market on South Washington Street.

Local gardeners are encouraged to sign up for Planting for a Purpose and pledge to donate a portion of their harvest to a local food pantry. Those who sign up at goo.gl/pjTWu9 can receive a free garden kneeler and gardening gloves, while supplies last. 2018 marks the program’s second year, and this year the program is also expanding to include the Brown County Sweet Potato Project, based off of a similar program in Dane County. All community members are invited to sign up to receive free sweet potato slips (plants) with the understanding that they agree to donate half of their sweet potato harvest to food pantries. Those wishing to participate are encouraged to request a specific number of plants in advance at goo.gl/bdqC7j, and may then pick up slips on 5/25 or 5/26 at the plant sale or at the 6/2 farmers’ market. UW-Extension Horticulture Education Vijai Pandian will also offer a brief free class on growing sweet potatoes at 11:00am on Saturday, May 26 at 210 Museum Pl.

Local food pantries report that there is a great demand for more fresh produce donations to meet clients’ needs, and those participating in Planting for a Purpose help to make sure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. In 2017, pantries reported 13,814 pounds of donated produce, and Planting for a Purpose hopes to increase this number in 2018. Says Leslie Sharkey, Volunteer and Guest Services Coordinator at Paul’s Pantry, “Planting, maintaining, and harvesting a garden takes a lot of time and energy, and for it to go to help others in our community is absolutely wonderful!”

Interested gardeners also can sign up and learn more at http://browncountycommunitygardens.org.

 

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Pets on the Patio

petsonpatio.JPGSummer is finally here and Plymouth Tap is opening their patio to pets and will host “Pets on the Patio.”  May 26th will be the official opening of the pet friendly patio. In partnership with Christel’s Pet Supplies & More this will be an event to bring your dog, cat, spouse and/or significant other where your pets will receive special treats and you will have the opportunity to wash your pet with the supplied soap, water and towels while enjoying beverages and food on the patio.

“Being a pet lover and wanting to share our patio, I felt it would be nice to allow visitors to bring their pet and relax,” stated Nate Fetterer, Plymouth Tap owner/operator.  “So if someone has a pet, and controls their actions, I will welcome them from 6 am to 2 am for food, beverages and entertainment.”

Saturday, May 26 from 11am to 3 pm Plymouth will be the place to be.  In addition to pets there will be music from 11 – 4 by Buckshot a unique solo artist with state-of-the-art electronic affects including harmonies and a drum groove.

Plymouth Tap is located at 101 East Mill Street in Plymouth, formerly Casey Jones Lanes.  In addition to having the longest bar in Sheboygan County, Plymouth Tap has become known for great food, numerous TV’s, games to play, a great beer selection, and the WOW Bloody Mary.  Its hours of operation – from 6 am to 2 am (food served 6 a to 12 am) – make it a home for 3rd shifters, allowing them a chance to unwind, relax, socialize and watch a bit of classic television.

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Lakeshore Technical College Foundation Receives $25,000 Gift

The Lakeshore Technical College Foundation recently received a gift of $25,000 from the John C. and Katherine B. Miller Charitable Fund of the Lakeshore Community. The gift is designated to support the LTC Promising Futures Scholarship Campaign. Launched last fall with a goal of one million dollars, the campaign will raise funds to help high school seniors and adult students access financial resources and enroll at LTC.

“With partners like John and Kate Miller, LTC is redefining the future of higher education to create an affordable, accessible path to family-sustaining employment and career advancement,” said LTC President Dr. Paul Carlsen.

The Promising Futures Scholarship Campaign will make the dream of a college education a reality by addressing three key initiatives: Promise Scholarships for high school seniors, Futures Scholarships for adult students, and Emergency Grants for LTC students in need of immediate financial relief.

“We believe in making more scholarships available to willing and ambitious students who otherwise could not afford a technical education,” said John Miller. “It is our hope that our gift to the Promising Futures Scholarship Campaign truly will transform lives with an LTC education.”

Donations can be made to the Promising Futures Scholarship Campaign by visiting gotoltc.edu/PromisingFutures or by calling the LTC Foundation at 920.693.1852.

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Blue Means Go: A DATCP Sticker Means You Are Getting What You Paid for at the Pump

SampleWMPumpSticker.jpgHitting the road this Memorial Day weekend? If so, you’ll likely need to fill up your tank before you start your journey. If you see a Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) inspection sticker on the pump, you can be confident that our weights and measures inspectors have tested that unit and found it to be accurate.

DATCP checks gas pumps statewide to ensure that consumers are getting the appropriate amount of fuel for their money, and our annual inspection numbers show that Wisconsin businesses take that responsibility seriously. In 2017, DATCP inspectors tested 38,209 grades of fuel at pumps statewide. Consumers received either the accurate amount of fuel or extra fuel 99.8 percent of the time in these tests.

When checking fuel pumps, DATCP inspectors and city sealers test for accuracy, check for tampering and credit card skimmer devices, look for leaks, verify posted price signs, test fuel quality, and ensure that the customer displays are working and are accurate.

For even more protection in a fuel purchase, Wisconsin consumers can:

  • Check the price per gallon on the pump to ensure that it matches the street sign.
  • Verify that the price display reads zero before opening the nozzle.
  • Check the total price after filling up to ensure that it computed properly.
  • Tell the store management immediately if there is a problem at the pump. If you wish to file a weights and measures complaint with DATCP, send an e-mail to datcpweightsandmeasures@wi.gov or call 608-224-4942.

So if you fill up in Wisconsin before you hit the highway this weekend, check for a DATCP inspection sticker or a city seal at the pump so you can focus on the road…not your wallet.

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Manitowoc County Historical Society to Participate in Blue Star Museums

 

The Manitowoc County Historical Society is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Manitowoc County Historical Society announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26, 2018 through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.