Kewaunee County news briefs
Governor Signs Utility Bill
Kewaunee County officials and Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, were on hand last week when Gov. Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 252 to address the growing problem of power plant closures in the state.
Senate Bill 252 extends utility aid payments to local communities losing power plants and gradually reduces these payments over a five-year period. Kewaunee County will be one of the communities to benefit from the bill.
“I am very pleased that the governor chose to sign this bill,’ Kitchens said. “Many local communities were looking at losing a large portion of their budget with no way to fillinthe gaps. SB 252 helps areas already losing a sizeable portion of their economy and allows local governments time to plan and recover.”
Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators co-host convention
Members of the local Door-Kewaunee Retired Educators Association co-hosted the 64th annual convention of the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association held at the Holiday Inn in Manitowoc on Sept. 29-30. The convention featured the theme “Light the Way with WREA,” and area representatives attending included Jesse Harness, Ellen Mathu, Kathy Frisk, Yvonne Harness and Charlie Frisk who wore sailor caps to celebrate the event.
Kurt Kiefer, assistant state superintendent of public instruction, keynoted a program sharing how DPI collaborates with educational partners to address the needs of school districts in an era of increasingly more technology and data use. Co-presenting with him were Kaye Henrickson, CESA 4, and Jim Lee, CESA 12.
Other featured convention speakers included Diana Callope, 2014 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year; John Forester, director of government relations, School Administrators Alliance; Wendy Lutzke, director of education at Wisconsin Maritime Museum; Bob Desh, retired Coast Guard captain and former executive director of the Door County Maritime Museum; and Dave Bennett, WREA executive director.
“This convention is one of the major events for Wisconsin’s retired educators,” said Victor Bekkum, WREA board president. “This year is particularly important as we address the continued legislative efforts to change the state’s pension system and educational landscape.”
For more information about the WREA or the local unit, DKREA, contact Jesse Harness at 920-866-2012 or email him at [email protected].
Algoma Library Celebrates Teen Week
Algoma Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week October 18-24 with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to “read for the fun of it.” Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “Get Away @ your library.”
In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.
Algoma Public Library invites teens and parents to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week.
From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, teens are participating in Doctor Who board games and watching a Doctor Who movie, and 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, teens are creating Mod Podge Drink Coasters with maps and travel designs.
Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.
College Planning Strategies Workshop scheduled Monday
Thrivent Financial is hosting an educational workshop to help parents of high school students with their college planning. Called “College Planning Strategies,” the 90-minute workshop will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at Luxemburg-Casco High School, 512 Center Drive, Luxemburg. The workshop is hosted by Guy McCauley, financial representative with Thrivent Financial. Guy welcomes guest speaker Jack Driscoll, a certified college planning specialist, also with Thrivent Financial.
The workshop is designed to help parents and their students avoid costly mistakes that can arise throughout the college admission and selection process. It also covers basic facts about financial aid; steps that parents and students can take to help save money by using admission and academic strategies; and, discovering funding sources to help pay for your child’s college education and other ways to help minimize out-of-pocket expenses.
To register for this free workshop, contact Mary McCauley at (920) 664-3226, or by email at [email protected]. The reservation deadline is Oct. 16. A light meal will be served.
Volleyball program raises $12,581 for breast cancer
The results of this month’s Pink Out Night at Luxemburg-Casco High School are in. The volleyball program at the high school raised $12,581 for the Ribbon of Hope in Green Bay, said Jeffrey Frey, varsity girls volleyball coach.
“It was an unbelievable night and fun to see everyone come together for such a great cause,’ said Frey. The volleyball team held a special event on Oct. 1 that included bucket raffles, grab bags and a mad-minute collection.
Algoma Library Friends offer scholarship
Applications are being accepted for a scholarship offered by the Algoma Library Friends for persons residing or employed in Kewaunee County who are pursuing a higher degree in library science, or reading or media specialties.
The $500 scholarship is open for applicants meeting the following criteria: Applicant must be a resident of/or employed in Kewaunee County, must have a minimum of 60 college credits, and seeking an educator license as a reading specialist (317), reading teacher (316), media specialist or a higher degree in library science.
A letter of application detailing student status and career path should be sent to: Algoma Library Friends; 406 Fremont St.; Algoma, WI 54201.
First-time applicants will receive priority consideration, but former applicants/recipients may apply. Applications are due to the Friends by Nov. 6, 2015.
Star-News offices closed early Oct. 22-23
The Kewaunee County Star-News offices will be closed at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Friday, Oct. 23. Hours will return to normal on Monday Oct. 26
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press Gazette: Kewaunee County news briefs