Packers award local literacy efforts
The Green Bay Packers Foundation earlier this month gave a $2,500 grant to the Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County’s Literacy Council.
Literacy Council volunteer tutors teach adults basic literacy, math and computer skills, and help teach English language skills to people looking to pick up the language. They also help basic literacy learners with GED preparation and job readiness needs.
Snowmobile association: Most trails still closed
The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is reminding riders most of the state’s snowmobile trails aren’t open yet, even though a recent snowfall has covered portions of the state.
Before trails can open, the group says, ground underneath the snow needs to be frozen — something a warm fall season has kept from happening so far.
The group is also telling riders to stay off lakes until they’re covered by a thick-enough layer of ice to carry a snowmobile. “Snowmobilers should never ride on any lakes or rivers without checking with the locals about whether the ice is safe,” the group says.
Most snowmobile trails in the state are on private property, and riding on them when they’re not open, or riding off the marked trail, is trespassing.
To find out which trails are open contact a local club or visit the state association’s website at http://www.awsc.org and click on “WI Trails.”
Katsma wins ‘Working’ award
A state business trade association has given a local state Assemblyman its “Working for Wisconsin” award.
State Rep. Terry Katsma, R-Oostburg, earned the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce award for business-friendly legislation he helped push in the 2015-16 legislative session.
Area sites join historic places register
A Sheboygan school and a Plymouth cheese company are on the state Register of Historic Places.
The Wisconsin Historical Society put Washington Elementary School in Sheboygan on the list of historically significant places Dec. 2.
The school was built in 1912 and “is an excellent example of the Classical Revival style,” the historical society says. The building remained a school until it was closed in 2013.
S & R Cheese Company
The state historical group also put the S & R Cheese Company on the state register on Dec. 2, citing the company’s important influence on the state’s cheese-making industry.
The company, under the leadership of the local Sartori family leadership, was responsible in the 1940s to 1960s “for significant contributions to the manufacture of Italian style cheeses, exporting cheese products, founding cheese industry organizations, and making technical cheese advancements,” the historical society says.
The company is still headed by the Sartori family enterprise, now run by Jim Sartori and under the name Sartori Foods.
To learn more about the State and National Register programs in Wisconsin, visit wisconsinhistory.org.
UAW donates to ‘Shop with a Cop’ program
Local union officials gave a $2,000 check recently to help support local law enforcement’s “Shop with a Cop” initiative.
Officials from UAW Local 833 gave the check to Cory Roeseler, patrol captain for the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office. The “Shop with a Cop” program pairs kids with law enforcement volunteers, who then shop together.
For details about the program contact Roeseler at (920) 459-3112.
Y-Koda plans holiday events
A Sheboygan Falls-area YMCA camp is planning a few wintry events this month.
Camp Y-Koda plans to host a Santa Claus-attended pancake brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 18. It’s geared for kids ages 4 to 10 and will also include holiday craft-making, sledding and other winter activities.
The camp will hold winter sledding, snowshoeing, fort-building and other winter games during its “Winter Break Camp” Dec. 26-30. The camp is for kids ages 4 to 12, who can sign up for one or more days of activity from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..
And Camp Y-Koda staff plan to work half-day programs Dec. 27-29 at Sheboygan’s Maywood nature center. The programs run 8 a.m. to noon those days and include hikes, nature programs and games, arts and crafts and more. It’s open to kids ages 5 to 10, who can sign up for one day, two or all three days.
Pre-registration is required for the events. For details visit ww.campykoda.org or call (920) 467-6882, or stop at the Sheboygan or Sheboygan Falls YMCA to complete a registration form.
Hospital plans ‘Love Lights’ fundraiser
A St. Nicholas Hospital fundraising group says it’s looking for people to participate in its annual Christmas “Love Lights” program.
The fundraiser lets people buy a light for a Christmas tree inside the hospital’s lobby to honor deceased loved ones. The fundraiser is coordinated by Partners of HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital, a volunteer group that raises money for the Sheboygan hospital.
Money raised in this year’s Love Lights program will support St. Nicholas’ emergency department services.