News Digest 2feb12

DOT to hold meeting on Falls intersection

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation northeast region office in Green Bay will hold a public information meeting for the reconstruction of State 32/Happy Lane intersection in Sheboygan Falls as a roundabout.
The meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sheboygan Falls City Hall, 375 Buffalo St., Sheboygan Falls. A short presentation will be made at 5:15 p.m.
The preferred design being considered is a single-lane roundabout. Additional enhancements include improving overall intersection safety, capacity, and drainage while providing bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. Construction is scheduled for 2015.
The meeting is being held as an open house. All persons interested in the project are encouraged to attend, learn about the project, and provide input on the proposed design for the intersection improvements.
Anyone with a concern for, or knowledge of, historical or archaeological resources, drainage problems, or environmental issues such as hazardous waste and underground storage tanks are also encouraged to attend this meeting and provide information to DOT staff.
The Sheboygan Falls City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Persons who are unable to attend the meeting can make their comments by contacting the DOT Project Manager, Paul Brauer, at 944 Vanderperren Way, Green Bay 54304; (920) 492-0135 or by e-mail at
Citizens who are hearing-impaired and require an interpreter may request one by contacting Brauer at least three working days prior to the meeting.

Lecture to focus on visiting Egypt

Salah Ibrahim will present a free public lecture on “Places To Visit in Egypt: Plan Your Trip” on Thursday, Feb. 9 at Plymouth High School.
Ibrahim, who is teaching Arabic language and Egyptian culture at Plymouth High School this school year, is giving a series of lectures for the community.
The lectures are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the library at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave. Additional lectures in the series will be:
• Thursday, Feb. 23: Egyptian Tribes and Traditional Clothes
• Thursday, March 8: Famous People in Egyptian History
Ibrahim is in Plymouth thanks to the Teachers of Critical Languages Program funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. The program is designed to increase the number of Americans teaching and studying Arabic (and also Mandarin Chinese).
Teachers chosen to participate through a highly competitive selection process spend the entire school year in their host schools.
To learn more, visit, call 892-5068 or visit Plymouth Community Education & Recreation on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Learn about soil at presentation

Have you ever wondered why Wisconsin has so many different types of soil: why your neighbor can grow roses and you can’t: why we need to amend our soil, or why we can’t grow blueberries? These topics and more will be covered by Professor Vijai Pandian, UW-Extension agriculture agent and educator for Brown UW Extension Office. This presentation will be hosted by the Sheboygan County UWExtension Master Gardeners Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the UW Extension Office, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan.
Pandian is the Brown County urban horticulture educator and publishes an award-winning bimonthly newsletter. He has also produced a bilingual DVD and brochure on proper tree planting.
He has a weekly garden column published during the growing season in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. He has developed educational fact sheets, public displays, and presentations on local emerging issues related to invasive plants (garlic mustard) and insects (Emerald Ash Borer) and has shared his work at several regional and national conferences.
The presentation is open to the public with a $5 fee for non-Master Gardeners. Checks should be made out to Sheboygan County Master Gardeners and mailed to: UW Extension Office, Attention: Tammy Zorn, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan.
You will be registered upon payment. Current Sheboygan County Master Gardeners can attend at no cost.

Master Gardener volunteers can call Tammy Zorn at the extension office to register. Please register no later than Feb. 13.

Learn to make stop-motion Lego animation

Learn how to create a short animated film using Legos in a new course offered by Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation.
Stop-Motion Lego Animation instructor JJ Burkart will teach participants from fifth grade through adult the basics of stop-motion animation, the technique used in “Wallace and Gromit” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Class will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mondays from Feb. 20 to March 19 at Riverview Middle School. Fee is $28 until Feb. 10, then $33.
To learn more, visit, call 892-5068 or visit Plymouth Community Education & Recreation on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

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