News Digest 30jun11

Fire destroys barn on Country Aire

A late night fire Tuesday destroyed a barn at the Donald McCabe residence, N4996 Country Aire Rd. in the town of Plymouth.

The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department received the call at 10:24 p.m. Tuesday. Responding officers reported that the barn was fully engulfed in flames.

Responding agencies included the Plymouth Fire Department, Waldo Fire Department, Adell Fire Department, Batavia Fire Department, Cascade Fire Department, Elkhart Lake Fire Department, Greenbush Fire Department, Random Lake Fire Department, Town of Sheboygan Falls Fire Department, Cascade First Responders, Plymouth Ambulance Service, and the Sheboygan County Sheriffs Department.

Firefighters remained on the scene until early Wednesday morning. There were no injuries associated with the fire. At this time, total damage estimates are unknown and the fire remains under investigation.

Holiday will delay garbage collection

City of Plymouth Public Works Director Bill Immich has announced that garbage collection in the city will be delayed one day next week due to the Fourth of July holiday.

There will be no garbage pickup Monday because of the holiday. Monday’s pickups will be made Tuesday, Tuesday’s on Wednesday, and so forth for the rest of the week.

Music of the world at library

The next big event at the Plymouth Public Library is a performance by musician Bill Kehl.

His show, “One Earth, Many Sounds,” will bring music and musical instruments from around the world.

Kehl will be giving two musical performances on Wednesday, July 6, one at 10 a.m. and another at 1:30 pm.

Other performances will be taking place at the library over the next several weeks. Please stop in at the library to pick up a full calendar of events.

Teens entering grades 7-12 are also invited to come to the library for a showing of the film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Snacks will be provided.

The film will be shown Friday, July 8 starting at 1 p.m.

Please stop in at the library to register or get more information on this program. Questions about the Summer Library Program, performances, storytime, or any other children’s events can also be asked by calling the library at (920) 892-4416 and asking for Youth Services Librarian Sandy George.

Falls commits to rail line restoration

The Sheboygan Falls Common Council made its financial commitment to the restoration of the Plymouth to Sheboygan Falls rail line official as it pledged $250,000 to the project, during a semimonthly meeting Tuesday, June 21, at the City Hall Municipal Building.

The $250,000 pledge is part of the $2 million local contribution required for the $15 million project, which will serve several existing business in Plymouth and Sheboygan Falls, as well as aid future industrial growth in both cities.

The state has already allocated $12 million for the restoration of the 11-mile line, which it purchased last year and will lease to the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad to operate.

Local officials hope the remaining $1 million will be covered by a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant through the state Department of Transportation.

Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Patrick Drinan attended the meeting to discuss the status of the TEA grant application.

“We are in the process of putting the finish touches on the TEA grant application,” Drinan said. “We will be submitting the application to the state DOT very soon.

“We are also in the process of formalizing the required 20-percent local funding match commitments from the county, municipalities like Sheboygan Falls and Plymouth, as well as local businesses. I’m not sure of the exact time frames for the grant approval process, but I can say that if everything goes through and is approved, no expenditures will be made on the project until 2012.”

In addition to the $250,000 financial commitment from the city of Sheboygan Falls and a pending $400,000 commitment from the city of Plymouth, Sheboygan County has also pledged $100,000 to the project.

Other financial commitments have been made by Wisconsin and Southern Railroad ($850,000), Bemis Manufacturing Co. ($200,000) Kettle Lakes Cooperative ($100,000), Glacier Transit and Storage ($40,000), Service One Corp. ($20,000), King Structures Inc. ($20,000) and Morrelle Transfer and Warehouse ($20,00).

“Our intention is to amend our TIF district to pay for the $250,000 contribution,” Sheboygan Falls Mayor Randy Meyer said.

Jewelry, art classes offered

Plymouth Community Education & Recreation is offering two courses taught by Karen Klumpyan.

Hemp & Leather Jewelry is a new course that will teach the art of making braided and knotted bracelets and necklaces using hemp, leather, shells and wooden beads. The course is open to men, women and children ages 10 and up. The course will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 18 at Plymouth High School. Fee is $15 until July 8, then $20.

Garden Art allows participants ages 10 and up to create unique and colorful outdoor art using wire, beads, shells and other materials. Class will meet from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19 at Plymouth High School. Fee is $15 until July 8, then $20.

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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