News Digest

Historical Society to meet

The Plymouth Historical Society will hold its annual meeting Thursday, March 21, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1405 State 67, Plymouth.

A short business meeting will begin promptly at 7 p.m. followed by a special presentation by Jim and Gary Hess.

Frank J. Hess & Sons Cooperage, Wisconsin’s largest independent cooperage, was located in Madison for 62 years. The company manufactured beer kegs for numerous breweries as well as wine and whiskey barrels. Jim and Gary Hess, grandsons of Frank Hess, have researched the history of their grandfather’s business and will enlighten the audience through discussion and slide presentations.Tools of the trade and white oak barrels manufactured at the Hess Cooperage will be on display.

This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. The First Congregational United Church of Christ is located south of Plymouth on State 67.

DNR sets deer meeting

While the hunting season might be months away, planning for the 2013 deer hunting season is underway.

Wildlife biologists with the Department of Natural Resources invite anyone interested in discussing the status of the deer herd in Fond du Lac and Sheboygan counties to attend a public meeting from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Henry S. Reuss Ice Age Visitor Center, N2875 State 67, Dundee.

Deer herd management throughout Wisconsin depends greatly on information provided by the public. This is the first formal opportunity of the year for hunters and other interested individuals to discuss the possible structure of the 2013 deer hunting seasons with DNR wildlife managers.

Local wildlife biologists will be on hand to answer questions and talk about the current status of the deer herd in these counties. They will listen to ideas and observations about local deer numbers, and discuss possible strategies to manage them. Available for viewing are deer harvest histories and other information provided by hunters through deer registration from the 2012 season.

Those unable to attend a local meeting may still provide their input about their favorite deer management unit using an on-line herd status summary and survey which will be active from March 18 to April 12.

To access the survey during that period, please visit our website at, keywords “Deer Hunter Forum.” Comments and survey results will be compiled and provided to the wildlife biologist responsible for each county.

Birdhouse workshop at KASP

A bluebird birdhouse building workshop will be held at Kohler-Andrae State Park in Sheboygan Saturday, March 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Join volunteers from the Friends of Kohler-Andrae State Park for this popular annual workshop. The birdhouses will be assembled from kits and participants are asked to bring a hammer if they have one. If they wish, participants may purchase the birdhouse they have built at a cost of only $7.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are asked to stop at the park office to purchase vehicle stickers and pay for their birdhouse kits. They will be directed to the park’s maintenance building for a short program on bluebirds followed by the workshop. Those planning to attend are encouraged to register in advance, but walk-ins are also welcome.

All vehicles entering the park will be required to have valid vehicle admission stickers. The stickers may be purchased at the park office at cost of $25 for an annual pass or $7 for a daily pass.

For more information, contact the park office at (920) 451-4080.

Antiques appraisal at library

Antiques expert Mark Moran will be at the Plymouth Public Library Monday, March 18, beginning at 4 p.m., to provide informal appraisals on antiques and collectibles.

Moran is the author of more than 25 books on antiques and collectibles. He has bought and sold antiques for more than 30 years. He has been a contributing editor for Antique Trader magazine, and a guest expert on “Antiques Roadshow.”

There is a limit to the number of items for evaluation, so make a reservation early. Call the library (892-4416) or stop in to reserve an appraisal slot. Reservations are for one item per person, please.

Accepted items include: fine art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, vintage photographs, folk art and advertising, toys, and metalware.

Unaccepted items include: all weapons (including swords, knives), coins and paper money, fine jewelry (including precious gems), pocket and wristwatches, and musical woodwind instruments.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Even if you do not bring an item for appraisal, come and watch the proceedings. Mark your calendar and join us for an enjoyable time.

For further information, call Library Director Martha Rosche at 892- 4416, ext. 105.

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