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Games, storytimes at library

Teens, are you looking for something different to do after school? Come to the Plymouth Public Library for teen and tween gaming.

There will be board and card games available to play, including Apples to Apples, Jenga, Life, and more. Free snacks are provided.

Anyone ages 10-17 is invited - the more friends you bring, the more fun you’ll have. Teen and Tween Gaming will be Thursday, Sept. 5 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Storytimes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers will begin for the Fall Session Sept. 16. All storytimes are filled with fun songs, activities and stories tailored to the mental and physical development of each age group. No registration is required for storytimes- just show up. The following storytimes are offered:

Baby and Toddler Storytime Mondays at 9:30 a.m. - This storytime is a 20-minute program for babies, toddlers, and their parents. This is a lapsit storytime where parents sit on the floor and participate with their children. We will sing lots of songs, read fun books together, and do rhymes and fingerplays that help develop fine and gross motor skills.

Preschool Storytime Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. - In Preschool Storytime, we read books, sing songs, and do activities based on a particular theme. Children learn kindergarten readiness skills such as rhyming words, recognizing letters, listening, and many more. We occasionally do a fun craft that encourages creativity and develops fine motor skills. This 30-minute program is geared for ages 3-5, but all are welcome.

Night time tales (same as Preschool Storytime) Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. - This storytime is exactly the same as Preschool Storytime, but is held in the evening to accommodate working families and children attending school. This 30-minute program is geared for ages 3-5, but all are welcome.

If you have any questions about programs for children or teens, please call Youth Services Librarian Allyson Obermeier at (920) 892-4416, ext. 108.

Please note that, upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through appropriate aids and services. For additional information, to request this service, or to request information in an alternative format, contact Library Director Martha Rosche at (920) 892-4416, ext. 105.

Holiday to delay garbage pickup

Due to the Labor Day holiday Monday, garbage collection will be delayed one day during the week of Sept. 2.

There will be no garbage collection Monday, according to Public Works Director Bill Immich. Garbage normally collected Monday will be collected Tuesday. Tuesday garbage will be collected Wednesday, Wednesday garbage on Thursday, Thursday garbage on Friday and Friday garbage on Saturday.

Sesqui plates to be replaced

The special license plate developed for Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial will soon become history as it is replaced over the coming year. Issued between 1996 and 1998, the plate has had a long, successful run, but the aging plates are creating concerns for safety and law enforcement.

“The oldest Sesquicentennial plates have been on the road for more than 17 years now, much longer than national standards recommend,” notes Mitchell Warren, director of the Bureau of Vehicle Services in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles. “Many of the plates are so faded and their reflectivity is so deteriorated, that they can’t be read easily, if at all. It’s really a safety and law enforcement issue.”

Steven Riffel, Sheboygan Falls chief of police and president of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association agrees. “Law enforcement offi- cers around the state have been struggling with reading these faded plates for some time now. We appreciate the fact that they’re being replaced.”

Stephen Fitzgerald, superintendent of DOT’s Division of State Patrol. concurs. “Our officers need to be able to read license plates; it’s pretty basic. We’re glad DMV is addressing this issue. It will be a big help to our officers.”

In addition to replacing the Sesquicentennial plates, DMV will also replace other standard auto plates that have red letters as they too are showing their age. The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators recommends license plates with white backgrounds and black letters or numbers. This provides the most contrast and is considered optimal.

Holders of plates being replaced will receive new plates over the next 14 months, starting in August.

“Plate holders will receive a notice from DMV when it is time to renew,” notes Warren. “The notice will provide details, so holders are asked to keep their plates on their vehicles until they hear from us. There is no need to do anything right now.”

In total, about 160,000 Sesquicentennial and 135,000 red-letter standard auto plates will be reissued. Over the course of the year, DMV expects to reissue on average about 25,000 sets of plates per month. Reissuance of these plates will be complete when the entire renewal cycle has passed in September 2014.

Find out more about the reissuance of plates at the official Wisconsin DMV web site:, in the Announcements section.

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