News Digest

Man killed in motorcycle crash

A 26-year-old Sheboygan man died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident on County P just south of Camp Evelyn Road in the town of Plymouth.

Patrick Luebke, 26, of Sheboygan was taken to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah with life threatening injuries but later died.

According to the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department, a cellular 911 call was received at 3:48 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, reporting a witnessed high-speed motorcycle crash on County Highway P in the town of Plymouth.

Sheriff’s deputies along with Elkhart Lake Police Department, Plymouth Fire Department, Plymouth Ambulance Service and Flight for Life responded to the scene of a single occupant motorcycle crash, where the driver drove off the roadway and collided with trees in the ditch.

The crash remains under investigation by the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and Luebke was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Man asphyxiates in barn hole

Sheboygan County authorities say a 60-year-old man has died while digging a hole in a barn.

Emergency crews were called after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, to the town of Mitchell. The victim was found in a 3-foot hole he was digging inside the barn.

Douglas Orzechowski was pronounced dead. He lived at the property.

The Sheboygan County coroner ruled the victim died of accidental positional asphyxiation, meaning he had gotten into a position where he could not breathe.

Blood drive Sept. 11

This September, the American Red Cross invites you to do something amazing – help save lives by donating blood.

The Plymouth Woman’s Club and Salem United Church of Christ will once again host the Plymouth Community Blood Drive at Salem United Church of Christ, 217 Salem Dr., Plymouth, Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Make your appointment today by calling 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Blood donations historically drop during the summer months, and blood supply levels can become critically low following the Labor Day weekend.

Blood has a limited shelf-life. Red blood cells, the portion of blood most commonly used for trauma patients, are only good for 42 days, and platelets, commonly used for cancer patients, are only good for five days.

The Red Cross announced that increased blood and platelet donations during September are needed to ensure an adequate and continuous supply of blood and blood products for local hospitals.

Emergency program board to meet

The local board of the Emergency Food and Shelter program (formerly FEMA) will hold its semi-annual meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10 at The Salvation Army, 710 Pennsylvania Ave.

Sheboygan County has received funding since 1993 and is required to meet semi-annually to review how funds were distributed during 2012 and to prioritize funding needs for the upcoming funding cycle.

Funding is designed to supplement and expand the work of local nonprofit social service agencies in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. EFSP funds must be used for supplemental food, shelter, rent, and utility assistance.

The current board is comprised of 27 nonprofit agency representatives and community members. Interested agencies, as well as formerly homeless individuals, and Sheboygan County residents are encouraged to attend. Call Char Neitzel-Goostree with questions at 920-458-3723 ext. 263.

Little Learners group schedule set

The Plymouth School District again is offering a facilitated play group for children ages 2½ through 4 and their parents.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, Little Learners will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the first and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Generations building.

The play group offers an opportunity for children to demonstrate social skills while learning under the guidance of Ginger Boldt, an early childhood teacher in the Plymouth School District.

This joint venture of the Family Resource Center and the Plymouth School District will provide age-appropriate theme-orientated activities. Social interaction along with other learning experiences will be provided free of charge.

Space is limited. To register your child or for more information, call (920) 892-2225, Ext. 3512, or email Boldt at gboldt@plymouth.k12.

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