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Well water tests offered in Wilson

The Sheboygan County UW-Extension Office has teamed up with the county’s Land and Water Conservation Office and the certified lab at UW-Stevens Point to offer a drinking water testing program for residents of the town of Wilson who obtain their water from a private well.

This is not a town or Department of Natural Resources program. Poor test results will not require a well to be shut down.

For a $15 fee (normally $49), well owners can participate in the “Homeowners Package,” which includes tests for bacteria and nitratenitrogen, two of the most common health related water concerns. In addition, pH, hardness, alkalinity, conductivity, chloride, and corrosivity will also be measured.

Other test packages will also be available, including a “Metals Package” that tests for arsenic, lead, and nine other metals ($21), and a “Triazine Screen” that tests for atrazine pesticides ($27). If all three tests are selected, the total cost is discounted to $55, a savings of $8.

In addition to these packages, a special test for boron is also being offered for $16. Testing for boron, a metal associated with fly ash, is recommended for wells within a quarter mile of a fly ash landfill or for anyone who is otherwise concerned about the effects of fly ash.

Sample bottle pickup will be coordinated by UW-Extension staff at the Black River Advancement Hall, 435 Indian Mound Rd., Friday, Oct. 18, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday, Oct. 19, between 8 and 10 a.m.

Each participant will be given written instructions for sampling his or her well water and will need to return the sample bottle to UWExtension staff at the Advancement Hall Monday, Oct. 21, between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Due to the heavy workload at the lab, the number of participants in Wilson is limited to 125. Payment will be expected at bottle pickup.

Sometime in November, a groundwater specialist from the UW-Stevens Point lab will hold an educational session in the area to help residents understand their confidential test results and offer possible solutions to any problems.

For more information, contact Kevin Struck or Mike Ballweg in the UW-Extension Office at (920) 459-5900.

DMV centers closed Monday

The Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles’ customer service centers and phone centers throughout Wisconsin will be closed for business Monday, Oct. 14 (Columbus Day), so that all frontline customer service representatives may receive technical process and procedural updates and training.

Although staff at DMV phone centers will be in training and unable to take calls, DMV’s automated phone system will remain available, so customers can access recorded information.

DMV would like to remind people that many services do not require a visit to a service center and are available online at the official Wisconsin DMV web site: DMV stresses that customers should make sure they see .gov in the address. Web sites or .com are for-profit sites that will charge for forms that are always free from

DMV conducts regional training sessions to minimize employee travel and to provide more training time at reduced costs, according to Donna Brown-Martin, director of the DMV’s Bureau of Field Services.

“Ongoing staff training is essential to keep up with changes in technology, policies and procedures,” Brown-Martin said in a press release. “It helps us meet our primary goal–providing customer services that are as consistent and efficient as possible.” She indicated that Oct. 14 was selected for the statewide training because it is a federal holiday, which typically reduces the number of customers visiting service centers.

Dance Line, scarves Comm Ed classes

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering a DanceLine for middle school-aged students and a new class on making his and hers scarves.

Register by Friday, Oct. 18 and save $5 on the following classes:

DanceLine: This is an introduction to the sport of organized team dance for students in grades five through eight. Students will perform during halftime of Riverview boys home basketball games.

Classes for those in grades five and six will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays from Oct. 28 to Dec. 19 (except Nov. 28) in the Riverview cafeteria; fee is $30 until Oct. 18, then $35. Classes for those in grades seven and eight will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays from Oct. 29 to Dec. 17 (except Nov. 28 and 29) in the Riverview cafeteria; fee is $35 until Oct. 18, then $40.

His and Hers Scarves: Those with beginner-level skills will get elegant results making a wingspan scarf for her and a striped scarf for him, both of which will make wonderful gifts.

Class will meet with instructor Sharon Schlundt from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 29 to Nov. 19 at Plymouth High School; fee is $30 ($24 seniors) until Oct. 18, then $35 ($29), plus supplies.

Online registration is available for most courses at www.plymouth. This option, which carries a $4 service charge, allows people to pay with a credit card and also to receive immediate confirmation of enrollment.

A complete Community Education course guide is available online and at locations throughout the community.

Visit, call 892-5068 or visit Plymouth Community Education & Recreation on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave., for more information.

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