News Digest

Optimists holding toy drive

The Plymouth Optimists Club has launched its annual “Toys for Kids” campaign.

The Optimists have partnered with local businesses to ensure that all families enjoy a Merry Christmas for 20 years now. Last year, more $3,000 worth of toys were collected and the group is ‘optimistic’ about topping that total this year.

This year’s campaign runs through Dec. 15. At that point, all the toys will be given to the Salvation Army for distribution to deserving families. Collections boxes have been placed at these Plymouth businesses: Antoinette’s Pizza and Sandwich, Bank First National, Culver’s Frozen Custard and De O’Malley’s Pizza Pub.

People bringing their donations to Culver’s will get more than just a great feeling for helping others in the community – they can treat their taste buds, too. Culver’s is again offering a free single scoop sundae to anyone who drops off a new toy.

For more information, contact Cheryl Lemkuil at (920) 892-6533 or any other Optimists Club member.

Frozen road boundaries reset

With colder weather gripping much of the state, it’s expected that Wisconsin’s frozen road law will soon be implemented – typically beginning in the northern portion of the state.

Effective this winter season, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in cooperation with the trucking industry, have established new boundaries for four of the state’s five frost zones.

“The revised frost zone boundaries more accurately reflect typical weather and temperature patterns across the state,” said David Vieth, director of DOT’s Bureau of Highway Maintenance. “Along with preserving highway infrastructure, these changes will support economic growth and freight movement by maximizing the frozen road period for each zone.”

The state’s frozen road law allows heavier loads for trucks carrying peeled or unpeeled forest products cut crosswise (not including woodchips), or salt and sand for winter maintenance until approximately early March depending on weather conditions.

The declaration is issued once ground under highway pavement is frozen to a depth of at least 18-inches. This allows the maximum gross weight for trucks hauling logs or salt and sand for maintaining winter roads to increase to 98,000 pounds on vehicles with a minimum of five axles (from the normal 80,000 pounds).

While none of Wisconsin’s frost zones have been declared frozen yet this winter season, an announcement impacting the northern portion of the state is expected soon – possibly next week. The boundaries for the northernmost zone – Zone 1 – remain the same, however borders for the state’s other four zones have changed. Further information on the new zones, weight restrictions and frozen road law can be found on the DOT web site at

Keep walks, mailboxes clear of snow

With the major snowstorms expected to blanket the region during the next couple of months, one seasonal tool is expected to make its return at homes and businesses – the shovel.

To help letter carriers deliver mail for the holidays and beyond, the United States Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow. Maintaining a clear path to the mail box – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain constant delivery service and help them get those cards and packages delivered in time for the holidays.

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep approaches to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers.

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes. The USPS curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort. Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the USPS to collect the mail for delivery. Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice. The USPS wants its letter carriers to be safe and can only do this with the help of its customers.

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