News Digest

Energy assistance still available

The Sheboygan County Economic Support Division is taking applications for the 2013-14 Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

Sheboygan County residents who need help with their heating or electric bills should call (920) 459-3207 for an appointment. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program eligibility is based on the total gross income of all household members during the previous three months. The 2013-14 income limits are: household of 1, $6,173; household of 2, $8,073; household of 3, $9,972; household of 4, $11,871; household of 5, $13,771; household of 6, $15,670; household of 7, $16,026; household of 8, $16,383. Income limits increase as family size increases.

Applicants must provide verification of the following information for all household members, including minors: Social Security numbers, alien registration cards (if applicable), gross wages, all unearned income, account numbers for heat and electric bills, and an ID for the primary person.

If heat is included in the rent, the name and address of the landlord must be provided.

Extension offers short course

The University of Wisconsin-Extension Landscape and Ground Maintenance short course welcomes participants.

This short course is intended for landscapers, parks and grounds maintenance professionals, along with horticultural enthusiasts interested in learning more. It will focus on current plant diseases, insect issues, perennials, turf care and urban tree and shrub care.

This year’s short course is being held on the UW-Sheboygan campus at the UW-Extension, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan.

Sessions may be attended for $15 per day.

The remaining session, Friday, Feb. 28, from 1-4 p.m., will be on “Effective Treatment Options for Managing the Emerald Ash Borer.” The session will be presented by Dr. Chris Williamson, UW-Extension turf grass and ornamental entomologist. Christopher Deegan of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, will speak on “The Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine - State and Federal Regulations.”

To request a 2014 short course brochure or for registration information, contact the UW-Extension office at (920) 459-5904 or go to the website at

Tree order deadline near

The deadline for purchasing trees and shrubs from the Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Department is Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Delivery and pickup of trees will take place during the first week of May.

Order forms can be obtained by calling the department at (920) 459- 1370 or on the Sheboygan County website:

The program, now entering its 16th year, has resulted in over 1 million trees being planted throughout Sheboygan County and neighboring areas. More than 40 species of trees and shrubs are available in quantities of 10 each.

The fruit tree selection now includes apple, plum, pear, cherry and peach. Also available are two specialty packets: a sequential flower packet and a bird/butterfly packet.

With all the complicated baiting rules (and from the all the baiting citations issued last deer season) now is the to think ahead to next deer season and plant a food plot.

The form lists eight different food plot mixes. “A food plot could very easily make the difference between a successful season or not,” said Eric Fehlhaber of the department. “All it takes is a small area to get big results.”

For more information, call the department at (920) 459-1370.

Work set on State 23 at County Y

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation regional office in Green Bay is providing a tentative listing of construction projects scheduled in the region for 2014.

The list includes state projects on Interstates, the United States highway system, and the Wisconsin state highway system. Construction costs for these projects are estimated at approximately $270 million.

Be advised that schedules are subject to change. Once construction has begun on a project, updates on traffic impacts and construction progress will be available on DOT’s weekly construction media release, distributed every Friday, tentatively set to begin in early March.

The Northeast Region includes the counties of Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Sheboygan, and Winnebago.

Deck Sealing work is planned on highways in a number of counties, including Sheboygan County, from June to September.

This work will include some shoulder and lane closures and night work in some locations.

Reconstruction of the concrete pavement on the ramps and on County Y across State 23 in Sheboygan County will take place from late April to July 30

There will be various ramp closures throughout project. State 23 and County Y will open to a minimum of one lane of traffic in each direction at all times.

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