News Digest

Farm machinery update seminar

Farmers, agriculturists and local town officials are invited to attend a seminar to discuss proposed legislation that is underway to update state laws that allow farm machinery to operate on Wisconsin roadways.

The University of Wisconsin-Extension and Sheboygan County Farm Bureau are hosting a presentation about these changes Thursday, March 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Millhome Supper Club in Kiel.

Proposed legislation updates the definition of implements of husbandry (IOH), provides an additional 15 percent weight allowance, and addresses safety concerns will changes to lighting and marking requirements and rules of the road.

“Public roads are shared spaces,” said Mike Ballweg, UW-Extension Sheboygan County crops and soils agent. “Safety is important and this proposed legislation takes everyone’s needs into consideration.”

Presenters include:

• Paul Zimmerman, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Executive Director of Governmental Relations, will discuss the proposed legislation and provide an update on legislative activity.

• Cheryl Skjolaas, UW-Extension agricultural safety specialist, will discuss current law and practices for safe road travel.

Registration is not required for this presentation. For more information contact Mike Ballweg, UW-Extension Sheboygan County at (920) 459-5910 or Lloyd De Ruyter, Sheboygan County Farm Bureau at (920) 946-3047.

Alice at Maywood Flapjack Day

Wisconsin’s Alice in Dairyland, Kristin Olson, will be the special guest and speaker at Maywood Environmental Park’s 28th Annual Flapjack Day to be held on Sunday, March 16.

A fun, family event, Flapjack Day provides education about Wisconsin’s history of maple-sugaring.

Alice in Dairyland will enjoy breakfast at 10:30 a.m., greet guests and give an informative 15-minute presentation on maple-sugaring at 11:15 a.m.

She will tour the sugar shack, decorate a sap-bucket in the indoor craft area and speak about forest management at 12:15 p.m.

Children will be able to have their photo taken with Olson as well.

Breakfast will be served from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat breakfast, which includes pancakes and a beverage are on sale for $4 in advance and $5, at the door. Sausages can be purchased a a price of three for a dollar. Kids age 4 and younger eat free.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see sap collection in action and watch the process of sap being boiled in the sugar shack.

Additional family-friendly activities include maple forest and sugar house tours, an I Spy Trail Walk, kids’ crafts, face painting and more.

A sap-bucket decorating fundraiser will enable families or individuals, for $5, to decorate a sap bucket and proudly display it in Maywood’s maple forest for the rest of the maple sapping season.

For more information, call Maywood Environmental Park at 920- 459-3906.

Traffic deaths lowest since 1937

Last month was the safest month of February in terms of traffic fatalities since monthly records were first compiled in 1937.

A total of 21 people died in traffic crashes last month, which was five fewer than February 2013 and nine fewer than the five-year average for the month of February, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).

The deadliest month of February occurred in 1968 with 73 fatalities.

As of February 28, a total of 56 people have died in traffic fatalities during 2014 including 13 passengers and nine pedestrians. Traffic deaths through February were 13 fewer than the same period last year and nine fewer than the five year average.

Program to showcase Prange’s

History on the Move continues its series at the Cedar Grove Public Library, 131 Van Altena St., Cedar Grove, Saturday, March 15.

The topic for the second session of the series is, It’s Not Yours Til You Like It, H.C. Prange’s, A Sheboygan Institution.

Mention the name Prange’s and no matter your age from 40 to 90 you probably have personal memories of the legendary Sheboygan department store. Whether those memories are of the annual animated Christmas window displays and caramel corn, the use of due bills, charge-aplates, layaways, will-call, the x-ray machine in the shoe department or the escalators, they are shared by many and are part of the cherished collective history of the H.C. Prange Co.

The presentation offers a trip down memory lane, filled with images and stories submitted by former employees and loyal shoppers enhanced by clips from Prange Co. publications and old newspaper articles which will tell the happenings of the company from its beginning in 1887 to the old store’s demise in 1983.

The program runs from 10-11:30 a.m. and is held in the library’s meeting room.

For questions, call the SCHRC at 920-467-4667, Cedar Grove Public Library at 668-6834 or check the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center on Facebook for updates.

The presentation is open to the public free of charge.

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