News Digest

Stamp Out Hunger Saturday

Saturday, May 10 marks the 22nd anniversary of America’s largest single day of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

Currently, 49 million Americans — 1 in 6 — are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 5 million seniors over age 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

In 2013, 74 million pounds of food was collected by Postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. Over the course of the 22-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food.

The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 10, and the postal carrier will do the rest. It’s that simple and millions of Americans will be helped.

KMSF kicks off summer programs

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start to summer season at the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit.

Every weekend from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is filled with entertaining and educational nature programs for preschoolers through adults. All the programs are free, except some events will be held at locations where a Wisconsin State Park system vehicle admission sticker is required.

These fifteen weeks of spectacular summer fun begin Friday, May 23, at 8:30 p.m. with a night hike on the Zillmer Trails (located off County SS between County G and State 67 near New Prospect). We will be exploring the dark looking for nocturnal mammals.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. mosey over to the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County GGG south of County SS near New Prospect), or the Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County F near Dundee) to solve mysteries of nature. Youth with the help of a naturalist will discover many of nature’s mysteries as part of the Wisconsin Explorer program for ages three and up.

Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area, or Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. at the Long Lake Recreation Area, drop in at the beach to find out about all those animals that live both in the forest and in our human cities and towns. You can stop in for a few minutes or stay for an hour.

For the 17th year, the Friends of the Kettle Moraine are sponsoring the Summer Saturday Evening Events. Saturday evening, May 24, at 7 p.m., come to the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off State 67 one-half mile west of Dundee) as Jackie Scharfenberg, forest naturalist, presents the program, “Rare Blooms: Orchids.” Come delve into the world of these fascinating and beautiful plants.

Venture outdoors, take the trip to the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit, and join us for our fun-filled and educational summer programs.

For further information, directions to forest locations, or to request a complete summer schedule, contact the staff at the Ice Age Visitor Center. They can be reached at (920) 533-8322.

The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April safest on roads since WWII

Last month, 27 people died in 21 crashes on Wisconsin roadways, which made it the safest month of April in terms of traffic deaths since the end of World War II, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The deadliest April was in 1973 with 113 fatalities.

Traffic fatalities last month were two fewer than in April 2013 and 15 fewer than the five-year average for the month of April.

As of April 30, a total of 115 people have died in Wisconsin traffic crashes this year, including six motorcyclists and 16 pedestrians. Traffic deaths through April were 18 fewer than the same period in 2013 and 22 fewer than the five-year average.

“A key to reducing traffic fatalities is consistent safety belt use by all drivers and passengers. To prevent deaths and serious injuries, hundreds of law enforcement agencies from all over Wisconsin will be out in force during the annual Click It or Ticket safety belt mobilization from May 19 to June 1,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Click It or Ticket is more than a slogan. Whenever officers observe unbuckled drivers and passengers, they will stop the vehicle and issue citations. Officers are serious about safety belt enforcement because lives are destroyed, families are devastated, and society suffers substantial economic losses when people are needlessly killed or seriously injured in crashes because they were not wearing a safety belt.”

 Correction 

The name of Ty Struve’s business was incorrectly reported in the story in Tuesday’s Review on the Plan Commission meeting. Struve’s business is Struve Heating and Cooling.

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