News Digest

Magician to perform at library

Looking for something to do on Early Release Day? Come to the public library to see a dazzling magic show.

Tim Glander will be performing his magic and balloon show Wednesday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m. Both children and adults become part of the show through Glander’s use of storytelling, humor and just good fun. Glander will perform astonishing magic tricks, and make some amazing balloon sculptures - if you’re lucky, you might just get to take one home.

The library will be closed from May 19-27 to get new carpeting, but will be open specifically for the Early Release Day show. The doors will open approximately 15 minutes before the show begins.

If you have any questions about library programs for children or teens, please call Youth Services Librarian Allyson Obermeier at (920) 892-4416, ext. 108.

Please note that, upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through appropriate aids and services. For additional information, to request this service, or to request information in an alternative format, contact Library Director Martha Rosche at (920) 892-4416, ext. 105.

Road projects continue in county

Lane closures and detours will continue this week on two highway projects in Sheboygan County.

Bridge deck surface repair on the southbound lanes of County Y at State 23 will continue this week, with the crew to pour concrete deck overlay. Blasting and painting operations to continue on the bridge structure over the westbound lanes of State 23. Mainline concrete paving operations to begin. Prep work for asphalt shoulders and concrete curb and gutter operations to begin.

The .23-miles, $2 million project consists of bridge painting, concrete deck surface repairs, joint repairs and a concrete deck overlay for the County Y bridge over State 23, reconstruction of the on/off-ramps at the State 23 and County Y interchange, and reconstruction of County Y between the on/off-ramps.

State 23 off-ramps to County Y will be closed through June 10. County Y will be reduced to one lane in each direction. There will also be single lane closures on State 23 in the westbound and eastbound directions.

On the County LS and Dairyland Drive project, paving of County LS from Eisner Avenue to County MM and Pigeon River bridge deck repairs will continue this week.

The 18-mile project includes Pigeon River Bridge improvement on County LS and the Dairyland Drive bridge in Manitowoc County; relocation of County LS in the town of Mosel; milling, pulverizing, blacktopping; and minor intersection work at County LS and Playbird Road and County LS and Willow Creek.

The Pigeon River bridge will be closed until approximately May 23, weather dependent.

The detour heading south on County LS takes Playbird Road to Dairyland Drive (North 40th Street) to State 42 to North Avenue to North 15th Street (County LS).

The detour heading north on North 15th Street takes North Avenue to Dairyland Drive (North 40th Street) to Playbird Road to North 15th Street/County LS.

All work is weather dependent.

Aerial enforcement begins

To crack down on speeding and other dangerous driving behaviors, Wisconsin State Patrol Air Support Unit pilots have started aerial enforcement missions that will continue through the heavily traveled summer months.

To deter speeding, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation will announce the dates and locations of many of the aerial enforcement missions in advance on Twitter (@WisconsinDOT, #WisDOT).

The State Patrol Air Support Unit currently has three sergeants, two troopers and an inspector who are licensed pilots. They fly three specially equipped Cessna 172 Skyhawk planes based in Madison, Oshkosh, and Eau Claire. From their airborne vantage point, they can detect speeding, aggressive driving, tailgating, unsafe lane changes and other traffic violations. The pilots communicate the information to officers on the ground for enforcement action. A video explaining how pilots use the Visual Average Speed Computer and Recorder (VASCAR) system in the aircraft is available on the DOT You Tube site ( kgad4jg).

Last year, the State Patrol Air Support Unit conducted 64 aerial enforcement missions with the following results:

· 2,040 traffic stops

· 1,306 speeding citations—the fastest speeding citation was for 108 mph in a 65 mph zone

· 51 citations for failure to fasten seat belt, and 9 citations for child safety restraint violations

· 1,539 total citations and 942 warnings

In addition, officers made eight criminal drug arrests, one felony arrest and five warrant arrests during aerial enforcement missions last year.

“Aerial enforcement is a valuable traffic safety enforcement tool. From the air, our pilots can identify traffic violations as they occur over an extended distance and expanse of roadways,” says David Pabst, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “In addition, pilots can detect traffic violations in areas that are difficult for enforcement by officers on the ground such as construction work zones, no passing zones, and roadways without adequate shoulders or median crossovers for stopped cruisers.”

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