News Digest

Holiday garbage schedule set

Trash collection in the city of Plymouth will be delayed by one day next week due to the Memorial Day holiday, Public Works Director William Immich has announced.

Because of the holiday, Tuesday’s collection will occur Wednesday, Wednesday’s on Thursday, Thursday’s on Friday and Friday’s on Saturday.

Learn about composting, capacitar

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering courses in capacitar and composting this spring.

Register for the following courses by June 6 and save $5:

· Intro to Backyard Composting: This class will introduce participants to basic composting for kitchen scraps and backyard materials, including how to get started, how to tell when compost is ready, and what to put in the bin. Class will meet with instructor Laura Sauermilch from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18 at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.; fee is $8 until June 6, then $13.

· Capacitar: This mind-body-spirit practice of energy-based healing and empowerment incorporates meditation, visualization, breathing and more to achieve wellness. Participants will learn ways to manage emotions and stress, enhance health and promote positive thinking. Class will meet with instructor Karen Klumpyan from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Mondays from June 16 to 30 at the Plymouth Youth Center, located next to Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Drive; fee is $13 ($10 for district residents ages 62 and up) until June 6, then $18 ($15).

Visit www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/COM.html for more information about these classes and others offered this spring, as well as a printable registration form that can be mailed to Community Ed & Rec. Online registration also is available; this option, which carries a $4 service charge, allows people to pay with a credit card and also to receive immediate confirmation of enrollment.

For more information, email commedrec@plymouth.k12.wi.us, call (920) 892-5068, or stop by the Community Ed & Rec office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Road projects on hold for holiday

construction work on most major highway projects will be suspended during the three-day Memorial Day weekend, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT). Most construction in work zones will cease by noon Friday and will not resume until 6 a.m. Tuesday, May 27.

“Although most lanes through work zones will be open to handle the heavy holiday traffic, drivers may still encounter narrow lanes, lane shifts and rough pavement,” said Don Greuel, chief of DOT Project Services. “They will need to stay alert, slow down, and not tail-gate. Rear-end collisions caused primarily by distracted driving, speeding and following other vehicles too closely are the most frequent type of crash when approaching and driving through work zones. Peak travel times for the Memorial Day weekend are expected to be from noon until 8 p.m. on both Friday, May 23, and Monday, May 26.”

During the Memorial Day weekend last year, there were five traffic fatalities in Wisconsin. On average during the last five years, eight people died in Memorial Day weekend traffic crashes, according to DOT.

To prevent needless traffic deaths and injuries, nearly 400 law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will be out in force during the holiday weekend to crackdown on unbuckled drivers and passengers as part of the “Click It or Ticket” mobilization, which runs until June 1.

“Click It or Ticket is more than just a slogan. Whenever officers see an unbelted motorist, they will stop the vehicle and issue a citation,” says David Pabst, director of the DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Approximately one out of five motorists in Wisconsin does not wear a safety belt, and more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes last year were not buckled up.”

Significant road construction projects that may affect highway travel during the Memorial Day weekend include the following:

· Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee

· I-94 north-south corridor, reduced to two lanes between State 142 and State 158 in Kenosha County, and at the State 20 interchange in Racine County

· Verona Road and the Madison Beltline in Dane County

· US 12 in Dane County, Fish Hatchery Road to I-39/90 and Mineral Point Road to Terrace Avenue

· I-39/90/94 and US 151 interchange in Dane County

· I-90 near La Crosse/Onalaska

· US 51/County U/K interchange in Marathon County

· US 51 (Minocqua/Woodruff) reduced to one lane in each direction between Old Highway 70 and Third Avenue

· State 23 between Green Lake and Ripon, traffic detoured during construction

· Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior

· St. Croix Crossing at Stillwater, Minn.

· I-94 between Menomonie and Black River Falls

· US 41 in Brown County

· US 41 will be reduced from three to two lanes in both directions in Winnebago County

Travelers can check online for real-time traffic information, including travel times, lane closures and incidents, at Wisconsin 511 online (www.511wi.gov) or by calling 511 on a phone.


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