Board hears plans for vet memorial anniversary celebration

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff

SHEBOYGAN – Members of the County Board learned about plans to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial in August.

Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial Chairman Allen Nohl spoke to the board Tuesday, outlining plans for the celebration Aug. 20-24 for the memorial located in the county’s Taylor Park in Sheboygan, just south of Kohler Memorial Drive.

Nohl explained that the celebration will culminate in a recognition and rededication ceremony Saturday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m.

Also featured in the event will be a visit from The Healing Wall – the touring version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. - and a Vietnam War-era American Huey air ambulance helicopter.

Nohl said the anniversary celebration is being funded though private donations and contributions, “so there is no burden on the county for this.”

He added that the board’s Property Committee had given unanimous consent for the celebration at a meeting earlier that day.

The board also heard a presentation from James Golembeski, executive director of the Bay Area Workforce Development Board.

Golembeski told the board about the changes in the board’s mission and focus over the past several decades and outlined the need for a trained workforce for the state’s economic future.

“We are very, very focused on the business person and what they need,” Golembeski said of the WDB’s efforts.

Supervisors approved an application for a 2014 Justice Assistance Grant Program Award, in conjunction with the city of Sheboygan.

The city and county will share a $16,467 grant. The county Sheriff’s Department will use their funds to purchase automatic external defibrillators and a computer, while the city Police Department will use the money for components for a forensic examination machine.

During the meeting, service awards were presented to supervisors James Baumgart (10 years), George Marthenze (10 years), Charles Conrardy (20 years), Roger TeStroete (30 years) and County Administrator Adam Payne (15 years).

TeStroete, County Board chairman, presented Payne with his award and commented, “Sheboygan County is a better organization today due to Adam’s leadership.”

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