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Birtell new Eastern Shores head

Eastern Shores Library System has hired Amy Birtell as its new director, effective July 7.

Birtell succeeds David Weinhold who served as system director from 1991 to 2012 and as interim director since - from 2012 to the present. Weinhold devoted over 37 years of service to libraries, at the Sheboygan Falls Memorial Library, the Mead Public Library in Sheboygan, and at Eastern Shores.

Birtell has been the library director at the Clinton Public Library in Clinton, Iowa since 2011. She held library director positions in Iowa public libraries since 2002. Birtell holds a B.S. degree from the University of Wyoming and masters degree in library and information science from the University of Iowa.

Eastern Shores Library System is a federated library system established in 1987. The system is comprised of Sheboygan and Ozaukee counties, which have a population of more than 200,000 people. All 13 municipal libraries in the two counties are members of Eastern Shores Library System. The system assists the member libraries in serving their residents more effectively, in large part by maintaining an integrated card catalog system which makes the entire collections of the member libraries available to any resident of the two counties, by fulfilling requests for materials from other libraries through a delivery service which moves the materials from library to library, and by operating a bookmobile that serves areas without a local library.

Free fishing day on tap

The Sheboygan County Conservation Association and Camp Y-Koda will be hosting the 19th Annual Sheboygan County Outdoor Activity and Free Fishing Day Saturday, June 7 at the River Park lagoon in Sheboygan Falls.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., features free fishing all day. Rods, reels and bait available will be available and fishing licenses are not required. In addition, fish will be cleaned and cooked on site.

There will also be free raffles for kids all day, as well as brats, hamburgers, hot dogs and soda available for purchase.

Additional activities will include canoeing, archery and BB gun range, face painting and a petting zoo.

Kids will be invited to catch a tagged fish or golden trout for a chance to win $10.

The event is part of Wisconsin DNR Free Fishing Weekend, which allows residents and non-residents to fish anywhere in the state without a license on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8.

Summer garden help sought

The Plymouth School District is looking for families and other community members to help tend school gardens during the summer.

“Any students, families, or community members are encouraged to volunteer for a week or more this summer in any one of our gardens,” said Jessica Mella, district nutrition and wellness coordinator.

In the next few weeks, students will be planting produce such as cherry tomatoes, green peppers, yellow peppers, cabbage, broccoli, onions, watermelon, potatoes and herbs.

Volunteers are asked to adopt a couple of plots or beds and care for them all summer. Volunteers can pick produce from anywhere in the garden, not just their assigned plots.

Gardens are available at:

· Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave., which has an automatic watering system, so weeding and picking produce are the main tasks.

· Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Drive, which has a new raised-bed garden with two plots, which will need watering and weeding this summer.

Horizon Elementary School also has a garden, but it is not in need of additional volunteers.

New resources are available to assist volunteers this year. A garden manager, PHS junior Sierra Schulz, will be able to answer questions and serve as a resource throughout the summer.

In addition, PHS students have created a Garden Guide featuring all garden plants available for community use, which will help volunteers know what the plants should look like, growing tips and when to pick the produce.

Students also have designed a fence around the compost pile made from recycled wooden pallets, and plan to build pallet planters along the school within the garden for growing greens.

To volunteer or for more information, call Mella at (920) 892-5068 or email her at

• Correction •

There were several errors in the caption information with the photos in the May 22 Review of the Creativity is Ageless event. While the event was held at the Generations center in Plymouth, it was hosted by The Gathering Place and Memory Matters, and proceeds from the event went to those two groups, not the Alzheimer’s Association.

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