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Kitchen Chemistry at RL library

Girls ages 5-12 are invited to register for the Kitchen Chemistry Girls Gala at the Lakeview Community Library on Tue., July 8th from 1:00 2:30pm. The girls will participate in kitchen experiments, Walking Through Oobleck, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Space is limited to the first 50 people to register! Call the library at 920-994-4825 or stop in and register at the desk.

The library, located at 112 Butler Street in Random Lake, is handicapped accessible. For more information, contact the library at or at 920-994-4825.

Blood donors benefit patients

Summer is a time for the days that never end — time to watch fireworks, have a picnic and root for the home team. While many people are having fun making summer memories, hospital patients are counting on volunteer donors to make time to give blood so they can continue making their own memories.

Historically, during the summer months of June, July and August, about two fewer donors give blood at each American Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. Around summer holidays, donations tend to drop even more.

This seasonal challenge can be overcome, however, two generous donors at a time. The Red Cross asks those eligible to help ensure an efficient supply of lifesaving blood is available this summer by making an appointment to donate. Blood donors and recipients alike are also encouraged to share their summer stories at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Plymouth:

Wednesday, July 9 from 11:30am to 5:30pm at Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Circle

Mill Street Festival is Saturday, July 12

Mark your calendars for Plymouth’s annual Mill Street festival, and something new: the “Cheese Capital of the World Fireworks Display,” both to be held on Saturday, July 12.

Quit Qui Oc Sports Complex has agreed to hold the fireworks display again for the community of Plymouth. In an effort not to compete with other area fireworks, Quit Qui Oc has elected to display the Plymouth Cheese Capital of the World Fireworks on Saturday, July 12. As usual, the fireworks display will begin at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.). Plymouth’s fireworks are provided by Bartolotta Fireworks of Wisconsin and manned by the Plymouth Pyrotechs.

Mill Street Festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. with lots of great music, food, and a street lined with vendors and downtown businesses. After the festival is over, take some time to stroll Mill Street and enjoy the beautiful murals—24 in all throughout downtown. If you’re hungry, Plymouth has a great variety of restaurants. Enjoy playing mini-golf or swing-time in the batting cages at Tom and Jerry’s, or relax with a picnic dinner at Quit Qui Oc as you choose your spot to watch the fireworks display. Before you know it, it will be dark, and the fireworks will begin!

Quit Qui Oc Sports Complex is located at 1555 Riverview Road, Plymouth, and is accessible from State 67 north to Woodland Road west to Riverview Road south.

— Dennis Schram

SvdP cardboat boat regatta a success

About a dozen students gathered at the Bade/Utility park on Saturday morning, June 28. Under the watchful gaze of Antoinette (the world-famous Plymouth cow) across the street, the students were given the go-ahead at 10 a.m.

After selecting raw materials from several piles of large cardboard sheets and other pieces of cardboard, students worked in teams or solo to construct seaworthy craft of various designs.

Students were asked what research they had done, prior to the contest, into what engineering design would work best to keep them afloat. None of them had prepared in that manner, but trusted instead to inspiration and improvisation.

The boats were carried to a point on the Mullet River, just east of the railroad trestle. There, a stepladder was stabilized on the river rocks, and one boat at a time was lowered to the river, whose waters after the recent rains were swollen, and seemed eager to do their worst to the cardboard craft.

Some boats did not fare well, breaking up almost immediately on the churning waters. (Some navigators attributed that failure to the light rain that moved in during the launch process). Other craft proved their seaworthiness (or riverworthiness) by remaining intact long enough for students to take them on several trips each.

Adults showed that they could navigate watercraft as well as students.

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