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PHS alumnus issues challenge

An anonymous alumnus of Plymouth High School is challenging the community to help the Plymouth Education Foundation raise the rest of the funds to build the Food Science and Agriculture Center.

The anonymous alumnus of Plymouth High School has agreed to match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 all donations made between now and August 29 for the project, which is expected to serve more than 70 percent of the PHS student body with expanded curriculum choices.

“The community match challenge is a hands-on opportunity to double your gift and make an investment in the education of our greatest asset, our children,” said Nancy Jusky, co-chairwoman of the foundation capital campaign. “The success of the Food Science and Agriculture Center Capital Campaign depends on this grass-roots challenge to the community to put us over the top.”

Entering into the ninth month of its capital campaign, the Plymouth Education Foundation has received more than $900,000 of the estimated $1 million needed to build the center, which will house a greenhouse and classroom. Thus far, businesses, organizations, and individuals each have given about one-third of the amount raised.

“This project is truly a community-driven collaboration with tremendous support coming from businesses, organizations, and individuals,” Jusky said. “It will bring economic rewards to the city and county by preparing an educated, qualified workforce and well-prepared college or technical school bound students in all areas of the food science and agriculture field.”

“The final push of our campaign to get us over the finish line will be starting in July as we ask for donations at all levels, from $5 to $500 and up, to help us meet and exceed our goal,” said Plymouth Education Foundation executive director Anne Troka.

Crash results in fatality

A single-vehicle crash resulted in death for Ian Fintak, 37, of rural Sheboygan Falls.

The accident occurred the afternoon of June 28.

The 2000 Chevrolet Malibu Fintak was driving northbound on County M, south of Hillside Road in the town of Sheboygan Falls. Investigation verified what a witness described: The driver, alone in the car, drifted onto the east shoulder of the road, over-corrected, and rolled over.

Officers from the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. First responders from the Town of Sheboygan Falls and Plymouth Ambulance were also dispatched to the scene.

The driver, who had been ejected from the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.

‘Rustic Roads’ photo contest

Amateur photographers throughout Wisconsin are invited to grab their cameras and head out to some of the state’s most scenic back-roads and start snapping away. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, together with the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Rustic Roads Program, one of the state’s most successful and longest-lasting state/local partnership programs, with a photo contest. Photos must be taken between June 16 and December 31, 2014, and submissions will be accepted through January 15, 2015. The Rustic Roads Board will select winning photos in six categories and will be looking for photos that best highlight the natural qualities, features and vistas commonly found on Wisconsin’s officially-designated Rustic Roads.

“Since the first Rustic Road was designated in Taylor County in 1975, the Rustic Roads Program has helped identify and preserve some of Wisconsin’s most scenic country roadways, while enhancing the state and local tourism economies,” noted Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb. “The photo contest will help capture the spirit of this extremely successful and popular partnership.”

Currently, there are 115 Rustic Roads spanning some 665 miles through 59 counties. To qualify as a Rustic Road, a route must have outstanding natural features such as rugged terrain, native vegetation, abundant wildlife, open areas or agricultural vistas. Rustic roads range from under two miles long to 37 miles in length and have speed limits of no more than 45 miles per hour.

Complete contest information, rules and submission guidelines can be found at the Wisconsin DOT website: scenic/contest.htm.

Give Yoga a try

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering a beginner yoga class this summer.

Yoga with Stuart will introduce the basic yoga poses, offering a great opportunity to give this healthful activity a try. During this 6-week class participants will become more relaxed, more flexible and able to breathe more fully.

Class will meet with instructor Stuart Gavin from 5:30 to 6:15pm Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 15 to Aug. 21 at the Plymouth Youth Center, located next to Riverview Middle School, 300 Riverside Circle. Fee is $54 ($43 for district residents ages 62 and above) until July 4, then $59 ($48).

Visit for more information about this class and others offered this summer, 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.

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