News Digest

Annual school meeting Sept. 16

Residents of the Plymouth School District are encouraged to attend the upcoming annual meeting to learn more about district educational programs, vision and goals for the coming year.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the amphitheater at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave. The regular monthly Board of Education meeting will follow.

Electors - district residents ages 18 and up - will vote to recommend a 2014-15 tax levy and set salaries for Board of Education members, among other business.

The general fund budget, which is expected to change as open enrollment figures are finalized and staffing vacancies are filled, currently reflects a deficit of $130,660.

Expenses, budgeted at $22.8 million, are largely unchanged from last year. State aid is expected to increase, which is projected to lead to a 7.5 percent reduction in the local tax levy to $11.4 million.

The Board of Education will take final action on the tax levy at its Oct. 14 meeting.

The Annual Meeting will be aired live on TV Channel 14 and will be available for viewing later on In addition, a summary of the meeting will be posted on the district web site at

Firefighter Explorer program set

The Cascade, Elkhart Lake, Glenbeulah, Greenbush and Plymouth fire departments are collaborating to form a Fire Career Explorer program.

The program is being offered to any student in the Plymouth and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah High School area who is between the age of 14 and 20. This is an excellent opportunity for young men and women to explore the field of emergency fire service.

Under the guidance of local fire department advisors, the students will learn the following:

Leadership skills by electing officers, organizing meetings and helping with new recruitment

Teamwork by learning to work together with other explorers while performing fire service related tasks

Management skills while participating in training sessions

Soft skills while interacting with advisors, other members of the explorer program, and the community

Explorers will be taught the skills needed to become a firefighter and when they reach the age of 16, they can enroll in the firefighter 1 certification program. Policies will be established to ensure the safety of all explorers and certain skills will only be allowed as they reach the appropriate age. Monthly training will rotate between the five fire stations. This will allow the students to train with different equipment and learn how area fire departments work together.

An informational meeting and open house will be held at the Plymouth Fire Station Tuesday, Sept 23 at 7 p.m., in the training room located off Caroline Street. There will be a short meeting to explain the program, answer questions, and then a tour of the station and apparatus. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.

If you have any questions, call the Plymouth fire station at 920-893- 6541, or contact your local fire department for more information.

Community Ed classes scheduled

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering classes about herbs, pizza, woodworking and knitting, plus swim lessons this fall.

Register by Sept. 19 and save $10 on the following courses, which meet at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.:

· Herbs for Health & Nourishment: Learn about nourishing and tonic herbs that grow around us and how to prepare and incorporate them into our daily lives for optimal nourishment and health. Sample herbal infusions and taste delicious herbal snacks. Each participant will make an herbal-infused vinegar to take home. Class will meet with instructor Linda Conroy, owner of Moonwise Herbs, from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2; fee is $30 until Sept. 19, then $40.

· Art of Pizza Making … For All: Learn techniques and methods to make and toss dough. Explore gluten-free pizzas, pizzas on the grill and fun pizzas for the whole family. Participants will leave class with a whole pizza. Class will meet with instructors Frank and Connie Marzano of Marzano Pizza Co. from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3; fee is $35 until Sept. 19, then $45. A second, identical class will be offered Oct. 24.

Crop loss deadline near

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.

Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible.

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