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Town Falls well testing offered

The Sheboygan County UW-Extension Office has teamed up with the Sheboygan County Planning and Conservation Department and the certified lab at UW-Stevens Point to offer a drinking water testing program for residents of the town of Sheboygan Falls who obtain their water from a private well.

For a $15 fee (normally $49,) well owners can participate in the homeowner’s package, which includes tests for bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen, two of the most common health related water concerns.

In addition, pH, hardness, alkalinity, conductivity, chloride, and corrosivity will also be measured.

Other test packages will also be available, including a metals package that tests for arsenic, lead, and nine other metals ($45), and a triazine screen that tests for atrazine pesticides ($27).

If all three tests are selected, the total cost is discounted to $79 for a savings of $8.

This is not a DNR program, so poor test results will not require a well to be shut down.

Sample bottle pickup will be coordinated by UW-Extension staff at the Sheboygan Falls Town Hall, located at W3860 County O, Friday, Oct. 24, anytime between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.,. or Saturday, Oct. 25, between 8 a.m. and noon.

Each participant will be given instructions for sampling his or her well water and will need to return the sample bottle to UW-Extension staff at the Sheboygan Falls Town Hall on Monday, Oct. 27, sometime between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Payment will be expected at bottle pickup.

On an evening in November yet to be determined, a groundwater specialist from the UW-Stevens Point lab will hold a brief educational session at the Sheboygan Falls Town Hall to help residents understand their confidential test results and offer possible solutions to any problems.

For more information, contact Kevin Struck or Mike Ballweg in the UW-Extension Office at 920-459-5900.

LS still closed as project continues

County LS remains closed from County FF to County XX in the village of Cleveland as part of the County LS and Dairyland Drive construction project.

The County LS detour is County FF to State 42 north to County XX in Manitowoc County.

The 18-mile project on County LS from Eisner Avenue to County XX in the village of Cleveland and on Dairyland Drive from State 42 to County XX in the village of Cleveland includes Pigeon River Bridge improvement on County LS and the Dairyland Drive bridge in Manitowoc County; relocation of County LS in the town of Mosel; milling, pulverizing, blacktopping; and minor intersection work at County LS and Playbird Road and County LS and Willow Creek.

Motorists are advised to use caution and remain alert when driving through any work zone.

State part of Operation Safe Driver

Last year in Wisconsin, there were more than 7,000 traffic crashes involving large trucks that resulted in 85 fatalities and more than 2,000 injuries. To help prevent crashes involving large trucks, buses and other commercial motor vehicles, inspectors from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of State Patrol will participate in Operation Safe Driver from Oct. 19 to 25.

Sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the mission of Operation Safe Driver is to improve the behavior, habits and decision-making of commercial motor vehicle operators and all other motorists on the road through traffic safety law enforcement and education.

During Operation Safe Driver, State Patrol inspectors and other law enforcement officers throughout North America will be cracking down on violations such as speeding, following too close, improper lane changes, failure to obey traffic signs and impaired driving by all motorists. Commercial motor vehicle drivers will be checked for compliance with license requirements as well as regulations governing medical card and hours of service standards.

“Lives can be saved and injuries prevented by reducing irresponsible and dangerous driving behavior like speeding, tailgating and aggressive driving by all motorists as well as ensuring commercial motor vehicle drivers are in compliance with all regulations,” says State Patrol Captain Brian Ausloos of the Motor Carrier Enforcement Section. “In fatal crashes between cars and large trucks, driver error by the car driver, truck driver, or both is to blame 88 percent of the time.”

During last year’s Operation Safe Driver, the State Patrol conducted 626 inspections that found 1,679 safety violations. A total of 142 vehicles and 56 drivers were placed out of service until the violations were corrected.

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A headline in the Thursday, Oct. 16 Review incorrectly stated that the second annual “Soles for Catholic Education” walk will benefit St. John Lutheran School; the walk will benefit St. John the Baptist Catholic School.

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