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Grant to fund Sheboygan concerts

Sheboygan is among the 10 winners of the first Levitt AMP Your City grant awards, Levitt Pavilions has announced.

The $25,000 grant award will be used to partially fund a summer concert series, produced by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and tentatively planned to take place on the site of the former Boston Store in downtown Sheboygan. Weekly performances are planned and admission to the events will be free.

Earlier this year, the Arts Center submitted a proposal for funding Sheboygan concerts to Levitt Pavilion, a nonprofit organization that funds free concerts across the United States as a means of building community. The Sheboygan proposal, in partnership with the City of Sheboygan, advanced to the final round of consideration after online voters elected it to the top 20 proposals.

“The Arts Center looks forward to bringing Sheboygan this new summer concert series with an eclectic range of performers. It extends our programming for the community in exciting ways. We are particularly pleased to be partnering with the city on this initiative,” said Ruth DeYoung Kohler, director of the Arts Center.

“This new partnership with the John Michael Kohler Arts Center— bringing great musical talent to our city—represents our commitment to making Sheboygan a great community for all of us, and, in particular, revitalizing the downtown area,” said Sheboygan Mayor Michael Vandersteen.

More details about the Levitt AMP Sheboygan concert series will be available in the spring.

Heed Move Over Law

‘Tow truck operator killed while working on the interstate.’

‘Trooper’s cruiser hit by out-of-control vehicle.’

The Wisconsin State Patrol wants to put an end to tragic headlines like these.

“Drivers have a legal and moral responsibility to help protect those who must work on the side of busy roads while fast-moving vehicles pass by just a few feet away,” Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Tony Burrell of the Northeast Region/Fond du Lac post said in a press release.

“To prevent needless deaths and injuries, drivers must comply with Wisconsin’s Move Over Law, which provides a safety zone for workers on the side of roadways,” Burrell explained. “By law, drivers are required to shift lanes if possible or at least slow down when encountering a law enforcement vehicle, ambulance, fire truck, tow truck, highway maintenance vehicle or utility vehicle that is stopped on the side of a road with its warning lights flashing. On interstate highways and other divided roads with multiple directional lanes, you must move over to vacate the lane closest to the law enforcement or other emergency vehicle if you can safely switch lanes. If the road has a single directional lane or you can’t safely move over because of traffic, you must reduce your speed until safely past the vehicle.”

A citation for a Move Over Law violation costs $263.50 with three demerit points added to your driver’s license. But the greatest danger of a violation is not an expensive fine. A recent dash cam video from a State Patrol cruiser shows a Move Over Law violation that came shockingly close to seriously injuring a trooper during a traffic stop. The video is available online on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s You Tube channel.

“During winter months, law enforcement officers, tow truck operators and others frequently must respond to crashes and assist motorists whose vehicles have slid off icy roads. Officers and other workers are in danger of being hit while inside or outside their vehicles by out-of-control or speeding vehicles that did not move over,” Burrell said. “By obeying the Move Over Law, drivers can protect themselves, their passengers, our officers and others who work on highways from serious injuries and deaths.”

People to People slates meeting

The next monthly meeting of the Sheboygan Area Chapter of People to People will feature a program titled “A Brief Tour of the Biological and Cultural Diversity of Belize” Thursday, Jan. 13 at Sheboygan Elks Lodge 299 at 7:15 p.m.

The presenter will be Paul Pickhard, associate professor of biology and Lakeland College’s chair of the natural sciences division, who will discuss Lakeland College’s tropical biology course.

The class focuses on tropical forest and coral reef ecology in Belize through experiential learning and student conceived research projects in a lowland tropical rainforest.

Students and faculty also explore coral reef diversity during a coastal stay. Pickhard’s presentation is based on his travels to southern Belize, the Mayan cultural experiences via village home stays, local agriculture and important Mayan ruins.

The Sheboygan Chapter of People to People meets on the second Thursday of the month from September to May at the Sheboygan Elks Lodge. Each meeting begins with a buffet dinner at 6:30 pm followed by a program.

For more information, contact Tom Hammond at 452-4972 or

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