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Cold weather blood drive set

A cold weather blood drive is planned for Monday, Jan. 26, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church on Eastern Avenue, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

With the cold weather season in full swing and The BloodCenter of Wisconsin currently has supply shortages in most of the eight blood types. All BloodCenter supplies are used locally in area hospitals and surgical centers.

The drive is co-sponsored by the Plymouth Lions and the Plymouth American Legion Post 243 and hosted by the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization that supplies the blood for use in over 50 Wisconsin hospitals as well as Aurora Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center, Froedert Children’s Hospital and the Aurora Surgery Center, Plymouth.

The groups have set a goal of 50 donations throughout the day— if you are busy you may call and get an appointment go to or call 1-877-232-4376 and mention the Plymouth Blood Drive. The Blood Center also stresses that walk-ins are very welcome.

It takes roughly an hour to go through the donation process. You need to be healthy, have a driver’s license or a photo ID and the ability to give some medical information.

The next drive is scheduled for Monday, March 30..

Sheriff to hold Citizen’s Academy

Members of Sheboygan County law enforcement agencies will be conducting a Citizens Academy beginning Thursday, March 12.

The free academy will encompass many different facets of law enforcement and provide participants numerous hands-on opportunities to gain a better understanding of how and why law enforcement officials serve the community.

The academy will be held for three hours in the evening over 11 consecutive weeks.

Applications are now available online at, or in person at the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Department office at 525 North Sixth St. in Sheboygan.

Applications must be returned by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.

For more information, contact Lt. James Gottsacker at

Master Gardeners offer series

Sheboygan County Master Gardeners will sponsor a series of four programs on gardening topics this winter and spring. All programs are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the winter gardening season Tuesday, Jan. 27, is the Sheboygan Press’s own Yard MD, Rob Zimmer, who will present a talk called “Gardening for the Senses.” Zimmer is a popular speaker appearing before many regional gardening groups. His columns appear in the Press on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, Bruce Schweiger will talk about lawns, focusing on low maintenance lawns and spring lawn care do’s and dont’s. With 30+ years’ experience, Schweiger is an agronomist specializing in turf grass and is Manager of the O.J. Noer Turf Diagnostic Lab at the UW-Madison.

Mark Konlock, director of horticulture at the Green Bay Botanical Garden, will present “Choosing the Best of the New Plants Without Overlooking the Best of the Old” Wednesday, March 25. Konlock specializes in garden and landscape design.

Winding up the gardening series is Stan Tekiela, nationally-known ornithologist and author, who will discuss the realities of gardening with and for birds. Tekiela will speak Thursday, April 16. Naturalist, wildlife photographer and writer Stan Tekiela is the originator of the popular state-specific field guides such as Birds of (state name) Field Guide, Wildflowers of (state name), and Trees of (state name).

Over the past three decades Tekiela has authored more than 130 field guides, nature appreciation books and wildlife audio CDs for nearly every state in the nation, presenting many species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, trees, wildflowers and cacti.

All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. The Stan Tekiela program will be held in the Rocca Meeting Room at Mead Public Library. The other programs will be held in UWEX Room 5020/5022 on the UW-Sheboygan campus.

Because of construction the regular entrance to the UWEX meeting rooms is closed. You can enter UWEX rooms through the entrance to the Brotz Family Science Building off the East Parking Lot. For more information about these programs, contact Sue at 920-458-1848 or email

Pickleball tournament set at PHS

Teams are invited to compete for fun prizes and gift certificates in a Pickleball Tournament to be held at Plymouth High School.

Pickleball is an up-and-coming sport resembling a combination of ping-pong and tennis. This tournament, featuring teams of two, is coordinated by Plymouth School District Community Education & Recreation.

The tournament will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24 in the PHS gym. The registration fee is $20 per two-person team ($18 for Generations members and district residents ages 62 and above).

For more information, visit, call (920) 892-5068, email or stop by the Plymouth Community Education & Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

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