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SCCA elects new leadership

The Sheboygan County Conservation Association (SCCA) elected the following officers and Board of Directors members at their Jan. 21 meeting: president - Phil Mersberger, first vice president - Waitman Slaughter, second vice president - Scott Plocar, treasurer - Pat Ramirez, secretary - Madalyn Reitz, board of directors - Jim Kloppenburg and Jim Kneprath.

Current board members include James Evraets, James Meinnert, Mary Jo Robinson and Jason Zorn.

The SCCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that has existed for more than 75 years. Its mission statement is “To serve the outdoor community, protect and maintain habitat, educate and provide opportunities for all to enjoy the greater outdoors.”

Some of their recent projects include: fish stocking at the Sheboygan Marsh and Little Elkhart Lake; purchase of 40 acres of Sheboygan Marsh recreational land for public use; purchase materials for a wheelchair accessible floating fishing pier at Camp Anokijig, pledging $25,000.00 toward the fishing pond renovation at Camp Y-Koda/Outdoor Skills Center, and their annual pheasant rearing program and sponsorship of the Annual Outdoor Activity Day/Free Kids Fishing Day at the Sheboygan Falls Lagoon.

County GOP holds annual caucus

The Republican Party of Sheboygan County held its annual caucus Friday, Jan. 23.

The agenda included the biannual election of officers and executive board members, the election of 6th District committee members and selection of delegates to the 6th District caucus, and the state convention, and the adoption of county party resolutions.

Dr. Paul Gruber stepped down as chairman and was subsequently elected to an at-large position on the executive board. The caucus elected Dennis Gasper to succeed him as chairman.

Other officers elected were Dan Jones, vice chairman; Judy Gasper, secretary; and Darryl Carlson, treasurer. Carmen Dolson and Peter Ullrich were elected to fill the two remaining at-large positions on the executive board.

Regulate driving to conditions

Vehicles in a ditch along a highway or stuck in a snow bank on the side of a street are a familiar part of Wisconsin’s winter landscape. Although drivers try to blame slippery roads for losing control of their vehicles, frequently the truth is they were driving too fast for conditions.

“Driving at the posted speed limit often will be too fast for conditions when there’s ice, snow and slick spots on roadways or when visibility is reduced by snow, sleet and fog,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Lt. Tony Burrell of the Fond du Lac Post. “The speed limit is set for safe driving on dry pavement with good visibility. You might not be able to stop or control your vehicle at the posted speed limit on a slippery road or during hazardous weather.”

Slowing down when driving conditions are treacherous is not just common sense . it’s the law. It is illegal to drive at speeds that exceed what is reasonable and prudent under existing road conditions. Drivers are required to adjust their speeds to take into account both the actual and potential hazards due to weather, highway conditions or other traffic.

A violation of this state law costs $213.10 with four demerit points added to the driver’s record. A second offense within a 12-month period costs $263.50 with four additional points.

“The slogan ‘Snow Means Slow’ also applies to four-wheel drive and other heavy-duty vehicles, which can still slide, skid and fish tail while trying to slow down or stop on slippery roads,” says Burrell. “If you drive too fast for conditions and slide off the road or crash, you likely will have to pay for an expensive traffic ticket plus towing and vehicle repair bills. It’s much cheaper, safer and certainly less frightening to maintain control of your vehicle by slowing down.”

Include vaccinations in break plans

A recent outbreak of 70 measles cases traced to Disneyland shows that it’s a small world after all, and health officials are encouraging families to make sure they are current on all recommended vaccinations, especially before any spring break trips.

“One of the best ways to protect the health of our families is to get vaccinated against diseases that can do far more than ruin a family vacation, but can also cause serious illness and complications,” said Karen McKeown, State Health Officer. “By getting vaccinated, we are looking out for our children’s classmates, people we work with, our neighbors – our communities.”

The measles outbreak affected not only Disneyland visitors from several states, but also children and employees in nearby counties who were potentially exposed. The theme park is discouraging families who are not vaccinated from visiting. “This outbreak reminds us that vaccination is always important, whether families plan ‘staycations’ in Wisconsin or head to out-of-state destinations,” McKeown said.

Measles begins with cold-like symptoms, including a cough, runny nose, high temperature and red, watery eyes. By the second day after onset, a red, blotchy rash appears at the hairline and spreads to the arms and legs. Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, encephalitis and death.

To check on which immunizations you and your family need, visit the Wisconsin Immunization Registry (WIR).

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