DNR decisions: Kettles

Roxanne Taylor

To the Editor,

I am a local sportswoman who is greatly concerned about some of the conservation issues in the proposed state budget.

The Governor’s budget makes the Natural Resources Board an advisory council rather than the official decision-making body for the Department of Natural Resources.

Sportsmen and women many years ago fought to have a citizen board over the DNR to minimize political decision-making in the DNR. Board members, even though appointed by the Governor, have shown a willingness to listen to the average citizens on conservation matters and have shown independence in making their decisions.

Sportsmen and women should not want to go back to the days when hunting, fishing and trapping regulations were set by what friends of the Governor wanted, and not what the average sportsman or woman wanted.

In addition, the Governor’s budget eliminates 18 research biologist positions in the DNR. These are men and women that do the fundamental research on bobcat, bear, wolves, walleye, pan fish, musky, sturgeon, turkey, waterfowl, quail, ruffed grouse, pheasants, beaver, fisher, otter, rabbits, sharptailed grouse, prairie chickens, squirrels, loons, endangered resources, forest management, grassland birds, smallmouth bass, trout, northern pike and other research that looks at factors that are impacting the fish and wildlife habitat in the state.

This research is the fundamental scientific building block for fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. As sportsmen and women, we need these research biologists.

I encourage sportsmen, women and other conservationists to contact their state senator and representative and ask them to take these items out of the state budget. Just go on the Legislature’s website to make the contacts.

To the Editor, The busy Christmas Season has come and gone along with the Salvation Army’s 2014 Red Kettle Campaign.

We would like to say THANK YOU to our increasingly loyal bell ringers in Plymouth, Cedar Grove and Oostburg, the businesses that allowed us to ring or place a counter kettle in their establishment, the numerous area tav- erns and restaurants that sold “Paper” kettles for us and those that generously gave monetary donations to the Plymouth Service Extension Unit. We thank you for all your efforts!

Unfortunately, due to our shortened ringing season between Thanksgiving and Christmas and one of our ringing locations closing along with the ever increasing poor economy, we only raised $50,000 of our $62,000 goal.

The Plymouth Bread of Life Assistance Center will continue to provide as many local programs as financially possible, focusing on providing emergency assistance to those in our service area. As the Salvation Army’s 2014 Red Kettle Campaign Volunteer Coordinator in rural Sheboygan County, I would like to express thanks to the many friends and supporters who gave donations and the almost 300 people who gave nearly 1,000 hours of their gift of time to the Salvation Army between Thanksgiving and Christmas by ringing bells . Special thanks to the management and personnel of Plymouth , Pick n Save, Piggly Wiggly and Wal-Mart,and Cedar Grove and Oostburg Piggly Wiggly for allowing us to ring bells at their stores and the Plymouth Review, Sheboygan Press, and the Community T.V. for the advertising and articles. To the professional helpful tellers at BMO Harris in Plymouth, who were smiling and happy to see me even on their busiest days

And to, Joe Van Horn and Masters Gallery Foods Inc., their employees for ringing bells and matching donations to the Salvation Army again this year.

In addition thank you to all the businesses, churches, schools, the 4-H extension, Plymouth Chamber and Radio stations, WHBL, WJUB/WSTM that took the time to put up flyers, made announcements, send out e-mail blasts and printed requests for bell ringers and donations. It is so greatly appreciated having all your help. I would also like to personally thank Larry and Jackie TenPas of Cedar Grove and Dale and Mary Roerdink of Oostburg for helping to coordinate and pick up the kettles in their areas, Larry Herzburg who helped me pick up the loose ends and paper kettles and all those who took charge and coordinated hours for their groups. My family, husband David for understanding my being gone evenings and my children, Sarah, Rebekah and Catharine who stuffed envelopes, restocked supplies, rang bells and did what ever was needed to help out.

Thank You Again,

Deb Schalk

The Salvation Army

Red Kettle Coordinator

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