News Digest

Fair market, racing to start

The busy summer season at the Sheboygan County Fair Park, 229 Fairview Dr., is about to begin. The Cheesetown Market Days will officially open for a second season on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10. Parking and admission are free for the event on the fairgrounds concourse in Plymouth. The Cheesetown Market Days are held on the second Sunday of the month, May through August, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Plymouth Dirt Track racing season kicks off Saturday, May 2. Spectator admission gates open at 4:30 p.m. for the traditional Saturday night racing lineup.

Help bees, other pollinators

Plymouth School District Community Education and Recreation is offering a class about native pollinators that may be of interest to gardeners, farmers, beekeepers and others. Bring Back the Pollinators will address the essential role native pollinators play in worldwide food production as well as the fact that they are in serious decline. Participants will build and take home a simple bee nest to begin building pollinator habitat in their neighborhood. Class will meet with instructor Carrie Caselton Lowe, ecologist and organic farmer, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18 at Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave. The fee is $15 until May 8, then $25. To learn more, visit, email , call (920) 892-5068, or stop by the Plymouth Community Education & Recreation office on the north end of Plymouth High School, 125 Highland Ave.

Underage drinking cost listed

Underage drinking cost Wisconsin $900 million in 2013, according to a national report released last month from the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today. These costs include medical care, work loss, and pain and suffering associated with deaths, injuries, violence, traffic crashes, property damage, and other problem behaviors resulting from the use of alcohol by underage persons. Research has shown early initiation of alcohol use is a precursor to later misuse. DHS seeks to prevent underage drinking through many efforts, including: Parents Who Host, Lose The Most. This annual campaign educates communities about the dangers of adults providing alcohol to minors and that it is unhealthy, unsafe, and unacceptable for parents to let kids drink in their homes. This year, from April through June, 51 coalitions and law enforcement agencies throughout the state are sending the message that alcohol doesn’t have to be part of the fun of the prom and graduation season. Alliance for Wisconsin Youth. This is a group of 100 coalitions (link is external) throughout the state, which promotes positive youth development, including the prevention of underage drinking. Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant. Twenty percent of the federal funds received by the state each year are used to support substance abuse prevention services, including underage drinking prevention. The majority of these funds are distributed to countylevel programs, which provide community-based and individual-level services. There is evidence that these efforts are working to reduce underage drinking, but further work needs to be done. According to the 2011-2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, drinking among persons aged 12 to 20 is higher in Wisconsin than the nation as a whole. However, Wisconsin’s rates of youth alcohol use and binge drinking are declining. 28 percent had at least one drink of alcohol on one or more occasions in the past 30 days, compared to 31 percent in 2008-2009. 18 percent had five or more drinks of alcohol in a row in the past 30 days, compared to 22 percent in 2008-2009. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey focuses on high school students. Wisconsin’s rate of drinking among students in grades 9-12 has decreased since 2003, as has the proportion of Wisconsin teens who initiate alcohol use before age 13. Also decreasing steadily is the percentage of high school students who engage in binge drinking, now below the national rate. Governor Walker has proclaimed April Teen Alcohol Use and Abuse Awareness Month in Wisconsin (PDF, 197 KB) . DHS maintains an online library of state and national alcohol use and misuse education and prevention resources.

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