Kettle state forest summer features bats, owls, wolves Machinist scholarships funded

Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start to summer season at the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit.

Every weekend from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day is filled with entertaining and educational nature programs for preschoolers through adults.

All the programs are free, except some events will be held at locations where a Wisconsin State Park System vehicle admission sticker is required.

These sixteen weeks of spectacular summer fun begin on Friday, May 22, at 8:30 p.m. with a night hike on the ZillmerTrails (located off County Road SS between County Road G and Hwy 67 near New Prospect). We will be exploring the dark listening for the sounds of the night.

On Saturday morning at 10 a.m. mosey over to the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area (located off County Road GGG south of County Road SS near New Prospect), or the Long Lake Recreation Area (located off Division Road north of County Road F near Dundee) to uncover the secrets of nature.

Youth with the help of a naturalist will discover many of nature’s secrets as part of the Wisconsin Explorer program for ages three and up.

On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Long Lake Recreation Area, or on Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. at the Mauthe Lake Recreation Area, drop in at the beach to learn about the fascinating lives of bats and owls at the Night Fliers Drop In at the Beach. You can stop in for a few minutes or stay for an hour.

For the eighteenth year, the Friends of the Kettle Moraine are sponsoring the Summer Saturday Evening Events. On Saturday evening, May 23, at 7 p.m., come to the Ice Age Visitor Center (located off Hwy 67 half mile west of Dundee) as Debbie Hinchcliffe and Jerry Sanders present the program, “Wolves of the Upper Great Lakes.” Come delve into the world of these amazing wild canines.

Venture outdoors, take the trip to the Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit, and join us for our fun-filled and educational summer programs.

For further information, directions to forest locations, or to request a complete summer schedule, contact the staff at the Ice Age Visitor Center.

They can be reached at (920) 533-8322. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Representatives from Haas Factory Outlet recently presented the Lakeshore Technical College Foundation with a check for $10,000 to be used for scholarships for students pursuing Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machinist training at LTC. The grant was funded by the Gene Haas Foundation.

The gift will fund ten $1,000 scholarship for students demonstrating financial need and are enrolled in their second year of the CNC Technician Program at LTC. This second year of the program is where much of the student training takes place in programming and operations on Haas simulators and CNC turning and machining centers.

Tim Turner and Wally Mulvaney of Haas Factory Outlet presented the check in front of a group of current CNC Technician program students and faculty gathered at the Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence on the LTC campus in Cleveland.

“Everybody in manufacturing is looking for skilled CNC machinists,” said Turner, Haas Sales Engineer. “We have more than 2000 Haas machines in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula and training machinists here at LTC will give them a great start in the CNC field.”

The LTC Foundation recently completed the first capital campaign in its 100-year history, raising nearly $2.5 million dollars to support renovations to the college’s two manufacturing facilities and adding capacity for up to an additional 50 students annually to help meet local demand for manufacturing workers. The KOHLER Center for Manufacturing Excellence allows the college to train a larger and more skilled workforce to accommodate community workforce growth.

“I can’t thank Wally, Tim and Haas enough for their partnership,” said LTC President Michael Lanser. We have great instructors, great students and it’s great partners like Haas who are dedicated to education. Together, we make a difference in workforce development in manufacturing.”


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