News Digest

Winter parking rules start Wednesday

Winter parking rules will go into effect in the city of Plymouth next Wednesday, Dec. 1, Director of Public Works William Immich has announced.

The rules, which remain into effect through March 15, 2011, restrict parking of any vehicle on any street, parking lot, alley or designated area in the city of Plymouth between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Snow removal rules listed

City of Plymouth Public Works Director William Immich is reminding city residents of city snow and ice removal regulations.

City code requires property owners to remove snow form their sidewalks within 24 hours of the end of a snowfall event. Snow should not be shoveled, snow blown or in any way deposited on to any public street. No one is allowed to narrow the traveled portion of a street, limit the vision of motorists at intersections, prevent parking at the curb or cover or interfere with the use of fire hydrants with snow or ice removed from sidewalks.

Kestell to chair Assembly Education Committee

State Rep. Steve Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake, has been named chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education for the upcoming 2011-12 legislative session by Speaker-Elect Jeff Fitzgerald.

“I am honored to be chosen to serve in this important position,” Kestell said in a press release announcing the appointment. “I look forward to working with citizens, the education community, Gov. Walker, and my legislative colleagues to ensure our state continues to provide quality educational opportunities for Wisconsin’s children. Everyone agrees that education must remain a high priority, and we all know that Wisconsin is facing unprecedented challenges. By working together, we can craft solutions that put students first, and enhance the long term success of our great state.”

Before being elected to the state Legislature, Kestell served as a school board member and president in the Howards Grove School District for 15 years. Kestell was first appointed to the Assembly Education Committee in 1999, and served as vice-chair from 2001-2005. In previous sessions Kestell has also served as chair of the Committee on Children and Families and as a member of the Joint Committee on Finance.

“Having a background in education at the local level will help me understand the challenges school districts around the state are dealing with,” said Kestell.

The new session (the state Legislature’s 100th) begins Jan. 3, 2011, when the new Legislature is inaugurated.

Make a beaded ornament for tree or gift

You can design your own beaded ornament in a new course being offered by Plymouth Community Education and Recreation.

No beading experience is necessary for “Creating Beaded Ornaments,” taught by Karen Klumpyan. Participants will complete a unique beaded ornament that can be placed on a Christmas tree or displayed in the home throughout the year. The sparkling ornament will look good hanging from a window or decorating packages, and will make a beautiful and personalized gift.

The class will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, in Room C102 of Plymouth High School. The cost includes all supplies.

To register or for more information, visit, call 892-5068 or visit Plymouth Community Education and Recreation on the north end of Plymouth High School.

Farmers advised to document crop losses

The Sheboygan County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to save documentation of 2010 crop production and losses. Acceptable documentation may include warehouse receipts, crop adjuster documentation or other records that verify 2010 quality and quantity crop losses.

Currently, Sheboygan County is not eligible for the 2010 SURE program but it is always a great idea to document and save your records of crop production and losses because you never know what might happen in the future.

Producers do have the option of certifying their production rather than providing documentation, but under certification procedures, losses will be limited to loss limits established by the County Committee. Quality losses cannot be certified under the SURE program, thus verifiable documentation is required if producers seek quality adjustment to their production.

Verifiable records of production are items that may be verified by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) or confirm the amount of reported production. All production must be accounted for.

To be considered acceptable to FSA, tests on 2010 stored commodities or forages must be performed before Jan. 1, 2011. Tests that do occur after Jan. 1 must be comparable to tests taken prior to Jan. 1, 2011.

For those producers that market the commodities, items such as sales receipts or warehouse scale tickets that show test weight may be considered verifiable and may be acceptable for quality loss adjustments under the SURE program.

Under the SURE program, the entire production of the crop, by crop type and intended use, must average a quality loss. This average in quality loss must meet or exceed the quality loss established by the FSA County Committee for the crop in the given crop year. If the entire crop meets or exceeds the quality loss established by the County Committee, the producer can certify that the established quality loss and the adjustment can be made to any SURE benefits.

SURE payments are available to producers on farms that are located in a county covered by a qualifying natural disaster USDA secretarial declaration or a contiguous county; or the actual production is less than 50 percent of the normal production.

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