KFIZ News Tuesday – 10-11-16

Meeting Today On Highway 23 Project


The state’s
Department of Transportation will hold a meeting in Fond du Lac today about planned improvements
to 9.5 miles of State Highway 23 between Rosendale and I-41. The meeting is
from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Fond
du Lac
County Airport
. A brief presentation is
scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. The remainder of the meeting will follow an
open-house format. The purpose of the project is to improve the overall
condition of the pavement, as well as address various intersection safety
needs. The project limits are Becker
in the village
of Rosendale and N. Rolling Meadows
Drive/County VVV in the city/town of Fond
du Lac
. Construction is currently scheduled for 2019.


FDL Schools
get PEP Grant


The Fond du Lac School District has received a $1.2
million grant to use over the next three years to enhance nutrition and
wellness opportunities and efforts in the district. The 2016 Carol M. White
Physical Education Program Grant, or “PEP” grant is awarded to just 16
districts around the country. District Superintendent Jim Sebert says Fond du Lac High School Athletic Director Dave
Michalkiewicz, along with a group of phy-ed teachers from around the district
worked with District Health and Safety Coordinator Marian Sheridan and a grant
writer from CESA-6 to apply for the grant. Their application focused on using
resources to enhance nutrition and wellness. Sebert says that when students
practice proper nutrition and proper exercise habits, their performance in the
classroom will go up. The Sheboygan
Area School
was also a PEP grant recipient.


Helping With Voter Registration


du Lac County UW-Extension educators will be assisting with voter registration
and absentee voting in Fond du Lac
today. Diana Tscheschlok, Community Development Educator with Fond du Lac
County UW-Extension, says the programs are a part of promoting access and
public participation in decision making. Extension officials will be at the
City/County Government Center on Macy
in Fond
du Lac
today from 9:30 am until 3pm to answer
questions about registration and voting. Laptops will be available for people
to see their ballot ahead of time and to view the types of identifications that
are acceptable when voting. A second voter registration program will be held
Monday from 2 until 4 pm.  People
interested in attending are encouraged to bring proof of local residence and a
photo ID.


Worried About Education Funding Cuts


Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling says she is concerned about how state
funding cuts will impact education at both the public school and college level.
The UW-System had $250 million trimmed and the UW-Extension Service $3.2 million
cut in the two-year state budget. Shilling says that makes it hard to retain
top researchers and professors in the UW-System. She says in general she is
worried about the type of education being offered to students whether it is at
the public school or college levels because of funding cuts. Shilling made her
comments during a recent visit to the KFIZ studios.


Army to Open Warming Shelter in FDL


Salvation Army of Fond du Lac County will be opening a warming shelter at its
center on Macy Street.
That announcement comes after the Salvation Army’s division headquarters
approved plans for a shelter at a meeting in late September. The shelter
located at 237 North Macy Street
will open for the season beginning November 1st and will close on
March 31st. The City’s Community Development Block Grant Program
provides initial funding for the shelter, which will be Fond du Lac County’s
only warming shelter. The Solutions Center had operated a warming shelter at St. Paul’s Cathedral for
the past 9 years, which closed this spring due to safety concerns. The
Salvation Army currently operates 13 shelter and housing programs in its Wisconsin and Upper
Michigan Division, most of which have warming center components in winter. Fond du Lac will be the
division’s second fully-designated warming shelter.


Great Night
For Thelma


The recent
Windy Dinner THELMA Style at the Thelma
Sadoff Center
for the Arts in Fond du Lac
was one for the record books. Thelma Executive Director Kevin Miller says last
year they had a record setter for the funds they raised from the dinner, but
last Thursday’s dinner sold out and shattered that record. He says it ss good
news for the Arts community and supporters. Jacqui Corsi  of Thelma says they also gave out the 2016
James C. Hubbard Windy Award to Rick and Pat Miller. The award goes to an
individual or group of individuals who have made a positive impact on Thelma
and the Fond du Lac
community. She says the Millers told a great story about how even if you don’t
have artistic talent you can still support the Arts.


Open House
At Fire Station Number One Today


As part of
Fire Prevention Week Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue will hold an open house at
Fire Station #1 on South Main
from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight. Fire Chief
Pete O’Leary says they will have lots for people to see. He says Flight for
Life will land barring any live emergencies; there will be station tours, and a
live burn demonstration. There will also be some things for the kids. He says
Sparky the Fire Dog will be there, there will be goodies, smoke alarms and
carbon monoxide detectors will be given away. There will also be a lot of
information available on fire prevention. 
The theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date!
Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years”