Local News Briefs Saturday 12-27-14

UW-FDL A Great Investment In Education


Fond du Lac County Executive Al Buechel says the
County will have to make a big investment in the UW-Fond du Lac for
improvements over the next 20 years. Planners unveiled a facilities master plan
earlier this month to the County Board. Buechel says in 1999 and 2000 the
County spent $12.9 million on the campus for improvements. He says it’s paid
off over the years giving people a chance to educate themselves at the local
campus working towards degrees. Next fall the campus will open up student
housing for the first time.


Arc Group Homes Will Be
Built In NFDL In 2015


The Arc of Fond du Lac will
open up two new group homes for people with special needs in 2015. Arc
Executive Director David Boelter says like the two homes they recently opened
on Mustang Lane
in Fond du Lac
each will have four beds. He says they will break ground in March or early
April and hope to have them ready for occupancy by August. He says they will be
ranch-style homes and the two new homes will increase their total residential
service capacity by 25 percent. The Arc of Fond du Lac provides services to 750
clients with special needs each year.


Marian Named Top 50 Online Catholic College


Marian University has been named one of the top 50 Catholic colleges
with online programs by BestColleges.com. 
The website ranked Marian #37 on the list that includes more than 7,500
colleges and universities in the nation. 
Marian University currently
offers several programs online, including a bachelor’s in Business
Administration and Operations and Supply Chain Management, a Radiologic
Technology degree completion program, a RN-BSN Program, a Master of Science in
Thanatology and a Master of Arts in Education in Educational Technology or
Special Education.




Director of Veterans Services in Fond
du Lac
is warning you not to fall for a scam that is
going around the area.   Rick Patton says
that individuals claiming to be veterans or families of veterans are contacting
people asking for money to help veterans during this holiday season.  He says most of these contacts are scams and
if you are contacted you should get in touch with the local veterans office to
make sure the request is legitimate. He says if you believe you are being
scammed you should contact the police.


Rack Or Urban Sculpture


du Lac Area Transit Manager Lynn Gilles says she was visiting Chicago when she saw a unique sculpture that
also doubles as a bike rack. She says she thought the idea was pretty cool and
worked to have two bikes racks that double as urban sculptures brought to Fond du Lac. She says
they are fashioned after the old English Penny Farthings. She says those bikes
had the exaggerated front wheel and smaller back wheel. She says they have both
located at the bus station. She says people riding bicycles who use a bus also
have the option of throwing the bike on the front of the bus on the special
rack they have there. She says it only takes a few seconds to secure a bike.


Book Club Openings


The Fond
du Lac
Library’s Afternoon Delight Book Group has openings for new members. The club
meets at 1:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month (there are no meetings in
July and August). Participation is free and open to all. The club chooses
titles by consensus, and the library provides enough copies for all. Members
meet to discuss the themes and ideas from that month’s book. Anyone interested
in joining should contact librarian Susan Ringer at (920) 322-3938 or [email protected]