Local News Briefs Saturday 4/4/15

The Fond du Lac Area Association of Commerce will be getting two grants from the state for programs that prepare high schools students for the workforce. The grants are for $43,240 and $42,696. The Association has several programs that help prepare youth for work like the youth apprenticeship program and Project Grill. Overall the state’s Department of Workforce Development this week announced its intent to award 45 grants totaling $2.5 million. Grant funding will train up to 1,102 high school students and could involve employment at up to 250 employers.

Busy Month For Ambulances

It was a busy month for Fond du Lac ambulances this past month. The Division Chief of Fire Prevention for the City’s Fire and Rescue service says they handle about 5,000 ambulance calls a year, but over a recent 30-day period handled 420 or about 14 a day. Troy Haase says that kept their crews busy in addition to the fire calls they handled. He says of course some days they handled more than 14 calls a day and others less, but he says it was a busy pace.

Congressman Grothman Pleased With Voter Photo ID Decision

Congressman Glenn Grothman says he’s glad to see the U.S. Supreme Court wouldn’t take up a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law. He says he voted for the photo ID law when he was in the State Senate and the court’s decision exonerates those who voted for it. He says there are places where voter fraud can happen. He says states should be able to determine how their own elections will be run. Photo ID when be needed at the polls next Tuesday. Barring a special election, voters won’t need to show photo ID at the polls until next February’s elections.

Sheboygan County Crime Of The Week

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials are looking for a dark blue or black, 4×4 extended cab pickup truck. It was seen causing damage by driving around on the lawn of the Town of Sheboygan Waterworks Park on Lakeshore Drive on March 18th. The truck also had a “bow hunter” sticker across the top of windshield. Anyone with information is asked to the Countywide Crime Stoppers program at 1-877-283-8436.

Habitat Groundbreaking Today

Habitat for Humanity will break ground for their 26th home in Fond du Lac County today. The groundbreaking will be at 11 a.m. at the home site at 596 South Main Street in Fond du Lac. This year’s family is the Krista Morris family. She has two young sons. Habitat Board of Directors President Julie Woznick says they’ve had a lot of success stories with their families over the years. Among the local dignitaries expected to attend the groundbreaking are Congressman Glenn Grothman and County Executive Al Buechel. A dedication ceremony for the home is tentatively scheduled for August 8th.

Ground Breaking Scheduled For Oshkosh Elementary School Addition

Oshkosh School District officials have scheduled a ground breaking for the addition that will be put on to Lakeside Elementary School. The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th at 4 p.m. at the school site. For the past seven years, students in grades 4 and 5 have been educated at the Tipler Middle/Green Meadow Elementary School. Those students will join Kindergarten through 3rd grade students at Lakeside to become one school once the project is complete.

Job Fair Coming Up

Moraine Park Technical College will be participating with Marian College in this month’s job fair. The job fair will be held at Marian on April 15th. MPTC interim president Bonnie Baerwald says it fits in nicely with their role in educating students for jobs in the local workforce. She says they have over 60 exhibitors with free admission. Resume assistance, a panel discussion on prepping for job interviews, and a career or cloths closet for those who need nice clothes for an interview will also help prepare jobseekers this Thursday. Resume assistance and the Career Closet will be held at Marian this Thursday. Hours for the resume assistance are 5 to 7 p.m.  Hours for the Career Closet are from noon to 7 p.m. The job fair will be in the Sadoff Gymnasium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15th.

Denim And Pearls A Success

More than $21,000 was raised at the recent Foundation for Ripon Medical Center’s Denim & Pearls to help support paramedic training for members of the Ripon Guardian Ambulance Service. The event was held at the new Ripon Medical Center Journeys Commons & Atrium. It featured a fun, relaxing evening with music, creative food and a silent auction. Participants were treated to wine tasting by Vines & Rushes and chocolate truffles from Watson Street Tea & Treats.