Local News Briefs Tuesday 7/14/15

The name of the 19-year-old Sheboygan woman killed in a car versus semi accident in Sheboygan Saturday afternoon has been released. Haley Haen died at the scene of the accident at Business Drive and Washington Avenue. She graduated from Sheboygan North High School last year. Police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Business Climate In FDL Good To Excellent For Most Surveyed

Nearly 30 percent of Fond du Lac County businesses who participated in a business climate survey expect to increase their hiring over the last six months of this year. In the survey released by the Fond du Lac County Economic Development Corporation nearly 57 percent of those businesses plan no change in hiring and the remainder expect to decrease hiring. As for the overall business climate just under 72 percent say it’s good to excellent. The survey for the third quarter will be sent out in September.

Portion Of Military Road Will Be Closed

Fond du Lac’s Public Works Department tells us that the north bound lane of Military Road will be closed from 9th Street to north of Grove Street beginning Wednesday morning due to water main repair work. It will remain closed until next Monday. South bound traffic is not affected, but drivers are asked to use caution as they travel through the area.

LPEC Report Not Meant To Be Implemented All At Once

Two members of the Lakeside Park Exploratory Committee say the 27 recommendations in their final report weren’t meant to be implemented all at once. Committee Chairman Dr. John Short says they would like to see the report be included in a master plan for the park. They would also like to see recommendations included in capital improvement plans where possible. Committee Vice-Chair Ray Lapierre says he wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the ideas included in public works budgets. Dr. Short says if people look at the report they can see pictures of how other communities incorporated similar suggestions in planning for their parks. The report, an executive summary and video can be seen at the City’s website.

FDL School Board Approves New Athletic Director

The Fond du Lac School Board Monday approved the hiring of a new athletic director for the high school. David Michalkiewicz was one of 36 applicants for the position that Kevin Deering left for a job in Grafton. Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says their new AD worked for the Belmont School District since 2006 as a teacher and athletic director. He also was a boys’ basketball and baseball coach there. He says although Belmont is a smaller district than Fond du Lac Michalkiewicz understands what it takes to build an athletic program. Michalkiewicz grew up in the Menasha area. He will start in Fond du Lac early next month.

E Cigarettes Unknowns Make Them Unsafe

The program coordinator for the 5 Counties for Tobacco Free Living says there are still too many unknowns about e-cigarettes. Sandy Bernier says because they aren’t regulated they can be advertised on TV, Radio and in newsprint. She says the FDA doesn’t regulate what she calls electronic nicotine devices. She says the testing the FDA has done on them shows the substances in them are not safe. She says there are carcinogens and certain flavorings shouldn’t be inhaled. She says they have haven’t proven to be safe and haven’t been proven to be an effective way of helping people quit smoking. She says while children are smoking cigarettes less their use of e-cigarettes is increasing. She says middle and high school use has tripled. She says the liquid nitrogen used in e-cigarettes is actually poisonous and can be deadly if someone tampers with the device and ingests the liquid.

Career Expo Coming Up In FDL

The Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development says job seekers have a special opportunity at the end of the month to attend a career expo in Fond du Lac. Dave Anderson says the Fox Valley Career Expo will be held in the expo building at the County Fairgrounds. Hours for the Wednesday July 29th event are from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anderson says they already have over 50 employers who will be participating looking to hire. He says they are asking people to pre-register at the JobCenterofWisconsin.com website. He says all the information on the upcoming expo is there. Employers who interested in participating have through Wednesday, July 22nd to register also online.

FDL HS Registration Coming Up

Fond du Lac High School registration will be held from 7am-5pm on Monday, August 17 for 9th and 11th graders and on Tuesday, August 18 for 10th and 12th graders. Students are asked to enter the school through the main entrance, Door 1. Current students will not be allowed to change their schedule on registration days. There will be a registration mailing the first week of August.  If you have any questions prior to registration, please call Fond du Lac High School at (920) 929-2740.

FDL Literacy Puts Out Call For Volunteers

Nearly 40 percent of adults in Wisconsin read below the fourth-grade level. More than 1.5 million adults in Wisconsin qualify for literacy services. In our own community, there are people asking for help to improve their literacy and improve their lives.  You can make a difference. Fond du Literacy Services seeks volunteer literacy tutors in the Oakfield, Kiel and Fond du Lac areas. Tutors need no previous teaching experience. Tutors are supplied with teaching materials and the training required to work one-on-one with adult students who struggle with reading, writing, math or the English language.  Interested individuals should contact the Literacy office at (920) 322-3932 or email Literacy Specialist Jeanna Donovan at [email protected]. Additional information can be found at www.fdlpl.org/FDLLiteracy