• Kewaunee County kids had more than 15,000 donated school supplies to choose from at the annual Back-to-School Program, organized by the Kewaunee County Public Health Department. On Aug. 15 at Lakehaven Hall, approximately 300 students were able to choose backpacks, lunch boxes, notebooks, folders, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, tissues and shoes – and to decorate thank-you notes for donors. The program aims to provide some of the required school supplies for children of families in need in Kewaunee County. The families that qualify are those on WIC, Food Share or Badger Care; those that partake in the free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch programs; and those that have found themselves in an emergency situation.
“This is a much-needed program for Kewaunee County, and community support that we receive continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year,” said Cindy Kinnard, director of the Kewaunee County Public Health Department. “We have had some really generous donors come forward through the years, and this time around, we would like to send special thanks to the person who [anonymously] donated more than $1,000 worth of supplies, as well as the couple who collected supplies at their wedding and went shopping with their wedding-gift money for even more items.”
• Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee Mary Kolar will serve on the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs’ Executive Committee and as district vice president for the Midwest District. She was selected by her peers during the association’s annual conference Aug. 11-14.
“I am honored to represent Wisconsin and our strong service to veterans and their families as part of this national organization,” Secretary-designee Kolar said. “Wisconsin is a known leader when it comes to veterans affairs. I look forward to sharing our ideas and best practices and learning from the other states as well.”
• The Southern Door County School District will hold an open house Aug. 28, 4:30-7:30 pm. Students and families are invited to meet classroom teachers, other staff members and bus drivers; take supplies to classrooms and/or lockers; learn about after-school opportunities; pay for lunch; and complete any remaining registration tasks. Special programs will include registration information about the elementary CCLC after-school program and the Let’s Go Southern Door program with the YMCA; half-hour middle school parent meetings in the auditorium at 5 pm and 6:30 pm; pictures in the Eagle gym concession area for all middle school students who attend; a freshman orientation meeting and walk-through of the schedule at 5 pm in the high school cafe; a youth apprenticeship information meeting at 6 pm in the high school library; and voter registration sponsored by the League of Women Voters. Families that are new to the district and those needing assistance with registration may also register during the open house in their respective school office.
• Producers of nearly 17,000 dairy operations have signed up for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program since sign-up opened June 17, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Producers interested in 2019 coverage must sign up before Sept. 20, 2019. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer. To date, more than 60 percent of dairies with established production histories have enrolled in the program. Wisconsin has seen the most participants – more than 4,832 dairy operations – followed by Minnesota (1,865), New York (1,779), Pennsylvania (1,511) and Michigan (702).