• The legislature’s budget committee voted to renew the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program for two years at its current funding level of $33 million per year. The two-year extension will continue funding stewardship into 2022, so the vital work of protecting Wisconsin’s land and water can continue. Gathering Waters: Wisconsin’s Alliance for Land Trusts, issued this statement: “We are disappointed, however, that this short-term extension falls far short of a 10-year reauthorization. Together, thousands of Wisconsinites and more than 50 Wisconsin conservation, business and government groups spoke and were clear that consistent, long-term funding is critical to land and water protection. A two-year extension of the program simply does not do that … We expect that when the full legislature votes on the budget, the same two-year extension of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program will be included.”
• Gov. Evers signed a $3.7 million contract to improve eight miles of Highway 42 from County X (Door/Kewaunee county line) to the south junction of Highway 42/57 south of Sturgeon Bay. Work is scheduled to begin June 17 and finish in August. Highway 42 will remain open to traffic during construction. Northeast Asphalt of Greenville, Wisconsin, is the prime contractor. This project will mill off the existing asphalt surface and replace it with a new asphalt surface. The project also includes storm-sewer repairs, culvert replacements, beamguard upgrades and pavement marking.
• The Sturgeon Bay School District will launch an online student-registration system for the upcoming school year. The system is a secure and green process that will allow the district to verify all student demographic, emergency and medical information prior to the start of the new school year. It will also allow users to electronically sign annual permission forms for school district policies. In short, it replaces all hard-copy registration and permission forms. A link, instructions and secure “snapcode” to access student information will be included in the back-to-school mailing. Families should still attend district registration on Aug. 8 or 13, 12-7 pm. Contact your student’s school office with questions.
• Tickets are available to board the Picton Castle and Santa Maria to enjoy a spectacular view of the fireworks during Nicolet Bank Tall Ships on July 26. Ship boarding begins at 9 pm, with fireworks at about 9:30 pm. The $60 ticket includes festival admission, fireworks viewing on the ship, beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. All tickets for Nicolet Bank Tall Ships are available at Tallshipswisconsin.com or the Ticket Star box office in the Resch Center. General-admission tickets are also available at Bay Park Square Mall.
PMI Entertainment Group and Nicolet National Bank are again collaborating to produce Tall Ships, which includes the festival in Green Bay July 26-28, a sail through Sturgeon Bay July 29 and a sail past Algoma July 30.