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Mother’s Day at the zoo

SUAMICO – The NEW Zoo is inviting moms to spend Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, with the animals, free of charge.

Mom will receive free admission to the zoo, a free plant, courtesy of Wery’s Sweet Summer Bloomers, and a bag of candy, while supplies last.

Zoo staff encourage guests to purchase tickets in advance for all members of your party (except for moms and kids under 3), to reserve your 30-minute arrival window.

Guests can come at any time during the arrival window listed on your ticket and stay at the zoo as long as you like until closing time.

Limited tickets will also be available at the doors.

Zoo Pass Members do not need to reserve an arrival time and can come as usual.

The NEW Zoo will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Valley View associate principal selected

ASHWAUBENON – Valley View Elementary School announced Heidi Lassila will be its new associate principal starting July 1.

The appointment is the result of current associate principal Doug Pieschek accepting the position of principal.

Lasilla currently works at Dickinson Elementary School in De Pere as the dean of students, a position she has held for the past five years.

Prior to this, she worked at Langlade Elementary School in Green Bay for 12 years as a teacher.

Seymour student presented with scholarship

SEYMOUR – Brittany Voight, a senior at Seymour High School, was presented with the $10,000 Brian LaViolette Scholarship April 28.

Voight plans to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to pursue a degree in nursing, eventually wanting to specialize in neonatal or pediatric intensive care in a clinic or hospital setting.

She has worked as a certified nursing assistant at Bellin Hospital for the past two years while participating in the youth apprenticeship program sponsored by the Greater Green Bay Chamber.

“I believe achieving what is thought of as impossible is one of my many strengths,” Voight said.

Since its establishment in 1992,  the Brian LaViolette Scholarship has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond. 

Area funeral director receives national recognition

DE PERE – Lukas Semrau, a funeral director with Cotter Funeral and Cremation Care in De Pere has recently qualified for the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

The national individual recognition highlights personal and professional growth, raises and improves the standards of funeral service and encourages practitioners to make continuing education a life-long process.

To receive this award, Semrau completed a 180-hour program of continuing education activities and events.

Public meeting for County M reconstruction project

BROWN COUNTY – The Brown County Highway Department will hold a public information meeting for the future reconstruction of County M (Lineville Road) –  from Belmont Road to U.S. Interstate 41 – from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12 at its office, located at 2198 Glendale Ave.

The proposed improvements include reconstructing the roadway to a four-lane urban section (two lanes in each direction), with curb and gutter, storm sewer, additional pedestrian and

bicycle facilities and improving intersections and railroad crossings. 

Construction will be done in stages between the 2023 and 2025 construction seasons.

Vye adds three to Green Bay team






GREEN BAY – Vye, a marketing firm, announced the hiring of three employees – Courtney Svoboda, Alec Fischer and Kayla Zastrowat – at its Green Bay location in the Rail Yard Innovation District.

Svoboda will serve as project management lead, Fischer joins the team as a copywriter and  Zastrow is Vye’s newest project manager.

The Green Bay team also includes Lori O’Connor, who has been part of the Vye team for nearly four years and was recently promoted to business development manager.

Library partners with Ledgeview for storywalk

BROWN COUNTY – The Brown County Library and Ledgeview Parks and Recreation have teamed up to offer a Storywalk throughout Ledgeview Park along the East River Trail through October.  

The ongoing event will feature a new book each month, displayed on yard signs along the trail to encourage reading and exercise.

The Brown County Library Bookmobile will be on site June–August and will lead storytime and crafts for all ages (from 10-11 a.m. June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16) in the Ledgeview Park shelter, located at 2064 Dickinson Road.

For more information, visit ledgeviewwisconsin.com.

9.3 million trees planted so far

WISCONSIN – In celebration of Arbor Day, April 29, Gov. Tony Evers announced that more than 9.3 million trees have been planted in Wisconsin since he committed to the Trillion Tree Pledge last year – to plant 75 million new trees and conserve 125,000 acres of forest in Wisconsin by 2030 in collaboration with public, private, and non-governmental partners.

“Planting and conserving trees and forests is a simple and powerful tool for storing carbon and tackling climate change, and I’m excited about the progress we’ve made on Wisconsin’s pledge to plant 75 million trees by 2030,” Evers said.

HSHS named a top place to work

GREEN BAY – Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) – which includes HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay, HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan and HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls – was named one of the country’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare” by Becker’s Healthcare. 

Andy Bagnall, president and CEO of HSHS Wisconsin, said besides providing health care to patients, “our colleagues are dedicated to the mission of the Hospital Sisters.”

“Their devotion shines brightly in our facilities,” he said. “It’s important to thank our colleagues for the work they do every day. High colleague engagement is something we strive to achieve and value as an organization just as much as our core values of respect, care, competence and joy.”

Local student UWO Chancellor’s Award recipient

DE PERE – Cory Timm, a double major in supply chain management and information systems from De Pere, is one of nine University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO) seniors awarded the 2022 Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

Timm served as a student worker in the UWO athletic department’s sports information office and as a tutor for the College of Business’ quantitative business analysis course.

He has been involved in both the Supply Chain Management Club and the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Timm has also volunteered at St. John’s Homeless Shelter.

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