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Brown County news briefs for the week of May 20

Brown County news briefs for the week of May 20 …

Combined tonnage total down from last year

GREEN BAY – The shipping season officially began March 19, and Dean Haen, Port of Green Bay director, said the combined tonnage total for March and April was 104,162 tons, down about 21% from the opening period a year ago.

“History has told us that it’s very difficult to predict what a new shipping season will be like,” Haen said. “Every shipping season is different because shipments are booked far in advance. With many different factors involved – including demand, prices and availability – we expect to see some ups and downs in the monthly tonnage reports throughout the shipping season this year.”

The leading cargo imports for March and April were petroleum products (29,650 tons), cement (26,481 tons) and limestone (26,160 tons).

Haen said that 11 ships came into the port through the end of April.

Garage, vehicles complete loss in weekend fire

DE PERE – The De Pere Fire Rescue Department responded to a structure fire at 1105 Fay Court Sunday, May 15.

Battalion Chief Brett Jansen said when crews arrived on the scene, a detached garage at the residence was heavily engulfed and extended to the exterior of the house.

Jansen said within minutes, crews extinguished and prevented it from extending into the house.

The detached garage, along with the occupants’ vehicles parked in and near the garage, were a total loss, and the outside of the residence had moderate damage.

Jansen said a neighboring house and garage also sustained damage from the extreme radiant heat of the fire.

He said all occupants had been self-evacuated upon arrival.

Four engines, two ladders, one ambulance, three command cars and approximately 20 firefighters from the area responded to the call.

The estimated damage to the garage, residence, vehicles and exposure residence is approximately $300,000.

De Pere survey seeks feedback on municipal services

DE PERE, WIS. – The City of De Pere launched its survey Monday, May 16, which is intended to obtain feedback from residents in order to identify areas where the city is doing well and where there is room to improve.

The city has partnered with the St. Norbert College Strategic Research Institute on the 2022 De Pere City Services Study.

One adult from each household is asked to complete the voluntary online questionnaire.

An informational postcard explaining the survey was also sent to all De Pere residents.

Respondents’ answers are completely confidential.

For more information, visit deperewi.gov and look for the “Take the Survey” tab.

Residents urged to take caution as COVID numbers rise

BROWN COUNTY – The Brown County Health Department, De Pere Health Department and Oneida Nation Health Department are urging residents to take precautions as COVID-19 levels rise.

It comes as the community level rises to “medium” risk over the past week – meaning the number of positive cases and COVID-related hospitalizations have increased and is having some impact on local healthcare systems.

Though not required, residents are encouraged to mask in indoor spaces to reduce their risk, as well as:

Remain up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines.

Getting tested for COVID-19 if you have symptoms or were exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Staying home when you are sick and seeking treatment if you are at high risk or experiencing severe illness.

Historic tax credit seminar

The De Pere Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) and the Wisconsin Historical Society will host a Historic Tax Credit seminar at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, in the Fort Howard Room of the Bemis International Business Center (St. Norbert campus), 299 3rd St, De Pere.

The seminar is geared for De Pere, Allouez and Green Bay residents – the three communities in the county that can qualify for historic tax credits.

It will focus on public living within historic districts, commercial (downtown) historic districts, HPC members and municipal staff that work with historic properties.

The seminar is free to attendees and no advance registration is required, but room capacity is limited to 100 individuals.

Bellin to build pediatric and adolescent specialty care clinic

ASHWAUBENON – Bellin Health announced it will build a new pediatric and adolescent specialty care clinic on the corner of WI 172 and Ashland Avenue in the Village of Ashwaubenon.

The new building will be the future home of the newly announced Bellin Health Adolescent Team, a first in-the-area clinic that will offer a tailored approach to addressing the healthcare needs of teens and adolescents, working in partnership with Children’s Wisconsin and ThedaCare.

A complete list of services will be finalized closer to the facility’s opening, tentatively set for early 2024.

Walk into the Weekend

GREEN BAY – Prevea Health is offering a free walking program to encourage community members to get active every Friday at 7-7:30 a.m. beginning June 10 and running through early August (no walk on July 1).

Organizers said the program offers pre-planned routes, each lasting about an hour, sent to participants each week via email.

For every week attended, participa

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nts are entered into a drawing to win a Prevea Fitness package, including a duffel bag, yoga mat and other minimal exercise equipment.

Registration is required and can be done at prevea.com/events.

Casa ALBA Melanie announces new executive director

GREEN BAY – Amanda Garcia, the daughter of Mexican immigrants who came to the area in 1995, has been announced as the new executive director of Casa ALBA Melanie Hispanic Resource Center.


Garcia will become just the second executive director in the organization’s history, taking over the role beginning June 1 for the outgoing director and namesake of the center, Sister Melanie Maczka.

Garcia was a board member for Casa Alba Melanie from 2019-21.

“Sister Melanie Maczka and Father Kenneth de Groot were among the first community members to welcome my family to the Greater Green Bay area in 1995,” she said. “I feel honored and privileged to continue the legacy of building a stronger community for all in Northeast Wisconsin.”

Leadership change announced at BayCare Clinic

GREEN BAY – Dr. Ashwani Bhatia is BayCare Clinic’s new chief executive officer, succeeding Chris Augustian, who has taken a new position within the company.

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The planned transition takes effect in mid-June.

“I’ve accepted the position of CEO with excitement, great pride and great humility,” Bhatia, who also will remain as BayCare Clinic’s chief medical officer, said.

Since joining BayCare Clinic in 2019, Bhatia has served as a liaison between leadership and its medical providers, led recruiting efforts for various specialties, developed and guided metrics and helped navigate BayCare Clinic through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Green Bay Hamfest

GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Mike and Key Club, a community service organization and club for those interested in Amateur Radio, is hosting Green Bay Hamfest from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 4 at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Green Bay’s east side.

Entrance tickets are $5 per person.

The event will feature food, indoor/outdoor sales, ham license testing and more.

For more information contact Paul Racine at [email protected]

Registration open for Bellin Women’s Half, 5K

GREEN BAY – Registration is now open for the Bellin Women’s Half Marathon, two-person relay and 5K, set for Saturday, Oct. 1, each of which starts and ends in downtown Green Bay.

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“We were thrilled to be able to return to in-person racing for our 2021 event, and we look forward to again celebrating the incredible bonds that unite our women’s running community – no matter what the circumstance,” Race Director Linda Maxwell said.

Early bird registration is in effect until July 31, which includes a deferral policy.

Registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

All participants can take advantage of free training runs, which begin in late July.

A virtual option is also available.

The theme for this year’s event is BOLD.

History in the park

ASHWAUBENON – The Ashwaubenon Historical Society is hosting its 7th Annual History in the Park event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, at the Ashwaubenon Community Center, Grand Park Room.

Cousins Subs east side grand opening

GREEN BAY – Members of the Greater Green Bay Chamber, along with employees of Cousins Subs, were on hand Monday, May 16, to officially cut the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of the sandwich shop’s new east Green Bay location at 2410 E. Mason St.

The new stand-alone store features subs, cookies, cheese curds, fries and shakes.

Kitchen fire causes $10,000 in damages

DE PERE – De Pere Fire Rescue units responded to a house fire at 437 N. Superior St. in De Pere Tuesday, May 17.

Battalion Chief Brett Jansen said crews arrived on the scene within minutes and found smoke venting out of the first-floor windows of the 2.5-story, single-family residence.

Jansen said crews extinguished the fire within 10 minutes and were able to confine the fire to the kitchen.

The owner of the home was treated and released on scene for smoke inhalation, and no other injuries were reported.

The fire is still under investigation, but witnesses said the cause was believed to have started due to the misplacement of combustible materials on an electric stove.

The estimated damage to the home and appliances is approximately $10,000.

The De Pere Fire Rescue reminded residents to help prevent fires – do not place combustible materials, such as paper, plastic, wood or cardboard, on or around any heating and/or cooking appliances.

Editor’s note: To read last week’s news briefs, CLICK HERE.

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