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Oneida Nation receives $648,339 in ARPA funds to support sustainable energy
ONEIDA – The Oneida Nation received a $648,339 grant July 19, from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop a Tribal Utility Authority, as well as explore the potential for a utility-scale solar facility and electric vehicle for tribal operations.

The grant is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act’s (ARPA) Indigenous Communities program, and will support the hiring of staff and a contractor for four years to complete and implement the plan.

“Tribal communities were disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, assistant secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. “This EDA investment in the Oneida Nation will support its efforts to transition to renewable energy to build economic resiliency on the reservation.”

Gov. Tony Evers said investing in clean, sustainable energy is an environmental, economic and equity issue.

“As the original stewards of our land and water, the Tribal Nations in Wisconsin have been great partners in our work to build a better, more sustainable future for our state, and I am glad to see these funds going to the Oneida Nation to further this important work,” Evers said.


Preble students shine at DECA leadership event
GREEN BAY – The Preble High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) team finished first out of 17 schools at the DECA leadership event “COW (Chapter Opportunity Workshop) Cup” earlier this month.

The Madison conference gives DECA student chapters the opportunity to do their strategic planning for the year.

Attendees participate in team building and leadership events, practice business situation role-plays and take a marketing exam.

One chapter earns the COW trophy – which in this year’s case was Preble.

988 short-dial for suicide prevention lifeline now available
WISCONSIN – A faster way to seek mental health support during a crisis is now available nationwide.

Calling or texting 988 will quickly connect individuals to a trained counselor with National Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Crisis Lifeline.

“Lifeline is a critical resource, and the new nationwide 988 short code will make it very easy to access,” Cindy Durand, senior director of public affairs at Nsight said.

The toll-free number 1-800-273-TALK will also remain available.

Party for the Penguins event
SUAMICO – The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is again hosting the Party for the Penguins, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 23.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds to support African penguin conservation.

A variety of activities, which are free with regular zoo admission, will be offered throughout, including kids’ games and crafts, temporary tattoos, penguin-themed presentations in the Education Amphitheater and penguin encounters.

A selection of penguin crafts and gifts – including paintings made by the NEW Zoo penguins themselves – will be available for purchase in the penguin merchandise sales tent.

The full schedule of activities can be found at newzoo.org.

Help obtaining an ID to vote in the August primary
WISCONSIN – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding voters about how to obtain identification, free of charge, ahead of the upcoming primary.

Valid identification for voting purposes includes a driver license, identification card, military or student ID card.

Anyone unsure if their identification meets the requirements can visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

Information on how to obtain a voting-eligible ID, as well as a list of required documents needed to obtain one, are available online at wisconsindmv.gov.

Matthews Tire to host Oil Change for the Better event
WISCONSIN – Matthews Tire is hosting its 19th Oil Change for the Better event Aug. 1-5 and 8-12 at all of its locations, including its South Oneida location.

The area tire shop will donate $15 to Hand-N-Hand of Northeastern Wisconsin, a Green Bay-based nonprofit that offers specialized support to deaf and hard-of-hearing children and families.

“We host Oil Change for the Better to raise funds for great charitable causes in our community,” Trevor Rezner, president of Matthews Tire, said. “But we also have this event to bring more awareness to the smaller organizations that are doing outstanding work.”

Since 2012, Matthews Tire has raised more than $73,000 through its Oil Change for the Better events.


Nature’s Way hiring event
GREEN BAY – Nature’s Way, a local manufacturer of dietary supplements and vitamins, is hosting a hiring event Aug. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. and Aug. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its east side location – 3480 E. Mason St.

Interviews will be on a walk-in basis.

For more information, email [email protected].

O’Connor Connective adds to its team
DE PERE – O’Connor Connective, a strategy and marketing communications company, announced it has added Linda Bodden to its team in the newly-created role of production director.


Bodden received her bachelor’s degree in journalism with an advertising emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Since graduation, she’s held positions as a marketing specialist and an advertising production manager.

Bodden is also a member of the Habitat for Humanity Events Steering Committee.


Prevea Health, Neuroscience Group partnership
GREEN BAY – Prevea Health and Fox Valley-based Neuroscience Group have announced a partnership that aims to provide 24/7 neurosurgical and surgical spine care in Green Bay.

Now, in addition to its locations in the Fox Valley, Neuroscience Group neurosurgeons and spine surgeons will see patients at the Prevea Allouez Health Center, 1821 S. Webster Ave., and perform surgery at Prevea Health’s partner hospitals – HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center in Green Bay.

“Together, we will make high-quality surgical care for these conditions more accessible to those who need it in the Green Bay region,” Dr. Ashok Rai, Prevea Health president and CEO said.


Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk returns Aug. 6
GREEN BAY – Registration for the annual Get Your Rear in Gear Green Bay run/walk, set for Saturday, Aug. 6, is open.

The 5K run, 1.5-mile walk and Kids’ Fun Run aims to raise awareness about colon cancer screening and early detection.

Colon cancer survivors can register for free, everyone else can register for $30.

Visit donate.coloncancercoalition.org/greenbay for more information.


5th annual ChalkFest date set
GREEN BAY – The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center announced ChalkFest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, at its east side location.

Now in its fifth year, organizers said the free day-long festival features local and regional chalk artists at work, a cookout, art and craft vendors, live music, a magician, the Brown County Library’s Bookmobile and children’s activities provided by Einstein Project and the Kroc.

More information about ChalkFest, including artist, vendor, and sponsor applications, can be found at GBKrocCenter.org/ChalkFest.

Retzlaff joins hearing center at BayCare Clinic


GREEN BAY – BayCare Clinic announced it has added Kelly Retzlaff to its Hearing Center team.

Retzlaff received her doctorate of audiology degree from Illinois State University, and is certified in audiology by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Retzlaff offers diagnostic hearing evaluations for people of all ages and treats all degrees of hearing loss at Aurora BayCare Medical Center.


Strong month for shipping
GREEN BAY – Port of Green Bay Director Dean Haen said June was an outstanding month for shipping.

Haen said cargo shipments hit 328,734 tons last month – one of the highest monthly totals in recent years – compared to 149,019 tons during June of last year.

He said last May’s total was 179,058 tons.

“After a relatively slow start to the 2022 shipping season, it was exciting to see the ship traffic that we had in June,” Haen said.

Imports of foreign and domestic salt led the way in June, reaching nearly 150,000 tons, followed by limestone imports (53,355 tons), cement imports (48,702 tons) and coal imports (47,679 tons).

Overall, Haen said tonnage is running 10% ahead of last year when final totals reached nearly 2 million tons.

He said a total of 24 ships, including four Canadian ships and two foreign vessels, moved through the port in June, bringing the 2022 total to 53.

June also saw the first cruise ship – Ocean Navigator – visit to the Port of Green Bay.


St. Vincent, St. Mary’s earn national recognition for patient safety
GREEN BAY – HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center each received an ‘A’ in patient safety for spring 2022.

The national distinction – given by independent organization Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade – recognizes hospitals’ achievements in protecting patients from harm and practicing high-quality health care.

“We are proud of these ‘A’ grades, and work tirelessly to uphold our hospitals’ core values of care, respect, competence and joy,” Brian Charlier, president and CEO of St. Vincent and St. Mary’s, said.

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