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ADRC Continues Purple Angel Training

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02/19/2019- It’s Alzheimer’s Advocacy Day at the Wisconsin State Capitol, but Marinette County’s Aging and Disability Resource Center says you don’t have to travel all the way to Madison to make a difference. Theresa West is the ADRC’s Dementia Care Specialist. She’s working to help businesses and organizations throughout the county become safer and more accommodating for those suffering from neurodegenerative disease through their Purple Angel Training program.
The prevalence of Alzheimer’s and Dementia is rapidly increasing across much of the state and West says that’s especially true locally.
Through a grant from the Alzheimer’s Association, the ADRC is planning a public forum to discuss Alzheimer’s and Dementia-related issues this spring. That event is being held April 11th at the Community Rec Center in Marinette and begins at 5:30 PM.

Activists, Legislators Critical of PFAS Action Plan

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02/19/2019- The EPA is calling it a “historic plan” outlining “concrete steps to protect public health,” but environmental activists say they don’t expect much to come of the EPA’s new PFAS Action Plan. The plan, released last week, details prevention, enforcement, research, and communication efforts pledged by the agency in response to extensive public concern and input they’ve received over the past year about PFAS contamination at dozens of sites across the county and here at home. Jeff Lamont retired after 28 years of environmental investigation and cleanup work and is now one of the Town of Peshtigo residents impacted by PFAS compounds released into area ground and surface water by Johnson Controls. He’s calling the EPA document an “action-less” plan that’s a carbon copy of a proposal they first introduced ten years ago.
Lamont has seen the PFAS levels in his own well nearly triple since 2017. He says even if the federal plan comes to fruition, it could be 8 to 10 years before the new cleanup standards take effect. Oversight of the local cleanup currently falls under state authority, but Lamont says he wants the state and Johnson Controls to step up their efforts.
US Senator Tammy Baldwin has also publicly criticized the Action Plan, saying it “falls short of taking the swift action that is needed,” and urges the EPA to set an enforceable drinking water standard for PFAS.

County Short on Salt Supply

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02/19/2019- Road salt supplies are starting to dwindle in Marinette County after the repeated blows dealt to the region by Mother Nature. Highway Commissioner Eric Burmeister says the county placed their salt order in the spring based on the average of the three previous winters but the back-to-back snow storms and icy conditions this season have them exceeding that anticipated need. He says the county has been in contact with their supplier about the possibility of bringing in additional tonnage to get them through the winter. Crews will likely be out in full force again this week as another weather maker is expected to bring several inches of snow to the area tomorrow.

City Opens Facade Improvement Program for 2019

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02/19/2019- Downtown Marinette business owners are encouraged to think about façade projects for the upcoming year. Through their Façade Improvement Program the City is again is offering grants up to $10000 for qualifying projects to aid in improvements that stress the historical significance and uniqueness of downtown structures through building restoration. Retail and commercial buildings near the Menekaunee Harbor are also eligible. Online applications for the grant can be found on Marinette’s website and paper applications may be obtained at the City’s Community Development Office. Applications for the first round of grants for projects to be completed by December 31st are due March 1st. If there is money left for additional grants, the second deadline is September 1st for projects with a completion date no later than December 31st of 2020.

EPA Announces PFAS Action Plan

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02/18/2019- A recently-released plan by the Environmental Protection Agency aims to do more about PFAS contamination and identify strategies to help protect residents against the chemical. The PFAS Action Plan is being called the “most comprehensive cross-agency plan to address an emerging chemical concern ever undertaken by the EPA.” It describes both short- and long-term actions that the agency is taking related to this type of contamination including establishing the maximum contaminant level of PFAS compounds in drinking water and listing PFAS as a hazardous substance which will provide additional tools to help states and municipalities address existing contamination and hold responsible parties accountable. The EPA is also attempting to develop additional technologies and treatment options for removing PFAS from drinking water. The local contamination in Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo is one of 16 sites in Wisconsin grappling with PFAS cleanup efforts. PFAS exposure has been linked to kidney disorders, reproductive cancers, autoimmune disorders, and other serious health concerns.

Small Business Leaders Look to the Future

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02/18/2019- There’s frustration and disappointment, but no lack of forward momentum. While the Twin Cities didn’t make the final round of competition for Season 4 of Small Business Revolution, organizers of the local effort say they’ll continue to press on to strengthen the unity between Marinette and Menominee and spark development in small businesses in the downtown districts and beyond. Kim Brooks calls it the “new normal” for the M & M.
Keith Killen says while this movement has been driven by small business owners and community leaders, it’s going to take a commitment from every sector of the community to continue to progress.
And, though they may not be here with $500000 or a film crew, representatives from Deluxe will still visit the area later this year with an opportunity for growth. On May 8th, the Company is hosting a one-day marketing seminar for small business owners in Marinette and Menominee. You can find the link to sign up here.

LaFave, McBroom Seek to Halt Elimination of 95-A Judge

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02/18/2019- A Menominee County judgeship position that’s on the chopping block could be saved by legislation recently introduced in the Michigan House and Senate. The bills, sponsored by Senator Ed McBroom and Representative Beau LaFave would reverse the 2012 decision to eliminate the 95-A District Court Judgeship locally by March 31st. McBroom says the decision to cut the position was made based on data an statistical analysis from 2008 through 2010, but notes there has been a measurable increase in the number of felony filings in the county since then, warranting the retention of that judge. The Menominee County Board has already passed a resolution supporting these bills. The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee held a hearing on the proposal last week, while the House Judiciary Committee has yet to take up the legislation.

OGJ VA Wins Best Experience Award

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02/18/2019- The local VA hospital receives top honors for their work serving our nation’s veterans. The Veterans Health Administration awarded Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center with the 2018 Best Experience Award for Level 3 facilities at the Veterans Patient Experience Symposium held earlier this month in Washington DC. The Iron Mountain VA was one of 12 VA Medical Centers selected as finalists for the award for being recognized as top performers in Patient and Employee Experience. The first-place recipients were then selected based on leadership, culture, listening to the voice of the Veteran, and measurement and improvement. Brad Nelson, Public Affairs Office with the Oscar G Johnson VA Medical Center says they continue to make patient communication and employee engagement their top priorities.
The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center was ranked second in the nation for patient satisfaction at the end of 2018 and has consistently ranked as one of eight VA hospitals in the top 10 percent of all VA hospitals in terms of patient satisfaction since 2012.

LaFave Reiterates Need for Auto Insurance Reform

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02/15/2019- The local Michigan State Representative has renewed his top legislative priority following Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address. Representative Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain weighed in on Tuesday night’s Address by reiterating the need to create a solution to Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation car insurance premiums and hold the governor accountable for her promises made. The state’s no-fault car insurance system leads more than seven million motorists to pay rates nearly twice as much as in neighboring states like Wisconsin. LaFave has been a strong advocate for auto insurance reform and has recently been appointed to the bipartisan House Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates to pursue a solution, with the authority to report legislation directly to the House floor for consideration. LaFave said the governor has failed to provide any meaningful plan on how to save Michigan drivers money.

53 Veterans, Including Local Man, Prepare for Trip to Vietnam

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02/15/2019- Nearly 46 years after the last American troops left Vietnam, 53 Northeast Wisconsin veterans are headed back there. The Old Glory Honor Flight’s Return to Nam trip embarks February 24th and veterans will spend two weeks revisiting the region where they previously spent months and, in some cases, years fighting one of the most controversial wars in US history. Rick Chouinard of Crivitz is a Navy vet and was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon. Chouinard was part of more than 100 missions during his 18-months in country and he says he expects things to look a little bit different now.
Chouinard says he’s fallen out of touch with those he served with in Vietnam, but adds there’s an unspoken bond between all Vietnam vets that remains long after they’ve tucked their uniforms away.
This is the Old Glory Honor Flight’s first ever Return to Nam trip and, like their regular flights to Washington DC, it is being offered at no cost to the veterans.

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