News in brief – The press
Burger Fest needs you!
SEYMOUR — The Home of the Hamburger Board and Committee, the group of volunteers who organize and run the annual Burger Fest, said it has spots available that need to be filled.
A public meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seymour Community Museum, 133 Depot St., for anyone interested in becoming a board or committee member.
“Every year people look forward to Burger Fest and all the fun that comes with it,” said Donnie Planert, Jr., Chairman of the House of the Hamburger Board of Directors. “It takes a lot of people to organize and animate the celebration. The more help we receive from members of our community in and around Seymour, the more we can do to ensure this late summer family event continues.
For more information, call (920) 833-6688 or email [email protected]
Boards and commission opportunities
GREEN BAY – The City of Green Bay has appealed to interested citizens to serve on its boards and commissions – specifically the Zoning and Planning Board of Appeals, Plan Commission, Board of Review and Economic Development Authority.
More details on each board/commission and its functions can be found at greenbaywi.gov/507/Boards-
Interested parties can apply online at greenbaywi.gov/
Teen driving lessons
BROWN COUNTY — The Center for Childhood Safety is offering a free Impact Teen Driving Lesson at 5 p.m. on May 18.
Organizers said the class will provide real stories that connect with teens, giving them evidence-based strategies to protect themselves and others.
This course is offered free of charge to teenagers aged 15 to 17.
Visit centerforchildhoodsafety.org for more information.
Nearly $12,000 raised for Ukraine
ASHWAUBENON – Elevate97 has announced that its Women Helping Women initiative launched in March to benefit war-affected women in Ukraine has raised nearly $12,000.
The women of Elevate97, led by owner/CEO Kate Burgess, designed, sold and handcrafted nearly 1,000 t-shirts throughout March, with all proceeds going to the Action Fund Action (UAF) for women’s human rights.
“We are truly touched to see so many people coming together to provide support in any way possible to those affected by the war in Ukraine,” Burgess said. “We were blown away by the support we received for our campaign across Wisconsin, and shocked to see purchases coming from 28 other states as well.”
Nature’s Way Announces Expansion
GREEN BAY – Nature’s Way recently announced plans for a 116,000 square foot addition to its existing 80,000 square foot chewing gum facility.
The addition, which will provide manufacturing, packaging and warehousing capacity, is expected to begin in early summer and be completed in fall 2023.
“Demand for gummies has skyrocketed during the pandemic as people look for ways to stay healthy,” said Nicole Polarek, executive vice president and chief operating officer. “The trend shows no signs of slowing down, so we are accelerating to continue to meet consumer demand.”
In the two years since opening its gum factory, Polarek said Nature’s Way has produced more than one billion high-quality gums for the consumer market.
East Town Shopping Center Parking Lot
GREEN BAY — Green Bay Police have taken to social media to remind residents not to loiter in the East Town Mall parking lot as it is private property.
Officers said they had already warned people this year and asked residents to respect the business and owners.
Caring for the Caregiver Event
GREEN BAY – The Brown County Caregiver Coalition is hosting a Caring for the Caregiver event from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 19 at the Ashwaubenon Community Center 900 Anderson Dr.
The free event will include a light breakfast, prepared by Grounded Cafe, Dance for Joy, an anti-stress seated dance and a presentation of “Unapologetically Human: Preparing for the Marathon of Lifetime Caregiving” by Lola Dada-Olley, attorney, disability inclusion advocate, mom, wife and podcast host.
Registration is required and can be done by calling (920) 448-4300
Providence Academy organizes a fundraising gala
HOWARD — Providence Academy, a privately funded classical Christian school, will host its annual fundraising gala from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, May 14 at its newly constructed school at 3435 Shawano Ave.
The black-tie event, themed “Storybook Beginnings”, will feature live entertainment, auctions, food and refreshments.
The event is open to the public and proceeds support the school.
Tickets are available for individuals for $150 or tables of eight guests for $1,000 and can be purchased online at providencegb.org.
A UWGB teacher announced as a teacher/researcher
GREEN BAY — Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, professor of music at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been announced as one of the 2022–23 Wisconsin System Teaching Fellows and Fellows at the University of Wisconsin.
The one-year program, which offers university teaching staff the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers in the UW system, begins in late May and culminates in a research presentation at the annual spring teaching and learning conference. learning in Madison.
International Community Festival
GREEN BAY – The Kroc Community Center has announced that it will host a first international community festival from 3-8 p.m. on September 16, 2022.
Organizers said the family-friendly event will focus on celebrating the diversity of people who live here in northeast Wisconsin, with a variety of activities for adults and children.
A resource center will also be available for families to connect with basic needs, housing, financial assistance, medical assistance, medical and mental health providers, citizenship courses, education and support to ease their transition into their community.
More information can be found at gbkroccenter.org/events-and-
Bird scooters are coming back, electric bikes are coming
GREEN BAY – The City of Green Bay is once again partnering with Bird to bring shared electric scooters and bikes to city streets.
Eco-friendly transport options can be activated through Bird’s free mobile app and used on roads and in cycle paths while observing standard traffic rules.
Scooters have a top speed of 15 miles per hour, while e-bikes can reach 20 miles per hour.
Riders must be at least 18 years old.
Bird is offering a handful of programs this year, including:
- Community Pricing – offering a 50% discount for low-income riders, Pell Grant recipients, some local nonprofits and community organizations, veterans and seniors. To qualify, passengers must email proof of eligibility to [email protected]
- Free rides for healthcare workers/emergency personnel – eligible passengers can receive two free 30-minute rides per day. To qualify, runners must send their medical ID, name and phone number to [email protected]