Local News Briefs Friday 12/6/13

Fond du Lac paramedics were dispatched to Basic American Metal Products on Trowbridge Drive this morning for an industrial accident. A woman in her thirties got a hand stuck in a break press. The accident was reported shortly after 5:30 a.m.

Break In Reported At Zacherl’s

Fond du Lac Police are looking for the person or persons who broke into a locked garage and storage area at Zacherl’s Funeral home and took a number of items. Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein says in addition an ATV was taken out of the garage and used to spin donuts in the grassy area of the Funeral home’s yard.  The ATV was then left behind the garage. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s Crime Alert line at 322-3740. The break in was reported around noon last Saturday afternoon.

Old FDL Walgreen’s Will Become New Kwik Trip Store

The former Walgreen’s Drug Store on North Main Street will soon become home to a new Kwik Trip Store. The Fond du Lac City Council next Wednesday will be asked to approve a special use permit for the convenience store. The current building would be demolished to make way for the construction of the convenience store and gas station. The 3,872 square foot convenience store would face West Johnson Street. The project cost including associated equipment is $2.8 million. It’s expected to create 20 to 25 jobs. The City’s Community Development staff is recommending the City Council approve the special use permit. A gas station requires approval of a special use permit. It’s also required because the store would be located within a wellhead protection overlay district. The Council meets at 6 p.m. in the City-County Government Center next Wednesday night.

Keep Fire Safety In Mind During Holiday Decorating

Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary is asking residents to keep some fire safety reminders in mind this holiday season. He says it’s easy to get carried away when it comes to decorating, but consider carefully not blocking a possible exit in case of fire. If you have a tree he suggests not putting it close to a source of heat. He also recommends using a multi-strip adaptor rather than multiple extension cords to avoid overloading and creating a possible fire. Chief O’Leary also cautions about using tacks to put lights. For other Christmas safety tips visit the Fond du Lac Fire Department website.

FDL Holiday Parade Attendees Asked To Bring Food Donations

Theresa’s voice & acting studio, the Downtown Fond du Lac Partnership, and the Salvation Army will be joining forces during the Holiday Parade of Lights Saturday afternoon. Robin Schroeder  says Theresa wanted to do something that people would enjoy and also benefit the community. Volunteers will be asked to bring canned goods with them for a food drive. It’s asked that everyone bring at least 2 canned goods to help stock the Salvation Army pantry. Carolers will be collecting canned goods and singing throughout the parade route. Afterwards there will be cookies, cocoa, and an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along during the tree lighting ceremony at Veteran’s Park. KFIZ and K107.1 will be airing the Holiday Parade of Lights beginning at 4:15 Saturday afternoon.

Bucket Brigade Friday Morning At KFIZ

It’s one of the events we look forward to each Christmas season the KFIZ Bucket Brigade. It’s this morning starting at 6:30 a.m. The annual event promotes the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign, which has a goal of $156,000 throughout the season. Lieutenant Steve Wilson says Michel’s Corporation will be matching donations up to $8,000 total. Lieutenant Telinda Wilson says they also do a mail campaign, but the contributions stay in the community. Throughout the morning you’ll see a number of volunteers ringing bells including some local celebrities. Former Packer’s linebacker George Koonce will even be making an appearance listen for the details.

Dickens Of A Christmas This Weekend In Ripon

Ripon celebrates its 23rd annual Dickens of a Christmas this weekend. Jason Mansmith of the Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce says there’s much to do and see during the weekend including the ever-popular Living Windows Display in Downtown Ripon Friday night tonight. Saturday will bring the Breakfast with Santa and even more including the Tour of Homes. A complete list of the events is available at the Chamber’s website.

Byron Open House Kicks Off Calendar Sales

The Byron Historical Society’s annual commemorative calendar for 2014 will be unveiled at the organization’s open house and exhibit at the Byron Town Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Roads, Rails and Trails: Transportation in the Town of Byron features over 100 photographs of Town of Byron families and residents engaged in the many modes of practical and recreational transportation of the 20th and 21st century. On exhibit at this year’s open house will be vintage Town of Byron road and railroad artifacts; children’s wooden skis, skates, and transportation toys; artifacts from the famous Yellowstone Trail through Byron; a large collection of Wisconsin license plates; and, weather permitting, classic trucks of yesteryear. Never-before-exhibited historic photographs and news collections from the society’s archives will be on display as well as the Town of Byron Veterans Photograph Wall.  Calendar sales begin at the open house on Saturday at the Byron Town Hall. All calendar proceeds will benefit the Byron Historical Society’s future educational projects. Calendars are $10 each. For information on where they will be available starting next Monday click here.

Soroptimists Ornaments On Sale Today And Tomorrow

Soroptimist International of Fond du Lac is having a two-day sale of their famed local landmark ornaments from past years. The ornaments normally sell for $8, but today and tomorrow the ornaments will sell for $5 at Fox Valley Savings Bank. The local service organization has sold Christmas ornaments featuring a different local landmark annually for 23 years. The group is holding the special two-day sale to reduce inventory and to raise money for local organizations that benefit women and girls. This year’s ornament, which will not be included in the two-day sale, features the Union Soldier’s Monument in Fond du Lac’s Veterans Park. It is available at Fox Valley Savings Bank, City Hall, Wegner’s Office Supply, Hometown Bank, Bank Mutual, Associated Bank, BMO Harris and EP-Direct for $8.