Local News Briefs Saturday 8/16/14

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s officials are hoping the public can help them out with an arson case. On Tuesday August 5th a suspicious fire burned an area on the exterior of St. Paul’s Church located at N8903 County Road J.  Early the next morning the Sheriff’s Department received a call of a barn fire at W7628 County Road H.  This fire was suspicious also.  Both fires appear to have been intentionally set. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheboygan Countywide Crime Stoppers program at 1-877-283-8436. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

Narcotics Anonymous Program Added At Dodge County Jail

Dodge County’s Detention Facility has implemented a Narcotics Anonymous program. Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit organization founded in 1953 whose purpose is to help people and offer them the support they need to get off and off drugs. The jail in Juneau has for year assisted inmates dealing with alcohol addiction by implementing alcohol withdrawal and detoxification protocols as well as offering Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Sheriff Pat Ninmann says it’s hoped the Narcotics Anonymous program will provide the same type of support to inmates who used drugs.

Habitat ReStore New Location Second Opportunity For Site

The President of Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Fond du Lac County says they searched for a new location for their ReStore for quite some time before arriving at a decision. Julie Woznick  says they actually looked at the old Pick ‘n Save on West Scott Street first, but there offer wasn’t accepted. She says about 6 months later the owner deciding to go condo with the old store selling off the space in chunks. The Children’s Museum and Mercury Marine Museum moved into some of that space and now Habitat’s ReStore will locate there as well with the move on Saturday, August 23rd. Woznick says they are moving into about a 14,000 square foot space or about double the space of their location on South Brooke Street.

Pathfinders Group Enjoy Time Helping Out In FDL

An outreach group with the Pathfinders International Conference in Oshkosh spent a few days helping out at the Salvation Army in Fond du Lac this week. They helped out in the food pantry, with brown bag lunches, cleaning up outside the Salvation Army building, and even spent some time at the thrift store. James Harris the director for a group from Gentry, Arkansas. He says they had a group here about 5 years ago so the youth were looking forward to returning to Fond du Lac and enjoyed their time here. The youth from the faith-based group range in age from middle school on up.

United Way Community Day At Festival

Festival Foods will host a Community Day for the Fond du Lac Area United Way today. Hours for the event are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four of the agencies the United Way helps to fund; the Arc of Fond du Lac, Adult Literary, the Family Resource Center and the Volunteer Center will have information tables at the event. Each will have something for the kids. The police department will have a few of their vehicles there and Festival will have their Big Cart there. Dave Neumann of Festival says it is indeed a Big Cart. He says its 12 ½ feet high, 18 feet long and has a 300 horsepower engine in it. You can also donate to the United Way when you go through a check out lane at Festival Foods.

Summer Celebration At Children’s Museum Of FDL

It’s been a year since the Children’s Museum moved to their new location on West Scott Street and some big things have happened. That’s why the museum is holding a Summer Celebration today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum Executive Director Andrea Welsch says their attendance has doubled over the last year to more than 46,000 visitors. She says because of the big move and getting situated in their new location they had to put their capital campaign on hold.

The goal was to raise $2.2 million. Welsch says they do have over 900 member families, which also is quite a bit of an increase from their old location.

Space Available In “When I’m 65” Class

The Fond du Lac Public Library will be offering the free class, “When I’m 65,” at 1 p.m. on Monday, August 25th. Julie Hilbert, senior benefit specialist with the Fond du Lac County Department of Senior Services, is the presenter for the class. She will have information on insurance, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D and Social Security. There is no charge for the class, but class size is limited. Registration is recommended. You can do that by calling the Help Desk at (920) 322-3929.