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DOT seeks input on Wisconsin 32 study

Wisconsin Department of Transportation has the alternatives for the ongoing planning study of a 1-mile stretch of Wisconsin 32 on De Pere's west side available for view on the website

Also on the site, the DOT's Northeast Region Office is accepting public comments on the study until the end of this month.

The purpose of the multi-year study being conducted by the DOT and the city of De Pere is to determine need and scope of future construction projects for the busy corridor between Third and Eighth streets.

The study is expected to be completed by July 2014.

For more information, contact DOT planning project manager Chris Culotta at (920) 492-7712.

De Pere Key Club holds food drive

De Pere High School's Key Club is hosting a community food drive this month.

The endeavor started Wednesday, May 1, and will run until Wednesday, May 22.

Festival Foods on the west side of De Pere and Larry's Piggly Wiggly on the east side are drop-off locations for nonperishable food items.

Also, Key Club members will be going to De Pere houses asking for nonperishable food items from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19.

Donations will go to the Food for Freedom world-record attempt in Fond du Lac on Memorial Day and be redistributed back to food pantries in Brown County.

Open house Tuesday for preschool

Angels of Hope Preschool in De Pere will hold an open house Tuesday, May 14, for its 4- and 3-year-old kindergarten programs.

The open house will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the preschool site, which is behind Foxview Intermediate School at 700 S. Superior St. Any interested parents/guardians and their children are invited to attend.

The 8-year-old private program provides academic readiness for kindergarten, opportunities for social development, creative outlets and is Christ-centered.

The program is tuition-based but provides both an academic and a spiritual component.

For more information about the preschool or the open house, call director and lead teacher Gail Thiel at (920) 336-9843.

Diocese names Basten chancellor

Bishop David Ricken last week announced the appointment of St. Norbert College graduate Tammy Basten as chancellor for the Diocese of Green Bay.

Basten will start June 3, succeeding the Rev. John Doerfler, who held the position since 2005.

Doerfler will continue in his role as vicar general for the diocese and part-time duties supervising its Canonical Services Department. He also will become a half-time lecturer at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners starting in August.

Basten has been serving the diocese as director of Facilities and Properties with St. Joseph Real Estate Corporation.

As chancellor, Basten will be responsible for ensuring the acts of the curia are drawn up and dispatches for safe keeping in the archives. She also will maintain diocesan documents and records; assist parishes and diocesan agencies in canonical, liturgical and civil matters; and oversee the Worship Office and the Holy Name Retreat House.

Basten, a native of Red Wing, Minn., previously spent her professional career in management positions within the insurance industry. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and English literature from St. Norbert in De Pere.

Public event at Abbey gardens

Norbertine Center for Spirituality will hold "An Evening in the Abbey Gardens" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at St. Norbert Abbey, 1016 N. Broadway, De Pere.

Three of the Abbey's four cloister gardens will be open to the public, featuring thousands of spring flowers and garden art.

The event also will include live music by pianist Dr. Michael Frisch, O. Praem., accompanied by vocalist Frater Brad Vanden Branden, O. Praem. Wine, cheese and soft drinks will be served.

The cost is $20 per person. Registration is required by Friday, May 17.

For more information or to register, call (920) 337-4315 or go to

St. Norbert offers public workshops

St. Norbert College's Language Services will hold two events for the public later this month.

Registration is being taken until Monday, May 13, for Latin American Food and Film, which will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, on the De Pere campus.

Participants will celebrate Mother's Day while enjoying Latin American delicacies with instructor Jen Holtebeck. The film "Conversaciones Con Mama" will be shown with English subtitles.

The registration costs are $45 for the general public and $30 for St. Norbert community members.

Registration is being taken until Friday, May 17, for Railroad China and Dining Experience, which will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the Tuesdays of May 28 and June 4 at National Railroad Museum, 2285 S. Broadway, Ashwaubenon.

Bob Lettenberger, the museum's education director, will host the two-part workshop series. Participants will get a taste of the history of railroad dining and vintage dining-car china while enjoying a four-course meal.

The registration cost is $60.

For more information or to register for any of the programs, go to or call (920) 403-4075.

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