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5:19 PM, Jun. 26, 2013  |  Comments
At its most recent Music in the Park event Wednesday, June 12, at Way-Morr Park, the Wayside Morrison Lions Club made a $1,000 donation to Syble Hopp School in De Pere for playground equipment. Syble Hopp, a public school funded through Brown County, provides educational programming to meet the needs of children and young adults with disabilities from ages 3 to 21. Accepting the check from past Lions Club president James Blashka, left, are school principal Abbie Nizzia and teacher Mary Brick, right.
At its most recent Music in the Park event Wednesday, June 12, at Way-Morr Park, the Wayside Morrison Lions Club made a $1,000 donation to Syble Hopp School in De Pere for playground equipment. Syble Hopp, a public school funded through Brown County, provides educational programming to meet the needs of children and young adults with disabilities from ages 3 to 21. Accepting the check from past Lions Club president James Blashka, left, are school principal Abbie Nizzia and teacher Mary Brick, right.
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Study starts for possible Fire Rescue consolidation

The city of De Pere will pay up to $15,000 for a study that will help determine the future of its fire department.

RW Management Group Inc., a Menasha consulting firm whose leader serves as De Pere's acting fire chief, will spend several months studying De Pere Fire Rescue to prepare a recommendation about whether it should be merged with an area department, consolidated with city police to form a public safety department or left alone.

The union that represents 26 De Pere firefighters planned to meet this week with RW Management Group president Jeff Roemer to discuss the study. Chad Bronkhorst, president of Local 141 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, said Monday he was looking forward to learning more about the project and hoped that it could identify ways to increase safety.

"It's way too soon to know how this is going to shake out," said Bronkhorst, whose local represents about 225 fire and EMS workers in communities including Green Bay, Allouez and De Pere. "Staffing (in De Pere) is about as low as you can get and still be able to handle most incidents."

Officials in a number of area communities have been looking for ways to make public safety coverage less costly while maintaining the quality of service and potentially reducing response time.

Such issues prompted Green Bay and Allouez last year to combine forces as the Green Bay Metro Fire Department after more than a year of discussions. Roemer served as acting fire chief in Green Bay for much of the time that merger talks occurred; he has also been public safety director in Allouez.

Roemer has been overseeing De Pere Fire Rescue since Bob Kiser retired as fire chief in April.

The study will begin immediately, will likely take about four months and will culminate in Roemer's firm reporting back to the Common Council, he said last week.

Food collection at Hope Lutheran

Hope Lutheran Church in De Pere is accepting donations of nonperishable food items until Sunday, June 30, as part of the United Way's "Day of Action" campaign.

Hope Lutheran adopted De Pere Christian Outreach for the 10-day food collection that started June 21 and will support the nonprofit agency.

Nonperishable food can dropped off from 7 a.m. to noon daily until Sunday at Hope Lutheran, 700 S. Superior St.

YWCA fulfills capital campaign goal

YWCA Green Bay-De Pere held a donor appreciation event at its downtown Green Bay facility last week to celebrate the end of its "Opening Doors" capital campaign.

The organization met its campaign goal of $3.3 million with the support of local businesses and individual donors.

Funds will be used for YWCA programs and facility renovations.

Volunteers needed for art show

The annual Woodland Indian Art Show and Market will be Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7, at Norbert Hill Center, N7210 Seminary Road, Oneida.

Volunteers are needed to help make jewelry, distribute and collect signs, escort artists and help tally judges' scores.

Interested volunteers can register online at http://tinyurl.com/k5zvmt3. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a free admission pass.

For more information, send email to Susan, the event's volunteer coordinator, at WIASM2013@yahoo.com.

Tours of St. Norbert from July 8-12

St. Norbert College in De Pere will offer campus tours for prospective students and their families during Wisconsin Private College Week from Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 12.

Refreshments will be served during the student-guided tours, which include a meeting with an admissions representative.

Those interested in taking a tour that week are encouraged to make an appointment. For more information, call (920) 403-3005 or (800) 236-4878.

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