Charles and Susan Bricko, Aniwa, were recognized for producing excellent quality milk during the calendar year 2012 by Foremost Farms USA. The cooperative presented two levels of achievement for quality milk production to producer-owners throughout Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. "Excellent Quality" awards were presented to producers whose milk averaged between 101,000 and 200,000 somatic cell count.
Foremost Farms USA, based in Baraboo, is a cooperative owned by 1,820 dairy farmers in the Upper Midwest.
The University of Wisconsin Marathon County Foundation presented the sixth annual Spirit of Excellence Award to Professor Emerita Linda Ware during a special awards program at the UW Center for Civic Engagement. Ware taught English for 40 years at UWMC and has led major initiatives to help the campus.
The Spirit of Excellence Award is presented to an individual who has been a strong supporter of UWMC students and faculty over a long time.
Jordan Kaiser has joined GreenSky Energetics Inc. as a solar field agent serving the central Wisconsin region. GreenSky Energetics provides solar energy solutions for residential and commercial customers.
Kaiser's main responsibilities will be conducting informational seminars throughout central Wisconsin to educate people on what solar options are available. He also will assist with the new customized solar units being installed at Red Eye Brewing Co. in Wausau.
GreenSky Energetics is based out of Manitowoc and has operated as solar design/build contractor in the eastern through north central regions of Wisconsin for more than six years. GreenSky Energetics provides solar energy solutions including PV systems to generate electricity, solar energy systems for domestic water heating, space heating, process heating and solar site assessments.
The collaborative effort that resulted in Moses Creek restoration in Schmeeckle Reserve has earned a 2013 Federal Highway Administration Environmental Excellence Award. The award recognizes collaboration among city, state and federal officials, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and consultants in the Highway 10 wetland mitigation project.
The biennial award honors initiatives that incorporate environmental stewardship into planning and project development. The Federal Highway Administration and state DOT funded most of the project. Other key players were the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; AECOM, the engineering design consultant; Stantec Consulting Services Inc., biological consultant; and Earth Inc., which did the construction.
The project restored 17 acres of riparian wetland meadow and tall shrub plant communities and naturalized 4,300 feet of Moses Creek. The DOT is monitoring the wetland for the first 10 years. Schmeeckle and UW-Stevens Point staff and students will provide long-term management and stewardship.