October 13, 2017 E-Update    

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Blue Books

The 2017-2018 Blue Books are in and signed. This year's feature story is, Women in the Wisconsin Legislature. If you would like to request a Blue Book from my office, please send me an email with your name and address.

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Upcoming Events:

Adams County Farm to Table Dinner
October 14th
Twin Creeks Nursery
1884 County Rd. N
Friendship, WI 53934
Tickets Required

Reach the Peak Race
October 14th
Nordic Mountain Ski Resort
W5806 Country Rd. W
Wild Rose, WI 54984
 - All proceeds benefit After School Programs for the Wautoma Area School District -

Please email me if you have any upcoming events that you would like featured in this section.

Construction Updates:

HWY 44 from Ripon to Pickett: This project is moving ahead of schedule and should be open by October 20th.

Packwaukee Causeway:
Construction is set to end for the winter season on November 16th. Plans are to have all excavation completed, rock placed, signing installed, erosion control done, base material placed, binder asphalt mat installed, with late season pavement makings. Construction will resume in spring.

Fall Color Report:

Fall is in full swing. If you are making plans to take a trip before winter, make sure to take full advantage of the season by viewing the Fall Color Report.

Video Update from the Capitol

Cyber Security is essential to all of us. The state of Wisconsin blocks well over 1 million suspicious emails daily. We all know that our state and individuals need to take precautions. In the wake of the Equifax breach, it is important to make sure that you are using the internet and your electronics in a safe and secure way. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and I wanted to talk about a few ways you can take action to protect yourself and family from cyber threats.

The Department of Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) advises the “Stop.Think.Connect.” method.

Stop others from accessing your accounts by setting secure passwords, updating your operating systems and antivirus software, and deleting apps that are no longer useful or interesting.

Think before you post, share, or click. Ask the question, is this a trusted source?

Connect over secure networks. Trust your gut. If it does not seem secure, close out or delete the email.

Make sure you’re #cyberaware by doing regular clean sweeps of your computer system, and continue to watch for DATCP’s daily safety tips on their Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for watching, and have a great and secure Wisconsin week!

DNR Open House Meetings

The Department of Natural Resources will be holding four public open house meetings to gather input on outdoor recreation opportunities in Western and Central Wisconsin.

These meetings are part of the Department's Recreation Opportunities Analysis process, which will examine existing outdoor-based recreation opportunities and future recreation needs throughout the state. The process will identify future opportunities for providing high-quality recreation experiences and the potential role of DNR properties in helping to meet those needs.

This round of meetings will focus on the Mississippi River Corridor Region, the Western Sands Region (including Adams County), and the Lake Winnebago Waters Region (including Green Lake and Marquette County).

Each meeting will run from 4-7pm. Locations for the four public meetings are as follows:

          Monday, October 23 – Eau Claire (Altoona)
          Altoona River Prairie Center, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI 54720

          Tuesday, October 24 – Stevens Point
          Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave, Stevens Point 54481

          Wednesday, October 25 – La Crosse (Onalaska)
          StoneyCreek Hotel & Conference Center, 3060 S. Kinney Coulee Rd, Onalaska 54650

          Wednesday, November 1 – Appleton
          Fox Valley Technical College – Bordini Center, 5 Systems Dr, Appleton, WI 54914

This Week is Fire Prevention Week

Consider this scenario: It's 2 o'clock in the morning. You and your family are fast asleep when you awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke. What do you do? If you do not have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. That is why home escape planning is so critical. It ensures that everyone knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is, "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 ways out!" works to educate the public about the importance of developing a home escape plan and practicing it. A home escape plan includes working smoke alarms on every level of the home, in every bedroom, and near sleeping areas. It also includes two ways out of every room, usually a door and a window, with a clear path to an outside meeting place (a tree, light pole, or mailbox) that is a safe distance from the home.

Here are some recommendations for developing and practicing a home escape plan:

  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave. This can slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.

For more information on fire prevention in your home visit the National Fire Protection Association website.

Local Business Spotlight: Oak Ridge Foam & Coating Systems, Inc.

Last week, I stopped by Oak Ridge Foam & Coating Systems in Green Lake to tour their facility and learn more about their services. Oak Ridge is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high performance Polyethylene plastics, roof maintenance coatings, Polyurea and Polyur protective coatings, spray foam insulation and application equipment.

For contractors, they offer parts, products, equipment, and training. For customers, Oak Ridge can assist in finding the right products based on your needs, and offer guidelines, approved contractors, and monitoring services for overall quality assurance.

For more information on Oak Ridge Foam & Coating Systems, Inc. and their products and services, visit their website.

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