November 17, 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:

Montello Holiday Trail
November 18, 2017
Various locations
Montello, WI 53949

Wine Fest at Heidel House
November 18, 2017
Heidel House Resort & Spa
643 Illinois Ave
Green Lake, WI 54941

Deer Hunter's Dinner
November 18, 2017
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
151 E. State St.
Adams, WI 53202

Homespun Holidays
November 17-18, 2017
Markesan Elementary School
210 N. Margaret St.
Markesan, WI 53946

Lights on Water St. Parade
November 24, 2017
Water St.
Princeton, WI 54968

Westfield Holiday Parade
November 24, 2017
Westfield, WI 53964
Call Val Virch at Virch's True Value to be in the parade

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


Video Update from the Capitol

Research indicates the more words children hear from parents and caregivers, the more they learn. Yet, by age 4, children in poverty may hear 30 million fewer words than their higher-income peers, resulting in dramatic learning disadvantages that go into adulthood, also known as the “word gap”.

At the last Children’s Caucus meeting on November 8th, Ken Taylor from Kids Forward shared data from the latest Kids Count Data Book that shows 63% of Wisconsin children by 4th grade are not proficient in reading, and Wisconsin has one of the largest gaps in child wellbeing by race.

I introduced a bill this session that would invest $500,000 to assist in the sustainability and expansion of the Reach Out and Read (ROR) Wisconsin Program. ROR is an early literacy initiative that gives children a foundation for success by incorporating books into their pediatric care and encouraging families to read together. Closing the word gap will help to increase reading proficiency and child wellbeing in Wisconsin.
To learn more about Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, visit their website.

Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!

Constituent Visits

L-R: Kathy Semrow, Lancaster Parks & Storage, Eric Flood of Flood Homes, Anita Pemberton, RV Horizons, Gail Webb, Deer Run Estates, Donna and Steve Hasselberger, DonEve, Inc., Jim Reitzner, Asset Development Group, Eric Sobush, Stars & Beyond, Jessica Malsack, Puckaway Shores MHP, and Becky Menne, Stars & Beyond

I had the opportunity to attend Wisconsin Housing Alliance's annual conference where they recognized me for their Friend of Industry award! My district has the most manufactured homes in the state, and I had the opportunity to meet with some residents and owners in my district. I spoke about how my bill would improve compliance to code regulations in these communities.

L-R: Debbie Konecny (Book Sale Coordinator), Theodore Rauch, Representative Ballweg

Congratulations to Theodore Rauch, a member of Ripon Boy Scout Troop 735, who was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout last weekend! Theodore earned 21 merit badges during his time as a Boy Scout, and he led his troop in his Eagle Scout Project to build bookshelves for the Ripon Public Library to use to sell used books.

Deer Season Opens November 18th!

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