“The blessings of a free government can only be maintained by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”  --  The 1848 Wisconsin State Constitution, Article 1, Section 22

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Representative Petryk E-News Update

In-District Office Hours  

Thank you to all of my wonderful constituents who took time out of their busy lives to meet with me at my in-district listening sessions this past Monday. My special guest for the day was my dear friend and colleague, Representative Tom Larson, from Colfax, who will be retiring from the Assembly after serving out this term to enjoy more time with his family.

We started the beautiful cool spring day in Prescott, moved to Spring Valley later in the morning, then went south to Downsville, and ended our day at the new Pleasant Valley Town Hall. We listened and heard input on a wide variety of topics from: farmers; retirees; hunters; childcare providers; University professors; Public School Superintendents; firemen; City Administrators; Town Clerks; Town Chairmen; Village, Town, and County Board members; policemen; and brave soldiers protecting and serving us as members of our Wisconsin and Minnesota National Guards. Some of the common themes we discussed were: state transportation funding; local roads and services funding; public/private collaboration for economic development; IRIS 2.0 redesign concerns; water quality monitoring of high-capacity wells; addressing the challenges of the public school funding formula; awareness of the financial impact of Medicaid funding health care for the poor and its effects on the rest of our state budget. Since the Legislature has adjourned for this year, I will take the great recommendations and ideas from my constituents forward into my next term and the 2017-2018 budget deliberations which will begin in January.

As always, it was a delight to see and visit with the very engaging, interesting, colorful, and hard-working people of my 93rd District. Thank you all again for the privilege of allowing me to hear your ideas as I serve you in my role as your Representative in Madison!
 

 

Vietnam Veterans Day

On Saturday April 2nd, I was honored to have the privilege of singing our National Anthem at the ceremony to observe the 6th Annual Vietnam Veterans Day held at the Eagles Club in Lake Hallie. Vietnam Veterans and veterans from other conflicts gathered to honor those who served our nation and state to defend our freedoms.

 

The afternoon program followed an information session held in the morning on Agent Orange and other Vietnam Veterans issues. The program was emceed by Leroy Jansky, 2016 Event Committee Chair. A marvelous group of speakers included: Abbey Randall, Augusta High School Senior; Kaye Olson, State President of Gold Star Mothers; Nao Shoua Xiong, Former CPT of the Hmong Lao Veterans; Dave Zien, former State Senator; Tim Moore, Eau Claire County Veterans Service Officer; Mike Haley, Chippewa County Veterans Service Officer; and the featured speaker, LTC Kevin Morgan (US Army Retired).

 

The most emotionally moving portion of the program was the POW/ MIA "Table Ceremony" led by Harry Bauer, Commander of American Legion Post 77 along with Larry Werner, American Legion Post 77 Chaplain. I thought it appropriate to include the entire text of the ceremony along with a photo of the table set in memory of those who never came back home. As the ceremony urges all of us, REMEMBER! Let us never forget the ultimate sacrifices of those who gave the last full measure of devotion to those of us blessed enough to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 

Table Ceremony Script

 

The table before you is a place of honor. It is set for one. This table is our way of symbolizing the fact that members of our profession of arms are missing from our midst. They are commonly called POWs or MIAs, we call them "Brothers." They are unable to be with us this evening and so we remember them.

 

This Table set for one is small -- Symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner alone against his oppressors. Remember! (ring bell)

 

The Tablecloth is white -- Symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms. Remember! (ring bell)

 

The single Red Rose displayed in a vase reminds us of the families and loved ones of our comrades-in-arms who keep the faith awaiting their return. Remember! (ring bell)

 

The Red Ribbon tied so prominently on the vase is reminiscent of the red ribbon worn upon the lapel and breasts of thousands who bear witness to their unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing. Remember! (ring bell)

 

The Candle, the candle is lit -- Symbolizing the upward reach of their unconquerable spirit. Remember! (ring bell)

 

A Slice of Lemon is on the bread plate to remind us of their bitter fate. Remember! (ring bell)

 

There is Salt upon the bread plate -- Symbolic of the families tears as they wait. Remember! (ring bell)

 

The Glass is inverted -- They cannot toast with us this night. Remember! (ring bell)

 

The Chair -- The chair is empty. They are not here. Remember! (ring bell)

 

Remember! -- All of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended upon their might and aid, and relied upon them, for surely, they have not forsaken you. Remember! (ring bell)

 

Remember! -- Until the day they come home, Remember! (ring bell)

 


Habitat Handout Day for Pierce and St. Croix counties scheduled for April 23 in Baldwin

From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources:

Property owners interested in making their land more wildlife-friendly are invited to attend Habitat Handout Day Saturday, April 23 in Baldwin, Wis.

Attendees will receive free spruce trees, wildlife-friendly shrubs, and seed for wildlife food plots. Distribution will occur from noon to 2 p.m. at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources shop building, located at 890 Spruce St., Baldwin, Wis.

Plants and seeds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested landowners are asked to bring their own buckets. Each landowner will be limited to seed for one or two acres (roughly 25 pounds) and up to 150 wildlife shrubs and trees. Recipients will be asked to sign an agreement that the materials will be used for wildlife habitat and not for residential or commercial purposes.

Private land owners are important partners and stakeholders with the department and conservation groups throughout Wisconsin in efforts to conserve and enhance wildlife populations.

Wildlife shrubs, spruce trees and wildlife food plot seeds were donated by the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Indianhead Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Star Prairie Fish and Game, and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

 

 

12 Charming Wisconsin River Towns to Visit This Spring

From the writers of OnlyInYourState.com (http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/wisconsin/river-towns-wi/):

Some of the most charming Wisconsin towns to visit are those little ones that have popped up along the riverfront. Fabulous views and great communities make these ideal ones to hit up this spring. Here are 12 that you should check out.

1. Pepin

Jerry Huddleston/Flickr

Pepin was the home of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and a visit here can show you how the town inspired this author. Besides the Laura Ingalls Wilder memorial, you can check out the marina and the swimming beach.

2. Stockholm

Aaron Carlson/Flickr

Stockholm is a haven for artists and craftsmen, and who wouldn't come here for inspiration? You will want to stay awhile at one of the quaint bed and breakfasts. Also, they have one of the best pie shops in the state: Stockholm Pie.

3. La Crosse

Brandon O'Connor/Flickr

This river town is unique because it is also a college town, being host to UW-Lacrosse. A bustling, revived downtown is a huge draw for tourists. There are plenty of old historic buildings for you to photograph as well.

4. Prairie du Chien

Tony Webster/Flickr

The second oldest community in Wisconsin, Prairie du Chien is brimming with the past, and you can check that out at the Fort Crawford Museum. The town is full of unique restaurants and shops, including the Valley Cheese and Fish Shop.

5. Potosi

Tony Webster/Flickr

Potosi is home to the National Brewery Museum, as well as the largest beer bottle. Cool fact: Potosi has the longest main street without an intersection (three miles) in the world.

6. Wyalusing

Kenneth Casper/Flickr

Wyalusing is home to Wyalusing State Park, one of the most gorgeous state parks in all of Wisconsin. It offers stunning views of the islands and channels on the Mississippi. You can observe it from the bluffs, or you can get right down in it on the canoe trail.

7. Genoa

David Wilson/Flickr

Genoa got its name from the Italian immigrants who founded it. The top thing to do here is to visit the Genoa National Fish Hatchery. They raise mussels, brook trout, and sturgeon. Yes, they offer tours, and yes, it's really fascinating to find out what they do.

8. Onalaska

Rochelle Hartman/Flickr

Onalaska is the sunfish capital of the world, and besides fishing, it is a great place for boating and hunting. This community has been around since 1851, and you can learn all about it at the Onalaska History Museum.

9. Lynxville

Carl Wycoff/Flickr

Lynxville might have one of the best views of the Mississippi--anywhere. Head to Larson Bluff to see Pool #9; it has some pristine backwaters, and is a big stopping place for various waterfowl.

10. Trempealeau

Roy Luck/Flickr

Trempeauleau is full of beautiful historic buildings, the most famous of which is the Trempealeau Hotel. The town is also home to Perrot State Park, which has dramatic bluffs and stunning views.

11. Cochrane

Tony Webster/Flickr

This sleepy community was built back in the 1800s and it is still going strong. Perhaps the biggest attraction is Prairie Moons Garden and Museum, with great sculptural works of a retired farmer.

12. Alma

Tony Webster/Flickr

Alma has a big personality but is tucked into a small space--a really small space. A series of ten stair-step streets run perpendicular to the river and up to the terraced community. Shops, restaurants, and a swimming beach make this a great place to stay.

 

Constituent Corner

Reality Check: Financial Education Event for Area High School Students

For the third year in a row, I had the distinct privilege in participating in the Reality Check event put on by the University of Wisconsin – Extension. At the event, nearly 300 students from around the 93rd Assembly District including Pepin, Durand, Elmwood, Plum City, and Mondovi participated in this life-skills building event.

This year was the 10th Anniversary of Reality Check and featured special incentives and opportunities for the participating students. The experience simulates one month of “real life” as a mid-twenty year old who must care for a child, pay the bills, receive payroll deductions, and the experience the ups and downs of fate.

My thanks to all the community volunteers and the staff from UW-Extension who made this event yet another annual success. It is my hope that the students got as much out of the event as myself and the other volunteers did!

 

 

On Tuesday, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 596 (2015 Wisconsin Act 348) into law at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Energy Education Center.

(L-R:  Representative Tom Larson, Representative Warren Petryk, Georgia Maxwell from the Department of Workforce Development, Governor Walker, Senator Terry Moulton, and Representative Rob Swearingen.

Events Around the 93rd Assembly District

Thank you all for letting us know about upcoming events in the 93rd Assembly District.  It is my pleasure to share them with others through this newsletter.  If you have an event, please share them with me a month in advance and my staff and I will do our best to share in our e-update.  


Eau Claire Children’s Theatre – Disney’s The Little Mermaid
April 7-10, 2016
State Theatre, Eau Claire
http://www.ecct.org/

 

Once Upon a Place Storytelling Performance

April 9, 2016 10:00-11:30 a.m.

S1 Cty Rd K, Fall Creek

http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=13675

 

Cat Show

April 9, 2016 9:00-3:30 p.m.

$4 admission, $2 for children under 7

Norther WI State Fair Grounds, 225 Edward Street, Chippewa Falls

http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=13634

 

Stuff the Truck for the Dunn County Humane Society

April 9, 2016 9:00-4:00 p.m.

http://www.dunncountyhumanesociety.org 

 

Open Mic Night

April 13, 2016 7:00-10:00 p.m.

Barrel Room, 320 Main Street, Menomonie

http://www.barrelroomwi.com

 

Purses with a Purpose

April 14, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Wild Ridge Golf Course

http://web.eauclairechamber.org/events/eventdetail.aspx?EventID=13838


 

 


93rd Assembly District Local Resources

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.eauclairechamber.org/

City of Eau Claire:
http://www.eauclairewi.gov

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.ellsworthchamber.com/

Village of Ellsworth:
http://www.villageofellsworth.org/

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.prescottwi.com/

City of Prescott:
http://www.prescottwi.org/

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:
http://www.menomoniechamber.org/

City of Menomonie:
http://www.menomonie-wi.gov/

Village of Spring Valley:
http://springvalleywi.com/

http://www.springvalleywisconsin.org/index.html

The Village of Pepin:
http://pepinwisconsin.com/

Representative Petryk Online
http://petryk.assembly.wisconsin.gov

www.facebook.com/Rep.Petryk

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