Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I hope
everyone takes time this holiday season to spend time with their families
and loved ones. I know I’m looking forward to being with my boys, and my
family. Whether your family is near or far, I hope that the Christmas spirit
is with you all in the coming weeks.
It has been a great privilege to represent the people of the 51st Assembly
District. It’s been a pleasure working with and meeting so many people in
the district this year. I appreciate being able to help constituents, tour
many businesses in the district, and listening to your opinion on state
issues. The opportunity to serve my friends and neighbors in Madison has
been a wonderful and rewarding experience.
I especially want to recognize and thank all the men and women who serve in
our nation’s armed forces. To all those who are defending the front line of
freedom this season and are unable to come home and celebrate with your
families: thank you for your sacrifice.
As I pause to reflect on the year that has passed, I’m reminded of the true
reason for our celebration. I urge you to consider lending some extra
support this year to one of the many organizations in our community that
provides food, shelter and warm clothing to our neighbors in need.
I hope you have a blessed and safe holiday season and I’m looking forward to
continuing to work for you in 2016! God Bless, Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Update: Speakers Task
Force on Alzheimer's & Dementia
we held our final public hearing. Since October, the task force has held
six public hearings throughout Wisconsin. Our first two public hearings
were held in Madison, with the final four being held at Valley VNA
Senior Service in Neenah, Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Iowa County
Health and Human Services in Dodgeville, and Mayo Clinic Health System
in Eau Claire. We were also able to tour Brewster Village Long Term Care
Facility in Grand Chute, Mount View Care Center in Wausau, and Clark
Street School in Middleton. I would like to thank all of these
facilities for being great hosts and for offering their insight
concerning Alzheimer's and dementia.
It was great that we were able to have one of the public hearings in
Dodgeville. It was an opportunity for the task force to hear some
excellent ideas, suggestions, and testimony from our area. I was proud
to have some great people from Southwest Wisconsin speak on the issue
and be involved in raising awareness.
Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia affect thousands of Wisconsin
families everyday and we need to raise awareness about these diseases.
In the public hearings, the task force heard about several ways the
state could help caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's and
dementia. Increased respite care and additional Dementia Care
Specialists were some of the many suggestions the task force received.
Additionally, we learned Wisconsin needs an increased awareness of
Alzheimer's and dementia, and a better understanding of those living
with these diseases.
There is still a lot of work for us to do regarding Alzheimer's and
dementia, but I am proud of what Wisconsinites have already
accomplished. In our travels throughout the state, the task force was
introduced to some great programs that are directly benefiting
caregivers and those living with these diseases. From the Music & Memory
Program to Dementia-Friendly Communities, Wisconsinites are looking to
innovative new ways to help. I hope that our task force will further the
great work Wisconsin is already doing.
Public Hearing at Mayo Clinic Health
System in Eau Claire
Public Hearing at the Iowa County Health
& Human Services Building in Dodgeville
had the pleasure of attending some local events, in addition to meeting with
people at the Capitol in Madison.
first week of December, I was happy to welcome the 11th and 12th grade
students From Shullsburg to the Capitol today. Social Studies instructor Tim
Strang and his Wisconsin History class toured the Wisconsin Historical
Museum, and came to the Capitol for a tour.
Woman's Club hosted their 17th Annual Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus on
Saturday, December 5th at Plymouth Congregational UCC. It was a pleasure
serving breakfast during the event with Iowa County Sheriff, Steve Michek.
I was in
Richland Center on December 7th to celebrate the work of the Career
Education Cooperative. The CEC is a partnership between local businesses,
UW-Richland Center, Southwest Tech, and area high schools that allows high
school students to earn college credit while working on an apprenticeship.
It was great to hear that In it's first year, that 10 students took
advantage of the cooperative. I am looking forward to seeing the program
grow in 2016.
This week, I
had the opportunity to meet and talk to the St. Luke's Catholic School from
Plain. They were visiting the Capitol for a tour before their
Christmas break. I hope you all enjoyed your time in Madison!
Serving Breakfast with
Iowa County Sheriff Steve Michek
Tim Strang and his Wisconsin History Class filled with 11th and 12th graders
Cooperative Open House in Richland Center
Greeting the students
from St. Luke's Catholic School from Plain, WI