State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2016
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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

During this holiday weekend, please take time to remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives in dedication to our country. Our freedom comes at a great price, and the debt we owe to our fallen heroes can never be repaid.

This Memorial Day, and every day, I am deeply grateful for those soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice, were disabled in the line of duty, and for the many men and women who continue to serve our country valiantly. 
I hope that you all have a safe and blessed Memorial Day and enjoy time with friends and family.
If you would like to honor our fallen heroes, click here for Observance Ceremonies in Racine County. Or, be part of the festivities by attending a parade in your area. Click here for a list of Memorial Day parades in Racine County and click here for a list of parades in Kenosha County

Burlington Awarded Tourism Grant for ChocolateFest 

Burlington ChocolateFest, which is coming up this weekend, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and got a sweet surprise when they were awarded a $20,000 Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism this week. The grant will be used to expand marketing in order to attract out of town guests to the community and ChocolateFest. Event organizers are hoping to welcome around 35,600 attendees this year, for an estimated $514,000 in visitor spending! 

For those who haven't experienced this wonderful event, ChocolateFest features more than 30 chocolate vendors, a carnival parade and firework show, as well as the annual Chocoholic 5k run-walk and Chocolate City Bike Ride. I hope you will join me at this great event, which runs from May 27-30. Get more information and a schedule of events here.  

Communications Academy Annual Senior Showcase

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Communications Academy Annual Senior Showcase at the Indian Trail High School Academy with Kenosha Sheriff Sgt. Dan Ruth and Media Arts Teacher and Chairperson Sandra Bleser (pictured above).

This event is the capstone for all Communications Academy seniors, and allows students to showcase their skills and knowledge through a portfolio presentation that demonstrates specific skills or technologies learned within the academy, and how they can be applied within the fields they hope to enter professionally. The event also gives students a change to network with industry professionals, learn from them, set goals, and help them make more informed decision. This event is an awesome way to help students prepare for their futures, and I was very impressed with the students and the quality of work presented.

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the event, including Hannah Adam, Erik Aguilar, Joge Aguilar, Amber Barczynski, Jeralynn Borges, Valencia Campbell, Julia Conforti, Karli Dellar, Nikiya Edmond, Guillermo Godinez, Derek Gonzalez-Gamez, Holden Henry, Hope Hummel, Delana Johnson, Andres Lira, Vincent MacKay, Matthew McClure, Anna Matson, Gloria Morales, Adriana Moreno-Maya, Beatrice Muresanu, Jada Peters, Dakota Vernezze, Anthony Rose, Andrea Johnson, Chantelle Rose, Giovanny Garcia, Ana Murguia-Espino, and Viktoria Kexel. Fine Job!

$13 Million Invested in Wilmot Mountain 

The new owners of Wilmot Mountain recently announced they will invest $13 Million to "Completely Transform the Guest Experience." This is exciting news for our area, and all who enjoy the snow there each year! 

According to the new owners, Vail Resorts, the upgrades include, three new lifts, expanded state-of-the-art snowmaking, a fully renovated base lodge and a new parents lounge, a new kids ski and snowboard school facility, and an upgraded terrain park. The upgrades are scheduled to be completed by the beginning of the season. For a full list of upgrades, click here.

It is always great to see businesses growing and investing our area, and I can't wait to see the upgrades completed!

Racine Christian Teachers Recognized

 (Pictured from left to right: Principal Dave VanSwol, Tim Bratt, and Barb Vanderleest)

On Wednesday, May 25, I had the honor of presenting citations to two outstanding educators at Racine Christian School. Tim Bratt, who has been with RCS for 27 years, and Barb Vanderleest, who has been with RCS for 25 years, were both recognized for their dedication and commitment to education. We are truly blessed to have great educatros such as Tim and Barb in our communities. Congratulations!
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State Senator Van
21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Memorial Day 
Cemetary Pilgrimage
Meet at American Legion
Bixby-Hansen Post 171
Union Grove
Sunday, May 29, 8 am

Burlington Veterans
Memorial Day Parade 

Begins at Kane St./Edward St.
Monday, May 30, 9 am

Racine Memorial
Day Parade
Begins at W Boulevard/Washington Ave.
Monday, May 30, 10 am

Rochester Memorial
Day Parade
Begins at Rochester Firehouse
Monday, May 30, 1:30 pm

Union Grove Memorial
Day Program and Picnic
Begins at American Legion
Bixby-Hansen Post 171
Union Grove
Monday, May 30, 8:30 am

Chocolate Fest 2016
Burlington Festival Grounds
May 27 - 30

Racine County Exec
Town Hall Meeting
209 N. Main Street, Burlington
Wednesday, June 1, 4-6 pm

Dino Digs
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Every Sat and Sun 

Racine Zoo
2131 North Main St.
9 am - 6 pm

If you would like to add an event to the Local Events calendar, please send information to: Colleen.Moran@legis.wi.gov
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