Around the Bend – Updates & Tidbits by Judy Steffes

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Updates & tidbits
– A nationwide search is underway to hire a replacement for Shawn Graff, OWLT executive director, who has resigned to take a position as Great Lakes Regional director of the American Bird Conservancy. Graff had been with the OWLT for 13 years.
– Colton Wiesner, a 2012 graduate of West Bend West High School is featured in the 2016 spring issue of St. Norbert College Magazine. The article details how Wiesner returned to Nicaragua in January and brought 40 new stethoscopes and 40 blood-pressure cuffs to donate to the clinics. He also raised more than $1,400 for medical supplies during an event at Horicon Meats.
– Two students from Hartford Union High School, Elisha Jaeke and Amy Holzer, will receive the Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarships. HUHS teacher Mark Arnholt is a 2016 recipient of the Herb Kohl Fellowship Grant as well as the Teacher of the Year at HUHS for 2015.
-On Saturday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. it’s the Kettle Moraine YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day. The day is designed to improve health and well-being for kids and families. It features games, healthy cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home. There will also be bicycle helmets available to the first 200 kids. Those who have bike helmets are encouraged to bring them for a free helmet fitting.
– The Slinger Super Speedway season opener is April 24.
-Life of Hope will hold a free community event Thursday, April 21 as Kevin Hines, a mental health advocate, presents an evening of education and hope with a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The event starts 7 p.m. in the West Bend H.S. Auditorium.
– The Enchantment in the Park group is meeting at the warehouse at Regner Park every Monday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. putting together new displays for the 2016 season. Free lunch will be served.
-Mason Holbrook of Barton is going to be the survivor story of the 2016 Washington/Ozaukee Heart Walk this year. Holbrook was born with Tetralogy of Fallot in 2014 and had to have several open heart surgeries. Join Team Mason at
-A buddy bench will be installed Monday at the I 4 Learning Charter Community School, formerly Wayne Elementary. The design was inspired by a first grader who wanted to make a place for kids to go sit when they feel alone or need a little extra support.
-Geoff Littrel is giving his building, 156 N. Main Street in West Bend, a long-awaited face lift. Littrel purchased the building in 2009. It’s currently home to Barton Ink. The upgrade follows a revamping of the corridor from Old Settlers’ Park through Vest Pocket Park, across the new pedestrian bridge to the Museum of Wisconsin Art.

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