Officials urge caution
with controlled burns
Sheriff David Graves and Fire Chief Association President Chuck Nass urge residents to use extreme caution when burning debris off their land.
There have been numerous burns recently that have gotten out of control and caused damage to buildings and areas that were not intended to be burned, according to a Sheriff's Department press release.
Residents who plan to conduct controlled burns are asked to consider local regulations, the location of the fire, the wind direction and speed, and the proximity to other structures and land without debris to be burned.
Enough people also should be on hand to control the burn, and an immediate water source should be on hand, according to the press release.
Controlled burns should be reported to the Sheriff's Department, 741-4400, to reduce the chance of a false alarm being reported and a fire department being sent out when it is not needed.
Sheriff offers boating safety class in May
A boating safety class hosted by the Sheriff's Department will be held May 3 and 4 at the Law Enforcement Center, County Highway NN.
The class will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, and participants must be present both days to complete the course.
Those who complete the course will receive a boating safety certificate that permits people younger than 16 to drive a boat.
The class also is open to adults who want to know more about boating safety and laws.
The class is limited to 30 students. For more information or to register, contact Sgt. Timothy Otterbacher at 741-4446.
DPW offers computer
disposal day May 2
The Solid Waste Division of the county Public Works Department will sponsor a "computer round-up" Friday, May 2.
Computers contain a variety of toxic and hazardous substances, flame retardants and metals that make them unsuitable for disposal in landfills.
Businesses and institutions are prohibited from discarding computer equipment in normal landfills, and household computers should be kept out of disposal sites as well.
Participants can bring in 100 pounds of computer equipment free of charge. Anything more than 100 pounds will cost the participant 25 cents per pound.
Outdated and obsolete computer equipment will be collected from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Highway Department complex, W4097 County Highway NN.
Gateway hosts hospice foundation teleconference
The Gateway Technical College Elkhorn campus will host a teleconference sponsored by the Hospice Foundation of America Wednesday, April 30.
"Living with Grief: Coping with Public Tragedy" will be moderated by Cokie Roberts of ABC News.
The live-via-satellite broadcast will examine factors that define a public tragedy and offer insight and advice to organizations, professionals and individuals as they support their communities and help those coping with loss.
The public is invited to the event that will run from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Building 100, Room 112, at the Gateway campus, 400 County Highway H.
For more information on the event, call the Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin Hospice at 249-5860 or (800) 644-5860.
AARP reports on meeting, sets next meeting
Walworth County Chapter 5310 of the American Association of Retired People of Wisconsin met March 25 at Lakeland Health Care Center, Elkhorn.
President Richard Schultz and board member Nancy Schultz attended the annual AARP Summit Conference in Madison in March. Many topics were discussed, among them Governor Doyle's proposed budget cuts and what these cuts would do to the senior community.
Major Reigh Neukirch and a contingency of cadets from the Civil Air Patrol presented an overview of their programs.
A second presentation was by Ross and Vera Boone, Twin Lakes, on long-term care.
The next meeting of AARP Chapter 5310 will be April 22 at 9 a.m. at the Lakeland Health Care Center. For questions, call Rosemary Badame at 279-3370.