• UPCOMING EVENTS
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    Justice Jog
    Where: Fox River Park
    From: 4/29/2017 8:00:00 AM To: 4/29/2017 1:00:00 PM

    Description:

    On Saturday, April 29th, people from across Southeastern Wisconsin will join together to support victims of child abuse and walk to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS). Funds raised at Justice Jog will support SBS prevention efforts and awareness events in the community.


    Justice Jog will benefit Lola’s Hope Inc., a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by families impacted by Shaken Baby Syndrome. The mission of Lola’s Hope is to support families impacted by shaken baby syndrome and prevent shaken baby syndrome through education, awareness and community outreach. 


    The Waukesha County Victim/Witness Assistance Program provides crucial support services to victims of crime in the county. They established a monthly SBS support group facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker (first of its kind in the state) and partner with local non-profit groups to provide family-friendly events for the community.


    Please check out the link for more information:  http://www.wijusticejog.org/ 

    Click here to view the Justice Jog Flyer.

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  • IN THE NEWS

    UW-Extension, Waukesha County’s 4-H Leader’s Association held their first Blue Ribbon Gala on Marc...

    Blue Ribbon Gala Raises $6400 to Expand Waukesha County 4-H Program, Train New Volunteers


    UW-Extension, Waukesha County’s 4-H Leader’s Association held their first Blue Ribbon Gala on March 3, 2017. The event raised $6,400 for 4-H Youth Development, and provided an opportunity for the community to learn about the program.

     

    Donations from live and silent auctions came from Country Springs Hotel, Wenthe-Davidson Engineering Co. Felss Rotaform LLC, the Green Bay Packers, Hastings Air Energy Control, Wisconsin Athletics Club as well as numerous other area businesses and 4-H Clubs and Families.

     

    The Event was Emceed by Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. Scott Gunderson was the auctioneer. A social hour kicked off the night with a dinner and presentations from the 4-H Ambassadors, Brooke Brady and Sean McGrath. 9-year-old 4-H youth Teddy Luecke spoke to the group about his passion to help in the 4-H food stand and how he had to take responsibility to wash all the aprons and caps each day. He wants to run the food stand one day.

     

    About Waukesha County Extension’s 4-H Program

    The 4-H program is a research-based program that includes a mentor, a hands-on project, and meaningful leadership opportunities that empowers young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. In addition, 4-H teaches pride in workmanship and accomplishments, personal interaction with peers, and respect for the environment.

     

    For more information, please contact the Waukesha County UW-Extension office 262-548-7774.

     

    Learn more about Waukesha County UW-Extension at https://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uwex/, find us on Facebook at http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/UWEx/Connect/.



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    Today, the Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court will celebrate its five-year anniversary with two new graduates fro...

    Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court Celebrates 5-Year-Anniversary


    Today, the Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court will celebrate its five-year anniversary with two new graduates from the program. State and local leaders who helped pioneer the program will kick off the event with remarks at 3:30 pm in the Waukesha County Courthouse Ceremonial Courtroom (515 W. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha WI – Room C215). The graduation ceremonies will begin at 4:30 pm.

    After today’s graduations, 78 people will have successfully completed the program. The Court is a post-plea, pre-conviction program that gives offenders the opportunity to amend pending criminal charges if they address substance abuse issues through completion of a rigorous four-phase, court supervised program.
     

    “The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is a vital tool in the fight against the opiate crisis,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “It offers residents suffering from addiction an opportunity to get their life back on track.”

    The Drug Treatment Court program consists of four phases, with a minimum timeline for each phase and specific requirements/expectations the participants must fulfill to be promoted to the next phase. The average length of the program is 18 months.
     

    About the Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court

    Implemented in 2012, The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is one of over 50 Problem-Solving Courts in Wisconsin.  Drug Court participants have the opportunity to break the cycle of addiction, and improve their chances of leading a sober, crime-free and healthy life, as well as contributing to a safer community.

    The Waukesha County Drug Treatment Court is a collaborative effort between the courts, District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Department, WI Department of Corrections, Office of the State Public Defender, Health & Human Services, and Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS). Donations to support the program can be made at www.wiscs.org/support/donate.
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    Waukesha County and the City of Milwaukee celebrate two years since operations began at the regional Materials Rec...

    Recycling Facility Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary


    Waukesha County and the City of Milwaukee celebrate two years since operations began at the regional Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). The new facility’s streamlined recycling process resulted in more recycling, local tax relief and improved public and private partnerships in the region. 

     “Our new MRF made recycling easier by allowing residents to place bottles, cans and paper in the same recycling containers,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “A simpler process means residents are recycling more than ever, which saves tax payers dollars in addition to saving space in our landfills.”

     Waukesha County residents have increased recycling by 40% since the MRF opened two years ago, exceeding the 3-year goal of 25%. With the increase in recycling, Waukesha County communities are now diverting 13% more materials (over 10,000 tons) from landfill disposal, saving an estimated $400,000 through reduced landfill disposal costs. Each year, all 27 municipalities that participate in Waukesha County’s recycling program receive dividend payments to offset residential recycling collection costs. The payments vary for each partner based on individual program costs, tons of recyclables and recycling rate and have totaled almost $16 million since 2001.

     About the MRF

    The county recycling program and MRF operations are built on intergovernmental cooperation and public-private partnerships with the City of Milwaukee, Waukesha County’s 27 municipal partners, the private operator - ReCommunity Recycling - as well as other third party companies using the MRF.

    The MRF sorts and processes recyclables from approximately 300,000 households, from Waukesha County’s participating communities and the City of Milwaukee, served by single sort recycling.  The MRF is designed to process 35 tons of recyclables per hour, or more than 60,000 tons of recyclables per year.

    For more information or a recycling guide, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores.


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    Friday, March 10, 2017, the Waukesha County Communications (WCC) Center publicly unveiled its new Text-to-911 servic...

    Waukesha County Pioneers Text-to-911 Service in SE Wisconsin


    Friday, March 10, 2017, the Waukesha County Communications (WCC) Center publicly unveiled its new Text-to-911 service. WCC is the first dispatch center in Southeast Wisconsin to offer residents the ability to send text messages to 911. Using Motorola Solutions Emergency CallWorks CallStation software, Waukesha County is the first in the state to offer this service at a public safety-grade level.

    Text-to-911 service is invaluable for those who cannot safely call 911 in an emergency, such as individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, with a speech disability, or who may be in danger if they speak aloud.
    “The new Text-to-911 service gives people new options to request help during emergency situations that require an immediate response from police, fire or medical services,” said Gary Bell, Director of the Waukesha County Department of Emergency Preparedness. “However, in most cases dialing 911 is still the best way for most people to get help.

    Call If You Can, Text If You Can’t

    • The public is reminded to “Call if you can, text if you can’t,” because dialing 911 and speaking with a dispatcher is still the best way to request help during emergency situations.
    • Location information with Text-to-911 is not available at this time.
    • Utilizing the Text-to-911 feature may take longer than using the voice 911 call
    • Just like regular text messages, 911 messages can take longer to receive, may be received out of order or may not be received at all.
    • Sending a text message to 911 may not be available if you are roaming.
    • A text/data plan is required to send a text to 911.
    • Group texts, photos and video cannot be sent to 911.

    Public Safety-Grade Services
    Waukesha County is the first in the state to offer Public Safety-Grade (PSG) Text-to-911 service, through Motorola Solutions Emergency CallWorks CallStation software. PSG communications systems are used by public-safety responders, and have been evaluated by public-safety officials to provide reliant and resilient operations in the event of natural or manmade disasters or events.

    “Text-to-911 can be a lifeline for citizens who cannot safely call 911 during an emergency,” said Dan Twohig, vice president Motorola Solutions Smart Public Safety Sales. “Motorola Solutions is proud to offer user-friendly software solutions such as CallStation that make it easier for agencies like Waukesha to enable texting and other next-generation 911 features that better serve citizens and communities."

    About the Waukesha County Communications Center

    The Waukesha County Communications Center (WCC) is the largest Public Service Answering Point (PSAP) in Waukesha County. WCC answers all digital 911 calls for the County, most non-emergency calls, and dispatch services for 32 of Waukesha County’s 37 municipalities.
    More information about WCC is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/WCC. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WaukCO911 or on Twitter at twitter.com/WaukCo911.

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    WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff are offering free public...

    Free Workshops Teach Eco-Friendly Methods


    WAUKESHA, WI) – Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff are offering free public workshops and presentations in April.  

     

    Green Cleaning Workshop:  We strive to keep our homes & workplaces healthy by using chemicals that are toxic.  Is there another way?  Find out what common household ingredients can be used to keep your home healthy, clean, and safe.  Find out what really works and which products on the market pass as “green.”  Attendees will “Make & Take” a Creamy Soft Scrub to try at home! 

     

    The Value of Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels:  Rain barrels have been used for many generations.  Discover how they can actually help restore a more natural water flow while saving you money.  Not only will we explore how to install rain barrels, we will learn about rain gardens, too!  Rain gardens and rain barrels can be a beautiful solution to water pollution.

     

    Sewerology 101: Discover where you water comes from, where it goes when you are finished with it, and the difference between storm sewers and sanitary sewers. In this interactive presentation, we will also discuss the Waukesha water issue, find out what a watershed is and what impact you have on our waters – for better or worse. Learn how you can become a positive influence on your watershed!

     
    Workshop/Presentations Date/Time Location
    Green Cleaning Workshop Tuesday, March 14 at 6 p.m. Oconomowoc Public Library
    Rain Gardens & Rain Barrels Monday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Menomonee Falls Public Library
    Sewerology 101 Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. New Berlin Public Library
     

    Call 262-896-8300, visit waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or waukeshacounty.gov/cleanwater for more information.


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