May 29 2012
Yesterday several groups of people gathered together to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our future. In honor of Memorial Day, ceremonies took place around greater Milwaukee. Several people, including Governor Walker attended a ceremony at Wood National Cemetery to remember those we’ve lost. Then in downtown Milwaukee, the 147th Annual Memorial Day parade filled the streets. The parade ended at the War Memorial on the lakefront with the laying of the wreath. And this year, the U.S. Coast Guard was the honored branch of service.
The Canadian Government agreed to spend $17.5 million over the next five years to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Scientists say Asian carp are a threat because they can damage native fish species. Canada will focus its efforts on educating people about the danger Asian carp pose and how to avoid bringing them into Canadian waters. Officials also said Canada will work with U.S. experts to develop early warning and rapid response systems in case the aggressive fish are discovered within the Great Lakes.
Three Wisconsin agencies have been selected to run a state pilot program to help those in southern Wisconsin with unemployment compensation and job training. The program is called “Wisconsin Workers or W3” and it will start at the end of June. The three agencies that will run the program are United Migrant Opportunities Service, Racine County Human Services, and Community Action Incorporated. Now in order to qualify for the program, people must be in their first 20 weeks of collecting unemployment compensation. Those in the program will receive six weeks of training and a $75 stipend per week in addition to their unemployment.
This summer, Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works is going to sell environmentally friendly fuel to the public at two compressed natural gas stations that were built for city garbage trucks. City officials said, “Selling compressed natural gas to the public will expand the available supply infrastructure, and be consistent with the city’s efforts to promote the use of alternative fuels.” The two fueling stations will be located on West Lincoln and West Ruby Avenues. The city stations will join 11 public CNG stations already open in southeastern Wisconsin. CNG prices will reflect the cost of the fuel, plus taxes and overhead expenses.
Kohl’s Department Stores are donating $600,000 to the Milwaukee Art Museum to open the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio to the public for an additional day each weekend. The funds will also help out the school and teacher program, which supports art education programming. The Kohl’s Art Generation Program is now in its fourth year and the actual center inside the art museum opened in February and its got a studio, gallery and lab. The center is designed for families and kids to get creative through art and education.