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Annually, through the GENEX Collegiate Scholarship Program, a minimum of four $1000 scholarships are awarded.

WHO CAN APPLY?

  • You can apply for the scholarship if you …
  • Will be attending a 4-year college or university or 2-year technical college in the fall of 2021.
  • Are pursuing a degree in an agricultural field.
  • Are affiliated with a GENEX cooperative member by having an active role on the member’s dairy or ranch.  (Members must spend a minimum of $500 per year with GENEX and have submitted a membership agreement.)
  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have not previously received the GENEX Collegiate Scholarship.

Click here for more information and to start your application.  Applications are due April 2, 2021.

Mar. 3, 2021
Packed with useful information, this month's The Waste Not unveils their new "Is That Really Recyclable?" search engine!  Just type in the name of a waste item into the Tri-County's new Waste Wizard and it will tell you how to recycle the item or dispose of it.  Pretty useful when you've just switched out the batteries from your kids' toys and have a handful of old batteries but don't know what to do with them. Throw them out? Recycle them? Find out and help save the world!

Also in this edition: 
  • Speaking of batteries, did you know February 18th was National Battery Day?
  • Record Breaking Tonnage Year!
  • The Carryout Conundrum
  • Our own Mark Walter received the "Christy Dixon Recycler of the Year Award" - Congratulations Mark! 
Read More!
Mar. 3, 2021
This week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Service (DHS) announced that new groups of individuals are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine!
 
We also learned that the state of Wisconsin will be receiving doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
 
You can check out all the latest news and information here: https://www.browncountywi.gov/community/covid-19/general-information/covid-19-vaccination/
 
Brown County Public Health will be sure to keep our community updated as more information becomes available.
Mar. 3, 2021

DO YOU KNOW A DESERVING TEEN?

National 4-H Council has joined the Invisalign® brand in their search for 100 deserving teens dedicated to making a difference. Each will be celebrated at a virtual event and awarded $5,000 cash to fund their service projects or help support their educational or personal goals. 30 awards are set aside for 4-H members.

Encourage the teens in your life to apply by sharing how they’re creating positive change in their communities for a chance to be recognized as Invisalign® ChangeMakers!

All teens ages 13 – 19 can apply now through March 31, 2021.

Click here for application materials.

 

Mar. 2, 2021
The Neville Public Museum is excited to offer weekly day camps this summer. Camp is open to kids going into in grades 3 through 6. Drop off starts at 8:45am and pick up is at 3:00pm.  
Mar. 1, 2021

FREE virtual small group conversations for nonprofit leaders on the pressing management issues of today. Discuss timely topics with a small group of peers and invited discussants who share knowledge and participate in Q&A. Conversations are lightly facilitated by our faculty. FREE to participate, but registration required and limited to the first 20 who sign up. Check out the full article for 2021 dates and registration links.

Feb. 24, 2021
You are never alone! Don’t be afraid to ask for help or reach out for support.
 
Learn how to cope, and help others cope, with grief, stress or anxiety caused by COVID-19.
 
Learn more here:  https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/resilient/index.htm
 
Feb. 24, 2021

Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. The program gives participants the skills and confidence to provide initial support to those who are experiencing a crisis in their community. WiROSE is supporting both Youth and Mental Health First Aid to better equip adults to help those in their community who may be experiencing a mental health crisis or substance use disorder.

These sessions are available to anyone who lives and works in Wisconsin. Space is limited to to 25 participants. 

Adult Mental Health First Aid - (Multiple Dates Are Available - Click Here for Details)

Youth Mental Health First Aid - (Multiple Dates Are Available - Click Here for Details)

For more information and to register for any of these classes, please visit the WiROSE project website at https://wirose.wisc.edu/mental-health-first-aid/

Feb. 19, 2021

If you have symptoms of #COVID19 or were in close contact with someone who was diagnosed, you should get tested!

Talk to your doctor, go to a testing site, or order an at-home testing kit!

You can find more information and resources here:
BCPH: www.stayhealthybc.com
DHS: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing.htm
 
Feb. 18, 2021
The pandemic has disrupted how we do things on so many levels. In 2020 some gardeners were not able to get the seeds they wanted due to increased demand and staffing shortages at seed companies. While seed companies expect to be better prepared this year, it is not too early plan your garden now and get your seed order in for the 2021 growing season!

Here are a few to help you get the seeds in time for spring planting, according to Jay Dampier with the Extension Horticulture Program. 
Feb. 16, 2021
Water has the power to heal and restore. This power is on display in an exhibit of images created in a therapeutic program for young people struggling with mental health issues. 
Feb. 2, 2021

Discover the opportunities that lie ahead at the PDPW Business Conference.  Join dairy farmers and allied industry for two days of world-renowned speakers and dynamic educational sessions you won’t find anywhere else. Register today to be among dairy’s best and brightest this March at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  Click here for information

 

Jan. 26, 2021

It can be difficult for farmers and ranchers to navigate the wide range of USDA resources and stay up to date with program changes after each Farm Bill. Thanks to the newly updated Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities, producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can easily find USDA programs that can help them achieve their goals.

The 101-page guide covers 62 government programs and has been updated to include program updates from the 2018 Farm Bill. Each program listing provides a description of the program’s available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. The guide also includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.

“Farmers are hungry for resources to help them get started or answer specific questions. Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities provides a comprehensive, one-stop-shop to many helpful programs,” says Kerri Ebert, coordinator of the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops. 

Click here to download the FREE PDF.  Print copies are also available by emailing pubs@ncat.org with your request.
 

Jan. 26, 2021
UW-Madison Division of Extension's Life Span program presents the Wise Wisconsin Winter Series. Connect with others from around the state as you learn how to increase joy and satisfaction in your life during these cold, snowy winter months. Grab a hot beverage and join us! For more in-depth descriptions of the sessions, visit this site.

The series runs from February 3rd through March 10th, 2021 on Wednesdays at 9:00am. These sessions will be on Zoom. Register at no cost here!
Jan. 12, 2021
This exhibit is a partnership between the Oneida Nation Arts Program, the Oneida Nation Museum, and the Neville Public Museum. The exhibit highlights the cultural legacy of basketry, pottery, and silverwork among the Oneida people.
Jan. 8, 2021

Getting to this point was possible thanks to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

There were a number of steps that needed to happen to ensure the vaccine was safe for use before it gets to you.

You can learn more about this process here:
U.S. Vaccine Safety - Overview, History, and How It Works | CDC
#StayHealthyBC #YouStopTheSpread
Dec. 17, 2020

Project Recovery is an outreach program working with individuals, families, and communities impacted by COVID-19 throughout the state of Wisconsin. Trained outreach workers provide community-based support and education to help farmers, farmworkers, and their communities cope during this stressful time.

Project Recovery is a service made possible through partnerships between FEMA, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, WISCAP Wisconsin Community Action Program and SWCAP Southwest Community Action Program, a consortium of counties in southwest Wisconsin.

Outreach workers are available to provide free, anonymous emotional support and connection to resources.

1-833-FARM-HELP (1-833-327-6435) is the farmer crisis hotline, it is put in place to help anyone experiencing stress related to the pandemic (toll-free).
 
Website:  www.projectrecoverywi.org

Dec. 10, 2020

In response to new guidelines released by the CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health Services Brown County Public Health has updated quarantine guidance for close contacts of someone diagnosed with COVID19.

While 14 days is still the safest option, quarantine can end:
• After 10 days with no symptoms
• After 7 days with no symptoms and a negative test

Get details you need to protect yourself and your community:
BCPH: www.stayhealthybc.com
DHS: dhs.wisconsin.gov/news/releases/120420.htm
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/.../if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
Dec. 9, 2020
Celebrate the holiday season and a wonderful family tradition with us at the Neville!  See our Snow Babies, Enchanted Forest, and charming “Dolls of Christmas Past” that once adorned H.C. Prange department store in Holiday Memories of Downtown Green Bay
Nov. 20, 2020
Helping to make renting a great experience for you!

Taught by Extension Educators

Upcoming Class Dates & Times:
January: 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; 1-2pm
February: 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18; 7-8pm
March: 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; 9-10am

Location: Online, live instruction via Zoom; links will be sent after registration.
To register complete this online form: https://go.wisc.edu/Rentsmartregister

Cost: FREE!

What you will learn:
● Planning for and meeting monthly expenses
● Tips for finding and maintaining affordable housing
● How to complete an application and why landlords screen applicants
● Strategies for building positive relationships with landlords and neighbors
● Responsibilities and rights of landlords and tenants
● Participants must complete all 6 modules to earn the Rent Smart certificate
● For more information, please contact rentsmartwi@office365.wisc.edu or call 262-741-4951



An EEO-Affirmative Action Employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and ADA requirements.
Nov. 12, 2020

If you are a Wisconsin nonprofit organization, check out the link below to see if you are eligible to apply. 

https://doa.wi.gov/Pages/COVIDNonprofitGrant.aspx
 

Nov. 4, 2020
The 75th Art Annual exhibit is an all-media, juried exhibition of current artworks produced by artists living in the counties of Northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  A total of 54 artworks by 50 artists were chosen by juror Annemarie Sawkins (Independent Curator and Art Consultant).  
Oct. 29, 2020
Tickets for North Shore Bank Zoo Boo 2020 are now available exclusively online at NEWZOO.ORG. Get your tickets today, before they're gone! To ensure comfortable social distancing throughout the Zoo, capacity will be limited during each evening of the event.

The NEW Zoo & Adventure Park is excited to once again partner with North Shore Bank to present North Shore Bank Zoo Boo for the 2020 season. Although this year’s event features a few changes from years past to promote health and extra safety measures, you can rest assured that we haven’t changed the fun! North Shore Bank Zoo Boo will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on October 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st.

Learn more at newzoo.org
 
Sept. 29, 2020
Witness the building of a large-scale sculpture of a sea creature!  
 
Bring the family and join the FAB COLLAB on Saturday, October 3, 2020 for a live outdoor sculpture build on the grounds of the Neville Public Museum. The Fab Collab (Fabrication Collaboration) will be building a large-scale sculpture of a sea creature!
Sept. 25, 2020
The NEW Zoo is pleased to announce that animal face masks are now available for purchase online. Masks can be picked up in person at the Zoo, or can be mailed to your address for a $1 shipping fee. Adult masks are currently available, with child size masks expected to be available online starting the week of Monday, September 28th. Adult masks are double-layered with a filter pocket, with soft, comfortable ear loops. Child masks have a nose wire and adjustable ear straps.

To shop the Paws & Claws Gift Shop online, visit the NEW Zoo's website at newzoo.org

Shop Now

 
Sept. 24, 2020
The Diocese of Green Bay selected the Brown County Community Gardens Program as a 2020 recipient of its CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Rice Bowl grant. CRS is the international charitable arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Funds for the grants come from an annual collection in the diocese. Seventy-five percent of the funds collected go to CRS work overseas, and 25 percent is awarded locally to support immigrants and refugees.
 
The community gardens program received funds to purchase plants and seeds from local greenhouses to share with its participating gardeners, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. Additional funds were also awarded for other garden projects. Thank you to Diocese of Green Bay CRS Rice Bowl grant for helping our gardeners grow!
Sept. 10, 2020
While the widespread shift to remote work hasn't been without its challenges, it does offer a major silver lining: For many of us, commuting has become a thing of the past. Use the time you save on your commute to the home office wisely with these six tips from Harvard Business Review.
Sept. 10, 2020
Extension has gathered resources to help you make sound financial choices in tough times. Learn more here.
Sept. 10, 2020
During the uncertain times of COVID-19, family routines can provide structure and predictability. The transition from summer vacation to back to school can be a challenging time to establish routines, however children need patterns they can count on. Whether children are going to school in person or from home, structure promotes reassurance and a sense of safety. Also, research shows that routines can promote positive physical and mental health. Learn more here.
Sept. 10, 2020
Make sure your surplus garden produce doesn't go to waste by participating in Planting for a Purpose, a joint project of the Green Bay Packers and Brown County to encourage gardeners to donate fresh produce to food pantries. Planting for a Purpose participants have reported 3,126 pounds of produce donated so far this season. That’s over TEN times the 281 pounds reported at this time last year!
 
Many local pantries accept fresh produce donations and have need for more donations to meet clients' needs. Need is especially great this year. Help make sure everyone has the fresh fruits and vegetables they need by signing up to participate here.
Sept. 10, 2020
STEAM Engine XII – Wednesday, September 9th @ 6:30p.m.
FREE EVENT
Virtual Attendance!

The STEAM Engine is an interactive event held at the Neville Museum that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. Due to Covid 19 the STEAM Engine XII event will be virtual attendance only. View at facebook.com/Steamenginegb.
Sept. 8, 2020
Why buy your food locally?

Freshly picked fruits and vegetables are flavorful, healthy and nutritious, and they will last longer in your fridge! Local, sustainable farms help keep our environment clean. They create less pollution and use fewer harmful chemicals which protects our air, water and soil.

When you support small farms and businesses, you keep money in your local community and support other hard working families.

Fresh Farm Atlas has provided a brochure that outlines how to obtain fresh, local food as well as how to choose in-season produce.
 
Aug. 27, 2020
Fall/Winter 2020 Musepaper
Aug. 19, 2020
Visit Amazing Dinosaurs at the Neville Public Museum!
Aug. 18, 2020
Tune in Tuesday afternoons for the Money As You Grow Book Read, and Wednesday and Friday afternoons for UW Mindful Money Moments! Financial Security Team Educators provide a wealth of financial education and resources in both of these series.
 

Watch both series on the University of Wisconsin-Extension Human Development and Relationships Facebook page!
Aug. 17, 2020
"Quaranteam"? "Double bubble"? These terms are showing up more and more in the media as individuals and families make decisions about when they will start to see other people again. In other families, questions are bubbling up about when and how it will be safe to get much needed support, like childcare or respite care.

The decision to see others or engage in activities is very personal. To help individuals and families think through these choices, Extension's Life Span Program has developed a decision guide. The guide walks users through the decision-making process, helping you to weigh out your own risks and benefits of interacting with others in your home or in public spaces. Those who prefer a more interactive tool can download a worksheet and/or flowchart that will take you through a series of questions and considerations. Access the guide here or contact your Extension office at 920-391-4610 for a printed copy.
July 29, 2020
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is a temporary alternative to a child’s biological home when that home becomes socially, emotionally, or physically inadequate for the child’s needs. Foster children range in age from infant to 21; however, the greatest needs are for sibling groups of 3 or more, youth with special needs, and teenagers. It is an expectation that foster parents work with birth parents. All foster children have unique backgrounds, experiences, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. Some may require extensive care for physical or emotional handicaps or disabilities. Foster children sometimes do not have a strong sense of belonging or a strong sense or self-worth. Many of them have been victims of physical or sexual abuse, some have suffered neglect, and some children and infants require extensive medical care.

Is Being a Foster Parent for You?
It might be! You probably have more to offer a foster child than you ever realized. Every day foster parents help to save the lives of children who might not otherwise have a chance to learn and grow in a loving home environment. These kids need people to change the course of their lives!

To learn more about Foster Parenting, visit our General Information page.

To learn more at a Brown County Foster Parent Information Session - click here for dates.

 
July 1, 2020
As part of their Planting for a Purpose produce donation program, Brown County Community Gardens and the Green Bay Packers once again teamed up to distribute free seed potatoes. Community members picked up over 1,000 free seed potatoes, donated by Wisconsin Certified Seed Potatoes, to plant in their gardens, with the understanding that they will donate half of their potato harvest to a food pantry.
 
All community members are invited to sign up to participate in Planting for a Purpose, to meet food pantries' need for more fresh produce donations. Join the effort by signing up to participate. There is no minimum donation amount. All participants can pick up a free rain gauge, while supplies last.
June 9, 2020
All 370+ community garden plots at the Brown County Community Gardens Program's 12 rental garden locations are now ready and rented to community members interested in growing their own food. Over 220 families have signed up to garden a plot where they can plant, care for, and harvest their own produce. Special thanks go to the following organizations, groups and individuals, as well as many others, for their assistance preparing the gardens for the start of the growing season:
  • Brown County Community Gardens Board of Directors and Volunteers
  • City of De Pere
  • City of Green Bay
  • East and West High Schools
  • Frank Hutjens
  • Frank Daul and Sam Graner
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
  • Green Bay Packers Give Back
  • Green Bay Vet Center
  • Home Depot
  • John Lemere
  • Jon and Sara Krause
  • Kwaterski Construction
  • Mark VandenPlas
  • Peaceful Valley Farm and Garden Supply
  • Streble Dairy
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Village of Hobart
Thank you for making the community gardens a true community effort!
June 9, 2020

Thank you to WFRV Local 5 for the wonderful news story that highlighted the Brown County Community Gardens Program.  Check it out on their website by clicking here! 

For more information on the program, click here to be directed to the Community Gardens webpage. 

 

June 3, 2020
This growing season, the Green Bay Packers and Brown County Community Gardens are partnering for the fourth year on the Planting for a Purpose Program to encourage community members to plant a garden plot and donate fresh produce to local food pantries.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local food pantries report there is great need for more fresh produce donations to meet clients' needs. By signing up and pledging to donate a portion of their harvest, local gardeners can help ensure all community members have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Read the press release and find out how to get involved here. Free seed potatoes and rain gauges are available for participants, while supplies last.
May 16, 2020
The Neville Public Museum Gift Shop is looking for a part-time sales associate available to work weekends. Applicants must be friendly, computer-savvy, dependable, and 18 years of age or older.
May 1, 2020
There has never been a better time to support your Neville Public Museum, or an easier way to do it! Check out our new Bonfire store where you can select a shirt style or hoodie, design, and colors to best represent your Neville love!
May 1, 2020
To assist the public through the COVID-19 pandemic, Brown County has several sites throughout the County that have free high speed public WiFi - making it easy to access.  Sites include areas just outside of buildings, in parking lots and parks.  Here's a list of Brown County access points for “drive-up” connectivity:  
 
Brown County Library – Central Branch - 515 Pine Street, Green Bay, WI 54301
Brown County Library – Ashwaubenon Branch - 1060 Orlando Drive, Ashwaubenon, WI 54304
Brown County Library – De Pere Branch - 333 N. Broadway, De Pere, WI 54115
Brown County Library – East Branch - 2255 Main Street, Green Bay, WI 54302
Brown County Library – Howard Branch - 2680 Riverview Drive, Green Bay, WI 54313
Brown County Library – Pulaski Branch - 222 W. Pulaski Street, Pulaski, WI 54162
Brown County Library – Southwest Branch - 974 Ninth Street, Green Bay, WI 54304
Brown County Library – Wrightstown Branch - 615 Main Street, Wrightstown, WI 54180
Brown County Museum - 210 Museum Place, Green Bay, WI 54303 
Brown County Park Management - Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve - 2024 Lakeview Drive, Suamico, WI 54173
Brown County Park Management – Bay Shore Park - 5637 Sturgeon Bay Road (Highway 57), New Franken, WI 54229
Brown County Park Management – Fairgrounds - 1500 Fort Howard Drive, De Pere, WI 54115
Brown County Park Management – Pamperin Park - 2801 County Road Rd, Green Bay, WI 54303
Brown County Park Management - Reforestation Camp - 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313 
Brown County NEW Zoo - 4418 Reforestation Rd, Green Bay, WI 54313



 
Apr. 28, 2020
If you are unsure of how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your business or paycheck, this U.S. Department of Labor website is a great resource for information.
Apr. 9, 2020
With COVID-19 spreading throughout Wisconsin communities, it is important to consider all measures of protecting yourself from exposure to the virus. This includes food safety. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration website has a wealth of information about food safety during this pandemic, ranging from the food supply, maintaining social distancing within the food industry, and the safety of food industry workers.

View the website here.
Apr. 9, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down schools across the nation, many parents are concerned about keeping their children active without the help of physical education (PE) classes.

But UW–Madison’s Cindy Kuhrasch, who oversees the School of Education’s physical education teacher education program, sees these new circumstances as an opportunity to showcase the full potential that PE can have in children’s lives.

To help parents come up with ideas, Kuhrasch, her colleagues, and students are updating the UW-Madison physical education teacher education program’s Facebook page regularly to provide free resources and inspiration for staying active at home.

View the webpage and full article here.
 
Apr. 9, 2020

In Wisconsin 4-H, we believe in educational opportunities that involve youth in their own learning. We encourage critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. We want youth to DO a hands-on activity, REFLECT on their experience, and APPLY what they learned in the current activity and beyond.  We also know that world events could prevent some of those things from happening. Let’s not let them!

Extension educators from around the state created a handy list of easy-to-access activities and curriculum. We chose the resources on this page with busy parents, caregivers, and families in mind. We know there’s a lot coming at you all at once, so we took some time to go through a lot of possible activities, resources, and information. We only listed the ones we think are the best, in the current situation.

The page is organized by grade level and is chock full of Extension and 4-H resources as well as high quality, fun, learning activities from a range of other sources.  Click here to start exploring the resources!

Apr. 6, 2020

Providing child care to the essential workforce is critical to flattening the curve of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. To meet this need, Governor Evers created the Child Care for Essential Workers Taskforce.  Click here for an informational flyer on the taskforce.  Led by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), the taskforce is working with the Early Childhood Association (WECA) and Supporting Families Together Association (SFTA) to connect essential workforce families in need of child care with locally available child care resources.

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) understands that certain families need continued child care during the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of families and child care setting staff, click here to view a list of tips for parents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
       
DCF is excited to launch two new tools to help connect essential workforce families to local, safe child care. Healthcare workers and essential employees are now able to submit a request for care by clicking here through the department’s updated Child Care Finder or proactively view up-to-date availability across the state using the department’s new child care map by clicking here.

More information for providers, essential workers and families can be found on the DCF COVID-19 Child Care webpage at https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare

Mar. 31, 2020

Keep your brain busy during COVID-19.  Click here to download a Groundwater Crossword Puzzle.  Learn terms related to groundwater and be sure to check out the fact sheet on the second page that details the new terms you learned. 

Mar. 31, 2020
You hate to let a temporary financial setback impact your good standing with your creditors and lower your credit score for years to come. If you find that money is tight and you won't be able to keep up with bills, take action right away. 

Find the full article here.
Mar. 31, 2020
There is little doubt that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is affecting every aspect of our lives—from virtual classrooms to telecommuting to early restaurant closing times to outright quarantines. Observing public health measures and reducing exposure to the virus are required to slow the spread of this disease. No one knows how long these virus safety measures will need to stay in place, but it presents a perfect time to protect and improve your health while practicing social distancing. Healthy eating is especially important for keeping your immune system in top condition. Click here for some steps you can take to eat healthy in the times of COVID.
Mar. 31, 2020
The University of Madison Division of Extension and Brown County are closely following news and updates concerning COVID-19. Following local and state guidelines for social distancing, FoodWIse Brown County has postponed education events until further notice. 

Though we are socially distancing, this does not mean we have to disconnect! Connect with our educators through social media. FoodWIse Brown County will be posting daily updates, news, information, healthy tips and challenges to our Facebook. Make sure to like, follow, and tag us in any challenge photos you post!

Stay safe and healthy!
Mar. 31, 2020
With 40 U.S. states now closing public schools to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, parents have had little to no time to plan for keeping their children at home 24/7. Suddenly, and in some cases overnight, families are figuring out how to live, learn and work - together and separately - all under one roof. This article offers tips for learning and working from home! 

What do we tell children in times of uncertainty like these? There are no easy answers but Travis Wright, an associate professor of counseling psychology at the School of Education at UW-Madison, offers some suggestions in this article.
Mar. 31, 2020

The coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is impacting households, communities, and businesses. A new national survey shows that 1 in 5 households in the US have already had their income cut or stopped altogether. Click here for financial resources to help you through COVID-19. 

Mar. 30, 2020

As we all face these unpredictable times, our friends at KidsGardening created and shared these ‘tried and true’ plant-based activities that are joyful for any age and don’t involve any screen time. The national nonprofit reaches close to half of a million educators, parents and volunteers with free online gardening educational resources and activities. Click here for fun gardening with kids ideas!

 

Mar. 30, 2020

Coronavirus is making life stressful for everyone. If you're in isolation at home with kids, you're probably hearing the phrase "I'm bored" a lot!
 
Beat the boredom by trying out this weeks NEW featured resource:
Kid-friendly safe recipes!
 
Or try engaging your kids with one of these fun activities:
Scrub Club – a cartoon game about handwashing with a fun song
Coloring Placemats – free printable placemats with activities
Smart Kids Fight BAC! – a classic cartoon video about food safety

Mar. 30, 2020

Extension has resources available at your fingertips to help families throughout these trying times.  Parenting tips, fun activities, how to connect with eachother and much more.  Click here to utilize these resources

Mar. 30, 2020
The Brown County Community Gardens Program is offering garden plot registration online and by phone beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 15. Community members can submit an application to rent a plot at browncountycommunitygardens.org or by calling 920-391-4660. Plots will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and include a nominal fee.

View the full press release here.
Mar. 28, 2020

As you may be aware, Extension Brown County along with the UW-Madison community have been keeping a close eye on developments around the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  All Extension in-person activities at least through May 3rd are postponed or cancelled. 
 
Although we are physically distancing, we hope to connect with the public now more than ever with the power of the internet and social media.  Our educators are working hard to bring content virtually to your home.  Our Facebook pages are being populated daily with ideas to keep your mind and body healthy and to help us stay connected with eachother as a community.  Please use the links below to like our Facebook pages.

Extension Brown County
Extension Brown County 4-H Positive Youth Development
Brown County Community Gardens Program
FoodWIse Extension Brown County

If you do not want to connect with Facebook, please use the links below to see our news section for each department.  We have the same content that is being shared on Facebook here.

General Extension News
4-H Positive Youth Development News
Agriculture News
Horticulture News

Social distancing does not mean social disconnect.  Call, email, message, comment, hashtag - stay active and stay connected!

Extension Brown County
920-391-4610
extension@browncountywi.gov
www.browncountyextension.org

Mar. 27, 2020

When the Victory Garden Manual was first written in 1943, it was pretty easy to come up with reasons to grow your own vegetables. It was wartime and food was scarce. The food that was available might not have been the freshest or healthiest. Statistics say that in 1943, nearly 40% of all fruits and vegetables grown in the U.S. were grown in-home and community victory gardens. That’s impressive!

Now, as National Garden Bureau celebrates its 100th anniversary (1920-2020), it seems timely to reintroduce the concept of victory gardening with quick and easy steps to plan and grow your own vegetable garden.

We are calling it, Victory Garden 2.0!

All credit goes to the author of this book, James H. Burdett. Mr. Burdett founded the National Garden Bureau in 1920 as a way to enlist horticultural writers and broadcasters in the noble effort of mass education to create a population of gardeners. In the process, he improved the lives of citizens both in wartime and in times of peace. Click here for more information.

Mar. 26, 2020
COVID-19 Update Confirmed Case in Brown County
Click here to review the entire press release
 
Mar. 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Confirmed Cases in Brown County
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Mar. 19, 2020
Brown County continues to take precautionary steps to protect the health and safety of the community by mitigating the spread of the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), as provided through guidance from Public Health, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   As of now, the Brown County Courthouse will remain OPEN. 
 
Everyone is reminded that if you are coughing or sick, or otherwise exhibiting COVID-19 or flu like symptoms, please remain home and do not come to court.  If you have a scheduled court case on the docket and need to reschedule, please contact your attorney.  If you do not have an attorney, please contact the appropriate Branch or department to reschedule your court case.  You must contact the appropriate Court within 24 hours of your scheduled hearing or it will be considered a Failure to Appear and additional charges could be filed for your non-appearance.   Please click here for courthouse telephone numbers.
 
Mar. 16, 2020
Stay up-to-date on the latest health issues in Brown County! Check out current Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and information at www.stayhealthybc.com 
Mar. 4, 2020
We at Neville Public Museum care deeply about making the history, science, and art we share with you, our community, and visitors, meaningful. 
Feb. 28, 2020
Give BIG Green Bay was an amazing experience for us, and your support means the world to our office. Both through your contributions and your sharing of our messages went a long ways in helping us receive over $9,000 in total contributions from donors. We are still waiting to find out how much we are receiving in matching incentives, but no matter what, those raised funds will go a long ways for us to be able to grow some of our existing programming and expand our programming into new areas in the county while making sure everyone has an opportunity to participate in     4-H programs.
 
Thank you for all that you have contributed not just financially but also through your time, your words, and your efforts.
 
Feb. 20, 2020
The Volunteer Center of Brown County named the volunteers at the Brown County Library's Children's Edible Garden as their volunteers of the week.  Members from N.E.W. Master Gardeners Association volunteer their time and energy to creating a garden full of edibles children and their families can enjoy.  Staff from the library conduct food education classes and other garden events for the children during the growing season.  Any extra produce that isn't picked by the children for their own use is donated to local food pantries.  Read more about the Children's Edible Garden and Master Gardeners here.   
Jan. 27, 2020
Cheryl Berken, Brown County Register of Deeds, announces that it will soon be easier to obtain a copy of your marriage certificate. Starting January 2, 2020, individuals married in any Wisconsin County will be able to come to the Brown County Register of Deeds office to obtain their marriage certificate.
 
“We currently issue Birth Certificates if the birth occurred in any Wisconsin County from 1907 to present and are pleased to now offer Marriage Certificates as well. The ability to seamlessly provide copies of birth and marriage certificates in our office is the best way to serve our customers seeking these vital records,” says Berken. “My office continues to work with the State Vital Records Office to make other vital records similarly available for Brown County residents.”
 
Certificates of death are available statewide for deaths occurring on or after September 1, 2013. Certificates of divorce are available statewide for divorces occurring on or after January 1, 2016.
 
Individuals can contact the Brown County Register of Deeds office to receive more information about the statewide availability of records. 
 
Jan. 2, 2020
Students from Syble Hopp School joined Brown County Executive, County employees and Santa Claus this year for Christmas tree decorating and caroling at the annual Deck the Halls event.  A good time was had by all!  
 
Dec. 12, 2019
Happy Valley 4-H club coordinated a countywide effort to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House by collecting pop tabs. Beginning in the spring of 2019, the club began a drive for all Brown County 4-H clubs to collect the small tabs from aluminum cans. Clubs brought their pop tabs to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center for a weigh-in on Saturday, October 5th.

Brown County 4-H clubs and groups together raised nearly 600 pounds of aluminum tabs by collecting at various events and locations throughout Brown County. Through additional partner-ships and charitable contributions from local organizations, Hap-py Valley 4-H club will present a donation of more than 700,000 aluminum tabs as well as additional cash donations to the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin. They’re not stop-ping there.
“Our vision is to be able to continue the program each year and hopefully grow and expand to include everyone, whether you collect handful of pop tabs or hundreds of pounds,” said club leader Nicki Van Deurzen.

Anyone interested in helping Brown County 4-H to collect pop tabs can contact bc4hpoptabs@gmail.com.
Nov. 21, 2019
Master Gardener Volunteers (N.E.W. Master Gardeners) from the Locktender's House Native Planting Project in De Pere were presented with an award by the De Pere Beautification Committee at the De Pere City Council meeting. Attached is a picture of the volunteers along with De Pere Mayor, Mike Walsh, after receiving the award.
Nov. 21, 2019
Brown County has officially launched their new website and domain (www.browncountywi.gov).  The move to a .gov was strategic for the county.  Leveraging the .gov domain for its security, integrity and digital optimization were primary objectives for Brown County. 

Along with added security, look for these added features on the new website:
  • Google Translate – a service that instantly translates words used on a web page into over 100 other possible languages.
  • Site Search – a search service that can help you quickly find what you need on the Brown County website.
  • Email Alerts – sign up for a notification email whenever new content has been posted for Brown County news, events and updates.
  • Responsive technology – the website’s content adapts to suit the individual needs of the site visitor.
  • Social Media Page – Stay connected with all of Brown County’s social media activity across all agencies (Neville Museum, NEW Zoo, Parks, Brown County Library, etc.).
It will take a couple of weeks to finalize all the information and links that are offered on the Brown County website, but the added ease and versatility of the new site highlights Brown County’s digital focus and ease of use for the visitor.
Nov. 12, 2019
In recognition of our veterans' service and in honor of Veterans' Day, many local community organizations and businesses are offering free admission and discounts.  You can find out more by visiting each of the social media sites on Brown County's social media links page (see Neville Museum & NEW Zoo)

View our list of some of the activities happening today and this week.
Nov. 11, 2019
The Brown County Arena's maple flooring has brought new life to a local school's gym.  The flooring, donated by Brown County, has been recycled and is now a "new" maple hardwood gym floor at a local school where student athletes use it for a variety of games, matches, classes and other activities. 

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Sept. 6, 2019
The Brown County Fair offers a free all day admission for Military and Veterans, along with one Guest.  Honoring Peacetime and Non-Combat Veterans on Sunday, August 18, 2019. 

Visit the Brown County Fair's website for more details and information!
Aug. 14, 2019
Green Bay, Wis (WBAY) -- Plans are moving forward to operate the drawbridges in downtown Green Bay more efficiently -

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Aug. 13, 2019