A YAR grant, a KAC donation, and a reminder from Kenosha County

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KENOSHA ⏤ This past week’s news in the Kenosha community you may have missed includes a Youth as Resources grant reminder, a donation to Kenosha Achievement Center and also a warning on depositing snow on roadways.

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Youth as Resources applications open until Jan. 14

Currently, youth groups in the Kenosha community can apply for a Youth as Resources grant to fund a project to better their city. 

The application deadline is Jan. 14, 2022

YAR is a grant-giving organization that funds youth-designed and also youth-led community service projects that benefit individuals in Kenosha County.

According to a YAR release, grants of up to $500 are available to groups of Kenosha County youth grades K-12 who want to make a difference in their community.

Important to note

  •  Each youth group must have a sponsor organization such as a church, school or community agency, plus an adult sponsor;
  •  Applicants must make presentations of grant proposals to the youth-led YAR board at its next scheduled proposal review meeting Jan. 18;
  • And projects must also clearly meet the YAR definition of “community service.” That definition is: “Youth and adults contributing time together to make a positive change which addresses a community need.”

For more information on YAR grants

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Kenosha County and the United Way of Kenosha County present the YAR program locally. 

More information about the program, including a link to the grant application document, is also available at https://kenosha.extension.wisc.edu/youth/yar/.

St. Peters’ Knights of Columbus donate to KAC

The Knights of Columbus St. Stanislaus Papczynski Council 16765 from St. Peter’s Catholic Church surprised the Kenosha Achievement Center with a $700 donation this past week.

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St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus Grand Knight Michael Metallo presents the group’s donation to KAC CEO Chris Weyker. Photo provided by Kenosha Achievement Center.

On Jan. 5, St. Peter’s Grand Knight Michael Metallo presented the check to KAC CEO Chris Weyker. The group raised the amount selling Tootsie Rolls following mass services throughout 2021. 

“KAC is extremely grateful for the generosity of the St. Peter’s Knights of Columbus,” Weyker said of the donation in a released statement. “Their support is deeply meaningful as we continue to make dreams come true for people with disabilities.”

Donation to help create opportunities

The release also states that KAC will use the donation to continue to “create opportunities for the personal growth and success of people with special needs in Kenosha.”

“KAC does this by removing barriers, changing perceptions, and building confidence,” the release further notes.

For more information on KAC

For more information on KAC programs and services, call 262-658-9500, or also visit www.thekac.com. 

Kenosha County: Don’t deposit snow on roadways

With snow finally sticking to the ground, the Kenosha County Division of Highways is reminding people not to deposit snow and ice from driveways onto roadways and highway shoulders. 

Doing so is both dangerous and illegal, said Kenosha County Highway Director Clement Abongwa. 

“We ask for the public’s cooperation as we work to keep our roadways clear and safe for motorists throughout the winter,” Abongwa said. 

Wisconsin Statute 346.94(5), “Rules of the Road,” states: “No person shall place or cause to be placed upon a highway any foreign substance which is or may be injurious to any vehicle or part thereof.” 

Likewise, Wisconsin Statute 346.95(3) states: “Any person violating S.346.94(5) shall be required to forfeit $50 for each offense.” 

If you do deposit snow/ice on the roadway and it causes an accident, authorities can also hold you liable for any accident and resulting injuries/damage, Abongwa said.

Abongwa: Use caution around snow plows

Abongwa also reminded motorists to use extra caution when driving near snowplows. 

Wisconsin statute 346.915 requires drivers to stay at least 200 feet behind a snowplow engaged in snow/ice removal upon any highway with a posted speed limit of more than 35 mph. Violators may receive a $175 fine and an assessment of three driver’s license demerit points.

“The additional space you provide a snowplow operator ensures your safety and the safety of your fellow motorists, and supports efficient snow-fighting operations,” Abongwa said. 

He further stated that, when someone crashes into a department vehicle, they remove it from active duty. This reduces “the resources we have to make the roads clean and safe for everyone during a snow or ice event,” he said.

More safe winter driving tips

More tips on safe winter driving — including things to consider if you become stranded, winter vehicle maintenance and how to prepare an emergency winter travel kit — are also available on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website, at https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/winter-drv/default.aspx.

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