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Waukesha news briefs: May 1 issue

April 28, 2014

Carroll announces keynote speaker

The Rev. Deborah Block will be the keynote speaker for its Carroll University's commencement ceremony Sunday, May 11.

Block is a 1974 Carroll graduate and an ordained minister who now serves as the pastor and head of staff at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee.

Block began her ordained ministry in 1978. She continued her education and received a master's degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1977, and a doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1989.

Currently, she is a member of the Carroll University Board of Trustees, and chairs the board of trustees of McCormick Seminary. She has written for lectionary commentary series.

Both of her parents graduated from Carroll College in 1950-51, and her brother is an alum who graduated in 1976.

Hazardous waste site decreases hours

Waukesha County Household Hazardous Waste collection site at the City Incinerator Building, 900 Sentry Drive, will no longer be open on the third Wednesday of each month and has decreased its Saturday hours.

The Waukesha site will be open 8 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Saturdays, April through November.

In addition to the change in operational hours, all Waukesha County household hazardous waste sites will no longer accept antifreeze, motor oil and oil filters. Motor oil and filters are accepted for free disposal at 14 municipal recycling drop-off sites as well as at Jensen Environmental Services in Muskego, W144 S6347 College Court.

For more information or a detailed brochure about items accepted at the household hazardous waste site, go online to waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste or call (262) 896-8300.

County Farm Bureau offers scholarships

The Waukesha County Farm Bureau is offering four scholarships to high school seniors or students already enrolled in higher education.

The Waukesha County Farm Bureau Board of Directors are offering scholarships for students enrolled in any accredited technical school or university for continuing education in agriculture or an agriculture-related field. The scholarship is $500 per student, per school year, and will be available to students in any year of their education. Past recipients may apply again. A Farm Bureau membership is encouraged but not mandatory.

To obtain a copy of the scholarship applications, call Ken Rosenow at (920) 474-7128 or email ken@cedarhomefarms.com. Applications can also be found online at http://wfbf.com/countyfarmbureaus/waukesha/. All applications are due June 30.

The Waukesha County Farm Bureau is one of 61 county Farm Bureaus in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is the state's largest general farm organization, representing farms of every size, commodity and management style.

Peace Corps worker plants trees

In Cameroon, Peace Corps volunteer Rachel Warner of Waukesha is planting 2,000 trees at a local school with her community.

The trees will provide shade for the students, who are often outside exposed to the sun and heat, and also revitalize the land.

"The soil will be enhanced by the trees and will help in the fight against desertification," Warner said. "Students will also learn about these subjects during our environmental club meetings, which will take place before the planting."

A portion of the funds for Warner's project are being raised through the Peace Corps Partnership Program, which supports Peace Corps volunteer community projects worldwide.

Those interested in supporting Warner's project (No. 14-694-006) should visit www.peacecorps.gov/donate. One hundred percent of each tax-deductible donation goes toward a development project.

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