Wood County Current Events

May 2016 Mental Health Awareness
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!!!
Posted 5/31/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Eliminate stigma and share your story of hope!
Healthy People Wood County partnered with WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) to record several Wood County stories of hope and recovery.

Go to the Rogers InHealth website link below for more information and to view video's of hope and recovery.

Like us on Facebook for more information!
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Inside Out - FREE Movie Showing
Posted 5/31/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us






When:
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
  • 5:30 P.M. – Free snacks and drinks provided in part by Polito’s Pizza in Wisconsin Rapids 
  • 6:00 P.M. – Movie 
  • 7:45 P.M. – Discussion and Family Activities lead by Susan Schueler-Sheveland, Licensed Counselor, Wood County Human Services 
Where: McMillan Memorial Library: 490 East Grand Avenue Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

Giveaway! Fun Family Activities!

See the attached flyer for more information!
Community Resources
Posted 5/27/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Area Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery Resources List
The purpose of this resource list is to provide a list of treatment facilities, recovery groups and other resources in Central Wisconsin for those needing counseling or assistance recovering from substance abuse. The information provided may not be inclusive of all resources, but can support those in need.

Behavioral (Mental) Health Bike Path - Roadmap
The purpose of this "Bike Path" (or roadmap) is to be a first step for families, and individuals under age 21, with behavioral (mental health) concerns. This easy to read guide helps connect Wood County residents with local, state and federal resources and services.
Thank you to the schools, organizations, and agencies in Wood County who agreed to disperse this resource! There are over 35 locations distributing this "Bike Path"!!!
Peyton Heart Project
Come Together To Offer Hope
Posted 5/25/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Due to recent tragedies, Healthy People Wood County has a call to action…

The goal is to lose NO lives in May to suicide!

Take Action:
Join the Peyton Heart Movement
  • Check it out on Facebook
  • Make a heart, go the the Peyton Heart website (link below) and download the quotes file for tags, then spread them throughout the community
Schedule a free QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training.

Check out the links below for more information.
Suicide Prevention Training: QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)
Posted 5/25/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Suicide prevention is everybody’s business, and anyone can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Fact: If people in a crisis get the help they need, they will probably never be suicidal again.

View the attached flyer for more information on how to schedule a training.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Posted 5/25/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are serious childhood traumas that result in toxic stress that can harm a child's brain. This toxic stress may prevent a child from learning, from playing in a healthy way with other children, and can result in long-term health problems.

Below are links to the ACE Survey and a handout on understanding ACEs. 
2016 Healthy People Wood County Mental Health Conference
Posted 5/25/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Save the Date: Friday, October 21, 2016
Arrival and Registration: begins at 7:15 a.m.
Conference: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Open registration will begin Monday, August 29, 2016!

This years theme is Resilience.

Watch for more information!
Wood County Beaches Opening
Posted 5/20/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NEWS RELEASE The Wood County beaches will be open to the public on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for the Memorial Day holiday and stay open through the Labor Day holiday. County beaches are not staffed with lifeguards, and will be unguarded. Dogs are not allowed in the beach areas. We hope you will come and enjoy the Wood County Parks this summer. For information, contact at (715) 421-8422, or Wood County Park & Forestry Department, Courthouse, PO Box 8095, 400 Market Street, Room 205, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54495. For further information, visit our website at: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or find us on Facebook.
Dexter Storage Building Bid Opening Results
Posted 5/17/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
May 17, 2016 - 8:00 am, Dexter Storage Building Bid Opening , approved by the HIRC (Highway Infrastructure and Recreation Committee) on May 17, 2016 at 9:00 am.
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May is Foster Care Month
Posted 5/12/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
May is Foster Care Month. Wood County Human Services is thankful for all of our Foster Parents and would like to recognize the work they do to serve children and families in our community. If you know a foster parent in our community, please take time to thank them for their service in our community. To all Wood County foster families, we look forward to honoring you at our annual picnic.

For more information about becoming a foster care provider contact:
  • Julia Dauenhauer, South Wood County Foster Care Coordinator at 715-421-8629
  • Grace Bauer, North Wood County Foster Care Coordinator at 715-387-6374
  • Merrisa Touray, Resource Unit Supervisor at 715-421-8619

Thank you for all you do!
Wood County Park & Forestry 2016 Summer Newspaper is here!
Posted 4/28/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Check it out!
Clean Sweep 2016
Posted 4/28/2016 by wyoung@co.wood.wi.us
The 2016 Wood County Agricultural and Household Clean Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, September 24, from 8:00am-12:00pm at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.

A full list of items that will be accepted can be found here.

Contact the Wood County UW-Extension office at 715-421-8440 with questions.
Campgrounds Opening Tomorrow and Firewood Ban
Posted 4/28/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
A reminder with our campgrounds opening tomorrow regarding the Firewood Ban Ordinance. Please do not bring firewood to any of our campgrounds to burn during your stay (you may bring untreated, clean, dimensional lumber (e.g. cut off 2x4's). You will need to purchase your firewood directly at the campground. Thank you.
Parents Who Host Lose The Most Logo
Parents Who Host Lose the Most
Posted 4/28/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
"Parents Who Host Lose the Most is a public awareness program educating communities and parents about the health and safety risks of serving alcohol at teen parties.
This program encourages parents and the entire community to send a unified message that teen alcohol consumption is unhealthy, unsafe and unacceptable."
For more information visit the Drug Free Alliance website by clicking on the link below.

The City of Wisconsin Rapids has a social host ordinance. Adults allowing minors to consume alcohol on their property could be fined a minimum $1,000 and a maximum $5,000.
Students and teachers from the Wisconsin Rapids area, City of Wisconsin Rapids Police Department, and RCCA Media partnered together to make this Public Service Announcement video.
Campgrounds open April 29, 2016 - Summer Activities
Posted 4/22/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
NEWS RELEASE

 

The Wood County Park and Forestry Department would like to inform the public that our parks will be opening on Friday, April 29th, 2016.  Please come out and enjoy your parks!

 

If you are not familiar with what the Wood County Park and Forestry system has to offer, the following are some of the activities that are available to you:

 

Camping:                      Three campgrounds are available (Dexter Park, South Wood County Park, and North Wood County Park). Self-registration (camping on a first-come, first-served basis) is done at the campground prior to Memorial Day weekend. For reservations beginning from May 25th and later, you may logon to www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks and make your reservation on-line.  Or, call (715) 421-8422 Monday through Friday from 9AM—3 PM with a MasterCard or Visa.

 

Shelter Rental:              There are four enclosed, two open, and one year round shelter available for rent for your special gatherings.  These can be reserved one year in advance of your event.

 

Boating & Fishing:        Lake Dexter, Lake Wazeecha and Nepco Lakes provide a variety    of activities from fishing to boating (pass required for boating…$5.00 daily/ $20.00 annual) and swimming. (Beaches open officially on Memorial Day weekend and there are no lifeguards on duty at any time).

 

Passive activities:          There are many passive activities that can also be enjoyed in the parks such as hiking, biking, picnicking, disc golf, playground areas etc.

 

New in 2016:               Effective January 25, 2016, Wood County Park Ordinance, Chapter 600 .07 - C. Unlawful Firewood. It shall be unlawful for park users to bring outside firewood into any Wood County Park facility, shelter, land or area. Untreated, clean, and fully debarked dimensional lumber may be brought in for burning. Down and dead wood may also be gathered inside the park for burning. Chainsaws are not allowed to be used for this purpose. Wood County shall have firewood available, for purchase, at each of its designated campgrounds.   

 

We have uploaded pictures of each campsite, as well as dimensions of the sites and pads at each campground, on our Facebook page. You can better determine if your camper will "fit" in a particular spot, or if it's too sunny, or not close enough to the water.   Please visit the Park & Forestry Facebook Page for more information.  When you get there, click on "PHOTOS", then click on “ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for.

 

For a free brochure and recreation guide of the Wood County Park & Forestry areas, please call

(715) 421-8422 or check out our web site at: www.co.wood.wi.us/departments/parks or find us on Facebook, “Wood County Park & Forestry Department”.  Thank you.

 

 

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Congratulations to Val Elliott, Wood County Distinguished Public Health Employee!
Posted 4/18/2016 by krauter-egge@co.wood.wi.us
We recognize Val for her exceptional customer service, great attitude, and hard work. Juggling involvement in multiple teams and program areas, Val makes it all come together. Her efforts and hard work on various coalitions and projects does not go unnoticed! Helpful and flexible are traits that describe Val well. She is always willing to take on new tasks- in Environmental Health, Healthy People, Healthy Smiles and other department areas. Whatever the assignment may be, she puts forth 100% effort and completes it in a timely fashion with quality outcomes. Val believes in the Health Department’s proactive approach and has been actively involved in the strategic planning efforts among other department initiatives that align with our mission. Val consistently demonstrates kindness, dependability and strong work ethic. We appreciate Val’s dedication to public health and thank her for her hard work. It is with great pride and honor that we commend Val for a job well done.
Transportation Program Bus
Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program
Posted 4/14/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Human Services Department Elderly and Disabled Transportation Program provides an important service to senior and disabled citizens in both the Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield areas. Since this program is subsidized by Federal, State and County dollars, there is a nominal charge for citizens who use this service. This service helps individuals that might not otherwise have transportation to get to medical appointments, shopping and other necessary events. Recently, the program and a few of the employees that make it happen were featured in a USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin article and video production.

Check out the story or watch the video on the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune or the Marshfield News Herald websites links below!

For more information please see the Wood County Human Services Elderly and Disabled Transportation webpage.
Pictures of CAMPSITES available on Facebook!
Posted 4/13/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
We have uploaded pictures of each campsite as well as dimensions of the sites and pads at each campground on our Facebook page. You can better determine if your camper will "fit" in a particular spot, or if it's too sunny, or not close enough to the water.

Click on "PHOTOS", then click on ALBUMS". Scroll down until you find the album you are looking for. Check out our Facebook page and "LIKE" us. Thank you.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wood-County-Park-Forestry-Department/204221776296438
Timber Sale Bid Opening Results
Posted 4/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us
Attached are the results for the Timber Sale Bid Opening held on 4/4 at 9:00 am at the Wood County Courthouse. Thank you.
Wood County Pharmaceutical Drop-off Locations
Posted 3/31/2016 by mlarson@co.wood.wi.us
Prevent misuse and protect the environment!
Bring unwanted, unneeded, or outdated prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to these local drop box locations...
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Nekoosa Police Department
  • Pittsville Police Department
  • Port Edwards Police Department
  • Town of Grand Rapids Municipal Building
  • Wisconsin Rapids Police Department
  • Wood County Sheriff's Department
  • Rome Police Department (Adams County)
Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.
  • Place all pills and capsules in a zip lock bag.
  • Liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging.
Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, inhalers, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc...), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas).

For more information on locations and office hours, please view the attached flyer.
Timber Sale Bid Opening (4/4/16) Packet
Posted 3/11/2016 by sgreen@co.wood.wi.us

Spring 2016 Timber Sale information is now available.  The full packet is available here (note small paperclip below - click on that.  It is on .pdf format) as well as on our Facebook page "Wood County Park & Forestry Department".  Please "LIKE" us while you're there!  You can also request the full packet by calling our office at 715-421-8422 or stopping in Monday through Friday between 8am and 4:30pm.  All bids are due back by 4:00 PM on Friday, April 1st or hand delivered by 9:00 AM on Monday, April 4th.  Thank you.


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Autism Services Update Information
Posted 3/7/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
Prior to 1/1/16, when a family needed intensive autism services (in-home for 10-30 hours a week) for their child, our agency would evaluate them and once we determined they were eligible and in need of services the child went on a State waiting list for funding. The child could not be over 8 years old when they went on the list. The wait list time was sometimes over a year, and at a critical time of the child’s development.

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare (federal government) informed WI that these services needed to be an MA card service, available when needed and not a service to be on a wait list. Over the last year the WI Department of Health Services has been working to develop a system to accomplish this task.

Effective 1/1/2016 these intensive in-home services are available as an MA card service (like doctor visits and medication coverage). This brings several changes with it:
• The county does not evaluate to determine if a child qualifies for in-home services, this is performed by the provider of the services
• The child’s diagnosis does not have to be autism which potentially opens up services for other behaviorally challenged children
• The child can be older than eight when services start
• If the family/child is in need of other services (respite, daily living skills, equipment …) the family contacts human services for an assessment to determine eligibility for funding through Children’s Community Options Program or Children’s Long Term Support Waivers.

If the child has Medical Assistance, the family can call the agency they would like to work with to make a referral for themselves.
If the child does not have Medical Assistance, the family can contact their health insurance to determine if there is coverage, or determine if the child will be eligible for Medical Assistance.
Voter Photo ID Now Required for All In-Person Voting
Posted 2/9/2016 by ctyclerk@co.wood.wi.us
There are currently four elections scheduled for 2016: February 16, April 5, August 9, and November 8. Voter Photo ID will be required for all in-person and absentee voters (with certain exceptions for military, overseas and indefinitely confined electors).

Are you ready to vote? Do you have one of the eight acceptable forms of Photo ID? Do you need to apply for a free Wisconsin ID card?

Find out here: Voter ID Law Information 
Trauma Informed Care Approach
Posted 1/13/2016 by dschmutzer@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Human Services Department began learning about what it means to utilize trauma informed principles of care as part of a department wide initiative. This process began with the development of a committee that includes employees from each service area throughout the department. Our vision for Trauma Informed Care is to empower and instill hope by understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of trauma and creating a safe environment for consumers, employees, partners and our communities.

Trauma Informed Care (TIC) shifts the perspective away from asking “what is wrong with you?” to instead ask “what has happened to you?”. We have recently completed an agency assessment that has provided information regarding areas of strengths and areas for improvements as we continue our journey towards becoming more trauma informed.

The principles of Trauma Informed Care align with our department mission, vision, and values; we believe that embracing the perspectives learned through research, regarding how traumatic stress can impact healing and recovery, we will have better outcomes for the consumers we serve.
2016 Tree, Shrub & Wildflower Sale
Posted 12/7/2015 by tgildenzopf@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department is currently holding their annual tree, shrub and wildflower sale. Orders will be accepted through January 15, 2016.
Wood County Community Health Needs Assessment
Posted 9/16/2015 by krauter@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Health Department, in partnership with Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital, Aspirus Riverview Hospital and Clinics, Marshfield Clinic, and the Legacy Foundation is working together to determine health needs for Wood County.
Wood County Clean Sweep
Posted 9/9/2015 by adarr@co.wood.wi.us
A Wood County Clean Sweep will be held on Saturday October 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Saratoga Town Hall. Clean Sweep is for collection of household chemicals.

See the attached brochure for more information.
NOAA Weather Radios
Posted 4/28/2015 by schristensen@co.wood.wi.us
Wood County Emergency Management would like to say THANK YOU to the sponsors that made the NOAA Weather Radio program possible. Without you we couldn't have done it.
Housing Repair Loans
Posted 3/26/2015 by jgrueneberg@co.wood.wi.us
Are you in need of funding for home repairs but unable to secure a loan?

If so, please consider applying for a Central Wisconsin Housing Region loan. The loans are available to:

  • Low-to-moderate income (LMI) Wood County residents with owner-occupied homes.
  • Owners of rental units in Wood County that rent to low-to-moderate income (LMI) tenants.
The Central Wisconsin Housing Region covers Adams, Green Lake, Juneau, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara and Wood County. The program administrator is the Juneau County Housing Authority. This is a program that was created to ensure the community’s ability to conserve, rehabilitate and improve residential properties occupied by low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents.

Click below to download the Central Housing Region Brochure.

For more information and application materials contact:

Central Wisconsin Housing Region Program Administrator
Juneau County Housing Authority
717 E. State Street
Mauston, WI 53948
(608) 847-7309
juncoha@frontier.com
Wood County Poster and Speaking Contests
Posted 10/14/2014 by tarnold@co.wood.wi.us
The Wood County Land Conservation Department will be holding its annual
Poster and Speaking Contest on January 30, 2015.

Posters are due January 30, 2015 to Wood County LCD.
The theme is “Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators”.

The Speaking Contest will be held Thursday February 5, 2015, at Pittsville High School @6:00.
Entry forms are due by January 30, 2015.

For more information contact the Wood County Land Conservation Department at 715-421-8475
or email tarnold@co.wood.wi.us.
Courthouse Parking
Posted 4/16/2014 by webmaster@co.wood.wi.us
In April 2014, road construction began near the Courthouse at the intersection of Baker Street and Market Street.

As a result, access to the Baker Street parking lot has changed. Please refer to the attached map for details.
Wood County Outdoors!
WANTED....
Posted 8/1/2013 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Are you interested in Wildlife and what happens to it in our area? Do you want a way to voice your opinion on how it should be managed?
If so, then WE WANT YOU.....to join the Wood County Wildlife Area Advisory Committee.
This Committee currently has (1) opening for a 3 year term. This Committee meets 4 times a year in January, April, July, and October on a Tuesday evening at the Sandhill Wildlife Area.
If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and mail it back to the Wood County Park & Forestry Department.
Thanks!
Powers Bluff Long Range Plan
Posted 10/19/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
This is a .pdf file and is very large. It may take a few moments to download.
Pets In The Parks
Posted 6/28/2012 by hgehrt@co.wood.wi.us
Per our ordinance 600.08 (1) Pets.
-It shall be unlawful for any person to allow pets to enter any public building, bathing beach, picnic grounds, or playgrounds within any County Park, or to run at large at any time on County Park grounds.
-In other County Park areas and campgrounds pets are permitted provided they shall at all times be kept on a leash not more than 10 feet long. All pets shall be effectively restrained or under the owner's control at all times. No person shall allow his pet to deprive or disrupt the enjoyment or use of any area by others.
-Pet owners are required to immediately clean up after their pets.