Homeless Veterans.......a big problem.
Area veteran service representatives met last week during a summit at the Tomah VA to collaborate ideas — just a year into a 5 year plan to curb veteran homelessness.
The VA’s five-year plan is a six-area guide to prevention: outreach/education, treatment services, prevention services, housing/supportive services, income/employment/benefits, and community partnerships. The VA’s five-year plan faces obstacles, just like many of its veterans. Some of those obstacles include lack of emergency housing, transportation for veterans to access services and a coordinator to lead the new initiatives.
There’s a lot to get done in the four remaining years to end veteran homelessness, but Cathy Routh, chief of social work services at the VA, is optimistic. There are around 300 homeless veterans on a nightly basis in western Wisconsin.
Boys and Girls Club Has New Home
The Boys and Girls club of West Salem has found a news home. They will lease the former Hope Community Church on Hamilton Street.
Move in is already taking place and the opening date is scheduled for February 7th.
Voter ID or Voter Suppression?
Flash an ID, cast your ballot. Seems like a simple proposal from legislative Republicans in Madison. But it's more restrictive than that, says Jay Heck with Wisconsin Common Cause. Because the hurdles for to get an ID are good-sized and many forms of ID won't be accepted under current legislation. Even university-provided identification won't be acceptable. Same for passports. Heck says the proposal will disproportionately keep minorities, students and the elderly away from the polls. Which, he says, seems to be exactly the types of voters Republicans want to keep from casting a ballot.
Total Loss or Future Office Space?
For now, the wrecking ball's being held at bay in West Salem. The former site of the West Salem Boys and Girls club was slated for demolition after the building's roof caved under the weight of heavy snow. Building owner Franciscan Skemp had said the building would be razed and the lots underneath sold. But that might not be the case anymore. Franciscan Skemp confirms for us that they're in negotiations with somebody over possibly selling the building intact. There's a possibility that a developer would buy the building, repair it and turn it into office space. The Boys and Girls club, meanwhile is moving to a former church space.
Wisconsin High School Football: And Then There Were Eight
So far, a permanent schedule has yet to be figured out for high school football in Wisconsin.
Next fall, it will be a nine game season. And, just decided this week by the WIAA board, an eight game schedule for 2012. The process highly complicated by differences of opinion about when the season should end. Including those who think state finals should wind up on Thanksgiving week-end, says WIAA area rep and Bangor superintendent, Roger Foegen which is problematic, he says, because of the obvious conflicts with the holiday and with deer hunting for which some school districts take off an entire week of school.
Above all, Foegen says, the WIAA wants to stay away from having a cluster of games at the end of the season for safety's sake. But the agency also doesn't want too early of a start in the summer to avoid conflicts with summer vacations.