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Spring Forward, Fall Back: 3 Myths Dispelled About Our Biannual Clock Spinning

At 2:00 am Sunday, November 5, 2017, we will turn our clocks back one hour as Standard Time returns and Daylight Saving Time (saving, not savings) comes to an end for this year.

Twice a year many discussions start up about why we use Daylight Saving Time (DST), when it started and what we’ll do with that ‘extra hour’ in the fall when we switch back to Standard Time.

After a little research, here are three common myths about this twice-a-year time-travel experience.

Myth #1: Benjamin Franklin Invented DST
Benjamin Franklin, who ironically coined the phrase, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” did not ‘invent’ DST.

While a diplomat in Paris in 1784, Franklin suggested in a satirical essay that a change in sleep patterns, not time itself, would save money spent on candles simply by waking up at dawn and using the sunshine instead of candles.

The first push to change the clocks came in 1905 when Englishman William Willett suggested that the United Kingdom should move its clocks forward by 80 minutes between April and October so that more people could enjoy the plentiful sunlight. Willett died in 1915 without ever seeing how his idea played out.

Myth #2: Daylight Saving Time Will Save Energy
In 1916, Germany became the first country to adopt DST as a means to conserve energy during WWI. Soon after Britain followed suit and in 1918, the United States, via the Standard Time Act, established time zones and daylight saving.

Many studies have been done, too many to mention here, that conclude significant energy savings does NOT happen as a result of DST. In fact, a study done in Indiana showed that energy consumption actually increased in that state.

Myth #3: Daylight Saving Time Benefits Farmers
It appears that farmers have been against this measure of playing with time since the very beginning. The agricultural industry began its opposition movement in 1919, asking for a repeal of DST stating that the change in time cuts productivity. It is not where hands sit on a timepiece but rather the sun that determines a farmer’s schedule.

While National DST was in fact repealed in 1919, many places continued the practice. DST returned with WWII, was repealed again at the end of the war but confusion ensued as states and cities continuing the practice determined their own start and stop dates.

Order finally came in 1966 when the enactment of The Uniform Time Act standardized daylight saving time from the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, although states had the option of remaining on standard time year-round.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended DST in the U.S. beginning in 2007. Going from 2007 forward, DST in the U.S. begins at 2:00 am on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 am on the first Sunday of November.

States in the U.S. are not required to observe daylight saving time. Hawaii and most of Arizona do not and the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands also remain on standard time year-round.

So whether you are for or against our fiddling with time, and no matter if you turn your clocks back before you go to bed or when you get up in the morning, just remember to fall back one hour this weekend.

Algoma Utilities’ Nancy Johnson Recognized for Excellence

Nancy Johnson, Office Manager/Accountant at Algoma Utilities, received WPPI Energy’s Shining Star Award October 18, 2017. The award was presented by Lauri Isaacson, WPPI Energy Assistant Vice President of Member Relations, during a utility commission meeting.

The award recognizes a WPPI Energy member utility manager or employee who has shown notable growth and leadership over the past year, often goes above and beyond the call of duty, provides a positive example for others and helps to further the utility’s goals and values. Johnson was selected for her leadership in several areas that are crucial to the function of the electric utility as well as her can-do attitude.

Nancy Johnson

Pictured from left: Lauri Isaacson, WPPI Energy Assistant Vice President of Member Relations, and Nancy Johnson, Algoma Utilities Office Manager/Accountant

As Office Manager/Accountant, Johnson is responsible for the utility’s financial functions and office operations and procedures. She shares her experience and expertise with other locally owned utilities across the state as a member of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin’s Accounting and Customer Service Committee. She also provides important insights as a participant in various City of Algoma committees.

Johnson often goes above and beyond her job responsibilities, managing human resource and information technology duties in addition to her assigned responsibilities.

“Nancy is willing to do whatever is necessary to contribute to the success of the utility, even beyond her job responsibilities. She works countless hours for the benefit of the utility, employees, and commissioners,” said General Manager Peter Haack.

Her colleagues also indicated that she helps make Algoma Utilities a better place to work through her positive attitude and hard work. They are also encouraged by her can-do spirit.

Chet Kiedrowski Joins CTI Hospitality, Inc.

Chet Kiedrowski

Chet Kiedrowski

John and Debbie Kiedrowski, owners of CTI Hospitality, Inc of Algoma are extremely pleased to announce that their son, Chet Kiedrowski, has joined the Company as its Director of Manufacturing.

Most recently Chet has been a Senior Manufacturing Engineer at Brady Corporation in Milwaukee and prior he worked for Buell Motorcycles in East Troy and Kohler Engine Division in Kohler.

In his new position, he will be responsible for all aspects of manufacturing from raw materials thru finished products including safety, quality, and productivity. Chet is a graduate of Kettering University in Flint, Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

CTI Hospitality is a manufacturer of commercial millwork with focus on the hospitality/hotel industries, supplying custom interiors to franchised business size hotels throughout the United States. In addition, CTI supplies louvers and applied mouldings to commercial door manufacturers and large quantity, prefinished, custom running trims for commercial build-outs.

Learn more about CTI: http://www.ctihospitality.com

Cellcom: Reasons to Check Out a Mobile Wallet

Reasons to Check Out a Mobile Wallet

A mobile wallet refers to the apps that allow you to pay with your phone, including Android Pay, Samsung Pay and Apple Pay. These apps store your credit, debit or prepaid card information securely on their servers and allow you to pay for purchases in-store or online without having to swipe your card or enter your information. Beyond convenience, there are some good reasons to consider taking advantage of the technology.

  • Security – Mobile wallet apps do not send your card information to complete a transaction. Instead, a unique code is generated to send your data to the merchant. This means the digital risk for information being compromised is low. There is also a decreased risk from a physical security perspective. Having a wallet lost or stolen doesn’t leave you with any protection from your cards being used. If you lose your phone, your mobile wallet still requires a PIN to unlock on top of the password you already have on your phone.
  • Online Shopping – We live in the age where a few taps can get you almost anything you want, but that means we’re constantly entering credit card information into our go-to shopping websites or even storing that information on accounts we created. Using a mobile wallet when you’re shopping from your phone means you can enter your card details with a few convenient taps and perhaps eliminate the need to create an account and store these details with a retailer, reducing the inherent risk of your credit card information being stored in multiple locations.
  • Rewards – Your mobile wallet can be a one-stop shop for everything you need at the checkout, including those loyalty points. Many retailers let you load your reward card right into your mobile wallet so you won’t need to use multiple apps or pull out your trusty key tags.

A couple caveats to consider. Your bank has to support the use of these apps and while hundreds of financial institutions offer the functionality it is not yet ubiquitous. Another more obvious consideration, your phone has to be charged. If you’re constantly running on low battery, you’ll want to have a backup option or a portable charger at the ready.

Cell comCellcom is an innovative wireless company that provides nationwide service for its customer base throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 50 retail and agent locations. Cellcom is respected for its long-standing reputation of delivering extraordinary customer care, being a strong community partner, and for its renowned network, which is customized to its rural markets. As a subsidiary of Nsight, Cellcom is part of a family of companies offering complete telecommunications services.

Algoma Community Gardeners Seek Help In Completing Raised Beds

Last fall a number of raised beds were built on the Algoma Community Gardens grounds before winter set in. The construction of the beds was completed last month and now they are ready to be filled.

The Algoma Community Gardeners would like to invite you to help fill the beds this Saturday, July 22, 2017, from 8 – 10 a.m. The Algoma Community Gardens are located at 1528 Sunset Ave. Algoma, behind the Kewaunee County Food Pantry.

Tasks will include:

  • – Fill the remaining raised beds with cardboard and straw, (wetting down the cardboard before adding the straw).
  • – Spread compost and soil.  Brian Hanson will have his skid steer to help move compost and soil to the beds. Please bring a garden rake if you have one.
  • – Place cardboard and wood chips in between the raised beds in sections A1, A2, B1 and B2.
  • – Help weed the old Children’s Garden, as we transition it to a Butterfly Garden.
  • – Clean up around the compost bins at the corners of the garden
  • – Reset the compost bins and adding reinforcement screws. The 3″ screws and drill bits are in the shed. Those working on this project will need to bring a cordless drill.

For anyone willing to help, and as a thank you, please feel free to use one of the newly completed raised beds (this fall at no charge) for a fall crop of beans, peas, spinach and/or lettuces.

If you have any suggestions or ideas on improving the gardens and/or inviting new gardeners to join us, please send an email or call, Mary Goodner, Algoma Community Coordinator at 920-487-8093  or krakowmary@gmail.com

Algoma Library Friends to Celebrate Grand Opening

On Friday, June 30, 2017,  the Algoma Library Friends will celebrate the grand opening of a new used bookstore, The Book Corner. Community members are invited to attend the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at 11 a.m.as well as the store’s grand opening celebration from 11-3.

The bookstore is suitably named The Book Corner since it is located on the corner of Third and State streets (401 Third Street) in downtown Algoma. Regular hours for the Book Corner are Friday and Saturday, 11-3 and Sunday 10-2.

Completely, volunteer run, all funds raised by the bookstore will provide support to the Algoma Public Library and the many programs it offers, including new computers, printers, scholarships, furniture and community events. The store will also provide year-round access to used bookstore for the public.

The Friends group is seeking assistance to help staff the store once open. If interested, a sign-up sheet is located at the Algoma Public Library. For further information or questions, please contact Pat Cichon at 920-487-3323 or Sue Hass at 920-495-8440.

Summer Street Safety: What Pedestrians and Drivers Need To Know

School is out for the summer, which means more kids are out and about in town. It is also vacation season and the mild temps lead locals and visitors alike to take the streets and enjoy our beautiful lakeshore town.

One of the things we enjoy in Algoma is the lack of traffic signals. But this can pose a risk to pedestrians and drivers who may be unsure of who has the right-of-way.
It is important that both drivers and pedestrians know what their responsibilities are in each circumstance.

According to the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation, drivers must:

  • Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway
  • -Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection or crosswalk on a “walk” signal or a green light, if there is no walk signal
  • -Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic lights or control signals 
  • -Not overtake and pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway safely

Pedestrians must:

  • -Yield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk or where the pedestrian does not have a green or “walk” signal and where vehicles have a green signal 
  • -Not suddenly move into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian  
  • -Walk on and along the left side of a highway when not walking on a sidewalk. Note: This law does not apply to bicycles. Bicycles operate under the same laws as other legal vehicles on the road and should always stay on the right side of the road.

In a nutshell, at an intersection or crosswalk where traffic is not controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic officer, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian. If a pedestrian, bicyclist, or rider of an electric personal assistive mobility device crosses a roadway at any point other than within a marked or unmarked crosswalk, they shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

That doesn’t mean pedestrians should just walk out into the road expecting that cars will stop.   Both pedestrians and drivers should:

  • -Pay attention!
  • -Make eye contact with each other if possible.
  • -Don’t text and drive or text and walk.
  • -Take extra care at night.

We want you to have a fun and safe summer here in Algoma!

For a complete explanation of rules and guidelines to help both pedestrians and drivers to maneuver safely around town this summer, visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s website: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/pedestrian/rules.aspx

American White Pelicans Here In Algoma

According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), American White Pelicans have been present in Wisconsin as migrants for centuries. There was an apparent downward trend in occurrence in the late 1800s and it wasn’t until the DNR’s analyses of observations published in the Passenger Pigeon during 1939–1994 and reported online at Wisconsin eBird during 1994–2012, the number of pelican occurrences started to increase notably in the 1980s and dramatically in the mid-1990s.

The American White Pelican seems to have made itself right at home in Northeast Wisconsin and there have been several recent sightings here in Algoma along the Lake Michigan shore.

The photos above were taken while strolling along the Crescent Beach Boardwalk on Friday afternoon, June 2, 2017. Where have you spotted the pelicans?

Source: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/documents/PelicanPassPigeon.pdf

Grants Available to Local Non-Profit Organizations

NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

5/15/17

Contact:
Nancy Johnson, Office Manager
Algoma Utilities
(920) 487-5556

Grants Available to Local Non-Profit Organizations

Algoma Utilities, through funding available from our power supplier, WPPI Energy, is soliciting requests from local organizations interested in a Community Contribution Grant or Economic Development Grant. Typically, grants are awarded to Algoma Utility, not for profit customers, to help offset specific community programs or project costs.

Grant requests will be accepted at the Utilities’ office through July 10, 2017. To be considered for a grant, non-profit organizations must submit a letter requesting assistance. The letter should include information as to how the not for profit organization will use the funds to benefit the community or local economic development. Organizations must also show that funds are necessary to complete a project or program and the time frame in which the grant would be utilized.

Examples of past grants include, but are not limited to:

  • Algoma school projects
  • Local safety programs
  • Literacy and youth programs
  • Local economic development programs
  • Spring/Summer festivals or events
  • Park improvements
  • Power quality improvement projects

Letters should be sent to: Algoma Utilities, Attn: Office Manager, 1407 Flora Avenue, Algoma, WI 54201. If you have any questions concerning the grant programs please contact the Algoma Utilities office at (920) 487-5556.

Welcome Newest Chamber Member Contract Sales & Operations

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes newest member Contract Sales and Operations (CSO). Owner Eric Dean and his staff of four bring over a combined 80 years of commercial sign and outdoor advertising experience, many years working under Gerald “Jag” Haegele, a community champion known for his love of Algoma.

Dean, a native of a small town in Massachusetts, chose to open his own company in the wake of structural changes at his former employer, stating his main reason was “to keep jobs in Algoma” and preserve the history and quality of the outdoor advertising world that Algoma is known for.

A design engineer who fell into advertising by accident, Dean is pushing ahead to expand product lines and services. CSO recently became the area authorized reseller for Watchfire, a highly competitive worldwide digital sign company with the elite distinction of housing all aspects of design and manufacturing in Danville, Illinois.

CSO performs service work for other sign companies as well as the more traditional creative services and sign manufacturing. CSO’s focus on customer service is designed to help the customer from the envisioning stage to final assembly and maintenance. Taking note of specific needs in a rural community, CSO will begin to offer small run print and promotional items with their newly acquired heat press.

Located in the historic Busch building at 316 Steele Street in Algoma, Dean stresses that although they are small and local, they are not limited in resources, including “the people that work here, couldn’t have done it without them, the value is in the people and their knowledge and know-how.”