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    Tomorrow, July 14, Public Library Directors from the Bridges Library System will receive introductory information to...

    Public Library Directors Throughout Waukesha County to Learn How to Help Fight the Opioid Crisis


    Tomorrow, July 14, Public Library Directors from the Bridges Library System will receive introductory information to help reduce prescription opioid-related deaths. It’s part of Waukesha County’s four-tiered plan to fight the opioid crisis through training first responders and key community members to implement prevention and treatment strategies. Friday’s non-public informational session HAS MOVED. It will now take place at 9 am at the Pewaukee Public Library (210 Main St, Pewaukee, WI).

    “We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic that is impacting the County and the nation,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Prescription opioids kill more people every year, which takes a toll on our community and our justice system. The cost is in human life, in hardships faced by families, and in tax dollars to investigate and mitigate drug-related crimes. Our focus is on the well-being of the community, and we will use every tool available to stop this epidemic.”

    Friday’s education session will implement one of the four treatment and prevention strategies outlined in Waukesha County’s work plan to combat the opioid crisis. Library directors, teachers, law enforcement, hospitality staff, and other community members who deal with high-traffic public areas are target groups who may receive training to recognize opioid misuse and to prevent overdoses.

    About the WI Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project
    Prescription opioids are the main driver of drug overdose deaths and poisonings in Wisconsin. In 2015, 63% of drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin involved prescription opioids. Waukesha County’s plan is funded by the state’s participation in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI-PDO), a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). More information about the WI-PDO grant is available at www.samhsa.gov.
    Training and event information is online at www.waukeshacounty.gov/overdoseprevention. Follow Waukesha County’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Twitter at @WaukeshaCoHHS.


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    Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff will be coming to local community events t...

    Waukesha County Recycling & Water Resources in the Community


    Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use - Land Resources staff will be coming to local community events this summer!  Expert staff will be available to answer questions about recycling, home composting, rain gardens, and rain barrels as well as give out informational flyers and brochures.

     
    Date Event Location
    July 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hartland Kids’ Day Nixon Park, Hartland
    August 1st, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Mukwonago National Night Out Field Park, Mukwonago
    August 2nd, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sussex National Night Out Sussex Civic Campus, Sussex
    August 15th, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. YMCA Pabst Farms Kids’ Fest Roosevelt Park, Oconomowoc
    August 24th, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. New Berlin Street Dept. Open House New Berlin Municipal Garage, 16550 W. National Ave.
    August 26th, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Green Alliance Sustainability Fair Lapham Peak State Park, Delafield
     

    For more information, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, call 262-896-8300 or download the free Waukesha County Recycles mobile app in Google Play and Apple App Stores.  Like Waukesha County Recycles on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!


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    Tonight, a free outdoor concert at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts (19805 West Capitol ...

    Free Outdoor Concert, Honor Walk Kick Off July 4 Weekend


    Tonight, a free outdoor concert at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts (19805 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI) will celebrate military service, family, community, and music. The “Big Band 4th” concert is the opening night celebration of the Wisconsin Philharmonic’s Starry Nights free outdoor concert series. It starts at 6 pm. The performance will be preceded by an Honor Walk for local veterans and their family at 5 pm.

     “Tonight’s concert is an opportunity to celebrate the 4th of July weekend while honoring local veterans who have made sacrifices to help preserve our freedom,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The Honor Walk is a therapeutic way to connect participating veterans with nature, while increasing awareness of the issues they face when they return home. “

     The Honor Walk will be a one or two mile walk for veterans and their families through Mitchell Park. The Walk is inspired by Veterans Trek, an organization that provides healthy outdoor recreation and jobs for veterans and the issues they face by connecting them with nature. Veterans can register for the walk here.

     “This event helps highlight the importance of nature and music in creating a healthy environment for our veterans,” said Veterans Trek Interim Executive Director Dan Buttery. ”Many of our veterans are coping with trauma when they return home. Music can allow them to express emotions they have no words for and outdoor recreation can relieve stress and increase their sense of purpose.”

     This event is a partnership between the Wisconsin Philharmonic, Waukesha County Veterans Services, Veterans Trek, and the US Forest Service. Follow the event on Facebook for information and updates or go to www.wisphil.org/.



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    Waukesha County is taking extra measures to be prepared when disaster strikes. Seventy-five staff ...

    Waukesha County to Participate in Large-Scale Emergency Training Course


    Waukesha County is taking extra measures to be prepared when disaster strikes. Seventy-five staff members from Waukesha County and partner municipalities and agencies will be part of a four-day crisis simulation training at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD. From June 26th-29th, attendees will learn incident management best practices at the Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC).

     

    “This is a significant opportunity to work with FEMA to build a more resilient community by increasing our emergency preparedness,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “We look forward to enhancing our capabilities in emergency response and recovery with this unique opportunity.”

     

    Waukesha County Emergency Management is one of only 20 applicants from across the country selected to attend the IEMC training, which is funded by FEMA. The four-day course consists of training modules that cover everything from resource tracking to recovery planning. Exercises then engage the participants to deal with the effects of hazards that are specific to Waukesha County. The lessons learned will be brought back to improve emergency plans that are currently in place.

     

    About the Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management

    The Waukesha County Office of Emergency Management (WCEM) is a division of Waukesha County’s Department of Emergency Preparedness. WCEM provides a comprehensive and integrated emergency management program designed to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from the effects of natural and technological hazards which potentially impact the welfare, safety and health of all Waukesha County citizens.

     

    For more information, head to www.waukeshacounty.gov/EmergencyManagement


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    Today, Waukesha County Director of Administration Norman Cummings was awarded the Norman N. Gill Award for Individ...

    Waukesha County Director of Administration Honored at 25th Annual Salute to Local Government


    Today, Waukesha County Director of Administration Norman Cummings was awarded the Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence at the Public Policy Forum’s 25th Annual Salute to Local Government.

    “As one of the most respected professionals in the field of government finance and administration, I don’t think there’s anyone else more deserving of this award,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “Norman Cummings has dedicated decades of his career in the service of our citizens, striving for innovative and efficient government that works for them.”
     

    Norman Cummings has served as Waukesha County’s Director of Administration since the Department’s creation in 1995. He serves as the Chief Financial Officer for the County and oversees Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Risk Management, and Purchasing. He has led many innovative initiatives, including a collaborative effort with the City and School District of Waukesha to establish the Waukesha Employee Health & Wellness Center in 2014. The Center provides City, School District, and County employees access to affordable health care while saving taxpayers over $9 million in its first three years. 

    In addition to his role at the County, Mr. Cummings also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Municipal Mutual Insurance Company, which he helped establish, and is Vice Board Chair for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board.
     

    About Waukesha County

    Waukesha County's mission is to promote the health, safety and quality of life of citizens while fostering an economically vibrant community.  We are committed to delivering effective, high quality programs and services in a courteous and fiscally prudent manner. More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov.

    Information about the Public Policy Forum’s Norman N. Gill Award for Individual Excellence is available at www.publicpolicyforum.org.

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