Great Collaboration Makes for a Great Senior Center

TR Senior Center Director Bonnie Wilker and Paul Levine from the Friends of the Senior Center appeared at the December 1 City Council meeting.

They presented a check for $12,030 as a contribution toward the 2014 Senior Center operating budget, representing voluntary dues payments received from members of the Friends group this year.

This support from the Friends, combined with about $42,000 in net revenues generated by Senior Center activities, helps fund an annual Senior Center budget of $194,000.

That’s $54,000 out of $194,000, or 28 percent of the total Senior Center budget, supported from non-taxpayer sources.

Without revenue from memberships and from Senior Center fundraising activities–ranging from charter tours to bake sales to rummage sales, to newsletter advertising–our senior center would not be able to offer the great variety of services that it currently does.

So, thanks to all of the committed volunteers, on the Friends group, the Committee on Aging and from the community at large, who work with a dedicated and compassionate staff make the Two Rivers Senior Center a bright spot in our community.

This is one of many collaborative efforts between city government and community groups here in Two Rivers, all of which make for great quality of life in our small city.

For more information on the Senior Center and the Friends of the Senior Center, go to www.tworiversseniors.org.

Cities and Humane Society Ink New Agreement

On December 1, the city councils of Two Rivers and Manitowoc each approved a new agreement between the cities and the Lakeshore Humane Society, providing for the housing and care of stray dogs and cats (and other domestic animals) from our communities.

The new agreement, for calendar years 2015 through 2017, calls for annual payments starting at $24,000 for 2015 and increasing by $1,000 in each of the following years. (Current three-year contract provided for $22,000 annual payments.)

The contract cost is split between the two cities in proportion to their populations: 74.23 percent Manty 25.77 percent TR. For 2015, that pro-ration will result in payments of $17,815.20 and $6,184.80 respectively.

In exchange for these payments, which are covered with revenue from local animal licensing fees, the LHS serves as the official shelter for all stray dogs and cats from the two cities.

The cities’ payments are meant to cover the cost of animal care for the legally-mandated 7-day “hold” period that is the responsibility of local governments, as well as the mandatory 10-day “rabies hold” that is required if the animal has bitten someone.

Beyond those mandated periods, strays from the cities are housed by the Humane Society in accordance with its mission as an animal welfare organization.

In recent years, the LHS has provided shelter for as many as 139 strays annually from TR (101 cats, 36 dogs, 2 other animals) and 551 strays from Manitowoc (379 cats, 153 dogs and 19 other animals).

While the “reclaim rate” for stray dogs is pretty good (about 50-75 percent in recent years), a much smaller percentage of stray cats are reclaimed by their owners (10 percent or fewer). Clearly, too many of these animals are just “cast off” by irresponsible owners

Whatever the species, there are always lots of animals looking for new “forever homes” at the LHS.

We are very pleased to continue this cooperative arrangement with the LHS, for the benefit of both the human and animal residents of our communities.

For more information on the Lakeshore Humane Society, including opportunities to volunteer or donate, go to www.lakeshorehumane.org.

New Quilt Shop Opens This Friday

Following up on comments in prior columns, I’m pleased to report that a new fabric and quilting shop, “Quilt Essentials On The Lakeshore,” will be opening this Friday on the second floor of the Schroeder’s Department Store building.

This is the latest addition to the growing “Two Rivers Marketplace” collection of shops in the historic Schroeder’s building.

Remember to SHOP LOCAL this holiday season…and year-round.

Two Rivers City Manager Greg Buckley can be contacted by calling 920-793-5532 or by e-mailing gbuckley@two-rivers.org.

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