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USS Marinette "Name the Ship Campaign" Begins Today
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 EagleHerald – Marinette/Menominee
Wednesday November 9, 2011 (Front Page and page A3)

EagleHerald staff writer
MARINETTE — A communitywide effort to convince the U.S. Navy to name a future Littoral Combat Ship for the city in which it will be built, is officially under way.

Those supportive of a future USS Marinette are confident it will happen.
The citizens of Marinette and the surrounding area just need to convince Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus that the city, the area, and the Marinette Marine workers currently slated to build half of the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ships are worthy of having one of the ships named in their honor.
“I’m pretty optimistic, since the ships are being constructed here and there have been
Navy ships named the USS Marinette in the past,” said Farmers & Merchants Bank and Trust President Tom Maxwell, who organized the local committee spearheading the naming effort.

“There’s a precedent for it — so I think we have a pretty good chance at being successful,” Maxwell said.

However, it will still take a long term, unified, area wide effort to get the Navy’s top brass onboard.
Part of that effort will kick off Thursday and Friday, Friday, when citizens will have the opportunity to stop in and sign a letter of support during normal business hours at one of the two F&M Bank locations in Marinette, the Crivitz branch location, or Forward Financial Credit Union in Marinette.
Forward Financial Credit Union branch manager Linda Rostagno and loan officer Karen Cosby explained that they decided to get involved after reading about State Rep. Reid Ribble’s push for the naming and then being approached by Maxwell regarding their helping out.
According to Rostagno and Cosby, the letter writing campaign will not be a onetime deal — it will be persistent.
Perhaps best of all, the organizers of the campaign have made the process very simple for those who would like to take part.
“People can come in and sign the letters and we will take care of sending them out to the Secretary of the Navy – no charge to them. – we have a copy of the letter (but) if they would like to write their own, feel free, otherwise, we have copies that they can just sign, Rostagno said.
The pre-printed letters state:  “Marinette Marine has successfully built and launched the Littoral Combat Ships USS Freedom and USS Fort Worth.  The USS Fort Worth is scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in 2012.  Each of these ships yields significant benefits to Michigan, Wisconsin and Mid-Atlantic states by creating and sustaining jobs, and generating revenue in this economically distressed area.  16,000 jobs have been created nationwide through these contracts.
“By naming the next ship the USS Marinette, we would recognize the craftsmanship and commitment that the Marinette Marine employees exemplify in their products.  Not only would there be a morale boost for the struggling economy, but we would be recognizing those who work so hard to deliver the quality ships that our U.S. Navy contracted.”
Maxwell said he’s hopeful for a high level of community participation in the effort.
“If we get enough people to flood the Secretary of the Navy’s office with these requests, hopefully he responds favorably because it’s pretty much his call,” Maxwell said.
Marinette Mayor Bob Harbick is also on the USS Marinette committee.  He said he’s hopeful that the naming effort catches on well beyond the Marinette area.
“I want the letters to go all the way to Escanaba and Iron Mountain – people are coming our of those cities every day all the way down to Marinette and working in the shipyard, so we want them to have the notoriety too if we get that ship named the USS Marinette,” Harbick said.
According to Harbick, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and State Rep. Reid Ribble have already sent letters to Maybus, and the Navy Secretary has responded.
“He (Mabus) has replied and said, “I’ll take these letters very seriously.” Harbick said.
Harbick said the committee is also planning to get area schools involved in the effort by asking students to help out.

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Chet Krohn Lions Club Trust Awards $5,000 in scholarships
tory by Donn Williams - Director of Marketing - FMBT. 

July 6, 2011 - Five recent area high school graduates have received $1,000 Chet Krohn Lions Club scholarships. The scholarship recipients are:

Shaniece Carviou of Marinette High School.

The daughter of David and Laura Carviou will attend Bellin College and UW Marinette, and major in radiology technology.

After graduation she plans to work as a radiology technician.
Shaniece Carviou - Chet Krohn Liions Club Trust Award Winner
Jamie Kaster of Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy.

The son of Don and Joan Kaster will attend UW Milwaukee and major in graphic design.

His goal is to become the art director at a major magazine.
Jamie Kaster - Chet Krohn Liions Club Trust Award Winner
Elisabeth Gignac of Menominee High School.

The daughter of Tim and Sharon Gignac will attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and major in dental hygiene assisting.

She plans to work as a dental hygienist.
Elizabeth Gignac - Chet Krohn Liions Club Trust Award Winner
Kelsey Pickl of Peshtigo High School.

The daughter of Ken and Luann Pickl will attend UW Marinette and major in biology.

After she obtains her degree, Pickl plans to attend medical school and become a doctor.
Kelsey Pickl - Chet Krohn Liions Club Trust Award Winner
Summer Hoskins of Stephenson High School.

The daughter of Christopher Hoskins and Ann Cluett will attend UW Marinette and major in finance.

Her goal is to become a loan officer.
Summer Hoskins - Chet Krohn Liions Club Trust Award Winner

The late Chet Krohn, a former teacher, feature newspaper article writer and Marinette Lions Club member established the trust fund that provides money for the scholarships and other worthwhile projects in Marinette and Menominee counties.

An advisory committee consisting of representatives from the Marinette, Menominee and Peshtigo Lions clubs decides how funds from the trust are to be used to benefit the community. The trust is managed by Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust.

Recently the Chet Krohn Trust also donated $1,000 to the Milwaukee Symphony children’s program; $1,000 to the Children’s Theater at UW Marinette; and $500 to the Northernaires for uniforms.

Last year the fund contributed $2,500 to Merryman School for computer work stations and $1,400 to the Marinette County Sheriff’s Department General Education Degree program for text books.


Hoagland Trust Co-Sponsors Kids Fishing Derby - Year 2
Story by Donn Williams - Director of Marketing - FMBT

June 1, 2011 - The Hoagland Trust has donated $1,500 to the M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen to co-sponsor the Kid’s Fishing Derby. The 26th annual derby will be held June 11 at the Menominee Marina.

This is the second consecutive year the Hoagland Trust has co-sponsored the Kid’s Fishing Derby.

The trust was established by Joseph “Shorty” Hoagland of Marinette who died in 1985. Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust is the trustee of the fund.

Hoagland was an avid fisherman who had a soft spot in his heart for children, despite having none of his own.  He left behind a trust of $90,000 with the wish that interest earned by the money be used every year to provide fun activities for children.

The donation from the Hoagland Trust will be part of the $6,000 the M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen will spend to purchase144 fishing rods and reels that will be given as prizes.

The M&M Great Lakes Sport Fishermen’s Kids Fishing Derby is totally free for the children who participate. The event annually attracts close to 400 kids, along with their parents and guardians.

Fishing will take place from the Menominee Marina dock walls from 8-11 a.m. on June 11. A free lunch for participants will be served at 11 a.m. followed by the awarding of prizes

Dedication of the new sign at UW Marinette
Story and photo are by Donn Williams - Director of Marketing - FMBT

Dedication of new sign at UW Marinette
Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust President Tom Maxwell (left) is pictured here talking with UW Marinette
Dean Paula Langteau (center) and UW Colleges and UW Extension Dean Ray Cross (right)
prior to the dedication of the new digital sign at UW Marinette on May 18.

May 18, 2011 - A donation from Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust covered a major portion of the cost to erect the sign. It is located on University Drive near the Max E. Peterson Field House. The 11 foot high digital sign will be used to promote campus events.


Story about the bank's donation for the new sign at UW Marinette
Story and photo are by Maureen Frawley, University Relations Director, at UW Marinette

New Sign at UW-Marinette
UW-Marinette Dean Paula Langteau looks over the plans for the
new digital sign for the campus with Tom Maxwell, President of Farmers
and Merchants Bank and Trust whose major contribution made the digital sign purchase possible.

Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust donates money for new sign at UW Marinette

April 4, 2011 - UW-Marinette is set to replace its long-standing field house marquee this May thanks to a generous donation from the Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust covering a significant portion of the cost for a new digital sign. Campus CEO/Dean Paula and Assistant Campus Dean for Administrative Services Kurt Willmann have worked closely with Farmers and Merchants Bank President Tom Maxwell for the past several months regarding the plans and design of the structure. The sign has been approved by the Marinette City Council, the Campus County Working Group, the County Board’s Building and Property Committee and finally by the full Marinette County Board on March 29.  

“We are very excited and appreciative of Farmers and Merchants Bank and Trust for their ongoing support for education in our community and, in particular, for this opportunity to bring our campus sign into the 21st century,” said Langteau. “The current sign has served us well since it was installed in 1971 when the Field House was built, but the plastic letters are cracked and broken now. It is time for a new sign. ”

"We're very happy to provide funds to update the sign," Maxwell said. "UW-Marinette provides an affordable quality education to area residents and is an asset to this area."

The current marquee located on the corner of Shore Drive and University Drive will be replaced by a digital sign constructed by Poblocki Sign Company for Badger State Industries.
The sign is 11 feet high and 8’10” in width and will be installed between the Field House parking lot and University Drive. It will be used to market multiple campus events from basketball games to Theatre on the Bay productions, to orientations to commencement. Digital messages will be programmable from the University Relations Office, which is located on the main campus at 750 Bay Shore Street, a considerable change for the better, especially in winter, according to University Relations Director Maureen Frawley who has been in charge of changing the Field House marquee for the past 21 years.
The sign is scheduled to be erected by May 18.