2011 Local Interest Stories
USS Marinette "Name the Ship Campaign" Begins Today
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
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.
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
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.