100 YEARS AGO: Saturday, April 26, has been designated Volunteer Day in Marinette County for the Victory Loan. On that day, patriotic people of this county are expected to march to the booths in their respective wards, towns and villages and make their subscriptions to this fifth and last popular war loan of the United States government. If the response is what it should be, Marinette County may be able to go over the top on that day. The allotment for Marinette County, although not yet officially made, will be about $800,000. This is a reduction over $300,000 in what was expected when it was deemed certain that the loan would be for $6 billion. The terms of the loan are also very good. It is a short term loan, four years and the interest rate is 4.75 percent with 3.75 for entirely tax free bonds 

50 YEARS AGO: Plans for a pilot four-unit team teaching program for some sixth grade pupils of Marinette public schools were unveiled Monday night (April 14) to the board of education. The proposal was reported by Kenneth Sauter, elementary supervisor, who also announced that primary classes of the district will become completely ungraded beginning in September. The administrator explained that the program for the sixth graders was selected as a pilot project in anticipation of establishing the middle school concept in the district. On recommendation of its curriculum committee, the board already has agreed to creation of a middle school which will accommodate grades six, seven and eight in their own facilities. 

25 YEARS AGO: By the end of 1994, each community in Marinette County will have an effective recycling program, according to Tom Crowley, UW-Extension agent for community development. Those who do not will lose eligibility for state grant money and have their trash banned from all landfills in Wisconsin. “The real teeth in this,” said Crowley, referring to state recycling laws, “is that if a community doesn’t want to have an effective program in place this year, it will no longer be eligible for grant money and if they don’t have an effective program, they won’t be able to use Wisconsin landfills.” Applications detailing these programs had to be submitted by April 1. Crowley said only three communities have passed recycling ordinances — the city of Niagara, and the city and town of Peshtigo. Crowley added that most communities sent in their applications without adopting ordinances. 

FIVE YEARS AGO: Dispatchers are the “unsung heroes” of public safety. They sit in darkened rooms looking at computer screens and talking to people they never see, who are often in panic situations. Their efforts receive little recognition except in April, during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, which began last Sunday, and National 9-1-1 Education Month. “They are the unsung heroes,” said Marinette County Communications Director Kirsten Bellisle. “They don’t get a lot of rewards. “They get the reward of knowing they did a good job on a call. Nobody knows who they are. They aren’t the ones who get thanks, even though they’re the call-takers.” Bellisle directs a staff of 12 full-time dispatchers, two part-timers, and was in the process of filling a third part-time position last week, based in the communications center at the Marinette County Law Enforcement Center. On the other side of the river, Debra Wormwood is director of the Menominee County Central Dispatch Center, located in the same building as the Menominee Police Department. She has a staff of seven full-time and two part-time dispatchers, with a third part-time position presently vacant.