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Randy Schopen Foundation Awards Grant To Jefferson County "Safe Kids" Program

The Randy Schopen Foundation awarded a grant of $1,000 to The Jefferson County Health Department Safe Kids Program. This program helps children living in Jefferson County who are in need of safe sleep education and car safety seat education. In addition to education, car safety seats and cribs are available to those assessed to be in need by the Health Department Public Health Nurses.

The Health Department has organized and leads a “Child Death Review Team” that looks at the causes of childhood deaths and how to prevent them through policy development or system-wide education. As a result of the findings of the Child Death Review Team the Health Department developed and enhanced two programs. “Cribs for Kids” which provides Pack N Plays and safe sleep education and support, and “Car Safety Seats” program that teaches parents and others how to safely install the seats and offers car safety seats to those in need.



Randy Schopen Foundation Awards Grant To Jefferson High School Greenhouse Project

The Randy Schopen Foundation Awarded a $1,100 grant to The Jefferson High School Greenhouse Project. This project is to construct a larger greenhouse at the Jefferson High School. The new facility is 30'x60'. The new greenhouse will serve the ag students with various projects from growing vegetables to be used by school to growing flowers to be sold at the farmers market


2014 Jefferson Memorial Day Events

A Day To Honor And Remember Veterans

A full day of events will be held in Jefferson at Rotary Park to honor and remember the veterans who served our country.


Rotary Waterfront Park Pavilion 301 S. Gardner Ave. Jefferson, WI

Memorial Day Schedule Of Events

7:00 am Fun Run/Walk Registration Opens

Registration for The Schopen Schuffle, will be located at the intersection of W. Milwaukee St. & S. Gardner Ave. just north of the former Railroad Depot.

You can still register for the run/walk between 7:00 am and 8:00 am the day of the event.

8:00 am A Moment of Silence in Honor of Veterans


8:01 am The Schopen Schuffle Fun Run/Walk Starts


9:00 am to 3:00 pm The Jefferson Historical Museum

The Jefferson Historical Museum will be open featuring local Civil War Era memorabilia. Personal tours will be available.

10:15 am Dedication of Pavilion Commemorative Bricks, Donor Plaque & Flagpole


10:30 am Traditional Memorial Day Observance Featuring:

Performances by the Jefferson High School Band

  • The Presentation of Colors by the VFW & American Legion Color Guard
  • The Pledge of Allegiance led by Boy Scout Troop 147
  • The National Anthem performed by the JHS Vocal Ensemble
  • POW/MIA Empty-Chair Salute & Marine Service by VFW Auxiliary
  • Key Note Address by Civil War Historian Ed Pierce
  • Muster Roll read by VFW Commander Ken Heitz, followed by the playing of Taps and Retiring the Colors by the Honor Guard.


Immediately following the Memorial Day Ceremony, food & beverages will be available to purchase throughout the afternoon.

The VFW Auxiliary will offer BBQ Sandwiches, Hot Dogs, Brats, Home-made pastries, Root Beer Floats, Custard Cones and Bottled Water.

Capn’s Catering will offer Grilled Chicken Dinners, Hamburgers, Beer & Soda


  • 11:45 am to 1:00 pm The Historic 1st Brigade Civil War Band will perform authentic Civil War Era music on actual instruments from that period.
  • 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm The VanEskes perform popular hits of the 1960s and ‘70s.

Randy Schopen Foundation Awards Grant To Jefferson Rotary Park Flag Pole Project

The Randy Schopen Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to the City of Jefferson for The Rotary Park Flag Pole Project. In an effort to honor veterans; and to inspire and exhibit patriotism within our community, a large flagpole will be erected in Rotary Waterfront Park. It will serve the citizens of Jefferson County.


Randy Schopen Foundation Awards Grant To The Humane Society of Jefferson County

The Randy Schopen Foundation awarded a $3,000 grant to The Humane Society of Jefferson County to assist The Humane Society with their Capital Campaign. The goal of the campaign is to build a new, cost-efficient facility that allows the society to continue to provide exceptional animal care, deliver excellent service to the communities in our area and expand their outreach programs while focusing on a culture of kindness. The project includes land acquisition, architectural and consulting fees, site prep, building construction, interior and exterior furnishings, fencing, landscaping, and initial start up costs of operation.