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TIPS Class to Be Offered

A Beverage Server Training Class will be held in Room 106 of the Human Services Building in Montello on Oct. 29th. Click on the Beverage Server Training page on the left for more info or to sign up.


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The Purple Purse Challenge

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Hope House is thrilled to announce that we are one of 146 national, state, and local organizations across the country that have been selected to participate in The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge. The purpose of the Challenge is to ignite public awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse and to assist with fundraising.
The Challenge officially runs from September 2 to October 3.  In addition to receiving a $1,000 grant, we get the chance to win more funds through daily and weekly fundraising contests.
We need your help to win this challenge!
Please see the link below, which will take you to our Purple Purse webpage. From Sept. 2 to Oct 3. people will be able to donate on the site. Want to join our team and help us get supporters? Go to the site now to create your own personal page and invite your contacts to donate to our cause on Sept. 2 through Oct. 3.  If interested in organizing a fun, creative fundraiser for the Challenge, please call Hope House at 608-356-9123 or email us at Thank you for your support!


Heroin Use an Epidemic in Marquette County

Sheriff Kim Gaffney recently spoke at a Montello Rotary Club meeting about heroin use incidents in Marquette County. Since 2003 there have been 13 deaths caused by heroin. Overdoses occur on a regular basis.
Why has heroin become the drug of choice? It is cheap and easy to hide. While various prescription pain medications were recently popular on the streets, manufacturers have changed the formulas to make them time released. This causes addicts to look for an alternative. For those who become addicted to painkillers after a legitimate injury with a legal prescription, heroin becomes a substitute. According to undercover detectives, cocaine on the other hand, is a drug that is now rarely found in Marquette County.
Along with heroin comes other crime. The county currently has two people in custody who are believed to be connected to a string of burglaries. Investigators believe these crimes were committed by the need to get money for heroin.
Marquette County currently has three detectives for all crimes, but according to Gaffney, he could use 1-2 detectives on top of this just to pursue drugs alone. Most of the drugs that end up in the county come from the Chicago area. Some come from Madison and Milwaukee. A tenth of a gram sells for about $60, Gaffney said.
Help is available for those who are addicted to heroin or other drugs at Marquette Chemical Dependency Service. They can be contacted at 608-297-3181.

TIPS Class a Success


A TIPS (Training Intervention ProcdureS) class was recently held in Montello with 13 people in attendance. They varied in background from professional bartenders to business owners. As a result of a grant, books and the cost of the class are free to residents of Marquette County. When the grant money is no longer available, there may be a charge in the future.


The class is an interactive session, based on a video system, where students learn about behavioral cues to look for in someone who has had too much to drink. They also learn about ways to lessen their liability when serving alcohol and alternatives to serving a person who has had too much. The importance of measuring alcohol when mixing drinks is also stressed.
Students also learn about checking ID’s and the ID book published by Miller-Coors that helps bartenders spot a fake from any state and Canada.
Another course will be held in mid to late fall of this year. It is important for anybody serving alcohol to take this course. This can also include volunteers from civic organizations who work local festivals. Some insurance companies require the class to cover the civic organization.
If you have a group of seven or more servers who would like to take the class, a special session can be arranged. If you would like to be put on a list for the upcoming fall session, please call Sandy Vogel at 608-369-3095.



Celebrate Smoke-Free Law’s 4th Birthday

July 5th marks the fourth anniversary of Wisconsin’s smoke-free workplace law.  Local health advocates say the law has made a world of difference in improving the state’s health.

Wisconsinites enjoy and now expect smoke free air.  Eighty-nine percent of people overwhelmingly agree that smoke-free restaurants and bars are healthier for employees and customers and eighty-six percent feel it is nicer and more enjoyable to patronize.

Wisconsin has enjoyed clear benefits from four years of smoke-free workplaces, including showing an “extraordinary improvement in air quality” and bartenders reporting a significant drop in respiratory health symptoms.

Lauren Calnin, Marquette County Health Department Health Educator and Tobacco Prevention Coordinator, also encourages individuals that use tobacco products to call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW.

For more information, visit the following links: Wisconsin’s Smoke-Free Air Law – Local Tobacco Prevention – HCHY,  Quitting Tobacco Use – 


Fines can be given at alcohol parties

With summer here, Healthy Communities Health Youth would like to remind residents of Marquette County about the Social Host Ordinance that is now in effect.

The intent of the ordinance is to discourage possession and consumption of alcohol by those under 21.  The ordinance holds persons responsible who aid, conduct or organize events that allow underage drinking.

The ordinance fines are $1,000 to $5,000 based on the number of violations. These penalties are a strong deterrent, and have prevented repeat offenders in other jurisdictions in Wisconsin. While a repeat State statute violation is criminal, this local ordinance leads to a civil forfeiture and does not result in a criminal record. The deterrent exists without creating barriers for youth and families in the future.

Anyone who aids, conducts or organizes an event that allows underage youth to consume alcohol will be subject to this law. This could include parents, youth, and siblings. Examples might include hosting or allowing your children to host an underage drinking party at your residence or other property; or providing alcohol to be consumed by underage youth on public or private property.

The Social Host Ordinance complements State law by providing additional guidance and definitions that will assist an officer in his decision to cite, and maintains the flexibility an officer needs for all scenarios.

The Social Host Ordinance is important because evidence shows that the development of the human brain is ongoing until 25, and the last part to develop is the most susceptible to substance abuse. Underage drinking greatly increases the likelihood of abuse and dependency. Drinking during adolescence can cause long-term deficiencies in learning and retaining knowledge. 

Students Educate Students

The Westfield Middle School Pioneer Safe School Team and the Montello VOYCES students planned and carried out a great tobacco prevention activity the week before Easter for students at their school.s During lunch, students could stop by the PSST or VOYCES tables where they picked out a plastic egg, read the tobacco fact inside, then put their name on the back of the fact to be entered into a prize drawing. Each student also got an Easter candy treat just for entering.

E-Cigarette Info 

The FDA has released proposed guidelines to regulate e-cigarettes. Here is the link to the FDA press release.

The e-cigarette industry speaks about reduced harm, helping current smokers quit, and states that some e-cigarettes have zero nicotine. However, while attending the Reduce Tobacco Use Conference in Washington DC this month, I was reminded of the following regarding e-cigarettes. Here's the rest of the story.

  • CDC research shows that middle and high school use of e-cigarettes has doubled.
  • The industry has set their own level of what zero nicotine is (so zero to the industry may not mean zero to FDA).
  • The industry has not submitted the e-cigarette to the FDA to be reviewed and approved as a cessation device.
  • The e-cigarette industry is repeating old behavior by advertising the e-cigarette in the same manner they advertised regular cigarettes.
  • All of the Big Three tobacco companies are all entering the e-cigarette market - Lorillard with Blu, RJR with a brand called Vuse and Philip Morris with Mark 10.


 I would encourage you to click on this link to review the CNN Article, and listen to the interview with Stanton Glantz, Ph.D.,(American Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology and Director of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine.) and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona a member of NJOY's Electronic Cigarettes' Board of Directors. This interview is called E-Cigarettes: Safe or harmful? and you will find it on the left side of the web page.



In Your Community


For more information on Neshkoro Area HCHY activities please contact Tara Chesebro.

Neshkoro news: Welcome Tara Chesebro to HCHY!


For more information on Endeavor Area HCHY activities please contact Sue Allen.

Endeavor News: To join the Endeavor EPIC parent's group, please contact Sue Allen. Bring the kids to play while parents talk.


For more information on Montello Area HCHY activities please contact Tiffany Lodholz.

Montello News: Montello's PIE group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Parents and kids of all ages welcome. Learn more

Marquette County

In 2011, excessive alcohol consumption in Marquette County cost $17.7 million and contributed to at least 154 alcohol-related hospitalizations. View the full report.


For more information on Westfield Area HCHY activities please contact Sandy Vogel.

Westfield News: Westfield implements "Life of an Athlete" program and works to change athletic code. Learn more