space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Tales from the old-timer
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Busy Week For M-O Volleyball As Rangers, Bulldogs And Badgers Win
* Second Place Finish For Demeney Racing In TORC Super Stock
* Youth Football Kicks Off In Area
* Peshtigo Into Win Column, Coleman Rolls
* Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet In Crivitz

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Propane Shortage Easing, Still Hurts

The propane shortage continues to be a worry for many Marinette and Oconto County residents, but help seems to be coming from all sides, and Gov. Scott Walker is seeking action to make sure it never happens again.

Marinette County has been identified as having the worst propane problem in the state, but Oconto County has also had its share of trouble. Unconfirmed reports were received that some propane dealers were not honoring their contracts and were charging $7 to $8 pr gallon. Complaints reportedly were submitted to the state and the next day the price was down to $3.30 per gallon.

Marinette County businesses affected by the shortage are asked to report their losses by calling 715-732-7660. Calls reporting loss of heat, lack of ability to provide a service, inability to pay the increased propane price, or failure to find a dealer will help with efforts to secure Small Business Association (SBA) loans to help deal with the issues. Some businesses, particularly restaurants in the northern part of the county, have been only half days to conserve their propane supply.

The cold winter and high prices are hitting most area residents hard in the pocketbook. Marge Banaszak, manager of the Crivitz Area Food Pantry, said they served 125 clients on its Wednesday, Feb. 5 distribution day. Many who came for food had never been there for a long, long time and others had never, ever been there before.

“They’re getting hit between the Public Service bill and the gas bill, and they don’t know which way to go,” she said, adding some struggle to make ends meet on less than $1,000 a month.

Steve Sargeant, General Manager of Lakes Gas Company said at least four rail cars full of propane came into their Crivitz terminal last Wednesday night and more are on the way.

Truck hauling abilities have improved also, he said. Changes in regulations have made it easier for drivers to get in and out of distribution centers so they can come back with another load.

Lakes Gas is taking new customers, and their trucks are now filling tanks to capacity. Prices are still high, but not as high as they were. Sargeant predicted the crisis should end in March.

State Representative John Nygren of Marinette said Monday, Feb. 10 that he has received numerous phone calls and e-mails from constituents who are understandably concerned with the fuel shortage. Nygren said like many legislators from rural areas, he has been in constant contact with Governor Walker and the propane industry, seeking solutions to the propane problem.

 One suggestion was to ask the federal government to help route more propane up to the Midwest region. The Governor met with some of the president’s advisors regarding the propane situation recently. He also was part of a letter sent from the Midwestern Governors Association that requested to explore every possible action to help increase propane supplies to our region, Nygren said. 

“We are thankful to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that acted on a request for the increased flow of propane coming to the Midwest,” said Nygren.  “Please know that we will continue to work to find ways to ease the burden of increased propane prices.”

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) is making it easier for small businesses to obtain fuel by expanding its $3 million Propane Guarantee Program created last week specifically for propane dealers following Governor Walker’s declaration of a State of Emergency.

Under the expansion, existing small businesses would also be allowed to apply to purchase propane or propane equipment.  The application and approval process is being streamlined to help businesses make purchases more quickly.

“We are doing everything possible to ensure that Wisconsin residents can get propane in their tanks,” said Governor Walker.  “While there is no silver bullet that will fix the current propane crisis, my administration has been moving forward with initiatives aimed at helping residents across the state keep the heat on during this bitterly cold winter.”

“This is great news,” said WHEDA Executive Director Wyman Winston.  “In addition to propane dealers, many small businesses have contacted WHEDA requesting assistance to purchase or pay for propane.  Some of those businesses have informed us they may have to cease operations until propane prices fall. WHEDA is very pleased to put in place this expansion to help our small businesses address the current crisis and remain open for business.”

WHEDA is taking on greater risk because it will be providing loan guarantees to businesses across a spectrum of industries.  To mitigate the additional risk, the guarantee will be limited to the lesser of 50 percent of the loan amount or $25,000 per borrower.  The borrower will also be required to sign a personal guarantee.  The lender will share at least half the risk on the loan, thereby limiting the number of high risk loan guarantee applications that are submitted.

Changes to the Propane Guarantee Program, including the expansion, were approved last Friday by WHEDA’s Internal and Members Loan Committees.

Similarly but separately, at the request of Governor Walker, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently began working with financial institutions to encourage them to create or expand lines of credit of up to $100,000 to propane dealers during the current propane crisis.

Beyond just the efforts at WHEDA, on Monday, Jan. 27, Governor Walker and cabinet members met with representatives of the propane industry.  By the end of the day, another program through WEDC had been fully developed and approved by the WEDC Board of Directors at an emergency meeting.  As a result, by the end of last week, WEDC had received more than 100 inquiries about the program.

 “Not only is this program one of many steps taken by Governor Walker to provide relief in this crisis, it is also an example of how WEDC can utilize its unique authority to allocate funds to quickly respond to the needs of the business community,” said WEDC Chief Executive Officer, Reed Hall.

 For more information on the programs can be found at www.inwisconsin.com. and www.wheda.com.




Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
09-10-2014Sports
Busy Week For M-O Volleyball As Rangers, Bulldogs And Badgers Win

09-10-2014Sports
Second Place Finish For Demeney Racing In TORC Super Stock

09-10-2014Sports
Youth Football Kicks Off In Area

09-10-2014Sports
Peshtigo Into Win Column, Coleman Rolls

09-10-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

09-10-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-10-2014Obituaries
Helen M. Wilmot

09-10-2014Obituaries
Bernice B. Vorpahl

09-10-2014Obituaries
Donald M. Umentum

09-10-2014Obituaries
Judith E. Siegrist

09-10-2014Obituaries
Bernice Shallow-Goetz

09-10-2014Obituaries
Doris M. Paulson

09-10-2014Obituaries
Wayne Paulsen

09-10-2014Obituaries
George J. Medley

09-10-2014Obituaries
Lorraine P. McCabe-Ganey

09-10-2014Obituaries
Grace A. Marcouiller

09-10-2014Obituaries
William C. Johnston Sr.

09-10-2014Obituaries
Raymond F. Hornick

09-10-2014Obituaries
Donald A. Hockers

09-10-2014Obituaries
Patricia A. Giese

09-10-2014Obituaries
Mary Jane Deterville

09-10-2014Obituaries
Jeff Coopman

09-10-2014Obituaries
Paul Rodney Wilson

09-10-2014Obituaries
Ruth Weeks

09-10-2014Obituaries
Donald J. Shampo

09-10-2014Obituaries
Frances Polzer

09-10-2014Obituaries
Carol M. Norman

09-10-2014Obituaries
Mary E. McDonald Ryan

09-10-2014Obituaries
Daniel R. Madsen

09-10-2014Obituaries
Walter Leitzke

09-10-2014Obituaries
Della M. Kamin

09-10-2014Obituaries
Gerald J. Gebhard

09-10-2014Obituaries
Ronald Fischer, Sr.

09-10-2014Obituaries
Carl “Coz” Franzen

09-10-2014Obituaries
Isabelle J. Des Jarlais

09-10-2014Obituaries
Pearl Charbonneau

09-10-2014Obituaries
Joyce B. Brumlic

09-10-2014Obituaries
Dorothy E. Brostowitz

09-10-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Beauchamp

09-10-2014Obituaries
Phyllis M. Anderson

09-10-2014Obituaries
Peggy Barrows

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Silver Cliff F/R Election Oct. 13

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Approves Stop Sign, Get Dump Update

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Leonard Doering Takes Old Glory Honor Flight

09-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Hoover’s Sponsors Ranger BB Event

09-10-2014News
Grover Porterfield FD Open House is Sept. 20

09-10-2014News
Benefit Golf Scramble at DeSmidt’s Sept. 20

09-10-2014News
Basic Pistol Course at Squad Building

09-10-2014News
Church Raises $400 in Brat Fry

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Friends of Camp Bird Meet Sept. 24

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Shaffers Donate Food Despite Loss

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Seeks Rate Increase

09-10-2014Community - Crivitz
MI To Discuss Golf Carts on Roads

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Reservations Due for 1954 Class

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Flag Disposal

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Plans Continue for Dollar Store in Coleman

09-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Annual, Regular Meetings Sept. 15

09-10-2014Front Page
Famous Shaffer Park Supper Club Destroyed By Fire

09-10-2014Front Page
“Diggers” Film Artifacts of Early Peshtigo Oct. 5 Week

09-10-2014Front Page
Equity Co-Op To Mark 100th Anniversary Sept. 13

09-10-2014Front Page
Marinette Courthouse Sustains Extensive Water Damage from Rain

09-10-2014Front Page
Law Enforcement Committee To Air DA Request For Help

09-03-2014Sports
Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet In Crivitz

09-03-2014Sports
Menominee Trap League Final Week

09-03-2014Sports
Want To Try Hunting? Local Hunting Events Are The Way To Go

09-03-2014Sports
Bulldogs Downed By Bears

09-03-2014Perspectives
From our readers

09-03-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

09-03-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

09-03-2014Obituaries
Dorothy J. Van Straten

09-03-2014Obituaries
Richard L. Tessier

09-03-2014Obituaries
Matthew G. Strojny

09-03-2014Obituaries
Don J. Schroeder

09-03-2014Obituaries
Julie M. Peters

09-03-2014Obituaries
Doris M. Paulson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Elaine H. Maahs

09-03-2014Obituaries
Maurice A. Johnson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Jerome E. Hassenfeldt

09-03-2014Obituaries
Elmer Guseck

09-03-2014Obituaries
Doris S. Griger

09-03-2014Obituaries
Dorothy (Godin) Ellis

09-03-2014Obituaries
Louise Ann (Beno) Echols

09-03-2014Obituaries
Margaret Katherine (Langer) Christensen

09-03-2014Obituaries
Helen M. (Horn) Bogsted

09-03-2014Obituaries
Anne Bereza

09-03-2014Obituaries
Peggy Barrows

09-03-2014Obituaries
Warner Bachar

09-03-2014Obituaries
Phyllis M. Anderson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Marion D. Wagner

09-03-2014Obituaries
Joyce C. Shepro

09-03-2014Obituaries
Virgina Mary (Berger) Schetter

09-03-2014Obituaries
Gregory A. Sachs

09-03-2014Obituaries
Robert H. Pecotte

09-03-2014Obituaries
Philip H. Nelmark

09-03-2014Obituaries
William G. “Bill” Larson

09-03-2014Obituaries
Patricia Ann (Martini) Heck

09-03-2014Obituaries
Marietta Jean Florance

09-03-2014Obituaries
Stephen M. Feigerle

09-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Seek Crafters, Vendors for Wausaukee Festiva

09-03-2014News
Breakfast With Veterans Sept. 11

09-03-2014News
Basic Pistol Course at Squad Building

09-03-2014News
Gillett Church Polka Mass, Fall Fest

09-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Legion Picnic Sept. 1

09-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Resident Quilts Accepted in Quilt Expo

09-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Presbyterian Women Oct. 18 Fall Supper

09-03-2014Community - Crivitz
2 Variance Hearings Set

09-03-2014Community - Crivitz
Mushrooms Topic at County Library

09-03-2014Community - Crivitz
Living Waters Now at NewCare Center

09-03-2014Community - Crivitz
Carving Clubs Show at Crivitz

09-03-2014Community - Coleman
Set Variance Hearing Sept. 11

09-03-2014Community - Coleman
Library Starts Book Club

09-03-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board to Meet

09-03-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Legion Flag Disposal

09-03-2014Front Page
Donation

09-03-2014Front Page
“Diggers” Show To Film In Peshtigo Week Of Oct. 5

09-03-2014Front Page
Wausaukee Presbyterian Church Marks 125 Years

09-03-2014Front Page
Morois Named Deputy City Clerk/Treasurer

09-03-2014Front Page
Airport Commission Tries Again to Meet

08-27-2014Sports
Three New Trails For Hikers, Bikers In Wisconsin

08-27-2014Sports
Deer Advisory Councils Provide Opportunity For Local Input

08-27-2014Sports
Ardent Fisherman Objects To Proposed Pan Fish Rules

08-27-2014Sports
Cougars Off And Running

08-27-2014Perspectives
From our readers

08-27-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

08-27-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

08-27-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth Warschkow

08-27-2014Obituaries
Coralie J. Rutke 

08-27-2014Obituaries
Theresa Pucel

08-27-2014Obituaries
Alice F. Mross

08-27-2014Obituaries
Susan P. Mittlestaedt

08-27-2014Obituaries
Robert P. Micoley

08-27-2014Obituaries
Mary Maske

08-27-2014Obituaries
Glenn D. Garvey

08-27-2014Obituaries
Michael J. Dobbins

08-27-2014Obituaries
Charles H. Dettman, Jr.

08-27-2014Obituaries
Lucille M. Charapata

08-27-2014Obituaries
Daniel Bugarsky

08-27-2014Obituaries
Bonnie J. Alswager

08-27-2014Obituaries
Loren C. Schwartz

08-27-2014Obituaries
Ethel M. Schwartz

08-27-2014News
Live Pro Wrestling in Suring Labor Day Weekend

08-27-2014News
Centennial Seeks Slogan, Vendors

08-27-2014News
Wausaukee Legion Picnic Sept. 13

08-27-2014News
Middle Inlet 141 Work Starts Sept. 2

08-27-2014Community - Wausaukee
Seek Crafters, Vendors for Wausaukee Festival

08-27-2014Community - Wausaukee
Registration for New Students

08-27-2014Community - Wausaukee
First Presbyterian Church Marks 125 Years Sept. 7

08-27-2014Community - Wausaukee
T/Wausaukee Is Updated On Garbage Pickup, Mobile Homes

08-27-2014Community - Crivitz
Old Toys Topic at Loomis Days

08-27-2014Community - Crivitz
LNRD Meets Aug. 30


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think the Green Bay Packers will make it to the Super Bowl this season?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites