Thank You to Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club

Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club 2-2014

We want to say THANK YOU to the 29 youth members from the Maple Grove Countryside 4-H club, in Pulaski, for making tied blankets for the American Red Cross.

Our Red Cross workers hand-out these blankets to children and adults who have been impacted by a disaster. These blankets provide more than just warmth, they provide comfort and hope to our clients! 


Congratulations: Jim Van Lannen

Congratulations to Jim Van Lannen on being the 2012 Community Service Achievement Award Winner by the Pulaski Area Chamber of Commerce. Jim is a ten year volunteer driver for the Red Cross. Jim was honored at a luncheon on March 18 at the Rock Gardens in Green Bay with a room full of friends, family and community members.

Jim and his wife, Barb.

Massive fire in downtown Pulaski

Published :  Fox 11 — Saturday, 03 Dec 2011, 8:48 AM CST

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PULASKI – Electricity is back on to part of the 100 block of Pulaski Street in downtown Pulaski.

The only evidence that something major took place here nearly 24 ago are the large orange road blocks, blocking the intersection at West Pulaski and St. Augustine Drive.

According to officials, the fire broke out last night around 11:30 at Wood Lanes bowling alley, in Pulaski, located at 109 West Pulaski Street.

Fire officials say the only preliminary information they had was black smoke was coming from the building.

When crews arrived on scene, fire was coming through the front window and knew it was something serious.

“We were met with flames at the top of the stairs so we went to an exterior attack from that and after there,” said Pulaski Tri-County Fire Chief Randy Wichlacz. “It just snowballed.”

Wichlacz says the fire spread easily through the old buildings, jumping from roof to roof.

Pulaski fire activated the MABAS system, or mutual aid box alarm system, to help fight the fire.

“We had to call in tenders with water into the area simply because we didn’t have enough water,” said Wichlacz.

Firefighters battled the fire – and cold, potentially icy conditions – throughout the morning. Road salt was even brought out to keep the pools of water on the street from freezing over. Nearly 11 hours, 180 firefighters, more than 20 emergency agencies and 2 million gallons of water later, fire officials declared the fire was out and under control.

In the end, three buildings – the bowling alley, an apartment building and consignment store – are total losses. Two others, an insurance agency and vacant bar, suffered smoke and water damage.

Right now, government agencies are on their way to Pulaski to start their investigations.

Chief Wichlacz says West Pulaski Street will remain closed indefinitely until the investigation into the cause of the fire is concluded. He adds the reason state investigators are being brought in is because of the large scope of the damage – not because the fire is necessarily suspicious.

Two firefighters were injured in the initial stages of the blaze, one from Howard and the other from Pulaski. Those injuries were minor.

As for the future of downtown Pulaski, Village President Reed Woodward says they will rebuild.

“[We will] use whatever resources that are available to do whatever needs to be done to create a new downtown Pulaski,” said Woodward.

About 40 people were displaced from the block during the fire. All of the residents were able to escape safely. Those who have been displaced by the fire are being assisted by the American Red Cross.

If you would like to make a $10 donation to help the victims, text REDCROSS to 90999 or go to for other ways to donate.

***  Red Cross Footnote: Of the 40 people evacuated most were able to go back to their residents. Six people were displaced from their homes and the Red Cross, at this time, is assisting four adults with their emergency needs.

Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club Makes Quilts for the Red Cross

Members of the Maple Grove Countryside 4-H Club in Pulaski made six tie quilts for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief. They had a quilt making/pizza party with two groups of students.  The older ones did the cutting and the younger ones did the tying.  Thank you for providing comfort and warmth to those who need it.

Bringing Comfort and Warmth to Those in Need

Minnie (from Pulaski) made these stuffed animals and baby quilts for the American Red Cross disaster clients in Northeast Wisconsin.  She is 82 years old and is a very creative and talented lady.  Her talents far exceed her age.  Everything from baking, writing poems and having them published, quilting, sewing and even painting.

Red Cross in Pulaski Polka Days Parade!

This past weekend Pulaski, celebrated, its 32nd Annual Polka Days, a celebration of the community near and far of their polish heritage. Sunday kicked off with a parade going through downtown Pulaski for all the community to enjoy.

 This year, Jan Traversa, Disaster Team Volunteer and her family, participated on behalf of the American Red Cross.

 Thank You Pulaski, for having the American Red Cross participate in the Pulaski Polka Days Parade.

 Here are Jan’s words on her experience:

 I drove the ERV (emergency response vehicle) while my grandkids Emily, Riley and Rachel passed out candy in the parade. My husband, Jerry helped with the kids. 

 I was able to drive and wave and see the expressions on people’s faces. I was shocked to see how many we have helped waving and thanking me. I was amazed to see people actually stand up and applaud as I drove by…I couldn’t believe it! You know how emotional I am…I was choked up a LOT! One man yelled “You have a head light out!” I said “Really?” and he ran up to the truck and said “Just kidding, I just wanted to say thanks for all you do.” OMG!

 The whole day was awesome. I can’t wait till next year. We will need more candy though! 🙂

 Thanks again, it was a great day. We also provided water and ice to a bunch of people from our own cooler. We brought a cooler for the kids but many more people needed it and we were glad to help.

 One lady said that since we were disaster services could we get more port-a-potties! Ha !  – Jan

 Thank You Jan and thank you to your family for being so supportive of the American Red Cross and always willing to lend a hand to those in need. We are so lucky to have great volunteers like you!


American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Responds to 8-unit Apartment fire in Pulaski

Firefighters rolling up their hose, after they extinguished the fire.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded to an 8-unit apartment fire on Karcz Dr., in Pulaski on Sunday, April 25 around 6:00pm.  The fire displaced seven adults and four children.

Eight American Red Cross Disaster workers assisted the families with their immediate emergency needs. Assistance provided includes: One adult, lodging and monetary assistance for food and clothing. Three adults and four children with monetary assistance for food and clothing. These three families are staying with relatives. One adult did not need our services, and at the time of the fire, the American Red Cross was trying to get in contact with the other two adults to see if they needed assistance.

Disaster Volunteers, Tom and Cathy writing out the paperwork to help the clients.

Disaster volunteers also provided the families with home-made quilts, and comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion).

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter’s local disaster relief fund. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit

Sue Ann Winter – 2010 Pulaski Community Service Achievement Award Winner

One of our Red Cross community volunteers Sue Ann Winter of Pulaski was recently chosen as the winner of the 2010 Pulaski Community Service Achievement Award Winner

 The award “Man of the Year” started in 1951.  In 1978, this award became “The Community Service Award” and recognizes an outstanding club, association, individual, or non-profit organization that has enhanced the quality of life for the community of Pulaski.

 Sue is involved with the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School and has served on many individual church committees with in her parish at Assumption BVM, is President of the Pulaski Ladies Auxiliary, shops and visits the elderly and shut-ins, coordinates calling blood donors for the American Red Cross blood drives held in Pulaski and many other activities.  In her spare time she enjoys gardening, is a member of the Pulaski Red Hatters, and has participated and hosted many garden walks within the community and most of all enjoying quality family time with her four children and their families.