Friday, July 27, 2018

Last Youth Fun Run of 2018 on Sunday, August 5 at Josten Park

Our final Youth Fun Run of the summer is coming up on Sunday, August 5.  Sponsored by O.S.M.S. on 4 Sunday evenings throughout the summer at Josten Park, youth ages 2-12 can participate in a fun run as a way to stay active and begin to experience the joy of running in a non-competitive, friendly environment. There are 3 age-appropriate run lengths through Josten Park, led by members of Preble Cross Country Team. The event is free, however registration is required. Children ages 4 and younger must have an older sibling or adult run with them.
You only have to register once for all 4 events and can participate in one or all four! If this is your first one, that is ok--come and try it out!

Participant check in is from 6:30-6:50pm at the park.  The run starts at 7:00pm.  Stretches lead by Coach Kyle or Coach Dave start each run and typically kids are done by 7:15pm.  This is a great family event to cap off a summer weekend. 

To register for the 2-6 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 7-9 year age group, click HERE
To register for the 10-12 year age group, click HERE 

This was a highly attended event last year and a lot of fun!

This event is sponsored by O.S.M.S. and made possible with volunteers from the Preble High School Cross Country Team.

Concessions and refreshments will be sold to support the Preble XC Team. 

Part Time Job Openings with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Do you like working with kids? Are you looking for a fun and exciting part-time job with flexible hours, along with summers and weekends off?  If yes, the Village of Bellevue has the job for you!
The Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is currently looking for individuals with experience working with children to fill open positions at the Before and After School Program located at McAuliffe Elementary School in Bellevue.

Applicants must be 16 years old or older and enjoy working with kids.  Shifts are available Monday through Friday for Before School (6:45-9:00am) and/or After School (3:15-5:30pm). 

To learn more and to download the Village Employment Application please visit

Please contact the Village’s Recreation Supervisor, Adam Waszak  at 920-593-5516 or email with any questions regarding the job opening.

2018 Senior Summer Social was a Smashing Success!

The Village of Bellevue and the Senior Advisory Board would like to recognize all of the great local organizations that donated towards this year’s Summer Social. This event would not have been a huge success without the generosity of these organizations:

Title Sponsor: Proko- Wall Funeral Home & Crematory

Partner Sponsors: Bellevue Family Dentistry, Oak Park Place and Scotts Industrial Coatings

Raffle/Door Prize Sponsors:

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Bellevue Fire Captain Retires

On June 29th, 2018 EMS Director and Captain Glen Unsinn hung up his gear for the final time, retiring after 23 years of service to the Village of Bellevue. Captain Unsinn served in a variety of roles in the department throughout his career, most recently serving as the EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Director and Captain.

Capt. Unsinn’s career with the Bellevue Fire Department began in October of 1991 as a Volunteer Firefighter. In 2006 Glens strong work ethic and dedication to the department landed him a role as one of the first full-time firefighters in the Village of Bellevue. In 2007, After 15 ½ years of service to the Fire Department, Glen decided to pursue his true passion and became a full time Paramedic for County Rescue, where he remains today. While Captain Unsinn’s passion is in the EMS field, the desire to serve his community with the Fire Department remained. Captain Unsinn once again rejoined the Fire Department as a part-time paid on call firefighter in 2011 and in January of 2013 Glen was promoted to Captain and began serving as the EMS Director.

Throughout his 23-year career Capt. Unsinn participated in almost 1,300 activities (emergency calls and community events) and almost 300 trainings. Captain Unsinn was also instrumental in coordinating multiple community service trainings, most notably CPR, active intruder, mass casualty, and disaster drills with Bellin College. This paved the way for grants to purchase bullet proof vests and mass casualty kits for front line responding units.

When asked what he will miss most Captain Unsinn stated “I will miss the comradery and the members of the department most”. Given his work ethic we were not surprised by his answer when asked what he will do with his free time “Get another part time job. I have an offer already”. Capt. Unsinn plans to continue helping with the departments annual Fish Boil (yet another department event he has been integral in growing and maintaining).

The Fire Department will greatly miss his hard work, dedication and experience, but mostly we will miss the Famous Dave’s pickles and ice cream treats!  You have laid a strong foundation for the EMS program and left a void that will be difficult to fill. We wish you the best in your retirement from the Fire Department and future endeavors.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Japanese Beetles are Here in Abundance This Year....Now What?

The Village of Bellevue has fielded an extraordinary amount of calls regarding Japanese Beetles this year.  Yes, they are here, and they are hitting the Mid-West in full-force this year.  So now what do you do?
There are a couple of options for you if you want to take action in your garden and for your trees.  The Village does not spray or apply any insecticides on Village-owned street trees, so if your concern lies with the street trees in front of your property, you can do some things yourself if you choose, however you will need approval from the Forestry Division prior to doing so.  Should you desire to apply insecticide to the street trees in front of your property, the Village requires a tree-work permit (it is free) to be filed prior to any work being done on the Village's street trees.  The link for the permit is here

Vijai Pandian, the Brown County UW Extension Horticultural Agent/Educator, provided some very helpful tips in a recent article in the Green Bay Press Gazette on July 13.  For the full article click here.

Here are a few of your options to help lessen the effect of the Japanese beetles as per Vijai and the article in the Green Bay Press Gazette: 

  • No foliar spray is needed for mature woody ornamentals. Mature trees and shrubs have more tolerance to the feeding damage caused by the adult beetles and will leaf out again next year.
  • Small-sized landscape plants such as roses, vegetable crops, strawberries and raspberries can be protected using nylon insect screens or floating row cover (white polyester spun bonded fabric) from afternoon until late evening hours. Drape the fabric over the plant and pin it to the ground. However, do not use the fabric/insect screens on blooming vegetable crops like pumpkins and squash, as they require bees for pollination. The fabric should not be used if the day temperature reaches above 85 F.
  • A new bacterial insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis galleriae (Bt galleriae) is moderately effective on adult Japanese beetles and can be applied on the foliage of small-sized landscape plants and vegetable crops. This bacterial insecticide doesn’t affect pollinators. Shop online to find the Bt galleriae ingredient product.
  • Hand-picking and drowning the beetle in soapy water is another option to consider if you find few beetles in the garden.
  • Acelepryn is a relatively new insecticide product on the market and is known to provide good control on Japanese beetles as a foliar application. Additionally, it is nonhazardous to bees. You can obtain acelepryn through wholesale landscape vendors.  It is registered for ornamental plant use only.
  • On fruits and vegetables, standard organic products like neem oil and spinosad can be sprayed during late evening hours when there is reduced bee or other pollinator activity. Be sure to read the product label for its instructions, postharvest interval period and safety.
  • Do not use Japanese beetle traps for control, as they will attract thousands of beetles towards your landscape and can result in more damage. 
  • On turf, withhold your irrigation from July to mid-August when the beetles are in their peak active season. This will help in preventing the beetles from laying their eggs in your turf.
  • Before scheduling any preventive grub applications in your turf, mow any flowering weeds like clovers in your lawn to prevent bee toxicity. Or use acelepryn insecticide for preventive application since it is known to be nonhazardous to bees. Immediately after application, schedule a light irrigation (⅛ inch) to leach the product into the thatch layer.

Vijai Pandian is horticultural agent/educator for Brown County University of Wisconsin-Extension. For questions and advice, contact the Extension's Horticulture Help Desk at 920-391-4615 or

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

July is National Park and Recreation Month: A Lifetime of Discovery Awaits with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Celebrate Park and Recreation Month this July by attending Rockin’ in Josten, Movie in the Park, Yoga in the Park, Youth Fun Runs, and more!

Get ready to unlock a lifetime of discovery this July with Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA).
Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by NRPA, Park and Recreation Month specifically highlights the vital and powerful role local parks and recreation, such as Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in communities all across the country.
This year, it’s all about highlighting the unique — and sometimes unknown — offerings of your local parks and recreation facilities. From STEM programming to innovative health and wellness opportunities, your Bellevue parks and recreation facilities have a wide variety of beneficial programs. NRPA and Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry are encouraging everyone to get out there and discover everything that is offered at their local parks and rec facilities!  "July is the perfect time to highlight all the benefits parks and recreation provides right here in Bellevue,” said Steve Soukup, Village President.  “Our local parks and recreation directly contribute to reduced obesity rates, an improved ecosystem and increased property values.”
In Bellevue, you can celebrate Park and Recreation month by going to Rockin’ in Josten concerts on Monday July 9th and 23rd, free Yoga in the Park each Tuesday night at 6pm at Josten Park, Movie in the Park on Friday, July 20th, our Senior Summer Social on Monday, July 15th, and our Youth Fun Runs for ages 2-12 on Sunday night, July 15th at 7:00pm at Josten Park. 
This summer Bellevue Parks and Rec is partnering with Allouez Parks and Rec to offer Youth Enrichment League Camps for kids ages 7-12.  Upcoming camps include Varsity Builders Summer Camp (for LEGO lovers), Coding Summer Camp, and eXtreme MOBILE electroniX Summer Camp.  These camps are held over 4 days on Monday through Thursday from 9am until noon at either the Bellevue or Allouez Community Centers.  To learn more check out  
Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry is leading initiatives and providing opportunities for people of all ages to achieve healthier lifestyles, promote and understand nature and conservation as well as bringing the community closer through a variety of programs and services.
Nationally, NRPA is celebrating Park and Recreation Month with a weekly contest encouraging people to show them the unique things they’ve discovered at their local parks. NRPA also encourages everyone that support parks and recreation to share something new they’ve discovered with the hashtag #DiscoverJuly. For more information about the contest and Park and Recreation Month in general, visit
Download a fun activity book from NRPA for your child HERE.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

July Movie in the Park, "Peter Rabbit" on Friday, July 20

Join the Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for our second Movie in the Park for 2018.   July's movie is "Peter Rabbit" (rated PG), sponsored by Bellevue Family Dentistry.   Movies are held at Josten Park.  Concessions for the movie start at 7:30pm and the movie begins at dusk, Friday, July 20.  Don't forget a blanket and/or your lawn chairs and we will see you there!

Thank you to Bellevue Family Dentistry for sponsoring the July movie!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Brown County Sheriff's Office Distributing "Slow Down: Kids Playing Yard Signs"

The Brown County Crime Prevention Foundation and the Brown County Sheriff's Office have created lawn signs to help slow down traffic in neighborhoods with children.

While supplies last, you are welcome to stop by the Brown County Sheriff's Office 2684 Development Dr., Green Bay, WI 54311 to pick up one of these "Slow Down Kids Playing" signs free of charge.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Bellevue's Annual Senior Summer Social Scheduled for Monday, July 16: Purchase Tickets Now

The Village of Bellevue Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is planning the Senior Summer Social for Monday, July 16th from 4:30-7:00pm at the Bellevue Community Center, 1811 Allouez Avenue.

The evening includes plenty of food, live music, door prizes, raffle drawings, and more!

All older adults ages 55+ are welcome (Bellevue residency not required). The cost is only $11.00 per person. Pre-registration is required by Monday, July 9.

For more information or to register, visit the registration page HERE.  For additional information or questions, please contact the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department at (920) 468-5225.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Village of Bellevue's New Administrator Begins July 9

The Village Board approved an employment agreement with Diane Wessel to be the next Village Administrator. Ms. Wessel will start on July 9, 2018.  Currently, Diane Wessel is the Village Administrator for Hortonville, WI. Hortonville is a community of 2,734 people located in southwestern Outagamie County and is part of the Fox Valley region. 

Ms. Wessel is a knowledgeable, articulate, strategic, and innovative public administration professional with 25 years’ experience in Wisconsin local government.  She is recognized as a leader with integrity, ethics, and perseverance.  Her strengths include communication, strategic planning, economic development, human resources management, public relations, fiscal management, community planning and promotion, policy development and implementation, grant writing and administration, and facilitation.  She is versed in municipal and county government, state statutes, and intergovernmental and developer agreements.