December 25, 2014

What to Expect When Traveling on Christmas


12/25/14 – Representatives from both the City of Beaver Dam and Dodge County gave the green light to those hitting the roads this Christmas on being able to travel on the areas roadways without any construction projects causing delays.  However, Dodge County Highway Commissioner Brian Field says there are still a number of things that travelers must keep in mind when hitting the roads this holiday season, including following basic safe driving practices, having a preparedness kit in one’s vehicle, and keeping traveling to a minimum during inclement weather.  When driving in downtown Beaver Dam, the City’s Director of Facilities Jeremy Klug says that the streets will look less festive than they have in previous years as many decorations were not put up in preparation for an upcoming construction project on Front Street that will begin in 2015.  He says that the plan is for downtown Beaver Dam to be decorated as usual next Christmas.


Tips for Holiday Safety when Hosting a Party


12/25/14 – Dodge County Highway Safety Coordinator Bob Sell is reminding those hosting holiday get-togethers to ensure that their guests are safe when taking to the roads.  He advises that hosts keep from offering any guest too much alcohol or allowing an intoxicated person to leave behind the wheel.  Sell says that timing is very important when serving drinks as he notes that it takes about one hour for the body to absorb an alcoholic beverage in most circumstances.  High-protein appetizers are recommended as they stay in the stomach for a longer time and can help to absorb some of the alcohol.  He also suggests keeping soft-drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages in stock so that a person has an option to drink those instead.


Randolph Church Hosting Christmas Dinner


12/25/14 – A Randolph church will be offering a free Christmas dinner to those who do not have other plans for the holiday.  First Reformed Church in Randolph will be hosting the meal today from Noon to 2 p.m.  The menu includes turkey, ham, potatoes, vegetables, and desserts.  First Reformed is located at 406 South High Street.


Single Vehicle Accident Leaves Man Injured


12/25/14 – A 22-year-old man was taken to the hospital after a single vehicle crash that occurred around 6:40 a.m. yesterday.  The incident happened on County Road E in the Town of Hustisford.  The Hustisford Fire and Rescue Unit and Lebanon Emergency Medical Staff responded to the scene, and the vehicle was towed.


Wisconsinites Seeing Dry Christmas


12/25/14 – It’s a dry Christmas morning throughout Wisconsin.  And that’s a blessing, after many folks had to drive on slick roads caused by snow and freezing rain — plus the heavy wet snow earlier in the week that was tough to shovel in the northern two-thirds of the state.  This morning, it’s cloudy throughout most of Wisconsin — and some places have clear skies.  Temperatures ranged from 29-to-36 at five a-m, with relatively light winds.  The quiet weather won’t last long, however.  The National Weather Service says another low pressure system is due in tomorrow — and freezing drizzle is possible in some areas tonight, in advance of the new storm system. Forecasters say 1-to-3 inches of new snow could come tomorrow night into Saturday in western Wisconsin.  Several inches of snow are possible in the eastern part of the state — but the Weather Service says it’s too early to tell how much those places will get.


Salvation Army Chapter Receives Expensive Gift


12/25/14 – It happened in Boston, and elsewhere.  Now, the Salvation Army in Racine is expressing its gratitude after somebody left a diamond engagement ring and wedding band.  It was found Tuesday in a Red Kettle at a Pick-‘N’-Save grocery store.  Salvation Army Major Ken Nicolai said anonymous donations like these seem to be “popping up all over,” and the Racine donation was an unexpected and generous find.  Nicolai said an appraiser inspected the ring, and it’s indeed the real thing — although it was not immediately known how much it’s worth.  The Racine Salvation Army had already exceeded its fund-raising goal of 300-thousand dollars, thanks to a record 18-thousand dollars in gifts last Saturday.  S-C Johnson-and-Son made a double match of those donations.

Wisconsin’s Largest Christmas Celebration

12/25/14 – Wisconsinites will celebrate Christmas on grand scales, and in the quiet of their own homes.  Many are attending church services if they didn’t do so on Christmas Eve.  Lots of us will celebrate at homes filled with relatives.  Others around the state plan to attend community Christmas dinners — none larger than at the Wisconsin Center ballroom in downtown Milwaukee, where eight-thousand meals are expected to be served.  Carolers will serenade those people, and children will ask Santa for what they didn’t get already — while folks from throughout southeast Wisconsin gather for fellowship while dining on 20-pound turkeys. The Salvation Army of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan arranges 14-hundred volunteers — the highlight of their holiday season for at least some of the workers.  Joy Cony of the Salvation Army said the carolers came about because an excess of helpers turned out one year — and she didn’t want to turn them away, so she let them sing.

Wisconsin Man Houses Large Christmas Display

12/25/14 – What could be one of Wisconsin’s most festive Christmas displays is hidden inside a home in Eau Claire.  That’s where Alvin Sieg has more than a-thousand nativity scenes in his basement.  The 82-year-old retired teacher began collecting the sets about a decade ago.  Many are made from the traditional wood or metal.  One was made from bees-wax, another from computer parts, and one only from salt.  Sieg says that most of his nativity sets are gifts, but he gets a lot of them after Christmas from different places.  He says it’s always easy for his family to pick out presents for him.  He has no plans to stop adding to his collection — even though is basement is jammed with them, and he jokes that he’ll have to start hanging them from the ceiling.

Humane Society Receives Exotic Pet

12/25/14 – Do you know anybody who’d like an exotic scorpion?  The Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County received a Chinese golden scorpion on Christmas Eve — and they’re looking for an appropriate home for the animal.  A mason turned in the scorpion, after finding it while working with stones that were imported from China.  It wouldn’t be a good Christmas pet.  Humane society director Mark Hess says it might appeal to somebody who in his words “is into this kind of creepy crawly.” Officials hope to find a home for the scorpion in the New Year.  It’s in an aquarium for now.