December 5, 2015

Another Successful Year For WBEV/WXRO Food Drive


12/5/15 – The annual WBEV WXRO Holiday Food Drive brought in a large amount of food and $780 in cash contributions for the Dodge County Food Pantry. The Food Drive was co-sponsored by Countryside GM Auto Group, Mischler’s Harley Davidson/BMW and Beaver Dam Women’s Health.

Local Recycling Facility Ceases Operations


12/5/15 – Alter Metal Recycling has closed its Beaver Dam location until further notice.  A company representative told us the facility was not taking in enough volume to keep the lights on.  Two employees were affected, one of which was terminated.  The Beaver Dam location is one of five throughout the Midwest that closed.  The company hopes to reopen those locations in the spring.

Beaver Dam To Hold Annual Holiday Festivities Tonight


12/5/15 – Annual festivities help kick off the holiday season in Beaver Dam tonight.  Event Organizer Kay Appenfeldt says there are roughly 45 entries in this year’s holiday parade, which runs from Front Street to the city’s downtown area.  This year’s grand marshals are our very own John Moser and Bill McCollum.  AM 1430 WBEV’s live coverage of the parade starts at 5:30 pm.  Folks will also have their first opportunity to walk the streets of downtown and view the windows of over 20 businesses competing in this year’s holiday decorating contest.  Ten of those businesses will have a holiday prize box into which people can drop their name for a chance to win a special gift.  The theme for all of this year’s festivities is ‘holiday stories.’  Following the parade, everyone is encouraged to head over to the Front Street American National Bank for an after party.  Mayor Tom Kennedy will share a Christmas message, the parade winners will be announced, and refreshments will be provided.

Newly-Founded BDPD Honor Guard To Take Part In Holiday Parade


12/5/15 – One of the new entries in this year’s holiday parade comes from local law enforcement.  The Beaver Dam Police Department’s newly created honor guard will march in tonight’s festivities.  For the time being, the volunteer group will consist of four to six BDPD officers who will march with the United States, Wisconsin, and Beaver Dam flags at various events such as the city’s Memorial Day parade, homecoming, and certain football and basketball games.  They will also present the colors at past officers’ funerals and select city functions.  Police Chief John Kreuziger says the group was created to pay respect for those who served the country or are retired police officers.


Santa To Pay Annual Visit To Beaver Dam This Afternoon


12/5/15 – A holiday tradition in Beaver Dam continues this afternoon as Santa Claus will be making his 30th appearance at the Heffron White House.  Tom Heffron says his family has been hosting Santa for the past three decades, just as his parents did for over 40 years before him. Heffron says not only will Jolly Ole’ St. Nick be making a personal appearance, but he’ll be bringing along Mrs. Claus, in addition to Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and a sleigh full of elves. Santa will be at the Heffron House, 112 Washington Street in Beaver Dam, from Noon until 2pm today (Sat). The event is free and parents are encouraged to bring their camera. Heffron says the age range for kids on Santa’s lap is usually 2-week’s old to 90 years-young.

Wisconsin Still Atop The Nation’s Cheese Production List

12/5/15 – Wisconsin has extended its lead as the nation’s top cheese-maker. New U-S-D-A figures show that the Badger State pumped out 264,000,000 pounds of cheese in October. That’s 3.6% more than the same month a year ago — a much higher increase than the national jump of 1.5%. Second-place California saw its cheese production drop by 5% in October, to 198,000,000 pounds. Nationally, the U-S-D-A says almost 991,000,000 pounds of cheese were made during the month — about 15,000,000 pounds more than the previous October. Wisconsin accounts for almost 27% of that total. The Badger State increased its mozzarella production by almost 8%, and its Cheddar output by more than 3%.

Loco Vocals Comedy Christmas Show Wraps Up Tonight


12/5/15 – Tonight is the final performance of the Loco Vocals Comedy Christmas show at the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre. The two-hour program includes humorous takes on traditional holiday classics. The quartet of vocalists is comprised of Jay Wilkins, Jenny Addison, Rick Ramirez and Cheryl Zeman and they are backed by a four-piece band that includes David Carlson, Tanya Diggins, Jeff Mroz and David Saniter. Showtime tonight is at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $10 and are available at Rechek’s Food Pride or

Jefferson County Mom Accused Of Using Children To Shoplift

12/5/15 – A mom in Jefferson County is accused of shoplifting and getting her two daughters to go along with her. She’s charged not only for stealing from Kohl’s, but also for getting her kids to be accomplices. Waukesha police say 39-year-old Hope Marquardt and her daughters, ages 10 and 13, walked out of the local Kohl’s with $300 in clothes and perfume without paying. Authorities say Marquardt and her daughters removed the security tags in a fitting room. Marquardt has four prior theft convictions, but this time, because she’s accused of including her children in the scheme to steal from Kohl’s, she faces more serious charges.

Historic Waukesha Buildings Could See Renovation

12/5/15 – A revised plan to renovate the historic former Waukesha County Courthouse, and convert two adjacent buildings into apartments, has received its first city approval. The Landmarks Commission, on a three-to-one vote, approved the revised plan at this week’s meeting. The proposal is to undergo Plan Commission review on December 9. The financially troubled Waukesha County Museum plans to sell its downtown property, including the former courthouse, to a group led by local developer Alan Huelsman, who operates Berg Management Company.

High School Student Banned From School For Making Threats


12/5/15 – A Whitnall High School student has been barred from school grounds after making threatening remarks toward a fellow student and the school. According to a letter sent to parents from the Whitnall superintendent, school officials found out about the remarks late Thursday.  Greenfield Police and the school’s resource officer investigated the remarks, and police removed the student from the school. Authorities determined there was no immediate threat to students, staff or the school. The male who made the threat is a young student at the school.