December 7, 2014

Beaver Dam Kicked off Holiday Season Last Night


12/7/14 – Beaver Dam kicked off the holiday season last night with a festive celebration.  Mayor Tom Kennedy began the evening by lighting the Christmas tree on the Chamber of Commerce grounds.  The 21st Annual Holiday Parade, which was heard on AM 1430 WBEV, highlighted the night with 46 entries, including twenty floats.  The decorating contest and snowflake search both kicked off last night and will run through December 19.  The winners of those competitions will be announced on December 23, with the victor of the snowflake search being announced on WBEV.


Red Kettle Concert This Afternoon at BDHS


12/7/14 – The 6th Annual Red Kettle Concert will be held in the Beaver Dam High School Auditorium this afternoon at 2 pm.  It will feature performances by four local choirs, a vocal duo, four pianists, and the high school’s string ensemble.  Event organizer Joanne Tyjeski says proceeds supplement the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign.  She says that it is a local cause as all funds raised stay in Dodge County.  Over the previous five years, the concert has raised nearly $19-thousand for the area’s campaign.  While the show is free to attend, donations to the Salvation Army are accepted.  Tyjeski says that in addition to raising money for a cause, the concert also gives the performers the rare opportunity to perform together in an ecumenical choir, as those involved normally perform each Sunday as separate choirs at their respective churches.


50th Annual Festival of Lessons & Carols Today


12/7/14 – The 50th Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols will be held today in the Kimberly Chapel at Wayland Academy.  The event will feature Biblical readings along with musical performances by current Wayland student groups and soloists.  A choir comprised of both current students and alumni to honor the fifty year celebration of Franklin Stecker having founded the event in 1964 will also perform.  The two shows today will be held at 4 and 7 pm.  Parking will be available on University Avenue, Franklin Street, and in the lots off of Franklin Street and the Field House.


Fritsche Speaks About His Chamber of Commerce Future


12/7/14 – Executive Director of Beaver Dam’s Chamber of Commerce Phil Fritsche spoke about his future in the organization during a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment.  He was elected to join the state level of the chamber in the future.  He notes that a recent change in policy will alter the timetable of him holding the various roles that come with his new position.  He says that he will serve once again as president elect in 2015 before being the president in 2016 and 2017.  After that, he will serve as the past president in 2018 and 2019.  Fritsche says that he will end up serving on two boards: the Board of State Chamber Executives and the Board of the State Chamber of the WMC.  He says that his future positioning at the state level will bring some positives for the City of Beaver Dam, including Beaver Dam being in on the cutting edge of all that is happening in the state.  Fritsche notes that one of the greatest benefits that can result from his position is a greater level of involvement for Beaver Dam in the ongoing Future Wisconsin Project.


UW-Extension Offering PAT Courses to Farmers


12/7/14 – The University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection will be offering programs to help Dodge County farmers obtain their General Farming Private Applicator’s License.  The program is recommended by the UW-Extension to any farmer whose pesticide applicators certification has expired or is seeking to obtain a license for the first time.  To earn the license, one can either enroll in one of three training sessions or complete a self-study program.  The sessions will be held on February 4 and March 6 at the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau and on February 18 at the Watertown Senior Citizen Center.  Each program runs from 9 am until 3:30 pm and concludes with an examination.  50-percent is the minimum passing score for a person who takes one of the classes while anyone in the self-study program must obtain a score of at least 70-percent.  The fee is $40 for either of the sessions held in Juneau and $30 for the Watertown class or self-study program.  Registration and fee payment must be done in person at least one day prior to the training date at the UW-Extension Office located at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau.  Phone and mail registrations are not being accepted.  More information can be found on the Dodge County UW-Extension Office’s website.


Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor’s Center Programs


12/7/14 – The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor’s Center will be hosting a number of events in the coming weeks.  A program called “For the Birds: Winter Bird Feeding” will be held this Saturday, December 13 from 10 to 11 am.  Department of Natural Resources wildlife educators will inform people how to keep native birds healthy during the winter months.  Those in attendance will have the opportunity to make a simple bird feeder to take home with them.  On December 15, ATK/Primos pro-staffer Gil Arndt will teach people hunting methods and calling techniques in a program titled “Predator Hunting.”  It will run from 6:30 to 8 pm.  The Movies on the Marsh series will continue on December 20 with a screening of “FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue.”  Showtime is at 6:30 pm.  All of these events are free to the public and no registration is required.  The visitor’s center is located at N7725 Highway 28 in Horicon.


UW-Extension Offering Childcare Training Program


12/7/14 – The Dodge County UW-Extension is offering a training course for childcare professionals who are seeking training and need certification in dealing with a pair of conditions, Shaken Baby Syndrome and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.  SBS is a brain injury that occurs when someone shakes a baby or throws a baby against an object.  It is considered to be a form of abusive behavior.  SIDS is the sudden death of an infant who is less than one year of age that cannot be explained after a thorough investigation is conducted, including a complete autopsy, an examination of the scene of death, and a review of the infant’s clinical history.  The training will be held on December 15 from 4 to 7 pm at the Dodge County Administration Building located at 127 East Oak Street in Juneau.  The cost to attend is five dollars and preregistration, which can be done at the Dodge County UW-Extension website, is required.


State Park Admission Stickers Not Yet Available for All


12/7/14 – Wisconsin outdoor lovers have started buying their state park admission stickers for next year — but out-of-state residents will have to wait a while.  The D-N-R said a printing issue delayed the first day of non-resident admission sales until Friday.  In-state residents started getting their stickers on Monday. They provide admission to over 60 state parks, forests, and other recreation sites throughout the Badger State.  High school students enter a contest to provide each year’s design for the stickers.  The 2015 edition features a butterfly on a purple cone-flower, created by junior Josie Tollaksen of Poynette High School.  Out-of-state residents pay 10-dollars more than Wisconsinites for the park stickers.  State trail passes also went on sale this week.  They cost the same for everyone.


Walker Carried Nearly 80% of WI Cities, Villages, Towns


12/7/14 – Wisconsin has over 18-hundred cities, villages, and towns — and Governor Scott Walker carried almost 80-percent of them in last month’s elections.  The state Government Accountability Board released its final certified results this week from the November fourth voting.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which analyzed the data, found that almost half the voters lived in places where either Governor Scott Walker or Democrat Mary Burke won by 30-percent or more. Only about one-of-every-five voters lived in places where the governor’s margin was less than 10-percent.  The Republican Walker defeated Burke by five-point-seven percent statewide — a margin reduced by Burke’s landslide victories in the state’s two largest cities.  She won by 58-points in her home city of Madison, and 53-points in Milwaukee.  Burke also had double-digit victories in Superior, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Stevens Point, Janesville, Racine, and Kenosha.  But Walker carried most Wisconsin cities, including Muskego by 48-percent and Waukesha by 32 points.  The governor also won in two-thirds of Wisconsin villages and 90-percent of rural and suburban towns.