July 10, 2016

Craft Fair Being Held In Beaver Dam Today


7/10/16 – The Women’s Affiliate’s annual fundraiser is today.  The ‘Day in the Park Arts and Craft Fair’ runs from 10 am to 4 pm at Swan Park.  Over 200 vendors registered for the event, which is back for its 42nd year.  Items for sale typically range from jewelry to household goods to yard decorations.  Lisa Derr of the Women’s Affiliate says all items sold must be handmade.  No resale products are allowed.  Derr says a kids’ area is new this year.  Stations include: old time photographs, dance lessons, and safety tips from Beaver Dam fire and police.  The affiliate plans to donate proceeds from the booth sales to a variety of local organizations.


Presentation Looks At History Of Beer In Beaver Dam


7/10/16 – People have a chance tomorrow night to learn more about the role beer has played in Beaver Dam’s history.  As part of the city’s 175th anniversary celebration, there will be a presentation on breweries and bottling.  175th Committee Member Glen Link says his talk will also cover how early taverns were a reflection of Wisconsin culture.  At its peak, Link says there were over 40 taverns in Beaver Dam. There will also be tables available for those wishing to display their personal beer memorabilia items. The presentation was originally scheduled for the Dodge County Historical Society but due to interest it has been moved to the Watermark. Early Taverns and Breweries of Beaver Dam starts at 6:30pm tomorrow.


Local Groups Hosting Night In The Orient


7/10/16 – Two local groups are joining forces to host a charity event in Beaver Dam next month.  Church Health Services holds a themed fundraiser each year that is based on a particular culture.  They partner with a different organization each year.  This year it is Habitat for Humanity of Washington and Dodge Counties.  The theme is a ‘Night in the Orient.’  There will be Asian food, poi dancing, and drum performances.  The event is August 6 at the American Legion building on Beichl Avenue.  Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple and are available at churchclinic.org.  Proceeds fund Church Health Service’s mission of providing medical, dental, and mental health care to people with low incomes and those who are uninsured or underinsured.


Fond du Lac Authorities Cite Dangers Of Using Phone While Driving


7/10/16 – The highway safety coordinator for Fond du Lac County says they are lucky there wasn’t a secondary accident on I-41 in Fond du Lac while authorities were handling a fatal accident in the northbound lanes earlier this week. Sheriff’s Captain Rick Olig says people in the southbound lane and on a frontage road were slowing down on Tuesday to take pictures on their smart phones. He says some drivers didn’t have either hand on the wheel.  He says it’s difficult enough to notify loved ones that someone was killed in a traffic accident. He says they shouldn’t have to find out about it on Facebook.  Olig says all available resources were used for the accident. He says if there had been a secondary accident in the southbound lanes it would have been extremely difficult to respond. Olig says technically all those people taking pictures should have been cited for inattentive driving.  Twenty-four-year-old Joseph Wegner of North Fond du Lac was killed in the accident.


Survey: Wisconsin Above National Average In Patriotism


7/10/16 – A new survey ranks Wisconsin as the 18th most patriotic state. That’s according to the Washington financial website WalletHub, which says the Badger State has the country’s second highest rate of overall civic engagement, highlighted by the state’s traditionally high voting rate for president — but on the other hand, Wisconsin ranks a low 41st for military engagement. WalletHub says the red Republican states have an average rank of 28th for overall patriotism, while the blue Democratic states rank higher at Number 22. That doesn’t say much about Wisconsin, which is considered a “purple state” because it has voted mainly Republican for state offices in recent years, and Democratic for the president and at least one of the state’s two U-S Senate seats. The WalletHub survey is based on 12 factors, and Virginia is ranked as the most patriotic and New Jersey the least.


Two Wisconsin Cities Rank Highly In Outdoor Recreation


7/10/16 – Wisconsin’s two largest cities are better than most in providing good outdoor recreation. Madison is 23rd, and Milwaukee 39th on a list of the Top 100 U-S cities for the quality of parks, museums, concert venues, and festivals. The Washington financial website WalletHub checked out 35 factors in its survey — which cited Madison’s quality of its recreation and entertainment, while Milwaukee’s best virtue was the low cost of its offerings. Climate was also a factor — and of course, the cold winters helped drive down the Wisconsin scores. Orlando, Florida was ranked Number One, and Minneapolis ninth as WalletHub encouraged people to get outside during July — which is National Park and Recreation Month.


Wisconsin Airport Seeing More Travelers


7/10/16 – Wisconsin’s largest airport keeps getting busier. Milwaukee’s Mitchell International reported a 2.7% increase in passengers in May, compared to the same month the previous year. Almost 571,000 people flew in and out of Mitchell in May, as low fuel prices continue to result in lower fares. Also, Frontier Airlines did more business after it added nonstop flights from Milwaukee to Atlanta, Dallas, and Philadelphia.


Soda Brand Making A Comeback In Wisconsin


7/10/16 – Remember Jolly Good soda?  Its back, but you have to travel to the Random Lake area in Sheboygan County to buy it. Jolly Good was famous for its wide variety of 12 ounce sodas — about 50 flavors in the 1990s — but business started dropping in the late ’90s when Pepsi and Coca Cola made larger inroads in the soft drink market. Jolly Good disappeared in 2007, but the family owned Krier Foods of Random Lake quietly made a test run of 22,000 cases of grape, cherry, orange, cream, and “Sour Pow’r” soda. Company president John Rassel says the rollout was a huge success, and a Facebook group gives rave reviews. Now, the firm looks to make what Rassel calls a difficult next step of distributing the product outside its home area.