July 17, 2016

Beaver Dam 175th Anniversary Celebration A Success


7/17/16 – By all accounts the city of Beaver Dam’s 175th Anniversary Celebration was a success. Blue skies and cool temperatures brought literally thousands of people to the parade route from the railroad tracks at North Spring Street to downtown Front and Center streets. Parade organizer Kay Appenfeldt says the approximately 140 floats hit the parade route without a hitch. There were long lines in the lunch line afterward at Swan Park where everyone gathered for a community celebration. Check out the wbevradio Facebook page for a photo album with over 100 pictures from the event.


Waupun Fire Department Receives Grant Money


7/17/16 – Waupun’s Fire Department received nearly $13,000 in grants the last two months.  The funds were used to replace three Automated External Defibrillators, purchase 48 smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to pass out in the community, and buy a fire extinguisher training system.  The Agnesian Healthcare Foundation, Walmart, and the Firefighter Support Foundation awarded the grants.


Horicon Furthering Plans On Alley Repair


7/17/16 – The City of Horicon is one step closer to repairing one of its alleys.  At its meeting this week, the committee of the whole made a recommendation to accept bids from two local companies.  Town and Country Underground Utility of Mayville would pulverize the surface for $1,500 and General Asphalt of Beaver Dam would apply the finished grate and asphalt for $9,000.  That would bring the project cost to $13.03 per foot.  The nine owners with fronting property are responsible for the total repair cost of the 900 foot alley.  Horicon’s council will vote on the matter July 26.


Kennedy Hosting Listening Session


7/17/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy has his regular listening sessions scheduled on Tuesday. Kennedy opens his door for city residents to meet with him, one-on-one, without appointment on the first and third Tuesday of every month. The listening sessions are held in Room 158 on the first floor of City Hall from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm.  Kennedy also makes himself available for private meetings by appointment by contacting the mayor office.  He says it is important that constituents have the opportunity to speak with him the day after each regular meeting of the common council and related committee meetings, which is typically held on the first and third Monday’s of the month. The Operations Committee will receive an update tomorrow on phase one of the Highway 151 Business Park. The committee will also discuss the establishment of a water main hookup charge for the “Preserve” apartments along South University Avenue/ County Highway W. The Operations Committee is meeting at 6:30pm in a different location that usual: at the DPW site on South Center Street. The full council meanwhile will hold first reading on an ordinance that would require the city’s municipal code to be updated and also award a contract for improvements in the fire department.


BDCH Holding Pair Of Support Group Sessions


7/17/16 – Beaver Dam Community Hospital is holding two upcoming support groups.  A certified teacher will lead this month’s cancer support group session on yoga.  Participants will learn yoga and relaxation techniques that can be beneficial during and after cancer treatments.  A short, gentle yoga practice will follow.  That one-hour class starts Thursday at 6:30 pm in the hospital’s Lamoreau Room.  The following week, a chronic pain support group will meet to discuss methods to help people overcome chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and lupus.  The Wednesday, July 27 class starts at 5 pm in the Warren Street building’s Conference Room G.


Detour Coming For Major Columbus Intersection


7/17/16 – Department of Transportation road work on the intersection of Highways 16 and 60 on the northwest side of Columbus continues. Starting tomorrow, Commerce Drive access from Highway 60 will be closed. Drivers should use Transit Drive off Highway 60 to access the Sentry, Ace, and Shopko stores in the commerce center. Weather-permitting, the intersection will reopen Wednesday.


United Airlines and Air Canada Moving Within Mitchell International


7/17/16 – United Airlines and Air Canada will have their operations moved at Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport.  They will change from Concourse E to Concourse C.  Mitchell is adding a new international terminal.  Concourse C offers more shops, restaurants and other passenger amenities.  Adjustments will have to be made by the Transportation Security Administration staff due to the heavier passenger traffic after the switch.  Airport officials say more moves are coming.


Home Sales Up Through June In Milwaukee Area


7/17/16 – Home sales rose by 7.6-percent in Wisconsin’s most populated area during the first half of the year. The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors says almost 10,000 existing houses were sold from January through June in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties — and that’s about 700 more than in the first half of the previous year. Sellers received higher prices than in 2015, and Milwaukee County had the area’s largest price hike at 5.3-percent. For June, home sales were unchanged in Ozaukee County and were down from the previous year in Waukesha and Washington counties — but Mike Ruzicka of the Milwaukee Realtors’ group says sales would have been higher if more homes had been on the market costing less than $350,000.


Wisconsin Cities Among Healthiest In United States


7/17/16 – Wisconsin has four of the nation’s 20 best overall health systems. The Commonwealth Fund rates Appleton as the fifth highest performing health network among 306 communities. Madison is 13th, La Crosse 15th, Green Bay 19th, Neenah 34th, Wausau 38th, and Marshfield 49th. Milwaukee is Number 75, down from a revised rank of 58th in the last Commonwealth health survey in 2012. The rankings are based on the access and affordability of health care, treatment and prevention, avoiding unnecessary hospital usage, and overall healthy lives. There are 33 indicators. Donna Friedsam of U-W Madison says Milwaukee’s performance improved in most areas — but other cities may have had larger improvements, thus the reason for the drop in Milwaukee’s overall care ranking.


DNR Names Finalists For Forestry Division Relocation


7/17/16 – The state D-N-R has narrowed down a list of places where its Forestry Division might move. The agency asked for public comments about moving its forestry offices to Wausau, Rhinelander, or Hayward. The D-N-R will announce its final choice in a few months, when it gives Governor Scott Walker its budget request for the following two year period which starts next July. The Forestry Division has long been part of the D-N-R headquarters in Madison, and it has 56 employees. More than 40 places expressed an interest in hosting the division after lawmakers ordered the move as part of the current state budget.  The D-N-R reviewed proposals from places in the northern half of the state.


Wisconsin Preps For GOP Convention


7/17/16 – Staying safe is the on the mind of at least some Wisconsin delegates as they get ready for the Republican National Convention that starts Monday in Cleveland.  Delegate Don Zimmer of Manitowoc expects strong protests outside Quicken Loans Arena — and he tells W-L-U-K T-V hopes the Wisconsin group can travel safely on a bus, since their hotel is about one mile away from the convention hall. But Green Bay delegate Kelly Ruh says she’s been told that “proper protocol” has been followed, and she’s not worried. Forty-five Wisconsin State Patrol officers will help handle security in Cleveland, and Ohio will pay the tab. The state has an open carry law for guns, but weapons will not be allowed in the convention building.


Wisconsin Bankers Issue Warming To Pokémon Go Users


7/17/16 – Another warning is being issued to Pokémon Go players about where they play the smartphone video game.  The Wisconsin Bankers Association says if a player walks into a bank and “chases a Pokémon into the vault or behind the teller counter” they may trigger the robbery response procedure.  The WBA urges players to get permission from the bank to play the game in a financial institution.