News – April 17, 2016

Area Students, Teacher Honored At Kohl Awards

 

4/17/16 – A handful of area students and teachers were honored yesterday.  The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation held its annual awards banquet for Wisconsin’s central region in Kimberly.  Four similar events are being held this month throughout the state to honor other area winners.  $3,000 awards were awarded yesterday to 41 graduating high school seniors along with 21 teachers, and 3 principals.  Madeline McGauley of Beaver Dam High School and Serena Pritchard of Central Wisconsin Christian School were named Excellence Scholars for their academic success and leadership outside the classroom.  Claire Stebbins of Randolph High School, Kayla Wuerch of Cambria-Friesland High School, Brandon Castillo of Beaver Dam’s Don Smith Learning Academy, and Tyler Wendorff of Horicon High School were recognized for their academic successes with Initiative Scholar honors.  Mallory Lindert of the Beaver Dam Middle School was named a 2016 Teacher Fellow for her ability to inspire students in and out of the classroom.  The Kohl Foundation started in 1990 and has awarded over $10,000,000.

 

BDACT Wraps Up Short Play Festival Today

 

4/17/16 – The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre wraps up their Short Play Festival this afternoon. The performance features ten-minute plays from eleven local writers who studied with a New York playwright, all with the theme “Unexpected Encounters.” July Hein wrote the play “Fragile, Liquid, Perishable, Potentially Hazardous” which is one of five plays on the stage this afternoon. Hein says the process of putting together the story was tedious but more of a challenge was relinquishing her labor of love to a director to re-interpret the story. “Unexpected Encounters” the Short Play Festival wraps up this afternoon with a 2:30pm matinee. The shows are rated PG-13 for coarse language. Tickets are available at the door of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre on North Spring Street. All proceeds will be directed to the theatre’s effort to move into a new, handicapped-accessible facility in the former St. Patrick’s School on Maple Avenue.

 

 

The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre wraps up their Short Play Festival this afternoon. The performance features ten-minute plays from eleven local writers who studied with a New York playwright, all with the theme “Unexpected Encounters.” July Hein wrote the play “Fragile, Liquid, Perishable, Potentially Hazardous” which is one of five plays on the stage this afternoon. Hein says the process of putting together the story was tedious but more of a challenge was relinquishing her labor of love to a director to re-interpret the story.

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Actress Christina Miller performed in several roles in multiple plays.

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“Unexpected Encounters” the Short Play Festival wraps up this afternoon with a 2:30pm matinee. The shows are rated PG-13 for coarse language. Tickets are available at the door of the Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre on North Spring Street. All proceeds will be directed to the theatre’s effort to move into a new, handicapped-accessible facility in the former St. Patrick’s School on Maple Avenue.

 

 

Wisconsin Taxes Among Highest In Nation

 

4/17/16 – Wisconsin’s tax burden is in the top ten nationally.  WalletHub looked at property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and gross receipts taxes in ranking all 50 states, finding Wisconsin ninth.  New Yorkers have the highest burden with 13.12% of their incomes taken up by taxes.  In Wisconsin, 10.32% of workers’ incomes go to taxes.

 

Report Says Wisconsin Bridges Need Work

 

4/17/16 -A new report by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association shows 9% of Wisconsin’s bridges are rated structurally deficient.  Another 5% are “functionally obsolete,” meaning the bridge doesn’t meet design standards in line with current practices.  The most-traveled structurally deficient bridge in the state is Interstate 94 over Poplar Creek in Waukesha, with 118,000 vehicles crossing that bridge each day.

 

Report: Wisconsin Start-Ups Struggling With Venture Capital

 

4/17/16 – A national report says only one start-up business in Wisconsin has raised venture capital from investors so far this year. Madison Vaccines received $1,500,000 to create therapies for prostate cancer, according to the Money-Tree report from the National Venture Capital Association and Price-Waterhouse-Coopers. It says Wisconsin is off to its slowest start since 2005 in raising venture capital. The state’s Technology Council has larger figures showing that 28 start-ups attracted almost $46,000,000 in venture capital from January-through-March — but at least some of those investments were reportedly too small to meet the criteria in the national study. That would put Wisconsin on an annual pace to raise more than $100,000,000 for the first time since before 2000.

 

Well Closings Encouraged To Stop Groundwater Pollution

 

4/16/16 – Dodge County residents are encouraged to help prevent groundwater pollution.  The Land Conservation Department is encouraging property owners to seal up any unused wells.  They are especially concerned with the possibility of old wells near crop fields that could be affected by manure and other contaminants carried by melting snow and storm water runoff.  The department says one-third of the county’s groundwater resources are recharged by local precipitation and infiltration.  They say most wells can be sealed and abandoned for under $500.  State law requires property owners to hire a licensed well drilling or pump installing for the job.  Cost sharing funds can cover up to 70% of that charge.  More information is available by contacting the Dodge County Land Conservation Department.

 

Bulk Pick-Up Returning To Beaver Dam

 

4/17/16 – It’s that time of the year for Beaver Dam residents to collect their bulk garbage as one of two annual pick-ups starts early next month. Bulk pick-up begins Monday, May 2 and continues through Friday, May 6 for residents who receive city-provided waste collection services from Advanced Disposal.  The collection rules are the same as in the past.  Bulk waste can be placed on the curb no sooner than 24 hours prior to each collection and must be out by 7am on the day of pick-up.  Bulk waste is defined as, but not limited to, furniture, wooden doors and windows and rolled carpet, not exceeding 4’ to 6’ in length.  No metal items like bed springs, doors, windows, appliances and pipes will be collected.  Also, they do not accept bundled or loose piles of lumber or building materials; those items must be broken down and placed in the weekly collection cart.  The next bulk pick-up is not until October.

 

Kennedy Holding Listening Sessions This Week

 

4/17/16 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is hosting another round of listening sessions Tuesday.  Kennedy offers city residents a chance to sit down with him in a one-on-one setting, without an appointment, on the first and third Tuesday of every month, which is typically the day after each regular common council meeting. The listening sessions are on the first floor of City Hall, in Room 158, from 10am until noon and again from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday. Kennedy says private meetings can also be arranged by appointment through the mayor’s office. On the agenda for tomorrow night’s common council meeting: a presentation from a new non-profit dedicated to eradicating the growing heroin problem in our communities. Wendy Borner with CARE of Dodge County will talk about her groups latest efforts. Also on the agenda, resolutions recognizing three outgoing city alderpersons: Mick McConaghy, Donna Maly and Teresa Hiles-Olson. Beaver Dam will hold their reorganizational meeting on Tuesday when three new alderpersons will be seated: Dan Doyle, Becky Glewen and Ken Anderson.

 

New Rehab Center Planned For Waupun

 

4/17/16 – Waupun’s Christian Home and Rehabilitation Center is raising money to build a new facility.  The plan is to construct a 50-bed care and rehab center near the Christian Homestead on West Brown Street.  The project is expected to cost $13,000,000.  The Waupun Memorial Hospital Medical Staff recently donated $6,000.  The current Christian Home has been serving the Waupun area since 1954, offering long-term care, rehab services, and assisted living apartments.

 

Season Tickets Available For Dodge County Concerts

 

4/17/16 – Tickets for the Dodge County Concert Association’s 2016-2017 season are on sale.  Five Beaver Dam shows are part of the 69th season, and ticket holders can also get into four Watertown performances.  The series runs from September through May.  During a recent appearance on WBEV’s Community Comment, Association President Rodney Binder said the group tries to get five diverse acts that fit within their annual $30,000 budget.  He says the association tries to draw acts that are typically only available in larger cities.  Tickets are available at a discounted rate until May 10.  One adult ticket is $45 and a family pass is $100.  After May 10, those prices go up to $50 and $110, respectively.  The 2016 lineup includes: Seraph Brass, A Band Called Honalee, Jung Trio, Frank and Vinny, and New Odyssey (Beaver Dam) and Braviissimo Broadway, New Odyssey, Jenn Bostic, and Wylie and the Wild West (Watertown).  Tickets can be ordered by mailing a check and completed application form to: Dodge County Concert Association 178 South Wind Trail Horicon, WI 53032-1220.

 

Kentucky Derby Fundraiser To Benefit BDCH

 

4/17/16 – An annual event is returning to Beaver Dam to celebrate next month’s Kentucky Derby.  The Beaver Dam Community Hospital will hold its Derby Day at Old Hickory Golf Club on May 7.  Attendees are encouraged to dress up in Derby-style clothing for the program which will feature food similar to that offered at the race.  There will be a ‘hat parade’ this year where participants can vote on who has the best headgear.  Raffles, silent auctions, and live auctions will also be offered.  Event tickets are $75 each or $560 for a table of eight.  Pre-race cocktails and food is included.  All proceeds go toward BDCH’s Minimally Invasive, Robot-Assisted Surgery program.