News – December 28, 2021

(Waukesha) Waukesha’s temporary memorial to those fatally struck in last month’s Christmas parade attack is coming down.  The memorial at Waukesha Veterans Park includes six crosses, one for each of the six people killed including one child and a former Beaver Dam educator.  The Memorial also has flowers, candles, teddy bears, and baseballs.  The baseballs were to honor eight-year-old Jackson Sparks who was killed as he marched with his youth baseball team in the parade.  The items will be collected by city staff members and preserved by the Waukesha Historical Society.  The city’s Common Council will consider a request to create a permanent memorial when it meets January 18th -WRN

(Juneau) Dodge County Land Resources and Parks is looking at creating a new position to help with economic development. The department has been tasked to spur growth throughout the region after the county board voted to terminate services with ThriveED. The new position would lead the department in their multi-media marketing efforts, enhancing the county’s economic development website, as well as grant writing. Key focus areas for Land Resources and Parks include engaging communities and businesses to work together, housing, broadband, and workforce issues.

(Dodge County) Medicare recipients will see an increase to their premiums in 2022.  On WBEV’s Community Comment, Elder Benefit Specialist with the Aging and Disability Center of Dodge County Amanda Higgins explained this is due in part to an increase in health care costs and a 5.9% cost of living adjustment to Social Security.  The Medicare Part A deductible will increase $70 over 2021 to $1556, while the monthly premium Social Security recipients will see withheld will increase nearly $22 dollars or $170.10 per calendar quarter.  Anyone with questions can reach out to the ADRC of Dodge County for more information.  Contact info will accompany this story online at DailyDodge.com

(Milwaukee) It’s “Free Frosty Week” and you can take advantage of a week of free admission at the Milwaukee County Zoo.  Zoo administrators say it’s a chance to thank the community for their continued support of the zoo. Free admission runs from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm through New Years Day. You will however, still need to pay for parking and whatever concessions you get inside the park. -WRN

(Wisconsin) Most people in Wisconsin will have to wait for the new pills that treat the coronavirus. State health officials say supplies of Pfizer and Merck’s new medication are limited, and will be sent to the most vulnerable and hard-hit communities first. In the meantime, the Department of Health Services says people need to continue to get vaccinated and get boosted. Deputy state health secretary Deb Standridge says that’s the best way to protect yourself. -WRN