News – February 21, 2016

Fall River Annual Awards Banquet Today


2/21/16 – The Fall River VFW is hosting their annual awards banquet today. Welder John Stokley and cement supplier Dodge Concrete will be receiving special recognition at the event. The village cemetery now displays an American flag pole and flag flown in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The new flag was dedicated at the 2015 Memorial Day celebration.  The pole was brought back to the U.S. in pieces by Fall River-native Army First Sergeant Keith Miller. During the first few months of last year the flag pole was reassembled and polished in Stokley’s shop readying it for installation into a newly-poured concrete sleeve at the edge of the cemetery.  Stokley and Dodge Concrete will join Tim Jensen of Columbus in receiving recognition at the annual VFW Post 2219 banquet.


MPTC Hosting Transfer Fair This Week


2/21/16 – Moraine Park Technical College will hold transfer fairs at all three of its main campuses this week. Moraine Park President Bonnie Baerwald says a transfer fair is an opportunity for people to make a change in their education.  More than 20, four-year colleges and universities will be represented at the transfer fairs. There will also be a virtual transfer fair Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm on the Moraine Park website. Baerwald says look for a virtual button and you will have the opportunity to choose from 16 schools to talk to in a chat room.  Baerwald says it is more convenient for people who can’t make it to the transfer fair locations. The transfer fairs will be held Tuesday in Beaver Dam, Wednesday in Fond du Lac, and Thursday in West Bend. Times are 11am to 1pm.


Waupun Schools Initiative Helping Families In Need


2/21/16 – Waupun Area School District Superintendent Tonya Gubin says an initiative that helps out families in need has really taken off in the district. She says since last May they’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars for the REACH or Reaching Everyone through Actions with Community Hands program. She says they’ve helped families get their water and electricity turned back on and in some cases purchase food. This month they are doing a socks and underwear drive for kids.


Oshkosh School Funding Referendum On April Ballot


2/21/16 – If voters do not approve a multi-million dollar referendum in April, the Oshkosh Area School District says it will close a middle school, combine some North and West high school sports – including football – into one team, suspend teachers’ raises and take other measures to save money. The district’s 33-member budget reconciliation committee released the 28 million dollar proposal this week. They say it includes three-point-four million dollars in cuts for the 2016-2017 school year and four million dollars in cuts for the 2017-2018 school year. The April fifth referendum asks voters to allow the school district to exceed state revenue limits by four million dollars a year between the 2016-2017 and 2022-2023 school years.


DOT Hosting Meeting Thursday About James Street Reconstruction


2/21/16 – The third public meeting for the reconstruction of James Street in Columbus is scheduled for this Thursday in the Columbus Middle School at 400 Dickason Street. Officials from the state Department of Transportation will be available from 4:30pm to 7pm in the school’s multi-purpose room. Highways 16 and 60 through the city are scheduled for reconstruction in 2017. The entire length of James Street from Industrial Drive to River Road will be redone. The project will include new pavement, traffic signal replacement, street lighting replacement, bike and pedestrian improvements, storm sewer upgrades, water main accommodations and sewer improvements. Officials with the city and the DOT will be on hand at the open house to answer questions. Residents seeking further information who are unable to get to the Thursday meeting can contact David Pilon with the DOT at (608) 245-2622.


DOT Warning Of Spring Pothole Season


2/21/16 – This time of year, it’s common for temperatures to hover around the freezing mark which can lead to an all-too common problem: potholes. Mike Sproul with the Wisconsin DOT’s Bureau of Highway Maintenance says drivers should watch out for potholes and for crews working to fill them. “So when the temperatures are right around freezing, you get rain and you get melting snow, that will seep into the cracks that are there, freeze again overnight, and then break-up the pavement. So we’re out there trying to repair them right now—it’s a hard time of the year to do it as well—we really can’t do permanent fixes so it’s all temporary. There are some things you can do as a motorist—try to watch out for them—try not to hit them—and the crews are out fixing them, so just be aware of them.” State law requires motorists to slow down or move over when seeing a law enforcement, tow truck, or highway maintenance vehicle stopped along the road with its warning lights flashing.


Triple A: ‘Midwest Drivers Concerned About Potholes’


2/21/16 – A survey from the Triple-“A” motor club shows that 68-percent of Midwest drivers are concerned about potholes damaging their vehicles — but only about ten-percent of Midwesterners reported such damage, less than the national total of 15-percent. The Triple-“A” says potholes have cost U-S vehicle owners 15-billion dollars over the last five years, and the average repair bill is about 300-dollars. That includes cut-or-punctured tires, suspension damage, and bent-or-broken wheels. The Triple-“A” is urging drivers to be alert for potholes, and for state-and-local governments to make road maintenance a larger priority.


Fond du Lac Clinic To Focus On Autism


2/21/16 – A world-renowned autism and savant syndrome expert and Agnesian HealthCare have teamed up to give children more than hope. Agnesian will open the Treffert Center this spring. Dr. Darold Treffert has been studying savant syndrome for more than 50 years. But he’s headquartered his institute out of his home and now the Center in Fond du Lac will be the place where others can benefit from his studies.

Agnesian President Steve Little says they will spend about $500,000 to renovate and modify the former Children’s Choice Day Care Center. He says it will serve the Treffert Center’s needs and the needs of the children that will also be using it. The Treffert Center will feature the Treffert Library, Treffert Academy and Agnesian Autism, Behavior and Communication Center. The Treffert Academy will serve the needs of children ranging in age from three to 12 years old whether they have an identified need or not.


Born Hosting Office Hours On Monday With Sensenbrenner


2/21/16 – State Representative Mark Born has office hours with Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in Dodge County on Monday. The legislators will be at the Clyman Village Hall at 10:30am, the Hustisford Village Hall at 11:15am and the Iron Ridge Community Center at 12:30pm. Born begins his day with a solo stop at the Lowell Town Hall at 9:45am. The Beaver Dam Republican says the office hours provide constituents an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on issues in the legislature. Born will be at the Hartford City Hall next Saturday before wrapping up the current series of office hours on Sunday, March 6 at the Juneau Community Center.