October 4, 2014

Beaver Dam Homecoming Underway


10/4/14 – The grey skies did not stop hundreds upon hundreds of spectators donned in green and gold from lining the streets of downtown Beaver Dam yesterday for the high school’s homecoming parade.  School spirit was high as local businesses chalked their windows with slogans supporting the Golden Beavers and students with dyed-green and yellow hair screamed while little kids scurried for candy.   There were floats from various student organizations, the homecoming court and the Golden Beavers football team. Four former athletes were inducted into the Beaver Dam Athletic Hall of Fame last night. They are: Ian Douglas, a two-sport athlete who holds the school record for shot put and discus in 1997; Tom Imming who excelled in football, basketball, and track; Bill Rentmeester, who was a ten-time letter winner and went on to play football for UW Madison; and Brianna McCarthy Scott, who was a ten-time letter winner and went on to play volleyball at Ohio State University. The Golden Beavers Football team fell to Watertown 35-to-21 during Friday night’s game. The formal Homecoming Dance will be held tonight in the south gym at the Beaver Dam high school.


Beaver Dam Pepper Festival Is Today


10/4/14 – The first annual Beaver Dam Pepper Festival will take place today from 10am to 5pm at the Park Village Shopping Center.  The purpose of the festival is to allow people to taste the famous peppers of Beaver Dam.  It is also to honor the family that first brought the seeds for these peppers over from Hungary in the early twentieth-century.  Music and entertainment will be provided throughout the day.  All proceeds will go to the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation and the Beaver Dam Area Arts Association.


September Traffic Deaths At All Time Low


10/4/14 – Wisconsin traffic deaths were the fewest for a September since the end of World War Two in the 1940’s.  Preliminary figures from the D-O-T show that 43 people died in highway crashes statewide last month.  That’s two fewer than in September of 2013 — and it’s 14 less than the average for the past five years.  For the first nine months of the year, Wisconsin recorded 362 traffic deaths — 31 less than the year before, and 59 fewer than the five-year average.  Sixty-five motorcyclists have died this year, including seven passengers.  The death toll also includes 25 pedestrians. In Dodge County, there have been nine fatalities to date this year, which the same as all of last year and two less than the five year average. Columbia County, meanwhile, has had one fatality this year, nine less than the five year average. Washington County has had ten traffic deaths in 2014. Jefferson and Fond du Lac counties have each experienced six fatalities. Green Lake County has had two.


Watertown Man Charged With Running From Police


10/4/14 – A Watertown man is facing felony charges for allegedly fleeing from police while operating with a suspended license.  Ian Lichtig was clocked going as much as 29 miles over the 45-mile speed limit early last month.  The officer said that Lichtig did pull over on command but that he restarted his engine and fled at speeds estimated near 120 miles per hour once the officer got off of his police motorcycle.  The officer got back on his bike and followed Lichtig to a red light at the intersection of Fourth Street and CTH R.  Lichtig attempted to brake but struck the side of a vehicle, which caused the motorcycle and its rider to crash to the ground and come to rest in a lane of traffic.  Charges were filed late last week and an initial appearance in Dodge County Court is scheduled for October 20.  If convicted on the felony count, Lichtig could be facing a fine of up to $10-thousand, three-and-a-half year’s imprisonment, and temporary revocation of his license.


Second Guilty Plea Entered In Stradivarius Theft


10/4/14 – The man who allegedly planned the theft of a five-million-dollar Stradivarius violin in Milwaukee pleaded guilty Friday to a robbery charge.  Forty-two year old Salah Salahadyn is scheduled to be sentenced November 10th.  He was expected to strike a plea deal in July, but his public defender withdrew from the case.  Salahadyn and 37-year-old Universal Allah were both charged with stealing the 300-year-old Stradivarius from concert-master Frank Almond in January, right after he performed with the instrument at Wisconsin Lutheran College.  Police said Allah provided the stun gun that Salahayden used in the robbery just outside the theater.  Allah was sentenced in May to three-and-a-half years in prison.


Archdiocese Bankruptcy Case Moving Forward


10/4/14 – A judge took steps Friday to keep the Milwaukee Catholic Archdiocese bankruptcy case moving forward.  Federal Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley met with lawyers for the church, victims of sex abuse by priests, and other creditors.  She outlined a plan for dealing with issues that were not resolved after a second round of mediation sessions in recent weeks.  The next court hearing in the case was set for October 22nd.  Kelley’s agenda includes determining which abuse victims have valid claims.  That’s after 575 abuse victims sought compensation, and the Archdiocese proposed paying just 130 of them.  Kelley also wants to resolve sticking points that deal with insurance matters, and the value of the archdiocese bank accounts.  The judge also told the church to give the creditors’ attorneys financial statements for 15 parishes.  She did not address the question of whether the church should be allowed to use 55-million dollars from a cemetery maintenance fund to pay the abuse victims.  That issue is still tied up in a federal appeals court.


Markesan Vet Clinic Gets Solar Power Grant


10/4/14 – The Markesan Veterinary Clinic has been awarded a grant to aid in the purchase and installation of a solar electric system in Green Lake County.  The grant was for a sum of $17,250 and is part of a 21 project investment in Wisconsin by the USDA.  The Department of Agriculture awarded a total of $274-thousand to these projects that all are geared towards energy efficiency.  These allotments are part of the latest round of the Rural Energy for America, or REAP, program.  A total of 540 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects across the nation are being invested in by the USDA.  Wisconsin’s State Director of the USDA Rural Development program, Stan Gruszynski (Gruh-zinski) said that these projects will both make use of renewable energy and create jobs in the Badger state.  REAP has supported over 88-hundred energy efficiency efforts since the Obama Administration took office.  The combined $544-million in grants and loans have been part of the administration’s attempts to strengthen the country’s energy sector.  REAP was created by the 2008 Farm Bill and recently reauthorized by the 2014 version of the bill.


Beaver Dam Streets, River Cleanup This Morning


10/4/14 – Beaver Dam Mayor Tom Kennedy is encouraging residents to get out and help keep the local waterways clean. Kennedy says last year the community cleaned up a lot of water bottles and debris from the river. Volunteers are needed to help with Beaver Dam’s “Sweep the Streets and River Clean Up” this weekend. The event is intended to increase awareness about the importance of keeping oil, grass clippings, leaves and other debris out of storm water to keep the city looking clean. The Sweep the Streets River Clean Up is this Saturday from 9am to noon. Registration starts at 8:30am at Black Water’s Coffee parking lot.


Fall Fest Underway At Harnischfeger Park


10/4/14 – The annual Fall Fest is being held today (Sat) at Harnischfeger Park in Ashippun. The event features a wide variety of activities for kids and adults, antique tractor displays, food and even free wagon rides. Organizer Glen Daily says there will be many activities representing the 1840’s encampment. There will be a home brew beer making demo and a farm and craft market. The event features a wide variety of children’s activities that include crafts and activities, face-painting and lawn games. Fall Fest is held at Harnischfeger Park, on Crawfish Road, West of Ashippun, from 8am to 5pm. Admission is free to the park and there is an all you can eat Pancake Breakfast starting at 8am, tickets are $7, children ages 5 to 11 are $3 dollars at the door.


Leaf-Pickup Begins Monday In Mayville


10/4/14 – The city of Mayville will begin leaf pick up on Monday, October 6th.  Residents are asked to rake their leaves to the terrace, the area between the sidewalk and street, for pick up.  Leaves are not to be raked directly into the street or near obstacles such as street signs or hydrants. The curbside service will run until the quantity of leaves diminish or freezing temperatures arrive.  Citizens may also dispose of leaves in the designated area behind the City Garage, located at 610 Horicon Street.