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Christmas on the Corner to brighten Port Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:38

Annual holiday celebration will return to downtown with variety of family-friendly activities from 3 to 7 p.m.

“The Music and Magic of Christmas” is the theme of Port Washington’s Christmas on the Corner celebration, which will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The event includes a wide variety of family-friendly activities, including special events and sales at downtown merchants, the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree at the foot of St. Mary’s Hill, the holiday parade and a fireworks show over Rotary Park.

“The weather looks like it will be extremely nice, and we’ve got a lot planned for families to do,” said Cathy Wilger, co-director of Port Main Street Inc., which sponsors the event.

“I think it’s going to be a really nice way to kick off the season.”

During this year’s event, parking on Franklin Street will be prohibited. 

“Safety was a concern with the number of pedestrians downtown,” Wilger said. 

Eliminating parking on Franklin Street “will make it easier for drivers downtown to see the pedestrians,” she said.   

This year’s Christmas on the Corner will feature the popular Elf on the Shelf scavenger hunt for children ages 12 and younger, who are invited to visit designated downtown shops to find the hidden Elf on the Shelf, then turn in sheets denoting their finds for a drawing. 

Visitors may catch a horse-drawn wagon at the corner of West Grand Avenue and South Wisconsin Street and enjoy a ride through the heart of the city.  There is a $5 per person and $20 per family fee for the rides.

Children can write their holiday letters and mail them to Santa at Blue Heron Artisans Gallery during the festival, decorate cookies at Dockside Deli and then take festive photos at a decorated sleigh next to the restaurant.

Youngsters can also stop at the Lakeview Community Room, the former Wilson House, to visit with Santa and have their pictures taken with him.

Anna and Elsa, the princesses from “Frozen,” will pose for pictures with visitors at Biever Travel, and Olaf, the “Frozen” snowman, will wander Franklin Street, chatting with shoppers. 

Live reindeer will be on Main Street near Franklin Street, where people may have their pictures taken with the animals.

At the Port Exploreum, children can make ornaments and help decorate the tree, and at La Tulipe they may listen to holiday stories.

The high school’s Skilled USA Team will sell chili outside the Holiday Inn Harborview, 

Port Washington High School students will collect new toys for the Kapco Kids 2 Kids drive at Pear and Simple throughout the event.

Music is also a part of the festival. The saxophone quartet Fourth Dimension will perform at Yummy Bones, and the Port High Choir will sing carols downtown beginning at 5 p.m.

The choir will also perform at the base of St. Mary’s Hill for the 6 p.m. tree lighting.

The festival theme will be highlighted during the Christmas parade at 6:15 p.m. The parade will kick off at the corner of Jackson and Franklin streets, head south on Franklin Street to Grand Avenue and proceed west on Grand Avenue to Wisconsin Street, where it will end.

The parade will feature local celebrities, floats, bands, clowns and more to entertain the crowd. The highlight will be the official arrival of Santa Claus on a sleigh atop the Main Street float.

Following the parade, the crowd will move toward Rotary Park to view holiday fireworks, the only winter fireworks show in Ozaukee County.Daily Press

 
Dec. 6 meeting to discuss city plans for 2017 street projects PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:35

Informational session to provide overview of work that will include replacing roads, sidewalks, utility mains

A public informational meeting on six street projects planned in the City of Port Washington next year will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6.

The meeting will be held at City Hall, with a presentation at 5:15 p.m. by city officials and representatives of Gremmer and Associates, the design consultant.

The planned work includes road replacements, replacement of sidewalks where needed, construction of new sidewalks where there are none, water main replacement and storm and sanitary sewer improvements.

  Information on the design proposals affecting the width of the streets and parkways will be provided.

No right-of-way acquisition is anticipated for the projects, and no special assessments — except for sidewalks in areas where there are none — are planned.

Homeowners interested in replacing their sanitary sewer laterals or constructiung new storm sewer connections as part of the project may make arrangements for this work at their expense.

Maps showing the proposed improvements will be on display and there will be information available for those attending to take home.

Comments received at the meeting will be used in making final decisions on the projects.

Work is planned on:

• Harrison Street between Jackson and Dodge streets;

• Dodge Street between Webster and Wisconsin streets;

• Pierre Lane from 200 feet west of Montgomery Street to Wisconsin Street;

• Montgomery Street between Dodge and Walters streets;

• Walters Street betweeen Holden and Wisconsin streets;

• Holden Street between Walters and Jefferson streets.

In addition, the city will be doing work on an alley that runs between Webster, Montgomery, Dodge and Van Buren streets and another that runs between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Walters streets and Pierre Lane.

Anyone who cannot attend the meeting but would like to comment or receive information on the projects is asked to email Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call him at 284-2600.Daily Press

 
Main Street selling new issue of commemorative holiday tins PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:34

Port Main Street Inc. will sell the second issue of its commemorative tins for the holidays.

The tins will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, at the Port Exploreum.

The tins feature an Eric Curtin photo of a wreath and decorated street light on Franklin Street with a snow-covered St. Mary’s Church in the background. 

While last year’s tin was filled with cookies, this year’s edition will contain popcorn from Broadway Popcorn. Only 250 tins will be available for $20.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit Main Street. For more information, call 268-1132.Daily Press

 
Man charged with trying to burglarize house PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 18:31

Port resident believed to be involved in string of thefts arrested for attempted break-in

A 28-year-old man who police believe is connected to a string of thefts from cars and houses in Port Washington was arrested last week after a homeowner caught him trying to break into her house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.

Anthony D. Lester of Port Washington is charged with attempted burglary, a felony, and possession of marijuana.

According to the complaint, authorities were called to a home on Randy Circle in Port Washington at 3:26 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, by a woman who said she was awake in her living room when an outdoor motion light went on.

The woman said she heard the storm door open and someone turning the doorknob.

Port police and Ozaukee County sheriff’s deputies responded and caught Lester running away from the house. He was dressed in a dark, hooded sweatshirt, black pants and dark shoes, and was wearing leather gloves, the complaint states.

Authorities searched Lester and found a collector’s coin, phone and marijuana.

Officers then went to Lester’s home, where his mother consented to a search of her son’s room. There officers found numerous items, including electronics, connected to burglaries, as well as four marijuana pipes, a marijuana grinder and $400, according to the complaint.

Authorities noted that they have been investigating a series of thefts from cars and burglaries that occurred in the area of the 300 block of West Monroe Street, which is about four blocks south of Randy Circle.

During a court hearing last week, Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams set Lester’s bail at $2,500.Daily Press

 
PWHS team comes up big in first Kapco Challenge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:13

Students earn top honors in charity-inspired event with fundraiser to help homeless

A team of Port Washington High School students who raised thousands of dollars to provide essential supplies to homeless people in Milwaukee has won the first-ever high school division of the Kapco Charitable Challenge.

The winner of the competition — an effort by Jim Kacmarcik, president of the Grafton metal stamping firm Kapco Inc. to inspire grassroots charitable causes — was announced during an awards ceremony last week at the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.

“We knew we weren’t going to end homelessness but thought we could at least do our part to help people living on the streets,” Port High senior Cordy Larsen, a member of the winning team, said during an interview earlier this month.

Larsen and her teammates — Brynn Greisch, Jacob Liebergen, Sophie Dimmer, Ryan Liebergen, Chad Spaeth, Tristan Shafer and Kaylyn Garant — raised more than $4,000 to buy hats, gloves and blankets for Lifepacks that will be given to homeless people.

The team was one of three groups of Port High students competing against each other and teams from Grafton, Cedarburg and Homestead high schools.

Given their challenge and $1,000 in seed money in late September, teams had just less than a month to find causes, launch fundraising campaigns and prepare presentations that were given to a panel of judges on Oct. 25.

As part of their presentations, teams also have to tell the stories of first responders who contributed to their communities by helping others.

To raise thousands of dollars in a matter of weeks, Port High students relied on crowdfunding through GoFundMe and collected donations at school events such as the homecoming football game.

“A lot of alumni contributed,” Greisch said. “Many of the donations came with messages that said they were excited that kids were doing this and they were proud to be Port High alumni.”

Port High’s other teams raised money to benefit the Port Washington-Saukville School District’s focus on mental health and to purchase stuffed duck toys through Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program for young cancer patients. 

The mental health initiative will subsidize the cost of counseling services for students who cannot afford them.

The Chemo Ducks are designed to allow children undergoing cancer treatments to role play their way through situations that make them nervous. The stuffed animals will be donated to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa.

Teams competing in this year’s Kapco Charitable Challenge, including college teams, raised more than $500,000 for charitable causes.Daily Press

 
United Way launches ‘hero cards’ effort to aid campaign PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 19:12

Area residents are being asked to honor the people who make a difference in their communities next week by the United Way of Northern Ozaukee.

“I think we all need to be inspired and reminded of the good things going on around us,” Executive Director Barbara Bates-Nelson said.

The local campaign is inspired by “The Hero Effect,” a monthly documentary series hosted by former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver on the Oprah Winfrey Network that’s presented in part by United Way to honor people who are making extraordinary differences where they live, Bates-Nelson said.

During the campaign, participating businesses in Port Washington, Saukville, Fredonia and Belgium will have “hero cards” that shoppers can purchase for $1. The cards will have spaces for buyers to designate who their heroes are and what causes they’re fighting for.

“You could recognize a person or a group of people,” Bates-Nelson said.

The cards will be displayed at the businesses and, after the campaign has run its course, they will be posted on United Way’s Facebook page, Bates-Nelson said.

That page already has information on United Way’s partner agencies, which she said are heroes in their own right.

The campaign will run from Sunday, Nov. 27, to Saturday, Dec. 3, to encompass the Tuesday, Nov. 29, Day of Giving, Bates-Nelson said. “We’re just hoping to spark some conversation and bring recognition to those people who are quietly doing things in the community and serve as an inspiration for those who want to do something but haven’t discovered what their niche is,” she said.

“I think we all need role models and reminders of the good things that happen in our community.”

Proceeds from the campaign will go to United Way, which hopes to raise as much as $2,500 during the week.Daily Press

 
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