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Bar Association to offer free power of attorney advice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:50

Attorneys from the Ozaukee County Bar Association will be available to meet individually with county residents to assist them in completing their power of attorney for health care. Documents and assistance will be provided free of charge.
    Completed power of attorney documents can help families avoid costly and time-consuming court proceedings.
    Appointments are open to anyone age 55 and older, and to people with a disability. Appointments will be scheduled for a half-hour.  
    Contact Ozaukee County Human Services at 284-8200 or Metro at 238-8200.
    The appointment dates, locations and times are:
    • Sept. 26, Port Washington Senior Center from 5:30  to 8 p.m.

    • Oct. 4, Grafton Senior Center from  5:30 to 8 p.m.

    • Oct. 10, Cedarburg Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon

    • Oct. 19, Mequon-Range Line School from 9 a.m. to noon
    This event is jointly hosted by the Ozaukee County Bar Association and the Ozaukee County Elder/Adults at Risk Interdisciplinary Team.

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New exhibits, programs at quilt museum are set PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:39

Two new exhibits — “In Death” and “Lace: Works of Adornment” will run through Dec. 3 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg.
    “In Death,” which features the works of more than 20 contemporary fiber artists, lays bare the realities and mysteries associated with the end of life.
    Each piece in the exhibition expreses the ability of the artists while exposing their deeply personal and unique perspectives as individuals on death and dying.
    “Lace: Works of Adornment” features pieces from the Lois Markus Lace Collection, who handpicked more than 400 pieces of lace. She collected them over a 30-year span on traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe.
    The exhibit offers a glimpse at a time when owning and wearing a piece of well-crafted lace spoke volumes about the wearer and when lace was frequently used to embellish clothing in a variety of fashions.
    Other summer events at the museum include a “meet the artist” event with Ellen Grenier Bevill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29.
    A two-day workshop, “Bioregional Dyes: Natural Colors of the Upper Midwest,” will be taught by Donna Kallner from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13.
    Participants will learn to color fabrics, yarns and fiber with fresh and dried twigs, leaves, bark and other plant materials found in the Midwest.
    This introduction to natural dyeing and eco-printing includes pH modifiers and mordants that can be safely disposed of, to help produce a range of colors from items that may be growing in backyards.
    For more information or registration for programs, call the museum at (262) 546-0300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    The museum at N50 W5050 Portland Rd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Ozaukee Press Logo RED

 
Subdivision residents want Hwy. 32 speed limit lowered PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:13

Eighty people sign petition urging Port council to slow southside traffic

    About 80 residents of the Misty Ridge subdivision on Port Washington’s south side are asking the city to lower the speed limit on a portion of Highway 32 near their homes.
    Cathy Hanson, 1956 Blue Spruce Ct., presented the Common Council with a petition seeking the lower speed limit signed by the residents, telling aldermen the current 55 mph speed limit and the fact there is a hill near the entrance to the subdivision make it difficult, if not dangerous, for people to exit the development — particularly drivers turning left to head into Port.
    “Vehicles coming (south) from Port Washington are accelerating just as they approach Misty Ridge Lane,” Hanson said last month, adding that intersection has become “increasingly difficult to negotiate” during the morning and evening rush hours.
    Residents of the subdivision have a hard time seeing oncoming vehicles because of the hill, and the high speeds exacerbate the situation, she said.
    The residents are asking that the city lower the speed limit to 45 mph, allowing the current 55 mph to be effective only south of Misty Ridge Lane, Hanson said.
    “Make this a safer intersection,” she said.
    Hanson noted that the 80 signatures on the petition represent the majority of the 129 households in the subdivision.
    City Administrator Mark Grams, who lives in the subdivision, told aldermen that the city had looked at the speed issue in the past and decided against taking any action.
    “I think it’s time we should look at it again,” he said.
    Grams said the matter would be referred to the city’s Traffic Safety Commission, adding that any recommended change would also require approval of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
    However, he noted, the DOT often follows what the community requests.
    Ald. John Sigwart said the commission is considering a mid-July meeting.

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Hooked on Fish Day fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:29

Thousands of festival-loving folks drawn to 53rd annual celebration

With picture-perfect weather and a menu brimming with food, beverages and family fun, the 53rd annual Fish Day had no trouble attracting an enthusiastic crowd last Saturday. “Gotta Hook ’Em to Cook ’Em” was the theme of this year’s celebration, which is traditionally billed as the world’s largest one-day outdoor fish fry. Thousands of spectators flocked downtown to view a parade in the morning, followed by a full day of festivities along the lakefront. Among the attractions were a fundraising run/walk, music stages, carnival, classic car show, helicopter rides, arts and crafts areas and smoked-fish eating contests — all capped in the evening by a spectacular fireworks display. Fish&Chips s2071517201 4C

 
Last hurrah for Fish Day float ladies PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:09

Red Hat Society members say that after 15 years of fan-favorite parade entries, this year’s will be the last

    For the past 15 years — ever since the group was formed — Port Washington’s Red Hat Society has had a float in the Fish Day parade.
    The floats have been a crowd favorite, infusing humor with the Fish Day theme, and have won the first or second-place trophy virtually every year.
    But this Fish Day will be the group’s final float.
    “I know it’s sad, but we’re all getting older,” said charter member Bonnie Knaub. “It’s getting harder to get up on the trailer. We’re all getting artificial knees and all this stuff.”
   Red Hat Society s3071017074 4C It was a difficult decision for the club, she added.
    “We really love this,” said Barb Janeshek, another 15-year member of the club. “We have so much fun, and the crowd looks for us. We really get the people going.”
    The group is such a Fish Day tradition that the parade coordinator  tells the club, “I can’t wait to see you girls. You always do such a good job,” Janeshek said.
    The Red Hat floats started when members decided to try and infuse some homespun flavor into the Fish Day parade.
    “When we started, we said nobody’s putting a float in the parade,” Knaub said. “So we decided to do that. We hoped other groups would follow.”
    For the first couple years, she said, the group built its float in the driveway at member Pat Pride’s house.
    That first float contained a big red hat made of chicken wire, Janeshek said, with a picnic table as its base.
    “We won first place our first year,” she said proudly.
    After a few years, Bill Ciriacks Sr. — and later his son Bill — of Lakeland Cartage in Port offered his facility to the club as a place to store its materials and assemble the float.
    “He just loved it so much, he offered to give us the space,” Knaub said. “He thought it was great.”
    “We were his girls,” Janeshek added, noting Ciriacks would host a lunch for the group after the parade. “He was always there for us.”
    One year, she said, the group created a boat for its float and named it “Bill’s girls” as a tribute to him.
    Club members brainstorm ideas for the floats, making sure to follow the parade theme. There have been many memorable floats through the years, the women said.
    Both Knaub and Janeshek said one of their favorite floats celebrated the popular red Solo cup, a staple at parties and gatherings.
    Two women were dressed as red Solo cups, Janeshek said, and her hat was decorated with them. The song by Toby Keith played as the women traveled along the parade route.
    “As we were going down the route, you  looked out and everybody on the float and along the street had a red Solo cup in their hand,” Knaub said. “It was just perfect.”
    Another favorite, the women said, was a James Bond-themed float.
    “We had this beautiful purple car on it that had no insides,” Knaub said, as well as a boat and airplane on the float.    
    A cutout of James Bond and a bevy of Bond girls completed the float.
    “We have a lot of favorites,” Janeshek said.
    She recalled one year when the group built a lighthouse out of cardboard, added a pier and tiki bar.
    For Fish Day’s 50th anniversary, the group did a gold float, and member Donna Call dressed as the Smith Bros. fisherman gilded in gold.
    “She had everything down pat,” Janeshek said. “It was exactly like the Smith Bros. sign.”
    The float was a globe one year, she said, with each member on it representing a different country to follow the theme “Find Your Way to Port Washington for Fish Day.”
    Last year, when the theme was “Fishmas in Port,” the float had a winter theme complete with Santa and snowmen, as well as lollipops made of pool noodles.
    This year, the club will loosely follow the theme “Gotta Hook ’Em to Cook ’Em,” the women said, being careful not to reveal  any secrets about the entry.
    “No, I can’t tell you about it,” Janeshek said. “We’re just going to do something different this year. We have all sorts of goofy stuff we’re going to do.”
    Constructing the float is a time-consuming process, the women said.    
    “It takes a lot of work,” Knaub said. “But we have some really creative members.”
    “We do all the work ourselves,” Janeshek said proudly. “We know how to use screwdrivers and hammers.”
    The float is put together largely with dollar-store items, and traditionally sports a red and purple skirt — as well as plenty of duct tape.
    But the work is worth it, the women said.
    “When we’re on that float and we hear all the cheers and claps, it makes us feel good we can still do this at our age,” Knaub said.
    “It’s really awesome to see the people,” Janeshek said. “It’s really cool to make them feel good, and it makes us feel good too.”
    Knowing this is the last year adds a new dimension to the festival.
    “It’s bittersweet the float is ending,” Knaub said. “But the group is still together, and that’s what’s important.”
    And, she added, the club may participate in the parade in other ways.
    “A couple years ago I said, ‘I’m going to rent a big boat like the one the (Fish Day) committee rides,’” Knaub said. “You never know.”     
    But Janeshek, who said she knows she’s going to cry during the parade knowing it’s her last, isn’t giving up on the idea that there may still be another float in the group’s future.
    “I’m going to try to talk them into another year,” she said. “I’ll beg if I have to. It’s just so much fun.”

 
Capsized boat completes crossing of Lake Michigan PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 18:06

Vessel abandoned after men were rescued off Port found 80 miles away

    When the Port Washington fire department rescued three men from a capsized 17-foot fishing boat June 18, officials believed the vessel would sink a little more than two miles off the city’s shore.
    That didn’t happen. The boat was recovered by the Coast Guard near Big Sable Point lighthouse just north of Ludington, Mich., on June 30.
    A “good Samaritan” reported the boat floating upside down, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Frank Carpenter, who is assigned to the Coast Guard station at Manistee, Mich.
    The Coast Guard towed the boat to the Manistee station, flipped it and dewatered it. Officials then contacted the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to determine the owner via the boat’s registration number, Carpenter said.
    The owner was notified that his boat had been recovered, and he picked it up the following day, he said.
    “He seemed pretty happy,” Carpenter said.
    The story started about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, June 18, when the fishing boat began taking on water over the sides while three men were fishing in choppy waters. The men used a waterproof iPhone 7 to call for help.
    When the Port fire department’s rescue boat arrived at the scene, it found the men atop the overturned boat. The men were brought on board, then transferred to the Ozaukee County rescue boat, which brought them to shore.
    Port Fire Chief Mark Mitchell said a Coast Guard helicopter responded to the scene and saw the boat was under the surface of the water.
    “They didn’t make any attempt to recover it,” he said.  
    In case you’re wondering, the vessel traveled 70 nautical miles — the equivalent of 80.5 highway miles — across Lake Michigan from Port to a point that’s roughly east of Manitowoc.
    It was a remarkable trip, Mitchell said, given that the boat traveled across a lake without bumping into the many freighters and pleasure craft that ply the water.
    The overturned boat apparently avoided them on its travels because it was in pretty good shape when it was recovered, Carpenter said.
    He noted that the vessel was designed to be inherently buoyant.
    “You could technically fill it up with water and it would still float,” Carpenter said.
    Still, he didn’t lose perspective on the case.
    “The boat floated across the lake, and that’s a good thing, but the most important thing is that the people who were in it were saved,” Carpenter said. “I think that’s the biggest point to make.”Daily Press

 
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