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Change in Fish Day parade route urged PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:15

Port council asks group to start procession farther north so nursing home residents can view event

The Port Washington Common Council on Tuesday approved an event permit for Fish Day on Saturday, July 16, but aldermen encouraged the group to move the start of the parade to Monroe Street so residents of Heritage Nursing Home could view it.
    The request to start the parade three blocks north of Walters Street — the traditional beginning of the route — was made earlier this year in letters to Ozaukee Press and reiterated at the council meeting by former alderman Tom Wellnitz.
    Wellnitz, who has brought up the idea at several council meetings, was angry when aldermen refused to make moving the parade a condition of the permit, saying the residents of the nursing home deserve to watch the parade.
    “This really infuriates me. We put conditions on the sale of public land. We put conditions on bartender’s licenses,” Wellnitz said. “We can’t put conditions on a parade?
    “We can tell them what to do. This is our city. No one wants to stand up to Fish Day.”
    But aldermen, who voted 4-1 to approve the permit and encourage Fish Day to make the change, stopped short of requiring the change in route.
    It’s not the city’s place to tell a nonprofit group where its parade should run, they said, especially since the event is less than a month away.
    Ald. Paul Neumyer, who cast the dissenting vote, said the logistics of staging the parade may make it difficult if not impossible to change the route.
    “I have trouble telling an organization that’s trying to do good for the city how they’re supposed to run their parade,” Neumyer said. “It’s not our place.
    “I think it’s a worthy idea, but I don’t think it’s workable this year.”
    The police department, which posts officers along the parade route, is understaffed right now, he added.
    Ald. Doug Biggs said he did not like the idea of requiring the change at this time, saying it would be “springing it on them at the last minute.”
    “This would have been the right thing to approach Fish Day with weeks, months ago,” he added.
    City Administrator Mark Grams said logistics would make it difficult for Fish Day because of the way it lines the parade up along side streets.
    “The parade’s pretty much strung out now as it is,” he said. “You think you’ve got gaps now?”    
    But Ald. Kevin Rudser supported the request initially, saying, “It does seem to make sense to run this past a nursing home.
    “I’m not sure it’s that much of an inconvenience. It’s three blocks.”
    While the city may not have gotten involved in the parade route before, Rudser said,  officials have the power to require the change.
    “It’s in our city,” he said.
    Mayor Tom Mlada said the matter is between residents and Fish Day and encouraged the leaders of the event to consider the change for the year.
    “The solution isn’t always government,” Mlada said. “We aren’t mandating this. We’re encouraging this by discussion.”
    But Wellnitz noted that residents initiated the discussion this spring and nothing changed.
    He noted that many residents at Heritage are veterans, and said he wanted members of the Fish Day Committee to personally explain to them why the parade couldn’t be changed.
    “I’m out to help the people at Heritage,” Wellnitz said. “They don’t have a voice.”Daily Press

 
Magazine puts Port on national list of top harbor communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 22:12

Port Washington has been named one of the top 10 harbor communities in the United States by Coastal Living magazine.
    Port Washington was the only Great Lakes harbor named in the national magazine’s online Best Harbors in America feature and shares the list with some of the country’s most well-known ports, including Baltimore, Charleston, S.C., and Ketchikan, Alaska.
    Tracey Minkin, travel editor for Coastal Living, said the research for the list spanned several years. Port Washington was chosen by a previous travel editor who undoubtedly visited the city, she said.
    “It’s a Coastal Living imperative that we don’t write about places unless we visited them or researched them thoroughly,” Minkin said.
    “It’s really a joy for us to be able to introduce our readers to your little town in Wisconsin, a state that is not always thought of as a coastal state.”
    The criteria for the list wasn’t the services and comforts offered to boaters but what the harbors contribute to the lifestyles of the their communities, Minkin said.
    “The point of Best Harbors in America is, whether you’re a boater or not, this is the harbor for you,” she said.
    The magazine highlighted the Light Station atop St. Mary’s hill and its pierhead Art Deco-style lighthouse, as well as its lake views.
    “Two lighthouses, pre-Civil War buildings and great views of Lake Michigan make Port Washington a real charmer,” according to the magazine.
    “A few miles north of Milwaukee, the town boomed as a commercial fishing port in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The marina now serves mostly pleasure boats and a sizable charter fishing fleet. Visitors can climb the deactivated circa-1860 Light Station, or walk a half mile along a breakwater to the striking (and functional) Art Deco lighthouse marking the harbor entry.”
    Minkin said the selection of a Lake Michigan community for its top harbors list is a reflection of the magazine’s appreciation of the Great Lakes.
    “From Coastal Living’s perspective, the Great Lakes coasts are every bit as glorious and beautiful as the coasts to the east, west and south,” she said. “The Great Lakes have so much to offer but are sometimes overlooked.”
    She noted that Port Washington restaurant NewPort Shores was named to the magazine’s America’s Best Seafood Dives list several years ago.
    Port Washington Tourism Director Kathy Tank said that coverage in respected publications can benefit communities, as evidenced by a feature on the city in Midwest Living magazine two years ago.
    “We had people walk into the Visitor’s Center with the copy of the magazine turned to the article about Port Washington in their hands,” she said. “It’s really pretty important for the city.”Daily Press

 
Teenager blamed for putting gun on the street sent to jail PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:05

Judge withholds prison sentence but orders recent PWHS grad to serve time in county lockup for stealing .44 magnum

Admonishing him for putting a gun on the streets, a judge sentenced a Port Washington teenager last week to eight months in jail for stealing a weapon last year that remains missing.
    “We have this firearm out there that could be used in some terrible crime,” Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Sandy Williams told Dakota Manske. “Any way you slice or dice it, your actions could have terrible consequences.”
    Manske, who turned 18 two months ago, hung his head as Williams told the recent Port Washington High School graduate he would spend time behind bars for stealing a .44 magnum revolver and ammunition from a house across from the school in July 2015.
    But the punishment could have been worse. Manske pleaded no contest in April to theft of a gun, a felony punishable by three years in prison and three years of extended supervision, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a juvenile.
    Williams withheld a prison sentence and placed him on probation for three years. In addition to spending time in the county jail, conditions of Manske’s probation are that he pay $500 restitution to the owner of the gun for the insurance deductible and $649 to the insurance company. He must also maintain absolute sobriety.
    If Manske violates the conditions of his probation, he would return to court to be sentenced.
    “If you screw up, you’re going to come back and face me ... and I have a very long memory,” Williams said. “I hope you’re scared.”
    Manske, then 17, was arrested in October after police received numerous tips from teenagers, some of whom told authorities that Manske kept the high-powered handgun under the spare tire in the trunk of his car and showed it to other students in a parking lot adjacent to Port High, Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said.
    Manske also reportedly showed the gun to other people in the parking lot of the Culver’s restaurant in Port Washington.
    When questioned by police, Manske admitted stealing the gun and ammunition from a house at 404 W. Jackson St. between July 8 and July 18.
    He said he discovered the gun was missing from the trunk of his car, which was secured with a bungee cord, on Oct. 9 and he has no idea who took it.
    During a preliminary hearing in November, however, police officer Jeremiah Nye testified that when Manske was asked by investigators who might have taken the gun, he named several people, including Joshua Schires.    
    Schires, a former Port High student, told authorities that Manske gave him the gun when he was in Port Washington over homecoming weekend in early October.
    Shires said he took the gun to his home in the Madison area and kept it until Manske came to his house and retrieved it about a week later, according to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.
    Schires, 18, is charged with one felony count of receiving a stolen gun and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer. According to the criminal complaint, officers said some of Shires’ statements were contradicted by witnesses and phone records.
    Schires has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him but is scheduled to appear before Williams next month to change his plea and be sentenced.
    At this week’s sentencing hearing, District Attorney Adam Gerol said cases that involve young people like Manske challenge the court system.
    “The most difficult factor to deal with is the age of the defendant,” he said.
    Gerol recommended Manske be sentenced to prison, but that the sentence be stayed and he instead be ordered to serve a year in the county jail as a condition of probation. He would only have to serve the prison sentence if he violated the conditions of probation.
    Gerol noted that Manske told the probation officer who wrote a presentence report that, at worst, he thought he would be ticketed by police for stealing the gun if he was caught.
    Williams said she didn’t believe Manske was that naive.
    “From about age 5 people are taught you can’t take other people’s property,” she said. “There’s no question you knew right from wrong ... and you compounded that with the fact it was a firearm that’s somewhere in this community.”
    Manske’s lawyer, Jamie McClendon, said that while her client was immature at the time, he has since grown up and has no other criminal record.
    “I think he took the gun to show off for his friends,” she said. “I think the most egregious part of this was that he left the gun in the trunk secured by a bungee cord.”
    Williams said she will review the case in two years and decide then whether to grant Manske’s request that his criminal record be expunged if he successfully completes probation and follows all rules established by his probation agent.Daily Press

 
Treasures of Oz to again showcase natural wonders June 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 21:02

Ozaukee County’s natural treasures can be explored above, below and under water Saturday, June 18.
The annual Treasures of Oz event will be held at seven sites throughout the county, providing visitors with up-close views of a variety of sights, wildlife and history.
The event is an eco-tour-meets-science expo. Birding, photography and recreational opportunities abound.
All sites are open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
A celebration will take place from noon to 6 p.m. at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium. Featured are southern-style food, music, a silent auction and passports that participants can have stamped at each site to receive free raffle tickets.
Visitors are also invited to spot a hawk from the watch tower, learn about dragonflies and butterflies at the Five Star Bird Hotel, meet Randyman Hetzel and His Critters at 11 a.m. and view raptors from Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 1 p.m.
Other featured sites include:
n Donges Bay Gorge Nature Preserve, Mequon: Discover the deep ravines and learn about ravine ecology. Walk the trail and bridges and go birding with experts.
n Virmond Park, Mequon: See the first engineered chimney swift chimney in the county and learn about wetland restoration, amphibians and more.
n Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve, Town of Grafton and Clay Bluffs/Cedar Gorge Nature Preserve, Town of Port Washington: Take a peek at plans for the newest coastal preserve north of Lion’s Den, delve into the history of the clay bluffs and explore trails along the bluff and through ravines.
n South Beach, Port Washington: Walk the beach, explore glacial geology of the bluffs, learn about the Return of the Sturgeon project and water safety and view peregrine falcon nesting boxes.
n Upper Lake Park in Port Washington: Learn about National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marine sanctuaries, shipwrecks, the new multi-use mountain bike trail, Port’s historical lighthouse and a rip-current forecasting program.
n Cedar Grove Waterfowl Production Area: Learn about bird protection efforts at a major breeding area and stopover during spring and fall.
For more information, go to treasuresofoz.org.Daily Press

 
Kite Fest ready to make high-flying debut Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:58

The sky over Coal Dock Park will be dotted with color Saturday, June 18, as Port Washington celebrates the inaugural Kite Fest.
    The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature not just kites, pinwheels, gliders and other flying objects but other family-friendly activities.
    The event will take advantage of the park’s naturally breezy atmosphere and the large expanse of space without tall trees or poles that would get in the way of flying objects, organizer Annie Bahringer said.
    “Hopefully we’ll get a nice cool breeze on a warm day,” she said.
    Kites and gliders will be sold by Port Main Street Inc., which is sponsoring the event, and a kite decorating contest with paper kites will be held.
    But kites won’t be the only attraction, she said.
    Port Washington State Bank will be providing ice cream, and several food vendors, including Wing It and the Cupcake A-Rhee, will also be at the park.
    Ozaukee Sports Center will have a bounce house at the park, and there will be sidewalk chalk drawing and face painting.
    “We didn’t want to go overboard, but we want to make this something fun for families and individuals,” Bahringer said.
    “We just want everybody to have fun — even if you don’t have kids, come fly a kite.”Daily Press

 
Town of Port woman killed in roll-over crash on I-43 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:25

Driver dies after being ejected from vehicle; Port man seriously injured in separate accident

A Town of Port Washington woman was killed in a roll-over accident on I-43 north of Falls Road Tuesday night — one of two serious accidents that occurred in as many days in Ozaukee County.
    Janae Dwyer Lopez, 23, died after being ejected from her vehicle during a single-vehicle crash about 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
    Witnesses told deputies that Lopez was driving north when her vehicle began to swerve, then entered the median and rolled over onto the southbound lanes of the freeway, according to the department.
    Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Authorities said alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the accident.
    In addition to the sheriff’s department, the Grafton police and fire departments, Saukville Police Department and Cedarburg Auxiliary Police Department responded to the scene.
    The accident closed southbound I-43 until about 2:25 a.m. June 8.
    On Monday morning, a Port Washington man was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee by a Flight for Life helicopter after an accident at the intersection of highways H and KK.
    Ronald Holtslander, 57, was treated at the scene before being flown to the hospital with what the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department described as serious injuries.
    The other driver, Diana Anick, 40, of the Town of Belgium, was taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton with what the department described as non-life threatening injuries.
    According to the sheriff’s department, Anick was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu north on Highway KK a little after 11 a.m. Monday when she did not stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway H.
    Anick’s car struck a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Holtslander, who was heading east on Highway H, according to Lt. Wayne Lambrecht. Holtslander’s vehicle, which was struck on the passenger’s side, rolled before stopping on its side.
    Holtslander had to be extricated from the Blazer, Lambrecht said.
    “Had he been hit on the driver’s side, things would have been worse,” he said.
    The speed limit on both highways is 55 mph.
    Lambrecht said authorities don’t know why Anick did not stop, but noted that deputies did not see any skid marks in the area.
    There were no witnesses, he added. The accident was reported by a driver on Highway KK and an Ozaukee County highway worker who were both in the area.
    Both the Port Washington and Waubeka ambulances responded to the scene.
    Anick was to be cited for failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign, according to the sheriff’s department. Daily Press

 
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