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Visiting Fredonia gator has new home PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 16:52

    The 4-foot-long alligator placed at Pine View Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in the Town of Fredonia last week has a new home in Chicago.

    The alligator, which was found on Sheboygan’s south side and then taken to Pine View, has a new home at the Chicago Herpetological Society.

    Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Mike Clutter said his search for a permanent home for the reptile led him to the Milwaukee County Zoo, whose staff sent him to Small Scale Reptile Rescue.

    The organization — a Milwaukee group that assists shelters and animal control agencies rehabilitate abandoned and seized reptiles and find homes for the animals — took the alligator to the Chicago Herpetological Society late Tuesday, July 22.

    The alligator was found near a swampy area off Indiana Avenue and Taylor Drive, just outside the City of Sheboygan limits, about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 20.

    The alligator was emaciated, dehydrated and extremely stressed when it was found, Pine View Executive Director Jean Lord said last week.

     Lord speculated that the reptile was a pet that got too large or was too expensive for its owner to keep.

    The situation is yet another example of people wanting an exotic animal as a pet but not understanding that wild animals aren’t domestic pets, she added.

    “There is no such thing as a pet wild animal,” Lord said.

    Clutter said the discovery of the alligator remains under investigation.

    State law regulates the introduction, stocking and release of wild animals, Clutter said,  adding violators can face a fine of as much as $539.50 for releasing a wild animal.

    Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the DNR at 1-800-847-9367.

 

 
Brooks, Opitz tout records in Assembly race PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 18:10

Candidates in 60th District primary both push for tax cuts, less intrusive government

Whichever candidate is elected in the race for the 60th Assembly District, voters can expect the winner to push for sweeping tax cuts, the elimination of Common Core standards and less government involvement in day-to-day life.

Rob Brooks of Saukville and Jean Opitz of the Town of Belgium are vying to be the Republican candidate on the November ballot. Since there is no

Democratic candidate, whoever wins the primary on Aug. 12 will go to Madison.

In the only forum where both Brooks and Opitz will both be able to express their views in the same venue ahead of the Aug. 12 primary, the candidates touted their records at the forum sponsored by the Republican Party of

Ozaukee County at The Hub at Cedar Creek in Cedarburg on July 17.

Brooks, an Ozaukee County Board supervisor and former board chairman, promoted being a small business owner and pointed to his “proven record of handling pressure.”

Brooks was a key cog in the County Board recently approving a $10 million renovation of Lasata Care Center in Cedarburg.

He has been endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life and the Tavern League of Wisconsin.

“I have a record of stabilizing county budgets, community leadership. I’ve worked hard to save this county money,” Brooks said before more than 100 people at the forum.

Opitz, who is seeking her first public office, said her more than 30 years of business experience in financial management qualifies her for the job.

She has been endorsed by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and State Rep. Dan LeMahieu.

Opitz served as chairman of the Republican Party for nine years under Gov. Tommy Thompson.

“We need people with a financial background in Madison,” Opitz said. “I’m a pro-business legislator and that’s what I want to promote.”

The forum format asked the candidates eight questions and allowed each just two minutes to respond.

Brooks and Opitz agreed on the majority of the topics, including the definition of marriage and Common Core standards.

“Marriage to me is between a man and a woman,” Brooks said. “Morality and religion are my reasons behind that. I will never back off that today, tomorrow or ever.”

Opitz agreed, saying marriage is a sacrament, which she said is a message that isn’t promoted enough.

“Marriage is a religious coming together or a man and a woman,” she said. “We have to maintain our principles. I have to live my values, and that’s what’s important to me.”

Both Brooks and Opitz believed the Common Core academic standards have “too many questions and not enough answers.”

“I do not support the federalization of education, which is what this is,” Opitz said.

Brooks said, “I am a big believer in program standards and measurements, but we have no idea what to do with the data from Common Core. It would be best to eliminate it altogether.”

Both candidates would also work to lower taxes, including personal property and income taxes.

“I’d like to be a state where we have no income tax,” Opitz said. “I can’t tell you how many people I’ve heard tell me, ‘Stop taxing my pension and pushing me out of the state.’”

Brooks wants to lower all taxes, calling the tax burden “incredible.”

“As a business owner, high property taxes really bother,” he said. “There are no taxes that are sacred to me that shouldn’t be cut.”

Both candidates agreed they had a lot in common, but what separates them is experience, according to Brooks.

“I’ve been through this before and I’m not going to be the shy, quiet freshman if I’m elected,” Brooks said.

Opitz countered by noting that officials such as Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and State Sen. Glenn Grothman didn’t have any political experience when they were elected to their respective offices.

“I’m not a career politician. I was first in this race because I want to serve the voters of this district, not take the next step in my political career,” she said.

6th District Candidates State Their Case

Also at the forum were State Sens. Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham, State Rep. Duey Stroebel and Tom Denow who are seeking a more conservative voice in the 6th Congressional District race held by Rep. Tom Petri for the past 35 years with promises of repealing the Affordable Care Act and abolishing government departments.

Grothman, the 20th District State Senator and Republican assistant majority leader who lives in Campbellsport, said he is the most conservative candidate.

“It bothers me when Republicans don’t act Republican,” Grothman said. “Tom Petri is probably the most liberal of Republicans. I have a record of acting as a conservative on every issue.”

Leibham, who represents the 9th District in the State Senate and lives in the Town of Sheboygan, accused the federal government of “failing the nation daily.”

“I am very proud of my public service career and have worked hard to get the state in good fiscal order,” he said.

Stroebel, the 60th District assemblyman from the Town of Saukville, said he is concerned about the future generation that will have to deal with a government who “has gone too far into our personal lives.”

“We need a new approach and more outsiders,” Stroebel, who has eight children,, said. “We can’t keep taxing, spending and regulating ourselves to prosperity.”

Denow, an instructor at Moraine Park Technical College pushed his background in industry, business and education.

“I would use my background to grow businesses and industry in the area,” he said. “We also have to develop energy resources to grow our economy.”

All candidates agreed there is a need to repeal the Affordable Care Act that they called Obamacare, with Leibham calling it a “top priority,” and Stroebel saying it is an “unmitigated disaster.”

“This has to be repealed as quickly as possible. We need a market-based solution to provide care at a more affordable price,” Stroebel said.

All four candidates said they would vote to impeach President Barack Obama when asked. Grothman said he should be “impeached for so many things.”

“Right now, the President’s approval rating is about 45%,” Grothman said. “He has had many executive orders that are completely out of line and Republicans need to do a better job of exploiting them.”

Leibham called Obama’s presidency “a complete scandal,” saying he has “fooled the people of this nation and destroyed America.”

“He is working on a daily basis to put America into decline. I’m not going to be a part of that failure,” he said.

Stroebel said he would push to eliminate the federal Department of Education if elected.

“I don’t see any quantifiable results we’ve gotten from it,” he said. “This country certainly existed for many years without it.”

He announced in April he would not seek another term.

The winner of the Aug. 12 primary will face Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris, a Democrat, and Libertarian candidate Gus Fahrendorf in the Nov. 4 general election.


 
Town adds early voting hours for Aug. 12 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 18:09

Town of Port Washington Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt has scheduled special early voting hours for the Aug. 12 election.

    “I expect some people go on vacation in August, and may want to vote in advance,” Schlenvogt said.


    Schlenvogt said the town office will be open for registration and in-person absentee voting from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8.
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    In addition, registration and in-person absentee voting may be done during regular office hours from 8:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, and Wednesday, Aug. 6, she said.


    Town Hall is at 3715 Highland Dr.

 
GOP candidates to debate issues July 17 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:30

Republican candidates for the 60th District state assembly seat and 6th District congressional seat will face off during a Thursday, July 17, forum sponsored by the Republican Party of Ozaukee County.

    The forum will be held at The Hub at Cedar Creek, 1814 Washington Ave., Cedarburg.
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    The event will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m.


    Robert Brooks of Saukville and Jean Opitz of the Town of Belgium, candidates for the 60th District Assembly seat being vacated by Rep. Duey Stroebel, will discuss their platforms from 7 to 7:30 p.m.


    From 7:40 to 8:30 p.m., the candidates for the 6th District Congressional seat being vacated by Tom Petri will take the stage.


    These candidates include Stroebel of Cedarburg,  State Sen. Glenn Grothman of Campbellsport, Tom Denow of Oshkosh and State Sen. Joe Leibham of Sheboygan.


    The primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12.


    The winner of the Republican primary for the state assembly will not face Democratic opposition in the Nov. 4 general election.


    The winner of the primary for the Congressional seat will face Democrat Mark Harris of Oshkosh and Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf of Neenah on Nov. 4.

 
Party plans in place for Fish Day, take 50 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 17:26

Array of attractions, including music star Josh Thompson, will highlight celebration’s golden anniversary Saturday

Fish Day, Port Washington’s celebration of its fishing heritage, is turning 50 Saturday, and as many as 50,000 people are expected to turn out for the party.

    “Fish Day — 50 Years and Still Frying” is the festival theme.


    “This year, we’re celebrating not just the city’s fishing heritage but the people who come home for Fish Day,” festival chairman Mary Monday said. “It truly is a social gathering and a time when people come together — for class reunions, for family reunions and just for the fun of it.”


    In keeping with the idea of bringing people back to Port, past Fish Day Committee members will serve as marshals for the 100-unit parade and the headline music act will be country recording artist Josh Thompson, a Cedarburg native who now lives in Nashville.


    Thompson’s latest album, “Turn It Up” is described as a country party album with plenty of swagger, energy and attitude. The lead single from the album, “Cold Beer With Your Name on It” has reached the Top 30 in country airplay.


    Thompson will play the Main Street Stage from 8 to 9:30 p.m., when a bigger than normal fireworks show will be shot off from Coal Dock Park.


    “We want to applaud all the volunteers who work that day and everybody who’s involved,” Monday said.


    Thousands of pounds of golden fish and chips will share the spotlight at this year’s festival — the largest and oldest fest in Port Washington.


    Fish Day includes something for everyone — an 8-kilometer run and 2-mile walk and run, parade, carnival, classic car show, arts and crafts area, smoked fish and ice cream eating contests, plenty of music, a spectacular fireworks show and, of course, a bounty of delicious fried fish and chips.


    This year, fried cheese curds have been added to the menu, joining chicken strips, craft beers, traditional beer, nonalcoholic beer, hard lemonade, Gatorade, soda and water.


     Fish Day kicks off at 8 a.m. with a run and walk to benefit Portal Industries, which provides training and employment opportunities for developmentally disabled adults in Ozaukee County. The race will be chip-timed, providing precise information and almost instantaneous race results.


    One of the most widely anticipated events each year is the parade, which starts at 10 a.m.


    Because of construction, the parade will line up on the east side of Wisconsin Street, not the west side. The detour route for drivers trying to get through the city during the parade will also be altered from its usual path, but the parade itself will remain unchanged.


    After the parade, many of the bands will perform standstill concerts on the festival grounds.


    Music is one of the main attractions at Fish Day, and this year is no exception.


    “Just about every band playing at Fish Day has received or been nominated for a WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award,” Monday said.    


    In addition to Thompson, other musical performers on the Main Stage include Nora Collins from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. and Road Crew from 4 to 7:30 p.m.    


    Headlining the Blues Stage at 6 p.m. will be Reverend Ravin and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys.


    Swingin’ Johnsons will perform on the stage from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., followed by Tweed Funk from 2:15 to 5:30 p.m.


    The Classic Rock Stage will be headlined at 7 p.m. by King of Clubs.


    Tangle Foot will open the stage, performing from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by The Flood from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Doing It Live Karaoke will give performers in area karaoke competitions the chance to perform with a band 4 to 6:30 p.m.


    The Lakeview Stage near the corner of Lake and Jackson streets will be headlined by The Cheap Shots at 6:30 p.m.     


    Others performing there include Random Maxx from 11 a.m. to  1 p.m., Blue Light Scene from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and The Squeezettes from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


    DJD Train will perform at the Family Stage in Upper Lake Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    All the music is free, with the exception of the Main Stage acts. A Fish Day button is required for entrance there. The button is $2 before the festival or $5 at the gate.


    Other events aimed at families include a carnival with a large Ferris wheel and an antique carousel in Veterans Memorial Park.


    Helicopter rides will also take off from the park.


    Among the family entertainment are the popular no-hands ice cream eating contest at 2:45 p.m. at the Family Stage and the traditional smoked fish eating contest at 1:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Stage.


    An easy way to cool off during the festival is at the soccer water fights. Teams of three youths can sign up for the water fights at 2:30 p.m., with contests starting at 3 p.m.


    At the Family Stage in Upper Lake Park, M.L. Flyers will perform a tumbling show from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Lake Shore Dance will take the stage at 1 p.m., followed by Main Street Song and Dance at 2:15 p.m. The Ronald McDonald Safety House will take over at 3:15 p.m.


    The Upper Lake Park bluff is the location for the arts and crafts show and the classic car show, which run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


    The festival closes with a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.



 
Breakwater project to be discussed at July 17 meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:27

A public informational meeting about the breakwater project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at City Hall.

    Officials from the Corps of Engineer and the city’s breakwater consultants — Foth Infrastructure and Environment and SmithGroup JJR — will be on hand to discuss the project, including a timetable for the work.


    Crews from the Army Corps of Engineers are expected to lay armor stone along the eastern portion of the Port Washington breakwater beginning in early August. The rocks will only be placed on the lake side of the structure.


    The city has committed to repairing the walkway on the western end of the breakwater — work that won’t be done until sometime next year.


    The Army Corps announced earlier this year it had found $950,000 to repair the breakwater, the city has committed to spending $1 million to repair the walkway atop the structure.
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    It has applied for three grants that, if approved, would provide $1.5 million for the  project and allow the city to do some additional work.


    The city has not been notified whether it will receive any of the grants.

 
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