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Governor’s race expected to boost local voter turnout PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:52

Hotly contested election helps fuel surge of absentee ballots issued in Port, Grafton

Voter turnout for the Tuesday, Nov. 4, election is expected to be high locally and statewide — almost as high as the presidential election two years ago — due to the battle being waged between incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke.

    In the Village of Grafton, more than 1,000 absentee ballots were issued by Tuesday, and Clerk Kelly Meyer expects that number to reach 1,500 by the end of Friday, Oct. 31, when early voting ends.


    “I expect up to an 85% turnout,” Meyer said.
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    Port Washington City Administrator Mark Grams isn’t predicting that high of a turnout, but said voting will be heavy.


    “I bet we’ll hit 50%,” Grams said. “If the weather’s bad, that could have an effect, but I think we’ll be there. There’s an awful lot of interest in the election.”


    More than 500 absentee ballots were issued in Port by Tuesday, and Grams expects that number to reach 1,000 by Friday.


    A sample Ozaukee County ballot in today’s Ozaukee Press will help voters, but there is one error, County Clerk Julie Winkelhorst pointed out. The sample ballot was printed before Oct. 9 when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s photo identification law.


    Readers should ignore the phrase “show an acceptable form of photo identification and sign the poll book before being permitted to vote,” Winkelhorst said, adding the actual ballots have the correct information.


    Although a photo ID is not required to vote, unregistered voters and those who have moved or changed their names must register and show proof of current residency before casting ballots, Port City Clerk Susan Westerbeke said. That has caused confusion with some voters casting absentee ballots and registering to vote, she said.


    Locally, there is only one race on the ballot — to determine who goes to Washington, D.C., to represent the 6th Congressional District. Republican Glenn Grothman, who beat three other members of his party in the August primary, faces opposition from Democrat Mark Harris and Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf. Rep. Thomas Petri did not seek re-election.


    The 60th District State Assembly race was decided in the August Republican primary when Ozaukee County supervisor and former board chairman Robert Brooks of Saukville defeated Town of Belgium resident Jean Opitz. Brooks is unopposed for the office.


    Current Rep. Duey Stroebel of Saukville did not seek re-election and lost the Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District.


    County elections are also uncontested, but there will be two changes in office.


    Ozaukee County Undersheriff Jim Johnson, 51, is the lone candidate to succeed Sheriff Maury Straub, who will retire in January after 18 years in the top job and 40 years with the department.


    Chief Deputy Coroner Timothy Deppisch is the only candidate seeking the job of coroner. John Holicek is not seeking re-election to the job he has held for years.


    Two referendums — one in the Town of Grafton and the other in the Random Lake School District — will impact some county taxpayers.


    The Town of Grafton is seeking to exceed the state tax levy limit by $125,000 annually for highway maintenance and repairs that have been put off too long, officials said.


    The Random Lake School District is seeking permission to borrow $8.5 million to remodel and make improvements in all its school buildings. Portions of the towns of Belgium and Fredonia are in the district.


 
Spooky good family fun PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:28

Halloween festivities set this weekend in Port, other communities 

    Halloween fun will abound throughout the area during the next week.

    In Port Washington, festivities start Saturday, Oct. 25, with the annual Harvest at the Market and related activities in downtown and conclude Friday, Oct. 31, with trick or treating.

    Saturday’s activities coincide with the final farmer’s market of season, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Mississippi Sawyer, a folk band that’s played at the market several times this year, will perform from 10 a.m. to the conclusion of the market.

    “We decided to try and add more energy to the annual Halloween event,” Mayor Tom Mlada said.

    From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., youngsters can trick or treat at downtown businesses whose windows are decorated with pumpkins.

    From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., youngsters will be able to carve pumpkins. The free pumpkins will be cleaned out ahead of time, but participants are asked to bring their own tools to create jack-o’-lanterns.

    Costumes will be judged at 12:30 p.m., with prizes awarded in two children’s age divisions and an adult category. Anyone age 16 or older will qualify for the adult division.

    The carved pumpkins will be judged at 1 p.m., with prizes awarded for the most creative jack-o’-lanterns.

    While people are invited to take their carved pumpkins home, they can also leave them at the event and they will then be used to decorate downtown until Halloween, Mlada said.

    Throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. hot chocolate and treats will be available.

    A beer tasting with seasonal and pumpkin-themed samples will also take place.

    The events will be held in the parking lot behind the Boerner Mercantile Building, just north of the farmers market.halloween

    Trick or treating will be done throughout Port Washington from 5 to 9 p.m. on Halloween, Oct. 31.

    The Port Washington High School Student Council and Best Buddies will hold their annual Trick or Treat for the Hungry, collecting nonperishable food to donate to the Food Pantry, during the trick-or-treat hours.

    Other communities hold trick or treat on different days.

    Youngsters will take to the streets to trick or treat in the Village of Fredonia from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

    In the villages of Grafton, Saukville and Belgium, trick or treat will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.


 
Town adds office hours for absentee ballots PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 22 October 2014 20:27

Additional office hours for residents seeking to cast absentee ballots in the Town of Port Washington have been announced by Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt.

    The extra office hours will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, and 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

    The regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.Daily-Press

    Schlenvogt said Tuesday that absentee voting has already been brisk. If that continues, she said, the town will be on track with the last presidential election, when nearly 25% of the registered voters cast absentee ballots.

 
Port High robotics team to hold recycling collection Oct. 18 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 19:03

The Port Washington High School PiraTech robotics team will host an electronics and appliance recycling collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the school.

    Computers can be dropped off at no cost. All data will be removed from hard drives by Digital Recycling before the computers are refurbished and donated to IndependenceFirst, an organization that provides computers for disabled people who cannot afford them.


    Other electronics, including cell phones, stereo equipment, printers, battery backups, toner cartridges, cameras and video game systems, will be accepted for $5 per item.


    Appliances, including air conditioners, microwave ovens, water heaters, ranges, dehumidifiers, washers, dryers and flat-panel TVs as large as 27 inches, will be accepted for $10 per item. Car batteries can also be dropped off for $10 each.


    Proceeds from the event will benefit the high school robotics team and the Thomas Jefferson Middle School FIRST Lego League teams.


    Last year, the recycling event collected 90 computers for IndependenceFirst and kept 945 pounds of TV tubes and 325 pounds of computer cathode-ray tubes out of landfills.


    This year’s event is supported by Digital Recycling and Refrigerant Depot.

 
Weekend events at Belgium preserve to honor Cutright PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:22

Bird counts, tree plantings, wetland workshops and dedication of Noel’s Knoll in memory of ornithologist Noel Cutright, who died last year, will be held this weekend at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium. The 142-acre
migratory preserve at 4970 Country Club Rd. is owned by the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust.
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    From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, a tree planting party will be held to plant 50 trees. Volunteers are needed.


    From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, a healthy wetlands workshop and field trip to two wetland restoration areas are planned.


    On Sunday, the Big Sit, an international bird counting event, will be held from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the hawk watch platform.


    The dedication of Noel’s Knoll will be from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, when friends will share memories of Cutright.


    All events are free. For more information, contact Mike Hoffer by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (910) 612-1909 or Bill Mueller by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   

 

 
City roadwork should be done by end of October PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 19:19

    Road construction season should be over in Port Washington at the end of October, Public Works Director Rob Vanden Noven told the Common Council Tuesday.

    Construction crews are expected to pave all of Van Buren Street and the southern two blocks of South Milwaukee Street this week, Vanden Noven said.

    Curb and gutter will be placed on Milwaukee Street between Dodge to Walters streets next week, and that road will be paved the last week of October, he said.

    Prospect Street is expected to follow a similar schedule, Vanden Noven said, with excavation work done this week, curb and gutter installed in two weeks and paving to follow the last week of October.

    Vanden Noven said he is still working to determine when landscape restoration will be done. It hasn’t been determined if the parkways will be sodded this fall or seeded in spring, he said.

    This year’s street construction projects are about five weeks behind schedule, impeded largely by three things, Vanden Noven said.roadwork

    “The project started a few weeks later than we thought it would,” he said, because of rain in April and May that delayed contractors’ work on other projects.

    Once work began, contractors discovered poor soils under many of the streets, which meant they had to excavate deeper and remove more of the roadbed, Vanden Noven said.

    In particular, on Van Buren and Milwaukee Streets, gas lines had to be moved to avoid potential problems, delaying excavation work, he said.

 
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