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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

 
Marina Day to be celebrated on July 8 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 19:02

National Marina Day will be celebrated in Port Washington from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8.
    The marina staff will serve free hot dogs, chips and soda throughout the event.
    At 1 p.m., the Ozaukee High School robotics team — the top-rated team in the state and third ranked in the nation — will demonstrate its remotely operated underwater vehicle, a tethered ROV that completes simulated industrial and scientific tasks that are not safe for divers to undertake.Daily Press

 
Landscaper scam, forgery lands Port man in prison PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 05 July 2017 19:00

Judge revokes his probation, sentences him to two years behind bars


    A Port Washington man whose troubles with the law began in 2015 when he passed himself off as an employee of a landscaping firm he didn’t work for and accepted money for work he never did was sentenced to prison last month for that crime and forging checks earlier this year.
    Andrew J. Gronowski, 39, was sentenced on June 20 by Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy to two years in prison and two years of extended supervision after pleading guilty to forging a check in January or February.
    At the time of the forgery, Gronowski was on probation for the landscaping scam. His probation was revoked on June 20 and he was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of extended supervision, although the two sentences are to be served concurrently.
    According to the criminal complaint in the forgery case, on Feb. 8, a man told a Port Washington police officer that he had power of attorney to manage the finances of his brother, who had been in the county jail since Jan. 8.
    The man said he noticed that nine of his brother’s checks had been paid to the order of Gronowski for cash since his brother had been incarcerated. The checks totalled $4,250.
    The man said his brother’s girlfriend, Deborah Paulin, had permission to use his brother’s debit card for some purchases but not his checkbook. He said that since his brother was incarcerated, Gronowski had been providing “moral support” to Paulin, according to the complaint.
    When officers interviewed Paulin, she denied writing any of the checks and said she believed Gronowski stole the checkbook.
    But when officers went back to Paulin’s home a few days later, they found Gronowski hiding in a closet. Gronowski admitted to cashing the checks and said he had written all but one of them. That one, he said, was written by Paulin to him for $200.
    Paulin, who eventually admitted writing one of the checks, pleaded no contest in April to one felony count of forgery and obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.
    Malloy sentenced Paulin to one year in jail, but stayed that sentence and placed her on probation for three years. As a condition of probation, Paulin was ordered to serve 60 days in jail.    
    Gronowski’s earlier crime dated to September 2015 when, after noticing trees that needed to be cut down in a yard on Harrison Street in Port Washington, he approached the homeowner, told him he was from a local landscaping company and took a $200 deposit for work to be done later. Gronowski told the man he would put a contract in his mailbox the next day.
    When the contract wasn’t delivered, the man called the landscaping company. A representative of the company told him that Gronowski did not work for the firm and had been swindling people by claiming that he was employed by the landscaper.
    In February 2016, Gronowski pleaded guilty to one felony count of identity theft. Malloy initially withheld a prison sentence, placed him on probation for three years and ordered him to serve six months in the county jail. Gronowski was then sentenced to prison last month after violating the terms of his probation.Daily Press
   

 
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