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Election will bring change to PW-S board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:19

Town of Port resident is unopposed in bid for school seat vacated by incumbent

The Tuesday, April 1, election will bring another new face to the Port Washington-Saukville School Board.

    Marchell Longstaff is running unopposed for a Town of Port Washington seat on the board being vacated by Kim Wood.

    Wood, who has been on the board for seven years, chose not to run for re-election.

    Longstaff, 51, who has been active in parent groups in the Port Washington-Saukville School District for years, said the philosophy of the board inspired her to run for the office.

    “I think the School Board and the school district are doing an outstanding job,” she said. “I like how child-centered they are. That’s the way I am, and I wanted to be part of a board that thinks that way.”

    Longstaff is poised to be one of three new members of a board that is unaccustomed to such turnover.

    Jim Eden, who has been a board member for 16 years and president for two, presided over his last meeting Monday. He is resigning a year into his term because of additional responsibilities as vice president of academic affairs at Moraine Park Technical College.

    The board will appoint his replacement next month.

    That will be the second appointment made by the board in as many month. In February, Brian Stevens was picked to replace Jim Olson, who resigned after seven years on the board because of health reasons.

    Referring to the typical longevity of board members, Wood said during Monday’s meeting, “Who would think that after being on this board for seven years I’m still a newbie?

    “I’m honored to have been a part of this board.”Daily-Press

    While the two appointed board members will serve until the April 2015 election, Longstaff is poised to be elected to a full three-year term.

    Also running unopposed in next week’s election are incumbent board members Sara McCutcheon, who represents the Village of Saukville, and Brian McCutcheon, who holds a City of Port Washington seat.

    Although board members represent specific geographic areas of the district, they are elected at large.



 
League hosting two candidates forums PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 17:40

Two spring candidate forums, one for Village of Belgium trustees seats and the other for Ozaukee County board seats, will be held this month by the League of Women Voters.

     Written questions from the audience will be presented to the candidates by League moderators.

    Belgium trustee candidates will take part in a forum at the Legion Hall, 655 Park St., from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

    Five candidates — incumbent Clem Gottsacker and newcomers Richard Aikins, Peter Anzia, Ricky Holler and Wayne Lambrecht — are seeking three open seats on the board.

    The Ozaukee County board forum, which will feature candidates for the Districts 9, 21 and 26 seats, will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the lecture hall at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s North Campus in Mequon.

    Newcomers Tom Grabow and Robert Wardlow are seeking the District 9 seat, which represents portions of the Village of Saukville and towns of Grafton and Cedarburg.

    Former county supervisor Robert Walerstein and newcomer Justin Strom are vying for the District 21 seat representing part of the City of Mequon.Daily-Press

    Incumbent Jennifer Rothstein is being challenged by newcomer Bruce Sipiora for the  District 26 seat that represents parts of the City of Cedarburg and Village of Bayside.

    The spring general election will be held Tuesday, April 1.

 
Contest is truly ‘For the Birds’ PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 17:31

Land Trust challenges creative builders to make whimsical, functional birdhouses that will become part of the landscape at migratory bird preserve

The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is holding a “For the Birds” birdhouse building contest and fundraiser at Forest Beach Migratory Nature Preserve in the Town of Belgium Saturday, April 5.

    The event, which will run from 3 to 6:30 p.m., will include an optional buffet meal featuring locally grown food prepared by Shully’s Cuisine of Thiensville.


    Contestants may build whimsical or functional birdhouses and enter as many houses as they wish in one or both categories. All birdhouses must be an original design and built by the entrant.


    Prizes of $100 each will be awarded to the best functional design, best whimsical design and people’s choice.


    The birdhouses will be considered a donation to the Land Trust and go to the highest bidders in a silent auction that will be held throughout the event.


    Functional birdhouses must be made of non-toxic materials (no treated wood) and suitable for a type of species that nests in Wisconsin. Entrants must indicate the species for which the house is intended.


    Whimsical birdhouses may be made of any materials and for outdoor or indoor use.


    Completed birdhouses can be brought to the Land Trust office at 200 Wisconsin St., West Bend, from now until 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 28.


    The birdhouses will be judged by a panel of experts. Prizes will be awarded April 5.


    William Mueller, director of the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory at Forest Beach Preserve, will give a presentation on the state of birds in the region.


    There is no fee for entering the contest, watching the judging, bidding on birdhouses and enjoying the music.


    The fee for the meal is $55 per person or $400 for a table for eight. Sponsorships are available by contacting the Land Trust.


    Reservations for the meal are required by Wednesday, March 26.


    Entry forms for the contest and meal reservations are available on the Land Trust website www.owlt.org/for-the-birds, by calling 338-1794 or by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  


    All proceeds from the event will be used to create and enhance habitats for migratory birds and support the observatory on the 142-acre preserve along the Lake Michigan Flyway.


    The preserve, a former golf course, is at 4970 Country Club Beach Rd.


Image information: A COLORFUL WHIMSICAL BIRDHOUSE will be made by Sarah Hoffer, 9, and her father Mike, who is stewardship and restorations director for the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust. Sarah designed the house they will enter in the “For the Birds” birdhouse building contest to be held Saturday, April 5, at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in the Town of Belgium.                  Photo by Sam Arendt


 
Task force set to tackle county’s heroin problem PDF Print E-mail
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Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO   
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 17:30

Heroin is a huge problem in Ozaukee County. Officials held summits to discuss how to tackle the problem.

Now, in an effort to put the clamps on the growing heroin problem in Ozaukee County, officials have created the Heroin Task Force to take on the drug that has led to the death of five residents since 2011.

The mission of the group is to “maintain the highest quality of life through the elimination of opiate abuse, achieved by community partnerships focused on prevention, policy, education, law enforcement and treatment,” Ozaukee County Health Officer Kirsten Johnson said.

“We already have more than 100 people involved and there has been a tremendous amount of support from communities. We know this is a problem we need to address.”

Johnson said Ozaukee County Undersheriff Jim Johnson, Shea Halula, director of Starting Point of Ozaukee, County Administrator Tom Meaux and Mike Lappan, interim director of Ozaukee County Human Services, have been instrumental in getting the task force started.

The task force is the result of two heroin summits in the county earlier this year and includes five sub-committees that will meet over the next two months. The task force has already met twice and came up with its mission statement and the following groups:

• Policy and Advocacy group will meet  Tuesday, March 25, at Starting Point, 101 Falls Rd., Ste. 402, Grafton from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The group’s goal is to expand and advocate for community education and awareness with a focus on schools and the medical community by the end of the year.

It also aims to have a sober/transitional housing system with appropriate resources available to qualified county residents and promote a law regulating opiate prescription drug prescribing, monitoring and enforcement that is consistent in the county and the state by the end of 2016.

• Medical Education group will meet Thursday, March 20, at Colectivo (formerly Alterra), 1211 Washington St., Grafton, at 7 p.m.

The group will hold a “Heroin Summit for Healthcare” to educate medical providers about the opiate and heroin issue in Ozaukee County by the end of the year.

• Law Enforcement group will meet Tuesday, March 25, at the Cedarburg Police Department, W75 N444 Wauwatosa Rd., from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The group will try to have crimes related to drug use in Ozaukee County reduced by the end of 2015 and, by the start of 2017, communication between law enforcement and the community will increase through education.

• Community Education will meet at the Port Washington-Saukville School District Office, 100 W. Monroe St., Port Washington, on Tuesday, April 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Between now and 2017, the group will conduct a comprehensive, community-wide education interventions, focusing on youth, young adults and the community-at-large.

It will also have a comprehensive understanding of the drug and heroin environment in Ozaukee County through research and data collection by the end of 2015 and, by 2017, 100% of county residents will understand the risk and impact of heroin on quality of life, community, families and children.

• Treatment group has not scheduled its next meeting, but aims to establish, populate and maintain a heroin resource web page by May 20 and establish Narcotics Anonymous meetings at least once daily in the county by 2017.

Anyone who is interested in joining any of the committees should come to the meetings and have their voice heard, Johnson said.

The goals for each committee can be changed at any time and are just a starting point for each group, Johnson said.

The entire task force will meet at the Ozaukee County Fairgrounds from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20.

“We’ll all get together and talk about what each group is working on and keep everyone involved with what’s happening,” Johnson said.Daily-Press

The first heroin summit, at the fairgrounds in January, attracted a standing-room only crowd of more than 400 people to hear about the adverse effects heroin is having on residents.

Officials from the federal, state and local levels spoke at the summit. A second summit was held two weeks later at Port Washington High School.

There were 1,056 cases of heroin processed by the State Crime Lab in 2013, up more than 30% from 2010. That included 19 cases in Ozaukee County last year.

There have been 15 opiate-related deaths in the county since 2011 and five had heroin specifically identified in toxicology reports.

For more information on the local task force, call Kirsten Johnson at 284-8170 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Phone outage leaves schools scrambling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 05 March 2014 20:13

AT&T circuit problems force PW-S employees to use cell phones on job for two days

    The Port Washington-Saukville School District was without phone service for two days this week, a situation that forced district employees to resort to personal cell phones to communicate with each other, keep track of absent students and contact parents.


    The problem?

    “Three letters: AT&T,” Director of Business Services Jim Froemming said, referring to the district’s phone service provider.

    Phone service stopped Monday morning, and by Tuesday afternoon, the problem and length of time it would take to fix were still unclear.

    “We were told it has something to do with a circuit being down,” Froemming said Tuesday, adding that the problem is AT&T’s equipment, not the district’s.

    “AT&T switches you among personnel so often it is difficult to get a status report,” he said. “We know our job ticket is in and have been told they’re working on it. Now we’re just waiting. You don’t get ahold of AT&T. They get ahold of you.”

    While the service that supports about 250  phones in the school system was down, the district’s e-mail system remained functional, giving staff members a way to communicate with parents, Froemming said.

    One of the challenges was monitoring attendance. When students will not be in class, parents are instructed to call schools and report the absence and the reason for it. The system is designed not only to prevent kids from playing hooky, but to ensure they make it to school safely.

    The phone service outage turned that system around. Secretaries at some schools used cell phones to call parents of absent students, Supt. Michael Weber said. Daily-Press

    Froemming noted that each school still has a traditional “hard line” that can be used in case of emergency.

    Phone service was restored late Tuesday.



 
Women ready to indulge in Port’s annual ‘Kiss’ event PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:07

The streets of Port Washington will be teeming with women from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, when the sixth annual Kiss of Indulgence is held downtown.

Held each year on Fat Tuesday, it is one of the most successful events sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., filling the streets and downtown businesses with women ready to see what the city has to offer.

Last year, the event drew nearly 1,000 women to downtown, and so far this year more than 500 women have pre-registered.

Virtually all of the 64 participating businesses will have a treat to offer, as well as a drawing or give-away and coupons to be used in the future.

A grand prize drawing for a piece of jewelry donated by Sharbuno Jewelers will also be held.

A number of businesses will have music to entertain participants as well.

At 8 p.m., there will be a fashion show in the banquet hall at Blue Heron Artisans Gallery featuring male and female models wearing clothing and accessories from local businesses.

The online registration deadline has been extended until Sunday. Women who have registered before the event can pick up their Kiss of Indulgence gift bags at the Port Washington Fire Department Tuesday.

Those planning to register at the event can do so at Blue Heron Artisans Gallery.

For more information, call Port Main Street at 268-1132.

 
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