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Mural contest to provide artistic view of Port history PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 19:13

    Artists and designers with an eye for interpreting history are being sought for a mural to be created on the retaining wall on Jackson Street in downtown Port.

    The Heritage Wall Transformation project seeks to bring history to life in an artistic expression, said Sara Grover, executive director of Port Washington Main
Street, which is sponsoring the design competition along with Sign Effectz of Glendale.

    “It’s not just to beautify the downtown, but also to tie in the art we have in Port — the galleries and studios — and to really pick up on the unique history we
have in the city,” Grover said.

    “We want to really capture the lakefront, capture the heritage of Port Washington. Anybody could put a lighthouse on a wall. What they (Main Street’s design
committee) want is to have someone reach back and put up something iconic that relates to the history of Port.”

    The purpose of the wall is to “educate, inspire and express” the city’s history, according to a press release on the competition that notes the mural “will create
something special for the city’s visitors and residents.”

    The competition is not for a paid commission, Grover noted, but for a volunteer willing to work on the mural for the community.

    “We’re looking for someone to give their time and talents,” she said.

    The design committee has wanted to work on the retaining wall for some time, Grover said, but has instead focused on improving the facades of downtown

buildings.

    “That’s happening now,” she said. “Now they’re moving forward on other things that will complement the building facades.”

    The competition is open to individuals or companies, and the designs may be two or three-dimensional.

    Contest entries are due Jan. 1 and will be judged by the Design Committee. One design will be selected for the wall, with the winner announced by March 1.
The mural will then be created on the wall in spring.

    Entry forms are available at Sign Effectz Inc.’s Facebook page or by calling the Main Street office at 268-1132.

 

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Town, city of Port gear up for heavy turnout in Nov. 6 election PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 18:33

With the Nov. 6 election coming close, officials in the town and city of Port Washington are gearing up for the big day.

    Town Clerk Jenny Schlenvogt has scheduled additional office hours beginning next week to handle the expected influx of absentee ballot requests.

    In addition to her regular hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Schlenvogt will be at Town Hall from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, and from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.vote

    In both communities, absentee ballots are available by mail and may be requested by mail as well. Voters must be registered in the community to obtain these ballots.

    Absentee ballots may be completed in person at municipal offices beginning Monday, Oct. 22, and ending Friday, Nov. 2.

    People may register to vote in person at the community offices until Nov. 2. After that, registration will be at the polls.

    Officials are urging people to register before election day, noting it will help reduce lines at the polls.

    “These last few days, things have picked up considerably,” said Susan Westerbeke, the city’s deputy clerk. “We’ve had a steady stream of absentee ballot applications.”

 
Motorist cited after narrowly missing bicyclist PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 18:28

A Port Washington woman was cited for failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian or bicyclist after an Oct. 8 incident near Lincoln Elementary School, according to police.

    Police said a 46-year-old Port man was crossing James Drive near Theis Lane on his bicycle when a 28-year-old woman who lives in Port Washington came around the corner and nearly struck the man.

    A witness told officers the woman came “flying around the corner” and the man had to get off his bike to avoid being struck, police said. The man, who reported the incident to police, gave officers the license plate number of the woman, adding he has had issues with her in the past, according to authorities.

    The woman said she was waiting for the man to cross the road, but when he stopped she proceeded down the street, police said.

    In other police news:

    • Police arrested two people who broke into a vacant house on North Crowns Street Oct. 13.

    According to police, a 15-year-old girl knew the house was vacant when she and an 18-year-old Port Washington man who was homeless broke badgeinside about 2:20 p.m.

    Police have referred the case to the district attorney’s office, seeking charges of trespassing, possession of marijuana and two counts of possession against the man.

    They referred the Port Washington girl to juvenile court.

    • Police are investigating an Oct. 10 incident during which someone dug up an evergreen bush that had been planted alongside the driveway leading to the police station.

    The bush was found about 3 a.m. on the sidewalk along West Jackson Street.

    • Officers were called to the area of Hales Trail and Sunrise Drive about 9 p.m. Oct. 12 for a report that a group of eight to 10 youths dressed in black was walking through backyards and, if someone turned their lights on, running.

    Police found the youths, who explained they were “booing” in the area — ringing doorbells and leaving bags of candy behind for the property owner to find.

 
Assembly, senate candidates to square off in Oct. 25 forum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 17 October 2012 18:31

A forum featuring local candidates for state assembly and senate will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s North Campus, 5555 W. Highland Rd., Mequon.

    The candidates include incumbent Republican Glenn Grothman and challenger Democrat Tanya Lohr, who are seeking the 20th District Senate seat; incumbent Republican Jim Ott and Democratic challenger Cristine Weber-Rogers, who are seeking the 23rd Assembly seat; and Republican incumbent Duey
Stroebel and Democratic challenger Perry Duman, who are seeking the 60th District Assembly seat.

    The forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters.    Daily-Press

 
Motorcyclist dies after being struck by SUV in town PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:18

A Town of Grafton man sustained fatal injuries when a sport utility vehicle struck the motorcycle he was driving at the intersection of Highways W and V in the Town of Grafton just before 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

    The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department said the driver of the motorcycle, Rex Borgenhagen, 45, was transported to Aurora Hospital in Grafton and then taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee where he was pronounced dead.

    Capt. Jeff Taylor said an SUV traveling eastbound on Highway W crossed through the intersection, striking the motorcycle that had been northbound on Highway V.

    The driver of the SUV, Jeff Pionkoski of Cedarburg, was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, causing the death of another person.

    Alcohol, drugs and speed were not factors in the crash, Capt. Taylor said.
    Borgenhagen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

    Borgenhagen had worked for 20 years as a model maker at Frank Mayer and Associates in Grafton, Company President Mike Mayer said.

    “He was a very talented, very intelligent individual who lent a helping hand to anyone and everyone,” Mayer said. “He was an incredible individual, not only as an associate, but as a friend and person.”

    A funeral was held Tuesday at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg.Daily-Press

 
It’s Columbia St. Mary’s Center at fairgrounds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:13

Health system purchases naming rights for new county building that will house curling club’s facilities

    The newest building at the Ozaukee County fairgrounds will be called the Columbia St. Mary’s Center.

    Columbia St. Mary’s Health System has purchased the naming rights to the county-owned multipurpose building that houses a state-of-the-art ice facility to be used by the Milwaukee Curling Club, Roanne Barnes, president of the Milwaukee Curling Association, announced.

    “They’re a good organization, and they share the same mission and goals that we do,” she said — promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

    That sentiment was echoed by Gerri Staffileno, vice president of hospital operations and chief nursing officer for Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon.

    “Our mission, to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of the community, complements the Milwaukee Curling Club’s goal to promote a healthy, active lifestyle through curling,”she said.

    Barnes declined to reveal how much the health system paid for the naming rights for the next 15 years.

    “I think it’s just confidential information between Columbia St. Mary’s and the Curling Association,” she said.

    Although the Ozaukee County Executive Committee last week approved the naming of the building, County Board Chairman Rob Brooks also declined to reveal the price paid for the naming rights.

 “They didn’t purchase them from us,” he said. “They could have gotten $10,000 to $1 million.”  

    County Administrator Tom Meaux said he didn’t know how much was paid for the naming rights.

    Officials allowed the association sell the naming rights because they realized it would be easier for another entity to do that, Meaux said. The income the association realizes can then be used to pay the group’s share of the building costs.

    The group has already made a $1 million down payment on the building Meaux said, as well as a $200,000 payment that was due Oct. 1.

    The association has agreed to pay the county $50,000 annually for the next 20 years to lease the building, he said, and about the same amount annually for 30 years after that to pay for improvements to the fairgrounds.

    Ozaukee County built the Columbia St. Mary’s Center and is leasing it to the curling club for six months of the year. The county will use the facility for the remainder of the year.

    The finishing touches are being put on the building, and the curling club expects to begin moving in this week, Barnes said.

    The club has started making the first layer of ice in the center, she said, and will hold an open house at the end of October.

    Club members will start curling at the center Nov. 1, she said, adding they will also schedule learn-to-curl classes.

 
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