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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.

 
Tree on electrical lines leaves Port residents without power PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:25

A tree that fell on electrical lines is being blamed for a power outage on Port Washington’s north side early Wednesday morning.

    About 1,700 customers lost power about 7 a.m. July 9, We Energies spokesman Cathy Schulze said. Power was restored around 9:15 a.m.

    The outage affected customers in an area bordered by Lake Drive on the north, Western Avenue on the south, Hales Trail on the east and South Ravine Street on the west, Schulze said.

    Port Washington police officers opened the stop signs that are on the traffic light poles at the intersection of Highway LL and Wisconsin Street, effectively turning the crossing into a four-way stop during the outage.Daily-Press

    Although both Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Lincoln Elementary School lost power, summer school classes went on as scheduled, Director of Business Services Jim Froemming said.

 
Voter forum to continue after two candidates pull out PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:21

Despite the decision by two legislators not to participate, a voters forum featuring Republican candidates for the U.S. 6th District Congressional seat will go on as planned.

    State Senators Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham, who represent the 20th and 9th districts, respectively, have said they will not participate in the forum because the League of Women Voters has challenged the state’s voter ID law.


    The League of Women Voters of Ozaukee County is sponsoring the forum.


    The forum will go forward with candidates Tom Denow and Duey Stroebel, League officials said.


    It will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s North Campus, 5555 W. Highland Rd. in Mequon.


    The Republican candidates will face off in an Aug. 12 primary.
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    Mark Harris, the lone Democrat running for the Congressional seat being vacated by Tom Petri, is not on the primary ballot and thus will not be part of the forum.


    He will face the winner of the August primary in the Nov. 4 general election.

 
Port to mark 4th with festive Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 17:07

Downtown musical salute to Freeport concert series will highlight patriotic celebration

Port Washington’s Fourth of July celebration will be expanded this year with the addition of the Freeport Music Series festival.

    To accommodate the Friday festival, which will be held on the south end of Franklin Street, the route for the annual 11 a.m. parade has been changed.

    It will start at the corner of Main and Franklin streets, head north on Franklin to Pier Street, east to Lake Street, then north to Veterans Memorial Park.

    Following the parade, decorated bikes, wagons and scooters will be judged at the park bandshell.

    Kits for decorating bikes are available at Port Washington State Bank’s downtown Port branch.

    A bounce house, watermelon seed-spitting contest, music by Will Pfrang and Mackenzie Pauly, food and beverages will be featured in the park until about 2:30 p.m., when the music festival kicks off.

    The festival, which is being held in honor of the Freeport Music Series’ 10th anniversary, runs from 2:30 to 9:30 p.m. and features headline acts The Smithereens and Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans.

    The lineup also includes Pfrang, Tommy Keene and Familiar Looking Strangers.

    Opening the festival will be Pfrang, a Port Washington singer-songwriter who will perform at 2:30 p.m.

    Pfrang has attended the Rocky Mountain Song School and Folks Festival, and has been performing throughout the area for several years.

    Keene, a guitarist, singer and songwriter, will perform at 3:30 p.m.

    His 1984 extended-play recording garnered a four-star review in Rolling Stone magazine and was one of the year’s top independent releases. He’s recorded 10 albums and performed with Velvet Rush and on recordings by the Goo Goo Dolls.

    Familiar Looking Strangers, a band hailing from Liverpool, England, will play at 5 p.m.

    The band, which has performed in the area the past couple years, is expected to release new music this year.

    Llanas, who will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., is a singer, acoustic guitarist and songwriter who is known for his distinctive voice. He founded Absinthe with Milwaukee musicians Jim Eannelli and Guy Hoffman, formerly of the Violent Femmes.

    He is expected to release a new studio recording, “The Whole Night Thru,” this summer.

    The Smithereens, a band that was big in the 1980s and early 1990s, will be the headliner, performing from 8 p.m. until the close of the event.

    The band, one of the bigger MTV groups, released its first album, “Especially for You,” in 1986. That album included “Blood and Roses” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep.”

    The band’s other hits include “Only a Memory,” “House We Used to Live In,” “Drown in My Own Tears” and “A Girl Like You.”

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the celebration.

    Closing the day will be the traditional fireworks show at dusk, with the pyrotechnics being shot off from Coal Dock Park.

    For more information on the concert, visit www.freeportmusic.org or call the Port Washington Parks and Recreation Department at 284-5881.


 
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