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Kite Fest ready to make high-flying debut Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 20:58

The sky over Coal Dock Park will be dotted with color Saturday, June 18, as Port Washington celebrates the inaugural Kite Fest.
    The free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature not just kites, pinwheels, gliders and other flying objects but other family-friendly activities.
    The event will take advantage of the park’s naturally breezy atmosphere and the large expanse of space without tall trees or poles that would get in the way of flying objects, organizer Annie Bahringer said.
    “Hopefully we’ll get a nice cool breeze on a warm day,” she said.
    Kites and gliders will be sold by Port Main Street Inc., which is sponsoring the event, and a kite decorating contest with paper kites will be held.
    But kites won’t be the only attraction, she said.
    Port Washington State Bank will be providing ice cream, and several food vendors, including Wing It and the Cupcake A-Rhee, will also be at the park.
    Ozaukee Sports Center will have a bounce house at the park, and there will be sidewalk chalk drawing and face painting.
    “We didn’t want to go overboard, but we want to make this something fun for families and individuals,” Bahringer said.
    “We just want everybody to have fun — even if you don’t have kids, come fly a kite.”Daily Press

Town of Port woman killed in roll-over crash on I-43 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:25

Driver dies after being ejected from vehicle; Port man seriously injured in separate accident

A Town of Port Washington woman was killed in a roll-over accident on I-43 north of Falls Road Tuesday night — one of two serious accidents that occurred in as many days in Ozaukee County.
    Janae Dwyer Lopez, 23, died after being ejected from her vehicle during a single-vehicle crash about 11:51 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
    Witnesses told deputies that Lopez was driving north when her vehicle began to swerve, then entered the median and rolled over onto the southbound lanes of the freeway, according to the department.
    Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Authorities said alcohol and drugs do not appear to have been a factor in the accident.
    In addition to the sheriff’s department, the Grafton police and fire departments, Saukville Police Department and Cedarburg Auxiliary Police Department responded to the scene.
    The accident closed southbound I-43 until about 2:25 a.m. June 8.
    On Monday morning, a Port Washington man was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee by a Flight for Life helicopter after an accident at the intersection of highways H and KK.
    Ronald Holtslander, 57, was treated at the scene before being flown to the hospital with what the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department described as serious injuries.
    The other driver, Diana Anick, 40, of the Town of Belgium, was taken by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton with what the department described as non-life threatening injuries.
    According to the sheriff’s department, Anick was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu north on Highway KK a little after 11 a.m. Monday when she did not stop for a stop sign at the intersection with Highway H.
    Anick’s car struck a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Holtslander, who was heading east on Highway H, according to Lt. Wayne Lambrecht. Holtslander’s vehicle, which was struck on the passenger’s side, rolled before stopping on its side.
    Holtslander had to be extricated from the Blazer, Lambrecht said.
    “Had he been hit on the driver’s side, things would have been worse,” he said.
    The speed limit on both highways is 55 mph.
    Lambrecht said authorities don’t know why Anick did not stop, but noted that deputies did not see any skid marks in the area.
    There were no witnesses, he added. The accident was reported by a driver on Highway KK and an Ozaukee County highway worker who were both in the area.
    Both the Port Washington and Waubeka ambulances responded to the scene.
    Anick was to be cited for failure to yield the right of way from a stop sign, according to the sheriff’s department. Daily Press

Deadline extended for Blues Factory deal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:22

City, developer now have until June 22 to finalize purchase agreement for controversial lakefront project 

Port Washington aldermen on Tuesday extended the deadline to reach a developer’s agreement for the Blues Factory entertainment venue until June 22.
    The purchase agreement between the city and the Blues Factory Inc. called for the developer’s agreement to be approved by Tuesday.
    However, City Administrator Mark Grams said that officials received the latest version of the agreement from developer Chris Long Tuesday afternoon and needed more time to review it.
    Long’s attorney, Bruce McIlnay, told aldermen that his client agreed to an extension.
    Aldermen agreed on May 17 to sell the parking lot at the end of the north slip for the Paramount blues-themed entertainment complex.
    But the conditions of the sale included reaching a developer’s agreement by June 7 unless the deadline was extended by mutual agreement.
    That agreement is to include a $1 million incentive payment from the city, which is to go toward acquisition and redevelopment of the property. The agreement will also cover the use of public financing sources, such as tax incremental funding.
    The agreement reached by the city also calls for Long to purchase the lot for $250,000, and the sale must be finalized by Aug. 31.
    Long said last month he is confident he can meet the terms of the sale and is looking forward  to breaking ground on the project in September and opening the Blues Factory next June, ahead of an August festival being planned for the centennial of Paramount Records.
    The Blues Factory would contain a restaurant, banquet hall, Paramount Records museum and a performance space while expanding the public sidewalk along the lake.
    The sale of the parking lot has been controversial, with opponents saying the city should not sell public lakefront land.  
    However, those favoring the sale say it will pave the way for needed economic development, creating a year-round tourist destination that will serve as a catalyst for other development downtown. Daily Press

Lake levels to be discussed at June 15 meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 08 June 2016 22:13

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute will host a public meeting to discuss changing Lake Michigan water levels and the risk to coastal bluffs on Wednesday, June 15, at the American Legion Hall, 601 W. Dekora St., Saukville.
The session will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with doors to open at 4:30 p.m.
“We want to hear the hopes, wishes, concerns and issues involved in healthy and vital coasts and bluffs for our Lake Michigan coastal communities,” said David Hart, project leader for Wisconsin Sea Grant.
According to program analysts, the 70-foot to 140-foot bluffs that characterize the lakefront in Ozaukee and northern Milwaukee counties are particularly vulnerable to powerful wave action of the lake, with an ongoing risk of collapse.
Given the rapid rise of the lake level, beginning in March 2014 following a long period of low water levels, experts say the bluffs could be even more susceptible to failure due to erosion.
Program officials note that recent changes in state planning and zoning laws could also influence how bluffs are managed.
Because of those factors, Wisconsin Sea Grant is conducting a review of scientific data and gathering public input about bluff management as part of an 18-month study.
The project is part of a broader study of Great Lakes water levels led by the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan.
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Buccaneer-styled family fun starts Friday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 22:02

Arrrgh! Pirates are taking over Port Washington during the inaugural Port Pirate Invasion from Friday through Sunday, June 3 to 5.
    The festival will be held in Rotary Park and extend north to Washington Street, with plenty of family activities.
    The celebration kicks off from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday with music, food, vendors and children’s activities.pirateLG
    On Saturday, pirates will invade the city at 10 a.m. in Rotary Park. The battle will include cannon fire and re-enactments sure to please the crowd.
    Random pirate fights are sure to break out on the streets throughout the festival, organizer Tracy Ripple said.
    “Isn’t that what a pirate does after he invades?” she asked.
    A pirate parade will be held on Washington Street at noon Sunday with units heading east from the intersection with Wisconsin Street to the marina.
    Throughout the festival, there will be a variety of themed entertainment and demonstrations, including a knife and ax throwing troupe that will provide instruction to visitors, a storyteller, magician, living statue and two troupes of belly dancers, Ripple said.
    A bounce house, sea hamster balls, temporary tattoos, food and beverages will also be available.
    Music will be an important part of the festival, with bands playing throughout the event.        Stereotype, which plays music from the 1970s through 1990s, will headline the festival, performing in the parking lot at the end of the north slip off Washington Street from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
    Hearthfire, a Celtic band, will perform at the site from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.
    Costume contests will be held throughout the weekend. Adult costumes will be judged on Saturday night during the band’s break, while children’s costumes will be judged at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the children’s area, which is on the east end of Main Street next to Dockside Deli.
    A pirate breakfast will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at NewPort Shores.
    “We expect it’s going to be small, but people will know we’re back,” Ripple said.

Image Information: The Denis Sullivan headed out of the Port Washington harbor during one of its four visits to the city last year. Press file photo

Teen gets jail sentence for role in holiday attack, theft PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bill Schanen IV   
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 20:00

Port resident who pleaded to two felonies avoids prison but must still serve eight months

    A Port Washington teenager who pleaded guilty to two felonies for conspiring to attack and steal money from a girl on Christmas Eve avoided prison but was sentenced to jail Tuesday.
    Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy withheld a prison sentence and placed Benjamin S. Bergman, 18, on probation for three years. As a condition of probation, Bergman must serve eight months in the county jail.
    The judge followed the recommendation of District Attorney Adam Gerol, who said Bergman has a juvenile record that includes delinquency judgments for battery, sexual assault, reckless injury and delivery of marijuana.
    Bergman pleaded guilty in April to being party to the crimes of felony theft and child abuse.
    “What we have before us is a serious incident,” Gerol said.
    According to the criminal complaint, at about 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24, police were called to the Port Washington home of the 16-year-old victim, who told officers she had been outside waiting for a friend who was going to sell her a pack of cigarettes.
    She said a car pulled up and Bergman, who was her friend’s then-17-year-old boyfriend, got out, presented her with what appeared to be an open pack of cigarettes and asked for money. Bergman, she said, grabbed $25 out of her hand but dropped a $5 bill before pushing her down and returning to the car.
    Then, she said, Bergman’s accomplice, Kailey Ann Cantrall, got out of the car, jumped on top of her and punched her in the head and neck. The girl’s father, who heard his daughter screaming, ran outside and pulled Cantrall off her.
    When interviewed by police, Bergman said he and Cantrall had planned to have him sell the girl an empty box of cigarettes and run back to the car. Then, he said, Cantrall, who didn’t like the victim, would attack her.
    Cantrall, who was 16 at the time of the attack, was waived into adult court and also charged with felony theft and child abuse. But in March she pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor theft and battery and was sentenced to probation.
    During Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, Bergman’s lawyer, Jamie LaVora, said Bergman took responsibility for his actions by being honest with investigators.
    “This was a situation where the police had to do a lot of investigation,” LaVora said. “Mr. Bergman was the only kid involved in this who told the truth.”
    Bergman apologized for his crimes and said he has resolved not to associate with bad people. “I know now that it’s better to have no friends or just a few friends than it is to have bad friends,” he said.
    Malloy said that while it’s reassuring that Bergman realizes he can’t associate with bad people, it must be made clear that the crimes he committed won’t be tolerated.
    “This was pretty flagrant,” Malloy said. “You beat someone up and take their money and there are going to be consequences.”

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