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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 18:31

Annual event Saturday to feature variety of activities, including surf rescue programs, at Veterans Memorial Park

Port Washington’s second annual Water Safety Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, in Veterans Memorial Park.

    Unlike last year, the event will not be a daylong class in water safety but instead will include 5 to 10-minute presentations by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project every half hour.


    “As people come and go throughout the day, they’ll get a chance to hear the message,” organizer Kevin Rudser said, noting that the presentations will vary during the day.


    Between presentations, there will be entertainment aimed at people of all ages, he said.


    From 10 to 11:30 a.m., there will be music by singing groups from Thomas Jefferson Middle School.


    Will Pfrang of Port Washington will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by The Latchkeys, a four-piece acoustic band, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.


    Josh Gasser, a Port Washington High School graduate and starting guard with the University of Wisconsin Badgers basketball team, will be on hand to greet his fans early in the day, Rudser said.


    The Red Cross, Coast Guard, Department of Natural Resources, Port Washington police and fire departments, ZuZu Pedals and Camping World will have booths in the park throughout the day.


    The Port Washington Soccer Club will sell food and beverages during the event, and a silent auction and 50/50 raffle will be held.


    The Great Lakes Safe Harbor Preservation Foundation, which is raising money to help repair Port Washington’s deteriorating breakwater, will sell kites adorned with the image of the city’s lighthouse for $10.


    Boy Scouts from Troop 875 and 855 will be on hand to help assemble the kites and get them flying.


    Rudser said he hopes to have a bounce house and a few other rescue vehicles in the park for inspection as well.


    Water Safety Day will help reinforce lessons taught by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project to students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School on Friday, May 30.


    The public is invited to sit in on these sessions, which will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.


    Water Safety Day was started after two drownings in 2012 brought attention to some of the unique and dangerous water conditions, including rip currents, on Port Washington’s lakefront.
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    The event is organized by the Port Washington Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee, which formed after 15-year-old Tyler Buczek drowned on Labor Day weekend 2012, just days before he was to begin classes at Port Washington High School.


    Earlier in 2012, Peter Dougherty, 24,  drowned off South Beach while kayaking.


 
Phone scam targets local senior citizens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 18:27

A scam targeting senior citizens is making its way around the area with the promise of millions of dollars and new cars, according to local authorities.

A Port Washington resident said she received a phone call Friday from a woman claiming that she had won $1.3 million and a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle if the resident bought an $850 gift card from Wal Mart and brought it
back to her house.

The scammer identified herself as being with Publisher’s Clearing House, a company that offers legitimate sweepstakes campaigns.

The resident, who did not wish to be named, warned senior citizens and other residents that the caller “seemed very believable.”

“She said she was a Christian woman who would never lie about something like this,” the resident said. “But then she asked me to buy an expensive gift card and gave me an address to send it to.”

The resident said the caller knew a lot of her personal information, including address and phone number.

“It’s just a reminder that if someone asks you to send money for a gift you are receiving, you should never do it.”

The resident said she reported the scam to the Port Washington Police Department and the Federal Trade Commission.Daily-Press

If you receive a phone call you suspect is a scam from Publisher’s Clearing House, call (800) 392-4290 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Federal Trade Commission also offers tips on how to avoid scams by visiting www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0076-phone-scams

 
Street Fest fun returns Sunday to downtown PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:19

The seventh annual Port Washington Community Street Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 25.

    The festival, a celebration of the community and its downtown, will blend some of the favorite attractions of years past, including face painting, chalk drawing and photo booths, with new events.

    Roughly 80 vendors, everyone from downtown businesses to area restaurants to crafters, are expected to sell their wares during the event.

    Franklin Street will be closed beginning at 10 a.m. so organizers can set up the festival.

    Parking on Franklin Street and on Pier Street between Wisconsin to Franklin streets will be prohibited beginning at 9 a.m.

    As always, music will play a big part in the event.

    The south stage at the corner of Franklin Street and East Grand Avenue will feature the music of Phil Norby, a Milwaukee singer-songwriter whose music includes blues-infused original songs, classics from the likes of Neil Young, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, and The Doors and contemporary artists like Radiohead, Incubus, Counting Crows and Stone Temple Pilots.

    The north stage near the corner of Jackson and Franklin streets will feature 3D-The DeBraal Bros. The acoustic rock band is made up of three brothers who play the hits from years past through today.

    In addition to music, the festival will feature a variety of activities ideal for families.

    The Disney princesses will be on hand near Baltica Tea Room from 1 to 4 p.m. so youngsters can have their pictures taken with royalty. Before having their pictures taken, girls can get their hair done at the Little Princess Boutique.

    A bounce house will be set up by Ozaukee Sports Center.

    Children’s games will be led by the Port Washington Parks and Recreation playground program staff in front of Port Washington State Bank at noon and 2 p.m. A theater group will perform a Disney medley there at 1 and 3 p.m.

    At 4 p.m., the area will be the site of an open mic event.

    The Port Washington Historical Society will also several presentations on its new museum, which is expected to open this fall.PMS

    The Port Washington Fire Department’s new rescue truck will be available for inspection, and Camping World in Saukville will have a camper on the grounds.

    Free charter boat rides will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m. Those who wish to take the rides can register for a time at a booth at the southeast corner of Washington and Franklin streets.

    The boats participating are from Kitchen Pass Charters, C&D Charters and D.J.’s Fish Tales. The rides are sponsored by Schooner Pub.



 
Parade to start Memorial Day tribute in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:16

Port Washington will remember its war dead with a traditional parade and program on Memorial Day.

    The Monday, May 26, events sponsored by the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 will begin with a 10:30 a.m. parade through downtown.


    The parade will begin at the corner of Wisconsin Street and Grand Avenue, head east on Grand Avenue, north on Franklin Street and then follow Pier and Lake streets to Veterans Memorial Park.


    A program at the park will follow, featuring Jim Johnson, commander of the post and Ozaukee County undersheriff.


    Paul “Butch” Tutas, a 60-year member of the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion, and Cliff Radtke, a 50-year member, will be honored.


    The Badger Boys and Girls sponsored by the Legion post will also be introduced.


    The Port Washington High School and Thomas Jefferson Middle School bands will perform patriotic songs.
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    To salute deceased veterans, a wreath will be placed in the park and taps played. A rifle salute will also be presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5373.


    Those attending are asked to honor fallen soldiers with silence during this portion of the event. Following the program, ice cream and soft drinks will be provided by the Legion to youngsters.

 
Teen accused in shooting waived into adult court PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:15

    A Town of Grafton teenager who was charged in juvenile court last month with shooting at his sister’s boyfriend was waived into adult court last week.

    Sixteen-year-old Joseph I. Torres, who was arrested after a six-day manhunt in April, is charged with one felony count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and one misdemeanor count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person younger than 18.

    He is being held in the Ozaukee County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home on Lakefield Road, where Torres lived with his older sister, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 21, to investigate reports of gunshots.

    According to the criminal complaint, Torres’ sister told authorities that her boyfriend, 24-year-old Carlos Garcia of Milwaukee, came to her house, broke down the door and entered the home.

    The woman said she pushed Garcia out of the house, and in the process, Garcia took her cell phone and tried to drive away with it, the complaint states.

    The woman said she was holding onto Garcia as he began to drive slowly away from the house with his driver’s-side door open but lost her grip on him after they bit each other and he sped up.

    That’s when the woman said she heard gunshots and saw her brother standing behind Garcia’s vehicle. The woman and her younger sister, who also lived in the house, both said Torres fired the shots, according to the complaint.

    Garcia, who is charged with disorderly conduct in connection with the incident, admitted to kicking in the door but said he was driving away from the house when Torres began shooting at him with a revolver, the complaint states.

    Garcia said Torres fired four or five shots at him, with bullets breaking a window and a mirror of his car and leaving a hole in the trunk.

    Torres ran away after the shooting and was on the lam until Sunday morning, April 27, when he was spotted by retired Mequon police officer Mario Valdes, who currently is director of security for Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, on Covered Bridge Road in the Town of Cedarburg.Daily-Press

    Valdes detained the boy until deputies arrived and arrested him.

    The felony Torres is charged with carries a maximum penalty of 7-1/2 years in prison and five years of extended supervision.

    He would face a maximum nine months in prison if convicted of the misdemeanor.


 
Grow fresh herbs for your daily tea time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 16:51

A wide selection of herbs ideal for cooking, baking and drinking will be sold at annual sale May 24

Hundreds of people are expected to gather on the campus of Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon from 9 a.m. to noon  Saturday, May 24, for the annual Heirloom Plant and Herb Sale sponsored by the Ozaukee Master Gardeners.

    More than 10,000 plants will be available for purchase, including heirloom tomatoes and peppers, rare and unusual herbs and hardy roses.


    There will be a sample table where people can taste herbs before buying the plants, fresh baked goods, garden treasures and an herbal tea bar.


    Herbal teas are a popular way to use herbs, and the Ozaukee Master Gardeners has recently compiled a brochure on making and using herbs in teas. Following is advice from the brochure, which was compiled by Cindy Behlen.


    When harvesting herbs for tea, collect the flowers after they have just fully bloomed and the leaves just before the buds open. If the roots are needed, harvest them when hardy and fully developed and the plant is dormant.


    Leaves and flowers should be collected between mid-morning and mid-afternoon on a sunny day, after the dew has evaporated and the sun’s warmth has allowed the volatile oils to begin flowing.


    Select leaves and flowers that are free of ragged edges and healthy, pinching them from the plant rather than cutting them to close the broken stem and retain juices in the plant.


    Don’t crush the leaves and blooms. Layer them loosely in an open container — don’t use a plastic container or condensation can form, turning the herbs black during the drying process.


    To dry the herbs, place them on a cookie sheet in a 90 to 110 degree oven, use a dehydrator on the herb setting or a screened drying rack.


    You can also tie the stems in bunches and hang them upside down in a warm, dry location. If you need the seeds, follow the same directions but place the seed heads in a paper bag and, once the plants are dry, shake so the seeds fall into the bag.


    Store the herbs in airtight glass jars in a dark, dry place.


    When brewing teas, remember that herbal teas don’t turn darker the stronger they get.
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    Don’t brew your tea in a tin or aluminum pot, which can lend a metallic taste to the tea. Brew you tea in a covered cup or pot to prevent the nutrients and oils from evaporating.


    To brew a cup using leaves and flowers, pour one cup of boiling water into a cup over 1 teaspoon of dried herbs or 1 tablespoon of fresh, crushed herbs. Allow the tea to steep for 5 to 10 minutes.


    If you’re using seeds, such as fennel, crush them before steeping using either a mortar and pestle or an electric coffee grinder. Use 2 cups boiling water to 1 tablespoon crushed seeds, simmering for 20 minutes.


    If using roots like echinacea, add 1 teaspoon dried roots to 2 cups cold water and simmer to strength, generally 20 minutes.


 
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