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Port’s first beer garden may be on tap for park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 18 June 2014 18:24

City board approves plan to have civic groups run Upper Lake Park stand

    Port Washington residents could find themselves relaxing and enjoying the summer at a beer garden in Upper Lake Park this summer.

    The beer garden, which would be set up on the south end of the park, would run on four Saturdays this summer, operated by civic organizations in the city, according to a proposal approved last week
by the Parks and Recreation Board.

    “It’s kind of embracing    the idea of getting to know your neighbor, of camaraderie and community,” Parks and Recreation Director Charlie Imig said.

    Board member Patti Lemkuil, who came up with the concept, said she was looking for something to replace the Freeport Music Series, which this year is holding only one summer concert instead of the
traditional three or four.

    “I felt we still needed to do something for the community that was a free event,” said Lemkuil, who said she was inspired by the beer garden at Estabrook Park in Milwaukee.

    “This is kind of the trend right now,” she said. “It (Estabrook’s beer garden) is very well attended. Some people are there to celebrate birthdays or anniversaries. The benches are linked together so
you can be sitting next to strangers and just start a conversation.”

    Lemkuil said the trees in the area surrounding the beer garden park will be decorated with twinkle lights to add to the ambience, and the civic organizations can opt to provide music as well.

    “We’re trying to make it as charming and traditional as we can,” she said. “We want to encourage people to come with their extended family and friends, like they did at the turn of the century. Bring
a picnic basket and games and enjoy some good conversation and the beauty of the lake.”

    No food will be served at the events, which would run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., but both beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold.

    “We’re going to try and offer some different beers as well as the traditional favorites,” Lemkuil said. “But this really isn’t about what’s being served as much as it is about the camaraderie.”

    So far, two groups — the Port-Saukville Jaycees and the Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club, which will partner with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7588 — have committed to two of the dates
for the beer garden, she said.

    But all four dates need to be covered, Lemkuil said, noting she is waiting for the two other civic organizations she is working with to commit to the beer garden.

    Once finalized, the dates will be announced.

    If all goes well, she said, she would like to see the beer garden continue next year.

   

 
It’s time for a Waddlepalooza weekend in Port PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 18:20

Tropical family fun awaits visitors to Coal Dock Park when festival debuts Friday

    Port Washington’s lakefront will have a tropical air this weekend as the inaugural Waddlepalooza festival takes place at Coal Dock Park.

    The free festival will be held Friday and Saturday, June 13 and 14.

    “We’ll have plenty of stuff for kids and for mom and dad,” said organizer Kris Raymond of the Grafton Blues Association, which is sponsoring the festival.

    “We really want to kick off summer with something for the whole family, something that will get us in the spirit.”

    Waddlepalooza appears to fit the bill, incorporating everything from music and food to games like coconut bowling and hula-hooping.

    The festival will kick off Friday, when music will fill the air at Coal Dock Park. The Alex Wilson Band with Jim Liban will perform at 5:30 p.m. followed by The Bel Airs at 8 p.m.

    “Friday really is family, food, fun and music,” Raymond said. “And Saturday, we have more of the same.”

    Saturday, the main stage will be home to an open mic and karaoke show beginning at noon. People can sign up for times online or at the stage.

    The Schlitz Audubon Center will present its “Eagle and Friends” show, featuring hawks, owls and eagles, at 1 p.m.

    St. John’s Lutheran Church will host a family area from noon to 4 p.m. Among the activities will be coconut bowling, limbo, a pluck the duck game and hula hoops.

    A wine and beer tasting area opens at 2 p.m. More than 40 types of beer and wine will be available during the tasting.

    Tickets for the general tasting, which runs from 3 to 5 p.m., are $25, while those for the VIP tasting, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m., are $30. They are available at the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce office in the Pebble House, Raymond’s Auto Body in the Town of Cedarburg or at the festival.

    A beer pong tournament will be held beginning at 3 p.m. — but, contrary to its name, it won’t include beer.

    “It’s a tournament of skill,” Raymond said, noting these events are well-known nationally. “It (beer pong) went from a college, ‘Let’s get drunk’ thing to a serious competition.”

    Country music will be heard beginning at 4 p.m. when Smokin Gunz takes the stage. The Boat Drunks, a tropical rock band that plays everything from original music to Buffet to Van Morrison, will be the headline act at 7 p.m.

    “They play stuff everyone knows and loves and sings along to,” Raymond said.
     A variety of foods will be offered as well.

    Despite its name, ducks won’t be a big part of Waddlepalooza — at least not this year.

    That’s because, even though the organizers intended to hold a rubber duck race in the harbor, they ran into a few snags.

    “Hopefully, next year we can add the rubber duck race and a color run,” Raymond said.

    Despite the absence of ducks this year, organizers decided to keep the name Waddlepalooza.

    “We just love the name. It’s fun,” Raymond said. “Waddle is ducks and palooza just screams fun. We’re telling people to just duck into Port for the festival.”


 
Lasata project gets strong County Board support PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 18:47

Plan to invest $10 million in nursing home renovations backed by supervisors in 23-1 vote that paves way for borrowing

    An Ozaukee County Board that has rarely agreed on what to do with Lasata Care Center voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to support a $10 million investment in the aging nursing home in Cedarburg.

    Although the 23-1 vote was only a show of support for a plan that will need to survive two more approvals, the tally speaks volumes for the future of the proposal.

    The key vote, expected in July or August, will be on a resolution that will allow the county to borrow money for the renovations. Support from three-quarters of the supervisors on the board — 20 of its 26 members — is required to pass bonding resolutions. Wednesday’s vote is an indication the plan has the support it needs to become reality.

    Supr. Tom Grabow of the Town of Grafton voted against the plan.

    Support now from a board that just six months ago was divided over what to do with the Lasata Senior Living Campus is due to the fact supervisors seem convinced the 28-year-old nursing home is in dire need of renovation and that investing $10 million in the facility makes sense financially.

    The plan, which has the unanimous support of the Health and Human Services Committee, is to create a smaller, efficient nursing home that provides more comfortable and dignified care for residents.

    Without the renovations, the nursing home will bleed cash at the rate of $717,000 a year, sapping revenues generated by the other components of the campus — the Lasata Heights apartments and Lasata Crossings assisted-living facility — and saddling the county with an annual deficit, according to an analysis by Horty Elving, a Minneapolis-based architectural and engineering firm hired by the county.

    And regardless of whether the county proceeds with the project, basic infrastructure improvements will still need to be made at a cost of more than $1 million annually for several years, Lasata Campus Administrator Ralph Luedtke said.  

    With the renovations, however, the nursing home’s losses will be held to about $286,000 a year. That deficit will be negated by the $657,000 in annual revenue generated by the Heights and Crossings, leaving the senior-living campus with an annual average profit of $371,000, according to Horty Elving.

    “If this bonding doesn’t happen, I think it would put the campus on the verge of having to be sold,” Supr. Rob Brooks, chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, which oversees the Lasata campus, said.

    Brooks led an effort last year to put the brakes on a proposal to build a $3 million community-based residential facility (CBRF) to care for the frail elderly and those with dementia and make $7 million worth of renovations to the nursing home so the plan could be more thoroughly vetted.

    An analysis by Horty Elving concluded that the CBRF would cost at least $5.7 million, and plans for the facility were dropped so resources could be focused on the nursing home.Daily-Press

     In addition to keeping the nursing home off the tax levy, the project will result in a much nicer facility for residents. By decreasing the number of beds from 162 to 134, the facility will have more single-occupancy rooms, updated bathing rooms, new service kitchenettes and renovated nursing stations and resident day rooms.

    The number of residents would be reduced through attrition, Luedtke said.

    Other improvements would include the creation of specialized rooms for larger residents, front lobby renovations and improved therapy facilities.

    The 134-bed facility would maximize efficiencies, Luedtke said, requiring the equivalent of 35 fewer full-time employees to operate and resulting in lower energy costs.


 
Port farmers market to open Saturday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 June 2014 18:32

Port Washington’s outdoor farmers market opens this Saturday, a sure sign that spring has arrived.

    The market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through October — except Fish Day on July 19 — in the 100 block of East Main Street.

    A selection of produce, flowers, crafts and other items will be available at the markets, which are sponsored by Port Washington Main Street Inc.


    A variety of special events are also planned this year, including a talk by master herbalist Phyllis Heitkamp and Kelly Maddern, author of “Badger State of Mind.” Dates for those two talks have not been determined.


    On June 14, representatives of the Niederkorn Library will be at the market, offering four cooking demonstrations that will feature asparagus and selling the Port Washington Community Cookbook, as well as promoting the seed library and the annual August book fair.


    Other events being considered include a cooking competition based on the popular show “Chopped,” where the cooks receive ingredients and must make a dish with them on the fly, and a contest to redesign the market logo.


    For more information on the market, call the Main Street office at 268-1132 or visit www.visitportwashington.com.

 
Water Safety Day returns this weekend PDF Print E-mail
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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

 
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