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Replacing Blues Factory sign is city’s call, developer says PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:31

Officials asked him to put it up, so they can decide what to do about damaged promotional board

  The controversial Blues Factory sign on Port Washington’s north slip marina parking lot has been damaged, and developer Gertjan van den Broek said Tuesday it is up to the city to decide whether to replace it.
    That’s because the city asked him and other developers to place the signs on the properties they plan to develop, van den Broek said.
    “I’m going to let them decide what to do,” he said.
    Van den Broek and city officials said they believe the sign was vandalized. If the city does want the sign replaced, van den Broek said, they will have to discuss who will pay for it.
    The sign, which was erected in early July, has reignited the controversy over the proposed Blues Factory entertainment complex on the lakefront, infuriating those who oppose the city’s decision to sell the publicly owned parking lot for the development.
    It prompted one opponent to post her own message questioning why the city allowed the sign on city-owned property, and another to ask aldermen to remove it.
    Van den Broek said the city asked the developers who are in the process of buying city land — himself, architect Stephen Perry Smith, who is expected to build townhouses on the boat-trailer parking lot at the east end of Washington Street, and Black Cap Halcyon, which has proposed the Prairie’s Edge subdivision on the south bluff — to erect informational signs at the sites to educate the public, at the developer’s expense.
    Mayor Tom Mlada said the Blues Factory sign “showcased, as part of our city’s ongoing and very active public communication and downtown redevelopment efforts, a vision of the development concept” that the public likely won’t see elsewhere.
    “We want to make sure the community has a clear sense of what we’re trying to accomplish,” he said.
    That includes not only increased development that will draw people to the downtown year-round, benefitting all businesses there, but also increasing the city’s tax base.
    Officials said van den Broek obtained a $62 permit from the city allowing him to place a development sign — a temporary sign designating or promoting the future use of a new commercial building, development or subdivision — on the parking lot.
    Van den Broek said Tuesday it appears the vandals tried to rip the metal Blues Factory sign off its supporting posts, tearing one corner off the support and significantly denting it.
    Mlada said the sign is damaged beyond repair, but otherwise declined comment other than to say he hopes the vandal or vandals will be caught and prosecuted.
    He will address the issue at the Common Council’s Aug. 1 meeting, he added.
    Van den Broek     said he continues to work on the Blues Factory, although progress on the building itself is stalled as the city decides how to stabilize the sheetwall in the area.
    He said he is in talks with a restaurateur who has other successful eateries along the Mississippi Blues Trail, and has lined up his financing partners for the project.
    He is also continuing to talk to people about the Blues Factory, saying it is the only way to get over the acrimony that’s occurred between proponents and opponents of the proposed development.

Downtown weekend events will have Port hopping PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:29

Maxwell Street Day, Lions Fest, farmers market to offer shopping, entertainment

Downtown Port will be hopping Saturday with both Maxwell Street Day and the 43rd annual Port Lions Fest and Fishing Derby.
    Those activities will complement the city’s farmers market, which will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on East Main Street.
    While Maxwell Street Day, sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., will be held only on Saturday, the Lions Club activities will run throughout the weekend.
    Maxwell Street Day will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday throughout downtown.
    More than 20 outside vendors will have booths along Franklin Street, and many downtown merchants will have special sales as well.
    Lions Fest offers a variety of family friendly activities on the lakefront, with entertainment kicking off at 4 p.m. Friday when acoustic guitarist Mark Sallmann will perform classic sing-along favorites.
    From 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, FM Rodeo will play country music.
    On Saturday, Kojo will perform Caribbean reggae from 1 to 5 p.m.  and Oil Can Harry will play classic and contemporary rock from 7 to 11 p.m.
    On Sunday, Dave Ehlert will perform a one-man Elvis legends show from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and The Happy Schnapps Combo will play from 2 to 5 p.m.
    A video arcade game tent and free cornhole boards will be available and food and beverages will be sold.
    Raffle prize drawings for prizes that include $1,000, $500 and $300 cash, an Apple I-Pad, Milwaukee Brewers box seats, baskets of booze and gift certificates will be held.
    The fishing derby will run on Saturday and Sunday, with cash prizes awarded to the largest weight fish caught in five categories  — chinook, coho, lake trout, rainbow trout and brown trout. A grand prize of as much as $1,000 or more will be offered based on number of entries.Daily Press

Man dies after machete incident in Waubedonia park PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:28

A 34-year-old Washington County man died Tuesday, July 25, after falling onto a machete at Waubedonia Park in Fredonia, according to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department.
A Fredonia ambulance and Port Washington paramedics responded to a 3:15 p.m. report of a man who accidentally cut himself at the park. He was transported to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, where he died, according to Lt. Marshall Hermann.
Authorities have not released the man’s name.
An autopsy was scheduled to take place Wednesday, July 26, Hermann said, and an investigation continues pending the outcome of the autopsy and toxicology tests.
The Ozaukee County park is located along the Milwaukee River  off Fredonia Ave. Daily Press

Facebook messages to cops leads to pot discovery PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:24

Saukville man charged with growing marijuana

 A 31-year-old man who prompted a search of his Saukville home by sending Facebook messages to law enforcement agencies was arrested last week after authorities discovered several marijuana plants and $30,000 worth of concentrated marijuana oil in the house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court.
    Dustin Reinheimer is charged with one felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
    According to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation into Reinheimer began after he sent suspicious Facebook messages to law enforcement agencies, including the sheriff’s department. One of the messages noted that a Mequon police officer had been labeled a “target,” according to Lt. Marshall Hermann.
    “The way the messages were written gave the impression he was claiming to be some sort of drug agent,” Hermann said.
    When detectives went to Reinheimer’s home in the 800 block of North Dries Street, they noticed a strong odor of marijuana and returned later with a search warrant.
    During the search, authorities found six potted marijuana plants on the back patio and butane honey oil, or concentrated marijuana, in the freezer, the complaint states.
    They also found equipment used to process marijuana.
    During a court hearing last week, Judge Sandy Williams set Reinheimer’s bail at $10,000.
    Possession with intent to deliver marijuana carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and three years of extended supervision. Daily Press

Bar Association to offer free power of attorney advice PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:50

Attorneys from the Ozaukee County Bar Association will be available to meet individually with county residents to assist them in completing their power of attorney for health care. Documents and assistance will be provided free of charge.
    Completed power of attorney documents can help families avoid costly and time-consuming court proceedings.
    Appointments are open to anyone age 55 and older, and to people with a disability. Appointments will be scheduled for a half-hour.  
    Contact Ozaukee County Human Services at 284-8200 or Metro at 238-8200.
    The appointment dates, locations and times are:
    • Sept. 26, Port Washington Senior Center from 5:30  to 8 p.m.

    • Oct. 4, Grafton Senior Center from  5:30 to 8 p.m.

    • Oct. 10, Cedarburg Senior Center from 9 a.m. to noon

    • Oct. 19, Mequon-Range Line School from 9 a.m. to noon
    This event is jointly hosted by the Ozaukee County Bar Association and the Ozaukee County Elder/Adults at Risk Interdisciplinary Team.

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New exhibits, programs at quilt museum are set PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:39

Two new exhibits — “In Death” and “Lace: Works of Adornment” will run through Dec. 3 at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg.
    “In Death,” which features the works of more than 20 contemporary fiber artists, lays bare the realities and mysteries associated with the end of life.
    Each piece in the exhibition expreses the ability of the artists while exposing their deeply personal and unique perspectives as individuals on death and dying.
    “Lace: Works of Adornment” features pieces from the Lois Markus Lace Collection, who handpicked more than 400 pieces of lace. She collected them over a 30-year span on traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe.
    The exhibit offers a glimpse at a time when owning and wearing a piece of well-crafted lace spoke volumes about the wearer and when lace was frequently used to embellish clothing in a variety of fashions.
    Other summer events at the museum include a “meet the artist” event with Ellen Grenier Bevill from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 29.
    A two-day workshop, “Bioregional Dyes: Natural Colors of the Upper Midwest,” will be taught by Donna Kallner from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 12 and 13.
    Participants will learn to color fabrics, yarns and fiber with fresh and dried twigs, leaves, bark and other plant materials found in the Midwest.
    This introduction to natural dyeing and eco-printing includes pH modifiers and mordants that can be safely disposed of, to help produce a range of colors from items that may be growing in backyards.
    For more information or registration for programs, call the museum at (262) 546-0300 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
    The museum at N50 W5050 Portland Rd., is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Ozaukee Press Logo RED

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