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Lion’s Den hunting applications available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:10

Hunters may apply through Friday, Oct. 20, to hunt in Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve in the Town of Grafton during the gun deer season this year.
    A lottery system will be used to select 10 hunters who may hunt at the county park during the gun deer season, which runs from Nov. 18 to 26.
    The hunters will be selected on Monday, Oct. 23, with preference given to Ozaukee County residents.  Those selected must pay a $65 fee for their permit.
    Hunters will be refunded $32.50 of the fee if they return the county’s hunting report and survey by the designated time.
    They are also eligible for a $32.50 refund if they provide proof of taking a doe from the property.
    Lion’s Den will be closed to the public during the gun deer season.
    There won’t be a lottery for bow hunters. However, they must obtain authorization from the county to hunt in Lion’s Den during the bow season, which runs from Nov. 27 through Jan.7. These authorizations may be completed anytime during the season.
    To obtain authorization and lottery forms for the bow or gun-hunting seasons, visit the Planning and Parks Department at the Ozaukee County Administration Center, 121 W. Main St., Port Washington, call the department at 284-8257 or 238-8257 or e-mail requests to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .Daily Press

Hidden gem of a nature area to be topic of meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 18:08

City launches effort to restore forgotten about nature preserve in Port

A public information meeting on proposed improvements to the Birchwood Hills Nature Area on Port Washington’s northeast side will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the city’s Parks and Recreation Department office, 201 N. Webster St.
    Although the 26.3-acre property has been owned by the city for almost 20 years, little has been done to improve access to it.
    A plan by the city’s Environmental Planning Committee would include managing and improving habitat for wildlife, including birds and monarch butterflies, removing invasive species and replacing them with native plants, creating a prairie in the process and enhancing the woodland.
    Walking trails would be developed through the property and better public access created.
    The management plan was developed by students in an environmental studies class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
    “We want to make sure the public is on board with this,” committee member Derek Strohl said.
    Work on the property could begin this fall, officials have said.Daily Press

Port fire, police departments to host open houses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:06

The Port Washington police and fire departments are holding open houses from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.
    The fire department open house, held in conjunction with Fire Prevention Month, begins with an all-you-can-eat pancake and egg breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon.
    The cost is $7 per person, and children five and younger eat free.
    Activities during the open house include equipment demonstrations, fire engine rides, a firefighter obstacle course and hands-only CPR training.
    Those attending can also see downtown from atop the department’s ladder truck.
    The police department’s open house will include tours of the police station, information on the propane-powered squad cars, bike patrol demonstrations and Crash Enforcer and drunken driving computer simulations.
    Goodie bags for children will also be distributed. Daily Press

Port High grad, soldier killed during Ranger charity ride PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:05

    Port Washington High School graduate Dustin Brede, 42, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Alabama Saturday, Sept. 23.
    Brede, a former U.S. Army Airborne Ranger who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 14 times and was on the verge of retirement, was participating in a charity event for a fellow Ranger at the time.
    According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Brede was driving a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle south of Phenix City at 2:05 p.m. when he left the roadway and struck an embankment.
    Brede, who lived in Fort Mitchell, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene.
    Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate the accident.
    Brede, a sergeant first class, recently celebrated his retirement from the Army, although he remained on active duty until February, his family said.
    An avid motorcyclist, he was a member of the Ranger Brotherhood and KMS, both military Harley-Davidson groups.
    A member of the Port High Class of 1994, Brede was married and had three sons, one of whom was born on Sept. 15.
    He is the son of Vickie Zuklaitis and William Brede.
    A complete obituary for Mr. Brede can be found in this issue of Ozaukee Press. Daily Press

Proposed NOAA marine sanctuary sparks debate PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:00

Opponents voice concerns at forum but one-time critic says Alpena preserve has been a boon to area

    Opponents of a proposed shipwreck sanctuary that would stretch from Ozaukee County north turned out in force at a public forum in Sheboygan last week, but the concerns they voiced can be alleviated simply, one panel member said.
    Get involved in the process and let your voices be heard, Steve Kroll, a diver and member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council for the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Mich., said.
    Then, the management plan will address the concerns of everyone and truly become a plan for all, Kroll said.
    Getting involved is how he went from being opposed to the Thunder Bay sanctuary to being a proponent of it, Kroll said in an interview with Ozaukee Press.
    “When they picked me (for the council), I thought, they put the fox in the chicken coop,” he said. “I was against it.”
    But he learned that the council “actually drove the ship,” Kroll said.
    “After a year or so, I realized the things we wanted as a group were actually happening,” he said. “I said to them, prove it. Prove you’re going to do the things you said you were. They did.”
    It benefits the sanctuary to have opponents involved, Kroll added, because they bring up concerns that might not otherwise be addressed.
    “Their environmental concerns should be duly noted and addressed,” he said. “But this is about maritime history and shipwrecks.”
    When the Alpena sanctuary was proposed, Kroll said, the process was different than it is today. It was a top-down process, he said, with officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration seemingly telling the local residents what they were going to do.
    Now, he said, NOAA officials get input from the community first.
    “You’re going to come up with a management plan that does what people want it to do,” Kroll said.
    He added he doesn’t think the area should be called a sanctuary.
     “I consider sanctuary to be an unfair word,” Kroll added. “It implies ‘keep out.’ In reality, this is managing something for the best use of everyone.”
    Although opponents of the sanctuary fear state and local communities will be giving up their rights to control the lakefront and the lake and property owners will find their riparian rights diminished if not eliminated, that’s not the case, Kroll said.
    “The sanctuary is going to stop at the water’s edge,” he said. “This is about shipwrecks.”
    It doesn’t mean that beachcombers won’t be able to collect driftwood or beach glass, he added, addressing another concern expressed by opponents.
    People will be able to dive on the wrecks, Kroll said, adding that the resources brought to the area by NOAA make it likely that additional shipwrecks will be found within the sanctuary borders.
    Educational outreach is a priority, he added, noting the sanctuary staff has developed a curriculum for students from fourth grade through college.
    “The sanctuary is able to bring the maritime history to everyone,” he said, not just divers.
    The Thunder Bay Sanctuary has 10 to 15 employees, as well as a friends group and 300 volunteers who give 8,000 hours a year to the sanctuary.
    The sanctuary in Alpena has been a boon to the area, he said, something opponents have said isn’t likely to occur.
    The Thunder Bay Sanctuary draws about 100,000 visitors annually, Kroll said, many of whom stay in the area for several days, spending money at local businesses, restaurants and hotels.
    And the visitor’s center is a LEED-certified facility in a converted paper mill, he noted, adding that since NOAA leases the building, it remains on the tax rolls.
    “Alpena is not the city it used to be,” Kroll said, noting another new hotel has opened on the waterfront. The downtown is more vibrant, and the entire area is finding new life.
    Officials in Alpena are willing to share what they have learned with the proposed Wisconsin sanctuary, Kroll added.
    “We’re as excited as you to have another sanctuary in the Great Lakes,” he said. Daily Press

City officials want Port to go viral on YouTube PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:12

Committee seeks $4,380 for videos promoting economic development

Port Washington officials are considering going viral in their economic development efforts.
    Aldermen on Tuesday tabled a request by the Economic Development Committee to create several videos to be used as the city markets itself and to create a YouTube channel with these videos.
    “They would show what makes Port Washington unique as a place to do business,” Mayor Tom Mlada said.
    The council tabled the measure on the recommendation of the Finance and License Committee, which wants to make sure there are enough funds in this year’s budget to pay for the project.
    “We think it’s a great idea and a great project,” Ald. Dave Larson, chairman of the committee, said. “But we want to make sure we understand where we are with the budget.”
    Mlada said the Economic Development Committee has long talked about creating a digital presence, saying it could augment other efforts.
    While brochures and other print media have long been used by communities trying to attract new businesses, Mlada said that corporate leaders on the committee say they get many of these each day and “the immediate place they go is into the recycling bin.”
    “As a city, we need the ability to be more proactive and nimble,” Mlada said. “We want to get ourselves not only in the room but at the table.”
    Videographer David Bennett, who does work broadcasting the city’s meetings, does similar videos for the City of Ripon and has submitted a proposal to do this work for the City of Port, Mlada said.
    He said he hopes to begin this work during the National Manufacturing Day celebration on Nov. 1, getting Bennett to film activities in the city that day.
    The YouTube channel would provide a more in-depth look at Port and, in addition to helping attract new businesses, also help connect residents with employment opportunities, business events and more.
    The $4,380 proposal would include a series of videos for the YouTube channel, and from those a three-minute marketing video would be prepared by Dec. 21.Daily Press

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