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Motorcyclist dies after being struck by SUV in town PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:18

A Town of Grafton man sustained fatal injuries when a sport utility vehicle struck the motorcycle he was driving at the intersection of Highways W and V in the Town of Grafton just before 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.

    The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department said the driver of the motorcycle, Rex Borgenhagen, 45, was transported to Aurora Hospital in Grafton and then taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee where he was pronounced dead.

    Capt. Jeff Taylor said an SUV traveling eastbound on Highway W crossed through the intersection, striking the motorcycle that had been northbound on Highway V.

    The driver of the SUV, Jeff Pionkoski of Cedarburg, was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, causing the death of another person.

    Alcohol, drugs and speed were not factors in the crash, Capt. Taylor said.
    Borgenhagen was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

    Borgenhagen had worked for 20 years as a model maker at Frank Mayer and Associates in Grafton, Company President Mike Mayer said.

    “He was a very talented, very intelligent individual who lent a helping hand to anyone and everyone,” Mayer said. “He was an incredible individual, not only as an associate, but as a friend and person.”

    A funeral was held Tuesday at Eernisse Funeral Home in Cedarburg.Daily-Press

 
It’s Columbia St. Mary’s Center at fairgrounds PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:13

Health system purchases naming rights for new county building that will house curling club’s facilities

    The newest building at the Ozaukee County fairgrounds will be called the Columbia St. Mary’s Center.

    Columbia St. Mary’s Health System has purchased the naming rights to the county-owned multipurpose building that houses a state-of-the-art ice facility to be used by the Milwaukee Curling Club, Roanne Barnes, president of the Milwaukee Curling Association, announced.

    “They’re a good organization, and they share the same mission and goals that we do,” she said — promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

    That sentiment was echoed by Gerri Staffileno, vice president of hospital operations and chief nursing officer for Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital in Mequon.

    “Our mission, to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of the community, complements the Milwaukee Curling Club’s goal to promote a healthy, active lifestyle through curling,”she said.

    Barnes declined to reveal how much the health system paid for the naming rights for the next 15 years.

    “I think it’s just confidential information between Columbia St. Mary’s and the Curling Association,” she said.

    Although the Ozaukee County Executive Committee last week approved the naming of the building, County Board Chairman Rob Brooks also declined to reveal the price paid for the naming rights.

 “They didn’t purchase them from us,” he said. “They could have gotten $10,000 to $1 million.”  

    County Administrator Tom Meaux said he didn’t know how much was paid for the naming rights.

    Officials allowed the association sell the naming rights because they realized it would be easier for another entity to do that, Meaux said. The income the association realizes can then be used to pay the group’s share of the building costs.

    The group has already made a $1 million down payment on the building Meaux said, as well as a $200,000 payment that was due Oct. 1.

    The association has agreed to pay the county $50,000 annually for the next 20 years to lease the building, he said, and about the same amount annually for 30 years after that to pay for improvements to the fairgrounds.

    Ozaukee County built the Columbia St. Mary’s Center and is leasing it to the curling club for six months of the year. The county will use the facility for the remainder of the year.

    The finishing touches are being put on the building, and the curling club expects to begin moving in this week, Barnes said.

    The club has started making the first layer of ice in the center, she said, and will hold an open house at the end of October.

    Club members will start curling at the center Nov. 1, she said, adding they will also schedule learn-to-curl classes.

 
Port police, firefighters to hold open house Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 17:08

The Port Washington Police Department will hold an open house in conjunction with the annual Fire Department open house on Sunday, Oct. 14.

    The day will begin with the fire department open house, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire station, 104 W. Washington St.

    The day is a celebration of Fire Prevention Week, and kicks off with the annual Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast. The cost is $5 for children ages 5 and older and adults.

    Families can check out the department’s equipment, take rides in the basket of the ladder truck, participate in the Survive Alive house and watch demonstrations of the Jaws of Life and fire extinguishing. Blood-pressure screenings will also be offered.

    A drawing will be held for such prizes as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and rides to school on a fire truck.

    The police department open house will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. next door at the police station, 365 N. Wisconsin St.

    The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department mobile command center will be open for tours.

    McGruff will be on hand, and parents may have their children fingerprinted. Bike safety information will be provided, and families will have the opportunity to check out the squad cars.

    A drawing for the chance to ride to school in a squad car will be held.

    Police Chief Kevin Hingiss said the department hasn’t had an open house in years, and this will give residents the opportunity to check out all the city’s emergency services.

    “This gives us an opportunity to interact with citizens in a positive way, and they get to see the workings of the police department,” he said.

    “They (the fire department) have a good event and a good turnout. It made a lot of sense to hold an open house on the same day. The people are there, and they can check both of us out.”

 

 
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