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Teen canoeist rescued after all-night search in Town of Grafton PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Friday, 18 April 2014 15:22

A canoe trip gone awry forced a Cedarburg teen to spend several hours in a wooded area in the Town of Grafton before he was rescued Thursday morning after an all-night search by emergency crews.

Authorities said a 17-year-old boy was in a tent near the Milwaukee River off Lakefield Road when he was discovered by a Department of Natural Resources warden at 7:45 a.m.


The boy was uninjured but cold and wet after abandoning a solo canoe run on the river in Grafton’s Lime Kiln Park Wednesday night. Authorities said he flipped the canoe in the rain-swollen water but was able to reach shore.


The teen called his mother at 8 p.m. to say he was all right but wanted someone to get him. He told authorities he turned off his cell phone because the battery was dying.


Unable to reach the teen, his mother contacted the sheriff’s department, triggering the search.


Grafton Fire Chief Bill Rice said his department joined deputies in the effort, which soon included a team of DNR wardens, other local crews and a search by plane.


As temperatures dipped below freezing, crews searched the area, eventually covering both sides of the river. A DNR plane used infrared equipment in an attempt to locate the teen.


Unable to find the boy, crews suspended the search at 4 a.m., Rice said.


“At that point, we feared the worst. We believed something tragic might have happened,” Rice said.


At 6 a.m., another DNR plane flew over the area in the search while crews resumed looking on foot through steep, densely wooded terrain. A warden discovered the teen asleep in the tent.


The boy had built a fire to stay warm and was asleep when he was discovered. He was wearing wet clothes and shivering but otherwise unharmed, Rice said.


As a precaution, the boy was taken for medical observation.
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Rice said more than two dozen members of the Grafton and Port Washington fire departments joined deputies, wardens and other emergency crews in the search.


Two Grafton firefighters sustained injuries that required medical attention, Rice said.


“It has a happy ending, but all of this could have been avoided,” Rice said.


“It was a very dangerous situation. No one should be out canoeing on rivers in southeastern Wisconsin at this time of the year.”



 
April 23 event to mark start of park pavilion work PDF Print E-mail
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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 17:40

    A ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the memorial pavilion in Coal Dock Park is tentatively slated for Wednesday, April 23.

    This even as organizers work to raise the final $9,000 needed to make the pavilion a reality, organizer Jim Buczek said.

    “If we can get those last couple dollars, we’ll be all set,” Buczek said. “Things are going well. We’ve gotten a lot of gifts from a lot of people in town.”

    Organizers hope to begin construction in May, he said.

    “If everything falls into place, we’re hoping to have it open by the Fourth of July,” Buczek said.

    That is dependent on a number of factors, including weather, funding and the time needed to obtain permits, he said.

    Buczek said he is pleased by the progress made thus far, noting the fundraising goal is $90,000.

    “We’ve gotten some very generous gifts, particularly from We Energies and the Lions Club,” he said. “People have been very generous.”coal
    A number of people have been asking about the possibility of ordering memorial bricks for the pavilion. They are still being sold, Buczek said, but orders must be received by May 1.

    Organizers are also looking for in-kind donations, particularly of windows, concrete or a metal staircase, he said.

    The pavilion is being built in honor of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek — Buczek’s nephew — and Peter Dougherty, who drowned off Port Washington in 2012.

    Information on ordering memorial bricks is available at www.tylerbuczek.donationbricks.com.

    Cash donations may be sent to Buczek, 127 E. Dodge St., Port Washington. Checks should be made out to City of Port Washington Memorial Pavilion.

 
Port will be hopping with Easter fun Sunday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:14

The annual Hippity Hoppity Easter event in Port Washington will be held Saturday, April 12.

    The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes an Easter bonnet contest, Easter egg hunt and treats at downtown businesses.


    The day will kick off with the annual Easter bonnet contest in Veterans Memorial Park at 9:30 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in categories that range from children to adults and pets.


    The Easter egg hunt will follow at 10 a.m. Eggs will be left in a cordoned-off area, and youngsters will be admitted in age groupings, with the youngest going first.


    After the egg hunt, children are encouraged to visit downtown merchants that display a dancing egg symbol in their windows. These merchants will have special treats for youngsters.


    The Easter bunny will also be available  for photos downtown.


    The annual event is sponsored by Port Main Street Inc. and the Greater Port Washington Kiwanis Club.

 
Man charged with stealing from vehicles PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:09

  A 32-year-old Port Washington man arrested recently for stealing items from unlocked, parked vehicles in the city will enter a plea to two misdemeanor charges next week.

    Zachry Zirtzlaff, who was charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with misdemeanor theft and resisting an officer,  is scheduled to enter his pleas before Judge Paul Malloy at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.

    According to the criminal complaint, police received a report on March 27 that someone was going through parked vehicles on South Wisconsin Street.

    When an officer responded he saw Zirtzlaff kneeling next two several items — including two skateboards, a snowboard, a laptop bag and a small shoulder bag, according to the complaint.

    Officer Ryan Hurda turned on his squad car lights and got out of his vehicle, then yelled for Zirtzlaff to stop, the complaint states. Instead, Zirtzlaff, who Hurda recognized, began running toward a nearby creekbed. The officer followed him until he lost sight of the man.

    Hurda then went to the nearby Mobil gas station, where a clerk said Zirtzlaff had run into the woman’s restroom. When he left, the clerk said, she found several white pills on the ground and items in the toilet that he apparently tried to flush, the complaint says.

    The officer recovered the pills as well as a paper with a pin number for a debit card, according to the complaint.Daily-Press

    Hurda then walked along the path Zirtzlaff took and found a wallet, an eyeglass case with cleaning cloths, a prescription bottle for suboxone, a check register, a cell phone charger and lighter, the complaint states.

    Hurda arrested Zirtzlaff at his mother’s house, where the officer found two partial wrappers from the suboxone that matched the dosage from the bottle and a large amount of change, the complaint states.

 
Port High to host a cappella concert, show Badgers game PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:15

Port Washington High School will host an a cappella concert featuring Arora, a vocals and electronics band that appeared on the NBC television show “The Sing Off,” Port High’s Limited Edition and Redefined from the University of Wisconsin-Madison at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

    Tickets  for the concert, which is in the school auditorium, are $20 and can be purchased at the high school from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays and at the door.


    Immediately following the concert, the Wisconsin Badgers basketball game will be shown on a big screen in the auditorium. The Badgers play the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four round of the NCAA tournament.


    The concert  concludes an all-day Acapocalypse a cappella music festival that is expected to attract more than 300 high school students from throughout the state.


    Arora (formerly SONOS) will work with students throughout the day, then perform for the public during the concert. The five-member Los Angeles-based group is known for its avant garde harmonies paired with deep soul.


    Limited Edition, Port High’s 16-member vocal jazz ensemble, has also garnered national recognition. In February, the group won a regional semifinal round of the Varsity Vocal International Championship of High School A Cappella for the fourth time in five years and will compete for the national championship in New York City on April 25. The group won the national title in 2010.


    Redefined is a 17-member a cappella group of UW-Madison students that performs throughout the Midwest and has recorded six studio albums.


    Port Washington High School is at 427 W. Jackson St.

 
Contested County Board seat goes to Grabow PDF Print E-mail
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Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:13

    In one of three contested races for Ozaukee County supervisor, a candidate who said he opposes a plan to renovate Lasata Care Center and thinks the county should unload its nursing home was defeated in Tuesday’s election.
    
Robert Wardlow, a 50-year-old management consultant from the Town of Cedarburg, lost his bid for the District 9 seat on the County Board to Town of Grafton supervisor Tom Grabow.


    Grabow, who garnered 127 votes to Wardlow’s 89, will succeed Daniel Buntrock, who did not run for re-election.


    The plan to spend millions of dollars on the county’s aging nursing home gained attention in the election because it is likely to be one of the first significant issues decided by the new County Board, which will have five new members when winners of the election are sworn in later this month.


    While Wardlow said he doesn’t think the county should compete with private businesses in the senior living market, Grabow said he didn’t know enough about the plan to renovate the nursing home to form an opinion. When asked in an interview if the county should maintain its senior living campus, Grabow said, “Yes, for right now.”


    Grabow, a town of Grafton supervisor for eight years, said the county needs to cut spending and change the way it negotiates road maintenance contracts with towns.


    Other new board members elected Tuesday include David Larson, a City of Port Washington alderman who ran unopposed for Joe Dean’s seat in District 8.


    In District 14, Steven Scott Rishel of Grafton was elected after running unopposed for the seat being vacated by Jacob Curtis.


    In District 17, Richard Dieffenbach of Cedarburg defeated Jim Konowalski, 280-142, in a race for the seat being vacated by longtime Supr. James Uselding.


    In District 21, former Supr. Bob Walerstein’s bid to return to the board was stymied by Mequon resident Justin Strom, who won the race, 384-301. Strom will succeed Nancy Sharp Szatkowski.


    In District 26, Jennifer Rothstein of Mequon, the only incumbent to face opposition, defeated Bruce Sipiora, 316-201.

    
Voter turnout in the county was 12.7%.

 
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