Money left in Talk of the Town account to be used in Veterans Park
During its eight-year existence, the Talk of the Town newsletter was a very visible part of life in the Village of Saukville.
Although the publication has been out of commission for nearly 30 years, its legacy will live on, thanks to a recent donation to the village.
The free publication was created in 1976, as a bicentennial project of a group of residents, according to Cindy Douglas, one of the newsletter volunteers.
â€śOur intent was to entertain, educate and inform the residents of the Village of Saukville. We worked to improve the community,â€ť Douglas said.
Its pages were filled with meeting coverage, commentary and general information about living in the village.
The paper relied on volunteer writers, and its printing costs were covered by advertising sales and donations.
When the Talk of the Town ceased publishing in 1984, the money accumulated for future issues languished in a bank account.
The balance has grown to just under $1,800.
â€śThat money really belongs to the community as a whole, so we felt it was appropriate to spend it on something here,â€ť said Steve Boyea, who served as editor of the newsletter.
After conferring with village officials, the remaining staff of the publication agreed to turn the money over to the village to help purchase a picnic table, umbrella and trash basket for Veterans Park.
The park amenity is expected to cost $3,300.
â€śThis donation covers more than half that cost,â€ť Village President Barb Dickmann said at last weekâ€™s Village Board meeting, when the donation was accepted.
The table will be placed south of the bandstand, adjacent to the sidewalk.
Once it is installed, a plaque will be placed on the table acknowledging it as a donation from Talk of the Town.