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Around the Bend – Updates & tidbits by Judy Steffes

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-The blue stone inlay on the new sculpture outside the Police Department in West Bend was taken from West Bend City Hall during the construction. It represents the river running through the city and more importantly, the ‘thin blue line’ that is walked by law enforcement every day both on and off duty.
-Sign up today for youth summer sports camps at UW-WC including girls volleyball, co-ed soccer and basketball. More information at
– Jen Sell, a 1982 graduate of West Bend East, will be inducted into the West Bend Athletic Wall of Fame. Sell was an All-Conference basketball player for coach Rick Riehl. The presentation will be in October.
– The grand reopening of Old Settlers’ Park is June 2. The park will host a Recognition Wall to thank organizations in the community for their support including primary sponsors The West Bend Community Foundation, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the City of West Bend. Other contributors include the Rotary Club of West Bend, Johnson’s Nursery, Roots & Branches, Prudence Pick Hway, West Bend Germanfest Volunteers, Downtown West Bend Association, West Bend Business Improvement District, Larosa Landscape Co., Leadership West Bend, and In Memory of Mike Sheehy.
– The Downtown West Bend Association is looking for volunteers for the Tour of America’s Dairyland bike race on June 20 from 12:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Sign up at 262-338-3909.
– Local artists will be creating sidewalk chalk drawings Saturday, May 21 between Hobby Lobby and Kohl’s on Main Street in West Bend. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 4 p.m. Viewers can vote for their favorite artwork to win top prizes.
– Brian Culligan and the crew at West Bend Tap & Tavern open at 9 a.m. on Saturday’s during the West Bend Farmers’ Market as they roll out their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. Stop out and enjoy breakfast with a beer chaser at 315 N. Main Street.

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