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Around the Bend: Updates & Tidbits by Judy Steffes

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-Café Soeurette is bringing a new event DISH Downtown to West Bend’s historic Main Street on Sunday, July 31. The 3-course menu features assorted in-house butters and jams and meats from the local Farmers’ Market. The second course will feature a chilled zucchini cucumber soup with a corn relish. The main course is a ginger chicken skewer with a carrot slaw and an apricot and beet pickle relish. The last course will be compote of crumbled shortbread, an espresso chocolate crème and sugar cherries. Dish Downtown includes live music and 10% of proceeds will be donated to the West Bend Downtown Association! Reservations required, CALL 262-338-2233.

-Sculpture Feast is August 6 at Regner Park. It will feature food tasting from three local restaurants including Café Soeurette, West Bend Tap & Tavern and The Norbert. There will be a live sculpture pour demonstration, sculpture tours and live music. Tickets are available by calling Shawn at 262-644-9600.

-Final numbers are in and there were 1,435 participants in this year’s Dirty Ninja Mud Run for Kids, held July 16 at Regner Park.

-T4 Insurance Solutions LLC is a new business that opened in Jackson at N168 W20900 Main Street. Owner Tracy Oestreich has been in the insurance business for years. Call for more information at 262-423-4949

-Crossroads Music Fest is Sept. 10 from Noon – 7 p.m. Live bands include Amy Jackson at noon, 1 p.m. – Justin St. Thomas and the Funky Fresh Fellowship, 2 p.m. – At The Wayside, 3 p.m. – Harley Rev Band, 4 p.m. – We are Leo, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Danen Kane. The Christian music festival will be at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 4860 Arthur Road in Slinger. There will be a silent auction, bake sale, concessions, kids area and some proceeds will be donated to Raivu an St. Luke Youth Mission trip.

– Neighbors in West Bend have noticed the huge trees that have been taken down on West Washington Street, just to the east of Valley Avenue. Steve Kearns recently sold that property to Russ Darrow and said he took down the trees as Darrow is going to be expanding his car lot.

-There’s a new sign for Heavy Duty Ramps on Highway 45 just to the north of Highway D. Last May, Larry Marmon, CEO of Discount Ramps purchased Heavy Duty Ramps. Marmon recently replaced the old Ke-West signs that were along the highway. Do you remember Ke-West Sports Complex? It was a paintball and indoor mini-golf sports complex owned by Richard Bertram. After opening his new venture in 2006, Bertram closed the business in July 2008. First National Bank of Hartford then held title to the property. In August 2010 Richard Beilstein, owner of Heavy Duty Ramps LLC of West Bend, closed on the purchase of the 62,000-square-foot site.

– West Bend Friends of Park and Rec are hailing Regner Fest and the Dirty Ninja Mud Run for Kids a “HUGE success.” There were around 1,500 children in the park for the Dirty Ninja Mud Run, 1,200 hot dog lunches were served along with 800 hamburgers, 300 brats, 200 walking tacos, 300 large hot dogs, and 30 large Domino’s pizzas and the bar sold 22 half barrels, (14 last year) tons of hard lemonade and huge amounts of Black Cherry. So we were a whole lot of busy. So thank you!!

-The dates for Regner Fest and German Night are changing next year and Regner Fest ~ will be Saturday, July 15 and German Night ~ Wednesday, July 19. The same music lineup will be held at Regner Fest with Andrea and the Mods, Dirty Boogie and Rebel Grace.

-Laurel’s Camera and Gift is on the move. On Sept. 1 the locally-owned camera shop and jewelry shop M.F. Diamonds will move from 239 N. Main Street down a block to 152 N. Main Street, formerly home to My Personal Trainor fitness studio, and prior to that Settler’s Park Market.“We’re just going down the street a bit,” said Pat Fehring from Laurel’s Camera. “We were just looking for a little bigger space so we’ll have a backdrop and we can do studio photography as well.” The Fehrings will be sharing the space with their son’s jewelry shop, M.F. Diamonds.

– Tammy Anderson has been appointed the new Washington County Director of the Aging and Disability Resource Center. Anderson has been serving as the Social Services Supervisor at Samaritan the last three years.

-The new West Bend Biergarten will be held Wednesday, August 10 – Sunday, August 14. It will be held at the Centennial Shelter at Regner Park from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be craft beer, domestic beer, wine, gourmet popcorn and peanuts and entertainment each night.

-Renaming the Washington County Courthouse should be completed this week as it transforms into the Herbert J. Tennies Government Center. The sign at 432 E. Washington Street went up this past week. The sign over the entrance to the building should be finished this week.

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