Music lineup announced for Germanfest

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Here’s a nice injection of summer as West Bend Germanfest has locked in a majority of its musical lineup for 2016. While much of the entertainment follows the strong tradition of Germanfest the headliner on Saturday will be Up All Night! It’s a “young and talented group playing the

Ashley Reichert announces candidacy for Washington County Clerk

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“Reichert Seeks to Build on Positive County Reforms”   West Bend, Wisconsin: Surrounded by family, friends and several community supporters, on May 3, 2016, lifelong Washington County resident and Town of Wayne native Ashley Reichert formally declared her candidacy for Washington County Clerk on the steps of the Herb

Hartford Weekly update by Steve Volkert

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Administrators Update: If anyone is asked, the Park/public bathrooms have always been opened for the season the first weekend in May. That will be this weekend. The major reason for this is due to shallow utility pipes freezing and bursting when those late cold snaps happen. If someone asks

Obit: Harlon “Harley” Ekvall, 89, West Bend

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Harlon “Harley” Ekvall, 89, of West Bend, passed away on Thursday, April 21, 2016, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on January 25, 1927, at home on the family farm, to the late Willis and Myrtle (nee Markee) Ekvall in Marshfield WI. Harley took over the

Weekly Washington Co. updates by Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates Final Management Team Meeting – On Monday morning Former Chairman Tennies, Attorney Nass, HR Director Scott and I had our final “Management Team” meeting with breakfast at Grasshopper in downtown West Bend.  We were please to find out that this meeting brought things to an end right

Memorial service Monday for Randy Miller

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There will be a memorial service Monday, April 25 for Randy Miller   According to an article from the Desert Trail, TWENTYNINE PALMS — A Twentynine Palms man is facing changes of felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run after reportedly admitting to being the driver

UPDATE: Former Wash. Co. Park Supervisor killed in accident

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Washington County employees are recovering from a one-two punch after learning today that one of their former co-workers was killed in a motor vehicle accident in California.   Randy Miller, who retired from the county in August 2014 after a 39-year career, was killed in an accident in California.

Rick Gundrum is heavy favorite as new Washington Co. Board Chair

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A changing of the guard of sorts today on the Washington County Board as long-time County Board Chairman Herb Tennies turns over his gavel to his successor.   District16 Supervisor Rick Gundrum is expected to be nominated as well as Dist. 14 Supervisor Joe Gonnering for the position of

Earth Week begins at American Metal & Paper

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Turn in your aluminum for some great prices and receive prizes.  Enter raffle drawings for $25 gift cards to Toucan’s, Sandy’s Barton Cafe, Copper Penny, Waldens, Piggly Wiggly, Tennies Ace Hardware, and East Side Mobil.   Also enter to win a pair of tickets to see Lee Brice in

In honor of Jerome “Chappie” Chapman

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This story ran in August 2014 as the Badger Derby motorcycle ride passed through West Bend. One of the people in attendance was Jerry “Chappie” Chapman.  He was one of the first motorcycle policemen in West Bend. The photo is courtesy Suzanne Tennies. Her father, George “Smokey” Weinert is

Thank you proclamation Monday for Dist. 3 alderman Ed Duquaine

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A proclamation will be read at the West Bend Common Council meeting Monday in honor of outgoing Dist. 3 alderman Ed Duquaine who is wrapping up a six year term. Mayor Kraig Sadownikow said even though it’s the end of Duquaine’s term is it not the end of his

Kewaskum’s Roger Strack returns from Honor Flight

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Roger Strack of Kewaskum is waking up a bit exhausted today, that’s because he spent Wednesday in Washington D.C. on the Old Glory Honor Flight. This was the 34th mission for the Old Glory Flight based out of Outagamie County Regional Airport in Appleton. Strack talked about his service

BID approves spending $16,000+ to fix lights

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Following a presentation from Robb Steiner, vice president of Steiner Electric, Inc. in West Bend the Downtown West Bend BID board voted unanimously to spend $16, 213 to replace the lights bordering the buildings on Main Street.   According to Steiner this will be a six-day project and cover

Work gets underway for new amphitheater

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With the rain and the snow in our rear-view mirror, construction is getting underway for the new main stage at the Washington County Fair Park. “This isn’t Summerfest but it’s our little piece of Summerfest,” Joshua Schoemann, Washington County administrator, said. The new 50 x 100-foot stage, financed in

Washington Co. weekly updates

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General Updates Employee Town Hall Meetings – This week was packed with seven “Town Hall Meetings” where we provided important updates to County employees regarding the status of PBB, the County’s Health Insurance Fund and general Q&A.  In all about 300 employees attended the sessions and asked a variety

Bridge update: Contractor error – bridge will be white

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It’s a story we told you about first at http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com as contractors worked today to move the new pedestrian bridge in place over the Milwaukee River. It appeared the bridge delivered was not exactly what the common council had approved as they signed off on a white bridge.  Mayor

Update on write-in candidates for April 5 election

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There are a couple of write-in candidates for the April 5 race Washington County Board race. Denis Kelling is a registered write-in candidate for Washington County Supervisor in District 6. It opened after Supervisor Paul Ustruck of Barton filed papers of non-candidacy.   Andy David is a registered write-in

Bill Lutz – firefighter and Germanfest volunteer

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Bill Lutz, 76, worked at the West Bend Fire Department for over 25 years. “He was one of the original six full-time firefighters when they went to 24 hour days in 1970,” Fire Chief Gerald Kudek said. “Bill was a lot of fun to work with and when I

Kind words and fond memories during visitation for Doug Ziegler, 89

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A steady stream of well wishers gathered at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon to pay their respects to the family of R. Douglas Ziegler. The local community leader who left a legacy of civic engagement and dedication to education died Saturday, March 5; he was 89.

Remembering Doug Ziegler and Snowmass

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Stories about Doug Ziegler have been floating around West Bend and Washington County since this past weekend when word came that Doug died early Saturday morning. “What a wonderful community leader Doug Zeigler was in both spirit and in deeds,” said Pat Strachota, former state Assembly Rep. and now

Quinn Skidmore’s trip to D.C.

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 West Bend West High School senior Quinn Rebecca Skidmore recently spent a long weekend in Washington D.C. as she participated in the Voices of Democracy awards banquet. http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com asked Quinn to keep a diary on her adventure. It’s posted below. I want to extend a huge thank-you to John

Weekly updates in Washington County

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General Updates STH 60 Truck Reliever Route – For your information, I have attached a letter of support from EDWC and the referenced Corporate Survey where “highway accessibility” is the number-one driver for corporate location decisions. This week, we continued progress discussing the next steps of this project.  This

Little hope left as effort was underway to save Annex II

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On January 23, http://www.washingtoncountyinsider.com broke the story about plans to raze Washington County’s Annex II and the building housing the County Senior Center. “They’re just costing us money to keep them,” County Administrator Joshua Schoemann said. “The expense is around $20,000 to $40,000 a year; most of it is

Washington County weekly updates from Administrator Joshua Schoemann

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General Updates ·         STH 60 Truck Reliever Route – Another week, another series of meetings regarding this exciting regional project.  This week either Scott Schmidt and/or I met with representatives from the City of Hartford, HADC and SEWRPC.  The aim of these meetings has been to continue to get

Guest letter: A note of thanks from Enchantment by Lori Yahr

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Thank You Enchantment Operation Leads, Non-profit Groups and Sponsors ~ Thank you to our great leads and non-profit groups who ran the operations at Enchantment in the Park this 2015 season. There is no way we could run this amazing county-wide event without your help. Our leads include Jeff

Music lineup announced for Germanfest

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Here’s a nice injection of summer during the cold winter months as West Bend Germanfest has locked in a majority of its musical lineup for 2016. While much of the entertainment follows the strong tradition of Germanfest the headliner on Saturday will be Up All Night! It’s a “young

St. John’s Guild cookbooks – great Christmas gift

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The latest shipment of St. John’s Guild cookbook, “Our Favorite Recipes” has arrived! The first printing was in 1949 when a committee of nine women, led by Esther Klein and Frieda Lange, collected the best recipes in a cookbook that would be sold at a low price. Proceeds would
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