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VIDEO | Fire ravages log home built in 1902 in Town of Wayne

September 23, 2020 – Town of Wayne, WI – A dire house fire over the weekend in the Town of Wayne went from bad to worse. On Saturday, September 19, 2020 at approximately 10:38 p.m. a dozen fire departments responded to a house on fire at 9115 Woodlawn Drive.

Hand-me-down dishes hold fond memories and family history lessons | By Ann Marie Craig

September 20, 2020 – Washington Co., WI – The tines are bent and uneven and the wood handles show more than a century of wear. They live in the far recesses of the silverware drawer and hardly see the light of day anymore, but I cannot bear to part

Hand-me-down dishes hold fond memories and family history lessons | By Ann Marie Craig

September 17, 2020 – Washington Co., WI – The tines are bent and uneven and the wood handles show more than a century of wear. They live in the far recesses of the silverware drawer and hardly see the light of day anymore, but I cannot bear to part

Update on renovation of Carl M. Kuss Field at Regner Park

September 17, 2020 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend Parks Commission will have an update at tonight’s meeting regarding renovations planned for Carl M. Kuss Field at Regner Park. It was August 8, 2018 when the community held its first final celebration at the local baseball stadium.

Honoring Marilyn Merten tonight, September 2 at the Washington County Fair Park

September 2, 2020 – Washington Co., WI – There will be a celebration tonight at Washington County Fair Park to honor Marilyn Merten for her commitment to public service and Washington County   Marilyn Merten has served as the Washington County District 15 Supervisor for 12 years. She filed

VIDEO | Friedens Church in Jackson starting to take shape

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Jackson, WI – It was July 2017 when Steve Kissinger closed on the purchase of the old Friedens Church on Cedar Creek Road and Highway P in Jackson. The church on the hill dates to 1878; for the last three years it has been Kissinger’s restoration project of faith

VIDEO | A look back at July 1981 and underground tank installation at Fleet Farm

August 3, 2020 – West Bend, WI – A bit of West Bend history was unearthed this week as the six Fiberglas fuel storage tanks were pulled out of the ground near the old Fleet Farm gas station. West Bend Batallion Chief John Spartz recalled how the tanks went

VIDEO | A look back at July 1981 and underground tank installation at Fleet Farm

August 1, 2020 – West Bend, WI – A bit of West Bend history was unearthed this week as the six Fiberglas fuel storage tanks were pulled out of the ground near the old Fleet Farm gas station. West Bend Batallion Chief John Spartz recalled how the tanks went

VIDEO | President Ronald Reagan July 27, 1987 speech at Broan Manufacturing in Hartford

July 26, 2020 – Hartford, WI -President Reagan’s Remarks to Broan Manufacturing Company employees in Hartford, Wisconsin on July 27, 1987. Can you identify the other local lawmakers on stage as Reagan enters? I spot Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, U.S. Senator Bob Kasten, and Governor Tommy Thompson. “I want you

Remembering Washington County Judge Richard Becker

June 30, 2020 – Washington Co., WI – There will be a Celebration of Life this afternoon starting at 4 p.m. for Washington County Judge Richard Becker who passed away June 22, 2020, at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford at the age of 84. Becker served as served

VIDEO | Happy 100th birthday to Dolores Tomaszewski of Jackson

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June 29, 2020 – Jackson, WI – It was quite a day for Dolores Tomaszewski of Jackson as she celebrated her 100th birthday in fine fashion with family, friends, cake, and a parade. Dolores was born June 25, 1920. “I can’t remember my mom telling me but I think

2020 annual Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s tour announced

June 21, 2020 – Washington Co., WI – It is Father’s Day, my dad’s birthday and the first year he is not with us having passed July 18, 2019.   I have been asked the past few weeks where my annual bicycle tour will be this year and I

VIDEO | Taking a look back at the May 10, 1990 snowstorm

May 10, 2020 – Hat tip to Ruth Marks for planting the seed on what occurred 30 years ago today on May 10, 1990. It was late spring, baby birds were in the nest, trees and plants were blossoming and Mother Nature decided to heave 10 inches of heavy,

Remembering the Enger-Kress Pocketbook Company in West Bend

January 15, 2020 – West Bend, WI – The old Enger-Kress building, 151 Wisconsin Street, has a long history in West Bend.   According to the Janean Mollet-van Beckum book, City of West Bend, “The Enger-Kress Pocketbook Company was founded in Milwaukee in 1882. After a fire destroyed the

VIDEO | Remember when: South Main Street in West Bend

January 8, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Armchair historians from West Bend are honing in on the timeline of the aerial photo overlooking S. Main Street. The huge framed photo is in an office on the second floor at City Hall in West Bend. The picture measures about

VIDEO | Remember when: South Main Street in West Bend

January 8, 2020 – West Bend, WI – Armchair historians from West Bend are honing in on the timeline of the aerial photo overlooking S. Main Street. The huge framed photo is in an office on the second floor at City Hall in West Bend. The picture measures about