Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Families are milling about the old cars and getting ready for the singing to begin with the old Beach boys songs and such. I am getting in the mood for the party when the road construction is completed. There is just pizza here and yes, beer, but no brats. I think we can improve on this party.
I have been observing in Northern California for a couple of days of R&R and went into an open house for a three bedroom rambler, small lot, nicely decorated that would sell for $120,000 in Evansville. Asking price was $699,000. It sold in 2 days.
I will be observing over the next few days just exactly how people are getting the money to buy such homes, and will report back. My preliminary conclusion is that one does not live in Wisconsin and retire in California, but maybe the reverse.
Sunday, June 26, 2005
--- Bill Hammann <email@example.com> wrote:
> One of my favorite topics. Some things we actually
> do well:
> Please post on your web site:
> Reviewed Statewide Sewer User Charge Survey
> (Communities population 2,001 - 5,000)
> Highest Annual Sewer User Charge (55,000
> gal/yr.) $759/yr
> Average Annual Sewer User Charge (55,000
> gal/yr.) $354/yr
> Lowest Annual Sewer User Charge (55,000
> gal/yr.) $143/yr
> Evansville Annual Sewer User Charge (55,000
> gal/yr.) $207/yr
> Statewide average Hook Up Fee $1,269
> Evansville Hook Up Fee $1,250
> Evansville is below the Statewide average for user
> Bill Hammann Chair, Public Works Committee
--- Bill Hammann <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Please Post on your web site:
> Public Hearing and motion to approve Streetscape
> plan for Main Street phase 1
> Public Works Meeting
> Monday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m.
> Council Chambers, City Hall
> How do you want Evansville's new Main Street to
> In 2005, as part of the Hwy. 14 reconstruction
> project the state D.O.T. is planning to rip up the
> portion of Main St. to replace the storm sewer. The
> City will reconstruct Main St. from Union St. to
> Allen Creek.
> In 2007, the City will reconstruct Main St. from
> Allen Creek to First Street.
> The reconstruction will involve replacing the
> sanitary sewer and water mains under the street, the
> street itself, the curb, gutter, and sidewalks.
> This will meeting focused on reconstruction efforts
> occurring in 2005.
> The discussion on Main Street between Union St. &
> the Bridge reconstruction were as follows:
> a.. Sidewalk - width, color & style
> b.. Since this section of downtown contains
> several residential homes, The preliminary design
> showed sidewalk with grass terrace similar to a
> residential area. This addresses Citizen concerns
> regarding separating this section of Main St. from
> the West Side.
> c.. The preliminary design has the lower cost
> standard concrete sidewalk.
> d.. Costs difference between a standard concrete
> sidewalk ($3 to $4 per square foot) and stamped and
> colored concrete sidewalk ($10 to $12 per square
> a.. Road Width
> b.. The preliminary design kept the street width
> at 46'.
> a.. Miscellaneous amenities (trees, benches,
> a.. The preliminary design has the same
> pedestrian lights currently on Main St. with
> planters & banners. It's contained 3 - 5 more lights
> to create a safer walking environment.
> b.. The preliminary design has 2 - 3 more trees,
> but no trees directly in across from storefront
> entrances and signs.
> c.. The preliminary design has one trash
> receptacle at the end of Main St.
> d.. The preliminary design has one bench to be
> located on the south side of Allen creek.
> e.. The preliminary design one bike rack located
> near local businesses.
> Bill Hammann Chair, Public Works Committee
Saturday, June 25, 2005
I teased her about this saying, " Susie, I normally leverage my assets, not my differences." " Well'" she replied, " That is exactly the point," "They are assets." She went on, "Our market is folks who speak 10 languages from all over the world. We need every bit of difference in our staff just to deliver our service in an understanding way. So, differences are a strength for us, and a key way of seeing ourselves."
Over the past couple months on this blog, we have had an open discussion and it has revealed differences, some deep, some not. The differences can be seen as strength or weakness. The open discussion can be seen as strength or weakness. I see both as strength and salute those in the city, such as Mr. Connors, who have engaged citizens in the dialogue. I salute those citizens who have participated. Now we need each one to tell one more person so the discussion can grow. And the strength can grow. Yes, kinda like weight training.
Bart D. Ehrman first examines the process of how historians review source documents and determine what in fact can be known as historically accurate. Then he reviews The DaVinci Code and finds some serious flaws with the historical claims in The DaVinci Code. Was Jesus married to Mary Magdalene? Was he celibate? How many of his contemporaries wrote about Him before 100AD?
Well, you will have to get this book to find the answers. It is new to the Eager Free Public Library.
Readers can see the problem immediately. For communities that like Evansville have delayed their big ticket capital improvements and are playing "catch up", the levy limits could be disastrous. Also, what many people do not realize is that some communities actually borrow money just to meet municipal payroll till the new tax levies are collected. As a housekeeping matter, the levy limit might make some communities have a referendum just to meet payroll---not a pleasant prospect.
What does it all mean? Maybe not much. It may just be political mind games. Both political parties want to posture themselves as for property tax freeze---however, the Journal Sentinal points out that in the last tax period it was school districts and not city governments that increased the expenditures by the most amounts. Such was the case in Evansville. In fact, the increase was zero as I recall for the city.
Evansville passed a resolution authorizing up to $15 million to be borrowed. The resolution, in the Evansille Review ,does NOT list the Lake Leota Project on the resolution dated 6-15-2005 but DOES list it on the resolution 6-14-2005 as one of the projects included in destination of these funds. I am at a loss what is correct and whether this is or is not an attempt to avoid a referendum on this issue.
The comment line is open.
Friday, June 24, 2005
He reports that over 80 middle and high school students are participating in the POPA fitness program this summer.
Thursday, June 23, 2005
If our school district,( which residents when polled 4 years ago, 70% stated they strongly supported a central campus not a bussing situation,) decided that it would be better to achieve the goals of Evansville to simply seize the homes necessary surrounding the current schools for school expansion, presto, it would have the blessing of the supreme court as long as "just compensation" was given. Suppose you are a homeowner on Hwy 92. Or on 5th street. Or on Francis. No discussion please. The issue is not "blight." I do remember some emotional discussion about the trailer homes surrounding the current elementary school. No discussion now. It has been decided.
So---what do you think about the new math. Mr. Pierick went over the numbers at the June 15, 2005 planning meeting. There is going to be a push for new space. The Supreme Court has said today that the homes adjacent to the schools are fair game. As long as a governmental entity has a plan, that is good enough. It's not about East Main anymore. What do you think?
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor issued a strong dissent and said that," Any proprty may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms." She was joined in her dissent by Justice Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas. (www.yahoo.com)
I knew Michael as a saxophone player, one of the famous "blues brothers" of the Evansville Jazz Band of Soetart, Jakes and Hauri, who when they were in New York used to come to breakfast in their sunglasses and we never knew whether technically they had slept or not...however,
At the 2005 EHS Fine Arts Awards, Mr. Z revealed the rest of the story. Sometime after I saw Michael Hauri perform with the Dallas Brass professional ensemble in 2004, he came to the conclusion that if musical instruments were breaking down nationally as much as they were locally, this could be a career opportunity.
Band Intrument Repair Programs are rare, but one is located in Red Wing, Mn. at Minnesota State College Southeast Technical(www.southeasttech.mnscu.edu ) The only problem is that students enrolled in this program must know how to play the instruments they will repair. This created a total musical learning frenzy in the Hauri home as Michael pushed to learn the other instruments.
The program for instrument repair in Red Wing has an impressive reputation and students come from all over the world to attend. In 2001, 100% of their students were placed for employment after graduation.
In recognition of his achievent, Michael Hauri was awarded the Senior Outstanding Music Award for 2005. It"s about instruments and it's about dreams. Congratulations, Michael and Best Wishes as you head to Red Wing. Keep in contact with The Evansville Observer when you are away. Residents can contribute to the Band Instrument Fund at EHS by simply sending a donation to the attn of Mr. Z and marking it "Instrument Fund."
This restaurant, currently vacant, could be a Pub or could be razed and replaced with an apartment building that would fit the residential community. A private party has expressed some interest in the pub idea. What are your thoughts?
At this point, Mr. Conners mentioned that there had been some interest in converting the lower portion of the restaurant to a bar. The Observer felt that this was exactly the wrong direction for the location. It was proposed that this issue be put to a public watercooler. So, what do you think, Pub or Apartment? or what? It's your call.
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
His Adirondack chairs were the result of his collaboration with Bob Lundy of Montana, and feature curved lumbar support, pine sides, white oak for the main slats and ceramic coated screws that last even longer than galvanized screws. Some folks like the chairs so much they put them in their livingroom. Jim said that people ususally get a pillow for the top so they can be comfy when they read and these are available at most garden stores.
Delivery 7 days from order. $395. Freight out of town extra. Mention the Observer when you place your order. James Cunningham, 304 Cherry St., Evansville 608-882-0679 It's time to kick back. It's Adirondack time.
Note the curved lumbar support----a modification especially unique to this Adirondack chair crafted by James Cunningham, Woodworker--608-882-0679, email@example.com --7 day delivery. $395 Frt extra on out of town orders. Mention the Observer when you order.
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Monday, June 20, 2005
Mayor Ringhand, City Administrator Bill Connors, Roger Berg, Sceone Gaard, Ayn Steinlein, Judge Alisankus and The Observer, Richard Woulfe were in attendance.
There was general agreement that the key thing is to get the "vision" right and then proceed. The East is not the historical district, but the effort will be to create a quality entrance to the Evansville Downtown. Ideas were shared about street lighting, flags, flowers, the possible windmill location, trees to be planted, speed limits, tree planting rebates etc.
Residents will be invited to a meeting in July to get their imput. The Observer will play a role in keeping residents of the 4th Ward aware of the upcoming events.
With the highway construction proceeding rapidly, there was the sense that now was the time for a fresh beginning. All attending felt positive about this new beginning.
"Aliye at Teatown" is the title of this painting by Terry Tolan whose paintings are now featured at Real Coffee. Trees are a major theme of her painting.
At" Real Coffee," on Main street in Evansville. For info on prints contact her at 882-3732. She says about her series of paintings,
"It is in Nature that I feel a profound peace. The heartbeat of life is most palpable when I am walking in the woods, near flowers and streams. It is here rooted in the earth that I feel the heart of life, which nurtures my soul.
I have been long fascinated with trees. As a child, I took delight in climbing and pretending to be a tree. No two are alike. Trees were my fortress. They each grow in their own way, bending, reaching, grounding, shading, protecting and giving. Trees are content with what they are. They endure extreme conditions and continue to thrive. This is a good model for my own growth."
My brother-in-law, Chris, who is a very successful high tech owner of a computer firm, just bought the big power boat of his dreams. The grand unveiling of the boat occurred last weekend with a big boat overnite at Big Island. After the getaway, there was a barbeque in their newly designed back yard complete with new fountain. Nancy was busy explaining how their new bird feeder was high tech and designed to prevent theft from squirrels. Just as she was pointing it out to interested guests, she noticed a rustle inside the bird feeder. A chipmunk had gotten inside and eaten everything.
Who wudda thunk it. High tech success beaten by a chipmunk. Now we need to keep this story as a family secret and tell no-one lest it affect sales.
Sunday, June 19, 2005
"Well," he said, " that was a good first debate. Great energy. With some improvement you will be a great team. However, here are some thoughts. First, this is not mudwrestling, and we need to understand the difference. Some of you were surprised by your opponent's argument. The reason? You had not argued both sides of the question. So that is the assignment for next week. We will have another debate and you will not be assigned your part till then. We will draw straws at 3:30pm to decide your part. The thought of knowing both sides of an issue had never occured to me. Now it was the very first rule.
Mr. Ryan went on," The second skill I am about to teach you is deadly. It is "My honorable opponent." Before you make a key point, first you say, "My honorable opponent has said," and then state EXACTLY and FAIRLY what your opponent has argued. The mistake most people make is that they never can do this. Once you have done this, the audience thinks," Wow, what a wonderful guy he is". Then you pause ever so slightly as if to smile. Show some confidence. Then you say the magic word "HOWEVER." Then you take your sword and slay your opponent. verbally of course.
Thus, it would go like this. "My honorable opponent has said that the sky is green." (pause) HOWEVER, pause) my opponent is mistaken, It is clearly blue." Remember, always elevate your opponent before you slay him, figuratively of course. This is why before every sporting event, when the TV announcer asks what the coach thinks of the opposition, you would think that the opponent is the greatest team that has ever played the game. He is preparing the prey for the harvest. You are to do likewise.
Saturday, June 18, 2005
That same problem is now very real for businesses on East Main. They wish there was a 911 to call for help. Where is the access they were promised? At the beginning of the project there was a coordinator employed with DOT who was to coordinate with business to assist in minimizing revenue loss and aid in directing traffic to the businesses. I understand this person was terminated to save cost. Whose cost? The cost to these businesses of that decision seems huge.
I wonder whether after Fox, the contractor for the city, completes their project in 2 days whether one lane one way will be allowed on Main Street to get some traffic through.
It is time to review the cure. Can some CPR or aid be given so that the patient does not die during the cure? What can the city do now to help these businesses?
After congratulating Evansville on completing their plan, he then quietly went over a little of the History of the World of Planning, Part 1, kind of like Mel Brooks did in History of the World, part 1. In part 1, planners compile vast amounts of data and then after reflection, cities do what developers propose. In fact, in his recollection and after review of Union or Evansville, it was hard to find a case where this was not the model. Developers propose and communities do.
To quote Doug, "A way of doing business that seems natural and inevitable, was neither, and has not had good consequences for the area. People in Evansville and Union could choose to do businesss differently. "
In the future, the communities could clearly develop the vision and then have developers execute the plan. Not the reverse.
Just when residents were about to uncork the champaigne and celebrate, these sobering words dampened the party, so to speak.
He prefaced his comments by saying that Evansville has long prided itself in being a community with affordable housing and great schools. It cannot be assumed that this can continue given the data in the comprehensive plan.
He then went through the housing stock data for Evansville and demonstrated that a large majority of the housing is still of modest valuation. The emphasis on high quality construction is pretty new and the effect of the latest changes will take years to be seen.
Secondly, the demographics are such that the influx of elementary school students will soon be in middle school and this will present a big challenge.
The Comprehensive plan listed 2008 as the date to have concrete discussions with the school district on specific growth targets. Mr. Pierick stated that the time is NOW. The city did respond to his comments and made an adjustment in the implementation section of the Comprehensive Plan.
The Evansville Observer hopes to have Mr. Pierick present a article for public discussion on this topic in future posts.
The Luminaria Ceremony will be at 9:00 PM. Luminarias can be purchased in honor or in memory of cancer patients. Teams are forming now. For more info contact the committee chair Jennie Nehls at 882-4926 or the American Cancer Society representative, Alice Gray at 1-877-423-9123 ext 7555
Friday, June 17, 2005
In related news, Raven R. Lyle has announced her engagement to Jeff. He is reported to have slid down on his right knee in dramatic fashion and begged for her hand. They have foregone the trip to Paris and the Eiffel Tower and will spend the money on the honeymoon.
Why is this news? Well, just because Raven was the famous "cub reporter" for the Evansville Citizen years ago, and I told her that if I could ever put her on a headline with Tom Cruise, I would. Ok. Raven. Today is the day. Congratulations.
I wandered up to one student at East Main and Union and asked, " What are you up to." He replied, "Mr. Hanson's geography class." I asked, " Well, what have you learned so far? I noticed him marking marks on a sheet of paper. One for each car and and then a special mark for trucks. I could tell he did not want to talk much and miss a mark. "Well, I haven't done the numbers yet, but I think this is a pretty important stretch of land."
Lost in the heat of the Comprehensive Planning meeting on June 15, 2005 was the light that West Main residents provided to the Omnni Associates Planners as a result of a neighborhood meeting of West Main residents on June 6, 2005. It is about geography. It is about making the maps match the rhetoric of the plan. Currently they just do not match.
To quote the citizens, their recommedation is to " Strengthen the smart growth expression of the plan's written text within the plan maps. ...The excellent smart growth written ideas of Chapter 4: Chapter 5, Chapter 8 and Chapter 10 are weakly reflected in the less ambitious Future Land Use maps. The written portion reflects the process of the plan and the input of the citizens much more accurately than do the Future Land Use Maps.---
On these maps, the massive residential growth shown on the western edge of the city fortells a more-of-the-same reality, sapping the written part of the plan of much of its potential and potency.
Of particular concern is the large isolated, westernmost irregularly-shaped residential development shown for the wetland west of the creek. This proposed area of residential development, be it in Union or annexed to the city, should be removed from the map and not be planned as residential."
The critical point these citizens make is that without a "bypass" street, increased traffic flow through West Main will destroy the entire character of the community and the cost of the development will far outweigh the benefit.
A further point is made by Lyman Fuson, 334 W. Main St. that " We would encourage the city to first pursue proposed development on the east side of town, near the Piggly Wiggly where it won't disturb existing neighborhoods. Then, only if necessary and with proper "Smart Growth" evaluation, move on to consider additional development on the west side where it would further negatively impact the historic district. "
It is Mr. Hanson's geography class. About the importance of getting the map right. About Making the map match the rhetoric.
Comments are open. I would like to reserve this for West side residents. The East Main residents have had plenty of imput recently. Thanks.
All have been involved in the windmill project at the Evansville High School as well as the new swimming pool, as well as the historic Monitor windmill project on the drawing board.
It is a beautiful morning for flying with not a cloud in the sky. That is rare for these parts. It is also disappointing for some weather folks that like clouds. But it is great for flying. Have a safe flight. I hope to have an article shortly on the ideas they bring back.
Many of you have asked me whether I will have a "weather corner" for the blog. Yes, it is coming. Not with the normal type of coverage. I am looking for a little more elevated approach. Stay tuned.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
At the conclusion of the hearing, Mayor Ringhand declared, "Well, I guess Democracy is alive in Evansville." Citizens agreed and applauded.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
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Monday, June 13, 2005
Evansville City Administrator
31 S. Madison St.
P.O. Box 76
Evansville, WI 53536
fax: (608) 882-2282
Yup, that must be the reason that "Leaving on a Jet Plane" is so popular for lead singers this time of year, as well as "Mustang Sally,". As I reflected on it, I had to admit that when I was 18, my favorite songs were "Little Deuce Coupe" and "Surfer Girl" by the Beach Boys. Whatever social or automotive problems I had in Minnesota during those years could be simply solved by a plane ticket. Yes, Ford Falcon reality could be instant dune buggy. If you lived in Lake Wobegon or any town in Minnesota, with the cold, dark winters, you understand the Surfer Girl thing. but I digress.
The solution---In honor of the late Ann Bancroft, give the graduate " The Graduate." For youself, buy a good uplifting book. My wife's favorite is "The Purpose Driven Life," by Rick Warren. For my Zen fans, you may like " Sidhartha," by Herman Hesse.
If you are reading this post, the plane ticket did not work. You may have a suggestion on what to do now. What book might be good. A person once suggested to me that when a child leaves, the parent goes over his/her own leaving. It is probably more important for the parent to receive the book than the graduate. You make the call.
Being a friend of the Eager Library is the same. As you travel this summer you will visit many towns the same size as Evansville. Be sure to visit the local library. You may be surprised. It may be closed. Many libraries have cut back summer service. Most make you feel glad to get back to Evansville.
The Friends of the Library have been a big part of what makes the Eager Library special in the summer. They provide the money for the prizes for the kids reading program. They have provided the money for some of the comforts of the kids reading room where kids just love to gather. They raise the money for these gifts from events such as the ice cream social on July 1.
So celebrate the Library on July 1 at the ice cream social. And while you are there join the Friends with a small donation. And while you are at it you might thank an Eager who is there for the original money that created the library. And thank a city official there for keeping the promise to keep the library free for all. And most importantly, celebrate the Library. Its one of the things that makes Evansville great.
Friday, June 10, 2005
Four Other Guys."
Se necesitan voluntarios! Si usted puede hacer una torta, donar dinero, ayudar a servir o a organizar, por favor llame a Bridget Rolek en la Biblioteca o a Andrea Gray al 882-0772
Translation courtesy of EHS Hispanic Community Project Students and Diego Ojeda. Thank you.
Every year it gets better---the Eager Library Ice Cream Social slated for July 1 will feature great ice cream, wonderful homemade cakes, games for the kids, the auction of donations and this year a special appearance of the barbershop quartet, "Four Other Guys."
It takes a lot of volunteers to make this happen. If you could bake a cake, make a donation, help serve or help setting up, please contact Bridget Rolet at the library or Andrea Gray at 882-0772.
When city officials are frustrated that nobody is attending the meetings they are holding, and when citizens are complaining that they want to attend but cannot fit it in their schedule, both want the same thing---a place to meet and go over the issues, a place to have questions answered, to have concerns raised.
Hope you enjoy the article.
MIDWAY RESIDENT RETIRES AS FORUM MANAGER OF E-DEMOCRACY.ORG
By JAN WILLMS
In today�s frenetically paced society, what is the best way to get the
attention of policy-makers and the media?
How do you draw attention to a special neighborhood issue? With so many
layers of democracy, how do you draw the ear of your local council member?
For many, the method has been simple and effective. Go online to
The St. Paul Issues Forum (SPIF) has been providing an avenue for
information and discussion of local matters for the past six years, under
the umbrella of e-democracy.org, an organization that is non-partisan and
has no political agenda.
E-democracy.org began about 10 years ago, creating space online where other
organizations can come and raise issues, according to Tim Erickson, who
recently retired from his position as forum manager for SPIF. Other local
issues forums include Minneapolis and Winona.
�SPIF is like an online town hall meeting,� Erickson said. �We have been
able to bring together media, citizens and officials to talk about whatever
issues they choose.�
He said many reporters use the site for background information. They can
also contact officials through the website and receive a call back. He said
that SPIF is very much a local project, with the actual management of the
forum done by him and an informal group of advisors. Almost all of the
operation has been done on a volunteer basis.
�SPIF is many to many,� he stated. �Everybody can communicate with
�I really enjoyed the discussions and set up my own website, politalk.com,
where people could talk about particular issues for two weeks at a time. I
started facilitating online discussions locally, nationally and
�E-democracy.org has become a full-time thing for me,� Erickson stated. He
said he still does at least one big event a year for Politely. He also
recently did online student conferences from over 70 countries.
Erickson�s retirement from SPIF is more like a transition. He will be
focusing on new forum development, hoping to help other communities get
started. Last summer a delegation from the United Kingdom came to Minnesota
and also visited the state Capitol. The group was familiar with the issues
forums and wanted to start them in the UK.
�They gave us a grant to develop things in the UK, and I went over for a
week to provide some training,� Erickson related. �We received funding for
training materials and developing a pilot project over there.�
�More and more, we find the community is getting interested in what we have
done,� Erickson said. He has spent part of his time going out and talking to
district and city councils, trying to get government officials involved.
�Having people from City Hall and District Councils participate makes it
interesting,� Erickson said, �and keeps it from being just a complaint
forum.� Erickson said that the biggest issue in recent months has been the
smoking ban. Other topics of discussion have includes light rail, the
Peanuts statues, herbicide spraying and Home Depot and Menards moving to
Erickson said he serves as a mediator and referee for the online
discussions, and this position has brought him both kudos and hate mail, but
he has thoroughly enjoyed his facilitative role.
He is also a member of the Deliberate Democracy Consortium, a network of
organizations that involve citizens in Internet discussion about public
policy. Erickson attended a workshop in Brazil to talk about people getting
involved in forming policy, especially in developing countries.
He said the online website is also an opportunity for participants who may
be too shy to voice their thoughts at a public meeting to express their
opinions through the Internet.
�SPIF is an interactive e-mail discussion on important issues about St. Paul
public policy,� he noted.
�Participation is free and open to everyone.�
Currently there are about 350 concerned citizens and community leaders
subscribed to the discussion.
(Reprinted with permission of the Midway Como Monitor, June 2005)
Thursday, June 09, 2005
ECT is seeking directors for upcoming productions. We could be doing more shows, if people would indicate a desire to direct; however, most of us don't know much about directing.
To remedy the situation, ECT is sponsoring a Directors's Workshop during the weekend of July 30-31. It will be an intensive session beginning each day at 7:45AM and ending at 5:30PM. Lunch will be included. Participants will need to read two plays prior to attending. These will be provided to all participants in advance. ECT is bringing in Doug McDade, President and Managing Director of Gurnee Theatre Company for the event. Cost is $70 per participant for both days and includes snacks, beverages, and the two scripts.
Location is tentatively set for the middle school. Registration is on first-come, first-enrolled basis. At this time we are capping the event at 10 participants.
Email Tris Lahti at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate interest.
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Rock county families are abuzz this morning talking about what this means for them. Are the changes at GM in Janesville going to be enough? What are the prospects for the more efficient trucks in the product mix for Janesville? Is the culture of GM able to move fast enough?
What do you think? The comment line is open.
Monday, June 06, 2005
Adam Staver--Champion---Light Heavyweight Bench---#325 lbs--Broadhead Health and Fitness--Spring 2005--Challenges all comers for 2006---Bravo Adam.
EHS Jazz Band Alums, Amy Woulfe(alto sax) and Lindsay Albright (piano) share memories as they watch Jazz Band wow the crowd at Overture Centre
Sunday, June 05, 2005
This classic four square home on Historic East Main is colored "grey" as unattractive in the Evansville Comprehensive Plan, and targeted for commercial development. If this is unattractive, is your home next? Make your voice heard. Click the mail icon and email city email@example.com Your voice counts; Make it heard. Comments due by June 7th
This attractive home on East Main is designated in the Comprehensive Plan as "unattractive" and targeted for commercial development. Make your voice heard. Click the mail icon below and email city firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 04, 2005
The homes listed below are all listed as "unattractive" under the "composite attitude map" and then colored "red" in the following map that describes the area targeted for commercial development. This is represented as the consensus of the opinion of Evansville. What do you think of this process?
Make your voice heard. Click the mail icon below this text and email City Hallemail@example.com In the comment section you can state your opinion of this process.
Your voice counts. Make it heard.
This classic home on East Main is designated as "unattractive" and colored "grey" in the Composite Attitude Map and then in the subsequent map colored "red" and targeted for commercial development. What do you think of this crayola process? Make your voice heard. Click the mail icon below this text and email City Hallfirstname.lastname@example.org and state your opinion of this process.
This historic home on East Main is designated as "unattractive" and colored with "grey" on the Composite attitude map and then colored "red" and targeted for commercial development in the "Group Majority Opinion Map in the Evansville Comprehensive Plan scheduled for hearing on June 15, 2005. What do you think? Make your voice heard. Click the mail icon below this text and email City Hallemail@example.com and state your opinion of this process. Written comments are due by June 7th. Email today.
This home on East main labeled "unattractive" in Evansville Comprehensive Plan in the Composite Attitude Map. What do you think? Make your voice heard. Click the mail icon below this text and email City Hallfirstname.lastname@example.org There is an area to state your opinion. Email today.
Mark Cufaude of Evansville High School took 1st place and was crowned champion of the State of Wisconsin, Division II Pole Vault for 2005. His jump was 14ft 3 in. Wow. What a moment. Congratulations, Mark.
Friday, June 03, 2005
There has not been a history of the district purchasing new large instruments and equipment, because there has not been that need. Some of the current instruments we have are in terrible shape with little hope of repair. They have been repaired so many times it will not be possible for them to be repaired any longer. Some needed instruments have never been purchased due to lack of funding in the budget. Now is the time for a plan of action which will get the new instruments and equipment purchased.
EHS Music Boosters have made it one of their goals to purchase an instrument when they are financially able. This past year, the Music Boosters purchased a much needed Baritone Saxophone. The Boosters cannot do it all, nor can our music budget support the funds needed.
The Action Plan:
DONATION BOXES at all band concerts
FUND RAISERS by band members
INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS--Each donation will be listed in all band programs.
We are very proud to say that we have a strong music program in Evansville and we want to continue the excellence into the future and give our students the best music education possible. The ongoing effort will last as long as it takes to complete our goals. We will in the mean time continue to offer quality music education to your children. Thank you for your support.
For additional info or to make a donation:
Music Dept--New Instruments
Attn: Doug Zblewski
Evansville High School
640 South 5th Street
Evansville, Wi. 53536
Thursday, June 02, 2005
The opening will include live music and food specials. The admission is $1. The pool will then be open from 1:30 to 8PM.
The casual observer might think, Who cares? What has this to do with me?
In a prior post I suggested that the subdivision below Garfield had experienced water problems since development had occurred on "flood plain." This is clearly incorrect. The city has rightly pointed out that the "flood plain" is to the West of this subdivision. I regret this error. They also state that this subdivision was always deemed suitable for development.
They also point out that the issue is not "Where" the development occurred but "How" the basements were constructed. This is an issue that will reappear for many additions of residential development and that the city is taking proactive steps to prevent problems of this sort in the future. I do applaud this.
I had hoped that the issue of "Water" would go away. It appears because of the location of Evansville that this will be a challenge for years to come. Plan on it.
Nationally, 26 states have introduced legislation to require states to disclose which employers are shifting health care costs to taxpayers.(www.aflcio.org/mediacenter)
Stoughton has stuggled with the issue of the impact of the larger store there. What would you think of Wal-mart coming to Evansville? What do you think is the solution to the problem of shifting employee health benefits to the taxpayers state wide by large big box firms?
The new chief wants to dissolve the current 5 member fire commission and instead of Oregon having 2 votes on a 5 member board, take complete control. The chief also says that he wants to have a higher percentage of volunteers. This has produced dismay from current workers and observers who wonder what world the chief is living in. Volunteers have been harder and harder to recruit and the whole world seems to be going the other way. Simple power struggle or what. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
However, the new assignment is to count the "new windmills". These are the new wind turbines of the future. Some are located in Wisconsin, near Montfort. Another is located in Minnesota on Hwy 19 near Northfield, Mn. The size of this one would just about handle all of Evansville's needs. Check it out.
The Evansville Energy Initiative is a group in Evansville that is examining the applications of new Energy technologies for the benefit of Evansville. One of its first projects is the new solar heated swimming pool being constructed. I hope to have a member of this Initiative share some of their ideas in the Evansville Observer over the coming months.