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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Video: Those Missing Rove Emails: On the election of 2004; 2008

Ohio was the tip of the iceberg. Click on the video for an interesting video.

Town of Union Meetings: XML Feed:

Many of the recent Town of Union meetings are on audio and video and can be downloaded from the XML site or if subscribed are automatically downloaded to your computer. These meetings are available to viewers and listeners worldwide.


Wind Turbine: Proponent: Proposed ordinance contains things that are not true.

Proponent speaks of opposition to ordinance: That the ordinance contains things that are not true.

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"Have any of you lived near a wind turbine?"

Have any of you lived near a wind turbine? Dialogue between plan commission and Ecoenergy.

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Nostalgia: History: 2006: Dane Co Hospitals act to Improve Door to Balloon time

Click on the post for some news from 2006.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Supr. Heidi Carvin spoke in opposition to the ordinance proposed that has a set back of 1/2 mile. She hoped for compromise.

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Wind Turbine Study Committee Chair Tom Alisankus speaks; Objects to EcoEnergy coming at last minute saying they have additional info when have refused and delayed response prior.....

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Dane Albright, member of the Evansville Initiative and one who helped put up the wind turbine at the high school, spoke on the engineering---suggested that the new turbines are not the old turbines---the new turbines coming to Lena this summer are the type suggested for Union---getting real data should be easy--Need to compare apples to apples

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Matt Gaboda speaks of praise of the Town of Union research committee; Says that developers now saying they have more information is too little too late and simply a delaying tactic.

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Pro wind presenter; Plan member questions

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Scott McElroy,member of the Town of Union Wind Turbine siting committee, speaks on set back impact on public health

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Living with the turbines----farmers with experience speak---second farmer

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Living Under the Turbines----live testimony of residents with experience----

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Town of Union Wind Turbine Public Hearing-----Public Health Impact Takes Center Stage; Setback Concerns; 1-1/2 hrs; 30 speak

(Ed.note: The following is the complete gavel to gavel unedited audio of the Town of Union Planning Commission meeting on Thursday night 5-22-2008. You can listen to the meeting by clicking the audio icon; You can download the audio to your desktop and then move to your Ipod. Selected video will be posted of this meeting. A full movie of the public hearing may be available shortly. Stay tuned.)

Union Planning Commission: Wind Turbine Public Hearing re; Proposed ordinance: Unedited 1 1/2 hours of testimony.

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Gazette: United Way Faces Shortfall

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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Economic Development Meets June 3---Task Force Review

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Washington: Ex-Bush Press Secretary writes Tell All Book

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Gazette: Big Wind Meeting on Thursday--Eager Library 7PM

Click on the post for the article by Gina Duwe in the Gazette. On the right side of the blog is the resource center of links for the wind discussion.

Home Mortgage Rates Move Higher

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Last Week
30 Year Fixed
15 Year Fixed
1 Year ARM
30 Year Fixed Jumbo

Evansville High School Fine Arts Awards TONIGHT--7PM

Tonight, 7PM Sharp, EHS. Fine Arts has their night of awards.

Nostalgia: Business: " On Numero Uno; On the Golden Rule"

"Ed. note: This is from "The Trader's Little Black Book," or as my competitive brother calls it, "The Little Traders Black Book."

Click on the post. Enjoy.

Yahoo: Finance: Dow to raise prices 20%. Cites True Energy Crisis

Almost 40 years ago there were the "Dow" Riots at the University of Wisconsin in the midst of the Vietnam War. The energy impact of rising prices now will be of the same magnitude of impact---will Americans demand an energy policy? Will it be formed in secret as the Bush administration did and then kept secret for eight years? It is time.

Click for the article in Yahoo on the comments by Dow Chemical.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Justin, Mandy, Denise and Richard Frey at Madison Marathon Finish. Double click for largest version.

Mailbag: Grove Community Forest Project

News and announcements from The Grove Community Forest Project:
Hello All,

The Grove Community Forest Trail needs a load of bark chips/mulch to finish preparing our plantings for the summer months. If anyone with a truck or trailer would be willing to get a load, please contact us via e-mail or phone 882-4011. The City Dump on Water St. is open Saturdays, 9:00-2:30 and Wednesdays 5:00-7:00. Chipped bark is available there. (We won't use this mulch around the sugar maples because of possible disease; however, it is safe to use it around the other trees and shrubs.) This Sunday afternoon, May 25, from 2:00 - 5:00 we will work behind the high school and the district office on Fair St. to water and mulch. Come for any portion of this time that works for you! Please bring a shovel and/or wheelbarrow if you can.

The Evansville Lions Club has teams of members scheduled to water the trees and shrubs along the berm to the east of the high school, and our donated watering tank is stored behind Theodore Robinson Intermediate School ready for use. The Cub Scouts have begun watering the plantings in the Veterans' Memorial area, but we'll need a few volunteers to help water other areas throughout the summer.

Today, the Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Science Club planted, mulched and watered! Much thanks to them and to their teachers for their hard work after school. Thank you, also, to The Evansville Fund for awarding us funding for maintenance tools and signage for this project. It is encouraging and gratifying as students, community members and organizations come together to support a common goal!

Hope to see you soon!
Phil and Nancy
"America The Beautiful" by EHS Marching Band dir. by Mr. Z

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Memorial Day 2008 J.C. McKenna Marching Band.

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EHS Marching Band led by Maestro Mr. Z

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Evansville Police and Color Guard Head up Parade

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Saturday, May 24, 2008

Mailbag: Mr. Connors Writes: RE: What it will take for TID #5 to Succeed

Encouraging current property owners in TID No. 5 to apply for assistance to fix up their properties is a worthy effort. But it is far from enough. TID No. 5 will fail financially unless the city attracts some big redevelopment projects (such as acquiring several lots, razing the existing buildings, and constructing condos or mixed use) that produce more tax increment revenue than they consume.

Bill Connors
Former Evansville City Administrator

Friday, May 23, 2008

Public Works Meets Tuesday, May 27th---Stormwater Utility Ordinance on the Agenda

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2008 EHS Scholarship Night: The Overview

Over $300,000 in scholarships were awarded on Wednesday night at Evansville High School to graduating seniors. Some awards were from private colleges, some from corporations or service organizations, some from industry related organizations or religious groups, and some were from private families of Evansville.

This year was notable for four new awards: The Ethan Willoughby Award, The Jared Fredrickson Memorial Award as well as the Frank and Vivian Gildner Memorial Music Scholarship and the Kathleen Spanton Memorial Award . The Evansville Observer still gets visitors searching for information about Jared or Ethan. They have not been forgotten.

While it is so that academic and athletic achievements were part of many of the scholarships, the character of the persons honored in these four new scholarships represents an important recognition by our community of their legacy----far beyond any money award. The Evansville Observer salutes the recipients of these awards.

2008 Helen Smith Art Award: Ryan K. McNeal

Ryan McNeal is the 2008 Helen Smith Art Award Winner---his display of art is in the Commons of the Evansville High School. Ryan is known for his RKM Studios digital site, his producer role in "Final Motive" band, as well as his digital contributions to The Evansville Observer----Congrats, Ryan.

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UW Ag Award 2008-----

Robert O'Leary 2008 winner--

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Jared Fredrickson Memorial Award. for 2008

Adam George is 2008 winner.

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Robert O"Leary 2008 Kohl Award winner

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Mr. Keister Opens the Awards

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Economic Development Committee met Tuesday, May 20th----Will consider follow up details for marketing and entrapreneurial focus groups----Would like to have plan formulated by August 2008. Click on the video icon for report from the Observer on the meeting.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Downtown Development; Follow up from Summit;

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Economic Summit Follow Up: Governtmental Relations : Further discussion of structure for delivering effective, streamlined interaction with new business prospects.

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Summit Follow Up: Topic #1: Workforce Development--committee works to refine ideas of conference

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Yahoo: The Dangers of Sleep Loss

Click on the post for the article today in yahoo on the effects of sleep loss.

WSJ: Entrepreneurial Living UW Focus at Sellery Hall

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Brodhead Municipal Court-----May 2008---Newspaper Report

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WSJ: OpEd: School Beat: Where the Boys Are----

The academic gender gap was addressed by Evansville School Board member Melissa Hammann in her classic book, "School Issues That Count."-----

Click on the post for an OpEd piece in the Wisconsin State Journal today.

yahoo: Finance: "It Aint Over Till It's Over"

Buffett and Soros go contrary to the Street optimists. Click on the post for the full story.

Evansville Marathoners Remember--Prepare for Next race this Weekend

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Wind Corner: Union Public Hearing coming on May 29, 2008---focus on Health and Safety--terms of ordinance

In the now famous video from the initial presentation of the proposed wind turbine siting ordinance for the Town of Union by Tom Alisankus, in the very opening of his talk, he indicated that the scope of the Town of Union Wind Committee was soly in the area of HEALTH and SAFETY.

Just in the area of HEALTH and SAFETY there are over a thousand pages of research available at the Eager Free Library that the committee weighed for their draft ordinance. I urge all residents to read these materials BEFORE commenting at the meeting. When Town of Union residents come together on Thursday night, May 29, 2008 there will be no discussion of appearance, property values, affect on birds, or the love or hate of "wind." There will only be comment on the relationship of the research of the committee on the final draft proposal, and the specific terms of the ordinance as it relates to health and safety. If every possible argument on every possible aspect of wind power was in discussion, it might go on for weeks. Thank goodness there will be limits of discussion.

The Evansville Observer will be providing complete audio coverage and selected video coverage for the event. Stay tuned.

Click on the post for one resident in Wisconsin who talks of the effects of turbine noise.

"Green" Corner: LEED standards

Beyond the sentimental term "Green" are other technical standards for construction that are being implemented for all governmental construction----click on the post for a discussion of these standards and how they are being implemented in Minnesota.

Wind Corner: New York: Eminent Domain Used to Seize Land for Wind Turbine Energy Transmission

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"Grumps"; Problems in the Trucking Industry Expand

Click on the post for the analysis of local blogger "Grumps."

Monday, May 19, 2008

Wright Lecture Series Coming Thursday--7PM---Monona Terrace Lecture Hall

Wright Lecture SeriesThursday, May 22 • 7 p.m. • Lecture Hall
Victor Sidy Apprentice, Architect, Educator
Presented by Victor Sidy, Dean of Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Victor Sidy will present an overview of his wide ranging body of work, as well as recent work from the studios at Taliesin. He is an architect, inventor, writer, and lecturer. Sidy received his architectural training from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture after receiving the Flinn Foundation Scholarship and Robert C. Byrd Scholarship. He has worked with artists, architects, and planners in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States, and has taught students from elementary school to graduate school in a variety of architecture-related fields. Sidy hosted a television series on architecture for EMG Satellite Television that aired from 1996 to 1998 and was the youngest member of Architecture Magazine's May 1999 feature "Young Americans."

The Wright Lecture Series is sponsored by Southwest Chapter AIA Wisconsin, Monona Terrace, and Frank Lloyd Wright® Wisconsin.

Redevelopment Meets Tuesday, May 20th-----Impact of Revised FEMA Map on TIF 5 will be discussed

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Economic Development Meets Tuesday, May 20th

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Friday, May 16, 2008

School Beat; Minn: Declining Enrollment, Teacher cuts Affect Minnesota Schools

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Blogs: End of Times: Iran v Israel; Politics and Religion and military unite

Lots of rhetoric in the press with the anniversary of the founding of Israel----Pres Bush as well as Bin Laden have thoughts on it.

For a little context of the event from the point of view of the "end of times" folks, click on the post. There is even a way to order some 'anti radiation pills" just in case the rapture turns out a bit different that one expected. Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Intro by Mr. Peter Dietrich---Explains the structure of the "Divine Comedy"

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Beginning of "Divine Comedy" arr Robert W.l Smith performed by EHS Wind Ensemble dir. Doug Zblewski.

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Reflection: On Gambling: On Rolling out the Call: On Rolling Out the "Con"; On Delusion

Today we have news that year on year, foreclosures have increased 65% in April 2008. Secretary Paulson says we have turned the corner. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says we need to do more to confront the impact of foreclosures. I will leave it to the reader to deduce which has the clearer sense of reality.

I have been reading the book "Blood Sport", the story of President Bill Clinton during the Whitewater years---it is in audio form also. The banking crisis of those days----and I remember them well as a homeowner with interest rates over 10%, and banks failing, and even some in the conservative states of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The total losses picked up by the FDIC was 50 BILLION. Today-----the crisis of mortgage foreclosures is at 500 BILLION and headed to a TRILLION according to some estimates. The major technique of most humans faced with these numbers is DENIAL. Especially during political season. We need some bold ideas for action and not just delay-----but DELAY is the strategy locally, nationally, and whether it will work is questionable----and the stakes are huge. Here is the analysis.

If you click on the post there is my classic post on the "Theory of Double Down"----in gambling, in stock investing-----as I recount, I have been debating this theory with my brother for the past 50 years since we were playing competitve MONOPOLY in the garage.

As a young stockbroker I remember vividly staring at investor accounts the days after the stock market Crash of 1986 where they were fully margined. The issue was right on the table for those who did have margin calls----should the investor meet the margin call with additional capital or should the position be closed out? The answer depends on what one thinks will happen in the future---the past charts are not relevant.

In the options business this dilemma is called "Rolling out the Call"----an investor with a losing position in an expiration ---say peanut butter chunky September 25 Calls, and suddenly the value of chunky falls to 10---there is the impuse to sell the call, take the tax loss, and buy the March 2009 Call, or would the March 2010 call be better. That way---when the market for chunky peanut butter comes roaring back.......WHEW....all will be well. (Chunky calls are fictional for example purposes only.)

On a local basis, if there is a very soft real estate market, with new home sales near zero, the rolling out the call could consist of ADDING lots to create a "Mix" or "Menu" of homes available for purchasers to choose from. Behind the rhetoric of this theory is the practical idea of bankers to hedge their bets by adding and in fact creating a monopoly of homes available in the new market---capturing this market for the next 20-30 years. Rolling out the call to 2030. This is a game for only the strongest players. The rest have to fold.

In the national scene---the infusion of capital from the Federal Reserve and the changes to the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to add capacity have allowed banks to get cash for poor quality collateral, and avoid disaster temporarily.....

This all reminds me of a young wife who is unhappy with her marriage, and in her despair decides to have children in the hopes that this will solve her unhappiness. The essential relationship is the key.......and it is the key in the financial sector as well. Unless the essentials are faced, the prospects are not bright.

Who is the best candidate for America? Is it Hillary who spent lots of time on the Whitewater accounting and the problems of Madison Guarantee Savings, or McCain who had his own involvement with problem banks. Yes. I can see it now. President Hillary visiting with the financial gurus in the White House, while, Bill, maybe in the Blue Room, wanting to be supportive, meeting with ...well....who knows....maybe Jennifer Flowers would stop by the White House just for old times sake.

That's how I see it.

Yahoo: Business: Foreclosures surge 65% in April

On a year to year comparison, foreclosures are up 65% in April. Click on the post for the full story.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Gazette; Town of Union Public Hearing coming on May 29 on Wind Turbine

Click on the post for the article in the Janesville Gazette.

School Beat; Music: EHS Wind Ensemble performs "The Divine Comedy"

Final Band concert of Year---EHS Wind Ensemble performs The Divine Comedy arr Robert W. Smith. This clip is form the opening of the second section, Purgatorio and opens with the French Horn.

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Fire at Langdon St. destroys Frat House---all safe

Doubleclick on photo for largest version. Click on post for coverage from The Critical Badger Blog that covered the fire on a minute by minute basis. Well done.

WSJ: Reject Irresponsible Budget Deal

Click on the post for today's OP in the Wisconsin State Journal.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Yahoo: Business: AIG in crisis

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"Complete Works of The Evansville Observer---Vol I---The Early Years" Goes to Press

Shortly The Complete Works of the Evansville Observer, Vol I--The Early Years will be published by Blurb, Inc. . All of it that is fit to print. With the usual eclectic mix of rants, poems, Reflections, Political diatribe, the Tales From Normal.... and yes even some heretofore unseen pics. 440 pages in hardcover and softcover.

Following local political tradition, The Observer will be emphasizing a youthful and vigorous spirit and all photos will emphasize a youthful zest. Stay tuned.

Mother's Day 2008

Hymns for Mother's Day---heard in Evansville "Gentle Mother" by George Wollinger with Jane Oberdorf on piano

Mothers Day 2008---"Ave Maria"

Mother's Day 2008---St. Paul's---George Wollinger with Jane Oberdorf on piano singing "Ave Maria."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Scenes from EHS Junior Prom 2008---doubleclick photos for largest version

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Gazette: State reviews traffic response

Click on the post for the article today on the State DOT response to the freeway problem last winter. So far it has been all bun, no beef. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

School Beat: Madison Schools Face 9.2 Million Budget Gap

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Fashion Design: U of Minn; College of Design

The Observer does not cover design. However---the University of Minnesota College of Design does. Click on the post for a glimpse of the senior student designers. Enjoy.

School Beat; Building and Grounds Meets Monday---Shot Put and Discus Area may be moved

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Evansville School Board Meets Monday, May 12, 2008

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Analysis: "The Reverse Empty Nest Syndrome---the theory"

As the first born of three children, I spent little time wondering about how my parents were coping with the empty nest. As the time approaches for our family to face the empty nest however, I have begun to review the many articles on this syndrome. In a cursory glance of all the stuff that has been written....I have concluded that much of it no longer applies---here is why.

Nowdays, it is far more prevelant that the kids are moving home with their kids, and in fact....the parents are looking for hotel rooms so they can have a getaway weekend for two. Thus----there is in fact NO empty nest syndrome. It is a myth of the past like the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

Blogs; The Right Stuff: "Nihlist in Golf Pants"

Click on the post for the latest from the wildly popular conservative blog in the Twin Cities.

School Beat; Edgerton plans for enrollment decline; Skinnies may be added to 4 period

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Latest----MEET and GREET----for PETS


A meet and Greet for pups that have been rescued from high kill Shelters and are now looking for forever homes


Saturday, May 10th
9-3 Rain or Shine


Big Sweeties
790 Brown School Road
Evansville, Wi 53536

We will be selling homemade brats and soda with all donations going towards Happy Hounds Rescue

If you are not looking for an addition to the family, come and eat a great homemade brat made by Alberici's Deli.

Public Safety Committee: Supr. Heidi Carvin Speaks on truancy policy--click on the video icon

5-7-2008; Public Safety Committee Meeting; Supr. Heidi Carvin presents Evansville School position on truancy policy, procedure and sanctions

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Fashion Design: Mailbag: Joan Sends Photoshoot:(Click on the post) Deni on Camera; Rake Magazine

I am grateful to Joan Hector, Senior in Fashion Design at University of Minnesota for sending these photos from the finale photoshoot---captured on Rake Magazine----and the surprise is that Deni, my sister's son, was the photographer.

So. Click on the post and enjoy. This is the Observer. I cover the fishing. I leave fashion coverage to the relatives from Uptown.

Public Safety Committee: Ald. Wessels Speaks on governance; truancy procedures

Alderman Wessels speaks re Truancy procedures; Addresses Governance issues

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Public Safety Committee: 5-7-2008----Judge Tom Alisankus Speaks on Why sanctions requested

Evansville Municipal Judge Tom Alisankus speaks on why placing sanctions in municipal ordinance is necessary regarding truancy

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Twin Cities: Deal with the Recession the Harley Way----

Click on the post for the Harley version of a long time business adage-----

Back in 1982 in the depth of the recession, a Dale Carnegie speaker announced: "Forget the news----work like crazy and take one day at a time. "

Harley has the same message....with a slightly different text.

Gazette; The Truancy Ordinance Proposal detailed by Gina Duwe

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Truancy in Focus: Public Safety Meeting 5-7-2008

Public Safety: 5-7-2008: Discussion of possible revison of truancy ordinance language; Presentation by Evansville School officials re current procedures; Presentation by Judge Alisankus re requested sanctions language

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Herald Tribune; "It's Over; It's Obama"

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Annual Meeting: Wisconsin Biofuels: Free to Public

Wisconsin Biodiesel Association News
Homegrown Fuel for a Better Wisconsin

For Immediate Release; April 21, 2008

Contact: Brett Hulsey, 608-334-4994
or Tony Hartmann, 608-215-4446

Wisconsin Biodiesel Association & Green Diesel Wisconsin Foundation
Annual Meeting to Feature New Technical College Members

Madison, WI—The Wisconsin Biodiesel Association (WBA) & Green Diesel Wisconsin Foundation (GDWF) welcome Madison Area Technical College & Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (Green Bay) as new members at the Annual Meeting Thursday, May 8th, at 9:00 am. These two schools are our newest members and will be featured at the meeting, (designated the Annual Meeting), to be held at Madison Area Technical College’s main campus;
3550 Anderson Street, Madison, WI 53704
The meeting is free and open to the public but please RSVP to 608-843-1168.

“The Wisconsin Technical College System is out front on practical, renewable energy education and training,” said Tony Hartmann, president of the Wisconsin Biodiesel Association and Green Diesel Wisconsin Foundation, “We are extremely pleased to have two such forward-thinking institutions join our organization.”

Madison Area Technical College, which is hosting the event, has been a leader in renewable energy education and is a part of the National Science Foundation’s Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technologies “CERET” Program, http://matcmadison.edu/ceret/projects/default.shtm . Dr. Ken Walz is a project director for the CERET program and also serves as school representative to the WBA. Walz is a member of MATC’s chemistry department, which collaborates in the biodiesel effort with the school’s diesel and heavy equipment program and senior diesel tech instructor Paul Morchauser.

"We appreciate the energy and efforts of the WBA Board, its membership, and new foundation in bringing attention to our renewable energy programming.” said Dr. Walz, “It gives us a direct connection to the public, farmers, equipment manufacturers, fuel manufacturers and distributors, and the biofuels industry at large.”

Northeast Technical College, located in Green Bay, with satellite campuses in Marinette and Sturgeon Bay, has also joined the WBA/GDWF this spring. They have hosted Walz and Morschauser’s 3-day ‘Biodiesel Shortcourse’ and held numerous biodiesel and renewable energy workshops over the past few years. “Northeast Wisconsin Technical College’s commitment to our organization gives us much better exposure in one of the State’s most important industry corridors,” added Hartmann.
This is our 2nd Quarter General, and Annual Meeting which will include board elections. A separate nomination form follows this press release and nominations will be accepted up until the day of the meeting. There are six positions up for election/re-election, and all members in good standing are eligible both to nominate and to serve on the board.

Featured speakers at the meeting include;

Paul Morschauser, MATC Diesel Program Instructor. Paul is a pioneer in biofuels education, helping to bring petroleum alternative fuels into the mainstream. His biodiesel work has brought statewide recognition to Madison Area Technical College for their early and innovative approach to green fuels education through MATC’s Diesel Equipment Technology Associate Degree program.

Dr. Ken Walz, MATC Chemistry Instructor. Ken is the director for the Consortium for Education in Renewable Energy Technology (CERET), and is also adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin. He has developed new curriculum in renewable energy and alternative fuels, including hydrogen, solar and biodiesel. In partnership with his MATC colleague Paul Morschasuer, Ken supervised students from both MATC and UW in the design and construction of a small scale biodiesel reactor currently operated by the technical college. Ken has a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from UW-Madison.

Biodiesel is a natural renewable fuel made from soybean or other vegetable oils and animal fats. The Wisconsin Biodiesel Association and Green Diesel Wisconsin Foundation are promoting biodiesel fuel by encouraging incentives for government and fleet purchasing, enhanced distribution and supply chains, and a sprecial emphasis on quality control and production safety. For more information, contact the Wisconsin Biodiesel Association, www.wibiodiesel.org, PO Box 8365, Madison WI 53708, or call 608.334.4994 or 608.819.1367.

Wisconsin Biodiesel Association Annual Meeting Agenda

Thursday, May 8th, 2008 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Room 142 B

MATC Truax Campus, on Madison’s NE side, near the intersection of U. S. Highways 51 & 151.
* Thanks to Dr. Betsy Barhorst, President of Madison Area Technical College, for hosting this meeting.
Parking is available on the west side of campus (see map following agenda.)

Meeting Agenda

8:30 AM Sign-in (Coffee and snacks served)

9:00 AM Welcoming remarks and Introductions

9:15 AM Last call for nomination of 2008-2009 officers and board members

9:20 AM Nomination period closed/Candidate introductions and Voting

9:50 AM Presentation: Madison Area Technical College’s commitment to renewable energy, with an introduction to biodiesel and biofuels education; Dr. Ken Walz, chemistry instructor, Paul Morchauser, diesel instructor, and Dr. Betsy Barhorst, MATC president.

10:35 AM Tour of MATC’s ‘biodiesel lab’

11:00 AM Committee Updates
- Education
- Legislative
- Membership & Promotion

11:30 AM Discussion of fall event to be co-sponsored with Wisconsin Clean Cities

11:45 AM Election winners announced/New Business

12:00 PM Adjourn - Next General Meeting September 16th

DIRECTIONS TO MATC – Truax Campus, Wisconsin Biodiesel Association General Meeting
MATC’s Truax Campus is located at 3550 Anderson St., near the junction of Hwy. 151 (E. Washington Ave.) and Hwy. 51 (Stoughton Rd.). From I-90/94, Choose one of three exits:
1. Take Exit 132 (Hwy. 51/Stoughton Rd.) south. Turn right on Anderson St. MATC will be on your right.
2. At Exit 135A (Hwy. 151/E. Washington Ave.), follow the sign marked 151 South/Madison; turn right on Hwy. 51 Stoughton Rd.) and left on Anderson St.
3. At Exit 138 (Hwy. 30), take Hwy. 30. Follow the sign marked 30 West/Madison; turn right on Hwy. 51 (Stoughton Rd.) and left on Anderson St.
From Hwy 12/18: Exit at Hwy. 51 and go north. One block after crossing Hwy. 151 (E. Washington Ave.), turn left on Anderson Street.
Parking Information Permits are required for all Truax Campus parking. Please plan to park in the gated visitor area in the main lot located off of Wright Street. Use the intercom system at the gate enetrance and the switchboard operator will buzz you in. Enter the main building through the doors on the right side (Gym entrance). The Welcome Center is straight ahead. If you are parked in the short-term parking (25-minute) off Anderson Street next to the Administration Building: Enter the main building and follow the signs to the meeting room. 142 B located just past the cafeteria.

School Beat; St. Paul Schools Face 10 Million shortfall

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Blogs: "Chasin the News": Judge Tom writes on "alcohol"

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Finance Committee Meets Thursday, May 8, 2008

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Dateline Normal, Mn.: "Perfect Attendence"-----FICTION

Click on the post for the latest from the land of Normal, Mn., a fictional land in northern Minnesota, just south of Garrison, Mn., and west of the land of Lake Woebegone.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Soccer: Senior Night: EHS Girls Soccer

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Orig Post: 10-26-2006: Nostalgia: Lessons From the Little Big Horn; OR, What Custer knew and When he knew it?---a true story

(Ed.note: Summer is historical Civil War Reinactment time and I have reposted this classic post from October 2006 without editing. Jim at Ace Hardware is the employee with relatives in Company K. He is a civil war buff. Custer was complicated.... and there are some parts left out of my sketch.)

Today I wandered out to the Ace to pick up some plastic for the windows. Yes the annual effort to save energy costs has begun in our home. I mentioned to the gentleman that helped me find the heavy mil exterior plastic in rolls,( it's in isle 12) that it's a little like Custer waitin for the attack of the energy foes.

He replied, "I know just what you mean. Besides, one of my relatives was in Company K, and died at the Little Big Horn."

Just a little stunned, I asked, "Well---- What was Custer's big mistake?"

"It was his vanity," he replied. "He was very much into appearance with ribbons and such, and disregarded his men---- That disregard cost my relative his life."

"Correct answer," I replied.

General George Custer had been the topic of discussion earlier on my trip to Galena with Paul C, the Civil War buff. He had let me into the secret of Custer's vanity. And that Custer was also a hot head. A selfish leader. He had his wife accompany him close to the battle, and let's just say he enjoyed privileges that the rest of the company did not. He disregarded regs.

He wanted to win. He did not care what the price.

"The other thing was that he disobeyed orders," I went on. "He did not wait till the cavalry came to meet him as he was instructed. Yes. It's always good to wait for the cavalry.

Finally, as we talked by the checkout counter, I asked, "Do you think that Custer in the final moments ever got it? Ever figured out what went wrong?'

"Well," he said, "I never thought about that."

I just laughed. "Leaders like that who just want to win regardless of the cost to their followers or their community or their country----they never do get it. Even at the end."

If you really love history. Really love Evansville. And really love the New Ace. Buy the heavy mil plastic in isle 12. And ask for the guy who had the relative in Company K. A hint. He is at least 50yr.

Markets; Yahoo: Oil Shock!!!! Goldman Saks predicts $200 oil within two years.

Click on the post for the story in yahoo news.

The use of shock---from electrical shock, to political shock, to terror shock, to shock and awe---is covered in the book called "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein. I recommend the book and will write a review when I have finished it. There is a nice historical pattern of using shock to be the excuse for radical solutions that would not be palatable or ...desirable otherwise.

Click on the post for the story in Yahoo about the oil shock which is coming. What would happen when oil gets to $200?

Stay tuned.

Sports: Culture: "Bo Ryan Does Soulja Boy"

I posted earlier about how I have been working on the Souljaboy steps----it turns out that Bo Ryan proves in a video that he still has the moves and that we can follow in his footsteps----click on the post for the video.

Plan Commission: 5-5-2008: Observer asks:

The Observer asks the question: Why would the senior center act to avoid new flood data---

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Blog: "Cover to Cover": Jane Austen event coming to Hedberg Saturday;; Alert

Check out the latest from Stacey Vogel-----a must event for all Jane Austen lovers. Click on the post for all the details.

Plan: 5-5-2008: Q&A: Hammann asks

Question by Bill Hammann regarding who bears the costs of any retention ponds for the development of Celtic Ridge (Every Property)

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Plan: 5-5-2008: Amended flood plain map discussed

Discussion of new amended flood plain map and timing of adoption to ensure flood insurance coverage for all applicable residents.

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Evansville Plan Commission: May 5, 2008; Celtic Ridge DRAFT development Agreement discussed: Phasing: Stated timetable vs. rolling average;

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Detailed Discussion of the developers agreement between City of Evansville and Dysis Group (Roger Berg, Francois Brothers, and Mr. Fox) regarding the final land division agreement. Schedule of Phasing; Public Improvements; etc.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Gazette: Orfordville Tanker rolls on way to fire

Never fear. They called for "Back Up"----times two. Click on the post for the story in today's Janesville Gazette.

Sugar River Motors and Transmissions Comes to Evansville---

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Located across Water Street from the new Fire Station, Sugar River Motors is still getting settled. Look for the video introduction on The Evansville Observer coming on Thursday. Call 882-1213 for further details.

Janesville News: Jennifer Petruzzello Named Janesville Neighborhood Services Director

Press Release

Date: Monday, May 05, 2008
Contact: Rebecca Smith, Management Assistant
Phone: 608-755-3104
Fax: 608-755-3196
E-mail: smithr@ci.janesville.wi.us
Website: www.ci.janesville.wi.us

Janesville City Manager Announces a Staff Promotion
Jennifer Petruzzello Named Neighborhood Services Director
City Manager Steve Sheiffer recently announced a staff promotion. Effective September 3, 2008, Jennifer Petruzzello will be promoted to Director of Neighborhood Services.

Ms. Petruzzello currently serves as the Interim Neighborhood Services Director on a part time basis. She previously worked for the City of Janesville from 1994-1999. During this time, she worked as a Management Intern with various City departments, served full time as the Training and Labor Relations Coordinator and was promoted to the Management Assistant position. Jennifer served as City of Evansville City Administrator for 4 years starting in 1999. More recently, Jennifer decided to take some time away from paid employment to spend time with her young children and to volunteer within the Evansville community. Jennifer has a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a fiscal administration emphasis from Northern Illinois University.

As Director of Neighborhood Services, she will be responsible for the management of the Community Development Authority, housing services, nuisance inspections and the Janesville Transit System. Jennifer will also handle special projects for the Administration.

As Steve Sheiffer explains, “Jennifer’s formal education is to be a city manager and her strengths will enhance the City of Janesville team. She has a clear record of achievement and I think she will perform at an exceptional level as Neighborhood Services Director.”

For questions, please contact Steve Sheiffer at 755-3177 or Jennifer Petruzzello at 755-3065.

"Papa John says "Sorry"; The Fall of Punk; or "Why a Low Jersey Number is Wise."

Well it's been a real educational week. Watching the NBA Finals, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards battle it out---on and off the floor. The hardest part was doing the research on the Punk lyrics and the dance moves of SoulJaBoy----I have the Superman slide move, and the individual steps are pretty easy, but once the music starts, I have a hard time getting all the moves together.

I mentioned to some high school kids that I was working on the SoulJaBoy dance steps---they just smiled and warned me to be careful because some of the lyrics might offend me. I had been so concentrating on my feet---- the lyrics escaped me.

And that's the real story. With Punk. With the lyrics. With punk at all levels. And why in the end Papa Johns Pizza said "sorry" to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Click on the post for the full story.

I guess it's not just a game...not just a dance step...in the end disrespect loses. And if they have to pay up by giving free pizza for your jersey number---have a low number.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Dateline Normal, Mn.: "Graduation celebrated April 30th---FICTION"

Click on the post for the latest.

Background; Plan Commission: Minutes: March 2008

City of Evansville Plan Commission

Regular Meeting
Monday, March 3, 2008, 6:00 pm
City Hall, 31 S. Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin


1. Call to order. The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Sandy Decker.

2. Roll call. Members present: Mason Braunschweig, Jim Brooks, Sandy Decker, Bill Hammann, Diane Roberts, Gil Skinner and Jeff Vrstal. Others present: Tim Schwecke, City Planner; Dan Wietecha, City Administrator; Judy Walton, City Clerk; and members of the public.

3. Approve Agenda. Decker requested moving Items 6D & 6E forward to follow Item #5 and in Items 6B & 6C to change the words from Every Meadows to Celtic Ridge. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to approve the agenda as amended. Motion passed unanimously.

4. Approval of minutes.
A. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to waive the reading of the minutes from the February 4, 2008 regular meeting and approve them as printed. Motion approved unanimously.
B. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to waive the reading of the minutes from the February 21, 2008 special meeting and approve them as printed. Motion approved unanimously.

5. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed. None

6. Action items.

D. Conditional use to establish a restaurant at 831 Brown School Road, Roger Berg and John Morning applicant on behalf of Kent Lee (Application 2008-8).
Cheryl Dickert, representing Tanglewood Tavern, distributed material which included a personal biography of owner Kent Lee, sample menus, floor plan, and a past economic development survey conducted by the City of Evansville and the Towns of Union and Porter. She explained that the goal is to provide an upscale casual dining option. John Morning distributed a letter from Cobblestone Inn asking for support of the project. Schwecke stated the proposed establishment will occupy 3,840 square feet with a total capacity of 120 seats. The proposed use is a conditional use in all of the districts in which it is permitted. The property is located in the Regional Business District (B-4). He went through each of the suggested conditions. Decker opened the public hearing at 6:22 p.m. Eric Johnson, 13213 W Northfield Crossing, spoke in opposition of the project and presented a letter signed by Kim M Gruebling and co-signed by several residents opposing a licensed liquor establishment in their neighborhood. Elizabeth Jones, 788 Brown School Road; Tim Madsen, 13349 W Northfield Crossing; Jim MacNaughton, 13254 W Northfield Crossing; and Terry Kempf, 13438 W Northfield Crossing, spoke opposing the project citing traffic, parking and noise concerns and questioning what affect the business could have on their neighborhood. Paul Brunsell, 21 N Wyler Dr, spoke in favor of the project stating the Smart Growth Plan supports it, it will strengthen the Cobblestone Inn and there is a need for additional restaurants. Lori Kuha, business owner in Brown School Plaza, asked if there were known problems with similar establishments in other residential areas. Schwecke added that Larry Ringhand called him to voice his opposition as he was unable to make the meeting. Decker read the letter opposing the project presented by Eric Johnson, noting that about 3 of the approximately 48 signatures were residents of the City of Evansville. Decker read the letter supporting the project presented by John Morning. Decker closed the public hearing at 6:40 p.m. The Commission reviewed the items discussed in the public hearing, the need for new business, the conditions recommended in the staff report and the restrictions proposed. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Skinner for a roll call vote to act on the application, not defer to a later date. Motion approved unanimously on a roll call vote. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to approve the application based on the findings as contained in the staff report and the conclusion that the public benefits of the proposed use outweigh any and all potential adverse impacts, if any. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to amend the motion to include the approval of the application with conditions as contained in the staff report (to follow the adverse impacts language). Hammann made a motion, seconded by Braunschweig to amend the amendment to include individual votes on items 6, 7 & 9. Motion approved 6-1 with Skinner opposing. Additional amendments in regard to conditions as follows:
• Braunschweig/Hammann: motion to include item #6, changing the percentage from 30% to 40%. Motion approved 4-3 with Vrstal, Skinner & Decker opposing.
• Brooks/Hammann: motion to include item #7, changing upon request to monthly. Motion fails 3-4 with Vrstal, Roberts, Braunschweig & Decker opposing.
• Braunschweig/Roberts: motion to include item #7 as written. Motion approved 6-1 with Vrstal opposing.
• Hammann/Skinner: motion to include item #9 as written. Motion fails 2-5 on a roll call vote with Roberts, Vrstal, Braunschweig, Brooks & Decker opposing.
Approval of amendments passes on a 5-2 vote with Decker & Skinner opposing.
Main motion as amended approved 6-1 on a roll call vote with Skinner opposing.

E. Site plan to construct a parking lot at 831 Brown School Road, Roger Berg and John Morning applicant (Application 2008-10).
Roger Berg stated the updated parking plan includes relocated landscaping. Schwecke stated that
27 additional parking spaces are required and he continued with review of the conditions of his
approval. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to approve the application with
conditions as contained in the staff report. Motion approved unanimously.

A. Final land division for one parcel off of Cherry Street, Culbertson Properties LLC, applicant (Application 2008-4).
The preliminary land division application was approved in 2007. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Brooks to recommend to Common Council the approval of the final plat of survey prepared by Combs & Associates and have the applicant provide the sewer and water lateral language, as it appears in the staff report, on the plat of survey. Motion approved unanimously.

B. Variance for Celtic Ridge (Application 2008-9) - Withdrawn

C. Preliminary land division for 85 residential parcels off of North Fourth Street (Celtic Ridge), Dysis Group applicant (Roger Berg, Daryl Fox, Ed Francois and Rick Francois) (Application 2008-6).
Roger Berg and Daryl Fox explained the history of the property and the proposed land division. Schwecke presented his report. The development will occur in three phases. There is one oversized lot with the intent to be a planned development district in the future. At the request of Roger Berg, Schwecke read into the record the General Findings and the Findings Related to the Public Interest, as printed in his report. Decker opened the public hearing at 8:17 p.m. Blaine Ellison stated that although this is not wetland, he has concerns about how wet it is. He is concerned that Clifton Street will need to be redone due to traffic during the lift station construction. Decker closed the public hearing at 8:19 p.m. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hammann to recommend to Common Council the approval of the division of the subject property into the lots as generally shown on the preliminary subdivision plat, based on the findings enumerated in the staff report, provided the conditions of approval enumerated in the staff report are met along with those as may be imposed by the Commission, which adds Item #4 from the email of March 3, 2008 from Dave Sauer, changing Lot 37 to read Lot 39 in conditions #3, 7 & 20 and adding a requirement for a traffic impact report to be included in the final land developer agreement. Motion approved unanimously.

F. Site plan for Evansville Community/Senior Center, Evansville Senior Center applicant (Application 2008-11).
Decker removed herself from the table due to her involvement with this project. Scott Roltgen, Excel Engineering Inc; and Janis Ringhand reviewed the preliminary drawings, outlined the steps required to complete this project and the planned uses for the facility. A certified survey will be done to combine the three parcels into one. Schwecke stated the property is in the Light Industrial District (I-1) and the proposed use is allowed by right. He added that the design of the building is exceptional and compliments the site. Roberts made a motion, seconded by Brooks to approve the application with conditions as contained in the staff report. Motion approved unanimously.

Decker returned to the table.

G. Amendment of the subdivision regulations (Chapter 110) relating to fee in lieu of parkland dedication.
Wietecha explained that there is little change between this ordinance and the one previously in force. Decker opened the public hearing at 9:22 p.m. No one spoke. Decker closed the public hearing at 9:23 p.m. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to recommend to Council the adoption of Ordinance #2008-3 as drafted. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Roberts to amend the main motion by specifying that the fee is to be proportional to the need for acquisition or initial improvement of land for public parks and removing all language starting at Criteria for adjustment in Sec 110-192(b)(6). Motion approved unanimously. Main motion, as amended approved unanimously.

7. Discussion Items. None.

8. Preliminary Development Presentations. None.

9. Rock County Smart Growth Plan. Decker stated the Ag Element was approved and they are beginning the Land Use Element. The next meeting is April 3, 2008.

10. Site Plan Amendments. None.

11. CRS Application. Schwecke stated that a date is being scheduled for meeting with FEMA.

12. Redevelopment Authority. None.

13. Historic Preservation Commission. None.

14. Evansville-Union Implementation Committee. Hammann stated the next meeting will include reviewing parks and trails.

15. ULDC Advisory Committee. Hammann stated they recommended filling the vacancy on the committee with a representative from the real estate industry.

16. Common Council Actions. Nothing new to report.

17. Board of Appeals. None.

18. Enforcement. None.

19. Upcoming Meeting Dates. The next regular meeting date is Monday, March 31, 2008.

20. Adjournment. Hammann made a motion, seconded by Braunschweig, to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m. Motion approved unanimously.

Prepared by:
Judy Walton
City Clerk

The minutes are not official until approved by the Plan Commission at their next regular meeting.