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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

"Sector 67" Highlights I and E Meeting Coming on August 14 at Creekside Place

Sector67: An Incubator Space for Inventors & Entrepreneurs Are you ready to invent the next “big thing” but don’t have the needed equipment or tools? Alternately, would you like to learn a lucrative skill like iPhone App creation but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg taking expensive courses? If yes, then you may wish to check out Sector67. Sector67 is a non-profit collaborative space that helps budding inventors, entrepreneurs, tinkerers, crafters and hobbyists learn new skills, build and test prototypes, take classes and try out cool technologies like 3D printers, sandblasters, lathes and computer-controlled sewing machines. “It’s also a social space, where like-minded individuals can collaborate and pool their creative resources,” says Chris Meyer, the founder of Sector67. Meyer will be discussing Sector67 and how individuals can benefit from it at the next Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club meeting. Following Meyer’s presentation, attendees will have a chance to network and discuss their own invention or business ideas with the group. Attendees will also be able to enjoy refreshments sponsored by the Madison Region Economic Partnership (MadREP). Previously known as Thrive Here, the MadREP is an eight-county economic development organization that includes Rock County and Evansville. "There is tremendous innovation and entrepreneurial spirit occurring throughout the entire eight-county Madison region," says Michael Gay, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the MadREP. "It's among MadREP's highest priorities to strengthen the region's innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems and connect people with the resources needed to help bring their ideas to life." For more information, please go to thrivehere.org or call the MadREP Marketing Vice President Betsy Lundgren at (608) 443-1961. Sector67 is located at 2100 Winnebago St., Madison. For more information, please contact Meyer at (608) 241-4605 or email team@sector67.org. This upcoming I&E Club meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville. I&E Club events are always free and open to the public and donations are gratefully accepted. To learn more about the Evansville I&E Club, please contact President Sue Berg at suebergsolutions@gmail.com or call (608) 882-0986. The I&E Club is also listed on Facebook and LinkedIn. 8 hours ago Like CommentFollow

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

School Scoop: Nearly Half of the July 24 Board Meeting Spent Stu...

School Scoop: Nearly Half of the July 24 Board Meeting Spent Stu...: It's no secret that I think way too much emphasis is placed on co- and extra-curricular activities in our district. I am a passionate pr...

2008: Evansville schools: AdHoc Committee: No building till 2021----Pierick summarizes situation

Minutes: Planning: July 1, 2013

City of Evansville Plan Commission Regular Meeting Monday, July 1, 2013, 6:00 p.m. City Hall (Third Floor), 31 South Madison Street MINUTES 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, Mayor Sandy Decker, Matt Eaton, Carol Endres, John Gishnock, Bill Hammann, and Jon Senn. Others present: City Administrator Dan Wietecha, Community Development Director Nicole Sidoff, and members of the public. 3. Approval of Agenda. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Senn, to approve the agenda. Motion approved 7-0. 4. Approval of Minutes. Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hammann, to waive the reading of the minutes from the June 3, 2013 regular meeting and approve them as printed. Motion approved 7-0. 5. Civility Reminder. Decker noted the monthly civility reminder. 6. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed. None. 7. New Business a. Public Hearing concerning a proposed application for a Conditional Use Permit request for 268 W. Liberty Street to permit a duplex in an R-1 District. i. Initial Staff Comments - Sidoff explained that the building had been used as a duplex in the past and had all of the infrastructure necessary to operate as a duplex, including off-street parking to accommodate both units, and separate meters for gas, electric, and water. The duplex did not have a conditional use permit in the past; however, a new owner recently purchased the property and is going through the appropriate channels to ensure the use of the property as a duplex conforms with the City’s Zoning Ordinance. ii. Public Hearing - Mayor Decker opened the public hearing at 6:03 p.m. Jim Fountaine, 251 W. Liberty Street, asked if the duplex would be owner-occupied, and Sidoff noted that both units in the duplex would be rentals and would not necessarily be occupied by the owners or the owners’ family members. Mayor Decker closed the public hearing at 6:04 p.m. iii. Plan Commissioner Questions and Comments - Endres asked if there was enough off-street parking to accommodate both units. Sidoff verified that there was sufficient off-street parking and showed the Plan Commissioners the site plan map indicating where the off-street parking was located. Hammann noted that the Comprehensive Plan encouraged a variety of housing types, and a duplex meets that recommendation. iv. Motion - Braunschweig made a motion, seconded by Hammann, to approve issuance of a Conditional Use Permit for 268 W. Liberty Street, finding that the benefits of the use outweigh any potential adverse impacts, and that the proposed use is consistent with the required standards and criteria for issuance of a CUP set forth in Section 130-104(3)(a) through (e) of the Zoning Ordinance. Motion approved 7-0. b. Motion to indicate support for Bluescope/Varco Pruden and the company’s replacement of the bridge over Allen Creek on the Bluescope/Varco Pruden property. Motion by Braunschweig, seconded by Senn, to indicate support for Bluescope/Varco Pruden and the company’s replacement of the bridge over Allen Creek on the Bluescope/Varco Pruden property. Hammann asked if the Plan Commissioners could have a few minutes to read the memo from Sidoff regarding the project. Sidoff offered to provide an overview. She noted that the company’s operations are split north and south by Allen Creek. A culvert installed in Allen Creek serves as the bridge between the north and south side of the property. The culvert is over 75 years old and has experienced significant flooding issues over the years. Bluescope estimates that flooding has caused the bridge to be closed 25% of the year, which significantly disrupts operations because trucks have to reroute through the City to get from one area of the property to the other. Sidoff noted that Bluescope is interested in replacing the culvert with a free span bridge, which would help their operations and also likely help mitigate flooding issues at that point in Allen Creek. Bluescope is looking for a motion of support from the City indicating that the City understands the importance of keeping the company in the City and the necessity of replacing the culvert with a new bridge. This motion of support would be used by Evansville Bluescope management in securing support from Bluescope corporate offices to replace the bridge, as well as indicate support from the City during the permitting process. Sidoff is assisting Bluescope in applying for the necessary Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and US Army Corps of Engineers permits. The only permit that will be required by the City for the replacement of the bridge is a floodplain permit, which can be approved by Sidoff. Motion passed 7-0. c. Update on City of Evansville Park and Outdoor Recreation Plan - Sidoff noted that she has made significant progress on the Plan, and the Park and Recreation Board will be reviewing the bulk of the Plan at its meeting next week. They will review the inventory and public input this month and the recommendations the following month. The draft Plan should come to Plan Commission and Common Council in September. Sidoff noted that after the Park Plan is completed, she will be working on the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Part of that planning process will likely include a statistically-significant survey. Additionally, the City may be pursuing an intern to assist in the comprehensive planning process. Hammann noted that the most valuable information from the last comprehensive planning public input survey were the hundreds of comments made in the survey. 8. Monthly Reports a. Report on other permitting activity by Zoning Administrator. Sidoff noted she has been dealing with a few sign permit questions. As mentioned in item 7.b, she will be assisting Bluescope with the permit application process for replacing their bridge. b. Report on the Unified Land Development Code Committee. No report. c. Report of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission. No report. d. Report on Common Council actions relating to Plan Commission recommendations. Mayor Decker noted that the Common Council did not act on the sale of property to Bev Krieger because she did not show up to the Common Council meeting. e. Report on Board of Appeals actions relating to zoning matters. No report. f. Enforcement Report. Sidoff noted that staff has been dealing with issues related to the City’s wellhead protection ordinance, namely the fact that vehicle repair/maintenance operations are not supposed to be permitted in that area. This has been an issue on the east side of town, in the Water Street area. That is why the Varesi Auto Repair application for a conditional use permit in that area was pulled. Staff is looking into the issue and will report when more progress is made. 9. Meeting Reminder. The next Plan Commission meeting will be on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - note the change from the regular meeting date. The meeting will be a joint meeting with Economic Development Committee and will include a presentation by the City Engineer on the City’s new GIS software, as well as a presentation by the Evansville youth baseball complex group. Endres indicated she will not be able to attend the meeting. 10. Adjournment. Hammann made a motion, seconded by Braunschweig, to adjourn at 6:17 p.m. Motion approved 7-0. The minutes are not official until approved by the Plan Commission at their next regular meeting.

Agenda: Planning Commission: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

NOTICE The regular meeting of the Evansville Plan Commission will be held on the date and time stated below at Creekside Place, 102 Maple Street, Evansville, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance. City of Evansville Plan Commission Regular Meeting Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 6:00 p.m. Creekside Place, 102 Maple Street AGENDA 1. Call to Order 2. Roll Call 3. Approval of Agenda 4. Approval of Minutes: Motion to waive the reading of the minutes from the July 1, 2013 regular meeting and approve them as printed 5. Civility Reminder 6. Citizen appearances other than agenda items listed 7. New Business a. Public Hearing concerning a proposed application for a Conditional Use Permit request for 498 Water Street to permit a vehicle repair and maintenance facility in an I-1 (Light Industrial) District i. Initial Staff and Applicant Comments ii. Public Hearing iii. Plan Commissioner Questions and Comments iv. Motion b. Public Hearing concerning a proposed application for a Conditional Use Permit request for 40 W. Liberty Street to permit a duplex in an R-1 District i. Initial Staff and Applicant Comments ii. Public Hearing iii. Plan Commissioner Questions and Comments iv. Motion c. Update on City of Evansville Park and Outdoor Recreation Plan 8. Monthly Reports a. Report on other permitting activity by Zoning Administrator b. Report on the Unified Land Development Code Committee c. Report of the Evansville Historic Preservation Commission d. Report on Common Council actions relating to Plan Commission recommendations e. Report on Board of Appeals actions relating to zoning matters f. Report on Enforcement 9. Next Meeting: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 6 p.m. 10. Motion to Adjourn Mayor Sandra J. Decker, Plan Commission Chair Requests for persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting should be made to the Clerk’s office by calling 882-2266 with as much advance notice as possible. Please turn off all cell phones while the meeting is in session. Thank you.

Tammy Baldwin's Summer BBQ Coming----August 8th

Tammy Baldwin's 6th Annual Summer BBQ I hope you can make it! Tammy Baldwin’s 6th Annual Summer BBQ Thursday, August 8th, 2013 5:30 to 8:00 pm Quivey’s Grove 6261 Nesbitt Rd Madison, WI 53719 Join Tammy for a summer dinner at Madison’s historic landmark, Quivey’s Grove. Tickets include a buffet dinner and your choice of local beer, wine, or soft drinks. Rain or shine, we’ll be outside (or under a tent) enjoying a beautiful Wisconsin evening. Please join us and bring your friends and family! Thank you to our generous sponsors! Grill Master: Deirdre Garton, Hank Lufler & Mike Gerdes, Connie Hegerfeld, Hank Lufler & Mike Gerdes, Willard & Scott Mueller, Victoria Vollrath, Robert Whitlock, and Fairbanks Morse Sponsor: Dan & Peg Geisler, Lynn Hobbie, Ron & Marianne Larson, Susan & Jonathan Lipp, Neil Lucchese, Katharine Lyall, Fran & Louis Rall, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics PAC, CUNA Mutual, and National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Friend: Bonnie Augusta & Pat Plaisted, Dean & Nancy Baumgardner, Duane Beckett, Helen Boley, Bob & Nan Brien, Dan & Pat Cornwell, Jessica Dalby & Tim Grilley, Fred & Ivy Edelman, Curt Finkelmeyer, Casey Garhart, Lynette & Michael Gebben, Eunice & John Gibson, Irene Hamrick, Martin and Ellen Henert, Katy Heyning & Judi Trampf, George & Audrey Hinger, Bob & Louise Jeanne, Barbara Johnson, Paul & Margaret Kaufman, Mary & Scott Kolar, Don Lamb, Robin Marohn, Melissa Mulliken, Dr. Susan Toth & Nancy Jane Peirce, Barbara & Gregory Sheehy, John Smallwood, Brijetta & Parker Waller, and Bill White Sponsorship committee still in formation. Click here to become a sponsor today! RSVP: Yes! Questions? Contact Rose Arntsen at 608.663.6300 or rose@tammybaldwin.com Paid for by Tammy Baldwin for Senate

Mailbag: Frac Event Coming----

First Congregational United Church of Christ 6th Ave. at Broadway, Baraboo 7:00pm parking lot entrance popcorn and lemonade will be available (also, see OTHER MEDIA events below) Wisconsin has 100+ frac sand facilities--Pennsylvania has over 2,000 frac gas drilling wells. Some welcome the industry, for others it's a disaster. "Triple Divide" by Troutman and Pribanic, is a NEW RELEASE that is just beginning to work its way across the country. The film presents factual information about the process of frack gas drilling in clear images, and it documents favorable and unfavorable impacts on local communities near the Triple (continental) Divide in Pennsylvania. Great cinematography, awesome scenery, clear and factual -- make it not just informational but a pleasure to watch. SAMPLE LETTER FROM PENNSYLVANIA (see Huffington Post) I was offered a lease (I have about 7 acres) but refused it. I love my home, my land, my area, the animals, birds and fish living near me, and all living things on this planet. No matter how much money I would have been offered, I would never accept a lease to frack my land. Instead, I have been actively fighting against the abomination of fracking. The more I learn about it, the more horrified I am that our government is allowing the destruction of our country, the contamination of our water, air and land, the onslaught of the strangest diseases, the loss of traditional jobs, the increase in greenhouse gas emissions, the spreading of silica dust... the list goes on and on. In my opinion, the only reason fracking is being allowed in this country is that a few CEOs of the richest industries in the world are getting richer, and with their wealth, and the wealth of their companies, they are buying off our politicians. It's that simple. OTHER MEDIA:

Monday, July 29, 2013

Albion tops Evansville in Home Talent League play -- GazetteXtra

Albion tops Evansville in Home Talent League play -- GazetteXtra

"DOJ says 10 children rescued from prostitution" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"DOJ says 10 children rescued from prostitution" by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Mailbag: Eager Library Book Sale is coming this weekend-----

Hello All - Our Summer Book Sale is this weekend, starting early on Friday at 8am - 3pm and ending Saturday 8am - 1pm. We have hard and soft cover books, CD's, DVD's, VCR tapes, cassette tapes, audio books, magazines, etc. for every age and genre. Come check it out while your garage sale-ing! Volunteers contact me via email or #608-214-0733. Hope to see you!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Travelogue;:The Pretty pretty City gets a big surprise:

Sometime back our fair city competed for the title of the number one pretty city in the nation...and came up number two in our size class to none other than Stillwater, Minnesota, a town dear to my heart, for that is where, at the top of the bluff overlooking the St. Croix river, almost every weekend, my dad would take us to cook hamburgers at Pioneer Park...it still is there... So when we arrived in Hudson a little early Friday, I invited some friends to meet us in Stillwater for dinner...but as we headed into town, the traffic came to a stopstill...and then...as we crept along, I saw the signs for parking at $10 a spot....yes one of the bridges had been closed, but in all the rush to put Stillwater on the map for tourism, nobody has done much about parking for the past 20 years....so we made a big U turn and met in Hudson instead....Stillwater got the dream, but a little more than it bargained for....stay tuned.

School Scoop: School board meeting: It's a matter of choosing yo...

School Scoop: School board meeting: It's a matter of choosing yo...: I went to my first board meeting in three months last night. Some changes were obvious (Mr. Braunschweig is Ms. Skinner's replacement) a...

Library Board Meets July 30th: Expansion on agenda

NOTICE A regular meeting of the Eager Free Public Library Board of Trustees for the City of Evansville will be held on the 30th day of July, at 5:30 p.m., at Eager Free Public Library, 39 W. Main St., Evansville, Wisconsin. Notice is further given that members of the City Council might be in attendance. Eager Free Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Tuesday, July 30, 2013 5:30 p.m. At Eager Free Public Library, 39 W. Main St., Evansville, WI 53536 AGENDA If you need special accommodations to attend this meeting, please contact the library at 608/882-2260. 1. Call to order. 2. Additions to Agenda 3. Approval of all June meeting minutes. Open session minutes from 6/25 (attached). 4. July bills (roll call vote). 5. Gregory Baum Expansion 6. Librarian’s Report Budget update & Circulation statistics Programming update August Author Visit Fax Prices 7. Old Business Gift Policy No Build Easement Social Media Policy 8. New Business: Treasurer’s Report Dress Code 9. Adjourn. Next meeting: August 27, 2013

Mailbag: Sand Frack Update:

We still have a good chance of influencing the outcome of the Pattison Mine permit for Bridgeport Twn. We need all the county anti-frac groups to call/email/write and come to the meetings. Makes a good op to scope out the towns and see the beautiful river. We can STOP mining along the Lower Wisconsin River!The LWSR Board needs A LOT of greater-community input to in order to justify voting NO! The River belongs to ALL of us! PLEASE PASS ON TO YOUR EMAIL LISTS. PLEASE CONTACT ATTACHED LWSR BOARD MEMBERS during the coming two weeks. RECOMMENDED: CONTACT ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, NOT JUST THE ONE FROM YOUR DISTRICT. CONTACT BY BOTH PHONE AND EMAIL (AND/OR LETTER). (see attachment for board member names and phone numbers) EMAIL ADDRESSES TO USE: mark.cupp@wisconsin.gov marsha.nachtigal!wisconsin.gov TYPE THE NAME OF THE BOARD MEMBER AND "FRAC SAND" IN THE SUBJECT LINE. ATTEND AND/OR SPEAK AT TWO UPCOMING MEETINGS: 1. AUGUST 8, 5:00PM probably at the office in Muscoda, but call to make sure: 608-739-31882. 2. AUGUST 22 5:00pm Board vote on permit CRAWFORD CO. ADMINISTRATION BLDG, 225 N. BEAUMONT RD, PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI 53821-1445 SEE MAPQUEST: http://mapq.st/1aN09eE http://mapq.st/1aN09eE Also see: Arena has implemented a 12-month waiting period on all mining (see attached) Thanks everybody!! Linda Meadowcroft

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Student Loan Deal Will Cut Interest Rates for 11 Million Borrowers | The White House

Student Loan Deal Will Cut Interest Rates for 11 Million Borrowers | The White House

"Rock County seeing uptick in home sales " by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

"Rock County seeing uptick in home sales " by Latest News -- GazetteXtra

Public Works Meets Today: Home maintenance Minimum Standards Ordinance on the Docket

Public Works Committee Regular Meeting Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. DPW Shop, 535 South Madison Street, Evansville, WI AGENDA 1. Call meeting to order. 2. Roll call; 3. Motion to approve the agenda as presented. 4. Motion to approve the minutes from the June 25th, 2013 regular meeting 5. Citizen Appearances- 6. New Business- a. Discussion regarding a potential home maintenance minimum standards ordinance. b. Discussion and possible motion in regards to garbage/recycling contract. 7. Old Business- 8. Communications from the City Engineer- a. Construction Updates- i. Garfield project- ii. W. Main Sewer project- b. Site plan reviews- 9. Communications from the Public Works Director- a. Monthly Department Update- 10. Parks and Recreation Report- 11. Motion to adjourn meeting. Mason Braunschweig, Chair Public Works Committee Please turn off all cell phones and electronic devices before meeting commences. If you have any special accessibility issues please contact Evansville City Hall at 608-882-2266 prior to the scheduled meeting. Thank you.

Monday, July 22, 2013

UW-Whitewater exploring doctoral program -- GazetteXtra

UW-Whitewater exploring doctoral program -- GazetteXtra

School Board Meets Wed July 24, 2013

EVANSVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLDISTRICT Board of Education Regular Meeting Agenda Wednesday, July 24, 2013 6:00 p.m. TRIS LMC Enter Off of 340 Fair Street (Door 41) Note, public notice of this meeting given by posting at the District Office, Levi Leonard Elementary School Office, Theodore Robinson Intermediate School Office, J.C. McKenna Middle School Office, High School Office, Evansville School District Web Site: Evansville.k12.wi.us, and by forwarding the agenda to the Evansville Review, Union Bank &Trust and Eager Free Public Library. Approx. Time I. Roll Call: Dennis Hatfield Eric Busse Mason Braunschweig Tina Rossmiller John Rasmussen HS Rep. Hunter Johnson Kathi Swanson Sandra Spanton Nelson HS Rep. Marissa Haegele 1 min. II. Approve Agenda. 1 min. III. Public Announcements/Recognition/Upcoming Events: • Back To School Days – August 14 & 15 from 1:00 – 7:00 pm • September 3 – First Day of School 1 min. IV. Public Presentations. 5 min. V. District Administrator Report – Year End Reflection. 5 min. VI. Information & Discussion: A. Presentation on Naming Facilities – Football Field. B. Presentation of Middle School Music. C. Library Media Specialist Positions. D. Presentation on Go Math-K-6 Mathematics Materials Adoption. E. Ad Hoc Fee Schedule CommitteeUpdate. F. Report From CESA 2 Delegate Representative. G. First Reading of Policies: #171-Board Meetings and #760-Food Service Program. H. Update on Evansville Education Foundation. I. Health and Nursing Services Report. 45 min. VII. Business (Action Items): A. Approval of Additional Special Education Assistant Increase From Part-Time to FullTime. B. Approval of Additional Middle School Music Time. C. Approval of Staff Changes: Teacher Resignations; Teacher Contracts; Co-and Extra Curricular and Staff Letters of Employment. D. Approval of Alternative Education. E. Approval of Physical Security Assessment. F. Approval of Go Math-K-6 Mathematics Materials Adoption. G. Approval of Updated 2013-2014 Budget. H. Approval of High School Late Starts. I. Resolution Authorizing Temporary Borrowing in An Amount Not To Exceed $5,000,000; Issuance of Tax and Revenue Anticipation Promissory Notes; and 60 min.

Html : Live blog: Latest updates on Royal Baby : Wsj

Html : Live blog: Latest updates on Royal Baby : Wsj

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: New Gen X: Shunning Homes, Cars...and next ...FOOD: Tales from Normal,Mn: FICITON

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: New Gen X: Shunning Homes, Cars...and next ...FOOD: Tales from Normal,Mn: FICITON

Historic Pres meets 7/17

NOTICE The regular meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Evansville will be held on the 17th day of July, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., at City Hall, 31 South Madison Street, Evansville, Wisconsin, or alternate location. Notice is further given that any members of the City Council or the Mayor might be in attendance. Evansville Historic Preservation Commission Regular Meeting Agenda Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2nd Floor, Conference Room, City Hall 6:30pm ***Second Draft*** 1. Call to Order, Char. Rich Modaff 2. Roll Call 3. Motion to waive the reading of the June 19, 2013 minutes and approve them as read. 4. Applications – Appearances a. 15 N Second Street Christens–Garage/Carriage House b. 40 W Liberty Street Batinich–Adjoining Non-conforming detached 2 unit into attached 2 unit c. 125 Grove Street Hartjie–Replace Alum. Sdng. with Vinyl Sdng. d. Others 5. Administrative a. Grove Society, John Decker i. Baker Building Museum ii. Meeting b. Management of HPC Documents and Records c. Landmark & Historic District Discussions i. Discussion of Additional Historic Districts ii. Discussion of Historic Landmarks, John Decker iii. Plaque Program Applications 6. Other Business a. Correspondences, Comments and Concerns. b. Others 7. Adjournment Next Meeting Dates: 08/21/2013 RDM Tues, July 16, 2013, 8:11am.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Rock County Christian School wants to join state voucher plan -- GazetteXtra

Rock County Christian School wants to join state voucher plan -- GazetteXtra

Baraboo Frac Film Fest: TODAY; 7PM

REGARDING THE FRAC FILM FEST: WHERE: FIRST CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST CORNER OF BROADWAY AND 6TH AVE. BARABOO, WI 53913 USE THE PARKING LOT ENTRANCE THE FILM WILL BE IN THE SOCIAL HALL IN THE BASEMENT Monday July 15, 2013 7:00pm Frac Sand Land: The incredible story of the vanishing hills by Robert Nehman ROBERT NEHMAN WILL JOIN US TO PRESENT HIS FILM AND DISCUSS FRAC SAND MINING • stories of Midwesterners who are facing the new mountaintop removal--the vanishing hills along rivers in the Driftless Area Pop corn and lemonade will be available! Discussion and information session will follow the films. SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES!!! Monday, July 22, 2013 7:00pm Gas Land by Josh Fox

Friday, July 12, 2013

July Events at Creekside

Upcoming July events and programming at Creekside Place For more information please call 882-0407, visit us on Facebook, or at www.creeksideplace.org Tuesday, July 16- Yoga For Kids starts Tuesday morning 12:00 “Good Drugs Gone Bad” presentation by Jen Braun from B.A.S.E. Prescription drugs are lifesavers. But what happens when they outlast their usefulness. Jen will present a short discussion of how you can protect yourself and your family. Then stay for Senior Bingo afterward Wednesday, July 17- 9:00-12:00 Second Harvest- Would you throw away $16 a month. If you are eligible, FoodShare could give you monthly deposits to help with food purchases, freeing up money for bills, medications and other necessities. It’s easier than ever to apply and you can even get free, confidential assistance. Thursday, July 18 1:00 Our regular Diabetes Support Group meets. Deb Schiefelbein facilitates the discussion and she says, “I live in Stoughton, WI and I am a type 2 Diabetic. When I found out I was Diabetic I looked for a support group for myself, however was not able to find one that fit with my work. I decided to try to start one myself. That is how I came to teach one at Stoughton Hospital starting in 2011. I have the support of the Hospital in my group with help from the staff. I was asked a few months ago to teach here at Creekside Place and have had a few meetings already. We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00P.M. This is a FREE support group welcoming all diabetics, family members, and support workers. I pride myself on always being there and being willing to go the extra mile to help. I feel that I have to treat my groups as I do my diabetes and always be there for it. Please feel free to stop by any 3rd Thursday of the month from 1:00 till 2:30 to meet me. 6:30 Drop in Band- Bring your instrument and enthusiasm and play with friends new and old Friday, July 19 & Saturday, July 20 Railroad Sesquicentennial Celebration streamliner.jpgFriday · Reception 6pm · Roundtable on Evansville RR History 7-8 Saturday · Open to the public at 9:30 · Model train discussion at 10 · Woodchucks start serving lunch at 11 · Telegraphy demonstration and discussion at 11:30 · Master Panel on the Future of Railroad in Rock County 1:30 Both Days · Model Train Displays showing the past in Evansville o Civil War Era Steam static display o Streamliner static display o Working Circus Train o Working Ag Train o G Scale Helix Working Display · Railroad Art & Memorabilia · Dave Fellow’s The Cutoff and Fellows Station will be for sale and Dave will sign copies Wednesday, July 24 8:30 Advantage U Wacky Wednesday – You’ve Been Slimed: register today! Thursday, July 25- 6:00 Books into Movies – The Natural-- How do books become movies? How does Hollywood shape The American Dream to suit its purpose? Join Creekside Place and Eager Free Public Library for the second in our Books to Movies discussions. EFPL has several versions of The Natural available to be checked out. Join us at 6 pm on July 25 for the movie version to be followed by a discussion of the works led by Megan Kloeckner. This program is free and refreshments will be available. ***************************************************************************** Friday, July 26 6:00 Creekside Place Dinner – Sign up now for a summer Italian dinner with friends. Cocktails at 6. Catered by Knutes Enjoy a light Italian Medley of Lasagna, Cheese Tortellini Alfredo, and Spaghetti with a Meatball. Top it all off with a refreshing sherbet for dessert. Cost is $19 for Creekside Place members and $22 for guests. Advance registration is required. 6:30-8:30 Family Bingo Wednesday, July 31 8:30 Advantage U Wacky Wednesday – Solving Mysteries with Science: register today! 1:00-3:00 Watercolor Workshop: register today! garage salepng.png

A wild week at the Gogebic Taconite mine site : Ct

A wild week at the Gogebic Taconite mine site : Ct

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

A rising dream: Evansville woman launches a sweet business -- GazetteXtra

A rising dream: Evansville woman launches a sweet business -- GazetteXtra

Mailbag: Hurley: Garden Fair Coming this weekend

Garden Fair July 14, 1-4 :30 p.m. 43 04 N. Cornfield Dr. Cost: $10 Garden Tour (1-4:30) Tour a variety of gardens, including prairie, shade, container, and fairy gardens. Prairie Pizzazz (1:30-2) Take a guided prairie tour and learn how to create a prairie garden large or small. Container Gardening (2-2:45) Create a container garden with help from an expert ($10 for plants). Bring your own container up to 12x18 inches. No cost to observe. Hosta Tour (3-3:30) See and hear about a large variety of hostas used throughout the garden and in containers. Cut Your Own Bouquet (3:45-4:15) $10 charge, vase included. Silent Auction (1-4) Bid on beautiful garden items. Cookies, lemonade, iced tea served Sponsored by the Proceeds will be used to fund teacher requests for educational materials and equipment. Hello Friends, Hope you’re having a great summer and have been able to beat the heat! I’m writing to invite you to the Evansville Education Foundation’s Garden Fair this Sunday, July 14, from 1-4:30. Attached is a flyer with all the details. For those who love gardening – and those who love to just admire gardens – it should be a fun event. The proceeds from the Garden Fair will be used to fund materials, equipment, and resources requested by teachers to supplement their work in the classroom. Last year the money EEF earned helped to purchase books, math materials, lab equipment, computer programs, a new kiln, and more. I hope you’ll consider attending. Nancy Hurley 223 W. Main St. Evansville, WI 53536 njh223@gmail.com

Sunday, July 07, 2013

How to Think about Black Swan Events

How to Think about Black Swan Events

OpEd: Markets: Wall Street gets excited about retail, restaurant and temporary jobs:

Last Friday marked one of the firsts we have seen for a while---a time when positive news was seen as positive, with no negative spin....the 190000 jobs number was spun by the news media as nothing but positive...which is interesting since a job number that is almost totally retail and restaurant jobs is not the stuff of strong recoveries--ok., we all like eating outside in the outdoor patios...I loved it last night on State Street in Madison...but...it is going to take more than the thrill of the passing of the snow on the frozen tundra to make a solid recovery...stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Choice intrigues private schools -- GazetteXtra

Choice intrigues private schools -- GazetteXtra

Mailbag: Vinehout: "Wisconsin needs Smarter Budget Choices"

Wisconsin Needs Smarter Budget Choices "Two years ago, Wisconsin made tough choices,” wrote Robert from Mondovi. “The deficit was eliminated, costs were controlled and Wisconsin was back on the track to prosperity.” The Buffalo County man wanted “relief for the hardworking people of Wisconsin”. With that in mind, I took a close look at state finances and discovered problems. I talked with the Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysts and read their papers. I sharpened my pencil and considered options. The recently passed $70 billion budget spends $4 billion more than the last budget. It is estimated to create a half a billion dollar deficit going into the next budget - even though we started with more money. The economy is improving. Tax revenues are up - a little less $1.5 billion. Lawmakers who voted for the budget (I was not among them) argued some of the new revenue be returned to taxpayers. Tax rates were changed in this budget. Average taxpayers making $45,000 a year will save about $84 in 2014; about $1.60 a week. But this budget reaches historic debt levels. As debt increases, more tax dollars go to make debt payments; sort of like using your paycheck to pay the credit card bill. In the last legislative session instead of making ‘credit card’ payments coming due, Wisconsin postponed paying some debt bills. This was not the first time, but it was the largest total debt postponement. My mother always said, “Actions have consequences.” She was correct. In this budget the debt not paid comes due with a higher payment - making those ‘credit card’ payments a bigger share of what the state bought with tax dollars. The rule financial experts follow is no more than 4% of tax money should be spent on debt payment. Ideally debt should be 3 to 3.5% of total general revenue. In the new state budget, debt payments are above the danger zone at 5.25%. Fewer dollars are left for new investments in the ‘meat and potatoes’ of state government: K-12 and higher education, courts and prisons, local government, and health care. The result: public schools, the UW, courts and prisons, and local government all received cuts or very modest increases but much less than their share of the $4 billion in new money. Health received three times its share - over half - of the increase in new money. There will be more health spending but fewer people receiving health services. Why? The Governor won’t accept the federal Medicaid dollars to cover people making between $11,500 and $15,300 a year - costing Wisconsin more including tens of millions of dollars in administration contracts. So, what would happen if Wisconsin accepted the federal Medicaid money, expanded Family Care (which saves money), invested in drug courts, mental health, schools, and the UW. What if we scrapped the tax rate cut and instead invested in the state’s rainy day fund? To answer those questions, I put together an alternative budget. I restored money to eliminated agriculture programs and gave all the ‘bed tax’ money back to nursing homes. I fixed a deficit in childcare provider funds and restored cuts to courts and the UW. I paid cash for some new construction projects. To address two problems facing our state – deteriorating K-12 education and addiction and mental illness - I invested in “Fair Funding for our Future” proposed by State Superintendent Tony Evers and made a big down payment on drug courts and mental health treatment. On the revenue side, I eliminated new private school state spending and several expensive new initiatives. I didn’t buy 80 new vehicles, got rid of new tax breaks and tax rate changes, and made changes in health administration. I set aside over $600 million in the state’s checkbook which wiped out the structural deficit going into the next budget and had almost $400 million in cash left over. Wisconsin must wisely invest our $4 billion in new money, set some aside and not be too quick to give folks a $1.60 a week tax cut. This is a much smarter approach and in the long run could provide that ‘relief’ Robert wanted for Wisconsin’s hardworking people. You can see the details of Kathleen's Alternative Budget on her Senate Web Page at the following address: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/vinehout f you know someone who would like to be added to this distribution list, please let us know. If you wish to unsubscribe from this newsletter, reply with "Unsubscribe" in the subject line Sen.Vinehout@legis.wisconsin.gov State Capitol Room 316 South - P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707-788

The Twilight Zone; Reflection: An Erie Moment in Cape Cod

My wife and I recently traveled to Boston, and then to Cape Cod to visit with our daughter...she took us to a beach on Cape Cod at dusk on a Friday night...at 5PM or so, and as they ran to the beach, I tarried a bit, hit the restrooms, and then stopped to chat with a gentleman in an older toyota, white...who was it seemed to me a free spirit...so I just asked him---"wow, this seems to be the same conditions that John John faced on that fateful night in the airplane"---to which he replied, "Yes..there is a reason they call it the twilight zone." Then he went on a long tangent on what he thought caused the delay of departure, and how losing orientation was pretty common if one was not a very experienced pilot and an instrument rated pilot...it was a moment I will always forget...and I understood....the twilight zone....ok there have been moments in Evansville too, but this was special...yo. Ok I was not just the ordinary beach bum, but the Evansville Observer on location.

OpEd: Reflection: Flooding: The necessity of a post event review

One of the themes of the many meetings of the Public Works department of Evansville over the years, was that each event is different---and the recent rainfall numbers, with record rain over a ten day period on soft soil was probably the best of the data set to confront---and there were some positives that from a brief survey of the area that can be concluded....I do think that a public review of the positives is in order---and certainly some areas of improvement should be noted....The one positive that I have a strong connection to is the battle for higher elevation for the Evansville Senior Center, which I was very pleased to see survived the flooding well....The one area that seems clear needs improvement is the area near Varco Pruden which has been hard hit in previous storms....I see that there are plans to improve this in the future...in summary..general relief, but I do believe that the public is unaware of the homes that suffered flooding during this recent event, and I think it worthwhile that the data be collected..clearly there has been some improvement in water handling, and we need to know of the progress.

Agenda for Common Council, July 9,2013

9. Communications and Recommendations from the Mayor A. Motion to confirm the Mayoral appointment of Steve Eager, 228 W. Main Street, to the Redevelopment Authority for an unexpired term ending in 2016. B. Motion to confirm the Mayoral appointment of Anika Laube, 32 W. Main Street, to the Park and Recreation Board for an unexpired term ending in 2015.

School Scoop: Estimated State Aid for Evansville Schools Increas...

School Scoop: Estimated State Aid for Evansville Schools Increas...: I saw the article in the Wisconsin State Journal regarding the state aid estimate decrease for Madison Schools ( http://www.jsonline.com/new...

Mailbag; Attn. Women Business Owners

Free, online sessions from Wis Women's Business Initiative Corp Several lunchtime sessions are available if you would like to know what WWBIC can do for you! Check out these offerings for July: WWBIC Loan Process – A to Z Learn the ins and outs of the WWBIC business loan program. Join our interactive roundtable discussion with a WWBIC loan officer and learn what to expect when applying for a WWBIC business loan. Learn what makes a WWBIC loan different, how to apply, and what information you will need to have. Bring your questions! Noon-1 p.m. July 18 What Can WWBIC Do For You? Learn about WWBIC’s services, including business education courses and business loans. This session will introduce you to the range of services and support offered by WWBIC to support small businesses like yours. Noon-1 pm July 23 Minority and Women’s Business Certification Learn how becoming certified owned business will open up more possibilities. The purpose of the Minority Business Certification Program is to increase the opportunity for minority firms to sell their products and services to the State of Wisconsin. Noon-1:30 pm July 24 21 hours ago

I and E Meets July 10th at Creekside: "Discover Your Work Values"

Discover Your Work Values July 10 at I&E What do independence, self-determination and variety have in common? They are all examples of work values. Such values can differ from one workplace to another. Finding out which work values are most important to you is the first step towards achieving career satisfaction because this knowledge will enable you to find jobs that are suitable to you. This July 10 at the Evansville Area Inventors & Entrepreneurs Club, Dr. Lynn Freeman will discuss what work values are, how you can discover your own specific work values, and how you can figure out which work values are associated with a given job. This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Dr. Freeman is a career development facilitator (CDF) who holds a doctorate degree in higher education administration. She also operates AdviseU (http://www.adviseu.com), which helps high school students explore, learn, decide and achieve their college and career goals. AdviseU is located at 1605 Monroe St., Suite C, Madison, WI. Please contact Dr. Freeman at (608) 234-5297 or email her at lynn@AdviseU.us.com. After Dr. Freeman’s presentation, all attendees will be invited to network and enjoy refreshments sponsored by Dr. Halina Zakowicz, a freelance writer at Haelix Communications. Dr. Zakowicz has helped several Evansville area clients, including The Evansville Review and Formecology, LLC. For more information, please email Dr. Zakowicz at admin@haelix.com or review her portfolio at http://www.haelix.com. This upcoming I&E Club meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Creekside Place, 102 Maple St., Evansville. For more information, please contact I&E Club President Sue Berg at suebergsolutions@gmail.com or call her at (608) 882-0

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: 70 and 80 yr old residents strongly argue for 30 year repayment terms: Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: 70 and 80 yr old residents strongly argue for 30 year repayment terms: Tales From Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: Financial Pundits recommend allocating entire income to retirement: Tales from Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: Financial Pundits recommend allocating entire income to retirement: Tales from Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Town of Union Wind Turbine Battle: Tom Alisankus Speaks

Milton proposal would bar bartenders from being drunk at work -- GazetteXtra

Milton proposal would bar bartenders from being drunk at work -- GazetteXtra

Mailbag: Wireman: Action Alert

Action Alert 1: Reject dangerous restrictions on doctors, officers Background: Last month, Wisconsin Representative Michael Schraa introduced LRB 2063, which he calls the "Firearms Freedom Act." The bill would ban physicians from asking patients about gun ownership; prohibit state and local law enforcement officials from enforcing federal firearms registration, or bans on assault-style rifles or high-capacity ammunition; and exempt state-made firearms from interstate commerce laws. It's based on a Montana bill -- now being challenged in the courts -- that was written by someone who wants to market his homemade "Montana Buckaroo" rifle to youngsters. Take Action: Contact your state representatives and ask them to reject LRB 2063, via the legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472, or click here for direct contact info for your legislators. Spread the word by posting this photo on Facebook or sharing info on Twitter. Contact for more info: WI Anti-Violence Effort, 414-351-9283, wave@waveedfund.org

Monday, July 01, 2013

Increase in nitrate levels in Rock County wells worries health officials -- GazetteXtra

Increase in nitrate levels in Rock County wells worries health officials -- GazetteXtra

Weather Service Statement of Rainfall this year

Public Information Statement Issued by NWS Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI Home | Current Version | Previous Version | Text Only | Print | Product List | Glossary On Versions: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 000 NOUS43 KMKX 010821 PNSMKX WIZ046-047-051-052-056>060-062>072-012330- PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI 320 AM CDT MON JUL 1 2013 ...WET START TO 2013 CONTINUES IN SOUTHERN WISCONSIN... MADISON (KMSN) FINISHED WITH 10.86" OF RAIN IN JUNE...WHICH IS A CLOSE 2ND TO THE 10.93" THAT FELL IN JUNE 2008. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT 4 OF THE 7 WETTEST JUNES IN MADISON HISTORY HAVE OCCURRED SINCE 2000. MILWAUKEE (KMKE) HAD 5.80" OF RAIN IN JUNE..MAKING 19TH ON THE WETTEST JUNE LIST. FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR...MADISON (KMSN) HAS RECEIVED 30.95" OF RAIN...WITH IS OVER 3 INCHES HIGHER THAN ANY PREVIOUS YEAR TO DATE. THE PREVIOUS RECORD FOR THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF A YEAR WAS 27.84" IN 2008. THE 1981-2010 ANNUAL AVERAGE FOR MADISON IS 34.42". LIKEWISE JAN 1 TO JUN 30TH IN MILWAUKEE (KMKE) HAS TOTALED 25.31"...PLACING IT 3RD ON THE ALL TIME LIST. 28.10" FELL IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF 2008. THE 1981-2010 ANNUAL AVERAGE FOR MILWAUKEE IS 34.73". $$ CRAVEN

Records: Milwaukee Archbishop warned Vatican of sex abuse scandal : Madisondotcom

Records: Milwaukee Archbishop warned Vatican of sex abuse scandal : Madisondotcom

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: City decides to compensate employees with praise, and only incidental compensation: Tales from Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Tales From Normal, Mn.----FICTION: City decides to compensate employees with praise, and only incidental compensation: Tales from Normal, Mn.: FICTION

Public Safety Minutes: June 2013 ( partial)

Evansville Police Report – There were 1079 calls for service for the Month of May. Total license plate transactions for May were 68 with the year to date total of 741. Background Investigation and EVOC instructor training has been completed by Officers Reese and Job. Officer Mahan-Strupp is scheduled to attend DAAT instructor training in 2013. Officer Reese will be recommended as Sergeant at the June Evansville Police Commission meeting. The department advertised for a full and part-time eligibility list with a closing date of April 22. There were 54 total applications with 31 candidates participating in the June 11 assessment. Coop student Josh Chenoweth will start with the department on June 10th. We are working on Version 4 of the WILEAG standards. On May 14, Rick Balistrieri, WILEAG Program Manager, advised that the department will need to make some changes to the evidence room to comply with accreditation requirements. Those changes include a gun safe, a money safe and installing ventilation. Bids/quotes have been received and forwarded to the City Administrator to recommend a budget amendment. We are reviewing ACRs to ready for a mock review, with a sample provided to committee. We have transitioned to the new Rock County Records Management CAD system effective June 1, 2013. We hope to be fully operational by June 10th. Department staff has completed the Spillman training for the Records Management System. All June 2013 incident reports will be entered into the new records system. Chief McElroy is recommending an ordinance change reference requiring background checks for city employees during the hiring process. This is a new requirement from the TIME system. City Administrator Dan Wietecha is working on this issue. From the TIME system newsletter reference CHRI and Purpose Code E: The TIME system can be used for non-law enforcement background checks provided there is a law (federal, state or local ordinance) requiring the background check. 9. Evansville Medical Service Report – There were 45 runs for the month of May bringing the year to date total to 217 runs through May 31, 2013. Ambulance 810 had 6 of those runs. EMS personnel will be recertified in Emergency Vehicle Operations by Zach Beaver. Mary updated the EMS policy manual and it is being reviewed by City Administrator, Dan Wietecha for approval. Mary and Zach attended Part II of the EMS Leadership Academy in Warrens Wisconsin. The 4 part class teaches EMS leader’s the building blocks for hiring/retaining EMTs, planning for the future of EMS and how to be a great leader/manager. 10. Motion by Jacobson, second by Fuchs, to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Barbara Jacobson, Chairperson

"Should we dismiss teacher education study?" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra

"Should we dismiss teacher education study?" by Opinion Matters -- GazetteXtra