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Sat
19
Jul

Letter: Rally targets Koch brothers’ agenda

To the editor:

I am afraid that two brothers, David and Charles Koch, are out to undermine democracy as we know it. Their ultra-conservative special interest group, Americans for Prosperity, has already spent $30 million on television ads, some of which has gone to Gov. Walker’s re-election campaign.

Now, with the recent Supreme Court ruling, they can spend even more to influence voters.

The Koch brothers, worth more than $80 billion, have also created or supported organizations active in almost every area of public life: the law, education, health care, economics, academia, the environment and climate change, state legislative initiatives (aligning themselves with the tea party Republicans), media and veterans’ needs.

Sat
12
Jul

Fewer ordinance violations spotted in city

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” — Proverb

For the past several weeks, I have been writing about existing ordinances that address the safety, health and appearance of our community. Today’s article will conclude the series.

My husband and I drove through our community’s neighborhoods earlier this week. It was nice to notice many overgrown lawns have been mowed, vehicles have been removed from front yards, and old lumber and debris/litter removed. Although there are still existing ordinance violations, it is great to see the progress taking place.

Ordinances address many of the maintenance/property issues. Additionally, we are working on a zoning code re-write. Proposed changes will address some of the other issues, including vacant buildings, landscaping for new commercial building projects, signage, etc.

8.02 Offenses endangering public safety.

(1) Burning of grass and trash restricted.

Sat
12
Jul

Letter: Lame Ox Festival great family event

To the editor:

Once again, I had a great experience in Clintonville. Last weekend I had the privilege of taking part in the Lame Ox Festival. Olen Park brought back many happy memories.

Being an August baby, my birthday always meant a large picnic at the park with my family and all my friends and school mates. During the 1940s and ’50s, the shelters and other amenities were yet to come, but picnic tables and stone fireplaces were there for the standard fare of hot dogs and marshmallows.

At one point, Ralph Williams asked if I remembered the name of the bear that inhabited a cage in the park. Remnants of the care are still there. All I recall is being afraid of the bear and forbidden to go near the cage.

The community potluck at the Lame Ox Fest was really good and well-attended. The 4-H clubs held a dessert auction providing some fun and competitive bidding.

Fri
04
Jul

Students, volunteers help keep city looking good

“Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

This article is the third in a series focusing on existing ordinances relating to the health, safety and appearance of our community.

9.02 Public Nuisances Affecting Peace and Safety

(1) All signs and billboards, awnings and other similar structures over or near streets, sidewalks, public grounds or places frequented by the public, so situated or constructed as to endanger the public safety.

(2) All buildings erected, repaired or altered within the fire limits of the city in violation of the provisions of the ordinances of the city, relating to materials and manner of construction of buildings and structures within said district.

Fri
04
Jul

Boys and Girls Club good fit for Shawano

To the editor:

When you hear the term “positive change,” what comes to mind? Do you think of helping out your neighbor, making a financial donation to a nonprofit organization, or do you think of something bigger, something that you can really wrap your hands around?

Up until recently when I thought of positive change, I felt that there is not much that I can do as an individual. However, I was wrong. As a mother of three, I have begun to realize that positive change begins with me, then with my children, and so on. The change I am referring to has to be a personal decision to impact not only you but those lives around you that you touch. Then it should be a domino effect that keeps on moving to each person in your community.

Fri
04
Jul

Letter: ATV trail needs some rest stops

To the editor:

As they say, it only takes one bad apple to spoil it for everyone else.

I am contacting you regarding the ATV trail that starts in Krakow and goes up to and beyond Townsend. I now know why folks are reluctant to allow these trails to be open. From some of the riders, there is no respect for property owners along the trail.

I was working in my yard around 6 p.m. June 18 when all of a sudden I heard an ATV pull into my yard. I looked up to see two young men getting off a single ATV. I saw them reaching for their zippers. At the same time, they were looking to see if anyone was around. I yelled too soon. I should have waited a little longer, and maybe they would have wounded themselves.

Sat
28
Jun

Letter: Green Lake Co. sheriff endorses Wright

To the editor:

Sheriff Wright didn’t ask me to write this article, nor did I tell him that I was going to. Why would a sheriff from a different county write an article for Sheriff Wright?

Being sheriff is a very powerful position in county government. The sheriff’s position is the lead law enforcement officer in the county. The sheriff can stand for what is right or can be influenced by other people in the county. Sheriff Wright stands for what is right. Some people think that when the sheriff stands for what is right, it costs money. Law enforcement does cost money, but when people call, they expect to be given the service. Sheriff Wright understands that, and he knows how to carry that out.

Sat
28
Jun

Landlord training part of quality-of-life crackdown

“Well done is better than well said.” — Benjamin Franklin

In several recent media reports, residents were advised the city of Shawano is taking an aggressive approach to the enforcement of ordinances that address keeping our community safe, clean and aesthetically pleasing.

Today’s article will provide relevant ordinance information. For those of you with computer access, all city ordinances can be found at www.shawanowi.govoffice2.com.

10.06 (g) Accessory parking and storage. Vehicles without current registration shall be prohibited on any public street or in any yard. No person shall park any motor truck, truck trailer, trailer, semitrailer or any other vehicle or combination of vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds in any residential district, except recreational vehicles or motor homes are allowed if parked in a driveway.

Sat
21
Jun

City cracking down on neglected properties

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” — H. Jackson Brown Jr.

For the most part we have a beautiful and aesthetically pleasing community. Ordinances are in place to ensure properties are maintained. Unfortunately we are noticing a growing number of neglected properties. Either property owners and/or renters are ignoring the rules, or don’t fully understand them.

The city has begun taking an aggressive approach to enforce existing code violations/nuisance ordinances. The Police Department’s community service officers will be notifying property owners/renters regarding properties they observe to be in violation.

In today’s article I will provide relevant ordinance information.

Sat
14
Jun

Letter: Behnke will be missed in Bonduel schools

To the editor:

The Bonduel School District had a grand celebration in honor of Dr. Peter Behnke. He is retiring after serving as the district administrator for 25 years.

On Friday, June 6, Dr. Behnke had a chance to talk to all of the employees who attended the annual end of the year breakfast in the high school/middle school commons. One of the things he did was to talk about legacies and what has been important in his many years of schooling. Before being the district administrator, Dr. Behnke taught chemistry and math classes at Niagara High School. He then moved on to become the principal of Niagara Elementary School. After finishing his educational specialist degree in school administration from Northern Michigan University, he joined us at the Bonduel School District, where he has served us well.

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