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4:10 PM, Apr. 10, 2013  |  Comments
The Fox River was flooded ? with dozens of boats ? as fishing enthusiasts took advantage of warmer temperatures and sunshine Friday afternoon, April 5, to patrol the area north of the dam in downtown De Pere. The favorable conditions continued through the weekend before Mother Nature wreaked havoc again on the early spring with more precipitation and frigid temperatures.
The Fox River was flooded ? with dozens of boats ? as fishing enthusiasts took advantage of warmer temperatures and sunshine Friday afternoon, April 5, to patrol the area north of the dam in downtown De Pere. The favorable conditions continued through the weekend before Mother Nature wreaked havoc again on the early spring with more precipitation and frigid temperatures.
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Hydrant flushing in De Pere next week

De Pere residents are being advised the city's Water Department will flush fire hydrants from Monday, April 15, through Friday, April 19.

The hydrant flush will be done in different sections of the city each day.

Residents in some neighborhoods may notice a temporary discoloration in their water during these time periods.

The discolored water will be safe for drinking, cooking and bathing but could stain laundry. Residents should check the color of their water during this time to prevent the staining from occurring.

The hydrant flushing is done twice a year to purge rust and particles that can accumulate in water mains.

Group pitches renovation proposal for locktender house

A trio of De Pere businessmen proposes to renovate the De Pere locktender house on the Fox River for private offices and a coffee shop or other public use.

The proposal by 3 Dam Guys LLC was approved by the Fox River Navigational System Authority and is awaiting state historical society approval because the house is on state and national historic registers.

The navigational authority is responsible for 10 locktender houses along the river. The houses have been empty for decades, and in early 2012 the authority solicited proposals to put them to use.

3 Dam Guys proposes using the second floor of the De Pere house for private offices and having a higher-end coffee shop on the first floor, said Tom Burgess of 3 Dam Guys. Other partners are John Meyer and Bob Weyers.

Burgess said he and his two partners would cover the cost of renovating the public and private spaces. He declined to estimate the cost.

The De Pere house is accessible from the new De Pere Riverwalk on the east bank of the Fox River downtown.

"We think it's great space. We think it would serve the public really well," he said.

The De Pere house was vacated in 1983 and was placed on the state and national historic registers in 1993. The exterior of the building was stabilized by the authority in 2010, but little or no interior work has been done in decades.

Moratorium ends Tuesday for delinquent utility bills

Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSC) is advising consumers to contact their local utility company if they have fallen behind with their utility payments for the 2012-13 winter season.

Utility service may be disconnected on or after Tuesday, April 16, if energy bills haven't been paid or a payment plan hasn't been arranged with the utility.

Consumers who have contacted their utility but cannot reach a payment agreement should call the PSC's Consumer Affairs office toll free at (800) 225-7729.

Utility companies must inform customers before discontinuing service.

Globetrotting Friday at St. Norbert College

St. Norbert College in De Pere will host Globetrotting Friday, a virtual around-the-world program for middle school students, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 12.

Students ages 11 to 14 will participate in foreign-language and culture workshops taught by experienced educators and St. Norbert students.

The class size is limited to 30 students. The program is designed for homeschool students and school field trips.

The event cost is $20 per student, which includes lunch. For more information or to register, go to http://www.snc.edu/languageservices/childclasses.html.

OLOL hosts Life Line Screening on Wednesday

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in De Pere will hold a Life Line Screening for the purpose of stroke and osteoporosis screenings Wednesday, April 17.

Residents can be screened to reduce their risk of having a stroke or bone fracture. The screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 697-9721 or go to the website www.lifelinescreening.com. Pre-registration is required.

The church is located at 1305 Lourdes Ave.

City releases summer and fall brochure

The City of De Pere 2013 Summer & Fall Brochure is available online at www.de-pere.org - go to the Parks, Recreation & Forestry tab under City Departments.

A list of classes and programs is provided. Hard copies of the brochure will be available at De Pere Community Center (600 Grant St.), De Pere City Hall (335 S. Broadway) and Kress Family Branch Library (333 N. Broadway).

Registration for classes and programs for De Pere residents only will begin Wednesday, April 17, via online, mail, fax and drop box. Registration for residents and non-residents via online, mail, fax, drop box and walk-in will start Wednesday, April 24.

Exceptional Equestrians benefit set for April 26

A Casino Royale Night benefit for the De Pere-based Exceptional Equestrians nonprofit program will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 26, in the Michels Commons ballroom at St. Norbert College, 409 Third St., De Pere.

The event will include cocktails, entertainment, a live auction, a Golden Ticket drawing, prize packages, raffles and high-stakes, low-risk gambling.

Exceptional Equestrians provides hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback-riding services to Northeastern Wisconsin children with developmental delays and disabilities.

Tickets for Casino Royale Night are $100 each or $1,200 for a corporate table of eight, which includes complimentary cocktails and chocolates.

Advance tickets are required and can be purchased by calling (920) 339-0700. All reservations are due by Friday, April 12.

For more information about Exceptional Equestrians and Casino Royale Night, go to www.exceptionalequestrians.org or visit the "Exceptional Equestrians Company" Facebook page.

Men's club Italian Night Dinner on April 23

De Pere Area Men's Club will host an Italian Night Dinner for the community Tuesday, April 23, at Swan Club at Legends Brewhouse & Eatery of De Pere, 875 Heritage Road.

The event will start at 5 p.m. and run into the evening.

The dinner will feature a buffet-style menu with spaghetti, penne pasta with Italian sausage and green peppers, salad, breadsticks and dessert.

Cost at the door is $8 per person. Children 8 and younger eat free.

All proceeds will go to local charities.

Green Bay Girl Choir concert at SNC

Tickets are on sale for a concert to be given by the Green Bay Girl Choir on Sunday, April 21, at St. Norbert College.

The choir will perform "Many Languages - One Voice" at 3 p.m. at Walter Theatre in Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, 315 Third St., De Pere.

The concert will focus on music and songs from a variety of languages and cultures.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. They are available through the St. Norbert box office by calling (920) 403-3950 or online at www.tickets.snc.edu.

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