Kewaunee County News in Brief

12:06 PM, Apr. 18, 2013  |  Comments

Optimists host Victoria Vox in concert

The next event in the Algoma Optimist Club Concert Series is a CD release concert featuring recording artist and Algoma native Victoria Vox.

Vox, whose album "Key" was released March 29, will appear at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Algoma Elementary School auditorium, 514 Fremont St., Algoma. Tickets are $6. Proceeds will donated to Optimist youth activities.

"Key" is available at Bandcamp, iTunes and CD Baby; the CD version can also be ordered through

Vox will be preceded by an opening act from Algoma High School. Under the direction of David Robertson, the vocal group is comprised of Mia Anderson, Larissa Brehmer, Amber DeKeyser, Casey Donart, Bethany Johnson, Carmen Johnson, Karissa Koss, Abigail Lifto, Whitney Pavlat, Rayanne Racine and Cara Stangel.

Lasee introduces bill for turbine neighbors

Familes that have been physically, emotionally or financially harmed by huge industrial wind turbines will have the legal right to sue for damages under a bill introduced April 16 by state Sen. Frank Lasee.

"This bill makes it easier for families that have been hurt by 500-foot industrial wind turbines to receive compensation for their losses," said Lasee, R-Ledgeview. "It is unconscionable for a family that has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in their home that they have lived in for years to be forced to move because an industrial wind tower is built nearby, or wish that they could move and just can't afford it."

Lasee's bill would enable anyone who is harmed by 500-foot industrial wind turbines the ability to sue the wind tower owner as well as the owner of the land on which the tower is located for loss of property value, cost of moving, medical expenses, pain and suffering, attorney fees, and any other loss as a result of the industrial wind turbine that is too close to their home or property. The bill would apply whether or not the wind tower was sited legally.

Chamber announces BIE honorees

The Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce has released the BIE award recipients for 2013.

Business: Kristine Ruehl/Hotel Stebbins.

Industry: John and Debbie Kiedrowski/ CTI Hospitality Inc.

Education: Randy and Mary Novak /Algoma School District.

Family Business: Tim Kinnard, Jim Kinnard & Rose LeFevre/Wiesner & Massart Inc.

Pizazz Award: Terry Hannah & Krystal Williams/Stadium Diner and Bar.

Retirees in Education: Jean Berg/Head Cook and Marie Marin/ Librarian Algoma School District & Laura Krzysiak Principal at St. Mary's.

The annual BIE awards banquet is scheduled at the Hotel Stebbins on April 24 to help celebrate these members that have contributed to the success of the community through business ownership, education or leadership and service. Social begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by awards.

Legislative Days deadline arrives

The deadline is April 19 for local citizens who would like to participate in Door Kewaunee Legislative Days 2013 in Madison. Main events are scheduled for May 15, when delegates will call on state legislators in the afternoon and enjoy a reception, authentic Door County fish boil dinner and entertainment with legislators and guests that evening. The remainder of the May 15-16 event will be reserved for visiting state officials and selected state agencies.

Legislative Days Steering Committee Chairman Bill Chaudoir stated: "The logistics and details for Door Kewaunee Legislatives Days 2013 are coming together very well. The greatest need we have now is for more delegates.

"We need 100 Door and Kewaunee delegates to effectively call on legislators," said steering committee chairman Bill Chaudoir.

The cost to participate for delegates is only $20, subsidized by financial support from a variety of area sponsors. Registration includes up to three meals, including the fish boil, and a Legislative Days polo shirt. Training sessions will be held prior to the event, so anyone can participate.

Register at no later than April 19.

WPS warns of utility scam

Scammers posing as utility company employees have been contacting small businesses and residential energy customers of Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) sporadically in a scam that gained widespread notoriety last year as victims surfaced across the country.

Here's the scam: Someone calls customers requesting money for "delinquent accounts," advising that utility payments had not been received. Customers were told that their power would be disconnected immediately, but they were given an hour or two to make payment to avoid the disconnection. A major red flag in this scam is that customers were told to purchase prepaid debit cards and then call back to make payment.

Another version is the customer is told to assemble the cash for pickup. WPS said it would never provide these instructions for making payment on your account.

Threats of immediate disconnection are a sign that customers might have been contacted by a scammer. To confirm suspicions, customers should follow these tips and report the behavior:

? Calmly write down any information the caller provides to you. Take note of the call date and time, caller ID, a description of the caller and any details revealed to you by the caller. DO NOT provide any private information or banking information.

? Contact your utility to verify this was a legitimate call.

? If not, call the police to report the scam.

Customers who may have been "scammed" in this fashion should contact the police.

Amvets plan White Clover Drive

Amvets Post 42 of Kewaunee County announces that it will be conducting its white clover drive on May 3 and 4.

Members will be stationed at businesses in Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg. Funds collected will be used for sick, injured and hospitalized veterans in the state of Wisconsin.

Living River to perform at St. John's

St. John's Lutheran Church, Rankin has announced that Living River is scheduled to perform at the church at 6:30 p.m. May 4.

The Wausau-based quartet's mission is "to share with everyone, through their music, the love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and to tell of His wonderful gifts of salvation and eternal life."

Admission is a free-will offering. For more information, call (920) 837-7292 or visit

Ladies Auxiliary scholarships available

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Post 3392 of Kewaunee County is offering scholarships, one to each school district, for students residing in Kewaunee County.

The scholarships are available to children, grandchildren or siblings of current military service people or veterans. Students may be high school graduates or home schooled, and planning to attend a two- or four-year accredited college. Deadline for submission is May 3.

Scholarship forms are available from area high schools, veterans organizations or from Auxiliary President Barbara Piechocki, (920) 487-2317.

Ladies golf league opening banquet

The Algoma Ladies Golf opening banquet is scheduled for May 1 at Moe's in Rio Creek, with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.

The cost is $8; RSVP by April 29 by calling Phyllis Bush (920) 487-2622 or Jane Feuerstein (920) 487-2245. New members are welcome.

Rummage sale coming this week

The Champion/New Franken area will hold its 10th annual rummage sale featuring more than 55 homes April 25-27.

Maps will be available at all the homes, the New Franken Mobil Mart at the corner of County T and Wisconsin 54 in New Franken, and at

Breakfast to support church windows work

An all-you-can-eat brunch with porkies, pancakes, strawberries, and cheese is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon May 5 at St. Peter's Church Hall in Lincoln.

Sponsored by Lincoln Catholic Order of Foresters with matching funds, the event's proceeds will be used to repair the church windows.

The cost is $6 for adults, $3 for ages 6-10, and free to children 5 and younger.

Fire Department plans brats and booyah

The Kewaunee Fire Department is working on plans to host its Spring Brat and Booyah bash from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 17.

The event feature the department's famous brats and sauerkraut along with hotdogs, booyah and (new to the menu this year) French fries. Music will be provided by the Greatest Hits Polka Band from 6:30 until 11 p.m.

As always the Kewaunee Fire Department will be running its annual spring paddle raffle. Phone-in orders (for all food except French fries) can be made at (920) 388-5006.

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