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2:30 PM, Aug. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Park board meeting moved to Aug. 29

The monthly De Pere Board of Park Commissioners meeting scheduled for Thursday night, Aug. 15, was postponed earlier this week.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at De Pere Municipal Service Center, 925 S. Sixth St.

De Pere man gets 5 years in drug bust

A man arrested in what police called one of the largest drug busts in De Pere history last year will spend five years in prison.

Roosevelt Kimbrough, 34, also will spend eight years on extended supervision, a Brown County judge ordered recently.

Kimbrough was convicted of possession of marijuana and cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of narcotics and maintaining a drug house. Charges of possession of designer drugs with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were dismissed but read into the record.

Police seized the drugs and $40,000 cash and $60,000 worth of drugs in a raid on his home in February 2012 at 1714 Charles St. Kimbrough had been living there with a woman and five children, ages 3 to 14, a complaint says.

Back to School Store serves 1,500 children

Service League of Green Bay announced its 21st annual Back to School Store served 1,500 elementary school-age children Wednesday, Aug. 7, at Green Bay East High School.

The needy children received clothing, sneakers, socks, underwear and a new backpack filled with school supplies.

For more information about Service League of Green Bay and contributing to its cause of helping children in Brown County, go to the website

Seroogy's open house through Saturday

Seroogy's Chocolates is celebrating its 114th anniversary with an open house at its stores in downtown De Pere and Ashwaubenon this week.

The open house started Wednesday, Aug. 14, and continues until Saturday, Aug. 17.

Free samples of Seroogy's homemade chocolates and freshly roasted coffees are available every day at the stores - 144 N. Wisconsin St. in De Pere and 784 Willard Drive in Ashwaubenon.

Customers can register for a $200 grand-prize gift basket filled with Seroogy's products and $10 gift cards at each store.

Also, 100 customers at both locations will win a gift or a coupon at 11 a.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

Local jazz musicians Jamie Fletcher and Woody Mankowski will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday in the De Pere store and at the same times Friday in the Ashwaubenon store.

Zesty's Frozen Custard will serve free samples of Seroogy's Mint Meltaway Custard from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ashwaubenon store and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the De Pere store.

The open house also marks the fifth anniversary of the Ashwaubenon location for Seroogy's.

New thrift store to open Monday

St. Vincent de Paul of Green Bay will hold a grand opening next week for its new west-side store, which is located at 940 Hansen Road in Ashwaubenon, next to Sir-Bounce-a-Lots in what was formerly Denis Sports Shop.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

The new site replaces the Lombardi Access Road location, providing more than double the sales-floor square footage.

Thanks to generous donations, the St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores provide household goods, clothing, furniture and other necessities for free to those in need.

All store sales directly fund the nonprofit organization's many charitable programs. All donations of merchandise are tax deductible.

Hours for the new store will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tall Ship Festival starts Friday

The Baylake Bank Tall Ship Festival will be held in downtown Green Bay from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, through Sunday, Aug. 18.

The event will be situated in Leicht Memorial Park on the riverfront.

Admission to the festival is $12 for adults and children 13 and older and $10 for senior citizens 62 and older and children 5 to 12. Discounted tickets are available at Festival Foods stores.

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The local Heritage Players theatre group will give performances during the Tall Ship Festival.

The Heritage Players will perform selections from their 2012 production of "Waterways" at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the air-conditioned theater at nearby Neville Public Museum of Brown County, 210 Museum Place.

Admission to the museum includes the Heritage Players performance. Admission is $5 for ages 16 and older and $3 for children 11 to 15. Children 10 and younger will be free with a paid adult admission.

The museum will have extended hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday during the festival. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Move-in days at St. Norbert next week

St. Norbert College in De Pere announced first-year students will move in Thursday, Aug. 22, before the start of the next academic year.

The move-in times are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

St. Norbert President Tom Kunkel and his Kunkel's Krew of helpers will assist students and their families as they move things into the residence halls.

Returning students will move back in Aug. 23.

Classes will begin Monday, Aug. 26.

On the eve of the start of the school year, St. Norbert will hold the seventh annual College Community Celebration on Aug. 25, beginning at 6 p.m.

The Aug. 25 activities on campus aren't open to the public, but residents and downtown visitors can watch off-site the 8:30 p.m. fireworks show that is planned over the Fox River.

CBCWA gains $5.4 million in lawsuit settlement

The Central Brown County Water Authority announced Thursday, Aug. 8, that its board voted to accept a $5.4 million settlement to end a lawsuit it filed against an engineering firm.

According to a news release from the CBCWA, the authority through a structured settlement will be paid $1 million this year and the remaining $4.4 million by the end of 2026 from Consoer Townsend and Envirodyne (CTE).

The engineering firm designed and managed construction of the authority's water-distribution system.

In the lawsuit brought against CTE, the authority claimed the engineering firm didn't meet its performance standards established for design and construction of the system.

"While the water system is functioning to provide quality water to member communities, we have made significant investments in it since it began operations in 2007 and believe that it will require additional maintenance and capital investment sooner than would normally be required," Larry Delo, CBCWA president and De Pere's city administrator, said in the news release. "The settlement will allow us to take additional pre-emptive steps to preserve the integrity of our water supply system for many years to come."

According to the CBCWA, it has spent about $1 million on engineering studies and improvements since going operational in 2007 to address potential system issues.

The authority supplies drinking water to six member communities: De Pere, Allouez, Bellevue, Howard, Lawrence and Ledgeview.

According to the authority, its board is focusing on additional measures to obtain the expected service life of the system.

"We'll use the funds from the settlement for several immediate items as well as creating a reserve fund for future improvements," Delo said.

The actions include completion of a repair/replacement protocol for the system's large valves, the addition of corrosion protection for exposed valves and piping, and improvements to allow the system to operate at lower pressures.

"We built the system to supply water for the next 50-75 years," Delo said. "With proactive measures taken by reinvesting the settlement funds into the system, we hope to have it last that long or longer."

The CBCWA also agreed to settle its lawsuit with Dorner/PTS Joint Venture for $193,257. The two contractors built portions of the 48-inch transmission main to bring water from Manitowoc Public Utilities to the CBCWA members.

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