Drugs, OWI Among Top Stories In 2013
Weekly reports of court records showed a surprisingly large number of cases being acted upon for drugs, operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) and burglaries.
Stories included hard investigative work by law enforcement officials throughout the county, tips to Crime Stoppers from residents. An ongoing case involves law enforcement officers from Marinette County, Menominee County and investigators from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
The tenacity and cooperation between law enforcement agencies was spectacular. From Menominee, Mich. authorities tailed a vehicle to Chicago, Ill., saw drugs purchased and then tailed the vehicle back to Marinette County where another vehicle was waiting for one of the occupants.
Both cars were stopped on U.S. 41 between Peshtigo and Marinette. Search of the vehicles found drugs, drug paraphernalia and cash. Some of the drug carriers have been sentenced and others are awaiting trials.
The 2014 year marks hope for a different type of treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. Marinette County is awaiting for funds from the state to establish a drug court and treatment alternatives and diversion (TAD). A $285,349 application was submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Justice to establish the programs. Marinette County would match the grant with $94,183.
After reading various accounts of those arrested for drugs and OWI, it is apparent how it effects their families and loved ones. Drug use and OWI are questions citizens have to answer themselves to decide was it worth it.
Yet, there was also good news as six residents marked their 100th or more birthday during the near. One was 103 years old.
The last dairy farm in the Town of Niagara marked 100 years of family operation.
Other anniversaries included a 70 year member of the American Legion.
During the year, the Peshtigo Times also covered stories of wedding anniversaries with many couples marking 50, 55 and 65 years of wedded bliss.
Various communities honored their Person of the Year showing appreciation for their efforts in community development.
Residents of Marinette County were also generous as they contributed funds for victims of fires and diseases. The funds provided shelter, clothing and contributed to medical expenses.
Another worthwhile story was in November when the Marinette County Board of Supervisors rejected a $5 pay raise that would have become effective after the April a election.
There were also stories on weddings, births and students receiving various academic honors as future leaders of municipalities, state and national endeavors.
These stories and many others published in the Peshtigo Times are listed in the following chronicle of events:
Smiths Store Sold
After 79 years of family ownership, Smiths 141 Super Market in Wausaukee opened Jan. 2 with new owners. Sal and Paula Sarvello of Pulaski purchased the Wausaukee store with a new name, Sals Foods. The sale ends a three generation tradition of Smith family ownership that started in 1931.
City Clerk Treasurer Mary Ann Wills submitted her resignation Dec. 28 to Mayor Al Krizenesky from two positions effective immediately. They are as administrator of the Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) fund and Wisconsin Development Fund (WDF). She has been paid a salary for the positions in addition to her regular salary as clerk/treasurer. The resignations are part of an agreement reached at a closed meeting of the Personnel Committee on Dec. 19.
Two persons have filed nomination papers for the position of Third Ward alderperson on the Peshtigo City Council. They Don Richter, 610 Dishaw Ave., and Debora R. Sievert, 190 N. Cranberry Ave. The incumbent, Mary Lock, is not seeking re-election in the April election.
A 36-year old Marinette male was stabbed early Jan. 1 at the Dunlap Square Apartments. Currently he is in St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay with life threatening injuries. A 22-year old male suspect was arrested in the same building and is currently lodged in Marinette County Jail on multiple charges.
Married 65 Years
Ed and Bea Guseck of the Town of Grover celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a dinner at Romys Holiday Inn, Kelly Lake, with 55 family and friends attending. The couple married Nov. 22, 1947 in Pound and have farmed all of their married lives. They have three daughters, Patricia (William) Seefeldt, Shelly (Wayne) Pasdera, and Penny (Ken) Wendorf.
Bill for Fire Services
By order of Peshtigo City Council, the Citys Fire Department will soon be sending bills for their services at accident and fire scenes. On Jan. 2, the council unanimously supported a Finance Committee recommendation that there should be charges. However, just how actual costs or an alternative flat fee will be determined and how billing will be handled remains to be settled, and is to be taken up by the Finance Committee at its next meeting.
A Chinese firm, the Chongqing Helicopter Investment Co., Ltd. has completed the acquisition of Enstrom Helicopter Corp., Menominee, Mich., one of the top five American helicopter makers on Dec. 27.
$100,000 Bond Set
Bond was set at $100,000 for stabbing suspect James A. Mileski on Jan. 4 in an initial appearance before Marinette County Circuit Court II Judge David Miron. Mileski is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery with intent to do great bodily harm. He is also charged with five misdemeanor counts, which are two counts of disorderly conduct, battery, possession of marijuana as party to a crime, and possession of drug paraphernalia as party to a crime. The charges stem from an incident that occurred in the 1700 block of Dunlap Avenue in Marinette during the early morning hours of Jan. 1. According to the criminal complaint, Mileski used a knife to cause great bodily harm to dennis Vanabel in the common area of the apartment building where both men reside.
Earl Valley, Sr. of Marinette was recipient of a certificate from the Marinette Legion Post 39 for his 70 years of continuous service. Jerome Nast read the presentation and was accompanied by Michael McGowan. Valley entered service when he was 19 years old and served as a courier in the 92nd Infantry Battalion during the Battle of the Bulge. He and another soldier were captured by the Germans, Thanksgiving Day 1944, and were held a Prisoner until the end of the war.
Heyer Trial Set
A jury trial has been set for Richard B. Heyer, of Crivitz, who is accused of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend at a gas station in Wausaukee. Prosecutors say Heyer, 55, shot Ann Schueller with a rifle at the Wausaukee Convenience Store on Aug. 26.
Water Rescue Training
Firefighters from the City of Peshtigo and Town of Peshtigo fire departments along with personnel from the Emergency Rescue Squad held a joint cold water rescue training session Jan. 12. The training took place at a pond in the Town of Peshtigo.
Solves Vandalism Case
Officer Spencer Elias, newest member of the Crivitz Police Department, has already solved his first case, according to Village President John Deschane. At the monthly village board meeting on Jan. 15, Deschane announced that the individuals responsible for the vandalism at the village hall a couple of week earlier were identified and apprehended within a few days.
The highlight of the Jan. 10 meeting of the Middle Inlet Town Board was a report that the Middle Inlet Fire Department received shipment of their new Jaws of Life.
Asks For New Judge
James A. Mileski, 22, of Marinette remains in Marinette County Jail in lieu of posting $100,000 bond on charges stemming from a New Years Day stabbing incident. On Jan. 11, Judge James A. Morrison scheduled a preliminary appearance for 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 25, but that date was canceled because Mileski has requested a substitute judge.
Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America recently named Coleman School District winner of $100,000 worth of Sharp technology in a contest that attracted 550 entries from school districts all across America. District Administrator Brian Walters said after getting advice from the Sharp professionals, they will decide how to spend the $100,000 grant to bring the greatest amount of benefit to students of the district.
The house owned by J.P. and Ellen Grabian at W2716 Kuran Ln, Peshtigo, was completely destroyed in a fire on Jan. 20. The family was at church at the time of the fire. All clothing and household items were also lost along with two cats. The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical in nature.
Restaurant owners Tom and Kim Marsolek really care about their customers, and that concern probably saved the life of an elderly Wausaukee man recently. The couple were worried when one of their regulars failed to show up for two days at the Ranger City Restaurant on Hwy. 141 in Wausaukee that they own. Under the guise of bringing him a chicken dinner that was their special on Dec. 30, the couple went to his home to check on him. They found him lying in an unheated breezeway, clad only in his underwear and a sweat shirt. He had twisted an ankle and had a broken elbow. His body temperature was only 80 degrees. He is now recovering at Newcare Convalescent Center in Crivitz.
A skid steer fire was reported Jan. 20 at the Keith Hartwig farm at N3077 Hartwig Rd., Peshtigo. A driver passing by the farm saw smoke and stopped and asked Hartwig what he was burning. He replied, Nothing. Upon investigation they found a skid steer burning in the barn where approximately 100 cows were inside with all doors shut. The barn was filled with black smoke. A tractor was a chain was used to pull the skid steer out of the barn. The cattle survived.
Kamps Barn Lost
A barn at the David Kamps farm on the corner of 7th Road and County M in the Town of Pound was totally destroyed in a fire on Jan. 19. The fire department was paged at 2 a.m. and upon arrival found the barn fully engulfed in flames. One calf was lost.
The J.P. Grabian family of Peshtigo lost everything including their home and all possessions in a fire on Jan. 2. Two sisters, 7-year old Nevaeh Tebo and 9-year old Faith Tebo, held a hot chocolate stand at the Restore in Marinette to help the family. They raised $2,300 in proceeds from the sale and donations were also dropped off.
Kessler Receives Award
Sgt. Mike Kessler of the Youngstown Police Department was recipient of the State of Arizona Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award by the Elks Association. He was presented a $500 check for the charity of his choice, the Youngstown Library. Kessler is a former Marinette County Sheriff.
Treasurer Pleads Guilty
Amanda R. Stumbris, 41, Wausaukee, pled guilty to four felony counts of theft from the Wausaukee Rescue Squad in her appearance on Jan. 24. She pled guilty to theft in a business setting between $5,000 to $10,000 and three counts of theft in a business setting greater than $10,000 over a four year period. She admitted stealing $132,505.23 while treasurer of the Wausaukee Rescue Squad.
Peshtigo Police were notified of an attempted robbery at the Peshtigo Pharmacy about 9:10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 3. The robber entered through the rear customer door and went to the work area of two clerks and a pharmacist when he displayed a kitchen knife which appeared to be about 6 inches long. He was described as 6 to 61 tall with curly blond hair. He demanded Percocet and then Fentanyl patches. When informed the patches were locked up, the robber demanded the keys and approached the pharmacist. Another clerk spotted what was going on and pushed the emergency button alerting police. The robber upon spotting the clerk pushing the emergency button ran out the back door with no drugs.
2 Die in Accidents
Two persons died as the result of two separate single vehicle crashes within three days in Marinette County. Shane R. Spade, 42, Niagara, died early Feb. 3 on County Road N near County Road O in the Town of Niagara. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors. Heather M. Vandenwildenberg, 29, Beecher, died on Feb. 5 as the result of injuries in a single vehicle crash on County O at the Pemenee Creek Bridge in the Town of Niagara. She was a front seat passenger in a vehicle operated by Joshua E. Faccio, 23, Pembine. Speeding too fast for the snow covered roadway conditions and not wearing seat belts are believed to be factors in the accident.
Found Dead in Car
A 22 year old man was found in a parked car at The Citgo Gas Station, 500 Maple St., Peshtigo on Feb. 1. Police were called to the gas station at 9:57 a.m. and discovered a deceased man. The victim was identified as Thomas Janson of Menominee. An autopsy was performed.
More Lena Students
Since the annual pupil count in September, the Lena School district has seen a steady rise in enrollment. As of early January the number reported on the count date had gone up 5, to a total enrollment of 432. Since that count date, the new semester has seen an additional 6 or 7 more students.
Soon after the new Marinette County Law Enforcement Center was opened in 2004, a low population mark in the upper 40s was set. Nine years later, the jail population is reaching all time highs. Jail Administrator Bob Majewski reported at the Feb. 11 Law Enforcement Committee meeting that January population averaged 132.7.
Rural Ed Award
Area school district representatives conducted an education session, Re-Imagining Rural Education at the 92nd State Education Conference in Milwaukee on Jan. 24. The panel consisted of superintendents from Crivitz, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Wausaukee and NWTC personnel. This same group was also recognized on Feb. 1 by the DPI and received a Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin award for its collaborative contributions to bring education excellence and community building to rural Wisconsin.
Expect Sewer Rate Rise
Weve been operating in the red for several years and now we have this $1.8 million project to pay for...Were losing money every day. We cant afford to drag our feet on this thing, Fred Meintz declared at the City of Peshtigos Water and Sewer Committee meeting Feb. 11, as he urged consultants from Kaempfer & Associates to finalize the new proposed rate structures in time for committee review in March and a public hearing and adoption at the City Council meeting in April. Meintz said he wants to see the new rates in place before second quarter billing goes out.
No Deal on Bridge
By unanimous vote Feb. 19, the Peshtigo Town Board served notice to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that it will not be responsible for the care and maintenance of the bridge, guard rails and approaches for the bridge that carries Hale Road over US Hwy. 41. The town will snow plow and sale and sand as needed, but will not accept the jurisdictional transfer that would make them responsible for maintaining the bridge, guard rails and approaches because of the excessive costs involved.
Search for Partnership
Bay Area Medical Center is continuing its search for a minority partnership. In a news release, BAMC reported the process began six months ago and the Board of Directors unanimously voted it would be in Bay Areas best interest to establish a minority parnership arrangement with another healthcare organization.
Face Off Apr. 2
As a result of the Feb. 19 primary election for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone will face off in the April 2 election. Attorney Vince Megna was eliminated. Roggensack received about 63 percent of the vote to 34 percent for Fallone.
Gets State Award
The City of Marinette Water and Wastewater Utilities Commission was informed Feb. 18 their facility has been selected as the best project in its class for 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards by Wisconsins branch of the American Council of Engineering Companies. As a state finalist, the Marinette project will now go on for consideration in the national competition.
Announce Persons of Year
The Peshtigo Chamber of Commerce announces 2013 recipients of the Richard Roland Persons of the Year awards. Recipients are Spiritual to Barb Walters, Youth Activities to Lyle and Cheryl Lange, Education to Lisa Grenier, and Business to the Peshtigo Times.
Karl Ballestad of Oconto was sworn in at the Feb. 21 meeting of the Oconto County Board of Supervisors. He will represent the countys 11th District comprised of part of the City of Oconto and part of the Town of Oconto. The seat became open earlier in the year upon the death of Supervisor Edward P. Young.
The Marinette Police Department reported an informants tip led the North East Tri County Drug Enforcement Group to execute a search warrant on a 54 year old Marinette mans residence. As the result of the investigation, Brian A. Schindler, 97 West Hosmer St., Marinette, was arrested on nine counts, including several counts each for possession of and delivery of narcotic and non-narcotic drugs, maintaining a drug trafficking place, and possession of a firearm by a felon.
Investigation continues to a potential set up of a methamphetamine lab to produce illegal drugs in the City of Peshtigo by the Peshtigo Police Department and investigators of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Police Chief Kent Kline reported around 11:52 p.m. Feb. 19, police were called to investigate some suspicious activities in a garage at 541 French St. Found were household items commonly used to create a meth lab. On Feb. 20 the State Drug Team entered the garage and found items consistent with those used to make one pot meth lab. A male visitor at the residence is currently a person of interest and state authorities are seeking to locate him.
Build More Ships
On Mar. 4 the US Navy announced contract awards for two more Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) to be built by Marinette Marine and two more to be built in Austal USA, Mobile, Ala. The Marinette Marine contract is for $696,629,123 for July 2018 completion date.
The home of Joseph and Valerie Delfosse on Popple Road and Hwy. 180 in Porterfield was completely destroyed by fire on Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. They had no insurance. Grover-Porterfield Fire Department was called to the fire and requested mutual aid from the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department for additional personnel and tank support. A large amount of ammunition was also in the house and had been exploding.
Mark R. Christophersen, 23, 1214 14th Ave., Menominee, who was one of four men arrested Sept. 26 as the result of a drug investigation in the City of Peshtigo was sentenced to three years in prison and four years of extended supervision by Marinette Co. Circuit Court Judge David Miron on Feb. 28. He was sentenced on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver less than three grams of heroin as party to a crime.
Maxwell is VP
The board of directors of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust has promoted Thomas K. Max Maxwell II to Senior Vice President. Maxwell will continue to direct and promote all areas of lending, and supervise the banks loan staff. He has worked in the financial services industry for over 18 years.
Hegg is Youth of Year
The DAR Boys & Girls Club announce members chosen as February Youths of the Month are Tristan Gaillard, Dalton Heimerman, Gabriel Shaw and Harley Sok. They were chosen for outstanding club service, participation, positive behavior and leadership. This year Riley Hegg as chosen as the Youth of the Year. The applicant is judged on leadership qualities and services exhibited through home and family, moral character, community, school, service to club, life goals and obstacles overcome.
Married 55 Years
Patrick and Nancy Bruso, lifelong residents of Peshtigo, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Feb. 8. The couple was married Feb. 8, 1958 at St. Marys Church in Peshtigo. They have three children, Kimberly (Steve) Walters and Craig (Debbie) Bruso of Peshtigo, and Kris (Jay) Bruso of Marinette, and three grandchildren.
Dyer Legionnaire of Year
Paul Dyer of Crivitz Legion Post 413 is the 2013 Marinette County Legionnaire of the Year. He will be honored at the Commanders Dinner on April 13 at Lyndas Sky Harbor Supper Club. Guest speaker will be Wisconsin American Legion State Commander Wayne W. Jensen.
Sewer Rate Hike
After months of analyzing operational costs, wastewater components and use patterns, Kaempfer and Associates on March 18 presented Peshtigos Water and Sewer Committee a use fee proposal designed to cover reconstruction costs for the wastewater treatment plant plus its annual $978,400 operating budget. The average household sewer bill will go from $45.35 a quarter to $71.55, a 57.8 percent increase.
Jamie Darge informed the Marinette County Tourism Alliance Committee March 14 that she has resigned her Tourism Director position with Marinette Area Chamber of Commerce effective March 15. She said she is heading along a new career path, but offered to help out with tourism activities as much as possible.
14 Minutes Longer
Students in Coleman School District will find their evenings a bit shorter and their school days a bit longer from March 25 until their school year ends on June 4, due to snow days. Only one snow day was built into the school calendar, and four days were used.
Citizen of Year
The annual Crivitz Business Association (CBA) banquet was held at The Woods March 18. CBA president Liz Chapman presented the CA Citizen of the Year Award to an unsuspecting Community Education Director Jolene Huc, praising her selfless contributions of time and energy for whatever projects the CBA needs help with.
Wins Academic Bowl
Peshtigo High School Academic bowl team was awarded first place in the M&O Conferences Academic Bowl competition held March 18 at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy in Marinette. Team members included Keifer Caebe, Zach Biegler, Gagan Daroach, James Ward, Austin Votis, Josh Breault, Katie Falk and Mitchell McFarlane.
Three fire departments responded Mar. 26 to a fire at the 8-unit Rio Vista Apartment complex at 800 19th St., Menominee. When the departments arrived, the southeast corner of the building was totally involved. The fire was difficult to fight due to the construction of the building. It is a total loss. Early reports indicate two residents of the apartment received burns and were transported to BAMC.
Marinette County Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen announced at the March 20 meeting of the County Highway Department that he appointed current highway supervisor Joe Baranek to fill the position of Patrol Superintendent. Part of the rationale for filling the position is that the Purchasing Supervisor position is overloaded preventing adequate supervision of the Peshtigo shop. Baranek will supervise the Peshtigo Shop and act as Highway Commissioner in Palonens absence.
Stumbris Gets Prison
Amanda Stumbris of Wausaukee received a combined 8 year prison sentence followed by 12 years of extended supervision for embezzling more than $132,000 from the Wausaukee Rescue Squad between 2009 and 2012. She was serving as business manager/bookkeeper at the time.
The 2013 Oconto County Breakfast on the Farm is June 9 at the Jagiello Dairy Farm in Lena. The farm has been in the family since 1907. The 4th generation owners are Duane and Sherry, Bruce and Deborah, and Troy and Marla (Jagiello) Wagner.
Branch 2 Marinette County Circuit Court Judge James Morrison was elected to a six year term as the result of the April 2 county wide election for the post. He defeated District Attorney Allen Brey by a vote of 4,172 to 3,189. Morrison was appointed to the post last year by Gov. Scott Walker to serve the remaining term of retired Judge Tim Duket.
Roggensack, Evers Win
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack was re-elected to a 10-year term defeating Ed Fallone, a Marquette University law professor in the April 2 election. Unofficial results gave Roggensack about 56 percent of the vote to 44 percent for Fallone. For Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers retained his job with about 60 percent of the vote to 40 percent for Don Pridmore.
2nd Man Sentenced
Gary L. Reitz, 46, 181 Chicago Ct., Peshtigo, was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison, and five years of extended supervision plus a time of $518 on a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver less than three grams of heroin as party to a crime. Judge James Morrison gave the maximum sentence allowed and ordered Rietz to make child support payments, have no contact with three other co-defendants, and cooperate with the district attorney.
New Lena Principal
Following a closed session Lena School Board announced in reconvened open session that they have extended an offer to employ Ben J. Pytelski as principal for the 2013-14 school years, pending the successful negotiation of a contract. He currently teaches geography in the Oconto Falls School District and also coaches boys varsity golf team.
Cty. BB Meeting
Over 150 people attended a public information meeting about the proposed roadway improvements to CTH BB in the City of Marinette and the Town of Peshtigo on April 3 at Little River Country Club. The purpose of the meeting was to explain the ditching and repaving part of the project and to allow the public to ask questions.
Heyer Motion Denied
On April 9, Marinette County Circuit Court Judge David Miron denied a motion by Defense Attorney Jeffrey Jazgar to suppress statements made by Richard Heyer to Marinette County detectives on Aug. 27, 2012 at Aurora Hospital in Green Bay. He had just been removed from the ventilator the day after he was operated on to repair damage from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Heyer is charged with first degree intentional homicide in the shooting death of Ann Schueller on Aug. 26, 2012 at a Wausaukee gas station.
Agreement has been reached between the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District and the Florence County School District to share the same administrator starting in July. Hired under a one year contract is Ben Niehaus, 37, who is currently superintendent and principal of the Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District.
Married 65 Years
Elmer and Elaine Kaufman of Loomis celebrated 65 years of marriage. They exchanged wedding vows on April 3, 1948 at St. Leos Catholic Church in Pound. The couple has two daughters, Claudia Popp of Loomis, Debbie (Randy) Atwood of Crivitz, and two sons, Harold (Pat) Kaufman of Loomis, and David (Diane) Kaufman of Maumelle, AR.
Ange Janik is 103
Ange Janik, a well-known Peshtigo matron, was surprised by family members who came to celebrate her 103rd birthday at Luigis. The group included nieces, grand and great grandnieces and nephews. Family members came from Sheboygan, Menomonee falls, Mosinee, Wausau and Baltimore, MD. She was born March 30, 1910 to Mary and Francis Raczek at the family homestead in Knowlton, and was the 9th of 10 children.
By 25 to 4 vote April 16, Marinette County Board served a strong notice to its Economic Development and Tourism Committee that it wants them to take another look at its proposed reorganization of the Tourism Alliance Committee. That proposal, presented to the board in resolution form, would have cut Alliance membership from 15 members to 7 members.
Behnke Council Pres
At the annual reorganization of the Peshtigo City Council April 16, Alderman Mike Behnke was returned as Council President by unanimous vote. The two new alderpersons elected April 2 were Debbie Sievert and Brigitte Schmidt.
Joe Schmidt, who teaches Government, Advanced Placement European History, Sociology, and Current Events at Peshtigo High School, is one of two Wisconsin teachers awarded a week long scholarship to Brussels, Belgium for a first hand look at the workings of NATO, the European Union and more. Choice was made by the European Union Center of Excellence through UW-Madison, largely on the basis of an essay Schmidt wrote to enter the contest.
After nearly 40 years of service to the Stephenson National Bank & Trust, President John Reinke is retiring. He will be succeeded by Daniel J. Peterson, current SNBT Executive Vice President, and will become Board Chairman. Reinke joined SNBT on Oct. 1, 1974 as a consumer loan officer.
Lieuwen is Supervisor
At a special meeting April 23, Stephenson Town Board named Jeffery Lieuwen to fill the supervisory position vacated when incumbent Mike Kudick was elected Town Chair. Lieuwen has long experience with town government issues as a 23-year employee of Rob Kamps Land Surveying and Soil Testing.
Gaylord King of Silver Cliff, outgoing chairman of the Marinette County Unit of Wisconsin Towns Association was honored April 18 by State Assemblyman Jeff Mursau and State Senator Tom Tiffany for his 20 years with the organization, most of them as chairman. King also was a supervisor on the Marinette County Board representing Peshtigo for several years before moving to Silver Cliff, and also served as Silver Cliff Town Chairman for 20 years.
Married 55 Years
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Uhl, Sr. celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on April 21 with a small family gathering for a brunch at Bob & Lauras Supper Club. Attending were their children and her sister. The couple were married on April 19, 1958.
Enstrom Helicopter Corporation announced plans for expansion of its Menominee plant. The company chose Moyle Construction of Houghton to be the design-builder for the project. The expansion will also allow Enstrom to continue hiring. They added over 100 new employees in the past 18 months.
Trish Waschbisch, 45, was killed late April 27 or early April 28 in her home at 526 Thompson St., Peshtigo. Her body was found by her 13-year old daughter when friends brought her home about 7 p.m. April 28 from an overnight stay. The suspect, long-time boyfriend, Brent Kaempf, 48, also of Peshtigo, was apprehended by Wauwatosa police at about 3:30 a.m. Monday, April 29 and was held in jail there until April 30 when he was picked up by Marinette County officers and transported to Marinette County Jail. Charges of first degree homicide are expected to be filed May 1, according to District Attorney Allen Brey.
Dave Marquardt has resigned his position as the City of Peshtigo Parks and Recreation Director to accept a job as Assistant Park Administrator for Marinette County. Concerns over his departure dominated much of the discussion at a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee on April 25.
On April 22, US News and World Report issued its annual rankings of the best high schools in the United States. US News teamed up with the Washington D.C. based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, to compile the rankings. A total of 21,035 public high schools in the United States were analyzed, including 459 from Wisconsin. After the results were tabulated, Crivitz High School ranked #22 in Wisconsin.
Mattson Turns 100
Marjorie M. Mattson who is a resident of Sun Valley Homes II, 875 University Ave., Marinette, celebrated her 100th birthday April 26 at the facility. Over 35 relatives and friends attended the luncheon. The former Marjorie Stang is the sole survivor of the Stang family. She was born April 26, 1913 in Marinette to Felix and Lena Stang and was a lifelong Marinette resident.
Claryce Finger, a well-known area matron, celebrated her 105th birthday on May 5 at the Renaissance in Marinette. She was born on May 5, 1908 to George and Frances Borchert on a farm at Sweed Town near Oconto. She married Lawrence Finger in 1931 and the couple had two children, Faye Hinnrichs and James Finger.
$1 Million Bail
It took all of eight minutes on May 2 for Marinette County Circuit Judge James Morrison to conclude a bail hearing for accused murdered Brent L. Kaempf, Peshtigo. He found probable cause that a murder had been committed and that Kaempf had committed it and set bail at $1 million cash as requested by the prosecution.
Michael and Anita Folgert of the Town of Peshtigo have been chosen by the Catholic Central High School Foundation to receive the 2013 Touhey Awa
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