2/28/15 - The Dodge County Historical Society Museum is hosting an Archaeological Artifact Identification Workshop. Director and Curator of the DCHS Kurt Sampson says that one of the purposes of the event is to educate people on how to properly record an archaeological site. In addition, the workshop will also teach how to properly identify and record individual artifacts. Those in attendance will also have the chance to view artifact collections belonging to both the museum and private enthusiasts. Sampson notes that it is not an artifact trade show so no buying, trading, or selling of archaeological items will be allowed. Sampson says that the things he sees at these shows never cease to amaze him as many people are unaware of the historical items they possess. The event runs today from 11 am to 4 pm at 105 Park Avenue and is free to attend.
2/28/15 - ThePregnancy Support Center of Dodge County is partnering with a local restaurant in an effort to raise funds to support its mission. Treasurer Judy Johnsen says that Benvenuto’s is giving 20% of its sales from this Tuesday, March 4, during the restaurant’s 11 am to 10 pm hours of operation to the non-profit if the customer mentions the Pregnancy Support Center. Benvenuto’s is located at 831 Park Avenue in Beaver Dam. All proceeds raised for the center will go towards its various programs. Johnsen says that her location helps those who are pregnant and in a difficult situation as well as those who think they might be pregnant by providing them with a testing device. In addition to helping pregnant mothers, the center also provides diapers and other supplies to women with young children who are in need and offer parenting classes that cover a wide variety of topics. Johnsen encourages anyone interested in donating to either drop cash or new baby supplies off at the Pregnancy Support Center, which is located at 108 Parallel Street, Suite 2 in Beaver Dam.
2/28/15 - Beaver Dam’s annual Relay for Life event is still nearly five months away. However, preparations for the summer happening are in full swing. Event Chair Kristen Fabisch recently appeared on WBEV’s Community Comment and says that the organizers’ group is still seeking additional members. The meetings are the second Wednesday of each month in the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Conference Room beginning at 6:45 pm. Beginning in March just prior to those monthly leadership meetings, the team meetings will be held at 6 pm in the same location. Those already enrolled and those considering sign-up are encouraged to attend. Fabisch says there are currently 19 teams and 75 participants signed up for this year’s event. The Relay for Life event will be held on June 19 and 20 at the Beaver Dam High School track. This will be the 20th year the event has been in the city and the 30th year of its overall existence. $110,000 is the fundraising goal for this year.
2/28/15 - The governor's office said it was the U-W System -- and not Scott Walker -- who sought a state budget proposal to end a reporting requirement for sexual assaults on campus. The Republican Walker's budget package would end the requirement that each of the U-W's 26 campuses submit an annual state report about sexual assault allegations. Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick says that the university sought the deletion, as part of the governor's plan to give the U-W System more autonomy from state rules. University spokesman Alex Hummel said the U-W is already required by federal law to report on the same thing -- and the state's report was largely a duplicate of the federal mandate. Hummel said the university is "deeply committed" to the federal reporting of campus sex assault allegations. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau said it was among two dozen state laws the university would no longer have to follow -- but it could keep them if the Board of Regents chose to do so.
2/27/15 - Vehicle sales in the region are off to a strong start this year compared to last year. According to the Waterloo-based industry tracking firm Reg-Trak, there were 248 cars and light trucks sold in Dodge County last month, up from 211 in January of last year, for an increase of 17-percent. Columbia County had ten more vehicle sales this year with 182 rolling off the lot, an increase of nearly six-percent from last January. Jefferson County vehicle sales were up 35-percent with 226 sales last month compared to 167 last year. In the nine-county south-central Wisconsin region, there were 3281 car and truck sales, an increase of 6.6-percent. There was a 15-percent increase in truck sales in the region from month-to-month while car sales plummeted seven-percent.
2/27/15 - Wisconsin gas prices are almost 34-cents higher than the buck-95 we were paying a month ago. Analysts say the increases are far from over -- and fuel prices might not go down again until May. Patrick DeHaan of Gas-Buddy-Dot-com said gasoline wholesalers had increases of 10-to-27 cents a gallon this week due to a major price rally. He said he expects "aggressive" retail price hikes in the weeks ahead. Also, DeHaan says oil refineries in five states have operational issues of some type, all of which are driving down supplies. There's also the steel-workers' strike at 12 U-S refineries that began at the start of February -- recent increases in crude oil prices -- plus the normal gas price hikes we see each year around this time, as suppliers switch-over to summer-grades of gasoline. Chicago analyst Jim Ritterbusch tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel it might take 6-to-8 weeks for oil supplies to exceed consumer demands, to the point in which pump prices are driving down. Gas in Beaver Dam is holding steady at $2.29 which, according to Wisconsingasprices.com, is in-line with the statewide average. The price of regular unleaded is up almost two cents from a week ago, and 34-cents more than a month ago. Still, it's a lot cheaper than the $3.45 we were paying at this time last year.