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Top Stories April 26, 2015

BDCAS Summer Guide Now Available For Residents


4/26/15 - The 2015 Beaver Dam Community Activities and Services Summer Guide is now available online and in paper form.  The guide details all recreational activities, and includes club and sports schedules, lesson times, registration information and related costs.  There is also a schedule of community events, the line-up for the “Concert in the Park” series, a complete list of park amenities and shelter and equipment rental costs, beach information and boat launch fees.  Senior Center programs and activities are also included.  The guide can be obtained online through the city of Beaver Dam’s website or at Senior Center and Recreation Building at 114 East Third Street. 


Final Showing of ‘Cheeseheads: The Musical’ Today


4/26/15 - The Beaver Dam Area Community Theatre’s spring musical wraps up with a matinee this afternoon. Cheeseheads the Musical is a play that puts the Badger State in the spotlight. Director Ron Wilkie says the story was inspired by a group of employees at the Sargento Cheese Factory in Plymouth who won the $208,000,000 lottery in 2006. Cheeseheads The Musical has its final performance this afternoon at 2pm. More information is available at a link is on our website


Beaver Dam Police Holding Bike Auction Next Month


4/26/15 - The Beaver Dam Police Department will be holding a bike auction next month.  It will take place at the Department of Public Works storage garage on Myrtle Road.  All bikes being auctioned off are abandoned property that has been collected over the past year.  Bicycles can also be registered at the event.  Just this week, it was announced that the three dollar fee to register bikes would be dropped.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 9 at 10 am.


Columbus Council In Midst Of Debate Over Room Taxes


4/26/15 - The city of Columbus has been granting room tax funds to organizers of civic events for several years. However, the process of selecting eligible groups and determining how much money an applicant should be given has been the subject of recent debate.  With no resolution in sight, that debate has even led to some groups having funds denied. For example, the Festival Urban Ninjas, or FUN group, was turned down for room tax funds for this August’s annual “Arts and Ales Festival.” This past week, four more funding requests were made, from three separate softball tournament organizers and the annual Carriage Festival. The city council and the newly formed Columbus Tourism Committee are tasked with responding to applicant requests for room tax event funding. The fate of the requests remains however as the details of the award process are still be worked out.


Beaver Dam To Begin 2015 Bulk Pickup This Week


4/26/15 - City of Beaver Dam residents are being reminded that curbside bulk pickup is scheduled for their first garbage collection day in the month of May.  Bulk waste must be out by 7 am that day and should not be placed on the curb more than 24 hours prior to collection.  Appropriate items for bulk pickup include: non-metal furniture, wooden doors and window units, rolled up carpeting no more than six feet in length, and whole fixtures.  Building materials should be broken down and placed in the Advanced Disposal collection cart.  No bundled or loose piles of building materials or any metal items of any sort will be taken.  After the May 1 through May 7 collection, the next pickup won’t be until October.  Residents can also drop off bulk waste and excess garbage every first Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm and third Saturday from 8 am to Noon at the drop-off truck at the intersection of Myrtle Road and Beltline Drive. 


Tickets On Sale For Alice In Dairyland Competition


4/26/15 - Tickets are on sale for next month’s Alice in Dairyland Finale in Manitowoc.  One of the five finalists competing in the two-day event on May 8 and 9 has local ties as Cassandra Mayer of Slinger was named a finalist last month.  A dinner and impromptu Q&A session about Wisconsin Agriculture will be held that Friday with tickets costing $18.95 each.  Saturday will begin with a 4:30 pm social hour followed by the final program which will include two presentations from each finalist at 7.  Tickets are $20 for the banquet and program or $10 for the program only.  All tickets can be purchased at


Increase In Dairy Products Likely To Lead To Selling Push


4/26/15 - Don't be surprised if you see Wisconsin dairy products being promoted a little more during the coming year.  An increase in milk production over the past year is credited for a one-and-a-half million dollar increase in the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board's annual budget.  The board's directors have unanimously approved a total budget of just over $30,000,000 for the fiscal year that begins in July.  It pays for the Alice-in-Dairyland program, June Dairy Month events, State Fair activities, the Tour of America's Dairyland bicycling series, and various high school and college sports promotions. The Milk Marketing Board's budget also provides support for the U-W Madison Center for Dairy Research, plus other state-and-national promotions that include nutritional education in schools.


Department Of Justice Handling Medicine Drop-Off Events


4/26/15 - The Wisconsin Department of Justice has announced that they will collaborate with law enforcement to dispose of unused and expired medications.  The DOJ will host two statewide take-back events each year, one in spring and one in fall.  Solid, non-liquid medication can be removed from its container and disposed directly into a disposal box or clear sealable plastic bad.  While blister packages are acceptable as long as the medication hasn’t been removed, plastic pill containers will not be collected.  Any liquids, creams, and sprays must be in their original packaging.  Liquids without their original packaging, illegal drugs, needles and sharps, and personal care products are among the items that will not be taken.  Acceptable medications can also be disposed of in the 24-hour drop box in the Dodge County Law Enforcement Building. 


Columbia County Group Holding Event To Raise Suicide Awareness


4/26/15 - Prevent Suicide Columbia County will be hosting its second annual Dinner for Hope next weekend.  The theme of the night is “Back to the 60s Tonight” as guests are encouraged to dress like the decade.  The event will feature an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, silent auction, live DJ, and a presentation from Miss Wisconsin 2014 who lost her brother to drug abuse and suicide.  Knights of Columbus Hall in Portage will play home to the dinner next Saturday from 5:30-8:00 pm.  Tickets cost $8 per adult and $5 for children age 6-10 with kids 5 and under getting in for free.  Tickets can be purchased through Friday at the Pauquette Center in Portage or via paypal through the website.  All proceeds will benefit Prevent Suicide Columbia County’s local suicide prevention activities. 


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