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Top Stories February 28, 2015

Archeological Workshop Being Held Today
 
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.
 
Pregnancy Center Partnering with Local Restaurant
 
2/28/15 - The Pregnancy 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. 
 
Planning for Relay for Life in Full Swing
 
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. 
 
UW Sexual Assaults Not Reported Under Budget Proposal
 
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.
 
School District to Hold Informational Meeting
 
2/28/15 - Residents in the Randolph School District are invited to an informational meeting Monday night to learn more about April’s $17.5-million dollar referendum. If approved, the current high school campus would change into a K through 12 school.  Superintendent Dr. Steve Huebbe says that the school board has been considering this proposal for a number of years as the building that currently houses the elementary and middle school students is aging to the point where it no longer (quote) “meets the student’s educational needs.”  If the referendum question is approved, Huebbe says that construction would likely start this summer and notes that the single campus could be a reality for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.  He says that failure to approve the question could lead to $12-million dollars in repairs needing to be made to the current REMS building to bring it up to par. The informational meeting will be held at 6pm on Monday at the Randolph Elementary/Middle School Cafeteria. There will be a free chili supper sponsored by the Randolph PTO starting at 5pm. Details of the building plan will be provided along with tours of the current facility.
 
Badger Honor Flight Holding Upcoming Fundraiser
 
2/28/15 - The Badger Honor Flight with Marine Corps League Detachment is holding an upcoming fundraiser in Beaver Dam.  The event will take place next Saturday, March 7, from 11 am to 7 pm at John’s Bar and Grill on Madison Street and will offer plate lunches, a silent auction, and 50-50 raffles throughout the day.  Proceeds will go towards funding the Honor Flight’s four planned trips to take veterans to the nation’s capital in 2015.  Donations to the program’s local chapter can be made and more information about the upcoming event can be obtained by contacting the Badger Honor Flight Dodge County Wing.
 
Annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast This Weekend
 
2/28/15 - The Beaver Dam Kiwanis are holding a pancake breakfast tomorrow morning.  The event will run from 8 am to 12:30 pm and will be held at the Beaver Dam High School.  All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausages, and beverages will be among the items featured.  The cost is $6.50 per adult, $4 per child age 5-12, and $18 for a family of parents and children.  Tickets are available at Rechek’s Food Pride and the Beaver Dam Piggly Wiggly.
 
Red Cross Coming to Beaver Dam for Blood Drive
 
2/28/15 - The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in Beaver Dam this week.  The drive will run from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm on Monday and 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Tuesday and will be held at the First Lutheran Church on West Mackie Street.  A blood donor’s card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required upon arrival at the event.  To be eligible, one must be at least seventeen years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.  More information can be obtained and appointments can be scheduled by visiting the Red Cross’s website, redcrossblood.org. 
 
World Champion Dancers to Perform in Beaver Dam
 
2/28/15 - The Trinity Irish Dancers will be performing at the Beaver Dam High School next month.  The world-champion group will put on two shows in the school’s auditorium on the afternoon of March 21.  The Traditional Show featuring younger performers between the ages of six and fourteen will begin at 1:30 while the Trinity Show which combines elements of the Traditional Show along with the Trinity troupe’s professional skills will kick off at 4.  Seating for both shows begins one-half-hour before show time.  Cost of admission to either show is $15 per adult and $6 for each child age 12 and under.  All proceeds will go towards purchasing new mammography equipment for the Beaver Dam Community Hospital Foundation’s Hillside Hospice and Breast Health programs. 
 
Mayville FFA Alumni Breakfast Tomorrow
 
2/28/15 - Mayville FFA Alumni will also be holding a breakfast tomorrow.  The event will run from 8:30 am to 1 pm in the Mayville High School cafeteria.  All you can eat sausage, ham, eggs, and beverages will be available.  Adult tickets are $7.50, children ages 6-12 get in for $4, and children under the age of five eat free.  Proceeds help to fund the Mayville FFA Alumni scholarship program. 

   

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