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0815, 20 Oct 18

Around the Bend by Judy Steffes

15 vets from Washington County will be on the Nov. 3 Honor Flight

Fifteen veterans from Washington County will be on the Nov. 3 Stars & Stripes Honor Flight.

This will be the 49th mission for the Honor Flight. Two planes carrying 75 vets each will take off from Mitchell International Airport. Since 2008 the Stars & Stripes Honor Flight has flown 6,199 local veterans.

Vietnam vets on this flight include: Robert Hertzfeldt, Army, from Jackson.

West Bend veterans who served during Vietnam include Louis Malmarowski, Army, Michael O’Leary, Army, Donald Harter, Army, Robert Pfeifer, Marines, Theodore Harris, Army, Robert Mueller, Army, Ronald Henderson, Army, and the husband-wife team of John and Donna Kleinmaus.

Hartford veteran Darrell Malmarowski Shadow, Army and David Wierzba, Air Force.

Germantown veteran Robert Drewek, Army and William Eusebio, Army, and Dale Schuldt from Hubertus.

Gov. Walker and Senator Johnson participate in George Webb hamburger giveaway

The line was pretty manageable Thursday, Oct. 18 as Brewers’ fans in West Bend lined up at George Webb on S. Main Street to get free burgers. The promotion was part of the George Webb promise of one free burger per customer if the Milwaukee Brewers win 12 games in a row.

Staff at George Webb were surrounded by volunteers who helped keep customers happy and the line moving. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stopped by for a bit to greet Brewers fans and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson took a shift behind the grill flipping burgers. Store management planned to serve 3,000 people during the one-day event.

New concert series announced at Washington Co. Fair Park

The inaugural Junction 45 Music Festival is set to rock Washington County Fair Park on Saturday August 24, 2019 with festival headliner Hairball.

“Hairball has been the No. 1 requested band since I came on board and their fan base here would agree they are the perfect fit to kick off the first-ever Junction 45 Music Festival.” said Kellie Boone, Executive Director of Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center.

“We are thrilled to offer more events in addition to the annual County Fair that showcase The Silver Lining Amphitheater; it is an asset to Washington County Fair Park and the entire county.”

Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience with lights, sound, smoke, fire, bombs, and screaming hordes of avid fans. There will be three to four more bands featured at the festival that will be announced soon. Tickets for Junction 45 go on sale for AIS Members on Monday, Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. and to the public on Friday, Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. Tickets start at $15 for general admission lawn seating and range between $25 and $35 for the reserved seating and the pit area. More information on Junction 45 can be found at

Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen open in West Bend

Culaccino Bar + Italian Kitchen, 110 Wisconsin Street, in West Bend is now open. The interior has retained some of the familiar architecture from the old farmhouse days as The Binkery but the design and feel of the establishment are a blend of elegant, chic and classy.

The menu features wood-fired pizzas including Margherita featuring San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil or Fig and Prosciutto featuring goat cheese, fig mostarda, spinach, roasted garlic and olive oil.

Pasta includes Chicken Carbonara with features papradelle, pancetta, peas, egg and cream or Beef Short rib which features red wine braised beef, red wine sauce, papradelle, charred carrot, and balsamic marinated onion. Culaccino is accepting reservations at this time.

Work underway for new basketball/volleyball/pickleball courts at Regner Park

Work is underway at Regner Park for the new Milwaukee Bucks Court Project. The basketball court, volleyball and pickleball court are being built in the current area of Softball Field A which is located to the north of Carl Kuss Memorial Field, to the east of the parking lot and to the south of the Urban Fishing Pond.

The Milwaukee Bucks and West Bend Mutual Insurance joined together to donate $150,000 for the sports complex. This week the field was leveled, the backstop fencing removed and the new court framed out. According to Park & Rec Dept. head Craig Hoeppner the concrete will be poured next week followed by installation of a sportcourt. The project should be completed by mid-November.

The Sounds of the Season is theme of Germantown Christmas Festival

Germantown’s Christmas Parade and 5K Candy Cane Run/Walk is Nov. 10. That’s the day for the annual Germantown Christmas Festival.

“This year’s theme is ‘The Sounds of the Season’ and we are really happy to have three musical groups providing holiday music along the parade route,” said Lynn Grgich, executive director of the Germantown Chamber of Commerce.

The 5k Candy Cane Run/Walk will kick-off at 10 a.m. from the parking lot of the Germantown Police Department.

Holiday and patriotic music will fill the parade route with three musical groups set to perform. The Germantown Community Band will be featured as the Parade Marshall. “This is the 20th anniversary of the band and we are certainly pleased that the group has been named the Parade Marshall,” says Jim Barnes, the director of the group.

Grgich expects 50 to 60 ‘units’ in the parade and “at least 1,000 people marching.” There are no fees to take part as an entry in the parade but pre-registration is required as a way of managing the order of the units. Parade lineup will be at 12:30 pm and the parade will get underway at 1:30 at Pilgrim Road and Sylvan Circle, immediately north of Mequon Road. The parade will travel north to Fond du Lac Avenue, onto Main Street to Squire Drive, then turn south onto Squire Drive ending in the Life Church parking lot.

At the close of the parade, events will shift to the Germantown Community Library. There will free, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot beverages and treats, Christmas caroling, KID IDs by the Germantown Police Department, a gift basket sale by Friends of the Library, and visits with Santa when he is finished with his work with the parade.

“The actual lighting of the official Village Christmas Tree will take place around 4:15,” said Grgich.

170th anniversary at Fifth Avenue Methodist Church    By Pastor Clarissa Martinelli

We greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We would be honored if you would be a part of our 170th Church Anniversary Jamboree.

This year Fifth Avenue Methodist Church in West Bend will celebrate its 170th Anniversary. The Jamboree will kick off Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at 5 p.m. with an enlightening program rejoicing in our past, present, and future, followed by a dinner celebration.

Our Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 10 a.m. our worship service celebration will be a combination of all the wonderful memories of the past 170 years, rejoicing in God’s richest blessings now, and looking forward to a great future! We are honored to have Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, resident bishop in the Wisconsin Annual Conference, as our guest speaker.

This year’s theme: “RESET FOR TRANSITION”, Making a Commitment to Improvement through Alignment and Involvement, derived from, Haggai 2:9 (The Message).

You have been an essential part of Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church’s history, I hope you will come and help make this an exceptional 170th Church Anniversary.

Please join us in praying that the Lord Jesus will be honored and glorified through all the reflections, singing, preaching, and worship on these special days!

Yours in Christ,  Pastor Clarissa and Martin Martinelli

Ground breaking for new West Bend Medical

A ground breaking was held this week for the new West Bend Medical at 140 E. Water Street in West Bend. The 13,125-square-foot building will be located on the northeast corner of Water Street just east of Wisconsin Street (across from the old Dublin’s Restaurant). “We are excited for the opportunity to bring our brand of healthcare back to the heart of West Bend,” said Dr. Chad Tamez.

“We (the physicians and staff of West Bend Medical) have dedicated our careers to helping our community be healthier both inside and outside the office,” said Dr. Carey Cameron.

Doctor Wolter said, “Redeveloping an unused site in the downtown area is simply an extension of our commitment to making West Bend a better place to live.”

Sex offender released in Town of Jackson

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office informed the public this week of the release of a sex offender. According to authorities his criminal history places him in a classification level which reflects the potential to re-offend.

Christian Petak, 48, will reside at the 1725 CTH NN in the Town of Jackson; while he attempts to locate a residence and employment. During 1999 in Washington County Petak was convicted of 1 count of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child, 1 count of 3rd Degree Sexual Assault of a Child and 1 count of Traveling Interstate with the Intent to Engage in Sexual Act with a Minor.

Petak will be on probation until Feb. 19, 2022 and will be monitored closely by WI-DOC Division of Community Corrections agents. Petak will have numerous rules and restrictions to follow including wearing a live tracking GPS unit.

An education at the West Bend Airport

More than 100 students from McLane Elementary learned a bit about the dynamics of flight as volunteers from the EAA1158 chapter at the West Bend Airport held demonstrations, gave tours and passed along lessons about flight. The parachute drop was popular with kids along with a chance to sit behind the steering column inside a real plane. There was also a lesson about the power of air … which was presented using a common household item; a hairdryer. Students were able to explore a plane and they were treated to a drone demonstration.

Halloween Trick or Treat in Washington County                By Samantha Sali

Halloween is almost here. Here are some of the trick-or-treat times for Washington, Ozaukee, and Dodge Counties.

Thursday, October 25, 2018  – Mayville (Downtown), 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2018  – Cedarburg, 5 – 8 p.m., Grafton, 5 – 8 p.m., Farmington, 4 – 7 p.m., Hartford (Downtown), 1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Kewaskum, 5 – 7 p.m., Port Washington, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Downtown Trick or Treat (Participating businesses will have a pumpkin in the window.) 4 – 7 p.m. city-wide trick or treat, Richfield, 3 – 6 p.m., Slinger, 5 – 7 p.m. (Afterward families are welcome to a free event as Spooky Slinger will be held from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Slinger Community Park with music, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, food and beverages.), Trenton, 4 – 6 p.m., West Bend, 4 – 6 p.m.

Sunday, October 28, 2018 – Addison, 3:00 – 6 p.m., Belgium, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Jackson, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mayville (City), 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Mequon, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Saukville, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Thiensville, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  Halloween – Germantown, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Hartford (City), 6 – 8 p.m.

Updates & tidbits

In-person absentee voting is underway in Washington County for the Nov. 6 General Election.

-The city of West Bend Police Department, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration will participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct/ 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 1115 S. Main St., in the parking lot in front of West Bend City Hall.

-American Legion Post 36 will host a brat fry on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27 at Highway 33 and 15th Avenue in West Bend. Hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds go to local veterans programs.

– Rally Time Sports Bar and Grill in West Bend is looking for a part-time line cook position. Rally Time has a family-friendly team atmosphere. The position is primarily day shift and coverage as needed. Call Dan at 262-389-1142 or Cindy at 262-389-0839 or stop at the bar for an application.

The Hartford community remembers the generous spirit of Terry Lutz  By Samantha Sali

Neighbors in Hartford are singing the praises and saying goodbye to local philanthropist and former President of Signicast Terry Lutz.

Walter “Terry” Lutz died Friday, October 12, 2018 at the age of 78.

Former Hartford Mayor and current Director of the Chamber of Commerce Scott Henke said, “I’m going to miss Terry’s generosity and warm heart. He’s done so many things for the city…we are always indebted to him for those community donations.”

In February 2013 Terry Lutz wrote his autobiography In Pursuit of Manufacturing Excellence – The Signicast Story. In the book Lutz relayed how he “transformed a small job shop on the outskirts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, into the largest commercial investment casting company in the United States.”

According to the book, “Lutz grew up in Haddonfield, New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. After working many years at Haynes Stellite Company in Kokomo, Indiana, Lutz moved his family to Cedarburg in 1974 and joined Signicast as a General Manager in Brown Deer.”

By 1978 Lutz was the President of Signicast and in 1981, purchased the company. He led the company from sales of $1 million and 30 employees in 1974 to $149 million in sales and 690 employees by 2012.

Lutz reluctantly sold Signicast in 2008 to The Pritzker Group but stayed on as president until retiring in 2012.

In early 2018, Signicast renamed its auditorium in honor of Lutz. This week Signicast released a statement on its website as a tribute to its former owners.

“Terry Lutz contributed in many immeasurable ways to Signicast, the investment casting industry and to our local community. As visionary for the Signicast business we know today, it was his persistent way that revolutionized the industry. His drive, inquisitive nature, dedication to continuous flow manufacturing, use of automation and application of world class process engineering, opened new possibilities for the application of investment casting. Along the way he taught many others because of his own inquisitiveness and allowed them to expand their own careers in the process. After selling Signicast, he directed that same drive and passion toward donating both his time and financial resources in support of his local community. On behalf of all Signicast employees, our hearts and best wishes are with Terry’s family and loved ones.”

As Lutz made a significant impact on the growth and development of Signicast, his dedication to Washington County is equally noteworthy.

Creating the Lutz Family Foundation, Terry Lutz was a benefactor for high-profile landmarks in Hartford. His most noteworthy monetary gifts were to the Harford Recreation Center Signicast Family Pool, Schauer Arts Center, Jack Russell Memorial Library, the Chandelier Ballroom, and Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center.

In 2017, he also donated over $2 million to Waukesha County Technical College.

The Dean of Applied Technologies at Waukesha County Technical College, Mike Shiels, said Lutz was very involved in education.

“Terry had an incredible passion and vision for technical education and he really understood what it takes to deliver that quality education,” said Shiels. “He was willing to make significant investments to ensure education could be delivered and could carry on for generations to come. While he was an employer at Signicast, he sent many apprentices to us and hired many of our graduates. He will be missed and it was in honor to have known him.”

Michele Price, Executive Director of the Chandelier Ballroom, said Lutz had always been a huge supporter of the Ballroom and all of the projects through the years.

“I feel as though the Ballroom would not be standing here today without Terry’s support,” Price said. “His generous spirit is like nothing I’ve ever seen. He was so successful in life, paid it forward, and to be around a person like him was really special. He’s an amazing man and I’m so proud to have known him and been able to be a part of the wonderful things he’s done for the city.”

Hartford Park and Recreation Director Mike Herman said Lutz was extremely generous and quick to step forward to make the community a great place to live.

“One of the first major gifts he made was in 1999 when we were building the Hartford Recreation Center,” said Herman. “He gifted the Signicast Family Aquatic Center. Terry and his wife were also our honorary campaign chairs for raising money for the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center. They made a major donation of $1.5 million and inspired the community to step forward; we ended up raising $2.3 million. It was a pleasure working with Terry and his wife through the campaign.”

Please keep the Lutz family in your thoughts and prayers. Visitation was Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 at the Chandelier Ballroom. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Hartford Boys and Girls Club or to the Washington County Humane Society.

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