Public hearing for old Fleet Farm property in West Bend
Neighbors in the area of Highway 33 and 18th Avenue in West Bend have received notification from the City of West Bend regarding an upcoming public hearing. See the notice below.
The notification ties to a request for a conditional use permit for 3.2 acres of land at 1637 and 1613 W. Washington Street; that’s the former home of the old Fleet Farm in West Bend.
The old Fleet Farm closed Nov. 17, 2019 when the new Fleet opened at 3815 W. Washington Street.
The building at 1637 W. Washington Street has been listed for sale and priced at $3,250,000 for the 49,680-square-foot parcel.
The application for the parcel and the conditional use permit was made by Kwik Trip, Inc.
District 6 alderman Steve Hoogester is currently acting mayor in West Bend. He also is heading up the West Bend Plan Commission.
News about the notice being sent was something Hoogester said he was unaware of.
“I know there have been rumors about Kwik Trip going in there but all I know is it’s up for sale,” said Hoogester. “Obviously, the sooner we get something in there the better but we’re going to have to figure out what will work with the traffic flow in that area.”
The City of West Bend currently has two Kwik Trips with two more on tap as construction is set for a new store on Highway 33 east and on Paradise Drive and River Road.
“I don’t think West Bend is unique as Kwik Trip tries to develop,” Hoogester said. “I know people who work at various Kwik Trips and they love it there. Kwik Trip is a good employer in this community; they’re hiring a lot of people.”
According to the notice the public hearing will be held January 7, 2020 at 6:01 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 1115 S. Main Street.
The hearing will be a “request for a conditional use permit to operate a gasoline service station (20 fuel pump stations on 5 pump islands) on approximately 3.2 acres of land at 1637 and 1613 W. Washington Street. The public hearing is being held so that the West Bend Plan Commission may hear those persons who have an interest in the proposed conditional use permit. The City Plan Commission, following the public hearing, will take action on the request for the conditional use permit.”
Calls to Kwik Trip and Fleet Farm were placed Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
Special WB School Board meeting on wage increases is Monday, December 16
The West Bend School Board will hold a Special Board of Education Meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss wage increases for staff and administration.
October 28, 2019 the board approved the budget: B. Motion to proceed with decreasing the defeasance by approximately $800,000 for a total 2019-20 defeasance of $2.35M due to the increase in the private school voucher levy resulting in a 2019-20 district-wide levy of $41,977,315 translating to the same mill rate as was previously included at $7.97 per $1,000 of assessed value on average across all district municipalities and property owners. Further, motion for the final 2019-20 budget resulting in an all-fund budget of $99,180,543 in revenues and $96,646,585 in expenditures.
Support staff compensation proposal Recommended Action: I move to approve the adoption of the 2019-20 Support Staff Compensation Proposal.
Subject: 2019-20 Administrator compensation proposal Recommended Action: I move to approve the adoption of the 2019-20 Administrator Compensation Proposal.
Subject: 2019-20 Teacher Base Wage Negotiations Resolution Recommended Action: I move to declare negotiations with the WBEA (West Bend Education Association) for 2019-20 at impasse, to approve the 2019-20 Teacher Base Wage Negotiations Resolution, and to implement the District’s teacher compensation proposal for 2019-20. That resolution will provide staff members with a 2.0% base wage increase, and additional salary increases per the terms of the teacher salary compensation model totaling a combined $515,723 in additional compensation.
Second person involved in fatal accident on I41 has died from injuries
A second person involved in a multiple vehicle accident on Sunday, Dec. 8 on I41 in Germantown has died from injuries suffered in that accident. Germantown Police Lt. Todd Grenier confirmed to WashingtonCountyInsider.com that Theodore Walters, 20, of West Bend died December 11 from his injuries.
Walters was a passenger in the backseat of the Subaru SUV.
On Sunday, December 8, 2019 at approximately 10:22 p.m. the Germantown Police Department Communications Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a traffic crash on northbound Interstate 41 south of STH 167/Holy Hill Road in the Village of Germantown.
The investigation indicate that a Subaru SUV being operated by a 20-year-old male resident from Jackson, WI was being driven on the wrong side of the divided highway. The vehicle collided with a northbound Chevy sedan that was being operated by an 18-year-old female resident of the Town of West Bend. A second northbound vehicle being driven by a 33-year-old male from Kaukauna then struck the Subaru. All the involved vehicles came to a rest on the roadway, blocking the highway. The driver of the Subaru was extricated by Germantown Fire personnel and was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with serious injuries.
A 20-year-old male passenger from West Bend also had to be extricated and was transported to Froedtert Hospital with serious injuries. A 21-year-old male passenger from Juneau, WI was able to exit from the vehicle and was transported to Froedtert Hospital – Menomonee Falls. He was later transferred to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with serious injuries.
The driver of the Chev sedan died at the scene. A 20-year-old male passenger of the vehicle had to be extricated by fire personnel and was transported to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with serious injuries.
The third involved vehicle was occupied by the driver, a 31-year-old female passenger, and their four children. The children were 10, 8, and 6-year-old sisters, and a 4-year-old brother. None of the family members were injured.
The investigation is fluid and ongoing, however alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash. Weather conditions at the time of the crash were not a factor. Names of the subjects involved will not be released pending the notification of family members.
The victim of the fatal crash on USH 41 has been identified as 18-year-old, Shellie A Becker, of West Bend.
Final call for retiring Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell By Anne-Marie Hoell
An emotional goodbye for Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell who officially called in 10-42 on Friday, December 20, 2019. Hoell served Germantown P.D. for 30 years; he’s spent the last 16 years as Chief. Hoell is being replaced by Captain Mike Snow. His start date is Jan. 3, 2020.
City of West Bend hires first Marketing and Communications Director
The City of West Bend is pleased to announce the hiring of its first Marketing and Communications Director, Jessica Wildes. Serving as the marketing department head, Wildes will create the first-ever marketing and communication plan for the City.
Wildes will develop and design materials to support new programs, initiatives, and advertising to attract new business and tourism. Wildes will also represent the city in media communications, oversee Community Television programs and operations, and serve as chief social media contact.
“We are excited to promote the City of West Bend in an expanded, innovative, and strategic manner,” said City Administrator Jay Shambeau. “Having Jessica join our team will provide us with a new opportunity to build awareness of the tremendous assets within West Bend. Her marketing expertise and professionalism will be welcomed with open arms by our City family.”
Wildes has more than 10 years of marketing and communications experience. She will transition to the City from her role as Director of Communications and Marketing at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) in West Bend. During her time at MOWA, Wildes worked to build solid relationships with local government and regional organizations.
She earned more than $83,000 in grant funding for marketing exhibitions and special events, and elevated brand awareness to support significant increases in museum attendance and engagement. Wildes holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Eastern Michigan University and is Vice President of the Visit Washington County Executive Committee.
“I’m honored to serve as the first Marketing and Communications Director for the City of West Bend,” said Wildes. “West Bend is a vibrant community with incredible resources, attractions, and opportunities for economic growth. It has boundless potential and I look forward to contributing in meaningful ways.”
Wildes begins her new role as Director on Monday, January 6, 2020.
Candidates jump in and out of races for City Council in West Bend
Candidacy papers are starting to fly as political deadlines near in Washington County.
In the City of West Bend former Jackson Police Chief Jed Dolnick filed candidacy papers on Monday, Dec. 16 to run for 5th District Alderman.
The seat is currently held by Rich Kasten, however he filed non-candidacy for that aldermanic district on Dec. 2, 2019. Kasten was also first to file candidacy to run for mayor of West Bend.
Dolnick has experience on the council, he served as the 6th District Alderman from 1981-1985 and the 5th District Alderman from 1998-2002.
Each time Dolnick chose to step down after two terms.
Dolnick was also a citizen member of the West Bend Plan Commission from 1988-1998 and he’s been currently serving on the Plan Commission since 2003.
Dolnick retired as Jackson Police Chief in 2018. He had been Chief since 2001 and prior to that worked at the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
Dolnick is also a former part-time radio newsman at WBKV in West Bend.
There will also be a new look to the West Bend Common Council as Dist. 3 alderman Andrew Chevalier turned in his non-candidacy papers. Chevalier followed in his father’s footsteps and was elected to the council in April 2018. Chevalier beat Justin Reichert to win the seat. Chevalier submitted his non-candidacy papers on Dec. 11, 2019.
Candidates running for Washington County Board, county executive, alderman and mayor have until Jan. 7, 2020 at 5 p.m. to turn in required signatures to get on the April 2020 ballot.
Aldermen need to collect between 20 – 40 signatures and mayoral candidates needs to collect 200 – 400 signatures. As of Monday, Dec. 16, Dist. 1 alderman John Butschlick has been the first incumbent on the West Bend Common Council to submit 39 signatures.
Candidates running for Washington County Board Supervisor must submit 50 -100 signatures and candidates running for County Executive must submit 500 – 1000 signatures.
Candidates have until December 27, 2019 by 5 p.m. to file a certificate of non-candidacy if they do not plan to run in April 2020.
New valet service at West Bend Health Center
Valet service will be available at the new West Bend Health Center, 1700 Paradise Drive, in 2020.
“Patients and visitors will be offered complimentary, customer-friendly temporary parking options such as valet, shuttle service and drop-off options,” said Froedtert West Bend Hospital public relations manager Tim Olsen.
The new West Bend Health Center on Paradise Drive and 18th Avenue is near completion. When the new facility opens there will be limited parking as the old facility is razed. There will be some parking available but there will also be about a 20-foot drop from where the parking is to where the entrance of the new health center is located.
A ramp will be available to get to the entrance of the hospital, but administration realizes that may not be practical so Froedtert will have valet service and shuttle service from that parking lot to the front entrance of the building to minimize any inconvenience.
Once the current building is demolished the whole area in front of the health center will be convenient for patients. Froedtert is trying to get through the 6-month window and the inconvenience to park.
Olsen said the valet and shuttle services take effect Feb. 17, 2020, until August 2020 or until construction efforts are complete. “Patients can still self-park and walk to the entrance if they prefer,” he said.
There will be job postings shortly as 15 to 20 drivers will be needed. Five to six valet drivers will be on each shift and each shift depends on whether the jobs are full time or part time.
“For patient safety due to construction, we need to separate patient and construction traffic, and prepare for demolition of the existing West Bend Health Center,” said Olsen.
“We anticipate we will have less parking area than we do today during demolition and want to offer patients the most convenient and safest options.”
Touring the old Barton Elementary School
A year ago, Dec. 31, 2018, the Barton Elementary School building sold for $600,000 and contractors from Commonwealth Construction Co. in Fond du Lac were hired to turn the former school into a 22 unit multi-family adaptive apartment along with three six-unit townhomes by Barton School Apartments, LLC.
The original Barton School, 614 School Place, dates to 1924. Through the years there had been additions in 1955, 1960, 1969 and 2000. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society the original architect was Auler and Jensen-1924; that was followed by Roger Herbst-1955 and Lawrence Monberg and Associates-1960.
Barton Elementary School closed in June 2014 as part of the West Bend School District’s 25-Year Facilities Plan and the 2012 referendum to remodel and add to Silverbrook and Green Tree.
Contractors did their best to retain some of the historic character of the building including the stamped concrete, the vintage water bubblers and some of the classic student artwork left on the walls before the elementary school closed.
One short year later the old school has people living in some of the 14 units on the first floor and eight units on the second floor. The school gym remains and be used for recreation and the former school library is a Community Room complete with the reading loft and media area.
The mosaic is just one piece of art that will be rehung at the former Barton Elementary School. Do you remember which class made this and where it was originally? It’s currently being stored in a back room off the kitchen area behind the Barton Bobcat painting in the gym.
Remember the ‘Bobcat Pledge?’ The information board below still hangs outside the office at the entrance to the old Barton School.
Quite a few Barton Bobcats have been chiming in with their memories about the old elementary school as a remodel is nearly complete. The school, built in 1924 with several additions, is now home to 22 apartments.
Part of a video tour sparked memories including the climbing ropes in the gym.
Kristina Kuester Walesa I still have nightmares about the rope Makes me want to move in. Excited to see what the apartments look like.
Anna Marie Kristina Kuester Walesa the rope!! I remember the horrible peg wall on the gym and loved jump rope competitions and square dancing.
Alora Schweiner I went to Barton from 2000-2005 and now I live right across the river and can see it from my house! This video brings back so many memories; the reading loft, the gym ropes, having to go into the kitchen area for tornado drills, the rocket on the playground, playing red rover in the field, and getting to be a crossing guard when you hit the 5th grade!! so many feels.
Barb Eckes James Landrum Ryan Esselmann Tyler Esselmann I can hear The Beach Boys when I see the gym!
Cassy Markham OMG Nick Casper I remember it like it was yesterday.! I love how they kept the gym the same & those ropes we used to climb!
Sammi Wanke I love that the loft is still there! I cant tell you how many times I would waste my library time by hiding up there and reading Scary Stories in those bean bags.
Anna Marie Sammi Wanke it was called “The Book Nook” the year it was created. I only got to go up in it once I think.
Lauren J. Polenske Such a sap…crying ol crocodile tears..attended Barton from 65 to 68. Remembering Mrs Buntrock, Miss Omeara Miss Hertzig, and so many faces of children I was friends with, Timmy, Cathy, Brenda. The Monkey Bars and the Rocket!
No fire at library in Hartford
There is no fire at the Jack Russell Memorial Library in Hartford. According to library executive director Jennifer Einwalter a chiller in the building along with a seal malfunctioned and created smoke on Sunday afternoon, December 15.
Hartford firefighters were called to the scene and are currently venting the building.
Nobody was injured. Einwalter said “more will be known Monday when the city maintenance supervisor takes a closer look. He’s a member of the fire department so he was on site when this took place today.”
November Students of the Month at Holy Angels School in West Bend | By Anne Weise
November 2019 students of the Month at Holy Angels School in West Bend.
6th Grade: Jaylee Heinen – Jaylee is famous for taking her time to do everything right. She is willing to come back as many times as it takes to get something done exactly the way she wants it. As a result, her work is impeccable, a testament to her focus on learning. Her assignments are always high quality. She has time for anyone in need, singing in chorus for Mass, and helping out a variety of teachers with out-of-classroom projects. Outside of school, Jaylee enjoys playing soccer or going on vacation with her large extended family.
7th Grade: Kaylee Spaar – Kaylee is the kind of student teachers dream of having in class. She is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She pays attention, follows the rules, works well with her peers, and puts a lot of effort into learning. She isn’t afraid to ask for help and is willing to spend extra time when a new concept is difficult to learn. She enjoys reading and listening to music when she isn’t playing volleyball or swimming. Kaylee is a beloved patrol for the first graders.
8th Grade: Kade Rossebo – In a class full of competitive boys, Kade holds his own. In spite of all the activity that goes on around him, he manages to stay focused on the task in front of him. He consistently works hard and turns in good work. Kade enjoys being physically active and says gym is his favorite class. He spends time outside of school playing football, basketball and video games.
Froedtert West Bend Hospital nurse honored for live-saving care By Tim Olsen
Laura Borrelli, a resident of Richfield and an RN in the Birth Center, has been recognized with Froedtert West Bend Hospital’s second quarter DAISY Award for her life-saving care of a patient.
“From the minute I met her I knew I was in good hands and I would be taken care of,” said her nominator. “Little did I know that she would not only take care of me, but she would also be a part of the team that ultimately saved my life.”
Laura’s nominator praised Laura for her care and encouragement during the birth of the patient’s first child. “But this is not the only reason she deserves the DAISY award,” continued the nominator. “A couple hours after giving birth she was the one that realized I was massively hemorrhaging. The next thing I know I’m having emergency surgery because I lost two liters of blood. She was there for me this entire time and I don’t know if I would have been as calm as I was without her.
She also was there for my husband, my newborn baby and my family as they were extremely worried about what would happen to me. She is an amazing person and is fantastic at her job. I am so happy to have met her and she deserves the Daisy Award.
The DAISY Foundation, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System, recognizes nurses as unsung heroes of our society who deserve more recognition and honor than they receive. More than 1,900 hospitals throughout the United States participate in The DAISY Award program.
The DAISY Foundation provides each recipient with a sculpture, “A Healer’s Touch,” which is hand-carved for the foundation by artists of the Shona Tribe in Zimbabwe. The sculpture is made of Serpentine stone that comes from the mountains “where the most powerful shaman” live in Zimbabwe. The foundation chose this design not only because it depicts the relationship nurses have with their patients, but also because the Shona people hold their healers in a position of great importance to the community and feel about their healers the way The DAISY Foundation and Froedtert West Bend Hospital feel about nurses.
At Froedtert West Bend Hospital, Laura was honored at a recent ceremony at which he received a certificate, pin and the sculpture.
Happy 109th birthday to Clara Moll of Barton
A happy 109th birthday to Clara Moll of Barton. Moll was busy finishing lunch with her family, and she was accepting birthday wishes. Clara is looking as fit as ever. She couldn’t stick around for the chatting at in the kitchen as she grabbed her walker to make a couple laps around the house.
“I have no pain,” said Moll as she did laps with her walker up and down the hall and making a sweeping turn through the kitchen.
”I’m not going to be bedridden,” she said with spunk.
Clara visited the doctor this week and they presented her with a carrot cake.
Below is a picture of Clara, on the right, and her older sister Martha. The photo is believe to be from 1918 when Clara was 8 years old.
Below is Clara’s birthday story from 2017.
Dec. 21, 2017 – How often can you say that you sang the “Happy Birthday song” to someone who turned 107 years old.
This week in a cozy farmhouse in Barton, Clara Moll celebrated her 107th birthday. She was born in 1910, right after the coffee filter and paper cups were invented.
“Exercise is what keeps you young,” said Clara. She was making a couple laps in the dining room area. Thick white shoes, long strides and an aluminum walker for balance.
Clara bragged that at 107 she didn’t need glasses but she admitted her hearing was going…. or gone, but it didn’t seem to matter.
At 107 she was still loving life. “I’ve lost my taste buds….,” she said. Her daughter Mary, her primary caretaker, said that had been going on the past few months.
A big wicker basket full of birthday cards sat on the kitchen table. It was surrounded by sweet rolls wrapped in clear plastic bags, daily prayer books, and the latest edition of the Wall Street Journal.
“I’m going to live until 110,” said Clara confidently as she clumped with her walker into the kitchen.
Mary said that declaration can change. “Most often… we’re just taking it one day at a time.”
Below are some of the articles I’ve written about Clara over the years.
Dec. 18, 2015 – Clara Moll turns 105 and Happy 105th birthday Clara Moll.
“The biggest thing that’s changed on this block is the makeup of the family,” Moll said. “My husband died when he was 74 and he said, ‘Clara you watch, when women all go to work there will be nobody home to cook and there will be nobody home for the kids; you’re going to have hard times.’” Animated, Moll points out the window from house to house to house announcing she has dubbed the block “Divorce Street.”
Clara Moll is a pip! On Sunday, Dec. 18 the life-long Barton gal turned 106 years old.
She celebrated with family and friends. Pizza, her favorite, was the supper of choice.
We prayed and passed a plate.
Clara reminisced. She was prompted by her daughter Mary. “Remember in 1976 when you took advantage of the Greyhound Bus offer… 99 days for $99?”
Clara remembered. She traveled the U.S. and saw all her relatives. “Don’t get married,” she advised. “Travel.”
Meantime the group at the party tried to recollect where the Greyhound stops were in West Bend; the consensus was on S. Main Street in front of the Centrum building and outside George Webbs in the West Bend Plaza.
Clara touted “exercise” as the secret to longevity. She wore out roller skates and proclaimed she would “rather dance than eat.”
A peek inside the ongoing restoration of the Historic West Bend Theatre
There’s a hum of activity inside the historic West Bend Theatre, 215 N. Main Street, as a full, interior restoration is underway. Charles Dwyer is with Conrad Schmitt Studios. Click the video below as he leads a tour atop three-stories of scaffolding as we walk atop planks within inches of the ceiling of the theatre.
Dwyer was born in West Bend but his art has taken him around the world. His biography said he “graduated Valedictorian from the Milwaukee School of Art and Design in 1984. He enjoyed early recognition when the West Bend Art Museum exhibited his work in 1985.”
On a cold December afternoon Dwyer was working on restoring the art in the landmark theatre in downtown West Bend.
“Right now, we’re about as high up in the theatre as you can get; the ceiling is just inches from my head,” said Dwyer.
Dressed in a blue-grey knit hat and tortoise shell glasses, Dwyer provided insight as we explored the edges of theatre walking along makeshift particle-board flooring to get an up-close look at the stenciled art that covers the pilasters; spaces below eight well-preserved urns, beams and ceiling.
Theatre memory by Carol A. Feypel – West Bend Theater lights. One of my favorite entertainment locations. Started going summer before 1st grade; 10 cents in 1938. My Sunday afternoon entertainment. Earned the money dusting Mrs. Collins furniture. Mr. Collins was President of First National Bank. Their house side yard met with our back yard on Poplar and then on Ninth Avenue.
“There will be decorative work on the ceiling, the walls, the proscenium arch. Although it is mainly a conservation project, so we’re saving as much of the decorative finishes as possible there’s been a historic documentation of the paint finishes and we’re following that guide and putting it back to what it was in the 1920s,” he said.
With three long strides Dwyer walks toward the narrow wooden plank that leads up to the temporary floor. He grabs a pair of drawings that resemble what the theatre is designed to look like. Brushing off the plaster dust Dwyer points out the color and vision for the decorative painters.
“We’ll put stenciled aluminum leaf on the ceiling; it will have a stained-glass effect,” he said. “That was original to the decorative scheme. All the urns will stay. We will leave the original paint finishes and applying new paint finishes.”
Theatre memory by Andrea Olsen – I can still remember the smell of their bathrooms, same as Artistic Roller Rink, that cherry air freshener.
“Because we’re conserving and saving the old as much as we can, when we do put new paint finishes on it’s important to think that we don’t want that to look too new so our job is to knock that back a little bit so we have a historic finish,” said Dwyer.
The face above the stage will get glazed and the columns at the sides of the stage will also receive a gold finish.
The urns were recently removed so an electrician could put dimmable light behind them. “There were soft, dim lights behind the urns before,” said Dwyer. “The old, cloth-wire lights were removed and then rewired in the back.”
“The original colors were very bright,” he said. “As a kid we remember a lot of maroon. The proscenium arch is a lot of Art Deco with combinations of aluminum leaf and gold and kind of bright colors.”
The project has been documented at ever step, including the color pallet. “Everything is to the report that was done for historic purposes,” said Dwyer.
Light fixtures and cloth wiring pulled from behind the urn sculptures
The artwork was painted over sometime during its 90-year history with maroon paint.
Tracings and digital photos of the stencil patterns will guide Dwyer in replicating the bright and colorful artwork throughout the historic building.
Theatre memory Rick Riehl, October 11, 2014 – Rick Riehl of West Bend was among those gingerly stepping through the rubble, talking about the days when the theater featured vaudeville acts. Riehl said the sculptured face above the main stage traced to ancient Greek when ‘masks,’ made from clay or wood, served as a universal symbol for drama. “The sculptures had huge wide-open mouths and I thought there were three satyr, comedy, and tragedy, in the main theatre,” Riehl said. “I also recall they found gargoyles around the sides above the suspended ceiling when they put in a second level of theatre. Somebody took those; very sad.”
“This theatre was built under one direction, however it changed over the years until it was painted maroon but now, we’re starting to bring it back to what it was,” said Dwyer. “I just can’t wait to see it when it’s lit and there’s a performance. I think people will be shocked this exists in West Bend and I give them credit for even attempting to go ahead with it. It takes courage.”
Theatre history: West Bend Theatre was built in 1927; it opened in 1929 as a single-screen theater. Twinned in the 1970s and later triplexed around 1992 the theatre is currently made up of two narrow theatres on the main floor. The balcony serves as the third auditorium and sports a 35-footwide screen. The property has been through six previous sales starting in July 1985 when Albert and Nick Frank sold to Robert and John Johnson for $300,000. In July 2004 the Johnsons sold to Family Cinema LLC for $550,000. A quick three months later the business was sold to West Bend Cinema LLC for $340,000. In Nov. 2006, Buddies Two, LLC bought the theatre for $475,000 and in mid-2007 turned it over to Michael Reineck/Albert Kolkmeyer on a quit-claim deed.
Theatre memory by Sherry Abbott – I fell on that darn step going into the ladies’ room and broke my arm.