Both a lot of good and bad things happened around Waukesha in 2012. I personally choose to focus on the good things, or events that are not tragic. The mainstream media does a good enough job of covering those stories so I’m not going to.
Safe New Year Celebration Travel Encouraged
While everyone in Waukesha rings in the 2013 New Year in their own special way, people should be vigilant about driving if they have been drinking anything. Drunk driving is completely preventable. Using the Free Rides program through Waukesha Metro Transit is one option available to ensure that people celebrating New Year’s Eve and consuming alcohol will get home safely. For the past 24 years the Free Rides program has provided rides New Year’s Eve in Waukesha County. See the schedule here: New Years Eve Schedule
Happy 2013 Waukesha!
2012 in Review:
West Side Bypass Project
A final alignment is to be selected by early 2013 for the estimated $53 million west Waukesha bypass project that is expected to improve commuter and truck traffic. Resolutions on the West Waukesha Bypass were voted on by the county, 22-1 in favor of the Pebble Creek alternative, the city, 15-0 in favor of the bypass, and the town, 4-1 against all resolutions on the building of the bypass.
Common Council Candidates
District 15 Alderman Duane Paulson and District 12 Alderman Richard Hastings announced they will not seek re-election for the spring 2013 election.
Emanuele Vitale, who served District 8 for six terms until he lost to Skinner in 2010, will look to earn a spot back on the council. Lenny Miller, who lost to Patton in District 11 in 2010, will look to unseat the downtown alderman.
After Marga Krumins was passed over for Jankowski in July for the District 6 seat, she will attempt to win the seat in an election.
Hebron House Overflow Shelter Stays Open for Winter Months
The Hebron House needed $55,000 to stay open from December through April of 2013 and they were barely able to reach their goal. Further, they raised just enough money to stay open for three months.
Let it Snow
After unseasonable mild temperatures throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest, Waukesha finally saw it’s first snowstorm on December 19th-20th, meaning we were going to enjoy a white Christmas.
Water Deal Reached with Ok Creek
After many negotiations Waukesha finally came to a deal with Oak Creek to obtain water from Lake Michigan. The letter of intent between Waukesha and Oak Creek has been forwarded to the DNR for review, and will need the approval of the eight governors of the Great Lakes states.
No Annexation of Five Diamonds into the City of Waukesha
After much controversy between neighbors and 5 Diamonds Fields the owners of the baseball field sought annexation into the City of Waukesha. Fortunately the Common Council dropped the ball and did not vote in favor of the annexation. (*More to come on this topic in 2013)
The Downtown BID has a Board
It took some time but the Downtown Waukesha Business Improvement District has an 8 member board and can resume contributing to the growth and development of downtown Waukesha.
Waukesha Guitar Town Phase II Announced
With the great success of the Waukesha Guitar Town Project that was launched on June 1st of 2012, Mayor Jeff Scrima announced in October that there will be a Phase II of the Guitar Town Project in 2013. Like Phase I, Scrima said the new series will include a new round of 10-foot guitars and regular-sized guitars.
Walmart Market to Replace old Store
The Town of Waukesha approved the acquisition of a new Walmart Neighborhood Market that is scheduled to be completed in later 2013. The 42,000 square foot market would replace the Walmart discount store on Coral Drive and the Les Paul Parkway that closed in 2010. The neighborhood market will include a supermarket with deli, bakery and liquor departments, a full-service pharmacy and pharmacy drive-through.
Waukesha GE growth Meant More Job Opportunities
In September GE unveiled a $3.1 million innovative engineering center at their Waukesha Gas Engines Facility at 1101 West St. Paul Avenue, and also announced the hiring of 115 employees in Waukesha in the last 18 months.
Woodman’s Market Comes to Waukesha
The new Woodman’s Market broke ground at the old Spancrete location and has been swiftly moving along for the past several months. The store plans to open in early 2013 and will truly prove to benefit our community.
Waukesha County Fair sees Record Attendance in 2012
The 2012 Waukesha County Fair saw an increase in attendance by around 4,000 people from 2011.
Waukesha Guitar Town Project is Born
June 1st 2012 marked the starting of the Freemen Friday Night Live and the Birth of Guitar Town Waukesha. As the Home of Les Paul, Waukesha was named as one of eight guitar towns around the world. With 10’ tall guitars and numerous playable guitars located throughout Waukesha, the guitar town project raised $105,000 in 2012 and was divided into the following dontions:
$45,000 to the Waukesha Public Schools for purchase of new musical instruments and art supplies.
$45,000 will benefit the planned Les Paul exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum. $15,000 will be donated to Waukesha Memorial Hospital to help fund the new Community Health Clinic, which will serve uninsured or under-insured individuals.
5 Diamonds Fields Opens
The Ceremonial First Pitch was thrown at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 5th, 2012 at the 5 Diamonds Fields complex located at W234 S3555 Les Paul Parkway in Waukesha.
The $2 million privately-funded project was the brainchild of owners Tom Kelenic and Greg Beatty, who have children in the Blazers program.
Fox River Shoppes Expands
Construction for Phase II of the Fox River Shoppes began at the end of April with stores that include Charming Charlie’s, Cosmetics, T.J. Maxx, Ulta Salon and Rue 21.
Overall there has been a lot of business and economic growth throughout Waukesha county and the downtown Waukesha area. 2013 looks very prosperous for our community and I look forward to another great year in the great city of Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Today, to kick-off the weekend the 2012 Waukesha County Fair continues with lots of action-packed fun and entertainment for everyone.
Pancake Breakfast and Fun Run
Saturday is the day to get your run on, but first you should get some breakfast, or maybe you chose to eat after you run? In either case, be certain to get to the fair early and have a special breakfast at the Leinie Lodge where the Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be served from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The $6 All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast tradition was originally started to feed young 4-Hers who spent the night in the barns with their animals. However, over the course of the past 35 years the Pancake Breakfast has grown to become one of the Club’s major fundraisers, serving over one thousand hungry fair-goers each year.
Starting at 8 a.m. the events begin with the “Til the Cows Come Home” Fun Run/Walk & Awards, which is sponsored by Lake FM. Challenge yourself to a 5K (3.1 mile) run or 2-mile walk around the perimeter of the Waukesha County Fairgrounds. See the official County Fair Website for details and registration info.
General Admission, Specials and Events
The fair opens Saturday at 10 a.m. and lasts until midnight.
Specials and Gate Prices include “Unlimited rides” wristband for $20 from noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday is also Potawatomi Day, and the first 5,000 guests over the age of 21 will receive a special slot offer today.
There’s nothing like watching trucks and cars – and even minivans – get smashed to pieces during the 2012 Waukesha County Fair Demolition Derby.
Today the demo derby starts at 1 p.m. at the Action Center, which is on the Northwest end of the fair grounds on the north side of the Miller Lite Main Stage.
Cinderella on the Main State at 8 p.m.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album “Night Songs” with this summer’s tour, Cinderella formed in 1982 by singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist Tom Keifer and bassist Eric Brittingham. An American heavy metal band from Clifton Heights, Pennsylvania, Cinderella got its big break when Jon Bon Jovi saw them perform and recommended that his rep see them.
The band has sold 20 million albums worldwide, and they have performed alongside bands like Ozzy Osborne, Motley Crue and Skid Row.
Lead vocals, rhythm & lead guitars, acoustic guitar, keyboards, piano, mandolin, Dobro, Saxophone, harmonica
Bass, backing vocals
Lead & rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
Drums, percussion, backing vocals