Looking back at the news from 2013


THE LATE MARK Rhyan, executive vice-president/chief operations offi- cer at Sargento Foods and president of the Plymouth School Board, is memorialized in a service New Year’s Day in the Plymouth High School Acuity Auditorium. — Review file photo THE LATE MARK Rhyan, executive vice-president/chief operations offi- cer at Sargento Foods and president of the Plymouth School Board, is memorialized in a service New Year’s Day in the Plymouth High School Acuity Auditorium. — Review file photo JANUARY

A cap acity crowd fills the Acuity Auditorium at Plymouth High School for a memorial service for the late Mark Rhyan, executive vice-president/ chief operations officer at Sargento Foods and president of the Plymouth School Board.

The Plan Commission votes not to rescind rules prohibiting contractors from posting signs at building and remodeling sites in the city.

Brian Niemi’s plan to rent out his Green Tree Road barn for weddings wins approval from the Plymouth Town Board.

There will be no contested races in the city of Plymouth in the April general election and the only primary will be for a County Board seat representing the far northeast side of the city of Sheboygan.


SNOW AND COLD were near constants through most of the winter in Plymouth and Sheboygan County. — Review file photo SNOW AND COLD were near constants through most of the winter in Plymouth and Sheboygan County. — Review file photo Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe meets with the Howards Grove Village Board to review his department’s approach to providing police service to the village.

The Redevelopment Authority meets with marketing consultant Stacy Tuescher, who reported on the Facebook page she created for Plymouth’s downtown.

The Plymouth School Board votes to leave the seat vacated by the late Mark Rhyan vacant until the April election.

M i - chelle Brecht is named the new clerk/ treasurer for the village of Waldo, replac- ing John Port who resigned several months ago.

The Cascade Village Board will look at revising the zoning ordinance to reflect costs of administering the code.

The village of Kohler and the city of Sheboygan Falls are to be featured on an episode of “Around the Corner with John McGivern” on Milwaukee Public Television later this month.

Howards Grove village offi cials have received complaints from village residents that Tyler Technology, the village’s new assessor, is often unreachable.

Despite the rising price tag, the Elkhart-Lake Glenbeulah School Board reiterates its commitment to construction of a new greenhouse facility at the high school.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a garbage collection agreement with Advanced Disposal – the only bidder – with the prospect of village residents being required to utilize standard wheeled trash and recyclable bins.

The Plymouth School Board reaffirms its commitment to reaching a goal of 100 percent participation in extracurricular activities by high school students.


MEMBERS OF THE Elkhart Lake Emergency Responders learn about their newest vehicle - a Fuji police bicycle outfitted for emergency medical response. — Review file photo MEMBERS OF THE Elkhart Lake Emergency Responders learn about their newest vehicle - a Fuji police bicycle outfitted for emergency medical response. — Review file photo The Sheboygan County Board approves a two-percent pay raise for non-union county employees.

First Lt. Chris Kletzien of Plymouth is part of an Army engineering team that constructs a new air base in Romania.

Fundraising by the Friends of the Marsh for a new educational center at the Broughton Sheboygan County Marsh Park are approved by the County Board.

Teresa Keehn is named principal at Northview Elementary School by the Howards Grove School Board to succeed retiring principal Diane Weiland.

Plymouth-based Battery B, 1st Battalion, 121st Field Artillery of the Wisconsin National Guard wins the 2013 Alexander Hamilton award as the year’s outstanding National Guard field artillery battery.


THE COLD, SNOWY winter made for perfect conditions for Elkhart Lake’s annual Schnee Days weekend. — Review file photo THE COLD, SNOWY winter made for perfect conditions for Elkhart Lake’s annual Schnee Days weekend. — Review file photo FEBRUARY

The Elkhart Lake Village Board is ready to go paperless, with iPads purchased for all trustees to be used for agendas, documents and e-mails for trustees.

Officials connected with the Plymouth Farmer’s Market meet with the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority to discuss the potential for moving the market to a downtown location.

Work on the Non-motorized Transportation Pilot Program sidewalk project is progressing on schedule with work to start in the spring, the Howards Grove Village Board learns.

The Redevelopment Authority approves rebating the $10,000 reserve liquor license fee to pourvino wine bar while discussing what might be the next license request and fee they might have to deal with.


WHEN THE SNOW finally melted, it left behind potholes that kept city Public Works crews busy filling. — Review file photo WHEN THE SNOW finally melted, it left behind potholes that kept city Public Works crews busy filling. — Review file photo Greg Hildebrand, who was the only candidate to file to run for the vacant seat in April, is appointed by the Plymouth City Council to fill the vacancy created by the death last December of John Anderson.

Waldo Village Board members continue to be frustrated by the lack of progress on the Hunter’s Grove subdivision and the lack of cooperation and communication from developer Bill Haas.

The Elkhart Lake Emergency Responders unveil their newest piece of equipment – a Fuji police bicycle outfitted for emergency medical response.

The City Council approves the purchase of the vacant building at 133 E. Mill St. for a cost not to exceed $18,500 to cover past-due taxes and other charges on the foreclosed structure.


ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST students formed a chain to pass food collected for the Plymouth Food Pantry from the school to a waiting truck. — Review file photo ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST students formed a chain to pass food collected for the Plymouth Food Pantry from the school to a waiting truck. — Review file photo The plague of frozen water lines caused by extreme cold temperatures strikes downtown Plymouth and an area along Eastern Avenue, prompting a request from Plymouth Utilities for residents and building owners in affected areas to keep water running to prevent water lines from freezing.

The Plymouth School Board is updated on the district’s writing assessment procedure that ensures all students are meeting the same standards and expectations for writing at all levels.

A proposed adjustment to the evaluation and pay models for district teachers sparks a lengthy and at times heated discussion by the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board before the changes are adopted.

The recent “Challenge Days” at the high school, which involved the support of 46 local businesses, was a huge success with lots of positive feedback, High School Principal Scott Fritz tells the Howards Grove School Board.


THE COMING OF spring got the sap flowing for the maple syrup celebration at Drewry Farms in Winooski. — Review file photo THE COMING OF spring got the sap flowing for the maple syrup celebration at Drewry Farms in Winooski. — Review file photo MARCH

After reducing his request to just one billboard, Ray Ten Pas finally wins approval from the Plymouth Town Board to locate a sign on State 57 between County C and State 23 after earlier requests for two billboards were turned down.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board is forced to meet at the firehouse after water damage at the municipal building resulted in their meeting room there being filled with soggy records drying out.

Plymouth Redevelopment Authority members continue to be cool toward the idea of granting a liquor license to the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition for the Generations center building.


ELKHART LAKE-GLENBEULAH Elementary School students joined in tree planting ceremonies for Arbor Day in the village. — Review file photo ELKHART LAKE-GLENBEULAH Elementary School students joined in tree planting ceremonies for Arbor Day in the village. — Review file photo The Waldo Village Board weighs a request from Dan Schneider – who, as village president, recuses himself from the discussion

– to purchase and develop a three-acre parcel south of High Street for a new facility for DW Schneider Engineering.

The Plymouth City Council approve the first increase in the rental rate for City Hall meeting rooms since the 1980s.

Acknowledging that the timing could have been better, the Cascade Village Board agrees to rescind a rate increase for police service provided to the town of Lyndon and the villages of Adell and Waldo for this year and provide more timely notification of any future increases.

The Elkhart-Lake Glenbeulah School Board debates what would the best procedure for conducting a community survey on how the district is doing and where it could improve.


THE GFWC PLYMOUTH Woman’s Club celebrated their 100th anniversary by building 29 Little Free Libraries for around the city. — Review file photo THE GFWC PLYMOUTH Woman’s Club celebrated their 100th anniversary by building 29 Little Free Libraries for around the city. — Review file photo The Plymouth School Board approves a three-year strategic financial plan for the district.

Sartori Cheese receives two “Best of Class” awards at the World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison for its extraaged asiago and SarrVecchio parmesan.

With only one no vote, the Sheboygan County Board approves changing the elected coroner position to a board-appointed medical examiner.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves the installation of four-way stop signs at two intersections in the village – Appletree Road at Forest Hills Drive and Appletree Road and Bittersweet Lane.


MPTV’S JOHN McGIVERN spent several days in Plymouth filming segments for an episode of his program “Around the Corner with John Mc- Givern.” — Review file photo MPTV’S JOHN McGIVERN spent several days in Plymouth filming segments for an episode of his program “Around the Corner with John Mc- Givern.” — Review file photo The County Board votes to provide 100 percent funding for local volunteer fire departments for new radios when the county replaces its emergency radio system.

With Rep. Michael Endsley’s announcement that he will not seek re-election in the fall, County Board Supervisor Devin LeMahieu announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 26th Assembly District.

Hoping to take advantage of the thriving culinary culture there, Johnsonville Sausage announces the opening of an Innovation Center in Chicago to focus on research and development of new products.

Mary Hauser is selected as the new executive director of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, replacing Mary Martin who moved to Colorado.


THE MILL POND Lake Association stocked the Mill Pond with bluegill and perch in preparation for their first Fisheree. — Review file photo THE MILL POND Lake Association stocked the Mill Pond with bluegill and perch in preparation for their first Fisheree. — Review file photo APRIL

Former member Jamie Klemme Gambrell returns to the Plymouth School Board, winning over Camisha Miller in the race for an open seat created by the death of former board President Mark Rhyan.

Incumbent state Rep. Steve Kestell, R-Elkhart Lake, announces that he will not be a candidate for re-election in the fall after serving seven terms in Madison.

The annual audit finds that the village of Howards Grove is in strong financial shape, the Village Board is told by auditor Bryan Grunewald of Schenck SC.

Clearing up an unnoticed oversight, the Plymouth Town Board votes to change the zoning on a 16-acre parcel on the north end of the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds from A-3 agricultural to P-1 recreational park.


THE CURRENT AND a former Alice in Dairyland make a joint appearance at Fairview Elementary as former Alice Courtney Ott Booth (right) joined outgoing Alice Kristen Olson at Booth’s daughters’ school. — Review file photo THE CURRENT AND a former Alice in Dairyland make a joint appearance at Fairview Elementary as former Alice Courtney Ott Booth (right) joined outgoing Alice Kristen Olson at Booth’s daughters’ school. — Review file photo It required a draw of cards before the Board of Canvassers to fill the final seat on the Adell Village Board after incumbent Jane Schneider and challenger Jim Jentsch finished in a tie at the April election, with Schneider drawing the high card – an ace of hearts.

The Plymouth School District and Plym- outh Educational Foundation announce plans for a $1 million Food Science and Agriculture Center at the high school, with the PEF to lead the fund-raising campaign.

Cascade Village Clerk Sherry Gallagher resigns her position after taking a full-time job elsewhere.

Tourism Director Kathleen Eickhoff, in her annual report to the Elkhart Lake Village Board, reports that the Tourism Commission is ahead of its schedule to increase tourism revenue by 20 percent by a year.

With several unanswered questions, the Plymouth City Council tables the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition’s application for a class B retail beer and liquor license.

Former Elkhart Lake Village Board member and Fire Chief Marvin “Muff” Weber dies.

Citing high levels of participation in student exchange programs, Plymouth High School earned a “Top School” award from the U.S. Department of State, the School Board is told.

Waldo village offi cials are weighing creation of an industrial park and tax incremental finance district to aid a new facility for DW Schneider Engineering in the village.

The Plymouth City Council approves a $688,221.85 contract with Advanced Construction of Green Bay for the Caroline Street/ Milwaukee Street/ Western Avenue street project scheduled for this summer.

A new air quality monitoring station in Haven, a venture promoted by both the public and private sectors, opens with the goal of helping Sheboygan County reach attainment with federal Clean Air Act standards.

With three new supervisors elected earlier this month joining them, the County Board retained its top leadership at its reorganization meeting.

The Howards Grove Village Board approves an agreement with Donohue & Associates for future upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant.

With the announcement by incumbent Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, that he will not run for re-election to Congress, state Sen. Joe Leibham joins fellow Republicans state Sen. Glenn Grothman of Campbellsport and state Rep. Duey Strobel of Saukville as candidates for the 6th District seat.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board approves a ten-year garbage collection contract with Advance Disposal which will require village residents to use plastic bins provided by Advanced for their garbage.

Two candidates – former Plymouth City Council member Jackie Jarvis and Tyler Vorpagel, an aide to Rep. Tom Petri – announce their candidacies for the 27th Assembly District seat being vacated by Republican Steve Kestell.

Staff-generated ideas on possible spending cuts to meet a projected 2014-2015 budget shortfall are presented to the Howards Grove School Board.

County Board Supervisor Devin LeMahieu announces his candidacy for the Re- publican nomination for the 9th State Senate District seat, which incumbent Republican Joe Leibham is giving up to run for Congress.

By a 5-3 vote, the Plymouth City Council rejects an application from the Plymouth Intergenerational Coalition for a retail beer and liquor license for the Generations intergenerational center.

MAY

Thanks to a grant from the Lakeshore Community Foundation, the Redevelopment Authority and the Chamber of Commerce will be able to hire a parttime downtown manager for a twoyear period.

The Plymouth Plan Commission tables a request from Ty Struve, owner of Struve Heating and Cooling, for a changeable message board sign at his Eastern Avenue business which Struve says he will use for community announcements.

Road America in Elkhart Lake announces plans for Thunder Village, a complex of structures on the track grounds that renters can use for storage, entertaining and more.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board amends the zoning code to allow Jordan Fischer to open a beer pub and brewery at 44C Gottfried St. in the Old Feed Mill building.

To celebrate their 100th anniversary, the Plymouth Women’s Club unveils 29 Little Free Libraries, decorated by various individuals and civic and school groups, that will be located throughout the city.

The Sheboygan County Fairgrounds hosts the first of a monthly series of Cheesetown Market Day flea market events.

Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe meets with the Howards Grove Village Board in his continuing effort to improve policing in and relations with the village.

Camisha Miller is introduced to the Cascade Village Board as the new village clerk, succeeding the retiring Sherry Gallagher.

Waldo Village President Dan Schneider informs the Village Board that he is withdrawing plans to locate a new facility for his business in the village, ending for now plans for an industrial park and tax incremental fi- nance district in the village.

The Plymouth City Council approves a $9.50 per household recycling fee to be added to property tax bills starting in December.

Comedian John McGivern and a crew from the popular Milwaukee Public Television program “Around the Corner with John McGivern” are in Plymouth filming segments for a show on the city, scheduled to be the first episode of season three of the series next year.

The Howards Grove School Board is updated on a new realignment approved by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association which would put the school in a new 14-member conference combining teams from the Central Lakeshore Conference and the Olympian Conference.

The Elkhart Lake Village Board is looking for stricter rules to govern use of the Lake Street walkway by trucks and other vehicles.

Business Services Manager Jon Miller gives the Plymouth School Board their first look at the 2014-2015 school budget, which he says begins with a $166,000 deficit, about the same as the current budget which was eventually balanced.

The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School Board receives a report from students on a mock crash event staged at the high school earlier this month.

Sheboygan County Veterans Memorial Chairman Allen Nohl reports to the County Board on plans to celebrate the th20 anniversary of the memorial in Sheboygan’s Taylor Park this summer.

Upgrades of streetlights along Milwaukee Street – which reflect the wide variety of light styles found throughout the city – will be part of the state reconstruction project scheduled for 2015 after the Plymouth City Council votes to accept a Community Sensitive Design grant from the DOT to help cover the cost.

It was a completing of the circle when outgoing Alice in Dairyland Kristen Olson visited Fairview Elementary School in Plymouth, including the classrooms of Ava and Courtney Booth, whose mother Courtney Ott Booth had visited Olson’s fourthgrade class in Eden during her reign as Alice in Dairyland in 1998.

The Plymouth City Council approved an $80,000 revolving loan to Precision Floors & D├ęcor to help that company renovate and move into the vacant former Plymouth Oil facilities at Eastern and Highland avenues.

JUNE

Republican voters will have primary choices in August for several local Legislative seats as well as the 6th Congressional District seat after the deadline for filing nomination papers for the fall general election passes.

Officials hope to have a downtown manager hired by the end of the summer, the Plymouth Redevelopment Authority is told.

The winning bid for construction of a pump house for the city’s new well was more than 25 percent below the budgeted amount, Public Works Director Bill Immich tells the Plymouth City Council.

The Waldo Village Board is asked to streamline and clarify building permit procedures after it is found that some errors had occurred on some permits.

Creation of a tax incremental fi- nance district to aid the expansion of the Cascade Cheese Co. is proceeding on schedule, the Cascade Village Board is told.

Sheboygan County officials announce plans to purchase the 333- acre Amsterdam Dunes property on the shore of Lake Michigan in the town of Holland to preserve the natural area and create a wetland mitigation bank to aid future development in the county.

Spurred by the controversy generated by a proposal for a helicopter-charter service – since withdrawn – the Elkhart Lake Village Board adopts an ordinance regulating planes flying over the village limits.

The Plymouth School Board rejects an across-the-board pay raise for teaching staff but instead setasidea2percentsalarypool increase to be distributed among staff at the discretion of the district superintendent.

Gov. Scott Walker makes an appearance, helping to dish out scrambled eggs, at the annual Dairy Breakfast on the Farm event at the Jensema Farms north of Gibbsville.

In a special meeting, the Plymouth Plan Commission approves a land division, including annexation of a 20-foot by 20-foot parcel from the town, that clears the way for construction of a new home on Krumrey Street.

The County Board creates the county’s first wetland mitigation bank with a 10-acre wetland restoration in the town of Wilson.

The Plymouth City Council votes to spend $65,770 in contingency funds to repair the roof and remove the back half of the cityowned building at 133 E. Mill St.

Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah School District staff and administrators will work with a policy services consultant to review and update district policies, the School Board learns.

With one dissenting vote from Alderman Jim Faller, the Plymouth City Council approves a $100,000 donation to the Plymouth Educational Foundation for the proposed Plymouth High School Food Science and Agriculture Center.

A number of complaints about a vacant home and property on Fieldstone Lane are brought before the Howards Grove Village Board.

Danielle Navis, daughter of Richard and Dawn Navis of rural Cleveland, is chosen the 2014 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair at the annual Fair Gala held at Laack’s Hall in Johnsonville.

The second half of the 2013 Year in Review, covering July through December, will appear in the Tuesday, Dec. 30 Review.

There will be no Thursday, Dec. 25 or Thursday, Jan. 1, issues of The Review.


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