Thumbs Up/Down for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Thumbs down to careless driving in school zones. Hey, motorists, it’s back to class for kids today in most schools across Wisconsin. That means stay alert for children walking or bicycling to school. Slow down and adhere to that 15 mph speed limit in school zones when children are present. Not doing so could cost you up to $390, and rightly so. Also, use common sense when dropping kids off at school. Many or most schools have special safety procedures for dropping off and picking up students. Please follow these. If you don’t know them, inquire. Likewise, obey those crossing guards. They have the authority to stop traffic at crosswalks, and if you fail to halt, you could get a $188 ticket. Failure to stop for a school bus could cost you $327. Those fines would be well deserved, as well. Do your part to make sure all children make their way to and from school safe and sound this year.

Thumbs up to open government seminars. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is leaving office after this year, but it’s good to see his office is forging ahead with another round of public records and open meetings seminars. Government is more transparent when citizens and government officials alike understand the state’s public records and open meetings laws. The public and government officials can register for the free seminars at www.doj.state.wi.us. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. The seminars, from 9 a.m. to noon, will be Friday, Oct. 17, at the American Family Training Center, Building A Auditorium, 6000 American Family Drive, Madison; and Monday, Oct. 27, at Waukesha County Technical College, Richard T. Anderson Education Center, 800 Main St., Pewaukee. Those unable to make these could take in two 90-minute webinars Thursday, Nov. 6. These start at 9 a.m. for the open meetings law and 1 p.m. for the public records law. For more information, contact Connie Anderson at 608-266-3952 andersoncl@doj.state.wi.us.

Thumbs down to the loss of Hanover’s post office. It’s no one’s fault but sad nonetheless. Hanover is a quiet hamlet with little commerce. Until the Ding-A-Ling Supper Club opens in late afternoon, many in this community of 181 liked to catch up on the news at the post office, nestled inside Plymouth Town Hall. There, Judy Leindecker oversaw a free book exchange and table where folks could leave extra produce. She was like a grandmother to Hanover’s 70 or so kids, handing out Christmas gifts and goodies on other holidays. Leindecker retired Friday after 14 years of dedicated service. As Gina Duwe reported in Tuesday’s Gazette, Leindecker could find no one willing to take over her weekday split shifts and also serve Saturday mornings. Now, the Orfordville Post Office will serve Hanover. That might deliver the mail, but it’s sad to see Hanover’s friendly, folksy post office stamped out after 176 years of service.

Thumbs up to a rooftop patio at Riley’s Sports Bar & Grill. Monday’s Gazette brought news of owner Kevin Riley putting the finishing touches on a rooftop patio for his bar at 209 W. Milwaukee St. It was nice to read news about a businessman who believes in downtown the same day A Glo Spa coincidentally was relocating from West Milwaukee Street to popular Milton Avenue. City officials have applauded Riley for upgrades to his building, which dates to the 1800s, that enhanced the looks of that area. He has operated businesses downtown for 15 years, appreciates the help he has received from City Hall and says he plans to keep investing in downtown.

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