State News Roundup: Air traffic controllers to be used at the Air Venture show in Oshkosh
The Experimental Aircraft Association says it has grudgingly agreed to pay almost a half-million dollars to have air traffic controllers at the E-A-A Air-Venture show in Oshkosh. It used to be that the group never had to pay anything extra for federal controllers - but that was before the federal budget sequester took effect in March. The Federal Aviation Administration says it must cut 384-million-dollars from its budget for the current fiscal year - and charging for controllers is one way to do that. E-A-A chairman Jack Pelton said the F-A-A is holding events like his hostage - and they agreed to pay 447-thousand dollars for the controllers because there was no other realistic option to quote, "preserve aviation's largest annual gathering." Ten-thousand planes and hundreds-of-thousands of spectators attend the E-A-A show. The group will pay part of its bill now, and the rest after the event, which is set for July 29th-through-August fourth at Wittman Airport in Oshkosh. Pelton said the issue is not over. He said he hopes the F-A-A's leadership will attend the event to quote, "personally explain their policy to the nation's aviators."
A central Wisconsin baby who touched thousands of hearts around the world died yesterday. One-year-old Treyden Kurtzweil of Stratford spent most of his life battling lymphocytic leukemia, which destroys bone marrow cells. Almost 25-thousand people followed Treyden's story on Facebook, where his mother Cassie wrote almost every day about her son's accomplishments and struggles. Last Friday, doctors said there was nothing else they could do to help the child. On Monday night, about 500 people gathered outside Treyden's hospital room in Marshfield for a candlelight vigil which marked his first birthday. Hundreds of others around the country also lit candles. He died about 3:30 yesterday afternoon. In announcing the death on Facebook, the Kurtzweil family thanked people for their prayers and support. They said quote, "Treyden received his wings today ... he was surrounded by nothing but love." Within hours, more than 700 followers posted condolences.
State officials are making it easier for owners of Wisconsin's inland waterfront properties to clean up things like dead fish, algae, and invasive zebra mussels. Until now, landowners along the Great Lakes were the only ones using a streamlined process to get general clean-up permits from the D-N-R. Yesterday, the agency said it will extend the same permits to those with land along inland lakes and rivers. The state will have 30 days to act on general permit requests. Once they're approved, they'll be good for five years. Previously, inland waterfront owners had to obtain individual permits which included 30-day comment periods for each request. The D-N-R's Martye Griffin says the new system will let landowners take care of nuisances more quickly - and without harming sensitive shore areas.
The company that makes Rust-Oleum anti-rust spray paint will spend one-point-three million dollars to expand its production plant in Kenosha County. Governor Scott Walker visited the Rust-Oleum factory in Pleasant Prairie yesterday. He said the company made employee training a part of its expansion, and he praised the firm for that. The addition will allow Rust-Oleum to make smaller amounts of new paint colors. It's expected to create 54 new jobs. If it does, Wisconsin taxpayers will provide 350-thousand dollars in tax breaks through the state's Economic Development Corporation.
Logan Wells of Monroe is the new president of the Wisconsin F-F-A, and the Waupaca F-F-A is the state's top overall chapter for the last school year. Both honors were presented yesterday, during the final day of the 84th state F-F-A convention in Madison. Membership is at a 29-year high for Wisconsin's largest agricultural education group. Wells says he wants to make it 30. He was a state vice president during the past year. Besides being named the top overall chapter, Waupaca received two other awards for student-and-community development. The Walworth Big Foot F-F-A was honored for its chapter development. As president, Wells will work with a 10-member statewide leadership team. They are Connor Anderson of Clear Lake, Tom Olson of Menomonie, Emma Heser of Tomah, Alison Wedig of Darlington, Jon Jennings of Milton, Alexandra Klapoetke of Westfield, Jenessa Friedhof of Colby, Reba McClone of Bonduel, Justin Schwahn of Reedsville, and Kaitlyn Freeman of Fort Atkinson.
A maintenance worker at a Racine County golf course was killed yesterday, after a large tree branch fell on him. It happened at the Ives Grove Golf Course in Yorkville. Sheriff's deputies said 83-year-old William Cieszynski of Caledonia was on a riding lawn mower when the branch came down, and he was pinned between the tree branch and the steering wheel. A preliminary investigation shows that a large roll-bar on the mower struck the overhanging branch, and that's apparently how it fell onto the operator. Cieszynski was employed by a company that's hired by Racine County to run and maintain the golf course.