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As is often the case, people deserving of recognition for the good work they are doing in their community are often a little reluctant to step into the spotlight, even if it is just for the length of a parade. Meet Somerset's own Sara Measner and Judy Schottler, selected by members of the Pea Soup Days Committee to serve as Grand Marshals for this year's parade starting at 11 a.m. June 10.
They are two of the nicest, most gracious people you will ever meet making them the perfect choice to be this year's Grand Marshals for Robert's Good Neighbor Days parade which steps off at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 4. Terry, or Gabby as he is known by many folks, and his wife Kris Lubich said they are honored to serve as the Grand Marshals for this year's parade. "I think it's awesome," said Kris. "To be recognized as someone that your community has picked to represent them." said Gabby. "We're quite honored. Our kids are awful proud," added Kris.
As festivities for the 2017 Good Neighbor Days celebration began ramping up Thursday afternoon, 94-year-old Fred Kuebker had a sneaky suspicion he might be headed over to the big top for something special and he was right. "I think he suspected something. Both of his daughters were out of town, so I was spending extra time with him over the weekend. He brought it up every time I saw him. He said, 'I know my name went into the box. I'm curious to see what happens,'" said Fred's granddaughter, Deidre Johnson.
Following several months of discussion and investigation, Somerset village trustees unanimously approved an ordinance permitting the use of a prescribed route by ATVs and UTVs to enter and exit the downtown area. Members of the Public Safety Committee worked with members of the Somerset ATV Club over the course of the last several months to resolve jurisdictional issues on several of the roads proposed as part of the route as well as other restrictions including hours of operation.
By a vote of 4-3, Nancy Dressel replaced Bob Gunther as President of the Somerset District Board of Education at its meeting Monday, May 15. The change at the top took place on the spot as Gunther relinquished his gavel (responsibilities) immediately following the vote requiring Dressel to complete the remaining items on the evening's agenda. Also elected were: Marie Colbeth, vice president; Katie Thurmes , clerk; and Courtney Kurkowski, treasurer.
Ask Somerset senior Max McMeeken, and he will tell you he tends to overthink things sometimes, but he's working on that. McMeeken, the son of Graeme and Lucie McMeeken, has been named Valedictorian of the Somerset High School Class of 2017. He plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall where he will pursue a general course of study before determining a major. McMeeken's passion is problem solving.
Star Prairie Village Trustees approved a resolution Wednesday, May 1 to move the 2016 Compliance Maintenance Annual Report (CMAR) on to the Department of Natural Resources for approval.
Village of Roberts trustees appear to finally and officially have had enough of Ralph May's private metal recycling business run out of his residence on Maple Street. After years of issuing letters and citations to Scrappy's scrap metal recycling operation, it took May's neighbor selling his home and casting doubt about the village's reputation as a "good neighbor" community to prompt trustees into taking legal action to shut May down.
If you read my column periodically, you know that there are several questions that I like to ask people I interview, but one in particular which I try to remember to ask almost everyone because it gets to the heart of everything. I believe I could write every column about someone's answer to this question so, I return to it when I am struck by a particularly thoughtful answer. The question is, "What is the one thing that everyone should have regardless of the cost?"
New Richmond High School held its prom Saturday, April 29.