Titletown is tops in Ashwaubenon for 2017
By Ben Rodgers
A development to attract Green Bay Packers fans from across the globe is the top story for Ashwaubenon in 2017.
Open year round, Titletown is a place for fans who don the green and gold to get up close and personal to the majesty that is Lambeau Field with a variety of family friendly events.
The Sept. 22 issue to The Press covered the formal opening of Titletown Park with a ribbon cutting that occured to mark the event.
The same week of that event Ron Wolf Way was dedicated as a way to show gratitude to the general manager who brought the Lombardi Trophy home after so many years.
But Titletown is more than just a park for fans to toss a football. Titletown is also development and a few anchor tenants opened up shop in 2017.
Hinterland Brewery was the first to move in, which was covered in the April 14 edition of The Press.
Lodge Kohler, one of the nicest hotels in all of Green Bay officially opened on July 14.
It boasts a spa and restaurant just 100 yards away from Lambeau, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind experience.
In the July 28 edition of The Press another anchor tenant held a ribbon cutting, Bellin Health.
The Packers showed another major investment in the community with the announcement of Titletown Tech in the Oct. 27 edition of The Press.
The venture is a partnership with Microsoft that will bring innovation to the community in many different ways.
All funds made from the project will go to enhance community development.
The Packers aren’t the only thing that grew in Ashwaubenon in 2017. The year was also marked with a slew of residential developments.
In the June 23 edition of The Press we covered apartments on Morris Avenue moving forward.
On September 22 The Press covered the groundbreaking for Manseau Flats, a 72 unit apartment complex.
The village also learned of proposed housing on William Charles Court in the Sept. 29 edition of The Press.
But 2017 wasn’t a year filled with nothing but good news, Ashwaubenon and The Press lost a remarkable community leader in Michael Aubinger.
As village president Aubinger had a goal of moving the village forward with new development.
He laid the groundwork for the growth. Not a day goes by where he isn’t dearly missed.
His passing on March 30 brought forth new leadership who will strive to continue his level of dedication for the community he loved and served with his whole heart.
On April 14 The Press reported that Mary Kardoskee will serve the remainder of his term.
Other new leaders joined Ashwaubenon in 2017.
Tony Wachewicz was appointed the new village attorney in the Jan. 27 edition of The Press.
The June 16 issue covered the appointment of Allison Williams as trustee for wards 1 and 2.
Kate Green was hired as the director for the new Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center, which was covered in the Aug. 4 edition of The Press.
Also on Aug. 11 the new school resource officer Jeff Everetts was covered.
Two bright spots the village can be proud of are Tyler Johnson, who was named valedictorian on June 2 and Skye Vandeleest, who was named salutatorian for the 2017 graduating class of Ashwaubenon High School.
Many were also honored for their years of dedication to the community.
Paul Hawley who passed away was honored for 24 years with the Ashwaubenon Public Safety Department as fire inspector, which was covered in the Feb. 10 edition of The Press.
In the March 17 edition of The Press Mark Williams was honored for 28 years of service to the Ashwaubenon School District.
The June 23 edition showcased Don Penza, a public safety officer who spent 36 years with the department.
Coach Ken Golomski was honored in the Sept. 15 issue for his years of service to the Ashwaubenon Jaguars football program.
Finally on Dec. 22 The Press covered Brad Taylor, information coordinator for the Ashwaubenon School District for his 27 years of service to the district.
If 2017 showed anything it’s that the future of the village is bright because of the dedication of those who served it so well in the past.