News briefs: Settlement Bar to close; Green Bay revaluations cause sticker shock
GREEN BAY – After more than 44 years serving old-fashioned fried food and cold drinks to locals, tourists and travelers along Hwy. 57, The Settlement Bar, 3254 Bay Settlement Road, announced this week it will close its doors on Oct. 1.
The turn-of-the-last-century building was listed for sale Monday by Shorewest Seidl & Associates real estate at $485,000.
By Friday afternoon, agent Joe Moore had announced an accepted offer on the 10-plus acre property that stretches from Bay Settlement Road east to Hwy. 57.
The bar was packed as of 9 p.m. Friday night, with phone-in take-out orders cut off early in the evening to accomodate on-site patrons.
The sale has not closed yet, and the name of the prospective owner and plans for the future have not been disclosed.
Longtime owner Chuck Bouche died in July, and he had been away from the operation since breaking his hip last winter.
His wife Kim said she never had any involvement with the day-to-day operations.
She said loyal employees –– some of whom have worked there more than 30 years –– have been keeping the operation running since then.
Sticker shock reflects booming real estate market
GREEN BAY – Green Bay property owners received notice last week of reevaluations of their property value that reflected a red-hot real estate market and pushed some home valuations up by 30-60 percent or more.
City Assessor Russ Schwandt said actual sale prices are the driving factor for determining fair market value.
State law requires a revaluation when the overall level of assessed value is more than 10 percent above or below market value in consecutive years.
Green Bay’s level was estimated to be about 20 percent below market value last year and would have been 33 percent below this year without the revaluation.
Schwandt said calls to his office have been steady, with most people understanding that the values are realistic, but they are worried about their taxes going up.
Increased assessed value does not necessarily mean increased taxes.
The tax rates for next year are set by individual taxing authorities such as the city and school district in October and November, and each entity will host public hearings to hear taxpayer input.
“Property owners understand that the real estate market has boomed over the last five years or so,” Schwandt said in an email response to questions. “Our job, as dictated by state statute, is to reflect estimated market value in our assessments on a regular basis. The large increases in value are not unique to Green Bay. The entire state of Wisconsin has seen property values increase dramatically. Areas bordering Minnesota and Illinois have seen even larger increases due to out of state market pressure.”
Schwandt said the updated values should be posted to the Parcel Data tab on the Assessor’s website by Monday.
Residents who wish to contest their reassessment should first call their local assessor.
Anyone who still disagrees with their assessment will have a chance to file an appeal before a Board of Review.
Vande Hei selected as Silver Knight Award recipient
DEPERE – David Vande Hei has been chosen by the DePere area service clubs as the 2022 recipient of the DePere Community Silver Knight Award.
The Silver Knight Award has been awarded since 1968 to outstanding individuals nominated by DePere service clubs, civic organizations or members of the community and voted on by past recipients.
For more than 40 years, Vande Hei has been serving the community of DePere through his involvement in several charitable organizations, including the annual Pink Flamingo Softball Tournament and a Barbeque Cook-Off that has benefited the Make A Wish Foundation, Our Lady of Lourdes School, Red Cross Dancing with the Stars, St. John’s Homeless Shelter, Willow Tree and House of Hope.
Vande Hei will be honored Oct. 24 at the Silver Knight Awards Banquet, hosted by WBAY TV News Anchor Bill Jartz.
Meijer sponsors Day at the Zoo
GREEN BAY – The first 500 guests at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park on Sunday, Sept. 25, will receive free admission, compliments of Meijer.
The lucky 501st guest will receive a gift basket valued at $100, compliments of the NEW Zoo.
Special giveaways will also be provided by Meijer throughout the day while supplies last.
“Meijer is a wonderful partner to the NEW Zoo & Adventure Park,” said Carmen Murach, interim zoo director. “They strongly support our animal conservation initiatives and consistently give back to the Green Bay community. We are grateful for their continued support!”
11th annual Diaper Drive
BROWN COUNTY – Brown County United Way and the Greater Green Bay Labor Council will host the 11th annual Diaper Drive from Sept. 23-Oct. 7.
Collection boxes will be available at all five Festival Foods locations in the greater Green Bay area.
A Diaper Blitz will be held at the Festival Foods on West Mason Street to kick off the 2022 Diaper Drive.
Throughout the drive, Brown County United Way and the Greater Green Bay Labor Council will spread awareness about how the need for diapers impacts local families.
Monetary donations can also be made at browncountyunitedway.org.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three families struggles with diaper needs. Diapers cost around $80 a month and only one federal assistance program exists to help with the cost.
Christl receives Book of Merit Award
BROWN COUNTY – Cliff Christl, Packers team historian and author of The Greatest Story in Sports, has been awarded the Book of Merit Award by the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Board of Curators.
The Book of Merit Award is given annually to an author of a book which made a valuable contribution to the understanding of Wisconsin’s history.
A committee of judges reviews books based on accuracy, documentation, quality of writing, research methodology, design, impact and overall contribution to the printed record of Wisconsin history.
Christl’s winning book, The Greatest Story in Sports, explores the legacy of the Green Bay Packers through extensive research, rare photographs and untold stories.
WPS Foundation awards $20,000 to area college students
GREEN BAY – The Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation is awarding $20,000 in scholarships to area college students to give them a head start in continuing their education.
The scholarships awarded this year will help 14 students from Brown County pursue degrees in many fields, including business management, engineering, software development, electric power distribution and natural gas utility construction.
For more than 55 years, the WPS Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling more than $5.6 million to students from Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
UScellular sweepstakes benefit Broadrick, DePere schools
DEPERE – Sara Broadrick, a DePere resident, was named as a winner of UScellular’s “You Get, You Give” sweepstakes.
The sweepstakes awards $5,000 cash to the winner, as well as a $5,000 donation to a charitable STEM program of the winner’s choosing.
Broadrick has chosen the Unified School District of DePere to receive the donation portion of her prize.
The district plans to use the donation to add items that encourage STEM play, exploration and problem solving to its STEM labs.
The donation will also help the district fund an artist in residence program.
Bellin Health expands flu vaccination offerings
BROWN COUNTY – As officials anticipate a severe flu season, Bellin Health has added convenient drive-thru and walk-in options for 2022 flu vaccinations.
These expanded offerings at clinics throughout Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan will be available from Sept. 15-Dec. 16.
Clinic sites require pre registration, but walk-in appointments are available at Urgent Care and Fast Care locations.
Those interested in scheduling a flu shot should contact their preferred clinic or sign up via their MyBellinHealth patient portal.
In addition to extended clinic hours and walk-in options, Bellin Health’s offerings also include drive-up options and the Fastlane drive-thru site as quick and easy options for community members to get vaccinated.
NICU graduate reunion picnic
ALLOUEZ – HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital will host a picnic at Green Isle Park on Friday, Sept. 30, to honor NICU graduates and the medical heroes that provided them life-saving care.
All former patients of the NICU at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital and their families are invited to attend.
The event will feature a barbeque dinner, ice cream truck and live music.
Those interested in attending this free event are encouraged to register in advance at www.stvincentchildrenshospital.org/NICUreunion.
NeighborWorks Green Bay 40th Annual Celebration
GREEN BAY – NeighborWorks Green Bay will host their 40th Annual Celebration at the Riverside Ballroom on Oct. 13 to celebrate their accomplishments from the past year with partners, donors, supporters and the community.
The free event will feature food, drinks, basket and 50/50 raffles and opportunities for networking.
Donations will be accepted to help NeighborWorks continue in their mission to solve housing challenges and build stronger communities.
WEDC offers grants to transform public spaces
BROWN COUNTY – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) recently announced the availability of Vibrant Spaces Grants, which Wisconsin communities can apply for this fall to transform under-used public spaces.
The pilot program offered by WEDC allows municipalities to apply for grants of up to $50,000 to assist with creating spaces for community gatherings and activities.
“This is a great opportunity for communities of all sizes to get the financial assistance and support they need to make changes that will have a true impact on the vitality of their community,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “The presence of high-quality public spaces fosters community connections and helps municipalities recruit and retain residents and cultivate a strong labor force.”
Applications for these grants are due by Jan. 31. No more than 30 grants will be awarded statewide by May 1.
Bellin Health honors volunteer
GREEN BAY – Bellin Health unveiled a plaque which will hang outside the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, honoring the late Mary Jane Bublitz.
Bublitz, who died in August of 2021, volunteered more than 10,000 hours at Bellin over more than 30 years as a member of Bellin’s Concerned Hearts Club.
The Concerned Hearts Club serves to support patients who have undergone heart surgery, as well as their loved ones.
Bublitz served as the coordinator of the Concerned Hearts ICU desk for many years, was the chief editor of the Quarterly Concerned Hearts Newsletter, trained new club members and served on Bellin’s Patient Advisory Board.
She provided families with a warm welcome and support in their times of need and advocated for ways to improve healthcare services for patients and their loved ones which has helped Bellin to improve how it serves its patients.
Bublitz also volunteered with the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Brown County Community Women’s Club and within her faith community.
Meehan chosen as keynote speaker by Management Women, Inc.
GREEN BAY – Management Women, Inc. has announced that Annie Meehan will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Heels, Hopes, and Higher Education seminar.
Meehan, a professional speaker, award-winning author and certified coach, will present “Be the Exception” at the annual professional development seminar.
Her presentation will help motivate participants to adopt practical tools for a more impactful personal and professional life.
The seminar is open to the public and will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
“The Heels, Hopes, and Higher Education seminar will feature a keynote speaker who focuses on professional development and growth,” said Lori Jensen, Management Women, Inc. seminar chairperson.
Streu’s Pharmacy to host flu clinic events
GREEN BAY – Streu’s Pharmacy Bay Natural will host two fall flu clinic events to provide a convenient way for members of the community to get their annual flu vaccine.
Flu shots will be available by appointment or walk-in from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3
Attendees will be treated to goodie bags and a fall gift basket raffle.
Streu’s Pharmacy primarily administers flu shots to adults, but those interested can call to ask about availability for minors.
33rd Annual CP Auction
GREEN BAY – One of CP’s signature events, the 33rd Annual CP Auction will be held Oct. 14.
The CP Auction is presented by KBX and Breakthrough and will be a night of fun and high bidding, featuring items donated from area businesses.
“We are really excited about this year’s event in a new location,” said Beth Paul, Annual Giving Coordinator for CP. “The night will feature silent auction items including weekend trips, gourmet food baskets and unique handcrafted items. There is something for everyone to bid on.”
Leading the live-auction portion of the event will be Bill Jatz from WBAY-TV2.
Ticketholders will also have the option to participate in several raffles.
“We wanted to mix things up and provide a gaming element to the night,” Paul said. “This way, guests can mingle through the auction items, have fun with raffles and just enjoy a great night.”
Funds raised from the CP Auction will go towards supporting the therapy and life skills services provided by CP to more than 2,100 people throughout Northeast Wisconsin.
DePere hosts drive-thru clinic
DEPERE – The De Pere Health Department will host a drive-thru flu vaccine and Covid booster clinic Oct. 8 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.
The influenza seasonal vaccine will be available for ages 6 months+ as well as the Covid booster for ages 12+.
Appointments are required and can be scheduled at hipaa.jotform.com/222406965260152.