50 Years Ago

July 19, 1969

A Pepsi Cola canning plant will be built in Watertown. The Times learned this morning from one of the other communities which had been considered that Watertown has been selected for the plant, providing a soil survey and soil borings all turn out satisfactorily. A number of Wisconsin communities were under consideration. The Times learned this morning from a city which had been considered that the plant will be erected here. The Watertown Association of Commerce Promotive Corporation recently showed representatives of Wis-Pak, which will erect the plant, industrial sites.

25 Years Ago

July 19, 1994

Dr. Holly Van Hecke has joined the Watertown practice of Dr. Edward Hoy. Van Hecke is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. During the next 10 years, Van Hecke pursued a career on the opera stage, both in this country and Europe. It was during this time she met her husband, Herb Kellner, an opera stage director. "My father was a doctor who always wanted to be a singer," Van Hecke said. "I am a singer who always wanted to be a doctor." Van Hecke returned to academic study at the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical School to fulfill her lifelong ambition to become a physician. "I believe very strongly that physicians are here to serve their patients," she said.

10 Years Ago

July 19, 2009

The Watertown Common Council Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution breaking down the costs of the Highway 26 bypass project around the city. The resolution authorizes city officials to sign a state/municipal agreement for the Highway 26 bypass project with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation on the breakdown of the estimated costs. Just over $55 million in state and federal funding is available for this project. The city's share of the costs will be related to maintaining and accepting responsibility for the energy, operation, maintenance and replacement of the standard lighting system on the business section of Highway 26.

50 Years Ago

July 20, 1969

SPACE CENTER, Houston (UPI) -- Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. safely blasted off the moon's surface today to begin their voyage home from man's first conquest of an alien world. "Eagle is in safe orbit," Armstrong reported 17 minutes after their moonship stirred the lunar dust with its rocket engine and roared up from the Sea of Tranquility. Ahead they faced a perilous 3 1/2-hour rendezvous maneuver to rejoin Michael Collins in the Apollo 11 command ship 70 miles above the moon. They plan to leave lunar orbit at 12:53 a.m. Tuesday, homeward bound.

25 Years Ago

July 20, 1994

Plans are under way in the Watertown Unified School District for a closed campus during lunch when the new high school opens in August. Principal Kathy Wagner issued a memo to the board of education Thursday informing them about the closed campus concept. The existing high school was too small to serve lunch to all students, even in three lunch periods. "We believe that students leaving the campus for lunch is detrimental to our overall educational goals," Wagner wrote. Problems with an open campus included danger of students becoming involved in traffic accidents, the injury of pedestrians and neighborhood traffic disturbances. Some students arrived back to classes late or were tempted to skip afternoon classes, she wrote. Business owners were concerned about student behavior over lunch and there was opportunity for involvement of drug and alcohol use during lunch time.

10 Years Ago

July 20, 2009

Watertown native David Buchanan has left the University of Wisconsin-Superior men's basketball coaching position to take over as coach of Carroll University's men's basketball team in Waukesha. Buchanan was named as Carroll's new coach on Tuesday. He replaces David Schultz, who left Carroll to return to a former boys basketball coaching position he held at Waukesha West High School.

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