50 Years Ago

April 1, 1969

An attempt to block Mayor A. E. Bentzin's appointments of an assessor, city attorney and treasurer under Watertown's Civil Service ordinance failed at last night's regular meeting of the City Council. The vote on a proposal to lay the three appointments over was eight to four with alderman Harris Fredrich abstaining.

Voting in favor of laying the appointments over were Wilkes, Guetzlaff, Nuernberg and Delton. Aldermen voting against laying the matter over were Ruesch, Waller, Lincoln, Yeomans, Day, Radtke, Schwenkner and Gerloff. The council last night approved Bentzin's appointments. He announced at Monday night's Council committee meeting the names of those he intended to appoint to the three posts.

25 Years Ago

April 1, 1994

"I can't imagine what life is like without reading," said Lorna Balian, award-winning children's book author and illustrator. "I've learned everything I know from books." And that's no humbug for the nationally-known children's author from Watertown. However, Balian does not use the nonsense definition of the word humbug for her book titles and publishing operations. Humbug is someone pretending to be something they are not, Balian said. "It is just a fun, silly word. It is a word I used from time to time when I was a little girl."

But that fun, silly word is included in four of her 16 book titles. Humbug Books, a Division of Ink Inc., is also the name of her new publishing firm. Abingdon Press of Nashville, which had published Balian's books, went out of business. Balian retained several hundred copies of her books which are available at Ink Inc.

10 Years Ago

April 1, 2009

The American Association of University Women, Watertown Branch, presented its 2009 Woman of Merit Award during a recent dinner meeting. The event was held in the faculty lounge at Watertown High School.

Joan Schwegel, in costume as the "Good Tooth Fairy," introduced Lois Liners to branch members as the Woman of Merit award winner. Liners and her husband, Bob, have established two dental clinics that serve impoverished communities in Kenya and Guatemala and have made 65 mission trips doing dental work as volunteers.

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