50 Years Ago

Dec. 29, 1967

GREEN BAY, Wis. (UP) -- "That," said Green Bay Packer Coach Vince Lombardi with a grin, "is to scare the Dallas Cowboys." He referred to a red sign which stands next to a large brown transformer overlooking the Lambeau Field playing area, the sign says: "Caution. Field electrified." Despite subzero weather this week, Sunday's National Football League title game will be played on turf kept at a steady 50 degrees by an underground "electric blanket."

25 Years Ago

Dec. 29, 1992

LAKE MILLS -- Non-source point pollution entering Rock Lake from construction sites is adding to a weed problem which is already a serious concern for residents. Dave Marshall, DNR water resources biologist for Jefferson, Dane and Rock counties, said, "High levels of phosphorus, nitrogen and suspended solids are entering the lake from four or five construction sites in or near Shorewood Hills on the northwest side of the lake in the town of Lake Mills. He said property owners in Shorewood Hills have often complained about dense weeds and can alleviate increased weed problems with proper erosion control. "We have to be concerned about what causes weeds, not just weeds," he added.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 29, 2007

MADISON (AP) -- An Eagle couple who loved nature, birds and animals donated 374 acres, cash and other assets worth about $12.5 million to the Nature Conservancy for a nature sanctuary near the Mukwonago River, the group said Wednesday. The gift from the late Newell and Ann Meyer is the largest dollar amount of donated land and cash for conservation in Wisconsin history, said Mary Jean Huston, state director fore the Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization. The Meyer land is in Eagle, about 30 miles southwest of Milwaukee. The property will be open to the public after a dedication next spring to name it the Newell and Ann Meyer Nature Preserve.

50 Years Ago

Dec. 30, 1967

Work is now underway on the expansion program for Charles Fischer and Son, 2 Main Street. The two buildings which the Fischer firm acquired to the east will be razed to make way for a one story addition to its building. A new front to be placed on the Fischer store building will tie in with the front on the addition.

25 Years Ago

Dec. 30, 1992

In a brief year-end session, the Watertown Common Council Wednesday voted unanimously to accept the donation of 12.5 acres of land from Paul and Phyllis Bobrowitz. The land, which can't be developed due to its wetland classification, is valuable to the city as a watershed, according to Mayor Frederick Smith. The property is part of the Green Crest subdivision. If the land was reclassified for development in the future, Smith said the potential flow of water from the land into the city could lead to the need for additional storm sewers.

10 Years Ago

Dec. 30, 2007

The final reading of an ordinance setting new outdoor burning restrictions in the city will be on the agenda of the Watertown Common Council when it meets on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of the municipal building. The council meeting has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday because of the New Year holiday. If the ordinance is approved, any resident who takes part in burning outdoors will be required to obtain a permit. Those with commercial fire pits will also need a burning permit. Residents will not be allowed to burn such items as refuse, garbage, leaves or plant life. Fires will only be allowed between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. and the flames must be completely extinguished before the fire location is left unsupervised.

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