Local News Briefs Friday 3/7/14

Fond du Lac County’s District Attorney’s Office waited until after a veterinarian’s medical exam of two puppies doused with bleach before filing charges against the mother of the boy responsible. According to the criminal complaint the puppy known as “Turner” who was doused with bleach after biting at the boy’s feet was exposed to that bleach for about three hours when it was placed in a trash bag and then an outside dumpster. The exam determined “Turner” suffered scarred lungs and the damage is permanent. The puppy’s sister “Tina” who was splashed by that bleach was also exposed for about three hours. The veterinarian’s exam on Wednesday determined injuries to her eyes and tear ducts have been resolved. A third puppy removed from the apartment “Ike” was not exposed to the bleach. Thirty-year-old Amanda Farr of Fond du Lac will make her initial court appearance on charges stemming from the incident next Tuesday in Fond du Lac County Court.

Red Cross Assists Family Displaced By Fire

The Fond du Lac chapter of the American Red Cross continues to help out a family displaced by fire at the beginning of the week. Lisa Stanchfield of the Red Cross says they aided firefighters who braved sub zero temperatures to fight the fire at 394 Ruggles Street over several hours Monday. They also helped the couple displaced by the fire. A man and a woman living in the home were both taken to St. Agnes Hospital and later to a burn center in Madison. Now that they are back in Fond du Lac the Red Cross continues to follow up with them to see to their immediate needs. The two-story wood frame home heavily damaged by the fire has been condemned.

Lt Governors Hosts Tax Reform Roundtable In FDL Next Week

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler will be in Fond du Lac next week for a roundtable discussion on tax reform. The event will be held next Thursday at the UW-Fond du Lac in Room 113 of the University Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be welcome to provide comments on Wisconsin’s current tax climate and their ideas for tax reform.

Coffee With Your Congressman Saturday In FDL

Congressman Tom Petri is inviting area residents to have “Coffee with your Congressman” tomorrow. The 6th District Congressman will be at Bernie’s, located inside Schreiner’s Restaurant, in Fond du Lac from 8 to 9 a.m. He will be available to talk about any issue someone is having with a government agency, answer questions about what’s happening in Congress, and hear constituent feedback about federal issues.

Senator Johnson Comments On Energy

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says America has the potential to deal with energy and fossil fuel shortages. The federal lawmaker from Fond du Lac says unhampered free trade using our energy reserves would help. He’s also encouraged by the hydraulic fracturing technology and its potential uses to tap into oil and gas reserves. He says environmentalists are inhibiting the use of that technology. He also lays some blame on the Obama Administration whose goals he says are to drive up the price of fossil fuels. Johnson says we should support policies that keep energy prices reasonable using a free market and competitive system.

More FDL 8th Graders Taking Algebra

Fond du Lac Schools Superintendent Jim Sebert says the school district should have no problems with a new state law that will require future high school graduates to take more math and science courses. The law will require those students to take three math and three science course before they graduate. Sebert says according to their numbers more 8th graders are taking algebra courses over the last three years. He says that’s increased from 15 to 40 percent over that span. He says that will mean more students will be prepared for what will be offered at the high school. The first class affected by the new graduation requirements is the Class of 2017.

Miss FDL Pageant Saturday

The Goodrich Little Theatre in Fond du Lac will host the 2014 Miss Fond du Lac and Miss Wisconsin Central Scholarship Pageant Saturday night. A Miss Fond du Lac Outstanding Teen will also be crowned. Breanna Branson is competing for the Outstanding Teen title a second time. The pageant will showcase the talents of all 19 girls competing for the three crowns. Outstanding Teen contestant Sarah Niehauser will be singing. Alexandra Burmeister is hoping the third time will be the charm for her in the Miss Fond du Lac pageant. Tickets for Saturday night’s pageant will be available at the theatre tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow night at the door. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m.

Taylor Park Friends Put On Annual Blues Concert Saturday

Friends of Taylor Park and Pool Saturday night hope to replace the winter blahs by giving people the blues. In particular they will be holding a Blues concert at the Fond du Lac Elks Club Ballroom. Mary Wilcox of the Friends says they’ve lined up a Grammy winning blues group for entertainment. Billy Flynn is a two-time winner and has been nominated five times. She says money made from their fundraisers go toward purchasing equipment and making improvements at the park and pool. She says they’ve also planted trees at the park and during that type of project you learn to better appreciate the park. The concert is at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Wegner’s Office Supply and Mike’s Music.

Movie Fans Invited To Go Ape At Thelma Tonight

Classic movie fans are invited to go ape tonight at the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts. The center in Fond du Lac will be showing a digitally re-mastered film of the 1933 Classic “King Kong.” Eighty years ago the creature towered over the New York skyline and the box office. While you are watching the film you can enjoy Faris gourmet popcorn, a cash bar and even some Ang an Eddie’s Pizza. The bar opens at 7 p.m. and the film will start at 7:30. For tickets contact the center.