Category Archives: Washington County

Moraine Chorus: Collateral damage from campus closure

It was bittersweet enough that last Sunday’s nostalgic performance by the Moraine Chorus at the Theatre on the Hill was the last foreseeable event there. But it was doubly and triply sad that Peter Gibeau (pictured left), a beloved professor … Read the rest

A requiem for UWM-WC; a look forward

The last class of students has been taking its final exams at the West Bend campus of the University of Wisconsin -- Milwaukee at Washington County. The West Bend Theatre Company staged its last play at its Theatre on the … Read the rest

Update on The Bend: More Sell-out Crowds

It is so much fun to watch a new venture go well, and that has certainly been the case as the community has supported The Bend, a pure startup out of the ashes of the 1929 “movie palace.” My wife … Read the rest

Sen. Feyen: Issues to tackle

Welcome to West Bend, State Senator Dan Feyen (pictured below). And thanks to the opportunity to respond to your survey about the highest needs for public policy in Wisconsin. My response is below. You replaced Duey Strobel as the senator … Read the rest

Future use of vacated UWM-WC

Come July, the campus of the former University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at Washington County will be empty. In the face of declining enrollments, Jay Rothman, president of the Universities of Wisconsin, made an abrupt decision to shut down the … Read the rest

Moraine College concept dies

Let’s deal with reality. The concept of a “Moraine Community College” that was endorsed 19-2 by the Washington County Board of Supervisors is dead. So is the possibility of saving the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Washington County. … Read the rest

10,000 acres preserved, despite GOP resistance

Wisconsin is blessed with a vibrant land trust movement, and Washington County is particularly blessed as the home to two of the best land trusts of the more than 40 in the state. That was highlighted Thursday when Tom Stolp … Read the rest

Moratorium needed on UW campus closures

It is important to remember that Gov. Evers vetoed only the “pilot” for consolidating the two-year colleges in Washington County. He suggested it was too small a solution because it only dealt with one county. That left open the broader … Read the rest

50 years of projects transform downtown

Let no one say that leaders in West Bend aren’t bold and forward looking. The complete rebuild of Main Street, its sidewalks and the Riverwalk are the latest projects in a long series of projects that have put downtown West … Read the rest

More reform in works for local colleges

One of my friends who loves policy analysis likes to say, “Statistics are stubborn things.” So are long-term trends. Despite some recent upward blips, the stubborn numbers on enrollment at the two-year colleges in Washington County are points in case. … Read the rest