Category Archives: West Bend

Historic West Bend lights up, builds chops

The momentum is building for making downtown West Bend a very special place where people go for good memories and good times. The Christmas tree lighting Thursday at Old Settlers Park in the heart of downtown drew more than 1000 … Read the rest

GOP aside, Bluff, Riverwalk projects in the end zone

With zero help from area Republicans, but major support from Gov. Tony Evers, two game-changing urban conservation projects, one in Ozaukee County and one in Washington County, are moving to successful outcomes. In both cases Democratic Gov. Evers remedied a … Read the rest

What would our fallen veterans say to us? Contribute, be united, be tough.

How could a Memorial Day parade and service be carried off any better than last Monday’s in downtown West Bend? It was a sunny, breezy day, perfect to remember and model ourselves after local heroes, to say thanks to our … Read the rest

Respect school board leadership on April 5; keep dissidents off the board

Here we go again. Remember back in the last decade when the West Bend School District was almost brought to its knees when a band of religiously driven zealots pounded away at the management and school board for not meeting … Read the rest

West Bend’s Main Street will get a face-lift

It was a half-century ago that an embryonic non-profit redevelopment group called City Centro Inc. led the way toward angle parking on Main Street and brick pavers for its sidewalks. The red brick pavers created a unique look. Bump-outs on … Read the rest

Tom Lidtke’s gift to West Bend, Wisconsin

Talk about ambitious! One of West Bend’s finest, Tom Lidtke, is a visionary man. He is the community leader who envisioned and promoted the transformation of the tiny West Bend Art Museum into the grand Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) … Read the rest

West Bend’s renaissance coming to the fore.

There was magic in the air Friday night in downtown West Bend as three musicians from the area – two unlikely suspects – displayed their musical chops on the stage of The Bend. The atmosphere in the restored theatre was … Read the rest

Downtown renaissance defies COVID

When the organizers of the restoration of the historic West Bend theatre were mounting their efforts in 2017 to 2019, they operated on the fundamental premise that the community would “own” The Bend. Community members far and wide pitched in … Read the rest