State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The incredibly talented Muskego Water Bugs have been invited to compete in the 2008 Sino-American Water Ski Competition in China. They will represent the United States against two of the very best professional Chinese water ski show teams.
The Muskego Water Bugs will leave for China on September 26 and return on October 6 after competing in Dongguan City of Guangdong Province and Shanghai. The Chinese competition became part of a Chinese holiday celebration six years ago. While the Muskego water skiers are delighted to travel to China for the competition, they believe the most important element of their trip is the great opportunity to build U.S./China relations through the avenue of entertainment.
Travel and food expenses are being handled by the Chinese Water Ski Association in cooperation with each local government sponsor. Private and corporate donations are being accepted to offset miscellaneous expenses. Fourteen members of the Muskego Water Bugs and three other Wisconsin water-skiers are making the trip.
Family oriented, the Muskego Water Bugs feature parents and children performing on the shores of beautiful Little Muskego Lake at Idle Isle. This year, the group is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Formed in 1958 on Okauchee Lake, the skiers wanted to exhibit their water skills to spectators. The Water Bugs became one of Wisconsin’s first ski show clubs.
The group moved to Beulah in East Troy in 1967 and built their first ski jump. Not only did the Water Bugs perform shows at Beulah beach, they began competing in state, regional, and national contests, taking second place for show competition at the 1973 Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championships.
One year later, another move, this time to rainbow Springs. Without a particular home, the Water Bugs traveled from location to location, performing at various cities and lakes. That changed in 1981. The Water Bugs declared Little Muskego Lake as their new home. They have been performing at Idle Isle Park ever since, even providing water ski lessons during the summer.
The Muskego Water Bugs is one of the oldest water ski show teams in the country, officially celebrating their 50th anniversary September 5 and 6, 2008. September 6 will feature an alumni show at 2:00 pm. The current Water Bugs will perform at 3:00 pm. And you can’t beat this…the price is right: all shows throughout the season and on September 6 are free!
The performers have been rewarded for their hard work and talent, winning numerous state, national, and international championships. Like our Olympians, the team is comprised of amateur skiers and drivers whose only compensation is the thunderous applause of appreciative fans. I am truly amazed at the enormous talent and high-quality entertainment Wisconsin has to offer right here in Senate District 28 in Muskego.
I prepared a special Senate citation, and I was thrilled to present it during intermission at another of their outstanding performances on August 20. The citation reads:
Whereas, the Muskego Water Bugs are invited to represent the United States at the 2008 Sino-American Water Ski Competition to compete against two top professional Chinese show ski teams; and
Whereas, the Muskego Water Bugs qualified and placed fourth in the Division One National Show Ski Team Competition at the Thirty-Fourth Championships, with additional competition awards to Kelly Neubauer and Kyle Wohler earning fourteenth place doubles, Meghan Moriarty and Marty Campbell earning second place doubles, The Jump Team earning fifth place, and Terry Roslawski earning the Skip Gilkerson Award for best male skier; and
Whereas, the Muskego Water Bugs will represent the United States of America with 14 participants from Muskego, including Terry Roslawski, Peggy Moriarty, Alyssa Modlinski, Cory Krivitz, Kyle Wohler, Michelle Aird, Meghan Moriarty, Marty Campbell, Kaitlin Moriarty, Andy Krumrai, Mike O’Dwyer, Allie Krumrai, Craig Planton, and Mark Moriarty and three Wisconsin water skiers, Jeremy Armstrong, Kristin Armstrong, and Geoff Stone joining the Muskego Water Bugs for the China competition; now
Therefore, the members of the Wisconsin State Senate on the motion of Senator Mary Lazich congratulate the Muskego Water Bugs for successfully competing to earn status to represent the United States of America at the China competition. The Muskego Water Bugs are further commended for earning distinction to represent the United States of America at the China event to better United States/Chinese relations in an environment centered around fun and entertainment.
I wish the Muskego Water Bugs the best of luck at the 2008 Sino-American Water Ski Competition in China! Thank you, Water Bugs, for sharing your gifted talents and for bringing immense pride and joy to our great state!
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for flood recovery assistance from the federal government. If you want to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for assistance for damages from June flooding, the deadline is September 15, 2008.
You can apply online here or call FEMA's toll free line at (800) 621-FEMA.
Just under 38,500 Wisconsin registrants have applied for help from FEMA. The agency has provided over $48 million to Wisconsin residents and households and about $29 million in loans to small businesses has also been approved.
Two years ago, I wrote a column predicting “an outrageous explosion of gambling, the likes of which Wisconsin has never seen. Tourism brochures can start describing the Badger State as the Las Vegas of the Midwest.”
I specifically pointed to the Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee and how its massive expansion flies in the face of voters and the Wisconsin Constitution.
Just how big was the growth at Potawatomi? Here is the most recent ranking of the top 10 largest Indian casinos.
This past weekend, the Muskego Teen Advisory Board hosted a dunk tank for the community festival at Moorland Park. I sat in the dunk tank for an hour on Sunday and took a few dips in the process.
I’m very happy to report that the dunk tank raised $1432.50. Proceeds will be used toward two sand volleyball courts at Moorland Park. Thank you to everyone who participated for this very good cause!