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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.

Wisconsin bankers not rosy about economy

A survey of bank CEO’s in Wisconsin shows the majority believe the state’s economy is still getting worse.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) questioned CEO’s, 124 completed the survey, and 65 percent feel or economy is weakening with only 35 percent saying Wisconsin’s economy is improving.

Why the gloomy outlook? CEO’s cited flat demand for loans, more delinquencies, foreclosures and past due payments for their lack of optimism.

Here’s more from the WBA.

All of State Senate District 28 is now a disaster area

Every county in Senate District 28 that I represent has now been declared a disaster area by FEMA.

Here is a release from Governor Doyle’s office:

Governor Doyle Announces Six More Counties Added to Disaster Declaration 

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Congratulations Matt Dobbs!

Eagle Scouts

Matt Dobbs’ Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Saturday, June 21, 2008.

My office prepared a state citation that was presented to Matt Dobbs at the special ceremony. It reads:

Whereas, Matt Dobbs is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 530, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and

Whereas, Matt Dobbs’s Eagle Scout project included renovating five sets of bleachers, by removing and replacing forty 20-foot boards,  for three baseball fields at the New Berlin Veterans of Foreign Wars Post; and

Whereas, Matt Dobbs earned 41 merit badges, served his troop in the leadership positions of Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, and was elected to the Order of the Arrow; and

Whereas, Matt Dobbs is a 2008 Graduate of Franklin High School and earned a 3.6 grade point average and participated with several bands; and

Whereas, Matt Dobbs plans to attend University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, majoring in biochemistry; now

Therefore, the members of the Wisconsin State Senate on the motion of Senator Mary Lazich, commend Matt Dobbs for outstanding dedication and service to scouting.  Matt Dobbs is further commended for successfully completing the requirements necessary to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honorable rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.

Inland fishing season is open

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The gradually improving weather is good news for Wisconsin anglers. One of the state’s great pastimes, the inland fishing season opened on May 3.

Each fishing license that is sold in Wisconsin means another participant in a longtime Wisconsin tradition that hopefully can pass the time-honored ritual down to another generation. According to the Department of Natural Resources DNR), For every license sold, the state receives an additional $10 in federal aid for fish restoration.

Here is more information from the DNR:

The hook-and-line game fish season opened May 3 on inland waters for walleye, sauger, and northern pike statewide.

The largemouth and smallmouth bass southern zone opened May 3, while the northern bass zone runs for catch and release only from May 3 through June 20. Anglers are reminded that artificial lures and barbless hooks must be used if fishing for bass during the catch-and-release bass fishing season in the northern zone and any other waterbody that has bass catch-and-release regulations. From June 21 to March 1, 2009, there’s a minimum length limit of 14 inches with a daily bag limit of five fish in total. The northern zone is the area north of highways 77, 64 and 29.

The musky season opened May 3 in the southern zone and May 24 in the northern zone, with Highway 10 the dividing line.

The seasons for rock, yellow and white bass, panfish, bullheads and rough fish, catfish, cisco and whitefish are open all year.

Wisconsin residents and nonresidents 16 years old or older need a fishing license to fish in any waters of the state. Residents born before Jan. 1, 1927 do not need a license, nor do people who exhibit proof they are in active service with the U.S. armed forces and are a resident on furlough or leave.

People can buy licenses: over the Internet through the Online Licensing Center; at any DNR Service Center; at DNR license vendors; or by calling toll-free 1-877-WI LICENSE (1-877-945-4236). 

How do I know if my pier is ok under new state law?

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