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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.

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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If you live in flooded areas, consider direct deposit for checks

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The U.S. Treasury is advising Social Security recipients who live in flood-affected areas to make arrangements for their checks to be deposited directly into their accounts.

Here are the details.

State sets up flood resource site

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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has set up a flood resources page on their website full of helpful information for flood victims.

You can see the page here.

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