Wednesday, May 29, 2013
5/16/13 - NOISE - Police were contacted by a local resident wishing to file a noise complaint against the Markesan Shell station because its "yellow blow up ornament" reportedly makes too much noise. Police contacted the on-duty clerk regarding the noise. The clerk immediately turned the machine off and stated night shift employees would be instructed to turn it off earlier in the night as well.
5/16/13 - ESCORT - Markesan police assisted a local church with a funeral escort within the City of Markesan. The escort occurred without incident.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
To properly read "Police Beat" in the Markesan Regional Reporter, you must hum the music from "Dragnet" between entries. We're back to traveling "up north" to Little Green Lake every weekend. Before we even get to our trailer on the lake, we pull into the gas station and pick up a copy of the Markesan Regional Reporter so we can find out what's been going on in town. Last week's paper had some rather sad reports of disturbances, citizen assists, citizen disputes, and an OWI. However, we did spot these two gems, gems that assure us that life in Markesan is pretty safe:
5/07/13 - CITIZEN ASSIST - Police were contacted by a local resident regarding a motorcycle that was left on their property approximately one year earlier. According to the complainant, the bike was left to be repaired; however, after the repair costs were determined, the bike's original owner abandoned the bike. The complainant further stated to police that the DMV stated local police could deem a vehicle as abandoned, which would allow ownership to be transferred to the property owner. After researching local ordinances, however, police informed the complainant that no ordinance appeared to give police such a power, further informing the complainant that the matter is civil in nature.
5/07/13 - TRAFFIC MISC. - A concerned citizen contacted police regarding the speed of traffic along North Street, a roadway that is largely dirt and not paved. Police ran stationary radar on multiple vehicles along road, which has a speed limit of 30 MPH. Police noted the vehicles driving as slow as 15 MPH and as fast as 22 MPH. Police also traveled the road, noting that at even 10 MPH a great deal of dust was kicked up behind the vehicle.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
How do you change the world? One child at a time. Virtual book tour with children's author Heidi Stacy
Today’s virtual author tour is with Heidi Stacy. Heidi is a parent, grandparent, educator, former kindergarten teacher, speaker, and neuroscience researcher. She was named the Betty Brinn Children's Museum Teacher of the Year for Hands On Learning. Her first children's book, Back Rub-A-Dubs, is a hilarious romp through different kinds of back rubs we can give, all sung to the tune of "Frère Jacques." I bought five of these books and gave them to the parents of my grandchildren and "adopted" grandchildren.
Heidi likes to quote anthropologist Ashley Montagu, Ph.D, who said, "Our survival depends on touch." Heidi says, "Through many first-hand experiences, I have found that when basic needs are met, bonding, trust, good behaviors, and strong cognitive learning is born in children. Touch is one such basic need."
Friday, May 3, 2013
I’m having fun "blog-hosting" my writing colleagues on their virtual book tours. Today I introduce you to Karen McQuestion, who once took my writing class (she didn’t need it), and who has helped me immeasurably in my own publishing life. She is a national best-selling author who writes books for adults as well as for kids and teens. Her novels have been published by Amazon Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Brilliance Audio, and have been translated into multiple languages. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and is always working on her next novel.