Monday, May 20, 2013
The grand opening for the new lakefront park has been set! Find out when you can visit the newest addition to Port Washington.
Construction on Coal Dock Park near the We Energies plant and on the lake front has long been underway, and a grand opening event is set for June 22. The Saturday event will last from noon to 8 p.m. and include live music, food and beverages to celebrate the new 12-acre park space, according to Port Washington Main Street. The park is located on the north coal dock; a bird sanctuary and walking trails accessible from South Beach opened on the south coal dock last year. Sign up for the Patch newsletter, and get details about this event when they become available. More about Coal Dock Park:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Aquaponics, winter lake surfing and photos of picturesque Port Washington all are featured on the popular video uploading website.
In these days of cell phone cameras and user-friendly editing software, everybody's a producer. Or can be. And YouTube is the medium of choice for millions of people, including some right here in Port Washington and Saukville. Did you recently take a video doing something exciting in Port or Saukville? Add it to this article and share your story!
Saturday, May 11, 2013
The group is launching fundraising efforts in hopes of gathering more than $200,000 to pay for its planned efforts.
The Port Washington Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee that formed following 15-year-old Tyler Buczek's drowning death has launched a fundraising campaign to help with its planned initiatives. The committee hopes to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to an Ozaukee Press article, for items such as educational signs and programs as well as a memorial that will honor Buczek — who drowned while swimming on North Beach in September — and 24-year-old Peter Dougherty, who died while kayaking in Lake Michigan in March 2012. The commitee will actively seek donations from community groups, the article said. Learn more about the Waterfront Safety Advisory Committee's iniatives in previous articles on Patch: Other related stories:
Monday, April 15, 2013
The "Flip, Float and Follow" method to escaping currents when in dangerous lake situations will be part of presentations by the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project in Port.
Beachgoers heading to the shores in Port Washington this year will notice some manmade additions to the landscape — mainly educational signs and safety life rings — and residents are also invited to attend water safety seminars to prep themselves for a day of swimming. "Water safety is something that everyone should know, and we often take it for granted," said Dave Benjamin, executive director of the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. "Accidents can happen anywhere … a lot of times people go to the beach like it's a big park, and they don't realize that there's a lot of big currents that can happen on the lake, and the conditions can change really fast." The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project — comprised of "Great Lakes surfers dedicated to …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The Water Safety Committee that formed in light of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek's death revealed plans to dedicate park pavilion in the planned Coal Dock Park to the two drowning victims, as well as some educational initiatives coming to the area.
A park pavilion will be constructed on the planned Coal Dock Park to remember Port residents Tyler Buczek and Peter Dougherty — both drowning victims who died in 2012. The park pavilion will include an elevated lookout and members of the Water Safety Committee — which formed in light of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek's death — are working with local architect and Ald. Mike Ehrlich on its design, according to an Ozaukee Press article. A small plaque on the pavilion will dedicate the structure to Buczek and Dougherty. Buczek had been swimming off North Beach with a group of friends when the current took him over Labor Day weekend; Dougherty died while kayaking on Lake Michigan on March 10, 2012. Several area residents came forward concerned about …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Lake Michigan offers magnificent views all year, and many photographers — professional and amateur alike — offer glimpses of the beautiful water.
Do you have photos of Lake Michigan to share? Just click "Upload Photos and Videos" to post a pic and basic description in the caption. Lake Michigan offers magnificent views all year, and many photographers — professional and amateur alike — offer glimpses of the beautiful water. Upload your photos here, and perhaps it will be featured as the next cover photo on the Patch Facebook page!
Friday, November 2, 2012
One of the best things about living in a lakefront community are the amazing Lake Michigan sunrises. Take a look at our gallery, and add your own photos.
The sunrise over Lake Michigan is different every day. Here are some pics we snapped of our favorites. Take a look, and share yours, too.
Monday, October 29, 2012
As Hurricane Sandy descends on the East Coast, gale-force winds are churning up Lake Michigan and building some monster waves.
As Hurricane Sandy begins to descend on the East Coast, those in the midwest aren't just idly sitting by. The National Weather Service has predicted gale-force winds up to 40 mph for Southeastern Wisconsin. A small craft advisory is in effect through Monday evening, with wind gusts expected to be between 25 and 38 mph on the lake, according to NWS Meteorologist Morgan Brooks. A gale warning takes effect Monday night and will last through Tuesday night, with winds between 39 and 54 mph over the lake. Waves are expected to get to 4 to 7 feet by Monday, and reach up to 16 feet high on Tuesday in southeastern Wisconsin. In open waters farther from shore, Brooks said waves could be in the range of 30 feet high. But bad weather doesn't have to …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Kayak surfing, kayak fishing — and even kayaking upside-down are just some of the YouTube videos posted by users in the Port Washington area. Check out these summer moments now that fall is nearly officially here.
Thanks to smart phones and the cultural phenomenon of YouTube, everyone is a video director and producer. And with a little digging, you can craft an entertaining look at your community as residents and tourists see it. Take a few minutes to browse these Port Washington and Saukville related videos uploaded over the summer. A kayaker wears a helmet camera while kayak surfing on South Beach in Port Washington just about a week ago. The video uploaded by user Ryan Brunner. Check out the white caps coming behind him! But it gets better: user kcbraband uploaded a video of a couple kayakers attempting to kayak upside-down. This is not a joke. In July, user ercelfish00 uploaded a video showing off his catch while fishing from a kayak. Then, in …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Do you know about different kinds of lake currents, and how to survive being caught in them? Do you wonder how to learn about lake safety? Experts answer these and other questions in hopes of preventing another drowning after Tyler Buczek's tragic death.
Port Washington area residents galvanized over the tragic Lake Michigan drowning of 15-year-old Tyler Buczek, who was set to start his first day of high school just two days after his death. While the community rallied support for friends and family of the teenager through a candlelight vigil and other events, conversations are now looping together citizens who share a common concern: increased water-safety education and awareness. "Water safety is always foremost in my mind, and this stuff with Tyler (Buczek) just really haunted me," said Port resident Barbara Bates-Nelson, who is also a water safety instructor at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. "I thought, 'What can we do as a community to bring awareness to the (dangers of the lake…