“Green Bay fireworks to showcase new downtown”

The Fourth of July festivities in downtown Green Bay provide the perfect opportunity to showcase all that is new.

Downtown Green Bay businesses are pulling out all the stops with about 100,000 people expected at the city’s Fourth of July festivities.

 

“Just because of how many people are going to be down here, you really have to be on your A-game to showcase what you have,” said Beau Gille, the owner of Adam’s Street Pub & Grill.

Adam’s Street Pub is hoping a pig roast and live music will help lure people in. The restaurant and bar opened just four months ago. Gille hopes the fourth will help introduce people to his new downtown establishment.

 

“We’re crossing our fingers,” said Gille. “It should be the big hooray, the Super Bowl, I guess so to speak.”

Green Bay city leaders are hoping the same thing for its revamped downtown.

 

“I think if you haven’t been here in a year, it’s significantly improved,” said Jim Schmitt, Green Bay’s mayor.

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Roundabout at Mason/Taylor opening

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Some minor relief when it comes to traffic headaches in Green Bay.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing the newly constructed roundabout at the Mason and Taylor streets intersection in Brown County is opening to traffic by 6 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3.

All movements within the roundabout are opening to motorists except for the western leg that remains closed until the Mason Street interchange at US 41 opens August 1.

The roundabout at the Mason and Taylor streets intersection is being completed a month ahead of schedule and is part of the $29 million reconstruction of the Mason Street interchange.

via Roundabout at Mason/Taylor opening.

First Big Brush With Winter For Northeast Wisconsin

After a mild and near snowless November and December it appears all good things must come to an end.  From the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI 301 PM CST WED JAN 11 2012 …SNOW EXPECTED TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT TRAVEL CONDITIONS THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS… .A COMPLEX STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES REGION TONIGHT. SNOW FROM THE STORM WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM WEST TO EAST TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING…AND THEN CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.THE SNOW WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. WIZ022-038>040-048>050-073-074-120515- /O.UPG.KGRB.WS.A.0001.120112T1200Z-120113T1200Z/ /O.NEW.KGRB.WW.Y.0002.120112T1500Z-120113T1500Z/ DOOR-OUTAGAMIE-BROWN-KEWAUNEE-WINNEBAGO-CALUMET-MANITOWOC- SOUTHERN MARINETTE-SOUTHERN OCONTO- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…STURGEON BAY…APPLETON…GREEN BAY… ALGOMA…OSHKOSH…CHILTON…TWO RIVERS…CRIVITZ 301 PM CST WED JAN 11 2012 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 9 AM CST FRIDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 9 AM CST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * SNOW WILL BEGIN THURSDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY MORNING. * 5 TO 7 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. * THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO POOR ROAD CONDITIONS AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

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Green Bay possible host for WIAA state basketball tournaments

Potential good news for the Green Bay area.

Madison’s place as host to the WIAA state basketball tournaments has outlasted The Great Depression, World War II and the disco era, but it might not survive growing pressure to reserve the Kohl Center for University of Wisconsin sports during March.

WIAA executive director Dave Anderson said Friday the state’s governing body for high school sports is actively seeking a new home for its state boys and girls basketball tournaments, as early as 2012-13.

After holding the boys tournament in Madison for 91 of the past 92 years, that might mean taking both tournaments to Green Bay or Milwaukee.

Anderson told the WIAA Board of Control that PMI Entertainment Group, which represents the Resch Center in Green Bay, has made an official offer to host the tournaments beginning in 2014. He said the WIAA also has inquired about the availability of the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee to host the state tournaments for the two sports that are the WIAA’s biggest moneymakers.

It’s all but a given that beginning in 2014 both tournaments will need a new home.

“We have reached out to other venues, knowing that we’re certainly going to need a home for our tournaments by 2014,” said Anderson, whose association is under contract with UW to hold the state basketball tournaments on the Madison campus through 2013 but has been told that conflicts could force both tournaments to be moved from the Kohl Center.

“It’s a given. Whether that home is a facility in Madison, a facility in Milwaukee or a facility in Green Bay. We’re limited.”

So just what are the conflicts that are causing the WIAA to look at alternative sites?  One is the new Big Ten Hockey conference.

The long-term conflicts include the dynamics of the Big Ten men’s hockey conference, which debuts during the 2013-14 season.

The conference announced in June it will use a two-week postseason format that begins with the four lowest seeds meeting in a best-of-three series at the home of the highest seed. The winners will advance to face the top two seeds at the home of the No. 1 seed the next week.

The economic benefits in Green Bay could be huge if the tournaments were hosted here.

The 12 WIAA state tournaments held on the UW campus have an estimated economic impact of $10 million on the city of Madison and Dane County, according to Greater Madison Visitor and Convention Bureau figures. Boys and girls basketball, which bring in more than $3 million of the WIAA’s $6 million in annual revenue, account for most of that.

Were you disappointed when the WIAA moved the boys sectional tournaments from Green Bay?  If so start letting them know that you want the state tournaments to be held here.

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