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VISIT Milwaukee creates Bikers’ Guide for H-D’s 110th Anniversary

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Bikers from not only our area, but from around the world, will be riding into Milwaukee for Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary.  There are plenty of things to do and attractions to see, it could be hard to keep track.  But a helpful guide has been created with bikers in mind.

“For the past four celebrations, we’ve created the official bikers guide,” said Jeannine Sherman, Director of Public Relations for VISIT Milwaukee

It’s a booklet five months in the making.  67 pages full of articles, ads and anything Anniversary related.

“It’s a guide not only for bikers to find out not only the great events happening during the 110th, but also how to take advantage of the entire city as well while they’re here,” said Sherman.

I-43 could expand to three lanes from Silver Spring to Grafton

mapMILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is looking to make changes on I-43. Those changes would affect a stretch of interstate from Milwaukee County into Ozaukee County.

Close to 90,000 vehicles a day drive along the I-43 north-south corridor from Silver Spring Dr. to Highway 60 in Grafton. That’s why WisDOT is working to open the roads, add more lanes, and improve five interchanges.

“We wanted to look at making it safer and bringing more cars through here everyday,” said Lindsay Schmidt of WisDOT.

WisDOT is studying the section of the freeway to see what works best to keep traffic flowing.

Rally, ride planned from Rome, Wisconsin to metro Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Thousands of bikers kicked off Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary celebration in Rome, Italy this past June.

It was a celebration many here would have liked to join, but if you didn’t make it there for the party, there will be one right here in Wisconsin.

“There were some of us who decided we couldn’t afford to go to Rome and meet the Pope, and we wanted to keep it more localized,” said Ron ‘Rebel’ Gasser.

“’But hey, what if we ride home from Rome, Wisconsin?’  And it kind of snowballed from there,” said Bill ‘Cosmo’ Ingram.

ride2Gasser and Ingram, instead, decided to organize their own ride starting in central Wisconsin, from the Town of Rome, which is just south of Wisconsin Rapids.

More than 1 million people attended Wis. State Fair in 2013

WEST ALLIS (WITI) — They’re packing up and moving out, now that the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair has come and gone.

Vendor Paul Gorecki says he’s a little sad it’s over, especially because this was his most successful fair in the past 10 years.

“I would take another 11 days of this. It was great, the weather was awesome, the customers were awesome, everybody was in a great mood. They were spending money and having a great time,” says Gorecki.

More than a million fairgoers walked through the turnstiles, the largest reported attendance since 1969.

Now, State Fair officials are keeping many employees on staff throughout the week to help with the clean-up effort.

“We have about 75 employees that we keep over. A lot of paper picking, a lot of equipment pick-up we have over 200 picnic tables and 250 benches,” says State Fair Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Kenneth Jaeger.

Backpack Buddies program helps needy kids get school supplies

MEQUON (WITI) — They’re a fun backpack accessory! Backpack Buddies are now on sale at Balistreri owned Sendik’s Food Markets.

“I picked the monkey because it was really cute,” says 12-year-old Elle Fair.

While they’re fun, they’re also making a big difference in the lives of low-income children.

“I’m sure it feels horrible to feel like you can’t get supplies for your kids, so we really want to help with that,” says Samara Fangman as she was buying a Backpack Buddy for her son.

Sendik’s has been teaming up with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin for the past 6 years to sell the cute stuffed animals, while using the money raised to buy backpacks and school supplies for children in need.

Walker requests Federal Disaster Aid due to June flooding

MADISON (WITI) – Governor Scott Walker requested a federal disaster declaration for 11 Wisconsin counties after torrential rains and flooding in June caused more than $9.2 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure.

The request is for federal assistance to help local governments recover from the disaster.

“During the height of the flooding, hundreds of local roads were closed, culverts were washed out and mudslides and boulders stopped traffic for days along major highways,” said Governor Walker.  “I saw the damage and I know the financial strain the storms inflicted on many families and local communities.”

Governor Walker requested federal disaster assistance for Ashland, Bayfield, Crawford, Dane, Grant, Iowa, Richland, Rock, St. Croix, Sauk, and Vernon Counties as the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Ride the Freeway Flyer or shuttle to the Wisconsin State Fair

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — People heading to enjoy the Wisconsin State Fair know parking can be a bit of an issue. You either have to pay for a spot in one of the fair lots or drive up and down streets for an empty parking spot.

You can avoid all of that hassle by simply riding the Milwaukee County Transit System’s Freeway Flyer or taking a shuttle to the fair.

Park at specified park-ride lots and ride a Freeway Flyer to and from the State Fair. Or, park at the Watertown Plank or Timmerman Field Park-Ride Lots and catch a Shuttle to State Fair. Flyer and Shuttle service begins approximately one half-hour before the Fair opens and ends one half-hour after the Fair closes.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Freeway Flyer & shuttle routes