William Kuhns, Founder of NEW Month Magazine, Dies

• William Kuhns, founder of NEW Month Magazine, died March 16 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay at the age of 83.

From 1992 to 2004 Bill was owner, publisher and writer of NEW Month Magazine. Through the magazine Bill and his wife Joanne explored northeastern Wisconsin, writing about interesting places and fascinating people.

Surviving Bill are his loving wife of 59 years, Joanne, his four children Jeanne Kuhns, Roger Kuhns (Anne), Sara Kuhns (Jen) and David Kuhns (Marijke) and his five grandchildren.

A celebration of Bill’s life is planned for Saturday, June 18 from 4 – 9 pm at the Woodwalk Gallery in Egg Harbor, where friends and family will enjoy music, stories and food in Bill’s memory.

• Door Kewaunee Legislative Days, originally scheduled for April, has been postponed due to the continuing budget controversy in Madison.

A small delegation of local officials is planning an abbreviated trip to Madison during the week of May 16 to deliver a brief, targeted agenda to state officials and legislative leaders.

• Enrollment in BadgerCare Basic, Wisconsin’s low-income health insurance program, was frozen March 18. The plan was introduced by Gov. Jim Doyle last year to provide basic coverage to low-income adults without children who were on the waitlest for the BadgerCare Core Plan. Designed to operate without taxpayer subsidies, the plan has rung up a $1.6 million deficit in its first nine months.

Families pay $130 monthly premiums for the program, but those premiums for current enrollees will rise to $200 a month in May.

• The Town of Egg Harbor voted to approve a measure to rehabilitate Fire Station #1. The town and the Village of Egg Harbor will each contribute up to $150,000 to the project.

• The Village of Egg Harbor will accept letters of interest for its open trustee position through April 4. A new trustee will be appointed to fill the remaining 11 months of Mike Fitzgerald’s term April 11. The village also has openings on its Plan Commission, Joint Fire Commission, Joint Ballfield and Cemetery Committee, and its Zoning Board of Appeals.