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BC-WI--Wisconsin Weekend Exchange Digest, WI

February 14, 2019

Here are the Wisconsin AP Member Exchange Features for Feb. 16-18:



KENOSHA, Wis. _ Despite juggling a busy career as a business owner, college professor and race car driver, Kenosha’s Tony Pontillo is convinced he hasn’t worked a day in his life. Pontillo, owner of Don’s Auto Parts & Machine Shop, was recently recognized for his many contributions to the auto industry in being named the 2018 Vintage Engine Builder of the Year by Engine Builder magazine. The 50-year-old Kenosha native received a cash prize, wall plaque and a prize package from Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ sponsoring brands at the annual Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis. By Jeffrey Zampanti, Kenosha News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 667 words, photos.


YORKVILLE, Wis. _ Michael and Dawn Hourigan didn’t dub their home the Yorkville Mansion. As they were renovating their bedroom, they found on some boards in the wall the name “J.F. Moyle” in large looping cursive with “Yorkville Mansion” written underneath. J.F. stood for John Foxwell Moyle, who, with some help, built the Yorkville Mansion in 1883 for his family. By Christina Lieffring, The Journal Times. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1079 words, photos.



VINLAND, Wis. _ Reclaimed wood walls and cafe-style collaborative working areas are part of a $7 million renovation giving some employees at J. J. Keller & Associates near Neenah new working spaces. The project is not only an update and enhancement to one of the buildings on the campus. It’s also part of the company’s retention and attraction efforts. By Nathan Phelps, Press-Gazette Media. SENT IN ADVANCE: 590 words, photos.


ONALASKA, Wis. _ It’s best to let sleeping bats lie in winter. When bats prematurely wake from their hibernation and leave their haunts — as some did after polar vortex conditions gave way to 40-degree temperatures — they may die. But it’s not the cold that kills them, it’s the extra activity. So when animal control gets calls about bats in the building, Kathy KasaKaitas rescues them and brings them to the Coulee Region Humane Society in Onalaska. It’s the only facility in southwestern Wisconsin permitted to overwinter bats. By Jennifer Lu, La Crosse Tribune. SENT IN ADVANCE: 887 words, photos.

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