Completion of new Seymour Community Museum top story of 2012

The top news story of 2012 in Seymour was the culmination of several years of planning and fund raising which resulted in the construction and opening of the new Seymour Community Museum on Saturday, July 21.
After the ribbon cutting by Seymour Mayor Judy Schuette and Seymour Historical Society President Bill Collar, long-time Historical Society member Marge Coonen was the first visitor through the doors of the new $1.2 million facility.
In remarks, Mayor Schuette said that future generations will have a better understanding of the history of the community.
Justin Rick Cleven, son of Rick and Samantha Cleven, Seymour, was the Advertiser Community News & Times-Press New Year’s Baby.
Seymour High School’s online learning center was up and running, showing modest growth.
Fire destroyed a large barn in Oneida. Family members were able to get 130 head of cattle out of the Beyer Dairy barn at N5621 Moore Road. Fire crews from several departments spent most of the night at the fire.
SCHS students Andrew Iverson and Thad Offenstein were selected to compete in the Vex Robotics Competition in Anaheim, Calif.
The Community Family Resource Center’s Winterfest provided family fun.
Seymour Community High School staged the “Pajama Game” as its 2012 musical.
Seymour Girl Scouts joined Scouts across the country to celebrate Girl Scouting’s 100th anniversary. Scouting in Seymour began in 1931.
Unusually warm weather, with temperatures in the 70s stretched over several weeks, sending plants into bloom. The region would pay for it later with frost hitting many summer crops.
The City of Seymour neared completion of its radium treatment plant with the installation of a 42,000 pound steel tank to help filter radium and iron out of the water supply.
Voters went to the polls in the presidential primary. Mitt Romney won Wisconsin’s Republican nomination with 44 percent of the vote. Rick Santorum came in second with 37 percent statewide, but finished first in Outagamie, Brown and other area counties.
SCHS student Meghan Opgenorth was part of the Lawrence Academy of Music Girl Choir which performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
SCHS teacher John Steltz was chosen to be the new Hamburger Charlie, inheriting the apron and spatula from long-time Charlie Bill Collar.
Seymour Mayor Judy Schuette was elected Outagamie County Board chairperson.
Riverview Baptist Church began its ministry in Seymour.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in an attempt to recall the governor over changes in public union bargaining rights. Walker received 61 percent of the Outagamie County vote.
The Seymour City Council told the Friends of the Lake there would be no city money available for efforts to re-open the lake.
The Seymour School Board held a Town Hall meeting to discuss the future of education and declining resources.
The Seymour Farmers’ Market opened in a new location on WIS 54.
The SCHS Band toured New York and Massachusetts.
Provimi Veal announced it was laying off 50 workers at its facility in Isaar.
A barn fire at the Bill Paltzer farm on CTH C in Osborn kept crews busy for hours and put a strain on the Seymour water supply. The barn was full of hay when it caught fire.
The Seymour City Council learned that it had to provide access to the lake at Lake Park under terms of a grant which helped fund the lake. The gate providing access was opened.
“Getting Cheezy with Hamburger Charlie” was the theme for Burger Fest 2012 in honor of Cheezy Jim McMaster. “Ed and Michelle” from the BBC were on hand to feature Burger Fest on a children’s program in England. They even took part in the world-famous Ketchup Slide.
SCHS FBLA members Breezy Woldt, Taylor Noeller and Emily Pelky competed at the national FBLA convention.
As many as 16 tenders hauled water to a barn fire at N4985 in the Town of Oneida. Equipment and hay were destroyed in the blaze.
The Seymour City Council voted to seek a repair-or-raze order against James Johnson of Oconto Falls, owner of a home at 302 W. Factory St. At year’s end, the city has issued an order that all personal property be removed prior to demolition.
Seymour police wrapped up an unusual “sexting” case where the first suspect turned out to be the victim of another juvenile in the city.
Seymour police arrested Dustin Roskom, 30, after finding illegal mushroom growing apparatus at his home. To date, he has not been charged in Outagamie County District Court.
Green Bay Packers player Jordy Nelson filmed a Wisconsin Department of Tourism commercial on a Seymour area farm.
Residents near Seymour voiced opposition to a proposed American Transmission Company high-voltage power line route.
Former Seymour resident Tracy Steffens was named Police Woman of the year.
President Barack Obama won a second term as president, carrying Wisconsin, but not carrying Outagamie, Brown, Shawano or Waupaca Counties where Mitt Romney was favored.
A dispute arose between Brown and Outagamie Counties over fees for out-of-county library use.
Area schools met or exceeded expectations on new state school “report cards.”
SCHS presented the 1930s play “You Can’t Take it With You.”
Seymour FFA attended the national FFA Convention in Indianapolis.
The Seymour City Council passed a 2013 budget with a total property tax rate of $23.08 for city residents. Later in the month they approved a new contract with city police with measures to help hold down overtime costs.
Seymour graduate Chad Diedrick won a regional Emmy Award for his work on the “Discover Wisconsin” program. A Brown County Board committee rejected a request to cancel a bill sent to Outagamie County for library services to non-residents.