Monday, August 26th, 2019

Here is the schedule of events for GuitarTown, the sequel. (Every horror picture deserves a sequel.) Really? They are going to send the Gibson Guitar tour bus driver around to speak to school children? Will the DARE program be allowed a rebuttal if any of his stories are the least bit interesting? I knew this […]

The city of Waukesha’s relatively new city administrator Ed Henschel has issued a memo to the Common Council explaining his actions in taking over the functions of the Business Improvement District and attempting delay forever the appointment of new board members. The memo was included as a late addition to the Common Council packet for […]

I took the opportunity this week to look into a story about Norm Bruce, the owner of Martha Merrill’s bookstore, supposedly having exclusive rights to selling t-shirts promoting the “Guitar Town” public art project. I don’t know what was said at the Waukesha Downtown Business Association meeting. I do know that, given that Guitar Town […]

Business Improvement District President (and Martha Merrill’s Bookstore owner) Norm Bruce told the BID Board that his involvement with GuitarTown began when he heard about it on December 14th. Then who made the commitment to Mayor Jeff Scrima that more money would be available for the launch party if needed? Scrima didn’t lie to Gibson […]

How much did the BID commit to the launch party for GuitarTown? It’s a question they might want to ask at tomorrow’s meeting. By the way, this is from December 8th, the day Norm Bruce was elected president of the BID. There was no discussion of GuitarTown at the BID meeting that day, according to […]

I was wondering why my inquiries to Gibson Guitar regarding GuitarTown went unanswered. Now I know. Gibson Guitar put its public relations judgment in the hands of the mayor. – JW From: Ed James {email address} Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 3:53 PM To: Mayor Jeff Scrima, City of Waukesha Subject: RE: Waukesha’s Guitar Town Designation Thanks  –  I […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Feb 23, 2012; Section:Opinion; Page Number:8A Keep the guitar project transparent Mayor obstructing legitimate questions about GuitarTown Since the announcement earlier this year of the GuitarTown project, the community has largely been supportive of the idea of putting up 10-foot-tall guitars in downtown. Talking to the different stakeholders downtown, I have yet […]

I like to think that I’m a positive person, and I’m positive that the mayor’s not very “transparent.” From: Mayor Jeff Scrima, City of Waukesha [] Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 4:00 PM To: Ty Taylor ; rcongdon ; Norm Bruce – Martha Merrell’s Books & Cafe ; lynn and jerry gaffey ; Stephen Kassens […]

I spoke with former Judge Rick Congdon on Saturday who filled in some of the details on the GuitarTown project. He was not able to answer some of the questions, as some things have not been decided yet, some things they just don’t have answers for yet, and some things occurred prior to his involvement […]

There have been many questions since Mayor Jeff Scrima announced that the city of Waukesha is going to be the next Gibson GuitarTown. The excitement in Waukesha was understandable since the Nashville GuitarTown project raised over $400,000 for local charities. One of the more interesting questions is the involvement of Scrima’s controversial New Day for […]