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Parks system readying for winter rec opportunities

Jan. 12, 2012 8:38 p.m. | The Waukesha County Park System has more than 25 miles of groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails, sledding hills, and snowshoeing and winter hiking trails.

Cross-country ski trails are located within Menomonee Park, W220-N7884 Townline Road in Menomonee Falls; Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha; and Nashotah Park, W330-N5113 County Highway C in Nashotah. Waukesha County will be monitoring the snow conditions regularly in order to make sure the grooming process is started as soon as possible after or during this snow event, parks officials said today. Once trails are packed, the website, www.waukeshacountyparks.com, will be updated.

Snowshoeing opportunities are available throughout the Waukesha County Park System. Fox River Park, W264-S4500 River Road in Waukesha; Muskego Park, S83-W20370 Janesville Road in Muskego; and Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison Street in Waukesha, all have trails that are packed for winter hiking or snowshoeing. Snowshoe rentals are available at Retzer Nature Center for $5.50 a half day and $9 for a full day. The smallest size snowshoe is for 45 pounds. Contact Retzer at (262) 896-8007 for information.

Sledding hills are located at Menomonee Park, Minooka Park, Nashotah Park and Mukwonago Park W325-S9945 Beulah Road in Mukwonago.

For snowmobile trail conditions, call the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's Hotline at (414) 299-0330. For information about snowmobile clubs in the Waukesha area, see the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's website at www.waukeshasnow.org.

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2016 Fourth of July events in the Milwaukee suburbs

July 01, 2016 1:20 p.m. | From the North Shore, to Oak Creek and Franklin, to Wauwatosa and Brookfield and West Allis and New Berlin, and all of the other communities within the MyCommunity NOW coverage area, there are plenty of Fourth of July festivities to take part in. Below is a list separated by county and in alphabetical order of events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2016. If you know of an event you don't see listed below, email us at news@jrn.com.  

Milwaukee County

Bay View

Juy 4

Celebrate the 4th of July in Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave. This year’s theme is joining hands for peace. No alcoholic beverages are allowed in Milwaukee County Parks without a permit. For the latest updates, visit www.city.milwaukee.gov/july4th.

9 to 10:15 a.m.: parade, starting at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Linus Street, proceeds to park.

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New Berlin West's Klotz is Now Coach of Year

July 01, 2016 10:48 a.m. | Under the direction of veteran coach Greg Klotz, the New Berlin West softball team won the 2016 WIAA state championship on June 11 at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

The Vikings finished with a record of 26-5, an .839 winning percentage, the Woodland West Division title and the Whitnall regional championship and Chilton sectional championship titles.

As a result, he was named the Now All-Suburban Coach of the Year for his efforts but quickly pointed out it was an honor he shared with his coaching staff, Tim Minik and Darcey Bernfeld.

"My coaches are my two greatest assets," he said. "I'm not an Xs and Os guy, but Tim is. He knows where the players need to be and how to get them there.

"I'm more of the bigger picture guy, what needs to be done three to four weeks from now. And when it comes to building chemistry, we're both on the same page."

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New Berlin West's Sowinski, Klotz named to Now All-Suburban softball team

July 01, 2016 10:36 a.m. | You don't win a WIAA state softball championship without good players. New Berlin West was fortunate enough to have two of the best in the area.

Sophomore Cheyenne Sowinski and junior Camryn Klotz were key performers for the Vikings. As a result, they were named to the 2016 Now All-Suburban softball team as two of 17 starters from the over 20 schools that Now Newspapers and websites cover.

Senior infielder Leah Marrari was high honorable mention (second team), and senior catcher Riley Farrell and senior outfielder Abby Stoltenberg were honorable mention.

Sowinski made the team as a utility player because she was such an outstanding hitter as well as a pitcher.

Honors —Cheyenne was a first-team All-State, first-team All-Conference and first-team All-Woodland selection. She was also the Woodland West Player of the Year and a first-team All-District selection.

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New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team sweeps rival New Berlin West

July 01, 2016 10:08 a.m. | This year, the annual series between New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West had extra meaning, with the Vikings entering tied for first place in the Woodland West.

Eisenhower spoiled West's title hopes by taking both games, catching the Vikings in the standings in the process.

Greendale won the Woodland West with a 7-3 record in division games, with Pius XI Catholic finishing second at 6-4. Eisenhower and West then tied for third at 5-5.

New Berlin West

The Lions opened the two-game set with an 11-2 victory at New Berlin West on June 27 and completed the sweep with a 6-5 walk-off victory the following day.

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Division title slips away from New Berlin West baseball team

July 01, 2016 9:48 a.m. | It had all the makings of a storybook ending for the New Berlin West baseball team.

Not only did the Vikings have a chance to play their rivals from New Berlin Eisenhower on consecutive days last week, but two wins over the Lions would have meant a share of the Woodland West division championship.

Instead, Eisenhower took both games from West, routing the Vikings, 11-2, on June 27 and winning, 6-5, on a walk-off single on June 28.

West entered its final two division games tied for first place with Greendale. The Panthers swept Wauwatosa West to win the outright Woodland West title at 7-3 in division games. Pius XI Catholic finished second at 6-4, while West and Eisenhower tied for third at 5-5.

New Berlin Eisenhower

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Once again, restaurants to serve a Taste of Muskego on the Water

July 01, 2016 6:49 a.m. | Muskego — For the eighth year in a row, several area restaurants and delis will serve up some of their best along the shimmering shores of Little Muskego Lake in the Taste of Muskego on the Water.

This year's edition will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at Idle Isle Park, W182 S6666 Hardtke Drive. The Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the Taste of Muskego, which is supported by sponsors.

While savoring some of Muskego's best, those coming to the tasting will get to enjoy a ski show a la the Water Bugs ski team. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

"I think people enjoy the entertainment while they are eating," said Krisann Durnford, chamber events coordinator. To add another something extra, the chamber's young professionals group will hold yard games for adults including bag toss games and life-size Jenga.

"It'll be extra fun," Durnford said.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: A look ahead to US Open 2017, look back at Champions Tour event in Madison

June 29, 2016 2:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports columnist and golf writer Gary D'Amato stops by to chat about the next U.S. Open, to be hosted at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wisconsin. He also talks a little Bucks draft, and JP and JR focus on the selection of Thon Maker and the landing spots for former Wisconsin prep products Henry Ellenson and Diamond Stone. Plus, JP reports back from the inaugural PGA Tour Champions event, the American Family Insurance Championship, in Madison and the Kohler Grand Prix IndyCar race at Elkhart Lake. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

11-year-old turns on New Berlin emergency sirens as test

June 27, 2016 2:55 p.m. | New Berlin — Young Owen Ciszewski, 11, got to flip the switch on New Berlin's emergency sirens in the weekly test of the warning system earlier this month.

The Poplar Creek Elementary School student won the chance in a raffle conducted as part of New Berlin's efforts to prepare residents for severe weather. The efforts were two classes — Basic Storm Spotter and Emergency Preparedness Class and the Advanced Storm Spotter and Emergency Preparedness Class.

Owen and his mother, Tammie, attended both classes. Owen, who will be a sixth-grader this fall, is interested in science.

New Berlin's outdoor public warning system has nine sirens in strategic locations. The sirens are tested at 10 a.m. every Thursday except in winter.

New Berlin takes part in the StormReady national community preparedness program requiring communities to have a solid communication network and a comprehensive multihazard emergency operations plan. About 98 percent of presidential declared national disasters are weather related, leading to about 500 deaths annually and nearly $15 billion in damage.

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New Berlin to celebrate America and community in 2016's Fourth of July festivities

June 27, 2016 9:22 a.m. | New Berlin —The city always celebrates the Fourth of July in a big way, but this year it also will celebrate coming together one week in May and building a playground that all youngsters, even those in wheelchairs can enjoy.

The New Berlin Junior Woman's Club and the city will celebrate the grand opening of the new all-inclusive playground at Malone Park, 16400 W. Al Stigler Parkway. The club donated more than $200,000 toward the nearly half-million dollar project. The city was going to upgrade the aging playground at Malone, anyway, but the club's donation upgraded the new playground to become an all-inclusive one.

Volunteers from all over the community came together to build the playground the week of May 16.

The opening ceremony begins at 11a.m. on Saturday, July 2, after the club's National Dash race and before the festival grounds open at noon.

The club will pay special tribute to one of their fellow moms and club members whose generosity and caring for the community inspired the playground. That member, Kim Bray died unexpectedly in 2005.

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Long-tenured sports writer Sky Skibosh heads into retirement, sort of

June 26, 2016 10:56 p.m. | After 14 years, I am stepping down from my position as sports reporter/writer/columnist and tweet guy for Brookfield, Wauwatosa and New Berlin as of June 30.

I have been thinking about this since the end of the winter season. The main reason is my wife, Kathy, turned 65 (hopefully she won't read this) in July and is eligible for Medicare. I've been eligible for two years (I know, I look like I just turned 40).

The second reason is my kids and their spouses have given Kathy and me two new grandsons — Ayden in November and Lewis in February — to go along with Angeline, a 16-year-old Waukesha Northstar junior, and Aria, a perky 3-year old. We need more flexibility to go see them, especially Ayden, who lives in La Cresenta, California.

Favorite teams

I have been blessed with many great teams, too many to remember, since I can't remember what happened two days ago. But I want to bring up five in particular, all state champs in all three of my papers.

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New Berlin West girls soccer team finishes one win from state in Drago's first year

June 26, 2016 3:12 p.m. | The New Berlin girls soccer team had a fine season under first-year coach Matt Drago, finishing 14-10-1 overall and 7-3 in the Woodland Conference and making it to the sectional finals, one step from state.

"Overall, we had a good season at West; although, our record wasn't where we were hoping it would be," Drago said. "We did finish on a high note in getting out of the regional and one game away from state. We had a midseason slide that I take the blame for. We hit a stretch where we couldn't find the net over six straight games. Stretches like that will happen in sports, but it's the job of the coaches to limit how long they last."

Six honored

The Vikings had six players make the all-conference team on some level, led by first-team selection junior defender Morgan Henrichs. The Vikings' captain in a two-time first-team selection.

Junior forward Jenna Linssen, who was honorable mention all-conference last year, was a second-team selection this year, as was senior midfielder Courtney Stephens. The Vikings' captain was second team last season as well. Stephens was also Academic All-State on a team with a 3.85 GPA.

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New Berlin West's outstanding softball season ends with state title

June 26, 2016 2:49 p.m. | The New Berlin West softball team had a dream season, going 26-5, winning the Woodland Conference West Division with a 13-3 record and winning the regional and sectional titles.

Oh, they also were the WIAA Division 2 state champions. They beat New London, 4-3, and Delavan-Darien, 2-1, in the tournament. It was their second trip to state since 2013, when they were one and done.

The Vikings were led by super sophomore Cheyenne Sowinski, who was first-team All-State, first-team All-District, first-team All-Woodland, first-team All-Conference and the Woodland West Player of the Year.

Junior third baseman Camryn Klotz was honorable mention All-District, first-team All-Woodland, first-team All-Conference and the state championship Player of the Game.

Senior outfielder Abby Stoltenburg was first-team All-Woodland and first-team all-conference. Senior second baseman Leah Marrari was a first-team all-conference choice.

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Low bid way under estimate for Muskego's North Cape Road rec trail

June 24, 2016 2:47 p.m. | When bids were opened Thursday, Muskego officials were pleased that the low bid was $200,000 below the estimate for the North Cape Road recreation trail.

The low bid of $268,000 is from Blaze Landscape Contracting, Menomonee Falls. The Muskego Common Council is expected to award the bid to Blaze on Tuesday, June 28.

The approximate $200,000 that was under budget was slated to come from the landfill fund, said Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. "The funds will remain there for future capital projects as determined by the council."

The off-road recreation trail would extend from north of Boxhorn Drive going south to Highway 36. The third of a mile segment would complete a loop that will enable bicyclists to go all the way to New Berlin or to Wind Lake. The developer of the Aster Hills subdivision has already completed the trail south to Boxhorn Drive.

Construction could start this fall or next spring.

Muskego police to offer citizens academy in the fall

June 24, 2016 10:02 a.m. | The Muskego Police Department will offer a citizens academy beginning in September. If you are interested in attending the program and obtaining some insight into law enforcement, contact 262-679-5653, or send an email to mrakers@cityofmuskego.org. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, live or work in Muskego and will go through a criminal background check.

Event to benefit New Berlin Police canine officer

June 23, 2016 9:06 a.m. | A fundraiser for the New Berlin Police Canine Unit will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Cappoochino's Dog Wash & Grooming Salon, Sendiks Plaza, 3640 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin: Meet Condor, a New Berlin Police dog, meet Zappa a champion Newfoundland and dogs from the German Shepard Club. Silent auction baskets, home-baked dog treats, do-it-yourself dog wash $15 and nails trimmed $10 will be offered. 262-789-5210

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