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Cemetery proposed for site of former Parkside Nursery

June 07, 2012 1:58 p.m. | The grandson of the late owners of the former Parkside Nursery in Muskego told the Muskego Plan Commission the family hopes the city will approve a proposal to turn the site into a cemetery because that would preserve much of the natural beauty that was so much a part of the nursery's operation.

Patrick Murphy spoke to the commission Tuesday as it took a preliminary look at the proposal. The proposed cemetery on 17 acres at W14105 Tess Corners Drive would have no aboveground markers.

Mark Kosobucki is proposing the cemetery, which could accommodate up to 3,200 burial sites plus seven outdoor mausoleums, an indoor one, a pond with a sitting park, walking trails, a reception area, offices, bathrooms, a community room, two chapels, a crematorium and a pet burial section.

Kosobucki is tied to three Muskego developments - Golden Country Estates, Foxboro and Foxboro North - as well as Golden Bay and Golden Meadows, both in Tichigan.

Commissioners wanted to know how the neighbors feel about a cemetery coming to a residential area. There also was concern about the possibility of a high water table because wetlands are on part of the tract. The developer hasn't completed soil borings that will answer that question.

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Incumbent judge faces challenge from young lawyer in Waukesha County

3:13 p.m. | In Waukesha County, a young lawyer hopes to upset a 12-year incumbent Tuesday for a seat on the circuit court.

Paul Bugenhagen Jr., 34, expects character issues will shorten his long odds to unseat Linda Van De Water.

"It's the number one thing people approached me about, her public conduct" Bugenhagen said in an interview.

"Most voters are looking for people to simply follow the law, be good role models, promote personal responsibility and show good character," he said.

In 2011, Van De Water, 52, was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Racine County after authorities said she confronted an ex-boyfriend outside the home of another woman and kicked and jumped on his car. The next day, according to the complaint, Van De Water confronted the couple at a Brookfield restaurant.

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New Berlin planners to hold month of input sessions about future of remainiing rural sections

March 26, 2015 10:57 a.m. | New Berlin — A month of public input and questions will be taken on what New Berlin planners say will be the final determination of how the largest tract of farmland left in the city east of Moorland Road should be developed.

Known as section 35, it is bounded roughly by Grange and College avenues, Moorland and Sunny Slope roads in the southern part of the city. The planning area input will include what is known as section 34.

After months of speaking with residents and neighbors, planners have changed the section 35 plan in three ways.

One is that a sports complex of athletic fields, playgrounds and park area is proposed along part of Sunny Slope Road. Another is increasing the proposed density to two homes per acre from the original one home for every two acres.

Neighbors have said they would not mind the increase, said Greg Kessler, community development director. He noted that the proposed higher density is still less than the housing density across Sunny Slope Road.

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The Sprint Episode Three: WIAA state basketball tournament retrospective

March 23, 2015 6:00 p.m. | The WIAA state basketball tournament featured a number of local entrants, with two bringing home gold balls and another grabbing silver:

Muskego-Norway assistant superintendent chooses return to classroom

March 19, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Muskego — Muskego Elementary School Principal Jeff Petersen was appointed Muskego-Norway assistant superintendent of continuous improvement, succeeding Gary Goelz who asked to return to teaching.

"Although it is typically not easy filling the shoes of an effective colleague, we are lucky to have another highly effective leader ready to step into the role," said Superintendent Kelly Thompson. Petersen comes to the position with 25 years as an educator and will be an outstanding assistant superintendent, Thompson said.

"Jeff is extremely well prepared to lead educator effectiveness, human resources, and continuous improvement for our system," she said.

Petersen will officially begin his new assignment July 1.

Prior to joining Muskego-Norway in 2007 as Bay Lane's associate principal, he was a middle school teacher in the Elmbrook School District.

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Principal named for Muskego High School

March 18, 2015 6:14 p.m. | Muskego — Oconomowoc High School Associate Principal Todd Irvine was appointed Muskego High School principal, succeeding Dennis Bussen who has been serving as interim principal this year.

Irvine will start July 1.

Muskego-Norway School Board President Rick Petfalski was pleased: "His personality and his energy seem to be a good fit for the district."

"He has a balance of a sense of humor, drive and dedication to education," he said.

Top choice

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Neufeldt achieved dreams with grit, grace and a big heart

March 18, 2015 5:20 p.m. | For most of his life, Mike Neufeldt was too weak to dress himself or take a step. But that never stopped the 37-year-old New Berlin man from charging ahead.

What his body couldn't do, his personality conquered.

He hobnobbed with movie stars, shot a commercial with basketball legend Michael Jordan, pressed the flesh with President Ronald Reagan, got a full ride to Marquette University, co-wrote a book on his beloved Golden Eagles, had a New Berlin baseball field named in his honor and landed his dream job at Harley-Davidson.

"I try to focus on the good things I have and focus on ways to overcome obstacles," Neufeldt said in a 2007 interview with CBS 58 that marked his 30th birthday.

Neufeldt's heart, big as it was, could not withstand the ravages of muscular dystrophy. The two-time national MDA Goodwill Ambassador was sitting in the back of his van as he was driven to work Tuesday when his heart stopped beating.

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The Sprint Episode Two: local teams look to defend state basketball titles this week

March 16, 2015 3:15 p.m. | The Sprint takes a look back and ahead and the week of varsity athletics in the Lake Country and Now Newspapers coverage zone.

Muskego officials updated on potential closing of popular boat launch

March 04, 2015 3:02 p.m. | Muskego officials are bracing themselves for the potential closure of the popular Hillview Drive boat launch onto Little Muskego Lake.

Meeting jointly on Tuesday, the Muskego Park and Recreation Board and the Conservation Commission received an update how closure might be needed to limit the spread of a virulent lake algae that was found directly off the boat launch.

State and local lake experts hope to be able to get rid of the starry stonewort algae because they believe the infestation may have been caught early. Little Muskego Lake is the only lake in Wisconsin where the invasive algae has been found. It is spread on the hulls and anchors of boats.

Limiting the number of boats that go through the algae and pick up fragments of it thereby spreading it is seen as potentially necessary.

Once the ice is off the lake, biologists say they will be able to get a better idea of where the algae is and how much there is.

Muskego may close popular Little Muskego Lake boat launch

March 02, 2015 10:14 a.m. | The Hillview public boat launch on Little Muskego Lake may be temporarily closed due to the discovery of an invasive lake algae known as starry stonewort.

The aggressive algae was found in September near the Hillview Drive boat launch on the west side of the lake. State naturalists and local officials want to contain the algae that is believed to be in its beginning stage of infestation. It is spread on the hulls of boats.

Little Muskego Lake is the only lake in Wisconsin where starry stonewort has been found.

The Muskego Parks and Recreation Board and the Conservation Commission will hold a joint meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, to discuss whether the the boat launch should be closed.

New Berlin to pay $275,000 settlement to former HR director

Feb. 20, 2015 3:51 p.m. | New Berlin will pay $275,000 to former Human Resources Director Tamara Potkay to settle a lawsuit alleging Mayor David Ament violated civil service rules in terminating her employment in January 2014, Potkay's attorney said Friday.

Potkay was returned to the job in February of last year under an interim agreement imposed by U.S. District Judge Charles Clevert.

Potkay had worked for the city since 1990 as a civil service human resources employee. She was appointed human resources director in August 1997 by former Mayor James Gatzke.

After Ament was elected mayor in April 2013, he reduced Potkay's duties before firing her in January 2014, according to a complaint in the federal lawsuit. Potkay was represented by Walter Kelly, a Milwaukee attorney.

Ament acted alone even though city ordinances and state law require the city council to decide on the firing of the civil-service protected head of human resources, the complaint said.

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Complaint: Former New Berlin West basketball coach busted after police find pot in his school office

Feb. 20, 2015 3:03 p.m. | Christopher R. Foley, the former New Berlin West varsity basketball coach, was charged Friday with three drug-related crimes linked to the school's athletic director smelling marijuana as he walked past the defendant's office.

Foley, 29, of 2545 N. 93rd St., Milwaukee, was fired from his job shortly after his Feb. 6 arrest. Foley was ordered to make his initial appearance before a Waukesha County court commissioner on Monday, March 2. Bail will be set at that time, said Waukesha County District Attorney Sue Opper.

Assistant Principal Julie Kader and Athletic Director Jordan Napoli met with New Berlin police prior to the school's basketball game about their concerns over Foley's drug use, according to the criminal complaint.

The complaint accuses Foley of possession of a controlled substance, possession of the active ingredient in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

All of the charges are misdemeanors. Two counts carry fines of $500 and jail terms of 30 days. The possession charge carries a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

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Muskego-Norway School District to move middle school start time back

Feb. 19, 2015 1:26 p.m. | Muskego — Muskego middle school students will be able to sleep in a tiny bit longer starting this fall, as school will start 15-minutes later.

The 7:50 a.m. start time will be pushed back to 8:05 a.m. for both Muskego-Norway middle schools.

The reason for the change is that school officials want teachers to have more productive collaboration time. The change will enable them to have 45 minutes at the start of each day, which is seen as more helpful than the 15 minutes at the start and the 15 minutes at the end that teachers have now.

During collaboration times, teachers work together on what have been the best approaches for certain classes and for certain students to get the most achievement. They also discuss other issues that will help them work better as a team.

How they'll do it

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Walmart to open March 11 on Greenfield Avenue in New Berlin

Feb. 18, 2015 5:22 p.m. | New Berlin — Some 20 semitrailers stuffed with merchandise have probably arrived so far to fill the shelves at the new Walmart super center in New Berlin, store manager Terra Biggin estimated Monday.

And they're not done yet.

"We're slowly seeing fewer trucks as we're seeing the shelves fill up," Biggin said. The super center will offer groceries and general merchandise and will open March 11 at 15025 W. Greenfield Ave.

The trucks carrying general merchandise come from the Walmart distribution center in Beaver Dam. Groceries are flying in from various locations including Tomah, Beaver Dam and Sterling, Illinois.

Stocking started Feb. 2

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Farrow, Schellinger advance in County Executive race

Feb. 17, 2015 9:32 p.m. | Sen. Paul Farrow and Waukesha County Board Supervisor Thomas Schellinger will advance to the general election following Tuesday's primary election.

With all 181 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Farrow leading the four-person field with 7,829 votes, Schellinger coming in second with 2,919 votes.

Four candidates campaigned to replace Dan Vrakas as Waukesha County executive in the nonpartisan race after he announced last fall he would not seek re-election. Vrakas — who's term expires April 21 — endorsed Farrow in the race.

Larry Barthen of Waukesha ran a distant third in the primary with 1,245 votes. Now retired, Barthen worked as a long-term care coordinator for the county Health and Human Services Department.

Kim Wentz of Pewaukee, an emergency services dispatcher with the Waukesha County Communications Center came in fourth with 1,038 votes.

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Aquatic experts gather to devise battle plan for new pest found in Little Muskego Lake

Feb. 12, 2015 2:19 p.m. | Muskego — Top lakes officials in the state gathered Friday at Little Muskego Lake to begin planning their battle against a new pest that was found there.

Little Muskego Lake is the only lake in Wisconsin where the starry stonewort algae has been found and lakes experts hope take action before it becomes established.

The algae can cover portions of lakes and essentially kill those areas by blocking out sunlight.

Last week, state Department of Natural Resources lakes experts went onto the ice to drill holes and lower cameras. As soon as the ice is off the lake, they will be back to do a detailed survey, mapping the problem areas.

The size of the problem will be a major factor in determining what should be done to combat it, said Tim Plude, aquatics invasive species monitoring and rapid response coordinator for the south Lake Michigan basin of the DNR. Plude is leading efforts to battle the menace in Little Muskego Lake.

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