Several local students have been named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists and remain in the competition for $35 million in scholarships.
Among the 16,000 semifinalists are Muskego High School senior Anne Mark; Eisenhower High School students Vivian Jiang, Andrew Lin, Alison Lodermeier, Rishil Mehta, Brian Steppe and Zhaoyuan Wu; and New Berlin West High School students Matthew Nyman and Kayla Rasmussen.
Master plan due soon
for improving golf course
New Berlin — The master golf course renovation plan currently being developed for the New Berlin Hills golf course could be ready by the end of September, said Mark Schroeder, director of parks, recreation and forestry for New Berlin.
The subcommittee developing the plan is looking at all aspects of improving the course, including the bunkers, cart paths, aesthetics and playability.
The subcommittee's report will go to the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission. The cost of developing the plan came from the golf course reserve fund.
Park & rec budget
up proposed 1.7 percent
New Berlin — A New Berlin's recreation and forestry proposed 2014 budget of $1.3 million, which is 1.7 percent higher than the 2013 budget, has been submitted to Mayor Dave Ament for review.
The parks and forestry division budget of nearly $600,000 is up 6.3 percent mainly so that the department can better deal with not having a parks supervisor, said Mark Schroeder, director of parks, recreation and forestry.
The department hasn't had a parks supervisor since last year, he said. Currently, one person is doing that job as well as his own.
And although the proposed parks and forestry budget is up a proposed 6.3 percent, it still is 24 percent less than it was in 2002, Schroeder said in a memo to the commission. At that time, there were seven parks workers compared with four today, he said.
The proposed recreation budget of more than $450,700 is down 5.8 percent from this year and down 18 percent from 11 years ago.
In the proposed capital budget is $75,000 for planning a sports complex the Common Council approved last year.
Some commissioners questioned the New Berlin Athletic Association getting nearly $40,000 of support again next year when the association has hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank. But Schroeder said the association is building up funds to help pay for the sports complex.
He also added that helping the athletic association provide recreation opportunities saves the city money. Schroeder also noted that the city used to provide nearly $60,000 in funding to the association. To make up for the shortfall, the association has held fundraisers and found places to save, he said.
Women of Note
seek more singers
Muskego — Women, particularly those who sing second soprano, are being invited to join the Women of Note choral group.
Previous choral experience is helpful. Rehearsals began last week at Steeple View, 12555 W. Janesville Road.
More information is available from Kay at (414) 531-0156 or online at womenofnote.weebly.com.
make splash, win prizes
New Berlin — The winners of the first New Berlin Junior Woman's Club "Make a Splash in New Berlin Photo Scavenger Hunt" have been named.
They are Cameron Phelps, grand prize (Kindle Fire HD tablet); Sonjia Stein, first prize ($100); Ryan Aspenleiter, second prize ($75); and Will Ray, third place ($50).
Several people also received $15 Target gift cards for completing the entire scavenger hunt list. They are Claire Nickerson, Rachel Nickerson, Haley Pollen, Leah Pollen and Peyton Stewart.
The photo scavenger hunt event was held to promote the building of a splash pad at Malone Park in New Berlin.
For $10, participants received a T-shirt and a list of people, places, actions, and things that they had to be in a photo with wearing their "Make a Splash in New Berlin Photo Scavenger Hunt" T-shirt. Points were awarded for each item and those with 200 or more points were eligible for the grand prize drawing. To qualify for the first, second and third prize drawings, 100 points were needed.
at select training session
Muskego — Rachel Yurk, a technology integrator at the Bay Lane Middle School in the Muskego-Norway School District, joined more than 100 educators from across the U.S. and Canada in Burlington, Vt., for an exclusive weeklong professional development and networking experience hosted by Discovery Education's Discovery Educator Network.
The six-day DEN Summer Institute featured a variety of speakers and hands-on workshops designed to empower educators to enliven curriculum and engage students using the latest innovations in teaching and learning.
It also provided an opportunity for educators to connect, collaborate and share resources, ideas and strategies with fellow educators from across North America.
The DEN Summer Institute was exclusive to educators recognized by Discovery Education as STAR Discovery Educators.
honor 12 veterans
Muskego —The Muskego American Legion and Women's Auxiliary Post 356 hosted 12 Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans from the Zablocki Veterans Medical Center to an all-you-can-eat fish and chicken fry at the Muskego Moose Lodge recently.
The Women's Auxiliary also presented $5 coupon books to each veteran, to be used at the Zablocki Veterans Medical facilities in their canteen and store.
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