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News & Notes: Jan. 27

Jan. 27, 2014

Local schools again close

due to severe cold

Both the New Berlin and Muskego-Norway school districts canceled classes for Monday and Tuesday because of bitterly cold temperatures and dangerous wind chills.

The closing also impacted Career Day at New Berlin West Middle/High School that was scheduled for Tuesday. However, the Career Day at Eisenhower that was scheduled for Wednesday was still slated to be held.

Similar weather conditions also forced the closure of schools in both districts, as well as elsewhere in the area, on Jan. 6 and 7.

Muskego senior gets

perfect ACT score

Muskego — Muskego High School senior Anne Mark earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam.

Only one tenth of one percent of students taking the ACT earn perfect scores. Among the 1.8 million students in the class of 2013 taking the ACT, only 1,162 had perfect scores.

Anne is the daughter of Scott and Summer Mark of Muskego.

Fun takes over

frozen Bass Bay

Muskego — Boy Scout Troop 18 held a Winterfest on frozen Bass Bay on Saturday.

Troop 18 invited lots of other Scouts and Cubs to join the winter fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. which included ice bowling, ice golf, and kid-pulled Klondike races.

Students attend

State of State address

New Berlin — Two New Berlin Eisenhower High School students in the new Dual Enrollment Academy were chosen to join Gov. Scott Walker at his State of the State Address on Jan. 22.

The students were chosen on the basis of grades during the last semester. Honored were Eisenhower students Alexander Hoelke, who is in the welding program, and Scott Thom, who is in the information technology program.

Walker invited them and 10 other students enrolled in Dual Enrollment Academies with WCTC to bring attention to how schools are trying to train young people for good-paying jobs in high-need areas.

Students attend WCTC for part of the day and their home schools for the rest of the day. They also earn 20 to 25 WCTC credits.

No word yet

on D.J.'s Pub rebuild

Muskego — There is still no word on how soon, or if, D.J.'s Pub & Grill will be rebuilt at W18040 Janesville Road.

"Hopefully we're going to do it but it's going awfully slow," owner Dan Hewitt said last week.

When asked exactly what the holdup is, he said, "Everything."

The original D.J.'s was razed because of the Janesville Road widening project. Hewitt received permission to rebuild a bigger restaurant and bar last September.

Access 12 work

to be done by spring

Muskego — By spring, there should be no question where the Public Lake Access 12 to Little Muskego Lake ends and where private property begins, said Craig Anderson, Muskego parks and recreation director.

Months ago, neighbors complained that part of the public access looked like private property. The property owner agreed to make several changes, all of which have been done, Anderson said.

He installed a split-rail fence on his lot line, removed plantings on the access side and put sod down and removed part of a stone path on the access.

This winter, the city will cut down some undesirable trees that interfere with the lake view and that shade desirable trees.

Lake Access 12 is one of several lake accesses that provide views of Little Muskego Lake but are not used to launch boats.

Muskego conservation

starts Facebook page

Muskego — People will be able to keep up on conservation events and projects and see wildlife photos on the new Muskego conservation Facebook page.

Tom Zagar, Muskego conservation coordinator, said the Facebook site will let people know of things such as migratory bird day and volunteer events. The page can be called up on Facebook or by using Google to search for Muskego conservation Facebook

Retired teacher's

first book coming out

Muskego — A young adult book titled "Odin's Promise," by Muskego resident Sandy Brehl, will debut from Crispin Books this spring.

Brehl will hold a Book Birthday Party from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at Norway House, near 75th Street and Oklahoma Avenue.

Brehl taught for 20 years at Hales Corners Elementary School in the Whitnall School District and before that taught for two decades in the Milwaukee Public Schools.

Since retiring she has been active with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She also teaches professional development workshops on literacy for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee education outreach. Those workshops have usually been held at the New Berlin Public Library.

"Odin's Promise" is historical fiction for middle-grade readers depicting the first year of German occupation of Norway as seen through the eyes of a young girl.

At her side for support and protection as she develops inner strength and voice and finds she is able to endure hardship and heartache is Odin, her faithful elkhound.

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