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News & Notes: Feb. 10

Feb. 10, 2014

Muskego to have primary

for 24th county district

Muskego — Muskego voters in Waukesha County 24th Supervisory District will go to the polls in Tuesday's primary election to help narrow the number of candidates from four to two.

Incumbent Daniel Draeger, who has served on the board since 2011 in the district formerly represented by Kathy Chiaverotti before she became Muskego mayor, is facing three challengers. They are Larry Bangs, Steven Whittow and Benjamin Langer.

The 24th Supervisory District primary is the only one in Muskego. New Berlin has no primary election.

The polling place was changed for District 5 last fall by the Muskego Common Council. Voters will now cast their ballots at the Fox River Christian Church, W19491 Tans Drive, instead of at Mill Valley Elementary School.

Muskego voters in District 3, Wards 6 and 7 (but not in Ward 8) will continue to vote at Atonement Lutheran Church, W16244 Martin Drive; District 4 voters will go to the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.; District 6 to Tess Corners Fire Station 4, S10030 Racine Ave.; and District 7, Ward 13 (but not Ward 14) will vote at Tess Corners Fire Station 2, W13444 Loomis Drive.

Area 8-year-old steps

into national spotlight

New Berlin — The Muscular Dystrophy Association's 2014 National Goodwill Ambassador is 8-year-old Reagan Imhoff of New Berlin.

The official announcement took place last week at the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, an MDA national sponsor for the past 34 years.

Throughout 2014, Reagan and her parents will travel the country representing individuals and families served by MDA, and speaking at national sponsor events, conferences and special MDA events. She also will appear in national public service announcements, promotional materials and media engagements.

Reagan, who has already served three years as Wisconsin's MDA state goodwill ambassador, is no stranger to the national stage. In 2012, Reagan lived out her dream when she starred in a dance performance, done from her power wheelchair, on the MDA Show of Strength Telethon. Last year, pop icon Paula Abdul surprised Reagan with her first pair of ballet pointe shoes after a performance of "I Hope You Dance" by country star Lee Ann Womack — a special highlight of the 2013 telethon.

Reagan, the only child of Joe and Jenny Imhoff, is a third-grader who enjoys reading, dancing, drawing, swimming and musicals. She is also a regular at MDA's summer camp each year.

Diagnosed with type 2 spinal muscular atrophy as an infant, Reagan now uses a power wheelchair and a feeding tube for nutritional supplementation. SMA is a progressive neuromuscular disease that often results in respiratory muscle weakness, swallowing muscle weakness and back muscle weakness with progressive spinal curvature.

Muskego coach presenter

at national conference

Muskego — Muskego High School strength and conditioning coach Mike Nitka will be a presenter in July at the 2014 National Strength & Conditioning Association in Las Vegas.

Nitka's presentation will be on "Teaching Strength, Power and Speed Progressions in a High School Physical Education Class." The conference will be July 12 to 14 at the Paris Hotel and Casino.

The association describes Nitka as "an inspirational coach whose truest leadership accomplishments are rooted in teaching physical education and health for the past 35 years at MHS." The association also calls him one of the most accomplished high school strength coaches in the country, having been awarded several of the association's highest credentials of distinction.

Volunteers needed

to package meals

Muskego — Lakepoint Church in Muskego will host a communitywide event March 9 to package 10,000 meals for children in the Muskego-Norway School District who receive free or subsidized lunches at school.

Planners hope to rally 400 community volunteers to package meals from 10 to 11 a.m. at Muskego High School, S8750 Racine Ave.

To host the event, Lakepoint is partnering with Generosity Feeds, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving child hunger. Currently, 14.7 percent of children in the Muskego-Norway District receive free or subsidized lunches, equating to 2,500 children, planners said.

The meals will be distributed through the schools during parent-teacher conferences the following week.

Anyone at least 4 years old will be welcome to help by registering at generosityfeeds.org/wi. Sponsors have helped pay for the meals to be packaged.

For more information or to be a sponsor, contact Kyle Stuart, student and teaching pastor of Lakepoint Church, (262) 465-4090 or kyle@lakepointmuskego.org.

Residents help

fight drugs

New Berlin — Two residents recently were recognized by the New Berlin Police Department for providing information that led to arrests.

One resident reported seeing a suspicious vehicle on Dec. 15 that turned out to be part of a drug deal. The report led to two arrests for possession of heroin and a charge of delivery of heroin.

The other resident reported seeing people stealing from mailboxes, resulting in two arrests for theft and additional charges of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and being a repeat narcotic offender.

Such information from residents regularly helps in investigations, police said.

Future Business Leaders

do well at regionals

Muskego — Four Muskego High School Future Business Leader of America organization students qualified for the state leadership conference based on performance at the Feb. 1 regional leadership conference.

The qualifiers are Noah Jansen in the spreadsheet applications area; Corey Borchardt, computer applications; Michelle Clegg, healthcare administration; and Alex Passow, agribusiness.

Muskego students winning honorable mentions were Rachel Zawicki in impromptu speaking; Cheyenne Mackai and Joe Nantz for business presentation; Ryan Holaday for business math; Michelle Rubenzer, health care administration; Allison Schultz, business calculations; and Melissa Kruesel, business communication.

Donations top $30,000

for New Berlin schools

New Berlin — The New Berlin School District recently accepted donations totaling more than $30,000 from January and part of December.

The New Berlin West Boys Basketball Boosters gave $6,674 for coaches salaries; the New Berlin West Girls Basketball Boosters gave $1,200 for T-shirts for coaches and athletes and $5,892 for additional coaches.

The Orchard Lane Elementary School Parent Faculty Council gave $6,200 for the school literacy program.

The Elmwood Home & School Association gave $3,500 in co-curricular funding.

The Poplar Creek PTO gave $81 for an accompanist for the choir (bringing the total donated for that purpose to $8,075).

PPG Industries gave $3,000 for books for classrooms, and field trips and other classroom needs at Poplar Creek, and $1,000 for the literacy program at Elmdale Elementary School.

The Eisenhower Cheer Boosters gave $3,100 for the salary for a third cheer coach.

Ann Olstinski gave $100 toward a trombone and case at Orchard Lane.

Young artists' work

at Milwaukee Art Museum

New Berlin — A number of young New Berlin artists have work in the Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition featuring Wisconsin students grades seven through 12.

More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state were entered in the awards program. Work by Gold and Silver Key winning artists will be on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery through March.

From Eisenhower Middle/High School, the winners are Katherine Carnahan, Rachel Dejno, Rachel Doerner, Vivian Jiang, Hannah Kinzer, Josi Kitzrow, Kayla Klugiewicz, Connor Main, Annie Olson, Isabelle Seifert, Samuel Stoiber and Sunshine Xiong.

From New Berlin West Middle/High School the winners are Margaret Cullinan, Jamey Devine, Sydney Kelly, April Kronshage, Kayla Kugel, Katy Marciniak, Madalyn Mccabe, Sophia Mcquitty, Colleen Muffler, Julia Robey, Madilda Troedon, Madaline Vang, Catherine Vink and Caitlyn Woldanski.

Those with Gold Keys will go on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

Souper Bowl

winner for pantry

Muskego — Atonement Lutheran Church, W16244 Martin Drive, raised more than $600 and nearly 200 food items for the Muskego food pantry in its Souper Bowl of Caring recently.

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.

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