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News & Notes: Feb. 17

Feb. 17, 2014

Candidate forum

for school, city posts

Muskego — A candidate forum will be held for Muskego school and municipal candidates at 6:30 p.m. March 6 at City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The forum is sponsored by the Muskego Woman's Club and the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce. There is no primary for school or municipal offices in Muskego this year, so the candidates at the forum will be on the April 1 ballot.

The three candidates for the Muskego-Norway School Board will lead off the evening with their forum from 6 to 6:50 p.m. Candidates in Muskego Aldermanic Districts 1, 3 and 5 will be heard from 7 to 7:50 p.m. The two mayoral candidates are scheduled from 8 to 8:50 p.m.

The candidates will answer questions from the floor and those that are phoned in during the forum to (262) 679-4129. The event will be televised on cable channel 25.

State of City address

slated for chamber event

Muskego — A State of the City address will be given by Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti at a Feb. 27 breakfast event at DeMarinis Lake DeNoon Saloon, S10857 Racine Ave.

The event is sponsored by the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism.

Chiaverotti will speak on economic development, quality of life issues and the fiscal health of the city.

Other guest speakers will be State Rep. David Craig and Paul Decker, chairman of the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors.

The breakfast buffet will include frittatas of bacon and cheddar or seasonal vegetables with Mozzarella, plus Lyonnaise potatoes, waffles, oatmeal brulee, fresh fruit, coffeecake, banana bread, chef-carved house smoked pork loin, coffee, juice and bottled water.

The event will start at 7:45 a.m. with registration, the buffet at 8 a.m. and first speaker at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $18 general or $15 for chamber members. Registrations are due by Feb. 25 online at muskego.org or by phone at (414) 422-1155.

Applications open

for 4th District alderman

Muskego — Those who would like to be considered to fill the one-year vacancy for Muskego 4th Aldermanic District have until 4 p.m. March 17 to submit their applications.

District 4 residents should submit a resume and letter of interest addressed to the Common Council to be received by the City Clerk either in person at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Avenue, or by mail to the Muskego City Clerk's Office, P.O. Box 749, Muskego, WI 53150.

The Muskego Common Council will appoint someone to fill the term that ends April 21, 2015. Rob Glazier resigned from the post recently, citing increased work responsibilities.

Public asked to help

find hit-and-run driver

New Berlin — The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking the public's help to find the driver involved in a Feb. 8 hit-and-run accident on Interstate 43 in New Berlin.

The accident happened shortly before 4 p.m. in the northbound lanes near Racine Avenue.

The suspect vehicle is a white Ford F150 pickup truck towing a flat black metal trailer with no sides carrying a snowmobile covered by a blue tarp. The snowmobile was possibly a blue Yamaha. There might be passenger side damage to the pickup truck.

Anyone with information on the vehicle or its driver is asked to contact Detective Todd Ladwig at (262) 548-7461.

MHS plunge team

tops $1,000 in fundraiser

Muskego — The Muskego High School Polar Plunge team raised more than $1,000 for Wisconsin Special Olympics before taking the cold plunge Feb. 9.

To motivate students to donate more, Associate Principal Ken Dunbar joined the team for the special "Plunge the Principal" event.

The team was sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America and the DECA clubs.

Hearings set on sites

proposed for landmark status

New Berlin — The New Berlin Landmarks Commission will hold hearings on four potential city landmarks at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

One is Holy Apostles Parish and cemetery, 16000 W. National Ave. The church is believed to be the first Catholic church in the city.

A hearing also will be held on the New Berlin Center Cemetery at 180th Street and National Avenue, believed to be the oldest in the city. It is where the bones of the man credited with giving New Berlin its name are laid. The burial ground with the first recorded burial in 1841.

Another hearing is slated for the Sunnyside Cemetery at Racine Avenue and Interstate 43. It's the resting place of the pioneer Yankee pastor who could be called the Father of Prospect Hill, a pioneer crossroads community where the New Berlin Historical Park. The first recorded burial was in 1842, but an infant was laid to rest at Sunnyside the year before.

The fourth site is the William and Elizabeth Koeppen Home, 16230 W. National Ave.

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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