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Menomonee Falls Village Board approves budget, slight levy increase

Nov. 20, 2012 6:45 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved a 0.95 percent increase to the property tax levy for the 2013 budget.

The 2011 tax rate was $5.1947 per $1,000 of assessed value; the 2012 rate has been set at $5.1997 per $1,000 of assessed value. The total levy for the 2013 budget is $21,915,109, which reflects a $205,589 increase, or a 0.947 percent rise from last year's levy of $21,709,520. The 2013 general operating budget also increased 0.9 percent.

Fees and utility rates will remain the same in 2013.

"This year, with very minimal increase in the tax rate, the direct impact to citizens is minimal," said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald. "We think in this economy, it would have made no sense to do anything radically different."

Since 2006, the total tax increase for a property valued at $250,000 was $29. For homes assessed at $250,000 and less, the 2013 budget reflects a tax increase of about $1.

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Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:

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Menomonee Falls boys track wins sectional, sends 8 entries to state

May 27, 2016 12:01 a.m. | When his Menomonee Falls boys 4x400 meter relay fell to sixth after the second leg at the May 26 WIAA sectional track meet in Watertown, Indian junior Matt Nienow had just one thought in mind:

"We just weren't going to lose!," he yelled after his blistering 48.9 400 split vaulted the Falls group sixth to first in the space of 200 meters, paved the way to a state qualifying runner-up finish in the race, and led to his being mobbed by the rest of the team.

"This group was put together not too long ago and we've really come together," he said. "We know when to have a good time and when we have to get to work and go."

The effort also displayed something about Nienow's character, said coach Bobby Regent-Smith.

"That race showed how much of a competitor he was, how much he really cares," said Regent-Smith.

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Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Ben Farley to step down

May 26, 2016 1:56 p.m. | A day after he accepted the head football coaching job at his alma mater Brookfield East, it was announced that Ben Farley will be stepping down as boys basketball coach at Menomonee Falls.

Farley, a guidance counselor at Falls, had served as Brookfield East's defensive coordinator for the last four years and will take over from Hall of Fame coach Tom Swittel, who resigned recently after leading East to a 48-17 record over the last six seasons.

Farley has recorded a 33-36 record in the last three years as Falls' head basketball coach including a fine 14-9 mark this past winter.

Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson was sad to see Farley go but understood the almost impossible constraints of trying to run both varsity football and basketball teams seeing as the seasons run back-to-back with each other.

Anderson said the Falls basketball job will be posted ASAP on the official posting site WECAN and all interested applicants are asked to send their resumes there.

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County Line Elementary evacuated due to bomb threat

May 25, 2016 11:11 a.m. | Germantown — County Line Elementary has been evacuated due to a bomb threat the morning of May 25 according to the Germantown School District.

In a message to parents, Superintendent Jeff Holmes said a "complete bomb sweep" was initiated with emergency management officials. Students were sent to Crossway Church, W156n10041 Pilgrim Rd., and are being sent home.

The school has contacted Riteway to begin sending children home at 11:45 a.m. An adult will be on each bus to verify someone is home before children are left.

"If no one is home, the child will return to Crossway Church and can be picked up there," Holmes said in the message.

Holmes said the school district will be working with law enforcement to "catch the individual or group responsible" and to prosecute to the "greatest extent possible."

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

May 24, 2016 12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Mentally tough Menomonee Falls softball team wins sixth GMC title

May 24, 2016 10:20 a.m. | Menomonee Falls Now All-Suburban softball outfielder Stephanie Cole looked around at the beginning of the season and wondered where all her friends were.

Fellow All-Suburban stars including pitcher Kelly Berglund, third baseman Brittany Robinson and catcher Justine Ertl, among others, had all taken their considerable skills and moved on the college and Cole and the few other holdovers (only three seniors total) were left thinking how were the Indians going to continue their decade-long string of success.

By relying on the new kids, who fueled a powerful 7-1 dispatching of dangerous Brookfield Central on May 17 and a n 18-0 rout of West Allis Central on May 20 to clinch a tie for their sixth straight Greater Metro Conference title in a row.

"We were really unsure of how things were going to go," said the four-year letterwinning Cole, who will play softball at UW-La Crosse next year, "but these younger kids stepped up and took control of their positions. Everyone worked together so well."

And that included Cole and the remaining returnees making the newcomers like speedy leadoff hitter Lou Sciortino were welcome. All told the 17-person roster includes six sophomores and four freshmen.

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Germantown softball team gets help en route to sixth NSC crown

May 24, 2016 10:20 a.m. | The Germantown girls softball team didn't know it at the time of its 16-3 six-inning rout of Milwaukee Lutheran on May 19, but the road to its sixth straight North Shore Conference title got a little help along the way.

Whitefish Bay upset Grafton, 9-8, in eight innings on May 19, knocking the Black Hawks (11-3 in league games) out of a share of the championship and lifting the Warhawks (12-2 in NSC play) to the top of the podium all by themselves. Grafton had given Germantown both of its NSC losses.

Before they heard the news of the Bay upset, the Warhawks were just pleased to put a happy ending on this portion of the regular season.

"We took a roundabout way to get a share of the conference title," said co-coach Kurt Raguse. "We would have liked to have won it outright but Grafton played two very good games against us."

Raguse later sent copious thanks to Bay coach Jess Middendorf.

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McMurtry's two wins lead Menomonee Falls boys track team to second in GMC outdoor

May 23, 2016 9:42 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls boys track team is not going to worry about who is eligible or who is not, or who is hurt or who is not because the list of who isn't around is unfortunately long this season.

The Indians are just going to celebrate who's there and who's doing great, like senior hurdler and long jumper Bryce McMurtry, who won both the 110-meter high hurdles in a state-best time and took the 300 intermediate hurdles in a personal-best time to lead Falls to a strong second-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference outdoor at home on May 17.

"He had a good meet, a heck of a meet," said Indian coach Bobby Regent-Smith, also noting that McMurtry finished second in the long jump with a personal-best effort. "We're really starting to see his full potential, what he's capable of. He's been a three-sport athlete all four years (football and basketball too), and now he's reaping the rewards."

It also makes McMurtry a strong candidate for Greater Metro Conference track athlete of the year, an honor that will be awarded at a later date, Regent-Smith said. Counting the outdoor, relay and indoor meets this season, McMurtry has won seven GMC titles and had four runner-up finishes.

The strong finish for Falls puts the Indians in good position to advance many to the WIAA state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4. They hosted a regional meet Monday, May 23, and will send qualifiers from there to the WIAA sectional at Watertown on Thursday, May 26, with field events starting at 4 p.m. and running events at 4:45 p.m.

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Street festival to mark Memorial Day in Menomonee Falls

May 23, 2016 5:01 p.m. | For the first time ever, Main Street in Menomonee Falls will close for its first street festival.

The festivities will be held from May 28-30.

On May 28, visitors can enjoy Art on the Walk. The juried art show will feature art of all mediums. The show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mill Pond Plaza on the east side of the river. A limited number of entry spaces are still available for artists who are interested in participating.

A car show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Main Street between Appleton Avenue and Mill Street. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and is $10 per car. Participants are asked to enter from Mill Street.

Always a hit is the Knights of Columbus Lucky Duck Derby. Watch hundreds of yellow duckies race their way down the river. The race begins at 11 a.m. at Mill Pond Park. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Knights of Columbus Clubhouse or the Village Centre office, or at the park the day of the race. Tickets are $3 each or two for $5.

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Germantown girls second, boys fourth in NSC track outdoor

May 23, 2016 4:19 p.m. | With tired legs and complicated schedules, the Germantown track teams readied themselves for the upcoming WIAA series of meets as the girls tied for second and the boys finished a competitive fourth in the North Shore Conference outdoor meet on May 17 at Nicolet.

"The kids were juggling so many other things, especially the girls," said program coach Greg Siegert, "but they are ready for the next stage. I never question the girls intentions. They do so well in other things, they find it hard to say 'no' to anyone."

But the Warhawks will hopefully be saying "yes" to several WIAA state meet berths this week. They hosted a regional meet on Monday, May 23, and sent qualifiers to the sectional at Watertown at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

From there, the top three finishers in all events plus all those whose efforts are among the eight best out of all sectionals statewide will advance to the WIAA State Meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.

The Germantown girls will rely heavily on their strong sprint relays, while state place-winning jumper Shon Pratcher Jr. will pace the boys' efforts.

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Menomonee Falls and Germantown Sports Shorts: May 26

May 23, 2016 12:50 p.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS GIRLS TRACK

The Indians got a win from the 4x100-meter relay team en route to a fifth-place finish in the Greater Metro Conference outdoor meet on May 17.

Falls hosted a WIAA regional meet on Monday, May 23 and now will send qualifiers to the sectional meet at Watertown starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 26.

The top three in each event from sectional, will advance to the state meet in La Crosse, June 3 and 4.

Falls scored 63 points for its spot in the GMC meet as Brookfield East won with 179.

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Menomonee Falls North Middle School seventh-grader to compete at National Spelling Bee

May 23, 2016 10:05 a.m. | North Middle School seventh-grader Veronica Goveas, 13, has had a love of words ever since she started reading when she was 3 years old.

That love grew when she watched the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a young child, and then when she followed her teachers' encouragement to join the school spelling bee in fifth grade.

Goveas said about the national bee, "I really just want to see how it is and experience it."

Her dream of experiencing the national bee is coming true next week as, after winning the Badger State Spelling Bee in March, she and two other Wisconsin spellers will travel to Maryland to compete among 285 of the best young spellers from across the country.

The national bee will take place over three days, starting with a multiple choice preliminary test on May 24, and then preliminary oral spelling rounds on May 25. The finalists from preliminaries will compete on May 26 to determine a national champion.

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Threat 'not credible'; Kennedy Middle School in Germantown is open today

May 20, 2016 8:27 a.m. | Germantown's Kennedy Middle School is open Friday, May 20, despite a threat by a student at the school on Thursday, May 19.

According to a letter posted on Facebook by Superintendent Jeff Holmes, the threat was not credible.

Holmes added that he wanted to "assure you that your children will be safe and secure tomorrow and beyond at KMS, as the school and law enforcement have worked closely in resolving the ... matter."

Holmes reported that a physical altercation took place at about 12:50 p.m. May 19 outside, during commons. During the altercation, one of the students made a threat, which was reported to school administrators.

School officials notified the Germantown Police Department, which, after an investigation, determined the threat was not credible.

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With some help, Germantown wins North Shore girls softball title

May 19, 2016 11:24 p.m. | The Germantown girls softball team didn't know it at the time of its 16-3 six-inning rout of Milwaukee Lutheran Thursday afternoon, but the road to its sixth straight North Shore Conference title got a little help along the way.

Whitefish Bay upset Grafton, 9-8, in eight innings Thursday, knocking the Black Hawks (11-3 in league games) out of a share of the championship and lifting the Warhawks (12-2 in NSC play) to the top of the podium all by themselves. Grafton had given Germantown both of its NSC losses.

Before they heard the news of the Bay upset, the Warhawks were just pleased to put a happy ending on this portion of the regular season.

"We took a roundabout way to get a share of the conference title," said co-coach Kurt Raguse. "We would have liked to have won it outright but Grafton played two very good games against us."

As Bay did against Grafton today.

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Overnight closure of Highway 45 at I-41/US 45 split

May 18, 2016 2:25 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to perform paving work at the I-41/US 45 split in Washington County. To facilitate this work, a full closure of US 45, but not I-41, will be required.

The closure of US 45 is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 22 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. If weather conditions prohibit this work, the contingency date is Sunday, June 5.

Detour:

For northbound US 45 traffic: Continue north on I-41, past the spilt, to exit at eastbound WIS 145. Continue east on WIS 145 to connect with the entrance ramp for northbound US 45.

For southbound US 45 traffic: Exit at westbound WIS 145. Continue west on WIS 145 to connect with the entrance ramp for southbound I-41. Interstate 41 will merge with US 45 at the split.

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