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Germantown seeks new Park and Recreation director

Dec. 03, 2012 9:30 p.m. | The Village of Germantown is seeking a new Park and Recreation Department Director after the Village Board on Monday announced the resignation of Director Brett Altergott.

Altergott has accepted new employment in Minnesota.

"It's really sad to see Brett go," said Village Manager David Schornack. "He's done an outstanding job here and we really wish him and his family the very best."

The Board approved advertising for the position on Monday; however, after a brief debate voted not to advertise the job with a salary range.

Trustees Terri Kaminski and Shane Daniels opposed the decision to not include salary in the advertisement. Kaminski said though it is common for private sector jobs to not include salary ranges, every public sector job advertisement does. The starting salary would have been advertised at $59,000 for someone with a bachelor's degree.

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Construction to start on Highway 175 in Washington County

Feb. 08, 2016 12:24 p.m. | Germantown — As road construction season approaches, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would like to make sure drivers are informed of major upcoming projects.

Included in the projects in the area is work on Highway 175 from Beechwood Industrial Court to Polk Street, which is slated to begin in March.

The reconstruction project improvements include new concrete curb and gutter; storm sewer; asphaltic pavement; a shared-use path; new signing and pavement marking; and a roundabout at the intersection of Hwy 175 and Hwy 167.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend an open house meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Richfield Fire Station, 2008 WIS 175, Richfield.

Mashuda Contractors, which will make a presentation at 6 p.m. that outlines the schedule of operations, has been awarded the $6.64 million contract to construct these improvements.

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Updated rankings of area prep boys and girls basketball teams and players

Menomonee Falls wrestling team storms to Greater Metro tourney title

Feb. 06, 2016 12:53 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls wrestling team won six individual weight classes en route to an impressive triumph in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament at West Allis Hale tonight.

But veteran coach Jim McMahon wanted all to know that everyone on the team contributed to this third league tourney title in four years.

"It takes a really good team to win the GMC," he said, "and we needed everyone to get this done. This is such a good group of kids. They've been getting better all year and I've been around this sport long enough, winning something like this is never easy.

"...There's a lot of skill, a little bit of luck and a whole lot of good kids buying in that made this work out as well as it did."

Falls scored 247.5 points to claim the title as it roared past West Allis Central (198.5) and Sussex Hamilton (188). The Indians had dropped a one-point decision to Central in December to lose the league dual meet title to the Bulldogs.

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Faustel in Germantown welcomes John Pokrandt to controls engineering team

Feb. 05, 2016 10:26 a.m. | Germantown — A Germantown-based manufacturer of technological web converting equipment is growing its engineering team.

Faustel announced Feb. 4 the addition of John Pokrandt to the controls engineering team.

Pokrandt has 19 years of electrical engineering experience designing control systems for equipment installed on web offset and gravure printing presses.

"I am thrilled to be part of the Faustel team, developing their control systems," he said. "I am fortunate to be joining such a respected company in the converting industry."

Construction to start on Highway 175 in Washington County

Feb. 05, 2016 9:56 a.m. | Germantown — As road construction season approaches, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation would like to make sure drivers are informed of major upcoming projects.

Included in the projects in the area is work WIS-175 from Beechwood Industrial Court to Polk Street, which is slated to begin in March.

The reconstruction project improvements include new concrete curb and gutter, storm sewer, asphaltic pavement, a shared-use path, new signing and pavement marking, and a roundabout at the intersection of WIS-175 and WIS-167.

Anyone interested in learning more about the project is encouraged to attend an open house meeting from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Richfield Fire Station, 2008 WIS 175, Richfield.

Mashuda Contractors, which will make a presentation at 6 p.m. that outlines the schedule of operations, has been awarded the $6.64 million contract to construct these improvements.

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Menomonee Falls Dance Team to compete in kick, jazz at state competition Feb. 6

Feb. 04, 2016 8:57 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — For the first time in nine years, the Menomonee Falls Dance team has qualified for state.

The team of 29 dancers will perform a kick routine and a jazz routine for the first time in school history at the state competition in La Crosse on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The team has been practicing under the guidance of Jenn Nagy and Chelsea Bushman since August.

Menomonee Falls Comprehensive Plan complete, set for possible approval this spring

Feb. 03, 2016 2:32 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — A document that will serve as a guide for the future physical, social and economic development of Menomonee Falls is now complete.

The plan commission on Feb. 2 reviewed the draft 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update, which is now available for public review following months of discussion and meetings with residents and village staff.

A vision statement, revised goals and an updated land-use plan are among the new and updated features of the plan.

Among the goals of the plan is to create a document that is clearly written and easily accessible so it effectively serves as a guide for future development decisions, explained Planning Technician Tyler Zwagerman.

Public outreach efforts concluded in August and staff summarized input from the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update survey and the two summer workshops in a report that has been under review by the 2015 Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee since it formed in September.

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Park planning continues in Menomonee Falls

Feb. 03, 2016 1:57 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Splash pads, new playgrounds and a dog park could be on the horizon for residents of Menomonee Falls.

While none of the improvements will be happening overnight, the village board on Feb. 1 approved adding plans for upgrades to Village Park and the development of a new park, Aero Park, on the village's southwest side.

The approval followed months of discussion and community input sessions on the parks, culminating into what Director of Engineering Services Tom Hoffman called master plans to be funded through capital dollars in the village budget in future years.

Located downtown at Appleton Avenue and Garfield Drive, plans for Village Park include new tennis courts, basketball courts, a playground, splash pad, improved parking and a path system.

Work on Village Park is proposed to take place in three phases, totaling an estimated $3.3 million, also including work on a plaza, the war memorial, lighting and a festival area that could be a new home for the village's Thursday night concert series.

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Homestead girls basketball team beats Gerrmantown, tightens NSC

Feb. 02, 2016 11:04 p.m. | Homestead senior guard Taylor McIlwraith and her teammates have been waiting all season for shots to fall.

The team was experienced, talented and favored to win the North Shore Conference girls basketball title this season, but because the offense was such a hit-and-miss affair (mostly) miss, everything was a struggle and the Highlanders found themselves scrambling to climb back into the race after dropping the first two games of the league campaign.

Buit Tuesday night, before a small, but intense crowd in the tiny old Homestead gym, shots dropped like never before this season against two-time league champion and current NSC leader Germantown, a team the nine-member Homestead senior class had still not beaten in their school career.

Coupled with scads of turnovers, the Highlanders would hit shot after shot and build a 12-point lead in the first half. They still led by as much as eight with eight minutes to go.

But the relentless Warhawks would not let go, as led by forward Olivia Verdin (23 points) and guard Kenzie Schmitz (21), they crawled back into game.

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School District of Menomonee Falls to continue examining results of one-time Badger exam

Feb. 02, 2016 12:38 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The results of a one-time exam that replaced the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination is leaving district officials in Menomonee Falls with more questions than answers.

The State of Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction recently released the Wisconsin State Accountability System Badger Exam, which is a one-time statewide exam, as well as ACT scores for the 2014-15 school year.

The School District of Menomonee Falls results exceeded the state performance in both English and math, with 64.4 percent scoring proficient or advanced, compared to 51.2 percent statewide, in English and 57.6 percent scoring proficient or advanced, compared to 43.7 percent statewide, in math.

"These scores reflect that teachers are doing a great job preparing our students for the rigor that now comes with standards aligned to college and career preparation," said Gary Kiltz, the district Director of Curriculum and Learning.

Though Superintendent Pat Greco said reading and math scores have changed from previous tests, she said the data as it compares to prior and future years is murky.

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Ally's Bistro begins construction on expansion; slated to finish in June

Feb. 02, 2016 11:06 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Even in the dead of winter, it is not uncommon to see lines out the door of Ally's Bistro in Menomonee Falls.

Between roughly 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the smell of panini sandwiches and homemade soups wafts through the air amid the chatter of a crowded lunch spot so popular it is often challenging to find a seat.

Soon there will be even more to offer, as Ally's has begun transforming the space next door into what will be an expanded restaurant with a bar and full-service dinner.

Construction began recently on the space that neighbors Ally's, in an effort owner Rodney Zimmerman said has been in the works for quite some time.

"It's really exciting to see the plans start to come together," he said, adding that he hopes the new Ally's will be unveiled in early June.

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Germantown wrestlers win NSC dual-meet title

Feb. 02, 2016 9:46 a.m. | There was no overt celebration, no making a big deal about things after the Germantown wrestling team overpowered Milwaukee Lutheran, 66-9, to finish out an unbeaten North Shore Conference season on Jan. 28.

The victory put the Warhawks on the cusp of their first league title in 15 years, but there is still work to be done and other goals to be attained, said coach Jeff Szohr, such as winning the NSC Tournament that will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Port Washington.

Germantown beat Port on Jan. 21, 40-33, in what he called "the funnest dual meet that he has ever been a part of." He knows the tourney title will likely come down to not necessarily who wins the most individual titles but who can get the most thirds, fourths and fifths.

"It's going to be interesting because there are a lot of good kids, a lot of teams bringing good individuals to this meet, and that will make a difference," Szohr said.

Following conference will start the pursuit of a major goal for the Warhawks, their first WIAA state team tournament berth. Regional action will be held Saturday, Feb. 13, at Menomonee Falls. The team winner of the regional faces the team winner of the Nicolet regional on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in a dual for a berth in the state team tournament.

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SPORTS SHORTS: Feb. 4

Feb. 01, 2016 9:12 p.m. |

MENOMONEE FALLS/GERMANTOWN GYMNASTICS

It was a high-spirited enjoyable day for the Indians as they took fourth of seven teams in their own Indian Invite on Jan. 30.

"Our invite was a lot of fun," said coach Kym Remillard. "Our theme for this invite was Hollywood movie stars. Most teams did dress up for march in and the judges even had fun using 'take action' signs to signal the gymnast to start there routines. Everything went smoothly."

The Indians turned in a 118.325 point team score as West Allis won with a 128.225 mark.

Marissa Weisfloghad a good day for the local co-op, as she was fifth on the balance beam with a 7.8 mark and seventh on vault (8.25). Marissa Niemanwas fourth on vault (8.475) for the Indians' highest individual finish.

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Germantown girls basketball team continues to run and win

Feb. 01, 2016 5:33 p.m. | With talented powerhouses like Taylor Higginbotham and Val Meissner graduated and off to college, Germantown girls basketball coach Matt Stuve thought that this year's edition of the Warhawks would have to be more defensive-minded in order to be successful.

But even with a lack of depth (just 10 players on varsity), the Warhawks' "run and fun" style is not diminished at all as they have now scored more than 70 points in four straight games after beating nonconference opponent Milwaukee Riverside, 81-64, and North Shore opponent Nicolet, 72-50, last week to run their winning streak to seven games.

"We've had the defense when we needed it (wins over Middleton and defending state champ DSHA), but we've still been able to score," said Stuve.

With the wins, the Warhawks maintained their North Shore Conference lead with an 8-1 league mark and improved to 14-3 overall.

Their run of success will be tested this week as they visited Homestead (6-2 in league play) on Tuesday, Feb. 2, and then will host Grafton (6-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. Grafton gave the Warhawks their only league loss of the season, a 52-49 decision on Dec. 16.

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Keefe's shot at the buzzer keeps Germantown boys basketball team ahead in NSC

Feb. 01, 2016 5:29 p.m. | The Germantown boys basketball team is giving coach Mark Adams tantalizing glimpses of what they can be from time-to-time.

He was pleased with what he saw the second half of the win over North Shore opponent Milwaukee Lutheran on Jan. 22 and he was very happy with what he observed in the impressive 88-69 nonconference victory over Wisconsin Lutheran on Jan. 26.

But for large sections of the Warhawks' harrowing 59-58 victory over a vastly improved Nicolet squad on Jan. 29, his vision was obscured by a team that was far too impatient on offense and unwilling to go back to its bread-and-butter "Showtime" attack.

"Showtime" is the inside-outside combination offense that former coach Steve Showalter developed over the course of 15 years as Germantown developed into the pre-eminent program in the state.

"The shot selection was just poor," Adams said. "Very impatient. A lot of what I would have said (right after the game) would have had to have been off-the-record (because of frustration)."

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