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District names interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary

Jan. 04, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Bil Zahn, a retired elementary principal from the Elmbrook School District, was named interim principal at Ben Franklin Elementary in Menomonee Falls as a result of Principal Steve Bold's resignation.

His resignation takes effect June 30. Zahn, who served as Burleigh Elementary School principal for 22 years, will act as principal while the district posts the full-time position at Ben Franklin. According to the Menomonee Falls School District, Zahn spent the week meeting the students in their classrooms and introducing himself.

Valley View Principal Tina Posnanski and Riverside Elementary Principal Scott Walter will be working with Ben Franklin's Associate Principal Mike Mullen and Zahn "to ensure the continuity of support and quality focus on improvement continues," said Superintendent Patricia Greco.

Zahn will serve as interim principal until the School District finds a suitable replacement, Greco said.

Late surge leaves Germantown girls cutting down the nets in North Shore

8:51 a.m. | Just a few strands of the net still had to be clipped, and Matt Stuve wasn't going to miss out on the fun.

Germantown's girls basketball coach ended an interview and quickly found his 2 ½-year-old son, Brody. The father climbed a ladder with son in tow, made three quick snips, then proudly waved the net to the Warhawks faithful.

Yes, it was a night of celebration at Germantown High School on Friday.

The Warhawks trailed visiting Cedarburg, 35-28, with 5:30 minutes remaining, but Germantown then unleashed a 22-6 run to finish the game and toppled the Bulldogs, 50-41.

Germantown improved to 17-4 overall, 11-2 in the North Shore Conference, and is guaranteed at least a share of its third straight league title. The only other "three-peat" in school history came from 1971-'73.

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Germantown boys basketball team beats Cedarburg, clinches NSC

Feb. 12, 2016 10:43 p.m. | It's a legacy that began when Ben Averkamp was a lean and lanky sophomore in 2006-07 and carried into the next season.

It started again in 2009-10 when Zak Showalter and Josh Mongan were fearless sophomores themselves and there has been no let-up since.

No, Germantown senior boys basketball players Juwan McCloud, Max Keefe and Conner Edmonds were going to be darned if they were going to let the run of North Shore Conference titles end on their watch.

And the three didn't as they all played huge parts in the Warhawks' gritty 56-51 overtime win over host Cedarburg Friday night that clinched no worse than a share of a seventh straight crown for Germantown.

"We have a goal board (in the lockerroom) and this is definitely the number one thing on it," said the power forward Edmonds, whose nine straight points for the Warhawks in the middle of the second half gave them their first lead since 3-2. "Everyone knows the history and the tradition. This needed to get done."

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Waukesha County to hold public information meeting for work on Lilly Road in Menomonee Falls

Feb. 12, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Changes are coming to the intersection of Silver Spring Drive and Lilly Road in Menomonee Falls.

Waukesha County's Department of Public Works will host a public information meeting regarding the rehabilitation of the intersection from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. Feb. 23 at Menomonee Falls Fire Station No. 3, W140 N7501 Lilly Road.

The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation.

The public is encouraged to stop by anytime between 4 and 6 p.m. to speak with representatives from Waukesha County's design team, who will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and gather input and comments from the public.

Exhibits will also be on display for viewing.

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The "voice" of Menomonee Falls sports Jerry Mislang arrested, facing criminal charges

Feb. 11, 2016 5:59 p.m. | Menomonee Falls —A man known in Menomonee Falls as the "voice" of local sports has been thrown a pretty severe penalty.

Jerry Mislang, who many know as the "voice of Menomonee Falls athletics" for his work announcing almost every high school sporting event in the village, is facing criminal charges by the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office after he was recently cited for unsafe lane deviation and driving without insurance proof.

The details of the arrest remain unconfirmed, but Mislang's attorney Jonathan A. LaVoy, of Kim & LaVoy, S. C. said he intends to enter a plea of not guilty for the citations that have been issued.

Mislang is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 15 regarding his criminal charges, for which LaVoy said he would plead not guilty on Mislang's behalf and he will request additional time to review and investigate the case.

"The police have referred in operating while impaired (third) and resisting/failing to stop for police," LaVoy said. "These are misdemeanor level referrals...he has not been formally charged yet."

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What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Germantown boys basketball team overpowers Whitefish Bay, 101-74

Feb. 09, 2016 10:13 p.m. | "That was more like Germantown basketball," said Warhawks' all-state point guard Juwan McCloud.

And he was correct in his assertion after the Warhawks' stunning 101-74 rout of a surging Whitefish Bay squad in a key North Shore Conference game Tuesday night.

It looked and sounded like vintage high-powered Warhawks' basketball, from the relentless attacking of the basket to the large numbers of turnovers they forced as Germantown maintained (10-1 in NSC play) a one game lead over Cedarburg in the league race and won its sixth game in a row.

"It really did feel a little like the old days," added McCloud, who finished with 24 points on the night. "I think we've shaken off all those things that bothered us in December (four losses in five games). We just needed to play better than we were in all ways.

"We were playing sluggish, just not doiong the right things. It was tough stuff to learn."

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New Director of Business Services for the School District of Menomonee Falls settling into new role

Feb. 09, 2016 3:14 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Even though he is known in Menomonee Falls as a numbers guy, former Director of Business Services Jeff Gross said it is the people in the School District of Menomonee Falls who he will miss most.

Gross, who left the district for a new role as the Chief Finance Officer in the Kettle Moraine School District Feb. 1, thanked the school board, district officials and district leaders for the chance to work with them for the past eight years at a recent school board meeting.

"I want to thank everyone for the opportunity to work here with the dedicated staff...this was a really hard decision to make professionally," Gross said.

The move did make sense personally for Gross, whose children attend the Kettle Moraine School District.

"If it wasn't for my children being in the (Kettle Moraine School District), there is no way I would leave what we have going here," he said. "(But) it makes sense and it will be good to have some new challenges and hopefully help make the Kettle Moraine School District better."

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School District of Menomonee Falls faces $1.1 million budget deficit in 2016-17

Feb. 09, 2016 2:57 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Changes to programming and reductions in staffing are among the items that could be in the future of the School District of Menomonee Falls.

At least that is what district officials are saying can be drawn from the estimated $6.6 million in structural deficits anticipated over the next five years.

The school board on Feb. 8 reviewed in detail the 2016-17 budget, which includes an estimated deficit of about $1.1 million. Two scenarios are being discussed for the budget planning process, including options with or without the impact of the two referendum questions voters will face in April.

"Obviously a lot hinges on the referendum outcome regarding which path we take, but we are outlining two paths within this (budget) document," explained Director of Business Services Keith Brightman.

After three years analyzing the long-term facility and operational needs of the school district, the board decided to present two questions to voters on Tuesday, April 5.

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Menomonee Falls' team effort nets GMC wrestling title

Feb. 09, 2016 12:17 p.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 on Feb. 5.

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's a concept McMahon has been working on for 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."

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Man guilty of sexually assaulting Menomonee Falls teenager forced into relationship with him

Feb. 09, 2016 12:16 p.m. | Former youth basketball coach Cory Casper pleaded guilty recently to sexually assaulting a former player, a teenage girl, who had been forced by her mother to maintain a romantic relationship with him.

Casper, 41, entered his guilty pleas during a Feb. 8 hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court, records show. Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez found him guilty of two counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, a class A misdemeanor. The maximum penalty for that crime is up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines.

A sentencing hearing for Casper, who recently moved to Milwaukee, has been scheduled for March 17. Casper was charged in November 2014 with two counts of first-degree sexual assault, sexual contact with a child under the age of 13 and one count of child enticement, which was later dismissed but read into the court record. The other charges were reduced or dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

All of the charges stemmed from various interactions Casper had with the victim, some of them sexual, who was 12 at the time. Many of those encounters were orchestrated by the girl's mother, who, according to a criminal complaint, had strong feelings for Casper that were not reciprocated.

Allegations of the sexual nature of the relationship came to light after the girl's father reported the assaults to police. The complaint said the woman, who will not be named to protect the victim's identity, allegedly arranged for her daughter to be alone with Casper on numerous occasions — including twice in his car in a secluded area of the Menomonee Falls Home Depot parking lot — despite her daughter's protestations that Casper "scared her more than anyone in the world."

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Germantown hits pause in review of Wisconsin DOT's plans for Appleton Avenue and Lannon Road

Feb. 09, 2016 12:05 p.m. | Germantown — There are two questions on the minds of village of Germantown officials as they review the project plans for a roundabout at Appleton Avenue and Lannon Road: why now and why us?

The village board has voted to postpone approval of an estimated $80,433 cost to the village for its portion of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's plans to construct a roundabout in 2018.

The price tag, which includes about $47,880 in design costs in addition to an estimated $32,553 in construction costs, was deemed unreasonable by village officials.

"This is a situation where we have been on two different tracks," explained Village Engineer Brionne Bischke.

While the DOT was working on the surfacing project from Maple Road to near Cabela's, and part of that includes the roundabout, Bischke explained the village has simultaneously been conducting research necessary to bring the area up to speed for the construction of Willow Creek Business Park within tax-incremental financing district no. 6.

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Things To Do: Feb. 11, 2016

Feb. 09, 2016 11:42 a.m. |

2016 Young at Art exhibition open at Menomonee Falls High School

Menomonee Falls — The Art Guild of Menomonee Falls, in partnership with the Menomonee Falls High School National Art Honor Society, is opening an art show by the young artists in the community.

The gallery, which will remain open through Friday, Feb. 12, is located in the lobby area off of the Menomonee Falls High School auditorium, W142N8101 Merrimac Drive.

Each student piece in the exhibition was chosen by the student's art instructor for its outstanding merit.

The pieces on display will include drawings, paintings, collage, metals and sculptures.

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Sacrifices made, Germantown wrestlers win NSC title

Feb. 09, 2016 11:32 a.m. | Everyone had to sacrifice if the Germantown wrestling team was going to win its first North Shore Conference title in 15 years.

Including the man who is the face of the program, returning state qualifier Zack Szohr.

To maximize their chances of winning conference and hopefully earn a WIAA state team tournament berth, everyone moved down a weight class, and the linchpin was Szohr, who spent a lot of the season at 113 pounds and occasionally 120.

But to make it all work, he had to agree to go down to 106, where he qualified for state last season.

He agreed, he made the weight and so did everyone else as the job got done.

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Five Germantown, Menomonee Falls area soccer players sign letters of intent

Feb. 09, 2016 11:04 a.m. | It was a spectacularly good national collegiate signing day for area girls soccer players on Feb. 3 as three from Germantown and two from the Falls have accepted offers and signed national letters of intent for next fall.

They include Tessa Estock and Julia Lehnen from the Falls and Piper Brown, Bri Klopfer and Taylor Johnson from Germantown.

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Estock will be heading to Viterbo in La Crosse where she will major in nursing

Estock will finish up and impressive career for the Falls High School team this spring. She has played both defense and midfield in what will be a four-year career for the Indians. Estock was named honorable mention all-Greater Metro Conference three years and team Most Valuable Player as a junior for the 2015 Indian team that made the WIAA state tournament for the first time.

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UPDATE: Nine crashes, 25 damaged vehicles reported in Feb. 9 crash on Highway 41 in Menomonee Falls

Feb. 09, 2016 10:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Nine separate traffic crashes that resulted in 25 damaged vehicles and six injured people stalled traffic for about two hours during rush hour on Feb. 9.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department responded to an initial call at about 9 a.m. reporting several crashes along Highway 41/45 southbound near Pilgrim Road and Main Street.

A slowdown in traffic and sun glare, including the glare off wet pavement, may have been contributing factors, according to a news release.

The Menomonee Falls Police Department partnered with the Menomonee Falls Fire Department, Germantown Fire Department, city of Brookfield Fire Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol in investigating the incident and transporting injured parties.

The highway was returned to normal traffic at approximately 9:45 a.m.

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