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GT boys improve to 16-0 with impressive 90-54 rout of Bay

Jan. 27, 2012 10:24 p.m. | Whitefish Bay assistant basketball coach Jim Smallins knows all about terrifying, heart-in-your throat, head-shaking and what-in-the-name-of-heck-can-we do-against-these guys kind of teams.

After all, he coached a couple of them to WIAA state titles back in 1966 and 1967 during the halcyon days of the high-powered Milwaukee Lincoln program. Those teams could race up and down the court and score at will according to those of a certain age with long memories.

Lincoln is long-gone as an institution, but the memory of its powerful basketball program remains intact in the ferocious, intense man pressure that the Germantown boys are imposing on everyone they meet this season.

Good or bad or in-between, the results are the same, no one can stand in against the Warhawks (8-0 in the North Shore and 16-0 overall) for long, and the Blue Dukes, who entered Friday night's game with a respectable 9-4 overall mark (5-2 in the North Shore), were just the latest speed-bump.

The top-ranked in state Germantown squad forced nine first quarter turnovers, hit 14 of 24 shots in the period and generally made a mockery out of any sense of competition by racing out to a 33-4 lead.

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Lady Lancers whip Falls, 57-39

Jan. 27, 2012 9:45 p.m. | The Brookfield Central girls basketball team used a big third quarter to crush Menomonee Falls, 57-39, at Central and move one game out of second place and two out of first in the Greater Metro Conference.

The win left Central at 5-3 (8-6 overall) one game behind Falls (6-2, 13-3) and Sussex Hamilton (6-2, 10-2) and two games behind first-place Divine Savior Holy Angels (7-1, 10-3) with the Dashers coming to Central on Tuesday.

The Lady Lancers played with a passion that they had been missing for most of the season, trailing 19-11 with 4:20 left in the half, when the Lancers went on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 19 at intermission.

Nicole Hinz started the run with a big rebound basket, and then Jasime Lewis dropped in two free throws. Sarah Fotsch then hit a jumper and Anna Liewen two free throws in the final seconds of the half.

The Lady Lancers then exploded for a 20-9 third period, closing it out with an 8-3 run and a 39-28 lead after three periods.

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Big guys lead charge for Germantown grapplers in 49-30 win over Homestead

Jan. 26, 2012 11:23 p.m. | The well-known bobblehead out in the trophy case alongside the Germantown gym probably tipped its head spontaneously in approval when no one was looking following the Warhawks' 49-30 North Shore dual meet win over rival Homestead on Thursday night.

But probably just a little bit, as because everyone in the area wrestling community knows, now retired coaching legend Barry Bernstein made his way across the North Shore leaving success in his wake, starting first at Whitefish Bay, then with a long tenure at Germantown (his formal employer) and then finishing up a fine stint at Homestead last season.

He and his lovely wife Nancee are now retired and living in Colorado, where Bernstein is no doubt helping bears to wrestle (laughs).

The bobblehead, which is the property of current Germantown coach and Bernstein protege' Casey Gabrielson, is probably a bit too skinny and Homestead wrestling coach Ernie Millard, who is a long-time friend of Bernstein's and who admits to having a copy of that very same bobble on his desk, offered this question:

'What I don't understand is why it does it have so much hair?"

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Ellsworth Corp. plans $9 million Germantown expansion

Jan. 25, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Ellsworth Corp., which makes and distributes industrial adhesives and coatings, plans to expand in Germantown with a new facility there.

Ellsworth plans to break ground this spring on a building with around 75,000 to 80,000 square feet, said Will Repensek, chief operating officer. It would be completed by the end of 2012, he said.

The new building would be near Ellsworth's current facility, at W129 N10825 Washington Drive, in Germantown Business Park. Repensek declined to say how many new jobs might be created through the expansion.

The company plans to buy some vacant business park parcels from the village to accommodate the new facility, Repensek said.

A formal sale agreement hasn't yet been reached, but that is expected to happen in March, said Village Administrator David Schornack. A possible land sale has been discussed by Village Board members in closed session, which is allowed under the state Open Meetings Law because it involves real estate negotiations.

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Molds maker will build new facility in Richfield

Jan. 24, 2012 7:00 a.m. | Plastics mold manufacturer Plasticraft Molds Inc. has purchased a 2.1-acre lot at Endeavor Business Park, in Richfield, and will build a 12,000-square-foot facility there.

Plasticraft plans to break ground by fall, and expects to move to its new building the following winter, said co-owner Eric Marlow. The company now operates in a 5,000-square-foot facility at N114 W18621 Clinton Drive, Germantown, and needs more space, he said.

Endeavor Business Park is at Pioneer and Mayfield roads, just west of U.S. Highway 41. The business park is operated by Helsan Development Co.

Showalter's 36 leads motivated GT to stunning 86-48 rout of HHS

Jan. 20, 2012 10:50 p.m. | If this is the way that the Germantown boys basketball team reacts in the face of adversity, then the rest of the state's squads better hope that no one else on the unbeaten number-one ranked in state Warhawks gets hurt.

Because even without injured 6-11 center Luke Fischer, the Warhawks dominated the boards, outhustled and flat outplayed seventh-ranked in state Homestead by a lopsided 86-48 count in what was supposed to be a first-place showdown in the North Shore Friday night.

Oh, and they also had all-state guard Zak Showalter feeling like he was virtually unguardable as he recorded a career-high 36 points, including 24 in a first half that decided the game at 48-17.

"Every team faces some adversity," said Showalter of Fischer's broken pinky finger. "If we want to get to where we want to go, we have to face some of it."

And of course, everyone knows where the 14-0 Warhawks want to go this season:

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Nurse charged with stealing drugs

Jan. 18, 2012 10:48 a.m. | Waukesha - A 21-year-old Hartland woman was charged Tuesday with stealing about $24,000 worth of Demerol from a hospital as she became addicted to the painkiller.

Yvette K. Teran was a nurse at Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls and is suspected of stealing about 550 50-mg vials of the drug between June and December 2011, according to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court. A co-worker caught Teran stealing the drug on Dec. 13, 2011, the complaint said.

The co-worker reported the incident to management, and a search of Teran's locker resulted in the discovery of empty vials of Demerol and two used needles. Teran was then terminated.

Teran told police she started stealing the drug in June or July as she was going through problems at home with her boyfriend "as well as the responsibility of owning two homes," the complaint said.

Teran said at first she used the leftover drug that was not used by a patient, the complaint said. Each vial contains 50 mg; a patient would be prescribed 25 mg, and she would inject that amount into the patient and then use the remaining 25 mg herself, the complaint said.

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United Way campaign exceeds goal in Waukesha County

Jan. 17, 2012 4:26 p.m. | Waukesha - United Way in Waukesha County finished strong and will exceed its $4.3 million goal, campaign co-chairmen announced Tuesday.

The campaign raised $4.35 million, which is 6% more than what was raised last year when the campaign totals fell 3.4% short.

"Our largest companies all increased their contributions this year, as did many smaller companies and individuals," said Joan Shafer, 2011 annual campaign co-chair.

In all, 12,000 individuals and 500 companies contribute to the annual Live United campaign.

The dollars are invested in programs ranging from meeting basic needs of individuals to developing self-reliance.

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Greater Menomonee Falls Foundation accepting applications for grants

Jan. 16, 2012 11:48 a.m. | The Greater Menomonee Falls Foundation is proud to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2012 grant application cycle.

The Foundation awarded four $1,000 grants in 2011. The recipients included: The Falls Area Community Services Food Pantry, Camp Pow Wow, The Children's Community Center, and Accompany of Kids.

"Our goal for 2012 was to double the amount of grants that we could award to $8,000," Chairwoman Darci Middaugh said. "Due to the overwhelming generosity of our donors, we are able to realize that goal."

For the 2012 grant cycle the foundation will be awarding two $2,000 grants and four $1,000 grants. The GMFF supports nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in the Menomonee Falls Area. Interested nonprofit organizations can visit the "Grants" page at <a href="www.fallsfoundation.org">click here</a>. Organizations interested in being considered for both a $2,000 and the $1,000 grants should submit a separate application for each grant.

Please share this information with your local nonprofit organizations. The foundation is proud to have the ability to award these grants, and wants to ensure that every qualifying organization that it interested in applying has the opportunity to do so.

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GT center Fischer suffers hand injury in practice

Jan. 13, 2012 1:14 p.m. | Germantown 6-11 junior center and Indiana Unviersity recruit Luke Fischer suffered a hand injury on Thursday during practice according to coach Steve Showalter.

Fischer, who is averaging 16.8 ppg. for the 12-0 and top-ranked in the state Warhawks, was involved in a defensive drill when the injury occured, said Showalter.

Showalter would not speculate as to the severity of the injury, which involved the pinkie finger, but noted that "it did not look good." Fischer was slated to get further tests on the hand today.

"I feel terrible for the kid and his family," said Showalter. "He was having such a terrific season." Fischer had just committed to Indiana two weeks ago.

The Warhawks are slated to visit Nicolet (2-9) tonight and have two huge tests next week, when they host North Shore rival Homestead (5-0, 11-1) on Friday, Jan. 20 and then will go to visit second-ranked in state D2 East Troy (9-1) on Saturday, Jan. 21.

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Parks system readying for winter rec opportunities

Jan. 12, 2012 8:38 p.m. | The Waukesha County Park System has more than 25 miles of groomed and tracked cross-country ski trails, sledding hills, and snowshoeing and winter hiking trails.

Cross-country ski trails are located within Menomonee Park, W220-N7884 Townline Road in Menomonee Falls; Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha; and Nashotah Park, W330-N5113 County Highway C in Nashotah. Waukesha County will be monitoring the snow conditions regularly in order to make sure the grooming process is started as soon as possible after or during this snow event, parks officials said today. Once trails are packed, the website, www.waukeshacountyparks.com, will be updated.

Snowshoeing opportunities are available throughout the Waukesha County Park System. Fox River Park, W264-S4500 River Road in Waukesha; Muskego Park, S83-W20370 Janesville Road in Muskego; and Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison Street in Waukesha, all have trails that are packed for winter hiking or snowshoeing. Snowshoe rentals are available at Retzer Nature Center for $5.50 a half day and $9 for a full day. The smallest size snowshoe is for 45 pounds. Contact Retzer at (262) 896-8007 for information.

Sledding hills are located at Menomonee Park, Minooka Park, Nashotah Park and Mukwonago Park W325-S9945 Beulah Road in Mukwonago.

For snowmobile trail conditions, call the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's Hotline at (414) 299-0330. For information about snowmobile clubs in the Waukesha area, see the Waukesha County Snowmobile Association's website at www.waukeshasnow.org.

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Falls police warn of vehicle break-ins at movie theater

Jan. 09, 2012 12:44 p.m. | On Jan. 5, between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. three locked vehicles were broken into in the parking lot at the Marcus Cinema Menomonee Falls, N9393 Premier Lane.

It is unclear how many people were involved in the break-ins, but according to police, the thief used some type of pry tool to shatter the door window glass of the vehicles. Purses containing personal information, cash and credit cards were removed from all three vehicles. The purses were either left in plain view or under another object on the vehicle seats where they could be seen easily from outside.

Purchases were made with several of the stolen credit cards later that same evening.

Menomonee Falls Police have not provided details on any suspects.

The Police Department urges residents to lock vehicles and take any valuables with you. If that is not possible, lock items in the trunk or hide them from view. If you notice anyone suspicious in parking lots - a person standing next to vehicles with no apparent purpose, looking into vehicles or breaking into a vehicle, call the police immediately from a safe distance away. Do not confront them, but make observations about their age, height, weight, clothing and any other descriptors, including any vehicle they may be using.

Hamilton girls bog down Falls

Jan. 06, 2012 10:25 p.m. | In a battle of two teams unbeaten in the Greater Metro Conference, Menomonee Falls had no answer for the Sussex Hamilton zone defense and struggled shooting, allowing the Chargers to take a 36-19 victory Friday night.

Falls hit just one field goal in the second half, and despite forcing Hamilton into a slew of turnovers, the Indians never led after taking a 2-0 advantage.

The Chargers committed five turnovers before taking their first shot and committed eight in the first quarter alone but still emerged from that period with an 11-6 lead. The lead swelled to as large as 35-15 after a 10-0 run that stretched into the fourth quarter.

Falls (10-2, 3-1 in GMC) shot 1 of 15 in the second half and 6 of 40 (15 percent) for the game. The Chargers (8-0, 4-0) committed 26 turnovers and forced only 12 but shot 14 of 38 (37 percent). Mackenzie Latt scored 13 points, and Jenny Shernell and Hannah Menzia both added eight.

Hamilton boys make one run too many for Falls in winning, 67-62

Jan. 05, 2012 10:44 p.m. | Whatever it was that flipped the home team's switch Thursday night in the Sussex Hamilton gym against archrival Menomonee Falls Thursday night, it happened around the time of Indian star J.P. Tokoto picking up his third foul at the 3:41 mark of the third quarter.

Falls was enjoying its largest lead of the game at that point at 41-37, but after Tokoto sat down, the Chargers outscored the Indians 11-2 the rest of the period to take control for good. The run continued well into the fourth quarter even after Tokoto had returned as the Chargers earned a 67-62 Greater Metro Conference victory before a large and noisy crowd.

Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni thought the exact moment came a few seconds after Tokoto's foul.

He pointed to a time-out that he took after a three-pointer by his sophomore forward Brady Ellingson gave the Chargers the lead for good at 44-41.

"We knew it would be a game of runs," said Cerroni. "They would have theirs and we would have ours. Our kids stepped it up after that point. I didn't like our energy coming into the third quarter (which the Chargers started with a 32-30 lead). We got that three and I called that time-out to challenge them a little bit, because I thought we had been sleep-walking ever since the quarter started."

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Germantown packaging company acquired

Jan. 05, 2012 1:02 p.m. | Arbor Investments, a Chicago-based investment group, has acquired Great Lakes Packaging Corp. of Germantown, a producer of corrugated packaging and display products.

Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Founded in 1999, Arbor is a private equity group that specializes in the food, beverage, distribution and packaging sectors. It's Arbor's second Wisconsin acquisition in packaging after it previously acquired Midland Packaging & Display; a 65 year-old company based in Franksville.

"Becoming a part of this packaging platform will add tremendous value," said Jim Nelson, president of Great Lakes Packaging. "We're excited to begin working with Midland Packaging & Display, which has a reputation of delivering great value."

Water main break causes early release at Germantown school

Jan. 05, 2012 12:28 p.m. | Germantown High School students received an unexpected, post-holiday half day off Thursday thanks to a water main break near the school.

According to Jayne Borst, assistant to Superintendent Sue Borden, the water main break occurred around 9 a.m. under River Lane, right in front of the school.

The school's water had to be shut off so the break could be repaired, making it impossible to run lunch service and have working bathrooms. Buses arrived to take children home at 11 a.m.

Borst said the district was told the break would be fixed by sundown.

Borden said the district was looking forward to resuming classes as usual Friday.

Water main break closes Germantown High School

Jan. 05, 2012 12:26 p.m. | Germantown High School students received an unexpected, post-holiday half-day off Thursday thanks to a water main break near the school.

According to Jayne Borst, assistant to Superintendent Sue Borden, the main break occurred around 9 a.m. under River Lane, right in front of the school.

"No food service, no lunches and no bathrooms," Borst said. "The buses were there at 11 and everyone went home."

Borst said the district was told the break would be fixed by sundown. The high school will resume a normal schedule Friday.

Germantown High School closes due to water main break

Jan. 05, 2012 11:38 a.m. | A water main break has closed Germantown High School for the rest of the day. Students were dismissed at 11 a.m. after a water main under River Lane experienced what Germantown administrators called a "severe leak."

According to the superintendent's office, this leak is strong enough that there is a need to fix it immediately. As a result, the high school will be without water.

The closure only affects the high school; other schools in the district will remain open. The Germantown Police Department worked with the school district to make for a safe dismissal.

New Berlin police warn of burglary ring

Jan. 05, 2012 9:52 a.m. | New Berlin - Police issued a warning Thursday about a burglary ring that has committed at least 14 break-ins since mid-December in at least seven municipalities in the region.

Most of the burglaries have occurred in the morning and the suspects are believed to be men in their 20s to 30s, New Berlin police said Thursday.

Five of the burglaries have occurred in New Berlin. Residences in Brookfield, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee and West Allis also have been hit.

In New Berlin, the burglars have driven through neighborhoods on weekday mornings after people have left for work and look for houses that do not appear to be occupied, Lt. Mike Glider stated in a news release.

Suspects follow routine

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Four candidates square off in Falls School Board race

Jan. 04, 2012 2:31 p.m. | Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls School Board will have a new president and the Village Board will have the same one after April's elections. Incumbent Village President Randy Newman is running unopposed after no candidates filed by Tuesday's deadline.

On the other hand, a slew of candidates are vying for two seats on the school board after current president Kathy Shurilla filled non-candidacy papers. Shurilla had announced she planned not to run at the last school board meeting.

Incumbent Dave Noshay will be running and faces three challengers. The seats are open seats, so Noshay only needs to be beat two of the three. Michele Divelbiss, a PTA president is running, as is Paul Tada and Richard Houdek.

School board terms are three years and each board member is paid $5,000 annually. The board votes on the president once the new members are elected. The election is April 3.

The most-read stories of 2011

Jan. 03, 2012 12:54 p.m. | Some of the most interesting news often happens in the suburbs and the just-completed year was no exception.

The most-read NOW online story of 2011 was an item on a 70-year-old St. Francis man who found a missile buried in the wall of his bathroom. How did it get there? We don't know for sure, but a former owner of the house was a World War II veteran known to collect war souvenirs.

We invite you to take a look back at some of the other most popular stories from 2011:

Woman uses 5-year-old son as shield against Taser

Family of lost child at Mayfair fights with police officers

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