photo gallery from this weekend's WIAA State Track and Field Meet in La Crosse.We've just added the final images to the NOW/Lake Country Publications
Photojournalists Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath collected more than 100 images from two days of competition at the sun-splashed Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Brookfield East repeated as the boys champions in Division 1 while Riverside captured the girls title.
Waukesha - Primary elections will be required to narrow the ballot choices for two Waukesha County offices - county clerk and register of deeds - after three Republicans filed nomination papers for each office by Friday's deadline.
The primary will be Aug. 14.
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in April that she would not seek another term after she came under withering criticism for election reporting missteps in recent years. The question of her competence came to a head after the spring election when County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former Republican legislator, said he'd call on her to resign - something he could not force - unless she assigned the recall election oversight to her deputy.
Vrakas said the credibility of Waukesha County elections was at stake.
While Vrakas announced Nickolaus had agreed to passing off those procedural duties, Nickolaus later said in her announcement that she maintained authority and responsibility and has since appeared to be in charge of the election duties.» Read Full Article
A six-run first inning was enough to do the trick for the eighth-seeded Sussex Hamilton girls softball team Thursday afternoon, as the Chargers knocked off Greater Metro Conference champ and WIAA sectional top seed Menomonee Falls, 9-2, in a regional final Monday at the Falls Little League Park.
"We've been working all season long on building our confidence," said Charger coach Jim Lawinger. "We're a young (one senior) up and coming team and it's been a long process for us. We've been able to beat teams at our own level before but we hadn't beat a really good team until today."
The victory advanced the eighth-seeded Chargers (13-9) into a WIAA sectional semifinal at fifth-seeded West Allis Hale (16-6) on Monday. Hale was an 11-3 winner over Arrowhead in its regional final today.
The Chargers, who had lost to Falls twice in the regular season, earned a boatload of confidence in the first inning. No more so than when junior Sami Williams dropped down a suicide squeeze to score senior Katie Weber with the game's first run.
"She got the bunt down, and she (Weber) just beat it," said Lawinger. "It was a bang-bang play, but it really got us going."» Read Full Article
Wisconsin State Journal reported Wednesday night on its website.A 14-year-old Menomonee Falls student representing Wisconsin in the 85th National Spelling Bee has been eliminated, the
Heloise Cheruvalath, an 8th grader at North Middle School, correctly spelled two words Wednesday in the preliminary rounds of the competition in Washington D.C., but spelled only 39 of 50 words correctly on a computer spelling test Tuesday, the newspaper reported.
The 11 words she misspelled left her with a final score of 20, however the cutoff score for finalists was 23, according to the newspaper.
"I'm happy I got this far," Cheruvalath said, "It's been a good experience.
Brookfield - Waukesha County residents can bring household hazardous waste to an annual one-day collection from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdayat the Brookfield Public Works yard, 19700 Riverview Drive.
The collection is for unusable and old chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints and mercury-containing products. It is open to all county residents. Proof of residency is required at all locations.
Two other collections elsewhere in the county are planned for June 16 at the Delafield city public works garage and Sept. 8 at the Oconomowoc city public works garage.
Year-round collections are available in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls and Franklin. Details are listed at the county website, at www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling, or by calling (262) 896-8300.
We have just published our special section taking a detailed look at the landmark Act 10 legislation and the effect it has had on local school districts.
The section features a main story examining the overall effects of the law and feature stories focusing on local school districts.
You'll also find a photo gallery highlighting some of the controversy surrounding the passage of the law, a Storify of opinions collected from social networks and more.
The summer band program will return this summer, which the Germantown School Board unanimously decided at a meeting Tuesday night.
About 50 people were in attendance to see what the board would decide after a heated debate at the May 19 school board meeting that left the question of whether the band program should be considered extracurricular or co-curricular unanswered. The summer program will return as a co-curricular offering with certain stipulations that clarify it as a summer class.
"It’s helping us clarify the program based on changes that have happened in terms of what is aidable and not," said Superintendent Sue Borden. "So, when we’re putting out publications, when we’re enrolling students, we’re all using the same language from the band instructors, to the principals and the district office."
The Wall of Sound Clinic is an extension of curriculum offered during first semester. Students in the Wall of Sound are the same students enrolled in Wind Symphony in the fall. Because of an unsafe decibel level in the high school band room when the students move from the outside to the inside in fall, the program has been limited to 100 students.
The board voted to implement prerequisites, eliminating auditions, in order for students to be in the summer program. Borden said those prerequisites still have to be decided, but will help determine the number of students.» Read Full Article
Assisted Living Concepts, the assisted-living chain facing increased scrutiny from regulators in several states, on Tuesday said that it has fired chief executive Laurie Bebo.
Charles H. "Chip" Roadman II, a physician and retired lieutenant general of the U.S. Air Force, was hired as interim president and chief executive. Bebo had been chief executive since Assisted Living Concepts became a public company in 2006.
The company, based in Menomonee Falls, operates more than 200 centers in 20 states.
Regulators in several states, including Wisconsin, have found a string of operational problems, including serious violations, at several of the company's centers in the past year.
The village of Menomonee Falls laid off eight, full-time public works employees last week in what the village says was preparation for shortfalls in the 2013 budget and fiscal year.
The layoffs of street and utility workers that occurred May 22 were a reduction-in-force and were due to declining revenues, said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.
Six workers were paid out of the general fund and two were utility employees. By the end of next week, the village is consolidating the public works facilities and closing down the office currently located on Water Street.
"By centralizing, eliminating facilities and ultimately centralizing management and supervision, we expect that we will be able to absorb issues and not reduce any service," Fitzgerald said.
Public works employees in the general fund are supported by the tax levy, which has limitations set by the revenue freeze and declining state revenues, Fitzgerald said. The utility workers were laid off due to the nongrowth economy and revenue losses in utilities. The two positions will be absorbed in the village and Fitzgerald said residents will not see or feel any changes as a result of the layoffs.» Read Full Article
Police are seeking a 39-year-old woman for questioning in the theft of trust money and petty cash at an assisted living home in Menomonee Falls.
According to the police report:
The manager of Riverview Assisted Living, W176 N9430 River Crest Lane, called police to report the theft of money from 20 residents that occurred between April 5 and May 17.
The cash, which had been kept in a binder of folders, was trust money for 20 residents. An audit revealed 16 of the 20 folders were missing money totaling $1,082.
The company also learned that the suspect had cashed a company check for petty cash, but the money was never placed in the petty cash box.» Read Full Article
Police are investigating the theft of high-end pool cues at a Menomonee Falls business between May 18 and May 20.
According to the police report, an unknown suspect(s) threw a large landscape rock through the front picture glass window at McDermott Cue, W146 N9560 Held Drive, sometime between 2 a.m. May 18 and 11:55 May 20, and stole various high-end pool cues from a display.
An exact count of the missing items was unknown at the time of the report, but the sales representative stated that at least 10 high-end cue sticks are missing.