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Menomonee Falls football coaching legend Jim Jeskewitz passes away

Nov. 17, 2013 12:44 p.m. | Loving husband, father, and grandfather; great public citizen, legendary high school football coach and all-around good person, Jim Jeskewitz passed away this morning.

Jeskewitz, who led the Menomonee Falls East football team to a WIAA State championship in 1976 and who went on to become a Falls village trustee, had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in summer that had invaded several organs.

Up until then, he had been a robust and active figure well into his 70s, always willing to lend a hand to anything that would benefit the village. He ran "Jess's Place" a specialty beer bar at Falls Fest every year and always had a friendly smile and a ready handshake for anyone who came by.

He leaves behind his loving family including wife Sue, the former state representative for this area, as well as his daughter Jayme, son Chad and several grandchildren who knew him as "Bumpa".

Services are pending.

WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery now online

Nov. 17, 2013 12:32 p.m. | We've just updated our 2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery with more images from this weekend's state finals at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Marquette defeated Germantown, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12, to win the state title.

Marquette earned its spot in the finals with victories over Westosha Central and Brookfield East.

Germantown reached the finals with victories over Middleton and Catholic Memorial. The Warhawks rallied from two-set deficits in both contests.

2013 WIAA State Boys Volleyball Tournament photo gallery

GT boys volleyball team comes up just short of state title in epic final

Nov. 16, 2013 10:16 p.m. | In the end, the audacity and fearlessness of youth could not quite overcome the wealth of confidence that the established power had earned over the years.

But oh how close the still oh-so-new Germantown boys volleyball team came to earning its first WIAA state title when it dropped a thrilling 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-12 decision to Marquette in the championship match Saturday night at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

And of course it went to five sets, as these Warhawks were all about making history everywhere they went this weekend.

They became the first team in the 50-year history of the tournament to rally from being down two sets to none not once but twice as they defeated both Middleton in the quarterfinals last night and Catholic Memorial on the semifinals earlier this afternoon.

They also showed no fear of the now seven-time state champion Hilltoppers. Germantown finished with a final record of 33-4 with three of those losses coming to Marquette, including of course, an epic five-set dual back in September.

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Germantown stays poised despite deficit

Nov. 15, 2013 11:46 p.m. | Luke Deubler wasn't afraid to admit it.

"We were a little scared," said Deubler, a dynamic middle blocker on Germantown's boys volleyball team.

It's easy to see why.

At the boys state tournament held at Wisconsin Lutheran College Friday night, Germantown fell into a quick 2-0 hole to upstart Middleton. But the Warhawks never flinched and rallied back for a stirring 26-28, 25-27, 25-18, 25-15, 15-11 win in the state quarterfinals.

Germantown (32-3) advanced to the state semifinals, where it will face Catholic Memorial (39-4) Saturday at noon. The state finals are at 5 p.m. Saturday.

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Airgas plans new Germantown facility for up to 400 employees

Nov. 13, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Airgas Inc. wants to develop a distribution center and offices eventually totaling nearly 400,000 square feet in Germantown Business Park, a project that could accommodate up to 400 employees. 

Radnor, Pa.-based Airgas, which distributes industrial, medical and specialty gases, now has 230 area employees, with plans to add 50 more employees within the next 18 months, according to a proposal filed with the state Department of Natural Resources.

Airgas "has outgrown its existing facilities," the proposal says.

The company's main facility is at W185 N11300 Whitney Drive, in Germantown Industrial Park, with a smaller office in Milwaukee. The two buildings together provide an 86,400 square-foot distribution center, and office space totaling 33,000 square feet, the proposal says.

The new facility would be on 24.3 acres south of Mequon Road and west of Eisenhower Drive, at the business park's entrance. The proposal is filed with the DNR because Airgas wants a state permit to fill just over 1 acre of wetlands at that site, a step that would require the company to mitigate that wetlands loss.

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Germantown study reveals options to fix aging school buildings, overcrowding issues

Nov. 12, 2013 1:22 p.m. | Germantown — A facilities study on Monday revealed a laundry list of pressing maintenance issues in Germantown School Districts' aging and overcrowded buildings, as well as preliminary options to address space constraints.

PRA Architects presented to the School Board its existing facilities survey, an analysis of the educational space and suggestions moving forward. Options for the future ranged from continuing with basic maintenance and resolving none of the issues — the least expensive option — to demolishing the current high school and building a state-of-the-art facility at the current site, a costly, yet effective alternative.

Elementary classrooms are bursting at the seams, with some lessons taking place in the hallways. The study shows that current elementary enrollment for 2013-14 is 95 students more than the target capacity. Kennedy Middle School is 23 fewer students for the target capacity. The high school has 15 students less than the target. However, with the number of programs offered and the configuration of the building, scheduling at the high school is a growing challenge, PRA Educational Project Manager Nick Kent said.

The Germantown schools have been maintained well for decades, but not much has actually been replaced. The fire alarms are antiquated and not up to code. The study says they should be replaced at every elementary school. Americans with Disabilities Act compliance issues exist in every building. The high school is using a single emergency transfer switch for life safety systems and its nonessential systems, which according to Kent, is a code violation. Equipment in some buildings, such as the main chiller in the high school, are still using products (such as R-22 refrigerant) that are no longer produced.

These are just snapshots of the long list of needs detailed in the study. PRA will next put together a the cost of repairs and a timeline for addressing the issues.

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Thirsty Menomonee Falls man arrested after vandalizing soda machines

Nov. 11, 2013 2:43 p.m. | Menomonee Falls Police officers responding to a report that a man was repeatedly calling 911 and threatening to break into residences in the area of Oakwood Park because he was thirsty arrested a 26-year-old man after discovering he vandalized three Pepsi machines in an attempt to quench his thirst during the early morning hours of Nov. 5.

According to the police report:

Officers were dispatched to Oakwood Park, W143 N6889 Aspen Drive, after the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reported receiving multiple 911 calls from a disorderly male subject at about 3:20 a.m. Nov. 5. The man was apparently calling 911 because he was thirsty, was using obscene language with dispatchers and was threatening to break into nearby residences to get something to drink.

When officers arrived at the park they noticed that three Pepsi machines were knocked over and damaged. The police report stated that the machines were not damaged less than an hour before the call.

The suspect, a 26-year-old Menomonee Falls man, was eventually located and was taken into custody for misuse of 911 by request of the sheriff's department.

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View snow photos from social media users

Nov. 11, 2013 1:50 p.m. | Whether you think it's coming too early or are embracing it whole-heartedly, snow is here in the Milwaukee area.

And people around the area were sharing their thoughts - and photos - on Twitter, Instagram and more.

Take a look at some of the photos and videos that were shared in the MyCommunityNOW Storify story of the first snowfall of 2013.

Arrowhead surges to top spot in suburban football poll

Nov. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m. | Arrowhead has moved back to the top spot in the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Publications suburban football poll on the strength of a 36-3 victory over Germantown in Friday's Level 3 contest.

Former No. 1 Homestead lost to Kimberly, 37-7. Undefeated Greendale, a 41-27 winner over Plymouth in Level 3, is second in the poll.

Visit Push for the Playoffs for the rest of the poll, Coaches Confidential, You Make the Call and more.

Read social media story of Menomonee Falls girls volleyball title

Nov. 11, 2013 9:06 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls girls volleyball team went to the state championship game Nov. 9 and came home with its first state title.

Fans and reporters were on Twitter and other social networks. Read the MyCommunityNOW Storify social media story of the game.

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