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News & Notes: Oct. 1

Oct. 1, 2013

Germantown Fire Chief

retiring from post

Germantown — After 42 years of service with the Germantown Fire Department, Fire Chief Gary Pollpeter is retiring.

Pollpeter started with the Germantown Volunteer Fire Company in 1971. He was named chief of the Germantown Fire Department when the village took it over on April 23, 1990, and has been the only chief the department has ever had.

Pollpeter's official date of retirement is Dec. 31, but because of accumulated vacation his last day of work is Nov. 15. In a news release, the village thanked him for his service.

Students named National Merit semifinalists

Two Menomonee Falls High School seniors and two Germantown High School seniors rank in the top 1 percent in Wisconsin in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Luke Troxel and Jordan Van Zummeren from Falls and Zachary Jetzer and Khia Kurtenback from Germantown are among the 16,000 students who earned the distinction of National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. They represent the top 1 percent of each state's high school seniors.

All four students stand out among 1.5 million entrants from 22,000 high schools who took the 2012 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. They now have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Pridemore schedules

town hall meetings

Madison — State Rep. Don Pridemore, R-Erin, will be attending town hall meetings with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls, in the 22nd Assembly District through October. The meeting dates are:

· Menomonee Falls, at 9 a.m. Oct. 5 at Falls Village Hall, N8480 Pilgrim Road

· Butler, at 8:15 a.m. Oct. 7 at Butler Village Hall, 12621 W. Hampton Ave.

· Lannon, at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 7 at Lannon Village Hall, 20399 W. Main St.

Residents should test homes for radon

West Bend — Washington County residents can pick up a free radon test kit from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Washington County Health Department, 333 E. Washington St., Suite 100 in West Bend.

The kit helps residents test their homes for radon. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers. Homes should be tested every two years, according to the health department.

Call (262) 365-5878 for information.

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