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News & Notes: Dec. 4

Dec. 4, 2012

Russ Darrow announces Salvation Army stations

Menomonee Falls - Russ Darrow Group, headquartered in Menomonee Falls, announced its dealerships are official donation stations for the Salvation Army 2012 holiday collection.

The public is invited to donate money, nonperishable food, gently used clothing and new toys for distribution to needy families at any Russ Darrow Group dealership location through Dec. 7.

EDWC hires new communications coordinator

West Bend - Economic Development Washington County hired Deborah Reinbold to join its development team as programs and communications coordinator.

In her new role, Reinbold will provide program guidance and support critical to the success of EDWC's next-level 2011-2013 strategy. This entails leadership of EDWC's local and national marketing efforts, outreach to local stakeholders, coordination of the organization's initiatives and logistical support.

Police Department receives education award

Germantown - The School Board awarded the Friends of Education plaque to the Police Department for their dedication and commitment to serving the School District.

Police Chief Peter Hoell accepted the award. The department was thanked for providing service such as advising on safety plans and collaborating with administration to make the schools safe.

Local renowned researcher takes new position at MCW

Menomonee Falls - Dr. Parameswaran Hari, associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, has been named the first Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp professor in hematology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Hari is an internationally renowned researcher in multiple myeloma and serves as director of the adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Froedtert Hospital. He is also the scientific director for the plasma cells disorder working committee at the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research.

The Armand J. Quick/William F. Stapp Professorship was established this year by MCW from an endowment provided by the late Stapp, an MCW alumnus from 1951, and his family to honor the memory of Quick and to provide support to a leader in hematology research and practice.

Orchard Ridge acknowledged for habitat protection

Germantown - The Wildlife Habitat Council presented Waste Management's Orchard Ridge Landfill with its Wildlife at WorkSM recertification.

Orchard Ridge garnered the recognition for habitat protection at a Germantown property adjacent to the disposal site in Menomonee Falls. The habitat is part of 134 total certified programs for Waste Management at 116 sites companywide. The site's wildlife team manages a variety of habitats, including prairies, forested wetlands, oak/hickory forests and riparian zones.

Waste Management employees, along with EC3 Environmental Consulting and volunteers from Pheasants Forever, Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lutheran College, restore and maintain wildlife habitats at the Orchard Ridge project site.

In 2010, two acres of woody invasive species were removed. The area had predominantly black locust, but also included buckthorn, Asian honeysuckle, sumac, prickly ash and box elder. The team is planting native species once invasive plants are eradicated.

The effort created a successful bluebird and wood duck nest box program. In just one nesting season it saw 17 bluebirds fledge, 15 hooded merganser hatchlings, and nine wood duck hatchlings.

Social studies program offered to home school families

West Bend - The Washington County Historical Society announced the 2013 social studies program for home school students ages 8 to 11.

Classes begin Jan. 8 and are offered from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday every week until May at the Old Courthouse Museum, 320 S. Fifth Ave.

Topics this year include the French fur trade, history of money and coins, happy birthday Wisconsin and the one-room school experience. Classes integrate hands-on learning with activities that meet Wisconsin State Learning Standards for grade four.

Registration is required by Dec. 7. The cost is $18 per child for all five classes or $5 per child per class.

For information and to register, visit historyisfun.com. Click on "education" and download the registration form. Contact Jessica by phone at (262) 335-4675 or email at education@historyisfun.com for questions.

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