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News & Notes: Feb. 5

Feb. 5, 2013

Falls hires new elementary

school principal

Menomonee Falls - Cassie Martin will soon bring her experience as a principal, assistant principal, department chair, alternative program administrator and teacher to Menomonee Falls' largest elementary school.

Martin is slated to step into her post as principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School on Feb. 25.

She most recently worked as principal at Barton Elementary School in West Bend, where she has served since 2011. Before that, Martin served as the director of Washington County Head Start for three years. She served as assistant high school principal for two years, math department chair for one year and was a math teacher for five years.

Martin has facilitated Barton Elementary as a Response to Intervention demonstration site for the past two years and has implemented Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports at the school. Menomonee Falls uses both programs at its schools.

Menomonee Falls amends

sign ordinance

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday amended a wall sign ordinance, changing the maximum size of wall signs.

Now, a wall sign can be as large as 10 percent of the building's facade, except buildings that are more than 200,000 square feet within an approved corporate campus. These buildings may have two wall signs up to a maximum of 600 square feet.

The existing ordinance restricted the area of wall signs to a maximum of 60 square feet, unless the Planning Commission granted an exception. By changing the ordinance, the process is streamlined and avoids having the Planning Commission inundated with sign requests.

Holiday parades approved

for Menomonee Falls

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved the applications for holiday parades throughout 2013.

The Memorial Day parade was approved for May 27; the Independence Day parade is July 3; and the Christmas parade will be held Dec. 1.

Village approves contract

with EDWC

Germantown - The Germantown Village Board approved payment of $10,000 to Economic Development Washington County, an organization that helps bring in new business to the area.

The payment was the same in 2012.

Contractor selected

for water pump demolition

Menomonee Falls - G.O. Contractors was selected to demolish a water pump station in Tax Incremental Finance District 8, located on Roosevelt Drive and Pilgrim Road across the street from the old Stolper Industries factory site.

There is a 750,000 gallon water reservoir tank under the ground that needs to be removed to allow for new development at the site. Removal will be financed by funds from TID 8.

Board approves new

member to Control Board

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved the appointment of David Lehman to the Architectural Control Board.

He will replace Michael Zimmerman, whose term expires in April, for an additional three-year term to expire in 2016.

Community Memorial Hospital

honored by chamber

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital was recently honored by the Menomonee Falls Chamber with the Captain of Industry Award. This award was established to highlight the contribution made by businesses who have given their time and talent to create a better community; demonstrating commitment to the future of the village through the development of education for youth.

Dennis Pollard, president of Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital, accepted the award at the chamber's annual meeting and awards banquet Jan. 24 at Davians Banquet & Conference Center.

Falls post office finishes

facility improvements

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Post Office recently finished facility improvements that are expected to offer greater customer convenience.

The Menomonee Falls Post Office consolidated its operations from two buildings into one in 2012. The new Menomonee Falls Post Office lobby, W16110 Appleton Ave., features full access to Post Office Boxes and to the Automated Postal Center, a self-service kiosk that operates similar to an automated teller machine that customers use a credit or debit card to buy stamps, weigh packages, purchase postage and renew Post Office boxes.

Consolidation was done due to changing business conditions. Mail volume has decreased by more than 51 billion pieces, or close to 25 percent, since 2007, leaving the Postal Service with excess capacity of equipment, staff, facilities and workroom floor space to handle a declining volume of mail and retail transactions.

Milwaukee Foundation

offers scholarships

Milwaukee - Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, the educational and charitable arm of the Milwaukee/NARI Home Improvement Council, recently announced a student scholarship opportunity for the 2013-2014 academic school year.

Students enrolling in one of the following programs can apply for the scholarship: architecture, carpentry, electrical, engineering, HVAC, interior design, landscaping, masonry, plumbing, or other industry related curriculum. Students taking at least 12 credits during the 2013-14 academic year will be able to apply for a $1,000 scholarship, while those taking 6 to 11 credits can apply for a $500 scholarship.

Completed applications, which can be accessed at milwaukeenarifoundation.org, along with an essay, letters of recommendations, and college or post secondary acceptance letter, are due to the Milwaukee/NARI Foundation, P.O. Box 26788, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, by March 1. Recipient will be notified by March 19, 2013.

Call (414) 771-4071 for information.

Falls Chiropractic officially

opens new clinic

Menomonee Falls - Falls Chiropractic Group, which has been in Menomonee Falls for more 26 years, recently opened a new clinic location, W14700 Appleton Ave., across from Cousin's.

They are celebrating the clinic with an open house slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16.

Falls Chiropractic Group has four treating chiropractic physicians and is a progressive clinic that does traditional chiropractic care, all be it varying techniques, as well as physiotherapy modalities, laser, nutrition and in the near future massage. They intend to add acupuncture in the future.

The clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plans to offer Saturday hours at the new clinic in the near future.

Germantown music

teacher retires

Germantown - The Germantown School Board approved the resignation of Judith Michals, music teacher at Kennedy Middle School and thanked her for her years of service.

Michals has worked in the district for 19 years. The School Board also recognized and thanked longtime employees Virginia Forsythe and David Lippert for their years working in the district. Both are retiring at the end of the year. Lippert, who served as custodian, has worked in the district for 16 years and Forsythe for 27 years as a secretary in the library.

Board approves eight

professional staff contracts

Germantown - The Germantown School Board approved the contracts for eight technical/professional employees.

The contracts are for employees who cannot legally hold administrative contracts and are not part of the union, such as the director of technology and the school nurse positions. These contracts were approved for two years, through June 30, 2015.

Discover ice fishing

at annual clinic

Milwaukee - Kids 15-years-old and younger can discover ice fishing at the free 22nd annual Kids' Ice Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 9, at Menomonee Park/Lannon Quarry, Townline Road, ( 1/2 mile north of Good Hope Road, Menomonee Falls); hosted by Badger Fishermen's League.

Participants receive instruction on the proper use of equipment and techniques, knot tying and safety. The clinics last 45 minutes and begins every hour on the hour starting at 9 a.m., with the last one starting at 2 p.m. If weather and ice conditions allow, children will be able to fish after receiving the classroom instruction.

The clinics represent a cooperative effort by the Wisconsin Council of Sport Fishing Organizations, Hunger Task Force Fish Hatchery, Waukesha and Milwaukee County Parks, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

No preregistration necessary. Equipment and snacks will be provided free; just dress warm. As in past years, the classroom instruction will occur regardless of weather and ice conditions on Feb. 9, with the actual ice fishing portion of the clinics dependent on the day's conditions.

For information call the DNR Urban Fishing Hotline, (414) 263-8494, or DNR Urban Fish Biologist Matt Coffaro, (414) 263-8614.

Kohl's accepts nominations

for scholarships

Menomonee Falls - Kohl's Department Stores is accepting nominations for outstanding young volunteers beginning Feb. 1 for the 2013 Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program.

Nominations for children ages 6 to 18 will be accepted through March 15 at kohlskids.com, and nominators must be 21 years or older. Through the program, Kohl's will award more than 2,300 young volunteers more than $425,000 in scholarships and prizes to reward children who have made a positive impact on their communities.

Two nominees from each of the more than 1,100 Kohl's stores nationwide will win a $50 Kohl's gift card.

More than 200 of the store winners will win regional scholarships worth $1,000 toward postsecondary education. National winners will be awarded a total of $10,000 in scholarships for postsecondary education, and Kohl's will donate $1,000 to a nonprofit organization on each national winner's behalf.

Falls company places

in 2012 rankings

Menomonee Falls - Tailored Label Products, a custom manufacturer of labels and die cut adhesives, announced that they have placed 299 in the Printing Impressions 400 Ranking for 2012.

The Printing Impressions 400 has provided the industry's most comprehensive ranking of leading printing companies in the United States and Canada for nearly 29 years. The ranking is based on sales figures from privately held and employee-owned companies that have been submitted to Printing Impressions in 2012.

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