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News & Notes: Oct. 30

Oct. 30, 2012

Falls' Teen Center honored for excellence

Menomonee Falls - The Teen Center, operated by Community Education & Recreation, a division of the School District of Menomonee Falls, has been selected to receive a 2012 Silver Star Award for excellence in youth programming from the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association.

Each year the Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association presents awards to departments throughout the state for excellence in programming.

The School District of Menomonee Falls Community Education & Recreation Department began operating the Teen Center in November 2007. Before that time, a volunteer board of directors and part-time paid director oversaw operations. The Teen Center had attendance of 17,042 students from November 2007 through June 2012.

The purpose of the Teen Center is to provide a safe, supervised, active, nurturing, and healthy environment for youth, which promotes positive choices and an environment free of alcohol and other drugs. CE & Rec staff will accept the award at the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association Annual Awards Banquet on Nov. 8 in Wisconsin Dells.

St. Mary School receives accreditation

Menomonee Falls - The board of directors of the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation recently announced the accreditation of St. Mary School in Menomonee Falls.

St. Mary School has proved compliance with WRISA educational standards and is a member in good standing.

All religious and independent schools in Wisconsin that have been in operation with students for at least two years and meet extensive eligibility criteria may apply to WRISA for entry into the accreditation process. Schools must complete a comprehensive yearlong self-study, host a site visit by a team of peers, and develop and implement a long range plan for school improvement.

In the sixth year of their cycle schools conduct a new self study, followed by another site visit and the submittal of a new visiting team report and long range plan to the WRISA board of directors in the seventh year.

For information, visit wrisa.net.

Village at the Falls seniors win scarecrow contest

Menomonee Falls - The seniors at Village at the Falls assembled and decorated the winner of Menomonee Falls Village Center's scarecrow contest.

The seniors donated the clothing and stuffed and decorated "Mr. Scarecrow" and displayed him during the Village at the Falls' pumpkin day. "Mr. Scarecrow" then entered the Village Center's contest. Residents boarded the bus Oct. 24 to watch as the village chamber members voted.

The residents also created four themed pumpkins: "Dracula Pumpkin," "Spider Pumpkin," "Irish Pumpkin" and "Mouse House Pumpkin."

The scarecrows and pumpkins are on display at Centennial Park in Menomonee Falls until Nov. 17.

New county software helps expedite reporting process

West Bend - The Land Use Division of the Washington County Planning & Parks Department began using a software program Thursday to allow private on-site wastewater treatment systems or septic system maintenance reports to be submitted on the web.

The web reporting feature is part of a software program that has been used by the county since 2011. Sanitary permits are now entered into the program, which improves records and automatically links property owner information from the county real property office.

The new program enables Wisconsin licensed pumpers, master plumbers and POWTS maintainers to submit reports online at co.washington.wi.us rather than having to mail them or bring them to the department.

For questions or information, call (262) 335-4445.

School employees encouraged to participate wellness plan

Germantown - The Germantown School Board last week approved a 2012-2015 Wellness Action Plan employees can elect to participate in and receive certain benefits.

The purpose of the wellness plan is to empower employees to achieve and maintain optimal health through continuous education and communication of wellness resources and opportunities to all district employees.

According to School District documents, incentives for participating include receiving gift cards, fitness equipment and possibly an iPad. The cost for the program is about $24,000. Superintendent Susan Borden said the School Board directed the Leadership Committee to find those funds.

Walmart Neighborhood Market officially opens

Menomonee Falls - Menomonee Falls' first Walmart Neighborhood Market, N88 W15559 Main St., opened last week.

The market includes a self-serve deli, a wide variety of locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as meats, cheeses and prepared foods. In addition to fresh produce and bakery items, the store will carry a full line of groceries, including frozen foods, meat and dairy products, and organic items.

Approximately 90 part- and full-time jobs were created by the store's opening.

UW-Washington County hosts free counseling sessions

West Bend - The University of Wisconsin-Washington County hosts free one-hour SCORE counseling sessions for up to 30 small business owners and senior managers Nov. 3 at its campus, 400 S. University Drive in West Bend.

Five appointment times are available at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

The counseling meetings are staffed by one of six certified SCORE mentors, with expertise in marketing, accounting, finance, retailing, manufacturing, social media, and merchandising, in both consumer and business-to-business environments.

The event is free, but reservations are required. Reservations are available through SCORE SE Wisconsin's website, scoresewisconsin.org, or by phone, (414) 297-3943.

Community Memorial consolidates procedures

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health has taken steps to consolidate cardiac diagnostic and nuclear services in Menomonee Falls at Community Memorial Hospital.

Some cardiac ancillary services that were previously performed at Froedtert Health Menomonee Falls Clinic have moved to the Heart Center at Community Memorial Hospital. The services moving to Community Memorial include all stress testing, echocardiography and nuclear scan testing. Select services that will remain at the clinic include EKG, Holter and event monitors, pacemaker checks, trans-telephonic checks and blood pressure monitoring.

In addition, Froedtert Health Medical Group cardiologists will continue to see patients at the clinic.

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