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Off-road riders must try harder to avoid annoying neighbors

Jan. 11, 2012 12:26 p.m. | A new off-road vehicle noise ordinance approved by the Muskego Common Council on Tuesday night basically asks for a little respect from riders for people in the neighborhood.

Reacting to complaints about young people tearing around a subdivision for hours, the council strengthened the existing noise ordinance, now enabling police to write tickets to any off-road riders causing "substantial annoyance" to neighbors.

Tickets can be written, even if the riders are on their own land, as was the case in a situation hat triggered a petition signed by 30 residents and brought the problem to the council's attention late last year.

The standard for judging "substantial annoyance" is whatever would be more than a petty annoyance or inconvenience to the average person, not someone who is especially sensitive. Police also will consider the frequency of the activity and the failure of the rider to reasonably accommodate the objections of neighbors.

The noise ordinance does not apply to snowmobiles, which are covered in other ordinances, but it does cover such things as all-terrain vehicles, motorized bicycles, minibikes and motorcycles.

Sky heads into retirement, sort of

June 26, 2016 10:56 p.m. | After 14 years, I am stepping down from my position as sports reporter/writer/columnist and tweet guy for Brookfield, Wauwatosa and New Berlin as of June 30.

I have been thinking about this since the end of the winter season. The main reason is my wife, Kathy, turned 65 (hopefully she won't read this) in July and is eligible for Medicare. I've been eligible for two years (I know, I look like I just turned 40).

The second reason is my kids and their spouses have given Kathy and me two new grandsons — Ayden in November and Lewis in Stoughton — to go along with Angeline, a 16-year-old Waukesha Northstar junior, and Aria, a perky 3-year old. We need more flexibility to go see them, especially Aiden, who lives in La Cresenta, California.

Favorite teams

I have been blessed with many great teams, too many to remember, since I can't remember what happened two days ago. But I want to bring up five in particular, all state champs in all three of my papers.

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New Berlin West girls soccer team finishes one win from state in Drago's first year

June 26, 2016 3:12 p.m. | The New Berlin girls soccer team had a fine season under first-year coach Matt Drago, finishing 14-10-1 overall and 7-3 in the Woodland Conference and making it to the sectional finals, one step from state.

"Overall, we had a good season at West; although, our record wasn't where we were hoping it would be," Drago said. "We did finish on a high note in getting out of the regional and one game away from state. We had a midseason slide that I take the blame for. We hit a stretch where we couldn't find the net over six straight games. Stretches like that will happen in sports, but it's the job of the coaches to limit how long they last."

Six honored

The Vikings had six players make the all-conference team on some level, led by first-team selection junior defender Morgan Henrichs. The Vikings' captain in a two-time first-team selection.

Junior forward Jenna Linssen, who was honorable mention all-conference last year, was a second-team selection this year, as was senior midfielder Courtney Stephens. The Vikings' captain was second team last season as well. Stephens was also Academic All-State on a team with a 3.85 GPA.

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New Berlin West's outstanding softball season ends with state title

June 26, 2016 2:49 p.m. | The New Berlin West softball team had a dream season, going 26-5, winning the Woodland Conference West Division with a 13-3 record and winning the regional and sectional titles.

Oh, they also were the WIAA Division 2 state champions. They beat New London, 4-3, and Delavan-Darien, 2-1, in the tournament. It was their second trip to state since 2013, when they were one and done.

The Vikings were led by super sophomore Cheyenne Sowinski, who was first-team All-State, first-team All-District, first-team All-Woodland, first-team All-Conference and the Woodland West Player of the Year.

Junior third baseman Camryn Klotz was honorable mention All-District, first-team All-Woodland, first-team All-Conference and the state championship Player of the Game.

Senior outfielder Abby Stoltenburg was first-team All-Woodland and first-team all-conference. Senior second baseman Leah Marrari was a first-team all-conference choice.

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Low bid way under estimate for Muskego's North Cape Road rec trail

June 24, 2016 2:47 p.m. | When bids were opened Thursday, Muskego officials were pleased that the low bid was $200,000 below the estimate for the North Cape Road recreation trail.

The low bid of $268,000 is from Blaze Landscape Contracting, Menomonee Falls. The Muskego Common Council is expected to award the bid to Blaze on Tuesday, June 28.

The approximate $200,000 that was under budget was slated to come from the landfill fund, said Muskego Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti. "The funds will remain there for future capital projects as determined by the council."

The off-road recreation trail would extend from north of Boxhorn Drive going south to Highway 36. The third of a mile segment would complete a loop that will enable bicyclists to go all the way to New Berlin or to Wind Lake. The developer of the Aster Hills subdivision has already completed the trail south to Boxhorn Drive.

Construction could start this fall or next spring.

Muskego police to offer citizens academy in the fall

June 24, 2016 10:02 a.m. | The Muskego Police Department will offer a citizens academy beginning in September. If you are interested in attending the program and obtaining some insight into law enforcement, contact 262-679-5653, or send an email to mrakers@cityofmuskego.org. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, a high school graduate, live or work in Muskego and will go through a criminal background check.

Event to benefit New Berlin Police canine officer

June 23, 2016 9:06 a.m. | A fundraiser for the New Berlin Police Canine Unit will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Cappoochino's Dog Wash & Grooming Salon, Sendiks Plaza, 3640 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin: Meet Condor, a New Berlin Police dog, meet Zappa a champion Newfoundland and dogs from the German Shepard Club. Silent auction baskets, home-baked dog treats, do-it-yourself dog wash $15 and nails trimmed $10 will be offered. 262-789-5210

Muskego committee shelves controversial planned recreation trail

June 22, 2016 3:36 p.m. | The Muskego Public Works Committee shelved a controversial recreation trail along Martin Drive after residents protested.

The committee noted that because the road had been shifted many years ago, a trail would have come too close to homes and some large trees would have had to be cut down. The trail had been planned for between Janesville and Lannon roads.

Roughly 30 residents came to Monday's committee meeting, but chairman Alderman Kevin Kubacki said so much opposition had already been voiced that canceling the trail was pretty much a foregone conclusion by the time the meeting started.

Muskego neighbors: adding parking not a solution to Kurth Park problem

June 20, 2016 9:29 a.m. | Muskego —Adding parking at Kurth Park is not the solution to parents zooming through a neighborhood to get their children to soccer games on time and parking on lawns and blocking residential driveways, two park neighbors said.

"We're pretty angry you guys want to increase the parking," Tracy Manz told the Muskego Parks and Conservation Committee recently. "Somebody's going to get hit by a car."

Her solution is to get rid of the soccer field. And she is not alone in blaming soccer.

Neighbor Gale Ireland said of what she regards as the soccer club's intense use of the park: "It's overbooked and out of control."

Driver screaming

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Muskego survey shows support for splash pad, Frisbee golf, ice skating

June 20, 2016 8:28 a.m. | Muskego — A splash pad for summer, skating for winter and Frisbee golf for pretty much anytime seemed to be on the minds of the 849 Muskego residents who responded to a recreation survey in March.

Their recommendations have been included in the draft of a five-year park and conservation plan that will be reviewed July 6 by the city's Parks and Conservation Committee.

After a plan is adopted, the city will decide whether to move forward with the recommendations over the next five years.

A few of the survey highlights are substantial interest in splash pads, possibly at Veterans Memorial Park, W182 S8200 Racine Ave., and Moorland Park at Sandalwood Drive and Moorland Road.

"It came out in the general survey that this is something the city would love to see, overwhelmingly," said Jeff Muenkel, community development director.

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New Berlin Eisenhower bats come alive against Pewaukee

June 19, 2016 10:25 p.m. | Entering the week having lost three straight Woodland West games, the New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team collected a pair of crucial victories over Pewaukee to move itself right into the thick of the division race.

The Lions then dropped consecutive games to Cudahy and West Bend West before defeating Brookfield Central on June 18 to improve to 9-9 overall. At 3-3 in the Woodland West, Eisenhower trails Greendale and New Berlin West by one game for the division lead.

Pewaukee

Bo Saikie pitched six innings, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning seven in a 6-0 win at Pewaukee on June 13 to begin the week.

"Bo was outstanding on the mound for six strong innings," coach Michael Vahovick said. "Offensively, we took advantage of the opportunities that Pewaukee presented us."

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New Berlin West baseball team, Greendale tied for first

June 19, 2016 9:55 p.m. | The New Berlin West baseball team continued its recent upswing by winning three of four games last week, including picking up a victory over Greendale.

The Vikings began the week by splitting a pair of games with the Panthers before picking up wins over a pair of talented teams in South Milwaukee and Sussex Hamilton.

New Berlin West's split with Greendale leaves the two teams tied atop the Woodland West at 4-2.

Greendale

The Vikings opened the week by splitting two well-played games against Greendale.

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New Berlin Eisenhower girls soccer team has good season

June 19, 2016 9:27 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower finished 9-1-1 in the Woodland Conference, right behind Wauwatosa West (9-0-1), and 13-7-3 overall.

They won a regional title and lost in the sectional semifinal.

"Overall, we exceeded expectations," first year coach Nick Datka said. "Nobody really even talked about being a conference contender, let alone competing into June. We have an awesome nucleus of players that will be returning next year, as well as a great group of players that competed at the JV level this year."

The Lions had eight all-conference players at some level. First-team choices were forward Kayla Jedrzejewski, midfielder Claire Popp and defender Alyssa Stuckart.

Second-team choices were forward Emma Grellinger and defender Payton Fuerstenberg. Defender Sara Farrell was honorable mention, along with defender Hannah Plockelman and goalkeeper Ava Seifert.

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New Berlin Eisenhower's Ali Nowak earns first-team all-state honors

June 19, 2016 4:43 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower had an excellent season, but having the state softball champion in their division prevented the Lions from being even better.

The Lions were 19-6 overall and 12-4 in the Woodland Conference West, one game behind state champ New Berlin West.

Coach Jeff Setz will lose eight seniors to graduation: Ali Nowak, Riley Rossbach, Andrea Leder, Chloe Janich, Stacey Grabowski, Carolyn Bonnema, Miranda Campanga and Nicole Dorshorst.

The Lions had six all-conference players on some level. First-team all-conference selections were Nowak, Rossbach and sophomore Anna Lang. Nowak was also first-team all-state.

Leder and sophomore Meagan Loewus were second-team selections, and sophomore Erica Buechel was named honorable mention.

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Joe Garza Joins LindenGrove Board of Directors

June 17, 2016 8:39 a.m. | LindenGrove recently announced the election of Joe Garza to its board of directors. Garza is the superintendent at the School District of New Berlin.

"LindenGrove and the School District of New Berlin have worked collaboratively over the years in a variety of ways, including the development of a CNA training program," said Linda Joel, president and CEO of LindenGrove. "This is the natural next step as we continue to build upon that collaboration.

"Joe is a very dynamic, partnership-orientated leader, and I look forward to the ideas he will bring to our organization."

With his election, Garza will serve a three-year term on the nine-person board. LindenGrove is a nonprofit senior living and rehabilitation services organization with campuses in Menomonee Falls, Mukwonago, New Berlin and Waukesha.

Initial Reaction Podcast: MLB Draft's Wisconsin flavor and WIAA's postseason model

June 15, 2016 6:15 p.m. | The MLB Draft had a distinct Wisconsin flavor this year, and JP and JR dive in with state baseball underway. Also, given the number of talent-loaded sectionals in some sports, could the WIAA find a model that spreads the best teams around a little more evenly? Plus, new Greenfield boys basketball coach Kyle Johnsen stops by to talk about his new gig and his playing days just down the road at Greendale. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

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