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New Muskego purchasing policy criticized as being too hands-off

Jan. 09, 2013 12:28 p.m. | Muskego aldermen will review whether a change they made last year to the city's purchasing policy is a little too hands-off.

The new policy came under criticism at Tuesday's Committee of the Whole meeting because once the Common Council approves the budget for the year, aldermen have no more say over how the money is spent.

Priorities change and sometimes spending for a large project isn't such a good idea anymore, Alderman Daniel Soltysiak said. He would rather go back to the way it was before with the Finance Committee signing off on all contracts of more than $25,000, he said. Under the changed policy, no contracts or expenditures come back to the committee or Common Council, if they are in the budget.

Alderman Kert Harenda also criticized the new policy, saying that money saved on one project can be applied to another when the council might not want that to happen. He wanted more council oversight on such transfers.

The Committee of the Whole will meet with department heads as early as Jan. 22 to see if going back to the old policy or modifying the new one might be in order.

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New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team loses to Beaver Dam, crushes Seymour

Nov. 30, 2015 9:37 a.m. | The New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team split their first two games of the season last week, losing to Beaver Dam, 68-61, on Nov. 24 at home and then bouncing back to win their first game, 58-38, on Nov. 28 at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Tournament.


It took the Lions, who trailed 19-18 at halftime, a few minutes into the second half to get going. Trailing 26-22 at the 15-minute, 35-second mark, Eisenhower went on a 10-0 run to take a 32-26 lead.

It started when senior forward Chelsea Brackmann sank four straight free throws, and then junior Jasmyn Somarsingh hit 1-of-2 free throws to give Eisenhower the lead it never lost, 27-26.

Impressive freshman Julia Hintz then passed to sophomore Katie Ludwig, who scored on a fast break, was fouled and sank the free throw. Abby Thyne then drove to the basket for a score and a 32-26 lead before Seymour ended the run with a basket and a free throw by Anna Schenk.

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Warrior Nation Muskego-Norway alumni association to launch in February

Nov. 30, 2015 7:16 a.m. | A hard launch of a Muskego-Norway alumni association, dubbed Warrior Nation, is slated for mid-February, probably at a sports event that normally attracts a lot of parents and students.

The hope is that Muskego High School graduates will retain their interest in the schools and later when they are doing well financially be willing to provide help the school keep up with needs as they unfold in the future. Many private schools have had such alumni associations for years.

"The launch is a celebration of what's to come from our alumni and our community," said Jeffrey Petersen, assistant superintendent for continuous improvement, who is leading the project for the district. "It's about getting a unified message of celebration and one of pride."

Muskego Common Council hammering out plans for proposed new city hall

Nov. 30, 2015 7:01 a.m. | In an effort to nail down plans and prices that residents can evaluate when they review a proposal for a new Muskego City Hall, the common council called for a less expensive hybrid plan for the entrance to the building.

Probably in the first two weeks of January, the council will hold an open house where Muskego residents can review plans not only for the proposed new city hall but plans to renovate the current city hall and add a garage onto it to make the building into a new police station.

The police department has outgrown its current building across from the city hall while the city hall staff has shrunk so that a smaller building would fit its needs. So, a proposal to build a new city hall on the triangle of vacant land south of the current city hall is being brought forward.

Because the proposed city hall would be built first and the renovation for the police station would then take place, city officials view these as two separate projects so no referendum would be needed, they say. That has touched off some controversy.

If the projects go forward, they would still go through the normal approval process.

New Berlin West girls basketball team improves to 2-1

Nov. 30, 2015 12:08 a.m. | The New Berlin West girls basketball team whipped DeForest, 51-37, on Nov. 28 in the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Tournament to end the week on a positive note.

They had opened the week at a good Waukesha West team on Nov. 24 and played well but lost a 58-49 decision.

Slow start

The Vikings got off to a slow start against the taller DeForest Lady Norskies, trailing, 20-13, with 4:27 left in the first half. But then West went on a 10-0 run and took a 23-20 lead into halftime.

Senior forward Liz Liska got the rally started by nailing a 3-pointer, senior guard Claire Radtke hit two free throws, Liska put in a rebound basket and Alyssa (Chubby) Nelson was fouled on a 3-point attempt and sank all three free throws.

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Pelikan named New Berlin West girls' Most Valuable Swimmer

Nov. 29, 2015 11:39 p.m. | The New Berlin West girls swimming and diving team had a successful season, and several awards were handed out at the annual team banquet.

The Vikings' dual meet record was 4-1, and they were sixth place in conference and fifth place at sectionals. They also sent three individuals to state.

Paige Pelikan was the Most Valuable Swimmer.

"I can't express how proud I am of all of the progress she continues to make," Heft said. "She has worked hard all year. She has had specific goals in mind all season and put in the hard work and effort it took to surpass them. It is an understatement to state that she is motivation and inspiration to the rest of the team.

Pelikan earned lifetime personal-best records in both events she competed in at state. She was seeded eighth in the 200 freestyle and came in fifth in her heat and sixth place overall. She was second-team all-conference in the 200 free.

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Ice Force skaters split two games in Beloit Memorial Showcase

Nov. 29, 2015 11:15 p.m. | The Ice Force Co-Op hockey team traveled to the Beloit Memorial Showcase over Thanksgiving weekend and split two close games.

They lost to Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells, 3-2, in overtime in game one, but they came back to shut out Beloit Memorial, 1-0, in the second game.

Scoring for the Ice Force in the loss to Reedsburg/Wisconsin Dells were Waterford's senior captain Jake Schappel and New Berlin Eisenhower's senior Matt Berther. Oak Creek senior goalie Konner Ondreizek made 31 saves.

In the win over Beloit Memorial, the lone goal was scored by Eisenhower's Berther with an assist to Union Grove sophomore Alex Goder and Schappel. Waterford's senior goalie Owen Lemke recorded his and the team's first shutout of the season while making 25 saves.

The Ice Force record is 2-1.

Missing man returns home, New Berlin police say

Nov. 28, 2015 10:51 a.m. | A 69-year-old man who was reported missing Nov. 14 has come home, police say.

Carl Pfeifer returned home Saturday, according to a New Berlin Police Department news release. He was considered to be endangered because of ongoing medical conditions. Pfeifer left his residence on Nov. 14 and his destination was unknown.

No further details were released Saturday.

10-year-old girl dies after freeway crash in Dane County

Nov. 25, 2015 4:56 p.m. | A 10-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered in a traffic crash in Dane County involving three people from the Milwaukee area, the Wisconsin State Patrol reported Wednesday.

The girl was among four occupants of a 2000 Honda Civic that was struck by a pickup truck about 10 a.m., Monday on southbound I-39 at mile marker 128 near DeForest, according to a news release from the state patrol.

According to the release, the Honda, driven by a 16-year-old girl from South Milwaukee, was stopped on the median shoulder because of possible mechanical problems.

When the driver pulled back into traffic the car was struck by a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Ashley N. Imme, 22, of New Berlin, who was unable to avoid the Honda because of traffic blocking her view.

The Honda then entered the median ditch and rolled over before landing on its tires, while the truck ended up on the median shoulder.

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Some library services to be unavailable in Muskego, New Berlin

Nov. 24, 2015 5:41 p.m. | The online catalog will not be available and it will not be possible to renew library materials, pay fines or fees or place holds at the Muskego and New Berlin in early December while materials from Jefferson County libraries are added to Waukesha County's CAFÉ library automation system.

The catalog will be unavailable at the Muskego Public Library from Dec. 3-9, and at the New Berlin Public Library, Dec. 2-9.

The addition of the Jefferson County library materials will mean the CAFE shared catalog will offer 2.3 million items, making it the third largest shared catalog in Wisconsin.

However, even while Muskego and New Berlin libraries are down, patrons will still be able to visit the libraries, check out materials including e-materials, use the libraries' website and Internet access, attend programs and keep their position in holds queues.

Muskego-Norway board to discuss potential $55 million referendum

Nov. 24, 2015 1:30 p.m. | The Muskego-Norway School Board will hold a work session on options for a potential $55 million facilities referendum at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at the Educational Services Center, S87 W18763 Woods Road.

The meeting will be on what officials are calling a base plan and on options for the ailing Muskego High School swimming pool and potential improvements to the school's outdoor athletic facilities.

All are under consideration for a facilities referendum.

New Berlin seniors set record in number of young-old wrapped in warmth

Nov. 24, 2015 9:00 a.m. | They are retired, but they are still making a difference in the world.

They are the knitters, crocheters and sewers of the New Berlin Senior Center outreach committee who this year made a record 318 hats, mittens, lap robes and other things that will keep all ages warm throughout the winter.

That bounty recently went to 11 agencies, including the Women's Crisis Center in Waukesha, the New Berlin Food Pantry and the Linden Grove Care Center, New Berlin. They will keep families in crisis warm, they will warm veterans and will give comfort to those in their last years. Already the thank-yous are pouring in.

Dozens of lap robes and carryall bags that can be slung over wheelchairs and walkers were presented to the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, where they were immediately put to use.

Messages of thanks

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New Berlin police ask public's help to find missing man, 69

Nov. 24, 2015 6:53 a.m. | The New Berlin Police Department is asking the public's help to find Carl Pfeifer, who is considered missing and endangered, due to ongoing medical conditions.

Pfeifer is 69 years old, approximately 5 feet, 5-inches tall, 175 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes.

He left his home on Nov. 14 in a 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS four door, gray in color, bearing Wisconsin registration 524-VBR. He was last seen wearing an olive green winter jacket, blue jeans, black tennis shoes, and eyeglasses. His destination was unknown.

If anyone encounters Pfeifer or his vehicle they are asked to contact their local law enforcement agency. Anyone with information regarding Pfeifer's whereabouts is asked to contact the New Berlin Police Department at (262) 782-6640.

Archbishop coming to Muskego area to install priest Dec. 6

Nov. 23, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Archbishop Jerome Listecki will come to Big Bend to install the Rev. Kevin McManaman as priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Big Bend.

The installation will be t 10:30 a.m. Dec. 6. A social will follow.

McManaman has served as parish administrator since July 2014 after the retirement of the parish priest. The installation will give McManaman a six-year assignment to the parish.

McManaman is described as having passion for teaching, especially in the school. He can be found in the classrooms of St. Joseph School weekly teaching religion classes. He can also be found on the playground in a game of kickball, although his participation is on a brief hiatus while his elbow heals from a recent kick ball injury.

McManaman grew up in Cudahy and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he decided to become a priest.

Seven New Berlin skaters join Greendale Ice Force co-op boys hockey team

Nov. 23, 2015 12:07 p.m. | The New Berlin high schools have been added to the Greendale Ice Force co-op boys hockey team this season, so they now have 39 members from nine schools.

The Ice Force is made up of Franklin (seven), Oak Creek (seven), Greendale (five), New Berlin Eisenhower (five), Union Grove (five), Waterford (four), New Berlin West (two), Greenfield (two) and St. Francis (two).

The Ice Force are in the Classic 8 Conference with Arrowhead, University School, Kettle Moraine co-op, Waukesha co-op, Kenosha co-op, Greendale co-op, Marquette, and Brookfield/Catholic Memorial co-op.

Seniors Sam Zarr (forward) and Matt Berther (forward); junior Jack Semanski (forward/defense); sophomore Adam Doornbos (forward); and freshman Jason Cooke (goalkeeper) are from Eisenhower.

The New Berlin West members are junior Jake Lehman (forward) and sophomore Nate Mueller (defense).

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