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Grant may lead to flooded home's buyout and removal

June 29, 2011 11:34 a.m. | Muskego officials will go fishing for a grant enabling the city to buy out a Janesville Road home that has suffered some of the worst flooding in the city.

The home suffered $60,000 damage in the 2008 flood and the family could not live in the home for 4½ months, said city engineer David Simpson. Then last year, the home suffered $15,000 to $20,000 damage.

Last night, the Common Council gave the go-ahead to ask for the Hazard Mitigation Grant for the $165,550 buyout and razing project. If obtained, the city's share would be only $21,000. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District officials said the MMSD might be interested in helping out a bit possibly bringing the city's share down to $9,000.

Word might come in September about the fate of the application for the federal and state dollars, Simpson said.

Lake level rebounds under stormy weather

June 29, 2011 11:28 a.m. | With the recent heavy rains, Big Muskego Lake is definitely back in business and boaters should come out, says a deputy commissioner of the Big Muskego Lake/Bass Bay Protection and Rehabilitation District.

Gregory Burmeister, who is also a lake resident, acknowledged at last night's district meeting that boaters have had trouble launching their crafts and even getting around on the lake because the lake had been drawn down about a foot to encourage plant growth.

The lake level did not rebound as expected this spring, but last week's stormy weather finally brought the lake levels up to where lake officials want it to be for the rest of the season.

While inviting boaters to come out, Burmeister cautioned that big boats still will have trouble launching at the Durham and Boxhorn boat ramps. But he said he had no trouble at the Hunters Nest launch.

Relentless OC '9' outlasts Muskego and Borek, 6-4

June 28, 2011 9:43 p.m. | Prior to taking over as Muskego coach this year, Jacob Paige spent the last five years in the junior varsity position for Oak Creek.

So he was pleased Tuesday night when his man Austin Wendlandt blasted a pitch from Oak Creek's Hayden Krimmer into left-center for a three-run double in the third. Muskego left the top of that frame with a 4-1 lead.

Paige was pleased, but he knew the game was far from over and he was right, as the Knights nibbled away at his ace Cole Borek inning after inning until they pulled ahead in the seventh inning and took a critical, 6-4, Greater Metro Conference victory.

"They are relentless," said Paige. "They can hit from the top of their order to the bottom. There is just no let-up."

Krimmer, who got great help from his defense in not letting the Warriors score again on the evening, said it was all just part of the Oak Creek philosophy.

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U.S. accuses New Berlin of racial bias in housing decision

June 23, 2011 9:20 p.m. | Federal authorities sued New Berlin on Thursday, claiming racial discrimination drove the city's decisions to block a low-income housing development, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

A 13-page complaint spells out the lengths to which city leaders and staff purportedly went to stymie MSP Real Estate Inc.'s plans, even so far as revising the city's 2020 comprehensive plan.

"The defendant's actions as described herein were taken because of race and because of community opposition that city officials understood to be based on the race and on racial stereotypes of the prospective tenants of affordable housing," the complaint states.

The complaint details threats against the mayor and his children and racially derogatory terms used during the controversy.

The developer, MSP, filed its own federal suit in March claiming Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities acts violations by the city. It seeks nearly $13 million in compensatory damages plus punitive damages. In response to that action, the city has denied race was a factor in rejecting the project.

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New Berlin barter firm makes management changes

June 21, 2011 10:24 a.m. | John E. Strabley has been named chief executive officer at International Monetary Systems Ltd., a New Berlin barter services company. IMS also announced the promotion of Dale L. Mardak to president.

Founder Donald F. Mardak, 74, who had held both titles, will continue as chairman of the board. Strabley, 47, had been executive vice president at the firm. Mardak, 51, was senior vice president.

IMS, which is publicly traded on the over-the-counter bulletin board, was founded in 1985. The firm handles business-to-business transactions.

Board considers hiring new principal

June 20, 2011 1:50 p.m. | Tess Corners Elementary School's next principal will likely be officially hired tonight.

Kelly Kluck would succeed Ron Rivard, who has held the post for six years but is leaving to become assistant superintendent in the Waterford Graded School District.

Kluck, who emerged as the top candidate from a field of more than 75 applicants, comes to the Muskego-Norway District from the Elmbrook School District, where she most recently taught fourth grade. She brings more than 20 years of elementary teaching experience and, over the past 11 years at Elmbrook, also served in the leadership roles of student resource teacher, instructional resource teacher and interim principal.

Muskego-Norway Superintendent Joe Schroeder will recommend her hiring tonight when the School Board convenes. Pending that approval, Kluck would officially begin July 1.

In a press release Schroeder said the district will benefit from her student-centered, optimistic leadership and her focus on the development of positive relationships and on the potential in others.

Honor roll page updated

June 20, 2011 10:49 a.m. | We've just updated our honor roll page with the latest lists of academic achievers from area schools.

The schools updated are: Forest Park Middle School (Franklin), Greenfield Middle School, Homestead High School, Marquette University High School, Martin Luther High School, Menomonee Falls High School, Muskego High School, Oak Creek-Franklin West Middle School, Oak Creek High School, St. Francis High School and St. Matthew School (Oak Creek).

Go to honor roll page.

Local teacher heads to space academy

June 10, 2011 1:48 p.m. | Jacole Lane, a teacher at New Berlin West Middle/High School, was awarded a scholarship from Honeywell to attend the 2011 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy programs at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama from June 15 to 24.

She is among 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 states who will attend the program, which is designed to help them inspire the next generation of students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. The program includes new and innovative techniques for them to use in their science and math teaching.

The programs focus on space science and exploration in a variety of classroom, laboratory and real-life astronaut training, including a high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training and state-of-the-art flight dynamics programs.

Muskego softball sectional postponed

June 10, 2011 11:51 a.m. | The Muskego softball team's WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal contest against Kenosha Bradford has been postponed from this afternoon.

The game will now be played on Saturday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of Bradford High School in Kenosha.

It matches the top two teams in the Southeast Conference this season, champion Bradford (14-0) and runnerup Muskego (9-5). The Warriors (19-8) have won 12 straight games going into this game.

They lost twice to the Red Devils, 6-0 and 1-0, during the regular season.

Thank you for reading NOW newspapers - oh, and win prizes

June 08, 2011 3:04 p.m. | It's easy to consume news nowadays, and it's just as easy to share news.

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State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

Go to photo gallery

Magee principal heads to Germantown School District

June 01, 2011 10:48 a.m. | Four years after stepping into the role of principal at Magee Elementary School Maria Kucharski has taken a position closer to home at the principal at Amy Belle in Colgate, in the Germantown School District. While Kucharski will end her role as Magee principal at the end of June, she will remain with the Kettle Moraine School District as the Summer Academy Director.

"Four years ago I went through three rigorous and unique interviews and accepted the position of elementary principal at Magee Elementary. Little did I know that over the next few years I would be provided with some of the most exceptional learning and growing opportunities, and that I would work for and with some of the most talented educators I have ever met," Kucharski said in her resignation letter.

Kucharski's decision stemmed from a desire to not only be closer to home, but to also focus solely on her role as principal and a return to graduate school to obtain her curriculum license.

"Magee Elementary is fortunate to have dedicated, passionate and gifted staff members who genuinely care about the students they serve. We are equally fortunate to have parents and community members who support the purpose and vision of our school and who help to make Magee a great place for children to grow and learn," Kucharski said in her letter. "I thank the Kettle Moraine Schools, the teachers and staff … for embracing the charge of transformation, remaining positive in difficult political times, and making a difference for all children. It has been a privilege to work for and with all of you and I hope our paths will continue to cross in the future."

According to Superintendent Pat Deklotz, the process to find the next principal for Magee is under way.

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