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News & Notes: April 1

April 1, 2013

Major manufacturer

could come to city

Muskego - Northern Gear, a gear manufacturing and computer numerical control machining company, in Franklin, was expected to win Muskego Plan Commission approval Tuesday to build a 96,000-square-foot facility in Muskego's Moorland Commerce Center West.

The company wants to move its plant and more than 90 workers to a building proposed for just south of the GE Healthcare Global Warehouse and Distribution facility along Moorland Road. The proposed plans also would allow the plant to expand by 50,000 square feet.

The company would come to Muskego through an $825,000 incentive package the city offered, involving site improvements and moving expenses, according to a city press release announcing the move.

The city will get the entire sum back through property taxes the new development generates. Not only that, because the site is in a special taxing district called a tax incremental finance district, the city will be able to keep the plant's property taxes until the city is reimbursed for improvements it made to the entire TIF district in order to attract development.

The incentive package likely to receive Plan Commission approval this week will go to the Muskego Common Council on April 9.

2 teachers, students

honored by foundation

New Berlin - Erin Schwane, an English teacher at New Berlin West Middle/High School, and Kasi Stiedaman, a math teacher at New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School, were named 2013 Kohl Foundation Fellows for their excellence in and out of the classroom.

Stiedaman and Schwane will each receive a $1,000 grant for their schools' use, awarded by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

Fellowship winners are chosen for their ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

Two New Berlin students also were honored as 2013 Kohl Foundation Excellence Scholars. They are Stephanie Seymour and Jacob Zimmerman, both seniors at Eisenhower. Excellence Scholars winners have achieved academically and been engaged in a broad range of activity and leadership outside the school setting, and also show strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

Sensenbrenner slates

town hall meeting

New Berlin - U.S. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) will hold a town hall meeting at 1 p.m. April 7 at the New Berlin City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive.

Residents of his 5th Congressional District will be welcome to share their thoughts, concerns and comments.

Businesses help

seniors with interviews

Muskego - Thirty-two of the Muskego Area Chamber of Commerce businesses conducted mock interviews with nearly 90 seniors in the Muskego High School School-to-Work program last week.

The mock exchanges gave the students interview experience and real life feedback.

Anti-bullying show

coming to local school

Muskego - Students at St. Leonard Catholic School, S7777 Westwood Drive, will see an entertaining and educational play April 9 called "Bullies and Bonobos," developed and performed by the Kohl's Wild Theater of the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

The play won't have real bonobos, but it does offer real help in the problem of bullies and bullying.

Senior Dining Center

needs more volunteers

New Berlin - The Aging and Disability Resource Center needs volunteers and drivers in the New Berlin area to help the New Berlin Senior Dining Center start offering lunch on Fridays.

More volunteers will be needed to help with serving, packing and delivering meals.

More information is available from Karen Straw, volunteer program specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Waukesha County by email at (262) 548-7829 or phone atkstraw@waukeshacounty.gov.

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