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News & Notes: Aug. 12

Aug. 12, 2013

Lottery/raffle

run without license

Muskego — A total of $46,266 involved in an allegedly illegal lottery/raffle in Muskego was seized by local police last week.

Police said the owner of Marx Pioneer Inn, S7808 Pioneer Drive, confirmed that he was operating a progressive raffle/lottery type game.

After conferring with the Wisconsin Department of Administration and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Muskego police determined that the establishment did not qualify for state licensing needed to hold that that kind of game.

The owner voluntarily shut the game down and the matter will go to the Waukesha County District Attorney's Office for review.

The investigation was triggered by an anonymous tip, Muskego police said.

New police dogs

will be sworn in

New Berlin — In a public swearing-in ceremony, the New Berlin Police Department will welcome its two new police dogs at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Public Safety Building, 16300 W. National Ave.

Earlier this year, the department initiated a fundraiser for the canine program in the hopes of getting one dog. Through community donations and a generous donation from Stan Kass, the department was able to purchase two police dogs, Argo and Condor.

Argo and his handler, Officer Rick Helm, and Condor and his partner, Officer J.J. Ament, will be present and there will also be a retirement ceremony for Sgt. Kevin Turner's former canine partner, Bac, who retired earlier this year.

Area station sells

winning lottery ticket

New Berlin — Wisconsin had four big winners — one $40,000 winner and three $10,000 winners — all of them in Waukesha County in the Aug. 7 Powerball jackpot drawing.

One of the winning tickets was purchased at Kwik Trip, 15700 W. Small Road, New Berlin. The other three were at the Delafield PDQ, the Paper Chase Station in Dousman, and the Stop-N-Go in Pewaukee.

Which ticket won the $40,000 was not available as of press time.

Cops to hit roof

but in good cause

New Berlin — Law enforcement officers throughout the state, including some in New Berlin, will stake out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin on Aug. 16.

On their own time, from 6 to 11 a.m., officers will be on the Dunkin' Donuts rooftop at 3500 S. Moorland Road to heighten awareness and raise money for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin.

In return for police officers "doing time" at their restaurants, Dunkin' Donuts will donate $5,000 to the run. In addition, each guest who visits a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and donates to the Torch Run will receive a free medium hot or iced coffee coupon.

Last year, Wisconsin police officers raised nearly $14,000 from atop 13 Dunkin' Donuts rooftops for Special Olympics Wisconsin.

Muskego artist

chosen for art fair

Muskego — Joan Richter of Muskego will be among the artists exhibiting at the Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair in Wales on Aug. 17. Richter will exhibit gourds and baskets.

Only artists approved by a panel of judges will be allowed to show at the fair to be held along the Glacial Drumlin State Bike Trail in downtown Wales.

Sixty artists will display their work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

New teacher wins

science, technology fellowship

Muskego — Muskego native Kayla Kutz was awarded one of 35 STEM Teaching Fellowships awarded by the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

The foundation seeks to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education by developing beginning teachers into teacher leaders through the five-year teaching fellowships.

Kutz recently earned a bachelor of science in physics and secondary education from Valparaiso University.

Ambassador, 8

breaks into art world

New Berlin — Young Reagan Imhoff dreams of a career in art.

Her parent's New Berlin home is plastered with hundreds of her drawings. A painting of hers even sold for $5,000 at the Muscular Dystrophy Assocation Black-N-Blue Ball in May.

The determined 8-year-old and MDA Ambassador won't let her painful neuromuscular disease, spinal muscular atrophy, get in the way of those dreams.

Local artist and Harley-Davidson designer Mathew Hintz is encouraging her passion. The two have co-created an original piece of art featuring the 2013 Harley-Davidson softail breakout, highlighted with purple hues—Reagan's favorite color. The pair was to veil the painting and talk about its inspiration Wednesday evening during the opening for Hintz's show "Heavy Duty," at the Katie Gingrass Studios in the Marshall Building at 207 E Buffalo St., Milwaukee. The show will run to Sept. 18.

One hundred signed prints will be available for $150 each. The original painting will be auctioned off the week of Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary Celebration at the MDA One Night Stand Art Auction from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 28 at Turner Hall, 1034 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Proceeds will go to MDA.

MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research.

Police seek help

from camera owners

New Berlin — With security cameras playing ever larger roles in solving crimes, the New Berlin Police Department wants to create a database and map of the locations of homes and businesses where the owners would make the footage available for police investigations.

Homeowners or business owners willing to share footage with police are asked to contact the departmennt at (262)782-6640.

When crimes occur, a camera at a nearby business or house may have captured the suspects or vehicle parked in the area, police said.

County beaches

to close soon

Muskego — With lifeguards heading back to school, the Waukesha County Park System will close its six beaches soon.

Muskego County Park will close at 7 p.m. Aug. 20. The last beach to close will be Fox Brook Park where the last day will be Aug. 26.

Beaches are only open when lifeguards are on duty; and swimming is prohibited when beaches are closed.

Massive undertaking creates

place of prayer, meditation

New Berlin — Volunteers from Girl Scout Troop 2850 and members of Our Lord's United Methodist Church constructed a large labyrinth in the church's backyard on Saturday.

The labyrinth project was designed and is being managed by Katie Polster as part of the Girl Scout Gold Award program, which is similar to the Eagle for Boy Scouts.

The volunteers moved several tons of field stones and crushed granite to create the path that begins at the outer edge of a 50-foot-diameter circle. The path leads to a central space and then out again by the same path.

The labyrinth is an ancient tool to aid prayer and meditation with a winding path. Christians have been using the labyrinth as an aid to spiritual growth since the Middle Ages, and this seven-circuit labyrinth has been re-created in a medieval style.

New CherryBerry raises

$929 for youth athletics

New Berlin — CherryBerry Self Serv Frozen Yogurt Bar of New Berlin, 15155 W. National Ave., held its opening night/VIP night benefit July 24 that raised $929 for the New Berlin Athletic Association.

At one point, the line of customers wrapped around the store along Coffee Road and into the parking lot. The store charged $1 for 16-oz. cup with a choice of 21 different flavors of CherryBerry yogurt topped by a choice of 25 dry toppings and numerous fresh fruit options.

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