campaign in Muskego
Muskego — The Muskego Police Department has been taking part in the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that started in mid-August and will run through Sept. 2.
During that time, additional enforcement efforts will focus on alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers.
Police said there has been a decrease of 62 fatalities on Wisconsin's roads from Jan. 1 through Aug. 5 compared to the same time last year, an 18 percent drop.
The Muskego Police Department hopes to decrease the number even more by participating in the program.
Drivers are urged to drive sober and use designated drivers. They are also encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers to local law enforcement.
remodeled Muskego store
Muskego — The local Kohl's Department Store, W15388 Janesville Road, has completed its remodeling efforts.
The store announced a grand reopening this week to show off several enhancements.
The Muskego store is one of 30 stores the company plans to remodel this year.
City honored as Best Government Agency
New Berlin — Waukesha County Executive Daniel P. Vrakas has awarded the 2013 County Executive Award for the Best Government Agency of the Year to the city of New Berlin.
An independent panel of judges that included business executives, community leaders and past award winners, selected the city for the honor.
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, stakeD out Dunkin' Donuts rooftops to benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin on Aug. 16.
On their own time, from 6 to 11 a.m., officers stood atop 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 visited a Cop on a Rooftop location that day and donated to the Torch Run received 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.
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.
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.
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 Aug. 10.
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., raised $929 for the New Berlin Athletic Association as part of its opening night/VIP night benefit.
At one point during the July 24 event, 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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