News & Notes: March 27

March 24, 2014

West cheerleaders

win third state title

New Berlin — The New Berlin West High School cheerleading squad won the state title in the Division 2 small category at the WACPC State High School Cheerleading Championship recently in Madison.

This is the third state title for New Berlin West, with victories in 2003 and 2011.

The team is coached by Meredith Sweeney and Samantha Miller and consists of senior Elise Menden, juniors Kristin Dort, Samantha Kramer, Ally McGinn, Megan Rentmaster, Kaylee Renden, Allie Thomas and Olivia Waligorski and sophomores Natalie Harty, Jenny Jesse, Michaela Kennedy and Kirsten Menden.

Gift shop holds

grand opening

New Berlin — Shop to Carrie On, 16980 W. National Ave., New Berlin, was to hold a grand opening Wednesday.

The gift shop is located in the Poplar Creek Gardens complex with four businesses under one roof. Shop to Carrie On has custom flowers, a clothing line, purses, jewelry, scarves, chic and vintage home decor, garden art, canvas art and work by local artisans.

It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. More information is available at (414) 380-9218.

Shop to Carrie On is the successor to Christmas Shop to Carrie On that was open until Dec. 22 at Poplar Creek Gardens.

Drug collection day

to accept many medicines

New Berlin — The New Berlin Police Department and Froedtert Moorland Reserve Health Center will hold another drug collection day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Froedtert Clinic, 4805 S. Moorland Road, New Berlin.

Last fall, New Berlin police collected hundreds of pounds of unused prescription and over-the-counter medications, which were given to federal authorities for proper disposal.

The effort is aimed at keeping drugs out of the hands of young people and at keeping drinking water free of the chemicals.

The drug collection will accept prescription medication, over-the-counter medicines, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and even pet medicines. Items not allowed at the collection site include biohazardous materials (including needles and other sharps) mercury, household hazardous waste and personal hygiene products.

New Berlin will be one of eight Waukesha County drop off sites. For more information and to see other locations, go to

Man found

dead in yard

New Berlin — A 59-year-old man was found dead in a yard in the 4600 block of Forest Point Blvd. on March 16.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office. No foul play is suspected and an autopsy was conducted.

Nominations sought

for worker excellence

New Berlin — Nominations are being accepted for the 17th Annual John W. Bauer Award for Municipal Excellence.

John Bauer was a New Berlin city employee who retired in 1998 after 30 years of service as an engineer and building maintenance manager.

The award was created as a tribute to Bauer's commitment to getting the job done, as well as his outstanding service to internal and external customers.

The mayor's office is seeking nominations of employees for this award from residents, fellow employees, supervisors, groups and aldermen. The nominations should be a written description of no more than 500 words, explaining the outstanding customer service the nominee has provided.

The Employee Recognition Committee, composed 10 city employees, will individually rank the nominations. The rankings will be tabulated and the results announced later.

Nominations must be submitted to Melody Styba, executive assistant to the mayor, by April 30. Nominations may be emailed to, or mailed to 3805 S. Casper Drive, New Berlin, WI 53151.

Z-Drive food drive

in full swing for pantry

New Berlin — The eighth annual Z-Drive for food for the New Berlin food pantry is winding up.

The drive was started by Zach Harmon, who at the age of 7 saw a need to help the food pantry. But this year, his sister, Taylor Harmon, is running the drive that has been going on throughout March.

Items needed are pasta sauce, canned meats, chicken broth, and canned fruits.

Those wanting to donation to be picked up may contact Taylor at Donations may also be dropped off in a bin outside the house at 13706 W. Meadow Lane. Monetary donations are always excepted with checks made out to the New Berlin food pantry.

New Berlin receives

StormReady certification

New Berlin — On March 25, New Berlin received a StormReady certification, becoming the largest Wisconsin city to receive the certification.

"This is just another example of our commitment to excellence," Mayor Dave Ament said in a press release announcing the award ceremony in the Common Council chambers. "I am honored and proud of this StormReady certification and commend our resourceful staff for their dedicated efforts."

StormReady is a national community preparedness program that helps communities develop plans to handle all types of severe weather. To receive such a certification, the community must establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; have multiple methods to receive and disseminate severe weather warnings and information; have various methods to monitor weather conditions locally; promote the importance of public readiness; develop a formal hazardous weather action plan, including severe weather spotter training and drills.

New Berlin's efforts include storm spotter training of all police officers and firefighters, securing the donation of weather radios for all city buildings and working with area schools to enhance readiness.

Summer Academy

has new fun offerings

Muskego — This summer, local parents who are looking for fun, active and creative learning experiences for their children entering grades kindergarten through eighth grades have new opportunities through the Summer Learning Academy offered by the Muskego-Norway School District.

The Summer Learning Academy will run Mondays through Thursdays, July 7 to 31, at Bay Lane/Country Meadows, W16399 Hilltop Drive, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

With many new and improved enrichment courses to offer students in addition to the academic support classes, this year's summer program provides students the opportunity to participate in a wider variety of learning experiences than in the past.

New enrichment courses available include Apps for Learning, Book Club, cheerleading camp, chess, Dr. Seuss' Reading Adventure, Eco-Art, Exploring Technology and Engineering, Fashion Merchandising, Fitness Fever, keyboarding camp, Math & Science of Sports, and two new levels of Legos Robotics.

Also new this year will be a transportation/shuttle service between the central Summer Learning Academy site at Bay Lane/Country Meadows and Lakeview and Lake Denoon schools.

Students can sign up for as many as four classes.

More information is available from John McEwing, Lake Denoon associate principal, at (262) 971-1820, Ext. 7002, or Sara Stanley, Bay Lane associate principal, at (262) 971-1810, Ext. 6100.

Buildings in running

for architectural award

Two area buildings have been nominated for the prestigious ASID Design Excellence Award given by the American Society of Interior Designers of Wisconsin.

The award celebrates and honors outstanding architecture and interior design projects completed in the past year by Wisconsin-based firms.

Nominated were In Pro Marketing of Muskego and Linden Grove in New Berlin.

To be nominated, a building must positively impact its city and surrounding communities by enhancing the architectural landscape and, more importantly, improve the lives of people — workers, visitors, seniors and students — inhabiting and experiencing them.

This year, the panel of judges came from Washington, Virginia and Ohio.

Miss NB Teen

offers help with events

New Berlin — Emily Slawski who has been named Miss New Berlin Teen and will compete at Miss Royalty International March 29 and 30, announced that she would like to be a part of community, school or even business events.

She sings and is open to any reading, parade, greeting, interview, promotion, charity event, modeling event, educational event, gala, corporate event, dinner, sporting event and any other event.

Three students named

Kohl Excellence Scholars

New Berlin — Three New Berlin students have been named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholars for 2014.

They are Rishil Mehta, who attends New Berlin Eisenhower High School; Emily Dethloff, Germantown, who also attends Eisenhower; and Suzanne Skalmoski, New Berlin, who attends Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee.

Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond.

The Kohl Foundation Committee will give $1,000 awards to 187 graduating high school students and 100 teachers and their schools.

Former New Berlin

resident produces movie

New Berlin — Diane Peterson, daughter of longtime New Berlin resident Bunny Simerson, wrote and produced a Christian, family-friendly movie with her husband Scott with the title "The Current" that played to a sold-out house at the Marcus Majestic Cinema in Waukesha on March 20.

Peterson grew up in Elm Grove and the family moved to New Berlin shortly before she left for college.

The film is from ii Films, an independent film company.

Diane and Scott will host the showing as well as a question-and-answer period at the end of the screening for those who would like to stay.

Assessments to be

ready for inspection

Muskego — The assessment roll for Muskego is planned to be completed soon and notices mailed to property owners about March 28.

The assessment roll will be open for inspection from April 7 through April 17 in the assessor's office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave., and at the Muskego Public Library, W16663 Janesville Road, during normal library hours.

After April 17, the assessment roll will continue to be available for review only at the City Hall.

The assessment staff will be available by appointment to discuss assessments from April 7 through 17 at the City Hall, where instructional materials will be available. Appointments can be made at (262) 679-4143.

The city assessor will be available from 10 a.m. to noon April 9 with no appointments necessary at the City Hall.

More information is available at the clerk-treasurers office, (262) 679-5625, or in person at the City Hall.

Banquet to celebrate

Special Olympics athletes

New Berlin — The Fifth New Berlin Special Olympics Sports Banquet for athletes and their families will be held at noon March 30 at Hoeppner Horn Brothers VFW 5716, at 17980 W. Beloit Road.

The pasta buffet will be served.

The banquet will recognize and celebrate the more than 90 athletes and coaches who participate in Special Olympic sports. The guest speaker will be the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club's Bernie Brewer.

Muskego graduate

running for state office

Muskego — Amy Schwabenlender, who graduated from Muskego High School in 1987, is now running for the Arizona House of Representatives.

She was back in town March 9 for a campaign event at Alpine Lanes, W18700 Apollo Drive, Muskego.

Since leaving Muskego, Schwabenlender has pursued a career in sales and marketing and she leads a housing initiative that has housed nearly 500 homeless people in three years.

Local coach presenter

at national conference

Muskego — Muskego High School strength and conditioning coach Mike Nitka will be a presenter in July at the 2014 National Strength & Conditioning Association in Las Vegas.

Nitka's presentation will be on "Teaching Strength, Power and Speed Progressions in a High School Physical Education Class." The conference will be July 12 to 14 at the Paris Hotel and Casino.

The association describes Nitka as "an inspirational coach whose truest leadership accomplishments are rooted in teaching physical education and health for the past 35 years at MHS." The association also calls him one of the most accomplished high school strength coaches in the country, having been awarded several of the association's highest credentials of distinction.

Donations top $30,000

for New Berlin schools

New Berlin — The New Berlin School District recently accepted donations totaling more than $30,000 from January and part of December.

The New Berlin West Boys Basketball Boosters gave $6,674 for coaches salaries; the New Berlin West Girls Basketball Boosters gave $1,200 for T-shirts for coaches and athletes and $5,892 for additional coaches.

The Orchard Lane Elementary School Parent Faculty Council gave $6,200 for the school literacy program.

The Elmwood Home & School Association gave $3,500 in co-curricular funding.

The Poplar Creek PTO gave $81 for an accompanist for the choir (bringing the total donated for that purpose to $8,075).

PPG Industries gave $3,000 for books for classrooms, and field trips and other classroom needs at Poplar Creek, and $1,000 for the literacy program at Elmdale Elementary School.

The Eisenhower Cheer Boosters gave $3,100 for the salary for a third cheer coach.

Ann Olstinski gave $100 toward a trombone and case at Orchard Lane.

Young artists' work

at Milwaukee Art Museum

New Berlin — A number of young New Berlin artists have work in the Milwaukee Art Museum's annual exhibition featuring Wisconsin students grades seven through 12.

More than 2,300 individual artworks from 112 schools across the state were entered in the awards program. Work by Gold and Silver Key winning artists will be on display in Schroeder Galleria and Pieper Gallery through March.

From Eisenhower Middle/High School, the winners are Katherine Carnahan, Rachel Dejno, Rachel Doerner, Vivian Jiang, Hannah Kinzer, Josi Kitzrow, Kayla Klugiewicz, Connor Main, Annie Olson, Isabelle Seifert, Samuel Stoiber and Sunshine Xiong.

From New Berlin West Middle/High School the winners are Margaret Cullinan, Jamey Devine, Sydney Kelly, April Kronshage, Kayla Kugel, Katy Marciniak, Madalyn Mccabe, Sophia Mcquitty, Colleen Muffler, Julia Robey, Madilda Troedon, Madaline Vang, Catherine Vink and Caitlyn Woldanski.

Those with Gold Keys will go on to the National Scholastic Art Awards Competition.

Souper Bowl

winner for pantry

Muskego — Atonement Lutheran Church, W16244 Martin Drive, raised more than $600 and nearly 200 food items for the Muskego food pantry in its Souper Bowl of Caring recently.

Muskego conservation

starts Facebook page

Muskego — People will be able to keep up on conservation events and projects and see wildlife photos on the new Muskego conservation Facebook page.

Tom Zagar, Muskego conservation coordinator, said the Facebook site will let people know of things such as migratory bird day and volunteer events. The page can be called up on Facebook or by using Google to search for Muskego conservation Facebook.


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