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News & Notes: Feb. 4

Feb. 4, 2013

Top spellers ready

to take on region

New Berlin - For a second year, New Berlin Eisenhower eighth-grader Riya Mehta heads the slate of top spellers from the New Berlin schools who will go on to challenge top spellers in other school districts Tuesday in the CESA 1 Regional Spelling Bee to be held in Pewaukee.

Last year, Riya won the CESA 1 Regional Spelling Bee involving schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

Also on the New Berlin team of top spellers are Josh Lucchesi, sixth grade, Poplar Creek Elementary; Madeline Soiney, seventh grade, New Berlin West Middle/High School; Andrew Laeuger, sixth grade, Orchard Lane Elementary; Ashwin Sankrithi, sixth grade, Orchard Lane; and Kyra Levandoski, fourth grade, Ronald Reagan Elementary.

A total of 28 students from fourth- to eighth-grade competed in the district's bee.

Information meeting set

on Janesville Road plan

Muskego - A third public information meeting on the proposed reconstruction of Janesville Road from Lannon Road to Racine Avenue will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.

The meeting will be an open-house format with no formal presentation. People can stop by anytime.

Representatives from Waukesha County, Ayres Associates and the city of Muskego will be available to discuss the project, answer questions and gather comments. Maps and other exhibits will be displayed.

Additional information on the project can be located at www.janesvilleroad.com. For more information, contact Ed Hinrichs, department project manager, at (262) 548-7740.

Chamber seeks

business nominations

New Berlin - The New Berlin Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is gathering nominees for its annual Business of the Year Award.

The chamber is seeking nominees of businesses that have shown dedication to the community through charitable donations, service activities and growth in either employees or sales.

Nominations are due by Feb. 10 and can be dropped off at the mayor's office at the City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive.

Pantry running low;

high schoolers help

Muskego - The Muskego food pantry is running low on supplies and Muskego High School students are stepping up to help.

They donated food at the winter dance held last weekend, and the student council will hold a food drive Feb. 11 to 15.

To encourage donations at the dance, for every canned good, students received a raffle ticket to win an iTunes or Target gift card.

New Berlin Lions seek

volunteers, members

New Berlin - While the New Berlin Lions Club awarded tens of thousands of dollars to charitable and other worthy causes two weeks ago it is already looking to next summer's corn roast at the Wisconsin State Fair, where most of those dollars came from.

The club is looking for people and groups that want to volunteer to help out the cause. One business believes so much in what the Lions Club does that it sends a group of 15 or 20 employees to work a day at the corn roast and pays them their regular pay. The company has done this for several years.

The fair will be Aug. 1 to 11.

More information about volunteering is available from Ray McInerny, (262) 746-1162 or Jerry Johnson (414) 861-0454.

In addition, the New Berlin Lions is always looking for new members. Although most Lions are New Berlin residents, the club has members from Milwaukee, Pewaukee, Muskego and West Allis. More of the retired members now living in northern Wisconsin, Arizona and Florida, come back and still work shifts at the corn roast.

The club normally meets at the VFW post on Beloit Road in New Berlin at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month. The club tries to have a speaker at least once a month. More information is available from McInerny and Johnson.

InPro celebrates

20-year rise from ashes

Muskego - InPro Corporation, W18766 Apollo Drive, Muskego, is celebrating 20 years of growth into a global company after nearly closing its doors two decades ago.

Inpro is now the leading provider of door and wall protection, cubicle track and curtains, expansion joint systems, signage and decorative surface protectors in buildings.

The company fell on hard times and was about to close in 1993 when the company's accountant Steve Ziegler saved it by buying it.

He and his brother Phil Ziegler, CEO, have grown InPro into a global protector of buildings. The company has more than 450 employees, most of them in Wisconsin, and more than $100 million in revenue.

The company is actually 34 years old, having started in 1979 with a literal hole in a hospital wall. At that time, walls in hospitals were constantly under siege from hospital beds and carts. InPro Corporation began manufacturing door and wall protection to prevent this damage.

Fabulous growth

legacy of retiring CEO

New Berlin - Ron Krase, who as chief executive officer led the New Berlin-based Landmark Credit Union to a milestone in September 2012 reaching $2 billion in assets, is retiring after 39 years with the credit union.

When Kase joined Landmark, then named Chabelco Credit Union, as manager in 1973 the credit union had $2 million in assets, just one location, and four employees. Today, Landmark has grown to 28 branch locations and more than 500 employees.

Paul Reinbold, retired Landmark board member who was on the committee that hired Kase, said, "There were several applicants with more experience who applied for the position of manager back in 1973. But Ron, in his early twenties, showed a level of confidence and drive beyond his years. We knew he was the right one for the job."

During his tenure, Kase developed numerous services and programs to benefit members and the communities Landmark serves including introduction of new loan programs and working with underserved markets.

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