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News & Notes: Jan. 7

Jan. 7, 2013

Muskego schools name business manager

Muskego - The Muskego-Norway School Board has appointed Julie Kelly, business manager with the St. Francis School District, to be director of business services beginning Jan. 10.

Kelly succeeds Scot Ecker, who resigned - effective at the end of 2012 - to become associate vice president and controller of Carthage College in Kenosha.

In addition to serving as the St. Francis Schools business director for seven years, Kelly is a certified school risk manager and a certified administrator of school finance and operations.

Two blood drives coming up in New Berlin

New Berlin - During winter, blood donations are especially needed because many regular donors have trouble getting to donation sites or have seasonal illnesses.

So, the American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18 at Schroeder Solutions, 1920 S. Calhoun Road, New Berlin.

To donate, call (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or obtain more information. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Another blood drive will be held from 7 to 11 a.m. Jan. 17 in the Common Council chambers of the New Berlin City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive. Appointments are encouraged by calling Melody at (262) 797-2441, but walk-ins will be welcome. A photo ID is needed.

Three schools go dark for 70 minutes

New Berlin - The power went out at three New Berlin Schools and about 8,400 homes and businesses in New Berlin and Brookfield about 11:15 a.m. Friday, as some equipment on a We Energies power line failed causing the line to fail, eventually affecting equipment at a substation, Cathy Schulze, We Energies spokeswoman said.

The power line is at Lincoln Avenue and Calhoun Road in New Berlin, she said.

The schools and about 2,000 other customers had power again by 12:25 p.m. All 8,400 customers had power back by 12:40 p.m.

The New Berlin schools affected were New Berlin West Middle/High School, Ronald Reagan and Poplar Creek elementary schools.

The fact that the outage came at lunchtime and recess was a help, Superintendent Joe Garza said.

"With the sunshine and flashlights and professional staff, we did what we needed to do," he said.

Junior Women top $100,000 for splash pad

New Berlin - The New Berlin Junior Woman's Club has exceeded the $100,000 mark in its fundraising effort to create a splash pad at Malone Park.

Youngsters run through splash pads and are squirted or doused with water from various colorful structures. The estimated cost is $425,000.

The club is continuing its fundraising efforts. The latest donation that pushed the total above the $100,000 mark was from Modern Woodmen company.

ACT prep classes offered to improve scores

New Berlin - New Berlin students who want to bone up for the ACT college entrance exams have until Jan. 14 to get in on the New Berlin School District's first opportunities to do that.

The New Berlin School District is offering several ACT preparation classes to all New Berlin students regardless of whether they attend public school. Each three-Saturday session is $75.

Sessions will be held in two locations - at New Berlin West Middle/High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., and at Eisenhower Middle/High School, 4333 S. Sunny Slope Road.

New Berlin West ACT Prep Session 1 meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

New Berlin West ACT Prep Session 2 meets from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 9 and 16 and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23. Eisenhower ACT Prep Session 1 meets 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 26 and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 2.

Eisenhower ACT Prep Session 2 meets from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 9 and 16 and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 23.

The ACTs are given in February and in April.

The registration deadline is Jan. 14 for the ACT prep sessions starting Jan. 19.

To register for any of the sessions, a check for $75 plus the name of the student, school attending, home address and phone number and parent email address must be provided.

For sessions at New Berlin West, the check and information should be sent to New Berlin West Middle/High School, Cyndy Nowacki, Bookkeeper, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146.

Those registering for sessions at Eisenhower should send the check and information to New Berlin Eisenhower, Jennifer Moberg, Bookkeeper, 4333 S. Sunnyslope Road, New Berlin, WI 53151

When registration is received, additional information will be sent. Session two registrations are due by March 1.

Questions regarding the content of the sessions should be directed to Samantha Forster at (262) 789-6458 or samantha.forster@nbexcellence.org.

Art gallery opens in Muskego

Muskego - With the redevelopment of the Tudor Oaks community, W12929 McShane Drive, Muskego, a new art gallery has been created enabling local artists and photographers to showcase their work.

The first show features work by Jeff Malecki who does fine art and illustrations watercolors, acrylics, charcoal pencils and pen and ink. His eye-catching graphics are on display from Jan. 21 through Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

Future shows include works by L. Lynn Ellery, Barbara Beier and the Lifetime Art Exhibit sponsored by Interfaith.

Businesses invited to career, job fair

New Berlin - Local businesses are invited to participate in the second New Berlin Career and Job Fair to be held by Moving New Berlin Forward and the School District of New Berlin for businesses, students and the community on Feb. 20.

Local businesses are invited to participate to speak with students about career fields and even recruit employees for open positions.

The fair will be held in the New Berlin West High School field house with the job fair section for high school students from 8 to 11 a.m. and career fair for high school students from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the job fair for the community at large from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Businesses are invited to participate in some or all the sessions and a complimentary luncheon will be provided.

Moving New Berlin Forward is a cooperative effort to align resources with the needs of the community, businesses and students. The organization is supported by the School District of New Berlin, the city of New Berlin, the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, the New Berlin Rotary Club, civic and faith-based organizations, and local businesses.

For information and to register, visit http://bit.ly/TYKeCf.

Questions may be directed to Tim Kujawa, school counselor, at Tim.Kujawa@nbexcellence.org<mailto:Tim.Kujawa@nbexcellence.org> or (262) 789-6338.

Two Muskego students take top essay honors

Muskego - Anna Aiuppa won the Voice of Democracy essay competition of the Muskego Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8171 and her essay on this year's theme, "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?" will go on to the district competition.

Anna Li also was a winner in the competition. Both girls attend Muskego High School.

They each submitted an audio essay. The Voice of Democracy essay contest is open to students in grades nine through 12 in public or private schools or even home-schooled students. The top scholarship at the national level is $30,000.

Dale Kuss, chairman of the Patriots Pen and Voice of Democracy competition for the VFW, and Chris Stamborski, commander for Muskego VFW, Post 8171, presented certificates and monetary awards to the two Muskego students.

People think summer already booking parks

Muskego - As soon as the new year started, the Waukesha County Park System started taking reservations for park facilities for those holding special events such as family reunions, company picnics or outdoor weddings.

Reservations should be made at the County Administration Building, 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Room AC230, in Waukesha. Payment is due at time of booking.

The only county park locally is Muskego County Park, W20370 Janesville Road.

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