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News & Notes: June 29

June 29, 2012

Landscaping plan approved for Janesville Road section

Muskego - A landscaping plan for the northern part of Janesville Road was approved by the Muskego Common Council last week.

The cost of beautifying the stretch from Moorland Road to College Avenue is an estimated $72,500 that officials expect will be covered by money left over from streetscaping the more southern section of Janesville Road that also will be landscaped.

Muskego OKs fireworks permits for three residents

Muskego - In its first use since Muskego revised its fireworks ordinance last year, the Finance Committee on June 26 reviewed the applications of three residents who want a city permit to have fireworks displays this Fourth of July, but who had a problem last year.

A complaint had been lodged against two of them and the third got a ticket for not having a permit.

The Finance Committee reviewed the three permit applications, which is one of the new provisions in the ordinance. City officials put in a Finance Committee review as an extra layer of supervision for those whose fireworks displays attract a complaint or even a ticket.

The committee ended up approving all three permits.

Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti said the new system seems to be working as intended - to help neighbors find common ground.

"I think it's helpful to have that conversation," she said.

Muskego is the only community in the metropolitan area that allows private citizens to have a fireworks display, providing they have permits.

Phone collection helps servicemen, women

New Berlin - The AT&T store at 3604 S. Moorland Road, is a drop-off point for those donating their old cellphones to help support troops abroad.

State Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) is heading the effort that he hopes will help servicemen and women stay in touch with their families.

Before donating devices, people should remove the SIM card, erase their data and restore their device to factory settings.

The phones will be donated to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a charity that uses recycling proceeds to buy and send free phone cards to military men and women.

Muskego girl, 15 chosen for state pageant

Muskego - Muskego resident Jessica Ann Marie Portik, 15, has been chosen as a state finalist for the National American Miss Wisconsin Pageant representing Muskego.

The Wisconsin pageant is Aug. 25 and 26 in the Wisconsin Dells. Jessica will be in the Miss Wisconsin Jr. teenage division.

Jessica loves dance, including modern/lyrical jazz, hip hop, ballet and tap, and at Muskego High School she plays clarinet in the band and participates in dramatics. She also volunteers to work with children that have special needs, does charity work and modeling.

Woman's Club elects leaders

Muskego - The Muskego Woman's Club has elected its leaders for 2012-14.

Dena Squaires, will be president, succeeding Loretta Jorn who will become a director.

Also elected were Nancy Dickman, treasurer; Kim York, corresponding secretary; Kate Olszewski, second vice president; and Carol Casey, recording secretary.

The Muskego Woman's Club has been active for 50 years and sponsored many time-honored activities including Safety City, the Peppermint Fair, Yellow Tulip Beautification Awards, and blood drives. Dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service the club meets September through May on the second Monday of the month. For more information and membership details call Kris at (262) 679-2805.

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