News & Notes: Nov. 5

Nov. 5, 2012

Next police chief could be in police ranks

Muskego - In choosing a new police chief to succeed the retiring Paul Geiszler, the Muskego Police and Fire Commission will first look internally.

Both Geiszler and the police chief before him, John Johnson, were promoted from within and did fine jobs as chief, said Edward Gleason, commission chairman. They had to be backed up by a great officer and command staff, so the commission wants to explore possibilities inside the department first, Gleason said.

The application deadline is Nov. 14 and the commission plans to interview candidates the week of Nov. 19.

If the commission finds someone with all the qualifications it wants, the process will stop there, Gleason said. If not, the search will be widened.

Veterans to be honored on their day and after

Muskego - Muskego American Legion Post 356 will honor veterans on several occasions in the coming days.

On Sunday, the post will hold its Veterans Day ceremony at Horn Memorial Park, W18200 Horn Park Drive, at 1 p.m. The ceremony will include the Post Color Guard, Rifle Squad to fire a salute, and taps played by Jacob Stewart.

On Monday, the Legion will help serve a veterans spaghetti dinner at the Muskego Moose Lodge from 5 to 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, the Legion will present a program for residents at the Tudor Oaks Retirement Facility at 10 a.m.

Eisenhower Generals take championship for first time

New Berlin - The New Berlin Eisenhower Generals eighth-grade football team made history Saturday when it won the All-American Youth Football League regional championship over West Bend West at Eisenhower Middle/High School.

It was the Generals' first championship in 35 years. The team went to the championships in 2004 and 2005, but lost both times.

This time Generals triumphed, 37-16.

In addition to the win on the field, the Generals raised $480 for the American Red Cross by passing donation buckets through the crowd at the game.

Arrested officer still on administrative leave

Muskego - A Muskego police officer remains on administrative leave Monday after he was arrested by Waukesha police in a domestic abuse-related incident Oct. 30.

The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office is reviewing the case for possible charges, and the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is handling the investigation.

Muskego annual meeting approves lower levy, budget

Muskego - Muskego-Norway School District residents approved a $32.7 million levy and a $66.5 million budget for the 2012-13 school year at the district annual meeting last week.

Both are down from the last school year. The levy is down 1.17 percent and the budget is down about 1 percent.

This is the second year in a row that the levy and spending are down.

West to honor 1976 girls BB team

New Berlin - New Berlin West High School is looking for the pioneers of its girls basketball program to honor them on its "throwback night," set for Dec. 7.

On that night, the school wants to honor as many members that can be found from the 1976 girls basketball team, who played in the first year in which girls basketball was sanctioned by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association.

School officials look upon that 1976 team has having paved the way for female athletics at New Berlin West.

On "Throwback Night," New Berlin will play in the "old gym" to lend a nostalgic feeling.

Coffee and cake will be served at the 6 p.m. reception. The recognition ceremony will be about 7 p.m.

Members of that team are asked to contact Julie Kader, West's director of athletics and activities, at (262) 789-6409; or Corey Scheel, at (262) 789-6400.

Muskego recycler Business Partner of Year

Muskego - Ram Recycling, S8393 Mercury Drive, was honored with the Easter Seals of Southeast Wisconsin's 2012 Business Partner of the Year award.

RAM, which paper recycling business, has employed more than 40 adults with disabilities in its more than 10-year relationship with the Waukesha Training Center, which became Easter Seals in 2010.

RAM Recycling moved to Muskego recently and now looks forward to employing more workers with disabilities, said owner Tony Ducker.

SCORE counseling offered for business execs

New Berlin - The New Berlin Public Library will host free one-hour SCORE counseling sessions for up to 30 small business owners and senior managers on Nov. 10.

Each session will be staffed by one of six certified SCORE mentors, with expertise in marketing, accounting, finance, retailing, manufacturing, social media and merchandising, in both consumer and business to business environments. A biography of each mentor can be found at the SCORE Southeast Wisconsin website,

Five appointment times - at 9, 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. - are available.

The event is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. To register, go to SCORE website or call (414) 297-3943. The sessions are only for principals and executives of ongoing small businesses.

Food pantry to have extra hours for donations

New Berlin - The New Berlin food pantry, 14750 W. Cleveland Ave., will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays until Dec. 15 to accept additional holiday donations.

Pantry officials paid tribute to the New Berlin Eisenhower DECA students for their Trick or Treat Food Drive. It was the first food drive to kick off the holiday season for the food pantry.

New Berlin police officers also will donate 100 turkeys Nov. 14 for Thanksgiving dinners.

Muskego Moose Lodge honors member

Muskego - Joseph Thibedeau received the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, the Pilgrim Degree of Merit and a celebration of that achievement was held at the Muskego Moose Family Center, W21691 Janesville Road, recently.

The honor is bestowed for extraordinary service to community and to the organization.

Thibedeau officially joined the Moose on his 21st birthday; however, he was involved as a youth because his parents were also actively involved. He has served the fraternity at the local, state and national level and is a past governor of the Muskego Moose Lodge and serves the Wisconsin Moose Legion #31 as an assistant secretary.

For 18 years, Thibedeau served as a board member of the Muskego Athletic Association that provides summer recreational softball and baseball programs for more than 900 youths in the Muskego Norway School District.

He has also been a member of Muskego Festival for the past 15 years, which is a nonprofit group that organizes and runs the annual Muskego Fest.

In a news release announcing the honor, Thibedeau said that it is an honor to be recognized for something he enjoys and believes in, which is helping those in need and giving back to the community.

Home Care Medical named Provider of Year

New Berlin - Home Care Medical, New Berlin, was named the HME Provider of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of Medical Equipment Services.

Home Care Medical is one of Wisconsin's largest providers of home medical equipment and supplies; respiratory care; and home infusion and specialized nutrition.

Home Care Medical that began in 1974 also received additional WAMES Awards.

Donna Smith, director of respiratory care, received the Distinguished Service Award and Exceptional Service Award for her efforts on the WAMES Respiratory Committee.

Jim Spellman, director of operations, received the Industry Excellence Award for his efforts on the WAMES Legislative Committee.

John Teevan, president, Home Care Medical, said in a news release announcing the honors: "I am extremely proud of our team members and these awards represent our continued commitment and dedication to excellence."

Fantastic Sam's opens in New Berlin

New Berlin - Fantastic Sam's Hair Salon opened recently at 14019 W. Greenfield Ave.

Fantastic Sam's is a full service salon offering haircuts and styles, color for men and women, foil highlights, smoothing treatment, perms, facial waxing and shampoo/sets. No appointment is necessary and the salon is open seven days a week.

The salon will have November grand opening specials.

For more information call (262) 786-1800 or

Four hurt in accident involving squad car

New Berlin - A four people involved in an accident in which a sheriff's squad car in the median of Interstate 94 in Brookfield just north of New Berlin was hit from behind by another car were taken to hospitals.

The 17-year-old West Allis boy who was the passenger in the car was flown to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life with critical injuries.

The driver, an 18-year-old St. Francis man, was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The two deputies in the squad that was hit were taken to Froedtert where they were treated for back and facial injuries and released. They remained off duty as of Monday recovering from their injuries.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department:

The accident happened about 2:45 a.m. Nov. 1 as a sheriff's squad sat in the I-94 median west of Sunny Slope Road. An eastbound vehicle veered into the median, hitting the squad.

The engine compartment of the striking vehicle had caught on fire and the deputies pulled the driver and passenger to safety. The passenger was unconscious.


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