News & Notes: Oct. 29

Oct. 29, 2012

Muskego chief to retire at end of year

Muskego - Muskego Police Chief Paul Geiszler announced he will retire at the end of the year after more than 30 years with the Police Department, six of them as its chief.

"He served Muskego well and we're proud of his many contributions to making Muskego a good place to live, work and play," said Edward Gleason, chairman of the Muskego Police and Fire Commission that will meet Tuesday to discuss how to go about finding a replacement.

"He was a good steward of our funds and provided fine leadership," Gleason said. "We'll miss him."

Geiszler succeeded John Johnson as chief of police after Johnson became Muskego mayor.

School tax levy not as high as planned

New Berlin - Because of an unexpected drop in how much the state will allow the New Berlin schools to raise property taxes and because the schools will get slightly more state aid, the tax levy increase of 2.65 percent that residents at the district annual meeting approved last month is now down to 2.4 percent.

The School Board last week approved the lower than expected levy which is $46,356,030. That is $114,970 less than residents approved at the annual meeting.

Kids get their own special election

Muskego - Adults won't be the only ones voting on election day.

Youngsters at Tess Corners Elementary School, S6800 Durham Drive, Muskego, also will be casting their ballots. But it won't be for president. They'll be voting on what the school Principal Kris Kuenstler and the teachers and staff will wear Nov. 16 when the school holds its food drive.

The idea is to teach kids what voting is and how to do it.

The teachers' lounge will be turned into a polling location. Ballots will be handed out, the older kids will "check-in" like adults would at the polls, and each student will get an "I Voted - Kids Vote Too!" sticker.

VFW to launch Buddy Poppy campaign

Muskego - Muskego's Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8171 and its Ladies Auxiliary will distribute Buddy Poppies in Muskego on Nov. 2 and 3.

Proceeds benefit disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.

Waukesha State Bank coming to New Berlin

New Berlin - Waukesha State Bank has announced plans to open a full-service banking office at 14000 W. National Ave., New Berlin, in a building that most recently housed a BMO Harris Bank.

This will be Waukesha State Bank's 14th location and its first in New Berlin. An opening in spring 2013 is targeted for the building located on the northwest corner of National Avenue and Sunnyslope Road. Services will include comprehensive retail banking operations, as well as mortgages, investments, wealth management and trust, and commercial and small business lending.

"Over the years, we've received steady feedback from members of the New Berlin community that they'd like to see us - a locally owned community bank - in their community," said Ty R. Taylor, president and CEO in a news release announcing the plan.

Waukesha State Bank is one of the largest locally owned and independent banks in Wisconsin, with full-service offices in Brookfield, Delafield, Mukwonago, Muskego, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Sussex and Waukesha. It also has Wealth Management Services that includes a trust and qualified plan division.

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


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