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News & Notes: Sept. 10

Sept. 10, 2012

School Board to study compensation packages

Muskego - With school districts now negotiating pay under stricter requirements since the passage of state Acts 10 and 32, the Muskego School Board will conduct a study of teacher compensation packages in other districts.

That is among the goals the board approved recently.

Four area projects on long-range list

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has proposed a capital projects budget for 2013 to 2017 that includes four projects in this area.

One is to finish widening Janesville Road in Muskego.

The other three are in New Berlin: widening Moorland Road between College and Grange avenues, rehabilitating 1.8 miles of Beloit Road, and improving the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Sunny Slope Road.

The Waukesha County Board will review the projects budget as part of its consideration of the full 2013 budget in late September. Final passage is expected in November.

New Berlin crow found with West Nile

New Berlin - One of the three crows that recently tested positive for the West Nile virus came from New Berlin.

The others coming from Pewaukee and town of Brookfield are the first confirmation that West Nile is in Waukesha County, according to Waukesha County authorities.

The positive results mean that residents need to try harder to prevent mosquito bites, they urged. The virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

The Waukesha County Health and Human Services Department recommends:

Keeping window screens in good repair

Avoid being outside during times of high mosquito activity, specifically around dawn and dusk

Wearing light-colored protective clothing such as long pants, loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and tuck pants in socks when outdoors

When outdoors, consider using an effective mosquito repellent containing an active ingredient registered by the EPA, such as DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus

Do not provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes-remove containers, old tires and any objects where water can collect and mosquitoes can lay eggs

Eighty percent of people who are infected with WNV do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, or rash. But less than 1 percent get seriously ill.

For more information, visit the United States Geological Survey website at:http://diseasemaps.usgs.gov/wnv_wi_human.html.

Technology integrator a STAR Educator at institute

Muskego - Rachel Yurk, a technology integrator at Bay Lane Middle School, joined more than 100 educators from across the United States and two countries in the six-day Discovery Education Network Summer Institute as a STAR Discovery Educator.

The institute is for teachers who have demonstrated leadership and commitment to using technology and digital resources to enrich classroom learning experiences. The institute offered the chance to gain new skills and new ideas.

Mask sales predictor of presidential vote?

New Berlin - BuyCostumes.com has successfully predicted the next president of the United States since 2000, based solely on the sales of candidates' masks. For the past two primaries, the sale of masks also predicted the party nominees - this year Mitt Romney finished with 21 percent of the overall vote.

If the election took place last week, President Barack Obama would be the clear winner with 62 percent of the votes. But now the New Berlin company is busy also tracking sales of the vice presidential candidates to try to predict their impact on November's voting outcome.

BuyCostumes.com does online sales of costumes.

Company bosses get plastered for a cause

New Berlin - Employees of ITW Ark-les, 16955 W. Ryerson Road, New Berlin, got to do what most people can only dream about - throw a pie in their bosses' faces.

Some good sport-bosses recently volunteered to be plastered with pie for a good cause and the pastry flew. By the time it was over, the event raised $265 for the United Way of Waukesha County. All the pie fixings were donated by Sub Station.

The pie-plastered bosses were Mike Hintz, general manager; Brian Stelloh, operations manager; Steve Batzko, facilities supervisor; Jake Joaquin, IT manager; Rick Bachman, director quality assurance; Colleen Reilly, assistant team leader; Terry Bucheger, supplier quality manager; and Bill Poehls, Wally Stelzer and Joel Bragg, account managers.

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