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Franklin honors outgoing library director

May 10, 2013 3:08 p.m. | Franklin - Mayor Frank Taylor recognized the outstanding service of outgoing Franklin Library Director Barbara Roark with a proclamation in her honor at the May 7 Common Council meeting.

"Barbara is much more than a librarian. She is the heart and soul of this community, and she leaves our library as the center of our city's cultural life," Taylor said.

After 15 years on the job, Roark leaves to spend more time with her family in Indiana, where she expects to welcome a new grandchild.

Roark helped organize a $5.8 million referendum to build the new library, 9151 W. Loomis Road. In 2000, the measure passed with 63 percent of the vote, and when construction was finished nearly two years later, it came under budget by about $300,000.

In 2002, Roark was named the Wisconsin Library Association's Muriel Fuller award recipient.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 4.

Common Council discusses ways to improve quarry regulation

Sept. 12, 2014 4:14 p.m. | Franklin — The City of Franklin took a close look at regulations for its quarry area during Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

Several residents at the meeting, who live near the quarry, complained that blasting operations have increased since monitoring has stopped. The contract with Stantec Consulting Services Inc., which monitors the quarry, expired in August.

The Common Council discussed recommendations from both the Quarry Monitoring Committee and the Plan Commission at the meeting.

The council directed staff to continue working with the Quarry Monitoring Committee in response to the recommendations and to provide a report back to a meeting on November 18. The council also agreed to ask Stantec for the estimated price of a new 2015 contract, incorporating the changes the Quarry Monitoring Committee recommended.

More on this story will be published in an upcoming issue.

Greendale trustees to hold special meeting for Hose Tower discussion

Sept. 12, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Greendale — A special board of trustees meeting regarding funding for the Hose Tower reconstruction will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The meeting will include discussion and necessary action regarding funds for the cost of finishing the meeting room space at the Hose Tower Building.

The issue was discussed at a meeting on September 2, when the board denied a request for an additional $120,000 to be used from this year's budget to help complete the Hose Tower project.

The meeting will be held inside Village Hall, located at 6500 Northway.

Resident injured after falling down stairs with oil poured on them

Sept. 12, 2014 10:26 a.m. | A resident who recently had back surgery was injured after falling down stairs that had had vegetable oil poured on them Aug. 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Someone poured vegetable oil on the steps of a residence in the 2100 block of West College Avenue before 1:40 p.m. Aug. 23.

A resident then fell down the stairs and suffered a possible back injury. Police discovered the oil was intentionally poured on the steps after responding to the scene with the Oak Creek Fire Department.

The resident, who recently had back surgery, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and gave police the name of a possible suspect, but she denied any knowledge of it.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin to host Family Health Night

Sept. 10, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Franklin — The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin Hospital will host its annual Family Health Night on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Family Health Night will include a display of emergency vehicles, a chili cook-off between firehouse teams, educational booths and a teddy bear clinic.

Flight for Life will also land at the hospital, along with a car crash rescue competition.

The inflatable Mega-heart will be a new addition to the event, where children can "explore" the inside of a heart.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, located at 10101 S. 27th Street. The community event is free and open to the public,

Scurry over to Wehr Nature Center on Sunday for bug day

Sept. 10, 2014 2:34 p.m. | Hales Corners — Creepy, crawly, slimy and everything else "buggy" will be on display Sunday, Sept. 14 for Wehr Nature Center's Bug Day from 1 to 4 p.m.

Live insects such as cockroaches, walking sticks and praying mantids will be on display in the live insect zoo. Chef Bill will cook "creepy crawly cuisine" snacks for patrons to taste. There will also be special crafts for children.

Here are other special demonstrations at Bug Day:

■ 1:30 p.m. "The Bug Whisperer" asks "Who wants to be an Entomologist" for his afternoon program.

■ 3 p.m. Beekeepers will demonstrate their work on Wehr's resident honeybee hives.

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'Worst road in Oak Creek' finally sees interim work

Sept. 09, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Oak Creek — By the end of the week, South 13th Street — the reported "worst road in the city" — will be slightly more drivable.

Milwaukee County agreed to do maintenance work on South 13th Street, which is a county road, from Rawson to Drexel avenues as a temporary fix before its scheduled reconstruction in 2017. Construction started Monday, Sept. 8 and is expected to finish a few days later.

"We are all very excited," said Mike Simmons, Oak Creek city engineer. "We take so many calls on this road."

The county responded to the nuisance road after Oak Creek officials mailed a resolution on March 6 urging Milwaukee County to reconstruct or rehabilitate South 13th Street.

The county also worried the road wouldn't last until 2017's reconstruction.

Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes expands operations to Oak Creek

Sept. 09, 2014 1:40 p.m. | Oak Creek — Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes & Distinctive Desserts is expanding its operations to a vacant building in Oak Creek, 9911 S. Howell Ave., between Ryan and Oakwood roads.

Its new office will operate similarly to its current location in St. Francis at 1775 E. Bolivar Ave., with production and distribution.

Suzy's was founded by Suzy Strothmann in 1983 when she began baking as a stay-at-home mother.

Now, Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes are in grocery stores across America.

Milwaukee man charged with homicide in car chase ending in shooting

Sept. 09, 2014 1:26 p.m. | A 19-year-old Milwaukee man was charged Monday with killing a man with a gunshot to the head during what a witness said was car chase sparked by a heroin deal gone bad.

Daven Dodson is charged with one count of first-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon; one count of recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon; and one count of possession of firearm by a felon.

If convicted on all counts, he faces 92 years in prison.

According to a criminal complaint:

A witness told police that on Sept. 3rd, he and another man, Joel Michael Dammann, parked their car behind the Milwaukee Airport Inn in the 1700 block of W. Layton Ave. Dammann, the witness said, gave Dodson money in return for drugs, and the witness and Dammann then drove away.

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Video: Franklin crews clean up overturned truck site

Sept. 09, 2014 11:56 a.m. | Franklin — Part of West Drexel Avenue is still closed after a truck overturned at the West Loomis Road intersection Tuesday morning.

The driver reported that his truck's brakes failed and he was forced to swerve out of the way of a school bus, Franklin Fire Chief Adam Remington said. The truck then overturned at the intersection, spilling its contents across the road.

The truck was transporting "contaminated" dirt from a construction site when it turned on its side, Remington said. Response crews also located a fuel leak and a hazmat team has been called in to clean up the site.

The spill has been isolated, Remington said.

Remington could not comment on possible injuries, but said the driver was conscious and responsive when emergency crews arrived at the scene. The driver was the only occupant in the truck and no one else was injured, he said.

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BREAKING: Truck overturns on W. Loomis and W. Drexel

Sept. 09, 2014 9:34 a.m. | Franklin — Fire and police units are currently responding to the scene of an overturned truck, located at the intersection of West Loomis Road and West Drexel Avenue.

Emergency response crews were seen treating at least one person with an injury around 9:19 a.m. Tuesday morning. A total number of injured persons is unknown at this time.

The truck appeared to be carrying a large shipment of dirt, which was dumped on the road as the truck overturned.

Traffic near the intersection was temporarily halted, but has since opened up on Loomis Road.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

Franklin, Greendale receive "Schools of Recognition" awards by DPI

Sept. 08, 2014 12:43 p.m. | Franklin and Greendale — Two elementary schools in Franklin and Greendale were recently named as "Schools of Recognition" by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the 2014-15 school year.

Country Dale Elementary School in Franklin and Canterbury Elementary School in Greendale were recognized as "high progress" schools for being in the top 10 percent of Title 1 schools to experience growth in reading and math.

In order to receive a School of Recognition award, schools must meet state test-participation and attendance goals and receive Title 1 funds based on state guidelines.

"Country Dale earning the Wisconsin Title I High Progress Schools of Recognition Award is a powerful testament to the impact strategic selection of interventions has on student growth," said Wendy Dzurick, director of instruction for the Franklin School District, in a news release. "Data driven decisions, students engaged in goal setting, and professional development around effective classroom practices created a learning environment that allowed students to achieve to their potential. Congratulations to the staff, students and parents for earning this well deserved recognition."

"We are proud of this accomplishment at Canterbury," said John Tharp, superintendent of the Greendale School District, in a news release. "Our District strategic plan places an emphasis on narrowing achievement gaps between the various demographic groups of students. Strong instructional delivery and classroom practices, collaboration among teachers, and focused professional development is helping us to move forward and meet student growth goals for every student."

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 5

Sept. 07, 2014 8:27 a.m. | The football season calendar rolled along to September, and some teams faced off against familiar opponents on Sept. 5.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 3.

Indian Trail haunts Knights once again

Sept. 06, 2014 12:15 a.m. | Kenosha Indian Trail is quickly becoming a recurring problem for the Oak Creek football team.

The Knights jumped out to a 14-0 lead, looking to redeem themselves after two painful losses issued by Indian Trail last season, including a blowout loss in the WIAA playoffs. But two long runs helped the Hawks rally and score a 35-20 win over the Knights on a rainy Sept. 5 night in the Southeast Conference opener.

"This is the biggest win in program history," said Indian Trail coach Mike McKay. "Even bigger than the (WIAA) playoff win last year because of the circumstances of the game. We are down, 14-0, and our defense picked up our offense. It was very satisfying to finally click."

The state-ranked Knights, looking to win their second Southeast Conference title in three years, now suddenly find themselves in an early hole in the league race. They will try to regroup Sept. 12 when they visit Racine Horlick (0-1, 1-2), which was a 17-14 loser to Franklin in its SEC opener Sept. 5.

They will try to correct the mistakes that did them in against the Hawks on Sept. 5, such as the one that put them down for good.

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Greendale rings Pewaukee's bell

Sept. 05, 2014 11:49 p.m. | Josh Ringelberg had things going his way on Friday at Pewaukee High School. The shifty senior Greendale quarterback was elusive, powerful and showed a strong throwing arm in the Panthers' 37-7 thrashing of the Pirates. It was the Woodland Conference opener for both teams and one between two traditional league powerhouses.

Ringelberg's first touchdown pass of the game came on a 9-yard play over the middle, when tight end Ty Ramirez wrestled the ball away from a Pewaukee defender. Ringelberg connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver David Johnson with 5:05 to play in the first quarter, and his third touchdown pass of the first half covered 11 yards to junior wide receiver Tay Kimmins.

"Josh Ringelberg is an outstanding player; he reminded us why he's an all-state player," Pewaukee coach Justin Friske said. "He ran the ball, he threw the ball. I sure hope this was a wake up call for us."

The Pirates came out with the opening drive in the second half for their only points. The successful drive covered 58 yards, with back-to-back first down runs from junior running back Aleczander Wandler, and a 19-yard touchdown run from senior running back Jordan Jones.

Ringelberg added a 15-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. He also capped scoring with another 15-yard score with 6:08 remaining in the game.

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