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Oak Creek police investigating rash of BB gun vandalism

Jan. 15, 2013 5:21 p.m. | Oak Creek - Police are seeking the person who shattered the rear windows of at least six vehicles and damaged two apartment windows with a BB gun Jan. 9 and 10.

According to Oak Creek police reports:

Dispatch received the first report about 9:10 p.m. Jan. 9, when a resident of the 400 block of East Centennial Drive stated someone had just shot a BB through her apartment window, causing about $200 in damage to the screen and outer window.

On Jan. 10, a resident of the 9100 block of South Fifth Avenue reported someone had shot a BB through her apartment window, and her rear car window also had been damaged by a BB, between 9 p.m. Jan. 9 and 9:15 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to her home and car is estimated at $500.

Also Jan. 10, a resident of the 9600 block of South Veronica Drive reported the back windows of two vehicles had been shattered by a BB gun between 2:30 and 3 a.m. Jan. 10. Damage to both vehicles is estimated at $700.

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Franklin celebrates homecoming by smashing Indian Trail, 42-0

Oct. 02, 2015 9:56 p.m. | Normally, 99 percent of football coaches worth their salt despise homecoming week more than root canal surgery, bunions and bad blocking all put together.

But after his unbeaten Franklin team put together a shockingly good performance in routing a good Kenosha Indian Trail squad Friday night at the end of the  Sabers' busy homecoming week, 42-0, coach Louis Brown was one happy man.

"All week, there was not one guy yawning (at a meeting); all week long there was energy and focus," he said. "...I've been here something like 24 years and I never had a homecoming week with anywhere near the focus we had this week.

"Because this was a statement. To beat that team 42-0 is a statement. Not just for the area, but for the state."

The Hawks (4-1 in Southeast play and 4-3 overall) had come into this game having routed their first four league opponents by a 155-37 count, but they were no match for the Sabers (5-0 and 7-0, respectively) who admited they had a little bit of fun during homecoming week, but not too much.

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Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Oak Creek Public Library to close for one week during move to Drexel Town Square

Oct. 02, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek Public Library will be closed for one week while the city moves its collection to its new location in Drexel Town Square.

The last day the current Oak Creek Library facility will be open is Friday, Oct. 9. The library will be closed to the public from Oct. 10. to Oct. 18, and will reopen at its new location, 8040 S. 6th Street, noon Oct. 19.

Materials belonging to the Oak Creek Public Library will not be due during the moving process. However, materials checked out from the Oak Creek Library that belong to another Milwaukee County Library may be due during this time.

The Oak Creek Library book return will not be available for patrons to bring back items, beginning at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. Residents are encouraged to return all materials to one of the other area Milwaukee County Libraries.

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Greendale Gallery Night set for Oct. 16

Oct. 02, 2015 10:39 a.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Celebrations Committee will host a special gallery night on Friday, Oct. 16 downtown.

"An Evening in the Village" will feature local artists, refreshments and other vendors.

The gallery night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies plans to expand Franklin location

Oct. 02, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Franklin — Carlisle Interconnect Technologies plans to expand its Franklin location — the city will review the company's application to allow for the construction of an approximately 30,000 square foot addition on Oct. 8.

The Community Development Authority and the Economic Development Commission will meet concurrently to discuss the company's expansion project on Oct. 8. The addition of 3.7 acres to the property located in the Franklin Business Park will include a 30,000 square foot addition to an existing building and the addition of 75 parking spaces.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is a global manufacturer with a Franklin location at 5300 W. Franklin Drive.

Root River Center Reopened: Grand opening will be on Oct. 9 to 11

Oct. 02, 2015 9:23 a.m. | Franklin — Bowling center and banquet hall Root River Center is officially open, with a grand opening set for Oct. 9 to 11 — the facility abruptly closed in July 2013.

The remodeled facility includes 16 bowling lanes, eight sand volleyball courts with a party pavilion, a banquet hall and a new sports bar, according to the Root River Center website. The facility is open from 10 to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

For more information visit

Hales Corners will observe trick or treat times on Oct. 31

Oct. 01, 2015 12:23 p.m. | The village issued a correction for its trick or treat times — trick or treat for Halloween 2015 will be observed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Village of Hales Corners Autumn 2015 newsletter mistakenly reported Oct. 25 as this year's trick or treat time. According to a village news release, Milwaukee County municipalities coordinate a common day for trick or treat, in order to provide a uniform driver expectation of children's pedestrian activity and to promote safety. Trick or treat is usually observed the Sunday before Halloween. However, since Halloween occurs on a Saturday this year, trick or treat will be observed a Saturday, Oct. 31.

For more information contact the Village Hall at 414-529-6161 or visit the village website at

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Aligned Modern Wellness's One Year Anniversary on Oct. 2

Sept. 30, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Hales Corners— Chiropractic and wellness studio Aligned Modern Wellness will host their One Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their clinic located at 6278 S. 108th St.

Celebrating their one year in Hales Corners, the clinic will host a family-friendly grill-out and party.

For more information about Aligned Modern Wellness visit

Video: Franklin High School students lend a hand at Kayla's Playground

Sept. 30, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Franklin — Franklin High School students got real-life construction experience while serving the community at the Kayla's Playground build site on Sept. 23.

Skilled students worked alongside trade professionals in building the all-inclusive, all-accessible playground at the Franklin Woods Nature Center, 3723 W. Puetz Road. About 50 high school students cleared brush, planted trees and assisted in the construction.

Some of the students spent two weeks helping with the project before school started, creating about 1,300 pickets for a fence around the playground. The students' work saved the playground project about $18,000 to $23,000, said Brian Debelak, Franklin construction and engineering teacher. Students also custom engraved pickets that were purchased by donors to the playground project.

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The Hill Has Eyes at The Rock is open for scaring

Sept. 30, 2015 12:13 p.m. | Franklin — "Haunting season" officially opened on Sept. 26 with The Hill Has Eyes' fourth year at The Rock Sports Complex on Crystal Ridge Road, featuring five different outdoor haunted attractions.

The haunt promises two revamped attractions, more scares, more haunting dates and more actors for 2015 — the haunts include Hooded, Failed Escape, Hunger Hollow, Scare Lift and Carnivore. The Hill Has Eyes will be open for 18 nights of horror this Halloween season, and admission includes entrance to all five haunts, as well as nightly bonfires and music.

Food and adult beverages will be available at the party tent and at the Umbrella Bar. Those looking for an unlimited food and beverage option with general admission can purchase tickets to Slaughter House. Slaughter House dates and session times can be found online at Slaughter House tickets must be booked 48 hours in advance and guests must be 18 or older.

The Hill Has Eyes 2015

Dates:Sept. 26, Oct. 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30, 31 and Nov. 1.

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Legends of the Field plans to Acquire Master Z's

Sept. 30, 2015 11:23 a.m. | Sports memorabilia and marketing company Legends of the Field is buying Master Z's, a Waukesha store that sells pool tables, patio furniture, dart boards and other rec room gear.

The deal was set to close Wednesday, said Ken Zettelmeier, owner of Master Z's, and Jim Lindenberg, president and owner of Legends of the Field.

Lindenberg said the Master Z's building at 1005 Spring City Drive in Waukesha will become the headquarters of Legends of the Field. He said he expects to maintain Master Z's staff of six full-time and four part-time employees. The Master Z's brand name also will be retained, he said.

"We're actually hoping to add a couple people," Lindenberg said.

Zettelmeier said he is retiring and plans to operate a bar-restaurant he owns in northern Wisconsin. He and his wife, Tracy, have run Master Z's for 24 years.

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Sandra's on the Park puts a modern twist on supper clubs

Sept. 30, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Hales Corners— Fine-yet-casual dining by Whitnall Park has come to Hales Corners, filling a hole left by a previous operator.

Sandra's on the Park promises to bring something new to the area.

Come as you are, yet ...

"I wanted it to be a place where people could come for their anniversary, but yet a place where somebody could just come for dinner with their family," owner Sandra VanRemmen Prosser said. "People can come in and have a really nice meal at a great price. I've seen people come in shorts and I've seen people come in all dressed up."

A Franklin native, Prosser hopes to provide the Franklin, Hales Corners and Greendale area with fine dining — without the high prices and drive downtown.

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Modern Woodmen to host happy hour fundraiser on Oct. 1

Sept. 30, 2015 10:39 a.m. | Hales Corners — Modern Woodmen of America's Phillips Group in Hales Corners, at 12065 West Janesville Road, Suite 200, will host a happy hour fundraiser on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — proceeds will benefit Meghan Stier, who is currently battling breast cancer.

The event will include drinks, refreshments, socializing and raffles — raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Modern Woodmen of America will match up to $1,500 to benefit Stier's fight against breast cancer.

RSVP for the event by emailing Modern Woodmen Financial Representative Jessica Klima at or by calling the Phillips Group office at (414) 235-8806.

QB Sinani leads Oak Creek football team past Tremper, 49-13

Sept. 29, 2015 9:33 p.m. | There was only a little post-Franklin-loss letdown for the Oak Creek football team on its road trip to Kenosha Tremper on Sept. 24, as quarterback Jakup Sinani ran for three touchdowns and passed for another in a 49-13 rout.

"We were actually down 7-0 midway through the second quarter," said coach Mike Bartholomew. "I think we still had a little bit of the Franklin game still hanging around because our first series was a dropped pass, an overthrown ball and a missed block.

"A real auspicious start."

But the Knights (3-1 in Southeast play and 5-1 overall) picked it up in a hurry, scoring three times in the final five plus minutes of the second quarter to take a 21-7 lead going into the half.

From there, they never looked back, as they stayed tied for third in the Southeast with Racine Horlick as co-leaders Kenosha Indian Trail (4-0, 4-2) and Franklin (4-0, 6-0) prepare to square off on Friday, Oct. 2, in Franklin.

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