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News & Notes: March 27

March 27, 2012

Panel backs city's purchase of lakefront land

The Oak Creek Plan Commission on Tuesday night recommended that the Common Council purchase 30 acres of lakefront land from Wispark LLC.

The council is expected to take up the acquisition April 2.

The panel unanimously agreed to recommend that the property, 9006 S. 5th Ave., be purchased from We Energies' real estate development arm for use as a public park. A purchase price was not disclosed.

That is in keeping with the city's lakefront development plan, which the commission adopted in January and which commits land for public use. Land to the west of the parcel is owned by Wispark and would ideally be home to a corporate owner, said Doug Seymour, director of community development.

"This is a strategic acquisition more than anything else," said Alderman Daniel Bukiewicz, a commission member. "This really plays into the master plan down there."

Lakeshore Veterinary holds open house

Oak Creek - On Monday, Lakeshore Veterinary Specialists will open its doors to a new 6,700-square-foot animal hospital at 2400 W. Ryan Road.

A grand opening will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and the public is invited to tour and donate blankets, sheets or stuffed toys for sick or injured animals. For more information, call Charlotte Supple, director of business operations, at (414) 540-6710 or visitwww.lakeshorevetspecialists.com.

Ben Franklin students recognized for prairie work

Franklin - Sharon Hushek's fifth-grade science students at Ben Franklin Elementary took third place in the nation in the Disney Planet Challenge for their work in restoring Ben's Backyard, a prairie along the school building near the playground.

The prairie was created when the school, at 7620 S. 83 St., was built 10 years ago but had not been kept up.

The award, a $6,000 prize package, includes $1,500 for them to continue the project at the school,

Boener receives award for water efficiency system

Hales Corners - Boerner Botanical Gardens received the 2012 Intelligent Use of Water Award, a Rain Bird Corp. honor that recognizes those who improve water efficiency and raise the standard for outdoor water conservation.

Boerner, with the support of Milwaukee County Parks and Friends of Boerner Botanical Gardens, submitted a project to expand its rain-harvesting system created in 2009.

The original project was started through an award from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and donation of time from Aquascape Inc. and Reinders Inc.

In 2011, a rain garden and landscaping were added.

The award will help Boerner Botanical Gardens expand the system and promote the need for water conservation and intelligent use of natural resources.

Niemuth sworn in as new State Patrol officer

Franklin - After graduating from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, Adam Niemuth of Franklin was one of 32 cadets sworn in as officers.

Cadets in the 58th Recruit Class began their training program at Fort McCoy on Oct. 9, 2011, which prepares them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions around the state. Troopers patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors focus on enforcement of motor carrier safety laws and regulations.

Major among those honored as Women of Distinction

Hales Corners - Nancy Major is among those to be honored by the Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County during its 28th Annual Women of Distinction Luncheon, to be held at 11:30 a.m. May 1 at the Country Springs Hotel.

Honorees were selected by a panel of Waukesha County community leaders. Selection was based on professional leadership, civic and philanthropic achievement in family, education, public service, community life, and arts and culture.

Major, of Hales Corners, is the executive director of Safe Babies Healthy Families, Waukesha, and she is being honored for her taking what was a struggling Waukesha nonprofit agency and improving its service delivery and outcomes.

Proceeds from the luncheon support The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County, a permanent fund of the Waukesha County Community Foundation. Since its inception in 2004, $305,000 has been awarded to 46 Waukesha County nonprofit organizations.

Second open house set on municipal parking lot land

Greendale - A second open house to review plans for the municipal parking lot land will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 18 in the courtroom of the Greendale Safety Center, 5911 W. Grange Ave.

Concept drawings developed by Graef Engineering will be on display for review. Concepts have been developed to enhance and/or stabilize the tax base, improve the vitality of the downtown area, attract customers and build the village's reputation and value.

The open house will allow residents to review concept drawings and provide input to village representatives. Representatives from the village and Greendale Historical Society will be in attendance.

The concepts are available for public review at this time. Copies of the concepts are on display at the Greendale Public Library, Village Hall and on the village's website www.greendale.org.

For information, contact Sarah Jankowski at (414) 423-2100 orsjankowski@greendale.org.

Herb Kohl Foundation names Speare as fellow

Greendale - Greendale Middle School Library Media Specialist Sandy Speare has been selected as a Herb Kohl Foundation Fellowship recipient.

Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others and their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

With degrees in exceptional education and library and information science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Speare has been with Greendale School District since 1984.

Speare has been instrumental in bringing multiple literacy opportunities to students, including Book Club, Teen Read Week, Reading Rampage, Battle of the Books, the Scholastic Book Fair and the One Book One School program.

She is the driving force behind the After School Study Club, providing students not only an environment to study and research but also technology that they may not have access to at home.

Speare also collaborates with the Greendale Public Library and helped create Greendale Middle School's first Literacy Night.

Speare will represent Greendale Middle School and the Greendale School District at a regional recognition luncheon March 31 at Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, where she will receive her award from Kohl. As part of the recognition, each fellow's school receives a $1,000 grant.

Niemuth sworn in as new State Patrol officer

Franklin - After graduating from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy, Adam Niemuth of Franklin was one of 32 cadets sworn in as officers.

Cadets in the 58th Recruit Class began their training program at Fort McCoy on Oct. 9, 2011, which prepares them for law enforcement careers as either State Patrol troopers or inspectors in one of five regions around the state. Troopers patrol highways to enforce traffic safety and criminal laws while inspectors focus on enforcement of motor carrier safety laws and regulations.

Local artists to be featured in Grove Art Festival

Franklin - Toni Anspach, metal sculptor, and David Harrison, digital expression photographer, will be featured in the Elm Grove Woman's Club 51st annual Grove Art Festival, a juried art show, from May 4 to 6 at the Elm Grove Woman's Club, 13885 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove.

Featuring more than 29 artists from across the state, the show will include original art for sale in a wide range of mediums: watercolor, photography, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, garden art and wearable art. In addition, pots and hanging baskets filled with a variety of flowering plants will be sold.

Also on display will be the recently chosen winning art from the 43rd annual Art Competition sponsored by the Elm Grove Woman's Club.

The Grove Art Festival opens with a Preview Night from 6 to 8 p.m. May 4 at the Elm Grove Woman's Club. The preview will include complementary wine and appetizers. The cost is $10 per person or two for $15. For reservations, call (262) 782-8297.

The Grove Art Festival opens to the general public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6. The cost is $4 per person. Parking is free. Lunch and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

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