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News & Notes: March 6

March 6, 2012

Franklin School Board candidate forum set

Franklin - The Franklin Education Association is holding a School Board candidate forum from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. March 13 at the Franklin Schools Education and Community Center, 8255 W. Forest Hill Ave.

Running for two three-year seats on the board are incumbent Janet Evans, Donald Petre, Aimee Schlueter and John Thompson. The general election is April 3.

Carollton fifth-grader wins history essay contest

Oak Creek - Gursimran Kaur, a fifth-grader at Carollton Elementary School, came in first place in an American history essay contest sponsored by the Milwaukee Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

Kaur's teacher, Janice Posda, entered her in the contest. Kaur received $50, a medal and a certificate. Her winning essay has been sent on for state-level judging.

OSHA cites Yaskawa for six safety violations

Oak Creek - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Yaskawa America Inc. with six safety violations after a worker suffered burns from an electrical shock on Sept. 15 at its manufacturing facility at 150 W Oakwood Road.

Proposed penalties total $91,000. The company, based in Waukegan, Ill., produces drives and motion control components for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems.

The worker suffered second- and third-degree burns on his hand after receiving an electrical shock from exposed parts that had the potential to be energized to 480 volts.

OSHA included one willful violation citation because Yaskawa allowed the worker to come in contact with exposed energized parts on testing equipment. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Yaskawa America has 15 business days from receipt of its most recent citations and penalties to comply.

Greendale chamber accepting scholarship applications

Greendale - The Greendale Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2012 Greendale Chamber of Commerce Scholarship.

Upon qualification, one $1,000 nonrenewable scholarship will be awarded to a 2011-12 high school senior who is a Greendale resident and planning to attend a four-year college or university this fall. This award will specifically target students who will major in business.

Those interested should complete the scholarship application form available on the Greendale Chamber of Commerce website, www.greendalechamber.com.

The deadline is April 16. For additional information, please contact Lenore Lenten, Scholarship Committee chairwoman, at (414) 421-1800, Ext. 4.

Oak Creek Plumbing offers free inspections in March

Oak Creek - Oak Creek Plumbing is participating in a state program to provide free inspections throughout March.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Public Service Commission and the Department of Safety and Professional Services are coordinating the program as part of Fix-A-Leak Week, March 12-18, to encourage homeowners, renters and property managers to check for and fix water plumbing leaks.

Inspections can be scheduled by contacting Oak Creek Plumbing, 640 East Ryan Road, at (414) 762-4060. The inspection will identify current and potential problems and possible solutions.

Franklin Lioness Club offering scholarships

Franklin - The Franklin Lioness Club has six $600 scholarships available to senior high school students and adults interested in continuing their education. The scholarships are aimed at encouraging students to attend college.

Applications may be obtained from high school guidance counselors and financial aid offices at Franklin Public Schools. For more information, contact Scholarship Chairman Jackie Glanamann at (414) 281-6209.

The application deadline is April 30.

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