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Nicolet School Board candidate Halstrom withdraws

Jan. 13, 2012 2:18 p.m. | Nicolet School Board candidate Melody Halstrom has withdrawn from the three-person race this spring. While her name will likely appear on the ballot April 3, Halstrom's announcement essentially means the Nicolet race will be uncontested.

Incumbent Marilyn Franklin and newcomer Libby Gutterman also are seeking the two seats up for election. Incumbent Jennifer Peltz is not seeking re-election.

Halstrom, of River Hills, said she likely will run for Nicolet School Board in the future. After speaking with Gutterman, Halstrom said her opinions mirrored her would-be rival and felt there would be a duplication. Halstrom said she also respected Franklin, who has been on the Nicolet board for 24 years.

2 dead, 1 in critical condition after car crash in Brown Deer

1:30 p.m. | Brown Deer — Two people were killed and a third is in critical condition after a single-vehicle car accident in Brown Deer.

The driver, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman, was ejected from the car and died on the scene. Her passenger, a 22-year-old Milwaukee woman, was flown to a hospital by Flight for Life and died at the hospital.

A third passenger, a 20-year-old Milwaukee woman, was taken by ambulance to the hospital, where she is in critical condition.

The crash occurred at 12:33 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the southwest corner of Teutonia Avenue and Dean Road.

The silver Chevrolet Cavalier lost control and left the roadway while driving southbound in the 8400 block of Teutonia Avenue. The Cavalier rolled over at least once across Dean Road and crashed into the tree line just south of the intersection.

What residents in Southeast Wisconsin need to know to prevent the spread of Zika virus

Feb. 11, 2016 12:02 a.m. | Menomonee Falls —It may not be on the minds of most Wisconsinites amid the snow and frigid temperatures, but as the seasons change a major international health concern could have widespread effects right in our backyards.

Following the Feb. 1 declaration by the World Health Organization that has deemed the Zika virus an international public health emergency, local businesses and health care organizations are bracing for what the virus could mean at a local level.

Mild fever, skin rashes, muscle and joint pain and conjunctivitis are among the most common symptoms of the potentially fatal mosquito-borne illness, which has prompted several travel alerts to be issued to areas including the Caribbean as well as Central and South America.

Before the warmer temperatures make their ways back into the area, local pest control professionals are saying there are some things for those making plans for spring break to keep in mind.

While Wil-Kil Pest Control does not have the medical expertise to comment directly on the virus and symptoms, Regional Manager Randy Allen said the company is seeking to generate awareness about mosquito prevention.

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Shorewood girls basketball team closing in on third straight Woodland title

Feb. 10, 2016 2:04 p.m. | Wins over Greenfield and South Milwaukee allowed the Shorewood girls basketball team to pull even closer to that hoped-for third consecutive Woodland Conference East Division crown.

The Greyhounds entered the week at 9-4 in league play and 13-6 overall. If they beat both Whitnall (road game on Feb. 9) and then visiting Brown Deer on Friday, Feb. 12, they will clinch that crown outright with one game left to play.

Greyhound coach Jeff Eimers, whose team has won 11 of its last 12 games, thought that last season's fun Woodland and WIAA regional championship squad was the pinnacle of the program's recent turnaround, but he has been impressed by his squad's efforts despite some serious graduation losses.

"I was in the gym last night (on Feb. 5) and I was looking up at the banner and it hit me, 'How cool would it be to have three (titles) in a row?'" Eimers said. "Not many teams get to do that, but soon we could be adding 2016 to the banner.

"It's funny, the season is playing out much like it did last year."

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Homestead's Millard to be inducted into WBCA Hall

Feb. 10, 2016 1:29 p.m. | North Shore Conference baseball coaches Ernie Millard, Jeff Wolf and Jay Wojcinski are old pals, and they like to beat each other's brains out each summer as the leaders of the Homestead, Germantown and Whitefish Bay squads, respectively.

But they also like to celebrate each other's grand accomplishments (occasionally sticking each other with the bill), like the time a couple of years ago when Wolf and Millard took Wojcinski out to congratulate him on the Blue Dukes' first North Shore title in many years.

Recently Wolf and Wojcinski took Millard out to celebrate a grand and entirely well-deserved honor for this relentlessly optimistic, hard-working, well-respected and honest-to-a-fault paragon of coaching excellence.

They're going to stick Millard in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches' Association (WBCA) Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Marriott Middleton Hotel because as Menomonee Falls baseball coach Pat Hansen said:

"He's just a great role model."

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Whitefish Bay boys basketball team stays in NSC race with rally past Nicolet

Feb. 10, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Everyone counts on the Whitefish Bay boys basketball team, from stars Elijah Moore and David Thompson to clutch 3-point ace Cade Garcia, and down to the five senior reserves who started the 79-74 win over border rival Nicolet on Feb. 5.

"I really liked how those kids (Kale Moore, Alec Lindfors, Tony Schulz, Carter Heston and Charlie Cohen) reacted to the situation (of starting)," said Blue Duke coach Chris Millner. "They deserved that shot. They've worked hard. And Cade got hot at the right time for us (a run of three 3-pointers in a two-minute span late in the second half).

"That's the thing about this team. There's always someone stepping up, picking us up."

It was a fitting win on senior night for Bay, who on this busy evening also had the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot Bango, the Bucks' Band and the UW-Milwaukee Panther in attendance.

The Blue Dukes, who rallied from an 8-0 deficit incurred in the first couple of minutes, improved to 7-3 in the North Shore Conference with the win and 12-6 overall. They trail only Germantown (9-1) and Cedarburg (8-2) in the NSC.

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Shorewood boys swimming team uses depth to win fourth league title

Feb. 10, 2016 11:54 a.m. | Shorewood senior swimmer and defending WIAA D2 state 100-yard butterfly champ Michael Perry was annoyed that he couldn't pull off a win in his specialty at the Woodland Conference Meet at Greenfield on Feb. 6.

But then he thought about the big picture, about how the Greyhounds successfully won their fourth consecutive league championship and about the prospect of going really, really fast and the Greyhounds doing some seriously big things in the WIAA D2 state meet in Madison on Feb. 19, and then he relaxed.

"I was definitely disappointed about that," he said with a small chuckle. "I came off that third wall, and I should have taken him (Greenfield's Tyler Lustig). I really can't believe I didn't take him. But then I thought about it, and I remembered Greenfield/Greendale/Pius rested a little for this meet while we kept working.

"High school swimming is very much a team sport. When one guy has a really good swim, we all feed off of it. It just becomes easier that way. The guys we did rest had great meets, too, which gives us some insight into how the next couple of weeks will (hopefully) go."

The Greyhounds, who were third in the state D2 meet last season, have high goals in mind for the coming state series. They will head down to Whitefish Bay for sectional competition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13. The winner of each event, plus all those who efforts are among the next 12 fastest out of all sectionals statewide, will head to that state meet at the UW-Madison Natatorium on Feb. 19.

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Feb. 10, 2016 11:29 a.m. |


The Wildcats successfully defended their Eastern Shores Conference title with a 2-1 victory over the Bay Area Ice Bears in the league tournament championship game on Feb. 6.

Junior Nicole Unsworthprovided the winning goal on a shorthanded effort in the third period.

"What a great hockey game," said USM hockey coach Jake Haury, "and what a win for us. Marie (keeper Detert) played out of her mind tonight. What an effort. Our defense was also great. I can't believe it. The Ice Bears are a great team. Our games against them are always tough."

Freshman Gaby Turer scored the first goal of the game in the opening minute on a deflection off a shot from Michaela Fritz.

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Mequon council votes down subdivision proposal at Oldenburg Farm

Feb. 10, 2016 12:33 a.m. | Mequon — After hearing overwhelming rejection from residents, the Mequon Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9 rejected a proposal to build a 20-lot subdivision on 221 acres of scenic farmland.

Developer John Graham was asking the council to rezone the Oldenburg Farm at 11446 N. Farmdale Road and the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road to allow lots smaller than five acres.

The subdivision, called The Overlook at Oldenburg Farm, is made up of two separate sections of land.

A 185-acre parcel on the east side of Farmdale Road would include 15 lots ranging in size from 1.25 to 2.75 acres. The lots are clustered in groups between three and five lots and overlook more than 100 acres of meadowland and woods along the Little Menomonee River.

The remaining 37 acres is located on the northwest corner of Mequon Road and Farmdale Road. These lots are between 2.5 and 3 acres and are clustered to the north of the property to maintain a vista from Mequon Road.

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Germantown boys basketball team overpowers Whitefish Bay, 101-74

Feb. 09, 2016 10:13 p.m. | "That was more like Germantown basketball," said Warhawks' all-state point guard Juwan McCloud.

And he was correct in his assertion after the Warhawks' stunning 101-74 rout of a surging Whitefish Bay squad in a key North Shore Conference game Tuesday night.

It looked and sounded like vintage high-powered Warhawks' basketball, from the relentless attacking of the basket to the large numbers of turnovers they forced as Germantown maintained (10-1 in NSC play) a one game lead over Cedarburg in the league race and won its sixth game in a row.

"It really did feel a little like the old days," added McCloud, who finished with 24 points on the night. "I think we've shaken off all those things that bothered us in December (four losses in five games). We just needed to play better than we were in all ways.

"We were playing sluggish, just not doiong the right things. It was tough stuff to learn."

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Apartment building, assisted living center approved in Mequon

Feb. 09, 2016 2:45 p.m. | Mequon — A developer has received final approval to build two three-story buildings next to Aster Memory Care at 6729 W. Mequon Road.

Lakeside Development will build a three-story, 81-unit apartment complex called the Town Center Apartments at 6729 W. Mequon Road. The building will include 21 one-bedroom units, 42 two-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units with a den. Rents will range from $1,400 to $2,300.

The L-shaped building will wrap around a swimming pool building with tall windows and a rooftop patio. The pool building will be connected to the apartment building. The apartment complex will include 23 surface parking spaces and 136 below-grade parking stalls.

Pam Adams was the only commissioner to oppose the building's conditional use grant and site plans. Adams said she foresees other apartment buildings being built in the Town Center corridor, and she doesn't want a building of this size to set the tone for the rest of the neighborhood.

"I don't see a building of this size in the spirit of our community right now," she said.

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Shorewood approves beekeeping ordinance

Feb. 09, 2016 11:34 a.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood residents are now able to keep beehives in their yards.

Dozens of communities in southeastern Wisconsin have legalized beekeeping in the last couple years. The beekeeping ordinance unanimously approved by the Shorewood Village Board on Feb. 1 was based on language from nine other communities.

Shorewood residents who want to join the beekeeping trend will have to be trained in beekeeping, notify their neighbors and apply for a $25 permit. Annual renewal permits will cost $10.

In crafting its ordinance, the Shorewood Village Board received guidance from Charlie Koenen, a Shorewood native who invented a horizontal beekeeping system at his Beepods company. A self-described "beevangelist," Koenen said the rise of urban beekeeping will help restore a honey bee population that has been in decline for the last decade.

While Shorewood may not seem like a hotbed for pollination activity, Koenen said urban environments have a more diverse ecosystem compared to large agricultural fields, which he said have been largely homogenized for the sake of productivity. After the single crop in a monoculture field has flowered, insect pollinators are left with nothing to eat and their numbers decline.

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St. Monica Parish hosts first "wine and art" winter social

Feb. 08, 2016 10:13 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — St. Monica Parish will host its first-ever "wine and art" winter social on Feb. 13 at the church at 160 E. Silver Spring Drive.

The family-friendly portion of the event lasts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and costs $5. Activities include art projects, create-your-own-valentine booth and an art sale.

The adult activities last from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be wine and craft beer tasting, light dinner, silent auction, an art sale, guided painting and a jazz quartet. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets are available at www.2016wintersocial.eventbrite.com.

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Whitefish Bay orchestra presents Music for Munchkins children's concert

Feb. 08, 2016 11:35 a.m. | Whitefish Bay — The Whitefish Bay High School Orchestra presents "Valentine's Day in Madagascar," its annual Music for Munchkins children's concert, on Sunday, Feb. 14.

This family-friendly event features a string instrument "petting zoo" from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., during which children of all ages are invited to touch, play, and hear string instruments such as violins, violas, cellos, and basses. Aspiring musicians will also have the opportunity to create Madagascar-themed crafts in preparation for the performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m.

Featured musical selections include "Stop! In the Name of Love," "New York, New York," "Can't Buy Me Love," Love Potion Number 9," "My Girl" and "Love Shack." Fifth graders from Cumberland and Richards elementary schools will be included as special guest musicians.

The general public is invited to attend. Please enter through the music wing (Door #11), just east of the main entrance at Whitefish Bay High School, 1200 E. Fairmount Avenue in Whitefish Bay. Admission is $3 per person, payable at the door.

Cedarburg girls basketball team beats Homestead, ties for NSC lead

Feb. 06, 2016 11:39 p.m. | Back on Jan. 22, the Homestead girls basketball team beat Cedarburg, 48-45, and Bulldogs' coach Dave Ross couldn't help but admire the winning Highlanders' intensity and toughness.

So on Saturday night, Ross was pleased to see the Bulldogs return the favor, as they took an early 11-3 lead and never let the Highlanders fully rally in a 53-47 victory that thrust the Bulldogs into a tie for the North Shore Conference lead with Germantown.

"...We got a message to our kids (after that first game), if we don't become more physical we're not going to be able to stay with the really good teams like Homestead," said Ross. "We noticed our schedule has us playing the top teams (in the league) at the end of the season. I think that situation worked to our advantage.

"Because we needed to grow up. The injuries we had at the start of the season are gone. We're feeling better and we're playing a lot better."

That much was evident as the Bulldogs improved to 9-2 in the North Shore, same as two-time North Shore champ Germantown, which the Bulldogs will visit on Feb. 12.

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