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New option emerges for Estabrook Dam problems

Aug. 24, 2014 11:39 a.m. | Milwaukee County officials are weighing a new option to address the aging Estabrook Dam, which has deteriorated to the point where the state has ordered that the Depression-era structure be repaired or torn down.

Officials are now considering constructing a structure of boulders and large rocks that they say could satisfy concerns of two competing constituencies:

■ It would be engineered to allow fish to have the run of the river by letting them swim over the top.

Environmentalists and angling groups are pushing for fish passage at Estabrook and would like to see the dam removed altogether to complement improvements in the river after removal of the North Ave. dam in 1997 and construction of a fish passage system at Thiensville in 2010.

■ It would also hold back water so motor boats could move over the river from near Hampton Ave. to north of Lincoln Park.

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Whitefish Bay hands Lancers, Kennedy opening-night defeat

Aug. 22, 2014 10:33 p.m. | It was not the type of debut that Brookfield Central coach Jed Kennedy was hoping for Friday night, as Whitefish Bay dominated the Lancers and rolled to a 20-6 victory at Central in the season opener.

“The defense was on the field most of the game,” Kennedy said. “What did they have, 75 offensive plays? We have physical kids up front but they just didn’t play that way.”
 
An elated Whitefish Bay coach Jim Tietjen had an answer for that.

“I was concerned with all these new rules about our conditioning,” he said. “But I felt our kids were in better shape. We got after them. There were points early in the game I felt when we drove on them, they were tired.

“They got the big guys and the heat takes it toll on them. We’re not very big, but our kids rose to the occasion. We had some questions coming in and we answered them.”

After BC senior linebacker Matt Patterson sacked Bay quarterback Jake Fisher to stop the opening drive, the Blue Dukes stopped Central on a 3-and-out and put together a 10-play, 74-yard drive.

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Preps football photos of the week: Aug. 22

Aug. 22, 2014 10:05 p.m. | As August ends, the Wisconsin preps football season begins.

Games started Thursday and continued through Saturday as programs faced off against Week 1 opponents.

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 1.

Whitefish Bay leads state in ACT scores

Aug. 21, 2014 6:01 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay High School's ACT scores have once again topped all other public schools in the state.

Whitefish Bay's Class of 2014 earned an average ACT score of 26.7, with 88.5 percent of students taking the test. Last year's senior class not only beat out the rest of the schools in the state, but also beat their predecesors in the Whitefish Bay Class of 2013, which led state public schools with an average ACT score of 26.

Whitefish Bay Superintendent Laura Myrah said the high school's most recent ACT score are in keeping with a long tradition of high test scores in the district.

"To our knowledge, we are the only public school district in Wisconsin that has scored above 25 on the ACT for 16 years in a row," Myrah said. "We attribute that success to our top-notch faculty up through all grade levels, our highly supportive and engaged families, and most obviously to our bright, hard-working students."

Not far behind Whitefish Bay was Homestead High School, where graduated seniors recorded the highest average ACT score in the history of the high school with a score of 26. Homestead ranked third among public schools in the state, tailing behind 26 by students from Williams Bay High School.

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Milwaukee police, U.S. marshals arrest teen in robbery case

Aug. 20, 2014 2:11 p.m. | Milwaukee police and U.S. marshals arrested a 17-year-old armed robbery suspect Wednesday.

Police say the teen, whom they arrested about 10:30 a.m. in a hotel parking lot in the 5400 block of N. Port Washington Road in Glendale, committed the robbery July 28 in the 3700 block of W. National Ave. in Milwaukee.

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