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Former Catholic school in St. Francis being converted to apartments

Aug. 19, 2010 7:00 a.m. | Work is to begin this fall on converting a former Catholic school in St. Francis into 68 apartments for seniors.

The former school of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 3635 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., will house 22 apartments, with another 46 units to be built within an addition that will extend into the parish parking lot, said Novi,  Mich., developer Doug Stratton.

Stratton and his partners are buying just the former school portion of the building, with the parish retaining ownership of the church. The sale is to close by Sept. 30, and work will begin immediately after that occurs, he said.

The apartments are to be completed by late 2011.

The $10 million project is being partly financed with federal affordable housing tax credits. Developers that receive those credits sell them to raise equity financing.

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Live coverage: 2016 WIAA State Summer Baseball Tournament

July 22, 2016 6:00 p.m. | UPDATE: Menomonee Falls and Marquette won their semifinal games and are playing in the state title game.

A WIAA state summer baseball title is up for grabs at Kapco Park today.

The field has been whittled to four teams: Marquette, Oak Creek, New Holstein and Menomonee Falls. 

Marquette (26-6) and Oak Creek (31-2) square off in the first semifinal game, set for 9:05 a.m.

New Holstein (20-10) and Menomonee Falls (23-10) will battle in the other semifinal approximately 30 minutes after the opener is complete. 

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Big inning leads Marquette past Oak Creek in state semifinal

July 22, 2016 12:55 p.m. | A six-run sixth inning propelled Marquette to an 8-3 victory over Oak Creek in a WIAA state semifinal Friday, July 22 at Kapco Park.

Oak Creek issued four walks and made two errors in the sixth inning, as Marquette turned a 3-2 deficit into a commanding lead.

"We just didn't execute pitches when we needed to," Oak Creek coach Scott Holler said. "They are too good of a hitting team to give freebies to. They made it hurt. With their team speed and hitters up and down the lineup, they create all kinds of problems. That was the difference in the game."

The Knights scored three runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead. A balk plated Oak Creek's first run, and D.J. Ellifson added an RBI triple and Alex Binelas an RBI single.

Marquette scored single runs in the third and in the fourth against Ellifson to pull to within 3-2. The Hilltoppers scored their second run without the benefit of a hit after a pair of walks, a double steal and a wild pitch.

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Sue Haislmaier's watercolor paintings on display at botanical gardens

July 22, 2016 10:40 a.m. | Hales Corners —The Garden House at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, will have watercolor paintings by Wisconsin artist Sue Haislmaier on display from July 23—Aug. 14.

Haislmaier's work will be available to view 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week.

According to a news release, Haislmaier is inspired by the outdoors throughout the four seasons. Her love of nature can be seen in her close up views of native plants and waterscapes.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens, which includes admission to the Garden House, is $5.50 for adults age 18 and up. Admission is $4.50 for students of any age with IDs, Milwaukee County seniors age 60 and up with IDs, and people with disabilities, and $3.50 for youths age 6-17.

Free admission is offered to Milwaukee County residents with ID and proof of residency on the first Tuesday of the month during the summer.

Franklin community shows support for local police officers

July 21, 2016 5:38 p.m. | Franklin —Members of the Franklin community have been showing their support in droves for the Franklin Police Department in light of the recent events around the US.

The weeks of July 11 and 18, the department received lots of cards, drawings from children, a fruit basket, cookies, a cake, a box of chips, and a bouquet of flowers on the front steps of the building, all thanking the police officers for what they do.

Since sometimes officers can be more used to criticism, explained Chief Rick Oliva, he wants to make sure residents know how much this means to the police officers in Franklin.

"We don't expect anything since it's our job," Chief Oliva explained. "But it's good to see what we do is supported in the community."

Chief Oliva posted a public thank you on the department's Facebook page Wednesday, July 20.

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Traveling Beer Gardens coming to Hales Corners Park

July 21, 2016 3:46 p.m. | Hales Corners — The Traveling Beer Garden will be at Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road, from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Free Sprecher beer and root beer will be available while supplies last.

To kick off the event at 4 p.m., County Supervisor Steve Taylor will tap the keg. Music by Vern & the Originals also starts at 4 p.m. and the band will perform until 8 p.m.

Ten on-tap Sprecher beers will be served in souvenir glass pints and steins, with refills offered at reduced prices available at any of the Traveling Beer Garden stops. Flights of five beer samples will also be served.

In addition, other Sprecher beverages will be available, including hard root beer, hard ginger ale, gourmet sodas, and root beer floats. Wine and food items will also be for sale.

Families are welcomed to bring their own picnic dinners with non-alcoholic beverages, as license restrictions prohibit carry-in of alcohol.

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Moth Night at Wehr Nature Center July 29&30

July 21, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Franklin —During National Moth Week, Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Ave., will host two Moth Nights, July 29 and 30, where attendees will learn more about moths and moth sampling, then participate in an outdoor moth sampling survey.

The program Friday, July 29 is for adults and runs from 8-10 p.m. The program Saturday, July 30 is for families with children age six and up, and runs from 7-9 p.m. Retired Director of Nature in the Parks Pat Fojut will lead both programs.

To attract moths for sampling, the groups will use a bait station with "moth mush," a black light, and sheeting. Participants will also learn how to gather and record relevant information on their own for citizen monitoring.

Data collected during Moth Night will be sent to the Butterfly and Moth Information Network. After verification, the information will be posted on the Butterflies and Moths of North America website.

Since the first Moth Night in 2013, the number of moth species sighted and confirmed in Milwaukee County has grown from 12 to 20, according to scientists at the Butterfly and Moth Informational Network.

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Oak Creek hangs banners at Drexel Town Square in honor of local military heroes

July 21, 2016 2:27 p.m. | Oak Creek — The city installed 10 local military hero banners at Drexel Town Square this week which will be displayed until Labor Day when they'll be taken down and presented to the honorees or their families.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi will present the banners at a special Veteran's Day Remembrance ceremony. The banners were hung to "encourage our community to honor and recognize currently serving military personnel that call Oak Creek their hometown," according to a news release from the city July 20.

The recipients were chosen by a committee based on military and community service, the release states. The banners display the name of the recipient, their rank and branch of service as well as their official military photo.

Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area

July 21, 2016 1:16 p.m. | A social media story of the storms that moved through the Milwaukee area during the morning of July 21.

Youth soccer program at Hales Corners Library July 28

July 21, 2016 11:56 a.m. | Hales Corners —The Hales Corners Library, 5885 S. 116th Street, will host a youth soccer demo with the Milwaukee Kickers FC and Polonia Youth Soccer Club 3-4 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the library and neighboring Hales Corners Park.

After a brief pep talk in the library's Hunt room, team members from the Milwaukee Kickers and Polonia Soccer Club will teach kids soccer tips and practice drills at Hales Corners Park next door.

Registration is required for this event, but it is free to attend. Register online, at the library, or by phone, 414-529-6150.

This program is for children in 1st through 6th grade.

Children's musician Duke Otherwise to perform at Hales Corners Library

July 20, 2016 4:22 p.m. | Hales Corners —Children's musician Duke Otherwise will perform at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 27 at the Hales Corners Library, 5885 S 116th St.

Duke Otherwise is a Madison-based singer, musician, and tap dancer who writes silly songs for kids using a variety of instruments. His show will include audience participation and dancing.

No registration is required for this event. As a part of Wide-Awake Wednesdays at the library, this program is geared toward younger children.

Gas leak in Franklin causes traffic stop, evacuation

July 20, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Franklin —The Franklin Fire Department responded to a gas leak on Crystal Ridge Dr. the morning of July 20, evacuating the area up to a half a mile downwind from the leak and stopping traffic on Crystal Ridge and west bound on Rawson Ave.

A contractor digging test holes had accidentally ruptured a six inch gas line owned by We Energies, prompting a nearly three-hour shut down of the roads.

The issue was resolved around 2 p.m. by pinching off the gas line a few yards up. FFD metered nearby businesses to make sure they were not experiencing high gas levels, and as far as they are aware, no businesses in the area are without gas supply.

Southridge Mall adding 5 new attractions

July 20, 2016 12:28 p.m. | Greendale —Southridge Mall announced five new attractions coming soon including the previously announced Marcus Cinema and the Explorium Brewpub.

In addition, Burger King, Windsor Fashions and O Chi Reflexology will be joining the mall's offerings soon according to a news release July 20. These openings are following other additions to Southridge including the recently-opened Sephora in J.C. Penney, Torrid, and Nancy's Travel. Some existing stores were also recently renovated, according to the release.

"We're thrilled to welcome these first-in-market concepts and popular national retailers in the upcoming months," said Mary Mokwa, general manager at Southridge Mall. "Upon the completion of our mall-wide renovation, we committed to our shoppers that we'd continue to evolve and now, nearly four years later, Southridge Mall continues to attract exciting names in retail and dining to meet shopper demand."

Marcus Cinema was approved in January to be built in portion of the Sears parking lot, 5210 S. 76th Street. It will feature eight screens and a dine-in restaurant and lounge with seasonal seating outdoors. It's scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

The Explorum Brewpub is a 6,000 square foot full-service brewery and restaurant which will open on the upper level near Buca di Beppo in the fall. There will be a "10-barrel brewhouse and a full-service bar with 24 craft beers on tap including eight family recipes and eight original Emplorium beers," the release states.

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Emmanuel Church will hold car show at Augustfest event

July 20, 2016 12:08 p.m. | Hales Corners —Emanuel Church and Parks Preschool will host their first annual car show at their Augustfest event 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday, August 7 at the church, 10627 West Forest Home Avenue.

Those interested in displaying a car at the show are encouraged to register by July 23, and the first 20 registrants will receive a free car plaque. Showing a car is free this year and two prizes will be given at the end of the show: a people's choice and a pastor's choice award.

The car show is a part of the church's Augustfest event, a family event with games, food, a bouncy house, and other activities.

The preschool will be putting on a variety of games that younger children can play with the purchase of a $15 wristband. The wristband price also includes a free hot dog and chips.

For adults, there will be bingo, a dunk tank, and a tug-of-war.

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Traffic blocked for gas leak near Old Loomis Rd and Rawson Ave

July 20, 2016 11:36 a.m. | Franklin —There is a gas leak near Rawson and Old Loomis Rd. in Franklin as of 11:30 a.m. July 20, according to the Franklin Fire Department.

Police are currently blocking traffic in and out of the area.

The Franklin Police Department said that they are not releasing any more information at this time about the leak or how much traffic is blocked off.

According to the FFD, a construction crew was on site at the location of the leak. They also noted that the leak is not at the Rock Sports Complex.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game

July 20, 2016 10:29 a.m. | Future football stars in Wisconsin were on the table this week when Ben Worgull of the Badger Nation stopped by to talk about the state of the Badgers gridiron team, which begins in earnest Sept. 3 with a battle at Lambeau Field against LSU. Ben also talked Badgers basketball recruiting and JP and JR discussed the WIFCA All-Star game, featuring a couple future Badgers last weekend. Plus, the baseball state-tourney field is set. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

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