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Miss St. Francis 2010 photo gallery now online

April 16, 2010 11:47 a.m. | We've just posted a photo gallery from the 46th annual Miss St. Francis Pageant, which was won by Oak Creek's Angela Ahcin.

Ahcin took home a $2,500 scholarship to the school of her choice and earned the opportunity to compete at the 2010 Miss Wisconsin Pageant this June.

Ahcin was joined in the event by four others from Oak Creek and competitors from South Milwaukee and Cudahy.

Go to photo gallery.

Oak Creek baseball team passes test with win over Homestead, 7-3

June 25, 2016 1:22 a.m. | The Oak Creek baseball team has passed many tests en route to a one-game lead with just three contests left in the Greater Metro Conference race.

What it hasn't had a lot of time for is a great deal of high level nonconference action, so the Knights made a road trip to a place where they haven't been since 2005, a place where even the legendary Tony Butler proved to be mortal.

Knights baseball coach Scott Holler could only smile at the memory.

"The last time we were at Rennicke Field (in Mequon), Tony (Butler) was playing first base and a ground ball went through his legs and we lost (laughs)," said Holler.

The comment came shortly after the Knights put together a solid effort Friday night, especially on the defensive end, in their return trip to Rennicke, with a 7-3 decision over a good Homestead team.

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Canterbury earns two School of Merit awards

June 24, 2016 11:47 a.m. | Greendale — Canterbury Elementary was awarded two 2015-16 School of Merit awards from the Wisconsin Response to Intervention (RtI) Center.

This is the second consecutive year the school has been recognized.

One of 222 statewide schools recognized for implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), Canterbury also was among 125 schools who received School of Merit honors in Reading. The second award came from their "implementation of a culturally responsive multilevel system of support," a news release reads.

The goal of PBIS is to help the school more effectively meet social-emotional needs of students through a support system for behavior.

Michael Mullen, principal of Canterbury, said the program "uses data to guide student support needs and provide small group instruction geared toward meeting those needs in reading." He said the support system is available for all students, not just those who are struggling.

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Oak Creek increases dog ownership limit from two to three

June 24, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Oak Creek — It's been said every dog has its day.

For some dogs in Oak Creek, that day was June 21 when the common council passed an ordinance 4-1 allowing residents to own up to three dogs — an increase of one over the previous maximum.

Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he supported the measure but it "requires neighbors cooperating."

Jean Rhoten works with a local animal rescue and spoke during public comment. She said the city has an "outstanding number of kids who get it," referring to the need of rescuing animals and what it takes to care for them. Many teens and kids sat with Rhoten in the audience, awaiting the council's decision.

"You've got a great opportunity here to make a minor change," Rhoten said.

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Free Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens

June 23, 2016 2:28 p.m. | Milwaukee County Parks and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present a free MSO outdoor concert at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, Thursday, June 30 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Assistant Conductor Yaniv Dinur, the MSO will present a festive and patriotic program, featuring the music by Strauss, Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Sousa, and others.

Guests attending the concert should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Picnicking before or during the program is allowed, and attendees may bring their own food or purchase food and beverage items from the on-site caterer.

Admission to the Botanical Gardens is free after 6 p.m. Parking is also free.

Before 6 p.m., admission to the Botanical Gardens is $5.50 for adults age 18 and up, $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 youth age 6 to 17.

Sandra Kulik to proceed Mike Weber as Hales Corners' Administrator

June 23, 2016 1:04 p.m. | Hales Corners —Sandra Kulik will be the new village administrator for Hales Corners, taking over the position from Mike Weber, who is retiring in August.

Experienced with government work

Kulik comes to Hales Corners with 16 years of experience in government work, specifically in finances. She is currently the finance manager for the city of Brookfield, and has previously worked for Walworth County and Lake Geneva.

While she is looking forward to putting her master's degree in administration into use through this new role, Kulik also said she is excited to work with the community of Hales Corners.

"(Hales Corners) seemed like a town in a city environment. It has all the same things going on in big areas, but on a more personal level. I'm excited about that personal touch," Kulik explained.

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Wounded Warrior now "The Chowventor"

June 22, 2016 3:57 p.m. | Hales Corners —After being honorably discharged from the Air Force after 10 years of service, wounded warrior Amber Frymark began searching for a new career.

"As a disabled veteran, I actually struggled with social anxiety, so having the average job was not working. I had to find a way to do something meaningful," Frymark said. "I felt like my only route was to create something on my own, with no lesson plan whatsoever."

So, early in 2016, she created "Chowventions," a "food invention company" based in Hales Corners.

Shortly after starting her own business, an acquaintance emailed Frymark about the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge saying that she should enter.

She said, "It can't hurt," and early in June, the competition sponsors announced that she was a startup finalist.

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2 arrested in suspected poaching at Whitnall Park

June 22, 2016 2:22 p.m. | Two people arrested early Wednesday morning are accused of attempting to shoot and kill animals at Whitnall Park in Franklin, the Police Department said in a news release.

They have since been released and the Department of Natural Resources is continuing its investigation, police said.

Police arrived at the park about 5 a.m. after receiving complaints of shots being fired, the release said. There was no threat to the community.

No animals were recovered at the scene, though the suspects were shooting at "anything you can eat," police said.

Franklin Police arrest two suspects for poaching in Whitnall Park

June 22, 2016 11:29 a.m. | Franklin —Franklin police arrested two individuals in Whitnall Park around 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 for poaching.

The department received a call early that morning about shots being fired in the park, within the city of Franklin. Police located two subjects in the park, who were taken into custody for poaching and discharging a firearm within city limits.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources assisted in the investigation.

According to a news release, there is no danger to the community.

Hales Corners Library to host puppet show for summer reading program

June 22, 2016 10:54 a.m. | Hales Corners —Hales Corners Library will host a puppet show for "Wide Awake Wednesday" 10:30 a.m. June 29.

"Puppet Story Theatre: Light the Torch" is a program recommended for all ages, promising to be a "super zany puppet sporting event."

This event is being held as a part of the Library's summer reading program, which includes activities for kids of all ages, and adults. For a full list of next weeks movie showings and activities, visit HalesCornersLibrary.org.

Watercolor paintings of nature on display at Botanical Gardens

June 22, 2016 10:03 a.m. | Chris Sommerfelt's watercolor paintings will be on view in the Garden House of the Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Drive, from June 25—July 17.

Sommerfelt's work will be on display every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition, the public is invited to meet the artist during a reception at 5:30 p.m. July 14.

All of Sommerfelt's work primarily features nature in her chosen medium of watercolor paint.

"I believe no medium works better than watercolor for expressing the beauty of the natural world. It's transparency and the way that pigment mixes and moves in the water gives the medium its own voice in addition to the intent of the artist," Sommerfelt's artist statement reads.

A member of the League of Milwaukee Artists, Wisconsin Watercolor Society, and the Wauwatosa Artists Workshop, she began working in watercolor in the early 1980s. She has recieved awards for her work, and her work was accepted in the 2014 and 2015 Watercolor Wisconsin exhibit of the Wustum Museum in Racine.

Hales Corners Board selects new administrator

June 22, 2016 8:49 a.m. | The Hales Corners Board of Trustees selected a candidate for the role of village administrator at their meeting Monday, June 20.

The name of the person who will replace current administrator Mike Weber has not yet been announced, but President Robert Ruesch says that she will start in August. He also affirmed that the board made a good selection in choosing a "good person and experienced person."

Mike Weber has been the administrator for Hales Corners for 23 years and will retire in August.

Update: Sandra Kulik was selected as the new village administrator. Full story to come.

Oak Creek baseball coach Holler earns 300th win

June 21, 2016 9:16 p.m. | Baseball has a number for everything.

Just for the sake of argument, let's throw out these digits: 30, 100, 14 and 300.

Thirty is the number of runs the storied Oak Creek team, owner of four WIAA state summer baseball titles, gave up in a cosmically bad opener, 30-4, to Greater Metro Conference rival Marquette on May 23.

One hundred is the number of losses that particular defeat gave Knight coach Scott Holler for his career.

Fourteen is the number of runs Oak Creek (11-1 in league play) scored June 14 in routing that same Marquette team, 14-3, to secure a game-plus lead in the Greater Metro Conference race over those same Hilltoppers (8-2).

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Oak Creek baseball team plays small ball to beat Menomonee Falls

June 21, 2016 9:12 p.m. | The storied history of the Oak Creek baseball team is filled with balls sprayed all over the park and epic home runs.

But with a dry, rock-hard infield Tuesday night at Abendschein Park against red-hot defending state champion Menomonee Falls, the Knights played a little small ball and used it to great effect.

The first three batters in both the second and fourth innings got on base without benefit of the ball leaving the infield. The Knights wound up scoring twice in each frame and then rode DJ Ellifson's complete game effort to a pivotal, 5-1 victory.

"I even thought about a safety squeeze late and I'm not a fan of squeezing," said Knights coach Scott Holler, "but I do like to bunt. I saw an opprtunity to keep pushing things and we got a couple of balls down.

"And it was a really fast track tonight (on the infield)."

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Rolling road forces bumpy review in Hales Corners

June 21, 2016 8:31 p.m. | Hales Corners — Hales Corners Department of Public Works (DPW) is looking into repairing 110th Street after reports that the asphalt is "rolling up."

In 2013 and 2014, a fiberglass grid was installed underneath a top layer of asphalt on the street to increase the road's structural integrity. However, the road has become distressed and is showing signs of de-lamination.

"The surface layer of asphalt placed on top of this grid is slipping," Director of Public Works Michael Martin explained. He added that officials are currently investigating the cause with the grid installer and paving contractor.

Hales Corners installed the grid on this road as a pilot test to see if it could cost effectively extend pavement life. Fiberglass grids are supposed to improve structural integrity, load distribution and pavement flexibility, while reducing cracking in the road. The idea is to negate the need to rebuild the entire road, and instead only alter the surface.

Martin suggested that substandard drainage in the area may have made the base layers of asphalt on the street soft, and that soft foundation cannot adequately support the road and traffic on top.

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Paul Ryan schedules stops in Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Oak Creek

June 21, 2016 5:22 p.m. | Wisconsin's 1st District U.S. Rep. and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has scheduled a few more stops for his mobile office July 5 and 21 as well as Aug. 10.

Here is his schedule for each of those days:

From 9 to 10 a.m. he will be at the Greendale Community Center, 6200 S. 76th St.

From there he goes to the parking lot of the Hales Corners Village Hall, 5635 S. New Berlin Road, staying from 11 a.m. to noon.

Then, from 1 to 2 p.m. he'll be in the Franklin Police Department parking lot, 9455 W. Loomis Road.

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