News & Notes: March 18

March 18, 2014

Scouts to pick up

Scouting for Food bags

On March 22, local Scouts will pick up Scouting for Food bags that they hope will be filled with groceries for families who are struggling to put food on the table.

The Scouts left Scouting for Food bags on doorsteps in West Allis and Greenfield and in other communities in the metropolitan area recently.

The Scouts are asking that the bags be set out before 9 a.m. for pickup.

The food will be taken to the West Allis Farmers Market, 1559 S. 65th St., where it will be sorted from 10 to 11 a.m. and packaged into food boxes for families.

Junior Women's Club

making a comeback

West Allis — An informational meeting will be held by organizers of a new Junior Women's Club of West Allis and West Milwaukee from 6 to 7 p.m. March 20.

Organizing the new club will be discussed over appetizers from Rupena's Café. The meeting will be held at the Summit Place office complex, 6737 W. Washington St., on the glass patio on the first floor.

Potential members don't have to live in the communities, just have a desire to enhance them and be with a fun group of people. More information is available from founders Natasha Rossa, (262) 347-0024; or Linsay Way, (262) 384-0064.

Recreation signups

starting soon for summer

West Allis — The West Allis-West Milwaukee Recreation 2014 Summer Activity Guide should be delivered to homes the beginning of April.

The activities also can be viewed on the Recreation Department web site at

Registration — either online, mail in or drop off — begins April 14. Many classes fill quickly, so early registration is advised.

New this year is Summer SAFE Camp having two locations — Nathan Hale High School and Horace Mann Elementary School.

More information is available at the Recreation Department, (414) 604-4900.

Local students learn

about manufacturing

West Allis — An effort to raise awareness of careers in manufacturing dubbed the "Heavy Metal Tour" took place March 15 at the Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing (ECAM) Center at MATC's Oak Creek Campus, 6665 S. Howell Ave.

Middle and high school students toured ECAM, talked with manufacturers, MATC instructors and students, and representatives from the American Welding Society. They worked with computerized equipment and robotics. Participants also learned about the growing number of career options in the manufacturing sector as well as training opportunities for those jobs.

ECAM is a $9 million, 34,000-square-foot facility which is home to many educational and training opportunities. Opened in 2007, ECAM hosts learning laboratories in advanced manufacturing, manufacturing welding, advanced software, energy solutions, HVAC digital controls and HVAC computers.

Among the participating companies were DUECO, Harley-Davidson, Iverson & Company, Manitowoc Crane, Quad Graphics and Senior Flexonics GA Precision.

Major sponsors of the event were Harley-Davidson, Masterson Company, Quad Graphics and Senior Flexonics GA Precision. Supporting sponsors were Allis-Roller, LLC; DUECO; GFS Marketplace; Lakeside Manufacturing; Manitowoc Crane; Milwaukee Machine Works; Poblocki Sign Company; Toshiba; and Unit Drop Forge Co.

The Heavy Metal Tour was a joint effort of MATC, the West Allis/West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District and local manufacturers.

On March 18, student participants 14 and older also were to tour a variety of local manufacturing companies and experience a manufacturing work environment.

School staffers

'comfy for a cause'

West Allis — The West Allis-West Milwaukee School District administration staff recently went "Comfy for a Cause," wearing sweatshirts, sweatpants and yoga pants to work for the day, for a donation of $5 to support "Champion for a Child."

"Champion for a Child" provides scholarships to WA-WM School District students to participate in the after school SAFE & REACH Programs or in a youth sport league.

Veterans sought

to ride in parade

West Allis — The Allied Veterans Committee, in conjunction with the city of West Allis, will sponsor a Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. May 26.

All veterans from the West Allis area who would like to ride in the parade can call Alderman Dan Roadt, (414) 321-7264. Transportation on the parade route, with limited seating, will be provided.

A memorial service will follow the parade at approximately 11 a.m.

Kohl Foundation

honors student, teacher

A Whitnall High School student and a teacher at Irving Elementary School in West Allis were honored by the Kohl foundation recently.

Emily Meyer of Greenfield was named a Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholar for 2014. Teacher Sarah Franson, Milwaukee, was named

Excellence Scholarship recipients have demonstrated excellence in the academic arena and high motivation to achieve, have displayed a broad range of activity and leadership outside the academic setting, and have shown strong promise for succeeding in college and beyond. Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.

The $1,000 awards are being given to 100 teachers, their schools, and 187 graduating high school students.

Time for vendors

to sign up for A La Carte

West Allis — The Annual West Allis A La Carte is ready to close down Greenfield Avenue between 70th and 76th streets and kick off the festival season on June 1.

From noon to 6 pm. West Allis A La Carte will celebrate the start of summer with live music, kids games, food, a photo booth and vendors.

Vendor spots are now available for community businesses.

The festival welcomes everything from restaurants to schools to crafters. Spaces measuring 10 feet by 10 feet start at $60 for for businesses and $35 for nonprofits.

For more information, visit or contact Emily Eineichner at (414) 774-2676.

The event is sponsored by the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation and a Main Street Community. The mission of Downtown West Allis is to build a positive image that encourages customer growth and welcomes community involvement.

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