News & Notes: April 9

April 9, 2013

Local man, 21, dies

from injury at range

West Allis - A 21-year-old West Allis man died of a gunshot wound to the head he suffered while using the shooting range at The Shooters Shop, 2465 S. 84th St., on April 3.

He died at Froedtert Hospital. Police are awaiting the final official cause and manner of death as determined by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiners Office, police said this week.

The preliminary police investigation found no evidence of foul play or involvement of anyone else in the incident, police said.

Constituents welcome

to discuss county issues

Greenfield - Milwaukee County Supervisor Mark Borkowski will hold a town hall meeting at 6:30 April 11 at the Greenfield High School Performing Arts Center, 4800 S. 60th St., to discuss a variety of topics with district residents.

Borkowski represents the 11th District, which includes parts of Greenfield, Franklin and Milwaukee's southwest side. He said he was eager to have a discussion with his constituents.

Businesses and citizens

of year to be honored

West Allis - The West Allis-West Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner and award ceremony from 5 to 11 p.m. April 12 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West, 10499 W. Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa.

Citizens and Businesses of the year will be honored.

The Citizen of the Year is Citlali Mendieta-Ramos for West Allis and Elaine Ritzka for West Milwaukee.

The Business of the Year for West Allis is Creative Business Interiors, 11217 W. Becher St. For West Milwaukee, it is Lakeside Manufacturing, 4900 W. Electric Ave.

Young Professionals of the Year West Allis/West Milwaukee are Dan Maass and Pam Zorko.

Finally, the Community Partner of the Year is Target, located in both West Allis and West Milwaukee.

District celebrates

music education award

West Allis - Local schools are celebrating West Allis being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education in the Country by the NAMM Foundation, which promotes quality music education.

West Allis-West Milwaukee joins 307 districts in the nation in receiving the distinction this year. The honor goes to districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools' core curriculum.

"It's a tribute to the outstanding work of our staff," Superintendent Kurt Wachholz said, and the support of parents and students.

The acronym NAMM originally stood for the National Association of Music Merchants but has evolved to include other entities and a separate foundation.

While many other schools are cutting music because of budget constraints, School Board President Sue Stalewski said, "We've worked really hard to maintain music education."

The schools will celebrate the national honor at its all-city band concert at 7 p.m. April 16 at West Allis Central High School, 8516 W. Lincoln Ave.

Greenfield teacher

wins state honor

Greenfield - A Greenfield social studies teacher whose motto is "Be the Change You Want to See in the World" was named the Distinguished Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies.

Gail Schlicht, a teacher since 1978, adds this year's honor to the one she received in 1998 as the Greenfield Middle School Teacher of the Year.

In the classroom, a major goal for Schlicht is helping students connect what they learn to their everyday lives and the world around them.

Among Schlicht's many accomplishments was originating and developing the District Geography Bee and Geography T-shirt Day, which she has directed at Greenfield Middle School for 16 years.

She also works on social studies curriculum improvement for all the Greenfield schools.

In addition to her two Teacher of the Year honors, Schlicht also was awarded a Herb Kohl Fellowship in 2002 and, in the summer of 2007, was one of 50 American teachers who were invited to South Korea for a Korean studies workshop.

Greenfield voters

go with winners, mostly

Greenfield - With a voter turnout of nearly 24 percent, Greenfield voters went with the eventual winners in most races in last week's spring election.

According to official vote totals, they overwhelmingly went with the majority in picking Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack over challenger Ed Fallone, giving Roggensack 3,657 votes and Fallone 1,797. The story was the same for Milwaukee County Ciruit Court Branch 45, for which Greenfield totals were 3,361 for incumbent Rebecca Bradley and 1,889 for Janet Claire Protasiewicz. Only Ward 8 went for Protasiewicz, giving her 155 votes to Bradley's 145.

Greenfield went with the winner for state superintendent of public instruction, giving Tony Evers the go-ahead for another term over Don Pridemore. The totals were 2,567 for Evers to 2,512 for Pridemore. Pridemore managed to win 10 of the 21 wards in Greenfield.

When it came to the county supervisory race, Greenfield liked Tom Anthony better than the overall winner Tony Staskunas, giving Anthony 1,135 votes and Staskunas 1,104 votes.

West Allis had not posted official results as of press deadline.

A dozen 'baldies'

raise more than $7,000

West Allis - The fourth annual St. Baldrick's Foundation event Monday featured 12 brave souls who had their heads shaved to raise more than $7,000 for childhood cancer research.

The 10 adults and two children got pledges for St. Baldrick's Foundation, which donates more toward childhood cancer research than any organization outside of government. Over the next four years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be one of six research institutions that will share in $14.5 million.

The West Allis volunteers included Mayor Dan Devine, Alderman Michael May, a couple of West Allis firefighters and the New Berlin fire chief.

This year's event brings the West Allis four-year total for St. Baldrick's to more than $38,000.

The event took place at Hoover Elementary School, where 8-year-old Braeden Rausch, a Hoover student, not only raised hundreds for St. Baldrick's but donated his hair to Locks of Love to be made into wigs for children stricken who have lost their hair. Braeden had been growing his hair for more than two years.

Library to honor

Heikkinen family

West Allis - The West Allis Public Library will pay tribute April 28 to a family that gave a generous donation enabling the library to renew and refresh its children's section.

In 2008, the family of Amelia Heikkinen gave a bequest in her memory. As a result, the library upgraded and refurbished the story room and added new equipment, furniture, technology hardware and decor in the children's library.

At 2 p.m., Library Director Michael Koszalka will conduct a recognition ceremony honoring members of the Heikkinen family for making the renovation possible. The library will celebrate with refreshments, giveaways and a craft project.

At 2:15 p.m. author and illustrator, Lois Ehlert, will sign posters of her artwork for display in the children's library.


wins essay contest

Greenfield - Greenfield Middle School eighth-grader Karina Polacek won the Fleet Reserve Association essay contest on "What My Vote Will Mean to Me."

Karina's essay was chosen from among 128 entries from 22 schools. She received a certificate of recognition and a $100 prize.

The Fleet Reserve Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization that represents the interests of the sea service community in Congress.

Books, CDs, DVDs

sought for used book sale

Greenfield - The Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., is seeking donations of used books, CDs and DVDs for its upcoming Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 11

Materials in good condition can be brought to the checkout desk through May 8.

The library cannot accept the following: books published before 2003, textbooks, VHS tapes, cassette tapes or magazines.

For more information, call the library at (414) 321-9595.

Exhibits feature

local NASCAR champ

Greenfield - Throughout April, the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., will display several pieces from the new Milwaukee County Historical Society exhibit, "Alan Kulwicki: A Champion's Story."

The celebrated NASCAR champion is a Greenfield native. The Historical Society exhibit featuring Alan Kulwicki will run through the end of the year.

UW Credit Union

to open in West Allis

West Allis - The UW Credit Union will open its fourth location in the metropolitan Milwaukee area at 2525 S. 108th St., on April 15.

The UW Credit Union also has locations Madison, Green Bay, Oshkosh, Stevens Point and Whitewater.

Nick Hudzinski has been named branch manager. He has more than 10 years of financial industry experience, most recently as branch manager at UW Credit Union's Waukesha location.

Forensics students

among tops in state

Greenfield - Greenfield Middle School Forensics team members recently captured two first place state trophies, two for second place and one for third at the Wisconsin State Forensics Tournament for middle level students.

The competition was held in Neenah.

The 35-member team went up against more than 1,400 competitors from more than 80 schools from throughout Wisconsin.

In the end, First Place in Informative Speaking went to Zach Semancik and First Place in Prose to Liam Granlund.

Second Place in Storytelling went to Rachel Dooley and Second place in Group Interpretation to Emily Burke, Nadia Tabit, Anneliese Ward and Veronica Wist.

Third Place in Humorous Solo went to Kelsie Barlow.

In addition, three team members qualified for the prestigious power round. They were Kyle Rusk in the demonstration category; Katelyn Kolehmainen in prose; and Karina Polacek in serious solo.

Two young musicians

win private lessons

Greenfield - Two Greenfield Middle School students, Kyle Rusk and Danielle Hoffman, were among 19 young musicians to win private music lesson scholarships for the coming school year.

They were winners in the Civic Music Association's Annual Music Competition Weekend.

The Civic Music Association has supported young musicians in the greater Milwaukee area and honored their teachers for more than 90 years.

E-book readers

can be checked out

Greenfield - The Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W. Layton Ave., now has a limited number of pre-loaded e-book readers available for loan.

Each reader comes pre-loaded with 30 to 40 titles in a specific genre, including fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy/sci-fi, young adult, mystery/thrillers and historical fiction.

Also available is one e-reader that is pre-loaded with current titles in a variety of genres, and is available for in-library use only.

For information call the library at (414) 321-9595 Ext.104 or stop at the reference desk.

Senior wins

study trip to Germany

Greenfield - Molly Hetzel, a senior at Greenfield High School, has been awarded an all-expense-paid study trip to Germany by the American Association of Teachers of German.

Hetzel was selected as a national winner after scoring in the top 5 percent of level three German language students on the 2013 National German Exam for High School Students that the association sponsors. Nearly 23,000 students took the exam.

After qualifying with a high score on the exam, she submitted responses to several short essay questions in German and in English and was interviewed.

Hetzel is one of 44 German language students from across the country to receive study trips.

Date changed

for business workshop

West Allis - The SCORE Southeast Wisconsin Chapter will conduct a business workshop, titled "QB session 4: Purchasing and Controlling Cash & Other Assets," will be held April 11, instead.

The workshop, originally scheduled for March 28, is for entrepreneurs who feel they need to improve the efficiency of recording sales, maintaining inventory records and effectively use a single QuickBooks transaction.

The session will be held at Upper Iowa University, 620 S. 76th St., Suite 100, from 9 a.m. to noon with networking and check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The fee is $35 per person and $20 for each additional person from the same firm. Advance reservations are required for admission, and can be obtained by calling SCORE Southeast Wisconsin at (414) 297-3942 or by visiting its website,

Winning lotto ticket

sold at West Allis grocery

West Allis - A $350,000 top prize winning ticket in the Wisconsin Lottery's SuperCash! daily lotto game was sold recently at Pick 'n Save, 6760 W. National Ave., West Allis.

The buyer matched all six winning numbers in the March 21 SuperCash! drawing to claim the $350,000 top prize. The winning SuperCash! numbers were 02, 10, 17, 18, 35 and 39.

SuperCash! is a daily lotto game played only in Wisconsin. Players try to match the six winning numbers drawn each night from a field of 39 numbers for a chance to win prizes of $1, $30, $500 and the top prize of $350,000.

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