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Funeral services set for Dick Bolender

Dec. 12, 2011 6:22 p.m. | Funeral services for Oak Creek Mayor Dick Bolender, who died Saturday at age 68, will be Wednesday.

Visitation will be from noon to 5:45 p.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church, 1441 W. Oakwood Road, Oak Creek, with a funeral Mass to follow at 6 p.m.

Bolender died unexpectedly at home Saturday, and the cause of death is not known. No autopsy will be performed, said his daughter, Lisa Reid.

The Oak Creek Police Department will honor the mayor with a 21-gun salute; Bolender's son, Michael, is a captain on the force.

Bolender served the city for 10 years, first as an alderman and then as a three-term mayor. He had just last Tuesday announced he would not seek a fourth term.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 19

Sept. 19, 2014 11:22 p.m. | Big conference games and intercity rivalries were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 5 on Sept. 19.

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 5.

Oak Creek football team beats Franklin with big plays, 20-12

Sept. 19, 2014 10:33 p.m. | Old Oak Creek hand Joe Paar was helping in the clean-up following the Knight football team's gritty 20-12 victory over archrival Franklin Friday night when he saw quarterback Steve Stilwell and running back Jamie Smith run off with the coveted "Helmet" trophy the two teams vie for each year.

"That looks good on you fellas!" Paar shouted.

The players said "Thanks coach!" and raced happily to the lockerroom to celebrate not only a rivalry victory, but a win that kept the Knights' hopes of a Southeast Conference title alive.

Oak Creek improved to 2-1 in league play and 4-1 overall while the Sabers fell to 2-1 and 3-2, respectively.

Paar knew exactly how good the trophy looked with Stilwell and Smith carrying it because the pair were responsible for all three of the Knights' first half touchdowns that they rode home to this impressive victory.

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Cookout, football game to follow Greendale Homecoming Parade

Sept. 19, 2014 9:27 a.m. | Greendale — Greendale High School will hold it's Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26.

The Panther Pub will host a special cookout after the parade, serving food from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Food options include hot dog or hamburger baskets for $5 per person. To purchase a ticket, individuals must complete an order form before the event. Only a limited number of tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

The Panther Pub is located at 5651 Broad Street.

Online order forms can be found on the Greendale Panther Athletic Booster Club website, Returned order forms should be sent to the school athletic office by Tuesday, Sept 23. Checks can be made payable to the GPABC. Sealed envelopes can also be sent to GPABC c/o Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, Greendale, WI 53129.

The Homecoming football game against New Berlin West High School will begin immediately following the cookout at 7 p.m. in the Stephen J. Gavinski Memorial Stadium, located at the Greendale High School.

Greendale sets meetings for downtown development plan

Sept. 18, 2014 7:00 a.m. |

A possible financing plan to encourage development in Greendale's Broad St. shopping area will be the subject of some coming meetings designed to get reactions from village residents.
The Greendale Community Development Authority in August approved a resolution to set the borders for a tax incremental financing district. The district would need additional approvals from the Village Board, with that action coming no earlier than Nov. 4.
The district would be centered on Broad St. and include future development sites.
The district would allow the village to provide financing for development projects. New property taxes from those developments would pay back those funds to the village. 
Some of the proposed goals include developing new residential projects; redirecting the Greendale Middle School drop-off; making aesthetic improvements to the parking lot area, including creating a family-friendly park; and renovating the exterior of the Hose Tower.
An informational open house on the proposal will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 23, at the Greendale Safety Center, 5911 W. Grange Ave. Residents can learn more about the project and share feedback.

A second open house will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at the safety center. That will be followed by a public hearing during a meeting of the Community Development Authority, which starts at 7 p.m.

Greendale Village Board shifts opinion, approves funding for Hose Tower completion

Sept. 16, 2014 10:48 p.m. | Greendale — In a quick, turnaround decision, the Greendale Village Board approved a request for $120,000 to complete the Hose Tower Project during a special meeting Tuesday.

The board initially denied the request, submitted by Trustee James Birmingham, during the September 2 meeting. The request asked the village to allocate $120,000 from the 2014 budget to complete the Hose Tower's meeting room, which will be used as a community center. The board denied that request in a 4-3 vote.

The item returned to the board during Tuesday's special meeting, however, due to requests from both Trustees Ron Barbian and Allan Sikorski. After further discussion related to project funds, the board approved — in a 5-2 vote — to use $120,000 from the village's 2014 contingency budget for complete the Hose Tower Project. Village President John Hermes and Trustee Carl Genz opposed the motion.

More information about this story will be published in an upcoming edition.

United Church of Christ leader to deliver Milwaukee sermon

Sept. 16, 2014 4:43 p.m. | The pastoral leader of the United Church of Christ will deliver the sermon on Sept. 28 at Emanuel Church, 10627 W. Forest Home Ave., in Hales Corners.

The Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Black, general minister and president of the 1.1 million-member denomination, is scheduled to preach at the 9:30 a.m. service.

Emanuel's senior pastor, the Rev. Bill Utke, said he believes it is a first for Milwaukee since Black was elected in June 2009.

Before assuming the church's top post, Black had served as a pastor, chaplain, seminary lecturer, and minister in what is now the church's Parish Life and Leadership office, a national agency housed at the UCC headquarters in Cleveland.

Ecumenical commitment, concern for equal justice, African-American empowerment, and community improvement have shaped Black's ministry in the church and in the communities in which he has lived, according to his biography at the UCC web site.

Poll: Will Franklin or Oak Creek win in Week 5 matchup?

Sept. 16, 2014 1:00 p.m. | Week 5 of the preps football season showcases a big Southeast Conference rivalry matchup: Franklin at Oak Creek.

Last year in Franklin, the Sabers beat the Knights, 14-6.

Franklin and Oak Creek enter the game each with a 3-1 record this year.


Greendale officials to look at TIF option for redeveloping apartment complex

Sept. 15, 2014 1:46 p.m. | Greendale — Two informational meetings will be held later this month to discuss recommendations by the Community Development Authority for a Tax Incremental Financing District to improve the downtown area.

The CDA recommended a tentative TIF district on August 6 as a way to attract development, including new apartments, for the Canterbury Heights Revitalization Project.

The concept is to redevelop the existing apartment complex and add new, high-end market rate apartments with balconies and fireplaces.

Under a TIF district, the village's investment in the project would be repaid through new tax revenue generated by the development. A TIF would not affect homeowners' tax rate.

A TIF district could help grow the area's tax base and finance other enhancements to the historic downtown area, the CDA has propounded.

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Oak Creek Knights stadium available Saturdays for open track

Sept. 15, 2014 11:50 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek High School track will open for community use every Saturday morning starting this weekend from 7 to 11 a.m.

The track, 340 E Puetz Rd., will remain open until Saturday, Nov. 22 and will host the Mayor's Thanksgiving Day Run and Walk on Thursday, Nov. 27.

No gum, food or beverages are allowed on the track. Patrons must wear walking shoes — not athletic spikes — while on the track to preserve its condition.

Franklin Educational Foundation to hold beer-tasting "Cheers to Education" event Oct. 17

Sept. 15, 2014 11:20 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Educational Foundation will host its first beer-tasting and auction "Cheers to Education" event at Muskego Lakes Country Club on Friday, Oct. 17.

Beer, food, music and games will be offered as the foundation celebrates educational opportunities in the Franklin School District. Silent and live auctions will also be offered. Reservations cost $50 per person and includes a commemorative tasting glass.

All proceeds will benefit the foundation.

In conjunction with the foundation's largest fundraising event of the year, it will also hold a raffle. Tickets, which are limited, will cost $25 each. The winner of the raffle will get a package for four to the 2015 Men's Final Four Championship in Indianapolis.

The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the country club, located at 14020 Loomis Road.

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Preps football photos of the week: Sept. 12

Sept. 12, 2014 10:22 p.m. | The football season continued in Week 4 with colder-than-normal weather and spotty precipitation Sept. 12.

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 4.

Greendale trustees to hold special meeting for Hose Tower discussion

Sept. 12, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Greendale — A special board of trustees meeting regarding funding for the Hose Tower reconstruction will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

The meeting will include discussion and necessary action regarding funds for the cost of finishing the meeting room space at the Hose Tower Building.

The issue was discussed at a meeting on September 2, when the board denied a request for an additional $120,000 to be used from this year's budget to help complete the Hose Tower project.

The meeting will be held inside Village Hall, located at 6500 Northway.

Resident injured after falling down stairs with oil poured on them

Sept. 12, 2014 10:26 a.m. | A resident who recently had back surgery was injured after falling down stairs that had had vegetable oil poured on them Aug. 23.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

Someone poured vegetable oil on the steps of a residence in the 2100 block of West College Avenue before 1:40 p.m. Aug. 23.

A resident then fell down the stairs and suffered a possible back injury. Police discovered the oil was intentionally poured on the steps after responding to the scene with the Oak Creek Fire Department.

The resident, who recently had back surgery, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital and gave police the name of a possible suspect, but she denied any knowledge of it.

Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Franklin to host Family Health Night

Sept. 10, 2014 2:53 p.m. | Franklin — The Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - Franklin Hospital will host its annual Family Health Night on Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Family Health Night will include a display of emergency vehicles, a chili cook-off between firehouse teams, educational booths and a teddy bear clinic.

Flight for Life will also land at the hospital, along with a car crash rescue competition.

The inflatable Mega-heart will be a new addition to the event, where children can "explore" the inside of a heart.

The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, located at 10101 S. 27th Street. The community event is free and open to the public,

Scurry over to Wehr Nature Center on Sunday for bug day

Sept. 10, 2014 2:34 p.m. | Hales Corners — Creepy, crawly, slimy and everything else "buggy" will be on display Sunday, Sept. 14 for Wehr Nature Center's Bug Day from 1 to 4 p.m.

Live insects such as cockroaches, walking sticks and praying mantids will be on display in the live insect zoo. Chef Bill will cook "creepy crawly cuisine" snacks for patrons to taste. There will also be special crafts for children.

Here are other special demonstrations at Bug Day:

■ 1:30 p.m. "The Bug Whisperer" asks "Who wants to be an Entomologist" for his afternoon program.

■ 3 p.m. Beekeepers will demonstrate their work on Wehr's resident honeybee hives.

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