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Is a cougar roaming the Oak Leaf Trail? Latest sighting on Puetz Road

Dec. 19, 2012 8:49 a.m. | Franklin - A Milwaukee County parks employee who responded to the scene of yet another report of a cougar sighting on the Oak Leaf Trail last week said he discovered evidence that may link a big cat to the area.

According to the Franklin police log:

A Franklin resident reported that his wife saw a cougar near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail about 9:30 a.m. Friday. The caller's wife stated she saw a cougar walking south, crossing Puetz Road between 51st Street and the trail.

Although no cougar was found, a county parks employee checked the area and said he found what appeared to be cougar tracks and possible cougar scat (droppings) along the grass trail close to the river - but no tracks or other evidence was found along the hardened bike trail.

After talking with the witness, the parks employee verified the animal described by the woman was a cougar and that the tracks were found in the area where she allegedly saw the big cat.

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Butler astonishes in last game for Oak Creek

Aug. 04, 2015 10:18 p.m. | Oak Creek baseball coach Scott Holler loves to tell the story of Tony Butler's last game.

And in the post-season haze of early August, why wouldn't you want to talk about something every baseball fan who saw it will remember for the rest of their lives and about someone who continues to inspire Oak Creek players to this very day?

Holler tells it as if it happened last week as opposed to 10 years ago.

The Knights were coming off their third straight WIAA state title in 2005. They were a juggernaut and the 6-7, 200-pound, flame-throwing, left-handed Butler was the monster on the mound.

He had been terrifying state batters ever since he burst on the scene in 2003 as a freshman when he stopped Homestead's great 30-plus win team in a 3-2 state championship game thriller.

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Franklin woman enjoys different types of scientific discovery at camp

Aug. 04, 2015 5:58 p.m. | Marisa Lucht not only had the brains, but the guts to travel to the month-long National Youth Science Camp in West Virginia earlier this summer.

It was no ordinary science camp. For one, NYSC attendees had to rough it in the wilderness of Monongahela National Forest, hiking and biking as part of the camp's itinerary at Camp Pocahontas.

And there was also no cellphone service, something which took a little getting used to for Lucht. (The group did have access to landlines to contact their parents).

Hardly high-tech stuff.

Scientific discovery

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Meijer opens stores in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek

Aug. 04, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Meijer, the newest entrant in southeastern Wisconsin's highly competitive grocery scene, opened new stores Tuesday in Wauwatosa and Oak Creek.

The opening of the supercenters, which sell general merchandise and pharmacy items as well as food, is part of an aggressive expansion by the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer into Wisconsin.

Meijer entered the state on June 23 with stores in Grafton and Kenosha. The company plans additional stores in Waukesha, Greenfield and Sussex next year and also is eyeing locations in Janesville, West Bend and Sheboygan. Meijer has said it plans to open two or three Wisconsin stores each year for the next four years.

The stores opened Tuesday are at 11111 W. Burleigh St., Wauwatosa; and at 171 W. Town Square Way, Oak Creek. The latter store anchors the Drexel Town Square development near Howell and Drexel Avenues.

"Since opening our first two stores in the state six weeks ago, local residents and new customers have welcomed us with open arms and responded positively to the new shopping option we offer in Wisconsin," co-chairman Hank Meijer said. "We are thrilled to be opening our Wauwatosa and Oak Creek supercenters, giving us the opportunity to provide a quality one-stop shopping experience to more communities around Milwaukee."

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City of Oak Creek launches new poetry contest to celebrate 60 years

Aug. 04, 2015 9:33 a.m. | Oak Creek — If you have love for Oak Creek, say it through poetry.

The city recently announced details regarding its "My Oak Creek: A Poetry Contest," as part the community's 60th anniversary celebration.

Oak Creek residents are encouraged to write a poem that describes "why Oak Creek is the best place to live, work and play," according to the city's website.

Contest winners and their poems will be presented at the grand opening of the new Oak Creek City Hall and Library buildings this October. Winning poems will be featured on the city's website.

Entry forms are available at the Oak Creek Public Library, City Hall, and other city facilities. You can also enter online at www.oakcreekwi.org/poetry.

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Hales Corners residents could feel heavier tax burden

Aug. 04, 2015 9:28 a.m. | Hales Corners — Residents in Hales Corners could be forced to take on a heavier tax burden according to the preliminary 2016 village budget.

The budget shows a significant drop in the villages TID equalized values at about 11 percent, a drop of about $1 million. Village administrator Mike Weber said that equalized values of the residential areas in the village have increased while commercial values have decreased. The exact numbers for the shift in tax burden have yet to be determined, Weber said.

Greendale School Board names new interim superintendent

Aug. 04, 2015 8:58 a.m. | Greendale — The Greendale School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Paul Strobel as interim superintendent of the school district at its regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 3.

The district's former superintendent, John Tharp, resigned in June.

Strobel retired from the Mukwonago School District in 2013 after serving as its superintendent for 31 years. He worked last school year as the interim superintendent of West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

Strobel earned his bachelor's degree in history at Marquette University. He has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in educational administration and supervision as well as a doctorate in urban education and administrative leadership, also from UW-Milwaukee.

Strobel will begin on Monday, Aug. 10, and will serve in the role during the 2015-16 school year.

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Greendale Village Days kicks off on Friday

Aug. 03, 2015 5:38 p.m. | Greendale — Greendale Village Days will be held along Broad Street this weekend, from Aug. 7 to 9.

The annual festival begins at 3 p.m. Friday with the Greendale Lions' fish fry. Live music will be offered from 3:30 to 11 p.m.

Rummage on the Green will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Live music will begin at noon and end at 11 p.m.

The village parade will begin at noon on Sunday. Visitors will be able to take open tours of the hose tower building after the parade. Live music will be held from 1 to 7 p.m.

Food and drink vendors will be available throughout the three-day festival. Visitors can enjoy seeing clowns, vintage cars, horses and various family games.

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Development talks come to a halt in Hales Corners

Aug. 03, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Hales Corners — Talks between village officials and developers looking to move into the former Kmart space fell apart Thursday, July 30.

Village Administrator Mike Weber said that an agreement between the village board of trustees and the Community Development Authority (CDA) were unable to reach an agreement. This move will likely suspend the TIF process, and possible cancel the August 17 public hearing, Weber said.

Weber said that village officials will decide if the TIF process should be canceled at the August 10 meeting. Weber also said that he believes that another developer will be interested in moving into the area.

Groundbreaking for ice skating facility at Hales Corners Park

Aug. 03, 2015 10:05 a.m. | Hales Corners — The groundbreaking ceremony for the new ice skating facility in Hales Corners Park will be held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 1:30 p.m.

The ceremony for the Alyson Dudek International Ice Center will be held at Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road.

The facility is named after lifetime Hales Corners resident Alyson Dudek. She was a 2010 Olympic Bronze Medalist in the short-track speedskating relay, and member of the 2014 U.S. Winter Olympic team.

"Parents and public health officials are concerned about a lack of physical activity in today's youth and are always seeking activities to get kids away from the computer and video games," Donald Schwartz, president of Friends of Hales Corners Park & Pool, said. "This ice rink will become a venue to encourage active healthier kids, provide affordable family fun, create community camaraderie, and be a great place for recreational skating for people of all ages and abilities."

Franklin Council to hold public information meeting on Saturday

July 30, 2015 2:08 p.m. | Franklin — The common council is holding a special public informational meeting on Saturday at 1 p.m., in the Fadrow Room at the Franklin Public Library.

The goal is to provide information to the public and to hear public comments regarding future business park development in the area of South 27th Street and West County Line Road, and the area of South 76th Street and West Rawson Avenue/West Loomis Road.

The public is invited to attend the public informational meeting and to provide input.

Twitter recap: 50 Cent at Woodman's in Oak Creek

July 30, 2015 10:13 a.m. | Rapper 50 Cent came to Oak Creek yesterday to promote EFFEN Vodka at Woodman's. Reporter John Rasche live tweeted the event.

You can read his tweets of the sights and sounds, as well as photos from others, here (hover over photos to read captions from the tweets):

 

Now reporter to live tweet 50 Cent appearance in Oak Creek

July 29, 2015 10:58 a.m. | Oak Creek — Now Newspaper reporter John Rasche will be live tweeting from Woodman's Foods this afternoon in preparation for rapper 50 Cent's appearance.

50 Cent will be promoting his EFFEN vodka brand from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the grocery store, 8131 S. Howell Ave.

The store anticipates a large crowd, forming a waiting line at noon.

You can follow Rasche on Twitter at: @Rasche_Now for live updates of the event.

Oak Creek-Franklin petition for larger school board verified for public vote

July 29, 2015 9:43 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District has verified that a petition to expand the school board has received enough signatures to qualify for a public vote.

More than 500 voters signed the petition, which requested that the five-member school board add two more seats to better represent the district.

Residents who attend the district's annual meeting on Aug. 24. will vote on whether the school board should include two new members.

Trio tries to add key points with their new Franklin sports bar

July 28, 2015 8:03 p.m. | Franklin — Three longtime friends have three reasons in mind as they set out to open a new pub and eatery on 76th Street and Rawson Avenue: "to make money, have fun and give back to the community."

At the very least, when David Bartels, Mark Mastrostefano, and Darrel Malek open the Point After Pub and Grille, they see it as adding something that has been missing from the local landscape.

"We've been saying for a long time how badly we need a sports bar in the area," Mastrostefano said. "We want to be the 'Cheers' of Franklin — we want that hometown feel, and to know everyone when they walk in and what drink they order. We want to be the destination."

Mastrostefano said the goal is to get the Point After open before football season rolls around. That's key, because they want their restaurant to be a destination after high school football games, as wel as during and after Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers games.

To that point, the Point After is going to be equipped with 18 TVs in the main area, plus a a 75-inch TV in a conference room.

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Greendale man drowns in Minnesota boating accident

July 28, 2015 1:53 p.m. | Greendale — A local man has died after a boating accident in Minnesota left him struggling to stay above water Monday evening, July 27

Richard Dziewit, 58, of Greendale was spotted treading water on Lake Vermilion in Greenwood Township around 8 p.m. "while his boat was running and spinning circles around him," the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release.

Two nearby boaters were able to pull Dziewit's boat away from him, but he sank below the water.

Dziewit's body was recovered about 21/2 half hours later by the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

The incident remains under investigation.

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