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Greendale High School reports four pertussis cases

Nov. 30, 2012 1:08 p.m. | Greendale - Four cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, among high school students have been reported to the village Health Department by the school district.

School Nurse Kathy Andrzejewski said the district may see more cases.

"The district is working with the Greendale Health Department to alert parents of the situation and help staff members contain the spread of the contagious disease," Superintendent John Tharp said. "We are monitoring the situation and will continue to work with the Health Department to ensure that parents and the community remain informed."

Pertussis is an upper respiratory illness that is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms usually occur within a week of exposure, but sometimes take as long as six weeks to appear, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The district has instructed teachers to refer students with pertussis symptoms to the nurse's office. The district's custodians have been instructed to ensure that hand sanitizer is available and that common surfaces are disinfected.

Root River Theatre continues local talent search for winter production

12:16 p.m. | Franklin — The new Root River Theatre Company continues to seek actors for its first production, "Christmas Shorts," this winter.

Auditions for the production were held earlier this week, but the community theatre is still considering applicants to fill a few vacancies in the play.

The theatre is looking for two men and two women, who can fulfill roles as adults in their late 20s and 30s.

Individuals interested in auditioning are encouraged to contact the theatre by visiting or by calling (414) 301-9246.

The final production of "Christmas Shorts" will be held on December 10 and 11 in Gus' Mexican Cantina, 6514 S. Lovers Lane Road.

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Man hits workers with gravel because construction made it difficult to get into his driveway

9:50 a.m. | A man was warned by police after he hit construction workers when construction had made it difficult to get into his driveway Sept. 30.

According to the Oak Creek police report:

A construction worker in the 6500 block of South Howell Avenue called police to report a man driving a vehicle spun his tires, causing gravel to hit his employees about 8:15 a.m. Sept. 30.

The construction worker told police that he confronted the suspect about his reckless driving and the man said he did it intentionally.

Police spoke to the man when he returned to the area about 9:10 a.m., and the man said he was upset because the construction workers were pouring concrete and making it difficult to get into a driveway. He also said he "may have accelerated too hard," causing excessive dust.

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Helicopter helps place HVAC units on Meijer at Drexel Town Square

Oct. 29, 2014 11:10 a.m. | Oak Creek — A helicopter helped place 25 rooftop HVAC units on the new Meijer being constructed at Drexel Town Square on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The City of Oak Creek posted a video and a photo gallery to its Facebook page of the helicopter lifting HVAC units one-by-one onto the Meijer roof.

Meijer is expected to open spring or early summer of 2015.

Elderly resident with asthma trapped in elevator at Country View Retirement Home

Oct. 29, 2014 10:55 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek Fire Department and police responded to a report that an elevator was stuck, the doors wouldn't open and a resident was trapped inside at Country View Retirement Home, 10507 S. Chicago Road, at about 4:35 p.m. Oct. 22.

While the units were responding, police dispatch received a 911 call reporting that the trapped resident had asthma and was panicking. Fire department personnel were able to get the elevator doors open, and the resident was treated at the scene for an asthma attack.

Building residents cited after fight breaks out about mail

Oct. 28, 2014 10:54 a.m. | Several residents of a building in South Milwaukee were cited Sept. 29 after a fight about stolen mail.

According to the South Milwaukee police report:

A 36-year-old man and 25-year-old woman accused a 25-year-old man and 25-year-old woman in another apartment of stealing their mail in a building in the 1300 block of Monroe Avenue at 3:46 p.m. Sept. 29.

Glass was broken during the confrontation.

All four were cited for disorderly conduct, and one woman was also cited for criminal damage to property.

Poll: Who will win Level 2 game: Franklin or Oak Creek?

Oct. 28, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Southeast Conference foes Franklin and Oak Creek are set for a Division 1 football showdown Oct. 31.

With a chance for a state football title on the line, which team do you think will come out victorious?

In their portion of the Division 1 bracket, Oak Creek is seeded No. 2 and Franklin is seeded No. 3.

In their matchup earlier this year at Oak Creek, the Knights took the win over the Sabers, 20-12.


Raising the American flag(s): support for Greendale Veterans Memorial remains strong

Oct. 28, 2014 9:34 a.m. | Greendale — The fight for a veterans memorial on school district property is not over, supporters for the project told the Greendale School Board on Monday night, Oct. 27.

Since the board's decision earlier this month to reject an agreement that would allow construction of a memorial on district property, there has been a public demonstration of support for the project.

Supporters of the memorial have since planted miniature American flags at the corner of Broad Street and Southway — the proposed location for the memorial — as a sign of respect for the village's veterans and as a form of protest against the board's decision.

Members of the Greendale Veterans Memorial Committee attended Monday's school board meeting to ask for reconsideration of the proposal, although the issue was not included on the agenda for formal discussion.

The board rejected a memorandum of understanding with the committee in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, Oct. 7, citing safety and accessibility concerns.

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In a new proposed OCFSD course, students would build a house

Oct. 27, 2014 6:55 p.m. | Oak Creek — Oak Creek-Franklin school board members will vote in December on a new proposed course called Knight Construction for fall 2015 in which students would build a house in the city and then sell it to a prospective resident.

Matt Lonergan, a technology and engineering teacher at Oak Creek High School, proposed the course during a school board meeting on Monday, Oct. 27 with Chad Evenson, district curriculum coordinator. Lonergan has a contractors license.

Students would travel to a lot in Oak Creek that the district had purchased and build the home with local subcontractors from beginning to end. The proposed course would run for the duration of seventh and eighth period.

The district would front initial building costs with the intention of earning it back when the home is eventually sold. The school would act as the LLC to acquire a building permit.

Lonergan spoke with three school districts who have similar programs in Oconomowoc, Hartford and Sheboygan.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Franklin defense locks down Kenosha Bradford

Oct. 25, 2014 12:08 a.m. | The Franklin offensive line gets all the attention on game days. However, it's what the massive group does during the week to the defense that has the Sabers on track with a rematch with their oldest rival.

Franklin stayed in control from the beginning to eliminate Kenosha Bradford from the football postseason, cruising to a 24-7 Friday night in a WIAA Division 1, Level 1 matchup. The Sabers advanced to Level 2 where they will face arch rival Oak Creek next Friday night at Oak Creek.

"I don't know if we have ever played them in the playoffs," said Franklin coach Louis Brown. "Either way, it won't take much to get the guys ready for this one."

Franklin fell short in their regular season matchup back in September, 20-12. The two ultimately shared the Southeast Conference title.

Nursing a slim 10-0 lead to start the third quarter, the Sabers leaned on junior running back Gavin Boeck to put the Red Devils away. He picked up a pair of first downs before a promising drive began to stall. Back-to-back fumbles were quickly recovered to keep the drive alive as Boeck scored from 1-yard out.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

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 Level 1.

Franklin Police investigate armed robbery at North Shore Bank

Oct. 24, 2014 10:41 a.m. | Franklin — The Franklin Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at the North Shore Bank Thursday.

Police received a 9-1-1 call from bank employees around 4:47 p.m., reporting that the bank had been robbed.

The suspect demanded money from a bank teller and fled with an undisclosed amount of money, according to the police news release. No one was injured during the robbery.

Police described the suspect as a black male, but no further description of the man was provided in the news release.

Officers from Franklin, Greenfield and Greendale, including two Franklin K-9 units, checked the area but were unable to locate the suspect.

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Franklin boys volleyball team wins Southeast divisional title

Oct. 22, 2014 9:27 p.m. | The Franklin boys volleyball team pulled out all the stops Wednesday night in its Southeast Conference Northern Division dual meet championship dual with Racine Horlick.

The Sabers enlisted the support of the girls team, they even had the band out there for some pre-match music and the national anthem, it was also senior night and they also had a large contingent of friendly, noisy fans cheering them on.

It all worked, as the Sabers secured the divisional crown with a tense 27-25, 26-24, 23-25, 27-25 decision over Horlick that will send them into Saturday's overall league tournament at Wilmot as one of the event favorites.

Saber coach Chris Dibb, who encouraged everyone to "pack the gym" in a pre-match e-mail, was encouraged by the backing and the result.

"It was a nice night," he said. "This (the dual meet title) had definitely been one of our goals since the beginning of the year. Now we can move on to our second and third goals."

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Glen Morrow hired as new Franklin City Engineer

Oct. 22, 2014 1:38 p.m. | Franklin — The Common Council welcomed its new City Engineer during a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21.

Mayor Steve Olson made the appointment to hire Glen Morrow for city engineer and director of public works after an extensive search to replace former city engineer Jack Bennett, who retired earlier this year.

Morrow will move to Franklin from Indiana, where he served as city engineer for the city of Greencastle from 2000 to 2007. Since 2007, he has served as Senior Project Manager for the Utility Infrastructure Sector at Burgess & Niple, an engineering consulting firm in Indianapolis.

"The detailed process and my conversations with Glen make me confident that he is the right person to help move the city forward in this important position," Olson said in a news release. "I believe he will be a leader and an innovator and will serve the council and citizens well."

Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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