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Franklin cougar mystery solved? Tracks ID'ed as coming from dog

Dec. 24, 2012 12:50 p.m. | Franklin - Mayor Tom Taylor told NOW Newspapers that tracks seen near the Oak Leaf Bike Trail last week, which at least one county parks worker believed belonged to a cougar, were identified as the prints of a large dog by a state wildlife specialist.

Local police departments have taken a handful of reports of large cat sightings in the area over the past several weeks.

Sightings have been reported in Franklin, Hales Corners and Oak Creek.

Franklin shows patience, rallies to win SEC girls tennis title

11:03 p.m. | It's hard work maintaining tradition.

Just ask the Franklin girls tennis team, who came in as underdogs at 8:30 a.m. to Racine for the Southeast Conference Tournament on Oct. 1 and emerged at 7:15 p.m., past the setting sun, as champions.

It took a bit of time after first singles player Abby Lehman finished off the tournament as bracket titlist for Saber coach John Brandes and the others to emerge from the scoring tent with the final results with Franklin in first, Kenosha Tremper in second and Oak Creek third.

The victory gave the Sabers their fourth straight SEC championship, but to be perfectly frank, they were too tired to celebrate.

"We were 12 hours in Racine," said third singles champion and co-captain Kaley Larson. "It was so close that it didn't really hit us at first. It took a while to sink in. We were just so busy. We'd finish a match, and then we'd go cheer on our teammates."

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Oak Creek football team enjoys homecoming with win over Horlick

10:53 p.m. | The defense made adjustments, the offense had its best game of the season and the kids enjoyed homecoming to the fullest the coaches would allow.

In short, it was a solid effort for the Oak Creek football team as they overpowered a sound Racine Horlick team, 41-16, on Oct. 2 to clinch their fourth straight WIAA state playoff berth and keep themselves one game behind unbeaten Franklin in the Southeast Conference race.

"We let them out early one day so they could go to the homecoming parade," said coach Mike Bartholomew. "I'm not one to complain a lot about homecoming. We let them enjoy the experience because it is still high school. Just that when we have to work, we want them to work."

The win improved the surging Knights to 4-1 in Southeast Conference play and 6-1 overall. They will visit Racine Case (1-4, 1-6) at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Every win right now is important for WIAA seeding purposes.

"That's what we're playing for right now," said Bartholomew, "and we're happy for this group of seniors. They've just been so impressive (in terms of leadership). They really set the tone, and we're very happy that they've made the playoffs all four years."

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Hales Corners Historical Society will have a special program about cemetery tombstones Oct. 7

2:03 p.m. | Hales Corners — The Hales Corners Historical Society will have a special program, "Cemetery Art and Symbolism," presented by Forest Home Historic Preservation Association President Paul Haubrich on Wednesday, Oct. 7

Haubrich will discuss the ideals of the Victorian era (1850-1900), as expressed through the tombstones at Forest Home Cemetery — he will identify their symbolism and explain how their designs made statements about family, social status and beliefs.

Refreshments will follow the presentation at this free community event.

What: "Cemetery Art and Symbolism"

When: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

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Greendale library director to interview familiar mystery writer

1:43 p.m. | Greendale — A former Greendale Public Library Page, now a mystery writer, will return to the village for a special meet-and-greet on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Ashley Weaver, author of the Amory and Milo Ames mystery series, will talk about her work and promote the October release of her new novel, "Death Wears a Mask," at the library, 5647 Broad Street. She will be interviewed by Greendale Library Director Gary Niebuhr at 7 p.m.

Copies of the novel and her first book, "Murder at the Brightwell," will be on sale through Boswell Books during the event. Refreshments will be served after the interview has concluded.

Attendees will also meet Jon and Ruth Jordan, publishers of Crime Spree Magazine, hosts of "Murder and Mayhem" and recipients of the 2015 Raven from the Mystery Writers of America for their service to the mystery fiction community.

Funding for this event was provided, in part, from a mini-grant provided by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Greendale Public Library Foundation, Inc. Support was provided by Greendale Community Learning Center, Greendale Public Library, Greendale Park and Recreation Department, Greendale School District, Boswell Book Company, Murder and Mayhem and Crime Spree Magazine.

Redevelopment in works for Hales Corners shopping center

7:00 a.m. | The former Kmart store in Hales Corners and two other neighboring retail buildings have been sold to a firm that plans to redevelop those properties.

Franklin-based Outlook Development Group bought the buildings from a Reno, Nev.-based investor for $3.08 million, said Matt Stamborski, Outlook owner.

Along with the vacant Kmart building, 5600 S. 108th St., the firm bought Country Fair Shopping Center, 5602-5632 S. 108th St., and Fortune Chinese Restaurant, 5512 S. 108th St., Stamborski said.

Outlook is considering its plans, which it hopes to complete over the next four to six months, he said.

One likely outcome would be to demolish the Kmart and restaurant buildings, and develop new retail buildings on those lots, Stamborski said. The adjacent shopping center, which includes a Dollar Tree, would be renovated, he said.

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Milwaukee suburbs trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 05, 2015 10:00 a.m. |

When will the ghouls and ghosties ring your doorbell this year? Find out in our listing of Milwaukee suburb trick-or-treat times.
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Bay View
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Brookfield
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Brookfield
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Brown Deer
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Elm Grove
5 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Fox Point
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Halloween parade: 4 p.m. Saturday Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Hales Corners
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
New Berlin
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Oak Creek
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
River Hills
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
South Milwaukee
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
St. Francis
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
West Allis
West Allis Downtown Halloween Hunt: 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 31. For ages infant to 12, accompanied by an adult. Donations of nonperishable food items will go to a local food pantry.
Meet 'n Treat: 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Whitefish Bay
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Franklin celebrates homecoming by smashing Indian Trail, 42-0

Oct. 02, 2015 9:56 p.m. | Normally, 99 percent of football coaches worth their salt despise homecoming week more than root canal surgery, bunions and bad blocking all put together.

But after his unbeaten Franklin team put together a shockingly good performance in routing a good Kenosha Indian Trail squad Friday night at the end of the  Sabers' busy homecoming week, 42-0, coach Louis Brown was one happy man.

"All week, there was not one guy yawning (at a meeting); all week long there was energy and focus," he said. "...I've been here something like 24 years and I never had a homecoming week with anywhere near the focus we had this week.

"Because this was a statement. To beat that team 42-0 is a statement. Not just for the area, but for the state."

The Hawks (4-1 in Southeast play and 4-3 overall) had come into this game having routed their first four league opponents by a 155-37 count, but they were no match for the Sabers (5-0 and 7-0, respectively) who admited they had a little bit of fun during homecoming week, but not too much.

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Updated week seven rankings of area prep football teams and players

Oct. 02, 2015 1:00 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Oak Creek Public Library to close for one week during move to Drexel Town Square

Oct. 02, 2015 11:03 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek Public Library will be closed for one week while the city moves its collection to its new location in Drexel Town Square.

The last day the current Oak Creek Library facility will be open is Friday, Oct. 9. The library will be closed to the public from Oct. 10-18, and will reopen at its new location, 8040 S. Sixth St., beginning at noon Monday, Oct. 19.

Materials belonging to the Oak Creek Public Library will not be due during the moving process. However, materials checked out from the Oak Creek Library that belong to another Milwaukee County Library may be due during this time.

The Oak Creek Library book return will not be available for patrons to bring back items, beginning at 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. Residents are encouraged to return all materials to one of the other area Milwaukee County Libraries.

For more information, visit or

Greendale Gallery Night set for Oct. 16

Oct. 02, 2015 10:39 a.m. | Greendale — The Greendale Celebrations Committee will host a special gallery night on Friday, Oct. 16 downtown.

"An Evening in the Village" will feature local artists, refreshments and other vendors.

The gallery night will be held from 5 to 8 p.m.

For more information, visit

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies plans to expand Franklin location

Oct. 02, 2015 10:38 a.m. | Franklin — Carlisle Interconnect Technologies plans to expand its Franklin location — the city will review the company's application to allow for the construction of an approximately 30,000 square foot addition on Oct. 8.

The Community Development Authority and the Economic Development Commission will meet concurrently to discuss the company's expansion project on Oct. 8. The addition of 3.7 acres to the property located in the Franklin Business Park will include a 30,000 square foot addition to an existing building and the addition of 75 parking spaces.

Carlisle Interconnect Technologies is a global manufacturer with a Franklin location at 5300 W. Franklin Drive.

Root River Center Reopened: Grand opening will be on Oct. 9 to 11

Oct. 02, 2015 9:23 a.m. | Franklin — Bowling center and banquet hall Root River Center is officially open, with a grand opening set for Oct. 9 to 11 — the facility abruptly closed in July 2013.

The remodeled facility includes 16 bowling lanes, eight sand volleyball courts with a party pavilion, a banquet hall and a new sports bar, according to the Root River Center website. The facility is open from 10 to 2 a.m., seven days a week.

For more information visit

Hales Corners will observe trick or treat times on Oct. 31

Oct. 01, 2015 12:23 p.m. | The village issued a correction for its trick or treat times — trick or treat for Halloween 2015 will be observed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31.

The Village of Hales Corners Autumn 2015 newsletter mistakenly reported Oct. 25 as this year's trick or treat time. According to a village news release, Milwaukee County municipalities coordinate a common day for trick or treat, in order to provide a uniform driver expectation of children's pedestrian activity and to promote safety. Trick or treat is usually observed the Sunday before Halloween. However, since Halloween occurs on a Saturday this year, trick or treat will be observed a Saturday, Oct. 31.

For more information contact the Village Hall at 414-529-6161 or visit the village website at

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Aligned Modern Wellness's One Year Anniversary on Oct. 2

Sept. 30, 2015 2:43 p.m. | Hales Corners— Chiropractic and wellness studio Aligned Modern Wellness will host their One Year Anniversary Celebration on Friday, Oct. 2, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at their clinic located at 6278 S. 108th St.

Celebrating their one year in Hales Corners, the clinic will host a family-friendly grill-out and party.

For more information about Aligned Modern Wellness visit


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