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Franklin hosts free yard debris collection week of May 6

April 15, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Franklin - The Public Works Department is encouraging Franklin residents to consider alternatives to burning yard debris.

Three times a year, the city holds scheduled pickups of bagged leaves and brush. Franklin's waste hauler will move through the city collecting yard debris May 6, and will work through the week until finished.

All brush piles and bagged leaves are required to be curbside and next to the driveway by 7 a.m. May 6.

Brush and bagged leaves that are not out when the hauler goes by will not be picked up at a later date.

In the city's March newsletter, Public Works Department officials said burning wet leaves creates large amounts of smoke that may irritate neighbors and the environment.

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YEA! Greendale student program seeks additional business partners

May 21, 2015 1:14 p.m. | Greendale — The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) chapter of Greendale is seeking businesses to join PNC Financial Services Group and Stella & Dot's independent stylist Jess Anderson as partners in supporting its program for the 2015-2016 academic year.

YEA! is a school program that takes students between the ages of 11 and 18 through the process of starting and launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. YEA! Greendale is sponsored by the Greendale Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

By partnering with YEA!, businesses can volunteer their time as business mentors, field trip hosts, guest lecturers and more. Community support strengthens the program, and the academy helps strengthen the community.

Businesses interested in joining the program are encouraged to contact Kitty Goyette, communications director for the Greendale School District, at or by calling (414) 416-6215.

Milwaukee County Historical Society to host Trimborn Heritage Weekend

May 20, 2015 4:23 p.m. | Greendale — The Milwaukee County Historical Society will host its first Trimborn Heritage Weekend at Trimborn Farm Historical Park this June.

Visitors are welcome to "walk through history" as they experience re-enactors from different time periods and a variety of history-related presentations. The farm will serve as a backdrop for the historical re-enactment event.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 6 and 7 at the farm, 8881 W. Grange Ave.

Admission costs $5 per person. Food vendors will be on-site.

For more information, visit or call (414) 273-8288.

Local police assemble for seat belt enforcement

May 20, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Franklin — Area police departments will participate in seat belt targeted traffic enforcements until May 31.

As part of the Click It or Ticket National Mobilization, the Franklin, Greendale and Hales Corners police departments have been participating in a seat belt grant sponsored by the Wisconsin Bureau of Traffic Safety to educate the public on the importance of wearing seat belts, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department. This year's effort began May 18.

Through enforcement and education, police hope to increase seat belt awareness, usage compliance and reduce traffic crash injuries, the release said.

Following the Click it or Ticket traffic enforcements, the departments will continue to conduct patrols to increase seat belt usage and prevent traffic related deaths.

Greendale Marching Band to be featured in Colder's commercial

May 20, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Greendale — The Greendale High School Marching Band has been chosen by Colder's Furniture and Appliance to perform in an upcoming television commercial for the firm.

The band will be filmed for the advertisement later this week. The finished TV commercial will air on Milwaukeearea television stations beginning this summer.

Earlier this year, Oak Creek High School's marching band and color guard were also featured in a Colder's commercial.

Department of Transportation to update local businesses about South 27th Street construction

May 19, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Oak Creek — Local businesses will have an opportunity to speak with representatives from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation about the South 27th Street project on Tuesday, May 26.

Participants in the business meeting will receive 2015 project updates, including information about the construction schedule, lane closures and alternate route options.

The meeting will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Highway 241 Project Field Office, 6508 S. 27th Street in Suite 6.

Businesses are asked to RSVP for the meeting through Public Involvement Lead Cyntha De Vor by calling (262) 510-8901 or emailing her at

Oak Creek's historical society begins tour season on Memorial Day

May 18, 2015 11:43 a.m. | Oak Creek — Memorial Day is the season opening day of the Pioneer Village with free tours by the Oak Creek Historical Society.

All the buildings will be open for viewing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, May 25. The museum complex, on 15th Avenue and Forest Hill Avenue, includes the old Town Hall, blacksmith shop, summer kitchen, log house, barn, cobbler shop and print shop.

All the buildings will be open Sundays from Memorial Day until Labor Day from noon to 4 p.m. with free tours.

The historical society meets on the fourth Monday of the month. Visitors interested in becoming a member are encouraged to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22, at the Oak Creek Fire Station on 6th and Rawson.

Oak Creek High School track now open to public Saturday mornings

May 18, 2015 11:02 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek High School track is now open for community use every Saturday morning.

The track at Knights Community Stadium, 340 E Puetz Rd., will be open to the public from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every Saturday — with the exception of July 4 — until Thanksgiving.

Visitors must wear appropriate footwear — no cleats or spikes — and are restricted from using strollers, scooters or other wheel-bound equipment on the track. Food, gum and pets are not permitted.

Company behind Franklin High School's new floor wins national awards for design

May 13, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Franklin — The company behind recent floor installations at Franklin High Schools is honored with national recognition.

Lippert Tile Company, Inc., of Menomonee Falls was presented the 2015 Grand Prize and the Gold in Education award by Starnet Worldwide April 17 in Tucson, Ariz. Each year, the Starnet Design Awards spotlight the innovative use of flooring in commercial design, according to a news release from the organization.

Lippert Tile Company, Inc. strove to incorporate Franklin High School's message of "learning anytime, anywhere" into its design. An overall theme of communication and movement was included in the flooring design and each department at the school is expressed through different colors graphics.

Classrooms are carpeted to improve acoustics and to support flexible furniture arrangements.

Throughout the project, a palette of yellows, golds and the school's colors are used.

Let us know about your Memorial Day event

May 13, 2015 1:29 p.m. | Are you or your organization planning an event commemorating Memorial Day? Send information to us at so we can include it in a roundup of events. Deadline to submit information is 5 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Massive overhaul of area conferences could be afoot

May 13, 2015 10:55 a.m. | A large-scale reorganization of area conferences could be on the way, plus a look back at new directions for the Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks.

Heart the City 5K/10K to raise awareness for area homeless

May 13, 2015 9:28 a.m. | Oak Creek — Revitalize WI, a nonprofit organization, will host its first Heart the City 5K/10K event Saturday, May 16, to raise awareness for the homeless and impoverished people of southeast Wisconsin.

The race will begin at Abendschein Park, 1311 E. Drexel Ave., run through a part of the Oak Leaf Trail, continue on through residential neighborhoods and return back to the park.

Registration for the event will be held at 9 a.m. The race will begin at 10 a.m.

The event will conclude with a post-race party that will include an awards ceremony, food and live entertainment.

Proceeds from the 5K/10K will help Revitalize WI obtain its first transitional living for the homeless, where guests will receive counseling, education and workforce skills through an on-site workshop and hydroponics garden.

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Oak Creek Health Department to host anti-drug abuse presentation just for parents

May 12, 2015 11:04 a.m. | Oak Creek — The Oak Creek Health Department will host a special presentation for parents on signs of teen drug abuse on May 28.

"How to Recognize Drug Abuse in Your Children" will educate parents on how teens are hiding alcohol and drug abuse from their parents and what they can do about it.

There will also be an interactive display for parents to familiarize themselves with drug paraphernalia and items teenagers use to hide their drug abuse.

Police Officer Matt Harper of the Hartland Police Department will also speak with parents at the presentation.

The event will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Church, 10940 S. Nicholson Road.

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Winter's not through with us yet

May 12, 2015 6:58 a.m. | The old rule of thumb about not planting before Memorial Day may be proven tonight, as the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory from midnight tonight to 7 a.m. Wednesday. Temperatures could drop into the low 30s. If you have plants outside, you may want to consider covering them or moving them inside.

Caterpillar consolidating space, but no layoffs will result

May 11, 2015 5:58 p.m. | Caterpillar Inc. says it's cutting more than 260,000 square feet from its South Milwaukee manufacturing operations but isn't laying off employees as a result of the space consolidation.

The company says it plans to redesign and retool the plant which makes mining shovels and draglines, reducing the need for as much floor space.

At its plant in Aurora, Ill., Caterpillar says it plans to reduce its manufacturing footprint by more than 1 million square feet, eliminating the use of one of the largest buildings there.

Caterpillar has laid off hundreds of employees as its mining equipment business has slowed. The space consolidation at each location will begin immediately, the company said Monday.

Root River Theatre Company presents "Speed-the-Plow"

May 11, 2015 4:13 p.m. | Franklin — A local theater company opens a new stage production this weekend.

Root River Theatre Company presents "Speed-the-Plow" by David Mamet, a comical satire of the Hollywood movie industry, according to a news release from the theater. The original production starred Joe Mantegna, Ron Silver and Madonna.

All performances will be staged at The Aviation Theater inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the Milwaukee Airport, 6401 S. 13th St. in Milwaukee. Showtimes are May 15 at 7:30 p.m., May 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and May 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets for all shows are reserved seating and patrons are advised to purchase tickets early. Root River Theatre Company has lowered the prices for all tickets purchased online, in advance. Advance tickets are $17 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit


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