Average college tuition aid for Catholic Memorial grads: $70,000

May 20, 2014 4:01 p.m. | Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha announced that its 175 graduating seniors received a total of $12.2 million in college tuition aid, amounting to an average of $70,000 awarded to each student.

“It’s historically the highest dollar amounts we’ve ever had,” Catholic Memorial President Paul Hartmann said.

This year's per student average is a $10,000 increase from 2013. The figure reverses a four-year trend of decreasing per student aid at the school.

Most of the money awarded to the students came from the schools the students plan to attend, which includes Notre Dame, Marquette and UW-Madison. One student in particular plans to attend MIT (with Harvard as her back-up). In total, the graduates will leave Catholic Memorial to attend 62 different colleges and universities.

It is important to note that the high average does not necessary mean that most Catholic Memorial graduates will be attending more than a year at college at no cost. The total number includes scholarships awarded to students for each school they applied to, and some students receiving full-rides raise the average considerably.

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County Clare owner buying Waukesha's Clarke Hotel

May 20, 2014 12:22 p.m. | The company that operates County Clare, an Irish-themed boutique hotel and restaurant on Milwaukee's east side, has agreed to buy downtown Waukesha's Clarke Hotel.

Sheboygan-based Harp & Eagle Ltd. plans to operate the hotel as a property similar to County Clare, with the goal of reopening the hotel's restaurant and tavern by August, said Dennis Radtke, director of operations.

"Our company has been looking to open another location in the metropolitan Milwaukee area for some time," Radtke said Tuesday. "We're excited to be in Waukesha."

The purchase of the property should occur soon, said Radtke, who declined to provide the purchase price.

Changes planned

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Waukesha leaders heading to Washington seeking funds for lake water

May 20, 2014 11:12 a.m. | Waukesha officials will be in Washington, D.C., this week to remind the state's congressional delegation of the city's desire for $50 million in federal grants to help pay for a proposed switch to a Lake Michigan water supply.

Mayor Shawn Reilly will accompany Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak to meetings Thursday with U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), as well as Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

Waukesha is asking Wisconsin and the other seven Great Lakes states to approve a diversion of up to an average of 10.1 million gallons a day of lake water by mid-century. Oak Creek has agreed to supply lake water to Waukesha if the diversion request is approved by each of the eight states.

Duchniak's fundraising goal is to obtain sufficient federal grants — primarily from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — to pay 25% of construction costs.

Cost of building pipes and pumping stations needed to carry the water to Waukesha and return most of it to the lake in the form of treated wastewater is estimated at $206 million, Duchniak said.

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Good Harvest buys land for new Waukesha store

May 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. | Good Harvest Market's plans for a new Waukesha store are proceeding, with the recent purchase of a development site.

Good Harvest Market II LLC bought 5 acres on Meadow Lane from Hepatica Hill Holdings Ltd., led by developer Stewart Wangard, for $957,500, according to state real estate records made available Monday.

Good Harvest, owned by Joseph and Jody Nolan, in January disclosed plans to develop a two-story building, with about 25,000 square feet, about one-quarter mile west of its current location, 1850 Meadow Lane.

Good Harvest, which opened in 2005, is in the final year of its lease and needs more space. The new supermarket would use around 18,000 square feet in the new building, compared with 12,000 square feet it's now leasing.

The building's 7,000-square-foot second floor would be leased to such tenants as an environmentally friendly dry cleaner and other service providers.

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