Greendale, Waukesha North repeat as marching band champions

Oct. 14, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Marching bands from Greendale and Waukesha North high schools extended their string of championship titles Saturday at the Wisconsin State Music Association's competition at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Greendale High School won its eighth straight championship in its Class AA division, and Waukesha North took its sixth consecutive victory in Class AAAA, the large school division.

Waukesha West finished second in the AAAA division, and Oak Creek High School marching band took third in the big school division.

In the Class AA division, New Berlin Eisenhower finished second and Fort Atkinson High School was third.

In Class AAA, Cedarburg High School was third. River Falls took first in that division and Merrill High School took second.

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Waukesha North marching band going for its sixth straight state title

Oct. 12, 2012 4:43 p.m. | They might not put on a show quite like the Ohio State Marching Band who have become an Internet must-see after its most recent halftime show, but the Waukesha North and Waukesha West marching bands are no slouch on the high school scene in Wisconsin.

The two bands, as well as Waukesha South, will perform this weekend at the 28th annual Wisconsin School Music Association State Marching Band Championships at Perkins Stadium on the UW-Whitewater campus.

The Waukesha South High School Marching Blackshirts, in the AAA division, takes the field first at 12:45 p.m.

The Cadets of Waukesha West High School, in the AAAA large-school division, perform at 6:45 p.m., while the Northstar Band from Waukesha North, in the same division, follows them at 7 p.m.

The Northstar Band is seeking its sixth straight state championship, while West looks to retake its spot as the state’s top marching band.

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Mayor Scrima gives BID Board recommendations to Waukesha Common Council

Oct. 12, 2012 3:28 p.m. | After all but two of its members resigned last month, the Waukesha Business Improvement District Board has been out of commission.

The Board, which represents the self-taxing district in downtown, could not go on without new appointments made by Mayor Jeff Scrima.

After submitting a letter of recommendation to the Council on Friday, the Common Council will discuss and could approve them at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night at the City Hall Council Chambers.

Bill Huelsman, a property owner (Berg Management) and Natalie Walters (property owner’s representative on behalf of Waukesha State Bank) were the only two left from a 13-member BID Board after resignations flowed in after the BID’s executive director resigned citing a “hostile work environment.”

But because there needs to be seven members to have a quorum, the mayor has made five recommendations – three of whom (Roger Igielski, Ron Lostetter and Jim Taylor) are former BID Board members who just resigned last month.

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Walmart Neighborhood Market approved by Town of Waukesha Board

Oct. 12, 2012 10:04 a.m. | While it will be a different format from its original store, Walmart is returning to the Town of Waukesha.

After getting a recommendation from the Planning Commission at a Joint Meeting with the Plan Commission and Town Board Thursday night, the Town Board unanimously approved the Walmart Neighborhood Market, W226 S1500 on Highway 164.

The 42,000 square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market would replace the Walmart discount store that closed in 2010 after a Walmart Supercenter opened at 2000 S. West Ave., north of Highway 59 on the City of Waukesha's southwest side.

The market will include a supermarket with deli, bakery and liquor departments, a full-service pharmacy and pharmacy drive-through.

Walmart Neighborhood Markets were designed in 1998 as a smaller-footprint option with a pharmacy and where customers can buy groceries and merchandise. There are about 200 Neighborhood Markets in the U.S.

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Downtown businesses partnering with The Women's Center on Diva Day

Oct. 11, 2012 2:59 p.m. | In less than a year of being open, the Montecito Ristorante Lounge has held numerous fundraisers for worthy causes.

This Sunday, the downtown Waukesha restaurant will reach out once again on a day that is all about women.

And on a day labeled as “Diva Day” in downtown, Montecito co-owner Jennifer Palkowski has set out to raise $10,000 for The Women’s Center in Waukesha.

Palkowski said 100 percent of her restaurant’s food sales, as well as the silent auction, 50/50 raffle/gift baskets, raffle items and bake sale will go to The Women’s Center.

The Women’s Center provides free services to address domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse with a mission of providing safety, shelter and support to women and their families.

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Library snafu leads to thousands of erroneous overdue notices in Waukesha County

Oct. 10, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Close to 15,000 library users in Waukesha County have erroneously received email notices about overdue materials due to a technical snafu, a library official said Wednesday.

The error happened late Tuesday night while staff was testing features of the county's new library catalog system, which is expected to go live on Nov. 28.

"It was just supposed to be internal," said Tom Hennen, director of the Waukesha County Federated Library System, who received a notice himself. "Somehow rather than just being a test drive, they actually got sent out. It comes down to, someone didn't turn off the switch that said, 'Let these really go out.' "

The overdue notices were sent to people who had materials checked out on Aug. 8 and have signed up for email notifications from the Brookfield Public Library, Delafield Public Library, Elm Grove Public Library, Mukwonago Community Library, Muskego Public Library, New Berlin Public Library, Oconomowoc Public Library, Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex, Pewaukee Public Library, the Town Hall Library in North Lake and the Waukesha Public Library.

Library users in Big Bend, Butler, Eagle, Hartland and Menomonee Falls were not affected because those libraries don't send out email notifications, Hennen said.

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Waukesha water bid will stop without official's signature

Oct. 10, 2012 2:12 p.m. | Waukesha's request to divert Lake Michigan water inland to serve its residents will grind to a halt at the end of this year if Oak Creek's top utility official persists in his refusal to sign and carry out a water sales agreement with Waukesha.

Last week's Oak Creek Common Council resolution expressing the city's willingness to supply water to Waukesha will not, by itself, keep the application process moving forward, a state environmental official said.

The resolution simply authorized Steve Yttri, Oak Creek's water and sewer utility general manager, to sign a negotiated letter of intent.

Yttri confirmed this week that he will not sign the agreement "unless ordered to do so."

His bosses on the city's utility commission did not order him to sign when they met Tuesday.

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Waukesha considers annexation for future development

Oct. 09, 2012 7:00 a.m. | The City of Waukesha is considering a request to annex nearly 100 acres of land with development potential from the Town of Waukesha.

The Plan Commission is to review the request at its Wednesday meeting. The 96.1 acres is north of State Highway 164 and east of Big Bend Road, and is owned by the Carol & Robert Smart Trust, according to the commission's agenda.

There is no specific development plan for the land, but there could be proposals in the near future, said Jennifer Andrews, city planner. The property is open space, and includes wet lands, she said.


Waukesha GuitarTown will be back next year

Oct. 08, 2012 4:24 p.m. | GuitarTown is returning to Waukesha.

Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima said Monday afternoon that after meeting with Gibson Guitar Corporation’s CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and President David Berryman last Friday in Nashville, Tenn., there will be a Phase II of the project.

“Phase II of the project will amplify Waukesha’s identity as the birth and resting place of Les Paul and continue to move our community forward as a small town incubator for musicians, artists and entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams,” Scrima said.

Waukesha joined cities such as Austin, Texas, Nashville, Orlando, Fla., Cleveland, Hollywood, Calif., Miami and London last year when it was named a GuitarTown by Gibson Corporation.

But Scrima said only the Sunset Strip in Hollywood has had more than one phase of GuitarTown.

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How might the WIAA football playoff brackets stack up?

Oct. 08, 2012 12:44 p.m. | The WIAA football postseason picture is becoming a little more clear as teams prepare this week for their final regular-season games.

Lake Country's JR Radcliffe takes a shot at seeding the Division 1, 2 and 3 brackets in his latest Bracketology blog.

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