With a break in the weather, participants in Summer Safe Camp race between "caves" in the walls of Nathan Hale High School to be safe from the lava covering the sidewalk on June 23. The Summer Safe Camp is offered by the West Allis Recreation Department.
Brandy Torres (left) Nadia Melton, Mila Melton and other members of the West Allis Central High School Poms squad try to draw people to park in the former Mykonos lot for the Indy series car race going on at State Fair Park on June 18.
Nicholas Collins gets a high five from Bridget Clementi, director of Community Health for Children's Hospital, after he toured the Kohl's Care Great Safety Adventure mobile health education trailer with his parents, Packer Nick Collins and Andrea Collins, and brother Nmaré on May 20 at the Kohl's on Highway 100 in West Allis. The trailer resembles a 1,200 square-foot home to educate about the five leading safety risks in the home.
Cindy Chapman, of East Troy, talks with Dolores Prasser, of Greenfield, at the West Allis Farmers Market May 10. Chapman has been a vendor at the market for the past 20 years and Prasser, who is 78, says she has been coming to the market since she was seven years old.
Heritage Christian School's Cordell McNamara holds a sign to passing motorists at the intersection of Highway 100 and Greenfield Avenue on April 7 as the sixth grade class collected signatures in an attempt to stop animal abuse as part of a class project.
Ken Uhan (third from left) dishes out spaghetti, Kayla Suhm spreads sauce and Sister Diana DeBruin adds the bread during the Food for the Hungry spaghetti fundraiser held at the Knights of Columbus on Apr. 10. Food for the Hungry services 900 pantries.
Alderman Vince Vitale shaves Mike Walker while Ruth Smessart shaves Alderman Marty Weigel during a fund raiser for the St. Baldrick's Foundation for childhood cancer research. The two and other West Allis officials and staff raised more than $13,000 from the event at Benno's on March 24.
Orchestra Instructor Cathy Kolb rehearses Zach VanVeghell, a West Milwaukee Intermediate School eighth grader, one last time before he goes into competition during the West Allis District Solo and Ensemble Festival at West Allis Hale High School on March 26.
While wearing a homemade paper hat, City of West Allis Mayor Dan Devine reads to K-5 students in Mary Queen of Saints Catholic School on March 2 as part of the Read Across America reading motivation and awareness program that encourages children to read.
Jill Potkay, of Milwaukee, is pushed by a corporate mascot around the speed skating rink in the Pettit National Ice Center Saturday, March 5. Potkay was taking part in the second annual Slide and Glide run, walk, wheelchair roll and ice skating event to benefit the IndependenceFirst advocacy group.
Six-year-old Willow Rosene of West Allis dances as her mother Gillian Rosene, center, and grandmother Kara Rosenelook on during a "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" ticket giveaway event held in Southridge Mall Saturday, March 5. Children dressed up as their favorite characters for a chance to win tickets to a Disney show, a Beauty and the Beast DVD, or stuffed toys.
Mark Moore of Waterford gives Dustin Werwinski of West Allis a ride behind his snow machine on the Wil-O-Way golf course Feb. 5 in Wauwatosa. Members of the Rolling Dice Snowmobile Club partnered with the Easter Seals to give rides to people with disabilities in the park throughout the day. According to event organizer Jim Zomchek, 200 to 300 rides were to be given throughout the day.
After a snowplow passed, Glen Taylor (front) and Chuck McLaughlin teamed up to clear the end of McLaughlin's Walker Street driveway during the first round of storm cleanup on Feb 1. Combined with the the Groundhog Day blizzard, a reported 20 inches of snow fell and blew through the area closing schools, businesses and roads.
Referee Tim Ustruck challenged a player during half-time of the Brown versus Green team during basketball play for second- and third-graders in the Fast Break league playing at Horace Mann School on Jan. 29.
Samm Halstead, 16, of West Allis, back to camera, takes a photograph of her friend Melissa Maas, 16, of West Allis, in Brookfield East High School Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Brookfield, Wis. The girls were making amusing photos as they waited for the start of the West Allis Hale/Brookfield East varsity girls basketball game that they were at the school to watch.
Runners compete in the first of two half-marathons as part of the InStep Icebreaker Indoor Marathon on the running track inside the Pettit National Ice Center on Jan. 23. The two-day event featured five races with over 800 runners from 23 states including a marathon.
Samm Halstead, 16, of West Allis, takes a photograph of her friend Melissa Maas, also 16, of West Allis, at Brookfield East High School on Friday, Jan. 21. The girls were taking amusing photos as they waited for the start of the West Allis Hale-Brookfield East high school girls basketball game, which they planned to watch.
During a ceremonial swearing in, West Allis Municipal Judge Paul Murphy gave the oath of office to 14th Assembly District Rep. Dale Kooyenga (left), 15th Assembly District Rep. Anthony Staskunas and 5th State Sen. Leah Vukmir on Tuesday, Jan 4. All three were sworn into office in Madison on Jan. 3. The trio represent part or all of West Allis in the state legislature.
Kaida Largin, 4, holds her "story bear" to her chest as she listens to the story "Corduroy" in the West Allis Public Library on Jan. 4. Kaida and 11 other youngsters were attending the library's Afternoon Story Time program.
The West Allis Hale Class of 1992, in orange, takes on the Hale Class of 2005, in blue, during a West Allis Alumni Basketball Tournament held in West Allis Central High School on Dec. 28. Twenty teams took part in the two-day event with the oldest being the Hale class of 1974.
Madelyn Flegner, 3, and her sister, Gretta, 5, look at holiday decorations in the school cafeteria at St. Florian Parish on Dec. 18. An all you can eat breakfast with Santa included a bake sale, kids games and raffles.
Parker, 2 and Crystal Zehe listen to "Cha Cha Chimps" and other monkey tales during the Wintertime Jammie Jam at the West Allis Library on Dec. 7 that drew about 40 children and parents for stories and crafts.
Helena, 4, and James, 2, Jaeger listen to "Cha Cha Chimps" and other monkey tales during the Wintertime Jammie Jam at the West Allis Library on Dec. 7 that drew about 40 children and parents for stories and crafts.
Carter Szejna, 1 1/2, looks at Santa, also known as Jim Mejchar of West Allis, as the jolly elf visits youngsters in the Steak House 100 restaurant Dec. 4. The visit from Santa was part of the Christmas on the Avenue celebration that culminated in the West Allis Christmas Parade.
Mascots from area businesses, sports teams and organizations massed at the HOG for Hunger Food Drive at Wisconsin State Fair Park on Nov. 24 that included a delivery of 100 frozen turkeys by the Marquette University basketball team.
Christine " Alice in Dairyland " Lindner talks about the Wisconsin Farmers Feed Us program. Lindner was present at the " Free Groceries for a Year " sweepstakes giveaway at Sentry Foods in West Allis on Nov. 16.
The weather did not cooperate for Car Wash 4 Kids at North Shore Bank on National Avenue on Sept. 11. Sponsored by Bubricks Complete Office and other sponsors, the event was to benefit Children's Hospital.
A pooch shakes off after a dip at the sixth annual Doggy Dips at Cool Waters in Greenfield Park on Labor Day. The event is a fundrasier for ROMP, Residents for off-Leash Milwaukee Parks, and allows people to bring their dogs in for a swim after the pool closes for the day.
While waiting for students to exit their first day of class, crossing guards Megan White (left) and Samantha Daum, both fifth-graders, chase each other in circles in their patrol rain ponchos in front of Madison Elementary School on Sept. 1.
Taylor Stefanski, 12, looks on as Lori Stefanski (rear) sprays hair spray in the hair of Sherri Abbott, sitting before the opening of the Settlers Weekend festival held at the West Allis Historical Society on Aug. 28. The annual event highlights the history of West Allis.
Maddie Lawson (left), 10, and Kari Karth, 10, dance to DJ supplied music while attending Tuesday Night in the Park Aug. 17. The event, hosted by the Community Alliance Against Drugs, featured hot dogs, pizza, games, and music for elementary and middle school aged youngsters.
Third-graders Haley Levack checks the bike helment that Lisa Klindt-Simpson, coordinator for Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin, fit and adjusted to her head during Winners Wear Helmets supported by more than 35 organizations and 95 volunteers at State Fair Park on May 20.
More than 525 Milwaukee Public Schools third-graders roll through a bike rodeo and other activities during Winners Wear Helmets supported by more than 35 organizations and 95 volunteers at State Fair Park on May 20.
Dustin Adkinson of Nashville lets fly his bean bag while playing a game of Cornhole with his girl friend Robin Creager of Nashville in the Pettit National Ice Center on April 16. The two were taking part in the Brew City Bags Bash. The event featured up to 80 courts of Cornhole set up around the ice removed Olympic Oval.
Intensity shows on the face of Dustin Adkinson of Nashville as he lets fly his bean bag while playing a game of Cornhole with his girlfriend Robin Creager of Nashville in the Pettit National Ice Center on April 16. The two were taking part in the Brew City Bags Bash. The event featured up to 80 courts of Cornhole set up around the ice removed Olympic Oval.
Dustin Adkinson of Nashville lets fly his bean bag while playing a game of Cornhole with his girlfriend Robin Creager of Nashville in the Pettit National Ice Center on April 16. The two were taking part in the Brew City Bags Bash. The event featured up to 80 courts of Cornhole set up around the ice removed Olympic Oval.
Josh Wolfe, 10, of Brookfield waits for his grandfather to unhook a four-inch Bullhead he caught during the Kids Fishing Clinic at Greenfield Park on April 10. The pond had been stocked earlier in the week with mature Perch and Trout for young angler to catch.
Northbound traffic on 84th Street enters Interstate 94 eastbound March 29. Northbound traffic on 84th Street is closed at Adler Street due to the rerouting of I-94 traffic due to emergency repairs on the Zoo Interchange.
City of West Allis Mayor Dan Devine looks up and touches his head as Alderman Vince Vitale shaves his head in the City Hall Common Council chambers March 17. The event, in which city officials, police officers, and fire fighters were shaved, was held as a fundraiser for childhood cancer and raised more than $9,000. Vitale is a retired barber.
Rosaliee Eilers of West Allis gets a massage from an unseen Nicole Priewe while attending a community wellness fair held in the North Shore Bank lobby March 12. The event featured blood pressure screenings, natural food samples and chiropractic care.
Five year old Sophia Ford practices a Native American dance in the Wisconsin Products Pavillion in State Fair Park on March . The Sophia, a member of the Bad River Tribe, was attending the Indian Summer Festival's Winter Pow Wow and were all to dance during the event's Grand Entry later in the day.
Two year old Dylan Carey practices a native american dance in front of his sister Alexis, 5, father Josh, and aunt Moni Stillwater in the Wisconsin Products Pavillion in State Fair Park Saturday, March 6, 2010, in West Allis. The four, members of the Ottawa Tribe, were attending the Indian Summer Festival's Winter Pow Wow and were all to dance during the event's Grand Entry later in the day.
A semi streaks through exit from eastbound Interstate 94 to reenter westbound I-94 at 84th Street late Jan. 29. The always busy intersection became even more chaotic over the weekend as northbound traffic on I-894 was rerouted off the freeway at 84th Street to reenter westbound while repairs were being made to the zoo interchange.
Victor Berndsen (left) and Jeremy Caughell, 9, look on as Haley Lager (right), 9, leaps up while shooting a basket in the West Allis Central High School Field House on Dec. 31. The three were attending the Community Alliance Against Drugs annual family New Year's Eve event in the school. The event, billed as a safe and family event, featured an open gym, rock climbing wall, swimming, and a balloon drop among other activities.
Four youngsters pile on top of one sled as others wair their turn on a small hill in McCarty Park Sunday, Dec. 27, 2009, in West Allis. Fresh snow and sun brought out sledders on the weekend after Christmas.
Kathleen and Dean Winkelmann re-started their singing career after careers in real estate and auto industry fell on hard times and perform a the duo Dusk, this eveing at the Baby Grand Paino Bar in Wauwatosa.
Justin Rademacher, of Eden Valley, Minn., checks the positioning of snow making machines located on the Milwaukee Mile race track in State Fair Park Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, in West Allis. Snocorss snowmobile races will be held on the track Friday and Saturday.
Car-hop Courtney Olsen, 19, of West Allis, waits on customers at the newly opened Sonic drive-in restaurant in the 4700 block of South 27th Street on Dec. 7. Car-hops at the drive-in work in roller-skates year round.
Maria Flores (left), 18, and Lizbeth Espinoza, 17, both of Mexico, engage in an impromptu dance while attending the 66th Annual Holiday Folk Fair in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park on Nov. 20.
Robert Ulrich, of Milwaukee, describes how to make a "Dream Catcher, a Native American craft, to Saint Peters Lutheran School students at the 66th Annual Holiday Folk Fair in the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in West Allis.
Bill Kobernus, if Saint Charles, Ill., sets up his model train he was displaying at Trainfest in the Wisconsin Expo Center Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in West Allis. The event is billed as America's largest model railroad show.
Joe Rygielski, 9, of Greenfield, takes his turn opperating a model train while attending Trainfest in the Wisconsin Expo Center Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, in West Allis. The event is billed as America's largest model railroad show.
Jill Varick of Elm Grove (right) shops at a stand owned by Greg Gitto (left) and his son Steve Gitto (center) of Watertown in the new indoor Milwaukee County winter farmers market held in Tommy Thompson Youth Center in State Fair Park on Nov. 7.
A City of West Allis Motorcycle Police Offices leads runners at the start of a 5K run/walk held for the West Allis Police Department and Community Alliance Against Drugs in the Milwaukee Mike race way Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, in West Allis.
Brandon Goffin, 15, of Milwaukee, applies makeup to Cassandra Espinoza, 17, of West Allis, before the opening of a haunted house held in the Cream Puff Building in Wisconsin State Fair Park Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, in West Allis, Wis.
City of West Allis firefighter/emergency medical technician Mark Sura steadies shoring material while taking part in trench rescue training Sept. 30. Eleven members of the department's 50-man Technical Rescue Team spent three days learning how to rescue trapped persons from collapsed trenches.
Caitlin Mack, 17, preforms a back flip on the 108th Street median at Oaklahoma Avenue as a passing motorist looks on Saturday, June 20, 2009, in West Allis. Caitlin was attempting to drum up business for a near by car wash being held to raise money for the West Allis Combined Gymnastics team. Caitlin is a member of the team.
Brian Hernigle (left) and Migiel Estrada paint a "heartbeat" under the Capturing Kid's Hearts motto during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of James E. Dottke Alternative School on May 6, 2009. According to sophomore Bethany Burgess makes sure students know to help each other. She said "every day in circle, we're reminded that we're capturing kid's hearts."
Kaitlin Palkowski (left), Sami Nowak and Tony Rudolph throw dirt around the tree planted in front of General Mitchell Elementary School fourth graders presented a play, and readings as part of their Arbor Day celebration April 25, 2009.
West Allis Central high school students rehearse for "All my Sons" on March 7. Jordan Pollard (left) is knocked down by his "son" Joel Anich at the end of the 2nd act. There is a senior-citizen-only matinee showing at 9:30am on Thursday, March 12th
Wendy Humphrey prepares to throw snowballs at her family. Her sister-in-law Ranae Anderson (left) joins her. The Florida family stopped at Greenfield Park on Feb. 21 because some of the children never saw snow. They were in the area to attend a wedding. They said they were use to making sculptures in the sand and so their snowmen tend to look like a manatee. They weren't concerned about how their hair would look after the snow for the wedding because they "want to make the bride look good."
Finishing in 2nd place out of 100 runners, Albertus Rohling, of West Allis, runs in the Pettit Ice Center's first annual indoor marathon, believed to be the largest of its kind in the world Jan. 17. His time was 2:49:17.
John Ash (left) and Jim Mejchar (right) make dessert for the Women's Club of West Allis celebrity luncheon Feb. 6. The club donated seventeen thousand dollars to the community in 2008. Waiting to serve dessert is John Stibal (second from left), Joe SanFelippo and Rick Balistrieri.
Jason Earles who portrays Hannah Montana's brother, Jackson, signs an autograph for Mariah Kopatich, 7. She likes watching him on the show "because he's funny." Earles appeared at the 47th Annual OÕReilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Presented by Manheim Milwaukee Auto Auction at State Fair on Feb. 14.
Donna Westray (right) of West Allis watches BloodCenter of Wisconsin volunteer Jack Noonan make a virgin Bloody Mary during the Super Blood Drive held at the Tommy Thompson Center on Jan. 23. Westray is two pints shy of donating five gallons of blood.
Dennis Krizan, owner of Electromania, puts a plasma screen monitor into a MonitorMover cover he designed and made using his mother's sewing machine. “We stayed up until 2 or 3 in the morning until we had it made,” he said, noting his four children (ages 6 to 11) also assist in the family business. Krizan, in West Allis for 31 years, repairs plasma screens and other equipment for dealers and manufacturers. He obtained the nickname Supertech Jr. in the U.S. Marines, where he learned electronics. He has a patent pending on his cover and has already received a patent for the monitor carrier he and Jon Erickson developed.
Anna Lewein (left) and Caitlin Koller as Cinderella's stepsisters sing a tune during a rehearsal for Nathan Hale High School's production of “Broadway Postcards,” a musical revue. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 9 and 10, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11.
Dominic SanFelippo (right) has spent 45 years selling Christmas trees at the lot on 66th Street and Beloit Road. Joey Patrone (left) has worked for Dominic's tree lot since he was 9 years old. His mother, who lives in West Allis still brings pasta to the lot for their lunch.
A fox runs through the backyard of Ron Loos's home in the 2800 block of South Stratton Drive on Nov. 26. Recognizing that some foxes didn't look healthy, Loos contacted the Humane Society, which took them and rehabbed them before releasing them back into the woods.
U.S. Olympian Chellsie Memmel (center) talks to Destiny Roberts (left), 7, and Michaela Marceau-Zielinski, 11, at the McDonald's at Highway 100 and National Avenue, as part of a worldwide fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House Charities on Nov. 20.
Logan Pavletich (left), 2, and his brother, 3-year-old police officer Austin Pavletich, help their great-grandmother, Arlene Hayes, down the steps after trick-or-treating at the post office. West Allis businesses gave out treats Oct. 25.