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News & Notes: Dec. 24

Dec. 21, 2012

Knitters need yarn for good deed

Greenfield - The Women's Knitting Club, sponsored by the Greenfield Park and Recreation Program, needs all the spare yarn they can get so members can make caps, scarves and mittens for elementary and middle schools for children who need them.

The club also is looking for unused afghans for patients in the oncology department of a local hospital.

Donations can be dropped off at the park and rec department on the second floor of the Greenfield City Hall, 7325 W. Forest Home Ave., or call Karen at (414) 329-5373.

Students see applications of environmental studies

West Allis - Students from West Allis Central High School recently attended a three-day educational workshop Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at Trees For Tomorrow natural resources specialty school in Eagle River.

Among the subjects they studied were forest measurements, woody biomass, logging practices, tree identification, map and compass usage, and wildlife ecology.

The classes meet the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for environmental education, math, physical education, science and social studies.

Harley celebration expansion nixed for now

Greenfield - A proposal to expand the 110th celebration of Harley-Davidson from the House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., and Bunks & Beds next door to across the street at the Towne Center parking lot, 6100-6196 W. Layton Ave., was unanimously denied by the Greenfield Common Council.

The main problem, as city officials saw it, was that the Towne Center extension with booths, tents and beer tent would be under separate control.

The previous two Harley anniversary celebrations were so successful because of the close coordination the city had with the event sponsors at the House of Harley to head off problems, said Chuck Erickson, director of economic development and planning.

Working with two entities would be more cumbersome, Erickson said, and would leave the door open for each one to blame the other for problems. It also could leave the city in the middle because it has to make certain assurances to Milwaukee County, he added.

Other problems with the plan that were cited included that the Towne Center's commercial neighbors could be impacted by the event, that another beer tent is not needed, and that there problems with the layout of the tents and booths.

The celebration, of which the one in Greenfield will be a part, will be Aug. 26 to Sept. 3, 2013.

Retiring police chief receives commendation

West Allis - Retiring Police Chief Michael Jungbluth received a commendation from the Common Council praising him for his 29 years with the Police Department and his four years as its chief.

The council noted his long list of accomplishments, including numerous commendations for actions in the line of duty. The commendation also notes his many awards and letters of recognition, and his exemplary leadership and service to other law enforcement agencies.

Finally, the commendation says the retiring chief is to be specially recognized for his dedication and service to the residents of West Allis "and congratulates him for a job well done."

Jungbluth will officially retire Dec. 31.

Whitnall administrators receive $1,000 raises

Greenfield - Eight administrators in the Whitnall School District, including the school principals, received an across-the-board $1,000 raise for the current school year in addition to having their contracts extended.

The superintendent's contract was already renewed for two years, but a compensation package is not yet done.

Seasons of Giving starts at credit union

West Milwaukee - The Guardian Credit Union with a branch at 4501 W. Greenfield Ave., is again holding its Seasons of Giving campaign.

For a cash donation, givers will get gift tag stickers, photo coasters, earbuds or seasonal glassware, depending on the size of their donations, which can be as little as $5. Donations will be used to provide food, coats, boots and toys for Guardian's members in need.

The campaign will run through the end of the year.

Meditation garden gets council approval

Greenfield - The Common Council has approved a new meditation garden design for Kopps Frozen Custard, 7601 W. Layton Ave.

The revised plan, approved by aldermen Nov. 20 from an earlier version previously approved in April 2011, includes glass blocks that can be lighted from within.

Kopps can now proceed with construction.

School band wins $1,000 drawing

Greenfield - Don and Robb Hensiak, owners of Griddlers Café, presented a $1,000 Cascio Music shopping spree to the Greenfield Middle School band.

Griddlers Café celebrated its first anniversary in October and customers entered their favorite music program into a drawing for the gift card.

House of Harley looking toward 2013 events

Greenfield - The House of Harley, 6221 W. Layton Ave., is working on three events planned for next year.

They are its Indoor Custom Bike Show on Jan. 25 and 26; its 21st Annual Spring Bike Show, May 18; and the 2013 Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Milwaukee Rally, Aug. 28 to Sept. 2.

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