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News & Notes: Jan. 21

Jan. 21, 2014

Greenfield key

in drive to help needy

Greenfield — For a second year, the peanut butter drive that Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn started and kicked off last week involves all fire departments in Milwaukee County.

Last year, Hunger Task Force officials said they needed peanut butter more than anything, Cohn said. It's packed with protein and appeals to all ages. So, he organized all fire departments in Milwaukee County to be collection points.

The drive has no end date, and people can drop off donations anytime at some 60 fire stations, including the Greenfield Fire Department locations at 5330 W. Layton Ave. and 4333 S. 92nd St.

In addition, Cohn and the Hunger Task Force are having early discussions of making safety educational materials available to people when they pick up peanut butter, he said.

Police get raises, but

pay more for pensions

West Allis — West Allis police will get 2 percent raises in 2014 and 2015, with increases in pension contributions that in 2015 will be the same as other municipal employees now pay.

Act 10, the state law that requires pension contributions from public employees, exempts police and firefighters, but police agreed to the pension arrangement.

That agreement to pay as much as other city employees toward pensions is significant, said City Administrator Paul Ziehler. Police saw how others are being affected and wanted to make a fair wage and benefits offer, he said.

New 'citizen member'

takes seat on board

Greenfield — Tracy Jendrzejek, the Greenfield School Board's new nonvoting, non-elected member, attended her first board meeting last week.

Appointed by the School Board, she is a former president of the Maple Grove School PTO.

The board approved a special member after dropping its business administration committee where a "citizen member" served. The goal is to get a wider breadth of input.

"They see things that maybe we don't see," said School Board President Bruce Bailey.

New wellness business

opens in West Allis

West Allis — Motivation Central Station, a new health and wellness business, has opened its doors at 2185 S. 83rd St.

The business offers weekly classes in developing what owner Jim Rauth calls the eight dimensions of an individual's life: physical, emotional, intellectual, career, financial, environmental, spiritual and recreational.

One-on-one sessions are available, too. Classes are offered at various locations.

The business will also help companies and corporations develop programs for their employees.

More information is available at (414) 617-8027 or http://BeHappyLiveNow.com

First garden plots

to be available in park

West Allis — Applications are being accepted for the first community garden to be opened by the West Allis-West Milwaukee Community Garden Committee this spring in Rainbow Park.

The garden plots will be on the west side of the park, off the 700 block of 119th Street near Walker School and tennis courts. Two sizes — 20-by-20 feet and 14-by-16 feet — are available. The cost is about $20 to $30.

A diagram of the garden plots and an application form can be obtained through the University of Wisconsin Extension by calling (414) 256-4606 or by emailing rental.gardens@ces.uwex.edu.

The Milwaukee County Parks also are collaborating in the garden plot effort. Residents are encouraged to apply soon, because nonresidents will be allowed to have plots as part of the joint project.

The Community Garden Committee will continue to encourage creation of new garden sites in various West Allis-West Milwaukee locations and promote healthy living.

The committee meets at 3:30 p.m. the first Tuesdays of each month at the West Allis Public Library and newcomers are welcome to come and learn more about it, discuss gardening and possibly join the committee.

Scout commended

for beautification project

West Allis — West Allis Mayor Dan Devine has issued a proclamation commending Boy Scout Samuel Skogstad for his Eagle Scout service project of restoring and expanding landscaping planters to help beautify the property of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in the city.

Samuel recruited, organized and lead his fellow Scouts to do the project.

Rotary reaches out

for new members

West Allis — The Rotary Club of West Allis is seeking more members who will help with its mission to support local, national and international causes.

At home, the Rotarians have contributed $20,000 in food and food certificates to the West Allis community since 2009. Households are selected in partnership with the West Allis-West Milwaukee Health Department.

Internationally, the Rotary Club supports efforts to eliminate polio and to bring fresh water to parts of the world where safe water can't be taken for granted.

More information is available from John Ash at (414) 807-3811.

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