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News & Notes: June 18

June 18, 2013

McCarty Park pool

opens for summer

West Allis — McCarty Park swimming pool, 8214 W. Cleveland Ave., opened Saturday and is accepting signups for swimming lessons. Swimming lessons cost $38 for eight lessons.

Admission is limited to 100 students and some lessons start June 22.

Turkish Cultural Center

to have grand opening

Greenfield — The Turkish American Society of Wisconsin held a grand opening ceremony Saturday of its Cultural Center in Greater Milwaukee, 6011 S. 27th St.

The event featured cultural exhibitions, live Turkish music and authentic Turkish food.

The keynote speakers were the Honorable Fatih Yildiz, consul general of Turkey in Chicago; Greenfield Mayor Michael Neitzke; and State Rep. Daniel Knodl.

For information, visit www.taswi.org.

Wild Birds hosts

Wehr Friends drive

Greenfield — Wild Birds Unlimited, 4454 S. 108th St., will host a membership drive for the Friends of Wehr Nature Center from 10 a.m. to noon June 29.

Representatives of Friends of Wehr will be on hand to answer questions about the Friends and about wildlife in the area.

In a prepared statement, Wild Birds Unlimited Milwaukee owner Jackie Crivello said, "We encourage our customers to explore nature beyond their own backyards, and this event will make it easy to support our local parks."

As an added bonus, Wild Birds Unlimited is offering a $20 coupon to be used during the event so the first year of Friends membership will be on Wild Birds Unlimited, Crivello said. Some restrictions apply.

More information on the Friends of Wehr can be found at friendsofwehr.org or by calling (414) 425-8550.

195.4-mile relay race

comes through cities

Those near the Root River Parkway in Greenfield or areas of West Allis on June 7 may have seen the Ragnar Relay Chicago pass by.

The overnight 195.4-mile run from Madison to Chicago passed through Root River Parkway and parts of West Allis with 420 teams of 12 and 4,500 runners who ran day and night. They got to this area between 6 p.m. June 7 and 1 a.m. June 8.

Many of the runners were wearing costumes and had painted vans. The event was part of the national Ragnar Relay Series.

Irving students

join cancer fight

West Allis — On June 7, Irving Elementary School, 10230 W. Grant St., held a Field Day/Relay for life celebration and marched around the block to bring cancer awareness to the community.

The kids have been studying things they can do to prevent cancer and deal with it if they get it. Then they presented their findings to the rest of the school, teaching classmates that exercise, eating right, not smoking and wearing sunscreen are all good health habits that can reduce the risk of cancer.

They also raised more than $1,700 by selling popcorn at lunchtimes and through a raffle.

AT&T opens

new area store

West Milwaukee — Wireless Logic Inc, an authorized retailer for AT&T, held a grand opening recently of a new location in West Milwaukee at 1236 Miller Park Way, West Milwaukee.

In line with other AT&T Wireless Logic locations, West Milwaukee specializes in the all products and services AT&T offers, including UVERSE, wireless home phone, smartphones and tablets.

Students present

gene project in Boston

Greenfield — Members of the Greenfield High School SMART (Students Modeling A Research Topic) Team presented their findings on genome sequencing in Boston at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Conference.

Under the leadership of GHS science teacher Julie Fangmann, the SMART Team presented a poster it created with the Milwaukee School of Engineering on MGMT (0-6-methylguanine-DNA-methyltransferase), an enzyme that corrects mistakes in DNA.

Researchers believe that mutations in MGMT could cause mutations in DNA, possibly leading to cancer.

The Greenfield students' presentation centered on a family with an aggressive form of cervical cancer and its potential link to MGMT. The students worked with Dr. Liz Worthey of the Medical College of Wisconsin on the project.

"Attending this conference allowed them to explore the process of science at a higher level than they could normally," Fangmann said.

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