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Legendary Germantown football coach Datka to retire after season

Sept. 04, 2010 11:46 a.m. | It's official.

After the conclusion of 41 successful seasons on the sidelines for the Germantown football program, Germantown Hall of Fame coach Phil Datka will retire following the end of the 2010 season.

In a letter to the Germantown administration dated Aug. 24, Datka said: "All of my coaching friends have told me that I will know when "it is time" and I feel, for me, that "time" is now."

Datka began his career in the late 1960s with a one-year stint at the now defunct Frances Jordan High School before moving on to Germantown. During his time in Germantown, he established the Warhawks as a force to be reckoned with in first the Scenic Moraine, then the Braveland and currently the North Shore Conference.

His teams shared or won outright eight league titles and have qualified for the state playoffs 14 times, including state finals runs in 1979 and 1997 and WIAA state division 2 championships in 1998 and 2003. The Germantown stadium was re-named for him in 2003 and he is also a member of the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) Hall of Fame.

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All lanes open after Highway 41/45 crash that injured four

6:06 p.m. | All lanes of State Highways 41/45 near Holy Hill Road in Germantown have been reopened following a multiple-vehicle crash that critically injured several people Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.

Five vehicles were involved in at least three separate crashes and three helicopters were called to the scene to transport three patients with critical injuries, according to Germantown police and fire department officials.

Another person was transported from the scene by ambulance and the crash also involved at least one extrication, officials said.

The crash, reported about 2 p.m. in the northbound lanes, forced the closure of all lanes of the highway for about two hours. The southbound lanes were reopened about 4 p.m. and all lanes were open by 5 p.m., according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

UPDATE: Northbound Highway 41 in Germantown remains closed following crashes, drivers stalled

5:04 p.m. | Germantown — Traffic is at a near-standstill even on side roads following crashes on Highway 41/45 earlier this afternoon.

Three serious injuries have been reported at the crash scene that briefly had Highway 41/45 closed in both directions. Northbound is still closed, and likely will be until at least 7 p.m. according to Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell.

"I've driven in some slow traffic in my life, but I've never seen anything like this," said Janice Finke, who took Appleton Avenue as an alternate northbound route home to West Bend. "I think I've been either at a complete standstill or going about six miles per hour for about a half hour now."

According to an update from Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell, five vehicles were involved in three related crashes. Four injuries were reported, including three serious injuries, Hoell said.

The seriously injured have been transported by three separate medical flights, Hoell said, and the fourth by ground.

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UPDATE: Three seriously injured in Germantown crash that has Highway 41/45 closed in both directions

3:38 p.m. | Germantown — Three serious injuries have been reported at the crash scene that has Highway 41/45 closed in both directions.

According to an update from Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell, five vehicles were involved in three separate crashes. Four injuries were reported, including three serious injuries, Hoell said.

The seriously injured have been transported by three separate medical flights, Hoell said, and the fourth by ground.

Southbound traffic should be open again shortly, but northbound will be closed at least four hours to complete the crash investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

Fast Signs of Menomonee Falls receives national attention

8:58 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Local signs and visual graphics provider FASTSIGNS of Menomonee Falls has been named one of the top centers out of more than 570 locations worldwide at the recent 2015 FASTSIGNS International Convention.

The locally-owned and operated business received the Pinnacle Club Award, which is given to the centers ranked 26 to 125 in the U.S. and Canada for sales volume from the previous year.

"This award commemorates all of the hard work and excellent service our team at FASTSIGNS of Menomonee Falls provides every day," said owner Patrick Yates. "We want to thank our customers for their continued support and we look forward to helping them accomplish their business goals for 2015 and beyond."

Located at W173N9170 St. Francis Drive, FASTSIGNS of Menomonee Falls has been doing business in the area for 10 years. The center provides comprehensive visual communications solutions, including wall, window and floor graphics, architectural signs, trade show displays, way-finding solutions, vehicle wraps, digital signage and more.

"With the evolution of technology and my team's knowledge and experience, FASTSIGNS of Menomonee Falls offers creative solutions for any industry or business challenge," Yates said. "We're so much more than just sign makers. We're visual communications consultants, innovators, designers and marketing specialists dedicated to help local businesses thrive."

Plans proceed for former Falls Starbucks in Rivercrest Center

March 03, 2015 3:26 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — The former Starbucks location in Rivercrest Center will soon become a home to a new restaurant tenant.

The Village Board on March 2 unanimously approved a conditional-use permit that allows an addition to the northernmost tenant space in the building, which was vacated recently when Starbucks opened its new location with a drive-thru in Germantown on County Line Road.

Neighboring residents have spoken in favor of the proposed 712-square-foot addition, which would essentially fill in the existing footprint of the space, enclosing what was the patio space used by the coffee shop, with hopes to move in as soon as early spring.

The tenant has not yet been identified.

Water Council gathers at Bradley Corporation in Menomonee Falls

March 03, 2015 3:20 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — Representatives from almost 200 companies recently gathered at Bradley Corporation in Menomonee Falls for this year's quarterly meeting of the Water Council.

Based in Menomonee Falls, the manufacturer of commercial plumbing fixtures and equipment hosted the Milwaukee-based council on Feb. 18 at Bradley's headquarters and plant in Menomonee Falls.

In addition to hosting the meeting, representatives from 166 companies related to the water technology industry had an opportunity to tour Bradley's plumbing fixtures manufacturing facility and product display centers.

With four manufacturing plants located in the U.S., Bradley's commercial plumbing products combine the newest materials and technologies with durability, user accommodation and water conservation.

Landscape company in Menomonee Falls to increase staff by 40 percent

March 03, 2015 1:48 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — David J. Frank Landscape Contracting, Inc. is looking to increase its workforce by 40 percent this year, starting with a job fair this month.

The company employs 250 people, but plans to hire up to 100 more to meet the demands of its fast-growing design, construction and maintenance business.

The job fair will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, at the Hilton Gardens Hotel, 11600 W. Park Place.

Immediate openings include positions for construction crews, general laborers, landscape maintenance technicians, truck drivers, customer service reps, office help and more.

"We believe that our success is directly related to the quality of our staff, and we're committed to developing this important resource by providing ongoing training, great benefits and real career opportunities," said Dave Frank, President and CEO.

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Falls Plan Commission to review new commercial development plans near Woodman's

March 03, 2015 10:24 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — The Menomonee Falls Plan Commission will tonight review a proposal by the Boucher Group to develop a new Kia dealership and Ford Quick Lube and Service Center near Woodman's along Highway 41/45.

Located at N81 W12920 Leon Road, the proposed commercial development is on the agenda for conceptual review.

An amendment to the comprehensive land use plan, as well as a rezoning request to allow commercial development rather than industrial as the land is now zoned, would both need approval prior to the plans moving forward. Both are on the agenda tonight as well.

The commission meets at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Village Hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road.

Germantown approves raises for village staff

March 02, 2015 8:10 p.m. | Germantown — A group of 70 village of Germantown employees will soon see a raise. For some, it will be their first in three years.

At an estimated total amount of about $68,000, the village board voted 6-3 on March 2 to approve a 1.5-percent increase to salaries and wages of non-represented employees and up to 1.5 percent for the public works and technical and clerical union employees, to be finalized in negotiations.

Though there was some disagreement between board members regarding the board's intent to eventually move to a more merit-based raise system, trustee Terri Kaminski said the increase is the least the village can do in the meantime.

"I do not think 1.5 percent is a huge increase and I think our employees deserve it," said Kaminski, adding that employees in both unions have not seen raises since 2011. "When you start squabbling about 1.5 percent and you look at what the surrounding areas are paying, I think we're foolish."

Regardless of the amount in question, the lack of follow through with the merit-based concept is a reason trustee David Baum cited for voting against the change

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Menomonee Falls remodeling company receives high honors at state awards

March 02, 2015 4:08 p.m. | Menomonee Falls — For the second consecutive year, Connor Remodeling & Design has won three gold honors in the 2014 Wisconsin Remodeler's Awards, a landmark achievement in the annual Milwaukee/NARI competition among local remodeling and design companies.

The Menomonee Falls firm collected the contest's highest honors in three categories, including a residential kitchen and two residential baths, as well as a silver award for a residential interior element, which included an elaborate fireplace.

The family-owned company brings more than 50 years of combined professional experience to its designs and manages a broad spectrum of remodeling projects encompassing whole houses, lower levels, kitchens and bathrooms.

Lutz named new Menomonee Falls football coach

March 02, 2015 3:14 p.m. | Working from within, Menomonee Falls High School is proud to announce that Dan Lutz has been named head coach of the football program.

Lutz takes over for John Baker, who left the position to pursue a school administrator's degree.

Lutz, a current Falls assistant coach who was previously the head coach at Brookfield Academy, is excited to take over the program that he started as a volunteer with in the early 2000’s.

From that time, Lutz has gained invaluable experience as an assistant at
Brookfield Academy and Sussex Hamilton. Brookfield Academy named him the head coach in 2007.

Lutz guided the Blue Knights from the bottom to the top of the conference as they won the Midwest Classic North title in 2008 and took a
share of the crown in 2009.

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Germantown Village Board to consider compensation changes

March 02, 2015 10:32 a.m. | Germantown — Employee compensation increases for 2015 are on the agenda for consideration at tonight's Germantown Village Board meeting, to be held at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, N112 W17001 Mequon Road.

Also on the agenda is a request by the Germantown Fire Department to fill a vacancy, and discussion on a developer's ageement in tax-incremental financing district No. 4, which includes the Germantown Business Park.

Germantown resident says friends feel like family at the Just Betweeen Friends sale

March 02, 2015 8:08 a.m. | Germantown — It's kind of like Black Friday for all things baby, toddler and beyond.

Everywhere you look, there are hangers adorned with everything from the tiniest footed newborn sleeper to your five-year-old son's next Halloween costume. (He'll be going as Spongebob Squarepants). There are more toys than any daycare could ever hope for, with activity tables and baby walkers and that talking puppy every new mom thinks her baby needs to have. And there are even the less glamorous items, like breast pump supplies, burp cloths and diapers.

All of that was more than necessary for Susie Bruns, who said the Germantown/Port Washington Just Between Friends sale has been an incredibly helpful resource for her and her family of five since she started shopping the sale for her Irish triplets in 2008.

"At the time, I was working non-profit and my husband was working as a teacher, (so) we were on a budget," said Bruns, of Menomonee Falls. After a complicated first pregnancy, it was a surprise to Bruns and her husband to find out four months later they were expecting twins.

"I decided to check out the sale and immediately I was hooked," said Bruns, who still shops the sale for her three girls, and now consigns in it as well. "The customer service is fantastic...the team leaders are always walking around talking to the shoppers, putting thing in the hold area, handing out bags and organizing."

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Two people taken to the hospital following March 1 crash in Menomonee Falls

March 02, 2015 7:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Two people were transported to an area hospital after a single-car accident that occured on Mill Road near Lilly Road shortly after 5:30 p.m. March 1.

Mill Road was shut down in both directions for more than two hours.

There is no word whether police think alcohol was involved or on a cause for the crash, which remains under investigation.

Germantown girls basketball team in regional final after 56-46 win

Feb. 27, 2015 9:38 p.m. | The style points weren't quite there for the Germantown girls basketball team Friday night in its 56-46 WIAA regional semifinal victory over stubborn Sussex Hamilton.

All that matters, said senior all-star guard Taylor Higginbotham is this little fact:

"The whole season is important," said Higginbotham, who scored 22 points to lead all scorers, "but now is the time you play for. You want to keep playing. You want to be able to get to another series of practices."

Or in this instance, a rematch at red-hot Arrowhead (18-5) at 7 p.m. Saturday night in a WIAA regional final. Arrowhead, which has a 13-game win streak, edged Germantown, 50-49, back on Jan. 17 and also ended the Warhawks' season in sectional semifinal play in 2014.

"We let that one slip away," said Stuve of the January loss. "It was a lesson learned. We're a little better right now, but they may be the best team in the state right now. They're playing better than just about anybody out there."

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