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Menomonee Falls Village Board approves budget, slight levy increase

Nov. 20, 2012 6:45 a.m. | The Menomonee Falls Village Board on Monday approved a 0.95 percent increase to the property tax levy for the 2013 budget.

The 2011 tax rate was $5.1947 per $1,000 of assessed value; the 2012 rate has been set at $5.1997 per $1,000 of assessed value. The total levy for the 2013 budget is $21,915,109, which reflects a $205,589 increase, or a 0.947 percent rise from last year's levy of $21,709,520. The 2013 general operating budget also increased 0.9 percent.

Fees and utility rates will remain the same in 2013.

"This year, with very minimal increase in the tax rate, the direct impact to citizens is minimal," said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald. "We think in this economy, it would have made no sense to do anything radically different."

Since 2006, the total tax increase for a property valued at $250,000 was $29. For homes assessed at $250,000 and less, the 2013 budget reflects a tax increase of about $1.

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Civil War encampment and ice cream social at Old Falls Village

July 01, 2015 3:43 p.m. | An ice cream social has joined the Civil War encampment again this year Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, at Old Falls Village, at the southwest corner of Pilgrim Road and County Line Road, Menomonee Falls.

There will be one free ice cream to all who come to the Civil War encampment from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6 for adults, $2 for children 12 and younger, and those younger than 5 can get in for free. There is free admission all weekend to military veterans with military ID. Parking is free.

There will be children's games, kettle corn, hands-on pioneer activities in the barn, Train Depot Gift Shop and silent auction (ending at 1 p.m. Sunday). Great speakers include Mrs. Michna presenting as Mary Todd Lincoln at 3 p.m. Saturday and also presenting as Mary Ann Bickerdyke at 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event benefits the Menomonee Falls Historical Society.

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Fischer and Hamilton overpower Falls in key GMC baseball match-up

July 01, 2015 12:03 a.m. | Sussex Hamilton baseball coach Mike Schramek knows that when senior UW-Milwaukee recruit Alex Fischer is on the hill, the Chargers' chances of winning go up expotentially.

And it doesn't hurt when he gets a little support from his bats like he did tonight against archrival Menomonee Falls at Trenary Field.

Fischer battled some early control problems, but finished with seven strikeouts and five walks.

He also benefitted from six extra base hits from his teammates including a clinching three-run bomb of a homer from Mike Barnes in the sixth as the Chargers put a serious dent in the Indians' Greater Metro Conference regular season title hopes with a 9-2 decision.

"No doubt, that's our best line-up when he's out there," said Schramek. "I felt bad for our kids recently, because a lot of hard hit balls were finding their ways into gloves but tonight the balls found their spots."

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Menomonee Falls' Tokoto gets his NBA opportunity with Philly

June 30, 2015 2:13 p.m. | You just have to wonder, late on the evening on June 25, when former Menomonee Falls all-state Menomonee Falls basketball star J.P. Tokoto's name was called by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 58th overall pick in the National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft whether his Mom Laurence had a bucket of her famous chocolate chip cookies at the ready.

Because it was a moment worth celebrating.

With the selection, Tokoto joined the super elite fraternity of Falls' basketball players who have been selected in the draft.

The only other member of that select group, Bob Wolf, was happy for Tokoto.

"I watched it, it was a very nice honor for him," said Wolf. "I really hope it works out for him. I've been able to watch him play three or four times, and he's just a very, very athletic kid. That's going to be his biggest calling card and I think he'll have a very good chance to play in Philadelphia, because right now, his biggest attribute will be defense.

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Menomonee Falls' ace Weber returns and stymies Oak Creek, 6-2

June 29, 2015 10:07 p.m. | The tedium, boredom and frustration that nearly engulfed Menomonee Falls all-state pitcher Ty Weber during his month off because of an abdominal strain injury was replaced tonight by anxiety, fatigue and ultimately success as he made his comeback with an impressive 6-2 win over Greater Metro Conference leader Oak Creek.

"I was exhausted after facing the meat of their order," he laughed after striking out the Knights' freshman phenom Alex Binelas with the bases-loaded in the seventh, "but I wasn't on a pitch count, because I definitely feel a lot better. This is so much nicer than just sitting around and watching."

And his was a welcome return as with the win, the Indians are now 11-4 in league play and 16-5 overall, while the Knights lost their second straight GMC tilt to fall to 12-3 and 20-3, respectively.

The Illinois-recruit Weber had played but a few games and won only one contest pitching  before being hit by the strain. He was then very limited after that, missing several weeks completely before finally coming back last week, where he displayed his usual big bat and also threw a comfortable two innings of relief in a win over Franklin.

The nine-strikeout, four-walk effort was hardly perfect, but was a big jolt in the arm, said Indian coach Pat Hansen.

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Menomonee Falls baseball team still in GMC hunt despite Marquette loss

June 29, 2015 2:03 p.m. | There's still time to get things done for the Menomonee Falls baseball team, despite the frustrating 6-5 Greater Metro Conference loss to Marquette on July 27.

The loss broke a seven-game winning streak for the Indians and prevented them from pulling to within a game of GMC leader Oak Creek, which had lost to Franklin on July 26.

But with four games left on the league slate, Falls coach Pat Hansen is remaining optimistic, especially when the Indians are starting to hit the ball and with the fact that all-state pitcher/first baseman Ty Weber has finally worked his way back into the lineup after recovering from an abdominal injury.

Falls entered the week 10-4 in league play and 15-5 overall, while Oak Creek began the week at 12-2 in GMC action. The two were to have played on June 29.

Pending the weather, the Indians were to have finished their regular-season, league slate with four games, including a home game with Brookfield East on Thursday, July 2, and a road game at Brookfield Central on Friday, July 3.

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Kapco Classic title a step forward for Germantown baseball

June 29, 2015 1:43 p.m. | They brought home a plaque, and there were medals, too, and what's more, there was some winning baseball to be had for Germantown on June 27, when the struggling Warhawks found their step and beat both Kiel (3-2) and Pewaukee (6-4) to claim the first Kapco Classic at Concordia University.

Coupled with the 12-2 victory over Kettle Moraine on June 26, the Warhawks had recorded another season first, their first three-game winning streak.

"I'm really happy for the guys," said Warhawk coach Jeff Wolf. "We had come off a tough stretch of games with (18-1) West Bend West back-to-back and then other games where it always seemed like we were seeing the other team's No. 1 (pitcher).

"We beat some good teams; this was good for us."

The trio of victories improved Germantown to 9-11 overall and the team entered the week at 4-7 in North Shore Conference games. If the weather holds, the Warhawks will have four league games this week, including back-to-back contests with Grafton with a 5:30 p.m. home affair on Thursday, July 2.

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Germantown School Board meeting postponed due to lack of quorum

June 23, 2015 4:13 p.m. | The Germantown School Board scheduled for Monday, June 22, was canceled because not enough board members could attend the meeting. An official reschedule date has not yet been determined.

Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation golf outing raises $280,000

June 23, 2015 4:08 p.m. | The 16th annual Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Golf Outing was held on June 1 at the Silver Spring Country Club. The outing raised $280,000 for the foundation. The BRPF outing is one of the most successful outings in the state of Wisconsin. The foundation's goal is to find a cure for paralysis through funding the latest in medical research, and to provide assistance to those that suffer from neurological disorders.

Local artist and longtime BRPF friend Chuck Weber was selected to receive the first Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation Mike Strong Award. The award is given in memory of Bryon's brother, Mike Riesch, who passed away from cancer in October. The annual tribute is given to a person who exhibits the same qualities in which Mike Riesch lived by using their influence, talents, energy or time in effort to support the BRPF.

Washington County offices to close for holiday

June 23, 2015 4:03 p.m. | West Bend — The Washington County offices will be closed on Friday, July 3, in observance of the July 4th holiday.

The offices will be open for business as usual at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 6.

Menomonee Falls water report now available online

June 23, 2015 3:53 p.m. | The village of Menomonee Falls' annual water quality report is now available. The report compares how water in the community stacks up against established federal and state drinking water standards. It also provides details about the source and quality of drinking water.

The reports are no longer printed but they are available online at http://www.menomonee-falls.org/CCR. The village's utilities department can be contacted by calling (262) 532-4800.

2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee

June 22, 2015 12:45 p.m. | Welcome to summer! Area communities have numerous events planned to celebrate Independence Day 2015. If you know of an event you don't see listed here, drop us a line at news@jrn.com. Enjoy!

A list of 4th of July celebrations in Lake Country is a available here.

City of Brookfield 

Join the city of Brookfield as it celebrates Independence Day on Saturday, July Fourth. The day’s activities begin with a parade that starts at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Gebhardt Road at the driveway of Brookfield Central High School, turns right on Calhoun Road, left on North Avenue, and left on Norhardt Drive, where it ends at the corner of Civic Drive.

The annual citywide ice cream social takes place on the Civic Plaza immediately after the parade. Ice cream and lemonade are available. There will be a flag-raising ceremony and other entertainment.

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Village of Menomonee Falls to meet Tuesday night to select new trustee

June 22, 2015 12:38 p.m. | The Village of Menomonee Falls Board of Trustees will meet in special session at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, June, 23 at village hall, W156 N8480 Pilgrim Road, to select a replacement trustee.

The four candidates for the position will be interviewed beginning at 6 p.m., including Sean Corkum, David Glasgow, William E. Holz Sr. and Nina Jones.

After that, the board will vote on the new trustee.

Change from Tazinos to Pizza Crafters finalized in Menomonee Falls

June 22, 2015 9:50 a.m. | Pizza Crafters is taking the fresh salad and pizza bar concept to the next level. Now open in Menomonee Falls, Pizza Crafters claims to have kept the same approach as the predecessor, Tazinos, while adding a few twists.

Added are multiple bottled beverage choices including kid friendly, such as apple juice and milk, and adult friendly, such as beer with wine coming soon.

Made-to-order baked chicken wings are being tested for carry-out as well as dine-in and will be available in an array of flavors. Pizza Crafters is also working on establishing an outside dining area that will be launched in spring 2016.

The new owner, Tim Rohlfs, a former GM for Tazinos, said, "We are not looking to re-invent the wheel. We are just adding some air to the tires."

Menomonee Falls girls lose wild state soccer semifinal, 4-3

June 19, 2015 10:50 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls girls soccer team had heart, it had verve, and it had skill Friday night in its rousing 4-3 WIAA state D1 semifinal defeat to top-ranked DC Everest.

What the Indians needed was just a few more seconds.

Down a seemingly insurmountable 3-1 with just 8:42 left to play, the Indians staged a memorable comeback that came up just short.

Fueled by quick strike goals Kylie Sprecher at the 83:54 mark (on a nice feed from Tessa Estock) and another score from Maggie Greifenkamp at the 85:52 mark (Estock again), the Indians found themselves elated, tied and with an opportunity to repeat what the boys did last fall after an equally memorable semifinal win over Beloit Memorial:

Earn a berth in the state finals.

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Germantown Library Board to discuss 2016 budget

June 19, 2015 2:18 p.m. | The Germantown Library Board will hold preliminary discussions on its 2016 at its regular meeting Wednesday, June 24.

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Germantown Community Library's meeting room.

The next meeting will be July 22.

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