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Residents have mixed opinions over golf course land

Dec. 12, 2013 12:37 p.m. | Differing opinions emerged Wednesday as dozens of people filled Germantown Village Hall to discuss the fate of the Blackstone Creek Golf Course.

The Village Board on Monday will vote on a purchase agreement to buy 153 acres of the golf course from property owners Troy Schmidt and Frank Romano. If this happens, a long-range plan will be developed to ultimately turn the land into a public park that would lie in the heart of the village. In turn, Schmidt and Romano would develop a 40-acre parcel along Mequon Road with retail, and single- and multi-family housing.

Some residents are in favor of the proposal. They see the need for more recreational opportunities for children and young families, including more baseball, softball and soccer fields. Others say if the village loses the golf course, it's losing one of its most valuable amenities.

"The golf course is an asset to the community," Germantown resident Marv Klowak said. "There's a lot of recreation for all ages, it brings in jobs, stimulates the economy. We've lived here for 20 years and, for me, the golf course was one of the factors of why we moved here."

Even if this land deal fails to go through, there is no guarantee the golf course will remain open, Village President Dean Wolter said. If the village doesn't buy it and it's sold, there's a chance no one in Germantown could use it.

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Moore, Doran strive to keep Germantown softball a success

12:38 p.m. | Maintaining that same high level of consistency no matter the graduation turnover is a point of pride for the Germantown girls softball team, and the Warhawks, led by Now All-Suburban selections Michelle Moore and Emily Doran, did that just year with yet another North Shore Conference title and their fourth straight WIAA state tournament berth.

"No one wants to be the year, the group where they mess things up," said Doran, a junior third baseman. "Everyone knows that there is a lot riding on it. There's a great amount of pride that's built from experiencing it (winning)."

Junior pitcher Moore added, "We really think about it. We definitely want to keep things going, keep Germantown out front, but we also want to make sure that we have fun, too, and if we do that, all the wins and titles just fall into place."

The Warhawks made the WIAA state quarterfinals, losing a heartbreaker to DeForest to finish with a final mark of 23-6. They did this despite only four seniors on the roster.

But because of the substantial club experience these players have, they remain battle-tested. Moore, a self-proclaimed power pitcher who has been playing softball since she was 7 years old, had an awful tournament experience last season where she simply could not execute despite going in with a positive frame of mind.

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Menomonee Falls baseball team looking for momentum in GMC tourney

July 06, 2015 9:33 p.m. | The opportunity was there for the Menomonee Falls baseball team in the Greater Metro Conference race, but the Indians couldn't quite get there, going 2-2 in league games last week and ending up in a tie for third in the final regular season standings.

Falls (12-6 in league play and 18-7 overall) pulled a 6-2 upset of regular-season champion Oak Creek on June 29 but then fell to archrival Sussex Hamilton 9-2 on June 30. They edged Brookfield East 6-5 on July 2 and fell to Brookfield Central 5-1.

Pending the outcome of the July 6 Hamilton-West Allis Central game, they were either the third or fourth seed in this week's GMC Tournament. Games will be played all the way through the 1 p.m. Thursday, July 9, final at Kapco Park in Mequon.

Falls will then have a nonconference doubleheader to close the regular season at UW-Whitewater on Friday, July 10, against Classic 8 runner-up Waukesha West, starting at 2 p.m.

The WIAA tournament will start the following week.

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Gonstead-Kiley

July 06, 2015 4:33 p.m. | Elizabeth Gonstead of Menomonee Falls and Benjamin Kiley of De Pere are planning a October 10, 2015, wedding at The Bennett Barn in Milford.

Parents of the future bride are Beth and Randy Gonstead of Menomonee Falls and the future groom's parents are Paula and Don Kiley of De Pere.

The future bride earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Edgewood College and earned a master's degree in psychology at Walden University. She works as an intoxicated driver assessor at Journey Mental Health Center in Madison.

The future groom studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a service administrator at Penske Truck Leasing in Madison.

GMC champ Menomonee Falls softball team earns four All-Suburban nods

July 06, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Rarely does a high school team in any sport have the level of experience and leadership the Menomonee Falls softball team had this season.

The senior trio of pitcher/all-purpose player Kelly Berglund, catcher Justine Ertl and third baseman Brittany Robinson have all been on varsity since their freshmen years and have known nothing but success including four straight Greater Metro Conference titles and WIAA state tournament berths in 2013 and 2014.

They finished out their careers with another league title and came up just short of a third straight state tourney slot when they ran into a red-hot Watertown team in the WIAA sectional final. They still finished with a 23-4 record and earned a host of postseason accolades.

Berglund was named GMC league Player of the Year, while Robinson was also a first-team All-GMC selection. Along with junior outfielder Stephanie Cole, the trio all earned first-team Now All-Suburban team honors. It is the second berth for both Berglund and Ertl, while Robinson and Cole made it for the first time.

"It was a matter of growing into our positions and earning our leadership roles," said Ertl, who battled a wrist injury but still enjoyed great success this spring. "There was a lot of talent on the team, but everybody knew their roles and worked together really well."

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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.

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.

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