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Incumbents Baker, Springman defend seats on Brown Deer Village Board

April 02, 2013 10:42 p.m. | Brown Deer - Incumbents Jeff Baker and Gary Springman successfully defended their seats against newcomer Otto Bunge. Village President Carl Krueger ran unopposed for his seat.

Of Brown Deer's 8,513 registered voters, 27 percent came out to vote in the contest. Baker took home 43 percent of the vote. Springman received 38 percent and Bunge brought in 19 percent.

Board members serve for three years and earn $3,100 annually.

Unofficial results are:

Jeff Baker (i) 1,207

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Educator Harris left indelible influence on his students

Oct. 29, 2014 1:17 p.m. | A long-ago student remembered the words of her teacher, Mark Harris. "You are not lost," said Harris, then a teacher at Bruce Guadalupe School. "I won't kick you out of my class because that's what you want, and I won't give up on you."

A student who was being abused at home remembered finally being able to tell someone what was happening.

"I sat down in Mr. Harris' office across from his desk. I'll always remember the deep and sincere stare he had on his face. All of a sudden I felt safe. I told him everything. He was the first person to know the truth about my life and my pain."

A parent at Shorewood Intermediate School, where Harris was principal, recalled a scene. "I remember him standing in the cafeteria after lunch, shaking his head as a disaster of milk cartons, wrappers and half-eaten food were piled underneath the tables. He bent over and started cleaning up. Something I am sure he did not have to do."

They were among the remembrances on a memorial site for Harris, a beloved educator, who died Oct. 23 at St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee of complications of bronchial asthma, two days after being hospitalized. He was 40.

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Fantle takes over top job at NARI

Oct. 27, 2014 2:00 p.m. | David Fantle, Wisconsin's former No. 2 tourism official, has been named executive director of the Milwaukee chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Fantle, a veteran Milwaukee-area marketing and public relations professional, resigned in August as deputy tourism secretary after nearly four years with the state, saying he wanted to return to Milwaukee and end the daily commutes to Madison.

"Dave has the management experience, record of accomplishment and passion that will help Milwaukee/NARI continue to fulfill its mission of serving the area's remodeling industry and educating the public on the many advantages of selecting a NARI contractor for any home remodeling project," David Pekel, NARI board president and owner of Pekel Construction and Remodeling, Inc., said in a statement Monday announcing the hiring.

Fantle, a Bayside resident, also is a former vice president of Visit Milwaukee, and served in communications posts with Kohl's Corp. and Wisconsin Energy Corp.

Fantle is a past president of the Southeast Wisconsin chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and has served on the boards of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, the Wisconsin State Fair, Film Wisconsin, The Black Public Relations Society Milwaukee chapter, the Nicolet High School Foundation, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Jewish Community Center of Milwaukee and the Glendale Little League. He also served six years as a Bayside Village Trustee and Village President.

Glendale man pleads guilty to killing one son, wounding another

Oct. 27, 2014 11:25 a.m. | A Glendale man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally shooting one son and wounding another during a drunken encounter in their driveway in June.

Robert C. Washington, 57, had been scheduled for trial Monday but decided to plead guilty instead.

He faces up to 55 years in prison at his sentencing, set for Dec. 2.

Washington was charged in June with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Robert Curtis Washington II, 20, at their home in the 1000 block of W. Theresa Lane, and first-degree reckless injury for wounding Wesley Washington, 15.

Prosecutors dropped a weapon enhancement in return for the guilty pleas.

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Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Baun remarkable again as Brown Deer downs Pewaukee

Oct. 25, 2014 12:28 a.m. | It's fair to say that the Pewaukee Pirates have had enough of Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun and the Falcons prolific offense.

A week after accounting for nearly 400 total yards and seven touchdowns against the Pirates, Baun followed up with another superlative performance, rushing for 402 yards and six touchdowns to carry the host Falcons past Pewaukee, 49-40, in a WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game Friday night.

Baun scored five touchdowns of 39 or more yards, and the Falcons needed every spectacular play from him to hold off a game Pewaukee team eager to atone for a sloppy 48-21 loss at Brown Deer that concluded the regular season.

"He's a gamer isn't he? He's that ultimate competitor," said Brown Deer head coach Rob Green of Baun. "He is always one stiff arm or one move away from breaking something, so we didn't want to take the ball out of his hands, especially in the second half. He is a tough man to deal with."

Brown Deer (8-2) attacked Pewaukee's defense on the ground from their opening drive as it piled up 630 total rushing yards. In addition to Baun's eye-popping total, Nick Coleman added 135 rushing yards on eight carries, and David Hubbard ran for 85 yards, including a 71-yard scoring dash in the first quarter.

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Whitefish Bay makes a memorable trip north

Oct. 24, 2014 11:47 p.m. | A ground game that just kept churning up the yards and a defense that wouldn't let Oshkosh North establish anything was the winning combination for Whitefish Bay on Friday night.

The Blue Dukes shut out the Spartans, 28-0, in a WIAA Division 2, Level 1 playoff game at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's Titan Stadium to set up a Level 2 contest against North Shore conference rival Homestead, which advanced to the next round with a 49-0 win over Milwaukee Madison.

The Blue Dukes established what they were going to do on their first possession, driving the ball 72 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead on a 1-yard run by Van Bassindale before the first period was five minutes old.

Bassindale, who carried six times on the opening drive, credited the Blue Dukes' offensive line for opening holes that he and his fellow running backs could hit consistently for positive yardage.

"They did an outstanding job," Bassindale said. "We worked really hard at it all week. We worked had in the offseason and I'm glad it paid off tonight."

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Shorewood Intermediate School Principal Mark Harris dies after medical emergency

Oct. 24, 2014 9:52 a.m. | Shorewood — The Shorewood community is mourning the death of Shorewood Intermediate School Principal Mark Harris, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, after experiencing a medical emergency two days earlier.

Harris, 40, was hospitalized and not able to recover. He is survived by his wife, Erin, and their three children.

Superintendent Marty Lexmond said it was "heartbreaking" to lose a talented person who was a skilled educational leader, as well as a friend and colleague. He said Harris had a great sense of humor, as well as a unique ability to build relationships with young people.

"He was genuine, supportive and held students to high expectations at the same time," Lexmond said.

Lexmond said 25 additional school counselors and psychologists were on hand the day after Harris' death to help students, teachers and parents cope with the loss. The school was also open the following Saturday for families who wanted to create artwork or leave a message for the Harris family.

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Brown Deer sets terms to drop purchase plans for American TV site

Oct. 22, 2014 11:04 a.m. | The Village of Brown Deer will drop its offer to buy the former American TV & Appliance store if the property's owner submits a redevelopment plan by the end of November.

The provision to the village's purchase offer is designed to reassure prospective tenants of the redevelopment site that Brown Deer isn't planning to buy the property as long as a redevelopment effort is proceeding, said Nate Piotrowski, the village's community development director.

Village officials have been working with developer John Schlueter to find new uses for the vacant 80,000-square-foot building and its 10-acre lot at 6700 W. Brown Deer Road, Piotrowski said Wednesday.

Schlueter, who operates Front Line Commercial Real Estate LLC, said he has prospective tenants for the building, but declined to comment further because those pending leases aren't final.

Schlueter's $7.2 million bid to buy the former American TV stores in Pewaukee and Brown Deer, and 19 acres of vacant land in Oak Creek, was approved in April through a court-supervised receivership case.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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Mequon, Thiensville will get packages delivered on Sunday

Oct. 20, 2014 2:01 p.m. | The Thiensville Post Office will start delivering packages on Sundays to meet increased demand.

Thiensville Postmaster Chris Baltz said the post office, which also serves Mequon, will start Sunday package deliveries this week on Oct. 26. In fiscal year 2013, the Postal Service saw a 6 percent increase in package volume over the previous year. An additional 12 percent increase was recorded last holiday season, totaling 420 million packages.

Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Whitefish Bay boys soccer team holds on to beat Nicolet, 2-1

Oct. 16, 2014 10:29 p.m. | No style points, no extra points for flashy goals.

Just survive and advance.

That's what the top-seeded in WIAA State D2 Whitefish Bay boys soccer team did Thursday night, when it took a 2-0 lead and then had to hold off a spirited rally from area rival Nicolet in a 2-1 WIAA regional final decision at Lubar Stadium.

"It's just all about the winning the game," said Blue Duke coach Jeff Worzella, whose team had to play the final 37 or so minutes a man down due to a controversial red card to leading scorer Evan Conway.

"They (the Knights) were able to change the momentum (in the second half) and they did a good job of winning the 50/50 balls and denying us rebounds off of shots. They got a little life after our defensive breakdown and after that, we knew we just needed to possess the ball and win the game."

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Concern over booth site thrusts Jewish students into church-state debate

Oct. 12, 2014 4:49 p.m. | Jewish students from Nicolet High School gathered Sunday at a nearby home to build a sukkah, the temporary structure — a kind of booth — erected for the annual harvest festival of Sukkot.

The Ironwood Road site wasn't their first choice. They had hoped to return to Nicolet's courtyard, where they built it last year. But Nicolet had received complaints about the appropriateness of the religious symbol on public school grounds.

It wasn't a Christian group that objected. Or the litigious Freedom From Religion folks in Madison. In an unexpected twist on a familiar religious liberty narrative, it was fellow Jewish students who raised concerns, uneasy about what they saw as a breach of the separation of church and state.

"The prevailing view in the Jewish community is for a strong line between religion and government," said Elana Kahn-Oren, a Nicolet parent and executive director of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation's Jewish Community Relation's Council, who approached Nicolet Principal Greg Kabara on behalf of the group.

"We really value the separation of church and state. And we recognize that it protects us and all religious minorities," she said.

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