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News & Notes: June 15

June 15, 2010

Cycling races in Shorewood, Thiensville today, Friday

Two North Shore villages will be the sites for Tour of Dairyland Pro-Am Bicycle Race Series.

The Shorewood Criterium Cycling Classic begins with a professional woman's race at 5 p.m. Thursday followed by two more races. The start/finish line is on Oakland Avenue at Marion Street. There are three events, with the final race concluding at 8 p.m.

Other events rounding out the day include a 6 p.m. Junior Bike Roll for neighborhood children ages 3 to 7 with helmets.

North Star American Bistro and The Establishment will sell food and beverages will be sold at Olive St. and Oakland Ave.

The Fiddleheads Coffee Criterium begins at 11:20 a.m. Friday in Thiensville, a first time venue for the race. Races will run consecutively, with 10-minute breaks between events, until 7:30 p.m. The start/finish line is on Main Street between Freistadt Road and Riverview Drive.

Other events taking place during the racing day include the Thiensville Volunteer Fire Department Beer Garden, a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Parade prior to Men's Pro Race at 6 p.m., a food and vendor area, children's play area and face painting, a 16-person pedal tavern shuttle and a Fiddleheads after-race party with live music.

County Line Road scheduled for reconstruction this summer

Mequon - A portion of County Line Road will be reconstructed this summer, with the City of Milwaukee managing the project. Mequon borders the north side of County Line Road, with Milwaukee on the south side from 124th to 68th streets. Brown Deer borders the south side from 68th Street to the Milwaukee River.

The road has been surveyed from Wasaukee Road (124th Street) to a 68th Street in preparation for construction but only the stretch from Wasaukee Road to Swan Road, (124th Street to 91st Street in Milwaukee County) will be rebuilt this year.

Construction would likely start in September and finish in November.

The remainder of the road, from Swan to 68th Street, would be rebuilt in 2011.

Mequon and Milwaukee will split the cost, with Mequon's share estimated at $1 million for the 2010 project and $750,000 for the 2011 portion. Mequon did not budget for the project in 2010 but will be discussing funding at an upcoming Finance and Personnel Committee meeting.

Mequon and Brown Deer are discussing the reconstruction of County Line Road from 68th Street to 52nd Street in 2011. The remaining strip of road would be rebuilt in the future when the state reconstructs the intersection of County Line and Green Bay roads.

Village considering stormwater quality management plan

Fox Point - In an effort to adhere to new state Department of Natural Resources regulatory requirements, the village is in the process of adopting a stormwater quality management plan that would address such issues as pollution and discharge.

The village retained consulting firm Strand Associates to review the options. In a presentation to the Village Board Tuesday, Strand representative Jon Lindert outlined a number of preliminary scenarios and cost options for the plan.

The cost of implementing a plan over a six-year span of time could cost more than $2 million, though the village could seek out grants to cover some costs from a variety of sources, including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Lindert is preparing a detailed report, and the board will review the document when it is completed within the next month. Once the report has been finalized, the board will continue its discussion of the plan.

Group looking for Washington High School graduates

Fox Point - A group of Washington High School graduates, Class of 1963, are looking for classmates. Marilyn Franklin said an organizing group is beginning plans for a 50th reunion in 2013. Anyone with information about class members can send an e-mail to makofr@sbcglobal.net or grodskylaw@yahoo.com.

Students give of themselves with service projects

Mequon - More than 400 Steffen Middle School students teamed up with teachers, staff and parent volunteers recently at a service day event designed to promote learning about the environment and strengthening communication and team-building skills.

The event, held April 28 at YMCA Camp Minikani in Hubertus, is an extension of a long-standing relationship between the school and camp. Since 1967, Steffen students have participated each fall in a four-day outdoor education program at the camp. This year, for the first time ever, the community service day also was implemented into Steffen programming.

Participants were involved in a number of projects during the community service project. Tasks included trimming and cleaning hiking trails, spreading wood chips, pulling invasive garlic mustard, cleaning cabins and stacking wood.

State Rep. Pasch Named 2010 Legislator of the Year

Whitefish Bay - Breastfeeding promotion, mental health insurance and sexually transmitted disease prevention are among state Rep. Sandy Pasch's (D-Whitefish Bay) legislative accomplishments, as is her latest honor as Wisconsin Public Health Association's 2010 Legislator of the Year.

Pasch was the lead sponsor on bills to authorize health professionals to prescribe STD medications for their patients' sexual partners, create mental health parity legislation, encourage breastfeeding and prohibit insurance companies from excluding coverage for injuries that result from alcohol or drug abuse.

Pasch has also been a leader on other health policy measures, including Wisconsin's statewide smoke-free law, human growth and development instruction, and child safety alarm requirements for child care vehicles.

The Wisconsin Public Health Association represents more than 400 professionals throughout the state. WPHA is the largest public health organization in the state and represents a wide variety of both public and private system partners.

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