News & Notes: June 26

June 26, 2012

St. Mary School receives exemplary status award

Menomonee Falls - Principal of St. Mary Parish School Linda Joyner recently announced that the school has been awarded exemplary status in the area of Catholic identity for the second consecutive accreditation cycle.

The exemplary recognition program honors schools that have demonstrated innovation and outstanding results in one of six key areas. In October 2011, St. Mary was fully accredited by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Association and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

St. Mary was recognized for intentional planning to integrate Catholic teachings across the entire curriculum, as well as for service projects at all grade levels that empower students to be of service to their parish and community. The school was also recognized for making morning meetings an approach to meaningful prayer, reflection and dialogue among students at all grade levels, plus having a staff united and focused on developing their own faith as well as their students' faith.

St. Mary will be honored at the 2012 Archdiocesan Educators Convention on Oct. 12 at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee. This accreditation is valid for five years.

Community Foundation offers grants to nonprofit groups

Menomonee Falls - The Waukesha County Community Foundation is looking for nonprofit organizations to apply for available unrestricted funds.

Brief letters of intent are due by Aug. 1, when they will be reviewed by the volunteer grants review committee. Grant decisions will be made later in the year.

More information is available on the foundation's website at

The Waukesha County Community Foundation is a permanent pool of endowment funds created in 1999 to assist charitable donors in providing grant support to nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on Waukesha County.

For information, call Lynne Foltz at (262) 513-1861.

Washington County approves gap financing for Nova-Kem

Germantown - The Washington County Board of Directors approved last week low-interest gap financing of $500,000 in support of a $6.8 million expansion project in Germantown for the Illinois-based company Nova-Kem LLC.

The company, with the help of gap financing, is expecting to create 48 new, full-time positions over the next three years.

As a result of this approval, Economic Development Washington County will extend an offer letter to Nova-Kem detailing the proposed terms of the funding incentive.

Nova-Kem was established in March 2012 as a subsidiary of ProChem Inc., a 26-year-old Rockford, Ill.-based chemical production company specializing in the creation and production of compounds used in industrial and high-tech applications. The company acquired earlier this month the former Cambridge Major Labs facility on Edison Drive in Germantown, initially to grow its research and development capacity and to accelerate speed to market for new products.

The jobs to be created by Nova-Kem at the Germantown facility include chemist, technician, manager and marketing positions.

EDWC Executive Director Christian Tscheschlok said the project far exceeds fund objectives, creating nearly two jobs for every $20,000 in incentive funds and drawing nearly $14 of private investment for every dollar of incentive funds offered.

The program is funded through the county's planned use of sales tax revenue.

Free immunizations available at Health Department

West Bend - The Washington County Health Department, 333 E.Washington St. in West Bend, is offering immunizations to all children 18 and younger who live in the county at no charge.

Parents are required to bring previous immunization records to appointments and must accompany children.

To schedule an appointment, call (262) 335-4462 and press "0."

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