News and Notes: July 24

July 24, 2012

St. Mary's Parish School upgrades its website

Menomonee Falls - St. Mary Parish School, a K3 through eighth-grade elementary school in Menomonee Falls, has launched its new Wordpress-based website at The new site is designed to feature streamlined searching and more intuitive navigation, extensive content about the school's academic, athletic and extracurricular offerings, photographs and testimonials from enrolled students and their families, a news and events blog, search engine optimized content, and direct access to faculty members.

Educational kiosk grant recognizes Tamarack Preserve

Menomonee Falls - As a result of a matching grant from the C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program through the Natural Resources Foundation, an educational kiosk was built on the Tamarack Swamp Preserve in Menomonee Falls.

The Tamarack Swamp Preserve, a forested wetland, is located north and south of Good Hope Road centered geographically in the center of the village of Menomonee Falls' boundaries straddling the sub-continental divide and generally fed through groundwater. The northern portion of the Tamarack Swamp drains to the north into the Menomonee River and the southern portion of the Tamarack Swamp drains to the Fox River.

The kiosk has been recently built at the location of the old elbow bend of Custer Lane and Shady Lane. There is an informal parking lot to stop and view the Tamarack Preserve. The kiosk will display information including an aerial photograph, information about the geology of the swamp and environmental information about the mammals, birds, trees and plants. Information about invasive species will also be included on the panels. Two metal panels will be permanent on the structure with other information interchanged throughout time.

A grand opening celebration of the kiosk is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Tamarack Preserve parking lot.

Froedtert Health adds three new physicians

Menomonee Falls - Froedtert Health Medical Group recently announced three new providers to its staff.

Vijay Bandhakavi, pulmonology/critical care; Ryan Burch, family medicine; and Drew Hietpas, internal medicine have joined Menomonee Falls Clinic.

Bandhakavi received his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College, University of Delhi, India, and completed his internship and residency at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation in La Crosse. Bandhakavi's professional areas of interest include smoking cessation, lung cancer, COPD and Sepsis.

Burch is board certified in family medicine, and his professional interests include sports medicine, preventive medicine, dermatology, and pediatrics.

Hietpas received his medical degree and completed his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He completed his internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call (262) 255-2500, or visit

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