News and Notes: Sept. 11

Sept. 11, 2012

Village board approves bond for Kohl's Corp.

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board last week unanimously approved the issuance of a $10,050,000 bond to fund projects revolving around the relocation of the Kohl's headquarters to Woodland Prime Business Park in the Falls.

The funds will go toward relocation fees and the construction of a new building, part of a 900,000-square-foot development.

Closing on the property Kohl's is purchasing for its new company headquarters, north of Good Hope Road between Highway 45 and Appleton Avenue, is slated for Sept. 28.

Five people given Falls Friends of Education awards

Menomonee Falls - Five people were given Friends of Education awards during the Menomonee Falls School District annual meeting Monday.

Dee Dee Ternes was given the award for starting Project Prom Dress, which provides girls who cannot afford prom clothing with dresses, shoes and accessories. She also organized a school supplies drive for district students.

Mike Grzesiak has coached 17 teams in five different youth programs and serves as Menomonee Falls Youth Basketball Association president. He received the award for his service to children over the last five years.

Ron Burling passed away in 2011. His family received the Friends of Education award on his behalf. Burling taught in Menomonee Falls from 1972 to 1997 and coached several athletic teams.

Linda Meyers, an employee at Quad Graphics, received the award for her work promoting the graphic arts, doing job presentations and scheduling field trips at Quad plants.

Nate Taffel is a Holocaust survivor who shares his life story with freshmen students as part of their history class. He spreads the message "don't hate" and details his past when he was separated from his parents and family, beaten and subjected to work camps. He was given an award for his willingness to share his painful story.

Village to keep recycling and garbage fees the same

Menomonee Falls - The Menomonee Falls Village Board voted last week to keep recycling and garbage fees the same as last year.

The fee for refuse and recycling services will remain at $100.12 per residential unit.

PTA president given Distinguished Service Award

Menomonee Falls - Amy Ignasiak is the only parent in the history of the Menomonee Falls School District to serve as PTA president at five different levels.

She has been president of PTAs in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools and of the districtwide PTA council. For her service, Ignasiak was awarded the Distinguished Service Award at the school district's annual meeting Monday.

Ignasiak started her service when she volunteered to help at a book fair at Shady Lane Elementary 17 years ago. She has worked for the PTA ever since and currently serves as president of the PTA Council for the district.

The board of education started the award in 2002 to honor those individuals who have given graciously of their time and talents over a number of years to the district and community.

Germantown School District logo undergoes minor face-lift

Germantown - The Germantown School Board voted Monday to update the district logo.

The board voted to keep the same graphic but change the wording around the graphic to reflect the district's mission statement. The logo will now read "Empower and Inspire Every Student to Success."

Free car seats available to low-income families

West Bend - The Washington County Health Department again received a grant from the Bureau of Transportation to purchase car seats for low-income families.

Families are eligible for reduced-cost car seats if they are at 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The Health Department is partnering with agencies who service low-income households to find qualifying families. Clients are provided a voucher by those agencies. Vouchers are redeemed at the Health Department, 333 E. Washington St. in West Bend.

The Health Department's permanent fitting station is open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday to help families ensure their car seats are properly installed.

Call Michelle Large at (262) 335-4742 at the fitting station for an appointment or for information on car seat safety and installation.

High school students can now register for October ACT

Iowa City, Iowa - Registration is now open for the Oct. 27 ACT college readiness exam.

Students who wish to take the exam must register by Sept. 21 online at or by mail. Paper registration forms can be obtained from school counselor offices.

The cost to take the ACT without a writing test is $35; the cost with the writing test is $50. Fee waivers are available to students who can't afford the registration fee. Students should apply for a fee waiver through their school counselor's office.

During registration, students may select up to four colleges or universities to which to automatically send their scores at no additional charge. All four-year colleges and universities in the United States accept ACT scores for admission purposes.

Safari Club donates to archery program

Germantown - The Wisconsin Chapter of Safari Club International has donated $1,250 to the Germantown Park and Recreation Department for archery equipment for the newly developed archery program to be held at Dheinsville Park.

In a news release, the department said the program would not be possible without the Safari Club's support.

New book inspired by Menomonee Falls story

Menomonee Falls - "Dog Woman," a novel inspired by a true story that took place in Menomonee Falls, is now available in paperback.

The author, Gail Grenier, was a longtime feature writer and columnist for CNI newspapers, writing then as Gail Grenier Sweet.

"Dog Woman" tells the story of a lonely boy whose life changes after he befriends an artistic recluse who keeps a pack of Siberian huskies and a wolf-dog. It's a fictional version of an account Grenier wrote in 1990 for the Menomonee Falls News.

"Dog Woman" is an uplifting story that shows the power of friendship and how tragedy can transform. It offers a peek into the lives of people who live just outside "normal." The book is for adults and proficient young readers.

Grenier lives with her husband in Menomonee Falls and has taught creative writing for publication at Waukesha County Technical College for 20 years.

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