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Packers' A.J. Hawk to sign autographs in Brookfield

Dec. 03, 2012 4:44 p.m. | Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk will sign autographs at the grand opening celebration of ATI Physical Therapy in Brookfield, located at 17500 W. Bluemound Road, Suite B, Dec. 11.

The celebration will kick off with a broadcast of ESPN Radio's Homer and Thunder show live from the clinic from 2:30 to 5 p.m. A.J. Hawk will be available for autographs from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

ATI, the Official Physical Therapy Provider of the Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers, is a provider of physical therapy and sports medicine services. ATI has 16 locations in Southeastern Wisconsin and more than 200 locations nationwide.

Video: How to navigate construction surrounding the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair

1:40 p.m. | West Allis — The Interstate 94 freeway ramps and streets around the fair are open to handle the surge of traffic starting Thursday with the opening of the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair.

That's a relief to West Allis Mayor Dan Devine who said, "They told us several times that it all would be open."

Freeway ramps at 84th Street have been closed for the massive Zoo Interchange rehabilitation project, as has the crucial Kearney Avenue that takes traffic coming from the west and exiting at 84th Street into the north end of the fair. The fair extends from 84th to 76th streets.

What will not be open is the 76th Street bridge over Interstate 94, a major route from the north to the fair's 76th Street entrance and to the fair entrance on Greenfield Avenue.

Instead, fair officials recommend taking 70th Street south to Greenfield Avenue and entering at 78th Street.

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas holding virtual Town Hall meeting on Twitter

11:54 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.

Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.

Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.

Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.

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Top 10 things to see and do at the Wisconsin State Fair

July 29, 2014 9:06 a.m. | This year's Wisconsin State Fair is the can't miss summer event of the season. With more than 30 free stages of entertainment, 100 different foods on a stick, and a cornucopia of cream puffs, what more could a Wisconsinite want?

The fair runs Tursday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 10, at 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. through midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the final Sunday of the fair.

Check out the top 10 things to see and do before you plan your trip to the fair and follow my blog Fair E-tales for the latest and greatest in fair happenings. On Wisconsin!

1. The Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit

For all the history buffs out there, the Wisconsin State Fair History Exhibit at the south end of the Exposition Center is the place to be. The exhibit includes pieces from iconic fair favorites, such as the original cream puff, Mille's Sausages, the Giant Slide and more. Test your knowledge after checking out the retro displays and take a fair quiz for a chance to win some fairy cool prizes.

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Brookfield Central turns back Homestead for state title, 9-2

July 25, 2014 10:28 p.m. | When a team has a pitching staff made up of spit and bailing wire like Homestead baseball coach Ernie Millard admits that he had this season, don't be surprised when the spit dries or the wire frays sometimes.

Much like it did Friday night at Kapco Park in the WIAA State Summer Baseball championship game, as Brookfield Central woke its long slumbering bats and beat Homestead for its fourth state title in a 9-2 decision.

"That has been a ghost that has clung to us all season long," said Millard of his pitching, "and tonight it finally caught up with us. We competed like crazy. ....but we knew we would have to play a perfect game to beat them."

The loss denied the Highlanders a fourth  state title of their own ( to go along with crowns in 1974, 1978, and 1994) and closed out a compelling season at 26-8.

Meanwhile, the high-expectation Lancers (29-6) resurrected a season that had started out fast at 21-1, and then hit a major skid with a 1-5 run that cost them the Greater Metro Conference title and a lot of their confidence.

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Lancers romp to state title, 9-2, over Homestead

July 25, 2014 9:45 p.m. | Mequon  Brookfield Central easily defeated Homestead, 9-2, on Friday night to win the WIAA State Summer Baseball Championship at Kapco Park in Mequon.

The Lancers finished 29-6 and earned their fourth state title, tying Oak Creek for most championships. Central previously won titles in 1969, 1976 and 2000. They have made seven appearances now, the last time in 2001. This is coach Jeff Bigler’s first trip to the state tournament with the Lancers in his 12 year career.

“We knew we had the talent to win it,” Bigler said. “Experiencing what we experience in team sports is what life is all about. You’re on top of the world – 21-1 – then you had the lowest of lows where you drop three straight conference games and you don’t win the title that you covet in the Greater Metro Conference which I think is the greatest conference in the state.

“The you pick yourself back up, coming back and playing your best baseball. There were a lot of naysayers. A lot of people saying we couldn’t do it. People were saying what’s wrong with Brookfield Central?  Obviously, nothing is wring with Brookfield Central.”

The state title game had one surprise hero, but it was definitely a team victory. When one of the Lancers top three pitchers Luke Sommerfeld struggled, allowing two runs, two walks, a hit batter, a single and a double in one-plus inning of work, Bigler didn’t hesitate to call on Matt Ausloos, who came to the mound from centerfield.

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Lancers nip Plymouth, 2-1, move on to state finals

July 25, 2014 4:56 p.m. |

Senior Elijah Goodman turned up the heat when he had to and unsung heroes Josh Peltier and Riley Keays came up big to lead Brookfield Central to a 2-1 victory in the WIAA State Summer Baseball semifinals Friday afternoon at Kapco Park.
 
Goodman pitched a complete game 2-hitter, walking two and fanning 13 to out duel Plymouth junior Zac Cain, who was also outstanding, allowing four hits, three walks while fanning six.
 

“Everyone said that we beat them, 13-1, in the first meeting,” coach Jeff Bigler said. “That was not the game I knew we were going to be playing. This kid (Cain) pitched against us last time and for whatever reason, things just snowballed on him. That was not indicative of the way that they play. They are a legit team and he is a legit pitcher who can play on any team in the state. He competed at a high level and that kid pitched his heart out.”

With the game scoreless through fourth, Central broke through first in the top of the inning.

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Lancers win sectional title, first trip to state since 2001

July 21, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Brookfield Central seniors Elijah Goodman and Luke Sommerfeld stepped up big time and pitched the Lancers to wins over Pewaukee and Sussex Hamilton on Monday at the WIAA Sectional at Waukesha West.

Luke Sommerfeld tossed a 1-hitter and defeated the Chargers, 4-0, while Matt Ausloos had an RBI single in the first, Jerrad Shipman and Riley Richarz added RBI singles in the fourth and Josh Peltier had a beautiful hit and run RBI single in the sixth.

Sommerfeld retired the final 14 batters in the game, walked on and fanned six.

Goodman beat Pewaukee, 6-1, in the semifinal win, as Sommerfeld stroked a 3-run homer in the first. Riley Keays and Aaron Hammond added RBI singles to key a 3-run fifth.

Goodman pitched a 3-hitter and fanned 12 batters, while walking three.

Menomonee Falls baseball team beats BC in GMC third place game

July 10, 2014 9:50 p.m. | Back on June 13, Brookfield Central pitcher Luke Sommerfeld and the Lancer bats dominated an inexperienced Menomonee Falls baseball team that was still trying to figure things out by a 12-2 count.

What a difference a month makes.

On Thursday, with the same line-up they had in that June contest, the Indians got off to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never trailed, beating Sommerfeld and the Lancers by a 7-5 count in the Greater Metro Conference Tournament third place game.

"This is huge for our confidence," said Indian coach Pat Hansen. "The last time we played them at their place (the June 13 game), they just beat us up.

"...This shows we've come quite a long ways."

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Lancers late rally falls short; drop 4-2 decision to Hamilton

July 09, 2014 5:56 p.m. | Brookfield Central dropped a 4-2 decision to Sussex Hamilton today and Brookfield East beat West Allis Hale, 6-4, and both teams will finish up tomorrow in the Greater Metro Conference's third and final day.

The Spartans, who are 2-0 in two 7:30 am games this week, will meet Oak Creek (1-1) at 10 am.  The Lancers (1-1) will face the loser of today's semi-final game between MUHS and Menomonee Falls.

SPARTANS

Sophomore Jake Smith and junior Alex McGuire stopped Hale, 6-2, holding the Huskies to seven hits, three by Mials McMurray. McGuire came on in the sixth and worked 1 2/3 shutout innings.

Junior Andrew Holmes smashed a two-run single and scored on the shortstop's error as East scored three runs in the fourth.

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Light industrial development in works for Brookfield

July 09, 2014 7:00 a.m. | A light industrial development could be coming to a Town of Brookfield site that is the target of a possible annexation by the City of Brookfield.

The 27 acres is located north of Gumina Road and west of the intersection of Capitol Drive and Gumina Road. The city Plan Commission recommended establishing a temporary light industrial/commercial mixed-use district zoning for the site at its Monday night meeting.

Developer Chris Leffler said he doesn't yet have specific plans for the site. Property owners BLR Inc., which Leffler operates, and Ursula Willkomm want the site annexed by the city in otder to provide municipal sewer and water lines for future development, Leffler said.

The Common Council could consider the annexation request at either its July 15 or Aug.19 meeting, said Dan Ertl, community development director. 

Blood donations: Mosquitoes are feasting on Milwaukee-area residents

July 07, 2014 6:56 p.m. | Wisconsin's state bird is back.

With apologies to the robin, which happens to be the actual state bird, Wisconsin seems to grow its mosquitoes big, fat and nasty. The mosquitoes now showing up like paparazzi at picnics are inland water mosquitoes known as aedes vexans.

Which is Latin, more or less, for "super annoying."

"For us it's been a bad mosquito year," said P.J. Liesch, manager of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab. "The mosquitoes are pretty happy, they're doing well."

Creatures with warm blood coursing through their veins already know that.

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Sustachek's no-hitter lifts Oak Creek baseball team to GMC title

July 03, 2014 11:58 p.m. | He never threw anything close to a no-hitter before, not even in grade school but give Oak Creek senior pitcher Jesse Sustachek credit for having good timing.

Make that magnificent timing.

In the game of his young life, the Knight hurler guided his team to a share of the Greater Metro Conference regular season baseball title with a one-walk, 3-0 no-hitter over powerful Brookfield Central Thursday night.

"Jesse is rapidly turning into one of the best big game pitchers we've ever had," said coach Scott Holler. "He's not going to blow you away with his velocity. ...but he was able to get ahead in the count with off-speed stuff. He got ahead with the curve and the slider and then he was able to spot his fastball on one and two-strike counts."

With the win, the defending GMC champion Knights, who were scuffling last week with three losses in six tries behind a myriad number of errors and walks, launched themselves into a tie for the title with Marquette at 15-3 (18-6 overall), while the Lancers, who had controlled the league race for much of the season, fell into third at 14-4.

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Brookfield to pick up tree damage

July 02, 2014 4:47 p.m. | Beginning July 7, city of Brookfield crews will start to pick up tree damage from the recent wind storm from residential properties.

If you have tree damage and want the City to pick up this material, call the City Highway Division, (262) 782-5029, or send an email to Highway@ci.brookfield.wi.us by July 15.

Provide your address and the date you will have all tree damage material set out for pick up. Crews will coordinate pick up of material by neighborhood for efficiency.

This work will continue through July 18.

Property owners will be required to cut up the tree damage and place it at the edge of the road for city crews to pick up. Follow the guidelines below for proper length of material and where to place it so city crews can pick it up. If the material does not meet criteria below, crews will not be able to pick it up.

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Falls complicates GMC race with 5-2 win over Brookfield Central

July 01, 2014 9:23 p.m. | No longer a young team, though the talented battery on display tonight was all-sophomore, the still youthful Menomonee Falls baseball team threw a big monkey wrench into the Greater Metro Conference race tonight with an efficient and stunning 5-2 win over league leader Brookfield Central.

Sophomore ace pitcher Ty Weber held in check his second strong line-up in a row (after defeating Oak Creek last week) using a change of speed to strike out six and induce lazy flyball after flyball.

Meanwhile, his catcher, fellow sophomore Josh Schwechel hit a two-run double to right-center off Lancer ace Elijah Goodman in the second inning to give the Indians a 2-1 lead they would not surrender.

"We feel now that in the second round of (the conference season) we're working together better," said Schwechel. "We know what everything is all about now."

And Schwechel also liked what he saw out of his pitcher, who he has been catching since they were about 10 years old.

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Judge drops complaint against woman who left gun in Brookfield church

June 23, 2014 11:31 a.m. | A Waukesha County judge has dismissed charges against an Oconomowoc woman who left her handgun in a church restroom.

Susan Hitchler, 66, was charged in April with negligent handling of a weapon, a misdemeanor. The complaint indicated that on March 19 she had left her handgun in a stall of the women's restroom at Elmbrook Church. A church employee found the gun within a few minutes and turned it over to security.

At a hearing late last week, Circuit Judge Lloyd V. Carter ruled on a defense motion to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. The motion had been argued in May.

"The bottom line, in my view, was the state must show a crime was probably committed," said Hitchler's attorney, Tom Grieve of Brookfield. "An element of the charged crime is that the defendant's conduct must have directly endangered the safety of another."

Grieve said that while initial rumors suggested there were children around, the weapon was seen only by someone doing janitorial service at Elmbrook. At the time, the church was playing host to a women's Bible study group, and that same bathroom was accessible to girls in first through fifth grades who also were in the church. But the complaint does not indicate any girls entered the bathroom before the loaded Ruger .380-caliber pistol was discovered.

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