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Falling kegs lead to surprise carbon monoxide discovery

Nov. 15, 2012 11:40 a.m. | North Shore Fire Department crews inadvertently discovered elevated levels of carbon monoxide at the Sprecher Brewery in Glendale while tending to an employee injured by several falling kegs.

According to an NSFD news release:

Bayside dispatch received a call at 4:05 p.m. yesterday requesting an ambulance for an employee who had been injured by several falling kegs.

While tending to the employee, a carbon monoxide warning device attached to a medical kit sounded, indicating elevated carbon monoxide levels. Crews on scene retrieved additional meters from the fire engine, finding readings as high as 120 parts per million (ppm) throughout areas of the structure.

The brewery was evacuated and ventilated. No employees complained of symptoms or requested evaluation from NSFD crews.

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'TietjStrong' football tourney at Bay a success on many levels

4:24 p.m. | This is what love looks like, Whitefish Bay football style.

It's Jenny Teitjen racing up and down from the press box at Lubar Stadium collecting checks and adding one column of numbers up with another. She was doing it on a warm and brilliantly sunny day at the TietjStrong Touch Football Fundraiser on May 21 that honored her late father, former Bay football coach Jim Tietjen.

After all, there was a goal to reach.

There was her brother Joey, taking part in the tournament himself, on a team of over-30-year-old Bay coaches. Although they have all seen better days physically, they still managed to outmaneuver the younger Bay football alumni to win the title in what is hoped will become an annual event.

It didn't hurt that in the last of the losers' bracket games, another team of over-30-year-olds edged a team of eager 18-to 20-year-olds.

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Tested Homestead girls soccer team wins North Shore Conference

4:04 p.m. | When listing just the recent injuries his now two-time North Shore Conference champion girls soccer team has had to endure this spring, veteran Homestead coach Rich Dorn couldn't help but break into an ironic and sadly joking rendering of a favorite holiday song:

"There was one concussion, then another, two appendixes. ...

"And a partridge in a pear tree."

Even given all that, the Highlanders (6-0 in league play and 12-5-1 overall) still managed to clinch that second straight title with a gritty 1-0 win over Whitefish Bay on May 17.

Homestead, ranked third in state D2 polls, followed that win with a tough (with still more injuries) loss to unbeaten and D1 top-ranked Brookfield Central, 4-2, on May 19.

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Birthday fun surrounds Keel family softball reunion

3:58 p.m. | It seems that Shorewood girls softball coach Amy Keel has always been instrumental in the success of Homestead sports.

Those efforts included playing for her dad, Dave, as the rock-steady four-year starting catcher on the 2010 WIAA state finalist Highlander squad, and being the ball girl for many seasons for Dave's highly successful football teams when she was just a child.

But the story really goes much further back, when she "helped" her then much-distracted dad and his Homestead softball team win the 1993 North Shore Conference title.

Dave's wife and Amy's mom, Pam, said the story goes like this: She was late in her pregnancy with Amy when she went to a regular appointment with her doctor on May 20. After a few brief tests, the doctor's eyes got wide as he told Pam she needed to get to the hospital immediately, because the baby was coming.

The Homestead softball team was playing archrival Germantown for the North Shore Conference title that very day. Upon learning of Pam's situation, Dave rushed off to be with her. Retired Homestead athletic director, Hall of Famer and all-purpose coaching fill-in Phil Puerling was called in to help with the softball team.

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Thorough Homestead girls track team wins North Shore Conference outdoor title

3:46 p.m. | It was a friendly gesture and probably one that Homestead girls track coach John Krueger appreciated.

At the end of the North Shore Conference outdoor championships at Nicolet, when most everyone was gone, Germantown coach Greg Siegert was trotting toward the gate with something metallic in his hand.

He didn't want Krueger to forget the conference championship bar that every winning team gets.

"I think he would be mad if he did," chuckled Siegert, and he strode by.

Especially since the surprisingly deep Highlanders won their first league outdoor title since 2010 with an efficient and thorough effort.

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Initial Reaction: Talking with star Waukesha soccer players Dani Rhodes, Emily Cervantes

12:05 p.m. | JP sits down with top girls soccer players Dani Rhodes of Waukesha West and Emily Cervantes of Catholic Memorial. JP also begrudgingly talks about the decision facing Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes, and the guys talk about Cubs-hate in the Milwaukee market and look at a number of WIAA spring sports storylines. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area preps. Find the podcast on Stitcher and iTunes.

Tenacious Nicolet boys tennis team repeats as North Shore Conference champ

10:22 a.m. | He's long into his highly successful career with the Nicolet boys tennis team, but veteran Knights' coach Tim Koppa is happy to say he can still be surprised from time to time.

He's spent a lot of time this spring repeating a variation of this line as his youthful team succeeds again and again.

But after a strong regular season, Koppa was happy to say that on May 18 and 19, the Knights thoroughly and completely did the job, claiming four flights, including three in singles en route to defending their North Shore Conference championship.

"This group of boys is doing so many special things," he said, "especially given how many top-ranked kids we lost last year (to graduation)."

The Knights, who were also fifth in the inaugural Wisconsin High School Coaches Tennis Classic on May 20 and 21, took part in WIAA subsectional play on Monday, May 23, and sent qualifiers back to their own courts on Wednesday, May 25, for sectional competition (Marquette is the host).

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Overturned truck closes I-43 at Brown Deer Road (UPDATED)

8:36 a.m. | An overturned truck has caused I-43 northbound at Brown Deer Road to close on Tuesday morning, May 24.

The incident occurred at 7:10 a.m.

All northbound lanes are closed and delays are reported in excess of 3 miles. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department estimated the closure would last at least two hours.

UPDATE:The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported that the incident was cleared at about 10:15 a.m.

1 person killed in Ozaukee County crash

May 23, 2016 8:47 p.m. | One person was killed Monday afternoon in a crash on northbound I-43 in Ozaukee County, the Sheriff's Office said.

The crash was reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. at Pioneer Road, according to a news release from the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office.

According to the release, a tire blew on a northbound SUV, causing the vehicle to roll over and strike the median barrier before coming to a rest in the southbound lanes.

A female passenger was killed when she was ejected from the back seat of the vehicle, and the driver and a front seat passenger, both males, were taken to a hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to the release.

The crash shut down the southbound lanes of I-43 at Pioneer Road for about two hours and caused traffic backups of three miles, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

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Glendale officials balk at allowing chickens

May 23, 2016 8:36 p.m. | Glendale — Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy has used his veto pen to overrule the Glendale Common Council's vote banning backyard chickens.

Backyard chickens have been allowed in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and other local communities in recent years as part of a growing local food movement that prioritizes local, hormone-free and environmentally-sustainable food sources.

In Glendale, an old ordinance required residents to get a permit from a health officer to keep chickens within 75 feet of a home. That resident would also have to get a permit from the city's inspection department to build a chicken coop.

In recent years, Glendale's inspection department had made an informal practice of denying all permit applications.When Glendale resident Mike Theine's application was denied, he contacted Mayor Bryan Kennedy, who looked into the city's chicken policies.

To clarify the city's position, Glendale City Attorney John Fuchs amended the ordinance to prohibit all chickens.

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Shorewood students get 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to meet celebrity alumni

May 23, 2016 5:06 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood High School students had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet two respected screenwriters and a famous musician who once walked the halls of their high school.

David and Jerry Zucker, the creators of "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" trilogy, joined fellow SHS alumni and Talking Heads keyboardist/guitarist Jerry Harrison in a day's worth of activities that ended with them receiving the Shorewood Tradition of Excellence award. Jim Abrahams, who worked with the Zuckers on their most famous movies, was also honored but was unable to attend the festivities.

As they were touring their old stomping grounds, they took some time to meet with Shorewood High School students and answer their questions about their time at SHS, their artistic inspiration and the risks they took to reach their dreams.

All three alums remembered Shorewood as a creative period in their lives. Harrison took piano lessons during his time at Atwater Elementary School, and in high school, he played with a rock band called The Walkers. David Zucker also played with a band called The Chevelles. They remember all of the high school rock bands sharing equipment because they didn't have the money to buy their own gear.

They remembered there was a strong local music scene among high school kids in the area. That was in the 1960s, when the counterculture movement was just starting to take hold.

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Memorial Day ceremony planned in Whitefish Bay

May 23, 2016 1:10 p.m. | Whitefish Bay — Whitefish Bay's second annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30 at Armory Park, 1225 E. Henry Clay St.

The ceremony will be an opportunity for veterans to connect with one another and for the community to honor our country's fallen service members. The event will also give Whitefish Bay families a way to teach children the meaning behind Memorial Day and to witness traditional military customs. The 2015 program attracted nearly 300 Whitefish Bay residents and veterans, and was a meaningful tribute to those who gave their lives serving our country.

This year's keynote speaker will be Kevin Nicholson, a combat veteran with the United States Marine Corps that served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nicholson was awarded the Bronze Star, cited by Task Force Commander as the "best Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Team Leader in Afghanistan" for work in leading a highly specialized 50-man team in responding to over 100 IED detonations and discoveries over six months.

Shorewood students get buzz cuts for cancer

May 23, 2016 1:07 p.m. | Shorewood — Shorewood High School students are getting buzz cuts this week to raise funds for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer organization.

Shorewood students consistently raise over $15,000 each year for the MACC Fund and have donated more than 300 inches of hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths to make wigs for those who have lost their hair to cancer treatment. This year's event takes place on Wednesday, May 25.

Whitefish Bay High School held a similar "Buzz Cuts for Cancer" event on Friday, May 20. The fundraiser, organized by the Bay Gives Back program, raised $6,907 for the MACC Fund. More than 40 students buzzed their head and donated their hair.

Smulyan resigns from Fox Point-Bayside School Board

May 23, 2016 11:53 a.m. | Fox Point — Fox Point-Bayside School Board member David Smulyan has resigned from the school board after three years of service.

Smulyan was appointed in June 2013 to fill an empty seat on the school board. He was elected in April 2014 and is in the final year of his three-year term. Smulyan's professional responsibilities have changed in the last few months, and he is no longer able to serve on the school board. He plans to serve through June 30.

"The board will miss David's insight and his desire to do what is best for all of the children of the district," said Fox Point-Bayside School Board President Mike Weidner. "We wish him well in his future endeavors."

The school board is seeking candidates to fill out the remainder of Smulyan's term, which runs through April 2017. The board's process and timeline will be discussed on June 6 during a committee of the whole meeting in the district office conference room of Stormonth Elementary School.

Residents in the Fox Point-Bayside School District wishing to serve on the board are asked to send a written statement to Dr. Vance Dalzin, District Administrator, Fox Point Bayside School District, 7301 N. Longacre Road, Fox Point, WI 53217. Dalzin can also be contacted via email at vdalzin@foxbay.org.

Homestead grad Blake Leeson grows into volleyball and becomes a national champ at Ohio State

May 22, 2016 2:05 p.m. | At the time, the moment was as 2014 Homestead graduate Blake Leeson called it, "almost surreal and funny."

It was match point in the NCAA Division I men's volleyball championship on May 7 against BYU and veteran Ohio State setter Christy Blough threw a wink at the 6-foot-8 Buckeyes redshirt freshman middle hitter and asked him "What do you want?"

Leeson answered that he wanted the ball. He got a perfect set, slammed the shot down the middle and the Buckeyes were national champions.

And now Leeson, who three years ago was wondering whether his athletic career was over due to a traumatic injury, and who only started seriously playing volleyball four years ago, is marveling at how karma, good luck, hard work and having a body "that decided it wanted to do a new sport" conspired to put him on top of the collegiate athletic world.

"I'm so lucky," he said. "The coach (at Ohio State) gave me an opportunity and I feel so blessed to have been able to take advantage of it."

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Top beer gardens in the North Shore suburbs

May 19, 2016 2:20 p.m. | Ten years ago, the idea of drinking a tap beer in a park seemed unthinkable. Now we have a half dozen beer gardens just in the North Shore.

If you're looking for an excuse to go outside or looking for a fun group activity, these beer gardens are a fun, family activity during the summer months. All of the beer gardens offer non-alcoholic drinks, as well.

Estabrook Beer Garden

Estabrook Beer Garden started the beer garden renaissance in 2012, and claims to be America's first public beer garden since Prohibition. The beer garden is packed with people on sunny days, offering beautiful views of the park and Milwaukee River. With a $5 refundable deposit, you will be served either a half liter or full liter glass beer stein filled with beers from the Hofbrau Munich Brewery. Traditional Munich beers are $6 for a half-liter, and $11 for a full liter. Seasonal specialties like Maibock, Sommerbier and Oktoberfest cost an extra dollar. In addition to bratwursts, hot dogs and baked pretzels, the beer garden has started serving fish fries on Friday and schnitzel on Saturday. The beer garden opens at noon and last call is at 9 p.m.

Hubbard Park Beer Garden

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