Public asked to vote

for SilverSneakers award

Waukesha resident William Sattler has been selected as one of the top 10 finalists for the 2016 SilverSneakers Fitness Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, honoring older adults for their dedication to fitness and overall well-being.

The national award winner will be selected by a public vote. Through July 15, the community is invited to vote at

Sattler is always one of the first to arrive to a SilverSneakers class at Waukesha YMCA, and the first to volunteer his help, earning him the nickname 'Roadie' because he is always ready to assist others. Sattler knows who is missing from class, who is experiencing health issues and makes a point to regularly check in with fellow members.

Bridges Library System

recognized with award

The Milwaukee-based Public Policy Forum, a nonpartisan public policy research organization, has awarded the Bridges Library System with a 2016 Salute to Local Government award.

The awards recognize governments and school districts for innovative problem-solving, partnership and cooperation.

In 2015, Waukesha and Jefferson counties began a system restructuring project to create a new multicounty library system. Officially established on Jan. 1, 2016, the new Bridges Library System is composed of all 24 public libraries in Waukesha and Jefferson counties.

The Bridges Library System has been given the Data-Driven Management or Decision-Making and the Intergovernmental Cooperation awards.

GE Healthcare managers

earn Patriot Awards

Two managers at GE Healthcare in Waukesha have been honored by the Department of Defense for support of employees who serve in the Wisconsin National Guard and Reserve.

The Patriot Award was presented to Frank Childress and Trent Madison for their support of Capt. Mark Evert of the US Naval Reserves and Master Sgt. Ryan Pallo of the Wisconsin Air National Guard.

'The Patriot Award is only presented to employers who not only hire Guard and Reserve members, but demonstrate superior support to the military employee and his/her family,' said Pallo. 'The National Guard and Reserve Forces are the cornerstone of our national defense. Frank Childress and Trent Madison have provided outstanding support and cooperation and has exhibited a patriotic spirit which is reflected in the significance of being a recipient of the Patriot Award.'

Retzer remodels to

boost recycling education

A new capital project is underway to remodel the existing Retzer Environmental Learning Center to incorporate classroom and exhibit space for recycling and resource conservation education. In addition to more interactive public exhibits, there will be many recycling and water programs offered for schools, scouts, public groups and adults.

Environmental education programming will include recycling, waste reduction, water conservation and ecology.

The Retzer Environmental Learning Center remodeling project is scheduled to be completed in late spring of 2017. Retzer will remain open for programming and events during the project. For more information about the project visit or call 262-896-8300.

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