Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Randy Lee was sent packing on the season premiere of the popular ABC reality show after his memorable appearance as a grandmother.
Randy Lee, the Oak Creek native who appeared (briefly) on ABC's The Bachelorette, is blunt about his feelings toward the show. He never watched it prior to appearing on this season's edition. He's still not a huge fan, and wasn't terribly disappointed when he got bounced in the season premiere. And he hasn't watched more than a few episodes since. Lee was back in his hometown this week and spoke to Oak Creek Patch about his time growing up here, his acting career and the backstory on his time on the popular ABC series. It wasn't his idea to go on the show, Lee said. Christine Gestl, one of his sisters and an Oak Creek resident, is a huge fan of the show and nominated her bachelor, Los Angeles-living brother. Lee laughed when she told him …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Taylor Prelewicz, a fifth-grader at Edgewood Elementary, is on this month's cover of Discovery Girls magazine.
The next time you pass a magazine rack, look closely -- you might see an Oak Creek girl on one of the covers. Taylor Prelewicz, a fifth-grader at Edgewood Elementary, is on the June/July cover of Discovery Girls magazine. She's one of 12 Wisconsin girls chosen to contribute to the magazine, "created by and for girls" age 8 and up for encouragement, advice and inspiration. Taylor spent nearly six hours working on an application and even more time anxiously waiting to see if she got picked. One day while getting ready for school, her dad pulled out his phone and showed her an email. The subject line gave her all the information she needed: she made it. "I didn't think I was going to make it in from the beginning, because they said that …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Rich Duchniak has been heavily involved in Oak Creek activities as executive director of the Oak Creek Community Center for the past 13 years.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
It wasn't exactly a natural next step when Rich Duchniak left the bar business in 1999 to take over as director of the Oak Creek Community Center. But nearly 13 years later, Duchniak is still at the helm of the community center, presiding over a time in which the facility has increased its number of community service offerings and grown to the point that 125,000 people pass through the doors each year. The spirit of community service is evident in its mission -- to improve lives, strengthen community and foster civic engagement -- and in practice. Events added over Duchniak's tenure include the community tree-lighting, a Thanksgiving dinner for those in need and the summer concert series. For his efforts, Duchniak has been named this year'…
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Tom Rosandich, announced as fire chief earlier this week, has been with the department for 33 years and his experiences have run the gamut.
When you're a firefighter in a city that's home to a $5 billion power plant, that has a freeway running through it, that is next to a major airport and that has seen exponential growth in the last 30 years, you've just about seen it all. Such is the case for Tom Rosandich, who began with the Oak Creek Fire Department 33 years ago and last week was appointed fire chief. It's been quite a journey for Rosandich, who when he graduated from Oak Creek High School in 1977, had designs on becoming an architect. He turned his attention toward firefightering at the suggestion of a co-worker at Sentry, where he worked as a teenager, and enrolled at Milwaukee Area Technical College. "And as they say, the rest is history," Rosandich said. Rosandich …