Photos of the Year
Photos by John Ehlke
Germantown High School's Zac Showalter was named the boys basketball Player of the Year. Showalter help lead the Germantown team to a state title this past March. Showalter will be attending the University of Wisconsin this fall. George M., 51, of West Bend recounts his beginning and encounters with drugs and alcohol in his lifetime at the Unity Club in West Bend on Tuesday evening. George began abusing both drugs and alcohol since his teenage years. " If I liked it I wanted too much of it," said George. George has been clean and sober since 2002. He now has a home and a wife to his credit. 1 Kettle Moraine Lutheran's Zack Nelsen (15) goes up for a pass in the endzone against North Fond du Lac in Jackson on Friday afternoon. Decorah Elementary second grader Haylie Cakanic writes down a positive message for herself in her locker on a small sticky pad during the open house for students at Decorah Elementary School in West Bend on Wednesday afternoon. Four new classrooms were created from what was the "early childhood wing" this past summer. The little kids were moved to the Rolfs Education Center in West Bend. Decorah Elementary first grade teacher Kristen Krezinski adjusts the letter "G" sign above her white board as she puts together her new classroom at Decorah Elementary School in West Bend on Wednesday afternoon. Four new classrooms were created from what was the "early childhood wing" this past summer. The younger children were moved to Rolfs Education Center. New lighting, paint and ceilings were installed into the classrooms. With the new additions teachers had a week and a half or so to construct their new rooms/ Washington County Humane Society Operations Manager Tina Duris kisses Sophie, a nine-week yorkie mix at the Washington County Humane Society in the Town of Polk on Friday afternoon. Adaptations have been decreasing since the construction to highway 60 has begun. As of now the Humane Society has over 200 cats at their building among other animals. <br/>Campbellsport catcher Bennet Krueger has a wall of dust hit him as Kewaskum's Brad Boegel slides into home at Kiwanis Park in Kewaskum on Friday night. Krueger held onto the ball to record the out in a loss to Kewaskum, 4-3.<br/> West Bend East's Matt Schubert backs up Alex Loveland after the ball went through his legs against Grafton at Regner Park in West Bend on Thursday evening. Grafton won 5-2. Green Bay packer wide receiver Jordy Nelson makes a catch against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Packers won 45-41. Detroit Lion wide receiver Calvin Johnson makes a catch past Green Bay Packer defensive back Tramon Williams at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Packers won 45-41. Green Bay Packer wide receiver Donald Driver celebrates a touchdown against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Packers won 45-41. Green Bay packer defensive back Tramon Williams breaks up a pass intended for Detroit Lion wide receiver Calvin Johnson at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Packers won 45-41. Green Bay Packer wide receiver James Jones makes a catch past Detroit Lion defensive back Chris Houston at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Packers won 45-41. Green Bay Packer tight end Jermichael Finley catches a touchdown in front of Detroit Lion defensive back Amari Spievey at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Finley's touchdown would prove to be the game winner as the Packers won 45-41. Green Bay packer linebacker A.J. Hawk walks off the field after beating the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. The Packers won 45-41. Green Bay Packer quarterback Matt Flynn smiles as he exits the field after beating the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Flynn set franchise records with 480 yards passing and six touchdowns as the Packers won 45-41. Hartford Union's DJ Bednar. Slinger running back DJ Spurling was selected as the offensive player of the year. Spurling finished the year with 1,068 yards and 10 touchdowns. Spurling plans on walking onto the football team of the University of Wisconsin in the fall. Decorah Elementary principal Nan Lustig hangs from the wall in the cafeteria covered in duck tape at Decorah Elementary School in West Bend on Friday afternoon. Students could buy one piece of duck tape for one dollar. Proceeds  from the event went to Pennies for Patients. Hartford Union coach Joe Spudich gives out instructions to Kullen Winkle in the 195-pound match during the Wisconsin Little Ten Championship in West Bend on Saturday afternoon.<br/><br/> Photos_2012_020Jerry Gellert of Wautoma rocks his grandaughter, Josie Greenhow, to sleep amongst the shinning lights of  the Festival of Trees at the Washington County Humane Society in the Town of Polk on Saturday afternoon. Holy Angles sixth grader Ethan Wedemayer reacts after getting his question wrong during the Geography Bee in West Bend on Wednesday afternoon. Carol Krause of Hartford rests a bottle of ice on her forehead during the Hartford Jaycee Fourth of July festivities at Veterans Park in Hartford on Wednesday afternoon. The Washington County Fair. <br/>Joe and Maybelle Weiss of West Bend will be celebrating their 70th year anniversary on January 26. The two were married in 1942. " The priest told me never to go to bed angry," said Maybelle<br/> <br/>Germantown's Joe Kretlow was named the defensive player of the year. Kretlow helped Germantown into the playoffs this past season. Kretlow is weighing a few options in Minnesota for school next fall. <br/> Hartford Union's Willis Perley tags out Middleton's Casey Lochner before he can touch home plate during the WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament in Appleton on Tuesday afternoon. Hartford Union won 5-1 to advance in the tournament. Mathis Stich, 4, of Brookfield smiles as he points out one of the Indy Cars during the IZOD IndyCar Milwaukee IndyFest  at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis on Saturday afternoon. Stich was celebrating his birthday on Saturday. Allan Matenaer of Campbellsport adjusts his umbrella during the NASCAR Nationwide Sargento 200 at Road America in Elkhart Lake on Saturday afternoon. Matenaer sold programs and ice during the weekend. Bill Bahrke of Port Washington looks on as results come in early for the Recall Election at the Democratic Headquarters of Washington County in downtown West Bend on Tuesday night. <br/><br/> Gavin Nanez, 9, of Iron Ridge floats near the edge of the pool while soaking in some sun at the Veterans Memorial Pool in Hartford on Thursday afternoon. Temperatures reached into the 80s on Thursday. Fair Park Elementary School kindergartner Kendra Bartz, leans in to hear Destiny Gundrum read " My Favorite Star," by J. Bynum at Fair Park Elementary School in West Bend on Tuesday morning. The parents of Bo Morrison of West Bend speak to the crowd gathered to honor their son during a candle light vigil at the Riverside Park in West Bend on Wednesday evening. Two weeks ago, Morrison was shot after a resident thought Morrison was breaking into his home. Nick Becker of Hartford Union High School was voted the Player of the Year. Becker won the state championship in the 152-pound weight class this past season. Becker also became the all-time leader wins in school history. Charlotte Hendricks, 5, of West Bend spreads her arms as she begins to swing on a warm morning in Regner Park in West Bend on Wednesday morning. Temperatures are expected to linger in the 40s and 50s the remainder of the week. Litzzy Cuellar, 4, checks the yard sale sign with Wendy Cuellar as the two begin their yard sale in West Bend on Thursday afternoon. The yard sale will continue through Saturday. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 70s through weekend. West Bend East goalie Kassie Franke dives to stop a ball shot by Kimberly's Dana McMorrow (5)  during the West Bend Invitational in West Bend on Saturday morning. "They should continue the phrase (Haiti is the poorest country), because of imperialism," said Haitian native Louis Tenior Guerrier about the common phrase he hears about Haiti from Americans during his stay in West Bend. Guerrier has been staying with the Seefeld family of West Bend since May 1. Since May 1, Tenior Guerrier has been visiting schools to represent and present Haiti to Americans. Tenior Guerrier represents Ventures in People. The organization takes donations to help the people of Haiti. <br/>Micki Scherwinski is hugged by West Bend Fire Department LT. Dan Bruesch outside the West Bend Fire Department in West Bend on Thursday evening. Scherwinski was in a roll over accident on highway 45 last July. Scherwinski suffered head injuries from the accident but was saved by Bruesch and other members of the Red Shift Paramedics team.<br/><br/> Milwaukee Brewer's left fielder Ryan Braun flips his bat before taking batting practice during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Milwaukee Brewer center fielder Nyjier Morgan before Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Milwaukee Brewer's second baseman Rickie Weeks takes his warm up swings during Opening Day against the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Milwaukee Brewer's Carlos Gomez slides into home safely against the St.Louis Cardinals during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Milwaukee Brewer's Jonathan Lucroy approaches home plate for his first at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Milwaukee Brewer's Ryan Braun looks over the crowd while in the on deck circle during Opening Day against the St.Lousi Cardinals  at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5.<br/><br/> Milwaukee Brewer's second baseman Rickie Weeks looks to tag out St,. Louis Cardinals's Rafael Furcal during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Miss America and Kenosha native Laura Kaeppeler throws her hands up after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers and St.Louis Cardinals game during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Fans stand for the National anthem during Opening Day game between the Milwaukee Brewers and St.Louis Cardinals  at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. The first pitch is thrown by Milwaukee Brewer's starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo against the St.Louis Cardinals during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. Milwaukee Brewers's starting Pitcher Yovani Gallardo pitches to St.Louis Cardinals Rafael Furcal during Opening Day at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI on Friday afternoon. The Brewers lost 11-5. <br/>KOJO's Guy White  sings during Music on Main in downtown West Bend on Thursday evening. Next week will feature Liquid Crush. <br/> Green Bay Packers's Randall Cobb jumps up to make a one-armed catch against the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. Green Bay Packers's James Jones makes a leaping catch in the endzone over Arizona Cardinals's Jamell Fleming at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. <br/>Arizona Cardinals's Larry Fitzgerald runs against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. <br/> <br/>Arizona Cardinals's Larry Fitzgerald runs against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. <br/> Green Bay Packers's Clay Matthews puts on his helmet before taking on the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. Green Bay Packers's Mike Neal sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. Green Bay Packers's Alex Green stiff arms a Arizona Cardinals defender at Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon. Green Bay won 31-17. Germantown's Luke Fischer celebrates a point against Appleton North in the quarterfinal at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee on Friday evening. Germantown lost in four game 25-27, 22-25, 25-21 and 17-25. Assistant Director Graeme Reid displays the "Point" of the new Museum of Wisconsin Art to a small tour group in West Bend on Tuesday afternoon. The new building for the Museum of Wisconsin Art is set to open in April. <br/>Kettle Moraine Lutheran celebrates a state championship victory in November. <br/> Makayla Wallock, 5, of Trenton smiles towards her mother as she sits down on Santa Claus's lap at the Newburg Fire Department in Newburg on Saturday morning. Wallock asked for little ponies from Santa. A patron rides their bike across the water coast of the pond at Regner Park as water begins to freeze over in West Bend on Tuesday afternoon. West Bend West's Aric Miller looks back to see the distance between him and the other runners as he approaches the finish line during the sectional race at Arrowhead High School in Hartland on Saturday morning. Miller finished fourth and  Both West Bend West boys and girls advanced to the state competition. Kettle Moraine Lutheran's AJ Guhl has the ball dislodge from him after being hit against Omro in Jackson on Saturday afternoon. Kettle Moraine Lutheran lost 21-0. Nolan VanSomeren, 2, of West Bend stands on his toes dressed as Batman in attempt to score a basket during a Halloween party at the Kettle Moraine YMCA in West Bend on Saturday afternoon. Makayla Fideler, 11, of West Bend makes a phone call with her Mitt Romney halloween mask on after watching the final Presidential Debate at the Republican Victory Center in West Bend on Monday night. Makayla plans to pass out flyers endorsing the Republican nominee while trick or treating on Sunday. Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Republican Presidential Debate Watch Party. Slinger's Libby Wesela celebrates a game five victory over Hartford Union in Hartford on Tuesday night. Slinger won in five games 25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 24-26 and 15-12. West Bend East's Sarah Laufer dives for a ball against West Bend West in West Bend on Tuesday night. East beat West in three straight games. A Congo African Grey bird sits a top its perch looking across the room during the Grand Re-Opening of the Washington County Humane Society in the Town of Polk on Friday afternoon.  The Congo African Grey was found in a drug house missing a majority of its feathers. The bird is in healthy condition but will never grow its feathers back. Samuel,13, and Timothy Olson, 10, look over the remains of their burnt home in Trenton on Friday afternoon. More than $6,000 has been raised by the West Bend girls basketball teams to help their teammate, Clara Olson, and her family get back on their feet after the fire in mid December. Presidential Republican Candidate Rick Santorum and wife Karen, enjoy a laugh as the two answer questions from the media after eating lunch at Riverside Brewery and Restaurant in West Bend on Sunday afternoon.<br/><br/> Sheboygan Falls bus driver Bob Anhalt kicks his feet up on the bottom step as he reads a book from his kindle as different cross country runners warm up for the Slinger Cross Country Invitational at the Homestead Hollow Park in Germantown on Thursday afternoon. Kettle Moraine Lutheran's Brandon Shiley stiff arms Winnebago Lutheran's Lucas Muche in Jackson on Saturday afternoon. Kettle Moraine Lutheran won 21-19. Emily Martin stands in front of the living room waiting to leave for her first day of first grade at Fair Park Elementary in West Bend on Tuesday morning. Emily Martin waves good bye to her grandmother, Molly Strachota, as she enters her classroom for her first day of first grade at Fair Park Elementary in West Bend on Tuesday morning. One Medical Examiner looks through the remains of a small car clean up the area of an accident involving a car and a cement mixer truck at the corner of County Highway E and Highway 83 in Hartford on Friday afternoon. Christine Serns of the 82nd ADT hugs her son Seth, 12, dressed in his own camouflage gear at the West Bend Armory in West Bend on Thursday afternoon. Approximately, 30 Army and Air National Guard members of the Company F, 2nd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment and Detachment, 1 Company B, 248th Aviation Support Battalion and members of the 82nd ADT all returned home. President Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he is introduced during a campaign stop in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest Grounds on Saturday afternoon. President Obama addressed issues including the growing middle class, taxes, a united America and voting. This is President Obama's ninth visit to Wisconsin since taking office in 2008 <br/>President Barack Obama has a smile grow across his face as chants for " Four More Years" grow louder at a campaign stop in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest Grounds on Saturday afternoon. President Obama addressed issues including the growing middle class, taxes, a united America and voting. This is President Obama's ninth visit to Wisconsin since taking office in 2008. <br/> President Barack Obama has the wind brush back his tie as the crowd applauds during a campaign stop in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest Grounds on Saturday afternoon. President Obama addressed issues including the growing middle class, taxes, a united America and voting. This is President Obama's ninth visit to Wisconsin since taking office in 2008. <br/>Peggy McCullough of Madison reacts to seeing her son, Ryan McCullough, exit the bus and return home at the VFW Hall in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon. 35 Soldiers and air man from the 82nd ADT returned from Afghanistan after seven months of service. <br/> Kara Jackson greets her husband, Ryan Jackson, after returning home from Afghanistan at the VFW Hall in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon. 35 Soldiers and air man returned from Afghanistan after seven months of service. Staff Sgt. George Nagel embraces his girlfriend Laura Schweitzer of Manitowoc after returning home from Afghanistan with other members of the 82nd ADT at the VFW Hall in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon. 35 Soldiers and air man returned from Afghanistan after seven months of service. Staff Sgt. George Nagel embraces his girlfriend Laura Schweitzer of Manitowoc at the car with his luggage after returning home from Afghanistan with other members of the 82nd ADT at the VFW Hall in Hartford on Tuesday afternoon. 35 Soldiers and air man returned from Afghanistan after seven months of service. Leland Rusch, 5, of Campbellsport ducks into his R2-D2 costume after getting his picture taken with Han Solo during the Star Wars Invasion at the West Bend Library in West Bend on Saturday morning. The day feature Star War movies and appearances by members of the Wisconsin Garrison the 501st Legion. Ethan Ellefson, 7, of Kewaskum lifts his arms up as he embraces a face full of water from one of the water fountains at Kiwanis Park in Kewaskum on Tuesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach into the high 90s this week. <br/><br/>
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