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Sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Sports Channel's JP Cadorin discuss local sports. Latest episode: Jeff Bigler of Brookfield Central baseball chats about his team in advance of the state baseball tourney, and JP recaps his visit to the WFCA and MLB All-Star games.


Sussex Cardinals runner Nick Schreiber (18) slides in safely to third for a triple during the game at Pewaukee on July 27.


Legion ball coming to area

In a major development to youth summer baseball in the Hartland area, a Legion program will be started next summer, coinciding with the move by Arrowhead High School from WIAA summer baseball to the spring season.

Shaw jumping from one challenge to next

It started in high school, when he played football, basketball and baseball. Of the three, he puts most of his focus on baseball and became one of the best catchers the City of Oconomowoc has ever seen.

Land O' Lakes: Cardinals vs. Muskies

Pewaukee defeated Sussex in Land O'Lakes Western Division action, 3-1, and clinched first place and the top seed in the upcoming playoffs.


Induction into national Hall of Fame another honor for Hensler

The name Keith Hensler is just about synonymous with the fabric of Mukwonago, Wisconsin. Now, the rest of the country will know his name, as well.


Chargers turned heads this summer

Hamilton matched wits with the best down the stretch, and the Chargers aren't going anywhere next year.


KM saved its best for last

Kettle Moraine was better then ever at the end of the season, just when a team wants to be at its peak.

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Weekend Happenings

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  • Antique Automobile Club of America Car Show: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 2, Olympia Resort & Conference Center, 1350 Royale Mile Rd., Oconomowoc. More than 100 restored and preserved vehicles from 1902 to 1989.
  • Hartland Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (through Sept. 7), Hartland American Legion / VFW, 299 Goodwin Ave., Hartland. (262) 227-9287.
  • Vivanco-Gomez Guitar Duet: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 2, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W. Main St. Suite 102, Wales.
  • “Talley’s Folly”: 7:30 p.m. July 31-Aug. 2, 7-9, SummerStage at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C, Delafield. $17, $15 for seniors and students (262) 337-1560  

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Lisbon Heritage Days re-enacts the past

Town of Lisbon — A casket maker, a bee keeper, a candle maker, a French voyager, an army chaplain, a Roman emperor and Native American dancers and musicians along with a Civil War band will all gather on the grounds of the Lisbon Community Park on the weekend of Aug. 10-11 to participate in the seventh annual Heritage Days festival.

Strawberries thriving in fun, soilless garden

Vicki Kapke's backyard is a wonderland of vegetables and flowers. Using space wisely there are beds and beds of blueberries, raspberries, zucchini, melon, dill, peas, beats, carrots, kale, kohlrabi, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, eggplants, cherries and more. A seemingly endless stretch of flowers lines the back of her property.

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Lincolnshire Place changing the landscape in Wales

Along with new roads, those who drive past the corner of Highways 18 and 83 will see a new development popping up.

Oconomowoc on a roll in lumberjack championship

Oconomowoc may not be considered the backwoods, but its 18-member team of logrollers certainly performed as if they were natives in the Lumberjack World Championships held recently in Hayward.

Hartland village board discusses the possibility of quiet zones

Village of Hartland — There wasn't an empty chair in the village board room Monday, July 28, during a special discussion session about several upcoming capital improvement projects in the village, including quiet zones at the railroad crossings on Cottonwood and Maple avenues.

Lisbon delays cell tower approval

Town of Lisbon — The plan commission last week delayed approval of a 180-foot-tall cellular communication tower until the town attorney has an opportunity to review a new state law that limits the town's authority and jurisdiction over such towers.

Eagle firefighter, Mukwonago High School graduate Jed Ellenson remembered

An American flag hangs on the tree where Jed T. Ellenson, 31, was pronounced dead last week after a one-vehicle crash on July 22.

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Dibb was great father, fierce competitor

A loving husband. A great dad. A caring grandfather. A fierce competitor on the athletic field. All of those attributes fit Jim Dibb perfectly.

Lisbon delays cell tower approval

Town of Lisbon — The plan commission last week delayed approval of a 180-foot-tall cellular communication tower until the town attorney has an opportunity to review a new state law that limits the town's authority and jurisdiction over such towers.

Committee begins talks for Springdale Road extension

City of Pewaukee - It's been around a decade since the Waukesha County Board seriously considered an extension to Springdale Road.

Waste contract debated in Merton

Town of Merton — Despite a roomful of opponents to the idea, the Merton Town Board voted earlier this week to begin negotiations on what could become the town's first municipal waste collection contract.

Oconomowoc Focus

City of Oconomowoc posts street work project for rest of roadwork season

City of Oconomowoc — The city's 2014 street improvement plan was released this week, and it shows plenty of road work for the rest of the construction season.

Oconomowoc man accused of robbing a food truck with a kitchen knife

A 31-year-old Oconomowoc man allegedly robbed a food truck at knife point last August because he was high on heroin and looking to buy more.

The Oconomowoc Community Choir is holding its annual summer scholarship concert

The Oconomowoc Community Choir will hold its annual summer scholarship concert titled "A Night of Musical Magic" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 11-12, at First Congregational UCC of Oconomowoc, 815 S. Concord Road.

Planning Commission gives Theatre on Main the go-ahead to move to new Town of Oconomowoc location

Tthe Town of Oconomowoc Planning Commission this week unanimously voted to welcome Theatre on Main to the Brown Street Market Place.

Mukwonago Chief

One will emerge from crowded GOP field for District 97 assembly seat

Some are young upstart politicians looking to reach a bigger audience. Others have been around the political realm for a while who are also now looking to take their views to a bigger stage.

Casey Blochowiak returns to district as Rolling Hills Elementary School principal

As former Rolling Hills Elementary School principal Nick Reichhoff takes on the new role of district director of employee and instructional services starting Tuesday, the Mukwonago School Board approved hiring Casey Blochowiak as the next Rolling Hills principal at its Monday meeting.

Three Republican candidates vying for Assembly District 33 seat

When Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) representing District 33 in the assembly decided to run for an open senate seat, three Republican candidates stepped into the race to fill his shoes.

Judge Dreyfus continues but alters temporary restraining order in Rural Home Cemetery case

In a ruling on July 24, Judge Lee S. Dreyfus said that a temporary restraining order will remain in effect, at least in part, as the Rural Home Cemetery issue works its way through the legal system.

Sussex Sun

Templeton teacher not afraid to fail; try new things

A teacher of 18 years, Schneider adjusts his teaching style to better help the kids in his classroom.

Lieds site redevelopment planned

Town of Lisbon — A proposal to redevelop the 73-acre former Lied's Nursery Center site near the intersection of Highway 74 and Town Line Road into an industrial and commercial business park has won initial approval from town officials.

Schimel: Pergande deal still on

Waukesha — Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said he is still willing to accept a plea agreement from former Butler Police Lt. Brian Pergande even though Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr turned down a previous agreement reached between Schimel and Pergande's attorney Michael Steinle.

Summer program helps students of all ages

The students at the Hamilton School District have many choices this summer for instructional and fun courses.

Kettle Moraine Index

Hwy. 83 construction going smoothly for businesses in Wales

It's been a little slow at Le Duc's on Summit Ave. in Wales. However, Jim Shackton can't be sure whether it's the construction or the weather that's taking a bite out of the local classic custard restaurant.

North Prairie celebrates National Night Out

The North Prairie Police Department will be participating in the National Night Out on Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Veteran's Park located behind the Village Hall. This year's theme is Keep An Eye Out For Crime.

Highway 83 work in Wales keeps moving

Highway 83 work keeps moving

Within the next week, the Wales/Genesee Fire Department is expected to be affected directly by the Highway 83 construction.

Area officials suggest the vacant Ethan Allen property become part of state park

Town of Delafield — Two veteran officials have suggested that the woodlands surrounding the closed Ethan Allen School for Boys detention facility be added to the adjacent Lapham Peak State Park.

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