Posts for March, 2013
What's going on in the Kettle Moraine School District? We asked Superintendent Pat Deklotz 10 questions to find out.
See this week's Lake Country Living Sunday for more.
Generac Power Systems has created it's one millionth generator.
On Feb. 27, a group at Generac's Whitewater location celebrated the creation of the company's one millionth home back-up generator.
The one millionth unit, a 20kW Guardian Series home backup generator, has been earmarked for placement in a permanent display about Generac’s history that will be part of the company’s remodeled corporate headquarters in Waukesha.
See more in next week's Index.
Arrowhead's girls basketball team defeated visiting Menomonee Falls Friday night, 57-50. The win vaults the Warhawks into the regional title game Saturday night against host Sussex Hamilton.
AHS (15-8) trailed 15-9 after one period and then tied the game at halftime, 22-22. With the score tied at 43 in the fourth period, the Warhawks outscored the Indians by a 14-7 margin in the final 4:24.
Junior Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with 24 points. She had 15 points in the second half.
Ally May chipped in with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Pewaukee's girls basketball team defeated visiting Cudahy Friday night, 49-27 and will move to the WIAA Division 2 regional title game Saturday against visiting Waukesha North at 7 p.m. PHS is now 19-4 on the year.
Freshman Abby Gerrits led the Pirates with 18 points and junior Dani Jasinski added 10 points to that total.
Waukesha North upset New Berlin West Friday night to move to Saturday's game at Pewaukee.
Host Pewaukee's girls basketball team defeated Waukesha North Saturday night in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game, 54-32.
PHS (20-4) outscored the Northstars (11-13) by a 23-8 margin in the second period to take a 32-13 edge at halftime.
Freshman Abby Gerrits led the Pirates with 17 points and junior Katie Wood had 15 tallies. Lindsay Wisniewski chipped in with 8 tallies.
Jessica Kelliher had 13 points for North.
A bluegrass jam session will be held at the Mukwonago Community Library tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. in the library meeting room.
Musicians of all skill levels are invited to the acoustic jam session.
Students in their junior year at Oconomowoc High School and their parents are invited to attend a workshop on post-high school planning at 6 p.m.on Monday, March 11,
The event offers the opportunity to investigate options for life after graduation, whether the student is interested in continuing education at a college, university, tech. school or pursuing a career in the military.
Blood donations save and improve lives of patients in need, and volunteering to give blood provides an opportunity to participate in a rewarding personal experience. BloodCenter of Wisconsin urges healthy individuals to make a donation, and is hosting numerous public blood drives in Waukesha County to make donating convenient.
Upcoming drives include:
Oconomowoc. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church and chool, 818 W. Wisconsin Ave. To make an appointment call Linda at (262) 912-6060 ext. 25.
Waukesha. 3:30 p.m. to. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Parish Hall at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd. To make an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/StWilliam or contact Amy, (262) 547-6522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sussex. 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14. Sussex Community Armory at W237 N5678 Maple Ave. Call Carol at (262) 246-3020 for an appointment.
Mukwonago. 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Mukwonago Athletic Club, 727 Highway NN East. To make an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/MAC or call (262) 363-2212.
Dousman. 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 18 at Emmanuel United Church of Christ 36821 Sunset Drive. Call Donna at (262) 965-4022 for an appointment.
Waukesha. 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 18 at St. Mary's Catholic Church-Community Room, 255 Hartwell. For an appointment contact Joan at 262-446-9704.
Waukesha. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 2400 Hwy 59. To make an appointment, contact Janet at (262) 549-0223 x16.
Waukesha. 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church-Fellowship Hall, 1052 Whiterock Ave. For an appointment, contact Al at (262) 650-6597.
New Berlin. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at IEWC, 5001 S. Towne Dr. To make an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/IEWC or contact Ron Talsky at (262) 957-1152.
Eagle. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 25 at Eagle Community/Village Hall/Municipal Bldg., 820 E. Main St. To make an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/EagleCommunity or contact Lioness Barb at (262) 527-6885.
Genesee Depot. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 30 at Amy's Delights Coffee, Bakery and Tasting Room, S42 W31428 Hwy 83. To make an appointment, visit www.bcw.edu/AmysDelight or call (262) 201-4376. Attempting donors will receive a free jar of homemade jam or a free cup of coffee compliments of Amy's Delights.
Pewaukee. 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 22 at Pewaukee High School - Auxiliary Gym, 510 Lake St. Call Dominic at (262) 701-5668 for an appointment.
Donors can also schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or (414) 937-6199. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.
For more information, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit the website.
Dousman resident Ronald A. Sallmann was sentenced on March 4 to four years in prison and four years extended supervision by Judge Kathryn Foster after being found guilty in January of stabbing his wife in the face while intoxicated last year.
Sallmann, 61, pleaded no contest to felony counts of first degree reckless injury and aggravated battery on Jan. 17. Two other counts of striking a police animal and resisting or obstructing an officer were dismissed, but read in as part of the plea agreement. He was also sentenced by Judge Kathryn Foster to three years in prison and three years extended supervision, consecutive to the first offense, but that sentence was stayed in lieu of three years probation.
Foster’s ruling exceed Assistant District Attorney Kevin Osborne’s request that Sallmann be sentenced to three years each of imprisonment and supervision for aggravated battery and be placed on probation with a stayed prison sentence for reckless injury.
Many of Sallmann’s friends and family were in attendance at the sentencing hearing, but were divided in talking about the man they called their father, brother and friend.
Josh Sallmann, Ronald’s son, said he could not forgive his father for what he did on July 25, 2012, for cutting his mother so badly that an officer who interviewed her after the incident said he could almost see the woman’s jawbone. He said his father had changed since he received gastric bypass surgery in 2005 and his alcohol and pain medication addiction had caused problems for the family long before he stabbed their mother.
“You almost ended our children’s grandmother’s life,” he told his father. “How do we explain to our children that Grandpa is in jail and Grandma has 30 stitches in her face?”
Josh said that he always believed his father would change, but he never did.
Ronald’s daughter, Windi Sallmann, broke down in tears while delivering her brief oral statement.
“We would all give anything to have back the Ronnie we know and love, before the addiction and emotional problems,” she said.
Several people spoke on Ronald’s behalf, including County Sheriff Daniel Trawicki, a friend of the family, who said he had seen Ronald’s good side and believed that he had made a concerted effort in prison to reform.
Ronald’s sister, JoAnne Gedde, said that she believed that her brother acted the way he did because of the alcohol and medication and said addiction ran in the family.
“I believe that Ronnie is a better man now that he has detoxed,” she told the judge.
Ronald’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor said that he knew that Ronald was a good man and was committed to sobriety.
“Should he lose everything because of one mistake?” he asked, sighing. “He needs help and I don’t think he will get it in prison.”
Everyone seemed to agree with Ronald’s defense attorney, Gary George, who said that there were two very different sides to Ronald.
His wife, who had seen his worst side, did not speak at the hearing. After 40 years of marriage, she filed for divorce from Ronald in November.
In his own defense, Ronald told his wife he was sorry and said he hoped that she could forgive him.
Sallmann was charged on July 27 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first degree reckless injury, striking a police animal and resisting an officer.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to Waukesha Memorial Hospital at approximately 7:45 p.m. on July 25 to speak with Sallmann’s wife about the incident of abuse. The deputy observed a 6- to 7-inch cut along the bottom of her jaw line nearly all the way up to her left ear.
The woman said that Sallmann, her husband for 40 years, was responsible.
She said that her husband suffered from alcoholism, chronic back pain and depression and she believed he was drunk, under the influence of pain medication or some combination of the two when he cut her.
The altercation occurred after the woman returned home from work that day. The couple had argued the day before about Sallmann’s pill addiction and drinking. He was taking the medication to ease the pain he suffered from a degenerative back injury, she said, and he had seemed more angry and depressed about the injury in the two weeks before the incident.
She left for work and tried calling him throughout the day, but he did not respond. She saw that she had a message from him as she was leaving work. He said that she should hurry home because he missed her and she said she could tell by his voice that, “he was in one of his moods.”
She arrived home around 6:15 p.m. and Sallmann was leaning against a door frame in his underwear, moaning incomprehensibly. She said he then started banging on the wall by the door with his already bloodied fists.
She said at that point she decided to try packing up her things and sneaking out of the house, but then decided to videotape Sallmann with her phone so she could show him how he was acting later.
He saw her videotaping him and became upset, grabbing her phone and throwing it. She ran to the bathroom and tried to shut the door, but he forced his way in. He then grabbed her hand and bent her fingers back, forcing her to the ground. As he did this, he started punching her in the head. She said she managed to get away, she could not remember how, and ran to the bedroom and shut the door behind her.
He tried to force his way in, but she held her weight against the door. Every time she tried to open the door, Sallmann would run back and try to get through the door, but she forced it shut. On the final attempt, she tried to run for the front door.
Brandishing a knife, Sallmann chased her out into the garage area. She said they struggled and she pushed him away. She then felt something on her chin and saw that there was blood dripping from her face and down onto Sallmann’s chest.
She said that he may have swung again at her, but he pushed him over and ran to a neighbor’s house. Her neighbor drove her to the hospital.
Shortly after 7:30 p.m., The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department began to set up a perimeter around Sallmann’s home at S36 W33325 Honeysuckle Drive in Dousman after he refused to leave.
Repeated attempts to get Sallmann to leave were unsuccessful and the department made the decision to release a canine unit into the home at 1:30 a.m. on July 26.
The dog gained control of Sallman’s left leg and thigh and Sallmann allegedly punched the dog in the head in an attempt to make it let go. The dog did not and police eventually subdued Sallmann.
The late arriving snowstorm that was supposed to start Monday night in the Lake Country area but didn't start until 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday is causing some slippery conditions on many of the sideroads and roads within the local cities.
Traffic on Highway 16 in Hartland was moving around 50 miles per hour and the right lane was just wet and the left lane was slushy.
In the Village of Hartland, the sidestreets were snow-covered and slippery and some of the intersections were also getting slippery.
Snow is supposed to continue throughout the day.
Traffic on Highway NN in the Village of Mukwonago near St. James Church is down to one lane after a car snapped a utilitiy pole on the north side of the road dropping the street light into the westbound lane shortly after 10 a.m. The pole is resting on what police believe are cable lines. The driver of the car was not injured.
All after-school activities in the Mukwonago Area School District have been cancelled tonight due to the weather. The kindergarten signup scheduled for March 5 will be held on Tuesday, March 12.
The boys and girls varsity basketball teams will have practice as scheduled.
The Vernon candidate forum is still scheduled this evening at Town Hall, W249S8910 Center Drive.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for the forum which is slated to run from 7-9p.m.
Supervisor Thomas Bird will face off with Rodell Singert for the Supervisor 2 position. Daniel Scherbarth will take on Supervisor Bill Craig for the Supervisor 4 position.
Town Clerk Marie Kumershek is not seeking reelection so instead Sandy Porter and Karen Schuh will face off for that spot.
Afraid of the snow? The forum will also be telecast on public access channel 25.
Kevin J. Hooper, charged last September with failure to report the death of a child after his wife stabbed the couple’s infant daughter, pleaded no contest on March 5 to two misdemeanor charges of resisting or obstructing an officer and duty to aid victim or report crime.
Judge William J. Domina sentenced Hooper, 34, to four months jail time for the two misdemeanors, but that sentence was stayed in lieu of probation. The length and conditions of formal supervision required by the Waukesha County Juvenile Court, which is currently evaluating whether Hooper is a fit parent to his two surviving children, will determine how long Hooper will be on probation.
The judge said that he did not consider Hooper a danger to the community, based on his clean criminal record, educational background, employment history and the letters of support he received from family and friends, but would leave the final determination up to the Juvenile Courts.
“I am not looking for vengeance, and I don’t think anyone else is, because of your wife’s mental health problems,” Domina said, emphasizing that Hooper bears no responsibility for the death of his child.
That burden is borne by Kevin Hooper’s wife, Dana Hooper, who was found not guilty by reason of mental defect in early February for the murder of the couple’s infant daughter. Two court-appointed psychiatrists determined that Hooper, who said that she was ordered by God to stab the child to death, suffered from a psychotic disorder. Domina ordered that Hooper, 33, remain in institutional care for life and denied her conditional release.
Kevin Hooper was originally charged with failure to report the death of a child, a relatively new law, for waiting several hours before reporting the infant’s death. Hooper said at the sentencing hearing that he waited to report the death because he did not want his children to see their mother led out in handcuffs or the infant’s dead body.
“I did what I thought was best for my children and my wife, who I was afraid would hurt herself or my other children,” he told the judge.
Following the murder, Hooper drove his wife to Rogers Memorial Hospital and had her placed in psychiatric care. He said he waited to call police because he wanted his children to be in the care of their grandfather.
Hooper’s defense attorney Daniel Grable argued that Hooper did what he could to keep his other children safe, considering the circumstances.
“He never let Dana out of his sight,” he said. “He was always in a position to protect his other two children.
Prosecuting Attorney Brad Schimel said the death of a child law, passed in April 2012 following concerns over Casey Anthony’s infamous acquittal in Florida in 2011, was not meant to be applied to the “unusual” circumstances found in the Hooper’s case.
“This is not the Casey Anthony case,” Schimel said. “No one prevented law enforcement or emergency medical personnel from helping someone.”
This was the first time law enforcement has had to intervene in Hooper’s life, Schimel said, and because of that the prosecutor agreed to the reduced charges.
Domina said he agreed with the prosecutor’s decision.
“The impact on the psyche must be staggering,” Domina said, but asked Hooper rhetorically what would have happened if the child was still alive.
He said that the sentence needed to serve as an encouragement for others to report the death of a child, particularly if time is a factor.
Due to some consistent and heavy snow at times, the roads in the Lake Country area have deteriorated in the last two hours.
At 3:30 p.m., most roads in the area, including Highways 16 and 83, were just wet and not slippery. The same for the back roads north of Hartland, including Dorn Road and Camp Whitcomb Road near Merton.
By 5:30, both Dorn and Camp Whitcomb roads were snow-covered and very slippery.
All streets in the Village of Hartland were snow-covered and slippery at 6 p.m.
Dousman resident Richard M. Babio, charged last fall with allegedly strangling his girlfriend, now also faces over 20 misdemeanor counts of intimidating a victim and contempt of court for allegedly contacting his girlfriend from jail through a co-worker at Five Guys Burgers in the City of Delafield.
Babio, 23, was charged on March 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with 12 counts of misdemeanor contempt of court order and 10 counts of intimidate a victim/dissuade complaints. He was also charged with two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Nov. 13, Babio was charged with one count of strangulation and suffocation, two counts of misdemeanor battery, and one count of criminal damage to property after his girlfriend, who will not be identified to protect the victim, told police he had strangled her.
The court issued a protective order in the case, indicating Babio was to have no contact with the victim. This was also stated in the terms of Babio’s release on bail in December.
According to Waukesha police, Babio allegedly made contact with the victim while in jail. He allegedly called his place of employment, Five Guys Burgers, 2900 Golf Rd in Delafield, and advised his co-workers and friends to contact the victim.
He allegedly told his friends to tell the victim not to appear in court or cooperate with the prosecution in the case, repeatedly saying “No face, no case.”
Babio is apparently a fan of idioms; According to the criminal complaint for the Nov. 2012 incident, Babio allegedly told his girlfriend: “I won’t hit a woman, but I’ll beat a [expletive].”
Matthew Ittner, Babio’s friend at the fast food restaurant, allegedly admitted to police that Babio called the restaurant at least once a day while in jail, asking Ittner to tell the victim not to cooperate with prosecutors.
On Dec. 7, Babio allegedly told a friend at Five Guys to write on the victim’s Facebook wall: “If you love [Babio] drop the charges.” Babio allegedly also told him: “I will say anything to [the victim] to get her to drop the charges, even telling her ‘wink, wink’ that I will get back with her and ‘wink, wink’ I will work things out for her.”
Babio allegedly spoke to the victim directly later that evening on Dec. 7. He allegedly had a friend bring the victim to Five Guys and told her he wished the charges could be dropped and that he “snapped” when he strangled her.
After being released from jail, Babio allegedly stayed in contact with the victim. Police said they were dispatched on Jan 28 to a domestic disturbance on the 300 block of West Newhall Avenue in the City of Waukesha. Babio was allegedly intoxicated and involved in a verbal argument with the victim over a DVD. Police were called after a witness heard the victim yell: “Don’t stab my tires with your knife,” then heard a popping noise.
The responding officers said they were not aware that Babio was ordered not to contact with the victim.
On March 3, Village of Pewaukee Police initiated a traffic stop of the victim shortly before midnight because the vehicle’s headlights were not on. Police said the passenger, who they believe to be Babio, said he had no identification on him and allegedly told police he was Edward Babio. Babio told police that he had just gotten off work at Five Guys Burgers in Delafield.
The officer was advised by his sergeant that Babio was to have no contact with the victim, and the officer told Babio to step out of the vehicle. He asked him again if he had any identification, to which Babio said no and emptied his pockets. A piece of paper fell on the ground, which the officer later recovered and identified as a pay stub with Richard Babio’s name on it.
Babio then allegedly confessed to his true identity.
If convicted of all charges, Babio could face up to nine years in prison for the 11 counts of intimidating a victim and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer. Because contempt of court is an unclassified misdemeanor, the sentencing guidelines for those counts are not clear. The maximum penalty for the two counts of felony bail jumping is 12 years imprisonment, $20,000 in fines, or both.
Babio’s next expected court date is March 8.
The Kettle Moraine School Board approved a contract for the 2012-13 school year with the Service Employees International Union Local 150, which represents the district's food service employees, on March 5.
This was the first contract negotiated with this union since the inception of Act 10.
The district proposed and the union accepted (subject to ratification) an increase of $6,358, which will be distributed as a 2-percent increase to the hourly wage rates for food Service employees. These amounts are retroactive to the beginning of the current school year.
The total amount subject to negotiations, based on an adjusted total base wage amount of $330,452, was $10,442. This 3.16-percent change reflects the Consumer Price Index increase.
St. Joseph's School in Big Bend announced it's closing in January and was saved by an overwhelming show of support from the parish, families, and community.
The parents and church members vowed they would start a committee to come up with a creative way to show the community what they call "the value of our Catholic education."
After a recent organizational meeting, they may have come up with just that.
An anonymous donor and parishioner offered a proposition. He or she would pay one full year's tuition for any K5 through 7th grade student that entered a two-year contract at the school.
Convinced that after two years a family would realize how big a part of life the school has become, the donor said he was "called by God to ensure this Catholic education is available for all area children."
This gift could amount to $2,650 per child. The school has said it hopes to increase enrollment by nearly 40 students for next year.
Find more information on this offer by calling the school (262) 662-2737 or visiting the schools website http://www.stjoesbb.com
City of Delafield - A Chenequa industrialist has decided to delay seeking approval from the Plan Commission for a 250,000 square foot christian elementary school to be located on a 150 acre campus on farm land west of Highway 83 and Cardinal Lane.
Brian Nahey, who owns a group of environmental control companies, has decided to postpone seeking approval for the private school he wants to build on the farm land he has acquired, according to spokesman Jim Siepmann of Siepmann Realty Corp.
Siepmann said Nahey decided that the Christian Education Leadership Academy which he founded along with his wife Nancy needed more time to "reach out to the community" and has decided not present conceptual plans for the school at this month's Plan Commission meeting.
Siepmann said the plans may be presented at an April Plan Commission meeting, at the soonest, or later in the year.
Siepmann said the decison to delay the project came after an open house meeting Wednesday night at Lake Country School where the plan received mixed reviews when it was unveiled to about 25 neighbors.
Three Lake Country School Board members said they were concerned that local public school taxpayers would have to pay more money to provide transportation and a special educations services to private school students if the proposed school was approved by the city.
If approved, the school would become the fifth private school located in the Lake Country School District which includes portions of the City of Delafield and the Village of Nashotah.
Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team was eliminated from the WIAA Division 2 Girls Basketball Tournament on March 7 at Waukesha South High School.
New Berlin Eisenhower defeated the Pirates 47-34, marking the third time this season the Lions have defeated the Pirates.
Abigail Gerrits led all scorers with 17 points. She had five rebounds and five steals.
Jenny Weiland had 15 points for New Berlin Eisenhower. Sammy Kozlowski ended up with 13 points.
"We started out slow and just can't afford to do that against anyone, not to mention a team like Eisenhower," Pewaukee head girls basketball coach Todd Hansen said. "They didn't give up though, and kept playing right to the end."
The Pirates finished 20-5 overall this season.
Arrowhead's girls basketball team defeated Wauksha West Thursday night at Kettle Moraine in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semi-final game, 47-36. AHS (17-8) led from start to finish.
AHS will play Kimberly in the sectional final Saturday at 7 p.m. at Sheboygan South. The winner of that game moves to the state tournament.
Leading 15-11 early in the second period, AHS went on a 9-0 run to take a 24-11 lead. West never got closer than six points the rest of the game. Kelly Smith, Ally May, Tori Miller and Trish Nigl all scored in that surge.
May and Smith led the Warhawks with 12 points each.
There’s something for everyone this Saturday in Lake Country – fun, games, science, food … even history.
Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Lions pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee St., Delafield. Proceeds benefit the club’s charities. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 children.
Over at the Wales-Genesee Lions Club there’s dart ball going on starting at 11 a.m. The club is located at S42 W31320 State Highway 83, Genesee.
Learn about Voyager I and II flights during the “Infinity and Beyond: Voyagers’ Travels into Space” program at the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St., Pewaukee. The program, hosted by the Pewaukee Astronomy Club, starts at 7 p.m.
If you’d like to learn more about Sussex history, plan to visit The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St. in Sussex. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment only. Call Fred Keller at (262) 246-3603 for an appointment. Admission is $4. Children 10 and younger admitted free.
Registration deadline for the third annual Kettle Moraine Education Foundation Trivia Night is Monday, March 11. Teams of eight or more are invited to participate. Pre-registration is required.
Doors for the trivia night open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Kettle Moraine High School and the first round begins at 7 p.m.
More than 500 people participated in the event last year, which raises funds for the KM Education Foundation.
Go here for more details and the registration form.
A 27-year-old man was charged with allegedly strangling his father at the family’s residence in the Village of Pewaukee on March 5, after the two men got into an argument over bathroom privacy.
The man, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was charged on March 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
According to the criminal complaint:
Village of Pewaukee police were dispatched to the family’s residence located on the 600 block of Capitol Drive on the afternoon of March 5 after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance.
The police spoke with the man’s mother, who said that her son was upstairs and police had to intervene immediately.
“He is upstairs and going crazy,” she told police.
Officers spoke with the 27-year-old, who police said smelled of intoxicants. The man said he had nothing to drink that day, but probably smelled like liquor from the night before. He said that he had been arguing with his parents a lot lately.
He told police he woke up at 12:30 p.m. that day and called his father to ask him about the snow. Later in the evening, around 4 p.m., he went downstairs to use the bathroom. His father came into the bathroom while it was being occupied, the son said, and it upset him.
He then allegedly walked up to his father, who was speaking on the phone, and said: “How does it feel when somebody invades your privacy?”
The two men got into an argument. The man’s father said he told his son to get out of the house and pushed him away. The father said his son then allegedly placed him in a headlock and began choking him. They continued to struggle and his ex-wife called 911. He was eventually able to free himself, he said.
The father told police that his son had allegedly said on several occasions he was going to burn the house down and kill himself or his parents.
If convicted of all charges, the man could face up to seven years in prison, $21,000 in fines, or both.
His next expected court date is March 20.
Local State Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released a statement through his office today after last night's vote on the state mining bill.
The controversial bill to create a mine in northern Wisconsin has created tension between Democrats who have environmental and economoic concerns and Republicans who cited job creation and economic growth.
Rep. Craig, in favor of the bill, released this statement:
“Not only will this legislation help create thousands of jobs in Northern Wisconsin, but it will also help create many jobs in Southeastern Wisconsin, including in the 83rd Assembly District. Today’s vote reaffirms that the miner on our state’s flag is alive and well – and here to stay.”
Read more on the mining bill with our media partners, JSOnline.
Arrowhead's girls basketball team will play against Kimberly (23-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the WIAA sectional championship game at Sheboygan South. It was originally reported that the game would be at 7 p.m.
AHS is 17-8 on the season, has won 6 straight games and 9 of their last 10.
Tickets will be sold Saturday at Sheboygan South.
Thanks to a last-second basket by sophomore center Ally May, Arrowhead's girls basketball team upset Kimberly Saturday afternoon, 43-41 at Sheboygan South in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship game. The win moved the Warhawks into next Friday's state tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. AHS (18-8) will play Classic 8 Conference rival Mukwonago (24-2) at 6:35 p.m.
May''s shot broke a 41-41 tie with .02 second showing on the clock.
Arrowhead trailed by a 37-28 margin with 5:17 remaining in the game before outscoring the Papermakers (23-3) by a 15-4 margin in the last 5:04.
Maggie Doleschy had 14 points to lead the Warhawks and Kelly Smith had 12, Tori Miller 10 and May 7.
Manga edition of Book Club for students in grades 7and 8 will be held at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.
This is a free get-together to discuss manga and graphic novels. Come ready to recommend your favvorites and hear about some new titles to check out. Don’t know much about manga? No problem - manga fans new and old are welcome.
The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Get to know the candidates” forum at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in the main-level meeting room at the Mukwonago Village Hall.
Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early to make sure the event starts on time.
If you would like your question submitted for consideration, send it via email to email@example.com
Village of Lannon - With some dissent, the Village Board tonight approved a resolution authorizing Lannon and the Village of Menomonee Falls to continue their negotiations about a possible fire department consolidation or shared fire service agreement.
The agreement directs board president Jerry Newman to represent the village in the discussions and report any proposed agreement back to the Village Board for its approval.
Trustees Daryl Fiene and Ronald Nellis questioned why members of the village's Public Safety Committee were not included in the negotiations along with Newman..
"Two heads are better than one," said Fiene pointing out that some members of the Public Safety Committee have had extensive experience with the fire department.
Nellis added that a memorandum of understanding between the two departments had not been presented to the village trustees. However, Nellis did vote for the resolution in the voice vote in which Fiene vote "no."
Newman and Menomonee Falls Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said private negotiations between the communities have been going on for about 18 month and reached a point where formal Village Board approval was necessary in order for the talks to continue.
Newman said consolidating the departments or abolishing the Lannon department and having Menomonee Falls provided contracted fire and ambulance services are among the options being discussed by the communities.
The North Prairie Lions Club's 36th annual pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast and raffles will be held on Sunday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Prairie Village Hall, 130 N. Harrison Street.
Advance tickets for are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets at the door are $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. Children under 5 eat free.
A 27-year-old man was charged with burglary and theft after allegedly pawning jewelry he had stolen from his grandparents house in Mukwonago on Feb. 23.
David T. Bornfleth was charged on March 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony counts of burglary of a building and theft, $2,500 to $5,000.
According to the criminal complaint:
Mukwonago police were dispatched on March 2 to the residence of Robert and Christine Bornfleth at S110 W30426 YMCA Camp Road in the Town of Mukwonago.
The couple said that their house had been burglarized and several items had been taken, including a 37-inch LG LCD flat screen TV, a Sony video camera, and an ice cream bucket containing $40 in change and numerous jewelry items valued at approximately $4,000.
The said that they were on vacation when the robbery took place, between Feb. 23 and March 2, and believed their grandson had committed the robbery. They said that David Bornfleth was allegedly a known drug dealer and user and had stolen from family members, including them, in the past.
They said that David knew the couple would be out of town on vacation and had entered through a rear patio door that was found removed from its track. They also knew that David had pawned several of the jewelry pieces stolen at Pawn America, 7530 W. Lincoln Ave. in the City of West Allis.
The couple said that their daughter Tamyra Beutler, who lives in Greenfield, had also had her residence burglarized on Feb. 27 and they suspected David had been involved in that burglary as well.
A Greenfield Police officer spoke with David, who said he did pawn some jewelry recently, but he did not steal the items.
A Greenfield Police detective obtained video from Pawn America that allegedly shows David involved in two separate transactions on Feb. 23. In the first transaction, he allegedly pawned three rings believed to have belonged to his grandparents. At the second transaction, six rings and three bracelets were pawned, also believed to have belonged to David’s grandparents. Altogether, he received $1,315 in the two sales.
In the paperwork filed with Pawn America for the first transaction, David claimed that he owned the items for three years.
Nicholas C. Huwiler, 28, sold a men’s ring to Pawn America on Feb. 24 for $3. Huwiler said that he was at the store with his girlfriend Minerva Vazquez and David was there.
He said that David told his girlfriend that he was trying to pawn jewelry that belonged to his grandparents, who he said had died. Vasquez said that David gave her some of the allegedly stolen jewelry, including five bracelets, three rings, two men’s tie tacks and eight earrings.
Huwiler said that he went outside the store and met with David at his vehicle. David allegedly pulled out “piles of jewelry” and told Huwiler that he had stolen it.
“They ain’t got no fingerprints, because I had gloves on,” David allegedly told Huwiler.
Huwiler identified several of the items allegedly stolen from Robert and Christine Bornfleth’s residence as being in David’s possession, but said that David had a lot more jewelry with him.
David’s grandparents said that the items may have been stolen in other burglaries for which David is a suspect.
If convicted of both counts, David could face up to 16 years in prison, $35,000 in fines, or both.
His next expected court date is March 21.
Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt issued a statement to us regarding a scam that has taken place in surrounding communities.
The statement reads:
There is a company called Against All Odds which is also doing business as Dreamers of America, LLC. They hire black students to go door to door under the premise of selling items and collecting money for Habitat for Humanity. This group is a scam.
The BBB has received numerous complaints from citizens in Wauwatosa, Fox Point, Shorewood, and Pewaukee. Additionally, Habitat for Humanity just issued an advisory to the Milwaukee Community, as Dreamers of America is NOT affiliated with Habitat for Humanity.
The subjects have been using a vehicle identified as a 2003 red Chevy Venture van with unknown plates.
There have not yet been any cases reported in Mukwonago but the statement is meant as a warning for residents. If you feel something is strange in your neighborhood contact your local police department.
There are all kinds of ways to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday this weekend including some food options.
If you’re in the mood for corned beef and cabbage, head on over to North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St. in North Prairie starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potato and other vegetables, salads, homemade bread, dessert and choice of beverage. Cost is $10, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 5 and younger.
On Monday, enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at the Sussex Community Center on Maple Avenue in Sussex starting at 11:30. For reservations call (262) 548-7848.
There’s also some ways to get crafty for the holiday.
The Hartland Public Library, 110 E. Park St., is hosting a session of St. Patrick’s Day crafts from 10:30 to noon Saturday. Projects include green, lucky wish stones and Blarney stones that are yours to make and take. Refreshments and stories filled with Irish lore will be shared.
Shamrock Craft Day, for ages 3 to 12, is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield. Visit www.delafieldlibrary.org for more information.
Town of Lisbon - For the second time in as many months, Town Clerk Jeff Musche is probably going to have to conduct a municipal election without a deputy clerk.
Deputy Clerk Cassy Rivers, who was hired earlier this year, has resigned for personal reasons, according to Musche.
Both Rivers and Musche were ill during most of election day during the spring primary election on Feb. 19. Rivers was hospitalized the weekend before the election because of severe flu symptoms.
Musche received emergency room and hospital treatment the day before the election because of chest pains. His election day activities were severely limited because doctor's were not sure what was causing the pains.
The election was successfully conducted by the chief election inspectors at the town's three polling places. Musche said he would be relying on their assistance again for the April 2 municipal elections.
Musche said Rivers did not give him a reason for her resignation on Thursday, March 7. Rivers was involved in a car accident the day before, according to Musche.
Village of Sussex - Village official's more than 20 year dream of redevelopment of the Mammoth Springs Cannery Company site has moved another step closer to reality.
The Village Board tonight uanimously approved creating of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that will generate real estate tax revenues to pay for public improvements that are part of Brookfield entrepreneur Arthur Sawall's plans to build a residential and retail complex at the corner of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue.
The TIF District will include a 40 acre triangular shaped area that extends from the triangle intersection of Main Street and Silver Spring Drive east to Waukesha Avenue. A committee of local government and school districts whose boundaries include the TIF District are expected to give final approval to the district next week.
The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on March 21 on Sawall's proposal to build three three-story high end apartment buildings with under ground parking and two retail buildings on the site. The Village Board is scheduled to give final approval to the project in April. Sawall said he hopes to break ground in May or June.
The North Prairie Lions are offering a scholarship for a Mukwonago Area Schools 16 or 17-year-old students interested in attending the Counselor in Training Program at the Wisconsin Lions Camp for children with special needs.
If interested apply online. For scholarship information contact Lion Lisa at (262) 378-1033.
St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot is holding its second annual St. Paul and Paddy fish fry this Friday, March 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost of the meals are $10.25 for adults, $5.25 for kis and ages 4 and younger eat free.
The Irish-themed dinner features performances by the Glencastle Irish Dancers in the gym every half hour from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. including two session offering Irish dance lessons for kids. Ireland afficiado Arthur Cola will be in the church's galleria for presentations from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Call (262) 392-2920 for more information or to reserve a spot for larger groups.
To combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use, the Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments will intensify their traffic safety enforcement efforts during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from March 4 through March 20th.
The increased enforcement is part of financial grants that the Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments received from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety.
“Our intensified traffic safety enforcement during St. Patrick’s Day holiday period and throughout this year will help prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways. We’re striving to increase voluntary compliance with traffic safety laws; not to write more seat belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrests,” says Lieutenant Ken Pileggi.
· Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin
· Before drinking, designate a sober drive and leave your car keys at home
· If you are impaired, call a taxi, friend or family member to get you home
· If you know somebody who is impaired and about to drive, take their keys and help them to make other arrangements to get where they are going safely
If you see a drunk driver on the road, the police department encourages you to call Mukwonago PD (262) 363-6425 or your local police using 911 on a cellphone.
Waukesha man charged with allegedly pointing gun at family, causing an hour-long standoff with police
A 30-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with recklessly endangering safety after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife and four children during an argument on Sunday, March 10 and causing a one-hour standoff with police.
The man, who will not be identified to protect the alleged victims, was charged on March 12 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and four counts of misdemeanor pointing a firearm at another. If convicted of all charges, he could face more than 13 years in prison, $65,000 in fines, or both.
According to the criminal complaint:
City of Waukesha police were dispatched to the family’s residence, located near the intersection of Madison Street and North Grandview Boulevard, a little after 1 p.m. on March 10 after receiving reports of a domestic abuse incident.
The man’s father-in-law called police after his daughter called him asking for help, saying that her husband had a handgun and was walking around with it. The father-in-law told police that he could hear a lot of shouting in the background before the phone went dead.
Two officers approached the residence and rang the doorbell several times, but there was no response. They then saw a small boy, later identified as the man’s 7-year-old son, enter the entrance hall of the home. The boy was hesitant to open the door, but did so after talking to police.
The two officers found the man’s wife on the phone crying in the living room with her three other children. She said that the defendant was in the basement. The children, who police said were “terrified,” said he had a gun.
Police evacuated them from the residence and asked the man’s wife what happened. She said that he was “whipping” the gun around and a child said, “He pointed it at mommy.”
She later told police that she and her husband had been fighting over family issues, and the previous night she took her children to a hotel to spend the night. She returned to the house earlier that morning and tried to stay away from her husband, but he instigated an argument with her. She said he seemed intoxicated and he told her that he wanted her and the children out of the house.
The man’s 9-year-old daughter said that her father had allegedly pointed a handgun at her mother, and the gun made a, “clicking sound.” She said he allegedly did same thing to each of the children, and each time the gun made a clicking noise.
According to a police department news release, all available officers, deputies from the Sheriff’s Department and the Regional Bearcat Armored Vehicle were called to the scene.
Officers approached the residence in a tactical mode and ordered the defendant to exit. He did exit, approximately one hour after the initial incident, and told officers he left the handgun in the master bedroom. Police recovered the weapon, a .45 caliber Springfield semiautomatic handgun.
The man blew a .01 on a breath test administered by police. He allegedly told police that he had drank approximately three cans of beer earlier that morning. He said that his wife had crushed one of the beer cans while they were arguing, spilling beer onto a dresser. He allegedly said he then retrieved his gun and put it in a holster on his right hip, fearing that his wife would try to take it away.
He claimed that the gun was unloaded and initially said that he did not point the gun at his wife and children. When police told him that his wife and kids said that he did, he allegedly said there was no magazine in the gun at the time.
He later allegedly changed his story, saying that he removed the gun from his holster while his children were behind him and, pointing the gun at the floor, locked and unlocked the slide release. While he was doing so, he allegedly said: “I can’t [expletive] take this anymore.”
At an initial court appearance on March 12, Judge Patrick Haughney ordered that the man was not to consume alcohol or possess any knives, weapons or firearms. He was also ordered to not have any contact with his wife, children, or any witnesses listed in the complaint.
His next expected court date is April 12.
Village of Nashotah - Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) officials decided tonight to break off fire department consolidation discussions with the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland so they could focus on merger discussions with the City of Oconomowoc fire department.
The decision was announced following a one hour closed session by a committee of representatives of the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah, the communities that finance, and are served by, the regional fire and emergency medical response agency.
Committee Chairman Rich Lartz, president of the Village of Nashotah, said the committee decided that LCFR would be in danger of growing too fast and too big if it absorbed the Oconomowoc, Town of Delafield and Hartland fire departments at the same time.
Lartz said City of Oconomowoc officials have said they are prepared to begin consolidation discussions immediately while officials from the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland have been hesistant about committing to a consolidation with LCFR.
Oconomowoc, the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland indicated late last year they might be interested in consolidating with Lake Country Fire and Rescue. Consolidation discussions were held in August, September and February.
Meanwhile, Town of Delafield resident Edward T. Kranick said he may file a complaint with the Waukesha County District Attorney's office that tonight's meeting at the Nashotah Village Hall violated the state's open meeting law. Kranich said it was unnecessary for the meeting to be conducted in closed session.
Two members of the committee, Julie Swenson of Nashotah and Alderman Gerald MacDougall of the City of Delafield, voted against the closed session. Swenson and Delafield Mayor Ed McAleer had previously said they did not think the closed session was necessary. McAleer was unable to attend the meeting because of an illness.
A 56-year-old man employed by American Family Insurance in the City of Pewaukee has been charged with five counts of business theft, accused of stealing approximately $160,000 while employed as a claims adjuster for the company.
Franklin resident Brian M. Costa was charged on March 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of business theft over $10,000. Oshkosh resident Sharon R. Krause-Cronk, 50, was charged with the same offenses for allegedly cashing the checks for Costa and receiving half of the ill-gained profits.
If found guilty on all counts, Costa and Krause-Cronk could each face up to 50 years in prison, $125,000 in fines, or both.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy was contacted on Dec. 12 by Attorney Beth Boyer-Ryan, assistant general counsel for American Family Insurance. Boyer-Ryan told the deputy that they suspected an employee at the company, Costa, had stolen approximately $160,000 by filing false claims between 1997 and 2012.
Costa was employed at the company’s office located at W236 N1402 Busse Road in the City of Pewaukee. A detective met with Boyer-Ryan at her office in Madison. She told the detective that Costa was fired on Nov. 5, 2012 after the alleged fraud was discovered.
Costa was allegedly able to scam the company by adding Krause-Cronk as a passenger to legitimate vehicle accident claims. He would then allegedly claim that Krause-Cronk was injured in the accident, allowing him to write a check to her to cover the expenses. Krause-Cronk would then allegedly cash the checks, and split the profits with Costa.
Costa allegedly once included his own mother as a ghost passenger in an accident report, writing her a check for over $24,000. That alleged incident of fraud was said to have taken place in 2006, beyond the statutory limitations for prosecution.
Altogether, Boyer-Ryan claimed that Costa allegedly defrauded the company of over $170,000 through false claims, but only five of the 12 claims took place after 2008 and within the statute of limitations.
Costa agreed to speak to the detective regarding the incidents in question. He allegedly told the detective that he stole the money because he was in debt. He said that he met Krause-Cronk sometime between 1990 and 1993, when they were both employed at Mitchell International Airport. He allegedly said he brought the idea of defrauding the company up to Krause-Cronk, who was initially reluctant but eventually agreed.
Krause-Cronk allegedly told the detective that she was not familiar with how Costa obtained the money, but knew it was fraud.
Costa and Krause-Cronk are expected to appear in court on March 25.
An 18-year-old Waukesha woman could face more than 16 years in prison after allegedly attacking several people, including arresting officers, following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in the City of Waukesha.
Samantha A. Mueller was charged on March 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, attempted battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer, causing injury, two counts of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.
According to the criminal complaint:
City of Waukesha police were dispatched to St. Luke’s Church, 300 Carroll St. in Waukesha, after receiving reports that a fight had broken out outside the church following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.
An officer made contact with a group of people standing in the parking lot who said that Mueller had hit several people after the meeting. Mueller told police that people at the meeting had been “trash talking” her and calling her names through text messages.
An officer made contact with a 25-year-old woman who said that Mueller allegedly started punching another 23-year-old woman after the meeting.
The 23 year old was able to get away, at which point Mueller allegedly yelling at another girl, asking her if she wanted to fight. Mueller then allegedly started swinging at the 25-year-old, punching her twice in the neck. While fighting the 25-year-old, Mueller allegedly also punched a 16-year-old boy in the face.
An officer told Mueller to place her hands behind her back and instead she allegedly started yelling at the crowd gathered outside the church. When another officer tried to blanket her arms, she allegedly pulled away and began swinging her fists at him.
Her punches missed and an officer was able to force her onto the ground. She kept throwing punches at the two officers, who tried to debilitate her with “hand strikes.” They were ineffective, but she was subdued after one of the officers struck her with a knee.
One officer was bleeding from his hand after the fight and the other said he felt pain in his right knee. Both officers were treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their injuries.
Mueller allegedly told an officer after being arrested that she “blacked out” during the fight and was just, “going off.”
If convicted of all charges, Mueller could face more than 16 years in prison, $45,000 in fines, or both.
Her next expected court date is March 28.
Katharine Hincak of the Hidden Cafe, 716 Main Street, Mukwonago won both Best in Show and the People's Choice award for her chandelier cake at the second annual Baker's Association Cake Competition as part of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association show.
Her chocolate colored chandelier cake was decorated with sugar flowers, jawbreaker pearls and edible glitter to catch the eye and win the hearts of those at the show.
At the same time, North Prairie restaurant operator Steve Schilling of ZaZING! Received the Wisconsin Restaurant Association's highest honor: 2013 Restaurateur of the Year.
Read more about both in upcoming issues of the Mukwonago Chief.
What would seem like a dream to most employees counting down the years to retirement has become a nightmare for Oconomowoc resident Lynda G. Johnson.
Johnson, formerly an employee at Stein Garden Center in the City of Oconomowoc, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft on March 13 after failing to report that she was paid more than 10 times her hourly wage by the company.
According to the criminal complaint, Johnson, 47, was allegedly paid $88.25 an hour, instead of the agreed upon rate of $8.25 an hour, during her six weeks of employment. The company told police she was employed from late April to late May of last year. Altogether, she allegedly received $10,000 more than what she should have been paid by the company.
An attorney for Stein Garden Center said in the complaint that Johnson quit abruptly on May 14, providing no warning to the company that she was leaving.
The company discovered the payment error in June and allegedly tried to contact Johnson both by phone and certified mail, but received no reply. The company’s attorney said in the complaint that he was eventually able to make contact with Johnson, but she said she knew nothing about the money.
A Waukesha County Sheriff’s detective spoke with Johnson. She allegedly told him that she thought the money had come from her aunt and she had already spent it on a new roof for her home. She said she had no intention of repaying any of it.
It was the company’s mistake, not hers, she allegedly told the detective.
If convicted, Johnson could face up to six years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.
Her next expected court date is March 25.
The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) started less than five years ago and has already provided $400,000 of capital support for arts center enhancements and close to $200,000 to teachers for classroom innovations and curriculum expansion. To continue to grow and prosper as a strong education foundation, and to help our public schools be on the forefront of teaching and learning, it needs volunteers with many different interests and skills:
- Marketing: writing, graphic design, social media, press relations – for the creative types
- School and Community outreach – represent OPEF at school/community activities
- Database management and data entry work – strong organizational and clerical skills
- Special events, i.e. Haunted Ball, a new music event, a new fun sports event, others!
- Grant writing for funds – requires good research and writing skills
- Clerical/Office skills - Record keeping, bookkeeping or accounting
- General fundraising – OPEF’s strategic plan calls for many activities to raise funds better
It can structure your involvement with different amounts of time commitment and in many different ways, including internship roles with job descriptions. To express your interest or to learn more about OPEF’s needs, fill out the online Friend/Volunteer link on OPEF’s home page or email or call 262/313-9911.
The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education will meet on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the district office to work on plans for the search for a new superintendent.
Superintendent Paul Strobel announced his retirement last month after working in the district for 35 years. His retirement is effective July 21.
The Mukwonago Fire Department recently received a grant of $1,000 for the purchase of new gas detectors from the Wisconsin Energy Foundation.
The fire department would like to thank the Wisconsin Energy Foundation for their assistance in the purchase of this vital piece of equipment.
The School Board is investigating the possibility of using relocatable classrooms as a temporary measure to cope with capacity issues at Ixonia and Meadow View Schools next year.
The relocatable classrooms could provide the relief the district needs until a long-term facility solution is found. For more on this story read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
As technology continues to drive and push education, the Kettle Moraine School Board approved its 2013-16 information and technology plan tonight.
Using the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan and the School District of Kettle Moraine vision of “personalized learning” and the ISTE NETS Essential Conditions (“necessary conditions to effectively leverage technology for learning”) as guides and inspiration, District Technology Integrator Krista Moroder and Director of Technology Services Brandon Kostolni outlined a plan to put technology into more student hands and provide teachers with proper training and technological support.
However, the technological investment for 21st Century learning requires access for every learner to help bolster active engagement in learning that goes beyond memorizing facts. The district has done much to create the collaborative culture that transforms education, explained Moroder, setting the stage for "a technology-infused education" that "maximizes learning and encourages communication, collaboration, and critical thinking."
As the district pushes forward, providing teachers with professional development and support, the need for increased bandwidth throughout the district to support curriculum aligned to the state Department of Public Instruction's vision for digital learning brings one stumbling block district officials must face.
30West magazine is looking for a list of upcoming antique and classic car shows to feature this summer. If you've got the buzz on a show this summer in Southeastern Wisconsin, please email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kettle Moraine High School (KMHS) will honor three former graduates to the Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the KMHS west gymnasium.
The Kettle Moraine community is invited to join students, staff and guests in celebration of the achievements of William H. Meyers, class of 1988, John R. Mezydlo, class of 2002, and Lauren Martell Vertz, class of 1976. Meyers, Mezydlo and Vertz will be recognized for their entrepreneurial, science and technology, and humanitarian impact on their community and schools.
More information about the 2013 Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame ceremony and the 2013 inductees can be found online.
The search for a Mukwonago village administrator moves forward after the Village Board approved a search firm at its meeting last night.
The Village of Mukwonago Board approved entering a contract with Public Adminstration Associates, LLC to conduct a search for the next village administrator contingent upon favorable reference checks.
The Ten Chimneys Foundation’s Director of Historic Preservation, Keith MacKay will be presenting two upcoming courses that offer a deeper look into the history of historic house preservation and interior design in conjunction with UW-Waukesha.
The first, discussing building preservation, will be held on March 30th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The second will be held April 27th from 10 a.m.-12p.m. discussing interior design.
Each class is $59 and includes an optional tour led by MacKay immediately following the class.
To register, contact UW-Waukesha Continuing Education (262) 521-5460.
There are lots of egg-cellent ideas for things to do this weekend before Easter.
Kids can bring their baskets to two traditional egg hunts on Saturday. A Community Easter Egg Hunt for ages 12 and younger will be from 10 a.m. to noon St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stone Bank Road, Merton. In Sussex, the Easter Eggstravaganza begins at 1 p.m. at Armory Park on Maple Avenue.
On Sunday, American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, Delafield, will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road in Oconomowoc, will have an Easter egg hunt after the 10 a.m. worship service. The event also includes kids’ activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
If you’re looking for some dining options, try the fish fry at the Nashotah House, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 and 29. Chose from fried or baked cod at $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Start Sunday with the hearty Lumberjack Brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Camp Whitcomb/Mason Meinerz Friendship Lodge, Camp Whitcomb Road, Merton. The meal is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 children.
If you need to go northbound out of Mukwonago on Saturday, begin looking for alternate routes.
From 7 a.m. until approximately 5p.m. Saturday the ramp to northbound I-43 will be closed at Highway 83.
This is closure is part of scheduled maintence.
Edgewood Avenue, a common detour, is also closed for repairs. Residents can take ES to Big Bend and meet up with 43 on Highway 164.
State Senator Paul Farrow (33rd Senate District) will be holding a listening session in the Village of North Prairie board room on Monday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to - 6:30 p.m.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) southeast region in Waukesha is announcing a public information meeting to discuss final design for the reconstruction of Highway 83 from Perkins Road to Glacier Pass in Waukesha County.
The meeting is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Library of the Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The meeting will follow an informal open house format.
The improvements include reconstructing Highway 83 from a two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane divided urban roadway with a multi-use trail along the west side. The intersections of County E/DE at 83 and Highway 18 at 83 will be improved as part of the proposed work. The bridge over the Glacial Drumlin State Trail will also be reconstructed.
Currently this project is on schedule for construction in 2014. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. Maps showing the proposed improvements will be on display and representatives of the WisDOT project team will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.
If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, contact Mohammad Hossain, P.E., Project Manager, WisDOT southeast region at (262) 548-8783.
Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Mohammad Hossain at 141 NW Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187.
Citizens who are hearing-impaired and who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Lindsay Schmidt at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).
Focus group work has started as the search for the next superintendent of the Mukwonago Area School District moves ahead with the goal to have a candidate selected and hired by the end of June to start July 1.
Each principal in the district has been asked to select two community members to participate in community focus groups, which will be held April 8 at 5:30 pm and April 10th at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, municipal leaders and members of community groups are asked to join groups to help determine the next leader of the Mukwonago schools. The focus groups will help determine criteria for hiring the new superintendent.
The district plans to begin interviewing candidates by the middle of May, with final candidates touring the district to allow principals to see the candidates in a type of informal interview in different situations, Director of Business Services Darren Clark explained to school board members at tonight's meeting.
Wisconsin sold four $10,000 winning tickets for this weekend's Powerball drawing, according to the Wisconsin Lottery.
The Wisconsin Lottery says the four $10,000 tickets were sold at the 5 Star Citgo in Mukwonago, Tri-Par Oil in Saukville, Petro Center in Sheboygan Falls, and the Kwik Trip at 124 West McCoy Blvd. in Tomah. Those winners had to match four of the five numbers drawn plus the Powerball.
As of Tuesday, the Mukwonago winner has not stepped foward.
Village of Nashotah - The Lake Country Fire and Rescue Consolidation Committee will begin discussions with Oconomowoc city officials at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, regarding the proposed consolidation of the Oconomowoc Fire Department and LCFR, according to Nashotah Village President Rich Lartz who chairs the consolidation committee.
The committee will consist of three representatives from each of the four municipalities involved in the discussion. The LCFR serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.
The meeting is scheduled for the City of Delafield fire station.
Representatives from the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah, the three municipal "owners" of LCFR, decided two weeks ago cut off talks with the Town of Delafield and Village of Hartland and focus consolidation efforts on the City of Oconomowoc.
Oconomowoc city officials had indicated they were ready to begin consolidation talks immediately while officials from the Town of Delafield and Village of Hartland has some reservations about consolidating with the LCFR, according to Lartz.
Volunteers at Eagle Elementary School and members of the Eagle Nature Trail Committee are planning a prairie enhancement project at the Eagle Nature Trail, which links the local library and the school in the Village of Eagle. The funds for the project are provided by the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program administered by Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.
Learning about native plants that have grown in this area for thousands of years is a goal of the project for children, volunteers and the community at large. Participants will learn about the butterflies, songbirds and other critters that use these native plants for food and shelter.
Site preparation began last summer and fall with various groups donating time to help clear invasive plants and shrubs. Among those groups were the Palmyra-Eagle High School students of the National Honor Society, an AmeriCorps group, and local citizens.
Wild Ones is a non-profit education association dedicated to encouraging the use of native landscaping for its inherent beauty and for the benefit of the environment. The Kettle Moraine Chapter meets the second Saturday of the month at DNR headquarters on Highway 59.
Town of Delafield - About a dozen residents attended a Town Board meeting tonight to urge town officials to promptly begin seeking a site for the construction of a new fire station to replace the existing station on Maple Avenue near Pewaukee Lake, north of Interstate 94.
The Town Board has put off a decision on where to construct a new fire station pending the outcome of discussions about a possible consolidation of the town fire department with the Lake Country Fire and Rescue which serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.
The LCFR officials decided two weeks ago to break off the talks with the Town of Delafield and focus on a possible consolidation with the City of Oconomowoc fire department.
Some of the citizens were also apprently looking for a commitment from Town Chairman Paul Kanter that he would no longer consider locating the new fire station at a town park immediately west of Town Hall on Golf road. Kanter told the group he had ruled out the site after it had been rejected by voters in two referendum.
Some leaders of the group said after the meeting they might support the Town Board considering a site in the Sports Common park on Silvernail Road, south of the interstate and east of Maple Avenue.
The Sports Common site was proposed by the town about 10 years ago but it too was rejected in a referendum.
Kanter said town officials have discussed a possible consolidation, or expansion of shared fire service agreements, with the Village of Pewaukee, the Village of Hartland and the Wales-Genesee Fire Department. He said those discussions could impact where a new fire station might be located.
Kanter and the Town Board agreed to report back to residents during their first meeting in May regarding whether any progress has been made on the consolidation talks or whether the town is prepared to continue to operate independently and begin seeking possible sites for the new fire station.
Clarence Cavins of Mukwonago stepped forward to claim his $10,000 winning Powerball prize yesterday afternoon, according to the Wisconsin Lottery. Cavins purchased the winning ticket from the 5 Star Citgo in Mukwonago.
Wisconsin sold four $10,000 winning tickets for this weekend's Powerball drawing, according to the Wisconsin Lottery. Winners had to match four of the five numbers drawn plus the Powerball.
The Village of Eagle is having their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Town Park, this Friday, March 29.
Students ages 1-8, who have the day off school, can meet in Town Park prior to the 10 a.m. start time.
City of Delafield - The Delafield American Legion Post's plans to convert its athletic fields and picnic areas into a temporary campground for veterans attending the 110th annual Harley-Davidson celebration in Milwaukee was approved tonight by the Plan Commission.
The temporary campground will accomodate about 150 bikers and RV owners who are either veterans or legion members attending the event Labor Day weekend, according to event chairman Craig Hoaglund.
Hoaglund said the local legion is providing the temporary campground as a fund raising event and because there is a shortage of available camping space for this year's celebration.
He said there will be no entertainment or vendors allowed in the camp ground and he said a "quiet time" will be enforced from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.
"After everyone gets into the camp grounds, the only thing you will hear the rest of the night will be snoring," he told the Plan Commission.
About a dozen city residents who live near the legion hall, most of them legion members or affiliated with the legion, testified during a public hearing in support of the event.
Village of Sussex - Waukesha County Circuit Court has been asked to stop the proposed development of a nearly 200,000 square foot Meijer's super store slated to be built at the Intersection of Highway 164 and Highway K (Lisbon Road) later this year.
In a law suit filed on behalf of Town of Lisbon resident Larry Pfannerstill, Milwaukee attorney Joseph Cincotta asserts that the Village of Sussex's approval of the project is illegall "spot zoning."
In addition, Cincotta argues the village's approval of the project violates a border agreement with the Town of Lisbon.
Pfannerstill lives adjacent to the development site. He and other nearby town residents have opposed the project since its inception late last year.
Town officials have argued there was an understanding between town and the village officials, as part of the 2001 border agreement, that there would be no "big box" stores approved in either community.
Cincotta also asserts in his15 page complaint that the village wrongfully changed its zoning code and ordinances in order to accomodate the Michigan based Meijer Company plans for the grocery and house hold goods store.
Company officials had anticipated beginning construction in late spring or early summer of this year. However, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers has questions about potential wet land areas on the east side of the site that cannot be resolved unit Spring weather arrives.
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The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education is looking for input from community members as the district begins its search for a new superintendent. A superintendent search survey can be found online.
The survey will close on April 15, 2013 and results will be shared by the end of April.
There are lots of things to do this holiday weekend starting with a fish fry at the Nashotah House, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The meal includes fried or baked cod, with rye bread, coleslaw, and German chocolate cake for dessert. Beverages of coffee and fresh brewed iced tea are also included in the price of $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 11, free for children under 4. Perch may be substituted for cod for an additional $2.
On Saturday, there are egg hunts all over Lake Country including one from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, and another in Pewaukee at Pewaukee Village Park, 325 Capitol Drive starting at 10 a.m. Bring food pantry items to the latter.
If the weather looks unpleasant, there’s an Indoor Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at River Hills West Healthcare Center, 321 Riverside Drive, Pewaukee.
Hartland’s Easter egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland.
The Okauchee Easter Egg Hunt is 11 a.m. Saturday at Okauchee Lions Park, Wisconsin Ave, Okauchee Lake.
On Easter Sunday, enjoy Easter breakfast from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee St., Delafield. No charge for breakfast but free will offerings accepted. All are welcome.
Advance general admission tickets and VIP concert tickets go on sale Monday, April 1, at 9 am for the 171st Waukesha County Fair, sponsored by InPro Corporation. The Fair runs Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 on the Waukesha Expo Grounds. Tickets will be available at WaukeshaCountyFair.com.
Get your tickets April 1 through May 31 and receive half price adult admission.
At the request of Fairgoers, the Fair is again offering VIP SEATING & ELITE VIP SEATING for all Miller Lite Main Stage shows. Tickets for the VIP SEATING & ELITE VIP SEATING will be available while supplies last, or until noon the day of the concert.
This year's performers include Hinder (July 18), Cheap Trick (July 19), Slaughter & Great White (July 20) and The Spinners (July 21).
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