Posts for April, 2012
Arrowhead's varsity boys track team won the championship Saturday at the prestigious Madison West Relays. AHS won with 91 points. Stevens Point was second with 45 tallies.
AHS set a new meet record in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:31.62. That's also the fastest time in AHS indoor history. Members of that team were Mitch Panton, Mark Duchow, Steve Radeztsky and Sean Berendes.
Other winners were Russ Sandvold in the 3,200 at 9:26, Kyle Lewin in the 1,600 at 4:29, Panton in the 200 at 23.16 and the 400 relay of Panton, Duchow, Jamahl Wright and Berendes. They had a time of 44.65.
AHS has won the Madison West Relays two years in a row and six times in the last nine seasons.
Oconomowoc's varsity baseball team opened its season with a split at Janesville Craig on Saturday, losing the first game 12-7 before claiming the nightcap 6-5.
Tyler Christensen picked up the save in the second game. Josh Hottinger worked six and two thirds innings, earning the victory.
Jack Zoeller and Corey Lamp each had two hits in the second game for Oconomowoc, which opens Wisconsin Little Ten Conference play at Milwaukee Lutheran on Monday.
Arrowhead's varsity girls softball team won its first game of the season Monday, stopping host Milwaukee Pius, 6-1. AHS broke the game open with five unearned runs in the fourth inning.
Rebecca Dailey had nine strikeouts and one walk for the Warhawks.
Kelsey Wasilczuk and Becky Walker had two hits each for Arrowhead
Oconomowoc's varsity girls softball team improved to 1-1 on the season Monday by stopping visiting Wisconsin Lutheran in the first game of the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference season, 5-0.
Junior pitcher Delaney Osterday tossed a 1-hitter and struckout 12 batters.
Renate Meckl was 3-for-3 and drove in two runs and Osterday and Brooke Little had two hits each. Osterday also had two RBIs.
City of Delafield - The Common Council has approved an out of court tax assessment settlement with United Properties of Minneapolis, the owners of the controversial Village Square shopping center.
The settlement was made based on independent appraisals of the shopping center located at Hwys. 83 and 16 and the recommendation of the lawyer for the village's insurance carrier, according to Village Administrator Tim Schuenke.
In 2010, the city assessor appraised the shopping center, which is anchored by a Pick N Save grocery store, for real estate tax purposes at approximately $13.3 million. United Properties filed a law suit in Waukesha County Circuit Court claiming the shopping center should have been assessed at $10.4 million
The city is accepting a proposed settlement that includes an assessed value of $12.6 million. As a result of the settlement, the city and various other taxing units will have to repay United Properties about $26,000 in real estate taxes collected that were based on the city's assessment of the property.
The shopping center was constructed about ten years ago despite objections of some city residents; most of them lived near the shopping center on the northeast corner of the city.
City of Delafield - Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials will be asked to explain to the Delafield Common Council why the state is planning to spend about $8 million rennovating and expanding the Hwys. 83 and 16 interchange on the northeast corner of the city.
The Common Council approved Monday night a letter requesting that state highway officials appear before the council and justify the project.
"It is a cartoon," is how Ald. Erv Sandowski described the project.
He question why the state intended to expand the interchange since efforts to widen Higway 83 from two to four lanes north of the interchange have been blocked for decades by influencial residents of the Village of Chenequa.
"We build these buildings with $12 million and they want to spend $8 million on one interchange?" questioned Ald. Gerald MacDougall.
The buildings he referred to are the new city hall/library, police and fire department, and Department of Public Works buildings the city build in 2009 and 2010 for about $11 million.
Ald. Beth Leonard added that the developers of the Village Square shopping center were required by state officials to invest more than a million dollars in improving the interchange when the shopping center was completed about five years ago. Those improvements were supposed to provide the interchange with the capacity to handle increased traffic volumes in the future, she said.
Village Administrator Tim Schuenke recommended the council meet with state highway officials before taking action on a resolution sponsored by Leonard that questioned the wisdom of the project.
Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team won its season-opener Monday aftrernoon against host Waukesha North, 7-4.
Ashley Ausprung was the winning pitcher, tossing a four-hitter. She struck out six and walked two.
Maria Crawford and Hannah Foltz had two hits each for the Lasers.
Arrowhead's varsity girls track team captured the Classic 8 Conference indoor meet championship Monday at Milwaukee Pius. AHS won with 166.50 points and Mukwonago was second with 114.50 points.
Individual winners for the Warhawks were Teagan Seneczko in the 800-meter run, Jackie Dubnicka in the 1,600 and Lea Patek in the 3,200. AHS also won the 960, 1,600 and 3,200 relay events.
The Alice Baker Library will be closing at 1 p.m. this Friday, April 6.
Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, April 7.
In celebration of National Library Week, April 8-14, the Oconomowoc Public Library will join the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation and the Culver's restaurant in Oconomowoc in the “You Belong @ your library” drawing campaign for children 11 and under.
This is the 16th year local Culver's restaurants in Wisconsin have sponsored this event, which encourages children to read and celebrate their favorite book characters.
Children can enter the drawing event by picking up drawing sheets from the Oconomowoc Public Library anytime during the month of April. Children are encouraged to draw book characters that they would like to meet at the library.
Every child who completes a drawing will receive a "Be Our Guest" coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culver's and be entered into a random drawing to win an additional prize of a free Team Scoopie Kids meal coupon. Drawings will be displayed at the Oconomowoc Public Library and at Culver’s through the month of April.
In the Village of Hartland a total of 271 voters had cast ballots by 11 a.m. in Wards 1-6. There were no lines and just five people were in the Village Hall at that time.
Lake Country Theater this week looks at the adventure comedy "Mirror, Mirror."
Lake Country Theater this week looks at the adventure comedy "Mirror, Mirror."
The host Arrowhead Warhawks scored three goals in each half on Tuesday, blanking the Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity girls soccer team 6-0 in a nonconference match.
Missy Schultz, Kristen Robinson and Kyle Davis scored for the Warhawks (3-1-0) in the first half.
Brianna Stemper, Nicole Hedrich and Tori Miller scored for the Warhawks after intermission.
Michela Ongaro played goalie for Arrowhead. Megan Shanahan was her counterpart for Oconomowoc (1-2-0).
City of Delafield - Incumbent Ald. Lynn Morrison has been reelected to a third term on the Common Council.
Morrison defeated challenger Robert Transon 169 to 95 votes. Transon served on the Common Council and the Plan Commission in the 1990s.
Former Mayor Jim Behrend and downtown business woman Jane Lazynski were unopposed in their bids to become newly elected members of the council.
Ald. Erv Sadowski decided not to seek reelection after serving a decade on the council.
Ald. Beth Leonard could not seek reelection to her Second District seat because she was redistricted into the First District where Ald. Jeff Krickhahn is the incumbent and his term does not expire until 2013. The city is required to draw to new aldermanic district boundaries once every ten years.
Mayor Ed McAleer was unopposed in his bid for an unprecedented seventh term. He served four two year terms from 1994 to 2002 and was elected again in 2008.
The Village of Summit is the first municipality reporting results in the Oconomowoc Area School Board election. Incumbents Don Wiemer and John Griswold lead the pack with 345 and 346 respectively, and Lisa Arenas with 263 votes to incumbent Dave Guckenberger's 233. More results to come.
Politcal newcomer and Roger Lalich and incumbet Gary Nickerson will be serving two year terms after residents voted them onto the village board.
Nickerson lead the race with 392 votes and Lalich came in a close second with 384 votes. Incumbents Ed Rutledge and John Taylor will not serve on the board this term as they recieved 247 and 209 votes, respectively.
"I am pleased to have been elected as a North Prairie Village Trustee, said Lalich. "Since 1919 the Trustees have managed the Village's business in a competent and resourceful manor and I will continue to follow the lead set by these men and women."
"Thank you to the North Prairie residents for having faith in me," Lalich added.
Village Clerk Rhoda Bagley reports that the Village had a 46% voter turnout and that elections went smoothly.
Check Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index for more election coverage.
Oconomowoc Attorney Timothy Kay has jumped out to an early lead in the contest for Lake Country Municipal Court Judge.
Kay has a total of 853 votes in the Village of Sullivan and Town of Ixonia in Jefferson County and the Town of Erin in Washington County. His opponent Peter M. Wolff of the Town of Delafield has 729 votes. The totals do not include any of the Waukesha county communities served by the court.
Kettle Moraine's varsity girls softball team defeated visiting Waukesha West Tuesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 18-12.
Hannah Foltz, Maria Crawford and Mady Melbye all had three hits for the Lasers. Crawford drove in four runs and Foltz had three RBIs.
Ashley Ausprung was the winning pitcher.
KM scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth to erase an 8-1 deficit.
KM is now 2-0 on the season.
With years of experience on the Town of Genesee Plan Commission, Walter Buck Houston has landed a spot on the Town Board along with incumbent Charlie Ross.
Ross received the most votes with a total of 911 while Houston came in next with 890. Deborah Gresser just missed the cut, getting only 749 votes.
"I am honored to have been elected Supervisor and want to thank the residents of the Town of Genesee for putting their faith in me. Congratulations to Charlie and I wish Deb all the best," Houston said. "I promise to work hard to serve the Town's residents by continuing to make the Town a great place to live."
"I want to start by saying thank you to the Town of Genesee residents who came out to vote today," said Ross. "The turnout was impressive and I am energized by the outcome, and optimistic about the future for our Town."
Gresser said that "I appreciate the opportunity to run for town supervisor and congratulations to Ross and Houston. They are wonderful people who will work hard for the residents of Genders."
Check Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index for complete local election coverage.
Results reported by the Village of Pewaukee showed incumbent board president Jim Huismann leading all candidates in the Pewaukee School Board race with 894 votes.
Ron Frea, sitting in second place, polled 701 votes, while Jeanne Witthun held 631 votes. Incumbent Dacia Hopkins had 525 votes.
Final results from the City of Pewaukee had not yet been posted.
Political newcomer Jane Craig beat Dave Nowicki in the race for Town of Vernon Supervisor No. 3 with a total of 1280 and 1213 votes, respectively.
"First of all thanks to all my supporters. The campaign gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of great people and I feel very privileged to serve them as supervisor for the Town of Vernon. There is still work to be done, so I encourage the residents of the Town to stay informed and involved," said Craig.
Millies said that "first, I would like to thank everyone who has helped and supported my campaign. There is a lot of work involved and with out the help of others I wouldn’t have been able to have done it. Next, I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. It truly is an honor and privilege to represent the residents of the Town of Vernon as Supervisor #1."
After the election results were posted, Singert said that "I’m grateful and humbled I was able to serve at least for one term. It was a privilege."
Incumbent Rodell Singert will not serve another term as Supervisor No. 1 as challenger Jeff Millies recieved the majority of votes, a total of 1232 against Singert's 1104.
Town of Delafield – Incumbent supervisors Pete Van Horn and newcomer Cindi Duchow won the two supervisor seats.
According to unofficial results, Van Horn garnered 1,028 votes and Duchow received 896 votes. Defeated were incumbent Russ Ackley and newcomer Lisa Cunningham who received 758 and 812 votes respectively. The supervisor seat is for two years.
All three incumbents retained their seats in the Village Board race tonight, easily defeating write-in candidate Diane Vernon. Karen Compton, Michael Meyers and Rick Stevens all return for another two year term.
With figures still coming in, the Mukwonago Area School District referendum has failed in six of nine municipalities that have voters in the MASD area.
Incumbent Tom Stefanowski and former supervisor Ruth Ann Nicoson obtained the two open seats for the Town of Mukwonago board, receiving 1129 and 957 votes respectively.
Stefanowski and Nicoson beat out newcomer Todd Werginz who received 741 votes.
"I just want to thank the residents of the Town of Mukwonago for their support. I'm excited to have the opportunity to represent them as we go forward," Nicoson said.
"I would like to thank everyone for their support. I will continue to try to move the town forward in a positive way. Thank all of the town resident and the staff at the Town Hall," said Stefanowski.
After results were posted, Werginz said that "I want to congratulate both Tom and Ruth Ann on their victories and wish them the best of luck as we move forward with some challenging issues ahead of us."
Town Clerk Kathy Karalewitz reports a 46 percent voter turn out for this election.
Newcomer Randy Buening and incumbent Dean Dobbertin won seats in the two-seat Merton Community School Board race.
Challengers Jenny Walsh and Deb Balderas polled 17.6 percent and 15.3 percent of the vote respectively.
Buening, with 823 votes, led the way with 34 percent of the vote, while Dobbertin, with 803 votes and 33.2 percent of the vote came in a close second.
Voters cast 425 votes for Walsh and 370 for Balderas.
Voters resoundingly voted down the Mukwonago Area School District referendum tonight. The referendum received 3,343 votes in its favor and 5,222 saying no to the $11.2 million four-year referendum.
Cathleen Slattery was the highest vote getter for the new Waukesha County District 1 seat. She beat Robert Kolb with 1,607 votes compared to his 1,214.
Village of Mukwonago incumbents Darlene Johnson and Dennis O'Bryan are joined by returnee Arnold Fickau for trustee seats. Johnson claimed 993 votes, O'Bryan took 911 votes and Fickau received 891, with incumbent Elliot Bakst receiving 830.
Janel Brandtjen won the newly created Waukesha County Board District 5 seat with 2,298 votes beating out fellow current board member Jim Dwyer who had 1,750 votes in unofficial results posted Tuesday night.
District 5 represents Menomonee Falls and parts of Lannon.
With five municipalities still not reporting, unofficial totals from the Oconomowoc Area Schol District show incumbents Don Wiemer and John Griswold with safe leads, and incumbent Dave Guckenberger slightly ahead of challenger Lisa Arenas.
Jennifer Grant has won the seat on the county board for District 7 with 920 votes. Her competitor Michael Hyland earned 602 votes.
With the Village and City of Pewaukee reporting, it appears that incumbent Dacia Hopkins will lose her spot on the Pewaukee School Board.
Hopkins polled 1207 votes, while incumbent board president Jim Huismann tallied 2189 votes and led the way. Joining him on the board will be newcomers Ron Frea (1728 votes) and Jeanne Witthun (1606).
Election results show Cheri Winchowky defeating Lisa Werner for the Mukwonago Area School District At Large seat tonight in a tight race. Winchowky claimed 3,327 votes over Werner's 3,167 to win a spot on the MASD School Board.
Incumbent Dave Falstad earned the Waukesha County Board District 2 post with 1,768 votes. He beat out Ted Rolfs who had 789 votes.
The newly created District 2 serves Town of Oconomowoc, Town of Merton, Village of Lac La Belle, Summit, Chenequa and Village of Oconomowoc Lake.
Kettle Moraine School Board incumbents Terri Phillips and Colin Butler retain their seats on the board and are joined by newcomer Kathy Kapsy. Phillips garnered 2,839 votes and Butler earned 2,491 with Kapsy receiving 2,438 votes.
Amy Lange lost with 2,232 votes and Bernie Ziebart with 2,253. Chad Taylor pulled out of the race in February, but received 1,457 votes, according to unofficial results from the district.
Incumbent Hamilton School Board member Lynn Kristensen lost her seat to challenger Brian Schneider in the race for the Menomonee Falls seat on the Hamilton School Board.
Kristensen tallied 32.3 percent of the vote (1573 votes), while Schneider polled 67.7 percent, earning 3,295 votes.
Schneider will join incumbents Dawn Van Aacken and Deborah Briggs on the School Board, who both ran unopposed for their seats.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with 71 percent reporting, Tim Kay has a healthy lead in the race for Lake Country Municipal Court Municipal Judge.
Kay received 7719 votes and 62.5 percent of the vote, while Peter Wolff polled 4636 votes and 37.5 percent of the vote.
In a sampling of some local municipalities:
Village of Merton: Kay - 381 votes, Wolff - 230
Town of Merton: Kay - 1118 votes, Wolff - 480
Town of Delafield: Kay - 1014 votes, Wolff - 869
City of Oconomowoc: Kay - 1908 votes, Wolff - 895
City of Pewaukee – Jerry Wamser received 554 votes defeating Curtis Meins who received 230 votes for the District 3 aldermanic seat. The seat had been held by Douglas Kiser, who did not seek re-election. The seat is for a three-year term.
It looks like the third time could be the charm for candidate Lisa Arenas in Tuesday night’s election for the Oconomowoc Area School Board. However, the slim margin of victory, 21 votes, could be upended when provisional and absentee ballots are reported on Monday, April 9. Incumbent Don Wiemer garnered 4,428; John Griswold received 4,522 votes to retain their posts on the Board for another three-year term.
It looks like the third time could be the charm for candidate Lisa Arenas in Tuesday night’s election for the Oconomowoc Area School Board. However, the slim margin of victory, 21 votes, could be upended when provisional and absentee ballots are reported on Monday, April 9.
Incumbent Don Wiemer garnered 4,428; John Griswold received 4,522 votes to retain their posts on the Board for another three-year term.
The Village of Mukwonago will be picking up yard waste next Thursday, April 19.
Brush must be tied in bundles, not exceeding 4 feet in length. Each bundle must not exceed 50 pounds. If brush it not bundled, it will not be picked up. Leaves must be placed in clear bags. There is a 30 bag limit for each stop. Bags and bundles must be at the curb by 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Limit of 10 minutes per stop.
Old World Wisconsin will host an annual clean-up event on Saturday, April 14, from 7 a.m. to noon. Individuals and groups of volunteers are invited to help rid the site of winter's debris in preparation for the museum's opening May 1. Teams will be led by the site's staff. The majority of the chores are outdoors, and lunch will be provided at the end of the event.
Volunteers are encouraged to wear garden gloves and to bring their own rakes, brooms, clippers and other outdoor clean-up tools.
For more information, contact the site via email at email@example.com. The rain date is April 21 from 7 a.m. to noon.
Town of Delafield - The Plan Commission Thursday moved forward plans by the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary, located on Cherry Lane, for an addition. Planners directed the town engineer to draft a conditional use ordinance permitting a 16,000-square foot addition.
The addition would be used as a worship and banquet center.
City of Pewaukee - Alderperson Kathleen Novack released a statement Thursday night stating she is throwing her hat in the ring for Waukesha County Clerk in this August's Republican primary.
"I am running because Waukesha County needs to restore the reputation of the county's election process," Novack said in a statement. "It needs an experienced leader with strong credentials and an ability to face head-on the tough scrutiny the office has been facing," Novack said.
Novack, whas has served on the Common Council from 2006 to 2009 and from 2010 to the present, retired in 2003 after 30 years with the Internal Revenue Service as executive assistant to director of operations.
Kathy Nickolaus is the current Waukesha County Clerk.
Town of Lisbon - There was standing room only at the Richard Jung Fire Station Wednesday night as nearly 200 residents discussed for nearly three hours various options for governing the town in the future.
A show of hands about mid way through the meeting indicated that the audience was evenly divided over three options.
One option would consolidate the Town of Lisbon and Village of Sussex into a new municipality.
An alternative option would be to seek for the third time state approval of the Town of Lisbon becoming the Village of Lisbon. The two previous efforts failed because the town could not meet state standards to become a village..
A third option would maintain the existing form of town government while recognizing that surrounding villages and cities could annex town lands in the future.
About two dozen residents expressed their opinions to the Town Board which conducted the meeting. Another approximately dozen residents asked questions about the various options.
Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said there would be additional public information meetings as town officials gather information from residents regarding whether there is support to consolidate with the Village of Sussex or pursue one of the other options.
"What is significant is that 180 people showed up and they weren't mad at us for even suggesting consolidation. Usually when you get that many people at a town meeting, someone is mad," observed Village Trustee Joe Osterman after the meeting.
On Saturday night, you might be getting ready for a big Easter dinner the next day.
But if you’re one of the lucky ones who get to enjoy and not prepare, why not go out and do something fun.
Something fun is happening Saturday night at Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road in the town of Delafield. That’s where the First Saturday Contra Dance is being held.
So what is contra dance? If you go online, you can find plenty of YouTube entries which give you a taste of it. You’ll hear lots of lively music and loads of smile faces; you’ll see young and old, men and women, boys and girls.
Contra dances look a lot like square dancing. In fact, it was square dancing that replaced the popular contra dances in the mid-19th century. There was a revival of contra dances, especially in New England in the 1930s which has spread throughout the country.
And the reason is simple: It’s fun!
So why not join the fun at 7 p.m. Saturday with lessons. From 8 to 11 p.m. there will be live music and a caller.
Admission is $8.Students are admitted for $5. For more information, call (262) 560-1438 or visit www.delafieldcontra.com
Two new faces will be patrolling the streets of Big Bend.
Kevin Page, 23 of Wind Lake and Kevin Zurowski, 24 of Muskego were sworn in as the first two Auxiliary Officers on the Village of Big Bend Police Department during last night's village board meeting.
Zurowski and Page, both criminal justice majors, will be volunteering their time to aid the department with paperwork, day to day operations and will be getting first hand experience working with officers on ridealongs.
Be sure to check next week's Mukwonago Chief for the full story.
A Town of Ottawa family has been left without a home after a two alarm fire caused between $100,000 and $150,000 worth of damage in the morning hours of April 7. A cause is still being determined by the Waukesha County Fire Marshal, but initial thoughts are an electrical problem.
The Dousman Fire Department responded to the home on Highway Z at around 6:20 a.m. where two adults and three children had already escaped the home safely with no injuries. A pet fish was safely removed from the home as well. Dousman Deputy Fire Chief Tim Meyer said that the home did have working smoke detectors but authorities are unsure what tipped the family off to the fire.
Meyer says that the home is uninhabitable. The entire second floor sustained fire and smoke damage while the first floor has severe water damage. The family was able to remove some possessions from the home.
Because of the remote location of the home and no access to fire hydrants, several departments were on scene withto supply water. Dousman was aided by North Prairie, Eagle, Wales-Genesee, Town of Delafield, Summit, Sullivan and Oconomowoc-Lake Country Fire Departments as well as the Western Waukesha Rapid Intervention Team (RIT).
“We had, at one point, 11 water tenders on the scene,” Meyer said.
Waukesha – Kevin S. Cobus, 27, of Waukesha accused of supplying heroin to two people who died from a drug overdose was bound over for trial Friday. A preliminary was held April 9 and Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ruled prosecutors had showed probable cause that a felony was committed. Cobus is charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide for the deaths of Cody C. Riggs, 26 of Delafield and Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego. Prosecutors say Cobus allegedly assisted Riggs and Hansen in purchasing heroin. Hansen died July 11, 2011 and Riggs on Jan. 6.
Waukesha – Kevin S. Cobus, 27, of Waukesha accused of supplying heroin to two people who died from a drug overdose was bound over for trial Friday.
A preliminary was held April 9 and Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ruled prosecutors had showed probable cause that a felony was committed.
Cobus is charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide for the deaths of Cody C. Riggs, 26 of Delafield and Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego. Prosecutors say Cobus allegedly assisted Riggs and Hansen in purchasing heroin. Hansen died July 11, 2011 and Riggs on Jan. 6.
The Eagle Fire Department has issued a burning ban for the town and village of Eagle effective today, April 9 at 12:00 p.m. due to severe dry conditions, forecasted temperatures and winds, according to Fire Chief Justin Heim. The burn ban will remain in effect until rescinded by the Fire Department.
The Eagle Fire Department website at www.eaglefiredepartment.com will be updated to reflect when the burn ban has been lifted.
Village of Hartland – A suspicious device in the basement of a Hartridge duplex led to the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad being called Monday out but the device was found not be an explosive.
Deputy Chief Mike Bagin said a tenant was moving into the duplex and while doing some cleaning found the device, which had wires sticking out of it, above a heating duct.
Hartland police were called at 9:18 a.m. and took a picture of the device and sent it to the Bomb Squad, which said it would come out and examine the device. The Bomb Squad took an x-ray of it and found it not to be an explosive, Bagin said. The device, which measures 4-inches high, 4-inches, wide and about 6-inches long, consisted of four circular items and a tube in the middle. Police are unsure what the mechanical device was used for, Bagin said.