Posts for May, 2011
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 1 in the state by the State Coaches Poll, lived up to that lofty ranking on Saturday as they won the Division 1 championship at the 31-school Lake Country Charity Invite at Western Lakes Golf Club in Pewaukee.
The Lasers won with 303 strokes, defeating Arrowhead (312) by nine shots. Milwaukee Marquette was third at 315.
Many of the top teams in the state took part. More than $40,000 was raised for the MACC Fund in their fight to defeat childhood cancer.
Kettle Moraine senior Nic Johnson won the individual championship by defeating Arrowhead sophomore John Langhoff on the third playoff hole. Johnson won the the title with a birdie. Both Johnson and Langhoff shot rounds of even-par 72.
Other KM scores were Ryan Franklin with 74, Tyler Sheveland 76 and Eric Rogers 81.
Other AHS scores were Kyle Driscoll with 77, Matt Ross 78 and Matt McIntosh 85.
Fifteen golfers in the field of 124 shot 79 or better.
Arrowhead's varsity boys track team won the Northstar Classic at Waukesha North last Saturday by defeating talented Brookfield East. AHS won with 151 points and Brookfield East had 108. A total of 16 schools took part.
The Warhawks have won the Northstar title 7 of the past 8 years.
Winning events for AHS were Jordy Pendergast in the pole vault (14-0), Ryan Adamski in the 600 (1:24.41), the 3,200 relay team of Danny Umhoefer, Steve Kelly, Josh Bodnar and Russ Sandvold (8:40), Ben Bierman in the 1,000 (2:35), Sandvold in the 1,600 (4:32.13), the 800 relay team of Brandon Mortensen, Nick Abresch, Mark Duchow and Mitch Panton (1:31), the 400 relay team of Abresch, Duchow, Jamahl Wright and Panton (43.93), Bierman in the 800 (2:01.31) and the 1,600 relay team of Greg Peterson, Mortensen, Steve Radeztsky and Wright (3:31.41).
On Monday, May 2, Ten Chimneys Foundation will showcase the lighter side of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov in Chekhov: Two Hours, Four Plays. The evening play reading, featuring the talents of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Artistic Intern Company, will include four hilariously funny plays that nevertheless show the careful attention to everyday life that fueled Chekhov’s major full-length works. Pieces to be read include The Dangers of Tobacco, The Proposal, The Festivities, and The Bear.
Anton Chekhov began his career as a short story writer, writing “comic sketches” drawn from everyday Russian life. This comic sensibility never left him, and is shown to its best effect in the short plays that actually made up the main bulk of his theatrical work. Among Chekhov’s full-length masterpieces is The Seagull, which premiered on Broadway starring Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne alongside a young Uta Hagen.
Chekhov: Two Hours, Four Plays
Monday, May 2 - 7 p.m.
Location: Lunt-Fontanne Program Center at Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot
Tickets: $15 advance, or $20 at the door
Reservations: (262) 968-4110
Mary Sheridan, coordinator of the Oconomowoc Area Senior Center, announced today that it has received a $20,000 donation for a planned handicap entrance project.
The Center had recently embarked on a fundraising campaign to meet the expected $20,000 cost of the job and had collected approximately $500. About two weeks ago she received a phone call from a woman who said he would like to donate to the cause. The check was received on Friday from the Kenneth and Patricia Thomas Memorial Fund.
For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
Waukesha - Daniel P. Henningsen, 45, of City of Pewaukee, will be incarcerated for the next 27 years for a fatal crash that occured nearly three years on Capitol Drive in the City of Brookfield.
Henningsen, already convicted six times for drunken driving and now convicted for his seventh such offense, was sentenced this afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court on charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, two counts of drunken driving while causing injury, possession of marijuana, driving with a revoked driver's license and driving with a prohibited alcohol concentration.
Killed in the crash was Willam E. Gray, 51, of Elm Grove. Gray's wife Kelley, and his sister-in-law Lori Borden were injured. Henningsen was driving west on Capitol Drive at about 81 mph when the van he was driving slammed into the side of Gray's Jeep, which was pulling out from Mountain Drive at the time.
Judge James R. Kieffer sentenced Henningsen to 25 years in prison on the homocide charge to be followed by two years in teh Waukesha County jail for injuring the two passengers in Gray's vehicle. Following incarceration, Henningsen will serve 15 years of extended supervision.
Oconomowoc's undefeated varsity girls fastpitch softball team improved to 8-0 on the season Monday by whipping host MIlwaukee Hamilton in a nonconference game, 11-0. The 8-0 start is the best opening in school history. The game was called after five innings.
Sophomore pitcher Delaney Osterday tossed a two-hitter and had 12 strkeouts. She walked one.
Emily Klitzing, Osterday and Renate Meckl had two hits each for the Raccoons. Osterday and Brianne McGuire drove in two runs each.
Cooney will host Watertown Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Doug Wrecke of Merton, former standout athlete at Arrowhead High School and Carroll University, will be inducted into the Carroll Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Oct. 8-9.
Wrecke graduated from Carroll and played football, basketball and track and field for the Pioneers.
With state legislation on overturning the mascot law at a standstill and no decision expected with the hearing on the unconstitutionality of the law until July 20, the Mukwonago School Disctrict Board of Education agreed to take the first step in finding a new mascot and logo tonight.
The district will accept nickname and logo proposals from any MASD students, parents, staff members, alumni or district residents until at least July 20.
See the complete story in the May 4 Mukwonago Chief.
Positively Pewaukee’s mini spring auction and fundraiser has begun with bidding ending at noon Thursday, May 5. Anyone interested in participating should visit www.positivelypewaukee.com/WeBid/bid for a list of items. Once in, view all items up for bid, complete the sign up form, bid on an item, watch and keep bidding. Once the item has been auctioned bidders will be notified and directions will be given regarding paying for and picking up the item(s). For further information, call (262) 695-9735 or email email@example.com.
Positively Pewaukee’s mini spring auction and fundraiser has begun with bidding ending at noon Thursday, May 5. Anyone interested in participating should visit www.positivelypewaukee.com/WeBid/bid for a list of items.
Once in, view all items up for bid, complete the sign up form, bid on an item, watch and keep bidding. Once the item has been auctioned bidders will be notified and directions will be given regarding paying for and picking up the item(s).
For further information, call (262) 695-9735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Pewaukee girls soccer team improved to 9-0 and took complete control of the Woodland Conference with a 4-2 win over New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday night.
With the win, the Pirates have now defeated each of the next four best squads in the league, according to overall standings. The team already logged its first-ever win over Wauwatosa West this season, as well as victories over Whitnall and Shorewood.
Abbey Toureene scored twice, including a crucial goal in the second half just 40 seconds after Eisenhower had pulled to within 2-1. Dayna Costello and Raleah Schaeffer added additional tallies.
Maddie Dallman lofted a high-arcing free kick from 40 yards out, just beneath the crossbar to account for the only goal of the game as Arrowhead topped visiting Kettle Moraine on Tuesday, 1-0.
Dallman, who also keyed a defensive attack that did not allow a shot on goal after halftime, was fouled after intercepting the ball at midfield and converted at the 62-minute mark, her first score of the year.
The Warhawks moved to 5-1-1 and 1-1 in Classic 8 Conference play. The Lasers likewise hold a 1-1 league record and 6-3 mark overall.
Arrowhead's varsity girls fastpitch softball team, thanks to a pair of league victories on Monday and Tuesday, moved into sole possession of first place in the Classic 8 Conference standings.
AHS defeated Waukesha North on Monday, 20-7 and then nipped Catholic Memorial on Tuesday, 6-5. The Warhawks improved to 5-1 in league play and 8-1 overall. Milwaukee Pius is second at 5-2 and Kettle Moraine is third at 4-2.
In the win over North, Kelsey Wasilczuk had two hits and four RBIs to lead the winners. Jordy Brengosz drove in three runs.
On Tuesday against Memorial, Alexis Panaro and Carly Brengosz drove in runs in a two-run sixth inning to lead the Warhawks to a come-from-behind win. Panaro, Carly Brengosz and Kara Olsen all had two hits for AHS.
Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team rolled over visiting Milwaukee Pius Tuesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 17-6. Katie McCann hit a walk-off three-run homer over the left field fence to end the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
KM is now 4-2 in league play, one game behind Arrowhead (5-1) in the loss column. Pius is 5-2.
McCann had a monster day for the Lasers. She had four hits and seven RBIs. The hard-hitting second baseman had two doubles, a triple and homer.
Candace Rupnick, Hannah Foltz, Maddie Churches and Jordan Fink all had three hits for KM.
Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softball team, after starting the season with a perfect 8-0 record, got hammered Tuesday by visiting Watertown in a Wisconsin Little Ten Conference game, 19-3. Watertown had nine consecutive hits in a 14-run, fifth inning rally.
Renate Meckl had two hits for the losing Raccoons. Meckl is batting .667 on the season
The 8-0 start was the best beginning to a season in school history for OHS.
Republican Dave Craig was an overwhelming favorite in Tuesday's special election for the vacant seat in the 83rd Assembly District, defeating Democratic challenger Jim Brownlow by more than 5,000 votes.
Craig, an aide to Representative Paul Ryan, will succeed Scott L. Gunderson as representative of district, which includes Muskego, Big Bend, Vernon, Mukwonago, East Troy, and Waterford.
Town of Eagle residents will be able to drop off their yard waste at Town Park, S91 W35287 Highway NN this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Everything must be bundled, or placed in clear bags.
The Arrowhead Facilities Community Task Force (FCT) will present its final findings and recommendations to the Arrowhead School Board this evening.
After more than six months of research and review the FCT voted on April 19 to prioritize the community group's recommendations. The results of that vote will be unveiled in tonight's special board meeting, which will ultimately help to guide the school board as it evaluates the future facilities needs of the high school.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the South Campus Library.
We've seen our share of Lenten fish fries, spaghetti dinners and even chili cook-offs. But there probably is only one Swiss steak dinner held in the area.
From 4 to 7 p.m., Redeemer United Church of Christ, W220 N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex, will hold a Swiss steak dinner.
Swiss steak did not originate in Switzerland. Rather, the name comes from the term "swissing," which is a process by which the meat is tenderized. Traditionally, the meat is coated with flour and seasonings and made with tomatoes and other vegetables.
Cost for the dinner is $12 in advance. Tickets at the door are $13 for adults, $11 for seniors and $5 for children 4 to 12. Hot dogs are available for anyone not wishing to try the delicious dish.
For tickets, call the church at (262) 246-6710. Proceeds from the dinner benefit the missions.
Downtown Oconomowoc's annual salute to spring will be held tonight, Friday Night May 6 with some additional events planned for Saturday. Live Music, Free Carriage Rides, "May" basket raffle and Local Artists displaying their Art are some of the highlights of this event.
"We love art and we love spring and this event allows us to celebrate both," said committee chair Paul Schultz. "I look forward to Spring Gallery Night every year with this year being better than ever and because of all of the free activities it's a great time to visit downtown Oconomowoc and explore what's available."
2011 Spring Gallery Night++ is sponsored by First Bank Financial Centre, DOMA and J & T Coins. The mission of DOMA is to create an energetic, vibrant and financially thriving downtown.2011 Spring Gallery Night is sponsored by First Bank Financial Centre, DOMA and J & T Coins. The mission of DOMA is to create an energetic, vibrant and financially thriving downtown.
The need for new arts facilities emerged as the top priority of the Arrowhead Facilities Community Task Force (FCT) at a special May 4 school board meeting.
Members of the FCT prioritized a set of five recommendations during a vote last month, which asked the 23 voting members to rank the importance of each recommendation. Voters could also abstain from casting a vote for any or all recommendations, signaling that they were not in favor of pursuing that particular recommendation.
Ultimately, the 22 members that returned ballots ranked the educational fine arts recommendation as their top priority, while expanding Arrowhead’s field house ascended to the second spot. Ranked third through fifth, creating 21st-century learning spaces, addressing the school’s aquatic center and improving the high school’s traffic and pedestrian logistics rounded out the remaining recommendations.
Four voters abstained from recommending any sort of improvements or expansion of the school’s aquatic facilities, while three could not endorse either the educational fine arts or field house recommendations.
Read more in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.
It's a sure sign of spring - the Oconomowoc Farmer's Market will open for the season from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 in the St. Paul Lutheran Church parking lot, 210 E. Pleasant St.
For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (262) 567-2666
Two smash and grab burglaries at Aurora pharmacies occurred within a half-hour of each other May 3.
At about 11 p.m. the Aurora pharmacy at 109 E. Capitol Drive in Hartland was entered. Someone smashed out a window and the perpetrator grab medication and left quickly, according to Hartland police.
At about 11:30 p.m., someone smashed the door at the Aurora pharmacy off Highway 164 near Main Street in Sussex and took assorted narcotic drugs, according to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Pederson. Pederson an Aurora pharmacy in Slinger was also recently burglarized.
Police do not have a suspect.
Older adults are invited to celebrate National SilverSneakers Day on May 18 by participating in the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program at SilverSneakers fitness locations all over the country. In Mukwonago, the Mukwonago Athletic Club will be recognizing National SilverSneakers Day with a Pot Luck Luncheon open to all seniors. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kickboxing Room, right after the Senior Cardio Class. Admission is free; just bring a dish to pass.
Those interested can contact Brent Reichert at (262) 363-2212 to get your name on the list of attendees.
“National SilverSneakers Day was developed to recognize physically active older adults across the nation and honor their commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle,” explains Brent Reichert, General Manager of the Mukwonago Athletic Club.
SilverSneakers is made available through many Medicare health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans as a benefit to their members at little or no additional cost. Members receive a fitness membership, with access to all basic amenities plus SilverSneakers signature group exercise classes. National access allows members to participate at any of more than 11,000 SilverSneakers locations in all 50 states.
To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, contact your health plan provider. For more information about SilverSneakers at the Mukwonago Athletic Club, please contact the membership services department at (262)363-2212.
Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 23. This Bill will preempt local ordinances requiring paid leave for family, medical or health issues and will provide employers with the flexibility that they need to not only stay in business, but to put more people back to work. State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement about the Bill signing: “The Sick Pay Bill will ensure that businesses in Wisconsin have uniform laws in place on employment relations, preventing a patchwork of government mandates that would prove detrimental to Wisconsin’s business climate. It will ensure that business owners in Milwaukee, and all other areas of the state, are free to run their businesses in the way that they feel will be most efficient and successful, thus, allowing them to grow, expand and to create additional jobs for Wisconsin workers,” said Kapenga. “I was very excited and honored to bring this legislation forward,” continued Kapenga. “This is what the voters sent us to Madison to do. We will continue to limit government and to get out of the way of the free market.”
Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 23. This Bill will preempt local ordinances requiring paid leave for family, medical or health issues and will provide employers with the flexibility that they need to not only stay in business, but to put more people back to work.
State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement about the Bill signing: “The Sick Pay Bill will ensure that businesses in Wisconsin have uniform laws in place on employment relations, preventing a patchwork of government mandates that would prove detrimental to Wisconsin’s business climate. It will ensure that business owners in Milwaukee, and all other areas of the state, are free to run their businesses in the way that they feel will be most efficient and successful, thus, allowing them to grow, expand and to create additional jobs for Wisconsin workers,” said Kapenga.
“I was very excited and honored to bring this legislation forward,” continued Kapenga. “This is what the voters sent us to Madison to do. We will continue to limit government and to get out of the way of the free market.”
WAUKESHA COUNTY - With warm weather approaching, the ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center is offering free skin cancer screenings at locations in Waukesha, Mukwonago and Oconomowoc. Those who have a suspicious mole or spot on their skin and are not under the care of a dermatologist can make an appointment for a free screening.
Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hispanic Community Health Resource Center in Waukesha (for Spanish speaking only)
Monday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at D. N. Greenwald Center, Mukwonago
Wednesday, May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Waukesha Memorial Hospital
The screenings coincide with Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month and are part of a national campaign to encourage early detection and teach prevention of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer and is largely preventable. By detecting irregularities in the skin, skin cancer can be caught in its earliest form and may be cured.
At the free screenings, dermatologists will examine those with a suspicious mole or skin lesion. However, total body screening is not provided. Advance registration is required by calling (262) 928-2745.
The Big Bend Library will be hosting a special story hour with members of the Big Bend Fire Department at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday May 11 at the Big Bend Village Library, W230 S9175 Nevins St. Children will learn fire safety in their homes, visit the fire station and be allowed to take photos on fire trucks and rescue squads. Handouts and treats will be provided. There will be an outdoor surprise, weather permitting.
Please call (262) 662-3571 to R.S.V.P.
Tonight there will be a full closure of the I-94 eastbound and westbound enterance and exit ramps at Highway 164/Highway J in Waukesha County.
Visit www.repace94.org for more information.
The Lake Country Reporter learned Tuesday morning that 29-year Arrowhead football coach Tom Taraska will resign as the head coach at a news conference Tuesday set for 1:15 p.m. at South Campus.
Taraska, one of the most successful high school football coaches in Wisconsin history, will also retire as a physical education teacher at Arrowhead at the end of the current school year.
Taraska's first year at Arrowhead was 1982 and his final season was 2010. In that span, Taraska led the Warhawks to four WIAA Division state championships (1993, 1994, 1996 and 2007) and also watched his teams finish second five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008).
His teams made the title game nine times in a span of 18 years. No other team has ever accomplished that feat in state history. His teams also made the WIAA playoffs 20 times in his 29 seasons.
Taraska coached the Warhawks to 47 playoff victories, a WIAA playoff record. He was named the Associated Press coach of the year in 2007 and was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association's Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also inducted into the University of Oshkosh Hall of Fame in 2008.
At Arrowhead he compiled an overall record of 248-76, a wnning mark of 76%. Combined with his total high school record, he has a 265-96 mark, a winning percentage of 73%. That ranks him ninth on the all-time coaching win list.
Taraska's wife, Susie, teaches in Mukwonago and will also retire at the end of the current school year.
The Overture Center in Madison recently announced that Oconomowoc High School's fall 2010 production of Bye Bye Birdie won 8 Tommy Awards.
The Tommy Awards began last year as a way to honor excellence in the field of High School Musical Theatre throughout the state of Wisconsin, and are named after Wisconsin native, Tom Wopat.
This year more than 30 productions were reviewed by a team of theater professionals from Wisconsin and performing arts educators from the Madison area. Oconomowoc High School won the following 2011 Tommy Awards: Best Scene in a Musical "The Telephone Hour", Best lead Performer - Male, Calum Bedborough, Best lead Performer - Femal, Anna Herro, Best Choreographer, Karl Miller, and Best Costume Designer, Cheryl Filmore.
Three other students will also be recognized at the awards ceremony for their work: Honorable Mention Lead Actor: Scott Filmore, Honorable Mentional Supporting - Julia Luebke and Honorable Mention Supporting Karly Schultz.
The Tommy Awards are open to the public and will be held Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in Overture Hall in Madison. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.overturecenter.com/community/tommy-awards
The Waukesha County Fair Association is seeking contestants for the 2011 Waukesha County Fair Top Singer contest, presented by WITI-FOX 6, on Wednesday, July 20, opening night of the Waukesha County Fair, sponsored by Aurora Heath Care. The Fair runs Wednesday, July 20 thru Sunday, July 24.
Preliminaries for Top Singer will be held on the Fairgrounds in the Arena on Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 4 pm. Registration ends promptly at 5:30 pm. Contestants must be age 16 to 28. Individuals who advance will perform on stage and before a panel of 3 distinguished judges in the Leinie Lodge, sponsored by Citizens Band of Mukwonago, Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm.
· Registration is just $5 in advance, $10 the night of the preliminary contest. Entrants should be prepared to sing a capella (without music) and those under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Entrants can preregister by mailing a check for $5 to the Waukesha County Fair along with name, date of birth, street address, phone number & email address to the Waukesha County Fair Office – 2417 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072.
· The Top Singer winner will receive $250 in cash and have the opportunity to perform his or her winning song on the Miller Lite Main Stage Sunday, July 24, immediately before The Beach Boys perform at 6 pm. First runner-up will also receive a cash prize and may perform in place of the Top Singer should he or she be unavailable.
· For the complete rules and how to enter the contest, visit www.WaukeshaCountyFair.com.
A pair of principals emerged as the top candidates for the Merton School District’s superintendent vacancy.
The school board narrowed the list down to two after beginning the search for a replacement for retiring superintendent Mark Flynn, who announced in January that he would not return to to the school district next year. One of the finalists, joining Tina Van Meer, who currently serves as the principal at Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy in the Monroe School District, is Oconomowoc’s Ronald Russ, the current principal at Nature Hill Intermediate School.
The Merton School District plans to host both candidates for separate staff and community forums on May 18 and 19 after each candidate tours the district’s schools. At the forums, community members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn about their backgrounds in education.
School board member Karl Melnick said he hopes the school district can select its new superintendent shortly after the forum concludes on May 19.
"We are going to collect input from the staff and community as far as their feedback on the respective candidates, but then we will meet after that, and then from there, hopefully next Thursday, we will make a decision," he said.
Full overnight closures will occur tonight on the southbound Moorland Road enterance ramp to I-94 eastbound, and the westbound I-94 exit ramp to Moorland Road northbound.
Visit www.repave94.org for more information
Mishicot High School Principal Jeff Walters was announced as the next principal at Kettle Moraine High School at the school board meeting last night.
Walters, who will officially begin his duties as KMHS principal on July 1, precedes David Hay as principal.
Watch for the complete story in the Kettle Moraine Index .
A Pewaukee man, who is listed as one of the Milwaukee Police Department’s top 10 most wanted fugitives, was arrested Tuesday by the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Arthur T. Schmoller, 29, was also wanted by Milwaukee, as well as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department on drug charges, according to a press release from the State Patrol.
Following a lengthy investigation, State Patrol officers with assistance from the Department of Criminal
Investigation located Schmoller in Waukesha and took him into custody following a traffic stop, the statement said. There were two felony warrants out for his arrest.
Three Oconomowoc High School students will perform with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia 2010 – 2011 in a concert May 17 from 1-2:15 p.m., at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
OHS students Torrin Hallet, Horn; Chloe Growth, Horn; and Heather Casterline, Horn are among the 140-member orchestra that will perform in a free concert that is open to the public.
The first Annual Fair Fun Run 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by 94.5 LAKE FM, will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 on the Waukesha County Fairgrounds during the Waukesha County Fair, which runs Wednesday, July 20 thru Sunday, July 24. Runners/walkers of all skill levels and families are welcome to participate.
The race begins at 8 a.m. and the 3.1 mile course takes participants around the perimeter of the fairgrounds including running in gravel, grass, dirt (possibly mud) and asphalt. The race will finish on the south end of the grounds, near the Leinie Lodge, site of the annual Kiwanis Pancake breakfast at the Fair. Participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy the pancakes after the run for just $5.
If you register by July 1, the registration fee is just $20 and includes one all day admission to the Fair good on Saturday, July 23 and a complimentary race T-shirt. Registration after July 1 is $25 and does not guarantee a T-shirt. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 but you can register on site the day of the race. To register, go to http://www.zapevent.com and then search Fair Fun Run.
Full overnight closure to the I-94 westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway F.
Visit www.repave94.org for more information.
You don’t have to go to New York or Chicago to find talented authors. There are plenty of creative wordsmiths right in our own neighborhoods.
On Saturday you’ll be able to meet eight local authors at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc.
Featured are Denise Folcik, Charlene Lassig, Larry Kreuscher, Ilona Fridl, Dale Reich, Brett Champan, Linda Pischke and Fred von Kamecke.
You’ll get to talk to the authors about their latest books and purchase copies for autographing. Refreshments will be available.
For more information, call (262) 546-0106.
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the water level behind the Waterford Dam on the Fox River will be lowered due to recently discovered seepage around an abutment wall and through the earthen bank. This drawdown is necessary to facilitate investigation of the problem and stabilization of this area of the dam. The 10-foot high dam is owned by Racine County and located in Waterford.
The controlled drawdown of the Waterford Dam was ordered by the DNR and began Wednesday, May 11, and is expected to take several days. Approximately 3 to 6 inches of water will be released each day from behind the dam, until the seepage is minimized or stopped. The impoundment will remain drawn down until an engineering plan and fix can be developed and implemented. There is no estimated date of completion at this time.
Your Choice Live, the Lake Country based organization of former teen addicts and parents, will present a two hour program of teen and adult speakers about the dangers of drug addiction in Lake Country on Tuesday, May 17th, between 7 and 9 p.m., at the Arrowhead High School North Campus auditorium.
Included in the program will be former Arrowhead High School students Tyler Lybert and Ashleigh Nowakowski, as well as former Oconomowoc High School student Ricki Keepman and Catholic Memorial High School student Michael Richter.
Parent speakers include Rick and Sandra Lybert, Susan Montie, Donald "Duke" Maynard and Paul Raddatz, all Lake Country area residents who teenagers encountered challenges with drug addiction.
The teens and parents were featured in a recent Lake Country Publications series that focused on the extent of drug addiction in Lake Country and what steps parents and school are taking to combat it.
Tuesday's nights program at the high school is intended to give Lake Country parents an understanding of "what addiction really looks like in the life of a surburban students as explained by young people who have lived it," according to Sandra Lybert, a spokeswoman for the organization.
The parents and students will provide their perspectives on how addiction and abuse occurs and the impact it has on families, according to Lybert.
The supposed human jawbone unearthed by a gardener in the City of Delafield turned out to be a ceramic copy, according to an anthropologist from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
How or why it turned up in a garden south of I-94 near Cushing Road remains unclear, but Leslie Eisenberg, the anthropologist who analyzed the jaw replica after receiving it from the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office said, "It turned out not to be bone, but ceramic of some kind."
According to City of Delafield Police, a woman called police to report that she had found what appeared to be a jawbone while pulling weeds from her garden.
The bone was taken to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined there was a strong chance that it was a human bone, police said.
The Medical Examiner’s Office recommended the bone be taken to an anthropologist in Madison for further investigation, where Eisenberg laid the notion to rest.
Kettle Moraine Middle School eighth grader Rylie Morris (top photo, right) and classmates explored the C-SPAN Digital Bus on May 12. Morris won honorable mention in the C-SPAN StudentCam 2011 competition for her video, "Childhood Obesity."
Watch for additional photos on Living Lake Country and in the Kettle Moraine Index.
View Morris' video at the following link: studentcam.viddler.com/videos/watch.php
Motorists on I-94 in Waukesha County can expect the following closures this evening for between one and two hours:
I-94 east and west bound entrance and exit ramps at Moorland Road
Bluemound (Highway 18) entrance to westbound I-94
Westbound exit ramps to Barker Road (Highway 18)
I-94 westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway F
Westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway 164
Westbound exit to Highway 16
Visit www.repave94.org for more information.
Members of the community can drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Mullet Ice Center until 6:30 p.m. today.
Students from Arrowhead's medical terminology and business practices class organized the event in an effort to keep everyday medications out of the hands of teenagers that might abuse them.
Organized in conjunction with the Hartland Police Department, the Arrowhead pill drop gives residents a safe place to dispose of the medications.
Besides keeping them out of the hands of teenagers, dropping medications at the pill drop will help keep them from being flushed down drains or toilets and contaminating the local water supply.
The Village of Mukwonago will be picking up yard waste this Thursday, May 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.
Concerned about your memory? Join the educational program at LindenGrove Mukwonago Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 18. The program will provide participants with information on brain structure and function, factors that contribute to forgetting, and important aspects of brain fitness. The event will be presented by Judy Gunkel, Community Outreach Director with the Alzheimer's Association. Light refreshments will be served.
Please call LindenGrove at (262) 363-6830 to register.
Overnight full closure of Bluemound entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound.
Overnight single lane closure northboun and southbound Moorland Road under I-94.
Overnight single lane closure westbound Bluemound Road from Sunny Slope Road to Florence Drive.
Waukesha – A former Summit lawyer entered a guilty plea this afternoon to robbing a Wales bank last summer.
Peter T. Elliott, 62, Elliott stole about $10,000 from Town Bank 200 Summit Ave., June 12. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, charges of possessing firearm in a school zone and carrying a concealed weapon were dismissed.
Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Jayne Dewire recommended Elliott be sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. She also recommended Elliott pay restitution in the amount of $10,116 to Town Bank. Elliott will be sentenced July 22.
Elliott was a practicing lawyer from June 1974 through October 2008 and in connection with his law practice maintained a trust account. Elliott diverted $3.6 million in funds from the account for his personal use, according to a federal criminal complaint.
Elliott was sentenced Nov. 4 in federal court to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervision. He was also ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution. He has appealed that decision. Dewire recommended the bank robbery sentence be consecutive to the federal sentence.
The Wales/Genesee Joint Fire Board will discuss the resignation letter of Fire Chief Greg Jezak at its May 17 meeting. The resignation would end about 32 years of total fire service, nine serving as Fire Chief at Wales/Genesee Fire Department.
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Do you know of a senior citizen that dutifully contributes to others and/or their community? If so, you can nominate them for the Walworth County Fair’s Outstanding Senior Citizen Contest.
Anyone can submit a nomination. Nomination deadline is June 20. Nominees must be at least 65 years in age by September 1 and a Walworth County resident. Up to five outstanding senior citizens will be honored at the awards ceremony on Senior Citizen Day, September 1.
Winners will be selected on the basis of their current involvement rather than past accomplishments.
For more information or to obtain a nomination form, log onto www.walworthcountyfair.com or call the Fair Office at (262) 723-3228.