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Is it OK for candidates to sign recall petitions?

March 23, 2012 11:21 a.m. | The media has been buzzing with stories about candidates in the upcoming municipal and school board elections who have signed recall petitions.

How do you feel about it? Vote under the Kettle Moraine Index poll of the week.

Trash pick-up adjusted in Wales for Labor Day

By Kaitlin Phillips

3:00 p.m. |  Due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday regular trash pick-up in Wales will happen Thursday, Sept. 4. Wednesday trash pick-up will resume the following week. 


Special bird call donated to Lake Country chimney swift advocate

By Steven Martinez

2:55 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Hartland residents near the Cottonwood Wayside might be hearing some unfamiliar noises in the coming days.

Chimney swift advocate Ramsay Schlissel said the Lake Country-Hartland Chimney Swift Group recently received a high performance game caller from FoxPro - for free. 

Schlissel said the device has been modified to mimic a chimney swift call, and that she intends to use the call every night for 15 minutes before and after sunset.

"Until the birds come," she said.

Chimney swifts are sensitive to temperature, so the cooler weather could be responsible for their absence, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.

» Read Full Article

Electrical fire shuts down Seester's, Chocolate Factory in Pewaukee

By Evan Frank

12:13 p.m. |  According to Positively Pewaukee's Facebook page, Seester's Mexican Cantina in Pewaukee had an electrical fire in its kitchen.

As of two hours ago, the establishment is closed for business today.

Chocolate Factory also sustained damage and will be closed for the rest of the day and possibly longer.

"The fire was contained to Seester's and their kitchen," said Mike Toffler, who is vice president and general manager of the Chocolate Factory. "They still don't know exactly what started it, but because there was some fire in there, we have smoke damage and water damage. We have Paul Davis Restoration & Remoding in here taking care of everything. We replaced all of our ceiling tiles, we had to throw all our food out that was exposed."

"We're down for today because it's just a mess inside," Toffler explained.

» Read Full Article

Both husband, wife now have left loaded guns in restrooms

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

Aug. 27, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Apparently, carrying a concealed weapon for some people is so second nature they don't realize when they've left their gun behind in a restroom.

A 76-year-old Oconomowoc man — whose wife left a loaded handgun in a Brookfield church restroom this year — left his own weapon in the restroom of a Door County fun park this month, according to sheriff's department reports.

The loaded Ruger .380-caliber was found, in a holster, on the floor of a men's room at the Egg Harbor Fun Park on Aug. 9. A patron of the park — which features miniature golf, go-carts, arcade games and many other attractions for families — turned it in to the park's owner. The owner held it a few hours, assuming the owner would come back looking for the gun. When no one did, he called the sheriff's office.

Investigators traced the gun to Gerald Hitchler, who has a second home in Egg Harbor. Records showed he had purchased the weapon in 2012 from a Gander Mountain store.

No one was hurt.

» Read Full Article

Oconomowoc road construction update

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 27, 2014 1:11 p.m. | The pavement schedule for a few roads and one parking lot was bumped up today in Oconomowoc  in an effort to finish the work before some forecasted thunderstorms this weekend delay the work any further.

A construction crew is scheduled to start the work this Thursday, Aug 28, and the paving will be completed in the following order: 

  • High Street
  • Summit and Forest Intersection
  • Lexington Street, and
  • Ixonia Bank parking lot

Watch for construction updates and road closures each week in the Oconomowoc Focus and on our website, LivingLakeCountry.com.


Rock thrown through Mukwonago Food Pantry window overnight

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 27, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Mukwonago police are looking for information that would help identify the person or persons who threw a rock through a front window of the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, sometime between 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Anyone who saw someone hanging around the pantry during that time is asked to call Mukwonago police officer Rob Kreiser at (262) 363-6435.

The Mukwonago Food Pantry is also looking for help in reparing the window before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27.


Court order issued against library board

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 27, 2014 11:19 a.m. |  Waukesha -  A Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge has ordered the Village of Sussex and the Town of Lisbon to begin negotiations over how the two municipalities will divide  assets controlled by the Pauline Haass Library Board which is being dissolved at the end of the year.

Judge James R. Kieffer also issued a temporary restraining order that is intended to control how the library board spends the approximately $900,000 it receives in tax revenues from the two municipalities as well as cash reserves included in the library's approximately $1.1 million budget. The order does not effect monies the library board receives from donations and state and county funds.

Kieffer instructed the lawyers for the library board and the two municipalities to "immediately" contact retired Judge Patrick Snyder who will serve as a mediator in the court ordered negotiations that involve the town, village and library board.

Kieffer postponed for 60 days a pre trial conference that had been scheduled for October 20 in preparation for a civil trial in a dispute between the library board and the Town of Lisbon over who should have "custody and control" over about 65 acres of land donated to the town for library purposes by the late Pauline Haass.

Several times during the more than one hour hearing Wednesday morning Kieffer questioned the wisdom of taxpayers dollars being spent on legal battles involving a library board that will no longer exist after Dec. 31.

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Updated: Attempted robbery at Miller Pharmacy in Mukwonago

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 27, 2014 10:00 a.m. |  

This morning Village of Mukwonago police responded to an incident at Miller Pharmacy in Mukwonago.

Owner Pat Vandehey said a woman came in and handed someone at the pharmacy a note in an attempted robbery. Vandehey said she doesn't believe the woman got away with any pharmaceuticals, but ran from the scene just prior to police arriving. 

This story is still developing. The Mukwonago Chief will provide more information as it becomes available. 


Give a pint, get a pint at Mukwonago community blood drive

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 27, 2014 8:59 a.m. |  A community blood drive will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division Street. 

Donors can call for an appointment at 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

Each donor will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver's custard


Cushing will receive MOH

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 26, 2014 5:35 p.m. |  Washington D.C - Delafield Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing will be posthumously awarded  the Medal of Honor - the nation's highest award for valor - according to a news release issued late this afternoon by the White House.

David Krueger, who has represented the City of Delafield on Cushing's behalf, said he was notified of the news release by a reporter for the Washington Times. The Times reporter told Krueger that Cushing's name was included among a list of individuals who are slated to receive the award from the president.

Cushing has been recommended for the medal by the Secretary of Defense. However, the president makes the final decision on Medal of Honor recipients.

Cushing was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg in a skirmish that stalled the Confederate Army's effort to gain new momentum during one of the most important battles in the Civil War.

Krueger has been among city residents who have strived during the past decade to have the medal awarded to the local hero.


Delafield's Cushing to receive Medal of Honor, 151 years after his death

Aug. 26, 2014 4:36 p.m. |  A Union Army officer who made his last stand at the Battle of Gettysburg is to be honored with the nation's highest military decoration 151 years after his death, the result of a decades-long push by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

 

The White House announced Wednesday that President Barack Obama approved the Medal of Honor for 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed by a Confederate bullet to the head on the last of the three-day Battle of Gettysburg.

Congress granted a special exemption last December for Cushing to receive the award posthumously since recommendations normally have to be made within two years of the act of heroism and the medal awarded within three years.

The White House also announced that Obama will award the medal in a ceremony Sept. 15 to two Vietnam War soldiers who also received the congressional exemption: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

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Fourth charter school set to open in Kettle Moraine School District

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 26, 2014 1:11 p.m. |  As a new school year begins, Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) sits poised to open its fourth charter school in the district, the High School of Health Sciences. 

The charter schools, which have drawn state and national attention for innovative programming, continue to grow and attract students from other districts. 

KM Perform, starting its fifth year, will have about 150 students, according to Director Kevin Erickson, of that 14 students open enrolled to the charter school. 

KM Global, looking at enrollment figures of 61 this year, will have eight open enrollment students, according to Director Michelle Koper.

KM Explore, finishing its first year, housed in Wales Elementary School, had to turn away more than half of the students who applied, using a lottery system to fill 150 slots, according to Director Laura Dahm. 

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Last free concert for the season Aug. 29

By Donna Frake

Aug. 26, 2014 9:29 a.m. |  Come out for the last free Friday concert of the season on Aug. 29.

Enjoy Milwaukee band, The Orphans from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell at City Beach. 

 Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit on the grass or enjoy the new seating at the band shell.


Hartland Village Board approves preliminary plat for Sanctuary subdivision

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 25, 2014 10:10 p.m. | Several village residents with homes near the proposed Sanctuary subdivision got another chance this week to voice their concerns about the development to village board members and developer Chris Miller.

The board approved on Monday, Aug. 25, the preliminary plans for the project, but amened the motion not to include any concrete details for a walking path on the northwest side of the development or an emergency access road to the east of the property.

Every person who spoke during the pubic hearing portion of the meeting was against the project, some more than others, and touched on various concerns that have been previously mentioned to the board.

One resident, Joanie Decker-Nold, whose property abuts the land for the proposed subdivision, asked several questions about the walking path to Miller and village trustees directly.

She said her primary concerns were for maintaining privacy and child safety around her home.

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Former Mukwonago star athlete Dominic Cizauskas sentenced to 12 months in jail for third-degree sexual assault

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 25, 2014 4:59 p.m. | Madison - A judge sentenced former Mukwonago High School sports standout Dominic Cizauskas today to one year in county jail and three years probation for third degree sexual assault.

He will also need to comply with sex offender registry requirements, no contact order and other stipulations. 

Cizauskas was found guilty on June 18 of third degree sexual assault in Dane County after a two-day trial played out the details of a Dec. 14, 2013 incident on the UW-Madison campus where, Cizauskas, during his official visit to UW as a football recruit, met with an acquaintance in her dorm room and allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Cizauskas had testified that the sex was consensual, which the two had done before.

Cizauskas, a star Mukwonago High School athlete who graduated in 2014, testified that upon arriving on campus he had five shots of spiced rum in a 1.5 hour period and had approximately two sips of a mixed drink.

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Menomonee Falls man accused of repeatedly molesting his granddaughter

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 25, 2014 4:53 p.m. |

A 67-year-old Menomonee Falls man allegedly raped his 9-year-old granddaughter numerous times over the summer and forced her watch pornographic videos with him.
 
The man, who will not be named by the Sussex Sun to protect the identity of the victim, was charged on Monday, Aug. 25, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with repeated sexual assault of a child, incest and exposing a child to harmful material.
 
According to the criminal complaint, the man was supposed to be taking care of the victim since June 15 during the week while her parents were at work, usually from Sunday nights to Friday afternoons.
 
The suspect’s wife also worked often, so he was alone with the girl most of the time, the complaint says.
 
The victim told a forensic interviewer in the complaint that that her grandfather repeatedly took her clothes off and touched her privates.
 
She said most of the assaults happened in the man’s bedroom or his unfinished basement, where he forced her to watch pornography with him and once allegedly made the girl perform oral sex on him.
 
A Child Protective Services agent said in the complaint that he believed the sexual contact between the man and his granddaughter occurred daily.
 
According to court records, the man posted his $25,000 cash bond the same day he was arraigned and was released on condition that he have no contact of any kind with his granddaughter or her parents.
 
 


Chamber boat ride tomorrow

By Evan Frank

Aug. 25, 2014 4:41 p.m. |  The 20/20 Networking Water's Edge Boat Club Boat Tour takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Pewaukee Lake.

Put on by the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Hartland Chamber of Commerce, the event kicks off at Water's Edge Boat Club, N27 W27250 Woodland Drive.

Admission is $10 for non-members and at-the-door registrations.

The two chambers team up every month to run an event or activity for its members and non-members as well.


Mukwonago woman accused of reckless homicide for connection to overdose death

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 25, 2014 3:02 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — A 26-year-old Mukwonago woman faces homicide charges for her alleged role in the overdose death of Mitchell Nuernberger.

Brittany Tipton, S77 W32025, was charged on Tuesday, Aug. 19, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide.

 According to the criminal complaint, Nuernberger contacted Tipton on May 10 — one day after he had been released from jail for stealing from his mother to fund a drug addiction — looking for some heroin.

The victim’s mother said in the complaint that Nuernberger went for a lengthy walk later that day and used the bathroom for “a long time” when he returned; he came out looking sweaty and “blinking a lot,” she said.

Nuernberger then fell asleep on a couch and woke up briefly to say goodnight to his mother who found him almost nine hours later on the same couch with a faint pulse, covered in vomit, according to the complaint.

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'New to OHS' Open House set for Aug. 26

By Donna Frake

Aug. 25, 2014 2:18 p.m. |   Oconomowoc High School would like to welcome parents to the 'New to OHS' Open House on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 2 -4 p.m. In order to have an opportunity to meet your child's teachers and experience a condensed version of a day in the life of an OHS student, please remember to print a copy of your son or daughter’s schedule prior to attending.

Parents may enter the building through the OAC Auditorium doors and proceed into the auditorium for Principal Joseph Moylan’s 2 p.m. welcome address  This is an  opportunity  to learn the school song, tour  the school, hear about course curriculum and expectations from teachers, ask questions, learn more about how we use Family Access for communication, meet Student Services staff and learn more about Naviance as a career and college readiness tool, and gather information about clubs and activities.

 The health room,   located inside Student Services, will be staffed throughout the evening for parents to drop off medications for their student prior to the start of the school year.  


KM defense stops Cooney cold

By Chuck Delsman

Aug. 22, 2014 11:35 p.m. | On a hot a night at Oconomowoc's sparkling new Ed Rux Stadium, Kettle Moraine's defense stopped the Raccoons cold Friday.

Anchored by five turnovers, the KM defense allowed Oconomowoc just 39 yards in the middle two quarters and walked off the field with a 14-7 nonconference victory over OHS. It was the first game of the 2014 season for both teams, with Oconomowoc debuting its revamped facility complete with synthetic turf and a new scoreboard.

Oconomowoc's defense also played well, allowing KM just two touchdowns, one in the second period and one the third quarter. Cooney came into the game having beaten KM the last three years. In the last 10 years, KM now holds a 6-4 edge over the Raccoons.

Andrew Trafton scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard run for the Lasers on the first play of the second period, and KM scored again when quarterback Mitch Pfeifer hit end Will Duchow on a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. Trafton's run was set up by the longest play of the night, a 46-yard pass from Pfeifer to a wide open Duchow at the Cooney 14-yard line.

Oconomowoc's lone score came with just 5:16 to play after KM botched a punt attempt. OHS took possession of the ball at the KM 27-yard line and scored seven plays later when Zach Clayton tossed a halfback option pass to a wide open Zach Helwig in the right corner of the end zone.

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Pewaukee almost finds a way

By JR Radcliffe

Aug. 22, 2014 11:08 p.m. |

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They can be the most perplexing 23 feet and 4 inches anywhere on the football field. Some teams don't even bother with them.

When Matt Fritchen's extra-point attempt with 1 minute, 22 seconds left to play sailed wide of that expanse between the posts Friday, it left the Pewaukee football team facing a cruel 14-13 defeat at the hands of host Waterford. The Pirates overcame a lethargic first half and caught a late break to pull within a point, but the Wolverines atoned for a 17-0 loss at the hands of Pewaukee to open the 2013 season.

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New school planned for 2015-16 school year

By Evan Frank

Aug. 22, 2014 4:08 p.m. |  Have you seen the construction going on north of the Highway 16 exit at Ryan Street in Pewaukee?

A new private school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

Check out Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter and hear from the founder of the project.


Flying fun, festivals and more this weekend

By Marilyn Jozwik

Aug. 22, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Waukesha County Airport will be buzzing this weekend with the Wings Over Waukesha air show, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This year’s show features female pilots Susan Dacy and Patty Wagstaff and other national aerobatics acts. There will be kids activities, a museum for military heroes, war planes and military items plus food, beverages and aviation-related merchandise for sale. Enjoy a pancake breakfast on Sunday. Admission is $15 at the door. Rides on a World War II B-17 bomber and helicopter are extra. Waukesha County Airport (Crites Field) is located at 2525 Aviation Drive, Waukesha. Visit www.wingsoverwaukesha.com for more information.

St. Agnes Parish in Butler is having its annual parish festival from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at 12801 W. Fairmount Ave., Butler.  The festival features live music, food and giant rummage sale. Friday includes a fish fry from 4 to 7 p.m. and kids movie night 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday includes a ride wristband special for kids from noon to 4 p.m., dinner special 4 to 7 p.m., kids movie night 7 to 10 p.m. and 2-on-2 basketball tourney.

The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St, Sussex, will be open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Sussex-Lannon Area Historical Society Depot Museum includes the new Sussex/Lannon Land O’ Lakes baseball exhibit, and ongoing local Taverns & Saloons presentation. Parking is available at Piggly Wiggly or the municipal parking lot across Main Street. Admission is $4. Call (262) 246-3603 for information.

Shattered, the Rolling Stones tribute band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SummerStage at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C, Delafield. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students; $5 for youth. For more information call (262) 337-1560 or visit www.summer-stage.org.


Firefighters to host benefit golf tournament

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 22, 2014 10:00 a.m. |  Local firefighters are hosting the second annual Southeast Wisconsin National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Golf Tournament on Friday, Sept. 5, at Western Lakes Golf Course in Pewaukee.

 
The tournament is one in a series of nationwide golf tournaments organized by local volunteers to raise funds for the NFFF, which is self-funded. The tournaments are held to raise awareness and support the programs of the foundation. The NFFF provides programs and services for surviving family members of firefighters who die in the line of duty. These include scholarships, workshops and conferences. It also has programs that educate firefighters on preventing future fire service injuries and fatalities.
 
The tournament is open to the public; the $100 fee includes golf, cart, lunch, awards dinner, goody bags, raffle and hole contests. There will also be a silent auction. For more information or to register, visit www.firehero.org.
 


AngelsGrace Hospice's 10th anniversary celebration

By Donna Frake

Aug. 22, 2014 6:42 a.m. | On Saturday, Aug. 23, ProHealth AngelsGrace Hospice will celebrate its 10th anniversary by throwing a party from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility.

The community is invited to attend the event on the residential hospice’s scenic grounds in Oconomowoc. The celebration will include a complimentary picnic lunch, ice cream social, local entertainers, arts and crafts projects and a 1b p.m. balloon release to celebrate and remember the lives of patients who have passed at AngelsGrace Hospice.  

Musical entertainment will be provided by Rick Grothaus, Jeff Leonard and Sterling & Brass, Lake Country’s brass quintet


Closures expected on Highway 83 this weekend

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 21, 2014 3:07 p.m. |  As Highway 83 construction continues in the village of Wales, the municipality has announced that on Friday, Aug. 22  the contractor is scheduled to install curb and gutter along the east side of South 83 from Brandybrook Road north to Wales Lawn and Garden. The work will be performed to maintain access as much as possible but will entail closing some driveways for the weekend.

Residents are encouraged to continue to watch for signs and express caution in work zones. 


Dock diving competition for dogs on Sunday, Aug. 24

By Evan Frank

Aug. 21, 2014 2:45 p.m. |  Dogs will fly this Sunday.

The Petlicious Dog Bakery and Pet Spa hosts the Pier Pups Canine Dock Diving competition at Petlicious Dog Bakery, 2217 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost to register your dog is $15 at Petlicious or at www.pierpups.com.

There will be also be dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and other activities.

For more information about Sunday's event call 262-548-0923.


Storytime returns to OPL next month

By Donna Frake

Aug. 21, 2014 10:31 a.m. |  The fall session of Storytime  at the Oconomowoc Public Library begins on Sept. 9. No registration is required. 

 Baby Storytime (18 months and under) will be held on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m.

Lapsit Storytime (19-35 months) is planned for  Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (36 months and up)  will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.

 Families with babies and young children are encouraged to  take “The Reading Pledge” to make reading a priority in your home, and get a free book and reading journal. Sign up anytime, either with the children’s librarian or at the checkout desk.


FOMA Fest in Mukwonago this weekend

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 21, 2014 10:00 a.m. |  Friends of Mukwonago Athletics will once again host FOMA FEST on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Kettle Moraine Ranch in Eagle. The event is $25 and features live music, food and beverages, and both a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mukwonago High School boys and girls locker room renovation and the construction of the high school’s first ever Girls Fast Pitch Softball Field. Those attending must be 21 or older. For more information or to donate visit www.friendsofmukwonagoathletics.com.


Highway 16 interchange plans revised

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 20, 2014 9:53 p.m. |  Village of Hartland - About two dozen Lake Country residents showed up at a public information meeting to review revised plans for a proposed expansion of the Highways 83 and 16 interchange.

The new plans eliminate the use of roundabouts and reduce from six to four the number of through lanes that will extend about a quarter mile from the interchange south to near Cardinal Lane.

However, the proposal ran into opposition from some citizens and elected officials who questioned the need for the project pointing out that the existing interchange is less than 10 years old and traffic usually flows smoothly through the interchange.

Other elected officials and residents defended the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans. Proponents noted that the Highway 16 is old and in need of repair and there are traffic ties up during rush hour on some of the ramps of the interchange.

The plans include converting a quarter mile of the existing two lane Highway 83 into a four lane divided highway. There will be new bridges over Highway 16 and Vettelson Road. Interchange ramps will be reconstructed, New traffic signal lights will be installed and side walks or multi purpose paths will be added along the road.

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit #375 to hold social, informational workshop Sunday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 20, 2014 10:00 a.m. |  Ther American Legion Auxiliary Unit #375 are gathering for an informational workshop and social hour on Sunday, Aug, 24 at 10 a.m. and ending with lunch at noon.

The event will take place at the Mukwonago Legion Hall, 627 County Highway NN, and all are welcome to participate. 

 


Arrowhead annual meeting on Wednesday

By Evan Frank

Aug. 19, 2014 4:07 p.m. |  Arrowhead Union High School District's annual meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the North Campus theater.

New business on the agenda consists of school board members' salaries. Currently, a single board member receives an annual salary of $3,050.

The budget hearing will preceded the annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location.


Tree falls on power lines in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 19, 2014 2:03 p.m. |  

A tree knocked down in today's late morning storm that pushed through Mukwonago, pulled down electric lines, cutting power to two houses and blocking the intersection at Shore Drive and Atkinson Street. 

Police are on scene waiting for Wisconsin Electric to arrive.


Bluegrass festival volunteers needed in East Troy

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. |  Volunteers are needed for the 21st annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival coming to the East Troy Village Square on Sept. 13 and 14.

The East Troy Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to work three-hour shifts to sell food and beverage tickets, admission wristbands, and to man the Chamber's beverage stand and office, during the run of the festival from 8:30 a.m. to  7:30 p.m on Sept. 13, and from 9:30 am to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. 

Help is also needed with set up from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and clean up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., each day. 

Interested parties can check out the volunteer schedule online or contact Vanessa Lenz at vanessa@easttroywi.org for more information.


Phones and internet down at Lake Country/MyCommunityNow

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 19, 2014 11:41 a.m. | Having trouble getting a hold of the news offices today? 

Phones and internet are down at the Waukesha-based Living Lake Country and My Community Now offices. The newsroom is working to get back online as soon as possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience. 


Oconomowoc woman accused of selling, using heroin

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 19, 2014 11:02 a.m. | A 27-year-old Oconomowoc woman stands accused of selling heroin to a police informant, and possibly others, on three separate occasions.

Stacey Hutterer, 304 S. Silver Lake Street, was charged on Friday, Aug. 15, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three felony counts of delivering heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of both narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia.

According to the criminal complaint, a Waukesha County detective observed Hutterer sell heroin three times, once in late May and twice in early June, from her car to a confidential informant.

Court records indicate that police then executed a search warrant on July 11 on Hutterer’s apartment and reportedly found more of the drug.

Officers also recovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, including 11 used and unused needles, a cooker and a tourniquet, from Hutterer‘s purse when they brought her in for questioning, the complaint says.

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Six ribbon cuttings in Mukwonago Thursday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 19, 2014 10:00 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce is going to be busy Thursday. Six chamber members have either recently opened or recently relocated leading to one exhausting day for those big scissors.

 
On Thursday, Aug. 21 the public is welcomed to an all day open house in which, by visiting all six businesses, there is an opportunity to win a basket full of goodies. 
 
The ribbon-cuttings will start at Rural Mutual Insurance Company, 718 Main Street at 4 p.m. By 4:20 p.m. Little Lambs Child Care will cut their ribbon at 315 Main Street. At 4:40 Inspire Hair Design, 105 B N. Rochester Street, will have their turn. Crazy Bears Pizza and The Muffin Tin, located at 111 Atkinson Street will host their ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and Half-Time’s Downtown Grille, 200 S. Rochester Street will be up at 5:20 p.m. The day will conclude with a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting at the recently relocated Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center at 100 Atkinson Street.
 
Afterward, live music along with food and drink specials will take place at Crazy Bears and Hal-Time with part of the proceeds being donated to local food pantries.
 
Everyone is invited to attend. Call the Chamber with questions at (262) 363-7758. 
 


Pewaukee School District approves tax levy

By Evan Frank

Aug. 18, 2014 10:17 p.m. |  At Monday's annual meeting held in the Pewaukee High School auditorium, the Pewaukee School Board approved a motion to levy a proposed property tax of $25,959,140 for the 2014-15 school year.

It is a projected 4.91% decrease from the 13-14 levy. Last year's total levy was $27,300,729.

Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer John Gahan explained the Department of Public Instruction announced PSD would receieve a projected increase of 125% or a total of $1,667,677.

The increase in aid is driven by the fact that the district experienced a growth of over 6% in resident student population while the property values in the community experienced a slight decrease overall in the school district.

A more detailed version of the meeting will be in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter with quotes from Gahan.


Chenequa approves November levy referendum

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 18, 2014 9:32 p.m. |  Village of Chenequa - The Chenequa Village Board has unanimously called for  November 4 referendum seeking voter approval of  a municipal tax levy that is about $85,000 higher than the levy limited imposed on the village by state law.

If the referendum is approved, the village's tax levy for 2015 would be about $1,808,197 an increase of nearly 7 percent above the 2014 levy of about $1,696,615.

The village annually spendts about  $1.9 million in opereations not including debt service and major capital expenditors for which it borrows money.

If the referendum failed, the village would have to operate on a levy $1,722, 912, which is increase of 1.5 percent, about $26,000 above the 2014 levy.

Village President Robert Foote Jr. said the 2015 village budget could not afford to provide the level of services "that village residents have become accustomed to" with such a small tax levy increases.

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Mukwonago Chief hosts 125th Birthday Party tomorrow

By Kaitlin Phillips

Aug. 18, 2014 5:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Chief is celebrating 125 years proudly serving the community and you are invited. 

The Chief office, 111 N. Rochester Street in Mukwonago, will host an open house with cake, coffee from Espresso Love, and historical displays courtesy of the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Design materials free for reuse at Green Design

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 18, 2014 4:11 p.m. | A free reuse event will be held at the Green Design Center, 2201 Badger Court, Waukesha, on Friday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

The Waukesha County recycling office will be in attendance on Friday, Aug. 22, hosting an outreach booth to answer recycling questions and provide informational brochures.

This reuse event was put together by American Society of Interior Design in partnership with The Green Design Center and Non-Toxic Environments.  Excess design materials, such as extra fabric, floor tiles and carpet remnant, were collected from the design community to keep them from being landfilled.  

During this event, the public is invited to come take any of these materials for free to be reused.  This is a great opportunity for residents to give new life to some of these materials as well as ask questions about recycling and get information on how to properly dispose of other items.

For more information, visit the Waukesha County website or call (262) 896-8300.


Pewaukee native part of winning World Cup team

By Evan Frank

Aug. 18, 2014 2:40 p.m. |  Emily Gutenkunst, a Catholic Memorial High School graduate, won a gold medal in the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup in late July.

The event is a three day competition split up into three- and five-gaited sections. The U.S. swept the gold medals, winning each section.

Gutenkunst was part of the five-gaited squad.

Look for the article in Tuesday's Reporter, or read it online here.


Ribbon cutting at OHS Rux Stadium on Friday

By Donna Frake

Aug. 18, 2014 1:08 p.m. | The ribbon cutting for the new Rux Stadium at Oconomowoc High School will be held this Friday.

Join the festivities at the first home football game of the 2014-2015 season against Kettle Moraine. Just before kick-off,  the district will have a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of  the new athletic fields. 
The ribbon cutting will take place at 6:40 p.m.  on the Football Field Track, followed by 7 p.m. kick off


Pewaukee School District annual meeting Monday

By Evan Frank

Aug. 15, 2014 3:43 p.m. |  On Monday, August 18, Pewaukee School District's budget will be presented in the high school auditorium.

Four different meetings will take place with the budget affairs meeting at 6 p.m. A brief look at the budget will occur.

The regular board meeting begins at 6:30, followed by the budget hearing at 7. A full overview of the budget will be presented during this time.

The district's annual meeting takes place at 7:30.


Art is everywhere this weekend

By Marilyn Jozwik

Aug. 15, 2014 3:00 p.m. | There’s something for everyone to enjoy this weekend – from comedy and crafts to antique boats and flea market specials.

If you’re looking for some laughs, check out the Storyteller Theatre at 7:30 p.m. tonight and tomorrow at SummerStage at Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Highway C in Delafield. Hear some campfire stories that are a little scary and lot funny. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 for youth. A whole family can attend for $25. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit http://www.summer-stage.org for information and tickets.

Peace Lutheran Church & Academy, Maple Avenue in Sussex is having its annual flea market and craft fair from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Saturday. This is a great opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping or just find something fun and new for your home. Visit www.peacesussex.org for more information.

Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday will feature a waterfront plein-air art fair plus live music, food and refreshments besides the more than 50 antique and classic boats docked at the pier on Pewaukee’s Lakefront. Antique cars will be on display along Wisconsin Avenue and The Wheelmen will ride their antique bicycles.

The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts, celebrating 44 years, will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fowler Lake Park in Oconomowoc. More than 130 local and national artists will offer original artworks for purchase. There will also be three stages of family entertainment and live music. Refreshments will be available on the grounds.

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OHS grad gets feet wet in first race

By Evan Frank

Aug. 14, 2014 4:58 p.m. |  Oconomowoc High School graduate and Nashotah native, Paul Swan, had his first race as part of a pit crew in Georgia this past weekend.

Swan, a former linebacker and captain of the Bowling Green State University football team, has trained the past few months as a rear tire changer. In Georgia, Swan worked a race in the Super Late Model division.

Swan has spent the summer training for a pit crew position at Richard Childress Racing and hopes to soon be pitting in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) series soon.

Here is an article on Swan's journey from football player to the world of racing.


Arrowhead Board approves locker room renovation

By Evan Frank

Aug. 13, 2014 10:17 p.m. |  The Arrowhead School Board unamiously approved the North Campus girls and boys lower locker room renovation at Wednesday's board meeting.

A private donation of $275,000 was officially accepted at the meeting as well. To help the renovation go through, the donor has pledged an additional $86,878 for a total of $361,878.

The total budget for the renovations will cost $593,018. 

The remaining balance ($231,140) is to be used by the district's fund balance.

Last week's story in the Reporter had preliminary numbers. Tuesday's Reporter will have a story on the updated figures and quotes from board members.


Town of Mukwonago puts brakes on elementary school resource officers issue

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 13, 2014 9:43 p.m. | Trying to put the horse back in front of the cart, the town of Mukwonago board decided tonight not to draft a resolution to raise the levy limit, which could have placed a referendum question on the fall ballot.

The question of going to referendum to raise the levy limit, and potentially allow funds to support resource officers in two Mukwonago Area School District elementary schools, has drawn heat since town Police Chief Tom Czarnecki presented the issue to the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education recently.

While Town Chairman Dave Dubey asked the board about holding an advisory referendum or doing a survey, supervisors agreed there was not enough time to draft such a question and still get it on the November ballot.

Dubey pointed out that the town board needed more information from the school district and from the public before it could move forward on the issue of placing resource officers in elementary schools in the town of Mukwonago. 

"I don't think we have the support to increase the levy at this time without input from the public, and to get input from the public is through an advisory referendum or a survey," Dubey said.

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Oconomowoc teenager charged with reckless homicide in heroin deal

By Jason Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel

Aug. 13, 2014 6:03 p.m. | An Oconomowoc teenager sold a dose of heroin that killed a fellow teen in Waukesha County, according a criminal complaint released Wednesday.

Alexander Leisten, 17, is charged with first-degree reckless homicide for the fatal overdose of Archie Badura, 19, who was found unresponsive in his parents' home in May. Leisten faces up to 40 years in prison.

The complaint offers conflicting narratives of how the deal went down.

According to Badura's girlfriend, Nicole Christensen, she and Badura were picked up by Leisten and his aunt, Jodi Lewein, on the afternoon of May 14. They drove the couple to a Walgreens in Wauwatosa and Leisten sold them $150 worth of heroin.

But according to Leisten, he and his aunt picked up the couple outside a Pick 'n Save in Oconomowoc and drove them to Milwaukee, where Leisten called a source to get heroin.

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Hartland woman on trial for fourth OWI accused of fifth

By Steven Martinez

Aug. 13, 2014 4:15 p.m. | A 34-year-old Hartland woman previously accused of intoxicated driving was allegedly found by police to be impaired again while she was waiting for a court hearing.

Emily Jarvis, W313 N4969 Chapel Ridge Road, was charged on Tuesday, Aug. 12, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with her fifth operating while intoxicate offense, felony bail jumping and driving with a revoked license. She has three prior OWI convictions on her record and is currently standing trial for her fourth.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha police responded on Monday, Aug. 11, to the Moreland Plaza, 801 W. Moreland Boulevard, where they found Jarvis passed out in her car with the engine running.

Jarvis reportedly told the officers she had been waiting for her court hearing (for the fourth OWI charge) to begin and had dozed off.

Officers allegedly found an array of prescription drugs in Jarvis’s car after she was arrested.

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