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Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget

Nov. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County government will be able to balance its 2013 budget with a few dollars less from most homeowners.

The county will collect $512 in property taxes for 2013 - $2 less than this year's budget - on a home with a median value of $243,200. The taxes will help pay for a $273.77 million spending plan for 2013 adopted Tuesday by the County Board.

The total cost of county government drops 3.8% in 2013, fully $10.9 million less than this year, County Budget Manager Keith Swartz said.

Waukesha County spends less per resident than any other county in the state, Swartz said.

Much of the decline in next year's budget was due to spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

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Melges IV wins Blue Chip regatta

By Chuck Delsman

3:58 p.m. | Harry Melges IV, just 13, sailing out of Lake Geneva, won all six races in the 2014 E-Scow National Blue Chip Regatta last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Pewaukee Lake and easily won the regatta title. He's the youngest winner of the event in the 49-year history of the meet.

Melges IV, grandson of Hall of Famer and America's Cup champion Buddy Melges, became just the third sailor to win every race at the E-Scow Blue Chip. Billy Allen of Lake Minnetonka did it twice and his brother Bobby accomplished it once.

Lake Geneva sailors finished first, second and third. Vincent  Porter was second and Brian Porter was third.

Defending champion Augie Barkow of Pewaukee Lake  took fourth place. Two Pewaukee sailors also cracked the top 10. Bob Biwer was sixth and Paul Biwer was 10th.


Pewaukee leaves no doubt against Pius

By Robert Van Groll

Sept. 19, 2014 11:20 p.m. | The Pewaukee football team came out on fire and never let up in a 45-13 win over the Milwaukee Pius XI Popes on Friday evening at Wisconsin Lutheran College, a matchup that moved the Pirates to 2-1 in Woodland Conference play after an 0-2 nonconference slate and league-opening loss to Greendale.

The Pirates received the opening kickoff and capped a 13 play, 83-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown run from Jordan Jones. The Popes could do precious little on their first offensive drive of the night and went 3-and-out after being pushed back to their own 1-yard line. The subsequent punt by Joey Miller was returned to the Pius 16 by Evan Hansen to give the Pirates perfect field position for Aleczander Wandler to run the ball in for a touchdown on the next play.

Things continued to get worse for the Popes, as Pewaukee recovered a Pius fumble on the kickoff and started their its third offensive drive of the night on the Pius 21-yard line. Five plays later, Wandler ran for another touchdown and a 21-0 Pirates lead.

Pius came in with a 2-0 league mark, but it was clear which team had the upper hand at that point.

"We took the wind," said Pius coach George Machado, "and then we ended up playing with our backs to the goal line the entire first quarter, so the whole purpose of taking the wind was for naught. Bad things happened early and they just got worse."

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Mukwonago ends AHS win streak

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 19, 2014 11:02 p.m. | Only one team in the 18-year history of the talent-laden Classic 8 Conference has a winning record against state powerhouse Arrowhead. That team is Mukwonago, who held a 9-8 edge over AHS coming into last Friday night. That narrow margin just got a little breathing room.

Mukwonago stunned Arrowhead in the third league game of the year, 16-13, sending the Warhawks to their first conference loss and further jumbling an already complicated title chase in the Classic 8.

While both defenses made big plays all night, it was the MHS offense that delivered the play of the game on the fourth possession of the third quarter.

With Mukwonago leading 9-6 at halftime, the two teams exchanged fumbles to start the second half. But the second the Indians got the ball again, they only needed two plays to put the winning points on the scoreboard.

After Mukwonago's Nicholas Tanguay recovered an AHS fumble at the MHS 12-yard line, two plays later senior running back Colton Williams broke loose down the right sideline two plays later and outran the entire Arrowhead defense for a brilliant 85-yard touchdown run. The play would account for the winning points.

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Schimel denies Butler cop's allegations

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 19, 2014 5:34 p.m. |  Waukesha - Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is denying allegations that he filed felony misconduct charges against former Bulter Police Lt. Brian Pergande in retaliation for Pergande filing a federal law suit against the Village of Butler and Waukesha County.

"The charges that were filed in Waukesha County had absolutely nothing to do with any thing that was going on in federal court. I am not even sure I have seen the federal complaint," Schimel said.

Schimel also denied that an allegation he was prosecuting Pergande even though he did think could win a conviction.

He said it would be unethical for him to prosecute someone he did not believe could be convicted.

Pergande and Butler Police Officer Chad Rahn filed the law suit in February alleging that the village and the county sheriff's department violated their constitutional rights and engaged in harassment during an investigation conducted by the Waukesha County Sheriff's department.

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Enjoy a fish fry and sounds of the Hawaiian Islands

By Marilyn Jozwik

Sept. 19, 2014 3:00 p.m. | What’s better than a church Friday fish fry? A church Friday fish fry with live musical entertainment.

From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday enjoy the music of Papi Makaena at Peace Lutheran Church & Academy, Maple Ave, Sussex, during the church fish fry. Makaena performs classic rock, easy listening, traditional, and contemporary music as well as songs of the Hawaiian Islands. He has performed on cruise ships and in Japan, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Milwaukee area.

Fish fry dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more information visit www.peacesussex.org.

Sam Llanas, former member of the BoDeans, will present a concert 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 information call (262) 337-1560 or visit www.summer-stage.org.

Members of the Pewaukee Area Arts Council will be on hand for an art gallery reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 203 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Stroll the gallery, meet the artists, listen to soft music and vote on your favorite. The exhibit runs Sept. 20 to Nov. 20.

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Another teenager charged in connection to weapons found at high school

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 19, 2014 2:08 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee - A second Pewaukee High School student faces jail time for his connection to a stash of weapons police found in the car of another student on school grounds.

Wolfgang Wasley, 18, of Pewaukee was charged on Thursday, Sept. 18, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with providing a dangerous weapon to a person under 18. 

Seventeen-year-old Alexander Chier, of Oconomowoc, who’s open-enrolled at Pewaukee High School, was indicted Tuesday, Sept.16, on felony charges related to the incident.

According to the criminal complaint, Chier reportedly admitted, on Friday, Sept. 12, to bringing a bolt-action rifle to school with him but said he was keeping it in his car for “temporary storage.”

Police were originally called to the school to issue Chier a smoking citation, according to the complaint.

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Decorated ex-Mukwonago police officer gets 9 years for bank robbery

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 19, 2014 2:05 p.m. | A decorated former Mukwonago police officer was sentenced Friday to nine years in federal prison for violently robbing a bank in the village in 2010 while he was still with the department.

Alvin J. Brook, 44, almost got away with the brazen crime, which went unsolved until someone tipped authorities in late 2013.

By then, Brook had been fired for falsifying breath test results for his girlfriend, who was supposed to maintain absolute sobriety while on probation for her third drunken driving offense. That happened just months after the robbery.

He was convicted of misconduct in public office in 2011. As part of the booking process, Brook's finger and palm prints went into an offender database. When investigators got the tip he might have been the bank robber, they were able to match a print from a Walmart bag left at the crime scene to Brook.

Victims of the bank robbery had told investigators that the suspect seemed to have had military or police training, had a gun very similar to the investigator's, and had some kind of walkie-talkie or scanner in his pocket, over which the victims heard "police chatter." Surveillance video showed an antenna extending from the suspect's pocket.

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Area schools thrive in recent DPI report card

By Evan Frank

Sept. 19, 2014 12:24 p.m. |  Several school districts and schools in the Lake Country area significantly exceeded expectations, according to a recent release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The report cards were based on four priority areas:

Student achievement

Student growth

Closing gaps

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Presentation of Salem Witch Trials on Oct. 22

By Donna Frake

Sept. 19, 2014 8:11 a.m. |  Jessica Michna returns with her presentation on the Salem Witch Trials Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. 

First Impressions performer Jessica Michna portrays Goode Rebeka in “Trial by Fire,” a story of the Salem Witch Trials In 1692. 

 Lunch includes: beef stew, a biscuit, tossed salad, a pumpkin dessert and coffee or tea. Cost is $15 or $12  for Life Members. Call (262) 354-1375 to register.  


Car thefts spark sheriff's warning to protect property near Norris Adolescent Center

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 18, 2014 9:05 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is urging town of Vernon residents, specifically residents near the Norris Adolescent Center, to lock vehicles and remove valuables or keep valuables out of sight.

 Lt. Anthony Kasta told the Vernon Town Board tonight, about two incidents in the last two days, Sept. 16 and 17, where juveniles from the Norris Adolescent Center on Highway L, left the facility and stole vehicles or stole items from vehicles. In both incidents, keys were left in the vehicles, which were unlocked.

The juveniles in both incidents have been apprehended, said Kasta.

A "sizeable amount" of the juveniles placed at Norris come from other counties, Kasta explained.

"When they leave the school, they have a long way to go home," he said. 

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Hawkfest tomorrow

By Evan Frank

Sept. 18, 2014 3:36 p.m. |  Arrowhead High School will hold the sixth annual Hawkfest tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the district's North Campus.

There will be a host of activities for people to take part in. Check out this preview article on the event.

Hawkfest coincides with the varsity football game against Mukwonago, which begins at 7 p.m.

Hawkfest concludes at 9 p.m.


Children's book release party at OPL

By Donna Frake

Sept. 18, 2014 11:10 a.m. | Meet well-loved kids’ author Stuart Gibbs and National Book Award Winner William Alexander and celebrate the release of their newest books for kids at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

This event brought to you by Books & Company and the Oconomowoc Public Library. Books will be available for The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St. in Oconomowoc. 

 For more information, please call (262) 569-2193 or visit the website at oconomowoc.lib.wi.uspurchase and signing. No registration required. 


Drug drop off Sept. 27

By Evan Frank

Sept. 17, 2014 9:26 p.m. |  The 9th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations throughout the area.

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the drop off of medication will be anonymous.

Look for an article on it in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter with instructions from sergeant Matthew Carney of the village of Pewaukee police department.

Here is a list of collection sites:

Village of Pewaukee Police Department, 235 Hickory St, Pewaukee

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Mukwonago students skype with Shark Tank cast

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 17, 2014 12:47 p.m. |  

Marketing, business, media and drama students from Mukwonago High School pose for selfies with cast members from the television reality show, Shark Tank.

Students skyped with cast members, taking turns directing questions to specific cast members. MHS teacher Mark Lambrecht helped arrange the session with the cast and director on Sept. 17.  


Lisbon seeks temporary clerk

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 16, 2014 5:28 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - The Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association has notified some of its members via email of a job posted by the Town of Lisbon seeking  a "temporary, full time individual" who would serve as a clerk/treasure/administrator and "run the Town Hall and delegate responsibilities among staff."

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said the notice was prepared last week after he placed Town Clerk/Administrator Elizabeth Kraus on administrative leave and began an inquiry into allegations that she had created a "hostile environment" at town hall.

Gehrke said no decisions have been made regarding Kraus's future with the town but he wanted to begin seeking at least temporary help as soon as possible.

Gehrke notified the Town Board of the administrative leave during a closed session Monday night that was also attended by the town's labor lawyer and the director of police services.

After the meeting, Gehrke vowed that the matter would be resolved by the end of the week.

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AHS homecoming parade moved to a Sunday

By Evan Frank

Sept. 16, 2014 4:48 p.m. |  Arrowhead High School will switch things up this year and have its homecoming parade on Sunday, Sept. 28.

The homecoming game against Waukesha North takes place on Friday, Oct. 3.

The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. and will take the traditional route it has taken in previous years.

Read about the parade and more of the activities going on that Sunday in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.


Hartland plan commission approves building modifications for new restaurant

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 15, 2014 8:31 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Hartland residents will soon have the opportunity to enjoy cuisine from all over the globe.

The village plan commission approved on Monday, Sept. 15, several modifications to be made to the building at 130 E. Capitol Drive before a newly proposed restaurant, called Zesti, sets up shop in that space.

Zesti owner and chef Michael Feker said food at the restaurant will consists of a "global infusion" of flavors inspired by Italian, Mediterranean and some Wisconsin dishes.

Feker currently owns and operates the Il Mito restaurant in Wauwatosa, 6913 W. North Ave.

Village Engineer Ryan Amtmann said some of the plans Feker submitted for outdoor seating will need to be reviewed by staff from the public works department before it receives final approval, but he and the other commissioners complimented various other design choices.

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Town of Merton considers municipal garbage/recycle contract

By Evan Frank

Sept. 15, 2014 4:15 p.m. |  The Town of Merton held a public information session before its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 8 about a possible municipal garbage and recycle contract.

Over a hundred residents attended the meeting, which was met with mainly a negative reaction, according to two residents at the meeting.

In Waukesha County, the Town of Merton is one of three municipalities to not have a contract.

Read about the potential contract here or in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.


One last canoeing trip

By Donna Frake

Sept. 15, 2014 12:56 p.m. | Enjoy the shores of Lac La Belle before it's too cold. Ages 9 and older can sign up for this class which teaches the correct way to navigate and paddle a canoe through the City of Oconomowoc Parks and Rec Department. 

Canoe, paddles and lifejacket are provided. Class is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Cost: $12/resident; $18/nonresident.

The City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is inside the Community Center, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find more information at www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/parks or call (262) 569-2199. Sign up for recreation programs at apm.activecommunities.com/Oconomowoc/.


Bark for Life comes to Field Park on Sept. 20

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 15, 2014 9:36 a.m. | The American Cancer Society Bark For Life, a fundraising event honoring the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Field Park, at the corner of Highway NN and 83 in Mukwonago. 

Registration of $25 per dog begins at 9 a.m. The one-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.

The event includes raffles, games, a dog costume contest, a vendor fair, demonstrations and a rummage sale. 

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.

For more information, contact Carrie Struss at (920) 979-3415 or carriestruss@gmail.com, or Dawn Sharon at (262) 349-3995 or dawnm.sharon@yahoo.com.


Pewaukee CC teams win at Mayville

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 14, 2014 8:57 a.m. | Pewaukee's two cross country teams won championships last Friday at the Mayville Invitational. The girls team won with 31 points, 42 ahead of Berlin. The Pewaukee boys won with 61 points and Kettle Moraine Lutheran was second with 78 tallies.

Ashton Keene of PHS won the girls race with a time of 20:00.24. Other top Pewaukee runners were Sophia Desidero in fifth, Jordan Schlender sixth, Zoe Henkes ninth and Emily Hoffins 10th.

Robert Wagner of Pewaukee won the boys race at 16:20. Other PHS runners were Nick Roberts in sixth, Kyle Turba seventh, Will Young 13th and Charlie Monday 34th.


Kettle Moraine football team goes on impressive run to defeat Waukesha South

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 13, 2014 3:36 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine scored a wild 49-35 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South Friday night. The Blackshirts led 20-7 midway through the second period before KM went on an impressive 42-7 run to win the game.

KM is now 3-1, its best start since 2007.

Senior running back Andrew Trafton scored three second half touchdowns and senior quarterback Mitch Pfeifer threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score. Will Duchow, Nate Tyley and Tanner Smith also scored for the Lasers.


AHS football team rallies past CMH

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 13, 2014 3:31 p.m. | Arrowhead's football team rallied for the game winning touchdown in the final 33.6 seconds Friday night as Cody Sellhausen caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Duranso to score a come-from-behind 24-21 win over host Catholic Memorial at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University Friday night.

AHS (3-1, 2-0) led 14-0 at halftime but then watched as the Crusaders (3-1, 1-1) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to take a 21-17 lead  with 1:20 left to play.

Duranso then marched the Warhawks 63 yards in 5 plays to win the game.

Sellhausen rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries.


Pirates finally find win column, down Tosa West

By David Cotey

Sept. 12, 2014 11:36 p.m. | The Pewaukee football team avoided uncharted waters Friday and got back to playing winning football.

Behind a steady ground attack and a stout defensive effort that kept Division 1 college prospect Demaris Purifoy from scoring, the Pirates picked up their first win of the season, 23-7, at Wauwatosa West.

The win kept the Pirates (1-3, 1-1) from starting 0-4 for the first time since 2005, when Pewaukee lost its first five games en route to a 2-7 campaign.

"Our guys understand that they play for a program with a rich tradition, and it was there turn to carry the torch," Pewaukee coach Justin Friske said. "We used that to our advantage tonight. We played with an edge, as a team that needed to play well."

And play well the Pirates did immediately. Senior defensive back Evan Hansen intercepted Trojans quarterback Rayvon Barlett Jr. on the very first play from scrimmage. Four plays and less than 90 seconds later, Hansen's senior teammate Jason Berg scored from 20 yards out.

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Arrowhead rides another late-scoring drive to beat Catholic Memorial

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 12, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Last week, it was "The Drive." This week, would it be "The Drive 2?"

Trailing host Catholic Memorial by a 21-17 score with 1:14 left to play at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University, junior quarterback Johnny Duranso put together a 64-yard, 5-play drive and tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Cody Sellhausen in the left corner of the end zone to give the Warhawks and incredible 24-21 Classic 8 Conference victory. The score came with 33.6 seconds to play.

Memorial rallied back from a 14-0 first half deficit to stun AHS by scoring three second half touchdowns and grabbing a 21-17 lead with 1:20 remaining in the game.

But that's when the talented Duranso went to work for a second straight week, putting together his second consecutive come-from-behind game winning drive.

"We just believe in ourselves when our backs are to the wall," Duranso said. "We never give up. CMH was outplaying us in the second half, but we got one final chance and made the most of it. This feels good right now."

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Suns snap losing streak against Oconomowoc

By JR Radcliffe

Sept. 12, 2014 11:14 p.m. | Friday's open house served as an opportunity for Oconomowoc High School to showcase its re-born facilities, recently completed as part of the Athletic Fields Forever campaign, including its newly renovated football stadium. The on-field product, however, appears to be in a different stage of development — rebuilding.

Clarity on that front came in a 15-14 loss to West Bend East, a program that came into the night with a 21-game losing streak dating back to 2011. Oconomowoc fell to 0-4 on the year, and with the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference's traditional powers still on the docket, it appears the Raccoons are a long shot to make the playoffs after running the table in the regular season last year and reaching Level 3 of the playoffs.

Two turnovers and two disastrous special teams plays allowed the Suns to rebound from Oconomowoc's 14-0 advantage early in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference battle.

"We just didn't execute," Oconomowoc coach Ryan McMillen said. "When we got any sort of thing going or got a big play, the flag was out and it came right back. We turned the ball over how many times? We've been doing it all year, and we've been losing games. Once we correct that, we'll probably come out on the winning side of things."

Oconomowoc had the turnover edge early, when Cole McNamee interrupted East's first drive of the game with an interception that he returned 30 yards for a touchdown. One drive later, Brett Samson charged his way into the end zone from 3 yards out, spotting his team a 14-0 lead with 0:57 left in the first quarter.

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Golf tournament to benefit Wisconsin Parkinson Association

Sept. 12, 2014 3:09 p.m. |  The Wisconsin Parkinson Association (WPA) will hold its major fundraiser of the year, the WPA Open against Parkinson Disease, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at The Legend at Brandybrook in Wales. 

Proceeds will benefit those living with Parkinson disease in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Indiana.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. followed by the shotgun start at noon. Nearly 100 golfers are expected to play. The evening's activities will include a silent auction, live auction, raffle, wine pull, dinner and award presentations.

Visit bit.ly/1nRdFmM for information on registration and call (414) 219-7061 with credit card information to enter. 


Festivals feature family fun

By Marilyn Jozwik

Sept. 12, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Warm weather should stay with us for a while which means plenty of opportunities for outdoor festivals in the area.

If you’re looking to experience a little history with your festival fun, check out the Pewaukee Area Historical Society Harvest Fest from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Clark House Museum, 206 E. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. 

The free event includes displays, crafts and hands-on demonstration of crafts of yesterday. There will be demonstrations by a blacksmith, wood carver, weaver, spinner, quilter and others. You’ll also be able to try out a musical instrument, churn butter, cut cabbage, shell corn and play games plus learn how to start your family’s genealogy. Check www.pewaukeehistory.org/ for more information.

The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association is holding its Fall Festival from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

The family event includes kid’s games, dance performances, beer tent, Burrito Biathlon at 10 a.m. kayak races on Fowler Lake, chili pepper eating contest plus more than 50 street vendors and merchants. The Danny Miller Band will play from 6 to 10 p.m. For information, visit www.downtownoconomowoc.org.


Bowling ball art auction going on

By Evan Frank

Sept. 12, 2014 1:39 p.m. |  Positively Pewaukee and the Pewaukee Area Arts Council teamed up for the seventh year for the Art in the Downtown Auction.

This year's project is decorated bowling balls.

The balls are currently on auction at positivelypewaukee.com/2014.html.

Read the article here.


Ashippun FD earns award

By Donna Frake

Sept. 12, 2014 11:54 a.m. | Ashippun Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. 

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. Ashippun Fire Department is one of 142 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2013 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year.

In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community. 


Vernon Fire Department pancake breakfast Sunday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Sept. 12, 2014 8:00 a.m. |  The Vernon Fire Department will host its annual pancake and omelet breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Sunday Sept. 14 at Vernon Fire Station No. 1, W233 S7475 Woodland Lane. Pancakes are all you can eat.

Breakfast goers can enjoy breakfast, a tour of the fire station, displays and demonstrations. Flight for Life Helicopter, a neighboring fire department tower trucks, a “Survive Alive” house and more. 


No body cameras for lake patrol

By Evan Frank

Sept. 11, 2014 5:46 p.m. |  On Wednesday, Sept. 10, the Pewaukee Lake Patrol Advisory Committee decided not to purchase body worn video cameras for its lake patrol officers.

According to Chief Timothy Otto, two cameras were being discussed, but the committee decided to wait until next year to possibly make the purchase.

The Village of Pewaukee Police Department has already set aside funds to purchase 18 cameras for its officers at $900 apiece.

However, the Pewaukee police will soon wear their own body cameras. According to Otto, that will take place in January.

The chief added that lake patrol officers usually don't get into confrontational situations on the water, where a body camera would be useful.

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Oconomowoc's Fall Festival on Sept.13

By Donna Frake

Sept. 11, 2014 10:27 a.m. | The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association is sponsoring the Fall Festival  from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. 

Wisconsin Avenue will be closed from the Roundabout to Main Street for the event that will include kayak races on Fowler Lake, a beer tent,  over 50  street vendors and merchants, a Bounce House, and music from the Danny Miller Band from 6-10 p.m., in addition to  plus food and beverages.  

Come out and enjoy the day with activities for the entire family.


I-43 in Mukwonago to close overnight Tuesday

By Kaitlin Phillips

Sept. 11, 2014 10:17 a.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has authorized a full southbound I-43 lane closure at Highway 83 for Tuesday, Sept. 16 from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

All southbound traffic will be diverted to Highway 83 and directed along the current detour of southbound to County Highway L, westbound to South Highway 20 and east on Highway 20 to I-43.

Additional signs will be posted and traffic signal times will be extended to two minutes at the southbound I-43 off ramp to Highway 83 and again on South 83 southbound crossing the northbound off ramp. Northbound traffic will continue as normal.

The closure will allow placement of bridge spans over the Canadian National railroad bridge as it intersects with I-43. In the event of poor weather, the closure will occur the next evening.


Oconomowoc plan commission talks parking lot access

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 10, 2014 10:53 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The city's plan commissioners on Wednesday, Sept. 10, dedicated a portion of their monthly meeting to discussing the most recent objection to the proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project: parking lot access.

Director of Public Works Mark Frye and Deputy Chief Glenn Leidel each gave presentations to the commissioners that addressed most of the concerns about a perceived lack of parking lot access for delivery trucks and emergency vehicles that have been raised by residents and city council members.

Frye said the width of one of the current drive aisles, which would not be affected should the development receive approval, could accommodate vehicles up to the size of a standard semi, and mentioned that the city's public works department had already begun to formulate snow removal strategies.

Leidel emphasized that the available space in the parking lot was "sufficiently adequate" for even the largest city fire engine, and said that the fire department could also utilize the parking lot at St. Paul's Lutheran Church -- adjacent to the proposed project -- to reach the condominiums if an emergency situation arose.

No action related to the proposed project was taken by the plan commission; the item was listed on the meeting's agenda for discussion purposes only.

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Friends of Joe's fundraiser Saturday, Sept 13

By Evan Frank

Sept. 10, 2014 4:03 p.m. |  A benefit for a Lisbon man, Joe La Valley who was diagnosed with appendix cancer and has been involved for years in the Merton community, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Pollworth Park.

La Valley is in stage 3 of his cancer, but organizers hope to raise funds to help pay his medical bills.

Read about the event here.


City of Oconomowoc police department to host public auction

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 10, 2014 4:01 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Oconomowoc residents should ready their bidding paddles.

The city's police department, at 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, will host a public auction at the department's garage inside city hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave., according to a news release.

Various bikes and electronics, like iPods, handheld gaming devices and tablets, office equipment and other miscellaneous items will be on display for the first hour of the event.

The auction is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

Items will be sold the highest bidder, and payment for the items will be accepted in the form of cash or local checks.

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Line dancing for little ones

By Donna Frake

Sept. 10, 2014 11:41 a.m. |  School-age cowpokes (4K-4th grade) are invited to a free event at the Oconomowoc Public Library celebrating National Line Dancing Week.

The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10-11 a.m. at Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St. 

Weather permitting, attendees will also celebrate National Hollerin' Day outside in the yard.

 Children will learn a few simple line dances and some cool vocal tricks during this hour of fun.

 Please register: http://opllinedancing.eventbrite.com 


Couple weds in 1880 Old World Wisconsin wedding

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 09, 2014 5:01 p.m. |  Working as interpreters at Old World Wisconsin for more than 20 years each, it seemed only natural that Anne Danko, 45, and Karl Kaphengst, 49, both of Burlington, would get married at a place they considered their second home.

"This place is like our second home," Danko said. "We've adopted these ethnic groups as our own. It seemed like a natural place to do it."

On Sept. 6, the couple wed on the front porch of the Koepsell House in an 1880s-style Pomeranian-American ceremony. It was the first time a couple was legally married at Old World Wisconsin in a period-appropriate ceremony that was open to the public.

Read the complete story in the Living Mukwonago Chier or here and visit the online photo gallery


Waukesha County detective arrested for domestic disorderly conduct

By Christopher Kuhagen

Sept. 09, 2014 4:12 p.m. | A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department detective has been put on administrative leave after being arrested on an allegation of a domestic-related disorderly conduct incident.

According to a statement from Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki on Tuesday, Sept. 9, Pete Korns was arrested by the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Korns has been with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for about 26 years and is assigned to the Detective Bureau.

"Consistent with our normal practice, Detective Korns has been placed on administrative leave and his arrest powers have been suspended pending the outcome of the City of Waukesha Police Department’s investigation and our internal investigation," Trawicki said. 

Trawicki said the sheriff's department will not release any further details of the case until the conclusion of both investigations.

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Hartland village board authorizes DPW to aid with river clean up project

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 09, 2014 3:09 p.m. |

Village of Hartland — The shores of the Bark River should look a little cleaner by the end of September.
 
The village board agreed on Monday, Sept. 8, to partner with the Kiwanis of Greater Hartland on a water cleanup project intended to rid the west bank of the Bark River, adjacent to the village hall between East Park Avenue and Haight Drive, of derelict or harmful vegetation and debris to improve the river’s health and appearance along the Ice Age Trail.
 
Village Administrator Dave Cox, who is the Kiwani’s vice president, asked the board to authorize the village’s department of public works to collect and dispose of any garbage collected by the group.
 
The project is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27, and the DPW would collect the waste from the site — stacked in accordance to village standards — the following Monday.
 
Cox said in a memo to village trustees that the Kiwanis club plans to remove any invasive flower or shrub species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard. The group will also use an herbicide on decaying tree stumps to prevent any future growth.
 
He added that the group will consider additional clean up projects around the community if there's enough time and interest from residents.


Food drive at HHS football game

By Evan Frank

Sept. 09, 2014 12:58 p.m. |  Hamilton High School will have a food drive to benefit the Sussex Outreach Services Food Pantry before Friday's varsity football game against Brookfield East.

In its fourth year, head football coach John D'Amato hopes fans will bring one item per person.

Cash donations are also accepted. Last year, the event brought in $278.

Check out a more detailed summary of Friday's event in this Wednesday's Sussex Sun.


Ceremony tonight for new soccer stadium

By Donna Frake

Sept. 09, 2014 7:34 a.m. | There will be a ceremonial opening of the new soccer stadium at Oconomowoc High School tonight, Sept. 9, at 6:45 p.m.

The JV team will play at 5 p.m., then a brief ceremony will be held at 6:45 p.m. to recognize volunteers, donors and families who helped with the soccer stadium project. The Varsity team plays at 7 p.m.

Please join in celebrating this beautiful new facility.


Hartland village board approves preliminary development agreement for Sanctuary subdivision

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 08, 2014 8:35 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Many of the seats inside the village board room were strangely vacant on Monday, Sept. 8, when village trustees made a significant decision about the recently proposed Sanctuary subdivision.

The board unanimously approved a development agreement between the village and developer Chris Miller to move forward with the construction of the 34-lot, single-family residence subdivision, which would be built south of Capitol Drive and east of Maple avenue near downtown Hartland. 

Discussion about the project was uncharacteristcally short and focused primarily on some nuanced language in the agreement about a walking path planned for the northwest corner of the project and the possibility of establishing a third-party committee dedicated to maintaining the woods surrounding the development.

Both Village Administrator Dave Cox and Miller said there was some fine tuning to do on the agreement, but also that both parties were coming very close to a mutually beneficial understanding.

The agreement was approved on condition that any future amendments to it be considered before and approved by the board.

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Prairie View Elementary receives third Title I award

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 08, 2014 4:50 p.m. |  For the third consecutive year, Prairie View Elementary School has earned accolades as a Title I School of Recognition, announced State Superintendent Tony Evers on Sept. 4. 

“We were extremely pleased to learn that Prairie View earned it's third consecutive Title I School of Recognition award. It reaffirms Prairie View's commitment to provide an outstanding education for all of their children,” said Mukwonago Area School District Superintendent Shawn McNulty. “Much of our improvement as a District will be based upon our work with students that are from lower income families or those that struggle in reading and math during their early elementary years.”

Prairie View Title I teachers Dawn Quakkelaar and Sue Maloney, will be going to Madison on Oct. 13 to accept the award for Prairie View, where they will receive a plaque and $500 for the school. 

Read the complete story in the next Living Mukwonago Chief. 


Oconomowoc street construction update

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 08, 2014 4:18 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc's department of public works released last friday an updated schedule for a number of ongoing road and pavement improvement projects.

Engineering Technician Kim Wirth said in the news release that residents should expect some traffic delays and that there may be times throughout the construction process when some citizens' driveways will be blocked.

This is the updated project list, including some time lines:

  • The Forest Street realignment at the Summit Ave. intersection as well as High and Lexington streets.
  • A new concrete curb and gutter have been installed on Locus St. and the workers have started on driveway approaches; residents with homes along that road will be unable to access their driveways until Thursday, Sept. 11, or Friday, Sept. 12, this week and should attempt to park along the street opposite the new curb.
  • The final paving of the Ixonia State Bank parkng lot, near Robruck Drive, has been reschduled for Saturday, Sept. 13.
  • Sanitary and water main work is complete on Eastmans Alley, but a contractor will soon be grading the alleyway to prepare for asphalting work later this week. On that day, the alley will be inaccessible by car.
  • A contractor has begun pulverizing the surface of of Blake, Jean and Marcella streets and will be grading and asphalting those roads by the end of next week once pulverization is complete.
  • A gas station on Sherman Ave. will begin work on their infrastructure early this week.
  • Summit Ave., between Armour Road and George Street, is scheduled this week to undergo some concrete and asphalt work; the road will be open to traffic during construction.
  • Restoration of the grass growth on Washington and Wilson streets has been completed.

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


Annual OHS Family Tailgate Party

By Donna Frake

Sept. 08, 2014 12:46 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club welcomes the entire community to the Annual Family Tailgate party  at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12.  Attendees can then root on the Oconomowoc Varsity Football team as they battle West Bend East in a Wisconsin Little Ten game.

This year’s attendees will also have the opportunity to tour the new athletic fields prior to the tailgate.  It is also Youth Sports Night and Poms & Dance Youth Clinic. 

The tailgate party will be held just outside the stadium.  If there is inclement weather, it will be in the cafeteria.  The booster club will be serving great food including pulled pork, burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and plenty of sides and drinks. 

Food donated by Texas Roadhouse.

The cost for the tailgate for your entire family is only $20 ($10 for an individual), and this includes the tailgate and entry into the game!  For a family, this is close to a $75 value for only $20!  Plus your family automatically becomes a member of the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club. 

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New "Jesse Stone" author to visit Pewaukee

By Evan Frank

Sept. 08, 2014 11:04 a.m. |  Reed Farrel Coleman, who recently took over the "Jesse Stone" book series, will visit Pewaukee on Thursday, October 9.

Coleman's Blind Spot: A Jesse Stone Novel releases tomorrow.

A story featuring the author and his background will be in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

There will be a reception and book signing from 5:30-6:45 p.m. followed by a dinner with the author from 7-9 at Jake's Restaurant in Pewaukee.

Advanced tickets for the reception and book signing are $50.

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Golf, tennis event at Chenequa Country Club raise money for I Back Jack Foundation

Sept. 08, 2014 7:25 a.m. |  Chenequa Country Club will host the sixth annual I Back Jack Foundation fundraiser at 11:30 a.m. today, Monday, Sept. 8. Golf registration begins at 10:30 a.m., dinner and auction will follow at 5:00 p.m.
Not a golfer? Take it to the courts where you can serve up hope during games followed by refreshments, goodie bags and prizes. Morning tennis is from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Registration begins 30 minutes before start time.
The private club will open its fairways and tennis courts to the public to raise money on behalf of the I Back Jack Foundation. Hartland residents Sarah and John Bartosz founded the I Back Jack Foundation, a publicly supported charity, in 2006 after the diagnosis of their son with neuroblastoma, an aggressive and difficult-to-treat pediatric cancer.
For more information and to register for the event, visit http://ibackjack.org.


Two-car crash in Pewaukee ignites cars, injures drivers

By Mark Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 06, 2014 2:28 p.m. | A two-car crash in Pewaukee Saturday morning ignited both vehicles, injuring the two drivers and requiring them to be taken to the hospital.

The accident occurred on Redford Boulevard at Busse Road shortly before 10 a.m., according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

A 65-year-old West Bend man was driving southbound on Redford Boulevard approaching a controlled intersection when he ran into a vehicle going northbound on Redford driven by a 17-year-old Waukesha boy.

The teenager had been preparing to turn left to head west on Busse Road when the accident occurred.

Emergency staff from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the City of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to the accident. Also, numerous citizens that were in the immediate area of the scene stopped to help.

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