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July 2014


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OASD to interview search firms

Jan. 23, 2013 12:01 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education will meet on Feb. 5 to interview search firms  to hire to fill the district's top spot.  Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker announced in December that she will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 school year.

The Board will meet with between four and six firms and hopes to make a decision on which to hire following the interview process.

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas holding virtual Town Hall meeting on Twitter

By Christopher Kuhagen

11:54 a.m. | Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas has been giving presentations on the county's budget over the last couple of weeks.

Today, he'll hold another meeting with county residents - just not in person.

Vrakas, who is active on social media, will host a virtual Town Hall meeting through Twitter from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The county executive said the virtual Town Hall meeting is being done in an effort to increase communication and citizen engagement and make county government more accessible to residents.

Vrakas encourages anyone who has questions regarding Waukesha County and the 2015 Waukesha County budget to tweet them to his Twitter handle, @CoExecDanVrakas, between now and the conclusion of the virtual Town Hall meeting.

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Bell Tower meeting postponed

July 29, 2014 4:30 p.m. |  An informational meeting for the Bell Tower Memorial project in Pewaukee originally planned for this week, has been postponed to August 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pewaukee Public Library.

Elected officials, community organizers, sponsors and community members are invited to hear the latest updates for this City of Pewaukee project.

The meeting will bring those in attendance up to date with the plans to build the tower. Land has been purchased and marketing materials are now available.

Wienermobile visits Hartland this week

July 29, 2014 2:33 p.m. |  Hartland residents might be surprised to see a giant hotdog rolling down Cottonwood Avenue tomorrow afternoon.

The Ocsar Mayer Wienermobile will be driving through the village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, according to a news release.

The Wienermobile drivers will be setting up family-friendly activities for, and handing out whistles to, residents and shoppers at Piggly Wiggly, 505 S. Cottonwood Avenue.

Residents will also be able to drive the Wienermobile digitally -- with their smartphones or tablets -- courtesy of a brand new app, or computer program, designed to run on mobile devices.

For more information call Jennie Shen at (281) 795-2238.

New Mukwonago elementary principal announced

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 28, 2014 10:57 p.m. | As former Rolling Hills Elementary School principal Nick Reichhoff takes on the new role of district director of employee and instructional services starting Tuesday, the Mukwonago School Board approved hiring Casey Blochowiak as the next Rolling Hills principal at the July 28 meeting. 

Blochowiak, who taught social studies at Mukwonago High School and worked as a reading specialist there before taking a position as associate principal at Menonomee Falls High School last year, is happy to be back in the Mukwonago district.

“It feels like home,” Blochowiak said, pointing to the dedication of MASD staff, students and families as the magnet that pulled her back to Mukwonago.

In a letter to students, Blochowiak recognized the hard work of students and teachers that gave put Rolling Hills among schools the exceed expectations on the state’s school report cards. She also noted the importance of having a positive school environment.

“Teamwork will help us achieve these goals because together everyone achieves more with organization, respect and kindness,” Blochowiak said in the letter.

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Hartland village board talks quiet zones

July 28, 2014 8:46 p.m. |  Hartland residents filled every chair in the village board room to hear discussion on ideas for the proposed quiet zones at Cottonwood and Maple avenues.

The project would require a number of adjusments to be made at the proposed railroad crossing sites, including pedestrian walkway changes and lane separation, said Director of Public Works Michael Einweck.

The ideas proposed by public works department consisted of an elevated concrete median and slightly rerouted sidewalks, but additional suggestions were also mentioned. 

Einweck estimated the cost of the improvements to be between $215,000 and 300,000. 

The extra safety and warning measures would be necessary to secure a quiet zone, which would prevent a train engineer from sounding his horn when approaching certain crossings, according to the Federal Railroad Administration website.

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Waste contract debate in Merton town

By Kelly Smith

July 28, 2014 8:32 p.m. |  Town of Merton - Despite a roomful of opponents to the idea, the Town Board voted tonight to begin negotiations on what could become the town's first municipal waste collection contract.

The town is one of three municipalities remaining in Waukesha County that does not contract for municipal waste collection and most of the nearly three dozen residents who showed up at Town Hall in North Lake indicated they wanted to keep it that way.

However, town officials say there is the potential to reduce homeowners' waste collection costs and increase town revenues if they can negotiate a contract through a county government cooridinated bidding program.

Town Chairman Richard Morris said the board may be able to select from two or three waste haulers who can best meet town resident's needs at lower prices.

The new services could increase the amount of waste collected, reduce collection costs, and increase town revenues, according to Clerk Susan Oman.

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Police investigate emergency at corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Brown Street gas station

July 28, 2014 5:39 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc Police are investigating an emergency assignment at the BP and 7-Eleven gas station, located at N49W35964 Wisconsin Ave. The gas station is off of Highway 16 and on the corner of Brown Street in Oconomowoc.

No further information is available at this time.

Mukwonago Food Pantry celebrates 25 years

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 28, 2014 4:48 p.m. | Mukwonago Food Pantry will commemorate 25 years of service on Aug. 1 and 2 with a reception and exhibit at the Pantry Resource Center at 225 Eagle Lake Avenue, Mukwonago from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

The exhibit was created and designed by Richard C. Lartz II, a recent graduate of UW-Milwaukee public history and museum studies program. Lartz has done exhibits for museums, historical societies and nonprofit organizations, as well as businesses. 

The Mukwonago Food Pantry meets community and regional needs wtih the goal of bringing Waukesha County services to local residents, according to a news release from the food pantry. This alliance promotes getting more services to more people in one place.

The Mukwonago Food Pantry Board thanks its donors, businesses, volunteers and everyone who has devoted time and efforts since 1989 to make its vision of providing families with adequate food and services to meet their current needs, and continue to increase the awareness of need in communities, a reality.

Hartland village board to discuss 2015-2020 capitol improvements plan tonight

July 28, 2014 10:56 a.m. |  The Hartland village board will discuss plans for the capital improvements project list for 2015 to 2020 in a special meeting session at 5 o'clock tonight, July 28, in the village board room.

The meeting is open to the public and is scheduled to end at 7 p.m.

Village President Dave Lamerand said the discussion is a regular part of the budget process, but is not a time for the board to make any official decisions.

The board's usual meeting will commence immediately following the discussion, and the board may take action on a recently proposed subdivision that would be constructed south of Capitol Drive and east of Maple Avenue in downtown Hartland. 

OHS grad passes away

July 25, 2014 4:15 p.m. |  Pewaukee resident and 2013 Oconomowoc High School graduate Craig Ireland, 19, passed away in his sleep  this past week from an acute asthma attack, according to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner.

Ireland attended UW-Whitewater and is the son of Waukesha County Deputy Sheriff Chris Ireland and grandson of retired Sheriff's Lieutenant Robert Ireland.

Taste of Lake Country this weekend

July 25, 2014 3:24 p.m. |  Taste of Lake Country returns this weekend with a four-band lineup and participation from 15 local restaurants.

Bands 4 on the Floor and The Toys perform tonight.

Tomorrow features country bands Roadcrew and Crossfire.

A full menu of this weekend's event is at

You also have the chance to win a trip to Mexico. Raffle tickets are $20 each and $100 for six.

Gateway apartment development begins construction in Oconomowoc

July 25, 2014 12:30 p.m. |  Construction began recently on a 42-unit, upscale apartment development near the roundabout at E. Wisconsin Avenue and Silver Lake Street in downtown Oconomowoc.

The project is being built by Premier Real Estate Management and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016, according to news release.

The city's plan commission and common council approved the development earlier this year and would provide the developer with $600,000 in reimbursments and infrastructure assistance.

The three-story complex will mix one- and two-bedroom apartments that range in size. Some other amenities include a fitness room, business lab and event room. The complex will have an underground parking garage, as well as some aboveground parking.

"We are excited to bring a superior development to Oconomowoc," said Chris Slater, president of development for Premier Real Estate, in the news release. "The dynamic atmosphere of downtown Oconomowoc along with access to so many venues around the Lake Country area creates a great backyard for Gateway residents."

Oconomowoc man accused of fifth OWI

July 25, 2014 9:24 a.m. |  A 61-year-old Oconomowoc man was allegedly so drunk while driving he couldn't properly recite the alphabet after police pulled him over.

Robert Bertz, 915 Hickory Creek Drive, was charged on Tuesday, July 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with his fifth operating a vehicle while intoxicated offense. Bertz has four prior OWI convictions on his record, most recently from November 2005.

According to the criminal complaint, Bertz drove through a roundabout then for a time on Sawyer Road in the oncoming lane of traffic just after midnight on Saturday, July 19, in the Village of Summit.

Bertz reportedly failed several field sobriety tests, was unable to recite the alphabet in order after the letter "G" and had a breath test reading of more than twice the legal limit.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 1. 

Local talent in full bloom this summer

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 25, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Summer continues to blossom with great entertainment, food and fun.

If you’re looking for a high energy show featuring talented young people don’t miss the Kids from Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.  The popular youth music group features 20 singer/dancers and a 13-piece band chosen from among the state’s finest musician ages 15 to 20. The show is a fundraiser for the Oconomowoc Breakfast Club. Tickets are $20 adults, $17 seniors, $10 children 17 and younger .

There are a couple of great shows in Lake Country also this weekend. This is the last weekend for Lake Country Players sizzling musical “Bonnie & Clyde,” starring Bryan Noll and Shannon Straka. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday. The playhouse is located at 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. Call (262) 367-4697 for tickets.

Theatre on Main is presenting its last weekend of the musical “Evita,” starring Lindsay Woppart, Sean Duncan and Joe Gallo, at  7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday and  4 p.m.  Sunday. Theatre on Main is located at 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc.  For tickets call (262) 853-7628. This is the last show for the Theatre on Main players at the Main Street location. They plan on moving later in the summer to Brown Street Market Place.

Downtown Lannon will be jumping on Sunday with a pancake breakfast, flea market and car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market includes antiques, collectibles, tools and crafts. There will also be a Funny Car demo and more.

Business park proposed in Lisbon

By Kelly Smith

July 24, 2014 11:52 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - The Plan Commission has recommended the Town Board approve a preliminary plat map that outlines the development of a 73 acre commercial and industrial park located at the intersection of Highway 74 and Town Line Road on the former Lied's Nursery property.

Developer Jim Forrester said he purchased the property from the Lieds family in October of 2013.

He is proposing to divide it into about 22 parcels ranging in size from two to six acres. The east side of the development will be set aside for commercial and retail buildings while the west side of the development will be devoted to industrial buildings.

He anticipates breaking ground later this year with the construction of a road system and other infrastructure for the project. that he predicted would take four to five years to fully develop.

Town Line Square will depend upon private wells for water and the Village of Sussex for sanitary sewer, he said.

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Lisbon approves one convenience center, delays another

By Kelly Smith

July 24, 2014 11:17 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Plan Commission members had sharply different reactions to two separate proposals for a gas station/convenience store/ carwash in the town.

A proposal for a Kwik Trip located near the intersection of Highway 74 and Town Line Road was warmly received and won recommendation for approval by the Town Board.

"I am happy to see you are making this proposal. I look foward to it being approved. It is a great location," said Matt Gehrke, who is chairman of the both the Town Board and the Plan Commission.

Commissioner Ed Nelson predicted there would be little controversary about the Kwik Trip because there were no nearby residential neighbors, it was located in a business district next to a railroad track, and it would be the first business to be located in a new town commercial and industrial park.

Earlier Nelson made a much different prediction about a proposed gas station/convience store/ car wash and restuarant located at the intersection of Hwy. 164 and Q.

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Waukesha County Fair's attendance "one of the best" in its history

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 24, 2014 12:16 p.m. | Waukesha County Fair officals are calling it one of the best attended fairs in its 172 year history. 

“We had an amazing fair this year," said Shari Black, the fair's executive director. "Finally the weather cooperated with us."

Comfortable temperatures and no rain helped significantly boost attendance figures from last year, Black said.

Black said 133,725 people attended the annual five-day event, which wrapped up Sunday on the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds.

This total is about 45,000 more people than last year, when heat advisories were issued for the first three days and rain on the final day caused the main concert to be canceled. 

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Meeting to discuss possible extension to Springdale Road

July 23, 2014 8:37 p.m. |  The City of Pewaukee Public Works Committee will have a discussion and possible recommendation on the proposed Springdale Road extension at its meeting on Thursday, July 24 at 6 p.m.

An extension decision would be made by the county, but public works committee member David Swan, also a Waukesha County Supervisor Board member, would like to encourage a formal discussion among other cities and towns the extension would reach.

"It's more of an effort to try and get the discussions going among communities," City of Pewaukee Director of Public Works Jeff Weigel said. "To see if there's support from those communities to try and get the county to put the extension to Springdale Road to the north on their planning schedule at some point."

Traffic backup on I-94 eastbound near Sawyer Road

By Amy Nixon

July 23, 2014 7:20 p.m. | A damaged Honda Civic caused traffic to backup on eastbound I-94 near the Sawyer Road exit in the Town of Summit at 5:50 this evening. Police and EMT's were on site. No further information is available at this time.

Eagle firefighter dies in fatal Town of Mukwonago accident

By Kaitlin Phillips

July 23, 2014 5:00 p.m. |

A crash Tuesday night in the town of Mukwonago led the fatality of a Eagle Fire Department member.

Jed T. Ellenson, 31, of Mukwonago was prounounced dead at the scene around 8:26 p.m. July 22.

According to a release from the Town of Mukwonago Police Department, the town and village departments along with the Mukwonago Fire Department were dispatched to County Highway EE west of Beulah Road for the report of a single vehicle vs. tree accident. Upon arrival, officers found a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck pinned against a large oak tree. Initial investigation showed the truck was traveling westbound on County Highway EE when it failed to negotiate a slight curve in the roadway and slid out of control.

According to the release the crash remains under investigation but speed and alcohol appear to be contributing factors. 

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East Troy Community Band hosts Swing Nouveau

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 23, 2014 12:00 a.m. |

The East Troy Community Band's "Thursday Nights on the Square" is hosting a free public concert of “Swing Nouveau” at 7:30 p.m. on the Historic East Troy Village Square Thursday, July 24.  

The 15-piece swing band has been drawing "standing room only" crowds of all ages at top clubs and festivals throughout Wisconsin. Concert-goers should bring their own chair. 

The East Troy Community Band will perform its grand finale concert at the Alpine Valley Music Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m. 

Sponsored by the Alpine Valley Music Theatre, individuals, and other local businesses, such as First Citizens State Bank-East Troy and Paul Nyfeller, CPA,  all seats are under cover.

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Hartland plan commission approves preliminary plans for new subdivision

July 22, 2014 3:22 p.m. | Hartland residents packed into the village board room to hear discussion and village action on a proposed subdivision last night.

The plan commission approved the preliminary designs for a new subdivision on the Caestecker Woods property on a 6-1 vote. Commissioner David de Courcy-Bower was the lone dissenting vote.

The subdivision would be located in downtown Hartland, south of Capitol Drive and east of Maple Avenue just west of the Woodlands of Hartland subdivision.

It would include 34 lots with an average lot size of 13,299 square feet and a density of 1.29 units per acre.

“The idea of the property is really to offer a product to the community that’s near a downtown area, offers people access the local community — whether that be parks, recreation or shopping — and create walkability,” said Chris Miller, the project's developer.

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Rep. David Craig recognized for support of Wisconsin industry

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 22, 2014 10:26 a.m. |

The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC), the State’s Chamber of Commerce, presents Representative Craig (R-Vernon) with the “Working for Wisconsin” award for the 2013-2014 legislative session.  WMC presented the Representative with the award at Precision Screw Thread Corp. in Muskego, according to a news release. 

The Working for Wisconsin award is given to lawmakers who earn an 80 percent or greater ranking on WMC’s pro-business legislative scorecard.  Prior to the legislative session, WMC’s public policy team analyzes key votes affecting industry growth and job creation.  The award recognizes legislative leaders who take note of industry priorities and work diligently to advance those policies in Madison. 

“Rep. Dave Craig has demonstrated a strong commitment to economic growth.  He stood up for mining reform so our state can have high-wage jobs.  He cut over $1 billion in taxes, eliminated red tape, and clamped down on frivolous lawsuits.  Wisconsin will be a better place for our children and grandchildren because of his work to pass pro-growth policies in to law,” said Scott Manley, WMC’s president of government relations.

“I would like to thank WMC and Precision Screw Thread Corp. for the award," Craid said. "I appreciate this recognition and I am proud of the pro-market reforms we passed this session that are continuing to move Wisconsin forward.”

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County briefs Delafield on waste contracts

By Kelly Smith

July 21, 2014 9:46 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Common Council members were told tonight that they could expect to pay as much as 45  percent more, under a new contract, for "up the drive" waste collection compared to automated curbside service.

Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County recycling and solid waste supervisor, explained to the council that a greater volume of recyclable waste can be picked up and delived at a waste processing center more economically with curb side than up the drive service.

One of the advantages of the curb side service is larger containers that hold more waste can be automatically picked up by garbage truck where as with up the drive service smaller containers must be used that are manually retrieved, she said.

Mattano provided the public briefing after meeting behind closed doors with the council for 45 minutes to privately discuss proposals submitted to the city by three contractors in response to request for proposals solicited by the county.

County officials are insisting that local officials do not reveal the details of the proposals saying public disclosre could jeopardize negotiations with the three contractors.

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Crank up the air conditioning; things are about to heat up

July 21, 2014 4:18 p.m. | Tuesday promises to be the warmest day we've seen all summer, with temperatures reacing between 88 and 92, according to the National Weather Service.

With dewpoints of 70 to 73 expected, the heat index should rise to 95 to 100 degrees for several hours in the afternoon. 

Drivers Ed class to begin Aug. 4 at Hamilton High School

July 21, 2014 1:59 p.m. |  The class, made up of three different stages, will begin on Aug. 4 at 1:30 p.m. and includes 15 two-hour classes Monday through Friday.

Fees are $350 for the entire program.

Read a full preview in Wednesday's Sussex Sun.

Body pulled from private pond

By Amy Nixon

July 21, 2014 10:35 a.m. | The body of a 45-year-old village of Summit man was pulled from a private pond at his residence in the Village of Summit by law enforcement officials on Friday, July 18.

According to information from Summit police, authorities responded to 39412 Delafield Road for a report of a possible drowning at 3:30 p.m. 
The victim was identified as David Schmitter, who lived at that address. Schmitter was found in the private pond next to an overturned boat and recovered by Summit police and the Dousman Fire Department.
The incident appears to be a boating accident, but final determination is pending the results of the medical examiner.

Ausloos dazzles as Brookfield Central edges KM

By Tom “Sky” Skibosh

July 19, 2014 11:01 a.m. | Brookfield Central's Matt Ausloos doesn't have the size or the fastball that Lancers aces Elijah Goodman and Luke Sommerfeld possess. But when it comes to big games, coach Jeff Bigler never hesitates to put his senior right-hander on the mound.

That's because Ausloos is a winner (7-1, 1.43 ERA), as he proved once again July 18 when he defeated Kettle Moraine (18-14), 1-0, out-dueling senior Jake Pohlman for the win.

Ausloos pitched a complete game two-hit shutout, didn't walk a batter and fanned three hitters. He needed that performance, as Pohlman allowed the Lancers only four hits, a walk and fanned four.

Ausloos retired the first seven hitters before allowing his first hit, a double to left field by Andrew Trafton. Sommerfeld, playing left, dove for it and missed, turning a single into a double. Great hustle by junior center fielder Jarred Shipman backing up the play prevented Trafton from taking third.

But Ausloos then got a fly ball to center and a called strikeout to end the inning.

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Family sues Wisconsin Taekwondo after boy's death on field trip

By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel

July 19, 2014 8:03 a.m. | A vigil was held in Nashotah Friday night for an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the Oconomowoc River last year while on a field trip, according to WISN 12 News.

The family of Shane Needles filed a wrongful death lawsuit on July 9 against the Wisconsin Taekwondo & Fitness Academy, according to court records. The lawsuit claims there was a lack of supervision.

Needles was a student at Lake Country School.

Arrowhead bats go eerily silent after hot start

By Aaron Wilberding

July 18, 2014 11:29 p.m. | Arrowhead sent eight batters to the plate in the top of the first inning Friday night at Regner Park in West Bend, leading to a pair of runs. It was the start Warhawks baseball coach Vince Mancuso was looking for in his team's WIAA summer baseball regional final against West Bend West.

But it was not a sign of things to come.

It turned out those were the only baserunners Arrowhead had the entire game, yet the two runs held up until the bottom of the sixth when West plated three runs behind just one hit to take the lead and earn a 3-2 victory to end the Warhawks season.

"I had a feeling we needed to get a couple more in the first," said Mancuso. "It's kind of our M.O. We'll start fast and see what happens."

What happened was West freshman Nathan Burns settled in on the mound.

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Composed McGowan fronts Pirates charge to sectional

By Mike Daly

July 18, 2014 10:51 p.m. | Give Pewaukee junior Steve McGowan a baseball on the mound and a bat on his shoulder, and he'll do the rest – at least this time.

The third-seeded Pirates (23-9) took advantage of a brilliant performance from McGowan to down No. 11 Waukesha West (10-22), in a 5-1 win Friday night at WCTC Field in Pewaukee. The Pirates advance to the WIAA Division 1 sectional to face No. 2 Brookfield Central (25-6) at 3 p.m. Monday at Waukesha West.

Pewaukee is used to McGowan's dominance on the mound – he came into Friday's regional final against Waukesha West without surrendering an earned run in his last 27 innings – but he'd also struggled at the plate for the better part of a month.

Not tonight. Amidst a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning, McGowan crushed an offering from West's Ian Howden to right center. After a brief commotion caused by West's center fielder raising his arms to signal for a ground rule double, umpires gathered and ruled it a fence-clearing home run.

The dinger also brought Zach Brennan home and gave the Pirates a 3-1 lead. Pewaukee led off the fourth inning with a hit from Jordan Hass, whom Matt Fritchen drove in.

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Magic is in the air at SummerStage

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 18, 2014 3:00 p.m. | There’s magic in the air this weekend as SummerStage hosts magician Glen Gerard at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Gerard’s family show features magic, illusions and comedy.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth and $25 for family. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit for information. SummerStage is located in Lapham Peak State Park, one mile south of I-94 on Highway C in Delafield.

On Friday night at SummerStage, an evening of Irish Music and Dance begins at 7:30 p.m. The show features one of the area’s favorite Irish groups, Leahy’s Luck who will be performing along with Irish dancers.

We’re in the middle of the fair and festival season and there are some good ones this weekend. The big one is the Waukesha County Fair, taking place at the Waukesha County Expo grounds.

 In North Lake, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish is having its festival from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The festival includes food, beverages, children’s games, giant inflatable Sabretooth Tiger slide, bounce house, silent auction, raffles and more. Softball games on North Lake School grounds will start at 1:30 p.m. Piles of Rhythm entertains from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The festival culminates with an outdoor Mass at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Swallow School hosts presentation and tour on Tuesday

July 18, 2014 1:42 p.m. | Swallow School will host another presentation and tour on Tuesday, July 22 at 5:00 p.m. to inform the community about potential referendum costs.

The School Board will host a listening session immediately after the tour at 6:00 p.m. before its regularly scheduled board meeting.

Two design options are being considered for the district that is celebrating its 170th year.

Option 3B has a cost of $10.5 million and includes a second floor to the school on the east side of the building. Impact on taxpayers is estimated at an annual cost of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

Option 2A would cost $6.9 million and have a tax impact of about 85 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

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Judge rejects plea deal for former Butler cop

July 18, 2014 11:29 a.m. | A proposed plea agreement between former Butler Police Lt. Brian Pergande and Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel has been rejected by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr.

"I am not inclined to accept this plea," Hassin told Schimel and Pergande's attorney Michael Steinle Friday morning, July 18.

At one point in the court proceedings, Hassin said Pergande's explanation of why he took inappropriate photos of a woman he had arrested in 2009 "makes no sense."

Pergande told the judge he was prepared to enter a no contest plea to one count of disorderly conduct as result of the incident involving the arrest of the woman, a stripper at a Milwaukee's gentleman's club.

Schimel initially charged Pergande with official misconduct but was willing to reduce the charges since Pergande has resigned from the Butler Police Department.

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Candidate forums coming up for District 97 state assembly, Waukesha County Sheriff's races

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 17, 2014 3:44 p.m. | Primary elections are quickly approaching in Waukesha County.

To better know the candidates and learn their positions for two of the contested races, the Waukesha County Business Alliance is hosting two forums.

The Alliance’s Southside Business Council program will host candidates for the 97th Assembly District on Friday, July 18, for a candidate forum and meet-and-greet.

The forum is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Culver’s, 840 W. Sunset, Waukesha. The program is free to attend. Pre-registration is available online, but not required. Information is available at

The WCBA has also invited all candidates for the 97th Assembly District to complete a questionnaire with their positions on important issues. Answers from that questionnaire will be available on Wednesday, July 23, at

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Taste of Lake Country back for 11th year

July 17, 2014 2:00 p.m. | Ready to eat?

The Taste of Lake Country festival will return on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 for its 11th year. Fifteen different restaurants will serve food at the Pewaukee Lakefront Park, plus four bands will perform, including two country bands on Saturday.

This year, an all-inclusive trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico will be auctioned off with raffle tickets being sold for $20 a piece and $100 for six tickets.

A full preview is in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Highway K to be closed for roadwork next week

July 16, 2014 1:53 p.m. | Highway K will be closed between Highways JK and 164 in the town of Lisbon beginning Monday, July 21. 

The closure is needed to allow crews to replace a failing cross culvert near Highway JK. The work is expected to be completed by July 31. 

A detour will be posted. From the east, drivers should take Highway 164 north to Highway VV, then take VV west to Highway KE and south to Highway K.

From the west, drivers should take Highway KE north to Highway VV, east to Highway 164 and wouth back to Highway K.  

Dodge County Sheriff Dept. nabs two on suspicion of felony drunken driving

By Donna Frake

July 16, 2014 11:43 a.m. | The Dodge County Sheriff’s Department arrested two town of Ashippun men on suspicion of drunken driving this week in two separate incidents.
According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department, a 44-year-old man was driving west on Washington Road at about 7:51 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, when he lost control of his vehicle, which went into the ditch and rolled over.
The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, had to be extricated by the Ashippun Fire Department. He was taken to Summit Aurora Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Authorities are seeking charges of fifth-offense drunken driving against the man.
In the second incident, a sheriff’s deputy on patrol observed a 1991 Ferrari driving 122 mph on Highway O in the town of Ashippun at about 1:18 a.m. Wednesday, July 16.
Joel Yochum, 28, was charged in Dodge County Circuit Court that same day with fourth-offense drunken driving, driving with a revoked license and bail jumping.
“These incidents are very concerning. Both could have ended tragically in serious crashes, putting the lives of other drivers at great risk,” Sheriff Patricia Ninmann said in the release.

KM tops Trojans in opener

By Chris Schuck

July 15, 2014 9:36 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's resurgent second half continued Tuesday in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 summer baseball tournament with a 5-1 win over Wauwatosa West at Wales Community Park.

A fast start helped the Lasers (18-13), a returning state qualifier that long ago put the slow start to the year in the rear view mirror, move on to meet No. 2 seed Brookfield Central on Saturday.

"We came out swinging the bats with three doubles in the first inning; now we can afford to lay off the gas," KM coach Brian Adamczyk said. "Ultimately I love the fact we've got two practices in a row. I can't remember the last time we've had that, probably back in May. We're going to use these two days and get better."

Matt Melbye led off the bottom of the first inning with a double. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Tosa West starting pitcher Willie Belknapp before scoring on a ground out by KM starting pitcher Jake Pohlman. Robbie Dombrowski doubled, and courtesy runner Gunner Amelunk scored on a double off the bat from Brady Durni.

Kettle Moraine went ahead 3-0 with a single from Jacob Varick and another double from Melbye.

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Frank, Warhawks blank Brown Deer

By Chuck Delsman

July 15, 2014 9:26 p.m. | Branden Frank took care of business on the mound. Benny Serres led the offense. And the defense played errorless ball, capping off the night with a game-ending double play.

Life was good for the Arrowhead baseball team Tuesday.

Hosting No. 12-seeded Brown Deer in a first round WIAA regional game, the fifth-seeded Warhawks turned in one of their better overall performances of the season as they blanked the Falcons, 6-0. The win marked the second straight year Arrowhead won in the first round of the WIAA tournament and the 12th time in the last 15 years.

The Warhawks (23-7) will now play at Regner Park against No. 4-seeded host West Bend West on Friday. The winner of that game will play in the sectional on July 21 at Whitefish Bay.

"I said at the start of the season that we were only going to go as far as our pitching and defense would take us," said fifth-year AHS coach Vince Mancuso. "Tonight, both of them came through. Plus, we threw in some good clutch hitting, and now we get to move on. This was a good one tonight. The guys played well."

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Fischer dazzles as Hamilton advances

By JR Radcliffe

July 15, 2014 9:22 p.m. | Even after a 25-minute delay catalyzed by rain storms, the Hamilton baseball team was walking off the Rock Sports Complex field turf in Franklin just more than an hour and a half after first pitch Tuesday, mere moments before the rain began to fall again.

It was excellent timing, both on the part of Alex Fischer for mowing down Milwaukee Pius XI batters to expedite the 3-0 Hamilton victory, and on the part of a Chargers team that has more than rebounded from early-season struggles to play its best baseball at the right time of the year.

Fischer matched a season high with 15 strikeouts, a masterful performance that held Pius to a mere two runners in scoring position in the WIAA summer baseball regional opener July 15. The Chargers scraped across just enough, getting RBI singles from CJ Leffingwell and Mitch Hlava along the way.

Hamilton (14-15) kept rolling after eye-opening victories over Oak Creek and Brookfield Central in last week's Greater Metro Conference tournament. Next up comes the one team that did defeat HHS in that GMC showcase, top-seeded Marquette, in the regional final Saturday.

"It was very difficult for both of us as coaches and the guys because we knew that we had some talent," HHS coach Mike Schramek said of a team that started 2-9. "We knew we had the ability to compete at the beginning of the year. It just took us a while to figure out. But once we did, I think the kids are at a level where they understand they can compete. I'm very proud of them and proud of the fact that they persevered through that 2-9 start and didn't give up on the season. … It was an outstanding group of guys to work with. I couldn't be happier for them right now."

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A new Fairest of the Fair will be crowned Wednesday night at the Waukesha County Fair

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 15, 2014 8:31 p.m. | The featured event for opening night of the Waukesha County Fair is the Fairest of the Fair competition.

A winner will be chosen from the five finalists at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Leinie Lodge Stage.

Winners of the countywide competition are selected on the basis of personality, communication skills, school and community activities, professional appearance, knowledge of and experience with the Waukesha County Fair.

Last year's Fairest of the Fair, Cecilia Heberling of Big Bend, will crown a new Fairest of the Fair. Heberling will also share her experiences as the county's Fairest of the Fair while the judges deliberate on Wednesday.

The 2014 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs, Kaitlyn Riley, from the Crawford County Fair, will also attend the competition and share her experiences as the state's Fairest of the Fair.

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Lisbon asks court to control Sussex library spending

By Kelly Smith

July 15, 2014 6:01 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town officials are asking the Waukesha County Circuit Court for a temporary injunction that will restrict spending by the Pauline Haass Joint Municipal Library Board during the remainder of 2014.

Lisbon officials are concerned that the Library Board, which will go out of business on Dec. 31, may spend down its reserve funds so the town will gain less revenue from any agreement reached with the Village of Sussex regarding dividing the library's assets, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

Gehrke said the town and village must split the library's assets as a result of the Town Board voting on June 23 to terminate the joint municipal agreement with the village that funded and governed the library, located in Sussex, for the past 26 years.

Sussex village trustees will discuss in a closed session in August whether to engage in negotiations with the town even though village officials do not believe the town is entitled to a share of the library's assets, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith

The town is asking the court to prohibit the library from spending beyond appropriation levels outlined in the 2014 budget and to prohibit the library from spending any of its reserve funds. In addition, the town is asking the court to require the library board seeking court approval for spending for goods and services in excess of $10,000.

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Swallow School meeting tonight

July 15, 2014 2:42 p.m. | Swallow School will host a presentation tonight to further inform the community about a potential referendum to fund construction and renovation costs.
The presentation takes place tonight at 6:30 p.m. and consists of a power point presentation and tour of the school.
Two different design options are being considered and the school is looking for feedback from the public. Another presentation will be held on Tuesday July 22 at 5:00 p.m. A listening session, hosted by the school board, will follow at 6:00 p.m. before its regularly scheduled board meeting.

Town of Mukwonago police pushing for more protection in elementary schools

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 14, 2014 4:26 p.m. |  School violence is a topic that has bothered Town of Mukwonago Police Chief Tom Czarnecki for quite some time. It bothered him so much so that he put an officer in each of the two elementary schools in the town, Rolling Hills and Section, each week this past school year, even if to just walk through the schools, he said. 

Seeing “dramatic benefits” from that test run, Czarnecki presented a proposal to the town board on June 3, of having officers in the schools all the time as police resource officers. However, the Town of Mukwonago has no funds available for hiring additional officers. To do so would require placing a referendum question on an upcoming election ballot, to see if town residents would agree to funding the proposal. 

Referendum questions for the November ballot must be filed with the town clerk by Aug. 25, but time would be needed to form the question properly, Sgt. Eric Schmidt explained to board members at a special meeting on July 9. 

The issue is set for discussion at a yet-to-be-determined special town board meeting in the next couple of weeks. 

Read the entire story in Living Mukwonago Chief on July 16. 

Merton edges Hartland in LOL West

By Chuck Delsman

July 13, 2014 6:15 p.m. | Host Merton defeated Hartland Sunday afternoon in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league by an 8-3 score.

Other games Sunday saw the Brookfield Blue Sox down Menomonee Falls 4-2, Sussex stop North Lake 11-5, Lannon defeat Oconomowoc 6-4 and West Bend edge the Brookfield Bulldogs 7-6.

Pewaukee LOL team wins in 11 innings

By Chuck Delsman

July 12, 2014 6:19 p.m. | Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team needed 11 innings Saturday to defeat host Lannon, 3-1.

Other games saw the Brookfield Bulldogs whip Hartland 28-1, Brookfield Blue Sox blank West Bend 3-0, Sussex edge Merton 2-1 and Menomonee Falls edge North Lake 7-4.

The Bulldogs scored 16 runs in the sixth inning against Hartland and sent 21 batters to the plate in that rally.

Comedy, musicals and festivals highlight weekend fun

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 11, 2014 3:00 p.m. | It’s the heart of summer and the entertainment options are flourishing in Lake Country.

On Friday, treat the whole family to some laughs as the Fish Sticks Comedy improv show at 7:30 p.m. at SummerStage at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C in Delafield. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth and $25 for families. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit  for more information.

Ashippun Firefighter’s Picnic starts Friday at Ashippun Firefighter’s Park on Highway 67. The three-day festival includes music, food, tournaments and kids activities. Saturday features a car show. On Sunday, there will be an ecumenical worship service starting at 10 a.m.

The 39th Annual Lake Country Art Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, Delafield.  The festival features juried artists offering a variety of works for purchase, and fun activities for kids.  Admission fee is a $5 per carload donation.

Summer is also a great time to see some wonderful community theater productions. In Hartland, the musical “Bonnie and Clyde” opens this weekend at the Lake Country Playhouse. Call (262) 367-4697 or visit for information. “Evita” opens this weekend at Theatre on Main in Oconomowoc. Call (262) 853-7628 or visit for information.

Ice Cream Social in Eagle Sunday

By Kaitlin Phillips

July 11, 2014 1:15 p.m. |  The Eagle Historical Society will host an ice cream social on Sunday July 13 at 1 p.m. in Eagle Village Park. There will be demonstration by local horse enthusiasts followed by a Palmya Eagle Community Band Concert at 2 p.m. Assorted cakes and ice cream will be available with a free-will donation and visitors are asked to bring their lawn chairs for extra seating. For more information visit the Eagle Historical Society website,

Picnic and adaptive ski show on Sunday

By Donna Frake

July 10, 2014 1:47 p.m. |   Snappin' Ministries in partnership with USA Water Ski and the Pewaukee Lake Ski Club will offer an exciting and unique opportunity on  Sunday, July 13 at Fowler Park.  Families raising children with special needs are invited to the annual family picnic at 438 N. Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc, from noon until 3 p.m. for lunch, a free demonstration of adaptive water-ski, and the opportunity for kids to try adaptive water ski for themselves.

 This free event is offered through the generosity of donors to Snappin' Ministries, in addition to the cooperation of Oconomowoc’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry.

To RSVP or for more information regarding Snappin'  Ministries, please contact Barb Dittrich at  (262) 391-5458.

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