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AG candidate Brad Schimel to give Bill Kramer donation to charity

March 05, 2014 3:54 p.m. | This is how you know you've officially become toxic as a politician:

Other politicians start rejecting or giving away your donations.

State Rep. Bill Kramer, who was ousted from his leaderhip post this week, gave $500 to Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel -- a GOP candidate for attorney general -- in November. It's the only political donation Kramer made from his campaign account in the second half of last year.

A Schimel spokesman said Tuesday that he will not be keeping the cash from the Waukesha Republican. 

"Schimel is donating the Kramer (money) to charity," said Schimel campaign aide Darrin Schmitz, who did not identify the nonprofit.

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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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Greendale rings Pewaukee's bell

By Chris Schuck

Sept. 05, 2014 11:49 p.m. | Josh Ringelberg had things going his way on Friday at Pewaukee High School. The shifty senior Greendale quarterback was elusive, powerful and showed a strong throwing arm in the Panthers' 37-7 thrashing of the Pirates. It was the Woodland Conference opener for both teams and one between two traditional league powerhouses.

Ringelberg's first touchdown pass of the game came on a 9-yard play over the middle, when tight end Ty Ramirez wrestled the ball away from a Pewaukee defender. Ringelberg connected on a 54-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver David Johnson with 5:05 to play in the first quarter, and his third touchdown pass of the first half covered 11 yards to junior wide receiver Tay Kimmins.

"Josh Ringelberg is an outstanding player; he reminded us why he's an all-state player," Pewaukee coach Justin Friske said. "He ran the ball, he threw the ball. I sure hope this was a wake up call for us."

The Pirates came out with the opening drive in the second half for their only points. The successful drive covered 58 yards, with back-to-back first down runs from junior running back Aleczander Wandler, and a 19-yard touchdown run from senior running back Jordan Jones.

Ringelberg added a 15-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. He also capped scoring with another 15-yard score with 6:08 remaining in the game.

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Waukesha West's Conor Blount too much for Mukwonago

By JR Radcliffe

Sept. 05, 2014 11:43 p.m. | One team's quarterback had the fancy footwork to score precious touchdowns in a low-scoring Classic 8 Conference opener between two of the league's premier programs. The other team's quarterback almost did the same.

But Waukesha West made sure Mukwonago remained at arm's length all night in a 21-9 victory that bumped the Wolverines to 3-0 and gave the Indians their first loss of the season.

Perhaps the night's most crucial play came when Mukwonago quarterback Austin Krueger cut through the line on a 4th and goal play from the 5-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but West's Tyler Remmers wrapped Krueger up shy of the goal line and forced a fumble into the end zone that returned the ball to West.

West junior quarterback Conor Blount converted two dicey third-down situations into one touchdown run per half, and the Wolverines won the battle with Mukwonago for a sixth consecutive season.

"This year as well as the last several years, we've been lucky to end up on top," West coach Steve Rux said. "We've been able to make a few more plays than they've been able to. But they're a very good football team and will be successful down the road."

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Hawks' 99-yard drive holds off upset

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 05, 2014 11:39 p.m. | Depending how the 2014 Classic 8 Conference season plays out the next six weeks, it just might become known as "The Drive."

Trailing visiting Kettle Moraine by a shocking 27-21 score with 7:51 remaining in the game in the league opener for both teams last Friday night, Arrowhead's football team found themselves in a big hole, having just taken over possession of the ball at their own 1-yard line, a seemingly impossible 99 yards away from a possible winning touchdown.

But just like they've done so many times over the years, the two-year defending WIAA Division 1 state champions were up to the task.

Led by quarterback Johnny Duranso, the Warhawks drove the length of the field in 11 plays, scoring the eventual tying touchdown with 1:34 remaining in the game when Duranso found a wide open Jordan Argue for a 28-yard touchdown. Argue bobbled the slightly underthrown ball at the 6-yard line before securing it and easily rumbling into the end zone. When senior kicker Peyton Peterson added the kicking extra point, Arrowhead had scored an almost unbelievable 28-27 victory.

"I hate to say we were lucky because the kids earned it and worked hard," said fourth-year Arrowhead coach Greg Malling in an emotional minute after the game. "But yes, we were lucky, fortunate, whatever you want to call it tonight."

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Dance the day away for Special Olympics

By Marilyn Jozwik

Sept. 05, 2014 3:00 p.m. | The weather getting cooler and that means we have more energy to dance, dance, dance.

How about combining dance with a special cause? It doesn’t get any better than that.

On Saturday, the MadMoves Dance Party will liven up Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield from 9 a.m. to noon. The event features favorite Milwaukee-area zumba, hip hop and other dance genre instructors leading choreography to live DJ music. This is a great chance to burn calories, enjoy the outdoors and support Special Olympics. Check out the action at Picnic Areas 1 and 2. Advance registration is $15 at active.com or $20 day of the event.

St. Charles Parish will hold its annual Fall Fest  from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday  at 313 Circle Drive. The festival features a fish fry 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, spaghetti dinner 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday and chicken dinner noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be carnival rides all three days plus a reptile show from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday and face painting and balloon animals for kids from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Carnival rides are free from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit www.stcharleshartland.com.

All are welcome to Christ the King Lutheran Church’s Rally Sunday starting with a 9 a.m. worship service featuring singer/songwriter/guitarist and recording artist Dave Gerhartz. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Games and other activities will be at 10:15 a.m. with a hog roast at 11:30 a.m. The church is located at 1600 Genesee St., Delafield.


Chinese engineer accused of stealing trade secrets from GE unit

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 05, 2014 1:03 p.m. | A Chinese engineer who worked in Waukesha for a subsidiary of GE Healthcare stole about 2.4 million files of trade secrets and other confidential company information and sent it to China, according to GE and the FBI.

Jun Xie, 41, who joined the medical equipment giant in 2008, had been suspended and hit with a civil suit by the company in July.

Then on Wednesday, just as that action appeared closed with Xie's agreement to an injunction ordering him to return what he could and cooperate with the company's investigation, he was charged in federal court with criminal theft of trade secrets and appeared in court.

The case is at least the second involving theft of sensitive technical data by a Chinese citizen working in the Milwaukee area. Last year, a cancer researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin was charged with economic espionage before later pleading guilty to a lesser charge.

According to the criminal complaint, GE officials discovered in June that Xie had accessed and copied about 2.4 million files — about 1.4 gigabytes of data — from the company's secure network, starting in February 2013. Much of the information was of the type Xie was not authorized to use and was not necessary to his work writing source code for magnetic resonance technology.

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Hartland man accused of strangling, striking his wife during argument

By Steven Martinez

Sept. 05, 2014 10:44 a.m. |

A Hartland man reportedly choked and kicked his wife after she got upset with him for shouting at their 7-month-old baby.
 
Pravin Ninawe, 624 Sunnyslope Drive, was charged on Tuesday, Sept. 2, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with strangulation, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct — all domestic abuse offenses.

According to the criminal complaint, police were alerted on Aug. 30 of the incident after a Walgreens manager called to report that Ninawe and his wife were having a verbal argument in the store.

Officers separated the pair and were then informed by the victim of an alleged physical altercation that occurred earlier in the day.

Ninawe’s wife told police in the complaint that Ninawe choked her after she struck him for yelling at their crying baby, and that he then shoved her to the ground and kicked her repeatedly.

Ninawe offered police a similar story when they spoke to him — though denied choking his wife, according to the complaint.

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Waukesha County Sheriff's Department warns of impostor scam, claiming missed court appearance, unpaid fines

By Gitte Laasby of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 05, 2014 9:31 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department impostor scamScammers claiming to be from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department have been calling residents, claiming they missed a court appearance, have unpaid fines or missed jury duty, and that a warrant will be issued for their arrest unless they pay immediately.

The impostor then asks the resident to pay with a pre-paid money card and leaves a call-back number to receive the card number and access codes, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release late Thursday.

Several residents complained about receiving such calls, the department said.

"It is not common practice for the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to contact citizens via telephone to advise them of warrants or to collect fines," the news release said. "It is also not the practice of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department to collect payment for fines via pre-paid money cards."

Residents who receive scam calls from impostors should hang up, ignore the request for money and instead report the scam to the sheriff's department.

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WCSD alerts residents to scam

By Donna Frake

Sept. 05, 2014 7:02 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is  investigating several complaints throughout Waukesha County regarding  individuals  calling citizens identifying themselves as representatives of the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department. 

The  resident  is told that they will have a warrant issued for their arrest due to missed court appearances, unpaid fines, or missed jury duty unless immediate payment is made to the Sheriff's Department.

The individual then requests payment via a pre-paid money card and leaves a call back number to receive the card number and access codes.

It is not common practice for the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department to contact citizens via telephone to advise them of warrants or to collect fines.  It is also not the practice of the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department to collect payment for fines via pre-paid money cards.    

Anyone who receives this type of call is encouraged to ignore the request, hang up, and contact the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department. 


Several area schools recognized by DPI

By Evan Frank

Sept. 04, 2014 4:04 p.m. |  It was announced today that State Superintendent Tony Ever named 173 Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition.

“I love the start of the school year because it’s a chance to set the pace for a successful year ahead,” said Evers as he announced the awards. “These schools are off to a strong start to the 2014-15 school year.”

The awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families

Area schools recnognized:

Greenland Elementary School (Oconomowoc School District)

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