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Simple Hope packathon held at Mukwonago High School

March 12, 2014 1:42 p.m. |  The Mukwonago High School Key Club, along with other high school clubs such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society, and the Mukwonago Rotary Club have been working with Simple Hope, a non-profit organization to hold a Community Packathon at Mukwonago High School on Saturday, March 22, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Participants in the Packathon will work by mixing food with small teams of eight and sealing the food into plastic bags. The bags of food will then be sent to the orphanage and colony in Tanzania. Participants will then walk through the “village experience” by seeing the size of Tanzanian homes, carry buckets on their heads and experience other aspects of Tanzanian life. Each participant is required to raise $25 to pay for the food and transportation of food to the impoverished communities. Volunteer time is estimated to be about one hour. 

Community members are invited and encouraged to participate. For those interested in obtaining information, visit the Simple Hope website at Participants are encouraged to register online where they can sign up for their hour to work or can just show up and register at the door. The $25 donation can be paid ahead of time on the website or paid upon arrival at MHS. 

Interested community members who would like to help but are not available on the date of the Packathon may contact Mark Montanye at and offer a donation to sponsor a high school student to participate in the project. All Donations are tax deductible.

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.

New Berlin strip mall standoff appears to be over

July 09, 2014 6:38 p.m. | A standoff at a strip mall between New Berlin police and a man with a gun appears to be over, and the gunman has been taken into custody, according to WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) in Milwaukee.

The mall had been placed under lockdown after a man with a gun was reported at a pharmacy, the station reported.

Police, including heavily armed officers and an armored personal carrier, were called to the area of W. Greenfield Ave. and S. Sunny Slope Road about 5 p.m., according to the station.

"It was pretty scary to see all those guns," said David Hill, 57, of Pewaukee, who was among hundreds of motorists detoured around the area by police.

People at businesses in the mall were ordered to remain inside, Channel 4 reported.

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The Lego Movie at Fowler Park July 10

By Donna Frake

July 09, 2014 9:46 a.m. | Grab your blanket and lawn chairs and  enjoy an evening of outdoor fun tomorrow night at  Fowler Park to see the Badgerland Ski Show and Moonlit Movie presentation.

The ski show starts at 7 p.m., followed by "The Lego Movie" at dusk. Entertainment is free; organizers ask that you bring a non-perishable food item, or goodwill offering,  to benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

Food vendors and concessions will be available.

Crash on Highway 16, Hartland

July 09, 2014 7:38 a.m. |  Emergency personnel are at the scene of a crash on eastbound Highway 16 just west of Merton Avenue in Hartland. 

The accident has been moved to the right shoulder, but traffic is slow as it moves past the scene. 

Big traffic backup on Highway 16 westbound

By Chuck Delsman

July 08, 2014 4:32 p.m. | There is a huge traffic backup on Highway 16 westbound from Ryan Road in Pewaukee  to the Merton Avenue bridge in Hartland. The back up began around 3:45 p.m.

The cause of the backup is that a huge dump truck is trying to be removed from the north ditch on Highway 16 just 300 yards west  from the Merton Avenue bridge. Two huge wreckers and other equipment are on the scene.

For some reason, the dump truck went off the road to the north shoulder around 1:05 p.m. No other vehicle appeared to be involved.

Waukesha County judge announces retirement

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

July 08, 2014 11:01 a.m. | Longtime Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin Jr. has announced he will retire.

In a letter Monday to Gov. Scott Walker, Hassin wrote it has been a privilege to serve for the past 20 years and that his retirement would be effective Sept. 30.

Walker's office is now seeking applicants for appointment to Hassin's seat. Anyone selected to fill out Hassin's term would face election in April. Applications are being accepted until 5 p.m. July 24, according to the governor's office.

Traffic light considered in downtown Delafield

By Kelly Smith

July 07, 2014 10:23 p.m. |  City of Delafield - City officials will  consider whether to install the city's first downtown  traffic light at the intersection of  Main and Genesee streeets  as a noise abatement device rather than a traffic control tool.

City Administrator Tom Hafner said both a Traffic Committee and the Public Works Committee will study the traffic flow and fiscal impacts of the proposal and possibly make a recommendation to the Common Council.

There are traffic lights on Highway 83 at Golf and Hillside roads and the interchanges with Interstate 94.

Hafner told the Common Council that the traffic light was an idea that evovled from a meeting of city officials and downtown residents regarding noise abatement. The downtown residents have been complaining about noise in the downtown business district.

Alderwoman Jackie Valde, who represents the downtown business and residential district, has warned the Common Council that the noise abatement issue "will not go away" partly because of the increase in the number of attractive residential dwellings being built in or near the downtown business district.

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LCFR is already $60,000 short for the year

By Kelly Smith

July 07, 2014 9:59 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Lake Country Fire and Rescue is already $60,000 short of anticipated revenues for 2014 and the fiscal year is barely half over.

Alderman Gerald McDougall, a member of the fire department's governing board, warned city taxpayers tonight they may have to pay mores taxes for the consolidated fire department if they want to maintain the existing level of emergency medical and fire services.

The city pays about $780,000 to the department that also serves the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah. The two villages pay a combined approximately $230,000 towards the departments approximately $2 million budget.

In 2013, the department's revenue were more than $250,000 lower than anticipated and the three municipalities had pay an additional approximately $110,000 to help the department restore the cash reserves it used to make up the deficit.

There are a combination of factors that have contributed to the 2014 revenue shortfall, according to Ald. Jeff Krickhahn, also a member of the fire board.

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Stone Bank native rides love of horses to New York fashion world

By Megan Trimble of the Journal Sentinel

July 07, 2014 9:54 p.m. | Sarah Hoopes sometimes feels like she is living two lives: One as a budding fashion designer in New York City, and another as a small-town horse-rider from Stone Bank.

"Wisconsin feels like a vacation and paradise where everyone's nice and everyone's fun. It's a much different pace, but has great energy," Hoopes said. "New York, though, has great work energy and there are so many opportunities when you come here."

Now the 22-year-old Oconomowoc-area native is competing for a chance to design her own collection under the MUUSE label in the MUUSEx VOGUE Talents Young Vision Award competition. She was one of 150 finalists chosen from hundreds of contestants to compete in the public voting portion that runs until Friday. The top 50 will compete as semifinalists.

Sara Maino, Italian Vogue's senior fashion editor, will select a grand prize winner and 10 finalists for the online people's choice award winner to be announced during Copenhagen Fashion Week in August.

A different world

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WCTC president Barbara Prindiville to retire

By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel

July 07, 2014 11:23 a.m. | Waukesha County Technical College President Barbara Prindiville will retire at the end of the month after serving eight years as president.

Prindiville, who has 34 years of administrative leadership and teaching experience within the Wisconsin Technical College System, said in a letter to WCTC staff last week that she was proud of what they accomplished together on behalf of students, staff and community.

"There comes a time for each of us to reflect upon our personal priorities and goals in order to begin the next chapter of our lives," Prindiville wrote in her letter. "It is with this consideration in mind that I announce my retirement effective July 31, 2014."

The WCTC District Board is expected to accept her notice of retirement at a meeting this week, and will begin discussing the process and timeline for a presidential search.

An interim president will be appointed prior to Prindiville's retirement.

Monches upsets Five O's in LOL West

By Chuck Delsman

July 06, 2014 5:02 p.m. | Visiting Monches rallied back from an early game deficit Sunday to defeat the Oconomowoc Five O's in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game, 6-4.

Other games Sunday saw the Brookfield Bulldogs down Sussex 3-1, Brookfield Blue Sox stop North Lake 11-4, Pewaukee blank Menomonee Falls 5-0, West Bend defeat Merton 10-5 and Lannon topple Hartland 12-3.

Pewaukee leads the standings with a 12-3 mark. Other teams in order are Brookfield Bulldogs at 11-3, West Bend 9-4, Lannon 85, Brookfield Blue Sox 7-5, Sussex 8-6, Merton 5-7, North Lake 5-8, Oconomowoc 5-9, Monches 4-10 Hartland 3-10, Menomonee Falls 3-10.

Body pulled from Oconomowoc Lake identified as former soccer star

By Dave Umhoefer of the Journal Sentinel

July 05, 2014 8:38 p.m. | Brett Wiesner, a distinguished 31-year-old former collegiate and professional soccer player from Brookfield, died early Saturday after a boating incident on Oconomowoc Lake.

Wiesner, a Brookfield East High School graduate, was with seven others out on a 24-foot pontoon boat when he did not resurface while swimming about 4:22 a.m., Village of Oconomowoc Lake Police Chief Donald Wiemer said.

The cause is under investigation. Wiesner's body was found early Saturday afternoon by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Dive Team, and numerous other agencies assisted at the scene, Wiemer said.

Wiesner was a Parade Magazine All-American in 2000 and 2001, won All Pac-10 second team honors at the University of Washington and played several years of professional soccer, including outdoor with the Seattle Sounders and Harrisburg City Islanders and indoors with the Milwaukee Wave, according to his biography on the Brookfield Soccer Association's website. Wiesner was listed as a new addition to the association's select coaching staff.

"Brett was one of the best local soccer players to come out of Milwaukee and even more of a great person," Milwaukee Wave Assistant Coach Nick Vorberg said in a statement issued by the team. "I will miss him greatly and the Milwaukee Wave will never forget him."

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North Lake hammers Monches

By Chuck Delsman

July 04, 2014 5:30 p.m. | Visiting NorthLake  smashed Monches Friday afternoon in a Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game, 12-0.

Other scores were Brookfield Bulldogs over Brookfield Blue Sox 1-0, Sussex over Lannon 6-3, Menomonee Falls over West Bend 3-0 and Oconomowoc over Merton 15-14.

Games on Sunday will find Sussex at the Bulldogs, Blue Sox at North Lake, Merton at West Bend, Monches at Oconomowoc, Menomonee Falls at Pewaukee and Lannon at Hartland. All games start at 1 p.m.

Do something cool this weekend

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 04, 2014 3:00 p.m. | There are more than just parades and fireworks this July Fourth weekend in Lake Country.

How about doing something really cool this weekend, like ice skating at the Mullett Ice Center Public. Public skating hours are 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The center is located at 700 W. North Shore Drive in Hartland. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors and $2 skate rental.

Maybe you’d rather get out and dance this weekend. For some dancing that’s good for your body and your brain, why not try contra dance. There are dances all weekend starting at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Prairie Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. There will be two bands and two callers. For more information call (608) 697-4021.

Rain and warm weather has meant a good start to the growing season. Check out all the fresh from the fields goodness at the Hartland Farmers Market, which opens for the season on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 294, 321 Goodwin Ave., Hartland. The markets will be held every Sunday through Sept. 7.

Pewaukee rolls over Hartland, 19-3

By Chuck Delsman

July 04, 2014 2:32 p.m. | Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team scored 12 runs in the first inning Sunday and whipped host Hartland, 19-3. The score was 16-0 after two innings.

Austin Hansen pitched five innings and allowed just 4 hits for Pewaukee.

Brock Guetzke had four hits for the Muskies and John Sarcia, Greg Harder and Tom Zimmerman all had three hits for the winners.

Hartland starting pitcher Tony Mueller took the loss.

Oconomowoc legion band reschedules concert for Sunday

July 03, 2014 12:53 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Legion Band has rescheduled its patriotic concert (it was rained out last night) with special guests the Oconomowoc Community Choir to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Please plan on making it out to cap off your Independence Day Weekend.

Crews clear crash that closed left lane of eastbound I-94 at Delafield

By Journal Sentinel staff

July 03, 2014 8:56 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the left lane of eastbound Interstate 94 at Maple Ave. in Delafield for about 40 minutes.

Smith wins Delafield council seat

By Kelly Smith

July 01, 2014 8:59 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Park Commission Chairman Chris Smith has defeated neighborhood activist Laura Schult in a special election today to fill a vacancy in the Fourth Aldermanic District created when former Alderwoman Michele DeYoe was elected mayor in the April 1 municipal election.

City Clerk Gina Gresch announced Smith had 102 votes and Schult had 76 shortly after the polls at Christ the King Church closed.

Gresch said there were 25 outstanding absentee ballots yet to be cast but they would not represent a enough votes to change the outcome of the election. 

The absentee ballots must be delivered to the clerk's office by Friday to be counted, she said.

Smith said he was "grateful to the voters of the Fourth District" for electing him and he thanked Schult for her campaign efforts.

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