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No AHS graduation at football field

By Chuck Delsman

April 29, 2010 6:14 p.m. | The Arrowhead senior class was notified that the 2010 graduation ceremonies will not be held outside on the football field  this year due to construction that is being planned on the bleachers and press box.

Seniors were notified earlier this week. When the weather has been nice, AHS graduation has been held on the football field for more than 20 years.


More bomb threats at AHS

By Erin Lamb

April 29, 2010 4:07 p.m. | Two more bomb threats were found today at Arrowhead High School indicating that a bomb would go off at school tomorrow.

The Waukesha Sheriff's Department is "concentrating significant resources both local and regional in an effort to investigate this incident and to take all necessary steps to ensure students and staff members are safe," according to a statement from the district to parents.   

Classes are scheduled to continue as usual tomorrow. 

The first bomb threat was discovered by maintenance staff yesterday in a bathroom on North Campus. 

A statement from the school sent to parents in response to that threat said there is "no indication that this is a credible threat."  School went on as usual Thursday. 

» Read Full Article

"The Foreigner" comes to Mukwonago High School

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 29, 2010 4:06 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School Drama Department presents "The Foreigner" on Friday and Saturday, April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased at the door or at Miller Pharmacy and Espresso Love Coffee in Mukwonago. 

There is a special preview performance at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29 for $2. 


Enjoy spring event in Mukwonago's Flower District

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 29, 2010 3:58 p.m. | Tour Mukwonago's Flower District with its many grower-owned and operated retail greenhouses in the area during the Spring Thing Shop Hop on May 1.

These greenhouses grow and sell annual and perennial flowers, trees and shrubs, Certified Organic herbs, vegetable plants and also offer an amazing collection of Garden Gifts. Collectively the Mukwonago Flower District offers over 3,000 varieties of plants for Wisconsin gardens and landscapes.  The group of five growers include: Papa Steinke's Greenhouse, Garden Mart, 3D Greenhouses, Simon's Gardens and Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses.

To learn more, go to the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce's website and click Activities, Spring, and Flower District. Follow the map for more directions to individual greenhouses.  Schedule of Garden Classes for May 1.

9:30 to 10:00 a.m.  Yerke Frog Alley Greenhouses  ‘Easy Herb Garden Baskets: Italian, Salsa & More!’

11 to 11:30 am Papa Steinke’s Greenhouse ‘Watering 101’

» Read Full Article

Gennerman takes position as Kettle Moraine Middle School principal

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 29, 2010 2:51 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School Board and administration are pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Theresa Bath Gennerman.  Ms. Gennerman joins KM’s Administrative team as the new Kettle Moraine Middle School principal succeeding Mr. David Carr who is retiring.

Ms. Gennerman holds a position with Big Bend Elementary School as their principal for the last ten years. She began her career in education teaching middle school students and she is excited again to have the opportunity to work with middle school students, staff, and parents. Her dissertation examined qualities that contribute to "great teachers" using Jim Collins’ Good to Great research for her framework. Ms. Gennerman’s two children attend Magee Elementary.

Ms. Gennerman has been an instructional leader in the Mukwonago School District for many years as chairperson leading her district through significant district level math achievements.  She is known for her mentoring leadership with administrators and has presented at the National Council Team of Mathematics.

She holds many certifications including a doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service, a master in Educational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts in Education.

“Theresa brings many strengths to the middle school principal position. We are very excited and welcome her to our team,” says Superintendent Patricia F. Deklotz.


Cat found on Lisbon Road

April 29, 2010 12:25 p.m. |  

A female, calico cat was found on Lisbon Road recnetly. 
It can be claimed or adopted by calling the City of Oconomowoc Police Department at (262) 567-4401.


Penzey's coming to Delafield

April 29, 2010 11:46 a.m. | JSOnline is reporting that spice retailer Penzey's is planning a store in the Shoppes at Nagawaukee, at Highways 83 and I-94, Delafield. Read their story here:www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/92415494.html


Neighbors target gun club

By Kelly Smith

April 29, 2010 10:41 a.m. | City of Delafield - Neighbors of the Hartland Sportman's Club have asked city officials to suspend operations of the gun club until its members can comply with conditions of a city permit issued 13 years ago and agree to roll back extended shooting hours approved by the city last year.

In a power point presentation to the Plan Commission, Richard Simmons of the Cherokee Woods subdivision used graphics, charts and photos to outline his allegations that the gun club has failed to comply with the requirements in a conditional use permit issued by the city in 1997 after it annexed the 35 acre club from the Town of Delafield.

Simmons said the club has failed to meet safety and noise abatement standards established by the National Rifle Association which are a requirement of the conditional use permit. He was one of 44 individuals who spoke at a  three and a half hour public hearing conducted by the city regarding the extended shoot hours granted last year.

The hearing was ordered by the Common Council after it received complaints from neighbors about the noise created by the additional hours and the city's failture to give the citizens an opportunity to voice their opposition before the hours were approved by city officials.

Mayor Ed McAleer said he, City Attorney James Hammes and City Administrator Tim Schuenke will meet next week to discuss how to investigate Simmons' complaints. McAleer said there may be a recommendation presented to the Plan Commission at a special meeting next week.


Mukwonago High School mourns loss of sophomore

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 29, 2010 9:55 a.m. | Grief counselors were available Thursday morning as Mukwonago High School students dealt with the loss of sophomore Cassandra Cox who passed away Wednesday from injuries received on Friday. A counselor was also available at Clarendon Avenue Elementary School where Cox' mother is a teacher.

"The loss of a child is always a tragedy and Casey's loss will certainly be felt not only by her family but by our school and this community. She was a very active girl in and outside of school," Superintendent Paul Strobel said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her and her family at this time."


KM lacrosse team wins big

By Chuck Delsman

April 29, 2010 9:20 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys lacrosse team rolled over Waukesha last Wednesday afternoon,19-6.

Drake Kreinz had a monster game for the Lasers, scoring a school-record 11 goals. Others scoring for the winners were Mike Dodge with three goals, Matt Becker and Austin Kreinz two each and Logan Solano one.


Bomb threat at AHS

April 29, 2010 7:51 a.m. | Classes are going on this morning at Arrowhead High School, despite a bomb threat discovered by maintenance staff yesterday in a bathroom on North Campus.

A statement from the school sent to parents says there is "no indication that this is a credible threat," but adds that the district is working with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department on the investigation.

"The district and the Sheriff’s Department are taking all necessary steps to ensure students and staff members are safe," said Superintendent Craig Jefson in the statement. "The district wanted the community to be aware of this situation in a timely manner and we will share any additional information as warranted. 
School will be open and the learning opportunities for students will proceed as normal."
 
Parents may excuse their children from class if they have any concerns, the statement added.
  


LOL West baseball season starts Sunday

By Chuck Delsman

April 28, 2010 5:52 p.m. | The 89th Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball season will begin its 2010 season this Sunday with a full slate of 6 games in the wooden bat league.

Games at 1 p.m. Sunday will find West Bend playing at the Brookfield Blue Sox, Merton at Lannon, Brookfield Bulldogs at Monches, Sussex at Menomonee Falls and Hartland at Pewaukee. At 2 p.m., Oconomowoc will play at North Lake.

Oconomowoc won the regular season title last year and Lannon won the playoffs and went on to win the coveted LOL Grand Championship.

Tim Mertins, who played for Hartland last summer and will play for Pewaukee this season, won the batting  crown last year with a .507 mark. Jeff Rhoads of Oconomowoc was second at .505.


Buchholtz hearing canceled

By Amy Nixon

April 28, 2010 1:19 p.m. | The Big Bend-Vernon Fire Commission hearing scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. to discuss charges against Fire Chief Phil Buchholtz  has been canceled.

Commission Chairperson Terri Long said that the hearing may be rescheduled after May 1.  That may depend on whether or not Buchholtz retires as planned May 1, she said.

The hearing was postponed because Buchholtz's attorney asked for more time, Long said.

No future hearing date has been scheduled.


KM softball wins thrilling clash in Classic 8

By JR Radcliffe

April 27, 2010 9:09 p.m. | Kettle Moraine scored twice in the seventh to tie the score and then defeated Waukesha West in nine innings Tuesday in a Classic 8 softball clash, 5-4.

Both teams came into the meeting with 4-0 records in league play, and West appeared to have the upper hand after holding the Lasers to two hits in the first six innings. But Candace Rupnick and Nicole Turner started the seventh with singles. Steph Wenig brought home the first run with a single, and Turner ultimately scampered home on a wild pitch to tie the game.

Turner led off the ninth with another single and scored with one out when a ground ball off the bat of Wenig was thrown wide of first by the second baseman.


Vote June 15 on Summit incorporation

April 26, 2010 2:38 p.m. | Summit residents will vote June 15 on whether the town should incorporate as a village in a special referendum.

The State Incorporation Review Board approved Summit's petition last month.

On June 15 voters will be asked, "Should the Town of Summit be incorporated as a village to be known as the Village of Summit?"

Town Manager/Planner Henry Elling explained that the town needs one more vote than half for the referendum to pass. If it does, officials will have to set an election to elect a village board.


Middle School to perform "Wizard of Oz" to raise funds for equipment

By Erin Lamb

April 26, 2010 1:46 p.m. | Asa Clark Middle School will present  "The Wizard of Oz" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 at the Pewaukee High School auditorium, 510 Lake St. 

Ticket prices are $8 for adults, $5 for students and 3 and under are free.  Proceeds will help cover the costs associated with the production as well as help replace old equipment.  

To reserve tickets, call (262) 691-2100 ext. 4034 or send an e-mail to carrcyn2@pewaukee.k12.wi. .us


Bridge demolition will lead to Highway 164 closing in Waukesha County

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 26, 2010 10:15 a.m. | Work is scheduled to start tonight on the I-43 bridges crossing Highway 164, leading to full closures of Highway 164 during off peak hours for April 26, 27, and 28, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) Southeast Regional Office in Waukesha has announced. 

The closure hours each day would be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Highway 164 will be closed at the ramps from both directions. Access will be available to all the ramps but motorists will not be able to cross beneath I-43. I-43 will remain open to traffic.

WisDOT is recommending that motorists heading southbound on WIS 164, detour onto County ES, head eastbound to County U, then head southbound back to WIS 164. Motorists heading northbound would simply reverse that detour. 


AHS golfers win LC Invite

By Chuck Delsman

April 24, 2010 6:27 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, the three-year defending WIAA Division 1 state champions, won its own Lake Country Charity Invite championship Saturday at Brown Deer Park.

The Warhawks wonwith 311 strokes. Taking second place were the AHS varsity reserve team and the Marquette varsity reserve team with 323 totals.

The AHS varsity was led by Steve Sorenson with 73, Sam Weber 75, John Langhoff 80 and Matt Ross 83.

Arrowhead scores for the VR team were Jake Wisniewski with 78, Kyle Driscoll 78, Christian Morrissey 83 and Konner Kearney 84.

Kettle Moraine finished fourth with a 325 score. KM was led by Mike Cabush with 76. Other KM scores were Nic Johnson with 78, Tyler Sheveland 85 and Ryan Franklin 86.


AHS girls win conference track relays

By Chuck Delsman

April 24, 2010 6:21 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls track team won the 2010 Classic 8 Conference Relays championship Saturday at Kettle Moraine. AHS won with130 points, well ahead of second-place KM, who had 82 points.

Winners for the Warhawks were the high jump relay of Holly Lammert, Jenny Smith and Julia Schultz, the shot put relay of Becky Doleschy, Rachel Cole and Amy Retzlaff, the 6,400 relay of Hailey McCullough, Kellie Wolfgram, Danielle Dvorak and Taylor McDowell, the 100-meter  hurdle relay team of Erin Monahan, Alia Schroeder and Lammert, the sprint medley relay of Alexa Goulet, Amanda Shober, Andie Zeman and Gabby Levac, the 400 relay team of Liz Duchow, Monahan, Vanessa Voss and Heather Bong, the 3,200 relay of Taylor McCormack, Sydney Cook, Teagen Seneczko and Alyssa Kowis, the 800 relay of Duchow, Shober, Voss and Bong, the distance medley of Seneczko, McDowell, Zeman and Levac and the 300 hurdle rleay of Monahan, Nicole Theriault and Delia Equitz.


Mukwonago student in critical condition

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2010 9:18 a.m. | An announcement at Mukwonago High School this morning incorrectly stated that sophomore Cassandra Cox passed away last night. An email was quickly sent to parents stating Cox had not passed away but was in critical condition in the hospital.

"This morning we received misinformation that Cassandra Cox had passed away. This initial information was INCORRECT," the email stated. "Cassandra is presently in the hospital in critical condition. Keep her and her family in your prayers."

No further information is available at this time, according to Superintendent Paul Strobel.


Fork in the Road should open next week

By Amy Nixon

April 22, 2010 8:48 a.m. | After a kitchen fire caused some damage to Mukwonago's Fork in the Road a few weeks ago, the local favorite is hoping to open its doors next Monday.

Owner Dennis Stevens said that if they pass all of their inspections today and tomorrow, they are hoping to open back up at 11 a.m. April 26.


Jury takes 20 minutes to find Wapp guilty of murder

By Jim Stevens

April 21, 2010 2:17 p.m. | Waukesha – In about 20 minutes a jury found David A. Wapp guilty of brutally stabbing to death a Waukesha woman last September.

In a trial that lasted less than 1-1/2 days, the jury found Wapp of Mukwonago guilty of first-degree homicide for the death of Samantha Peterson, 21. Wapp will be sentenced June 9. Wapp’s attorney Gerald Boyle did not call any witnesses and Wapp did not testify.

The jury was given the case at 11:36 a.m. and returned with a verdict at noon.

Wapp killed Peterson outside his aunt’s house on West Avenue Sept. 5. Peterson was stabbed 37 times, prosecutors said.
 


New ProHealth clinic to open in Oconomowoc

April 21, 2010 1:55 p.m. | ProHealth Care plans to open a new clinic Monday, April 26, on the Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc Campus, inside the Lake Country Life Enrichment Center on the north side of Highway 16.

Physician William Cooper and nurse practitioner Gail Buchberger will offer outpatient services at the clinic. Cooper will continue to see patients at the ProHealth Care Medical Associates site at I-94 and Highway 67, in addition to this new location.

The new clinic will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday


Mascot bill on its way to Doyle

By JR Radcliffe

April 21, 2010 1:48 p.m. | A bill that would limit state high schools' use of Native American mascots passed through the state Assembly today and is on its way to Governor Jim Doyle.

Should Doyle sign the bill -- and all indications are that he will -- schools such as Mukwonago would need to defend the use of their mascot if faced with a formal complaint, or face penalties. The bill is intended to curb the racism and discrimination that comes with the use of Native American mascots.

Mukwonago is one of several state schools which uses the mascot "Indians."


Kiwanis Tree Sale this Saturday

By Amy Nixon

April 21, 2010 10:33 a.m. | For the past 14 years, three Waukesha County Kiwanis Clubs have pooled their resources to cover the county with a network of tree sale sites in Muskego, Mukwonago, North Prairie, Dousman, Eagle, Wales, Pewaukee, Sussex and Waukesha. 

On Saturday, April 24th Kiwanians from the Early Risers, Golden K and Muskego Clubs will be selling Black Hill Spruce trees at 10 locations for $4.00 each. The three clubs have been sponsoring this activity since 1996 and over the years have sold nearly 150,000 trees. 

Among the local charities receiving grants from the clubs are:   Hebron House, Camp Wabeek, Literacy Council, Waukesha Women's Center, Tyme Out for Youth Center, Waukesha Teen Center, Caring Place, Waukesha Symphony Orchestra, and Waukesha Civic Theatre. Increasingly, the sale of trees has also been seen in the light of environmental concerns such as the health of our forests, integrity of our watersheds and global warming. Fair weather or foul, the Kiwanians will be open for business April 24.

Stop by Bill's Mini Mart in North Prairie (Hwys 59 and E), Papa Steinke's Nursery in Mukwonago (Hwy NN, 3 miles west of Hwy 83) or Sentry Foods in Waukesha (Hwys 18 and TT)


OPEF awards grants

By Donna Frake

April 20, 2010 9:58 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF), a non-proft foundation created to support innovative educational opportunities in the Oconomowoc Area School District, presented more than $25,000 in grant awards for the 2010-2011 school year at the School Board meeting tonight.

Due in large part to the  success of last year's OPEF-sponsored 'Haunted High' fundraiser, the organization's grants committee awarded a total of eight grants to OASD teachers for projects impacting hundreds of students.

For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.


Music lovers head to Saxe's

April 20, 2010 6:22 p.m. |  

 
On April 21, the Southern Wisconsin Steel Guitar Club Event will hold a food pantry drive concert at Saxe's Casual Fine Dining at W325 S1767 Mickle Road on Highway 18 in Wales from 7 to 10 p.m.
 
The public is invited to hear the club play. Cost is at least one food item for admission.


Hartland-Lakeside to reorganize to K-2, 3-5 buildings

By Erin Lamb

April 20, 2010 12:24 p.m. | The Hartland-Lakeside School District will reconfigure their two elementary schools from kindergarten through fifth-grade buildings into one kindergarten to second-grade facility and one third- through fifth-grade school this fall in an effort to address a $450,000 shortfall and its impact on class size.

The School Board voted unanimously at last night's board meeting in favor of reorganizing the district’s schools.

Kindergarten through second grades will be housed at the Hartland North building, and the upper elementary grades at South. Sixth- through eighth-graders will remain at North Shore Middle School.

Look in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter for the full story. 

» Read Full Article

Neudecker elected President of national organization

By Donna Frake

April 20, 2010 10:42 a.m. | Dr. Pat Neudecker, Superintendent of the Oconomowoc Area School District , has been elected President of the American Association of School Administrators.

She will serve as President-elect next year, and as president the following year

"I am so honored by this appointment to a leadership position in an organization I believe makes a difference for superintendents, students, and schools.  I am so very happy," Neudecker said.


Accident on I-94

By Donna Frake

April 20, 2010 10:30 a.m. | Two lanes of eastbound I-94 east of Hwy 67 were shut down earlier this morning  due to a rollover crash involving a construction truck. One person is reported injured.


Trial for accused killer underway

By Jim Stevens

April 20, 2010 9:47 a.m. | Waukesha – Jury selection began this morning in the case of accused murderer David Wapp, who allegedly stabbed to death a Waukesha woman last year.

In an unusual move, Wapp’s attorney Gerald Boyle indicated prior to the start of jury selection that he would not be putting up much of a defense.

“I have no defense,” Boyle told Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis. “I have never had a case like this before.”

Wapp, 26, of Mukwonago has entered a not guilty plea to a first-degree homicide charge for the death of Samantha Peterson, 21, of Waukesha on Sept. 5.


KM girls win again

By Chuck Delsman

April 19, 2010 7:45 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team improved to 3-0 on the season Monday by stopping host Mukwonago in a Classic 8 Conference game, 12-4.

The Lasers exploded for 15 hits, getting three from Whitney Williams, Hanna Foltz and Shelbey Hartig. Hartig drove in a career high four runs. Katie McCann and Megan Melbye had two hits each.

Melbye was the winning pitcher, tossing a four-hitter.


First win for Cooney girls

By Chuck Delsman

April 19, 2010 7:22 p.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softball team, after losing its first four games of the season, notched its first win of the year Monday afternoon as they stopped visting Waukesha Catholic Memorial in a nonconference game, 10-0. The game was called due to the 10-run rule after the fifth inning.

Cooney broke the game open with a six-run second inning. Providing run-scoring hits in that rally were Ali Sinkula amd Renate Meckl.

Delaney Osterday was the winning pitcher. She walked one, allowed three hits and struckout five.

Katie Pierce and Meckl had two hits each for the winners and Sinkula and Meckl drove in two runs apiece.


Hartland-Lakeside Board to vote on reorganization tonight

By Erin Lamb

April 19, 2010 9:36 a.m. | The Hartland-Lakeside School Board is scheduled to vote whether to reorganize the district's two elementary schools, merging the schools' populations and then spliting the campus into a kindergarten-through second-grade facility and third- through fifth-grade school at a board meeting tonight.  

The School Board meets tonight at 6:30 p.m. at North Shore Middle School. 

The district is looking at a budget deficit of $450,000 for next school year and said this option could save money. 

Over 120 parents and community members gathered to discuss and learn about the pros and cons of the option at a special board meeting last week. 

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Bahr to leave LC Lutheran

April 16, 2010 2:08 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran High School Principal Mark Bahr will leave the school for a position at Concordia Lutheran High School in Tomball, Texas, according to an e-mail he sent on Friday.

"I firmly believe that God is giving me a grand opportunity to share with others what is most faluable to me - family, relational ministry, educating young people in a truly Scriptural manner - in a place in the country where I haven't had influence before," he wrote.


Kid dancers at Oconomowoc Library tomorrow

By Donna Frake

April 16, 2010 10:21 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Students in grades 4K- 6th grade from local dance schools will perform and teach dance steps to their peers tomorrow, April 17 at 2 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 South St. The presentation will include jazz, modern jazz, and hip-hop style dancing.

The event is free and registration is required. To register, visit the information desk,
call (262) 569-2193 ext. 210, or email childrens@cooney.lib.wi.us


AHS softball team falls to West

By Chuck Delsman

April 15, 2010 8:44 p.m. | Host Waukesha West handed the Arrowhead varsity girls fastpitch softball team a 4-1 Classic 8 Conference loss Tuesday night. AHS fell to 0-2 in league play and 1-2 overall.

Lexi Economou was the losing pitcher.

The Warhawks had just three hits, getting two from Callyn Woldt. AHS has just nine hits the last two games after getting 10 in a season-opening win over Hartford.


KM girls make it two straight

By Chuck Delsman

April 15, 2010 8:40 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team improved to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in Classic 8 Conference play by rolling over visiting Waukesha North Thursday afternoon, 14-4. The game was called due to the run-rule after six innings.

Megan Melbye was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits. She struck out 9 and walked two.

Offensively, Hannah Foltz and Melbye had two htis each and Shelbey Hartig drove in three runs. Sam Munich and Melbye knocked in two runs each.


Selection process underway for new Kettle Moraine Middle School principal

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2010 9:28 a.m. | With 114 people interested in the position of principal at Kettle Moraine Middle School, 20 parents and community members attended two principal profile sessions on Wednesday. Superintendent Pat Deklotz and Director of Instructional Services Tanya Kotlowski gathered information during the sessions that will be used to screen applicants and develop interview protocol.

After screening applicants, about eight candidates will be selected to go through the first round of interviews on Monday, April 19. Part of the interview process will include a listening session where parents, community members and District staff can score candidates following a rubric.

Candidates will go through a second interview before Deklotz selects a new KMMS principal by the next school board meeting on April 27.


Town of Mukwonago moves to appointed clerk/treasurer position

By Amy Nixon

April 15, 2010 8:48 a.m. | Twenty-four Town of Mukwonago residents determined the fate of the town's long-time clerk and treasurer at last night's Town Annual Meeting.

In two motions made by former Town Supervisor Barb Holtz, 16 residents voted to change the clerk and treasurer position to appointed and to combine the two positions into one.  Eight residents opposed the motion to combine the positions and seven opposed the motion to change the positions to appointed.

Kathy Wilson has been town clerk for the past 18 years.  Diane Steinke has served as town treasurer for the past 23 years.


More than $100,000 added to Lake Five project

By Kelly Smith

April 14, 2010 1:17 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - About 35 town residents voted uanimously Tuesday night to authorize the Town Board to spend an additional $110,000 to rebuild and resurface Lake Five Road between Highway VV (Silver Spring Road) and Plainview Road.

Additional funds for the road project became available earlier this year when town officials learned there was an approximately $180,000 surplus in the 2009 budget. The surplus was the result of lower than expected expenditures - including four unpaid furlough days for town employees - and higher than anticipated revenues, according to town officials.

Initially, the approximately 1.5 mile road project was expected to cost about $400,000 with $100,000 of the money coming from the town general operating fund while the other $300,000 would be borrowed.

However, bids on the project were about $50,000 higher than anticipated because of additional work needed to rebuild the road's foundation. Town Chairman Matt Gehrke estimated Tuesday night that another $35,000 will be needed to install guard rails along portions of the road.

Gehrke said town officials are not sure what the final costs of the half million dollar project will be until highway contractors determine how much of the foundation of the road has to be rebuilt.

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Accused killer to go to trial Tuesday

By Jim Stevens

April 14, 2010 12:40 p.m. | Waukesha – David Wapp, accused of killing a Waukesha woman last year will be going to trial Tuesday, after his attorney withdrew Wapp’s plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Wapp, 26, of Mukwonago, has entered a not guilty plea to a first-degree homicide for the death of Samantha Peterson, 21, of Waukesha Sept. 5.

Gerald Boyle, Wapp’s attorney, informed Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis this morning that there is not any evidence that Wapp was suffering a mental illness at the time of the crime. Boyle said two psychiatrists examined Wapp and found he was not mentally ill.

Wapp is accused of stabbing Peterson numerous times in a car parked outside his aunt's house in Waukesha.


Hartland-Lakeside looks at reorganizing at tomorrow's meeting

By Erin Lamb

April 14, 2010 12:31 p.m. | Hartland-Lakeside - The school board will hold a special meeting tomorrow to present the benefits and drawbacks of reorganizing the district's schools.

Hartland-Lakeside is considering a reorganization of its two elementary schools, merging the schools' populations and then splitting the campus, with a kindergarten through second-grade facility and a third- through fifth-grade school, in an effort to slash the district’s $450,000 deficit.

The meeting will be held April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the presentation room at North Shore Middle School.  Parents will have the opportunity to address the board with questions and opinions. 


Sensenbrenner holds office hours Saturday

April 14, 2010 12:26 p.m. |  

U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-Menomononee Falls) will hold office hours at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17, at Delafield Town Hall.
 
During the first part of the meeting, he will respond to questions and comments from residents on federal issues, and during the second half of the meeting he will meet with constituents on a one-on-one basis.
Contact Sensenbrenner’s district office if you require special accommodations to attend, (800) 242-1119 or sensenbrenner@mail.house.gov.


TONIGHT: BBV Fire Commission to review charges against Chief

By Amy Nixon

April 14, 2010 11:37 a.m. | The Big Bend Vernon Fire Commission will review charges filed against fire department Chief Phil Buchholtz by Town of Vernon Supervisor Tom Bird at tonight's 7 p.m. meeting.

The commission will then go into closed session and plans on announcing its determination once the session is complete.


TONIGHT: Town of Mukwonago Annual Meeting

By Amy Nixon

April 14, 2010 11:33 a.m. | The Town of Mukwonago will hold its Annual Meeting tonight at 7 p.m. following a 6 p.m. Special Meeting on bids for a community survey.


ProHealth CEO to retire next year

April 14, 2010 10:39 a.m. | President and Chief Operating Officer of ProHealth Care Ford Titus announced April 14 that he will retire next year, on April 25, 2011, a date that coincides with his 65th birthday.

"I am confident that ProHealth Care is well-positioned for continued growth and am ready to turn over the organization to an experienced leader ... " Titus said in a news release.

Throughout his 42 years with ProHealth, Titus has been involved in several civic organizations throughout Waukesha County, state and country. He is hailed as a visionary in the transparency movement and is responsible for ProHealth leading the nation in providing cost and quality informationto its patients.

The search for his successor begins immediately managed by national search firm Korn/Ferry International.


Siren test today

April 14, 2010 10:24 a.m. | The Village of Hartland will conduct a siren test at 1:30 p.m. Today (Wednesday).


Gas main leak contained

April 14, 2010 8:27 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc  - Crews have a gas main leak in the City of Oconomowoc contained, though Main Street near Cross Street remains closed, except to local traffic.

Crews from Okauchee, Dousman, Lake Country, Oconomowoc and Summit fire departments responded.


Crew hits gas line in Oconomowoc

April 14, 2010 7:48 a.m. | Emergency crews are on the scene of a high-pressure gas main break at Cross and Main streets in the City of Oconomowoc. It is thought that a construction crew hit the main. We'll post more information as it becomes available. Also watch for a story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.


KMSD School Board okays charter grant applications

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 13, 2010 10:36 p.m. |

With two charter school planning grant applications due to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by 4 p.m. on April 15, the Kettle Moraine School Board approved both applications Tuesday night.

A charter school planning grant application for a fine arts academy and for a global online academy of learning (GOAL) were completed after board members attended a workshop on charter schools and will be submitted to the DPI. The District will know by Aug. 1 if the planning grants were approved.


Sussex trustee throws hat in race for 99th district

April 13, 2010 9:00 p.m. | On the cusp of outgoing Vilage of Sussex Trustee Jim Batzko's goodbyes and thank yous to those he worked with during his five years serving on the board, he announced his intent to run for the 99th Assembly District.

Batzko decided not to seek re-election to the village board this spring and will be replaced by Fred Gallant who previously served on the board and ran unopposed this year. The outgoing trustee said the reason behind his decision to not seek a return to the village position was two-fold. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family and to serve his community as an official in Madison.

"I still have the desire to serve the village so I am seeking the 99th District seat," Batzko said at Tuesday's meeting.

He will run against incumbent Don Pridemore (R) who has held the 99th District seat since 2004. The 99th Assembly District includes Batzko's hometown of Sussex, Lannon, Merton, Lisbon and reaches north to include parts of Hartford and Richfield and all of Erin.


Oconomowoc wins

By Chris Schuck

April 13, 2010 8:42 p.m. | The Raccoons won at Washington Park in five innngs, 11-0. Nash Bell was the winning pitcher in OHS' baseball team's Wisconsin Little Ten victory over the Goslings. Will Schlosser had three hits and three runs scored for the Raccoons. Tanner Wensman scored three times.


Senate passes bill limiting Native American mascots

By JR Radcliffe

April 13, 2010 3:46 p.m. | The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill Tuesday to limit state schools' use of Native American mascots, a similar measure to the bill passed by the Assembly earlier this year.

The Senate passed the measure by a narrow 17-16 vote. The two components of state congress must agree on the wording of the bill before submitting it to Governor Jim Doyle for signature.

Mukwonago High School, which uses the mascot "Indians," could be among the schools affected. The bill would compel the school to defend its use of the mascot or face penalties for its use. The measure is designed to curb discrimination and stereotyping.


Mukwonago library committee to meet

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 13, 2010 10:36 a.m. | The Mukwonago Community Library fundraising committee will hold its next meeting on Thursday, April 15 at 6 p.m. at the library.


MHS parent group meets Thursday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 13, 2010 10:12 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School Parent-Teacher Advisory Group will meet on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.


Delafield recount yields same results

By Erin Lamb

April 12, 2010 1:19 p.m. | The recount in Delafield is complete and results still show that only one vote separated City of Delafield Sixth District Alderwoman Lynn Morrison from challenger Jim Shanklin in the April 6 election.

Morrison received 90 votes to Shanklin's 89.  There was also one write-in vote and 10 under votes.  Nobody received the write -in vote, instead the voter connected the arrows for write-in but did not fill-in a name. 

Shanklin requested the recount April 9 following the April 6 election.


Phone system back up

April 12, 2010 1:01 p.m. | The phone problems appear to have been resolved at Lake Country Publications. Thank you for your patience.


Town of Oconomowoc burning ban lifted

By Donna Frake

April 12, 2010 12:01 p.m. | The burning ban in effect for the Towns of Oconomowoc and Ashippun has been lifted.

All existing permits are reinstated and new requests for burning permits will again be processed by the local fire department. All rules listed on the burning permit form are still in effect and must be followed.

As a reminder, fire officials warn that even with a permit, anyone starting a fire that gets out of control can be held responsibile for all extinguishment costs and damage as a result of the fire.

The fire departments of Ashippun, City of Oconomowoc, Okauchee and Stone Bank, which all protect portions of the Towns of Oconomowoc and Ashippun, lifted the ban effective April 10.


LCP phone system down

April 12, 2010 11:28 a.m. | The telephone system at Lake Country Publications' Hartland office is down this morning. Calls may get through sporadically, and employees are having trouble dialing out.

We will post on our Web site once the issue has been taken care of.

We appreciate your patience as we work to get this problem resolved.


Oconomowoc wins

By Chris Schuck

April 10, 2010 6:55 p.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity baseball team won a nonconference game at Roosevelt Field on Saturday, 11-4.

Sophomore Tyler Christensen was the winning pitcher. Junior Ryan Prom finished the game.

Tanner Wensman had two hits for the locals. Sam Loppnow and Dan Winkelman each scored twice for the Raccoons.


Okauchee Lions egg hunt tomorrow

April 09, 2010 2:31 p.m. |  

The Okauchee Lions Easter egg hunt was cancelled last weekend because of inclement weather.
 
However the hunt has been rescheduled for this Saturday, April 10. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Okauchee Lions Community Park off Highway 16. The Easter bunny will be back to help attendants find their treats and for photos.


Man accused of seeking hit man pleads guilty

By Erin Lamb

April 09, 2010 12:43 p.m. | Waukesha - An East Troy man accused of trying to hire a hit man to kill a Walworth County assistant district attorney, a Town of East Troy police officer and a Village of East Troy police clerk pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide this afternoon. 

John K. Gorman, 51, of W1340 Beach Road was also charged with two other counts of solicitation of first-degree intentional homicide and three counts of felony bail jumping but the charges were dismissed and will be read-in.  The judge can consider the charges when he sentences Gorman on June 25. 


Recount in Delafield

April 09, 2010 12:27 p.m. | With just one vote separating City of Delafield Sixth District Alderwoman Lynn Morrison from challenger Jim Shanklin in Tuesday's election, Shanklin has requested a recount.

Shanklin made the request this morning via fax sent to the City Clerk's Office.

Clerk Gina Gresch said she was unsure exactly when the recount would be done, though it will likely be next week.

Results of Tuesday's election show Morrison with 90 votes to Shanklin's 89.


Mills released by Boise State

By JR Radcliffe

April 09, 2010 10:37 a.m. | Boise State University has officially granted Arrowhead senior basketball player Ben Mills a release from his National Letter of Intent.

The 7-foot-1 center had requested a release after BSU changed coaches in mid-March. New Broncos coach Leon Rice flew to Wisconsin to meet with Mills and his family late last week, but the school granted his release today according to Mark Miller of WisSports.net.

Mills can now be recruited by other programs. According to Miller's article, among those showing interest are Georgia Tech, Green Bay, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Oregon State, Toledo, Washington State and Xavier.


Vernon to hold recount

By Amy Nixon

April 08, 2010 12:13 p.m. | The Board of Canvassers for the Town of Vernon will meet at the Waukesha County Courthouse at 1 p.m. April 12 to conduct a recount of the votes cast for the office of Supervisor No. 3, in which Kurt Barikmo received 747 votes and write-in candidate Diane Herried received 740 votes.


WCTC looks at wind power

By Jim Stevens

April 08, 2010 9:36 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Waukesha County Technical College is going green.

With 16 solar panels already on the campus, the school is seeking permission from village planners for a 100-foot tall wind generator to be located behind the Electronics building on the western edge of the campus.

School officials will be presenting plans for the generator tonight to the Plan Commission.
The generator will cost $130,000 but the school is receiving a We Energies grant of $37,890 and a Focus on Energy Cash Back Reward Incentive of $14,837, according to plans submitted at Village Hall. The generator will produce electricity for the campus and also be used as a learning tool.

The campus last fall installed 32 solar panels which are expected to produce enough energy for one or two households, according to the WCTC Website. The school is offering workshops on green energy this spring and three, three-credit courses regarding renewable energy in the fall, according to the Website.

Also, the commission will continue its review of plans for the 148,000-square-foot Costco store north of Walmart off Pewaukee Road.
 


Newberry wins Mukwonago School Board seat

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 07, 2010 2:17 p.m. | Joanne Newberry defeated Curt Wiebelhaus for the West Seat on the Mukwonago School Board in Tuesday night's election. Newberry gained the majority of votes in seven of nine municipalities within the district.

Incumbent Todd Clemens ran unopposed for the At Large seat and as did newcomer Mary D'Amour for the Central Seat.


Police search for missing Hartland man

By Jim Stevens

April 07, 2010 1:35 p.m. | Village of Hartland – Authorities are searching for a 39-year-old Hartland man who was reported missing yesterday afternoon.

The man was last seen yesterday and there was concern over his well-being, according to Hartland police. Police said the man’s vehicle was located in Lapham Peak State Park off Highway C in the Town of Delafield. An extensive search of the park was held last night but the man was not located. No other details were being released.
 


St. John's to offer graduate hoops program

By JR Radcliffe

April 07, 2010 1:17 p.m. | St. John's Northwestern Military Academy will debut a post-graduate one-year basketball program next year, offering an opportunity for high school graduates from all over the country and abroad to obtain an additional year of seasoning before participating in college hoops.

Under the direction of Brian Richert, who will rescind the reins of the varsity hoops team to younger brother Tim, the program would be one of a kind in the Midwest. Full story here.


Lake Country Lutheran rolls

By Chris Schuck

April 07, 2010 9:28 a.m. | Matt Brueser pitched four innings, and had tons of support from his teammates as the Lake Country Lutheran boys baseball team clobbered Horicon 17-1 on Monday.

Kevin Kornowski pitched the fifth inning. The game was called after five innings due to the National Federation 10-run rule.

Wil Goodman, Josh Paliafito and Jake Berra each had two hits and collectively knocked in eight runs for the Lightning on Tuesday.


Israel program offered at Oconomowoc Library tonight

By Donna Frake

April 07, 2010 9:25 a.m. | A presentation tonight  in the three-part series programs on Israel will be held at 7 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

'Jerusalem: City of Splendor'  will be presented by Rabbi Fred Grossman, of Temple Menorah, and Paz Goldschmidt, an emissary from Israel.

The program is free of charge and open to the public. Donations are encouraged.


Gundrum defeats Congdon for Waukesha Circuit Court Branch 2

By Erin Lamb

April 06, 2010 11:31 p.m. | Mark Gundrum defeated incumbent Richard Congdon for Waukesha Circuit Court Branch 2 judge. 

Gundrum came in with 41,126 to Congdon's 12,400.


Pewaukee votes down school referendum, elects Blask and Lewis

By Erin Lamb

April 06, 2010 11:27 p.m. | Pewaukee School District - Pewaukee voters said no to a three-part referendum asking for $24.6 million in district facility improvements. 

1,927 residents voted no and 1,881 residents voted yes to question one - should the School District borrow $16.5 million to construct eight classrooms, expand and renovate the auditorium and cafeteria, and replace the gymnasium at Pewaukee High School? 

2,302 voted no and 1,499 voted yes to question two - should the School District borrow $8.1 million to build and equip a pool? 

2,211 residents voted no to 1,584 yes on question three - shall the school district exceed annual revenue limits by $300,000 a year. 

Residents voted incumbents Jeff Lewis onto the board with 1,679 votes and John Blask with 1,527 votes.  Robert Goergen, a newcomer, received 1,241 votes. 

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Vrakas wins Arrowhead's Hartland-Lakeside seat

By Erin Lamb

April 06, 2010 11:14 p.m. | Arrowhead Union High School - Donna Vrakas won Arrowhead's Hartland-Lakeside seat over Mary Beth Eckels.

Vrakas secured the spot with 1,557 votes to Eckels' 1,107. 

Vrakas and Eckels, both longtime residents, were vying for a seat previously held by Judie Ristow for over 30 years.     


Nordeen, Reise-Schouten win spots at Lake Country School

By Erin Lamb

April 06, 2010 11:09 p.m. | Lake Country School Board - Incumbent Kathy Nordeen and Carol Reise-Schouten were elected to spots on the Lake Country School Board over incumbent Ron Bethia, Jr. 

Nordeen had 330 votes and Reise-Schouten had 252 votes.  Bethia came in with 233 votes. 


 


Klein re-elected mayor, Bierce, Brown, Novack elected alderpersons

By Jim Stevens

April 06, 2010 11:09 p.m. | City of Pewaukee – Mayor Scott Klein was re-elected to another three-year term defeating Alderman H. Roger Hathaway with Klein garnering 2,177 votes to 1,130 for Hathaway.

The race marked sharp differences between the two candidates as Klein cast the deciding vote to disband the city’s police department last year. Hathaway was opposed to the move and said he would like to reinstate a local department. Hathaway has also been adamantly opposed to the merger of the city with the Village of Pewaukee. Klein said he would like to see the matter go to the voters but only if all city residents benefited.

Klein was first elected in 2006 in a recall election against then Mayor Jeff Nowak and then elected again in 2007. Hathaway was elected alderman in 2007.

In highly contentious races for alderperson Steve Bierce, Colleen Brown and Kathleen Novack won Tuesday’s election for the three-year seats.

Brown defeated James Jaeschke for the District 2 seat by a 529 to 498 margin. The race was marked by an 11th hour controversy over a campaign flier for Brown being left in the door of a resident by former city police officer Robert Kraemer who attached his police business card to the flier. Brown will serve on the seat held by H. Roger Hathaway who lost to Mayor Scott Klein.

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Kolb ahead in District 24 race

By Amy Nixon

April 06, 2010 10:22 p.m. | With 60 percent of the votes reported, incumbent Walter Kolb is ahead of opponent Curt Bauer in the Waukesha County District 24 race.  So far, Kolb has received 1,212 votes (53%) and Bauer has received 1,094 votes (47%).

To follow this race, click here.


Rodell Singert takes Vernon Supervisor No. 1 Seat

By Amy Nixon

April 06, 2010 10:15 p.m. | The Town of Vernon Clerk's Office is reporting that Rodell Singert has defeated incumbent Joe Reilly in the race for Supervisor No. 1. Singert received 951 votes, while Reilly received 613 votes.

The results for the Supervisor No. 3 seat are unofficial, with Kurt Barikmo receiving 747 votes and write-in candidate Diane Herried receiving 740 votes.  Those results will not be official until tomorrow morning when the ballots are hand counted.


Thelen, Kay win Oconomowoc School Board

By Donna Frake

April 06, 2010 10:15 p.m. | Elizabeth Thelen and incumbent Susan Kay have emerged as winners in the four-person race for two seats on the Oconomowoc Area School Board.

With 11 out of the School District's 13 municipalities reporting,  preliminary numbers showed Thelen was the top vote getter with 2,307; followed by Kay with 1,995. Lisa Arenas garnered 1,247 votes and Patrick Clifford trailed with 1,208.  A small number of votes, which would not impact the final outcome, were not  yet reported from Delafield and Lebanon.


Fuhs, Wartman, Morrison elected to Swallow Board

By Erin Lamb

April 06, 2010 10:07 p.m. | Swallow School District - Incumbents John Fuhs and Stephanie Wartman and newcomer Rebecca Morrison will fill seats on the Swallow School Board.  Incumbent Weber Marett was ousted from his seat. 

Fuhs was elected to a three-year term on the board with 155 votes.  Wartman and Morrison each take one-year terms with 135 and 128 votes respectively. 

Marett received 93 votes. 

This school board election was unique because two board members resigned from their positions last January and School Board members were left to appoint their replacements.  Last April, citizens had the opportunity to vote for board representation and in this election, the candidate with the most votes took a three-year term.  The next highest vote recipients were elected to one-year seats.  These seats will return to their regular three-year cycle when elections are held in April 2011. 


Ebling, Zompa, Laimon voted onto Pewaukee Village Board

By Jim Stevens

April 06, 2010 9:38 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Steve Ebling, who ran unsuccessfully two years ago, led a field of four trustee candidates for three seats by garnering 784 votes.

Joe Zompa, appointed to the board in June, received 763 votes and John Laimon returns to the board after a two year absence garnering 677 votes. Laimon served as village president from 1993 to 1999 and trustee from 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 to 2008. Randy Demmitt, appointed to the board in November, received 589 votes.
 


Lisbon elections decisive

April 06, 2010 9:13 p.m. | Ryan Lippert won handily over Steve Panten in the race for the Lisbon Town Supervisor 1 seat. Lippert garnered 674 votes to Panten's 367.

In the Supervisor 3 race, incumbent Dan Fischer won easily, 746 to 225, over challenger William Swift.


Daley beats Sullivan for mayor

April 06, 2010 9:02 p.m. | Challenger for City of Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley beat incumbent Maury Sullivan 1,809 votes to 908.

Neither Daley or Sullivan could not be reached for comment immediately after results were posted.

In the race for District 1, Jim Hall won with 363 votes, Dick Pas followed with 314 and Haumschild earned 52 votes.

For District 4, Incumbent Bob Morgan retained his seat against write-in candidate Sandra Gaber with 532 votes to her 117.

City of Oconomowoc voting officials said the turnout was nearly 30 percent and there was a higher percentage of absentee ballots than usual which could attribute to the spring break holiday.

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Hadley sweeps Lannon race

April 06, 2010 8:45 p.m. | "The people have spoken," was Howard Hadley's response to his election to the Lannon Village Board Tuesday night. Hadley was among two other newcomers to seek trustee seats. He earned the largest total of votes at 165.

"The big thing is the people of Lannon have spoken and want change and now they have two new trustees," Hadley said Tuesday night shortly after results were reported. He said his first order of business is to open lines of communication between Lannon government and the residents. He also said he aims to work to retain and attract business to the village.

Also elected is newcomer Daryl Fiene at 105 votes. Fiene said he wants to start working to streamline the village's budget and work more on infastructure. "That's my biggest concern. We need to bring the village up to date a bit, because right now, it's in the dark ages," Fiene said.

Incumbent Ron Dutcher came in second with 117 votes. Challenger Amy Martin narrowly lost by 102 votes. And incumbents Diane Daily and Terry Gissal followed with 78 and 82 votes respectively.

Gissal said there wasn't much to comment on, just that it's time to move on. Daily was unavailable for comment.

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Recount could be slated for Chenequa

April 06, 2010 8:42 p.m. | Challenger Jack MacDonough appears to have earned one of three spots up for election today on the Chenequa Village Board, with 75 votes.

The other three candidates are separated by just four votes, leaving the results of the election in some question. If unofficial counts hold true, incumbent Susan Wilkey will retain her seat, having tallied 67 votes, and challenger Carol Manegold will also take a seat on the board, with 66 votes. Incumbent Kathy Seidel garnered 63 votes.

Village Clerk Bonita Zimdars said she would seek guidance from Waukesha County regarding possible recount procedures.


Incumbents re-elected in Nashotah

April 06, 2010 8:20 p.m. | Incumbent Trustees Rick Johnson and Julie Swenson have survived challenges from Louisa Self and Henry Nemer and have come away the winners in today's election.

Johnson garnered 153 votes; Swenson 126, Self 114 and Nemer 59.


Hand recount possible in Delafield

April 06, 2010 8:06 p.m. | One vote separates incumbent 6th District Alderwoman Lynn Morrison from challenger Jim Shanklin in the City of Delafield.

Unofficial results have Morrison with 90 votes to Shanklin's 89. A hand recount is likely.

City Clerk Gina Gresch said if a recount is requested, it would probably be completed by Saturday.


Light turnout in Hartland

By Chuck Delsman

April 06, 2010 5:24 p.m. | Voting in the Village of Hartland had a light turnout on Tuesday as of 4:40 p.m. in Wards 1-7. The voting total for those wards was 246 at that time.


Election results online tonight

April 06, 2010 2:23 p.m. | Watch the Lake Country Watch portion of our Web page tonight for election results. Polls close at 8 p.m.; our reporters will post throughout the evening, as results become available.

Then pick up the next issue of our newspaper to read more about the elections, including complete results and candidate reaction.


Voter turn out "pretty good" in some communities

By Kelly Smith

April 06, 2010 1:47 p.m. | Hotly contested campaigns for local offices and a school referendum may result in higher than usual voter turnouts for spring municipal elections in some Lake Country communities.

"We seem to be pretty busy at our polling places," City of Pewaukee Clerk Kelly Tarczewski said about about 1 p.m.

Tarczewski had predicted a 30 percent turn out - nearly twice the number of voters who usually cast ballots in the spring election - because of a $24.5 million school referendum and contests for three aldermanic seats and the mayor's office.

More than 230 voters had cast ballots by noon in two of three polling places in the Town of Lisbon where there are contests for two town supervisor seats.

"That is a pretty good turnout, a little higher than I expected," said Lisbon Town Clerk Jeff Musche.

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Gang plot warnings are bogus, police say

By Jim Stevens

April 06, 2010 1:15 p.m. | Waukesha – Two e-mails purporting to be from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department cautioning people about possible gang activity are nothing more than urban legends, according to a department spokesperson.

Capt. Karen Ruff of the Sheriff's Department said e-mails are circulating advising people about gangs who are leaving a toy baby in a car seat at the side of the road. The gangs, according to the e-mails, wait for a female driver to stop and then the gang members grab the woman and drag into some woods or grassy area to be raped and beaten to death, Ruff said.

Another e-mail warns of gangs throwing eggs on a windshield and by trying to clear off the windshield the eggs will smear and the driver will have to pull over and gang members will rob the driver, Ruff said.

“These are urban legends,” Ruff said, noting they are not coming from the Sheriff's Department and none of this type of activity is occurring in the county.

Ruff said anyone receiving such e-mails should just delete them.
 


Suspicious circumstances

By Donna Frake

April 05, 2010 3:18 p.m. | What was thought to be an attempted abduction is now being referred to as 'suspicious circumstances' after police had an opportunity to interview the 13-year-old girl who reported the incident.

According to information from the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, the girl was walking in the 100 block of South Main Street when she heard a vehicle with a loud exhaust drive up behind her. She then heard a male voice yell twice 'get in here'.

The girl turned and saw a man standing by the vehicle and she ran from the area. When she returned a short time later, the vehicle was gone.

The girl did not know if the comments were directed at her, or someone else. The man did not make any movement towards her.

Police said the man is described as 40-50 years of age with gray hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans and was driving an older, small silver vehicle with a loud exhaust. It is not known if anyone else was in the vehicle, or the direction the vehicle was traveling.

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Attempted abduction in Oconomowoc

April 05, 2010 1:15 p.m. | Oconomowoc police are responding to a report of an attempted abduction in the area of Main and South streets. According to scanner traffic, someone got out of the passenger side of a silver car and attempted to abduct a girl. She ran, and was not pursued.

More details as they become available.


OHS boys split

By Chris Schuck

April 03, 2010 6:59 p.m. | Nash Bell worked a complete game in the opener, but Oconomowoc's varsity baseball team could not pull off the sweep in Janesville on Saturday.

The Raccoons won the first game of the double header 7-5, but lost the second game 6-5 against the Cougars.


More photos from Oconomowoc fire

April 03, 2010 2:00 a.m. | These stunning photos of the Horwath fire in Town of Oconomowoc on Thursday were taken by a passerby, Patty Cochrane. Among the depictions these shot show are the garage fully engulfed in flames before the home caught on fire. They also show Vader, the black Larador whose unusual bark helped was one one alert to the family that a fire was brewing, getting a Horwatch hug.

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Firefighters work to extinguish Eagle grass fire

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 02, 2010 7:11 p.m. |

Eagle and North Prairie Fire Departments are on the scene of a grass fire one mile west of the Village of Eagle limits.

A fire was reported near the railroad tracks on the south side of Highway 59 around 5:30 p.m.  By 6:30 p.m. the fire was under control, but was not completely out according to Eagle Deputy Chief Dave Rockteacher. Rockteacher said firefighters were originally concerned about the fire reaching a house situated just west of the origin of the fire, but crews protected the area around the house.

The cause and extent of the fire is unknown at this time, although Rockteacher said it was not caused by a train. Mukwonago and Palmyra Fire Departments assisted and the Department of Natural Resources is expected on the scene.


Porticello is closed

April 02, 2010 3:59 p.m. | A sign is posted on the front door of Silver Lake Eatery Club Porticello Friday indicated the restaurant is closed for business and thanks the customers for their support.

Owner Tony Pipito said the reason behind his business's failure is corruption at city hall.

"Nobody wants to move to Oconomowoc for residential or business reasons because of the corruption," Pipito said. "The mayor doesn't want to work with people and now he has a downtown that is a ghost town."

Pipito said at this time he's not sure whether or not he will be able to re-open the business or what he will end up doing with the property.

More on this story in Tuesday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.


Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow

By Donna Frake

April 02, 2010 2:51 p.m. | Get a 'hop' on the season with an Easter Egg Hunt planned for 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 3, at Lions Park in Okauchee.

The Okauchee Lions are sponsoring the event which will include an appearance by the Easter Bunny.


Burning ban issued in towns of Oconomowoc and Ashippun

By Donna Frake

April 02, 2010 8:18 a.m. | In a release issued by the City of  Oconomowoc Fire Department, a temporary burning ban is now in effect for the Towns of Oconomowoc and Ashippun.

All existing permits are temporarily suspended and no new burning permits will be issued. The action is a result of recent dry weather and a number of out of control brush and grass fires in Waukesha, Dodge and Jefferson counties.

The City of Oconomowoc Fire Dept. serves portions of the towns of Oconomowoc and Ashippun.

Authorities note that cooking fires in an outdoor grill are allowed as long as the fire remains contained inside the grill and all grates, covers and screens are used appropriately.

The burning ban will be lifted as soon as safe conditions returns. Residents are reminded that starting a fire that gets out of control makes your responsibile for all extinguishment costs and damages as a result of the fire.


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