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LOL West baseball season begins on Sunday

By Chuck Delsman

April 29, 2011 5:27 p.m. | The Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league will begin play for the 90th straight season this Sunday as a slate of six games are on tap beginning at 1 p.m.

Games on Sunday will find Pewaukee at North Lake, Oconomowoc at Monches, Merton at the Brookfield Blue Sox, Sussex at Hartland, Lannon at West Bend and the Brookfield Buldogs at Menomonee Falls.


Natural gas line hit in Oconomowoc

April 29, 2011 5:08 p.m. | A dispatcher reported that a natural gas line was struck at 530 Lac La Belle Drive around 5 p.m. Friday and was leaking gas.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Officials were dispatched to the scene, no other information is available at this time.


Restaurants warned of phone scams

April 29, 2011 1:42 p.m. | Police are warning businesses and restaurants of individuals who will call claiming to be a corporate manager or supervisor asking for money.

According to City of Oconomowoc Detective Cristian Harnisch, an individual calls claiming to have just spoken with an irate customer who has reported their problem to the corporate office. The individual claims that the customer reported their purse or wallet was lost at the restaurant. They say the wallet was later recovered however, it was missing $1,200 and the customer is accusing the restaurant's employees of stealing the money.

Harnish said the caller tells the employee to keep the matter private so news of the theft doesn't get out. They then tell the employee to put money aside from their registers and that they will be in shortly to pick up.

The scam recently worked in the Village of Mukwonago at Culver's Restaurant, 1090 N. Rochester St., on April 12. Staff was immediately suspicious and concluded the phone call with the suspect.

Similar swindles followed at the Mukwonago McDonald's during the last week of March. Taco Bell also reported getting similar calls.

» Read Full Article

Bustle Hustle run/walk this Sunday

By Andrea Budde

April 29, 2011 12:51 p.m. | Old World Wisconsin will be hosting its second annual Bustle Hustle 5k run/walk Sunday, May 1. The course will take participants around the scenic grounds. A 1k youth run will be held as well.

Registration beings at 8:30 a.m. The 5k walk/run begins at 10 a.m., and the 1k youth run begins at 11 a.m.

Fees are $22 for the 5k, and $18 for the 1k. Proceeds will benefit Old World Wisconsin. Fees include a t-shirt and a museum admission coupon.

Old World Wisconsin is located at W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle.

For more information visit www.oldworldwisconsin.org or call (262) 594-6301


Committee selects top pick for Lannon Fire Chief

April 29, 2011 11:28 a.m. | It appears a committee created by Village of Lannon Finance and Personnel Committee to aid in the selection of a new fire chief has finalized its top choice.  The Village Board is slated to hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday to discuss candidate Patrick Curtis according on the meeting's agenda.

The agenda has the board going into closed session at the meeting's start followed by open session and a possible open interview of Curtis by board members, "to enable the public to learn about the qualifications and experience of this candidate," the agenda said.

The search for a new fire chief began early this year when former chief Gary Georgenson retired after 30 years leading the department.

Curtis was among five applicants for the position. He is a firefighter at North Shore Fire Department. More on this story in Wednesday's Sussex Sun.


Gear kids up with safety before summer bicycling season

April 29, 2011 11:15 a.m. | Have your kids grab their bikes and head out for a free children's bike rodeo from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 outside the Oconomowoc High School Field House, 641 E. Forest St.

While there, children can participate in a bike inspection, learn about basic biking skills and safety and practice what they've learned in a challenge area.

The event is part of Greener Oconomowoc's fifth annual Earth Day Resource Fair. The free, family event is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the field house. See this story for more information, http://www.livinglakecountry.com/oconomowocfocus/news/120795209.html


Watt goes to Houston

By Joe Trovato

April 28, 2011 10:00 p.m. | Selected with the eleventh pick in the NFL Draft, Pewaukee's native son and Wisconsin Badger standout, JJ Watt, is the newest member of the Houston Texans.

Watt became the first Big Ten player taken in the 2011 draft, and he should slot in nicely with Houston's new 3-4 defense and fellow defensive end Mario Williams.

A large crowd of friends, family and supporters from around the Pewaukee area turned out to the Sand Bar Sports Pub on Pewaukee Lake in anticipation of Watt's selection.

For reactions and the full story, be sure to check out the next edition of the Lake Country Reporter.


Refurbishing project closes Cushing Park

April 28, 2011 12:49 p.m. | City of Delafield – Cushing Memorial Park will be closed most of May while contractors and crews with the Department of Public Works work on a $50,000 refurbishing of the Fort Cushing playground structure and park grounds.
The park will be closed from Monday, May 2, until at least Friday, May 27, according to Public Works Director Tom Hafner.
The closure may need to extend into June if there are construction delays caused by weather or other factors, according to Hafner.
Hafner said the closing is necessary to ensure public safety while the work is being completed.
 


Vernon yard waste pick up on Monday

By Andrea Budde

April 28, 2011 9:09 a.m. | Town of  Vernon residents have through the weekend to gather their yard waste and have it by the roadside by Monday morning for pick up.

Brush must be 6 inches in diameter or less and stacked in bundles  before being placed at the roadside. The largest diameter must face toward the road. Plies can be no larger than 3 feet tall.

For more infomation on wood chip delivery or for more information, call the Department of Public Works at (262) 662-7785.


5th and 6th Grade Book Club at OPL

By Donna Frake

April 28, 2011 8:59 a.m. | Fifth and sixth grade students are invited to join a book club at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

Join in the dicussion of the book 'Milkweed' by Jerry Spinelli and enjoy free snacks in the process. Pick up your free copy of the book at the library's checkout desk, read it, and come back Wednesday, May 11 from 4-5 p.m. to talk about it.

Newcomers are always welcome and the book is yours to keep. For more information, call Betsy Bromlet at (262) 569-2193, ext. 210


Bake sale to benefit Oconomowoc Library teen space

By Donna Frake

April 28, 2011 8:53 a.m. | A Bake and Craft Sale will be held at the Oconomowoc Public Library this weekend. All sales benefit the renovation of the library's teen space. If they can raise $11,800 by the end of 2011, we will receive a $10,000 matching grant to help fund the project.

The sale will be held on Friday, April 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and while you're there, stop in at the Friends of the Library book sale.

For more information, please call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210


Petitioners against Lazich in Mukwonago today

April 27, 2011 9:30 a.m. | Friends of the Committee to Recall Senator Mary Lazich (R) will be collecting signatures today in front of Walgreens in Mukwonago until dusk.

East Troy resident Marguerite Schutten is one of the people collecting signatures in Mukwonago today, and said that around 2,500 more signatures are needed to meet the requirement of just over 20,000 signatures.

Signatures must be turned in to the Government Accountability Board on Monday.

Petitioners will be collecting signatures in Big Bend tomorrow at Highway 164 and Highway L, or Highway 164 and Edgewood, and Friday in Muskego on Janesville Road between Pick 'N' Save and Muskego Elementary school. Collection times will be from dawn until dusk.

Visit www.recalllazich.com for more information


Crash at Highways 74 and K

April 27, 2011 8:41 a.m. | A truck and car have collided at Highways 74 and K near Sussex, according to a witness.

Rescue personnel are on the scene and are attempting to extricate someone from the car.

Traffic going into Sussex may be delayed as emergency workers continue to work at the scene.


Kemos wins $30,000 at walleye tournament

By Chuck Delsman

April 26, 2011 6:43 p.m. | Tom Kemos of Stone Bank, 37, won the $30,000 first prize award last week at the Winneconne AIM Walleye Tour event in the Fox River Valley.

Kemos, who graduated from Arrowhead in 1991, caught 12 fish in two days for a total weight of 25.98 pounds. He won the title by three pounds.

A total of 44 professional anglers took part in the two-day event.


Dance team to hold auditions

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 26, 2011 11:52 a.m. | The Infinity Dance Team will hold auditions soon.  Learn more at the Parent/Dancer info night on  Thursday May 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Highway NN, Mukwonago.

infinitypoms.com


Celebrate Earth Week at Retzer Nature Center on Saturday.

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 22, 2011 12:00 a.m. | Mother's Day is a few weeks away, but there is another mother that is having a special day on Saturday.

Mother Earth is the honored guest as Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison St. in Waukesha, celebrates Earth Week with a whole day of activities for the whole family.

Start the day with the family bird watch with groups led by naturalist Larry Kascht at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Kids will enjoy nature activities and games that include puppet-making, origami and clay creations. Gardeners can learn more about composting and rain gardens plus take the trees and wildflowers hike at 2 p.m. Tom Pease is sure to please the whole family in songs that will have everyone danciing as well. The day winds down with a campfire with s'mores from 5 to 7 p.m. and a guided twilight hike at 7:15 p.m.

All the events are free. For more information, visit www.waukeshacountyparks.com or call (262) 896-8007.


Missing teens found

By Donna Frake

April 21, 2011 8:24 a.m. | A 16-year-old Ixonia girl missing since April 11 was found this morning.

Casey Nicole Mueller and her boyfriend, 17-year-old Kris Rosche of Fond du Lac, were found and  taken into custody sometime early this morning, according to a post the family made on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the couple.

"I want to thank everyone here from the bottom of my heart. You have shown me what people are made of and it is good. I love you all," the family wrote.
 

No other information was made available.


Klaisner to resign from Swallow superintendent post

By Joe Trovato

April 20, 2011 3:00 a.m. | In a surprising development, Swallow School District Superintendent Jeff Klaisner announced plans to resign from his position as the K-8 school district’s top administrator, effective June 30.

The superintendent said he will serve the remainder of his contract, and then pursue other opportunities.

“I got to a point where I just really started looking at other opportunities that were available, and we have done some really exciting, great things here at Swallow,” the outgoing administrator said in an interview. “And I’m just looking for other opportunities right now to pursue.”

Klaisner began his tenure at Swallow in July 2005, presiding over one of the highest-achieving districts in the unified Arrowhead school system. Now the school board will begin the process of finding a replacement.

“The one really great thing about our school is it is a well-respected school,” said board president Karen Trimble.

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LC Lutheran cancels athletic events

April 19, 2011 4:29 p.m. | All Lake Country Lutheran games, meets and athletic events have been cancelled for today.


Eagle fire under control

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 19, 2011 12:52 p.m. |

Eagle Fire Department responded to a house fire on South Shore Drive around 11:30 this morning. Upon arrival, Fire Chief Justin Heim said the home owner reported that everyone was safely out of the house. Firefighters from numerous departments responded to the call, which was under control within an hour. Heim said the cause of the fire was not determined at this time.


Kapenga's Mukwonago office hours cancelled

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 19, 2011 9:06 a.m. |   State Representative Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will no longer be holding in-district hours at the Mukwonago Town Hall this Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. due to a family emergency.

Upcoming office hours are as follows: May 07, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at City of Delafield Public Library June 11, 2011; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Wales Community Building July 08, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Meadow Brook Elementary Waukesha *August 13, 2011; 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tentatively at Nashotah Village Hall September 10, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at North Prairie Village Hall *October 08, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Tentatively at Hartland Municipal Building November 12, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Genesee Town Hall December 10, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Chenequa Village Hall


Molly Seidel wins two more

By Chuck Delsman

April 17, 2011 6:31 p.m. | University Lake School junior Molly Seidel won two races last Saturday at the Lady Crusader Invite held at Catholic Memorial. Seidel, arguably the best high school distance runner in the state, won the 1,600-meter  run with a time of 5:08 and she also won the 800 with a clocking of 2:24.20.

ULS scored 32 points in the meet and tied for ninth place.

Isabel Seidel ran third in the 1,600 and the 3,200 relay team of the two Seidels and Piper and Maise Rosenheimer placed third.


Eagle area regains power

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2011 4:36 p.m. | We Energies restored power to the Eagle area some time before 3 p.m.


Power returned to Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2011 4:35 p.m. | We Energies has restored power to the Village of Mukwonago area near Highways 83 and ES. Residents in that area were without power for nearly two hours while equipment problems were resolved.


Mukwonago Church auction held April 16

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2011 3:06 p.m. | This year’s annual Unitarian and Universalist Church Auction will be held on Saturday, April16, at 6 p.m. at the United Church of Christ, S93 W30740, Highway NN. 

Many great items have been donated by area business and church members, and the auction is always a lively, fun-filled event. The evening opens with a silent auction, desserts and music by Elmer Sparks, followed by the live auction.  

For more information and to see a catalog of items go to www.uumuk.org, or call (262) 363-5686. 


Parents searching for missing Watertown girl

April 15, 2011 1:41 p.m. | Casey Nicole Mueller of Watertown has been missing since Monday night. Her mother, Angela Mueller, has created a Facebook link in an attempt to held find her.

The link is, http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=194337253943252. Angela Mueller is asking anyone with information to contact her by messaging her through the Facebook site.

"The last time I spoke to her was at 6:30 a.m. that morning," her mother said.

She said it is assumed that her daughter is with her boyfriend Kris Rosche but their whereabouts are unknown.

His Facebook profile is http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=662763513.

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Eagle residents without power

April 15, 2011 1:35 p.m. | In addition to the power outage in Mukwonago, about 548 We Energies customers in the Eagle area have been without power since about 12:35 p.m. We Energies is intestigating.


Hundreds without power in Mukwonago

April 15, 2011 12:20 p.m. | About 746 customers have been affected by a power outage in Mukwonago since about 11:51 a.m., according to We Energies. The cause of the outage is still under investigation.

Village Hall and the Police Department do have power.

The Mukwonago Chief office is without power at this time.


Mukwonago power outage

April 15, 2011 11:55 a.m. | A section of Mukwonago from Highway LO south is without power. It is unknown at this point what caused the outage or how widespread it is. Check back for further details.


Vernon Marsh burn called off for Saturday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2011 10:32 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has cancelled the educational prescribed burn in Vernon Marsh scheduled for this Saturday, April 16 due to expected poor weather conditions.


Kapenga comes to Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 15, 2011 10:09 a.m. | State Representative Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will be holding in-district office hours at the Mukwonago Town Hall on Wednesday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. to answer questions and seek input on issues of importance from constituents of the 33rd Assembly District.


Congressman Paul Ryan to visit Mukwonago, North Prairie Monday

By Andrea Budde

April 15, 2011 8:42 a.m. |

As part of Representative Paul Ryan's April 2011 Listening Sessions, Rep. Ryan will be in North Prairie from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 130 North Harrison Street, and in Mukwonago from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Village Hall, 440 Rivercrest Court on Monday, April 18.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit paulryan.house.gov/UploadedFiles/April2011LSschedule.pdf


Mukwonago businesses watch for possible scam

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 14, 2011 4:49 p.m. | According to the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce, Village of Mukwonago Police have reported a recent scam in the area.

A fellow that goes by the name of Matt Stein has been calling Mukwonago businesses to inform the person that answers the phone that he is calling from their corporate headquarters and that there was a wallet stolen from a patron of their individual business.  He then directs the individual to take $2,000 from their safe and deliver it to a certain person at a certain location whom will be repaying the money to the patron.

Thus far he has hit several Chamber members who own a franchise location.  One employee at one of the locations did fall for the scam.

The Police Department wants to be notified as soon as possible if a call has been received or if a call is received in the future.


Program focuses on natural landscaping with native plants

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 14, 2011 4:29 p.m. | Mariette Nowak, president of the new Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes will present entitled Does Your Yard Make a Difference? on Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m. at the South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, one mile west of Eagle.

Nowak will show that your yard – even the smallest yard – can make a difference. You can increase biodiversity (birds, butterflies, and the abundance of all wildlings). You can heal your piece of the earth, improve the health of you and your family, and add to the quality of your life. Her talk will discuss the research that proves that you can accomplish all of the above, through natural landscaping with native plants.

 The program is open to the public. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.


Prescribed educational prairie burn in Vernon

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 14, 2011 3:56 p.m. | The Friends of the Vernon Marsh will have a prescribed education prairie burn on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m. The rain date will be Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m.

The burn location is at the prairie on the end of Benson Avenue, west off of XX (Oakdale) on the northeast side of the marsh.  We will meet in the parking lot, where there will be a brief educational presentation followed by the burn.  Items in the education presentation will include; the history of burning, fire behavior, wildfires vs. prescribed fires, effects of fire, utilizing fire for management, burn requirements, burn equipment (show and tell), and a briefing on the days burn.  

The public is welcome and the program is free of charge. Depending on the location of the burn, a lawn chair might be useful. 


Shea to replace Kirchenwitz at OHS

By JR Radcliffe

April 14, 2011 9:23 a.m. | Bob Shea has been tapped to replace Arno Kirchenwitz as varsity girls basketball coach at Oconomowoc High School. He becomes the fifth head coach in program history after Kirchenwitz announced he was stepping down from the helm he has held for 20 years.

Shea was a freshman boys coach from 1997 to 2000 and an OHS varsity assistant from 2000 through last season. The OHS girls tied for the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference title and return the bulk of their starting lineup next season.

Kirchenwitz is in his first year as varsity baseball coach at OHS.


An Easter tradition returns to Catherine's Corner in Genesee Depot.

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 13, 2011 1:21 p.m. | For the 1933 tune "Easter Parade," Irving Berlin penned the words "I could write a sonnet about your  Easter bonnet."  Bing Crosby sang the tune in the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn"  and in 1948 Judy Garland and Fred Astaire starred in the movie "Easter Parade" that featured the song.

We don't see Easter parades with ladies in their lovely bonnets these days, but on Sunday Catherine's Corner in Genesee Depot will bring back the once-popular event.

The day begins with Miss Laura reading a special Easter story at 1 p.m. followed by a real Easter parade. Children and adults are all invited to come in their Easter headwear and march in the parade.

At  2 p.m., kids 1 to 10 years old can scramble for  candy and prizes during the egg hunt. Be sure to bring a basket.

All kids wearing Easter bonnets, hats or bunny ears will receive free homemade ice cream in a cone from Pal's Ice Cream Shoppe & Grill. Adults will receive a free cup of freshly brewed tea from Lilies Place.

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Learn about the revolution with A.A.U.W. at the Oconomowoc Historical Museum

April 13, 2011 1:21 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Branch of the American Association of University Women (A.A.U.W.) will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Oconomowoc Historical Museum, 103 West Jefferson St.. Janet Cobbett will present the program, "Events, Anecdotes, and Coincidences of the Revolutionary War- 1776." The AAUW branches in Watertown and Lake County and members of the Daughters of the Revolution have been invited to join this meeting. Guests are also welcome

The Museum will open at 6 p.m. for browsing and the lecture will begin at 7. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening.


AHS task force to vote next week

By Joe Trovato

April 13, 2011 11:21 a.m. | The Arrowhead Facilities Community Task Force (FCT) will vote next week on a set of facilities recommendations to present to the Arrowhead School Board.

The FCT set an April 19 meeting date after a two-hour discussion at last night's meeting. The task force is in the midst of readying its final recommendations for the board.

The five recommendations will address the high school's aquatic center, the fieldhouse, traffic, pedestrian and parking issues, the needs of its educational fine arts programs and 21st-century learning spaces.

Read the full story in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter.


Digital phone service outage

By Kelly Smith

April 13, 2011 11:21 a.m. | Time Warner Cable has announced in a pre-recorded message that it is experiencing a digital telephone outage through out southeastern Wisconsin.


Ex-AHS student gets jail time for bomb threat

By Jim Stevens

April 13, 2011 9:06 a.m. |


Waukesha - A former Arrowhead High School student who wrote bomb threats on bathroom walls last year was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days in jail.

Andrew M. Frankwick, 17, of W327 N4248 Portside Drive, Nashotah, was convicted of a felony charge of threatening to release a harmful substance, while a felony charge of bomb scare was dismissed under a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen B. Stilling imposed a 120 day jail sentence but stayed the last 90 days. Frankwick will serve his sentence in the work-release jail. Stilling also ordered Frankwick to three years of probation and to do 60 hours of community service each year of probation.

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OPEF awards $50,000 in grants

By Donna Frake

April 13, 2011 8:26 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) presented more than $50,000 in grant awards for the 2011-2012 school year at the April 12 Oconomowoc Area School District  Board of Education meeting.

Twelve grants were awarded tosupport innovative experiences in education.

 


Man charged in Neenah bank robbery a suspect in VOL hold-up

By Donna Frake

April 13, 2011 8:16 a.m. |

  A 52-year-old Cottage Grove man has been charged with a Jan. 5 bank hold-up in Neenah, Wis., that closely parallels the Feb. 17 robbery of the Guaranty Bank in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake.

  Investigators recovered DNA evidence that matched  suspect Jeffrey  Farrington from the hoax bomb he allegedly used to threaten  employees at the Associated Bank in Fox Point Plaza.

Farrington is also a suspect in a LaCrosse bank robbery that took place in last month. In the Neenah, Oconomowoc and La Crosse crimes, the banks were all located inside grocery stores.

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Village of Pewaukee election results remain status quo

By Jim Stevens

April 12, 2011 12:44 p.m. |

Village of Pewaukee – With half the wards counted and the results matched those from election day, Village President Jeff Knutson today halted the recount.

Knutson asked for a recount as he lost his bid for re-election by 27 votes to Trustee Tom Calder. Upon seeing the results for wards one through five remained the same, Knutson did not want the village’s Board of Canvasers to proceed with the recount of votes from wards six through 10. Calder received 51 percent of the votes, or 935 votes and Knutson 49 percent or 908 votes.

Calder will be sworn in as village president April 19.


Register by April 15 for Love & Logic presentation

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 12, 2011 11:20 a.m. | The Get Connected presentation series offers "Love & Logic for Tykes, Tweens and Teens" on May 3 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Park View Middle School, Mukwonago. Registration is required by April 15. Payment for a $10 workbook is collected at the door.

To register email Nancy Berg at bergna@mukwonago.k12.wi.us or call pupil services at (262) 363-6300 ext. 24201. Provide name, phone number and e-mail address to register.

Hamilton School District's Alcohol and Other Abuse (AODA) counselor, student assistance and guidance counselor, Kristin Hasbrook will show parents how to let empathy and consequences do the teaching, provide tips on raising responsible kids, and how to provide limits, guidelines and choices that encourage kids to think and make appropriate choices. The two-session presentation offers easy-to-use techniques that help parents raise healthy, happy and responsible kids.


Lannon to have recount

April 11, 2011 7:09 p.m. |  Village of Lannon Clerk James Lamb will hold a recount for the village trustee race results from last week's municipal election after write-in candidate Jeanne Crosby requested one.

Lamb said Crosby received 42 write-in votes. She would need 149 votes to beat third top vote getter, Scott Balsiger. 

Incumbent Balsiger was re-elected to trustee earning 148 votes behind Dave Bartelt and Janice Manor-Schmidt who were also elected to three at-large trustee positions.


It's tornado awareness week

By Joe Trovato

April 11, 2011 4:49 p.m. | Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week arrived just in time for some of the area’s first big storms of the season.

Running from April 11-15, the week-long initiative reminds people of the dangers associated with tornadoes, thunderstorms, flooding and hail, encouraging them to take protective safety measures.

Organizers planned a statewide tornado drill for Thursday at 1 p.m., when schools, businesses and individuals will have a realistic opportunity to practice safe procedures and learn about severe weather.

"We’ll get on the PA and talk with them (Lake Country School students) just to make sure everyone is aware," said Lake Country School District Superintendent Mark Lichte. "If they’re outside, we’ll bring them in, and then the tornado warning will go on and we’ll just put them in a room for about five minutes."

According to the state Department of Military Affairs Division of Emergency Management, Wisconsin averages 21 tornadoes annually. Wisconsin saw 46 tornadoes in 2010, the second greatest yearly number on record, and one of which, touched down in Eagle last June. The 2010 tornadoes injured 22 people and caused almost $30 million in property damage.

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Ex-Village of Eagle clerk gets jail time for drunken driving

By Jim Stevens

April 11, 2011 4:09 p.m. |

The former Village of Eagle clerk was sentenced this afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court to 225 days in the work-release jail after she pleaded guilty to her fourth drunken driving offense.

Shirley K. Mealey, 55, of 502 Clover Lane, Village of Eagle, was stopped Aug 23 at about 7 p.m. in Eagle when an officer saw her driving 48 mph in a 35 mph zone. Mealey had an alcohol content of .12, which is above the legal limit of .08 for adult drivers in Wisconsin.

Mealey was previously convicted for drunken driving twice in 1996 and in December 2006.


Welch plea on hold

April 11, 2011 2:04 p.m. | Justin Welch, who had planned to plead guilty today to murder charges in connection with the 2009 death of Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc.

Welch's attorney, Donna Kuchler, said she decided not to enter the plea today, though she declined to say why. Kuchler had told the court in late March that Welch planned to change his plea to guilty.

Welch, 27, is charged with first-degree homicide in the death of Smith, 39, who was stabbed to death in her City of Oconomowoc home Oct. 1, 2009. Authorities allege that Darren Wold, the father of Smith's child, and his longtime friend Jack Johnson conspired to have Smith murdered in an attempt for Wold to gain custody of the boy. Law enforcement officials charge that money was funneled to Welch to fly to Wisconsin and commit the murder.
 

Any motions for a trial must be filed by April 15. He is scheduled to be in court again on May 2.

Earlier this month, Welch told Oconomowoc Focus reporter Donna Frake that he planned to apologize to Smith's family in court.


Support Sussex food pantry Tuesday

April 11, 2011 1:47 p.m. | Pick ’n Save and Roundy’s Foundation will do their part to address the record numbers seeking help from area food pantries with its annual four tour.

The tour will be at the Menomonee Falls at Pick ’n Save, N77 W14435 Appleton Ave., at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to donate food and money to area food pantries.

The Roundy’s Foundation: Focused on Feeding Families tour takes place each spring and fall and donates $225,000 in food and money to 50 food pantries in five days. This year, the spring tour runs from April 11 – 15, visiting Janesville, Madison and Green Bay on Monday before heading to Manitowoc, Sheboygan and Menomonee Falls on Tuesday. The tour will wrap up in Milwaukee on Friday.

Local pantries being helped include:
• Menomonee Falls Pantry
• North Lake Food Pantry
• St. Agnes Food Pantry – Butler
• Sussex Food Pantry

Each pantry will receive a donation valued at approximately $4,500.

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Miller new AHS wrestling coach

By Chuck Delsman

April 10, 2011 4:07 p.m. | Jeremy Miller, 33, has been named the new varsity wrestling coach at Arrowhead High School. Miller will replace highly successful John Mesenbrink, who resigned from the post in February. Mesenbrink turned the AHS program into one of the top programs in the state.

Miller, a physical education/health instructor at Arrowhead, will take over the job immediately.

Miller has been an assistant under Mesenbrink for the last 6 seasons.


Edward Edwards dies in prison

April 08, 2011 10:24 p.m. | Edward Wayne Edwards who pleaded guilty to five slayings in Wisconsin including two Fort Atkinson-area teens, Kelly Drew and Tim Hack, nearly 30 years has died of natural causes in prison.

Drew and Hack disappeared in August 1980, after leaving a wedding reception. Their bodies were found months later in a wooded area in Ixonia.

See more on this story at jsonline.


Recount for village president to be held Tuesday

By Jim Stevens

April 08, 2011 3:38 p.m. |

Village of Pewaukee – A recount of the race for village president between Trustee Tom Calder and Village President Jeff Knutson will be held Tuesday starting at 9 a.m. at Village Hall.

Knutson requested a recount after losing to Calder in Tuesday's election. Calder received 51 percent of the votes, or 935 votes and Knutson 49 percent or 908 votes.


Kids won't need any "egging on" for Easter at the Y on Saturday

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 08, 2011 12:00 a.m. | No childhood is complete without experiencing an Easter egg hunt. The thrill that little ones get when they spot a colorful egg to add to their bag or basket is only matched by the delight that parents get just watching.

At 10 a.m. Saturday the YMCA at Pabst Farms will start its Easter egg hunt inside the building at 1750 E. Valley Road, Oconomowoc. There will be separate areas to hunt for each age group to make the hunting easier for the little ones. The event is for children up to age 10.

After collecting eggs, the youngsters can enjoy various activities until noon including face painting, arts and crafts projects and games.

The event is free for everybody.

For more information, call (262) 567-7251


Author to visit Alice Baker Library tomorrow in Eagle

April 06, 2011 2:02 p.m. | Lisa Paul will read from her new book, "Swimming in the Daylight" from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 at the Alice Baker Library, 820 E. Main St., Eagle. Her book chronicles her student days in the Soviet Union, and her campaign to win freedom for a Soviet-Jewish dissident.

A book signing will follow the program. Books will be available for purchase.

For more information call (262) 594-2800


LCLHS dress sale cancelled

By Joe Trovato

April 06, 2011 1:59 p.m. | The semi-annual dress sale scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Lake Country Lutheran High School will be cancelled.

Organizers said they were cancelling the sale due to a lack of "new" inventory.

"We did receive a handful of new donations and still have a couple racks of beautiful dresses donated from previous sales, so we'll continue to plan for next fall's dress sale," wrote organizer Brenda Halverson in an e-mail.

In lieu of the sale, where many high school girls bought used prom and homecoming dresses for affordable prices, Halverson said they will offer private appointments the week of April 11 for anyone interested in perusing the existing inventory.

Those interested in scheduling a private appointment should contact Halverson at (262) 468-4083, or e-mail at brendakay22@gmail.com.

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Cooney girls score 8 in the seventh

By Chuck Delsman

April 06, 2011 10:23 a.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softall team stunned host Watertown Tuesday afternoon by scoring 8 runs in the top of the seventh  inning to post a 10-8 win over the defending Wisconsin Little Ten Conference champions. Seven of those runs scored after there were two outs.

Cooney improved to 2-0 on the season.

Megan Finn delivered the game-winning hit for the Raccoons in the top of the seventh. Others contributing big hits in that rally were Brianne McGuire, Renate Meckl, Kaitlyn Ballman, and Keely Rolbiecki.

Delaney Osterday struck out 8 and was the winning pitcher.


KM softball team rallies for win

By Chuck Delsman

April 06, 2011 10:18 a.m. | For the second time in as many games, Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team rallied in the seventh ining to post a come-from-behind 6-5 win over visiting Catholic Memorial Tuesday in the first game of the Classic 8 Conference season. KM is now 2-0 on the season.

Maddie Churches delivered a two-out, one-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to score Mady Melbye from second base to win the game.

Ashley Ausprung was the winning pitcher for KM. Maria Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Lasers.

KM scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game.


AHS girls move to 3-0

By Chuck Delsman

April 06, 2011 10:14 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls fastpitch  softball team defeated host Mukwonago Tuesday afternoon 8-4 to imrpove to 3-0 on the season. Tuesday's win was the first game of the Classic 8 Conference season.

Sophomore left fielder Carly Brengosz led the way for the Warhawks with three hits and two runs batted in. Kelsey Wasilczuk drove in two runs and Callyn Woldt and Amanda Bauer chipped in with two hits each.

Lexi Economou pitched all seven innings and earned the win, tossing a seven hitter.


Doble wins as Vernon chairman

By Andrea Budde

April 05, 2011 11:20 p.m. |  Mike Doble beat Dave Nowicki in the race for the Town of Vernon chair with a vote of 1658

 to 803.
 
 
Thomas Bird won the supervisor #2 position with 1490 votes over Marilyn Gauger who had 1284 votes.
Bill Craig won the supervisor #4 position with 1730 votes over Diane Herried who had 1079 votes. 
 
The Town of Vernon had a  58% turn out rate. 


Incumbents retain seats on OASD

By Donna Frake

April 05, 2011 10:22 p.m. |  Wth votes still not reported from three of the smaller municipalities in the district, unoffical results are that residents of the Oconomowoc Area School District re-elected Mike Bickler and Sandy Schick to the Board of Education.

With 10 of the district's 13 municpalities reporting, the district is still awaiting results from the Town of Concord, Town of Merton and the Town of Sullivan. In last year's election, those three municipalities cast a total of 34 votes.

Preliminary results show Bickler led the field with 37 percent of the vote, Schick with 34 percent and challenger Lisa Arenas with 29 percent.


Hemmer and Bradley prevail in Merton School Board race

By Joe Trovato

April 05, 2011 10:09 p.m. | Challenger Amy Hemmer will join the Merton School Board after receiving 866 votes. Incumbent Mark Bradley led all candidates with a total of 904 votes.

The vote unseats longtime board member Dean Dobbertin from his seat on the board. Dobbertin polled 769 total votes.


Delafield Town incumbents win

By Jim Stevens

April 05, 2011 10:04 p.m. |  

Town of Delafield – Incumbent supervisors Clare Dundon and Larry Krause were re-elected to another term.

Krause was the top vote getter with 1,446 votes while Dundon received 1,184 votes. They were challenged by newcomers Sean Sander and Joel Blumenschein received 1,034 and 1,012 votes respectively.


Allen takes Kohlenberg in District 2 race

April 05, 2011 10:01 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Political newcomer Rich Allen defeated incumbent Gary Kohlenberg for District 2 alderman.

 Rich AllenAllen said he was extremely humbled and overwhelmed by the whole experience including the support he received at the polls.

"I'm very thankful. Being a newcomer and going up against someone who was mayor and alderman it was really exciting to have that support," Allen said of his 516 votes compared to Kohlenberg's 417.

The new alderman said while meeting with residents they seemed encouraged by his positive and forward-thinking approach.

In District 1, longtime incumbent James Larsen maintained his seat against newcomer Robert Kolb with 748 votes compared to Kolb's 376.

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Delafield Town Firehouse vote shot down

By Jim Stevens

April 05, 2011 9:58 p.m. |

Town of Delafield – Town residents defeated a referendum to borrow $3.3 million to construct a new firehouse off Golf Road.

The measure was defeated by a margin of 2,149 to 1,239. The town had proposed to construct a new firehouse on the baseball diamond near Town Hall off Golf Road. A similar measure was defeated in November by nine votes.


Plum left out in bid for Kettle Moraine School Board

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 05, 2011 9:57 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School Board member Gary Vose retains his seat on the board with 4,172 votes and is joined by Jay Crouse with 3,914 votes in today's election. 

Newcomer Amy Plum lost her campaign to become a Kettle Moraine School District Board member with 3,165 votes. 

Complete election results can be found in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.


Calder takes Pewaukee village president seat

By Jim Stevens

April 05, 2011 9:54 p.m. |  Village of Pewaukee – Trustee Tom Calder defeated incumbent president Jeff Knutson for the village president seat.

Calder received 935 votes and Knutson 908 votes.


Morrison and Douglas win Swallow seats

By Joe Trovato

April 05, 2011 9:53 p.m. | Incumbent Rebecca Morrison successfully defended her seat on the Swallow School Board, while former board member Jim Douglas will once again return to serve the district.

The defeated Andrah Grothey polled 20 percent, garnering 271 votes, while the victorious Morrison and Douglas polled 595 and 498 votes, respectively.


North Prairie has new president in former trustee

By Andrea Budde

April 05, 2011 9:52 p.m. | Deb Hall will serve as the Village of North Prairie president after beating John Taylor with 276 to 180 votes.  Both candidates were write-ins, and both were previously village trustees. 

David Stellflug, Brian Peters, Tina Tierney, and Donna Samuels competed for three trustee spots. Those positions will be filled by Stellpflug (423 votes), Samuels, (231 votes), and Peters (75 votes). Tierney received 21 votes. 

The village had a 49% turn out with 755 voters. 


Delafield fire department referendum fails

April 05, 2011 9:46 p.m. | JSOnline is reporting that the fire department referendum in the Town of Delafield has failed. Read more here and in Thursay's Lake Country Reporter.


Newcomer unable to win over long time Genesee chairwoman

By Andrea Budde

April 05, 2011 9:41 p.m. |  Sharon Leair will continue to hold the Town of Genesee chairwoman position after receiving 1,649 votes.  Political newcomer Gary Zimmermann received 821 votes. Leair has served as Genesee chairwoman since 1993.


Incumbents hold steady in Ashippun

April 05, 2011 9:30 p.m. | Town of Ashippun - Voters said they like what their current town board is doing at the polls Tuesday when they voted to retain Town Chairman Steve Panozzo and Supervisor 2 Bill Bremer.

Panozzo earned 563 votes compared to challenger, and former town chairman James Schoenike, who received 355 votes.

"I'm just elated. I'm thankful for the support the community has given me and I look forward to continue doing work," Panozzo said.

In the Supervisor 2 race, Bremer earned 561 votes compared to 332 for challenger Dave Guckenberger.

The town saw a 55-percent turnout.


Trustee elevated to village president in Sussex

April 05, 2011 9:29 p.m. | The first order of business for the new Sussex Village Board may be how to fill Trustee Greg Goetz's position on the board.

Goetz was elected village president tonight with a more-than 2-1 margin over his competitor, Gabe Kolesari.

Goetz garnered 1,899 votes to Kolesari's 749.

Tony Lapcinski did not seek re-election.

The race for three trustee seats was tight, with just 21 votes separating the top three candidates. Elected were Tim Dietrich with 1,449 votes, Jim Batzko with 1,438 and Jason Wagner with 1,428. Mike Knapp's bid was unsuccessful, with 1,378 votes.

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Incumbents faring well so far in OASD race

By Donna Frake

April 05, 2011 9:23 p.m. | With 42 percent of the vote counted, incumbents Mike Bickler and Sandy Schick are leading the race for the Oconomowoc Area School Board. At this point, Bickler is leading the pack with 39 percent, Schick with 34 percent and challenger Lisa Arenas with 27 percent/


Mukwonago elects new village president

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 05, 2011 9:22 p.m. | Retired Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Fred Winchowky defeated Village of Mukwonago President Jim Wagner by 85 votes in today's election, according to unofficial results posted on the Village website.

Trustee Arnold Fickau lost his seat on the Village Board as Michael Sellenheim pulled in 47 more votes than Fickau to win a spot on the Village Board. Additionally, Mark Penzkover and Jim Decker retained their seats as Village trustees.

Complete election results can be found in the April 13 Mukwonago Chief.


Incumbent leads in Swallow School Board race

By Joe Trovato

April 05, 2011 9:20 p.m. | Incumbent school board member Rebecca Morrison now holds the lead in the Swallow School Board race with 251 votes.

Jim Douglas, a former school board member, sits comfortably in second place with 231 votes, while Andrah Grothey has 94.

The three candidates are vying for two open seats in the school district.


Dobbertin narrows gap in Merton Schools race

By Joe Trovato

April 05, 2011 9:15 p.m. | With approximately half of the school district reporting, incumbent school board member Dean Dobbertin has climbed to within two votes of challenger Amy Hemmer, while Mark Bradley holds a comfortable lead.

Here are the latest results: Bradley, 530 votes, Hemmer 497, and Dobbertin 495.


Village of LacLabelle has 60 percent voter turnout

By Donna Frake

April 05, 2011 9:03 p.m. | Village of Lac Labelle Clerk Lori Boyer said voter turnout in their municipality was greater than expected today with 151 out of the 251 registered voters coming out to cast their ballots.

"It was a huge turnout," Boyer said. "We ran out of ballots," she added, noting that residents then used the touch screen to vote.

The Village was the first to report its results in the race for Oconomowoc Area School Board with candidate Lisa Arenas garnering 78 votes, followed by incumbents Mike Bickler with 62 and Sandy Schick with 62 votes.


Incumbents do well in Lannon

April 05, 2011 8:57 p.m. | Village of Lannon - In the races for village president and three trustee seats in Lannon all incumbents running for a seat found a spot somewhere.

In the race for village president, Jerry Newman came out on top with 210 votes. He had one challenger, write-in candidate Dave Nagler. Sixty-eight write-in votes were given, but the clerk could not say exactly how many were for Nagler.

 Jan Manor-Schmidt Jerry Newman David Bartelt Scott BalsigerNagler and Newman both also ran for village trustee. Three seats were up. Newman was running as an incumbent, Nagler again as a write-in. Also running were incumbents Dave Bartelt who received 178 votes, Scott Balsiger with 148 votes and Newman with 79 votes. Challenger Jan Manor-Schmidt was the top vote-getter with 187 votes. She will take a trustee seat along with incumbents Balsiger and Bartelt maintaining theirs.

 

In the race for trustee, there were three other write-in candidates along with Nagler: Jeanne Crosby, Amy Martin and former trustee Diane Daily. There were 159 write-in votes, but Village Clerk James Lamb said that no one came close to beating second top-vote getter Balsiger.

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Dredging referendum fails in Delafield

April 05, 2011 8:56 p.m. | The dredging referendum in Delafield has failed.

The final vote: 1,477 no votes to 914 yes.

About 60 city residents voted on an electronic touch screen after the city ran out of ballots.


First school results trickling in in Lake Country

By Joe Trovato

April 05, 2011 8:50 p.m. | Mark Bradley and Amy Hemmer hold early leads in the race for two open Merton School Board seats. The Village of Merton clerk reports that Mark Bradley tallied 456 votes, Amy Hemmer, 428 and Dean Dobbertin, 413.

In the Swallow School District race, the Village of Merton reports that Jim Douglas and incumbent Rebecca Morrison hold early leads over Andrah Grothey in the race for two open seats there.

Only a small portion of the Swallow School District sits within the village, however.

Douglas owns 47 votes, Morrison, 38 and Grothey, 10.

Stay tuned as more results come in for both districts.


Three incumbents win in Oconomowoc Lake

By Donna Frake

April 05, 2011 8:50 p.m. | The three incumbents in the race for Trustee retained their seats in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake.

Newcomer Joe Faretta  took 14 percent of the vote in the four way race for the three posts. Mike Bickler was the top vote getter with 31 percent, followed by Paul Fischer with 29 percent and Joseph Owens with 26 percent.


Early indications are that dredging referendum fails

April 05, 2011 8:22 p.m. | With a handful of people still to vote in the City of Delafield, it appears that the dredging referendum has failed.

On paper ballots, 1,454 no votes have been cast to 881 yes votes. It appears unlikely that there will be enough votes cast on the electronic machine to make up the difference between the vote tallies.

For about the last hour, voters in the city have been voting on an electronic machine, after the city ran out of paper ballots. Fewer than 30 people have yet to cast their votes.


City of Delafield runs out of ballots

April 05, 2011 7:57 p.m. | About 35 people are waiting in line to vote on touch screens in the City of Delafield, where ballots have run short in areas covered by the Kettle Moraine, Arrowhead and Lake Country school districts.

City Clerk Gina Gresch had ordered enough ballots for a 50 percent voter turnout. She anticipated a heavy turnout in part due to a referendum that sought permission for a dredging project on Lake Nagawicka. The city was approaching 50-percent turnout by about 7 p.m.; a half-hour later, it had run out of ballots. 

The city encountered a similar situation earlier this year, when it ran short of ballots during the primary election. The remaining voters in that election cast their ballots on electronic machines, a solution that will also be used tonight.

The poll hours will be extended to accommodate the voters who were in line by the 8 p.m. official closing time.


Lightning girls lose first-ever game

By Chris Schuck

April 05, 2011 7:18 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's varsity girls softball team lost its first game in program history on Tuesday, 6-4, against Faith Christian. The game was at Lake Country Lutheran.

Sophomore Emily Howe was the pitcher of record for the Lightning.

Defensively, the Lightning were led by senior Katie Muckerheide.

Two successful bunts were executed by freshman Ashley Andersen.

"It was so fun. We have five players that played in their first game ever, but everyone did awesome," Andi Kornowski, the head coach said. "It was an excellent experience."


Triad shut down

April 04, 2011 5:02 p.m. | JSOnline is reporting that Triad Group has been shut down. Read more on the story here.


Brownlow to hold last listening session in Muskego

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 04, 2011 4:20 p.m. | On Saturday morning, April 9 from 10 a.m. to noon, Jim Brownlow, candidate for the 83 Assembly District, will hold his final “Coffee with Jim” listening and discussion session in Muskego prior to the May 3, 2011 special election. The “Coffee with Jim” will be held in the meeting room of the Waukesha State Bank at S69W15273 Janesville Road, Muskego. The Bank is located on Janesville Road, just East of Moorland.

“Jobs, education, and the tax policy deserve a common sense, middle class point-of-view,” says Brownlow.

Brownlow is running on a platform of strengthening the state’s struggling middle class. By putting good decision making ahead of blind partisanship, we can find common ground to enhance the environment for the working class of our state.

“I hope that all my neighbors will come by for a cup of coffee and friendly conversation,” stated Brownlow.

Brownlow, a retired teacher and librarian from the Muskego/Norway school district, resides in Muskego with his wife. They are the parents of two sons who are currently attending universities. 

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Mukwonago school board and teachers agree to disagree

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 01, 2011 2:13 p.m. | After the Mukwonago Area School Board personnel committee and the teacher's negotiation team met last night, the two parties agreed to disagree about contract language and possible concessions for next year, according to Superintendent Paul Strobel.

While teachers proposed concessions connected to a two-year contract, the school board remained firm in only considering an agreement for next year.

Jan Rolfe, chief negotiator for the United Lakewood Educators, "The Union agrees that the Walker cuts are disastrous for our schools and pledges to join the District in fighting against this budget
regardless of the failure to reach an agreement on any extension."

Watch for a complete story in the April 6 Mukwonago Chief.


Sussex FD battles apartment fire

April 01, 2011 10:02 a.m. | Village of Sussex firefighters responded Friday to an early morning fire that damaged a second-floor balcony at W246 N6475 Pewaukee Road.

Sussex firefighters responded around 3 a.m. Friday to a second-story apartment fire. No one was injured, the cause remains under investigation. Estimated cost of damage is $10,000. Submitted Photo

First arriving units found fire on the second floor balcony, with fire extending into the overhang above. The apartment unit sustained minor interior damage. Fire officials estimate damage at $10,000.

Firefighters from Sussex brought the fire under control in approximately five minutes. Sleeping residents were alerted by the fire alarm and exited the building on there own according to Sussex Fire Chief Colin Curtis. The fire was reported at 2:44 a.m. and Lisbon, Merton and Richfield assisted 20 responding Sussex firefighters. Sussex firefighters remained on the scene for two hours.

There were no injuries reported. The fire remains under investigation.
 


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