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Pewaukee wins LOL opener

By Chuck Delsman

April 29, 2012 6:44 p.m. |  Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team opened the 2012 season Sunday by defeating the host Brookfield Blue Sox, 12-7.

Other games Sunday saw Lannon whip Hartland 13-3, Brookfield Bulldogs blank North Lake 13-0, Oconomowoc down Monches 9-1, Sussex edge Merton 7-5 and West Bend outlast Menomonee Falls 10-8.


Nickolaus won't run for re-election as Waukesha County clerk

By Karen Herzog and Tom Tolan of the Journal Sentinel

April 28, 2012 11:00 p.m. | Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, widely criticized over the conduct of elections in her county, announced Saturday she has decided not to seek re-election in November.

But the embattled clerk said in a prepared statement that she would not relinquish "any authority or responsibility" for upcoming elections through the end of her term because "I am the Waukesha County constitutional officer charged with the responsibility of elections."

After problems in the election earlier this month, Nickolaus reportedly agreed under pressure from County Executive Dan Vrakas to cede election responsibilities to her deputy for the upcoming recall races.

Her campaign manager said Saturday she "never ever agreed to hand over the responsibility given to her constitutionally as clerk" to administer the elections. "Kathy is still in charge," said the manager, Dan Hunt, adding Nickolaus was unavailable for comment.

The deputy clerk will serve as liaison between municipal clerks and county clerks, oversee election result processes and make sure the results are reported to the Government Accountability Board, Hunt said.

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Killer ordered to pay restitution to cover cost of his child

By Jim Stevens

April 27, 2012 12:39 p.m. |

A judge Thursday ordered convicted killer Darren Wold to pay the family that is taking care of his child nearly $74,000.

A judge ruled Wold, who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Kimberly Smith in 2009, pay restitution to Laurie and Robert Zanotti. Laurie Zanotti is Smith’s sister and is taking care of Smith and Wold’s son, who is now 6.

The restitution is to cover the costs of supporting the child until he reaches 18-years-old. Wold was convicted of hiring a California man, through a friend of Wold’s, to kill Smith.


Customer Appreciation Days at Rocky Mountain Chocloate Factory April 27 & 28

By Cynthia Acosta Luksich

April 27, 2012 10:24 a.m. | Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is hosting Customer Appreciation Days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday More photosand Saturday, April 27 and 28, at its Downtown Delafield store, at Clock Tower Square, 807 Genesee St.,
 

This special thank you from owners Harry and Mary Schaff offers free samples, drawings and gifts (with a $15 purchase or more).

For more information, call (262) 646-7778. For coupons, drawing and contest entry forms click here or visit www.rmcf.com/WI/Delafield50820


Mukwonago icon Harold Koeffler dies

April 27, 2012 7:21 a.m. | Harold Koeffler, who owned Koeffler Chevrolet in Mukwonago for decades, died Wednesday at age 100.

Visitation is planned for 2:30 until the Masonic service on Sunday, April 29, at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St., Mukwonago. A second visitation is planned for 10:30 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, April 30, at the funeral home. The family will have a private burial at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Mukwonago.

Memorials are suggested to the Mukwonago Public Library or Timber Tree.

Koeffler was involved in numerous community organizations and efforts, including membership of the Mukwonago Kiwanis and Kiwanis Foundation Board, the Mukwonago Library Board, Shriners, 32nd-degree Mason, Scottish Rite and Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Cousin Otto's Clown Alley under the name "Wheels." He was the Waukesha Coin Club's oldest member, attending his last coin show and negotiating sales last month.

He loved to travel, and visited every continent. He was an invited member of the first USA business delegation to China, walked on Antarctica icebergs at age 82 and explored Iceland at 92.

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Feel good about yourself at free clinics

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 27, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Knowing you’re healthy can bring peace of mind. But sometimes the costs associated with simple tests can be daunting.

If you’re looking for some free peace of mind, why not visit the Touched Twice Lake Country Free Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Two churches in Delafield are hosting all sorts of free screenings and other activities to make you feel good about yourself.

Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Road, is offering medical screenings, vision and chiropractic care and haircuts.

At Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, you can visit the food pantry, have your teeth checked or get family photos.

Hot meals will be served at both churches.

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Effort renewed to honor Civil War hero from Delafield

By Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel

April 26, 2012 5:00 p.m. | A decades-long effort to get the Medal of Honor awarded to a Civil War hero from Delafield appears to be on track again.

Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Ron Kind, both Wisconsin Democrats, introduced legislation Thursday that would allow the president to award the nation's highest medal to Alonzo Cushing, an artillery officer killed at the battle of Gettysburg.

Just 22 when he was killed during Pickett's Charge, Cushing refused to leave his guns even though severely wounded. The 1st lieutenant was buried beneath a headstone inscribed "faithful until death" at his alma mater, West Point.

In 2010 the secretary of the Army approved the request for a Medal of Honor for Cushing by a group of people who had campaigned for the award since the 1980s. Normally, a recommendation for the Medal of Honor must be made within two to three years of the heroic action, and the medal must be awarded within three to five years.

Because 149 years have passed since Cushing fought for the Union Army, Congress must waive the time limits, which is what the legislation is requesting. If that is done, the president must then approve the nomination.

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Dispose of your old medications this weekend

By Andrea Budde

April 26, 2012 11:56 a.m. |  Waukesha County Drug Collection and Awareness will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 28 at various locations throughout the county.

Properly and safely dispose your old medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications. 

Collection locations are:

D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 W. Maple Ave., Mukwonago

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc (Regional Cancer Center entrance)

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Mukwonago man injured in motorcycle accident Wednesday

By Andrea Budde

April 26, 2012 8:29 a.m. |  A 41 year old Mukwonago man was taken to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life yesterday after crashing his motorcycling on Green Lane in the Town of Waukesha yesterday. 

The man sustained head and internal injuries. He was found unconscious next to his motorcycle in the tree line approximately 30 feet off of the road. The man was not wearing a helmet at the time. 

The initial investigation indicates the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Green Lane and lost control in a curve south of Sunset Drive. The motorcycle went down on the roadway, slid across the westbound lane, and came to rest in the tree line. The wet road surface appears to be a factor in the crash.

The incident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.


Witte named new AHS girls cage coach

By Chuck Delsman

April 25, 2012 3:17 p.m. |  Rick  Witte, the top varsity assistant under former coach Heidi Hamilton for the last three seasons at Arrowhead, hasbeen named the new AHS head girls basketball coach. Athletic director Kevin Flegner made the announcement Wednesday.

Witte, 28, the Dean of Students and a math teacher at Arrowhead, will take over his head coaching duties immediately. He met with his team Wednesday afternoon to tell them of the school's decision.

Hamilton resigned as the head coach three weeks ago to spend more time with her family.

Witte is the fifth person to coach the varsity girls team at Arrowhead and sixth head coach overall. Hamilton coached the Warhawks two different times. Other AHS coaches have been Jean Neuser, Pete von Allmen and Ron Reichle.


Alice Baker Library in Eagle holds community focus groups about expanding

By Andrea Budde

April 25, 2012 1:35 p.m. |  The Alice Baker Memorial Library will hold a series of community focus groups tomorrow to gain insight into what works well, what could be better, and what other collections or programs the community would like to see in the library. Sessions will be held approximately every two hours between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the library, 820 East Main St. in Eagle. 

Everyone is invited to attend the meetings. Individual focus group meetings will be scheduled throughout the day to make it easy for everyone to participate in one session. 


Walk for Water this Saturday in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 25, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School National Honor Society is holding a "Walk for Water" on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the MHS track to raise money to build a well in Uganda. The participation fee is $10, with all proceeds going toward the well.

Money is being raised through The Water Project and participants will be walking two miles to experience the distance that some people have to travel just to get water.

For more information regarding the walk, contact  mukwonagowalkforwater@yahoo.com


Tickets on sale for OHS '39 Steps'

By Donna Frake

April 25, 2012 9:46 a.m. | The OHS Players will present 'The 39 Steps', a spoof of intrigue, murder and mayhem on the Main Stage of the OAC.

The OHS Players production of Alfred Hitchcock's classic spy story redone in hilarious fashion by author Patrick Barlow is sure to please audiences from ages 9-90!  Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 3-5; and 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. 

Ticket prices are: $12,50 for adults, college students and senior citizens, $9.50 and high school students are $7.50. Tickets are on sale now.

 


O'Reilly Auto to move into former Oconomwoc Blockbuster

April 25, 2012 9:06 a.m. | O'Reilly Auto Parts will open up a store at 524 E. Wisconsin Ave. which once housed a Blockbuster. Director of Economic Development Bob Duffy shared the news Tuesday afternoon.

The Oconomowoc Blockbuster closed in spring of 2010 amidst many others in the area as the heyday for home movie rentals from video stores was edged out by more convenient and cheaper alternatives. Options such as on-demand movies you can rent from your couch; Netflix, which comes in the mail or your personal computer with no late fees; and a the popularity of a newer invention, Redbox, a movie-vending machine conveniently situated outside local stores, pushed the mom and pop rental stores and the corporate giants out.

Store owner Paul Huhn said in a past interview after news of the closing that at one point he and fellow owners of Wisconsin Video Inc. operated six Blockbuster around the area, including one in Delafield. The Oconomowoc store is the last of the group to close.


Crowd speaks out against OHS plan

By Donna Frake

April 24, 2012 10:07 p.m. | The Little Theater at Oconomowoc High School was filled to capacity tonight as teachers, parents and a smattering of students came out to oppose a transformation plan at the high school for next year that includes the layoff of 15 teachers.

The proposal would also require teachers in seven academic areas to increase their workload from teaching three 90-minute block periods to four per day. Teachers who are given the additional workload would receive a $14,000 per year raise. Oconomowoc Area School District officials say that even with the raises, the district would save $500,000 per year.

Preliminary layoff notices were required to be issued this week; final notices are due the middle of May.  A decision on the proposal will be part of the board's budget discussion slated for next month's meeting. For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.


OHS girls win two softball games

By Chuck Delsman

April 24, 2012 9:43 p.m. |  Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softball team defeated Slinger Monday (10-4) and Hartford on Tuesday (10-0) to improve to 3-4 on the season and 3-3 in Wisconsin Little Ten Conference play.

Junior pitcher Delaney Osterday was the winning pitcher in both games.

In the win over Slinger, Kaitlyn Ballman had three hits and four RBI's and in the win over Hartford she also had three hits. Zoe Quinette, Lexi Punzel, Brooke Little and Keely Rolbiecki all had two hits for the winners.


KM softball team 4-0

By Chuck Delsman

April 24, 2012 9:39 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine's varsity girls fastpitch softball team improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating Mukwonago Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game, 6-4. All of those wins have come in league play.

Ashley Ausprung of the Lasers pitched a solid game for the Lasers and Hannah Foltz and Mady Melbye made several key defensive plays.

Maddie Churches had two of KM's five hits.


Perfect game for AHS pitcher Dailey

By Chuck Delsman

April 24, 2012 9:36 p.m. |  Arrowhead senior Rebecca Dailey tossed a six-inning perfect game against host Waukesha South Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game.. AHS won the game, 13-0. She struck out five batters. It was her second no-hitter in two years.

Senior outfielder Kelsey Wasilczuk was a perfect 4-for-4 to lead the AHS offense.


AHS draws with CMH

By Chris Schuck

April 24, 2012 9:34 p.m. | One hundred minutes couldn't seperate the two teams on Tuesday.

For the first time in 10 seasons, the Arrowhead Warhawks didn't lose against powerful Waukesha Catholic Memorial, tying the No. 1 ranked girls soccer team in Division 2, 0-0.

"It was a real positive for our program," AHS head girls coach Scott Asher said.


North Prairie holds concealed carry class

By Andrea Budde

April 24, 2012 12:38 p.m. |  The North Prairie Police Department will be hosting a conceal carry class from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on April 28 at the North Prairie Fire Department, 108 N. Oakridge Dr.

The course will follow the Department of Justice curriculum.  Handguns are permitted in a case with no ammunition.  The cost of this course is $50.00. 

For further information, please contact the North Prairie Police Department at (262) 392-2229.


GAB announces plan to speed Waukesha election reports

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

April 24, 2012 11:16 a.m. | Waukesha - Vote results from throughout Waukesha County should be available online more quickly in the recall elections because municipal clerks will be entering unofficial results directly into a state vote canvass reporting system, rather than leaving it to the county clerk's staff.

Those results will simultaneously be available to the Waukesha County clerk's office, which is still responsible for posting results on election night.

In a statement Tuesday, Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel for the Government Accountability Board, said the agency created Wisconsin's canvass reporting system using a federal grant in 2010 so county clerks could use it to report canvass results - the official totals that are checked several days after an election - to the state electronically.

However, the Web-based system was built with a tool for municipal clerks to enter unofficial results on election night. Kennedy said all Waukesha County municipal clerks will be asked to use that tool for the May 8 primaries and the June 5 recalls.

The process means that local clerks do not have to drive voting machine tapes into the county clerk's office in Waukesha after polls close, as they did April 3, so that she and her staff can enter the data.

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LOL West baseball season starts Sunday

By Chuck Delsman

April 24, 2012 7:19 a.m. |  The Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league,  the oldest in the state, will begin play for the 91st straight season this Sunday, April 29.  All 12 teams will be in action.

Games at 1 p.m. wil find Merton at Sussex, Brookfield Bulldogs at North Lake, Lannon at Hartland, West Bend at Menomonee Falls and Monches at Oconomowoc. At 3 p.m. Pewaukee will play at the Brookfield Blue Sox.


Eagleville Charter contract on table next week

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2012 10:01 p.m. | Discussion was heated at times as the topic of the Eagleville Charter School drew fire at tonight's Mukwonago Area School Board meeting. While the School Board agreed in December on a five-year contract with stipulations for the charter school, some Board members would like to reexamine options in light of the failed referendum.

However, the MASD board does have a contract with the charter school. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, both parties would need to get together and agree on any changes to the contract in order for anything to change with the charter agreement.

Eagleville is perilously close to reaching the 75 student enrollment minimum required by May 1 to ensure the school will reopen for the 2012-13 school year. With one week remaining, the current enrollment stands at 73 students with one student yet to reply regarding his or her intent for next year. There are 11 potential open enrollment students, who, if they would agree to attend Eagleville, could push the number above the minimum required by the contract. 

The MASD School Board will meet with the Eagleville Elementary Charter governance committee prior to the April 30 school board meeting, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., to discuss the charter contract. The charter will be on next week's agenda as an action item.

Look for the complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.


Resident speak out against Country Bliss wide utility district

By Andrea Budde

April 23, 2012 7:31 p.m. | A nearly full house sat inside of the Mukwonago Fire Station in the Town of Mukwonago for a public hearing on a potential utility district this evening in the Town of Mukwonago. So far, most residents are expressing opposition to a utility district that would encompass the entire subdivision which the board is considering to cover overages and long term maintenance of a project that would help alleviate flooding in the Country Bliss subdivision.

Many people are against the strictly subdivision wide district because they feel that those affected by the flooding-those homes in the low-lying areas-should be responsible for the costs.

“Our property our home does not need flood protection to prevent future flooding,” one Country Bliss resident stated.  

Other residents who were opposed to the strictly subdivision wide utility district encouraged the board to consider a town wide district to spread the cost over more people, thus lessening the impact on each household.
 

Look for a full update in an upcoming Mukwonago Chief.


Green Bay Packer kicker comes to Park View on Wednesday

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2012 4:53 p.m. |  Green Bay Packer kicker Mason Crosby will visit Park View Middle School, 930 N. Rochester Street, Mukwonago on Wednesday, April 25 to promote health and wellness in an all-school assembly from 1:30 to 2 p.m.  

He will host a meet and greet from 1 to 1:30 p.m. for students on the school wellness team as a result of the school winning a cooking video contest sponsored jointly by the National Football League and the National Dairy Council earlier this year.


Craig to run for re-election to State Assembly

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2012 4:44 p.m. | State Representative Dave Craig announced his candidacy for re-election to the State Assembly today, according to a new release.  Craig touted his common-sense, consistent, conservative voting record in the Assembly as the chief reason he should be re-elected to represent the 83rd District.  He further indicated there is more work still to be done in Madison to improve Wisconsin’s economy.

“This past year my colleagues and I worked with Governor Walker in successfully balancing the state budget for the first time in over a decade while also adopting policies that have restored confidence in employers that Wisconsin is the place to do business,”  Craig stated in the release. “However, we have more work to do in simplifying Wisconsin’s tax code, shrinking the size of government and reforming our state’s regulatory system.  I look forward to continuing that work if the residents of the 83rd District re-hire me this fall.”

Following today’s announcement by Governor Walker that Act 10 had resulted in $1 Billion in savings for Wisconsin taxpayers Craig added, “The reforms Governor Walker and the legislature passed last session show a clear path to restoring Wisconsin’s economy.  The days of runaway government spending and increasing taxes are behind us.  With the support of the residents of the 83rd District, I look forward to continuing this important work – making sure our children are left with a better state than the one we inherited.”

Craig also noted that he will continue to fight to protect human life at all stages, uphold the 2nd Amendment and continue to lead the fight to block implementation of ObamaCare in Wisconsin. 

 The newly drawn 83rd district covers parts of four counties and includes Muskego, Big Bend, Vernon, Village of Waterford, Town of Waterford, Hales Corners and portions of the Town of East Troy, Town of Waukesha and City of Franklin. 


"Harvey" comes to MHS stage this weekend

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2012 4:31 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School drama departmet presents its production of "Harvey," this weekend. Shows run Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m.  

Advance tickets can be purchased at Miller Pharmacy and Espresso Love Coffee in Mukwonago for $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for adults.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $1 more.


Join the Big Bend Library for Container Gardening 102

By Andrea Budde

April 23, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  Are you short on garden space or want more information on how to decorate your deck with flowers or have fresh herbs at your fingertips? Boerner Botanicals Gardens will present Container Gardening 102 to get people started with container gardening. The free class beings at 7 p.m. on April 26.

Pre registration is encouraged by calling (262) 662-3571.


Country Bliss public hearing tonight

By Andrea Budde

April 23, 2012 11:36 a.m. |  The Town of Mukwonago is holding a public hearing this evening at 6:30 p.m. on the creation of a Country Bliss utility district at Town Hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Rd. 

No action will be taken by the board this evening, rather, a special town board meeting is tentatively planned for 5:30 p.m. on May 2 for the board to take action on the matter. 


Charger Robotics charging to championship event

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 23, 2012 10:04 a.m. |  Hamilton High School Charger FIRST Robotics Team 537 heads to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis this week after winning the Wisconsin Regional FIRST Chairman's Award on March 24. See photos of the team at  http://www.livinglakecountry.com/multimedia/148516975.html and see the complete story in the next Sussex Sun.


Sonderman wins golf title

By Chuck Delsman

April 22, 2012 10:37 a.m. |  Aaron Sonderman of Lake Country Lutheran shot 77 to win the individual championship Saturday at the Lancer/Laker Golf Invite at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Oconomowoc. St. John's Northwestern Military Academy and University Lake School co-hosted the event.

University School of Milwaukee won the team championship with 345 strokes. Marquette was second with 350.

Santiago Gonzales led St. John's with 89 and Saad Khan led ULS with 92.

Trinity Academy  was paced by Alex Frick with 86.


Arrowhead track teams win Relays title

By Chuck Delsman

April 22, 2012 10:32 a.m. |  Arrowhead's two varsity track teams won championships Satruday at the Classic 8 Conference Relays. The boys meet was at Mukwonago and the girls meet was at  Waukesha West.

The boys team won with 120 points and Mukwonago was second with 106 tallies. Kettle Moraine was third with 83 points.

The girls team also won with 120 points and Mukwonago also had 106. KM was fourth with 49 points.

In the boys division, Arrowhead set three new school records. Competing on those teams were Jamahl Wright, Ben Bierman, Russ Sandvold, Kyle Lewin, Jake Dubnicka, Mitch Carroll and Justin Froze.

Winning for Kettle Moraine were Andy Keal, Joe Keal, Joey Janz, Sam Haluska and Alex Sharrock.

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AHS golfers win at Beaver Dam

By Chuck Delsman

April 22, 2012 10:22 a.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 2 in the state last week, won the Beaver Dam Invite at Old Hickory golf course on Saturday with a 327 total. Marquette and Homestead tied for second at 329. Kettle Moraine tied for fifth place at 338.

Jordan Niebrugge of Homestead shot 69 and won the individual title by nine shots. Matt Ross of Arrowhead was third with 79.

Other Arrowhead scores were John Langhoff and Matt McIntosh with 81 and Connor Thiel and Paul Lyons with 86.

KM was led by Ryan Franklin with 81. He finished sixth overall. Other Kettle Moraine scores were Dylan Patscot with 82, Ross Baker 85, Mitch O'Brien 90 and Mike Chase 92.


OHS downed 4-2

By Chris Schuck

April 21, 2012 12:33 p.m. | Visiting Verona's varsity baseball team defeated Oconomowoc at Roosevelt Field on Saturday 4-2  in a nonconference game.

Matt Klink and Tyler Christensen each had two hits for Oconomowoc. Michael Del Vecchio had the other hit for the Raccoons.

Jared Burant was the pitcher of record for the Raccoons (6-3). Lucas Filbert also pitched for the home team.

Alan Kopp pitched a complete game for the Wildcats (3-6).


Some Waukesha votes going directly to GAB

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

April 20, 2012 10:50 p.m. | Waukesha County municipalities that have the capability of sending vote totals directly to the Government Accountability Board will submit them to the state as well as report them to the county clerk's office during next month's recall elections.

The move is being made so results get reported online more quickly and people have more immediate access to the vote totals through the GAB website, said Shawn Lundie, a spokesman for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas.

About half of the county's municipalities can send results directly to the GAB.

It's the latest effort to make sure vote totals are reported in a more timely manner after Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus had trouble reporting votes in two elections.

On April 3, citizens checking online for results of the presidential primary and other races were left in the dark for hours after voting ended.

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Mass casualty training planned for Saturday in Delafield

April 20, 2012 3:39 p.m. | The City of Delafield Police Department and Lake Country Fire & Rescue will conduct scenario of a school shooting at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21, on the grounds at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA).
The focus of this training will be used to enhance public safety response should an active shooter incident occur locally, as well as enhance inter-agency cooperation and communications. Local responders will be tested on the lessons learned by all the agencies that responded to the Columbine shooting almost 13 years to the day in 1999.
Responders will train as if it were a real incident and have asked for assistance from all local communities, including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical systems, hospitals and media. Flight for Life and UW Medflight will transport patients to Oconomowoc Memorial, Aurora Summit and Waukesha Memorial hospitals.
 


Oconomowoc students react to news of teacher layoffs

April 20, 2012 1:23 p.m. | Oconomowoc High School students wore shirts to school Friday with the message "We love our teachers" after news that 15 teachers received layoff notices this week.

While the district is not talking about the impending layoffs, news of the firings broke after the teachers were informed earlier this week. OHS students Julia Luebke, Calum Bedborough, Emily Huffaker and Lauren Boritzke have also organized a Facebook group, OHS Solidarity.

"This is the official Facebook group for the OHS Solidarity movement, in support of the 15 amazing teachers who have been cut from their positions for the coming school year.

"This group exists solely for the purpose of coming together as a student body to give back to the teachers who have given us all so much of themselves over the years," reads the page created by students. They continue to say they've created the page in an effort to get the correct information out to the community and dispel rumors.

The Facebook group created Wednesday has more than 2,000 members.

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Electric cars in the spotlight at green event

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 20, 2012 12:00 a.m. | With gas prices once again speeding upwards, discussions of becoming less oil dependant start to bubble out of the well of ideas.

One such idea that keeps coming back is that of the electric car. Is it a viable solution for the future?

This Friday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., questions about the vehicles will most likely be answered at a special event hosted by Greener Oconomowoc.

The Earth Day Movie Night, in the Oconomowoc Arts Center Little Theater, features the award-winning documentary “Who Killed the Electric Car? The movie is about electric cars, hybrids, hydrogen and the future of transportation.

If you’re curious about electric cars, you’ll get a chance check out the car show starring the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt to see if you’d like to be part of the “green” revolution.

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See Beauty and the Beast this weekend

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 19, 2012 3:15 p.m. |

 

The St. Anthony on the Lake drama club presents the junior musical Beauty and the Beast this weekend at Kettle Moraine High School with shows on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 at the door. 

Cast members (top photo, from left) Gabby Rusch, Elena Hofbauer, Payton Hermes, Molly Burns, Ava Hofbauer, Becky Biwer, (bottom photo) Megan Wieber and John Estrada rehearse earlier this week.


Learn about the KMSD budget tonight

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 19, 2012 11:25 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Pat Deklotz and members from the Transformation Task Force will present a focused review of the budget forecast and financial concerns for the 2012-13 school year, a facilities and technology plan, and KMSD 5-year forecast tonight at 6:30 pm in the Kettle Moraine Middle School library media center. 

The community is encouraged to stay informed and be part of the conversation. Another budget conversation will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kettle Moraine High School library media center.


OHS staffing plan to be reviewed by Board

By Donna Frake

April 19, 2012 10:23 a.m. | Rumors are flying about possible teacher  layoffs at Oconomowoc High School for next year.

Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker said that "private conversations are taking place as part of our staffing plan. This is a normal part of what we do every year. More information about the high school staffing plan will be available at the School Board meeting on Tuesday night," she said.

The agenda for the April 18 School Board meeting includes discussion on the following item:  "discussion of OASD Transformation Plan: OHS Staffing 2012-1013".

The Board meets at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater at OHS.

Weigh in on the School Budget Cuts forum here


Roundabouts opposed in Sussex

By Kelly Smith

April 18, 2012 8:33 p.m. | Village of Sussex - A proposal to install three roundabouts along Main Street encountered stiff citizen opposition during a series of public information sessions tonight and appears headed for rejection by the Village Board.

Trustees Tim Dietrich and Pat Tetzlaff said after the sessions they will ask the Village Board at its Tuesday meeting to instruct city staff and consultants to discontinue work on the roundabouts and focus on alternatives for the reconstruction of Main Street scheduled to begin in 2015 or 2016.
 
Village President Greg Goetz said he wants to wait until the consultants complete their reports on the meeting tonight before the Village Board takes action and it is unlikely those reports will be ready by Tuesday. 
 
However, Goetz told a group of constituents that residents of the village do not support the roundabouts.
 
More than 150 residents attended three separate one hour "open house" style information sessions this afternoon and evening at the Pauline Haass Library.
 
The purpose of the sessions was to allow residents to review conceptual plans of the project and submit written comments. Oral presentations by citizens were not permitted.
 
However, at the beginning of the third session, citizens began interrupting presentations made by consultants about the project. The citizens challenged some of the data presented by project engineers and demanded to know how the roundabouts were being paid for and why they were being proposed.
 
The village staff said revenue sources for the project have yet to be identified. Staff and consultants have suggested that the roundabouts are the most efficient way to improve traffic flow along Main Street.
 
However, several local business owners have objected to the roundabouts arguing their businesses will be threatened the by construction and increased traffic flow of the roundabouts. Residents have complained that the roundabouts are unnecessary and pose a danger to pedestrian in a village that prides itself on being pedestrian friendly.
 


Town of Mukwonago reconsiders motion to bill village for fire department expenses

By Andrea Budde

April 18, 2012 8:20 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago board reconsidered a motion made on march 21 to "invoice the Village of Mukwonago for the budget overage in the fire department budget" during their meeting this evening.

The motion was made in March in an effort to collect $12,000 from the Village the town said they are owned for unauthorized fire department expenses. The new motion this evening was to send the village a letter asking them to invoice the town for the amount, after which the town will consider the expense during a future board meeting.

All board members were in favor except newly elected Ruth Ann Nicoson who voted against the motion and Lyle Boucher who abstained from the vote.

Check next week Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief for more information.


Franklin HS principal named to new post in Pewaukee

By Joe Trovato

April 18, 2012 4:11 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District tabbed Mike Cady, the principal at Franklin High School, to be its new chief academic officer.

The announcement represents a homecoming of sorts for Cady, currently a Pewaukee resident and a former social studies teacher and assistant principal at Pewaukee High School.

Cady, the 2010 state high school principal of the year, replaces the outgoing Mark Hansen, who will take the superintendent job in the Elmbrook School District.

Pewaukee's newest administrator will take over his duties on July 1.

More on this in the next edition of the Lake Country Reporter.


Franklin principal to take Pewaukee administrator job

By Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel

April 18, 2012 3:25 p.m. | Mike Cady, the principal of Franklin High School and the 2010 Wisconsin High School Principal of the Year, has accepted a new job in the Pewaukee School District as chief academic officer.

According to a news release from the Franklin Public School District, Cady's new role will be a combination of an assistant superintendent and director of instruction position.

Cady will continue as principal of Franklin High School until June 30, according to the release.


Masked robber hits video store in Oconomowoc Town

By Jim Stevens

April 18, 2012 12:36 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc  A masked man got away with an undisclosed amount of money from VanGuard Video on April 15.

According to police, a man entered the store, W359 N5928 Highway P, and demanded money. The clerk at first thought it was a joke, but soon realized it was not and gave the man money.

The man was wearing a ski mask, sweatshirt and gloves. The clerk said the man was about 5 feet 10 inches tall and about average weight. Because of the clothing and gloves, the clerk was not able to determine the robber's race, police said.

No weapon was displayed, and the robber did not threaten any physical harm, police said.

Police are investigating.

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Dispose your old medications on April 28

By Andrea Budde

April 18, 2012 10:41 a.m. |  Waukesha County Drug Collection and Awareness will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 28 at various locations throughout the county.

Properly and safely dispose your old medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications. 

Collection locations are:

D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 W. Maple Ave., Mukwonago

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc (Regional Cancer Center entrance)

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Walker comes to Oconomowoc for announcement

By Donna Frake

April 18, 2012 10:40 a.m. | Governor Scott Walker was in Oconomowoc this morning to announce the recipients of $12.6 million in WHEDA tax credits for 21 projects statewide. Walker made the announcement inside the former Oconomowoc Middle School, which will be rehabbed into 55 workforce housing rental units, thanks to   the tax credit financing.

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


Hartland supervisor is elected Waukesha County Board chairman

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

April 18, 2012 10:30 a.m. | Waukesha - County Supervisor Paul Decker of Hartland, who's beginning his fourth year on the Waukesha County Board, was overwhelmingly elected chairman on the first formal ballot with 20 of a possible 24 supervisors' votes Tuesday night.

Among the first orders of business, after appointing committees in the next week to 10 days, will be to lead the board in a discussion on changing the full-time chairman's job to part time, he said Wednesday. In confirming his interest in the job earlier this month, Decker, who owns a business called Maverick Innovation Lab, said he believes the chairman's role could be changed to half-time with the advantages of modern technology and staff support.

"It is something we as the entire County Board need to deliberate on," he said. "It will take at least 30 to 90 days to review."

County Executive Dan Vrakas urged the board to consider a part-time chairman in the wake of Jim Dwyer's defeat for re-election April 3 and his departure from the board. Dwyer, who was paid $58,586 a year as chairman, represented Waukesha County on many regional and state committees, as well.

However, after serving as board chairman for 18 years, Dwyer was defeated for supervisor by Janel Brandtjen, another incumbent. The matchup resulted when supervisory districts were redrawn and both were placed in the same Menomonee Falls-Lannon district.

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Mukwonago Deputy Fire Chief retires

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 17, 2012 11:10 p.m. |  Mukwonago Deputy Fire Chief Fred Purdy retires from his position with the Mukwonago Fire Department after more than 35 years of service.

Purdy was recognized tonight at the Village Board meeting for the "years he has devoted to protecting the lives, health, welfare and property of the citizens of the greater Mukwonago area."


Kettle Moraine School District looks at 2012-13 budget

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 17, 2012 10:51 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District is looking at about $850,000 in reductions to balance the 2012-13 budget. The district accomplished this through realigning resources, insurance plan design changes along with bidding out insurance coverage, according to Chief Business Officer Susan Graham who presented the draft interim budget to the board tonight.

Graham pointed out that continuing the district's conservative budgeting while maintaining high expectations for the quality education Kettle Moraine is known for is creating tension and becoming harder in the current climate. 

The budget will come back to the School Board on May 8 for approval before being presented at the annual meeting on June 19. 

Read more about the KMSD budget in next week's Kettle Moraine Index.


Wales Elementary Principal resigns

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 17, 2012 10:23 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine School Board accepts the resignation of Wales Elementary School Principal Brenda Vogds tonight. Superintendent Pat Deklotz said profiles for hiring a new principal would be built by April 30 and hopefully will be interviewing candidates for the principal position by May 11. 

No explanation for the resignation was available at this time.


AHS golfers win league meet

By Chuck Delsman

April 17, 2012 9:16 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, ranked second in the state, won the first Classic 8 Conference maxi-meet Monday and Tuesday. On Monday all eight league teams played at Chenequa Country Club and on Tuesday they all played at the Legend at Brandybrook.

AHS won the two-day meet with 323 strokes. Kettle Moraine was second at 328.

Medalist for the two days was AHS seior Matt Ross with 78. KM's Ryan Franklin was secopnd with 80. Arrowhead's Connor Thiel and Matt McIntosh shot rounds of 81 as did Nuick Cieslak of Kettle Moraine.


Council approves purchase of land eyed for downtown redevelopment

April 17, 2012 9:15 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc Common Council Tuesday night approved the purchase of two parcels of land on Wisconsin Avenue across from City Beach and the new community center.

While officials have not entirely disclosed what they hope to do with the land, they have said it fits within the newly adopted design guidelines for this area. The guidelines encourage higher density, mixed-used commercial-residential development that would compliment the downtown area.

The city is paying approximately $550 for the parcels. City Administrator Diane Gard said downtown tax incremental financing district funds would be used to pay for the properties.

Watch for more on this story in the Oconomowoc Focus.


KM, OHS win soccer games

By Chris Schuck

April 17, 2012 9:13 p.m. | Ketttle Moraine and Oconomowoc's varsity girls soccer teams both won their league openers on Tuesday.

The Lasers got two goals from Hayli Richman in the team's 4-1 victory against Milwaukee-Pius.

Oconomowoc defeated Wisconsin Lutheran at home 5-0.

Arrowhead lost at Waukesha North 1-0 in their Classic 8 Conference debut.


Village Board OKs rezoning of 'eyesore' property

By Jim Stevens

April 17, 2012 8:16 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The Village Board tonight approved rezoning a parcel on East Wisconsin Avenue from single-family to institutional on a 4-3 vote, opening the way for a proposed 20-unit assisted living center.

The property at 539 E. Wisconsin Ave., has been described by officials as an "eyesore" and "dilapidated."


KM softball team perfect

By Chuck Delsman

April 17, 2012 7:49 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine's varsity girls softball team improved to 3-0 on the season Tuesday by whipping visiting Waukesha South in a Classic 8 Conference game, 12-1. All of the wins have come in league play.

Hannah Foltz continued her torrid pace at the plate, going 2-for-2 with three RBIs. On the season, the KM third baseman is 8-for-9  with three doubles and two triples.

Ashley Ausprung was the winning pitcher She allowed four hits, three walks and had five strike outs.


Oconomowoc festival approved for this summer

April 17, 2012 7:47 p.m. | Live music, food, beer, laser tag, a petting zoo and more will be at Roosevelt Park from Aug 10-12. The inaugural event is called Oconomowoc Days. The organizers' special permit was unanimously approved by Common Council Tuesday night.

More on this story in the Oconomowoc Focus.


AHS softball team suffers loss

By Chuck Delsman

April 17, 2012 7:45 p.m. |  Arrowhead's previously undefeated girls softball team lost to host Waukesha North Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game, 10-4. AHS fell to 2-1, all league games.

The Northstars took advantage of three AHS errors in the fifth and sixth innings to score nine runs. AHS led 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth.

Arrowhead junior left fielder had two of her team's five hits.

Winning North pitcher Kelly Sykes had two hits for the winners, inlcuding a bases-loaded triple in the sixth.


WE Energies arrives at gas break

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 17, 2012 5:50 p.m. |  WE Energies is on the scene of a gas break on Robin's Lane in the Village of Mukwonago. No additional information is available at this time.


Gas break in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 17, 2012 5:30 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Fire Department is on the scene of a gas break on Robin's Lane, according to scanner traffic. Firefighters are waiting for WE Energies to arrive on the scene. 


Three people taken to hospital after Big Bend crash

By Andrea Budde

April 17, 2012 10:51 a.m. |  There adults were transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital after a T-bone accident on Highway 164 and I-43 just before 8 a.m. this morning.

Big Bend Fire Chief John Ludwig said that none of the injuries seemed life threatening but one patient complained of chest pains and another was administered fluids on the way to the hospital. 

Chief Ludwig added that if one or both of the smaller vehicles had been larger vehicles, the outcome of the accident might not have been so good. 

The Village of Big Bend Police are investigating the crash. 


Man to be sentenced in June for fatal crash

By Jim Stevens

April 17, 2012 10:19 a.m. |

A Palmyra man will be sentenced in June for the death of a man in a crash in Walworth County last summer.

John W. Weller, 21, of 421 4th St., entered a guilty plea April 11 In Walworth County Circuit Court to a felony charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle. Weller is scheduled to be sentenced June 7.

According to the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department, Weller was driving south on Highway H in the Town of Sugar Creek at about 9 p.m. Aug. 23 when he did not stop for a stop sign at Highway A and drove through the intersection and his car hit an eastbound pickup truck. The driver of the truck, Kelly J. Agnes, 40, of Elkhorn, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Weller faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision.

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Mukwonago fifth grader makes a difference for tornado victims

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 17, 2012 9:57 a.m. |

Read how 11-year-old Mikey Stetter of Mukwonago put his words into action and helped tornado victims in Indiana, like Cyndy pictured above, in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief. 


Rash of thefts from vehicles reported in Pewaukee Village

By Jim Stevens

April 17, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee - Police are reporting a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles that occured sometime late April 15 and early April 16. Most of the thefts occured in Park Hills subdivision.


Dousman-Summit merger nears final approval

By Kelly Smith

April 16, 2012 9:21 p.m. | Dousman -- It took elected representatives of three communities less than 30 minutes tonight to unanimously approved a tenative agreement consolidating the Dousman and Summit Fire Districts..

The proposal outlines how the villages of Summit and Dousman and the Town of Ottawa will share in the operating expenses of the newly consolidated fire district. Final approval of the consolidation is expected on May 16.

Each community will pay a share of the operating cost based on the community's population, number of emegency calls, and assessed valuation of commercial and residential structures.

The elected officials agreed to postpone until later this year a decision on whether the newly consolidated Dousman district will purchase fire equipment from the Summit Fire District which will be dissolved at the end of this year. 

It was representatives of the Summit Fire District, which serves the northern half of the Village of Summit and the Village of Oconomowoc Lake, who prompted the consolidation discussions with the Dousman district which serves the Village of Dousman, most of the Town of Ottawa, and the southern half of the Village of Summit.

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Gloves lead police to alleged bank robber

By Jim Stevens

April 16, 2012 4:04 p.m. |

Waukesha – A pair of latex gloves left at the scene of a bank robbery nearly two years ago led police to the robber.

Paul E. Tusa, 31, of Sun Prairie, was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with robbery with threat of force, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint, Tusa entered First Federal Bank, 134 Wisconsin Ave., on April 29 at about 1:50 p.m. and while talking with a bank employee pulled his hands our in his pocket and the employee saw he was wearing blue latex gloves, the complaint said.

Tusa asked the employee to "Give me all your money," the employee told police, the complaint said.

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Get a Tootsie Roll, help Knights of Columbus

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 16, 2012 4:00 p.m. | This Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday members of the Mukwonago Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual Tootsie Roll Drive.  Knights Members and their families will be standing outside Walmart and Pick & Save, and giving away special-sized Tootsie Roll candies.  KC members will be accepting donations to be used entirely to help people With intellectual disabilities.

Two of the charities being supported with donations are the local Special Olympics and the Special Education Programs of the Mukwonago Area Schools.


Prescription drug collections set in Waukesha County

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

April 16, 2012 3:10 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County will hold a prescription drug collection at seven sites around the county from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 28.

A consortium called Waukesha County Drug Free Communities is sponsoring its fourth collection in order to prevent prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings, as well as to keep unused drugs from being flushed into local waterways.

The collections will be at the Brookfield Recycling Center, Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, the D.N. Greenwald Center in Mukwonago, the Muskego Police Department, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, the Waukesha County Technical College campus in Pewaukee and Waukesha State Bank's downtown Waukesha headquarters.

For more information, including directions to the collection sites, see www.waukeshacounty.gov/drugcollection.


Hartland fire contained, no one injured

April 16, 2012 2:59 p.m. | Officials are finishing clean up of a fire that was contained to an interior part of a home at Princeton Court and Imperial Drive in Hartland. The Hartland Fire Department was alerted to the fire around 3 p.m. on Monday. They responded along with help from Lake Country Fire and Rescue and Town of Delafield.

Everyone was evacuated with no injuries and the fire was quickly contained. Firefighters were on scene cleaning out a back room removing damaged items through a window they punched through to gain entry.

A cause has not yet been reported. More on this story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

 


House fire in Hartland

April 16, 2012 2:40 p.m. | The Hartland Fire Department has been dispatched to a home near at 703 Princeton Court for a reported structure fire. More details as they become available.


Fallen tree branch causes minor power outage North Prairie

By Andrea Budde

April 16, 2012 8:30 a.m. |  A fallen tree branch has around 15 WE Energies customers out of power at the moment near Highways 67 and ZZ in the Town of Ottawa. 

Brian Manthey, spokesperson for We Energies said that crews are on the scene and should have power restored in the next hour. 


Hold onto your hat, it's going to be windy

April 16, 2012 7:52 a.m. | If you haven't yet ventured outside this morning, once you do, you might want to make sure your hat is securely tied under your chin.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha and Jefferson counties until 7 p.m. tonight.

Before leaving for work, you might want to put garbage cans inside, as well as any other small items that could be blown around.


CORRECTION: AHS will not host viewing party

By Joe Trovato

April 14, 2012 10:05 a.m. | Lake Country Publications received a news release earlier this week indicating Arrowhead High School would host a viewing party on April 15, at 8 p.m. for a new Halogen TV series called "Roadworthy: The Invisible Children Tour".

The news release became the subject of an article that appeared in the April 12 edition of the Lake Country Reporter. According to Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson, the school will host no such viewing party. The news release mistakenly named the high school as the site of a viewing party and was subsequently sent to Lake Country Publications.

Again, there will be no viewing party for "Roadworthy: The Invisible Children Tour" at Arrowhead High School.

We apologize for the error and any inconvenience.


Donate items from spring cleaning to Project Hope in Mukwonago

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 13, 2012 3:02 p.m. |  Have you done spring cleaning over spring break? Girl Scout troops of Mukwonago are holding "Project Hope" clothing and household goods drive on April 25 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at Rolling Hills Elementary School. 

You can learn more about the event at http://www.masd.k12.wi.us/rhes/printableforms/Project%20Hope%20Community%20Flyer.pdf or in the April 18 Mukwonago Chief.


Crazy Quilters host annual quilt show this weekend

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 13, 2012 2:02 p.m. | The Crazy Quilters will hold its 25th annual quilt show, "Still Flying High After 25 Years," April 14 and 15 at Park View Middle School, 930 N. Rochester St., Mukwonago. 

The show features vendors, speakers, demonstrations and prize-winning quilts, along with the guild's raffle quilt. The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. 

Admission tickets are $5 or a two-day pass for $8. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.


April 14 Old World clean-up day postponed

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 13, 2012 12:54 p.m. | Old World Wisconsin's annual clean-up event has been postponed until Saturday, April 21, from 7 a.m. to noon due to the threat of inclement weather. The event was originally scheduled to take place on April 14.

Individuals and groups of volunteers are invited to help rid the site of winter's debris in preparation for the museum's opening May 1. Teams will be led by the site's staff. The majority of the chores are outdoors, and lunch will be provided at the end of the event.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear garden gloves and to bring their own rakes, brooms, clippers and other outdoor clean-up tools.

For more information, contact the site via email at owwvolunteers@wisconsinhistory.org. 


Missing a donkey? Waukesha humane society wants to hear from you

By Christopher Kuhagen

April 13, 2012 11:45 a.m. | You’ve heard of stray dogs and cats. But in the Lake Country area it’s been stray donkeys this week.

And as of Friday morning, the owners of the donkeys are still M.I.A.

“I’ve been doing this for so long (36 years) and normally we get a call from the owner by now,” said Mark Hess, operations manager at the Humane Animal Welfare Society in Waukesha.

Two donkeys were found wandering the streets in Waukesha and Jefferson counties – one on Wednesday on Highway 59 in the Town of Genesee and the other was located on Thursday in Oconomowoc before it was tracked down on Main Street in Ixonia at a veterinary clinic parking lot.

The first donkey is in the ownership of H.A.W.S., 701 Northview Road in Waukesha.

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Medieval re-enactors planned for OPL event

By Donna Frake

April 13, 2012 7:43 a.m. | Get ready for an opportunity to step back in time. Students in grades 4k-4th grade are invited to the Oconomowoc Public Library for a special event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Gryphon Poursuivant, a troupe of Medieval re-enactors, will show off their weapons,  including a real sword from the bronze age, armor, games, and more from the Medieval and Renaissance Periods.

 The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St. in Oconomowoc.  Please register at http://medievalmadness.eventbrite.com

 

 

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Delafield Arts Center hosts Wisconsin Visual Artists

By Marilyn Jozwik

April 13, 2012 12:00 a.m. | When we think of art, we might think of the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art or even the Milwaukee Art Center.

But there are artists all over the world – whose works are worthy of being seen publicly – including a thriving arts community in Wisconsin, many of whom are members of the Wisconsin Visual Artists.  And Lake Country has a fine venue of its own to showcase their talents – the Delafield Arts Center.

The public will get the opportunity to meet WVA artists and see their creativity at an opening reception of their exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Delafield Arts Center, 803 Genesee St., Delafield.

Formerly the Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors, the WVA is the oldest professional art organization in the state. If began in 1913 as the Society of Milwaukee Artists.

Mark Lawson, director of galleries at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, will be the juror for the show which runs through May 13.

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Clarendon student's trip covered on Kentucky news

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 12, 2012 10:30 a.m. |  Clarendon Avenue Elementary fifth grader Mikey Stetter made the news in Kentucky yesterday during his "working" vacation volunteering to help tornado victims. Check out the story at www.whas11.com/video/featured-videos/Wisconsin-boy-spends-spring-break-helping-Indiana-tornado-victims-147065835.html

Donations topped $1,000 on Monday as Mikey and his dad drove 335 miles and arrived in Henryville later that day.

Watch upcoming issues of the Chief for more on his trip.


Town of Muwkonago presents 2011 highlights during tonight's annual meeting

By Andrea Budde

April 11, 2012 7:26 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago saw a great 2011 and spent time during their annual meeting tonight to showcase just a few of their successes.

Police Chief Tom Czarnecki highlighted the various programs the Police Department were involved in during 2011 including Project Childsafe, Click it or Ticket, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over as well as handed out Milwaukee Brewers baseball and Green Bay Packers football cards.

The town Parks and Recreation Department reported that 871 adults and children participated in programs last year, ranging from dance, swimming, soccer, baseball, basketball and much more.

Look for the full story in next week’s Mukwonago Chief.


Walk with Mukwonago NHS to build a well in Uganda

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 11, 2012 2:16 p.m. | Mukwonago High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a “Walk for Water” to raise money to build a well in Uganda on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mukwonago High School track. Participation fee is $10 with all proceeds to go toward the well.

The Mukwonago NHS is raising money through The Water Project thewaterproject.org/ . Participants will be walking two miles to experience the distance that some people have to travel just to get water.

For more information regarding the walk, contact walk organizers at mukwonagowalkforwater@yahoo.com.


Hotdog! It must be spring

April 11, 2012 12:31 p.m. | Cooler temperatures notwithstanding, it must be spring if Scott's Dog House is open for the season. Visit Scott at the Greenridge Center in Mukwonago today until 1:30 p.m.


Wind quintet presents concert in Palmyra

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 11, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Fresco Winds Wind Quintet will present a concert on Sunday, April 15 at 4 p.m. at the Palmyra Methodist Church, 122 N. 5th St, Palmyra. 

Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the concert with Bryan Guarnuccio (flute), Liz Spector Callahan (oboe), Kip Franklin (clarinet), Genevieve Beaulieu (bassoon) and Audrey Destito (French horn). Tickets are $5 each and will be available at the door.

For more information about the Fresco Winds, visit: www.frescowinds.com


Delafield leather store makes first family's jackets

April 11, 2012 9:46 a.m. | If you see the first family sporting some new leather coats, you might want to take a closer look. That's the work of Lieblang Leather in Delafield, who Master Lock commissioned to make the jackets as gifts for President Barack Obama's visit in February.

Read the story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.


Mukwonago Community Library hosts Coupon Clipping 101

By Andrea Budde

April 11, 2012 8:38 a.m. | Learn the secrets of saving 60-80% on your groceries every time you go the store during Coupon Clipping 101 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 17 at the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division St.

Join the library as Dannelle Gay, founder of Operation $40K and couponing extraordinaire, shows you: where to get coupons that you will use, how to organize them, and most importantly, the right way to use them. The free program is great for any level of couponer.

For more information, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call (262) 363-6411.


Development in downtown Oconomowoc soon?

April 11, 2012 8:34 a.m. | A new, possibly multi-use development could be in the works in downtown Oconomowoc. The Plan Commission tonight will consider a recommendation to purchase two pieces of property on Wisconsin Avenue across from the future community center.

While the city has been meeting in closed session over the matter, Mayor Jim Daley did say that the purchase is related to the city's pursuit of more development in the area. The city actually passed new design guidelines last year that encourage higher density development in this area in hopes of attracting it.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.


Dry, windy conditions result in burning ban across state

By Andrea Budde

April 11, 2012 8:31 a.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources currently has burning restrictions in effect for the entire state. Every county in Wisconsin is listed at a high or very high risk of fire danger. Waukesha County has a very high risk. 

All burn permits are suspended until further notice. Campfires, smoking outside, fireworks and burning of any other combustible products is strictly prohibited. 

For more information visit:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/ForestFire/restrictions.asp


Lisbon approves $100,000 in road work.

By Kelly Smith

April 10, 2012 9:35 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - An additional $100,000 will be spent fixing town streets and roads this year as a result of the unanimous vote of about three dozen town residents at the annual town meeting.

There was no debate after Town Chairman Matt Gehrke explained that the $100,000 was part of a $127,000 surplus in general funds at the end of  2011. The surplus, according to Town Administrator Jeff Musche, was the result of higher than expected revenues and lower than projected costs in the 2011 budget.

The remaining $27,000 in surplus funds will be used to purchase equipment for the fire department ambulances, according to town officials. The town has a general fund surplus in excess of $1.5 million dollars which according to independent auditors in more than adequate considering a total operating budget for the town of about $4.1 million.

The town has approximately 100 miles of roads and nearly two thirds of those roads are in need of repairs as soon as possible, according to Public Works Director Joe Klemm.

The highway budget was approved by town residents in November. Any amendments to that budget require approval of town voters at a special or annual town meeting.


Sussex mulls special ID for door-to-door peddlers

April 10, 2012 8:18 p.m. | Village board members Tuesday night discussed the idea of having vendors that sell door-to-door wear a ID badge. The proposal is being presented by Trustee Jason Wagner who said he has received concerns from constituents over transient merchants who are knocking on their doors.

Wagner said while the village already requires the salespeople to register for a permit to be able to sell their product in Sussex, many do so without the permit. He also said some residents may feel uncomfortable about asking to see their permit and if they wore a badge there would be no question they were approved to be knocking on doors in the village.

Trustees Pat Tetzlaff and Bob Zarzynski were not enthusiastic about the new requirement. They said the cons of increased work by staff outweighed the pros. Tetzlaff also cautioned that residents might assume whatever product a vendor wearing a badge with a village logo on it would be endorsed by the village.

The item was tabled until the next village board meeting so that two absent trustees could also comment.

More on this story in the Sussex Sun.


Vernon presents memorial awards during annual meeting tonight

By Andrea Budde

April 10, 2012 7:21 p.m. | Town of Vernon Chairman Mike Doble and the entire Vernon board honored two former town employees who passed over this past year during their annual town meeting this evening.

Carol Beres, former DPW secretary and Thomas Krischan, former weed commissioner, were honored for their time with the town.

"Serving your community takes a level of commitment and you leave a little piece of you here," Doble stated. "I think as a community we need to remember those who passed,” as well as their families who gave up time so their loved one could serve. 


Accused drug dealer charged in heroin overdose of Waukesha man

By Jim Stevens

April 10, 2012 4:19 p.m. |

Waukesha – A Milwaukee man was charged Tuesday for supplying heroin to a 26-year-old Waukesha man Feb. 21, who died from an overdose of the drug.

Coleon M. Gallion, 25, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

According to the criminal complaint, City of Waukesha police were called to a residence on Deer Path at about 5:30 p.m. Feb. 21 for a man who was described as a pulseless nonbreather. Police found Justin L. Schulthess unconscious and he was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:17 p.m.

A 25-year-old Waukesha man, who had called 911, told police he was with Schulthess that day and at about 3:40 p.m. they drove to Milwaukee to buy heroin for Schulthess, the complaint said. The man told police Schulthess gave him $40 and he allegedly bought two packages of heroin from Gallion. While still in Milwaukee, Schulthess injected the drug and then drove off, but then passed out, the complaint said.

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Arenas wins seat on School Board

By Donna Frake

April 10, 2012 1:52 p.m. | Newcomer Lisa Arenas has prevailed as the winner in the race for Oconomowoc School Board by a total of 25 votes.

The Board of Canvassers met this morning  and the official results in the election for the Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education has been determined.  The top voter getters were incumbents  John Griswold, 4,526 votes, Don Wiemer with 4,432 and challenger Lisa Arenas had 3,089 votes to oust incumbent Dave Guckenberger with 3,064.


Consolidation vote set in Lisbon

By Kelly Smith

April 09, 2012 8:38 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - August 14th has been established by town officials as the date for an advisory referendum asking voters whether the town should consider consolidating with the Village of Sussex.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said he anticipated the Town Board would approve the wording for the non binding referendum at a Town Board meeting scheduled for later this month or early next month.

If the proposition is approved, town officials will begin negotiations with village officials regarding consolidating the two communities into a new municipality, possibly the City of Sussex-Lisbon.

The consolidation would have to be approved by four of the five town supervisors and five of the seven village trustees as well as voters in both communities in a binding referendum.

Gehrke also established June 27th and July 31st as tenative dates for two public information meetings to discuss details of the proposed consolidation including how consolidation would affect Town of Lisbon real estate tax rates.

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Plotecher retires as Lisbon treasurer

By Kelly Smith

April 09, 2012 8:17 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Treasurer Rebecca Plotecher announced her retirement tonight after serving the Town for 14 years.

Plotecher, 63, told the Town Board her retirement would be effective May 4. She and her husband Gary have two adult children.

Plotecher said she was appointed to the position in 1998 to fill the unexpired term of former Treasurer Mary Lueck who resigned after being elected to the post.

Plotecher was elected to her first  two year term in 2000 and then selected by the Town Board in 2004 when the treasurer became an appointed position.

Plotcher's announcement appeared to have caught some town officials by surprise. Town Chairman Matt Geherke said Plotcher had indicated she planned to resign sometime in May but had not provided him with an exact date until tonight's Town Board meeting.

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OHS baseball team holds on

By Chris Schuck

April 09, 2012 6:57 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Raccoons baseball team got a three-run homer from Matt Klink and a complete game from pitcher Tyler Christensen on Monday at Roosevelt Field.

Oconomowoc knocked off Sun Prairie, the No. 1 ranked team in Division 1 in the recent poll posted by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association. The final score was 5-4.

Sun Prairie got a solo home run from Tony Butler to lead off the top of the seventh, and Zach Fairchild reached on an infield error, but Christensen got Ryan Curran to ground into a 6-3 double play involving Raccoons' shortstop Jack Zoeller and first baseman Corey Lamp. Christensen retired the next batter on a ground ball to third baseman Peyton Williams to end matters.

"These kids work extremely hard and I'm extremely proud of them," OHS head baseball coach Arno Kirchenwitz said. "That double play in the last inning was big."


UUU Congregation to hold annual auction event

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 09, 2012 5:19 p.m. | The United Unitarian Universalist Congregation will hold its ninth annual fundraising auction on Saturday April 21, at 6 p.m.  

Many items have been donated by area businesses, local artists, and church members, for the fun-filled auction.  The evening opens with a silent auction and desserts, followed by the live auction. Local resident and professional auctioneer Angela Beaudoin will call the auction.

For more information and to see a catalog of items visit www.uumuk.org, or call (262) 544-1050.  

The auction will be held at the church's new permanent home at 506 N Washington in Waukesha. 


Suspicious device found in Hartland duplex

By Jim Stevens

April 09, 2012 3:39 p.m. |  

Village of Hartland – A suspicious device in the basement of a Hartridge duplex led to the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad being called Monday out but the device was found not be an explosive.

Deputy Chief Mike Bagin said a tenant was moving into the duplex and while doing some cleaning found the device, which had wires sticking out of it, above a heating duct.

Hartland police were called at 9:18 a.m. and took a picture of the device and sent it to the Bomb Squad, which said it would come out and examine the device. The Bomb Squad took an x-ray of it and found it not to be an explosive, Bagin said. The device, which measures 4-inches high, 4-inches, wide and about 6-inches long, consisted of four circular items and a tube in the middle. Police are unsure what the mechanical device was used for, Bagin said.


Burn ban in effect for Town and Village of Eagle

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

April 09, 2012 1:39 p.m. | The Eagle Fire Department has issued a burning ban for the town and village of Eagle effective today, April 9 at 12:00 p.m. due to severe dry conditions, forecasted temperatures and winds, according to Fire Chief Justin Heim. The burn ban will remain in effect until rescinded by the Fire Department.  

The Eagle Fire Department website at www.eaglefiredepartment.com will be updated to reflect when the burn ban has been lifted.  


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