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Pewaukee: Use caution in burning

June 29, 2012 5:33 p.m. | The Pewaukee Fire Department and Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Pewaukee substation is monitoring the weather on a daily basis, according to a statement from the City of Pewaukee.

"We ask that you use extreme care during any outdoor burning and remain vigilant to changes in the status of local regulations," the statement says.

It adds that Sheriff's Department deputies will actively enforcing state statutes pertaining to the use of fireworks.

"Remember that any fireworks that leave the ground under their own power, whether purchased locally or not, are illegal," according to the statement.


New fire consolidation talks in Lake Country

By Kelly Smith

June 29, 2012 4:05 p.m. | City of Delafield - Elected representatives from the City of Delafield, villages of Nashotah and Chenequa, and the Town of Delafield are expected to begin negotiations later this summer to consider incorporating the Town of Delafield fire department into Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

The Delafield Common Council is expected to name Mayor Ed McAleer, Ald. Gerald MacDougall and city resident Cate Rahmlow to represent the city in the talks.

Those three also represented the city three years when negotiations between the city and villages of Nashotah and Chenequa resulted in the creation of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

Mayor Ed McAleer said he anticipates that the Nashotah and Chenequa village boards will name representatives later this month and he expects some of them will also have served in the negotiations that created Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

McAleer said he and Nashotah Village President Rich Lartz have met with Delafield Town Chairman Paul Kanter about the possiblity of incorporating the town fire department into the regional department which provides fire and emergency medical services to the City of Delafield and villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.

» Read Full Article

East Troy fireworks will hinge on weather

By Andrea Budde

June 29, 2012 2:24 p.m. |  The East Troy Fire Department has announced that due to dry conditions, the fireworks display during the East Troy Lions 4th of July Celebration on June 30 will be cancelled if winds exceed 9 miles per hour. 

The cancellation announcement would be made right before the event which is scheduled to begin at dark. 

For more information on the celebration, visit www.livinglakecountry.com/mukwonagochief/news/have-a-blast-on-the-4th-dr5rgco-160374095.html


City of Oconomowoc issues water restrictions

By Amy Nixon

June 29, 2012 12:57 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Utilities has issued an immediate restriction on all outside sprinkling and water use for the purposes of conserving water. These restrictions are for all residential and business customers served by the Oconomowoc Utilities.

 
Due to the unprecedented water pumpage rates over the last month, The City Utility is placing an immediate restriction on all outdoor water use including sprinkling until further notice. Customers with odd-numbered street addresses should use water for outdoor purposes only on the odd-numbered days of the month.
Customers with even-numbered street addresses are restricted to outdoor water use on the even-numbered days.
 
In the event that these proposed restrictions do not have an effect on the water system operation, and the weather does not subside, further actions may be deemed necessary.
 
If you have any questions on the Outdoor Sprinkling Restrictions, please call the Utility Office at (262) 569-2196.


Burning ban issued for Sussex

By Amy Nixon

June 29, 2012 8:32 a.m. | The Sussex Fire Department has issued a burning ban for the Village of Sussex until further notice, citing severe dry conditions and forecast for warm temperatures and windy conditions. Campfires, fireworks and all forms of outside burning are prohibited until the fire department lifts the ban.  

With the July 4 fast approaching, please note that Village Ordinance prohibits discharging fireworks without a proper permit. Due to the drought conditions in the area, the Village will be strictly enforcing this provision. Residents should not discharge any type of firework in the Village of Sussex because of the increased risk of starting a fire due to drought conditions.

Although fireworks are often considered to be an important part of the Independence Day celebration, please keep in mind the danger to neighbors and surrounding natural areas during a drought. Police will be monitoring the Village for illegal discharge of fireworks and will issue tickets to violators. 

The Village of Sussex plans to continue with the official July 4 firework celebration at Village Park on July 4, beginning at 9:20 pm. The Sussex Fire Department will be on site during the celebration to monitor the fireworks and conditions.  This is subject to change based upon direction of the Fire Chief for safety of the public. 

Please look to the Village website for official notification on the Village of Sussex Fireworks.  

 


Fireworks, recreational fires banned in Mukwonago

By Andrea Budde

June 29, 2012 8:17 a.m. |  Due to the continued dry and hot conditions, the Mukwonago Fire Department has imposed a ban on novelty fireworks use and recreational fires in addition to the current burning ban.  

Anyone with questions may contact Chief Jeff Stien at (262) 363-6426


Classic comedy opens at SummerStage tonight

By Marilyn Jozwik

June 29, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The story is preposterous -- two kindly old ladies turn out to be homicidal maniacs – yet Joseph Kesserlings “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which opens tonight at Lapham Peak’s Summerstage, has been an audience favorite since it opened on Broadway more than 70 years ago.

The comedy became a movie in 1944, directed by Frank Capra, starring Cary Grant (Jack Benny and Ronald Reagan were also considered for the role of Mortimer Brewster), which was shot in eight weeks. The stage production was still running and Josephine Hull and Jean Adair, who played the elderly Brewster sisters, were allowed a leave of absence to make the film.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” will be presented by SummerStage at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday and next Friday and Saturday.

The beautiful outdoor setting features various shows throughout the summer including “Comedy & Magic Under the Stars” at 7:30 p.m. July 20, “Evening of Irish Music & Dance” 7:30 p.m. July 21, “Once on this Island at 7:30 p.m. July 27-29 and several other shows.

For more information visit www.Summer-Stage.org.


More details in Pewaukee bank robbery

By Joe Trovato

June 28, 2012 1:05 p.m. | According to the Village of Pewaukee Police Department, at approximately 9:15 a.m., two people brandishing handguns and wearing masks entered PNC Bank at 395 Pewaukee Road (Hwy 164) near Capitol Drive.

They breached the counter and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing in a vehicle. According to an eyewitness, a man and a woman fled in a sport utility vehicle and headed north on Hwy 164.

Police said the vehicle was subsequently found unoccupied on Swan Road about a half-mile north of the bank.

They had not yet located the suspects, and the incident remains under investigation by the Pewaukee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

No one was injured in the robbery.


Ban in Lake Country broadened

June 28, 2012 11:22 a.m. | The burn ban in the City of Delafield and Villages of Nashotah and Chenequa has been extended to include fireworks, including "flares, sparklers and other similar flammable object," according to a news release from Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

Local police will actively monitor the ban, according to the release, which was released by Fire Chief Jack Edwards.

Edwards noted that the professional fireworks show in Delafield on the Fourth of July will be held as planned, but if a decision is made to cancel it, updates will be available on the municipal websites and Lake Country Fire and Rescue's Facebook page.

He emphasized that the burn ban means there is to be no burning of any kind, including burn barrels, campfires or any other source of open flame. Grilling is still permitted, but charcoal should be properly stored and completely extinguished before disposing.


North Prairie latest to issue burn ban

By Andrea Budde

June 28, 2012 10:53 a.m. | North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor has issued a burning ban in the village until further notice. 


Pewaukee bank robbed

By Donna Frake

June 28, 2012 9:42 a.m. | There has been a robbery reported at the PNC Bank at Capitol Drive and Highway 164 in Pewaukee. Police have  closed  off the area around the building.

According to someone on the scene, it was an armed robbery  and the suspect(s) fled north on Highway 164.

This is the second bank to be robbed in as many days in the Lake Country area.. The Associated Bank  on Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc was also robbed  at approximately 11 a.m. yesterday morning

  Story developing.................


Lisbon-Sussex consolidation opposed

By Kelly Smith

June 27, 2012 10:44 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Organized and vocal opposition to a proposal to consolidate the Town of Lisbon and Village of Sussex surfaced during a nearly three hour long public forum attended by an estimated 150 town residents at Hamilton High School.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke acknowledged  there was a different attituded at tonight's forum compared to a forum held in April to discuss whether  Lisbon should consolidate with Sussex or continue providing local government services as a town.

"In April, people were pretty evenly divided between consolidation and trying to continue to maintain town governnment. Tonight, it appears a majority are opposed to consolidation. If that would have happened in the April meeting, we may have not have been here tonight," he said.

"I think what happened was the people who went to the meeting in April were looking for information. Since then, they have found the information and many of them don't want their taxes increased and they don't want to consolidate with Sussex," said Jane Stadler, a long time town resident who has served on both the Town Board and the Plan Commission.

Supervisor Dan Fischer and former Town Chairman Mike Reid circulated  flyers during the meeting voicing their opposition to the consolidation. 

» Read Full Article

Police clear Oconomowoc bank robbery scene

June 27, 2012 2:27 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc police have cleared the scene of a reported bank robbery at Associated Bank on Summit Avenue.

A dispatcher said at the city police department said around 2:30 p.m. that officers had just cleared the scene and would be releasing information shortly. The bank robbery was reported at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
 


Oconomowoc police investigating bank robbery

June 27, 2012 1:35 p.m. | According to recent reports, Associated Bank branch, 1456 Summit Ave., was robbed about 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Police said they were investigating and no further inforamtion is available.


Join the YMCA during upcoming Community Days

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 27, 2012 12:38 p.m. | With the grand opening of the Mukwonago YMCA only a couple of months away, those interested in becoming part of the Y family can sign up for a membership at one of the Community Days at Advance Auto Parts, 723 N. Rochester.

The first Community Day will be held tomorrow, June 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Additional Community Days will also be held on Tuesday, July 10 from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, July 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take a peek at the Y in the video tour at www.livinglakecountry.com or visit  www.ymcacwc.org for more information on joining the Y.


Big Bend issues burnning ban

By Andrea Budde

June 27, 2012 9:52 a.m. |  After asking residents to call village hall for an evaluation on whether it is safe to burn or not, the Village of Big Bend issued a burn ban this morning. The ban takes effect immediately and will be in place until further notice. 

The ban includes any and all open fires and fireworks. The use of grills is still permitted. 

Issuance of residential fireworks permits has been ceased until further notice as well.

Any questions can be directed to Big Bend Fire Chief John Ludwig by calling (414) 916-0872.


Auditor warns about Sussex-Lisbon agreement

By Kelly Smith

June 26, 2012 9:23 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - An auditor hired by the village government to review and confirm its financial records expressed concern tonight about the pending expiration of a library operations agreement between the village and the Town of Lisbon.

Vicki Hellenbrand, a Certified Public Accountant with Baker Tilly financial consultants, pointed out to village trustees that the existing long term library agreement will expire in 2014 when the village and town boards are scheduled to pay off about a half million dollar debt on the library building.

Hellenbrand said once the debt is paid off the long term agreement converts to a one year contract that can be cancelled by either community on short notice.

She said the short notice claus makes it difficult for both the Pauline Haass Library Board and the Village Board to budget for future years.

She suggested the terms of the existing long term contract should either be extended beyond 2014 or the contract be amended to provide for a longer notification requirement before one of the communities can cancel the contract.

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Sussex begins "quiet zones"

By Kelly Smith

June 26, 2012 9:04 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Beginning July 19th, Canadian National railway engineers will no long blow train whistles except in emergencies while traveling north and south through most of the village.

The Village Board agreed tonight on a 4 to 1 vote to notify Federal Railway Administration officials that the village will impose "quiet zones" at rail crossings on Silver Spring Drive, Main Street, Good Hope Road and Plainview Road. Crossings at Lisbon Road and at stone quarries will not be affected.

Trustee Tim Dietrich told the board that construction has been completed of safety features at the crossings to meet federal standards for designated quiet zones.

"All of the improvements have been made. We have met all of the standards," said Dietrich, who has spent more than two years leading the campaign for local quiet zones

He said the quiet zones will improve the quality of life for residents who live near the crossings and will encourage developers to develop residential neighborhoods near the rail crossings.

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Financial troubles for Olympia ski hill, golf course

June 26, 2012 6:52 p.m. | Attorney Timothy Van de Kamp on Tuesday night pleaded with Oconomowoc Common Council for approval of a 12-month payment plan on delinquent taxes owed by Olympia Sports Center. Van de Kamp is with Milwaukee law firm O'Neil Cannon Hollman DeJong & Laing, the current receiver of the golf course and ski hill once operated by Jeffrey Statz. According to Oconomowoc officials the sports complex is under Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

The yearlong payment plan would enable the receiver to secure a liquor license for next year - a necessary item to keep the business open said Van de Kamp. According to city documents, the property is delinquent $36,519.80 in real estate taxes and $154 in past-due utilities.

Company White Star Management has been appointed to manage the complex by the receiver. Two men who ran the ski hill last year are interested in leasing the ski hill for a second year this winter and said the license is crucial to operations. On man said parents enjoy sitting in the bar while watching their children take lessons.

Mayor Jim Daley moved to not approve the plan, but to have the receiver come up with a way to pay the delinquent funds by the end of business on June 29. Under city ordinance, liquor license holders must be in good standing with the city, which includes no past due bills, in order to have their license renewed for the next license year which begins on July 1.

Officials approved denial citing it being unfair to other businesses if they approved a plan for Olympia. Daley said other businesses in similar situations this year have found ways to pay the delinquent taxes and the receiver for the sports complex needs to do the same.

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Town of Vernon latest to issue burn ban

By Andrea Budde

June 26, 2012 2:42 p.m. |  The Town of Vernon is the latest in a slew of Lake Country municipalities to issue a burning ban. Fire Chief Alex Felde issued the ban today. It will be in effect until further notice. 


Is there a burn ban in your community?

June 26, 2012 2:40 p.m. | Burn bans in Lake Country are sprouting faster than green grass these days. With the dry conditions and prevailing hot weather Lake Country Publications interviewed area fire chiefs to see if they have instituted bans in their communities and what that entails.

The City of Oconomowoc issued a burn ban last week covering the city, town and Village of Lac La Belle. Neighboring Ashippun joined shortly after and other surrounding communities have also issued bans.

Bans range from outdoor burning and campfires to even fireworks precautions. The City of Oconomowoc has modified its upcoming fireworks display in an attempt to avoid trouble in dry conditions.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Index, Focus and Reporter.


Cool off at Culver's and support the Sussex pantry

June 26, 2012 9:17 a.m. | Culver’s Frozen Custard is hosting a Sussex Outreach Services fundraiser all day Wednesday, June 27, at its Sussex location, W249 N6620 Highway 164.

Culver’s will give 10 percent to SOS, which runs the Food Pantry and more, for all purchases made with a special coupon all day. Call the SOS offices, (262) 246-9860, for information.


Give blood, win Summerfest tickets

June 26, 2012 9:11 a.m. | The Hamilton High School National Honor Society will host an American Red Cross Blood Drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at Templeton Middle School, N59 W22490 Silver Spring Drive.
For an appointment, contact organizer Ian Kloehn at (262) 751-4921 or ikloehn@yahoo.com, or call (800) RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org.
There will also be a raffle for a $25 gas gift card, six Summerfest tickets and two Hamilton High School family athletic passes. Childcare is also available.
 


Burning ban in place for Town and Village of Eagle

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 25, 2012 9:33 p.m. | The Eagle Fire Department issued a burning ban for the Town and Village of Eagle effective today, June 25, until further notice due to severe dry conditions, forecasted temperatures and winds. The burn ban will remain in effect until rescinded by the fire department, according to a news release from Fire Chief Justin Heim.

All outdoor burning is prohibited including campfires and fireworks. 


Burning Ban in Lisbon

By Kelly Smith

June 25, 2012 9:09 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - A ban on all out door fires and burning, including camp fires and fireworks, has been imposed in the town.

The ban is necessary according to town officials because of the dry conditions that are the result of a lack of recent rain.

"Any thing that you light on fire outside shouldn't be happening in the Town of Lisbon," said Town Public Safety Committee Chairman Joe Osterman.


Town postpones consolidation endorsement

By Kelly Smith

June 25, 2012 9:04 p.m. |  Town of  Lisbon - The Town Board tonight postponed a vote on a resolution endorsing consolidation with the Village of Sussex until after a public forum on the issue scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m at the Hamilton High School Fine Arts Center.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said he drafted the resolution to highlight the reasons why the town should enter negotaitions with village officials about a possible consolidation of the two communities.

Gehrke emphasized the resolution also says that town officials will not purse consolidation with the village if the idea is rejected by town voters in a non binding referendum on August 14

However, Town Supervisors agreed that action on the endorsement resolution should be postponed until after the forum Wednesday night.

"It makes sense to wait," said Supervisor Ryan LIppert.

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Burn ban in effect in Wales

June 25, 2012 4:51 p.m. | Effective immediately, all open burning is banned in the Village of Wales, until the dry conditions improve.

Grilling is still allowed.

For more information, call the Village of Wales at (262) 968-3968 or the Wales-Genesee Fire Department at (262) 968-3301.


Burn ban in Genesee

June 25, 2012 4:45 p.m. | The Town of Genesee is the latest area community to issue a ban on outdoor burning.

The ban is effective immediately, and is due to the extreme dry conditions and risk of fire, according to a news release from the town. The ban will remain in effect until dry conditions improve.

Cooking on grills is still permitted, but should be attended.


Accident blocking lanes on Highway 18

June 25, 2012 4:18 p.m. | All lanes on Highway 18 are blocked in the area of Highway 83 after a crash that occurred around 3 p.m. The state Department of Transportation sent an email around 3:30 advising that all lanes would be blocked for approximately two hours.

More information on this story as it develops.


Burning banned in Mukwonago

By Andrea Budde

June 25, 2012 3:33 p.m. |  All burning in the Town and Village of Mukwonago is banned until further notice, per order of Fire Chief Jeff Stien. The ban will remain in affect until further notice. Anyone violating this ban could be cited by police. 


Have Lisbon officials already made up their minds about incorporation?

June 25, 2012 8:05 a.m. | A Town of Lisbon official is questioning information being provided to residents about a fall referendum concerning consolidation.

Park Board member John Halbur sent an email to the town last week saying, "I have to say I am appalled at the way that some Lisbon elected officials are approaching the issue. The tone of the message is clearly one-sided and targets consolidation as THE alternative,"

"I received a postcard to remind me of the upcoming informational meeting to discuss consolidation. I have to say I am appalled at the way that some Lisbon elected officials are approaching the issue. The tone of the message is clearly one-sided and targets consolidation as THE alternative."

Read more in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter.

 

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Pewaukee takes charge in LOL West

By Chuck Delsman

June 25, 2012 7:01 a.m. |  Thanks to a pair of losses last weekend by West Bend, Pewaukee is the new leader in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league. The Muskies are 8-1 and are followed by West Bend (8-3) and the Brookfield Bulldogs (7-3).

Games last weekend saw Oconomowoc stop West Bend 8-7, Merton defeat North Lake 9-1, Pewaukee edge West Bend 3-2 in 10 innings, Brookfield Blue Sox nip Menomonee Falls 6-5, Brookfield Bulldogs stop Oconomowoc 9-7, Merton defeat North Lake 12-6, Lannon outslug Sussex 17-14 and Monches whip Hartland 10-1.


Five O's upset West Bend

By Chuck Delsman

June 23, 2012 10:26 a.m. |  The Oconomowoc Five O's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team defeated host West Bend Friday night for the second time this season. Cooney won by an 8-7 score.

Jeff Rhoads belted two home runs for Oconomowoc and drove in three runs. Rhoads finished with three hits. Steve Rhoads and Nate Ostendorf  also had three hits each for the winners and Chandler Ziemann had two hits.

Chris Fischer and Steve Rhoads pitched for the Five Os with Rhoads getting the win.


Celebrate with Wholly Cow on Saturday afternoon

June 22, 2012 12:35 p.m. | Wholly Cow Frozen Custard is celebrating its 20th anniverary with a community street party from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the shop, 637 Main St., Delafield.

The event will include a bounce house, live animals, a magic show, story time, cow games, local talent show and more.

A story in Thursday's paper incorrectly indicated the event would begin at 6 p.m. We apologize for the error.


Tour of America’s Dairyland cyclists pedal into East Troy today

By Andrea Budde

June 22, 2012 9:50 a.m. |  East Troy’s historic village square and the neighboring streets will transform into a professional bicycle racing venue on Friday, June 22 when the community welcomes more than 500 men and women racers to the East Troy Cycling Classic. The first race begins at 11:10 this morning.

The local event is the second day of the 11-day Tour of America’s Dairyland, the largest competitive cycling event in the United States, which starts in Shorewood on Thursday, June 21 and ends in Madison on Sunday, July 1. See the complete series schedule on wwww.tourofamericasdairyland.com.

if you're not much for riding, enjoy tons of other fun stuff going on.

For more information visit www.easttroywi.org/drupal2/


Lake Country Fire & Rescue issues burn ban

June 22, 2012 9:46 a.m. | Lake Country Fire and Rescue has issued a ban on burning for the City of Delafield and Villages of Nashotah and Chenequa.

The ban is in effect until further notice.

Dry conditions have prompted many area fire department to issue similar bans.


Pewaukee beach party keeps it clean

By Marilyn Jozwik

June 22, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Combining a community beach party with an ecology-minded event might seem like an odd pairing.

Then again, if the area’s beautiful lakes, beaches and other natural resources become spoiled, there wouldn’t be much of a party, would there?

This weekend, the Pewaukee Kiwanis are hosting the 17h Annual Pewaukee Beach Party with the Second Annual Lake Country Clean Water Festival, the latter of which is focused on raising awareness to the growing problems facing waterways and to provide ways for all to enjoy the lakes.

Funds raised at the 2011 event helped purchased devices for Lakefront Park Beach that helped prevent beach closures due to contamination. Money raised at this year’s festival will also help keep the water clean. The festival is hosted by the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club.

The Pewaukee Kiwanis are planning plenty of family fun at the beach party with proceeds that support local charities.

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Hauser wins State Golf Open

By Chuck Delsman

June 21, 2012 5:27 p.m. |  Jessica Hauser, 25, of Merton, won the 2012 Wisconsin Women's State Open Golf Championship Wednesday at Geneva National Golf Club. Hauser shot a 3-over-par, 36-hole score of 147 (72-75).  She defeated Delafield's Jackie Shepherd by two strokes.

Hauser won the first place cash award of $800.


Emerald ash borer hits Waukesha County

By Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel

June 21, 2012 2:22 p.m. | Emerald ash borer has been detected for the first time in Waukesha County, state agriculture officials said Thursday.

The invasive pest, responsible for the death of tens of millions of ash trees in the eastern United States, was found in Mukwonago.

The tree is located in a median near the intersection of state Highway 83 and County Highway NN on the north side of Mukwonago. An arborist working for the village notified the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and results were confirmed on Wednesday.

On a separate front, the agriculture department said that emerald ash borer was also found for the first time in a half dozen trees in a park on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan in Port Washington in Ozaukee County.

The agency did not issue a special statement on the Port Washington discovery because emerald ash borer had been previously detected on the western edge of the county. Emerald ash borer was first discovered in Newburg on the Ozaukee-Washington county line in 2008.

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Highway 83 closed between Highway ES and Field St.

By Andrea Budde

June 21, 2012 12:11 p.m. |  Highway 83 southbound in Mukwonago is closed between Highway ES to around Field St. until about 2 p.m. for roadwork. 


KMSD tax levy increase approved

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 21, 2012 8:35 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District residents approved a $33 million levy to support the 2012-13 interim budget at Tuesday's annual meeting, which is an overall increase of $1.4 million over last year's levy. The levy increase is mostly due to a decline in state aid, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz. The district's annual budget increased .63 percent or $277,002 over the 2011-12 budget.

With an estimated tax rate of $9.82 per $1,000 of assessed value, that would result in an increase of 42 cents per $1,000 from 2011-12 or an increase of about $105 on a home valued at $250,000, according to Kettle Moraine School District Chief Business Officer Susan Graham.


Another burn ban

June 21, 2012 8:05 a.m. | Joining the City and Town of Oconomowoc, Ashippun has now issued a ban on burning.

"Dry conditions have created an extreme fire danger in our town and outdoor burning poses a risk to life and property. Fires can spread quickly in these conditions. We ask that residents consider the dry conditions and postpone any outdoor burning until conditions improve," said an email from Town Chairman Steve Panozzo.


Less than 75 days until the Mukwonago YMCA opens

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 20, 2012 3:27 p.m. |

Construction on the Mukwonago YMCA remains on schedule for its Sept. 4 opening as crews work on swimming pools this week.

The YMCA staff members will be holding the first of several Community Days on June 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Advance Auto Parts, 723 North Rochester Street to answer questions and take memberships.

Look for more photos and a complete update on the new YMCA in next week's Chief. Watch our website for a video tour of the facility.


Waukesha County beaches open early today

By Andrea Budde

June 20, 2012 10:08 a.m. | It's 10 in the morning and things are already steamy. Why not take a dip to cool off?

Waukesha County beaches will open an hour earlier today at 10 a.m. to accomdate those looking to beat the heat.

Normal beach hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Monday  through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. On days that are projected to be over 90 degrees, the beaches will open one hour earlier, from 10 a.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. on weekends and holidays.

Swimming parks in the County are:

Mukwonago Park- Mukwonago

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Burning ban in Oconomowoc

June 20, 2012 9:36 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Fire Department has issued a burning ban in the city. The department said because of the extremely dry weather, all residents are not allowed to burn anything.

The ban includes campfires and cooking fires. All Town of Oconomowoc residents with burning permits cannot burn during this time either.

The department said it will notify residents when the ban is lifted.


Group proposes memorial park in Oconomowoc

June 20, 2012 9:26 a.m. | A committee has formed to develop a Memorial Park in the City of Oconomowoc into a place to honor veterans. The committee is working with the local VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America and American Legion on the project.

The committee is also proposing the park be named Admiral Dirk Debbink Veterans Honor Park and Memorial Garden.

Debbink is a longtime Oconomowoc resident, OHS graduate, has served the community in various ways including on the School Board.

The city's Park and Recreation Board has approved renaming the park. Officials were set to discuss more on this at Tuesday's Common Council meeting.

Watch for more on this story in the Oconomowoc Focus.


Crematory possibility still open

June 20, 2012 8:49 a.m. | The divisive issue of crematories in Lake Country took a step forward this week when the Hartland Plan Commission voted to draft changes that would allow the facilities as a conditional use in the M-1 manufacturing district.

Read more in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter. 


Sussex rejects Main Street plan

By Kelly Smith

June 19, 2012 8:24 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village Trustees have rejected the idea of widening Main Street because they did not want to disrupt the lives of business owners and residents who live along the street and they wanted to maintain the small town atmosophere of the village's central business and residential district.

Village staff and consultants suggested widening the street to improve the flow of traffic through the village after trustees last month rejected the idea of building three roundabouts along Main Street.

The staff and consultants have said it is necessary to rebuild Main Street in order to modernize and repair sewer, water and other utilities buried beneath the street and replace the street's foundation which is more than 50 years old,

However, widening the street would have required the village to purchase 5 to 10 feet of right of way from the small front yards of the homes that line the street.

Village Trustee Pat Tetzlaff suggested the village could tear up the street, update and repair the utilities, and then rebuild and resurface the street without widening it.

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Reid new Vball coach at Arrowhead

By Chuck Delsman

June 19, 2012 7:58 p.m. |  Shane Reid, 27, is the new varsity boys volleyball coach at Arrowhead. The former Kettle Moraine High School and Cardinal Stritch University standout was named the new coach late Tuesday.

Reid was an assistant coach one year at Cardinal Stritch and five years at Kettle Moraine.


Delafield approves tax incentives

By Kelly Smith

June 18, 2012 10:05 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council, with one dissenting vote, has approved real estate tax incentives for a proposed residential development located in downtown Delafield behind city hall.

The nearly 12 acre tract of land has gone undeveloped for about 120 years and was described as "blighted" by City Administrator Tim Schuenke.

Madison developer Joe McCormick intends on building 64 apartment units in two buildings and 13 urban row house style single family homes.

The anticipated real estate tax revenues from the new project as well as other commercial properties in the Tax Increment Financing(TIF) District will help pay for the construction of streets, sidewalks, and storm water control facilities for the $6.5 million project.

Another approximately $110,000 in real estate tax revenues will be used to help pay for construction of a bike path leading from the development south to the Lake Country Recreational Trail.

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Hartland crematorium consideration still alive

By Andrea Budde

June 18, 2012 8:53 p.m. | Consideration for changing the Village of Hartland zoning code to create crematories as a conditional use in the M-1 Manufacturing District is still alive after tonight's plan commission meeting. Members approved drafting an ordinance allowing for crematories which will then go to the village board during their July meeting.

Check Thursday's Lake Country Reporter for the full story.


Off-Book Players bring Shakespeare to summer stage

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 18, 2012 5:43 p.m. | The Off-Book Players' production of William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night opens Wednesday, June 20 at 2 p.m. at the Mukwonago High School auditorium, with additional performances on Thursday, June 21 at 2 p.m. and Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. 

Admission is $8. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (262) 893-6186. For more information about the Off-Book Players, visit www.offbookplayers.tumblr.com


Mukwonago Chamber's golf outing is Wednesday

June 18, 2012 3:25 p.m. |
The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center will host a golf outing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 20, at Hawks View Golf Club, 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva; sign in from 9 to 10:30. The $110 cost includes 18 holes of golf, half a cart, lunch, dinner, hole prizes, raffles, silent auction items, free beer and networking. Dinner only option: $30.
There will also be four hole-in-one chances that include a $20,000 vehicle, a $15,000 vehicle, one $10,000 cash prize and a trip worth $5,000.
For more information, call (262) 363-7758 or send an email to April Reska, director@mukwonago chamgber.org.
 


Hartland man killed in cycle crash

June 18, 2012 7:54 a.m. | A 42-year-old Hartland man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday in the City of Pewaukee.
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, deputies and personnel from the City of Pewaukee Fire Department responded to a call on Capitol Drive west of Yench Road at about 7:25 p.m. The Flight for Life helicopter also responded, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man was found lying next to his motorcycle in a yard on the north side of the road; he was not wearing a helmet, said Lt. Lisa Panas of the Sheriff’s Department.
The department’s initial investigation indicates that the motorcycle was westbound on Capitol when the driver lost control, and the cycle slid down the roadway, coming to rest in a yard. Speed appears to be a factor. The incident remains under investigation.
The man’s name was not available.
 


West Bend, Pewaukee stay hot

By Chuck Delsman

June 18, 2012 7:16 a.m. |  West Bend and Pewaukee continued to be the hottest baseball teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division on Sunday as both scored victories. West Bend downed the Brookfield Bulldogs 8-5 and Pewaukee stopped Sussex 9-4. West Bend leads the league with an 8-1 record and Pewaukee is second at 7-1.

Other games on Sunday saw Lannon defeat Oconomowoc 8-1, Menomonee Falls blank Hartland 10-0 and Merton defeat the Brookfield Blue Sox 7-2.

Games on Saturday saw the Bulldogs whip Oconomowoc 12-0, Monches trounce Hartland 16-3, Sussex pound Lannon 13-2 and the Falls stop the Blue Sox 11-2.


4 injured in crash outside of Oconomowoc

By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel

June 16, 2012 9:24 p.m. | Four people were injured Saturday afternoon when two cars collided at a county highway intersection in Dodge County.

Michael Fogarty, 66, of Greendale, was driving eastbound on County Highway O in the Town of Ashippun at 4:48 p.m., when he entered the intersection of County Highway P and was struck by a southbound car driven by Brian Clark, 27, of rural Ashippun, according to Sgt. Dennis Walston, of the Dodge County Sheriff's Department.

Clark and his passenger, Steven Sabel, 26, of Milwaukee, were transported by ambulance to Oconomowoc Hospital.

Fogarty was flown from the scene by Flight For Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Fogarty's 68-year-old wife, Barbara, a passenger in his car, was transported by ambulance, according to Walston.


Missing 14-year-old found safe

June 15, 2012 5:37 p.m. | A 14-year-old Oconomowoc boy has been found safe, according to a report on wisn.com. Read more here.


Schnuck's third goal charming

By Chris Schuck

June 15, 2012 4:26 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran sophomore Gabrielle Simons caught on quickly. After playing catcher this spring for the Lightning girls softball team, she wasn’t finished, trading her metal cleats for plastic ones.

And why not, joining in the fun with the girls soccer team, which spent much of the year with a 12-player roster getting contributions from anyone and everyone.

On Friday morning at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Simons quickly became part of the conversation, feeding senior standout Jamie Schnuck with the game-winning goal as Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake School surprised Saint Mary Central in a WIAA Division 3 semifinal match in overtime, 3-2.

Simons and Schnuck instantly brought tears to the Zephyrs eyes at the 83:08 mark of sudden death.

Once Simons got the ball, it was just a matter of time.

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Crash being cleared

June 15, 2012 1:33 p.m. | A white sedan in the crash at Highways 18 and 67 is being loaded onto a flatbed trailer.

The driver of the white car was transported by ambulance.

Traffic is flowing west through the intersection, but not east at this time.

More details as they become available.

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Crash at Highways 18 and 67

June 15, 2012 1:21 p.m. | A witness has reported a serious accident involving two or possibly three vehicles at Highways 16 and 67 in Dousman. Emergency personnel are on site, and at least one person is being taken to an ambulance.

East and westbound traffic on Highway 18 is impeded at the intersection, though cars are able to maneuver through.

More details as they become available.


More details about Highway 59/83 roundabout construction revealed

By Andrea Budde

June 15, 2012 11:39 a.m. |  Reconfiguration of the Highway 59/83 roundabout will begin Monday, June 18 to accommodate specialized Over Size/ Over Weight (OSOW) vehicles that use this route to support local manufacturers. The good news is that the work will be accomplished without the need to close off any lanes of traffic. 

However, there will be restrictions placed on trucks and a detour route is posted for this time frame. Work will be suspended during the morning and afternoon peak traffic periods to ensure worker and motorist safety.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) states that once the work is completed, OSOW and lowboy trucks will have an easier time navigating through the intersection. 

Changeable massage signs are currently in place and alerting motorists of this upcoming project.

The project is targeted for completion by June 29. As with all road construction projects weather conditions may impact project completion. The project's cost is not yet available from the DOT. 


Stoughton man killed in Jefferson County crash

June 15, 2012 10:47 a.m. | Jason Pruitt, 36, of Stoughton was killed after his car struck a tree on Highway C near Retzlaff Road in the Town of Oakland early this morning, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

When officers arrived, the car was engulfed in flames. Cambridge Fire and Emergency Medical Services and Fort Atkinson paramedics also responded.

Officials got the call at about 4:02 a.m. Friday. Deputies' investigation indicates that the 2007 Toyota Scion was westbound when it crossed the centerline, slid through a ditch and struck a large tree. The crash caused the fire, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Pruitt was pronounced dead at the scene.


Learn basic Swahili

By Donna Frake

June 15, 2012 9:02 a.m. | Those interested in learning the rudiments of Swahili, both East African travelers and others just interested in learning a new language, are invited to attend a free course in Basic Swahili which will be taught for 13 weeks, starting Wednesday, June 20, at 7 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 145 East Lisbon Rd., Oconomowoc.

 

Each weekly class will run about an hour and is free of charge. For more information, contact Tom Schober at (262) 965-2424 or tgs@execpc.com.

 


Clean up and clear out chemicals properly

By Marilyn Jozwik

June 15, 2012 12:00 a.m. | There’s nothing like the feeling of cleaning out a messy area,  standing back and admiring the order we've just created.

But when it comes to the garage and workroom there is always that dilemma: What to do with the old paints, pesticides and other toxic products that have outlived their usefulness?

This Saturday, Waukesha County residents can collect all those cans and bottles that should not be pitched in the garbage and have them disposed of properly. From 8 to noon, you can take them to the special household hazardous waste collection at the City Department of Public Works in Delafield, 111 Main St.

Among the items that will be accepted are unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints and mercury-containing products.  Latex paint and non-hazardous materials will not be accepted.

The county also has four year-round collection sites in Muskego, Waukesha, Menomonee Falls and Franklin.

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Reconfiguration of Highway 59/83 roundabout to start Monday

By Andrea Budde

June 14, 2012 4:47 p.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will start reconfiguration work on the Highway 59/83 roundabout beginning on Monday, June 18. 

The DOT said that all work will be done with the intersection open to traffic in an attempt to minimize disruption to area businesses and residents. Semi trucks will be detoured during the work.

Signs are currently in place near the intersection alerting motorists to the upcoming work. 

More details will be announced as they become available. 


Rep. David Craig announces listening sessions

By Andrea Budde

June 14, 2012 3:35 p.m. |  Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) invites constituents of the 83rd Assembly District to area listening sessions in Vernon, the Town of East Troy, Waterford, Muskego, Hales Corners and the Town of Waukesha. 

Sessions will be held:

Vernon; 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 27 at Vernon Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Dr.

Town of East Troy; 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 27 at East Troy Town Hall, N 9330 Stewart School Rd. 

Waterford; 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 28 at Waterford Town Hall, 415 N. Milwaukee St.

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Okauchee man found guilty in video store theft

June 14, 2012 1:37 p.m. | Adam Matter entered a guilty plea to retail theft from Vangard Video, an incident that occurred this spring.

Matter, 26, of Okauchee waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court on May 21. Matter faced three felony charges:one for possession of narcotics, another for robbery with threat of force, and one more for retail theft. He entered a not guilty plea on June 6 and was in court for his trial Thursday morning where he was found guilty of retail theft.

According to court records, in a plea deal, charges were deferred except for misdemeanor retail theft. He will serve nine months in jail with credit for 39 days already served. He will then be on probation for one year and required to maintain complete sobriety, be employed full time, pay court costs and also pay $8,193 in restitution to Kmart, Walmart and Target for other incidents of theft.

Police arrested Matter, who allegedly robbed the Vanguard Video store in the Town of Oconomowoc wearing a mask in April.

According to the criminal complaint, police suspected Matter of the Vangard robbery because he was unhappy with the business over monetary issues. After he was arrested, Matter admitted that he went to Vangard Video at about 7 p.m. on April 15 wearing a homemade ski mask and demanded money from the clerk. He received between $60 and $65 and fled on foot to Misty Meadows subdivision, where he took off the clothes he was wearing and put them in a plastic bag, the complaint stated.

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Business celebration will help those in need

By Donna Frake

June 14, 2012 10:41 a.m. | Tim's Auto Parts, 502 E. Wisconsin Ave., is celebrating 30 years in business today with a cookout  from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

A $3 donation for the pig roast will go to help our less fortunate neighbors.


Man, 84, recovering after hit-and-run in Sussex

June 13, 2012 6:21 p.m. | Sussex resident Camillo Damico sustained severe injuries after being hit during his morning walk around 6:40 a.m. in the area of Good Hope Road and Maple Avenue.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Lt. Torin Misko said that another driver saw Damico sitting up on the road and noticing something was wrong, stopped to help him. Misko said Damico cannot recall anything about the car that hit him. He said Damico was walking west on the south side of Good Hope. The 84-year-old suffered broken bones, but his injuries are not life-threatening, Misko said.

The Sussex Fire Department responded and transported him to Community Memorial Hospital where he remains recovering.

Misko said so far, no witnesses have contacted police. He said anyone with any information should call the Sheriff's Department 24-hour phone number at (262) 548-7122.

Misko said that Good Hope is a well-traveled route for residents on their way to work, but there has been no real history of accidents or reports of speeding in the area where Damico was hit.

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Watch out for Jamaican scams

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 13, 2012 12:53 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is asking Wisconsin residents to be on the lookout for potential phone scams originating from Jamaica.  The Consumer Protection Bureau has already received more than a dozen written complaints this year from Wisconsin residents who were contacted by Jamaican scammers.

When most people think of Jamaica, they imagine a tropical paradise, not a scammer’s paradise.  But time and time again, Jamaican scammers call Wisconsin residents looking for easy money through phony stories about Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes winnings, lottery prizes and free cars, according to a consumer alert from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

One telling sign of a scam is if your caller ID notes that a questionable call is coming from a phone number with an “876” prefix – this is the area code for Jamaica.  The process for making a call to and from the island is just like calling state-to-state, so many call recipients may not realize that the contact is actually coming from overseas.

The scammers often claim to represent Publishers Clearing House, “Mega Millions” or a similar organization.  Their goal is to convince American residents to wire money or send the card number from a MoneyPak “Green Dot” pre-paid debit card overseas to cover the fees on a phony lottery sum that is supposed to be delivered to their home.  The scammers request anywhere from $20 to more than $1,000 for these delivery fees.

In other variations on the scam, callers have claimed to be from Bank of America or have used an opening line about “lowering interest.”  The scammer may also engage the call recipient in a conversation about religion or family in order to earn the person’s trust.

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Oconomowoc's Eckert's Hometown Diner closes

June 13, 2012 12:34 p.m. | Shawn and Laura Eckert announced on Facebook Sunday that they would be serving their final meals at their downtown eatery, Eckert's Hometown Diner on South Main Street.

The owners said they are closing to pursue future endeavors outside of Oconomowoc.

More on this story in Thursday's Focus.


One motorist ejected, taken to hospital in I-43 roll over near Mukwonago yesterday

By Andrea Budde

June 13, 2012 10:11 a.m. |  One person was taken to Froedert Hospital after being ejected from a large utility truck when it rolled over on I-43 yesterday just north of Highway 83 in Mukwonago around 12:18 p.m. yesterday afternoon. A second occupant who was able to exit the vehicle after it came to a stop on the side of the road was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 

The left lane of the freeway was closed until just before 4 p.m. 

Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien said that the ejected occupant was categorized as a level red patient, while the other occupant was a level yellow. No fruther information on injuries was available at this time.

The Village of Mukwonago Police Department is investigating the cause of the crash. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. 

Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for more information.

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LeDuc's ... or Culver's?

June 13, 2012 8:10 a.m. | Wales now has two choices for frozen custard, as Culver's has opened just down the street from longstanding LeDuc's. Andy Schatschneider caught up with some locals to hear about their favorite. Read more in this week's Kettle Moraine Index.


Sussex begins farmland purchase process

By Kelly Smith

June 12, 2012 10:44 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - The Community Development Authority and the Village Board tonight unanimously approved the village spending $60,000 to begin the process of purchasing 120 acres of farm land for NAI/MLG of Brookfield to develop into a commercial park.

The money will be paid to the developer in the form of a Community Development Grant. The grant funds come from real estate tax revenues generated from tax increment financing districts, according to village officials.

The money will be used to conduct engineering and environmental studies of the site and close the real estate transaction with Johnson Bank, the owner of the land located on the west edge of the village near the intersection of  Hwys.164 and VV.

The $60,000 will be paid back to the village when the land acquistion is completed, according to village officials. Village trustees have until September 28 to make a final decision whether to purchase the land.

However, village officials have refused to disclose the price of the land.

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Oconomowoc falls in state quarterfinal

By JR Radcliffe

June 12, 2012 3:51 p.m. | It came as a surprise when Stevens Point didn't send workhorse pitcher Logan Mallek out to start the game in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 baseball state tournament in Appleton on Tuesday. Unfortunately for opposing Oconomowoc, it was Mallek who was on the mound at the finish.

The Raccoons built a 4-0 lead at Time Warner Cable Field in Appleton, but a pitching change, clutch hits and a pair of OHS fielding miscues left the Raccoons mulling a 6-4 loss in the state quarterfinal. The Panthers advanced into the semifinal later Tuesday evening, while Oconomowoc was eliminated after playing in its first state tourney since 2001.

A fielding nightmare in the sixth inning allowed Stevens Point to score twice with two outs and break a 4-4 tie.

Shortstop Jack Zoeller couldn't get a handle on a bounder with two outs and a runner on first, keeping the inning alive for SPASH left fielder Seth Merill, who singled up the middle to give the Panthers their first lead of the game. One batter later, Sterling King reached when Austin Hallett couldn't snag a grounder to second base, and another run came around to score.

"There's only one team that ends up winning the last game," coach Arno Kirchenwitz said. "We have to remember the positive things we did. We had them on the ropes. The ball didn't bounce our way a couple times, and that's baseball. The kid they had (on the mound) got tougher. They tried to sneak their No. 2 by us, and it didn't work."

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KMSD hosting presentation on youth strengths, needs

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 12, 2012 3:44 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) will host Search Institute trainer Jim Conway from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, in the Kettle Moraine High School library.

What would you do if you knew that only 23 percent of young people feel valued by adults in the community? Conway will build a shared understanding of young people’s strengths and needs in the community. Parents, youth leaders, coaches and community members are invited to review survey findings and participate in a workshop to build potential in youth.


"Prometheus" not all it's cracked up to be

June 12, 2012 2:28 p.m. | "Prometheus" is hitting the silver screen, but is it worth shelling out the bucks to see it in a theater? Our reviewer doesn't think so. See what he has to say in this week's papers.


Old World Wisconsin provides more life on the farm experiences

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 12, 2012 12:11 p.m. | Following the opening of the new "Life on the Farm" daily experience at Old World Wisconsin, the museum will offer additional farm-related events June 15-17, according to a news release.

"Life on the Farm" features the opportunity for visitors to experience what life was like living and working on a 19th-century Midwestern farm and will be offered on a daily basis throughout the operating season. 

Additional Farm-Related Events include the following

After-Hours Barn Dance on Friday, June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. Adults $10; children (5-17) $7; 4 and under are free.

The barn dance will be held in the upper loft of the historic Clausing Barn. All ages are welcome; no experience necessary. Snacks available for purchase at the dance; the Clausing Barn Restaurant will also be open until 6:30 p.m. with light meals and snacks available. Reservations are required; available through noon Friday at www.oldworldwisconsin.org or (262) 594-6301.

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Promotion proposed for Sussex Lieutenant

By Kelly Smith

June 11, 2012 8:33 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - The Waukesha County Sheriff and village officials are considering elevating the postion of village police service director from the rank of lieutenant to Captain.

In addition to being in charge of the village's 24 hour police patrol, the lieutenant  is also in charge of the daily operations of the sheriff's substation in Sussex.

Deputies who are specifically assigned to the communities of Merton, Sussex, and Lisbon  work from the substation in addition to sheriff's detectives and deputies assigned to other duties in the county.

The communities that have specific deputies assigned to them pay the sheriff's office for the additional police patrols. The police service contract with the Village of Sussex is one of the largest and oldest contracts in the sheriff's department.

Village trustees have occassionally expressed frustrations about police service directors who are assigned to the village for a few years before being promoted to captain assigned new command and supervisor duties.

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Pewaukee rallies to defeat the Falls

By Chuck Delsman

June 10, 2012 6:07 p.m. |  The host Pewaukee Muskies grabbed the headlines in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league Sunday by scoring three runs in the last of the ninth to defeat Menomonee Falls, 8-7.

Pewaukee is now 6-1. West Bend leads the league at 7-1

Greg Harder and Tim Mertins delivered the big hits for the Muskies in the ninth.

Other scores Sunday saw Oconomowoc whip North Lake 17-1, Sussex trounce Monches 17-1, West Bend defeat Hartland 15-4, Lannon edge Merton in 10 innings 9-8 and the Brookfield Blue Sox upset the Brookfield Bulldogs, 6-5.

On Friday night Monches stopped North Lake, 4-1.


Lake Country Lutheran soccer team to state

By JR Radcliffe

June 09, 2012 11:18 p.m. | The Lake Country Lutheran/University Lake School soccer team, despite a team of just 12 players for much of the year, earned a berth in the state tournament for the first time in program history with a 4-2 win over Aquinas in Saturday's sectional final, 4-2.

Ellen Tyler scored twice for the Lightning (19-2-0), who will battle St. Mary Central (22-1-2) in the WIAA Division 3 semifinals at 9 a.m. Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Check out a feature on the team from two weeks ago.

Kettle Moraine, competing in the Division 1 sectional final, fell to Waukesha West on Saturday, 1-0. The Lasers have fallen to West in the sectional final each of the past two seasons.


Name of Highway 67 crash victim released

By Andrea Budde

June 08, 2012 7:20 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has released the name of the milk truck driver who died after his tanker tipped over on Highway 67 yesterday morning. 22 year old Kurt Klink from the Town of Addison died after the tanker he was driving failed to negotiate a curve and tipped over on Highway 67 near Highway ZZ yesterday morning around 4:15 a.m.

Inital reports yesterday stated that the man was from Allenstown. That information was incorrect. 


Hamilton Chargers to state

By Chris Schuck

June 07, 2012 6:33 p.m. | The Hamilton Chargers varsity girls softball team defeated Watertown on Thursday 4-3 in the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Final at Arrowhead.

Hamilton got a seven inning pitching performance from Sydney Sprinkel. She allowed two hits, both to Brenna Seeber.

Jenny Shernell hit a solo homer in the top of the first inning for Hamilton (16-9).


Hartland-Lakeside to go to referendum again

By Joe Trovato

June 07, 2012 3:37 p.m. | Only months after a $930,000 referendum failed, the Hartland-Lakeside School District announced another $600,000 operating referendum will go before voters in August.

The referendum question voters will see when they head to the polls on August 14, will ask taxpayers for the authority to exceed the School District's revenue limit by $600,000. If approved, the School District could levy up to that amount beyond its authorized revenue limit for five years.

According to a press release from the School District, "This amount was included in the December 2011 tax bills under the revenue limit law for budget year 2011-12, but now requires voter approval to be included in the 2012-13 budget. Therefore the referendum will not increase taxes."

The School District stated that with the implementation of Act 10 for the 2011-12 school year, that the District was able to trim some $1.2 million out of its budget through restructuring salaries and benefits for employees. But it contends that even with those cuts, it must buoy its revenue limit in order to maintain its current level of programming and services.

"The referendum asks for funding to help maintain small class sizes, meet the State of Wisconsin educational standards, and keep important programs in place for our students," the press release said.

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Details of deadly Highway 67 crash released

By Andrea Budde

June 07, 2012 3:24 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has announced that a 22-year old Hartford man is the victim of a roll over accident that occurred just after 4 a.m. this morning on Highway 67 in the Town of Ottawa. Flight for Life was called, however the driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The man had been a trucker for Gundrum Trucking out of Slinger.

It appears from the initial investigation that the driver was southbound on Highway 67 when he failed to negotiate the curve.

The Department of Natural Resources was called to the scene for minor milk spillage. The Wisconsin State Patrol is assisting with the investigation. 

The roadway was shutdown for approximately six hours.


Accident blocking traffic at I-94/Highway F in Pewaukee

June 07, 2012 3:11 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation sent out an alert around 2:30 p.m. of a car on fire on I-94 west near Highway F in Pewaukee.

Police have blocked all lanes on I-94 west and traffic  is being directed by on the shoulder.


Wold ordered to pay restitution

By Joe Trovato

June 07, 2012 2:59 p.m. | A judge Thursday ordered convicted killer Darren Wold to pay the victim's family nearly $74,000 in restitution payments for the care of his child.

Wold appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court wearing an orange prison suit on Thursday afternoon for the purpose of determining his present and future earning potential as well as his finanical resources available to make restitution payments.

The hearing was over in a matter of minutes as Wold and his defense team provided no evidence that Wold would be unable to make the payments imposed on him by the court in April.

Wold said only, "I have nothing to say," when asked by the judge for a statement.

Wold, who earned a life sentence for the 2009 murder of Oconomowoc's Kimberly Smith, was embroiled in a bitter custody dispute with Smith over their son when he allegedly hired a hitman from California through a friend to kill Smith.

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Cleanup from Highway 67 fatal complete

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

June 07, 2012 10:50 a.m. |

 

Highway 67 in the Town of Ottawa reopened after about six hours as crews uprighted a milk tanker that flipped early this morning, killing the driver. The accident occurred around 4:16 a.m. just north of Highway ZZ.


Highway 67 reopens

June 07, 2012 10:25 a.m. | All lanes of Highway 67 have been reopened.

The road was closed after a fatal truck crash at Highway ZZ earlier this morning.


Oconomowoc library will be open during road construction

June 07, 2012 10:19 a.m. | 2193.The Oconomowoc Public Library will remain open the weeks of June 11 and 18 during the Wisconsin Avenue construction project. Follow the detour signs. For more information, call the library at (262) 567-2193.


Highway 67 likely to be closed for another 40 minutes

By Andrea Budde

June 07, 2012 9:39 a.m. |  A Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputy is reporting that Highway 67 will be closed for likely another 40 minutes as crews finish cleaning up after a deadly accident this morning in the Town of Ottawa that took the life of a milk tanker driver.

The flipped milk tanker has been up righted and the load is being transferred. 


Milk tanker driver dies in Highway 67 accident

By Andrea Budde

June 07, 2012 8:54 a.m. | A milk tanker driver died at the scene of a crash around 4:16 this morning on Highway 67 in the Town of Ottawa, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reports. 

The driver had been southbound on Highway 67 when the driver apparently failed to negotiate a curve and flipped the semi tanker. 

Highway 67 is still closed to traffic and will remain closed for hours, according to the Sheriff's Department. 

Southbound Highway 67 motorists are being detoured west on Highway ZZ. Northbound Highway 67 motorists are being detoured east on Highway ZZ. 

The Sheriff's Department reports that there was minor milk spillage. The Department of Natural Resources and the State Patrol were also on scene.

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Crash closes Highway 67 near Ottawa

By Andrea Budde

June 07, 2012 8:25 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is still on the scene of an accident on Highway 67 at  Highway ZZ near the Town of Ottawa. According to information from the Waukesha County dispatch website, the accident occured around 4:16 this morning.

Details are slow coming in, but preliminary reports state the accident involves a semi truck. 

Information will be posted as it becomes available. 


Ramp closures on I-43 tomorrow

June 06, 2012 4:47 p.m. | The off-ramp from I-43 southbound to Highway 83 in Mukwonago will experience periodic closures Thursday and Friday, according to the Department of Transportation.

There will also be periodic closures on the I-43 southbound off-ramp to Racine Avenue on Thursday and Friday.

Efforts will be made to keep the ramp open during rush hours.
 


Man taken to hospital after Town of Mukwonago accident last night

By Andrea Budde

June 06, 2012 12:16 p.m. |  A man in his 40's was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital last night after the Mukwonago Fire Department spent nearly 20 minutes extricating him from his mangled car on Highway NN near Rolling Hills Elementary school. The accident occurred at 8:20 p.m. 

Fire Chief Jeff Stien stated that the man had been driving straight along Highway NN when somehow his vehicle crashed into a tree so hard that the tree was nearly touching the vehicle's firewall.

The victim was the only occupant in the vehicle.

No further details are available at this time. Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for more information. 


Power restored in North Prairie/Genesee

By Andrea Budde

June 06, 2012 9:21 a.m. |  WE Energies reports that power was restored to around 50 customers at 8:40 this morning after a squirell caused a short around 7:25 a.m. 


Handful without power near North Prairie/Genesee

By Andrea Budde

June 06, 2012 8:11 a.m. |  The WE Energies power outage map shows that nearly 50 customers near Highway E and Road X are currently without power. The call came in to WE Energies around 7:25 a.m. this morning. 

WE Energies reports that the outage is due to a squirrel contact with equipment causing a short. 

Power should be restored between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. this morning. Crews should be on scene at the moment. 


Lake Country follows state: Walker wins big

June 06, 2012 7:48 a.m. | The headlines are filled with news of Gov. Scott Walker succeeding in yesterday's recall election, and Lake Country -- in the heart of Waukesha County, a Republican stronghold -- followed the rest of the state in casting the majority of its votes for the governor.

See tomorrow's papers for a breakdown of votes by community, and comments from voters as they left the polls.


Warhawks golfers golden once again

By Rob Reischel

June 06, 2012 7:25 a.m. | Arrowhead boys golf coach Greg Budzien spent time with a chiropractor last week. Then on Tuesday, Budzien was plunked on the head with a golf ball and suffered a large cut.

Warhawks senior standout Matt McIntosh had all sorts of problems with a pesky contact lens Tuesday, leaving him with a bloodshot eye.

As the WIAA Division 1 boys state golf tournament at University Ridge came to an end, Arrowhead was a battered and bruised bunch. But the Warhawks were also state champions again.

Arrowhead rallied on the back nine and won the team title for the fifth time in six
years. The Warhawks shot 611 over the two-day tournament and surged past both Holmen (618) and Marquette (620).

Homestead’s Jordan Niebrugge won the individual championship, shooting an 8-under-par, 136, which tied him for the lowest mark in state history.

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Oconomowoc baseball heads back to state

By Michael Gouvion

June 06, 2012 7:18 a.m. | It’s been more than a decade, but the Oconomowoc baseball team is headed back to the Fox Cities.

The No. 4 seed Oconomowoc baseball team (17-11) pulled off a pair of upsets Tuesday, defeating the top seed Janesville Craig, 4-1, and No.-3 seed Madison La Follette, 3-2, to earn a trip to the state tournament in Appleton for the first time since 2001.

The Raccoons will take on Stevens Point at Fox Cities Stadium at 1 p.m. Tuesday in a state quarterfinal game.

Playing at Pohlman Field in Beloit, the Raccoons showed an aggressive approach early at the plate in the sectional final game against Madison LaFollette, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning to back a strong outing by junior pitcher Lucas Filbert.

“We just wanted our pitchers to keep the ball down in the strike zone and limit the number of base runners,” head coach Arno Kirchenwitz said.

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