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Genesee residents speak out against wind turbine application

By Andrea Budde

July 30, 2012 8:08 p.m. | Many residents are speaking out against a Town of Genesee resident's application to install a wind turbine on his Saylesville Road property during a public hearing this evening at Town Hall.

In the words of one resident, “I didn’t move out here to live next to a windmill;" the same opinion of many other residents.


Look for the full story in this week's Kettle Moraine Index.


Town of Genesee holds wind energy system public hearing tonight

By Andrea Budde

July 30, 2012 6:29 p.m. | Residents are filing into the Town of Genesee Hall for the public hearing to consider the request of James Schroeder to install a wind energy system on his Saylesville Road property. Check back this evening for details of the hearing.


Save a life at the Mukwonago blood drive

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 30, 2012 4:38 p.m. | BloodCenter of Wisconsin continues to see a decrease in blood donations during the summer months and it needs the help of local residents to offset this trend.

The BloodCenter is asking area residents to make an appointment to donate at its upcoming blood drive planned for noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 at the ProHealth Care Clinic, 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago.

Donors can schedule an appointment online  or by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or (414) 937-6199. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-ins are also welcome.

According to the BloodCenter, blood donations decrease during busy summer months when donations dip because of summer travel and fewer school and community drives. BloodCenter must see at least 800 donors each day in order to meet the needs of the hospitals it serves.

The unique gift of blood can help save the lives of children and adults who are seriously injured, undergoing surgery or being treated for cancer and other illnesses. 

» Read Full Article

Donate blood today, win money

July 30, 2012 2:16 p.m. | Hamilton High School Charger Robotics will sponsor a Summer Scholarship Blood Drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 30, at St. James Catholic Church, W220 N6588 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls.
All attempting eligible donors may submit an official sweepstakes entry form at the time of donation for a drawing to win a $500 scholarship. Community members including teachers, families and friends can donate on behalf of an eligible student to increase a student’s chance to be awarded a scholarship.
Visit www.bcw.edu/ScholarshipRobo to schedule an appointment or call (877) 232-4376.
 


Glidden dies of injuries sustained in last week's car crash in Delafield

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 30, 2012 9:49 a.m. | Delafield Police Chief Scott Taubel confirmed Monday morning that Ian Glidden has died due to injuries sustained in the one-vehicle crash last Tuesday morning in Delafield.

Taubel said Glidden was prounced brain dead at 12:58 p.m. Friday.

He had been listed as being in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital since the crash. 

Glidden, 18, would have been a senior at Arrowhead High School in the fall.

He was the back-seat passenger in the 2005 Chevy Cobalt that hit a utility pole on Nagawicka Road, just north Faire Lakes Parkway.

» Read Full Article

Titans win Southwest LOL title

By Chuck Delsman

July 29, 2012 8:29 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Titans, managed by Pat Leslie, swept East Troy on Sunday in a Land O' Lakes Southwest Division doubleheader. 

The sweep clinched the regular season championship for the Titans and guaranteed them the No. 1 seed in the post-season playoffs.

Tanner Wensman had a big day at the plate for Oconomowoc and Nash Bell was the winning pitcher in both games.


Mulkey, Merton mow down Pewaukee

By Chuck Delsman

July 29, 2012 5:35 p.m. |  Led by a four-hit, 14 strikeout performance by pitcher Sam Mulkey, the host Merton Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team stopped Pewaukee Sunday, 4-1. Mulkey and Merton stopped Pewaukee last week by a 2-1 score.

Other games Sunday saw Menomonee Falls stop Lannon 8-0, Oconomowoc whip Hartland 14-5, Brookfield Bulldogs blank Monches 5-0, Sussex edge the Brookfield Blue Sox 8-6 and West Bend down North Lake 10-6.

On Wednesday , Pewaukee defeated host Lannon, 7-4 in 10 innings. In that game, Pewaukee pitcher Adam Dominick struck out 16 batters in nine innings of work.


Sussex Associated Bank robbed, again

July 28, 2012 7:58 p.m. | A deputy with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department confirmed the Sussex Associated Bank was robbed around 8 a.m. this morning, July 28.

The deputy did not have any information regarding if money was taken and how much. He did report that bank employees called 911 around 8 a.m. to report a black man about 5-feet, 4-inches tall with a short beard entered the bank, at N64 W23710 Main St. He said the Sheriff's Department immediately responded. But the bank employees said the man displayed a hand gun and then fled on foot. No one was injured according to the deputy.

An unknown resident called the Sussex Sun to report that the Sheriff's Department had blocked of Main Street in the area of the bank for about two hours and had their guns drawn.

The Sheriff's Deputy that answered the phone at the department desk Saturday evening said the FBI is assisting in the investigation which is ongoing and that he had no further information at this time.

This is the second time the bank has experienced a robbery since March. On March 21, Krystal Y. Kompsi, 28, of N65 W22001 Woodfield Drive, Town of Lisbon, testified for prosecutors against March H. Scott, 31, of Milwaukee during a preliminary hearing March 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

» Read Full Article

Campfires allowed again in state forest southern unit

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 27, 2012 10:37 p.m. | Emphasizing that the drought is not over, state fire control officials at the Department of Natural Resources will lift campfire bans at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, July 28 in the following state parks properties: Big Foot Beach, Lapham Peak, Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Elroy-Sparta State Trail, according to a news release from the DNR.

A revised emergency burn restriction map will be posted at 12:01 a.m. July 28 here search for the keywords “fire danger.”

“Recent rains have lowered the fire risks enough in some areas to relax burning restrictions,” said Trent Marty, chief of DNR’s Bureau of Forest Protection. “The rain has been spotty however and we will keep restrictions in place in the remaining areas until we can safely lift them.”

“There has been tremendous cooperation by the public during this period of high fire danger,” added Marty, “folks have really taken our messages to heart and we greatly appreciate their effort.”

“We are happy to be able to allow campfires in all state park properties again,” said Kimberly Currie, acting director of Wisconsin State Parks and Trails. “Sitting around the campfire with family and friends is a special part of a state park experience visit but visitor safety is our top priority.”


Man accused of threatening Waukesha County DA is jailed

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

July 27, 2012 3:28 p.m. | A former Oconomowoc man is back in Waukesha County, jailed on charges he threatened the district attorney and a court commissioner.

Adam David Kane, 38, who had been living in Seattle and now lists an Indiana address, sent several angry, obscenity-laced and specific emails to District Attorney Brad Schimel and Court Commissioner Linda Georgeson in May, according to the criminal complaint.

He was charged in early June with threatening a judge with bodily harm, a felony, and two misdemeanor counts of unauthorized use of a computer communication system. He was arrested this week in Montana on a Wisconsin warrant.

Kane's displeasure seemed to stem from his arrest last year on what turned out to be false accusations by his wife that he had threatened her with a knife. She told police she was trying to force Kane into getting some mental health treatment.

He was jailed for four days before his release, according to the threatening emails cited in the criminal complaint. His wife was given a municipal citation for providing false information to authorities.

» Read Full Article

Genesee man charged in attack to wife's face, neck

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 27, 2012 2:58 p.m. | Waukesha - A 61-year-old Genesee man was charged Friday with first-degree reckless injury in an attack Wednesday that left his wife with cuts on her face and neck.

Ronald A. Sallmann also was charged with shoving or striking police/fire animals and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Sallmann was arrested about 1:25 a.m. Thursday by members of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department tactical unit after a standoff at his home that began Wednesday night.

Sheriff's deputies had gone to his home after they were notified about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday by staff at a hospital that Sallmann's wife was being treated for severe cuts to her face and neck. The woman, 60, was cut during a domestic dispute, the sheriff's department said.

Sallmann refused to come out of his home. After tactical unit members entered the home, Sallmann attempted to fight with a sheriff's canine and suffered a puncture wound to his leg, the department said.

» Read Full Article

City of Oconomowoc lifts burn ban

July 27, 2012 12:13 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Fire Department announced today, July 27, that it has lifted its burn ban.

"Thanks to the recent rain, the burning ban has been lifted. Thank you for your patience during the ban. Stay Safe!," posted the department on its Facebook page and city website.

For more information, contact the Oconomowoc Fire Department at (262) 569-3223.


Delafield Police: Car crash victims were wearing seat belts

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 27, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Capt. Erik Kehl of the Delafield Police Department said Friday that the two teenagers who died in the one-vehicle crash Tuesday morning were wearing their seat belts.

But he added that the basic accident report reveals that Ian Glidden, 18, who was in the back seat of the 2005 two-door Chevy Cobalt, was not wearing his seat belt.

The driver of the vehicle, Kody Koepke, 18, of Hartland and TJ Peters, 18, of Pewaukee, the front-seat passenger, died at the scene after their vehicle hit a utility pole at 3:15 a.m. at Nagawicka Road, just north of Faire Lakes Parkway.

Koepke and Peters were 2012 graduates of Arrowhead High School.

Glidden, of Nashotah, survived the accident and was taken to Froedtert Hospital after the Lake Country Fire and Rescue removed him from the vehicle. He has been listed in critical condition since the crash.

» Read Full Article

Imagine A Day golf outing is set

By Donna Frake

July 27, 2012 8:52 a.m. | The Imagine A Day Foundation will hold its annual golf outing on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Paganica Golf Course.

The event begins at 8:30 a.m., rain or shine. It is a four-person scramble and the cost is  $75 per golfer with opportunities for raffles and other prizes. 

The outing is held in memory of Courtney Bella, who was killed, along with her mother and unborn sister, in a tragic accident by an impaired driver in 2008. Funds raised from the event go to promoting creative and performing arts in the Oconomowoc Area School District. For more on the story, read the Tuesday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus. 


Burn Bans are lifting around the area

By Andrea Budde

July 27, 2012 8:31 a.m. |  Rain, rain, glorious rain! Thanks to the presence of it over the past few days, several municipalities in the area have lifted their burn bans as of this morning.

Those now removed from the ban including: 

Town and Village of Eagle

Village of Big Bend

Village of North Prairie

» Read Full Article

Funeral arrangement announced for victim of Delafield crash

July 27, 2012 8:28 a.m. | Kody KoepkeFuneral services for Kody Koepke, 18, of Hartland are planned for Monday.

Koepke, a 2012 graduate of Arrowhead High School, was killed in a crash in Delafield early July 24.

Visitation will be from 3 until the 7 p.m. funeral service Monday, July 30, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 210 Pleasant St., Oconomowoc. Burial will be at La Belle Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the church or the charity of the donor's choice.


Ashippun fire ban lifted

July 27, 2012 8:25 a.m. | The burning ban in the Town of Ashippun has been lifted, effective immediately, according to an announcement by Town Chairman Steve Panozzo.

Panozzo noted that some areas in the town  have received more than 2 inches of rain in the past 10 days. This has led to improved conditions.


Civil War Encampment in Pewaukee goes back in time

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 27, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The Civil War was fought 150 years ago, but for some people that era is as fresh as the morning’s dew.

That’s because they are living it. They are re-enactors who are constant reminders of that important period in our nation’s history .

You’ll be able to see these re-enactors and experience what life was like for Civil War soldiers and ordinary citizens at the Civil War Encampment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of St. Mary’s Church and School, 449 Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee.

Talk to a blacksmith and other tradesmen of the time and visit with soldiers and townsfolk.

At 1:30 p.m. both days the soldiers will assemble for drill presentations. At 2:30 p.m. Saturday, the women get their turn in A Timekeepers fashion show.

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Tactical unit called for Genesee stabbing, stand-off

By Andrea Budde

July 26, 2012 1:38 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) responded to a Town of Genesee residence on Honeysuckle Drive  shortly after 10 p.m. last night after an area hospital informed police that a 60-year-old woman was undergoing treatment for a severe laceration to her face and neck. 

Deputies responded to the residence where the victim’s husband was alone in the home. Officers made contact with the suspect, who refused to comply with officer’s instructions to exit his home. Deputies attempted several times to establish contact with the suspect and encourage him to come out from his residence. Nearby residences were advised of the situation and instructed to remain in their basements until the situation was resolved.

As time went on, the suspect became more confrontational in his unwillingness to comply, and told officers he would not leave his home. That was when the TEU was called in. 

Police finally entered the home after numerous failed attempts by Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Team members to have the suspect surrender. 

The 61-year-old suspect was taken into custody at 1:23 a.m. and was treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a puncture wound to his leg after trying to fight with a Sheriff's Department K-9.

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Oconomowoc FD evaluating area before lifting burn ban

July 26, 2012 12:25 p.m. | While some area communities have begun to lift burn bans after recent rains, the City of Oconomowoc Fire Department is still evaluating its area.

According to a post on the department's Facebook page, officials are not ready to lift the ban just yet.

"The DNR just updated the page showing we are at a "Low" risk now, probably due to the storms that went through. We will see if it stays low, if so, we can lift the ban! As of now we need to evaluate the conditions in our area before we do anything," read a comment posted on the page Thursday morning.


Eagle lifting burn ban tomorrow

By Andrea Budde

July 26, 2012 11:54 a.m. |  Thanks to recent rains, the burn ban that has been in place in the Town and Village of Eagle for over a month will be lifted at 8 a.m. tomorrow, July 27, according to Eagle Fire Chief Justin Heim. 


Multiple power outages throughout Lake Country

July 26, 2012 8:16 a.m. | Thunderstorms with strong winds knocked out power and lines to numerous customers throughout Lake Country last night, from Pewaukee to Delafield and Wales.

We Energies has restored power to more than 9,000 customers since the storms swept through last night, and crews are out continuing to work to address the remaining outages.

The power company urges people to stay at least 25 feet away from downed lines and anything touching them.


LCP Hartland office without phones, Internet

July 26, 2012 8:12 a.m. | Lake Country Publications' Hartland office is without phones or Internet this morning. If you send an email or voicemail, we will get back to you as soon as we're up and running again.


Waukesha County to pay $256,300 to fix Nickolaus error

By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel

July 25, 2012 4:34 p.m. | The Waukesha County Board has appropriated more than a quarter-million dollars to fix an election computer programming mistake by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus.

Supervisors voted, 22-2, on Tuesday to spend $256,300 in the wake of a breakdown in the system for reporting results in the April 3 election.

Despite Nickolaus' promise to post timely results online, the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours. Reporters and election reporting service representatives had to tabulate vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.

At County Executive Dan Vrakas' direction, the county hired a consulting firm to investigate what happened, at a cost of $15,000.

SysLogic Inc. of Brookfield found that Nickolaus had ordered an upgrade in the election software and, after that upgrade, she was the only person trained to program the computers. Then, sometime after final testing of the computers, but before the election, she changed something in the programming, the consultant's report said.

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Power outages affect more than 3,100 in Lake Country

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 25, 2012 4:26 p.m. | More than 3,100 customers in Lake Country are without power, according to We Energies.

A spokeswoman said the majority of people affected reside in Delafield. The outage has also stretched into outlying communities such as Nashotah and Chenequa.

The woman said crews were in Delafield investigating the cause of the outage.

According to the We Energies interactive power outage map, the outage began at 4:01 p.m. and is centered on the Nagawicka Lake area.

Power briefly went out just before 4 p.m. at the Lake Country Publications Office, 810 Cardinal Lane, Hartland, but was restored shorty thereafter. 


Old World Wisconsin hosts Olympic-inspired activities

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 25, 2012 12:59 p.m. | Old World Wisconsin is marking the start of the summer Olympics with the launch of the first ever "Let's Move!" Olympics-inspired fun day meetup, on Saturday, July 28 with activities from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

"Let's Move!," helping kids to lead healthier lives, and the Olympics-inspired Fun Day Meetup are spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama. Old World Wisconsin, a "Let's Move!" museum, will be the site of a Wisconsin Olympics-inspired Fun Day Meetup, offering family friendly, old-fashioned contests throughout the site.

Activities include batting and running bases using the same baseball equipment used in the 1860s immediately following the Eagle Diamonds vintage baseball game against the Lemont Quarryment at 1:30 p.m..

 Guests are welcome to bring their own team for tug o’ war, or dig in with teams created on the spot, or take part in sticks and hoops relay races. A bucket brigade with laundry tubs and a graces contest for the record number of times the hoop is caught using the sticks, will also be offered.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Admission is $16 for adults, $14 for students and seniors (65 and older) and $9 for children (5 to17); children under 5 are free. 

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Victims identified in Tuesday's fatal crash in Delafield

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 25, 2012 9:32 a.m. | Two teens who died in an early Tuesday morning one-vehicle crash in Delafield have been identified by police.

The driver, Kody Koepke, 18, of Delafield and Timothy (TJ) Peters, 18, of Pewaukee, the front-seat passenger, died at the scene after their vehicle struck a utility pole at 3:15 a.m. on Nagawicka Road, just north of Faire Lakes Parkway.

A third person, Ian Glidden, 18, of Nashotah, was in the backseat and taken to Froedtert Hospital by the Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

Delafield Police Chief Scott Taubel said Gliddon remains in critical condition.

Taubel said the case is still under investigation, but added that initial indications show that speed appears to be a factor in the crash. 


Sheriff dicusses how one could've reacted to theater shooting

July 25, 2012 8:58 a.m. | Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls asks readers, "What if you had been in the theater?" in this week's Thanks For Listening column in the Focus.

Would you flee? Stand up and protect others? If you had a gun, would you use it?

Watch for this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus or on this website under Oconomowoc Focus, Police and Courts.


Former Pewaukee mayor dead

July 25, 2012 7:44 a.m. | Jeff Nowak, former mayor of the City of Pewaukee, has died.

The 49-year-old was found July 22 in a condo near Milwaukee's Third Ward. No foul play is suspected and there was no evidence of any injuries or trauma. The doctor who performed the autopsy indicated Nowak had heart disease, but a cause of death has not been determined, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. The results of toxicology tests are still unknown.

Read more in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.


Mercury rising -- again

July 25, 2012 7:29 a.m. | The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today.

Temperatures could reach 95 to 101, with heat indices of 100 to 108.

The NWS advises you limit time outside, and reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.


Sussex drops development plan

By Kelly Smith

July 24, 2012 9:28 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village trustees tonight unanimously agreed to accept a staff recommendation to stop plans to purchase 120 acres of farm land on the west edge of the village that was slated to developed into a commercial park by NAI/MLG of Brookfield and Milwaukee.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith had advised trustees last week that cost for constructing public improvements and utilities on the land were higher than original estimates.

The plans had called for the village to use real estate tax revenues from a special taxing district to finance purchase of the land and the construction of streets, sidewalks, water, sewer and storm water control facilities in the park.

Village President Greg Goetz thanked the village staff and representatives from NAI/MLG for their work in investigating the economic feasibility of the project. He also praised village trustees for "keeping an open mind" while the village went through the process of determining whether the project was feasible.

He said the process followed by the village determined "this development project is not going to work out at this time."


Find County Clerk candidate bio info here

By Andrea Budde

July 24, 2012 3:34 p.m. |  Due to space constraints in today's Lake Country Reporter, biographical information for each was excluded from the story. 

Find complete biographical information here: www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/news/county-will-have-new-clerk-come-fall-qd65r91-163413916.html


Meet Gilbert Brown in Oconomowoc

By Andrea Budde

July 24, 2012 2:11 p.m. | It's been a few years since Packer fans have had the chance to see Gilbert Brown dominate the field, but now is their chance to meet him up close and personal. From 6 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 2, fans can get an autograph from the iconic Packer at the Cornerstone Sports Pub and Eatery, 24 S. Main St. in Oconomowoc. NFL Photos, footballs, helmets and gravedigger shovels will be available for purchase. 

The Gilbert Brown All Star Football Camp is being held this year from July 31 through Aug. 2 in Oconomowoc. 


WE Energies responding to branch on power line in North Lake

July 24, 2012 10:04 a.m. |  WE Energies is responding to a report of a fallen branch on a power line along Red Fox Run off of Beaver View Road in North Lake, according to the Waukesha County fire scanner. 

It is unclear at this time if power is out in the area. 

More information will be provided as it becomes available. 


Missing your iPhone?

July 24, 2012 7:51 a.m. | An Apple iPhone was found in Hartland near Asian Kitchen and Subway. If you lost your phone in that area, call Kristin Gilbert at (262) 369-0100.


Two dead in early morning crash in Delafield after vehicle hits utility pole

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 24, 2012 7:37 a.m. | Two men died in a one-vehicle crash early Tuesday morning in the City of Delafield and a third is in critical condition.

The crash took place at 3:15 a.m. on Nagawicka Road, just north of Faire Lakes Parkway, Delafield Police Chief Scott Taubel said.

The vehicle struck a utility pole, Taubel said.

Taubel said the driver and front-seat passenger died at the scene and an 18-year-old male in the backseat was taken to Froedtert Hospital by the Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

That individual, Taubel said, is in critical condition.

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Lisbon-Sussex consolidation needs "strong" support

By Kelly Smith

July 23, 2012 10:32 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said tonight there is going to have to be " a strong indication of support" at an advisory referendum next month in order for the Town Board to continue exploring consolidation with the Village of Sussex.

Town Supervisor Dan Heier predicted voters will reject consolidation at the non binding referendum.

Supervisor Ryan Lippert added that he is not likely to support consolidation if  it is approved next month by a narrow margin of voters in a low turn out election.

"There is going to have to be a strong indication of support for the board to proceed,
Ryan and I might have a slight difference in how you define strong," said Gehrke.

Town voters will be asked on August 14 "if the terms of the consolidation were reasonable, would you be for or against consolidating Lisbon and Sussex to form a new municipality."

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DOT hosts public meeting on Capitol Dr. improvements

By Andrea Budde

July 23, 2012 11:34 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) will host a public open house meeting from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25 at the City of Pewaukee City Hall, W240 N3065 Pewaukee Rd. to discuss the proposed improvements to Highway 190 (Capitol Dr.) to Five Fields Drive.

The meeting will be held in an informal open house format. No formal presentations will be given. Representatives from the DOT project team will be available to discuss the proposed project and address any questions or concerns. Persons interested in the project may visit anytime during the meeting hours.

The intention of this project is to improve pavement conditions, safety and operations as well as improve mobility on Highway 190. Construction on Capitol Drive is currently scheduled for spring of 2013.

Pewaukee City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing and require an interpreter may request one by contacting DOT Project Manager Christine Rawson, (262) 548-6428, at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications System (dial 711).


Celebrate Hartland

July 23, 2012 7:56 a.m. | The Hartland Public Library is planning the grand-opening celebration of the renovated and expanded library for this weekend. See Tuesday's papers for a schedule of events for that day, more information about the construction project, and photos of the library, then and now.


The hills are alive …. with bikers!

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 20, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Biking enthusiasts will tell you that Wisconsin, with its gently rolling hills and pastoral landscapes, is a great place to ride in summer.

Bicycle groups fill up the warm-weather months with rides, long and short, taking advantage of the state’s natural resources.

The Bay View Bicycle Club has planned its Annual Lake Country Classic Bicycle Ride for this Saturday throughout scenic Lake Country. The ride starts and ends at First Congregational Church, 815 S. Concord Road in Oconomowoc.

Five routes will range from 15 to 100 miles to accommodate all skill levels and families. The ride features marked routes, cue sheets, sag wagon support and rest stops with homemade treats, fruit, sports drinks and water.

And if your bike breaks down?  No problem! Representatives from Wheel & Sprocket will be on hand to provide emergency bike repair.

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Frank second at State Am

By Chuck Delsman

July 19, 2012 8:09 p.m. |  Sam Frank of Delafield finished in second place Thursday at the 111th Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament at the Club at Strawberry Creek by shooting a 72-hole score of 5-under-par. Frank lost by one shot to Brady Strangstalien of Viroqua.

The State Am is the largest and most prestigious amateur golf tournament in Wisconsin.


Henning, Frank top State Am leaderboard

By Chuck Delsman

July 18, 2012 5:52 p.m. |  Two players with Lake Country ties stand in first and second place after the third round of the 2012 Wisconsin State Amateur at the Club at Strawberry Creek inKenosha.

Kyle Henning of Brookfield, playing out of Wanaki, is alone in first place at 8-under-par after rounds of 72-70-66. Henning's father Bruce is the Oconomowoc High School boys golf coach.

Sam Frank of Delafield, playing out of the Legend at Brandybrook, is second a 7-under-par. Frank has shot rounds of 71-70-68.

Mike Sorenson of Merton is tied for ninth place, 10 strokes back at 2-over-par.


Miss the meeting last night? We've got you covered

July 18, 2012 3:44 p.m. | A historical meeting for City of Oconomowoc Common Council was held Tuesday night. The city unveiled proposals to move the long dormant Rockwell development to the Fowler Lake shoreline and will loan the developer $6 million to get the project going. They said the project will increase the value of the land there to $16 million.

Also discussed is a proposal to swap city owned land with a developer. The developer will build a 55-unit apartment complex and the city hopes to raze blighted properties along North Main Street to expand its green space for the community.

Read our coverage here and here

You can also view a powerpoint presentation on the project here

And then we want to know what you think, share your thoughts here.


Hurry to get tickets to Elvis: I'll Remember You

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 18, 2012 12:46 p.m. | There is still time to catch the Mukwonago Village Players' live musical journey across Elvis' life in "Elvis: I'll Remember You." The final shows run this weekend with shows on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. at Mukwonago High School. 

Ticket prices are $15 for adults, and $12 for students 18 and younger and seniors 60 and older. Tickets can be purchased online. Tickets go offline 24 hours before the start of the performance. 

Consisting of flashbacks to Elvis' famed career, the audience is treated to an energetic, hip-shaking, humorous, controversial and dramatic look into the singer's life featuring more than 20 of Elvis' top hits performed live by the cast, featuring Elvis Tribute Artists, according to the MVP website.  


Sullivan named PHS girls soccer coach

By JR Radcliffe

July 18, 2012 12:32 p.m. | Pewaukee High School has hired Sean Sullivan to be its new head girls soccer coach, replacing Rick Kocchi. The PHS graduate has been a coach in Pewaukee schools for 14 years, most recently as JV boys and girls coach.

He is co-founder of the Pewaukee Select Soccer Club and was named co-head coach of the girls team in 1998 before stepping down in 2001 to work both JV squads.


New Park Lawn Principal hired

By Donna Frake

July 18, 2012 10:37 a.m. | Waukesha native Jennifer R. Jones has accepted the position of Park Lawn
Elementary School principal, replacing Joan Marley who retired at the end of the 2011/12 school year.

Jones comes to  Oconomowoc from the  Waukesha School District where she was an Instructional
Resource Teacher/Reading Specialist for eight years. She has also been employed by New Berlin   and Milwaukee Public Schools. 


Wrong-way driver sends woman by Flight

July 18, 2012 10:00 a.m. |

A 20-year-old Oconomowoc woman remains in intensive care at Froedtert Hospital after a 43-year-old Hartland woman hit her vehicle at about 11 p.m. July 17 while driving the wrong way on Highway 16.

According to the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department, the Hartland woman was driving east in the westbound lane of Highway 16 just west of Highway 83 in the City of Delafield in her red SUV when she struck almost head-on the Oconomowoc woman’s white four-door sedan.

The Oconomowoc woman was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital with undetermined injuries. The Hartland woman was taken to Aurora Summit with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Hartland woman was cited for drunken driving causing injury.

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Oconomowoc officials enthusiastic about downtown apartment project

July 17, 2012 9:40 p.m. | A request for support of a deal to swap city owned property in downtown Oconomowoc with commercial property along North Main Street received strong support from Common Council Tuesday night.

Officials approved support of drafting an agreement with developer and property owner Bob Felker on a 55-unit apartment project. Felker owns property where the former Boelter's shoes is on Main Street. The city is looking to trade its properties across from the under-construction community center for Felker's Main Street parcels.

The move will enable Felker to build the apartments officials said would be geared toward young professionals and others in a moderate income range. Director of Economic Development Bob Duffy said Felker has developed a similar residential development in Wauwatosa he will model this development after.

The city plans to expand its Village Green not just where the buildings are now, but out to the Fowler Lake shoreline cutting off the parking and road that exists there now.

"This is a win-win," said Alderwoman Cathleen Slattery who said downtown events like the planned German Christmas Market will only grow in success with the new public meeting space.

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Oconomowoc council support behind Rockwell plan

July 17, 2012 9:31 p.m. | Discussions and planning will continue on the new proposal for the mixed-use Rockwell Development downtown.

The majority of City of Oconomowoc Common Council voted to approve a preliminary agreement for the city to finance $6 million to get the long-delayed project off the ground. The agreement comes with strict stipulations the developer has 70 percent of units sold prior to construction and money paid down on condos that would not be refundable.

A new plan was made public last week between Rockwell and the city to move the project from its original St. Paul and Pleasant streets location downtown to front Fowler Lake. The Fowler Lake frontage is currently a city owned parking lot.

If the agreement is approved, the city will take over the former Rockwell site and use it to create the parking lost by the trade. The 38-unit condominium and commercial Rockwell development would move to the lot creating what city officials are calling a win-win that enhances the Fowler lakefront.

Concerns have been raised about parking, public access to the lake and the vitality of the project among other things. Mayor Jim Daley said the approval Tuesday night was basically an agreement to continue discussions with Rockwell and formulate an official developer's agreement.

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Fowler Lake residents want goose roundup

July 17, 2012 7:34 p.m. | A group of Fowler Lake residents want a goose roundup despite a recommendation from the city to hold off on one.

Discussions related to a roundup began last year. Options were presented including spending $5,000 to round up geese which could include oiling eggs and catching geese. The geese would be harvested for their meat and the meat sent to food pantries.

One resident said the geese have become a significant problem. He said their feces is abundant in Fowler Park and is bad at resident beaches and homes.

A motion was presented  and approved at the lake management district's money to commit the money for a roundup.


Lots of interest in Oconomowoc Rockwell project developer says

July 17, 2012 7:04 p.m. | A developer from Rockwell Development Inc. said there is strong interest from a potential restaurant that would occupy a large part of a proposed downtown mixed-use development.

The Community Development Authority Tuesday evening recommended a resolution for a memorandum of understanding between Rockwell and the city to build the development. It would consist of 38 condo units and commercial space below.

The developer said he has strong interest from both potential condo owners and restaurants. "I would have given up a long time ago if it wasn't for this," Jeff Seymour said of the proposed project.

The Common Council will next discuss the issue tonight.

Watch for updates on this discussion on this site and in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.


Teen killed by train in Mukwonago

July 17, 2012 4:01 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that a teenager was hit and killed by a train today in the Village of Mukwonago. Read their report here.

We'll post more as this story develops.


East Troy Community Band performs "Grand Finale"

By Andrea Budde

July 17, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  The East Troy Community Band, under the direction of Jay Huenink, will perform their “Grand Finale” concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

The family-style concert is free to the public and sponsored by the Alpine Valley Music Theatre.  The band will be joined by the East Troy Community Choir, directed by Rodger Trader.  All seats are under cover. 

Parking is available in the resort parking lot through the A-Frame entrance on Highway D.  Shuttles will be available to the back entrance of the amphitheatre. 

For more information, see the band’s Facebook page or website at: www.etband.com.


Exciting development talks tonight in Oconomowoc

July 17, 2012 2:46 p.m. | Discussions on two proposed developments in downtown Oconomowoc will be held tonight at the Community Development Authority and Common Council meetings at City Hall.

The projects include a memorandum of understanding between the city and Rockwell Development LLC. The developer years ago was approved for a multi-story mixed used development downtown, but has had trouble securing financing. The city is proposing a new plan that would help get the development going.

The second development is an agreement between the city and Worthington Apartments to build a 55-unit complex on city owned property on Wisconsin Avenue across from City Beach. The city would swap the land with Worthington for some downtown Main Street parcels and would like to expand Village Green adjacent to the properties.

Read more on these developments here,

www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/news/cda-to-make-rockwell-development-a-reality-3k64mso-162597016.html

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AHS loses in sectional title game

By Chuck Delsman

July 16, 2012 7:52 p.m. |  Arrowhead's baseball team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss in eight innings to Germantown Monday evening at the Cedarburg sectional in the chanpionship game. AHS never trailed in the game until Germantown won with a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth inning. 

AHS was five outs away from advancing to Friday's state meet before Germantown scored twice in the sixth to tie the game at 2-2. They won it in the eighth inning.

Jarek Petras worked seven strong innings for the Warhawks. At one stretch in retired 14 of 15 batters he faced. James Reinowski took the loss for Arrowhead.

Matt Gaberino and Mitch Dubnicka had the RBIs for Arrowhead in the first and fourth innings.

AHS finished the year at 23-10. Germantown is 24-9.


UW-Extension provides answers to drought-related questions

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 16, 2012 5:47 p.m. | Southern Wisconsin is now in drought conditions that rival those of 1988, according to a UW-Extension news release. These conditions pose challenges for all Wisconsin residents, both urban and rural. 

Potential crop losses may prove stressful to cash grain farmers as they struggle to meet commitments, and for livestock farmers who require large amounts of quality feed and forage. Urban residents wonder what to do about their lawns, gardens and trees. Everyone is concerned about heat exhaustion. 

Answers to many drought-related questions can be found online at University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Responds” 

“Through the coordinated effort of our county-based educators and campus-based specialists, Cooperative Extension is able to quickly respond to local needs,” said Richard M. Klemme, UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension dean and director.


Accused owl thieves will go to trial

By Joe Trovato

July 16, 2012 4:36 p.m. | Accused owl thieves Matthew R. Kuhlemeyer and Dilan S. White, both 18 and of Dousman, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday afternoon and learned that prosecutors are seeking $22,000 in restitution on behalf of the Wildlife in Need Center in Ottawa.

"That's a problem," White's defense attorney Paul Bucher told the judge. Bucher said he wanted to resolve the issue with his client through a plea, but when he saw the proposed restitution figure, "I fell off my chair."

Calling the request "absurd", Bucher told the judge that White could not, in good faith, make a plea as to the charges against him.

The two men were charged with burglary and criminal damage to property for allegedly stealing the now infamous great horned owl, Dakota, last November from his outdoor enclosure.

Dakota subsequently escaped his alleged captors and flew into the woods. He was found weeks later on a Dousman couple's porch in poor health.

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Arrowhead advances to sectional final

By JR Radcliffe

July 16, 2012 12:57 p.m. | The Arrowhead baseball team knocked off top-seeded Menomonee Falls (27-5) on Monday morning in the WIAA summer baseball sectional semifinal at Cedarburg, 7-4.

The Warhawks, seeded fourth, picked up a complete-game performance from Matt Gaberino and rallied for three runs in the sixth to break a 4-4 tie. Gaberino, Jordan White and Eric Cottrell all had RBIs in the crucial rally that sent AHS into the 4:30 p.m. sectional final against either Germantown or Cedarburg.

Kyle Eskoff went 3 for 4, and Dominic Todarello had three hits for Arrowhead (23-9). The 2009 state champions had lost in the first round of the playoffs each of the past two years but will now play for the chance to return to the state tourney, held this year at Kapco Park in Mequon on Friday.


Track maintenance will cause detour for drivers

July 16, 2012 10:16 a.m. | Scheduled track maintenance by the East Troy Electric Railroad near The Elegant Farmer will necessitate a detour for local and commercial traffic for about five days, beginning either the last week of July or the first week of August.

Plans call for the replacement of a grade crossing at Highway J, 350 feet west of Highway ES.

During construction, traffic will be detoured around lower and upper Phantom Lake using Highways I, LO and ES. The detour will be marked and highly-visible to traffic.
 


Hartland stuns Pewaukee in LOL West

By Chuck Delsman

July 15, 2012 6:43 p.m. |  Lowly Hartland, with just a 1-12 record going into Sunday's game at Pewaukee, shocked the first-place Muskies by a 14-12 score. The Oilers scored seven runs in the top of the first inning and were never headed.

Troy Dibb had three hits to lead Hartland and T.J. Ludorf homered in the eighth inning and finished with three runs batted in for the day. Starter Matt Brueser was the winning pitcher.

Other games Sunday saw Sussex down Menomonee Falls 7-2, West Bend defeat Monches 6-4, Lannon whip North Lake 17-5, Brookfield Bulldogs defeat Merton 7-6 and Oconomowoc blank Brookfield Blue Sox 10-0.

Games on Saturday saw Menomonee Falls edge North Lake 3-2, Blue Sox down Hartland 9-1 and the Bulldogs upset Pewaukee 6-2.

On Friday,  Merton stopped Monches 11-7 and West Bend stopped Lannon in 10 innings, 15-11.

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Mount Olive to play in Hartland

By Chuck Delsman

July 14, 2012 6:29 p.m. |  The popular band Mount Olive will play at the Hartland Street Dance next Saturday (July 21) beginning at 7 p.m. The Boogie Men were scheduled to play but cancelled last week.


Mukwonago jams to Music in the Park tomorrow

By Andrea Budde

July 13, 2012 3:04 p.m. |  Returning for a second year is the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce's Music in the Park, which kicks off July 14 at Indianhead Park Beach.

Making its debut will be Art in the Park, a showcase of work by local artists. Area sculptors and photographers will show their work beginning at 2 p.m. A plein-air event will be held throughout the village the week before the event, from July 8-14. "Plein-air" involves artists painting or drawing live on site. Judging and review of work will be held throughout the day.

Wine and beer will be available.

Skip Towne and the Greyhounds will perform live music from 6 to 9 p.m.

The next Music in the Park will be Aug. 17 and will feature music by Cold Sweat.

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Rain in Jefferson County

July 13, 2012 12:52 p.m. | Something's happening that people in these parts haven't seen for a while: it's raining. Or at least, it's raining to the west of Lake Country, out in the southern part of Jefferson County.

A resident east of Fort Atkinson reported thunder, torrential rains and high winds.

Could it be headed our way?


Sussex cancels development project

By Kelly Smith

July 13, 2012 11:46 a.m. | Village of Sussex- Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said this morning he will recommend  the Village Board end negotiations with NAI/MLG regarding the purchase of 120 acres of the farm land near the intersection of Hwy. 164 and Silver Spring Road.

The village had intended to purchase the land and create a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district to raise real estate tax revenues to pay for streets and other public improvements so NAI/MLG could develop a commercial park on the site.

NAI/MLG holds an option to purchase the land from Johnson Bank . The bank took over the farm land from the  Bilienski Brothers after the developers had purchased it from the Meissner family but were unable to develop it because of internal financial issues.

Smith said the latest estimates on the costs for development site preparation, installing sewer mains, and building a new street intersection are higher than the original estimates.

He said that because of the higher than anticipated cost he will recommend later this month to the village board to cancel the proposed project.

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Discovery Channel to air story of Jefferson County murder

July 13, 2012 10:43 a.m. | Viewers are invited to hear accounts from a Jefferson County Sheriff officers and the family of Timothy Hack and Kelly Drew who were murdered near Sullivan in 1980.

Discovery Channel's true crime show, Stolen Voices, Buried Secrets will air "Deadly Harvest" which tells the story of the murder of Drew and Hack. The couple, of Fort Atkinson, disappeared after attending a wedding reception at the Concord House in Sullivan. Months passed with no sign of them until hunters found their decaying bodies near a wooded area in Ixonia.

The murder became a cold case for 30 years until a federal grant put forth resources to reinvestigate. Edward W. Edwards was arrested as a suspect and his DNA later matched semen found on Drew's clothes.

Edwards was convicted in the double slayings in 2010 and died in prison in April of 2011.

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Mukwonago Fire responds to crash/grass fire last night

By Andrea Budde

July 13, 2012 10:40 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Fire Department responded to a one vehicle crash and grass fire last night around midnight on Highway E near Highway EE in the Town of Mukwonago. 

No further details are yet available. 

Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for more information. 


New industrial building coming to Pewaukee

July 13, 2012 10:39 a.m. | Sanborn Tube Sales of Wisconsin Inc., Brookfield, plans to build a new industrial building in Pewaukee, according to a report at JSOnline. Click here to read more.


Campfires banned in KM State Forest

July 13, 2012 8:08 a.m. | Campfires have been banned in four Wisconsin State Parks system properties, including, locally, the Lapham Peak unit in Delafield and the Southern unit in Eagle. Richard Bong State Recreation Area and Big Foot Beach State Park also have bans on campfires.

The ban was issued because of extreme drought conditions and high to very high fire danger conditions, according to a news release from the state Department of Natural Resources.

"The cured, brown grass will catch fire easily and will burn readily. We need the public to help prevent fires by being aware of current conditions and by following the burn ban guidelines,” said Trent Marty, DNR forest protection director.

For more information about the current fire danger and information on burning restrictions, visit dnr.wi.gov, keyword "fire."


‘Rent’ is due at Theatre on Main

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 13, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Although its creator died the night before it opened off-Broadway, the musical “Rent” went on to enjoy a 12-year run on Broadway.

The ninth-longest running Broadway show is the last offering of the 2011-12 season for Theatre on Main in Oconomowoc.

After opening on January 25, 1996, a day after the sudden death of its originator Jonathan Larson, “Rent” went on to win a Tony Award for Best Musical and 5,124 Broadway performances.

The show, loosely based on Puccini’s “La Boheme,” follows an eclectic group of bohemians all trying to make it in New York City, including Mark, a filmmaker, who is the narrator.   There are also his former girlfriend, a performance artist, and her lover; Mark’s roommate, a musician, and the exotic dancer who’s the object of his affection; a computer geek and his lover, a street musician and drag queen; and the landlord of the building where they live.

The show runs through July 29 with performances at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays.

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Highway 67 closed for Flight for Life landing

July 12, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Flight for Life was landing on Highway 67 at about 4 p.m. to transport patients of an accident in the area of Summit Avenue and Summit Village Way.

Dispatchers said they were temporarily closing 67 to land the helicopter for pickup. No further information is available.


Milwaukee Brewers will show support for Jack Bartosz at Thursday's I Back Jack benefit

By Christopher Kuhagen

July 12, 2012 2:37 p.m. | A fundraiser to support Jack Bartosz, a local boy who has an incurable form of cancer called neuroblastoma, will be held Thursday at Westbrook Church, 1100 Hwy. 83, in Hartland.

The event is scheduled to go from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and all proceeds go to benefit the I Back Jack Foundation and The Point, a foundation that assists other non-profits in putting on events.

Brewers TV broadcaster Brian Anderson, who is Jack's neighbor in Hartland, is hosting the fundraiser.

Anderson, though, won't be the only person affiliated with the Brewers at the event. He will be joined by Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Jerry and Johnny Narron. Jerry is the team's bench coach and Johnny is the club's hitting coach.

There will also be a concert by national Christian singer Josh Wilson.

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Big Bend woman seriously injured in Vernon crash yesterday

By Andrea Budde

July 12, 2012 1:36 p.m. |  A 21 year old Big Bend woman was taken to Froedtert Memorial Hospital by Flight for Life after she suffered serious head, facial and leg injuries after being ejected from her vehicle during a three-vehicle collision on Big Bend Dr. at Guthrie Dr. at 3:42 p.m. on July 11. 

Police are still investigating the accident, but preliminary reports indicate that a 39 year old Waukesha man was operating a dump truck northbound on Big Bend Dr. when the 21 year old woman turned eastbound onto Guthrie Dr. from southbound Big Bend Dr. and was struck by the dump truck. The dump truck continued northbound and began crossing into the southbound lanes where it struck a vehicle occupied by a 37 year old Salem woman and her 11 year old daughter. 

The 21 year old woman was found lying next to her vehicle which came to rest on a grassy area on the west side of Big Bend Dr. The dump truck came to rest approximately 110 feet north of Guthrie Dr., approximately 40 feet west of the roadway in a grassy area. The vehicle operated by the 37 year old woman came to rest just west of the dump truck. 

The dump truck driver, the 37 year old woman and her daughter suffered minor injuries and were not taken to the hospital. 


Summer Splash fireworks cancelled

July 12, 2012 12:59 p.m. | The Wales Summer Splash fireworks, slated for July 13, have been called off because of the dry weather conditions. The fireworks might be rescheduled for this fall, according to news release from the village.

The rest of the Summer Splash activities are still on, including live music, carnival rides, silent auction, laser tag, car show and more. Click here for a detailed schedule of events.  


Dwyer benefit on Sunday

By Donna Frake

July 12, 2012 12:19 p.m. | A benefit for Laura Dwyer of Okauchee, who was severely injured in May when a tree limb fell on her back, will be held on Sunday, July 15 at the Hideaway Pub and Grill, N55 W34657 Rd. E, in Okauchee.

Raffles, food and drink specials and live music are planned. The event runs from noon to 1 a.m.

For more information, please all Kathy Eichstedt at (262) 719-5121.


Big Bend woman injured in crash

By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel

July 12, 2012 7:06 a.m. | A 21-year-old Big Bend woman was injured when her vehicle collided with a dump truck in Vernon Wednesday afternoon, the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said.

The woman was ejected during the crash and was taken by medical helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. She suffered serious head, facial and leg injuries, the sheriff's department said.

The crash occurred about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday.

The woman was southbound on Big Bend Drive and was turning onto eastbound Guthrie Drive when her vehicle collided with the dump truck, which was northbound on Big Bend Drive, the sheriff's department said.

The dump truck then struck a third vehicle, which was occupied by a Salem woman, 37, and her 11-year-old daughter, according to a sheriff's department news release.

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GAB required Nickolaus' program change to voting machines

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

July 11, 2012 5:10 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' last-minute programming change to voting machines before the April 3 election - a change that may have triggered the computer error that stymied election night results reporting - was required by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, newly released emails show.

However, a legally required public test of the equipment once that change was made to ensure it worked properly was not performed, according to the records.

A consultant hired at County Executive Dan Vrakas' insistence to identify problems and fixes in the clerk's office after a string of election-reporting problems said Nickolaus acknowledged she made a programming change after the machines were initially tested. However, the report says she didn't specify what the change was.

She has not responded to repeated requests for comment or explanation.

As a result of the consultant's findings, the County Board will be asked to spend $256,300 to fix problems and eliminate risks of future mistakes. The vast majority of it will cover fees for Command Central LLC, the software vendor, to program equipment for the May and June recall elections and next month's primary. Only $4,000 is being sought to train other staff on election system programming - a job Nickolaus kept to herself. The consultant, SysLogic Inc., initially was hired to perform the study for $15,000.

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Running out of food at Sussex pantry

July 11, 2012 2:32 p.m. | The Sussex Food Pantry is in dire need of donations. Executive Director Jennifer Waltz contaced the Sun Wednesday afternoon saying the pantry shelves are bare and that it's completely out of these items: canned meat, rice sides, cans of fruit, and juice.  

"We also need baby formula, diapers and toilet paper," Waltz said.

You can drop of donations from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday and also when the pantry is open from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays (note the pantry will be closed Saturday, July 14 because of the Lions Daze parade).

You can also help this weekend.

The Lannon Lions are hosting a brat fry and donation drive beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at Piggly Wiggly. They will be at the Pig before and during the Lions Day Parade. They are collecting clothing and food donations that morning. All proceeds and donations will benefit SOS.

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Old World offers strolls through heirloom gardens

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 11, 2012 12:00 p.m. | As the gardens at Old World Wisconsin hit their peak, the historic site will host a series of before- and after-hours heirloom garden strolls. These exclusive events provide opportunities for visitors to learn about the different ethnic groups' gardening styles and traditions see some of their favorite plants and learn how they were used.    

Each stroll will be led by the site's expert historical gardener, Marcia Carmichael. In addition to researching, organizing and leading management of the site's 12 heirloom gardens, Carmichael is also the award-winning author of "Putting Down Roots:  Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers," which was published in 2011 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and features the gardens of Old World Wisconsin.  

Each tour concludes with refreshments featuring flavors from the homelands of the gardens visited; evening strolls include refreshments in the garden toured, plus a cash bar. 

Reservations are required and available online at www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx or at (262) 594-6301.

Reservations for a garden stroll include a single-use, half-price museum admission voucher, valid for the 2012 season.

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Driver coming to Lake Country

July 11, 2012 7:32 a.m. | Green Bay Packer Donald Driver -- winner of "Dancing with the Stars" -- will be at the second annual Champions in Giving recognition and celebration on Friday, July 13, presented by the United Way in Waukesha County.

The event is sponsored by Jerry and Judie Couri of Couri Insurance, and will be outdoors at the residence of Jim Lindenberg, owner of the Milwaukee Wave.

It is an acknowledgement of those who generously contributed at the leadership level of $1,000 or more during the 2011 campaign.

In his second appearance at the event, Driver will speak at the event. As a child whose family was homeless for some time, he is committed to eliminating homelessness, and dedicated to giving back through the Donald Driver Foundation and serving as a national spokesperson for United Way.

The event will include a question-and-answer period with Driver, in addition to a live auction selling Green Bay Packer memorabilia.


Delafield town residents want vote on fire merger

By Kelly Smith

July 10, 2012 10:33 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - About a dozen town residents say they will insist on referendum approval of any proposed agreement that would merge the town fire department into Lake Country Fire and Rescue which presently serves the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa as well as the City of Delafield.

The residents said after a Tuesday night Town Board meeting that they wanted town voters to decide whether the town board should adopt any agreement that would result in Lake Country Fire and Rescue providing services to the town.

Most of the residents indicated they had been opposed to efforts during the past decade to build a new fire station in the town.

It was the failure of three fire station referenda that prompted town officials to approach Lake County Fire and Rescue officials about a possible expansion of the regional department to include the town.

Negotiations among the four, possibly five, neighboring communities are tentatively scheduled to begin in mid August.

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Huge rally saves Mukwonago in victory over Brookfield Central

By JR Radcliffe

July 10, 2012 9:03 p.m. | Riding a five-run, two-out rally in the sixth and capping the day with a walk-off base hit from Austin Bricco, the Mukwonago baseball team rallied back from the brink to stun Brookfield Central in the opening round of the WIAA summer baseball playoffs Tuesday, 7-6.

Senior captain Jake Scheibe led off the seventh with a double, Chris Schiferl sacrificed Scheibe over and reached first base on an error, and Bricco's shot down the right field line sent the Indians home happy.

"It was one of the most exciting games I've been a part of in a while," Mukwonago coach John Strohbusch said.

Mukwonago was on pace to suffer a rough loss, allowing six runs on just two hits. The Lancers plated four unearned runs in the second, and though Indians starter J.J. Crawford finished the frame with four strikeouts (and one reaching on a wild pitch), walks and a key error put Central in command.

"Even though his line is not great, (Crawford) is the guy that really kept us in the ballgame," Strohbusch said. "Things really could have gotten ugly in that first inning. He's not really a strikeout pitcher, he's more of a finesse guy ... we held one of the best hitting teams in the area to two hits. Unfortunately with some bad defense, we got behind the eight ball early on."

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Kozlowski helps Hamilton onward

By JR Radcliffe

July 10, 2012 8:17 p.m. | Tyler Kozlowski never let Wauwatosa East get in the game -- or even out of the infield.

The Sussex Hamilton senior pitcher allowed two infield singles and one unearned run over seven superb innings, and Sussex Hamilton handled Wauwatosa East in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs at Hamilton on Tuesday, 7-1.

Kozlowski finished with eight strikeouts -- at least one in every inning -- and retired the final seven batters he faced.

"Tyler's been our No. 1 all year," said Hamilton coach Mike Schramek, whose team will now battle host Brookfield East (15-14) in Friday's regional final. "He obviously keeps us competitive and he really knows how to command his pitches, when to throw what pitches, where to throw location-wise. It's a luxury to have someone that legitimately has three pitches they can throw, which keeps the opposing team off balance."

Hamilton (16-13) did commit four errors, including one that allowed Tosa East's lone run to come around in the fourth. But by then, the Chargers had a 5-0 lead, starting with three runs in the opening frame, then sent eight batters to the plate in the fourth and claimed two more tallies. Mark Lunowa went 3 for 4 for the Chargers with two runs scored and two RBIs.

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Arrowhead defeats Nicolet

By Chuck Delsman

July 10, 2012 7:51 p.m. |  Host Arrowhead opened WIAA regional play Tuesday night by scoring a wire-to-wire 3-1 victory over Nicolet. Matt Gaberoni went the distance for the Warhawks and allowed only a seventh inning run to the Knights.

AHS led 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning before pushing two runs across in the sixth. Mitch Dubnicka walked and scored when DomTodarello bunted for a single with two outs. Todarello then stole home two batters later. 

The Warhawks had six hits and Nicolet had seven. 


Sussex residents asked to cut back watering

July 10, 2012 7:33 p.m. | Village of Sussex - The Public Works Committee on Tuesday agreed to initiate a voluntary sprinkling restriction until dry conditions improve.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said during the recent triple-digit weather and Fourth of July holiday, the village water use went above 2.5 million gallons a day. Smith said the water use is now back to under 2 million gallons a day, but in drought conditions suggested taking water preservation measures.

The committee discussed whether or not to impose a ban or ask residents to voluntarily restrict their lawn watering to every other day. They agreed to start with every other day in hopes residents would honor this request.


Nickolaus changed software before April election breakdown

By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel

July 10, 2012 6:44 p.m. | Sometime after final testing of Waukesha County's election software - but before the April election - County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus mysteriously changed something in her office's computer programming, according to a consulting firm's report released Tuesday.

Only Nickolaus knows what she did. The consultants can't figure it out, and she's not talking.

But whatever she did, it caused a breakdown in reporting election results that will cost county taxpayers $256,300 to fix, the report says.

And that's not the only money that Waukesha County will have to spend to get its election systems operating properly, County Executive Dan Vrakas said Tuesday.

Aging hardware is out of compliance with federal standards and nearing the end of its useful life, the report says. That equipment was supposed to be replaced in 2009, but Nickolaus killed the project because county purchasing officials wouldn't let her award a no-bid contract, said Norm Cummings, county director of administration.

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Investigating, fixing Nickolaus election errors to cost $256,300

By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel

July 09, 2012 4:46 p.m. | A consultant's report traces problems in reporting Waukesha County election results directly to mistakes by outgoing County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus - mistakes that will cost county taxpayers more than a quarter of a million dollars to fix.

Nickolaus had promised to post timely results online and update them periodically for the April 3 election. But the public didn't learn the results of contested local races for hours, while reporters and election reporting service representatives were forced to tabulate the vote totals themselves from long paper tapes hanging on the walls of a meeting room.

The embattled county clerk already was under scrutiny because of her role in the 2011 state Supreme Court race, when she left the entire city of Brookfield out of countywide vote totals. When those 14,000 votes were added in, two days after the election, Justice David Prosser had won by 7,000 votes, instead of narrowly losing to Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, as the original count showed. But the uncertainty over the Waukesha County vote led to a statewide recount that confirmed Prosser's victory.

Nickolaus, a Republican, agreed to withdraw from directly overseeing this year's gubernatorial recall election after County Executive Dan Vrakas, a former GOP legislator, threatened to call for her resignation if she didn't hand off her election duties. She also announced she would not seek re-election in No vember.

After the April election, Vrakas told the county Department of Administration to hire a consultant "to get to the bottom of what the problems were," said Norm Cummings, director of administration. The full report from SysLogic Inc., a Brookfield consulting firm, was not immediately available Monday, but some of its findings are briefly summarized in a funding measure being considered by the County Board.

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How do you spell relief? 2-1-1

July 06, 2012 4:29 p.m. | With high temperatures expected now to continue into the weekend, there is help for those without air conditioning.

Cooling centers have been established across the state, where folks are welcome to come to get out of the heat.

“If your house is not air-conditioned, consider going to a free cooling center/shelter," suggested State Health Officer Dr. Henry Anderson.

For information about a cooling center in your neighborhood, call 2-1-1 or visit readywisconsin.wi.gov.


Cigarette may have caused brush fire along I-43 this afternoon

By Andrea Budde

July 06, 2012 3:51 p.m. | The Vernon Fire Department isn't exactly sure what started a brush fire along I-43 this afternoon, but a discarded cigarette butt is a likely cause, Chief Alex Felde said.

The fire began around 2:09 p.m. this afternoon on the shoulder of northbound I-43 near Edgewood Ave. Felde said the fire burned between one and two acres of land. 

The department called for mutual aid from Mukwonago, who provided an additional brush truck and an ATV. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department was on the scene to help control traffic. 

Felde said that with these extremely dry conditions, he is taking no risks. In a situation like this one where a fire could quickly get out of control, he called for backup immediately to ensure everyone's safety. 

No one was hurt in the incident. 

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Grass fire east of Mukwonago

July 06, 2012 2:38 p.m. | Smoke can be seen from a grass fire along I-43 east of Highway 83. Further details were not available.

 


See Dakota the owl, other animals tomorrow

By Andrea Budde

July 06, 2012 1:49 p.m. | Dakota, the great horned owl that was taken from his cage at The Wild Life In Need Center (WINC) last November will be on display tomorrow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at WINC, W349 S1480 S. Waterville Rd., Suite B in Oconomowoc. 

Families will also enjoy other activities such as mammal feedings. 

For more information about the center, visit http://www.helpingwildlife.org/index.htm


Car vs. truck blocks traffic on Summit in Oconomowoc

July 06, 2012 11:51 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - A caller reported at about 11:50 a.m. a car collided with a semi-truck at the Brownberry exit to Summit Avenue.

The caller said part of the car is caught under the truck. They said it appears the car was possibly attempting to pull in front of the truck as both attempted to exit the Brownberry. The truck appears to have been exiting the lot to head west on Summit Avenue. They said the truck is blocking both lanes of Summit advising drivers find another route at this time.

The caller said it didn't appear that anyone was seriously injured.


Sprinkling ban in Pewaukee

July 06, 2012 7:53 a.m. | The Village of Pewaukee has issued a lawn sprinkling ban effective until Aug. 7, at which time the Village Board will re-evaluate the need for continuing the ban.

The ban is in effect because of extremely dry conditions and "concern for the water levels and the decreased pumping rates of the village's various municipal wells."

Residents and businesses are encouraged to take whatever measures they can to conserve water.

Hand watering of flowers, gardens, trees and shrubs is still permitted, but the village suggests it be done in the evening to reduce water evaporation.


Missing girl found

July 06, 2012 7:28 a.m. | A Genesee girl who had been reported missing July 3 was found at about 8:45 p.m. July 5 in the City of Waukesha.

Sarah Ford was found on West Newhall Avenue in the City of Waukesha.

An anonymous tip alerted City of Waukesha Police and the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department that the girl had been seen in the area.

 

The Sheriff’s Department and City of Waukesha Police Department are still conducting an investigation to determine Sarah's whereabouts while she was missing.


Enjoying pie is easy at Sunday social

By Marilyn Jozwik

July 06, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The expression “easy as pie” has always been a curious one.

Anyone who has baked one knows that the dough making and rolling and filling can be time consuming and the results not always desirable. “Easy as pie” would be to grab a ready-made one out of the freezer case at the grocery store.

Another place to enjoy a piece that is “easy as pie” is at the pie social hosted by the Sussex Lisbon Area Historical Society.

The event is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Depot Museum, N63 W23791 Main St., Sussex, next to the Piggly Wiggly.

For a slice of pie and ice cream you’ll pay only $3. Kids are just $1.50.

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Lasers win wild game, clinch share of league crown

By JR Radcliffe

July 05, 2012 9:47 p.m. | For Kettle Moraine's baseball team, it was roughly three steps back and one giant leap forward.

A decision to move the infielders back to medium depth set up a game-ending double play with the bases loaded, the final maneuver in a zany Classic 8 Conference finale that gave the Lasers a 5-4 win over Mukwonago and a share of the conference championship. Waukesha West's win over Milwaukee Pius later in the evening, 7-3, ensured the two teams would share the crown with 16-5 league records.

It was Kettle Moraine's first baseball title since 1987, when it belonged to the Suburban Park -- the only other baseball conference title in school history.

Ott gets the grounder

Kettle Moraine (18-9 overall), which had rallied from a run down to take leads in both the sixth and seventh, needed a ground ball in the game's biggest moment. On a delivery from senior pitcher Cory Ott, whose day had been a microcosm of the roller coaster endured by the KM nine, Mukwonago's Jake Scheibe sent a bounder to Keith Koehn at second base. Koehn stepped on the bag and threw to first base to retire Scheibe.

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Man tries to smoke out squirrels, starts grass fire

By Nicole Levy of the Journal Sentinel

July 05, 2012 7:08 p.m. | Apparently Independence Day isn't for squirrels what it is for humans.

A Mukwonago man trying to smoke out the ground squirrels living on his property sparked a grass fire Wednesday, authorities said.

The fire began when the man lighted the fuse of a smoke bomb and set his own lawn on fire. The fire spread to several neighbors' properties and burned about 20 acres of grass and other vegetation, Deputy Fire Chief Andrew Wegner said. No houses were damaged.

Mukwonago's two fire stations responded, Wegner said. Eight other departments arrived later..

Chris Heckman, a Mukwonago police officer, said the man will be fined the man $177 for violating Mukwonago's burn ban and for "negligent use of burning materials." He may also be required to pay for the damage he caused to neighbors' landscaping.

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Hartland man charged with sexually assaulting child

By Joe Trovato

July 05, 2012 5:02 p.m. | A 56-year-old Hartland man was charged today in Waukesha County Circuit Court with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl.

Wayne D. Herbes, of 518 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland, faces three counts of first degree sexual assault of a child under age 13, according to the criminal complaint. The alleged incidents occurred between June and September 2011.

The complaint stated that on December 8, 2011, police interviewed the victim, who reported that Herbes, a friend of the victim's grandmother, had sexually assaulted her at his Waukesha residence.

The victim described three alleged incidents in the complaint. According to the victim's statement, Herbes touched her inappropriately while her grandmother was in the shower.

Another incident allegedly occurred when the girl's grandmother went to the grocery store and left the victim alone with Herbes. In that instance, he allegedly took a picture of her private parts using his cell phone.

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Join Mukwonago Baptist for "Down on the Farm"

July 05, 2012 12:19 p.m. | Mukwonago Baptist Church will hold "Down of the Farm," a free, fun-filled week of Vacation Bible School from July 9 through July 13.

Children from four years old through eighth grade are invited to share in the fun of the week including skits, great competition, a petting zoo, refreshments, dramatic missionary stories and life-changing Bible lessons. The week will end with a family fun fair, refreshments and a program where students can experience all the fun of the week. 

Moms may also enjoy a special Mornings for Mom program that includes great fellowship, enjoyable crafts and practical Bible studies. Dads will have a special day on July 13 where they can enjoy great food, fellowship and a special message for dads from the World of God. 

For questions or to request free transportation, please call the church at (262) 363-4197


Lisbon grass fire spreads quickly

July 05, 2012 11:38 a.m. | It's still unclear what started a grass fire in the Town of Lisbon off Lake Five Road on Tuesday. However, Fire Chief Doug Brahm said because of the dry conditions the fire spread quickly.

Brahm said a resident called around 3 p.m. to report a small outside fire in the area. The resident he said was in nearby Lisbon Community Park and saw smoke.

By the time the first unit arrived, Brahm said the fire had spread to a half acre. In less than three hours, it claimed more than 20 acres, he said when crews were able to completely contain it by 6 p.m.

The threat of dry conditions, and the heat required lots of extra help from area departments. Mutual aid was offered by: Town of Delafield, Merton, North Lake, Sussex, Pewaukee, Hartland, Richfield, Germantown, Menomonee Falls, Lannon and Butler. Brahm said one reason for the high amount of extra help was the hot conditions firefighters were working in. The Sussex and Lisbon auxiliaries also responded to provide food and water.

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Indianhead Beach in Mukwonago open to beat the heat

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

July 05, 2012 10:12 a.m. | The Village of Mukwonago Public Works Department reminds residents that Indianhead Beach is open to provide an opportunity for cooling down from the extreme heat.  

Indianhead Beach is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no charge to enter the beach area. Residents are reminded that there are no lifeguards on duty and it is swim at your own risk.  


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