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Lannon loses at Waterford in LOL

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 30, 2009 5:12 p.m. | Bob Manders hit a home run for the Lannon Stonemen on Sunday, but the host Waterford Rivermen prevailed.

Waterford improved to 2-0 in the Land O' Lakes Grand Championship playoffs, downing Lannon 5-4.

Chris Harmeling hit a 3-run home run for the winners. Ty Engler was the winning pitcher. Nick Erd was the pitcher of record for Lannon.

In the other LOL Grand Championship playoff game, New Berlin knocked Cedarburg out of the playoffs with a 5-3 win.

On Sunday at Joecks Field in Lannon, the Stonemen host New Berlin. The loser is eliminated. The first pitch is set for 1:30 P.M.


No AHS football game Friday night

By Chuck Delsman

Aug. 30, 2009 11:50 a.m. | In somewhat of a shocking development, the Arrowhead varsity football team will not play a game this Firday night, Sept. 4.

AHS originally had a contract with Roosevelt High School of Indiana to play this week at Arrowhead. But about three weeks ago, Roosevelt contacted AHS athletics director Kevin Flegner and informed him that they were not going to honor the contract and play the game due to a scheduling problem on their side.

Arrowhead has tried since then to find an opponent for this week but hasn't made a connection.They've called schools from Wisconsin and out of state.

As of Sunday morning, no opponent had been found.


Lannon wins pitcher's dual with Cedarburg

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 29, 2009 6:30 p.m. | Zach Kozlowski's fifth-inning leadoff home run was all the host Lannon Stonemen needed on Saturday.

The Lannon Stonemen defeated the Cedarburg Mercs in the first round of  the Land O' Lakes Grand Championship playoffs, 1-0, thanks to a complete-game effort from pitcher Eric Rohe.

Kozlowski was the only player for Lannon to collect two hits.

Joe Daniels was the losing pitcher for Cedarburg.

New Berlin defeated Waterford in the other LOL game.

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Pewaukee gridders roll in opener

By Chuck Delsman

Aug. 28, 2009 9:42 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity football team scored five first half toouchdowns Friday night and ended up rolling over visiting Nicolet in the season-opening game for both teams, 40-0.

The game was called with 4:56 remaining when the officials stopped the battle due to lightning. Rather than delay the game, Nicolet coach Everett Jenkins decided to stop the game right there with the score being so lopsided.

Derek Watt scored the game's first touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Patrick Bacon with 7:39 left in  the first period and the rout was on. Other scoring for Pewaukee were Bryan Spakowicz on a 2-yard run, Watt on a 74-yard touchdown pass from Bacon, Watt on an 8-yard run, Mike Olewinski on a 17-yard interception return and Spakowicz on a 77-yard run.

Turning in big games on defense for the Pirates were Spakowicz, Watt, Olewinski, Brad Kaatz and Chris Jasinski.

The win by Pewaukee was their 11th in the last 12 games.


Lightning seizes Oconomowoc-Falls football game

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 28, 2009 9:10 p.m. | With the Menomonee Falls dominating play in the first half, Mother Nature decided to step in. The season-opening football game at Oconomowoc High School was suspended by the officials with the Indians leading the Raccoons 42-7 at intermission.

Consistent Lightning filled the skys to the north and west of Oconomowoc as halftime began,

Menomonee Falls senior running back Cole Myhra was off to an outstanding start, scoring five touchdowns.

Oconomowoc's touchdown was on a pass play. Junior quarterback Garrett Stocke found senior Brad Zastrow in the back of the end zone in the second quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 71-yard pass from Stocke to senior wide receiver Paul Williams.

"You can't start playing until after the last lightning seen has stopped for 30 minutes, it doesn't matter where it is or how far off it is," referee Paul Eckert said. "It's a very strick rule."


Bargains a-plenty

By Katie Memmel

Aug. 28, 2009 4:11 p.m. |  The temperature dipped below the 70 degree mark this week, which means...it's time to start thinking about holiday shopping!  Think I'm nuts?  I'll bet retailers have holiday items up in four weeks, six tops.  Until then, Lake Country is offering a bargain bonanza this weekend, so check out these events for early holiday gifts:

  • The entire community of Dousman is having a rummage sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.  Information booklets are available at the Bullfrog Station on Main Street.
  • Exceptional finds can sometimes be found at church-sponsored flea markets and rummage sales.  Kettle Moraine United Presbyterian Church in Stone Bank and Peace Lutheran Church in Sussex are hosting flea markets on Saturday, and St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dousman is participating in the community-wide rummage sale.
  • The Delafield Chamber of Commerce is offering a selection of literary deals at its weekly used book sale in conjunction with the Saturday farmers market.

For other weekend events that don't have anything to do with shopping, check out the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.


City of Pewaukee police picket

Aug. 28, 2009 3:25 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - Police officers are picketing outside City Hall right now in opposition to the City's decision to consider contracting police services with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. 

Officer Brian Fredericks said officers, including acting-chief Dan Meister, will be outside City Hall today and tomorrow to oppose contracting and to make citizens aware of the issue.

"We're opposed to it and we want to generate information for people," said Fredericks, president of the City of Pewaukee Police Association. 

City of Pewaukee officials said on Monday they were looking into the possibility of contracting with the Sheriff's Department to provide police services to the city.

Sheriff Dan Trawicki was scheduled to give a presentation on policing services and specifics to the City at a Common Council meeting yesterday, but the meeting was rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. "due to a posting error," according to a City notice. 


UPDATE: Photos of accident at I-94 and Sawyer Road

By Donna Frake

Aug. 28, 2009 11:47 a.m. |  

City of Oconomowoc - Police are responded to call of a rollover accident at eastbound  I-94 at Sawyer Road around 11:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Rescue personnel from Delafield requested a second ambulance from Oconomowoc and help from Summit and Flight for Life was called to the scene.

Scott Ash/Staff photographer

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Error reschedules Sheriff's contracting talk

Aug. 27, 2009 6:27 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - Tonight's Common Council meeting where Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki was scheduled to talk about contracting services has been rescheduled because of an error in posting the meeting. 

Trawicki was to give a presentation on police contracting as well as give specific recommendations and costs for the City of Pewaukee at the meeting. 

A small group of people, including some police officers, had gathered this evening in anticipation of the meeting but were informed via a note on Council doors that it had been rescheduled "due to a posting error." 

The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6 p.m.

City of Pewaukee officials announced on Monday that they were looking into the possibility of contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department to provide police services to the city.


Auxillary softball games rained out

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 27, 2009 1:42 p.m. | The scheduled Lisbon Auxillary Softball games for tonight are cancelled due to rain according to a statement released by Lisbon Fire Chief, Douglas J. Brahm.  They will be reschedule next week either on Wednesday or Thursday.  An e-mail will be sent out with the decided day by Monday.  The next week's games will be held in the Sussex Village Park. 

The standings are as follows:

                        1.  Merton Fire Dept       4 and 0

                        2.  Richfield Fire Dept     2 and 1 (1 game to play)

                        3.  Lisbon Fire Dept        1 and 2 (1 game to play)

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Incident resolved

By Donna Frake

Aug. 27, 2009 12:26 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - An incident reported to police last night was peacefully resolved, despite initial concerns of weapons in a home of  man authorities said was distraught.

Police had cordoned off a section of Roosevelt Avenue near Lisbon Road for a brief period at about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 26. The man exited the home without incident.


Oconomowoc Brennan's ripe for the picking

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 27, 2009 8:55 a.m. |  Store employees have been busy stocking the specialty foods, wines, cheeses and bounty of produce for the Brennan's Marketplace at Highways 67 and B that is set to open today. The store will anchor a 116-acre development that will have multi-tenant buildings.

Unique to this store at 1670 Old School House Road, are a rain water recovery system, which is used to water plants inside and outside the store, and two solar trackers, which use the sun’s rays to produce energy.

This was the first time solar panels and a rain recovery system, installed by Robert’s Plumbing in Watertown, were used at a Brennan’s, which has several locations including a store in Brookfield. The market sells specialty foods, produce, wine and other food in an upscale quality grocery store atmosphere.

Accroding to brennansmarket.com, fresh fruit and vegetables will be arriving, just in time for the opening. "You can count on Brennan’s famous Chin Drippin’ Peaches, plums, nectarines, juicy melons and jumbo Bing cherries," the Web site reads.


Police close portion of Roosevelt Avenue

By Donna Frake

Aug. 26, 2009 6:31 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc- Police have closed a portion of Roosevelt Avenue near Lisbon Road. A Waukesha County Sheriff Department squad from the K-9 unit and City of Oconomowoc Police Department are on the scene. Traffic is being blocked between the area of Greenland School and The First Church of  Christ Scientist to Lisbon Road.


Highway NN improvements announced

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 26, 2009 3:47 p.m. |

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas announced Aug. 26 plans to rehabilitate Highway NN between Highway 83 and Highway ES in Mukwonago, and to rehabilitate the Highway ES bridge over the Fox River as part of the Executive’s 2010-2014 Five Year Capital Plan Budget.

 

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OAC to host community assessment forum

By Donna Frake

Aug. 26, 2009 9:08 a.m. |  City of  Oconomowoc – The Oconomowoc Arts Center will host a Community Assessment Forum on Saturday, September 19,  9:30 am - 12:00 pm in the The Vic Rehearsal Hall at the OAC.                                                          

As part of the Center’s Wisconsin Arts Board Cultural Facilities Grant for New Presenting Organizations, the OAC will provide the opportunity for members of the greater Oconomowoc area  input into such topics as arts programming, community participation, the role of the arts center in the community and many others. 

The forum will be facilitated by Megan Matthews, professor of business and arts management from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The forum will be a facilitated participation structure. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must RSVP no later than September 15. Coffee, juice and light refreshments will be available. Participants can park in the north parking lot at the high school and enter the arts center’s front doors beginning at 9:15 am; for more information, please contact Michael Duncan  at (262) 560-2130.                                            


Lurvey bail reduced to $500,000

By Jim Stevens

Aug. 25, 2009 3:13 p.m. | Waukesha – A judge this afternoon reduced the bail for Chad Lurvey, accused of killing two men seven years ago, from $1.5 million to $500,000

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis ordered the bail be reduced stating Lurvey is a long time resident of the county and his family is known in the area. Lurvey is a member of the family that operates Lurvey Farms off Highway.67 in the Town of Ottawa.

Lurvey, 35, is also serving 8-years on probation for a 2003 conviction on drug charges. Davis said Lurvey is currently under the control of the state Department of Corrections because of that conviction and he has complied with all the department's rules.

Davis also said his review of the criminal complaint and transcript of the preliminary hearing led him to believe the state's case "does not appear to be a slam dunk."

Lurvey is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, and formerly of Town of Mukwonago in August 2002.

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Mukwonago couple joins national campaign against meningitis

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 25, 2009 1:00 p.m. | With the start of a new school year and in collaboration with The National School Nurse Association and Sanofi Pastuer, local Mukwonago couple, Bob and Dee Dee Werner, who lost their 20-year-old daughter Becky to meningitis five years ago, joined in with The Voices of Meningitis and yesterday released a National Public Service Announcement bringing awareness to the dangers of meningitis in the hopes that parents will get their children vaccinated against this silent, but deadly disease.

 

www.prnewswire.com/mnr/voicesofmeningitis/39732/

 

www.voicesofmeningitis.org


Miss Paul Ryan's listening sessions this week?

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 25, 2009 12:16 p.m. | Miss U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan's listening sessions on health care this week? 

To learn more about topics discussed this week in North Prairie, see this week's Kettle Moraine Index or the Sept. 3 issue of the Mukwonago Chief.

For another chance to attend a session, Ryan will be at the Big Bend Village Hall, W230 S9185 Nevins Street from 12:45 until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 31 and at the Citizens Bank of Mukwonago- New Berlin Branch, 5450 South Moorland Road, from 2 to 3 p.m. Aug. 31.

For a complete listing, visit www.house.gov/ryan.


Summit residents sign petition for flooding solutions

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 25, 2009 12:11 p.m. | Town of Summit officials and residents are working to create a utility district to help pay for the cost of installing a flood mitigation system to control the high lake levels in Lower Genesee Lake and alleviate high ground water levels in the Genesee Lake Farm subdivision.

Town officials have asked residents from 180 properties - that would benefit from the project - to sign a petition in support of the district. Once the petition is complete, the town will accept a $506,000 Community Development Block Grant which will partially fund the project.  The residents will fund the remaining $250,000 needed to install an outlet pipe in Lower Genesee Lake and a drain tile system in the subdivision to help control high water levels.

The town will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 to hear comments from residents on this topic. However, the board may not make a decision on creating the district until its October meeting.


Richmond to practice evacuation plan today

Aug. 25, 2009 10:34 a.m. | Richmond School District - The school, N56 W26530 Richmond Road, Lisbon, is planning an emergency evacuation drill at 2 p.m. today.  Several police and fire departments are expected to assist in the drill. 

The event is just a drill as teachers practice an evacuation plan. 


Lannon upsets Oconomowoc for LOL title

By JR Radcliffe

Aug. 23, 2009 4:23 p.m. | Lannon completed a weekend sweep of Oconomowoc in the Land O'Lakes Western Division playoffs and emerged with the league title aftera n 18-6 victory over the Five O's on Sunday at Roosevelt Field.

The game lasted seven innings, terminated on account of the 12-run mercy rule.

The Stonemen, who needed a win Saturday to force Sunday's winner-take-all matchup, picked up four RBIs from Scott Doffek, who also initiated a pair of difficult double plays in the field.

Ron Kozlowski went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, Scott Hagen went 3-for-4, and the team finished with 16 hits overall. Mark Fiala earned the win in relief.

Chandler Ziemann went 3-for-4 with two runs scored for Cooney, and Derek Nelson went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

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Lannon's win forces LOL West final

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 22, 2009 4:39 p.m. | Dean Haase slammed a two-run home run, keeping the Lannon Stonemen's Land O' Lakes Western Division championship dreams alive on Saturday.

The Stonemen defeated Oconomowoc 8-3, setting the stage for Sunday's showdown at Roosevelt Field for Western Division bragging rights.

Eric Rohe was the complete-game winner for the Stonemen. Chris Fischer suffered  the loss. Derek Nelson also pitched.

Jeff Rhoads and Mike Mitchell homered for Oconomowoc.


Has a police chief candidate dropped out of the race?

Aug. 21, 2009 4:30 p.m. |

 

 

 

City of Pewaukee – Sources in the police community who spoke on anonymous terms report that one of the two candidates for City of Pewaukee police chief has dropped out of the running.

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Pewaukee and Oconomowoc: Weekend fun zones

By Katie Memmel

Aug. 21, 2009 3:31 p.m. | Usually the fun in Lake Country is spread out among the various communities, but this weekend Pewaukee and Oconomowoc have a monopoly on exciting activities.

  • There's a little something for everyone at the Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show this Saturday, which also features an Art Fair, live music, children's activities and food, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakefront Park.
  • If you've ever wanted the chance to dunk Waukesha District Attorney Brad Schimel, come to the Softball Game Fundraiser at Village Park in Pewaukee, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and also enjoy sports, food, an auction and more in memory of Bryce Dempsey.
  • The family of Oconomowoc resident Beccee Smith-Kujawa is hosting a Love for Life Benefit at Roosevelt Park with live music, educational demonstrations, silent and live auctions, a beer and wine tent and much more, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Keeping with the "fun for a good cause" theme, take a nature hike or tractor ride and enjoy lunch and ice cream at the Hike for Hospice, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Check out more events at the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.


Richmond to hold evacuation drill Tuesday

Aug. 21, 2009 3:21 p.m. |

Richmond School, N56 W26530 Richmond Road, Lisbon, is planning an emergency evacuation drill for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25.

Several police and fire departments are expected to assist in the drill. The event is intended as practice for teachers to work out an evacuation plan.


Section of Main Street to be closed to traffic

Aug. 21, 2009 12:52 p.m. |  

Delafield – A section of Main Street will be closed to traffic in front of the city Public Works Building, 111 Main St., beginning Monday morning, Aug. 31. The road is anticipated to be closed for two to four days, so the closure may remain in effect through Thursday, Sept. 3. The road closure is necessary to allow crews to make the required sanitary sewer connection in the road for the new municipal facilities under construction.
Signs will be posted in both directions in advance of the work to alert motorists who regularly use this route of the upcoming closure. During the closure, a signed detour route using Genesee Street (Highway C), Oakwood Drive and Mill Road will be posted. Motorists are encouraged to plan accordingly and allow for additional travel time during this road closure.


City of Pewaukee delays sergeant's hearings

Aug. 21, 2009 11:25 a.m. | City of Pewaukee - Two hearings scheduled to decide a City of Pewaukee police sergeant’s future with the department have been postponed because of a medical emergency.

The City of Pewaukee Police and Fire Commission planned to hold hearings on Sgt. Cher Sneider on Aug. 24 and 26, but the hearings have been delayed because of "very serious" medical issues, according to City Administrator Tammy LaBorde.

Acting Police Chief Dan Meister is asking that Sneider be fired for being untruthful and acting inappropriately, including trying to date a known drug suspect.

Meister is requesting the commission terminate Sneider or, at a minimum, demote her to a patrol officer and suspend her pay for four weeks, according to charging documents.

Sneider’s attorney, Jennifer Dorow, has previously said the charges are without merit and Sneider intends to fight them.

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Pewaukee schools project will go to referendum

Aug. 21, 2009 11:07 a.m. |

Pewaukee School District residents can anticipate a referendum in an upcoming election on a number of construction projects, including a new indoor swimming pool, eight tennis courts and construction of a new gymnasium.
The School Board still has to finalize ballot questions and the referendum date in the coming weeks, said Assistant Superintendent John Gahan.
The district surveyed residents on five main projects both this spring and in the spring of last year. The majority of respondents in both surveys were in support of the construction.
In addition to the tennis courts, pool and gymnasium, residents were also asked for their input on the construction of eight new classrooms at the high school and a secure entryway at Asa Clark Middle School.
In the spring, the district estimated all five projects would cost about $85 in annual taxes, or $7.08 per month, for a property valued at $250,000.

 


ArtWalk will go on

Aug. 21, 2009 8:18 a.m. | Delafield's Downtown Business Group has announced that the Fall ArtWalk will go on. There had been some doubt about the event's future, as the organizing group had received little support, according to a letter sent earlier this week.

The committee met Thursday morning, and decided to proceed with the event, which is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18.


Friends of Vernon Marsh kickoff Saturday

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 20, 2009 2:22 p.m. | Neighbors of Vernon Marsh, outdoor enthusiasts and others eager to protect one of Waukesha County's most unique and valuable natural resources recently announced the formation of Friends of Vernon Marsh, an organization dedicated to protecting and promoting Vernon Marsh and the Vernon Wildlife Area and to educating the public about the marsh ecosystem.

The Friends will host a celebration and kickoff event Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 until 11 a.m. (rain or shine) at the end of Frog Alley Road (Turn east from Highway 83 north of Mukwonago.)

The public is invited to attend the event which will begin with brief remarks by Gloria McCutcheon, DNR Regional Director, Southeast, and conclude with a symbolic ribbon-cutting.  An informal reception with light refreshments will follow with DNR staff and Friends of Vernon Marsh Board members on hand to answer questions.  The event concludes at 11:30 a.m.  A short marsh hike afterward with the DNR staff is optional.

Call 414-507-8358 with questions.


St. Mary's breaks ground

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 20, 2009 2:05 p.m. | A group gathered at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dousman Wednesday evening to commemorate a civic groundbreaking for the new church at Highways 18 and 67.

Thanks to a donation of a 9-acre parcel of land adjacent to the current church, St. Mary's is digging in to build a new sanctuary, parish hall and other accomodations. The current church is a beloved landmark of the parishioniers, which Rev. Scott Leannah calls the, "heart and soul," of the church community, but with St. Mary's ever-growing congregation, the quaint space is not enough.

The original building will remain and be used for parish activities, and small weddings and funerals Leannah said.

The group gathered for prayer and reflection on the journey thus far and then headed outside as the rain broke in time for a dedication and blessing of the new land. Rep. Steve Nass and Sen. Neal Kedzie joined the celebration staying for a glass of celebratory champagne and a piece of cake afterward.

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Mukwonago Chamber moves to new location

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 19, 2009 2:53 p.m. | Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mary Blott announced today that the chamber office is moving to 801 Main Street effective Oct. 1.

The new office is next to the old chamber office across from Village Pumper on Phantom Lake.

"Our new landlords, John and Scott Schreiber, have gone above and beyond to make us feel welcome and we are very excited about our new home and new neighbors," said Blott.


No zoning change for Mukwonago School District

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 18, 2009 9:38 p.m. | The Mukwonago Village Board denied a request tonight from the Mukwonago School Board to change zoning on a buiding on Swan Drive in the industrial park to allow the district to purchase the property.

The district was seeking to purchase and renovate the previous Bay View Plumbing building into a new district office.

Village trustees voted 3-2 against the request stating the area was an industrial park, not a business park and felt there were other more appropriate areas for the district to consider moving its district office.


Jack Edwards named chief of new Lake Country department

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 18, 2009 8:02 p.m. | Village of Nashotah - Delafield Fire Chief Jack Edwards, 48, has been named chief of the newly created Lake Country Fire and Rescue which is a consolidation of the Lake Country Fire Department, serving the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah, and the City of Delafield Fire Department.

A commission responsible for hiring and firing fire fighters in the department which will become operational on January 1, 2010 unanimously appointed Edwards subject to his passing medical and psychological examinations and meeting all of the qualifications described in a job description of the postion approved by the commission earlier in tonight's meeting.

Edwards was out of town and not available for comment. Delafield Mayor Ed McAleer expressed confidence that Edwards would meet all of the qualifications since they are similar to the qualification for the Delafield fire chief position to which Edwards was appointed in 2006.

Edwards worked closely with a committee of representatives from each community as they spent the past year hammering out the agreement consolidating the fire departments.

Lake Country Fire Chief Richard Hagemann, who plans to retire, will remain with the department as a consultant to Edwards.


Sports Nutrition Seminar set for Thursday

Aug. 18, 2009 5:11 p.m. | Four speakers from the professional and college ranks will be on the program for a Sports Nutrition Seminar for the the High School Athlete at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The seminar will try to answer a number of questions for athletes and their families, including whether supplements you teenager might be taking are safe or effective.

Jim Snieder, University of Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach; Shane Huber, a chiropractor and certified athletic trainer previously with the Minnesota Twins; fomer NCAA champion Derek Toshner, a 10-time all-American; and Zach Vogel, a former college football player and professional fitness competitor, will be among those on the slate for the evening, which is sponsored by Peak Performance and Health Work Chiropractic and Rehab Center.

To register, call 262-695-6744. The registration fee is $10.


Summit Aurora granted occupancy permit

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 18, 2009 4:58 p.m. | The Summit Town Board unanimously voted Monday to approve the occupancy permit for the new Aurora hospital at I-94 and Highway 67.

"That's just another step," moving forward, said Aurora spokesman Peter Balistrieri. "We're very pleased this is officially moving forward." He added another main sign of progress is the opening of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic on Oct. 26, months ahead of schedule.

Balistrieri said this further allows for physicians and caregivers to prepare for the move as the hospital's opening also remains on schedule. It is set to open early 2010.


Delafield ArtWalk in danger of being cancelled

Aug. 18, 2009 3:44 p.m. | Delafield's Fall ArtWalk is in danger of being cancelled if the Downtown Business Group's Art Walk Committee does not see more interest in the event, according to an e-mail.

"To date, only seven businesses have indicated they would like to participate in the Fall ArtWalk," the e-mail states. "This does not give this committee an indication that the downtown businesses find this event to be of value."

The ArtWalk is planned for 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18.

The committee plans to meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at Milwaukee Street Traders, 523 Milwaukee St., Delafield, to determine whether to continue promoting and organizing the event.

To express interest in participating both financially and with your time, contact Mary Beth Berns at (262) 271-5552, mbb@wi.rr.com or Kris Timmer at (262) 646-1600, krist@thedelafieldhotel.com


Oconomowoc man appointed to state Ag board

By Donna Frake

Aug. 18, 2009 2:41 p.m. | Madison - Governor Jim Doyle appointed Oconomowoc resident John Koepke to the Board on Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection today.  Koepke’s appointment is effective immediately and will expire May 1, 2015.

"I am pleased to appoint John Koepke to the Board on Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection," the Governor said in a release. "His background as a successful dairy farmer and active member of Wisconsin’s agricultural community will be incredibly valuable to the board."

 Koepke has a degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is currently part owner of the award winning Koepke Farms, Inc. Koepke Farms milks 330 Holstein cows and grows crops on 970 acres of land in Oconomowoc.

 The Board on Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is a nine member board that serves as a policy-making body for the Agency.

 
 


Ewald expansion approved

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 18, 2009 10:48 a.m. | Oconomowoc Lake Village Board approved requests Monday from Ewald Automotive Group to expand its dealership by adding Jeep and Dodge franchises.

Representatives from Ewald met with the Village Plan Commission earlier this month for reccommendation of expansion to the village board which was approved. The business will amend its conditional use permit to construct a new showroom on the east side of the business specifically to display KIA automobiles.

Craig Ewald explained in order to carry the Jeep and Dodge product, it cannot be displayed with other auto brands, therefore the KIA inventory must be moved to a seperate location.

Expansion will also include additions to the current service department and a change to the north elevation showroom to accomodate the new Jeep and Dodge inventory.

A resident who lives close to the dealership was at the Plan Commission meeting with concerns about existing noise from an external paging system and noise from automatic dryers and other activity in the service department bays. With the addition of more service bays and inventory, the resident had concerns about increased disturbances. In response, the Plan Commission required the dealership elminate the external paging system and keep service bay doors closed.

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Delafield calls for dredging referendum

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 17, 2009 11:11 p.m. | City of Delafield - The Common Council has agreed to call an October 20 special election seeking voter approval of a $4.9 million referendum to finance dredging portions of Lake Nagawicka.

The council agreed uanimously that the referendum would contain two questions. Voters would be asked to approve about $1.2 million for the creation of a sediment retention basin below the Bark River inlet to the lake. All city taxpayers would contribute to the project intended to help reduce the flow of sediment into the lake.

The second question would ask voters to approve about $3.7 million dollars for dredging some channels and portions of the shoreline. Lake shore residents would be expected to pay for this project through special assessments levied against their property to reimburse the city for the cost of the work.

Common Council President Erv Sadowski cast the only dissenting vote when he argued that the referendum should held during the April 2010 municipal elections rather that calling for a special election in October. Sadowski suggested there would be a bigger voter turn out during the city elections and the economy might improve by April which would provide a better chance for the referendum to pass.

Kent Attwell, chairman of the Lake Welfare Committee, rebutted that if the city waited until 2010 for the referendum, and it was approved, construction on the project might not be completed before a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource dredging permit lapsed.


Five O's rally past Pewaukee

By Chuck Delsman

Aug. 16, 2009 6:28 p.m. | Host Oconomowoc's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team scored a solo run in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday afternoon and rallied past Pewaukee for a 4-3, 10-inning victory.

The win vaulted the regular-season champion Five O's into the finals next Saturday. Cooney will play at Lannon at 1 p.m. If the Five O's win that game, they would win the 2009 title. If Lannon wins, the two teams would return to action at Oconomowoc on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the final game. The winner would then advance to the LOL Grand Championships.

Mike Bolson hit a two-out single to left field that scored Mike Mitchell with the winning run in the last of the 10th. Mitchell had opened the inning by drawing a walk.

Chris Fischer came on in the sixth inning to pitch for Cooney when starter Luke Nelson hurt his back. Fischer did not allow a run in five innings. Pewaukee pitcher Jim Marlin went all 10 innings.

Mitchell homered for Oconomowoc in the fourth inning. Cooney tied the game with two runs int he seventh.

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Lannon, Oconomowoc to decide LOL West championship

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 16, 2009 4:08 p.m. | The Lannon Stonemen and the Oconomowoc Five O's are the last two teams standing in the Land O' Lakes Western Division, and will decide matters this weekend.

Lannon defeated West Bend 7-Up, 7-2 and Oconomowoc defeated the Pewaukee Muskies 4-3 in 10 innings on Sunday.

Lannon got a 3-run  home run from Dean Haase. Scott Doffek also homered. Eric Rohe was the winning pitcher, tossing a complete game for Lannon.

Lannon hosts Oconomowoc at Joecks Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. If the Stonemen win on Saturday, Lannon plays at Roosevelt Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. for the championship.


Muskies, 7-Up advance

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 15, 2009 8:12 p.m. | The Pewaukee Muskies and West Bend 7-Up both moved on in the Land O' Lakes Western Division playoffs on Saturday.

Pewaukee will play at Oconomomoc at 1 p.m. on Sunday. West Bend 7-Up travels to Joecks Field to face the Stonemen at the same time.  Pewaukee and West Bend 7-Up won in extra innings on Saturday at Brookfield and Sussex respectively.


Art lovers unite!

By Katie Memmel

Aug. 14, 2009 3:46 p.m. | --BEEP--We interrupt your weekly festival broadcast to bring you the latest in art fair news, namely the explosion of art in Lake Country this weekend.  If you make art, buy art, or just like art, check out these art-centric events:

  • Several local artists will offer their wares at the Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, along the Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail on Highway 83 in Wales.  The fair will also feature food, children's activities, live music and a used book sale.
  • Oconomowoc is hosting a Festial of the Arts in Fowler Park, featuring a juried art show and family entertainment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 
  • If go to the aforementioned festival, be sure to check out the monthly Sunday Artisan Faire in downtown Oconomowoc, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Art not your thing?  Take your pick from these random offerings:

  • Get your history on during the "Historical Living Timeline" reenactment event at Lisbon Community Park, exploring life as it was from the colonial era through the Vietnam War, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Ever question the agility of our feline friends?  Check out the Cat Show & Cat Agility event at the Olympia Resort, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Watch (and taste) as nine area pubs and grills compete in the Chicken Wing Throwdown, plus live bluegrass music and kayak races at The Dock of the Bay in Okauchee, 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Enjoy dancing, live music and children's activities at the Okauchee Street Dance, 4 p.m. to midnight at the Okauchee Fire Station.

More events are listed on the Weekend Happenings Blog.


Mukwonago marching band set to perform at state fair.

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 14, 2009 3:08 p.m. |

The Mukwonago High School marching band prepares for its 2009 field show during band camp this week.

The band will perform at the Wisconsin State Fair Sunday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. on the Grandstand.

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Teens horsing around end up snarling traffic in Pewaukee

By Jim Stevens

Aug. 14, 2009 12:55 p.m. | Two teens playing around with field hockey sticks ended up causing a traffic snarl in the Village of Pewaukee Thursday evening.

The 16-year-old boys, from the Delafield area were in a car with two females. At about 6:45 p.m. City of Delafield police were notified of a possible man with a gun and pointing it in the area of Marty’s Pizza on Sun Valley Drive, according to Lt. Chuck Moranchek of the Delafield police department.

Police were given a description of the vehicle and a Village of Pewaukee officer saw the car traveling north on Highway. T entering the village.

The Pewaukee officer followed the car which got onto westbound Highway. 16 and then was stopped by the village officer on Capitol Drive. Because of the unknown nature police closed down eastbound Capitol Drive and the Waukesha County canine unit was called out. The eastbound lanes of Capitol Drive were closed down for about 30 minutes, police said.

Police detained two females, who were released but took into custody the boys. The boys were holding field hockey sticks like guns, pointing them at each other and outside the car windows and yelling bang, police said.

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Edwards makes first court appearance

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 13, 2009 2:45 p.m. | Edward Wayne Edwards made his initial court appearance in the Jefferson County Circuit Court at 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13. Edwards was transported to Jefferson County from Louisville, KY, Aug. 12 after being charged with two counts of first degree murder. Kelly Drew and Timothy Hack of Fort Atkinson disappered almost 30 years ago from a wedding reception at Concord House. Their bodies were found three months later in a wooded area in Ixonia. A recent federal grant has allowed cold case files in the state to be re-investigated. The Drew/Hack murder was re-opened and a DNA sample taken from Drew's pants was recently matched to Edwards who was a groundskeeper at Concord House at the time of the murders.

Edwards, 76, did not speak at the hearing. Judge Randy Koschnick set an Aug. 27 preliminary hearing date.

Edward W. Edwards talks to his lawyer from the public defender's office after his initial hearing Aug. 13. His charges were briefly read and his bail was set at $2 million cash.

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Leveling the playing field at Kettle Moraine High School

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 13, 2009 2:07 p.m. |

Workers from Herr Construction (from left) Bob Major, Lenny Soto (on tractor) and Chris Igl spread and level gravel on the Kettle Moraine High School football field Thursday. Crews are working to have the entire field leveled before the turf arrives Monday, Aug. 17.


Possible gas leak

By Donna Frake

Aug. 13, 2009 10:39 a.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Fire Department is on the scene of a possible gas leak at N53 W37043 Madison Street. Mutual aid from Stone Bank and Okauchee has been requested to stand by.


Last chance to voice opinion at first library workshop

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 13, 2009 10:01 a.m. | If you'd like to voice your opinion about the Mukwonago Community Library Expansion project, now's your chance.  Today concludes the library's first of three workshops with architect firm Uihlein-Wilson.

From 10:45 a.m. until noon today, stop by the Mukwonago Library, where the firm will be meeting with business and Chamber members.

If you are unable to attend today's meeting but would still like to voice your opinion, contact Library Director Nick Weber at 262-363-6411.


Mukwonago Camp Counselor arraigned on child pornography charges

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 13, 2009 9:57 a.m. | A former youth counselor at a Mukwonago summer camp was arraigned Aug. 3, after being charged with one count of possession of child pornography.

Alexander R. Combs, 22, of Madison was arrested in the City of Madison July 30 for knowingly possessing a recording of a child engaging in explicit conduct and reasonably should have known that the child was under the age of 18, according to the criminal complaint.

Combs recently graduated from the University of Minnesota and has been staying with his parents in Madison.

Combs is not to have any contact with female juveniles unless supervised by a responsible adult. If convicted, he faces a fine of up to $100,000 and/or 25 years in prison.

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North Lake School Board back to five members

Aug. 13, 2009 9:32 a.m. |  

North Lake School District – The North Lake School Board has appointed an interim School Board member to fill its vacant seat.
After interviewing two candidates at a special meeting earlier this month, the School Board chose John Marchek to fill a seat left empty when board member Dean Byczynski resigned at the end of the school year.
The School Board interviewed Marchek and Jim Cinelli, both parents with children in the district.
"Both candidates brought such strength to the table," said Superintendent Pete Hirt.
Marchek will hold the position until the April election, when Byczynski’s term was scheduled to expire.
Byczynski, a board member for five years, put in his resignation after North Lake’s graduation to spend more time with his family, said Hirt in an earlier interview.


Discrimination suit filed against Oconomowoc plant

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 12, 2009 3:11 p.m. | According to an Associated Press report, a federal agency accuses a California-based can maker of discriminating against a black employee at a Wisconsin plant.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against Silgan Containers Manufacturing Corp.

The EEOC says a black man applied to be a general laborer at the Oconomowoc plant in September 2006. It says the man was given a physical exam the following month but was not offered a job for five more months.

The agency says in the meantime, several white applicants were given physicals after the man and hired before he was.

The company is owned by Woodland Hills, Calif.-based Silgan Containers Corp. A company spokeswoman did not immediately return a message Wednesday afternoon.


Edwards transported to Jefferson County

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 12, 2009 1:31 p.m. | Members of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice Cold Case Squad returned from Louisville, KY, today with Edward Wayne Edwards.

Edwards has been charged with the murders of Fort Atkinson residents Kelly Drew and Timothy Huck more than 30 years ago. Recent grant money given to the state to re-open cold cases led to the discovery of a semen match between Edwards and a sample taken from a piece of Drew's pants found after the murders took place.

Edwards is now in custody of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and is expected to make his initial appearance in Jefferson County Circuit Court at 1:25 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.


Skateboard park reopens in Town of Delafield

Aug. 12, 2009 12:49 p.m. | Town of Delafield - Skateboarders can hit the ramps in the Town of Delafield's skateboard park once again this week.

The park's ramps have been off-limits for the past three weeks because structural damages posed safety hazards, but officials re-opened a majority of the park Monday morning. 

Some questioned whether the damages were the result of vandalism, but Town Board Chair Paul Kanter said he thinks with the exception of the graffiti, the damages are just from wear and tear. 

Materials to fix the remaining ramp have been ordered at a price of $1,400 which excludes installation costs.

The skateboard ramps are located in the northwest corner of the Sports Commons at the corner of Silvernail Road and Maple Avenue. 


Former North Lake superintendent to retire from Whitnall

Aug. 12, 2009 10:28 a.m. | North Lake School District - A former North Lake School District superintendent recently announced she would retire from her current post as superintendent of the Whitnall School District at the end of the 2009-10 school year.

Karen Petric, 56, served as the North Lake School superintendent for nine years until she took a position in 2000 as Whitnall's superintendent.

Petric's tenure at Whitnall has had its share of controversy.

In December 2007, she tried to retire before her contract ended and asked for an early retirement package valued near $230,000, reports note.

At the time, Petric said she was concerned for her safety because of incidents involving a former Whitnall employee, but she later rescinded the comments.

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Skinny dippers get in hot water

By Donna Frake

Aug. 12, 2009 10:20 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc –  Six skinny dippers found themselves in hot water in an incident that took place overnight.

What started as  six teenage boys out on a lark just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday, ended with the dive team being summoned when the whereabouts of two of the swimmers could not be confirmed.

According to information from the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, at 12:53 a.m., a motorist reported seeing six naked males running south in the 100 block of North Lake Road.

When police responded to the scene, they saw the males going into the lake and ignoring calls from authorities to return to the shore.

One of the six males, ranging in age from 17-19, was caught a short time later, and three more were found at a residence.

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Town of Delafield merges clerk, treasurer roles

Aug. 12, 2009 9:28 a.m. | The town has its first clerk-treasurer after the two positions were merged at a meeting Tuesday night.

Town of Delafield –
The board held a special meeting Aug. 11 at which town residents approved the consolidation of the two positions.
The Town Board appointed Mary Elsner, the current town clerk, to fill the newly created role at a Town Board meeting after the special meeting.
The position of treasurer was left empty when Shelby Engel retired July 31 after 26 years as the town treasurer. Diann Wick, the deputy clerk-treasurer, has been filling the role of treasurer in the interim.
The cutback from three full-time positions to two full-time positions is an experiment to try to save the town money, said Town Chairman Paul Kanter.
"The experiment may not work," Kanter said. "We may have to go back to three full-time people. I hope it works, but well, if it doesn’t we’ll have to readjust."
The town also plans to hire someone part time. The person would be asked to fill in full time during busy times such as elections and tax collections.

 

Elsner will assume the role Aug. 18.


Lisbon roundabout opens

Aug. 11, 2009 2:38 p.m. |  

The roundabout at the intersection of Highways164 and Q is now open for use by the motoring public, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced.
 
The project, which started in June, converts the existing intersection into a two-lane roundabout.
 
The remaining work in the area is scheduled to be completed by mid-September.
 
The DOT is asking motorists to pay extra attention as they learn this new method of traveling through the intersection.


Golden Mast given 'all clear' from state

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 11, 2009 2:05 p.m. | State Department of Commerce gave the all-clear to the Golden Mast on Okauchee Lake for a compliance code dealing with circulation.

Inspectors asked the attorney general to intervene last fall after owner, Hans Weissgerber Jr., refused to comply with a law that requires handicap access to all levels of the restaurant from the interior of the restaurant.

 However, last fall newly appointed Commerce Secretary Richard Leinenkugel asked inspectors to work with Weissgerber on voluntary compliance. Recently the restaurant was considered in compliance under a 2002 building code that covers projects where at least 20 percent of remodelilng projects have been spent on accessibility improvements.

According to Commerce Department spokesman Tony Hozeny, Weissgerber has spent $1.7 million remodeling the restaurant including $482,000 on making the interior accessible.

Weissgerber said he's glad the two parties were able to come to a resonable and logical conclusion that serves both the state and restaurant's needs.


Lurvey bound over for trial for murder of two men

By Jim Stevens

Aug. 11, 2009 1:17 p.m. | Waukesha – A judge this morning bound Chad J. Lurvey over for trial for allegedly killing two men seven years ago.

After a preliminary hearing that was stretched over three days, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Linda Van de Water found there was probable cause a felony was committed. Lurvey, 35, is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, and formerly of Town of Mukwonago in August 2002.

The two men were found in a pond on Lurvey’s property off Highway. 67 in the Town of Ottawa. The men were found shot and cut and wrapped in chains and blankets. The men were last seen alive talking to Lurvey on Aug. 24, 2002, prosecutors said.

Lurvey is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 25 for an arraignment. Lurvey is being held in Waukesha County jail on $1.5 million bail.
 


Fire department responds to appliance fire

Aug. 11, 2009 9:41 a.m. |  

The Hartland Fire Department was called to a residence at 800 Crescent Lane at about 9:20 a.m. today for a report of smoke in the basement.
An automatic mutual aid alarm was sounded for the Lake Country and the Town of Delafield fire departments.
All occupants of the residence evacuated the structure.
The fire is believed to be electrical and was confined to an appliance.


Benson gets 30 years in prison for fatal crash

By Jim Stevens

Aug. 10, 2009 6:50 p.m. | Waukesha – Mark Benson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the death of a popular Oconomowoc High School principal, her daughter and unborn child in April 25, 2008.

“This was a shocking and frightening collision with permanent consequences,” said Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis, when pronouncing sentence.

Benson, 56, of Town of Summit, had entered no contest pleas to three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, one count of injury by intoxicated use of vehicle, and one count of causing injury while driving under influence.

Killerdwere Jennifer Bukosky, 39, of Town of Oconomowoc, her daughter, Courtney, and unborn child, Sophia. Injured were her son Zachery, 13, and Deborah Gibbs, 11, who suffered severe injuries.
Benson was driving on Highway. 67 when he struck the rear of Bukosky’s Honda Accord, which was stopped in traffic. Benson did not attempt to brake and was driving between 43 and 46 mph.

“I am honestly shamed and sorry for all the pain I caused. I will feel sorrow and guilt for the rest of my life. I will never forgive myself,:” said Benson in a brief statement.

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Man sentenced to 18 years for heroin overdose deaths

Aug. 10, 2009 4:58 p.m. | Waukesha - A Town of Genesee man charged with the deaths of two men who overdosed on heroin he supplied was sentenced to 18 years in prison in Waukesha County Circuit Court this afternoon.

Luke J. Bandkowski, 29, W298 S5733 Cliffside Court, was sentenced by Judge Richard Congdon to 9 years in prison and five years extended supervision for two cases with charges of first degree reckless homicide.  Bandkowski was ordered to serve the terms consecutively. 

Bandkowski entered a guilty plea to the charges at the end of May under a plea agreement.  The state asked for 15 years of initial confinement and 10 years extended supervision. 

Bandkowski still faces sentencing in federal court. 


Rollover accident in Pewaukee

By Debi Eimer

Aug. 10, 2009 2:05 p.m. | Two girls were treated and released at the scene of a rollover accident involving a Chevy SUV on Highway JK east of Jungbluth Road at about 12:45 p.m. today. Further details were not immediately available.


Over the Limit, Under Arrest program starts soon

By Donna Frake

Aug. 10, 2009 1:01 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Police officers will be out in force to arrest impaired motorists as part of a nationwide law enforcement crackdown on drunken driving that runs from Aug. 21 through Sept. 7. The campaign will combine stringent law enforcement with a federally funded media campaign to deter impaired driving.

Last year, alcohol-related crashes in Wisconsin killed 234 people and injured 4,319, according to the Wisconsin Deptartment of Transportation. Approximately 37,000 drivers were convicted of drunken driving in the state in 2008; and 47 percent of all motorcycle crashes in Wisconsin are alcohol related.

Authorities suggest instead of risking arrest, injury or death, that people choose a sober designated driver before they begin drinking, refrain from driving if even slightly intoxicated, take mass transit, a cab, or ask for a ride, and visit www.tlw.org for information on the Safe Ride program.


Woman sues Shorehaven over husband's death

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 07, 2009 3:57 p.m. | Shorehaven Health and Rehabilitation Center, 1305 W. Wisconsin Ave., is being sued by Lucilee Sorce of Germantown for her husband, Isadore Sorce's death according to a criminal complaint filed Aug. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Isadore Sorce was staying at Shorehaven to recover from a brain surgery performed on Jan. 28, 2008. The complaint claims Shorehaven was negligent in caring for Sorce and preventing him from a fall that led to his death.
 

No future court dates have been set.


Your weekly festival report, brought to you by summer

By Katie Memmel

Aug. 07, 2009 12:43 p.m. | Is it just me or does it seem like these weekly weekend happening missives revolve almost entirely around festivals during the summer months?  I mean, is there really nothing else to do besides eat greasy and/or grilled food, dance along with live music with or without the aid of ice-cold intoxicants, and relax under the stars while fireworks boom above?  Lake Country certainly offers a variety of activities for every season, but there's something about summer and our need to party hardy while the weather's still warm.  So in the spirit of redundancy, here's your guide to this weekend's festivals:

  • Get your fill of the blues and a taste of the arts at the Waukesha BluesFest, 1 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield.
  • Downtown Oconomowoc is hosting several activities, including Maxwell Street Days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, followed by the August Street Dance from 5 to 11 p.m.  There's also an Ice Cream Social, performance by the American Legion Band, a boat parade and fireworks at Oconomowoc City Beach on Sunday.
  • Mukwonapalooza is back at Field Park in Mukwonago, featuring two stages of live music, concessions, a raffle and more, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
  • Celebrate German heritage during the German-American Day Festival at Carl Schurz Park in Stone Bank, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.
  • And of course, there's the Wisconsin State Fair running through Aug. 16--even though it's not technically in Lake Country, it is the granddaddy of all festivals and deserves a mention.

Check out other weekend events at the Weekend Happenings Blog.


'Cinderella! Cinderella!'

By Cynthia Acosta Luksich

Aug. 07, 2009 11:58 a.m. |

Waukesha – Tickets are still available for the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Lunt-Fontanne Ensemble’s production of the children’s theatre play "Cinderella! Cinderella!" written by Edith Weiss, presented through Pioneer Drama Service, Inc. and directed by Jeff Smerz.

In an English village in 1342, Cinderella, a plain looking girl with big feet, has to compete with her two mean-spirited but stunningly gorgeous stepsisters for the hand of the kind and sincere prince. With the help of her faithful feline companion, Tom, and a lovable but vision-impaired Fairy Godmother who is always using the wrong wand, Cinderella finally learns that magic isn’t the answer to her problems.

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Lang store in Delafield to close

By Kelly Smith

Aug. 07, 2009 11:27 a.m. | City of Delafield - A city landmark made famous during the 1980s and 1990s when developer Bob Lang's calenders, candles and gift cards were hot items in gift stores across the country is being closed.

Lang Holdings Inc., the corporate owners of the speciality gift, calender and card company, have announced they will close the Lang Store located in the 160 year old former Presbyterian Church on Gensee Street at the end of the month.

Company officials announced that a store wide clearance sale will begin on Saturday, August 8. The church was one of several locations in downtown Delafield where the Lang gift items were sold.

Lang sold in his interest in the company about six years ago. The company, now owned by a Greenwich, Conn., investment firm, filed for bankruptcy last month. Company officials say they will continue to maintain the corporate headquarters in Delafield.


Oconomowoc merchants sign on to support rail

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 06, 2009 10:19 a.m. | Downtown Oconomowoc merchants are passing a letter today  to gather signatures in support of a high speed rail stop in the city. Oconomowoc Director of Economic Development, Bob Duffy, told merchants that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, (DOT), asked for letters of support from the community to include in the city's application for a rail stop.

Three potential sites within the city at  the intersections of: Cross and Collins streets; South and Church streets; and Collins and Silver Lake streets were presented to Common Council July 21. Duffy explained the pros and cons of each stop.

The city must submit the study of the proposed sites to the DOT for review. Duffy said a number of communities are competing for funding to form rail stations. The stop would inevitably increase traffic to the area.

For more on the story from the July 21 meeting, visit, http://www.livinglakecountry.com/oconomowocfocus/news/51418352.html


Locations approved for sexually oriented businesses

By Paige Smaga

Aug. 06, 2009 10:05 a.m. | Oconomowoc Common Council approved an ordinance Tuesday which will allow sexually oriented businesses to locate within the city. Prior to Tuesday's approval, under city ordinance, these types of businesses were only allowed in heavy urban industrial districts, however, no such districts exist in Oconomowoc. Therefore in a proactive attempt to protect the city from possible federal lawsuits for discrimination of First Amendment rights, the city amended its law to allow sexually oriented businesses in urban industrial zoning districts. There are less than 10 sites within these disticts - near Chaffee Road and Capitol Drive - within the city.

Along with only being allowed in these locations, adult oriented businesses must also adhere to licensing agreements that require a 300-foot buffer around areas such as playgrounds, schools, residential structures, parks, playgrounds, places of worship, civic areas and hospitals.


City chooses new police chief

Aug. 05, 2009 9:01 a.m. | The good news is that the City of Pewaukee has decided on a new police chief.

The bad news -- at least for curious residents -- is that, beyond the handful of members on the Police and Fire Commission, no one knows who that chief is.

The commission made its final choice Tuesday night, but is withholding the name out of fairness to the candidates, said PFC President Mark Millard.

The final two candidates were Larry LaFavor, a lieutenant with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, and Charles Padgett, a captain with the West Allis Police Department.

"First, we need to contact the individuals to let them know our decision," he said."Second, the city has a large budget issue."

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Wisconsin's First Lady visits Old World Wisconsin in Eagle

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Aug. 04, 2009 1:49 p.m. | Jessica Doyle, Wisconsin's First Lady, toured the grounds of Old World Wisconsin Aug. 4. After meeting museum director Dawn St. George, Martin Perkins, curator of research and Ellen Penwell, curator of collections, Doyle visited St. Peter Church, the James Sanford Farm and the Ketola Finnish Farm.

Doyle's visit will be featured as part of the First Lady's popular "Where in Wisconsin is Jessica Doyle?" contest.

"We are delighted to host a visit with Wisconsin's First Lady and appreciate her interest in the history of our state and its people," said St. George.

Doyle learned about renovation done on St. Peter Church, the first Catholic church in Milwaukee, the story of James Sanford and his family while touring the 1860s house and garden, and visited the Ketola Finnish Farm.

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Memorial service scheduled for Cameron Wagner

By Katie Memmel

Aug. 04, 2009 9:05 a.m. | A memorial service for Cameron Wagner, the 2009 Kettle Moraine High School graduate who died in an ATV accident over the weekend, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Road, Hartland.  The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. and after the service.


St. Joe's Bingo goes Smoke Free

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 04, 2009 8:50 a.m. | Starting Friday,  August 7, St Joe’s Bingo in Big Bend is going smoke free.

To mark the occasion, St. Joe's is having a player appreciation night. There will be drawings for gift certificates and prizes and all players will receive a free dauber. 

Regular bingo starts at 7:00 p.m. followed by a progressive game at 8:30, with an estimated jackpot of $1,300.

St Joe’s has bingo every Friday throughout the year


Don't forget!

By Amy Nixon

Aug. 03, 2009 2:28 p.m. | Don't forget about tomorrow's Maximize Your Memory presentation from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Alice Baker Library in Eagle.

The Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin will present an informative program on memory loss and memory retention, with tips for caregivers.

Refreshments will be provided.

Tue, August 4, 10:30am – 12:00pm


Delafield man arrested for damaging football field

By Jim Stevens

Aug. 03, 2009 11:54 a.m. | City of Delafield – An 18-year-old Delafield man is facing charges for causing significant damage to the football field at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy over the weekend.

Lt. Chuck Moranchek of the police department said the man allegedly took his mother’s car and did donuts and figure 8s on the football field late Friday night or early Saturday morning. Police were notified Saturday morning and while an officer was conducting a follow up investigation regarding another matter that morning, saw a vehicle that was covered in sod.

The man was not at the house but police interviewed him in the afternoon and the man was not cooperative and resisting police. An officer had to use his Taser gun on the man, Moranchek said. The man was taken into Waukesha County jail.

Moranchek said he did not have a estimate of how much damage the man caused.
 


Monches defeats Falls

By Chris Schuck

Aug. 02, 2009 7:03 p.m. | Eric Van Beck was the winning pitcher in today's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball game at Menomonee Falls on August 2. Blake Hunt picked up the save.

The final score found the Irish defeating the Lakers 7-5.

TJ Ludorf hit a home run for Menomonee Falls.


Cooney clinches LOL West title

By Chuck Delsman

Aug. 02, 2009 6:41 p.m. | Oconomowoc's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team clinched the 2009 regular season championship Sunday afternoon by stopping host Lannon in the game of the week, 12-7.

The win vaulted the Five O's to 15-2 with one game remaining. Lannon is second at 13-4.

Other games on Sunday saw the Brookfield Bulldogs whip West Bend 14-2 in seven innings, Hartland handle North Lake 11-2, Sussex smash the Brookfield Blue Sox 17-9, Monches upset Menomonee Falls 7-5 and Pewaukee trounce Merton 19-6.

This Saturday, Aug. 8, Menomonee Falls will play at Pewaukee at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the post-season playoffs and the loser will be out of the playoffs.

The playoffs start on Saturday, Aug. 15 and continue on Sunday, Aug. 16.


KM grad dies in accident (update)

Aug. 02, 2009 1:19 p.m. | The 2009 Kettle Moraine graduate that died Saturday as a result of an ATV accident in northern Wisocnsin has been identified as Cameron Wagner of Delafield. Wagner and his family attend Oakwood Church, also in Delafield. The information was shared with the congregation at services Sunday morning.

The death is the second in just over a week of a young person's accidental death. Jake Godar, 21, of the Town of Oconomowoc and attendee of Westbrook Church was killed July 24 in a car accident on Stone Bank Road

Stay tuned to Lake Country Watch and the Tuesday edition of the Lake Country Reporter for more information.


KM grad dies in accident

Aug. 02, 2009 7:45 a.m. | A 2009 Kettle Moraine graduate died in an ATV accident while up north with friends over the weekend.

Cameron Wagner, 18, of Delafield was killed when the ATV he was driving struck a tree in the Town of Lakewood on Saturday.

Wagner was driving the ATV and turned around to look at a friend behind him who was also on an ATV when his arm caught the steering wheel and veered him off the path, causing him to hit a tree, according to his aunt Beth Morrison.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Oconto County authorities.

"It was a freak accident," said Morrison.

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