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Learn about UW-System at KM college night

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 29, 2012 11:19 a.m. | Kettle Moraine High School will hold a College Planning Night for students and their parents on Monday, Oct.1 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  

A representative from the UW-System and counselors will be available to answer questions regarding admission criteria, the application process, and housing. Questions can be directed to the KMHS guidance office at (262) 968-6200.


Mukwonago out-muscles KM

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 28, 2012 11:46 p.m. | The first drive of the game pretty much told the story of the night.

Visiting Mukwonago took the ball 80 yards in 15 plays on the very first possession of the game, scored a touchdown on an 8-yard run by senior running back Daniel Timmers and then added a 2-point conversion on a run by Jason Strickler to grab a quick 8-0 lead.

The Indians took a 15-0 edge at halftime, never looked back and eventually grabbed an 18-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over Kettle Moraine on Friday.

The win locked up a WIAA playoff berth for the Indians, who moved to 4-1 in league play with two games left. Mukwonago is now 4-2 overall.

For Kettle Moraine, the playoff situation is now dire. KM fell to 2-3 in league games and now must win its final two starts of the season, against Muskego and Catholic Memorial, to make the playoffs. The Lasers fell to 2-4 overall.

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Oconomowoc clinches playoff berth

By JR Radcliffe

Sept. 28, 2012 11:17 p.m. | The Oconomowoc football team followed the Homecoming parade into the end zone time and time again, then kept marching right into the playoffs.

The Raccoons took care of business against Hartford on Friday, 43-14, securing their fourth win in the Wisconsin Little Ten and clinching a playoff berth after a two-year hiatus from the postseason. Coach Ryan McMillen said his team successfully bypassed the potential distractions of Homecoming week to hammer out a win after a lopsided loss to Wisconsin Lutheran one week earlier.

“We were focused, we were ready to play,” he said. “The Wisco game wasn’t representative of us, and we want to stay in the hunt. Our offensive players, when they play and just have a want-to to go score and leave their worries at the door, they execute.”

Zach Poker had a dazzling four catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns, Nico Even added 95 yards on the ground and quarterback Canton Larson showed an ability to keep plays alive and keep drives moving, and the Raccoons never trailed.

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Lannon Main Street delays begin Monday

Sept. 28, 2012 3:16 p.m. | Village of Lannon - Drivers who pass through Lannon on their daily commute might experience minor delays starting Monday as the village begins storm sewer work.

Workers will replace storm sewer along Main Street betweenLannon and Vine streets after inspection discovered the storm sewer was collapsing.

Read the original story here


Quad expands to print USA Weekend

Sept. 28, 2012 2:59 p.m. | Quad/Graphics Inc. announced Sept. 27 that it has expanded and extended its agreement with Gannett Co. Inc., to print copies of USA Weekend, a Sunday magazine inserted into more than 700 newspapers weekly. The new, longer-term multiyear agreement will include additional incremental print volume beginning in 2016, as well as additional freight, logistics and distribution services volume.
 

“USA Weekend has an impressive reach and impact with a circulation of more than 22 million copies,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO. “Under this new agreement, Quad/Graphics will continue to print the major portion of those copies, using a new manufacturing plan that optimizes all the strengths of our industry-leading gravure printing network. We are picking up additional future volume and we look forward to a growing service relationship with Gannett.”
 

Said J. Austin Ryan, Senior Vice President of Operations for Gannett Publishing Services, “Quad configured a new and improved services platform that will provide significant savings in time and money for us,” Ryan said. “We appreciate Quad/Graphics partnering with us to improve this aspect of our business.”
 


When I grow up...

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 28, 2012 8:38 a.m. | Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is a pretty incredible thing. We asked some local students what they want to be when they grow up. From brain surgeons to sports stars, their imaginations and creativity are sure to put a smile on your face. See their responses in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.


Good food that's good for you

By Marilyn Jozwik

Sept. 28, 2012 12:00 a.m. | When someone says they’re cooking a nutritious meal we might figure it’s not going to taste good. But food that’s good for you can taste good, too.

This Saturday, top chefs and top doctors in the area will demonstrate how to make nutritious and delicious meals designed to fight chronic illness at the 2nd Annual Harvest for Your Health at NuGenesis Farms in Pewaukee.

The event is from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday under the white tents at NuGenesis Farm with the Good Harvest Secret Pizza Garden as a backdrop.

Master of ceremonies for the evening is County Executive Dan Vrakas. Dr. Stan Markus and the Milwaukee Guitar Quartet will entertain.

“We really stepped up this year,” said Kathy Bero, founder and president of NuGenesis. “No one is going to want to miss this pizza picnic with a punch.”

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Waukesha County deer test positive for EHD

Sept. 27, 2012 11:56 a.m. | State wildlife officials have confirmed that samples submitted from deer found dead in Dane, Sauk and Waukesha counties have tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). A number of citizens in southern Wisconsin contacted the Department of Natural Resources with recent observations of small groups of dead deer. EHD has now been confirmed in Columbia, Rock, Sauk, Dane and Waukesha counties.

“Our neighbor states have been seeing EHD outbreaks for the last several weeks and now it has made its way into southern Wisconsin,” said Eric Lobner, DNR southern Wisconsin wildlife supervisor. “It is a fairly common disease carried by midges, commonly referred to as no see ums, which are not a threat to humans, so there is no cause for alarm."

EHD is often fatal, typically killing an infected deer within seven days. The last EHD observation in Wisconsin was in 2002 in Iowa County where 14 deer died from the virus. EHD is common across southern states and occasionally shows up as far north as the upper Midwest. This year, outbreaks of EHD have been reported in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The disease is typically short lived as the flies that transmit the disease die with the first hard frost.

Wildlife officials say there is no risk to people or pets from deer that have died of EHD and that the venison is safe to eat. Deer carcasses can be left on the landscape to decompose. The DNR will not be collecting or removing deer that have died as a result of this outbreak.

To report a sick deer observation call the DNR call center at (888) WDNR- INFo (1-888-936-7463), send email DNRInfo@Wisconsin.gov, or use the chat feature on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov/contact. Staff members are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be prepared to provide details about the condition of the deer and the exact location where the deer was observed.


Lannon condo development hit with foreclosure suit

By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 27, 2012 10:17 a.m. | A condo development in Lannon has been hit with a foreclosure suit.

Whispering Ridge Acquisition Co. defaulted on the loans, and now owes principal totaling $6.4 million, plus additional unpaid interest charges and late fees, according to the suit, filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court by North Shore Bank.

Whispering Ridge was originally designed as a 220-unit condominium development, with two-story townhouse condos as well as eight-unit buildings. The development, near Highway 74 and Town Line Road, was later sold to the current owner, a group formed by Orion Realty Advisors LLC.

Orion changed the mix to ranch-style condos in hopes of drawing more buyers, said Orion co-owner Robert Rice. That led to revised plans for 184 units.

But the decline in demand for new housing hurt those efforts, leading to the defaulted loans, Rice said. So far, just 58 units have been developed, he said.

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Dakota, trucks, rock walls and more at Harvest Fest

Sept. 27, 2012 8:45 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Usher in fall with free fun galore at the Oconomowoc Harvest Fest sponsored by the chamber at Olympia on Saturday, Oct. 6.

More than 30 exhibitors will have information and hands-on activities. New this year is an open house at Highlands Sports Center. Organizers are planning a rock wall, bouncy house, obstacle course and more to get you moving and ready for what Highlands is planning once the snow falls.

Other activities include visits from Wildlife In Need's great horned owl, Dakota, Wave Soccer players and area mascots.

Head outside and touch a truck or check out electric vehicles.

Watch for a story on the upcoming Harvest Fest in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.


GOP to host debate party

Sept. 27, 2012 8:05 a.m. | The Republican Party of Waukesha County will host a debate party at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at  the Campaign Victory Office, 1701 Pearl St., Waukesha. Those in attendance will watch Senate candidates Tommy Thompson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in a televised debate. For more information, call (262) 522-2889 or send an email to hq@waukeshagop.org.


Open house today at WCTC

Sept. 27, 2012 9:00 a.m. | Prospective students can visit Waukesha County Technical College’s open house today, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m. Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, Advising and other departments will be on hand to answer questions about the technical college.

Visitors can tour the facility and labs, visit faculty and see industry-specific projects. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Guests will also receive a voucher to waive the WCTC application fee ($30).

Those interested can register online at WCTC.edu or call Jodi Wiesneski at 262.691.5129. You can also request additional information there if you cannot attend. Walk-ins will be welcome.


Lane reopens on I-94

Sept. 26, 2012 3:45 p.m. | The scene of a vehicle fire that closed a lane of traffic on westbound I-94 has now been cleared.


Westbound lane of I-94 closed near Delafield

Sept. 26, 2012 3:36 p.m. | A vehicle fire has closed one of the westbound lanes on I-94 near Highway 83 in Delafield, according to a news release from the state Department of transportation.


State board approves 169-acre addition to southern unit of Kettle Moraine

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 26, 2012 2:46 p.m. | The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved state purchase of 169 acres adjacent to the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Walworth County.

The addition will enable the state Department of Natural Resources to expand the Whitewater Lake Campground in the forest and improve fish habitat in a section of  Whitewater Creek, a trout stream, that flows through the property, officials said.

The DNR will buy 169.33 acres from the Elaine D. Taylor estate at a cost of $796,000 following approval by the board.

A tall ridge on the property is part of the 75-mile-long glacial moraine that extends northeast through Walworth, Waukesha, Washington and Fond du Lac counties. A landscape inventory shows there is 52 acres of woods and 34 acres of wetlands interspersed with agricultural fields and grassland on the parcel.

The property is between the Bluff Creek State Natural Area and the Clover Valley Fen State Natural Area, off Hi Lo Road three miles southeast of the City of Whitewater.


Wisconsin grew .3 percent, Waukesha unchanged

Sept. 26, 2012 2:25 p.m. | The Department of Health Services released their mid-year population count earlier today and figures show that Wisconsin's population has grown by about 16,000 people, or 0.3 percent, in the past year.

There were 5.70 million residents in the Wisconsin during 2011, according to the agency's statistics, a modest increase from the 5.69 million people in 2010.

Brown County led the way in percentage growth, gaining about 2,300 residents, or 0.9 percent. Dane County also grew 0.9 percent, adding a state-high 4,214 residents. Next were Milwaukee County, which added about 2,000 residents (0.2 percent), and Outagamie County, which added 1,145 people (0.6 percent).

The counties that lost residents are mainly in the far north and were already among the smallest in the state. Forest County lost about 100 residents, or 1 percent, leaving about 9,200 remaining. And the state's second-smallest county got 1 percent smaller, as Florence County lost 41 residents to end up with about 4,400.

Overall, 42 counties saw population growth, 19 lost residents and 11 remained essentially unchanged.

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WCTC seeks indoor firearms facility

Sept. 26, 2012 1:29 p.m. | The Waukesha County Technical College’s District Board on Tuesday gave approval to explore off-campus locations for an indoor, tactical firearms facility to meet community and law enforcement needs and provide training for the College’s Police Academy program.

“We’re looking for a modern, indoor range suitable for law enforcement where we can do scenario-based training and tactical applications,” said Brian Dorow, WCTC’s associate dean of criminal justice.

The range will be staffed by WCTC instructors, Dorow said. When not in use by local law enforcement, the range will be open to the public on a membership basis.

WCTC will complete a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease property with an existing structure, within close proximity to the College’s Pewaukee campus to maintain continuity of training between the Morris Street Law Enforcement Training Center and the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) track. Once a site has been determined, WCTC will hold public input sessions in that area to solicit feedback from the community. In addition, the project will require a series of approvals from the WCTC District Board, Wisconsin Technical College System Board and the Village of Pewaukee, and may be subject to an environmental study.

The estimated cost for the firearms facility is approximately $1.4 million. The College hopes to begin construction in June 2013 and open the range in October 2013.


Spending falls in Waukesha County budget proposal

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 26, 2012 1:22 p.m. | Waukesha - Spending on Waukesha County government services and construction projects would drop 3.8% to $273.7 million in 2013, under a budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The bottom line - an overall cut in county government spending of $10.9 million next year - was achieved by spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

Financial challenges from rising vehicle fuel prices, increased spending on adult jail inmates and reductions in investment income were more than offset by reducing the capital budget by $12 million, according to budget documents.

Cutting county spending will lessen the property tax burden on home and business owners, Vrakas said.

"Last year, we were able to freeze taxes on a median valued home," he said in comments before the County Board.

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Bring some seeds, take some seeds for seed exchange

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 26, 2012 12:14 p.m. | The Heritage Flower Farm, 33725 County Road L,  is sponsoring its first seed exchange on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a seed collecting, saving and planting demonstration at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

People are invited to brind their seeds and get seed others have collected. 

Seeds are ready for collecting when they turn darker and appear dry. Seeds should be collected in paper bags or envelopes to keep them dry. Separate seeds from chaff and take to the exchange in paper envelopes - at least 20 seeds per envelope - identified on the outside with the plant's name.


Vrakas to kick off proposed dog park event

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 26, 2012 11:34 a.m. |  Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will kick off an event for the proposed dog exercise area in Mukwonago from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 29. 

The event will be held at the proposed site for the park, at picnic area 4 in Mukwonago Park on Highway LO. Vrakas will speak at 10:30. 

Humans and their canine companions are invited to attend to learn more about the park and fundraising efforts. 

Waukesha County will contribute $50,000 toward the park. Private fundraising efforts are working to raise the remaining $25,000. Proposed project costs include the entrance gates, fencing and signs. The proposed project area takes advantage of an existing underused picnic area, park roadway, parking, gentle slopes and shade trees, thereby minimizing development costs.

The basic elements of the Mukwonago Park Dog Exercise Area will include parking, mowed grass walkways, entrance gates and signage for the Large Breed and Small Breed areas, as well as perimeter fencing and signage. The existing nearby park shelter will be incorporated into the design. A small parking area dedicated for users to access the pond with the dogs will be provided. The existing Maintenance Building restrooms are nearby. In the future, a new restroom facility will be added to the picnic area for park users and dog exercise area users.

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Fire up Cooney! It's homecoming week

Sept. 26, 2012 9:01 a.m. | Fall and football are in the air and this week Oconomowoc High School has been revving up for its 2012 homecoming.

Students have dressed up all week for some homecoming fun. Today are donning camo and blaze orange tomorrow they will wear scuba gear to fit this year's homecoming theme, Under the Sea.

On Friday, Cooney fans, get on your purple and gold and head out for the homecoming parade that winds through downtown with plenty of OHS spirit - and candy of course.

Parade line-up is at 4 p.m. on Oakwood Avenue, the parade begins at 5:15 and heads down Wisconsin Avenue turning left on Main Street and ending in Roosevelt Park.

Following the parade, get ready for some football as the OHS Raccoons take on the Hartford Orioles at 7 p.m. at the stadium.
 

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Thousands missing from Pewaukee man's garage

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 25, 2012 5:26 p.m. | A burglar allegedly made off with thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry, and other valuables stored in a Pewaukee man's detached garage.

Police received a call from a resident at 124 Marshall St. on Sept. 24, after he discovered that his garage had been ransacked sometime in the previous few weeks.

The man told police that he had not been in his garage since Sept. 12 and that there were no signs of forced entry. He reported that a $500 lawn tractor, a $1,600 set of rims and tires, and a small safe containing jewelry, personal papers, and $8,000 in cash were missing.


Man recovering after arm was caught in printing press

Sept. 25, 2012 4:06 p.m. | Sussex-based cereal packaging plant Nature's Path employee Alonso Corral, 23, is recovering from injuries he sustained after his arm was caught in a printing press.

According to a police report, Corral was attempting to clear a jam in a flaker machine and his hand got stuck in the rollers. Sussex Fire Chief Corky Curtis said maintenance personnel from the nearby Quad/Graphics printing plant were called to assist firefighters because of the size and weight of the equipment in which Corral’s arm was caught. It took about an hour and a half to disassemble some of the equipment and separate rollers on the press in order to free the arm, according to the chief.

A company spokesman said Corral is still being treated and is doing well. A spokeswoman from OSHA said they are investigating the accident and might have an update in about two weeks.


Mukwonago welcomes Born Learning Trail tomorrow

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 25, 2012 4:04 p.m. |  United Way in Waukesha County will host a ribbon cutting for the launch of the first Born Learning Trail in the village of Mukwonago from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening at Miniwaukan Park in Mukwonago.

ProHealth Care sponsored the trail by providing funding and volunteers who recently installed the trail.


Stop the insanity

Sept. 25, 2012 3:41 p.m. | Fans everywhere are bemoaning the unfortunate end to last night's Packers v. Seahawks game. Crossing guard John Engel Jr., whose grieving Packer doll at North Avenue and Hartbrook Drive in Hartland reflects the mood on the morning after Green Bay losses, flashed the stop sign on Tuesday. Scott Heyerdahl, who captured this photo, wondered if it might mean stop the insanity, in reference to the questionable calls by replacement referees that played a deciding role in Monday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks.


Lab expansion brings more jobs to Pewaukee

Sept. 25, 2012 2:08 p.m. | Trico Corp., Pewaukee, plans to add a new oil analysis laboratory; construction is expected to be completed by December.

 The expansion will create 15 new jobs in 2012, according to a news release from the company. Trico anticipates adding up to 27 people over the next three years.

Trico is in lubrication management services and products.


Powder-puff showdown tonight at KMHS

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 25, 2012 11:14 a.m. |

The Kettle Moraine High School junior girls take on the senior girls tonight at 6:30 p.m. in a powder-puff match. Admission is $2 at the door, with all proceeds going to the Make a Wish Foundation. 
 
The powder-puff game is part of the week-long homecoming activities, building up to the parade and game on Friday night and the homecoming dance on Saturday. 
 
Watch the Kettle Moraine Index for more information
 


We want your real life spooky stories

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 25, 2012 9:08 a.m. |  Halloween is around the corner and we want your real life spooky stories! Have you heard bumps in the night? Seen strange shadows out of the corner of your eye? Did something from beyond grab your arm?

I'm dying to hear about it! 

abudde@jrn.com 


Small fire breaks out in AHS North Campus theater

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 24, 2012 5:04 p.m. | A small fire forced school officials to shut down the North Campus ventilation system this morning at Arrowhead High School.

Shortly after 8 a.m., a drama class using the North Campus theater noticed a smoldering curtain onstage.

According to Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson, a light fixture was leaning up against one of the stage's curtains. The smoking curtain, which was made of a flame-retardant material, was put out with a fire extinguisher, but it caused heavy smoke in the theater.

School officials shut down the ventilation system and cleared the area of students and staff.

Other than a brief lockdown, the fire caused little disruption to the school day, as students remained in class and moved freely throughout the building during the remainder of the day.

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Neumann asks for $152k for campaign debts

Sept. 24, 2012 4:41 p.m. | Multi-millionaire and former Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann is asking his supporters for more money to help pay $152,000 in leftover bills from his losing campaign.

Neumann, from Nashotah, made the plea in a fundraising email sent Monday, saying he doesn't have any money left in his campaign account. Neumann is a real estate developer who reported his net worth to be between $6 million and $18 million.

Neumann’s request to his donor base comes at a time when Tommy Thompson, who Neumann continues to publicly endorse, has cited a “broke campaign” for the reason behind his own dip at the polls. He came in third in the August Republican primary that Tommy Thompson won.

Neumann says in the email he wasn't counting on the bills that have come in from vendors and small businesses who helped in his campaign.

Neumann says he ran a "lean campaign that pinched every penny we could" and it "pains" him to ask for more donations.

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Village Players bring the Italian mob to East Troy stage

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 24, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Village Players, in collaboration with Ivan’s On the Square, East Troy, have announced the cast for the production of Tom Dulack’s “Breaking Legs.”

Cast members are: Kevin Koehne and Trent Smith, both of Mukwonago, John Gregoles of Lake Geneva, Steve Hay of Delavan, Dave Linton of Elkhorn and Sondra Gesselle of Walworth. 

Directed by Mary Nugent, performances are at 7:30 p.m. Oct 5, 6 and 12, and 2 p.m. Oct. 14, at Ivan’s On the Square. Tickets are adults $12, seniors $10; seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets are available at www.mukwonagovillageplayers.org, through Miller Pharmacy, Shanahan’s Coffee House or Espresso Love Coffee, Mukwonago and Ivan’s on The Square. 

This is a comedy intended for adult audiences, set in an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster and managed by his beautiful unmarried daughter. When the daughter’s former college professor arrives to ask for financial backing for a play he’s written about a murder, the fun begins. The three main Mafiosi’s are intrigued with the idea of producing a play. The daughter becomes enamored of the playwright, who is delighted to have the family’s support. His bubble is burst when he discovers, through the accidental “death by train” of a lesser thug, that his backers are gangsters.

Eat at Ivan’s before the start of your show, and receive a 10-percent discount by presenting your ticket to the server. For more information, call (262) 470-4786 or send an email to vp.president@yahoo.com.


Vehicle smashes into roundabout sculpture

By Donna Frake

Sept. 24, 2012 9:18 a.m. | On Sept. 23, at 3 a.m., a 32-year-old Town of Oconomowoc man, driving a 2005 Lexus SUV was westbound on East Wisconsin Avenue and failed to negotiate the roundabout. The vehicle crashed into the sculpture, flipped onto its side and struck the brick light display. The driver was trapped insid the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Oconomowoc Fire Department,

The driver suffered no apparent injuries and alcohol was a facor in the crash. The driver was cited for first offense drunken driving.


Classic 8 tennis cancelled

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 22, 2012 10:16 a.m. |  The Classic 8 Conference girls tennis tournament was cancelled today because of rain, wind and cold. It will be played on Monday at the WoyahnTennis Center in Waukesha.

Arrowhead is the favorite to win the league title and Kettle Moraine is expected to give them a good battle for the 2012 crown.


Lightning one strike better than Messwood

By Guy B. Stuller

Sept. 22, 2012 12:32 a.m. | As the season of fall arrives, it brings with it many things. Leaves begin to turn a beautiful array of autumn colors, temperatures drop to create crisp cool evenings and, since 2009, Lake Country Lutheran ascends to the top of the Midwest Classic standings.

Friday night at Shorewood, the Lightning did just that, defeating the Messmer/Shorewood co-op squad, 43-40, taking sole possession of first place in the conference. Lake Country Lutheran moves to 4-0 in the conference (5-0 overall) with Messmer/Shorewood dropping to 3-1 in conference play (4-1 overall).

Both teams came into Friday averaging more than 40 points per game, and Lake Country Lutheran proved it was going to be a high scoring affair on the first drive of the game. The Lightning took just three plays and 36 seconds to move 69 yards and score the first points of the game. A 46-yard run by sophomore Adam Tovar set up a 26-yard touchdown connection from senior Jacob Simons to junior Murphy Shannon giving Lake Country Lutheran a 7-0 lead.

From that moment forward, it was a race to 40, with each team taking risks on fourth down, attempting on-side kicks and throwing the ball down field. The epically long first half featured seven lead changes and 55 total points with the lead exchanging hands three times in the last two minutes of the second quarter.

Sophomore Nate Coss scampered in from 12 yards out to give LCL the lead with 1:37 left in the first half. That drive featured two fourth down conversions for the Lightning and seemingly gave them the halftime lead. Messmer/Shorewood quickly answered a minute later with a drive capped off by junior Mykyo Evans taking it in from eight yards out.

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Falls starts fast, holds on for upset of Hamilton

By Steven L. Tietz

Sept. 21, 2012 11:32 p.m. | A red and white face-painted Sussex Hamilton backer boldly and swiftly ran out onto the middle of Schumann Stadium in Menomonee Falls on Friday night right after the national anthem and with an impressive amount of chutzpah planted a Chargers spirit flag at midfield much to the great vocal disdain of the Indians football fans in attendance.

Thus, in this long-standing and often intense rivalry, a blow for symbolism was struck.

But the Indians responded with such concrete qualities as execution, character and tenacity, as they scored two touchdowns in the first quarter against the third-ranked iHamilton squad and then hung on for dear life for one of the great upsets of the season so far with a 24-21 decision.

When Chargers quarterback Mike Gryszkiewicz's long sideline pass in the final seconds missed its mark, there was bedlam at the center of Schumann Stadium. If that Hamilton spirit flag had still been there, it would have been trampled into oblivion.

"I never felt like this before, I was so scared (going into those final plays)," said senior linebacker Brian Schmit. "I thought the game would never end. We always knew we were a good football team, but we had to go out and prove it. We had to go out and prove it to everyone."

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Pewaukee overcomes Trojans' fast start

By Timothy Bryce

Sept. 21, 2012 10:53 p.m. |  

Wauwatosa West couldn't have started any faster Friday night against visiting Pewaukee, and it appeared as if the Trojans' dream start to the 2012 season would continue. Then, a key coaching decision by the Pirates brought all of that to a halt.

On the first possession of the game, the Trojans started from their own 30-yard line. Two plays later, they were up 6-0. On the first play from scrimmage, senior running back Mickey Morgan scampered 58 yards up the sideline. Junior running back Jameson Brock followed Morgan's big play by running the ball in from 12 yards out to give the Trojans an early lead.

In response, Pewaukee senior linebacker Doug Devoe was moved to the outside to stop the perimeter attack of the Trojans, and it worked well. The Trojans had collected 70 yards of offense on their first possession. They gained just another 70 the rest of the way.

“They were running rocket and they had trips, so they moved me outside so I could condense it and slow down so we can all break down and make the tackle,” said Devoe.

 
Leading just 14-6 at the half, the Pirates knew they had to come out on the first possession of the second half and make a statement. They did, to the tune of a 17 play, 67 yard drive lasting 6:19 that senior quarterback T.J. Watt capped off with a one yard sneak to give the Pirates a 21-6 lead. With just under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, junior running back Ryan Stepanovich ran the ball in from 28 yards out to give the Pirates a 27-6 lead. Stepanovich had a solid night, finishing the game with 150 yards rushing. As a team, the Pirates finished the game with 360 yards rushing.
 
“Second half we were able to establish some things a little better and I think you saw what we hoped to be offensively in the second half a little bit more, minus the ridiculous offsides penalties and those things that are just inexcusable," Pewaukee coach Justin Friske said.

Pewaukee (5-0) had 10 penalties total, including three personal fouls.

 
Despite the loss, the Trojans still had some positives to take away, notably hanging around with one of the area's top teams. Now 4-1, Tosa West remains just one win away from a playoff berth.
 
“We did a lot of good things, we had some players really step up, we found a couple of ballplayers tonight, and we did some poor things” said Trojans head coach Matt Good.”We just got to get better and preach to our kids to get better every game."


Raccoons have an off night against Wisco

By JR Radcliffe

Sept. 21, 2012 10:28 p.m. | Ryan McMillen would do this again, many times over in fact.

“If we got to play these guys nine weeks out of nine weeks, I’d take it,” the Oconomowoc coach said after his team was on the wrong side of a 48-6 outcome Friday against Wisconsin Lutheran at Wisconsin Lutheran College. “I know that sounds crazy, but I really would, because they do what they do and to beat them you have to out-execute and play football and come right back at them. We didn’t do that tonight, and that’s why we lost.”

The Vikings scored on each of their first four possessions and were only stopped on offense when the clock ran out at halftime and at the end of the game, turning a battle of two undefeated teams into a contest featuring a running clock in the second half.

Perennially a contender for the Wisconsin Little Ten title and much more, Wisco took a 27-0 lead before the Raccoons hit the scoreboard.

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Arrowhead rolls past Kettle Moraine

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 21, 2012 10:16 p.m. |  Host Arrowhead scored two quick touchdowns after  two Kettle Moraine turnovers Friday night and eventually rolled to a convincing 48-7 Classic 8 Conference victory.

AHS improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in league play. KM fell to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in conference games.

KM fumbled the ball away on the very first play of the game and Alex Sandstrom of the Warhawks recovered the ball. Eight plays later Ty Jager scored on a 1-yard run and the rout was on.

Arrowhead scored on a 48-yard pass on the final play of the half as Brady Kelliher connected with Jake Miller in the end zone with no time left on the clock. AHS led 30-7 at halftime.

Other KM touchdowns came from Dom Todarello on a 9-yard run, Ricky Finco on a 56-yard punt return, Jager on a 1-yard run, Kenny Finco on a 20-yard pass from Kelliher and Drew Becker on a 1-yard run. Kevin Driscoll also kicked a 31-yard field goal.

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Crash at Highway 67 and I-94

By Donna Frake

Sept. 21, 2012 11:54 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc- The right lane of Highway 67 and the on ramp at I-94  are blocked after a multiple-vehicle crash was reported there just moments ago. Authorities expect the lanes to be affected for approximately one hour. 

No other information is currently available.


NuGenesis food-as-medicine-farm finds new home

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 21, 2012 11:06 a.m. | NuGenesis Farm Inc., the effort launched on 35 acres in 2010 to promote food as medicine, has found a new home on a 75-acre farm owned by the Faye Gehl Conservation Foundation Inc., located in the Town of Merton.

The foundation, established in 1994 to protect land and water resources in the area and now with more than 400 acres of wetland, woodland, agricultural land and stream corridor, will grant a 50-year lease to NuGenesis.

The move is scheduled for January. The current NuGenesis Farm is located along Silvernail Road west of Waukesha, property owned by ProHealth Care and initially leased for $1. The fee has since increased to the annual property taxes of about $3,400.

Most of the current growing area is about 3.5 acres, including a small "pizza garden" that has become a main attraction that supports teaching programs and healthy food production.

"This new location will support three new teaching gardens to help meet the growing demand for our critical programs," said Teresa Monaghan, executive director of NuGenesis Farm. "NGF's hands-on cooking and gardening classes teach participants how to grow, harvest, store and prepare foods that maintain their highest health values. In addition, our registered dietitians teach how these foods work in our bodies."

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Fresh food, fresh help at 'Uncle Phil's Diner'

By Marilyn Jozwik

Sept. 21, 2012 12:00 a.m. | There are many decades that drift by without leaving behind any memorable images and memories.

The 1950s were not one of them.  Just say 1950s and poodle skirts and bobby socks, big-finned cars and 25-cent packs of cigarettes, chocolate shakes and cherry Cokes, plus unforgettable doo-wop music leaps to mind.

This weekend the drama team at Oakwood Church will return to the ‘50s as it presents “Uncle Phil’s Diner,” an interactive dinner theater. The menu includes traditional diner fare such cheeseburgers, French fries and fountain drinks.

The theatrical event starts at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday with food, music and other entertainment including the rock ‘n roll music of the Dish Wops.

Tickets are $12 and seating is limited.

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Tree houses ok in City of Pewaukee

Sept. 20, 2012 9:48 p.m. | The Idleman family can finally have their tree house, one whole summer, one construction firm and one lawyer later.

The City of Pewaukee Plan Commission approved of the structure late Thursday night, but the idea has been discussed since the family started tore down the old structure and started building the new one. 

Tree houses are not explicitly covered within city ordinances so it was red flagged by city inspectors. The family received a "cease and desist" notice and the issue was brought to the Common Council in August. The Common Council, in turn, sent the issue to the plan commission.

"Accessory uses that are not listed may go before the plan commission before they are approved... It’s because it’s not a normal accessory. It’s not a garage. It’s not a maintenance shed like the normal accessory use. It’s a different kind of use than what’s in the ordinance. It’s abnormal, if you will, " said City Planner Harlan Clinkenbeard.

The commission approved of the tree house and Mayor Klein made his thoughts clear on the issue, saying, "You know, in general, I don’t know that we want to get involved with these little tree houses, unless someone gets carried away or if it’s on property lines, or something like that. I really don’t see why we want to get too involved with these things unless it has some kind of impact on the neighborhood and (the Idleman's tree house) does not."

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Meijer's clears initial hurdles in Sussex

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 20, 2012 9:03 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - A proposal to build a nearly 200,000 square foot retail grocery-household goods super center on the southeast corner of Hwys. K and 164 cleared some initial hurdles with the village Plan Commission tonight.

Plan Commissioners uanimously recommended the Village Board amend building codes to permit structures of 250,000 square feet so the Grand Rapids, Michigan Meijer Company to build the super center. Building codes presently restricted buildings in the village to 125,000 square feet.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said failing to increase the limit on building size would have been "a deal breaker" for the proposal.

The commissioners also indicated they believed  the super center with adjoining gas station and convenience store would be an appropriate use for some of the land being purchased by Meijer Company from the Schellin family that own the approximately 40 acre tract of farm land.

In addition, the commission instructed the staff to begin a review process of the development plans with various village committee's and sub committee's and scheduled a series of public hearings on the proposal.

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Event to honor veterans Friday in Oconomowoc

Sept. 20, 2012 3:02 p.m. | Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 635, will hold its annual POW/MIA Vigil beginning with Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell on Wisconsin Avenue.

The third Friday in September has been declared National POVVIMIA Remembrance Day, a day for all Americans to remember those who have not returned from their service to our country, because they were held prisoner or were declared missing in action.

The vigil begins with the opening ceremony which includes the traditional reading of the names and lighting of candles for each serviceman from Wisconsin listed as prisoner of war or missing in action during the Vietnam War.

Recognition is also given to those missing or still held prisoner from other wars and conflicts.

The public is invited to take part in the ceremony by lighting a candle for one of our missing. Members of Chapter 635 will be available all during the evening to answer questions or provide information about the missing and continuing efforts to account for all of our country’s heroes. Closing Ceremonies will be held at 11 p.m. when the names are read again as the candles are retired.


Randall, killer of 2 Summit officers in 1975, petitions for release

By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel

Sept. 20, 2012 2:02 p.m. | Waukesha - For the fifth time since his conviction for killing two Summit police officers in a 1975 ambush at the town hall when he was just 16, Alan Randall is seeking release from a state mental institution.

Randall, 54, last sought release in 2008, which was denied by Judge Lee S. Dreyfus after a trial. The decision was appealed but upheld last year. Previously he had unsuccessfully sought release with conditions in 1990, 1991 and 1995.

Asked in an interview what had changed since the last rejection, Randall's attorney, Craig Powell, said three years had passed with Randall demonstrating perfect behavior. He said Randall now works part time for a garden center outside the institution. He also maintains grounds at the Mendota Mental Health Institution, where he lives and volunteers his time, Powell said.

In a brief court hearing Thursday, Judge Donald J. Hassin Jr. ordered mental examinations by two psychological experts who have examined Randall multiple times in the past. He also set a court date for a jury trial on Jan. 22.

In earlier testimony, the psychological experts testified that Randall has not had a mental illness diagnosis for most of his confinement. The petition for his release states he is not getting medication or treatment for mental illness or disorder as has been the case for decades.

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KM tagger gets probation

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 20, 2012 1:31 p.m. | An Oconomowoc woman who spray-painted disturbing rap lyrics on Kettle Moraine High School last spring was sentenced today to one year of probation and ordered to pay $328 in restitution to the school.


Erika M. Bredlow, 19, and co-conspirator Michael J. Rady, 19, were both originally charged with two misdemeanor counts of graffiti, after they tagged the school with the phrase “die yuppie scum” on March 1. Both submitted no-contest plea bargains in August in exchange for authorities dropping one of the two charges against them.


According to the criminal complaint, the duo tagged the school and a silo in the Town of Genesee with the phrase and another message that contained obscenities and threatened to kill people. The profanity-laced messages were from a rap song, authorities confirmed.


Rady was in court on Sept. 17, but his sentencing was delayed until Dec. 13. He enrolled in the 180 juvenile diversion program, and the court agreed to sentence him after he completes the program’s first phase.


Bredlow appeared in court on Sept. 20, where Judge Donald Hassin handed down his one year probation sentence.

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Sussex worker's arm caught in printing press

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 20, 2012 1:24 p.m. | Village of Sussex - A 23-year-old worker at the Natures Path cereal packaging plant in Sussex was transported by the Flight For Flight helicopter to Froedtert Hospital Thursday after his arm was trapped in a large printing press for more than a hour and a half.

Sussex Fire Chief Colin "Corky" Curtis said maintenance personnel from the nearby Quad/Graphics printing plant were called to assist firefighters because of the size and weight of the equipment in which the man's arm was caught. It took about an hour and a half to disassemble some of the equipment and separate rollers on the press in order to free the arm, according to the chief. 

The condition of the man, who has not been identified by authorities, is unknown, according to the chief.


Disabled truck cleared from I-43

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 20, 2012 1:02 p.m. |  A disabled semi truck has been cleared away from I-43 southbound at Oakdale Road near Mukwonago.

It had been blocking right lane traffic from 11 a.m. until noon.


Lane blocked on I-43 near Mukwonago

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 20, 2012 11:39 a.m. |  A disabled semi truck is blocking the right lane of I-43 southbound at Oakdale Drive near Mukwonago. 

Crews are currently trying to remove the truck from the scene. 

Stay tuned for more details. 


Oconomowoc restaurant fires up the grill, changes name

Sept. 20, 2012 9:03 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc business, Lemon Grass, on Summit Avenue will be shaking things up next month. Owner Choo Ng announced plans to change his Asian restaurant's name to Grill Junkies Burgers and More after much success with his hamburgers.

Ng has offered the Best Burger Challenge at Lemon Grass for about a year. He said in the restaurant's seven years, he's seen the best results from burger sales.

Read more about what else will change with Grill Junkies in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.


Haass library controversy grows

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 20, 2012 7:13 a.m. |  Village of Sussex - The Pauline Haass Library Board voted 5 to 2 Wednesday night to hire an attorney to begin the process of  attempting to take over about 60 acres of land deeded to the Town of Lisbon for library purposes by the late Pauline Haass more than 50 years ago.

The board was warned by one of its trustees, Robert Williams, a former town supervisor, that the action could lead to hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal expenses for the library and interfere with on going negotiations between the Village of Sussex and Town of Lisbon over how much money the two communities will contribute to library operations.

Williams pointed out that town officials believe they have sole jurisdiction over the land despite a state law that says all land intended for library purposes should be owned and controlled by library boards.

He recalled how  town officials, several years ago, broke off negotiations with the village over a cost sharing contract  because library officials had threatened to go to court in an effort to take control of the land.

However, a majority of the board members argued they had a legal and financial obligation to attempt to take "ownership and control" of the land because cost sharing negotiations between the village and town have failed to produce a new agreement.  Most of the library's approximately $1.1 million operating budget is paid for by contributions from the two municipalities.

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Town of Mukwonago residents ask board for action on nuisance barking

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 19, 2012 7:12 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago residents filled Town Hall tonight to voice complaints about barking dogs from a neighboring residence near Sugden and Section Roads.

Residents state that barking has been ongoing on the nearby resident for a number of years. One mother stood to inform the board that the barking is so bad that her 8th grade daughter lacks proper sleep to keep up with her studies.

The resident in question recently underwent legal action with the town and was found to be in violation of zoning code for having too many horses on her property.

Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for the complete story.


Wind advisory in effect

Sept. 19, 2012 2:26 p.m. | A wind advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.

According to the National Weather Service, southerly winds are increasing to 25mph to 30 mph this afternoon, with gusts up to 45 mph.

The strong winds could bring down small branches, and could cause trash cans and other loose objects to blow around. Drivers of high-profile vehicles should take care, particularly on east- to west- oriented roads.


"Saturday Special" planned for kids at OPL

By Donna Frake

Sept. 19, 2012 1:37 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Library is hosting a "Saturday Special" at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

This  monthly program for children in grades  in 4K-4th grade will feature " A Magic Tree House Party" this month.    Participants will play games and make crafts based on Jack and Annie and their Magic Tree House adventures.

Please register at: http://magictreehouse.eventbrite.com


Drunk driver charged for striking child on scooter

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 19, 2012 1:29 p.m. | A man with one previous OWI conviction was charged last week with his second after he allegedly struck and injured a 13-year-old boy riding a scooter in Delafield on Sept. 15.


According to the criminal complaint, Leroy E. Blanchard, 65, of 1000 Nagawicka St., blew a .124 on his preliminary breath test.


The crash allegedly occurred near Main Street and Milwaukee Street in the City of Delafield, where the 13-year-old boy was riding a scooter. When police arrived, the boy had a scrape and a bruise on his left knee. His left foot was bandaged near the heel, and it had been bleeding. Emergency personnel also believed the boy had been struck in the head by something.


Police noted that Blanchard’s right rearview mirror was bent back toward the vehicle and that the mirror itself was shattered. Shattered and broken glass littered the driveway and roadway near the scene of the accident.


The complaint stated that Blanchard smelled of intoxicants and that he had an open food container containing ribs inside the vehicle. He allegedly told police, he was “just sitting here eating ribs.” The complaint indicated that Blanchard, who had glassy, watery eyes, seemed oblivious to the fact that he had just struck a child, and it did not appear that he had ever asked about the child’s condition.

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MHS students, sign up for education fair

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 19, 2012 12:57 p.m. | Mukwonago High School juniors and seniors interested in attending the Wisconsin Education Fair (WEF) at Carthage College on Oct. 3 can pick up permission slips in the guidance office. Permission slips, along with a $5 fee, are due in the guidance office by Wednesday, Sept. 26. Space is limited.

The WEF is geared toward college-bound Wisconsin students. There will be representatives from all colleges in Wisconsin and many from Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and surrounding states, according to MHS guidance counselor Paige Patenaude. 

"Students are able to find out more about colleges they are interested in and may have their eyes opened to colleges/opportunities they may not have considered," said Patenaude. "There are several programs out there such as the Midwest Student Exchange where students can "study abroad" in the country at a different campus for a year while paying their in-state tuition and staying on course to graduate. Also, many colleges have added programs for the 2012-2013 school year that students may be unaware of such a criminology at UW-Stout and Radiography at UW-Platteville."

Questions can be directed to Patenaude at patenpa@masd.k12.wi.us


Not your average rodeo in Oconomowoc Friday

Sept. 19, 2012 8:52 a.m. | Oconomowoc Utilities is hosting the 2012 Lineman Skills Competition at 801 S. Worthington Street across from the Electric & Water Utility Building.

Teams and individuals will embark on challenges that test their electric line work skills. Competition will test mental and physical strength that linemen use on a daily basis. Safety will be given the highest priority in the competition and on judging.

 

The event is open to the public and can be viewed from Roosevelt Park near Imagination Station or from Worthington Street. It begins at 9:15 a.m. with opening ceremonies followed by competition from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Fate of Haass library at stake

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 18, 2012 5:18 p.m. | Village of Sussex - The Pauline Haass Library Board is scheduled to discuss on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the library the possible ramifications if the Town of Lisbon and Village of Sussex terminate their joint agreement to fund the library.

Library officials are asking Village Trustee Tim Dietrich and Town Supervisor Ryan Lippert to report on the proposals for a new agreement that they have been negotiating for the past 14 months. They tentatively reached an agreement on a new funding contract but it was rejected by the town board.

The library board also intends to discuss the possible disposition, if the municipal agreement is terminated, of about 60 acres of land located at the intersection of Hickory and Lake Fire Roads in the Town of Lisbon that was donated for library purposes to the town by the Haass estate. Town officials have argued in the past they have sole jurisdiction over the land.

Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke has warned that if the two communities do not come up with a new funding agreement for the library "in the coming months" he may recommend in February that the town board terminate the existing agreement.

Village officials say they have developed a contigency plan that would enable the village to provide funds that would allow the library to continue to operate without funding from the town, if the agreement were terminated.

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UPDATED: more details emerge in death of Oconomowoc infant

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 18, 2012 4:36 p.m. | The Waukesha County Court Commissioner ordered a $1 million cash bail this afternoon for the woman charged with stabbing her two-month-old baby to death last Saturday at their home in the Town of Oconomowoc. In a separate appearance, the court commissioner set her husband's bail at $100,000, after he allegedly failed to report the death of the child.

Dana M. Hooper, 32, and her husband, Kevin J. Hooper, 33, both of the Town of Oconomowoc, made their initial appearances in court today, as they were both formally charged with felonies in the death of their two-month-old daughter.

Shackled at the wrists and feet, Dana Hooper appeared in court wearing the county jail's green suicide vest, as she was formally charged with first degree intentional homicide for allegedly stabbing her baby multiple times with a kitchen knife.

In addition to the $1 million cash bail, the court commissioner ordered that she have no contact with her husband or their children.

Kevin Hooper, clad in an orange prison suit, was also barred from having contact with his children or his wife. He was charged with failure to report the death of a child, a class I felony punishable by a maximum of up to a $10,000 fine and 3 1/2 years in prison.

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Oconomowoc wife, husband charged in infant's murder

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 18, 2012 3:26 p.m. | A Waukesha County court commissioner ordered a $1 million cash bail this afternoon for the woman charged with killing her two-month-old baby last Saturday at their home in the Town of Oconomowoc. The commissioner set her husband's bail at $100,000, after he allegedly failed to report the death of the child.

Dana M. Hooper, 32, and her husband, Kevin J. Hooper, 33, both of the Town of Oconomowoc, made their initial appearances in court today, as they were both formally charged with felonies in the death of their daughter.

Shackled at the wrists and feet, Dana Hooper appeared in court wearing the county jail's green suicide vest, as she was formally charged with first-degree intentional homicide.

In addition to the $1 million cash bail, the court commissioner ordered that she have no contact with her husband or their other children.

Kevin Hooper, clad in an orange prison suit, was also barred from having contact with his children or his wife. He was charged with failure to report the death of a child, a class I felony punishable by a maximum of up to a $10,000 fine and 3 1/2 years in prison.

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Walker announces December Senate election

Sept. 18, 2012 1:06 p.m. | A special election has been set for Dec. 4 to fill the 33rd State Senate seat vacated by Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee).

Zipperer submitted his resignation in August to take a position in Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

Candidates may begin circulating nomination papers today and must be filed by 5 p.m. Oct. 9. A primary will be held Nov. 6.

State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and State Rep. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) have both announced their intentions to seek the Senate seat. Both have also filed for Assembly seats, Kapenga in the 99th District and Farrow in the 98th.


Mukwonago wine bar hosts Washuntara this Sunday

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 18, 2012 12:50 p.m. |  Join Pam's Fine Wines, 100 E. Main St. in Mukwonago as they host world renowned Australian musician Washuntara from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, Sept. 23. Doors will open at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $25 per person. RSPV by calling (262) 363-7166.

For more information on Pam's Fine Wines visit www.pamsfinewines.com

For more information on Washuntara visit www.washuntara.com 


Oconomowoc native stops by hometown during nationwide book tour

Sept. 18, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Author Ethan Casey will be at Books and Company at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 to discuss his next book, "Home Free: An American Road Trip."

Casey embarked from his Seattle home on Sept. 4 to tour the U.S. through December for the book.

"The purpose of the book I’m planning is to do for this troubled country what I’ve previously tried to do for Pakistan and Haiti: humanizing the society in its full variety and confusion, depicting its people’s experiences and histories specifically and compassionately, amplifying their voices," Casey writes on his website, ethancasey.com.

The Oconomowoc native and University of Wisconsin graduate has written books based on his experiences in Pakistan and Haiti.

Visit ethancasey.com for more information. For more information on the upcoming Books and Company event, visit http://www.booksco.com or call (262) 567-0106.


Mukwonago accident looked worse than it was

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 18, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Authorities are investigating the cause of a two vehicle crash yesterday around 4 p.m. near the northbound I-43 onramp in the Village of Mukwonago. 

One patient was taken to the hospital and the other left the scene of their own accord. Despite heavy damage to the vehicles, both drivers suffered only minor injuries.

The Mukwonago Fire Department responded to the scene. 


Lioness Club hosts blood drive

Sept. 18, 2012 9:56 a.m. | The Eagle Lioness Club will sponsor a blood drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Village Hall, Highway NN, Eagle.


Appointments are encouraged but not required. To make an appointment, call Lioness Barbara Schultz at (262) 527-6885.
 


Just 4 You raises money for Mukwonago Food Pantry

Sept. 18, 2012 9:54 a.m. | The Just 4 You fundraiser will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at The American Legion Post, 627 Highway NN, Mukwonago.


This fundraiser for the Mukwonago Food Pantry features, food, door prizes, raffles and has products from a variety of vendors in one place. Merchandise includes foods, jewelry, party favors, soaps and holiday items, as well as scrapping, makeup, perfumes and candles.


Homemade baked goods will also be available for purchase. Donations for the Food Pantry will also be accepted.


For more information, send an email to amylacy53e120@gmail.com.
 


Crash at Highway 67

By Donna Frake

Sept. 18, 2012 9:05 a.m. | Police were called to the scene of a head-on crash at  7 a.m.  on southbound  Highway 67 and Delafield Road.

According to information from the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, two vehicles, an SUV and a  passenger car collided and two females were transported to Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

 No further information is available at this time.


Pewaukee Council awards hydrant bid

Sept. 17, 2012 9:10 p.m. | The City of Pewaukee has unanimously awarded the Glenwood Lane water hydrant replacement project to Willkomm Excavating and Grading, Inc. of Union Grove for $62,503.

Earlier this year, public works employees encountered a broken fire hydrant and leaking valves in the Springdale subdivision. The hydrants are old, created in the late 1970s, and the valves are not holding properly. Bad soil combined with sediment in the water has eroded the valves’ seals.

“The valves fail to hold. They’re deteriorating. And when you close the valves, they don’t solidly hold off the water so when we go in there to valve off certain sections, we have leaks within the system,” Weigel added.

An abandoned hydrant and nearby valves will have to be replaced. And while they’re not replacing the whole subdivision’s hydrants, they are fixing six of them.

This will directly affect about twenty households and the bid is set up so a team of contractors can fix all of the hydrants at once, through one twelve hour window. 

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Joint medical bill service possible

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 17, 2012 8:30 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Six Waukesha County municipalities are considering hiring a single company to collect emergency medical call bills for all of the communities..

The communities include the Town of  Lisbon and the villages of Sussex, Menomonee Falls, Germantown, Richfield, and Lannon, according to Lisbon Fire Chief Doug Brahm.

Brahm told a Town Board budget workshop tonight that the communities hope to save money on bill collection services and also improve the bill collection process.

Brahm later explained that often one municipal fire department may respond to a medical emergency in another community. Having a single company collect bills in all the communities will make bill collection easier, he said.

Brahm explained the town fire department has decided to outsource its bill collection because of a combination of factors include a dramatic increase in emergency medical calls and the retirement of key bookkeeping personnel.

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Brown bag movement grows in Mukwonago schools

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 17, 2012 6:25 p.m. | Mukwonago High School students took a stand today against new federal regulations on portion sizes in school lunches. In a movement that started at Park View Middle School on Friday and resulted in a 46-percent reduction in the number of hot lunches sold, students brown-bagged lunches and avoid the smaller-portioned, higher-priced hot lunches provided by the district. 

While District Food Supervisor Pam Harris didn't have figures from today, she estimated about half the students brought brown bag lunches to protest the federal regulations, which are aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

According to MHS student Joey Bougneit, the boycott was brainstormed by the MHS football team whose athletes said it was “horrendous” going eight hours or more on the slimmed down portions.  

"Many kids had already brought their opinions to the school board and to the principal, but seeing as the school and even the state doesn't regulate this mandate, we needed something stronger," Bougneit said. "So devising this boycott was not intended to be an attack on the school. The main goal of this boycott was to attract media, faculty, student, and parent attention to the matter to try and inspire other schools nationwide to follow in our footsteps."

Harris sent a letter to parents explaining the changes and is meeting with students to explain the new federal regulations. Additionally, Harris developed a form for students to write out their complaints so the concerns can be shared with legislators and federal government officials.

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Google Maps visits Old World Wisconsin

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 17, 2012 4:35 p.m. |  Old World Wisconsin opened its gates to a team from Google today to collect street-view images for use in Google Maps.The Internet search firm will film the museum grounds at street level using a special tricycle with a camera mounted on top to access areas not open to vehicles.  When complete, images of the museum's roads and farmsteads will allow Google Maps users to take a virtual walk through the museum's grounds.

Old World Wisconsin's director Dan Freas enthusiastically signed on for the mapping, as another way for 21st-century visitors to access information about this museum dedicated to rural life at the turn of the last century.


Archery season now open

Sept. 17, 2012 3:03 p.m. | Wisconsin archery deer hunting season opened on Saturday, Sept. 15 and runs to Nov. 15 and again Nov. 17-Jan. 6.

Many archers will be happy to see that there is no four day October gun hunt, which means the season will remain uninterrupted except for the two day statewide youth hunt Oct. 6-7.

Archery deer hunters will be allowed to hunt during the regular nine-day deer hunt in November, and, new this year, they will be able to fill a gun license deer tag with a bow or crossbow during the gun deer season.

While deer are not evenly distributed across the state, the Dept. of Natural Resources expects a good season this year. They've pointed to mild winters and high fawn populations in spring.

Archers shot the third all-time highest number of bucks last year. There were 255,423 licensed archers in 2011 who shot a total of 90,200 deer.


Local union head: We will push to restore benefits

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 17, 2012 2:45 p.m. | In the wake of a ruling last week that struck down Act 10, local school districts plan to wait and see what the decision will mean for them. In the meantime, teachers unions gear up to restart negotiations to reinstate benefits lost since the implementation of Act 10.

Bargaining units representing teachers in the area plan to immediately begin their push to reinstate benefits lost since the implementation of Act 10.

Steven Cupery of Lakewood Uniserv Council, which represents teachers from the Oconomowoc and Kettle Moraine school districts, said he'll begin pushing school districts to the bargaining table as soon as this week.

"We'll certainly be making the demand and request to districts that they now sit down and negotiate a full range of contractual issues with their employees through their newly elected representatives, just as police and fire continue to have those same rights," he said. "We think teachers should have them as well. We'll be asking that they sit down and negotiate any changes in the agreement we had at the time Act 10 went into effect. They can expect to see us proposing our past agreements and then any changes to them, we would ask, be negotiated."

Cupery said Colas's decision reinforced what the unions have been saying all along: "…that the governor can't pick and choose who has collective-bargaining rights based upon whether or not they endorsed him for governor, which is essentially what Act 10 did."

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Town of Oconomowoc mother arrested in baby's death

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 17, 2012 7:18 a.m. | A 32-year-old Town of Oconomowoc woman  was taken into custody Sept. 15 for 1st degree intentional homicide for the death of her 10-week-old baby, according to a report from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The couple has two other children (ages 2 and 3) who have been temporarily placed with a family member.

The initial court appearances for both mother and father are expected to take place today.

No further information is available at this time.


Van struck by train in Town of Delafield

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 16, 2012 3:37 p.m. | The Village of Hartland Fire Department evaluated the driver of a van yesterday morning, after he was reportedly struck by a Canadian Pacific Railroad train on Highway KE at Glacier Road in the Town of Delafield.  The Town of Delafield Fire Department also responded and assisted at the scene.

According to a report from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the one-ton van was pulling a trailer and traveling north on Highway KE near Old North Shore Road. As the driver approached the functioning railroad crossing, he was unalbe to stop. The van left the rodaway and became disabled on top of the tracks. The driver safely exited the van before the train hit. The train reportedly pushed the van approximately half a mile to the east.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating. 

 


Town of Oconomowoc Police investigate death of baby

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 16, 2012 3:25 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc Police responded to a call regarding the possible death of a 10-week-old baby at 5:46 p.m. Sept. 15, according to a report from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The baby was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Sheriff's Department is assisting the Town of Oconomowoc with the investigation.

No further information is available at this time.


Failed conversion helps Mukwonago to huge win

By Jeremy Lubus

Sept. 15, 2012 12:10 a.m. | After two heart-breaking losses earlier this season for the Mukwonago football team, the Indians looked destined for a third.

Waukesha Catholic Memorial drove down the field to score to pull within one point late in the fourth quarter. But Memorial’s fake extra-point attempt fell short as the Indians prevailed, 14-13, on Friday night at Carroll University.

“I told the guys we've got to break the glass,” said Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson. “We finally were able to break though tonight and get that win.”

After struggling to find any consistency on offense for close to 55 minutes, Memorial strung together a nine-play drive that packed as much excitement in one drive that many experience in a whole game. On fourth down needing four yards, quarterback Pat White dumped off a short pass to Matt Hubley that needed a measurement and required multiple officials to confirm the first down.

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Pewaukee superb against Greendale

By JR Radcliffe

Sept. 14, 2012 11:02 p.m. | T.J. Watt wanted a prize his brothers never had -- and he took it upon himself to go get it.

 The Pewaukee two-way standout put his fingerprints all over the Pirates' 38-24 win over Greendale on Friday, helping PHS defeat the Panthers for the first time since joining the Woodland Conference. Watt scored three touchdowns, ran for 90 yards, forced a fumble, returned an interception to the Greendale 14-yard line and ran a fake punt 16 yards on 4th and 8 to essentially ice the Woodland West Division victory in a battle of undefeated teams.
 
"Nobody else in Pewaukee history has beaten Greendale," Watt said. "None of my brothers could do it. I'm happy because we could do it as a team. We had good blocking, good defense, and it all came together and we had a great game."
 
Watt, who will follow in the footsteps of brothers J.J. and Derek and play for the University of Wisconsin next year -- as a tight end -- had his best game at quarterback thus far for the Pirates (4-0). His 14-yard run on the first series of the third quarter tied the game at 17-17, and on the ensuing Greendale series, he intercepted quarterback Josh Ringelberg from the defensive end position and scampered from the Pewaukee 46 to the Greendale 14.
 
Three plays later, Pewaukee had its first lead of the game. Though the Panthers would re-tie the score on a sparkling 47-yard connection between Ringelberg and Mitchell Brees with 2:47 left in the third, Watt capped a 14-play, time-consuming (6:54) drive with another touchdown.
 
"He came to me and said, 'I want to be the quarterback' (before the season), and I think we kind of found out why tonight," said first-year Pewaukee coach Justin Friske. "He played better than he's played in any game up to this point. The plays he made on defense and offense showed what type of athlete he is. Without him, we're certainly a different team, but that's not to short all the other guys that played because we had a complete team effort tonight."
 
Included in that stable was David Girmscheid, who rushed for 179 runs and delivered the dagger touchdown with 1:42 to go on a 15-yard run. That score came on the ninth play of a drive that was kept alive when Watt rolled out on a rugby punt and kept it on 4th and 8 from the Greendale 28, picking up twice as many yards as necessary.
 
"He's phenomenal," Greendale coach Rob Stoltz said of Watt. "Everything you want in a senior leader. He did his name proud, that's for sure. He's the best player in the conference, and that was made pretty clear tonight, making plays in every facet of the game. He's a special player and we did not do nearly enough to stop him."
 
Greendale looked like the aggressor early, scoring less than 1:30 into the game on a Jake Zywicki 47-yard run for touchdown. Though Pewaukee answered immediately with an 80-yard kickoff return for TD by Ryan Stepanovich, the Panthers recovered a fumble to kill a Pewaukee drive and built a lead as large as 17-7. Brees caught another long ball -- this one from 65 yards -- to give his team a 14-7 lead.
 
Zywicki had 115 yards on the ground in the first half alone, but he was held to 19 in the second half. Meanwhile, Pewaukee kept piecing together long scoring drives.
 
"We just didn’t have an answer for it on defense," Stoltz said. "Whether it was the scheme or execution of it, we just didn't come to play on defense today, and it was unfortunate because our defense is a lot better than that. They're running their base wing-T stuff and we just did not execute."
 
Friske thought his team simply looked more composed in the second half.
 
"It was really a matter of us settling down and saying, 'Pewaukee football, let's go,' and the kids responded," he said. "We run the football. It's what we do. We're not going to be real fancy looking I suppose, but we do a lot of different things inside the tackles that can be confusing for a defense. I thought in the second half, our nerves were a lot better."
 
Greendale (3-1) will still be heavily favored to reach the playoffs, even if it lost a foothold in the chase for the Woodland West title.
 
"We've talked about complacency for a few weeks now. ... I don't know if we were complacent this week or as a coaching staff we didn't do a good enough job making sure everyone understands their assignment in all facets of the game."


Oconomowoc moves to 4-0

By Chuck Delsman

Sept. 14, 2012 10:00 p.m. |  Oconomowoc's varsity football team defeated visiting Beaver Dam Friday night in a Wisconsin Little Ten Conferene game, 14-13.

The win vaulted OHS to 4-0 on the season, the best start in many years at the school.

The Raccoons, trailing 13-7, took the lead for good when quarterback Canton Larson hit end Tyler Enright on a 66-yard touchdown pass with 6:34 to play in the game. Casey Bednarski then kicked the game-winning extra point.

But the game was far from over. Beaver Dam moved to the Cooney 15-yard line for a first down with 1:04 to play before Oconomowoc senior  Zach Poker recovered a fumble at the 20-yard line with 49 seconds left.  From there they ran out the clock and grabbed the win.

On defense, OHS got big games from Poker, Aaron Cramer, Logan Ballering,  Nick Gomez and Lucas Monroe.

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Oconomowoc driver will go to court in October

Sept. 14, 2012 11:10 a.m. | An Oconomowoc man, charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court this morning.

Michael D. Quick, 57, stands accused of striking cyclist Eric Maas, 57, with his SUV near Highway D and Waterville Road in the Town of Ottawa on June 30.

According to reports, Quick approached from the rear in a large SUV after Maas had gone out into traffic to pass two other bicyclists. Quick allegedly began to blow his horn at Maas who responded with an obscene hand gesture.

Maas stated in the complaint that Quick then swerved into him, striking him and knocking him off his bike. He sustained road rash to his legs and buttocks and broken bones in his left hand.

Quick's next court date is scheduled for Oct. 19; he faces up to $25,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison if convicted.


NX Level training coming to Mukwonago Athletic Club

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 14, 2012 10:40 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Athletic Club, through a partnership with NX Level Pro Performance Center Waukesha, will offer small group sports performance training sessions for 11- to 18-year-old athletes on Tuesday and Thursday nights, starting in October. Registration will begin on Monday, Sept. 17.

 NX Level was founded in 2005 by former NFL player Joe Panos and renowned collegiate/professional strength and conditioning trainer Brad Arnett. The Mukwonago Athletic Club is creating this partnership with NX Level in order to help local student athletes in the Mukwonago area and surrounding communities.  

The program is designed for young athletes who are serious about improving their strength, agility, speed, and conditioning.  The program allows athletes to work out in smaller groups with varied training routines, experience the same training used by athletes in college and beyond, and push himself or herself by working out side-by-side with athletes from other sports and schools. NX Level programs are designed to work in conjunction with school programs and enhance each athlete’s skills and abilities in a smaller, more personalized environment.  

For more information please contact the Mukwonago Athletic Club at (262) 363-2212 or go here.  


Developer shares his plans for downtown Oconomowoc

By Amy Nixon

Sept. 14, 2012 8:27 a.m. |  Jeff Seymour of Waukesha, a developer and artist, shares his vision for a new condo development in downtown Oconomowoc. For more, see this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.


Join local farmers for a fresh-from-the-fields dinner Saturday

By Marilyn Jozwik

Sept. 14, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Fresh food tastes better.

The flavors are simply cleaner, crisper, natural, unlike the synthetic, artificial tastes of processed food. And, of course, fresh food is more nutritious. All the healthy ingredients have not been diminished through time and preservation.

Wouldn’t it be great if we knew all our meals were made fresh?

This Saturday, there is one meal that will not only be made with fresh ingredients, but will showcase the harvests of southeastern Wisconsin farmers, orchardists and graziers.

It’s the third annual Farm Fresh Atlas Local Food Fundraiser Dinner, starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the historic Oconomowoc Lake Club.

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Plan Commission recommends financial impact studies

Sept. 13, 2012 9:48 p.m. | Rezoning applicants may have to jump through one more hoop to be approved by the Village of Pewaukee. The Plan Commission reviewed the idea for a financial impact analysis form to be considered for rezoning, land use plan amendment and conditional use requests. They will be making the recommendation to the Village Board to go forward with the amendment.

City Planner, Mary Censky, introduced the recommendation to amend the zoning ordinances to add financial impact study for pieces of land which apply for rezoning. Tom Calder believes many properties will fall into this category.

“And again, a community like this is going to be continually challenged due to predominant rezoning because most of our open space is gone,” said Calder.

The financial impact would require applicants to assess their costs to the village tax base. For example, if a large grocery store were to move into Pewaukee, they might change local traffic patterns. The store would collect the data and tell the village if there could be an extra cost to, say, provide a stoplight or a crosswalk in the future. Other costs to the tax base would also include water or utility use, fire or police department calls and other public works projects.

Ron English, who was stepping in for village attorney Mark Blum, cautioned the commission against narrowing the focus of the impact analysis. If the commission were to select only some applicants to participate or become too revenue-specific in their questioning, the process may become discriminatory.

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MHS adds security measures this year

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 13, 2012 3:14 p.m. | Visitors to Mukwonago High School will notice a change during the school day this year. Access to the building will be limited to one entrance, the northwest entrance by the library, from 7:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

In a safety letter dated Aug. 27, Principal Shawn McNulty informed parents that the main entrances on the north, south and west sides of the building will be open from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. All doors except at the library entrance will be locked until school is over at 2:45 p.m. Posted signs direct visitors to the correct entrance.

McNulty said there were no serious incidents that prompted the security change; however the school did have one concern last year that could have been much more serious and pointed to the need to change. 

See the complete story in next week's Chief.


Welcome fall this weekend in Mukwonago

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 13, 2012 2:25 p.m. |  Join the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce as they present the 12th annual Mukwonago Fall Fest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Enjoy crafters and vendors, food and beer and a visit from Flight for Life and the Mukwonago Fire Department. 

Kids will enjoy pumpkin decorating, scarecrow building, a bounce house, obstacle course and, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a petting zoo and pony rides. 

Show off your culinary skills during the chili cook-off. Drop off is from 8 to 10 a.m. Tasting begins at 11 a.m. and the winners are announced at 3 p.m. 

For more information visit www.mukwonagochamber.org. 


Lend a Helping Hand this Saturday

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 13, 2012 12:59 p.m. | Join Brooklife Church's Helping Hands ministry in changing the life of one Village of Mukwonago resident beginning at 8:30 a.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15. 

Volunteers will be providing the single mom of four with a new bathroom sink and faucet, new hardwood floors in her living room, fresh paint inside and outside of her home and will help to spruce things up around her house. 

People of all abilities are invited to help out for as long as they are able. 

To volunteer or contribute supplies, contact Meiners at Johnm@davidgoliath.com or call (262) 470-8519.


Get Laura Home Benefit, Sunday, Sept. 16

By Melissa Graham

Sept. 13, 2012 12:40 p.m. | The Get Laura Home fund is hosting a fundraiser this weekend to raise funds for an accessibility remodeling. The Family Fun Festival fundraiser will be on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Harnischfeger Park on Crawfish Rd. in Ixonia from 11-7 p.m. There will be live music, bouncing houses, family photos, park rentals, face painting, silent auctions and great food.

Funds are for Laura Dwyer who was critically injured after a tree branch, weighing 600 pounds, fell on her in May. Her spinal cord was completely severed and she broke several bones in her feet, arm and ribs. Through exhaustive therapy, she was able to leave the hospital but remains in a wheelchair.

Today, she lives with her parents because her old farm home in Oconomowoc is not ADA accessible. She looks forward to the remodels that will allow her to live and move freely in her own home, with her husband Christopher and two children, Thomas, 5, Crandon, 6, and her two stepchildren, Anya, 12, and Christopher Jr., 17.

You may email laurasbenefit2012@yahoo.com for more information, or if you would like to help.


Pewaukee Sports Complex creeps ahead

Sept. 12, 2012 8:52 p.m. | The highly anticipated sports complex has not been forgotten by the joint Pewaukee Park and Rec board, even though the last meeting was way back in July. Today they met to discuss concrete removal and estimates for infrastructure projects. 


The sports complex project was originally introduced back in 2007, before the economy took a nose dive. It’s been reinvigorated this year and the board continues to review quotes and comparing costs.

Tonight they approved of Pitzka Wrecking Inc. of Waukesha’s competitive quote to have silos and other concrete (from former barn foundations) removed from the site.


“So two meetings ago, we discussed moving forward and getting numbers updated, that sort of thing. And Harlen Clinkenbeard approached Bob Rohde, as well as myself, to see if we could do some of that in-house, to try to save some costs,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Kelley Woldanski.

That means right now, Pewaukee staff is refiguring some of the costs (especially those associate with roads and infrastructure) and are hoping to get a better, more specific idea for the different quotes they should be expecting. The board is hoping to have more specific numbers handy for the next meeting so they can hone in on the different phases.

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Reserve a spot at Mukwonago Education Foundation dinner today

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 12, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Today is the deadline for reserving a place at the Mukwonago Education Foundation's annual dinner auction on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at Broadlands Golf Cub, North Prairie.

Each year the Education Foundation holds a Dinner-Auction to raise funds to support the mini-grant program, special projects and endowment fund. In the last five years, the event has raised a total of over $120,000 for many worthy projects such as mass media equipment, books for literature cirlces, anti-bullying projects and many other educational projects.

Register by contacting Jean Cruikshank at (262) 349-9622. Go here to learn more about the Mukwonago Education Foundation.


Jogger hit by vehicle

By Donna Frake

Sept. 12, 2012 11:26 a.m. | A 22-year-old Oconomowoc woman, out for a jog about 7:11 a.m., on Oconomowoc Parkway this morning, was struck by a pickup  truck as she was heading southbound, crossing the street in the crosswalk just east of Royal Ridge Drive.

Anne Lochner, 755 Worthington St, was transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries including lower back pain, scrapes and abrasions.

The driver of the vehicle, 50-year-old Rhonda Leader, W273 Golden Lake Park Circle, Summit, was cited for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.


DPI: ACT tests for all high schoolers

Sept. 12, 2012 10:45 a.m. | PEWAUKEE – State Superintendent Tony Evers announced his proposal for all Wisconsin public high school juniors to take the ACT college admissions test under the Dept. of Public Instruction’s (DPI) 2013-15 budget request.

All public school ninth-grade students would take the ACT EXPLORE assessment in spring of 2014-15 school year. An ACT PLAN would be administered in 10th grade. The ACT and WorkKeys assessment would be in 11th grade. The four-test ACT suite for career planning and accountability would cost approximately $7 million.

The tests would replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination that 10th graders currently take to comply with federal testing requirements. The ACT package will add growth measures and improve college and career readiness measures, according to the DPI. 
 
Stay tuned for more information.
 


Meijer wants store in Sussex

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 12, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Village of Sussex - The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer company is planning to construct a 200,000-square-foot retail, grocery store and pharmacy complex at Highways K (Lisbon Road) and 164, according to village officials.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said he anticipates the company will make its conceptual presentation for building plans and zoning approval at next week's village Plan Commission meeting. Representatives of the company met with village officials earlier this week to discuss those plans.

Smith said he anticipates about 60 percent of the store will be devoted to groceries, and the remainder of the store will be retail. According to its website, the company operates nearly 200 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky . It recently announced plans to build three other stores in the Milwaukee metro area.


KM offers classroom drivers education

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 12, 2012 9:40 a.m. |  The Kettle Moraine Community Education office is offering the classroom portion of Driver Education beginning Oct. 1. Students must be 15 years of age or older to be eligible for Driver Education classroom instruction. The cost of the class is $75.  

For further information or to make a reservation, please contact the Community Education Office at (262) 968-6273 ext. 5326.


Help Hailey at Fall Fest fundraiser

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 11, 2012 10:15 p.m. |  An open house fundraiser for Hailey Roser, 5, will be held at Kids Connection, Greenridge Center, Mukwonago during Mukwonago's Fall Fest on Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hailey was recently diagnosed Atypical teratoid rhaboid tumor (AT/RT), a rare and agressive brain cancer. 

Wristbands are being sold for Hailey as well for $5 each, either black and pink or all pink, to support Hailey and her family. The wristbands will be sold at Kids Connections and also at the Fall Fest Open house. 

The Helping Hailey Fundraiser will feature a bounce house, cotton candy, games, art projects and inflatable basketball hoop, and bake sale. All money will go to Hailey's family to assist with the cost of medical bills.

To learn more about how to help Hailey go here.


Sussex rejects Lisbon library proposal

By Kelly Smith

Sept. 11, 2012 9:35 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - The Village Board tonight uanimously rejected a counter proposal offered by the Town of Lisbon as the two communities continue to negotiate on whether they will  share one million dollars in operating cost for the Pauline Haass Library.

Village President Greg Goetz expressed disappointment that the Town Board rejected during its Monday night meeting a contract proposal recommended by a negotiating committee comprised of town, village and library representatives.

The negotiating committee proposal would require the town to pay about $425,000 annually and the village pay about $500,000.. The formula in the proposal is based on each community's library usage, tax base and population.

The village would pay about $40,000 more than it presently pays for library operations and the town would pay abourt $40,000 less, according to village officials.

The town's counter proposal adopts the first two years of the negotiating committee pay scheduled but beginning in 2015, the town's annual contribution to the library would drop to $250,000.

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Dousman woman allegedly wrote herself $165,000 in checks

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 11, 2012 5:26 p.m. | A former secretary at an Oconomowoc-based building company was charged with seven felonies after she allegedly used the company's checking account to write herself almost $165,000 in checks over a 5 1/2 year period.

Julie A. Carey, 48, of Dousman, faces seven felony theft in a business setting charges, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court today.

Carey, a secretary with Bartelme Builders Inc. of Oconomowoc for 14 years, was entrusted with the company's checking account and had allegedly been converting money from the Bartelme account to the business that she owned with her husband - Quality Contracting.

According to the criminal complaint, the owner of the Barelme business called police on May 27 to report that one of his employees had been stealing from him. At the time, he was unsure of how much money was missing or the length of the period in which the thefts had occurred.

Carey originally denied taking any money, but subsequently confessed that she had taken money from the company.

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DOT hosts I-43/Hwy. 164 interchange open house tomorrow

By Andrea Budde

Sept. 11, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) invites the community to attend a public information meeting on the future design of the I-43 and Highway 164 interchange from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 12 at the Vernon Fire Department, W233 S7475 Woodland Lane. 

Information will be presented in an open house format.

The project team recently re-evaluated interchange design options based on community input.  A signalized design with a look-ahead-left turn lanes is a new and viable alternative.  This design improves traffic operations, requires less real estate and reduces construction costs as compared with previous roundabout alternatives.

The signalized design is emerging as the recommended option to address safety, engineering standards and level of service.  The DOT seeks community concurrence at the open house style public meeting. The facility is wheelchair accessible. Citizens who are hearing-impaired and who require an interpreter may request one by contacting Mike Treazise (414) 750-7215 at least three working days prior to the meeting via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).


Sullivan man charged with 6th OWI

By Joe Trovato

Sept. 11, 2012 1:44 p.m. | A Sullivan man was charged with a felony after sheriff’s deputies pulled him over on Sept. 8 for his sixth OWI offense.


Jeremy F. Schmidt, 39, was stopped while headed eastbound on I-94 near Springdale Road after a deputy observed him traveling in excess of 85 to 90 miles per hour. According to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Sept. 10, Schmidt’s vehicle swerved between lanes as well.


Once pulled over, Schmidt got out of his car smelling of intoxicants with bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Asked if he had been drinking, Schmidt said he had consumed two beers about an hour before the 12:24 a.m. traffic stop.


After conducting field sobriety tests and administering a preliminary breath test, the deputy determined that Schmidt was under the influence. His blood alcohol content registered at .182, the complaint alleged.


The deputy transported him to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. On the way, he yelled, “God (explicative) it” and other profanities several times, the complaint stated.

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Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Sept. 11, 2012 12:54 p.m. |  Prairie View Elementary School recognized Patriot Day with a moment of silence and an all-school pledge. Check out the photos here.


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