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Hawks roll over Kimberly

By Chuck Delsman

Nov. 02, 2012 10:01 p.m. |  After visiting Kimberly scored on a 95-yard drive on their first possession of the game to put the No. 1 ranked Arrowhead football team down 7-0, the Warhawks, led by a briliant performance by senior back DomTodarello and the entire defense as they scored a 31-7 come-from-behind victory over the Papermakers.

The win vaulted the Warhawks (11-0) into the state WIAA Division 1 semifinals.

AHS led 10-7 at halftime, thanks to an  8-yard touchdown run by Steve Radeztsky and 30-yard field goal by Trevor Ostling.

In the second half they scored 21 unanswered points as Todarello took over, scoring on a 25-yard run, a 13-yard run and a 79-yard run. All of those scores came in a span of 10:12.

On defense, the Warhawks got big games form Jackson Abresch, who had three intrerceptions and Billy Hirschfeld, who had three tackles for losses. Matt Seitz, Austin Fisher and Logan Rupard also chipped in with big plays. 


Mild weather for tonight's Fall Gallery Night in downtown Oconomowoc

Nov. 02, 2012 1:20 p.m. | It's good weather for a fall stroll through downtown Oconomowoc for the Downtown Oconomowoc Merchants Association's Fall Gallery Night XXXIV from 5 to 9 p.m.

Along with local wares and specials offered Friday will be artists at participating downtown businesses. These include wildlife artist Bill Koelpin Jr. at Sherpers, water color artist Bonnie Konitzer at Alterations & Fine Tailoring, multimedia ironwork artist and sculptor Christina Graziano at Whelans Coffee & Ice Cream. Whelans will also have face painting from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Other artists announced are watercolorist Kathleen Jahn at May's Garden Center, artwork by Silver Lake Middle School students will be on display at Jennifer & Co. at 123 E. Wisconsin Ave. Beverly Designs will feature Esther Ann Brown's "Re-Creations" of vintage hats, Brown will also show different ways to wear scarves and silk flower pins. Ambiance Salon will host a Wish Party.

Also returning is the popular free carriage rides through downtown sponsored by First Bank Financial Centre. Free fire safety is offered by Snyder Insurance. The business is giving away free smoke detector batteries.


Great night of fun with "The Nerd" at Mukwonago High School

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 02, 2012 12:27 p.m. |  

The Mukwonago High School drama department production of "The Nerd" opens tonight in the MHS auditorium at 7 p.m. The show runs Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door cost $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Advance tickets are available at MHS, Miller Pharmacy, 801 N. Rochester Street and Espresso Love Coffee, 105 N. Rochester Street.

For more information contact Nancy Reese at reesena@masd.k12.wi.us.


Photos of Oconomowoc utility crews helping repair storm damage in Pennsylvania

Nov. 02, 2012 11:46 a.m. | Linemen from Oconomowoc Utilities have been in Tannersville, Penn., just outside of Allentown, Penn. They arrived earlier this week and worked in cooperation with the local crews to get things under way.  At approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday they were able to get 565 customers back online.

Five employees from Oconomowoc left to drive to Pennsylvania earlier this week where they joined a team of 28 people. Read more here.

Here are photos from the City of Oconomowoc

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City of Waukesha averaging 900 absentee voters a day

Nov. 02, 2012 10:37 a.m. | City of Waukesha - A steady flow of absentee voters were in City Hall on Friday morning casting their ballots on the last day to "early vote."

A clerk handing out ballots said the city is averaging about 925 absentee voters a day.

Today is the last day to absentee vote. You can absentee vote at City Hall today until 4:30 p.m. More instructions are on the clerk's website, http://www.ci.waukesha.wi.us/elections.

Waukesha officials reported earlier that a 90-percent turnout is expected overall for the fall general election.


Mukwonago area clerks report high absentee voter numbers

By Andrea Budde

Nov. 02, 2012 8:14 a.m. |  It's just a few days until the nation heads to the polls, but many Mukwonago area residents have already cast their vote. 

As of last night, the Town of Mukwonago had 1,650 absentee voters. Clerk Kathy Karalewitz said that despite the high number of voters, lines have been moving quickly. On average, the wait has been less than five minutes. Town residents can vote today until 5 p.m.

Yesterday the Town of Vernon had 200 absentee voters, brining the grand total to over 1,500. 

The Village of Mukwonago as issued 1,644 absentee ballots as of Thursday evening, which Clerk Steve Braatz reports is 34.7 percent of their registered voters.  "At times we’ve had lines (5-10 people), and other times not (1 or 2 people).  It has been steady but voters seem to have been coming in bunches," Braatz said.

Village of Big Bend clerk Bobbi Woppert said that they have about 100 absentee ballots.  Seeing as how the village only has around 800 registered voters, "If I have two people at a time I have a lot," she said.

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Germantown boys volleyball team rallies for second state berth

By Steven L. Tietz

Nov. 01, 2012 10:23 p.m. | In the end, the Germantown boys volleyball team found its identity Thursday night in the WIAA sectional final against host Arrowhead.

The top seeds were down 6-3 in the fourth game of their WIAA sectional final and were already down two games to one, facing elimination if they could not rally and force a fifth game.

Germantown looked lethargic and cranky from a couple of calls that went against them, and a second straight WIAA state tournament berth was seriously in doubt.

So what did coach Brian Rushmer tell his team?

"Baiscally, what I said was, 'It's our season or nothing right now. Are we a volleyball team or a bunch of basketball players playing at it?'," he said.

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Seniors power Kettle Moraine back to state

Nov. 01, 2012 9:46 p.m. | The thunderous attacks from the back row by Adam Martell. The quick sets to Sean Leahy. The breakout performance of Jordan Stellflue. Middleton sometimes found a way to endure these elements when the two teams met in the WIAA boys volleyball sectional final at KM on Thursday, but ultimately, it was just too much.

For the first time since 2009, Kettle Moraine will head back to the state meet at Wisconsin Lutheran College next Friday after topping Middleton, 26-24, 25-21, 25-19. Martell finished with 15 kills, Stellflue added 14, Alex Koenig had seven and Leahy six, the contributions of a senior foursome that proved to be too many weapons for the scrappy Cardinals.

"We were much more confident and focused compared to years past and just felt a lot better," Stellflue said. "Tonight was a great night."

Stellflue was perhaps the most dangerous option available to setter Michael Orgas on the night, consistently burying his attempts, though the three-year starter Martell was reliable in the clutch. His kills tying match at 22 and 23 in the first set, as well as a termination that put his team up 24-23, came at a time when the Lasers were reeling, having surrendered five straight points on errors to spot Middleton a 22-21 edge.

"That was probably the key," KM coach Tom Gulak said. "Now (by winning the first set), we can lose game 2 and it's only a tie. I told them, 'You've put them behind the 8-ball.' We didn't play our cleanest volleyball, but they kept balls alive and didn't make mistakes. They extended some long rallies."

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Kettle Moraine student performs at CD release party at Saxes

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 01, 2012 3:27 p.m. | Garrett Waite a Kettle Moraine Perform freshman and Town of Delafield resident released his debut CD on Oct. 1012 through Spiritone Records.Waite will be holding a CD release party for his CD "And We Watched" tonight at 7 p.m. (public welcome) at Saxes in Wales (a half mile west of Highway 83 on Highway 18).

Waite will perform as well as other special guests including Katherine Ziobro from Kettle Moraine High School from 7 to 10 p.m.

For samples of his music visit  CDbaby or iTunes.


Massive power outages drive an increase in projections for Generac

By Andrea Budde

Nov. 01, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  Generac Holdings Inc., has increased its fourth quarter financial projections due to the increase in demand for their residential generators following superstorm Sandy. 

Look for the full report in next week's Kettle Moraine Index. In the mean time, find out how Generac is helping to ensure east coast residents are getting the power they here: need www.livinglakecountry.com/lakecountryreporter/news/frankenstorms-farreaching-effects-6r7dn8i-176605711.html


Mental evaluation ordered for man accused of shooting at Waukesha police

By Don Behm of the Journal Sentinel

Nov. 01, 2012 11:40 a.m. | Waukesha - A 76-year-old Sussex man charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes after shooting at a police officer responding to a domestic violence complaint on Oct. 23 will be given an evaluation to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial on the charges, Waukesha County Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ruled Thursday.

Pieper ordered the mental health evaluation in response to a request from the defense attorney for Richard A. Petarius.

Petarius is being held in the Waukesha County Jail. On Oct. 25, Pieper set bail at $500,000.

Petarius carried a 12-gauge shotgun when he forced his way into the Waukesha residence of his ex-wife, Phyllis, on Oct. 23, according to a criminal complaint.

He used a cell phone to contact their son, Rick, of Watertown, shortly after entering the residence, the complaint says. Phyllis Petarius told officers that she overheard him tell their son that he intended to commit suicide that day.

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Mukwonago High School enters Healthy School Makeover Contest

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Nov. 01, 2012 11:38 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School physical education department is trying to win a $45,000 grant for a healthy school makeover of new fitness equipment through the 2012 Healthy School Makeover Contest. 

The public vote will determine the top 10 finalists.  Voting is open from Nov. 1 through 14.  Each person is allowed to vote once per day.  Vote here to help MHS provide better fitness opportunities to students.


Man implicated in Waukesha shootout will undergo competency exam

By Joe Trovato

Nov. 01, 2012 11:03 a.m. | The man alleged to have shot at a Waukesha police officer in an Oct. 23 standoff was in court today, where his attorney asked that he undergo a competency evaluation.

Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ordered the evaluation for Richard A. Petarius, 76, of Sussex, who was charged with nine felonies and a misdemeanor after he allegedly wielded a sawed-off 12-guage shotgun and fired at an officer during a domestic dispute with his ex-wife at a condo on Waukesha's east side.

A follow-up hearing to review the results of the competency evaluation was scheduled for Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.


Don't know what to do for lunch or dinner? Call Oconomowoc Domino's for a special delivery

Nov. 01, 2012 10:51 a.m. | From 1 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, anyone who orders a pizza from Domino's in Oconomowoc may be randomly selected and surprised at the door when their pizza arrives aboard a fire engine.

Oconomowoc Domino's Pizza and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are teaming up with the Oconomowoc Fire Department to promote fire prevention when daylight saving time ends Nov. 4.

If all the smoke alarms in your home are working, your pizza is free. If the smoke alarm is not working, the firefighters will replace the batteries and leave the home with a fully functioning alarm.

Domino's will also thank those customers who welcome the fire department into their homes with a coupon for a free pizza.

"When you change your clocks for daylight saving time, it's a great time of year to remember to change the batteries in your smoke alarms," said Jason Scheel, franchise owner of Domino's Pizza in Oconomowoc. "We are thrilled to work with the NFPA and the fire department on a program to promote the safety of our friends and neighbors and to reward those who make fire safety a priority."

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Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market returns this month

Nov. 01, 2012 10:07 a.m. | Sunday, Nov. 11 is the first day of the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market. The popular market returns for its third year at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, N68 W37850 Highway K, Oconomowoc.

The market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11 and continues throughout the winter season on Sundays. Local vendors will sell vegetables, dairy, meat, fruit and more.

The first market day will be a special kickoff with Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas and Alice in Dairyland.

Watch for this story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.


Victims identified in yesterday's Highway 59/83 crash

By Andrea Budde

Oct. 31, 2012 3:20 p.m. | A 54 year old Muskego man and a 57 year old Town of Mukwonago man have preliminary been identified as the two motorists who were taken to the hospital after a three vehicle accident occurred on Highway 59 near Highway 83 at around 6 a.m. yesterday morning, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. 

Investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that Ernesto Lazo Villamil, 35, of Waukesha rear-ended the Muskego man who had been waiting to turn left in his Pontiac Grand Am near Generac. The force of Lazo Villamil's GMC Envoy hitting the Pontiac was enough to push the vehicle into on coming traffic, causing the Muskego man to collide with the Mukwonago man's Lincoln Towncar. 

The Muskego man was taken by Flight for Life to Froedert Hospital where he remains in critical condition. The Mukwonago man was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital via ambulance. He has been treated and released. Lazo Villamil was not injured in the crash.

Lazo Villamil is facing charges of knowingly operating while revoked causing great bodily harm. 


Residents warned to watch for scams in wake of hurricane

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Oct. 31, 2012 1:50 p.m. |  As the eastern United States begins its slow recovery, the Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection cautions residents to watch out for scams and to research organizations to ensure that they are legitimate charities donating to the hurricane recovery.

“Criminals may use this disaster to take advantage of people’s generosity, and we want you to protect yourself against cyber fraud,” said Sandy Chalmers, Division Administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.  “Be suspicious of unsolicited requests for donations to disaster relief.”

Consumer Protection offers these tips when considering making a charitable donation online:

Do not respond to unsolicited (SPAM) messages or click on links or attachments.  Fraudulent requests for donations commonly circulate through email, texts and social media after disasters.  Links and attachments may contain viruses.

Make donations to established, reputable organizations by directly visiting their websites rather than following an alleged link to a website found in an email.

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Lane closure on I-43 scheduled between Big Bend and Mukwonago

By Andrea Budde

Oct. 31, 2012 1:29 p.m. | Work will begin tomorrow morning on a bridge deck pour on I-43 southbound, between Highway 83 and Highway 164 in Waukesha County. To accommodate the pour, one southbound lane will be closed until Friday afternoon.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through the work zone.


Oconomwoc sends linemen to help with storm damage in Pennsylvania

Oct. 31, 2012 11:36 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The electric utility has sent a crew of linemen to join at team from 12 Wisconsin communities that are part of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW).

City Administrator Diane Gard said Utility Manager Dennis Bednarski was contacted earlier this week about sending a crew from the city to join the MEUW team. The linemen left Tuesday afternoon and are driving to Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania they will restore overhead power lines, Gard said.

She said the crews will probably be in Pennsylvania for about a week. The city surveys current projects and needs before approving sending a crew. She said if the city encountered a major disaster crews could be called back, or the city could receive mutual aid from other area utilities.

The cost incurred by Oconomowoc will be reimbursed by Pennsylvania, Gard said.


Lane and ramp closure on I-94 at Highway 67 through Thursday

By Andrea Budde

Oct. 31, 2012 7:58 a.m. |  To accommodate construction work, the ramp from Highway 67 to I-94 eastbound will be closed this afternoon until Thursday morning. In addition, a single lane closure will be in place for a short distance beyond the ramp.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through the work zone.


Details shared on downtown Oconomowoc apartments

Oct. 30, 2012 3:16 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Officials Tuesday shared details on the five-story, 60-unit Worthington Apartments that will be built across from the new community center.

The project, developed by Bob Felker, will include two levels of enclosed parking, a common area, private fitness room, a second-story landscaped courtyard and will rise to 60 feet at building peak along Wisconsin Avenue.

Site preparation will take place before the end of the year and construction is expected to begin in spring of 2013 with completion by early 2014.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.


Kettle Moraine schools host Chinese principal in educational exchange

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Oct. 30, 2012 12:27 p.m. |

Guo Zhenzou principal of Shigang Street Primary School No. 2 in Shijizhuang, China, hosted by Dousman Elementary School Principal Brian Stuckey the week of Oct. 26 through Nov. 2 sits for a photo during his visit to Dousman Elementary School.

Last year Stuckey spent time at Zhenzou's school and now the exchange continues as Zhenzou spends a week observing and learning from the students, staff, and families in the Kettle Moraine School District. During his visit he will be touring all of KMSD schools, observing classrooms, presenting information about China to students, attending leadership meetings, and continuing to explore the possibilities for partnerships that this exchange creates.

Zhenzou observes Dousman Elementary School first graders Keifer Sharlow (left) and Ben McElwer practice math with a card game.

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Highway 59 re-opened in both directions after crash

By Karen Herzog of the Journal Sentinel

Oct. 30, 2012 12:06 p.m. | A stretch of Highway 59 just east of Highway 83 that was closed in both directions in Waukesha County because of a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning has been re-opened.

The accident scene was cleared at 11:28 a.m., and all lanes of traffic are now open, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Two people were hospitalized for their injuries after the 6 a.m. crash near a large egg farm. One was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital, according to Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Three people were treated at the scene and released. A fourth person was transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, while the fifth was taken to Froedtert by Flight for Life, Pederson said.

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Highway 59 still closed: here is the posted detour

By Andrea Budde

Oct. 30, 2012 9:33 a.m. |  Highway 59 is still closed both directions near Highway 83 after an accident this morning.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has posted the following detour: 

Eastbound traffic goes north on Brookhill Road to Highway D, then east on Highway D to Hillside Road, then south on Hillside Road back to Highway 59. Westbound traffic reverses those directions.

Check back for more information as it becomes available. 
 


Multi-car crash closes Highway 59

Oct. 30, 2012 7:15 a.m. | Highway 59 near Highway 83 was shut down at about 6 a.m. because of a multiple-vehicle crash.

The highway is closed in both directions. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation estimated it would be 8 a.m. before the incident could be cleared and the road reopened.

More details online as they become available. Watch for a report in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.


Rep. Craig receives WMC 2012 Working for Wisconsin Award

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Oct. 29, 2012 4:09 p.m. | Today Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) received the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) 2012 Working for Wisconsin Award at the InPro Corporation headquarters in Muskego, according to a news release. WMC presents the Working for Wisconsin Award to legislators who voted in favor of job-creating legislation 75 percent or more of the time. 

“This award represents our commitment to building an economic environment in Wisconsin that encourages job creation and expansion," said Craig. "We pledged to enact legislation that would encourage job-creation in Wisconsin last session and this award from the business members of WMC highlights our success.”

“I was proud to represent the residents of the 83rd Assembly District by voting in favor of pro-jobs legislation this past session,” continued Craig.  “We have more work to do but the success of this past legislative session put Wisconsin on the path toward job growth and economic prosperity.”  

For more information, please contact Representative Craig’s office (toll-free) at 888-534-0083 or email at Rep.Craig@legis.wisconsin.gov.


Help United Way through "United We Dine"

By Carol Spaeth-Bauer

Oct. 29, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Thirty-three restaurants throughout Waukesha County partnered with United Way for ‘United We Dine,’ a program that gives local restaurants the opportunity to support the community by donating a percentage of their customers’ purchases to the United Way campaign.

United We Dine events continue throughout November. Information about restaurant location and donation information can be found at the United We Dine website. Restaurants interested in joining the program are encouraged to call United Way in Waukesha County at (262) 409-2421.

Dates for participating restaurants are listed below.

Nov. 1 – Nashotah Clubhouse, Nashotah; Nov. 2 – Double D’s Pub and Eatery, Mukwonago; Nov. 5 – Around the Lakes Family Restaurant, Oconomowoc; Nov. 6 – Brisco County Wood Grill, Menomonee Falls; Nov. 7 – Alpine Lanes, Muskego; Nov. 8 – Café One24, Brookfield; Nov. 12 – Sprizzo Gallery Caffe, Waukesha; Nov. 13 – Hardees, Waukesha; Nov. 13 – Seester’s Mexican Cantina, Pewaukee; Nov.14 – Chuck E. Cheese, Brookfield; Nov. 15 – Outback Steakhouse, Brookfield; Nov. 19 – Rochester Deli, Waukesha; Nov. 20 – Blue Bay Restaurant, Mukwonago; Nov. 21 – Michael’s House of Prime, Pewaukee; Nov. 23 – Endter’s Sports Grill, Hartland; Nov. 24 – Endter’s Sports Grill, Hartland; Nov. 26 – The Picnic Basket, Nashotah; Nov. 27 – The Chocolate Factory, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Oconowmoc, and Elm Grove; Nov. 28 – Ally’s Bistro, Menomonee Falls.


Oconomowoc Chamber Director Pat Ornberg to retire

Oct. 29, 2012 3:56 p.m. | Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Ornberg announced that she will retire from her post at the chamber's annual awards dinner on Friday, Oct. 26.

Chamber Board President James Fenzel commended Ornberg on her exceptional service.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.


Mukwonago Community Commission invites you to its annual fall meeting

By Andrea Budde

Oct. 29, 2012 3:27 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Community Commission will hold its annual fall meeting at 9:30 a.m. on November 3 in the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church basement. 

A couple of items on the agenda will be Thanksgiving Dinners for those in need and tbe Adopt-A-Family Program for Christmas. 

The public is welcome to attend this meeting.  If you would like to donate a turkey,or adopt a family for christmas, please contact Carole Hahl at  262-662-3953 or Crystal Rozanske at 262-370-3132


Ramp closures on I-43 scheduled for tomorrow, Thurs

By Andrea Budde

Oct. 29, 2012 2:22 p.m. | To accommodate construction, several ramps along I-43 will be closed tomorrow in Waukesha County. 

The southbound exit ramp onto Highway 83 in Mukwonago will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The on and off ramps at Highway Y will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Please find alternate routes during these closures. 


Lane closure on I-43 at Edgewood Ave. for construction

Oct. 29, 2012 2:05 p.m. | Work began today on a bridge deck pour of a bridge on I-43, between Highway 83 and Highway 164 in Waukesha County. To accommodate the pour, one southbound lane will be closed until tomorrow afternoon.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through the work zone. 


Light the way tonight in observance of Sept. 11

Oct. 29, 2012 9:18 a.m. | Ottawa resident Carol Janc is calling on everyone to light up the night at 8 p.m. tonight in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11 and the recent tragedy in Benghazi.

Below is her letter to the editor.

Dear Editor:  


I remember the original Sept. 11. My husband and I and some friends were traveling at the time. Flying to Canada, we got as far as the Holiday Inn across the street from the Minneapolis Airport. We sat stunned in the lounge with Northwest flight crews watching TVs. Suddenly, we four retirees seemed to be the go-to parents for a bunch of young people who grew gray before our eyes. It was a horrific night; the sound of F-14s could be heard throughout that night and for several days afterward.

And now, on a smaller scale, tragedy has struck again in Benghazi on a small plot of land which housed the US Embassy and US citizens. Four of whom are now dead.  Murdered, really. Again, we are stunned.

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