Life long sports enthusiast, Richard “Dick” Olson, of Pewaukee, died Saturday of complications of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS/Leukemia).
He leaves his best friend and devoted wife of 35 years, Elizabeth “Libby” Olson of Pewaukee and his daughter Kristin (Scott) Stein and grand-dogs Riley and Murphy of Menomonee Falls. He is preceded in death by his siblings Laura (George) Kueppers, Kathie Schmitz, and Edward (Barb) Olson as well as many other family members and friends.
Born December 29th, 1946. Graduated from Cretin High School (MN) and received his B.A. from St. Thomas College (MN).
Retired from Target Distribution Center of Oconomowoc. His body is being donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin.
He was a lover of all sports, and followed a variety of area prep sports and athletes closely. He also enjoyed watching baseball, football, and his lifetime passion, golf. He was an avid golfer and even got a hole in one.
In honor of his birthday a 10 a.m. to noon visitation will be held at
Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, N35W23360 Capital Dr.,
Pewaukee, on Saturday, December 29th with a Memorial Mass to
follow. All friends and families are invited to attend a luncheon at
Doc’s Dry Dock Sports Bar, N38W27091 Parkside Lane, Pewaukee,
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center in name of Dr. Ehab Atallah, MD Medical Research Program. C/O Director of Development, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226.
City of Oconomowoc - A watermain break in the 500 block of Franklin Street occurred around 10 a.m. on Friday. City crews are conducting repairs. It is expected to be complete within three to four hours.
Due to slippery conditions caused by a freezing rain and temperatures in the high 20s, a 16-car accident took place at 7:45 a.m. Friday morning on Highway 16 westbound at Jungbluth Road just east of Hartland.
Cars and trucks collided with each other, sending many of the vehicles into the ditches on both the north and south-bound lanes. Nobody appeared to receive serious injuries even though several of the vehicles suffered a lot of damage.
Traffic was able to get through the mess via one lane at aout 5 miles per hour.. Four police vehicles were on the scene by 8 a.m.
Pewaukee's girls basketball team stopped visiting Oconomowoc Thursday night in a nonconference game, 60-47. PHS had a 23-4 run in the second half.
Pewaukee (8-2) was led by Abby Gerrits with 17 points, Dani Jasinski 14 and Sarah Caccese had 11.
Sydney Snyder led Cooney with 20 points and Erin Vande Zande had 10.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Aeronautics encourages children, ages seven to 17, to showcase their artistic talent by participating in its annual statewide poster contest. This year’s theme is “My Favorite Air Sport.” Examples of air sports include ballooning, hang gliding and parachuting.
The top three entries in three different age divisions will advance to the national competition, with the potential to be entered in the international aviation art contest. In addition, statewide winners will receive the following prizes: First place - $100 art supply gift certificate or an airplane ride for two, second place - $75 art supply gift certificate, third place - $50 art supply gift certificate.
All artwork must be original and cannot be computer generated. For complete contest rules and the appropriate entry form, visit the DOT website.
Entries must be postmarked by January 28, 2013, and mailed to: Nicole Wiessinger, WisDOT – Bureau of Aeronautics, P.O. Box 7914, Madison, WI 53707-7914
Arrowhead's boys hockey team stopped Milwaukee Marquette Wednesday night, 5-2 in a nonconference game.
Nick Peterson and Jake Miller had two goals each for the Warhawks and Brett Stapelfeldt had one score. Trevor Macey turned back 26 of 28 Marquette shots.
AHS put the game away with three goals in the third period.
The annual Joe Raymond Memorial Hockey Classic will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena. Six teams will take part in this year's meet. John Marino is the tournament director.
Teams taking part this year are Waukesha, Janesville, Brookfield/Catholic Memorial, University School, Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc and Stevens Point.
Three games will be played all three days. Games will start at 4 p.m. on Thursday, at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The championship game will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
KM/Mukwonago/OHS will play Stevens Point at 8 p.m. on Thursday and will play USM on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's pairings will be determined by the outcome of the games from Thursday and Friday.
As of Dec. 24, the Salvation Army Red Kettle total is $436,497.41 or $16,497.41 over the goal.
"There will be additional income when the mini-counter kettles brought in about Jan. 4," said Carol Lemirand, corps officer with the Salvation Army, "so we could end the season at about $440,000 thanks to all the hard work of caring volunteers, hard working staff, and generous donors. What an outpouring of love as we meet the needs of individuals in 2013."
The Christmas Goal of $680,000 is still being calculated as people make their end of the year contributions which are counted toward the goal," Lemirand added. Currently the Salvation Army is $127,335 from its goal, but all receipts are not recorded as the staff takes a couple off days to celebrate Christmas.
here.With snow from last week's storm covering the area, snow enthusiasts could enjoy winter activities fo the first time this year. Take a look at some of the sledding fun
Arrowhead's boys basketball team hit 14 three-pointers, but it wasn't enough as Brookfield Central handed the Warhawks their first loss of the season in a 70-66 battle at the Al McGuire Center on Saturday.
Brookfield Central (6-1) never trailed in the second half, though Arrowhead pulled close at times. Dom Todarello's 3-pointer made it 59-57, but Central's Riley LaChance (22 points) converted on an old fashioned 3-point play with 1:23 to go to replenish the lead. The Lancers then hit 8 of 10 free throws in the final minute to lock the game down.
Peter Matiacci hit a trio of 3-pointers and finished with 11 points for Central. Elijah Goodman added 15 points.
Arrowhead (9-1) was led by Kyle Keranen's 12 points and D.J. Escamilla (10 points), who has almost completed his long journey back from a shoulder injury.
Germantown's girls basketball team handed Arrowhead its first loss with a 66-60 outcome at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee on Saturday.
GT forced 35 turnovers thanks to its up-tempo, mass-substitution offense but still had to fight off a late rally. Arrowhead overcame a 10-point deficit after three quarters and tied the game at 58-58 with 2:48 to play on an Ally May basket, but Amy Flasch scored her only basket of the game in response, and Germantown never trailed again.
Bridget Kelley scored 16 points for Germantown, and Taylor Higginbotham scored 13, including six on three straight baskets in the third quarter as Germantown built its advantage. Kelly Smith scored 21 for Arrowhead, including the first two baskets of the second half as Arrowhead quickly turned a 35-32 deficit at halftime into a 42-39 edge.
The Kettle Moraine boys basketball team held a 15-8 lead after the first quarter against host Mukwonago on Friday, but the Indians scored the first 20 points of the second quarter and took a lead that held in the 59-46 Indians victory.
Mukwonago moved to 9-1 overall and 5-0 in the Classic 8 Conference, tied for first place with Arrowhead. The Lasers fell to 6-3 (2-3).
Beck Chase delivered 8 first-quarter points for the Lasers to help his team take the early lead, but A.J. Bricco catalyzed Mukwonago's big run. He hit a pair of 3-pointers, scored on a fast break and turned that basket into a 3-point play, and also made a sharp pass to Dominic Cizauskas (17 points) for another bucket. Bricco finished with 12 points.
Aaron Nixon, who also hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter, finished with 17 points for the Indians, including a buzzer-beating basket in the third quarter. The Lasers battled back to within 13 points by the final horn but never closer, burdened by a 38-17 rebounding disadvantage.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, travel conditions are slowly beginning to improve across the state, however, many roads remain completely or partially covered with snow and ice pack. As temperatures drop this afternoon and this evening, roadway surfaces could again freeze and become slippery.
County crews have been out this morning and throughout the day to restore roadways to normal winter driving conditions. Conditions are expected to improve throughout the day.
There were numerous traffic incidents during the storm involving large trucks. Many of these incidents involved trucks sliding off the road, and these vehicles are now being recovered. Emergency responders and towing and recovery personnel will be operating under extreme weather conditions and dangerous traffic. Drivers are urged to proceed very cautiously through these emergency scenes. State law requires that drivers slow down and move over for any stopped vehicle involved in these emergency response activities.
Due to the travel delayed by the storm as well as holiday shopping and other events, significantly higher traffic volumes are expected on Wisconsin highways this afternoon and this evening. As increased travel is expected over the entire extended holiday weekend, motorists are encouraged to drive with caution.
We asked local leaders to share some of their favorite holiday traditions and fondest Christmas memories. Read more in this Sunday's Living Lake Country.
Holiday tunes have been playing on the radio and in malls for several weeks. For some people, one more version of “Santa Baby” may just be the tipping point.
But if you want a fresh take on holiday music head over to the Big Holiday Music Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Milwaukee Street Traders, 523 Milwaukee St., Delafield.
The Peter Donalds Trio will headline the show and Donalds promises a great time.
“We’ll be doing music from the album,” said Donalds, “including original holiday tunes and some unique covers. If you’re tired of the same old songs every year, we’ll surprise you.”
This year Donalds recorded two new CDs, “The Colors I See” and “Small Town Christmas.”» Read Full Article
At 8:02 p.m. Thursday some street lights in the Village of Hartland went out for about 10 minutes before returning to power. The street lights that went out were on Highland Avenue.
At the same time the street lights went out, the inside house lights on the same street blinked off and on for about five minutes.
The outages were most iikely caused by blowing snow and gusty winds.
Waukesha County Dispatchers have been directing emergency responders to areas of downed power lines Thursday evening. Calls have been heard to Stone Bank Fire Department and most recently the Lisbon Fire Department was dispatched.
Lisbon was dispatched to the N72 W22418 Good Hope Road for a downed power line arcing and blocking traffic at about 5:20 p.m.
Thursday’s winter storm has resulted in cancelled donation appointments and the cancellation of several blood drives in areas where BloodCenter of Wisconsin serves patients in need, according to information provided by the BloodCenter of Wisconsin.
Because of the storm, BloodCenter anticipates an overall shortfall of more than 1,000 units of blood over the next two days. If that occurs, we could experience a shortage situation. Donors are being asked to help ensure we have the needed blood supply to help patients.
BloodCenter asks that those who are able to safely keep their scheduled appointments please do so. If you don’t have an appointment, we ask that you take time to schedule an appointment for Saturday, Sunday or Monday. Call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit the website.
BloodCenter has extended its donor center hours at several locations this Saturday, Dec. 22. Staff will be on hand until 3 p.m. at the Waukesha donor center at 2111 Springdale Road.
According to a media release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, a winter storm warning is currently in effect statewide through Friday afternoon (Dec. 21), with hazardous travel likely over the next two days.
Conditions are expected to change rapidly. Heavysnow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected tobe especially treacherous today and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised tocancel or delay travel plans.
Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend. Snow fall is intensifying across the central part of the state along a path extending from Madison in the Southwest towards Green Bay in the Northeast. Total accumulations throughout the day and into the evening could exceed one foot.
In the Southeast near Milwaukee, rain will begin to freeze and change to snow this afternoon. This will create very hazardous driving conditions during the afternoon rush hour.
The snow event we're in the middle of means that cleanup crews like the staff for the City of Oconomowoc will be putting in long hours over the next couple of days.
Public Works Director Mark Frye said Thursday afternoon the city had three trucks out salting roads between 1 and 3 a.m. and beyond the trucks, 17 pieces of snow equipment were out working on snow removal this morning until 10:30 a.m.
"Between 10:30 and 3:30 pm eight trucks were working on clean up and opening catch basins to reduce street flooding from the rain," said Frye.
And the work continues from now until Friday when Frye said three trucks will be in the city working until midnight to keep the main roads clear and available to assist any emergency personnel that may need help.
"Starting at midnight, the snow is predicted to be done by then, we will once again have 17 pieces of equipment working on snow removal. The crews will work 16 hours on Friday and come back in at midnight to remove the snow from the downtown in time for the last shopping weekend before Christmas," said Frye.» Read Full Article
According to the Mukwonago Area School District website, students will be released early today to give buses extra time on the road and to make certain students are home before it gets dark.
Mukwonago Schools are dismissing at the following times: Park View Middle School - 2 p.m., Mukwonago High School - 2:20 p.m. and all elementary Schools at 3:15 p.m.
Also, all after-school activities for Thursday, Dec. 20 have been cancelled.
Bomb-threats received at Pewaukee High School yesterday were "not credible" and the "individuals responsible" now face serious consequences, according to the Pewaukee School District.
Pewaukee High School and Asa Clark Middle School were evacuated after receiving a threat on Wednesday, Dec. 19. All evening activities were cancelled.
The early dismissal sent the middle school students to the Horizon School gym and high school students were sent to the Pewaukee Lake Elementary gym.
Tweets at the time called it a bomb-threat and messages from Superintendent JoAnn Sternke later confirmed this. Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Edward Baumann said that a note had been found and the school was evacuated without incident.
“I am confident that all students at Pewaukee High School are safe,” he said on Wednesday.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Park System will take 2013 picnic and group camping reservations begining Wednesday, Jan. 2, starting at 8:15 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Room AC230, in Waukesha.
Reservations are first-come first-serve, so it is suggested you have a second date or location option. New for 2013, full payment is due at time of booking.
There will be a member of the Parks staff standing outside the main door entrance of the courthouse beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, handing out numbers to those individuals waiting in line. Park personnel will be there until the front doors open at 7:30 a.m. After that time, Park personnel will continue handing out numbers upstairs in the hallway outside Room #AC230.
If you do not have a number, you will not be able to place a reservation. Walk-ins will be taken care of first, then phone messages and e-mails, left after 8 a.m. on Jan. 2 will be returned in the order that they were received. Messages received before 8 a.m. will be returned last.
Town of Oconomowoc Police Chief James Wallis said that town roads were clear and it appeared that county roads were cleared off around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Wallis said that weather in the area currently is a mix of rain and snow creating slush on the roads.
"Right now the roads are fine. They're salted, but the rain can wash the salt off the roads and then if the temperature drops, we worry about ice," he said.
The chief suggested that people stay home.
He said icy roads, high winds and snowy conditions are anticipated later today. So far, he said no accidents have been reported, "but that could change within minutes. I encourage people to stay home," said the chief.
Jared Pietila, 11, most likely will get an A+ on a recent assignment his teacher gave his classroom - do something to change the world.
Jared decided to run a stuffed animal drive. He said he loves stuffed animals and figured others might feel better with a soft friend to keep them company. And Jared's good will was infectious. His idea made it all the way to Milwaukee where businesses and groups donated more than 150 stuffed animals.
On Wednesday, Jared delivered the animals to Sussex Area Outreach Services and the Salvation Army. The 11-year-old said it felt good to be able to help others and he is already thinking about his next venture.
Read this story in next week's Sussex Sun.
The City of Oconomowoc is reporting good news with only one accident reported overnight. A vehicle in the area of Valley and Golden Lake Roads slid of the roadway and struck a pole. No injuries were reported.
Most area school districts have called off classes today, including Arrowhead, Hamilton, Kette Moraine, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Waukesha, University Lake School and Lake Country Lutheran High School.
Check for more closings here.
An 18-year-old Oconomowoc woman was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 7:31 a.m. Dec. 19 when the vehicle she was driving went out of control on the ice-covered bridge over the Rock River on Highway 16.
Shelby Leighton was westbound on Highway 16 driving a 1995 GMC Jimmy. When she lost control of the vehicle, it slid in front of an eastbound 1997 GMC Sierra driven by Roger Schroeder, 47, of Watertown.
Leighton was extricated and taken to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospitalm, then transferred to Froedtert Hospital. Schroeder was treated and released at the scene.
Both drivers were wearing seat belts, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. The department's crash investigation team is looking into the crash.
Village of Sussex - The developer of a proposed eight acre residential and commercial complex in downtown Sussex says he hopes to break ground in the Spring of 2013.
Arthur Sawall of Brookfield said he is reaching agreements with the village, Waukesha County, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding moving the Bug Line Recreational Trail off the site at the corner of Main Steet and Waukesha Avenue to make way for the new development.
He said a segment of the trail will be relocated west and south the property which is the site of the former Mammoth Springs Cannery Company. The 11 mile trail extends from the Village of Menomonee Falls west through Sussex to the Village of Merton.
Although he has yet to receive village, county and state approvals for the project, Sawall said he is optimistic he can break ground in the Spring because all of the agencies would like to see the project under way as soon as possible.
He said construction of two 30-unit apartment buildings can begin before the trail is relocated because the location of the apartment buildings does not affect the trail.» Read Full Article
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, just one area school has closed for Thursday.
St. Jerome Parish School in Oconomowoc will not hold class.
More closings may be announced later, as the winter storm develops.
Pewaukee High School has been evacuated after receiving a threat today. Rumors are calling it a bomb-threat but no official word is available yet. Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Edward Baumann said that a note had been found and the school was evacuated.
“We’re still investigating it and officers are walking the halls as we speak,” Baumann said.
“I am confident that all students at Pewaukee High School are safe,” he said.
A statement is expected early tomorrow. Check back with LivingLakeCountry.com for more updates.
Arrowhead High School is planning additional security measures after a rumor surfaced about a potential threat at the school on Friday.
According to a letter sent to parents, administrators became aware of the rumor on Dec. 18. School officials and the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department have investigated and have determined there is no indication that this is a credible threat. The district has also been in contact with a neighboring school district, which is dealing with a similar rumor/threat to occur on the same day.
The Waukesha Sheriff’s Department and the Hartland Police Department have been involved in reviewing the matter.
As we don’t know the source of the rumor, please take the opportunity to discuss this concern with your child. If your child has reliable information, he/she should report it directly to the school’s administration or Deputy Pete Freyer, school resource officer.
School will be open, the letter noted.
As Lake Country prepares for the first big winter storm of the season, you might also want to be sure you have fresh batteries in your camera.
Then, be sure to snap a few photos in your neighborhood tomorrow and send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll put together an online gallery, so you can see what's happening in your own backyard -- as well as your neighbors'.
In a variety of early season polls, the Sussex Hamilton girls basketball team stands second in the rankings. One poll says the Chargers are second in the area, while another places them as the second best Division 1 team in the state.
After yet another dominating victory Tuesday night, no matter what the geographic parameters are, one would be hard pressed to find a better team anywhere.
The Chargers toppled visiting Menomonee Falls, 50-26, moving to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in Greater Metro play. The win also keeps the defending conference champion Chargers in sole possession of first place while the Indians dropped to 3-5 in what has amounted to be a brutally difficult early season schedule.
On a night Mackenzie Latt was honored for becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer, the junior guard continued on her torrid path for Hamilton, leading all scorers with 19 points. The record was formerly held by Christa (Goetz) Botsford at 821 points until Latt surpassed the mark just seven games into her junior season.
“Congratulations to Mackenzie on this great accomplishment,” Botsford said. “I expect her do a lot more damage in the next year and a half.”
Despite all of the offensive talk before the game, on the court it was the stifling Hamilton defense on display against a potent Falls attack. Coming into the game, the Chargers had given up just 25.4 points per game, besting that mark in conference play with a mere 15.9 points allowed in three games. Latt was eager to address the way Hamilton prepares for games defensively.
“We focus on containing our player and contesting every shot,” Latt said. “Our coach does a great job of preparing us with the scouting report. We know the tendencies of the other players so we just have to keep them in front of us and play smart.”
The Indians scored 81 points in a loss to Germantown last week and had topped 40 points scored in every game prior to matching up with Hamilton. Falls leading scorer, senior forward Erin Crownover, managed just 10 points on the night despite posting 16 points per game on average. Just as Crownover struggled to find her scoring touch, Latt was having issues of her own.
Defended by a 2-3 zone, anchored by Crownover in the middle, Hamilton had difficulty getting the ball to Latt on a consistent basis in the first half. Latt wasn’t able to score until over seven minutes into the game and managed just two made field goals for five points in the first half. The Chargers used two separate 7-0 runs to build a 10-point lead in the second quarter but led by just six at the break, 16-10.
“It took a little bit to get going tonight; we had prepared for their 2-3 but I had a tough night personally,” Latt said. “My teammates stepped up and made some big shots. Hannah (Menzia) had a great game handling the ball and we had to muscle this win out so it was a good win for the team even if our shots weren’t always falling.”
A more assertive Latt came out and scored immediately in the third frame to spark a 9-point quarter individually and push the Hamilton lead to 17 points. Once again, Menomonee Falls refused to go away entirely, with Crownover converting a 3-point play to make the score 33-19 after three quarters.
The Indians then opened the final period with seven straight points, cutting the Chargers lead down to under 10 points until freshman guard Taylor Klug knocked down 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.
Falls has now played all three of the undefeated teams at the top of the Greater Metro conference – Hamilton, Brookfield Central and DSHA – and dropped all three despite playing well.
“We turned the ball over too much tonight,” Falls coach Craig Amundson said. “It was a single digit lead in the fourth quarter but they just wore us down and are a very good team. What we always do is look at each game individually to see what we did well and see what we can improve on moving forward.”
The Arrowhead boys basketball team has shown it needed very little time to implement a championship-caliber defense, even if the offense hadn’t yet fully found a groove.
Still undefeated after a 75-52 win over resurgent Kettle Moraine on Friday, it appears the offense has clicked into place. That’s potentially bad news for everyone else.
The Warhawks shot a blistering 60 percent in the first half and 57 percent for the game, and Arrowhead improved to 8-0 while dropping the Lasers to 6-2.
“We have a lot of kids that can score the basketball, it’s just a matter of getting them in the right spots as coaches and giving them an opportunity to do that,” Arrowhead coach Craig Haase said. “Sometimes, it takes a while to figure it out offensively when you don’t have a lot of practices, but I think our guys are coming around. It’s as deep a team as we’ve had, and the hardest thing for me is trying to play them all.”
Haase has said the team needed an adjustment period, with the vast majority of players part of the state championship football team that played into the first week of the season. But they’re 4-0 in conference and appear completely in sync.» Read Full Article
On Dec. 14 Gerry Lycholat of Knutson Bros II, LLC was sworn in as President of the Lakeland Builders Association for the year “2013” by a Senior Officer of the Wisconsin Builders Association, Brandon Bartow.
Lycholat has served on many committees both at the state and local levels and is currently co-chairing the committee that is developing the Walworth County Child Advocacy Center in Elkhorn.
“I am very honored and humbled to serve and give back to the association that has given so much to me," said Lycholat. "Despite the economy, I will work very hard to keep our association moving forward and in a positive direction."
A special event is being planned for 'tweens in grades 4-6 at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 2-3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. If you just want to laze around in your jammies, but have fun with your friends at the same time, then register for the Tween PJ Party.
This free event invites you to come in your PJs, eat your favorite cereal and watch cartoons and plays games during this day off from school.
Please register at : http://opltween.eventbrite.com
The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St.; for more information call: (262) 569-2193
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Waukesha County, in effect from Thursday morning through evening.
Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are possible. Winds are expected be be out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph, with gusts to 35 mph possible.
Thunder snow is also possible. The strong winds could cause considerable blowing and drifting with the potential for whiteouts.
Plans for a first floor fitness center at Mukwonago High School move forward after gaining unanimous approval from the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education on Monday night.
Construction on the fitness center will start after the last day of school in June, in order to be completed for the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
The project will be a tremendous boost to the new MHS fitness-based curriculum where almost 500 students are currently enrolled, MHS physical education teacher Jim Essman said.
"This will affect every kid," said Essman.
Watch for a complete story on the MHS fitness center in an upcoming issue of the Mukwonago Chief.
Following Friday's tragic events in Newtown, Conn., Mukwonago Area School District hired personnel to monitor entrances at two elementary schools this week, with a third locked down during the school day. Over Christmas break work will begin to install buzzer systems at the three schools to increase security within the buildings.
Section and Prairie View Elementary, along with Eagleville Charter School do not have clear views to the front entrances from the main office. At other MASD buildings, guests are funneled into or past the main office or a staff member monitoring the entrance. Personnel to monitor entrances at Section and Prairie View are in place this week, while Eagleville will be locked during the school day. Parents and guests need to knock or call to gain entrance to the charter school, according to MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel.
The district will continue to look at improving security in all buildings throughout the district. Watch the Mukwonago Chief for a complete story on MASD school security.
Crossing Elmbrook Church off as an option for a venue after using the facility for graduation was deemed unconstitutional earlier this year resulted in months of searching for Mukwonago High School.
Following several guiding criteria to whittle down a list of 10 facilities as options, lead a district graduation committee to propose Miller Park as the site of the 2013 MHS graduation ceremony at Monday’s school board meeting. Since Miller Park is not available on June 9, the original date planned for MHS graduation, the ceremony was moved up to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Read the complete story in Wendesday's Muwonago Chief.
Village of Sussex - Three Town of Lisbon officials tonight refused to go along with recommended terms for a proposed permit for the construction and operation of a nearly 200,000 square foot Meijer's grocery and household goods super store at the intersection of Hwys. 164 and K.
The negative votes of Town Chairman Matt Gehrke, Supervisor Joe Osterman and Plan Commissioner Neil Sasse blocked what would have been a favorable review of the project by a joint Town of Lisbon-Village of Sussex Plan Committee.
The vote is largely symbolic because the committee does not have the authority to approve or reject proposed developments. The committee was created by a border agreement between the two communities to review projects along the town-village boundaries, according to Sussex Village Attorney John Macy.
The Meijer's store is located on farmland in the town that is in the process of being added to the village for development as part of the border agreement.
The town officials argued the proposed development is too large, poses problems for controlling storm water and flooding and will result in increased truck and car traffic on town and county roads.» Read Full Article
Donations have already begun to come in for the final week of theYule Feed Families food drive, which ends Dec. 20 at Mukwonago and Lake Country Publications.
There is still time to help Mukwonago Publications feed families in the Mukwonago area. Bring your donations to our office at 11 N. Rochester St., Suite 3, during regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Checks should be written out to the food pantry of choice, either the Mukwonago Food Pantry at 325 Eagle Lake Ave., or the Kitchen Kupboard Food Pantry housed in Mount Olive Church at 211 Main St.
Attention students in grades 9-12: join in a free book club. This month the group will discuss "Code Name: Verity " by Elizabeth Wein.
The club will meet on Thursday, Dec. 27, from 2-3 pm at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St.
It's free! Just read the book, then come to book club for great conversation and snacks.
For more information, or if you have any questions, please call (262) 569-2193 and ask for Betsy or email email@example.com
The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the district office on Highway NN.
Among the action items on the agenda are the expansion of a fitness center at Mukwonago High School, graduation location for MHS and school building security.
It was a big day on the hardcourt for the Hamilton basketball program, as both the girls and boys teams defeated Wauwatosa East on Friday.
For the girls, it marked a historic occasion. Though the 69-16 win doesn't count as a surprise for the No. 2-ranked team in the state, junior Mackenzie Latt became the program's all-time leading scorer with her 18-point performance. She now has 829 points in her career, bypassing Christa Goetz (821), a 1991 graduate. Stephanie Kirchner (2009) had been second on the list with 717.
The boys, meanwhile, scored a 60-46 win over Tosa East in a battle between two of the league's best teams. Brady Ellingson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Tony Gumina added 21 as the Chargers moved to 6-0. The girls team upped its record to 7-0.
The first quarter was a disaster for the Oconomowoc boys basketball team on Friday evening at Wisconsin Lutheran, and the uphill battle from there was too much for the Raccoons as the Vikings emerged with a 75-39.
Wisco took a 24-3 lead after the first quarter.
The Vikings were already up 9-3 when the Oconomowoc collapse began. Lutheran’s Dez Cockroft scored two points off a steal, and Jamare Griffin did likewise on Oconomowoc’s following possession. Griffin then scored a 3-point basket after Keith Franklin intercepted a pass, and Franklin then subsequently scored a 2-point basket off another intercepted pass, the fourth consecutive turnover by the Raccoons leading to points for the Vikings. It seemed difficult for the Raccoons to even get out of their own half of the court, and by the end of the first quarter, the Vikings had scored 15 points off of turnovers.
“Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” said OHS coach Kurt Melton. “When we keep giving the ball to a team like that, easy possessions, easy baskets, everything was going their way and it just started early.”» Read Full Article
In what could very well turn out to be a perennial struggle between two of the best teams in the Woodland Conference, league newcomer Milwaukee Pius went on a 13-0 run in the first half and never looked back in a 49-36 win over the Pirates at PHS on Friday.
Lindsay Wisnewski closed the game with a flourish for the Pirates, scoring the final 8 points of the game for either side and finishing with 12 of her 14 in the fourth quarter. Her final basket was a 30-foot heave as time expired, but the Lady Popes had already done enough damage.
Facing a quick Pius squad, the Pirates committed 25 turnovers and gave up 16 offensive rebounds. Pewaukee, without a senior in the rotation, nonetheless boasts a 5-2 record, while Pius improved to 7-1.
Two men were killed in a single-vehicle crash early Friday in the Town of Lisbon in Waukesha County, according to the sheriff's department.
At 2:13 a.m., deputies and personnel from the Lisbon Fire Department responded to the crash on county Highway KF and Ryan Road. The driver and occupant were both pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation indicates the vehicle was northbound on Ryan from Lynndale Road and left the road on a curve, hitting a tree.
The men, ages 23 and 24 from the Merton area, were not identified pending notification of families.
Sure, it's unusually warm outside right now, but we all know we live in Wisconsin - and that means snow is surely on its way. When it comes, we've got some great winter activities for you to enjoy locally .
Check out this week's Living Lake Country Sunday for some great ideas.
The victims in a fatal crash in Lisbon early this morning were a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, both from Merton, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
Their names are not yet being released.
The Police and Fire departments will be facing off in a charitable "battle of the bells" from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Mukwonago Walmart on Wolf Run.
The Salvation Army will place red kettles outside both entrances; one will be manned by Police Department personnel, and one by Fire Department personnel in a challenge to see who can collect more donations.
In the spirit of good-natured competition, police officers have said they would hand out baseball cards in an attempt to sway the contest their way, according to Julie Cooper, representing the Salvation Army.
Young children sometimes have a hard time with Santa.
That’s understandable if they are not prepared. Imagine you are 3 years old, in a crowded department store with strangers all around and suddenly you’re asked to sit on the lap of a huge man wearing an outrageous red suit. He has so much white hair on his face you can’t even see flesh. The man looks like no one you know.
It can be daunting.
Perhaps a good way to start is to take your youngster to a breakfast with Santa, like the one at the Delafield American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, on Saturday.
The pancake breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon and includes raffles and treats. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.» Read Full Article
More information was made available regarding the death of a 24-year-old Delafield man, Wayne Wilson.
Wilson was found in his bedroom on Laurel Circle around 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, according to police. Reports say that his girlfriend and his best friend stopped by to check on his well being because Wilson hadn't responded to phone calls or text messages, and did not show up for his work shift at 4 p.m.
Reports say the two found him without a pulse and not breathing in his bedroom. They called 9-1-1 and tried to administer CPR. When emergency responders arrived, they pronounced him dead on the scene.
Police reports show that friends and family members said "there was nothing that had been said by Wilson that would indicate any concerns that he would attempt to harm himself."
Friends indicated that Wilson had struggled with an addiction to pain killers. A high dosage Fentanyl patch was found on the scene.» Read Full Article
Happy 12-12-12 day. The corresponding date only comes around every 100 years and Stefani Rose Watson from Oconomowoc is celebrating her diamond birthday by turning 12 years old today.
Read about her here.
Are you celebrating a birthday today? Or as a Packers fan, are you doing anything special to commemorate "Aaron Rodgers Day?" Let us know.
La Crosse-based Kwik Trip, Inc. has opened a compressed natural gas filling station in Pewaukee, the eighth station in the Upper Midwest that it's launched this year.
Kwik Trip said Tuesday it's looking to create both a CNG and LNG (liquefied natural gas) infrastructure corridor along the interstate highways linking the Twin Cities with Chicago. Its other metro Milwaukee store is located in Sturtevant.
The ninth store -- including seven in Wisconsin and two in Minnesota -- is slated to open next week in Sheboygan, with at least 10 more planned for next spring, Kwik Trip said.
The Pewaukee store is located off Interstate 94 at exit 295 on Redford Boulevard.
The Eagle Business Association is sponsoring a Winter Hayride for a Canned Good on Friday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. One canned good per person.
The pantry is in need of food items that would be appropriate to fill baskets for a holiday meal like cranberries, yams, stuffing mixes, muffin mixes, green beans, Frehcn onions, cream of mushroom soup etc.
The hay wagon loading zone is at Response Realtors parking lot next to the gazebo in the Village of Eagle.
Two bands from the University Lake School (ULS) Rock and Roll Academy (RRA) will perform a live concert at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Stackner Middle School Library.
The bands are part of the Rock and Roll Academy’s after-school program, which is open to the public (second semester sessions are enrolling now). RRA is also offered to students in grades five through eight during the school day as part of the school’s music curriculum. The Rock and Roll Academy at ULS is the only program of its kind in the Midwest, and one of three sites for the program nationwide. The program is student-driven learning and promotes collaboration among bandmates.
Village of Dousman - Village Trustees are expected to decide later this month to begin the reconstruction of Main Street in the spring of 2013.
The Village Board will also decide at a yet to be scheduled special meeting whether they want to reconfigure, or bury, utility lines in the downtown business district as part of the Main Street reconstruction project which will also involve repairing or upgrading buried sewer and water lines.
Three of the five village board members indicated during a special meeting Monday night that they were ready to begin the project as soon as possible..
"I would like to begin construction as soon as the thaws begins in the spring," said Village President Jack Nissen.
Trustee Harold Dessart said he might have been willing to wait a year to begin the project if the village had an opportunity to acquire state or federal grants for the project. But, he said, that opportunity does not appear to be available.» Read Full Article
A 20-year-old Oconomowoc woman was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for a heroin overdose that killed a Hartland man last year
Dustin L. Williams' mother found him unresponsive at their home July 23, 2011, about 10 minutes after Kandice Essmann, his friend since high school, had been there visiting. He was later pronounced dead at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
Essmann was charged in March with first degree reckless homicide for giving Williams heroin on that night. She pleaded no contest in October.
Waukesha Circuit Judge William Domina added seven years of extended supervision to Essmann's sentence, and gave her credit for 220 days she's been in jail. Three other drug-related offenses were dismissed but read in for sentencing purposes.
Essmann told investigators on July 24 that Dustin Williams had begged her to get some heroin and that the two drove to a location where Essmann bought $50 worth of the drug.» Read Full Article
Marcus Theatres announced Monday it has agreed to purchase MESCOP Inc., a Sussex-based film buying and booking business.
Under the agreement, Marcus Theatres will perform film buying services for 14 exhibitors with 75 screens at 20 locations in three Midwestern states. Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres currently books films for its 687 owned and managed screens, as well as an additional 146 screens operated by other owners.
MESCOP was founded in 1971 by Fred Florence. The company is operated by his son, James Florence, who will retire upon completion of the sale. The purchase is expected to close before year end. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
The Mukwonago High School Guidance Department will host a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the MHS Center. A financial aid representative will provide a presentation and answer questions on the application process and other aspects of Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Financial aid is something that all college bound students, regardless of family income or assets, are eligible for. There are several different types including grants, subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans, and work study programs. The FAFSA application is free to fill out and submit and is available here beginning Jan. 1. Funds are dispersed based on financial need, family size, etc. but also on a first come-first served basis so it is important that parents and students fill out and file their application as close to that Jan. 1 date as possible.
Please contact Paige Patenaude at firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna McKonly at email@example.com with questions.
The Mukwonago High School and Parkview Middle School Orchestras present their annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Mukwonago High School Center. Admission is free. This is the first time the MHS and Parkview orchestras have presented a joint holiday concert. The program will feature traditional Christmas music, as well as the Irish tunes, and works from Dvorak and Mozart.
The Arrowhead boys basketball team entered the final quarter of Friday night's crucial Classic 8 Conference battle tied at 41-41, but the Warhawks were able to get the best of Catholic Memorial in the final 8 minutes and pulled away for a 65-56 win.
Now at 4-0 on the year, Arrowhead hit three 3-pointers early in the fourth, including two from Dom Todarello and one from Kenny Finco. The Warhawks opened the final quarter on a 15-4 run to put the game in hand.
The Warhawks trailed by as many as 10 points in the first quarter, when Catholic Memorial used a 10-0 run. Arrowhead's first lead didn't come until 3:30 remained in the third quarter when Ricky Finco hit the second of consecutive 3-pointers -- part of the team's eight total makes from beyond the arc.
Kyle Keranen continued his steady play and finished with 16 points. Todarello scored eight of his 10 points in the final quarter, Billy Hirschfeld added 10 and Ricky Finco had 8.
Oconomowoc - Fresh and local are for sale on Sunday at the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market. Stop by the market inside the greenhouses at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Give the gift of local this holiday season. Gift ideas range from homemade toffee to herb-infused oils, vinegars, salts and sugars. Other unique and tasty gift items include; pickled mushrooms, asparagus spears, belly beans and homemade sauces, pesto and jams.
The market also boasts locally grown produce, meats, eggs and artisan cheese that can be incorporated into many different types of holiday meals.
New this year to the Winter Farmers’ Market is producer Cloud Nine Soap Co. of Delafield. Give the gift of Wisconsin handmade cold pressed soaps, laundry detergent and lotions this holiday season.
Other unique holiday gifts include gourmet granola, specialty elk products, Alpaca fiber teddy bears, hats, gloves, scarves, rugs, socks and yarn.
You can learn something too while you're at the market on Sunday. The market features Ask the Expert Vendor giving market-goers a chance to learn even more from the experts on their goods.» Read Full Article
Cookies go together with a lot of things: cookies and milk, cookies and hot chocolate and, the ever popular cookies and cream ice cream.
But cookies go best with Christmas. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without cookies. Plus, Santa is more likely to leave a few extra gifts at your house if he can linger over a plate of cookies you’ve left for him.
A word of warning: If you travel to the United Kingdom and you have a hankering for some cookies, be sure to ask for biscuits. Actually, if you ask for a cookie in Scotland, you’ll get a plain bun, instead.
If you don’t plan on making cookies, but still want to present a nice, full plate of the confections during the holidays why not visit one of three cookie sales in the area this Saturday. These are commonly called “cookie walks,” since you take your container and fill up with the cookies you want as you walk along the table. Often there are also candy and breads for sale. Normally, you pay by the pound.
Three cookie sales, which all start at 9 a.m. Saturday, are at:» Read Full Article
Chiropractic clinic, Milwaukee Total Health, N63 W23524 Silver Spring Drive, Suite 4, is offering help in exchange for pantry aid.
All new patients who bring in a full bag of nonperishable food items will receive your first day consultation, examination and necessary X-rays in exchange. Cash donations of $25 or more will be accepted as a substitute for food. All donations will benefit the Sussex Area Food Pantry.
Drive runs through Dec. 21. Restrictions apply; visit www.milwaukeetotalhealthllc.com for more information.
Join fellow business owners from Sussex, Merton and Lannon for a speed networking event where you can make valuable business connections in a very short period of time. This event is being hosted by Music Dynamics N63 W23583 Main St., Sussex from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec 12.
Call the Chamber at 262-246-4940 to register or visit www.sussexareachamber.org to register online.
Republican state Rep. Paul Farrow of Pewaukee is tentatively scheduled to be sworn in as a state senator Dec. 14 after winning an uncontested special election this week for an open seat.
Farrow won Tuesday's election to replace Rich Zipperer, who resigned in August to become Gov. Scott Walker's deputy chief of staff.
Farrow is able to take his seat in the 33rd State Senate District earlier than others elected in the regular November election because he was chosen in a special election to fill a vacancy.
With Farrow's win, Republicans will hold an 18-15 majority in the Senate starting in January.
Farrow was first elected to the state Assembly in 2010.
The Mukwonago High School and Parkview Middle School Orchestras will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert on Monday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Mukwonago High School Center. Admission is free.
This is the first time the MHS and Parkview orchestras have presented a joint holiday concert. The program will feature traditional Christmas music, as well as the Irish tunes, and works from Dvorak and Mozart.
The Doggy Bag, 150 E. Wisconsin Ave., in downtown Oconomowoc will have Santa on hand to take a photo with your pet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Cost is $8. No appointment needed. Call (262) 560-1717 for more information.
Sweet Mullets Brewing Co. from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and meet, Kevin Revolinski, author of, “Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide.”Oconomowoc - Stop by
Revolinski will be signing copies and the brewery will offer pint specials with book purchase.
Sweet Mullets is at N58 W39800 Industrial Road, Suite D, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.
The woman who was missing after a domestic violence incident in Waukesha was found in Pewaukee this afternoon.
According to a news release from Sgt. Jerry Habanek of the Waukesha Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Fay Shaw was at a relative's house.
Police say Shaw was not injured and was in good condition.
Habanek said Shaw "apparently left her residence (3001 E. View Drive, Waukesha) last night before officers responded because she felt threatened."
At 6:18 a.m. this morning, the Waukesha Police Department received a call regarding a domestic violence incident. Once at the residence, officers were unable to contact the suspect or victim.» Read Full Article
The Hoyer family is doing everything they can to find their missing Samoyed, BaileighJo. The white, husky looking dog went missing from their backyard on Nov. 28.
Sharon Hoyer said the family put her out on a leash and came outside to find her missing. They have notified police, posted on Facebook, handed out thousands of posters, but still no word as of Wednesday afternoon.
If you see BaileighJo or know who might have her, contact the family at (414) 614-0125.
The Racine Symphony Orchestra has a Christmas wish for everyone that comes to the Holiday Pops concert on Friday, Dec. 7 to bring a food donation for the Racine County Food Bank.
Doors to the “Joy to the World” Holiday Pops concert at Festival Hall open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m.
For the fourth year, the orchestra is teaming up with the League of American Orchestras to help feed communities by collecting food as part of the Orchestras Feeding America program. Ticket holders are asked to bring food to the concert on Friday night. The Racine County Food Bank bin will be in the lobby for donations.
“It is easy for the symphony to support the League’s initiative every year. It’s a way for us to give back to our community with the help of our generous audience,” said the orchestra’s executive director, Bonnie Prochaska.
The orchestra “Giving Back” program also does an annual over the counter medication drive for Health Care Network at one of their summer pops concerts.» Read Full Article
A Holiday Gift Workshop is being offered by the Oconomowoc Public Library for children ages 4k- 4th grade from 10-11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Kids can make gifts for everyone on their list! Please register for this free event at http://oplholiday.eventbrite.com
Also: Sign up to “Read with Dharma!” Kids can practice reading aloud with a certified therapy dog. To sign up for your 15-minute appointment, please call Betsy at (262) 569-2193, ext. 210.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the Big Bend Police Department and the Village and Town of Mukwonago police departments, as well as other law enforcement agencies in the State of Wisconsin are partnering to provide extra patrols during the Booze and Belts campaign from Dec. 7 through 16.
Through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation – Bureau of Transportation Safety, additional officers will be enforcing speed, seat belt, intoxicated driving, and other violations that threaten the safety of the motoring public. Police urge drivers to buckle up and don’t drink and drive.
A kneeling king has been missing from the St. Pius V, Roman Catholic Church nativity in Mukwonago since last Christmas season. Church coordinator Ray Hajewski said the king was taken last year and he has not been able to find a replacement.
Contact Hajewski at firstname.lastname@example.org with any information on replacement figures for the nativity.
Read the full story in the Dec. 5 Chief.
Lake Country Publications has come up with its own version of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" featuring notable folks, organizations, recipes, even feathered friends.
A group with concerns about the direction the City of Oconomowoc is headed regarding proposed developments in the downtown area invites the public to a meeting to discuss these topics tonight at 6 p.m. at Whelan's Coffee and Ice Cream.
Read more here.