Staff Blogs Lake Country Watch Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:00:00 GMT en-us Hensler's granddaughter dies in tragic beach accident In the midst of celebrating naming the Mukwonago High School football field after coach Keith Hensler on Aug. 29, Hensler and his family received news of a tragic accident involving his granddaughter in Oregon. According to reporting from NBC News in Oregon, Hensler's 9-year-old granddaughter, Isabel Franks, died when sand she was digging in on a beach in Lincoln City, Oregon, collapsed, suffocating her. Friends of Hensler gathered at the American Legion Hall in Mukwonago, for what was supposed to be more celebrating after naming Hensler Field before the game against Lake Geneva Badger. There a live auction raised $2,000, according to Craig Vertz with Friends of Mukwonago Athletics (FOMA). The group plans to donate the funds to the family to help cover funeral costs. Vertz said plans are being made to set up a fund at a local bank for anyone who wants to donate money to help the family. Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:12:23 PDT Hensler Field dedication highlights Mukwonago football game The Mukwonago High School football field was named after coach Keith Hensler before the Aug. 29 game against Lake Geneva Badger. Hensler served as head coach from 1979 to 2005, and coached the team to a state championship in 2004. Hensler received a framed photo from the state championship game (top photo, center). He pauses for a photo at centerfield (middle photo). The Mukwonago team raises helmets as they prepare to play the first game on Hensler Field. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:18:35 PDT Take a break and have some fun during the Labor Day weekend It’s the busy Labor weekend and if you don’t already have plans here are a few ideas. If you love the sound of bagpipes and the sight of hefty men in kilts competing in games of strength then check out The Wisconsin Highland Games this weekend at the Waukesha County Expo Center. The event is Friday through Sunday with opening events at 5 p.m. Friday including a fish fry which will be served until 9 p.m. For more information including a schedule of activities visit If you want to get in another run before the summer’s over head over to Crosspoint Community Church on North Lake Road in Oconomowoc for the Lake Country Half Marathon at 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be music along the 5K and half-marathon courses plus water stations and lovely views of Fowler Lake. For more information visit or call (920) 574-2972. The Vivanco-Gomez Peruvian Guitar Duo will play from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W. Main St. Suite 102, Wales. Visit for more information. The hilarious and touching comedy “The Cemetery Club” is the next offering at SummerStage with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through Sept. 13. SummerStage is located at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C, Delafield. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and students. For more information visit or call 262) 337-1560. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:00:00 PDT Chocolate Factory to open tomorrow after Wednesday fire The Chocolate Factory near the Pewaukee Lakefront Beach will open tomorrow at its regular scheduled time of 10 a.m. after Seester's Mexican Cantina suffered an electrical fire in the kitchen on Wednesday night that shut down both businesses on Thursday and Friday. Mike Toffler, vice president and general manager of the Chocolate Factory Subs & Ice Cream, said the process to get the store back and running has been quick. "Everything is going very, very well," Toffler said. "Really fast. Everybody is involved here. They're doing such a great job. My hats off to them." Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:25:50 PDT Alternate routes recommended with Dousman road work On Tuesday, Sept. 2, We Energies will be working at the intersection of N. Main Street and Wilson Avenue in the Village of Dousman. Though the intersection will have one lane open, Village officials highly recommend using the alternative routes to get downtown due to the fact that the relocation of three high powered cables may cause long delays . Flaggers will be recommending that residents use Utica Road to Ottawa Avenue to Main Street or Highway 18 to Ottawa Avenue to Main Street. All businesses will be accessible; business owners are asked to notify customers, if possible, to use the alternative routes. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 07:18:49 PDT Trash pick-up adjusted in Wales for Labor Day Due to the Labor Day Holiday on Monday regular trash pick-up in Wales will happen Thursday, Sept. 4. Wednesday trash pick-up will resume the following week. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:12 PDT Special bird call donated to Lake Country chimney swift advocate Village of Hartland - Hartland residents near the Cottonwood Wayside might be hearing some unfamiliar noises in the coming days. Chimney swift advocate Ramsay Schlissel said the Lake Country-Hartland Chimney Swift Group recently received a high performance game caller from FoxPro - for free. Schlissel said the device has been modified to mimic a chimney swift call, and that she intends to use the call every night for 15 minutes before and after sunset. "Until the birds come," she said. Chimney swifts are sensitive to temperature, so the cooler weather could be responsible for their absence, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. Schlissel added that she'll be putting the call inside the chimney at the roosting site, but said the noise shouldn't bother any neighbors nearby. "We did our part (by building the roost)," she said. "Now they (the swifts) got to do their part. They got to fly here." Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:55:47 PDT Electrical fire shuts down Seester's, Chocolate Factory in Pewaukee According to Positively Pewaukee's Facebook page, Seester's Mexican Cantina in Pewaukee had an electrical fire in its kitchen. As of two hours ago, the establishment is closed for business today. Chocolate Factory also sustained damage and will be closed for the rest of the day and possibly longer. "The fire was contained to Seester's and their kitchen," said Mike Toffler, who is vice president and general manager of the Chocolate Factory. "They still don't know exactly what started it, but because there was some fire in there, we have smoke damage and water damage. We have Paul Davis Restoration & Remoding in here taking care of everything. We replaced all of our ceiling tiles, we had to throw all our food out that was exposed." "We're down for today because it's just a mess inside," Toffler explained. The other Old Man Street businesses in the building are open and operating. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:13:06 PDT Oconomowoc road construction update The pavement schedule for a few roads and one parking lot was bumped up today in Oconomowoc in an effort to finish the work before some forecasted thunderstorms this weekend delay the work any further. A construction crew is scheduled to start the work this Thursday, Aug 28, and the paving will be completed in the following order: - High Street - Summit and Forest Intersection - Lexington Street, and - Ixonia Bank parking lot Watch for construction updates and road closures each week in the Oconomowoc Focus and on our website, Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:11:54 PDT Rock thrown through Mukwonago Food Pantry window overnight Mukwonago police are looking for information that would help identify the person or persons who threw a rock through a front window of the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, sometime between 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 26 and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Anyone who saw someone hanging around the pantry during that time is asked to call Mukwonago police officer Rob Kreiser at (262) 363-6435. The Mukwonago Food Pantry is also looking for help in reparing the window before 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:00:00 PDT Court order issued against library board Waukesha - A Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge has ordered the Village of Sussex and the Town of Lisbon to begin negotiations over how the two municipalities will divide assets controlled by the Pauline Haass Library Board which is being dissolved at the end of the year. Judge James R. Kieffer also issued a temporary restraining order that is intended to control how the library board spends the approximately $900,000 it receives in tax revenues from the two municipalities as well as cash reserves included in the library's approximately $1.1 million budget. The order does not effect monies the library board receives from donations and state and county funds. Kieffer instructed the lawyers for the library board and the two municipalities to "immediately" contact retired Judge Patrick Snyder who will serve as a mediator in the court ordered negotiations that involve the town, village and library board. Kieffer postponed for 60 days a pre trial conference that had been scheduled for October 20 in preparation for a civil trial in a dispute between the library board and the Town of Lisbon over who should have "custody and control" over about 65 acres of land donated to the town for library purposes by the late Pauline Haass. Several times during the more than one hour hearing Wednesday morning Kieffer questioned the wisdom of taxpayers dollars being spent on legal battles involving a library board that will no longer exist after Dec. 31. "There is no question that this library board will go out of existence in four months and four days. The only question is how the board's assets will be divided," Kieffer said. Kieffer said one of the reasons he was issuing the injunction was to make sure that the library board did not spend the assets before the negotiations between the parties began. Earlier this year, the Town of Lisbon voted to terminate the joint municipal agreement that created the library 27 years ago. The Village of Sussex intends to take over library operations next year but will have to appoint a new library board. Village of Sussex officials have refused to negotiate with Town of Lisbon officials over settling the law suits and dividing the library's assets because Sussex officials have claimed that according to state law the library has sole authority over those assets. However, Kieffer ruled that the library board existed as a result of the agreement between the two municipalities and therefore the village must be part of the of out of court negotiations. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:20:05 PDT Updated: Attempted robbery at Miller Pharmacy in Mukwonago This morning Village of Mukwonago police responded to an incident at Miller Pharmacy in Mukwonago. Owner Pat Vandehey said a woman came in and handed someone at the pharmacy a note in an attempted robbery. Vandehey said she doesn't believe the woman got away with any pharmaceuticals, but ran from the scene just prior to police arriving. This story is still developing. The Mukwonago Chief will provide more information as it becomes available. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:01:05 PDT Give a pint, get a pint at Mukwonago community blood drive A community blood drive will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division Street. Donors can call for an appointment at 1-800-733-2767 or visit Each donor will receive a coupon for a free pint of Culver's custard Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:59:27 PDT Cushing will receive MOH Washington D.C - Delafield Civil War hero Lt. Alonzo Cushing will be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor - the nation's highest award for valor - according to a news release issued late this afternoon by the White House. David Krueger, who has represented the City of Delafield on Cushing's behalf, said he was notified of the news release by a reporter for the Washington Times. The Times reporter told Krueger that Cushing's name was included among a list of individuals who are slated to receive the award from the president. Cushing has been recommended for the medal by the Secretary of Defense. However, the president makes the final decision on Medal of Honor recipients. Cushing was killed during the Battle of Gettysburg in a skirmish that stalled the Confederate Army's effort to gain new momentum during one of the most important battles in the Civil War. Krueger has been among city residents who have strived during the past decade to have the medal awarded to the local hero. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:35:41 PDT Fourth charter school set to open in Kettle Moraine School District As a new school year begins, Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) sits poised to open its fourth charter school in the district, the High School of Health Sciences. The charter schools, which have drawn state and national attention for innovative programming, continue to grow and attract students from other districts. KM Perform, starting its fifth year, will have about 150 students, according to Director Kevin Erickson, of that 14 students open enrolled to the charter school. KM Global, looking at enrollment figures of 61 this year, will have eight open enrollment students, according to Director Michelle Koper. KM Explore, finishing its first year, housed in Wales Elementary School, had to turn away more than half of the students who applied, using a lottery system to fill 150 slots, according to Director Laura Dahm. KMSD Superintendent Pat Deklotz is most proud of the “organic empowering of teacher leadership and teacher ownership of the pedagogy that moves student achievement.” “Where I see the most opportunity with this new approach, this student ownership of learning, is that personal development, where they are owning that learning,” said Deklotz. “It’s the student that is accomplishing the learning. It’s not that the students are doing what they told. They are discovering and that is a very powerful way of learning.” Read the entire story in the Kettle Moraine Index. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:11:36 PDT Last free concert for the season Aug. 29 Come out for the last free Friday concert of the season on Aug. 29. Enjoy Milwaukee band, The Orphans from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell at City Beach. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, sit on the grass or enjoy the new seating at the band shell. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:29:23 PDT Hartland Village Board approves preliminary plat for Sanctuary subdivision Several village residents with homes near the proposed Sanctuary subdivision got another chance this week to voice their concerns about the development to village board members and developer Chris Miller. The board approved on Monday, Aug. 25, the preliminary plans for the project, but amened the motion not to include any concrete details for a walking path on the northwest side of the development or an emergency access road to the east of the property. Every person who spoke during the pubic hearing portion of the meeting was against the project, some more than others, and touched on various concerns that have been previously mentioned to the board. One resident, Joanie Decker-Nold, whose property abuts the land for the proposed subdivision, asked several questions about the walking path to Miller and village trustees directly. She said her primary concerns were for maintaining privacy and child safety around her home. Other citizens wondered about snow removal on the path, the possibility of water-seepage problems and the security of their property. Miller said a lot of the decisions about the nuances of the development were not his to make, and that his design choices reflected the advice he received from the various municipal boards and commissions that have reviewed the project plans. He also acknowledged that the path would present snow-removal problems, but suggested it could be closed during the winter as a possible alternative. "I'm open to whatever the village wants," he added. But the board was not unanimous in its opinion either. Trustees Michael Meyers and Ann Wallschlager called for a second entrance and egress point in the subdivision, where the emergency access road would be, and there was additional discussion on an appropriate width for the walking path. Trustee Dick Lanwehr said he thought that whatever the board decides about the project some people will remain unhappy. More conversation about specific details will occur as the project moves through the approval process, said Village Administrator Dave Cox. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:10:39 PDT Former Mukwonago star athlete Dominic Cizauskas sentenced to 12 months in jail for third-degree sexual assault Madison - A judge sentenced former Mukwonago High School sports standout Dominic Cizauskas today to one year in county jail and three years probation for third degree sexual assault. He will also need to comply with sex offender registry requirements, no contact order and other stipulations. Cizauskas was found guilty on June 18 of third degree sexual assault in Dane County after a two-day trial played out the details of a Dec. 14, 2013 incident on the UW-Madison campus where, Cizauskas, during his official visit to UW as a football recruit, met with an acquaintance in her dorm room and allegedly sexually assaulted her. Cizauskas had testified that the sex was consensual, which the two had done before. Cizauskas, a star Mukwonago High School athlete who graduated in 2014, testified that upon arriving on campus he had five shots of spiced rum in a 1.5 hour period and had approximately two sips of a mixed drink. The woman had said in her complaint that Cizauskas told her he had consumed 10 shots in a half-hour. Cizauskas said while he told the woman that he had been drinking, he does not recall telling her how much he had and said he did not feel drunk, but "buzzed." After being let into the dorm building by an acquaintance and keyed up to the appropriate floor in the elevator by a stranger, the complainant said Cizauskas entered her room through the unlocked door. He said he knocked and she answered. The woman said she told Cizauskas she didn't want to have sex, made excuses and told him to stop. She said he continued for approximately 10 minutes before he did eventually stop. Third degree sexual assault, which Cizauskas was found guilty of, is defined as sexual intercourse with a person without the consent of that person. It is a class G felony. Look for more information in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief and online at Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:59:18 PDT Menomonee Falls man accused of repeatedly molesting his granddaughter A 67-year-old Menomonee Falls man allegedly raped his 9-year-old granddaughter numerous times over the summer and forced her watch pornographic videos with him. The man, who will not be named by the Sussex Sun to protect the identity of the victim, was charged on Monday, Aug. 25, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with repeated sexual assault of a child, incest and exposing a child to harmful material. According to the criminal complaint, the man was supposed to be taking care of the victim since June 15 during the week while her parents were at work, usually from Sunday nights to Friday afternoons. The suspect’s wife also worked often, so he was alone with the girl most of the time, the complaint says. The victim told a forensic interviewer in the complaint that that her grandfather repeatedly took her clothes off and touched her privates. She said most of the assaults happened in the man’s bedroom or his unfinished basement, where he forced her to watch pornography with him and once allegedly made the girl perform oral sex on him. A Child Protective Services agent said in the complaint that he believed the sexual contact between the man and his granddaughter occurred daily. According to court records, the man posted his $25,000 cash bond the same day he was arraigned and was released on condition that he have no contact of any kind with his granddaughter or her parents. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:53:16 PDT Chamber boat ride tomorrow The 20/20 Networking Water's Edge Boat Club Boat Tour takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Pewaukee Lake. Put on by the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Hartland Chamber of Commerce, the event kicks off at Water's Edge Boat Club, N27 W27250 Woodland Drive. Admission is $10 for non-members and at-the-door registrations. The two chambers team up every month to run an event or activity for its members and non-members as well. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:41:18 PDT