livinglakecountry.com Staff Blogs Lake Country Watch http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:09:00 GMT en-us Melges IV wins Blue Chip regatta http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275940861.html Harry Melges IV, just 13, sailing out of Lake Geneva, won all six races in the 2014 E-Scow National Blue Chip Regatta last Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Pewaukee Lake and easily won the regatta title. He's the youngest winner of the event in the 49-year history of the meet. Melges IV, grandson of Hall of Famer and America's Cup champion Buddy Melges, became just the third sailor to win every race at the E-Scow Blue Chip. Billy Allen of Lake Minnetonka did it twice and his brother Bobby accomplished it once. Lake Geneva sailors finished first, second and third. Vincent Porter was second and Brian Porter was third. Defending champion Augie Barkow of Pewaukee Lake took fourth place. Two Pewaukee sailors also cracked the top 10. Bob Biwer was sixth and Paul Biwer was 10th. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275940861.html Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:58:59 PDT Schimel denies Butler cop's allegations http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275834901.html Waukesha - Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel is denying allegations that he filed felony misconduct charges against former Bulter Police Lt. Brian Pergande in retaliation for Pergande filing a federal law suit against the Village of Butler and Waukesha County. "The charges that were filed in Waukesha County had absolutely nothing to do with any thing that was going on in federal court. I am not even sure I have seen the federal complaint," Schimel said. Schimel also denied that an allegation he was prosecuting Pergande even though he did think could win a conviction. He said it would be unethical for him to prosecute someone he did not believe could be convicted. Pergande and Butler Police Officer Chad Rahn filed the law suit in February alleging that the village and the county sheriff's department violated their constitutional rights and engaged in harassment during an investigation conducted by the Waukesha County Sheriff's department. The investigation requested by the village was the result of complaints filed against former Chief Michael Cosgrove by Pergande and Rahn. Cosgrove resigned in the midst of the investigation that concluded he condoned racists and sexist attitudes in the department and often watched pornography on village computers while on duty with other officers during an early morning shift. However, the investigation also uncovered evidence that Pergande may have taken inapporpriate photos of a woman who had detained at the Village of Butler police station in 2009. In an amendment to the law suit, Pergande claims that a labor attorney for the village and Schimel threatened him with dismissal and possible criminal charges if he did not resign from the department after he filed the federal law suit. The amended complaint claims that Schimel wrote a letter to Pergande's attorney in which he acknowledged he had "simply did not have a basis" for the charges against Pergande. Schimel had previously said he would be willing to reduce charges against Pergande if he resigned from the department. Pergande did resign and one of his attorneys and Schimel attempted to reach a plea agreement reducing his criminal charges to disorderly conduct. However, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald J. Hassin rejected the deal. Schimel said he is willing to consider another plea agreement. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275834901.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:34:42 PDT Enjoy a fish fry and sounds of the Hawaiian Islands http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275163401.html What’s better than a church Friday fish fry? A church Friday fish fry with live musical entertainment. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday enjoy the music of Papi Makaena at Peace Lutheran Church & Academy, Maple Ave, Sussex, during the church fish fry. Makaena performs classic rock, easy listening, traditional, and contemporary music as well as songs of the Hawaiian Islands. He has performed on cruise ships and in Japan, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and the Milwaukee area. Fish fry dinners will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more information visit www.peacesussex.org. Sam Llanas, former member of the BoDeans, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at SummerStage at Lapham Peak, W329-N846 County Highway C, Delafield. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students; $5 for youth. For information call (262) 337-1560 or visit www.summer-stage.org. Members of the Pewaukee Area Arts Council will be on hand for an art gallery reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Chiropractic and Wellness Center, 203 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Stroll the gallery, meet the artists, listen to soft music and vote on your favorite. The exhibit runs Sept. 20 to Nov. 20. Performance artist Randy Otto will perform a one-man show “Churchill: Man of the Century” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Tickets are adults $24; seniors and college students $20; high school and younger $16. For tickets call (262) 560-3172. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275163401.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:00:00 PDT Another teenager charged in connection to weapons found at high school http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275805771.html Village of Pewaukee - A second Pewaukee High School student faces jail time for his connection to a stash of weapons police found in the car of another student on school grounds. Wolfgang Wasley, 18, of Pewaukee was charged on Thursday, Sept. 18, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with providing a dangerous weapon to a person under 18. Seventeen-year-old Alexander Chier, of Oconomowoc, who’s open-enrolled at Pewaukee High School, was indicted Tuesday, Sept.16, on felony charges related to the incident. According to the criminal complaint, Chier reportedly admitted, on Friday, Sept. 12, to bringing a bolt-action rifle to school with him but said he was keeping it in his car for “temporary storage.” Police were originally called to the school to issue Chier a smoking citation, according to the complaint. Officers allegedly found five knives and hundreds of rounds of ammunition during a routine search of Chier's car. He’s since been suspended by school administrators and could face expulsion, school administrators said. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275805771.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:08:14 PDT Area schools thrive in recent DPI report card http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275792951.html Several school districts and schools in the Lake Country area significantly exceeded expectations, according to a recent release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The report cards were based on four priority areas: Student achievement Student growth Closing gaps On-track and Postsecondary Readiness You can read about it in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter, or check out the article here. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275792951.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:24:37 PDT Presentation of Salem Witch Trials on Oct. 22 http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275728011.html Jessica Michna returns with her presentation on the Salem Witch Trials Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. First Impressions performer Jessica Michna portrays Goode Rebeka in “Trial by Fire,” a story of the Salem Witch Trials In 1692. Lunch includes: beef stew, a biscuit, tossed salad, a pumpkin dessert and coffee or tea. Cost is $15 or $12 for Life Members. Call (262) 354-1375 to register. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275728011.html Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:11:39 PDT Car thefts spark sheriff's warning to protect property near Norris Adolescent Center http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275688211.html The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is urging town of Vernon residents, specifically residents near the Norris Adolescent Center, to lock vehicles and remove valuables or keep valuables out of sight. Lt. Anthony Kasta told the Vernon Town Board tonight, about two incidents in the last two days, Sept. 16 and 17, where juveniles from the Norris Adolescent Center on Highway L, left the facility and stole vehicles or stole items from vehicles. In both incidents, keys were left in the vehicles, which were unlocked. The juveniles in both incidents have been apprehended, said Kasta. A "sizeable amount" of the juveniles placed at Norris come from other counties, Kasta explained. "When they leave the school, they have a long way to go home," he said. So far the trend has not involved breaking into vehicles, Kasta added. Kasta said the Sheriff's Department has spoken to the director of the treatment facility and they are taking the situation "very seriously" and are on "heightened awareness." The Sherriff's Department has stepped up patrols at Norris, including bringing in a K-9 unit. The director will be meeting with the Sheriff's Department next week to discuss security at the school. "The truth is, the facility is not a secure facility," said Kasta. Kasta encourages residents to serve as extra eyes for the Sherriff's Department by reporting any unknown juveniles seen walking in subdivisions or around homes. "We certainly would come investigate," Kasta added. "It's not a bother." Since there is the potential for a conflict, Kasta recommended not confronting suspects, but protecting property by locking vehicles and removing valuables. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275688211.html Thu, 18 Sep 2014 19:05:50 PDT Hawkfest tomorrow http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275651471.html Arrowhead High School will hold the sixth annual Hawkfest tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the district's North Campus. There will be a host of activities for people to take part in. Check out this preview article on the event. Hawkfest coincides with the varsity football game against Mukwonago, which begins at 7 p.m. Hawkfest concludes at 9 p.m. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275651471.html Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:36:57 PDT Children's book release party at OPL http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275611021.html Meet well-loved kids’ author Stuart Gibbs and National Book Award Winner William Alexander and celebrate the release of their newest books for kids at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 23. This event brought to you by Books & Company and the Oconomowoc Public Library. Books will be available for The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St. in Oconomowoc. For more information, please call (262) 569-2193 or visit the website at oconomowoc.lib.wi.uspurchase and signing. No registration required. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275611021.html Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:10:49 PDT Drug drop off Sept. 27 http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275541271.html The 9th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations throughout the area. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the drop off of medication will be anonymous. Look for an article on it in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter with instructions from sergeant Matthew Carney of the village of Pewaukee police department. Here is a list of collection sites: Village of Pewaukee Police Department, 235 Hickory St, Pewaukee City of Waukesha Police Department, 1901 Delafield St, Waukesha Walgreens, 2901 Golf Rd, Delafield Walgreens, 15350 Bluemound Rd, Elm Grove Walgreens, 212 Rochester St, Mukwonago City of Oconomowoc Police Department with collection point taking place on St. Paul St., Oconomowoc http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275541271.html Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:26:13 PDT Mukwonago students skype with Shark Tank cast http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275477801.html Marketing, business, media and drama students from Mukwonago High School pose for selfies with cast members from the television reality show, Shark Tank. Students skyped with cast members, taking turns directing questions to specific cast members. MHS teacher Mark Lambrecht helped arrange the session with the cast and director on Sept. 17. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275477801.html Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:47:09 PDT Lisbon seeks temporary clerk http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275360921.html Town of Lisbon - The Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association has notified some of its members via email of a job posted by the Town of Lisbon seeking a "temporary, full time individual" who would serve as a clerk/treasure/administrator and "run the Town Hall and delegate responsibilities among staff." Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said the notice was prepared last week after he placed Town Clerk/Administrator Elizabeth Kraus on administrative leave and began an inquiry into allegations that she had created a "hostile environment" at town hall. Gehrke said no decisions have been made regarding Kraus's future with the town but he wanted to begin seeking at least temporary help as soon as possible. Gehrke notified the Town Board of the administrative leave during a closed session Monday night that was also attended by the town's labor lawyer and the director of police services. After the meeting, Gehrke vowed that the matter would be resolved by the end of the week. The notice notes there are two full time employees at town hall who have been employed within the past six months to a. year. It says one of the employees is responsible for working with the plan commission and is also in charge of elections, however, "has extremely limited experience in this area and will need significant help." The second employee, according to the notice, is responsible for some accounting duties at town hall but " will need hep with accounts receivable and payroll." The notice asks municipal clerks to contact Gehrke this week "if you can help out." "If you cannot help but might know of someone that could, please pass this email on to them or let me know," wrote Faith Elford, the executive director of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275360921.html Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:28:25 PDT AHS homecoming parade moved to a Sunday http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275353791.html Arrowhead High School will switch things up this year and have its homecoming parade on Sunday, Sept. 28. The homecoming game against Waukesha North takes place on Friday, Oct. 3. The parade begins at 4:30 p.m. and will take the traditional route it has taken in previous years. Read about the parade and more of the activities going on that Sunday in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275353791.html Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:48:59 PDT Hartland plan commission approves building modifications for new restaurant http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275225601.html Village of Hartland - Hartland residents will soon have the opportunity to enjoy cuisine from all over the globe. The village plan commission approved on Monday, Sept. 15, several modifications to be made to the building at 130 E. Capitol Drive before a newly proposed restaurant, called Zesti, sets up shop in that space. Zesti owner and chef Michael Feker said food at the restaurant will consists of a "global infusion" of flavors inspired by Italian, Mediterranean and some Wisconsin dishes. Feker currently owns and operates the Il Mito restaurant in Wauwatosa, 6913 W. North Ave. Village Engineer Ryan Amtmann said some of the plans Feker submitted for outdoor seating will need to be reviewed by staff from the public works department before it receives final approval, but he and the other commissioners complimented various other design choices. Feker and commission members also entertained some discussion about the placement and shielding of a dumpster behind the property, but bound those conversations over to a later date. Feker said he would work with the landlord to iron out those details and come back to the commission with more concrete suggestions. "But what the villages wants is most important," he said. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275225601.html Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:31:10 PDT Town of Merton considers municipal garbage/recycle contract http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275190371.html The Town of Merton held a public information session before its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 8 about a possible municipal garbage and recycle contract. Over a hundred residents attended the meeting, which was met with mainly a negative reaction, according to two residents at the meeting. In Waukesha County, the Town of Merton is one of three municipalities to not have a contract. Read about the potential contract here or in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275190371.html Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:16:03 PDT One last canoeing trip http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275153481.html Enjoy the shores of Lac La Belle before it's too cold. Ages 9 and older can sign up for this class which teaches the correct way to navigate and paddle a canoe through the City of Oconomowoc Parks and Rec Department. Canoe, paddles and lifejacket are provided. Class is from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21. Cost: $12/resident; $18/nonresident. The City of Oconomowoc Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department is inside the Community Center, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Find more information at www.oconomowoc-wi.gov/parks or call (262) 569-2199. Sign up for recreation programs at apm.activecommunities.com/Oconomowoc/. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275153481.html Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:56:55 PDT Bark for Life comes to Field Park on Sept. 20 http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275125121.html The American Cancer Society Bark For Life, a fundraising event honoring the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers will be held on Saturday, Sept. 20 in Field Park, at the corner of Highway NN and 83 in Mukwonago. Registration of $25 per dog begins at 9 a.m. The one-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. The event includes raffles, games, a dog costume contest, a vendor fair, demonstrations and a rummage sale. The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. For more information, contact Carrie Struss at (920) 979-3415 or carriestruss@gmail.com, or Dawn Sharon at (262) 349-3995 or dawnm.sharon@yahoo.com. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275125121.html Mon, 15 Sep 2014 07:36:54 PDT Pewaukee CC teams win at Mayville http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275046371.html Pewaukee's two cross country teams won championships last Friday at the Mayville Invitational. The girls team won with 31 points, 42 ahead of Berlin. The Pewaukee boys won with 61 points and Kettle Moraine Lutheran was second with 78 tallies. Ashton Keene of PHS won the girls race with a time of 20:00.24. Other top Pewaukee runners were Sophia Desidero in fifth, Jordan Schlender sixth, Zoe Henkes ninth and Emily Hoffins 10th. Robert Wagner of Pewaukee won the boys race at 16:20. Other PHS runners were Nick Roberts in sixth, Kyle Turba seventh, Will Young 13th and Charlie Monday 34th. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275046371.html Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:57:10 PDT Kettle Moraine football team goes on impressive run to defeat Waukesha South http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275015271.html Host Kettle Moraine scored a wild 49-35 Classic 8 Conference victory over Waukesha South Friday night. The Blackshirts led 20-7 midway through the second period before KM went on an impressive 42-7 run to win the game. KM is now 3-1, its best start since 2007. Senior running back Andrew Trafton scored three second half touchdowns and senior quarterback Mitch Pfeifer threw two touchdown passes and ran for one score. Will Duchow, Nate Tyley and Tanner Smith also scored for the Lasers. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275015271.html Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:36:13 PDT AHS football team rallies past CMH http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275015081.html Arrowhead's football team rallied for the game winning touchdown in the final 33.6 seconds Friday night as Cody Sellhausen caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Duranso to score a come-from-behind 24-21 win over host Catholic Memorial at Schneider Stadium at Carroll University Friday night. AHS (3-1, 2-0) led 14-0 at halftime but then watched as the Crusaders (3-1, 1-1) scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to take a 21-17 lead with 1:20 left to play. Duranso then marched the Warhawks 63 yards in 5 plays to win the game. Sellhausen rushed for 128 yards on 22 carries. http://www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/275015081.html Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:31:40 PDT