Staff Blogs Lake Country Watch Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:34:00 GMT en-us Big Bend Easter Egg Hunt Saturday The Lion’s Club will hold their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Big Bend on Saturday April 19 at 1 p.m. in the Village Park (at Highway L and Fox River). Toddlers through eight years old are invited to attend. Admission is free and cameras are welcomed for pictures with the Easter bunny The hunt will be divided into four age group and first, second, third awards will be given out along with consolation prizes. The age groups are 0-2, 3, 4-5, and 6-8 years old. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:00 PDT Friends of Vernon Marsh hold educational small prairie burn today The Friends of the Vernon Marsh will hold a Department of Natural Resources educational small prairie burn on held Friday, April 18 at 9:30 a.m. at the Mukwonago River fish and wildlife habitat area. Directions: head south on HIghway 83 to Mukwonago, at Highway NN turn right heading west. Next turn left on Highway I heading south, and finally turn right on Highway LO heading west. Meet at parking lot on the southside of LO and west of I This event is open to the public and there is no charge. Arrive a little before 9:30 a.m and bring a lawn chair. Dress according to the weather. Kelly VanBeek, wildlife biologist and Vernon Marsh manager will brief attendees on prairie burn tactics and equipment. Ignition will occur at about 9:30 a.m. Attendees will be able to stay and observe for as long as desired. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:20:28 PDT Easter activities for the whole family The Easter holiday brings a week of religious observances as well as fun events for kids and families. On Good Friday Christ the King Lutheran Church in Delafield will present a musical cantata at 7 p.m. Composer Pepper Choplin’s "Once upon a Tree" sees Holy Week through the eyes of the Apostle Luke. The presentation is free and open to all. Christ the King Lutheran Church is located at 1600 Genesee St., Delafield. An Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Drop will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. The family event is free. Visit for more information. Dousman-Ottawa Lions Club is having its annual Easter Egg Hunt with activities starting at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Cory Municipal Park, 140 S. Main St., Dousman. Toddlers through fifth graders are welcome to participate in the hunt which starts at noon. Take pictures with the Easter Bunny before the hunt. Weissgerber’s Seven Seas, 1807 Nagawicka Road, Hartland, is serving Easter Brunch and Dinner starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. Visit for more information. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:00 PDT Feds indict Pewaukee "kingpin" for drug trafficking, homicide Federal officials announced Thursday, April 16, that 27 people have been indicted for operating a drug conspiracy, including the alleged kingpin of the operation, Pewaukee resident Kevin R. Arms. The 27 defendants face charges that include homicide, money laundering and firearms offenses, as well as conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana. The U.S. Attorney James L. Santelle said in a news release that law enforcement officials executed eight search warrants on Thursday and recovered 31 firearms and approximately $143,000. Arms, 40, and two other men could face the death penalty for allegedly causing the death of a person identified in the recently unsealed indictment as “P.J.” in November 2008. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that only one person - Paula Jackson - was slain in Milwaukee on the date in question. The 43-year-old woman was shot to death in the 4200 block of W. Burleigh Street on Nov. 16, 2008. According to the news release, 21 defendants, including Arms, are in custody while six people remain at large. Village of Pewaukee Police Captain Jay Iding said his department was not involved in the investigation and, as far as he was aware, his officers have not had any contact with Arms. According to court records, Arms has never been charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with any criminal offenses. The indictment states that the government seized a 21-foot fishing boat, two Harley Davidson motorcycles, nine vehicles, various men’s jewelry, 11 real estate properties in Milwaukee, and bank accounts belonging to True Boss Entertainment Inc. and Arms Investments LLC. According to state records, Kevin R. Arms is the registered agent for Arms Investments LLC. Federal officials also seized a $3 million money judgment. The charges were brought against the defendants after a multi-year investigation by officers from the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Milwaukee Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. The departments were assisted in the investigation by the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Heroin Task Force. Agencies that assisted in the arrests include the U.S. Marshals Service, Waukesha Metro Drug Unit, and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department. The drug conspiracy and firearms offenses are all punishable by up to life in prison. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:57:43 PDT Big Bend/Vernon Lions host egg hunt The Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club will hold an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Floyd Swayze Park in Big Bend (at Highway L and the Fox River). Toddlers through eight years old are invited to attend. The hunt will be divided into four age groups: newborn to 2-year-old, 3-year-old, 4 to 5-year-old, and 6 to 8 year-old. First, second, third and consolations prizes will be awarded in each age group. All children leave with a prize. Admission is free. The Easter bunny will be available for photos - bring your camera. This is one of the projects that the Big Bend/Vernon Lions sponsor through their community service fund. Used eye glasses and hearing aids will be collected at this event also and sent to the eye glass recycling center at the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:18:29 PDT Summit School principal resigns The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education accepted the resignation of Summit Elementary School Principal Robin Wilson, effective June 30. Wilson has served as principal of the school for the last nine years and leaves to take a position with the Pewaukee School District. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:40:51 PDT Coffee with a Cop in Mukwonago Thursday The Town of Mukwonago and Village of Mukwonago Police Departments will host their second Coffee with a Cop event on Thursday April 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Culver's, 1090 N. Rochester Street in Mukwonago. There are no agendas or speeches, just an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:00:00 PDT Rock Freeway work will last through fall The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is beginning work on I-43 Southbound/Rock Freeway from US 12 to WIS 83 in Walworth and Waukesha Counties. Construction began April 14th and is expected to be complete in Fall 2014. The project includes resurfacing of the 14 mile stretch, repairs to several bridges on the corridor and reconstruction of the bridge over the Canadian National Railroad just south of WIS 83. The current condition of the roadway and bridge is highly deteriorated. The rehabilitation of the roadway will create an improved, long lasting driving surface. The project will include lane closures including I-43 Southbound being reduced to a single travel lane along the entire length of the project. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:43:49 PDT Cold front freezes interstate traffic A cold front sweeping through the area with blowing snow, on April 14 around 9:30 p.m., caused roads to ice over, impacting Interstate-43 and 94. I-43 had to be shut down with the assistance of New Berlin and Big Bend police departments, according to Lte. Brian Larson with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. Both agencies also assisted in responding to accidents on I-43. I-43 was shut down from approximately 10:45 p.m. until midnight. I-94 had to be shut down with the assistance of City of Brookfield Police Department, Town of Brookfield Police Department, and the State Patrol, according to Larson. I-94 was shut down from approximately 11:30 pm until 1 a.m. All three agencies assisted in responding to accidents. The Interstates became solid ice and multiple accidents caused complete lane blockage through various sections of I-43 and I-94. Both Interstates were reopened when the damaged vehicles could be removed and the roads salted. No serious injuries were reported. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:58:35 PDT Jazz night coming to Mukwonago High School Mukwonago High School (MHS) is hosting a Jazz Night on Tuesday, April 15, at 7 p.m. Vocal and musical performances from high school and Park View Middle School students will be provided for the event. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:19:58 PDT Good Friday hike planned A Good Friday hike is being organized by Oconomowoc's Rev. Lisa Schmatzhagen on part of the Hartland segment of the Ice Age Trail. The theme chosen for the hike will offer reflections on the "Tree of Life," and all are wlecome to join. Explore nature, walk and talk or simply have quiet contemplative time to walk in silence while meditating on scripture and prayer. Plan for up to three miles of light hiking. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. at the Park 'n Ride at Hwy P (Brown Street) & Hwy 16 or at 9:30 at the parking lot for the Hartland Marsh loop near Cottonwood Ave. and Lindenwood Dr. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:23:25 PDT Lots of rain, snow in Lake Country There has been a lot of precipitation in the Lake Country area since last Saturday afternoon. The maintenance department at Chenequa Country Club reported 2.25 inches of rain since Saturday afternoon through Monday at noon. Snow fell in the area on Monday morning even though none stuck to the ground. It started snowing again at 1:45 p.m. on Monday. Hail fell in the Hartland area at 2:45 a.m. on Sunday morning. Some of the hail that fell was as big as a quarter. The hail fell for 15 minutes and ended at 3 a.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:19:26 PDT AHS softball teams whips KM Arrowhead's girls softball team whipped visiting Kettle Moraine Wednesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 7-0.The Warhawks had 21 hits in the game. AHS pitcher Monica Fischer tossed a 1-hitter and struck out 7. At the plate, Noelle Weiss led the winners with 4 hits and MacKenzie Paszek added three hits and three RBIs. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:41:06 PDT Tee time A true harbinger of spring has arrived! Waukesha County Board Chairman, Paul Decker, will kick off the official opening of the Waukesha County Park System’s 2014 golf season, tomorrow, April 11, at 10 a.m. at Moor Downs Golf Course in Waukesha. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:28:48 PDT Big Bend FD to hold pancake breakfast Sunday The Big Bend Fire Department is putting on its annual Pancake Breakfast and Open House from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday April 13, at the Big Bend Village Hall, W230 S9285 Nevins St. The cost is $6 for all-you-can-eat pancakes; children 2 and younger eat free. The event will include fire and emergency medical service displays and exhibits from the Burn Center, Women’s Center, Operation Little Lifesaver train, the Big Bend Police Department. There will also be door prizes and free blood pressure checks. Flight for Life is scheduled to arrive at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call Lt. Sherry Jacobi at Village Hall, (262) 662-2747. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:00:00 PDT Social planned for young adults with disabilities Books and Looks LLC, 104 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, will host an evening for high school and young adults on the autistic spectrum or other disabilities, who want to meet friends. This social evening will include a greet, and meet with some light refreshments at 6:30p.m. tonight, April 10. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 06:46:37 PDT Create a native woodland garden Use nature’s example to create beautiful, diverse gardens in shade, drawing upon species adapted to our area, with Creating a Native Woodland Garden by Molly Fifield Murray, on Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m., presented by the Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes. The program will cover plant choices, planting methods, soil characteristics and design. Murray has been the Outreach and Education Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum for 21 years. Trained in landscape restoration and native garden design by Darrel Morrison and Evelyn Howell, she has taught about and designed native wildflower gardens as both an educator and design consultant. The free program will be held at South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91W39091 Highway 59, Eagle. It is open to the public. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:00:00 PDT No district name change for Palmyra-Eagle Palmyra-Eagle Area School District will keep its name after public opinion indicated residents liked the district name and didn't see the need for a change. District Administrator Glenn Schlender admitted the name change was more a symbolic gesture of a broader problem with division among the communities, marketing the district and improving the quality of education in the district to attract students. While talk of a name change for the district had drawn attention, residents flooded into the Palmyra-Eagle High School on April 8 to learn more about budget reductions, which could include staff reductions, being proposed for consideration for the 2014-15 school year. The district is facing a $300,000 budget deficit next year, due in part to paying out a total of $1.8 million to other districts for students leaving P-EASD, along with a failed referendum last year. The School Board will hold a special meeting on April 21 at 6 p.m. before action is expected on the budget reductions by April 22. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:00:59 PDT DISH, Channel 12 part ways Channel 12 went off the air on DISH Network late Tuesday night due to contract problems. No other information was available at the time of posting. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:47:04 PDT Mukwonago edges AHS girls in 8 innings Visiting Mukwonago scored once in the top of the 8th inning to rally past Arrowhead in a Classic 8 girls softball game Tuesday night, 4-3. An 8th inning erfror allowed by the Warhawks allowed the winning run to score. AHS led 3-1 after 3 innings but couldn't hold on. Kali Kaestner was the winning pitcher, retiring 10 of the last 11 batters she faced. Noelle Weiss took the loss. Arrowhead got two hits from Weiss and Mackenzie Paszek. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:36:26 PDT