Staff Blogs Lake Country Watch Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:19:00 GMT en-us Closures expected on Highway 83 this weekend As Highway 83 construction continues in the village of Wales, the municipality has announced that on Friday, Aug. 22 the contractor is scheduled to install curb and gutter along the east side of South 83 from Brandybrook Road north to Wales Lawn and Garden. The work will be performed to maintain access as much as possible but will entail closing some driveways for the weekend. Residents are encouraged to continue to watch for signs and express caution in work zones. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:07:41 PDT Dock diving competition for dogs on Sunday, Aug. 24 Dogs will fly this Sunday. The Petlicious Dog Bakery and Pet Spa hosts the Pier Pups Canine Dock Diving competition at Petlicious Dog Bakery, 2217 Silvernail Road in Pewaukee, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost to register your dog is $15 at Petlicious or at There will be also be dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and other activities. For more information about Sunday's event call 262-548-0923. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:45:43 PDT Storytime returns to OPL next month The fall session of Storytime at the Oconomowoc Public Library begins on Sept. 9. No registration is required. Baby Storytime (18 months and under) will be held on Tuesday at 9:15 a.m. Lapsit Storytime (19-35 months) is planned for Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. Preschool Storytime (36 months and up) will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:45 a.m. Families with babies and young children are encouraged to take “The Reading Pledge” to make reading a priority in your home, and get a free book and reading journal. Sign up anytime, either with the children’s librarian or at the checkout desk. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:31:36 PDT FOMA Fest in Mukwonago this weekend Friends of Mukwonago Athletics will once again host FOMA FEST on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Kettle Moraine Ranch in Eagle. The event is $25 and features live music, food and beverages, and both a live and silent auction. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mukwonago High School boys and girls locker room renovation and the construction of the high school’s first ever Girls Fast Pitch Softball Field. Those attending must be 21 or older. For more information or to donate visit Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:00:00 PDT Highway 16 interchange plans revised Village of Hartland - About two dozen Lake Country residents showed up at a public information meeting to review revised plans for a proposed expansion of the Highways 83 and 16 interchange. The new plans eliminate the use of roundabouts and reduce from six to four the number of through lanes that will extend about a quarter mile from the interchange south to near Cardinal Lane. However, the proposal ran into opposition from some citizens and elected officials who questioned the need for the project pointing out that the existing interchange is less than 10 years old and traffic usually flows smoothly through the interchange. Other elected officials and residents defended the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans. Proponents noted that the Highway 16 is old and in need of repair and there are traffic ties up during rush hour on some of the ramps of the interchange. The plans include converting a quarter mile of the existing two lane Highway 83 into a four lane divided highway. There will be new bridges over Highway 16 and Vettelson Road. Interchange ramps will be reconstructed, New traffic signal lights will be installed and side walks or multi purpose paths will be added along the road. The project is estimated to cost between $9 and $10 million dollars nearly all of which will be paid for with state and federal funds. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:53:55 PDT American Legion Auxiliary Unit #375 to hold social, informational workshop Sunday Ther American Legion Auxiliary Unit #375 are gathering for an informational workshop and social hour on Sunday, Aug, 24 at 10 a.m. and ending with lunch at noon. The event will take place at the Mukwonago Legion Hall, 627 County Highway NN, and all are welcome to participate. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:00:00 PDT Arrowhead annual meeting on Wednesday Arrowhead Union High School District's annual meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20 in the North Campus theater. New business on the agenda consists of school board members' salaries. Currently, a single board member receives an annual salary of $3,050. The budget hearing will preceded the annual meeting at 7 p.m. in the same location. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:07:17 PDT Tree falls on power lines in Mukwonago A tree knocked down in today's late morning storm that pushed through Mukwonago, pulled down electric lines, cutting power to two houses and blocking the intersection at Shore Drive and Atkinson Street. Police are on scene waiting for Wisconsin Electric to arrive. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:03:49 PDT Bluegrass festival volunteers needed in East Troy Volunteers are needed for the 21st annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival coming to the East Troy Village Square on Sept. 13 and 14. The East Troy Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to work three-hour shifts to sell food and beverage tickets, admission wristbands, and to man the Chamber's beverage stand and office, during the run of the festival from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m on Sept. 13, and from 9:30 am to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 14. Help is also needed with set up from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and clean up from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., each day. Interested parties can check out the volunteer schedule online or contact Vanessa Lenz at for more information. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:00:00 PDT Phones and internet down at Lake Country/MyCommunityNow Having trouble getting a hold of the news offices today? Phones and internet are down at the Waukesha-based Living Lake Country and My Community Now offices. The newsroom is working to get back online as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:41:12 PDT Oconomowoc woman accused of selling, using heroin A 27-year-old Oconomowoc woman stands accused of selling heroin to a police informant, and possibly others, on three separate occasions. Stacey Hutterer, 304 S. Silver Lake Street, was charged on Friday, Aug. 15, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with three felony counts of delivering heroin, maintaining a drug trafficking place and possession of both narcotic drugs and drug paraphernalia. According to the criminal complaint, a Waukesha County detective observed Hutterer sell heroin three times, once in late May and twice in early June, from her car to a confidential informant. Court records indicate that police then executed a search warrant on July 11 on Hutterer’s apartment and reportedly found more of the drug. Officers also recovered numerous items of drug paraphernalia, including 11 used and unused needles, a cooker and a tourniquet, from Hutterer‘s purse when they brought her in for questioning, the complaint says. Hutterer told police in the complaint that she has been using and selling heroin for about a year. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:02:51 PDT Six ribbon cuttings in Mukwonago Thursday The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce is going to be busy Thursday. Six chamber members have either recently opened or recently relocated leading to one exhausting day for those big scissors. On Thursday, Aug. 21 the public is welcomed to an all day open house in which, by visiting all six businesses, there is an opportunity to win a basket full of goodies. The ribbon-cuttings will start at Rural Mutual Insurance Company, 718 Main Street at 4 p.m. By 4:20 p.m. Little Lambs Child Care will cut their ribbon at 315 Main Street. At 4:40 Inspire Hair Design, 105 B N. Rochester Street, will have their turn. Crazy Bears Pizza and The Muffin Tin, located at 111 Atkinson Street will host their ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and Half-Time’s Downtown Grille, 200 S. Rochester Street will be up at 5:20 p.m. The day will conclude with a 6 p.m. ribbon cutting at the recently relocated Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center at 100 Atkinson Street. Afterward, live music along with food and drink specials will take place at Crazy Bears and Hal-Time with part of the proceeds being donated to local food pantries. Everyone is invited to attend. Call the Chamber with questions at (262) 363-7758. Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:00:00 PDT Pewaukee School District approves tax levy At Monday's annual meeting held in the Pewaukee High School auditorium, the Pewaukee School Board approved a motion to levy a proposed property tax of $25,959,140 for the 2014-15 school year. It is a projected 4.91% decrease from the 13-14 levy. Last year's total levy was $27,300,729. Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer John Gahan explained the Department of Public Instruction announced PSD would receieve a projected increase of 125% or a total of $1,667,677. The increase in aid is driven by the fact that the district experienced a growth of over 6% in resident student population while the property values in the community experienced a slight decrease overall in the school district. A more detailed version of the meeting will be in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter with quotes from Gahan. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:18:03 PDT Chenequa approves November levy referendum Village of Chenequa - The Chenequa Village Board has unanimously called for November 4 referendum seeking voter approval of a municipal tax levy that is about $85,000 higher than the levy limited imposed on the village by state law. If the referendum is approved, the village's tax levy for 2015 would be about $1,808,197 an increase of nearly 7 percent above the 2014 levy of about $1,696,615. The village annually spendts about $1.9 million in opereations not including debt service and major capital expenditors for which it borrows money. If the referendum failed, the village would have to operate on a levy $1,722, 912, which is increase of 1.5 percent, about $26,000 above the 2014 levy. Village President Robert Foote Jr. said the 2015 village budget could not afford to provide the level of services "that village residents have become accustomed to" with such a small tax levy increases. State law restricts annual municipal rate levy increases to percentage that is comparable to the economic growth in the community as measured by new construction. That rate of growth in the village was 1.55 percent, according to Village Administrator Robert Douglas. Ironically, Chenequa is one of the state's weathiest communitiesin the state, Its median family income is $166,914, three times the state wide median income of about $51,000. However, the village's real tax base is almost exclusively residential properties - many of them mansions- that suffered sharp decline in values as a result of the 2008 Great Recession. The village, with a population of 600, maintains a nine member full time police force and it provides "up the drive" snow removal service for about 400 residents who pay a $100 fee to have their lengthy driveways- in some cases private roads- plowed by the village. Douglas said that a home with a million dollar assessed valuation would pay an additional $187.21 in real estate taxes if the referendum were approved. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:32:30 PDT Mukwonago Chief hosts 125th Birthday Party tomorrow The Mukwonago Chief is celebrating 125 years proudly serving the community and you are invited. The Chief office, 111 N. Rochester Street in Mukwonago, will host an open house with cake, coffee from Espresso Love, and historical displays courtesy of the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. Everyone is welcome to attend. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:00:00 PDT Design materials free for reuse at Green Design A free reuse event will be held at the Green Design Center, 2201 Badger Court, Waukesha, on Friday, Aug. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Waukesha County recycling office will be in attendance on Friday, Aug. 22, hosting an outreach booth to answer recycling questions and provide informational brochures. This reuse event was put together by American Society of Interior Design in partnership with The Green Design Center and Non-Toxic Environments. Excess design materials, such as extra fabric, floor tiles and carpet remnant, were collected from the design community to keep them from being landfilled. During this event, the public is invited to come take any of these materials for free to be reused. This is a great opportunity for residents to give new life to some of these materials as well as ask questions about recycling and get information on how to properly dispose of other items. For more information, visit the Waukesha County website or call (262) 896-8300. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:11:31 PDT Pewaukee native part of winning World Cup team Emily Gutenkunst, a Catholic Memorial High School graduate, won a gold medal in the 2014 Saddle Seat World Cup in late July. The event is a three day competition split up into three- and five-gaited sections. The U.S. swept the gold medals, winning each section. Gutenkunst was part of the five-gaited squad. Look for the article in Tuesday's Reporter, or read it online here. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:40:13 PDT Ribbon cutting at OHS Rux Stadium on Friday The ribbon cutting for the new Rux Stadium at Oconomowoc High School will be held this Friday. Join the festivities at the first home football game of the 2014-2015 season against Kettle Moraine. Just before kick-off, the district will have a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the new athletic fields. The ribbon cutting will take place at 6:40 p.m. on the Football Field Track, followed by 7 p.m. kick off Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:08:05 PDT Pewaukee School District annual meeting Monday On Monday, August 18, Pewaukee School District's budget will be presented in the high school auditorium. Four different meetings will take place with the budget affairs meeting at 6 p.m. A brief look at the budget will occur. The regular board meeting begins at 6:30, followed by the budget hearing at 7. A full overview of the budget will be presented during this time. The district's annual meeting takes place at 7:30. Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:43:16 PDT OHS grad gets feet wet in first race Oconomowoc High School graduate and Nashotah native, Paul Swan, had his first race as part of a pit crew in Georgia this past weekend. Swan, a former linebacker and captain of the Bowling Green State University football team, has trained the past few months as a rear tire changer. In Georgia, Swan worked a race in the Super Late Model division. Swan has spent the summer training for a pit crew position at Richard Childress Racing and hopes to soon be pitting in the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) series soon. Here is an article on Swan's journey from football player to the world of racing. Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:58:34 PDT