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A vote for Governor Scott Walker is a vote for sanity.

4:56 p.m. | Following is a letter from the Wisconsin GOP as to why people should cast their vote for Governor Scott Walker vs.  Democratic candidate Mary Burke.  (Please note:  this letter and information was sent to my e-mail address by the Wisconsin GOP (http://www.wisgop.org/).  Unlike Mary Burke, I have not copied this material and claimed it as my own).  The letter below was written by Jesse Dougherty and it encourages Republicans and conservatives such as myself to get the word out.  Given that Governor Walker has done an outstanding job as governor and clearly deserves another four years, I am using my blog site to assist in any way I can. 

As Vicki McKenna pointed out on her radio show (WISN) earlier today, Mary Burke is the Democratic candidate simply because she is rich, a woman, and associated with Trek.  That's it.  Those are her qualifications.  And the anti-Walker crowd is going to vote for her simply because she is not Scott Walker.  Sigh.  And don't forget, lefties, Burke hasn't worked for seven years.  That's quite a gap.  Here we have a woman adverse to lengthy employment somehow thinking she can just come in and lead the state of Wisconsin?    I heard someone once say that Burke is little more than Jim Doyle in a blond wig.  I personally think Jim Doyle was probably waaaaay more qualified than Burke to be a governor.  Heck, even Milwaukee Mayor Tom "do nothing" Barrett was more qualified, and look at what happened to him in the Walker recall election!!!

Anyhow, here is the very informative letter that may help if people are confused as to who to vote for on November 4th.  Per the GOP, feel free to pass this on and share it with those family members, neighbors, acquaintances, and others who are unsure of who to vote for:



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Oconomowoc man allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend while drunk

4:02 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The girlfriend of a 37-year-old Oconomowoc man accused of domestic abuse allegedly consented to have sex with the man in order to deescalate a potentially violent confrontation.

She reportedly told police a week after the incident occurred that she hoped her boyfriend would seek out help for his bipolar disorder — which she believes is responsible for the outburst — but he did not.

Joshua T Wegner, 909 Silver Lake Street, was charged Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct and two counts of criminal damage to property, all felonies and repeat offenses.

He faces up to nearly five years in prison and $21,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the couple argued inside an apartment after a night of heavy drinking on Sept. 21 in Milwaukee when Wenger accused the victim of infidelity.

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Spend a day at the 'Moo'-seum

1:58 p.m. | On Saturday, Oct. 11, the Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson will host Dairy Day at the "Moo"-seum, a family-friendly celebration of the state holiday, Governor Hoard Day. This will be the fifth annual celebration of Governor Hoard Day at the museum. It will run from 1 to 4 p.m., and offers several entertaining family activities. This event is free and open to the public.

At 1 p.m., a dairy-themed coloring contest will begin and run until 3 p.m. Youth in grades 5 and lower may enter the coloring contest. The contest award winner will be announced around 3:30 p.m.

A spelling bee of all words dairy-related will begin at the museum around 2 p.m. This contest is open to youth in grades 6 and up. It may run as long as 3 or 3:30 p.m., depending on how well everyone spells. Other activities include children's games and butter churning demonstrations. Cheese tasting will begin early in the afternoon and last as long as the cheese does.

Because the museum's Governor Hoard Day celebration falls just two days after the 178th anniversary of Governor Hoard's birthday, refreshments will include birthday cake, as well as homemade cookies and bars. Visitors are invited to view the biographical exhibit devoted to W.D. Hoard, located on the second floor of the museum's Frank and Luella Hoard House.

William Dempster Hoard was born in Stockbridge, New York on October 10, 1836. He came to Wisconsin in 1857, and worked on his cousin's farm in Dodge County. After serving in the Civil War, he returned to this area with his wife and young family and began the Jefferson County Union newspaper which is still published today in Fort Atkinson.

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Star War Reads Gathering at library

1:38 p.m. | Star Wars Reads Day is Oct. 11, and we will be hosting the third annual "Gathering" at the library. Activities and events we be held all week, Join us for a Wookiee good time.

Planned events include:

Afternoon Explorers, "The Empire Strikes Back," 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 6. Program designed for grades first to fifth with hands on discovery activities focusing on science and math. including Star Wars Origami, Comic Creations and Walk Like a Robot.

"Murray Talks," 3:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8. Spend the afternoon with Murray and discover some of his favorite Star Wars-themed books and also learn a fun new "library trick". Program designed for grades first through fifth.

Star Wars Reads Day "Gathering", noon to 2 p.m. Saturday Oct. 11. "Dressed in costume, you will come." All Star Wars fans are welcome to come dressed up as their favorite character and attend our third annual Star Wars Reads Day. There will be activities for all to enjoy, prizes and giveaways.

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Your Letters: Oct. 2, 2014

12:27 p.m. | The deadline to submit letters related to the November elections is noon Monday, Oct. 20.

Donors respond to clinic

To the editor,

The Lake Area Free Clinic recently held our annual Gala at Olympia. Through the generosity of our sponsors and attendees, we were able to raise $147,000, which is over 30 percent of our operating budget for 2014. With no government funding, this event is critical. Once again, our community responded with open arms and great support.

Our thanks to our hosts this year, Craig and Mary Schiefelbein, auctioneer Joel Cielak and our chair Chris Both. We had an outstanding Gala committee who worked for months to pull off this fun, casual event — Tailgate.

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Death Notices: Oct. 2, 2014

12:23 p.m. |

William G. 'Bill' Silvis Jr.

William G. Silvis Jr. "Bill", 74 of Oconomowoc, passed away on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Bill is survived by his brother Bob Silvis and good friend Dan Frank along with other close friends. He is preceded in death by his parents W. Glenn (Dorothy) Silvis and brother Richard Allen Silvis.

Bill graduated from Oconomowoc High School and graduated from Milton College with a B.A with double major in Business and Accounting. Bill owned and operated Mr. Slow's Saloon and Poor Bill's. He was a member of the Oconomowoc-Hartland Masonic Lodge #42, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite and the Tripoli Shrine Temple. Bill was an avid boater and member of the Glacier Antique Boat Club.

Private inurnment for Bill will be held at Village of Summit Cemetery.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home

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Police Blotter: Oct. 2, 2014

12:07 p.m. |


Dog bite

·A man reported an incident in which he was bitten by a dog in the 400 block of Lyman Street on Sept. 24.

According to the police report, man was walking his dog on the sidewalk in front of a home when two dogs who were left in the yard approached his dog. The man said one of the dogs from the home, a Labrador retriever, and his dog began to growl and show their teeth. The man said he turned around and the Lab went after his dog. The man grabbed the collar of the Lab to separate the dogs and the Lab bit his hand.

Lisa M. Riesch was cited for dog at large.

Damage to property

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Initial Reaction: With Homestead's loss, who's No. 1 now?

11:55 a.m. | The guys react to Cedarburg's huge win over Homestead, take a look at who the new No. 1 team in the area should be, examine the rest of the prep football landscape, chat with Brookfield Academy quarterback Spencer Francis and coach Tim Kahle, then wonder just how worried the Badgers should be heading into Saturday's meeting with Northwestern.

OHS wins match at West Bend East, 2-0

11:36 a.m. | Oconomowoc's boys soccer team dominated possession and took care of West Bend East in a road test Sept. 30, 2-0.

Charlie Schneider scored in the 11th minute on a pass from Trevor Trepton.

"Trevor slipped the ball through after a few passes to Charlie, who was open in the box and he put one in the far corner," said OHS coach Andrew Biebel. "A great build up goal, as about six guys touched the ball before the goal."

Oconomowoc didn't score again until the 73rd minute. Schneider again was involved, getting taken down in the box after getting behind their defense. Elijah Tesch was successful on the penalty kick.

"We had a bunch of chances to make it 3-0 in the last 15 minutes but couldn't find the net," said Biebel.

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Jefferson County weekend happenings: Oct. 1

11:09 a.m. | Community Calendar submissions may be emailed to happenings@jcpgroup.com or faxed to (262) 367-1136. Include time, date, full address and contact information for the event. Submission deadline is noon Wednesday.


Alzheimer's Support Group: 6:30 p.m. third Monday, Reflections Adult Day Care, 511 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson. (920) 563-3759 or (920) 674-5929

Baby Bounce: 9:15-9:45 a.m., Watertown Public Library. Drop-in class created for infants and their caregivers. Nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays and short picture books to promote language development.

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting: 6:30 to 8 p.m. second Tuesday, Curves, 121 N. Main St., Fort Atkinson. For more information call (920) 563-8848.

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Oconomowoc police blotter: Oct.1, 2014

10:46 a.m. |


Dog bite

·A man reported an incident in which he was bitten by a dog in the 400 block of Lyman Street on Sept. 24.

According to the police report, man was walking his dog on the sidewalk in front of a home when two dogs who were left in the yard approached his dog. The man said one of the dogs from the home, a Labrador retriever, and his dog began to growl and show their teeth. The man said he turned around and the Lab went after his dog. The man grabbed the collar of the Lab to separate the dogs and the Lab bit his hand.

Lisa M. Riesch was cited for dog at large.

Theft from auto

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Library mediation set to begin next week

10:22 a.m. | Village of Sussex — With court-ordered mediation scheduled to begin in a week, there are indications that the long-standing dispute involving the Pauline Haass Library Board, the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Sussex may be winding down.

However, some of the legal skirmishes between attorneys and tensions between Lisbon and Sussex library board members and elected officials may continue.

Members of the library board clashed during a meeting last week before they agreed to dissolve a mediation committee that had been appointed earlier in the year.

Lawyers representing the town and the library board have been exchanging letters in a dispute over the meaning of ruling by Judge James Kieffer and the wording of a court order issued as a result of the Aug. 27 ruling.

During the board meeting, former Library Board President Robert Williams said it was likely a judge, either Kieffer or retired Judge Patrick Snyder, would resolve the dispute by making the final determination regarding how the assets of the library will be divided between the town and village.

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Death Notices: Oct. 2, 2014

9:54 a.m. |

Russell J. Tetzlaff

Russell J. Tetzlaff passed away on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at the age of 68. Beloved husband of the late Beverly Tetzlaff for 32 years. Father of Russ "Rusty" (Shelley) and Brad (Jenny). Grandfather of Brandon (Cara), Tyler, and Jake. Brother of Wally and Kenny. Brother-in-law of Bill Reimenschneider and Allen Borre. Further survived by other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 4 PM until the time of Memorial Service at 8 PM at the Funeral Home. SCHMIDT & BARTELT

Notbohm - Kreutzmann

Funeral and Cremation

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Your Letters: Attorney general race

9:17 a.m. | The deadline to submit letters related to the November elections is noon Monday, Oct. 20.

Experience counts in attorney general race

To the editor,

The race for attorney general will determine if our state continues to move forward or a change is made and we go backward. Because Wisconsin is so polarized, let us forget about political party labels and concentrate on facts.

The candidate from Waukesha County is District Attorney Brad Schimel. He has received the endorsement of 89 Democrat and Republican elected district attorneys and sheriffs. Schimel has 25 years of experience as a prosecutor, with 150 jury trials. It is no wonder the Wisconsin Troopers Association and the Milwaukee Police Association back Schimel.

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Smell of smoke empties Wales Elementary

8:48 a.m. | The smell of smoke from an electrical malfunction resulted in the evacuation of Wales Elementary on Sept. 25.

Students were evacuated from the building at about 1:15 p.m. after building administration contacted 911 with reports that the school smelled of smoke.

Students and staff followed all proper safety protocol and procedure and effectively evacuated the school building. At no time were any students or staff members in immediate danger, according to information from Chris Flood, director of public information for the Kettle Moraine School District.

Parents of KM Explore, which is housed in same building, and Wales Elementary were contacted when students were evacuated.

The Wales Fire Department arrived on the scene and underwent a full evaluation of the situation. Student remained outside until release time at 3:05 p.m.

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Community Watch

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Lake Country Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $13 - $18 (262) 367-4697, www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center Grand Opening: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center, 901 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. Features the new chimney which will be home to more than 1,000 displaced chimney swift birds. Event also includes face painting, nature scavenger hunt, games and more. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

Indian Summer: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Ashippun Town Hall, Highway P and Highway O, Ashippun. Buckskinner encampment, tepee tours,wigwams, Native American drummers and dancers, Highlanders Voyageur Camp plus Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American War camps. Free admission. (920) 474-4619 http://www.ashipppun.com.

Dark Carnival: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Enterprise Building, 212 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Formerly Haunted High, exhibit features more than 70 volunteers creating 50 specters and zombies plus special effects, lighting and sounds. $15, $23 fast pass. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 for kids 5-12 ($5) with lighted displays and treats along the way.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

All weekend happenings.