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Extreme Makeover: Lake Country Edition

Feb. 23, 2012 11:44 a.m. | The Lake Country Christian Academy community came together in a big way this morning.

Families at the Nashotah school pooled their resources to give two area families a fresh start - donating furniture, baby supplies, clothing, food, carseats, gift cards, a TV, a laptop, and even a freshly made loaf of homemade bread. 

They surprised a Milwaukee family last night at their home. At a Thursday morning chapel service at the school, they surprised another woman - a single mother trying to attend school and secure employment to support her young son.

After surprising the woman with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, school officials walked her out to the parking lot where a brand new car donated by Ewald Automotive Group in Oconomowoc was waiting for her.

Be sure to check out Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter for the touching story.

Gehrke will not seek reelection

5:25 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town Chairman Matt Gehrke says he will not seek a fourth term as town board chairman.

Supervisor Joe Osterman is circulating candidacy petitions to replace Gehrke as town chairman.

Interim Town Treasurer Rebecca "Becky" Plotecher has filed petitions seeking Osterman's seat on the Town Board.

Incumbent Hannah Heinritz has filed her candidacy petitions and is seeking reelection.

Gehrke, who was elected to the board in 2007 and two years later upset incumbent board chairman Mike Reid, said he wants to spend more time with his family and he is confident that Osterman can do a good job replacing him.

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Mukwonago band alumni invited to alumni pep band event

4:04 p.m. | Mukwonago High School invites band alumni to an alumni pep band at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. Any MHS band alumni are invited, regardless of year of graduation. 

Interested band alumni can meet in the MHS band room at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9 for the pre-pep band party, followed by a 7 p.m. pre-game performance, and performance at the 7:30 p.m. basketball game in the north gym. 

Contact band director Emma Angoli at angolem@masd.k12.wi.us or (262) 363-6200, ext. 25802, with any instrument needs or questions. Music will be provided for all participants. 

AHS' One Night Only tickets now on sale

2:50 p.m. |  Arrowhead High School's One Night Only concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9 at the North Campus theater.

The concert features AHS alumni and students pursuing a performance career. The Broadway Company will open and close the event.

You can purchase tickets here.

OASD gets increased grant

1:23 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Area School District was awarded an additional $25,000 grant funding from the Asia Society to expand and enrich its Mandarin language program.

The grant, which is usually for $10,000, was announced at an award ceremony that Director of Student Services Lisa Dawes and Guidance Counselor Peihua Reinke traveled to attend in China.

OASD was nominated for,  but did not win,  the Confucius Classroom award, a prestigious honor bestowed on only three of the 800 Confucius Classrooms worldwide. Oconomowoc, however,   was the only one to receive the increased grant.

Spread Your Wings: Dec. 25

9:26 a.m. | WCTC's Small Business Center offers many resources to help entrepreneurs and small business owners flourish, including a wide variety of classes, special events, services and networking opportunities. To register for a class or learn more, please visit www.wctc.edu/smallbusiness. Contact Russ Roberts at (262) 695-3468 with any questions.

FaSTart Workshop

If you're ready for a fast start, this informal four-hour workshop is for you. You'll get step-by-step guidance on how to launch your new venture and learn from other entrepreneurs and real-world experts on what it takes to get your business started. We'll cover all the basics, including the difference between LLCs and corporations, necessary licenses and permits, how to write a business plan, how to finance your business, additional resources for success and more. The workshop meets from 5:30 to 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, or 1:30 to 5:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. Cost: $17.09

Simple Startup

When it comes to turning your passion into profit, simple is always better. Designed for the microbusiness owner who craves simplicity, this interactive four-week class will help you create your MAP (microaction plan) and master seven simple principles, including how to focus on a deep and narrow niche, articulate your unique value proposition, fend off mission creep, develop a business mindset, avoid the time-money squeeze, understand target audiences and market every day. Class meets from 6:30 to 9:25 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9. Cost: $48.55

Kwik Trip gets nod of approval in Mukwonago

Dec. 19, 2014 4:08 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — The citizens were essentially split on the proposed Kwik Trip in the village of Mukwonago.

Nine favored the plan at the Dec. 16 board meeting, while eight spoke against Kwik Trip coming into the village.

However, in the end, the board approved the conditional use permit for Kwik Trip, allowing the project to move forward.

The site proposed is on the north end of the village on the east side of South Highway 83, in front of The Glen of Mukwonago development along Black Bear Drive and just beyond the Shell station.

Project draws complaints

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Still time for a festive holiday offering

Dec. 19, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Christmas countdown has begun but you still have time to enjoy a fun holiday event in Lake Country.

An annual holiday tradition is the colorful, festive Nutcracker Ballet. Mainstage Academy of Dance will perform this beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Tickets are $14-$16. Visit www.wedancemainstage.com for more information.

The Country Christmas Drive-through Lights Display at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, features more than a million twinkling lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods. Includes animated figures, holiday scenes and indoor displays. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Dec. 31. Call (262) 970-5398 or visit www.thecountrychristmas.com for details. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van.

Have wheel good time at the Art of the Bicycle display featuring Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket at the Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month and by appointment. Visit www.delafieldartscenter.org for more information.

Plan commission green lights go-kart facility

Dec. 18, 2014 10:01 p.m. |  City of Pewaukee- A plan to have a go-kart facility at the old American TV building was approved by the plan commission on Thursday, Dec. 18. 

The facility will be located in the northern two-thirds of the building at W229 N1400 Westwood Drive and CTH F and I-94.

Plans call for two tracks; one meant for adults and a smaller, slower track made for children.

Read more about the go-kart facility in Tuesday's Reporter.

Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

Dec. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Carran rejects Lisbon job offer; Brown Deer's Janecke accepts

Dec. 18, 2014 11:35 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon- Matt Carran, community development director for the Village of Menomonee Falls, has rejected the Town of Lisbon's offer to become town clerk/administrator.

The Town Board moved quickly Wednesday night to hire Matt Janecke, assistant village manager for Brown Deer, who described his new position as town administrator as "a great opportunity to move my career forward and make a mark on the Town of Lisbon."

"I think we are in good hands," said Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke after the board voted unanimously to hire Janecke after an approximately 25 minute interview.

Supervisor Hannah Heinritz praised Janecke for the amount of research he did about the community and the town government before being interviewed on two different occassions by the town board.

Supervisor Joe Osterman praised Janecke for "short and to the point the answers" and displaying "a lot of energy and a willingness to work hard."

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Craft beers and stuffed burgers at the new Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc

Dec. 18, 2014 8:29 a.m. | Devin Eichler learned some important things when he went away to school in Minneapolis: that magazine editing wasn’t the career for him after all, the native cheese-stuffed hamburger patty called the Jucy Lucy was a darned good burger and, after working at a bar with 30 taps and 90 bottles, he was in love with craft beer.

And that’s how he ultimately came to open his craft-beer-and-burger bar, the Crafty Cow, last week at 153 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Oconomowoc.

The Mukwonago native stayed in Minneapolis a couple of years after school but decided to move back to the area about 1 1/2 years ago. A home brewer who had worked in restaurants since he was 14, Eichler worked at Water Street Brewery for a year and dreamed about opening his own place.

The dream became a business plan, and he scouted locations including Wauwatosa before deciding on the long-vacant former real estate office on E. Wisconsin Ave., enchanted by downtown Oconomowoc’s proximity to lakes and noting craft beer’s potential for growth there.

Remodeling began in August, and the Crafty Cow opened Dec. 12 with 91 seats and 16 taps that Eichler wants to rotate frequently. On opening weekend, the swamped bar went through nine barrels, each one noted with a hash mark on a blackboard and the ringing of a cowbell.

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Pewaukee man accused of physically abusing his teenage son for months

Dec. 17, 2014 4:54 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 15-year-old boy told police on Monday, Dec. 15, that his father beats him so much he's gown accustomed to it.

The boy's father, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, was charged Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm.

The man faces up to six years behind bars and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy on Dec. 16 reported the abuse to his Pewaukee High School counselor who referred the case to police.

The victim said in the complaint that his father punched him in the face on Dec. 15 after the man returned home from work. He was upset because he thought his son, who had walked home after an after-school activity, had arrived much later than he anticipated.

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Rep. Craig blasts CESA waste

Dec. 17, 2014 4:40 p.m. | In a letter emailed to Dr. Tony Evers on Dec. 17, Rep. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released findings from a recent open records request, revealing a culture of waste perpetuating Wisconsin’s 12 Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, according to news release from Craig.

"As a taxpayer, I find the results of this records request deeply concerning. The blatant disregard for taxpayer dollars and overall lack of transparency exhibited by the state’s 12 CESAs is troubling, particularly in light of ever increasing state budgets," said Craig. 

"The reality that in 2013 alone, eight CESAs spent nearly half of a million dollars on five-star dining, luxury travel accommodations and employee lunches (among other expenditures) is beyond unacceptable," Craid continued. "As stewards of taxpayer dollars, DPI and Wisconsin’s CESAs should be held accountable for these choices. As such, I call on our state superintendent to closely examine and give account of this fiscal mismanagement to the source of these funds, Wisconsin’s taxpayers.”

Wisconsin’s state superintendent is required to both supervise and audit the receipts and expenditures of all CESAs, according the news release.

Rep. Craig represents the 83rd Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.  Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.

Former town/city of Pewaukee clerk dead at age 73

Dec. 17, 2014 1:10 p.m. |  Sandra Salbashian was revered by her friends and former co-workers at the city of Pewaukee.

The former clerk and treasurer of the town — later the city — died Saturday, Dec. 13, at age 73 from uterine cancer.

"She was like a mother hen," recalled City Attorney Stan Riffle. "She was so passionate about everything that was here in the city."

Mayor Scott Klein said Salbashian essentially "ran the city." "She was the staff," Klein said.

Salbashian served Pewaukee for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2002. According to City Clerk and Treasurer Kelly Tarczewski, Salbashian's position was elected but eventually the common council opted to change it to an appointed position. Salbashian was first elected clerk in 1981.

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Gas prices keep tumbling

Dec. 17, 2014 9:26 a.m. | Gas prices in the Lake Country area continue to spiral downwards as Mike Badani's Hartland Citgo dropped its price to $2.35 per gallon Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. That's the lowest price in the Lake Country area. Last year at this same time gas prices were $3.89 per gallon. Two states, Oklahoma and Louisiana, have prices below $2.00 per gallon. In Louisiana prices were as low as $1.86 per gallon and in Oklahoma prices were as low as 1.88 per gallon.

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