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Call 511 for highway conditions

March 02, 2012 3:31 p.m. |

The DOT is encouraging motorists to try to avoid travel during periods of the heaviest snowfall, and to wait until the snowfall has subsided.

The DOT's State Traffic Operations Center and Wisconsin State Patrol will monitor conditions on the state’s highways and will update the state’s 511 Traveler Information System as often as necessary. Dial 511 or go to www.511wi.gov to get the latest information on road conditions on main routes across Wisconsin.

If you are involved in a crash, run off the road, or become stranded, call 911.

Take a handmade canoe ride

7:00 a.m. |  Step back in time to the days of fur traders and Native Americans with a special evening adventure with Historian Dirty Kettle (Herb Heck). The Center for Life Enrichment in Oconomowoc is providing a Native American Teepee and Handmade Canoe Ride on Lac LaBelle from 4:30 - 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 20. 

If you are intrigued by Native American culture, this program is for you.  Participate in putting up a teepee and take a ride in a 28' long handmade canoe on Lac LaBelle.  Historian Dirty Kettle will teach Native American history, as well as share a few stories and play a few frontier games.  

Waivers for this event will be required.  Cost: $10 - 20 spots available.  Register by Thursday, Oct. 15. Rain date is 4:30 - 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27.   To register: send payment to Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.   Include names of attendees and  contact phone number.  For more information or to receive the Center for Life Enrichment e-newsletter, call (262) 354-1375 or email jhalliburton@lho.org.

Yes to local police department, chief position tabled in Village of Eagle

Oct. 08, 2015 11:48 p.m. | Village of Eagle— With the village police department receiving heat since the village approved a pricey retirement package for Police Chief Russ Ehlers, residents have been divided on paying for their own department, vying response times and budget savings in the argument.

Some said to use the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for a year and the village could have the option to go back to its own department.

Village Trustee Greg Hein and several residents said the issue should go to referendum to let residents decide.

However, the board voted on Oct. 8 to keep its local police department, but tabled any action on hiring a police chief until further information was provided to determine if a full-time chief was necessary.

Trustee Lynette Neuburg said the department is "an incredible presence in the community," making her feel her kids are safe, but she admits they need to work on the budget.

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Village of Eagle squashes Bielinski senior apartment plan — again

Oct. 08, 2015 11:13 p.m. | Village of Eagle— Hoping for a conceptual nod from the village board to push a yearslong project ahead, Nancy Washburn, of Bielinski Homes, left the Oct. 8 village of Eagle board meeting empty-handed.

After apologizing for "making abrupt statements I really shouldn't have made" at the Aug. 13 village board meeting, Washburn came to the board to "continue the discussion," on a project for a 60-unit senior apartment project in the village of Eagle. Washburn said Bielinski "made serious concessions," trying to create a project that provides apartments with rent set at "reasonable prices."

However, when pushed for final numbers on rent prices, Washburn could only provide "goals," since Bielinski hadn't done any work on the project since the August meeting. Washburn said Bielinski was waiting for conceptual approval from the board before hard numbers could be provided.

Village of Eagle President Richard Spurrell was disappointed that no work had been done on the project in two months and there still were no solid numbers on the project.

"Affordable is different to each person," Spurrell said. "We're going to base this on a goal after there's been no work done?"

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North Lake commissioners discuss reducing daily fish limits, marking sand bars

Oct. 08, 2015 9:33 p.m. | North Lake management officials are considering reducing daily bag limits for fish as part of an effort to keep the lake's fish population robust.

The current limits are set by the state and vary by species. North Lake Management District Chairman Jerry Heine said district commissioners on Tuesday, Oct. 6 discussed the idea of either reducing the daily limit or implementing a "slot limit," or perhaps both.

A slot limit refers to a restriction on keeping fish in a certain size range.

Heine said the 438-acre lake is "heavily fished" and a slot limit would keep reproducing fish in the lake to help maintain the population.

Commissioners also talked about a proposal to protect fish habitat by marking the lake's sand bars with buoys.

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Loaf & Jug Restaurant moving from Brookfield to Pewaukee

Oct. 08, 2015 9:03 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A longtime Brookfield restaurant is moving to Pewaukee.

Loaf & Jug Restaurant, which has a 38-year history in Brookfield, will be moving to 690 Westfield Way in the village, on the east side of the Lake Country Market shopping plaza, the former home of Panera Bread.

The Village Plan Commission unanimously approved a conditional use grant for the move Thursday, Oct. 8.

The restaurant is currently located in the Sendik's Towne Centre at 18895 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield.

Loaf & Jug owner Gordon Sloan said he's moving because he's unable to come to terms on a new lease with his current landlord and the owner of the new space, Paul Kolaga, is a customer of his and is "more than happy" to rent to him.

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Strategic vision forum members sought by Kettle Moraine School District

Oct. 08, 2015 2:53 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District is seeking a variety of people to participate in a strategic visioning community forum from 8 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, in the Kettle Moraine Middle School cafeteria/commons at 301 E. Ottawa Ave., Dousman.

The district is looking for staff members, middle and high school students, parents, business partners, municipal leaders, civic organization members and community members to participate in the daylong event. Participants will learn about many aspects of the school district, and will share their ideas and hopes for the future of Kettle Moraine schools.

The event will include a series of short presentations by district staff and guided round-table discussions. A continental breakfast, beverages and lunch will be served.

Those who are interested in participating, can email Melinda Mueller at muellerm@kmsd.edu.

Former Oconomowoc family safe amidst historic South Carolina storms

Oct. 08, 2015 10:58 a.m. | Former Oconomowoc resident Heidi Rumpel reluctantly is living inside a historic moment.

Rumpel, her husband, Mark, and their three children Ethan, 11, Mayah, 9, and Macie, 6, have holed up inside their Columbia, South Carolina home since Friday, Oct. 2 when record amounts of rain began to fall on the state.

Rain continued to fall unabated throughout the weekend and into Monday, Oct. 5, causing extensive flooding and widespread damage. The deluge has ground everyday life there to a halt.

More than 500 roadways in South Carolina have been shut down as a result of the rain, Rumpel said when she was reached by phone Tuesday, Oct. 6, and many of the shops and businesses her family frequents have been completely destroyed by the flooding.

Additionally, various major media outlets are reporting that more than a dozen people have died as a result of the downpour and its aftermath.

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Crews respond to dump truck rollover in Delafield

Oct. 07, 2015 4:36 p.m. | Emergency crews have responded to a dump truck rollover on Hillside Drive just east of Highway 83 in the city of Delafield. The single-vehicle crash occurred at 2:55 p.m., according to Waukesha County dispatchers. They say it doesn't appear there are any injuries. 

Kettle Moraine School District recognized for financial reporting

Oct. 07, 2015 2:53 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District has been awarded the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability, according to a news release from the district.

The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2014.

Described as "the gold standard in financial reporting," according to the award website at http://asbointl.org, the recognition has been awarded to schools for more than 40 years.

Sponsored by VALIC, a leading retirement plan provider for K-12 schools and districts, the Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the school business office's commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district's presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting, according to the website.

"The Kettle Moraine School District is committed to strong financial reporting systems and transparency with our stakeholders," said Superintendent Dr. Patricia Deklotz. "Our business office, which is led by Assistant Superintendent of Operations Susan Graham Balzer, works very hard to ensure our schools have the resources they need to educate students. They are extremely deserving of this recognition."

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Hartland-Lakeside/Merton joint school board meeting to address merger questions

Oct. 07, 2015 11:58 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Questions about governance, finance and legal issues related to a possible merger of the Hartland-Lakeside and Merton school districts figure to get plenty of attention at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at North Shore Middle School, 800 North Shore Drive.

That's when school boards from both districts will meet jointly for the first time to discuss a possible consolidation. Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards will explain the legal considerations of a potential merger. Debby Schufletowski, school business specialist from Robert W. Baird, is scheduled to give a presentation on the financial aspect of such a move.

Neither school board will take action at the meeting, according to the agenda.

The meeting comes as Hartland-Lakeside school officials mull options to address what Superintendent Glenn Schilling has termed "extensive" deficits in the coming years due to declining enrollment and decreasing state aid. Closing one of the district's elementary schools also is being explored.

Merger can be attractive

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Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13

Oct. 07, 2015 10:33 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — City residents will soon have another chance to elect a local government official.

Four candidates are running in a primary election Oct. 13, and that list will be thinned to two before a Nov. 10 aldermanic District 4 special election.

All the candidates are vying to fill the aldermanic seat vacated by now interim Mayor Dave Nold, who was appointed to that position in July following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The candidates campaigning for Nold's seat are Robert Morgan, Jayson Mauer, Kevin Ellis and John Gross, all of whom have sought local government seats in the past.

City Clerk Diane Coenen called the four-person primary race unprecedented in Oconomowoc's history.

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Plans in place to shore up Pewaukee Lake's Bill Brown Island

Oct. 07, 2015 10:25 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Help is on the way for a slowly disappearing island on the east end of Pewaukee Lake.

Bill Brown Island is getting smaller by the year as wind, waves and ice eat away at its shores.

A Pewaukee group has been looking to save the island, but the biggest hurdle has been finding a way to finance the erosion control measures.

That hurdle has now been cleared.

A group spokesman, who didn't want to be named, said Jason Burke, owner of Summerset Marine Shoreline Restoration in East Troy, has agreed to pay for the entire cost of the project.

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Dedication ceremony planned for Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc

Oct. 07, 2015 9:53 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — After months of planning and fundraising, the big day for the new Veterans Memorial Park is finally at hand.

A dedication ceremony for the park has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at the new park, which is a one-acre parcel bordering the shores of Lac La Belle. A reception following the ceremony, which should last about an hour, will be held at the Oconomowoc Community Center, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave.

"Several thousand people seem to love (the new park)," said Kurt Schrang, one of the local veterans who spearheaded the redesign project. "I'm pleased with it."

Schrang added that the park is not quite complete, but the remaining work is primarily minor and cosmetic, and "for all intents and purposes the park is finished."

The park was previously known as Memorial Park and Library Park before that. The park was redesigned to reflect gratitude for the sacrifices area veterans made in the name of freedom.

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Man accused of intentionally causing rollover accident that killed his girlfriend

Oct. 07, 2015 9:09 a.m. | Village of Summit — A fatal rollover accident in June that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Crystal Matusek was intentionally caused by Matusek's boyfriend, Jared Weber, who reportedly threatened to crash the vehicle moments before the accident, a criminal complaint says.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Lee Dreyfus issued an arrest warrant Tuesday, Oct. 6 for Weber, a Milwaukee resident, who was charged the same day with first-degree reckless homicide.

According to the criminal complaint, the accident occurred around 7:27 p.m. June 27 along Interstate 94 in Summit while Weber and Matusek were driving back to Weber's mother's house in Poynette, Wisconsin from a car show in Michigan.

Several witnesses say in the complaint that was when they saw Weber's car veer sharply to the left across both lanes of I-94 west and go airborne after jumping the median dividing the highway. Weber's car reportedly turned over in midair, landed on its roof in the oncoming lanes of traffic on I-94 east then rolled again after sliding into the eastbound shoulder.

Both and Weber and Matusek, who according to the complaint were not wearing the lap portion of their seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle. Matusek was pronounced dead at the scene about 25 minutes later.

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Welsh Highlands agreements passed in Wales

Oct. 07, 2015 8:53 a.m. | Village of Wales — The village board passed the final plat and developer's agreement for Welsh Highlands at an Oct. 5 meeting.

"It passed without any problems," said Village President Jeffery Flaws.

Flaws said the development was changed from a condo development to single family. Therefore, the original plan was revised and a new development agreement was filed.

"So, as required by our ordinances, the plat and related documents just needed to be reapproved and that is what is happening now," said Village Clerk Gail Tamez.

The development began in 2007 by Jim Lewein of KJN Development, said Tamez. She said the property was rezoned to R-4 residential to accommodate the request from Lewein to build eight two-family condo units.

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Community Watch


» Take a handmade canoe ride 07:00 AM

» Yes to local police department, chief position tabled in Village of Eagle 10/8

» Village of Eagle squashes Bielinski senior apartment plan — again 10/8

» North Lake commissioners discuss reducing daily fish limits, marking sand bars 10/8

» Loaf & Jug Restaurant moving from Brookfield to Pewaukee 10/8

» Strategic vision forum members sought by Kettle Moraine School District 10/8

» Former Oconomowoc family safe amidst historic South Carolina storms Updated:  10/8

» Crews respond to dump truck rollover in Delafield 10/7

» Kettle Moraine School District recognized for financial reporting 10/7

» Hartland-Lakeside/Merton joint school board meeting to address merger questions Updated:  10/7

» Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13 10/7

» Plans in place to shore up Pewaukee Lake's Bill Brown Island 10/7

» Dedication ceremony planned for Veterans Memorial Park in Oconomowoc 10/7

» Man accused of intentionally causing rollover accident that killed his girlfriend 10/7

» Welsh Highlands agreements passed in Wales 10/7

» Perk up the prairie at Meadow View School 10/7

» Pewaukee Village Board votes to create finance director-treasurer position 10/6

» Legends come alive at Old World Wisconsin in October 10/6

» Fatal crash after argument leads to reckless homicide charge Updated:  10/6

» Yearlong aniversary celebration continues this weekend for St. Paul's Lutheran Church 10/6

» Hartland Fire Department open house on tap Oct. 10 10/6

» Complaint: Nashotah man assaulted girlfriend and her child, laughed about it Updated:  10/6

» Pewaukee's Horizon Elementary School holding grand opening of new space Thursday 10/6

» Lake Country trick-or-treat times 2015 10/6

» Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain 10/6

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Dousman FD Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  Oct. 11, Dousman Fire Department, 107 S. Main, Dousman. Also includes Flight for Life at 9 a.m.; room fire demonstration (live fire) at 10 a.m.; car extrication demonstration at 11 a.m.  plus balloon creations (8-10 a.m.),  bounce house.  Waukesha County Communications (9-1-1), Waukesha County Sheriff K-9, Waukesha County Mobile Command Unit, ATF vehicle.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: 7 a.m. -12 p.m. Oct. 10, Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department, 212 Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Free will donations appreciated. Also includes fire trucks and displays, raffles, kids activities. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new emergency equipment.

Move Your Mutt for HAWS: 7 a.m. Oct. 10, Genesee Lake Road Town Park, Genesee Lake Road, Oconomowoc. Choose the 5K and bring your pet or run the 10K without your dog. There is also a one-mile walk. Raise $100 in pledges and race for free. Food and beverages available as well as vendor booths and adoptable pets from HAWS. $25 one-mile walk, $45 for 5K, 10K.


Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. Oct. 10, Lapham Peak State Park, W 329 N 846, Delafield. Please meet at the observation tower. Look for yellow ’Ice Age Trail Event’ signs. Tyke hikes are 60- to 90-minute slow-paced hikes promoting nature and family hiking in an outdoor educational setting. 


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