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Lisbon, Sussex consolidation proposed

March 14, 2012 8:49 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town residents are going to be asked whether they are interested in consolidating their local government with the Village of Sussex and becoming a new municipality called the City of Sussex-Lisbon.

The consolidation is one of four future governance options the Town Board will present to residents at an April 4 meeting at the Richard Jung Fire Station. The board approved a notice of the meeting to be posted on the town website and a news release during a special meeting Wednesday night

The announcement followed a series of seperate closed town door meetings of the Village Board and the Town Board in an effort to resolve some of the differences that have divided the two governmental bodies.

Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke said the negotiations, along with current economic conditions and the town's desire to keep taxes down, promoted the Town Board to meet with its constitutents and discuss governance options.

He said he wanted town resident to ask questions and express their opinions about all four options.

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Everyone's flipping out for pancakes this weekend

Oct. 09, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  If you’re craving pancakes this weekend, crave no longer.

You can have your flap jacks and help out the fire department at the same time.  

The Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser, 7 a.m.  to noon, Saturday at, 212 Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Free will donations appreciated.  The event also includes fire trucks and displays, raffles, kid’s activities. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new emergency equipment.

Start your Sunday at the Dousman Fire Department  Pancake Breakfast,  8 a.m. to noon  Sunday at the  Dousman Fire Department, 107 S. Main, Dousman.  Besides breakfast, the morning 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.

If you love to walk or run with your dog, then why not do it for the Humane Animal Welfare Society? Move Your Mutt for HAWS, featuring a 5K or 10K run plus a one-mile walk, starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at 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 will be available on the grounds as well as vendor booths and adoptable pets from HAWS. Cost is $25 for the one-mile walk, $45 for 5K, 10K.

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Secure entrance, Discovery Lab part of improvements at Swallow School

Oct. 09, 2015 1:47 p.m. | Swallow School District's roots stretch back 171 years, so it's no surprise that the school building has been subjected to numerous additions and renovations over the years.

More took place this summer, as the building's front entrance was improved and secured, an existing computer lab was redesigned into a hands-on Discovery Lab, and work took place to start transforming the library into a learning-friendly Discovery Center.

Secure front entrance

The school's front entrance received a major facelift over the summer, making it secure, more user-friendly and ADA-compliant, said Swallow Superintendent Melissa Thompson.

Thompson said an active shooter drill staged at the school in 2014 helped illustrate the shortcomings of the previous design.

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Pewaukee woman says trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was a 'once in a lifetime' experience

Oct. 09, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — "I was there. That's all that matters."

That's how Pewaukee resident Mary Lynn Mattick describes her trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis, even though she didn't personally get to meet the pontiff.

The 65-year-old recently returned from her trip east with a tote full of mementos, photos and pope-related souvenirs in tow.

Mattick said her favorite memory was seeing Pope Francis drive by the front of the Crowne Plaza Philly West on City Avenue, where she stayed during her visit.

"You could see him in the Fiat with the light on in the back seat and they had the whole street barricaded," she said. "It was like the "pope express lane" because they had just that road part open for him."

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North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor announces retirement

Oct. 09, 2015 12:23 p.m. | Village of North Prairie — Village Trustee Donna Samuels read from a letter from North Prairie's Fire Chief Brian Taylor, announcing his plans to retire at the end of the year during an Oct. 8 village board meeting.

"I have placed my life on hold while I have served the department," Taylor said in the letter. "I realize that this is a bad time with all the consolidation talks in process."

Taylor originally had wanted to retire at the end of 2014, but talks of merging the North Prairie and Eagle fire departments put it on hold. Those talks are still ongoing.

The letter made reference to the chief being in a car accident involving a train in 1989. Both of his legs were broken.

The letter said he was rescued by the North Prairie Fire Department.

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Holly Wehrhahn steers ship of UW-Waukesha's Continuing Education Department

Oct. 09, 2015 10:53 a.m. | Education is a big part of young people's lives — from elementary school to high school and college — but it doesn't have to stop there. That's where Holly Wehrhahn comes in. Wehrhahn, 47, of Eagle, is the interim director of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, a position she's held for the past two years. From photography to religion to professional development to world travel, chances are there's an opportunity to learn more about it through the school's Continuing Education Department.

During a recent interview with Lake Country Publications, Wehrhahn, a UW-Waukesha alumnus and UW-Oshkosh graduate, talked about her start with UW-Waukesha, some of the many offerings of the school's Continuing Education Department, and about a facility that some think is Waukesha County's best-kept secret.

Here's more from our conversation:

1 Tell me a bit about your background.

In 2008, I started as a part-time employee in Continuing Education (at UW-Waukesha) and immediately loved it. I loved helping our students enrich their lives. Time goes so quickly because no one day is ever the same. I completed my bachelor's degree in 2011 and have been working full-time in continuing education ever since. I've been serving as the interim director now for the past two years and love being able to provide learning opportunities for the community. 

Loaf & Jug Restaurant moving from Brookfield to Pewaukee

Oct. 09, 2015 9:01 a.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 permit on Oct. 8 for the move. The restaurant is currently located in the Sendik's Towne Centre, 18895 W. Capitol Drive.

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.

Plan commission member Tom Reilly also is pleased the eatery is moving west.

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Take a handmade canoe ride

Oct. 09, 2015 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 sandbars

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 sandbars with buoys.

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Strategic vision forum members sought by Kettle Moraine School District

Oct. 08, 2015 2:53 p.m. |

Strategic vision forum members sought by KMSD

The Kettle Moraine School District is seeking a variety of people to participate in a strategic visioning community forum from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, in the cafeteria/commons at Kettle Moraine Middle School, 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, should 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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