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Community-wide rummage in Eagle this weekend

May 09, 2012 12:01 p.m. | The Eagle Business Association (EBA) will be holding its 18th annual community rummage this weekend. Village and Town of Eagle residents will be participating in the rummage from Thursday through Sunday, May 10 through 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Map and address sheets listing rummage sites are available today after 4 p.m. at various  EBA member establishments. Look for the yellow Rummage Maps Available Here signs on their door or window.

First ever SUP Fest coming to Oconomowoc this weekend

12:38 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The first stand up paddle board festival the city has ever hosted is sloshing into town this weekend.

Stand Up Paddle Board, or "SUP," Fest is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1 at City Beach, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave. The festival was proposed and is sponsored by the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club.

Contact information for booster club members was not immediately available, but, an event application on file with the city says that SUP Fest will feature a three- and six-mile stand-up paddle board race, lakeside yoga, introductory paddle board instruction, a raffle and demonstrations of the latest paddle board equipment and gear.

Raffle prizes include a paddle board and vest, and In-Step gift card, Rosati's gift cards, a Reneu Health & Medispa gift card and more, according to the event's Facebook page.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, stand up paddle boarding is a sport that's an offshoot of surfing, and differs from traditional paddle boarding in which athletes typically kneel on a surf board and paddle with their hands. Stand up paddle boarders are sometimes on their feet and use an oar.

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Delafield community leader Joe Geason has died

11:28 a.m. |  City of Delafield - Joe Geason, a gentleman farmer whose family was influencial in the Wisconsin dairy industry and a played a key role in the modern development of the Lake Country region, has died at the age of 67 due to heart complications.

Funeral services will begin Monday, Aug. 3, with visitation at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church in Pewaukee  between 2:00 p.m. at 6:30 p.m with sharing of memories commencing at 6:30 p.m.

The visitation will continue at the church on  Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.to be followed by a funeral mass with Fr. Joe Hornacek officiating. Burial will be at the St. Charles Cemetery in Hartland.

For years, Joe Geason and his brother John owned and operated a three generation family farm along Highway 83 between Delafield and Hartland that was once described as one of the most profitable dairy farms in the state.

During the Lake Country development boom in the 1990s, the farm became a pivotal piece of property in a border agreement between the City of Delafield, the Town of Delafield, and the Village of Hartland.

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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow holding Twitter Town Hall meeting

10:57 a.m. | Want to know more about the 2016 Waukesha County Budget and are active on social media?

You can connect with Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow through a Twitter Town Hall meeting today.  

Farrow, who was elected to his position in April, will hold the virtual meeting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

People can tweet questions relating to the budget or other topics about the county to Farrow's Twitter handle, @PaulFarrowWi, while using the hastag #AskPF.

Farrow is following the lead of former county executive Dan Vrakas, who also held Twitter Town Hall meetings.

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Old World Wisconsin makes top 10 list for living history stops

10:03 a.m. | Old World Wisconsin was recently named as one of the top 10 living history destinations for 2015 by Family Tree Magazine, according to a new release from Old World. This award recognizes Old World Wisconsin's family-friendly history experiences as among the best in the county.

Other well-known living history destinations on the list include Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

"Everyone on our staff works hard to make sure individuals, couples and families have an authentic and interactive experience of what life was like for Wisconsin immigrant settlers," said Old World Wisconsin Director Dan Freas in the news release. "We are honored to be listed among these other great living history destinations."

Old World Wisconsin has more than 60 historic structures that range from immigrant farmsteads with furnished buildings, animals, gardens and crop fields, to an 1880s Village with blacksmith shop, general store, church, inn and homes. Guests can interact with staff in period costumes, often helping with chores or playing historic games. There are also special holiday programs and themed experiences throughout the year.

When choosing the top 10 living history destinations in the United States, Family Tree Magazine gave priority to locations that emphasize interactivity and hands-on experiences and those that got great visitor reviews.

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Man arrested for two Oconomowoc-area hit-and-run collisions

9:38 a.m. | A 28-year-old Brookfield man was involved in two hit and run accidents in the Oconomowoc area in a matter of minutes on July 25.

Michael S. Kozicz of Brookfield was in the drive-through line of McDonald's at 11:45 p.m. when he backed up into a vehicle belonging to Paul F. Sarabia, 60, of Juneau, causing minor damage, according to the police report.

Kozicz fled eastbound on E. Wisconsin Avenue, but Sarabia provided police with a description of the vehicle and a license plate number of his vehicle.

The same vehicle was identified by Town of Oconomowoc police as involved in another hit and run minutes later on Highway 16, just west of the Brown Street exit.

According to information from the Town of Oconomowoc Police Deapartment, Kozicz's vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Laurie L. Dunham, 47, of Oconomowoc, and he then fled on foot through the marsh east of the Oconomowoc River. The New Berlin K-9 unit was requested and located the man at 12:41 a.m., unconscious and unresponsive. He was transported to the hospital and his vehicle was towed.

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Legion Band concert tonight

8:37 a.m. | Celebrate Wedesday with some music. The American Legion Band performs its weekly outdoor concert tonight  from 7:30 - 9 p.m.in the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell located on the shores of Lac LaBelle at City Beach  in Oconomowoc.


Sussex adopts apartment plans

July 28, 2015 9:31 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - A reluctant village board uanimously approved a developers' agreement that will allow Brookfield developer/entrepreneur Art Sawall to build four apartment complex's near the downtown business district that will provide about 400 apartments and duplexes.

Four  trustees expressed concerns and reservations about the proposals but were told by Assistant Village Administrator Melissa Weiss that they needed to adopt the developers' agreement in order to take advantage of a low interest financing for projects in a recently expanded downtown business tax increment financing district.

There are two vacancies on the seven member board. Village President Greg Goetz urged adoption of the agreement.

Earlier in the meeting, the village's financial consultant reported that the village had saved more than $100,000 on interest payments on the bonds because interest rates for the bonds were lower than expected.

Trustee Robert Zarzynski argued there were too many apartment buildings and not enough commercial properties included in the proposal.

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Two named for Sussex Village Board

July 28, 2015 9:02 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz announced tonight he will nominate Matthew Carran and Wendy Stallings during the Aug. 11 village board meeting to fill vacanies created in June by the resignations of former trustees Matthew Cmeyla and Matthew Petricca.

Geotz's nominations must be approved by the village board which presently has five members.

However, Carran and Stallings will reportedly also have the support of Trustees Pat Tetzlaff and Tim Dietrich, which will provide them with a majority of the five votes.

Carran and Stallings were among four candidates that Tetzlaff and Dietrich recommended to Goetz after they had interviewed 9 candidates for the the appointments.

Trustee Lee Uecker interviewed one other candidate along with Tetzlaff. The interviews were conducted in private.

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Oconomowoc man sentenced for charges tied to assault on his mother

July 28, 2015 5:28 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Less than three months after pleading guilty to two crimes related to the assault of his mother, Oconomowoc resident William Hudson was placed on four years of probation.

A prison sentence of three years was stayed in favor of probation by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian.

Hudson was sentenced on July 22.

As a condition of probation, Aprahamian ordered Hudson spend six months in county jail without work-release privileges.

In April, Hudson pleaded no contest to felony discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker and misdemeanor battery and was found guilty by Aprahamian. The charges stemmed from an incident in February in which Hudson attacked and bit his mother while they were driving through downtown Oconomowoc.

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Steinhafels Furniture in Pewaukee plans to expand warehouse, add jobs

July 28, 2015 4:31 p.m. | City of Pewaukee — Big plans are in store for a big furniture store in Pewaukee.

Steinhafels Furniture, W231 N1013 Highway F, has announced plans to embark on a two-phase expansion of its main distribution center that's expected to boost employment by about 650 people companywide by the time the project is complete.

Phase 1, expected to cost about $10 million, will include adding more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space to the Pewaukee facility, including 16 additional dock doors and an expanded trailer staging area.

Work on the addition is expected to start in about 10 days and will take about a year to complete, said company President Gary Steinhafel.

The first phase is expected to create about 300 jobs — about 200 of them in the newly expanded warehouse space, Steinhafel said.

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Complaint: Man stole valuables from his Lisbon parents

July 28, 2015 3:18 p.m. | A 23-year-old West Allis man is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing cash, jewelry and some prescription drugs from his parents' town of Lisbon home.

Ted Zindars Jr. was charged Monday, July 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, he could face up to 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Zindars has previously been convicted of theft and drug possession, according to online court records.

The complaint says that Zindars' father reported the burglary to police in early January. He told officers in the complaint that he suspected his son took the missing items because there were no signs of forced entry, seemingly no reaction from the two dogs Zindars Sr. owns and because the burglar seemed to know exactly where to find what he was looking for.

Also, the theft seemed to have occurred while Zindars' parents were out of the house, and Zindars likely would have known when that was, the complaint said.

The complaint alleges that Zindars stole $2,000 in cash, wedding and engagement rings and oxycodone from his parents' lockbox. The complaint notes that Zindars is a drug addict and has stolen from his parents in the past.

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Lake Country bike trail appreciation event on tap this weekend

July 28, 2015 2:53 p.m. | City of Delafield — It's time to celebrate, Lake Country Bike Trail users.

American Transmission Co. is hosting a trailside appreciation event from 8 a.m. to noon Satuday, Aug. 1, at the Delafield Fire Station, 115 Main St.

According to a news release, the event will include a drawing for three $50 Wheel and Sprocket gift certificates and other various free giveaways, including water bottles.

Anyone from the area who uses the trail is welcome to attend.

"Since the trail recently reopened between Oconomowoc and the west end of Pewaukee Lake (at Maple Avenue), we want to show our appreciation to trail users for their patience during the time that construction and restoration was occurring," said Mary Carpenter, ATC's senior local relations representative.

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Village of Eagle police chief Russ Ehlers receives lucrative retirement deal

July 28, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Village of Eagle — Village officials have refused to divulge the reasons for a separation agreement with Police Chief Russell Ehlers that is likely to cost taxpayers about $170,000 while providing the chief with pension and medical benefits in addition to 18 months' pay after he retires.

The agreement was approved by the village board March 4, after negotiations between Ehlers' lawyer, Paul Bucher, and the village's labor lawyer, Nancy Pirkey.

The chief's job performance had been the subject of a series of closed sessions that began in September 2014.

Village officials acknowledged in the agreement that the payments to Ehlers "exceed the amount that would normally be received by him upon his retirement from employment with the village."

The Mukwonago Chief obtained the agreement from village officials through an open-records request in accordance with state laws that stipulate most local government documents are public record.

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Hamilton School District launches online registration

July 28, 2015 11:26 a.m. | Online school registration is underway for the first time in the Hamilton School District.

The new electrronic tool was launched on Monday, July 27, and plenty of parents took to the Internet to take advantage of it.

The online doors "swung open" at 9 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m. the district had received about 900 registration applications and took in more than $75,000 in online payments, said district information technology manager Ryan McMillan.

"To have more than 25 percent of the population into the system within six or seven hours, I'm extremely happy with how it's gone," McMillan said.

The online registration is being done through Infinite Campus, an online information system the district put in place last year.

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Mukwonago summer drama brings Jack and the Beanstalk

July 28, 2015 11:18 a.m. | Children participating in the annual summer drama camp sponsored by the Mukwonago Optimist Club and directed by the Prairie Fire Theater group, presents the musical, Jack and the Beanstalk at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, and at 1 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Mukwonago High School, 605 School Road.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Miller Pharmacy or at the door before each performance.

For more information, call Edie, at (262) 363-7863 or email ediesimons@yahoo.com or visit mukwonagooptimist.org.

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