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Race close so far between incumbent Kleefisch and newcomer Michalak

Nov. 06, 2012 9:24 p.m. | Democratic newcomer Scott Michalak is showing some competition in Assembly District 38 in his challenge to incumbent Joel Kleefisch who has held the seat for several terms.

With more than 40 percent reporting, Michalak is leading with 54 percent or 6,584 votes compared to Kleefisch's 5,200 votes at the time of this post. Libertarian candidate Leroy Watson of Oconomowoc has 316 votes.

Watch for more on this race as polls continue to post results.

Foolery's in Oconomowoc threatened with liquor license revocation

5:13 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc — Lake Country Municipal Court Judge Tim Kay has lifted an order that, if imposed, would have temporarily revoked the liquor license for Foolery's Liquid Therapy bar and restaurant on Okauchee Lake.

According to a news release from the court, the order was imposed but stayed May 22, pending the outcome of two separate reviews. Both reviews have since been completed and the order was lifted Aug. 28.

Kay said in a phone interview that he decided to impose the order after noticing what appeared to be a pattern of alcohol-related violations — drunken driving citations and accidents — that had one thing in common: drinking at Foolery's.

The order was stayed on condition that there be no additional violations throughout the summer and that all the staff at Foolery's maintain absolute sobriety during working hours throughout the probationary period.

Had there been any violations during that time, Foolery's liquor license would have been revoked for three consecutive days, likely starting on a Friday or Saturday, Kay said.

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Vehicle crash causes Pewaukee power outage

4:33 p.m. | A vehicle crash is to blame for a weekend power outage that affected more than 1,000 electric customers in the Pewaukee area.

About 1,100 people in the Pewaukee area lost power Saturday, Aug. 29 after a vehicle hit a piece of We Energies equipment, utility spokeswoman Amy Jahns said.

The outage started shortly before 9:30 a.m. Jahns said service was restored in waves, with all customers back online by 4 p.m.

Jahns said the geographical boundaries of the outage were Norton Drive in Hartland on the west, Springdale Road on the east, Weyer Road on the north and Interstate-94 on the south. 

Newcomers and Neighbors event on Sept. 8

3:40 p.m. | Join the annual Oconomowoc Newcomers and Neighbors  Kick Off Mingle on Tuesday, Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m. at the Okauchee Lake Yacht Club, overlooking Okauchee Lake.

Appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available. Attendees will leave with a goodie bag filled with product samples, coupons, and freebies from  premier sponsors, and there will also be a door prize drawing.  

For more information, contact Erin Anne, Oconomowoc Newcomers and Neighbors vice-president @ erinanne184@gmail.com

Lighter voter turnout in Hartland

2:13 p.m. | A light voter turnout might take place in the Village of Hartland on Tuesday. The lone election was for a spot in the state Assembly in the 99th district. At 1:15 p.m. at the Village Hall, only 160 people had voted as of that time. Nobody was in the Village Hall to vote in a period of more than 15 minutes.

Student contest to be held for Hartland veterans memorial

12:20 p.m. | Village of Hartland — The wheels are in motion to improve the veterans memorial at Nixon Park — and do so with the help of area students.

The memorial, just beyond the baseball diamond's outfield fence, currently consists of a stone bearing the names of 10 area soldiers killed in action. The marker is surrounded by greenery and punctuated with a flagpole.

It's a modest display, and an Arrowhead High School history teacher would like to expand it, conducting a student contest to elicit design ideas.

The village board has pledged its unanimous support for the project. Now teacher Ron Reichle is trying to get out the word about it.

Reichle said the contest is open to students of all ages in the Arrowhead School District, public or private.

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Auditions for White Christmas held at Mukwonago High School

11:23 a.m. | The Mukwonago Village Players with Grace Notes Orchestra will hold auditions from 6 — 9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14 and Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Mukwonago High School auditorium, 605 School Rd., for the musical "White Christmas."

Singers, actors, and dancers are needed for the production of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." All roles are open. A reading from the script will be required. Bring sheet music of your choice for your singing audition. An accompanist will be provided.

Strong dancers and actors who are non-singers are also needed. Experience is helpful but not required. Auditions are open to adults, older teens, and girls ages 9 — 12.

The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain.

Full of dancing, romance, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, including "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song, White Christmas, promises to be a merry and bright experience for the entire family.

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Social Life Dance Center to relocate to River Centre Plaza in Hartland

10:39 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Social Life Dance Center, 210 E. Capitol Drive, will soon be moving into some new digs.

The village board on Monday, Aug. 31, approved a relocation agreement with Social Life owner Gina Chilson, which is the second such agreement the village has reached with Capitol Plaza business owners in recent weeks. Relocation agreements are being offered by the village to those businesses to make way for developer Joe McCormick's Riverwalk Apartments project.

The agreement outlines the financial assistance that will be provided by the village to Chilson to facilitate the move of her business out of its current location and into another downtown Hartland storefront.

Social Life Dance Center will move to 350 Cottonwood Ave., which is in the River Centre Plaza, said Village Administrator Dave Cox in an email.

Chilson did not return messages seeking comment on the agreement, and an exact time line for the project was not immediately available.

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Lisbon fueling center approved

Aug. 31, 2015 10:17 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - A specially convened review board has unanimously agreed to allow a controversial fueling center, convenience store and drive through restuarant development  to be constructed near the roundabout intersection of Hwys. 164 and Q.

However, the review panel included about a half dozen conditions that Wexford Heights development company of Germantown must meet in order to recieve a conditional use permit for the development southwest of the roundabout on property where an abandoned Associated Bankb branch is located.

Included in the conditions are the elimination of a proposed two bay car wash, restrictions on the size of the private well used in the development and restrictions on turning movements for delivery and semi trucks exiting the development onto Hwy. 164.

Daniel Kelly, attorney for the development company, said his clients are willing to accept the conditions imposed by the review panel and will drop a lawsuit they had filed against the Town of Lisbon after the plan commission twice rejected the proposed development.

The administrative review of the commission's decision conducted by four members of the town board and the chairman of the town zoning board of appeals was ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer in an effort to reach an out of court resolution of the zoning dispute.

Disc golf could sail into Minor Park in village of Mukwonago

Aug. 31, 2015 7:28 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The Disc Golf Experience company wants to team with the village of Mukwonago to create an 18-hole disc golf course at Minor Park.

The existing course at Miniwaukan Park in Mukwonago would be given a redesign and reduced to nine holes. Mike Harrington of the Disc Golf Experience said in a strategic plan that he wanted to keep Miniwaukan's 18 holes and only reduce it if necessary.

He said he had wanted to try a "unique course design concept" at Miniwaukan, incorporating two tees and two baskets on each of the nine holes — making it feel like an 18 hole course with the "improved safety of just nine holes."

The new course and redesign would be completed by 2017, according to Village Department of Public Works Director Ron Bittner. However, adjustment of those dates was mentioned at the special health and recreation committee meeting Aug. 25.

According to a sponsorship form for the course, disc golf's popularity is soaring and because of that, courses are becoming more crowded.

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More than sport, Mukwonago team works to help others

Aug. 31, 2015 7:08 p.m. | The giant check for more than $11,000 held by Pink Panther volleyball members on Aug. 20 was more than a donation to help with cancer research through ProHealth Care. It was the fulfillment of a goal set earlier this year to raise $10,000 for the Mukwonago ParkWalk for Cancer in May and the mark of a successful season.

Through work, T-shirt sales and a generous match from a local family, the 12-member boys team fulfilled the mission of the Pink Panthers, which is to "empower kids to work, earn and give," according to Lisa Deppe, who helped form the team.

"Based on that, the first team was a great success," Deppe said. "It's important that kids are invested in their cause. These kids thought it was volleyball. Really, the cause was bettering themselves through working and giving back."

Giving back

The idea of a team that raised money to help others, that worked to pay off team dues by giving back to the community, rather than asking community members and businesses for donations, formed while Deppe sat in treatment rooms with her friend Tanya Pozorski as she battled breast cancer, according to a story this summer in Volleyball USA.

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Changes, concerns addressed for Fountain Park apartment proposal in Mukwonago

Aug. 31, 2015 6:43 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Ever since an apartment complex was first proposed in the village of Mukwonago, residents have fought back against the development.

Opposition against the apartment even led to a grassroots group called Mukwonago Growth forming.

In advance of the project coming before the village's plan commission on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the group held its first informational meeting Aug. 26 at the Mukwonago Community Library to express its concerns.

Village Administrator John Weidl made a short presentation and revealed new information on some adjustments Teronomy, the developer of the project, made to their proposal for the Fountain Park Apartments, proposed for the future intersection of Fairwinds and Chapman Farms boulevards.

Weidl said the developer had acquired land across the road from the proposed Chapman Farms to create two-unit duplexes as a buffer to the larger apartment complex. He also said Teronomy agreed to lower the height of the front two buildings from three to two stories.

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Eaton Corp. to cut 83 jobs at Pewaukee facility

Aug. 31, 2015 5:02 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The shutdown of a product line at Eaton Corporation’s Pewaukee facility will result in the loss of 83 jobs.

The facility at 1045 Hickory St. will permanently discontinue its molded rubber products line, according to a mass layoff notice filed with the Department of Workforce Development.

The company expects to begin eliminating positions October 30 and continue in phases until the complete cessation of the molded rubber products manufacturing on December 31, according to the notice.

The Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Development Board and DWD Dislocated Worker Program will provide assistance to the affected workers. 

Kate Winckler leaving Oconomowoc Area School District for New Berlin

Aug. 31, 2015 4:02 p.m. |  Kate Winckler, director of communications and marketing for the Oconomowoc Area School District, has accepted a new post with the New Berlin School District. 

Winckler's last day at OASD will be Sept.9; she will assume her role at New Berlin on Sept. 16. The Oconomowoc Area School District will begin the process to  search for Winckler's replacement immediately. 

Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14

Aug. 31, 2015 12:04 p.m. | Comfort Zone provides support, answers, validation and comfort to parents embarking on the journey called having a child with substance abuse problems.

Regardless of the stage in the journey, Comfort Zone will provide a listening ear, a compass, a source of strength of just a soft place to land for parents in discovery, in recovery or even in grief.

Comfort Zone meets on the second Monday of the month; the next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Aurora in Summit in the Gifford Conference room. 


Fighting the fade: three local couples share their journey with Alzheimer's

Aug. 31, 2015 11:16 a.m. | Like a dark shadow, it crosses the mind where the right word, response or direction remains silhouetted against the dusk of a fading memory and just out of reach. As time passes, the shadow grows, and memories vanish.

Community Watch


» Foolery's in Oconomowoc threatened with liquor license revocation 05:13 PM

» Vehicle crash causes Pewaukee power outage 04:33 PM

» Newcomers and Neighbors event on Sept. 8 03:40 PM

» Lighter voter turnout in Hartland 02:13 PM

» Student contest to be held for Hartland veterans memorial 12:20 PM

» Auditions for White Christmas held at Mukwonago High School 11:23 AM

» Social Life Dance Center to relocate to River Centre Plaza in Hartland 10:39 AM

» Lisbon fueling center approved 8/31

» Disc golf could sail into Minor Park in village of Mukwonago 8/31

» More than sport, Mukwonago team works to help others 8/31

» Changes, concerns addressed for Fountain Park apartment proposal in Mukwonago 8/31

» Eaton Corp. to cut 83 jobs at Pewaukee facility 8/31

» Kate Winckler leaving Oconomowoc Area School District for New Berlin 8/31

» Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14 8/31

» Fighting the fade: three local couples share their journey with Alzheimer's 8/31

» Minor's Estates Subdivision agreements pass 8/31

» Mukwonago marching band prepares for Phantom Phest 8/31

» Four Republicans vie to fill Waukesha County Assembly seat 8/30

» Warhawks, KM win football games 8/28

» East Troy 5K run to be held Aug. 29 8/28

» Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog 8/28

» Pewaukee man allegedly burglarized his next door neighbor 8/28

» Lake Country students post strong showing on ACT 8/28

» Oconomowoc woman charged for 2012 burglary 8/28

» Area schools, educators keep busy preparing for new year 8/28

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Weekend Happenings

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Wisconsin Highland Games: Sept. 4-6, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. A weekend of Celtic fun including food, live music, dancing, games of strength and skill, and kids activities. $7 adults in advance, $10 at the gate, $15 weekend pass, free for kids 12 and younger. www.wisconsinscottish.org

Free Concert for Operation Christmas Child: 5 p.m. Sept. 6, Rhodee Memorial Band Shell, City Beach, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Billy Sullivan, formerly band member of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and the Raspberries, will be performing from 7-9 p.m.  Drop-off 5-9 p.m. for items that can fit into a shoe box like school supplies, small toys for girls and boys, hygiene item, bar of soaps, wash cloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes.

“Picnic”: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5, SummerStage, Highway C, one mile South of I-94 in Lapham Peak Park, Delafield. William Inge drama. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5. $18 adults, $16 seniors, students.


Hawk’s Inn Historical Museum Tours: 1 p.m. Sept. 5, Hawks Inn Visitor Center, 426 Wells St., Delafield. Tour this historical inn which is on Wisconsin Landmark on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24. Free.

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