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Fleece sorting, holiday container garden ideas at Sunday's Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market

Nov. 18, 2012 9:39 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market continues on Sunday as it presents its first Ask the Expert Vendor program on Sunday as Georgia Meyer of Silver Creek Alpacas holds an alpaca fleece sorting demonstration. Meyer is currently studying to be a certified fleece sorter, something that less than a dozen people in the United States are certified to do.
Meyer’s demonstration will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at her booth in the greenhouses.
Following the demonstration, Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center staff will demonstrate, “How to Create a Festive Container Garden,” from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
The indoor winter farmers market is free and open to the public. The market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center (OLSGC) greenhouses, N68 W37850 Highway K.
Terry Van Lare, owner of OLSGC said he’s happy to host the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market, “The greenhouses are the perfect place for this twice monthly event, when the temperatures drop below zero our greenhouses allow the sunshine in, while keeping the cold out.”
Van Lare further explains, “We have received so many inquiries on whether we be hosting the market again this year. People really want it and obviously by the traffic through our greenhouses, they support it.”
Lisa Geason-Bauer, Greener Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market Director and Co-Chair of the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market planning committee is very excited about the focus of the programming for the 2012-13 season of the market. Geason-Bauer explains, “The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market will continue to offer a free wholesome gathering place for people of all ages and families during the winter months. This years educational programs will be focused around the topic of sustainable living and lifestyles.”
The public and community are invited to purchase locally grown and produced products ranging from artisan breads, toffee, eggs, cheese, beef, lamb, dips, sauces, vegetables, crackers, granola, fudge sauce, and more. Additions to the 2012-13-winter farmer market include more producers and a larger amount of seasonally grown produce such as micro greens, garlic and mushrooms. New products include raw honey, pickled asparagus, belly beans, jams and more.
For more information about the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market, call (26) 567-2666. For a complete list of all producers and market products go to http://www.oconomowoc.org/farmers-market-winter.php .

Rumble by the River flows this weekend into Big Bend

July 08, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Village of Big Bend — The fifth annual Rumble by the River event in the village of Big Bend is Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, in Big Bend Village Park.

There are many attractions at the event.

A classic car and truck show is being held Friday evening with Captn Bob from Wisconsin Hot Rod Radio supplying music. The cost is $10 for preregistered vehicles or $12 at the door. Spectators will be the judges along with participants and sponsors. "Dash plaques and goody bags" will be handed out.

The Midwest Tractor and Truck Pull Association circuit is holding a truck and tractor pull at 5 p.m. Saturday. Gas and diesel 4x4 trucks as well as light, heavy and modified tractors will be on display.

The "High-Hitchin' Pullers" will start at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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Marshals searching for Wales woman accused of felony murder

11:15 a.m. | U.S. Marshals are searching for Wales resident Stephanie Chapman, who is one of two women accused of delivering the drugs that ultimately killed Samantha Medinger of Oconomowoc.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Comissioner Thomas Pieper in late May issued a bench warrant for Chapman, 25, after she failed to appear for a scheduled hearing on May 28.

A few days later Chapman was charged with two felony counts of bail jumping and Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian issued another warrant for Chapman, according to online court records.

Chapman had been released earlier this year on a $16,000 cash bond on condition that she comply with a pretrial supervision program administered through Wisconsin Community Services.

Severed communication

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Hartand Fire Department extinguishes house fire with new equipment

10:03 a.m. | Town of Merton — Interim Hartland Fire Chief Dave Dean said one thing was clear after his department battled and extinguished a house fire Thursday, July 2: the damage done to the home could have been a lot worse.

Dean credited some new equipment recently purchased by the department — called DSPA-5 fire suppression devices — with successfully containing the fire and limiting the damage done to a house at W305 N5247 Gail Lane.

According to tax.waukeshacounty.gov, the home is owned by Paul Stapleton.

The call about the fire came into the department around 11:11 p.m. Thursday, July 2, Dean said. All evidence on scene suggested that the fire started in a dishwasher inside the home and spread to the kitchen floor and walls.

Dean said he was the second firefighter to arrive at the home and added that he was the one who threw the DSPA-5, a disc-shaped aerosol generator, into the home where the device successfully knocked down the flames.

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Sussex architectural review board is having Kwik Trip make several changes to the proposed facility

9:13 a.m. | Village of Sussex — A representative from Kwik Trip Inc. presented the architectural plans for its planned fueling station in Sussex, but the village architectural review board delayed the plans and requested several changes be made before construction starts.

Kwik Trip has a fueling station planned for the intersection of Highway 164 and Silver Spring Drive, and on Wednesday, July 1, Troy Mleziva, real estate manager, sought approval on the architectural building, landscape, lighting and signage for the new fueling station from the village board.

The board asked Kwik Trip to make several changes to its design before approval. The main change the board proposed was moving the container that holds propane from the front of the store to the side. Board member Melissa Bauer called the current design "ugly."

There was more debate regarding the Kwik Trip sign pole; the base of the sign was originally planned to stick 3 feet above ground, but the board wanted to see if that could be changed. The board also wanted to see more detailed designs of a fence that surrounds the proposed fueling station's compressed natural gas container.

Board member Timothy Dietrich was in defense of the Kwik Trip.

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Weidl: Aldi development in Mukwonago '10 years in the making'

9:00 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Aldi's plans to build a grocery store in Mukwonago at the corner of Wolf Run and Highway 83 are moving forward.

The plan for development was passed by the village's joint review board. Since then, Aldi has been working on getting permits for destruction and development at the site where the Urban Herriges and Sons building currently sits. The property is approximately 14,000 square feet.

The Mukwonago Fire Department had planned to do a practice burn at the location, but they decided against it after finding asbestos.

"Unfortunately, it was discovered there is asbestos present so we will not be doing any live burns in those structures," said Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien.

Village Administrator John Weidl said that the development is "10 years in the making." He said the idea started about 10 years ago and a little more than a year ago things started in motion again.

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Zachariah's Acres to host second annual golf outing

8:17 a.m. |  In its continuing effort to benefit children with special needs by making nature accessible, Zachariah’s Acres will host its second annual golf outing and dinner auction on Friday, August 7,   at Silver Spring Golf Club in Menomonee Falls.

 Due to  generous support  from last year's outing, Zachariah's Acres purchased a golf cart to safely transport  guests, planted a fruit orchard, and expanded  programs for children with special needs,  and  much more. 

All proceeds benefit children with special needs and their families.  Whether you choose to sponsor  the event, golf, come for dinner, give a donation or volunteer,   your support is appreciated.  


Registration: 10 -11:30 a.m.  

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Marshals search for local woman in connection with drug case

7:45 a.m. |  U.S. marshals are searching for Stephanie Chapman, charged in Waukesha County Court with first-degree reckless homicide, felony bail jumping and manufacturing/delivery of controlled substances.

Online court records list her address as 171 Pembrooke Way, Wales. 

Read more on the case here

Croatian Fest coming up this weekend in Mukwonago's Field Park

July 06, 2015 11:33 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Croatian Fest returns for the 56th year on Saturday, July 11, in Field Park in the village of Mukwonago.

Festivities will be held from noon to 8 p.m. in Field Park by Highway 83 and NN, but fairgoers can start arriving at 11 a.m. to eat, said Carol Gedde, the festival's primary contact.

Parking and admission are free.

The event is being put on by the Croatian Fraternal Union of America — John Movrich Lodge 993.

Gedde stressed the event is not just for Croatians, inviting everyone to "come and be Croatian for a day."

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Mukwonago Red Brick Museum offers Victorian Tea

July 06, 2015 5:58 p.m. | A limited number of tickets are available for the Mukwonago Red Brick Museum, will hold its third annual Victorian Tea at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

Learn about women's secrets — undergarments of the gay 90s, roaring 20s, and fabulous 50s.

Tea, other beverages, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts will be served. Participants can choose a cup and saucer to use and take home.

Advanced tickets are required. Cost to attend the tea is $20. Participants must be 12 or older.

Tickets can be reserved by calling Ann at (262) 363-8681 or Sue at (262) 363-3915 or stop in the museum during tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on July 12.

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Fundraising efforts begin in hopes of restoring Paradise Springs pond

July 06, 2015 5:38 p.m. | Eagle — After the dam at Paradise Springs nature trail in the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest failed in June, the trout pond drained, leaving the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff evaluating options for the dam.

According to the DNR, "an engineer who inspected the dam determined that repairs would be costly and that the concrete in the structure was so deteriorated that any repairs would be temporary. Complete replacement of the dam could be $300,000 or more."

When Kelly Maddern of Waukesha, "a concerned resident," heard what happened to the dam and what it would cost to repair, she "jumped into action without a second thought."

Maddern has spearheaded efforts to "raise money that will go directly to the DNR specifically for this project," according to www.saveparadisesprings.com.

"I love being able to go to Paradise Springs with my family or by myself to do some photography," Maddern said. "I can't imagine the pond not coming back."

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UPDATE: Death caused by drowning

July 06, 2015 3:38 p.m. | UPDATE: An autopsy performed by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s office has revealed the July 4 death of 42-year-old Marcie E. Taylor was caused by drowning. 


UPDATE: Police have released the name of the woman whose body was pulled from a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday, July, 4, as  Marcie E. Taylor, 42, of 34635 Spring Bank Rd., in the Village. 


The body of a 42-year-old Village of Oconomowoc Lake  woman was found in a shallow area of Oconomowoc Lake on Saturday morning, July 4.

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Increased safety measures at Richmond after incident

July 06, 2015 3:13 p.m. | The Richmond School District is increasing safety measures for summer school after an incident Monday.

According to an email sent to parents, a Richmond School parent was approached in the Arrowhead Highlands subdivision by a white, bald male in his mid-30s driving a silver, four-door sedan. The man asked for directions and then showed inappropriate pictures on his phone, according to the letter.

"Anytime something happens in our neighborhood, it's cause for concern, and we're working with local authorities to make sure everybody is safe," said Richmond Superintendent Jeff Weiss.

He said the incident involved only adults.

"The fact that there weren't students involved was a relief to me, but I think it'll just put us on higher alert," Weiss said.

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Hamilton student earns Girl Scouts' highest honor

July 06, 2015 3:03 p.m. | The image of scouting is filled with pictures of camping, earning badges and having fun with friends.

It seems that there is some truth to that as those were the very reasons that Hamilton High School rising senior Katie Ciolkosz joined the Girl Scouts while in second grade.

"A lot of my friends were in the Girl Scouts," Ciolkosz said.

But as she got older and progressed through the scouts, Ciolkosz realized the program is about so much more.

"We all wanted to make some impact on the community," which is what kept Ciolkosz and many of her troop members involved in the scouts up through high school. Additionally, "We all go to the same school and are involved in the same activities. That has also helped keep us connected."

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Hartland woman accused of driving drunk to police station

July 06, 2015 2:58 p.m. | When a detective told Annemarie Bottoni that she thought Bottoni had driven drunk to the Hartland Police Department, a criminal complaint says Bottoni didn't leave any doubt about whether or not she was intoxicated.

"Of course I am," Bottoni told the detective in the complaint.

Bottoni, 44, was charged June 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with driving while intoxicated — her fourth OWI offense in five years — throwing or discharging bodily fluids at a public safety worker, intentionally giving a false alarm and driving with a revoked license.

Bottoni could face up to more than 11 years behind bars and $32,500 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Bottoni stopped by the police department twice on the morning of June 29. Both times, she said she was there to report her boyfriend for strangling her, but she refused to make any official written or oral statements about the incident.

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Sussex woman reportedly stole thousands as condo association treasurer

July 06, 2015 12:00 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 48-year-old Sussex woman reportedly stole more than $25,000 while serving as treasurer for a local condominium association, a criminal complaint says.

Court records show that Lorene Lutey Treml — who was charged July 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of theft in a business setting exceeding $10,000 — allegedly stole the money over a period of 20 months, beginning in October 2013.

Two members of the Meadow Valley Condominium Association reported the thefts to police in May after Treml refused to provide money for landscaping projects at the Westfield Way Condominiums, which is represented by Meadow Valley.

A criminal complaint says that Heather Trutman, Meadow Valley's current treasurer, contacted two banks where the condominium association keeps its money and discovered that both accounts, which each contained about $14,000, had been mostly drained.

Bank statements and canceled checks from both banks, one a Waukesha State Bank and the other a North Shore Bank, revealed that Treml withdrew thousands in cash from both accounts and wrote out personal checks using more than $16,000 of the condominium association's money, according to the complaint.

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Community Watch


» Rumble by the River flows this weekend into Big Bend 7/8

» Marshals searching for Wales woman accused of felony murder 11:15 AM

» Hartand Fire Department extinguishes house fire with new equipment 10:03 AM

» Sussex architectural review board is having Kwik Trip make several changes to the proposed facility 09:13 AM

» Weidl: Aldi development in Mukwonago '10 years in the making' 09:00 AM

» Zachariah's Acres to host second annual golf outing 08:17 AM

» Marshals search for local woman in connection with drug case 07:45 AM

» Croatian Fest coming up this weekend in Mukwonago's Field Park 7/6

» Mukwonago Red Brick Museum offers Victorian Tea 7/6

» Fundraising efforts begin in hopes of restoring Paradise Springs pond 7/6

» UPDATE: Death caused by drowning 7/6

» Increased safety measures at Richmond after incident 7/6

» Hamilton student earns Girl Scouts' highest honor 7/6

» Hartland woman accused of driving drunk to police station 7/6

» Sussex woman reportedly stole thousands as condo association treasurer 7/6

» Electric go-cart facility hopes to open by Aug. 1 7/6

» Sussex stops Pewaukee in LOL, 1-0 7/4

» Merton, Mulkey stop Hartland 7/4

» Why no help for schizophrenic girl in Slender Man stabbing? 7/3

» Patriotic parades march into Lake Country 7/3

» Keep small propane cylinders out of curbside recycling containers 7/2

» Murder case for Summit resident Shawn Witt prolonged again 7/2

» Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society seeks Hamilton yearbooks 7/2

»  Vernon Lutheran Church hosts local garden tours 7/2

» Hamilton classes of 60s and 70s invited to reunion Aug. 8 7/1

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Weekend Happenings

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Delafield Block Party: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. July 10, 11, Downtown Delafield. Festival features food and music plus specialty brews and wine. Friday entertainment is The Orphans and The Toys. Saturday hear Up All Night and Rhythm Method. www.chamber.visitdelafield.org

Lake Country Art Festival: 9 a.m. July 11, Naga-Waukee Park, 651 State Road 83, Delafield. The Lake Country Art Festival features more than 100 juried artists from jewelry, paintings, photography, fiber crafts and metal artists. Children’s activities tent, silent auction, entertainment and food services provided by Delafield Brewhaus. There is a $5 donation per carload for parking with all money raised going to local charities and scholarships to graduating seniors.

Sussex Lions Days: July 10-12, Sussex Village Park. Annual event features carnival rides, live music, sport tournaments, sheepshead tournament, bingo, food and beverage booths, pony and camel rides and tractor pull. Fireworks Friday night. Parade at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. www.sussexlions.org

Annual Oconomowoc Arts Center Open House: 6 p.m. July 11, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Tom Klubertanz and Andy Zietlow will entertain visitors. Free brats, burgers and hot dogs. Local dance and community service groups will be on hand in the lobby with informational tables. Check out the 2015-16 season line up and take advantage of discounts for early ticket purchases.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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