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Introduce kids to Santa at breakfast

Dec. 14, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Young children sometimes have a hard time with Santa.

That’s understandable if they are not prepared. Imagine you are 3 years old, in a crowded department store with strangers all around and suddenly you’re asked to sit on the lap of a huge man wearing an outrageous red suit. He has so much white hair on his face you can’t even see flesh. The man looks like no one you know.

It can be daunting.

Perhaps a good way to start is to take your youngster to a breakfast with Santa, like the one at the Delafield American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, on Saturday.

The pancake breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon and includes raffles and treats. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.  

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City of Oconomowoc files response to alleged misconduct in Fowler Lake Village vote

7:25 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - An attorney representing the city filed a legal response this afternoon in Waukesha County Circuit Court to the allegations that the common council acted inappropriately when it voted down a development agreement for developer Jeff Seymour's proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project.

The response came a few weeks after attorneys representing Rockwell Development LLC and Fowler Lake Village LLC filed a civil complaint against the city and the council, claiming that the council acted in an "arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious manner" when it rejected the development agreement in early December.

"The common council ... exercised its will rather than its judgment," according to the complaint.

The city, in its response, categorically denies any wrongdoing and at one point claims that no "binding discussions or negotiations were undertaken by the city or the Community Development Authority with the plaintiffs."

The memorandum of understanding -- a non-binding agreement outlining conditions both parties would be expected to meet before a development agreement could be presented to the council -- "speaks for itself," according to the city's response.

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ULS to present Medical Speaker series

4:51 p.m. |  University Lake School, in partnership with Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, presents a Medical Speaker Series:

·Understanding of Dementia at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4

·Advanced Care Planning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4

·Importance of Sleep and Hazards of Non Sleep at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13

All speakers will be in the ULS Fine Arts Treiber Theater at 4024 Nagawicka Road, Hartland.

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New police services director named for Sussex, Merton, Lisbon

8:21 a.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson has named a  new director of police services for the villages of Sussex and Meerton and the town of Lisbon.

Capt. Lisa Panas of the sheriff's department will replace Capt. Torin Misko, who is being promoted to deputy inspector in the department. Panas will take over in her new position on Feb. 6.

Panas has been with the sheriff’s department for almost 10 years and has most recently been assign to dayshift patrol. She has overseen the Field Training Program as well as the School Resource Officer Program, recruitment and selection process and grant management, among other assignments.  

She is excited to take on this new challenge. “I am looking forward to representing the community and building partnerships as the director of police services. I am committed to maintaining the long standing relationships within the community while focusing on progressive public safety and services,” she said.

Panas hold's a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Marian University and is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison Command College for a certified public manager certificate.

Arrowhead lacrosse/field hockey complex not happening for now

Jan. 28, 2015 5:48 p.m. |  The proposed lacrosse and field hockey complex at Arrowhead High School will not come to fruition for now.

After multiple deadlines, the project has had no further progress.

"At this time, the funds needed to move forward with the project were not raised, and as a result there are no further plans to proceed with developing the proposed plan," said Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson on Monday, Jan. 26.

Read the complete story here, or read it in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

NuGenesis cooking class offered

Jan. 28, 2015 4:11 p.m. |  NuGenesis  is offering a cooking class on Jan. 29 called "Can You Eat Uour Way Clear of a Disease?"

The most current research supports the benefits of specific foods in preventing disease and supporting recovery from chronic illness. Learn easy ways to eat with the intention to prevent, heal, and/or stay strong during the treatment of a chronic illness. The second half of the class will be focused on cooking demonstrations to learn the health benefits of specific foods and how to incorporate them into your diet. Enjoy a fresh, seasonal meal during class and receive recipes to take home.  The class will be led by Registered Dietitian Betty Holloway.

Menu for Class:

- Curried Red Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Greens
- Winter Green Salad with Pickled Onions and Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Pomegranate Poached Pears with Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds
- Sprouted Grain Rolls from Angelic Bakehouse in Milwaukee   

For more information, visit  http://goo.gl/5Wy1Td

Ybdi Islami's court saga continues as his mental competency remains in question

Jan. 28, 2015 1:46 p.m. | City of Waukesha  After three and a half hours of testimony on Wednesday, Jan. 28, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter adjourned another competency hearing for Ybdi Islami, who's accused of arson and other felonies, without ruling whether Islami is fit to stand trial or not.

The Jan. 28 hearing was a continuation of a previous competency hearing held in December, which lasted several hours and concluded when Islami's attorney Wendy Patrickus filed a psychological evaluation of Islami which indicated that he was mentally incompetent.

That evaluation was introduced into evidence in order to refute the claims of Ana Garcia  a psychologist at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, where Islami is receiving treatment, and an expert witness for the prosecution  who authored a psychological evaluation of Islami that claimed he was "malingering," or exaggerating or feigning the symptoms of mental illness in order to appear incompetent.

Basil Jackson, the author of the second evaluation, testified for the defense at the Jan. 28 hearing and claimed that Islami is unfit to stand trial. Jackson said that during two recent interviews with Islami — arranged for the purpose of determining Islami’s competency — he detected what he described as irreparable brain damage, severe memory problems and a distinct lack of “visual acuity.”

All his findings appeared to contradict Garcia's testimony at the previous hearing.

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Get your tickets for Mukwonago High School musical, 'Fiddler'

Jan. 28, 2015 12:21 p.m. | Tickets for the Mukwonago High School musical production of "Fiddler on the Roof" are now on sale. The musical will be performed at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27, 28; and March 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. on March 1 and 7 in the MHS auditorium.

Tickets can be purchased by calling (262) 613-2048; by email at mhs.annual.musical@gmail.com and during box office hours from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, weekly through Feb. 26.

Tickets are $12 adults, $11 seniors (65 and over) and $10 children (17 and younger). Tickets are $1 more at the door.

Dousman Fire Chief Resigns

Jan. 28, 2015 9:45 a.m. | Village of Dousman - Fire Chief Steve Totzke has told the Dousman Fire District governing board that he is resigning effective Feb. 20 to become information technology manager for the Milwaukee convention and visitors bureau where he had previously worked before becoming a full time fire fighter.

Totzke will continue as a volunteer fire fighter/paramedic with the department that serves the villages of Summit and Dousman and  most of the Town of Ottawa

He said his new position with Visit Milwaukee will enable him to maintain his interest in fire service while pursuing a career that will allow him to spend more time with his family.

Totzke, 41, earned  a bachelor's degree in computer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he minored in public safety.

Totzke and his wife Tina, who is also a fire fighter, have three children ranging in ages from 7 to 11.

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LCFR fiscal condition improved

Jan. 27, 2015 10:57 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Lake Country Fire and Rescue officials say they are optimistic that they will end fiscal year 2014 in better shape than the two previous years when they had operating deficits at the end of year.

Interim Fire Chief Kevin Keith told Delafield, Chenequa and Nashotah officials that a projected year end deficit may not occur because the department was able to reduce costs and add revenues during the last three months of 2014.

Robert Bellin, newly elected president of the LCFR governing board, told the municipal officials that final revenues and expense figures would not be available until the department's audit was completed in March.

The three municipalities contribute slightly more than one million dollars of the department's $1.9 million budget.

However, LCFR and some city officials have not resolved their differences over the department's "entreprenual business model."

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County KE bridge closure on Feb. 4

Jan. 27, 2015 11:57 a.m. |  Long-term closures are coming to Highway KE just east of Hartland.

The Highway KE (North Shore Drive) bridge over Highway 16 will be fully closed starting Feb. 4, according to state Department of Transportation Southeast Region spokesman Brian DeNeve. The closure is expected to last through late spring or early summer, and will facilitate work on the bridge deck.

Read the complete story here, or check out Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

OASD need substitute teachers

Jan. 27, 2015 9:03 a.m. |  Anyone interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the Oconomowoc Area School District is invited to attend the DPI endorsed Substitute Teacher Training held on Feb. 11 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Mukwonago Area School District.  Individuals interested in becoming a substitute teacher in the state of Wisconsin need to have a four-year college degree and complete a one day training provided by Team Educators.

Fee for the seminar at Mukwonago Area School District is $90  (includes program  and  materials). Upon completion of the training, candidates will receive a certificate indicating that training has been complete. Team Educators will also provide the application for the DPI three year permit/license. An additional $100 needs to be attached and mailed in to the DPI.

Please continue to check the Team Educators website for additional seminar dates.

4K program coming to Mukwonago School District next year

Jan. 26, 2015 11:49 p.m. | Jumping on the 4K bandwagon, Mukwonago will join 95 percent of the districts in the state to offer a 4-year-old kindergarten program for families.

Mukwonago's school board unanimously approved a 4K program at its meeting on Monday night. School board members Todd Clemens and Rodell Singert were absent from the meeting.

The program will offer a five-day program of roughly two-and-a-half hours each day, which would meet guidelines for receiving state aid. Classes would be held within community preschools or day cares, with curriculum determined by the district.

Some school board members had hoped to see a blended version of offering 4K in some school sites, as well as within community partners. However, offering the program housed solely within preschools and day care centers in the community — at least in the first year — removed many variables that caused concern for some board members.

Previous concerns were with transportation costs and staffing, said Nick Reichhoff, director of employee and instructional services for the district.

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Hartland village board approves site, building plans for Riverwalk Apartment project

Jan. 26, 2015 9:10 p.m. | Village of Hartland - The proposed Riverwalk Apartment project continues its glide through the village's official approval process.

The village board on Monday, Jan. 26, once again voted in favor of the development and approved the site and building plans for the project.

The vote was 6-1 in favor of approval; Trustee Ann Wallschlager cast the lone dissenting vote.

Wallschlager said she was very concerned that the project was incongruent with the kind of development the village is looking for, and once again pointed out that the number of stalls proposed for the project is insufficient according to the village code.

Developer Joe McCormick said otherwise.

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Helping children deal with grief

Jan. 26, 2015 1:49 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Parent  Education Network  and Healing Hearts of Waukesha County are presenting a program called  “Helping Children with Grief”  from 6:30- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27,  in the OHS Little Theater.

Grief in children can occur as a result of trauma associated with death, divorce, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment and separation.  Grief is a natural and normal response to any of these traumatic events. 

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County is committed to supporting children and families experiencing grief.  Executive Director, Chris Beck, will help  participants understand how we can best support  children experiencing any of these difficult situations.  After  39  years of teaching Speech, English and Television Production in the Waukesha High Schools,  Beck volunteered as a facilitator with Healing Hearts.  This is her fourth year as a facilitator and her third year as Executive Director.   

Come meet Healing Heart's therapy dog, Noah

Make your  free reservations at http://helpingchildrengrieve.eventbrite.com   

Sussex boy, 8, dies after falling through Lake Winnebago ice

Jan. 26, 2015 1:04 p.m. | Andrew Doro, 40, and his son Derek Doro, 8, both of Sussex, died after their vehicle fell through ice on Lake Winnebago on Sunday, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Emergency crews were called just before 7 a.m. Sunday to the lake about two miles east of Oshkosh's Merritt St. boat landing. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle called for help after watching the vehicle fall through.

Divers from the Oshkosh Fire Department pulled Doro, who had been driving, and his son from the water. The two were taken to local hospitals, where they later died.

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