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Snow, freezing rain making roads slick in area

Dec. 20, 2012 3:44 p.m. | According to a media release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, a winter storm warning is currently in effect statewide through Friday afternoon (Dec. 21), with hazardous travel likely over the next two days.

Conditions are expected to change rapidly. Heavysnow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected tobe especially treacherous today and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised tocancel or delay travel plans.

Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend. Snow fall is intensifying across the central part of the state along a path extending from Madison in the Southwest towards Green Bay in the Northeast. Total accumulations throughout the day and into the evening could exceed one foot.

In the Southeast near Milwaukee, rain will begin to freeze and change to snow this afternoon. This will create very hazardous driving conditions during the afternoon rush hour.

Home garbage costs to drop $46 in Sussex

2:00 p.m. | Village of Sussex — Village officials are apparently prepared to continue the policy of the village operating its own municipal garbage collection and recycling program rather than partnering with Waukesha County.

The village board was expected to approve a low bid contract with Johns Disposal Services of Whitewater for garbage and recycling collection that would cost village homeowners $124.20 in the first year of the contract and increase to $164 per year in the fifth year of the contract.

With the new contract, each resident will receive one garbage cart and one recycling cart and residents will no longer have to sort the recyclables. All recyclable materials can be placed in the recycling cart for collection.

According to village officials, the new contract will reduce each homeowners' garbage collection cost by about $46.

The yearly garbage and recycling collection bill is included on each homeowner's real estate tax bill, although it is considered a special charge and is not part of the real estate tax payment.

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Arrowhead HS to hold open house Monday at new manufacturing center

1:08 p.m. | Town of Merton — Arrowhead High School will be giving members of the public an opportunity to get a first-hand look at the school's new Design Engineering Manufacturing Center at an open house and dedication ceremony Monday, Oct. 19.

The open house will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Teachers and students will provide demonstrations in the center's engineering, design, manufacturing, and innovation labs.

A short recognition ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to recognize donors, original steering committee members, staff members, and others involved in the $2.1 million project.

The 10,000-square-foot center, which opened at the beginning of the school year, is located at 700 North Avenue on Arrowhead's South Campus.

Highway KF bridge in Pewaukee to reopen by Oct. 31

12:43 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A heavily used bridge over Highway 16 in Pewaukee is expected to reopen by the end of the month.

The Highway KF (Ryan Street) bridge, which has been closed to traffic since June to replace the bridge deck, is expected to reopen by Oct. 31, said Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesman Brian DeNeve.

About 9,400 vehicles a day use the bridge, according to the latest DOT figures.

Concrete pouring was scheduled to start Friday, Oct. 9, and continue this week, DeNeve said. Blacktop paving is expected to take place the week of Oct. 19. Work on guard rails, shoulders, signs and pavement marking will follow.

DeNeve said the schedule could vary depending on weather and other factors.

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Hartland Music celebrates 40 years in business and community

12:18 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Almost 40 years ago to the day, Larry McDonald walked into Corrao Music to start his first day of work as a music teacher.

Since then, Corrao Music has become Hartland Music, and McDonald, and his wife Ellen, have become the proprietors of the business. This weekend, Oct. 16 and Oct. 17, the McDonald's are celebrating Hartland Music's 40th anniversary and they'd like the community to come out and join them.

The festivities are scheduled to kick off 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 with a gala at Hartland Music, 1125 James Drive.

Ellen McDonald described the event as a "big party" and said that the gala will include several performances from Hartland Music staff members, including Ellen herself who has a deep background in music.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the McDonalds have scheduled a college fair at their store, and are bringing in representatives from several area schools with strong music departments. The fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will also feature a number of Hartland Music student recitals.

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Sussex has tax limit options

8:33 a.m. | Village of Sussex — Village officials have used a combination of economic growth and debt restructuring to avoid some of the budget restraints usually imposed on municipal governments by state mandated limits on annual tax levy increases.

Meanwhile, they are also tweaking some of their calculations in the 2016 budget that totals about $20.6 million for all funds and includes a 5.2 percent real estate tax levy increase and a 15-cent hike in the tax rate for a home with an assessed valuation of about $290,000.

A public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 24, at the village hall.

The approximately $6.3 million levy — a $314,375 increase — pays for most of an $8.2 million general fund. It is expected to result in a tax rate from $5.16 to $5.30 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

The levy increase is likely to result in a $68.53 municipal tax increase for the typical homeowner rather than the initial estimate of $72.50.

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Pink or Treat event planned

7:00 a.m. |  Pink or Treat Free Women’s Wellness Event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon   on Oct. 27 at the Center for Life Enrichment Tuesday, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Summit Aurora is serving as event cosponsor. The event will address women’s wellness with many featured exhibitors. Exhibitors include Tina Dalgren RN, OB nurse bringing current information about gynecologic health issues, Deb Hall RN and breast cancer coordinator will offer a Q & A session, Kimberly Weber NP, manager of laser and cosmetic surgery will offer free facial assessments (preregistration is required).  Also presenting will be Aurora at Home Medical and Hospice services, Pink Heals Fire Engine, Delafield Chapter, 4 Rivers Center for Well Being, and  Shorehaven’s Life @ Home Coordinator, Jamie Milaeger. 

There will also be opportunities to shop  Beads for Life sold by Silver Lake Intermediate School and Spin Gym. Refreshments and door prizes provided. Walk-ins are welcome.  Participants are invited to wear pink.  For more information call (262) 354-1375 or email jhalliburton@lho.org

Substitute teachers needed at OASD

7:00 a.m. |  Do you want a flexible work schedule with no weekend hours? Do you enjoy working with students? The Oconomowoc Area School District is seeking to hire qualified substitute teachers for daily and long-term assignments. If you have a 4-year degree, you can easily become certified as a substitute teacher by attending a substitute training workshop.

Substitute teachers in the Oconomowoc School District are compensated $100 per day or $150 per day for long-term subbing.

The Oconomowoc Area School District is also accepting applications for the following areas:

• Paraprofessionals paid at $15/hr.

• Paraprofessional substitutes paid at $10/hr.

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Hartland-Lakeside, Merton school boards hold initial merger discussion

Oct. 12, 2015 10:33 p.m. | Village of Hartland — In the past 20 years in Wisconsin, there have been just five instances of school districts merging.

Hartland-Lakeside and Merton could make it six.

The two school boards, along with about 80 parents, teachers, and community members, learned more Monday, Oct. 12, about what would be involved in a potential consolidation of the two districts.

The two boards held a joint meeting at North Shore Middle School, the first time they've had a collective discussion on the topic.

Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, outlined the process for consolidation, as defined by state statutes.

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Woman accused of stealing $21,000, climbing through ceiling to steal drugs pleads guilty

Oct. 12, 2015 8:23 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Dousman resident Stephanie Butler is still waiting for one final bang of the judge's gavel before the books can close on some of her myriad legal troubles.

Butler, 30, pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court to two counts of misappropriating identification information to obtain money, and to burglary of a room within a building and possession of narcotic drugs — all felonies. She is scheduled to be sentenced for her crimes Nov. 18 by Judge Ralph Ramirez, court records say.

All the charges stem from two separate criminal cases, one of which involved Butler skimming more than $21,000 from Waukesha State Bank customers while she worked there as a teller; and the other in which Butler apparently crawled through the ceiling of an Oconomowoc Kmart to break into the store's pharmacy and steal prescription drugs.

Charges from both cases were filed almost exactly two months apart (the bank theft charges were filed first), but the plea hearings were adjudicated jointly and the date of the sentencing hearing is the same for both cases, according to online court records. All the remaining charges in both cases — there were more than two dozen of them — were dismissed but read into the court record.

Butler could be facing decades in prison and more than $50,000 in fines. And she's still facing charges in one Milwaukee County case.

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North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor announces retirement

Oct. 12, 2015 3:05 p.m. | Village of North Prairie — North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.

Village Trustee Donna Samuels read a letter from Taylor 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 Taylor being in a car accident involving a train in 1989. Both of his legs were broken.

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Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13

Oct. 12, 2015 1:33 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — City residents will soon have another chance to elect a local government official.

Four candidates are running in a primary election Oct. 13, and that list will be thinned to two before a Nov. 10 aldermanic District 4 special election.

All the candidates are vying to fill the aldermanic seat vacated by now interim Mayor Dave Nold, who was appointed to that position in July following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The candidates campaigning for Nold's seat are Robert Morgan, Jayson Mauer, Kevin Ellis and John Gross, all of whom have sought local government seats in the past.

City Clerk Diane Coenen called the four-person primary race unprecedented in Oconomowoc's history.

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Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain

Oct. 12, 2015 12:02 p.m. | Village of Hartland — The organizations rallying together to clear out the invasive plant species in the Hartland Marsh are facing an important decision.

Do they conduct controlled burns to exterminate invasive species next spring? Or wait until spring 2017 to burn a larger area?

Money funding the project is tight, said environmental activist and organizer Paul Mozina, and some areas of the Bark River marsh — nearly 200 acres of protected green space that stretch west of Cottonwood Avenue to Highway 83 — have been sufficiently prepared for the next phase of the cleanup effort: prescribed burns.

The burns, controlled brush fires targeted at exterminating invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard, have been tentatively scheduled to begin next spring. But, Mozina said, if they're put off until spring 2017 a larger area of marsh terrain could be cleared and readied for burning, which might be a better deal for the parties involved.

The Waukesha County Land Conservancy, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the village of Hartland all own swaths of land in the marsh and have a vested interest in preserving and restoring the area.

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Five places to visit in Lake Country this Halloween — if you dare

Oct. 12, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Ghosts, goblins, witches and more creepy characters will inhabit haunted houses and terrorizing spooky trails during Lake Country events that celebrate Halloween. Here are five places to go if you're looking for a scare — if you dare.

Lapham Peak Fright Hike

For 18 years, the Friends of Lapham Peak State Park and the town of Delafield have sponsored the Lapham Peak Fright Hike. Ghosts, goblins, cartoon and movie characters, often portrayed by local high school students, add to the frightful adventures of walking the haunted, moonlit paths of the state park.

There is also live music, a bonfire, ghost story time and concessions during the event, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24.

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"Can You Eat Your Way Clear of Disease?"

Oct. 12, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  NuGensis is hosting a Wellness Cooking Class series and from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Tursday, Oct. 22 will offer "Can You Eat Your Way Clear of Disease?"

 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 keep your body strong. The class will focus on exploring the health benefits of specific foods and how to incorporate them into your diet. Watch a dynamic cooking demonstration, enjoy a fresh, seasonal meal, and receive recipes to take home.
This class is led by Registered Dietitian Betty Holloway.

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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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