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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.

Pewaukee's Christian Education Leadership Academy plans to boost enrollment, establish waiting list

11:10 a.m. | As Pewaukee's newest private Christian school nears the end of its inaugural year, the school's co-founder is looking ahead to bigger and better things, including boosting enrollment by 60 percent.

Christian Education Leadership Academy, on Ryan Street just north of Highway 16, is serving 250 students in grades kindergarten through eight this year.

Because of its first-year success and number of requests from other families to join, Brian Nahey, who co-founded CELA with his wife, Nancy, said the school is projecting enrollment to swell to 400 for the 2016-17 school year and hopes to establish a waiting list to fill potential openings.

Nahey said CELA will announce detailed plans to fulfill that goal in the coming weeks, including new scholarship opportunities.

For now, the school has planned three "Each One, Reach One" events in April and May, where current CELA families are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors who might want to join the school. The event will give families an opportunity to see the school, meet members of the CELA family and encourage them to look into the enrollment process.

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10 Questions: with UPAF president & CEO Deanna Tillisch of Hartland

10:39 a.m. | One might think the most challenging part of a job leading an organization tasked with annually raising millions of dollars to support performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin, is — you know — raising the money.

But Hartland's Deanna Tillisch, president and CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund — which helps support art groups such as First Stage, Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — said the most difficult part of the gig is figuring out how to allocate the funds.

Tillisch, 54-year-old wife of Eric and mother to daughters Kayla, Kasey and Morgan, has been with UPAF since 2011. As the organization's president and CEO, she oversees all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, allocation of dollars, marketing, operations and finance.

The challenge of divvying up funds is one of the topics Tillisch addressed in a "10 Questions" interview with Lake Country Publications. The Indiana native also talked about what UPAF is doing to solidify its presence in Lake Country and why she feels she has the "best job in the community."

1 What drew you to your current position as president and CEO of UPAF?

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Town of Mukwonago begins revamp of roads

10:35 a.m. | The town of Mukwonago has begun the first phases of a just over $4.7 million road project set to improve up to 45 miles of town roads, over the course of the project.

Due to the size of the project it has been divided into three smaller projects, according to Town Engineer Sean Sullivan — pulverize and overlay project, the slag seal and microsurfacing project, and the Beulah Road reconstruction project. Weekly meetings will be held with contractors to review the progress of the projects and discuss scheduling.

Department of Public Works Foreman Rick Peterson said marking out for saw cutting began May 2. Saw cutting, but not removal of driveway ends so new asphalt can be blended in when paving, started on the north end of the town.

Prep work, crack sealing and spray patching should also start the week of May 2 in the Willow Springs subdivision and on Schnitzler Road, according to Peterson.

Pulverizing will start on Monday, May 9, on the north end of town and working south, Peterson said.

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Thank a teacher

9:23 a.m. | It’s teacher appreciation week.  Send a note, a card, a gift, or call a teacher and thank them for all they do.

MPD Explorer Post begins open application process

9:11 a.m. | The Mukwonago Police Department Explorer Post #429 is pleased to announce an open application process, which started April 27, 2016. The post is open to young adults 15-21 years old with no criminal record.

The Mukwonago Police Explorer Post #429 is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America in an effort to expose young adults to the various facets of law enforcement. This program is primarily geared towards young adults with a career interest in law enforcement.

The cost of the program is $24.00 annually for charter fees imposed by Learning for Life to accommodate insurance coverage for all members of the post. If you have any questions please contact by phone or email Officer Cory Kirkpatrick, Advisor to Post #429. He can be reached at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department from 7pm to 3am at (262) 363-6435. Or you can send Officer Kirkpatrick an email at ckirkpatrick@mkpd.org.

Applications for the Mukwonago Police Explorer post can be picked up at any time at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department, located at 627 S. Rochester St. Mukwonago, WI 53149.

St. Jerome's hosts Caregiver Support Group

7:17 a.m. | The Alzheimer's Association of Southeast Wisconsin sponsors Caregiver Support Groups open to anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, or other form of memory loss. 

St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, is host to a Caregiver Support Group on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m.; facilitators are Diane Becker (262) 490-3946 and Brenda Stieber (262) 569-9027.

 

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Monches wins LOL baseball opener

May 01, 2016 5:11 p.m. | Monches grabbed the spotlight Sunday on opening day in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league by scoring a 9-8 win over Merton. Other division scores were Oconomowoc over North Lake 15-1, Brookfield Blue Sox over Sussex 4-2, West Bend 7-Up over West Bend Lithia 11-0 and the Brookfield Bulldogs over Hartland, 12-5. Tyler Adams pitched a perfect game for the West Bend 7-Up.

Pewaukee's Derek Watt selected in sixth round of NFL Draft

April 30, 2016 5:50 p.m. | University of Wisconsin fullback Derek Watt became the third Pewaukee High School alumnus selected in the annual NFL Draft on April 30 when the San Diego Chargers called his name with the 198th overall selection in the sixth round.

Watt joins his brother J.J., who has become a superstar with the Houston Texans after getting selected 11th overall in 2011, and Chris McIntosh, who was taken in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and currently holds a top administrative position in the UW athletics department.

The Chargers travel to Houston on Nov. 27 in what figures to be a fascinating stretch for the Watt parents, John and Connie. One week later, J.J. will play his first pro game at Lambeau Field and second career game against the Packers. Before either of them play in Green Bay, youngest brother T.J. and the UW football team will open the season Sept. 3 against LSU at Lambeau.

Watt, who tried to showcase his diversity to scouts at the UW Pro Day, including his potential fit as a tight end and long snapper, will join a Chargers team that could use some help in the running game. San Diego averaged a league-worst 3.5 yards per carry last year, with former UW standout Melvin Gordon racking up 641 yards in his rookie season after getting selected in last year's first round. Gordon did not score a touchdown in 14 games.

 At Wisconsin, Watt made 24 starts and saw action in 47 games, with a 38-16 record over the past four seasons and wins in the Outback and Holiday Bowls in addition to the 2012 Big Ten Championship and 2014 Big Ten West Division title. Watt was part of the blocking scheme for two of the three best single-season rushing performance in school history, including a record-setting 430.8 yards per game of total offense in 2014. He caught 30 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown.

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Merton Community Fire Department hosting pancake breakfast

April 29, 2016 3:00 p.m. | Plan on pancakes for breakfast as the Merton Community Fire Department hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at N67 W28343 Sussex Road, Hartland.  

Besides an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, the event includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and activities for all ages. Check out the firefighting equipment and meet the firefighters.

On Sunday night, join in the music making at the Full Band Open Jam with Track 6 starting at 8 p.m. at Bucky’s Lakeside Pub and Grill, N50 W35016 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee. Just bring your musical instrument and jump in, or just come and listen.

If you’re in the mood from some guitar music, check out the Milwaukee Guitar Quartet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Mama D’s Coffee, 104 Main St., Wales. Call (262) 968-3500 or visit mamadscoffee.com for more information.

Town officials approve lifting speed limit on Okauchee Lake for June demo event

April 29, 2016 9:17 a.m. | Elected officials in the towns of Merton and Oconomowoc have given the green light to a temporary lifting of the speed limit on Okauchee Lake for four days in June as part of an outboard-engine demonstration event.

BRP, the parent company of outboard engine-maker Evinrude, is looking to use a portion of Okauchee Lake from June 26-29 to demonstrate new products to dealers.

On Monday, April 25, the Merton Town Board approved a plan to raise the speed limit on the area of the lake that will be used for the demos, Town Clerk Nathan Bright said.

In late March, the board delayed a decision on the speed limit because the proposed area for the demos would have conflicted with boat traffic traveling between the channel and Party Island. Bright said the new corridor avoids that route.

The lake's speed limit is 40 mph. Bright said most of the boats in the demonstration would top out at speeds of 45 to 55 mph, with some going as fast as 70 mph.

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Cobra helicopter in North Lake to be moved to get new paint job

April 28, 2016 5:23 p.m. | A 6,400-pound helicopter is going to disappear from North Lake for about a week.

The Cobra helicopter on display near the veterans memorial at Fireman's Park in North Lake isn't actually vanishing, but it will be gone for a week to get spruced up.

The Army helicopter, installed at the park in 2001, is going to be taken off its perch and moved to Horicon so it can be repainted.

The undertaking is being directed by 17-year-old Sebastian Shaw of Milwaukee for his Eagle Scout project.

It's no small task.

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Kettle Moraine High School senior among 12 state semifinalists for Presidential Scholar

April 28, 2016 2:36 p.m. | Kettle Moraine High School senior Hannah Healy, of Oconomowoc, is among 12 Wisconsin students named as semifinalists for the 2016 Presidential Scholars award, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The Presidential Scholar award is considered the nation's highest honor for graduating high school seniors. The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished high school students.

From nearly 3.3 million graduating high school seniors, more than 4,700 students were identified as candidates for the program based on exceptional performance on the ACT or SAT college admissions tests. The state's 12 semifinalists are among 689 semifinalists for 2016.

The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make the final selection of the nation's 121 academic presidential scholars — one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad; and up to 15 students chosen at large.

The Presidential Scholars Commission also chooses up to 20 presidential scholars in the Arts and 20 presidential scholars in career and technical education, for a total of up to 161 presidential scholars.

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Pewaukee, Arrowhead school districts named to Top Workplaces list

April 28, 2016 1:54 p.m. | The Arrowhead and Pewaukee school districts are good places to work.

Both districts made the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's list of Top Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin for 2016.

The Pewaukee School District was No. 38 in the midsize workplace category; Arrowhead ranked No. 40.

The list was based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, Arrowhead Superintendent Laura Myrah said.

Myrah said Arrowhead's administration team was proud to be nominated for the honor by one of the district's teachers.

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3,700 Lisbon residents without power for about two hours Wednesday

April 28, 2016 9:52 a.m. | We Energies officials have been contacting town of Lisbon residents via recorded telephone messages apologizing for a power outage Wednesday, April 27, caused by an equipment failure at about 9:30 p.m. that effected about 3,700 customers.

The outage lasted about two hours, according to a Lisbon resident.

Complaint: Delafield man left friend to die of apparent heroin overdose

April 27, 2016 1:00 p.m. | David Gier left his friend Gaige Judkins to die alone of an apparent overdose in a truck after the two of them drove to Milwaukee to buy and use heroin, then to a grocery store in Wales, according to a criminal complaint.

Gier, 26, of Delafield called police from Judkins' phone at about 5 a.m. July 1, 2015, but never spoke to a dispatcher, the criminal complaint alleged. He instead left the line open, expecting that officers would respond to Judkins' location and get him the help he needed. But by the time they arrived, Judkins, 25, was dead.

Gier was charged Tuesday, April 26, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide. According to online court records, Gier is at a correctional facility in Fox Lake serving time for a previous drug-related conviction.

Online court records also indicate that Judkins had lived in the Oconomowoc area.

According to the complaint, Gier and Judkins exchanged several text messages about driving together — in Judkins' father's truck — to buy heroin just hours before Judkins died.

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