We asked local leaders to share some of their favorite holiday traditions and fondest Christmas memories. Read more in this Sunday's Living Lake Country.
Village of Hartland — The organizations rallying together to clear out the invasive plant species in the Hartland Marsh are facing an important decision.
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 stretches 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 like 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 can be cleared and readied for burning, which might be a better deal for the parties involved.
Those parties are the Waukesha County Land Conservancy, the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the village of Hartland and the Dane County Department of Natural Resources — all of which own swaths of land in the marsh and have a vested interest in preserving and restoring the area.
If the remaining project funds are not used on prescribed burns next spring, Mozina said that money can be directed toward renting forestry mowers to clean up more of the marsh terrain.» Read Full Article
City of Waukesha — Getting caught stark naked and having sex in a public library bathroom will apparently get you 90 days in jail, a Waukesha County Circuit Court judge ruled recently.
According to online court records, Pewaukee resident Daniel Goralski — one of two people caught earlier this spring having sex inside a bathroom at the Waukesha Public Library — received his sentence during a hearing Oct. 1 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Judge Lee Dreyfus handed down the sentence.
Goralski, who has history of engaging in criminal behavior, had previously been sentenced to spend some time behind bars for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, according to a previous but unrelated criminal complaint. But that sentence had been stayed (also by Dreyfus), court records show.
However, since Goralski was arrested for another crime while on probation, the stayed sentence has been imposed. Dreyfus ordered Goralski to serve his additional jail time concurrent to the previous sentence.» Read Full Article
Gale Courses. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.Oconomowoc Public Library offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online through
Courses are available In:
- Accounting and Finance
- Computer Applications
- Design and Composition
- Health Care and Medical
- Language and Arts
- Law and Legal
- Personal Development
- Teaching and Education
- Writing and Publishing
For more information, call the library at: (262) 569-2193.
Village of Pewaukee — Police are investigating what they think is the suspicious death of a 25-year-old Pewaukee woman who was found unresponsive last month in her boyfriend's apartment and had allegedly previously admitted to being a heroin user.
An affidavit filed in support of a search warrant says police discovered the woman's body at about 4:21 p.m. Sept. 3 after her boyfriend reported the incident to police and showed them the woman's body in a bedroom in his apartment.
The woman's death appeared suspicious because, aside from some physical evidence suggesting she was a drug user, there were no other obvious signs she was in poor health or died of natural causes, according to an autopsy report.
According to the affidavit, Pewaukee police suspect that drug ingestion may have played a role in the woman's death.
The affidavit was filed to gain access to the victim's boyfriend's cellphone, which indicates he's a person of interest in the investigation but may not mean that he's directly involved with the woman's death.» Read Full Article
Pewaukee High School football fans may have noticed an extra sparkle in the cheer team this year.
That would be the Pirates Sparkle Crew, a special squad composed of three special-needs students and 11 members of Pewaukee's varsity cheer team who serve as their peer mentors.
It's given the trio — freshmen Genevieve Caraulia and Brianna Simmons, and sophomore Lillie Potter — the opportunity to cheer with the varsity squad during sporting events.
The "sparkle" part of the team's title comes from the Sparkle Effect, an organization that helps students nationwide create school-based cheerleading and dance teams that bring together students with and without disabilities. It started with one team in Iowa in 2008; there are now more than 150 squads across the country.
Pewaukee was the 150th team to form, according to Pewaukee varsity cheer coach Anna Duerwachter, who said the impetus to bring a Sparkle team to Lake Country came from her seniors, especially Claudia Vega.» Read Full Article
Mukwonago's Boy Scout Troop 229 won the first-place plaque at the Yahara Brownsea Island Camporee event held Sept. 25-27 in Madison.
The Camporee, a weekend-long camping event, is held at Lake Farm County Park in Madison and is hosted by Glacier's Edge Council.
The Camporee focuses on "the basics of scouting as taught by founder Baden-Powell at the first Brownsea Island Scout Camp," said Abigail Hackett, a committee member with Troop 229.
The troops competed in various activities including orienteering, first aid, fire starting, pioneering, blindfolded tent assembly, amateur radio signaling, simulated river crossings over a rope bridge and a Dutch oven cook-off. Troops are scored by points earned from each event.
"These scouts demonstrated great teamwork, scouting skills, and dedication to the scout law; a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent," Hackett said.
There are plenty of activities coming up in Lake Country to celebrate the Halloween and autumn seasons. Here are some highlights:
Ixonia Lions Club Halloween Parade: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, followed by a costume contest at Ixonia Firemen's Hall, N8345 Park St. and trick-or-treating until dusk. (262) 567-3842.
Oconomowoc Lions Club Halloween Parade: 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; parade travels through downtown Oconomowoc to Roosevelt Park where the Oconomowoc Lions Club will provide food and beverages.
Okauchee Lions Halloween Parade: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, starting at the Okauchee American Legion and finishing at Holy Trinity Lutheran School gym, where there will be a costume contest with prizes, candy and ice cream.» Read Full Article
Enjoy "Lunch and a Movie" with Cinderella (2015), PG-13 and closed caption, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.
Lunch menu includes Sloppy Joe, chips and a pickle with choice of beverage and a cookie. Cost: $7.50 per person. To register: send payment to Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066. Register by Monday, Oct. 26. Include names of attendees and contact phone number.
For more information or to receive our e-newsletter, call (262) 354-1375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Center for Life Enrichment is part of the Shorehaven Campus.
Three Mukwonago High School seniors, Annalise Anspach, Tresario Del Fiacco, and Nicholas Janovetz, have been selected as National Merit Scholar semifinalists, according to a news release from the Mukwonago Area School District.
Each year, about 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Based on the scores from this test, only a sliver of the nation's high school seniors — approximately 16,000 of 1.5 million students who take the test — are selected as semifinalists.
Following their semifinalist nomination, Anspach, Del Fiacco, and Janovetz will move through the next phases of the application process in hopes of being selected as a National Merit Scholar.
Each student will submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about his or her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
The three must also maintain their outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a Mukwonago High School official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the PSAT/NMSQT test. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and from that pool of finalists, only 7,400 students in the nation will be awarded National Merit Scholarships and earn the prestigious Merit Scholar title.» Read Full Article
Town of Vernon — The town of Vernon board decided to not take the town of Mukwonago up on its offer to run its park and recreation department through then end of 2015.
The issue arose after Vernon's park and recreation director recently resigned. The town of Mukwonago offered to run Vernon's park and recreation department through Dec. 31, 2015 at a cost of $10,576 for administration.
Originally, the town of Vernon's board approved the town of Mukwonago's offer at a previous board meeting and was going to draft a contract.
But Vernon switched its position at its Oct. 1 board meeting.
"I ask that we don't continue forward with any contractual agreements," said board member Tim Agoudemos, who voted against the town of Mukwonago running the park and recreation program at the first meeting.» Read Full Article
Friday nights in fall in Wisconsin are a great time to seek out a good fish fry.
One that’s been around for a long time is the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at St. Jerome Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc.
The buffet style fish fry, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, includes both baked and fried cod with French fries, German and American potato salad, coleslaw, rye bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, four-bean salad, and coffee and milk. Soda, beer and desserts are available for an additional cost. Carryouts available. Call (262) 569-3032 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children.
A couple of good shows are being presented at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.
Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author, humorist, musician and radio host, will present an entertaining show at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $20. Call (262) 5660-3172 or visit www.theoac.net for more information.» Read Full Article
Pewaukee — Police are following up on leads related to this week's shooting threat at Pewaukee High School, but so far, no one is in custody.
The threat came on the same day a gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college, leaving 10 dead and seven wounded.
The Pewaukee School District called off Friday classes and activities at all district schools after a note was found at Pewaukee High School that said there would be a "school shooting" on Friday, Oct. 2. The district's two elementary schools, middle school and high school are all on the same campus.
The homecoming parade and pep rally were among the events that were canceled. The homecoming football game, originally slated for Friday night, was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Pewaukee Police Capt. Jay Iding said more police than normal will be at the football game. There will also be a police presence at the homecoming dance, which takes place Saturday evening at the high school.» Read Full Article
City of Delafield - Police have cornered a Waukesha man who allegedly stole two cars and an all-terrain vehicle, crashed all three then fled on foot from a Delafield subdivision.
Scanner traffic indicates the man has been surrounded by police on Sugar Island in Lower Nemahbin Lake.
Delafield Police Department support staff confirmed Friday morning, Oct. 2 that officers were out looking for the man, but declined to comment further.
Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Wallschlaeger confirmed her department was investigating the incident as well.
"We know he stole a car," she said, but could not elaborate further on the nature of the incident.» Read Full Article
City of Oconomowoc — To hear Jessica Perry tell it, there's a lot more to picking up litter than one might think.
"It's a community service," she said. "But it's also an opportunity to get some exercise, meet new people and network. And it provides you with a very real sense of accomplishment."
Perry, a senior personal banker at First Bank Financial Centre in Oconomowoc, is so excited about picking up litter because this is the fourth year she's been involved with an annual Oconomowoc highway cleanup project, which is scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. And she wants to get other people excited about the project, too — hopefully excited enough to volunteer to help out.
There are six volunteers on board for the project so far, and all of them are First Bank employees.
Perry said she hopes to draw between 20 and 30 volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in the project should call Perry at (262) 569-3055.» Read Full Article
The Pewaukee School District has canceled classes and activities for Friday, including Friday's homecoming events, after receiving a threat about a school shooting.
According to a letter sent to parents and staff by Pewaukee Superintendent JoAnn Sternke, a handwritten message was found at Pewaukee High School which said, "There will be a school shooting on Friday, October 2nd."
Upon seeing the message, Sternke said the district immediately notified village police, who came to the campus to investigate the threat.
In light of the threat, Sternke said the following actions are being taken:
·No school will be held in the Pewaukee School District on Friday, Oct. 2. All school activities are also cancelled for Friday.» Read Full Article