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Now is the time to finish GED before old scores expire at end of year

Jan. 10, 2013 11:57 a.m. | According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, each year, nearly 9,000 Wisconsin adults earn a certificate of high school completion, which opens doors to employment, further education, and opportunity. 

“A GED gives adults an option to improve their employment situation or pursue additional education,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “GED-completers have gone on to successful careers as engineers and doctors, mechanics and office workers. The GED is a second chance that opens doors to the future.”

Changes are on the horizon for the GED program in Wisconsin and across the nation. When the new computer-based series of tests is launched in 2014, scores from the 2002 Series GED will expire.

“December 13, 2013, is the deadline for anyone who started taking the current GED series of tests to finish,” Evers noted. “The Department of Public Instruction is partnering with testing center, adult basic education, and community-based organization staff; literacy group volunteers; and corrections personnel to reach out and find people who started the current GED series and help them finish before they must start over with the new tests.”

Adults who want to complete the 2002 Series GED must physically go to a testing center to take the tests but do not have to finish the series at the same testing center where they started. While information about the GED program and finishing the 2002 series GED is available online, the GED test cannot be taken online. GED tests can only be taken at an official GED testing center. Wisconsin’s GED website, which includes a list of testing centers in the state, is available here ged-hsed.dpi.wi.gov/.

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Waukesha County Park System 2015 reservations open Jan. 2

10:43 a.m. | The Waukesha County Park System 2015 reservations for picnic and group camping areas begin at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, at the County Administration Building, 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Room AC230, in Waukesha.

Reservations are first-come first-serve, so having a second date or location option is suggested. Reservation fees are due at time of booking according to a news release from the Waukesha County Park System.

There will be a member of the Parks staff standing outside the main door entrance of the courthouse at 6 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, handing out numbers to those individuals waiting in line. Park personnel will be there until the front doors open at 7:30 a.m.  After that time, Park personnel will continue handing out numbers upstairs in the hallway outside Room #AC230.  A number is required to place a reservation. All visitors will have to go through a security screen to enter the building.

Walk-ins will be handled first, then phone messages and e-mails time stamped after 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, 2015, will be returned in the order that they were received.  Messages received before 8 a.m. will be returned last.

Reservation are accepted through the Park Reservation Desk all year Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the facilities available on a first-come, first-served basis.  

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Suburban Selfies is back! Win a $200 dinner!

Dec. 24, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Our popular Suburban Selfies contest is back for the 2014 holiday season, and it's bigger and better than ever. We've expanded the contest to cover both the My Community Now coverage area (Milwaukee suburbs) and Lake Country Now coverage area.

The rules are simple:

-Solve the riddles, which allude to landmarks in the suburbs.

-Go to the landmarks and take a selfie with the landmarks in question in the background.

-Submit your selfies via our online contest page.

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Mukwonago gears up for a turf field next year

Dec. 22, 2014 10:03 p.m. | The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education agreed to covering $120,000 of a project to install artificial turf at Mukwonago High School at its Dec. 22 meeting.

In an agreement with Friends of Mukwonago Athletics (FOMA), the district would pay $120,000 of a project estimated to cost $720,000 to $800,000, with FOMA paying the balance.

The plan would follow a similar format to past district projects with FOMA, with the district loaning FOMA a maximum loan of $680,000, to be reimbursed over five years, explained Business Services Manager, Darren Clark. FOMA has a successful history fulfilling financial donations with projects in the district, Clark pointed out. 

According to the plan, the district would not approve any vendor contracts until $200,000 in pledges have been received. 

Turf installation would be done over the summer, with a completion date targeted for the end of August, before the first home football game.

Hartland village board delays vote on land use, zoning amendments

Dec. 22, 2014 8:45 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Residents for and against the proposed Riverwalk Apartment project will have another chance to voice their opinions about the development.

The village board on Monday, Dec. 22, bound over a decision on a land-use plan amendment, a rezoning request and partial vacation of the Oak Street right-of-way, which is on the proposed construction site, until the first board meeting in January.

Board approval of those items is not tantamount to greenlighting the project. The proposed site plans, and a development agreement, would still have to pass through one more thorough review by the village plan commission and the board before the project can become a reality.

That means residents will have some more opportunities to express their concerns to village officials before any approval is granted.

At the meeting on Monday, a handful of residents with homes adjacent to the development site showed up to protest the project.

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Gehrke will not seek reelection

Dec. 22, 2014 5:25 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town Chairman Matt Gehrke says he will not seek a fourth term as town board chairman.

Supervisor Joe Osterman is circulating candidacy petitions to replace Gehrke as town chairman.

Interim Town Treasurer Rebecca "Becky" Plotecher has filed petitions seeking Osterman's seat on the Town Board.

Incumbent Hannah Heinritz has filed her candidacy petitions and is seeking reelection.

Gehrke, who was elected to the board in 2007 and two years later upset incumbent board chairman Mike Reid, said he wants to spend more time with his family and he is confident that Osterman can do a good job replacing him.

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Mukwonago band alumni invited to alumni pep band event

Dec. 22, 2014 4:04 p.m. | Mukwonago High School invites band alumni to an alumni pep band at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9. Any MHS band alumni are invited, regardless of year of graduation. 

Interested band alumni can meet in the MHS band room at 6 p.m. on Jan. 9 for the pre-pep band party, followed by a 7 p.m. pre-game performance, and performance at the 7:30 p.m. basketball game in the north gym. 

Contact band director Emma Angoli at angolem@masd.k12.wi.us or (262) 363-6200, ext. 25802, with any instrument needs or questions. Music will be provided for all participants. 

AHS' One Night Only tickets now on sale

Dec. 22, 2014 2:50 p.m. |  Arrowhead High School's One Night Only concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 9 at the North Campus theater.

The concert features AHS alumni and students pursuing a performance career. The Broadway Company will open and close the event.

You can purchase tickets here.

OASD gets increased grant

Dec. 22, 2014 1:23 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Area School District was awarded an additional $25,000 grant funding from the Asia Society to expand and enrich its Mandarin language program.

The grant, which is usually for $10,000, was announced at an award ceremony that Director of Student Services Lisa Dawes and Guidance Counselor Peihua Reinke traveled to attend in China.

OASD was nominated for,  but did not win,  the Confucius Classroom award, a prestigious honor bestowed on only three of the 800 Confucius Classrooms worldwide. Oconomowoc, however,   was the only one to receive the increased grant.

Spread Your Wings: Dec. 25

Dec. 22, 2014 9:26 a.m. | WCTC's Small Business Center offers many resources to help entrepreneurs and small business owners flourish, including a wide variety of classes, special events, services and networking opportunities. To register for a class or learn more, please visit www.wctc.edu/smallbusiness. Contact Russ Roberts at (262) 695-3468 with any questions.

FaSTart Workshop

If you're ready for a fast start, this informal four-hour workshop is for you. You'll get step-by-step guidance on how to launch your new venture and learn from other entrepreneurs and real-world experts on what it takes to get your business started. We'll cover all the basics, including the difference between LLCs and corporations, necessary licenses and permits, how to write a business plan, how to finance your business, additional resources for success and more. The workshop meets from 5:30 to 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 6, or 1:30 to 5:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22. Cost: $17.09

Simple Startup

When it comes to turning your passion into profit, simple is always better. Designed for the microbusiness owner who craves simplicity, this interactive four-week class will help you create your MAP (microaction plan) and master seven simple principles, including how to focus on a deep and narrow niche, articulate your unique value proposition, fend off mission creep, develop a business mindset, avoid the time-money squeeze, understand target audiences and market every day. Class meets from 6:30 to 9:25 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 19-Feb. 9. Cost: $48.55

Kwik Trip gets nod of approval in Mukwonago

Dec. 19, 2014 4:08 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — The citizens were essentially split on the proposed Kwik Trip in the village of Mukwonago.

Nine favored the plan at the Dec. 16 board meeting, while eight spoke against Kwik Trip coming into the village.

However, in the end, the board approved the conditional use permit for Kwik Trip, allowing the project to move forward.

The site proposed is on the north end of the village on the east side of South Highway 83, in front of The Glen of Mukwonago development along Black Bear Drive and just beyond the Shell station.

Project draws complaints

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Still time for a festive holiday offering

Dec. 19, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Christmas countdown has begun but you still have time to enjoy a fun holiday event in Lake Country.

An annual holiday tradition is the colorful, festive Nutcracker Ballet. Mainstage Academy of Dance will perform this beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy at 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Tickets are $14-$16. Visit www.wedancemainstage.com for more information.

The Country Christmas Drive-through Lights Display at the Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, features more than a million twinkling lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods. Includes animated figures, holiday scenes and indoor displays. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Dec. 31. Call (262) 970-5398 or visit www.thecountrychristmas.com for details. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van.

Have wheel good time at the Art of the Bicycle display featuring Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket at the Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield.  Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Saturdays of each month and by appointment. Visit www.delafieldartscenter.org for more information.

Plan commission green lights go-kart facility

Dec. 18, 2014 10:01 p.m. |  City of Pewaukee- A plan to have a go-kart facility at the old American TV building was approved by the plan commission on Thursday, Dec. 18. 

The facility will be located in the northern two-thirds of the building at W229 N1400 Westwood Drive and CTH F and I-94.

Plans call for two tracks; one meant for adults and a smaller, slower track made for children.

Read more about the go-kart facility in Tuesday's Reporter.

Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

Dec. 18, 2014 11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Carran rejects Lisbon job offer; Brown Deer's Janecke accepts

Dec. 18, 2014 11:35 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon- Matt Carran, community development director for the Village of Menomonee Falls, has rejected the Town of Lisbon's offer to become town clerk/administrator.

The Town Board moved quickly Wednesday night to hire Matt Janecke, assistant village manager for Brown Deer, who described his new position as town administrator as "a great opportunity to move my career forward and make a mark on the Town of Lisbon."

"I think we are in good hands," said Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke after the board voted unanimously to hire Janecke after an approximately 25 minute interview.

Supervisor Hannah Heinritz praised Janecke for the amount of research he did about the community and the town government before being interviewed on two different occassions by the town board.

Supervisor Joe Osterman praised Janecke for "short and to the point the answers" and displaying "a lot of energy and a willingness to work hard."

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Craft beers and stuffed burgers at the new Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc

Dec. 18, 2014 8:29 a.m. | Devin Eichler learned some important things when he went away to school in Minneapolis: that magazine editing wasn’t the career for him after all, the native cheese-stuffed hamburger patty called the Jucy Lucy was a darned good burger and, after working at a bar with 30 taps and 90 bottles, he was in love with craft beer.

And that’s how he ultimately came to open his craft-beer-and-burger bar, the Crafty Cow, last week at 153 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Oconomowoc.

The Mukwonago native stayed in Minneapolis a couple of years after school but decided to move back to the area about 1 1/2 years ago. A home brewer who had worked in restaurants since he was 14, Eichler worked at Water Street Brewery for a year and dreamed about opening his own place.

The dream became a business plan, and he scouted locations including Wauwatosa before deciding on the long-vacant former real estate office on E. Wisconsin Ave., enchanted by downtown Oconomowoc’s proximity to lakes and noting craft beer’s potential for growth there.

Remodeling began in August, and the Crafty Cow opened Dec. 12 with 91 seats and 16 taps that Eichler wants to rotate frequently. On opening weekend, the swamped bar went through nine barrels, each one noted with a hash mark on a blackboard and the ringing of a cowbell.

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