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Concert, spaghetti dinner coming to St. John's Mukwonago

Jan. 16, 2013 12:00 p.m. | St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN West Mukwonago, will hold an Epiphany Concert on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 6:30pm. Numerous musical groups including choirs, bells, chimes, and the St. John's contemporary band and choir will be presenting.

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner, hosted by Ignite Student Ministry, will proceed the concert beginning at 5 p.m.  Cost of the spaghetti dinner is $8 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Children under 5 are free Tickets available at the door or by calling (262) 363-4999. 

Allen Road in Oconomowoc to close

12:35 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Beginning Aug. 1, Allen Road between Jonathan Drive and South Concord Road will close to through traffic for about eight weeks while crews work on road repairs.

Drivers will be required to follow detour signs through the Orchards of Oconomowoc subdivision to continue in either direction, according to a news release from director of Public Works Mark Frye.

City crews will realign the Concord Road/Allen Road intersection, replace worn asphalt surfaces and widen the street to 14-foot lanes with curbs and gutters on each side, the release said. Storm sewers will be added in two areas for improved drainage, and a multi-use path will be installed on the south side of the street between Jonathan Drive and Majestic View Lane.

Frye said he anticipates the cost of the half-mile construction to be about $841,000.

Other work in the area includes the installation of a multiuse path along Concord Road from Hickory Creek Drive to Aeppler Way, the release said. The path is being installed to make travel for pedestrians easier between subdivisions and to downtown.

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Memorial fund honors Oconomowoc grad Craig Ireland

12:25 p.m. | Craig Ireland had a passion for football, and not just playing it. He loved being around the game.

The 2013 Oconomowoc High School graduate played on the varsity level, but he also had a strong connection to the Oconomowoc Youth Football program. His father, Chris, a Waukesha County sheriff who's the vice president of the OYF, has long been involved in the Oconomowoc football community.

When Craig died in his sleep of an acute asthma attack on July 24, 2014 at the age of 19, those who knew him — and there were many — grieved after the shocking news. Four days later, OYF president Gary Wipperman announced the creation of the Craig Ireland Memorial Fund.

Two years after Craig's death, the fund has given back to youth football players in the community and also at the high school. Recently, Wipperman announced the fund would donate money to provide an Aurora athletic trainer, Tyler Syltie, at every home OYF game and practice.

Getting more help

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Lake Country golf courses bucking national trend, staying busy

9:35 a.m. | It happened in the bowling business beginning in the late 1990s. Over-saturation with too many bowling centers, increasing costs to participate and several other outside factors all but destroyed the sport in Wisconsin and throughout the country.

At one time, Pewaukee, Hartland, Okauchee and Oconomowoc had as many as eight bowling centers. Now just one center remains, Mapleway Bowl in Oconomowoc, with just eight lanes.

Many people thought the same thing would happen to the sport of golf, not only in the Lake Country but around the state and in many parts of the country. Over-saturation was considered to be the biggest problem, while rising costs also threatened to keep many regular players off the courses.

Two significant U.S. economic recessions definitely hurt the sport in 2001 and again in 2007 through 2009. Popular courses suffered a decrease of business, estimated between 10 to 20 percent, and even more depending upon location.

Some golf websites have reported business down nationally about 10 to 15 percent since 2005. Hundreds of courses have closed, and there's no doubt business will never be anywhere like it was in the heyday of the 1980s and 1990s.

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Michna to perform at Center for Life Enrichment

8:25 a.m. | Jessica Michna will perform as Cordelia Harvey in “Angel in a Gray Bonnet” Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. 

Cordelia Perrine Harvey came to Wisconsin as a young school mistress. She soon met and married Louis Harvey, who became Governor of Wisconsin.   Cordelia’s life unraveled when she was widowed after less than three months in the Governor’s Mansion. She would set aside her grief to become the healing angel of a nation racked by the civil war. Some consider her to be the mother of the modern Veteran's Administration.

Lunch and performance cost $25. To register, send payment to Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.  Please include names of attendees and contact phone number.  Go to www.shorehavenliving.org to learn more.

 

12-year-old Pewaukee girl in car-bike accident dies

6:27 a.m. | The 12-year-old girl struck by a vehicle on Prospect Avenue in the City of Pewaukee on July 19, died last night, according to a release from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

The girl has been identified as Ashlyn Flegel from Pewaukee.  

Lake Country celebrates National Night Out

July 26, 2016 2:15 p.m. | Several Lake Country police departments are taking part in the National Night Out campaign that aims to improve community-police relationships through food and events.

See details on more events in the community columns.

Delafield

The Delafield police Department and Lake Country Fire and Rescue will partner with local and county organizations and businesses to provide food, games and activities.

When/where:6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, in the Delafield municipal parking lot, Main and Dopkins streets

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Town of Lisbon to get mobile app, new website

July 26, 2016 1:18 p.m. | Town of Lisbon — The town plans to launch a mobile app along with a new website.

Through the app, residents can pay taxes and get access to town board and plan commission packets and agendas.

Currently, the town uses Point and Pay through Waukesha County for tax payments, but the app would allow the town to develop more online payments independent of the county. Town Treasurer Nicole Theys said that during tax season, residents can sometimes make more than five online bill payments per day.

"The app will link them to all the information on the site," explained Town Administrator/Clerk Matt Janecke. "One of the key features for me would be citizens can report problems."

The preliminary mockup of the website, which was shared at the July 25 town board meeting, features more color than the former site, and has far less text on the home page.

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Lisbon OKs purchase of Lied's property

July 26, 2016 12:54 p.m. | Town of Lisbon — The town board agreed on July 25 to purchase the former Lied's Nursery property, 3-1, but not without several concerns raised by board members.

As part of the agreement, the town will pay $1.7 million for the property near Town Linie Road and Highway 74 (Main Street). The town has not voted on what it will do with the land officially, but the board discussed selling the land to a developer, and potentially turning the area into a tax incremental financing district.

One concern was that the electorate at the annual meeting approved the purchase of 65 acres, not the full 71.6 acres that encompasses the site. Land owner Jim Forester wants to retain 6.5 acres. To resolve the problem, the town will purchase the entire site, then transfer 6.5 acres back to Forester.

"This was difficult," said Town Chairman Joe Osterman. "We went back and forth on this entire thing."

Town Administrator/Clerk Matt Janecke noted the potential for Menomonee Falls to purchase the property and annex it if a decision were not made immediately.

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Dousman Derby Days coming this weekend

July 25, 2016 4:50 p.m. | Prepare the frogs.

The 61st annual Dousman Derby Days kicks off this weekend.

The festival, known for the state's championship frog jump competition, starts Friday, July 29, and ends on Sunday, July 31, with a parade followed by live music by the University of Wisconsin-Madison marching band.

The event draws hundreds to Dousman each year for the diverse schedule of events that include a softball tournament, carnival rides and live music by local artists.

Derby Days started years ago when the American Legion was trying to raise money for a music hall, which is now the community center, and has grown into one of the larger festivals in the area.

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Taste of Lake Country joined by Waterfront Art Fair this year

July 25, 2016 4:35 p.m. | Don't let the name fool you. You can get much more than a taste at the North Shore Bank Taste of Lake Country.

Feel free to eat the entire thing. And then go hunt down offerings from other area eateries.

Food from more than a dozen restaurants will be featured at the event on Wisconsin Avenue along Pewaukee's lakefront. The free, two-day Taste runs from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 29, and 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30.

It's Positively Pewaukee's largest fundraiser of the year, said Positively Pewaukee Executive Director Elaine Kroening.

"The goal is to bring people to Pewaukee to see and enjoy all the wonderful things we have here," Kroening said. "This event is what keeps the doors open at Positively Pewaukee, so it is the most important event of the year for us."

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Improving economy, shrinking labor pool leaves Lake Country restaurants scrambling for workers

July 25, 2016 4:30 p.m. | It's hard to find good help. Just ask restaurant owners in the Pewaukee area.

An improving economy, shrinking labor pool and workers just restless for new opportunities have left many restaurant operators scrambling to fill shifts.

That's the case for Jeanine Knutson at the 5 O'Clock Club.

Knutson, who owns and operates the eatery on Peterson Drive with her husband Richard Knutson and son Jason Knutson, said they've had five employees quit since June.

The employees left for various reasons, Jeanine said. Two were college graduates who left for jobs more advantageous to their careers. Another wanted to pursue a different career path.

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Shortage in volunteer firefighters and EMTs prompts legislative committee

July 25, 2016 2:57 p.m. | The last few years have been tough on area fire departments that depend on volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMT's). Departments, statewide, have had a hard time keeping volunteers engaged, covering daytime shifts at the firehouse and paying them enough to spend time away from their families.

A bipartisan legislative committee, chaired by State Senator Steve Nash (R-Whitewater), begins meeting this month to address some of the issues these rural or small town departments are having and the shortage of volunteers.

The committee, which includes area fire chiefs from Palmyra and Watertown, as well as the president of the Milwaukee Professional Fire Fighters Association and the director of the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health.

"We're trying to find ways to assist departments," Nass said.

Societal changes in the last 10 to 20 years have changed the way many departments operate.

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Community helps Big Bend teen get needed service dog

July 25, 2016 2:46 p.m. | Village of Big Bend — Sydney Rohmann is learning that dogs can be so much more than just a best friend.

Dutch arrived on the Rohmann's doorstep July 17. After months of searching and waiting, Sydney, 20, was finally able to snuggle with her service dog.

Sydney has a series of genetic disorders that often leave her tired and in pain. Due to her Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome she often uses a wheelchair to get around and has the tendency to faint because of her postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

When Dutch arrived, he came with months of training already under his doggy-belt. His trainer, Jessica Benz from Ultimate Canine, came with him from Indiana to Wisconsin to help Dutch transition from Benz to Sydney.

"He's learning still," Benz said. "He's working to get used to Sydney."

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Get to know your county clerk candidates

July 25, 2016 2:34 p.m. | Waukesha County voters will have a chance to determine their county clerk on August 9. Incumbent Kathleen Novack will face experienced clerk Gina Gresch for the four-year term. With the election quickly approaching, here's what you need to know about the candidates and the position of county clerk.

What does the county clerk do?

The county clerk primarily works on election administration, but is also responsible for legislative support and administrative duties that include distributing marriage licenses and passports as well as budget administration for the county clerk's office.

Get to know your candidates

Kathleen Novack

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Oconomowoc family perseveres through their child's death to host Jackson's Jam at Okauchee Lions Park

July 25, 2016 2:25 p.m. | After the heart-shattering loss of their young son, Jackson, an Oconomowoc family is building a legacy in his memory to help others.

Amy Reese said the family's nonprofit organization, JR Hearts, has created an event that will do just that.

Jackson's Jam is planned for 1 p.m. Aug. 6 at Okauchee Lions Park. Plans call for it to become an annual fundraising event hosted by the organization, with proceeds providing financial assistance to families of children facing medical issues.

"Our goal is to raise a minimum of $10,000," Reese said. "This is our initial fundraising event. Hopefully, we far exceed that.

"We're hoping to have at least 400 people attend. It's going to be a very fun day, lots of kids activities and lots of music throughout the day and great food."

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