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Seven straight for Pewaukee girls

Jan. 16, 2013 10:00 a.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team won its seventh straight game Tuesday night as they overwhelmed visiting Shorewood in the second half, 65-40. PHS outscored the Greyhounds (9-6, 5-6) in the final two periods, 39-21.

The win moved the Pewaukee record to 12-2 overall and 8-2 in Woodland Conference play.

Freshman forward Abby Gerrits had a huge second half for Pewaukee,  scoring 17 of her team-high 20 points. She also grabbed 8 rebounds. Katie Wood chipped in with 10 points and Lindsay Wisniewski added 8 for the winners.

Robbie Holland scored 25 points for Shorewood.

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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Pewaukee man accused of physically abusing his teenage son for months

Dec. 17, 2014 4:54 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 15-year-old boy told police on Monday, Dec. 15, that his father beats him so much he's gown accustomed to it.

The boy's father, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, was charged Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm.

The man faces up to six years behind bars and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy on Dec. 16 reported the abuse to his Pewaukee High School counselor who referred the case to police.

The victim said in the complaint that his father punched him in the face on Dec. 15 after the man returned home from work. He was upset because he thought his son, who had walked home after an after-school activity, had arrived much later than he anticipated.

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Rep. Craig blasts CESA waste

Dec. 17, 2014 4:40 p.m. | In a letter emailed to Dr. Tony Evers on Dec. 17, Rep. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released findings from a recent open records request, revealing a culture of waste perpetuating Wisconsin’s 12 Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, according to news release from Craig.

"As a taxpayer, I find the results of this records request deeply concerning. The blatant disregard for taxpayer dollars and overall lack of transparency exhibited by the state’s 12 CESAs is troubling, particularly in light of ever increasing state budgets," said Craig. 

"The reality that in 2013 alone, eight CESAs spent nearly half of a million dollars on five-star dining, luxury travel accommodations and employee lunches (among other expenditures) is beyond unacceptable," Craid continued. "As stewards of taxpayer dollars, DPI and Wisconsin’s CESAs should be held accountable for these choices. As such, I call on our state superintendent to closely examine and give account of this fiscal mismanagement to the source of these funds, Wisconsin’s taxpayers.”

Wisconsin’s state superintendent is required to both supervise and audit the receipts and expenditures of all CESAs, according the news release.

Rep. Craig represents the 83rd Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.  Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.

Former town/city of Pewaukee clerk dead at age 73

Dec. 17, 2014 1:10 p.m. |  Sandra Salbashian was revered by her friends and former co-workers at the city of Pewaukee.

The former clerk and treasurer of the town — later the city — died Saturday, Dec. 13, at age 73 from uterine cancer.

"She was like a mother hen," recalled City Attorney Stan Riffle. "She was so passionate about everything that was here in the city."

Mayor Scott Klein said Salbashian essentially "ran the city." "She was the staff," Klein said.

Salbashian served Pewaukee for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2002. According to City Clerk and Treasurer Kelly Tarczewski, Salbashian's position was elected but eventually the common council opted to change it to an appointed position. Salbashian was first elected clerk in 1981.

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Gas prices keep tumbling

Dec. 17, 2014 9:26 a.m. | Gas prices in the Lake Country area continue to spiral downwards as Mike Badani's Hartland Citgo dropped its price to $2.35 per gallon Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. That's the lowest price in the Lake Country area. Last year at this same time gas prices were $3.89 per gallon. Two states, Oklahoma and Louisiana, have prices below $2.00 per gallon. In Louisiana prices were as low as $1.86 per gallon and in Oklahoma prices were as low as 1.88 per gallon.

Cookie drop at OPL benefits food pantry

Dec. 17, 2014 8:25 a.m. |  Celebrate the holiday season at the Oconomowoc Public Library Cookie Drop, from 5-8 p.m. on  Friday, Dec. 19.

 Plan to drop off at least one to two dozen cookies. Stay awhile to sample, discuss recipes and package cookies. The packaged cookies will be delivered to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry at 9 am on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Romanowski appointed to Kettle Moraine School Board

Dec. 16, 2014 9:43 p.m. | After a tied vote, it took a statement from one of the candidates to sway the vote of board members and break the tie to appoint a new member to the Kettle Moraine School Board of Education on Dec. 16.

Both candidates applying to complete Colin Butler's term on the school board brought similar viewpoints in regards to the value of personalized, innovative learning; supporting teaching staff; importance of communication and community engagement, but it was Jim Arts' candor that turned the tide and placed Jim Romanowski in the school board seat.

With his wife working as a teacher at Kettle Moraine Middle School, Arts directed the favor of the board to Romanowski, who could serve with no conflict of interest, which would result in abstaining in voting on staffing issues. The board voted 5-1 in favor of Romanowski.

Romanowski, of Delafield, a district resident since 1984, brings about 29 years of previous public service experience in the Delafield area to the board as well as the expertise of a civil engineer, and experience in teaching at the secondary level. .

Romanowski will be sworn in at the Jan. 5 school board meeting to complete Butler's term, which expires in April. Romanowski would them have to run for school board on the April ballot to be elected to a seat on the board.

Oconomowoc common council grants conditional use permit to new used car dealership

Dec. 16, 2014 9:23 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - A new used-car dealership will soon be moving into downtown Oconomowoc.

The common council on Tuesday, Dec. 16, granted a conditional use permit to Milwaukee natives Tony and Donisha Nesbitt for a property at 200 S. Silver Lake Street which the couple would use as a car lot called Right Way Auto.

The permit was approved on a 7-1 vote after some discussion; alderman Mike Miller cast the lone dissenting vote.

City Planner Jason Gallo said the plan commisson on Dec. 10 recommended approval of the permit with some amendments -- such as specifiying the dealership's hours of operation and outlining how to use the allotted number of parking stalls reserved for the business -- which were included in the permit reviewed by council members.

Additionally, alderman Derek Zwart proposed an amendment to the permit that would allow the Nesbitt's to wash and detail the cars on their lot, which was prohibited in the agreement.

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Celebration for fire chief postponed

Dec. 16, 2014 9:09 p.m. |  The open house to honor Hartland Fire Chief Allen “Augie” Wilde has been postponed.

 
Wilde is unable to attend the celebration due to a personal emergency.
 
Originally, the celebration was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 19 at the American Legion Hall. According to interim fire chief Dave Dean, the celebration will be rescheduled at a later date, though that information is unknown as of this publication.
 
Dean said in a release that “the public will be invited to join the Department and others to celebrate Chief Wilde’s long service on the Fire Department and as Chief when a new date is identified. On behalf of Chief Wilde, the Hartland Fire Department and the Village of Hartland, we appreciate the public’s understanding and look forward to a great event in the near future.”
 
Wilde, who has been with the department for 52 years and 36 of those years as chief, will step down from the head position on Dec. 31.
 

FYI: What happens to letters to Santa

Dec. 16, 2014 4:37 p.m. | There's no exact number for how many letters to Santa the United States Postal Service receives every year, said Customer Relations Coordinator in Milwaukee Leon Van Vooren.

But he knows it's a lot.

"We believe the number is easily in the millions," he said.

The U.S. Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa more than 100 years ago, Van Vooren said. But what happens to those millions of letters sent in year after year varies by postal station, he said.

Often, many of those letters get answered. Some post offices allow customers to "adopt" a letter and buy the gifts children ask for in their letters. While Milwaukee doesn't participate in the letter adoption program, nearby communities — such as Madison — do, he said.

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Chinese engineer who stole trade secrets from GE Healthcare gets probation

Dec. 16, 2014 3:28 p.m. | A Chinese engineer who stole trade secrets while working at a GE Healthcare subsidiary in Waukesha has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution.

Jun Xie, 41, had faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft of trade secrets. After reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Xie formally entered the plea and was sentenced Friday.

As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors had agreed to recommend the $130,000 restitution, even though GE had estimated that its loss — based on the cost to develop the stolen information — was between $100 million and $200 million.

Federal court records indicate some of the information about Xie's sentencing is under seal, but the judgment in the case, signed by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller, suggests Xie will be returning to China.

As a condition of his probation, he is to to report his employment to a probation officer back in Wisconsin every 60 days.

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Local teachers earn national certification

Dec. 16, 2014 11:04 a.m. | Teachers from East Troy, Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago school districts are among the 62 teachers from 39 school districts in the state to achieve certification this year through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Amy Vaclav, of East Troy High School; Carolyn Strom, of Dousman Elementary School in the Kettle Moraine School District, and Emily Iverson of Mukwonago High School, joined 4,158 teachers nationwide who earned the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) credential in 2014.

Statewide, 1,015 teachers in Wisconsin's schools are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Certification consists of four components — written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. The voluntary process generally takes two to three years to complete.

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