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'The Hobbit' is selection for student book club

Jan. 16, 2013 1:26 p.m. | The Book Club for 7th and 8th graders will discuss The Hobbit, by J.R. Tolkien at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

The group will meet from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Interested parties can register at  at

Register and read the book and then join the group for conversation and tasty snacks. For more information, please contact Betsy Bromlet at   (262) 569-2193 or bbromley@cooney.lib.wi.us

Donate your 'gently' used shoes at Mukwonago YMCA mud run on June 6

12:29 p.m. |  Carly Weingart, a Mukwonago High School junior, with help from the MHS Key Club, are accepting donations of gently used shoes for a shoe drive fundraiser to benefit Rerun Shoes

Gently used men's shoes (dress and casual), women's shoes (flats, sandals and low heels), athletic shoes, children's shoes (casual, dress, and athletic), sports sandals (no flip-flops or crocs), and cleats can be donated.

Donation boxes can be found at Mukwonago High School, during the Mukwonago YMCA mud run on Saturday, June 6, at Mukwonago High School, and other locations in the Mukwonago community. 

For each box of shoes, which contains about 55 pairs of shoes, Rerun Shoes is donating $10, which will be donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. 

"We are hoping to donate as much money as we can to the Mukwonago Food Pantry," said Weingart in an email.

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Delafield unsure about We Energies

June 01, 2015 10:44 p.m. |  City of Delafield - City officials are not sure what strategy to use to persuade We Energies not to move a 12 inch gas pipeline from the west side to the east side of Genesee Street and destroy approximately 180 trees.

"We haven't had much chance to think about it because we did not get the email from We Energies until late Friday afternoon," Mayor Michele DeYoe said at Monday night's Common Council meeting.

DeYoe said she wants to meet with officials from both We Energies gas and electric divisions as soon as as possible and she may ask the officials to also meet with the Common Council.

According to city consultants, in order to relocate the pipleine We Energies may carve an approximately 20 foot path along the east side of Genesee Street extending from the downtown business district north to Oakwood Road.

The company said it wants to move the pipeline to take advantage of new  technology while the city and Waukesha County are rebuilding Genesee Street including a bridge across the Bark River, according to the consultants.

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Candidates named for LCFR Chief

June 01, 2015 10:08 p.m. |  Nashotah - A screening committee for the Lake Country Fire and Rescue Commission has recommended three candidates  be interviewed for the chief's position by the commission later this week.

The candidates include Assistant Chief Kevin Keith of Nashotah who was named interim chief following former Chief Jack Edwards retirement at the beginning of this year.

The other candidates are Hales Corners Fire Chief Michael Jankowski of Franklin and the assistant chief of the Oak Creek Fire Department, Michael Kressuk, also of Franklin.

Commission officials released the names following an approximately 10 minute "make over" meeting by the screening committee that included an eight minute closed session.

The committee had already made its recommendations during a May 19 meeting but commission officials later learned that the committee had failed to post the required pubic notices for the meeting.

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Police: Suspected Wales bank robber placed object on counter, said it was a bomb

June 01, 2015 5:01 p.m. | The suspected robber of Town Bank in Wales reportedly told a teller he had a bomb and placed a suspicious package on the counter before making off with an unknown amount of money, according to police.

The Milwaukee County bomb squad handled that package, said Deputy Lieutenant Patrick Esser of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, while addressing media after the scene cleared around 4:40 p.m.

"Milwaukee bomb squad is following up on what that was," Esser said. "I don't have any further information at this time as to what the results are."

According to Esser the suspect is still at large but police are following all available leads.

Earlier scanner chatter described the man as about 5 feet 3 inches tall with salt and pepper hair. He was wearing a hard hat and construction vest. There is a significant amount of roadwork being done in the area.

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SummerStage opens its 2015 season with a party

May 29, 2015 3:00 p.m. | It’s party time at SummerStage as it kicks off its 2015 season with King Solomon Reggae Band and De La Buena Salsa Band for the Party in the Park.

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the outdoor venue in Lapham Peak Park on Highway C, one mile south of I-94. Tickets are $13 adults, $11 seniors and students, $6 youth.

A night of entertainment is in store at the Oconomowoc High School Super Showcase at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Be entertained by some of OHS’s most talented singers, dancers, musicians and actors in comedy sketches and musical performances in this two-hour family show. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 students.

A Spring Fling Rummage Sale will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Merton Primary School, N68 W28460 Sussex Road, Merton. The huge community rummage sale has more than 30 booths including local businesses, crafters, vendors and organizations with items for sale and information. Concessions will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Pewaukee man accused of sixth OWI after high-speed chase

May 29, 2015 1:13 p.m. | A 39-year-old Pewaukee man with a history of drunken driving reportedly told police to "expect a blood bath" after he was arrested, following a car and foot chase, for impaired driving.

The man, Jonathan Jeske, was charged Thursday, May 28, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with sixth-offense driving while intoxicated, attempting to flee or elude a traffic officer and obstructing an officer. He has five prior OWI convictions on his record.

According to a criminal complaint, Jeske was pulled over at about 9:36 p.m. May 27 on the eastbound I-94 on-ramp from Pewaukee Road on suspicion of drunken driving.

An officer said in the complaint that Jeske's speech was lethargic, his eyes were bloodshot and his car smelled of alcohol. When a second officer arrived to help administer field sobriety tests, Jeske shifted his car into gear and sped away, the complaint said.

Jeske reportedly led police on a brief but high-speed chase down the interstate before exiting onto Redford Boulevard and turning into the parking lot at Steinhafels Furniture store.

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Two crashes have traffic backed up near Capitol Drive, Highway 16

May 28, 2015 10:08 a.m. | Traffic is delayed this morning on eastbound and westbound Highway 16, 1 mile west of the Capitol Drive interchange.

The traffic delays are apparently the result of two separate accidents.

A truck is turned over on its side in the ditch adjacent to the westbound lanes.

There also appears to be a multi-car crash near the eastbound lanes.

Police, fire and rescue personnel from multiple jurisdictions are on the scene, totaling about a dozen vehicles.

Waukesha County beaches open Saturday

May 28, 2015 7:28 a.m. | Memorial Day is in the rear-view mirror; summer is just around the corner, and what better sign than the opening of Waukesha County beaches? A lack of lifeguards has prompted the county to staff just four beaches this summer; two others will be unstaffed where swimmers may swim at their own risk. Lifeguards will be on duty from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily starting Saturday, May 30: Fox Brook Park, 2925 N. Barker Road, Brookfield; Menomonee Park, W220 N7884 Townline Road, Menomonee Falls; Muskego Park, S83 W20370 Janesville Road, Muskego; and Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, Hartland. At staffed beaches, swimming is allowed only when lifeguards are on duty, with the exception of Naga-Waukee Park. At Naga-Waukee, swimmers may swim at their own risk only after lifeguard staffing has ended from sunrise to sunset through Labor Day. Mukwonago Park, S100 W31900 Highway LO, Mukwonago, will be staffed by lifeguards weekends only, May 30-31 and June 6-7. The beach will be closed June 1-5 and 8-11. Swim at your own risk will run Friday, June 12, through Labor Day. Swimming lessons will be held as scheduled from June 22-July 3, and will run while the beach is open to swim at your own risk. Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, will have swim at your own risk hours from sunrise to sunset Friday, June 5, through Labor Day.

Oconomowoc Yellow Brick Road Run on Saturday

May 28, 2015 6:00 a.m. | The annual Yellow Brick Road Run/Walk   hosted by the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Satirday, May 30. 

Time Details:

Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m.

Location: Village Green Park

Address: 104 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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Sussex intersection approved

May 27, 2015 2:57 p.m. |  Sussex - The Village Board, on a 3 to 2 vote Tuesday night, May 26, approved plans to eliminate an iconic business district intersection at Main Street and  Silver Spring Drive and replace it with a T intersection a few hundred feet east of the existing triangle intersection.

The reconfiguration, which is estimated to cost about $1.4 million, is intended to improve the flow of traffic along Main Street and through the village.

However, Village Trustees Pat Tetzlaff and Bob Zarzynski  voted against the plan saying the reconfiguration would eliminate some parking spots, create turn manuevers too tight for large trucks, and located the new intersection too close to a local Barber Shop. 

With their opposition, the plan could not receive the usual four vote majority because there are two vacancies on the board created by the recent resignations of former trustees Matt Cmeyla and Matthew Petricca.

Horizon Elementary in Pewaukee to host ALS fundraiser this weekend

May 27, 2015 2:40 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee - A group of sixth grade students at Horizon Elementary School is banding together to help one of their own.

Pewaukee School District Public Information Coordinator Wendy Wong said in an email that one of the students had a mother that died from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

As a result, the Horizon students, with some help from School Counselor Amy Farrow, have organized a fund raising event to support ALS research, Wong said.

The fundraiser is scheduled to run from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at the school, 438 Lake Street.

The event will feature arts and crafts, games, a raffle, henna art and a basketball contest, according to Horizon Elementary's Facebook page. There will be also be pizza and baked goods for sale.

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Enjoy tea, garden party at Caldwell Church in Mukwonago

May 27, 2015 12:25 p.m. | Caldwell United Methodist Church, 8504 Caldwell Road, Mukwonago, is offering a garden party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 6.

Workshops on attracting wildlife and creating garden art will be provided at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. There is a cost of $10 per product for the garden art workshop.

Perennial plants will be available for purchase from $2 to $4 a pot. Participants can create a mini terrarium for $6.

Garden art and unique gifts for home and garden will be available, along with homemade cards. Homemade wooden bird houses can be purchased for $10, as well as wooden birdhouse kits for $5.

A tea party with teas, lemonade and homemade treats at $6 per person is also available.

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Sunset Serenade at SummerStage on Friday

May 27, 2015 10:45 a.m. |  If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend, consider attending the Sunset Serenade at  7 p.m. on Friday, May 29 at SummerStage.

Enjoy the music of  The Milwaukee Guitar Quarter and  a wine tasting by Sonoma Cellars

The event will benefit the Lake Area Free Clinic and AngelsGrace. Tickets are $10 and available at both locations and at the stage the night of the concert. 

Rep. Scott Allen announces listening session

May 27, 2015 10:22 a.m. | Rep. Scott Allen (R-Waukesha) will hold a listening session from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 3. at the town of Genesee town hall, S43 W31391 State Highway 83 Genesee Depot.

For more information or questions please call Rep. Allen’s office at (608) 266-8580 or email Rep.allen@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Former Lisbon clerk Kraus gets jail time, probation for defrauding town

May 26, 2015 10:50 a.m. | City of Waukesha — Former Town of Lisbon Administrator/Clerk Elizabeth Kraus was found guilty of credit card fraud on Friday, May 22, in Waukesha County Circuit Court and will serve 12 months in jail for her crime.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian stayed a sentence of up to two years in prison and four years of extended supervision for Kraus in favor of five years of probation. Aprahamian said during the May 22 plea and sentencing hearing that the only reason Kraus wasn't going to prison was her prior lack of a criminal record.

Aprahamian also sentenced Kraus to serve 12 months in jail — nine months of "straight time" and three months with work-release privileges — and ordered her to pay an undetermined amount of restitution to the town of Lisbon. An exact restitution amount will be determined on June 29 at a restitution hearing.

Kraus pleaded no contest to the credit card fraud charge.

Several town of Lisbon employees, including Supervisor Joe Osterman and Clerk/Administrator Matt Janecke, appeared and spoke at the sentencing. Many of them criticized Kraus' character and asked the court to impose a harsher sentence than had been outlined in a plea agreement.

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