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Sussex-Lisbon library agreement ending?

Jan. 31, 2013 9:08 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Two top village officials indicated tonight they are anticipating that a 25 year long library funding agreement between the village and Town of Lisbon will end after 2014.

Village President Greg Goetz tonight presided over the first meeting of a Library Continuation Committee appointed by the Village Board to make recommendations on how the village should take over the Pauline Haas Library if the funding agreement with the town is ended.

"The idea is how  to make the library continue operations without the Town of Lisbon after 2014," Goetz explained to the committee..

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said the Village Board is committed to maintaining library services at present levels if the town pulls out of the agreement.

He said one of the roles of the committee was to help determine whether that committment is realistic and, if it is, how to attain it.

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Pewaukee Village Board votes to create finance director-treasurer position

Oct. 06, 2015 10:23 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected leaders in the village have decided to change the organizational structure at Village Hall, scrapping the idea of hiring a clerk-treasurer, and creating a new position of finance director-treasurer as part of a shuffling of duties at the village.

The Village Board voted 5-2 Tuesday, Oct. 6 in favor of a plan that creates a new finance director-treasurer position to go with the jobs of clerk, deputy treasurer, and account finance clerk.

That's a change from the current configuration of clerk-treasurer, deputy clerk, deputy treasurer, and account finance clerk.

The option was one of three plans considered by the board, and came after a slightly more expensive option was rejected.

Village Hall has had a vacancy since former Village Clerk-Treasurer Nancy Zastrow resigned July 10.

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Legends come alive at Old World Wisconsin in October

Oct. 06, 2015 6:14 p.m. | Get set to discover and hear folk and fairy tales and Wisconsin ghost stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries as Halloween Legends and Lore takes over Old World Wisconsin Saturday evenings on Oct. 17, 24, and 31. 

"Halloween Legends and Lore lets our guests explore a different side of Old World Wisconsin," said Dan Freas, director of Old World Wisconsin in a news release. "There will be opportunities for our guests to explore creepy mazes and a spooky trail, burn off energy while fleeing ghosts, listen to live Halloween inspired music and spooky stories, play games and create traditional Halloween decorations."

During Legends and Lore, guests will have a chance to solve strange riddles, hear the wail of the Banshee, inspect the contents of the Tent of Curiosities, encounter cackling witches, strange beasts, freaky fortune tellers and other bizarre entities.

Learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales vividly performed outdoors in the unique grounds of Old World Wisconsin's crossroads village. Tasty and disturbing treats will be available for purchase. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.

This event is presented in partnership with Quasimondo Milwaukee Physical Theater and sponsored by WaterStone Bank.  Discounted admission coupons are available at any one of WaterStone Banks 12 branches throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

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Fatal crash after argument leads to reckless homicide charge

Oct. 06, 2015 6:03 p.m. | A Milwaukee man was arguing with his girlfriend moments before crashing the car they were riding in, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday that charges him with first-degree reckless homicide in the woman's death.

Jared A. Weber, 22, could spend up to 60 years in prison if convicted, according to a criminal complaint from Waukesha County.

According to the complaint:

Officials responded to a crash on Interstate 94 near Golden Lake Road in Summit on June 27 that involved a westbound vehicle going into the median. According to several 911 callers, the vehicle "became airborne" as it crossed into eastbound traffic before coming to rest on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Both the driver, Weber, and the passenger, his girlfriend, Crystal Matusek, 20, of Lodi, were thrown from the vehicle.

Weber told authorities he and Matusek were traveling from an auto show in Michigan and were headed to his mother's house in Poynette, traveling in the right westbound lane. He said they were having a verbal argument when he noticed he was beginning to cross the fog line and made an evasive left turn and lost control. Weber said the vehicle crossed into the median when it turned over on its top, slid across eastbound traffic and rolled again in the shoulder.

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Yearlong aniversary celebration continues this weekend for St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Oct. 06, 2015 2:13 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — St. Paul's Lutheran Church is so happy to be 150 years old that it decided to take the year to celebrate.

The church has hosted a series of celebratory events throughout 2015, such as special services from guest speakers and an extra-large potluck, and still have a few more on tap. The next big event is a special combined service, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 11 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest Street.

According to a news release, Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, will be delivering a sermon Sunday then giving a presentation on the various missions of the Missouri Synod at a noon luncheon following the service. The luncheon will be held at the Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road.

St. Paul's Senior Pastor Rev. Lance O'Donnell said that anyone who was interested was more than welcome to attend the events.

O'Donnell previously said that one of the goals of the celebration is to make St. Paul's into a more welcoming and accessible place.

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Hartland fire department open house on tap this weekend

Oct. 06, 2015 1:28 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Sacrificing for those in need is not an easy thing to do, but it's the choice that the Hartland Fire Department's staff makes daily.

This Saturday, Oct. 10, village residents will have the opportunity to show their appreciation for all the fire department does to keep Hartland safe at the annual department open house and pancake breakfast.

The sixth annual breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 10 at the fire department, 150 Lawn Street, and is open to the public. There is no fee to attend the event, but donations are appreciated and will be accepted.

Interim Fire Chief Dave Dean could not be reached for comment Tuesday, Oct. 6, but has said that he will be the person cooking up the pancakes.

The menu for the event also includes sausages, applesauce and a variety of drink options such as milk, coffee and orange juice.

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Complaint: Nashotah man assaulted girlfriend and her child, laughed about it

Oct. 06, 2015 1:25 p.m. | Village of Nashotah — A 45-year-old Nashotah man is facing criminal charges after allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter and then laughing about the incident when questioned by police.

The man, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victims, was charged Monday, Oct. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing bodily harm and three domestic abuse offenses: felony intimidation of a victim, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

If convicted, the man could face up to nearly 17 years behind bars and $46,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, police arrived around 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the man's home and spoke with his girlfriend, who was reportedly crying.

The woman said in the complaint that the man came home that night and began yelling at her, accusing her of being a "cop-calling (expletive)," then grabbed her by her arm and wrist and started screaming in her face.

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Pewaukee's Horizon Elementary School holding grand opening of new space Thursday

Oct. 06, 2015 1:13 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District is inviting parents and community members to tour the new classrooms at Horizon Elementary School, 458 Lake St., from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8.

There also will be an opportunity to learn about the PTO, Cub Scouts, volunteer opportunities, new family opportunities to connect, clubs, how to access report cards, pay fees, and School Fusion. The PTO is sponsoring snacks and child care at the event.

Hartland-Lakeside/Merton joint school board meeting to address merger questions

Oct. 06, 2015 12:43 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Questions about governance, finance and legal issues related to a possible merger of the Hartland-Lakeside and Merton school districts figure to get plenty of attention at a special meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at North Shore Middle School, 800 North Shore Drive.

That's when school boards from both districts will meet jointly for the first time to discuss a possible consolidation. Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards will explain the legal considerations of a potential merger. Debby Schufletowski, school business specialist from Robert W. Baird, is scheduled to give a presentation on the financial aspect of such a move.

Neither school board will take action at the meeting, according to the agenda.

The meeting comes as Hartland-Lakeside school officials mull options to address what Superintendent Glenn Schilling has termed "extensive" deficits in the coming years due to declining enrollment and decreasing state aid. Closing one of the district's elementary schools also is being explored.

Merger can be attractive

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Lake Country trick-or-treat times 2015

Oct. 06, 2015 12:07 p.m. | Get the treats ready! Or the tricks! Below is a complete listing of 2015 trick-or-treat times throughout Lake Country.

Town of Ashippun
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Big Bend
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Butler
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Delafield
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Delafield
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Dousman
4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Eagle
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Eagle
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Genesee
4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Village of Hartland
Business trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22
Residential trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Ixonia
After Halloween parade at 1 p.m. until dusk Saturday, Oct. 24
Village of Lac La Belle
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Lannon
2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Town of Lisbon
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Menomonee Falls
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Merton
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Merton
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Mukwonago
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Mukwonago
4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Village of Nashotah
5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of North Prairie
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City Oconomowoc
Business trick-or-treat: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Residential trick-or-treat: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Oconomowoc
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Oconomowoc Lake
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Pewaukee
3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Pewaukee
3 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Summit
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Village of Sussex
6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Vernon
1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25
Village of Wales
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
City of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31
Town of Waukesha
5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31

Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain

Oct. 06, 2015 9:44 a.m. | 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 such as 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 could 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.

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Pewaukee man sentenced for Waukesha library sex incident

Oct. 06, 2015 9:32 a.m. | 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.

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OPL offers online courses

Oct. 06, 2015 7:09 a.m. |  Oconomowoc Public Library offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online through 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.

Courses are available In:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business
  • Computer Applications
  • Design and Composition
  • Health Care and Medical
  • Language and Arts
  • Law and Legal
  • Personal Development
  • Teaching and Education
  • Technology
  • Writing and Publishing

 For more information, call the library at: (262) 569-2193.


Pewaukee police investigating 'suspicious' death

Oct. 05, 2015 9:48 p.m. | 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.

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Sparkle added to Pewaukee varsity cheer team

Oct. 05, 2015 11:23 a.m. | 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.

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Mukwonago Boy Scout Troop 229 places first at Camporee

Oct. 05, 2015 10:28 a.m. | 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.

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