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City reserves liquor license for Fowler Lake Village

Feb. 05, 2013 9:35 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Common Council voted 6-2 to reserve a Class B liquor license for the Fowler Lake Village development proposed behind City Hall.

City Clerk Diane Coenen said the liquor license is necessary to help ensure a successful development of the project that will contain condominiums, retail space and a restaurant.

The Class B license is the only one currently available in the city. Reserving it does open the opportunity for other merchants to apply for a Class C license which allows for the sale of wine only, Coenen explained. She said the city has received requests from business owners on applying for a Class C license.

Aldermen James Larsen and Bob Morgan voted against reserving the license for Fowler Lake Village. Morgan cited issues with the type of project and its location. Larsen questioned if reserving the license for this project would mean no one else would be eligible to apply for the Class B license. The answer was yes.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Complaint: Nashotah man assaulted girlfriend and her daughter

10:58 a.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.

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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Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain

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 like 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 can 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

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

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.

2015 Halloween and fall events in Lake Country

Oct. 05, 2015 8:30 a.m. | There are plenty of activities coming up in Lake Country to celebrate the Halloween and autumn seasons. Here are some highlights:

Halloween parades

Ixonia Lions Club Halloween Parade: 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, followed by a costume contest at Ixonia Firemen's Hall, N8345 Park St. and trick-or-treating until dusk. (262) 567-3842.

Oconomowoc Lions Club Halloween Parade: 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31; parade travels through downtown Oconomowoc to Roosevelt Park where the Oconomowoc Lions Club will provide food and beverages.

Okauchee Lions Halloween Parade: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, starting at the Okauchee American Legion and finishing at Holy Trinity Lutheran School gym, where there will be a costume contest with prizes, candy and ice cream.

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Lunch and a Movie on Oct. 30

Oct. 05, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  Enjoy "Lunch and a Movie" with Cinderella (2015), PG-13 and closed caption, which will take place  on Friday, Oct. 30 from  11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

 Lunch menu includes Sloppy Joe, chips and a pickle with choice of beverage and a cookie.  Cost:  $7.50 per person.  To register: send payment to Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066.  Register by Monday, Oct. 26. Include names of attendees and contact phone number.  

For more information or to receive our e-newsletter, call (262) 354-1375 or email jhalliburton@lho.org. The Center for Life Enrichment is part of the Shorehaven Campus.  

Mukwonago High School students chosen as merit semifinalists

Oct. 04, 2015 11:18 p.m. | Three Mukwonago High School seniors, Annalise Anspach, Tresario Del Fiacco, and Nicholas Janovetz, have been selected as National Merit Scholar semifinalists, according to a news release from the Mukwonago Area School District.

Each year, about 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Based on the scores from this test, only a sliver of the nation's high school seniors — approximately 16,000 of 1.5 million students who take the test — are selected as semifinalists.

Following their semifinalist nomination, Anspach, Del Fiacco, and Janovetz will move through the next phases of the application process in hopes of being selected as a National Merit Scholar.

Each student will submit a detailed scholarship application providing information about his or her academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.

The three must also maintain their outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a Mukwonago High School official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm their earlier performance on the PSAT/NMSQT test. About 15,000 semifinalists are expected to advance to the finalist level, and from that pool of finalists, only 7,400 students in the nation will be awarded National Merit Scholarships and earn the prestigious Merit Scholar title.

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Town of Mukwonago won't run Vernon's park and rec after all

Oct. 02, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Town of Vernon — The town of Vernon board decided to not take the town of Mukwonago up on its offer to run its park and recreation department through then end of 2015.

The issue arose after Vernon's park and recreation director recently resigned. The town of Mukwonago offered to run Vernon's park and recreation department through Dec. 31, 2015 at a cost of $10,576 for administration.

Originally, the town of Vernon's board approved the town of Mukwonago's offer at a previous board meeting and was going to draft a contract.

But Vernon switched its position at its Oct. 1 board meeting.

"I ask that we don't continue forward with any contractual agreements," said board member Tim Agoudemos, who voted against the town of Mukwonago running the park and recreation program at the first meeting.

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Fridays are meant for fish fries

Oct. 02, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  Friday nights in fall in Wisconsin are a great time to seek out a good fish fry.

One that’s been around for a long time is the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at St. Jerome Church, 995 S.  Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc.

The buffet style fish fry, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, includes both baked and fried cod with French fries, German and American potato salad, coleslaw, rye bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, four-bean salad, and coffee and milk. Soda, beer and desserts are available for an additional cost. Carryouts available. Call (262) 569-3032 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children.

A couple of good shows are being presented at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.

Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author, humorist, musician and radio host, will present an entertaining show at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  Tickets are $20. Call (262) 5660-3172 or visit www.theoac.net for more information.

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Update: Shooting threat alters Pewaukee High School's homecoming plans

Oct. 02, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Pewaukee — Police are following up on leads related to this week's shooting threat at Pewaukee High School, but so far, no one is in custody.

The threat came on the same day a gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college, leaving 10 dead and seven wounded.

The Pewaukee School District called off Friday classes and activities at all district schools after a note was found at Pewaukee High School that said there would be a "school shooting" on Friday, Oct. 2. The district's two elementary schools, middle school and high school are all on the same campus.

The homecoming parade and pep rally were among the events that were canceled. The homecoming football game, originally slated for Friday night, was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Pewaukee Police Capt. Jay Iding said more police than normal will be at the football game. There will also be a police presence at the homecoming dance, which takes place Saturday evening at the high school.

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Manhunt underway in Delafield; scanner traffic says man surrounded by police

Oct. 02, 2015 12:26 p.m. | City of Delafield - Police have cornered a Waukesha man who allegedly stole two cars and an all-terrain vehicle, crashed all three then fled on foot from a Delafield subdivision.

Scanner traffic indicates the man has been surrounded by police on Sugar Island in Lower Nemahbin Lake.

Delafield Police Department support staff confirmed Friday morning, Oct. 2 that officers were out looking for the man, but declined to comment further.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Wallschlaeger confirmed her department was investigating the incident as well.

"We know he stole a car," she said, but could not elaborate further on the nature of the incident. 

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Oconomowoc fall highway cleanup project needs volunteers

Oct. 02, 2015 10:23 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — To hear Jessica Perry tell it, there's a lot more to picking up litter than one might think.

"It's a community service," she said. "But it's also an opportunity to get some exercise, meet new people and network. And it provides you with a very real sense of accomplishment."

Perry, a senior personal banker at First Bank Financial Centre in Oconomowoc, is so excited about picking up litter because this is the fourth year she's been involved with an annual Oconomowoc highway cleanup project, which is scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. And she wants to get other people excited about the project, too — hopefully excited enough to volunteer to help out.

There are six volunteers on board for the project so far, and all of them are First Bank employees.

Perry said she hopes to draw between 20 and 30 volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in the project should call Perry at (262) 569-3055.

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Community Watch


» Complaint: Nashotah man assaulted girlfriend and her daughter 10:58 AM

» Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain 09:44 AM

» Pewaukee man sentenced for Waukesha library sex incident 09:32 AM

» OPL offers online courses 07:09 AM

» Pewaukee police investigating 'suspicious' death 10/5

» Sparkle added to Pewaukee varsity cheer team 10/5

» Mukwonago Boy Scout Troop 229 places first at Camporee 10/5

» 2015 Halloween and fall events in Lake Country 10/5

» Lunch and a Movie on Oct. 30 10/5

» Mukwonago High School students chosen as merit semifinalists 10/4

» Town of Mukwonago won't run Vernon's park and rec after all 10/2

» Fridays are meant for fish fries 10/2

» Update: Shooting threat alters Pewaukee High School's homecoming plans 10/2

» Manhunt underway in Delafield; scanner traffic says man surrounded by police Updated:  10/2

» Oconomowoc fall highway cleanup project needs volunteers 10/2

» Pewaukee Schools close Friday after receiving shooting threat Updated:  10/2

» Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library at OPL 10/2

» Volunteer training for FPWWC 10/2

» Oconomowoc businesses on Summit Avenue announce scavenger hunt 10/1

» Pewaukee cancels classes on Friday after threat Updated:  10/1

» Threat closes Pewaukee Schools, cancels homecoming activities 10/1

» Oconomowoc Electric Utility celebrates 115 years with lottery contest 10/1

» Big Bend to join Diggers Hotline network 10/1

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football? 10/1

» Veterans Memorial Park to open with program Oct. 18 10/1

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Dousman FD Pancake Breakfast: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.  Oct. 11, Dousman Fire Department, 107 S. Main, Dousman. Also includes Flight for Life at 9 a.m.; room fire demonstration (live fire) at 10 a.m.; car extrication demonstration at 11 a.m.  plus balloon creations (8-10 a.m.),  bounce house.  Waukesha County Communications (9-1-1), Waukesha County Sheriff K-9, Waukesha County Mobile Command Unit, ATF vehicle.

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser: 7 a.m. -12 p.m. Oct. 10, Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department, 212 Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Free will donations appreciated. Also includes fire trucks and displays, raffles, kids activities. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new emergency equipment.

Move Your Mutt for HAWS: 7 a.m. Oct. 10, Genesee Lake Road Town Park, Genesee Lake Road, Oconomowoc. Choose the 5K and bring your pet or run the 10K without your dog. There is also a one-mile walk. Raise $100 in pledges and race for free. Food and beverages available as well as vendor booths and adoptable pets from HAWS. $25 one-mile walk, $45 for 5K, 10K.


Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. Oct. 10, Lapham Peak State Park, W 329 N 846, Delafield. Please meet at the observation tower. Look for yellow ’Ice Age Trail Event’ signs. Tyke hikes are 60- to 90-minute slow-paced hikes promoting nature and family hiking in an outdoor educational setting. 


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