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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.

Pedestrian killed in accident

7:55 a.m. |  A 77-year-old Oconomowoc woman was killed after a being stuck by a vehicle in the 100 blockof Cross Street at 4:31 p.m. on Saturday, May 23.

 According to police, the preliminary investigation  indicated that a 2001 pickup truck,  driven by a 38-year old Oconomowoc man, turned west onto Cross Street from east bound Wisconsin Avenue, and struck the woman who was crossing the street in mid-block.

The woman has been identified as Judith Waldorf. She sustained significant head injuries and paramedics   performed CPR at the scene. She was transported to the hospital and at 6 p.m., she passed away, according to authorities.

Police said the driver was cooperative and while the investigation is still ongoing, drugs and/or alcohol do not  appear to  be a factor.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit is assisting with the investigation. 

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

May 22, 2015 4:18 p.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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Daylong event honors veterans

May 22, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  For many people Memorial Day weekend means three days of gardening, cookouts, family gatherings and highway traffic.

Unfortunately, not a lot of folks spend any time in activities that really reflect what the weekend is about.

If you’re looking for a fun way to honor World War II, Korean War and other U.S. this weekend with the whole family, plan to attend the free celebration Saturday at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. The daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by an opening ceremony with a color guard and a live performance of the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. The day will end with an evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” on a big, outdoor screen.

On Sunday, the celebration continues with the Honor Ride of motorcycles and jeeps to the War Memorial in downtown Milwaukee where there will be another day of music and other events.

Visit www.wishd.com for a list of activities.

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Hartland police searching for robbery suspect

May 20, 2015 8:23 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Police are searching for a woman they say robbed a bank Thursday afternoon, May 20, in the village of Hartland.

At about noon, the woman walked into the U.S. Bank branch, 160 E. Capitol Drive, and handed a note to the teller, demanding money, according to a news release from Deputy Police Chief Mike Bagin.

The woman — who is described as about 5 feet tall with a medium build and brown hair — implied that she had a weapon and received less than $1,000 in cash, Bagin said.

After receiving the money, the woman fled the bank on foot. She was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, black pants and white shoes, according to the release.

Hartland North Elementary School, which is near the bank, was placed on lockdown as a precaution after the school district heard about the incident, said District Coordinator Michele Davis.

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OPL to hold Antique Book Sale

May 20, 2015 5:56 p.m. |   The Friends of the Oconomowoc Public Library will hold an Antique and Rare Book Sale at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., on  Friday May 29 and Saturday May 30,

  Proceeds from this   event will fund a mural for the library’s lobby.

There will be a first-choice exclusive sale on Friday, May 29 from 6 to 8 pm. For a donation of $10, shoppers will have the first chance to purchase the antique and rare books on offer, and may enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres.

The remaining books will be on sale Saturday, May 30 from 9  am until noon. No donation is required to shop on Saturday.

 Books included in the sale range in price from $10 to $1,500. Numerous leather-bound books will be included.

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Nearby robbery puts Hartland North on lockdown

May 20, 2015 2:23 p.m. |  According WISN, several Hartland schools were placed in lockdown after a nearby robbery.

Hartland North Elementary was placed in external lockdown due to a nearby bank robbery, according to WISN. Other district schools were placed in a security alert as a precaution.

WISN noted that the district said it is no longer in a lockdown, but have all external doors locked.

NuGenesis plant sale Saturday

May 20, 2015 2:06 p.m. | Saturday,  May 23 will be the  first annual Plant Sale and Open House at NuGenesis. The community is invited to stop to see the Giving Garden Greenhouse renovated with generous community donations, tour   gardens and learn about the exciting programs and activities happening at NuGenesis this growing season.

 Veggie and herb seedlings (transplants) will be available for purchase  to plant in your own garden this season, grown using organic methods.  

Plants available include :  basil, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, fennel, ground cherry, kale, lavender, leeks, lettuce, onion, oregano, parsley, peppers, rosemary, winter squash, summer squash, thyme, tomato, watermelon and more! Click here to view the full list of varieties!

Mukwonago man pleads guilty to shooting grizzly bear

May 20, 2015 10:28 a.m. | Hungry Horse, Mont. — A Mukwonago man has plead guilty to shooting and killing a grizzly bear in northwestern Montana.

Richard Kutcher plead guilty May 18 to shooting a grizzly bear in closed season, according to officials with the Flathead County Justice Court. He has been ordered to pay a $235 fine and $2,000 in restitution.

The hunter thought the animal he shot was a black bear and not a grizzly, said John Fraley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Kutcher notified authorities immediately of the mistake, Fraley said.

Grizzly bears are a threatened species and are illegal to hunt, Fraley said. He added the grizzly bear has been collected and will likely be tanned for educational purposes.

In addition to fines, Kutcher will lose hunting privileges for 60 days, court officials said. The Mukwonago man was also sentenced to six months in jail, which was suspended.

Pewaukee traffic delays

May 19, 2015 4:06 p.m. |  City of Pewaukee - Road work related to the construction of the Christian Education Leadership Academy is causing late afternoon traffic delays on Ryan Street (Hwy.KF), north of Highway 16

The soutbound lane has been closed as workers prepare to widen the road in front of the academy. A flag man is controlling the north and south bound traffic as it uses the north bound lane which remains open.

The back up of north bound vehicles at times extends about a half mile from the construction site to the Ryan Street/Highway 16 interchange. 

Oconomowoc Police investigate homicide

May 19, 2015 8:02 a.m. |

The Van Wagner family (seated) Stanley, Amy, and Wolfgang, (on floor) Thor and Chevelle. Police are investigating Stanley's death as a murder.

Police are investigating the May 17 death of a 50-year-old City of Oconomowoc man as a homicide.

Stanley Van Wagner  was discovered dead in the basement of his home at 163 Elm Street. Police Chief Dave Beguhn said  authorities have been advised that the man was home alone throughout the weekend and that he was last seen on Friday.

“He was discovered by his wife who opened up the door and saw what she believed was her husband and ran to a neighbor’s house,” he said. The neighbor verified it was Van Wagner and called  police.  

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"Up the drive" garbage stays in Delafield

May 18, 2015 10:54 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council at its Monday, May 15, meeting adopted a new seven year contract with Advance Disposal that continues "up the drive" garbage collection in the city.

There are no cost increases for the city in 2015, according to City Administrator Tom Hafner

After 2015, rates can be increased based on Consumer Price Index increases but capped at 3 percent per year.

The city could have saved about a $150,000 per year during the contract if it would have agreed to abolish the "up the drive" service where garbage and recyclables are collected at the homeowner's door step rather at the curb on the street.

However, the Common Council decide to stick to the "up the drive service" because of citizen support and the number of homes with long or steeply sloped drive ways that could pose challenges for the elderly or disabled particularly during winter months.

Bike paths dropped from Genesee Street plan

May 18, 2015 10:41 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council agreed Monday night, May 18, to drop north and south bound bicycle lanes, each about four to five wide, from plans to reconstruct Genesee Street (Hwy. C) between Mill Street and Oakwood Road.

Instead, the council is considering the possibility of installing a larger multi use path that would be constructed a few feet to east of Genesee Street.

The council asked One Source Consulting to analyze the costs, impact on trees, and potential conflicts with underground utility equipment if an 8 foot asphalt path were constructed.

About 20 sign carrying citizens showed up at tonight's meeting protesting the construction project and particularly the two bike paths.

They argued that the bike paths would increase the width of the road which would result in tree destruction and higher traffic speeds on the newly constructed street.

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Tribute mothers at next SAGES meeting

May 18, 2015 10:00 p.m. |  SAGES (Seniors and other Adults Gathering for Education and Socialization) will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21in the lower level meeting room of the Mukwonago Village Hall. 

The program will be a tribute to mothers as a get acquainted activity, so please come prepared with your tribute. There will also be games if time allows.

Guests are welcome. 

Call Marsha at (262) 363-8597 with any questions.

Hartland village board, plan commission discuss funding for Capitol Plaza redevelopment

May 18, 2015 9:36 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Funding for the proposed Riverwalk Apartment project has been discussed for several months and the village might now be closer to a financing agreement with Riverwalk developer Joe McCormick.

A special, joint meeting of the village board and plan commission on Monday, May 18, was dedicated to the discussion of the proposed agreement in which the village would provide McCormick with about $1.75 million in financial assistance.

According to a memo distributed to members of both committees before the meeting, the village would pay an estimated $550,000 to McCormick upcon completion of various aspects of the Riverwalk project, and the remaining $1.2 million would be paid, at no interest, over time.

The money to finance the project would be taken out of an existing fund designated for development projects, said Village Administrator Dave Cox.

Financing for the Riverwalk project would also be made possible through the creation of a proposed, new tax incremental financing district (TIF) in the downtown area.

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Rural Home Cemetery advocates to hold fundraiser

May 18, 2015 2:23 p.m. | Waterford— Supporters of Rural Home Cemetery will hold a fundraiser next month.

Cemetery supporters will host a pig roast and silent auction from 4 to 7 p.m. June 6 at Tichigan Lake Lions Club, at Highway 164 and Jensen Drive.

An exact beneficiary of the fundraiser is not listed on the event's flier, although the memo states: "Please be a 'friend' of Rural Home Cemetery and help us in our legal fight to take back our cemetery from the village of Big Bend."

A yearlong legal battle over the 1,000-plot cemetery on Highway L in the town of Vernon recently turned a new leaf with the filing of a new lawsuit April 1. The five plaintiffs are suing Big Bend and seeking control of the cemetery. The suit requests several rulings, including a mandate that the plaintiffs may reorganize a cemetery association to operate the cemetery.

The fundraiser will feature hot pork sandwiches, fixings, dessert and beverages. Alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase. Suggested donations for the event are $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 10 and free for children five and under.

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Spring Seedling Sale & Greenhouse Open House: 10 a.m. May 23, NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A variety of organic veggie and herb seedlings to plant in your home or community garden this spring will be for sale. All plant sale profits will benefit the Giving Garden initiative.

Memorial Honor Celebration: 8 a.m. May 23, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc. Daylong event begins with reveille and breakfast at 8 a.m. followed by color guard and the national anthem. The event also includes military and veterans organizations, interactive displays and vehicles, food and beverages and entertainment. Evening showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Mission.” on a big, outdoor screen.

"Small Space Container Gardens" Seminar: 11 a.m. May 23, Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Free educational seminar by gardening expert Melinda Myers. Melinda, who will also be available to answer gardening questions. Enter to win a $500 Ebert’s shopping spree with Melinda.

Tyke Hike: 10 a.m. May 23, Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846, Delafield. Children and their families will hike with a guide and a representative of the Delafield Library will share books, songs and a craft to enhance the experience. Meet at the Lapham Peak Tower. State park sticker is required.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 


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