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Enjoy the respite; more snow tomorrow

Feb. 06, 2013 7:36 a.m. | Enjoy your snowless commute this morning; things will likely change tomorrow.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Thursday morning through afternoon.

Light snow is expected to develop tonight, but become heavier on Thursday. Tonight could see sleet and freezing rain mixing with the snow, but turning to all snow tomorrow. Snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are possible.

Petition seeks safer roads

9:04 a.m. | The intersection at Highway ES and Edgewood Avenue in the town of Vernon has seen a lot of traffic-related accidents and traffic problems, which has caused citizens to start a petition asking the county to take action in making this route safer.

Mukwonago resident Bradford Paulson started an online petition a few weeks ago that will be sent to the county. He is asking that the county lowers the speed limit or installs stoplights or a roundabout, which would also make drivers slow down.

"There have been several accidents that have happened at this intersection," Paulson said, "and I have a passion for making sure things are safe."

The intersection also poses a challenge for school buses and trucks that have a hard time passing through during peak traffic hours, County Supervisor Darlene Johnson said. Johnson has brought the issue to the attention of the county.

"It is something that I would say is definitely a concern for the community. We can't just leave it where it is now," Johnson said.

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One dead, three injured in fatal rollover accident on Highway 16 in Delafield

9:00 a.m. | City of Delafield — A two-vehicle rollover crash Monday, May 2 left one man dead and three people injured — including two children — and shut down traffic at Highway 83 and westbound Highway 16 for hours.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, a 30-year-old Waukesha man lost control of his vehicle around 3:31 p.m. and crashed his car into a pickup truck driven by a 77-year-old Berlin man near highways 16 and 83.

Both cars left the roadway following the collision, a news release said, struck a guardrail and then a bridge pillar. After striking the pillar, the pickup truck rolled over. There were two children inside the truck with the Berlin man.

Half a dozen police departments and three local fire departments responded to the scene, according to the release.

Flight for Life rushed the 77-year-old man to Froedert Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The children in the truck with him were also taken to the hospital then released. Their ages and relationship to the older man remain unclear.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Just kids from Waukesha County: Joe Schobert, Derek Watt make history in 2016 NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Joe Schobert and Derek Watt made history Saturday.

When both were selected by NFL teams during the draft, it marked the first time two football players who attended high school in Waukesha County were drafted in the same year.

Schobert, a 2012 Waukesha West graduate, was selected as the 99th overall pick at the start of the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. Watt, a 2011 graduate of Pewaukee High School, was taken in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers. He was the 198th overall selection.

Schobert, the first player ever drafted into the NFL from Waukesha West, is joining fellow Waukesha County product Joe Thomas on the Cleveland Browns. Thomas is a graduate of Brookfield Central and, like Schobert, played at Wisconsin.

Watt became the third Pewaukee graduate to be selected in the NFL Draft. Watt's older brother, J.J., the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in 2011, and Chris McIntosh, in 2000, are the others. Both were first-round selections.

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Eastbound traffic resumes at Highway 16 crash scene

May 02, 2016 4:11 p.m. | Eastbound traffic has resumed at the scene of a crash that initially closed all lanes in both directions of Highway 16 at Highway 83 at Hartland. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is responding.

Crash closes Highway 16 in Hartland

May 02, 2016 3:47 p.m. | East and west bound Highway 16 at Highway 83 in Hartland has been shut down due to an accident around 3:30 p.m., May 2, according to scanner traffic.

Flight for Life has been called for a 62-year-old patient, according to scanner traffic.

No further details are available at this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Scientist's biotech therapy fights cancer

May 02, 2016 3:21 p.m. | Village of Big Bend- Village of Big Bend resident and scientist Mike James and his team are one of 27 entries competing in the finalist round of the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Their entry, called Essential Biotechnology, has survived two rounds of judging in the contest, which is organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council as well as other sponsors and volunteers including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The contest blends health-related fields, manufacturing, social or educational innovations and life sciences.

James' essential biotechnology plan focuses on targeting cancers using antibodies against a protein they discovered to exist specifically on the surface of tumor cells. Although technologies like this have been used before, the mechanism and protein they are targeting are brand-new.

"Current therapies are not treating cancer well. The small parts of those cancers always seem to come back," James said. "And when they do, it's bad news for the patient and treatment becomes difficult and even impossible."

James, a scientist that studies cancer biology and molecular and cell biology as it relates to cancer, worked with a team to find a way to target and kill those most dangerous, treatment resistant tumor cells.

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Mukwonago man says cancer journey is worth it, if it helps somebody else

May 02, 2016 2:56 p.m. | When it comes to cancer treatment, Scott Turk, of Mukwonago, has "kind of seen it all," since he was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2014. He's been in chemotherapy since 2014, had radiation and has gone through three surgeries where doctors filled his abdomen with chemotherapy drugs heated to 107 degrees.

Turk moved his family from Peoria, Illinois to Mukwonago in 2013 for a job that was offered to him. He didn't know why the opportunity came to him, but he knew God had a plan. He couldn't have imagined that plan moved him closer to crucial medical treatment he would need against colorectal cancer, care that wouldn't have been available to him in Peoria.

As the ProHealth ParkWalk for Cancer 2016 ambassador, Turk wants people to know cancer is real, it can happen to anyone, people like him, but there are options for quality care in our community, made possible through funds raised by ParkWalk.

Turk's journey

Turk shares his story in the hope other people can find support or knowledge through his journey.

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Pewaukee's Christian Education Leadership Academy plans to boost enrollment, establish waiting list

May 02, 2016 11:10 a.m. | As Pewaukee's newest private Christian school nears the end of its inaugural year, the school's co-founder is looking ahead to bigger and better things, including boosting enrollment by 60 percent.

Christian Education Leadership Academy, on Ryan Street just north of Highway 16, is serving 250 students in grades kindergarten through eight this year.

Because of its first-year success and number of requests from other families to join, Brian Nahey, who co-founded CELA with his wife, Nancy, said the school is projecting enrollment to swell to 400 for the 2016-17 school year and hopes to establish a waiting list to fill potential openings.

Nahey said CELA will announce detailed plans to fulfill that goal in the coming weeks, including new scholarship opportunities.

For now, the school has planned three "Each One, Reach One" events in April and May, where current CELA families are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors who might want to join the school. The event will give families an opportunity to see the school, meet members of the CELA family and encourage them to look into the enrollment process.

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10 Questions: with UPAF president & CEO Deanna Tillisch of Hartland

May 02, 2016 10:39 a.m. | One might think the most challenging part of a job leading an organization tasked with annually raising millions of dollars to support performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin, is — you know — raising the money.

But Hartland's Deanna Tillisch, president and CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund — which helps support art groups such as First Stage, Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — said the most difficult part of the gig is figuring out how to allocate the funds.

Tillisch, 54-year-old wife of Eric and mother to daughters Kayla, Kasey and Morgan, has been with UPAF since 2011. As the organization's president and CEO, she oversees all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, allocation of dollars, marketing, operations and finance.

The challenge of divvying up funds is one of the topics Tillisch addressed in a "10 Questions" interview with Lake Country Publications. The Indiana native also talked about what UPAF is doing to solidify its presence in Lake Country and why she feels she has the "best job in the community."

1 What drew you to your current position as president and CEO of UPAF?

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Town begins huge revamp of roads

May 02, 2016 10:35 a.m. | The town of Mukwonago has begun the first phases of a just over $4.7 million road project set to improve up to 45 miles of town roads, over the course of the project.

Due to the size of the project it has been divided into three smaller projects, according to Town Engineer Sean Sullivan — pulverize and overlay project, the slag seal and microsurfacing project, and the Beulah Road reconstruction project. Weekly meetings will be held with contractors to review the progress of the projects and discuss scheduling.

Department of Public Works Foreman Rick Peterson said marking out for saw cutting began May 2. Saw cutting, but not removal of driveway ends so new asphalt can be blended in when paving, started on the north end of the town.

Prep work, crack sealing and spray patching should also start the week of May 2 in the Willow Springs subdivision and on Schnitzler Road, according to Peterson.

Pulverizing will start on Monday, May 9, on the north end of town and working south, Peterson said.

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Thank a teacher

May 02, 2016 9:23 a.m. | It’s teacher appreciation week.  Send a note, a card, a gift, or call a teacher and thank them for all they do.

MPD Explorer Post begins open application process

May 02, 2016 9:11 a.m. | The Mukwonago Police Department Explorer Post #429 is pleased to announce an open application process, which started April 27, 2016. The post is open to young adults 15-21 years old with no criminal record.

The Mukwonago Police Explorer Post #429 is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America in an effort to expose young adults to the various facets of law enforcement. This program is primarily geared towards young adults with a career interest in law enforcement.

The cost of the program is $24.00 annually for charter fees imposed by Learning for Life to accommodate insurance coverage for all members of the post. If you have any questions please contact by phone or email Officer Cory Kirkpatrick, Advisor to Post #429. He can be reached at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department from 7pm to 3am at (262) 363-6435. Or you can send Officer Kirkpatrick an email at ckirkpatrick@mkpd.org.

Applications for the Mukwonago Police Explorer post can be picked up at any time at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department, located at 627 S. Rochester St. Mukwonago, WI 53149.

St. Jerome's hosts Caregiver Support Group

May 02, 2016 7:17 a.m. | The Alzheimer's Association of Southeast Wisconsin sponsors Caregiver Support Groups open to anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, or other form of memory loss. 

St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, is host to a Caregiver Support Group on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m.; facilitators are Diane Becker (262) 490-3946 and Brenda Stieber (262) 569-9027.

 

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Monches wins LOL baseball opener

May 01, 2016 5:11 p.m. | Monches grabbed the spotlight Sunday on opening day in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league by scoring a 9-8 win over Merton. Other division scores were Oconomowoc over North Lake 15-1, Brookfield Blue Sox over Sussex 4-2, West Bend 7-Up over West Bend Lithia 11-0 and the Brookfield Bulldogs over Hartland, 12-5. Tyler Adams pitched a perfect game for the West Bend 7-Up.

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» Petition seeks safer roads 09:04 AM

» One dead, three injured in fatal rollover accident on Highway 16 in Delafield 09:00 AM

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft 5/2

» Just kids from Waukesha County: Joe Schobert, Derek Watt make history in 2016 NFL Draft Updated:  5/2

» Eastbound traffic resumes at Highway 16 crash scene Updated:  5/2

» Crash closes Highway 16 in Hartland 5/2

» Scientist's biotech therapy fights cancer 5/2

» Mukwonago man says cancer journey is worth it, if it helps somebody else 5/2

» Pewaukee's Christian Education Leadership Academy plans to boost enrollment, establish waiting list Updated:  5/2

» 10 Questions: with UPAF president & CEO Deanna Tillisch of Hartland 5/2

» Town begins huge revamp of roads 5/2

» Thank a teacher 5/2

» MPD Explorer Post begins open application process 5/2

» St. Jerome's hosts Caregiver Support Group 5/2

» Monches wins LOL baseball opener 5/1

» Pewaukee's Derek Watt selected in sixth round of NFL Draft 4/30

» Merton Community Fire Department hosting pancake breakfast 4/29

» Town officials approve lifting speed limit on Okauchee Lake for June demo event 4/29

» Cobra helicopter in North Lake to be moved to get new paint job 4/28

» Kettle Moraine High School senior among 12 state semifinalists for Presidential Scholar 4/28

» Pewaukee, Arrowhead school districts named to Top Workplaces list 4/28

» 3,700 Lisbon residents without power for about two hours Wednesday 4/28

» Complaint: Delafield man left friend to die of apparent heroin overdose Updated:  4/27

» Sen. Ron Johnson to visit students at Oconomowoc High School 4/27

» Eagle police seize big pot stash, cash Updated:  4/27

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Weekend Happenings

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“Ask the Plant Doctor” Seminar with Melinda Myers: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7, 1-3 p.m. May 8. Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Gardening expert Melinda Myers will answer lawn and gardening questions. Free.

HAWS 33rd Annual Pet Walk: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7, Sussex Village Park, Main St. and Weaver Drive, Sussex. Romp ’n Rally is hosted by The Friends of HAWS. Includes lure coursing, trail challenge, vendor marketplace, contests, demos, live music and food. hawspets.org. Free

“The Drowsy Chaperone”: 7:30 p.m. May 6, 7; 4 p.m. May 8, Theatre on Main, W35 N5920 Brown St., Unit 101, Oconomowoc. (262) 560-0564, theatreonmain.org

 

Lake Country Wellness Expo: 11 a.m. May 7, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St., Oconomowoc. Event includes consultations, mini facials, free classes, circus yoga, essential oils, demonstrations, rock wall for kids from local vendors. More than 50 booths with giveaways. Food will be available for purchase. Free

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