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Motorcyclists, town officials find common ground

Feb. 07, 2013 9:02 a.m. | Town of Oconomowoc - Winter motorcyclists can continue riding on two frozen ponds in the town as long as they adhere to certain conditions. The Town Board in a 2-1 vote on Tuesday approved a new ordinance regarding the type of riding.

Town Attorney Bill Chapman explained the new ordinance replaces an existing one. There are several similarities between the two regarding limiting erratic riding. The new ordinance specifically addresses how loud the bike can be and the hours when they can ride.

Bikes are not to be louder than 96 (decibels) dBA and riding hours are limited to between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Those that ride usually ride on two frozen ponds in the town. Residents' complaints about the noise initiated reconsidering an ordinance that limited all riding. However, after a group of about 50 riders came to a Town Board meeting the night the first version of the ordinance was on the agenda proposing limiting all riding, officials worked out a compromise.

Do something good for you and your dog

3:00 p.m. |  What dog doesn’t like to go for a walk?

On Saturday dogs from all over the area will be talking part in HAWS 33rd Annual Pet Walk. The free event takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Sussex Village Park, at Main Street and Weaver Drive in Sussex.

The  Romp ‘n Rally event is being hosted by The Friends of HAWS (Humane Animal Welfare Society) and includes lure coursing, trail challenge, vendor marketplace, contests, demos, live music and food.

For more information, visit hawspets.org.

If you’re looking to do something good for yourself, check out the Lake Country Wellness Expo starting at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St., Oconomowoc.

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Sensenbrenner to meet with constituents May 9 in Oconomowoc

2:57 p.m. | Fifth District Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) will meet with constituents at 7 p.m. Monday, May 9, in the courtroom at Oconomowoc City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Attendees should enter through the police department entrance on St. Paul Street. An elevator is available to the second floor.

Sensenbrenner hosts "town hall" style meetings at locations in his district throughout the year to give constituents an opportunity to share their views on a variety of issues, as well as to help them with any problems they may be experiencing with federal agencies.

Pewaukee man winner of $2 million Powerball drawing

2:30 p.m. | A Pewaukee resident is the lucky winner who captured a $2 million prize in the Saturday, March 26, Powerball drawing, the Wisconsin Lottery announced this week.

Shawn Cushman of Pewaukee purchased the winning ticket at Cardinal Service, 805 Cardinal Lane, Hartland.

It's the second big-money lottery ticket the business has sold in the past year. On Aug. 4, 2015, Phillip Herrmann of Hartland snagged a $1 million prize from the Mega Millions drawing.

Retailers who sell winning tickets over $599 receive an incentive of 2 percent of the winning ticket amount, up to $100,000.

The winning Powerball numbers from March 26 were 11, 23, 42, 52 and 68 with a Powerball of 6.

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Waukesha County panel approves funds for study examining regional fire department consolidation

1:30 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A regional study about the feasibility of fire department consolidation in Waukesha County is one step closer to becoming a reality.

The Waukesha County Finance Committee approved the allocation of funds to hire a consultant for the study May 4. The study will examine whether a regional consolidation of fire departments in western Waukesha County — known as Lake Country — is financially responsible and logistically feasible.

Thirteen of the 19 communities invited to participate in the study have agreed to do so, and 10 of those communities contributed money to fund the project. The communities that declined to participate in the study are the city of Delafield, the town of Ottawa and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.

The possibility of a study was broached last fall when Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow sent a letter to 18 Lake Country communities — the village of Dousman erroneously did not receive a letter — about participating in a regional study aimed at considering the economic and logistical consequences of a regional fire department.

Communities that agreed to participate were asked to contribute $1,000 to $2,000 each to help cover the cost of the study. Those communities put combined total of $15,000 toward the study.

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Fate of Sports Authority in Delafield unclear

12:12 p.m. | When Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 2, the company announced it would close 143 stores and two distribution centers. The four Milwaukee-area stores, including the Delafield location at 2950 Golf Road, were not on the list.

Now their fate isn't as clear, with media outlets reporting the struggling sporting goods retailer has notified the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, that the company would not be able to reorganize and instead would pursue a sale for some or all of the business.

An asset auction is scheduled for May 16.

What that means for the Delafield store and the company's other retail locations isn't yet known.

An employee who answered the phone at the Delafield store Monday, May 2, said the store is referring all media inquiries to the company's corporate office.

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Eagle Business Association Community Rummage Sale begins this weekend

12:09 p.m. | The Eagle Business Association's annual community rummage sale begins this weekend. The communitywide rummage sale runs May 5 through 8 and is a fundraiser for the Eagle Business Association.

There are 69 residents participating this year. The village and town of Eagle have been broken down into four maps, to make it easier for those looking to find rummage sites.

The maps will be available for pickup at various businesses in Eagle, or look for the yellow EBA rummage sale signs on display at participating houses.

Horse Power Healing Center, Eagle, to hold open house fundraiser

12:07 p.m. | Horse Power Healing Center (HPHC) will hold an open house fundraiser from 12 — 4 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at Jericho Creek Farms, S101 W34628 County Road LO, Eagle, WI. Admission is free.

The open house will have something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The event features: therapeutic riding demonstrations, veteran's demonstration, demonstration of horses doing tricks, horse massage demonstration by Melissa Gibson of L5 Equine Massage, games, radio-controlled truck racing, silent auction and bake sale. Food and drinks will be available.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the programs offered at HPHC: Equine-Assisted Therapeutic lessons for children and adults who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged, "Horses for Hope" program for children and adults diagnosed with a terminal illness, and "Horses for Heroes" program for military personnel, veterans and their family members.

For more information visit the website at horsepowerhealingcenter.com or the Facebook page.

Make a difference through Project Hope at Rolling Elementary, Mukwonago

11:59 a.m. | Rolling Hills Elementary and Eagleville Elementary Girl Scouts are collecting used clothing, household items and furniture to donate to the Hope Center in Waukesha. Drive- through donations will be accepted from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 at the Rolling Hills Elementary front parking lot.

There is also an alternate drop off between 8 and 9 a.m. at Rolling Hills, but drivers will need to park and carry items to the front entrance during that time. No heavy or large items for this drop off.

The Girl Scouts ask donors to respect the dignity of those served by the Hope Center by ensuring donated items are in good, usable condition. Casual clothing for men, women and children are needed, as well as shoes, maternity clothes, new under garments and socks, baby items, kitchen utensils and baking items, children's books, new toiletry items, office supplies, and bed and bath linens.

Visit the Hope Center website for a complete list of items needed.

The Hope Center is committed to preventing homelessness and has been giving to those in need for more than 20 years in Waukesha County.

Student in custody after making threat at Kettle Moraine High School

11:50 a.m. | A student is in police custody after writing a threat on a bathroom wall at Kettle Moraine High School, according to an alert sent to families of KM students.

The threat indicated that "students and staff would be harmed on a specific future date," according to the alert, signed by KM Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

"In addition to potential criminal charges, the student has been suspended and will go through established school disciplinary procedures," Deklotz wrote.

She added that the investigation, conducted through a joint investigation with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, concluded that although there is no threat to students, as a precautionary measure, the sheriff's department would conduct safety sweeps at the high school. That led to the cancellation of evening activities in the building Thursday night.

"The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority," Deklotz wrote. "All threats against schools are criminal offenses. This event offers an opportunity to talk with your children about their well-being and the implications of making threats to harm others."

Freese named new principal at Zion Lutheran School

11:02 a.m. | John Freese is the new principal and seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at Zion Lutheran School in Hartland, beginning July 1. He replaces Dave Neujahr who is retiring in June.

Freese holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota; a master's degree in social studies from California State University in Fullerton, California, and a master's and doctorate in educational administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

He has taught at four elementary schools, a high school, and was a professor of education at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee for 14 years. He is now serving at St. Philips Lutheran School in Milwaukee.

Zion Lutheran School, 1023 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland, serves children in 3K through eighth grade, offering academics, arts and athletics. In 2015, the school earned accreditation with an exemplary rating from WELSSA. In 2016-17, the school will expand to a five-day preschool and wraparound child care availability.

"To have such an experienced educator replace me will help Zion School to continue to strive for excellence," said Neujahr. "Other outstanding schools exist in our community, but no other school offers what Zion offers. Not only do our small class sizes and excellent facility set us apart, but also our faith-based instruction and application of God's Word to the children's lives."

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Lake Country police report: May 6, 2016

10:28 a.m. |


Persistence doesn't pay

Tyler Dodge, 28, of Pewaukee was cited for harassment at about 4:47 p.m. April 28 after repeatedly calling a woman's phone despite being instructed not to by a police officer, who answered the phone. The woman reported the harassing calls to police outside Waukesha County Technical College, 800 Main St., and an officer had briefly taken possession of the phone when Dodge called three consecutive times — despite being warned to stop after each of the first two calls — then six more times after he was told he would be cited for harassment.

Drug freight

The police department on April 30 turned over more than 500 pounds of various prescription medications collected in two drug drop boxes — one in the police department's lobby — over the course of about six months to the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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Beloit firm buys former Lang buildings

9:57 a.m. | The announcement that a Beloit commercial real estate firm has purchased from the Steinergroup of Cudahy the iconic downtown buildings built by developer Bob Lang during the 1990s and early 2000s caught city officials and local business owners by surprise.

Hendricks Commercial Properties announced the purchase late Thursday afternoon, May 5. The company manages and owns more than 12 million square feet of real estate property in 34 states.

The company was founded by the late Ken Hendricks and his widow, Diane, who also founded and owned the ABC Supply Co., the world's largest wholesale supplier of roofing sidings and windows, which maintains a branch office in Hartland.

Waukesha County Recorder of Deeds Jim Behrend, who is also a city alderman, said he has received no official notification of the transaction.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said she was unaware of the pending sale until she was told early Friday morning about the news release issued by Hendricks Commercial Properties.

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Pewaukee Kiwanis RiverRun ready to welcome paddlers

9:54 a.m. | Its future was in doubt a few years ago, but the annual Pewaukee Kiwanis RiverRun is ready for its 43rd edition.

Between 100 and 150 participants will be clambering into canoes and kayaks Saturday, May 14, for the 6-mile paddle down the Pewaukee River from Pewaukee to Waukesha.

The event, sponsored by the Pewaukee Kiwanis Club, nearly went by the wayside a few years back as club members' interest in it waned, but club President Wyatt Repavich said members realized it was too important to the community to deep-six.

"We revived it right away," Repavich said. "We didn't even skip a year."

Tarzan and the Easter Bunny will be happy.

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Realtor attacked while showing rental property was Delafield agent, group says

9:09 a.m. | A local Realtor association is emphasizing safety after one of its members, an agent with Century 21 Affiliated in Delafield, was attacked and injured May 5 while showing a rental property in Milwaukee.

The agent involved in the incident is Jim Olsen, who detailed the assault in a letter to his colleagues that was also shared with local media. According to Olsen's account, he was ambushed by two masked gunmen while showing an apartment to a woman, possibly the attackers' accomplice, on Milwaukee's northwest side.

One of the masked men struck Olsen in the back of the head with a gun and demanded money from him. Olsen survived the encounter, but his wallet, phone and wedding ring were stolen.

"We are extremely thankful that Jim is O.K.," said Roxanne Platz, 2016 Great Milwaukee Association of Realtors chairwoman, in a news release. "It appears he took precautions by not being at the property alone, and that one step could have prevented a much worse outcome."

Platz was referring to the fact that Olsen's wife was waiting outside the rental property in their car while the assault happened.

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Video Chief on the Street: Top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief

7:22 a.m. | This week we begin our new weekly video series, "The Chief on the Street," a highlight of the top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief. Look for reporters Carol Spaeth-Bauer and Andrea Tritschler as they travel around the Chief's coverage area, bringing readers the news from where it happened (or close nearby).

Read more about this week's top stories:

·A major drug bust in the village of Eagle.

·Town of Mukwonago begins massive construction project.

·A petition is going around asking for traffic controls at National Ave. and Edgewood Ave.

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Community Watch


» Do something good for you and your dog 03:00 PM

» Sensenbrenner to meet with constituents May 9 in Oconomowoc 02:57 PM

» Pewaukee man winner of $2 million Powerball drawing Updated:  02:30 PM

» Waukesha County panel approves funds for study examining regional fire department consolidation 01:30 PM

» Fate of Sports Authority in Delafield unclear 12:12 PM

» Eagle Business Association Community Rummage Sale begins this weekend 12:09 PM

» Horse Power Healing Center, Eagle, to hold open house fundraiser 12:07 PM

» Make a difference through Project Hope at Rolling Elementary, Mukwonago 11:59 AM

» Student in custody after making threat at Kettle Moraine High School Updated:  11:50 AM

» Freese named new principal at Zion Lutheran School 11:02 AM

» Lake Country police report: May 6, 2016 10:28 AM

» Beloit firm buys former Lang buildings 09:57 AM

» Pewaukee Kiwanis RiverRun ready to welcome paddlers 09:54 AM

» Realtor attacked while showing rental property was Delafield agent, group says 09:09 AM

» Video Chief on the Street: Top news stories from this week's Mukwonago Chief 07:22 AM

» Village of Pewaukee changes course, won't hire finance director 5/5

» History-making runner, Kathrine Switzer, to speak at Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee event 5/5

» Overnight freeway, ramp closures on Highway 67 in Oconomowoc set for Thursday night Updated:  5/5

» Town of Merton looking for a new town clerk 5/5

» "Rallying the Troops" for Cancer 5/4

» Comfort Zone to host Lauri Badura as speaker 5/4

» Capitol Drive bridge repairs to cause lane closures in Pewaukee Updated:  5/4

» Prairie Village Park closed for construction 5/4

» Hamilton School Board names Brad Hoffmann as new Templeton Middle School principal 5/4

» Sediment closes boat ramp on Pewaukee Lake 5/4

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

“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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