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Personalized learning pilot looking for approval in Mukwonago

Feb. 11, 2013 4:02 p.m. | Section Elementary School hopes to pilot a new personalized learning model, Innovative Personal Learning Communities (IPLC), during the 2013-14 school year. IPLC would include two multiage groups, grades one through three and four through six, in an environment designed to engage learners in the rigorous, Common Core Standards-based curriculum tailored to the learning needs, styles and specific interests of students.

Section staff members will present a fully developed pilot plan to the School Board Learning Committee at 6:45 p.m. tonight, at the district office on Highway NN.

Missing person with dementia found safe

7:53 a.m. | An elderly patient with dementia wandered from a residence and was found safe thanks to the collaborative efforts of local agencies.

The Dousman Fire District responded at 7:15 p.m. to a report of an elderly patient with dementia missing from a residence in the Town of Ottawa on Aug. 3 for several hours.

The Dousman Fire District joined the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, which had been contacted about an hour earlier to conduct a search, and all three of the Dousman Fire Districts responded.

Upon arrival at the last known location of the missing individual, a unified command post was established; due to the missing individual's medical history, length of time missing, and with nightfall quickly approaching, the decision was made to launch an aggressive search in a six- mile radius of the residence.

The very large search area was on the border of the Kettle Moraine State Forest with difficult terrain including fields, heavily wooded areas, and several ponds.

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BluesFest prelude honors Les Paul and benefits Waukesha County Museum

Aug. 03, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Waukesha BluesFest is all about celebrating the history of American music.

So it's only natural the kickoff to BluesFest is honoring the man who had such an influence over the music industry.

The day before the two-day BluesFest in Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, a music celebration honoring Waukesha native Les Paul will feature five bands and 25 musicians, as well as an interactive event for the public, at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, in Delafield.

Honoring Paul

The Les Paul musical extravaganza, which continues a months-long celebration to recognize Paul's 100th birthday (the music icon died in 2009), kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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Chenequa Country Club adding paddle tennis courts

Aug. 03, 2015 3:11 p.m. | Town of Merton — Pickleball courts were added earlier this year. Next up for Chenequa Country Club: paddle tennis.

If all goes according to plan, a pair of paddle tennis courts will be ready for club members this fall — just in time for the cold weather.

That's good, because plans call for the courts to be used primarily from September through May.

Paddle tennis, also called platform tennis, combines elements of both tennis and racquetball and is played on a raised platform on a surface about half the size of a tennis court. The court is surrounded by a chicken wire-type screen that the ball can be played off of.

It's billed by the American Platform Tennis Association as the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather.

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35 local principals sign letter to Gov. Walker, legislature over less funding, local control

Aug. 03, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Nearly three dozen southern Wisconsin high school principals have taken pen to paper to convey a message to Madison that they're not happy with decisions being made that are affecting public education, including reduced state funding of schools and a decrease in local control.

A total of 35 high school principals signed the July 13 letter to Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature lamenting the "reduced power of local school boards" and a "competitive business model" they say results in the "haves and the have-nots" among the state's school districts.

"Since the onset of revenue limits in 1992, our school districts have been reducing and eliminating programs and resources," the letter states. "We are burdened by the cumulative effects of budget cuts resulting in increased class sizes, cut programs and deferred maintenance plans."

Jefferson High School principal Mark Rollefson, who spearheaded the letter-writing effort, said one reason for the principals to collaborate on a message was that most people in local communities know their principals and likely trust them.

"High school principals attend a lot of musicals, FFA events, community functions, athletic events, concerts, PT conferences, graduation and much more," Rollefson said. "As such, the community can relate to us. A letter to the Wisconsin governor and copied to legislators signed by 35 area principals may catch Madison's attention."

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Village logo and business park could get a new look, name in Mukwonago

Aug. 03, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The village of Mukwonago is looking at options to change its bear logo as well as changing the name of Gateway Business Park.

These two proposed changes were discussed at a board meeting July 21.

Village Administrator John Weidl said the village's current logo is "dated. The village, as a result, is looking to bring the logo more in line with its new online presence, Weidl said.

Karl James & Company helped design the village website — including the business development videos — and is looking at designing something that is in line with the more modern look of the website, but also pay tribute to the history.

"We're looking at the history and tradition of the logo, but it also needs to be in line with the web design," said Karl Robe, of Karl James and Company. "We want it also consistent with new business."

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Missing 13-year-old girl from Delafield returns home unharmed

Aug. 03, 2015 11:00 a.m. | City of Delafield - Tia Maney, 13, of the City of Delafield is safe and apparently unharmed in police custody, according to Police Chief Erik Kehl.

Kehl said police were notified by a family member on Monday morning that she had returned home after being missing since early Friday morning.

Kehl said police are questioning Maney about her disappearance and are awaiting her mother's arrival at the police station to take custody of the child.

Authorities have suspected that she might have been with an older boyfriend.

Closures planned, more coming along Highway 67 in Oconomowoc

Aug. 03, 2015 10:15 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — More road and freeway closures are coming as construction work progresses along Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc.

According to a state department of transportation news release, Thackeray Trail, west of Highway 67, is scheduled to close from 2 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Motorists are encouraged to use Robruck Drive as a detour to circumvent the closure, the release said.

Next Wednesday, Aug. 12, I-94 East, I-94 West and the southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 East are scheduled to close overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to the release.

Additional closures tied to the reconstruction of the southbound Highway 67 bridge over Interstate 94 are planned and will be announced shortly, DOT staff said.

News of more closures comes on the heels of a spate of long-term closures on multiple streets adjacent to the project site. Those streets were closed to facilitate the installation of storm sewer crossings.

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Read Destination Oconomowoc special section on desktop

Aug. 03, 2015 10:13 a.m. | Oconomowoc is more than just a city; it's a destination.

That's why Lake Country Publications/Lake Country Now is proud to announce our annual Destination Oconomowoc special section

Read about local attractions like The Kiltie and City Beach playground; arts activities like the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts; dining attractions like Roots Coffeebar and Cafe, and Fiesta Cancun; shopping; and community events.

You can read the Destination Oconomowoc special section digital edition on desktop computers.

Crash on Highway P

Aug. 03, 2015 7:39 a.m. | Police located a  Waukesha County Huber inmate on work release, and his passenger,   after they fled the scene of an accident  at Highway P and McNeil Road in the Town of Ashippun.

According to information from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, authorities were called to the scene at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

 A preliminary investigation found that Robert Wiedmeyer, 27, from  Oconomowoc,  was operating a 2001 Ford truck south on Highway P when the truck traveled onto the  west shoulder and went into a counter-clockwise spin.

The truck traveled through the northbound traffic lane and into the east ditch where it vaulted and overturned, striking   several trees. Law enforcement noted that contact with the trees was 9-feet high before  falling to the ground.

Wiedmeyer, a Waukesha County Huber inmate on work release, was injured in the crash, but fled the scene on foot. A passenger in the vehicle, Ryan Uhrmann,  26, of  Oconomowoc,  sustained injuries and also fled the crash scene.

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Monches makes LOL playoff field

Aug. 02, 2015 3:52 p.m. | The Monches Irish, after losing to visiting Pewaukee Saturday 9-7 in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league, got some help from the Brookfield Bulldogs last weekend and ended up making the six-team playoff field for the first time ever. The last time Monches was in the playoffs of any kind of was in 1972. After losing to Pewaukee, Monches needed the Bulldogs to sweep its weekend pair of games with the Brookfield Blue Sox. On Saturday the Bulldogs won by a 4-3 score and then downed the Blue Sox on Sunday, 8-3. Monches earned No. 6 and final seed. They will play at No. 3 seeded Sussex next Sunday at 1 p.m. The only other playoff game that day will find the fourth-seeded Bulldogs hosting No. 5 Lannon at noon. Pewaukee is the No. 1 seed and West Bend is No. 2. They have byes next Sunday. Those two teams will host games on Sunday, Aug. 16th.

Carve out some time this weekend

July 31, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  Carve out some time this weekend to visit the Lake Country Carvers Annual Show & Sale.

The event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

See the works of talented carvers and vote for your favorite. There will be carvings available for sale and a silent auction. Food will also be available.

Call (262) 567-8768 or visit www.oconomowoc.org for more information.

If you looking for some great dance music, plan to spend the evening at Seven Seas, 1807 Nagawicka Road in Hartland, Friday and Saturday nights.

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Kapenga to be sworn into Senate Aug. 6 at Delafield Town Hall

July 31, 2015 1:33 p.m. | Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) will be sworn into the 33rd state Senate seat in a public ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Delafield Town Hall, W302N1254 Maple Ave., Delafield.

The event is open to the public.

Kapenga informed the Assembly chief clerk, Assembly leadership and Gov. Scott Walker of his intention to resign from his 99th Assembly seat effective at the close of business Aug. 5 before being sworn into the 33rd Senate seat the following morning.

Kapenga won the senate seat in a special election July 21, beating Democrat Sherryll Shaddock of Nashotah. The senate seat was vacated by Paul Farrow, who stepped down to focus on his duties as the newly elected Waukesha County executive.

"Serving my neighbors in the 99th Assembly District for the last 41/2 years has been an honor, and it has been a privilege to work with everyone associated with the Assembly," Kapenga wrote in his resignation letter. "I look forward to continuing this work and partnership in the senate."

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Used book sale at Hillside Community Church

July 31, 2015 8:00 a.m. | The fourth annual MEACH (Mukwonago Eagle Area Christian Homeschoolers) used book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Hillside Community Church, S93W30580 County Road NN, Mukwonago.

For those who have books they would like to sell, online registration to sell books/curriculum is now open for this used book sale.  At this sale, sellers set up their own tables and sell their own books.

Seller spots are limited and are reserved on a first come, first serve basis.  Use this link for more information.

Information booth spots are also available at the sale for those who have a service, class or event to share with other homeschoolers. Those who are interested in having a spot to advertise an educational service that benefit homeschoolers, please sign up for an information booth online

Registration to sell books or have an information booth ends on Aug. 4.  

Golf outing to support FPWWC

July 31, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  Come on out and golf before the season ends and support Family Promise of Western Waukesha County. Gather a group of four friends, sponsor a hole, or volunteer for a day of golf, dinner, and raffles.

Sign up today to support homeless children and their families.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 12

Golf Location: Lake Mills Golf Club, 800 S. Main Street. Lake Mills

Registration Starts: 8:30 a.m.

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Delafield's National Night Out scheduled for Aug. 4

July 30, 2015 2:29 p.m. | City of Delafield - After several years without one, Delafield is bringing back its National Night Out.

According to a news release, the event is scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 outside the Home Depot parking lot, 3400 Hillside Drive.

The night out will feature appearances by the Delafield police and fire departments, a Pink Heals Lake Country fire engine, a special police canine unit  and more.

Home Depot is sponsoring the event. For more information call (262) 646-9160. 

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