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Bid online to help Veterans Park project

Feb. 18, 2013 11:30 a.m. | In addition to the recently donated auction items for  the Honor & Valor  event held last week,  two items were donated after the event to help raise money for the refurbishing  project at Veterans' Memorial Park.

The two items are:

Item A: Downtown Abbey Dinner for eight-  Opening bid $800Donated by retired caterer Helen Forster, and hosted at Rosehill Farm (the home of Helen and Bert Forster), this  authentic dinner  for eight at her home includes brandy and wine. The current going bid is $800. 

Item B: : 10 Yard Dumpster- (Waukesha County Only) Value $325- Opening Bid- $200 (Donated by Advanced Disposal).  The current bid on the  dumpster is at $450.

The deadline for bids is tonight at 9 p.m. and can be made via email to:  megangwelsh@gmail.com

Four Republicans vie to fill Waukesha County Assembly seat

12:38 p.m. | Four Republicans are competing in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

The top Republican vote-getter in Tuesday's primary is all but assured of victory in the Sept. 29 general election because no Democrat entered the race and the only possible challenge would come from a write-in candidate.

Only one of the four candidates in Tuesday's primary now holds public office. Cindi Duchow is serving her second term as a Town of Delafield supervisor. She was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

Scott Owens of the Town of Genesee, Dave Westlake of Hartland and Spencer Zimmerman of the City of Delafield have never been elected to public office.

Each of them is asking voters to be hired as the district's conservative representative in the Assembly.

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Warhawks, KM win football games

Aug. 28, 2015 10:37 p.m. | Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine won varsity football games Friday night. AHS rallied from a 27-7 third quarter deficit to stop host Hudson, 35-28. Host Kettle Moraine stopped Watertown, 25-20. Lake Country Lutheran lost to visiting Burlington Catholic Central, 21-7 and Pewaukee lost to host Wisconsin Lutheran, 35-14.Pewaukee led in that game, 14-7.

East Troy 5K run to be held Aug. 29

Aug. 28, 2015 1:09 p.m. |  The East Troy Area Historical Society, in cooperation with the East Troy High School Cross Country team, will host the Blast to the Past 5K on Saturday, Aug. 29. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is $35 on race day. Information on route, parking, vendors and sponsors is available here.

Special awards will go to overall male and female winners and first through third place awards for male and female participants in each age group. 

Email the East Troy Historical Society at easttroyareahistorical@gmail.com with any questions.

Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Pewaukee man allegedly burglarized his next door neighbor

Aug. 28, 2015 11:23 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — A 35-year-old Pewaukee man stands accused of stealing then selling several pieces of jewelry from his neighbor.

Jonathan Armao was charged Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, he could face up to 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the complaint, police suspect Armao of breaking into his neighbors' home sometime in the evening May 21. Armao's neighbors had left their home at about 4:30 p.m. that day and later called police to report the theft of some missing jewelry that included a 1959 class ring.

The owner of a Waukesha pawnshop told police in the complaint that Armao had sold some gold chains and rings May 21 at the pawnshop, one of which was the class ring. The rest of the jewelry Armao allegedly sold that day also matched the description of the items taken from the victims, according to the complaint.

Armao reportedly told the pawnshop owner that he obtained the rings through an estate sale.

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Lake Country students post strong showing on ACT

Aug. 28, 2015 10:58 a.m. | As a state, Wisconsin finished near the head of the class nationally in ACT scores.

Lake Country schools had a lot to do with that.

Figures released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show Wisconsin's 2015 high school graduates posted an average composite score of 22.2 on the college entrance exam, tied for second-best in the country.

That was well above the national average of 21.0.

Similarly, Lake Country districts turned in scores much higher than the state average.

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Oconomowoc woman charged for 2012 burglary

Aug. 28, 2015 9:39 a.m. | Criminal charges have been brought against a 39-year-old Oconomowoc woman for a burglary she allegedly participated in 31/2 years ago.

Jennifer Czaplewski, 1815 N. Davies Drive, was charged Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, she could face up to 12 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to a criminal complaint, Czaplewski in March 2012 stole clothes and some personal items from her friend Miceala Rupnow, of the city of Delafield.

Police reportedly discovered the theft after a friend the two had in common told officers that Czaplewski had bragged to her about stealing clothes from Rupnow.

The complaint said Czaplewski told the third friend she had stolen a dress belonging to Czaplewski "right out from under Miceala's nose" and later returned to Rupnow's home to steal more clothing and a CD.

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Area schools, educators keep busy preparing for new year

Aug. 28, 2015 8:53 a.m. | Students may have had the summer off, but that doesn't mean area school districts were devoid of activity. Building projects, teacher training and staff hiring were just some of the things keeping educators busy in advance of the 2015-16 school year, which kicked off Sept. 1 for most Lake Country schools. The following is a look at some of the goings-on, by district.

Arrowhead High School

Arrowhead has a new superintendent at the helm. Laura Myrah took over the position in July, but she's not the only one starting a new job. Myrah said the high school welcomes eight new teachers, two administrators (including herself) and a half-dozen faculty members stepping into new leadership roles, including two department chairpersons (social studies and language arts ) and two director positions (director of learning and director of student services ), plus more than a dozen new employees in support roles and coaching positions.

Myrah said educators were "hard at work during the summer" updating curriculum for courses, participating in training sessions, taking graduate-level coursework, collaborating and planning within their departments, and leading professional development sessions for others.

Arrowhead's administration has been planning for implementation of the district's goals and initiatives, including best preparing students for postsecondary education and/or future careers, continuing implementation of Educator Effectiveness (Wisconsin's new teacher and principal evaluation program) and enhancing communications with the community, including a new monthly e-newsletter called "Arrowhead Advisor."

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Oconomowoc football takes down Waukesha South, 52-31

Aug. 28, 2015 12:28 a.m. | UPDATE: Read the full game recap story on LakeCountryNow.com.

The Oconomowoc football team defeated Waukesha South, 52-31, on Thursday to improve to 2-0 overall.

OHS had big days from junior quarterback Ben Nienhuis (six total touchdowns) and junior wide receiver Zach Clayton (four touchdown catches).

Nienhuis threw for five touchdowns for the second straight week.

At the half, Oconomowoc led, 38-14, but South scored 17 points in the third to tighten the score to 38-31.

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Judge: Probation for Delafield woman accused of child abuse

Aug. 27, 2015 4:24 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A Delafield woman previously accused of child abuse pleaded no contest to lesser charges and was sentenced in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Online court records indicate that the woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, made her no-contest pleas during an Aug. 26 hearing. Judge Lee Dreyfus withheld a sentence for the woman in favor of 16 months of probation.

The woman pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct as part of an agreement with the prosecution. Dreyfus found her guilty of those crimes at her sentencing. He ruled that the woman would serve 16 months of probation for each offense, but ordered that the probation terms be served concurrently.

As conditions of her probation, the woman must complete a parenting class and has been banned from physically punishing or disciplining her children. She is also prohibited from having any violent contact with any of her family members and from possessing or using any controlled substances.

The woman was originally charged with physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing bodily harm last December after Cushing Elementary School Principal Rebecca Toetz noticed the woman's 6-year-old son had severe bruising on his back and contacted child services.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Charity concert set for Sept. 6 at band shell in Oconomowoc

Aug. 27, 2015 2:03 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Every season can be a season of giving.

That's what Oconomowoc resident Terry Williams believes anyway, which is why she's organized a special concert to help raise donations for Operation Christmas Child, an Evangelical organization that's very close to her heart.

The concert kicks off 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Rhodee Memorial Bandshell, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., near City Beach, and will last for two hours. Williams and other volunteers will have a donation drop-off station open from 5 to 9 p.m. near the band shell to collect various items for Operation Christmas Child.

"It should be a fun night," Williams said.

Music at the concert, which is free and open to the public, will be provided by Billy Sullivan, previously of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and The Raspberries. Sullivan usually performs covers of Beatles' songs and other music from the 60s.

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Kettle Moraine elementary schools to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies

Aug. 27, 2015 12:16 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District celebrates construction progress in the district with ribbon cutting ceremonies at all elementary schools at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27. Students, parents and community members will be able to take a look at several spaces that are ready for students, following a short program at each facility. 

For a sneak peek of the construction work done in the district over the summer watch the video at Lake Country Now

Kettle Moraine Middle School will host a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1.

A ceremony was held on Aug. 25 at Kettle Moraine High School. 

Local runner bringing 'Girls on the Run' to Lake Country

Aug. 27, 2015 11:58 a.m. | A Lake Country runner and mother of three is starting a new program in Lake Country designed to help preteen girls boost their self-confidence, make good life choices and ultimately complete a 5K race.

Girls on the Run, a youth development program that started in 1996 in North Carolina, combines running with an interactive curriculum to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in girls in grades three through five.

Kelly Corteen, 39, of Erin has been involved with the Girls on the Run program in the Milwaukee area and is excited to bring the program west.

"I worked with the 5K event last season and just interacted with a lot of the girls and saw how happy they were, accomplishing that 5K, and I want to bring it out here," Corteen said.

Corteen will serve as head coach, and her sister Maureen Reyes will be assistant coach.

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Decision expected on Lisbon convenience center

Aug. 27, 2015 8:01 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - After hearing more than 20 hours of testimony, a specially convened review panel may make a decision next week on the siting of a fueling and convenience center complex at the roundabout intersection of Hwys. 164 and Q.

The review panel - compromised of four town board members and the chairman of the town's zoning board of appeals - has a number of alternatives in reaching its decision, according to Attorney John M. "Jack" Bruce who serves as legal advisor to the review board.

The board could vote to affirm two decisions by the town plan commission to reject the plans submitted by Wexford Heights, a Germantown based development company.

The plans include a fueling center, convenience store, car wash, and drive through restaurant  located near the intersection on land once occupied by an Associated Bank branch office.

Some plan commissioners and town residents argue the complex is too large and poses potential hazards to neighborhood ground water resources and motorists traveling through the roundabout.

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