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2 delays, 1 closing

Feb. 22, 2013 7:47 a.m. | St. John's Lutheran in Mukwonago is closed today, and the Palmyra-Eagle School District will start two hours later than usual.

The Alice Baker Memorial Library in Eagle will also open two hours late.

The area remains under a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m.

The heavier snow has moved north ofthe area, leaving behind 2 to 4 inches of snow accumulations. Windss will cause blowing and drifting through mid-morning.

Light snow is expected to pick up again later this morning and this afternoon, with accumulations of up to 2 additional inches. Freezing drizzle is also possible.

Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night

11:57 a.m. | Westbound lanes of Interstate 94 at the stadium interchange near Miller Park will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for a storm sewer installation.

The state Department of Transportation expects backups during the day Saturday on westbound I-94 between the Marquette and stadium interchanges.

The DOT recommends the following detours:

  • Miller Park Way to National Avenue to Greenfield Avenue
  • US 41 to Bluemound Road to Glenview Avenue to Watertown Plank Road
  • I-894 bypass or I-43 to other regional east/west routes

More information the project, and other projects, is available on the DOT website.

Carran rejects Lisbon job offer; Brown Deer's Janecke accepts

11:35 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon- Matt Carran, community development director for the Village of Menomonee Falls, has rejected the Town of Lisbon's offer to become town clerk/administrator.

The Town Board moved quickly Wednesday night to hire Matt Janecke, assistant village manager for Brown Deer, who described his new position as town administrator as "a great opportunity to move my career forward and make a mark on the Town of Lisbon."

"I think we are in good hands," said Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke after the board voted unanimously to hire Janecke after an approximately 25 minute interview.

Supervisor Hannah Heinritz praised Janecke for the amount of research he did about the community and the town government before being interviewed on two different occassions by the town board.

Supervisor Joe Osterman praised Janecke for "short and to the point the answers" and displaying "a lot of energy and a willingness to work hard."

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Pewaukee man accused of physically abusing his teenage son for months

Dec. 17, 2014 4:54 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A 15-year-old boy told police on Monday, Dec. 15, that his father beats him so much he's gown accustomed to it.

The boy's father, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, was charged Wednesday, Dec. 17, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm.

The man faces up to six years behind bars and $10,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, the boy on Dec. 16 reported the abuse to his Pewaukee High School counselor who referred the case to police.

The victim said in the complaint that his father punched him in the face on Dec. 15 after the man returned home from work. He was upset because he thought his son, who had walked home after an after-school activity, had arrived much later than he anticipated.

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Rep. Craig blasts CESA waste

Dec. 17, 2014 4:40 p.m. | In a letter emailed to Dr. Tony Evers on Dec. 17, Rep. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released findings from a recent open records request, revealing a culture of waste perpetuating Wisconsin’s 12 Cooperative Educational Service Agencies, according to news release from Craig.

"As a taxpayer, I find the results of this records request deeply concerning. The blatant disregard for taxpayer dollars and overall lack of transparency exhibited by the state’s 12 CESAs is troubling, particularly in light of ever increasing state budgets," said Craig. 

"The reality that in 2013 alone, eight CESAs spent nearly half of a million dollars on five-star dining, luxury travel accommodations and employee lunches (among other expenditures) is beyond unacceptable," Craid continued. "As stewards of taxpayer dollars, DPI and Wisconsin’s CESAs should be held accountable for these choices. As such, I call on our state superintendent to closely examine and give account of this fiscal mismanagement to the source of these funds, Wisconsin’s taxpayers.”

Wisconsin’s state superintendent is required to both supervise and audit the receipts and expenditures of all CESAs, according the news release.

Rep. Craig represents the 83rd Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.  Assembly District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine and Milwaukee Counties.

Former town/city of Pewaukee clerk dead at age 73

Dec. 17, 2014 1:10 p.m. |  Sandra Salbashian was revered by her friends and former co-workers at the city of Pewaukee.

The former clerk and treasurer of the town — later the city — died Saturday, Dec. 13, at age 73 from uterine cancer.

"She was like a mother hen," recalled City Attorney Stan Riffle. "She was so passionate about everything that was here in the city."

Mayor Scott Klein said Salbashian essentially "ran the city." "She was the staff," Klein said.

Salbashian served Pewaukee for nearly 25 years before retiring in 2002. According to City Clerk and Treasurer Kelly Tarczewski, Salbashian's position was elected but eventually the common council opted to change it to an appointed position. Salbashian was first elected clerk in 1981.

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Gas prices keep tumbling

Dec. 17, 2014 9:26 a.m. | Gas prices in the Lake Country area continue to spiral downwards as Mike Badani's Hartland Citgo dropped its price to $2.35 per gallon Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. That's the lowest price in the Lake Country area. Last year at this same time gas prices were $3.89 per gallon. Two states, Oklahoma and Louisiana, have prices below $2.00 per gallon. In Louisiana prices were as low as $1.86 per gallon and in Oklahoma prices were as low as 1.88 per gallon.

Cookie drop at OPL benefits food pantry

Dec. 17, 2014 8:25 a.m. |  Celebrate the holiday season at the Oconomowoc Public Library Cookie Drop, from 5-8 p.m. on  Friday, Dec. 19.

 Plan to drop off at least one to two dozen cookies. Stay awhile to sample, discuss recipes and package cookies. The packaged cookies will be delivered to the Oconomowoc Food Pantry at 9 am on Saturday, Dec. 20.

Romanowski appointed to Kettle Moraine School Board

Dec. 16, 2014 9:43 p.m. | After a tied vote, it took a statement from one of the candidates to sway the vote of board members and break the tie to appoint a new member to the Kettle Moraine School Board of Education on Dec. 16.

Both candidates applying to complete Colin Butler's term on the school board brought similar viewpoints in regards to the value of personalized, innovative learning; supporting teaching staff; importance of communication and community engagement, but it was Jim Arts' candor that turned the tide and placed Jim Romanowski in the school board seat.

With his wife working as a teacher at Kettle Moraine Middle School, Arts directed the favor of the board to Romanowski, who could serve with no conflict of interest, which would result in abstaining in voting on staffing issues. The board voted 5-1 in favor of Romanowski.

Romanowski, of Delafield, a district resident since 1984, brings about 29 years of previous public service experience in the Delafield area to the board as well as the expertise of a civil engineer, and experience in teaching at the secondary level. .

Romanowski will be sworn in at the Jan. 5 school board meeting to complete Butler's term, which expires in April. Romanowski would them have to run for school board on the April ballot to be elected to a seat on the board.

Oconomowoc common council grants conditional use permit to new used car dealership

Dec. 16, 2014 9:23 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - A new used-car dealership will soon be moving into downtown Oconomowoc.

The common council on Tuesday, Dec. 16, granted a conditional use permit to Milwaukee natives Tony and Donisha Nesbitt for a property at 200 S. Silver Lake Street which the couple would use as a car lot called Right Way Auto.

The permit was approved on a 7-1 vote after some discussion; alderman Mike Miller cast the lone dissenting vote.

City Planner Jason Gallo said the plan commisson on Dec. 10 recommended approval of the permit with some amendments -- such as specifiying the dealership's hours of operation and outlining how to use the allotted number of parking stalls reserved for the business -- which were included in the permit reviewed by council members.

Additionally, alderman Derek Zwart proposed an amendment to the permit that would allow the Nesbitt's to wash and detail the cars on their lot, which was prohibited in the agreement.

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Celebration for fire chief postponed

Dec. 16, 2014 9:09 p.m. |  The open house to honor Hartland Fire Chief Allen “Augie” Wilde has been postponed.

 
Wilde is unable to attend the celebration due to a personal emergency.
 
Originally, the celebration was scheduled for Friday, Dec. 19 at the American Legion Hall. According to interim fire chief Dave Dean, the celebration will be rescheduled at a later date, though that information is unknown as of this publication.
 
Dean said in a release that “the public will be invited to join the Department and others to celebrate Chief Wilde’s long service on the Fire Department and as Chief when a new date is identified. On behalf of Chief Wilde, the Hartland Fire Department and the Village of Hartland, we appreciate the public’s understanding and look forward to a great event in the near future.”
 
Wilde, who has been with the department for 52 years and 36 of those years as chief, will step down from the head position on Dec. 31.
 

FYI: What happens to letters to Santa

Dec. 16, 2014 4:37 p.m. | There's no exact number for how many letters to Santa the United States Postal Service receives every year, said Customer Relations Coordinator in Milwaukee Leon Van Vooren.

But he knows it's a lot.

"We believe the number is easily in the millions," he said.

The U.S. Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa more than 100 years ago, Van Vooren said. But what happens to those millions of letters sent in year after year varies by postal station, he said.

Often, many of those letters get answered. Some post offices allow customers to "adopt" a letter and buy the gifts children ask for in their letters. While Milwaukee doesn't participate in the letter adoption program, nearby communities — such as Madison — do, he said.

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Chinese engineer who stole trade secrets from GE Healthcare gets probation

Dec. 16, 2014 3:28 p.m. | A Chinese engineer who stole trade secrets while working at a GE Healthcare subsidiary in Waukesha has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution.

Jun Xie, 41, had faced up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to theft of trade secrets. After reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Xie formally entered the plea and was sentenced Friday.

As part of the plea bargain, prosecutors had agreed to recommend the $130,000 restitution, even though GE had estimated that its loss — based on the cost to develop the stolen information — was between $100 million and $200 million.

Federal court records indicate some of the information about Xie's sentencing is under seal, but the judgment in the case, signed by U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller, suggests Xie will be returning to China.

As a condition of his probation, he is to to report his employment to a probation officer back in Wisconsin every 60 days.

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Local teachers earn national certification

Dec. 16, 2014 11:04 a.m. | Teachers from East Troy, Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago school districts are among the 62 teachers from 39 school districts in the state to achieve certification this year through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Amy Vaclav, of East Troy High School; Carolyn Strom, of Dousman Elementary School in the Kettle Moraine School District, and Emily Iverson of Mukwonago High School, joined 4,158 teachers nationwide who earned the National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) credential in 2014.

Statewide, 1,015 teachers in Wisconsin's schools are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

Certification consists of four components — written assessment of content knowledge, reflection on student work samples, video and analysis of teaching practice, and documented impact and accomplishments as a teaching professional. The voluntary process generally takes two to three years to complete.

Hartland plan commission approves building, site plans for Riverwalk Apartments project

Dec. 16, 2014 10:15 a.m. | Village of Hartland - The proposed Riverwalk Apartment project continues to plod along through the village's approval process.

The plan commission on Monday, Dec. 15, conditionally approved site and building plans for the development, and recommended village board approval of a land use plan amendment, a rezonig request and partial vacation of the Oak Street right-of-way, which is located near the proposed construction site.

Village President Dave Lamerand said there are still a number of smaller concerns yet to be resolved, but seemed confident they would be addressed at the next plan commission meeting on Jan. 19.

The Riverwalk Apartment project has been discussed on and off by the board since January and, if approved, would constitute the most signifcant development the village has ever seen.

Site plans for the project have recently undergone some substantial revisions -- often prompted by various commissioner's suggestions -- but the latest renderings have been favorably received by the plan commssion.

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Yearbook project needs help

Dec. 16, 2014 9:41 a.m. |  The Oconomowoc High School, Oconomowoc Public Library and the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum have teamed up to collect a complete set of high school yearbooks for each of the three organizations.

They  are currently looking for books from 1923 up to and including 1962. We also need the specific years of 1974, 1975, 1987 and 1988. If you have a yearbook to donate, please drop it off at the Oconomowoc Public Library circulation desk during normal business hours or after hours in the book drop. This will be an ongoing project until  they complete the collections. For further information please call Friends of the Library volunteer, Rebecca Eash, at 567-0105.

Community Watch

» Westbound I-94 near Miller Park to close for 31 hours beginning Friday night 11:57 AM

» Carran rejects Lisbon job offer; Brown Deer's Janecke accepts 11:35 AM

» Pewaukee man accused of physically abusing his teenage son for months 12/17

» Rep. Craig blasts CESA waste 12/17

» Former town/city of Pewaukee clerk dead at age 73 12/17

» Gas prices keep tumbling 12/17

» Cookie drop at OPL benefits food pantry 12/17

» Romanowski appointed to Kettle Moraine School Board 12/16

» Oconomowoc common council grants conditional use permit to new used car dealership 12/16

» Celebration for fire chief postponed 12/16

» FYI: What happens to letters to Santa 12/16

» Chinese engineer who stole trade secrets from GE Healthcare gets probation 12/16

» Local teachers earn national certification 12/16

» Hartland plan commission approves building, site plans for Riverwalk Apartments project 12/16

» Yearbook project needs help 12/16

» Village Square talks begin 12/15

» Warden called to Delafield home after deer falls into, gets stranded in dry pool 12/15

» Hartland's Heraeus Electro-Nite plant to expand, add 60 new jobs 12/15

» Arrowhead boys grind out win over Mukwonago 12/12

» 2 women charged with homicide in Oconomowoc overdose death 12/12

» Plan to attend a festive holiday breakfast with the kids 12/12

» Push to simplify recycling hits Waukesha County 12/12

» Lisbon chooses administrator 12/11

» Traffic backup on Highway 16 12/11

» Wisconsin lawmaker, right-to-work champion leads push on U.S. Constitution Updated:  12/10

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

The Art of the Bicycle: Dec. 17-20, Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield. Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 11am-4pm; first and third Saturdays of each month: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Free. http://www.delafieldartscenter.org/.

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Dec. 31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details., $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van http://www.thecountrychristmas.com.

Nutcracker Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 1 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 East Forest Street, Oconomwoc. Mainstage Academy of Dance performs this beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy. Visit www.theoac.net for more information or tickets. $14-$16 http://www.wedancemainstage.com 

Tom Heideman’s Swamp Party: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Delafield Brewhaus, 3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield. For more information call (262) 646-7821.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

All weekend happenings.