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No school Monday for Waukesha County K-12 schools

Jan. 03, 2014 5:02 p.m. |  Mukwonago Area School District Superintendent Shawn McNulty said Waukesha County superintendents have decided to close school on Monday, Jan. 6 due to expected bitterly cold wind chill.

After learning Milwaukee Public Schools closed and hearing that Gov. Scott Walker is considering cancelling school across the state, Waukesha County superintendents held a conference call at 4:10 p.m. today. With the forecast indicating minus 40 wind chill, McNulty said it is too dangerous to have school in session on Monday. All after school activities are also cancelled on Monday. 

According to the Kettle Moraine School District website, Kettle Moraine district administrative offfices will remain open on Monday.

Superintendents will hold a conference Monday at 11:30 a.m. to evaluate conditions for Tuesday, McNulty said.

Mukwonago families received a voicemail at 5 p.m. informing parents of the closing for Monday. The make-up day for Mukwonago has been set for Friday, March 28, according to McNulty.

Used book sale at Hillside Community Church

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

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. 

Should chickens, ducks be allowed in village of Eagle?

July 30, 2015 2:18 p.m. | Village of Eagle— Following the request of several residents, the village is looking for feedback by Aug. 18 from Eagle residents on an ordinance that would allow chickens and ducks in the village. The village code and ordinance committee drafted an ordinance, which is posted on the village of Eagle website, pertaining to the "keeping of chickens and ducks in the village."

According to the draft of the ordinance, six birds (hens) would be permitted on single family residential lots up to 0.9 acres and lots an acre or more would be allowed to have up to 12 birds. Roosters would be prohibited. Conditions regarding coops and yards would also have to be met.

The committee is seeking suggested changes, support or disapproval of such an ordinance.

"It is the purpose of the committee to respect the health, safety and well-being of all its residents," the notice to the public states.

Currently, chapter 13.04 of the village municipal code addresses keeping of animals and fowl, listing sanitary requirements where animals or fowl are kept to be "maintained in a clean and sanitary condition, free of rodents, vermin and objectionable odors." The code also prohibits animals on any food handling establishments.

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Suspects found in Wales Elementary School break in

July 30, 2015 11:23 a.m. | Police are seeking charges against suspects in the break-in at Wales Elementary School.

Four people are in custody, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, which has asked the District Attorney's Office to consider charges of burglary and felony criminal damage to property against the four.

Someone forcefully broke into the building late July 8 or early July 9 and broke windows and doors and damaged walls and other school property, including SMART boards and a newly installed gym floor.

Kettle Moraine Middle School was broken into overnight July 14. Damage to the interior of the building was similar to that at Wales Elementary, according to police. The investigation into that incident is ongoing. Authorities said earlier this month that they suspected the two incidents were related.

KM schools are undergoing renovations this summer after the passage of a $49.6 million referendum in April.

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Special election for 99th Assembly Seat scheduled for Sept. 29

July 30, 2015 10:20 a.m. | The office of Governor Scott Walker announced Wednesday, July 29, that a special election to fill the 99th Assembly seat recently vacated by Chris Kapenga will be held Sept. 29.

According to a news release, the circulation of nomination papers began July 29, the deadline for filing nomination papers is next Tuesday, Aug. 4 and, if necessary, a primary election will be held on Sept. 1.

Kapenga's resignation from the Assembly comes on the heels of his election earlier this month to the State Senate. Kapenga, a Delafield resident, won a special election to replace Paul Farrow, who gave up his seat on the senate to focus on his new role as Waukesha County Executive. 

Candidates for the 99th Assembly seat include Hartland businessman David Westlake, Town of Delafield Supervisor Cindi Duchow and Delafield resident Spencer Zimmerman. 

Check next Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter for more information on the 99th Assembly election.

East Troy band takes final concert of season to Alpine Valley

July 30, 2015 8:16 a.m. |  The Alpine Valley Music Theatre hosts the East Troy Community Band’s grand finale concert at 7:30 pm on Sunday, Aug. 2. The free public event is directed by Jay Huenink. 

The band will play its greatest hits of the 2015 season. There will be something for everyone, including an appearance by the East Troy Community Choir, directed by Rodger Trader. Selections range from stirring concert band pieces to dramatic movie musicals to traditional marches.

A complimentary ice cream social will be provided during the hour prior to the show. All seats are under cover.

Park in the Alpine Valley Golf Resort parking lot and walk or take a shuttle to the back entrance of the amphitheatre.

OPL offers a night at the 'drive in"

July 30, 2015 7:00 a.m. | Enjoy a night at the "drive-in" tonight, Thursday, July 30, from 6 -  8 pm at the  Oconomowoc Public Library.

Come in, build your own car, and munch on popcorn while enjoing the entertainment of short films. This event is for children ages 3 and older. No registration is required. 

For more information, contact:   Oconomowoc Public Library at   (262) 569-2193 or email at:   oconomowoclibrary@gmail.com

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

July 29, 2015 2:08 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, N14 W30782 Golf Road, 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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Shorehaven to close Adult Day Center

July 29, 2015 1:44 p.m. |  Due to declining need, the Shorehaven Campus has announced that it will be closing its Adult Day Center. Shorehaven CEO Ed Somers announced this week that the Board of Directors, after carefully reviewing the data, made the difficult decision that the Campus will cease operation of the Adult Day Center by the end of this year.  “Because of the changing needs of the people served, and in order to direct resources to areas of greatest need, we have decided to close the Center,” Somers said.

Originating in 1988, the Center has served as a daytime respite for families seeking care for loved ones. Open Monday through Friday, the Center has offered assistance with personal cares, supervision with self-administration of medication, individual and group activities, whirlpool baths, nutritious noon meals, current events, outings and exercise.

The Center is averaging only six clients on a daily basis. “Client enrollment has been decreasing for several years,” said Somers. “The downward trend has resulted in our closing the Center. We realize this decision impacts our loyal community seniors and their families. Although the situation is regrettable, we will continue to provide community services in our Life@Home and Mobile Meal programs.”

Adult Day Center staff have been encouraged to apply for onsite open positions at Shorehaven. Family members were alerted to the Center’s closing last week.

First ever SUP Fest coming to Oconomowoc this weekend

July 29, 2015 12:38 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The first stand up paddle board festival the city has ever hosted is sloshing into town this weekend.

Stand Up Paddle Board, or "SUP," Fest is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 1 at City Beach, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave. The festival was proposed and is sponsored by the Oconomowoc Sports Booster Club.

Contact information for booster club members was not immediately available, but, an event application on file with the city says that SUP Fest will feature a three- and six-mile stand-up paddle board race, lakeside yoga, introductory paddle board instruction, a raffle and demonstrations of the latest paddle board equipment and gear.

Raffle prizes include a paddle board and vest, and In-Step gift card, Rosati's gift cards, a Reneu Health & Medispa gift card and more, according to the event's Facebook page.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, stand up paddle boarding is a sport that's an offshoot of surfing, and differs from traditional paddle boarding in which athletes typically kneel on a surf board and paddle with their hands. Stand up paddle boarders are sometimes on their feet and use an oar.

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Delafield community leader Joe Geason has died

July 29, 2015 11:28 a.m. |  City of Delafield - Joe Geason, a gentleman farmer whose family was influencial in the Wisconsin dairy industry and a played a key role in the modern development of the Lake Country region, has died at the age of 67 due to heart complications.

Funeral services will begin Monday, Aug. 3, with visitation at St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic Church in Pewaukee  between 2:00 p.m. at 6:30 p.m with sharing of memories commencing at 6:30 p.m.

The visitation will continue at the church on  Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.to be followed by a funeral mass with Fr. Joe Hornacek officiating. Burial will be at the St. Charles Cemetery in Hartland.

For years, Joe Geason and his brother John owned and operated a three generation family farm along Highway 83 between Delafield and Hartland that was once described as one of the most profitable dairy farms in the state.

During the Lake Country development boom in the 1990s, the farm became a pivotal piece of property in a border agreement between the City of Delafield, the Town of Delafield, and the Village of Hartland.

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Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow holding Twitter Town Hall meeting

July 29, 2015 10:57 a.m. | Want to know more about the 2016 Waukesha County Budget and are active on social media?

You can connect with Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow through a Twitter Town Hall meeting today.  

Farrow, who was elected to his position in April, will hold the virtual meeting from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29.

People can tweet questions relating to the budget or other topics about the county to Farrow's Twitter handle, @PaulFarrowWi, while using the hastag #AskPF.

Farrow is following the lead of former county executive Dan Vrakas, who also held Twitter Town Hall meetings.

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Old World Wisconsin makes top 10 list for living history stops

July 29, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Old World Wisconsin was recently named as one of the top 10 living history destinations for 2015 by Family Tree Magazine, according to a new release from Old World. This award recognizes Old World Wisconsin's family-friendly history experiences as among the best in the county.

Other well-known living history destinations on the list include Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia, the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona and Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan.

"Everyone on our staff works hard to make sure individuals, couples and families have an authentic and interactive experience of what life was like for Wisconsin immigrant settlers," said Old World Wisconsin Director Dan Freas in the news release. "We are honored to be listed among these other great living history destinations."

Old World Wisconsin has more than 60 historic structures that range from immigrant farmsteads with furnished buildings, animals, gardens and crop fields, to an 1880s Village with blacksmith shop, general store, church, inn and homes. Guests can interact with staff in period costumes, often helping with chores or playing historic games. There are also special holiday programs and themed experiences throughout the year.

When choosing the top 10 living history destinations in the United States, Family Tree Magazine gave priority to locations that emphasize interactivity and hands-on experiences and those that got great visitor reviews.

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Man arrested for two Oconomowoc-area hit-and-run collisions

July 29, 2015 9:38 a.m. | A 28-year-old Brookfield man was involved in two hit and run accidents in the Oconomowoc area in a matter of minutes on July 25.

Michael S. Kozicz of Brookfield was in the drive-through line of McDonald's at 11:45 p.m. when he backed up into a vehicle belonging to Paul F. Sarabia, 60, of Juneau, causing minor damage, according to the police report.

Kozicz fled eastbound on E. Wisconsin Avenue, but Sarabia provided police with a description of the vehicle and a license plate number of his vehicle.

The same vehicle was identified by Town of Oconomowoc police as involved in another hit and run minutes later on Highway 16, just west of the Brown Street exit.

According to information from the Town of Oconomowoc Police Deapartment, Kozicz's vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Laurie L. Dunham, 47, of Oconomowoc, and he then fled on foot through the marsh east of the Oconomowoc River. The New Berlin K-9 unit was requested and located the man at 12:41 a.m., unconscious and unresponsive. He was transported to the hospital and his vehicle was towed.

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