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Oconomowoc boutique carries world-renowned designs

Jan. 09, 2014 10:02 a.m. | Beth Frost's new Merle Norman boutique off Brown Street in Oconomowoc is home to the popular cosmetics, but also the designs of Xiaolin, a young designer who's work is catching fire.

Xiaolin creates dresses unlike anything you've seen before made entirely of feathers. Read more about the boutique and why the Asian designer out of Florida, who's launching her own line this year, decided to have the Oconomowoc boutique become the only place in Wisconsin to carry her items.

The boutique is at W359 N5002 Brown St. Suite 101.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Would it be OK to see state-football games played other than in Madison?

12:13 p.m. | The guys take a last look back at state-championship football and agree that the title games could stand to move elsewhere, out of Camp Randall in Madison. Plus, a look at where the bright spots might be in the overall Wisconsin sports malaise and JP gets a little bit of time to talk Iowa football.

Complaint: bad break-up leads to disorderly conduct charges against Hartland man

11:00 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — Breaking up and sharing a work space can apparently lead to criminal charges.

At least that's what happened in the case of 35-year-old Hartland resident Bradley Peters, who was charged Monday, Nov. 30 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint, Peters got into two arguments with his former girlfriend, Jennifer Walter, while the two were working overlapping shifts at Veloce Indoor Speedway, Pewaukee's go-cart facility, and once had to be restrained from going after Walter following one of the altercations.

Walter told police in the complaint that she and Peters had dated for about 4 1/2 months and were hired by Veloce about a month before their break-up and regularly worked together. Walter tried to alter her schedule after their relationship ended to avoid working concurrent shifts with Peters, the complaint said.

Despite Walter's efforts, she and Peters still worked together and got into an argument Nov. 25 and again two days later that ultimately resulted in Peters getting fired for kicking Walter in the back of one of her legs, shouting profanities and disturbing customers, according to the complaint.

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Waukesha County Supervisor Gilbert Yerke not running in spring election

10:48 a.m. | After serving as Waukesha County supervisor for the past four terms, Supervisor Gilbert Yerke will not seek re-election to the 25th district in the spring election.

"It's been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of the 25th district," Yerke said in a Tuesday morning news release. "I have enjoyed working with various groups of individuals, building relationships and addressing the needs of the community and county."

Yerke was first elected in 2008 and has served the Waukesha County district that includes the village of Mukwonago, along with part of the towns of Mukwonago and Vernon. He is a member of the Waukesha County Board of Executive Committee, currently serving as the chair of the Health and Human Services Committee. Yerke has also served on the Community Development Block Grant board for more than 20 years and Mukwonago Phantom Lakes Management District the past eight years.

In the Mukwonago area, Yerke worked with the Parks Department and local citizens to open a dog exercise area in Mukwonago County Park in 2014.

"I'm proud that Waukesha County continues to be an example of good government that is a leader in the state of Wisconsin," Yerke added. "I want to thank the people who have supported me over the past eight years."

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Capitol Plaza in Hartland razed to make way for Riveralk Apartments project

10:03 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Capitol Plaza is no more.

The commercial building at 208 E. Capitol Drive (and a residential property along Lawn Street) were razed in recent weeks and piles of rubble now stand in their place. Demolition of the buildings is the among the first steps in readying the site for the incoming Riverwalk Apartments mixed-use development, which has been anticipated for some time.

The Riverwalk project, proposed by developer Joe McCormack and officially approved by the village this summer, comprises two new high-end residential buildings housing a total of 74 apartments, which would be built between East Capitol Drive and Lawn Street.

A third building, combining commercial properties with three second-floor apartments, would be constructed parallel to East Capitol Drive.

Village Administrator Dave Cox said in an email that the razing of the buildings began roughly in mid-November. By early last week, Capitol Plaza had been torn down.

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OHS hosts parent meeting on financial aid for college

8:48 a.m. |  The counselors of Oconomowoc High School   like to invite all parents of seniors to attend  a Financial Aid evening on Monday, Dec. 7. 

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the Oconomowoc Arts Center.  Topics covered will include the FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) process, scholarship searches, private loans and time for general questions.  This should help to alleviate some of the stress involved with figuring out how to pay for college.

 If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact the OHS Student services office at (262) 560-3130.   

Holiday train stop, concert in Hartland to cap off night of festivities on Friday, Dec. 4

8:39 a.m. | Village of Hartland — In early December, thousands of people flock to Hartland for what has become an annual tradition: a visit from the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train.

This year marks the eighth anniversary of a Hartland stop on the train's 150-city route. The train is scheduled to roll into the village around 8:50 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 at the old train station — now Miller Marriott Custom Homes — in the parking lot adjacent to Cottonwood and Pawling avenues. Arrival time may vary slightly, so those interested in seeing the train should arrive about 15 minutes early.

As usual, the hour-long stop will feature a boxcar concert from Canadian recording artist Kira Isabella and, this year, Doc Walker. There is no charge to attend the concert (or see the train), but attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item or a cash donation that can be given to the Hartland Food Pantry.

The train has been running since 1999 in an effort to raise money, food and awareness for food banks and hunger issues across Canada and the United States. The program has raised close to $11 million for North American food banks.

Lynn Minturn, the executive director of the Hartland Chamber of Commerce, who organized the first holiday train stop in Hartland eight years ago has said that the event "isn't about having a beautifully lit train arriving on a convenient schedule in picture-perfect weather. It's about collecting for the food pantry — about helping others who need the help."

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Library's restructuring plans shelved after Mukwonago village board signs off on resolution

Nov. 30, 2015 6:32 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — The plan to restructure the Mukwonago Community Library has officially been put on hold.

One week after the library board passed a joint resolution to delay the reorganization plans, the village board followed suit and signed off on the agreement between itself and the Mukwonago Community Library Board at a Nov. 30 special village board meeting.

The village board also withdrew its original "no confidence" motion it previously directed at the library's director and her reorganization plan.

This joint resolution, drafted by Village Administrator John Weidl, required the library to "delay a decision on reorganization until such time that it has conducted a strategic plan and operational and staffing analysis with Bridges Library System, or similarity qualified organization."

In turn, the village has agreed to "provide appropriate funding to enable the library to keep all current staff employed through Dec. 31, 2016."

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Eagle Lions Club looking to fill holiday boxes for troops once again

Nov. 30, 2015 9:49 a.m. | The Eagle Lions Club will be organizing its annual Troop Box program on Pearl Harbor Remembrance weekend Dec. 4 and 5 at the American Legion Hall in Eagle.

Members will collect items from the community, requested by troops, to include in holiday season packages. Items can be dropped off at the Eagle American Legion Hall (junction of Highway 59 and 67) from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Dec. 5.

Last year the Eagle Lions Club shipped more than 18 boxes overseas. The club hopes to ship the same amount this year.

"Money raised and community donations will be used to allow Lions to send holiday care packages to our troops serving in Afghanistan. Lion members thank everyone who will be contributing to this important work," said Brian Derenne of the Eagle Lions Club. "You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community."

The Eagle Lions Club has 20 members and meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Eagle. Lions clubs are a group of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs.

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Weekend market offers a taste of the Old World

Nov. 27, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  What is more festive than a German Christmas market, also known as also known as Christkindlmarkt?

In Germany and Austria, you’ll find these markets all over. And in our neck of the woods, you’ll find one in downtown Oconomowoc this weekend.

The markets began in the last Middle Ages and marked the beginning of the Advent season.  They were usually held in the town square and surrounding areas and featured food and beverages plus items to mark the season sold in open-air stalls.

You’ll get a taste of this Old World tradition at Oconomowoc’s German Christmas Market, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The market features more than 30 outdoor vendor huts, indoor retail vendors, huge fire pit for gatherings, heated tents with music and German food plus indoor bier garten serving German beer, fresh gluhwein and other food and drinks. There will also be a heated Santa for photos and gingerbread decorating for kids.

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Black Friday campers, er, shoppers get early start in Delafield

Nov. 27, 2015 2:23 p.m. | City of Delafield — So exactly what compels someone — or in this case nine people — to pitch tents in front of an electronics store and camp out for eight days in anticipation of Black Friday?

For Mike Franke of Waterford, yes, it's about scoring great deals on the biggest shopping day of the year. But it's also about camaraderie and rekindled friendships.

Franke, 54, who works full time at the state Department of Motor Vehicles and three nights a week for Waterford Fire and Rescue, has been doing the Black Friday campout at the Delafield Best Buy for seven years.

It's where he met the eight other people he now camps out with every year in a pre-Black Friday ritual.

Franke said the group met in a Black Friday line seven years ago and decided to work together as a team. They've been doing it ever since.

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Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha lends a hand in learning the language

Nov. 27, 2015 12:48 p.m. | The importance of being able to read, write and speak a language hit home in a big way for Donna Steuer when she and her husband lived for a time in Germany.

It's one of the reasons the retired registered nurse is now volunteering as a tutor for the Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha, a nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one tutoring and mentoring services to those who need help with reading, writing, spelling, speaking, math, and learning the English language.

"The way I felt at the time, that's always stayed with me," the 60-year-old Steuer said of her time spent in Germany. "How it felt to not understand when people speak to you, not be able to read, and just have people make assumptions about you when you can't speak and aren't fluent in the language."

Now Steuer helps those who are in the same boat in America. Through the Literacy Council, she volunteers her time to tutor two individuals, a Burmese student who needs help in learning basic English, and a woman from the Republic of Congo who's studying to become a medical assistant.

"The Literacy Council paired me with her originally because of my medical background and she was struggling with medical terminology, which is almost another language in itself sometimes," Steuer said. "Now we are working on studying for her licensing exam."

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Survive Alive House in Hartland to be renamed after former longtime chief Allen Wilde

Nov. 27, 2015 11:43 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Village residents should make room in their probably packed holiday schedules for one more local celebration.

The Hartland Fire Department at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 will dedicate the Survive Alive House — a fire safety training facility — to former long-time fire chief Allen "Augie" Wilde, who served with the department for 52 years (36 years as chief) before retiring at the end of 2014.

In a previous interview with Lake Country Publication, Wilde said the house, which was built in 1993, was his greatest accomplishment. He recruited the volunteers and businesses that contributed the labor and materials to build the three-bedroom, two-story frame wooden house behind the village fire station on Lawn Street.

It is equipped to serve as a training center for children, and includes a machine that can generate smoke and spread it throughout the structure. Area fire departments use it to train kids about how to prevent, detect, escape and survive house fires. More than 1,500 children visit the house annually, according to department statistics.

Hartland Fire Chief Dave Dean, who was appointed to take on Wilde's role following his retirement, said the house will be renamed in Wilde's honor.

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Bring donation for food pantry to Christmas Parade

Nov. 27, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  It's an interactive Christmas parade in Oconomowoc!  Remember to bring donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry and also your letter to Santa.

Be sure to include your return address on the letter to get a response from Jolly Old St. Nick.

The event will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, and will follow the city's traditional parade course with lineup on Oakwood Avenue. The route will travel south to Wisconsin Avenue, proceed west on Wisconsin Avenue, then left on Main Street and end at Roosevelt Park.

Oconomowoc's German Christmas Market is this weekend

Nov. 26, 2015 7:00 a.m. | Visit  Oconomowoc's German Christmas Market  this weekend. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29.

The after-Thanksgiving event has become a new tradition for the city, and this marks the fourth year the popular European custom has been held.

More than 30 vendors, live music and food and beverage offerings will be available throughout the three-day event that is held on the Village Green. Heated retail and entertainment tents will help warm the 15,000 people organizers expect may visit the market

Police at Colburn's Car Wash in Hartland

Nov. 25, 2015 7:12 a.m. |  Five police cars were seen in the driveway at Colburn's Car Wash on Hartbrook Drive in Hartalnd at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The glass entrance door was smashed and glass was all over the driveway. It could not be learned whether it was a robbery attempt or an act of vandalism. The store was not open for business.

Police were taking pictures of the scene.

Community Watch


» Initial Reaction Podcast: Would it be OK to see state-football games played other than in Madison? 12:13 PM

» Complaint: bad break-up leads to disorderly conduct charges against Hartland man 11:00 AM

» Waukesha County Supervisor Gilbert Yerke not running in spring election 10:48 AM

» Capitol Plaza in Hartland razed to make way for Riveralk Apartments project 10:03 AM

» OHS hosts parent meeting on financial aid for college 08:48 AM

» Holiday train stop, concert in Hartland to cap off night of festivities on Friday, Dec. 4 08:39 AM

» Library's restructuring plans shelved after Mukwonago village board signs off on resolution 11/30

» Eagle Lions Club looking to fill holiday boxes for troops once again 11/30

» Weekend market offers a taste of the Old World 11/27

» Black Friday campers, er, shoppers get early start in Delafield 11/27

» Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha lends a hand in learning the language 11/27

» Survive Alive House in Hartland to be renamed after former longtime chief Allen Wilde 11/27

» Bring donation for food pantry to Christmas Parade 11/27

» Oconomowoc's German Christmas Market is this weekend 11/26

» Police at Colburn's Car Wash in Hartland 11/25

» Christmas tree fundraiser this weekend 11/25

» Lake Country food pantries busy heading into holiday season 11/24

» Man accused of sexually assaulting his now 19-year-old daughter for years 11/24

» Lanes closures likely during impending traffic switch on Highway 67 in Oconomowoc 11/24

» Hartland trustees upset over missing tile in construction of $13,000 retaining wall 11/24

» Lower gas prices a welcome sight in Lake Country 11/24

» Mukwonago Community Library's reorganization plan halted 11/24

» Mukwonago High School DECA wins 16 awards at marketing competition 11/24

» OPL Thanksgiving hours 11/24

» Wales Elementary FLL team talks trash — how to reduce trash 11/23

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Breakfast with the Reindeer: 9 a.m. Dec. 5, Fish Hatchery Building, 417 Main St., Delafield. Meet Santa’s reindeer and enjoy doughnut holes, milk and hot cocoa. Free.

Live Nativity: 5 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5, St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church, 818 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Pet the camel, ox, donkey, sheep and goats. Hot chocolate and refreshments served indoors. Free.

Sussex Tree Lighting: 6 p.m. Dec. 4, Sussex Village Hall, N64 W23760 Main St., Sussex. Celebration includes live musical performances by local school children, music by Steve Haasch, countdown and tree lighting and visit from Santa. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Bring a nonperishable food item for the Sussex Food Pantry. Free.


Village of Monches Artisan Open House & Holiday Craft Fair: 9 a.m. Dec. 5, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church, W302 N8593 O’Neill Road, Monches. Also includes food, homemade baked goods, raffles, chili, pies and more. Concert in church at 1 p.m. by the Kettle Moraine Symphony.

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