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Try tai chi for free Saturday

Jan. 09, 2014 12:58 p.m. | The Mukwonago Athletic Club will offer a free one-hour introductory tai chi class at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Marlynne Hodges, a certified instructor of the Tai Chi for Health Institute will provide the class. A six-week class will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The health benefits of tai chi include increased flexibiltiy and muscle strength, greater fitness, correct body posture, integration of body, mind and spirit, improved flow of internal energy (chi). Tai chi may increase focus and decrease feelings of stress and depression integrating the mind. This program is also supported and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.

Members and nonmembers are invited. Attendees should arrive by 10:45 a.m. RSVP to the Mukwonago Athletic Club at (262) 363-2212. 

Town of Mukwonago won't run Vernon's park and rec

Oct. 02, 2015 4:03 p.m. | Town of Vernon - The town of Vernon board decided to not take the town of Mukwonago up on its offer to run its park and recreation department through then end of 2015.

The issue arose after Vernon's park and recreation director recently resigned.

Originally, the town of Vernon's board approved the town of Mukwonago's offer at a previous board meeting and was going to draft a contract.

But Vernon has now switched its position.

"I ask that we don't continue forward with any contractural agreements," board member Tim Agoudemos said at Vernon's Oct. 1 board meeting.

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Fridays are meant for fish fries

Oct. 02, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  Friday nights in fall in Wisconsin are a great time to seek out a good fish fry.

One that’s been around for a long time is the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry at St. Jerome Church, 995 S.  Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc.

The buffet style fish fry, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, includes both baked and fried cod with French fries, German and American potato salad, coleslaw, rye bread, grilled cheese sandwiches, four-bean salad, and coffee and milk. Soda, beer and desserts are available for an additional cost. Carryouts available. Call (262) 569-3032 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children.

A couple of good shows are being presented at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.

Michael Perry, New York Times bestselling author, humorist, musician and radio host, will present an entertaining show at 7:30 p.m. Friday.  Tickets are $20. Call (262) 5660-3172 or visit www.theoac.net for more information.

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Update: Shooting threat alters Pewaukee High School's homecoming plans

Oct. 02, 2015 1:43 p.m. | Pewaukee — Police are following up on leads related to this week's shooting threat at Pewaukee High School, but so far, no one is in custody.

The threat came on the same day a gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college, leaving 10 dead and seven wounded.

The Pewaukee School District called off Friday classes and activities at all district schools after a note was found at Pewaukee High School that said there would be a "school shooting" on Friday, Oct. 2. The district's two elementary schools, middle school and high school are all on the same campus.

The homecoming parade and pep rally were among the events that were canceled. The homecoming football game, originally slated for Friday night, was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon.

Pewaukee Police Capt. Jay Iding said more police than normal will be at the football game. There will also be a police presence at the homecoming dance, which takes place Saturday evening at the high school.

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Manhunt underway in Delafield; scanner traffic says man surrounded by police

Oct. 02, 2015 12:26 p.m. | City of Delafield - Police have cornered a Waukesha man who allegedly stole two cars and an all-terrain vehicle, crashed all three then fled on foot from a Delafield subdivision.

Scanner traffic indicates the man has been surrounded by police on Sugar Island in Lower Nemahbin Lake.

Delafield Police Department support staff confirmed Friday morning, Oct. 2 that officers were out looking for the man, but declined to comment further.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Public Information Officer Jennifer Wallschlaeger confirmed her department was investigating the incident as well.

"We know he stole a car," she said, but could not elaborate further on the nature of the incident. 

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Oconomowoc fall highway cleanup project needs volunteers

Oct. 02, 2015 10:23 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — To hear Jessica Perry tell it, there's a lot more to picking up litter than one might think.

"It's a community service," she said. "But it's also an opportunity to get some exercise, meet new people and network. And it provides you with a very real sense of accomplishment."

Perry, a senior personal banker at First Bank Financial Centre in Oconomowoc, is so excited about picking up litter because this is the fourth year she's been involved with an annual Oconomowoc highway cleanup project, which is scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 9. And she wants to get other people excited about the project, too — hopefully excited enough to volunteer to help out.

There are six volunteers on board for the project so far, and all of them are First Bank employees.

Perry said she hopes to draw between 20 and 30 volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in the project should call Perry at (262) 569-3055.

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Pewaukee Schools close Friday after receiving shooting threat

Oct. 02, 2015 10:00 a.m. | The Pewaukee School District has canceled classes and activities for Friday, including Friday's homecoming events, after receiving a threat about a school shooting.

According to a letter sent to parents and staff by Pewaukee Superintendent JoAnn Sternke, a handwritten message was found at Pewaukee High School which said, "There will be a school shooting on Friday, October 2nd."

Upon seeing the message, Sternke said the district immediately notified village police, who came to the campus to investigate the threat.

In light of the threat, Sternke said the following actions are being taken:

·No school will be held in the Pewaukee School District on Friday, Oct. 2. All school activities are also cancelled for Friday.

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Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library at OPL

Oct. 02, 2015 7:49 a.m. |  Do you know someone who could benefit from the services provided by the Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library?

They will be at theOconomowoc Public Library today from 10-11 a.m.

Volunteer training for FPWWC

Oct. 02, 2015 7:00 a.m. | Family Promise of Western Waukesha County, an organization serving homeless children and their families, is in need of additional volunteers.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Family Promise volunteer, or want to learn more about the program, check out the upcoming training session.  This training is required for anyone who volunteers with the program.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 10

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Location: St. Jerome Parish, 1001 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc.

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Oconomowoc businesses on Summit Avenue announce scavenger hunt

Oct. 01, 2015 5:43 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Despite being squarely in the middle of a sizable and lengthy reconstruction project, the businesses along Summit Avenue/Highway 67 in Oconomowoc are determined not to be neglected.

That's why 25 businesses along the Summit Avenue corridor — self-identified as the Summit Avenue Business District — have banded together to create a monthlong event aimed at elevating foot traffic at businesses, stores and restaurants along the project site.

The event is a scavenger hunt that began Thursday, Oct. 1, and will run through the end of the month, said Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Miller. But the scavenger hunt was not a chamber brainchild, Miller added.

"It's a fun way to keep people engaged," she said. "But it's not a chamber-sponsored thing. It's really an effort of a number of businesses along that stretch of road who are working together for the good of group."

And, it's probably safe to say, for the good of potential customers as well.

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Pewaukee cancels classes on Friday after threat

Oct. 01, 2015 5:28 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District has canceled Friday classes and all after-school activities, including those related to homecoming, after a handwritten message threatening a school shooting was found at Pewaukee High School.

The message read, "There will be a school shooting on Friday, October 2nd." Once school staff saw the message, they contacted Pewaukee Village Police Department to investigate the threat, according to a letter to parents from Superintendent JoAnn Sternke.

The school campus will be locked down beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday, and students will be unable to access the building after that time. Police will sweep the buildings after 8 p.m. Thursday and continue on Friday.

The pep rally, parade and football game scheduled for Friday are canceled. Sternke wrote that staff members would notify parents "if and when these events will be rescheduled."

The homecoming dance is still scheduled on Saturday. Tickets will be sold at the door for students who had planned to purchase them at school on Friday. Classes are expected to resume Monday.

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Threat closes Pewaukee Schools, cancels homecoming activities

Oct. 01, 2015 4:34 p.m. | Threat of school shooting closes Pewaukee Schools and cancels all homecoming activities for Friday. Read more at www.pewaukeeschools.schoolfusion.us/ and watch this space for further updates

Oconomowoc Electric Utility celebrates 115 years with lottery contest

Oct. 01, 2015 3:22 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - It won't cost Oconomowoc residents anything but a few minutes of their time for the chance to get their hands on some brand new electronics.

According to the city's website, Oconomowoc's Electric Utility is celebrating 115 years of public power with a lottery contest.

All city residents have to do is bring their latest (paid) utility bill to city hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave., to have their name entered into the drawing for an iPad Mini or a 24-inch Samsung LED television.

The names of the two winners will be drawn Nov. 2 and the prizes will be awarded at the Oconomowoc Common Council meeting on Nov. 17.

Contest participants must be Oconomowoc utility customers and are only allowed one entry per electric utility account.

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Big Bend to join Diggers Hotline network

Oct. 01, 2015 11:58 a.m. | The village of Big Bend is joining the Diggers Hotline network.

This decision was due to the village's liability if someone digs due to sanitary and storm sewer, said village Department of Public Works Superintendent Eric Pedersen at a Sept. 28 public works commission meeting.

"Diggers Hotline doesn't do public works," said Pederson. "If someone calls, the village is notified so we can get out there, but only if we're in the network."

Pederson said it doesn't cost the village anything to join.

All committee members were in favor of joining.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football?

Oct. 01, 2015 11:00 a.m. | With a big battle looming for the Badgers, Iowa graduate J.P. Cadorin talks about the dangers the Hawkeyes present. Also, while Aaron Rodgers has been excellent, there is another quarterback who's been just as impressive. And could a prep football powerhouse be left out of the playoffs this year entirely?

Ghost Walk planned at LaBelle Cemetry

Oct. 01, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  Celebrate Halloween with a Ghost Walk!

 A LaBelle Cemetery Ghost Walk will beheld from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27

Please meet at the Lapham Street entrance at 12:45 p.m. where the walk will begin. Parking is available on the street. The daytime walk will begin at 1 p.m.; there is a $5  cash donation per person  to the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society & Museum

The Tour will feature history of several people that are buried in LaBelle Cemetery. In addition, Ghost/Haunting stories will be told during the tour. The tour will take place in the older part of LaBelle Cemetery.

Cameras are encouraged during the tour.

Community Watch


» Town of Mukwonago won't run Vernon's park and rec 10/2

» Fridays are meant for fish fries 10/2

» Update: Shooting threat alters Pewaukee High School's homecoming plans 10/2

» Manhunt underway in Delafield; scanner traffic says man surrounded by police Updated:  10/2

» Oconomowoc fall highway cleanup project needs volunteers 10/2

» Pewaukee Schools close Friday after receiving shooting threat Updated:  10/2

» Wisconsin Talking Book and Braille Library at OPL 10/2

» Volunteer training for FPWWC 10/2

» Oconomowoc businesses on Summit Avenue announce scavenger hunt 10/1

» Pewaukee cancels classes on Friday after threat Updated:  10/1

» Threat closes Pewaukee Schools, cancels homecoming activities 10/1

» Oconomowoc Electric Utility celebrates 115 years with lottery contest 10/1

» Big Bend to join Diggers Hotline network 10/1

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Is Aaron Rodgers really the best QB in football? 10/1

» Veterans Memorial Park to open with program Oct. 18 10/1

» Ghost Walk planned at LaBelle Cemetry 10/1

» Delafield man gets probation for standoff, vandalism incidents 9/30

» Help fill the boot on Oct. 3 9/30

» Make the Mukwonago Lions Club pay on World Service Day 9/30

» New visitor system enhances Kettle Moraine School District school safety, security Updated:  9/30

» Oconomowoc chamber announces annual award winners 9/30

» Trial delayed for Oconomowoc man accused of robbery 9/30

» Merton, Hartland-Lakeside to meet Oct. 12 to discuss possible merger Updated:  9/30

» Senior Center to host Open House 9/30

» Duchow wins 99th Assembly seat 9/29

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Knights of Columbus Fish Fry: 4:30 p.m. Oct. 2, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. $9 for all-you-can-eat for adults and $5 for children.

Michael Perry: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-2, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. New York Times bestselling author, humorist, musician and radio host. (262) 560-3172, www.theoac.net, $20.

“I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2-3; 4 p.m. Oct. 4, Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown St., Oconomowoc. $18-$22. (262) 560-0564


University Lake School Barn Sale: 12-6 p.m. Oct. 2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3, University Lake School, 4420 Nagawicka Road, Hartland. The 58th annual event is Waukesha County’s largest rummage sale. Live auction at noon Saturday. $3 Friday admission, $2 Saturday admission, free for children younger than 12.


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