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Lake Country School raises $72,000 for engineering and science

Jan. 09, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Lake Country School will be offering two new nine-week engineering units beginning next fall thanks to the financial support of local businesses, families and booster clubs.

The school raised almost $72,000 through fundraising, according to Superintendent Mark Lichte. The funds will be used to purchase 23 new high-end computers, design software, and a dozen robotics kits. The school will also be merging two classrooms to create a new math and engineering lab.

Local families donated $16,850 of the overall amount, with the rest coming from businesses and booster clubs, according to school records. Midwest Composite Technologies Inc. donated $3,500, Midwest Engineering Systems donated $5,000 and Fisher Barton Inc. donated $10,000. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated $20,000 to the project and the school’s Education Foundation provided another $10,000.

“It was overwhelming, truly,” said Assistant Principal Stacy Yearling. “Every time I would get an email from Mark, I was so amazed by the response, and grateful that we have this kind of community.”

Thanks to the fundraising, the Gateway to Technology unit “Design & Modeling” will be offered to seventh graders beginning next fall. Students will use modeling software to learn sketching techniques, descriptive geometry, measurements and computer modeling, and to explore how design influences their everyday lives.

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Village of Mukwonago trustee candidates to be interviewed at special meeting

11:04 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — The village board will interview two potential trustee candidates to fill a single vacancy during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The board voted to hold the special meeting during a recent board meeting due to a conflicting opinion of which candidate should have the open trustee spot.

Filling the position — previously held by Michael Sellenheim (he recently stepped down) — has been closer to an election than an appointment, said Village President Fred Winchowky at a July 21 meeting.

Winchowky named two candidates — John Meiners and Ken Werner — out of an original four he'd found. He said the other two had dropped out due to the time commitment.

Werner, who is Winchowky's recommendation, is already on the Plan Commission. Trustee Darlene Johnson said she thought that could be a lot to ask and he should possibly focus on that position.

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Anytime Fitness in Oconomowoc to open Aug. 18

11:04 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Fitness enthusiasts rejoice: Anytime Fitness is opening its Oconomowoc location, 1288 Summit Ave., suite 114, on Aug. 18.

Manager Tyler Allen said the business will have a ribbon cutting ceremony that day and added that the owner, Andrew Gundlach, will be on hand to help introduce the business to the Oconomowoc community.

News about the business has primarily been spread via word-of-mouth, Allen said, and Anytime already has several people signed up for memberships to their fitness center.

Anytime Fitness is located on the east side of Summit Avenue in the Summit Center Marketplace, across the roadway from the Olympia Resort and behind Sonoma Cellars and Aurora Pharmacy.

Other Summit Avenue businesses located at the Marketplace include CQ Nails Spa, Rosati's Pizza, Primary EyeCare Associates and Moon Lite Grill.

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Wales Bryn Mawr festival coming up

10:03 a.m. | Village of Wales — The Bryn Mawr family festival is coming to Wales on August 8 from 3-8 p.m. in Wales Community Park.

The festival will be held at the back pavilion directly behind the fire station. It'll feature live Beatle's music and free hamburgers, brats and corn.

At 3 p.m. a disc golf tournament will be held with $100 in prizes. From 4-6 p.m. live music will be played and free food served as well as children's activities. Hillside Worship and a message will be presented from 6-7 p.m. and then live music follows until 8 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Brandybrook Christian Church — Wales.

Attendees are asked to bring a blanket or chair to the event.

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Final Oconomowoc City Beach concert of summer set for Aug. 21

9:43 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Denyse Suttner wants to set the record straight about the summer concert series at City Beach, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave.

She also wants to give credit where credit is due. That's why she went out of her way to repeatedly thank all the sponsors for the concerts, which include Buddy's Beach Bungalow — where Suttner works — Cornerstone Sports Pub and Eatery (co-owned by Suttner's husband John), Ewald Kia and First Bank Financial Centre.

What Suttner is interested in correcting is the date of the final concert of the season, which is Aug. 21. She said there are fliers circulating around town with the incorrect date of Aug. 22 on them and wanted to make sure city residents had the updated information.

The final show in the Concert in the Park series will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at the bandshell on City Beach. Up All Night, a Milwaukee area cover band, is performing.

Recognizing the sponsors

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Missing person with dementia found safe

7:53 a.m. | An elderly patient with dementia wandered from a residence and was found safe thanks to the collaborative efforts of local agencies.

The Dousman Fire District responded at 7:15 p.m. to a report of an elderly patient with dementia missing from a residence in the Town of Ottawa on Aug. 3 for several hours.

The Dousman Fire District joined the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, which had been contacted about an hour earlier to conduct a search, and all three of the Dousman Fire Districts responded.

Upon arrival at the last known location of the missing individual, a unified command post was established; due to the missing individual's medical history, length of time missing, and with nightfall quickly approaching, the decision was made to launch an aggressive search in a six- mile radius of the residence.

The very large search area was on the border of the Kettle Moraine State Forest with difficult terrain including fields, heavily wooded areas, and several ponds.

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BluesFest prelude honors Les Paul and benefits Waukesha County Museum

Aug. 03, 2015 4:18 p.m. | Waukesha BluesFest is all about celebrating the history of American music.

So it's only natural the kickoff to BluesFest is honoring the man who had such an influence over the music industry.

The day before the two-day BluesFest in Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, a music celebration honoring Waukesha native Les Paul will feature five bands and 25 musicians, as well as an interactive event for the public, at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, in Delafield.

Honoring Paul

The Les Paul musical extravaganza, which continues a months-long celebration to recognize Paul's 100th birthday (the music icon died in 2009), kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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Chenequa Country Club adding paddle tennis courts

Aug. 03, 2015 3:11 p.m. | Town of Merton — Pickleball courts were added earlier this year. Next up for Chenequa Country Club: paddle tennis.

If all goes according to plan, a pair of paddle tennis courts will be ready for club members this fall — just in time for the cold weather.

That's good, because plans call for the courts to be used primarily from September through May.

Paddle tennis, also called platform tennis, combines elements of both tennis and racquetball and is played on a raised platform on a surface about half the size of a tennis court. The court is surrounded by a chicken wire-type screen that the ball can be played off of.

It's billed by the American Platform Tennis Association as the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather.

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35 local principals sign letter to Gov. Walker, legislature over less funding, local control

Aug. 03, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Nearly three dozen southern Wisconsin high school principals have taken pen to paper to convey a message to Madison that they're not happy with decisions being made that are affecting public education, including reduced state funding of schools and a decrease in local control.

A total of 35 high school principals signed the July 13 letter to Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature lamenting the "reduced power of local school boards" and a "competitive business model" they say results in the "haves and the have-nots" among the state's school districts.

"Since the onset of revenue limits in 1992, our school districts have been reducing and eliminating programs and resources," the letter states. "We are burdened by the cumulative effects of budget cuts resulting in increased class sizes, cut programs and deferred maintenance plans."

Jefferson High School principal Mark Rollefson, who spearheaded the letter-writing effort, said one reason for the principals to collaborate on a message was that most people in local communities know their principals and likely trust them.

"High school principals attend a lot of musicals, FFA events, community functions, athletic events, concerts, PT conferences, graduation and much more," Rollefson said. "As such, the community can relate to us. A letter to the Wisconsin governor and copied to legislators signed by 35 area principals may catch Madison's attention."

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Village logo and business park could get a new look, name in Mukwonago

Aug. 03, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The village of Mukwonago is looking at options to change its bear logo as well as changing the name of Gateway Business Park.

These two proposed changes were discussed at a board meeting July 21.

Village Administrator John Weidl said the village's current logo is "dated." The village, as a result, is looking to bring the logo more in line with its new online presence, Weidl said.

Karl James & Company helped design the village website — including the business development videos — and is looking at designing something that is in line with the more modern look of the website, but also pay tribute to the history.

"We're looking at the history and tradition of the logo, but it also needs to be in line with the web design," said Karl Robe, of Karl James and Company. "We want it also consistent with new business."

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Missing 13-year-old girl from Delafield returns home unharmed

Aug. 03, 2015 11:00 a.m. | City of Delafield - Tia Maney, 13, of the City of Delafield is safe and apparently unharmed in police custody, according to Police Chief Erik Kehl.

Kehl said police were notified by a family member on Monday morning that she had returned home after being missing since early Friday morning.

Kehl said police are questioning Maney about her disappearance and are awaiting her mother's arrival at the police station to take custody of the child.

Authorities have suspected that she might have been with an older boyfriend.

Closures planned, more coming along Highway 67 in Oconomowoc

Aug. 03, 2015 10:15 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — More road and freeway closures are coming as construction work progresses along Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc.

According to a state department of transportation news release, Thackeray Trail, west of Highway 67, is scheduled to close from 2 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Motorists are encouraged to use Robruck Drive as a detour to circumvent the closure, the release said.

Next Wednesday, Aug. 12, I-94 East, I-94 West and the southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 East are scheduled to close overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to the release.

Additional closures tied to the reconstruction of the southbound Highway 67 bridge over Interstate 94 are planned and will be announced shortly, DOT staff said.

News of more closures comes on the heels of a spate of long-term closures on multiple streets adjacent to the project site. Those streets were closed to facilitate the installation of storm sewer crossings.

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Read Destination Oconomowoc special section on desktop

Aug. 03, 2015 10:13 a.m. | Oconomowoc is more than just a city; it's a destination.

That's why Lake Country Publications/Lake Country Now is proud to announce our annual Destination Oconomowoc special section

Read about local attractions like The Kiltie and City Beach playground; arts activities like the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts; dining attractions like Roots Coffeebar and Cafe, and Fiesta Cancun; shopping; and community events.

You can read the Destination Oconomowoc special section digital edition on desktop computers.

Crash on Highway P

Aug. 03, 2015 7:39 a.m. | Police located a  Waukesha County Huber inmate on work release, and his passenger,   after they fled the scene of an accident  at Highway P and McNeil Road in the Town of Ashippun.

According to information from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, authorities were called to the scene at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

 A preliminary investigation found that Robert Wiedmeyer, 27, from  Oconomowoc,  was operating a 2001 Ford truck south on Highway P when the truck traveled onto the  west shoulder and went into a counter-clockwise spin.

The truck traveled through the northbound traffic lane and into the east ditch where it vaulted and overturned, striking   several trees. Law enforcement noted that contact with the trees was 9-feet high before  falling to the ground.

Wiedmeyer, a Waukesha County Huber inmate on work release, was injured in the crash, but fled the scene on foot. A passenger in the vehicle, Ryan Uhrmann,  26, of  Oconomowoc,  sustained injuries and also fled the crash scene.

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Monches makes LOL playoff field

Aug. 02, 2015 3:52 p.m. | The Monches Irish, after losing to visiting Pewaukee Saturday 9-7 in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league, got some help from the Brookfield Bulldogs last weekend and ended up making the six-team playoff field for the first time ever. The last time Monches was in the playoffs of any kind of was in 1972. After losing to Pewaukee, Monches needed the Bulldogs to sweep its weekend pair of games with the Brookfield Blue Sox. On Saturday the Bulldogs won by a 4-3 score and then downed the Blue Sox on Sunday, 8-3. Monches earned No. 6 and final seed. They will play at No. 3 seeded Sussex next Sunday at 1 p.m. The only other playoff game that day will find the fourth-seeded Bulldogs hosting No. 5 Lannon at noon. Pewaukee is the No. 1 seed and West Bend is No. 2. They have byes next Sunday. Those two teams will host games on Sunday, Aug. 16th.

Carve out some time this weekend

July 31, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  Carve out some time this weekend to visit the Lake Country Carvers Annual Show & Sale.

The event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

See the works of talented carvers and vote for your favorite. There will be carvings available for sale and a silent auction. Food will also be available.

Call (262) 567-8768 or visit www.oconomowoc.org for more information.

If you looking for some great dance music, plan to spend the evening at Seven Seas, 1807 Nagawicka Road in Hartland, Friday and Saturday nights.

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Community Watch

» Village of Mukwonago trustee candidates to be interviewed at special meeting 11:04 AM

» Anytime Fitness in Oconomowoc to open Aug. 18 11:04 AM

» Wales Bryn Mawr festival coming up 10:03 AM

» Final Oconomowoc City Beach concert of summer set for Aug. 21 09:43 AM

» Missing person with dementia found safe 07:53 AM

» BluesFest prelude honors Les Paul and benefits Waukesha County Museum 8/3

» Chenequa Country Club adding paddle tennis courts 8/3

» 35 local principals sign letter to Gov. Walker, legislature over less funding, local control 8/3

» Village logo and business park could get a new look, name in Mukwonago 8/3

» Missing 13-year-old girl from Delafield returns home unharmed 8/3

» Closures planned, more coming along Highway 67 in Oconomowoc Updated:  8/3

» Read Destination Oconomowoc special section on desktop 8/3

» Crash on Highway P 8/3

» Monches makes LOL playoff field 8/2

» Carve out some time this weekend 7/31

» Kapenga to be sworn into Senate Aug. 6 at Delafield Town Hall 7/31

» Used book sale at Hillside Community Church 7/31

» Golf outing to support FPWWC 7/31

» Delafield's National Night Out scheduled for Aug. 4 7/30

» Should chickens, ducks be allowed in village of Eagle? 7/30

» Suspects found in Wales Elementary School break in 7/30

» Special election for 99th Assembly Seat scheduled for Sept. 29 7/30

» East Troy band takes final concert of season to Alpine Valley 7/30

» OPL offers a night at the 'drive in" 7/30

» Kapenga to be sworn into Senate Aug. 6 at Delafield Town Hall 7/29

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Irish Music with Tallymoore: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8, SummerStage, Highway C, one mile South of I-94 in Lapham Peak Park, Delafield. Program features Irish music and dance. $13 adults; $11 seniors, students; $6 youth. www.Summer-Stage.org

German-American Day: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 9, Schurz Park, Highways C and K, west of Hartland, Stone Bank. Music provided by The River City Blaskapelle and The Austrian Express. German food and beverages available. Parade at 2 p.m. $5.

“Peter Pan, Jr.”: Aug. 6-16, 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $6 children $12 adults. www.lakecountryplayhouse.org.

 

Wisconsin Upside Down Annual Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8, N41 W29213 Prairie Wind Circle South, Pewaukee. www.wiusd.org

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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