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Brooklife Church displays art therapy work

Jan. 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Center For Independence (MCFI) L.I.F.E. Services art therapy clients will display their work at a gallery showing through Feb. 20 at the Brooklife Church, 857 S. Rochester St., Mukwonago. The church is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Additionally, the public can meet  the artists at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10.

L.I.F.E. Services is a program area of the Milwaukee Center for Independence that offers daily living skills training, recreational and leisure activities, help for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, travel and camping opportunities for people with disabilities, and employment readiness and placement services for people facing disadvantages.

We Energies may clear cut trees

May 05, 2015 11:39 p.m. | City of Delafield - We Energies may clear cut some 69 trees along Genesee Street between Mill Street and Oakwood Avenue as part of a proposed plan to transfer a 12 inch high pressure gas main from the west side of the street to the east side, according to city consultants and Waukeha County officials.

Representatives of  We Energies, who have not been reached for comment, apparently revealed the plans during a April 28 meeting with city consultants and county officials.

Craig Donze of One Source consulting said that the utility has not decided whether to move the pipe to the east side of the road or whether to relocate it on the west side of Genesee Street. The utility will have to purchase additional right of way if it relocates the pipe on the west side, according to Donze.

However, Ed Hinrichs of the Waukesha County Department of Pubic Works indicated the company is likely to move the pipe to the east side of the road because it wants the 12 inch main on the opposite side of the road from a 4 inch gas main and other utility equipment.

The trees have been a subject of debate between city officials and residents over a plan to build a hiking/biking path east of Genesee Street which would destory about 59 trees, according to county officials.

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Gov. Walker lays out timeline for District 33 state Senate election

May 05, 2015 4:26 p.m. | There are already two declared candidates for the District 33 state Senate seat.

Now, a timeline to replace outgoing Sen. Paul Farrow, who will end his time as senator to put his sole focus on the county executive position, is in place.

Gov. Scott Walker announced on Tuesday, May 5, that candidates can now begin circulating nomination papers for the senate seat.

Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Brian Dorow, an associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College, are the first two Republicans to have formally announced their candidacy.

The deadline to file nomination papers is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Candidates must submit a minimum of 400 signatures to the Government Accountability Board as well as a campaign registration statement.

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Mukwonago Tractor Supply encourages home gardeners

May 05, 2015 3:38 p.m. | Home gardens are one of the top hobbies of Americans, and according to a recent Tractor Supply Company survey, nearly 29 percent of U.S. adults have eaten food from a home garden in the last 12 months.

To support avid gardeners and those looking for introductions to this growing trend, Tractor Supply Co. in Mukwonago is hosting the Growers' Market from May 6 through 10 with the main event on Saturday, May 9.

Free gardening tips and special products will be available at the Mukwonago store throughout the week. For the main event on Saturday, May 9, the store will host the following groups and activities:

Waterford FFA will be on site from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 09. A gardening clinic will also be available.

"There's satisfaction in planting a garden and watching your fruits and vegetables turn into delicious, healthy treats for the family," said Ron Dahl, manager of the Mukwonago Tractor Supply store. "And starting a small garden or planting containers is the perfect way to get started."

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Cushing medal arrives in Delafield

May 05, 2015 12:21 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded to Delafied native and Civil War  hero Alonzo Cushing has arrived in the city.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said the U.S. Postal Service delivered a package containing the medal to her home shortly before noon today,

The medal was sent from the West Point Museum on the campus of the United States Military Academy.

Members of the Cushing famiy agreed the medal could be sent to Delafield for Memorial Day ceremonies celebrating the 100th anniversary of a monument built in Cushing Park honoring Cushing and two of his brothers who also fought in the Civil War.

DeYoe said she will  contact officials at the St. John's Northwestern Military Academy where the medal will be displayed until Memorial Day weekend when it will be moved to the Delafield City Hall to be displayed in the Common Council Chambers.

Delafield to get Cushing medal this week

May 05, 2015 11:38 a.m. |  City of Delafield - The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded last year by President Barack Obama to Civil War hero and Delafield native Alonzo Cushing is expected to arrive in the city this week to be put on display during Memorial Day ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of a monument built in honor of Cushing and two of his brothers who also fought in the Civil War.

 Mayor Michele DeYoe announced Tuesday,  morning, May 5,  that officials of the West Point Museum notified her yesterday that the medal will be shipped to the city and is expected to arrive today or Wednesday.

Until the Memorial Day weekend celebration, the medal will be on display at the St. John's Military Academy. During the Memorial Day weekend, the medal will be on display in the common council chambers in city hall, according to the mayor.

DeYoe made the announcement  at the home of Margaret Zerwekh, the local historian who campaigned for more than 30 years to have the president, congressp and the military recognize Cushing for his heroic deeds during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Also at Zerwekh's home this morning was U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, a LaCrosse native and civil war history buff who, according to local authorities, played an instrumental role in gaining the medal for Cushing's family.

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National Teacher Appreciation Week

May 05, 2015 10:20 a.m. |  May 4 - 8 is  National Teacher Appreciation Week - remember to thank a teacher this week for all their hard work and dedication. 

Big Delafield meetings Tuesday

May 04, 2015 11:40 p.m. |  City of Delafield - City officials are anticipating possibly a large crowd and lively debate at two meetings during the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, May 5, about a multi use biking/hiking path that is slated to be built along with the reconstruction of Genesee Street (Highway C) from Mills Street to Oakwood Road.

Residents living on the east side of the street are expected to strongly urge the committee recommend that the path be placed on the west side of the street, near where the St. John's Northwestern Military Academy is located.

The residents object to a proposal to place the path on their side of the road because of the number of trees that would have to be destroyed in order to make way for the path. In addition, in some areas the path would be running near homeowner's property lines.

However, city officials and some members of the committee have pointed out that it is less costly to locate the path on the east side of the street and most of the trees that might be destroyed as a result of the path construction are in the city right of way and not on homeowner's private property.

In addition, city officials have said they will try to avoid any older, high quality trees that are in the way.

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Village Square senior center finally approved

May 04, 2015 10:47 p.m. |  City of Delafield - It took the Common Council 15 minutes during its May 4 meeting to finally resolve nearly 15 years of debate over the Village Square shopping center.

The council uanimously approved a recommendation from the Plan Commission for the development of a 123,000 square foot, 124 unit living center that provides independent, assisted, and memory care facilities for seniors that will be located on the west side of the shopping center.

The senior living center can be built as a result of an agreement reached last week between the city and United Properties Inc., of Bloomington, Minnesota, the owners of the shopping center.

The agreement amends an out of court settlement between the city and the original developers of the shopping center that restricted the types of businesses and the heights of buildings at the shopping center.

The out of court agreement ended court battles over zoning issues that arose when the shopping center development was first proposed in 2002.

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Delafield says no to sharing county election costs

May 04, 2015 10:25 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council has unanimously decided not to help the Waukesha County Clerk's office pay for new election equipment to be purchased by the county for the city.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said the Monday, May 4,  vote was a show of support by the city to smaller neighboring municipalities who are objecting to being asked to share in the cost of the equipment.

The council voted uanimously on April 20 to contribute about $3,100 towards the purchase of about $10,000 in  new equipment.

The new equipment includes a vote tabulator and modem that automatically counts the ballots and transmits the vote totals directly to the County Clerk's office.

However since that vote, DeYoe and City Clerk Gina Gresch said they have learned about the other communities objections to being asked to help pay for the equipment.

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UPDATE: Oconomowoc Mayor to resign May 5

May 04, 2015 9:31 p.m. |  UPDATE: From City of Oconomowc Mayor Jim Daley: 

"To say that serving as the Mayor of Oconomowoc for over the past five years has been an incredible and humbling opportunity would not do justice to the honor I have been given by being allowed to serve our community.

In the past five years we have entered a unique period of transformation for Oconomowoc.  Our downtown went from a 40%  vacancy rate when I took office to being nearly 100% occupied today.   By promoting the new residential features of our downtown, not only has our tax base been benefited, but arguably more importantly we have the beginnings of a downtown population that will create the necessary foot traffic and spending patterns to allow our downtown to remain relevant for years to come.  While not everyone has agreed with these changes, it is vital in our growth as a community to move in this direction as downtown’s everywhere battle the “Big Box” retail format as well as the emerging relevance of Internet sales.  Taxes have gone down and quality of life has increased.  In short, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a community in the past five years and think the foundation is in place for a much better future for Oconomowoc.

It is a great honor to be recognized as a community in the many, many ways we have over the past several years for the progress we have made.  Oconomowoc has become a regional and state-wide leader in setting the example for other communities to follow.  We have received a multitude of awards and recognitions too numerous to list. Governor Walker’s appointment of myself to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission is just another community-wide recognition for the progress we have made.

While I look forward to the opportunity and challenges ahead in helping Wisconsin be a better place, it would be a lie to say that I won’t miss the opportunity to serve the people of Oconomowoc directly.  I’ve never had a better job, and I will miss it terribly moving forward, but I look forward to remaining your neighbor and experiencing the bright future that Oconomowoc has in store for it."

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Waukesha man airlifted after Dousman motorcycle crash

May 04, 2015 4:29 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha man was taken by emergency air transport to Aurora Summit Hospital for treatment of serious injuries after an accident that took place Monday, May 4. According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the 23-year-old was driving a motorcycle on Highway 67 when he was struck by a truck coming out of a driveway near Highway 18. There were two occupants in the truck; neither were injured. All lanes of Highway 67 south of Highway 18 were closed in both directions, for approximately two hours, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The accident remains under investigation.

Good food to eat and make at home

May 04, 2015 4:13 p.m. | There will be lotsa pasta cooking at the St. Joan of Arc Pasta Dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc School, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and students and free for children age 3 and young. Beer and wine will be available for $3.

Host of a PBS cooking show and author of several cookbooks, Alamelu Vairavan, will present Healthy Indian Cooking with Alamelu at 1 p.m.  Saturday at the Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield. Explore, learn and taste the range of flavors found in healthy Indian cuisine. Vairavan, emphasizes easy to prepare aromatic and flavorful foods. A book signing will follow.

The Madison Area Concert Handbell Ensemble will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant St., Oconomowoc. The group is one of the largest and finest handbell ensembles in Wisconsin with numerous octaves of bells and chimes. The concert is free. Call (262) 567-5001 or visitwww.splco.org for more information.

Outdoor Composting to Suit Your Site Workshop will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A presentation handout, composting pamphlets from the Wisconsin DNR and weather permitting, a short outside demo and tour of NuGenesis will all be included. A $15 donation is recommended. 

Boucher steps in to complete Mukwonago supervisor term

May 04, 2015 11:36 a.m. | Lyle Boucher, a former candidate for town of Mukwonago supervisor, was appointed to complete the term of former supervisor Tom Stefanowski, during a special town board meeting on April 30.

Stefanowski was elected town chairman on April 7.

According to Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Karalewitz, Boucher was nominated by Supervisor Peter Topczewski and received votes from Karalewitz, Topczewski and Supervisor Richard Wrasman.

Supervisor Ruth Ann Nicoson nominated former supervisor James Hintz, who received only a vote from Nicoson.

Gail Yerke was also nominated to complete the term, Karalewitz said.

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New principal named at Nature Hill

May 02, 2015 12:09 p.m. | Pending approval from the School Board, the Oconomowoc Area School District has announced that  Jason Curtis, district Coordinator of Secondary Education, will become the new principal of Nature Hill Intermediate School, effective July 1. 

“As we searched for a successor to Mike O’Connor, we looked for a leader of the caliber we have come to expect at Nature Hill,” said Roger Rindo, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools. “Jason has the experience and instructional background to continue to drive excellence in all areas of the school.”

New bleachers? Shiny lockers? School challenges intensify

May 01, 2015 5:03 p.m. | It didn't take long for the video to go viral.

Arrowhead High School in Hartland had just completed new $662,000 locker rooms for its basketball teams, and posted a time-lapse look at what it billed as "the best high school locker rooms in the country."

Long tagged as the "University of Arrowhead" by those who are either jealous or critical, the school actually created locker room facilities that many colleges could not approach.

District officials defended the work, saying the old locker rooms were crumbling and a private anonymous donor had picked up more than half the cost. Superintendent Craig Jefson explained it was a sign of the times.

"Look at society," Jefson said. "They emphasize sports."

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