The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Feb. 8 at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland in memory of Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel, who died of cancer in 2012.
Jack died at age 10 after a seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, and Christopher died at age 8 after a 17-month battle with brain cancer. Both received multiple blood transfusions while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
The drive is planned for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 401 Campus Drive, Hartland. All presenting donors will receive a sub from The Picnic Basket Restaurant and a coupon for a pint of frozen custard from Culver's.
To make a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.
Winter storms and freezing temperatures forced the Red Cross to cancel about 770 blood drives in January, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make time to give blood because of competing activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients, and donors with types O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give.
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.Old World Wisconsin was recently named as one of the top 10 living history destinations for 2015 by
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.» Read Full Article
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.» Read Full Article
Celebrate Wedesday with some music. The American Legion Band performs its weekly outdoor concert tonight from 7:30 - 9 p.m.in the Rhodee Memorial Band Shell located on the shores of Lac LaBelle at City Beach in Oconomowoc.
Village of Sussex - A reluctant village board uanimously approved a developers' agreement that will allow Brookfield developer/entrepreneur Art Sawall to build four apartment complex's near the downtown business district that will provide about 400 apartments and duplexes.
Four trustees expressed concerns and reservations about the proposals but were told by Assistant Village Administrator Melissa Weiss that they needed to adopt the developers' agreement in order to take advantage of a low interest financing for projects in a recently expanded downtown business tax increment financing district.
There are two vacancies on the seven member board. Village President Greg Goetz urged adoption of the agreement.
Earlier in the meeting, the village's financial consultant reported that the village had saved more than $100,000 on interest payments on the bonds because interest rates for the bonds were lower than expected.
Trustee Robert Zarzynski argued there were too many apartment buildings and not enough commercial properties included in the proposal.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz announced tonight he will nominate Matthew Carran and Wendy Stallings during the Aug. 11 village board meeting to fill vacanies created in June by the resignations of former trustees Matthew Cmeyla and Matthew Petricca.
Geotz's nominations must be approved by the village board which presently has five members.
However, Carran and Stallings will reportedly also have the support of Trustees Pat Tetzlaff and Tim Dietrich, which will provide them with a majority of the five votes.
Carran and Stallings were among four candidates that Tetzlaff and Dietrich recommended to Goetz after they had interviewed 9 candidates for the the appointments.
Trustee Lee Uecker interviewed one other candidate along with Tetzlaff. The interviews were conducted in private.» Read Full Article
City of Waukesha — Less than three months after pleading guilty to two crimes related to the assault of his mother, Oconomowoc resident William Hudson was placed on four years of probation.
A prison sentence of three years was stayed in favor of probation by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian.
Hudson was sentenced on July 22.
As a condition of probation, Aprahamian ordered Hudson spend six months in county jail without work-release privileges.
In April, Hudson pleaded no contest to felony discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker and misdemeanor battery and was found guilty by Aprahamian. The charges stemmed from an incident in February in which Hudson attacked and bit his mother while they were driving through downtown Oconomowoc.» Read Full Article
City of Pewaukee — Big plans are in store for a big furniture store in Pewaukee.
Steinhafels Furniture, W231 N1013 Highway F, has announced plans to embark on a two-phase expansion of its main distribution center that's expected to boost employment by about 650 people companywide by the time the project is complete.
Phase 1, expected to cost about $10 million, will include adding more than 100,000 square feet of warehouse space to the Pewaukee facility, including 16 additional dock doors and an expanded trailer staging area.
Work on the addition is expected to start in about 10 days and will take about a year to complete, said company President Gary Steinhafel.
The first phase is expected to create about 300 jobs — about 200 of them in the newly expanded warehouse space, Steinhafel said.» Read Full Article
A 23-year-old West Allis man is facing criminal charges after being accused of stealing cash, jewelry and some prescription drugs from his parents' town of Lisbon home.
Ted Zindars Jr. was charged Monday, July 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, he could face up to 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Zindars has previously been convicted of theft and drug possession, according to online court records.
The complaint says that Zindars' father reported the burglary to police in early January. He told officers in the complaint that he suspected his son took the missing items because there were no signs of forced entry, seemingly no reaction from the two dogs Zindars Sr. owns and because the burglar seemed to know exactly where to find what he was looking for.
Also, the theft seemed to have occurred while Zindars' parents were out of the house, and Zindars likely would have known when that was, the complaint said.
The complaint alleges that Zindars stole $2,000 in cash, wedding and engagement rings and oxycodone from his parents' lockbox. The complaint notes that Zindars is a drug addict and has stolen from his parents in the past.» Read Full Article
City of Delafield — It's time to celebrate, Lake Country Bike Trail users.
American Transmission Co. is hosting a trailside appreciation event from 8 a.m. to noon Satuday, Aug. 1, at the Delafield Fire Station, 115 Main St.
According to a news release, the event will include a drawing for three $50 Wheel and Sprocket gift certificates and other various free giveaways, including water bottles.
Anyone from the area who uses the trail is welcome to attend.
"Since the trail recently reopened between Oconomowoc and the west end of Pewaukee Lake (at Maple Avenue), we want to show our appreciation to trail users for their patience during the time that construction and restoration was occurring," said Mary Carpenter, ATC's senior local relations representative.» Read Full Article
Village of Eagle — Village officials have refused to divulge the reasons for a separation agreement with Police Chief Russell Ehlers that is likely to cost taxpayers about $170,000 while providing the chief with pension and medical benefits in addition to 18 months' pay after he retires.
The agreement was approved by the village board March 4, after negotiations between Ehlers' lawyer, Paul Bucher, and the village's labor lawyer, Nancy Pirkey.
The chief's job performance had been the subject of a series of closed sessions that began in September 2014.
Village officials acknowledged in the agreement that the payments to Ehlers "exceed the amount that would normally be received by him upon his retirement from employment with the village."
The Mukwonago Chief obtained the agreement from village officials through an open-records request in accordance with state laws that stipulate most local government documents are public record.» Read Full Article
Online school registration is underway for the first time in the Hamilton School District.
The new electrronic tool was launched on Monday, July 27, and plenty of parents took to the Internet to take advantage of it.
The online doors "swung open" at 9 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m. the district had received about 900 registration applications and took in more than $75,000 in online payments, said district information technology manager Ryan McMillan.
"To have more than 25 percent of the population into the system within six or seven hours, I'm extremely happy with how it's gone," McMillan said.
The online registration is being done through Infinite Campus, an online information system the district put in place last year.» Read Full Article
Children participating in the annual summer drama camp sponsored by the Mukwonago Optimist Club and directed by the Prairie Fire Theater group, presents the musical, Jack and the Beanstalk at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 31, and at 1 p.m on Saturday, Aug. 1, at Mukwonago High School, 605 School Road.
Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at Miller Pharmacy or at the door before each performance.
For more information, call Edie, at (262) 363-7863 or email email@example.com or visit mukwonagooptimist.org.
National Night Out is a nationwide event that happens in more than 16,000 communities, including some local police departments.
National Night Out in Mukwonago will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Field Park.
"The event itself is a great opportunity for members of the community to come and meet police officers, dispatchers/clerks and firefighters," said Village of Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt. "The event also allows us, the officers and firefighters, to meet the public we serve."
Schmidt said oftentimes the public meets officers only when there's a crisis or emergency situation. Night Out, however, allows them to meet in a less stressful setting.» Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office on Tuesday morning identified 57-year-old William Lansing of the town of Delafield as the victim of a fatal July 25 motorcycle accident.
Lansing died after a motorcycle crash on Glacier Road and Hickory Grove Road in the city of Pewaukee.
According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, a passing motorist reported the single-vehicle crash around 2:35 a.m. No other information was available.
The Medical Examiner's office said the incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.
Delafield Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow has announced her candidacy as a Republican for the 99th Assembly District seat being vacated by Chris Kapenga. Kapenga was elected last week to the 33rd state Senate seat after Paul Farrow stepped down to focus on his new role as Waukesha County executive.
“The 99th Assembly District has always delivered strong conservative leadership, and I will work to earn the trust of the taxpayers by sharing how my family business experience, local government know-how and lifelong local roots will best-serve our community,” said Duchow.
"Our state’s GOP leaders have made great progress over the past five years; unemployment is at a near-record low, strong conservative reforms have advanced by leaders like Gov. Walker and Sen. Kapenga that improve our business environment while keeping more money in the pockets of taxpayers. Taxpayers cannot afford to risk electing someone who isn’t ready, doesn’t have key experience or important local roots," she added.
A date for the special election to fill Kapenga's seat has not yet been announced.
That election will likely take place this fall. The Assembly seat covers municipalities such as Chenequa, Hartland, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Delafield, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa and North Prairie.» Read Full Article