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Delafield Hotel sold to Michigan investor--again

Feb. 12, 2014 10:29 a.m. | The building which houses the Delafield Hotel has been sold to a group led by a Michigan investor--marking the second such sale over the past four years.

The 38-room luxury hotel, 415 Genesee St., Delafield, was sold to 616 Hotel LLC by Rock River Property Holdings LLC for $4.45 million, according to state real estate records. The sale was recorded Tuesday.

616 Hotel is led by Scott Rookus, who operates Rookus Capital Partners LLC, of Jenison, Mich. Rookus couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Rock River Property Holdings is an affiliate of Ixonia Bank. 

Delafield Hotel was created within a former warehouse that developer Robert Lang had built when he owned Lang Cos., a supplier of calendars, stationery and specialty gifts which he sold in 2003. Lang opened the hotel in 2006.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Area football teams play Friday night

Oct. 18, 2014 2:40 p.m. | Three Lake Country area football teams will play in the opening round Friday night (Oct. 24) of the WIAA post-season playoffs.

Arrowhead (No. 1 seed) will host Milwaukee Riverside (No.8) at 7 p.m. in Division 1 and Pewaukee (No. 5) will play at host  Brown Deer (No. 4) at 7 p.m. in Division 3.

Lake Country Lutheran (No. 2) will host Pecatonica/Argyle (No. 7) at Kettle Moraine in a Division 6 game at 7 p.m.

Mukwonago (No. 3) will host Hartford (No.6) on Friday in a Division 1 game on Friday at 7 p.m.

Arrowhead's Kolbow second at state tennis meet

Oct. 18, 2014 2:25 p.m. | Arrowhead senior Emily Kolbow finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state girls tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison Saturday. She lost in the championship match to defending state champion  Lexi Keberle of West Bend East, 6-0, 6-3.

Kolbow finished third, third and second at the state meet the last three years.

The second-place finish is the highest in school history by a girls player.

Arrowhead's top doubles team of juniors Kali Flesch and Sara Geschke placed fourth in doubles, the highest doubles finish in school history for a girls team.

Chilly weather means it's time for chili

Oct. 17, 2014 3:00 p.m. | When the weather gets chilly, it’s chili season. Nothing tastes better on a cool fall day than a piping hot bowl of tasty chili.

Try the classic Band Aids Chili, prepared by Oconomowoc High School Band Parents Organization as part of Senior Night festivities. Dinner will be served in the Oconomowoc High School Cafeteria from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday leading up to the last home football game of the year. Besides chili, a hearty offering that the Band Aids have served since the 1970s, you’ll get add ins and toppings, choice of beverage and cookie. A vegetarian option will also be available. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults and $3 for students/children.

Advanced tickets available at the Books and Company in Whitman Park and the Piggly Wiggly. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

For more information email ohsbandaids @gmail.com or check the  Facebook page at ohsbandaids. 

Vina Mundi, a wine-focused restaurant, is having its Fall Festival and Best Chili Contest from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot.  Enter your best chili or just taste and pick your favorite.

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North Lake and Merton Fire Department merger details

Oct. 17, 2014 12:43 p.m. |  The hope is to have the North Lake and Merton Fire Departments merge into one entity called the Merton Community Fire Department by Jan. 1.

A work shop took place last week to hash out the specifics with the town of Merton, village of Merton and fire department representatives.

Read about the details here.

Show your true colors in Mukwonago High School SAVE 5K run

Oct. 17, 2014 11:41 a.m. | Mukwonago High School SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) will hold its annual True Colors 5K run/walk on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the west parking lot.

The run will be held on the new cross country trail at MHS, on the western edge of the high school property. The .8 mile course weaves through grassy, wooded terrain. Runners and walkers will complete three and a half laps.

Entry fee is $25 with T-shirt or $15 without a T-shirt;, $20 day of the race, with the possibility for a T-shirt purchase, depending on availability. Register early for guaranteed T-shirts to all full-price paid participants.

Register online, or send completed registration forms (with checks made payable to MHS Activities), to Sarah Dianich, Mukwonago High School, 605 West School Road, Mukwonago, Wis. 53149.

Proceeds benefit the Mukwonago High School SAVE's efforts to prevent bullying and relationship violence.

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BandAids Chili Supper tonight at OHS

Oct. 17, 2014 9:27 a.m. | It's a perfect night for a chili supper, and an opportunity to help support Oconomowoc High School Band Aids.

The organization is holding its Chili Supper tonight from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the OHS Cafeteria - follow signs to the Field House entrance. Dinner includes chili, beverage and dessert. Tickets are available at Books and Company and Piggly Wiggly in advance, or at the door.

Adults are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Students are $3 in advance and at the door.

HHS fall play going on now

Oct. 16, 2014 8:42 p.m. |  The Hamilton High School Drama students are in the midst of their fall play.

This year's performance is based on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" novel.

Catch a performance on Friday at 7 p.m., or on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Read a preview about the play here.

Wines in Wild to benefit Mukwonago Food Pantry

Oct. 16, 2014 5:47 p.m. | Help the Mukwonago Food Pantry raise $200,000 for the Mukwonago Resource Center at the Wines in the Wild fundraising event at Pieper Porch Winery, on Highway I, one-half mile east of Highway 83 in the town of Mukwonago, on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $50. Each ticket entitles the participant to five samples of wine, light appetizers, a tour of the winery and five raffle tickets. The raffle prize is 10 bottles of Pieper Porch Wines.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, Mukwonago.

Acash bar will be available. Reservations are highly recommended.

Call (262) 363-3452 with questions.

Town of Waukesha chairman John Marek seeking District 15 supervisor seat

Oct. 16, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Eight candidates — that include town of Waukesha Chairman John Marek, longtime town of Genesee Chairwoman Sharon Leair and former Olympic athlete Ryan Bedford — are seeking the vacant District 15 supervisor's seat on the Waukesha County Board.

The candidates will be interviewed by the Waukesha County Board's Executive Committee on Monday, Oct. 20, and the chosen candidate will be sworn in at the county board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The position is open with the death of longtime Supervisor Walter Kolb on Sept. 22.

Marek has been the town of Waukesha chairman since 2013. In his resume, Marek said he "reunited a divisive board" and is "uniquely qualified to serve" in the position given his positions as town chairman and private sector experience.

Marek is a general contractor and president of John Marek, Inc., which performs phases of development with a focus on senior housing and commercial real estate. He is also the president of Marek Management, LLC., and is a franchise owner of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.

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Spooky Saturday planned

Oct. 16, 2014 2:22 p.m. |  Attention  all children in 4K-4th Grade. The Oconomowoc Public Library is planning a special Halloween event  from 10-11 a.m. on  Saturday,  Oct. 25.

Come and make bat slime, tasty bones and ghoulish ghosts, and play Halloween games.  Costumes are welcome but not required. 

The event is free and no registration is required.  The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at  200 W. South St.; or visit oconomowoc.lib.wi.us , or phone (262) 569-2193

Oconomowoc common council to discuss proposed 2015 budget in November

Oct. 16, 2014 10:05 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Anyone looking for a preview of the city's 2015 budget should stop by the next common council meeting.

A notice was recently posted to the city's website announcing that a public hearing about the proposed budget, scheduled for Nov. 4, will give residents the opportunity to voice their opinions and offer input to their aldermen about upcoming budget.

Anyone looking for a copy of the budget can find one here.

Highway 83 and 18 intersection closed Oct. 24-27

Oct. 15, 2014 5:42 p.m. | As part of the Highway 83 reconstruction project, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will be closing the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway 8 in the village of Wales from 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 27, according to a news release from the DOT.

When the intersection re-opens the morning of Oct. 27, it will function as a roundabout. Construction operations will continue into late fall in order to permanently construct a roundabout in that location.

Safety to the traveling public and DOT workers is of the utmost priority. The safest way to complete this work is to fully close this intersection, according to Brian DeNeve, with the DOT.

WisDOT has chosen an off-peak traffic time to minimize impacts to motorists who can utilize the following detour routes.

From Highway 18 (east of the intersection) get on County TT (Meadowbrook Road), proceed north to connect with the I-94 westbound on-ramp.  Proceed west on the freeway to the County C off-ramp to go southbound on County C until you link back with Highway 18.

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Grand reopening for Realty Executives Integrity

Oct. 15, 2014 4:01 p.m. |  Realty Executives Integrity is hosting a grand reopening to celebrate the renovation of the Lake Country office.

The event is slated for 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the office, 810 Cardinal Lane No. 110, Hartland. The celebration will include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.

Realty Executives has served Lake Country for more than two decades. As part of its committment to serving the community, it will collect donations of nonperishable food items during the event to donate to the Hartland Food Pantry. With your donation, you’ll be entered to win a door prize.

Crews clear crash that closed westbound lane of I-94 in Waukesha County

Oct. 15, 2014 3:01 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the left lane of westbound Interstate 94 west of Highway G in Waukesha County for about a half hour. The Wisconsin State Patrol responded.

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