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Snow ready to move in

Feb. 17, 2014 7:06 a.m. | Snow should move into the area just in time for the end of the morning commute, and should stick around all day, making for a messy commute this evening, as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The heaviest snow is expected from late morning to late afternoon, with 6 to 7 inches of snow accumulating. Higher amounts could occur in some areas.

Home garbage costs to drop $46 in Sussex

8:48 a.m. | Village of Sussex — Village officials are apparently prepared to continue the policy of the village operating its own municipal garbage collection and recycling program rather than partnering with Waukesha County.

The village board was expected to approve a low bid contract with Johns Disposal Services of Whitewater for garbage and recycling collection that would cost village homeowners $124.20 in the first year of the contract and increase to $164 per year in the fifth year of the contract.

With the new contract, each resident will receive one garbage cart and one recycling cart and residents will no longer have to sort the recyclables. All recyclable materials can be placed in the recycling cart for collection.

According to village officials, the new contract will reduce each homeowners' garbage collection cost by about $46.

The yearly garbage and recycling collection bill is included on each homeowner's real estate tax bill, although it is considered a special charge and is not part of the real estate tax payment.

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Sussex has tax limit options

8:33 a.m. | Village of Sussex — Village officials have used a combination of economic growth and debt restructuring to avoid some of the budget restraints usually imposed on municipal governments by state mandated limits on annual tax levy increases.

Meanwhile, they are also tweaking some of their calculations in the 2016 budget that totals about $20.6 million for all funds and includes a 5.2 percent real estate tax levy increase and a 15-cent hike in the tax rate for a home with an assessed valuation of about $290,000.

A public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 24, at the village hall.

The approximately $6.3 million levy — a $314,375 increase — pays for most of an $8.2 million general fund. It is expected to result in a tax rate from $5.16 to $5.30 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

The levy increase is likely to result in a $68.53 municipal tax increase for the typical homeowner rather than the initial estimate of $72.50.

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Pink or Treat event planned

7:00 a.m. |  Pink or Treat Free Women’s Wellness Event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon   on Oct. 27 at the Center for Life Enrichment Tuesday, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Summit Aurora is serving as event cosponsor. The event will address women’s wellness with many featured exhibitors. Exhibitors include Tina Dalgren RN, OB nurse bringing current information about gynecologic health issues, Deb Hall RN and breast cancer coordinator will offer a Q & A session, Kimberly Weber NP, manager of laser and cosmetic surgery will offer free facial assessments (preregistration is required).  Also presenting will be Aurora at Home Medical and Hospice services, Pink Heals Fire Engine, Delafield Chapter, 4 Rivers Center for Well Being, and  Shorehaven’s Life @ Home Coordinator, Jamie Milaeger. 

There will also be opportunities to shop  Beads for Life sold by Silver Lake Intermediate School and Spin Gym. Refreshments and door prizes provided. Walk-ins are welcome.  Participants are invited to wear pink.  For more information call (262) 354-1375 or email jhalliburton@lho.org

Substitute teachers needed at OASD

7:00 a.m. |  Do you want a flexible work schedule with no weekend hours? Do you enjoy working with students? The Oconomowoc Area School District is seeking to hire qualified substitute teachers for daily and long-term assignments. If you have a 4-year degree, you can easily become certified as a substitute teacher by attending a substitute training workshop.

Substitute teachers in the Oconomowoc School District are compensated $100 per day or $150 per day for long-term subbing.

The Oconomowoc Area School District is also accepting applications for the following areas:

• Paraprofessionals paid at $15/hr.

• Paraprofessional substitutes paid at $10/hr.

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Hartland-Lakeside, Merton school boards hold initial merger discussion

Oct. 12, 2015 10:33 p.m. | Village of Hartland — In the past 10 years in Wisconsin, there have been just five instances of school districts merging.

Hartland-Lakeside and Merton could make it six.

The two school boards, along with about 80 parents, teachers, and community members, learned more Monday, Oct. 12, about what would be involved in a potential consolidation of the two districts.

The two boards held a joint meeting at North Shore Middle School, the first time they've had a collective discussion on the topic.

Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, outlined the process for consolidation, as defined by state statutes.

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Woman accused of stealing $21,000, climbing through ceiling to steal drugs pleads guilty

Oct. 12, 2015 8:23 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Dousman resident Stephanie Butler is still waiting for one final bang of the judge's gavel before the books can close on some of her myriad legal troubles.

Butler, 30, pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court to two counts of misappropriating identification information to obtain money, and to burglary of a room within a building and possession of narcotic drugs — all felonies. She is scheduled to be sentenced for her crimes Nov. 18 by Judge Ralph Ramirez, court records say.

All the charges stem from two separate criminal cases, one of which involved Butler skimming more than $21,000 from Waukesha State Bank customers while she worked there as a teller; and the other in which Butler apparently crawled through the ceiling of an Oconomowoc Kmart to break into the store's pharmacy and steal prescription drugs.

Charges from both cases were filed almost exactly two months apart (the bank theft charges were filed first), but the plea hearings were adjudicated jointly and the date of the sentencing hearing is the same for both cases, according to online court records. All the remaining charges in both cases — there were more than two dozen of them — were dismissed but read into the court record.

Butler could be facing decades in prison and more than $50,000 in fines. And she's still facing charges in one Milwaukee County case.

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North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor announces retirement

Oct. 12, 2015 3:05 p.m. | Village of North Prairie — North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor has announced his plans to retire at the end of the year.

Village Trustee Donna Samuels read a letter from Taylor during an Oct. 8 village board meeting.

"I have placed my life on hold while I have served the department," Taylor said in the letter. "I realize that this is a bad time with all the consolidation talks in process."

Taylor originally had wanted to retire at the end of 2014, but talks of merging the North Prairie and Eagle fire departments put it on hold. Those talks are still ongoing.

The letter made reference to Taylor being in a car accident involving a train in 1989. Both of his legs were broken.

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Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13

Oct. 12, 2015 1:33 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — City residents will soon have another chance to elect a local government official.

Four candidates are running in a primary election Oct. 13, and that list will be thinned to two before a Nov. 10 aldermanic District 4 special election.

All the candidates are vying to fill the aldermanic seat vacated by now interim Mayor Dave Nold, who was appointed to that position in July following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The candidates campaigning for Nold's seat are Robert Morgan, Jayson Mauer, Kevin Ellis and John Gross, all of whom have sought local government seats in the past.

City Clerk Diane Coenen called the four-person primary race unprecedented in Oconomowoc's history.

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Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain

Oct. 12, 2015 12:02 p.m. | Village of Hartland — The organizations rallying together to clear out the invasive plant species in the Hartland Marsh are facing an important decision.

Do they conduct controlled burns to exterminate invasive species next spring? Or wait until spring 2017 to burn a larger area?

Money funding the project is tight, said environmental activist and organizer Paul Mozina, and some areas of the Bark River marsh — nearly 200 acres of protected green space that stretch west of Cottonwood Avenue to Highway 83 — have been sufficiently prepared for the next phase of the cleanup effort: prescribed burns.

The burns, controlled brush fires targeted at exterminating invasive species such as buckthorn and garlic mustard, have been tentatively scheduled to begin next spring. But, Mozina said, if they're put off until spring 2017 a larger area of marsh terrain could be cleared and readied for burning, which might be a better deal for the parties involved.

The Waukesha County Land Conservancy, the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the village of Hartland all own swaths of land in the marsh and have a vested interest in preserving and restoring the area.

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Five places to visit in Lake Country this Halloween — if you dare

Oct. 12, 2015 11:00 a.m. | Ghosts, goblins, witches and more creepy characters will inhabit haunted houses and terrorizing spooky trails during Lake Country events that celebrate Halloween. Here are five places to go if you're looking for a scare — if you dare.

Lapham Peak Fright Hike

For 18 years, the Friends of Lapham Peak State Park and the town of Delafield have sponsored the Lapham Peak Fright Hike. Ghosts, goblins, cartoon and movie characters, often portrayed by local high school students, add to the frightful adventures of walking the haunted, moonlit paths of the state park.

There is also live music, a bonfire, ghost story time and concessions during the event, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 23 and 24.

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"Can You Eat Your Way Clear of Disease?"

Oct. 12, 2015 7:00 a.m. |  NuGensis is hosting a Wellness Cooking Class series and from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Tursday, Oct. 22 will offer "Can You Eat Your Way Clear of Disease?"

 Research supports the benefits of specific foods in preventing disease and supporting recovery from chronic illness. Learn easy ways to eat with the intention to prevent, heal, and/or keep your body strong. The class will focus on exploring the health benefits of specific foods and how to incorporate them into your diet. Watch a dynamic cooking demonstration, enjoy a fresh, seasonal meal, and receive recipes to take home.
This class is led by Registered Dietitian Betty Holloway.

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Everyone's flipping out for pancakes this weekend

Oct. 09, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  If you’re craving pancakes this weekend, crave no longer.

You can have your flap jacks and help out the fire department at the same time.  

The Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser, 7 a.m.  to noon, Saturday at, 212 Concord Road, Oconomowoc. Free will donations appreciated.  The event also includes fire trucks and displays, raffles, kid’s activities. Proceeds go toward the purchase of new emergency equipment.

Start your Sunday at the Dousman Fire Department  Pancake Breakfast,  8 a.m. to noon  Sunday at the  Dousman Fire Department, 107 S. Main, Dousman.  Besides breakfast, the morning includes Flight for Life at 9 a.m.; room fire demonstration (live fire) at 10 a.m.; car extrication demonstration at 11 a.m.  plus balloon creations (8-10 a.m.), bounce house.  Waukesha County Communications (9-1-1), Waukesha County Sheriff K-9, Waukesha County Mobile Command Unit, ATF vehicle.

If you love to walk or run with your dog, then why not do it for the Humane Animal Welfare Society? Move Your Mutt for HAWS, featuring a 5K or 10K run plus a one-mile walk, starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at Genesee Lake Road Town Park, Genesee Lake Road, Oconomowoc. Choose the 5K and bring your pet or run the 10K without your dog. There is also a one-mile walk. Raise $100 in pledges and race for free. Food and beverages will be available on the grounds as well as vendor booths and adoptable pets from HAWS. Cost is $25 for the one-mile walk, $45 for 5K, 10K.

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Secure entrance, Discovery Lab part of improvements at Swallow School

Oct. 09, 2015 1:47 p.m. | Swallow School District's roots stretch back 171 years, so it's no surprise that the school building has been subjected to numerous additions and renovations over the years.

More took place this summer, as the building's front entrance was improved and secured, an existing computer lab was redesigned into a hands-on Discovery Lab, and work took place to start transforming the library into a learning-friendly Discovery Center.

Secure front entrance

The school's front entrance received a major facelift over the summer, making it secure, more user-friendly and ADA-compliant, said Swallow Superintendent Melissa Thompson.

Thompson said an active shooter drill staged at the school in 2014 helped illustrate the shortcomings of the previous design.

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Pewaukee woman says trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was a 'once in a lifetime' experience

Oct. 09, 2015 1:18 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — "I was there. That's all that matters."

That's how Pewaukee resident Mary Lynn Mattick describes her trip to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis, even though she didn't personally get to meet the pontiff.

The 65-year-old recently returned from her trip east with a tote full of mementos, photos and pope-related souvenirs in tow.

Mattick said her favorite memory was seeing Pope Francis drive by the front of the Crowne Plaza Philly West on City Avenue, where she stayed during her visit.

"You could see him in the Fiat with the light on in the back seat and they had the whole street barricaded," she said. "It was like the "pope express lane" because they had just that road part open for him."

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Holly Wehrhahn steers ship of UW-Waukesha's Continuing Education Department

Oct. 09, 2015 10:53 a.m. | Education is a big part of young people's lives — from elementary school to high school and college — but it doesn't have to stop there. That's where Holly Wehrhahn comes in. Wehrhahn, 47, of Eagle, is the interim director of Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, a position she's held for the past two years. From photography to religion to professional development to world travel, chances are there's an opportunity to learn more about it through the school's Continuing Education Department.

During a recent interview with Lake Country Publications, Wehrhahn, a UW-Waukesha alumnus and UW-Oshkosh graduate, talked about her start with UW-Waukesha, some of the many offerings of the school's Continuing Education Department, and about a facility that some think is Waukesha County's best-kept secret.

Here's more from our conversation:

1 Tell me a bit about your background.

In 2008, I started as a part-time employee in Continuing Education (at UW-Waukesha) and immediately loved it. I loved helping our students enrich their lives. Time goes so quickly because no one day is ever the same. I completed my bachelor's degree in 2011 and have been working full-time in continuing education ever since. I've been serving as the interim director now for the past two years and love being able to provide learning opportunities for the community. 

Community Watch


» Home garbage costs to drop $46 in Sussex 08:48 AM

» Sussex has tax limit options 08:33 AM

» Pink or Treat event planned 07:00 AM

» Substitute teachers needed at OASD 07:00 AM

» Hartland-Lakeside, Merton school boards hold initial merger discussion 10/12

» Woman accused of stealing $21,000, climbing through ceiling to steal drugs pleads guilty 10/12

» North Prairie Fire Chief Brian Taylor announces retirement 10/12

» Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13 10/12

» Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain 10/12

» Five places to visit in Lake Country this Halloween — if you dare 10/12

» "Can You Eat Your Way Clear of Disease?" 10/12

» Everyone's flipping out for pancakes this weekend 10/9

» Secure entrance, Discovery Lab part of improvements at Swallow School 10/9

» Pewaukee woman says trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was a 'once in a lifetime' experience 10/9

» Holly Wehrhahn steers ship of UW-Waukesha's Continuing Education Department 10/9

» Loaf & Jug Restaurant moving from Brookfield to Pewaukee Updated:  10/9

» Take a handmade canoe ride 10/9

» Yes to local police department, chief position tabled in village of Eagle 10/8

» Village of Eagle squashes Bielinski senior apartment plan — again 10/8

» North Lake commissioners discuss reducing daily fish limits, marking sandbars 10/8

» Strategic vision forum members sought by Kettle Moraine School District 10/8

» Former Oconomowoc family safe amidst historic South Carolina storms Updated:  10/8

» Crews respond to dump truck rollover in Delafield 10/7

» Kettle Moraine School District recognized for financial reporting 10/7

» Hartland-Lakeside/Merton joint school board meeting to address merger questions Updated:  10/7

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Beth Warne Quartet: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Spring Creek Church, 22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. Preshow lunch option includes homemade buffet starting at 11:30 a.m. Concert begins at 12:30 p.m. Reservations for lunch and concert required at www.springcreekonline.com, $10 concert only, $5 ages 5-17.

Fall Fun Festival: 10 a.m. Oct. 16-18, Shady Maple Farm, N56 W27476 Lisbon Road, Sussex. Features hay rides, pumpkin fields, pumpkin decorating, build your own scarecrow, hay bale play area, 5-acre corn maze, toddler corn maze, caramel apple making, concessions. www.shadymaplefarmwi.com

“I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17; 4 p.m. Oct. 18, Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown St., Oconomowoc. $18-$22. (262) 560-0564

Hawk’s Inn Historical Museum Tours: 1 p.m. Oct. 17, Hawks Inn Visitor Center, 426 Wells St., Delafield. Tour this historical inn which is on Wisconsin Landmark on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24. Free. 

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