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Volunteers needed in Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit

Feb. 18, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Prospective volunteers in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are invited to a Saturday meeting at the Forest Headquarters, S91 W39091 State Hwy 59, Eagle. The meeting will start at 9 a.m.

The meeting will provide information about specific volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can work at scheduled workdays throughout the year or on self-directed individual projects. Workday activities include removing invasive plant species, collecting native prairie seeds, building nest boxes and improving trails.

Self-directed opportunities include adopt a trail, historical cabin caretaker, assisting with marketing for interpretive programs and monitoring nest boxes. The positions are very flexible, according to park officials.

Anyone who has ideas and an interest in the outdoors should attend the meeting and help brainstorm for new projects to work on, said Amanda Prange, visitor service associate and volunteer coordinator.

“If you think you have skills that could help us manage and preserve the beauty of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, please join us on February 22 and see what the Southern Unit has to offer you,” Prange said.

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Erin's St. Patrick's Day parade could be canceled if there aren't enough entries

1:30 p.m. | The town of Erin has been holding a St. Patrick's Day parade for 35 years. But this year's version could be canceled if there aren't enough entries.

So far only about five participants have committed to the March 17 event, said parade committee chairman Jeff Kraft.

That's similar to numbers the parade had a week before the 2015 event, which left Kraft scrambling to scare up participants.

"I made like 30 calls, and we ended up having enough people to have it, but I don't want to be in that same situation again this year, so I'm trying to let people know there's a problem," Kraft said. "If the parade is still important to people, if they have fun, if they want to keep it going, we need some participation."

Kraft said that means having at least 10 entries by one week before the event.

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Prairie View recognized as a top Title I school for 2015-16

12:13 p.m. | Prairie View Elementary School is among 169 public schools recognized as Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year, according to a Feb. 10 news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Prairie View received recognition as a High-Achieving and High-Progress School, one of 11 schools in the state to receive the honor.

"Congratulations to these schools. They are examples of the academic success we need in all of our schools to close achievement gaps," said State Superintendent Tony Evers in announcing the Wisconsin Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2015-16 school year. "These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. Their efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready."

Schools meeting criteria in one or more of the three recognition areas will receive a plaque at a March 14 ceremony at the State Capitol.

Criteria for High-Achieving Schools include meeting all annual measurable objectives for achievement and graduation, have achievement gaps that are less than three points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps, and demonstrate high achievement at the school level.

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Man charged with drunken driving after alleged erratic driving in Oconomowoc

9:49 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Eagle resident Tyler Allen stands accused of drunken driving after two witnesses allegedly told police that Allen had crashed his car into a retaining wall and that it was swerving all over the road.

Allen, 24, was charged Feb. 2 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with his second operating while intoxicated offense and felony bail jumping. He could face up to 6 1/2 years behind bars and $11,000 in fines if convicted.

According to a criminal complaint, two witnesses called police around 12:30 a.m. Jan. 31 to report problems with Allen's driving. One witness said Allen was "driving erratically" in 600-block of East Wisconsin Avenue and had driven over a retaining wall in a fast food restaurant parking lot before getting back on the road.

The second witness, according to the complaint, followed Allen's car after it left the parking lot and reported to police that the vehicle was "all over the roadway."

Police conducted a traffic stop on Allen after his car pulled into gas station on Oconomowoc Parkway, and Allen was informed of the reports concerning his driving, the complaint said.

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OASD Summer School brochures out soon

7:00 a.m. | Oconomowoc Area School District Summer School brochures with course descriptions will be available the week of Feb. 22.

Summer School dates are six weeks: June 20 - July 29     There will be no school on Monday, July 4. Online Registration for 2016 Summer School   will open March 7,   at 6 a.m. and remain open until March 18,   at noon;  this will be the only venue through which families can register for Summer School.

 

Pewaukee reportedly may part ways with City Administrator Tammy LaBorde

Feb. 09, 2016 5:17 p.m. | City of Pewaukee—Administrator Tammy LaBorde has been unreachable all week, leading to questions of whether she has parted ways with the city.

An employee who answered the phone at city hall Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 9, said that LaBorde was not in and was "no longer with the city."

City Attorney Stan Riffle said Wednesday that there will be an item on the agenda for the Monday, Feb. 15 city council meeting to "discuss issues pertaining to the administrator and the administrator's position and there may or may not be action taken as a result of that meeting."

Riffle said the matter will be discussed by the council in closed session and any action, if taken, would be done in open session.

"Really nothing can happen without the common council taking some type of action or not taking action," Riffle said.

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Fall prevention presentation at Brookdale Sussex Feb. 11

Feb. 09, 2016 4:05 p.m. | In an effort to help seniors "stay safe in their homes and prevent falls," Brookdale Sussex is hosting a presentation on fall prevention at 10 a.m., Feb. 11 according to a news release.

Brookdale Sussex, a senior living community at W240 N6351 Maple Avenue, is putting on the presentation with Knueppel Healthcare Services, a local medical supply company.

The release states the presentation will educate those in attendance on inexpensive items that are available to help keep someone from falling — especially in dangerous places like bathrooms.

Rep. Joel Kleefisch, of Oconomowoc, behind multiple bipartisan bills in legislature

Feb. 09, 2016 3:13 p.m. | The past week has been a good one for legislation proposed by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc).

Multiple bills endorsed by Kleefisch, and with bipartisan support, are moving through the state legislature — one of them was recently signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker — and are expected to provide additional assistance and resources to adoptive families. The bill that was recently codified, known as Assembly Bill 291, allows hunters to wear fluorescent pink instead of blaze orange during deer hunting season.

Bills that still require a vote from the state Senate are Assembly Bills 39,40,41 and 42, otherwise known as the "Adoption Protection Package," which focuses on crisis prevention, pre-adoptive training requirements for prospective parents, access to post adoptive resources, and implements safeguards for children adopted from other states and countries.

Walker signed the "Blaze Pink" bill into law Feb. 4. Wisconsin is the first state to allow hunters to wear that color.

Adoption protection package

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Youth ambassadors bring China to Kettle Moraine High School

Feb. 09, 2016 2:38 p.m. | Nine students from Jinan, China came to Kettle Moraine High School prepared to share their Chinese culture with American students from Feb. 1 — 5, but as they finished their week at Kettle Moraine they take back what they learned about high school and family life in Wisconsin.

It might be that American students like sports more than students in China, or common English phrases the Chinese students hadn't heard before, or the differences in schooling and student life between the countries, or the independence high school students have in America.

The students from China in exchange gave presentations on Chinese culture, demonstrated how to write in Chinese, sang Chinese nursery rhymes with a familiar, international melody, gave high school students quizzes in Chinese and enhanced the fluency of KMHS students studying the Chinese language.

"They bring a lot of Chinese things over, but they are also taking a lot back (hopefully) with them," said Principal Juan Wu who accompanied the students.

Ambassadors

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University Lake School to put on "The Wizard of Oz"

Feb. 09, 2016 12:50 p.m. | University Lake School will be putting on the timeless classic, "The Wizard of Oz" this month and there will be no shortage of student participation.

More than 90 students from first through 12th grade are involved in the production, according to the school.

Parents are also pitching in by working on the set, helping with costumes, preparing meals and running performance night ticketing duties, said ULS Theatre Director Rhonda Schmidt.

"It fills my heart with joy to see so many different grade levels on this stage together, and many parents getting to know one another over a paint brush and a set challenge," Schmidt said. "We have all come together to tell a magical story which reminds us that there is 'no place like home.'"

For the show, ULS is working with Flying by Foy, which leases equipment and trains actors for flying scenes in live theatrical performances. The company, based in Las Vegas and the United Kingdom, will provide help with the flying monkeys, the wicked witch and her broomstick, and Dorothy in the tornado.

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Hartland village board approves Holt Electric Supply expansion plans

Feb. 09, 2016 10:08 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Holt Electric Supply, 1515 Walnut Ridge Drive, is about to get bigger — a lot bigger.

Village Clerk Darlene Igl said the village board on Monday, Feb. 8 approved site building plans for an expanded warehouse at the facility, and a future expansion is also being considered by the company, which is a family owned, electrical and automation distributor.

Site plans submitted for the village's consideration detailed an approximately 19,800 square foot addition to Holt's roughly 31,000 square foot building, according to documents submitted to the village. A second, roughly 10,800 square foot addition could be considered in the future.

The plans had previously been reviewed and approved by the village's plan commission late last year. Some revisions to the plans, such as the inclusion of a detailed storm water management plan, had been called for and, according to planning documents, have been addressed.

Holt Electric is one of several locations associated with Revere Electric, which is headquartered in Mokena, Illinois. The company, according to its website, has been servicing Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1919.

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OHS Jazz Dance tickets on sale

Feb. 09, 2016 7:00 a.m. | The Oconomowoc High School Band Aids are hosting the 11th Annual Jazz Dance fundraiser at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc on Friday, Feb. 26

The event starts at 6 p.m. with music by the Nature Hill and Silver Lake Intermediate Jazz Bands. The Oconomowoc High School Jazz Bands will perform for the rest of the evening until 10:30 p.m.; in addition to  entertainment and dancing, enjoy raffles, a silent auction and a photo booth. 

Advance tickets are on sale now at Books & Co and Piggly Wiggly-Oconomowoc.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door are $12 and $5.  

Table reservations are being accepted. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $220 (Includes admission).  Food will be available for purchase.  

Please contact Geri Kellen for any questions regarding table reservations at or call (414) 640-0593. Seating is limited. All proceeds support the OHS Band program.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting two of his younger sisters at Pewaukee home

Feb. 08, 2016 3:37 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Two of an 18-year-old Georgia man's younger sisters were not even ten years old when he repeatedly sexually assaulted them for months while living here, a criminal complaint says.

The man, who will not be named to protect the alleged victims' identities, was charged Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 12 and repeated sexual assault of a child. The maximum penalty for both of those crimes, upon conviction, is 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, all of the assaults occurred from November 2011 to November 2012 in a village of Pewaukee home on Ridgeway Drive. The man's mother confirmed to police in the complaint that the family lived in the village, at that address, at the time.

Police were notified of the alleged assaults last October, the complaint said, when they were contacted by a county Health and Human Services employee, who told officers that around that same time one of the girls, now 8, reported the assaults to her teacher.

The man reportedly tried to force his youngest sister, who was 5 at the time, to perform oral sex on him in the basement of the Ridgeway Drive home; and also repeatedly raped another one of his sisters, who was 9, by pinning her down on a futon and covering her mouth with his hand, the complaint said.

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Sussex woman accused of beating 7-year-old daughter with leather strap

Feb. 08, 2016 2:09 p.m. | Village of Sussex — A 39-year-old Sussex woman allegedly forced her 7-year-old daughter to hide her face in a pillow so her mother wouldn't have to hear her scream when she beat the girl with a leather strap as punishment, a criminal complaint says.

The complaint alleges that the beating was so forceful it left a bruise on the girl's buttocks and was meted out as punishment to the alleged victim for recently getting on the wrong school bus — an act the girl's mother said was intentional because her daughter wanted to go to a friend's house.

The woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, was charged Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm.

According to the complaint, the beating occurred on Jan. 28 after the woman had to pick up her daughter from school. The woman was notified by the school that her daughter was waiting there to be picked up after missing her bus.

When they got home, the woman reportedly told her daughter, "You know you're getting an ass whooping," according to the complaint, and instructed the girl to bring her a leather strap and lay face down and bury her face in a pillow so the woman wouldn't have to hear her daughter scream.

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Lake Country private schools register for voucher program

Feb. 08, 2016 1:23 p.m. | Several Lake Country schools are among the 135 private schools that registered with the state by the Jan. 10 deadline to accept students for next school year through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP).

Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Hartland, Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland, Queen of Apostles School in Pewaukee, Saint Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee, and Saint Joan of Arc in Nashotah all are new to the statewide voucher program for 2016-17, according to the Department of Public Instruction.

The WPCP allows students who reside outside of the Milwaukee and Racine Unified school districts to use a taxpayer-funded subsidy to attend participating private or religious schools.

Families need to meet income requirements to qualify for the program. To enroll, parents must complete the online application between Feb. 1 and April 20.

A total of 2,514 students are participating in the program this school year.

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Some town of Mukwonago residents will now vote at Hillside Church

Feb. 08, 2016 12:07 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago — Some residents heading out to vote in the town of Mukwonago for the Feb. 16 primary could be in for a surprise if they haven't checked the town website before going to the polls.

While voting for all town of Mukwonago residents has been held at the town hall in the past, with almost 5,600 registered voters, there isn't enough parking to accommodate a large voter turnout, according to Deputy Clerk Gail Obradovich. To ease the congestion, the town has a new polling place at Hillside Church, S93 Highway NN, for residents in wards 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11.

However, because of issues with the new state voter software, Obradovich said they were unable to print postcards to send to residents telling them where they will vote this spring. Obradovich said they plan to notify residents of the new poll location before the April election.

Residents in wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will still vote at town hall.

In person absentee voting will all be done at town hall as well. In person voting lasts until Feb. 12. Town hall hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with extended hours until 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 for voting.

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