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Enjoy today; tomorrow will be another story

Feb. 19, 2014 7:22 a.m. | Today will almost give you hope that spring is on the horizon.

Tomorrow, not so much.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 3 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 20, for snow, freezing rain and sleet.

A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to arrive after 3 a.m. tonight and continue through midmorning Thursday, when it will change over to mainly rain.

Less than an inch of snow is expected, but there could be .10 to .20 of an inch of ice and sleet, making driving hazardous. Welcome back to winter.

Gigantic cookie sale planned

8:10 a.m. | Save the date!

The 2014 Gigantic Cookie Sale takes place Saturday, Dec. 13   from 9 to 11 a.m. at First Congregational U.C.C. at 815 S. Concord Rd, Oconomowoc.

Door opens at 8:30 a.m. for free coffee. Baking teams are whipping up the finest confectionary selection for your holiday cookie needs, with more than 25 delicious varieties. Revenues will help to sponsor church camp scholarships. Call (262) 567-4461 for information or go to www.oconomowocucc.org to learn more.

Hartland village board approves new fire protection agreement with Town of Merton

Nov. 24, 2014 9:48 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Come 2015, the village's fire department will have a smaller coverage area.

The village board on Monday, Nov. 24, unanimously approved a new fire protection and emergency medical services agreement with the Town of Merton, which would take effect at the beginning of next year and would yet again involve a partnership bewteen both departments.

The fire protection district (in Merton) currently served by the village will be reduced in size, according to a draft of the agreement.

The Town of Merton would owe the village nearly $41,000 for the fire protection services it would provide in the upcoming year.

That money is due by the of January 2015. 

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Dangerous driving conditions in Lake Country

Nov. 24, 2014 6:05 p.m. | Roads throughout the Lake Country area are snow covered and very slippery, due to about three inches of snow. The Highway 16 eastbound ramp in Hartland at Maple Avenue to Highway 16 was closed as of 5:30 p.m. due to a car in the ditch. On Highway K westbound there were 2 cars in the ditch just west of Richmond School. Just outside of Richmond School a young female driver went into the ditch at 4 p.m. Her care was still there a 5:45 p.m. Another van was in the ditch in Hartland on Merton Avenue one-quarter mile north of Highway 16. Traffic on Highway 16 in Hartland was going 25 miles per hour at the most.

Trek Bicycle moving Oconomowoc distribution center to Johnson Creek

Nov. 22, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Trek Bicycle Corp. is moving its global distribution center from Oconomowoc to a new facility in Johnson Creek.

Trek employees were told about the move Wednesday. All employees will be offered jobs at the new, 250,000 square-foot facility, which is 50% larger than the existing distribution center.

The new center is expected to be open by the end of 2015, and is being built in partnership with Briohn Building of Brookfield and the Village of Johnson Creek.

In a statement, Trek Vice President Roger Gierhart said the move will help the company grow and become more efficient with its warehousing and deliveries.

AHS football team falls in title game

Nov. 21, 2014 8:28 p.m. | Two-year defending WIAA Division 1 state football champion Arrowhead lost on Friday night to Kimberly 31-6 in the Div. 1 championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Kimberly (14-0) led 14-0 early in the second period and 28-6 at halftime. The No. 1 ranked Papermakers dominated the game from the start. The lone AHS touchdown came on a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Johnny Duranso to junior end Justin Peret in the second period.

Yuletide Faire puts the 'merry' in Christmas

Nov. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  There are so many ways to put fun into the holiday season and the Yuletide Faire Friday and Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School has covered many of them.

The merriment starts with strolling minstrels and a host of costumed characters to delight young and old such as the Queen of the Faire, Troubadour and Pocket Lady. Kids will find tons to enjoy including marionette puppet shows, storytelling, face painting craft workshops and holiday shopping just for them.

The faire boasts 35 vendors with all sorts of holiday gift ideas plus a children’s book sale, natural toys, silent auction and live music.

Of course the holidays mean good food and there will be lots of treats including cakes, pies, candy and nuts.

Admission is $4 in advance or $5 at the door for adults and $1 in advance or $2 at the door for children.

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WTKM to broadcast AHS game live

Nov. 21, 2014 8:01 a.m. | WTKM FM radio 104.9 will broadcast the Arrowhead- Kimberly football game Friday live beginning at 4 p.m. Chuck Delsman of the Lake Country Reporter will do a pre-game show and some color work during the broadcast.

Town of Mukwonago chairman files non-candidacy

Nov. 20, 2014 8:06 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago Chairman David Dubey filed non-candidacy papers today, stepping down as chairman after serving the town for 13 years, with 12 of them as town chairman. 

"It's time," Dubey said. 

The deadline for filing non-candidacy papers is Friday, Dec. 26, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Notification must be received by the proper filing officer no later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the deadline for filing ballot access documents to avoid an extension of time for filing such papers. 

Enters won't seek re-election in Pewaukee

Nov. 20, 2014 8:11 a.m. |  Pewaukee Alderwoman Cheri Enters will not seek re-election next spring.

"I have worked in state and federal government court related positions all of my career, and now have served the city of Pewaukee in various capacities for almost 13 years," she wrote in an email to Lake Country Publications. "I look forward to more time with family, travel, and community volunteer work."

Police release victim's name in fatal village of Summit crash

Nov. 19, 2014 5:20 p.m. | Village of Summit — A crash that claimed the life of one and injured another remains under investigation village of Summit police officer Dan Supple said Friday.

Haley J. Laumann, 21, was killed Wednesday, Nov. 19, in a single-vehicle crash when she lost control of her pickup and hit a tree.

Laumann was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said she was wearing a seat belt

The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and blocked off access to Golden Lake Road from Cedar Lane to Genesee Lake Road for three hours.

Scott Nicholas Dean, 27, was also in the vehicle and transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

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Dousman suggests care with new sidewalks and stamped concrete

Nov. 19, 2014 2:36 p.m. |  The Village of Dousman will be wrapping up odds and ends on its road project  by Friday, Nov. 21, with finishing touches to follow next spring when the final layer of blacktop is done and a couple curb and gutters are installed. 

The Village has been advised that nothing but sand is recommended for use on the new sidewalk and stamped concrete.

 “The effects of melting products on new concrete vary from region to region and the quality of the concrete.  In general new concrete cannot withstand the effects of freeze-thaw-freezing that occur with ice melters.  Increased hydrological pressures create cracks, and pops occur. 

Concrete manufacturers recommend the use of only sand and shovel on new concrete,” the Village said in a release.

“If you  must  use an ice-melter, use a very high quality asald based melter that melts to -25F, and has a large amount of anti–corrosive compounds in the product.            Do  not use  Calcium Chloride (CaCl), the common white pellet melter.  CaCl products melt using high heat from a chemical reaction with water creating heat pockets, and will refreeze.  If nighttime temps are near or below -25F,  do cannot use anything but a shovel.  The temperature must not approach the -25F limit of the product being used.

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Hy 16 eastbound closed near Capitol

Nov. 19, 2014 8:25 a.m. | Morning commuters are facing huge delays on eastbound Highway 16 just west of Capitol Drive in Pewaukee due to an accident. Eastbound drivers are being forced off the highway road at Jungbluth Road. Backups are huge on Highway 16 eastbound. Traffic is going slow due to the light snow which started about 4 a.m.

Heavy delays on Highway 16 because of crash

Nov. 19, 2014 7:40 a.m. |  A traffic accident on eastbound Highway 16 near Ryan Street in Pewaukee has traffic backed up for miles; emergency vehicles are on the scene.

Oconomowoc common council to vote on Fowler Lake Village developer's agreement at next meeting

Nov. 18, 2014 11:52 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The most important vote to date on the proposed Fowler Lake Village condominium project is scheduled to take place at the next city council meeting.

Aldermen on Tuesday, Nov. 18, postponed the vote on whether or not to rescind the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and developer Jeff Seymour until the next meeting after Mayor Jim Daley assured them that a vote on the Fowler Lake Village developer's agreement would also be scheduled for that meeting.

City Attorney Bill Chapman explained that rescinding the MOU was at best a symbolic gesture of the city's disapproval with the project and thus would have no real impact on the future of the development.

Fowler Lake Village opponents and alderman Matt Rosek - who two weeks ago proposed the motion to rescind the MOU - believed that a majority vote (by council members) to rescind would effectively kill the project. But Chapman said otherwise.

"The developer's agreement would still have to come before the council," he said.

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Kettle Moraine school board member relocates, opens spot for interim member

Nov. 18, 2014 11:28 p.m. | After receiving the resignation of Kettle Moraine School Board member Colin Butler on Nov. 8, the board decided to appoint an interim board member to fill out the remainder of Butler's term, which ends in April, 2015.

Butler, who was absent from the Nov. 18 board meeting, has already moved back to Vermont, his home state.

"We don't have an option to thank Colin, but, Colin, we do want to thank you for everything you have done for the district over the years," said School Board President Gary Vose. "I'm sure he will get very involved, not only in school, but other things, once he gets settled in, back out east again."

While the interim term will only last until April when Butler's term ends, Vose said appointing a board member to fill the spot would give the board "another set of eyes and ears to manage the district."

The appointed board member would need to file papers as a candidate in the spring 2015 election, if that person is interested in staying on the board.

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Weekend Happenings

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UnXpected Thanksgiving Eve Bash: 8 p.m. Nov. 26, Sussex Bowl, N64 W24576 Main St., Sussex. Come party with the UnXpected at the annual Sussex Bowl Thanksgiving Eve bash. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. ACME Rocket Skates is opening the show at 8 p.m. and The UnXpected will take the stage at 9 p.m. Free.


Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: Nov. 27-30, Dec. 5-31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin's largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details. $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van. www.thecountrychristmas.com


World's Greatest Cookie Sale: Noon Nov. 28, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Sale features homemade holiday cookies and baked goods in many varieties. Twenty-five nonprofit groups will sell to the thousands who attend this event each year. Proceeds go directly to the nonprofits. Entertainment includes magic shows, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting, holiday coloring contest and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sale ends at 4 p.m. For more information on the World's Greatest Cookie Sale, call Country Springs, (262) 547-0201 or visit thecountrychristmas.com/cookiesale. Free.


Christmas Magic: 2 p.m. Nov. 30, Main Mill/AJ'S Live, W16521 Main St., Menomonee Falls. Magician John Lewit performs a fun Christmas themed magic show for the whole family. Free.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 


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