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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.

Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14

12:04 p.m. | Comfort Zone provides support, answers, validation and comfort to parents embarking on the journey called having a child with substance abuse problems.

Regardless of the stage in the journey, Comfort Zone will provide a listening ear, a compass, a source of strength of just a soft place to land for parents in discovery, in recovery or even in grief.

Comfort Zone meets on the second Monday of the month; the next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Aurora in Summit in the Gifford Conference room. 

 

Fighting the fade: three local couples share their journey with Alzheimer's

11:16 a.m. | Like a dark shadow, it crosses the mind where the right word, response or direction remains silhouetted against the dusk of a fading memory and just out of reach. As time passes, the shadow grows, and memories vanish.

Minor's Estates subdivision agreements pass

10:53 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The village board passed both the developers agreement and the storm water maintenance agreement for Minor's Estates subdivision, subject to final approval by village staff, at the Aug. 17 special board meeting.

"The next step is to complete the public improvements necessary in order for the fourth phase of the subdivision to be developed," said Village Administrator John Weidl.

When asked what the fourth phase entails, Weidl said that it's hard to say. He said that all the village currently knows is that it is designed and plotted for single family homes. He also said that because there are no engineer or architectural renderings yet, he can't speak to what it will look like.

Village President Fred Winchowky shed some light on the past struggle during the board meeting.

"That's what happens when the developer goes broke," said Winchowky. "This is the end result of a lot of work by a lot of people."

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Mukwonago marching band prepares for Phantom Phest

10:28 a.m. | After hitting the streets over the summer at two local festivals, the Mukwonago High School marching band, the Phantom Legion, is now in the midst of the toughest part of its season — band camp — as it prepares for the marching band circuit and halftime football shows.

The Phantom Legion marching band provides a sneak peek of its full show at early home football games. The unveiling of the full show will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 on Hensler Field, for Phantom Phest, the home marching band show.

Band camp in 2015 looks very different today than it did for many of the parents of band members.

"This year we have two weeks of band camp, the first week we rehearse from 9 a.m. — 5 p.m. and the second week we go from 9 -9. We start each day off with a run and P/T (physical training) to ensure that students are physically able to perform the shows," director Emma Angoli said. "The students in marching band are treated more like athletes than like typical band members but it's something that we as an organization really enjoy about this activity."

The Phantom Legion has a phenomenal show this season was written with the community in mind.

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Four Republicans vie to fill Waukesha County Assembly seat

Aug. 30, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Four Republicans are competing in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

The top Republican vote-getter in Tuesday's primary is all but assured of victory in the Sept. 29 general election because no Democrat entered the race and the only possible challenge would come from a write-in candidate.

Only one of the four candidates in Tuesday's primary now holds public office. Cindi Duchow is serving her second term as a Town of Delafield supervisor. She was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

Scott Owens of the Town of Genesee, Dave Westlake of Hartland and Spencer Zimmerman of the City of Delafield have never been elected to public office.

Each of them is asking voters to be hired as the district's conservative representative in the Assembly.

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Warhawks, KM win football games

Aug. 28, 2015 10:37 p.m. | Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine won varsity football games Friday night. AHS rallied from a 27-7 third quarter deficit to stop host Hudson, 35-28. Host Kettle Moraine stopped Watertown, 25-20. Lake Country Lutheran lost to visiting Burlington Catholic Central, 21-7 and Pewaukee lost to host Wisconsin Lutheran, 35-14.Pewaukee led in that game, 14-7.

East Troy 5K run to be held Aug. 29

Aug. 28, 2015 1:09 p.m. |  The East Troy Area Historical Society, in cooperation with the East Troy High School Cross Country team, will host the Blast to the Past 5K on Saturday, Aug. 29. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is $35 on race day. Information on route, parking, vendors and sponsors is available here.

Special awards will go to overall male and female winners and first through third place awards for male and female participants in each age group. 

Email the East Troy Historical Society at easttroyareahistorical@gmail.com with any questions.

Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Pewaukee man allegedly burglarized his next door neighbor

Aug. 28, 2015 11:23 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — A 35-year-old Pewaukee man stands accused of stealing then selling several pieces of jewelry from his neighbor.

Jonathan Armao was charged Wednesday, Aug. 26, 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.

According to the complaint, police suspect Armao of breaking into his neighbors' home sometime in the evening May 21. Armao's neighbors had left their home at about 4:30 p.m. that day and later called police to report the theft of some missing jewelry that included a 1959 class ring.

The owner of a Waukesha pawnshop told police in the complaint that Armao had sold some gold chains and rings May 21 at the pawnshop, one of which was the class ring. The rest of the jewelry Armao allegedly sold that day also matched the description of the items taken from the victims, according to the complaint.

Armao reportedly told the pawnshop owner that he obtained the rings through an estate sale.

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Lake Country students post strong showing on ACT

Aug. 28, 2015 10:58 a.m. | As a state, Wisconsin finished near the head of the class nationally in ACT scores.

Lake Country schools had a lot to do with that.

Figures released this week by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show Wisconsin's 2015 high school graduates posted an average composite score of 22.2 on the college entrance exam, tied for second-best in the country.

That was well above the national average of 21.0.

Similarly, Lake Country districts turned in scores much higher than the state average.

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Oconomowoc woman charged for 2012 burglary

Aug. 28, 2015 9:39 a.m. | Criminal charges have been brought against a 39-year-old Oconomowoc woman for a burglary she allegedly participated in 31/2 years ago.

Jennifer Czaplewski, 1815 N. Davies Drive, was charged Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, she could face up to 12 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to a criminal complaint, Czaplewski in March 2012 stole clothes and some personal items from her friend Miceala Rupnow, of the city of Delafield.

Police reportedly discovered the theft after a friend the two had in common told officers that Czaplewski had bragged to her about stealing clothes from Rupnow.

The complaint said Czaplewski told the third friend she had stolen a dress belonging to Czaplewski "right out from under Miceala's nose" and later returned to Rupnow's home to steal more clothing and a CD.

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Area schools, educators keep busy preparing for new year

Aug. 28, 2015 8:53 a.m. | Students may have had the summer off, but that doesn't mean area school districts were devoid of activity. Building projects, teacher training and staff hiring were just some of the things keeping educators busy in advance of the 2015-16 school year, which kicked off Sept. 1 for most Lake Country schools. The following is a look at some of the goings-on, by district.

Arrowhead High School

Arrowhead has a new superintendent at the helm. Laura Myrah took over the position in July, but she's not the only one starting a new job. Myrah said the high school welcomes eight new teachers, two administrators (including herself) and a half-dozen faculty members stepping into new leadership roles, including two department chairpersons (social studies and language arts ) and two director positions (director of learning and director of student services ), plus more than a dozen new employees in support roles and coaching positions.

Myrah said educators were "hard at work during the summer" updating curriculum for courses, participating in training sessions, taking graduate-level coursework, collaborating and planning within their departments, and leading professional development sessions for others.

Arrowhead's administration has been planning for implementation of the district's goals and initiatives, including best preparing students for postsecondary education and/or future careers, continuing implementation of Educator Effectiveness (Wisconsin's new teacher and principal evaluation program) and enhancing communications with the community, including a new monthly e-newsletter called "Arrowhead Advisor."

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Oconomowoc football takes down Waukesha South, 52-31

Aug. 28, 2015 12:28 a.m. | UPDATE: Read the full game recap story on LakeCountryNow.com.

The Oconomowoc football team defeated Waukesha South, 52-31, on Thursday to improve to 2-0 overall.

OHS had big days from junior quarterback Ben Nienhuis (six total touchdowns) and junior wide receiver Zach Clayton (four touchdown catches).

Nienhuis threw for five touchdowns for the second straight week.

At the half, Oconomowoc led, 38-14, but South scored 17 points in the third to tighten the score to 38-31.

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Judge: Probation for Delafield woman accused of child abuse

Aug. 27, 2015 4:24 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A Delafield woman previously accused of child abuse pleaded no contest to lesser charges and was sentenced in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Online court records indicate that the woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, made her no-contest pleas during an Aug. 26 hearing. Judge Lee Dreyfus withheld a sentence for the woman in favor of 16 months of probation.

The woman pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct as part of an agreement with the prosecution. Dreyfus found her guilty of those crimes at her sentencing. He ruled that the woman would serve 16 months of probation for each offense, but ordered that the probation terms be served concurrently.

As conditions of her probation, the woman must complete a parenting class and has been banned from physically punishing or disciplining her children. She is also prohibited from having any violent contact with any of her family members and from possessing or using any controlled substances.

The woman was originally charged with physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing bodily harm last December after Cushing Elementary School Principal Rebecca Toetz noticed the woman's 6-year-old son had severe bruising on his back and contacted child services.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

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» Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14 12:04 PM

» Fighting the fade: three local couples share their journey with Alzheimer's 11:16 AM

» Minor's Estates subdivision agreements pass 10:53 AM

» Mukwonago marching band prepares for Phantom Phest 10:28 AM

» Four Republicans vie to fill Waukesha County Assembly seat 8/30

» Warhawks, KM win football games 8/28

» East Troy 5K run to be held Aug. 29 8/28

» Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog 8/28

» Pewaukee man allegedly burglarized his next door neighbor 8/28

» Lake Country students post strong showing on ACT 8/28

» Oconomowoc woman charged for 2012 burglary 8/28

» Area schools, educators keep busy preparing for new year 8/28

» Oconomowoc football takes down Waukesha South, 52-31 8/28

» Judge: Probation for Delafield woman accused of child abuse 8/27

» Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players 8/27

» Charity concert set for Sept. 6 at band shell in Oconomowoc 8/27

» Kettle Moraine elementary schools to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies 8/27

» Local runner bringing 'Girls on the Run' to Lake Country 8/27

» Decision expected on Lisbon convenience center 8/27

» Fall fundraisers benefit children with special needs 8/27

» Traffic study challenged at hearing 8/26

» Nashotah Clubhouse Bluesfest moving to new location 8/25

» Oconomowoc man pleads guilty to escaping juvenile center 8/25

» MSOE students to help design Pewaukee pedestrian bridge 8/25

» DNR to look at alternatives for Mukwonago River Unit and Lulu Lake state properties 8/25

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Weekend Happenings

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St. Agnes Parish Festival: Aug. 28-30, St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave., Butler. Rides, midway games, craft beers, live music, food plus Friday fish fry, Saturday chicken and ribs dinners, Sunday talent show, grand raffle, sheepshead. www.stagnesparish.org

St. Anthony on the Lake Dedication & Picnic: 5 p.m. Aug. 29, St. Anthony on the Lake, W280 N2101 Prospect Ave, Pewaukee. Guests will process out of church following Mass, making stops at each of the new spaces along the way for a brief prayer and song before celebrating at a picnic featuring food, beverages and live music.

Church Rummage and Bake Sale: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 29, Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 36821 Sunset Drive, Oconomowoc.

 

“Psych”: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28-29; 4 p.m. Aug. 30, Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown St., Oconomowoc. This comedy is written by local playwright Lisa Rowe and features James A. Skiba. General admission tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students/seniors.

All weekend happenings

 

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