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Meet Waukesha County Supervisor District 24 candidate

March 03, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Waukesha County District 24 voters can meet supervisor candidate Larry Bangs from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at the Big Bend Lions Club, W230S9323 Riverside Drive, Big Bend.

The event will provide residents the opportunity to discuss issues with Bangs.

BluesFest prelude honors Les Paul and benefits Waukesha County Museum

Aug. 04, 2015 7:00 p.m. | Waukesha BluesFest is all about celebrating the history of American music.

So it's only natural the kickoff to BluesFest is honoring the man who had such an influence over the music industry.

The day before the two-day BluesFest in Naga-Waukee Park in Delafield, a music celebration honoring Waukesha native Les Paul will feature five bands and 25 musicians, as well as an interactive event for the public, at Naga-Waukee Park, 651 Highway 83, in Delafield.

Honoring Paul

The Les Paul musical extravaganza, which continues a months-long celebration to recognize Paul's 100th birthday (the music icon died in 2009), kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6. Gates open at 5 p.m.

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See local gardening expert at Wisconsin State Fair

Aug. 04, 2015 4:00 p.m. | Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and columnist Melinda Myers will present “The Livable Landscape” at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily August 6 through 16 at the We Energies Energy Park stage during the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair.

“Gardeners love to try new things and share fun and creative ideas,” said Myers.  “This year we’ve created some interesting displays, showcasing ways to beautify the landscape with recycled items that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Plus, I’ll discuss strategies for incorporating edibles and ornamentals into the landscape no matter the space limitations and ways to enhance enjoyment through attracting lots of winged beauties.”

In addition, Myers will recommend new and unusual plant varieties to try, provide ideas for covering up an eyesore, share eco-friendly methods for controlling mosquitoes and tips on growing your own food.

Myers will be available to answer attendees’ gardening questions after each of her presentations and free goodie bags filled with product samples, coupons and information will be given to the attendees. New this year, there will be some giveaways at each talk.

State Fair goers can check out Energy Park gardens from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to see the ornamental plants, vegetables, herbs and unique garden display ideas.  

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Waukesha man, previously charged for child porn, now accused of groping child

Aug. 04, 2015 2:40 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A former Oconomowoc man previously accused of downloading a substantial amount of child pornography is now facing molestation charges for reportedly groping a 6-year-old girl.

Robert Stryker, 42, was charged on Monday, Aug. 3 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault-sexual contact with a child under age 13. If convicted, Stryker could face up to 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim, now 7, "spontaneously" told her family on July 30 about the assault, which allegedly occurred last June — when the girl was 6.

The girl told her mother and later a social worker that she had been watching a movie while sitting on Stryker's lap at his home in the city of Waukesha when Stryker "put his hands insider her pants" and groped her crotch, the complaint said.

Stryker would often have children over to his house in the summer, the complaint alleges, because he had a swing set and a pool and would allow neighborhood kids to use both.

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Village of Mukwonago trustee candidates to be interviewed at special meeting

Aug. 04, 2015 11:04 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — The village board will interview two potential trustee candidates to fill a single vacancy during a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The board voted to hold the special meeting during a recent board meeting due to a conflicting opinion of which candidate should have the open trustee spot.

Filling the position — previously held by Michael Sellenheim (he recently stepped down) — has been closer to an election than an appointment, said Village President Fred Winchowky at a July 21 meeting.

Winchowky named two candidates — John Meiners and Ken Werner — out of an original four he'd found. He said the other two had dropped out due to the time commitment.

Werner, who is Winchowky's recommendation, is already on the Plan Commission. Trustee Darlene Johnson said she thought that could be a lot to ask and he should possibly focus on that position.

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Anytime Fitness in Oconomowoc to open Aug. 18

Aug. 04, 2015 11:04 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Fitness enthusiasts rejoice: Anytime Fitness is opening its Oconomowoc location, 1288 Summit Ave., suite 114, on Aug. 18.

Manager Tyler Allen said the business will have a ribbon cutting ceremony that day and added that the owner, Andrew Gundlach, will be on hand to help introduce the business to the Oconomowoc community.

News about the business has primarily been spread via word-of-mouth, Allen said, and Anytime already has several people signed up for memberships to their fitness center.

Anytime Fitness is located on the east side of Summit Avenue in the Summit Center Marketplace, across the roadway from the Olympia Resort and behind Sonoma Cellars and Aurora Pharmacy.

Other Summit Avenue businesses located at the Marketplace include CQ Nails Spa, Rosati's Pizza, Primary EyeCare Associates and Moon Lite Grill.

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Wales Bryn Mawr festival coming up

Aug. 04, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Village of Wales — The Bryn Mawr family festival is coming to Wales on August 8 from 3-8 p.m. in Wales Community Park.

The festival will be held at the back pavilion directly behind the fire station. It'll feature live Beatle's music and free hamburgers, brats and corn.

At 3 p.m. a disc golf tournament will be held with $100 in prizes. From 4-6 p.m. live music will be played and free food served as well as children's activities. Hillside Worship and a message will be presented from 6-7 p.m. and then live music follows until 8 p.m.

The event is being sponsored by Brandybrook Christian Church — Wales.

Attendees are asked to bring a blanket or chair to the event.

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Final Oconomowoc City Beach concert of summer set for Aug. 21

Aug. 04, 2015 9:43 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Denyse Suttner wants to set the record straight about the summer concert series at City Beach, 220 W. Wisconsin Ave.

She also wants to give credit where credit is due. That's why she went out of her way to repeatedly thank all the sponsors for the concerts, which include Buddy's Beach Bungalow — where Suttner works — Cornerstone Sports Pub and Eatery (co-owned by Suttner's husband John), Ewald Kia and First Bank Financial Centre.

What Suttner is interested in correcting is the date of the final concert of the season, which is Aug. 21. She said there are fliers circulating around town with the incorrect date of Aug. 22 on them and wanted to make sure city residents had the updated information.

The final show in the Concert in the Park series will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 at the bandshell on City Beach. Up All Night, a Milwaukee area cover band, is performing.

Recognizing the sponsors

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Missing person with dementia found safe

Aug. 04, 2015 7:53 a.m. | An elderly patient with dementia wandered from a residence and was found safe thanks to the collaborative efforts of local agencies.

The Dousman Fire District responded at 7:15 p.m. to a report of an elderly patient with dementia missing from a residence in the Town of Ottawa on Aug. 3 for several hours.

The Dousman Fire District joined the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, which had been contacted about an hour earlier to conduct a search, and all three of the Dousman Fire Districts responded.

Upon arrival at the last known location of the missing individual, a unified command post was established; due to the missing individual's medical history, length of time missing, and with nightfall quickly approaching, the decision was made to launch an aggressive search in a six- mile radius of the residence.

The very large search area was on the border of the Kettle Moraine State Forest with difficult terrain including fields, heavily wooded areas, and several ponds.

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Chenequa Country Club adding paddle tennis courts

Aug. 03, 2015 3:11 p.m. | Town of Merton — Pickleball courts were added earlier this year. Next up for Chenequa Country Club: paddle tennis.

If all goes according to plan, a pair of paddle tennis courts will be ready for club members this fall — just in time for the cold weather.

That's good, because plans call for the courts to be used primarily from September through May.

Paddle tennis, also called platform tennis, combines elements of both tennis and racquetball and is played on a raised platform on a surface about half the size of a tennis court. The court is surrounded by a chicken wire-type screen that the ball can be played off of.

It's billed by the American Platform Tennis Association as the only racquet sport that players can enjoy outdoors in cold weather.

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35 local principals sign letter to Gov. Walker, legislature over less funding, local control

Aug. 03, 2015 2:58 p.m. | Nearly three dozen southern Wisconsin high school principals have taken pen to paper to convey a message to Madison that they're not happy with decisions being made that are affecting public education, including reduced state funding of schools and a decrease in local control.

A total of 35 high school principals signed the July 13 letter to Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature lamenting the "reduced power of local school boards" and a "competitive business model" they say results in the "haves and the have-nots" among the state's school districts.

"Since the onset of revenue limits in 1992, our school districts have been reducing and eliminating programs and resources," the letter states. "We are burdened by the cumulative effects of budget cuts resulting in increased class sizes, cut programs and deferred maintenance plans."

Jefferson High School principal Mark Rollefson, who spearheaded the letter-writing effort, said one reason for the principals to collaborate on a message was that most people in local communities know their principals and likely trust them.

"High school principals attend a lot of musicals, FFA events, community functions, athletic events, concerts, PT conferences, graduation and much more," Rollefson said. "As such, the community can relate to us. A letter to the Wisconsin governor and copied to legislators signed by 35 area principals may catch Madison's attention."

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Village logo and business park could get a new look, name in Mukwonago

Aug. 03, 2015 12:33 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The village of Mukwonago is looking at options to change its bear logo as well as changing the name of Gateway Business Park.

These two proposed changes were discussed at a board meeting July 21.

Village Administrator John Weidl said the village's current logo is "dated." The village, as a result, is looking to bring the logo more in line with its new online presence, Weidl said.

Karl James & Company helped design the village website — including the business development videos — and is looking at designing something that is in line with the more modern look of the website, but also pay tribute to the history.

"We're looking at the history and tradition of the logo, but it also needs to be in line with the web design," said Karl Robe, of Karl James and Company. "We want it also consistent with new business."

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Missing 13-year-old girl from Delafield returns home unharmed

Aug. 03, 2015 11:00 a.m. | City of Delafield - Tia Maney, 13, of the City of Delafield is safe and apparently unharmed in police custody, according to Police Chief Erik Kehl.

Kehl said police were notified by a family member on Monday morning that she had returned home after being missing since early Friday morning.

Kehl said police are questioning Maney about her disappearance and are awaiting her mother's arrival at the police station to take custody of the child.

Authorities have suspected that she might have been with an older boyfriend.

Closures planned, more coming along Highway 67 in Oconomowoc

Aug. 03, 2015 10:15 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — More road and freeway closures are coming as construction work progresses along Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc.

According to a state department of transportation news release, Thackeray Trail, west of Highway 67, is scheduled to close from 2 to 6 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Motorists are encouraged to use Robruck Drive as a detour to circumvent the closure, the release said.

Next Wednesday, Aug. 12, I-94 East, I-94 West and the southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 East are scheduled to close overnight from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., according to the release.

Additional closures tied to the reconstruction of the southbound Highway 67 bridge over Interstate 94 are planned and will be announced shortly, DOT staff said.

News of more closures comes on the heels of a spate of long-term closures on multiple streets adjacent to the project site. Those streets were closed to facilitate the installation of storm sewer crossings.

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Read Destination Oconomowoc special section on desktop

Aug. 03, 2015 10:13 a.m. | Oconomowoc is more than just a city; it's a destination.

That's why Lake Country Publications/Lake Country Now is proud to announce our annual Destination Oconomowoc special section

Read about local attractions like The Kiltie and City Beach playground; arts activities like the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts; dining attractions like Roots Coffeebar and Cafe, and Fiesta Cancun; shopping; and community events.

You can read the Destination Oconomowoc special section digital edition on desktop computers.

Crash on Highway P

Aug. 03, 2015 7:39 a.m. | Police located a  Waukesha County Huber inmate on work release, and his passenger,   after they fled the scene of an accident  at Highway P and McNeil Road in the Town of Ashippun.

According to information from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department, authorities were called to the scene at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 1.

 A preliminary investigation found that Robert Wiedmeyer, 27, from  Oconomowoc,  was operating a 2001 Ford truck south on Highway P when the truck traveled onto the  west shoulder and went into a counter-clockwise spin.

The truck traveled through the northbound traffic lane and into the east ditch where it vaulted and overturned, striking   several trees. Law enforcement noted that contact with the trees was 9-feet high before  falling to the ground.

Wiedmeyer, a Waukesha County Huber inmate on work release, was injured in the crash, but fled the scene on foot. A passenger in the vehicle, Ryan Uhrmann,  26, of  Oconomowoc,  sustained injuries and also fled the crash scene.

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