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Morning commute: S-L-O-W

March 04, 2014 7:30 a.m. | The weather has once again played havoc with the roads, leading to an extremely slow commute this morning, with several accidents reported throughout the Metro area.

One car is in the ditch near Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, and eastbound traffic on Highway 16 is backed up past the exit to Main Street.

Motorists should plan extra time for their commute this morning.

Keep small propane cylinders out of curbside recycling containers

July 02, 2015 12:17 p.m. | Over the last several weeks, workers at the Waukesha County/City of Milwaukee Materials Recycling Facility have removed many small propane cylinders from the recyclables. There are concerns that this problem will continue to increase throughout the summer months, according to a new release from  the Waukesha County Department of Parks and Land Use.

Waukesha County and the recycling facility operator, ReCommunity Recycling, ask residents not to place propane cylinders in their curbside recycling container.

Propane cylinders pose a very serious risk to workers because during the baling process materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form large bales for shipping. Even when the cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.

“The operator strives to maintain a safe working environment for all employees at the recycling facility. We want residents to understand that certain items such as propane cylinders cannot be recycled in their recycling container due to the potential hazard to workers and equipment. They need to be specially handled by companies that sell these products,” stated Rebecca Mattano, Waukesha County Recycling and Solid Waste Supervisor.

Propane tank/cylinder manufacturers recommend consumers return unusable propane tanks to a local distributor. Check for the 'manufacturer's tag' as a source of contact/disposal information.

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Murder case for Summit resident Shawn Witt prolonged again

July 02, 2015 11:10 a.m. | City of Waukesha — An attorney for accused murderer and village of Summit resident Shawn Witt continues to argue for the dismissal of evidence against her client, which she says was illegally obtained.

A hearing on the defense's motion to suppress statements made by Witt resumed July 1, but again ended after several hours of cross-examination without a ruling from Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren, according to online court records.

Two detectives, one of them retired, were questioned during the hearing about Witt's police interview, court records show.

Witt's attorney, Donna Kuchler, suggested that her client was impaired when he agreed to speak with officers and allegedly confessed to shooting his 60-year-old father to death. As a result, his statements could be deemed involuntary and should be dismissed, Kuchler argued.

A criminal complaint says Witt admitted to getting high with two friends shortly before he was arrested for killing his father.

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Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society seeks Hamilton yearbooks

July 02, 2015 10:58 a.m. | The Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society is looking for the donation of Hamilton High School annuals (yearbooks).

In its research library, it has all of the annuals from 1964-90, but to complete the collection, it needs 1991, 1992, 1993 and then from 1995 onward.

The early collection pieces are often asked for and reviewed by visitors, especially former students. The museum doesn't let them be checked out, but researchers can use desks to examine them and specific pages can be photocopied.

If the copies that a donor wants to donate have signatures, all the better. The SLAHS would even like the donor to sign them.

To donate, contact curator Fred Keller at (262) 246-3603. The museum will have a donation form that will be filled out, with one copy going to the donor and the other for the museum archives.

Vernon Lutheran Church hosts local garden tours

July 02, 2015 8:00 a.m. | The sixth annual Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church garden tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 11.

This year’s tour includes a feature garden in Asian style of 700 hostas and 40 species of mosses with three water features. This garden will be included in a soon to be released book entitled "Magical World of Moss Gardening" by Annie Martin. 

Those with smaller yards can be inspired by the next garden centered around a backyard pergola, fire pit and gas fireplace. A short drive to North Prairie will take participants to an annual and perennial garden on the Broadlands golf course. 

Continuing on is a six acre property with an art studio where a Koi pond is a year round inspiration. 

Tickets are $8 and will be available on the day of the walk at the church, S90 W27550 National Ave, Mukwonago. 

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Hamilton classes of 60s and 70s invited to reunion Aug. 8

July 01, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Following an extremely successful reunion for the Hamilton High School classes of the 1960s and 1970s last summer, the committee who the affair last year have decided to have an encore reunion for people who range in age from 54 to 68 from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sussex Village Park.

The reunion committee is headed up by Mike Hyland, Mike Paradies and Sue Rusteika.

Tickets will cost $15 per person in advance or $20 per person on the day of the event and include food, music, door prizes and two coupons for beer, soda or water.

The event is aimed toward the classes of 1965-79, but Paradies, the lead organizer, said, "Anyone who placed a book in a locker or taught a class at Hamilton is welcome to attend. In fact, teachers are encouraged to attend at no charge, and the picnic is open to anyone else who buys a ticket."

This year, the event will include a custom car and bike show, with classmates displaying their refurbished vehicles.

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Mukwonago theater group presents 'Taming of the Shrew'

July 01, 2015 3:04 p.m. | The Off-Book Players, a Mukwonago area theater group, will present William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" July 30 through Aug. 1, at Sunset Playhouse's Studio Theatre, 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. All performances will take place at Sunset Playhouse's Studio Theatre in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (262) 409-7245 or visiting offbookplayers.weebly.com. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors with ID, and $15 otherwise. Thursday, July 30 will be a pay-what-you-can night.

Deanna Strasse, Mukwonago area playwright, actress, and general manager of the Off-Book Players, will direct the production.

"The Taming of the Shrew" remains one of Shakespeare's best-known — and controversial — comedies, due to its take on male and female dynamics. Strasse offers a fresh take on the story by setting it in the 1950s, mimicking the fun "battle-of-the-sexes" comedy film from eras past.

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Therapeutic riding lesson volunteers needed in Eagle

July 01, 2015 1:25 p.m. | Horse Power Healing Center, Inc., S101 W34628 Highway LO, Eagle, is in need of volunteers to help offer therapeutic riding lessons. A volunteer training will be held from 6 to7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, weather permitting. 

Two people are needed for each lesson to walk alongside the horse and a person to lead the horse. Volunteers are also needed to help get the horses ready for lessons. 

Knowledge of children and adults with special needs or horses is not necessary to begin volunteering. Horse Power Healing Center will provide training in the necessary safety practices and skill needed. 

Help is also needed in areas such as office work, marketing, fundraising, facility maintenance, and other special projects. 

Those interested who cannot make the training session are asked to contact the center at (262) 594-3667 to make special arrangements. 

Six applicants for Oconomowoc mayor seat

July 01, 2015 11:28 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The number of applicants for city's iterim mayor seat has climbed to six.

City Clerk Diane Coenen said Wednesday, July 1, that three more names — Joseph Agathen, James Larsen and Daniel Brezgel — had been added to the applicant pool by the June 30 submission deadline.

Agathen, Larsen and Brezgel join David Nold, Charlie Shaw and Kevin Ellis as potential candidates.

The common council voted earlier this month to interview candidates and appoint an interim mayor at the council's July 21 meeting. Aldermen were given a choice of how to fill the mayoral seat — by appointment or special election — following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The council also had the option to leave the seat vacant until the next election cycle. Aldermen will not formally review the applications until after the July 7 council meeting.

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FPWWC in need of items

July 01, 2015 10:29 a.m. |  Family Promise of Western Waukesha County, an organization that helps homeless children and their families, is in need of items for its mission.

FPWWC is asking for:

Toiletries for adults:   full size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, brushes, combs, hair ties, men and women's deodorant, men and women's razors, and shaving cream.

Liquid fabric softener and laundry detergent: At  the Family Promise Center families  do their laundry with  a HE washer and dryer.  FPWWC is in need of HE -friendly laundry detergent and liquid fabric softener.  If you would like to donate regular/non HE laundry detergent and fabric softener,  FPWWC can donate it families when they graduate the program.

Printer Paper: For use in the office as well as for the guest families so they can print off paperwork, job applications, and apartment searches.

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Mukwonago school district selects construction manager

July 01, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Mukwonago Area School District- The Mukwonago Area School District (MASD) administration and school board announced the selection of CG Schmidt as the construction manager for the facility planning process. The selection process was led by the district and board.

The decision to hire CG Schmidt was finalized at the June 22 board meeting by unanimous approval.

CG Schmidt and Bray Architects will work together to engage the district and find the most cost-effective facility solutions to improve the high school.

"We looked at six of the best school Construction Managers in the state and CG Schmidt stood out as the best choice. The fees were very competitive among the qualified firms due to the nature of the project and the District's commitment to fiscal prudence," commented Curt Wiebelhaus, District Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.

"CG Schmidt came highly recommended by other district superintendents throughout the state for their outstanding pre-referendum and construction management services," added MASD Superintendent Shawn McNulty.

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Portions of Lake Country bike trail open in time for July 4 weekend

June 30, 2015 5:28 p.m. | A portion of the Lake Country Bicycle Trail, from Bleeker Street in the city of Delafield to Maple Avenue in the town of Delafield, has reopened after  construction, according to a news release from the American Transmission Company.

ATC has been working on various portions of the trail since last August when the company announced it would be removing and replacing high-voltage transmission poles and wires along the trail as part of a larger effort called the Quad County Electric Reliability Project.

Since that time, sections of the trail, which spans more than 50 miles, have been closed to accommodate the construction.

According to the project website, the portion of the trail between Oconomowoc and Maple Avenue in Delafield is open to the public.

Another large portion from Glen Cove Road to the trail head at Golf Road and east over I-94, will remain closed throughout the summer.

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Aldi moving in to Mukwonago

June 30, 2015 11:33 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Aldi is planning to build a grocery store at the corner of Highway 83 and Wolf Run in a move that Village Administrator John Weidl calls "10 years in the making."

Weidl said Aldi is applying for demolition and building permits since the joint review board approved the amended plan.

The site is where the current Urban Herriges and Sons building is located — about 14,000 square feet.

Weidl said the village is supplying a grant of $250,000 toward the project.

"Aldi has been looking to break into the community for a long time," Weidl said.

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Five years later, Eagle remembers the tornado that ripped through community

June 30, 2015 9:25 a.m. | For some, the images haven't faded away.

Five years won't wipe away the destruction that was seen.

That's why June 21, 2010 will always be etched in the memories of people around here.

"It feels like it was only maybe six months ago," said then-Eagle Deputy Fire Chief (and current firefighter) Dave Rockteacher, referring to the devastating tornadoes that wreaked disaster on Eagle, Big Bend and Muskego. "Neighboring departments, about 17 I think, came in to go over the area and make sure everyone was accounted for. They were here for days."

Rockteacher said The Salvation Army, Red Cross and church groups all supported the effort.

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OAC Open House set for July 11

June 30, 2015 7:55 a.m. |   To celebrate the Oconomowoc Art Center's seventh season, the community is invited to the annual Open House from 6 to 8 p.m.on Saturday, July 11.

 Sponsored by Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly, the free event will offer live entertainment, tours of the arts center, complimentary food and beverages and more.

 The OAC Box Office will also be open during the open house. Guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of valuable and money saving discounts on early ticket purchases.

OHS theater director, Tom Klubertanz and Andy Zietlow will perform with acoustic-electric folk renditions of contemporary pop and rock favorites on the Tri-Clubs Plaza outdoor patio. The OAC will also serve up free brats, burgers and hot dogs, thanks to Fox Brother's Piggly Wiggly.

  A variety of arts, community and school organizations will also be on hand in the OAC lobby with info. and demonstrations. The Lake Country Community Orchestra, 5678 Dance Studio, MainStage Academy of Dance and To the Pointe Performing Arts Studio will offer performances throughout the evening on the OAC's Main Stage.   For more information, call The OAC Box Office at (262) 560-3172 or visit www.theOAC.net.

Enrollment varies across Arrowhead feeder districts

June 29, 2015 4:31 p.m. | One of the K-8 feeder districts to Arrowhead High School will be exploring the option of consolidating with another district as a way to cut costs, but it's not immediately clear if it will have any takers.

Facing falling revenues because of declining enrollment and decreased state aid, the Hartland-Lakeside School Board voted June 22 to explore the feasibility of several cost-saving options, including closing one of its two elementary buildings or merging with another district.

Enrollment at Hartland-Lakeside has dropped 15 percent over the past five years — from 1,365 students in 2010-2011 to 1,159 in 2014-2015, according to figures from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The gap widens if you look back further and include projections for the coming year; Hartland-Lakeside had about 1,400 students in 2006 and is projecting to be around 1,100 in 2015-2016, according to information from the district.

Hartland-Lakeside Superintendent Glenn Schilling said the latest revenue projections indicate the district will face "extensive deficits" in 2016-17, which will increase "drastically" the following two years. To maintain the district's financial obligations, Schilling said it will be necessary to reduce staff, increase class sizes, reduce supportive services and limit professional development and technology resources.

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Community Watch


» Keep small propane cylinders out of curbside recycling containers 7/2

» Murder case for Summit resident Shawn Witt prolonged again 7/2

» Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society seeks Hamilton yearbooks 7/2

»  Vernon Lutheran Church hosts local garden tours 7/2

» Hamilton classes of 60s and 70s invited to reunion Aug. 8 7/1

» Mukwonago theater group presents 'Taming of the Shrew' 7/1

» Therapeutic riding lesson volunteers needed in Eagle 7/1

» Six applicants for Oconomowoc mayor seat 7/1

» FPWWC in need of items 7/1

» Mukwonago school district selects construction manager 7/1

» Portions of Lake Country bike trail open in time for July 4 weekend 6/30

» Aldi moving in to Mukwonago 6/30

» Five years later, Eagle remembers the tornado that ripped through community Updated:  6/30

» OAC Open House set for July 11 6/30

» Enrollment varies across Arrowhead feeder districts 6/29

» Big Bend man charged with murder being extradited to Missouri 6/29

» Tickets on sale now for Festival Week boat tours 6/29

» Judge: Former Lisbon Clerk Kraus owes town more than $26,000 6/29

» Mukwonago Baptist Church brings mountains of fun with vacation bible school 6/29

» Lodi woman dies in weekend crash in Summit 6/29

» Lodi woman killed in Waukesha County single-vehicle crash 6/28

» KM Forest dam fails in Eagle 6/26

» Celebrate Lake Country's waterways 6/26

» Walk through inflatable heart exhibit at D.N.Greenwald Center 6/26

» East Troy Community Band hosts polka band for June 25 summer concert 6/25

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Delafield Contra Dance: 8 p.m. July 3, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Friday July 3 to Sunday July 5. Two bands and two callers starting Friday evening at 8 p.m. Visit www.delafieldcontra.com, email paulsonpam@gmail.com or call (608) 697-4021.

Concerts in the Park: 7:30 p.m. July 3, Rhodee Memorial Band Shell, City Beach, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc. Free live music in the band shell. www.oconomowoc-wi.gov

14th Annual Car Show: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave., East Troy. Includes vendor alley, 50/50 raffle, gift bags, food, music. Sponsored by Kettle Moraine Classic Car Club and East Troy Lions Club. (920) 563-4003


Sussex Farmers Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 5, Armory Park, W239 N5664 Maple Ave, Sussex. Locally grown fruits and vegetables plus eggs, meat, honey, fresh flowers, soaps and candles.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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