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More on s-l-o-w commute

March 04, 2014 8:46 a.m. |  Lake Country motorists are experiencing a  very slow ride to work and school this morning because of an overnight snow storm that has left many roads snow covered and slick.

Highway crews have been able to at least partially clear most major thoroughfares, state highways and express ways, however, many subdivision and side streets remain snow covered.

To make matters worse, many Lake Country municipalities are facing a shortage of street salt. The communities have been restricting salt applications to intersections, hills, and curves during the past several weeks in an attempt to conserve salt.

Most of the municipalities purchase their salt in bulk through either Waukesha County or the State of Wisconsin and stockpile inventories at Jones Island in the Port of Milwaukee.

Waukesha County officials are warning that the supply on the island has become depleted and new shipments of salt from Canada have not arrived because they are being delayed by the frozen waters of the Great Lakes.

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American Red Cross providing aid to Pewaukee families displaced by apartment fire

9:15 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee - American Red Cross personnel are assisting 38 people who were displaced from their homes following a fire at an apartment complex at 1302 Sunnyridge Road. 

Pewaukee Police Department staff confirmed Friday morning, Sept. 4 that there was a fire at the apartment complex, but the cause and other details about the blaze remain unknown. 

A message seeking comment from Pewaukee Fire Chief Kevin Bierce was not immediately returned Friday morning.

The Red Cross issued a press release around 4:38 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4 announcing their involvement in the incident. The release said Red Cross personnel are meeting one-on-one with the individuals and families displaced by the fire to help meet their immediate needs.

No other information was immediately available. 

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Apartment fire displaces about 30 in Pewaukee

5:48 a.m. | The American Red Cross is assisting about 30 residents displaced in a fire at an eight-unit apartment building at 1302 Sunnyridge Road in Pewaukee.

Check back to JSOnline for updates to this story.

University Lake School sees increase in new students

Sept. 03, 2015 2:33 p.m. | Delafield — Things looked a bit different at University Lake School on the first day of school.

There were more students.

A total of 59 new students showed up for class on the first day of school this year, the largest opening-day enrollment growth in over a decade, said ULS Marketing Director Jennifer Becker.

Overall, enrollment at the school is up from 250 to 280, an increase of 12 percent.

The news comes as some Lake Country school districts, like Hartland-Lakeside and Merton, are seeing student numbers sag while others, like Hamilton, are experiencing enrollment jumps.

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Work under I-43 on Evergreen Drive to begin Sept. 8

Sept. 03, 2015 12:13 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is scheduled to start work on a short segment of Evergreen Drive under I-43 beginning Sept. 8 according to a news release from the DOT.

The $260,000 project will extend about 100 feet north and south of the overpass, according to the release. It stated Evergreen Drive will be closed at those projected points during construction which is expected to be completed this fall, weather permitting.

The contractor, Musson Brothers, Inc., will be installing new asphaltic pavement, improved drainage systems, and implementation of a roadside guardrail. "Currently there is a lack of permanent pier protection under these I-43 structures," it stated in the release. This rail will provide that protection for the I-43 bridges.

In addition, the release said the project enhances safety by installing crash worthy energy absorbing terminals to the ends of the guardrail.

More information about the project can be found at the 511 Wisconsin Construction Projects website.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Just how much of a chance do the Wisconsin Badgers have?

Sept. 03, 2015 12:00 p.m. | JP and JR discuss the upcoming Wisconsin-Alabama game and ponder if the Badgers have a chance to shock the college football universe, plus a boatload of reaction to the second week of the football season, including big wins for Catholic Memorial and Franklin.

Mukwonago opposes median closure at Highway 83 and Arrowhead Drive

Sept. 03, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago President Fred Winchowky voiced Village Board opposition to the proposal from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to close the Highway 83 median at Arrowhead Drive at a board meeting, Sept. 1.

The DOT has issued a letter to the village informing them they want a traffic signal installed at the intersection of Highway 83 and Wolf Run and for the median opening at Arrowhead drive to be closed.

The village instead recommends the DOT reconsider its position for a two-lane roundabout rather than a traffic signal at the Highway 83 and Wolf Run intersection.

"This option was validated by the Traffic Impact Analysis prepared at the request of the village, which has previously been submitted to the Department of Transportation," it said in the resolution. It continues, saying that doing so would eliminate the need to close the median at Arrowhead Drive.

In a resolution from the village, it states that "the Village Board is concerned that the closure of the median cut at Arrowhead Drive will have significant adverse consequences without evidence of material benefit to the functioning of (Highway 83) and Wolf Run intersection."

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Pewaukee village trustees to explore finance director position

Sept. 03, 2015 11:18 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Elected officials are now looking at a different alternative to address the village's vacant clerk-treasurer position.

The proposal, as put forward by Trustee Tom Calder, would involve creating a new position of finance director and having a separate employee handle the duties of clerk and assistant treasurer.

Calder said other municipalities in the area have similar setups. He said the new position could be "paid for easily" from money the village is currently using for its audit process.

"I think a lot of the work that's done in our audit process could be done internally with a finance director," Calder said. "We'll probably end up having to pay more total for the two positions, but I think it would be an overall savings."

Trustees discussed the merits of the idea Tuesday, Sept. 1, and agreed the proposal is worthy of further review.

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Updated week three rankings of area prep football teams and players

Sept. 03, 2015 10:20 a.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.

Oconomowoc road closure planned for next week

Sept. 03, 2015 10:01 a.m. | Returning from the holiday weekend, Oconomowoc motorists should be aware of an upcoming road closure.

CP Rail will be making needed repairs at the railroad crossing on Cross Street starting Tuesday, Sept. 8 - Friday, Sept. 11,. Cross Street will be closed from Summit Avenue to Collins Street.

Wales trash pickup Labor Day schedule change

Sept. 03, 2015 9:13 a.m. | Trash pickup next week will be Thursday, Sept. 10 because of the Labor Day holiday, according to a release from village of Wales Deputy Clerk Pauline Wigderson.

Wigderson also mentioned in the release that the first yard waste pickup for fall would be Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Annual bluegrass festival comes to East Troy

Sept. 02, 2015 4:03 p.m. | The East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual two-day bluegrass festival on Saturday, Sept. 12 and Sunday, Sept. 13 on the historic East Troy Square. The festival runs from 10 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. each day.

Weekend wristbands are $5 per person. Children 15 and younger are admitted free. Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs.

In addition to the musical entertainment, other festival highlights include a popular food court with local fare and a marketplace featuring local crafters, artisans and farmers market vendors.

The rain location is East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave.

For more information, contact event sponsor, the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, at (262) 642-3770 or vanessa@easttroywi.org or visit the website at www.easttroybluegrass.com.

Section of trail now named the 'Mickle Mile'

Sept. 02, 2015 8:48 a.m. | Village of Wales —Dean Mickle walked in to the village hall one day, as was his usual and almost daily custom, to inform village officials about the current condition of the Glacial Drumlin Trail.

"I like to visit with the girls," Mickle said.

This visit was different, however; as he was told that his presence was due at the village hall last month. He was also told to bring his wife. He was not told why.

On the agenda for the board meeting was a presentation of a proclamation for Mickle. It named the section of trail between Highway 83 and the Village Hall the "Mickle Mile" for his help monitoring and maintaining the trail.

Mickle said the name was "kinda cute." He said that the proclamation was a total surprise, though he'd joked with officials about naming a section of the trail.

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Town board likely to fill Duchow vacancy

Sept. 02, 2015 8:08 a.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town Chairman Larry Krause says its likely that the town board will appoint someone to fill the vacancy created on the board after Supervisor Cindi Duchow resigns.

Duchow is virtually assured of being elected to the state Assembly later this month after she won a four candidate Republican primary contest Tuesday night.

So far, there is no opponent to challenge Duchow in a Sept 29 special election to fill the Assembly vacancy created when Chris Kapenga was elected to the state senate to succeed Paul Farrow who was elected Waukesha County Executive in April.

Krause said he will confer with town attorney Eric Larson to determine what alternatives are available to the to town board after Duchow resigns to assume her new office.

However, Krause believes that according to state law the board will have to appoint someone rather than call a special election since Duchow is likely to resign with only about eight months remaining in her term as town supervisor which expires in April of 2016.

Duchow wins primary for 99th state Assembly seat

Sept. 01, 2015 10:43 p.m. | Election results are in. Delafield Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow will likely be the new representative for the 99th State Assembly District.

Duchow battled three other Republican candidates — Delafield residents Spencer Zimmerman and David Westlake and Dousman native Scott Owens — in the Sept. 1 primary election. Since there are no Democratic candidates for the seat, the winner of the primary election is all but a shoe-in to become the district's next conservative representative after the general election later this month.

The 99th District covers Chenequa, Hartland, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Delafield, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa and North Prairie — all of which are heavily Republican.

According to unofficial election figures, Duchow secured 1,341 votes, or about 40 percent, of 3,336 total ballots. She edged out Westlake, the next highest vote collector, who had 1,099 votes, roughly 33 percent of the total. Westlake was followed by Owens with 737 votes and Zimmerman with 146 votes.

Fewer taxes, more jobs

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Cindi Duchow wins Waukesha County Republican Assembly primary

Sept. 01, 2015 10:18 p.m. | Town of Delafield Supervisor Cindi Duchow defeated three other Republicans in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

Unofficial results showed Duchow tallied 1,341 votes in the race to fill the seat formerly held by Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga, who was elected to the 33rd District Senate seat in a July special election. Kapenga replaced former state Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee), who was elected Waukesha County executive in April.

Dave Westlake, 41, of Hartland, founder and president of ATLAS, an asset management software business, received 1,099 votes; Scott Owens, 50, of the Town of Genesee, owner of an American Family Insurance agency in Brookfield, received 737 votes; and Spencer Zimmerman of Delafield, a chauffeur for a limousine service, received 146 votes.

Duchow, the only candidate in the race ever elected to public office, 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.

She was elected Town of Delafield supervisor in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

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