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Pewaukee boys win, move to sectional final

March 06, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Pewaukee's boys basketball team made 6 of 8 three-pointers in the first quarter Thursday night as they ended the Milwaukee Bradley Tech season in a first round WIAA Division 2 sectional game at Greenfield, 66-50.

By winning, the Pirates (18-7) will play in the sectional championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brookfield Central against Wisconsin Lutheran.

PHS led 24-10 after the first period and never trailed.

Will Olewinski fired in 13 points to lead the Pirates. Others chipping in on offense were Evan Hansen with 12, John Conroy 10, Steve McGowan 9 and Eric Lutzen 8. Lutzen also had 7 blocked shots.

Lisbon fueling center approved

Aug. 31, 2015 10:17 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - A specially convened review board has unanimously agreed to allow a controversial fueling center, convenience store and drive through restuarant development  to be constructed near the roundabout intersection of Hwys. 164 and Q.

However, the review panel included about a half dozen conditions that Wexford Heights development company of Germantown must meet in order to recieve a conditional use permit for the development southwest of the roundabout on property where an abandoned Associated Bankb branch is located.

Included in the conditions are the elimination of a proposed two bay car wash, restrictions on the size of the private well used in the development and restrictions on turning movements for delivery and semi trucks exiting the development onto Hwy. 164.

Daniel Kelly, attorney for the development company, said his clients are willing to accept the conditions imposed by the review panel and will drop a lawsuit they had filed against the Town of Lisbon after the plan commission twice rejected the proposed development.

The administrative review of the commission's decision conducted by four members of the town board and the chairman of the town zoning board of appeals was ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer in an effort to reach an out of court resolution of the zoning dispute.

Eaton Corp. to cut 83 jobs at Pewaukee facility

Aug. 31, 2015 5:02 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The shutdown of a product line at Eaton Corporation’s Pewaukee facility will result in the loss of 83 jobs.

The facility at 1045 Hickory St. will permanently discontinue its molded rubber products line, according to a mass layoff notice filed with the Department of Workforce Development.

The company expects to begin eliminating positions October 30 and continue in phases until the complete cessation of the molded rubber products manufacturing on December 31, according to the notice.

The Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Development Board and DWD Dislocated Worker Program will provide assistance to the affected workers. 

Winckler leaving OASD

Aug. 31, 2015 4:02 p.m. |  Kate Winckler, director of communications and marketing for the Oconomowoc Area School District, has accepted a new post with the New Berlin School District. 

Winckler's last day at OASD will be Sept.9; she will assume her role at New Berlin on Sept. 16. The Oconomowoc Area School District will begin the process to  search for Winckler's replacement immediately. 

Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14

Aug. 31, 2015 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

Aug. 31, 2015 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

Aug. 31, 2015 10:53 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The village of Mukwonago board passed both the developer's agreement and the storm water maintenance agreement for the 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.

Weidl said it's hard to say what that fourth phase entails. He said the area 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," Winchowky said. "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

Aug. 31, 2015 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. to 5 p.m. and the second week we go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.," said director Emma Angoli. "We start each day off with a run and P/T (physical training) to ensure that students are physically able to perform the shows. 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's show this year was written with the community in mind, Angoli said.

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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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