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Mukwonago resident directs "Marvin's Room"

March 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Deanna Strasse, of Mukwonago, is director of the Village Playhouse production of “Marvin's Room,” which will be staged seven times at its new home, Inspiration Studios, in West Allis. The play opens Friday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. Other production dates are March 22, 28, 29 and April 4 and 5 – all at 7:30 p.m. as well as a matinee on Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available by phone (414) 207-4879 or email at MarvinsRoom@villageplayhouse.org and at the door. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for students and seniors age 55 and older.

The play, written by Scott McPherson, features Marilou Davido as the main character, Bessie, who cares for her father; Marvin, played by Brad Highdudis; and her aunt, enacted by Carol Gegner. Action intensifies with bizarre family dynamics: Bessie's wayward sister, Lee, is played by Julia Snider; Lee's troubled son Hank is played by Daniel Slattery; her other son, Charlie, is played by Shawn Helton. Michael Davis is cast as the eccentric Dr. Wally, and Diana Randelzhofer as Dr. Charlotte.

This is the Village Playhouse’s first production at its new theater space, Inspiration Studios,1500 S 73rd St, West Allis. Inspiration Studios is also home to Erico’s Gallery.

Program notes say, “Deanna is ecstatic to be working on one of her favorite plays.” She dedicates her work on the show to “her wonderful sister, Dana. I have been so lucky!”

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Pourin' of the green at Friday fish fry

3:00 p.m. |  When the calendar turns to March, we all start thinking green. Green grass and green everything to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

One place to find green beer, Irish music and a fine fish fry is St. Paul’s Church in Genesee Depot.

St. Paul & Paddy Irish-themed Fish Fry will be 4:30-7:30 p.m.  Friday at St. Paul’s, S38 W31602 County Road D, Genesee Depot.

Returning this year is Fiddler Ed Paloucek, whose experience who has played all over Ireland with some of the biggest names in Celtic music. Menu includes fried and baked cod, grilled cheese, baked potato, curly fries, coleslaw, applesauce, coffee and milk. Soda and alcoholic beverages, including green beer, are available for an additional fee. Pricing is $10.50 per adult and $5 per child. Children ages 4 and under are free.

Wear green or St. Patrick clothing and you will be entered into a free drawing to win an Irish Fest gift basket filled with Irish-themed treats to celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day. All proceeds of this event will benefit St. Paul School.

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Proposed travel center rejected in Lisbon

7:50 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - After nearly 2 1/2 hours of deliberations Thursday night, the plan commission, for a second time, voted 4 to 3 to deny a conditional use permit for a proposed travel center complex at the roundabout intersection of Highways Q and 164.

The commission rejected in December by an identical vote the plans for a fueling center, convenience store, car wash and restuarant on the site that was once occupied by an banking facility. The developers asked the commission to reconsider the vote.

A majority of the commissioners argued that the project was too large for the location.

They said the traffic it would generate would pose a hazard to motorist trying to access nearby existing businesses and naviagate the roundabout.

For example, they noted, vehicles north bound on Hwy. 164 would have to pass through the roundabout and head west on Highway Q in order to access the complex.

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Arrowhead girls roll past West

March 05, 2015 9:23 p.m. | Arrowhead's 11th ranked girls basketball team turned in a brilliant second half performance Thursday night and rolled over Waukesha West in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semi-final game at Waukesha South, 40-22. The win vaults the Warhawks (20-5) into the sectional championship game Saturday at Sheboygan South against De Pere at 1 p.m. The winner of that game advances to next week's state tournament. The win was the 15th straight for Arrowhead. AHS led 17-13 at halftime and then put together a pair of 10-0 runs in the second half to turn the game into a runaway. Senior Ally May had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Warhawks. Augy Jepsen chipped in with 9 points. McKenna Vento, Grace Gilmore, Katie Hinzey and Megan Peterson also scored for AHS.

Mukwonago man killed in forklift accident

March 05, 2015 12:40 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A 52-year-old Mukwonago man was killed in an industrial accident March 4.

Kenneth J. LaChance was killed instantly when he was struck in the head in an accident involving a forklift at Waukesha Iron and Metal, 1351 E Main St.

The Waukesha Police Department was called to the scene at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Lt. Tom Wagner of the police department said the accident is under investigation and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is involved.

Waukesha bank teller charged with skimming from customers' accounts

March 05, 2015 11:56 a.m. | According to prosecutors, it didn't take long for a Dousman woman to take advantage of the teller job she got at a Waukesha bank last summer.

Within a month after Stephanie Butler began working at Waukesha State Bank in August, money began disappearing from the accounts of customers she helped, according to a criminal complaint that charges her with more than two dozen counts of theft and identity theft.

When customers made withdrawals, Butler would take out more than the requested sums and keep the difference, according to the complaint. After customers noticed discrepancies on their statements and complained, bank officials counseled Butler and began monitoring her more closely.

The bank's internal controls caught up with Butler, and she was fired by the end of September when her drawer was $1,000 short one day. But even after she left the bank, Butler used customers' accounts to pay her own bills, the complaint charges. In all, investigators think she diverted more than $21,000.

Butler used the money to pay her own credit card, utility and auto lease bills, and to buy $300 to $400 of Percocet, a narcotic painkiller. She told police she was addicted and bought the drug in Milwaukee.

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Lacrosse complex will be a topic at town of Merton meeting tonight

March 04, 2015 12:18 p.m. |  A public hearing will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at Town of Merton Hall, W314N7624 Highway 83, North Lake, WI. 53064, to consider the Conditional Use request from Arrowhead High School to construct Phase One of the request for athletic fields, which includes a lacrosse and field hockey complex.

Originally, the complex had been targeted for $2.4 million, but fundraising fell short in late January. But in February, the school board agreed to another extension (now May 13) to raise the remaining funds.

According to AHS Business Manager Steve Kopecky, the project is now slated for $1.6 million, with one turf field and one grass field. The original plan for the complex had two turf fields.

Krueger resigns from Kettle Moraine school board

March 03, 2015 11:00 p.m. | Receiving the resignation of Kettle Moraine School Board member Dennis Krueger, effective March 1, the Kettle Moraine School Board begins another search for an interim school board member.

In December, the board appointed Jim Romanowski to fill Colin Butler's spot when he moved out of the state and resigned.

Krueger served on the board for 11 years, serving as president from 2007-10, and vice president from 2006-07 and 2010-15.

Krueger filed his resignation letter with School Board President Gary Vose on Feb. 15, stating he was moving out of the district.

Ads will run in the next few weeks seeking interested candidates to fill Krueger's term, which ends in April 2016.

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Oconomowoc common council to decide next step in Fowler Lake Village lawsuit

March 03, 2015 8:56 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - City aldermen entered into closed session on March 3 during their regular Tuesday night meeting to discuss what steps the city would take regarding a recent lawsuit filed against the council.

A civil complaint was filed on Jan. 7 by an attorney representing Rockwell Development LLC and Fowler Lake Village LLC and alleged misconduct by the council when aldermen in early December chose to reject a development agreement for the controversial Fowler Lake Village condominium project.

Aldermen had not made a decision on what the city's next step might be before this article was written, but according to the council's agenda were expected to vote on a resolution disallowing the plaintiff's claim.

The city on Jan. 30 filed a legal response to allegations in Waukesha County Circuit Court categorically denying any wrongdoing in the Fowler Lake Village saga.

The lawsuit filed against the council claimed that the city acted in an "arbitrary, unreasonable and capricious manner" when it rejected the development agreement, and asserted that "the common council ... exercised its will rather than its judgment."

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Man shot on his property by Waukesha County deputy files lawsuit

March 03, 2015 3:46 p.m. | A man shot by a Waukesha County sheriff's deputy while sleeping inside his car on his own property last summer has filed a lawsuit against the county, the sheriff and the deputy who shot him.

The incident began on June 2 when Jeffrey Duvernell's girlfriend called 911, concerned about his safety. His girlfriend told police Duvernell was probably on his 10-acre property in Vernon. Three deputies searched for him and found his car in a field.

One of the deputies, Steven Lyles, later told Waukesha police and internal investigators that Duvernell ignored an order to show his hands and then raised his right hand, holding a shiny metal object that Lyles believed was a gun.

Duvernell said he had been sleeping when deputies approached the car and was reaching for the door when the deputy fired.

The gunshot struck Duvernell in the hand. Lyles, a nine-year Sheriff's Department veteran, was cleared of wrongdoing in the shooting and did not face criminal charges or internal discipline.

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Roost up and running at Lynndale Farm

March 03, 2015 1:59 p.m. |  It's been a busy month for Kristine Wright and Jane Bellante.

The co-owners of the new handmade marketplace Roost first walked into the store, which was previously the Old Lynndale Farm, in early February. By March 1, the store was open for business.

The store, at N47 W28270 Lynndale Road, has more than 50 vendors who rent space from Bellante and Wright.

"It's like a perpetual art fair or flea market where everybody kind of stocks their own booth," Bellante explained.

Bellante said Roost has vintage and handmade finds, upcycled, painted furniture and handmade furniture as well as art paintings.

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Water main break on Westover Street in Oconomowoc should be repaired by early afternoon

March 03, 2015 10:58 a.m. | Water Superintendent Scott Osborn is reporting that a water main break on Westover Street, south of Summit, should be fixed by early afternoon. A city crew is now on the scene. Osborn is asking motorists to stay away from the area due to icy road conditions.

Free GMO movie screening in East Troy

March 03, 2015 9:54 a.m. | Village of East Troy — The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will host a free movie screening of the documentary "GMO OMG."

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, at the nonprofit institute's Big Brown Barn, W2493 County Highway ES, in East Troy.

The film — directed by Jeremy Seifert and starring Dennis Kucinich — examines the relationship between genetically modified food and a father's three young children.

The movie is 90 minutes long.

Seats can be reserved online at michaelfields.org or by contacting Molly Roamer at (262) 642-3303 ext. 124 or mroamer@michaelfields.org.

Seussapalozza at OPL

March 03, 2015 8:16 a.m. |  From Toddler Story time today at 10 a.m. to tomorrow's Preschool Story time at 10:45 a.m., and children's Crafternoon from 2-4 p.m., children will enjoy  Seussapalozza at the Oconomowoc Public Library.


Read Across America Day is held every year on March 2 to commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. 

Enjoy stories, songs, and a puppet show. The events are FREE and  no registration required. Everyone is welcome to join the fun.


Going out? Plan extra time

March 03, 2015 7:32 a.m. | March has come roaring in like a lion with snow this morning, making for a messy commute. 

Roads -- even city streets -- are snow covered, and the drive is not an easy one. Motorists should plan extra time to get where they're going. 

Forecasters say the snow should ease off by this afternoon, but is expected to be followed by sleet and/or freezing rain. 

Tomorrow, look for colder temps -- in the teens. But it's Wisconsin in March, so things are looking up; it could reach mid-30s by the weekend.

Arrowhead responds to locker room criticism

March 02, 2015 2:38 p.m. |  The reactions differed, but one thing was clear: people were talking about the renovated Arrowhead girls and boys basketball locker rooms.

photo gallery and story were posted on LakeCountryNow.com on Wednesday, Feb. 25, and were immediately met with support, opposition and everything in between on social media.

Since the photos and story were released, Arrowhead has come under criticism in some cases for the locker room renovation project; district officials think there are inaccuracies being discussed on social media and in subsequent media stories.

Read our entire story here, or check out the article in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

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