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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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Hartland village board approves site, building plans for Riverwalk Apartment project

9:10 p.m. | Village of Hartland - The proposed Riverwalk Apartment project continues its glide through the village's official approval process.

The village board on Monday, Jan. 26, once again voted in favor of the development and approved the site and building plans for the project.

The vote was 6-1 in favor of approval; Trustee Ann Wallschlager cast the lone dissenting vote.

Wallschlager said she was very concerned that the project was incongruent with the kind of development the village is looking for, and once again pointed out that the number of stalls proposed for the project is insufficient according to the village code.

Developer Joe McCormick said otherwise.

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Helping children deal with grief

1:49 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Parent  Education Network  and Healing Hearts of Waukesha County are presenting a program called  “Helping Children with Grief”  from 6:30- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27,  in the OHS Little Theater.

Grief in children can occur as a result of trauma associated with death, divorce, incarceration, immigration, military deployment, abandonment and separation.  Grief is a natural and normal response to any of these traumatic events. 

Healing Hearts of Waukesha County is committed to supporting children and families experiencing grief.  Executive Director, Chris Beck, will help  participants understand how we can best support  children experiencing any of these difficult situations.  After  39  years of teaching Speech, English and Television Production in the Waukesha High Schools,  Beck volunteered as a facilitator with Healing Hearts.  This is her fourth year as a facilitator and her third year as Executive Director.   

Come meet Healing Heart's therapy dog, Noah

Make your  free reservations at http://helpingchildrengrieve.eventbrite.com   

Sussex boy, 8, dies after falling through Lake Winnebago ice

1:04 p.m. | Andrew Doro, 40, and his son Derek Doro, 8, both of Sussex, died after their vehicle fell through ice on Lake Winnebago on Sunday, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

Emergency crews were called just before 7 a.m. Sunday to the lake about two miles east of Oshkosh's Merritt St. boat landing. The operator of an all-terrain vehicle called for help after watching the vehicle fall through.

Divers from the Oshkosh Fire Department pulled Doro, who had been driving, and his son from the water. The two were taken to local hospitals, where they later died.

Hearing set for Elizabeth Kraus, charged with felony misuse of Lisbon credit cards

10:55 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - A preliminary hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court has been scheduled for Feb. 13 for former Interim Clerk/Administrator Elizabeth Kraus, who has pleaded not guilty to felony official misconduct and credit card fraud charges.

Kraus, 47, of Waukesha, is free on a $20,000 signature bond after an initial court appearance Monday, Jan. 26, that lasted less than five minutes in front of Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper.

The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office has charged Kraus with using town of Lisbon credit cards to make about $19,312 in personal purchases, including food, clothing, cosmetics, household goods and a dog.




Kraus resigned in late September during a Waukesha County Sheriff's Department investigation into the allegations prompted by a town employee who discovered Kraus had purchased more $600 in personal items on the town's Sam's Club credit card.

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Sussex man killed when Jeep goes through ice on Lake Winnebago

7:06 a.m. | Fox 6 is reporting that a Sussex man was killed when his Jeep went through the ice on Lake Winnebago. Read more here and watch for the story in this week's Sussex Sun.  

Art, drama and music on the weekend schedule

Jan. 23, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  Everyone has had some weird neighbors, someone a bit eccentric that people talk about.

But chances are none have been as strange as the two sisters in Lake Country Players’  “The Dastardly Ficus and Other Comedic Tales of Woe and Misery,” which ends Sunday. The show is a trip down Insanity Lane as neither of the sisters is playing with a full deck.  Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at www.lakecountryplayhouse.net. Tickets are $15 general seating, $18 reserved seating in first two rows. Lake Country Playhouse is located at 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. Visit www.lakecountryplayhouse.net for more information.

If you’re looking to find some original art for your home of gift-giving, check out ArtWorks Studio Clearance from 10 a.m.  to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. Artists clean out their studios, reduce the price and blow out their inventory. Admission is $5 or free with two canned food items for the Food Pantry of Waukesha. Visit www.artworkswisconsin.com for more information.

Bill Camplin will be performing at  4 p.m.  Sunday at Hawks Inn Visitor Center, 426 Wells St., Delafield.  Camplin is noted for penetrating, intensely emotional performances of both his original songs and his interpretations of others such as Bob Dylan. Winter Concert Series is presented by SummerStage and the Delafield Public Library. Admission is $10. Wine, beer and soda available for purchase. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit www.summerstageofdelafield.org for more information.

Tumble for the Troops on Saturday

Jan. 23, 2015 9:45 a.m. |  Arrowhead gymnastics hosts its annual invitational with a theme of "Tumble for the Troops" this year which gives back to Project Frontlines-Adopt a Soldier.

This year's event asks all participants and spectators to donate a needed item (candy, hygiene, snacks, magazines, cross fit gear) or financial gift. Also, $3 of each camouflage t-shirt sold will be donated to the cause.

Arrowhead Gymnastics will also be honoring parents and celebrating their seniors during the invitational.

The event begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Arrowhead High School's west gym located on North Campus.

Street plans reviewed in Delafield

Jan. 22, 2015 7:55 p.m. |  City of Delafield - About 30 residents and downtown business owners attended a public information meeting Thursday night at City Hall to review plans for the reconstruction of Genesee Street from Mill Street north to Oakwood Drive.

Construction on the half mile, $2 million project, which will include reconstruction and repairs on two bridges along with the installation of a hiking/biking path, will take most of the spring and summer of 2016.

Downtown business owners have been concerned about the impact the construction might have on business.

Representatives of a downtown business group and the Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce said they plan to beef up marketing efforts in 2016 in effort to reduce potential impact on individual businesses as well as traditional summer chamber events.

A citizens committee has recommended to city and county highway offiicials and consultants that at least one lane of traffic remain open at all times during constructions.

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Mukwonago graduation returning to Miller Park after all

Jan. 22, 2015 4:00 p.m. | After weeks of searching for a new venue for the 2015 graduation ceremony, Mukwonago High School administration is breathing a sigh of relief.

That's because the high school has found a familiar home for its graduation ceremony: Miller Park.

This came as school officials were ready to work out contracts for a new location. However, MHS Principal Jim Darin said Miller Park officials contacted him to say the concert event they were trying to book for June 7 was not going to happen.

Letters went out to all parents of seniors on Jan. 22 informing them that graduation will be held at 2 p.m. June 7 at Miller Park, the site of Mukwonago's last two graduation ceremonies.

"I'm a happy camper," Darin said.

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Deadline expires for AHS lacrosse complex

Jan. 22, 2015 11:36 a.m. |  Town of Merton — The Friday, Jan. 16, deadline for fundraising money necessary for the development of the lacrosse and field hockey complex at Arrowhead High School has come and gone.

On Tuesday night, Superintendent Craig Jefson said, "As of Jan. 16, the necessary funding had not been secured in order to allow moving forward on this project. No further determinations in this matter have been made at this time."

Read our complete story here, or check out today's Lake Country Reporter.

UW-Madison Band to perform at OHS

Jan. 21, 2015 1:31 p.m. | Get your tickets now.  The Oconomowoc High School Band Aids are excited to host the University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band in  the  Field House on Sunday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. for their “Run-Out Show” performance.

 Advance tickets are $10 and may be purchased at Piggly Wiggly, Books and Co., and the high school main office. Tickets at the door will be $12. The OHS Pep Band will provide music before the performance.

Night to Shine prom will give people with special needs a prom experience at Brooklife Church

Jan. 21, 2015 11:49 a.m. | Brooklife Church in Mukwonago was selected as one of 50 host sites for the upcoming nationwide Night to Shine prom.

The event, scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, is for people with special needs. The event will happen in 50 cities across the country simultaneously.

Erik Dellenback, the foundation's executive director, shared the vision behind Night to Shine.

"The Tim Tebow Foundation has a heart for people with special needs and to celebrate our five-year anniversary, we wanted to create a brighter day for people with special needs," Dellenback said. "Everyone should have the opportunity to experience a prom where they feel loved and welcomed and we pray this event will positively impact the lives of thousands of people across the country."

Guests will be greeted with a red carpet entrance by their very own buddy, who will serve as their host for the evening. Guests will receive VIP treatment including flowers, hair and makeup, professional photography, food, dancing, games and more. The event will also include a crowning ceremony where guests will each receive a crown or tiara.

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Oconomowoc watershed program to receive federal funding

Jan. 21, 2015 11:05 a.m. | City of Ocoonomowoc - A city proposal to improve the water quality of the many lakes and rivers in the Oconomowoc River watershed was recently selected to receive federal funding.

The program outlined in the proposal, called "Adaptive Management," was submitted by the city as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program and will be funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Adaptive Management program will coordinate the efforts of various partnering county, village, and town government agencies as well as private land owners, agricultural producers, lake management districts, and non-profit organizations to improve the overall environmental health of the Watershed.

The project will encompass an area 82,000 acres in size and 49 miles in length, which includes 17 lakes and two Class 1 trout streams, three impaired tributary streams and three lakes which have pending impaired status.

“The securing of this grant is a major step forward for our program," said Tom Steinbach, the project's director. "“We're excited to be a part of the nationwide effort to improve watersheds and look forward to water quality improvement in our area.”

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Oconomowoc common council OKs new 180 foot cell tower

Jan. 20, 2015 9:50 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The common counci on Tuesday, Jan. 20, issued a conditional use permit to US Cellular, granting the phone service provider permission to construct a new 180 foot cell tower at 1313 Second Street.

Dick Rodgers of explained that the company was proposing a new site for the tower because the company had lost its lease on the property used for the existing tower (on Reddelien Road) and had to find a site for a new tower.

He added that the new tower will have the structural capacity to allow up to three additional carriers on it, which would help support the additional wireless networks required to meet the increasing demands of various portable devices being used in the city.

The permit was approved unanimously.

City Planner Jason Gallo said the old tower on Reddelien Road will be torn down as soon as the new tower is built.

Citizens pack Sussex Village Hall meeting

Jan. 20, 2015 9:04 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - About 130 residents packed a community youth hall on Main Street on Tuesday night for a nearly two hour long public information meeting about a proposed $12 million dollar, nearly 50,000 square foot village hall.

An estimated 19 residents spoke for nearly 40 minutes, most of them opposed to the proposed design of the three story building. The opponents suggested the  design was too expensive and too large of a facility for village government.

Proponents suggested that the village board was trying to plan for the future in designing  a facility that would incorporate a number of different government functions, provide additional space for the village library, and offer a headquarters for four not for profit organizations including the local food panry.

Village President Greg Goetz told the audience the design of the building would be downsized if the  not for profit organizations were unable to find the money to pay for their share of the construction expenses.

Village officials have suggested that the four organizations would contribute a combined nearly $3 million to the construction of the project.

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