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Persistence pays off for veteran actor John Ruby

March 25, 2014 1:10 p.m. | Pewaukee native John Ruby has worked for more than 10 years in Los Angeles, carving out a career for himself as an actor in the glitzy city.

Ruby, 36, said his interest in acting developed over time — starting in Lake Country. He was a member of the Hartland North Elementary choir growing up, where he got his first taste for the stage.

“I had a choir teacher, Mrs. Wilson,” he said. “She is no longer there, but she used to give me solos, not every year, but for the Christmas shows, and that was a really exciting thing for me to be a part of.”

His mother, Gay, remembers Ruby had a fascination with magic growing up. He would be the magician, and his sister would be the sidekick.

“They called themselves Jangle and Pop,” Gay recalled.

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Practice, prepare for ACT class at Mukwonago High School

4:13 p.m. | It's first come, first served for 90 available spots for students interested in taking an extensive ACT prep class held at Mukwonago High School from 7 — 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 13, 27, and Feb. 3 — 24. A practice test will be held from 8 — 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 27.

This class comes highly recommended for students to learn test taking strategies, strengthen their abilities in the four core areas and gain confidence going into the test, according to MHS counselor Carla Brenton.

The Wisconsin Test Prep course consists of seven sessions that focus on the four ACT test subject areas and test-taking strategies. Because the curriculum uses actual ACT test problems, students gain a distinct competitive edge on test day, Brenton said in an email.

The seven-week, 16-hour course fee is $155 and covers all materials. The 16 hour course is spread over seven weeks and allows students to absorb and retain more information compared to a one-day class.

Since spots are first come, first served, early sign up is recommended.

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Man, accomplice both sentenced for stealing safe from Oconomowoc home

3:08 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Oconomowoc resident Alexander LaDue will be splitting his time during the next four months between work and jail.

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Maxwell sentenced LaDue, 20, Friday, Oct. 9 to jail with work-release privileges as a term of LaDue's three-year probation. Maxwell imposed but stayed a three-year prison term for LaDue, who last month pleaded guilty to theft of moveable property, in favor of probation.

LaDue had been accused of stealing and breaking into his parents' safe with Ixonia resident Andrew Brinsko earlier this year.

Other conditions of LaDue's probation include a ban on drugs (or related paraphernalia) and alcohol and a prohibition on contact with Brinsko. Maxwell additionally stayed two months of jail time, with work-release privileges, for LaDue that can be imposed at the discretion of LaDue's probation agent.

LaDue and Brinsko were accused of the theft in April. A criminal complaint said that LaDue arranged to steal the safe with Brinsko while LaDue's parents were on vacation. Both allegedly carried the safe out of a bedroom window and later pried it open with some friends in Watertown.

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Home garbage costs to drop $46 in Sussex

2:00 p.m. | Village of Sussex — Village officials are apparently prepared to continue the policy of the village operating its own municipal garbage collection and recycling program rather than partnering with Waukesha County.

The village board was expected to approve a low bid contract with Johns Disposal Services of Whitewater for garbage and recycling collection that would cost village homeowners $124.20 in the first year of the contract and increase to $164 per year in the fifth year of the contract.

With the new contract, each resident will receive one garbage cart and one recycling cart and residents will no longer have to sort the recyclables. All recyclable materials can be placed in the recycling cart for collection.

According to village officials, the new contract will reduce each homeowners' garbage collection cost by about $46.

The yearly garbage and recycling collection bill is included on each homeowner's real estate tax bill, although it is considered a special charge and is not part of the real estate tax payment.

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Hearing date set for man accused of killing 20-year-old girlfriend in rollover accident

1:58 p.m. | Jared Weber, the 22-year-old Milwaukee man accused of killing his 20-year-old girlfriend by intentionally crashing his car while the two of them were inside it, is free after posting his bail bonds Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will appear again in court next month, court records show.

A preliminary hearing for Weber has been scheduled for Nov. 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, but Weber is no longer in police custody after posting both a $5,000 cash bond and a $15,000 surety bond. Weber made his initial appearance Monday, Oct. 12. A judge had previously issued a bench warrant for Weber's arrest.

Weber stands accused of first-degree reckless homicide — which carries a maximum penalty upon conviction of 60 years in prison — for his alleged role in the fatal rollover accident in the village of Summit this summer that resulted in the death of his girlfriend, Crystal Matusek.

A criminal complaint says Weber and Matusek were arguing in Weber's car June 27 while driving to Weber's mother's house from a car show in Michigan when Weber steered the car across two lanes of Interstate 94 west and hit a median.

The vehicle went airborne, the complaint said, upended in midair and crossed over to the oncoming lanes of traffic on the eastbound side of I-94 where it landed on its roof. The car rolled again after sliding into the shoulder on the far side of the highway.

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Arrowhead High School to hold open house Monday, Oct. 19, at new manufacturing center

1:08 p.m. | Town of Merton — Arrowhead High School will give members of the public an opportunity to get a firsthand look at the school's new Design Engineering Manufacturing Center at an open house and dedication ceremony Monday, Oct. 19.

The open house will run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Teachers and students will provide demonstrations in the center's engineering, design, manufacturing and innovation labs.

A short recognition ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to recognize donors, original steering committee members, staff members and others involved in the $2.1 million project.

The 10,000-square-foot center, which opened at the beginning of the school year, is at 700 North Ave. on Arrowhead's South Campus.

Highway KF bridge in Pewaukee to reopen by Oct. 31

12:43 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — A heavily used bridge over Highway 16 in Pewaukee is expected to reopen by the end of the month.

The Highway KF (Ryan Street) bridge, which has been closed to traffic since June to replace the bridge deck, is expected to reopen by Oct. 31, said Wisconsin Department of Transportation spokesman Brian DeNeve.

About 9,400 vehicles a day use the bridge, according to the latest DOT figures.

Concrete pouring was scheduled to start Friday, Oct. 9, and continue this week, DeNeve said. Blacktop paving is expected to take place the week of Oct. 19. Work on guard rails, shoulders, signs and pavement marking will follow.

DeNeve said the schedule could vary depending on weather and other factors.

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Village of Mukwonago looking to break away from town's park and rec program

12:30 p.m. | The village of Mukwonago is looking to potentially break from the town of Mukwonago's recreation program and instead run its own through the Mukwonago Community Library.

The recommendation to not renew the joint park and recreation agreement was made at the first committee of the whole meeting in the village Oct. 5 and will now go before the village board.

Committee member Jim Decker said the reason they are looking to possibly cut ties is because of cost "and it was just going to escalate," he said.

Ken Werner, chairman of the village health and recreation committee, said the village pays more than $34,000 in fees to the town to be part of its recreation program.

Werner was frustrated with the village's placement in the Parks and Recreation Department 2015-16 Fall and Winter Activity Guide.

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Hartland Music celebrates 40 years in business and community

12:18 p.m. | Village of Hartland — Almost 40 years ago to the day, Larry McDonald walked into Corrao Music to start his first day of work as a music teacher.

Since then, Corrao Music has become Hartland Music, and McDonald, and his wife Ellen, have become the proprietors of the business. This weekend, Oct. 16 and Oct. 17, the McDonald's are celebrating Hartland Music's 40th anniversary and they'd like the community to come out and join them.

The festivities are scheduled to kick off 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16 with a gala at Hartland Music, 1125 James Drive.

Ellen McDonald described the event as a "big party" and said that the gala will include several performances from Hartland Music staff members, including Ellen herself who has a deep background in music.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, the McDonalds have scheduled a college fair at their store, and are bringing in representatives from several area schools with strong music departments. The fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will also feature a number of Hartland Music student recitals.

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Sussex has tax limit options

8:33 a.m. | Village of Sussex — Village officials have used a combination of economic growth and debt restructuring to avoid some of the budget restraints usually imposed on municipal governments by state mandated limits on annual tax levy increases.

Meanwhile, they are also tweaking some of their calculations in the 2016 budget that totals about $20.6 million for all funds and includes a 5.2 percent real estate tax levy increase and a 15-cent hike in the tax rate for a home with an assessed valuation of about $290,000.

A public hearing on the proposed 2016 budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 24, at the village hall.

The approximately $6.3 million levy — a $314,375 increase — pays for most of an $8.2 million general fund. It is expected to result in a tax rate from $5.16 to $5.30 per $1,000 assessed valuation.

The levy increase is likely to result in a $68.53 municipal tax increase for the typical homeowner rather than the initial estimate of $72.50.

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Substitute teachers needed at OASD

7:00 a.m. |  Do you want a flexible work schedule with no weekend hours? Do you enjoy working with students? The Oconomowoc Area School District is seeking to hire qualified substitute teachers for daily and long-term assignments. If you have a 4-year degree, you can easily become certified as a substitute teacher by attending a substitute training workshop.

Substitute teachers in the Oconomowoc School District are compensated $100 per day or $150 per day for long-term subbing.

The Oconomowoc Area School District is also accepting applications for the following areas:

• Paraprofessionals paid at $15/hr.

• Paraprofessional substitutes paid at $10/hr.

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Pink or Treat event planned

7:00 a.m. |  Pink or Treat Free Women’s Wellness Event takes place from 10 a.m. to noon   on Oct. 27 at the Center for Life Enrichment Tuesday, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Summit Aurora is serving as event cosponsor. The event will address women’s wellness with many featured exhibitors. Exhibitors include Tina Dalgren RN, OB nurse bringing current information about gynecologic health issues, Deb Hall RN and breast cancer coordinator will offer a Q & A session, Kimberly Weber NP, manager of laser and cosmetic surgery will offer free facial assessments (preregistration is required).  Also presenting will be Aurora at Home Medical and Hospice services, Pink Heals Fire Engine, Delafield Chapter, 4 Rivers Center for Well Being, and  Shorehaven’s Life @ Home Coordinator, Jamie Milaeger. 

There will also be opportunities to shop  Beads for Life sold by Silver Lake Intermediate School and Spin Gym. Refreshments and door prizes provided. Walk-ins are welcome.  Participants are invited to wear pink.  For more information call (262) 354-1375 or email jhalliburton@lho.org

Hartland-Lakeside, Merton school boards hold initial merger discussion

Oct. 12, 2015 10:33 p.m. | Village of Hartland — In the past 20 years in Wisconsin, there have been just five instances of school districts merging.

Hartland-Lakeside and Merton could make it six.

The two school boards, along with about 80 parents, teachers, and community members, learned more Monday, Oct. 12, about what would be involved in a potential consolidation of the two districts.

The two boards held a joint meeting at North Shore Middle School, the first time they've had a collective discussion on the topic.

Robert Butler, associate executive director and staff counsel for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, outlined the process for consolidation, as defined by state statutes.

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Woman accused of stealing $21,000, climbing through ceiling to steal drugs pleads guilty

Oct. 12, 2015 8:23 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Dousman resident Stephanie Butler is still waiting for one final bang of the judge's gavel before the books can close on some of her myriad legal troubles.

Butler, 30, pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court to two counts of misappropriating identification information to obtain money, and to burglary of a room within a building and possession of narcotic drugs — all felonies. She is scheduled to be sentenced for her crimes Nov. 18 by Judge Ralph Ramirez, court records say.

All the charges stem from two separate criminal cases, one of which involved Butler skimming more than $21,000 from Waukesha State Bank customers while she worked there as a teller; and the other in which Butler apparently crawled through the ceiling of an Oconomowoc Kmart to break into the store's pharmacy and steal prescription drugs.

Charges from both cases were filed almost exactly two months apart (the bank theft charges were filed first), but the plea hearings were adjudicated jointly and the date of the sentencing hearing is the same for both cases, according to online court records. All the remaining charges in both cases — there were more than two dozen of them — were dismissed but read into the court record.

Butler could be facing decades in prison and more than $50,000 in fines. And she's still facing charges in one Milwaukee County case.

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Are you OK? program to be offered in village of Eagle

Oct. 12, 2015 7:48 p.m. | Village of Eagle — The village of Eagle Police Department is getting involved in a new program called "Are You OK?" which is designed to help senior citizens or people living alone with special circumstances, according to a news release published Oct. 5.

"It's a new program for those that live alone, the elderly, or those with medical problems can sign up," said village of Eagle Sgt. Gwen Bruckner at a village of Eagle police and licensing committee meeting Oct. 1.

Bruckner said the police would check on the person every day first through a phone call.

If there was no answer, the release said an officer will be dispatched to check on them. If there is still no answer, police will call an emergency contact.

If the person still can't be reached "we will determine if forced entry is necessary to check your well being," the release states.

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Big Bend Library finds local link to Salem Witch Trials

Oct. 12, 2015 6:53 p.m. | Village of Big Bend — The Big Bend Public Library is hosting a re-enactment event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, relating to the Salem Witch Trials to which the library found a local link.

Local re-enactor Jessica Michna is putting on a performance as Goode Rebecka in "Trial by Fire: The Salem Witch Trials."

"Innocent residents of Salem, Massachusetts, were tried and many executed in perhaps the most infamous chapter in early American history," a flier for the event reads.

"It's something different from a haunted house," said Mary Jean Stein, Big Bend's outreach librarian. "Just thinking about the Salem Witch Trials is scary."

Stein discussed how a local link to the trials was found in Big Bend.

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Community Watch


» Practice, prepare for ACT class at Mukwonago High School 04:13 PM

» Man, accomplice both sentenced for stealing safe from Oconomowoc home 03:08 PM

» Home garbage costs to drop $46 in Sussex 02:00 PM

» Hearing date set for man accused of killing 20-year-old girlfriend in rollover accident 01:58 PM

» Arrowhead High School to hold open house Monday, Oct. 19, at new manufacturing center 01:08 PM

» Highway KF bridge in Pewaukee to reopen by Oct. 31 12:43 PM

» Village of Mukwonago looking to break away from town's park and rec program 12:30 PM

» Hartland Music celebrates 40 years in business and community 12:18 PM

» Sussex has tax limit options 08:33 AM

» Substitute teachers needed at OASD 07:00 AM

» Pink or Treat event planned 07:00 AM

» Hartland-Lakeside, Merton school boards hold initial merger discussion 10/12

» Woman accused of stealing $21,000, climbing through ceiling to steal drugs pleads guilty 10/12

» Are you OK? program to be offered in village of Eagle 10/12

» Big Bend Library finds local link to Salem Witch Trials 10/12

» Village of North Prairie rezones portion of park to residential 10/12

» Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt, Halloween Haunt return to Field Park in Mukwonago 10/12

» North Prairie fire chief announces retirement 10/12

» Oconomowoc's aldermanic primary scheduled for Oct. 13 10/12

» Hartland Marsh cleanup effort continues, but future uncertain 10/12

» Five places to visit in Lake Country this Halloween — if you dare 10/12

» "Can You Eat Your Way Clear of Disease?" 10/12

» Everyone's flipping out for pancakes this weekend 10/9

» Secure entrance, Discovery Lab part of improvements at Swallow School 10/9

» Pewaukee woman says trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was a 'once in a lifetime' experience 10/9

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Beth Warne Quartet: 12:30 p.m. Oct. 16, Spring Creek Church, 22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. Preshow lunch option includes homemade buffet starting at 11:30 a.m. Concert begins at 12:30 p.m. Reservations for lunch and concert required at www.springcreekonline.com, $10 concert only, $5 ages 5-17.

Fall Fun Festival: 10 a.m. Oct. 16-18, Shady Maple Farm, N56 W27476 Lisbon Road, Sussex. Features hay rides, pumpkin fields, pumpkin decorating, build your own scarecrow, hay bale play area, 5-acre corn maze, toddler corn maze, caramel apple making, concessions. www.shadymaplefarmwi.com

“I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16-17; 4 p.m. Oct. 18, Theatre on Main, W359 N5920 Brown St., Oconomowoc. $18-$22. (262) 560-0564

Hawk’s Inn Historical Museum Tours: 1 p.m. Oct. 17, Hawks Inn Visitor Center, 426 Wells St., Delafield. Tour this historical inn which is on Wisconsin Landmark on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24. Free. 

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