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Hartland manufacturer celebrates 20-year anniversary

April 02, 2014 12:19 p.m. |

Hartland — A wayward vehicle barreling down Cottonwood Avenue smashed into the business sign for Versevo Inc. shortly before the last holiday season.

It’s a hassle for the Hartland tool-and-die manufacturer, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in April, but founder Terry Moon is no stranger to problems.

His company has grown by leaps and bounds since it was first founded in 1994, but it took “blood, sweat, and tears.”

“I always told the story that any entrepreneur who has had great success has got a lot of bullet holes,” he said. “If it’s too easy, there is a lack of appreciation.”

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Baun remarkable again as Brown Deer downs Pewaukee

Oct. 25, 2014 12:28 a.m. | It's fair to say that the Pewaukee Pirates have had enough of Brown Deer quarterback Zack Baun and the Falcons prolific offense.

A week after accounting for nearly 400 total yards and seven touchdowns against the Pirates, Baun followed up with another superlative performance, rushing for 402 yards and six touchdowns to carry the host Falcons past Pewaukee, 49-40, in a WIAA Division 3 Level 1 playoff game Friday night.

Baun scored five touchdowns of 39 or more yards, and the Falcons needed every spectacular play from him to hold off a game Pewaukee team eager to atone for a sloppy 48-21 loss at Brown Deer that concluded the regular season.

"He's a gamer isn't he? He's that ultimate competitor," said Brown Deer head coach Rob Green of Baun. "He is always one stiff arm or one move away from breaking something, so we didn't want to take the ball out of his hands, especially in the second half. He is a tough man to deal with."

Brown Deer (8-2) attacked Pewaukee's defense on the ground from their opening drive as it piled up 630 total rushing yards. In addition to Baun's eye-popping total, Nick Coleman added 135 rushing yards on eight carries, and David Hubbard ran for 85 yards, including a 71-yard scoring dash in the first quarter.

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First playoff strike for Lightning

Oct. 25, 2014 12:20 a.m. | Greg Brazgel didn't know much, if anything, about his team's first-round playoff opponent on Oct. 24 at Waukesha North, when Lake Country Lutheran's football team suited up against Pecatonica/Argyle in the WIAA Division 6 playoffs.

He was well aware of their overall size, and once the Lightning players saw their opponent warming up during pre-game, they saw the size difference in person.

That was nothing new for Lake Country Lutheran, and after the first two series, any doubts about how LCL would handle that size had been answered.

The Lighting opened up with a one-sided 40-0 victory in Level 1.

"Honestly we took it to them on the first three plays of the game defensively," said LCL's coach Brazgel. "Then they punted, and we muffed the punt. We're back on defense, and we stopped them again. Right then, Ross Gottschalk came to me and said, 'Coach, I think we've already broken their will.'"

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Mukwonago sparkles in the mud

Oct. 24, 2014 11:51 p.m. | The playing conditions Mukwonago and Hartford faced Friday night at Keith Hensler Field were fitting for the style of play employed by both schools.

In a grind-it-out, old-school football game played in a mud pit, the host Indians rode a three-headed rushing attack and a stout defense to advance to Level 2 of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs with a 29-6 victory over the Orioles.

Mukwonago will travel to face Classic 8 rival Muskego next Friday night, a rematch that ended in a 38-6 trouncing by Muskego in the final week of the regular season.

"It was the kind of game we thought it would be," Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson said. "Hartford is awfully tough. (Hartford coach) Tom (Noennig) does a great job. Give those guys a lot of credit. They fought like crazy.

"It was a blood, guts and dirt kind of game. That's how both teams operate. We're happy, but we also have a lot of respect for Hartford."

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Turnovers turn off lights for Chargers

Oct. 24, 2014 11:17 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton had 25 minutes to talk about the play that gave the Chargers a flicker of hope Oct. 24 in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs against Waunakee. But despite Isaiah Webb's 47-yard run with 6:43 to go in the game, there wasn't enough left in the tank after the lights came back on, and Waunakee survived with a 23-16 victory to end the Chargers season at 4-6.

Hamilton, which needed three wins in the final three games of the season to reach the playoffs, came into the battle as the seventh seed against the second-seeded Warriors, one of the premier D2 programs in the state. Hamilton proved it could hang tough for the entirety of the game, but three lost fumbles loomed exceptionally large.

"We had some costly turnovers, obviously," Hamilton coach John Damato said. "Everything is magnified in the playoffs. You get that offense the ball on a short field, and more times than not, they're going to probably execute and get points. It wasn't for a lack of effort. We have good kids that did their very best tonight. Unfortunately, it just wasn't their night."

The short field came in the third quarter, when Webb lost his second fumble of the game and allowed Waunakee and run-first quarterback Troy Laufenberg to take the ball at Hamilton's 33. Three snaps later, Laufenberg rumbled into the end zone from 26 yards and put his team in charge, 23-7.

After a 25-minute delay necessitated by a bank of lights going dark, Webb took the first carry to the house and made things interesting.

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AHS football team whips Riverside, 49-12

Oct. 24, 2014 10:03 p.m. | Host Arrowhead defeated Milwaukee Riverside in a first round WIAA Division 1 playoff game Friday night, 49-12. The win vaults the Warhawks (7-3) into the second round next Friday night against Milwaukee King. AHS scored the first four times they had the ball and led 35-6 at halftime.

Keep those fall festivals coming

Oct. 24, 2014 3:00 p.m. | The fall festival season just keeps on as we near the cold and snow of winter.

Oconomowoc High School members of the German National Honor Society (Delta Epsilon Phi) are hosting Kinder Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave. Oconomowoc. The event, a celebration of German culture and cuisine, includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.

An International Food Festival/Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  Saturday at North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. You’ll be able to sample seven ethnic foods. The dinner includes German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado as well as pie and beverage. Cost is $10 adults, $9 seniors.

Everybody knows how cute our dogs look in costumes. Bring your favorite pooch dressed for the season to the Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. The event benefits the Elmbrook Humane Society. There will be judging for best pet/owner theme and best pet costumes plus  dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. Admission is a $5 donation. Call (262) 548-0923 for more information.

Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale was rained out last weekend, but organizers are hoping the weather cooperates this weekend. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. More than 30 families will be selling new and used items. It’s a fundraiser for the eighth-grade Washington D.C. trip in spring.

Construction work on WIS 16 to begin Oct. 27

Oct. 24, 2014 12:52 p.m. | Short-term lane closures will begin Monday, Oct. 27, when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation begins work on a $7.2million construction project along STH 16, from WIS 67 to I-94 in the cities of Waukesha and Oconomowoc.

The project involves repairing some deteriorating road conditions on a series of bridges and their approaching roadways, according to a news release.

Construction crews will for now focus on shoulder and temporary median work until major construction begins next year.

The DOT urges motorists to remain alert and cautious when driving through a work zone.

Republican candidates visit Mukwonago

Oct. 24, 2014 9:10 a.m. | The Repulican Party of Waukesha County will hold a Get Out and Vote Rally at  1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Mukwonago Field Park, at the intersection of Highway 83 and NN. 

Keynote speaker, US Rep. Paul Ryan, will be present along with a number of other speakers including Sen. Paul Farrow, Rep. David Craig, Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel, Steve Nass, who is an 11th District State Senate candidate, and Julian Bradley, Secretary of State candidate.

CELA beam-raising ceremony on Oct. 28

Oct. 23, 2014 9:06 p.m. |  Brian Nahey, co-founder of the Christian Education Leadership Academy, is one step closer to seeing his dream realized.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Nahey, CELA officials and partners, along with Pewaukee Mayor Scott Klein and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, will be on hand to celebrate the school's progress.

The highest beam of the school's structure, at a towering 75 feet, will be lifted into place.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held at CELA, which is north of Hwy 16 on Ryan Street in Pewaukee.

"At CELA, we are working to create a nurturing and loving environment where each student will continually learn, lead and excel," said CELA co-founder Nancy Nahey.

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Hartland Citgo cuts gas price to $2.99

Oct. 23, 2014 9:02 p.m. | Mike Badani's Harltand Citgo Village Mart is the first gas station to drop his price to $2.99 per gallon in the Lake Country. Badani dropped the price at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Referendum suggested in Delafield

Oct. 22, 2014 10:15 p.m. | City of Delafield - A city alderman who is also a member of the governing board of Lake Country Fire and Rescue has suggested a referendum be held to give city voters an opportunity to express their support for the consolidated fire department that also serves the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.

Alderman Gerald MacDougall, who made the suggestion during a three hour common council buget workshop tonight, said the referendum could serve two purposes.

He said it would give the department an opportunity to educate voters about the emergency medical and fire services it provides to the three communities.

He added the referendum, if approved, would enable the common council to exceed state imposed limits on municipal tax levies in order to fund the city's contribution to the department.

The city's share of funding department operations in 2015 is expected to increase by about $ 140,000, slightly more than 18 percent higher than in 2014.

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Kwik Trip plans hit roadblock in Mukwonago

Oct. 22, 2014 5:15 p.m. | Approval of a conditional use permit for Kwik Trip to build on the northern end of the Village of Mukwonago sits stalled by an appeal filed by attorney Dale Thorpe, representing Shell station owners Darwin and Cheryl Greenwald.

Thorpe was hired to do a legal review of the application that was made by Kwik Trip and procedures followed in that process. Concerns over technical issues in regard to the application and the process prompted filing the appeal, Thorpe told the village board on Oct. 21.

Substitute site plans, which varied from plans presented for a public hearing, resulted in procedural flaws since different plans should have called for another public hearing, but none was held, Thorpe explained.

Also, a more restrictive code zoning, as a result of between four and seven feet of the most restrictive zoning (A1) abutting the property for the proposed Kwik Trip, affects the setbacks of the second site plans for the proposed structure.

The village can do what it wants with its coding, but what the board can't do is ignore a code that is very burdensome, is very strict, but it was adopted and put on the books, Thorpe pointed out.

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Celebration of Music to fill Mukwonago church

Oct. 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. |  The 32nd annual Celebration of Music will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 2, at First Congregational Church of Mukwonago, 231 Roberts Drive (next to Field Park). 

The communitywide event is free and open to the public and features area musicians. Donations for the Mukwonago Food Pantry are encouraged. 

The Mukwonago Area Community Choir, a group of local singers conducted by John Anello, will be performing, along with several area church choirs, including St. James Catholic Church and St. Pius V.

There will be a piano trio -six hands on one piano — plus vocal comic relief by Karla Hartley and Joanne Himebauch, as well as other musical numbers. 

The final number will be a combined performance by many of the afternoon’s participants, all joining together to sing "Go Now in Peace," by Don Besig and Nancy Price. 

Hartland Born Learning Trail opens today

Oct. 22, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Village of Hartland - The newly-installed Born Learning Trail at Hartland's Castle Park is ready to use.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. tonight, Oct. 22, to celebrate the launch of the trail.

The new trail is part of a United Way in Waukesha County awareness campaign - Born Learning - underlining the importance of early childhood education. The Castle Park trail is the tenth to be built in Waukesha County.

Construction labor and materials for the trail were provided by GE Capitol. 

To RSVP for the event please call United Way in Waukesha County at (262) 547-8459, or send an email to Lori@UnitedWayWaukesha.org. 

Yoga for cancer survivors offered

Oct. 21, 2014 10:37 a.m. | ProHealth-Mukwonago campus will offer Beat Cancer Yoga from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Mondays, from Oct. 27 through Dec. 15 at the ProHealth D. N. Greenwald Center, 240 Maple Avenue.

The course is designed to provide gentle yoga for cancer survivors, their spouses, family members and friends. Participants are guided through yoga practices consisting of breathing techniques, specific yoga postures, and deep relaxation to refresh mind, body and spirit as well as improving joint mobility and muscle flexibility.

Instructor Shelley Carpenter, physical therapist and registered yoga teacher, has more than 20 years of physical therapy experience and has been a registered yoga teacher since 2006.

Cost of the class is $30 for the 8-week session. Class is limited to 16 students.

Visit ProHealthCare.org/classes to register or call (262) 928-2745.

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Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Over 30 families selling new and used items. Fundraiser for the eighth grade Washington D.C. trip this spring. www.stjerome.org/index.php.
Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest: 12-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. For Elmbrook Humane Society. Judging for best pet/owner theme, best pet costumes also dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. $5 donation (262) 548-0923.
Kinder Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25, Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc. Event is a celebration of German culture and cuisine and includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.
International Food Festival/Dinner: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. Sample seven ethnic foods. Dinner includes pie and beverage German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado. $10 adults, $9 seniors.

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