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April 10, 2014 7:28 a.m. | A true harbinger of spring has arrived!

 Waukesha County Board Chairman, Paul Decker, will kick off the official opening of the Waukesha County Park System’s 2014 golf season,  tomorrow, April 11, at  10 a.m. at Moor Downs Golf Course in Waukesha.

Delafield to get Cushing medal this week

11:38 a.m. |  City of Delafield - The Medal of Honor posthumously awarded last year by President Barack Obama to Civil War hero and Delafield native Alonzo Cushing is expected to arrive in the city this week to be put on display during Memorial Day ceremonies commemorating the 100th anniversary of a monument built in honor of Cushing and two of his brothers who also fought in the Civil War.

 Mayor Michele DeYoe announced Tuesday,  morning, May 5,  that officials of the West Point Museum notified her yesterday that the medal will be shipped to the city and is expected to arrive today or Wednesday.

Until the Memorial Day weekend celebration, the medal will be on display at the St. John's Military Academy. During the Memorial Day weekend, the medal will be on display in the common council chambers in city hall, according to the mayor.

DeYoe made the announcement  at the home of Margaret Zerwekh, the local historian who campaigned for more than 30 years to have the president, congressp and the military recognize Cushing for his heroic deeds during the Battle of Gettysburg.

Also at Zerwekh's home this morning was U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wisconsin, a LaCrosse native and civil war history buff who, according to local authorities, played an instrumental role in gaining the medal for Cushing's family.

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National Teacher Appreciation Week

10:20 a.m. |  May 4 - 8 is  National Teacher Appreciation Week - remember to thank a teacher this week for all their hard work and dedication. 

Big Delafield meetings Tuesday

May 04, 2015 11:40 p.m. |  City of Delafield - City officials are anticipating possibly a large crowd and lively debate at two meetings during the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, May 5, about a multi use biking/hiking path that is slated to be built along with the reconstruction of Genesee Street (Highway C) from Mills Street to Oakwood Road.

Residents living on the east side of the street are expected to strongly urge the committee recommend that the path be placed on the west side of the street, near where the St. John's Northwestern Military Academy is located.

The residents object to a proposal to place the path on their side of the road because of the number of trees that would have to be destroyed in order to make way for the path. In addition, in some areas the path would be running near homeowner's property lines.

However, city officials and some members of the committee have pointed out that it is less costly to locate the path on the east side of the street and most of the trees that might be destroyed as a result of the path construction are in the city right of way and not on homeowner's private property.

In addition, city officials have said they will try to avoid any older, high quality trees that are in the way.

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Village Square senior center finally approved

May 04, 2015 10:47 p.m. |  City of Delafield - It took the Common Council 15 minutes during its May 4 meeting to finally resolve nearly 15 years of debate over the Village Square shopping center.

The council uanimously approved a recommendation from the Plan Commission for the development of a 123,000 square foot, 124 unit living center that provides independent, assisted, and memory care facilities for seniors that will be located on the west side of the shopping center.

The senior living center can be built as a result of an agreement reached last week between the city and United Properties Inc., of Bloomington, Minnesota, the owners of the shopping center.

The agreement amends an out of court settlement between the city and the original developers of the shopping center that restricted the types of businesses and the heights of buildings at the shopping center.

The out of court agreement ended court battles over zoning issues that arose when the shopping center development was first proposed in 2002.

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Delafield says no to sharing county election costs

May 04, 2015 10:25 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council has unanimously decided not to help the Waukesha County Clerk's office pay for new election equipment to be purchased by the county for the city.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said the Monday, May 4,  vote was a show of support by the city to smaller neighboring municipalities who are objecting to being asked to share in the cost of the equipment.

The council voted uanimously on April 20 to contribute about $3,100 towards the purchase of about $10,000 in  new equipment.

The new equipment includes a vote tabulator and modem that automatically counts the ballots and transmits the vote totals directly to the County Clerk's office.

However since that vote, DeYoe and City Clerk Gina Gresch said they have learned about the other communities objections to being asked to help pay for the equipment.

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UPDATE: Oconomowoc Mayor to resign May 5

May 04, 2015 9:31 p.m. |  UPDATE: From City of Oconomowc Mayor Jim Daley: 

"To say that serving as the Mayor of Oconomowoc for over the past five years has been an incredible and humbling opportunity would not do justice to the honor I have been given by being allowed to serve our community.

In the past five years we have entered a unique period of transformation for Oconomowoc.  Our downtown went from a 40%  vacancy rate when I took office to being nearly 100% occupied today.   By promoting the new residential features of our downtown, not only has our tax base been benefited, but arguably more importantly we have the beginnings of a downtown population that will create the necessary foot traffic and spending patterns to allow our downtown to remain relevant for years to come.  While not everyone has agreed with these changes, it is vital in our growth as a community to move in this direction as downtown’s everywhere battle the “Big Box” retail format as well as the emerging relevance of Internet sales.  Taxes have gone down and quality of life has increased.  In short, I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a community in the past five years and think the foundation is in place for a much better future for Oconomowoc.

It is a great honor to be recognized as a community in the many, many ways we have over the past several years for the progress we have made.  Oconomowoc has become a regional and state-wide leader in setting the example for other communities to follow.  We have received a multitude of awards and recognitions too numerous to list. Governor Walker’s appointment of myself to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission is just another community-wide recognition for the progress we have made.

While I look forward to the opportunity and challenges ahead in helping Wisconsin be a better place, it would be a lie to say that I won’t miss the opportunity to serve the people of Oconomowoc directly.  I’ve never had a better job, and I will miss it terribly moving forward, but I look forward to remaining your neighbor and experiencing the bright future that Oconomowoc has in store for it."

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Waukesha man airlifted after Dousman motorcycle crash

May 04, 2015 4:29 p.m. | A 23-year-old Waukesha man was taken by emergency air transport to Aurora Summit Hospital for treatment of serious injuries after an accident that took place Monday, May 4. According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the 23-year-old was driving a motorcycle on Highway 67 when he was struck by a truck coming out of a driveway near Highway 18. There were two occupants in the truck; neither were injured. All lanes of Highway 67 south of Highway 18 were closed in both directions, for approximately two hours, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The accident remains under investigation.

Good food to eat and make at home

May 04, 2015 4:13 p.m. | There will be lotsa pasta cooking at the St. Joan of Arc Pasta Dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc School, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children and students and free for children age 3 and young. Beer and wine will be available for $3.

Host of a PBS cooking show and author of several cookbooks, Alamelu Vairavan, will present Healthy Indian Cooking with Alamelu at 1 p.m.  Saturday at the Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield. Explore, learn and taste the range of flavors found in healthy Indian cuisine. Vairavan, emphasizes easy to prepare aromatic and flavorful foods. A book signing will follow.

The Madison Area Concert Handbell Ensemble will perform at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant St., Oconomowoc. The group is one of the largest and finest handbell ensembles in Wisconsin with numerous octaves of bells and chimes. The concert is free. Call (262) 567-5001 or visitwww.splco.org for more information.

Outdoor Composting to Suit Your Site Workshop will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at NuGenesis Farm, N68 W33208 County Road K, Oconomowoc. A presentation handout, composting pamphlets from the Wisconsin DNR and weather permitting, a short outside demo and tour of NuGenesis will all be included. A $15 donation is recommended. 

Boucher steps in to complete Mukwonago supervisor term

May 04, 2015 11:36 a.m. | Lyle Boucher, a former candidate for town of Mukwonago supervisor, was appointed to complete the term of former supervisor Tom Stefanowski, during a special town board meeting on April 30.

Stefanowski was elected town chairman on April 7.

According to Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Karalewitz, Boucher was nominated by Supervisor Peter Topczewski and received votes from Karalewitz, Topczewski and Supervisor Richard Wrasman.

Supervisor Ruth Ann Nicoson nominated former supervisor James Hintz, who received only a vote from Nicoson.

Gail Yerke was also nominated to complete the term, Karalewitz said.

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New principal named at Nature Hill

May 02, 2015 12:09 p.m. | Pending approval from the School Board, the Oconomowoc Area School District has announced that  Jason Curtis, district Coordinator of Secondary Education, will become the new principal of Nature Hill Intermediate School, effective July 1. 

“As we searched for a successor to Mike O’Connor, we looked for a leader of the caliber we have come to expect at Nature Hill,” said Roger Rindo, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools. “Jason has the experience and instructional background to continue to drive excellence in all areas of the school.”

New bleachers? Shiny lockers? School challenges intensify

May 01, 2015 5:03 p.m. | It didn't take long for the video to go viral.

Arrowhead High School in Hartland had just completed new $662,000 locker rooms for its basketball teams, and posted a time-lapse look at what it billed as "the best high school locker rooms in the country."

Long tagged as the "University of Arrowhead" by those who are either jealous or critical, the school actually created locker room facilities that many colleges could not approach.

District officials defended the work, saying the old locker rooms were crumbling and a private anonymous donor had picked up more than half the cost. Superintendent Craig Jefson explained it was a sign of the times.

"Look at society," Jefson said. "They emphasize sports."

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Beautiful art blooms at Gallery Night

May 01, 2015 3:00 p.m. | Spring is in the air! And that means beautiful art is blooming in downtown Oconomowoc as they celebrate Spring Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.  

Shops will stay open late to host artists, live music and carriage rides throughout downtown.

And while it’s still only spring, the Summer Farmers Market will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the municipal lot, Cross and Collins Street, Oconomowoc. Vendors will be selling produce and other local items until noon.

Saturday is Indie Bookstore Day across the country and Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc is celebrating with a day of food, activities, live music, giveaways and a visit from book character Froggy. Stop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

While books are being celebrated, pets are the focus of the HAWS Pet Walk and K-9 Karnival from 9 a.m.  to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sussex Village Park, Main Street and Weaver Drive, Sussex. Pets and their people can walk the trails and run the agility course, watch a demo by the Waukesha County K-9 Unit, enter the raffle and participate in contests together. Pet microchips and nail trims will be available for a small donation.

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Opper confirms Kraus plea deal

May 01, 2015 11:56 a.m. |  Waukesha - Waukesha County District Attorney Susan Opper has confirmed that her office is in negotiations with a lawyer for former Lisbon Town Clerk Elizabeth Kraus over a possible plea bargain on the felony misconduct and credit card fraud charges that were filed againts her earlier this year.

According to a county sheriff''s department investigation, Kraus purchased nearly $20,000 in personal services and merchandise with town credit cards.

She made the purchases in 2014 after she had been appointed by the town board as interim clerk/administrator replacing former administrator Jeff Musche whio had resigned following an extended illness.

Opper confirmed her office has been in discussions with Kraus's attorney Marcus J. Sengstock about a possible plea agreement.

However, Opper said she could not discuss the details of the negotiations but indicated that requiring Kraus to repay the town will be included as part of any sentencing deal.

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Investigation: Family behind collapsed Falls building has a history of neglecting properties

May 01, 2015 11:34 a.m. | Menomonee Falls — Executives of the companies that own and manage the partially collapsed North Hills Plaza in Menomonee Falls have a long history of legal troubles and neglecting properties, a Menomonee Falls Now investigation has found.

North Hills Plaza is owned by 1340 East 9th Street Realty Corp. in Brooklyn, New York, whose CEO is Samuel Pinter, according to Waukesha County tax records and information from the New York Department of State. His son, Charles Pinter, is the CEO of Royale Property Management, which oversees North Hills Plaza. Together the Pinters and their affiliated companies have left a wake of rundown properties, according to court records and officials in Texas.

In 2013, unlivable conditions rife with cockroaches, toilets overflowing, spoiled food and a pool so filthy the water was black were reported in inspection reports for a Texas retirement community owned by Samuel Pinter.

A 2004 federal court lawsuit over an alleged $44 million Ponzi scheme names Samuel Pinter as a defendant, and Charles Pinter was ultimately brought into the suit, as well.

In addition, news sources have reported other incidents in which properties owned by Charles or Samuel, or both, were found to be dilapidated and unlivable.

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Oconomowoc celebrates spring with Gallery Night tonight

May 01, 2015 11:20 a.m. | The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association will sponsor its annual Spring Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1. There will be live music, silent auction, food and beverages, Hoofbeat Express wagon rides and student art displayed from Oconomowoc High School throughout the downtown area. For more information, visit www.downtownoconomowoc.org.

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