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Communities net $1.2 million rebate from Waukesha County recycling

April 21, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Waukesha County residents recycled enough waste containers and paper in 2013 to cover an entire football field to a depth of 22 feet, about the height of a two-story building.

The recyclables were collected by 25 municipalities, and they will split more than $1.2 million from sales of the material to help offset their costs of the service, county solid waste supervisor Rebecca Mattano said Monday. Waukesha County has paid out more than $12.1 million to the municipalities since 2001.

The 25 communities spent $3 million to collect and haul plastics, glass, metal and paper in 2013, so the county payments will cover a little more than one-third of the total costs, according to Dale Shaver, director of the county Parks and Land Use Department.

"That's true tax relief," Shaver said. A dozen other municipalities do not participate in the county program.

The City of Waukesha, the county's most populous community, will get a check in the amount of $297,518 for its share of the revenue. The City of Brookfield will receive $212,634.

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New twist in "Porn in the Morn"

Former AHS athlete Sweitzer dies

10:49 a.m. | Former Arrowhead High School standout football player and hockey player Colton Sweitzer passed away Friday night at his home.

Cause of his death was unknown. He was 21 years old.

After graduating from Arrowhead, he went to UW-Whitewater and played football there. He later transferred to Carroll University in Waukesha.

His funeral is planned for Friday.

Federal agents arrest former foreclosure king Todd Brunner

9:35 a.m. | Federal agents arrested Todd Brunner, the one-time king of foreclosures, early Monday morning on fraud and bankruptcy charges.

Heavily armed U.S. marshals broke down the front door of Brunner's spacious Pewaukee home after repeatedly banging on the door and shouting "U.S. marshals. We have a warrant. Open the door or we are going to kick it in."

U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph issued the warrant on Friday after a federal prosecutor told her that Brunner, 57, and his 24-year-old son, Shawn, were avoiding service of a summons ordering them to appear in court last Friday.

When marshals, assisted by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Pewaukee police and the FBI, entered the home, Brunner's wife, Sharon Brunner, asked why they were there. Told they had a warrant for the arrest of her husband and son, she said: "He didn't know he was supposed to be in court on Friday."

During the raid, which started at about 6:45 a.m., authorities handcuffed Sharon Brunner and the couple's daughter because they offered "passive resistance" while police were searching the two story home for Todd and Shawn Brunner. The two men surrendered peacefully and were brought out of the home at about 7:30 a.m.

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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Area football teams play Friday night

Oct. 18, 2014 2:40 p.m. | Five Lake Country area football teams will play in the opening round Friday night (Oct. 24) of the WIAA postseason playoffs.

Arrowhead (No. 1 seed) will host Milwaukee Riverside (No. 8) at 7 p.m. in Division 1 and Pewaukee (No. 5) will play at host  Brown Deer (No. 4) at 7 p.m. in Division 3.

Lake Country Lutheran (No. 2) will host Pecatonica/Argyle (No. 7) at Kettle Moraine in a Division 6 game at 7 p.m.

Mukwonago (No. 3) will host Hartford (No. 6) in a Division 1 game on Friday at 7 p.m.

In Division 2, Sussex Hamilton (No. 7) faces off against Waunakee (No. 2) at 7 p.m. Friday.

Arrowhead's Kolbow second at state tennis meet

Oct. 18, 2014 2:25 p.m. | Arrowhead senior Emily Kolbow finished second at the WIAA Division 1 state girls tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison Saturday. She lost in the championship match to defending state champion  Lexi Keberle of West Bend East, 6-0, 6-3.

Kolbow finished third, third and second at the state meet the last three years.

The second-place finish is the highest in school history by a girls player.

Arrowhead's top doubles team of juniors Kali Flesch and Sara Geschke placed fourth in doubles, the highest doubles finish in school history for a girls team.

Chilly weather means it's time for chili

Oct. 17, 2014 3:00 p.m. | When the weather gets chilly, it’s chili season. Nothing tastes better on a cool fall day than a piping hot bowl of tasty chili.

Try the classic Band Aids Chili, prepared by Oconomowoc High School Band Parents Organization as part of Senior Night festivities. Dinner will be served in the Oconomowoc High School Cafeteria from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday leading up to the last home football game of the year. Besides chili, a hearty offering that the Band Aids have served since the 1970s, you’ll get add ins and toppings, choice of beverage and cookie. A vegetarian option will also be available. Tickets are $6 in advance for adults and $3 for students/children.

Advanced tickets available at the Books and Company in Whitman Park and the Piggly Wiggly. Limited tickets will be available at the door.

For more information email ohsbandaids @gmail.com or check the  Facebook page at ohsbandaids. 

Vina Mundi, a wine-focused restaurant, is having its Fall Festival and Best Chili Contest from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot.  Enter your best chili or just taste and pick your favorite.

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North Lake and Merton Fire Department merger details

Oct. 17, 2014 12:43 p.m. |  The hope is to have the North Lake and Merton Fire Departments merge into one entity called the Merton Community Fire Department by Jan. 1.

A work shop took place last week to hash out the specifics with the town of Merton, village of Merton and fire department representatives.

Read about the details here.

Show your true colors in Mukwonago High School SAVE 5K run

Oct. 17, 2014 11:41 a.m. | Mukwonago High School SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) will hold its annual True Colors 5K run/walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. in the west parking lot.

The run will be held on the new cross country trail at MHS, on the western edge of the high school property. The 0.8 mile course weaves through grassy, wooded terrain. Runners and walkers will complete three and a half laps.

The entry fee is $25 with a T-shirt or $15 without a T-shirt; $20 on the day of the race, with the possibility for a T-shirt purchase, depending on availability. Register early for guaranteed T-shirts to all full-price paid participants.

Register online or send completed registration forms (with checks made payable to MHS Activities), to Sarah Dianich, Mukwonago High School, 605 West School Road, Mukwonago, WI, 53149.

Proceeds benefit the Mukwonago High School SAVE's efforts to prevent bullying and bring the message of acceptance, non-violence.

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BandAids Chili Supper tonight at OHS

Oct. 17, 2014 9:27 a.m. | It's a perfect night for a chili supper, and an opportunity to help support Oconomowoc High School Band Aids.

The organization is holding its Chili Supper tonight from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the OHS Cafeteria - follow signs to the Field House entrance. Dinner includes chili, beverage and dessert. Tickets are available at Books and Company and Piggly Wiggly in advance, or at the door.

Adults are $6 in advance, $7 at the door. Students are $3 in advance and at the door.

HHS fall play going on now

Oct. 16, 2014 8:42 p.m. |  The Hamilton High School Drama students are in the midst of their fall play.

This year's performance is based on Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" novel.

Catch a performance on Friday at 7 p.m., or on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Read a preview about the play here.

Wines in Wild to benefit Mukwonago Food Pantry

Oct. 16, 2014 5:47 p.m. | Help the Mukwonago Food Pantry raise $200,000 for the Mukwonago Resource Center at the Wines in the Wild fundraising event at Pieper Porch Winery, on Highway I, one-half mile east of Highway 83 in the town of Mukwonago, on Friday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $50. Each ticket entitles the participant to five samples of wine, light appetizers, a tour of the winery and five raffle tickets. The raffle prize is 10 bottles of Pieper Porch Wines.

All of the proceeds will benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, Mukwonago.

Acash bar will be available. Reservations are highly recommended.

Call (262) 363-3452 with questions.

Town of Waukesha chairman John Marek seeking District 15 supervisor seat

Oct. 16, 2014 4:32 p.m. | Eight candidates — that include town of Waukesha Chairman John Marek, longtime town of Genesee Chairwoman Sharon Leair and former Olympic athlete Ryan Bedford — are seeking the vacant District 15 supervisor's seat on the Waukesha County Board.

The candidates will be interviewed by the Waukesha County Board's Executive Committee on Monday, Oct. 20, and the chosen candidate will be sworn in at the county board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The position is open with the death of longtime Supervisor Walter Kolb on Sept. 22.

Marek has been the town of Waukesha chairman since 2013. In his resume, Marek said he "reunited a divisive board" and is "uniquely qualified to serve" in the position given his positions as town chairman and private sector experience.

Marek is a general contractor and president of John Marek, Inc., which performs phases of development with a focus on senior housing and commercial real estate. He is also the president of Marek Management, LLC., and is a franchise owner of Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt.

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Spooky Saturday planned

Oct. 16, 2014 2:22 p.m. |  Attention  all children in 4K-4th Grade. The Oconomowoc Public Library is planning a special Halloween event  from 10-11 a.m. on  Saturday,  Oct. 25.

Come and make bat slime, tasty bones and ghoulish ghosts, and play Halloween games.  Costumes are welcome but not required. 

The event is free and no registration is required.  The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at  200 W. South St.; or visit oconomowoc.lib.wi.us , or phone (262) 569-2193

Oconomowoc common council to discuss proposed 2015 budget in November

Oct. 16, 2014 10:05 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Anyone looking for a preview of the city's 2015 budget should stop by the next common council meeting.

A notice was recently posted to the city's website announcing that a public hearing about the proposed budget, scheduled for Nov. 4, will give residents the opportunity to voice their opinions and offer input to their aldermen about upcoming budget.

Anyone looking for a copy of the budget can find one here.

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Weekend Happenings

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Home School Ice Skate Sessions: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (through Dec. 12), Howard G. Mullett Ice Center, 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. $4.
Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 18, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. This is a fundraiser for the St. Jerome eighth grade Washington D.C. trip. www.stjerome.org.
Fall Festival and Best Chili Contest: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Vina Mundi, S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot. Enter your best chili or just taste and pick your favorite.
Free Family Movie Night: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center, W314 N7462 Highway 83, North Lake. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Movies start at 6 p.m. “Monsters, Inc.” rated G, in Rooms 103 and 104. “The Blind Side” rated PG, lower level of Parish Center. Hot dogs and snacks will be served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to (262) 966-2191 or www.blteresaparish.org.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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