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Put some steps in your spring

May 02, 2014 12:00 a.m. | The approach of spring may have you feeling like dancing.

If so, join the fun at the Contra Dance 7 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Lessons are 7 to 8 p.m. The dance with caller and band is from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $8, $5 for students. For more information call (262) 490-0769 or visit www.prairiehillwaldorf.org.

If you would rather watch a dance performance perhaps you would be interested in attending Aurora’s Dream at 7 p.m.  Saturday at Arrowhead High School North Theater, 800 North Ave., Hartland. The program, presented by Lake Arts Project, features high school students visual art as the inspiration for professional dance choreography.  Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.  Visit www.lakeartsproject.com for more information.

If you’re looking for some bargains this weekend, why not check out the items at Oconomowoc Junior Woman’s Club Consignment Sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dr. Martin Luther Church, 325 S. Main St., Oconomowoc. Half-price sale is Saturday.

Vino Etcetera, 120 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Oconomowoc is celebrating its one-year anniversary from noon to 11 p.m. Friday. Take a look at the elegant 1,200-square-foot upper level expansion. There will also be wine-themed giveaways and live music. This year‘s Spring Gallery Night will feature Jeff Seymour as Vino Etcetera‘s featured artist.

Authorities identify Delafield man killed in motorcycle crash

9:20 a.m. | The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office on Tuesday morning identified 57-year-old William Lansing of the town of Delafield as the victim of a fatal July 25 motorcycle accident.

Lansing died after a motorcycle crash on Glacier Road and Hickory Grove Road in the city of Pewaukee.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, a passing motorist reported the single-vehicle crash around 2:35 a.m. No other information was available.

The Medical Examiner's office said the incident remains under investigation by the sheriff’s department.

Delafield's Cindi Duchow announces candidacy for 99th Assembly seat

7:36 a.m. | Delafield Town Supervisor Cindi Duchow has announced her candidacy as a Republican for the 99th Assembly District seat being vacated by Chris Kapenga. Kapenga was elected last week to the 33rd state Senate seat after Paul Farrow stepped down to focus on his new role as Waukesha County executive.

“The 99th Assembly District has always delivered strong conservative leadership, and I will work to earn the trust of the taxpayers by sharing how my family business experience, local government know-how and lifelong local roots will best-serve our community,” said Duchow.  

"Our state’s GOP leaders have made great progress over the past five years; unemployment is at a near-record low, strong conservative reforms have advanced by leaders like Gov. Walker and Sen. Kapenga that improve our business environment while keeping more money in the pockets of taxpayers.  Taxpayers cannot afford to risk electing someone who isn’t ready, doesn’t have key experience or important local roots," she added.

 A date for the special election to fill Kapenga's seat has not yet been announced. 

That election will likely take place this fall. The Assembly seat covers municipalities such as Chenequa, Hartland, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Delafield, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa and North Prairie.

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Menomonee Falls woman allegedly threatened her sister for years

July 27, 2015 8:48 p.m. | Village of Hartland — A 46-year-old Menomonee Falls woman is facing stalking charges for allegedly threatening her estranged sister, a Hartland resident, who claims in a criminal complaint that the woman has been harassing and defaming her for years.

Loraine Lowling Kwiat was charged Friday, July 24, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with stalking. If convicted, she could face up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Online court records indicate that Lowling Kwiat was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in March 2014, which, according to the complaint, was tied to threats Lowling Kwiat previously made against her sister.

The complaint says Lowling Kwiat threatened her sister several times on Facebook in 2012 and 2013, variously claiming that she would "burn (the victim's) house down" and "beat the living (expletive) out of (her sister)."

One of threats said, "I came into this world covered in someone else's blood and screaming. I'm not afraid to leave the same way," according to the complaint.

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Village of Eagle police chief Russ Ehlers receives lucrative salary, benefits for retiring

July 27, 2015 8:23 p.m. | Village of Eagle — Village officials have refused to divulge the reasons for a separation agreement with Police Chief Russell Ehlers that is likely to cost taxpayers about $170,000 while providing the chief with pension and medical benefits in addition to 18 months pay after he retires.

The agreement was approved by the village board on March 4, 2015 following negotiations between Ehlers' lawyer, Paul Bucher, and the village's labor lawyer, Nancy Pirkey.

The chief's job performance had been the subject of a series of closed sessions that began in September 2014.

Village officials acknowledged in the agreement that the payments to Ehlers "exceed the amount that would normally be received by him upon his retirement from employment with the village."

The Mukwonago Chief obtained the agreement from village officials through an open records request in accordance to state laws that stipulate most local government documents are public record.

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Sussex vacancy appointments postponed

July 27, 2015 4:40 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village President Greg Goetz has postponed until Aug. 11 the village board's appointment of two candidates to fill two vacancies on the seven member board.

Goetz was scheduled to make two nominations to replace trustees Matthew Petricca and Matthew Cmeyla at the Tuesday, July 28 board meeting. Petricca and Cmeyla both resigned in June.

Assistant Village Administrator  Melissa Weiss said the decision was made to postpone the appointments because Village Administrator Jeremy Smith would not be in town next week. Traditionally, Smith conducts an orientation session for new board members the week after they are elected or appointed.

Ten village residents applied for the positions. Trustee Pat Tetzlaff, along with one other trustee privately interviewed all of the candidates and then recommended four to Goetz who was expected to choose his two nominees from the list of four.

The candidates nominated by Geotz require village board approval for the appointments.

Girl injured trying to save baby sister in train ride tumble

July 27, 2015 12:38 p.m. | A young girl broke her arm in two places and her wrist while trying to hold on to her baby sister as the train ride they were on board took a sharp turn and fell over at Hopefest July 26 in Mukwonago's Field Park.

Both the girl — who festival attendee Rico Lopez identified as a fellow LifePoint churchgoer named Rachel — and her baby sister, were taken away by EMT's who were quick to respond.

Another attendee at the festival, Ron Amero, said he saw everything and that the young girl was "heroic" by "sacrificing her own arm" by putting it under her baby sister as the back of the train began to tip after taking a turn too sharply.

Amero said that the rear two cars ran over the girl's arm and it broke it in two places as well as broke her wrist. He said that the baby only received a small abrasion on her head.

He said it was observed that the driver, Mike Anderson, had earmuffs on to mask the loud engine and didn't realize the incident had taken place.

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Waukesha mother convicted of drug dealing; daughter charged with homicide

July 27, 2015 12:00 p.m. | City of Waukesha — Waukesha resident Christine Nissen pleaded guilty Monday morning, July 27, to delivering narcotics and will be sentenced for her crime in October.

Meanwhile, her daughter Lacey is working through the court system on a charge of reckless homicide in connection with an opiate overdose.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd Carter found Christine Nissen guilty during a July 27 plea hearing and ordered a presentencing investigation to be completed before Nissen's Oct. 23 sentencing hearing.

A second felony count of delivering narcotics and a charge of maintaining a drug trafficking place against Nissen were dismissed but read into the court record, online court records show.

Nissen, 63, was arrested and charged in February after she sold drugs to an undercover detective in a grocery store parking lot in the city of Oconomowoc.

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Kettle Moraine district selects new public relations director

July 27, 2015 10:03 a.m. | Melinda Mueller joins Kettle Moraine School District as director of public information and community engagement, replacing Chris Flood who relocated out of state for personal reasons, according to district Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

Mueller comes with several years of school public relations experiences, having served as the director of communications for the New Berlin School District and communications manager for the Elmbrook School District. She was also a communications coordinator for CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) in Oshkosh.

According to Deklotz, Mueller was selected for the position based on her communications experience, demonstrated leadership skills and knowledge of kindergarten through grade 12 education.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree in strategic communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an active member of the Wisconsin School Public Relations Association.

"We are very excited to have Melinda join our team," Deklotz said in a news release. "The depth of her skills and experience will help us accomplish our goals, continuing our commitment to provide transparent and relevant communication and engagement opportunities for parents and community."

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Six-run fourth dooms Pewaukee in state semifinal

July 24, 2015 4:38 p.m. | Menomonee Falls scored six runs in the fourth, a counterpunch to Pewaukee grabbing its first lead of the game in the top half of the inning, and the Indians went on to an 8-3 win over the Pirates in the WIAA summer baseball state semifinal at Kapco Park in Mequon on July 24.

Pewaukee, making its first state appearance since 1972, ended the year with a 20-11 record.

The game was characterized by defensive miscues, with the teams combining to commit seven errors. Falls committed four, but all three of Pewaukee's led directly to runs scoring.

"If you asked me over the course of the season, if we had one real team strength, it's our defense," Pewaukee co-head coach Adam Dobberstein said. "We had a school record for fielding percentage coming in and turned 30-some double plays. We've just been phenomenal defensively. We just had one (bad) inning."

The scoring was capped in the fourth when a liner by Falls outfielder Lukas Kell glanced squarely off the glove of PHS centerfielder Ryan Mulvey and bounded toward the wall, allowing Kell and another runner to score on the play. Coincidentally, Mulvey himself had scored on an error-abetted "home run" in the top of the same inning, one that gave Pewaukee a 3-2 lead.

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Winners from Croatian Fest raffle announced

July 24, 2015 3:18 p.m. | Winners from the 56th annual Croatian Fest's 50/50 raffle held on July 11 have been announced.

·Joan Icker: $500

·Steve Varga: $200

·Bernie and Christine McCabe: $100

·Ammber King: $25

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Mukwonago police departments receive speed enforcement grant

July 24, 2015 3:18 p.m. | The Village and Town of Mukwonago police departments were given a speed enforcement grant from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The departments were awarded a grant of $20,000 from the Wisconsin DOT Bureau of Transportation Safety that will be used for officer overtime as well as for traffic safety equipment, according to a news release from the Mukwonago police departments.

"Officers will work in groups in specific (and changing) areas to enforce speeding, aggressive driving, drunken driving, seat belt and equipment violations through September," the release says.

"Tailgating, speeding, and aggressive driving, and unsafe maneuvers" were among the issues the departments are going to be watching for, according to the release.

It said the patrol staff understand the many instances of these issues and the departments are going to "step up efforts to change this behavior through the very unpopular traffic citation."

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Last weekend for LCP's powerful 'Assassins'

July 24, 2015 3:00 p.m. |  No subject seems to be immune from being turned into a musical. From the tragedy of the Titanic to the barbarism of Sweeney Todd, singing and dancing can accompany just about any topic.

Lake Country Playhouse is presenting yet another in a long line of unlikely musical subjects. With the help of Steven Sondheim’s music and lyrics, “Assassins” helps us better understand the motives of several assassins and would-be assassins of U.S. presidents.

This is the last weekend for this marvelous show, directed by Sandra Renick and Breanne Brennan with vocal direction by Catherine Pfeiler.  Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. Tickets are $18 general admission, $22 reserved seating.

The OHS Players Fringe show, called “The Suitcase Dreams,” features First Stage Theater Academy students. Shows are 7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.  Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students.

If you love cars then why not take a trip to Lannon, Highways 74 and Y, for Cars on Main on Sunday.  Check out the rods, customs, muscles and ProStreet cars all looking their best.

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LCFR preliminary budget proposed

July 24, 2015 2:02 p.m. |  Village of Nashotah - Newly appointed Lake Country Fire and Rescue Chief Kevin Keith presented what he described as a "very, very preliminary" 2016 budget to the agency's governing board that calls for a two percent increase in spending.

Keith said the budget is in line with discussions he has had with officials of the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashota and Chenequa who have told him their communities can contribute an additional two percent in real estate tax contributions to the consolidated fire department.

The City of Delafield pays about 75 percent of the municipal share of the department's cost with the other two communities dividing the remain 25 percent contribution.

The budget, which must be reviewed by the LCFR governing board before it can be adopted, calls for the municipalities to contibute about $1,144,949 of the proposed $1,902,303 total operating costs.

The remaining $757,354 in revenue would come from non real estate tax sources such as patient medical and service payments and service contracts with area hospitals and neighboring municipalities.

'Echelon' intersection style pitched for Pewaukee reportedly works in Florida

July 24, 2015 1:28 p.m. | City of Pewaukee — The state Department of Transportation's wish list to address traffic flow and safety concerns along the busy Capitol Drive corridor between Highway 16 and Brookfield Road includes many elements.

But the echelon intersection proposed for the Capitol Drive/Highway 164 crossing seems to be gaining the most attention.

The idea behind an echelon intersection, according to traffic engineers, is to elevate one approach on both the arterial and intersecting cross street as they intersect, while having the other approach halves intersect at grade. This results in a symmetrical but offset pair of intersections separated by grade.

And that's the simple explanation.

Part of the reason motorists may not have heard much about echelons is there simply aren't that many of them.

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New apartment complex proposed in Mukwonago

July 24, 2015 1:23 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — A new apartment complex — billed as the Fountain Park Apartments — is being proposed off Highway 83 at the future intersection of Fairwinds and Chapman Farms boulevards.

A public information meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the Mukwonago Community Library. The meeting will include a virtual reality walk-through video of the development.

The three-story Fountain Park Apartments is planned as a 400-plus unit complex with one, two and three bedroom units. The complex will include underground parking and an elevator service, according to Village Administrator John Weidl.

"It'll be condo-style living, but for rentals," he said.

Weidl said planning began about three or four months ago. He said the multifamily development will have many amenities, including two fountain ponds, a clubhouse with a fitness center, pool, outdoor volleyball and basketball, a park area with walking trails and a pavilion.

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