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McAdams playground donation recognized

May 27, 2014 3:38 p.m. | The Village of Mukwonago is holding a recognition / ribbon cutting ceremony on June 2 at 5:30 p.m. for the new children’s playground equipment installed at Washington Park, Mukwonago. The celebration is in honor of Joe and Karen McAdams, who made this addition possible with their generous donation.  

The ceremony will be held in the park by the playground equipment site. The Village Health, Park, and Recreation Committee will also be holding its monthly meeting prior to the ribbon cutting in the Library community room – starting at 4:30pm. 

In case of rain, the ribbon cutting recognition will also be held inside the Mukwonago Library community room at 5:30 p.m.

Cobra helicopter in North Lake to be moved to get new paint job

5:23 p.m. | A 6,400-pound helicopter is going to disappear from North Lake for about a week.

The Cobra helicopter on display near the veterans memorial at Fireman's Park in North Lake isn't actually vanishing, but it will be gone for a week to get spruced up.

The Army helicopter, installed at the park in 2001, is going to be taken off its perch and moved to Horicon so it can be repainted.

The undertaking is being directed by 17-year-old Sebastian Shaw of Milwaukee for his Eagle Scout project.

It's no small task.

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Kettle Moraine High School senior among 12 state semifinalists for Presidential Scholar

2:36 p.m. | Kettle Moraine High School senior Hannah Healy, of Oconomowoc, is among 12 Wisconsin students named as semifinalists for the 2016 Presidential Scholars award, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on April 26.

The Presidential Scholar award is considered the nation's highest honor for graduating high school seniors. The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished high school students.

From nearly 3.3 million graduating high school seniors, more than 4,700 students were identified as candidates for the program based on exceptional performance on the ACT or SAT college admissions tests. The state's 12 semifinalists are among 689 semifinalists for 2016.

"Congratulations to the state's Presidential Scholar Semifinalists," State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. "These students have shown exceptional academic scholarship and talent in the career and technical education fields. In addition to recognizing your hard work, I extend thanks to your parents and teachers who supported this accomplishment."

The Commission on Presidential Scholars will make the final selection of the nation's 121 academic Presidential Scholars — one male and one female from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. citizens living abroad; and up to 15 students chosen at large.

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Pewaukee, Arrowhead school districts named to Top Workplaces list

1:54 p.m. | The Arrowhead and Pewaukee school districts are good places to work.

Both districts made the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's list of Top Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin for 2016.

The Pewaukee School District was No. 38 in the midsize workplace category; Arrowhead ranked No. 40.

The list was based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, Arrowhead Superintendent Laura Myrah said.

Myrah said Arrowhead's administration team was proud to be nominated for the honor by one of the district's teachers.

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3,700 Lisbon residents without power for about two hours Wednesday

9:52 a.m. | We Energies officials have been contacting town of Lisbon residents via recorded telephone messages apologizing for a power outage Wednesday, April 27, caused by an equipment failure at about 9:30 p.m. that effected about 3,700 customers.

The outage lasted about two hours, according to a Lisbon resident.

Complaint: Delafield man left friend to die of apparent heroin overdose

April 27, 2016 1:00 p.m. | David Gier left his friend Gaige Judkins to die alone of an apparent overdose in a truck after the two of them drove to Milwaukee to buy and use heroin, then to a grocery store in Wales, according to a criminal complaint.

Gier, 26, of Delafield called police from Judkins' phone at about 5 a.m. July 1, 2015, but never spoke to a dispatcher, the criminal complaint alleged. He instead left the line open, expecting that officers would respond to Judkins' location and get him the help he needed. But by the time they arrived, Judkins, 25, was dead.

Gier was charged Tuesday, April 26, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide. According to online court records, Gier is at a correctional facility in Fox Lake serving time for a previous drug-related conviction.

Online court records also indicate that Judkins had lived in the Oconomowoc area.

According to the complaint, Gier and Judkins exchanged several text messages about driving together — in Judkins' father's truck — to buy heroin just hours before Judkins died.

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Sen. Ron Johnson to visit students at Oconomowoc High School

April 27, 2016 11:39 a.m. | U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson will meet with Oconomowoc students at 8:30 a.m. Friday, April 29, at Oconomowoc High School.

Parents are welcome to attend and can meet Johnson (R-Wisconsin) at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.  

Social Studies teacher Nick Schueller invited Johnson to meet with students in his four AP government and politics classes.

“The purpose of the visit it to help our students learn more about the role of the senate in federal government and about national campaigning,” Schueller said.  

After the meeting with Johnson, students will be available to provide a tour of the high school and Rux Stadium.

Eagle police seize more than 17 pounds of pot, $20,000 during home search warrant

April 27, 2016 10:45 a.m. | The Eagle Police Department seized over $20,900 in cash and over 17 pounds of marijuana after conducting a three week investigation at the home of Nicholas Lee on Old Prospectors Trail.

Lee, 35, appeared in Waukesha Circuit Court Wednesday, April 27 and is facing four felony drug charges as well as two misdemeanor charges, according to the criminal complaint.

Lee is being charged with two counts of manufacturing/delivering THC under 200 grams as well as a charge for maintaining a drug trafficking place, which if convicted, he will face up to a $10,000 fine, imprisonment for three and half years, or both, for each of the three Class I Felony charges.

Because Captain Lesniewski determined that the residence at 612 Old Prospectors Trail is within 650 feet of the Eagle Village Park, Lee could face up to additional five years for the two manufacturing and delivering charges. A prior conviction of possession of marijuana in Walworth County in 2006, could add up to four more years on the maximum term of imprisonment for each felony charge.

He also is charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver over 2,500 grams, but not more than 10,000, a Class F felony. If convicted, he may be fined up to $25,000 or imprisoned for no more than 12 years and six months.

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First year of 3K successful at St. Paul School in Genesee

April 27, 2016 10:40 a.m. | The 3-year-old students fidgeted on the carpet. Some followed the yoga video better than others as they started their day at St. Paul School on April 20. As 3K teacher Alyssa Matyas sat to read a book about Earth Day, squishies were offered to keep little hands busy.

In it's first year, the 3K program at St. Paul, S38 W31602 Wern Way, Waukesha, has been extremely successful, with 14 students enrolled for the 2015-16 school year, according to Principal John Shanahan.

"Many families are beginning to sign up for next year based upon the word-of-mouth of its success," said Shanahan in an email. "The teacher is amazing and has prepared the students to be good learners with good work skills."

Shanahan said Matyas incorporates personal, social, fine and gross motor skills, along with cognitive development into the school day.

Learning social skills

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Road closures for Highway 83 in Wales

April 27, 2016 9:18 a.m. |

On Monday, May 2, at 7 a.m. (weather permitting), the following road and lane closures will occur in the Village of Wales on Highway 83 to allow for repairs to be made to the road and drainage issues corrected. The closures will last most of the week. Detour routes will be posted and flaggers will be present to assist motorists through the area.

1.    Welsh Road

East and West Welsh Road entrances to Highway 83 will be closed

Turn lanes to East and West Roads will be closed

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Jason Alexander to teach at Ten Chimneys this summer

April 27, 2016 8:39 a.m. | The Ten Chimneys Foundation has announced actor Jason Alexander will serve as the master teacher for the 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program, a national program that promotes the future of American theater.

The program runs June 19-26, where 10 of the nation's top regional theater actors will join Alexander, most well-known for his role as George Constanza on "Seinfield," for an intensive, week-long master class and immersion experience at Ten Chimneys.

Ten Chimneys is a national historic landmark in Genesee Depot and estate of theater legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. The 2016 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Class will focus on the physicalization of choice, and the powerful collaboration of mind and body in building a performance.

"The joy of an actor's life and craft is this exciting and never-ending exchange of ideas and experiences. I know I will be coming away from my time at Ten Chimneys as inspired and enriched as I hope my colleagues will, as well," Alexander said in a news release.

Since the program began in 2009, it has been conceived and executed by Ten Chimneys Foundation, and has brought some of the nation's top regional theater actors to work with a world renowned Master Teacher, which in the past has included Phylicia Rashad and Barry Edelstein, among others.

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Supersealers Asphalt brings business, jobs to Genesee

April 27, 2016 8:04 a.m. | Town of Genesee —Supersealers Asphalt is moving its business into the old Moriah schoolhouse on Highway 18 and Highway C in Genesee.

Supersealers Asphalt is a full-service asphalt business, serving both commercial and residential customers in Southeastern Wisconsin, especially Waukesha, Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties. The company does paving, sealing and commercial snow plowing. Owner Ryan Hoelz started the business in 1997 as a way to pay for college and has been growing the business since.

"We've seen it (the schoolhouse) for sale for a year and were wondering what we could do with it," Hoelz said, "It turns out it was zoned properly, and we loved it and thought it would be a great fit."

The schoolhouse has a long history in Genesee.

It was built in 1887 and held multiple classes in its 81 years until it closed in 1968, according to Rosemary Booth, the vice president of the Genesee Heritage Society.

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Watch out for road closures on Highway 83 in Wales

April 26, 2016 3:46 p.m. | Portions of Highway 83 in the village of Wales will be closed starting at 7 a.m. (weather permitting), Monday, May 2, to allow for repairs to the road to correct drainage issues, according to information received from village of Wales Deputy Clerk Pauline Wigderson.

The closures will last most of the week. Detour routes will be posted and flagmen will be present to assist motorists through the area during the repair work.

Highway 83 closures

Welsh Road

·East and west Welsh Road entrances to Highway 83 will be closed.

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Mukwonago School District offering developmental screening for 3 and 4 year olds

April 26, 2016 12:57 p.m. | A developmental screening for three and four year olds living in the Mukwonago Area School District will be taking place on Aug. 10 and 11 at Rolling Hills Elementary School, W322 S9230 Beulah Road.

They will be screening developmental areas in speech and language, pre-readiness skills such as short-term memory, ability to attend and follow directions. They will also look at children's fine and gross motor skills as well as vision and hearing. The screening process will take approximately 45 minutes.

The screening is not mandatory, but it will provide an opportutnity for parents to have their children's general development assessed as a pary of the MASD's Child Find process to identify students with developmental delays.

There is no cost for the screening, but registration is necessary. To register call 262-363-6300 ext. 24203 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information the MASD Child Find notice can be found on the Pupil Services website at www.masd.k12.wi.us.

Pewaukee's CELA plans to boost enrollment, establish waiting list

April 26, 2016 12:24 p.m. | As Pewaukee's newest private Christian school nears the end of its inaugural year, the school's co-founder is looking ahead to bigger and better things, including boosting enrollment by 60 percent.

Christian Education Leadership Academy, on Ryan Street just north of Highway 16, is serving 250 students in grades kindergarten through eight this year.

Because of its first-year success and number of requests from other families to join, Brian Nahey, who co-founded CELA with his wife, Nancy, said the school is projecting enrollment to swell to 400 for the 2016-17 school year and hopes to establish a waiting list to fill potential openings.

Nahey said CELA will announce detailed plans to fulfill that goal in the coming weeks, including new scholarship opportunities.

For now, the school has planned three "Each One, Reach One" events in April and May, where current CELA families are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors who might want to join the school. The event will give families an opportunity to see the school, meet members of the CELA family and encourage them to look into the enrollment process.

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Steering Committee tackles land use in village of Mukwonago

April 26, 2016 10:11 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — The steering committee and members of the village board began looking at types of land use development facing the village of Mukwonago during their meeting April 21.

The committee and village board wants to maintain the atmosphere of the village while having a healthy and prosperous downtown. They want to have sustainability through moderate growth, and to encourage and supply quality jobs and housing that won't impact the village lifestyle. They threw out the word small town, as committee member April Reszka pointed out Mukwonago might not be considered a small town anymore.

The 13-member resident committee, along with Village Planner Bruce Kaniewski, Village Administrator John Weidl and Village President Fred Winchoski, focused on the areas of development within the community and the options for development based on the current zoning.

"I anticipate all land being developed, even if it isn't now," Kaniewski said.

The committee and board members discussed the options and types of development zoned for areas of the village such as the waterfront near the old Lynch site, which is poised for multiuse developments, and the descriptions of what multiuse and multifamily properties mean for future of the village. They also covered single family developments, including the proposed size of lots, as well as industrial and conservation developments.

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