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Watch a play under the stars this weekend

June 13, 2014 3:00 p.m. | It’s the time of year when we can do all sorts of things outdoors, including watch a play.

Don’t miss the Woody Allen comedy “Don’t Drink the Water" at SummerStage in Lapham Peak State Park. Shows are 7:30 p.m.  Thursday through Saturday, through June 28. Tickets are $17, $15 for seniors and students. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit http://www.summer-stage.org for more information.

From 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, runners will be supporting cancer research during the Relay for Life of Lake Country at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The event celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those lost to the disease. Funds raised support the American Cancer Society. Call (262) 523-5509 for more information.

Jerusalem Presbyterian Church, 207 W. Main St., Wales, is serving up a chicken barbecue dinner from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. The dinner includes barbecued chicken, homemade potato salad and cole slaw, rolls and homemade desserts. Carryouts are available from noon to 7 p.m.  Dine in from 3 to 7 p.m. Cost is $10 adults, $5 children under 12. For more information call (262) 968-3408.

The Depot Museum in Sussex is offering free admission to dads from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in celebration of Father’s Day.  The museum, located at N63 W23075 Main St, Sussex, is featuring  "Taverns and Saloons - A Local History of Brewing."  For information call (262) 246-3603.

"Rallying the Troops" for Cancer

5:10 p.m. | Tricia’s Troops Cancer Connection will be holding its 4th annual “Rallying the Troops” fundraising event on Saturday, June 4, at the Milwaukee County Zoo.

Attendees will participate in a fun team photo expedition throughout the Zoo grounds with an after-party, dinner and program following at the Peck Welcome Center. In addition to live and silent auctions, raffle tickets are also available to win a trip for two to a beautiful jungle resort in  Costa Rica.

All proceeds from this event will enable Tricia’s Troops to provide financial assistance and other free support services to help families endure the practical concerns, out of pocket costs and daily living challenges that arise during cancer treatment. Life with cancer can be a zoo, but help us show local patients they’re not alone in fighting this beast.

Tickets are $75 or $550 for a table of eight. To register, visit the events page at www.triciastroops.org or call (262) 569-7800.

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Comfort Zone to host Lauri Badura as speaker

4:42 p.m. | Comfort Zone will hold its monthly meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 9 in the Gifford Conference Room at the Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

The organization provides support, answers, validation and comfort to parents struggling with a child with substance abuse problems.

Regardless of the stage in the journey, Comfort Zone will provide a listening ear, a compass, a source of strength of just a soft place to land for parents in discovery, in recovery or even in grief.

Guest speaker at the May 9 meeting is Lauri Badura, a local mother who lost her son to heroin and  has been dedicated to raising awareness ever since. She will explain the recent HOPE bills that were signed by Gov Walker and also has a list of resources to share from the Waukesha County Advisory board. She will be happy to answer questions and will also talk about SOFA (Saving Others For Archie), a group she formed after losing her son.

Capitol Drive bridge repairs to cause lane closures in Pewaukee

2:55 p.m. | Bridge repairs — and accompanying lane closures — are expected to begin Thursday, May 5, on westbound Highway 190 (Capitol Drive) over Highway F (Redford Boulevard).

The project will repair several girders damaged during a traffic incident in February. The damage occurred when a truck hauling heavy equipment struck the bottom of the bridge.

The freight company's insurance will cover the cost of the $102,000 repairs.

Lane closures will be necessary to facilitate the work. The schedule is subject to change:

· Northbound Highway F will be down to one lane, beginning May 5.

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Prairie Village Park closed for construction

8:46 a.m. | Prairie Village Park is closed due to maintenance and relocation of playground equipment.

The playground equipment, which is on the north end of the park, has to be moved due to the sale of two village lots, one which closed at the beginning of the month.

The other residential lot is expected to close later this month. The village public works, buildings and grounds committee has faced a few difficulties in moving the equipment due to the drainage issues in the park, but is working to relocate the playground near the pavilion, or to an area with better drainage.

The committee removed the equipment and the space immediately filled up with water, according to Village Clerk Rhoda Bagley. The committee is now looking at where to put the equipment where it wouldn't get waterlogged or rot.

"They want to put drain tiles in," Bagley said. "It's not expensive; it's just figuring out the best place to put it."

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Hamilton School Board names Brad Hoffmann as new Templeton Middle School principal

7:31 a.m. | The Hamilton School Board unanimously approved Brad Hoffmann as the new Templeton Middle School principal.

He replaces Paul Mielke, who was chosen as the district's superintendent following the retirement of Kathleen Cooke. Mielke will start as superintendent July 1.

Hoffmann has been the Templeton associate principal since 2005. Before then, he was assistant principal and athletic director at Palmyra Eagle High School. His previous experience was at Scott Highlands Middle School in Apple Valley, Minnesota, where he was the administrative associate, teacher and athletic director for three years and a physical education and health teacher for four years.

He earned his administrative license from Minnesota State University in Mankato, a master's degree in education from St. Mary's University in Winona in 2000 and his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1996.

"Hoffmann is an experienced, approachable administrator who has a sincere appreciation for middle school students and the unique needs of adolescent learners," Cooke said. "He has helped build a positive and respectful learning environment at Templeton, which has served the students, families and staff well. I believe his leadership will support continued high academic achievement and meaningful parent engagement which has been a hallmark of Templeton's culture."

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Sediment closes boat ramp on Pewaukee Lake

6:54 a.m. | Sediment buildup at the Pewaukee Lake access launch near Naga-Waukee Park has caused Waukesha County to close the north boat ramp until further notice. The south boat ramp remains open, but may also close if sediment moves into that area.

Sediment builds up in the area as part of a natural process that evolves over a number of years. Over the past two weeks, wind patterns have pushed sediment up into the launch site.

Waukesha County is obtaining permits to dredge areas with high sediment buildup. The county plans to begin dredging as soon as possible after the permits are obtained. The last time the Pewaukee Lake access was dredged was 2010.

If possible, one boat launch ramp at the Pewaukee Lake Access site will remain open during dredging. The work is expected to be finished by mid to late June.

Watch for updates at WaukeshaCountyPark.com and Twitter at @WaukeshaCoParks.

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I.d., new restaurant in Delafield Hotel, to open mid-May

May 03, 2016 6:45 p.m. | City of Delafield — The city's newest restaurant is getting ready to open its doors.

I.d., housed in the space formerly occupied by Andrew's Bar & Restaurant in the Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee St., plans to open in mid-May, according to Jeff Whiteman, director of operations for Geronimo Hospitality Group.

Whiteman said the space has undergone "a complete metamorphosis."

"I would expect anybody that came in here won't at all recognize that they're in the same building," Whiteman said. "We blew out all the windows and put mostly floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the space so it's very bright and airy as opposed to kind of dark and intimate."

Whiteman said the restaurant is still waiting for the delivery of some key items, including dining room tables, and hopes to be able to announce an opening date soon.

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Victim in Monday's fatal crash on Highway 16 in Delafield identified as 76-year-old Berlin man

May 03, 2016 2:15 p.m. | UPDATE: Police have identified the man killed in Monday's crash on Highway 16 as 76-year-old Paul Parsons of Berlin. 

The children who were in the pickup truck with him were 6 and 8 years old and are Parsons' grandchildren.

City of Delafield — A two-vehicle rollover crash Monday, May 2, left one man dead and three people injured — including two children — and shut down traffic at Highway 83 and westbound Highway 16 for hours.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, a 30-year-old Waukesha man lost control of his vehicle at about 3:31 p.m. and crashed his car into a pickup truck driven by a 76-year-old Berlin man near Highways 16 and 83.

Both cars left the roadway after the collision, a news release said, struck a guardrail and then a bridge pillar. After striking the pillar, the pickup truck rolled over. There were two children inside the truck with the Berlin man.

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Eagle poppy days support veterans

May 03, 2016 1:47 p.m. | Members of the Eagle American Legion Auxiliary Unit 535 will distribute handcrafted memorial poppies at various Eagle locations this weekend. The poppies were made by veterans, for veterans, and the group is asking residents to wear a poppy on Memorial Day weekend.

There are 900,000 members of the American Legion Auxiliary, making it the world's largest women's patriotic service organization.

"Wear it in honor of the millions of Americans who have willingly served our nation, all too many who made the ultimate sacrifice," Karen Matters, the Eagle American Legion Auxiliary president said.

The red paper flowers were established as a memorial tribute to World War I causalities who are buried near the battlefields of Flanders, Belgium, where wild poppies grew amid the ravages of war.

The disabled veteran's at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee made the poppies out of red crepe paper. These poppies provide financial and therapeutic benefits to the Wisconsin veterans living at Zablocki, as well as the thousands of veterans and their families who benefit from the donations collected from the sale of these paper poppies.

Oconomowoc Summer Farmers Market season kicks off on May 7

May 03, 2016 10:44 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The forecast Saturday, May 7 calls for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s.

In other words, just about perfect spring weather for the kickoff of the Oconomowoc Summer Farmers Market.

The market runs Saturday mornings from 7:30 a.m. to noon May 7 to Oct. 29, in the South Municipal Parking Lot, behind the Avenue Square Mall, 175 E. Wisconsin Ave., on the east corner of Collins and Cross Streets downtown.

Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce Executive director Katie Miller said more than 50 vendors will be on hand to impress market goers with a variety of locally grown, sourced and produced foods and other products.

The Oconomowoc market requires its vendors to either sell ingredients or food they grow themselves or include locally sourced ingredients and food in the products they make.

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Overnight freeway, ramp closures on Highway 67 in Oconomowoc set for May 5

May 03, 2016 9:52 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — More overnight freeway and ramp closures are coming soon as part of the ongoing construction work on Highway 67/Summit Avenue in Oconomowoc.

According to a state Department of Transportation news release, both directions of I-94 will close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday, May 5 beneath Highway 67. The southbound Highway 67 entrance ramp to I-94 east is also scheduled to close overnight Thursday.

The cause of the closures is the ongoing construction of the new northbound Highway 67 bridge deck, the release said.

The DOT completed work on the southbound Highway 67 bridge and lanes last year and are reconstructing the northbound bridge and lanes this year. The second half of the project, which began a few months ago, is expected to be completed by fall.

Detours

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Arrowhead facilities survey to hit mailboxes around May 9

May 03, 2016 9:29 a.m. | Arrowhead School District officials are reminding residents to keep an eye on their mail for a survey about the district's long-range facility plans and possible November referendum.

The communitywide survey will be hitting 15,000-plus mailboxes around Monday, May 9, said Arrowhead Superintendent Laura Myrah.

Myrah said the survey, conducted by School Perceptions, is aimed at educating the community as well as gauging support for possible projects linked to campuswide facility needs. The total cost of those projects has been estimated at $75.9 million.

The Arrowhead School Board, which is exploring the possibility of holding a November referendum, reviewed a draft copy of the survey at a special meeting April 13.

Residents will be able to take the 10-minute questionnaire either online or via hard copy. The survey will close Wednesday, May 25.

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Petition seeks safer roads in town of Vernon

May 03, 2016 9:04 a.m. | The intersection at Highway ES and Edgewood Avenue in the town of Vernon has seen a lot of traffic-related accidents and traffic problems, which has caused citizens to start a petition asking the county to take action in making this route safer.

Mukwonago resident Bradford Paulson started an online petition a few weeks ago that will be sent to the county. He is asking that the county lowers the speed limit or installs stoplights or a roundabout, which would also make drivers slow down.

"There have been several accidents that have happened at this intersection," Paulson said, "and I have a passion for making sure things are safe."

The intersection also poses a challenge for school buses and trucks that have a hard time passing through during peak traffic hours, County Supervisor Darlene Johnson said. Johnson has brought the issue to the attention of the county.

"It is something that I would say is definitely a concern for the community. We can't just leave it where it is now," Johnson said.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer also stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand. Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Just kids from Waukesha County: Joe Schobert, Derek Watt make history in 2016 NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 6:15 p.m. | Joe Schobert and Derek Watt made history Saturday.

When both were selected by NFL teams during the draft, it marked the first time two football players who attended high school in Waukesha County were drafted in the same year.

Schobert, a 2012 Waukesha West graduate, was selected as the 99th overall pick at the start of the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. Watt, a 2011 graduate of Pewaukee High School, was taken in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers. He was the 198th overall selection.

Schobert, the first player ever drafted into the NFL from Waukesha West, is joining fellow Waukesha County product Joe Thomas on the Cleveland Browns. Thomas is a graduate of Brookfield Central and, like Schobert, played at Wisconsin.

Watt became the third Pewaukee graduate to be selected in the NFL Draft. Watt's older brother, J.J., the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in 2011, and Chris McIntosh, in 2000, are the others. Both were first-round selections.

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