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Get to know your hometown this weekend

June 27, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Sometimes we can live in a community for years and not really know much about its history. 

Why not plan to learn about your hometown this summer?

In Delafield, you can get a free tour of the historic Hawk’s Inn, 426 Wells St., from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays in summer. Built in 1845 Hawks Inn is a great example of an early stagecoach stop. It was the center of social and political life in the frontier village of Delafield. The tours will help you imagine what life was like for the pioneer travelers more than 150 years ago.

If you live in Sussex, you might want to visit The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St., Sussex from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday to see its new exhibit, Taverns and Saloons: A Local History of Brewing. The museum also features an expanding railroad area. Admission is $4. Call (262) 246-3603 for more information.

Hartland residents can spend relaxing evening listening to the Hartland Community Band from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland.  The concert is free. The band will also be in the Hartland Hometown Parade which starts at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Oconomowoc woman charged for 2012 burglary

9:39 a.m. | City of Delafield — Criminal charges have been brought against a 39-year-old Oconomowoc woman for a burglary she allegedly participated in three and a half years ago.

Jennifer Czaplewski, 1815 N. Davies Drive, was charged Wednesday, Aug. 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. She could face up to 12 years in prison and $25,000 in fines if convicted.

According to a criminal complaint, Czaplewski in March 2012 stole clothes and some personal items from a friend of hers named Miceala Rupnow, a city of Delafield resident.

Police reportedly discovered the theft after a common friend of Rupnow and Czaplewski, Kathleen King, told officers that Czaplewski had bragged to her about stealing clothes from Rupnow.

The complaint said Czaplewski told King she had stolen a dress belonging to Czaplewski "right out from under Miceala's nose" and later returned to Rupnow's home to steal more clothing and a CD.

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Area schools, educators keep busy preparing for new year

8:53 a.m. | Students may have had the summer off, but that doesn't mean area school districts were devoid of activity. Building projects, teacher training and staff hiring were just some of the things keeping educators busy in advance of the 2015-16 school year, which kicked off Sept. 1 for most Lake Country schools. The following is a look at some of the goings-on, by district.

Arrowhead High School

Arrowhead has a new superintendent at the helm. Laura Myrah took over the position in July, but she's not the only one starting a new job. Myrah said the high school welcomes eight new teachers, two administrators (including herself) and a half-dozen faculty members stepping into new leadership roles, including two department chairpersons (social studies and language arts ) and two director positions (director of learning and director of student services ), plus more than a dozen new employees in support roles and coaching positions.

Myrah said educators were "hard at work during the summer" updating curriculum for courses, participating in training sessions, taking graduate-level coursework, collaborating and planning within their departments, and leading professional development sessions for others.

Arrowhead's administration has been planning for implementation of the district's goals and initiatives, including best preparing students for postsecondary education and/or future careers, continuing implementation of Educator Effectiveness (Wisconsin's new teacher and principal evaluation program) and enhancing communications with the community, including a new monthly e-newsletter called "Arrowhead Advisor."

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Oconomowoc football takes down Waukesha South, 52-31

Aug. 28, 2015 12:28 a.m. | UPDATE: Read the full game recap story on LakeCountryNow.com.

The Oconomowoc football team defeated Waukesha South, 52-31, on Thursday to improve to 2-0 overall.

OHS had big days from junior quarterback Ben Nienhuis (six total touchdowns) and junior wide receiver Zach Clayton (four touchdown catches).

Nienhuis threw for five touchdowns for the second straight week.

At the half, Oconomowoc led, 38-14, but South scored 17 points in the third to tighten the score to 38-31.

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Judge: Probation for Delafield woman accused of child abuse

Aug. 27, 2015 4:24 p.m. | City of Waukesha — A Delafield woman previously accused of child abuse pleaded no contest to lesser charges and was sentenced in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Online court records indicate that the woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, made her no-contest pleas during an Aug. 26 hearing. Judge Lee Dreyfus withheld a sentence for the woman in favor of 16 months of probation.

The woman pleaded no contest to reduced charges of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct as part of an agreement with the prosecution. Dreyfus found her guilty of those crimes at her sentencing. He ruled that the woman would serve 16 months of probation for each offense, but ordered that the probation terms be served concurrently.

As conditions of her probation, the woman must complete a parenting class and has been banned from physically punishing or disciplining her children. She is also prohibited from having any violent contact with any of her family members and from possessing or using any controlled substances.

The woman was originally charged with physical abuse of a child — intentionally causing bodily harm last December after Cushing Elementary School Principal Rebecca Toetz noticed the woman's 6-year-old son had severe bruising on his back and contacted child services.

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Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players

Aug. 27, 2015 2:25 p.m. | Push for the playoffs is a detailed weekly breakdown of the teams and players in the Lake Country and suburban Milwaukee prep football scene.

Charity concert set for Sept. 6 at band shell in Oconomowoc

Aug. 27, 2015 2:03 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc — Every season can be a season of giving.

That's what Oconomowoc resident Terry Williams believes anyway, which is why she's organized a special concert to help raise donations for Operation Christmas Child, an Evangelical organization that's very close to her heart.

The concert kicks off 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 at the Rhodee Memorial Bandshell, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., near City Beach, and will last for two hours. Williams and other volunteers will have a donation drop-off station open from 5 to 9 p.m. near the band shell to collect various items for Operation Christmas Child.

"It should be a fun night," Williams said.

Music at the concert, which is free and open to the public, will be provided by Billy Sullivan, previously of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and The Raspberries. Sullivan usually performs covers of Beatles' songs and other music from the 60s.

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Kettle Moraine elementary schools to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies

Aug. 27, 2015 12:16 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District celebrates construction progress in the district with ribbon cutting ceremonies at all elementary schools at 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27. Students, parents and community members will be able to take a look at several spaces that are ready for students, following a short program at each facility. 

For a sneak peek of the construction work done in the district over the summer watch the video at Lake Country Now

Kettle Moraine Middle School will host a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1.

A ceremony was held on Aug. 25 at Kettle Moraine High School. 

Local runner bringing 'Girls on the Run' to Lake Country

Aug. 27, 2015 11:58 a.m. | A Lake Country runner and mother of three is starting a new program in Lake Country designed to help preteen girls boost their self-confidence, make good life choices and ultimately complete a 5K race.

Girls on the Run, a youth development program that started in 1996 in North Carolina, combines running with an interactive curriculum to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in girls in grades three through five.

Kelly Corteen, 39, of Erin has been involved with the Girls on the Run program in the Milwaukee area and is excited to bring the program west.

"I worked with the 5K event last season and just interacted with a lot of the girls and saw how happy they were, accomplishing that 5K, and I want to bring it out here," Corteen said.

Corteen will serve as head coach, and her sister Maureen Reyes will be assistant coach.

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Decision expected on Lisbon convenience center

Aug. 27, 2015 8:01 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - After hearing more than 20 hours of testimony, a specially convened review panel may make a decision next week on the siting of a fueling and convenience center complex at the roundabout intersection of Hwys. 164 and Q.

The review panel - compromised of four town board members and the chairman of the town's zoning board of appeals - has a number of alternatives in reaching its decision, according to Attorney John M. "Jack" Bruce who serves as legal advisor to the review board.

The board could vote to affirm two decisions by the town plan commission to reject the plans submitted by Wexford Heights, a Germantown based development company.

The plans include a fueling center, convenience store, car wash, and drive through restaurant  located near the intersection on land once occupied by an Associated Bank branch office.

Some plan commissioners and town residents argue the complex is too large and poses potential hazards to neighborhood ground water resources and motorists traveling through the roundabout.

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Fall fundraisers benefit children with special needs

Aug. 27, 2015 7:18 a.m. | The third annual Trail Run/Walk/Roll   to benefit children with special needs

Will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 at Zachariah's Acres in Oconomowoc.

Enjoy the scenic trails, breath- taking views, and rolling hills on the full 5K course or take in the beautiful fall colors on the 1.3 mile family walk/roll.

 Early bird rate is available prior to Oct.1, so register today. Adults - $25, children - $15.

 Visit  www.zachariahsacres.org  for more information or  Click here to view the printer friendly flier. 

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Traffic study challenged at hearing

Aug. 26, 2015 7:51 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - The credibility of a traffic study used to support development of a large fueling and convenience center complex near the intersection of Hwys 164 and Q has been challenged during a hearing to review the town' plan commission's refusal to approve permits for the project.

The study conducted by Traffic Analysis Design Inc. (TADI) of Cedarburg attempted to  estimate traffic generated by a bank at the site which closed several years ago and  traffic that would be generated by the fueling center, according to testimony at the hearing.

The results of the study prompted state and county officials to also determine the development did not pose a danger to vehicles entering and exiting the roundabout at the intersection.

However, the study is flawed according to tesitmony from town resident Theresa Nelson.

Nelson noted that the study estimated movement of vehicles in and out of the bank during hours in which the bank was closed.

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Nashotah Clubhouse Bluesfest moving to new location

Aug. 25, 2015 4:06 p.m. | The Nashotah Clubhouse Bluesfest is back for a 16th year, and it's in a new location.

After 15 years of hosting the end-of-the-summer live music event on its own property on Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah Clubhouse is moving the show — set for 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 30 — to Okauchee Lions Park, N49 W34400 E. Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee.

There were several factors for the change, said Nashotah Clubhouse manager Coley Fecteau, including an opportunity to move the event from the business's uncovered parking lot to a large, covered pavilion.

"It's been hot, and it's rained in the past, and that was not good," Fecteau said. "So either way, whatever happens with Sunday weather-wise that we can't control, it's covered."

Fecteau said the venue switch also should help with parking. She said because the festival took place in the bar/restaurant's parking lot, it forced people to find parking spots elsewhere.

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Oconomowoc man pleads guilty to escaping juvenile center

Aug. 25, 2015 2:29 p.m. | City of Waukesha — One of two Oconomowoc men accused in June of breaking out of Lad Lake, an alternative education center for youth, recently pleaded guilty to a criminal charge tied to that incident and was sentenced.

Court records indicate that Jordan Hopper, 19, was sentenced during a hearing on Aug. 14 to nine months of jail by Waukesha County Circuit Judge Lee Dreyfuss, who stayed the jail term in favor of one year of probation. Hopper pleaded guilty to felony escape juvenile placement/corrections.

Dreyfuss ruled that Hopper's probation period will begin after he's finished serving out his time at Lad Lake. Conditions of Hopper's probation include a prohibition on controlled substances and drug paraphernalia and a mandate to maintain full-time schooling or employment or some combination of both.

Court records show that Hopper was also ordered to participate in any counseling or treatment programs recommended by his probation agent.

Basis for charges

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MSOE students to help design Pewaukee pedestrian bridge

Aug. 25, 2015 2:09 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Construction would be down the road, but the village board has approved the idea of having college engineering students help with the design of a pedestrian bridge over the Pewaukee River.

Trustees on Aug. 18 discussed having students from the Milwaukee School of Engineering assist with the design of a pedestrian bridge proposed to cross the Pewaukee River from the H.J. Koepp River Parkway property west to the Siepmann property.

Among other things, a bridge there would cut down on the walk time from the Parkway parking lot to the beach and the businesses along Wisconsin Avenue.

Board members didn't take formal action, but the consensus was it was a good idea that should be pursued.

The students would look at design and location options and evaluate the effect of the various designs. The students also would provide cost estimates for the options and present the design options and cost estimates to the village board for review and consideration.

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DNR to look at alternatives for Mukwonago River Unit and Lulu Lake state properties

Aug. 25, 2015 1:13 p.m. | The public has an opportunity at an upcoming public open house to review and comment on master plan alternatives for the Mukwonago River Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and Lulu Lake State Natural Area. The open house will run from 5 to 7 p.m., on Monday, Aug. 31, with a short presentation summarizing the alternatives at 5:15 p.m., at the Mukwonago Town Hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Road, Mukwonago.

The open house will provide an opportunity to review and comment on four planning alternatives that propose different options for recreation and conservation actions. These alternatives range from providing limited improvements that keep the rustic character of the properties to improving access and developing park like features and services for expanded recreation opportunities. The alternatives also take into account the connectivity between the properties.

After this review period, the department will use this information to create a draft master plan that will be available for public review and comment later this year.

"The Mukwonago River is one of the cleanest streams in southeast Wisconsin," said Jerry Ziegler, Southeast Wisconsin Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy. "Lulu Lake is one of Wisconsin's highest quality natural areas. It's critical that we protect them for future generations."

The Mukwonago River Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and Lulu Lake State Natural Area are located in Waukesha and Walworth Counties that consist of 3,347 acres of varying landscapes and water features for public use.

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