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WCTC president Barbara Prindiville to retire

July 07, 2014 11:23 a.m. | Waukesha County Technical College President Barbara Prindiville will retire at the end of the month after serving eight years as president.

Prindiville, who has 34 years of administrative leadership and teaching experience within the Wisconsin Technical College System, said in a letter to WCTC staff last week that she was proud of what they accomplished together on behalf of students, staff and community.

"There comes a time for each of us to reflect upon our personal priorities and goals in order to begin the next chapter of our lives," Prindiville wrote in her letter. "It is with this consideration in mind that I announce my retirement effective July 31, 2014."

The WCTC District Board is expected to accept her notice of retirement at a meeting this week, and will begin discussing the process and timeline for a presidential search.

An interim president will be appointed prior to Prindiville's retirement.

Social Life Dance Center to relocate to River Centre Plaza in Hartland

10:39 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Social Life Dance Center, 210 E. Capitol Drive, will soon be moving into some new digs.

The Hartland Village Board on Monday, Aug. 31 approved a relocation agreement with Social Life Owner Gina Chilson, which is the second such agreement the village has reached with Capitol Plaza business owners in recent weeks. Relocation agreements are being offered by the village to those businesses to make way for developer Joe McCormick's Riverwalk Apartments project.

The agreement outlines the financial assistance that will be provided by the village to Chilson to facilitate the move of her business out of its current location and into another downtown Hartland storefront.

Social Life Dance Center will be moving to 350 Cottonwood Ave., which is in the River Centre Plaza, said Village Administrator Dave Cox in an email.

Chilson did not return messages seeking comment on the agreement and an exact time line for the project was not immediately available.

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Lisbon fueling center approved

Aug. 31, 2015 10:17 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - A specially convened review board has unanimously agreed to allow a controversial fueling center, convenience store and drive through restuarant development  to be constructed near the roundabout intersection of Hwys. 164 and Q.

However, the review panel included about a half dozen conditions that Wexford Heights development company of Germantown must meet in order to recieve a conditional use permit for the development southwest of the roundabout on property where an abandoned Associated Bankb branch is located.

Included in the conditions are the elimination of a proposed two bay car wash, restrictions on the size of the private well used in the development and restrictions on turning movements for delivery and semi trucks exiting the development onto Hwy. 164.

Daniel Kelly, attorney for the development company, said his clients are willing to accept the conditions imposed by the review panel and will drop a lawsuit they had filed against the Town of Lisbon after the plan commission twice rejected the proposed development.

The administrative review of the commission's decision conducted by four members of the town board and the chairman of the town zoning board of appeals was ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer in an effort to reach an out of court resolution of the zoning dispute.

Disc golf could sail into Minor Park in village of Mukwonago

Aug. 31, 2015 7:28 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The Disc Golf Experience company wants to team with the village of Mukwonago to create an 18-hole disc golf course at Minor Park.

The existing course at Miniwaukan Park in Mukwonago would be given a redesign and reduced to nine holes. Mike Harrington of the Disc Golf Experience said in a strategic plan that he wanted to keep Miniwaukan's 18 holes and only reduce it if necessary.

He said he had wanted to try a "unique course design concept" at Miniwaukan, incorporating two tees and two baskets on each of the nine holes — making it feel like an 18 hole course with the "improved safety of just nine holes."

The new course and redesign would be completed by 2017, according to Village Department of Public Works Director Ron Bittner. However, adjustment of those dates was mentioned at the special health and recreation committee meeting Aug. 25.

According to a sponsorship form for the course, disc golf's popularity is soaring and because of that, courses are becoming more crowded.

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Changes, concerns addressed for Fountain Park apartment proposal in Mukwonago

Aug. 31, 2015 6:43 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Ever since an apartment complex was first proposed in the village of Mukwonago, residents have fought back against the development.

Opposition against the apartment even led to a grassroots group called Mukwonago Growth forming.

In advance of the project coming before the village's plan commission on Tuesday, Sept. 8, the group held its first informational meeting Aug. 26 at the Mukwonago Community Library to express its concerns.

Village Administrator John Weidl made a short presentation and revealed new information on some adjustments Teronomy, the developer of the project, made to their proposal for the Fountain Park Apartments, proposed for the future intersection of Fairwinds and Chapman Farms boulevards.

Weidl said the developer had acquired land across the road from the proposed Chapman Farms to create two-unit duplexes as a buffer to the larger apartment complex. He also said Teronomy agreed to lower the height of the front two buildings from three to two stories.

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Eaton Corp. to cut 83 jobs at Pewaukee facility

Aug. 31, 2015 5:02 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The shutdown of a product line at Eaton Corporation’s Pewaukee facility will result in the loss of 83 jobs.

The facility at 1045 Hickory St. will permanently discontinue its molded rubber products line, according to a mass layoff notice filed with the Department of Workforce Development.

The company expects to begin eliminating positions October 30 and continue in phases until the complete cessation of the molded rubber products manufacturing on December 31, according to the notice.

The Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Development Board and DWD Dislocated Worker Program will provide assistance to the affected workers. 

Kate Winckler leaving Oconomowoc Area School District for New Berlin

Aug. 31, 2015 4:02 p.m. |  Kate Winckler, director of communications and marketing for the Oconomowoc Area School District, has accepted a new post with the New Berlin School District. 

Winckler's last day at OASD will be Sept.9; she will assume her role at New Berlin on Sept. 16. The Oconomowoc Area School District will begin the process to  search for Winckler's replacement immediately. 

Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14

Aug. 31, 2015 12:04 p.m. | Comfort Zone provides support, answers, validation and comfort to parents embarking on the journey called having 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.

Comfort Zone meets on the second Monday of the month; the next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Aurora in Summit in the Gifford Conference room. 


Fighting the fade: three local couples share their journey with Alzheimer's

Aug. 31, 2015 11:16 a.m. | Like a dark shadow, it crosses the mind where the right word, response or direction remains silhouetted against the dusk of a fading memory and just out of reach. As time passes, the shadow grows, and memories vanish.

Minor's Estates Subdivision agreements pass

Aug. 31, 2015 10:53 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago —The village of Mukwonago board passed both the developer's agreement and the storm water maintenance agreement for the Minor's Estates Subdivision, subject to final approval by village staff, at the Aug. 17 special board meeting.

"The next step is to complete the public improvements necessary in order for the fourth phase of the subdivision to be developed," said Village Administrator John Weidl.

Weidl said it's hard to say what that fourth phase entails. He said the area is designed and plotted for single family homes. He also said that because there are no engineer or architectural renderings yet, he can't speak to what it will look like.

Village President Fred Winchowky shed some light on the past struggle during the board meeting.

"That's what happens when the developer goes broke," Winchowky said. "This is the end result of a lot of work by a lot of people."

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Mukwonago marching band prepares for Phantom Phest

Aug. 31, 2015 10:28 a.m. | After hitting the streets over the summer at two local festivals, the Mukwonago High School marching band, the Phantom Legion, is now in the midst of the toughest part of its season — band camp — as it prepares for the marching band circuit and halftime football shows.

The Phantom Legion marching band provides a sneak peek of its full show at early home football games. The unveiling of the full show will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19 on Hensler Field, for Phantom Phest, the home marching band show.

Band camp in 2015 looks very different today than it did for many of the parents of band members.

"This year we have two weeks of band camp, the first week we rehearse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second week we go from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.," said director Emma Angoli. "We start each day off with a run and P/T (physical training) to ensure that students are physically able to perform the shows. The students in marching band are treated more like athletes than like typical band members, but it's something that we as an organization really enjoy about this activity."

The Phantom Legion's show this year was written with the community in mind, Angoli said.

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Four Republicans vie to fill Waukesha County Assembly seat

Aug. 30, 2015 12:38 p.m. | Four Republicans are competing in Tuesday's winner-take-all partisan primary election for the vacant 99th District Assembly seat in Waukesha County.

The top Republican vote-getter in Tuesday's primary is all but assured of victory in the Sept. 29 general election because no Democrat entered the race and the only possible challenge would come from a write-in candidate.

Only one of the four candidates in Tuesday's primary now holds public office. Cindi Duchow is serving her second term as a Town of Delafield supervisor. She was elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.

Scott Owens of the Town of Genesee, Dave Westlake of Hartland and Spencer Zimmerman of the City of Delafield have never been elected to public office.

Each of them is asking voters to be hired as the district's conservative representative in the Assembly.

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Warhawks, KM win football games

Aug. 28, 2015 10:37 p.m. | Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine won varsity football games Friday night. AHS rallied from a 27-7 third quarter deficit to stop host Hudson, 35-28. Host Kettle Moraine stopped Watertown, 25-20. Lake Country Lutheran lost to visiting Burlington Catholic Central, 21-7 and Pewaukee lost to host Wisconsin Lutheran, 35-14.Pewaukee led in that game, 14-7.

East Troy 5K run to be held Aug. 29

Aug. 28, 2015 1:09 p.m. |  The East Troy Area Historical Society, in cooperation with the East Troy High School Cross Country team, will host the Blast to the Past 5K on Saturday, Aug. 29. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m.

Registration is $35 on race day. Information on route, parking, vendors and sponsors is available here.

Special awards will go to overall male and female winners and first through third place awards for male and female participants in each age group. 

Email the East Troy Historical Society at easttroyareahistorical@gmail.com with any questions.

Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog

Aug. 28, 2015 1:03 p.m. | Keep an eye on JR Radcliffe's new blog, "First and Short," for fresh takes on prep football in Lake Country and the Milwaukee suburbs.

Pewaukee man allegedly burglarized his next door neighbor

Aug. 28, 2015 11:23 a.m. | City of Pewaukee — A 35-year-old Pewaukee man stands accused of stealing then selling several pieces of jewelry from his neighbor.

Jonathan Armao was charged Wednesday, Aug. 26, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling. If convicted, he could face up to 121/2 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the complaint, police suspect Armao of breaking into his neighbors' home sometime in the evening May 21. Armao's neighbors had left their home at about 4:30 p.m. that day and later called police to report the theft of some missing jewelry that included a 1959 class ring.

The owner of a Waukesha pawnshop told police in the complaint that Armao had sold some gold chains and rings May 21 at the pawnshop, one of which was the class ring. The rest of the jewelry Armao allegedly sold that day also matched the description of the items taken from the victims, according to the complaint.

Armao reportedly told the pawnshop owner that he obtained the rings through an estate sale.

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Community Watch


» Social Life Dance Center to relocate to River Centre Plaza in Hartland 10:39 AM

» Lisbon fueling center approved 8/31

» Disc golf could sail into Minor Park in village of Mukwonago 8/31

» Changes, concerns addressed for Fountain Park apartment proposal in Mukwonago 8/31

» Eaton Corp. to cut 83 jobs at Pewaukee facility 8/31

» Kate Winckler leaving Oconomowoc Area School District for New Berlin 8/31

» Comfort Zone meeting set for Sept. 14 8/31

» Fighting the fade: three local couples share their journey with Alzheimer's 8/31

» Minor's Estates Subdivision agreements pass 8/31

» Mukwonago marching band prepares for Phantom Phest 8/31

» Four Republicans vie to fill Waukesha County Assembly seat 8/30

» Warhawks, KM win football games 8/28

» East Troy 5K run to be held Aug. 29 8/28

» Get interesting prep football tidbits and insights with 'First and Short' blog 8/28

» Pewaukee man allegedly burglarized his next door neighbor 8/28

» Lake Country students post strong showing on ACT 8/28

» Oconomowoc woman charged for 2012 burglary 8/28

» Area schools, educators keep busy preparing for new year 8/28

» Oconomowoc football takes down Waukesha South, 52-31 8/28

» Judge: Probation for Delafield woman accused of child abuse 8/27

» Updated weekly rankings of area prep football teams and players 8/27

» Charity concert set for Sept. 6 at band shell in Oconomowoc 8/27

» Kettle Moraine elementary schools to hold ribbon cutting ceremonies 8/27

» Local runner bringing 'Girls on the Run' to Lake Country 8/27

» Decision expected on Lisbon convenience center 8/27

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Weekend Happenings

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Wisconsin Highland Games: Sept. 4-6, Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. A weekend of Celtic fun including food, live music, dancing, games of strength and skill, and kids activities. $7 adults in advance, $10 at the gate, $15 weekend pass, free for kids 12 and younger. www.wisconsinscottish.org

Free Concert for Operation Christmas Child: 5 p.m. Sept. 6, Rhodee Memorial Band Shell, City Beach, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Billy Sullivan, formerly band member of Gary Lewis and the Playboys and the Raspberries, will be performing from 7-9 p.m.  Drop-off 5-9 p.m. for items that can fit into a shoe box like school supplies, small toys for girls and boys, hygiene item, bar of soaps, wash cloths, toothpaste, toothbrushes.

“Picnic”: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5, SummerStage, Highway C, one mile South of I-94 in Lapham Peak Park, Delafield. William Inge drama. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5. $18 adults, $16 seniors, students.


Hawk’s Inn Historical Museum Tours: 1 p.m. Sept. 5, Hawks Inn Visitor Center, 426 Wells St., Delafield. Tour this historical inn which is on Wisconsin Landmark on the National Registry of Historic Sites. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 24. Free.

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