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LCFR is already $60,000 short for the year

July 07, 2014 9:59 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Lake Country Fire and Rescue is already $60,000 short of anticipated revenues for 2014 and the fiscal year is barely half over.

Alderman Gerald McDougall, a member of the fire department's governing board, warned city taxpayers tonight they may have to pay mores taxes for the consolidated fire department if they want to maintain the existing level of emergency medical and fire services.

The city pays about $780,000 to the department that also serves the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah. The two villages pay a combined approximately $230,000 towards the departments approximately $2 million budget.

In 2013, the department's revenue were more than $250,000 lower than anticipated and the three municipalities had pay an additional approximately $110,000 to help the department restore the cash reserves it used to make up the deficit.

There are a combination of factors that have contributed to the 2014 revenue shortfall, according to Ald. Jeff Krickhahn, also a member of the fire board.

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Pewaukee's Derek Watt selected in sixth round of NFL Draft

April 30, 2016 5:50 p.m. | University of Wisconsin fullback Derek Watt became the third Pewaukee High School alumnus selected in the annual NFL Draft on April 30 when the San Diego Chargers called his name with the 198th overall selection in the sixth round.

Watt joins his brother J.J., who has become a superstar with the Houston Texans after getting selected 11th overall in 2011, and Chris McIntosh, who was taken in the first round by the Seattle Seahawks in 2000 and currently holds a top administrative position in the UW athletics department.

The Chargers travel to Houston on Nov. 27 in what figures to be a fascinating stretch for the Watt parents, John and Connie. One week later, J.J. will play his first pro game at Lambeau Field and second career game against the Packers. Before either of them play in Green Bay, youngest brother T.J. and the UW football team will open the season Sept. 3 against LSU at Lambeau.

Watt, who tried to showcase his diversity to scouts at the UW Pro Day, including his potential fit as a tight end and long snapper, will join a Chargers team that could use some help in the running game. San Diego averaged a league-worst 3.5 yards per carry last year, with former UW standout Melvin Gordon racking up 641 yards in his rookie season after getting selected in last year's first round. Gordon did not score a touchdown in 14 games.

 At Wisconsin, Watt made 24 starts and saw action in 47 games, with a 38-16 record over the past four seasons and wins in the Outback and Holiday Bowls in addition to the 2012 Big Ten Championship and 2014 Big Ten West Division title. Watt was part of the blocking scheme for two of the three best single-season rushing performance in school history, including a record-setting 430.8 yards per game of total offense in 2014. He caught 30 passes for 309 yards and one touchdown.

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Merton Community Fire Department hosting pancake breakfast

April 29, 2016 3:00 p.m. | Plan on pancakes for breakfast as the Merton Community Fire Department hosts a pancake breakfast from 8 to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at N67 W28343 Sussex Road, Hartland.  

Besides an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, the event includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and activities for all ages. Check out the firefighting equipment and meet the firefighters.

On Sunday night, join in the music making at the Full Band Open Jam with Track 6 starting at 8 p.m. at Bucky’s Lakeside Pub and Grill, N50 W35016 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee. Just bring your musical instrument and jump in, or just come and listen.

If you’re in the mood from some guitar music, check out the Milwaukee Guitar Quartet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Mama D’s Coffee, 104 Main St., Wales. Call (262) 968-3500 or visit mamadscoffee.com for more information.

Town officials approve lifting speed limit on Okauchee Lake for June demo event

April 29, 2016 9:17 a.m. | Elected officials in the towns of Merton and Oconomowoc have given the green light to a temporary lifting of the speed limit on Okauchee Lake for four days in June as part of an outboard-engine demonstration event.

BRP, the parent company of outboard engine-maker Evinrude, is looking to use a portion of Okauchee Lake from June 26-29 to demonstrate new products to dealers.

On Monday, April 25, the Merton Town Board approved a plan to raise the speed limit on the area of the lake that will be used for the demos, Town Clerk Nathan Bright said.

In late March, the board delayed a decision on the speed limit because the proposed area for the demos would have conflicted with boat traffic traveling between the channel and Party Island. Bright said the new corridor avoids that route.

The lake's speed limit is 40 mph. Bright said most of the boats in the demonstration would top out at speeds of 45 to 55 mph, with some going as fast as 70 mph.

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

April 28, 2016 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

April 28, 2016 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.

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.

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.

The Presidential Scholars Commission also chooses up to 20 presidential scholars in the Arts and 20 presidential scholars in career and technical education, for a total of up to 161 presidential scholars.

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Pewaukee, Arrowhead school districts named to Top Workplaces list

April 28, 2016 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

April 28, 2016 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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