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The Lego Movie at Fowler Park July 10

July 09, 2014 9:46 a.m. | Grab your blanket and lawn chairs and  enjoy an evening of outdoor fun tomorrow night at  Fowler Park to see the Badgerland Ski Show and Moonlit Movie presentation.

The ski show starts at 7 p.m., followed by "The Lego Movie" at dusk. Entertainment is free; organizers ask that you bring a non-perishable food item, or goodwill offering,  to benefit the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

Food vendors and concessions will be available.

Hartland gas prices hit $2.69

5:06 p.m. | Gas prices in Hartland hit a longtime low of $2.69 per gallon Friday morning when Mike Badani's Hartland Citgo Village Mart dropped its price under $2.70. Badani's station was the first in the Lake Country to drop to $2.69. The price last year at this time was a hefty $3.79 per gallon. Gas prices around the country are hitting four-year lows. Prices in South Carolina and Mississippi are at $2.39 per gallon this week.

Sponsor a family through Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County

12:18 p.m. | Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County (CCC) is once again offering a sponsorship program that matches families in need with individuals, families, groups, organizations and businesses in the community this Christmas season.

At this time of year, children in the community are dreaming of a special Christmas, but unfortunately, many parents do not have the means to make their children's wishes come true. CCC's goal each year is to have as many children as possible sponsored through its personal giving program.

CCC went through its case files to highlight families still waiting for a sponsor and reminded the public they have until Dec. 5 to sponsor a family. For those willing to sponsor, the CCC will match them with a family in need.

Promoting CCC

"There's such a great need out in our community — it's important for people to look around and see what they have and to think about those who don't have anything and give back to the community in any way, shape or form that they can," said Barb Kocher, owner of Waukesha gallery, Gallery I, and longtime CCC supporter.

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Woman who left gun in Brookfield church faces new charge

12:11 p.m. | Eight months after an Oconomowoc woman left her loaded handgun in a Brookfield church restroom, she is facing a new criminal charge, while her husband will likely avoid prosecution for a similar incident at a Door County amusement park.

Susan Hitchler, 67, beat the initial charge of negligent handling of a weapon when a Waukesha County judge dismissed a criminal complaint in June.

Now, a prosecutor has charged Hitchler with disorderly conduct. Gun rights advocates say Hitchler turned down an offer to avoid the charge if she would give up her concealed carry permit and forfeit her Ruger .380 caliber gun.

Like the earlier charge, disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The maximum fine for disorderly conduct is $1,000, however, compared to $10,000 for the negligent handling charge.

The leader of a gun rights advocacy group calls the decision "misguided prosecutorial overreach," a waste of government resources.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Nov. 26, 2014 3:39 p.m. |  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and you’ll find a number of examples of that in Lake Country.

To really get into the spirit of the season visit the Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display this weekend and weekends and holidays through Dec. 31.  The Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, hosts Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event featuring more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods. You’ll see animated figures and holiday scenes plus indoor displays including a near life-size Nativity. Admission is $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van. Call (262) 970-5398 or visit www.thecountrychristmas.com for details.

No need to catch the next flight to Munich, not with the German Christmas Market right in downtown Oconomowoc. The market is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Celebrate Wisconsin’s heritage at this family festival that features heated tents, German beer, music, live bands, authentic German food, vendors, Santa and more. Free admission. Visit www.germanchristmasmarket.org for more information.

Shop for some great locally produced gifts at the Oconomowoc Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. The market features local seasonally grown items plus farm raised items such as brown eggs, grass fed beef and a variety of meats. Artisan food products include cheeses, bread, baked goods and sweet treats. Other specialty products include sauces, honey butter, mustard, prepared soups, pickled mushrooms, asparagus, specialty local seafood products. For information visit www.oconomowoc.org.

Gigantic cookie sale planned

Nov. 25, 2014 8:10 a.m. | Save the date!

The 2014 Gigantic Cookie Sale takes place Saturday, Dec. 13   from 9 to 11 a.m. at First Congregational U.C.C. at 815 S. Concord Rd, Oconomowoc.

Door opens at 8:30 a.m. for free coffee. Baking teams are whipping up the finest confectionary selection for your holiday cookie needs, with more than 25 delicious varieties. Revenues will help to sponsor church camp scholarships. Call (262) 567-4461 for information or go to www.oconomowocucc.org to learn more.

Hartland village board approves new fire protection agreement with Town of Merton

Nov. 24, 2014 9:48 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Come 2015, the village's fire department will have a smaller coverage area.

The village board on Monday, Nov. 24, unanimously approved a new fire protection and emergency medical services agreement with the Town of Merton, which would take effect at the beginning of next year and would yet again involve a partnership bewteen both departments.

The fire protection district (in Merton) currently served by the village will be reduced in size, according to a draft of the agreement.

The Town of Merton would owe the village nearly $41,000 for the fire protection services it would provide in the upcoming year.

That money is due by the of January 2015. 

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Dangerous driving conditions in Lake Country

Nov. 24, 2014 6:05 p.m. | Roads throughout the Lake Country area are snow covered and very slippery, due to about three inches of snow. The Highway 16 eastbound ramp in Hartland at Maple Avenue to Highway 16 was closed as of 5:30 p.m. due to a car in the ditch. On Highway K westbound there were 2 cars in the ditch just west of Richmond School. Just outside of Richmond School a young female driver went into the ditch at 4 p.m. Her care was still there a 5:45 p.m. Another van was in the ditch in Hartland on Merton Avenue one-quarter mile north of Highway 16. Traffic on Highway 16 in Hartland was going 25 miles per hour at the most.

Trek Bicycle moving Oconomowoc distribution center to Johnson Creek

Nov. 22, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Trek Bicycle Corp. is moving its global distribution center from Oconomowoc to a new facility in Johnson Creek.

Trek employees were told about the move Wednesday. All employees will be offered jobs at the new, 250,000 square-foot facility, which is 50% larger than the existing distribution center.

The new center is expected to be open by the end of 2015, and is being built in partnership with Briohn Building of Brookfield and the Village of Johnson Creek.

In a statement, Trek Vice President Roger Gierhart said the move will help the company grow and become more efficient with its warehousing and deliveries.

AHS football team falls in title game

Nov. 21, 2014 8:28 p.m. | Two-year defending WIAA Division 1 state football champion Arrowhead lost on Friday night to Kimberly 31-6 in the Div. 1 championship game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Kimberly (14-0) led 14-0 early in the second period and 28-6 at halftime. The No. 1 ranked Papermakers dominated the game from the start. The lone AHS touchdown came on a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Johnny Duranso to junior end Justin Peret in the second period.

Yuletide Faire puts the 'merry' in Christmas

Nov. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  There are so many ways to put fun into the holiday season and the Yuletide Faire Friday and Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School has covered many of them.

The merriment starts with strolling minstrels and a host of costumed characters to delight young and old such as the Queen of the Faire, Troubadour and Pocket Lady. Kids will find tons to enjoy including marionette puppet shows, storytelling, face painting craft workshops and holiday shopping just for them.

The faire boasts 35 vendors with all sorts of holiday gift ideas plus a children’s book sale, natural toys, silent auction and live music.

Of course the holidays mean good food and there will be lots of treats including cakes, pies, candy and nuts.

Admission is $4 in advance or $5 at the door for adults and $1 in advance or $2 at the door for children.

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WTKM to broadcast AHS game live

Nov. 21, 2014 8:01 a.m. | WTKM FM radio 104.9 will broadcast the Arrowhead- Kimberly football game Friday live beginning at 4 p.m. Chuck Delsman of the Lake Country Reporter will do a pre-game show and some color work during the broadcast.

Town of Mukwonago chairman files non-candidacy

Nov. 20, 2014 8:06 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago Chairman David Dubey filed non-candidacy papers today, stepping down as chairman after serving the town for 13 years, with 12 of them as town chairman. 

"It's time," Dubey said. 

The deadline for filing non-candidacy papers is Friday, Dec. 26, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Notification must be received by the proper filing officer no later than 5 p.m. on the second Friday preceding the deadline for filing ballot access documents to avoid an extension of time for filing such papers. 

Enters won't seek re-election in Pewaukee

Nov. 20, 2014 8:11 a.m. |  Pewaukee Alderwoman Cheri Enters will not seek re-election next spring.

"I have worked in state and federal government court related positions all of my career, and now have served the city of Pewaukee in various capacities for almost 13 years," she wrote in an email to Lake Country Publications. "I look forward to more time with family, travel, and community volunteer work."

Summit crash kills one, injures another

Nov. 19, 2014 5:20 p.m. | Village of Summit — A 21-year-old woman was killed Wednesday in a one-vehicle crash on Golden Lake Road.

The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, and blocked off access to Golden Lake Road from Cedar Lane to Genesee Lake Road for three hours.

According to village of Summit Police Chief Michael Hartert, a northbound pickup truck occupied by one woman and one man on Golden Lake Road lost control on the snow covered roadway and struck a tree.

The woman, who was driving, was pronounced dead at the scene. She was wearing a seat belt, police said.

The 27-year-old male passenger was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Dousman suggests care with new sidewalks and stamped concrete

Nov. 19, 2014 2:36 p.m. |  The Village of Dousman will be wrapping up odds and ends on its road project  by Friday, Nov. 21, with finishing touches to follow next spring when the final layer of blacktop is done and a couple curb and gutters are installed. 

The Village has been advised that nothing but sand is recommended for use on the new sidewalk and stamped concrete.

 “The effects of melting products on new concrete vary from region to region and the quality of the concrete.  In general new concrete cannot withstand the effects of freeze-thaw-freezing that occur with ice melters.  Increased hydrological pressures create cracks, and pops occur. 

Concrete manufacturers recommend the use of only sand and shovel on new concrete,” the Village said in a release.

“If you  must  use an ice-melter, use a very high quality asald based melter that melts to -25F, and has a large amount of anti–corrosive compounds in the product.            Do  not use  Calcium Chloride (CaCl), the common white pellet melter.  CaCl products melt using high heat from a chemical reaction with water creating heat pockets, and will refreeze.  If nighttime temps are near or below -25F,  do cannot use anything but a shovel.  The temperature must not approach the -25F limit of the product being used.

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