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Frank, Warhawks blank Brown Deer

July 15, 2014 9:26 p.m. | Branden Frank took care of business on the mound. Benny Serres led the offense. And the defense played errorless ball, capping off the night with a game-ending double play.

Life was good for the Arrowhead baseball team Tuesday.

Hosting No. 12-seeded Brown Deer in a first round WIAA regional game, the fifth-seeded Warhawks turned in one of their better overall performances of the season as they blanked the Falcons, 6-0. The win marked the second straight year Arrowhead won in the first round of the WIAA tournament and the 12th time in the last 15 years.

The Warhawks (23-7) will now play at Regner Park against No. 4-seeded host West Bend West on Friday. The winner of that game will play in the sectional on July 21 at Whitefish Bay.

"I said at the start of the season that we were only going to go as far as our pitching and defense would take us," said fifth-year AHS coach Vince Mancuso. "Tonight, both of them came through. Plus, we threw in some good clutch hitting, and now we get to move on. This was a good one tonight. The guys played well."

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Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section

1:35 p.m. | The WIAA state meet runs Friday and Saturday at the Unviersity of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and several area athletes will be taking part looking to make history.

Check out our special section for the event, including athletes to watch, past photo galleries and past champions with the meet just around the corner.

New sign placed at World War II Memorial Garden at Pewaukee's Peffer Park

1:05 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — The World War II Memorial Garden at Peffer Park has been around a while — its roots stretch to 1951 — but many residents might not know it's there. Or if they do, they might not know what the plantings symbolize.

Now they will.

A new sign explaining the meaning of the plants and flowers was installed at the park Thursday, May 26.

The hostas and hydrangeas encircling the mechanicals, for example, represent the whole world involved in World War II. The seven globe arborvitae trees signify the seven continents. And the spiky-leaved yucca plants? They symbolize the bombs that fell during the war.

The sign was the idea of Pewaukee's Helen Ackley, who's been the sole caretaker of the garden for more than a dozen years.

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Buckling pavement forced closure of Highway 16 in Pewaukee

11:53 a.m. | Memorial Day traffic on eastbound Highway 16 in Pewaukee had to be diverted off the highway for nearly four hours Monday, May 30, so crews could repair some buckling pavement.

A Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy came upon a 15-foot section of buckling roadway on eastbound Highway 16 between Main Street and Interstate 94 at 3:59 p.m. Monday and determined it needed immediate attention because of the hazard it posed to motorcyclists, said Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Administrative Deputy Jennifer Wallschlaeger.

Sheriff's department officials diverted traffic off Highway 16 at Main Street while repairs were made.

A Pewaukee police squad car was used to block access to the eastbound on-ramp at Main Street, Pewaukee Police Sgt. John Maloney said.

Neither Maloney nor Wallschlaeger had information about what type of traffic backups may have caused by the closure.

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Village of Mukwonago resident steering committee makes progress on land use

9:36 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Development in the village of Mukwonago is on hold while the resident-formed steering committee studying the comprehensive plan update is making slow progress.

The steering committee has increased the frequency of its meetings to twice a month, and will now meet every other Thursday.

Two proposed planning districts could affect single-family homeowners, as the committee is working to define and outline land use in the village.

The committee has approved some definitions and the language describing designated land-use categories, such as multifamily, agricultural, downtown and industrial, although all approvals are preliminary. While Plan Commissioner Joe Abruzzo raised some questions about the language chosen, the committee and village board will go through all approvals and make changes as the meetings wrap up in August.

The committee spent most of its May 19 meeting debating the boundaries and definitions for the two proposed planning districts, the Main Street/River South Planning District and the Interstate Planning District. Both would include higher-density and mixed-use developments, although Jason Wamser, vice president of the committee, said that how the districts will be used is still up for debate.

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Right lane of eastbound I-94 reopens at Delafield after crash

May 28, 2016 12:32 p.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway C in Delafield for about 50 minutes. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department responded.

Mukwonago School District students could see a new name on their buses in fall

May 27, 2016 6:05 p.m. | If a deal between Hanks Transportation and Dousman Transport Company (DTC) is finalized in June, all Mukwonago Area School District students will be riding DTC buses next school year.

Rob Nelson, president of DTC, said in an email they have an agreement to purchase Hanks Transportation with the goal being to close on the sale at the end of June.

"We will operate as Dousman Transport and all the buses will have our name and logos on them for the start of the school year," Nelson said.

DTC has grown over the last 10 years by acquiring quality companies, according to Nelson. After recently purchasing the school bus company in Jefferson, Hanks was a "great opportunity to grow within a district we work with already."

"We have operations in districts on both sides of Mukwonago, so it will provide synergies for all of our operations," said Nelson in an email.

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Cast on at the Kettle Moraine High School first knitting club

May 27, 2016 6:02 p.m. | Kettle Moraine High School (KMHS) freshman Amanda Andrews knits to help her focus better. When KMHS teacher and club adviser Lacy Melco saw her knitting in class, she asked Andrews if she wanted to start a knitting club at the high school.

Melco remembered a girl in one of her classes at UW-Madison who knitted in class. Initially she thought the girl wasn't paying attention. Melco later discovered the girl, who was one of the best in the class, knitted to help her focus in class. Melco remembered a boy who did crossword puzzles for the same reason.

"When I see kids doing something like that, I'm not going to discourage it," said Melco.

About six students showed up at the first meeting on May 24, more people than Andrews had anticipated, and more were interested who couldn't make the first meeting.

Andrews' piano teacher taught her how to knit about six months ago after Andrews expressed interest. Along with helping her focus, Andrews enjoys knitting because she likes to multitask, doing things that don't require much thought.

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Former Pewaukee administrator Tammy LaBorde a finalist for Grafton job

May 27, 2016 2:15 p.m. | The former Pewaukee city administrator is one of four finalists for the village administrator's job in Grafton.

Tammy LaBorde, who resigned as Pewaukee city administrator in February after concerns were raised about her leadership abilities, is one of two local candidates selected as finalists, according to information provided by the village of Grafton. Waukesha's Jesse Thyes, human resources director and assistant city administrator in Mequon, is the other.

The other two finalists are from Ohio and West Virginia.

LaBorde's resignation came two months after a consultant hired by the city of Pewaukee reported a survey of department heads and key managers revealed a consistent theme of concern about LaBorde's leadership, and the consultant recommended that she "no longer be in a position as a leader of people."

The December 2015 document, prepared by consultant Living As A Leader (LAAL), was obtained by Lake Country Publications through an open-records request.

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Big Bend moves on with permit despite concerns

May 27, 2016 2:10 p.m. | Village of Big Bend —The village of Big Bend unanimously approved the phase II conditional use permit for John Kaishian and his property located on National Avenue May 27.

The property has been a point of contention for neighbors like the West Allis Training Kennel Club and the residents of Heather Ridge subdivision. These neighbors voiced their many concerns at the village's public hearing on May 17. The concerns were mostly regarding issues with Kaishian's phase I permit.

Kaishian had multiple violations from the Department of Natural Resources for erosion control, drainage and questionable fill materials, all concerns that residents mentioned during the public hearing. While the property owners have the site up to code, it took them years to get there and Kaishian was referred to the Department of Justice for his repeated noncompliance.

The plan commission, village planner and municipal lawyer Mike Schober addressed the public's concern while breaking down, section by section, the conditional use permit.

"The comments were reviewed and taken into consideration," Mary Censky, village planner, said. "Based on those comments, there are only a handful of updates, just a final red line to go through and consider."

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Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country

May 27, 2016 12:15 p.m. | There are many programs, parades and events on Memorial Day in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country to honor those who lost their lives serving our country.

Here's a roundup of events on the Monday, May 30, federal holiday:


Sussex Meijer gears up for June 7 opening

May 27, 2016 10:30 a.m. | Sussex — Passersby along Lisbon Road and Highway 164 could be forgiven last week for wondering if the Meijer store at that corner had already opened, judging from the number of vehicles in the parking lot.

But it's just employees undergoing training and setting up the store, which is scheduled to open June 7.

"We're not open yet," two employees told one driver.

But retailer, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is confident area residents will decide the wait is worth it.

"We're glad to be here," said store director Steve Talbert. "The communication with local officials has been great. We've had hundreds of customer inquiries on when we'll open."

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Pewaukee man gets jail, fine for fifth drunken driving offense

May 27, 2016 10:15 a.m. | Todd Musil, who has a history of intoxicated driving, shouldn't have been behind the wheel when police pulled him over in January and will spend the next 15 months of his life behind bars for that mistake, a Waukesha County Circuit judge ruled recently.

Musil, 56, of Pewaukee pleaded guilty May 23 to fifth offense driving with a prohibited blood alcohol content, according to online court records. Ramirez sentenced him to 15 months in jail.

Musil was apparently in the wrong place at the wrong time Jan. 3 when officers followed and stopped his truck because they thought one of Musil's friends, who was a suspect in an alleged domestic violence incident earlier that day, was driving.

That man wasn't behind the wheel, but Musil — who appeared to turn his car around after seeing a squad car — was, and, despite his four previous OWI convictions, was drunk, a criminal complaint said.

Officers could smell alcohol wafting from Musil's truck, where they also found an empty beer can, the complaint said. Musil later reportedly told officers he drank two 16-ounce beers about an hour before getting behind the wheel and had been driving around looking for his girlfriend.

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Oconomowoc Public Library asks patrons to take survey

May 27, 2016 7:00 a.m. |

The Oconomowoc Public Library wants to make sure residents are being served in the best possible way, so they are asking to hear from you via an online survey.

The survey is intended to determine which online resources  patrons use and how they use them. The survey should take between 10-15 minutes, and  feedback is greatly appreciated.

To take the survey, visit:

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Musician Eddie Cash will perform at the American Legion Post 375 in Mukwonago

May 26, 2016 4:22 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Musician Eddie Cash is performing at the American Legion Post 375 on Saturday June, 4.

Cash is a Memphis native with a long history of performing. He's performed with notable musicians like Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty and the Bill Black Combo. He's performed all over the nation, including venues in Chicago and Las Vegas.

Cash incorporates stories of his musical adventures into his performances, which are different every time, but always blend music and history.

Seating for his June 4 show starts at 6:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $11 for seniors and $12 for general admission, tickets can be purchased at the door.

The American Legion Post 375 is located on County Road NN, which is under construction, but those looking to attend the show will be able to get through the road construction to the venue without too much trouble. Questions, concerns or ticket inquires can be directed to 262-248-2274.

Register for Oconomowoc Yellow Brick Road Walk/Run

May 26, 2016 3:29 p.m. | Join the Oconomowoc Chamber Of Commerce for the  11th Annual Yellow Brick Road 5k Run/Walk on Saturday, June 4. Event proceeds benefit the Chamber's vision of being the proactive voice and resource for business in a thriving local economy. The Yellow Brick Road is presented by the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce. Register online at:

Race Day

7 a.m.: packet pick-up and race day registration opens

8 a.m.: race day registration closes

8 a.m.: Kids half-mile Fun Run

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Community Watch


» Suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country's 2016 WIAA State Track and Field Meet Special Section 01:35 PM

» New sign placed at World War II Memorial Garden at Pewaukee's Peffer Park 01:05 PM

» Buckling pavement forced closure of Highway 16 in Pewaukee 11:53 AM

» Village of Mukwonago resident steering committee makes progress on land use 09:36 AM

» Right lane of eastbound I-94 reopens at Delafield after crash Updated:  5/28

» Mukwonago School District students could see a new name on their buses in fall 5/27

» Cast on at the Kettle Moraine High School first knitting club 5/27

» Former Pewaukee administrator Tammy LaBorde a finalist for Grafton job Updated:  5/27

» Big Bend moves on with permit despite concerns 5/27

» Roundup of Memorial Day events in suburban Milwaukee and Lake Country 5/27

» Sussex Meijer gears up for June 7 opening 5/27

» Pewaukee man gets jail, fine for fifth drunken driving offense Updated:  5/27

» Oconomowoc Public Library asks patrons to take survey 5/27

» Musician Eddie Cash will perform at the American Legion Post 375 in Mukwonago 5/26

» Register for Oconomowoc Yellow Brick Road Walk/Run 5/26

» North Lake commissioners delay decision on reducing fishing limits 5/26

» Holiday brings change for village of Wales garbage pickup 5/26

» Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce to kick off annual nature challege June 1 5/26

» Village of Pewaukee accepting applications for deputy clerk-treasurer position 5/26

» Man injured after being struck by car while walking along I-94 in Pewaukee 5/26

» Divine Redeemer Lutheran School team wins Knowledge Bowl 5/26

» Work underway on city of Pewaukee's new water tower 5/26

» Chief on the Street: Top news stories in this week's Mukwonago Chief 5/25

» Rule for trailer parking in City of Oconomowoc 5/25

» Oconomowoc's Shorehaven plans history presentation 5/25

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Joe Hite: 7 p.m. May 27, Okauchee Lake Yacht Club, W340 N6338 Breezy Point Road, Oconomowoc. 7 to 11 p.m. Joe Hite will perform, and all proceeds will benefit the Okauchee Fireworks Fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Minimum $10 per person.

Burgundy Ties Plays: 8 p.m. May 28, Bucky’s Lakeside Pub and Grill, 50n 35016w Wisconsin Ave, Okauchee. The combination of their eclectic sound and live performance makes Burgundy Ties stand out as an original and inspired Milwaukee band. Visit www.burgundytiesband.com. Free.

Duck/Homemade Boat Race: 10 a.m. May 28, Nixon Park, 339 Maple Ave., Hartland. Races start at 11 a.m. There will be food for sale as well as other family-friendly activities. Entry fee per race is $5 and $1 to purchase a duck. All proceeds go to saving the swifts and to the Ice Age Trail. For rules and information, visit www.savetheswifts.com.

Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. May 26-27; 8 a.m. May 28, Rummage Sale, N41W29213 Prairie Wind Circle South, Pewaukee. Volunteers and donations needed. We will supply tax donation forms to donors. Anything not sold will be donated to Goodwill and Lake Country Caring.

All weekend happenings