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Local talent in full bloom this summer

July 25, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Summer continues to blossom with great entertainment, food and fun.

If you’re looking for a high energy show featuring talented young people don’t miss the Kids from Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.  The popular youth music group features 20 singer/dancers and a 13-piece band chosen from among the state’s finest musician ages 15 to 20. The show is a fundraiser for the Oconomowoc Breakfast Club. Tickets are $20 adults, $17 seniors, $10 children 17 and younger .

There are a couple of great shows in Lake Country also this weekend. This is the last weekend for Lake Country Players sizzling musical “Bonnie & Clyde,” starring Bryan Noll and Shannon Straka. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. shows Saturday and Sunday. The playhouse is located at 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. Call (262) 367-4697 for tickets.

Theatre on Main is presenting its last weekend of the musical “Evita,” starring Lindsay Woppart, Sean Duncan and Joe Gallo, at  7:30 p.m.  Friday and Saturday and  4 p.m.  Sunday. Theatre on Main is located at 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc.  For tickets call (262) 853-7628. This is the last show for the Theatre on Main players at the Main Street location. They plan on moving later in the summer to Brown Street Market Place.

Downtown Lannon will be jumping on Sunday with a pancake breakfast, flea market and car show from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The market includes antiques, collectibles, tools and crafts. There will also be a Funny Car demo and more.

Pewaukee parts ways with City Administrator Tammy LaBorde

5:17 p.m. | The City of Pewaukee has parted ways with City Administrator Tammy LaBorde.

An employee who answered the phone at City Hall Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 9 said that LaBorde was not in and was "no longer with the city."

The circumstances of LaBorde's departure aren't clear.

Pewaukee Mayor Scott Klein could not immediately be reached for comment and calls to Pewaukee Human Resources Director Lisa Bergersen were not immediately returned.

LaBorde was hired as the city's first full-time administrator in 2005.

Fall prevention presentation at Brookdale Sussex Feb. 11

4:05 p.m. | In an effort to help seniors "stay safe in their homes and prevent falls," Brookdale Sussex is hosting a presentation on fall prevention at 10 a.m., Feb. 11 according to a news release.

Brookdale Sussex, a senior living community at W240 N6351 Maple Avenue, is putting on the presentation with Knueppel Healthcare Services, a local medical supply company.

The release states the presentation will educate those in attendance on inexpensive items that are available to help keep someone from falling — especially in dangerous places like bathrooms.

Rep. Joel Kleefisch, of Oconomowoc, behind multiple bipartisan bills in legislature

3:13 p.m. | The past week has been a good one for legislation proposed by Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc).

Multiple bills endorsed by Kleefisch, and with bipartisan support, are moving through the state legislature — one of them was recently signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker — and are expected to provide additional assistance and resources to adoptive families. The bill that was recently codified, known as Assembly Bill 291, allows hunters to wear fluorescent pink instead of blaze orange during deer hunting season.

Bills that still require a vote from the state Senate are Assembly Bills 39,40,41 and 42, otherwise known as the "Adoption Protection Package," which focuses on crisis prevention, pre-adoptive training requirements for prospective parents, access to post adoptive resources, and implements safeguards for children adopted from other states and countries.

Walker signed the "Blaze Pink" bill into law Feb. 4. Wisconsin is the first state to allow hunters to wear that color.

Adoption protection package

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Youth ambassadors bring China to Kettle Moraine High School

2:38 p.m. | Nine students from Jinan, China came to Kettle Moraine High School prepared to share their Chinese culture with American students from Feb. 1 — 5, but as they finished their week at Kettle Moraine they take back what they learned about high school and family life in Wisconsin.

It might be that American students like sports more than students in China, or common English phrases the Chinese students hadn't heard before, or the differences in schooling and student life between the countries, or the independence high school students have in America.

The students from China in exchange gave presentations on Chinese culture, demonstrated how to write in Chinese, sang Chinese nursery rhymes with a familiar, international melody, gave high school students quizzes in Chinese and enhanced the fluency of KMHS students studying the Chinese language.

"They bring a lot of Chinese things over, but they are also taking a lot back (hopefully) with them," said Principal Juan Wu who accompanied the students.

Ambassadors

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University Lake School to put on "The Wizard of Oz"

12:50 p.m. | University Lake School will be putting on the timeless classic, "The Wizard of Oz" this month and there will be no shortage of student participation.

More than 90 students from first through 12th grade are involved in the production, according to the school.

Parents are also pitching in by working on the set, helping with costumes, preparing meals and running performance night ticketing duties, said ULS Theatre Director Rhonda Schmidt.

"It fills my heart with joy to see so many different grade levels on this stage together, and many parents getting to know one another over a paint brush and a set challenge," Schmidt said. "We have all come together to tell a magical story which reminds us that there is 'no place like home.'"

For the show, ULS is working with Flying by Foy, which leases equipment and trains actors for flying scenes in live theatrical performances. The company, based in Las Vegas and the United Kingdom, will provide help with the flying monkeys, the wicked witch and her broomstick, and Dorothy in the tornado.

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Hartland village board approves Holt Electric Supply expansion plans

10:08 a.m. | Village of Hartland — Holt Electric Supply, 1515 Walnut Ridge Drive, is about to get bigger — a lot bigger.

Village Clerk Darlene Igl said the village board on Monday, Feb. 8 approved site building plans for an expanded warehouse at the facility, and a future expansion is also being considered by the company, which is a family owned, electrical and automation distributor.

Site plans submitted for the village's consideration detailed an approximately 19,800 square foot addition to Holt's roughly 31,000 square foot building, according to documents submitted to the village. A second, roughly 10,800 square foot addition could be considered in the future.

The plans had previously been reviewed and approved by the village's plan commission late last year. Some revisions to the plans, such as the inclusion of a detailed storm water management plan, had been called for and, according to planning documents, have been addressed.

Holt Electric is one of several locations associated with Revere Electric, which is headquartered in Mokena, Illinois. The company, according to its website, has been servicing Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin since 1919.

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OHS Jazz Dance tickets on sale

7:00 a.m. | The Oconomowoc High School Band Aids are hosting the 11th Annual Jazz Dance fundraiser at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc on Friday, Feb. 26

The event starts at 6 p.m. with music by the Nature Hill and Silver Lake Intermediate Jazz Bands. The Oconomowoc High School Jazz Bands will perform for the rest of the evening until 10:30 p.m.; in addition to  entertainment and dancing, enjoy raffles, a silent auction and a photo booth. 

Advance tickets are on sale now at Books & Co and Piggly Wiggly-Oconomowoc.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door are $12 and $5.  

Table reservations are being accepted. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $220 (Includes admission).  Food will be available for purchase.  

Please contact Geri Kellen for any questions regarding table reservations at or call (414) 640-0593. Seating is limited. All proceeds support the OHS Band program.

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Man accused of sexually assaulting two of his younger sisters at Pewaukee home

Feb. 08, 2016 3:37 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee — Two of an 18-year-old Georgia man's younger sisters were not even ten years old when he repeatedly sexually assaulted them for months while living here, a criminal complaint says.

The man, who will not be named to protect the alleged victims' identities, was charged Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 12 and repeated sexual assault of a child. The maximum penalty for both of those crimes, upon conviction, is 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, all of the assaults occurred from November 2011 to November 2012 in a village of Pewaukee home on Ridgeway Drive. The man's mother confirmed to police in the complaint that the family lived in the village, at that address, at the time.

Police were notified of the alleged assaults last October, the complaint said, when they were contacted by a county Health and Human Services employee, who told officers that around that same time one of the girls, now 8, reported the assaults to her teacher.

The man reportedly tried to force his youngest sister, who was 5 at the time, to perform oral sex on him in the basement of the Ridgeway Drive home; and also repeatedly raped another one of his sisters, who was 9, by pinning her down on a futon and covering her mouth with his hand, the complaint said.

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Sussex woman accused of beating 7-year-old daughter with leather strap

Feb. 08, 2016 2:09 p.m. | Village of Sussex — A 39-year-old Sussex woman allegedly forced her 7-year-old daughter to hide her face in a pillow so her mother wouldn't have to hear her scream when she beat the girl with a leather strap as punishment, a criminal complaint says.

The complaint alleges that the beating was so forceful it left a bruise on the girl's buttocks and was meted out as punishment to the alleged victim for recently getting on the wrong school bus — an act the girl's mother said was intentional because her daughter wanted to go to a friend's house.

The woman, who will not be named to protect the identity of the victim, was charged Feb. 4 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, intentionally causing bodily harm.

According to the complaint, the beating occurred on Jan. 28 after the woman had to pick up her daughter from school. The woman was notified by the school that her daughter was waiting there to be picked up after missing her bus.

When they got home, the woman reportedly told her daughter, "You know you're getting an ass whooping," according to the complaint, and instructed the girl to bring her a leather strap and lay face down and bury her face in a pillow so the woman wouldn't have to hear her daughter scream.

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Lake Country private schools register for voucher program

Feb. 08, 2016 1:23 p.m. | Several Lake Country schools are among the 135 private schools that registered with the state by the Jan. 10 deadline to accept students for next school year through the Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (WPCP).

Divine Redeemer Lutheran School in Hartland, Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland, Queen of Apostles School in Pewaukee, Saint Anthony on the Lake in Pewaukee, and Saint Joan of Arc in Nashotah all are new to the statewide voucher program for 2016-17, according to the Department of Public Instruction.

The WPCP allows students who reside outside of the Milwaukee and Racine Unified school districts to use a taxpayer-funded subsidy to attend participating private or religious schools.

Families need to meet income requirements to qualify for the program. To enroll, parents must complete the online application between Feb. 1 and April 20.

A total of 2,514 students are participating in the program this school year.

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Some town of Mukwonago residents will now vote at Hillside Church

Feb. 08, 2016 12:07 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago — Some residents heading out to vote in the town of Mukwonago for the Feb. 16 primary could be in for a surprise if they haven't checked the town website before going to the polls.

While voting for all town of Mukwonago residents has been held at the town hall in the past, with almost 5,600 registered voters, there isn't enough parking to accommodate a large voter turnout, according to Deputy Clerk Gail Obradovich. To ease the congestion, the town has a new polling place at Hillside Church, S93 Highway NN, for residents in wards 2, 3, 9, 10 and 11.

However, because of issues with the new state voter software, Obradovich said they were unable to print postcards to send to residents telling them where they will vote this spring. Obradovich said they plan to notify residents of the new poll location before the April election.

Residents in wards 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will still vote at town hall.

In person absentee voting will all be done at town hall as well. In person voting lasts until Feb. 12. Town hall hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., with extended hours until 5 p.m. on Feb. 11 and 12 for voting.

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Adult Coloring Club at OPL

Feb. 08, 2016 7:40 a.m. |

Feeling stressed? Come relax, listen to music, and color at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

 Adult coloring is a huge trend nationwide – come experience it for yourself and find out why. All supplies will be provided.

Volunteers,interns needed at NuGenesis Farm

Feb. 08, 2016 7:14 a.m. | Last year over 350 individuals interned or volunteered for a collective 4,000 hours in the gardens at NuGenesis Farm, assisting with administrative tasks, and helping with educational programs.   You will help continue to promote health, wellness and environmental stewardship through hands-on garden and food education.

Internships

Each year,  several interns  receive offer real world experience and education in many  program areas including education, nutrition, public health, farming, gardening and culinary arts. Applicant must be able to receive school credit for the internship experience or be a highly committed volunteer.

NuKids Education Intern

NuGenesis looking for a NuKids Intern to help with youth garden education programs throughout the spring semester. The goal of the NuKids Winter & Spring 2016 Intern is to help coordinate and facilitate all aspects of the NuKids Program with an emphasis on leading produce tastings.

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Erin's St. Patrick's Day parade could be canceled if there aren't enough entries

Feb. 05, 2016 11:51 a.m. | The town of Erin has been holding a St. Patrick's Day parade for 35 years. But this year's version could be canceled if there aren't enough entries.

So far only about five participants have committed to the March 17 event, said parade committee chairman Jeff Kraft.

That's similar to numbers the parade had a week before the 2015 event, which left Kraft scrambling to scare up participants.

"I made like 30 calls, and we ended up having enough people to have it, but I don't want to be in that same situation again this year, so I'm trying to let people know there's a problem," Kraft said. "If the parade is still important to people, if they have fun, if they want to keep it going, we need some participation."

Kraft said that means having at least 10 entries by one week before the event.

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Man suspected of several area burglaries charged after car lands in ditch along I-94 in Waukesha

Feb. 05, 2016 11:11 a.m. | Two suspects in a string of burglaries were arrested early in the afternoon Feb. 4, when the car they were driving ended up in a ditch along eastbound Interstate 94 near Highway 164.

One of the suspects, Dewayne Anderson, of Milwaukee, was charged Friday, Feb. 5 in Waukesha County Circuit Court as party to the crime of burglary and arming himself with a dangerous weapon. The other suspect, who will not be named unless he is formally accused, had not been charged by press time, court records show.

According to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and a criminal complaint, the car that crashed in the ditch, a white Toyota Avalon, is thought to have been used in connection with numerous area burglaries dating back to last August. The suspects, both male, were taken into custody after the crash. One tried to flee on foot, but surrendered a short distance from the accident.

The release said that Anderson and other suspect were arrested on suspicion of burglary. Their car left the road after making a sharp turn from the left lane on I-94, the release said. Authorities recovered a handgun from inside the vehicle, the complaint said.

Police were pursuing the car after receiving a report that it was allegedly connected to a town of Delafield home break-in around 10:11 a.m. Feb. 4. According to the sheriff's department and the complaint, it is thought that these suspects are involved in more than a dozen burglaries in at least four different jurisdictions over the last several months.

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