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New Mukwonago elementary principal announced

July 28, 2014 10:57 p.m. | As former Rolling Hills Elementary School principal Nick Reichhoff takes on the new role of district director of employee and instructional services starting Tuesday, the Mukwonago School Board approved hiring Casey Blochowiak as the next Rolling Hills principal at the July 28 meeting. 

Blochowiak, who taught social studies at Mukwonago High School and worked as a reading specialist there before taking a position as associate principal at Menonomee Falls High School last year, is happy to be back in the Mukwonago district.

“It feels like home,” Blochowiak said, pointing to the dedication of MASD staff, students and families as the magnet that pulled her back to Mukwonago.

In a letter to students, Blochowiak recognized the hard work of students and teachers that gave put Rolling Hills among schools the exceed expectations on the state’s school report cards. She also noted the importance of having a positive school environment.

“Teamwork will help us achieve these goals because together everyone achieves more with organization, respect and kindness,” Blochowiak said in the letter.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 03, 2016 8:45 a.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Just kids from Waukesha County: Joe Schobert, Derek Watt make history in 2016 NFL Draft

6:15 p.m. | Joe Schobert and Derek Watt made history Saturday.

When both were selected by NFL teams during the draft, it marked the first time two football players who attended high school in Waukesha County were drafted in the same year.

Schobert, a 2012 Waukesha West graduate, was selected as the 99th overall pick at the start of the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns. Watt, a 2011 graduate of Pewaukee High School, was taken in the sixth round by the San Diego Chargers. He was the 198th overall selection.

Schobert, the first player ever drafted into the NFL from Waukesha West, is joining fellow Waukesha County product Joe Thomas on the Cleveland Browns. Thomas is a graduate of Brookfield Central and, like Schobert, played at Wisconsin.

Watt became the third Pewaukee graduate to be selected in the NFL Draft. Watt's older brother, J.J., the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, in 2011, and Chris McIntosh, in 2000, are the others. Both were first-round selections.

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Eastbound traffic resumes at Highway 16 crash scene

4:11 p.m. | Eastbound traffic has resumed at the scene of a crash that initially closed all lanes in both directions of Highway 16 at Highway 83 at Hartland. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is responding.

Crash closes Highway 16 in Hartland

3:47 p.m. | East and west bound Highway 16 at Highway 83 in Hartland has been shut down due to an accident around 3:30 p.m., May 2, according to scanner traffic.

Flight for Life has been called for a 62-year-old patient, according to scanner traffic.

No further details are available at this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Scientist's biotech therapy fights cancer

3:21 p.m. | Village of Big Bend- Village of Big Bend resident and scientist Mike James and his team are one of 27 entries competing in the finalist round of the Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest.

Their entry, called Essential Biotechnology, has survived two rounds of judging in the contest, which is organized through the Wisconsin Technology Council as well as other sponsors and volunteers including the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. The contest blends health-related fields, manufacturing, social or educational innovations and life sciences.

James' essential biotechnology plan focuses on targeting cancers using antibodies against a protein they discovered to exist specifically on the surface of tumor cells. Although technologies like this have been used before, the mechanism and protein they are targeting are brand-new.

"Current therapies are not treating cancer well. The small parts of those cancers always seem to come back," James said. "And when they do, it's bad news for the patient and treatment becomes difficult and even impossible."

James, a scientist that studies cancer biology and molecular and cell biology as it relates to cancer, worked with a team to find a way to target and kill those most dangerous, treatment resistant tumor cells.

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Mukwonago man says cancer journey is worth it, if it helps somebody else

2:56 p.m. | When it comes to cancer treatment, Scott Turk, of Mukwonago, has "kind of seen it all," since he was diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer in 2014. He's been in chemotherapy since 2014, had radiation and has gone through three surgeries where doctors filled his abdomen with chemotherapy drugs heated to 107 degrees.

Turk moved his family from Peoria, Illinois to Mukwonago in 2013 for a job that was offered to him. He didn't know why the opportunity came to him, but he knew God had a plan. He couldn't have imagined that plan moved him closer to crucial medical treatment he would need against colorectal cancer, care that wouldn't have been available to him in Peoria.

As the ProHealth ParkWalk for Cancer 2016 ambassador, Turk wants people to know cancer is real, it can happen to anyone, people like him, but there are options for quality care in our community, made possible through funds raised by ParkWalk.

Turk's journey

Turk shares his story in the hope other people can find support or knowledge through his journey.

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Pewaukee's Christian Education Leadership Academy plans to boost enrollment, establish waiting list

11:10 a.m. | As Pewaukee's newest private Christian school nears the end of its inaugural year, the school's co-founder is looking ahead to bigger and better things, including boosting enrollment by 60 percent.

Christian Education Leadership Academy, on Ryan Street just north of Highway 16, is serving 250 students in grades kindergarten through eight this year.

Because of its first-year success and number of requests from other families to join, Brian Nahey, who co-founded CELA with his wife, Nancy, said the school is projecting enrollment to swell to 400 for the 2016-17 school year and hopes to establish a waiting list to fill potential openings.

Nahey said CELA will announce detailed plans to fulfill that goal in the coming weeks, including new scholarship opportunities.

For now, the school has planned three "Each One, Reach One" events in April and May, where current CELA families are encouraged to bring friends and neighbors who might want to join the school. The event will give families an opportunity to see the school, meet members of the CELA family and encourage them to look into the enrollment process.

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10 Questions: with UPAF president & CEO Deanna Tillisch of Hartland

10:39 a.m. | One might think the most challenging part of a job leading an organization tasked with annually raising millions of dollars to support performing arts in Southeastern Wisconsin, is — you know — raising the money.

But Hartland's Deanna Tillisch, president and CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund — which helps support art groups such as First Stage, Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra — said the most difficult part of the gig is figuring out how to allocate the funds.

Tillisch, 54-year-old wife of Eric and mother to daughters Kayla, Kasey and Morgan, has been with UPAF since 2011. As the organization's president and CEO, she oversees all aspects of the organization, including fundraising, allocation of dollars, marketing, operations and finance.

The challenge of divvying up funds is one of the topics Tillisch addressed in a "10 Questions" interview with Lake Country Publications. The Indiana native also talked about what UPAF is doing to solidify its presence in Lake Country and why she feels she has the "best job in the community."

1 What drew you to your current position as president and CEO of UPAF?

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Town of Mukwonago begins revamp of roads

10:35 a.m. | The town of Mukwonago has begun the first phases of a just over $4.7 million road project set to improve up to 45 miles of town roads, over the course of the project.

Due to the size of the project it has been divided into three smaller projects, according to Town Engineer Sean Sullivan — pulverize and overlay project, the slag seal and microsurfacing project, and the Beulah Road reconstruction project. Weekly meetings will be held with contractors to review the progress of the projects and discuss scheduling.

Department of Public Works Foreman Rick Peterson said marking out for saw cutting began May 2. Saw cutting, but not removal of driveway ends so new asphalt can be blended in when paving, started on the north end of the town.

Prep work, crack sealing and spray patching should also start the week of May 2 in the Willow Springs subdivision and on Schnitzler Road, according to Peterson.

Pulverizing will start on Monday, May 9, on the north end of town and working south, Peterson said.

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Thank a teacher

9:23 a.m. | It’s teacher appreciation week.  Send a note, a card, a gift, or call a teacher and thank them for all they do.

MPD Explorer Post begins open application process

9:11 a.m. | The Mukwonago Police Department Explorer Post #429 is pleased to announce an open application process, which started April 27, 2016. The post is open to young adults 15-21 years old with no criminal record.

The Mukwonago Police Explorer Post #429 is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America in an effort to expose young adults to the various facets of law enforcement. This program is primarily geared towards young adults with a career interest in law enforcement.

The cost of the program is $24.00 annually for charter fees imposed by Learning for Life to accommodate insurance coverage for all members of the post. If you have any questions please contact by phone or email Officer Cory Kirkpatrick, Advisor to Post #429. He can be reached at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department from 7pm to 3am at (262) 363-6435. Or you can send Officer Kirkpatrick an email at ckirkpatrick@mkpd.org.

Applications for the Mukwonago Police Explorer post can be picked up at any time at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department, located at 627 S. Rochester St. Mukwonago, WI 53149.

St. Jerome's hosts Caregiver Support Group

7:17 a.m. | The Alzheimer's Association of Southeast Wisconsin sponsors Caregiver Support Groups open to anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, or other form of memory loss. 

St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc, is host to a Caregiver Support Group on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:30 – 8 p.m.; facilitators are Diane Becker (262) 490-3946 and Brenda Stieber (262) 569-9027.


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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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