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Oconomowoc chamber holds seven-day shopping promotion

Aug. 11, 2014 9:28 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring its third shop local week event of the year.

“Just in time for festival season,” said Katie Miller, chamber executive director.

The seven-day event is designed to encourage residents to visit and invest in local retailers, restaurants and businesses. It began Sunday and ends Sunday, Aug. 17.

Miller said between 25 and 50 chamber-member businesses participated in the last shop local event, but any business, whether it’s a member or not, is welcome to join the event.

Many businesses will offer special discounts and promotions throughout the week, Miller said. All customers have to do is ask about them.

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Hamilton classes of 60s and 70s invited to reunion Aug. 8

July 01, 2015 3:53 p.m. | Following an extremely successful reunion for the Hamilton High School classes of the 1960s and 1970s last summer, the committee who the affair last year have decided to have an encore reunion for people who range in age from 54 to 68 from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at Sussex Village Park.

The reunion committee is headed up by Mike Hyland, Mike Paradies and Sue Rusteika.

Tickets will cost $15 per person in advance or $20 per person on the day of the event and include food, music, door prizes and two coupons for beer, soda or water.

The event is aimed toward the classes of 1965-79, but Paradies, the lead organizer, said, "Anyone who placed a book in a locker or taught a class at Hamilton is welcome to attend. In fact, teachers are encouraged to attend at no charge, and the picnic is open to anyone else who buys a ticket."

This year, the event will include a custom car and bike show, with classmates displaying their refurbished vehicles.

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Mukwonago theater group presents 'Taming of the Shrew'

July 01, 2015 3:04 p.m. | The Off-Book Players, a Mukwonago area theater group, will present William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" July 30 through Aug. 1, at Sunset Playhouse's Studio Theatre, 800 Elm Grove Road, Elm Grove.

Performance times are 8 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 8 p.m. Friday, July 31, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1. All performances will take place at Sunset Playhouse's Studio Theatre in Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

Tickets are on sale and can be purchased by calling (262) 409-7245 or visiting offbookplayers.weebly.com. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors with ID, and $15 otherwise. Thursday, July 30 will be a pay-what-you-can night.

Deanna Strasse, Mukwonago area playwright, actress, and general manager of the Off-Book Players, will direct the production.

"The Taming of the Shrew" remains one of Shakespeare's best-known — and controversial — comedies, due to its take on male and female dynamics. Strasse offers a fresh take on the story by setting it in the 1950s, mimicking the fun "battle-of-the-sexes" comedy film from eras past.

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Therapeutic riding lesson volunteers needed in Eagle

July 01, 2015 1:25 p.m. | Horse Power Healing Center, Inc., S101 W34628 Highway LO, Eagle, is in need of volunteers to help offer therapeutic riding lessons. A volunteer training will be held from 6 to7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, weather permitting. 

Two people are needed for each lesson to walk alongside the horse and a person to lead the horse. Volunteers are also needed to help get the horses ready for lessons. 

Knowledge of children and adults with special needs or horses is not necessary to begin volunteering. Horse Power Healing Center will provide training in the necessary safety practices and skill needed. 

Help is also needed in areas such as office work, marketing, fundraising, facility maintenance, and other special projects. 

Those interested who cannot make the training session are asked to contact the center at (262) 594-3667 to make special arrangements. 

Six applicants for Oconomowoc mayor seat

July 01, 2015 11:28 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc — The number of applicants for city's iterim mayor seat has climbed to six.

City Clerk Diane Coenen said Wednesday, July 1, that three more names — Joseph Agathen, James Larsen and Daniel Brezgel — had been added to the applicant pool by the June 30 submission deadline.

Agathen, Larsen and Brezgel join David Nold, Charlie Shaw and Kevin Ellis as potential candidates.

The common council voted earlier this month to interview candidates and appoint an interim mayor at the council's July 21 meeting. Aldermen were given a choice of how to fill the mayoral seat — by appointment or special election — following former Mayor Jim Daley's resignation from office.

The council also had the option to leave the seat vacant until the next election cycle. Aldermen will not formally review the applications until after the July 7 council meeting.

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FPWWC in need of items

July 01, 2015 10:29 a.m. |  Family Promise of Western Waukesha County, an organization that helps homeless children and their families, is in need of items for its mission.

FPWWC is asking for:

Toiletries for adults:   full size shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions, brushes, combs, hair ties, men and women's deodorant, men and women's razors, and shaving cream.

Liquid fabric softener and laundry detergent: At  the Family Promise Center families  do their laundry with  a HE washer and dryer.  FPWWC is in need of HE -friendly laundry detergent and liquid fabric softener.  If you would like to donate regular/non HE laundry detergent and fabric softener,  FPWWC can donate it families when they graduate the program.

Printer Paper: For use in the office as well as for the guest families so they can print off paperwork, job applications, and apartment searches.

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Mukwonago school district selects construction manager

July 01, 2015 10:23 a.m. | Mukwonago Area School District- The Mukwonago Area School District (MASD) administration and school board announced the selection of CG Schmidt as the construction manager for the facility planning process. The selection process was led by the district and board.

The decision to hire CG Schmidt was finalized at the June 22 board meeting by unanimous approval.

CG Schmidt and Bray Architects will work together to engage the district and find the most cost-effective facility solutions to improve the high school.

"We looked at six of the best school Construction Managers in the state and CG Schmidt stood out as the best choice. The fees were very competitive among the qualified firms due to the nature of the project and the District's commitment to fiscal prudence," commented Curt Wiebelhaus, District Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.

"CG Schmidt came highly recommended by other district superintendents throughout the state for their outstanding pre-referendum and construction management services," added MASD Superintendent Shawn McNulty.

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Portions of Lake Country bike trail open in time for July 4 weekend

June 30, 2015 5:28 p.m. | A portion of the Lake Country Bicycle Trail, from Bleeker Street in the city of Delafield to Maple Avenue in the town of Delafield, has reopened after  construction, according to a news release from the American Transmission Company.

ATC has been working on various portions of the trail since last August when the company announced it would be removing and replacing high-voltage transmission poles and wires along the trail as part of a larger effort called the Quad County Electric Reliability Project.

Since that time, sections of the trail, which spans more than 50 miles, have been closed to accommodate the construction.

According to the project website, the portion of the trail between Oconomowoc and Maple Avenue in Delafield is open to the public.

Another large portion from Glen Cove Road to the trail head at Golf Road and east over I-94, will remain closed throughout the summer.

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Aldi moving in to Mukwonago

June 30, 2015 11:33 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago — Aldi is planning to build a grocery store at the corner of Highway 83 and Wolf Run in a move that Village Administrator John Weidl calls "10 years in the making."

Weidl said Aldi is applying for demolition and building permits since the joint review board approved the amended plan.

The site is where the current Urban Herriges and Sons building is located — about 14,000 square feet.

Weidl said the village is supplying a grant of $250,000 toward the project.

"Aldi has been looking to break into the community for a long time," Weidl said.

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Five years later, Eagle remembers the tornado that ripped through community

June 30, 2015 9:25 a.m. | For some, the images haven't faded away.

Five years won't wipe away the destruction that was seen.

That's why June 21, 2010 will always be etched in the memories of people around here.

"It feels like it was only maybe six months ago," said then-Eagle Deputy Fire Chief (and current firefighter) Dave Rockteacher, referring to the devastating tornadoes that wreaked disaster on Eagle, Big Bend and Muskego. "Neighboring departments, about 17 I think, came in to go over the area and make sure everyone was accounted for. They were here for days."

Rockteacher said The Salvation Army, Red Cross and church groups all supported the effort.

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OAC Open House set for July 11

June 30, 2015 7:55 a.m. |   To celebrate the Oconomowoc Art Center's seventh season, the community is invited to the annual Open House from 6 to 8 p.m.on Saturday, July 11.

 Sponsored by Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly, the free event will offer live entertainment, tours of the arts center, complimentary food and beverages and more.

 The OAC Box Office will also be open during the open house. Guests will have the opportunity to take advantage of valuable and money saving discounts on early ticket purchases.

OHS theater director, Tom Klubertanz and Andy Zietlow will perform with acoustic-electric folk renditions of contemporary pop and rock favorites on the Tri-Clubs Plaza outdoor patio. The OAC will also serve up free brats, burgers and hot dogs, thanks to Fox Brother's Piggly Wiggly.

  A variety of arts, community and school organizations will also be on hand in the OAC lobby with info. and demonstrations. The Lake Country Community Orchestra, 5678 Dance Studio, MainStage Academy of Dance and To the Pointe Performing Arts Studio will offer performances throughout the evening on the OAC's Main Stage.   For more information, call The OAC Box Office at (262) 560-3172 or visit www.theOAC.net.

Enrollment varies across Arrowhead feeder districts

June 29, 2015 4:31 p.m. | One of the K-8 feeder districts to Arrowhead High School will be exploring the option of consolidating with another district as a way to cut costs, but it's not immediately clear if it will have any takers.

Facing falling revenues because of declining enrollment and decreased state aid, the Hartland-Lakeside School Board voted June 22 to explore the feasibility of several cost-saving options, including closing one of its two elementary buildings or merging with another district.

Enrollment at Hartland-Lakeside has dropped 15 percent over the past five years — from 1,365 students in 2010-2011 to 1,159 in 2014-2015, according to figures from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The gap widens if you look back further and include projections for the coming year; Hartland-Lakeside had about 1,400 students in 2006 and is projecting to be around 1,100 in 2015-2016, according to information from the district.

Hartland-Lakeside Superintendent Glenn Schilling said the latest revenue projections indicate the district will face "extensive deficits" in 2016-17, which will increase "drastically" the following two years. To maintain the district's financial obligations, Schilling said it will be necessary to reduce staff, increase class sizes, reduce supportive services and limit professional development and technology resources.

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Big Bend man charged with murder being extradited to Missouri

June 29, 2015 4:03 p.m. | An extradition warrant has been executed at a June 29 hearing for Nicholas P. Godejohn, the man charged with murdering his girlfriend's mother in Missouri a couple weeks ago.

Godejohn, a Big Bend resident, waved extradition (agreed to go with Missouri officials) an the hearing, and the papers were filed, according to online court documents.

The court has revoked bail and the defendant will be held in the Waukesha County Jail until Missouri officials pick him up.

Godejohn, 26, and his girlfriend, Gypsy Blancharde, 23, of Springfield, Missouri, have been charged with the murder of Blancharde's mother, Clauddinnea "Dee Dee" Blancharde.

Police found Clauddinnea dead in her bed with multiple stab wounds after following up a tip about Facebook posts alluding to the murder, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint states the posts were tracked to Godejohn's address where the pair were apprehended.

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Tickets on sale now for Festival Week boat tours

June 29, 2015 3:16 p.m. |  Shorehaven takes the reins for the Oconomowoc Historic Boat Tours on Lac La Belle August 10 - 14 during Oconomowoc’s famous Festival Week. Celebrate Oconomowoc's gilded legacy with tours running 60 - 90 minutes at 1 and 6 p.m. and tickets must be purchased in advance.  

Tickets are $15 per person.  Checks payable to Shorehaven, mail to Shorehaven, attn: Boat Tour, PO Box 208, Oconomowoc WI 53066. Include date, tour time, address and phone number with your check.

Tickets will be mailed out on receipt of payment.  All riders must be ticketed. No phone reservations accepted.  No refunds. Boats travel rain or shine. Call Amanda Johnson at  (262)  567-8341 or email ajohnson@lho.org with questions. 

Boats launch from the dock behind the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. on the shores of Lac La Belle. Ample parking is available. Purchase early, tickets do sell out.

Judge: Former Lisbon Clerk Kraus owes town more than $26,000

June 29, 2015 3:08 p.m. | The court saga of former Town of Lisbon Administrator/Clerk Elizabeth Kraus is over.

At a restitution hearing Monday, June 29, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Aprahamian ruled that Kraus — who has served a little more than a month of her yearlong jail term — owes the town of Lisbon $32,095.22 in restitution.

Kraus was sentenced late last month to five years' probation and 12 months in jail after she pleaded no contest to one count of credit card fraud. She was accused in January of defrauding the town of Lisbon of thousands of dollars, which she used to buy herself electronics, clothes and a dog.

Defense and prosecuting attorneys had not agreed on a restitution amount by the May 22 sentencing hearing. Aprahamian at that time ordered Kraus to pay a then-undetermined amount in restitution, but amended the judgment of conviction on June 29 to reflect the newly agreed upon figure.

Kraus's attorney, Marcus Sengstock, said his client had already paid $6,000 of restitution. She still owes Lisbon — the sole restitution claimant — $26,095.22.

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Mukwonago Baptist Church brings mountains of fun with vacation bible school

June 29, 2015 2:58 p.m. |  Mukwonago Baptist Church, 1610 Honeywell Road, Mukwonago, announces its free, fun-filled week of vacation bible school from July 6 through 10. The year's theme is "Mountain Top Adventure: Expedition of a Lifetime."

Children 4 years through eighth grade are invited to attend the Bible school, which includes Bible lessons, skits, games, dramatic missionary stories, refreshments, and fun. Each day begins at 9:15 a.m. and end at noon. The weekends with a Friday evening family fun fair, refreshments and a program in which parents can experience the fun of the week. 

Mom are invited to the daily morning Mornings for Moms programs that includes great fellowship, enjoyable crafts, and practical workshops and Bible studies in a comfortable home-style setting. Nursery facilities are available for children during this time.

Dads are welcome to join the fun on Friday, July 10 for Dad's Day to enjoy refreshments, activities, and bible studies.

For questions or requests for free transportation, call the church at (262) 363-4197 or visit the website.

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