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Chamber boat ride tomorrow

Aug. 25, 2014 4:41 p.m. |  The 20/20 Networking Water's Edge Boat Club Boat Tour takes place on Tuesday, Aug. 26 from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Pewaukee Lake.

Put on by the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce and the Hartland Chamber of Commerce, the event kicks off at Water's Edge Boat Club, N27 W27250 Woodland Drive.

Admission is $10 for non-members and at-the-door registrations.

The two chambers team up every month to run an event or activity for its members and non-members as well.

Keep those fall festivals coming

3:00 p.m. | The fall festival season just keeps on as we near the cold and snow of winter.

Oconomowoc High School members of the German National Honor Society (Delta Epsilon Phi) are hosting Kinder Oktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave. Oconomowoc. The event, a celebration of German culture and cuisine, includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.

An International Food Festival/Dinner will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.  Saturday at North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. You’ll be able to sample seven ethnic foods. The dinner includes German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado as well as pie and beverage. Cost is $10 adults, $9 seniors.

Everybody knows how cute our dogs look in costumes. Bring your favorite pooch dressed for the season to the Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. The event benefits the Elmbrook Humane Society. There will be judging for best pet/owner theme and best pet costumes plus  dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. Admission is a $5 donation. Call (262) 548-0923 for more information.

Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale was rained out last weekend, but organizers are hoping the weather cooperates this weekend. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. More than 30 families will be selling new and used items. It’s a fundraiser for the eighth-grade Washington D.C. trip in spring.

Construction work on WIS 16 to begin Oct. 27

12:52 p.m. | Short-term lane closures will begin Monday, Oct. 27, when the Wisconsin Department of Transportation begins work on a $7.2million construction project along STH 16, from WIS 67 to I-94 in the cities of Waukesha and Oconomowoc.

The project involves repairing some deteriorating road conditions on a series of bridges and their approaching roadways, according to a news release.

Construction crews will for now focus on shoulder and temporary median work until major construction begins next year.

The DOT urges motorists to remain alert and cautious when driving through a work zone.

Republican candidates visit Mukwonago

9:10 a.m. | The Repulican Party of Waukesha County will hold a Get Out and Vote Rally at  1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, in Mukwonago Field Park, at the intersection of Highway 83 and NN. 

Keynote speaker, US Rep. Paul Ryan, will be present along with a number of other speakers including Sen. Paul Farrow, Rep. David Craig, Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel, Steve Nass, who is an 11th District State Senate candidate, and Julian Bradley, Secretary of State candidate.

CELA beam-raising ceremony on Oct. 28

Oct. 23, 2014 9:06 p.m. |  Brian Nahey, co-founder of the Christian Education Leadership Academy, is one step closer to seeing his dream realized.

On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Nahey, CELA officials and partners, along with Pewaukee Mayor Scott Klein and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, will be on hand to celebrate the school's progress.

The highest beam of the school's structure, at a towering 75 feet, will be lifted into place.

The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will be held at CELA, which is north of Hwy 16 on Ryan Street in Pewaukee.

"At CELA, we are working to create a nurturing and loving environment where each student will continually learn, lead and excel," said CELA co-founder Nancy Nahey.

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Hartland Citgo cuts gas price to $2.99

Oct. 23, 2014 9:02 p.m. | Mike Badani's Harltand Citgo Village Mart is the first gas station to drop his price to $2.99 per gallon in the Lake Country. Badani dropped the price at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Referendum suggested in Delafield

Oct. 22, 2014 10:15 p.m. | City of Delafield - A city alderman who is also a member of the governing board of Lake Country Fire and Rescue has suggested a referendum be held to give city voters an opportunity to express their support for the consolidated fire department that also serves the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.

Alderman Gerald MacDougall, who made the suggestion during a three hour common council buget workshop tonight, said the referendum could serve two purposes.

He said it would give the department an opportunity to educate voters about the emergency medical and fire services it provides to the three communities.

He added the referendum, if approved, would enable the common council to exceed state imposed limits on municipal tax levies in order to fund the city's contribution to the department.

The city's share of funding department operations in 2015 is expected to increase by about $ 140,000, slightly more than 18 percent higher than in 2014.

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Kwik Trip plans hit roadblock in Mukwonago

Oct. 22, 2014 5:15 p.m. | Approval of a conditional use permit for Kwik Trip to build on the northern end of the Village of Mukwonago sits stalled by an appeal filed by attorney Dale Thorpe, representing Shell station owners Darwin and Cheryl Greenwald.

Thorpe was hired to do a legal review of the application that was made by Kwik Trip and procedures followed in that process. Concerns over technical issues in regard to the application and the process prompted filing the appeal, Thorpe told the village board on Oct. 21.

Substitute site plans, which varied from plans presented for a public hearing, resulted in procedural flaws since different plans should have called for another public hearing, but none was held, Thorpe explained.

Also, a more restrictive code zoning, as a result of between four and seven feet of the most restrictive zoning (A1) abutting the property for the proposed Kwik Trip, affects the setbacks of the second site plans for the proposed structure.

The village can do what it wants with its coding, but what the board can't do is ignore a code that is very burdensome, is very strict, but it was adopted and put on the books, Thorpe pointed out.

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Celebration of Music to fill Mukwonago church

Oct. 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. |  The 32nd annual Celebration of Music will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Nov. 2, at First Congregational Church of Mukwonago, 231 Roberts Drive (next to Field Park). 

The communitywide event is free and open to the public and features area musicians. Donations for the Mukwonago Food Pantry are encouraged. 

The Mukwonago Area Community Choir, a group of local singers conducted by John Anello, will be performing, along with several area church choirs, including St. James Catholic Church and St. Pius V.

There will be a piano trio -six hands on one piano — plus vocal comic relief by Karla Hartley and Joanne Himebauch, as well as other musical numbers. 

The final number will be a combined performance by many of the afternoon’s participants, all joining together to sing "Go Now in Peace," by Don Besig and Nancy Price. 

Hartland Born Learning Trail opens today

Oct. 22, 2014 10:17 a.m. | Village of Hartland - The newly-installed Born Learning Trail at Hartland's Castle Park is ready to use.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. tonight, Oct. 22, to celebrate the launch of the trail.

The new trail is part of a United Way in Waukesha County awareness campaign - Born Learning - underlining the importance of early childhood education. The Castle Park trail is the tenth to be built in Waukesha County.

Construction labor and materials for the trail were provided by GE Capitol. 

To RSVP for the event please call United Way in Waukesha County at (262) 547-8459, or send an email to Lori@UnitedWayWaukesha.org. 

Yoga for cancer survivors offered

Oct. 21, 2014 10:37 a.m. | ProHealth-Mukwonago campus will offer Beat Cancer Yoga from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Mondays, from Oct. 27 through Dec. 15 at the ProHealth D. N. Greenwald Center, 240 Maple Avenue.

The course is designed to provide gentle yoga for cancer survivors, their spouses, family members and friends. Participants are guided through yoga practices consisting of breathing techniques, specific yoga postures, and deep relaxation to refresh mind, body and spirit as well as improving joint mobility and muscle flexibility.

Instructor Shelley Carpenter, physical therapist and registered yoga teacher, has more than 20 years of physical therapy experience and has been a registered yoga teacher since 2006.

Cost of the class is $30 for the 8-week session. Class is limited to 16 students.

Visit ProHealthCare.org/classes to register or call (262) 928-2745.

Hartland plan commission talks Capitol Plaza redevelopment possibilities

Oct. 20, 2014 9:48 p.m. | Village of Hartland - Transformation of most of the land at Capitol Plaza, between Lawn Street and East Capitol Drive, into three, sizable high-end apartment complexes -- called the River Walk apartments -- had plan commissioners and some residents abuzz.

The village plan commission and architectural review board on Monday, Oct. 20, discussed the project with developer Joe McCormick, and the conversation assuaged some previous concerns about the proposal but raised others.

The River Walk apartment project, if approved, would mark one of the most significant real estate developments in the village's history.

Commissioners took no action on the proposed development Monday and instead listened to a progress report from McCormick. The item was listed on the meeting's agenda for review purposes only.

According to a staff memo, the project would involve the construction of two new residential buildings, housing a total of 74 apartments, and the addition of a second floor (for 15 more apartments) to be built atop the existing commercial space on site.

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Federal agents arrest former foreclosure king Todd Brunner

Oct. 20, 2014 6:05 p.m. | Nearly eight hours after federal agents broke down his front door and arrested Todd Brunner, the onetime local king of foreclosures, a federal judge Monday afternoon ordered him and his son released on bond.

A warrant for the Brunners' arrest on charges of bank fraud and bankruptcy fraud had been issued Friday after a federal prosecutor said they were dodging marshals who last week tried repeatedly to serve them with a summons to appear for arraignment.

Authorities allege that Todd Brunner, 57, and his son, Shawn, 24, hid assets from the bankruptcy court and that Todd Brunner tried to conceal more than $7 million in assets from lenders. Todd Brunner filed for bankruptcy in 2011 after the collapse of his business, which he built by buying, selling and renting out hundreds of foreclosed properties throughout southeastern Wisconsin.

About 6:45 a.m. Monday, more than a dozen heavily armed agents and officers from the U.S. Marshals Service, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Pewaukee police and FBI stormed the Brunners' spacious home near Pewaukee Lake, arresting them both.

The marshals broke down the front door of the two-story home after repeatedly banging on the door and shouting "U.S. Marshals. We have a warrant. Open the door or we are going to kick it in."

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PSD traffic issues discussed tomorrow

Oct. 20, 2014 5:54 p.m. |  The village of Pewaukee will hold a town-hall-style meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 to dicuss traffic issues at Pewaukee School District.

PSD's school board discussed the issue back in September. Here are the details.

New twist in "Porn in the Morn"

Oct. 20, 2014 4:55 p.m. |  Waukesha - There is a new twist to the Butler Village Police Department's "Porn in the Morn" scandal.

Former Police Lt. Brian Pergande was found guilty of disorderly conduct  this afternoon on charges stemming from the 2013 investigation of the police department by the Waukesha County Sheriff''s Office

However, Pergande's sentencing was delayed until Oct. 27 because the victim of his crime was not available to provide either a written or oral victim's impact statement to the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

She is in jail in Milwaukee serving time for failing to pay child support, according to her attorney.

She was not able to prepare an impact statement because of a scheduling error in the Waukesha County District Attorney's office, according to District Attorney Brad Schimel.

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Former AHS athlete Sweitzer dies

Oct. 20, 2014 10:49 a.m. | Former Arrowhead High School standout football player and hockey player Colton Sweitzer passed away Friday night at his home.

Cause of his death was unknown. He was 21 years old.

After graduating from Arrowhead, he went to UW-Whitewater and played football there. He later transferred to Carroll University in Waukesha.

His funeral is planned for Friday.

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