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Delafield may dump up-the-drive waste collection

Sept. 02, 2014 10:28 p.m. | City of Delafield - City residents with long driveways or private drives may no longer recieve up-the-drive garbage collection service as part of a new waste-hauling contract being negotiated between the city and Advance Disposal.

City Administrator Tom Hafner acknowledged this week that the city was "heading in that direction" because continuing up-the-drive service would add $150,000 in the cost of the contract. Hafner said negotiations are continuing between the city and the waste hauler.

Advance Disposal of Florida was one of four waste-hauling companies that presented solid waste and recycling collection proposals to Waukesha County on behalf of 20 municipalities.

Waukesha County officials have urged local officials not to make public the proposed costs or other contract documents until after the local governments have negotiated the contracts, according to Hafner.

Hafner said the city may try to negotiate provisions in the contract that would allow residents who want to continue up-the-drive service to maintain  individual contracts with Advance Disposal at a higher cost than residents who receive curbside services would pay.

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Winter parking starts Nov. 1 in village of Mukwonago

3:14 p.m. | The Village of Mukwonago Police remind drivers that winter parking rules begin on Nov. 1.

Drivers may only park on the street between Nov. 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 from 2 to 6 a.m., if they have a parking permit. Vehicles parked with a permit must park on even numbered sides of the street on those nights with even calendar dates.

Permits can be purchased at the Village of Mukwonago Police Department. A monthly permit can be obtained for $12 per month. A yearly permit, good for all five months of the winter parking regulations, can be purchased for $55.

In cases of an emergency, call the department to seek permission to park on a village street for one to two nights. You must call the department, explain the reason for the request and provide a vehicle description and license plate number.

No vehicles can be parked or left standing on any public highway of the village for more than 30 minutes between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m.

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Fall craft season is in full swing

3:00 p.m. | Fall is the craft season and the perfect time to start your holiday shopping. A unique, hand-crafted gift is appreciated more than a mass-produced department store item.

A good place to start your holiday shopping is at the Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday at St. Jerome Parish School, 1001 S. Silver Lake St. The bazaar will feature handcrafted items, a raffle and Sweet Shop treats. A luncheon, which includes a beverage and dessert, will be $7 and served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.  Admission is free.

A Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s evangelical Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant Ave., Oconomowoc. The fair features handmade crafts and Christmas decor. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

If you’re hungry from all that shopping, head over for a Supreme Breakfast from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Bruno Church, 266 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman. Breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, hash browns, orange juice and coffee. Proceeds to benefit charities in the Dousman area. Hosted by the Dousman Knights of Columbus Council 6436 with the Dousman Masonic Lodge 315. Cost is $7 adults, $3 children under 10.

The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market will open for the season and celebrate five years starting at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center in Oconomowoc. From 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. will be a ribbon cutting; 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. will be birthday cake cutting and presentation by Alice in Dairyland. The market will be open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through March 2015, except Nov. 30 and Dec. 28. For more information, visit www.oconomowoc.org.

AHS's "A Christmas Carol" tickets on sale now

2:09 p.m. |  Arrowhead High School’s Broadway Company is gearing up for its performance of “A Christmas Carol.”

 
The first performance, on Friday, Nov. 14, begins at 7 p.m.
 
Subsequent shows take place Nov. 15, 16, 20, 22 and 23.
 
Tickets, which are on sale now for $16, can be purchased at arrowheadschools.org or at South Campus before school and at North Campus during lunch and after school.

OPL hosts fall bingo for kids

11:13 a.m. |  Children in grades 4k - 4th grade are invited to join in the fun at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1. Participants will  make their own bingo card and play for prizes. No registration is required.

The Oconomowoc Public Library is located at 200 W. South St.; call (262) 569-2193 with questions or for more information. 

Local dentist takes stand against sweets this Halloween

10:05 a.m. |  One area dentist is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is.” This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring up to 10 pounds of candy to Pewaukee Dental and receive $1 per pound. Dr. Mike Schneidler is leading this anti-decay movement by giving away dollars and goodie bags with toothbrushes and items donated by area businesses.

The candy and other donated goodies are sent to military men and women deployed in harm’s way. The dentist’s office has heard from many service members that they give the candy and other items to local children, who, in turn, provide information about where improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are hidden. Visit www.opgratitude for a list of items to donate.

In the past, many children have just given their candy for the soldiers and told the dentist’s office to keep the money for shipping.

Candy and other donations from the list will be collected from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, at Pewaukee Dental, 1231 George Towne Drive, Pewaukee. The candy must be unopened and unbitten.

For more information, call (262) 691-9832, or visit www.pewaukeedental.com.

Hold onto your hat; wind advisory in effect

8:35 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory until 6 p.m. tonight for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha County. 

Strong winds are expected to blast through the area as much colder air moves in. Winds are expected out of the north at 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to about 45 mph. 

Trash cans, lawn furniture and other small items could be blown around, so take care to secure them or move them indoors. 

Mukwonago pulls away from Arrowhead in volleyball sectional

Oct. 30, 2014 11:46 p.m. | Alissa Swirth volunteered for the reassignment.

The Mukwonago right-side hitter told coach Mary Pocius that she knew she could handle the attacks of Arrowhead junior Jenna Stefan, balls that were finding the line and giving the MHS girls volleyball team fits in the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Oct. 30 in Watertown.

"We changed our rotation pattern," Pocius said. "(Swirth) came over and said, 'I can block that line girl, coach,' and I said, 'OK, you've got it.' She had two blocks immediately in that game."

The moment was the beginning of the third set, shortly after Arrowhead had held on for a 30-28 win in set No. 2 to even the match. For the first time all night, Mukwonago was the squad that came out fast, taking a 6-1 lead en route to a 25-18 win in set three.

The tweak ultimately helped the top-seeded Indians to victory, when Mukwonago recorded a 25-23, 28-30, 25-18, 25-20 win and moved on to meet sixth-seeded Germantown in Saturday's sectional final at Waukesha West.

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Private money paves way for Christian school in Pewaukee

Oct. 30, 2014 5:11 p.m. | What if you could build a school from scratch, incorporate everything you thought necessary to launch children on a path to highly productive adulthood, and not worry about the price tag?

That never happens in education.

Unless a benefactor underwrites the cost because he's committed to the idea of creating a very specific type of school — which is exactly what's happening in Waukesha County.

Meet Brian Nahey, the CEO of Pewaukee-based Venturedyne, a firm that owns and manages industrial manufacturing companies. And meet Christian Education Leadership Academy, the Pewaukee-based private, religious school Nahey and his wife, Nancy, aim to establish.

CELA is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015, with plans to eventually serve 400 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. An event to celebrate its construction was held Tuesday at the school site, near the intersection of Ryan St. and Highway 16 in the City of Pewaukee.

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Enjoy a roast beef dinner at Eagle church

Oct. 30, 2014 12:59 p.m. | Eagle United Methodist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Eagle, will hold a roast beef dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Cost of the dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 12 years. Children younger than 3 are free. 

The meal includes roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetables, dessert, and a beverage. 

Carry outs available by calling (262) 594-2111.

Chinese engineer to plead guilty in theft of GE Healthcare trade secrets

Oct. 30, 2014 11:14 a.m. | A Chinese engineer charged with stealing trade secrets and confidential information from a GE Healthcare subsidiary in Waukesha has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Jun Xie, 41, will plead guilty to one count of stealing trade secrets, according to federal court records. He faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Xie could also face immediate deportation. No date has been set for Xie to formally enter his plea.

According to the plea agreement, the estimated loss incurred by GE, based on the cost of developing the stolen information, was between $100 million and $200 million. The restitution payment specified in the agreement, however, is just $130,000.

Xie has been free on personal recognizance bond since his arrest, though prosecutors kept his passport.

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Delafield to review controversial agreement

Oct. 29, 2014 11:39 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council may be asked to review at its Monday, Nov. 3,meeting a controversial out of court settlement agreement between the city and previous owners of the Village Square shopping center.

Mayor Michele DeYoe said tonight she may ask the council to review the agreement which includes restrictions on the size of shopping center, individual buildings wihin the complex, and the kinds of retail and service businesses that may be located in the shopping center.

Earlier this evening, the Plan Commission voted 6 to 1 to reject a proposal to build three apartment buildings on the west side of the shopping center partly because the proposed development violated a number of provisions of the agreement.

After the vote, DeYoe said she might bring up the settlement agreement at the council meeting because "it is poiicy question the council might want to address before we receive some other proposal."

The settlement agreement was reached in 2004 between the city and then shopping center owners Jon Spheeris and Mike Schutte to resolve lawsuits they filed after the city rejected their plans for the shopping center.

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Delafield's Village Square Apartments Rejected

Oct. 29, 2014 11:10 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Plan Commission voted 6 to 1 tonight to recommend the city reject a proposal to build 90 high end apartment units on about 8 acres of land on the west side of the Village Square shopping center.

Alderman Tim Aicher, who cast the dissenting vote on the commission, predicted the Common Council Monday night will vote to go along with the recommendation.

The vote came after an hour long public hearing and a nearly as long presentation by United Properties Inc of Minneapolis, the owner;s of the shopping center, and Madison developer Jim McCormick who United Properties asked to built the apartments.

More than a half dozen neighbors who live on nearby Vettelson Road, including Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, spoke against  the proposal.

They asserted  that the three story high 30 unit apartment buildings were not  compatible with the rural residential neighborhood with one home per acre lot.

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Complaint: Sussex man driving drunk injures four in two-car crash

Oct. 29, 2014 11:19 a.m. |  A 41-year-old Sussex man crashed his car into another vehicle while he had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit, but repeatedly denied alcohol had anything to do with the accident, a criminal complaint says.

Michael Day, Jr., N65 W22201 Silver Leaf Drive, was charged Monday, Oct. 27, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with four counts of operating while intoxicated, causing injury — all repeat offenses; his fourth operating while intoxicated offense; and driving with a revoked license. Day has three prior OWI convictions on his record.

According to the complaint, police responded around 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, to the scene of a two-car accident at the intersection of Appleton and Menomonee avenues in the village of Menmomonee Falls.

Susan Hanson, one of four passengers in the car struck by Day, was the first to speak to the officer, and she told him one of her daughters — identified only by her initials in the complaint — needed to be transported to the hospital for hip and neck injuries.

Police then spoke to Day who was allegedly casually eating a hamburger on the side of the road and appeared “extremely calm,” according to the complaint.

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Crash closes right lane of eastbound I-94 at Delafield

Oct. 29, 2014 10:30 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the right lane of eastbound Interstate 94 at Highway 83 in Delafield. The lane was closed for about 45 minutes and reopened shortly before 10 a.m. Waukesha County sheriff's deputies responded.

The crash was in the same area where a crash closed all lanes of eastbound I-94 for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

Big Bend/Vernon Lions host Halloween bingo

Oct. 28, 2014 4:13 p.m. |

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions will hold Halloween bingo ($1,000 bingo) at St. Joe's Catholic Church, Janesville Road, Big Bend. at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. 

Food wil be  available, raffles, and prizes for the best Halloween costumes.

The Big Bend/Vernon Lions give 100 percent of their profits back to the community. 

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