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Celebrate winter at the Waukesha JanBoree

Jan. 13, 2014 12:00 a.m. | To have weekend entertainment events listed in Weekend Happenings, fax (262) 367-1136 or email happenings@jcpgroup.com. Make sure the time, date and place are included. Deadline is noon Monday.


Jean Crane and Friends "Watercolor Expressions IX": 12-5 p.m. Jan. 15-16; 12-4 p.m. Jan. 17; 12-5 p.m. Jan. 20-23; 12-4 p.m. Jan. 24; 12-5 p.m. Jan. 27-30; 12-4 p.m. Jan. 31, Lake Country Gallery, W240-N3425 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee.

Young At Art: Community Youth Merit Art Exhibition, reception: 5-9 p.m. Jan. 16, Menomonee Falls High School Art Gallery, W142-N8101 Merrimac Drive, Menomonee Falls.

Anthony Suminski Egg Tempera Show and Terrence Coffman: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 17, 21-24; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 18, 25; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 28-31; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 1; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 4-7; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 8; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 11-14; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 15; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18 (through March 25), Delafield Arts Center, 527 Milwaukee St., Delafield. http://www.delafieldartscenter.org.

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Hamilton defeated by Bulldogs

Jan. 12, 2014 8:34 p.m. | On Jan. 10, Hamilton's varsity boys basketball team faced a daunting task.

Finding a way to be successful against West Allis Central, and doing it without University of Iowa recruit Brady Ellingson and his 27 points per contest, proved to be too much of a stretch. With Ellingson in street clothes, the surging Bulldogs took a 59-49 win in Greater Metro Conference play.

Hamilton fell to 6-4 overall. Ellingson, stricken with mononucleosis, will likely miss the next several games.

Hamilton shaved the Bulldogs' surplus to just 2 points by halftime thanks in part to Mitch Geszvain, Drew Patterson and Brett Buehler, who all connected on field goals.

But Hamilton struggled in the third quarter, getting outscored, 17-8. West Allis Central scored on five of its first six possessions moments after the break. Ron Turkvan had 6 points for the Bulldogs during that stretch, and the Bulldogs took control.

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Bowling Scores 01/14/14

Jan. 12, 2014 8:24 p.m. |

Jay's Lanes

Monday Mixed

Paul Sadler 719 (246, 193, 280), Doug Krebsbach 693 (200, 247, 246), Heidi Kossow 662 (203, 194, 265), Jacob Rogosienski 644 (137, 267, 240), Aaron Cieslak 642 (223, 220, 199), Tracy Jackson 579 (193, 171, 215), Eleanor Treffinger 575(180, 224, 171), Debb Jaeck 552 (179, 206, 167), Erin Rogosienski 543 (160, 159, 224), Cathy Sadler 540 (201, 167, 172)

Tuesday Seniors

Tim Vlasis 609 (242), Al Frankenstein 582 (235), Jack Pechacek 573 (211), Don Jerousek 572 (214), Ron Bartels 523, Windy Adler 522, Joe Heinzman 520, Ed Rachwal 508, Rita Heinz 538 (194), Anna Flury 486 (171), Judy Heinzman 463 (168), Sharon Vlasis 462, Judy Stocks 436, Judy Atkins 418, Faye Kampa 400

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Swimmers eighth at relays meet

Jan. 12, 2014 8:14 p.m. | Waukesha West/Mukwonago placed eighth out of nine teams at the Classic 8 Conference Relays, scoring 38 points in the event held Thursday at Brookfield East.

The diving relay grabbed second place to post the Wolverines' top finish.

Mukwonago's Max Semrow took seventh in the 200-yard medley relay, seventh in the 500 free, eighth in the 400 free and eighth in the 200 free.

Bonus points lead KM past Memorial

Jan. 12, 2014 7:31 p.m. | With four pins and three forfeit victories, Kettle Moraine's wrestling team took a 45-30 win over Catholic Memorial in Classic 8 wrestling competition.

Top wrestlers Noah Martinez and Ian Dretzka both recorded victories, with Martinez taking a 12-5 win at 195 pounds and Ian Dretzka adding a pin in 2:28 at 285 pounds.

Griffen Jones staged a pin at 132 pounds, Josh Williams added a pin at 160 in 53 seconds and Paxton Bergin added a first-period pin at 170.

Turner Truttchel (106), Brian Beatty (113) and Michael Hayes (120) all won via forfeit.

"I'm really proud of the way our kids battled," KM coach Frank Cuda said. "Paxton Bergin (170) got his first varsity win, and Griffin Jones also stepped in the line-up and pinned his opponent. Noah Martinez beat one of their better wrestlers when coach Young bumped Mike Wurster up to face Noah."

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Raccoons fighting injury, free-throw troubles

Jan. 12, 2014 7:23 p.m. | Short-handed and looking for a spark, the Oconomowoc boys basketball team fell to Hartford on Friday in a Wisconsin Little Ten battle, 59-49.

The Raccoons were without senior point guard Canton Larson, who was away on a football recruiting trip. It was Larson's third straight miss after illness sidelined him the previous two games.

Up-and-coming sophomore Jarek Berg was also out with injury, though the team was able to get senior Nick Pierce back on the floor after a long absence with his own injury.

"I think Jordan Makinen and Jac Quinette are doing a great job sharing the (point guard) duties while Canton has been out," Oconomowoc coach Kurt Melton said. "We have all the confidence in the world in them."

The biggest culprit was a 4-for-16 showing at the free-throw line.

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Swimmers finish with surge to win relay title

Jan. 12, 2014 6:50 p.m. | One year ago, Classic 8 Conference newcomer Muskego delivered an impressive performance and stunned perennial league powerhouse Arrowhead to capture the 2013 Classic 8/Greater Metro Conference Swimming Relays.

Taking part in the 2014 version of the same meet last Thursday at Brookfield East, the Warhawks made sure there were no upsets this time around and regained the conference crown by scoring 120 points. Muskego took second in the field of nine schools with 106 points, and the host Spartans were third at 97. Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial was a distant fourth with 84 points.

"It's nice to be back on top," said longtime Arrowhead coach Bob Jenkyns. "I'm very proud of the boys. They pulled it together in a total team effort. That's what we're stressing this year. Everything is about the team. Winning this meet is a sign of total team work. The guys did a great job."

Arrowhead finished the night with four victories in the 11 events, two more than Brookfield and Muskego.

The Warhawks clinched the championship by finishing in a blaze of glory. They put the meet away by winning the final two races, the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay. In the 400, the Warhawks were seeded third, and in the 200 medley relay, they came into the meet seeded second.

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Arrowhead hockey team stops Oregon

Jan. 12, 2014 6:46 p.m. | It took Arrowhead's boys hockey team five days, but it finally got a game last Saturday.

After the team's contest Tuesday night against Waukesha was wiped out because of the cold, and Friday night's tilt against Verona was postponed by ice issues, the Warhawks actually got to play Saturday night and scored a solid 4-1 nonconference win over visiting Oregon at the Mullett Center.

The victory moved the AHS record to 9-3-1 on the season.

Arrowhead will play a crucial Classic 8 Conference game Tuesday at the Mullett Center when it hosts University School of Milwaukee (7-3-2). The Wildcats joined the conference this season.

"That's going to be a very big challenge for us," said Arrowhead coach Mike Watt. "They've got a great goaltender in Bryan Botcher, so that makes it especially tough. But we're slowly getting healthy again. We're not anywhere near full strength, but we're getting some guys back. It should be a good game on Tuesday."

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Michalski a force in win over Chargers

Jan. 12, 2014 4:03 p.m. | The Mukwonago girls basketball team had a size advantage. Her name was Ellie Michalski.

The 6-2 senior post had a spin move working to perfection and dominated the glass, finishing with 18 points and 18 rebounds in a battle of two strong area programs in Wednesday's nonconference tilt with Sussex Hamilton. A nip-and-tuck battle turned on its head in the fourth quarter, when Mukwonago closed the game on a 14-0 run to finish with a 48-37 victory.

Michalski was tough to defend for a smaller Hamilton team, scoring eight straight points at one second-half juncture to keep her team ahead. When Hamilton's Hannah Menzia hit a jumper off a turnover with 6:21 left, it gave the Chargers a 37-34 lead, but they would never score again.

"We definitely felt we had a size advantage," Mukwonago coach Rick Kolinske said. "We wanted to get the ball inside. Ellie has a very high shooting percentage, so we definitely wanted to get her the ball inside. That turnaround spin move that she does, it's something she's been doing for a while. That's kind of her signature move, and it was definitely working for us tonight."

Her performance helped the team overcome 24 turnovers, with no fewer than six in each of the first three quarters, while Hamilton committed just 14 miscues.

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Roseland victory highlights Pewaukee's tourney showing

Jan. 12, 2014 2:54 p.m. | Pewaukee took fourth place in a talent-rich Sauk Prairie Invitational on Jan. 11, finding its place in a field that featured teams ranked 4-6 in Division 1 (Sauk Prairie, Holmen, Menomonie), as well as two ranked Division 2 teams and a slew of squads on the precipice of ranking.

Menomonie edged Sauk Prairie for the title, and Menomonee Falls snuck in for third place (201 points), just ahead of Pewaukee's 197.5 and Hortonville's 195.

"I was really pleased, and surprised, that we finished ahead of Holmen," Pewaukee coach Ed Kurth said. "That team beat us, 53-14, in a dual last year. However, there was no good reason for us to have been behind Menomonee Falls, and that means we should have finished third. The day was filled with excitement and disappointment as any good wrestling tournament will be, but there were a few glaring losses that left us one individual win away from finishing third."

Jake Roseland, however, came away with a significant triumph by taking the championship at 220 pounds. Seeded fifth, Roseland pinned both the fourth seed and the top seed, Sauk Prairie's Gavin Halverson, before taking down the second seed for the title.

"It's definitely one of the most unexpected runs to an individual tournament title I've seen, especially when considering how lopsided all the victories were," Kurth said of a wrestler who started the meet with an 11-8 overall record.

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Zone works nicely for OHS girls

Jan. 12, 2014 12:29 p.m. | At halftime on Jan. 10 at Hartford, Oconomowoc head girls basketball coach Bob Shea elected to mix things up, choosing a 3-2 zone against the host Orioles.

It was a good move. Oconomowoc stymied the Orioles, grabbing a 12-point lead which it maintained the rest of the night, posting a 42-26 victory against Hartford.

The game was played in the auxiliary gymnasium due to a leak near halfcourt in the field house.

Baylee Barker led the Raccoons (3-5 overall, 1-1 in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference) with 19 points. Erin Vande Zande ended up with 6 points but suffered a sprained ankle.

Zoe Quinette scored 5 points, but made a difference, contributing in a variety of ways.

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AHS girls hockey team slips twice

Jan. 12, 2014 12:28 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls ice hockey team is going through major growing pains these days.

The Warhawks battled with Ozaukee on Jan. 10, but ended up on the wrong side of a 5-1 decision against Lakeshore. On Jan. 11 at the Mullett Ice Center, Arrowhead was overrun by Green Bay Area, the second ranked team in the state, 11-0.

Senior forward Jade Nielson is out with a broken toe, which hurt the Arrowhead cause.

"On Friday we were playing pretty well, down 2-0 after the second period, but they ended up getting three goals in the third period," Arrowhead varsity girls hockey coach Andy Smith said. "We've been having one rough period that's hurt us this season."

Sophomore forward Morgan Hobbs scored Arrowhead's goal against the Lakeshore Lightning. Junior forward Cariah Ramsey had the assist.

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Pewaukee boys rally to secure solid win

Jan. 12, 2014 12:25 p.m. | A big second-half performance was more than enough last Friday night to vault the Pewaukee boys basketball team to another victory.

Playing a key Woodland Conference West Division game against host Greendale, the Pirates bounced back from a 10-point first half deficit to eventually score a 63-56 over the Panthers.

The win improved PHS to 9-4 on the season and 6-2 in league play. New Berlin Eisenhower leads the West Division with a 9-0 mark, and Pewaukee and Wauwatosa West are next at 6-2. Other division teams are Milwaukee Pius at 5-2, Greendale 6-3 and New Berlin West 2-8.

Brown Deer leads the East Division standings at 6-2, and Whitnall is second at 4-3.

Pewaukee fell behind after the first period, 20-12, and 30-20 at the intermission.

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Pewaukee's undefeated run at 11 games

Jan. 12, 2014 12:23 p.m. | The beat moved on for the Pewaukee girls basketball team last Friday night.

Hosting Greendale in a Woodland Conference West Division game, the No. 3 ranked Pirates (Division 2 state poll) led from start to finish and smashed the Panthers, 59-35.

The victory moved Pewaukee to 11-0 on the season, the third time in school history the Pirates have opened the season with 11 consecutive wins. In 2011 PHS started 13-0 and in 2008 they set a school record by winning their first 19 games of the season.

Pewaukee will risk that perfect mark on Tuesday when it plays a nonconference game against host Oconomowoc (3-5) at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the Pirates return home with a game against Brown Deer (1-6).

A monumental league clash with Milwaukee Pius, originally scheduled for Jan. 7 and postponed by freezing weather, will take place Feb. 4.

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KM win streak hits nine games

Jan. 12, 2014 12:20 p.m. | The momentum continued to move forward last Friday night for the Kettle Moraine girls basketball team.

Playing a Classic 8 Conference game against host Waukesha North, the Lasers led from start to finish and won the Classic 8 Conference clash,, 45-27.

The victory was the ninth in a row for KM, which improved to 9-1 on the season. That's the best start for a Kettle Moraine team since 2003 when the Lasers opened the year by winning their first 17 games. The nine-game winning streak is also the longest since then.

By winning on Friday, Kettle Moraine remained in sole possession of first place in the conference standings at 5-0. Arrowhead, Mukwonago and Waukesha West are lurking right behind with 4-1 marks.

KM will play a huge game on Friday when it plays at Arrowhead (11-1). That game will be played at South Campus instead of the North Campus gym. Kettle Moraine also hosts West on Jan. 22.

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Kettle Moraine boys down North easily

Jan. 12, 2014 12:17 p.m. | Chalk up another victory for Kettle Moraine's boys basketball team.

Hosting dangerous Waukesha North last Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, the Lasers led from start to finish and scored a 56-39 victory over the Northstars.

The victory moved the KM record to 10-2 on the season, its best start since the 2007-08 campaign when KM opened the year by going 12-2. Friday's win was the Lasers' fourth in a row.

"A big key for us was getting the lead and not letting North get some confidence," said KM coach Brad Bestor. "We knew we had to set the tone on defense and that's what we did. Our defense made some plays that got us going on offense. A lot of guys played well. We've got a big game coming up Friday, so this was a game we needed to win."

Kettle Moraine, one of the preseason selections to win the conference championship this season, will host longtime rival Arrowhead on Friday. Earlier in the season, Arrowhead defeated the Lasers in triple overtime.

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Arrowhead girls improve to 11-1

Jan. 12, 2014 12:14 p.m. | After losing to Mukwonago on Dec. 13 by a 43-40 score, Arrowhead's girls basketball team has quietly won seven games in a row, including two more Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, AHS hosted Waukesha South and whipped the Blackshirts in a Classic 8 Conference game, 59-19. The following night, the Warhawks played a nonconference game against host New Berlin Eisenhower and chalked up a 48-35 victory.

Suddenly the Warhawks are an impressive 11-1 on the season and ranked as high as sixth in the Wisconsin state coaches poll.

"We're playing pretty good basketball," Arrowhead coach Rick Witte said after the win over Eisenhower. "What I like best is that were getting good contributions from a lot of kids. Our balance has been very good. That's probably the biggest reason why we've been so successful so far."

Defense has been the key to Arrowhead's success so far. In 9 of its 11 games, AHS has held its opponents to 40 or fewer points.

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Warhawks defeat Blackshirts

Jan. 12, 2014 12:11 p.m. | The game plan was simple Friday for the Arrowhead boys basketball team. Pound the ball inside as much as possible and let Billy Hirschfeld and Bryce Nze go to work.

The Warhawks worked that plan to perfection, as both players helped their team finish the night with a hard-fought 56-45 Classic 8 Conference victory over host Waueksha South.

The bulky 6-foot-5 Hirschfeld played arguably his best game ever for ther Warhawks. The senior center, who will play football at Wisconsin next season, finished with a career-best 19 points and 11 rebounds. Hirschfeld made 6 of 7 shots from the floor and all seven of his free throws.

Hirschfeld got plenty of help from his partner in crime in the paint with Nze. The sophomore forward scored 16 points, doing most of his damage inside. He also yanked down 9 rebounds.

"Our game plan was to get the ball inside as much as possible," Arrowhead coach Craig Haase said. "And the nice thing was the guys stuck to that plan all night. Billy and Bryce played very well. But Ricky Finco also had a big game for us. He's our leading scorer, but in this game, he sacrificed his scoring to help us win the game. He was the smallest guy on the floor, but he went inside and battled and finished with seven rebounds. He gave us some great leadership all night long."

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All Oconomowoc Common Council incumbents have challengers

Jan. 10, 2014 12:06 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - For the first time in many years, every Common Council member will be campaigning to keep their seat this spring.

A challenger, or two, has filed for a seat. A few offered comments to the Focus on reasons they chose to run. Read more here.

Local teams on the path to success in 2014

Jan. 10, 2014 10:59 a.m. |

A sampling of teams who will likely command headlines in 2014 (check out the 2013 list):

Lake Country Lutheran baseball. When the Lightning made it all the way to the state-championship game in Appleton, falling in a heartbreaker to Greenwood for the Division 4 crown, they knew they'd have a great chance to be back. The biggest asset is the return of the team's top three pitchers — BJ Sabol, Ben Wilkins and Jesse Turner — who all played huge roles in the squad's run in 2013. It goes deeper — of the 14 players on the state roster last year, only three graduated. Several of the team's top hitters are back, including Sabol, Turner, CJ Teske, Chris Kornowski and Jacob Budnik.

Arrowhead football. The Warhawks are the champs until someone beats them in the WIAA postseason. The two-time defending champs in Division 1 will again have plenty of returning talent, and the emergence of sophomore quarterback Johnny Duranso and running back Cody Sellhausen give Arrowhead some new threats at the skill positions. The defense will take some graduation hits, for sure, but the offensive line will welcome back a lot of experience, and it's hard to imagine the Warhawks dropping very far among the state's elite.

Oconomowoc girls volleyball. The Raccoons reached the sectional for the first time since 1994 and did so with a host of underclassmen, including sophomore Heather Moutvic, junior Bridgette Jaeger and freshman Natalie Perrault, all first or second-team selections in the Wisconsin Little Ten. Throw in sophomore libero Jazmyn Trudeau, and a team that took second place in the WLT has a lot to look forward to next fall.

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I played at state: Tina Vilter

Jan. 10, 2014 9:33 a.m. |  Tina (Vilter) McDonald was part of a dominant 1988 Arrowhead team, one that went undefeated and won the first girls state title in school history under coach Pete von Allmen. The Warhawks (26-0) dominated Monroe in the title game, 56-32.

It sounds as though the 1988 Arrowhead team was truly one of the most talent-laden girls basketball teams the state has ever known. What was it that made the squad so unstoppable?

We had it all – size, speed, fundamentals, depth and a coach who taught us the importance of teamwork, relentless effort and respect.

The team was getting national-ranking during the season; was that something the players were aware of?

It was hard not to notice the attention – there wasn’t a week that went by when we weren’t mentioned in USA Today or on TV or the front page of a sports section. We had plenty of material for our scrapbooks.

How many true challenges did the squad face in the regular season?

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Maple Ave. Elementary to close at 10 a.m.

Jan. 10, 2014 9:13 a.m. |  School officials from the Hamilton School District said that Maple Ave. Elementary will be closing at 10 a.m. today due to a water main break in the Village of Sussex.

Hamilton Spokeswoman Denise Lindberg said the school has contacted parents. Children who have not yet arrived at the school will not be expected to show up.

"We can't have school in session without a water supply," Lindberg said. "We don't have a choice, it's state law."

The busted water main also shutoff water next door at the Peace Lutheran Academy, a K-8th grade parish school that serves about 20 students.

A spokeswoman for that school said that classes would continue as usual and she expected it would not have an impact on food services.

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Sheriff looking for missing Merton teen

Jan. 10, 2014 8:48 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for help locating a missing teen from the Village of Merton. Sonja M. Tomasicyk, 14, was last seen around 4 p.m. Thursday at her home.

 She is described as about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 150 pounds, has long brown hair to about the middle of her back and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, an unknown color long sleeve shirt covered by a dark grey sweatshirt, a puffy style winter coat, black fuzzy boots and a velvet patchwork purse with colored patterns and flowers.

According to a news release from Lt. Brian Larson, there are indications she left her home on her own free will. "We currently are not considering this as an abduction," he said.

If you have seen Sonja or have any information to her whereabouts, contact the Waukesha County Communication Center at (262) 446-5070.

No need to hibernate; there's lot's to do in the cold!

Jan. 10, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Though the winter world seems at a standstill, it doesn’t mean we need to not stay active. There are plenty of things to do inside and outside.

For couples who want to get out but want a fun night for their kids too, check out Parents Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at YMCA at Pabst Farms, 1750 Valley Road in Oconomowoc. Parents can drop their kids off for a night of swimming and other activities, even a pizza dinner, while they go to a movie, dinner or out with friends. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Call (262) 567-7251 to register.

If you love being out on a crisp night why not plan on bringing the family to Lapham Peak by Candlelight from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lapham Peak State Forest, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield.  Friends of Lapham Peak State Forest will host a candlelight ski/hike night beginning at Trecker Lodge in the park. The event will also include a bonfire, refreshments and skating (weather permitting). Participants may bring their own food for grilling in the park. The event is free; park entrance fees apply. Call (262) 646-3025 for more information.

Every day we see shining examples of the sun and stars. But what makes them glow? Learn the answer as The Astronomy Club of Pewaukee Program presents “What Makes the Sun and Stars Shine?” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St., Pewaukee.

Singer, violinist and songwriter Ida Jo will be featured at the next Cabaret Cafe Dinner Show at 6:30 p.m.  Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Dinner is at 6:30; show at 7 p.m., Cost is $33 for dinner and show for adults, $23 students. The show alone is $23 for adults, and $12 for students. For more information call (262) 560-3172.

Taylor to retire, more big changes coming for North Prairie FD

Jan. 09, 2014 10:48 p.m. |  At a two hour public hearing in the Village of North Prairie the more than 60 attendees were notified that Chief Brian Taylor of the North Prairie Fire Department will retire on December 31, 2014. 

This is just one piece of the puzzle in the discussion of what to do with the North Prairie Fire Department as the Town of Genesee has voted to not renew their contract in 2015 and the Town of Ottawa has "indicated it is not likely"  to renew a contract with the Village according to Village of North Prairie President Deb Hall. 

The two departments going to the use of the primary department to cover their entire municipality leaves North Prairie with a loss of more than $170,000 in revenue, almost 70 percent of the current operating budget. 

There were several options for the department discussed at the hearing. Read more about those in next week's paper. 

Michalski a force in win over Chargers

Jan. 09, 2014 7:51 p.m. | The Mukwonago girls basketball team had a size advantage. Her name was Ellie Michalski.

The 6-2 senior post had a spin move working to perfection and dominated the glass, finishing with 18 points and 18 rebounds in a battle of two strong area programs in Wednesday's nonconference tilt with Sussex Hamilton. A nip-and-tuck battle turned on its head in the fourth quarter, when Mukwonago closed the game on a 14-0 run to finish with a 48-37 victory.

Michalski was tough to defend for a smaller Hamilton team, scoring eight straight points at one second-half juncture to keep her team ahead. When Hamilton's Hannah Menzia hit a jumper off a turnover with 6:21 left, it gave the Chargers a 37-34 lead, but they would never score again.

"We definitely felt we had a size advantage," Mukwonago coach Rick Kolinske said. "We wanted to get the ball inside. Ellie has a very high shooting percentage, so we definitely wanted to get her the ball inside. That turnaround spin move that she does, it's something she's been doing for a while. That's kind of her signature move, and it was definitely working for us tonight."

Her performance helped the team overcome 24 turnovers, with no fewer than six in each of the first three quarters, while Hamilton committed just 14 miscues.

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Community Briefs 01/12/14

Jan. 09, 2014 1:22 p.m. |

Wisconsin Philharmonic to perform 'Four Seasons'

The Wisconsin Philharmonic will perform Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" featuring Milwaukee Symphony's concertmaster, violinist Frank Almond, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 23, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.

The afternoon concert, "Viva Verdi, Viva Vivaldi," will conclude with a tribute to the bicentennial of Verdi's birth, his String Quartet in E Minor.

Single tickets are $27-$37. Check www.wilson-center.com or call 262-781-9520.

Join Frank Almond following the concert for a reception. Tickets for the reception are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Call (262) 547-1858 for reservations. To reserve a spot on the shuttle from the Meadowbrook Drive/ Highway G Park and Ride to the Wilson Center on Feb. 23, call (262) 547-1858.

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Community Briefs 01/12/14

Jan. 09, 2014 1:15 p.m. |

4-H Foundation offering state scholarships

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation plans to award more than $9,000 in scholarships to outstanding Wisconsin students pursuing undergraduate degrees in 2014. Applications must be received by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation by March 31.

Wisconsin 4-H Foundation scholarships are awarded to students based on demonstrated personal growth, development and leadership, academic performance, financial need and future educational goals with specific criteria for designated awards.

To be eligible students must: have been a 4-H member for at least one year; have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; be enrolled or planning to enroll in a university, college or technical school during the 2014-2015 academic school year; and meet any other eligibility requirements.

For more information visit www.Wis4HFoundation.org or contact (608) 262-1597 or info@Wis4HFoundation.org.

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Community Briefs 01/12/14

Jan. 09, 2014 1:12 p.m. |

Republican Party to hold annual branch dinners

The Republican Party of Waukesha County will hold its annual Branch Club Dinner Meetings.

East Central/ Southeast Branch event will be 5:15 p.m. Monday Jan. 13, at the Venice Club 1905 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield. Guest Speakers will be State Sen. Leah Vukmir, Assembly members Rob Hutton, Dale Kooyenga,and Joe Sanfilippo, County Executive Dan Vrakas and candidate for Attorney General Brad Schimel. Call (262) 786-9581.

South Central/ North Central Branch event will be 5:15 p.m. Tuesday Jan. 14, at 18 West , W325 S1767 Mickle Road, in Genesse Depot. Guest speakers will be State Senator Paul Farrow, Assembly members Chris Kapenga, and candidate for AG Schimel. Call (262) 542-8532.

North East Branch Club event will be 5:30 p.m. Monday Jan. 27, at Village Bowl N86 W18330 Main St. Menomonee Falls. Guest speaker will be Assembly member Dan Knodl. Call (262) 255-2709

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HAWS starts the New Year with pet projects

Jan. 09, 2014 1:05 p.m. | HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, rings in 2014 with doctors, DJs and dog sledding.

Wednesday, Jan. 15, HAWS welcomes Dave and Carole and the WKLH Workforce Tour! Join the fun introducing the 5-10am DJs and their listeners to all things HAWS during the live remote broadcast. Meet adoptable pets and VIPs, and enjoy a light breakfast, too!

Cool Your Paws at HAWS 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, part of Waukesha County's JanBoree festival. Activities include a train-your-pet class, great games and prizes, snacks and the ever-popular dogsled rides with HAWS' Lynn Olenik and her team. Pets welcome, but they should be secured in a carrier or on a leash for safety. All the details are at hawspets.org.

HAWS' something-for-everyone January calendar also includes:

· The FREE "Solving Common K9 Behavior Problems" seminar (Jan. 13 at HAWS).

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Mukwonago Schools committee meeting cancelled

Jan. 09, 2014 1:02 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education building, grounds and transportation committee meeting for Monday, Jan. 13 has been cancelled. 

Recycling mascot at JanBoree

Jan. 09, 2014 1:02 p.m. | Waukesha County Recycling will be out during this year's Waukesha JanBoree with appearances by Recycle Raccoon and an information booth at Retzer Nature Center.

Friday, Jan. 17 – "Let the Ice Skating Begin" at Eble Park Ice Arena, 19400 W. Bluemound Road in Brookfield from 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. The cost is $5, which includes admission and skate rental. Spectators are free, so come and watch Recycle Raccoon as he races other mascots at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19 – Free Activities at Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a staffed recycling booth from noon to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 19 – Free Ice Skating at Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena, 2699 Golf Road in Delafield, from 3 to 5 p.m. Recycle Raccoon will join the crowd from 3 – 4 p.m.

Additional Waukesha County events on Sunday, Jan. 19 include snowshoeing, planetarium shows and nature crafts for kids at Retzer Nature Center. An Ice Fishing Clinic, Alaskan malamute Dog Pull and the Barnelopet Children's Cross Country Ski Race are taking place at Minooka Park, 1927 E. Sunset Drive, in Waukesha.

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Try tai chi for free Saturday

Jan. 09, 2014 12:58 p.m. | The Mukwonago Athletic Club will offer a free one-hour introductory tai chi class at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Marlynne Hodges, a certified instructor of the Tai Chi for Health Institute will provide the class. A six-week class will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The health benefits of tai chi include increased flexibiltiy and muscle strength, greater fitness, correct body posture, integration of body, mind and spirit, improved flow of internal energy (chi). Tai chi may increase focus and decrease feelings of stress and depression integrating the mind. This program is also supported and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.

Members and nonmembers are invited. Attendees should arrive by 10:45 a.m. RSVP to the Mukwonago Athletic Club at (262) 363-2212. 

Seniors need to take precautions in the cold

Jan. 09, 2014 12:58 p.m. | With wintry weather upon us, Home Instead Senior Care says now is the time for seniors and their loved ones to brush up on cold weather safety tips.

Those over the age of 65 account for nearly half of all hypothermia deaths. As the body ages, the ability to maintain a normal internal body temperature decreases, creating an insensitivity to moderately cold temperatures. Seniors may not realize they are putting themselves at risk until symptoms appear. Symptoms of hypothermia include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. If symptoms are present, immediate medical attention is necessary.

The leading reason for hypothermia in the elderly is due to poorly heated homes. Follow these simple tips to ensure a warm household.

Stay Warm

· Keep the thermostat at 65 degrees, at least. Consistently check it to make sure your home is sufficiently warm. Even as heating costs rise, your safety should be a priority.

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Lake Country School raises $72,000 for engineering and science

Jan. 09, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Lake Country School will be offering two new nine-week engineering units beginning next fall thanks to the financial support of local businesses, families and booster clubs.

The school raised almost $72,000 through fundraising, according to Superintendent Mark Lichte. The funds will be used to purchase 23 new high-end computers, design software, and a dozen robotics kits. The school will also be merging two classrooms to create a new math and engineering lab.

Local families donated $16,850 of the overall amount, with the rest coming from businesses and booster clubs, according to school records. Midwest Composite Technologies Inc. donated $3,500, Midwest Engineering Systems donated $5,000 and Fisher Barton Inc. donated $10,000. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated $20,000 to the project and the school’s Education Foundation provided another $10,000.

“It was overwhelming, truly,” said Assistant Principal Stacy Yearling. “Every time I would get an email from Mark, I was so amazed by the response, and grateful that we have this kind of community.”

Thanks to the fundraising, the Gateway to Technology unit “Design & Modeling” will be offered to seventh graders beginning next fall. Students will use modeling software to learn sketching techniques, descriptive geometry, measurements and computer modeling, and to explore how design influences their everyday lives.

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2013: a good year for local community theater!

Jan. 09, 2014 12:46 p.m. | Anyone looking for quality theater need not make the drive to Milwaukee. There are plenty of good shows close to home.

As professional theater companies continue to raise the bar with creative staging, so too do community theaters present shows with more involved lighting, sound and set design. Not to mention that the talent of performers often equals that of professional companies.

In short, the theater-going experience in Lake Country has been elevated to the point that local denizens should not feel cheated out of enjoyable shows.

In 2013, the area featured mostly musicals and nearly all were top-notch. Here are some of the highlights.


Waukesha Civic Theatre's "An Inspector Calls" and "Oklahoma!"

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Fitness center to hold ribbon cutting event

Jan. 09, 2014 12:33 p.m. | The Hartland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a ribbon cutting at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at Lakeside Fitness-Fit Body Boot Camp, 675 Industrial Ave., Suite G, in Hartland. Lesa Gutenkunst is the owner of the business, located at the frontage of Highwy 83, next to Competitor Awards. Enter on Culver's drive between Landmark Credit Union and Mobil gas station.

Upcoming Chamber/Community Events

Jan. 28: 20/20 Networking – Falbo Bros. Pizza; 11 a.m.

Feb. 5: Tiny Bites & Tidbits Workshop; 11 a.m.

Feb. 13: B.Y.O.C. Business After Hours – Forward Chiropractic; 5 p.m.

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From New Year's resolution to action

Jan. 09, 2014 12:15 p.m. | I love the commercial where the little boy sitting at the table speaks confidently about his New Year's revolution. He may not have the vocabulary correct but he has the right idea and stands behind his conviction.

Why not take a stand and make 2014 the year you become more involved in the Hartland Chamber of Commerce? But don't revolt...instead resolve to:

1. Extend your network of trusted contacts. Participate in our B.Y.O.C. "Bring Your Own Cards"-Business After Hours, 20/20 Networking or Multi-Chamber Networking sessions.

2. Practice face-to-face communication. Participate as a vendor, donor or volunteers at chamber events. Lake Country Community Fest is coming up March 29th and is a great time to jump in and really get involved meeting with residents and businesses in the Lake Country area and beyond.

3.Enhance your knowledge. Join our monthly social media workshops or register for WCTC or WMC classes and seminars.

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Area warms up to Bundle Up campaign

Jan. 09, 2014 12:14 p.m. | The Waukesha Pewaukee Convention and Visitor Bureau (WPCVB) will be donating new and gently used winter gear to local charities as a part of Wisconsin Department of Tourism's "The Big Bundle Up" campaign.

As a drop off site for donations from the Waukesha Pewaukee area, the WPCVB collected 150 items from Nov. 18, 2013 to Jan. 4, 2014.

Items will be donated to the Waukesha County Head Start program and the Hope Center's Clothes Closet to assist those in need. With the recent cold snap, the WPCVB is thrilled to be a part of The Big Bundle Up as the perfect way to give back!

The Convention and Visitor Bureau (CVB) is an economic development organization that strengthens the area by attracting visitors in the convention, sports and leisure markets. Through CVB sales and marketing efforts, Waukesha Pewaukee hosts lively meetings of waterfronts, downtowns, fun and people. To learn more about our meetings visit www.visitwaukesha.org.

Spread Your Wings 01/12/14

Jan. 09, 2014 12:13 p.m. | Waukesha County Technical College offers hands-on cooking courses. To register, call (262) 691-5578 or go to www.wctc.edu.

Healthy New Year Dinners

In this demonstration cooking course, learn to prepare a variety of healthy, family-friendly dinners. Taste recipes made with fresh and healthy ingredients, and learn tips to create healthy meals at home. CRN 22596 meets from 6 to 7:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, with registered dietitian Joy Lenz. Cost: $19.20.

Gluten-Free Dinners

In this hands-on cooking course, learn how to make nightly dinners gluten free without buying expensive gluten-free products. All ingredients used are naturally gluten free and will promote healing in your body. CRN 22614 meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, with instructor Nikki Jencen. Cost: $30.30.

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Sunday Funday

Jan. 09, 2014 12:11 p.m. | Three Painters - Alternate Views: 12-4 p.m. Jan. 12; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 18; 12-4 p.m. Jan. 19; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 25; 12-4 p.m. Jan. 26; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 1; 12-4 p.m. Feb. 2; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 8; 12-4 p.m. Feb. 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15, Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St., Waukesha. www.almontgallery.org

Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art: Drawing, Photography & Printmaking Show: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 12; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 17; 2-4 p.m. Jan. 18-19; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 24; 2-4 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 1-2; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 7; 2-4 p.m. Feb. 8, Carroll University Paddock Bliss Gallery, 120 N. East Ave., Waukesha. All visits are free and open to the public.

Self-defense class: 2 p.m. Jan. 12, Richmond fire Station, N54 W26455 Lisbon Road, Lisbon. Younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Event includes open house with free blood pressure checks and day care. (262) 538-3902

Bob and Rocco Gun Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 12, Waukesha County Expo Center - Forum Complex, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. $7. www.waukeshacountyexpo.com

Mullett Ice Center Public Skating Hours: 1:30-3 p.m. Jan. 12, 18-19, 25-26, Feb. 1-2, 8-9, 15 (through March 30), Howard G. Mullett Ice Center, 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. $5 adult, $4 junior/senior, $2 skate rental. (262) 369-3600

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Joe McCormick: 'A straight shooter'

Jan. 09, 2014 12:04 p.m. | With developer Joe McCormick what you see is what you get; whether he in working in his small, cluttered basement business office or presenting a new apartment building project at a public hearing in a modern, spacious City Hall hearing room.

There are no frills. Nothing extravagant. No entourage of lawyers, engineers and architects and no suit and tie; often not even a sport coat. McCormick believes his word and reputation are more important than his style of dress.

He is so soft spoken that sometimes in a large room his words are barely audible. When he has a point to make, he does it with a more empathetic - but not louder - inflection in his voice and a no nonsense look on his face as he peers over the top of his glasses.

Much of the time he operates below the political and media radar.

"I do everything I can to keep it that way," he muses.

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Waukesha County Board considers limiting funds to museum

Jan. 09, 2014 11:36 a.m. | Before it approved giving the Waukesha County Museum $150,000 in its 2014 budget, many supervisors had their concerns about continuing to help fund it.

Now, on the heels of the museum announcing serious financial woes, the Waukesha County Board will consider an ordinance that limits the disbursement of funds to no more than 8.3 percent of the $150,000 appropriation each month of the fiscal year until the executive committee approves full funding. 

It would only give an approval after it receives reports of support from the Waukesha County Department of Administration.

The ordinance request was made by Supervisor Peter Wolff, who represents the Town of Delafield.   

"The county board did not have the correct financial data when we approved the museum's funding during the 2014 budget review," Wolff said. "As stewards of the taxpayer money, the county board needs more information about the museum's financial viability before we can release all the funds."

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Third candidate emerges in Pewaukee School Board race

Jan. 09, 2014 10:03 a.m. |  Newcomer Ari Mahdavi, 572 Pond View Court, has filed paperwork to challenge incumbents Brian Kammers and Larry Dux for a seat on the Pewaukee School Board this spring. 

Brian Kammers is the board's current vice president; Larry Dux is the board clerk. 

Oconomowoc boutique carries world-renowned designs

Jan. 09, 2014 10:02 a.m. | Beth Frost's new Merle Norman boutique off Brown Street in Oconomowoc is home to the popular cosmetics, but also the designs of Xiaolin, a young designer who's work is catching fire.

Xiaolin creates dresses unlike anything you've seen before made entirely of feathers. Read more about the boutique and why the Asian designer out of Florida, who's launching her own line this year, decided to have the Oconomowoc boutique become the only place in Wisconsin to carry her items.

The boutique is at W359 N5002 Brown St. Suite 101.

County Women and Girls Fund seeks nominations

Jan. 09, 2014 9:53 a.m. | Do you know a Waukesha County woman whose civic, community and professional leadership are exemplary?

The Women and Girls Fund of Waukesha County is seeking nominations for the 30th Women of Distinction Awards. Selection is based on professional leadership, civic and philanthropic achievement in family, education, public service, community life, and arts and culture. Past winners have been recognized for excellence in their professions, visionary leadership, and service as community leaders. Nominations are due Friday January 31, 2014.

Honorees will be were selected by a panel of Waukesha community leaders. Winners will be honored during the 30th annual Women of Distinction Luncheon on May 6, at the Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Waukesha.

Awards categories:

·Woman of Distinction: recognizes outstanding leadership, excellence and achievement in their profession and/or community service

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Brian Dorow interested in Waukesha County Sheriff position

Jan. 08, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Shortly after longtime Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced plans not to seek re-election next year, two names have surfaced as candidates interested in the position.

Brian Dorow, associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College's Department for Criminal Justice, is interested in the position according to sources. Dorow was a supervisor in the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Sources have also indicated Waukesha County Sheriff Inspector Eric Severson is interested in serving as the county's next sheriff.

Trawicki has served as sheriff for 34 years and said it was just a good time to step down.

spread your wing 01/12/14

Jan. 08, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Waukesha County Technical College offers the following courses. To register, call (262) 691-5578 or go to www.wctc.edu.

Tai Chi Fundamentals/Enriched

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of mental and physical exercise. It is a low-impact workout with stress-reducing exercises. Learn the basics of postural movements. This course combines meditation and concentrated breathing to achieve a calmer mind and a healthier body. This new course adds more time for practicing the brief routine referred to as "the form." It is suitable for beginners and continuing students of most abilities.

Course 22521 is from 6 to 7:25 p.m. Jan. 22 through April 16 Cost: $126.00


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Big Bend students pen winter haikus

Jan. 08, 2014 3:14 p.m. | Third-grade students in Dawn Vadnais's class at Big Bend Elementary School wrote winter and Christmas haiku before the holiday break.


By Lauren Jakab

Falling on pine trees

Building beautiful snowmen

Having fun all day

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Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki won't seek re-election

Jan. 08, 2014 2:45 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced today that he does not plan toSherriff Dan Trawicki seek re-election in 2015.

Trawicki told TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson that there's no reason why he's stepping down, but it was just a good time.

Trawicki will complete his third four-year term this year. He swiftly defeated Republican challengers in the last election and a Democratic challenger never emerged.

Trawicki started as a cadet with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department in 1979 and worked his way through the ranks where he spent the last 12 years as sheriff.

He will retire after serving 34 years. His term ends on Dec. 31, 2014.

State sees lowest number of traffic deaths since 1944

Jan. 08, 2014 2:22 p.m. | Wisconsin ended 2013 with 527 traffic fatalities, the lowest annual total since 1944 when 526 people died in crashes, according to preliminary statistics from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).

State traffic deaths in 2013 also were down 74 — about a 12-percent reduction — from 2012, when 601 people died, and 44 fewer than the five-year average of 571 deaths.

Traffic fatalities went down last year in every category, including motorcyclists and pedestrians as well as drivers and passengers.

The single biggest reduction was the number of passengers killed in crashes. Passenger fatalities fell by 41, from 124 in 2012 to 83 in 2013.

Another significant decrease was motorcyclists' fatalities, which declined from 116 deaths in 2012 to 84 last year, which was a 28 percent reduction.

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Man, 36, charged in Oconomowoc road rage incident

Jan. 08, 2014 12:47 p.m. | A 36-year-old Johnson Creek man has been accused of punching an Oconomowoc motorist in the face during a road rage incident on Sunday.

Michael C. Kircher was charged on Monday, Jan. 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct and drug paraphernalia possession.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer with the City of Oconomowoc Police Department was dispatched on Sunday, Jan. 5 to the area of Summit Avenue and Silver Lake Street to respond to a complaint.

Patryk Mack told the officer in the complaint that a man driving a silver Jeep Wrangler began tailgating his vehicle and made a rude hand gesture at him while he was changing lanes on Summit Avenue. Mack said the man, later identified as Kircher, cut him off on Silver Lake Street and got out of his vehicle, the complaint states.

"Lets get going (expletive)," Kircher allegedly told Mack in the complaint. Kircher then allegedly punched Mack in the face, causing minor injuries.

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Man pleads guilty to burglarizing Fiesta Cancun Restaurant

Jan. 08, 2014 12:46 p.m. | A 37-year-old man accused of robbing Oconomowoc's Fiesta Cancun Restaurant in September pleaded guilty Monday to burglary, according to court records.

Steven Psenicka, currently being held in Waukesha County Jail, is expected to be sentenced on March 3 for his role in the robbery of Fiesta Cancun on Sept. 17, the records state. Two misdemeanors for resisting arrest and causing damage to property were dismissed as part of the plea bargain, but were read into the court record.

According to the criminal complaint, officers from the Oconomowoc Police Department were dispatched on Sept. 17 to the Fiesta Cancun Restaurant, 157 E. Wisconsin Ave., to investigate the burglary.

Police noted in the complaint that the robber seemed to have broken into the restaurant by cutting open a window screen. About $280 in cash and several bottles of liquor were missing.

Police learned that Psenicka had apparently been drinking heavily at Lakerz Sports Bar during the night in question, according to the complaint. An officer found the man near the scene of the crime and placed him under arrest.

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Oconomowoc Area News 01/09/14

Jan. 08, 2014 12:28 p.m. |

Column information

To send information for this column, contact Rebecca Seymour, (262) 560-4254 or wrkseymour@sbcglobal.net by 7 p.m. Saturday.

Lake Country Carvers

The Lake Country Carvers will meet Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with open carving until the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Guests and prospective members always welcome. For information contact Ray Burow, (920) 474-4075.

YMCA at Pabst Farms

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Parent Resource Network program helps overloaded youth, adults

Jan. 08, 2014 12:27 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine Parent Resource Network a program to help people learn to recognize anxiety, depression, and achievement stress in children, teens, and adults. "Overload" will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cushing Elementary School activity center, 227 Genesee Street, Delafield. 

This free event is for parents and family members, friends, high school students, educators, emergency responders and medical professionals, coaches, workplace supervisors – anyone in any school district who is interested in helping others receive the proper help they need and possibly even save a life.

The first part of the presentation will focus on a simple 50-minute educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize when someone is experiencing a mental health emergency and get that person at risk the help they need. “QPR” stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. This three-step action plan will teach attendees how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope, and refer someone to resources for intervention and assessment. The presenter for QPR is Christine Kleiman, the program director for the Safe and Healthy Schools Department at CESA 7.

The second half of the evening will be a discussion about what anxiety and stresses look like at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Each phase of children’s lives have different areas that can cause youth concern. Kettle Moraine High School Guidance Counselor, Nancie Schneider, will walk the group hrough the school continuum and give warning signs to look for possible “overload” at each age so people have the ability to intervene and get children help to cope with life’s stressors.

Register on Eventbrite to attend.

Kettle Moraine poised for referendum

Jan. 08, 2014 11:20 a.m. | Long months of work starting with an $80 million master plan and guided by a community survey led the Kettle Moraine School Board to the initial drafts of resolutions for a $49.6 million referendum Jan. 7.

Carefully choosing wording to stress the direction and scope of the projects and wishes of the residents, School Board members will convene Jan. 14 to take action on the referendum question for the spring ballot.

Once the board approves the initial resolution authorizing the general obligation bonds, a second resolution would provide for a referendum election.

Stepping closer to referendum, the initial resolution would authorize up to $49.6 million on the April 1 ballot for the purpose of paying for capital maintenance needs, technology infrastructure improvements, safety and security upgrades, renovations and improvements, fixtures, furnishings and equipment for district buildings.

With language on the resolution in place, the district's attorney Jeff Peelen of Quarles and Brady, turned the board's attention to campaign practices as the district moves closer to the spring vote. Peelen pointed out three areas: general prohibition on using district funds for advocating for referendum, the role of School Board members and administrators, and the district separating itself from groups for or against the referendum.

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Delafield council sets salary for new police chief

Jan. 08, 2014 10:34 a.m. | City of Delafield — Capt. Erik Kehl, a 15-year veteran of the police force, will be paid $95,000 when he becomes the city's police chief Feb. 2, replacing Chief Scott Taubel, who is retiring after 34 years with the department.

Kehl will receive a $3,500 pay increase if he successfully completes a six-month probationary period.

"I know he will do a good job," said Common Council President Jeff Krickhahn, who serves as the council representative on the city Police Commission. The appointed commission is assigned the responsibility of recruiting and disciplining the police chief.

The Common Council gave final approval to Kehl's promotion by approving his salary during Monday night's meeting after a closed-door session with the newly appointed chief.

Krickhahn said after the meeting that the commission hired Kehl because he met the educational and professional qualifications for the position and was familiar with both the department and the city.

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Music, food, art for sale at Jefferson HS Art Show

Jan. 08, 2014 10:25 a.m. | Community Calendar submissions may be faxed to (262) 367-1136 or emailed to happenings@jcpgroup.com. Include time, date, full address and contact information for the event. Submission deadline is noon Wednesday.

Through Jan. 31

Jefferson Public Library Online Survey: To determine how patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. This information will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community. The Impact Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. A paper survey is available at the library. Access the web survey from the library computers or from the library website www.jeffersonwilibrary.org

JAN. 10

Jefferson High School Art Show: 6 to 8 p.m., Rock River Gallery and Coffeehouse, 205 S. Main St., Jefferson. Snacks provided as well as live music by student musicians, silent auction of student art to benefit the Art Club.

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Your Letters 01/09/14

Jan. 08, 2014 10:23 a.m. |

Do charters benefit few at expense of group?

To the editor,

I have attempted to ask the KMSD (Kettle Moraine School District) about the organization, funding and oversight of the many new charter schools within the KMSD. I have never received a good explanation to may concerns.

Currently I have a son attending Kettle Moraine High School, and he informs me that many of his teachers are pulled to provide teaching for small class sizes within the charter school classes.

I have also noted that the number of KMSD educators has remained the same while our district has experienced a 10-percent decline in enrollment over the past 10 years.

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Lake Country Fire and Rescue deficit lower than anticipated

Jan. 08, 2014 10:22 a.m. | City of Delafield — The budget deficit for Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) for 2013 is expected to be about $70,000 rather than earlier projections that ranged between $160,000 and $220,000.

"It (the anticipated deficit) is nowhere near what had been predicted in June. Things are looking much better than we anticipated," Alderman Jeff Krickhahn told the Common Council on Monday.

Krickhahn, who is one of two city representatives on the LCFR governing board, told the council he anticipates the board will ask the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa to help repay a $70,000 withdrawal from a $250,000 line of credit that the department has with Town Bank.

LCFR Board President Rod Stotts later told Lake Country Publications that the lower-than-anticipated difference between revenues and spending was primarily the result of spending cuts that Fire Chief Jack Edwards made during the last quarter of the year.

Stotts said the exact size of the deficit will not be determined until all income revenues for 2013 are accounted for, which will not happen until a financial audit for 2013 is completed sometime in March.

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Newcomers file for Oconomowoc Common Council; mayor unopposed

Jan. 08, 2014 9:13 a.m. | The City of Oconomowoc will not have a primary in February, but come April 1, here's who will be on the ballot for a seat on the Common Council

District 1: Jim Preston (inc.), Derek Zwart and Scott Antonneau

District 2: Tom Strey (inc.) and Louis Kowieski

District 3: Denny Daggett (inc.), Joe Warren and Matt Rosek

District 4: Bob Morgan (inc.) and Charlie Shaw

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Sports Shorts 01/09/13

Jan. 08, 2014 8:57 a.m. |

Fill the Gym night planned for Arrowhead girls

Arrowhead's girls basketball team will host its second annual Fill the Gym Night on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at South Campus as it hosts Milwaukee King in a nonconference game. The team's seniors will also be honored the same night.

Everyone who brings in a non-perishable food item will be given a free raffle ticket for a chance to win several prizes.

Arrowhead, 9-1 on the season and ranked No. 6 in the Wisconsin Preps latest poll, is off to one of its best starts in school history. The only loss came to Mukwonago three weeks ago.

King is just 3-6 on the season but four of those losses have come to out-of-state teams.

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Charlie's Choices 01/09/13

Jan. 08, 2014 8:56 a.m. | Finally, my luck ran out. After putting together eight winning weeks in the previous nine, the bankroll suffered a $200 loss last week as I won with San Francisco but lost with Philadelphia and Indianapolis.

But all is not lost. The bankroll has been hot all season, sporting a $3,300 profit for the year.

The NFL playoffs are now down to eight teams, four in each conference. I think three of the four games are next to impossible to pick.

My guest prognosticator the past few weeks, Bri Bernhardt of Hartland, took one on the chin last week when she had Green Bay stopping the 49ers, 31-24. This week she likes Seattle, New England, Carolina and Denver to survive.

I had San Francisco defeating the Packers last Sunday, 31-27. I think that turned out to be a pretty good pick.

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Arrowhead's Bernico moving up in speed skating world

Jan. 08, 2014 8:54 a.m. | Arrowhead senior Jackie Bernico first became aware of speed skating while watching the 2010 Olympics. By the time the next Olympic cycle rolled around, she was competing for a spot on the team.

Though Bernico didn't make the United States Olympic squad for the 2014 games in Russia, her experience at the Olympic Trials in Salt Lake City, Utah, demonstrated a rapid ascent for someone who could barely stand on skates in August 2010. But the 18-year-old's commitment, coupled with a favorable proximity to the fertile speed skating training ground of the Pettit Ice Arena in West Allis, has helped put her in some heady territory.

"She's not the type of kid who's real impulsive," father Mike Bernico said. "She doesn't jump around from different interest to different interest. I figured she would be college bound for softball because she was really good at it; she had always played two to three years ahead of her age bracket and was still really competitive. I told her if she was serious about (speed skating), she should look into it, and she found the clubs and pricing. I figured it wouldn't compete with softball, so we started to get into that."

Bernico, who spent part of her freshman season on the Arrowhead varsity softball team, did eventually walk away from the diamond to pursue the winter sport full time. It was a tough call and an unorthodox road to travel.

"I had played softball for 12 years," Bernico said. "At the time, and even now, I don't regret my decision. Speedskating felt right, and I felt so comfortable in the environment."

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Flex schedule, charters transform education at Kettle Moraine

Jan. 08, 2014 8:17 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) continues to follow its charge to transform education, with another charter school, High School of Health Sciences (HS2), opening next fall, and a switch to flexible scheduling at Kettle Moraine High School (KMHS) next year.

Application for enrollment in HS2 began Jan. 7 and runs until Feb. 28. While HS2 will be housed in Kettle Moraine High School, the latest charter school is a cooperative effort with ProHealth, Aurora Summit and the Medical College of Wisconsin.

KMHS Principal Jeff Walters and his staff have been working to implement flexible scheduling since 2012, holding numerous informational meetings and presentations to address parent and student concerns regarding the change. Student registration will begin Jan. 30.

Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Pat Deklotz has been trying to lead people to understand transformation in education, since 2006.

"Our community expects excellence. We want a 110-percent return on everything we do," Deklotz told the School Board last month.

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Oconomowoc Schools pull out of health charter

Jan. 08, 2014 8:15 a.m. | As Kettle Moraine School Board members went over revisions to the contract between the governance council for the High School of Health Sciences (HS2) and Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD) on Tuesday, the biggest change was the absence of Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) in the agreement. Oconomowoc backed out of the contract since the charter could not secure a facility within a healthcare provider, Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Pat Deklotz told board members.

At an informational meeting on the new charter last month, Director Steve Plum announced the school would be housed within the footprint of Kettle Moraine High School. Designed as a partnership charter school between OASD, KMSD, Wisconsin Medical College, Aurora Summit and ProHealth Care to create an immersive environment for students to explore opportunities in the healthcare field, when the plan for a healthcare partner to host classroom space was no longer an option, OASD decided to disengage.

OSAD remains supportive of the idea of a high school for health sciences and may join later if the school gains a position within a healthcare provider, Deklotz noted.

"At this time, the Oconomowoc Area School District is not moving forward with a charter agreement for the High School of Health Sciences as a result of the change in instructional venue," said OASD Superintendent Roger Rindo. "We continue to enjoy a collaborative relationship with Kettle Moraine and also continue to be fully supportive of the school's concept. We are also mindful of the opportunity to pursue a charter agreement in the future, which is something that we may consider as HS2 development progresses."

HS2 is set to open this fall at KMHS, with applications currently being accepted for at www.hshealthsciences.org.

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community briefs 01/09/13

Jan. 08, 2014 8:08 a.m. |

New session of Three Pillars fitness classes

The eight-week winter session runs Jan. 6-Feb. 28 for active mature adults in the community. A variety of class offerings include strength and flexibility training, better balance with tai chi, gentle and restorative yoga and more. Dynamic certified instructors lead classes on various dates and times throughout the week, and class fees vary based on participation once or twice per week.

Before or after class, participants are invited to use the locker rooms and showers with heated floors and towel service, or grab a cup of coffee or tea at the complimentary coffee bar.

The Wellness Connection, 400 N. Main St., Dousman, is a part of Three Pillars Senior Living Communities. To learn more about class offerings or to enroll, contact Kerry Holtz, wellness connection coordinator, at (262) 965-7017 or kholtz@threepillars.org. For more information, visit threepillars.org/wc.html.

Library plans extended hours during exam week

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Students make academic, career plans

Jan. 08, 2014 8:08 a.m. | Over the course of the first semester, Kettle Moraine Middle School students in grades six through eight began exploring their future interests, skills and values in an effort to introduce students to the process of academic and career planning. The counselors worked with the students to help them identify their strengths, areas for improvement and, most importantly, their future potential. As a result, students set future career and educational goals for themselves using the Web program WisCareers.

Counselors JiIm Zieman, Kerry Neimon and Alissa Darin have facilitated the planning and delivery of these lessons. Sixth-grade students began their career education sequence with an introduction to the 16 Career Clusters, a framework for grouping careers based upon the knowledge and skills each requires. This framework allows students to explore a variety of careers within their skill set, rather than limiting them to one specific career goal. This allows for student growth within their career development process. Seventh- and eighth-grade students continued that work by connecting their clusters to programs of study throughout high school and beyond.

KMMS eighth-grade students recently started to explore their transition to high school. After an introduction to the flexible scheduling being introduced at the high school this year, students learned the importance of how course planning in high school will prepare students for their future after they graduate. Students then searched for colleges, technical colleges and/or the military options available to each student, depending on the career path they choose today. Students were introduced to the requirements ( grade-point average, test scores, courses) needed to gain entry to their future plans. This learning has aided students in the course selection process for next year, helping them link current learning with future options.

In addition to classroom instruction, all students have the option to participate in KMMS "power lunches" which connects students to a variety of professions or future learning opportunities. Throughout the year, students can connect with individuals representing a broad range of options for their future.

Wales News 01/09/14

Jan. 08, 2014 8:02 a.m. |

Wales Elementary

If your child is missing any items, check out the Wales Elementary lost-and-found Facebook page. If you see an item that belongs to your child on Facebook, post the child's first name and teacher in the comment section, along with the picture. The item will be delivered to the classroom.

Parent Information Night

Parents are invited to learn about 4H curriculum, transportation policy, the students of a typical school day.

Parents of students who will enter Kettle Moraine Schools for the first time are invited to attend 5K Parent Information Night at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Wales Elementary School, 219 N. Oak Crest Drive.

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Kettle Moraine Chronicle 01/09/14

Jan. 08, 2014 8:01 a.m. |

Column information

To send information for the Kettle Moraine Chronicle, contact Chris Totzke, (262) 646-4134 or kmchronicle@wi.rr.com, by 7 p.m. Sunday.


The KM Hockey Blue Line Club meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, in the Laser Room at the high school, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales.

Parent resources

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Dousman-Ottawa News 01/09/14

Jan. 08, 2014 8:00 a.m. |

Column information

To send information for the Dousman-Ottawa column, contact Michele Thomas at (262) 965-4448 or dousmanews@wi.rr.com by 8 p.m. Thursdays.

Columnist wanted

To apply for the position, call editor-in-chief Scott Peterson, (262) 446-6630.

Dousman Elementary

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Delafield-Nashotah News 01/09/14

Jan. 08, 2014 7:59 a.m. |

Column information

To send information for the Delafield-Nashotah column, contact Chris Totzke, (262) 646-4134 or dn-news@wi.rr.com, by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Delafield Public Library

The library will offer the following programs:|S'Nome Scavenger Hunt: Blizzard Blast Reading Challenge participants are invited to find gnome-like snowmen hidden at 12 Delafield businesses. Location clues available beginning Saturday, Jan. 11, online at www.delafieldlibrary.org, or at the library, 500 Genesee St. Winners will be entered to win business gift cards in a random drawing at the end of February.

Winter Storytime for Toddlers: 10:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Jan. 13-Feb. 24, toddlers to age 3. Stories, songs and playtime.

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Welcome in the New Year with a taste of summer: Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

Jan. 07, 2014 11:26 p.m. |

My youngest daughter Milena has been on a cooking adventure while on winter break. As I write this at 8:19 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, she’s trying to convince her dad or me to run to the store for ingredients were missing for a Paula Deen cake she’s been begging to make for some time now. And while her dad and I aren’t running to the store again this evening, it’s one I’ll be making on Friday. It reminds me of summer, and right about now as the forecast calls for more snow and colder temps, I could use a taste of summer - Happy New Year!

Simply Delicious Strawberry Cake

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Kettle Moraine School District ready for referendum

Jan. 07, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Taking another step toward referendum, the Kettle Moraine School District Board of Education drafted resolutions authorizing a referendum in an amount not to exceed $49,600,000 on the April 1 ballot for the purpose of paying the cost of capitol maintenance needs; technology infrastructure improvements; safety and security upgrades; renovations and improvements; fixtures, furnishings, and equipment for district buildings. 

Attorney Jeff Peelen of Quarles and Brady, the district's bond counsel, presented the drafts for review by the School Board Tuesday night. The Board will take action on the referendum resolutions at a special meeting on Jan. 14. 


Oconomowoc pulls out of health science high school charter agreement

Jan. 07, 2014 10:46 p.m. |  As Kettle Moraine School Board members went over revisions to the contract between the governance council for the High School of Health Sciences (HS2) and Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD), the biggest change was the absence of Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) in the agreement. Oconomowoc backed out of the contract since the charter could not secure a facility within a health care provider, Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Pat Deklotz told board members on Jan. 7.

Last month at an informational meeting on the new charter, Director Steve Plum announced the school would be housed within the footprint of Kettle Moraine High School. Designed as a partnership charter school between OASD, KMSD, Wisconsin Medical College, Aurora Summit and ProHealth Care to create an immersive environment for students to explore opportunities in the health care field, when the plan for a health care partner to host classroom space for the school was no longer an option, OASD made its decision to disengage from the dual instrumentality of the school.

OSAD remains supportive of the idea of a high school for health sciences and may join at a later date if the school gains a position within a health care provider, Deklotz pointed out. 

More election contests in Delafield

Jan. 07, 2014 3:46 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Citizen activist Laura Schult has announced she will challenge incumbent Alderwoman Michele De Yoe in the Fourth District.

"This has been coming for some time. Neighbors have been encouraging me to run for the past several years," Schult said.

Schult has been involved in zoning battles to prevent commercial development of her rural woodland neighborhood south of the Highway C and Interstate 94 for several decades.

The Hartland Sportsman's Club is likely to become an issue in the campaign. DeYoe has twice voted against issuing permits to the gun club that was shut down three years ago because of violations of city safety standards.

Schult has been more sympathetic to the gun club by suggesting the city government created some of the issues involving the club by allowing residential and commercial development to take place near the club located on Maple Avenue near Interstate 94.

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Ski team takes down defending state champion

Jan. 07, 2014 3:38 p.m. | Knocking out the defending state champion is about as good as it gets to start a season.

The Oconomowoc boys ski team defeated Arrowhead and won first place in a five-team meet Jan. 2 at Heiliger Huegel, also topping Homestead, Slinger and Muskego.

Winning by the narrowest of margins — a mere 19 one-hundredths of a second in the overall team time — Oconomowoc's squad took first place behind the effort of freshman twins Brady and Connor Carlson as well as seniors Jack Bourdo, Zac Aasen, Tommy Groskopf and Parker Trepton.

Bourdo led off with a win in the giant slalom, unsurprising considering his first-place state finish in the discipline a season ago. Brady Carlson took fourth, and Connor Carlson placed fifth. Groskopf struggled in his first run but rebounded to post the third-fastest time of any run in his second attempt.

Cooney's final score of 177.76 was just good enough, combining eight run times to edge Arrowhead's total time.

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Ellen O'Brien to retire

Jan. 07, 2014 2:00 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Veteran Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Ellen O'Brien is ending a 28 year career in local government by announcing her retirement from the city at the end of February.

O'Brien served 19 years in the City of Delafield, 6 years with Waukesha County and almost 3 years with the Town of Delafield.

"I have really enjoyed working in local government. I have enjoyed working with my fellow employees and I have enjoyed working with people in the customer service aspect of the job," she said.

Does "Anchorman 2" have staying power?

Jan. 07, 2014 1:38 p.m. |  Does "Anchorman 2" have what it takes to stick around? Our review has his doubts. Check out our review in this week's papers. 

Arrowhead wrestlers compete at Cheesehead

Jan. 07, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Aidan Yde placed 10th and cousin Kelvin Yde placed 12th in the 120 and 132-pound brackets, respectively, when the Arrowhead wrestling unit competed at the prestigious Cheesehead Invitational in Kaukauna shortly after the New Year. The event routinely brings in some of the nation's best prep wrestling talent.

Joseph Bergren added 13th place at 195, winning three matches and recording a forfeit victory.

Both wrestlers won three matches on the day.

Several grapplers did well in consolation brackets, including Rudy Otters at 138 and Jordan Womack at 285, who both took second place. Mike Olson added fourth place in the 220-pound consolation bracket. Taking fifths in consolation brackets were Kyle Eberle at 113, Josh Cinelli at 160, Daniel Sorenson at 182.

The Warhawks finished 25th among 26 teams at the meet.

Big numbers tallied at Hartbrook Lanes

Jan. 07, 2014 1:06 p.m. | Rather quietly, bowlers at Hartbrook Lanes in Hartland are putting up some big numbers this year.

With the 2013-14 season just about half over, Hartbrook bowlers have rolled five 800 series and five 300 games.

The top male series this year is an 825 by Scott Gessay. Other 800 totals are Jeff Schilling with 821, Mike Hanson 814, Brett Raddeman 813 and Jeff Mierow 801.

Jaime Cullen has bowled the highest female series with a 743 national total. Others with scores over 700 are Lauren Ackerman with 728 and Michele McHenry at 721.

Five 300 games have been rolled this season by Steve Lentz, Chuck Weber, Mike Schroeder, Mierow and Brian Augur.

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Weekend Happenings

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Lake Country Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $13 - $18 (262) 367-4697, www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center Grand Opening: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center, 901 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. Features the new chimney which will be home to more than 1,000 displaced chimney swift birds. Event also includes face painting, nature scavenger hunt, games and more. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

Indian Summer: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Ashippun Town Hall, Highway P and Highway O, Ashippun. Buckskinner encampment, tepee tours,wigwams, Native American drummers and dancers, Highlanders Voyageur Camp plus Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American War camps. Free admission. (920) 474-4619 http://www.ashipppun.com.

Dark Carnival: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Enterprise Building, 212 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Formerly Haunted High, exhibit features more than 70 volunteers creating 50 specters and zombies plus special effects, lighting and sounds. $15, $23 fast pass. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 for kids 5-12 ($5) with lighted displays and treats along the way.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

All weekend happenings.