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Raid the pantry and go: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Jan. 26, 2014 9:33 p.m. |

Trying to feed a family of five and finding something that everyone enjoys can be a challenge sow when I find a recipe I think everyone will enjoy, I go run with it. This next recipe comes from 12tomatoes.com and is made in the slow cooker, but with a few adjustments from the pantry, can be made on the stovetop for a quick and tasty dinner, see helpful hints. We’re all fans of Asian cooking, so needless to say, it was a hit. 
 
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
 
Ingredients
 
1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon molasses (I used lite corn syrup with a ¼ cup of brown sugar)
½ cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon fresh ground ginger
1 clove minced garlic (I used 2)
1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons chicken stock (water may be substituted)
 
Preparation 
 
In the slow cooker, mix together soy sauce, molasses, vinegar, ginger, garlic, and pepper. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and turn a few times to coat well.. Cook on low for 3-4 hours, turning the chicken every hour to ensure even cooking. Once cooked, remove the chicken from the slow cooker, cut up into bite sized pieces, and set aside. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and chicken stock until combined and slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling liquid and reduce to a simmer. Allow the sauce to thicken for 2-3 minutes, and add the chicken to the pan. Toss to coat the chicken with the sauce, let heat through and serve over rice or noodles with vegetables.
 
Helpful hint
 
I heated the sauce in a sauce pan and set aside while I browned the chicken over high heat with some olive oil in another pan. Once the chicken was browned I put it in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minute to finish cooking. While the chicken was resting, I added the cornstarch and chicken mixture to the sauce and let it thicken. Once the chicken was ready, I sliced it and added it to the teriyaki mixture, brought it back up to temperature and served it with rice and veggies.
 
To share a helpful hint or comment, send an email to lakenews@jcpgroup.com or follow me on Twitter @Cooks_CornerLC.
 

KM boys make a statement

Jan. 26, 2014 9:17 p.m. | Prior to Jan. 17, Kettle Moraine's boys basketball team had a solid 10-2 record but had no "quality" wins on its resume. It was hard to figure out if the Lasers were for real or not.

All of that changed the last 10 days. KM grabbed important Classic 8 Conference wins over perennial powerhouses Arrowhead and Waukesha West, and with just five league games left to be played, the Lasers find themselves in a three-way tie for first place with West and Mukwonago, all at 7-2. Arrowhead lingers back at 6-3.

After beating Arrowhead (67-57) on Jan. 17 and avenging an earlier defeat to the Warhawks, the Lasers bounced back last Wednesday night and scored their biggest conference win in many years as they knocked off host West, 70-65.

KM added a lopsided 86-46 victory over host Waukesha South last Friday night and now stands at 13-2 on the season. Kettle Moraine has won seven games in a row and 11 of its last 12.

It marks the first time since 1989 that the Lasers have been in the league lead this late into the season. That 1989 team is the last KM boys squad to win a conference championship.

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Major makes a move at Zelinski Duals

Jan. 26, 2014 9:10 p.m. | Mitch Major took the spotlight for Mukwonago when the Indians wrestling team competed in the Zelinski Duals at Whitnall High School on Saturday, where MHS took sixth.

Major scored a much-needed win at 195 pounds in the late stages of a dual with Kenosha Bradford as MHS prevailed, 34-32, and with the match all tied up against Waukesha South, Major scored a major decision in the final bout to give his team a 34-30 victory. The Mukwonago senior added an overtime win against West Allis Central in the battle for fifth place, a 40-25 loss that easily could have gone the other way.

Major's 9-8 win over Matthew Hernandez of Bradford was key with two flights to go, with the team missing regular 220-pounder Tom Stingl (injury) and heavyweight Charlie Younger (football recruiting trip). Both of those matches resulted in pins, making Major's victory all the more meaningful.

"Mitch basically dug himself out of a hole and found a way to win," MHS coach Jon Wierzbicki said. "Last year, the Rodriguez boy was undefeated going into Zelinski and Mitch handed him his first loss. That basically got us the win right there."

Against both South and Central, Major wrestled up to 220 pounds. West Allis Central's big win came at 138 pounds, when Mauricio Cardoso pinned Jeremy Schneider after Schneider took an 11-0 lead. Will Hendriksen lost a nail-biter in overtime at 170, and with Younger missing, Wierzbicki felt his team was within striking distance of a foe that could potentially again meet MHS in the team sectional later this winter.

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Girls hold off North's second-half surge

Jan. 26, 2014 5:47 p.m. | Mukwonago's girls basketball team held off Waukesha North for a 54-49 victory Friday, shaking off 33 points from Northstars junior post Jessica Kelliher.

The Indians took a 29-12 lead at halftime, then had to hold on as the Northstars made it a game.

"I thought that the girls executed very well offensively and played great defense in the first half," coach Rick Kolinske said. "We struggled to stop their post player in the second half. I was very proud of the composure that the girls played with down the stretch. They never panicked and knocked down their free throws when it counted. Overall, I was very pleased with the way our girls played."

Bre Cera hit all 8 of her free-throw attempts and led the team with 20 points. Megan Schallock played what Kolinske considered one of her best games of the year, posting a season-high 15 points and delivering defensively. Morgan Glatczak added 9 points.

MHS improved to 9-5 heading into a crucial battle with Arrowhead on Tuesday. The Warhawks' lone loss of the year came at the hands of Mukwonago earlier this season.

Grapplers down Wolverines

Jan. 26, 2014 5:24 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine wrestling team dropped Waukesha West in a dual between Classic 8 Conference teams Jan. 23, 43-29.

Contested victories came from Carson Albert at 113 (pin), Michael Hayes at 126 (major), Josh Williams at 160 (pin), Paxton Bergin at 170 (decision) and Jacob Wedesky at 182 (pin).

"During our practice week, the focus was on chain wrestling," KM coach Frank Cuda said. "I was really proud of the manner in which the kids wrestled from one move the the next. They were relentless and always on the attack. In the matches that we lost, our kids wrestled tough and held West off from gaining valuable bonus points."

Kettle Moraine took 14th among 16 squads at the Terry Kramer Open, hosted by Fort Atkinson, on Saturday.

Hayes (26-9) took third place at 120 pounds, and Ian Dretzka (22-9) took third at heavyweight.

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Raccoons record first WLT victory

Jan. 26, 2014 4:22 p.m. | The Oconomowoc boys basketball team hoped to show its improvement through the second wave of Wisconsin Little Ten action, and this was the right way to start.

After finishing the first trip through WLT play at 0-7, the Raccoons grabbed their first conference victory by taking down Slinger — a team that sat in third after one rotation of league games — by a 50-39 count Friday.

"I thought defensively, we were really solid," OHS coach Kurt Melton said. "They hit a three at the end there, before that we held them to 6 points in the quarter, and we were able to run our stuff and get some good looks. It was a good example of what team defense can look like."

Slinger defeated the Raccoons the first time around, 64-52. Cooney moved to 3-11 overall, and Slinger fell to 11-5.

"We were ahead the whole way, and we haven't had that yet," Melton said. "They were able to chip away, but once it got to within 2 or 3, we were able to grow our lead after that. We bent a little bit, but we didn't break. You like to see your kids remain composed and stick with the game plan."

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OHS girls hang on against Watertown

Jan. 26, 2014 3:46 p.m. | With 1.2 seconds left on the game clock Jan. 24, host Watertown was able to get off a desperation 3-point attempt that rolled around the rim before falling out. It meant a sigh of relief for Oconomowoc, which held on to a 40-37 win in Wisconsin Little Ten play as a result.

Oconomowoc held to a modest lead most of the night, having to play most of the third quarter and a good portion of the fourth quarter without Baylee Barker, who was whistled for her fourth personal foul midway through the third stanza.

"We had a stretch in the fourth quarter where we went without a point or shot on three straight possessions," OHS coach Bob Shea said. "We were fortunate to get two big 3-pointers from Cassidy Shepherd when we really needed them."

Shea said both teams mixed up their defenses, switching from zone to man-to-man, but neither team ever grabbed control of matters completely.

"In the first half, both teams were basically feeling each other out," Shea said. "We got off to a slow start again on Friday."

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Gymnastics team delivers another eye-opening showing

Jan. 26, 2014 3:34 p.m. | Arrowhead has been really good this season. On Jan. 25, the Warhwaks gymnastics team was even better than that..

The Warhawks hosted their own invite, where they dominated the seven school field, scoring 148 points. The Whitefish Bay varsity girls gymnastics team was a distant second at 144.075, and Kenosha earned the bronze medal at 140.2.

Rachel Bartelson won the all-around competition at 37.6. Jorin Fredman placed second at 37.275, and Taryn Sherman ended up fourth at 36.675.

Bartelson, Fredman and Marissa Kildow swept the top three spots on vault. Bartelson's winning total was 9.75. Fredman ended up at 9.675, and Kildow's total was 9.275.

Sherman was second on uneven bars at 9.500. Bartelson was third in the same event at 9.400.

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Lightning girls defeat USM

Jan. 26, 2014 3:33 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's varsity girls basketball team defeated University School of Milwaukee on Jan. 24 at USM, 53-42. The victory increased the Lightning overall record to 9-2, including a 5-1 record in the Midwest Classic Conference.

Mary Hirt had an outstanding all-around performance. She scored 19 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists.

Kelsey Kleba finished the game with 10 points and seven rebounds. Kaelynn Lesniak had 10 points and Cali Twet chipped in with 5 points for the winners.

Hawks sharp in win over Memorial

Jan. 26, 2014 3:31 p.m. | Just about everything was working Friday night for the host Arrowhead's boys basketball team. The Warhawks easily handled the Catholic Memorial pressure, made shots all over the floor and had the kind of balance that should keep them in serious title contention in the highly competitive Classic 8 Conference.

The Warhawks turned in their best first half of the season, rolling to a commanding 46-29 lead. By the time the final horn sounded, Arrowhead had itself an 82-62 victory.

"The key to the game for us was how well we handled the Catholic Memorial press," Arrowhead coach Craig Haase said. "We were able to beat the press early in the game, and that got us some easy baskets and some fastbreak points. Offensively, we had one of our best games of the season."

The Warhawks now sport a solid 10-5 overall mark and a 6-3 record in league play. The top of the standings in the Classic 8 are crowded. Kettle Moraine, Waukesha West and Mukwonago all posess 7-2 records, with AHS just behind.

This week Arrowhead will face its toughest week of the season in the conference. On Tuesday, the Warhawks play at Mukwonago, and they host West on Friday. Both games will start at 7:30 p.m.

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Arrowhead girls win 10th straight

Jan. 26, 2014 3:25 p.m. | There's no doubt that Arrowhead's girls basketball team has one of the deepest and most balanced squads in all of Wisconsin, and that was never more evident than last Friday night.

Playing a Classic 8 Conference game against host Waukesha Catholic Memorial, the Warhawks took charge immediately, grabbing a 33-17 lead by halftime, and eventually scored a convincing 66-49 victory. AHS led 53-28 after three quarters before CMH rallied for 21 points in the final period.

"We did a lot of things well tonight," AHS coach Rick Witte said. "Our defense really played well. We held them to just four points in the second quarter. And it was team defense, too. All of the kids made good contributions to that defense."

Offensively, the Warhawks also fared well. All 14 girls played and 13 of them scored — the first time that's happened this year.

Senior Kelly Smith and junior Kayla Lorenz led the winners with 10 points each. Junior Ally May chipped in with 9 tallies, and Jenna Goulet had 7 and Megan Douglas and Katie Hinzey had 6 points each.

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Pewaukee girls roll

Jan. 26, 2014 3:10 p.m. | The red-hot Pewaukee girls basketball team remained red hot Thursday. The Pirates, ranked in the USA Today natiional high school girls basketball poll last week as the 16th best team in the country, lived up to all of that hype as they smashed host Whitnall in a Woodland Conference game, 80-41.

Thursday's win vaulted Pewaukee to 14-0 on the season and 9-0 in the West Division in the Woodland. It's just the second time in school history (2008 the other) that the Pirates have started the year with a 14-0 record.

Pewaukee exploded out of the blocks against the Falcons (3-9, 2-6) by rolling to a 25-14 lead after the first quarter. By halftime, that margin grew to 41-24 and to 65-32 at the end of three quarters.

"We shot the ball really well all night and got off to a great start," Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen said after the game. "That's probably the best we shot all season. We made a lot of threes and also made our shots from inside. Our offense did a great job. We didn't play too well in the first half, but the kids improved on that after we talked at halftime. All 12 of our girls scored. That made the night even better."

As for his team's sudden rise to national prominence, Hansen said he was proud of his girls for what they've accomplished this year. The only other Lake Country team to earn a national ranking in the USA Today poll was the 1988 state-championship Arrowhead team.

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McGowan, Cook deliver for Pirates

Jan. 26, 2014 3:06 p.m. | Balance and depth have been the two biggest keys to success for Pewaukee's boys basketball team this season, and both played a key role again last Friday for the Pirates.

Hosting Whitnall in a Woodland Conference game, Pewaukee got two big performances from reserves Steve McGowan and Wyatt Cook as they topped the Falcons, 65-54.

McGowan, a senior, fired in a season-best 17 points to led the Pirates in scoring. Cook, a freshman, had his best game of the season. The 6-foot-4 forward scored 7 points and pulled down a season-high 10 rebounds.

"Those two guys really played well and came through with big games," said Pewaukee coach Mike Basile. "McGowan got us rolling in the first half. He scored 15 of his points in the opening two periods. I keep saying every week, for us to be successful, we need a lot of guys playing well each game. So far that's been the case most of the nights."

Friday's win was the fourth in a row for the Piartes and seventh victory in the last eight games. PHS improved to 11-4 overall and 8-2 in the West Division of the Woodland. New Berlin Eisenhower, who got upset by Shorewood on Friday by a 74-64 score, leads the division at 10-1. Pewaukee is second, and Milwaukee Pius third at 7-2. Other marks in the division are Wauwatosa West at 8-3, Greendale 7-4 and New Berlin West 2-10.

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Kettle Moraine hockey team wins big

Jan. 26, 2014 3:06 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team delivered arguably its best offensive performance of the season Satruday night at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.

Hosting Stoughton (7-7) in a nonconference game, the Lasers exploded for their second-highest goal total this season as they whipped the visiting Vikings, 7-2. Two weeks ago KM/MHS/OHS erupted for a school-record 17 goals in a rout of overmatched Sauk Prairie. Prior to that, KM had scored five goals three different times.

The Lasers scored two goals in the first period, three in the second and two more in the third. On defense, KM goalie Max LeClaire stopped 31 of 33 shots.

"We've been a little up and down offensively this season, but we did a good job against Stoughton last night," said KM/MHS/OHS coach John Brymer. "We had multiple guys score goals so that was nice to see. When we get that many guys scoring, we can be a pretty tough team."

Saturday's win moved the KM/MHS/OHS record to 8-7-3 on the season. The Lasers have gone 8-3-2 in their last 13 games.

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Roads slippery in Lake Country

Jan. 26, 2014 8:22 a.m. | A total of just over four inches of light, fluffy snow fell in the Lake Country area early Sunday morning creating slippery  conditions on most roads.

The snow started around  2 a.m. and had quit by 7 a.m. In Hartland the snow measured 4.5 inches.

Sunday morning as of 8 a.m. Highway 16 had just one reasonably clean lane in both directions. Traffic was going between 30 and 40 miles per hour. The one clear lane still had some snow in it. There were two cars in the ditch eastbound between Hartland and Pewaukee.

Highway 83 between Delafield and North Lake also was slippery. Traffic there was going around 30 miles per hour.

In Hartland, roads were plowed but still snow covered. Many of the intersections were slippery.

PHS boys defeat Whitnall

Jan. 24, 2014 9:20 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's boys basketball team defeated Whitnall tonight, 65-54. PHS is now 11-4 on the season.

Steve McGowan led the Pirates with 17 points. Evan Hansen chipped in with 12.

Report: Former Mukwonago officer arrested in connection with 2010 bank robbery

Jan. 24, 2014 7:52 p.m. | According to WMTV-15, the NBC affiliate in Madison a former Mukwonago Police Officer has been arrested for armed bank robbery in relation to a June 15, 2010 robbery of M&I Bank in Mukwonago.

This is a developing story and we will bring updates as they become available.

Breakfast with the Village President next week

Jan. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Rotary Club of Mukwonago will host the club’s annual Visitor’s Day on Jan. 30 at 7 a.m. at the Mukwonago Village Hall.

The event will include a light breakfast and a presentation by Village President Fred Winchowky on the major issues facing the village in 2014.

The meeting is expected to end around 8 p.m. To RSVP please e-mail Dwight Cruikshank at dcruikshank@wi.rr.com.

Larry Elder

Jan. 24, 2014 2:45 p.m. | Laurence Allen "Larry" Elder is a lawyer, columnist, author, actor, political commentator and a radio and television personality who calls himself the "Sage of South Central" and the "Prince of Pico Yoon" , both districts of Los Angeles, California. His radio program ‘The Larry Elder Show’ airs on talk radio 790 KABC in Los Angeles. He spent some time acting in Hollywood; playing himself on the sitcoms Spin City and The Hughleys.

He generally leans libertarian, with a strong belief in limited government, de-centralized power, self-reliance and self-discipline. He supports free trade, school choice, same-sex marriage, legalized drugs and abortion rights. He opposes the income tax and supports the Second amendment. 

Generally, he attacks politicians on both sides of the isle.

Recently he had an exchange on Facebook with a liberal former classmate; member of the NAACP.   Elder produced a response that was firm, thought provoking, non defensive and gracious.  

Ex-Classmate: “Uncle Tom in its purest form, that’s Larry Elder, you hate your own people, need your a– kicked. … I remember you from Crenshaw High. Your politics are so predictable. Man, you’re such a phony. White folks don’t accept you like you assume. When I lived in Orange County, you were kind of a joke.”

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Waukesha County schools could cancel classes due to the cold once again

Jan. 24, 2014 2:36 p.m. | With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.

Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning. 

"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."

Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.

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25th Topic - Things that Science has Proved:

Jan. 24, 2014 12:53 p.m. |

 
Nothing.
 
 
Hello, dear friends, and I know its been a bit since I updated the topic, but I get a bit logey (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=logey) this time of year, what with the cold and the wind and the heating bills and all.  I *AM* noticing the days getting longer, so we got that goin' for us, eh?
 
So I’ve been engaged in a couple of aggravating online discussions with creationists, and it ALWAYS comes down to "Evolution has not been proved".
 
Well, no it hasn’t.  You are correct but meaningless.  This has been a pet peeve of mine for quite awhile now, so I thought I'd rant about it a bit.  In short - science is not designed to prove anything.  Nothing.  It doesn’t even try.
 
Here's how it works.  Anyone and his brother is free to come up with a hypothesis for why something happens.  In 2010, a highly enlightened spiritual leader suggested that earthquakes were caused by women dressing immodestly http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8631775.stm.  Well, there *seems* to be more earthquakes, and with women's liberation and all, they *seem* do be more immodest than before, so its not the crazyist idea in the world (close, but by far the crazyist).   Now a quick look at geologic records show that  the frequency of severe earthquakes is NOT increasing, so this hypothesis is quickly dispatched as baloney.
 
Another hypothesis is that babies are streamlined so that primitive tribes could catapult them father, thus extending their genetic influence as far possible (http://bahfest.com/).  Oh, and one important thing a hypothesis needs is the ability to be tested.  Testing means that evidence can be produced that seems to match up, or evidence can be produced that disagrees with the hypothesis   
 
Let the testing begin.   Someone might even be looking ancient catapults, but I doubt it.
 
After awhile if any evidence is found that is at odds with the hypothesis, it's Game Over.   If they ever find rabbit fossils intermixed with dinosaur fossils, Darwinian evolution would become a mere memory. Thanks for playing; try again.   If all the evidence seems to match up, it becomes .... a fact.  NONONO!!! It actually only now becomes a theory.  Then what???
 
More testing.   After awhile, if enough evidence piles up confirming it, the theory then becomes ... a fact.   NONONO!!! It will always be "just" a theory.    Newton enabled extremely accurate calculations to be verified over and over and over again for thousands of different cases over hundreds of years until Einstein showed him to be wrong (close, but still wrong; "close enough for engineering work" as a teacher of mine once said).

Actualy, Newtons work (F=mA, etc) is more correctly called "Laws" which sounds like it should be some rock solid Truth, but as we just saw, it wasnt.  A "Law" is just a way of accurately describing how something works.   Ohms law says Voltage is directly proportional to Current and also directly proportional to Resistance (E=I*R), but doesnt beging to even try to deascribe the mechanism of the "why" behind it.  Thats what theories are for.

 
The word "Proof" is reserved for mathematics and formal logic.  Only there things can be stated "absolutely" and even so, ONLY within the axiomatic (in initial) assumptions that ALWAYS exist.  For example, we *assume* that parallel lines never cross.  
You may think it "only logical" that 1+1=2, but sorry, that’s NOT NEAR enough to be any kind of proof (the proof DOES exist within The Principia Mathematica, a three-volume work on the foundations of mathematics, written by Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell).
 
Sorry, but if you're looking for absolute certainty, you aren’t going to find it in Science.  The books are constantly being re-written, and actually, that its beauty.  That’s what allows technological progress; even for discoveries that have no immediate application, it gets us closer to how the universe works and where we fit into it and that has a beauty all unto itself.
 
But frankly, a lot of people are uncomfortable with change, particularly when it challenges long held beliefs.  Maybe that's is why faith is so appealing to many; it never needs to refine itself and change. It cant be proved, and it by the same token, it cant be falsified.
 
So if I catch you saying "just a theory", I will slap you.   Dont make me try to "provide supporting evidence" for this claim.   And dont ask me to Prove it, because its not there;  it's apparantly in the pudding (what it's doing there, I havent a clue).

Summit man charged with homicide in father's death

Jan. 24, 2014 12:30 p.m. |

Shawn T. Witt was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, accused of killing his 60-year-old father at their shared home in Summit.
 
Witt, 27, has also been charged with narcotic drug possession, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
 
He is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. 
 
According to the criminal complaint, Summit Police were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 to check in on the well-being of James Witt, Jr., who resided at 34825 Elm St. 
 
Officers were greeted at the residence by Shawn Witt, who told police his father had “gone up north,” the complaint states. Also present were two friends of Shawn Witt, who are not currently facing charges related to the incident. 
 
Shawn Witt had been accused the day before of beating his father after an altercation at the residence. He was charged with battery and disorderly conduct and released on a $1,500 signature bond on the condition that he have no contact with his father. 
 
James Witt had also requested a temporary restraining order. 
 
“He yells at me all the time because I made him get a job,” James Witt wrote in the request. “I fear for my life. He said he is taking over the house and I cannot stop him.”
 
James Witt said his son had once put electrical wires to his head in an attempt to kill him.
 
The restraining order was granted and Shawn Witt was served the order in jail.
 
According to the complaint, officers decided to search the residence to make sure everything was all right. They found James Witt’s body in the basement, wrapped in a blanket. Next to his body was a rifle. 
 
Shawn Witt told police in the complaint that he had gone back to his father’s house after being released from jail. He claimed that his father had come at him with a knife and he shot him twice in self-defense. 
 
No knife described by Shawn Witt was found at the residence, the complaint states.
 
He told police in the complaint that he had lied to his friends and said his father committed suicide. The friends helped him burn a couch that had blood on it and they then went to Milwaukee to sell items belonging to James Witt. The money made from the sale was used to purchase heroin, Shawn Witt said.
 
Police later learned that James Witt’s debit card was used at a Kwik-Trip gas station in Oconomowoc. Shawn Witt admitted to using the card after he killed his father, the complaint states.
 
Witt later changed his statement and said he may have shot his father three times, according to the complaint. He said James Witt seemed to be in pain, “so he decided to put him out of his misery and shot him in the head.”
 
A medical examiner concluded that Witt was shot once in the left buttocks and once in the abdomen, but both wounds were survivable. The gunshot wound to the head was the fatal wound, the complaint states.
 
Assistant District Attorney Lesli Boese said at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 24, that James Witt did the right thing in requesting the restraining order.
 
“We tell people it is a piece of paper,” she said. “They still need to be diligent. We offer them resources and we do the best we can.”
 
Shawn Witt had previously been convicted in Jefferson County of operating while intoxicated on three separate occasions, according to court records. 
 
The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department worked with the Summit Police Department to investigate James Witt’s death. Dan Trawicki commended the Summit Police Department on its response to the incident at the news conference. 
 
Shawn Witt is expected to appear at a court hearing on Jan. 30

Epiphany dinner, concert comes to St. John's

Jan. 24, 2014 10:04 a.m. |  St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN West, Mukwonago is holding its annual Epiphany Concert and dinner on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 5:15 p.m.  

An Italian dinner hosted by the Ignite Youth Group is availabe for $8 for adults and $5 for kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes, and more.  

Late basket by Walz sends KM to defeat

Jan. 24, 2014 8:08 a.m. | Waukesha West held on as long as it could, right up until the moment Katy Walz let it go.

The Waukesha West junior post unleashed a go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to go, giving her team the edge it needed in a 39-36 win over Kettle Moraine on Jan. 22, a game that had major implications in the Classic 8 Conference title chase.

With the game tied, West held the ball for one final shot with 1:35 to go, calling two timeouts and inbounding for the last time with 15 seconds to go. Dani Rhodes handed the ball to Kariss Keller, who drove briefly toward the basket before firing to Walz, who had drifted from the corner to the wing, where she took the game-winning shot.

"My teammates set screens a lot; that's just how our offense is, so I get open a lot," Walz said. "It was pretty intense. It was kind of nerve racking when things get that intense and you're tired."

West (11-2) moved to 6-1 through the first batch of Classic 8 play, tied with Arrowhead for first place in the league. West's lone loss came to Arrowhead earlier this season. Kettle Moraine (9-3) slipped one game back at 5-2.

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Summit death remains under investigation

Jan. 24, 2014 7:55 a.m. |  A 60-year-old man thought to be the victim in a death investigation in the Village of Summit was afraid that his son would kill him.

"I fear for my life," the father said in a statement attached to a petition for a restraining order against his son.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, Village of Summit Police were called to check on the well-being of a man in a home at 34825 Elm St. on Thursday morning and found a 60-year-old man deceased.

In a news release, the Sheriff's Department called the death "suspicious." Summit police are working with the Sheriff's Department on the case. Neither agency has released any additional information.

While the address and the age of the victim match those of the man who sought the restraining order on Jan. 21, police have not confirmed they are the same person.

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Pewaukee cleans up against Tosa

Jan. 24, 2014 7:33 a.m. | The Pewaukee wrestling team had it clinched before allowing a team point.

Thursday's Woodland Conference battle with Wauwatosa represented a key dual for a Pirates team again in line to grab the conference title, but Pewaukee made sure to leave no shred of doubt, winning the first 10 matches and clinching victory with five matches to go. Pewaukee ultimately prevailed, 45-11.

Freshman Jacob Raschka won a 5-2 battle with returning state qualifier Marcus Morrow in what could have been considered the featured match, coming at 152 pounds in the second bout of the contest.

"I don't think anyone realizes just how good our freshman is," Pewaukee coach Ed Kurth said. "We have a lot of good freshmen; some aren't even in the lineup yet, but Marcus Morrow is a stud, and you're looking at a conference champ and state qualifier. Raschka keeps coming and keeps battling. He gets up for those big matches, He always wants the biggest match. He can be an igniter even though he's a freshman."

Raschka (23-3) entered the week ranked sixth in the state at Division 2, according to Wisconsin Wrestling Online. Only one other freshman in any of the three divisions is ranked (top 15) at the upper seven weight classes.

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Take the plunge into winter

Jan. 24, 2014 12:00 a.m. | While the meek may stay warm and cozy inside, the many hardy souls in this neck of the woods thumb their noses at the cold.

Take all those warm-blooded creatures participating in the Polar Bear Plunge at 11 a.m. Saturday at  SandBar Sports Pub, W278-N2315 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The $20 cost includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information go to http://sandbarsportspub.com.

On Saturday night head over to the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit for the Candlelight Ski & Hike from 6 to 9 p.m. The event starts at  S91-W39091 Highway 59, Eagle. The purple loop at the Nordic Trailhead will be lighted. There will be a big fire outside to help you stay warm or you can go inside where there will be chili and refreshments for sale.

If you’re not into the cold and snow but prefer to beat winter blues with comfort food, there are several options including the Friday night fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot. The all-you-can-eat menu includes beer battered and baked cod, grilled cheese, curly fries, baked potato, coleslaw, rye bread, applesauce, coffee and milk plus one dessert. Call (262) 392-2920 for more information.

A more exotic dish, along with more traditional favorites, will be served at the annual Coon Feed at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the  American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak , Delafield. Donation: $12 adults/ $6 children 12 and younger.

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Walker vs. Obama

Jan. 23, 2014 5:00 p.m. | Governor Scott Walker's recent "State of the State" speech nicely summed up many of his accomplishments and all the good things that he has done for the state of Wisconsin.  Thanks to Walker, we are on the road to economic prosperity, rather than the economic disaster of the Doyle years.  Thanks to Walker, hardworking taxpayers will be getting some of their own money back - as the state has over a BILLION dollar surplus for the first time in a long time.  Thanks to Walker, jobs are coming back and the overall business climate has vastly improved.  Thanks to Walker, the state of Wisconsin is fiscally sound, the people are reaping the benefits, and our state is poised to continue on an upward trajectory towards making life better for all Wisconsinites.  All of this - in spite of President Obama and the lefties who made our Governor a target (and continue to do so) for the few years of his governship.

For fun, let's compare the President of the United States - Barack Hussein Obama, to our very own governor, Scott Walker:

1)  Walker promised to create 250,000 during his first term.  He is well on the way to that accomplishment.  If he falls short, heck, it still is an inspirational promise with a positive goal that all of us hope is eventually reached. (well, maybe some liberals/Dems are hoping he won't succeed).  Walker did this IN SPITE of the roadblocks put up by the anti-job creator and private business hater Obama, who sits in the White House.  Remember Obama?  He of the "if you like your health insurance you can keep it?"  lie?  Or the "if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor" lie when it came to Obamacare?  Obama LIED to get Obamacare passed.  It is only now that reality is setting in and people are realizing the President of the United States is a liar.  Walker didn't LIE.  His intention was to really help the business climate in our state create 250,000 jobs.  Wisconsin has seen over 100,000 jobs created in our state, due to the favorable business climate Walker has helped start.  More people are employed in our state and the numbers continue to grow.  Even though the federal government - with Obama leading the way - is doing their very best to keep people unemployed and on unemployment and other government programs.  Thank you Governor Walker!

2)   Walker knows how the economy works and does what it takes to improve it.  Obama doesn't have a clue.  Obama and his co-horts like Nancy Pelosi think unemployment checks - sent to more and more Americans who are sitting at home - somehow are a way to stimulate the economy.  In what universe does that make ANY sense???  Walker = pay people to work, Obama = pay people to stay home and get a government check.  Walker's position wins hands down.

3)  Walker is not afraid to stand up to the unions and other special interests to do the right thing.  Obama lives and dies by special interest, the unions, and whatever flavor-of-the-day social issue is in the forefront.  Gay rights?  Anti-gun laws? Income inequality?  global warming?  George Zimmerman?  pot vs. alcohol?  We've got a president more concerned about the gobble-dee-gook promoted by lefties and socialists than the real issues - is the United States safe?  are illegals flooding over our borders?  are our enemies growing stronger - emboldened by the weakness of the U.S. of A put forth by Obama?  and where is that oh-so-elusive economic recovery?  what about all the millions of Americans without jobs?  all the millions of Americans who have LOST their health care coverage due to the oxymoron known as the "Affordable Care Act?"  Walker knew ACT10 was the right thing to do - free Wisconsin taxpayers from stronghold of unions.  No matter how difficult it got or how Walker was verbally attacked on a daily basis with protests at the Capitol, he didn't back down.  He stood his ground.  He never became a RINO - willing to let the Dems have their way in order to "feel good" and getting people to like him. 

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Jan. 23, 2014 1:47 p.m. |

GOP plans Feb. 12 county caucus at Country Springs

The Republican Party of Waukesha County's annual county caucus and precaucus dinner will be Feb. 12 at Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee.

Master of ceremonies is radio personality Vicki McKenna with featured guest speaker former vice presidential candidate and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Social hour is at 5:30 p.m. Dinner and the program starts at 6:30 with the caucus meeting beginning promptly at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, call (262) 542-8532 or email hq@waukeshagop.org or visit the Waukesha GOP website, www.waukeshagop.org.

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Learn to toss a crust at next 20/20

Jan. 23, 2014 1:40 p.m. | The Hartland and Pewaukee Chambers of Commerce have partnered to offer a networking and educational opportunity for their members.

20/20 Networking is an effective, low-cost method for developing sales opportunities and contacts, based on referrals and introductions. Attendees benefit by meeting business peers of both chambers and enjoy a brief educational or hands-on, interactive session as well. Participants spend the first 20 minutes networking, the next 20 minutes learning and the final 20 minutes solidifying new business relationships.

The networking session is 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Falbo Bros. Pizzeria, 418 Merton Ave. in Hartland. During the interactive portion of the program participants will "Learn to Toss a Pizza Crust" in 20 minutes. Pre-registration fee is $5 for chamber members, $10 for nonmembers. Register at www.hartland-wi.org. Call the Hartland Chamber of Commerce for more information, (262) 367-7059, or email chamberdirector@hartland-wi.org.

The next 20/20 Networking will be held Feb. 25 at Lake Country Fine Arts School & Gallery where participants can "Learn to Throw a Pot on the Potter's Wheel" in 20 minutes.

Community Briefs 01/26/14

Jan. 23, 2014 1:37 p.m. |

Carroll faculty vocalist lures audience at recital

Thomas J. Weis angles for an afternoon of "Fish, Fishing, and Fishermen," his free faculty voice recital, accompanied by Rhonda Kwiecien, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Carroll University's Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha.

Attendees are encouraged to wear theme-appropriate items.

The recital will include songs by German Lieder composer Franz Schubert, selections from Gustav Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn," late 19th century and early 20th century works by Stephen Foster and Kurt Weill, Broadway musical selections and more. The Midwest Guitar Trio will also perform.

For more information, contact (262) 524-7182 or smeyer@carrollu.edu.

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Pewaukee Chamber gala honors achievers

Jan. 23, 2014 1:22 p.m. | Get ready for a "Night of the Stars" with the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce at their annual Community Awards Gala on Friday, Feb. 21.

Each year the Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce awards those making an impact in our community. This year some of the prestigious awards are: Educator of the Year, Person of the Year, Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Employee of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Non-Profit of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year

This wonderful community event will take place at Western Lakes Golf Club where guests will enjoy sipping cocktails while dancing to music provided by Premier Entertainment's, Tony Davis.

Saz's Catering will be serving fabulous hors d'oeuvres starting at 5 p.m. followed by a mouth-watering dinner of Mandarin spring mixed greens with raspberry vinaigrette, candied pecans, apples, Craisins and blue cheese stuffed chicken breast smothered in a maple balsamic cream sauce, grilled vegetables, parsley buttered red potatoes complimented by red or white wine served at your table. Finishing this perfect meal will be the Ultimate Chocolate Cake with cherry drizzle. There will be astounding raffle prizes, silent and live auctions with prizes donated by local businesses.

This event would not happen without the generosity of our "Star" business sponsors. The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce would like to give a big thank you to Glittering Star Sponsors: Waterstone Mortgage, Waukesha State Bank, Jannsen & Company, ManorCare Health Services; Shining Star Sponsors: Prime Coatings, LearningRX, and Barkin' Up Hickory and our In-Kind Sponsors: Aurora Health Care and Design Wurm.

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Community Briefs 01/26/14

Jan. 23, 2014 1:20 p.m. |

Savor the Flavor of Waukesha County announces restaurant lineup

Savor the Flavor of Waukesha County, an annual food-tasting event hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance, will feature a selection of food from 15 local restaurants and vendors. The Feb. 28 event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Legend of Brandybrook, 1 Legend Way, Wales, is open to the public and gives attendees an opportunity to sample appetizers, entrees and desserts at individual food stations from each participating company.

Featured Restaurants: Cafe Esperanza, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Casa Tequila, Cooper's Hawk, Davians Catering & Conference Center, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Easter Seals - LilyWorks Catering, Hom Wood Fired Grill, Old Tavern Food Products, Outback Steakhouse, Periwinkle's Bakery, Saz's Catering Lake Country, Weissgerber's Seven Seas, Taylor's People's Park, Thunder Bay.

Tickets are on sale now at waukesha.org. Tickets are $45/person or two for $80.

Oconomowoc Rotary raises a glass to a polio-free world

Jan. 23, 2014 1:19 p.m. | Oconomowoc Rotary is once again inviting community members to celebrate God's gift to man at this year's BrewFest, which is celebrating its eighth year on Feb. 1 at the Olympia Resort and Spa.

The Oconomowoc Rotary Club is tipping a glass this year to a polio-free India. The World Health Organization is expected to announce next February that efforts to eradicate the disease among the country's 1.2 billion people have been successful.

Rotary International has worked since 1979 toward the goal of a polio-free world. According to the organization's website, Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries.

Today, transmission continues uninterrupted in only three countries — Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The organization hopes to eradicate the disease by 2018, according to its website.

BrewFest is one of several events held throughout the year that supports eradication efforts, as well as providing financial support to local charities and schools.

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More than 50 accidents on icy roads

Jan. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. |  Isolated icy patches on Waukesha County streets and highways contributed to 56 accidents, an unusually high number, this morning, according to Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jennifer Wallschlager.

Wallschlager said the slick spots were the result of morning traffic creating precipitation on streets that was quickly turned to ice by sub zero temperatures. The slick spots were unnoticed by unsuspecting motorists who were traveling too fast for conditions, she said.

There were 14 personal injury accidents and 22 roll over incidents along with 20 accidents where there was property damage only, according to Wallschlager.

One of the accidents occured west of the Highway 16 and Jungbluth Road interchange where a similar accident occured at nearly the same location at approximately the same time on Tuesday morning.

Two people were injured in that accident. One of the motorists told sheriff's deputies that he was  blinded by the sun and did not see the vehicle in front begin to slow down. The names of the accident victims and their conditions are not available.

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Feel better, achieve more with a gratitude attitude

Jan. 23, 2014 12:50 p.m. | "High school is over in the blink of an eye."

This is something our parents, grandparents and weird relatives at family parties tell us.

And to a teenager, four years seems like hardly something that could go quickly. But I blinked, and now along with my peers, I'm a mere five months away from graduation.

Some people say it's about the grades, some say it's about the friends, but I say high school is about everything—the once in a lifetime all-encompassing experience where there's prom, football games, homework, friends, drama and much more.

One thing that my peers and I forget is that we won't always live five minutes from each other. Or that our parents won't always be there when we are sick.

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Pewaukee, Waukesha visitors guide available

Jan. 23, 2014 12:47 p.m. | The Waukesha Pewaukee Convention and Visitor Bureau has released its 2014 Visitor Guide.

The guide is a resource for visitor information to guests in the area. The 36-page booklet includes information on area events, attractions and activities. Maps are also included.

With focus on the Waukesha Pewaukee area, this guide also offers unique planning ideas for tourists and residents alike with adventures for families, girls' getaways or a couple's night out. Don't miss the section on Les Paul highlighting the Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha Exhibit at the Waukesha County Museum. Retrace the life and legacy of Les Paul with landmarks in Waukesha provided by the Les Paul Foundation, along with the Waukesha GuitarTown Walking Tour.

The Waukesha Pewaukee Convention and Visitor Bureau, located at N14 W23755 Stone Ridge Drive, Suite 225, Waukesha, welcomes the public to stop by their office for a free guide, or download a guide online at visitwaukesha.org.

The Convention and Visitor Bureau 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.

St. John's dinner and Epiphany concert

Jan. 23, 2014 12:40 p.m. | St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Highway NN, Mukwonago, invites the public to its annual Epiphany Concert and dinner at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Italian dinner is hosted by the Ignite Youth Group. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes and more.

Kids film series featured at Marcus theaters

Jan. 23, 2014 12:37 p.m. | Participating Marcus Theatres will offer G or PG rated films, called the Kids Dreams Film Series, at 10 a.m. Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays. Admission is $2 with 44-ounce popcorns or 20-ounce fountain drinks available at $2.50 each.

The following local Marcus theaters are participating: Hillside Cinema, Delafield; Majestic Cinema, Brookfield; Menomonee Falls Cinema, Menomonee Falls; Ridge Cinema, New Berlin.

Feb. 1 and 2

"Despicable Me 2": Gru, the ex-scheming evildoer turned parental figure, is back with his trio of adopted daughters and bumbling, pidgin-tongued Minions in this hilarious sequel to the wildly successful 2010 animated film Despicable Me. In this outing, Gru is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a new super criminal, Eduardo, voiced by Academy Award winner Al Pacino. Steve Carrell reprises his role as Gru while Kristin Wiig, who played Miss Hattie in the first film, will this time be voicing agent Lucy Wilde.

Feb. 8 and 9

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Sojourner Truth subject of OAC one-woman show

Jan. 23, 2014 12:35 p.m. | In celebration of Black History Month, the Oconomowoc Arts Center is presenting UPROOTED Theatre's, "Truth – The Testimonial of Sojourner Truth" with performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8.

The production is by Eric Cobel and directed by Dennis F. Johnson. Tickets are available at the box office at $24 adults, seniors and college students and $12 high school students and younger. Service fees may apply.

This historical production and powerful drama explores the life and journey of Sojourner Truth, a woman searching for her identity in a country ripped apart by Civil War. As she walks thousands of miles, her evolving faith and progressive ideas send shock waves through the nation that continue to reverberate. On the stage, her story comes to life – from her birth as a slave, watching her brothers, sister, and even her own children sold away; to meeting President Lincoln and her explosive speeches across the union; to her final crisis of faith— her own mortality.

This production is a unique blend of historical text, movement and drumming. The one-woman show features Marti Gobel and fully captures the mind and heart of this ennobled woman of history with all the passion and truthfulness of good narrative.

Gobel, who takes on the part of Sojourner Truth and all other characters, is the artistic director and co-founder of UPROOTED Theatre Company. She has had a long career in theater as a professional actress and producer in the Milwaukee area. She is also known for her work to encourage diversity in the arts through public speaking opportunities.

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Death investigation in Summit

Jan. 23, 2014 11:39 a.m. |   The Village of Summit Police Department responded to an address on Elm Street last night  to check the well being of a resident.  They located a 60 year old man deceased inside the residence and believed the death to be suspicious, according to a release from the Waukesha Sheriff 's Department.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Summit Police Department are working closely on this investigation.  This is an ongoing investigation and  more information will be released as it becomes available.

Authorities say  there is no need for residents to be concerned for their safety at this time.

Driver in Town of Eagle hit and run located

Jan. 23, 2014 11:37 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released a statement thanking the community for their efforts in helping to locate the suspected driver in a hit and run that occured in the Town of Eagle on Jan. 15 near Eagleville Elementary school.

The operator of the vehicle has been located. There was no additional information immediately available.

Six cars in the ditch on Hy. 16

Jan. 23, 2014 9:59 a.m. | Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. this morning a total of  6 cars were seen in the snow-covered ditches on eastbound Highway 16 between Merton Avenue in Hartland and Yench Road just west of Pewaukee.

The on-ramp at Merton Avenue to eastbound Highway 16 was slippery and created some problems for at least two drivers who were in the ditch. Under the bridge at North Shore Drive two cars, one on each side of the road. were also in the ditch. One more car was in the ditch at Yench Road.

At 9:30 a.m., another eastbound car was in the snow bank in the median.

Two Sherrif's SUV's were on the scene at 9:30 a.m. and a Waukesha County plow truck loaded with salt was also at the scene by North Shore Drive.

Some streets slippery

Jan. 23, 2014 9:51 a.m. |  Motorist should be on the look for isolated icy patches apparently caused by drifting snow on streets and roads north of Highway 16.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is wrapping up the investigation what appears to have been a multi car fender bender at the interchange of Highway 16 and Jungbluth Road. There was a similar accident near the same location at about the same time Tuesday morning.

Less than a mile north, the intersection of Highways K and KE is snow co vered and slippery. There are also portions of the Lake Five Road that are snow covered because of drifting snow.

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Jan. 23, 2014 9:44 a.m. | Waukesha County Technical College offers these courses. To register, call (262) 691-5578 or go to www.wctc.edu.

The Basic Cook: Roast

Proper roasting creates tasty dishes. In this hands-on class, learn how to prepare various foods for roasting, and the proper use of food thermometers. Hands-on recipes preparation will include meats, fish, vegetables and fruit. CRN 22563 meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, with instructor Debbie Kroes. Cost: $25.30.

Beginning Cake Decorating

Treat your loved ones with delicious and beautiful homemade cakes at a fraction of bakery costs. In this hands-on baking and decorating course, first learn how to bake the perfect cake then create decorations to adorn your homemade masterpiece. CRN 22603 meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Feb. 12. Cost: $72.94.

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Jan. 23, 2014 9:43 a.m. | Mukwonago High School freshmen in Sarah Dianich's honors English class completed these poems before a Jan. 21 poetry reading.

Poetry Collection

By Andy Foss

I consist of animosity

hostility and apathy

my mind is a confused inception

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Be a 'time traveler' at Old World Wis.

Jan. 23, 2014 9:40 a.m. | Parents looking to add a new dimension to their children's summer experiences can now add time travel to their wish list.

Old World Wisconsin's summer 2014 "Time Travelers Adventure Camps" send campers back to the rugged days of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Kids can experience one-of-a-kind challenges, care for animals and do farm chores, cook on a wood-fired stove, be an Old World apprentice, or spend a day in Laura Ingalls Wilder's world, or as a Civil War soldier, or as a student in a one-room schoolhouse.

Camps such as the Amazing Race Through Time invite kids to use their wits to solve puzzles and decipher riddles as they compete on a site-crossing, heart-thumping scavenger hunt.

Kids can find out whether they could make it as a settler at Survivor: Pioneer Wisconsin. They will test their mettle as they trek through the woods and the farmsteads, with buckets full of courage and old-fashioned grit.

Jennifer VanHaaften, curator of interpretation, who oversees the program at this historic site, identified the draw of the Old World Wisconsin camps: "There's nostalgia for the past as being a simpler, less complicated time. Our goal is to share what life was like over 100 years ago while making the experience fun for 21st-century kids."

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Soccer game connects students to the world

Jan. 23, 2014 9:38 a.m. | As Mukwonago High School (MHS) students in Heather Kane-Terhorst and Ashley Roffer's life skills class played soccer Jan. 21, no one needed to keep score, for the only score that mattered was the length of time they kicked the ball back and forth in the MHS wrestling balcony.

The red ball looked like any other soccer ball, except for the orange plug that popped out occasionally. However, as the group gathered in a circle on the mat, the biggest difference in the ball came to light when Roffer plugged a small lamp into the Socket Ball. Dimming the lights in the room, students took turns holding the ball, examining the light, and trying to read by the light of the mini lamp.

Classroom connections

In spring 2013, students in Roffer's English class learned about the Socket Ball from an article in News-2-You. The Socket Ball was created by two Harvard University students who wanted to celebrate Earth Day in a unique manner. They came up with the idea after a trip to Africa where children did not have soccer balls or electricity.

Inside the deceptively simple ball is a small machine that makes and stores electricity when someone kicks the ball. Through the use of an inductive coil mechanism, the ball collects the electricity in a battery cell that can power a special light, without creating pollution. The Socket Ball can provide students without electricity a safe way to have light for completing homework. The 30-minute soccer game at MHS powered the light for three hours.

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Jan. 23, 2014 9:30 a.m. |

Savor the Flavor of announces lineup

Savor the Flavor of Waukesha County, an annual food-tasting event hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance, will feature a selection of food from 15 local restaurants and vendors. The Feb. 28 event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Legend of Brandybrook, 1 Legend Way, Wales, is open to the public and gives attendees an opportunity to sample appetizers, entrees and desserts at individual food stations from each participating company.

Featured Restaurants: Cafe Esperanza, Carrabbas Italian Grill, Casa Tequila, Cooper's Hawk, Davians Catering & Conference Center, Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Easter Seals - LilyWorks Catering, Hom Wood Fired Grill, Old Tavern Food Products, Outback Steakhouse, Periwinkle's Bakery, Saz's Catering Lake Country, Weissgerber's Seven Seas, Taylor's People's Park, Thunder Bay.

Tickets are on sale now at waukesha.org. Tickets are $45/person or two for $80.

Carroll faculty vocalist lures audience

Thomas J. Weis angles for an afternoon of "Fish, Fishing, and Fishermen," his faculty voice recital, accompanied by Rhonda Kwiecien, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, in Carroll University's Shattuck Music Center, 218 N. East Ave., Waukesha.

The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are encouraged to wear apparel representing the theme.

"Fish, Fishing, and Fishermen" will include several songs by German Lieder composer Franz Schubert, selections from Gustav Mahler's "Des Knaben Wunderhorn," late 19th century and early 20th century works by Stephen Foster and Kurt Weill, Broadway musical selections and more. The Midwest Guitar Trio will perform during the intermission.

For more information, contact Carroll's Music Office at (262) 524-7182 or smeyer@carrollu.edu.

Death investigation in Summit

Jan. 23, 2014 9:13 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is handling a death investigation in the Village of Summit.  More information as it becomes available.

community briefs 01/26/14

Jan. 23, 2014 8:17 a.m. |

GOP plans county

caucus for Feb. 12

The Republican Party of Waukesha County announces the annual county caucus and precaucus dinner, at Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee, on Wednesday Feb. 12.

Master of ceremonies is radio personality Vicki McKenna with featured guest speaker former vice presidential candidate and Congressman Paul Ryan.

Social hour is from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Dinner and the program starts at 6:30 with the caucus meeting beginning promptly at 8:15 p.m.

For more information, including how to register, call (262) 542-8532 or email hq@waukeshagop.org or visit the Waukesha GOP website, www.waukeshagop.org.

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Jan. 23, 2014 8:16 a.m. |

Free seminars offered on memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association, in collaboration with ProHealth Care, will offer a program called "Behavior and Memory Changes in Your Loved One" from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 31, at West Wood health & Fitness Center, 2900 Golf Road, Pewaukee.

This free half-day program will offer resources and education sessions for family caregivers, health care professionals and anyone interested in learning more about Alzheimer's.

Seminars will be presented during the half-day workshop with information on memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. They will offer resources for caregivers.

The program is free of charge but registration is required. To register, visit ProHealthCare.org/classes or call (262) 928-2745 and specify choice of seminars.

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Pewaukee Lake WFT Ice Fishery on tap

Jan. 23, 2014 8:15 a.m. | The newly formed Pewaukee Lake Chapter of Walleyes For Tomorrow will hold its inaugural ice fishery Feb. 22 at Curley's Waterfront Pub in Pewaukee. Proceeds from this event will be used to support chapter efforts to enhance and improve walleye fishing on the lake.

Tickets for the event are $5 for one ticket or $20 for 5, which will not only allow hardy ice anglers to compete for fish prizes but also enter them in a raffle drawing for a 60-inch Samsung Smart TV, a $500 gift card from Goeman's BP Rapid Mart and a deluxe Jiffy propane auger. The festivities get under way at 7 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

For those who eschew the cold, however, fishing is not a requirement and plenty of meat raffles and auction items will provide action at Curley's throughout the day. A Winchester 300 magnum rifle will also be raffled off to one lucky participant.

Pewaukee Lake resident Tom Koepp has been the driving force behind the recent birth of the Pewaukee Walleyes for Tomorrow Chapter. Tom is manager of the Pewaukee Lake Sanitary district and an avid angler. In less than one year's time, the chapter has garnered more than 150 individual members and 14 corporate sponsors.

Local Wisconsin DNR Biologist Ben Heussner as well as Warden Matt Groppi have been personally involved in the chapter's inception and are working cooperatively with the group to enhance Pewaukee Lake fish habitat.

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DOT encouraged by decreasing traffic deaths

Jan. 23, 2014 8:14 a.m. | Wisconsin ended 2013 with 530 traffic fatalities, which is the lowest annual total in nearly 70 years.

This dramatic reduction in traffic deaths was due to many factors, including effective traffic safety law enforcement, education, engineering of roadways and vehicles, and unusual weather patterns.

Emergency medical responses at crash scenes also saved many lives.

Moreover, because most serious crashes are caused by bad driving habits and irresponsible decisions, motorists deserve a great deal of credit for saving their own lives and lives of others by buckling up, driving sober, slowing down and paying attention.

Overall, there were approximately 19,000 fewer traffic crashes in 2013 than in 2012. In addition to preventing injuries and deaths, this reduction in crashes saved Wisconsin about $237 million, based on National Safety Council estimates for the economic impact of traffic deaths, injuries and property damage.

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St. Joseph Catholic School hosts open house Sunday

Jan. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m. | St. Joseph Catholic School in Big Bend will kick off their Catholic Schools Week celebration by hosting an Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Students, teachers and staff will celebrate mass together at 10:30am. Refreshments will be served during the open house. Science Fair exhibits will be on display, and there will be a book fair. Classroom tours will be given, and all teachers will be in their classrooms to welcome visitors and answer questions.

For more information, contact: Mrs. Janice St. Louis, Principal, 262-662-2737 or jstlouis@stjoesbb.com.

Are you going to the Olympics?

Jan. 22, 2014 2:58 p.m. | Are you heading to Sochi for next month's Olympics? Were you planning to go, but terror threats have scared you off? We'd like to hear from you. Drop us a note at lakenews@jcpgroup.com.

Hit and run in Town of Eagle under investigation

Jan. 22, 2014 2:37 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance in locating a suspect involved in a hit and run accident on Wednesday Jan. 15 in the Town of Eagle.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. the Sheriff's Department responded to a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian in front of Eagleville Elementary School on County Highway LO just west of County Highway E in the Town of Eagle.

The vehicle is possible a 2005-2006 Ford "F-series" pick-up. It is further described as light colored or possible silver, "very clean" and should be missing the mirror from the driver's side door. The vehicles driver side mirror was broken off due to the accident and left at the scene.

If you have any information about the vehicle or possible operator please contact Detective Ladwig at (262) 548-7461.

Brooklife Church displays art therapy work

Jan. 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Center For Independence (MCFI) L.I.F.E. Services art therapy clients will display their work at a gallery showing through Feb. 20 at the Brooklife Church, 857 S. Rochester St., Mukwonago. The church is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Additionally, the public can meet  the artists at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10.

L.I.F.E. Services is a program area of the Milwaukee Center for Independence that offers daily living skills training, recreational and leisure activities, help for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, travel and camping opportunities for people with disabilities, and employment readiness and placement services for people facing disadvantages.

Police Blotter 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 11:55 a.m. |

City of Oconomowoc

Felony theft

A 25-year-old Waukesha man is being referred on a charge of felony theft from a local business.

According to the police report, a regional manager for Advanced Auto Parts told police they discovered that an employee defrauded the company of more than $3,000 through fraudulent return transactions, as well as taking currency from cash drawers and taking other items without payment.

The regional manager told police that the employee of the store, 861 E. Wisconsin Ave., had been monitored for some time after signs of fraud.

The Waukesha man told police he made those transactions more than 20 times since starting work in September 2013. He told officers he struggles with an opiate addiction and is seeking treatment.

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Your Letters 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 11:50 a.m. | The deadline to submit letters related to the Feb. 18 primary election will be noon Monday, Feb. 3. The deadline for letters related to theApril 1 election will be noon March 17.

Donations to food pantry mean so much

To the editor,

The volunteers at the Oconomowoc Food Pantry want to express our gratitude and appreciation for the tremendous support of the pantry shown by this community, not only during the holidays but throughout the year. This generous support enables us to provide for needy families in the Oconomowoc school district. We are truly blessed to live in such a caring community. From all of us at the pantry, our heartfelt thanks.

Elaine Rogers

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Funeral Service 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 11:50 a.m. | Patrick F. Bolger, 83, of Oconomowoc died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Visitation will be from 4 until the 7 p.m. vigil service Friday, Jan. 24, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah.

Death Notice 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 11:50 a.m. |

Jacob Ray Strautman

Jacob Ray Strautman, age 16 of Ashippun, passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Jacob will be deeply missed by many family and friends. Jacob was a graduate of St Jerome Parish School and a sophomore at Oconomowoc High School. He was a lover of nature and anything outdoors, where he found much comfort and peace. Jacob wished he could spend all of his time outdoors. He was an avid hunter, camper, biker and outdoorsman, and was a member of Stone Bank Sportsman's Club and the OHS Trap Club.

Jacob had an easy way about him and a huge heart. He was a caring friend, a loving brother, and the best son. We know that he touched many in his short life, and that his memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him. The world is a better place, and each of our lives enriched, through the life of Jacob.

Jacob is survived by his loving parents Mark and Julie (nee Slipek) Strautman, sister and best friend Nicole, grandmothers Larri Strautman and Theresa Slipek, uncles and aunts David (Jennifer) Strautman, Doug (Amy) Strautman, John (Kathy) Slipek, Chester (Deborah) Slipek, cousins Julia, Drew, Evan, Anna Brook, Jackson, Isaac, Benjamin, Noelle, Nicholas and Sarah, loving dog Jett, along with many other relatives and friends. Jacob was preceded in death by his grandfathers Alan Strautman Jr. and Raymond Slipek, grandmother Helen Strautman and aunt Marilyn Slipek.

The family wishes to thank Ashippun Fire & Rescue and the staff of Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for their caring response and services, as well as the love, support and prayers of our wonderful community during this difficult time. We would like to especially thank the staff and students of Oconomowoc High School and St. Jerome School, as well as the staff and congregation of St. Jerome Catholic Church.

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Former juvenile center employee pleads guilty to distributing nude images

Jan. 22, 2014 10:59 a.m. |

A 37-year-old former employee of the Norris Adolescent Center in Mukwonago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 21 to three counts of distributing images of nudity. 
 
Robert Turk was charged last June in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of child pornography possession for allegedly trading images of prepubescent girls using a fake Facebook account. 
 
Turk was sentenced by Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. to 5 1/2 years in prison and six years extended supervision, but that sentence was stayed in lieu of three years probation and nine months in county jail. He was ordered to have no contact with minors (except his daughter) while on probation and to not use the Internet, except for work and educational purposes.
 
According to the criminal complaint, The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department was tipped off on April 30 by state agents that Turk was using the pseudonym “Charles Carmichael” on Facebook to distribute images of child pornography.
 
“Charles Carmichael” revealed in those private messages provided in the complaint that he lived in Wisconsin and worked as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor at the Norris Adolescent Center. The center, located at W247 S10395 Center Drive in Mukwonago, provides treatment to juveniles ages 12 to 18 with alcohol drugs, mental health, sexual and behavior issues, the center’s website states.
 
Deputies learned through a records warrant that the Facebook account was registered to Turk’s apartment at N16 W26571 Tall Reeds Lane in Pewaukee, according to the complaint. 
 
A search warrant was issued on June 10 and police found numerous illicit images of young girls on a hard drive belonging to Turk, according to the complaint.
 
Turk told police in the complaint that he used the pictures to facilitate Internet role playing, pretending to be the father or older brother of the young girls.
 
Norris Adolescent Center did not respond to a request for comment. 

Blessed by little things

Jan. 22, 2014 10:58 a.m. | "Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."

— Robert Brault

Well, it's Jan. 23, and I have to admit my big plans for adopting glorious New Year's resolutions have already fizzled. I need to find a better balance in my life and try to focus on the little things that seem to add up and make every day a miracle.

In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for Christmas, I was stressfully going over my mental list of all the "little" things I still needed to do as I was driving east on Lisbon Road toward Highway P to get to Tobin's. I happened to glance over at the cornfield, and there were at least 40 wild turkey hens milling about with an enormous tom turkey, all puffed up and strutting around.

It was quite the sight, and I couldn't help but slow down to a stop right in the middle of the road. I noticed a car coming up from behind me, and I felt compelled to share what I was observing (and maybe explain why I was blocking traffic!), so I rolled down my window and pointed toward the field as I reluctantly drove away. I noticed the car also slowed to a stop.

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Oconomowoc Area News 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 10:55 a.m. |

Column information

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

Soccer registration

Strike FC has openings for its spring recreational soccer. For information and to register, visit the club's website at www.strikefc.org or contact Kim Opie at kim.opie@strikefc.org or (262) 369-2500.

Mapleton Fishoree

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Nord has been huge part of Oconomowoc athletics turnaround

Jan. 22, 2014 10:10 a.m. | Versatility has been what makes Nate Nord a key part of the Oconomowoc basketball diagram, and it's also what makes him such a key part of the blossoming success as a whole in his school's athletics program.

The three-sport athlete, coming off landmark seasons for the track and field team last spring and the football team in the fall, has ascended to the role of defensive stopper for the Raccoons boys basketball team.

"Nobody is ever going to push him around, and he can start at a multitude of positions," coach Kurt Melton said. "He can guard post players, guard point guards that are really quick, and he can shut them down. It gives you a lot of flexibility when you gameplan and how you're going to defend the other team."

Just ask Nick Fuller, now with Nebraska after starring for Sun Prairie last year. Fuller still scored 21 points last year when the Cardinals eliminated Oconomowoc from the WIAA postseason, 51-46, but the Raccoons gave the higher-ranked foe a major push.

"My mistake is that we didn't go into our triangle-and-two earlier," Melton said. "The place Nick was able to score was in the man-to-man, and once we safeguarded, Nate was able to neutralize him. He's a 6-6 athlete, one of the best players you'll see come out of the state."

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Your Letters 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 10:08 a.m. | The deadline to submit letters related to the Feb. 18 primary election will be noon Monday, Feb. 3. The deadline for letters related to theApril 1 election will be noon March 17.

Attwell is best choice for Delafield mayor

To the editor,

On Tuesday, Feb.18, in the City of Delafield, the primary election for mayor will be held. Kent Attwell will be a candidate.

Kent has a reputation for being conservative and objective. He has valuable experience and knowledge as a citizen of the City of Delafield. Mr. Attwell has served on the Lake Welfare Committee for the past 11 years, seven years as chairman, and currently on the Planning Commission.

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Funeral Services 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 10:04 a.m. | Leopold "Poldi" Jerger, 79, of Nashotah died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Visitation will be from 4 until the 7 p.m. funeral service Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield.

Death Notices 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 10:04 a.m. |

Grace N. Patterson

Grace N. Patterson (nee Gelhaar), 87 of Delafield, was born to eternal life on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Grace was the beloved mother of Judy Tetting and Janice (Bryan) Skore. Cherished grandmother and great-grandmother of James (Tonia) Grant, Justin Potenberg, Julie Potenberg, Savannah, Cassie, Damion, Logan, Dylan and Renesmee. Grace is also survived by brother-in-law Gerald (Pat) Patterson, sisters-in-law Marge Patterson and Jean Patterson along with nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Kenneth C. Patterson along with her sisters Jane and Dorothy, brother Charles and parents Edward and Nellie Gelhaar.

Grace was a homemaker and longtime member of Delafield Presbyterian Church where she served on the kitchen committee and the Women's Association. She was also a member of the Delafield Firebelles and the Delafield American Legion Post 196.

Funeral services for Grace will be held at Delafield Presbyterian Church on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:00 P.M. Visitation for family and friends will be from 9:30 A.M. until the time of the service, all to be held at the church. Grace will be laid to rest at Delafield Cemetery immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Delafield Presbyterian Church, Fund of Remembrance.

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Second quarter lull too much to overcome

Jan. 22, 2014 9:46 a.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity girls basketball team was defeated at Slinger in a Wisconsin Little Ten Conference matchup Jan. 21, 51-43. Oconomowoc slipped to 5-7 overall along with a 3-2 record in the WLT.

The second quarter did in the Raccoons, who were outscored 11-2 in that span.

"We couldn't knock down a shot in the second quarter," Oconomowoc head girls basketball coach Bob Shea said.

Baylee Barker, faceguarded by the Owls all evening, led all scorers with 19 points. Zoe Quinette had 10 points for Oconomowoc. Erin Vande Zande and Cassidy Shepherd each scored 6 points. Assia Rodriguez completed scoring for the Raccoons.

Beaver Dam is leading the conference race at 5-0, one game over Wisconsin Lutheran. Oconomowoc and Slinger are tied for third place.

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Multi-talented Miller won't let roadblocks keep him down

Jan. 22, 2014 9:28 a.m. | You name the sport. There's a great chance that Arrowhead's Jake Miller excels at it.

Football. One of the best possession receivers in the state. Hockey. One of 10 finalists for the state's premier award, the Mr. Hockey trophy. Lacrosse. Arguably the best high-school player in Wisconsin.

Miller, a senior at Arrowhead, has already accepted a NCAA Division 1 scholarship to play college lacrosse at Brown University in Providence, R.I. But before that happens, the 6-foot-1, 176-pound Miller still has some high-school business to take care of, and an injury isn't going to stop him.

He's currently the top player on the AHS boys hockey team and is averaging 1.29 points per game despite playing the last four games with a cast on his broken arm. The cast was scheduled to be taken off this week.

Once hockey season ends, the lacrosse season will begin mere weeks later. The Warhawks hope to make a serious run at the state championship this spring, led by Miller's incredible talents.

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Fisheree, family fun and fundraisers

Jan. 22, 2014 9:06 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. 25

Palmyra Lions Club 29th Annual Fisheree: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lower Spring Lake, Palmyra. Hourly fish prizes for northern, bass and panfish. Register in the heated beach shelter. Food and beverage available in the beach shelter. Cash raffle drawn at 4 p.m. Fisherman's raffle prizes include; Eskimo 10-inch power auger, Eskimo pop-up ice shelter, Beaver Dam tip-ups and more. The Fisherman's raffle will be drawn at 11 a.m. For more information contact Mike Fischer at (262) 495-8137.

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your letters 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 8:36 a.m. | The deadline to submit letters related to the spring election will be noon March 17. The last day letters related to the spring election will be published is March 20.

Attwell is best choice

for Delafield mayor

To the editor,

On Tuesday, Feb.18, in the City of Delafield, the primary election for mayor will be held. Kent Attwell will be a candidate.

Kent has a reputation for being conservative and objective. He has valuable experience and knowledge as a citizen of the City of Delafield. Mr. Attwell has served on the Lake Welfare Committee for the past 11 years, seven years as chairman, and currently on the Planning Commission.

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engagements 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 8:35 a.m. |

Cardinal-Campbell

Jennifer L. Cardinal and Scott B. Campbell, both of Delafield, have announced their engagement.

Parents of the future bride are Ronald and Cheryl Berger-Cardinal of Mukwonago.

Parents of the future groom are Sharon Goller and the late Gary Campbell of St. Germain, Wis.

The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Mukwonago High School and a 2005 graduate of Carroll College and Waukesha County Technical College with a degree in dental assistance. She is self-employed by Lifetime Radon Solution Inc. in Delafield.

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funeral services 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 8:35 a.m. | Wayne C. Gustafson, 85, of the Town of Genesee died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2013. Visitation was Friday, Jan. 17, at the Randle-Dable-Brisk Funeral Home, Waukesha. A funeral was Saturday, Jan. 18, at Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church, Genesee.

death notices 01/23/14

Jan. 22, 2014 8:34 a.m. |

Russell O. Wortman

Russell O. Wortman of Dousman passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Russ is survived by his wife Jill (nee Krejci) of 26 years along with his daughters Kasey and Hannah. Brothers Mike, Mark (Shelley) and Carl (Patty). He is further survived by nieces Jenny, Jodi, Carissa and Paige and nephews Nathan and Brandon along with many other close relatives and friends.

Russ was preceded in death by his father Tom Wortman and mother Beverly Pranger.

A memorial service for Russ will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. with a visitation starting at 11:00 A.M. all to be held at Reformation Lutheran Church (S39 W32887 County D, Genesee Depot).

Russ loved spending time outside with his girls and dog. Hunting, fishing and gardening were also some of his favorite pastimes.

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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.