Winning ugly is always better than losing, and when you win 11 straight, they can’t all be pretty.
The Pewaukee girls basketball team extended its hot streak with a 37-25 victory over host New Berlin West on Friday night.
The Pirates got off to a slow in which they were scoreless for more than half the first quarter. Pewaukee mustered just six first-quarter points and trailed 19-9 before an 8-0 run late in the second quarter all but erased the deficit. The Vikings clung to a 21-20 lead at the break.
“It was not looking good for us,” Pewaukee head coach Todd Hansen said. “We’re down 19-9 with four minutes to go in the first half. We called timeout and we just said, ‘We gotta settle down a little bit.’ We got it to one and just played phenomenal defense in the second half.”» Read Full Article
The Mukwonago boys basketball team offers a physical, rebound-savvy front line that will make its living throwing its weight around. Turns out the Indians can also run a little, too.
With Nate Tanguay, usually playing at the No. 5 spot, bringing the ball up the court in the second half and Mukwonago finishing its looks in transition, the Indians won a huge Classic 8 Conference road test in a dominant 80-59 showing, one that kept the Indians tied with Arrowhead for first place in the league standings.
The two teams went to overtime the first time they met this season, but thanks to especially efficient performances in the first and fourth quarter, Mukwonago had a big enough cushion to ward off Memorial's lone threat in the second half, when the Crusaders briefly pulled within 42-37.
"We finished possessions very well," coach Jim Haasser said. "We looked for each other very well and guys were able to finish strong to the basket. When they did foul us, they were consistently knocking them down. You look at our shot chart, you're going to see a lot of shots in the paint, and that's how we try to operate."
Nick Blohm was the biggest beneficiary of the superb press break, finishing with a career-high 20 points. Dominic Cizauskas led the way with 21, and Tanguay added 16 in addition to his newfound role as point guard.» Read Full Article
Getting cut off in traffic is never pleasant, and many Wisconsin drivers might be double irked if the offending car is from Illinois.
But police say an Oconomowoc man went too far when he addressed the situation by pulling a gun during a road rage incident last month in Waukesha.
According to a criminal complaint:
Two drivers had just exited I-94 about 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 4 when one cut off the other as they pulled onto N. Grandview Blvd. heading south.
They each sped and slowed down, changed lanes and swore at each other once they came to a red light.» Read Full Article
A brown/reddish female hound mix with a red collar and white patch on the center of its chest which was recently found at Main Street and Second Street in the City of Oconomowoc.
Anyone interested in claiming or adopting this dog, may contact the City of Oconomowoc Police Department at (262) 567-4401.
The Village of Big Bend is in the process of exploring a possible library expansion.
The idea was brought to the plan commission at its Jan. 24 meeting that the library could buy a trailer or modular unit and, with minimal rennovation, add much needed space. The plan as it stands now also has the potential to allow for an extra room to be designated for the Big Bend Police Department, which shares the building.
Mukwonago residents James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz appealed a Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision to the Wisconsin Supreme Court today in a continuing effort to challenge the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law barring some Indians nicknames and logos.
The petition filed by Attorney Sam Hall, from Crivello Carlson, claims that the Court of Appeals decision violates the Supremacy Clause in the United States Constitution. The petition argues that the local taxpayers have standing to sue based on the United States Supreme Court ruling that have prohibited "state efforts to burden, frustrate or discriminate against federal claims" like the federal constitutional claims raised by the Schoolcraft and Vertz. The petition also maintains that the law and its application violate taxpayers' due process and equal protection rights.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. previously ruled that an official from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction had violated the constitutional rights of taxpayers in the Mukwonago Area School District to change its Indians nickname and logo, which have existed for nearly 100 years, according to a news release from Hall. The circuit ruling stated that the DPI official who held the hearing, Paul Sherman, testified that he understood that the DPI supported the elimination of all Indians nicknames, regardless of how they were used in individual schools, and that Sherman "could see" how people may have concerns with impropriety because he was responsible for issuing the decision.
On appeal, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals overturned the decision and instead ruled that the taxpayer did not have standing to bring the constitutional claims. The court held that Schoolcraft and Vertz should have attempted to become parties to the hearing by filing a request with Sherman or should have sought judicial review under state law rather than filing their federal civil rights lawsuit. Since the court ruled that Schoolcraft and Vertz did not have standing, the court did not consider whether the law violated the constitution.
Town of Ashipppun - Zion Lutheran Church issued a statement Friday afternoon that parishioner Jim Schlieve admitted to taking around $200,000 from an endowment fund.
The Rev. Bob Thays said he is unable to disclose how the church found out Schlieve had taken the money or how long he had been doing so because the matter is under investigation by the Dodge County Sheriff's Department. No charges have been filed against Schlieve.
On Jan. 20, the church had an informational meeting to inform the congregation Schlieve acknowledged to taking the money. The statement says that in a letter to the congregation Schlieve said he took the money to pay his personal bills. "He said he acted alone without the knowledge of even his wife. He apologized to the congregation and said he was working to repay the money from his 401K," read the statement.
Thays said handling the finances for the endowment fund that is used to help pay the pastor's housing expenses and for charitable endeavors, is a volunteer job that Schlieve had taken on.
News broke that Schlieve had admitted to taking the money after the Ashippun Town Board called a special meeting to discuss concerns there could be money missing from the town because Schlieve's wife, Vickie, is the town clerk. Officials said Vickie Schlieve would often bounce financial questions off her husband, and that he regularly attended Town Board meetings.» Read Full Article
As promised, Mukwonago residents who oppose a state-mandated change to their public schools' Indians mascot and nickname have asked the state Supreme Court to hear their case.
The residents had prevailed before a Waukesha County judge, but last month the state Court of Appeals ruled the residents lacked standing to challenge an administrative hearing process that upheld an order that the school district change the mascot and name.
The latest appeal in the case claims the residents have standing to bring a constitutional claim, regardless of whether they were parties to the initial administrative hearing process, because of the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
Overnight bitter cold temperatures again caused problems for local firefighters addressing a house fire in the Town of Eagle.
A call came in around 11:30p.m. regarding a fire at W347 S7281 Sprague Road in the Town of Eagle. Sprague Road was temporarily blocked off on both sides of the scene while crews addressed the blaze.
Twelve units from Waukesha, Walworth, and Jefferson county responded to the four alarm fire. During the blaze units had to address frozen equipment challenging their water supply and icy conditions as temperatures dipped into single digits and windchills well below zero.
North Prairie Auxiliary and City of Waukesha Metro ambulances were dispatched to provide shelter and warmth for those on scene. The scene was cleared after nearly 6 hours fighting the blaze.
The fire is thought to have started from a fire place in the basement of the home. The residents were alerted by working fire alarms and were able to evacuate safely and report the fire. According to the Eagle Fire Department, those residents have been set-up to stay with family.» Read Full Article
There are so many reasons to get out of the house this weekend, it’ll almost make you wish winter would never end. Almost.
If you’re a word person or could spend hours playing cards join kindred spirits for Scrabble and Cards starting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St., Pewaukee.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, pick up some great winter reads at the Used Book Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 2, Delafield Chamber of Commerce, 421 Main St., Delafield. Vintage and youth/teen books will be half price. Proceeds benefit library programs.
There’s nothing more exciting than a race, especially when it involves super-speedy, custom built racers. Join the fun at the Pinewood Derby from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Ewald Auto Group, 36833 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. The event is hosted by Summit Elementary School's Cub Scout Pack 49. Pizza, chips and drinks available for purchase.
And if you don’t mind getting out into the cold and snow head over to Sussex Village Park for the Sledding Party from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. The park is located on Weaver Drive in Sussex. Bring your sled, toboggan or tube.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Two top village officials indicated tonight they are anticipating that a 25 year long library funding agreement between the village and Town of Lisbon will end after 2014.
Village President Greg Goetz tonight presided over the first meeting of a Library Continuation Committee appointed by the Village Board to make recommendations on how the village should take over the Pauline Haas Library if the funding agreement with the town is ended.
"The idea is how to make the library continue operations without the Town of Lisbon after 2014," Goetz explained to the committee..
Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said the Village Board is committed to maintaining library services at present levels if the town pulls out of the agreement.
He said one of the roles of the committee was to help determine whether that committment is realistic and, if it is, how to attain it.» Read Full Article
As flu and low outdoor temperatures keep people away from blood drives and donor centers this winter, BloodCenter of Wisconsin urges healthy individuals to make a blood donation. BloodCenter is hosting drives in Waukesha County and encourages the public to attend.
February drives include:
- North Prairie from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 312 Main Street. To make an appointment online, go here.
- Merton at the Andrea Rodriguez Memorial Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Merton Primary School, N67 W28460 Sussex Rd.
- Wales from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 in the Gym at All Saints Lutheran, 705 West Tomlin Rd. (Hwy E-Just West of Hwy 83).
- Mukwonago from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 at The Woodhouse Day Spa, 325 Bay View Rd. All attempting donors will receive 10,000 Woodhouse Points (equals $10) on their spa account to use on services, retail, or gift cards, sponsored by The Woodhouse Day Spa. To make an appointment online, go here.
- Waukesha from 3 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Citizens Bank of Mukwonago, 2109 Corporate Dr. To make an appointment go here or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Waukesha from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25 at Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, 1941 Madison St. To make an appointment go here or contact Kelly at (262) 547-6740.
- Mukwonago from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. John Church Evangelical Church, 410 HY NN West. To make an appointment online, go here.
- Mukwonago from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at Mount Olive Church, 211 Main Street. To make an appointment online, go here.
- Mukwonago from 12 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28 at DN Greenwald Center--Prohealth Care Clinic, 240 Maple Ave. To make an appointment online, go here.
Donors can also schedule an appointment by calling 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or (414) 937-6199. Appointments are preferred to ensure a quick and convenient donation, but walk-ins are also welcome.
Anyone 17 or older who is in general good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date. For more information, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO or visit the website.
Town of Ashippun - The more than 20-year issue of dredging Davy Creek continues to create headaches for town officials. Supervisor James Meyer said the most recent issue is trouble getting documents from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The documents could resolve differing opinions between the EPA and town about who is responsible for the state of the creek. The EPA cleaned up the creek years ago after contamination was left by Oconomowoc Electroplating.
Today, the water is clean, but the creek bed, Meyer says is not in its original state. It needs to be dredged and officials want to see if the EPA can help with it. Meyer said he thinks the EPA originally said they would also dredge the creek which could solve flooding issues that have remained for decades. But the EPA Meyer says, argues that was not the original agreement.
Watch for more on this story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.
Mukwonago, Eagle, Vernon, and Wales/Genesee are just some of the fire departments that sent units over night to respond to the eight-alarm fire at Echo Lake Foods in Burlington.
According to JSOnline, the fire has been burning since 6:05 p.m. Wednesday night and as of this morning is still not under control. Nearly 80 departments from southeast Wisconsin and some from Illinois have responded to fight the blaze.
Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien said they had sent one truck last night to help pump water and their group returned early this morning. Similarly, Vernon Fire Department sent one truck with three men over night to assist in pumping water to the scene. Those firefighters have since returned.
A representative from the North Prairie Fire Department said their department is on call as an alternate unit when needed.
So far there have been no injuries reported from the scene and the surrounding area has been evacuated while crews continue to fire the fire.
A small group of residents met at Alice Baker Library tonight to discuss the future expansion and how it is to be funded.
The Library Board President David Trevor, library director Alli Chase, and FEH Associates representative Gregory Baum led the group in discussions about the plan to nearly triple the size of the current space.
The library has been discussing this expansion since November 2011, but now has a tentative plan to make it a reality.
This plan comes with a nearly $4.5 million price tag, which right now is projected to be covered through a capital campaign instead of with taxpayer dollars.
However, there is no time line set on the capital campaign or on the expansion quite yet.» Read Full Article
On Thursday night, Jan. 31, Paisano's Pizzeria, located at W309S4837 Commercial Drive in Genesee Depot, will close it's doors. The eight-year-old restaurant will be moving out of the Genesee area, and is hoping to find a new home, potentially in Mukwonago.
Owner Tom Munsie said it was a lease disagreement that resulted in the decision to close, and with nothing else available in the Genesee, he is looking for new areas.
Munsie hopes to reopen the restaurant before summer.
In the meantime, a permit was just granted for the former Paisano's to become Sideliners Pub & Grill, a full menu sports bar. According to building owner Jim Gozdowiak, the owners plan is to renovate the interior and open in mid-March.
Look for more in this week's Index.
Trevor D. Schwigel, W299 N6700 County Road E in Hartland, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 26. He had previously been convicted of drunken driving in October 2011.
According to the criminal complaint:
Police responded to an accident at approximately 10 a.m. on Jan. 26 at CTH VV in the area of Lake Road. Schwigel allegedly told police he was driving home after leaving work and his tires hit a patch of fresh snow on the road’s shoulder. He then steered away and crossed over into oncoming traffic, smashing into a blue truck. The driver of the blue truck was not transported to the hospital, but told police he had neck pain.
Schwigel was asked if he had anything to drink before driving and allegedly told police he had not. A breath test was performed and the defendant blew a reported value of .171, almost twice the legal limit.» Read Full Article
According to Twitter feed, @TotalTrafficMKE, an accident has the left lane is blocked on I-94 westbound at Springdale Road. Stop-and-go traffic is reported from Highway 18 in Waukesha causing minor delays.
Closings are popping up around the region as the snow begins to accumulate Wednesday. Locally, Oakwood Church in Hartland has canceled activities according to TMJ4.
To watch for updates on closings, visit, http://www.todaystmj4.com/closings/.
Parents United, a consortium of school districts from southeast Wisconsin, presents Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Wildwood Lodge (corner of I-94 and Hwy. 164), Pewaukee.
Guest speaker Ed Cohen, clinical director at Cornerstone Counseling Services, Oconomowoc will help participants gain greater understanding of what ODD really is, identify causes and co-morbidity, improve skills for assessment while laying groundwork for a therapeutic relationship and enhance coping skills.
This is a free workshop for parents, professionals and interested community members. Pre-registration is appreciated. Contact Edie Scott at (262) 965-2001 or email@example.com.
Financial planner Jay Frank of Delafield will be a guest for MPTV's "Fourth Street Forum" this week. This week's topic is "What's the future of retirement?"
The show will be taped at noon Thursday; all are invited to view the free taping on the second floor of Milwaukee Turner Hall, 1034 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. The show will air on Channel 36.1 at 9 p.m. Friday and Sunday.
Pewaukee's girls basketball team won its 10th consecutive game Tuesday night by whipping host Watertown, 42-15. Pewaukee is now 15-2 on the season. Watertown fell to 3-12.
Dani Jasinski had 11 points for the Pirates and Abby Gerrits had 9.
Host Arrowhead upset the No. 4 ranked New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team Tuesday night, 50-48 in overtime. Senior guard Maggie Doleschy hit the game-winning basket with 9.4 seconds left in the OT.
Eisenhower fell to 14-2 with the loss and AHS moved to 10-7.
Junior Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with 24 points. She made 12 of 13 free throws in the game.
The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team defeated the visiting Waukesha Wings Tuesday night, 2-1 in overtime at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena. The win means that KM and Arrowhead will share the Classic 8 Conference title with 4-1 records.
Austin Freeman, who scored both goals for the Lasers, got the game-winner just 38 seconds into the OT.
Quinn Disrud was outstanding in the goal for KM (10-7-4), turning back 16 of 17 shots.
Joe Nettesheim spent his 170-pound match waiting for just the right moment. When it came, it was the last moment available.
The Oconomowoc sophomore staged an improbable takedown as the buzzer sounded against one of West Bend West's top wrestlers, Billy Anderson, and took a 2-1 decision that initiated a wild change of course for the Raccoons. Competing in a matchup that would determine the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship, Cooney won the final five flights and surged to a 44-24 road win that sealed up its first conference title since 1998.
Anderson, who came in ranked 12th in the state at 160 with a record of 33-3 to Nettesheim's 17-10, scored his only point with a second-period escape. With the two wrestlers in neutral as time wound off the clock, Nettesheim surged forward for a takedown as time expired.
"I knew there were 20 seconds left when we restarted after we went out of bounds," Nettesheim said. "I was just going out there trying to do my same stuff. Recently, I've been trying to work on my throws, and one was open so I went for it. I was trying to do a sweep to high cross (during the match), and that wasn't working. After he got out (for the escape), I knew it was going to be a close match, so I wanted to keep it close and then go for it."
The win pulled Oconomowoc to within 24-21, and momentum could not have more clearly favored the Raccoons. Sophomore Richard Kuehl followed with a pin at 182, freshman Brett Samson did the same with a second-period pin at 195, and junior Nick Gomez clinched the match at 220 with one bout remaining when he registered a tech fall to give his team a 38-24 lead. Senior Michael Mohr capped the match with a second-period pin at heavyweight against Tom Gilbert in a rematch of last year's WLT championship match.» Read Full Article
Town of Ottawa – A 17-year-old student at the Lad Lake residential treatment center was charged on Jan. 28 with substantial battery after allegedly punching a school therapist last week, breaking his nose.
Leonard D. Wilson, a Milwaukee resident, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony substantial battery and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
According to the criminal complaint:
School therapist Patrick Schultz told police he went to the defendant’s room at the Lad Lake school after hearing a loud noise. He found the defendant allegedly destroying school property and brought Wilson to the school’s seclusion room.
Wilson was allegedly making suicidal statements, claiming he was going to kill himself. Witnesses told police he was kicking the door to the seclusion room and yelling that he wanted to fight the school deputy.» Read Full Article
Big Bend Department of Public Works Superindendent Tom Johnson has turned in his letter of resignation to accept a new opportunity outside of the Village according to Barbara Woppert, Village Clerk.
At a special meeting of the town board on Thursday, Jan. 24, Johnson's resignation letter was accepted and discussion began regarding a schedule to find a new Superindendent.
Johnson's last day is this Friday, Feb. 1. He was with the department for more than 28 years.
Find additional information in tomorrow's edition of the Mukwonago Chief.
If you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather, batten down the hatches. Winter is ready to make a comeback in a big way.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Waukesha County for snow and blowing snow, in effect from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Rain will likely change to snow between 6 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, according to the NWS. Snow will linger throughout the day, with the heaviest snowfall in late morning and early afternoon.
Accumulations of 3 to 6 inches of snow are expected.
Before the snow arrives, there is rain to contend with. The NWS is cautioning that heavy rain and ice jams could lead to flooding. The first round of showers and thundershowers came through last night, dropping one-half to an inch of rain. The second round is expected this afternoon through this evening, with an additional 1.5 inches of rain. Because the rain is falling on ground that is frozen and saturated, there is rapid runoff, the weather service noted.» Read Full Article
Hamilton Drama presents, "Curtains - A Musical Comedy Whodunit" produced through special arrangements with Theatrical Rights Worldwide.
"It's the brassy, bright and promising year of 1959. Boston's Colonial Theatre is host to the opening night performance of a new musical. When the leading lady mysteriously dies on stage the entire cast and crew are suspects. Enter a local detective, who just happens to be a musical theatre fan!" reads a description of the play from the drama group.
Shows are 7 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Townline Road.
Advance tickets available at HHS Office C during school hours or through the Hamilton Fine Arts Center Box Office. For ticket information call (262) 246-6471 ext 1552.
School District officials have finalized the sale of the former Oconomowoc Middle School to the Keystone Development group of Oshkosh for $1,050,000.
The company, which made the official offer to purchase in September 2011, will refurbish the property into a residential structure, offering 55 one, two and three bedroom units and amenities including covered parking, exercise center and media and business centers.
For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
Section Elementary School is proposing to pilot a multi-aged, personalized learning environment, Innovative Personalized Learning Communities (IPLC), designed to engage learners in rigorous curriculum, taylored to the interests, learning needs and learning styles of each student.
Section staff will present a fully developed pilot plan, including benefits and cost to the district, to the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education learning committee on Feb. 4 at 6:45 p.m. at the district office.
Improvements to school building safety in the district and a fitness center at Mukwonago High School are among the $1.2 million in capital improvement projects the Mukwonago School District that will send out for bids this spring. Money from the 2007 maintenance referendum will partially pay for the improvements with the remainder coming from maintenance funds.
The list of projects gained approval from the school board tonight, which allows the district to get bids. The district should have closer figures on the exact cost of the projects once bids are received, which is anticipated by the beginning of April, according to Business Services Manager Darren Clark.
KM Perform presents "Little Women the musical," based on the famous novel by Louisa May Alcott on Feb. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Kettle Moraine High School auditorium.
Under the direction of Abby Kean (Dramatic Direction and Costumes), Susan Krechel (Vocal and Musical Direction), Bill Barder (Set Direction), Lauren Roznowski-Hayden (Pit Orchestra) and support from Todd Jaeger and Angelique Byrne KMPerform students from all disciplines unite through the production and enduring themes of family, love, adventure and pursuing one’s dreams.
The community is invited to share in this special production by KMPerform students from theater, vocal music, instrumental music, visual and language arts. The show is appropriate for all ages.
Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
Town of Merton – An Oconomowoc man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Jan. 25 with drunken driving and multiple weapons violations after allegedly passing out behind the wheel and crashing his vehicle into a ditch.
Joel W. Yochum, 27, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, possession of a switchblade knife, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, three counts of carrying a concealed weapon, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
Yochum was charged last December with misdemeanor drug possession, possession of a controlled substance and operating a firearm while intoxicated. As per his bond agreement in that case, he was not to possess or consume any alcohol or possess any knives, weapons or firearms.
He was also charged with misdemeanor bail jumping on Jan. 10 and was convicted of his first drunken driving offense on Jan. 16.
According to the criminal complaint:» Read Full Article
Here'a an event guaranteed to please kids in 4K-4th grade. The Oconomowoc Public Library is holding a free event to celebrate International Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Participants will make their own ice cream , then add their favorite toppings at our build-your-own-sundae bar.
Please register: http://icecreamforbreakfast.eventbrite.com
fter the program, practice reading aloud with Dharma, the library’s certified therapy dog. Please call Betsy at (262) 569-2193 ext. 210 to make your appointment today.