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Obama's Budget: Here's the Change

Feb. 27, 2009 8:32 a.m. | Well. Thinking big, aren't we?

I haven't read the budget doc yet (that puts me in the same company as Congress), but it appears that President Obama is revealing his true self.

President Obama wants to invest in Health Care, Energy, and Education.

President Obama is concerned about Global Warming.

President Obama wants the government to protect those less fortunate (promote the General Welfare, anyone?).

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AHS boys finish with win

Feb. 26, 2009 10:36 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team finished the regular season Thursday night by scoring a come-from-behind 49-42 Classic 8 Conference win over visiting Milwaukee Pius. AHS is now 16-4 overall and 12-2 in conference and will host Milwaukee Madison on Tuesday, March 3, in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 regional. Tipoff time is 7 p.m.

The Warhawks won the conference title this season.

AHS trailed Pius (5-15, 3-11) by a 36-29 score going into the  fourth quarter, but outscored the Popes 20-6 in the final period to pull out the win.

Russ Finco fired in 21 points for the Warhawks. Ben Mills chipped in with 11 points.

Clark, Sueflohn reach semifinals

Feb. 26, 2009 9:58 p.m. | Several area wrestlers competed Thursday in the initial rounds of the WIAA individual state tournament, held at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Arrowhead 125-pounder Jake Sueflohn and 135-pound entrant James Clark each reached the semifinals and will compete tomorrow night for a spot in Saturday's championship match. The sophomore Sueflohn (37-4) won a tech fall over Tyler Boumeester of Hudson, 17-2, and pinned Whitnall's Zach Noel in 3:46 to reach the Final Four. A win tomorrow pver Matt Bruley of Oshkosh North (41-4) would likely create a rematch with Germantown's Jesse Thielke (41-1), whose only loss in two years at the high school level came at the sectional against Sueflohn.

Clark (21-4) defeated Alex DeGroot of Kaukauna, 6-0, and Kyle Welzen of Wilmot Union, 11-5, to reach the semis. He will face Ben Best of Wisconsin Rapids (41-4) in tomorrow's semifinal.

Al Yde (160) and Billy Weiss (171) each won an opening-round match for the Warhawks before falling in the quarterfinals. Matt Hoffman (112) fel in his opening match. All three will compete in the wrestleback portion with a chance to place as high as third.

Other area wrestlers to win Division 1 first-round matches and subsequently fall were Zach Mommaerts of Oconomowoc (112), who dropped a 7-4 decision to top-ranked Torin Boernke of Marshfield, Pat Sloan of Mukwonago (140) and Robby Trushinsky of Hamilton (152). Others who fell in first-round matches were Bobby Holzem of Hamilton (119) Taylor Mommaerts of Oconomowoc (125), Nick Benn of Mukwonago (130), Kevyn Dusing of Mukwonago (160) and Aaron Fiss of Hamilton (171). Holzem received a wrestleback.

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Consume Locally

Feb. 26, 2009 9:57 p.m. | We are all aware that businesses of all sizes are hurting. Badly.

They are hurting because we are all spending less and saving more, which, in the long run, I think is a good thing.

While the travails of GM and Citi fill the media, please think about your local merchants, services and restaurateurs.

These are the institutions that make Lake Country Lake Country as opposed to anyplace else.

I think about the Lumber Inn, the Delafield Brewhaus, Senor Thomas in Hartland and the Lemongrass Bistro and The Pub in Oconomowoc.

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Lightning girls' season ends

Feb. 26, 2009 9:40 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's varsity girls ended its season on Thursday, falling to Living Word Lutheran in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal, 52-40. Emily Dufek scored 16 points for the Lighting.

Chelle Schulte knocked down four three-point field goals for the Lighting.


Feb. 26, 2009 6:57 p.m. | Really, REALLY, HUGE NUMBERS!

Yeah, so?

I am really tired of people being shocked, SHOCKED(!) at the size of big numbers.

Yes, President Obama's budget is a big number. A HUGE, STAGGERING, IMPOSSIBLE FOR HUMAN MINDS TO CONCEIVE, number.

Guess what. We have the largest economy in the world. Every number having to do with our economy is HUGE.

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Democrats blatant (and unconstitutional) power grabs.

Feb. 26, 2009 6:22 p.m. | The Obama Administration has taken yet another step in attempts to garnish more power for the Democratic Party in the years to come.  A few weeks ago, in a story that has been largely ignored by the mainstream media, the White House took over control of the 2010 U.S. Census from the Commerce Department.  This was an unprecedented act.  It may also be deemed unconstitutional.  Not only did this power grab contribute to Republican Judd Gregg's decision to withdraw his nomination to become the head of the Commerce Department, but it should be setting off alarms to people who want to ensure honest elections in the future.  By controlling the U.S. Census, the White House can redraw boundaries as it sees fit and manipulate the re-districting of congressional seats.  Several Republicans have expressed their views as to this recent action by the Obama Administration. 

From WorldNetDaily.com (2/26/09) by Drew Zahn:

"This action appears to be motivated by politics, rather than the interests of our country,"  House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement.  "The United States Census should remain independent of politics;  it should not be directed by political operatives working out of the White House."

A senior Republican Aide said "With all of its political implications, hijacking the census from the Commerce Department and letting it run out of Rahm's (Emmanuel) office is like putting PETA in charge of issuing hunting permits."

Congressional Quarterly reports that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the top Republican on the House Government Reform Committee, said the proposed move may even be in violation of federal law.  "Any attempt by the Obama administration to circumvent the census process for their political benefit will be met with fierce opposition,"  said Issa.  "This ill-conceived proposal undermines a constitutionally obligated process that speaks to the very heart of our democracy."

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Pewaukee boys clinch title share

Feb. 26, 2009 5:53 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team clinched at least a share of the 2009 Woodland Conferece championship Wednesday night by edging host New Berlin West in a low-scoring game, 39-35. The win closed out the regular season for the Pirates with a 17-3 overall record and a 16-2 mark in North Division play. The win was the 10th straight for Pewaukee.

PHS leads New Berlin Eisenhower (13-2) by one-half game. NBE will finish the season Friday with a game against Greendale (10-5). By clinching the tie, the Pirates have now won two conference titles in a row.

Junior Mike Olewinski came off the bench and scored a team-high 10 points for Pewaukee. Andrew Kissner and Ben Landry added 9 and 8 points respectively for the winners.

Pewaukee has earned a first-round bye in next week's WIAA Division 2 tournament and will host a regional semifinal on Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. The Pirates will play either St. John's Northwestern Military Academy or Ketlte Moraine Lutheran. Those two teams will play Tuesday at St. John's at 7 p.m.

Honor Roll: AHS

Feb. 26, 2009 4:54 p.m. |

Arrowhead Union High School

The following students have made the second-quarter honor roll at Arrowhead Union High School in Merton.

3.0 Honor Roll

Grade 9: Nicholas Abresch, Allison Ackerman, Alycia Acton, Michael Adams, Ryan Adamski, Mitchell Anderson, Alexander Avgoulas, Jessica Bahr, Zachary Banaszak, Trevor Beckmann, Kasey Bellman, Brandon Belman, Kevin Benben, Claire Benschoter, Nicholas Bequeaith, Kathryn Berg, Emily Bird, Dennis Biren, Todd Blatnik, Samantha Bock, Cody Brault, Sarah Bromberger, David Brown, Caroline Buccieri, Marisa Cartwright, Alexandra Claas, Samantha Clausing, Devin Conley, Eric Cottrell, Amanda Crook, Morgan Cummings, Emily Dean, Josie Dillon, Ryan Duerwachter, Nathaniel Eberle, Erin Farrell, Jonathan Fingar, Eric Fischer, Jonathan Fischer, Hannah Fitzsimmons, Bonnie Furse, William Gardner, Matthew Gasper, Marissa Giesie, Christopher Gifford, Patrick Goetz, Abbie Goyer, Allyson Grahl, Kevin Gratz, Stephanie Grocholl, Jackson Groonwald, Austin Hansen, John Harter, Katherine Hendrix, Michael Henning, Bridget Herrick, Nicole Hoffman, Joshua Hoffner, Tyler Jaques, Sara Jendusa, Jared Johnson, Alexander Kass, Justin Kent, Alisa Klatt, Zacharia Klemp, Eden Klingensmith-Laplander, Autumn Kochanski, Daniel Krause, Zachary Kroening, Samantha Krueger, Jamie Kujawski, Quintin LaFleur, Kelsie Lane, Abigail Lauer, Dylan Lautner, Kyle Lewin, Julia Luebke, Jacob Mason, Joshua Maynard, Daniel McCormack, Ryan McGinn, Shannon McGinnis, Matthew McIntosh, Mackenzie Melter, Alexander Mendyk, Paul Montague, Jr, Ryan Munkwitz, Alison Neshek, David Nordeen, Garrett Opay, Brian Ostling, Sagar Panchal, Katherine Panos, Courtney Passon, Kelly Paullin, Camille Pepitone, Abby Peters, Kelsey Peterson, Sophia Phillips, Megan Ramsay, Colby Recknagel, Brett Rhoden, Jacob Richart, Jacob Roberts, Sara Rocha, Nicholas Ryczek, Russell Sandvold, Peter Sawall, Laura Schmid, Daniel Schnick, Kaitlin Schulz, Kailey Schwarzenbacher, Makaela Senfleben, Kristina Siefert, Patrick Sievert, Alexandra Skroblin, Tyler Smith, John Soper, Danielle St. Arnauld, Cody Stachowiak, Eric Starr, Erin Steiner, Jamie Sueflohn, Jessica Tabor, Kyle Tan, Grant Thomann, Julianne Thomas, John Tomkiewicz, Amelia Urbanchek, Samantha VanderWaal, Erin Wagner, John Warren, Gabrielle Weber, Thomas Wegener, Cheston Welch, Mathew Wilkins, Zachary Yehle, Michael Yellick, Amy Yenerich and Katherine Ziebart.

Grade 10: Kyle Aarestad, Hannah Albertin, David Allen, Geraldinne Anton, Steven Benna, Madeline Berg, Emily Bero, Graham Bird, Elizabeth Blue, Samantha Bonk, Kiersten Boos, Nina Brucks, Mark Brzezinski, Paul Burant, Natalyn Burdette, Danielle Caliendo, Molly Carroll, Reed Connelly, Sydney Cook, Curtis Corlett, Caitlyn Cull, Adam Dellomodarme, Michelle DeMarco, Jillian Dembski, Danielle deWerff, Daniel DiGiacomo, Zoe Dixon, Amber Droegkamp, Elizabeth Duchow, Emily DuVal, David Eggert, Joseph Emanuele, William Erby, Ashley Farina, Charles Fischer, Jonathon Fischer, Meghan Fitzgerald, Michael Fox, Sean Frey, Katie Fricker, Brandon Geracie, Daniel Gitto, Samantha Glass, Nicholas Gmeinder, Kelly Gross, Micah Hall, Richard Haller, Michael Hapka, Jason Harless, Ellyn Harris, Ethan Hebbe, Allison Heinzelmann, Mikayla Henry, Nicholas Herzog, Sam Hopkins, Tanina House, Kyle Huebner, Shane Hughes, Thomas Hughlett, Joseph Humpal, Jordan Januszewski, Audra Jensen, Amy Jewell, Rebecca Jewell, Barnaby Kappeler, Alyssa Kaschinske, Ryan Kautz, Austin Kennedy, Adam Kerschinske, Jennifer Knoeppel, Tony Koehler, Nicholas Konopka, Madalyn Kotlarek, Tanner Kruse, Courtney Kunkel, Adam Landers, Derek Landisch, Travis Lanser, Stephanie Lanzarotti, Heaven Leonard-Wright, Austin Lewis, Claire Lichte, Alexander Lien, Emily Lucey, Diana Lundy, Ashley Maas, Megan Makowski, Connor Markgraf, Zeus Markos, Nicholas Mason, Jennifer Matheny, Blake Mattson, Ryan May, Alison Mayer, Mark Mayer, August Miller, Jenifer Minor, Rachel Moderson, Alec Mortensen, Ryan Nemer, Angelica North, Kaitlyn Nowicki, Katherine Ofori-Mattmuller, John Orgas, Ryley Parent, Jordan Pendergast, Jessica Peskie, Kaylie Phillips, Tyler Pluff, Allison Podobnik, Erin Porosky, Allen Prange, Michael Quinn, Justin Ramos, Alyssa Redman, William Reiland, Erinn Reinhardt, Megan Richards, Richard Rolland, Charles Rushman, Jordan Sauthoff, Amy Sayers, Alexandra Schallhorn, Margaret Schmidt, Quentin Schwab, Dylan Seitz, Myles Senfleben, Taylor Skaggs, Lesley Smith, Sam Smith, Geoffrey Smits, Matthew Snell, Christopher Soldovieri, Jacqueline Spillius, Jeffrey Stephens, Elizabeth Svoboda, Daniel Tajnai, Eleonor Thomas, Mitchel Trapp, Mitchell VanAlstyne, Brooke VanDeLaarschot, Lee VanderWeele, Brady Vassar, Dustin Verzal, Sean Vetter, Chantal Voss, Alec Walczak, Nicholas Warzyn, Danielle Wilde, Mark Wisniewski, Mariah Wnuk, Micah Wolfs, Kirstyn Wood, Monica Wysocki, Joseph Zanotti, Andrea Zeman and Heather Zeutzius.

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School Briefs 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 4:54 p.m. |

Local mock trial teams stymied at regional

Students from 80 Wisconsin high schools competed in regional competitions statewide Saturday, Feb. 7, in the 26th annual Wisconsin Mock Trial Tournament sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

In the Waukesha region, Shorewood High School's Team 1 took first place. Kettle Moraine High School's Team 1 earned second place, KMHS Team 2 earned fourth place, Arrowhead got seventh place and Pewaukee took eighth place in the regional.


While area teams did not qualify for the Madison competitions, the mock trial teams got a hands-on education on the rules and structure of a "real" court trial.

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Third-graders 'zone-in' on their city

Feb. 26, 2009 4:52 p.m. | As part of the Junior Achievement program, students in Lisa Adams' third-grade class at St. Jerome school in Oconomowoc, are learning about their city as a place where people live, work, play and go to school. They have had several visits from community members that make up the different "zones" of their city. Peter Schwabe has been working with Adams to coordinate visits and activities for the students. He invited the Oconomowoc Focus to the class Thursday to educate them about the role of newspapers. The Focus also interviewed them about what they had learned through the program. Together, they played the role of reporters and put together a story of what they learned so far in the program by answering a reporter's six basic questions: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. By answering those, this is what the students came up with.

• Who: Mrs. Adam's third-grade class.

• Where: St. Jerome School in Oconomowoc.

• What: Is studying Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement teaches you about the community. We learned that the community is made up of different zones: business, residential, industrial, multipurpose and farming.

• When: Now.

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Taxpayers may be eligible for disaster relief tax deduction

Feb. 26, 2009 4:50 p.m. | Waukesha – Waukesha County residents affected by June's severe storms and flooding may be eligible for additional tax deductions according to recently passed changes to federal tax laws. The Heartland Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2008, passed by Congress in October, allows affected residents to deduct costs related to the storms and flooding from their income tax.

Citizens seeking the deductions must have an itemized record of their losses in order to qualify. Also, the person filing must provide receipts or certification verifying that property damage is storm-related. Previously, deductions due to damage-related costs were limited, however, under the new law, deductions are not limited.

According to the Internal Revenue Services Fact Sheet, economic losses qualifying for deductions include, "loss, damage to, or destruction of real or personal property from fire, flooding, looting, vandalism, theft, wind or other cause."

"Many Waukesha County residents suffered great financial burdens due to flooding last year," said County Executive Dan Vrakas. "I encourage taxpayers to take advantage of this change to tax law to receive a deduction for financial losses."

In addition to deductions due to property damage, taxpayers who provided housing to residents displaced by the storms are eligible for a $500 exemption per displaced individual up to $2,000. Also, volunteers assisting with disaster relief or clean up are eligible to receive reimbursement for mileage on their personal vehicles utilized for charitable use in the amount of 36 cents per mile prior to July 1 and 41 cents per mile after July 1.

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Court Actions 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 4:50 p.m. | Chad A. Wetzel, 23, Nashotah, disorderly conduct, $235; Kevin R. Whelan, 27, Oconomowoc, disorderly conduct, $323; Robert C. Wiedmeyer, 19, Oconomowoc, underage alcohol, $298; unsafe backing of vehicle, $808.24 and operating after revocation/suspension, $298.

Brandon M. Windorff, 25, Nashotah, handicap parking, $172; Michael L. Wright, 32, Hartland, two counts, issuance of worthless checks, $261.33 and $307.77; Ted J. Zindars, 17, Hartland, disorderly conduct, $172.

Kourtney J. Zirbel, 18, Oconomowoc, speeding.

News Briefs 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 4:50 p.m. |

AHS class of '74 hosts 70's reunion party

The Arrowhead High School Class of 1974 is hosting a '70s reunion party from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, April 25, at the Bristlecone Pines Clubhouse. The $35 cost includes music and food. The theme is "Those Were the Days."

Additional activities include an alumni golf outing Saturday at Bristlecone Pines. Lodging is available at Holiday Inn Express, Delafield, with local shuttle to the event. For reunion information, send e-mail to mm eeusen@wi.rr.com, clan dwehr@wi.rr.com, weis sguys@charter.net or HMALK@aol.com.

Jefferson County Home, Garden & Rec show slated

Jefferson – Think spring and attend the Jefferson County 2009 Spring Home, Garden and Recreation Show, coming March 27-29 to Jefferson County Fair Park.

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Cop killer seeks removal of prosecutors from trial

Feb. 26, 2009 12:37 p.m. | Waukesha - The trial Allan Randall, convicted of killing two Town of Summit police officers in 1975 and who is now seeking his release from a state mental institution, may be postponed.
Randall has filed a motion to seek the disqualification of Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel and Assistant District Attorney Steve Centinario

 In a pre-trial hearing this morning, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lee S. Dreyfus asked the matter be delayed until Friday at 2 p.m. so Randall could be present in court to go over the matter. Randall appeared by telephone at today's hearing.

The exact details of his motion were not discussed in court. Also, a search warrant was executed recently in Waukesha County regarding the case. The warrant was not filed in the public folder located in the civil court.
Attorney Brain Kinstler said he could not comment on the warrant and did not discuss the motion to have the prosecutors dismissed. Schimel was not available for comment immediately after the hearing.

"The events of the last 24 hours have been beyond our control," said Kinstler during the hearing.

Randall was convicted of killing officers Robert Atkins Jr. and Wayne Olson on Jan. 11, 1975. A judge found Randall, now 50, not guilty by reason of mental disease and sentenced him to the state mental health institution after a jury found him guilty of committing the murders. Randall suffered from severe paranoid schizophrenia and was not responsible for his actions on the day of the murders, according to the court ruling.

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Upcoming Bills in Illinois having to do with Hearing Loss

Feb. 26, 2009 12:11 p.m. | Thanks to the Illinois Dept. of Health & Human Services for the following information.

BILL:  Appropriates $2,000,000 to the Department of Public Health from the General Revenue Fund to fund the activities and costs associated with the Universal Newborn Hearing Program. Effective July 1, 2009.

STATUS:  Assigned to Appropriations I; No hearing date has been set at this time.

TO VIEW FULL TEXT:  Go to http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=237&GAID=10&GA=96&DocTypeID=SB&LegID=40817&SessionID=76

BILL:  Amends the School Code to encourage school boards to implement American Sign Language (ASL) courses into school foreign language curriculum. Amends various Acts relating to the governance of public universities in Illinois. In provisions concerning admissions requirements, provides that ASL constitutes a foreign language for the purposes of meeting those requirements. Requires the governing board of each public university to award academic credit for the successful completion of any ASL course offered or approved by the university, which may be applied toward the satisfaction of the foreign language requirements of the university. Imposes conditions on any rule-making authority. Amends the State Mandates Act to require implementation without reimbursement.

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Jindal Flames Out

Feb. 26, 2009 10:58 a.m. | The Republicans are just about out of minorities to throw on the fire.

The latest sacrifice to the burned out ideology of Ronald Reagan was Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

Jindal, the son of Indian immigrants, is by all accounts a very smart guy. I wouldn't say that the Republicans are trying to convince Americans that they are not a just bunch of cranky old white guys, but if they had someone - anyone - who could serve as a national spokesperson for their party other than Jindal, perhaps putting him forward wouldn't look so pathetically obvious.

Unfortunately for Jindal his poor oratory in the Republicans' response to Obama's address to Congress last night came immediately after Obama, who is a world-class speaker, had both sides of the aisle out of their seats more than in.

But Jindal's poor delivery was not the problem. It was his message.

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Honor Roll: St. James School

Feb. 26, 2009 10:52 a.m. |

St. James Catholic School, Mukwonago

The following students have made second-quarter honor roll at St. James Catholic School in Mukwonago.

High Honors (3.5-4.0)

Grade 8: Emily Dixon, Melissa Guttusso, Sarah Holtorf, Amanda Litwin and Courtney Trinastic.

Grade 7: Brett Bogdanski, Sophia Dolan, Nicole Reynolds, Carrie Siekierski and Caleb Tadysak.

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Student Writer 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 10:52 a.m. | Carlie Zielinski, a Rolling Hills Elementary sixth-grade student in Pat Falk's class, created an acrostic poem based on the novel "The Wright 3" by Blue Balliett. The poem, titled "Fibonacci Sequenc,e" is about a number sequence developed by Leonardo Fibonacci, an Italian mathematician from the 12th century who was an amazing mathematical thinker. The sequence of numbers, starting with 0 and 1, is that each number is the sum of the two numbers before it; so 0+1=0, 1+1=2, 2+1=3.

Fibonacci Sequence By Carlie Zielinski

Found in marigolds, shells, pineapples, seed heads, cabbage and

lettuce, is the Fibonacci sequence.

Introducing our modern number system to Western Europe … was

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Student art contest winners on display

Feb. 26, 2009 10:11 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The GFWC-Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club  held its annual Helen Farnsworth Mears Art Contest this week.  The work will be on display at Griffin Gallery, 133 E. Wisconsin Ave, Oconomowoc, and will be available for public viewing on Friday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m, Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, March .
The contest is open to 7th and 8th grade students who reside or attend school in the Oconomowoc Area School District boundaries.  All private, public and homeschool students are invited to participate. Schools participating this year include Nature Hill Intermediate, Saint Jerome Parish School, Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran School and Silver Lake Intermediate.

The top five winners in each category in this contest will advance to a GFWC district contest and the top three winners in each category there will advance to a state GFWC contest.

This is the fourth year that GFWC-Oconomowoc Junior Woman's Club has partnered with Griffin Gallery for the event. The gallery provides judges and hanging space for the work.  GFWC-OJWC organizes the event, provides prizes and refreshments for the awards presentation.

Skylight Opera's Jivoff coming to OHS fundraiser

Feb. 26, 2009 9:58 a.m. | Oconomowoc Area Schools - Ray Jivoff, actor and education director at The Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, will make a special appearance in Oconomowoc on Friday, March 6, to help raise funds for Oconomowoc High School (OHS) drama students' summer trip to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Jivoff will reprise his role as Nathan Detroit in the Skylight's production of Guys and Dolls as part of High Roller Night, a fundraiser set for 7:30 p.m. March 6 at Oconomowoc Arts Center.

 In addition to Jivoff, the event will include a sneak-preview from the student cast of Guys and Dolls, which opens March 7 at OHS, as well as Cuban-themed food and an array of auction items.  Exciting live auction items include a luxury BMW roadster for a weekend, a Samsung 19" HDTV, a Door-County-style fish boil and cruise on Lac LaBelle, a private tour of WISN-TV Ch. 12, a Cuban cooking class for six and music by professional pianist Mark Carlstein.  A silent auction kicks off at High Roller Night and continues through the close of Guys and Dolls on the evening of March 14.

  The OHS Theater Department is among an elite list of theater programs selected to represent the U.S. at the 2009 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. Of 1,600 nominees, only 42 high schools were invited to perform at the Fringe, the world's largest performing arts festival that draws a million people from over 30 countries.

WINGS hosts Meier at March 12 event

Feb. 26, 2009 9:53 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc- A special event titled 'Keeping Your Faith During Times Of Trial' will be held Thursday, March 12 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 S. Silver Lake Street, Oconomowoc. The program begins at 6:15 pm with a reception and refreshments. The event is sponsored by WINGS (Women In God's Spirit).

Andy Meier from Hartland,  was critically injured when a tour bus he was on in Bosnia plunged off a cliff and into a river, leaving him paralyzed. Andy's wife, Elizabeth, assumed responsibility of his care. As a result, their relationship was heavily strained by the physical and emotional toil of the accident. Andy and Elizabeth will deliver a powerful, timely message on how to keep your faith even during difficult times throughout your life.

WINGS is a faith enrichment group for women of all ages at St. Jerome Parish in Oconomowoc. For more information and to register for this event call Brenda Stieber 262-569-9027 or Diane Zastrow 262-569-9623. Men and women are invited to this program. Cost  to attend is $5 (pay at  door).

Turkey talk

Feb. 26, 2009 9:46 a.m. | The first of the six regular spring turkey hunting periods is just a little over a month and a half away. Additionally, annual National Wild Turkey Federation banquets are popping up all across the landscape like newly hatched poults chasing grasshoppers through the alfalfa.

Not surprisingly, we're also starting to see turkey hunters scouting the back roads, with binoculars poking out vehicle windows just like deer hunters scouting whitetails in September.

Although the spring turkey hunting bug is just coming out of incubation, it is not expected to develop into a full-blown epidemic for another week at the earliest.

There are exceptions, however, which could attract local heavy concentrations of would-be hunters and anglers of all stripes to the banquet halls of Oconomowoc's Olympia Resort.

That's where the Southeastern Wisconsin Fishing and Hunting Expo will begin its second annual three-day run, beginning Friday, March 6.

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Hometown Chef 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 9:44 a.m. | Staying on track with your weight is difficult. You might be tempted to skip breakfast as a way to save calories, but this plan usually backfires. Bypass breakfast, and you'll end up being ravenous and unable to make smart eating decisions at lunch.

Spicy Bacon and Cheese Eggwich


1 cup (8 ounces) Better'n Eggs (high-protein egg substitute)

1/4 teaspoon cayenne hot pepper sauce

1/8 cup (1/2 ounce) shredded cheddar cheese

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Spread Your Wings 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 9:44 a.m. | The following programs are held at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive, unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.waukesha.uwc.edu/ce or call (262) 521-5460.

How to Write & Sell Your Work

This class will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 28. Spend a day reviewing the quickest ways to break into print and land lucrative journalism assignments. Class will focus on feature stories, how to self-syndicate and how to sell the same article several times. If you've already completed a story, bring it to class and learn how to make it even better. Fee: $99

Writing Poetry

This class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, March 23-April 27. Designed for beginning and experienced writers of poetry. Additional activities may be designed to help you handle poetic techniques such as diction, imagery, figures of speech and rhythm. Bring a sample of your work to the first class. Fee: $85.

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Backyard birds susceptible to 'pink eye'

Feb. 26, 2009 9:44 a.m. | Town of Ottawa – Every year the Wildlife In Need Center admits many victims of Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis. While it begins as a respiratory infection, this disease, also referred to as house finch disease, causes symptoms similar to the human condition of pink eye. Although a relatively common disease, the center has admitted several more birds than usual with Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis in the past three months, all of which were found in Waukesha County.

The disease largely affects house finches; however, American goldfinches have been admitted with the disease, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology states that many other members of the finch family are also susceptible.

Mycoplasmal conjunctivitis poses no health risk to humans, but it can easily be spread among finches through beak-to-beak contact or contaminated feces. Most finch species are both social and mobile, allowing the disease to spread quickly over a large area.

Symptoms of the disease include red, swollen, crusty or runny eyes. In advanced stages of the disease, a bird's eyes may become swollen shut, rendering them blind. This makes them easy prey for predators and can eventually cause death by starvation due to an inability to find food.

To avoid the spread of this disease, these few simple steps can help you to guard against spreading or even harboring the disease in your backyard.

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On the road to recovery

Feb. 26, 2009 9:44 a.m. | Wisconsin and our entire nation are on the road to recovery thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, whose chief architect is Wisconsin's own Congressman Dave Obey.

The Recovery and Reinvestment package is critical to Wisconsin and every state. I am grateful to all of the members of our congressional delegation who supported it, especially Congressman Obey.

Congressman Obey led the effort in Washington to shape the plan. As chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, he was a great ally. We met in Wausau the day after the election – as everyone saw what terrible shape the economy was taking. He fully understood the challenges Wisconsin and every other state faced. His tireless work on behalf of the people of Wisconsin helped protect education and health care.

We now have a plan that lets states be partners in moving this country forward. It will be up to me and our legislature to make sure we use the recovery money wisely.

The Recovery and Reinvestment plan clearly does two things. First, it helps get people to work immediately and lays a foundation for future economic growth. Here in Wisconsin, we were able to increase our funding for transportation by 20 percent in the budget I proposed. We will be able to get to work on fixing bridges and roads. We will make sure our cities have clean water. We will connect more of Wisconsin with passenger rail, and we will provide clean, alternative energy to power our state.

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News Briefs 03/01/09

Feb. 26, 2009 9:42 a.m. |

Highway cleanup volunteers getting new vests

Volunteers for the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup program should now have even more of a vested interest in the program, with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announcement that they will receive new reflective vests to wear this season.

The free vests are now available at the county shop where they go to get their bags and signs in Waukesha County. The vests are being offered through the federal government, which is also providing them for people working at construction sites.

Adopt-A-Highway crews are assigned a 2-mile stretch of highway and are asked to commit to cleaning it at least three times a year. A group organized for any purpose or task can be a sponsor, except partisan or political groups. Each group must provide one adult supervisor for every five or six workers. All workers must be at least 11 years of age or in the sixth grade. No one else should be on the work site. For information about this or other related program issues, call Tina Hanson, Adopt-A-Highway coordinator for the southeast region, at (262) 548-5903 or visit www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/adopt-a-highway.htm.

Over $1 million awarded in charitable grants

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Saying hello … again

Feb. 26, 2009 9:42 a.m. |

What makes you good at what you do?

I am an optimist, and that attitude helps me see the good in people and situations. Helping people is something I care about and is the driving force behind what I do every day at the chamber. A strong work ethic is also important for getting things accomplished.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I had the usual dreams of being a teacher or famous person, but as I went through college I thought it would be interesting to be an entrepreneur, professor, librarian, professional chef, etc. I have lots of interests.

What would you do if you couldn't be what you are right now?

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Keys to Work loans available

Feb. 26, 2009 9:42 a.m. | Keys to Work is an auto loan program available for eligible low-income residents of Waukesha, Ozaukee or Washington counties whose primary barrier to employment is transportation and who cannot qualify for conventional credit because of a poor or no-credit history. The program has been in effect since 2005 and has provided 75 loans through the program banking partner, First Federal Bank in Waukesha.

The program provides loans up to $4,300, including tax, title and license fees; 0 percent interest; and a 27-month repayment plan of equal monthly installments not to exceed $160. Approved applicants must be working a minimum of 30 hours per week for a period of six consecutive months before application with a single or multiple employers.

Approved applicants are required to complete a free financial literacy training program and are required to purchase an on-time payment ignition lock system that will remind participants of their monthly payment due date so that payments are made on time. This feature helps individuals establish a solid repayment history, which is reported to the credit bureau.

Approved applicants are also required to purchase full insurance coverage and agree to purchase their vehicle at a licensed Southeastern Wisconsin dealer.

The program provides a small repair grant that pays 50 percent of major repairs (up to $500), with all approved loans over the life of the loan.

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Chillfest held at Olympia Ski Hill on Saturday

Feb. 26, 2009 9:27 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc- Bid a hopeful farewell to winter at the Highlands of Olympia Ski Hill annual 'Chillfest' celebration Saturday, Feb. 28.

The event features a full day of fun and activities including free live music performed by 'The Awakening' from 2 -4 p.m, and from 7:30 -11:30 p.m. other musical acts will be on hand to entertain.

Fopr enthusiasts and spectators alike, Chillfest will offer snowboard competitions  and for family fun, a hose race and recycled cardboard race are planned.Helicopter rides and an all-day pig roast are also on the schedule. At 6:45 p.m., a torch light parade by the ski patrol will begin.

Enjoy NASCAR? Read this before you go.

Feb. 26, 2009 8:37 a.m. | It's good to see that NASCAR is finally acknowledging that their sport does cause hearing loss.  If you are one of the thousands that love attending these events, please look into getting some hearing protection to wear while there.  You'll enjoy being able to hear later in life!


Have a great week!

Copyright 2009 Tami Klink

CO Flight 3407 Crash

Feb. 26, 2009 2:23 a.m. |

In summary, Continental Connection Flight 3407, a Bombardier Q400-8 small airliner built in Canada and operated by Pinnacle Airlines and Colgon Air, crashed Thursday, Feb. 19, at about 10:15 P.M., short of the runway and into a house, while attempting to land at Buffalo Niagara International Airport after a flight from Newark. All 49 passengers and crew and one person on the ground were killed.
On the approach to Buffalo at about 13,000 feet, the crew reported poor visibility--3 miles--in snow and haze. They requested two altitude changes during the approach to dodge weather conditions. The cockpit voice recorder (CVR) recorded cockpit conversation about the weather conditions, including visible ice buildup on the wings and windshield. The plane's anti-icing system (see below) was engaged for almost the entire flight, a very conservative action. (It is significant that the crew noticed ice buildup even though the deicing system was on.)
At about 2200 feet, the aircraft began a series of pitching and rolling motions, beginning with a violent nose down movement. The aircraft repeatedly pitched nose up and down 30-40 degrees, and once rolled nearly inverted. The pilot initially pulled back on the control column after the initial pitch down and eventually raised the landing gear, which had been lowered as is normal during an instrument approach, probably in an attempt to gain speed. It appears, however, that the aircraft never was under control until it crashed. No further pertinent cockpit conversation apparently was recorded on the CVR.
There has been considerable speculation, based in part on intemperate comments by a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) inspector, Lorenda Ward, that the pilot may have pulled up too hard and stalled the aircraft at about 1600 feet altitude, too low to recover. This is an irresponsible remark at the very beginning of the NTSB investigation which raises unjustified questions about the competency of the aircrew. The Captain, Marvin Renslow, had 3,379 hours with this carrier and the First Officer, Rebecca Shaw, had 2,244 hours. Both carried current FAA Air Transport Ratings (ATR), which is what all airline pilots carry. There is no higher rating. This crew was not inexperienced.
An aircraft "stalls" when there is insufficient lift generated to maintain flight. This can occur as a result of excessively slow speeds or wing conditions that compromise its ability to generate lift. Ice buildup distorts the wing shape, destroying lift and increasing drag. Stalls are normally recoverable but a significant altitude loss is always incurred.
Aircraft icing is notoriously unpredictable. As with thunderstorms, the only safe procedure is to avoid it, which the crew of CO 3407 tried to do by changing altitude during the approach. The problem is that in cold, damp weather conditions, common at this time of the year, atmospheric moisture in the form of micro-droplets can become supercooled--below freezing--and still remain liquid. When an aircraft encounters this condition, which may not be visible, the droplets immediately freeze upon striking aircraft surfaces. Ice can rapidly build up on windshield, wings and tail, reaching severe levels in a matter of minutes.
The aircraft involved was a Bombardier Q400-8 (see photo), a twin turboprop large commuter aircraft with an excellent reputation. It is equipped with a boot-type deicing/anti-icing system on the leading edges of the wings, horizontal tailplane and vertical rudder. This system consists of inflatable rubber boots that cyclicly expand and contract to break loose any ice formation. It has been around forever and is adequate for most icing conditions. The boots can be seen in the photo as the black strips on the wings and tail.
                             Bombardier Q-400
Jet aircraft usually employ hot air bled from the engines and routed through the wings and tailplane to melt any ice. This method is not possible with turboprop-powered aircraft. Some authorities assert that this "hot wing" method is more effective than the boots, but this is not necessarily true. Both systems can be overwhelmed if circumstances are right.
In conditions where ice is forming very rapidly, something called "bridging" can occur, where the ice builds up so rapidly that a tunnel forms between the deicing boots or wing surface and the ice. When this happens, and it is rare, nothing will remove the ice or slow its buildup except to get out of the icing conditions. The accepted escape is to change altitude so the air temperature is no longer conducive to supercooling. This can be either a descent to warmer temperature, a climb to colder air where the water droplets are already frozen, or a turn away. The latter is least desirable as there is no assurance of escaping the problem region. Once out of the supercooled moisture conditions, the ice will normally break away due to air friction.
Wing ice formation reduces lift and increases weight and drag. If severe enough, the airflow breaks away from the surface (laminar flow) and the wing stops producing lift. In other words, it stops flying or stalls. This can be a difficult problem, but seldom is catastrophic with the power available in modern commercial aircraft. There is, however, a much more dangerous condition associated with severe icing. This is ice formation on the horizontal stabilizer at the rear of the aircraft, called "tailplane icing."
The horizontal stabilizer or tailplane is actually a small wing. It is either movable up and down in total ("flying tail") or just the rear section ("elevators"). This aircraft has a flying tail. It controls the pitch angle (nose up/down) of the aircraft. The tailplane develops downward "lift" to keep the aircraft on an even keel. When ice accumulates, this "lift" suddenly is lost and the tail pitches violently upward, forcing the nose down. The proper corrective action is to pull the nose up, which Capt. Renslow did. Remember, this is happening very close to the ground.
The problem is, when the tailplane is in a stall condition and cannot develop downward force due to ice formation, the aircraft may be virtually uncontrollable. Pulling the cockpit control column back far enough will eventually counteract the pitch-down movement, but with wing ice also in the picture, the aircraft may quickly enter a main wing stall condition and begin to fall out of the sky. The correction for this is to lower the nose to gain speed, but at 1600 feet above the ground on approach to landing, which is where much of the violent pitching and rolling occurred, there isn't any altitude available to descend. The recorded extreme rolling of the Bombardier strongly suggests a wing stall condition. (A very unlikely possibility is a vertical stabilizer [rudder] stall due to ice buildup. I have never heard of this happening)
At this altitude and apparent icing conditions, with wing and tailplane ice buildup, it is very likely that CO 3407 was doomed regardless of what the pilots did. Admittedly, much of this analysis is speculation, but it fits the CVR and "black box" data that has been released or leaked so far, as well as the weather conditions. The villain likely was extremely rapid ice formation on the wings and tailplane, the latter being invisible to the aircrew at night.
It is my opinion that this crew fought valiantly and did everything they could to save the aircraft, but were unable to escape the icing conditions or recover control of the aircraft given the low altitude. With the information presently available, there may have been nothing more that they could have done. A rare combination of weather-related circumstances probably caused this tragic accident.
The reported speculation about whether or not the autopilot was engaged is a red herring. The NTSB recommends disengaging the autopilot in all icing conditions to improve pilot "feel" of the aircraft, but the FAA and others disagree. As soon as pitch control was lost, the autopilot would have automatically disengaged anyway, leaving the pilot in manual control.
One observation about the NTSB. It is purely an investigative agency with only the power to recommend changes to the FAA without any ability to implement. The FAA retains full management of aviation regulations and procedures. This situation has rankled the NTSB since its founding. They often complain that the FAA is unresponsive, and have in my estimation frequently attempted to embarrass the FAA with agenda-driven public statements and "leaks" in an attempt to get Congress to give them the regulatory authority they covet. I also believe that they are very prone to assign "pilot error" as the cause of an accident when they can't find anything else.
The innuendo of criticism of the flight crew's actions being bandied about in the clueless media is ridiculously premature and reprehensible, as are the intemperate remarks by an NTSB chief inspector. This posthumously disrespects these good people when they are unable to defend themselves. They may have made a mistake, but there is no conclusive evidence of that at this point in the investigation.
My analysis may be all wrong (I don't think so), but at least it doesn't unjustifiably assign blame without hard evidence. As a former military flight safety investigative officer, I can attest that sometimes it's just the weather. Mother Nature is still in charge.

Super Wal Mart planned for Delafield

Feb. 25, 2009 8:58 p.m. | City of Delafield - A proposal to add 25,000 square feet to the existing 90,000 square foot Wal Mart on Heritage Drive was referred by the Plan Commission Wednesday night to the Public Works Committee and city planning staff for further review,

Wal Mart representatives told the commission they want to convert the existing store to a Super Wal Mart by providing additional space for a grocery store and modernizing the exterior of the building.

While the architectual plans for the addition to the northeast side of the existing building drew positive reviews from some commission members, the commissioners requested the Public Works Committee review what impact the expansion would have on existing storm water control facilities and traffic patterns. The commission also asked the plan staff to review issues related to proposed new lighting in the parking lot, landscaping, signage, and screening for roof top mechanical equipment.

The proposal will be returned to the Plan Commission for futher consideration, when the staff and the committee complete their reviews, according to Mayor Ed McAleer, chairman of the commission.

Bowling Scores 02/26/09

Feb. 25, 2009 8:42 p.m. |

Hartbrook Lanes

Thursday Major

Mike Sobczak 780 (266, 269, 245), Bill Kuess 771 (265, 289, 217), Lance Arnoldussen 740 (278, 215, 247), Gary Biely 722 (232, 223, 267), Kevin Hatch (708 (256, 222, 230), Bob Schaff 704 (224, 226, 254), Tom Klink 700 (222, 255, 223), Ray Gresbach 697, Scott Lucht 689, Chuck Weber 688, Pat Schroeder 678, Matt Grimm 665, Curt Johnson 663, Jason Dix 656, Brant Anderson 650

Thursday Classic

Betsy Boos 648 (210, 223, 215), Michelle Strobel 644 (215, 224, 205), Kelly Norris 643 (232, 216, 195), Sherry Alsmo 608 (199, 175, 234), Kristi Filbert 605 (201, 210, 194), Tori Lemon 599, Lucy Herman 593, Linda Nielsen 580, Julie Whelan 577, Kayla Klink 563, Chris Holzschuh 555, Karen Custer 546, Debbie Maglio 544, Kristina Anderson 544

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St. Johns wants to convert golf course to houses

Feb. 25, 2009 8:41 p.m. | City of Delafield - A St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy official notified the city Wednesday night of the academy's future intentions to convert a least a portion of its nine hole golf course into a residential development.

Academy Vice President Kenneth Smits told the Plan Commission that the academy must seek new sources of revenue because of declining enrollment and endowment funds as result of the national economic recession.

Smits said the golf course is no longer part of the academy's long range plans. He said the academy may maintain a portion of the course as a practice facility for its golf team and the public.

Smits did not indicate how soon the academy might be ready to develop a portion of the golf course and he acknowledged existing economic conditions are not favorable for residential development.

However, he said he was appearing at the Plan Commission meeting to ask the city not to change the golf courses existing zoning category which would allow residential development. The plan commission is considering changing the zoning of the golf course to an  institutional category as part of the city's proposed Smart Growth long range land use plan.

Obama and the record spending. Brainwashing his voter base again!

Feb. 25, 2009 7:10 p.m. | Obama and Congress just passed the largest fiscal spending bill in history: $410 billion. No, this is not just the stimulus bill. Obama and our democrats passed $410 billion in spending for 2009 (and only through September). This new $410 billion is the largest in over 30 years and has an increase of 8.5%. This puts the two week total from the Obama spending camp at $1.2 trillion!!  All while Obama is asking us, you and me, to stand behind him, along with his the dishonest democrats, during this recession. One like no other since the Great Depression. Can you believe the ignorance of so many Americans to buy into this man?                     But here's what makes me so sick. There are 8600 earmarks packed into this bill! You heard me right. 8600!! Some is for cricket studies, studies for syrup. But at least no Pelosi salt marsh frog study in this one.     But where are all these hateful liberals who bashed Bush, daily, for his spending like trying to fight terrorism. Now Obama slaps us with record spending and all in two weeks time. And no liberal has the gonads to stand up to this outrageous pack of campaign lies. Why? Too embarrassed to admit what a horrible mistake they made. Why else are liberals so silent on this and other Obama broken promises?   I left liberalism many years ago because of, well, liberal lies. So can you! Wake up America before your freedom is taken away and your right to live the American dream!   And to add insult to our record spending, Obama wants to raise taxes on the 50% of Americans who pay 95% of the taxes. This new tax increase will hurt our job growth and the main growth for our economy. These same people, who voted for Obama and for the free handouts I presume, didn't realize that increasing the taxes on the small business owner is the number one killer during a recession. But too many are not smart enough to figure that one out. Lowering taxes is how Reagan and Bush got us out of recessions while Bush grew the economy to a record job setting performance. All from tax cuts. Go figure. AGAIN!!

Stimulis Bill: Long Term Loss if the Status Quo of Corporate Welfare and Tax Cuts for the wealthy Remain Intact

Feb. 25, 2009 6:32 p.m. | Let’s have a little lesson in balance my friends (Sounds of inhaling and puffing cigar smoke in the background).

I the great El Jakebo, with both brain hemi-sphere’s tied behind my neck, often insulted with words such as idiot, called a traitor, and a hamster by right-wingers, will show you how to analyze a piece of evidence.

Exhibit A my friends(coughing in the background):

"President Obama's economic recovery package will actually hurt the economy more in the long run than if he were to do nothing, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

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8 Metabolism Boosters

Feb. 25, 2009 5:07 p.m. | First, I want to thank all everyone who took part in the quick survey last week.  We've got the results and we are lining up the topics to get you the answers to your most pressing health, fitness and weight loss questions. 

In fact, a big one almost everyone wanted to know more about is metabolism. 

So here it is:
What can you do to boost your metabolism and burn fat to lose weight?

Your metabolism is in basic terms how many calories you burn each day. We all know that kids have faster metabolic rates than adults. This is the metabolism you wish you had.

While it is inevitable that your metabolism decreases with age, it doesn't mean that you are subject to gaining weight with each passing year.
It's even possible that your metabolism might decrease 30% over your life, but really, is that any reason to become overweight?

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We want your photos

Feb. 25, 2009 4:25 p.m. | Dig out those family albums  -- Lake Country Publications is looking for photos of the City of Delafield for a project commemorating the city's 50th anniversary.

Specifically, we're interested in photos from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, particularly of landmarks that are no longer there, as well as shots of events that are unique to Delafield, such as the Coon Feed or ULS Barn Sale. Remember McAdams grocery store downtown? Maney's Hardware? What about the Dog n Suds or Stilley's Texaco? Here's your opportunity to share your memories with our readers.

Our deadline is fast approaching, though, so contact us by next week to arrange for us to scan your photos. Call Photo Editor Todd Ponath at (262) 367-3272 Ext. 155.

PHS art opening, exhibit at Barnes & Noble from March 6 - 17

Feb. 25, 2009 3:49 p.m. | Pewaukee High School - Head to Barnes & Noble at Brookfield Square on Friday, March 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and enjoy an art opening featuring the works of Pewaukee High School art students. 

Meet and greet student artists and enjoy refreshments and cookies while browsing books and students' artwork.

Barnes & Noble will donate a portion of the sales to the PHS Art Department for purchases made beginning Friday, March at 6 p.m. and all day Saturday, March 7.

Customers should mention the PHS fundraiser or present a voucher at check-out. The art exhbition will run through March 17. 

Vikings finish off Lasers

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. | The No. 2 team in the state proved it again Tuesday night as Stoughton defeated the Kettle Moraine-Mukwonago varsity hockey team, 3-1, in the WIAA sectional semifinal.

The Vikings scored just 27 seconds into the game and followed with a goal in each of the next two periods to take a 3-0 lead deep into the final period.

Senior captain Sam Frank netted the Lasers' lone goal on a power play with eight seconds remaining in the game off assists from Danny Simandl and Blaine Disrud.

KM-Mukwonago goalie Tyler Platz made 30 saves.

The Vikings (19-1-2) outshot the Lasers, 33-30, and will move on to face Janesville at 7 p.m. Friday at the Nagawaukee Ice Center in Delafield.

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Home sweet home for Lake Country Lutheran girls

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. | There's no place like home. But, until just recently, anyone involved in Lake Country Lutheran athletics couldn't relate.

The Lightning girls christened their brand new facility by defeating Destiny, 63-21, in a WIAA Division 4 regional game Tuesday.

Lake Country Lutheran High School was the staging area for Emily Dufek and the Lightning, who scored 15 of her game-high 23 points in the first quarter. Emily Wineinger was the team's hotshot late, tossing in 11 points in the fourth quarter.

"It was great to finally be home," LCL coach and athletics director Janet Bahr said. "In the new gym, it was a resounding victory. It was a great setting."

At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Lightning host Living Word Lutheran, 67-36 winners over University Lake School in the opening round. A win over Living Word Lutheran (15-6 overall) would put the Lightning (16-5 overall) in the WIAA regional final at Cedar Grove-Belgium Saturday afternoon.

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Lasers sink Waukesha North in regional opener

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. | Olivia Tompkins scored 13 points for Kettle Moraine on Tuesday, helping eliminate Waukesha North from the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball playoffs, 64-26.

The Lasers improved to16-5 overall by winning the regional opener at home.

Tompkins went 5-for-5 from the free throw line, where the Lasers excelled as a team, finishing 16-for-20 for the game.

"I think the key to the game was the fact we came out right away with a lot of intensity," KM coach JoEllen-Dickert-Sturtz said. "We led, 19-3, at one point, and from there, I thought we played pretty consistent the rest of the way."

Anna Luterbach had 11 points and seven rebounds for Kettle Moraine. Sam Pfeifer had 10 points. Kelly Robinson pulled down 7 rebounds, and Jessica Phillips had 6 assists.

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Check Preps Alcove for live wrestling coverage

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. | Lake Country Publications sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live blogging updates from the WIAA individual state wrestling finals Saturday should area wrestlers reach the title matches.

Matches begin at 6 p.m., with up-to-the-second updates available at the Preps Alcove at livinglakecountry.com.

Visit the Alcove now for a look at Pewaukee head coach Ed Kurth, a look back at the live reactions from Tuesday's Arrowhead-Oconomowoc girls basketball regional and area statistics and standings. Check back for additional coverage, including live blogging from other local high school sports events.

Sports Shorts 02/26/09

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. |

Quite a Day for AHS standout

Arrowhead's Lindsey Day was the top student-athlete Thursday at the Classic8-Southeast Conference gymnastics championships.

Day scored 36.525 to claim the all-around title.

Day was second in the vault at 9.200, sixth on the bars at 8.400, won the beam at 9.475 and took second on the floor exercise at 9.475.

Amanda Shober finished ninth in the all-around at 33.900. Emily Burke was 11th at 33.225.

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Locals pinning hopes in Madison

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. | One year ago, three high schools from the Lake Country area sent a total of 15 wrestlers to the WIAA state individual mat tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Of that group, only one – Arrowhead senior Nick Hucke – brought home a state championship.

But that was hardly big news. After all, it was the third straight state title for the AHS standout, who is now wrestling at NCAA powerhouse Missouri.

Another big group (14) is headed off to Madison for this year's state meet from area teams, and state crowns could be in the cards once the action begins at 3 p.m. Thursday.

Pewaukee, enjoying its best season in the 44-year history of the program, will send a school-record nine kids to this year's event. The biggest previous group of state qualifiers for the Pirates was five, coming in 2005. Arrowhead, a state power for the last seven years, will have five individuals at this year's meet.

Pewaukee's matmen will begin first-round action Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in Division 2. Action will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, with the semifinals set to begin at 7 p.m. The Saturday championship matches will begin at 6 p.m.

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St. John's incurs first loss

Feb. 25, 2009 2:00 p.m. | After 18 straight victories to open the 2008-09 season, the St. John's Northwestern Military Academy boys basketball team finally met its match in a 42-34 loss to Watertown Luther Prep on Tuesday.

High-scoring Carlos Toussaint (14 points) and Kevin Mays (12) were relatively limited as the team dropped to 18-1.

The team took a 55-49 decision Monday over Milwaukee Northwest, leading from start to finish despite the close score.

Sophomore Devin Johnson converted 3 of 4 free throws in the final minutes to keep the Lancers on top.

Toussaint scored 11 of his 16 points in the second quarter. Freshman Isaiah Gray added 12 tallies for the Lancers.

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No less with Mohr: Wrestler eyes crown

Feb. 25, 2009 1:58 p.m. | Life has been good the last four months for Pewaukee High School's Josh Mohr.

Last fall, Mohr was the starting center and middle linebacker on the highly successful varsity football team, earning first-team all-Woodland Conference for a squad that went undefeated in the regular season.

When football ended in November and wrestling began, Mohr's run continued. The personable Pewaukee senior could climb to the pinnacle of his solid high school athletic career this weekend.

The 189-pound wrestler will be favored to take home a Division 2 title at the WIAA state meet when he appears in a second-consecutive state meet.

Last year, Mohr finished third at 189 at the state meet, of the top state finishes in school history. This year, his goal is to better that mark. Only Chris McIntosh has won a WIAA state title in the 44-year history of wrestling at PHS.

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Warhawks hockey one win away from state

Feb. 25, 2009 1:58 p.m. | Since losing the first game of the season back in late November to host Catholic Memorial/Pius, Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team has turned its fortunes around to climb to the No. 3 ranking in this week's WHSCA state poll.

But if things go right on Saturday, the Warhawks will find themselves in a better place than near the top of any poll. They'll find themselves in the WIAA state tournament at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

Thanks to a relatively easy 7-2 sectional victory over visiting Brookfield at the Mullett Center on Tuesday, the Warhawks (17-5) rest just one win away from gaining their second state tournament berth in school history.

Arrowhead will host the sectional championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mullett against longtime rival University School of Milwaukee. AHS has defeated USM twice this season, winning by scores of 7-0 at the Bradley Center and 3-0 at University School.

"It's going to be a lot of fun on Saturday night for everyone," said AHS coach Carl Valimont . "We're finally getting the chance to play a sectional final at home. But the most important thing is we have to go out and take care of business. We've beaten them twice, but that doesn't matter now. The team that executes and plays the best will win. Playing at home certainly isn't going to hurt us any."

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Third-quarter burst goes for naught in regional

Feb. 25, 2009 1:58 p.m. | A solid third quarter performance Tuesday went down the drain for Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team in the fourth period against visiting Oconomowoc in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 regional.

Hosting the ninth-seeded Raccoons on opening night of the postseason, the eighth-seeded Warhawks (10-11) couldn't match the defense, the intensity or the foul shooting of Oconomowoc and suffered a season-ending 58-52 loss.

The Warhawks trailed the entire first half, falling behind by a 26-17 score at halftime. Arrowhead couldn't find the basket in the first two periods, sinking just 1 of 13 shots in the first period and converting only 4 of 28 shots (14%) by the intermission.

However, the AHS girls came out strong to start the second half and went on a 15-2 run to open the third period to take a 32-27 advantage. Going into the fourth quarter, thanks to a late hoop by freshman Jenny Smith, the Warhawks led, 34-33.

But instead of carrying that momentum over into the final period, AHS fell apart, especially on defense. The Warhawks allowed Cooney to score 25 points in the final quarter, its biggest period of the season. AHS managed to score 18 points themselves, but it wasn't enough to grab the win.

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Federal Signal Lawsuits

Feb. 25, 2009 1:03 p.m. | Don't get me wrong here, but I am definitely having a problem seeing how these firefighters/emergency personnel can even think of suing the manufacturer of the sirens that are installed and used on their emergency vehicles.


I'm all for having people monetarily reimbursed for defective products that cause a life changing injury, but come on!  I know that when I was with the fire dept., we were all exposed to the loud noises made by these sirens.  But, we also tried to take some precautions such as not standing in front of the speakers, wearing protective headsets while riding in the fire engines, ect.  We all know that there are many times when we were working on a patient and en-route to the medical facility with the sirens going that we would be exposed to the noise.  After all, how are we going to hear our patient if we have our headsets on?

I feel bad for these firefighters that now have to deal with living with hearing loss, but there are also many other professions where if you are employed there long enough, you will risk having a health issue later in life.  You've made the choice to work in this environment knowing full well the risks and hazards.  I'm not really sure how an emergency vehicle can make its' presence known if they do not have their sirens going while in traffic.

It's time that we all take some responsibility for our actions/decisions instead of finding ways to make money off of others. 

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Ackerman retiring at MHS

Feb. 25, 2009 12:40 p.m. | Mukwonago High School athletics director Toby Ackerman will retire at the conclusion of the school year, a maneuver approved at the most recent school board meeting.

Ackerman taught at MHS for 15 years before moving to Waukesha North for seven years. He has been in his current position for the past 13 years.

"You don't know when the right time is," Ackerman said. "I feel good, I'm ambitious and I'm going to continue to do something. I don't know if it will be in education or outside education, but I'm going to do something else. It's just time to get some new blood here, some new energies and new ideas."

Superintendent Paul Strobel has already posted the position, and Ackerman was unsure on a definite timeline to hire Ackerman's replacement.

WIAA regional opener no trouble for Lasers

Feb. 25, 2009 12:08 p.m. | Olivia Tompkins scored 13 points for Kettle Moraine on Tuesday, helping eliminate Waukesha North from the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball playoffs, 64-26.

The Lasers improved to16-5 overall by winning the regional opener at home.

Tompkins went 5-for-5 from the free throw line, where the Lasers excelled as a team, finishing 16-for-20 for the game.

"I think the key to the game was the fact we came out right away with a lot of intensity," KM coach JoEllen-Dickert-Sturtz said. "We led, 19-3, at one point, and from there, I thought we played pretty consistent the rest of the way."

Anna Luterbach had 11 points and 7 rebounds for Kettle Moraine. Sam Pfeifer had 10 points. Kelly Robinson pulled down 7 rebounds, and Jessica Phillips had 6 assists.

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Is he really our President?

Feb. 25, 2009 12:03 p.m. | Is Obama really our president? The same Obama who voted to let babies who live through an abortion to die in some hospital laundry room. The same President that passed a bill that will allow most Americans to walk away from their mortgage because the tax payers will bail you out. I guess so!

Listen to former Ambassador Alan Keyes who ran against Obama in the IL state senate.


So Long, Harry

Feb. 25, 2009 11:58 a.m. | By Sally Pla – "Live and Learn"


I am broken-hearted that Milwaukee's much-loved, locally owned bookstore chain, Harry W. Schwartz, will be closing its doors at the end of March.

It's the place where children's author Eric Carle signed my son's "Hungry Caterpillar" artwork when he was a little boy, leaving him aglow and beaming for days. It's where our family and friends have attended provocative lectures, book signings and cozy browsing sessions. We've snuggled by their fireplace on cold winter days to peruse story books. What will we do now? Where will we go?

My mind is blown that, with the closing of the Brookfield Schwartz branch, our community is now bereft of a large-scale bookstore anywhere at all within a 25-minute radius. Doesn't anyone realize that we know how to read here in Lake Country?

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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. 

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