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Arrowhead enjoys banner day at state wrestling

Feb. 26, 2011 9:30 p.m. | Arrowhead's wrestling team hauled in three state titles at the WIAA Division 1 state individual wrestling meet in Madison on Saturday.

Andrew Crone (103 pounds), Adam Yde (125) and Jake Sueflohn (140) all emerged with victories, exceeding the previous school mark for championships in a single year. Arrowhead has only won multiple titles once before, winning two in 2000.

Shane Hughes (189) fell in the finals of his match against Roland Dunlap of Muskego, 10-2.

Crone scored a comeback win over previously-undefeated Ben Thornton of LaCrosse Central, 6-5. Likewise, Yde rallied against Logan Cudd of River Falls, winning when his opponent was hit with two stalling points in the third period, 6-5. Sueflohn battled through a scoreless first period but ultimately dominated Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin Rapids, 8-0.

Arrowhead now has 15 state championships.

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Get Twitter updates from state wrestling

Feb. 26, 2011 9:00 a.m. | The Arrowhead wrestling team has landed four wrestlers in the WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling finals, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Sophomore Andrew Crone (103 pounds), junior Adam Yde (125), senior Jake Sueflohn (140) and senior Shane Hughes (189) will all have a shot at a state title. For live updates from the scene, follow @JRRadcliffe on Twitter.

Sueflohn (48-0) won his first state title last year and is favored to win another, but Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin Rapids (50-1) was the last grappler to defeat Sueflohn in a match early last year. Crone (42-5) will meet unbeaten Ben Thornton of La Crosse Central (48-0), Yde (39-8) will match up with Logan Cudd of River Falls (38-1) and Hughes (36-5) will challenge Roland Dunlap of Muskego (41-3). All but Sueflohn are in the championship match for the first time.

Hughes defeated unbeaten Devin Peterson of Wisconsin Rapids in the semifinals, recording a second-period pin after going behind by a 12-3 ledger.

Recycle bins giveway planned in Oconomowoc

Feb. 25, 2011 2:07 p.m. | As part of its outreach program, individuals from Waukesha County Recycling will be onsite at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday March 8. 

Representatives will answer recycling questions,  provide free information and  distribute free household recycling bins.

Mukwonago sees large number of teacher retirements

Feb. 25, 2011 10:17 a.m. | While school districts across the state are being advised to issue layoff notices by Monday, the Mukwonago Area School District will wait until May when the district's contract with teachers expires, said Superintendent Paul Strobel.

The district is facing about twice as many retirement notices as expected due to the state's current budget situation. As of Friday morning, Strobel said there were 17 retirement notices that would be brought to the school board meeting on Monday for approval, but that number could change.

Support food drive at Nashotah Clubhouse Sunday

Feb. 24, 2011 4:49 p.m. |  

The Nashotah Clubhouse, N44W32998 Watertown Plank Road, Nashotah, is one of the participants in the second annual Battle of the Bars Food Drive and is the site of the celebration party from 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 27.
 
The Nashotah Clubhouse invited area businesses to join them in a series of fund and food-raising events held throughout the month of February; all to benefit the Food Pantry of Waukesha County. 
Mugshotz in Pewaukee, Stolley’s Hogg Alley, The Jewelry Mechanic, Todd’s Grill, Hollywood’s Roadhouse, Foxview Lanes, Delafield Legion, Yellow House Salon, and Associated Bank in Okauchee all participated with Nashotah Clubhouse to help fill the shelves of the Food Pantry.
 
Karen Tredwell, Executive Director of the Food Pantry of Waukesha County said she is grateful for the February food drive. 
“This is the time of the year when our shelves begin to look a little bare. The donations from the holiday season have all been used and major food drives like Scouting for Food or the Letter Carriers Drive aren’t held until later in the spring. By holding a food drive now, the participating businesses will ensure that we can continue to help an average of 6,500 people each month. Many thanks to Denise Sanders from Nashotah Clubhouse for organizing this effort,” Tredwell said.
 
The Sunday celebration hosted by Nashotah Clubhouse will feature area band, 4 on the Floor. While there is no admission fee to join in the fun, raffles will be held throughout the afternoon to help raise funds for the drive. 
 
For more information, call (262) 367-6684 or (262) 542-5300.

St. John's Mukwonago open enrollment underway

Feb. 24, 2011 4:15 p.m. | Open enrollment for Grades K - 8 is now underway at St. John's Christian day school in Mukwonago.   

Come and explore how a Christian education can benefit your child with full- and half-day kindergarten options now available with reduced tuition starting the 2011-2012 school year. 

For more information call the school office at (262) 363-4999 or visit  us at www.stjohnslutheran-muk.org.

Anti-bullying presentation slated for March 8

Feb. 24, 2011 3:25 p.m. | A bullying-prevention  presentation sponsored by the Oconomowoc Parents Education Network that was postponed last month, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the Little Theater at Oconomowoc High School. Please enter through the doors to the Oconomowoc Arts Center

 The seminar, "No Child Should Be Afraid To Go To School"  will offer aduts  recognizable signs of bullies and victims and present response strategies.

Registration is required. Please contact Katie Westerman at kathleen.westerman@mail,oasd,k12,wi,us for more information or to register for the presentation.

 

Pewaukee boys finish 15-7

Feb. 23, 2011 10:27 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team rolled over visiting Thomas More Wednesday night in the final Woodland Conference game of the season, 67-49.

PHS finished the season with a 15-7 record and a 13-5 mark in league play.

Junior Jordy Edgerson led the Pirates with 17 points. Kray Bradley added 10 points for the winners.

Pewaukee will host  Catholic Memorial Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional.

Merton issues layoff notices to teachers

Feb. 23, 2011 2:07 p.m. |

Approximately one-third of the teachers in the Merton School District received preliminary notice of possible layoffs or reductions in their paid work time for the 2011-12 school year after a decision at a Feb. 22 School Board meeting.

The School Board issued notices to 26 of the roughly 70 teachers that work in the School District. Superintendent Mark Flynn said the final number of layoffs could end up lower once the School District gets a clearer budget picture in mid-march. The possibility of a statewide reduction in per-pupil revenue caps, the loss of summer school and four-year-old kindergarten funding as well as declining District enrollment were all contributing factors in the decision to issue the layoff notices.

Flynn said that about half of the notices sent to teachers were for reductions in their paid work time.

"I would expect a great number of the people to be recalled back. Others would be issued either total layoffs or reduction in time," he said.

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Enjoy the sensory treats of bluegrass music and pizza on Sunday.

Feb. 23, 2011 11:36 a.m. | Right around this time of year everyone could use a little fun in their lives. The skies are grey, the mood in our state is contentious, and prices at the pump and in the grocery store are elevating.

This seems a real good time for bluegrass music and pizza. And what do you know, that’s just the ticket this Sunday at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee St. in Delafield.

The church will be hosting the Delafield Public Library’s fourth annual Blue Grass Jam from 2 to 5 p.m. in the congregation’s Great Hall. Following the toe-tapping music presented by area musicians will be the Pastor’s Pizza Party at 5 p.m., featuring music by Bramble & Rose and members of the congregation as well as homemade pizza.

A freewill offering will be collected at the door to cover expenses.

Christ the King Lutheran Church celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Its first church was dedicated in 1951 and in 1967 the cornerstone of the current church was laid.

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Marquette boys upset Arrowhead

Feb. 22, 2011 9:24 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball  team had its 12-game winning streak snapped Tuesday  night as visiting Marquette (14-6) scored a wire-to-wire 54-43 nonconference win over the No. 5 ranked Warhawks.

AHS fell to 18-3 on the season.

Marquette led 18-14 after the first period and then grabbed a 29-19 edge at halftime. The closest AHS got in the second half was seven points.

Senior forward Ryan May led the Warhawks with 13 points. Charlie Fischer was next with 7 tallies.

Arrowhead (13-0 in Classic 8 Conference play) will close out the league season Thursday at Catholic Memorial at 7:30 p.m. If the Warhawks win that game, they'll be the first team  in school history to win a league championship with an undefeated record.

Funeral arrangements set for Big Bend officer

Feb. 22, 2011 12:00 p.m. | It is with great sadness that the Big Bend Police Department announces the death of Detective John J. Andrews.  Detective Andrews succumbed to injuries he sustained in an off-duty automobile accident on Saturday, Feb.19, 2011. 

John Andrews had been a part-time member of the Village of Big Bend Police Department since January of 2009, and was a full-time Patrol Lieutenant in the Village of Twin Lakes.  Andrews leaves behind two daughters, ages 8 and 14. 

A fund for his daughters has been set up for anyone wishing to contribute at the Citizen’s Bank of Mukwonago.  Donations can be made at any of the branches, or by mail to the bank at W236S7050 Big Bend Drive, Big Bend, WI 53103-0250 – REF:  Andrews Family Fund. 

Funeral arrangements for Andrews will be held at  Hales Corners Lutheran Church, 12300 W. Janesville Rd.,  Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 24 from 4 p.m.  to 6:30 p.m., with the service immediately following.  There will be no procession. 

State Hwy 83 public information meeting being held tomorrow

Feb. 21, 2011 2:01 p.m. | A public information meeting regarding the Hwy 83 expansion project will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Village of Mukwonago Municipal Building, 440 River Crest Court, Mukwonago.

Weather advisory in effect

Feb. 21, 2011 7:16 a.m. | A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Freezing drizzle this morning will turn to snow this afternoon and tonight, according to the National Weather Service. Accumulations may reach 3 to 5 inches, with minor ice accumulations.

 


WIAA boys seedings announced

Feb. 20, 2011 5:59 p.m. | The WIAA post-season  boys basketball tournament will begin statewide on Tuesday March 1.

In Division 1 in sectional #1  Oconomowoc earned a #4 seed and will host Middleton on March 5 at 1:30 p.m.

In Division 1 in the #2 sectional Arrowhead earned a No. 2 seed and Kettle Moraine was a No. 9 seed. KM will play at Waukesha North on March 1 at 7 p.m. and Arrowhead will host  seventh-seeded Sussex Hamilton on March 5.

In Division 2, Pewaukee is the fourth seed and will host No. 5 seeded Catholic Memorial on March 1 at 7 p.m.

In Division 3, St. John's Northwestern Military Academy earned a #5 seed and will play at fourth-seeded Hope School on March 1.

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Going bad on Highway 16

Feb. 20, 2011 5:50 p.m. | Highway 16 between Hartland and Oconomowoc was snowcovered in spots and very slippery in the passing lanes.  Traffic was going only 25 miles per hour in the westbound lane around 3 p.m. as both lanes were snowcovered.

The eastbound lane had one open lane but was slippery in spots. The passing lane was slippery and snowcovered. At least two cars were seen in the ditches between the two towns.

Mukwonago, Arrowhead qualify six wrestlers for state

Feb. 20, 2011 9:06 a.m. | The two powerhouse wrestling programs in the coverage area, Arrowhead and Mukwonago, will be equally represented at next Thursday's WIAA state meet in Madison by sending six wrestlers onward. To qualify, wrestlers needed to take first or second in their flight at Saturday's sectional.

At West Allis Central, flight champs were Andrew Crone (103 pounds), Adam Yde (125), Jake Sueflohn (140) and Shane Hughes (189). Second place outcomes went to Mitchell Berenz (130) and Mitchell Anderson (160).

Four of Mukwonago's advancing wrestlers won through the win-or-stay-home format of the wrestlebacks, making for an exciting closure to competition at Fort Atkinson. Tommy Kolasinski won in overtime twice during the day and took second at 103, Evan Kolasinski turned an upset in the wrestleback to advance for the first time at 160, Ran Aprahamian rebounded from an earlier upset to win at 171, and Luke Belich scored a takedown at the buzzer to win his match at 215.

Twins Hank Mattson (125) and Joe Mattson (135) did things the old fashioned way and won their brackets to advance. Two other wrestlers -- Tyler Zamzow and Tyler Ladwig -- both fell just short in wrestleback rounds.

Kettle Moraine's Alex Cochrane (heavyweight) and Oconomowoc's Logan Ballering (130) also moved forward to state by winning their flight at Fort Atkinson. Nick Knoebel of Sussex Hamilton won a wrestleback to take second at 135 at West Allis Central and moved forward.

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Arrowhead swimmers fourth at state

Feb. 20, 2011 8:55 a.m. | The Arrowhead boys swimming and diving team placed fourth Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Madison, scoring 143 points. Madison Memorial won by a surprisingly easy margin, racking up 234.5 points to edge out Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial (192).

Jake Prodoehl took second in the 100-yard freestyle and third in the 200 free. Evan Barta placed second in the backstroke.

Winter storm watch upgraded to warning

Feb. 19, 2011 1:52 p.m. | The winter storm watch issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) has been upgraded to a winter storm warning, effective 6 a.m. Sunay to 6 p.m. Monday.

The weather service is predicting snow will start to fall late tonight, changing to freezing rain or rain midday Sunday before changing back to all snow late in the day.

A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or occurring, according to NWS.

Winter making a comeback

Feb. 19, 2011 8:54 a.m. | After giving us a break to melt most of the snow dumped on the area on Groundhog's Day, Old Man Winter is gearing up for a comeback this weekend.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Sunday morning through late Sunday night.

The precipitation should start as snow late Saturday night, then change to freezing rain or all rain mid Sunday morning into the afternoon. A transition back to snow is likely Sunday night. Total snow accumulations could reach 3 to 6 inches. Ice of up to a quarter-inch could also accumulate.

AHS girls hammer North

Feb. 18, 2011 9:13 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its 12th game in a row Friday night, defeating visiting Waukesha North in a Classic 8 Conference game, 48-19.

The win moved the AHS mark to 14-5 on the season and 9-3 in league play. The loss for the Northstars was their 111th in a row in league play.

The Warhawks led 8-0 after the first period and were never challenged.

Jenny Smith fired in 19 points to lead the winners. Kyle Davis, Emily Dawes and Sydney Cook played well off the bench.

Mukwonago paramedic service to be discussed at Village Hall

Feb. 18, 2011 4:27 p.m. | The Mukwonago Protective Services Committee will discuss the possibility of contracting for paramedic services on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Municipal Building, 440 River Crest Court in the committee room instead of at the Mukwonago Town Hall.

Build Brigade is under way

Feb. 18, 2011 11:26 a.m. | Dozens of people were already present late this morning for Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade kick-off to help build a new home for Sgt. Jeremy Stengel in Mukwonago.  Stengel was injured in combat in 2007, resulting in injuries that require him to use a wheelchair at times. His new home will provide Stengel with a wheelchair accessable home.

Volunteers were at the construction site to help install the home's walls, windows, and doors before the weekend is over. 

"Seeing 150 red [Build Brigade] shirts on a cold, Friday morning," is the best part of being involved in the project, Burback Builders' President Rick Burback said. 

Burback Builders are volunteering as the general contractors for the home.

Volunteers, as well asfood and drink donations, are welcome.

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Arrowhead settles AUTO contract

Feb. 18, 2011 10:11 a.m. | Teachers and the Arrowhead School District followed the lead of the other Arrowhead-area districts and approved their 2009-11 contracts before the State Legislature could pass any bills governing collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Arrowhead joins Stone Bank, North Lake, Lake Country and Hartland-Lakeside in approving contracts in the last few days.

The School District settled its contract with its support staff union, AFSCME, a few days ago, but the Arrowhead United Teacher's Organization (AUTO) waited until Friday morning to finalize talks.

The new pact gives teachers a one percent raise in both years of the contract, but freezes retirement and other post-employment benefits at their current levels.

Superintendent Craig Jefson said the agreement can finally give the School District and teachers some certainty after almost two years of negotiations.

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Kleefisch: This is beyond absurd

Feb. 18, 2011 9:44 a.m. | State Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc stepped off the Assembly floor Friday morning to quickly give comment before Legislators reconvened to take up Gov. Scott Walker's bill to take away collective bargaining rights or benefits from some public employees.

Joel Kleefisch"This is beyond absurd and insulting to taxpayers that the Senate Democrats will run to Illinois because they are afraid to do their jobs," Kleefisch said.

The representative said the Democrats were elected to fight on their constituents' behalf and vote.

Kleefisch said the vast majority of people who have contacted him recently have told him to "stay firm."

"I can only tell you that watching a school close and children being denied an education by having teachers falsely calling in sick is ridiculous," the Representative commented.

After the warmth, get ready for the wind

Feb. 18, 2011 8:16 a.m. | With several days of above-average temperatures behind us, and more seasonal temperatures in the forecast, residents should watch for high winds that are expected to sweep into the area today.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. West winds should reach 20 to 30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.

High-profile vehicles on north to south roadways will experience the strongest buffeting.

Stone Bank teachers sign 2009-11 pact

Feb. 17, 2011 11:44 p.m. | As expected, teachers at Stone Bank School ratified a new collective bargaining agreement in advance of any legislation passed at the state level.

Prompted by proposed legislation that would restrict collective bargaining rights and force public employees to pay more for pensions and health insurance, the Arrowhead United Teachers Organization (AUTO) and the School District quickly reached the 2009-2011 agreement after more than a year-and-a-half of negotiating.

The deal includes a one percent pay increase for most teachers for the 2009-10 school year, and a one percent increase for all teachers for 2010-11. Insurance and other post-employment benefits remained unchanged from the previous bargaining agreement.

"We're happy to have a contract because that will definitely help with budgeting for next year," said District superintendent Phil Meissen.

Business as usual at area schools

Feb. 17, 2011 6:19 p.m. | Despite widespread reports of 'sick-ins' in school districts across the state, school officials in the Lake Country area reported no such instances.

Most Arrowhead-area schools reported no staff absensences other than what administrators termed as "legitimate absences".

At the Hamilton School District, seven teachers missed work on Thursday, but a School District spokeswoman said that all of their absences were for health reasons and not related to the ongoing protests at the State Capitol.

The spokeswoman said that having seven absences was actually below average for this time of year.

School districts settle 2009-11 contracts with teachers

Feb. 17, 2011 6:09 p.m. | Several Arrowhead area School Districts settled their 2009-11 contracts with their respective teachers unions on Thursday, pre-empting any action at the state level regarding collective bargaining rights.

The state legislature is expected to adopt a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of their collective bargaining rights, and as a result, the North Lake, Hartland-Lakeside and Lake Country school districts all put the finishing touches on their 2009-11 contract agreements on Wednesday. Officials in the Arrowhead and Stone Bank School Districts also expected to announce agreements soon.

Hartland-Lakeside's contract was set to go to an arbitration hearing, but the Arrowhead United Teacher's Organization (AUTO) and the District agreed on a new deal that will slash retirement benefits by 50 percent for teachers that retire this school year. The new contract also gives teachers a  2 percent wage increase for 2010-11, but a wage freeze for 2009-10.

Teahers at Lake Country School agreed on a one percent pay increase in both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, while also agreeing to freeze health care benefits for retirees.

In North Lake, AUTO and the School District agreed on a similar compensation package that also included a one percent pay raise in each year of the contract.

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Bank robbed in Oconomowoc Lake

Feb. 17, 2011 6:05 p.m. | Bank robbery suspectThe Guaranty Bank located in the Plank Road Pick 'n Save, 36903 E. Wisconsin Ave., in the Village of Oconomowoc Lake, was robbed this afternoon at 1:25 p.m., by a man believed to be in his late 30s who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Three employees were in the bank at the time of the incident and no injuries were reported.

Police say the suspect is white, about 5-feet, 8-inches, approximately 200 pounds. He left the store traveling east on the frontage road in an older 1980s red station wagon wth a dirty rear license plate. A witness saw the suspect get into the vehicle and observed a red puff explode inside the car, which authorities believe to be the red dye pack given with the money.

According to law enforcement officials, the man did not display a firearm. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the FBI are assisting in the investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Village of Oconomowoc Lake Police Dept. at (414) 881-9725.

Only 1 percent of Kettle Moraine teachers out sick today

Feb. 17, 2011 12:45 p.m. | Only three out of 290 teachers or 1 percent of the staff in the Kettle Moraine School District called in sick today, following the uproar over Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

"I am extremely proud of the professionalism our teachers are showing," said Deklotz.

District administration is watching the situation very closely, Deklotz said. Union representatives have taken a leadership role, collaborating with administration on the situation. Teachers are expected to be in the classroom and focused on students and student learning.

Meanwhile district administration searches for the best way to respect and support teachers as events unfold in Madison and also the best way to report information to the community.

Mukwonago teachers get afternoon off from in-service training

Feb. 17, 2011 11:24 a.m. | Teacher attendance in the Mukwonago Area School District was good today as teachers across the state called in sick as they reacted to Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill announced earlier this week. 

"Teachers have made it very clear that they don't want the students caught in the middle of this," said MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel.

Since staff members have been conscientious about their reactions to the action in Madison, Strobel said staff will be allowed to leave at noon today instead of attending planned in-service activities for the afternoon. Strobel said he wanted to give them a chance for their voices to be heard on the issue.

Feb. 17 was a scheduled early dismissal day to provide a work day for teachers. This work day will instead be made up on March 9, which was scheduled as an optional teacher work day.

Strobel said he plans to address the district staff tomorrow morning regarding the issue during a day-long teacher in-service.

Teachers are at work in Lake Country area

Feb. 17, 2011 11:07 a.m. | Although schools across the Lake Country area are not reporting spikes in absences by staff, other areas of the state are reporting closures apparently in response to Gov. Walker's proprosal to limit collective baragining with state employees.

The following schools across the state were closed today:

Alma Center
Bangor
Beaver Dam
Blair-Taylor
Cochrane-Fountain City
Columbus
De Soto
DeForest
Edgerton
Gale-Ettrick-Trempeleau
Glendale-River Hills
Holmen
Independence
Juda
La Crosse
Lodi
Madison
Marshall
McFarland
Middleton-Cross Plains
Mineral Point
Monona Grove
Mosinee
Mount Horeb
Oregon
Prairie Farm
Racine Unified School District
Reedsburg
River Valley
Riverdale
Sauk Prairie
Stoughton
Sun Prairie
Verona
Watertown
Waunakee
West Salem
Westby Area

$20,000 Power Play winner sold in Hartland

Feb. 17, 2011 9:42 a.m. | One $20,000 Power Play winning ticket was sold at Hartland Village Mart, 301 E. Capitol Drive. Three $10,000 winning tickets were sold at PDQ, 1065 Racine Road Menasha; Open Pantry, 15551 Cleveland Ave., New Berlin; Copp's food Center, 1850 Plover Road, Plover.

Winning numbers were 09, 13, 21, 23 and 48 with a Powerball of 24. The Power Play prize multiplier was 02.

The player who purchased the Hartland winning ticket also purchased the Power Play multiplier, turning a $10,000 winning ticket into a $20,000 winner.

The Powerball jackpot grows to an estimated $126 million for Saturday, Feb. 19 after no one matched all six winning numbers in the Wednesday, Feb. 16 drawing.

Ticket holders have 180 days from the drawing to claim their prizes by mail, or at the lottery's Madison or Milwaukee offices.

Local schools, unions push for contract settlements

Feb. 16, 2011 8:45 p.m. | As the state legislature readies itself to vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget repair bill, local schools are hurrying to ratify their 2009-11 contracts.

Despite looming arbitration hearings between teachers unions and school districts, negotiators are pushing to ratify new contracts in advance of the likely passage of Gov. Walker's controversial budget repair bill - a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

The Arrowhead, Lake Country and Stone Bank School Districts all planned to take action on approving their 2009-2011 collective bargaining agreements with teachers on Wednesday night, while the North Lake School District scheduled a special school board meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday morning to settle its contract.

Arrowhead also planned to ratify a new contract for its support staff.

Mukwonago fire members upset at possible EMS privatization

Feb. 16, 2011 2:05 p.m. | Members of the Mukwonago Fire Department crowded into the Village of Mukwonago Board meeting on Tuesday night upset over a Protective Services agenda item to discuss possibly contracting for paramedic services.

More than a dozen people spoke out against privatizing paramedic services saying it would lessen the quality of care for Mukwonago residents and fire departments like East Troy who rely on Mukwonago for mutual aid.

MFD paramedic Christopher Hahn questioned why this item had not been on any open meeting agendas prior to a letter being sent to bidders inquiring about proposals for delivery of ambulance service for the joint department.

The Village Board did not discuss the issue since the item has not been discussed at the committee level. The issue will remain in committee to be placed as an agenda item on the Feb. 22 Protective Services Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Town Hall.

Arrowhead, Mukwonago wrestlers to state

Feb. 15, 2011 9:42 p.m. | Arrowhead's wrestling team recorded five pins and rolled past West Allis Central in Tuesday night's team sectional against West Allis Central, 42-20.

The Warhawks advance to the WIAA Division 1 team state meet for the first time since 2008, beginning March 4 in Madison. Arrowhead will battle Kenosha Tremper in the state quarterfinals.

Senior Luke Berenz was behind 2-0 at 125 pounds against Donald Dargan before throwing his man to the mat for a third-period pin, helping the Warhawks take a 15-4 lead early. Andrew Crone (103) and Jake Sueflohn (145) also recorded pins, though Central inched back within 27-14 with four matches to go.

Sophomore Logan Corlett, filling in for an injured Danny Schnick at 171 pounds, was trailing in his match when Central's Nick Truog accidentally let his shoulder blades touch the mat trying to turn Corlett in a cradle. The pin gave Arrowhead an academically-insurmountable advantage.

Shane Hughes (189) added a pin, and other wins came from Mark Landsgaard (112), Adam Yde (130), Jake Nelson (140) and Zak Ryder (215).

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Incumbents advance, Perry eliminated in Delafield primary

Feb. 15, 2011 9:20 p.m. | Town of Delafield – Incumbent supervisors Clare Dundon and Larry Krause advanced to the April 5 election along with newcomers Joel Blumenschein and Sean Sander in Tuesday’s primary.

 

Peg Perry, wife of former supervisor Jack Perry, was eliminated in the race.

Krause received votes, 431, Sander 305, Dundon 294, and Blumenschein 293. Perry received 137 votes. The top four vote getters will square off for two seats in the April election.

OHS wins at Slinger in OT

Feb. 15, 2011 9:17 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity boys basketball team defeated the Slinger Owls in overtime on Tuesday, 44-40 at Slinger.

TJ Schlundt helped the Raccoons stay hot, helping force overtime with clutch shots, in regulation, and then made two free throws with less than seven seconds remaining in overtime to lift the guests to victory.

"It was a real defensive battle and we're happy to get a win like this against a very solid team," Kurt Melton, the Oconomowoc head boys basketball coach said.

Homes for Our Troops Build Brigade comes to Mukwonago

Feb. 15, 2011 10:10 a.m. | On Friday, Feb. 18, Homes for Our Troops will hold its Build Brigade ceremony to begin weekend long construction on a new home for Cpl. Jeremy Stengel. 

Construction will be from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Saturday Feb. 19, and Sunday Feb. 20 and will be held at 637 Augusta Dr., Mukwonago.Those wishing to volunteer may show up during those times.

Stengel was injured during a mission in Iraq in 2007, resulting in the loss of his left leg  and severe muscle and nerve damage to his right leg.  This new home will provide Stengel with a wheelchair accessible home. 

Food and drink donations for volunteers would be appreciated and accepted as well.

Look for a complete story on Stengel and the construction of his home in the Feb. 23 Mukwonago Chief.

Big win for Pewaukee girls

Feb. 11, 2011 10:38 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked fourth in the state in Division 2, had a big third quarter Friday night and whipped host Brown Deer in a Woodland Conference game, 64-41.

PHS outscored  the Falcons 25-6 in the third period. Pewaukee led at halftime, 30-27.

The win moved the Pewaukee record to 16-1 overall and 14-1 in league play.

Jordyn Swan fired in 23 points to lead the Pirates. Emily Wirth had 13 points for the winners and Brittany Groer added 12.

Arrowhead boys stop Lasers

Feb. 11, 2011 10:18 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked sixth in the state, defeated a pesky Kettle Moraine team Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game at AHS, 55-49.

AHS improved to 11-0 in league play and 16-2 overall. KM fell to 2-9 in conference games and 3-15 on the season.

KM led 12-10 after the first period but watched as Arrowhead took the lead for good at halftime, 25-22.

The Lasers closed to five points at 50-45 with 0:54 to play but never got closer.

Jonny Fischer fired in 16 points for the winners. Charlie Fischer had 11 and Blake Mattson had 9.

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Big second half sparks PHS boys

Feb. 11, 2011 9:58 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team played one of its best second halves of the season Friday night and defeated visiting Brown Deer in a Woodland Conference game, 69-61.

PHS improved to 11-7 on the season and 9-5 in league play.

After falling behind 32-21 at halftime, the Pirates outscored  the Falcons in the second half, 48-29.

John Czerwinski fired in a season-best 21 points to lead Pewaukee. Kray Bradley added 13 points and Jordy Edgerson and David Reese had 10 points apiece.

AHS girls roll past Kettle Moraine

Feb. 11, 2011 9:55 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team got off to a great start Friday night and defeated host Kettle Moraine in a Classic 8 Conference game, 45-29.

The loss dropped KM out of  a first place tie with Pius for the conference lead. KM is now 9-2 in league play and 13-5 overall.

AHS won its 10th straight game, thanks to a fast start that saw them take a 17-3 lead late in the first half. AHS is now 8-3 in league games and 12-5 overall.

Jenny Smith fired in 16 points to lead the Warhawks and Andie Zeman had 12, all of which came in the first half.

Courtney Leister led the Lasers with 11 points.

OHS penatrates HHS defense

Feb. 11, 2011 9:22 p.m. | Junior Mandy Prom bobbed and weaved into the lane on Friday, creating opportunities for herself and teammates.

The end result was a 47-26 Wisconsin Little Ten Conference victory for the Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity girls basketball team over the Hartford Orioles.

Prom scored a three-point basket on an assist from Carly Hall which gave the Raccoons a 16-0 lead early in the contest. Prom finished with 17 points for the Raccoons (14-2 overall and 9-1 in the WLT).

Senior Kendra Brooks had 9 points and eight rebounds. Junior Abby Thelen had eight points and eight rebounds and Junior Taylor Vande Zande chipped in with 5 points and eight rebounds.

Brewfest tickets available at door

Feb. 11, 2011 2:40 p.m. | Come out to Olympia Resort and Spa in Oconomowoc Saturday night and sample from over 100 beers, or sip the wines, gin, vodka and hand crafted sodas that will be available for the tasting.

The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m.; tiickets are $40 and include Mexican and Italian food stations as well as a chocolate fountain. Opportunities for great raffle prizes including Y membership, jewelry and more will also be available.

Proceeds from the event will to local charities and to the organization's mission to eradicate polio. To buy tickets online, or to learn more about the event visit  www.oconomowocrotary.org/Brewfest2011.cfm

Library plans Valentine's Day night out for parents

Feb. 11, 2011 2:18 p.m. | A sweet treat for parents is being planned by the Oconomowoc Public Library. 

The library will hold a Valentine's Day night out for parents on Monday, Feb. 14 from 5-8 p.m. where chidlren's librarian Betsey Bromley, along with local teens, will provide games, activities, snacks and fun. 

Registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit Bromley's office, or call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210, or email childrens@cooney.lib.wi.us.

All participating children must be potty-trained and a suggested donation of $5/hour per child will go toward renovating the library's young adult section

 

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Find locally produced treats for Valentine's Day at Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market

Feb. 11, 2011 12:00 a.m. | It may seem like we’re several months away from enjoying all the goodies at farmers markets, but smack dab in the middle of the cold and snow springs the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market. The market is held once a month at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center, N68 W37850 County Trunk K.

This Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the season’s fourth market will be filled with special treats for Valentine’s Day among the products of the 24 market vendors from Southeastern Wisconsin.

If you haven’t already gotten something for your special someone, check out the artisan-made natural toffee, gourmet truffles, organic handmade caramels and fresh everlasting flower arrangements.

And if you’re just looking for some extra special taste treats, you’ll find a wide variety of pickled products including mushrooms, pickles and relish, as well as gourmet mustard, 12 varieties of grilled brats, such as mushroom and Swiss beef brat, buffalo steaks and meat sticks.

Other items at the market include artisan breads, toffee, honey, butter, eggs, cheese, beef, lamb, elk, dips, dressings, sauces, fresh vegetables, crackers, granola, fudge sauce, gourmet enchiladas, salsa and locally roasted coffee.

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Alice Baker Library hosting online book discussion

Feb. 10, 2011 1:28 p.m. | The Alice Baker Memorial Library will be hosting an online book discussion of the murder mystery novel "Old World Murder;" the first in a series by local author Kathleen Ernst.  The library hosted the author this past Wednesday for a presentation on her years working at Old World Wisconsin and her books.  The online discussion is being held on www.goodreads.com, and can be found under the group name "Alice Baker Library Book Club".  Enrollment is required, but free of charge. 

AHS girls win by one

Feb. 09, 2011 10:53 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team won its ninth straight game Wednesday night by defeating host Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game, 53-52.

AHS improved to 11-5 on the season.

The Warhawks were led by Jessica Goetz with 18 points. Jenny Smith added 16 points and Leah Anderson had 8.

AHS boys rally past West

Feb. 09, 2011 10:43 p.m. | Arrowhead's  varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 6 in the state, rallied in the  second half Wednesday night in a Classic 8 Conference game to defeat visiting Waukesha West, 73-57.

AHS trailed 14-10 after the first period and 34-32 at halftime before outscoring the Wolverines in the second half, 41-23.

Senior Charlie Fischer scored a game-high 27 points for the Warhawks, a new career-high. Charles Rushman and Ryan May had 12 points each.

Dylan Chmura led West with 18 points.

Wilts named new KM football coach

Feb. 09, 2011 8:06 p.m. | Darnell Wilts of Fort Worth, Texas, has been named the new varsity football coach at Kettle Moraine High School. Wilts will take over for the upcoming 2011 season.

Wilts coached last year at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth. He previously coached at Brewer High School in Fort Worth.

Wilts also was a graduate assistant coach at TCU several seasons ago.

KM athletics director Mike Fink made the announcement late Wednesday afternoon.

Author makes stop at local library

Feb. 09, 2011 10:36 a.m. |  

Local author Kathleen Ernst will be sharing stories about how her experience as an interpreter at Old World Wisconsin has helped create her new mystery novel series at the Alice Baker Memorial Library from 6 to 7 p.m. today
Books will be available for sale, and a signing will follow the presentation.

Pewaukee girls roll past West

Feb. 08, 2011 11:16 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team, ranked No. 4 in the state in this week's state AP Division 2 poll, defeated host New Berlin West Tuesday night in a Woodland Conference game, 66-48.

PHS improved to 15-1 on the season and 13-1 in league play. They lead Cudahy by two games in the Blue Division standings.

Jordyn Swan made 9 of 15 shots for the night and scored 27 points for the winners. She was 5 of 7 from the 3-point line.

Natalie Wood added 15 points and eight rebounds for the winners. Amanda Baalke chipped in with 11 points.

Pewaukee boys lose to West

Feb. 08, 2011 9:34 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost a Woodland Conference game to No. 9 ranked (AP Division 2 state poll) New Berlin West Tuesday night at Pewaukee, 47-42.

West moved to 15-4 on the season and Pewaukee fell to 10-7. In league play West is 14-1 and the Pirates are 8-5.

PHS led 25-18 at halftime and still led 36-34 with 5:28 remaining in the game. West took the lead for good at 39-38 with 3:54 left in the game.

John Czerwinski led the Pirates with 10 points and Kray Bradley had 9 tallies.

AHS girls win eighth straight

Feb. 08, 2011 9:28 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team, ranked 15th in the state in this week's AP state Division 1 poll, won its eighth straight game Tuesday night by smashing host Germantown in a nonconference game, 62-28.

The win moved the AHS record to 10-5 on the season. The Warhawks will play Wednesday at Waukesha West and Friday at Kettle Moraine.

AHS led 13-4 after the first period and never looked back.

Andrea Hirschfeld had her best varsity game ever for the Warhawks. The senior center scored a team-high 12 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds. Both were career highs.

Jenny Smith added 10 points for the winners.

Multi-car accident on Highway 16

Feb. 08, 2011 12:02 p.m. | A multi-car accident took place Tuesday morning around 11:15 a.m. on Highway 16 eastbound just one-quarter mile east of Jungbluth  Road near Hartland.  Three cars were  in the ditch but there appeared to be no  personal injruies.

Trafffic was backed up  for about one-half mile. Traffic was moving very slowly at that time. Two squad cars and one tow truck were on the scene.

Police probe robbery

Feb. 08, 2011 11:28 a.m. |

Village of Hartland – Police are investigating a strong armed robbery Feb. 4 in which a Merton man was attacked by two others.

According to Deputy Chief Mike Bagin, an 18-year-old Village of Merton man was at an apartment building in the 300 block of E. Capitol Drive at about 2:30 p.m. when he said two males attacked him over a personal matter. The Merton man said he was hit and at one point he briefly lost consciousness, Bagin said. The man’s cell phone and a pack of cigarettes were stolen, Bagin said.

UW-Waukesha hosts Economic Security Forum

Feb. 08, 2011 10:07 a.m. |

The Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service will host a forum to gather community input on economic security at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the private dining room at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. Results of this and similar forums throughout the state will be discussed at a statewide event in Spring 2011 and at a nationwide event at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is appreciated to ashley.marschall@uwc.edu.

Rollover accident on I-94 near 83

Feb. 08, 2011 7:37 a.m. | Traffic is backed up in the eastbound lanes of I-94 between Highway 83 and Highway C this morning because of a rollover accident near the eastbound exit ramp from I-94. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes, such as Highway 18. The eastbound ramp from Highway 83 to I-94 is open.

Pewaukee merger is dead

Feb. 08, 2011 3:22 a.m. | The Pewaukee Common Council deadlocked, 3-3, Monday over whether to send a proposed merger with the Village of Pewaukee to referendum, effectively killing the measure. Read more on this story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

UPDATE: Car struck by train in Oconomowoc

Feb. 07, 2011 10:08 a.m. | Monday morning traffic hit a bit of a hiatus at the Cross Street railroad crossing near the depot in downtown Oconomowoc at about 8:30 a.m.

City of Oconomowoc Police Capt. Ron Buerger said a woman drove around the crossing gates, but didn’t quite make it, and the left side of the front of her vehicle was clipped by a train. This did not deter the woman and she drove off, but Buerger caught up with her. He said the woman reported that she was late for her first day at a new job.
 
She was unharmed. Buerger said the train conductor was also unharmed but shaken up.
 
The train was stopped for about an hour and a half, Buerger said, because railroad authorities had to come out and inspect the crossing. Police Chief Dave Begun said all the crossing equipment was operating properly at the quiet zone crossing, and the driver just chose to ignore it.
 
"There will be several citations issued," Buerger said, noting officers were still out working on the situation at about 10 a.m., though the train had moved on.
He said drivers must be cautious when approaching a railroad crossing, especially with the icy conditions. Drivers should, of course, stop and wait when the crossing guards are down and a train is approaching.

Kettle Moraine boys lose

Feb. 05, 2011 8:39 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team lost to visiting Waukesha South Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 56-27.

The loss dropped the Lasers to 2-13 overall and 1-8 in league play.

The Blackshirts grabbed a 33-10 lead at halftime and were never challenged.

Jaylen McCoy led the Lasers with 9 points and Kyle Kita chipped in with 8.

Sam Domach had 16 points to lead Waukesha South.

AHS boys stay hot

Feb. 05, 2011 8:34 a.m. | The No. 6 ranked Arrowhead varsity boys basketball team remained one of the hottest teams in southeastern Wisconsin Friday night by stopping host Milwaukee Pius in a Classic 8 Conference game, 66-53.

The Warhawks improved to 14-2 on the season and 9-0 in league play.

AHS trailed 19-15 after the first period but took the lead for good at halftime, 33-31.

Charles Rushman fired in 15 points to lead the Warhawks. Charlie Fischer and Blake Mattson added 13 and 11 points for the winners.

AHS girls stun No. 1 Pius

Feb. 04, 2011 9:23 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team stole the state headlines Friday  night by upsetting No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Milwaukee Pius at Arrowhead, 66-61.

Pius came into the game as the defending WIAA Division 1 state champions and sported a perfect  14-0 record.

The win was the seventh straight for the Warhawks, who improved to 9-5 on the season and 6-3 in Classic 8 Conference play.

Jenny Smith led the Warhawks with a season-high 25 points, all of which came in the final three quarters.

Senior Andie Zeman had a season-best 16 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Jessica Goetz added 14 points for the Warhawks. Amanda Bauer had 7.

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Municipalities continue digging out from blizzard

Feb. 04, 2011 2:58 p.m. |

Village of Mukwonago public works employees haul truckfuls of snow away in the aftermath of the blizzard earlier this week.

Kids can frolic at Y's Live Y'ers Saturday night

Feb. 04, 2011 11:28 a.m. | With mounds of snow to play it's still sometimes too cold for kids to enjoy it for long. So how do kids burn off some of that excess energy in winter?

The Pabst Farms YMCA in Oconomowoc has a great way for kids to enjoy lots energy-burning activities from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. Part of the Live Y'ers event, the evening is themed "Army of One" and it's for kids in grades 1-4 and 6-year-old kindergartners.

For those that want to dive into some fun, the pool will be open for swimming. For the landlubbers, there'll be rock wall climbing and lots of gym activities. And for a cool down, kids can participate in crafts.

There'll be snacks throughout the evening. Chilcren can also be dropped off early at 5 p.m. for Dine and Play befroe Live Y'ers begins at 6:30 p.m.

Cost for the event iss $10 for members and $12 for community participants.

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Accident at 16/ I-94, Flight for Life called

Feb. 03, 2011 3:49 p.m. | Flight for Life was called around 3 p.m. for an accident on Highway 16 heading east onto I-94.

Highway 16 was closed and traffic redirected.

More on this story as it develops. Click headline to story to view photo.

St. Paul program rescheduled

Feb. 03, 2011 1:04 p.m. | A presentation geared toward undetected vision problems that affect learning that was originally scheduled for Feb. 3 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ixonia is cancelled because of inclement weather.

The program has been rescheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 at the church, W1955 Gopher Hill Road, Ixonia.
 
Kim Jelinske of The Vision Therapy Center will discuss undetected vision problems and the critical link between vision and learning in her presentation “Vision Problems and Learning: Why Bright Students Struggle in School.”
 
This free presentation open to the public will also include a question-and-answer session with Jelinske and hand-outs with more information on vision and learning. 
Call The Vision Therapy Center at (262) 784-9201 or visit www.thevisiontherapycenter.com for more information.

Ryan aide announces candidacy

Feb. 03, 2011 10:17 a.m. |  

Dave Craig, a long time aide to Congressman Paul Ryan, announced his candidacy today for the 83rd Assembly District, in a news release sent.  Craig cited his concerns over Wisconsin’s budget and economic condition, as well as protecting the unborn, as his main reasons for running. 
 
"Over the past decade, Wisconsin families and businesses have borne the burden of high taxes, out-of-control government spending and crippling regulations. The big government policies of the previous administration have left our state dangling over a fiscal cliff. Government has grown to unprecedented levels in our state and our liberties as citizens have contracted as a result. My message in this campaign is simple:  We need less government and more liberty to help solve the problems our state is facing,” Craig stated in the release. 
 
In reaction to Craig’s announcement,  Ryan made the following statement, “In politics there are ‘be’ers’ and ‘do’ers.’  Ultimately, it comes down to the difference between those that want to ‘be’ a politician for the power of the job, versus those that want to be elected as a public servant to ‘do’ a job, with the goal of making a difference in their community and state.  From my years of working with Dave, I know he is a ‘do’er’ and that he will work diligently to advance the conservative cause.  That’s why I am wholeheartedly supporting his campaign. ... Gov. Walker needs strong conservatives like Dave in the state Legislature, and I know Dave will provide ideas in Madison that will help put Wisconsin back on track.  I strongly urge a vote for Dave Craig for the 83rd Assembly District.” 
 
Craig also thanked former Rep. Scott Gunderson for his years of service in the Assembly.  "Rep. Gunderson has left a legacy of principled leadership that serves as a great example to all legislators. I thank him for his years of conservative representation in the Assembly, and I wish him God’s speed in his new leadership role at the DNR," Craig stated.  
 
Craig noted that he is a fifth-generation Wisconsinite. He and his wife, Amy, live in the Town of Vernon with their four children. 
 

Craig also noted that he is  pro-life, supports concealed carry and Castle Doctrine legislation, voter ID, the court challenge of Obamacare, and an overhaul to the Wisconsin tax code. 

Oconomowoc mayor drafts Packers proclamation

Feb. 02, 2011 3:04 p.m. | We've all been working for the weekend the past several days in anticipation of Sunday's big game. And while the Oconomowoc Common Council meeting - like many others - was cancelled Tuesday night because of the winter storm, the city still shared a Packers proclamation that was slated to be read into the record.

Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley had planned for the agenda to end of a fun note with this City of Oconomowoc Proclamation:

Whereas, on January 15th, it took until the final 20 seconds of the regular season for the Green Bay Packers to get into the playoffs; and

Whereas, on January 23rd, the Green Bay Packers not only won the George Halas Trophy in Chicago but put DA Bears into hibernation; and

Whereas, the NFL football season is drawing closer to an incredible ending with DA Bears in hiding in their den and the Falcons and Eagles nesting till spring; and

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Snow is done; prepare for cold

Feb. 02, 2011 2:02 p.m. | Now that the snow is over, brace yourselves. Arctic temperatures are moving in next.

The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures of 8 below zero tonight, with wind chills of -20 to -30. Tomorrow's high could reach 15, though winds will continue to make it feel like well below zero.

A wind child advisory has been issued from 11 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. tomorrow.

Blizzard warning cancelled

Feb. 02, 2011 10:21 a.m. | The National Weather Service has cancelled the blizzard warning the area has been under since yesterday afternoon.

The warning had been scheduled to expire at noon.

While lifting the warning means conditions have improved, motorists are still encouraged to stay off the streets, as roads remain snow-covered and drifted in many areas.

Mukwonago residents stuck as drifts block roads

Feb. 02, 2011 10:02 a.m. | Many subdivision roads in the Town of Mukwonago remain impassable and cars sit stranded in driveways with 2- to 3-foot drifts blocking roads. Winds continue to create drifts across roads. Highway EE between Mukwonago and North Prairie is down to one lane. Other main roads are clear in spots but  remain buried in drifts in other places.

Kevin Schmidt with the Village of Mukwonago Police Department said police responded to about 15 reports of vehicles in the ditch between Tuesday night at 8 p.m. and Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. During the night, the local tow companies suspended operations for the safety of their drivers. About six people waited out the storm at the Village Police Department until they could get a ride.

"Thankfully, many people heard the warnings and stayed off the streets," said Schmidt.

Weather continues to cause travel problems in Waukesha County

Feb. 02, 2011 10:01 a.m. | Detective Steve Pederson with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department  reports that the weather conditions continue to cause travel issues throughout Waukesha County.  

The Waukesha County Highway Department is out in full force. During the overnight hours, vehicles that became stuck were abandoned along the road ways, some in traffic. Tow operators were called to remove vehicles, but their efforts are hampered due to the snow and poor visability.  Abandoned vehicles create problems for plows to effectively move snow and open roadways. 

"For obvious reasons, travel is not recommended. Sheriff's deputies have been assisting drivers from their vehicles and taking them to shelter," said Pederson in a news release. "There have been reports of 7-foot drifts in various areas of the county."

Roads improving, but authorities say stay home

Feb. 02, 2011 9:58 a.m. |

Police from various agencies are cautioning people to stay home. While roads are becoming passable, the high winds are continuing to create drifting problems. Many vehicles have been left abandoned in drifts, which are causing problems for snowplows to properly clear the roads.

Detective Steve Pederson of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said while there is traffic moving on I-94 the problem is getting off the freeway as exits are drifted over or not plowed.

Papers to be delivered late

Feb. 02, 2011 9:36 a.m. | The Mukwonago Chief and Sussex Sun will be delivered tomorrow, instead of today, because of the weather conditions. We apologize for the delays, but unsafe road conditions did not allow for regular delivery.

We hope to deliver the Kettle Moraine Index, Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus as usual tomorrow.

Ben Franklin in Oconomowoc closed

Feb. 02, 2011 8:32 a.m. | Because of extreme weather Ben Franklin Crafts, 1083 Summit Ave., will be closed Wednesday.

It plans to reopen Thursday.

This time the forecasters were right

Feb. 02, 2011 6:44 a.m. | The blizzard arrived as predicted late yesterday, and snow and high winds continue this morning, making many roads all but impassable. The area remains under a blizzard warning until noon today.

The area is also under a civil danger warning, meaning that authorities may not be able to respond to calls for help on roadways for lengthy periods of time.

Motorists are urged to stay home.

"For obvious reasons, travel is not recommended," said Steve Pederson of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, "Sheriff's deputies have been assisting drivers from their vehicles and taking them to shelter.  There have been reports of seven foot drifts in various areas of the county."

Dozens of schools, churches and businesses across Southeastern Wisconsin have been shut down for the day. The bigger question might be, is anything at all left open? To view a complete list of closings, click here.

Area traffic slow

Feb. 01, 2011 7:40 p.m. | At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night , traffic was at a standstill in many areas of the Lake Country because of the heavy snow and high winds.

In the Village of Hartland on Capitol Drive, only four cars were seen at the intersection of Maple Avnue in a 15-minute span.

On Highway 16 at the North Avenue Bridge, just 10 cars were counted going westbound in a 10-minute span.

In the Village of Pewaukee, visibilty was less than 60 yards at 7 p.m. with the high winds blowing snow across the lake onto the beach area.

Latest school closings, weather, travel and flight information

Feb. 01, 2011 5:31 p.m. | Looking for the latest info on the snowstorms headed our way? Check out the links below to get the latest on weather, travel, flight and school closures.

Pewaukee Schools closed Wed.

Feb. 01, 2011 4:10 p.m. | The Pewaukee School District joins almost every other school district in the area announcing that it, too, will be closed on Wednesday.

Snow day in Lake Country.

Newspaper offices closed tomorrow

Feb. 01, 2011 4:04 p.m. | The Hartland and Mukwonago offices of Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications will be closed to the public tomorrow, Wednesday. Staff members will still be on the job to bring our readers the latest news, and will be available via e-mail. Watch for your Thursday paper as usual, and keep up on late-breaking news on our website.

You can do your part by sending us your photos and snow stories, and we'll post them on a gallery online. Drop us a line or send photos to us at lakenews@jcpgroup.com.

Latest closings include Arrowhead, Hamilton, Mukwonago, Oconomowoc

Feb. 01, 2011 2:32 p.m. | The dominoes are starting to fall.

The entire Arrowhead School District will be closed tomorrow due to deteriorating weather conditions.

That means that the high school and all of its feeder K-8 schools, including Stone Bank, Merton, Richmond, North Lake, Hartland-Lakeside, Lake Country and Swallow will all be off tomorrow.

The Hamilton School District will be closed on Wednesday, along with the Oconomowoc and Mukwonago School Districts.

Both Lake Country Lutheran High School, University Lake School and St. Charles Catholic School in the Village of Hartland will also be closed tomorrow.

Pewaukee Village Board cancels tonight's meeting

Feb. 01, 2011 2:08 p.m. |

Village of Pewaukee – The Pewaukee Village Board meeting slated for tonight at 7 p.m. was cancelled. The board was scheduled to discuss the potential merger with the City of Pewaukee

Groundhog celebration cancelled

Feb. 01, 2011 1:54 p.m. | Groundhog Day is tomorrow and everyone will be wondering, where’s Waldo?

According to his friends at the Wildlife In Need Center, he’ll be snoozing in his favorite log. He’s heard about the upcoming blizzard and has chosen to sleep in on Wednesday.
 
I think it’s safe to say that he will not see his shadow even if he does emerge for breakfast; or lunch. No shadow means an early spring.
The Wildlife In Need Center and the Milwaukee Groundhog Club regrettably have cancelled Wednesday’s education programming and celebrations due to the pending winter storm.
 
 
We Wisconsinites will have to settle for the next Packers match-up to lift our spirits instead. Waldo and his fellow animal ambassadors have been hosting pep-rallies for our selfless volunteers who come in on game days. In addition to predicting an early spring Waldo also predicts that his favorite team, the Packers, will win Sunday’s game 35-21. He’ll be sound asleep in his favorite log for most of it, but we’ll tell him who won when he wakes up.
 
For more information contact, and interview requests for the Wildlife In Need Center should be directed to Sheryl Cummings, Development and Marketing Coordinator,Wildlife In Need Center (262) 968-5075 or sacummings@helpingwildlife.org.

Andrew's Restaurant closed for dinner & breakfast

Feb. 01, 2011 1:39 p.m. |

Andrew's Restaurant in the Delafield Hotel has tweeted that it will be closed for dinner tonight, Feb. 1, as well as breakfast tomorrow morning, Feb. 2. Complimentary cold sandwiches will be available this evening and a continental breakfast will be set up Wednesday morning.

KM School closes for Wednesday

Feb. 01, 2011 1:32 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District has called off classes for Wednesday, Feb. 2, because of the weather. All after-school and evening activities have also been cancelled.

Injunction hearing on Mukwonago logo change on hold

Feb. 01, 2011 1:20 p.m. | Attorney Sam Hall of Crivello Carlson said the Feb. 2 injunction hearing on the Mukwonago logo change was cancelled and a status conference has been scheduled for May 2.

The Attorney General and attorneys handling the lawsuit challenging the DPI decision to force the Mukwonago School District to change its logo requested the delay due to legislative action in Madison on a repeal law, according to Hall.

Hall said since going to court is a last resource; they did not want to waste court resources if the logo law is repealed. If the law is not repealed, then the lawsuit would move forward after the May 2 conference.

Hamilton, Oconomowoc school activities cancelled

Feb. 01, 2011 1:07 p.m. | All Tuesday evening after-school activities in Oconomowoc Area School District have been cancelled because of extreme weather.

The Hamilton School Board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday has also been cancelled.

One lane closed on I-43 in Big Bend

Feb. 01, 2011 12:46 p.m. |  I-43 southbound at Big Bend was closed for about an hour due to a crash that occurred at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The left lane is now open to traffic while the right lane will remain closed for about another hour.

Accident closes southbound I-43

Feb. 01, 2011 12:32 p.m. | All lanes of southbound I-43 at Highway 164 near Big Bend are blocked. Motorists are encouraged to exit at 164. 

A tow truck is on the scene. The road is expected to reopen soon, according to the State Traffic Operations Center.  

KM Middle School, High School to close early

Feb. 01, 2011 12:06 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School and High School will close 20 minutes early today to ensure schoolbuses are on time to run afternoon elementary school routes.

All afternoon and evening activities have been cancelled.

WCTC closed tomorrow

Feb. 01, 2011 11:56 a.m. | The Waukesha County Technical College will be closed tomorrow due to the blizzard-like conditions sweeping through the area.

The college also announced that it would join several other area schools and close early today at 3 p.m.

Delafield City Hall, Library to close

Feb. 01, 2011 11:16 a.m. | Delafield City Hall and Library will close at 2 p.m. today and will be closed all day Wednesday.

All activities and meetings for tonight and tomorrow have been cancelled.

Papers may be delayed

Feb. 01, 2011 11:15 a.m. | Delivery of the Wednesday Mukwonago Chief and Sussex Sun may be delayed because of the weather conditions. With some roads expected to be nearly impassable, the papers might not be delivered until as late as Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Lake Country Lutheran to close early

Feb. 01, 2011 11:05 a.m. | All after-school activities at Lake Country Lutheran High School have been cancelled for today.

Students who drove to school are encouraged to leave at 3 p.m. today, and other students should be picked up at 3. The office will close at 3:15 p.m.

Arrowhead games postponed

Feb. 01, 2011 10:53 a.m. | Arrowhead athletics director Kevin Flegner announced Tuesday  morning the cancellation of all of its sporting events for Tuesday (Feb. 1) night.

The varsity boys basketball game between visiting Waukesha West and Arrowhead will be played on Wednesday. Feb. 9 at the same time.

The girls varsity basketball game between AHS and host West will also be played on Feb,. 9 at the same times.

The boys swim meet against Brookfield East will not be rescheduled.

The boys basketball game against  visiting Milwaukee Marquette set for Feb. 8 has been moved to Feb. 22.

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AHS cancels afternoon activities

Feb. 01, 2011 10:51 a.m. | Arrowhead High School announced that it has cancelled all afternoon activities as a result of the winter storm moving through the area.

The cancellation means the hoops showdown between Waukesha West and Arrowhead will have to be postponed.

Stay tuned to Lake Watch for all the latest closings and weather-related information.

The weather outside is frightful; see the latest school closings, weather, travel and flight information.

Feb. 01, 2011 10:39 a.m. | The snow has begun with more on its way and some have already made plans to close for Wednesday. Check out the links below to get the latest information on weather, travel, flight and school closings.

  • Closings: Schools, businesses, churches, civic, social and more.
  • Local weather including maps, forecasts, current conditions and more.
  • Travel times and winter road conditions by region and highways.
  • Mitchell International flights: Arrivals and Departures.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: Nov. 27-30, Dec. 5-31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details. $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van. www.thecountrychristmas.com

 World’s Greatest Cookie Sale: Noon-4 p.m.  Nov. 28, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Sale features homemade holiday cookies and baked goods in many varieties. Entertainment includes magic shows, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting, holiday coloring contest and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sale ends at 4 p.m. For more information on the World’s Greatest Cookie Sale, call Country Springs, (262) 547-0201 or visit thecountrychristmas.com/cookiesale. Free.

 German Christmas Market: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 28, 29 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Downtown Oconomowoc, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Celebrate Wisconsin’s heritage at this family festival that features heated tents, German beer, music, live bands, authentic German food, vendors, Santa and more. Free http://www.germanchristmasmarket.org. 

 Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30, Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. Features local seasonally grown produce and artisan food products.  www.oconomowoc.org.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

All weekend happenings.