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Is another charter school on the horizon for KMSD?

Feb. 28, 2012 10:26 p.m. |  The Kettle Moraine School Board gave the nod to continue looking at a possible elementary charter school after hearing a feasibility report from Wales Elementary School teachers  tonight. 

Jury rejects Delafield dam claims

Feb. 28, 2012 6:40 p.m. | WAUKESHA  - A Waukesha County Circuit Court jury has unanimouusly  rejected the claims of six City of Delafield property owners who sought more than a million dollars in damages from 92-year-old Margaret Zerwekh because she followed orders from the Department of Natural Resources and drained a dam mill pond on her property along the Bark River.

The department ordered the wooden flood gates removed on the dam owned by Zerwekh in July of 2008 because officials were concerned about the safety of her home and the lives and property of residents down river following heavy rain storms in early June.

The neighbors asserted that the sediment that remained after the pond was drained created a nuisance that was contributing to the loss of real estate values on their homes. In addition, they said they had suffered the loss of the enjoyment of living on a mill pond.

They accussed Zerwekh of failing to maintain the dam and refusing help from neighbors and the City of Delafield in repairing the dam.

However, the jury ruled the neighbors were not entitled to access and the benefits of the pond. The jury also determined Zerwekh was not responsible for the nuisance created by the sediment which did not pose a significant financial loss to the neighbors, according to the verdict.

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No more drivers ed classes during the day at MHS

Feb. 28, 2012 4:27 p.m. |  After much discussion and debate, the Mukwonago School Board dropped drivers education as a credit class during the school day by a 6-2 vote with School Board President Loren Tieman and board member Art Schneider voting to keep the class.

Compas announces bid to challenge Fitzgerald in recall

Feb. 28, 2012 4:07 p.m. | Lori Compas announced her bid today for the State Senate seat currently held by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald at the Jefferson Area Business Center.

According to a press release, Compas presented a platform inspired by the concerns she heard while talking to people in the district: job creation, affordable access to health care and restoration of open, honest government. Her announcement was made at the Jefferson Area Business Center, a member of the Wisconsin Business Incubation Association, which fosters local job creation by encouraging small businesses and entrepreneurship.

Dakota the owl returns to his public Saturday

Feb. 28, 2012 3:50 p.m. | The Wildlife In Need Center announced today that Dakota the great horned owl's recovery is complete and he is ready to make his first public appearance outside the center. He is still in re-training, but in light of this, the center is hosting an educational program at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s Theater at 3 p.m. on Saturday.


According to the WINC, Dakota was deemed unreleasable more than a decade ago by expert wildlife rehabilitators and he was taken in by the Wildlife In Need Center to help launch its young environmental education program.

In that time, Dakota has educated more than 80,000 people about respecting and appreciating his wild counterparts. But he reached a whole new audience when his theft last November brought national attention to the center he calls home.

The outpouring of cards and letters of support the center received on his behalf ranged from students as far away as Florida to local community groups and religious leaders, many of which had the opportunity to meet Dakota during his first 10 years of outreach programming.

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Student death said to be 'cardiac abnormality'

Feb. 28, 2012 1:36 p.m. | The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office reports that after conducting an autopsy today, all evidence suggests that James "J.T." Hilligoss died of a natural event related to a cardiac abormality.

The medical examiner's office noted that the the conclusion was pending further study.

Hilligoss, 17, and a junior at Arrowhead High School, was found dead in his bedroom on Monday morning.

Tuesday's autopsy dispelled the rumor that Hilligoss died as a result of a concussion suffered while snowboarding the day before. His parents told Lake Country Publications that there was no truth to those rumors and that he suffered no concussions while snowboarding.

Pewaukee hires new football coach

Feb. 27, 2012 9:58 p.m. | Pewauke has hired Hamilton offensive coordinator Justin Friske as its next football coach. Full story.

Mukwonago construction firm to build Missouri Culver's restaurant

Feb. 27, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Campbell Construction JD Inc. of Mukwonago announced in a news release that it has been selected to build the new Culver’s Restaurant in St. Robert, Mo.  

Jay Campbell says, “Campbell Construction has built, and renovated eight Culver’s Restaurants in the last three years and we are thankful for the amount of repeat work we do for clients, it is a true testimony of the quality and service we provide.”

AHS girls cage team plans fill the gym night

Feb. 27, 2012 2:55 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team is planning a Fill the Gym Night this Thursday as they wrap up their 2011-12 regular season by hosting neighboring Kettle Moraine in a Classic 8 Conference game. Tipoff time is 7:30 p.m. The junior varsity and freshmen games will begin at 5:45 p.m.

All Arrowhead High School students who bring in a nonperishable food item or other needed items will be entered in a drawing to win an iPad or other prizes. Drawings will take place at halftime and between the third and fourth quarter

KM boys play regional Tuesday night

Feb. 27, 2012 2:43 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team, 5-17 on the season, will begin play in the WIAA Division 1 state tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. as they play against host Watertown (15-7). The winner will play Friday in the regional second round.

Paul Miller leads the Lasers in scoring at 15 points per game. Other top scorers are Ben Varick and Mitchell Oleson.

Local area schools can win $15,000 for computer equipment

Feb. 27, 2012 1:14 p.m. | To help improve technology funding in Hartland area schools, Cartridge World is giving local schools the chance to win $15,000 to be used toward the purchase of new school computers, technology, books or supplies.

"We’re all affected by the challenges our schools are facing," said Frank Case, President of Cartridge World North America. "So we are supporting local education with our ‘Save Vote Win’ contest – three schools will win $15,000 each. This will provide an entire classroom of computers."

School principals in the Hartland area must register their school at www.SaveVoteWin.com by Feb. 29 to participate. (From March 15-31 parents, faculty, family and friends can vote at www.SaveVoteWin.com for their school.) Three winning schools will be chosen by online voting and random drawing. All public and private K-12 schools are eligible to register by February 29, 2012. The three winning schools will be announced by April 30, 2012.

For special offers and more information about Cartridge World’s 100-percent guaranteed, eco-friendly ink and toner printer cartridges, visit your local Cartridge World store or www.CartridgeWorld.com.

Cartridge World is the leading ink and toner refilling retailer and franchisor in the $80 billion printer cartridge industry. Cartridge World

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Mukwonago garage, contents destroyed in fire

Feb. 27, 2012 1:02 p.m. |  

Firefighters spray foam on the remains of a garage at the end of Lake Street in the Village of Mukwonago Monday afternoon. The garage was completely destroyed and the house next to the garage was also damaged. Another nearby garage also received damage from the fire, according to the property owner.

East Troy, Eagle, Vernon and Town of Waukesha fire departments responded to the scene to assist Mukwonago. No further information is available at this time.

Fire levels garage

Feb. 27, 2012 12:10 p.m. | A fire apparently started in a garage at a home at the end of Lake Street in Mukwonago. The garage was destroyed, as were many of the vehicles and machinery that were housed there. The fire then spread to the house.

Arrowhead student found dead in bedroom

Feb. 27, 2012 11:55 a.m. | Tragic news shook Arrowhead High School Monday morning as news spread that James Hilligoss, 17, was found dead in his bedroom before school.

The Hartland Fire Department responded to the boy’s home shortly after 6:30 a.m. Monday, where he had been found lifeless in his bed. Authorities took him to a hospital in Oconomowoc where he was pronounced dead. Police suspected no foul play, but the circumstances surrounding Hilligoss’s death remain under investigation.

The news of the junior’s death hit Arrowhead High School hard.

As word circulated through the school Monday morning, officials dispatched grief counselors to help students and staff cope with the loss. “Our school is pretty shook right now,” Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson said Monday morning. “A lot of emotions. A lot of kids, we’ve got them down here in the district office and all of the areas of the school right now with our counselors.”

The school learned the news at about 8 a.m., prompting it to implement its crisis plan. Counselors and the school psychologist were immediately made available to grieving students and staff.

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Fire location update

Feb. 27, 2012 11:21 a.m. | The Mukwonago fire is at Lake and Spring, near Phantom Lake. Firefighters that have been called for mutual aid are arriving, and work continues on containing the blaze.

Big fire in Mukwonago

Feb. 27, 2012 11:11 a.m. | Fire crews are laying hose to a structure fire on Lake Street west of Shore, in Mukwonago. Black smoke is filling the sky, according to reporter Carol Spaeth-Bauer.

Numerous departments have been called to help, including: Vernon, Eagle, Town of Waukesha, East Troy, North Prairie, the Rapid Intervention Team. Dousman and Wales have also been called, to help cover the area while firefighters are busy with this fire.

Watch for more information as it comes in.

Taraska new defensive coach at Brookfield Central

Feb. 27, 2012 10:23 a.m. |  Tom Taraska, the Hall of Fame coach who turned the Arrowhead football program into one of the best in the state, has been named the new defensive coordinator at Brookfield Central High School. Taraska told the Lake Country Reporter about his new job Monday morning.

Jamie Meulemans is the head coach at Brookfield Central. Taraska will begin his duties immediately.

Taraska resigned last spring from the Arrowhead job after coaching the Warhawks for 29 years. In that span he won four WIAA Division 1 state championships (1993, 1994, 1996, 2007) and had five other teams finish second.

Woman drives onto Pewaukee Lake, car breaks through ice

Feb. 27, 2012 9:57 a.m. |

City of Pewaukee – A 53-year-old City of Pewaukee woman was arrested for drunken driving after she drove her car out onto Pewaukee Lake early Monday and the car went partially into the water.

Susan Schommer, drove a 2005 Acura onto the lake from a boat launch and the drove along the shore until the car went through the ice and started to sink. Schoomer was able to get out of the vehicle and went to a residence on Rocky Point Road where the homeowner gave Schoomer some blankets and called police at 12:02 a.m., according to Capt. Karen Ruff of Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

When Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, Schommer was cold and stated she did not know why her car was in the lake, Ruff said. Schoomer was cited for first-offense drunken driving.

KM hockey team falls in sectional final

Feb. 25, 2012 7:10 p.m. |  The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc varsity boys hockey team came up one victory short of advancing to next week's WIAA state meet after dropping a 3-2 decision to Marquette High School Saturday afternoon at Wilson Park in Milwaukee.

The Lasers finished the season with a 22-4-1 record, the second-best record in school history.

KM led twice in the game, the first time at 1-0 and  the last time at 2-1 with just 10: 22 remaining in the game. Marquette (22-5) scored the final two goals of the game to grab the victory and the state meet berth.

Greg Simandl had the first KM goal and Jake Erdman had the second goal. Collecting assists were Justin Yute and Sam Hart with two each.

KM hockey team plays Saturday afternoon

Feb. 25, 2012 9:55 a.m. |  The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc varsity boys hockey team will play in the WIAA sectional championship game Saturday at 4 p.m. against Milwaukee Marquette at Wilson Park in Milwaukee at 4 p.m. The winner  of that game will advance to Thursday's state tournament in Madison.

KM defeated Marquette earlier this season.

The Lasers are 22-3-1 on the year. Marquette is 19-5.

AHS girls win again

Feb. 25, 2012 9:49 a.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team broke open a tie game at halftime by outscoring visiting Mukwonago 18-6 in the third quarter to eventually roll to a 43-36 Classic 8 Conference victory.

AHS remained tied for first place with one league game remaining. Both the Warhawks and Milwaukee Pius sport 12-1 league records. Arrowhead will finish the conference  season next Thursday against visiting Kettle Moraine. 

Jenny Smith led the Warhawks with 18 points. Kyle Davis chipped in with 12 tallies.

Jenny Tuttle led Mukwonago with 17 points. 

AHS is 17-3 overall.

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Kettle Moraine girls headed to state

Feb. 24, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's Kelli Sorge, a freshman scored less than a minute into overtime on Friday at the Mullett Ice Center, giving the Kettle Moraine Glacier a 3-2 victory against Bay Area and a trip to the WIAA State Girls Hockey Tournament.

Sophomore Arianna Smith had the assist on Sorge's game-winning goal.

The Lasers trailed 2-0 before sophomore forward Cara Anzivino scored on an assist from Smith and freshman defender Irene Hougard.

Kettle Moraine tied the game at 2-2 with 2:25 to play in regulation when senior Jessica Foley scored on another assist by Smith.

Freshman goalie Jenna Bales had 24 assists for the winners.

Hansen leaving Pewaukee SD

Feb. 24, 2012 4:00 p.m. | The Elmbrook School District named the Pewaukee School District's chief academic officer Mark Hansen its new superintendent today.

Hansen will begin his new role at Elmbrook on July 1, pending School Board approval.

The Elmbrook School Board is expected to formally approve the decision on Tuesday.

Flight for Life called after Illinois man strikes bridge column on eastbound I-94 at Highway 67

Feb. 24, 2012 3:07 p.m. | An Illinois man remains in critical condition after his vehicle struck a bridge column on I-94 westbound at Highway 67 around 12:20 p.m. this afternoon.  Flight for Life was called to the scene and transported the man to Froedert Hospital.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reports that after the crash, the man exited his vehicle and was struck by a passing minivan with two elderly occupants inside. 

No further information is available at this time but the Sheriff's Department will continue to investigate the crash. 

All westbound lanes of traffic were closed until around 2:40 p.m. while police investigated. 

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department reminds motorists to stay inside of their vehicle after an accident when it is safe to do so. 

Ex-teacher enters not guilty plea for allegedly sending nude photo of himself to girl, 16

Feb. 24, 2012 2:47 p.m. |

Waukesha – A former teacher at Lake Country Christian Academy in Nashotah entered a not guilty plea today to allegations he had sent a nude photo of himself to a girl in Pennsylvania.

R. C. John Rose, 38, of 1024 Chelsea Circle, Hartland, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court on a felony charge of exposing a child to harmful material.

According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 12, 2011, the mother of a 16-year-old girl in Philadelphia found suspicious text messages and pictures on the girl's phone, which led the woman to contact the Philadelphia Police Department.

Philadelphia police questioned the girl who said she had been talking with a man who said he was a gym teacher in Wisconsin, the complaint said.

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Fairy tail wedding fundraiser held in Mukwonago

Feb. 24, 2012 1:07 p.m. | Friendly dogs are invited and costumes encouraged to a fundraiser for the dog rescue Bichon and Little Buddies Rescue on Saturday, Feb. 25 starting at 6 p.m. for "It's a Fairy Tail Wedding."  

The cost to attend is $10 per individual or $15 per family.  Along with the wedding to be held at 6:30 there will be an animal communicator, portrait photographer, wedding cake and interactive games. 

The location is 828 Perkins Dr., Mukwonago and for more information call (414) 750-0152. 

All lanes closed on I-94 westbound at Highway 67

Feb. 24, 2012 12:48 p.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that all lanes of I-94 westbound near Highway 67 well as the westbound on ramp at Highway 67 due to an accident. 

The DOT is estimating the closure will last around two hours. 

No further information is available at this time. Check back for updates as they become available. 

Winter paints snowy picture overnight

Feb. 24, 2012 9:37 a.m. |

A winter wonderland greeted drivers Friday morning after several inches of snow fell on the Lake Country area last night. However, most roads were only wet and slushy by mid morning as this Town of Mukwonago driver found on Sugden Road.

Festival promises plenty of frosty fun

Feb. 24, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Winter has wimped out on us this year, much to the chagrin of everyone who loves to play in the snow. But there are plenty of events to enjoy without so much as a flake at Pewaukee’s inaugural Frost Festival.

Check out the fun family activities Pewaukee has in store this weekend.

The event starts with a candlelight hike from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Simmons Woods Park, 889 Cecilia Drive in Pewaukee. Take a walk through the woods on a frosty night and enjoy free hot chocolate and snacks when you return.

Sharpen up those eagle eyes and join your friends and neighbors at the Family Scavenger Hunt from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Pewaukee’s Lakefront.  Cost is $5 per family.

After the hunting’s over, relax and laugh at the delightful family film “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Pewaukee Public Library. The event is free with a nonperishable food item.

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Arrowhead wrestlers Yde, Crone fall

Feb. 23, 2012 11:17 p.m. | Thursday was a rough day at the WIAA Division 1 state wrestling meet in Madison for a pair of Arrowhead wrestlers looking to defend their state titles.

Andrew Crone (120 pounds) fell in the second round to Derek Gill of Burlington, 7-3, and Adam Yde (138) fell by an 11-5 decision to Travis Smith of Bradley Tech. Both will not repeat as state champions after taking first place last year at the year-end showcase. Both can still wrestle back for third place.

Mitchell Berenz (145 pounds) was the only Arrohwead wrestler getting into the semifinals among the seven state qualifiers. He'll face top-ranked Rylan Lubeck of Wisconsin Rapids on Friday evening looking for a place in Saturday's final.

Cory Cinelli (126), Mitchell Anderson (170), Zak Ryder (195) and Austin Gatchel (285) fell in the first round. Only Gatchel was afforded a wrestleback Friday.

Mukwonago's Luke Belich reached the semifinals at 220 pounds and face off with Michael Gamboa of Sauk Prairie tomorrow, looking for a place in the finals. Teammates Tyler Ladwig (heavyweight) and Dave Unger (170) fell in the first round, with Unger earning a wrestleback.

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Arrowhead disrupts Mukwonago's title hopes

Feb. 23, 2012 10:19 p.m. | Riding a five-game winning streak, Arrowhead's boys basketball team went into Mukwonago looking to interfere with the Indians' title chase in the Classic 8 Conference, and that's exactly what happened when the Warhawks emerged with a 51-44 victory Thursday.

Billy Hirschfeld finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, part of a 42-28 rebounding edge for AHS that came against the conference's best rebounding squad. The Indians (16-6 overall, 11-3 in Classic 8 Conference) came in looking for their first-ever C8 league title and came in tied with Milwaukee Pius, but the loss coupled with a Pius win over Waukesha South gave the title to the Popes.

Playing before a sold-out venue, Mukwonago jumped to a 7-1 lead but never led again after Arrowhead drew even at 9-9. Kenny Finco (11 points), D.J. Escamilla (10 points) and Ryan Saeger (10 points) all took their turn hitting key shots for the Warhawks.

Nate Tanguay finished with 13 points and seven rebounds for the Indians, who will hold the top seed in their WIAA regional and begin postseason play Friday, March 2.

29 lawsuits filed against DuPont over tree damage

Feb. 23, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Waukesha - Twenty-nine lawsuits were filed Thursday against DuPont in Waukesha County by property owners alleging that the chemical giant's herbicide Imprelis has killed or is killing their trees.

The lawsuits contend that DuPont marketed the weed killer as being environmentally friendly and safe to use and "that is simply not the truth."

"In its relatively short time on the market, DuPont's Imprelis has proven to be a frighteningly effective tree killer," the suits say.

Coniferous trees are particularly susceptible to being damaged or killed by the herbicide, according to the lawsuits.

Among those who are suing DuPont de Nemours and Co. are Summit Police Chief James Race and Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez.

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Library event for 5th and 6th graders

Feb. 23, 2012 1:52 p.m. | Fifth and sixth grade students in the Oconomowoc Area School District are invited to a Book Bonanza at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

The students are welcome to come to the library on Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 4-5 p.m. to talk about their favorite books, enjoy some snacks and make new friends.

No registration is required. For questions, please call Betsy Bromlet at (262) 569-2193, or email her at bbromley@cooney.lib.wi.us

Northbound Highway 83 still closed near Highway I

Feb. 23, 2012 1:44 p.m. |  The northbound lane of Highway 83 near Highway I in Mukwonago is still closed after a semi rolled onto its side on a bed of drainage rock at Highway 83 and I early this morning.

The semi was traveling north on Highway 83 when the driver left the road as he came through the roundabout at Highway I at about 5:37 a.m., according to Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien. The truck drove off the east side of Highway 83, rolling onto its side and rupturing a fuel tank, which spilled about 100 to 125 gallons of diesel fuel onto the ground. Additionally, the truck was hauling 40,000 gallons of oil in the trailer.

The driver of the truck was out of the vehicle when Town of Mukwonago police arrived on the scene. Stien said the driver had no injuries but was "shaken up" and was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 

The City of Waukesha Fire Department's hazardous materials crew and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were called to the scene to place barriers under the fuel tanks. Crews worked several hours to empty the oil from the trailer before setting the semi upright. Veolia Environmental Services was called to help clean up the spill.

No police report is available at this time.

Extreme Makeover: Lake Country Edition

Feb. 23, 2012 11:44 a.m. | The Lake Country Christian Academy community came together in a big way this morning.

Families at the Nashotah school pooled their resources to give two area families a fresh start - donating furniture, baby supplies, clothing, food, carseats, gift cards, a TV, a laptop, and even a freshly made loaf of homemade bread. 

They surprised a Milwaukee family last night at their home. At a Thursday morning chapel service at the school, they surprised another woman - a single mother trying to attend school and secure employment to support her young son.

After surprising the woman with thousands of dollars worth of merchandise, school officials walked her out to the parking lot where a brand new car donated by Ewald Automotive Group in Oconomowoc was waiting for her.

Be sure to check out Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter for the touching story.

Pay raises for Waukesha County officials stumble

Feb. 23, 2012 11:24 a.m. | Waukesha - A day after the Personnel Committee recommended higher pay for the next elected Waukesha County clerk, treasurer and register of deeds, the Finance Committee Wednesday failed to endorse the measure on a tie vote.

The County Board will take up the pay ordinance at its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse.

The proposal would increase the pay for each of the three constitutional officers by 1.5% each year of the next four-year term beginning in 2013. If the pay is to be changed, the County Board must do so before April 15, when candidates for those offices can begin circulating nomination papers for the November election.

The ordinance calls for pay starting at $70,180 a year for the clerk and treasurer, increasing to $71,232 in 2014, $72,300 in 2015 and $73,384 in 2016.

For the register of deeds, pay next year would be $71,125 and increase to $72,191 in 2014, $73,273 in 2015 and $74,372 in 2016.

Semi rolls over at Mukwonago roundabout

Feb. 23, 2012 10:42 a.m. |  

Emergency crews responded to a semi truck that rolled onto its side on a bed of drainage rock at Highway 83 and I early this morning.

The semi was traveling north on Highway 83 when the driver left the road as he came through the roundabout at Highway I at about 5:37 a.m., according to Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien. The truck drove off the east side of Highway 83, rolling onto its side and rupturing a fuel tank, which spilled about 100 to 125 gallons of diesel fuel onto the ground. Additionally, the truck was hauling 40,000 gallons of oil in the trailer.

The driver of the truck was out of the vehicle when Town of Mukwonago police arrived on the scene. Stien said the driver had no injuries but was "shaken up" and was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 

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Mukwonago Chief, Kettle Moraine Living Sunday word search a bit off

Feb. 22, 2012 4:02 p.m. |  It has been brought to Mukwonago Publications attention that their monthly word search contains a few errors. The words are not aligned correctly in the search, and the word "free throw" is missing the "t." 

Word searches will be accepted despite the errors. 

If anyone wishes to be sent a correctly aligned copy, please email mukpubs@jrn.com. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Bad weather on the way

Feb. 22, 2012 2:15 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for tomorrow.

Snow is expected to move in by mid-morning and wind down by evening. Snow accumulations of 3-6 inches are expected, though as much as 8 inches could fall in some places.

The snow may be heavy at times, resulting in low visibility and slick, snow-covered roads. The heavy snow may linger into the evening rush hour.

KMHS cheer team heads to state contest on Saturday

Feb. 22, 2012 12:06 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine High School Varsity Blue Competition Team heads to the Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches (WACPC) State High School Cheer Championships this Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. 

The Varsity Blue Competition Team competed at the WACPC Southern Regional Competition at South Milwaukee High School on Feb. 18.  All teams must qualify at the Northern or Southern Regional to compete at the WACPC State High School Cheer Championships. The team earned an outstanding second place finish in the Cheer-Dance category, allowing them to advance to the State Cheer Championships.

Please check www.wacpc.com for more information. 

Win your own Little Free Library!

Feb. 22, 2012 11:13 a.m. |  There's only a couple more weeks left before Lake Country Publications will pick a winner for their Win a Little Free Library contest! 

Little Free Libraries are wooden boxes that people can place in and around town with the purpose of encouraging people to grab a wonderful book to read. The library is replenished by donations. The best part is, it's all free!

Individuals, groups, and organizations are invited to write an essay of 300 words or less telling us why you should win a Little Free Library. Remember, be creative. The contest is open to people of all ages.

Send entries to 111 N. Rochester St. Suite 3 Mukwonago, WI 53149 or emailed to abudde@jcpgroup.com. 

Deadline is March 7.

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Updated vote totals for muni judge race

Feb. 22, 2012 10:52 a.m. | Updated vote totals in the Lake Country Municipal Court race show that each of the three candidates picked up a few votes from communities outside Waukesha County. Those figures were not available at the time we reported results last night.

The new numbers do not change the outcome of the election.

Tim Kay came out on top with 2,109 votes. Peter Wolff was second with 1,170. The two will advance to the general election in April.

Dan Fay garnered 939 votes.

Craig, Nowicki to vie for Town of Vernon Supervisor #3 seat

Feb. 22, 2012 7:57 a.m. |  Jane Craig and Dave Nowicki beat Jesse Smith in the Town of Vernon's primary election today, and will now vie for the Supervisor #3 seat during the general election. 

Nowicki took the lead with 498 votes. Craig won over Smith 384 votes to 157. Just over 19% of the town's residents made it to the polls today. 

With new voting laws making their way into the polls during this primary election, Town Clerk Marie Kumershek reports that everything went smoothly today. 

"People were great with showing their photo ID," Kumershek said.  "We had no provisionals, everyone brought there identification with them.  I am excited it went as well as it did." 

Nowicki stated that "I want to thank all of the people who voted for me, and the job is not done. If the people want to vote for a conflict of interest, vote for Jane Craig. If they want to vote for Vernon and low taxes, vote for Dave Nowicki." 

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Hart-Lake referendum defeated

Feb. 21, 2012 10:56 p.m. | Voters in the Hartland-Lakeside District rejected a referendum that asked district taxpayers for $930,000 in additional revenue limit authority annually.

The final vote tally - 725 "No" votes, and 637 "Yes" votes, means the district will be forced to find other alternatives to remedy the School District's budget issues.

More than 53 percent of district voters cast their ballots against the measure, while just shy of 47 percent voted in favor of it.

Stay tuned to Lake Country Publications newspapers for reactions and analysis.

Kay winner in judicial contest

Feb. 21, 2012 10:56 p.m. | It appears likely that attorneys Timothy Kay of Conomowoc and Peter Wolff of the Town of Delafield will face off in the April 3 municipal election for judge in the Lake Country Municipal Court.

Kay gained the highest number of votes in Tuesday nights three candidate primary contest with 2,028, or about 49 percent of the 4,330 votes cast in the Waukesha County communities served by the court.

Wolff appears to have finished second with 1,105 votes and Daniel Fay finished third with 892.

However, the vote totals include only the 14 communities that the court serves in Waukesha County. The totals do not include votes cast in the Town of Ixonia and the Village of Sullivan in Jefferson County and the Town of Erin in Washington.

KM hockey team rolls over Janesville

Feb. 21, 2012 10:45 p.m. |  The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc varsity boys hockey team led from start to finish Tuesday night as they scored a lopsided 7-1 victory over visiting Janesville Craig/Parker (14-11-1) in a WIAA sectional first-round game at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena.

The victory vaults the Lasers into the sectional championship game on Saturday against Marquette at Wilson Park at 4 p.m. KM is now 22-3-1 on the season. The winner on Saturday advances to the WIAA state meet next week.

KM has played in two sectional championships previously and won them both, those victories coming  in 2006 and 2007.

KM led 2-0 after one period and never looked back. The Lasers broke the game open by scoring four goals in the final 7:28 of the game.

Mitch Ellena and Justin Yute scored two goals each for the Lasers. Michael Del Vecchio, Connor Moran and Sam Hart had solo goals.

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Mukwonago Chamber excited about band shell project

Feb. 21, 2012 10:41 p.m. |  Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce gets a nod from the Village Board tonight to proceed with plans for a band shell at Indianhead Park using funds in a gazebo fund as seed money. Read more about the agreement struck between the Village and the Chamber in the Feb. 29 Living Mukwonago Chief.

Board approves last phase of WAN-Wireless project

Feb. 21, 2012 9:46 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a contract in the amount of $495,646 for construction of a disrict fiber optic wide area network.

This is the final stage of a three phase project that included tech closet upgrades and wireless infrastructure. The entire project has a total cost of $1,462,190, coming in nearly $78,000 under budget.

First Hart-Lake results trickling in

Feb. 21, 2012 8:38 p.m. | The Village of Hartland reports that residents cast 434 "No" votes compared to 431 "Yes" votes for the Hartland-Lakeside referendum - a slim 3-vote margin.

The referendum asked voters to approve $930,000 in additional revenue limit authority for the School District.

The Town of Delafield and the Town of Merton are yet to report their results.

No primary in Johnson Creek

Feb. 21, 2012 4:46 p.m. | Staff members at the Johnson Creek Village Hall have fielded numerous calls today about voting in a primary election.

Although some communities do have primaries today, there are no primaries for Johnson Creek voters.

Voting for local races and the presidential preference primary will take place Tuesday, April 3.

Waukesha County panel endorses pay raises

Feb. 21, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board's Personnel Committee unanimously endorsed pay raises Tuesday ranging from 1.5% to 2% for two former union groups and three elected officials.

The County Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday to consider the measures.

Pay raises of 1.5% in each of the next four years, beginning in 2013, were recommended for the county clerk, register of deeds and treasurer. Beginning April 15, when prospective candidates for those offices can begin circulating nomination papers for the fall election, no action on pay raises can be taken during the course of their four-year terms.

If approved, the pay in 2013 would start at $70,180 for the county clerk and treasurer and $71,125 for the register of deeds and would increase to $73,384 and $74,372, respectively, by 2016.

The committee also recommended pay raises in 2012 of 2% for about 425 clerical, paraprofessional, maintenance and sanitarian workers previously represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In addition, raises of 1.6% retroactive for 2011 and 2% for 2012 were recommended for about 160 corrections officers and dispatch center employees. The unions have been decertified in the wake of last year's state law changes that eliminated most collective bargaining for most public employees.

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Smooth voting process in Hartland

Feb. 21, 2012 2:29 p.m. | Things are moving smoothly at the Village of Hartland polling station as voters cast their ballots in the Hartland-Lakeside referendum and Lake Country Municipal Court primary.

There were no delays, as voters arrived and left within minutes.

Stay tuned to Lake Country Watch for more updates.

Election results to be posted online tonight

Feb. 21, 2012 1:57 p.m. | Don't forget to click back on livinglakecountry.com tonight for primary election results. 

Primary election results will be posted for the Town of Vernon, Lake Country Municipal Court judge and Hartland-Lakeside School District referendum.

Poles close at 8 p.m. so results will be online as soon as they're counted. 

In the mean time, don't forget to vote. 

Man moves into flat, dies hours later

Feb. 21, 2012 12:43 p.m. |

Village of Pewaukee – Police announced today they are investigating the death of a 25-year-old man who moved into an apartment but then died of an apparent drug overdose just hours later.

Mark Hoese was found dead in an apartment Feb. 13 at about 7:30 p.m. Hoese had moved into the apartment that day from Marshfield. Police said evidence was removed from the residence that suggested narcotics use and drug paraphernalia was also recovered. There were no signs of foul play, police said.

An autopsy was conducted but authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.

It's a snowy, slippery election day

Feb. 21, 2012 7:35 a.m. | Primary election day is getting off to a slippery start this morning, as light snow has caused slick driving conditions. A handful of accidents have been reported, two of them serious enough to shut down roads for a time: Highway 83 was closed in both directions at Nagawicka in Delafield because of an accident, and a rollover accident on Valley Road near Silver Lake shut down that road for a time this morning.

The polls are now open and will remain so until 8 p.m. There are three primaries in the area:

Lake Country Municipal judge, where Tim Kay, Dan Fay and Peter Wolff will face off to narrow the field for the general election in April;

Hartland-Lakeside School District referendum, which seeks an additional $930,000 in operating expenses;

and in Vernon, where voters will narrow the field of three to two. Jesse Smith, Jane Craig and Dave Nowicki are squaring off.

Slippery conditions in the Lake Country

Feb. 21, 2012 7:03 a.m. |  A very wet snow that started falling in the Lake Country area  around 4:30 a.m. made for some slippery and slow going on Tuesday morning.

Highway 16 eastbound from Hartland to the I-94 interchange was slow moving with traffic going about 30 to 35 miles per hour at best. One car was in the ditch westbound on HIghway 16 just east of Jungluth Road. That car went into the ditch at 6:45 am.

 Golf Road between Highways T and G was snow covered and very slippery.

Valley Road, south of Oconomowoc, was closed around 6:30 a.m.  A police car was in the middle of the road at Highway Z not allowing cars to drive on Valley Road as of 7 a.m. 

Delafield face possible $150,000 to $200,000 annual revenue loss

Feb. 20, 2012 8:44 p.m. | CITY OF DELAFIELD - City government could lose $150,000 to $200,000 a year if the State Legislature adopts a proposal to increase the share of hotel tax revenues devoted to local tourism promotion, City Administrator Tim Schuenke warned tonight.

Schuenke told the Common Council at its Monday, February 20, meeting that the legislative proposal would require all municipalities to allocate 70 percent of their hotel tax revenues to promote tourism with the remaining 30 percent contributed to the general revenue fund of the municipality.

Schuenke explained the existing hotel tax revenue allocation is Delafield is almost oppose of what would is required in the legislative proposal.

Since 1997, 75 percent of the estimated $350,000 to $400,000 in annual hotel tax revenues has gone into the city's general operating fund and 25 percent was donated to the local tourism council, according to Mayor Ed McAleer

Schuenke said the legislative proposal "will have a devastating effect on us" if it is adopted.

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Ixonia parents upset with plan for 4th graders

Feb. 20, 2012 6:14 p.m. | Parents of Ixonia School students are expected to present a petition to the Superintendent opposing the district's plan to move the school's fourth grade students to Nature Hill Intermediate Sxhool next year.

The district has experienced 25 percent growth in enrollment in the last decade, leaving the elementary schools at or near capacity. According to a letter sent to parents, Ixonia has maximized every instructional space and will need to add two additional spaces. District officials considered all options and concluded this move was best for all students, according to a letter sent tp parents.

There is a meeting scheduled at Ixonia School Thursday evening on the issue to answer questions and share additional details, but it is expected that some Ixonia parents may also attend the School Board meeting Tuesday night. Opponents say that between between Friday when they were informed of the decision,  and this morning, they have collected 150 signatures from people against the idea. Parents have voiced disappointment that they were not asked for input into the decision.

For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Charlie Brown coming to MHS stage on Friday

Feb. 20, 2012 4:00 p.m. |

The Mukwonago High School 2012 musical, “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” opens Feb. 24 in the MHS auditorium. The production will run Feb. 24, 25; March 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 and March 3 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are adults- $10 ($11 at the door), seniors- $9 ($10 at the door) and students and children- $7 ($8 at the door). New this year is the Family Four Pack with two adult tickets and two student or children tickets for $30 ($34 at the door).

Advance sale tickets may be picked up at the performance at “Will Call.”

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Coughlin at (262) 613-2048 or mhs.charlie.brown@gmail.com. 

Remember to vote tomorrow

Feb. 20, 2012 2:21 p.m. | Two races are set for tomorrow's primary elections in the Lake Country area.

Voters in the Hartland-Lakeside School District face a $930,000 referendum question. The School District is seeking additional operating revenue in hopes of maintaining its current level of academic programming and class sizes. The District says it would be forced to cut programs and services should the referendum fail. Read more on this issue here.

Meanwhile, voters will also cast ballots to determine which two candidates for Lake Country Municipal judge will face off in the April 3 municipal election.

Candidates are Peter M. Wolff, 43, of the Town of Delafiel, Daniel P. Fay, 60, of the Town of Merton, and Timothy T. Kay, 52, of Oconomowoc.

Voters from the following communities can cast votes in that primary: Town and Village of Merton, Town and City of Oconomowoc, the Towns of Delafield, Lisbon, Ixonia, and Erin, and the Villages of Chenequa, Dousman, Hartland, Lac La Belle, Nashotah, Oconomowoc Lake, Summit, Sullivan, and Sussex.

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Dairy Queen in Mukwonago donates portion of sales to food pantry

Feb. 20, 2012 10:17 a.m. |  Beginning tomorrow, the Mukwonago Dairy Queen, 215 Bay View Rd., will be donating 10 percent of its sales between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. 

The money will be used by the Food Pantry towards purchasing backpacks and school supplies for area kids. 

Dairy Queen will be holding the promotion again on March 20 and April 17. 

Submit questions for KMSD candidate forum

Feb. 20, 2012 9:55 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District will hold a school board candidate forum on Tuesday, March 6, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Kettle Moraine High School media center moderated by Kim Haines.

Six candidates will compete to fill three seats, beginning a three-year term on April 23. Candidates Colin Butler, Kathy Kapsy, Amy Lange, Terri Phillips, Chad Taylor and Bernie Ziebart will share opening statements, followed by a Q & A that incorporates questions submitted in advance by community members, as well as questions provided from audience members.

To submit questions or topics of interest, please send your request to Kim Haines at kkhaines@wi.rr.com or Sarah Spencer at sarahespencer@me.com.

Elections will be held on Tuesday, April 3 with three member positions to be filled. For more details about board of education elections, please visit the Government Accountability Board website at: www.gab.wi.gov. 

Three KMHS alumni to be inducted to Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame

Feb. 20, 2012 9:48 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District, Superintendent Patricia Deklotz invites the community to the 2012 Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 9 at 9:15 a.m.in the Kettle Moraine High School West Gym.

Three individuals will be honored for outstanding contributions to their profession and community:   Dr. Elizabeth (Whitmore) Giese – class of 1993, Tanya (Egeness) Schmid – class of 1981, and Mary (Claffey) Walgren – class of 1988.  

Two killed in Ixonia crash

Feb. 20, 2012 8:28 a.m. | Two fatalities were reported in a car crash that took place Sunday at 5:35 p.m. in the Town of Ixonia.

A vehicle, occupied by four adults from the Hartford and West Bend areas, failed to yield right of way to traffic at the Highway 16/North Street intersection.  An oncoming  westbound pickup truck driven by Gavin Strey of Ixonia was unable to stop in time, striking the vehicle in the passenger center post. Strey as treated and released from Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital (OMH), His passenger was not injured.

Two of the occupants of the Buick were taken by emergency medical helicopter to Froedert Hospital and remain in serious condition. One victim was pronounced dead at the scene; the other was taken to OMH and was later pronounced dead. Names are being withheld pending family notifications.

Kids can earn free ticket to Disney on Ice

Feb. 20, 2012 8:20 a.m. | There is an exciting, limited-time-only reading program taking place at the Oconomowoc Public Library. Kids can earn a free ticket to the Thursday, March 1 performance of "Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove" at the U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee! To participate, just pick up a flyer/reading record at the library, read five books, and then bring your flyer to the library to pick up your free pass! 

All passes must be exchanged for a ticket in person at the Milwaukee Theatre Box Office. Disney on Ice recommends redeeming your pass as soon as possible for best seats. This program is for kids of all ages.

For more details, please call Betsy at (262) 569-2193, ext. 210 or stop in the library.

Prodoehl wins, AHS swimmers second

Feb. 19, 2012 5:02 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys swim team finished second Satruday at the WIAA Division 1 state meet at the UW Natatorium in Madison. Memorial won the team crown with 326 points and the Warhawks were second at 234. Eau Claire Memorial/North was a distant third with 184 points.

Senior Jake Prodoehl led the Warhawks by winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.23. He defeated Jake Lotte of Appleton who was clocked at 46.35. It was the first state title for Prodoehl.

The Warhawks had finished fourth in the team scoring the last three years.

Arrowhead's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Prodoehl, Kyle Wenger, Jake Barry and John Warren broke the former state record (1:25.73)  with a time of 1:25.59,  but had to setle for second place behind Memorial.

Delsman wins pro golf title

Feb. 19, 2012 4:56 p.m. |  Charlie Delsman of Hartland, 26, won his first Florida mini-tour tournament championship Sunday afternoon by winning the Lakewood Ranch Open in Sarasota. The tournament came on the West Florida Golf Tour.

Delsman shot two rounds of 4-under-par 68 to win the title by one  shot over Vince India. The final round was played  in winds of up to 40 miles per hour. Only four golfers on Sunday broke 70.

Delsman trailed by four shots going into Sunday's final round.

He earned $3,000 for his efforts.

Arrowhead girls stop West on OT

Feb. 17, 2012 11:03 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team needed overtime Friday night to defeat host Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game, 55-49. 

AHS rallied from a 9-point deficit after three quarters to send the game to OT. In the extra session, the Warhawks outscored West, 8-2.

Arrowhead moved to 15-3 on the season and 11-1 in league play. AHS and Milwaukee Pius are tied for first place with two league games left.

Kelly Smith and Kyle Davis had 15 points each to lead the winners. Amanda Bauer had 11 tallies.

Pewaukee girls win again

Feb. 17, 2012 10:44 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Shorewood Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 48-25. The win improved the PHS record to 16-4 overall and 14-2 in league play. The Pirates lead New Berlin West by one game in the conference standings.

PHS trailed Shorewood at halftime, 16-15, before rallying in the second half. The Pirates held the Greyhounds to nine second half points.

Jordyn Swan led the winners with 14 points. Brittany Groer had 9 tallies and Natalie Wood and Danielle Jasinski had 8 each. Emily Wirth grabbed a team-best 9 rebounds.

10 in a row for PHS boys

Feb. 17, 2012 10:28 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team won its 10th straight game Friday night as they defaeted host Shorewood in a Woodland Conference game, 57-50.

By winning, Pewaukee and Thomas More, both 14-3 in league play, will battle for the conference championship Tuesday night at PHS in a winner-take-all game.

Against Shorewood, the Pirates (16-5 overall) put four players in double figures. Kray Bradley was tops with 17 points followed by Ben Steker, Austin Hansen and Jordan Daul with 10 points each.

AHS boys defeat Waukesha West

Feb. 17, 2012 9:24 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team played its best game of the season Friday night as they whipped visiting Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game, 65-51. The win was the fifth in a row for the Warhawks.

AHS scored the last 13 points of the first period and took a 19-7 lead after the opening quarter. Arrowhead led 33-19 at halftime and slowly pulled away in the second half. Arrowhead's biggest lead in the second half was 27 points (59-32).

Kenny Finco had 14 points to lead the Warhawks (12-9, 9-4). He scored 9 of those in a span of 59 seconds in the third period.

DJ Escamilla added 12 points  for the winners and Ryan Saeger had 10. 

Eric Solberg had 19 points for West. The Wolverines fell to 12-9 overall and 7-6 in league play.

Snow hurts visibility

Feb. 17, 2012 11:55 a.m. |  An unexpected burst of heavy snow caused visibility to be less than one-quarter mile around 11:20 a.m. Friday morning.

On Highway 16, both east and westbound on Highway 16 from WCTC in Pewaukee to Oconomowoc, visibility was less than  one-quarter mile at times.

Travel speeds were normal as the snow melted as it hit the road. Highway 16 was wet, but no slippery.

Wings lose hockey game

Feb. 17, 2012 9:22 a.m. |  The Waukesha/Pewaukee combined varsity boys hockey team lost in the WIAA regional championship game Thursday night to visiting Stoughton at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, 2-1. The loss ended the Wings season with a 13-11 record.

Alex Runge had the lone goal for the Wings. Joey Horan had one assist.

Zed Dietrich of the Wings, the second-leading scorer in the state, was held scoreless.

KM hockey team plays Friday night

Feb. 17, 2012 9:19 a.m. |  The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc varsity boys hockey team will host Beloit Memorial Friday at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena at 7 p.m. in a WIAA regional championship game. The Lasers are seeded first in the sectional.

The winner of Friday's game will play Tuesday, Feb. 21 against Janesville Craig/Parker. The site of that game has not yet been determined. Game time is 7 p.m.

AHS boys hockey team eliminated

Feb. 17, 2012 9:16 a.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team had its 2011-12 season come to a close Thursday night as they lost to host St. Mary's Springs at the Blue Line Center in Fond du Lac. The loss came in the WIAA regional championship game.

AHS, seeded sixth,  ended the year with a 12-11-2 record. St. Mary'sm seeded third,  will go into the sectional with a 17-5-1 mark.

The Ledgers scored one goal in each of the three periods and Arrowhead scored once in the  first period and once in the third period. Jared Johnson and Garrett Opay scored goals for the Warhawks. Opay, Sam Schultz and Sam Dvorak had assists for AHS.

Big Bend Police investigate after elderly woman found injured in basement

Feb. 17, 2012 8:22 a.m. |  The Big Bend Police Department is investigating after an 84 year old woman was found in her basement near the bottom of the stairs around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. The woman was transported to hospital with undetermined injuries where she still remains at this time. 

Several items were found thrown about in the basement when police arrived, however it is unclear if the cause was an intruder, foul play, or if it occurred during the woman's medical condition. 

Big Bend Police Chief Mike Hartert stated that a medical condition was likely the cause of the woman's fall, but aren't ready to rule out foul play at this time. 

Authorities were alerted to the situation by a concerned neighbor who called police. It is unclear how long the woman sat injured before police were called. 

Chief Hartert said that evidence will be taken to the crime lab today. 

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Man rescued from icy waters

Feb. 17, 2012 7:56 a.m. | A fisherman on a Hartland-area lake had a close call Thursday when he fell through the ice. Rescue crews were able to pull him from the water. Read more and see video here.

Mullett Ice Center joins Hockey Weekend Across America

Feb. 17, 2012 12:00 a.m. |  Winter seems to have forgotten about us this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be thinking about winter sports. Kids, especially, love all the fun they can have on ice and snow.

Even though there’s not much ice outside, there’s plenty inside at the Mullett Ice Center in Hartland. And this Saturday at 11 a.m., boys and girls, ages 4 to 9, will be able to learn how to play hockey on that ice at the Try Hockey for Free clinic. Kids will learn the basics of the sport in a fun, safe environment.

The Mullett Ice Center is located at 700 W. North Shore Dr.,  Hartland.

To register children for the Try Hockey for Free clinic call John Wardman at (262) 369-3601 or visit www.TryHockeyForFree.com.

The event is part of the fourth annual Hockey Weekend Across America, presented by Reebok, Feb. 17-19. For more information visit www.hockeyweekendacrossamerica.com.

Audit cites weaknesses in Waukesha County clerk operations

Feb. 16, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Waukesha - A number of weaknesses were found in Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' office operations, according to a newly released audit report, including the failure to return about $27,000 in dog license fees owed municipalities that has accumulated over several years.

In response to the audit, Nickolaus said she's already instituted a number of recommended changes.

The county's internal audit manager, Lori Schubert, and Nickolaus will discuss the findings at the County Board's Executive Committee meeting at 9 a.m. Monday.

None of the nine recommendations contained in the audit report was ranked as most critical in importance, but nearly all were described as having a significant impact on efficiency and effectiveness.

The audit did not examine most of Nickolaus' election systems and duties, which were audited in the fall of 2010. In April, Nickolaus' failure to count 14,000 votes from Brookfield in unofficial election night returns - or to tell the public about it for nearly two days - temporarily tipped the apparent Supreme Court election outcome and led to a costly and time-consuming statewide recount.

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Divers called off search in Mukwonago

Feb. 16, 2012 4:25 p.m. |

Divers climb onto the ice after determining that no one was in an ice shanty that sunk through the ice on Phantom Lake near Phantom Woods Road, Mukwonago earlier this afternoon. Police were able to contact the owner of the shanty to confirm that no one had been fishing in the shanty at the time.

Linden Ridge Mukwonago hosts annual pancake race tomorrow

Feb. 16, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  On your mark...get set....don't drop that pancake!

Liden Ridge Mukwonago campus will be holding their annual pancake race tomorrow beginning at 2 p.m. 

Cheer on residents as they attempt to balance a pancake on a spatula all while donning a chefs hat and an apron. Did we mention all this will be happening while they try to be the fastest to be pushed around the track?

Linden Ridge is located at 841 Highway NN in Mukwonago. 

Sunken shanty on Phantom Lake found empty

Feb. 16, 2012 2:30 p.m. |  Divers were called out of the water on Phantom Lake around 2:15 p.m. after they deteremined no one was inside when it fell through the ice earlier this afternoon. 

A passerby had called police around 1:15 p.m. indicating that the shanty was in the water, and that they had had seen people near the site earlier today. Police spoke with the shanty's owner who stated no one had been using it. 

Shanty falls through ice on Phantom Lake

Feb. 16, 2012 2:07 p.m. |  A rescue diver is suiting up at Phantom Lake where an ice shanty has fallen through the water this afternoon.

According to the county's fire scanner, contact has been made with the shanty's owner who reported no one was inside of it today. However, a caller who initially reported the sunken shanty to police indicated they saw someone near the stop earlier. Police are in the process of calling that witness to confirm if a person had been on scene earlier today or not. 

Eagle, Tess Corners and Mukwonago rescue crews are currently at the scene. 

Dive team called after ice shanty falls through Phantom Lake, Mukwonago

Feb. 16, 2012 1:46 p.m. | Rescue crews are still trying to determine if anyone was inside of an ice shanty that has fallen through Phantom Lake in Mukwonago near Phantom Woods Road. 

According to information coming through on the Waukesha County Fire scanner, a diver and  other rescue crews are on scene. 

Preliminary reports suggest that the shanty appeared to be occupied about an hour ago. A few feet of the shanty's roof is reported as sticking out of the water at this time.

No word is available on the condition of those using the shanty.

More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Waukesha woman accused of whipping, choking child

Feb. 16, 2012 11:20 a.m. | Waukesha – A special education aide at a Waukesha elementary school was charged Wednesday with abusing a child, allegedly by whipping a boy with a cord, choking him and punching him, according to a criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Sharon Walker, 40, was charged with felony counts of physical abuse of a child and child abandonment.

According to the criminal complaint, a 14-year-old boy told police on Nov. 10, 2011, that Walker, his guardian, had "whipped him with cords, choked him, punched him, thrown him down the stairs, hit him with poles," the complaint said. The boy also alleged that Walker threatened "to stab him and the rest of his family with a knife," the complaint.

The boy said the last time he was hit by a cord was when he was about 12 or 13 years old. The boy told police that on Oct. 23, 2011, he was outside Walker’s residence and tried to hit him but missed and then tried to hit him again, scratching his nose and causing it to bleed, the complaint said. The boy grabbed Walker’s wrists, and Walker then allegedly bit his arm, the complaint said.

A physical exam conducted at the C.A.R.E. Center showed a scar to the side of the boy’s nose as well as several "linear and curvilinear scars" on his body, the complaint said. The scars are consistent with getting hit by a belt or a cord, the complaint said.

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Pewaukee cage teams win

Feb. 16, 2012 10:49 a.m. |  Pewaukee's two varsity basketball teams scored Woodland Conference victories over Cudahy Wednesday night.

The PHS girls team defeated host Cudahy 59-47. The Pirates had lost to Cudahy in December by 19 points.

Pewaukee led from start to finish. The Pirates put the game away by going a perfect 12-for-12 from the free-throw line in the final period.

Jordyn Swan led the Pirates with 25 points.  Natalie Wood had 14, Emily Wirth 10 and Brittany Groer 8 for Pewaukee.

The win moved the PHS record to 15-4 on the season and 13-2 in league play. New Berlin West is second with three losses.

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Town of Mukwonago sets tentative timeline for Country Bliss drainage plans

Feb. 15, 2012 7:27 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago board approved several motions that would keep a proposed project moving to alleviate flooding concerns in Country Bliss subdivision alive during their regular town board meeting this evening.

Board members approved a very tentative timeline for a pipeline that would divert water from Memory Lane-Paradise Lane in Country Bliss and send it west along Memory Lane to South Oak Tree Drive. The first two steps, the board decided, will be to hold a public hearing in April on the creation of a Country Bliss only utility district to cover any charges over the $506,000 Community Development Block Grant that was awarded to find a permanent solution to this project. The second is to hire an engineer to determine if a one acre lot of land that a resident has offered to sell to the town will be a suitable location for the retention pond. Beyond that, other items to be completed will be to send requests for engineering work, obtain necessary permits, purchase the property, and finally begin construction.

Check next week Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief for the full story.

Rumors donates $2,000 to booster club

Feb. 15, 2012 2:54 p.m. | At the Hamilton Athletic Booster Club (HABC) monthlymeeting on Monday, Vice-President Terri Schiedemeyer reported receiving a $2,000 surprise donation from Rumors Sports Bar & Grille. The surprise contribution was presented to Schiedemeyer by Andrea Reese, co-owner of Rumors who recently held a drawing to win a flat screen television. The winner was selected during the Super Bowl. Reese said they found out about the Booster Club while speaking to a patron.

“It was a no brainer” she said. Rumors wants to be known as a business that supports sports in the community Reese added. She said she “was excited to give to kids, sports and the community” through the HABC.

Additional conversation on Monday reviewed the Charging Forward program that looks to update/replace the outdoor football scoreboard, with the first of its kind in Wisconsin and an addition to the indoor scoreboard with advanced technology. With a large amount of funds to be raised before purchase of the state-of-the-art scoreboard, the recent donation will help reach the goal.

The Sussex Hamilton Athletic Booster Club, a nonprofit organization, is committed to supporting the athletic programs of Hamilton High School. They provide
financial support through funds raised by volunteers to promote excellence in those athletic programs and the community.

For more information, visit www. http://hamiltonathleticboosterclub.com/

Mukwonago girls' basketball helping Women's Center

Feb. 15, 2012 12:59 p.m. |  Help support the Waukesha Women's Center this Friday, Feb. 17 at the Mukwonago girls basketball "Youth Night," at Mukwonago High School. 

Bring two nonperishable food items to the Indians' game against the Waukesha South Blackshirts and admission to the game is free - or players can wear their Mukwonago basketball jersey and get in to the game free. 

T-shirts will also be available for $10 with all proceeds going to the Women's Center, as well as proceeds from the 50/50 raffle. 

Game times are 5:45 p.m. for the freshman and junior varsity game and 7:30 p.m. for the varsity game. 

Victim in Waukesha fatal crash identified

Feb. 15, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha police have identified the victim of Tuesday's fatal car crash on E. North St. and W. Moreland Blvd. as 34-year-old Andrea R. Berger of Pewaukee.

Berger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her car after it crashed shortly before 7 a.m. in a weather-related accident.

Police Capt. Ron Oremus said she was traveling southbound on E. North St. and slid into oncoming traffic. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash. One other female was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and a man was treated at the scene and released.

Menomonee Falls, Pewaukee sites chosen for Parade of Homes

Feb. 15, 2012 11:50 a.m. | The Quail Haven subdivision in Menomonee Falls and Still River subdivision in Pewaukee will be the sites for the 2012 Metropolitan Builders Association's Parade of Homes.

Each site at this year's Parade of Homes, which takes place from Aug. 18 to Sept. 9, will have newly built homes featuring the latest design and decorating trends, the association said Wednesday.

More than 30,000 visitors are expected to tour the homes of the course of the three-week event, the association said.

Homebuilders at Quail Haven include: Allan Builders LLC, Aspen Homes Inc., Belman Homes Inc., Demlang Builders Inc., Embassy Construction Corp. J. Anthony Homes & Designs LLC and Zach Building Co.

Home builders at Still River include: Halen Homes LLC, Kaerek Homes Inc., Kings Way Homes LLC, Korndoerfer Homes, Regency Builders Inc. and Tim O'Brien Homes.

Delafield Town okays chicken ordinance

Feb. 15, 2012 10:42 a.m. |

Town of Delafield – The Town Board can now move on from what became a fowl issue.

The board Tuesday approved ordinances that would allow residents to raise chickens. As part of the approval, the board set an initial license fee of $75 with an annual renewal fee of $25. The cost is to cover administrative costs as well as an on-site inspection by the zoning administrator.

Under the ordinance, a resident would be allowed to keep no more than eight chickens, residents would need to get a license and chicken coops must meet double the required setback. No commercial activities or roosters would be allowed.

OHS Scholastic Award Winners

Feb. 15, 2012 7:59 a.m. | The Oconomowoc High School  Visual Arts Department announced that eight students received recognition in the 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards-Wisconsin, held at the Milwaukee Art Museum. 

The students listed below were chosen from almost 1500 entries statewide:

Honorable Mention:  Mackenzie Shambeau- Drawing (2),  Parker Hoisington- Digital Photo, Kayla Houston- Digital Photo, Paul Rodriguez- Digital Photo

 Silver Key: Maggie Schmidt- Digital Photo, Carly Steger- Digital Photo, Francis Way- Art Metals, Alex Worth- Digital Photo

 Student artwork will be on display  until early March. 

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Title IX complaints filed against 5 school districts

Feb. 15, 2012 7:50 a.m. | Five area school districts are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for allegations of discrimination against female high school athletes.

A complainant has made the allegations against the Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, Mukwonago, Waukesha and Elmbrook school districts.

Read more in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter, or follow this story later today at LivingLakeCountry.com.

AHS boys rally past Marquette

Feb. 14, 2012 11:26 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team outscored host MIlwaukee Marquette by a 10-1 margin in the final four minutes to defeat the Hilltoppers in a nonconference game, 46-43 Tuesday night.

AHS won for the fourth straight game and improved to 11-9 on the season.

Billy Hirschfeld led the Warhawks with 15 points and DJ Escamilla had 14. Ryan Saeger grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for Arrowhead.

Kettle Moraine to continue looking at infrastructure to support technology

Feb. 14, 2012 10:38 p.m. | Feeling the pinch of transforming education and personalizing learning under an aging infrastructure within existing facilities, Kettle Moraine School District Director of Facilities Dale Zabel and Director of Technology Brandon Kostoln presented preliminary work investigating the adequacy of the district's facility and technology infrastructure to the School Board tonight.

Realizing the burdens technology is placing on the district's infrastructure and facilities, the school board gave the nod to further work investigating district needs regarding infrastructure and facilities to support efficiently meeting the needs of all students in the district. 

Arrowhead boys hockey team advances

Feb. 14, 2012 9:43 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team opened WIAA regional play Tuesday night at the Mullett Ice Center by defeating visiting Beaver Dam, 6-2.

By winning, AHS will play at the Blue Line Center in Fond du Lac against host St. Mary's Springs on Friday night.

Arrowhead improved to 12-10-2 on the season. Beaver Dam closed out the year with a 7-15-1 mark.

AHS scored two short-handed goals in the game. Scoring for the Warhawks were Mike Adams, Brett Stapelfeldt, Nick Peterson, John Sorenson, Sam Dvorak and Ryan Anderson.

Arrowhead wrestlers back to state

Feb. 14, 2012 9:38 p.m. | Arrowhead coach John Mesenbrink finished his career with the program competing at the state meet last winter. Now it's coach Jeremy Miller's turn to discover what it's all about.

The Warhawks dominated Wauwatosa on Tuesday in the team sectional, 54-15, and earned a berth in the team state competition during the first weekend of March. Arrowhead reached the state finals last year, falling to Wisconsin Rapids. Coincidentally, Rapids will be waiting in the quarterfinals this time around when the teams meet up at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse in Madison on March 2.

Austin Yde won an 8-7 decision in overtime at 132 pounds to jumpstart the meet, and the Warhawks won the night's first eight matches. Pins went to Adam Yde (138), Mitch Berenz (145), Zach Barbee (160), Zak Ryder (185), Austin Gatchel (heavyweight) and Andrew Crone (120).

King girls defeat Arrowhead

Feb. 14, 2012 9:36 p.m. |  Visiting Milwaukee King handed Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team a 66-57 nonconference defeat Tuesday night. The loss snapped Arrowhead's 10-game winning streak.

AHS, ranked 7th in the State AP Division 1 poll, fell to 14-3 on the season. King, ranked 11th, improved to 13-6 on the year.

AHS fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter but rallied to take a 45-44 lead in the final period. King made 11 of 18 free throws in the final period to clinch the win.

Sophomore Kelly Smith had her best varsity game in two years. The 6-foot  forward fired in a team-hgh 25 points. She also grabbed a team-best 15 rebounds, 9 of which came off the offensive glass.

Jenny Smith had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Warhawks.

Recycling, landfill dumping both drop in Waukesha County

Feb. 14, 2012 3:58 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County residents recycled slightly less last year, but the amount of trash they threw into landfills decreased by an even bigger percentage - continuing an eight-year trend.

And while the amount of recyclables processed at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility in 2011 dropped slightly, their sale at markets brought in significantly more revenue than a year earlier, said Karen Fiedler, supervisor of the county's solid waste program.

Twenty-five of the county's 37 communities haul their recyclables to the county processing plant in Waukesha. In 2011, the facility processed 21,431 tons of recyclables, about 1% less than 2010. The sale of bottles, steel and aluminum cans, glass and paper brought in $1.6 million, compared with just under $1.2 million a year ago, Fiedler said.

Money from the sale of recyclables, plus a state grant that dropped about 40% this year, to $874,000, are used both to return funds to the participating communities and earmarked in a fund balance that will eventually help the county replace its recycling facility in the future.

Fiedler said that the level of greenhouse gas emissions reduced from recycling those materials was equivalent to taking more than 6,400 cars off the road for a year, and it kept 50,000 cubic yards of waste out of landfills, equivalent to a football field filled more than 30 feet high.

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“Ask the Plant Doctor” Seminar with Melinda Myers: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. May 7, 1-3 p.m. May 8. Ebert’s Greenhouse Village, W1795 Fox Road, Ixonia. Gardening expert Melinda Myers will answer lawn and gardening questions. Free.

HAWS 33rd Annual Pet Walk: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7, Sussex Village Park, Main St. and Weaver Drive, Sussex. Romp ’n Rally is hosted by The Friends of HAWS. Includes lure coursing, trail challenge, vendor marketplace, contests, demos, live music and food. hawspets.org. Free

“The Drowsy Chaperone”: 7:30 p.m. May 6, 7; 4 p.m. May 8, Theatre on Main, W35 N5920 Brown St., Unit 101, Oconomowoc. (262) 560-0564, theatreonmain.org


Lake Country Wellness Expo: 11 a.m. May 7, Oconomowoc Lakes Plaza, W359 N5002 Brown St., Oconomowoc. Event includes consultations, mini facials, free classes, circus yoga, essential oils, demonstrations, rock wall for kids from local vendors. More than 50 booths with giveaways. Food will be available for purchase. Free

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