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Can you predict the outcome of this?

Feb. 27, 2013 4:52 p.m. | They say a picture is worth a thousand words - or perhaps "trillions:"

Just look at the National Debt.  Scary times are here, and things are getting even worse.

In "anticipation" of the sequester (which is little more than slowing down spending for less than 30 days - and doesn't consist of any "cuts" at all), we have a reckless president putting the country in danger - only to help achieve his political goals of spend, spend, spend.

From beforeitsnews.com:

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Old World Wisconsin holds employment/volunteer open house

Feb. 27, 2013 4:07 p.m. |  Old World Wisconsin is hosting an employment and volunteer open house Saturday, March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those interested can come by anytime during the open house and speak with museum staff members to hear about open positions that will allow you to gain firsthand knowledge of life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

They are currently seeking enthusiastic applicants for seasonal roles that include period-clad interpreters, day camp counselors, visitor services staff, and maintenance personnel.

They are also looking for volunteers in marketing and communication, greeters, receptionists, gardeners, sewing help, plain-clothes interpreters and program assistants.

Don't be surprised if Cooney girls turn upset

Feb. 27, 2013 2:52 p.m. | Predicting snow fall totals is almost as challenging as predicting outcomes of athletic events, but here it goes.

The Raccoons will play on!

Basketball fans, don't be surprised if Oconomowoc's varsity girls basketball team is playing for a WIAA regional championship Saturday.

The Raccoons, as head coach Bob Shea expected, have steadily improved since November. After seven games in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference, Oconomowoc went 2-5 the first swing through, but reversed that record the second go-around with a 5-2 league mark, ending up 7-7 in conference play.

"The kids were pretty happy about the fact we went 5-2 the second time through the conference," Shea said. "We've played more consistent the last month, made some adjustments and have played better all-around as a team. I know everyone's excited to be playing in the tournament on Friday."

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Warrant issued for man charged with switching identity

Feb. 27, 2013 2:48 p.m. | A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 31-year-old Pewaukee man charged with switching identities with his brother, eluding charges brought against him in December for his fourth-operating while intoxicated offense.

Philip J. Camren, 538 Kopmeier Drive, Pewaukee, was charged Feb. 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony identify theft, fourth-offense drunken driving, fourth-offense driving with prohibited alcohol concentration, driving with a revoked license and misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

Camren was pulled over by an Oconomowoc police officer in the parking lot of Foolery's Liquid Therapy, N52 W35091 Lake Drive, at about midnight Dec. 14, 2012.

When the officer asked for identification, Camren gave him a passport belonging to his 33-year-old brother Neal C. Camren, the complaint said.

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Parent volunteer gets 6 years for sexual assault

Feb. 27, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Anthony R. Pico, a former parent volunteer at Summit Elementary School, was sentenced Feb. 25 to six years in prison and 10 years extended supervision by Judge William J. Domina for inappropriately touching an 8-year-old student at the school.

Pico, 42, was charged April 27, 2012, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree sexual assault; a jury convicted him Dec. 19, 2012. Pico said he will appeal the jury's decision.

About 30 people attended the sentencing, including Pico's wife of 16 years, Michelle Pico, sister-in-law Debra Spang and family friend Christopher George. All three spoke in Pico's defense, describing him as a loving father and husband who, in the words of his wife, "is like a light switch," always happy and full of humor.

"We just so desperately need the light of my husband in our lives," she tearfully told the judge.

George, who said he has been a friend of the family for five years, said he respected the way the way the Picos raised their children and the love they showed each other.

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Man accused in theft from Y, fraud

Feb. 27, 2013 2:46 p.m. | A 21-year-old man was charged with identify theft and attempting to obtain a prescription by fraud after allegedly stealing a man's wallet from an Oconomowoc YMCA on Feb. 20 and later imitating a doctor over the phone to request a prescription for narcotics.

Jordan D. Riemer, 434 Bolson Drive, Oconomowoc, was charged Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony identity theft, misdemeanor theft and misdemeanor attempting to obtain a prescription drug with fraud.

According to the criminal complaint:

Oconomowoc police were dispatched to the YMCA, 1750 Valley Road, at about 9 p.m. Feb. 20. Ronald Zuehlsdorf told police that he had secured his items, including his wallet, an iPhone and keys, in a locker and the items were now missing. The wallet contained $60 in cash and eight credit cards.

One of those credit cards was later used at the Speedway at 403 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. A young man, thought to be Riemer, purchased a $300 gift card, an energy drink and cigarettes, altogether spending $366, the complaint said.

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Police Blotter 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 2:46 p.m. |

City of Oconomowoc

Accident at Valley Road

A Waukesha driver was cited for failure to yield after an accident Feb. 4 at Valley Road and Executive Drive.

According to the police report, Laura L. Stoppel, 43, of Waukesha, was at the stop sign at Executive Drive waiting to turn left. The vehicle driven by Kathy A. Muehlbauer, 39, 1483 St. Andrews Drive, was eastbound on Valley Road with a vehicle in front of her, turning right onto Executive Drive.

Stoppel failed to yield while making a left turn and pulled out in front of Muehlbauer striking her vehicle.

Stoppel's vehicle was towed from the scene.

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Your Letters 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 2:30 p.m. |

Not another Walmart

To the editor,

I am writing to express my opposition to the idea of Walmart coming to Pabst Farms.

I am opposed for many reasons:

Oconomowoc has unique local character. We do not want to become a nameless, sprawling suburb.

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Oconomowoc Area News 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 2:30 p.m. |

Column information

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

Lions rose sale

The Oconomowoc Lions Club is holding its 42nd annual rose sale fundraiser. Cost: one dozen roses $15. The club will deliver roses March 22 and 23 to Lake Country homes and businesses. For information and to order roses, call Rich Schulte at (262) 567-5411.

YMCA summer day camp

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Radcliffe's Rundown

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. |


Former Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke, whose candor is both refreshing and jarring, said this week that his decision to sign with the Dodgers was entirely about the huge contract he was given and that he would play for the worst team if it offered the most cash. Even though many fans understand how true it is, it's a delicate dance - no fan wants to hear their favorite athlete say he prefers the paycheck to his home market. Consider that Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings has begun voicing his displeasure with his newfound situation and how the acquisition of J.J. Redick is eating into his minutes. I don't mind when the facade crumbles and we know for certain a player is all about himself - heck, selfishness can drive a player to be the best he can be. Then again, Jennings is a point guard. I hope the Bucks recognize that their facilitator and face of the future thinks about how events directly impact him first, especially when they decide whether to keep him.


Consecutive wins for the Germantown boys basketball team, the squad Arrowhead will face in Thursday's WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal. Dominican, which won 62 games in 1977-80 while competing in the WISAA, is believed to own the state record.


March Madness has officially arrived

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. | OK, technically, Thursday night will still be February, but I'm here to tell you. March Madness has arrived. It came upon the scene for 2013 last week when the WIAA boys tournament competition began.

And it's going to hit full stride locally at the high school level beginning Thursday night.

Locally, the only boys team still alive at the sectional level is Arrowhead. The Warhawks will play Thursday night at Waukesha West against undefeated and No. 1 ranked Germantown.

In the girls tournament, University Lake School and Trinity Academy of Pewaukee met Tuesday, with the Lakers coming away with a 57-46 victory. Erin Baumgart scored 29 points for victorious ULS, while Sydney Dieck capped an incredible career with 27 points for Trinity. ULS advanced to play again Friday.

Let's take a quick look at some of the matchups:

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Mighty Germantown up next for AHS

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. | In the last 20 years, no matter the sport, Arrowhead has seldom been considered a major underdog. "Arrowhead" and "underdog" just don't seem to make much sense when put together.

But when the AHS boysbasketball team travels to Waukesha West on Thursday night, it finds itself in that unusual role when it clashes with undefeated and No. 1-ranked Germantown in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal game.

The winner will advance to the sectional championship game 1 p.m. Saturday at Homestead, and the loser will be finished for the season.

Both Arrowhead and Germantown are two of the best teams in this part of the state.

Germantown, the defending state champion, has been the favorite to win a second straight title since the season began back in November. At 24-0, the other Warhawks have put up some of the top numbers in state history. Not only are they undefeated, but only two teams have come within 12 points of beating them. Brookfield Central lost to Germantown (66-64) on a last-second tip-in on Dec. 1, and Nicolet lost by 7 points in early January.

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Girls tournament ramps up Friday

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. | The WIAA postseason tournament is under way for all the high school girls basketball teams in the state. The action will continue this Friday and Saturday and will conclude in Madison on Saturday, March 16.

Only Trinity Academy has been eliminated after falling to University Lake School Tuesday night, 57-46. Five area teams will be in action Friday.

Regional will be played on Friday and Saturday, and the sectionals will be played the following Thursday and Saturday.

Arrowhead (14-8) will host Menomonee Falls (13-9) at 7 p.m. Friday at South Campus. If Arrowhead wins that game, the Warhawks would either play at home against Hartford or at Sussex Hamilton. Hamilton (20-2), ranked third in the state AP Poll, is the top seed in the regional.

The Warhawks defeated four ranked teams during the season, including Waukesha West (17-5) and No. 4-ranked Mukwonago (20-2) in the final two games of the Classic 8 Conference season. AHS has good balance, led by junior Kelly Smith, seniors Tori Miller and Maggie Doleschy and sophomore Ally May.

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Murray keeps it positive

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. | After three successful years at Pewaukee High School, both on the athletic field and in the classroom, Megan Murray was anxiously awaiting her senior season. She had been to state numerous times her first three years in both cross country and track and ranks second academically in her class.

As a freshman, sophomore and junior, Murray competed at the WIAA state track meet all three years, scoring points each season as a member of the 3,200-meter relay.

In cross country, she was a member of the Pewaukee varsity team that qualified for state all four of her years. She ran in the state meet three of those seasons, helping lead the Pirates to a fifth-place finish in 2010 and a sixth-place finish this past November.

Murray also has played basketball for the Pirates. As a freshman, she was a starting forward for the league championship junior varsity team. Her next two years, she was one of the top reserves on two very talented varsity teams and this year started at forward the first two games of the year.

But in the second game of the season, at home against longtime rival Slinger, Murray's storybook athletic career atPewaukee came to a terribly disappointing end.

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Oconomowoc association crowns bowlers

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. | The annual Oconomowoc City Bowling Association recently completed its annual City tournament, and champions were announced in both the open division (mixed) and the women's division.

In the Open team division, the winners were Armstrong Enterprises One with a score of 3,563. The women's champion was Shepherd's Chiropractic at 3,435.

Bill Biersack and Dave Johnson won the open Handicap Doubles title with a score of 1,542 and the women's Doubles winners were Chris Holzschuh and Jaime Cullen at 1,435.

In the Handicap Open Singles, Matt Timm won with a score of 832 and Laurie Natzke won the women's Singles crown at 789.

Sara Green won the Open Handicap All-Events title with a score of 2,234 and Kasey Salisbury won the women's Handicap All-Events title at 2,174.

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Arrowhead hockey season ends

Feb. 27, 2013 12:48 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls hockey team finished the season with a 4-0 defeat against the Brookfield Glacier on Feb 19. Hanna Nicholson recorded 21 saves for the Warhawks in the WIAA Division 1 sectional.

"The girls battled against Brookfield but fell short in producing goals," Arrowhead head girls hockey coach Jinelle Siergiej said. "We worked hard but unfortunately couldn't create any positive scoring opportunities throughout the entire game and on the several power play opportunities."

Kettle Moraine announces administrative promotions

Feb. 27, 2013 12:24 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District announced the appointment of Dr. Theresa Gennerman to the role of Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, effective July 1, 2013. Gennerman will replace Carole Witt Starck, who will retire June 30.

Gennerman has served as principal of Kettle Moraine Middle School for the past three years, in addition to assuming direct responsibility and leadership in the district’s personalized learning transformation. Gennerman holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a Master of Science in Education Leadership and an Educational Doctorate in Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University.

Replacing Gennerman will be Michael Comiskey, who has been promoted to serve as Kettle Moraine Middle School Principal, effective July 1. Comiskey has been with the district since 2003, serving as a middle school and high school mathematics teacher. In 2012 Comiskey was also appointed Director of Learning for Mathematics grades six through 12. Comiskey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Science in Business Education from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Administrative Training through the Academy for Teaching and Learning Leadership at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The school board approved both positions at the February 26, 2013 board meeting. “The district is fortunate to have such talent and commitment from two exceptional leaders. Their vision and dedication to transforming education in challenging and exciting times will serve our staff, our district and our students well,” commented KMSD Superintendent, Pat Deklotz.

Lodes: A good man derailed

Feb. 27, 2013 12:14 p.m. | We wish we could write an editorial focusing only on Dave Lodes, who charted Arrowhead's growth into a new century, whose love of the school, first as a teacher and then as the superintendent, helped galvanize its future.

Under his auspices, Arrowhead put on major additions that included classrooms, a large gym, the Mullett Center and more. With enrollment pushing 2,500, Lodes led the acquisition of the Geason farm, which gave Arrowhead a future. He was steadfast in his belief of the Arrowhead idea: keep two campuses, and not build a second high school in order to ensure Arrowhead pride and focus resources and charitable giving on one place.

When Lodes retired, he left behind a district in great shape all around. He went on to lead education for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, before his highly publicized drunken driving arrest.

Lodes was fighting demons only he would know. He was intelligent and perhaps too prideful to admit that he could not get it all just right.

In the end, Dave Lodes was a man who left many great things in his wake, but fell victim to foibles all of us face. He was not perfect, though he strived to be so. And he died too young to have the chance to right his ship.

Funeral Services 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Evelyn F. Drake (nee Fedderly), 95, of Pewaukee died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Visitation was Friday, Feb. 15, at the Schmidt & Bartelt A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral Home, Sussex. A Mass of Christian burial was Saturday, Feb. 16, at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Pweaukee.

Barbara L. Luedke, 44, of Hartland died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at AngelsGrace Hospice. Visitation will be from 10 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Thursday, Feb. 28, at Christ the Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3031 Summit Ave., Waukesha.

Death Notices 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 12:06 p.m. |

David E. Lodes

David E. Lodes, PhD, Passed away unexpectedly on Monday, February 25, 2013 at the age of 62 years. Dave is survived by Mary and their children: Matthew (Meghan) Lodes and Katie (Louie) Andrew. Beloved Papa of Keegan, Logan, Quinn and Hadley. Brother of Michael (Kathy) and Richard (Judy). Also loved and survived by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by his parents George and Lucille.

Dave was a graduate of New Holstein High School, received his Undergraduate and two Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh and later earned a PhD from Marquette University. He began his lifelong career as an educator in the Lomira and Elmbrook School Districts as a science teacher. He dedicated 28 years as an Educator, Dean and Principal at Arrowhead Union School District. The last 14 years at Arrowhead High School, he led the Arrowhead community as the Superintendent, retiring in 2007. After a brief retirement, he spent two years as the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Dave cherished creating environments where all children had an opportunity to learn.

Upon full retirement, Dave enjoyed developing a start-up business in aquaponics with his close friends. He also enjoyed golf, travel, reading, spending time with his family and most importantly with his precious grandchildren. He was a member of St. Anthony on the Lake Parish.

Memorial visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013 starting at 3:00 pm with Funeral Mass at 6:00 pm at St. Anthony's on the Lake Catholic Church, W280 N2101 Prospect Avenue, Pewaukee, WI with Fr. Paul Hartmann officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Arrowhead Scholarship Fund in Dave's name, Arrowhead High School, PO Box 462, Hartland, WI 53029.

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Births 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 12:02 p.m. | Worley - Sara and Joshua Worley of Pewaukee announce the birth of their son, Oliver John Worley, on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls. He weighed 7 pounds 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

Dziwulski - Natalie and Todd Dziwulski of Pewaukee announce the birth of their son, Mason Walter Dziwulski, on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls. He weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces and measured 21¼ inches long.

Goyette - Mark and Julie Goyette of Pewaukee announce the birth of their son Wilson Paul at 7:57 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

He joins brothers Griffin, 9, and Parker, 5, and sister Clara, 8.

Grandparents are Dennis and Barb Sarauer of Cambelsport and Jim and Kathi Goyette of Milwaukee. Great-grandparents are Leonard and Adeline Maslowski of Cudahy.

Your Letters 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 11:20 a.m. |

Voucher expansion proposal

is poor public policy

To the editor

As a Lake Country resident and Waukesha County school and district administrator since the late 1990s, I am writing to share my feelings about the voucher expansion highlighted in Gov. (Scott) Walker's 2013-15 budget.

Voucher expansion is misguided public policy for many reasons:

Vouchers do not improve student achievement. These are the findings of numerous studies over the years, including the most recent five-year longitudinal study conducted by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau.

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Ashippun declares snow emergency

Feb. 27, 2013 10:11 a.m. | Ashippun Town Chairman Steve Panozzo has issued a snow emergency effective until 7 p.m. Thursday.

A snow emergency means that no parking on town streets is allowed while the snow emergency is in effect.

This is to allow highway crews to clear the roads of ice and snow.

A Milwaukee guide to March Madness

Feb. 27, 2013 9:58 a.m. | Few periods on the sports calendar generate as much buzz as the first weeks of March, when NCAA conference title chases melt into the thrill of league tournaments, followed by the granddaddy of all sporting events, the 68-team NCAA Tournament.

If you don't feel like filling out a bracket this year and want a rooting interest beyond the obvious Marquette/Wisconsin fandom, take a look at former local standout basketball players and how they may be impacting this year's March Madness.

Information is through Tuesday's games.

Lake Country flavor

Ben Mills, Colorado

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Your guide to March Madness through the Milwaukee prism

Feb. 27, 2013 9:58 a.m. |  Few periods on the sports calendar generate as much buzz as the first weeks of March, when NCAA conference title chases melt into the thrill of league tournaments, followed by the granddaddy of all sporting events, the 68-team NCAA Tournament.

If you don't feel like filling out a bracket this year and want a rooting interest beyond the obvious Marquette/Wisconsin fandom, take a look at former local standout basketball players and how they may be impacting this year's March Madness (info through Tuesday):

Lake Country flavor

Ben Mills, Colorado

The former Arrowhead aircraft carrier, who led the Warhawks to a state title in 2010, has seen action in five games for the Buffaloes this year. Though he hasn't been a chief contributor, Colorado has put itself in position to make the NCAA Tournament though, at 18-8, they are in danger of falling back onto the bubble.

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Death Notice 02/28/13

Feb. 27, 2013 9:22 a.m. |

Daniel Books

Daniel Books was taken from this world on January 26, 2013. He was the dear son of Wilmer and Diane Books. The loving brother of Jeffrey (Amanda) Books, Timothy (Kathleen) Books and Laurie (Thom)Millane. He was the beloved father of Robert Books and stepfather of Connie. Daniel is further survived by his nieces and nephews: Stephanie and Thom Millane, Briana and Michaela Books, and Tyler and Travis Books. He was the great uncle to Noah Schnittke. Daniel is further survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Daniel was a prior member of the City of Delafield Fire Department and an EMT for Kettle Moraine Ambulance. A celebration of life is scheduled for April 6, 2013 at American Legion Hall in Delafield from 3 to 5 pm.

Fairgrounds turns into barking lot for labrador retriever show

Feb. 27, 2013 8:10 a.m. | Community Calendar submissions may be faxed to (262) 367-1136 or emailed to happenings@jcpgroup.com. Include time, date, full address and contact information for the event. Submission deadline is noon Wednesday.


Clothing Distribution: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Faith Community Church, W5949 Hackbarth Road, Fort Atkinson. Faith Community Church Kings Closet ministry has a large selection of clothing from infant to adult available at no charge. For information call (920) 563-4730.

Free Blood Pressure Readings: 10 a.m. to noon, Badger Bank, 220 Grant St., Fort Atkinson. www.badgerbank.com; rnewcomb@badgerbank.com


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Delafield town board, citizens agree on fire talks

Feb. 26, 2013 11:11 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town residents and officials agreed Tuesday night to continue discussions about fire department consolidation with representatives of the Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) even though Town Chairman Paul Kanter has described the talks as "a very frustrating endeavor."

Kanter and three town supervisors spent nearly an hour discussing with eight town residents whether to continue considering consolidating the town fire department with LCFR.

The citizens are among several groups of residents who have been monitoring the consolidation discussions. A larger crowd was expected at tonight's meeting but was apparently kept away by the near blizzard weather conditions.

The Town of Delafield, the villages of Hartland and Pewaukee, and the City of Oconomowoc, are considering consolidating their fire departments into Lake Country Fire and Rescue which serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa.

Supervisor Larry Krause strongly hinted during tonights meeting that he was prepared to abandon consolidation for several reasons; particularly after a stormy meeting last week among representatives of the six communities.

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Thoughts of summer: camp registration now open

Feb. 26, 2013 3:58 p.m. |  In the middle of the snow, we would likle to bring you thoughts of summer.

Phantom Lake YMCA Camp reminds us that Summer Camps are only 109 days away! Registration is now open for various sessions and youth camps this summer.

More information is availabile on the camp's website: http://www.phantomlakeymca.org/

Police called after boy became disorderly over hamster sale

Feb. 26, 2013 2:12 p.m. | Waukesha police had to control a 15-year-old boy who, his mother said, was upset about being grounded for selling a hamster without her permission.

According to the dispatch log, police were called by the boy’s aunt at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 25 about a “loud banging” noise she heard coming from the boy’s bedroom and his generally being disruptive. Later, she said the boy had gone outside to cool down and police advised her to call back if the situation escalated.

She called back shortly thereafter and said the boy had punched the windows of the family car, with his mother inside, and was now sitting on the hood.

Police were dispatched to the residence, located on Lander Lane in Waukesha, and were told the boy was acting out because his mom punished him for selling a hamster.

Police advised him on the potential consequences of his behavior and warned him to follow house rules and act appropriately. The mother did not refuse custody of the child and no citation was issued.

Woman charged with allegedly insulting, slapping her 12-year-old son

Feb. 26, 2013 1:54 p.m. | A 49-year-old Waukesha woman was charged with child abuse after allegedly slapping her 12-year-old son twice and insulting him because he would not take sides during a conflict between the woman and her ex-boyfriend on Feb. 22.

The woman, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony child abuse and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha police were dispatched at 10 p.m. Feb. 22 to Escobar’s apartment on the 300 block of North Street in Waukesha. They met with the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who said the woman was allegedly intoxicated and “going crazy.”

Police spoke with the woman, who was bleeding from her toe and had slight bruising on her arm. She kept addressing an officer as “Babe,” and when he corrected her, she became angry, cursing at the officer and saying she hated men.

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Inmate charged with escaping from Waukesha Memorial Hospital

Feb. 26, 2013 1:28 p.m. | A 56-year-old inmate at Waukesha County Jail escaped from a hospital he was receiving treatment at on Feb. 17 before being arrested in the basement of his family home.

Timothy C. Huss was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony escape from custody, which carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., on Feb. 17 after being alerted to a prisoner escape. Huss was receiving medical treatment at the hospital and allegedly left wearing his red jail pants and a nightgown, with a catheter still in his leg.

Several deputies were already familiar with Huss, who two days prior to the incident had been cited for disorderly conduct, and knew where he lived.

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Oscars not only awards “dished out”

Feb. 26, 2013 12:59 p.m. |  A 65-year-old man was charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly throwing a plate at his roommate because he did not want to watch the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Lauren M. Nimtz was charged on Feb. 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with disorderly conduct, domestic abuse.

According to the criminal complaint, Nimtz said he was watching the Academy Awards on TV, something that upset his roommate Paul Wolfe.

Nimtz had previously purchased a pie and got a piece for Wolfe and brought it into the room. He gave it to Wolfe, who told Nimtz he was going to get his own dessert. Nimtz told police he got upset and allegedly smashed the plate on a cup of coffee in front of Wolfe.

He said he did it because he was tired of Wolfe’s verbal abuse. The two men share an apartment on West Park Avenue.

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Radcliffe's Rundown

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. |


Much of the focus from last week's NFL Combine centered on Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and whether or not teams would be scared away by his off-field naïveté, revealed when his long-distance girlfriend turned out to be a hoax. Meanwhile, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree recently added a DUI to his laundry list of off-the-field issues. Ogletree's woes do seem to be impacting his draft stock, but there needs to be a greater stigma on DUIs and related infractions. Those are offenses that will yield a suspension in the NFL, not to mention they have the potential to cause far greater damage than Te'o's behavior.


Points by Janesville Craig's Mike Murphy, who averages 8 points per game, in a win over Madison Memorial on Feb. 7. Craig, which faces Mukwonago on Thursday, has won five of six games.


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Wrestlers prep for Sauk Prairie

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | When Hank Mattson met Austin Fjoser in the fifth-place match at the WIAA Division 1 individual state meet, it provided a tight 5-4 battle, and perhaps also a preview.

Mattson's Mukwonago wrestling team will take on Fjoser's Sauk Prairie squad at 7 p.m. Friday in the team state quarterfinal. Though Mattson lost the first battle, their meeting could be a significant pivot point in the match at the University of Wisconsin Field House in Madison.

Wisconsin Wrestling Online considers Mukwonago the eighth-best team in the field of eight, and with Sauk Prairie fourth, that means a win in this match (or any at state) would be considered at least a modest upset. The Indians may be peaking at the right time; however, and finished with just as many state qualifiers as the Eagles (6).

Mukwonago also has the recent experience at team state, making the trip two years ago en route to the state semifinal. This is Sauk Prairie's first trip to the state meet.

Sauk Prairie qualified all 14 of its competing wrestlers for the sectional at Middleton, and Mukwonago moved 13 of 14 to that level. The only exception was 106-pound freshman Nathan Smith, but that comes with an asterisk given that Smith has been competing at a high level much of the year, taking second place in the conference meet (in a conference where the fourth-place finisher, Ethan Averill of Kettle Moraine, finished on the podium at state).

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Beloit Memorial rally staved off

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | Mukwonago's boys basketball team held off a rally by Beloit Memorial to win Saturday's regional final, 57-47.

"We withstood their run," Indians coach Jim Haasser said. "We dug in and did what we had to do to win. It was all about defense."

After Mukwonago took a 29-12 lead into halftime, Beloit outscored Mukwonago 11-9 in a physical third period. But the Indians, more accustomed to the bumps and grinds of stingy defense, remained patient and maintained a 38-23 lead after three.

The Knights allowed just two fourth-quarter field goals and kept hope alive with 10 makes of their own in the final period. But forced to foul, Memorial fellvictim to Mukwonago's fine free-throw shooting as Aaron Nixon, Nick Blohm, Dominic Cizauskas and Nate Tanguay combined to nail 15 of 19 free throws.

Beloit's 24-point fourth-quarter effort fell short, and the Indians claimed the regional plaque.

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Indians gymnasts finish third

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine's varsity girls gymnastics team placed third on Feb. 22 at the WIAA Division 1 sectional at Waukesha West, falling shy of qualifying as a team for the state meet. Top-two place finishers advance, and the Indians had the misfortune of being in the same sectional with area powers Burlington (149.3) and Franklin (148.65).

Mukwonago/KM scored 144.55.

On the balance beam Haley Yager finished tied for fifth at 9.225, earning one of the two individual event advancements to the Division 1 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday and Saturday. Megan Kowalczyk ended up in fourth place on vault at 9.5 and also advanced.

Brooke Kangas tied teammate Amanda Ward for sixth place at 9.275 in the floor exercise.

Taylor Weis tied for seventh place on the uneven bars scoring 9.125 and Sadie Bishop ended up in a four-way tie for sixth place on vault at 9.4 points.

Arrowhead knocks off Mukwonago

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | Mukwonago alumnus and Arrowhead girls basketball coach Rick Witte was effusive in his praise when his new school knocked off the old one in a Classic 8 Conference thriller Thursday. In fact, he loves what they're doing enough to thieve it.

"I watch the film and learn from coach (Todd) Frohwirth," Witte said. "I steal all his stuff."

It was Mukwonago that almost stole way the game late at MHS, but Kelly Smith hit the second of two free throws with 5.1 seconds left, and Arrowhead escaped with a 50-49 victory that meant the Warhawks closed the season by knocking off the top two teams in the league.

"They're really well coached," Frohwirth said. "The stuff they're doing out there is complicated stuff, trapping on certain passes. We have to play basketball on the fly against them, it's not like we can set up a 1-3-1 against a 2-1-2. They have all kinds of gimmicks and adjustments, and his girls really played hard."

Some of the drama had been dried up the night before, when Waukesha West lost to Waukesha North. The Wolverines were one game behind Mukwonago in the league standings, but the loss meant the Indians headed into Senior Night as outright conference champs. West also lost to Arrowhead one week earlier.

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Local hockey teams ousted from sectional

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | After two periods Tuesday in thee WIAA sectional semifinal game against visiting Whitefish Bay at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, all the momentum belonged to the host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc boys hockey team.

The Lasers had a seemingly safe 2-0 lead, were playing tough defense and appeared on their way to a second straight WIAA sectional championship game appearance.

And then, in the blink of an eye, all of that momentum was gone. And eventually, so was the victory.

Whitefish Bay scored its first goal of the final period with 14:28 still to play and then tied the game on a power-play (5 on 3) less than six minutes later to tie the game at 2-2.

The Storm (21-4-1) then wasted little time winning the game in the overtime, getting a goal from senior Andy Krugler just 72 seconds into the eight-minute extra period.

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Mattson, Zylke work their way onto podium

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | For the first time since 2007, Mukwonago put two wrestlers on the podium at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, with Hank Mattson and Kirk Zylke both finishing in fifth place.

Zylke's path was particularly entertaining. Wrestling at 160 pounds, the senior dropped a razor-thin 8-6 decision in the opening round on a takedown in the final seconds. The wrestler who defeated Zylke (26-11) - Mitchell Cole of Ashwaubenon - went all the way to the state championship match.

In a twist of fate, the wrestler who was awarded the championship when Cole was forced to injury default in the final, Waterford's Cody Nannemann, fell to Zylke at both the regional and sectional.

"He was up, 6-5, and had him on his back for possibly four seconds," Mukwonago coach Jon Wierzbicki said of Zylke's match with Cole. "The kid scrambled out and got his escape (to tie), and in the flurry, Kirk thought he was losing and extended on the edge. The clock read four seconds when (Cole) was awarded the takedown."

Zylke followed with a 3-2 win over Zach Barbee of Arrowhead and a sudden-victory win over Tristian Luther of Mt. Horeb/Barneveld before falling to powerful Mason Reinhardt of Merrill in the consolation semifinal.

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Ski teams impressive at state

Feb. 26, 2013 12:10 p.m. | The Mukwonago girls ski team took fourth place Feb. 16-17 at the Wisconsin State High School Ski and Snowboard Championships at Mt. La Crosse in La Crosse.

The Indians scored 437 points, finishing behind Arrowhead (115), Edgewood (392) and Verona (411).

Stephanie Kasun enjoyed a top-10 finish in all three events, taking sixth in the Super G, seventh in the giant slalom and seventh in the slalom. That placed her sixth overall, while Vickie Valen placed 21st and Samantha Soeder took 30th.

Others on the team were Genevieve Baldwin and Stephanie Buccanero. Valen took 22nd on Super G, 23rd on slalom and 31st on giant slalom.

The boys team placed ninth out of 23 schools, with Arrowhead and La Crosse Central/Logan owning the top two spots.

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School Board budget process starts now

Feb. 26, 2013 12:06 p.m. | With the preliminary State of Wisconsin biennial budget now public, politicians in Madison will spend the next three to four months debating the funding parameters for public education for the next two years. Their deliberations are critical to the Mukwonago Area School District because they directly control more than 90 percent of the district's operational budget.

Even though we are not sure what the outcome of the state budget will be, work on the district budget continues based primarily on current legislation and perceived outcomes in Madison.

In March, the School Board's finance committee will review the preliminary biennial budget recommendation and determine the effect it will have on the district. At that time a determination will be made as to whether service reductions will be needed for the 2013-14 school year. If that determination is made, in April the Finance Committee and School Board will review administrative recommendations to balance the budget.

In May or June, the School Board will approve the preliminary budget to be presented for consideration at the budget hearing/annual meeting July 22 at the District Office.

The budget hearing, which will be conducted by the board during the annual meeting, provides an opportunity for the board to explain the district budget and to hear comments and suggestions and seek approval from district residents. The annual meeting has no authority to change specific budget items.

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Waukesha man pleads not guilty to fondling 3-year-old girl

Feb. 26, 2013 11:48 a.m. | A 48-year-old Waukesha man pleaded not guilty at a Feb. 22 hearing to charges that he allegedly inappropriately touched his wife’s 3-year-old step-granddaughter.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was charged on Feb. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first degree sexual assault, contact with a child under age 13. If convicted, the man could face up to 60 years in prison.

He is currently being held in the Waukesha County Jail and a request to reduce his $10,000 bail was denied at Friday’s hearing.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha police spoke with the 3-year-old’s mother on Feb. 5, 2013. She said that earlier that morning she was taking her daughter to her mother’s and stepfather’s house, located on the 1000 block of Wilshire Place, when the girl mentioned “kissing boobies.” The mother said the child’s grandmother and her husband, the defendant, usually watched her daughter before and after school.

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Neylon confirms 98th Assembly; no recount expected

Feb. 26, 2013 11:48 a.m. | All absentee ballots have been counted and Pewaukee businessman Adam Neylon remains the winner of last week's 98th Assembly primary in a close race against Village of Pewaukee Police Chief Ed Baumann.

Baumann does not plan to seek a recount.

With no Democratic challenger, Neylon is all but assured of taking the seat in the April general election.

Absentee ballots had to be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 19, and received by clerks by Friday, Feb. 22, in order to be considered.

In a tight race, where Neylon took the lead by 30 votes, absentee ballots were especially important.

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'Safe Haven'

Feb. 26, 2013 11:44 a.m. | By the title and the first few minutes of "Safe Haven," based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, viewers have quite a bit figured out.

In the middle of the night, a young, disheveled woman is running desperately away from a home to a neighbor's, then gets on a bus, peering nervously around with police not far behind.

After nearly being spotted, the bus shoves off from Boston and is headed south. The woman is obviously on the run, and, when the bus stops at a small fishing stop in South Carolina, she surveys the sleepy, picturesque fishing village, and decides not to get back on the bus.

It's a great start that leaves lots of questions audiences are anxious to see answered.

The woman is Julianne Hough, the former "Dancing With the Stars" dancer. While she was at the top of her game as a dancer, she doesn't fare as well as an actress. It doesn't help that this story really is not character-driven but plot-driven. Poor Hough is just asked to jump though the story's various hoops - uttering the script's bland lines along the way - without really developing the character.

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Strength when you need it

Feb. 26, 2013 11:38 a.m. | Sometimes in the middle of an ordinary day you can identify a moment that strikes you differently. It takes you out of the pattern of your week and shakes you enough off course to make you stop, slow down and think.

For me this week, it was writing the story of the Dziengel family. A 45-minute interview, the feature published in this issue barely begins to scratch the amazing life moments and milestones they shared with me sitting casually perched on a stool in their kitchen.

The love Mike and Sharon showed for one another and for their children paled in comparison to the strength they showed as a family. For their kids, sure, but even just for themselves.

Sharon said something interesting that stuck with me all week. She said that someone has to stand in the middle while everyone else runs around them.

Perhaps it was the emotion or the tears held back in her eyes, but that one sentence made me reflect. I wondered what it would be like to just stand in the middle, dizzy with the crazy world around you and the strength it takes to simply stand still.

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Personalized learning comes to the Mukwonago Area School District

Feb. 26, 2013 10:46 a.m. | Section Elementary School hopes to create a community of engaged, passionate learners as it steps Mukwonago Area School District into the world of personalized, 21st-century learning with a pilot of the Innovative Personalized Learning Community (IPLC) next year. The School Board approved the program Monday night.

"We are looking at having the opportunity to do what the program is named," Section Principal Bob Slane told the board.

Asking for permission to learn and grow, to be different, innovative and given the opportunity to "fail forward," the pilot group could serve as the "think tank" for the district.

"I am very confident of the work these people have put into this," said Superintendent Paul Strobel.

A message will go out to Section parents this week informing them about the pilot, with informational meetings set for March 5 and 6. The pilot is expected to involve 130 to 150 students split between two groups of grades one through three in one group and grades four through six in another, taught by six teachers - a team of three teachers for each group of up to 75 students. With teachers having the ability to stay with students for three years, it allows students and teachers to pick up learning where they left off each spring rather than spend time assessing at the beginning of each new school year, Slane explained.

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Search is on for village administrator

Feb. 26, 2013 10:44 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago - It has taken four months, but the village is ready to move ahead with filling the position vacated when Village Administrator Paul Moderacki resigned in October.

After a review of the role of village administrator, the Personnel Committee decided a full-time administrator is necessary for the village. The village plans to hire a company to gather and sort through applications in the next four to six weeks, according to Village President Fred Winchowky.

"Our goal is to get somebody in that position as quickly as possible, but it will probably be June or July," Winchowky added.

On Feb. 19, the Village Board named Village Clerk-Treasurer Steve Braatz as the interim village administrator until a replacement is hired. In the absence of an administrator, Braatz has taken on many of the duties; however, there are some tasks that require a village administrator, said Winchowky.

Moderacki left the village Oct. 23 after being placed on administrative leave on Sept. 20 while a personnel matter was reviewed. Neither Moderacki nor the village provided a reason for his resignation.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Lake Country Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $13 - $18 (262) 367-4697, www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center Grand Opening: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center, 901 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. Features the new chimney which will be home to more than 1,000 displaced chimney swift birds. Event also includes face painting, nature scavenger hunt, games and more. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

Indian Summer: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Ashippun Town Hall, Highway P and Highway O, Ashippun. Buckskinner encampment, tepee tours,wigwams, Native American drummers and dancers, Highlanders Voyageur Camp plus Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American War camps. Free admission. (920) 474-4619 http://www.ashipppun.com.

Dark Carnival: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Enterprise Building, 212 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Formerly Haunted High, exhibit features more than 70 volunteers creating 50 specters and zombies plus special effects, lighting and sounds. $15, $23 fast pass. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 for kids 5-12 ($5) with lighted displays and treats along the way.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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