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Be crafty this weekend

Feb. 28, 2014 12:00 a.m. | There are so many ways to get out and get moving this weekend.

After seeing all the skating at the Olympics recently, kids might want to see if they have the stuff to be an Olympic or NHL hockey star. All across America ice centers are hosting Try Hockey for Free Day Saturday. Local rinks – Mullett Ice Center and Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, will have certified coaches available to show kids the basics of hockey in a safe environment. Equipment is provided. Mullet is located at 700 North Ave., Hartland. Naga-Waukee is located at 2699 Golf Road, Delafield. To learn more visit www.tryhockeyforfree.com.

For adults who want to try something new, why not try Contra Dance starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14-W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee. Lessons are 7 to 8 p.m. A dance with caller and band from is 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $5 students. For more information call (262) 490-0769 or visit www.prairiehillwaldorf.org.

If you’ve got an affinity for art, let your talent shine at the Tile-A-Mile event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pewaukee High School.  510 Lake St., Pewaukee. Paint a tile and help create a mile of art installation in the high school. The event also includes make-and-take projects, bake sale and refreshments, art exhibition, raffles, face painting and art demonstrations. Proceeds benefit the PHS Visual Art Department.

Ben Franklin Crafts, 1083 Summit Ave. in the Whitman Park Shopping Center in Oconomowoc is hosting a hands-on craft workshop 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.  The two-hour workshop, in honor of National Craft Month. features Jessica Peck of Sweetie Pie Bakery, author of "Felt Toys for Little Ones."  Peck will explain projects from her book. For more information call (262) 567-0271 or visit www.benfranklincraftswi.com.

Large turn-out cancels public hearing in Big Bend

Feb. 27, 2014 10:25 p.m. |  A public hearing on the Kaishian property in the Village of Big Bend was canceled this evening after well over 100 people filled Village Hall.

The hearing, which was scheduled for 6:30 p.m. was standing room only by 6:15. Shortly after, police turned people away from the meeting room citing fire code. Those people filled the halls until they were informed that too was a fire hazard and they filled the lobby, library and waited outside.

By 6:30 p.m. Soneberg announced that the Village would reschedule the hearing and move it to a more accommodating venue at a later time. 

Residents are concerned about water contamination from the fill-site, which was cited for multiple violations in November including run-off issues. A petition asking for an "immediate cease and desist of dumping as well as air, water and noise pollution" which was passed around this month by neighboring subdivisions had more than 300 signatures as of tonight's meeting. 

The property owner is applying for modifications to the current conditional use permit as well as to move forward with a second phase that would expand the project. 

Former owner of Masterlink indicted for loan fraud

Feb. 27, 2014 2:54 p.m. | The former owner of Menomonee Falls-based Masterlink Corporation was indicted in federal court last week on charges of filing false loan statements for the company.

Bruce Magnuson is accused of filing false financial statements from 2006 until the company went into receivership in 2010, according to the indictment. The financial statements, which greatly inflated the financial stability of the information technology firm, were used to secure a $750,000 small-business loan from M&I Bank in July 2009, the indictment asserts.

Magnuson, 62, has already entered into a plea agreement with the U.S. District Attorney’s Office, according to court documents. Under the agreement, Magnuson would pay $608,098 for the Masterlink loan and another $358,368 for a loan secured by one of his other corporations. Magnuson would also face anywhere from three to four years in prison.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, Magnuson currently serves as CEO for Cablemaster Corporation in Milwaukee, an electrical wire and cable distributer and manufacturer.

Masterlink Corporation was founded by Magnuson in 1989 and specialized in IT consulting and network integration. The company was named a “Future 50” fast-growing company by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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Bingo fundraiser benefits Nature's Classroom

Feb. 26, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School of Mukwonago is hosting a bingo fundraiser at Roma’s Restaurant in East Troy on Saturday, March 1 from 3  to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and include 15 games of bingo as well as an all you can eat pizza buffet and refreshments. Lots of prizes and raffles will be given away. 

Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door but space is limited. To guarantee a spot, please call (262) 363-6820 to purchase tickets in advance. 

All proceeds will benefit Nature’s Classroom Institute & Montessori School of Mukwonago. Nature’s Classroom Institute and Montessori School is a non-profit youth education organization that focuses on providing quality learning experiences in nature for students locally and across the nation.

Back into the deep freeze

Feb. 26, 2014 2:17 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for 3 a.m. to noon Thursday.

Wind chills are supposed to drop to 20 to 30 degrees below zero. Frostbite and hypothermia could result if precautions are not taken.

Mental competency review for Shawn Witt delayed

Feb. 26, 2014 1:20 p.m. | Medical examiners for Shawn Witt are requesting more time to determine whether the 27-year-old man is competent to stand trial in the shooting death of his father.

There were no objections to the request. Court Commissioner Thomas Pieper ordered that Shawn Witt be transported to a proper facility for in-patient treatment and examination.

Witt is accused of slaying his father James Witt Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at their shared home at 34825 Elm St. in Summit. According to the criminal complaint, police found the 60-year-old man’s body in the home after being asked to check on his well-being.

Shawn Witt admitted in the complaint to shooting his father with a rifle, but said it was done in self-defense. However, no evidence was found to suggest that James Witt had attacked his son, the complaint states.

Shawn Witt is being held on a $1 million cash bail and faces life in prison if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. He has also been charged with possession of narcotic drugs, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a temporary restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

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Li'l Abner brings comics to life at Mukwonago High

Feb. 26, 2014 12:46 p.m. |

The Mukwonago High School production of Li'l Abner opens Friday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The musical runs March 1, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. and March 2 and 8 at 2 p.m.

Advance ticket prices are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $8 for students and children. Tickets at the door are $1 more. 

For tickets call Mary Coughlin at (262) 613-2048 or email mhs.annual.musical@gmail.com

KM Perform recognized for production of The Secret Garden

Feb. 26, 2014 9:49 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District’s performing arts charter school KM Perform received a number of Tommy Award nominations for outstanding musical numbers, outstanding lead performers and outstanding supporting performers in its production of The Secret Garden.

The Tommy Awards program is an education initiative that recognizes, honors and encourages excellence in musical theater production among area high school students.

KM Perform’s The Secret Garden has been nominated for its musical numbers “Lily’s Eyes,” “How Could I Ever Know,” and “I Heard Someone Crying.” Students Titus Muzi, Kristen Krechel and Alexandra Tzougros were nominated for outstanding lead performances. Maddie Steele, John Smith and Garrett Waite have been nominated for outstanding supporting performers.

The Secret Garden also received nominations for Outstanding Orchestra and Outstanding Ensemble, scoring high fours and fives in all production categories acting, directing, musical direction, costume and set design, lighting, sound and stage crew.

These nominations will be added to a pool of nominees from across the state and will be announced in mid-May. The 2014 Tommy Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, June 8.

Fire station ground breaking in May

Feb. 25, 2014 10:03 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town officials are hoping to break ground in late May on a new fire station/town hall that will be constructed in the northwest corner of the Sports Commons park near the intersection of Maple Avenue and Silvernail Road.

Supervisor Cindi Duchow told the Town Board that work on preparing documents for bids on the project, which are expected to be let in April, began immediately after voters approved by a 51 to 49 percent margin the $3.9 million referendum in the Feb. 18 election.

The town board had decided in November to front $38,000 in fees to consultant John Mann to complete soil borings, begin desigan plans, and prepare to let bids in the event the referendum was approved by voters.

However, during Tuesday nights 15 minute Town Board meeting, Supervisor Pete Van Horn asked that Mann be fired from the project but none of the four other  board members would go along with his request.

Van Horm claimed that Mann was not needed for the project and had not performed some of the work for which he has been paid.

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Does Big Bend know what it's gotten into with cemetery?

Feb. 25, 2014 7:51 a.m. |  Residents have raised concerns that the Village of Big Bend may be in over its head after it took over operations of the Rural Home Cemetery.

The cemetery, off Highway L in Vernon, has had two complaints filed with the state Department of Safety and Professional Services. The DSPS has declined to provide the newspaper with copies of those complaints, saying they are under investigation, and releasing them could jeopardize the investigation and ultimate resolution of the issues.

Residents at a recent Village Board meeting said there are conflicts over who owns certain plots in the cemetery, and even who is buried where. 

Read more in this week's Mukwonago Chief. 

High school, middle school orchestra pops concert rescheduled

Feb. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School and Park View Middle School Orchestra Spaghetti Dinner and Pops Concert has been rescheduled for March 3 at Park View Middle School. 

Postponed by snow on the original date, the spaghetti dinner will be held in the Park View cafeteria from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature raffle items donated by more than 25 area businesses as well as orchestra families. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the large gym at Park View and will feature both orchestras as well as the Park View Voices choir.

Heroin in Our Hometown program at Alice Baker Library Wednesday

Feb. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m. |  Sergeant Gwen Bruckner of the Village of Eagle Police Department will present “Heroin in our Hometown” in conjunction with the Alice Baker Library on Wednesday Feb. 26 from 6-7:30  p.m. The program will consist of an overview of illegal substances in the area, information on heroin, sins and symptoms people exhibit under the influence and also a question and answer session. It is recommended for teens through adults only.

Bruckner is a Sergeant with the Village of Eagle Police Department and also a detective with the Waukesha County Metro Drug Unit. For more information you can call the library at (262) 594-2800.

Bully documentary returns to Kettle Moraine

Feb. 24, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Due to overwhelming response to the fall showing of "Bully," the Kettle Moraine Parent Resource Network will host a special encore showing of “Bully,” on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Kettle Moraine High School Auditorium.  

Excerpts from the character-driven documentary “Bully” follow five youth and their families over the course of a school year, offering insights into different facets of America’s bullying crisis.  Glimpses into the home and school settings of these kids creates an inspiring and powerful film that is a must see for every teenager, parent, educator, and adult who interact with children.  Also included in this special 54-minute edited version is footage from Anderson Cooper’s CNN documentary, “The Bully Effect” which shows the remarkable transformations that occurred in the lives of those featured in “Bully.”

Immediately following the film, Annie Jorgensen, Miss High School America, will also speak about “The Power of a Positive Teen.”  Her presentation is part of the pageant’s “Crown C.A.R.E.S (Creating a Respectful Environment in Schools) platform.  Annie is a Senior at Homestead High School in Mequon. This film is rated PG-13 and is suggested for students 12 and older.  Click here to register for the FREE event.

Work begins in VOW on road project

Feb. 24, 2014 11:37 a.m. |    As work begins on the Highway 83 reconstruction project, the Village of Wales notes the following work is planned for this week:

      Plans are to perform clearing and grubbing on the south side of the Glacial Drumlin Trail and to start shoring for the planned bridge at that location as well as  installation of temporary signals at Highways 18 and DE.  

   Crews from We Energies Gas. Plan  will work on installing gas main from north side of W. Main Street north toward Wales Lawn & Garden and  plan to tie in gas services on  Highway 83 properties and S. Welsh Road.

    We Energies Electric  are setting poles from the Glacial Drumlin Trail to the south and from the church to the south. They will be installing underground facilities north of the  Highway 18/STH 83 intersection.

 Plans are  to continue installing  facilities by directional boring along the north side of  Highway 18, from Oak Crest west to just west of Highway 83, along both sides of  Highway 83 from  Highway 18 to Boys School Road  and Glacier Pass, and from the Glacial Drumlin Trail south to Criglas .  Duct  packages will be tying in from Main St. to the Glacial Drumlin Trail. 

DPI to weigh in on Merton busing

Feb. 24, 2014 7:59 a.m. | Should the Merton School District provide busing to students in the Woodland Ridge subdivision? 

The answer hinges on a review by the state Department of Public Instruction.

District policy dictates that students who live within 2 miles of the school must seek an alternative means of transportation, but an exemption has allowed students in the subdivision to be bused.

The School District is looking at the exemption and considering what to do.

Read more in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

St. John's to host former first lady impressionist

Feb. 21, 2014 4:00 p.m. | St. John’s Church of Mukwonago, 410 Highway NN West, will commemorate Presidents’ Week at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. An impersonator will be the speaker, portraying Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, second wife of U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, and first lady of the United States from 1915-21.

Oconomowoc condo site sold in foreclosure

Feb. 21, 2014 10:16 a.m. | A portion of the Vespera at Porticello condominium development, in Oconomowoc, has been sold through the foreclosure process.

The two condo units and some undeveloped land, valued at $1.9 million, were conveyed at a recent sheriff's auction to Wauwatosa-based Waterstone Bank, according to state real estate records. The property transfer doucments, recorded Thursday, list Vespera LLC as the previous owner.

Vespera was an affiliate of Franklin-based Icon Development Corp., which are both now defunct. Icon Chief Executive Officer Jeffery Klement filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2010 after the firm ran into financial trouble.

City officials in 2006 approved the high-end Vespera development, which is on Valley Road near Silver Lake. But it had difficulty selling units when the housing bubble burst.

Since 2011, other developers have been involved in trying to revive the project.

Hazardous driving conditions on freeway system

Feb. 21, 2014 10:03 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is advising motorists to reduce speeds as blowing and drifting snow, combined with high winds, are creating hazardous driving conditions on the freeway system. 

The Wisconsin State Patrol reports many motorists are driving too fast; on I-94 in Racine County alone, average speeds are well above what is reasonable and prudent for the conditions. Since 7 a.m., there have been multiple rollover incidents reported along most of the major corridors in Southeast Wisconsin, the DOT reports.

If people are in an accident, the DOT reminds motorists to stay in their vehicle, if appropriate, and alert law enforcement of the incident.

Drivers can check road conditions by calling 5-1-1 or on 511wi.gov.

Farrow congratulates Decker, US Women's Hockey

Feb. 21, 2014 9:48 a.m. |  Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) released the following statement congratulating Dousman native Brianna Decker and the rest of the U.S. Olympic Women’s Hockey Team for their Silver Medal in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

“Congratulations to Brianna Decker and the rest of Team USA. We’re proud of all the talented and dedicated young ladies representing the United States of America and the state of Wisconsin," said Farrow. "While they may have come up just short, today’s hard fought overtime battle with Canada showcased their determination and resolve.”

Other players with Wisconsin ties include USA Goalie Jessie Vetter (University of Wisconsin) of Cottage Grove, USA Forward Meghan Duggan (University of Wisconsin) from Danvers, MA, USA Forward Hilary Knight (University of Wisconsin) from Sun Valley, ID, USA Forward Amanda Kessel (University of Minnesota) from Madison and team Canada Forward Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid (University of Wisconsin) from Regina, SK.

Let's skate through winter

Feb. 21, 2014 12:00 a.m. | With news of the Sochi Olympics all around us, folks are itching to get out on the ice.

The Mullett Ice Center, 700 W. North Shore Drive in Hartland, is offering special skating hours while the kids are off of school. The center will be open from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 24. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for junior/seniors and $2 for skate rental. Regular skate hours are 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through June 15. Call (262) 369-3600 for more information.

If you’re looking for some top-notch comedy this weekend, check out Club Indigo at Olympia, 1350 Royale Mile Road in Oconomowoc. The show starts at 9 p.m. and features international acts with DJ by Prestige Entertainment to follow. Cost is $7 in advance, $10 at the door.

There’s also a very funny show at Theatre on Main, 25 S. Main St. in Oconomowoc. “The Producers,” a musical based on Mel Brooks hilarious 1968 movie, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through March 2. Tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Visit www.theatreonmain.org for more information.

Speaking of “producers,” the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market includes lots of fresh food from local producers. The market is 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. The market includes seasonally grown produce, farm raised items such as brown eggs, grass-fed beef and meats such as elk, goat and lamb plus specialty local seafood products.

Cyber attack at Richmond School District

Feb. 20, 2014 3:30 p.m. | The Richmond School District was the victim of a ransomware attack yesterday, Feb. 19. A communication letter for families is being prepared at this time.

The increasingly popular malware program, Cryptolocker, hacked into the computers and encrypted or locked over 43,000 district files. A countdown clock appeared that explained the school would never be able to access those files unless a $400 ransom was paid.

“The weird thing is that it does not steal any information,” Superintendent Jeff Weiss explained.

This district says it has no reason to believe that any student, staff or financial data has been stolen.

Weiss explained that they have contacted the Wisconsin Department of Justice, as well as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department to file a police report and notify them of this cyber crime.

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No power for some in Mukwonago, Waukesha areas

Feb. 20, 2014 5:47 a.m. |  Wisconsin Electric is reporting power outages in the North Prairie, Mukwonago, Big Bend and Waukesha areas, affecting more than 1,000 customers. The outages started between 5 and 5:35 a.m. this morning and are currently under investigation.

St. John, North Prairie to hold spaghetti dinner

Feb. 19, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Enjoy the 14th annual spaghetti dinner at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 312 N. Main St., North Prairie, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Advance tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and children ages 5 to 10, free for ages 5 and younger. Tickets at the door cost $1 more. 

Proceeds support St. John’s youth retreat and the Rev. Micah Wildauer, Robin Wildauer, their children and their future mission work.

For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call (262) 392-9334 or send email to paula@bizwi.rr.com.

Swan, Myers head to general election for District 10 seat

Feb. 19, 2014 8:32 a.m. |

District 10 County Board Supervisor David Swan and Pastor Mark Myers will advance to the general election for the District 10 county board seat.

Swan, 73, captured a sizable margin of the votes, 53 percent of the 577 votes cast. Myers, 45, won 28 percent of the votes.

Swan said he would like to thank his social media people who helped get the vote out, despite the bad weather. Swan said he knocked on 800 doors in the lead up to Tuesday's primary.

“It was cold and windy,” he said. “I usually waited until the warmest part of the day, which was hardly above zero, but people wre still very receptive.”

Swan thanked public works employees in Waukesha County for their efforts in clearing the roads.

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Enjoy today; tomorrow will be another story

Feb. 19, 2014 7:22 a.m. | Today will almost give you hope that spring is on the horizon.

Tomorrow, not so much.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 3 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 20, for snow, freezing rain and sleet.

A wintry mix of precipitation is expected to arrive after 3 a.m. tonight and continue through midmorning Thursday, when it will change over to mainly rain.

Less than an inch of snow is expected, but there could be .10 to .20 of an inch of ice and sleet, making driving hazardous. Welcome back to winter.

Pewaukee wrestlers headed back to state

Feb. 18, 2014 11:19 p.m. | The Pewaukee wrestlers are headed back to team state after a three-year hiatus, and they left no doubt they belong there.

The Pirates did everything right in Tuesday night's Division 2 team sectional championship at PHS, taking 12 of 14 matches in the finals en route to a 56-9 blowout of East Troy .

"It's a great feeling," 138-pound senior Garrett Shibilski said. "Words can't explain it. Going out with a bang is something we set out to do this season and we're doing it. It's awesome."

Shibilski bumped up to 145 pounds in both the semi against Sheboygan Falls and the finals match and came away with two wins to move to 35-8. His final matchup with East Troy's Zack Lamb proved to be one of few tense moments for the Pirates.

Trailing 4-3 in the third period, Shibilski pushed the tempo and kept attacking Lamb, forcing two stalling calls in the final 30 seconds. The second stall forced overtime, where Shibilski appeared to score the winning takedown but couldn't gain control as time expired.

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Arquinego's thrilling pin leads Mukwonago to state wrestling

Feb. 18, 2014 11:11 p.m. | The Mukwonago gymnasium had erupted, Nate Arquinego was celebrating on the wrestling mat with a thrilling, match-clinching victory, and coach Jon Wierzbicki was nowhere to be found.

"I may have been halfway up the bleachers high-fiving parents," Wierzbicki admitted. "I lost it for a little bit there. There's all these hours put in as a program, to have it come down to something like that makes it worthwhile. This is a high-school memory that will last forever."

Arquinego recorded a pin with 5 seconds to go in his match at 138 pounds in what was essentially a winner-take-all bout with Mauricio Cardoso, recording six points in a match he had never led. It was the critical swing in the WIAA Division 1 team sectional Tuesday, and Mukwonago ultimately defeated West Allis Central, 35-31.

"They wrestled each other earlier, and the West Allis Central boy headlocked him (for a pin)," Wierzbicki said. "So it was ironic we went into the match saying, 'Hey, look out for his headlock,' and then we end up throwing a headlock out of desperation. It's the beauty of high school sport."

With the Indians nursing a four-point lead and Central state-ranked standout Mark Choinski waiting in the 145-pound match to close the meet, the penultimate match was essentially the clincher one way or the other. Cardoso led after two periods, 6-3, and he had an 8-5 lead in the final seconds when Arquinego tried one last move.

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Draeger out of race for County Supervisor 24 seat

Feb. 18, 2014 9:35 p.m. |  Waukesha County Supervisor District 24 incumbent Daniel Draeger has been ousted by primary winners Steven Whittow and Larry Bangs in today's election, according to unofficial results posted by the Waukesha County Clerk, Kathleen Novak. 

Whittow received 497 votes and Bangs received 185 votes to Draeger's 120 votes and 75 votes cast for Benjamin Langer.

Ashippun votes on new posts

Feb. 18, 2014 9:17 p.m. |  In the primary race for Town Board in Ashippun, unconfirmed reports are that in the race for Supervisor 1,  Syl Hoeth and Norman Greeb will advance to the general election. Hoeth received 96 votes, Greeb got 87,  and  David Adkins trailed with 67.

 In the contest for Town Supervisor 3, Ryan Jacobs  got 110 votes,  Austin Borchardt garnered 73 and David Guckenberger earned 68 votes. 

Residents at the town's 2013 annual meeting voted to expand the current Town Board from three to five members, creating the two new positions.

Fire Station approved in Delafield town

Feb. 18, 2014 8:57 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Voters tonight approved a $3.9 million referendum for the construction of a new fire station and town hall to built at the Sports Commons park by a vote of 725 yes and 688 no.

Attwell, De Yoe win in Delafield

Feb. 18, 2014 8:18 p.m. | City of Delafield - The mayoral primary election results are as follows:

Kent Attwell 396

Ald. Michele De Yoe 288

Ald. Jeff Krickhahn 191

Al Zietlow 173

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Indiana University Health to oversee ProHealth Care heart surgery program

Feb. 18, 2014 2:22 p.m. | ProHealth Care has reached an agreement to contract with Indiana University Health to oversee its heart surgery program.

IU Health performs more than 1,900 cardiothoracic surgeries a year and has one of the largest programs of its kind in the country, ProHealth said. Waukesha Memorial Hospital, part of ProHealth, does more than 400 cardiothoracic surgeries a year.

Last March, ProHealth and Columbia St. Mary's announced plans to develop a joint cardiothoracic surgery program that would be staffed and overseen by a medical center with a national reputation in the specialty.

The two health systems have strong competition from Aurora Health Care and Froedtert Health in heart surgery, historically one of the most profitable services offered by hospitals.

The competition intensified in recent years after Aurora opened hospitals near ProHealth's Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and Columbia St. Mary's Hospital-Ozaukee in Mequon.

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Volunteers needed in Kettle Moraine State Forest - Southern Unit

Feb. 18, 2014 1:28 p.m. | Prospective volunteers in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are invited to a Saturday meeting at the Forest Headquarters, S91 W39091 State Hwy 59, Eagle. The meeting will start at 9 a.m.

The meeting will provide information about specific volunteer opportunities. Volunteers can work at scheduled workdays throughout the year or on self-directed individual projects. Workday activities include removing invasive plant species, collecting native prairie seeds, building nest boxes and improving trails.

Self-directed opportunities include adopt a trail, historical cabin caretaker, assisting with marketing for interpretive programs and monitoring nest boxes. The positions are very flexible, according to park officials.

Anyone who has ideas and an interest in the outdoors should attend the meeting and help brainstorm for new projects to work on, said Amanda Prange, visitor service associate and volunteer coordinator.

“If you think you have skills that could help us manage and preserve the beauty of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, please join us on February 22 and see what the Southern Unit has to offer you,” Prange said.

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Morning voting trends in Delafield

Feb. 18, 2014 12:39 p.m. |  Election morning voting trends are indicating there may be more voters than expected casting ballots in the Town of Delafield fire station referendum while in the City of Delafield there may be fewer voters than expected casting ballots in a four candidate mayoral primary election.

Town Clerk Mary Elsner had predicted a turn out between 20 and 30 percent. However, about 15 percent of the town's nearly 6,000 voters had cast ballots before 11 a.m.,  indicating the possibility the turn out might exceed 30 percent by the time polls close at 8 p.m.

During the first four hours of voting about 8 percent of the city's aproximately 4,800 voters had a cast ballots. At that pace, City Clerk Gina Gresch acknowledged, the voter turn would not reach the 40 percent turn out that she had predicted.

The size of the voter turnout is considered a critical factor in the four candidate mayoral race that includes Alderwoman Michele De Yoe, Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, former Alderman Al Zeitlow and Lake Welfare Committee Chairman Kent Attwell.

Attwell and Zeitlow were the candidates most mentioned by about a dozen voters interviewed by Lake Country Publications at the Christ the King Church, the city's polling place.

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Hartland gets 6 inches of snow

Feb. 17, 2014 5:20 p.m. | The Village of Hartland was hit with 6 inches of snow between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m,, making travel conditions slippery on all roads.

Streets in Hartland were snow-covered and had not been plowed since 2 p.m.

Traffic on Highway 16 between Hartland and Pewaukee was going very slow, topping 25 miles per hour at best. Traffic also slow on Highway 83 between Highway 16 and I-94.

The mercury was forecast to reach 38 degrees on Tuesday and 36 degrees on Wednesday with bright sunshine.

Winter delivers another blow

Feb. 17, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Area school districts including Kettle Moraine and Mukwonago cancelled after school activities tonight due to heavy snowfall. 

Snowfall during the day has resulted in several inches of accumulation leaving roads snow covered and slippery as plows work to keep up with the latest winter blast delivered to the area. 

KM middle school, high school dismissed early

Feb. 17, 2014 4:46 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School and High School students were released 15 minutes early MOnday to allow buses additional time to complete their routes. This allowed buses additional time to complete their routes before having to begin their elementary school routes.

After-school activities were canceled at KM schools.

The weather also caused the Kettle Moraine Music Parents Association meeting to reschedule its meeting to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

LC School Board meeting rescheduled

Feb. 17, 2014 4:43 p.m. | The Lake Country School Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Lake Country School.

Man charged with stealing local Boy Scout troop's trailer

Feb. 17, 2014 3:05 p.m. |  A 26-year-old Waukesha landscaper was charged last week with stealing a trailer that belonged to a local Boy Scout troop.

Michael McMullen, 22225 W. Hillcrest Rd., was charged on Friday, Feb. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft, for which he could face 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was alerted to the trailer theft last September when it went missing from the parking lot at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in the Town of Genesee.

The trailer was about 15-feet long and had on both sides a picture of a boy climbing with the words “Troop 135 Wales/Genesee WI” written above it.

Officers quickly located the partially covered trailer parked outside McMullen’s residence. A man was sanding and repainting the trailer when police arrived and told officers McMullen was inside the residence.

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OHS and Intermediate schools dismiss early

Feb. 17, 2014 2:29 p.m. | Oconomowoc High School and both intermediate schools will dismiss students 15 minutes early today due to weather concerns.

  

Sheriffs Department identifies suspect in Sussex bank robbery

Feb. 17, 2014 12:54 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department has identified a suspect believed to be involved in the Dec. 10 robbery of Associated Bank in Sussex.

The department executed a warrant on Friday, Feb. 7, to search a 30-year-old man’s phone records. According to the warrant affidavit, the man was found walking with a friend less than a block from the bank shortly after the robbery occurred. He also made suspicious statements to police during an investigation into his mother’s death.

The Sussex Sun does not typically name suspects unless charges are filed.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a holdup alarm at Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St., at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had already fled the scene in a brown SUV with over $3,000 in cash.

According to the affidavit, an officer doing field interviews near Elmwood Avenue and Main Street made contact with two men about two hours after the robbery. The officer said in the affidavit that the men seemed “very nervous” and claimed they were in the area because they had heard about the robbery and wanted to “check it out.”

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Warning to motorist

Feb. 17, 2014 9:41 a.m. |  Lake Country motorists planning to run errands today might want to get them done early.

Higth winds are beginning to blow snow onto secondary roads located in undeveloped areas and near farm fields, particularly north of Highway 16.

Waukesha County and municipal roads crews are out working and most the primary roads in the area such as Silver Spring, Jungbluth, North Shore, Lisbon and Lake Five roads remain clear although there are some snow covered patches.

With heavy snow and high winds in the forecast, some of the streets and roads may become slippery later today.

Snow ready to move in

Feb. 17, 2014 7:06 a.m. | Snow should move into the area just in time for the end of the morning commute, and should stick around all day, making for a messy commute this evening, as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, in effect from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The heaviest snow is expected from late morning to late afternoon, with 6 to 7 inches of snow accumulating. Higher amounts could occur in some areas.

Pewaukee girls roll over Greendale

Feb. 14, 2014 11:06 p.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team improved to 18-1 Friday night with a 73-39 win over host Greendale. PHS trails l Milwaukee Pius by one game in the West Division standings in the Woodland Conference.

Abby Gerrits led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Pewaukee plays at New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday at home against Pius on Friday.

Arrowhead BB teams both win

Feb. 14, 2014 11:03 p.m. | Arrowhead's two basketball teams grabbed victories over Waukesha South Friday night. The boys team stopped the Blackshirts by a 77-52 score and the girls defeated South, 65-28.

Ricky Finco led the boys team with 21 points, all coming on 3-pointers. Finco was 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Ally May led the girls team with 15 points.

The boys are 15-6 on the season and the girls are 18-2.

KM girls defeat Waukesha North

Feb. 14, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's girls basketball team led from start to finish Friday night as they stopped visiting Waukesha  North in a huge Classic 8 Conference game, 42-37. KM remains just one game behind league leading Arrowhead with two league games remaining.

Linley Achtenhagen fired in 17 points to lead the Lasers. Emma Melotik made two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to ice the win.

KM led 26-11 at halftime.

Kettle Moraine boys secure share of Classic 8 title

Feb. 14, 2014 10:41 p.m. | “You’re still ugly,” the Waukesha North student cheering section proclaimed to the Kettle Moraine fans in the second half Friday night at North. The Lasers had long ago taken control of the scoreboard, and there weren’t many other topics worth chanting over.

Though looks are in the eye of the beholder, it’s hard to see a conference title as anything but beautiful.

Kettle Moraine seized a 40-15 lead at halftime, and though North buried 11 three-pointers in the second half and racked up 36 points in the fourth quarter alone, the Lasers never lost control in a 79-66 victory. The win ensured a least a tie for the Classic 8 Conference title – the first for KM in the 17 years of the league.

“Nobody can ever take it away from us,” KM coach Brad Bestor said. “We’re conference champions right now. Obviously our whole motto is ‘one more,’ and we’re going to be ready to go and get selfish with it (and try to win it outright Thursday). I’m just really proud of our guys, regardless. It’s the first time Kettle Moraine has ever been a conference champ in the Classic 8 in boys basketball. It’s a credit to these guys, the work they put in.”

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Construction worker impaled at job site

Feb. 14, 2014 11:29 a.m. |  An unidentified construction worker suffered serious injures Thursday, Feb. 13 after a seven-foot fall from scaffolding onto a mason stick at Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. 

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the stick impaled the man's lower torso and he was transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 

The man was apparently alert when the ambulance arrived, but his current condition is unknown, a spokeswoman for the department said.

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary is located at W284 N404 Cherry Lane, Waukesha.

Dining, dancing, comedy help Cupid hit the mark this weekend

Feb. 14, 2014 12:00 a.m. | If you’re still up in air about your Valentine’s weekend plans, there are lots of options in Lake Country for young and old.

Children 10 and younger can have a fun time at the Little Sweetheart Dance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pabst Farms YMCA, 1750 Valley Road, Oconomowoc. The evening includes dancing and crafts. Kids will make a picture frame with photos taken at the Y. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for community participants. Adults can attend free. Call (262) 567-7251 to register.

Young women in grades 9 to 12 are invited to the Valentine’s Dance from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Saturday at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy Farrand Hall Gymnasium, 1101 Genesee St., Delafield. The chaperoned event is a social opportunity for young ladies who are interested in attending the Academy’s annual Midwinter Ball. There will be a DJ and snacks available for purchase. Dress is casual. Go to www.sjnma.org for more information.

St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave. in Butler is putting a little humor into the day with a Valentine’s Day Dinner/ComedySportz Show on Friday. The evening starts with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the comedy show at 8 p.m. Cost is $25. Call (414) 461-9675 for more information.

If an evening of smooth tunes is more your style go see Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Dinner package tickets are $38 adults and seniors and $28 high school students. Show only tickets are $28 adults and seniors and $18 high school students. Call (262) 560-3172 for more information.

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Snow storm limits visibility

Feb. 13, 2014 12:26 p.m. |  Lake Country motorists should use caution as a brief, but heavy and  and unexepcted, snow storm  has limited drivers' visibility and is leaving all primary and secondary roads and highways snow covered.

Road crews throughout the region have responded quickly and are plowing some of the major roads and highways. However, the plowed streets are becoming quickly covered by blowing snow.

Most secondary roads and subdivision streets have not yet been plowed.

In some parts of the region, particularly north of Highway 16, roads and streets have not yet become slippery as a result of the snow although visibility in limited.

Snow should end soon

Feb. 13, 2014 11:33 a.m. | Narrow bands of heavy snow that have moved into the area should end by 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Up to an inch of snow is expected. Visibility has been reduced to a quarter-mile in some areas. Up to an inch of snow is expected to accumulate before the snow showers taper off and move out of the area.

Feed the Need Concert

Feb. 13, 2014 9:30 a.m. |  Do your heart a favor and share the love at the "Feed the Need" concert tomorrow night, Valentine's Day, from 7-9 p.m. at Studios, Etc., located at 124 E. Wisconsin Ave., behind Roots Cafe.

The event is free to attendees with a non-perishable food item or cash donation for local food pantries. No reservations are required, but attendance is limited to 75.

Come enjoy and support local performers, including: Parker Cristan,   Jaime Nyland,   Nate Groonwald,  Paula Garcia,  Ralph Garcia,  Donna Kummer, Tamara Martinsek,   Steve Pfisterer,  Anne Van Deusen,  Liz Norton,  Alex Johnson, Laura Monagle,  Michael David Stoddard,  Julia Luebke,  Lynne Carlstein,  Ben Carlstein, Grace Johnson,  Bridgette Wells and  Mark Carlstein.

Some area roads getting slippery

Feb. 12, 2014 3:21 p.m. | Some roads in the Lake Country area are getting slippery as the light snow continues.

Highway 16 eastbound between Oconomowoc and Hartland was not too bad in the right lane but snow covered and slippery in the left lane. A buildup of snow between lanes was making changing lanes difficult at times.

Highway 83 both north and south between Highway 16 and I-94 was mostly  just wet. A buildup of snow was visible between lanes.

Highway E (Maple Avenue) south of Nixon Park to North Shore Drive  drive was getting snow covered and getting slippery.

MHS will host Honor Flight exhibit, film

Feb. 12, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, in partnership with Mukwonago High School, is pleased to announce that the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Traveling Art Show will be on display for two weeks and will host a special showing of the film.

Mukwonago High School will show the 82 minute movie Honor Flight: One Last Mission on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. in MHS Center. The movie focuses on the trip taken by Wisconsin WII veterans.

The display which includes 120 photographs will be on display at the school library in the school library Feb. 17-28 during normal schools hours (8 a.m.-2p.m.). The library will also be open to the public on Tuesday Feb. 18 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to view the exhibit.

Lions' chicken barbecue provides winter treat

Feb. 12, 2014 12:00 p.m. | For 38 years, the Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club has braved snow storms, ice storms, rain, freezing cold weather and beautiful sunshine on the third Sunday in February to bring the delicious chicken barbecue dinners to the community. This year is no exception. Sunday, Feb. 17, is the 38th Annual Chicken Barbeque held at the Big Bend/Vernon Lions Community Center, Highway L and the Fox River in Big Bend (south of 164).

Dinners are served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Order a half chicken, or a quarter chicken with or without the sauce. The cost is $8.50 for a half chicken and $5.50 for a quarter chicken. Potato salad, coleslaw, a roll, dessert and beverage are included with each dinner. Dinners are eat in or carry out. Free delivery is available within one mile of the club house with a minimum of four orders. Call (414) 322-9066 for delivery. 

This is one of the Lions Club’s major fundraisers with all proceeds going directly back to the community. Proceeds from past dinners have helped to purchase Smart boards for the elementary schools in the community along with additional equipment needed to complement this technology. Many individuals in the community have benefitted through eye exams and hearing assistance provided by the Lions.

The Lions Club also support the Wisconsin Lions Camp which hosts 1,700 special needs campers each year, many from our own community. The campers go to the Wisconsin Lions Camp at no charge.

Delafield Hotel sold to Michigan investor--again

Feb. 12, 2014 10:29 a.m. | The building which houses the Delafield Hotel has been sold to a group led by a Michigan investor--marking the second such sale over the past four years.

The 38-room luxury hotel, 415 Genesee St., Delafield, was sold to 616 Hotel LLC by Rock River Property Holdings LLC for $4.45 million, according to state real estate records. The sale was recorded Tuesday.

616 Hotel is led by Scott Rookus, who operates Rookus Capital Partners LLC, of Jenison, Mich. Rookus couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Rock River Property Holdings is an affiliate of Ixonia Bank. 

Delafield Hotel was created within a former warehouse that developer Robert Lang had built when he owned Lang Cos., a supplier of calendars, stationery and specialty gifts which he sold in 2003. Lang opened the hotel in 2006.

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Tosa West boys stop Pewaukee

Feb. 11, 2014 11:14 p.m. | Host Wauwatosa West scored a narrow 67-62 Woodland Conference victory over the Pewaukee boys basketball team Tuesday night. PHS fell to 12-7 on the season.

Ryan Stepanovich led the Pirates with 17 points. Evan Hansen chipped in  with 15 and Eric Lutzen had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Pewaukee girls defeat Tosa West

Feb. 11, 2014 11:10 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's girls basketball team improved to 17-1 on the season Tuesday night by scoring a 56-41 Woodland Conference win over Wauwatosa West.

Pewaukee is in  second place in the Woodland West Division standings. Milwaukee Pius leads the way at 12-0 and the Pirates are next at 12-1.

PHS led 29-23 at halftime and slowly pulled away in the final two periods.

Sophomore Abby Gerrits led the Pirates with 16 points. Senior Dani Jasinski chipped in with 11.

Lunch & Learn event held at Pauline Haass Library

Feb. 11, 2014 4:30 p.m. | A Lunch & Learn event on nutrition will be held at the Pauline Haass Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Lisa Grudzielanek of Lisa G. Nutrition will speak on what "healthy foods" are responsible for making people overweight and sick and strategies to revolutionize your health and release weight.

Register online with Kathryn Wagner of the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce at info@sussexareachamer.org.

Coffee with a Cop in Mukwonago Thursday

Feb. 11, 2014 3:00 p.m. | The Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments are hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event at the Mukwonago Culvers, 1090 N. Rochester Street, on Thursday Feb. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event is designed to break down barriers between the public and local officers and the departments would like to invite citizens to discuss concerns they have about the community. Chief Kevin Schmidt and Chief Thomas Czarnecki will be on hand along with other officers to meet and greet community members.

Waukesha Co. man prevails, again, in challenge of IRS rules for tax preparers

Feb. 11, 2014 2:12 p.m. |  An octogenarin tax preparer from Eagle has prevailed in a challenge of new IRS licensing rules that he said would have forced him into retirement and put hundreds of thousands of other small income tax services out of business.

Elmer Kilian (Photo courtesy of Institute for Justice)Elmer Kilian, 81, (left, in a photo from the Institute for Justice) was one of three people who sued over the new IRS requirements in 2012 with the help a Libertarian public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice. The new rules would have imposed expensive and time consuming competency testing and continuing education requirements on small time tax preparers, as well as require them to have internet connections.

Kilian, who works with a calculator and a typewriter, said Tuesday he was glad to get news of the court victory, but didn't have too long to crow about it. It's tax season.

"I've been busy this week," he said. "I've got three people coming in this afternoon."

ar the appeals court ould not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Delafield names new deputy clerk

Feb. 11, 2014 1:09 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Town of Geneva's elected Town Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Kirch has been named Deputy Clerk Treasurer for the City of Delafield.

Delafield City Clerk Gina Gresch said Kirch will begin working with the city on March 3. Deputy Clerk/ Treasurer Ellen O Brien who has worked for the city for nearly 20 years announced her retirement earlier this year.

Gresch had placed a high priority on finding someone with election administration experience as well as other skills to replace O Brien.. Kirch has about 14 years experience as a municipal clerk and treasurer as well as 17 years experience in the private sector as an office assistant and staff accountant.

O Brien will be available to assist in the transistion, according to Gresch.

Mukwonago eyes internship

Feb. 11, 2014 7:54 a.m. | An internship might be the way to go for the Village of Mukwonago, which is considering how to get an economic development specialist on board.

Under a proposal discussed by trustees, current staff would be reallocated and the internship program would help as the village starts the function of an econimic development specialist, without creating a new position.

Read more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Orchestra pops concert, spaghetti dinner held at Park View

Feb. 10, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School and Park View Middle School orchestras will present their annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 hosted at Park View. Before the concert the orchestras will host a spaghetti dinner and raffle from 5 to 7 p.m. to raise money for second semester activities including, guest clinicians and buses for fieldtrips.

This year’s concert will feature a classic James Bond medley, the Kansas hit “Dust in the Wind,” Gershwin’s, “I Got Rhythm,” the Drop Kick Murphy’s “Shipping Up to Boston,” and the classic western theme “Rawhide.” The middle school orchestra will be playing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Tuxedo Junction”. Special guests will be the Park View Voices.

Walk up seating will be available for the dinner, but advance reservations are highly encouraged. For reservations, please e-mail Roxanne Carloni at carloro@masd.k12.wi.us.

Library Olympics

Feb. 10, 2014 11:56 a.m. |  Calling all students in grades 4k- 4th grade - come to the Oconomowoc Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10-11 a.m. and participate in the Library Olympics.

Try your skills with ice cube bobsled racing, ping-pong slalom, marshmallow catapulting, and make an eat and Olympic "torch" and more.

Please register at: http://libraryolympics.eventbrite.com

Fire on Bolson Drive

Feb. 08, 2014 9:40 a.m. |  City of Oconomowoc firefighters responded to a call on Friday night at 11:13 p.m. for a report of a fire in the basement of an apartment building.

 All occupants of the 8-unit  residence at 354 Bolson Dr., were out of the building when units arrived.

 According to information from the fire department, “crews attempted an aggressive interior attack but due to rapidly changing conditions and fire spread, crews were forced from the building to a defensive attack.”

 The building is reported to be a total loss with damage estimates undetermined at this time.

 The cause and origin of the fire are under investigation.

Arrowhead girlls whip Muskego

Feb. 07, 2014 10:19 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls basketball team remained in sole possession of first place in the Classic 8 Conference standings Friday night by scoring a lopsided 54-30 victory over Muskego.

AHS led 32-9 at halftime.

Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with 10 points and Ally May had 9 and Megan Douglas 7.

KM girls defeat Waukesha West

Feb. 07, 2014 10:17 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's girls basketball team stopped host Waukesha West Friday night, 44-39. Linley Achtenhagen had 14 points for the Lasers and Emma Melotik had 10.

KM improved to 13-3 overall.

Pewaukee boys defeat Vikings

Feb. 07, 2014 10:02 p.m. | Pewaukee's boys basketball team defeated host New Berlin West in a Woodland Conference game Friday night, 70-47.

John Conroy and Joe Buschman had 10 points each for the Pirates.

KMM boys stay hot, defeat West

Feb. 07, 2014 9:53 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's 9th ranked boys basketball team turned in an impressive first-half performance Friday night and rolled over visiting Waukesha West in a crucial Classic 8 Conference game, 61-48. KM led at halftime, 29-14.

The win  moved the Kettle Moraine record to 16-2 on the season and 9-2 in league play. KM leads the conference by  single game.

Paul Miller led the winners with 21 points and Mitchell Oleson had 13, Mitch Pfeifer 9 and Ben Varick and Sam Huskisson 8 each.

 The win was the 10th in a row for the Lasers.

Vernon Park and Rec sign-up Saturday

Feb. 07, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Town of Vernon’s spring recreation program signup is from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 8, at Vernon Fire Station No. 1, W233 S7475 Woodland Lane.

Registration is open for all spring sports, including soccer, T-ball, baseball, softball and a Red Cross babysitting course.

For more information, visit www.townofvernon.org

Mukwonago elementary choir festival held at middle school

Feb. 07, 2014 11:39 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District's Elementary School Choir Festival will be held at Park View Middle School from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Festival Concert will be performed at 2 p.m. in the Park View gym. Approximately 100 students are involved from fifth through eighth grade.

North Lake School celebrates 100 years

Feb. 07, 2014 8:22 a.m. | Community members are invited to North Lake School from 8 to 10:30 a.m. today, Friday, Feb. 7, to celebrate North Lake School's centennial. Seventh- and eighth-graders will present "decade boxes" to illustrate what life was like over the course of the school's history.

Read more about the celebration in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Get your fill of fish this weekend

Feb. 07, 2014 12:00 a.m. | There’s something fishy in Lake Country this weekend.

St. Jerome’s in Oconomowoc is serving a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria, 1001 S. Silver Lake St. Cost is $9 for adults $4 for children 4 to 11 and free for kids 4 and younger. Soda, beer and desserts are available at additional cost.

Queen of Apostles Catholic Church on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee is also having a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. Choose two- or three-piece fish dinners, baked cod, fried shrimp or grilled cheese for kids.

The Waukesha Elks Lodge, 2301 Springdale Road in Waukesha, will have fish fries 5:30 to 8 p.m. first and third Fridays until April 18. Besides baked or fried cod and fried shrimp, walleye will be featured this week.

If you’d rather catch your own fish, join the fun at a fisheree. American Legion Post 294 is hosting a fisheree Saturday with raffles, door prizes, games and food throughout the day. Register at the post and bring in your fish before 5 p.m. to win prizes.  

Construction begins on Highway 83

Feb. 06, 2014 11:51 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will begin reconstruction of Highway 83 from Perkins Road to Glacier Pass, in the Town of Genesee, the Village of Wales and the City of Delafield. WisDOT will begin work on this three-mile stretch Thursday, Feb. 6. The work is expected to continue until late fall, according to the DOT. Utility companies have been working in the area.

The initial work will begin west of the existing bridge over Glacier Drumlin State Trail. Mainline road work is expected to start in March, weather permitting.

Currently, heavy traffic volumes and a narrow roadway make left turns difficult and cause traffic backups. When work is completed, the improvements will allow left turns which will allow traffic to flow more smoothly.

More information about the project can be found online

Oconomowoc mayor to give state of the city address

Feb. 06, 2014 9:25 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley will give his annual State of the City address from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 at Olympia Resort.

Each year the mayor covers projects the city has accomplished in the last year and what priorities its set looking ahead and leaves time for questions.

The Oconomowoc Chamber Business Over Breakfast Series is $18 for members and $20 member walk-ins and $25 for nonmembers; includes a hot breakfast buffet.

Contact the Chamber  at (262) 567-2666 or chamber@oconomowoc.org. Reservations are encouraged, RSVP by noon Feb. 12.

Blood drive Saturday in honor of Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel

Feb. 06, 2014 9:17 a.m. | The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive Feb. 8 at Lake Country Lutheran High School in Hartland in memory of Jack Bartosz and Christopher Schraufnagel, who died of cancer in 2012.

Jack died at age 10 after a seven-year battle with neuroblastoma, and Christopher died at age 8 after a 17-month battle with brain cancer. Both received multiple blood transfusions while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

The drive is planned for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the school, 401 Campus Drive, Hartland. All presenting donors will receive a sub from The Picnic Basket Restaurant and a coupon for a pint of frozen custard from Culver's.

To make a blood donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Winter storms and freezing temperatures forced the Red Cross to cancel about 770 blood drives in January, resulting in more than 25,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. Historically, during the winter months, fewer donors make time to give blood because of competing activities, inclement weather and seasonal illnesses. However, every day, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 pints of blood to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country, including 46 in Wisconsin. Blood donations of all types are needed to maintain an adequate supply for patients, and donors with types O negative, O positive, B negative and A negative are especially encouraged to give.
 

Mukwonago Chamber warns of local scam

Feb. 05, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce sent out a message to members regarding a "scam" call it received and followed-up on.

The chamber received a call from a phone number with a 414 area code identifying themselves as the "disconnection center" stating their electrical service was to be disconnected unless a payment was made with a bank account or credit card number and the caller was persistent about asking for additional information.

Chamber Director April Reszka said she instead called WE energies and documented the situation where the customer service representative confirmed this was a scam.

Those calling from WE Energies will always identify themselves and the call-back number would be a "800" or "866 number. The chamber also said they contacted local police and wanted to alert local businesses to help protect them from this situation.

Hartland village officials warn residents of pipe freeze

Feb. 05, 2014 3:31 p.m. | Village of Hartland officials are warning residents that the unusually cold winter weather could freeze home water pipes if precautions are not taken.

Michael Einweck, director of public works for Hartland, said that the soil near roadways has frozen to about five-feet deep. In recent years, the frost depth has been less than four feet.

Einweck said that the Village of Hartland has had one water main break already this winter, but a larger concern is frozen pipes at private homes and businesses.

He said that the village has already received three calls from residents about frozen water service laterals and several calls about frozen pipes inside homes.

“This is not common,” he said. “It has been caused by the extensive and severe cold weather that we have had this winter.”

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Sign up for Mukwonago ParkWalk

Feb. 05, 2014 12:00 p.m. | A kickoff meeting for ProHealth Care’s upcoming ParkWalk for Cancer will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago. The meeting will be held in an open house format, so participants can drop in any time. Those who attend will be able to register for the walk, learn about organizing a team and fundraising and set up their own personalized web page for the walk.

Those who register by March 21 can take advantage of the early bird entry fee of $20, which includes a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt.

ProHealth Care’s annual walks include ParkWalk for Cancer in Mukwonago, LakeWalk for Cancer in Oconomowoc and RiverWalk for Breast Cancer in Waukesha, which will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Funds raised in each community stay in that community to help fund cancer research, education and technology.

Impress your Valentine and win a prize, too

Feb. 05, 2014 8:40 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging you to shop at local businesses for your Valentine this year. The Chamber is sweetening the deal by offering a $100 gift certificate.

The program is part of the Chamber's Shop Local initiative.

“The success of last year’s Holiday Shop Local promotion inspired our Be Local/Buy Local team to think about how we can improve our other shop local efforts throughout the year,” said Chamber Director Katie Miller.

The first Shop Local week is just in time for Valentine’s Day beginning Friday and running through Feb. 15.

Shop Local Week serves as a reminder to “think Oconomowoc first” and visit local retailers, eateries and businesses. Many businesses will be offering special discounts and promotions during Shop Local Week.

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Jessica Michna to portray Mary Todd Lincoln

Feb. 05, 2014 8:23 a.m. |  In celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, noted historian and actress Jessica Michna will portray former First Lady, Mary Todd Lincoln at the Center for Life Enrichment from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on   Wednesday, Feb. 12.

 This historical rendition will  portray the strength, struggles and aptitude of Mary Todd.  The luncheon menu will include; lemon apricot chicken, wild rice, vegetable blend and cherry dessert. 

The cost of the event is $15, or $12 for Life members, and interested parties must register by Friday, Feb. 7.

  Send payment to the Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave.  Please include names of attendees and a contact phone number.    For more information, call  262 354-1375 or e-mail  jhalliburton@lho.org

AHS girls BB team upset by King

Feb. 04, 2014 11:29 p.m. | Visiting Milwaukee King upset the No. 3 ranked Arrowhead girls basketball team Tuesday night, 67-65 in double overtime. The loss snapped Arrowhead's 12-game win streak.

The Warhawks (16-2)  missed 7 of their final 14 free throws and allowed 14th ranked  King (9-8) to grab 30 offensive rebounds in the game.

AHS missed a wide open layup with 4.1 seconds left in the first OT with the score tied at 59.

Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with 25 points and Lauren Peterson had 11 and Jenna Goulet 9.

Mukwonago Food Pantry hosts Casino Night

Feb. 04, 2014 4:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Food Pantry will host it’s annual Casino Night fundraiser next Saturday Feb. 8 beginning at 5 p.m. This year the event will take place at the new Resource Center located at 225 Eagle Lake Ave. Enjoy a night full of Texas Hold ‘em, black jack, craps, roulette, “let it ride”, gaming, raffles, hors d’oeuvres and door prices. Attendees must be 21 or older. Advanced tickets are $30 and can be purchased online or at the pantry. Tickets will also be available at the door for $35. For more information visit www.mukwonagofoodpantry.org.

Churches stream Nye-Ham debate on evolution, creationism

Feb. 04, 2014 11:51 a.m. | A number of Christian churches around the state, including at least three in the Milwaukee area, will be streaming tonight's debate between Bill Nye "The Science Guy" and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham on evolution and creationism.

The sold-out debate, which is being moderated by CNN's Tom Forman, will be telecast from Ham's Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky.

It's a face-off of sorts between an agnostic science educator who has criticized the teaching of creationism in schools and a creation apologist who argues that the theory of evolution is flawed and students should be able to hear and evaluate challenges to it.

The debate begins at 6 p.m. central time. Local churches showing the showdown include Spring Creek Church, N35 W22000 Capitol Drive in Pewaukee, Brookside Baptist Church, 4470 Pilgrim Road in Brookfield; and Trinity Baptist School, 20 E. Arndt St. in Fond du Lac. Jay Seegert, co-founder the local Creation Education Center, will be on hand at Spring Creek for questions afterward.

According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of Americans, 60% believe that humans evolved over time. But 33%, a full third of the population believe they existed in their current form from the beginning of time.

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Village Square apartments rejected in Delafield

Feb. 03, 2014 9:58 p.m. | City of Delafield - A proposal to build 90 high end apartment units in three buildings adjacent to the Village Square shopping center near the Highways 83 and 16 interchange has been rejected by the Common Council in a surprising 4 to 2 vote..

Residents living adjacent to the shopping center on Vettelson Road, including Alderman Jeff Krickhahn, have vehemently opposed the project.

They argued that multi family housing was not compatible with the surrounding commercial and single family residential neighborhoods.

In addition, they said the apartment buildings were too tall and residential housing would violate a compromise agreement reached about ten years ago between the city, developers, and the neighbors.

But key city officials and members of the Plan Commission and Common Council have  supported the project because they believed the apartments would provide an economic stimulus to a shopping center that has struggled since its controversial development nearly 15 years ago.

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Higher expectations from state standards discussed at KM Conversation

Feb. 03, 2014 4:00 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District will provide a presentation on the increase expectations for today's students during KM Conversations on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kettle Moraine High School Library Media Center.

Higher expectations for performance on state tests like the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams (WKCE) taken by students in grades three through eight, and 11 will result in changes to how student achievement looks.

Join Superintendent Pat Deklotz and Assistant Superintendent Carole Witt Starck for a presentation and the opportunity to have your questions addressed.  How will increased rigor through the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the implementation of a new Smarter Balanced assessment impact student learning at KMSD?  

Watermain break at Highway 16 ramp in Oconomowoc

Feb. 03, 2014 9:43 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc Utilities is on the scene of a water main brak at Wisconsin Avenue and the Highway 16 southbound off ramp. The utility asks drivers to use caution in this area.

Crews are on scene, traffic is being re-routed. Area may be icy due to the water on the road. Businesses between Sheldon east to north Highway 67 off ramp will be affected.

KM boys win, stay in first place

Feb. 01, 2014 7:45 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's boys basketball team is in sole possession of first place in the Classic 8 Conference for the first time this season after defeating Catholic Memorial, 70-61.

KM leads the league at 8-2, one game better than Waukesha West, Mukwonago and Arrowhead.

KM  trailed 33-31 at halftime but rallied in the final two quarters to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

Paul Miller led the Lasers with 26 points. Ben Varick added 14 for the Lasers and  Mitch Pfeifer had 13 and Mitchell Oleson 10.

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Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Over 30 families selling new and used items. Fundraiser for the eighth grade Washington D.C. trip this spring. www.stjerome.org/index.php.
Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest: 12-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. For Elmbrook Humane Society. Judging for best pet/owner theme, best pet costumes also dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. $5 donation (262) 548-0923.
Kinder Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25, Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc. Event is a celebration of German culture and cuisine and includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.
International Food Festival/Dinner: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. Sample seven ethnic foods. Dinner includes pie and beverage German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado. $10 adults, $9 seniors.

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