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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.

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

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

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


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

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