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Several departments respond to Town of Vernon garage fire

Feb. 12, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Officials are investigating a fire in an attached garage in Waukesha County that forced residents to evacuate early Sunday.

The Waukesha County Communications Center received a call at 3:20 a.m. that a garage was on fire on Pheasant Drive in the Town of Vernon, according to a news release by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

When first responders arrived, there were flames coming into the house from the burning garage. Residents safely left the building, authorities said.

The sheriff's department is still investigating. The cause of the fire and a damage estimate were not released.

In addition to the sheriff's department, firefighters from Wales/Genesee, city of New Berlin, Tichigan, Tess Corners, the towns of Vernon and Waukesha, and villages of Big Bend, Mukwonago and Eagle responded to the incident.

Arrowhead boys whip South

Feb. 10, 2012 9:39 p.m. |  Host Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team whipped Waukesha South Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 71-48.

AHS improved to 10-9 overall  and 8-4 in league play.

South has one win on the season.

Ryan Saeger led the Warhawks with 16 points. DJ Escamilla had 13 points and Kenny Finco had 10 points.

Pewaukee boys win big

Feb. 10, 2012 9:34 p.m. |  Host Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team rolled over struggling St. Francis Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 65-29.

PHS improved to14-5 on the season and 12-3 in league play. The win was the eighth in a row for the Pirates.

Senior Jordan Daul fired in 16 points to lead the winners. John Czerwinski had 10 points.

Love is in the air this weekend

Feb. 10, 2012 4:06 p.m. | Theatre on Main invites you to enjoy a Valentine’s treat, A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters”. Starring in this emotionally riveting Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominated play is Carl Liden as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, and local playwright, Lisa Rowe, author of Psych, as Melissa Gardner.

Both born to wealth and position, they become childhood friends whose correspondence begins with birthday party thank you notes and summer camp postcards, and continues throughout their multi-faceted lives. Melissa, who hates writing letters, is portrayed as rich and spoiled, with a private nurse and private schools, artistic, certainly lascivious, divorced, eventually alcoholic, bi-polar, and suicidal. Andy Ladd is square, destined for Yale, a naval officer, a lawyer, and a U.S. Senator, and says that “writing letters is what he loves most”.

Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards - in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separated lives. In his preface to Love Letters, A. R. Gurney suggests that his emphasis in this play on the importance of writing is more than coincidental.

 

Showing for a limited time only, “Love Letters” is being performed Feb. 10-12. Friday and Saturday performances at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2. Theatre on Main is at 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets are available for purchase by calling the box office at (26) 560-0564, at Books & Company and the Fox Bros. Oconomowoc Piggly Wiggly. Mature subject matter; some adult language.

Poor driving conditions in Lake Country

Feb. 10, 2012 12:13 p.m. |  Driving conditions throughout the Lake Country area deteriorated quickly Friday morning and just about all roads in the area are snow covered and very slippery. 

As of 10 a.m. the roads were just wet, but not slippery. By 11 a.m. the temperature had dropped, the wind started blowing and the snow became heavier.

Traffic both east and westbound on Highway 16 from Pewaukee to Hartland was going about 25 to 35 miles per hour. Several cars were in the ditch in a two-mile stretch near Yench Road.

Traffc on Highway 83 between 16 and I-94 was also going very slow.

Road conditions in Hartland also were very slippery as of noon.

Hart-Lake makes its case

Feb. 08, 2012 9:21 p.m. | The Hartland-Lakeside School District laid out its reasoning for asking district taxpayers for $930,000 in referendum dollars at a meeting at North Shore Middle School tonight.

Tonight's meeting was one in a series of meetings designed to educate the public on what the school district is asking of taxpayers. The next meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 13, followed by another that evening at 6:30 p.m.

At the meeting, Superintendent Glenn Schilling outlined the numerous cost-cutting measures the district has implemented in recent years and the effect of recent legislation on the district.

The district is seeking the referendum money to continue offering the same level of services to its students. According to Schilling, an unsuccessful referendum would force the district to make reductions in certain areas, including electives, the arts, support staff, special education, technology. Cuts could also lead to higher class sizes, he said.

Taxpayers will vote on the referendum in the Feb. 21 primary ballot.

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Mayor to sign student proclamation

Feb. 08, 2012 2:40 p.m. |  Tomorrow, City of Oconomowoc Mayor Daley will sign a proclamation written by a group of students from Nature Hill Intermediate School and Silver Lake Intermediate School at 2 pm at City Hall.  The students wrote the proclamation as part of the Reading Streak: 100 days of Reading.

Bullying program coming to Mukwonago schools

Feb. 08, 2012 12:10 p.m. | Get Connected, a parent network that helps families navigate the school years by providing information and networking, will present "No Child Should be Afraid to Go to School," with Jim Jelinske on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Two morning sessions, 9 a.m. for grades 4 through 6 and 10 a.m. for students in kindergarten through third grade will be held at Prairie View School. An evening session for adults will be presented at 7 p.m. at Park View Middle School, 930 N. Rochester Street, Mukwonago, in the school library. 

The program addresses bullying at school, which can be reduced through comprehensive, school-wide programs designed to change behavior.

For more information, contact Dr. Maxine Towle, MAS pupil services director at (262) 363-6300 ext. 24200 or towlema@mukwonago.k12.wi.us .

Hart-Lake referendum discussion tonight

Feb. 08, 2012 11:27 a.m. | Looking for more information on the upcoming Hartland-Lakeside referendum?

The school district is holding an informational session tonight at 6:30 p.m. at North Shore Middle School.

District residents face a $930,000 tax referendum on Feb. 21, that district officials say is needed to maintain the current level of district services.

If you can't make tonight's meeting, consider going to next week's discussions at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 13.

Eat, drink and be merry at Wine and Brewfest

Feb. 08, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Beer, wine and a chocolate dipping fountain dessert bar.

Does it get any better than that?

Yes, it does.

The sixth annual Wine and Brewfest sponsored by the Oconomowoc Rotary Club also includes appetizers as well as American and Italian fare. And if that doesn’t make it even more appetizing, proceeds will go toward Rotary’s charitable endeavors including the polio eradication project around the world. 

The event takes place 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc.

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Sussex still seeking DPW Director

Feb. 08, 2012 9:58 a.m. | Village of Sussex - Village officials have acknowledged they are having a difficult time filling the position of Director of Public Works/Village Engineer.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said eight candidates, thought to be semi finalists for the position, were interviewed by the village staff. Smith said the village will continue seeking applicants who have necessary professional qualifications for the position as well as a personality that enables the candidate to fit in with the village staff and village trustees.

Village President Greg Greg Goetz said the Director of Public Works position requires an individual who has engineering education and skills, a kinowlege of municipal government, and an ability to work with residents of the communtiy.

The position has been vacant since late last year when former Public Works Director Eric Nitschke resigned to accept the position of Director of the Southeastern Region of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Assistant Administrator Melissa Weiss has been serving as interim director. The village officials would not comment on whether they would consider appointing her Department of Public Works Director and later hiring an engineer who would report to her.

Generac plans expansion, remodeling

Feb. 08, 2012 7:52 a.m. | Generac plans to put $8 million to $10 million into an expansion and remodeling project at its Town of Genesee plant, according to an announcement from the company on Tuesday.

Read more in this week's Kettle Moraine Index.

Smith scores school-record 43 points for Arrowhead girls

Feb. 07, 2012 10:30 p.m. | Arrowhead senior post Jenny Smith carved up Germantown in school-record fashion Tuesday, scoring 43 points and guiding her team to a 59-35 nonconference win over the other Warhawks.

Smith made 16 of 18 shots from the field, 11 of 11 from the free-throw line and grabbed 12 rebounds.

"It doesn't get more perfect than that," AHS coach Heidi Hamilton said. "She got great looks from her teammates, and she had the best game I've seen her play. She had 34 against Franklin earlier this year, and this just puts an exclamation point on it."

Smith broke the record set by Lorraine Lorenzen, who scored 42, 39, 36 and 35 points in a game to hold the previous top four marks in school history. Lorenzen graduated in 1977 and later played at the University of Wisconsin.

"The main reason (this happened) is because of my team)," Smith said. "I probably made about three moves by myself. It all came from passing: the lobs, them driving and dishing. I took what I could get, and it was all because of them.

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Hamilton falls to Pius

Feb. 07, 2012 10:28 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton coach Dan Carey returned to his alma mater Tuesday, Milwaukee Pius XI, hoping to guide his team to an eye-opening nonconfernece win. But the Popes hit 10 of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter and thwarted any ideas of a rally as Pius handled the Chargers, 47-27.

Hamilton took a 10-4 lead early but Pius went on a 16-3 run and built an edge as large as 30-17 in the third quarter. Hamilton committed 11 turnovers in the middle two quarters but did bounce back to within 33-26 before Pius' free-throw spree settled the score once and for all.

Hamilton fell to 12-3 overall heading into a monster Greater Metro Conference class Friday against Menomonee Falls -- two teams tied with Divine Savior Holy Angels for first place in the league. Pius, one of the co-leaders in the Classic 8 and ranked seventh in the state, moved to 14-3.

AHS boys defeat Kettle Moraine

Feb. 07, 2012 9:54 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team led from start to finish Tuesday night and scored a 65-48 Classic 8 Conference victory over host Kettle Moraine.

AHS improved to 9-9 overall and 7-4 in league play. KM fell to 5-12 on the season and 3-8 in conference games.

Ryan Saeger led the Warhawks with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Kenny Finco had 8 points and Dominic Todarello had 7 points. 

KM was led by sophomore Paul Miller with 15 points. Miller made 11 of 12 foul shots. Beck Chase and Ben Varick chipped in with 7 points each. 

Good start, good finish for PHS boys

Feb. 07, 2012 9:27 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team got off to a good  start on Tuesday and finished strong against Brown Deer.

The Pirates, which got 15 points from Kray Bradley, defeated the Falcons 70-55. Brown Deer, which trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, cut the lead to three points 45-42 before Pewaukee pulled away in the fourth quarter.

"We handled the ball and all their defenses they threw at us in the first half, and in the fourth quarter," PHS head boys basketball coach Tim Reuter said.

Jordan Edgerson sccred 12 points for the winners. Jordan Daul added 11 points.

Delafield planners narrowly back chicken ordinance

Feb. 07, 2012 8:13 p.m. |

Town of Delafield – The Plan Commission Tuesday recommended on a 4-3 vote to the Town Board to approve of an ordinance that would allow residents to raise chickens.

The Plan Commission has been discussing such an ordinance for several months after one town resident was found to be raising chickens on a residential property. The ordinance allows residents to raise up to eight chickens.

Numerous other area communities have such an ordinance as do major cities in the United States

Delafield man charged with 6th OWI

Feb. 07, 2012 2:02 p.m. | Waukesha – A City of Delafield man, who is accused of "swerving" all over I-94 Feb. 3 was charged Feb. 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with sixth-offense drunken driving.

According to the criminal complaint, two motorists on westbound I-94 contacted dispatchers at about 8:15 p.m. about a vehicle that was "swerving all over the road between all three lanes." A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped the vehicle, driven by Thomas J. Metsa, 43, of 402 Genesee St., on the freeway near Highway 83 in the City of Delafield.

A preliminary breath test showed Metsa had an alcohol concentration of 0.19. A level of 0.08 is considered evidence of intoxication in adult drivers in Wisconsin. People with three or more drunken driving convictions are prohibited from driving with a level of 0.02 or higher.

Metsa is free on $3,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in court March 15 for a hearing.

Oconomowoc man charged with 7th OWI

Feb. 07, 2012 1:39 p.m. |

Waukesha – A 42-year-old City of Oconomowoc man was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with seventh-offense drunken driving after he made an improper turn early Sunday.

According to the criminal complaint, at about 1:40 a.m. a City of Oconomowoc officer saw a vehicle, driven by Darrick B. Junck of 1150 W. Wisconsin Ave., turn left at Collins and Main streets even though there is a sign stating no left turn. The officer stopped the vehicle and noticed the odor of intoxicants.

Junck admitted to the officer he had several beers at a bar and said he should not have been driving, the complaint said. A preliminary breath test showed an alcohol concentration of 0.15. A level of 0.08 is considered evidence of intoxication in adult drivers in Wisconsin. People with three or more drunken driving convictions are prohibited from driving with a level of 0.02 or higher.

Junck was convicted of drunken driving in September 1995, April 1997, March 1998, August 2000, November 20005 and in May 2008, when he was sentenced in Jefferson County to three years in prison and three years of extended supervision.

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I-43 construction near Mukwonago to begin next week

Feb. 07, 2012 1:31 p.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has announced today that construction seven miles of southbound I-43 between Highway 164 and Highway 83 will begin next week. This project will resurface the roadway, providing a better riding surface and also rehabilitate bridge structures.

Construction will be staged to keep most lanes open during peak drive times. Lanes will be restricted during mornings from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.,  and overnight  from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.  

To perform bridge structure work, ramps will close short-term at Highway 83 and at Highway 164, although not consecutively. Signs will indicate detour routes during these weekend closures. 

Motorists are advised to plan ahead and expect delays during off-peak hours.

Sweet Mullets brewpub coming to Oconomowoc

Feb. 07, 2012 12:17 p.m. | An Oconomowoc brewpub is making a splash, and it hasn't even opened yet: Sweet Mullets Brewery & Pub was voted "best of the fest" at the Isthmus Beer and Cheese Fest last month in Madison for its Wild Buckwheat Red, made from Wisconsin buckwheat and hops. 

Mark Duchow, the brewmaster and co-owner of Sweet Mullets with Barbara Jones, said the brewpub could open to the public by the first week of March. It's in the industrial park off Old Highway 16, at N58-W39800 Industrial Road. 

That Wild Buckwheat Rye should be available when Sweet Mullets opens. It's expected to be a seasonal beer, made just after the hops harvest in fall. It's brewed from wild hops, Duchow said -- from plants that grow beside train tracks, the result of hops being transported when Wisconsin was a top producer after the Civil War.  

Duchow said Sweet Mullets currently is contracting the brewing of its beer; it's expected to begin brewing its beers on site in April or May, after federal approval, and customers will be able to see the beers being made.

Duchow said he's been a professional brewer for 20 years, getting his start at Water Street Brewery in 1992. He was brewmaster at the Grumpy Troll brewpub in Mount Horeb from 2006 to 2010. 

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Mukwonago Food Pantry hosts Casino Night this Saturday

Feb. 07, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  Support the Mukwonago Food Pantry and have some fun during Casion Night being held from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 11 at the American Legion Post 375, 627 Highway NN in Mukwonago. 

The event will include gaming, raffles, hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, music and more. 

A $25 donation includes $500 "fun money" and snacks. 

Music will be provided by DJ Bush. 

Proceeds will benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry. 

Will logo be a no go at the Supreme Court?

Feb. 07, 2012 7:52 a.m. | A lawyer for two Mukwonago residents protesting the state's mascot law has petitioned for the case to go directly to the Supreme Court, bypassing the Court of Appeals.

Attorney Sam Hall - who represents James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz - said such petitions are rarely granted, but the constitutional nature of the issue might increase the chances.

Read more in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief.   

Delafield acquires land for public works storage

Feb. 06, 2012 8:52 p.m. | CITY OF DELAFIELD - The Common Council unanimously approved at its Monday night meeting the purchase of about six acres of property from the Delafield-Hartland Water Pollution Control Commission for $328,000.

City officials intend to use the land located on the west side of the sewage treatment facility for indoor and outdoor heavy equipment and material storage space for the Department of Public Works.

 The Department of Public Works lost much of its storage space adjacent to West Main Street when a new police and fire station were built, and the public works garage and headquarters were remodeled, as part of the city's $12 million government complex construction project in 2010 and 2011.

City officials plan to borrow money from city sewer and water utility funds to pay for the land acquisition and then repay the utiity funds with interest. Borrowing the money from utilities is more cost effective for the city that purchasing and paying interest on bonds for the project, according to city officials.

Park View video recipe tops national competition

Feb. 06, 2012 4:10 p.m. |  Park View Middle School is buzzing today after learning its Fuel Up to Play 60 recipe video won the national Cooking Show Challenge with its nutritious breakfast recipe, Fruit French Toast with Yogurt, after being selected as one of the top four videos and receiving 1,992 internet votes. 

While word filtered through the school early today that the video was in the lead and some assumed Park View had won, the official word came to District Food Service Director Pam Harris at 10 a.m. from the Dairy Council confirming the win, which will bring the school a visit from an active/alumni Fuel Up to Play 60 athlete.

"I knew there was the possibility with all the votes. I guess I'm a little dazed," said Harris. "Their video was really good. To think about being up against so many videos in the country, that ours came out on top."

Read the complete story in the Feb. 8 Mukwonago Chief.

To watch the winning video recipe, visit www.schooltube.com/contests/fuel-up-to-play/

Crafty Valentine

Feb. 06, 2012 3:07 p.m. | Students in 4K-4th grade are invited to attend the Oconomowoc Public Library's  special event to take part in all kinds of Valentine crafts and fun.

The event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10 to 11 a.m., and, in keeping with holiday tradition, chocolate will be provided.

For more information, please call Betsy Bromley at (262) 569-2193, ext. 210. To register, please visit http://oplvalentine.eventbrite.com

Connecture to move headquarters to Pewaukee

Feb. 06, 2012 3:06 p.m. | Health insurance software provider Connecture Inc. will move its headquarters from Atlanta to Waukesha County and, bolstered by a grant of state financial assistance, will add more than 100 jobs here, Gov. Scott Walker said Monday.

With Walker visiting Connecture's offices in the city of Pewaukee, the governor's office said in a statement that Connecture will receive up to $1.2 million in state credits over three years. In exchange, Connecture will create "over 100 high-paying professional technology jobs within the state" during that period, the statement said.

Broadly speaking, the agreement forgives Connecture $12,000 of its state corporate income tax bill for each of up to 100 jobs it adds here through 2014.

Connecture said last week that it is currently hiring to fill 25 positions and expects to add another 75 this year but didn't mention plans to move its headquarters.

The company started in Atlanta in the 1990s, and in 2004 purchased a Waukesha County firm, Riverwood Solutions. Since then the firm has maintained offices in both places and has a third office in Farmington, Conn.

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Town of Vernon holds candidate forum tomorrow

Feb. 06, 2012 2:55 p.m. |  The Town of Vernon will be holidng a candidate forum from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Vernon Town Hall,  W249 S8910 Center Dr., Big Bend.

Joshua Zautne,  Intern for the Town of Vernon, will moderate. 

Town of Mukwonago hosts free senior Bingo

Feb. 06, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago Parks and Recreation Department will be holding free senior Bingo tomorrow morning from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Mukwonago Town Hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Rd. 

Small prizes will be awarded to the winning platers who fill their card first. 

Coffee will be provided. 

Bingo will also be held on March 6, march 20, and April 17. 

Open enrollment period begins today

Feb. 06, 2012 10:39 a.m. | The public school open enrollment period begins today.

Parents hoping to enroll their children in districts other than their own have until Feb. 24 to submit  their applications.

The best way to go about applying is online at dpi.wi.gov/sms/psctoc.html, but parents can also apply by picking up paper applications directly from school districts.

All applications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Feb. 24.

For more information, visit www.livinglakecountry.com and reference the article posted on Feb. 1.

How diverse is Lake Country?

Feb. 06, 2012 8:12 a.m. | While Lake Country continues to be overwhelmingly white, minorities have increased slightly in some communities, according to a comparison of last year's U.S. Census numbers with those from 10 years ago.

The wealth in Lake Country communities is also shifting, according to the census numbers.

Take a look at Tuesday's paper to see results for your community.

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

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

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

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

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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