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KM administration responds to concerns after graffiti incident

March 04, 2012 4:27 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District is planning a special meeting for April 3 to "clarify district and community expectations, and to build understanding and cooperation that supports our collective desire to maintain healthy, safe learning environments for all," according to an email from Superintendent Pat Deklotz sent out to parents Sunday afternoon.

Although the email does not specify when or where the meeting will be held, a note on the district website indicates it will be at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

The meeting comes in the wake of an incident Friday in which possibly as much as half the student body left class and went home. Graffiti had been foumnd spray painted on an outside wall of the high school that included the words "kill p30pl3" and "die yuppie scum."

Some parents were critical of the district's handling of the situation. High school parents were notified by the district shortly after 11 a.m., but by that time many had heard of the graffiti through texts from their children.

"District and high school administration worked together on Friday to review and address the concerns of parents, recognizing the need for improved speed of information," says a note on the district website. "The district has identified areas for improved sytems and will continue the review of Friday's events with the Sheriff's Department during a debriefing this week."

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Hamilton stuns Arrowhead at the buzzer

March 04, 2012 12:10 p.m. | Jake Knueppel scored only one basket all night long last Saturday for the Hamilton varsity boys basketball team. But what a basket it was.

The 6-foot-3 junior was in the right place at the right time and made a layup with just two-tenths of a second showing on the clock, leading the Chargers to a wild, come-from-behind 65-63 WIAA regional championship victory over host Arrowhead before an energetic and overflow crowd.

Seconds after the buzzer sounded, one of the most enthusiastic Hamilton celebrations ever took place at midcourt.

“This feels great,” Knueppel said. “They had us down most of the game, but we never quit. We just kept playing hard. The coaches kept telling us to stay in the game. We never lost our confidence. Tonight we finished the game.”

The victory vaulted the Chargers (13-11) into the WIAA sectional Thursday against No.1 ranked Germantown (24-0) at Waukesha North.

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Arrowhead downed in state quarterfinal

March 03, 2012 11:41 p.m. | Arrowhead has had individual state champions. Something that has eluded the storied wrestling program is a team state title.

On Friday, the Warhawks (10-5) took on Wisconsin Rapids (19-3) at the UW-Field House in a rematch of last year’s final and traded blows with three-time defending champion, but in the end lost, 35-22.

“The way I look at it is that we’re going to get some of those (matches), and some are going to go against us,” Arrowhead coach Jeremy Miller said. “Unfortunately, we had more go against us.”

The meet began when senior Danny Schnick faced off against senior Zak Benitz at 182 pounds.

Benitz, a 2011 state champion and state finalist this year, controlled the match by taking Schnick down repeatedly and then intentionally letting him escape. As the match neared completion, Schnick was penalized for stalling multiple times and the match ended in a disqualification to give Rapids six team points.

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Sussex boys stun Arrowhead

March 03, 2012 9:03 p.m. |  Visiting Sussex Hamilton, seeded seventh in the sectional, upset No. 3 seeded Arrowhead Saturday night  in a WIAA Division 1 boys basketball regional championship game at Arrowhead, 65-63.

Jake Knueppel made a layup with two-tenths of a second remaining in the game to give the Chargers the wild, come-from-behind victory.

Hamilton trailed 63-60 with less than 10 seconds to go when red-hot sophomore Brady Ellingson made a 25-foot, 3-pointer with 7.4 seconds left.  AHS then turned the ball over with 3.0 seconds to play and Hamilton then won the game when they perfectly executed a three-pass inbounds play that resulted in Knueppel scoring at the buzzer.

Ellingson fired in 33 points for the Chargers, scoring 22 of those in the second half. Nick Patterson had 9 points for the winners.

AHS senior Ryan Saeger led the Warhawks with 24 points. Sophomore center Billy Hirschfeld added 15 points and 11 rebounds for AHS.

Sandvold, Lewin commit

March 03, 2012 2:50 p.m. |  Arrowhead's two all-state boys cross country runners, seniors Russ Sandvold and Kyle Lewin, have made made college committments.

Sandvold will run at the University of Wisconsin and Lewin will run at Columbia University.

The two helped the Warhawks win back-to-back state championships in 2010 and 2011.

Sandvold also won the state 1,600-meter championship last year in track.

Wisconsin won the NCAA national cross country championship last year and Columbia of the Ivy League finished in 27th place.

AHS hosts Hamilton Saturday night

March 03, 2012 2:41 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, winners of their last seven games, will host Sussex Hamilton Saturday at 7p.m. in a WIAA regional championship game. The winner will move on to next week's sectional.

AHS defeated Waukesha North, 61-37, Friday night to advance and Hamilton upset Homestead, 57-52. Homestead was the No. 2 seed and Hamilton was seeded seventh. Arrowhead is the No. 3 seed.

What has America become?

March 03, 2012 11:25 a.m. | This editorial, written by Ken Huber from Tawas City,  Michigan, has been making the rounds on the internet.  Thought it was worthy of sharing with readers who may have missed it...


Hamilton stages upset, Mukwonago wins

March 03, 2012 12:17 a.m. | The Sussex Hamilton boys basketball team recorded one of the bigger upsets in the WIAA Division 1 tournament Friday night with a win over second-seeded Homestead, 57-52.

The Highlanders (18-5) led for most of the game, but the seventh-seeded Chargers (12-11) caught fire in the fourth quarter to advance and meet Arrowhead on Saturday in the regional final. Read the full story here.

The Mukwonago boys basketball team (17-6) , boasting the top seed in its regional, had a fairly easy time in dispatching Muskego.

Oconomowoc's boys team traveled to Sun Prairie and fell to the state-ranked Cardinals, 51-33. OHS finished the year 10-13.

Wrestlers can't take down Rapids juggernaut

March 03, 2012 12:12 a.m. | Wisconsin Rapids was missing two state finalists from its lineup but still had enough firepower to overcome Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 state quarterfinals Friday night in Madison, 35-22.

Undefeated state champion Devin Peterson was not available after being ordered to begin a jail sentence for disordlery conduct, and state runner-up Ryan Cone was also absent from the lineup.

But early wins at 182 and 195 -- the two positions occupied by Cone and Peterson at the state meet -- set the tone for Rapids, with state finalist Zak Benitz bumping up in the former and reserve Jake Hansen winning in the latter over state qualifier Zak Ryder. Arrowhead wins came from Dylan Lautner, Blake Weber, Andrew Crone, Cory Cinelli, Adam Yde and Mitch Berenz, with Crone registering the lone pin and Yde winning a 2-0 battle with state finalist Keegan Einerson.

Rapids will face Wausau West in tomorrow's semifinals.

Mukwonago defense stifles Muskego

March 02, 2012 11:24 p.m. | Sparked by Dominic Cizauskas and Aaron Nixon, Mukwonago's boys basketball team rallied to defeat Muskego in the regional semifinal, 49-32. 

The Indians used a three-pointer by Nixon to begin a 12-0 run opening the second quarter, one that lasted until David Mlachnik netted a three for the Warriors with 3:15 left in the half. After Nixon’s three, Cizauskas dropped in a beautifully assisted alley-oop and then scored two more field goals to give the Indians a 15-9 lead.

The Warriors had taken the early lead (9-6 after the first quarter) thanks to the efforts of Sam Weier whose scrappy hustle resulted in three putback buckets. After Mlachnik’s basket, Muskego rallied with a three from Jim Mock and a Mlachnik free throw to close to 18-16, but a foul on Nixon’s last-second 3-pointer allowed him to hit 2 of 3 free throws to end the half with the Indians leading, 20-16.

Mukwonago simply stifled and frustrated Muskego the rest of the way. Switching to a face-guarding defense on Mlachnik, the Warriors’ key player, Mukwonago allowed just five the rest of the game. Nixon was assigned the face guard duty with breaks provided by Dan Timmers and the tactic “worked perfectly” according to head coach Jim Haasser. 

“We frustrated him as predicted, we wore him [Mlachnik] out," Haasser said. "Aaron really managed the game on offense as well. He had zero turnovers. In our big wins over Pius and on the road against Arrowhead, he really stepped up and led us at point guard.” 

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Arrowhead boys win

March 02, 2012 10:05 p.m. |  Host Arrowhead's boys basketball team defeated Waukesha North Friday night in a WIAA regional game, 61-37.

Kenny Finco fired in 23 points for the Warhawks. Ryan Saeger added 13 points for Arrowhead.

Jake Ricciardi had 13 points for North.

Pewaukee boys lose

March 02, 2012 9:55 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost to visiting Wisconsin Lutheran Friday night in a WIAA Division 2 tournament game, 76-59.

PHS finished the season with a 17-6 record.

John Czerwinski had 19 points for the Pirates. Jordy Edgerson had 11 points,

Glacier fall in quadruple-overtime thriller

March 02, 2012 7:13 p.m. | One way to make sure you have everyone’s attention is to stand on the biggest stage as long as possible. The Kettle Moraine Glacier girls hockey team didn’t come away with a win after four exhausting overtimes against top-ranked Onalaska at the WIAA state meet Friday, but they definitely made the hockey community take notice.

The Glacier rallied from down three goals in the third period, and goalie Jenna Bales made 50 saves – one shy of a state tourney record – but Theresa Knutson’s goal with 2:17 to go in the fourth overtime gave Onalaska a 5-4 heart-stopper at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The Hilltoppers advanced to the state final Saturday afternoon. The Glacier, in just their third year of existence and two years removed from a two-win season, finished 20-7.

“We felt as an organization we didn't get the respect around the state that we deserved,” coach Brian Smith said. “We were 20-6 coming into this game and all the talk was about everyone else, teams we’d already beaten. The theme of practice all week was, ‘I'll show you how great I am.’ I think we showed everyone how great we were all night.”

Though the game ultimately lasted 3 hours and 25 minutes – unofficially the longest in state history – Onalaska appeared to have it in the bag with 3:32 off the clock in the third period when it went up, 4-1. But Jeralyse Tylke scored 1:14 seconds later off a rebound to breathe life into the Glacier, and when Morgan Hollowell broke loose on a breakaway and scored a mere 1:11 after that, it was a brand new game.

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KM Glacier drop heartbreaker at state

March 02, 2012 6:23 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine Glacier girls hockey team, a co-op that features skaters from Kettle Moraine, Mukwonago, Waukesha schools and others, dropped a 5-4 heartbreaker in quadruple overtime at the WIAA girls state hockey tournament in Madison on Friday.

The third-year program, appearing in its first state tournament, rallied from a three-goal deficit in the third period to force the extra session. Morgan Hollowell scored a pair of unassisted goals to knot the score, with the last coming with 5:45 left to play.

Jeralyse Tylke of KM also scored in the final period, and Jessica Foley scored in the second to give the Glacier a 1-0 lead, but Onalaska answered 25 seconds later to tie the score. KM never led again.

Jenna Bales made 50 saves, including 13 in a blitz of a second overtime, and finished one shy of the state tournament record. Theresa Knutson, the state's leading scorer, put in the game-winner in the fourth OT with 2:17 left on the clock.


March 02, 2012 5:49 p.m. | As many of you know, I am in opposition to the international adventurism with which we as a country seem to be obsessed lately. I regret ever having supported the Iraq invasion. In retrospect--hindsight is always better than foresight--we accomplished very little at great cost. Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, but so what? The world is full of bad guys running countries. Are we going to depose every tinpot dictator we don't happen to like?

Saving innocent lives is a worthy endeavor, but oppression and mistreatment happens all over the world and has been going on since the beginning of recorded history. If enough residents of a country object to their government, they can depose it by coup, revolution, insurrection or, if available, the ballot box. Why our government thinks it is somehow our responsibility to right all the wrongs of the world defies logical explanation. We have expended many American lives and gobs of money in Iraq, Libya, Kosovo and Afghanistan, along with something very quietly going on in Uganda, with very little to show for it.

Besides the loss of life and resources, we are stressing our military, especially air power, to dangerously near the breaking point and reacting to this manufactured crisis with draconian budget cuts. The Air force was caught unawares by the Administration's precipitous campaign in Libya to depose another tin pot dictator who constituted no threat whatsoever to the United States. Now, our President and his Secretary of State seem to be desperately searching for an excuse to intervene militarily in Syria.

Let me engage in a bit of hypothetical hyperbole. Let's say that several domestic militias, most of whom hate the government, banded together and mounted an insurrection with the purpose of deposing the government of the United States. Let's say they were supported by a bunch of right-wing extremist organizations and even some disaffected citizenry. What would be the reaction of the government? Wouldn't we attack them, militarily if necessary--I believe the Posse Comitatus Act permits military intervention ion the event of insurrection--with whatever force needed to defeat them, including lethal force. I believe the majority of the country would support this action.

Now, what is the difference between this hypothetical and what Basheer Assad is doing in Syria? He is defending his legal government against an armed insurrection--an attempt to overthrow him and his government. Oh, that's right, he is a "bad guy" and we don't like him, and he is militarily attacking a ragtag group of revolutionaries masquerading as civilian protestors.

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Snow photos from the road

March 02, 2012 4:13 p.m. |  State officials are advising drivers to stay off roads as the winter storm worsens. Area organizations and businesses continue to announce cancellations as the storm increases this evening. Conditions were slick and slushy on Highway 16 east coming from Hartland at 4 p.m.

Road conditions remain unfavorable throughout the metro-Milwaukee area with increased delays. Check local road conditions in your area if you must head out. 

Snow begins to cover the ground at First Bank Financial Center in Hartland around 3:30 p.m.

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Call 511 for highway conditions

March 02, 2012 3:31 p.m. |

The DOT is encouraging motorists to try to avoid travel during periods of the heaviest snowfall, and to wait until the snowfall has subsided.

The DOT's State Traffic Operations Center and Wisconsin State Patrol will monitor conditions on the state’s highways and will update the state’s 511 Traveler Information System as often as necessary. Dial 511 or go to www.511wi.gov to get the latest information on road conditions on main routes across Wisconsin.

If you are involved in a crash, run off the road, or become stranded, call 911.

Local roads getting slick

March 02, 2012 3:29 p.m. |  Many of the roads in the Lake Country are quickly becoming snow-covered and slick has heavy, wet snow began to fall around 2:30 p.m.

On Highway 16 near Hartland, traffic was moving around 40 miles per hour. Snow was starting to stick in the passing lanes both east and westbound.

In Hartland, Capitol Drive was becoming snow-covered as were most side streets.

School Lunches 03/02/12

March 02, 2012 3:17 p.m. |

Fort Atkinson school lunch menus, week

of Mar. 5

Free and reduced-fee meal applications are available year-round at each school office. For more information, call Barb Waaram, student nutrition, at (920) 563-7811 Ext. 1161

High school and middle school sandwich and pizza line

Mar. 5: Choice of cheeseburger, chicken burger, mini corndogs, sub or nachos; confetti fries, baked beans, choice of fruit or juice, milk

Mar. 6: Choice of pizza, bacon cheeseburger, sub or nachos; tossed salad, choice of fruit or juice, milk

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Births 03/02/12

March 02, 2012 3:16 p.m. | From Watertown

Regional Medical Center

O'Brien - Claudette and Christopher O'Brien of Watertown announce the birth of their daughter on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Bezanson - Donika and Aaron Bezanson of Watertown announce the birth of their daughter on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012.

Gottschalk - Ashley and Christopher Gottschalk of Fort Atkinson announce the birth of their son on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

Head home early, avoid increasing snow

March 02, 2012 3:13 p.m. | Roads were reported snow-covered in Hartland and more clear farther east about 3 p.m. However, conditions are changing rapidly. Drivers should be aware of worsening roads before heading out.

Meteorologist report that the storm will continue until midnight with up to 8 inches of snow expect in some areas. Tomorrow things are expected to clear up some with scattered snow showers and gusting winds.

WTMJ is reporting weather-related closings in Waukesha County including:

  • Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha No Services
  • Delafield American Legion Post Meetings Canceled
  • The Dance Academy, Ltd. Closed Friday
  • Otto’s Fine Art Academy Closing Early
  • Oconomowoc Area Schools canceled regional forensics meet

This is spring?

March 02, 2012 2:57 p.m. | Meteorological spring is here, but you wouldn't know it by looking out the window. Heavy snow is falling, and depths coule reach 6 to 9 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

A winter storm warning is in effect through this evening. The snowfall is expected to peak during the evening rush hour.

So far, there have been just a handful of closings announced. Meetings at the Delafield American Legion Post have been called off, as have services for the congregation of Emanu-El in Waukesha. The Dance Academy Ltd. is also closed.

The Oconomowoc School District has cancelled its regional forensics meet.

Kettle Moraine Schools said forecasted snow has cancelled all after-school activities tonight.

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Sick of winter?

March 02, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Then plan a trip!

If you're looking to take a vacation, consider a group trip with the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education program.  Their world travel fair will provide you with all the details.

See more in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.

See photo of school graffiti, watch press conference

March 02, 2012 2:53 p.m. | Obscene graffiti was spray painted on the north exterior wall of Kettle Moraine High School Thursday evening around 10:15 or 10:20 p.m., Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson said. Students saw the graffiti as they arrived at school this morning and Pederson believes social media escalated the situation as incorrect information went out to parents and media. Phones at the Sheriff's Department went crazy around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Pederson reported, as calls regarding the incident came flooding in.

To watch a video of a press conference held following the event, visit the recent videos section on the center of the page at LivingLakeCountry.com

The writing did have the word "kill" or "die" in it, Pederson said, but no specific group was targeted.

"Over the years this type of stuff gets spray painted on schools," said Pederson.

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Class as usual at KMHS after graffiti incident

March 02, 2012 1:45 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is investigating graffiti spray painted at Kettle Moraine High School after bomb threat, lock down and evacuation rumors spread and calls started flooding the Sheriff's Department, according to Sheriff's Department spokesperson Det. Steve Pederson.

Obscene graffiti was spray painted on the north exterior wall of the high school Thursday evening around 10:15 or 10:20 p.m., Pederson said. Students saw the graffiti as they arrived at school this morning and Pederson believes social media escalated the situation as incorrect information went out to parents and media. Phones at the Sheriff's Department went crazy around 8:30 a.m. this morning, Pederson reported, as calls regarding the incident came flooding in.

The writing did have the word "kill" or "die" in it, Pederson said, but no specific group was targeted.

"Over the years this type of stuff gets spray painted on schools," said Pederson.

KMHS Principal Jeff Walters reported that the high school would remain open for the remainder of the day, but parents could pick up their children if they wanted.

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Coach, parent get heave-ho from youth hoops game

March 02, 2012 1:43 p.m. |

City of Delafield – A coach of a fifth grade boy’s basketball team and a fan were removed from the Lake Country School gym Thursday evening after creating a disturbance and inciting the crowd, according to a police log.

Police were called to the school at about 5:33 p.m. for unruly subjects at the school during a basketball tournament. Police spoke with school Superintendent Mark Lichte who told police that a coach and a parent had been removed from the gymnasium for unsportsmanlike behavior.

The coach and parent were still on school premises though they had been asked to leave. Lichte told police that the two had been involved in a "heated verbal argument" just before the officers arrived, the police log said.

Hartland police also arrived to assist in keeping other people from becoming unruly, the log said.

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KMSD activities cancelled tonight

March 02, 2012 1:26 p.m. | All after-school and evening activities in the Kettle Moraine School District have been cancelled tonight due to forecasts for snow from the National Weather Service, according to a notice on the District website. 

KM parents notified of graffiti

March 02, 2012 11:12 a.m. | An automated telephone message from the Kettle Moraine School District notified parents at 11:10 a.m. about an "instance of vandalism" Thursday night in which the high school was painted with graffiti. The graffiti was discovered by a custodian.

The incident is being investigated by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with School District Officials.

"Kettle Moraine High School remains open. The district respects the parents' choice to remove their children for the remainder of the day," the message concluded. A similar message is posted on the high school website.

How many parents have taken advantage of that is unknown at this time.

News about the graffiti -- which is said to have contained the phrase "die yuppie scum" -- swept through the school earlier this morning, prompting many students to text their parents, and raising questions among some parents as to why they weren't notified earlier. 

Threat found on side of KM High School

March 02, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District officials are planning a press conference this morning to address concerns over a perceived threat found on the side of the school this morning.

A student at the school told Lake Country Publications that the graffiti says something about killing people. It is not thought that the message was directed at anyone in particular.

High School Principal Jeff Walters has told students they should not feel threatened. But despite that message, many students are leaving the school, the student said.

News of the message raced through the school, he said.

Watch for updates on this story.

Boys tourney games tonight

March 02, 2012 10:11 a.m. |  Four Lake Country area high school boys basketball teams will play WIAA regional second round games Friday night.

Arrowhead will host Waukesha North at 7 p.m. in a Division 1 game.

Wisconsin Lutheran will play a Division 2 game against host Pewaukee at 7 p.m.

St. John's Northwestern Military Academy will play a Division 3 game at Omro at 7 p .m.

Lake Country Lutheran will play a Division 5 game at Racine Lutheran at 7 p.m.

Reflecting on my childhood toys

March 02, 2012 8:58 a.m. | Just recently, I gave a speech to one of my classes school for a final exam. Although it was around a month or two ago, I still remember the topic well, and at times, find myself thinking about specifics from the knowledge I had shared with some classmates. What is it, you may ask? Although some may disagree, after doing a little research, I found that one of my favorite childhood toys, which I had always assumed was a good influences and role model, was in fact the opposite.

The toy I found to be one of the worst influences on children, especially at a young age, was the infamous Barbie doll. As a child, my Barbie dolls were my favorite toy. Whole hours and even days would pass where I could just sit and play dress up and house with all of my dolls, and never get bored. I was lucky enough to realize though that they were just dolls, and I never let the toy influence my life in such a way that would have changed it forever.

After doing all the prep work for my speech, I found numerous facts and details about Barbie that really changed what I thought about my favorite childhood toy. According to an article on teenink.com, Barbie at one time was demeaning to women both physically and mentally. In 1992, a teen talking Barbie came out uttering the phrase "Math class is tough," according to teenink.com. Although the company quickly changed the saying, damage had still been done. This showed young women, from little girls to young teenagers, that work in school is not important, and that it's OK to try and get by with just good looks.

Furthermore, it has been shown that as children grow up, they turn to Barbie dolls for role models on how they should look. According to the same teenink article and other research, Barbie has a waistline that is 39 percent smaller than the average anorexic patient. As these young girls who grew up with Barbies become women, some are shocked and disappointed when they look in the mirror and don't see that perfect body they always seemed to observe when they looked down at the toy in their hands. Even though Barbie did have some bad influences over women and young children, she has had some positive effects on people as well. Throughout the years, she has come out with over 150 different careers, showing people to shoot for their dreams, and that they have the chance to become whatever they want to be in their lives. Because she is a toy, she also allows children to express their creativity and imagination.

After processing all of this information, it really makes me think sometimes … what else have I grown up with that was bad?

Great Scott!

March 02, 2012 8:45 a.m. | Great Scott

Feb 20, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 22 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES

When I read this article by Steve Hayes from the Weekly Standard, and long time contributor to FOX News, I didn’t know at the time that a close relative of his is an old fly-fishing buddy from our past days on the Brule River. Getting Steve’s permission was easy!

Pretty sad we have to hear more of the truth from outside this state than within. Our Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel would melt if this article dripped into their print! Thanks Steve!

By Steve Hayes - Throughout the 2012 election cycle Republicans have pined for a bold, conservative reformer—a leader courageous enough to make difficult choices and articulate enough to explain them to a skeptical public. The good news is they have such a candidate. The less good news: Scott Walker isn’t running for president. He’s running to hang on to his job as governor of Wisconsin.

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 02, 2012 8:25 a.m. |

Parents Place offers classes

The following are groups or classes offered at Parents Place, 1570 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Call (262) 549-5575 to register. Complimentary child care is available.

Love and Logic: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, April 2-30. Love and Logic is a philosophy founded by Jim Fay and physician Foster W. Cline. this program provides simple and practical techniques to help parents have less stress and more fun while raising responsible kids. The curriculum provides immediate results with techniques such as setting limits with enforceable statements, sharing control through lots of small choices and more.

Wednesday Workshops: Making a Change/Goal Setting: April 18.

Parenting: The Early Years/Born Learning: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, April 17, 24, May 1 and 8. Birth to 5 years can be exciting and frustrating. Learn practical strategies to handle tantrums, bedtime battles, the "no" and "mine." Participate in hands-on activities to promote the positives.

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Alissa Schwichtenberg

March 02, 2012 8:24 a.m. | First graders at Eagleville Elementary Charter School studied hibernation and were asked to share what they had learned.Mitchell Byrnes

Most animals hibernate. In hibernation animals breath slow. They sleep through winter. Frogs sleep at the bottom of the pond. Snakes curl up. Beavers sleep in their dams. All in all most animals hibernate.

Alissa Schwichtenberg

I know many things about hibernation. First I know that bats hang upside down when they sleep. Next I know that birds migrate. Last I know that animals sleep all winter. I know that bears sleep in caves. All in all I know many things about hibernation.

Vegetarian or meat eater, you choose - Broiled Tomato Sandwich

March 02, 2012 8:20 a.m. | This dish is similar to the bacon tomato cups recipe I got from my cousin Janice Ithier some time ago. While that recipe is a great appetizer that my family enjoys, this recipe doesn't call for bacon, but is a great addition for the meat lover and tastes great either way. Just add a nice salad or cup of soup, and you've got a meal. Try it in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak.

This sandwich also works well wBroiled Tomato Sandwich


¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

4 ripe tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick

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AHS girls defeat KM, share title

March 02, 2012 6:41 a.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Kettle Moraine Thursday night in the final Classic 8 Conference game of the season, 38-26.

The win moved the Arrowhead record to 13-1 in league play, tying them with Milwaukee Pius for the league championship. It was their first title since 2008. The Warhawks are 19-3 on the season.

KM fell to 8-14 overall and 6-8 in conference games.

Arrowhead led from start to finish, taking leads of 9-4 after the first quarter and 20-12 at halftime.

Jenny Smith led the Warhawks with 12 points and Kyle Davis had 8.

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Hamilton girls win GMC title

March 01, 2012 10:32 p.m. | Playing before a spirited crowd in a hotly-contested battle, Sussex Hamilton's girls basketball team secured the first conference title in school history with a 59-54 win over Divine Savior Holy Angels in overtime.

Both teams came into the season-closing battle tied for first place in the GMC with two losses, and when the Chargers played a near-flawless second quarter to take a 33-22 lead at halftime, it looked like Hamilton had it in the bag. But Arike Ogunubawale (26 points) caught fire and scored 10 straight Dashers points, helping her team take a brief lead before the Chargers bounced back and went up 48-41 with 4:27 to go in the game.

DSHA's Bea Thorson hit a pair of 3-pointers off the ench in the fourth quarter, and two shots in the paint on the final possession wouldn't fall for Hamilton with the score tied at 50-50.

Ogunbuwale gave her team a 54-52 lead early in the overtime, but Mackenzie Latt hit 6 of 8 free throws and scored eight of her 31 points in the extra session. Her two makes with 12.7 seconds left essentially sealed the outcome.

Jenny Shernell added 11 points for the Chargers, who finished the year 17-5 and 12-2 in conference.

Open Forum

March 01, 2012 5:39 p.m. | Open Forum   

I haven’t been that inspired to write lately, so I’ll leave it to you guys.

First a Rant against Time Warner Cable:

My wife and I canceled our digital cable and decided to do internet streaming and it has been a great relief to break the shackles (most of them except for internet service) of Time Warner Cable. Every moment dealing with them has been excruciating from setting up the service since we bought our house to getting rid of digital cable it has been a nightmare.

Get this, I canceled the service on the 16th of February and found out they were billing me until the day they decided to un-hook the service. Huh! It’s not my fault that they are slow to un-hook it. I should not have to pay for their slow response. Then to add insult to injury they un-hooked my internet service that same day which I had kept!!!

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 5:18 p.m. |

Alzheimer's Association program

Waukesha - The Alzheimer's Association will offer a three-part workshop called "Understanding Dementia: An Education Program for Family Caregivers" from 6 to 8 p.m. on three consecutive Mondays beginning March 19, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, 725 American Ave., Waukesha.

This three-session workshop is designed for those with a family member or friend recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. The program will include an overview of dementia, communication strategies, behavior changes, safety issues, community resources and personal care for the caregiver. There will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with others who are coping with similar situations.

This program is being provided by the Alzheimer's Association at no charge, and is open to the public. Registration is required at (414) 479-8800 or deborah.klement@alz.org.

For more information about Alzheimer's disease and local services visit www.alz.org/sewi or call the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 5:16 p.m. |

Go green

for your green

Waukesha - Retzer Nature Center will host a free Organic Lawn Care Workshop SOS (Support our Soil) from 10 to 11 a.m. March 11, at the center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Genesee.

Traditional approaches to maintaining lawns has been to treat weeds and insects with herbicides and pesticides and support grass growth with synthetic fertilizers. Along with potential health concerns for families and pets, it is now known the damage that has been inflicted on the most basic life-support system: soil.

Learn about the latest trends and steps to a green and healthy lawn through organic practices that feed the soil without harming the environment. Call (262) 548-7801 to register by Friday, March 9.

Volunteers needed

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Honor Roll 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 5:16 p.m. |

Pewaukee Asa Clark Middle School

Pewaukee Asa Clark Middle School has released its honor roll for the 2011-12 school year.

High Honors

Grade 8: Brittany A. Adkins, Gabriella A. Amini, Madeline R. Arzbecker, Valentina Asciutto, Jessica K. Bacon, Alexandria A. Baker, Andrew J. Barth, Andrea E. Basile, Kaitlin M. Bates, Kennedi C. Bates, Daniel M. Becker, Peyton B. Behrends, Brennan R. Boehm, Hannah M. Breese, Monica L. Burian, Nicole M. Burian, Brittany K. Burke, Shaun M. Campbell, Alexander J. Clement, Anne E. Collins, Madeline M. Collins, Avery E. Colwell, Ally A. Condon, Zachary L. Corso, Carson M. Cotterell, Alyssa B. Czerwinski, Kaitlin M. Daul, Abigail M. Debelack, Matthew G. Derzay, Hannah L. Dillemuth, Bethany Dindorf, Bennett W. Eldredge, Jack M. Ellington, Joseph P. Fernandez, Sara M. Fox, Jeremiah D. Frodl, Grant W. Fuhr, Kathryn E. Gallagher, Evan W. Gard, Abigail M. Gerrits, Madison Giordano, Melanie A. Gray-Trier, Mitchell F. Grinwald, Samantha M. Grosberger, Anthony M. Grotjan, Evan J. Grzeszczak, Gabriel P. Hall, Sean M. Hass, Haley R. Henke, Jackson A. Hoang, Evan M. Hoffins, Kevin M. Hoffmann, Alexandria S. Hultine, Jennifer R. Igielski, Dylan S. Immel, Ashton E. Keene, Bailey J. Kennedy, Brandon M. Kennedy, Miranda R. Kennison, Kaitlyn M. Kleinhans, Sarah A. Klemm, Joseph C. Koehler, Kendra J. Koepp, Margaret R. Kyte, Joseph D. Labs, Dylan A. Lenske, Alison L. Lovek, Cooper T. Lukenda, Nicholas J. Majeskie, Patrick R. Mcknight, Hannah E. Michaelson, Andrew J. Mielke, Alexa M. Miller, Ryan L. Mulvey, Gabriel S. O'neal, Kelin R. Jr Olson, Abigail L. Papka, Ross J. Pelzel, Madison C. Pribyl, Samuel V. Queen, Taylor N. Rajchel, Evan R. Ritchie, Jose A. Jr Rivera, Nicholas M. Roberts, Max W. Rogers, Sara K. Sandlass, Morgan Sandstrom, Olivia J. Schaefer, Kasia B. Schwantes, Chase G. Seliger, Jackson A. Sewell, Jessica L. Sklenar, Stephen D. Sparacino, Kristie Tabbert, Isabel R. Tenpas, Nicole A. Tomfohrde, Chloe T. Torres, Daniel H. Trotier, Danielle K. Van Dusen, Taylor Vander Wyst, Claudia L. Vega, Mai D. Vo, Robert W. Wagner, Abigail C. Wannow, Brandon J. Wegner, Madisen M. Weisensel, Adam J. Wiesman, Nina A. Wiley, Samantha A. Willis, Austin J. Witthun, Nicholas R. Woerishofer, Natalie L. Worcester, Owen J. Wozniak, John D. Young, Brandon O. Zettlemoyer, Brennan M. Zimmer and Jordan T. Zimmerly.

Grade 7: Carson S. Abrahamson, Cristofer A. Albiter, Andrew Allyn, Jenna D. Anderson, Allison G. Andes, Vincent J. Angellotti, Derek A. Armstrong, Kavitha N. Babu, Evalina A. Bayer, Ryan E. Beattie, Emily K. Becker, Callie J. Bednarek, Aaron P. Beecher, Minha Beg, Brandon D. Berg, Zoe A. Bierce, Skyler M. Bohn, Taryn M. Bradley, Rodney O. Iii Brandenburg, Kelsey M. Brester, Madeline Brielmaier, Quinn S. Brownell, Chase A. Brueggemann, Claudia L. Burns, Sarah N. Calderon, Evan R. Carney, Rebecca T. Chadwick, Grace S. Chang, Shelby A. Clark, Jeremy R. Cole, Michael K. Conrad, Wyatt O. Cook, Emma K. Coursin, Julia R. Creamean, Cassidy N. Dankert, Sophia I. Desidero, Kevin B. Dethloff, Michelle M. Dieckelman, Madison A. Dominiak, Cassandra R. Doubek, Samantha J. Douglas, Abigale M. Dunne, Claire C. Ellington, Jessica Esser, Kiley L. Fetherston, Hannah M. Finley, Nicholas M. Fonte, Christian P. Fox, Zachary T. Frei, Matthew J. Gahan, Melody A. Geffert, Sara C. Gonzalez, Alexander L. Goodyear, Rebecca L. Groer, Alexander T. Guindon, Maxwell D. Hamm, Haylie B. Hansen, Morgan K. Hanson, Michael J. Heinen, Christina J. Heinritz, Max A. Herget, Ashley N. Hohnstein, Parker A. Hutjens, Benjamin T. Hyde, Emily R. Imig, Liana N. Jackson, Emily M. Johnson, Tori M. Johnson, Sarah E. Kaderavek, Sydney A. Kaine, Simon R. Kirchoff, Nicholas J. Kohler, Nathan K. Kolbow, Catherine L. Koplien, Chloe P. Krumenacher, Jackson F. Kunnert, Charles P. Laning, Abigail J. Laskowski, Klaire E. Ledger, Eden C. Lochner, Allison M. Loth, Marissa A. Lupo, Alexis M. Maes, Madeline T. Manriquez, Andrea P. Martin, Heather L. Martinson, Alex L. Mauch, Grace C. Memmo, Molly Miller, Jake W. Mistele, Charles W. Monday, Nathan J. Moran, Madison Moroder, Isabella C. Mouradian, Ryan J. Murphy, Hayley A. Nangle, Reynna E. Nelson, Aidan J. Nordquist, Collin A. Olsen, Lauren J. Orheim, Savannah J. Padilla, Matthew H. Palkowski, Anna E. Petersen, Tiffany B. Raasch, Samuel A. Ramlow, Jacob L. Raschka, Andrew R. Raymond, Eric L. Rogowski, Allison N. Rokus, Carson J. Rosenberger, Rachel C. Rosencrans, Gwennette R. Ross, Kaitlynd Scanlan, Parker Schanefelt, Mackenzie M. Schill, Amanda M. Schoenecker, Kendall J. Schoenike, Brooke E. Siebert, Nate Sjoberg, Jennifer L. Somenske, Gopal Sreedharan, Emma J. Steiler, Samuel A. Stern, Mckena R. Stocks, Ryan M. Stoffield, Madyson C. Studenec, Anusha R. Talwalkar, Patrick S. Tomfohrde, Emilee R. Toureene, Mckenna A. Tucker, Kyle S. Turba, Carly J. Van Altena, Riah K. Vandezande, Sidney N. Vargo, Tien D. Vo, Sydney A. Wagner, Alex C. Wahlgren, Redmon B. Wallace, Rachel E. Ward, Molly C. Weinfurter, Jack R. Wendelberger, Kevon J. Williamson, Macey G. Wolfe, Samantha R. Wollenzien, Adam J. Yourkovich, Maria A. Zabel, Hope L. Zimmermann and Erika M. Ziolkowski

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Spread Your Wings 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 5:16 p.m. | The following programs are held at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education, 1500 N. University Drive, unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www .waukesha .uwc .edu/ ce or call (262) 521-5460.

Being an Everyday Leader

This class meets from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, March 5-19, with instructor Michel DeLisle. Students will identify their strengths and use them to explore and develop their own leadership style and skills that can prepare them for larger challenges in the future. With this knowledge, students will inspire others and improve productivity in all aspects of their personal and professional life. Cost: $99.

Paranormal Investigation

This class meets from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, March 7-21, and from 7 to midnight Saturday, March 24, for an investigation. Participants will learn how to explain the unexplained as they advance their ghost-hunting skills and gain deeper insight into the science behind paranormal equipment and theories behind haunting investigations. Students will take that knowledge and conduct an actual investigation at a haunted site for the final class. Be the judge if ghost-hunting adventures are real or a hoax. Carpooling arrangements will be discussed in class. Cost: $99.

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 5:14 p.m. |

Match Day fish fry feeds needy

Waukesha - The Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Hebron House of Hospitality, Hope Center and The Women's Center will observe their Match Day collaboration by providing a fish fry luncheon and dinner to their clients on Thursday, March 8. As part of their partnership, these collaborating agencies have also invited guests of The Salvation Army.

Match Day is a one-day-only online giving event held from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at www.MatchDayMKE.org. It provides an opportunity for Waukesha County individuals, businesses and foundations to support organizations that help individuals and families residing in the county attain basic needs.

All gifts starting at $10 and above will be matched proportionately by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, based on the total amount of money raised by each organization during Match Day.

Volunteers will prepare the meals and deliver them to the clients of the participating agencies on Match Day.

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 4:28 p.m. |

WCTC provides specialized TSA training

Pewaukee - Waukesha County Technical College was recently selected to deliver three courses to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees to enhance their awareness of issues surrounding homeland security and terrorism.

The TSA employees, who work at General Mitchell International Airport, are taking three courses through WCTC's Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program. The courses, specifically geared toward TSA employees, take an in-depth look at issues that impact the public's safety and security. Introduction to Homeland Security focuses on the importance of the agencies associated with Homeland Security and their interrelated duties and relationships; Intelligence Analysis and Security Management examines intelligence analysis and its indispensable relationship to the security management of terrorist attacks, man-made disasters and natural disasters; and Transportation and Border Security provides an overview of modern border and transportation security challenges, as well as different methods employed to address these challenges.

Six WCTC instructors, with extensive knowledge and experience in homeland security, safety, intelligence and related areas, are facilitating the coursework.

Mark Stigler, a WCTC homeland security instructor, said WCTC is honored to have been chosen for this important educational partnership.

Fund for Hilligoss family established

March 01, 2012 3:39 p.m. | A memorial fund established in honor of J.T. Hilligoss is available at any Landmark Credit Union.

Friends of the family created The "J.T. Hilligoss Fund" at the Hartland Landmark Credit Union, but donors can give monetary gifts at any Landmark Credit Union location.

The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers because of a lung condition affecting J.T.'s father.

Hilligoss was found dead in his bedroom at his parent's Village of Hartland home early Monday morning.

Read our earlier coverage of this story here.

Joey Fund established for boy hit by train

March 01, 2012 2:44 p.m. | According to an e-mail received by Lake Country Publications, organizers have established a fund to help the family of Joey Kramer offset the cost of his funeral expenses.

The 11-year-old was killed after being struck by a train in Wauwatosa on Monday.

Joey was a sixth grade student at Longfellow Elementary School in Wauwatosa. He attended kindergarten through fifth grade in the Pewaukee School District.

All contributions can be made to the "Joey Fund" c/o M&I Bank, 7635 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213.

Read more about this story in our earlier coverage here.

Swan sets Pewaukee scoring record

March 01, 2012 2:25 p.m. |  Pewaukee High School senior forward Jordyn Swan became the all-time leading scorer in school history Wednesday night by making a layup three minutes into the third quarter. When she added a free throw on the same play, Swan's total of points moved to 1,152, two better than former record holder Amy Steffens, who graduated in 2004.

Swan is a four-year varsity player and will play at the University of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville next year. She has averaged 12.3 points per game for her four-year varsity career. This year the 6-foot senior is scoring 17 points per game.

Celebrating 50 years of literacy

March 01, 2012 1:14 p.m. | Elm Grove villagers gathered recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their public library. Controversy surrounded the idea of establishing that library. One gentleman thought each home should set up their own library. Stories of those early days were shared at the Elm Grove Woman's Club where the anniversary dinner was held.

Mukwonago show choir set to perform in Madison

March 01, 2012 1:01 p.m. | Mukwonago High School’s Starstruck Show Choir will be experiencing the majestic beauty of the State Capitol Rotunda as they fill it with music during their free performance as part of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association (WMEA) Capitol Concerts program on March 5.

The choir, under the direction of Charlotte Kolby, will perform in the State Capitol Rotunda from 12 to 1 p.m.. The concert is free and open to the public.

Capitol Concerts are a series of student performances coordinated by the WMEA in celebration of Music In Our Schools Month, a time when the importance of music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. School music groups from around the state are chosen to participate in the annual WMEA program, according to a news release from WMEA. 

“These concerts bring together two of Wisconsin’s great treasures – the State Capitol and our talented young citizens,” said Kevin Thays, WMEA director of communications. “The concerts share the accomplishments of school music groups and emphasize the very important place of music in our schools and communities.” 

For more information on WMEA and a complete schedule, go to www.wmeamusic.org. To learn more about Music In Our Schools Month, visit www.nafme.org. 

Vegetarian or meat eater; you choose

March 01, 2012 12:24 p.m. | This dish is similar to the bacon tomato cups recipe I got from my cousin Janice Ithier some time ago. While that recipe is a great appetizer that my family enjoys, this recipe doesn't call for bacon, but is a great addition for the meat lover and tastes great either way. Just add a nice salad or cup of soup, and you've got a meal. Try it in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak.

This sandwich also works well wBroiled Tomato Sandwich


¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

4 ripe tomatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick

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Ready to rumble in robotics competition

March 01, 2012 12:04 p.m. | Five days before deadline and three days before a practice competition, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team 930 tore its robot apart. It lay in pieces throughout the team's shop as drills and saws bore through aluminum plates and polycarbonate, removing every ounce of excess weight team members could find.

They joke, that the robot had joined the biggest loser contest, only here no amount of Zumba would slim down the 17x37x35 robot that needed to lose more than 20 pounds to qualify for regional competition. If the weight wasn't cut, the robot couldn't compete, and six weeks of long hours, six days a week, would go for naught, short of the lessons learned as the team prototyped, designed, built and programmed the robot.

Half the team consisted of rookies, the other half timidly stepping into leadership roles vacated by a large senior class. The team faced a rebuilding year, a year of rebounding that fit with the FIRST 2012 robotics challenge Rebound Rumble. Since the beginning of January, the 22 team members clocked late nights and long Saturdays to get to this point.

Now, however, the team was at a crucial point. They weighed nuts, bolts, gears and pulleys, calculated the weight for every inch of material on the robot, determining where they could cut the most weight while consuming the least amount of time. With the deadline for bagging the robot days away, time was critical.

However, seasoned veterans of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) know the weight of tight deadlines, budget constraints and challenging engineering and manufacturing specifications. A day and half after tearing the robot apart, it was reconstructed as a slimmer, lighter bot. While the team still had a few pounds to trim, the 120-pound weight limit was within reach.

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Suspect sought in Sussex armed robbery

March 01, 2012 11:36 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has released photos of an armed robber captured on surveillance cameras at Quarry Mobile Mart on Lisbon Road in Sussex last week in hopes someone will recognize him and provide information.

The robber walked into the mart shortly before 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23, displayed a sawed-off shotgun and demanded money. The clerk did not resist and turned over what sheriff's spokesman Detective Steve Pederson described as an undetermined amount of cash. The robber fled without further incident.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, in his mid-40s and with a weathered, acne-pocked face. He spoke without an accent and was wearing a denim coat, blue jeans, tan boots and Oakley style glasses.

If anyone recognizes him or has information, they are asked to contact the Sheriff's Department at (262) 548-7122 or Detective Jay Dunston at (262) 424-9001.

Don't put that shovel away yet

March 01, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Just when you thought spring might finally be here to stay, Old Man Winter has decided to make another appearance. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Friday afternoon through evening.

Accumulations of 4 to 8 inches of heavy, wet snow are possible.

Activity Center offers classes

March 01, 2012 11:22 a.m. |

Voter ID requirements 

Confused about voter ID requirements? Stop by the Rock Lake Activity Center (RLAC), 229 Fremont St., Lake Mills, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, to learn what is required of all voters and how it differs from past elections.

Robin Untz of Lake Mills and a representative from the City of Lake Mills will be on hand to answer questions about voter ID and absentee ballots. They will present the state's current requirements and what voters need to do to be eligible to vote in any upcoming elections. Robin and Betsy will have information from the Government Accountability Board.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Route 55

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Jefferson County offers school physicals

March 01, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Schools in most communities are scheduling registrations and screenings for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Children are required to have a physical screening as well and must be up-to-date with state required immunizations. Physical exams and immunizations are available through the Jefferson County Health Department. Note that athletic physicals are not done by Jefferson County Health Department.

These exams are accepted by all schools, preschools and daycares. There is no charge for the physical or the vaccines. There is a fee of $10 per person (not per immunization) for administration of vaccines. Active BadgerCare cards are accepted. Private insurances cannot be billed. The administration fee will be waived for anyone unable to pay.

The clinics fill up quickly as the start of school nears. Following is the list of available dates for March and April.

April 4: St. Mary Help of Christian Catholic Church, W856 Highway 18, Sullivan

March 14: St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 226 E. Madison St., Waterloo

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Community Briefs 03/02/12

March 01, 2012 11:22 a.m. |

Farm service workshop planned

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The United States Department of Agriculture's Wisconsin Farm Service Agency, announced that

The general signup for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is March 12-April 6. During the signup period, farmers and ranchers may offer eligible land for CRP's competitive general signup at their county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

The Jefferson County Natural Resources Conservation Service will offer a CRP workshop at 3 p.m. Monday, March 12, at the UW-Extension office, 864 Collins Road, Jefferson. The workshop is for anyone with questions or interest in signing up during the general CRP signup period. Land not currently enrolled in CRP may be offered during this signup period. Additionally, current CRP participants with contracts expiring Sept. 30 may make new contract offers. Contracts awarded under this signup are scheduled to become effective Oct. 1. For more information or if you need an accommodation, contact Lori Leonard by Friday, March 2, by calling (920) 396-9999 x 139 or sending email to lori.leonard@wi.usda.gov.

Twelve organizations awarded agricultural grants

March 01, 2012 11:16 a.m. | Twelve county 4H, FFA and other youth organizations were awarded nearly $5,900 by the Jefferson County Agribusiness Club on Feb. 14.

The grant money was earned through the club's annual holiday cheese sale and with the assistance of grant and scholarship recipients in their food stand operation at the Jefferson County Fair and the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival at the Fair Park in September.

The Jefferson County Dairy Youth Project received $250 to help fund showmanship and herdsmanship awards, dairy quiz bowl and dairy judging team activities.

The Jefferson County 4-H Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program was granted $600 to purchase robot kits, notebook computers and jump drives to use in its robotic science program.

The $300 granted to the Wisconsin Make It Yourself With Wool contest will be used to assist in support of the state contest held during the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival in September at the Fair Park.

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Black Hawk senior residents celebrate Mardi Gras

March 01, 2012 11:16 a.m. | Residents at Black Hawk Senior Residence, 1 W. Milwaukee Ave., Fort Atkinson, celebrated Mardi Gras, also known as "Fat Tuesday," with casino games, New Orleans-style food, decorations, and more on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Residents of the senior assisted living facility played Mardi Gras trivia, blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold 'em poker, horse racing and bingo throughout the day. Staff and volunteers were on hand to lead the festivities, and awarded winners with candy and snacks.

Residents Pat Peterson and Harvey Badura were chosen Mardi Gras queen and king for the day, and each resident received green, gold and purple beads to wear.

Black Hawk Residence dietary staff served a Southern lunch of fried shrimp, black-eyed peas, spinach greens, corn bread and pastry. For dinner, residents enjoyed a pancake supper, symbolizing the last indulgence before the Christian season of Lent.

The activity and dietary staff at Black Hawk Senior Residence coordinate thematic programs and meals throughout the year for the residents of the 38-bed facility. Volunteers from the community assist with special days at Black Hawk Senior Residence.

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Community Briefs 03/02/12

March 01, 2012 11:16 a.m. |

Ten win gifts in tourism survey

Jefferson County businesses are awarding gifts to 10 winners who filled out a recent consumer survey.

The survey is part of market research being done by the Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium (JCEDC) under a grant from the state Department of Tourism.

Winners are Cassandra Guenterberg, Renee Ziegel, Alice Jacobson, Kristin Wallace, Carol Eck, Ben Bisbach, Olive Gross, Barb Nahmens, Pat Bowen and Heidi Dorf.

JCEDC Executive Director Dennis Heling said more than 700 people responded to the survey. "The have provided us with great insight into ways we can help improve tourism and what they enjoy about our county," he said.

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 11:14 a.m. |

Volunteers needed

Volunteer drivers are needed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to deliver meals to Mukwonago area seniors. Volunteer one to two times per week or month. Drivers are reimbursed for mileage.

Packers are also needed to help package home-delivered meals.

Oconomowoc volunteers are also needed, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays to help pack, serve meals and clean up at the Senior Dining Center in the Hickory View Apartments. Times may vary, depending on the task.

To volunteer, call Karen Straw at the Aging & Disability Resource Center, (262) 548-7829.

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Community Briefs 03/04/12

March 01, 2012 11:12 a.m. |

Foreigner completes

Fair lineup

Foreigner is the final act of the lineup at the 170th Waukesha County Fair. Foreigner will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 20, on the Miller Lite Main Stage.

General admission to the Miller Lite Main Stage shows is free with a daily admission Fair ticket. Fairgoers may purchase VIP and Elite VIP seating tickets to Main Stage shows; pricing to be determined. Tickets go on sale beginning April 1 at www.Wau keshaCountyFair.com.

The young and restless: underclassmen help ball programs rise from the ashes

March 01, 2012 11:12 a.m. | The storybook ending will have to wait at least another few weeks.

With a gym slammed to capacity and loaded with energy, the Mukwonago boys basketball team tipped last Thursday, Feb. 23 looking for something its predecessors had only dreamed of - a conference title. Though the Indians had shown flashes of talent the past several seasons, no Mukwonago team had ever finished better than 7-7 in the Classic 8 Conference since its 1998 inception.

It was a fact that MHS coach Jim Haasser was painfully aware of when the team fell to Waukesha South in the 2011 finale, 58-47, to tumble back to 7-7. In 2009-10, his unit featured a pair of eventual 900-plus point scorers in Ty Bauschek and Derek Hasanoglu. Bauschek scored 37 points in a dramatic loss to Menomonee Falls in the playoffs, 76-75, and the talented Falls team came within inches of the state tournament.

But that year, the Classic 8 produced two state champions in Catholic Memorial and Arrowhead, and the Indians' league record was just 5-9 even though they were competitive with those top teams.

"Those games show us how close we were to being an elite D1 team his season, even though our record doesn't always reflect that," Haasser said then. "To be blind to what our record indicates would be irresponsible though, too."

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Small repairs can have a big impact

March 01, 2012 11:10 a.m. | As the weather continues to warm, you might be thinking about some of the home improvement projects you put on the back burner during the winter. As you once again consult your to-do list, it's the perfect time to think about a few small projects that can greatly enhance your home's curb appeal.

Where does a smart homeowner start? The answer: Begin with a few small projects that are guaranteed to greatly enhance your home's curb appeal. Whether you're preparing to sell your home, or are simply trying to protect your investment and make it easier on the eyes, there are a few common improvements that can give the exterior of your home a quick and easy facelift.

Start with the driveway

Repaving or reconstructing your driveway entirely can be a time consuming and expensive task, but for most homeowners, this can be avoided with some annual maintenance. If you neglect your driveway, cracks can quickly grow into potholes, which can cause it to lose its aesthetic appeal and pose a safety concern. A few hours work each year can greatly extend the life of your driveway.

Other projects

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Statewide tornado drill slated for April 19

March 01, 2012 11:08 a.m. | A statewide tornado/severe weather drill is planned for Thursday, April 19. All counties are expected to participate at the same time.

The National Weather Service (NWS) will issue a mock tornado watch for all of Wisconsin at 1 p.m. That will be followed at 1:45 with a mock statewide tornado warning. The drill will end at 2 p.m.

If actual severe weather occurs anywhere in the state on April 19, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 20, with the watch/warning issued at the same times.

The drill will be a true, end-to-end test involving interruption of broadcast radio, TV and cable stations and tone-alerting of the test watch and warning on NOAA Weather Radios (also known as emergency weather radios). The tornado warning at 1:45 p.m. will last about one minute on radio and TV stations across Wisconsin. When it is done, stations will return to normal programming. Television viewers and radio station and emergency radio listeners will hear a message indicating that "This is a test."

Hundreds of schools will also participate in the drill.

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Making career and technical education a priority helps everyone

March 01, 2012 11:06 a.m. | There's a lot to talk about as we observe Career and Technical Education Month in Wisconsin. More and more young people are getting the chance to prepare themselves for a good career by taking technical college classes while still in high school. That's because our public PK-12 schools and technical colleges are forming more partnerships to deliver huge benefits to students with zero or little cost to their parents. In fact, the number of high school students who earned technical college credits through the most common type of dual credit program more than doubled in just five years.

There are high schools right now in Wisconsin where kids get to engineer and manufacture their own products in state-of-the-art facilities, with expert guidance. Some of our students even graduate from high school with not one, but two, diplomas because they were able to complete, in high school, the academic requirements of both high school and a degree in a field like nursing or automotive technology. These kinds of success stories happen when the community or local business partners generously step up to support our kids' and communities' future. This help is especially important when budget cuts negatively affect career and technical education (CTE) programs and course offerings at the same time we work to expand these opportunities.

Meanwhile, many CTE courses themselves have evolved, becoming much more scientific and rigorous.

Also evolving is our understanding of the knowledge and skills needed for students to be career- and college-ready as well as those that match the needs of employers, now and in the future.

People are out there, ready to tell stories of how CTE helped them succeed. Take a Wisconsin student named Rachel, who appears in a video we've put online for CTE Month. Her CTE classes led her to pursue a master's degree in civil engineering.

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Mukwonago Optimists essay winners show positive attitude

March 01, 2012 11:06 a.m. | The Mukwonago Optimist Club recently sponsored its annual essay contest in area high schools. The official theme for this year's writing was "How my positive outlook benefits my community." Twenty-three students from Mukwonago, Palmyra-Eagle and Elkhorn Area High School participated in the contest.

The top three winners this year were all from Mukwonago High School, with Connor Petersen, the son of Chris and Shari Peterson of Mukwonago, winning first place and a check for $150. His essay will be sent to the district contest where it will be competing for $2,500 in scholarships. Second place went to Kaelee Heideman, daughter of Pat and Kerry Heideman, who received $100. Aniela Tyksinski, daughter of Maria and Martin Tyksinski, took third place and received $50. Look for their essays in future issues of Living Kettle Moraine Sunday.

How my positive outlook benefits my community

By Connor Petersen

Millions of ripple effects reverberate through a community every day and very few people notice the little actions that cause a positive wave. A simple "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon" often seems almost unimportant I the daily routine, but in reality, these acts of courtesy hold an immense amount of influence. After working at a drug store for the past year, I became familiar with the prowess of warm regards and simple mannerisms that greatly affect the attitude of a community.

Previous to claiming my occupation at a drug store, the term "open" was never really synonymous to my personality. I minded my own business and I hardly ever engaged in conversation with unknown people. Well, the whole silent-intellectual persona failed when it came to working in a retail store. The entire composition of a local store was built upon a foundation of customer satisfaction, which meant that I needed to converse regularly with strangers. In the beginning, it was a little frightening and I was too caught up in my fright to notice if the customer appreciated any of my social interactions. After stumbling around in my awkward state of discomfort, an epiphany occurred while I shopped at a different store. I put my items up on the counter while the clerk gave a very nonchalant yawn. He then proceeded to scan my items in silence and give me my total in the most uninterested voice possible. After I left the store, I contemplated this interaction. It was boring, to say the least, but I learned something valuable from this. Common courtesy goes a long way.

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See, learn about the world first hand

March 01, 2012 10:18 a.m. | Looking to get away, get real insight on your destination, meet new people, and have fun at a reasonable rate?

If so, first on your agenda should be to mark March 17 on your calendar.

That is the day the Continuing Education program at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha is holding a World Travel Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair will be held in the Commons Building on the campus off of University Drive in Waukesha. The event is open to the public and features travel destinations including overseas trips to Southeast Asia, Austria and Wales, along with Cuba and Easter Island. Closer to home are trips to the East Coast and Florida.

"There are so many opportunities this year," said Vic Passante, travel director at UW-Waukesha's Continuing Education program. At the fair, people can go from table to table to get information about the trips. "Some people do more than one trip," Passante added.

The Continuing Education program, which is part of UW-Waukesha, has offered these trips for several years now. Students can take the trips for credit, while others can tag along for the opportunity to not only sightsee but get an in-depth understanding of the places they visit. A professor or expert on the region will go along and act not only as a tour guide but educator as well.

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Ownership of tools

March 01, 2012 7:56 a.m. | Man’s material welfare is the product of four things: finances, natural resources, human energy (physical and mental), and tools. Therefore, the level of material welfare can be measured by the quality and quantity of the natural resources, the quantity and quality of human energy, the quantity and quality of the and tools that multiply the human energy, plus the availability of finances. Any scheme to improve man’s material welfare must deal with these four factors and can be analyzed in terms of them.

For example, let’s consider the scheme proposed by British socialists in 1948. The Socialists promised to improve the material welfare of the people by transferring the ownership of tools from the private sector to the government. After the transfer of tool ownership was complete, there were no additional material resources, no additional human energy, no additional finances and no additional tools. Nothing had changed with the exception of the ownership of the tools of production. The Socialists were, in essence, promoting the idea that the government control of the tools would lead to an increase in goods produced, but this was not the case. Productivity decreased following the transfer of ownership of tools. Roderick Floud in ‘The Economic History of Britain’ lists the comparative productivity, in terms of output per man, between the US and Britain. The productivity per person in Britain declined in comparison to the US between 1948 and 1970. In 1940 the productivity output per person was equivalent in 1948. By 1970 the productivity per man in Britain was 1/3 of that in the US. The concept that government ownership of the tools of production caused an increase in goods and services is false. It was false in England and false as a general concept.

Looking at the US in 2012, material welfare has taken an enormous slide for several reasons. Industry has vastly less access to natural resources than it did 40 years ago. Government regulation has eliminated access to vast oil reserves, timber, water, and coal. This limited access along with a depletion of natural resources already accessed has had a devastating effect on the ability to produce goods and services.

If we accept the idea that the greatest quantity of goods and services produce the greatest material welfare, the increase in natural resources, human energy, and tools is the greatest good. This idea is in conflict with a liberal’s idea of economic justice, in which equalized distribution of finances is the greatest good. Economic justice reduces the quantity and quality of human energy by artificially limiting those who produce the highest quantity and quality of human energy. Whereas the market rewards those who produce the highest quantity and quality of human energy, government penalizes this group.

What the government encourages will increase; what government penalizes will decrease. That has been a constant throughout human history.

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Pewaukee girls win outright title

March 01, 2012 7:06 a.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team clinched the outright championship Wednesday night in the Woodland Conference Blue Division by whipping visiting Brown Deer in the final game of the regular season , 60-32.

PHS finished with a 16-2 league record and an 18-4 mark overall. The championship was the third straight for the Pirates and fourth in the last five years.

Pewaukee led from start to finish, taking a commanding 32-15 lead at halftime.

Senior Brittany Groer fired in 14 points to lead the Pirates. Emily Wirth added 13 points to that total and Jordyn Swan had 9. Megan Murray scored 6 points off the bench.

Wreck closes Hwy 18 near Hwy 67

Feb. 29, 2012 5:07 p.m. | A wreck near the junction of Hwy 18 and Hwy 67 has closed both lanes of traffic on Hwy 18 in the Dousman area.

Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes to avoid the lane closures.

Your Letters 03/01/12

Feb. 29, 2012 2:12 p.m. |

Legislation would support

what's right for our kids

To the editor,

Stories about concussions and student athletes appear daily. Why? Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are even more serious in youth and adolescents than in adults, because their brains are still developing. Recovery is longer. Effects can be worse. It's unpredictable to know when someone is symptomatic or not. It's even more difficult to determine when a student has fully recovered. If there is a second concussion before the previous one has resolved, it are potentially deadly. Long term, cognitive function can be severely compromised.

Management of concussions is very specialized and emerging medicine. Trained professionals are the only ones who should be entrusted with the brain health of our student athletes.

That's why we need passage of SB243, the so-called "Concussion Bill," currently under consideration by the Wisconsin Senate.

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Death Notice 03/01/12

Feb. 29, 2012 2:12 p.m. |

Paul Tessmann

Paul Tessmann, Age 39. Parents Pat (and Joe), Gary (and Cris); brothers Dave and Mike; grandparents Don and Molly Dauplaise, along with other relatives and many friends miss him terribly. A gathering to celebrate Paul's zest for life will be held Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 2-8, at Mission Lakes Condo's Clubhouse, N51 W34835 Wisconsin Avenue, Okauchee, Wi 53069

Mukwonago power restored

Feb. 29, 2012 1:24 p.m. | Power has been restored to much of the area south of Mukwonago. According to WE Energies outage maps, a few people near Highway L are still without power which was lost due to tree contact.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

All weekend happenings.