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Thank you Obama. A newborn child will have $170,000 in federal debt by the age of ten.

March 30, 2010 7:39 p.m. | The CBO just announced that Obama’s regime will increase our national debt to $10 trillion over the next ten years. That’s right, $10 trillion! The CBO also said that debt will rise to 90% of GDP under Obama and the democrats as I said it would just last month. But you didn’t believe me. I can’t imagine how much worse it will get with these idiots in Washington

When Obama entered office, we had a federal public debt per household of just $56,000. But over the course of Obama’s first year, Obama and the democrats raised that to $72,000 per household. An increase of nearly 30%. However, what is even more frightening, and the best proof of liberal hypocrisy, is the CBO says that in less than ten years our per household federal debt will rise to $170,000. And not a peep out of the village idiots who bashed Bush and Reagan for their debt.

What makes all this so disturbing is the recent polls by Fox News and Opinion Dynamics shows that 79% of registered voters believe that an economic collapse is still possible. 84% of Republicans, 80% of Independents and 71% of Democrats all agree that the worst may not be over. Only 18% still cling to the White House position that a collapse cannot happen. 65% say this debt is the most pressing issue at hand. Not Obamacare.

“If you don't tie our hands, we will keep stealing." Tom Perriello (D-VA)

“We make up the rules as we go along.” Red (D-FL) Alcee Hastings

What might next year's All-Area team look like?

March 30, 2010 3:31 p.m. | The Lake Country/Mukwonago Publications All-Area team came out this week, honoring some of the best in a coverage zone including Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee, Mukwonago, Sussex Hamilton, University Lake School, Lake Country Lutheran, St. John’s Military Academy and Trinity Academy. (Check out the girls and boys teams here).

It’s a fun way to cap the basketball season, and it’s something we’ll do after the football, softball and baseball seasons, as well. Once all-conference, all-area and all-state teams arrive, one of my first endeavors is to identify the underclassmen, so I get a glimpse into the future. Which players are going to be among the best next season?

Of course, a lot can change in a year. If I had done this experiment last season with our all-area team, I would have figured then-junior Sam Pfeifer of Kettle Moraine and then-sophomore Lindsey Gosh of Oconomowoc as shoo-ins for this year’s team. But Pfeifer sustained a season-ending injury midway through the year, and Gosh left the team, opening up some vacancies on our year-end squad this year.

But if I had a crystal ball, here’s what I might see for our 2011 All-Area team:

Kettle Moraine’s Anna Luterbach (pictured) was a key reason why the Lasers were able to persevere without Pfeifer, going as far as defeating eventual state champion Milwaukee Pius and fellow conference heavyweight Mukwonago after the senior tore her ACL. The junior Luterbach will be the only returning al-area selection next year, and teamed with fellow junior Becki Martin, should enjoy another strong season in the win/loss column.

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Fourth candidate to attend Vernon Candidate Forum

March 30, 2010 1:56 p.m. | Candidate for Town of Vernon's Supervisor No. 1 seat Rodell Singert has decided to attend tonight's Town of Vernon Candidate Forum.

After being asked by several residents and supporters, along with members of the Vernon Residents for Sensible Government group, Singert said he has reconsidered his original decision to decline attending the forum.

The Forum will be held tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Vernon Town Hall.

Oconomowoc cop killer seeks out-of-county jury

March 30, 2010 1:36 p.m. | Jefferson – The attorney for suspected cop killer Andrew Wirth is seeking a jury brought in from another county due to the publicity the case has generated.

Samuel Benedict informed Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer L. Weston this morning he will be filing a motion asking for an out-of-county jury for the trial of his client Andrew Wirth.
Wirth, 24, is charged with two counts of intentional homicide for the death of Town of Oconomowoc officer Jennifer Luick, 37, and her boyfriend Gregg Peters, 40. Wirth is also charged with three counts of first-degree reckless endangering safety.

Luick and Peters were at Vinnie’s Rock Bottom in Jefferson Dec. 6, when Luick supposedly grabbed Wirth’s buttocks as he walked back. A confrontation ensued later in the parking lot and Wirth allegedly shot the couple.

A hearing will be held on May 20 regarding the jury issue.

Also, Weston denied a motion by Benedict seeking to dismiss the reckless endangering safety charges.

Student Notes 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 1:34 p.m. |

Marquette University

Lindsey Burleson, a Hamilton High School graduate, was named to the 2009 fall dean's list at Marquette University, Milwaukee.

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Local students named to the 2009 fall dean's list at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities include Carrie Benson of Colgate and Zachary Emberts of Sussex.

UW-Green Bay

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A unique perspective on our ancestry

March 30, 2010 1:34 p.m. | After learning about the great influx of immigrants who came to America in the 1700s and 1800s, Maple Avenue Elementary School fourth-graders saw a modern representation of immigration from Hamilton High School students. Members of Hamilton's Club Unique volunteered to provide living examples of what it means to be an immigrant by providing interactive experiences that highlighted their native cultures. The high school students discussed how and why their families immigrated to the U.S. The immigration unit was part of the fourth-graders' social studies curriculum.

The cultures that were represented and high school students who presented were:

• African American - presented by Lawrence Ivory, Alyssa and Aaron Neff and Lucke' Holman-Webb

• Punjabi, India - presented by Supriya Talwar and Ranmeek Kaur

• Brazilian - presented by Gabriela Bezerra and Susan Rutkowski

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Reconstruction of Highway 164 may be ordered

March 30, 2010 1:30 p.m. | State and federal highway authorities might be ordered by a federal judge to reconstruct sections of Highway 164 between Highway K and Capitol Drive in order to reduce high-water damage done to homes along the highway, allegedly the result of the construction to expand the road from two lanes to four lanes about five years ago.

Jeff Gonyo of the Highway J Citizens Group said the group would "absolutely" ask Federal Judge Lynn Adelman to include the reconstruction work in an order that he is preparing. The order implements a decision he reached in September of last year that has blocked further construction of the road that was designed to link I-94 to I-41 through Lake Country.

According to Gonyo, some single-family and condominium homes along Highway 164 between Capitol Drive and Highway K have had their basements flooded and suffered other water damage because natural storm water drainage has been altered since the road was built.

Gonyo alleges that Waukesha County illegally filled wetlands to help build Highway J and then the Wisconsin Department of Transportation violated federal environmental laws when it raised the elevation of the road bed in order to expand it from two to four lanes.

The Highway J Citizens Group and the Waukesha County Environmental Action League have, so far, prevailed in their arguments to the judge that authorities failed to meet federal environmental standards and highway administration regulations when they planned and designed expansion of the road late in early 2000.

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Sussex man embroiled in health debate

March 30, 2010 1:30 p.m. | Village of Sussex — A last-minute dispute over a small piece of the new national health care reform law pitted a Sussex man who leads the nation's largest organization of combat veterans against several Democratic members of the House of Representatives last week.

VFW National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell Sr. accused the legislators of "betraying" veterans by not specifically exempting benefits for veterans' dependants from the law's requirements.

The Sussex veteran made the charge in a letter later distributed by Republicans the morning of March 21, the very day the House voted the bill into law.

Democrats rushed to respond with statements from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki that the bill would not degrade military or veterans health care.

Tradewell, a combat-wounded Vietnam War veteran who was elected VFW National Commander in August 2009, later apologized for using that word in a follow-up letter March 25, but only after Democratic legislators had severely chastised a top VFW staff member to his face for Tradewell's original letter.

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Mukwonago Cousins Evacuated

March 30, 2010 1:27 p.m. | Cousins Subs in Mukwonago has been evacuated, as the Mukwonago Fire Department investigates an electrical smell coming from the inside of the building.

The smell can also be detected outside of the Cousins building.

Mukwonago Police and Fire are currently on scene.

Riffle ruffles Lisbon feathers

March 30, 2010 1:26 p.m. | Town of Lisbon — Chairman Matt Gehrke was choosing his words carefully when he said he was "disappointed" in the role an attorney for the Village of Sussex played at a hearing in Waukesha County Circuit Court last week regarding a citizens group's petition to incorporate the town into a village.

Attorney Stanley Riffle - who has helped several municipalities through the incorporation process - raised enough questions about the petition submitted by Lisbon-Inc.org that Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Ralph M. Ramirez schedule an additional hearing for 8:30 a.m. today.

Riffle later emphasized that the village board has not taken a position on the incorporation petition submitted by the citizen's group and that he raised questions at the hearing because the petition failed to meet some of the qualifications required by state law.

Former Town Supervisor Robert Williams, one of the founder's of Lisbon-Inc. org, said some of the questions raised by Riffle were resolved during last week's hearing and he expects the remaining questions will be resolved at today's hearing.

Gehrke attended the hearing and, in a later interview, said, "I want to be careful about what I say. But, I am disappointed in what happened at the hearing."

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Business, protective services topics of forum

March 30, 2010 1:26 p.m. | Village of Lannon — Even though a recent forum for Lannon trustee candidates had light attendance, those who showed up brought some weighty discussion to the table. Trustees fielded questions about village officials' approachability and questioned what Lannon can do to attract more business.

The three trustees up for re-election on the Village Board have an equal number of challengers on April 6. Incumbents Diane Daily, Terry Gissal and Ron Dutcher will face off against newcomers Daryl Fiene, Howard Hadley and Amy Martin.

During a candidate forum held earlier this month at Quarry Coffee, four of the six candidates weighed in on questions submitted by attending residents. Gissal and Daily were unable to attend the forum, and did not return phone calls by presstime. Here is a summary of some of the questions residents asked.

What is Lannon's biggest strength/challenge?

Diane DailyFiene said the biggest strength -and challenge - facing Lannon are building projects. He said a retirement home was proposed in 2007, but the project hasn't gone anywhere. He said the economy is the main reason, and until things change it will be tough to attract new development.

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News Briefs 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 1:24 p.m. |

Man, 51, charged for repeatedly assaulting girl

Waukesha - A 51-year-old former Lannon man was accused in a criminal complaint for repeatedly sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl.

Gilbert Cordova, now of Racine, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Monday with one felony count of repeated sexual assault of a child.

According to the criminal complaint, Cordova assaulted the girl between March 2007 and early 2009. The girl, now 14, told authorities that she had oral sex and intercourse with Cordova at a Lannon residence, the complaint said.

The girl also said Cordova made her watch pornographic videos on the computer, the complaint said.

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Weekend Happenings

March 30, 2010 11:16 a.m. | To have weekend entertainment events listed in Weekend Happenings, fax (262) 367-1136 or e-mail happen ings@jcpgroup.com. Make sure the time, date and place are included. Deadline is noon Monday.


Contemporary and Original Bridal Jewelry by Sr. Edna Lonergan: (through May 30), Lakes Gallery of Fine Art, N76-W31428 Highway V V, North Lake. 262-966-1804, www.lakesfineart.com.

Irish Spring: (through April 18), Stanford Art Gallery, N88-W16475 Main St., Menomonee Falls. (262) 255-7880.

Senior Art Majors Thesis Exhibition, mixed media: (through April 11), Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center, Carroll University, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. (262) 524-7195.

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Junkman hits the big time

March 30, 2010 11:14 a.m. | If you saw the crew from Butler's 1-800-GOT-JUNK? on the cable TV show "Hoarders," then you saw only a small part of what the franchise does.

Todd Yergens' company has appeared twice on the A&E show - last April and just this February. The more recent appearance showed the company taking more than six dump truck loads (10-12 tons) of clothes, toys, furniture and bedding, out of a Milwaukee house.

The 38-year-old single father whose home they cleared out is not a typical customer, Yergens explained during a ride-along interview last week.

"We target high-income families," he said.

His costs, and the rates he charges, require that kind of customer base. He charges $518 for each full dump truck load. Smaller jobs are priced by the one-eighth load, down to a minimum charge of $112.

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Pauline Haass Public Library

March 30, 2010 11:04 a.m. | We are living in a global society. People are traveling to more exotic locations and working with foreign counterparts today more than ever. Whether you want to learn a foreign language from scratch or you want to brush up on your skills for business or pleasure, the Pauline Haass Public Library (PHPL) has some great tools to help you achieve all your language goals.

Speak a new language

Rosetta Stone is an interactive language program that teaches the student through immersion. My colleagues and I are happy to provide this amazing product through a generous grant from the Pauline Haass Public Library Foundation. With this grant, we were able to purchase four different languages: Mandarin, German, French and Spanish. Within each language we have three expertise levels starting with beginner. By using visual and verbal cues, the student goes through the exercises entirely in the foreign language. The time estimate for finishing one level of a course is approximately 20 hours. Since bringing the Rosetta Stone Language Courses to the library in June 2009, we have, on average, 60 uses per month with Spanish and German the most popular languages being used right now. I am stunned by the progress many of our Rosetta Stone users have made over the last ten months!

It is easy to get started with Rosetta Stone. You create a username and password that will help to track your progress. We have the software installed on laptops that do need to be used in the library. There are quiet study rooms that allow you to listen and speak freely during your language sessions. Anyone over the age of 14 with a valid CAFÉ library card is welcome to use Rosetta Stone. Children under 14 can still use the program as long as they are accompanied by an adult. If you have ever been interested in learning a foreign language, this is one of the most effective tools available and we are proud to be able to offer it to you.

Try Mango

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March 30, 2010 10:52 a.m. | If you live in Lake Country and your house catches fire or you become ill or are involved in a serious accident, chances are you will get help from a nearby fire department or ambulance in less than eight minutes - faster than minimum national standard for volunteer fire departments.

The response might be even faster if you to live in, or near, an incorporated city or village such as Pewaukee, Merton or Hartland, where volunteer response times are sometimes comparable to big city, full-time fire and ambulance crews.

While response times are slower in rural areas such as Ottawa, Genesee and Vernon, even they are usually faster than minimum national standards for volunteer fire departments established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

A primary reason for the rapid responses is the mutual aid and automatic alarm agreements among the departments. The agreements, which do not apply to medical emergencies, create a network intended to make sure the closest department with the most appropriate equipment and personnel responds the quickest, regardless of municipal border or fire district service area.

The average response time in Lake Country was 7 minutes 29 seconds, according to a survey conducted by Lake Country Publications of emergency dispatches to 16 volunteer fire departments.

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Bowling Scores 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 10:30 a.m. |

Jay's Lanes

Tuesday Seniors

Marv Lois 658 (247), Jim Johnson 654, Ron Zlensky 622 (268), Ed Rachwal 617 (257), Tim Vlasis 597, Don Jerousek 576, Mike Johnson 541, Dick Ladwig 541, Duane Brissette 540, Bob Chapman 531, Paul Mosser 523, Bill Heeringa 521, Delane Kampa 519 (178), Kathy Young 496 (194), Sharon Vlasis 468, Judy Heinzman (172)

Wonago Early Birds

Chrissa Woodson 597, Wendy Conway 555

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business calendar

March 30, 2010 10:30 a.m. |   For-profit businesses may run for $40 a 50-word calendar item that will appear in all papers. Allow at least one-week's notice. All items are subject to editing.

The Elegant Farmer, Highways ES and J, Mukwonago, presents Cheep, Cheep 4-H Fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 3. The event includes a menagerie of bunnies in costume, baby chicks and guinea pigs for petting. 4-H members have been visiting The Elegant Farmer for more than 10 years for the project.

Sports Shorts 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 10:30 a.m. |

Muksports.com source for camps

The Mukwonago high school coaching staff will conduct a litany of sports camps for youth of all ages this summer in multiple sports. Find complete information at muksports.com.

Wrestlers place at state meet

The Mukwonago Wrestling Club took 12 qualifiers to the Wisconsin state championships and finished with two placewinners. Dan Squires and Seth Weide both finished in sixth in their weight class.

Weide dropped a close 6-5 decision in the semifinals after two victories, and Squires rallied for a pin in the second match before dropping a decision in the semifinals.

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No kids allowed: Electric Lemonade

March 30, 2010 10:27 a.m. | The weather’s been nothing but a tease lately. Warm and breezy one day; snow flurries and bone-chilling rain the next. Well, I’m in the mood for summer, and nothing says it better than lemonade – but keep the kids away from this next recipe, it’s an adults-only version.

I came across this recipe years ago while watching the Oprah Winfrey Show and had to try it. Her personal chef, Art Smith, created this tasty version of the drink. It’s a summertime classic with a delightfully dangerous twist.

Electric Lemonade



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Indians get in early workout

March 30, 2010 10:22 a.m. | Tonight, the season officially gets under way for the Mukwonago varsity girls soccer team, as it meets Wauwatosa East at home, with a 6:30 p.m. start.

Veteran coach John Spielmann got a preview of what the Indians would be about this season Saturday in a scrimmage against Kenosha Tremper, and he liked what he saw.

"Tremper is a sectional finalist last year that lost to Kenosha Bradford, and the scrimmage went well," Spielmann said. "We had a good look at what our team could do against a very competitive opponent."

Senior Leah Schwalbach and sophomore Lyndsy Gieche will handle goalkeeping duties for the Indians this spring.

Defenders are junior Caitie Harris, senior Joanna Mueller, senior Becky Wos, sophomore Rachel Mueller and senior Morgan Buchholz. Players listed at two positions (def/mid) are freshman Marissa Landry, junior Kaitlin Gebhard, seniors Alesandra Murphy and Jamie Bezak and freshman Erica Landry.

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Track team takes fourth

March 30, 2010 10:22 a.m. | Mukwonago's girls track team placed fourth at the Peter Campe Cardinal Relays, hosted by Waukesha South on Saturday. The Indians scored 69 points and finished behind Wisconsin Lutheran (98.5), the winner of the eight-team event.

The distance medley team took first place with a showing of 11 minutes 50.41 seconds, as did the 4x400 relay crew (4:28.47)

Top-five finishers included Katie Oldenburg in the high-jump relay (4 feet 6 inches) and MHS teams in the 4x200 relay (third, 2:23.44), 4x160 (fifth, 1:35.92), 4x800 (second 10:56.65) and 800 sprint medley (fifth, 2:38.87)

Younger crop rises to forefront for MHS girls

March 30, 2010 10:22 a.m. | After entering the 2009-10 season with plenty of expectations, the forecast is much hazier going forward for the Mukwonago girls basketball team, especially with so many other teams in the vaunted Classic 8 Conference returning a boatload of talent. Still, coach Staci Butalla likes the promise of her young returnees.

"I think it's huge for them to have a great summer," Butalla said. "Now it's their team. They need a good summer with lots of shooting, and a lot of them are going to do the Lakers AAU program and hopefully get into some game situations against great players. That should help them be able to get ready for next year."

Mukwonago (18-7) harbored a senior-heavy lineup this season, on its way to a second consecutive trip to the sectional-final game, where Milwaukee Vincent proved too tall an order both times. Post players Morgan Lamberg and Shannon Perez earned first-team All Conference accolades, and second-team selection Emily Romdenne had the ability to take over games. Along with steady senior Monica Whitehouse, the Indians were able to work in young players with a talented veteran crew looking over their shoulder.

Sophomores Caitlyn Persinger, Kendall Martenet and Lauren Bane, as well as freshman Jenny Tuttle, all saw frequent playing time.

"Between (new state champion) Pius, Waukesha South and Kettle Moraine, I would say those will be the top three (next year)," Butalla said. "After that, I would put us right there with Arrowhead, but Arrowhead's going to be a tough team to beat next year. If you look at the big picture, we won't be expected to do as much. I love being the underdog. For that group of girls, it's a good situation to be in."

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Vernon fire chief: Charges are untrue

March 30, 2010 10:18 a.m. | Town of Vernon — Big Bend-Vernon Fire Chief Phil Buchholtz is maintaining his innocence in the wake of a complaint issued by Town Supervisor Tom Bird alleging a laundry list of wrongdoing.

Buchholtz is set to retire May 1.

Bird filed the complaint with the Big Bend-Vernon Fire Commission on March 2. The Mukwonago Chief filed a public records request for the complaint with the commission chairperson, Terri Long; however, Buchholtz had five days to respond after receiving the complaint before those records could be released.

Buchholtz responded to Long in a letter dated March 16, stating Bird's allegations "are strictly based on hearsay and not substantiated with physical evidence."

Buchholtz further responded to some of those allegations in a followup interview with the Chief.

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Funeral Services 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 10:10 a.m. | Darrell A. Wehr, 64, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Visitation and a funeral Mass were Monday, March 29, at St. James Catholic Church, Mukwonago.

Harold J. Krueger, 88, of Eagle died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at River Hills West, Pewaukee. Visitation was Saturday, March 27, at Mealy's Funeral Home, Eagle, followed by a graveside service at Jericho Cemetery in the Town of Eagle.

Death Notices 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 10:10 a.m. |

Marilyn Figie

Marilyn Figie (nee: Zajicek) went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the age of 82 years. Wonderful wife for 57 years to Robert. Beloved mom of Joan (Michael) Manke, John (Katie) Figie, and Paul (Michele) Figie. Loving and caring grandma of Rebecca (Jamie), Melissa, Sarah, Aaron (Jenny), David, Samuel, Luke, Zach, Gabriela, and Joshua. Sister of Neil, Melvin, Kathy (Bob) Greenwood, Harlon "Pete" (Jane), and Gerri (Dick) Leenhouts. Further survived by other relatives and friends.

Fellowship Thurs., April 1 at ELMBROOK CHURCH, 777 South Barker Road, Brookfield, from 1-3 PM. Memorial Service 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Brooklife Church.

Richard 'Rich' 'Dick' Paul Hinners

Richard (Rich, Dick) Paul Hinners, age 75, of East Troy, WI, was born to eternal life on Wednesday, March 24, 2010. Born in Urbana, Ill., June 24, 1934, to Prince A. ("Pete") and Nelle Hinners. Rich was the eldest of three children.

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News Brief 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 10:08 a.m. |

Fork in the Road hopes to re-open by mid April

Fork in the Road restaurant will be closed for a few weeks after the restaurant sustained smoke damage when a piece of equipment in the kitchen caused a fire on March 22, according to general manager Denise Shorougian.

No customers were in the restaurant at the time, and no one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The bar manager was cleaning when he noticed the fire and called the Mukwonago Fire Department sometime after 10 p.m. The fire was confined to the kitchen, Shorougian said.

The restaurant was closed the day after the incident and remains closed temporarily while owner Dennis Steven and his staff work to get the restaurant open again, hopefully by mid-April.

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Community Briefs 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 10:08 a.m. |

Old World Wisconsin opens May 1

Old World Wisconsin (OWW) begins the 2010 season May 1 with new events.

Visitors can try a new labor-saving garden engine, based on historic models, improving efficiency in watering the heirloom gardens; the new Bluebird Trail is laid out with reproductions of historic bluebird boxes, as original settlers would have placed them; the first Bustle Hustle 5K Run/Walk is Sunday, May 2. Online registration is available; check-in and day-of-race registration begins at 8:30 a.m., race at 10 with the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club's Famous Racing Sausages on hand to start the runners.

Other activities include farmhand buffets from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and barn dances from 6 to 9 p.m. May 15, July 24 and Sept. 18; Flavor of Wisconsin, Aug. 14; Camp We-Kan-Tak-It Musical Comedy, Sept. 4-5 and Halloween Dinner Theater, featuring "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," adapted by Noah Smith, the last three weekends in October.

Also offered are Summer Saturday Workshops during museum hours June through August and day camps, July 12-Aug. 6, with early-bird registration discounts before May 15.

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Mukwonago/Big Bend fire contract eyed

March 30, 2010 10:08 a.m. | Members of the Joint Mukwonago Protective Services Committee are willing to consider contracting fire services with the Village of Big Bend, though Mukwonago officials are awaiting more information before moving forward.

Officials from the Fire Department, the Mukwonago Village Board, Mukwonago Town Board and Big Bend met last week to discuss the implications of such a union.

Mukwonago Village Administrator Paul Moderacki explained that Big Bend was asking for the Mukwonago Fire Department's help and expertise as it works toward the possibility of forming its own department.

"They are willing to pay their own way and have already begun trying to recruit potential EMTs (emergency medical technicians) and firefighters to sign them up for school in May and August," said Moderacki.

Village and Town of Mukwonago officials wanted some questions answered before moving on, Moderacki said.

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Phone left in stolen car might lead to thief

March 30, 2010 10:04 a.m. | Waukesha — Police are searching for information about a cell phone left in a car stolen from the Village of Eagle in the hopes it will lead them to the suspect who stole the vehicle and the person who attempted to break into an ATM in the Village of Mukwonago.

The Village of Mukwonago Police Department has filed a search warrant to search a cell phone found in a car that was stolen late Feb. 15 or early Feb. 16 from the Gregory Laabs residence, 135 E. Main St., Village of Eagle.

According to the affidavit attached to the warrant, Laabs reported to police at about 7:25 a.m. Feb. 16 that his 1988 Oldsmobile Delta had been stolen.

That car was used in an attempted theft that day from an ATM at Waukesha State Bank, 1160 Rochester St., Village of Mukwonago. Surveillance tape from the bank showed the car pulling up to the ATM at 6:14 a.m. and the male driver using a blow torch to attempt to open the doors on the machine, the affidavit said.

"The driver then backs up the vehicle, opens up the engine compartment and uses what appears to be jumper cables on the ATM machine," the affidavit said.

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Mukwonago village man charged with dealing heroin

March 30, 2010 10:04 a.m. | Waukesha — A Village of Mukwonago man was charged with dealing heroin after police found the man and his friends had apparently just used the drug.

Alexander J. Katrichis, 24, of 1211 Riverton Drive, was charged March 25 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver heroin and maintaining a drug trafficking place, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a non-narcotic controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police received a call March 23 that there were several people in a car parked at Taco John's in the City of Waukesha that appeared to be "shooting up," according to the criminal complaint.

When a Waukesha police officer arrived, the car was unoccupied. After talking with the restaurant manager, the officer returned to the car and a19-year-old woman approached. The Town of Mukwonago woman said she was a recovering addict and she had not used drugs for about one year. The officer asked to look at her forearm and saw what appeared to be fresh mark on her. The woman admitted she had a relapse about two weeks earlier.

As the officer spoke with the woman, Katrichis and two other men approached. Police found a 22-year-old Town of Mukwonago man in possession of a hypodermic needle and other drug paraphernalia and was taken into custody, the complaint said.

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Upcoming Meetings 03-31-2010

March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. |

Village of Big Bend

W230 S9185 Nevins St., (262) 662-2747

Finance: 8:30 a.m. April 1

Village Board: 7 p.m. April 1

Police Commission: 10 a.m. April 6

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Senior Lunches 03/31/2010

March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. | The senior meal program offers nutritious meals for people 60 and older, as well as educational and recreational programs.

Reservations are required 24 hours in advance, before 1 p.m., by calling the local site, BirchRock Apartments, (262) 363-4458, or the Department of Aging at (262) 548-7826. Meal donations of $4 are suggested.

Meals are served at BirchRock Apartments, 280 BirchRock Way, at 11:45 a.m.

Monday, April 5: Hotdog on bun, German potato salad, baked beans, ice cream or diet gelatin

Tuesday, April 6: Spaghetti with meat sauce, whole-wheat penne pasta, tossed salad with Italian dressing, breadstick, seasonal fresh fruit, cookie

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weekend happenings

March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. | To have weekend entertainment events listed in Weekend Happenings, fax (262) 367-1136 or e-mail happenings@jcpgroup .com. Make sure the time, date and place are included. Deadline is noon Monday.


Senior Art Majors Thesis Exhibition, mixed media: (through April 11), Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center, Carroll University, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. (262) 524-7195.


The Last Comic Standing Contest: 5:30 p.m. April 1, Equitable Bank, 21215 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Monologues, improv skits, humorous speeches and joke writers. Program is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Public is welcome. Event is free., (262) 717-9776.

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Missing Fire Department money remains unsolved

March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. | Town of Vernon — A firefighter who suspected of stealing money raised by the Big Bend-Vernon Fire Department for the Muscular Dystrophy Association will not face any charges but is on indefinite leave.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department investigated the possible theft last summer, but the investigation could not come up with specific suspect.

"There is not enough evidence to send it to the District Attorney's Office," said Capt. Karen Ruff of the Sheriff's Department on Monday.

Fire Chief Phillip Buchholtz said Monday the firefighter is on indefinite leave until he and legal counsel have time to review the Sheriff's Department report, what the District Attorney's Office position is and then determine any possible disciplinary action.

According to Ruff, the Sheriff's Department raised about $9,300 in a "fill-the-boot" campaign on Aug. 29 and 30. The money was taken to Buchholtz office, where it was left over the weekend. The office was locked.

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What took you so long?

March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. | Q: I was stopped and given a ticket for speeding, and the officer also gave me a warning for defective equipment on my car. I'm not terribly concerned about the warning notice, but I do have a question about the way it went down. The officer followed me for a long time before she pulled me over, more than a mile. It seems to me that if the officer were going to give me a ticket for speeding, she would have done it right away rather than follow me for such a long time. I feel as though I might not have been speeding, and she was just looking for a reason to pull me over. Why else would this have happened?

A: This question pops up quite often, and there are a number of reasons that an officer will not stop a motorist immediately. We are trained to perform our traffic stops in an area that provides the safest environment for the motoring public, the driver and the officer. Hills, curves and narrow shoulders are the least desirable, and we'll often have to wait a mile or more before the surroundings are conducive to optimal safety.

Officers will also run the offender's license plate number through their in-squad computer before making the stop. When the registered owner's information is received, the officer is likely to request the registered owner's driving record as well. The more we know about the person we're stopping, the more prepared we can be for the initial contact. By running this information before we make the stop, officers can determine whether the car is wanted or stolen, and we also like to know whether the driver is wanted on arrest warrants. These computer inquiries can take seconds or minutes, depending on how quickly the computers are working in Madison.

Don't take offense by the time delay between the area of violation and location of stop. The more we know about the driver we are stopping, the more efficient we can be in our contact with them. Officers, like motorists, want the traffic stop and time of detention to be as brief as possible.

E-mail questions to Eagle Police Chief Russ Ehlers at chief@eaglepolicedepartment.com. Your name will not be published. If your question is specific and not of common interest, Ehlers will e-mail an answer directly to you.

Get out and vote

March 30, 2010 10:00 a.m. | In the past year, I wrote a column about the importance of attending local board meetings. Today, I would like to encourage everyone to head out to the polls April 6 and vote.

It might not seem important, it might not seem relevant at all to your life, but let me assure you, voting in your local elections is of the upmost importance. Whether your municipality is about to create a new fire department, merge or contract with another; whether you're concerned about your taxes increasing, what kinds of services you will be provided or what your community will be like in years to come, voting is important.

People often pay attention to local politics when scandal or drama is involved, but that shouldn't be the only reason to vote. Residents need to be well informed and well aware of a whole array of issues going on in their communities, regardless of whether hot button topics are bubbling at the surface.

Even in municipalities where supervisors and candidates are under fire for various reasons, few people actually show up at the board meetings. Few people seem to find it important enough to voice their opinion publicly, although many freely complain off the record.

Maybe you're hoping for a change, or maybe you're hoping to prevent one. Either way, people have no right to complain unless they vote April 1.

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School Brief 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 8:40 a.m. |

Last chance for Costa Rica trip discount today

Travelers who sign up for next year's trip to Costa Rica by today, March 31, can receive a $150 per person discount.

Park View Middle School (PVMS) science teacher Jodie Pease and Mukwonago High School Spanish teacher Karen Sperstad will lead the trip over spring break next year, April 21-29, 2011.

The trip is open to students taking Spanish 1 in eighth grade during the 2010-11 school year or students taking Spanish 2 as freshmen in 2010-11 - and their families.

For more information, contact Pease at (262) 363-6292 Ext. 27065 or epease jo@mukwonago.k12.wi.us. The itinerary can be seen at www.eftours.com. Go to the "parent information" page and click on "get started today." Select "check out a tour" and enter tour number 994879.

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District moving ahead with plans for new office

March 30, 2010 8:40 a.m. | Mukwonago Area School District — "There is no best time when it comes to building," School Board member Kurt Kaesermann told the board during recent discussion on a building site for a new district office.

Still, the board thinks a good time for the project is now, and has scheduled a public hearing on the issue for 7 p.m. April 26 in the Mukwonago High School library.

Board members seemed to agree that the current district office is "an embarrassment" and is causing the district to "throw good money after bad" with the cost of upkeep, not to mention unexpected costs if the building would need to be ADA compliant.

With the cost of construction lower than it has been in many years, and the cost to borrow money also at a new low, the School Board agreed on a site for a new district office on March 22 and approved the development of construction documents to allow the district to move forward with the competitive bid process.

After Abie Khatchadourian of Plunkett Raysich Architects reviewed several sites, he recommended a site on district property just west of Clarendon Avenue Elementary School on Highway NN.

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Eagle firefighters climb U.S. Bank Center

March 30, 2010 8:40 a.m. | A group of five firefighters from the Eagle Fire Department participated in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb event March 20, and there begins a new tradition.

Volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician Chuck Roberts, who coordinated the team, said the group plans to compete next year as well.

Fifteen area fire departments competed in the Firefighters Challenge and climbed the 42 floors from the Galleria Level of the U.S. Bank Center in Milwaukee to the top.

Firefighters were required to wear full turnout gear, including coat and pants liners, structural firefighting boots, helmets and air tanks.

According to Roberts, each firefighter had on about 35 pounds of gear as they climbed the tallest building in Milwaukee.

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Student Notes 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 8:38 a.m. |

Carroll University

Rebecca Michalek, a 2008 graduate of Mukwonago High School, was named to the fall 2009 dean's list at Carroll University, Waukesha.

Marquette University

Local students named to the 2009 fall dean's list at Marquette University, Milwaukee, are, from Big Bend: Corey Nemec and Allison Prosen; from Mukwonago: Benjamin Gumieny, Brandon Knop, Duane McWilliams, Alexandrea Newell, Claire Seigworth, Sarah Slane.


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Mukwonago Community Library 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 8:38 a.m. |

Culver's drawing campaign

Children can enter the Communities Thrive @ Your Library Culver's Restaurant drawing event by picking up sheets at the library beginning April 1 and drawing a character from a book that they would like to meet. Every participating child will receive a coupon for a free single scoop of frozen custard from Culver's and be entered into a random drawing to win a free children's meal coupon. Drawings will be displayed at the library through April. Deadline: April 30; open to children 11years old and younger.

Earth Day contest

"What can you create with an egg carton?" runs Monday, April 5, through Friday, April 16; winners will be announced Thursday, April 22, Earth Day. Participants can reuse their own carton or get one at the library and make something new out of it. For ages 3-18.

Book release party

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Alice Baker Memorial Library 03/31/10

March 30, 2010 8:38 a.m. |

Book sale

F.A.B.L.E. will hold a used book sale from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday April 5-Wednesday, April 7, at the library. Wednesday will be Buck-a-Bag Day.


The library will hold Yu-Gi-Oh/Pokemon gaming from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9. Kids in grades five through 12 are invited.

Teen Poetry Slam

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Vernon to consider televising candidate forum

March 30, 2010 8:10 a.m. | The Town of Vernon will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. - just before a candidate forum is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. - in order to discuss whether or not to televise the forum.

The board will review its Community Access Policy before deciding whether telecasting the forum is appropriate.

The board typically televises town meetings on Cable Channel 25; however concerns that telecasting the forum will open the door to other outside groups have been raised.

The forum, scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. will allow candidates to address questions from the community.

Supervisor Joe Reilly, who is running for re-election, will be present.  His opponent, Rodell Singert, said he respectfully declined to participate.

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Facing Challenging Tasks Due to Hearing Loss

March 30, 2010 7:11 a.m. | This is the topic for the open chat night on Wednesday, March 31st.

Here's the link for those of you wishing to join the group!  http://www.outerchat.com/?p=49

Have a great week!

Remodeling and Romance

March 29, 2010 4:04 p.m. | Thinking about a remodeling project but don’t know where to start? Here’s a few tips, and fair warning, unlike many of my articles that are written in my light hearted and comical style, this one is tough love! Over 90% of potential clients break the rules and then wonder why they can’t win.

First you need to understand the scope of your project. Is it a simple kitchen update or a complete remodel? Are there structural concerns? Do you need a professional design / build firm? Will it require financing?....... Next establish a budget. Too many times I am asked to give a ballpark estimate based on an hour long conversation and review of some magazine pictures pulled from a manila folder. In today’s economical climate self preservation dictates, that a contractor “lowball” the project in the initial phases, to remain in the game. Now I know how it sounds, but how many times have you heard from someone who has done a project, something like: “It started out at one price, but then it went up and up” Another question, “What’s the average __________remodel run?” Well, you’re not going to like the answer because averages take two extremes and use the mid point. In other words if we use, say a $200,000 rec room as a high, then a $35,000 rec room as the low, the average is, well still quite ugly. I always use this example, if you place one foot in a bucket of ice water, the other in a bucket of boiling water, on average you should be comfortable, but ……well you know the rest. This whole exercise originates from apprehension to share the budget because if the budget is shared, there’s this underlining worry that the estimate will come in at that number. Excuse me, but yeah! Isn’t that the idea? to come in on budget? Here’s another eye opener, if you don’t trust the firm your sharing info with……..DON”T HIRE THEM!!!! Now I warned you this was going to be tough love.

So how do you know who you’re talking to? Two words, due diligence! I suggest you start with organizations and associations. The Better Business Bureau will rate potential contractors from A+ to F. The BBB also has an upper echelon known as Accredited Businesses, the crem de la crem. (French for best) Next, check industry associations The National Association of the Remodeling Industry or NARI (pronounced “narry”) screens member companies and requires adherence to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice. MBA or Metropolitan Builders Association also screens member companies. If the firm you’re talking with is not a member of these organizations, you may want to reconsider. Visit potential contractor’s web sites to see if they offer examples of your type of project. This should get you to the short list. Now, trust your gut, yes that’s what I said ….trust your gut! When first meeting with a contractor, I call it the romantic stage. It’s never going to get better than at that first meeting. This is as good as it gets, if you feel you aren’t communicating well here…….bail! Inevitably, there will be rubs and uncomfortable moments in EVERY project, good communication will be paramount during these times, if it’s not present in the beginning, it won’t magically appear as the project progresses.

Another thought I hear often, can you provide me with references. Here’s an industry rule that EVERY contractor abides by……….ready ………….” Don’t give potential clients bad references” Cats out of the bag! Sorry peers, I had to let it out! References don’t mean anything! No contractor is going to give you a bad reference to contact and, let’s face it if they do, they’re simply too stupid to work on your house! Here’s a good question, “How many industry awards has your company won?” Remodeling awards are typically based on these criteria: craftsmanship, compatibility with the home and ability to stay within budget. I’m guessing that maybe, just maybe, you could narrow the three major concerns any homeowner has when doing a project to some form of those three criteria.

Next, remember NOTHING IS FREE! If a contractor is offering free design, free material, free labor or free anything, someone is paying for it, and that someone is their paying customers……accountants call it overhead! Or as I like to put it “you don’t always get what you pay for, but you NEVER get what you don’t pay for. Another thought, if it’s free how can you hold them accountable if something does go south?

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It's an egg-ceptional weekend with egg hunts galore!

March 29, 2010 1:21 p.m. | To have weekend entertainment events listed in Weekend Happenings, fax (262) 367-1136 or e-mail happenings@jcpgroup.com. Make sure the time, date and place are included. Deadline is noon Monday.


Contemporary and Original Bridal Jewelry by Sr. Edna Lonergan: (through May 30), Lakes Gallery of Fine Art, N76-W31428 Highway V V, North Lake. 262-966-1804, www.lakesfineart.com.

Irish Spring: (through April 18), Stanford Art Gallery, N88-W16475 Main St., Menomonee Falls. (262) 255-7880.

Senior Art Majors Thesis Exhibition, mixed media: (through April 11), Humphrey Memorial Chapel and Art Center, Carroll University, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. (262) 524-7195.

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Town of Vernon candidate forum tomorrow night

March 29, 2010 1:04 p.m. | A Town of Vernon candidate forum will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Vernon Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Drive.  Ernest-Ulrich Franzen, associate editorial page editor of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, will act as moderator.

Town Supervisor Tom Bird explained that each of the candidates will be given the opportunity to provide a two-minute opening statement, followed by a 60-minute question and answer period and a one-minute closing statement.

State says Summit can be a village

March 29, 2010 12:43 p.m. | Town of Summit - It will be up to the voters to make the final decision after state officials announced today that the Town of Summit has met the qualifications to become a village.

The state Incorporation Review Board notified Waukesha County Circuit Judge Kathryn Foster today that based on testimony presented at a public hearing, and other materials presented to the board, the Town has met the criteria to become a village.

Incorporation Review Board Chairman Brian Vigue recommended Foster set a date for an incorporation referendum.

What happened to plans for a Sussex Y?

March 29, 2010 11:02 a.m. | Like many other plans conceived during brighter economic times, a proposal to build a YMCA in Sussex is now in a bit of a holding pattern.

Officials from the Waukesha Family YMCA are still committed to building a Y in Sussex, said CEO Chris Becker, but fundraising feasibility research has shown that the launch of a capital campaign should probably be delayed until the economy takes a turn for the better.

"We plan on re-evaluating the opportunity to start up a communitywide fundraising effort either later this year or in 2011," Becker said.

Plans to build a Sussex Y were first announced about three years ago. Officials initially planned to build the facility as part of a large commercial and residential development project planned for an area off Highway 164 just south of the new Shopko.

When the developer cancelled the project, Y officials set their sights on a different piece of land, a 20-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Highways 164 and K. On that site, Y officials plan to build a facility in partnership with a healthcare organization, to deliver a unique approach to wellness and fitness in the region, Becker said

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Bowling Scores 03/30/10

March 29, 2010 10:52 a.m. |

Hartbrook Lanes

Thursday Majors

Matt Grimm 716, Jeff Nickerson 714, Tom Klink 695, Boun Phattaphone 695, Harry Brill 692, Dennis Barthenheier 684, Kevin Brown 672, Ryan Gilbert 653, Scott Lucht 650

Wednesday Social

Dave Hedin 785, Kris Knutson 735, John Becker 698, Patrick Schroeder 650

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Lasers soccer will be competitive again

March 29, 2010 10:52 a.m. | Last year's loss in the sectional final against Waukesha West was tough to swallow for the Kettle Moraine girls soccer team. The Wolverines were granted a penalty kick in overtime and advanced past the Lasers, which graduated eight players from that team (Carly Eichner, Lauren Straehler, Devon Ellena, Casey Seneczko, Michelle Tollakson, Natalie Lewandkowski, Meagan Wanecke and Rachel Elliott).

Wanecke scored 16 goals, Elliott had 14 goals and Streahler added 8 scores for Kettle Moraine (13-5-0 last spring).

But last year was last year, Kettle Moraine girls soccer coach Will Loepfe believes.

"We lost over 40 goals to graduation, but I really believe this team could be even better than last year's," Loepfe said. "We only had one day of practice Friday after four days of tryouts, but on Saturday we scrimmaged against Brookfield East and did some very good things. We've got some talent back and some young talent that will see playing time on the varsity right away.

Sophomores Nina Muzi, Sydney Nerad and senior Olivia Tompkins battling for playing time in goal.

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Gymnasts named All State

March 29, 2010 10:52 a.m. | A slew of local gymnasts made the All State team, as named by the Wisconsin High School Gymnastics Association.

Arrowhead's Kirstyn Wood, the state champion in the balance beam, was named first team in that event. Teammate Lindsey Day earned one of the five All State spots on the floor exercise.

Amanda Shober of Arrowhead was second team in the floor, while Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine gymnast Amanda Ward and Arrowhead's Allison Goeke were named honorable mention in the same event.

Mukwonago/Kettle Moraine's Megan Kowalczyk earned first team in the vault, and teammates Jackie Wallace (second team) and Kayla Staniszewski (honorable mention) were honored in the same event.

Taylor Koerber of Arrowhead was named second team on vault.

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KM girls win at Watertown

March 29, 2010 10:52 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity girls track and field team faired well on Saturday at the Watertown Relays, scoring 93 points for a first-place finish.

Taylor Vinhal, Ali Seneczko, Rachel Schroeder and Rachel Morrison won the 4x800-meter relay in 10.42.2.

Natalie Fischer, Jamie Helwig, Kinza Hagerup and Lauren Braun finished first in the 4x320 relay at 3:27.83.

Braun, Helwig, Hagerup and Niki Seaberg finished third in the 4x160 relay at 1:33.73.

Danielle Nabak, Seneczko, Shannon Lecher and Vinhal raced second in the 1,600 sprint medley at 4:41.27.

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Pewaukee girls sixth, boys seventh at WAC

March 29, 2010 10:52 a.m. | The Pewaukee varsity boys and girls track teams were in action at the West Allis Central Bulldog Indoor Invite on March 26.

The girls ended up in sixth place with 58 points, while Brookfield East won the girls meet with 132 points.

Pewaukee's boys finished in seventh place with 44 points. West Allis Hale won the boys meet with 151 points.

In the 400-meter dash, Dan Richard won the race in 54.89 for the Pirates. Derek Watt finished first in the shot put at 49 feet, six inches. Watt was third in the 55 dash at 7.01.

Mike Olewinski was fourth in the 55 hurdles at 8.78.

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AHS, KM finish 1-2 at Watertown

March 29, 2010 10:44 a.m. | Three points separated the Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine boys indoor track and field teams at Watertown on Saturday. Arrowhead won the eight-school meet with 80 points, and the Lasers ranked second with 77 points.

• Kettle Moraine had the upper hand in the 4x800-meter relay, winning in 9.00.3 with Brian Drout, Luke Zeka, John Hougard and Andy Ciurro.

• Mustafa Kahn finished in second place for Arrowhead in the 55 hurdles at 8.94. John Schroeder of Kettle Moraine was third at 9.01.

• Kettle Moraine foursome Andy Keal, Tyler Smith, Joe Keal and Joey Janz finished first in the 4x320 relay at 2:58.99. Jackson Abresch, Tony Koehler, Rudy Lang and Dan McCormack finished third for Arrowhead at 3:03.63.

• Dalton Fohey, Kevin Sandal, Andy Muench and Mike Hopper raced second for KM in the distance medley at 12:08.33.

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New skipper for PHS girls

March 29, 2010 10:42 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls soccer team has a new head coach, Rick Kocchi, who replaces veteran Randy Staus, but the change in leadership shouldn't effect the Pirates' play on the field.

"This team has senior leaders who care deeply about team success," Kocchi said.

Those seniors on the roster include Sammy Race, Olivia Schneider, Courtney Lewis, Megan Daley, Kelsey Jannsen, Ashley Nagel, Morgan Bradley, Claire Gedeit and Lindsay Roberts.

Juniors include Brenna Jacquette, Kaitlin Kapitan, Riley Kirchoff, Caitlyn Rosenberger, Dayna Costello and Amanda Baalke, and sophomores are Natalie Domack, Erin Gallert, Annie Carr, Dani Rohde and Shannen Wisniewski.

Sean Sullivan is once again an assistant coach. Former standout Amy Steffens is also aboard along with Brian Kocchi.

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Mills asks for release from Boise State

March 29, 2010 10:42 a.m. | Ben Mills will still become the second Arrowhead boys basketball player ever to play on scholarship at an NCAA Division 1 university, but the 7-foot-1 center's college destination is no longer crystal clear.

Mills, who helped the Warhawks win their first state championship March 20, has asked to be released from his National Letter of Intent to Boise State University, a request that has been temporarily denied. Mark Miller of WisSports.com first reported the news last week, shortly after Mills put the finishing touches on his third double-double of the state tournament and a first-team All State selection.

The Broncos fired head coach Greg Graham after a 15-17 season, a firing that came after Mills' written promise to attend the school. Boise State wants to wait at least until a new coach is hired before releasing Mills from his agreement.

"We have spoken with (Boise State) Athletic Director Gene Bleymaier multiple times, and are disappointed to report that our request has been verbally denied," parents Pat and Sue Mills said in a statement. "We have asked him to reconsider. We do want to make clear at this time that Ben likes Boise State a lot, and we hold Bleymaier in very high regard.

"However, during this time of transition, one where a timeline of completion cannot be given, we feel that it is important that Ben protects his future by seeking this immediate release to explore whatever options are available to him."

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Weekend Happenings

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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.