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Write-in candidate runs for Mukwonago Town supervisor

March 30, 2012 6:02 p.m. | Fliers have been circulating in the Town of Mukwonago for write-in candidate Jams Hintz. With the election only days away, Hintz explains on the flier that he planned to run in the 2013 election but moved that up after hearing some of the candidates’ answers at the Chamber of Commerce candidate forum. 

A 23-year resident of the Town, Hintz has served as Town election inspector for five years. He attended UW-Milwaukee and worked 26 years as senior engineer and manager of special projects at J I Case. Hintz served four years in the army and seven years as a reserve 1st sergeant. According to the flier, he has taught at Waukesha County Technical College, is a member of Mensa and served on the New Berlin Library Board for 10 years. 

As Town supervisor, Hintz says he would provide continuity in essential services, improve attention to natural resources and insure the Town retains its rural atmosphere. According to the flier, Hintz also said he would work to improve relations with neighboring communities, work with the Department of Public Works to improve streets and roads, implement improvements to town services to reduce the tax burden and insure attention to public safety in the police and fire departments.

Youth egg hunt in Big Bend next Saturday

March 30, 2012 4:12 p.m. | Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. sharp, the Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club will host their Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children toddler age through 8 years old.  Admission is free and moms and dads are welcome to bring their cameras.

The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos and welcoming the children.  The hunt will take place at the Swaze Park in Big Bend at L & the Fox River).  The hunt is divided into four age groups with first, second, third and consolation prizes awarded in each age group.

The Lions will also be collecting used eyeglasses is you would like to recycle those old glasses that have been taking up drawer space.  

Hamilton resigns as AHS girls cage coach

March 30, 2012 2:50 p.m. |  Heidi Hamilton has resigned from her post as the varsity girls basketball coach  at Arrowhead. AHS and Hamilton told the Lake Country Reporter about the resignation on Friday. Hamilton resigned Thursday morning.

Hamilton, 45, coached the Warhawks two different times. She first coached Arrowhead from 1994 through the 2001 season. She resigned in 2001 to raise a family.

Hamilton became the coach a second time in 2008, leading the Warhawks to a 20-3 record.

Her overall record at Arrowhead is 193-105, a winning mark of 64.7%. 

The last two years the AHS season ended with sectional losses to the eventual state champions, Nicolet in 2011 and De Pere this year. 

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Oconomowoc Cross St. RR crossing closed on Monday

March 30, 2012 2:12 p.m. | The railroad crossing at Cross Street will be closed starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 2 through April 6 while improvements are made to the tracks including a new panel. Detours will be posted by the city.

Celebrate Easter by supporting local producers

March 30, 2012 12:12 p.m. | The final Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market is on Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape and Supply Center on Highway K. http://www.oconomowoc.org/farmersmarket.php

The market has lots of great programs scheduled and a terrific array of local Wisconsin producers. stop by to taste test organic locally raised spinash from Gitto Farms or to smell the lavendar Easter bunnies from Thymely Herbals LLC.

Shop local for your Easter holiday treats as the last market's theme will be Easter. The market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center, N68W37850 Highway K, Oconomowoc. The market is open to the public and all the programs are free.
On Sunday, The Pub chef Aelred Gannon will show you how to make braised beef short ribs from 11 to noon.

Semi-clothed run for the border doesn't play well with Pewaukee police

March 30, 2012 11:37 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee - Four people decided late Thursday they were going to heed Taco Bell’s slogan of "live más" apparently by wearing less. But in the end they will wind up paying much more más than their food bill.

The foursome told police they were playing a game called "padiddle" and were taking their clothes off when they went to Taco Bell in Pewaukee at about 10:10 p.m., the report said.

Store employees told police the foursome were allegedly "void of clothing." The foursome, two men, two women, were questioned by police and said the game "got out of hand" and they thought it would be "funny" to go to Taco Bell and order food, the police report said.

All four were cited for disorderly conduct, which carries a fine of $429.

The foursome, ordered $18 in food, the police report said.

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Morning fire at Lake Country Foods

March 30, 2012 11:19 a.m. |

No one was injured in after a fire was reported at Lake Country Foods Friday morning. The Oconomowoc Fire Department was dispatched around 8:30 a.m. to a reported sprinkler water flow alarm at 132 Concord Road.

Upon arrival, smoke was showing from the third floor of the exhaust tower on the
building. Initial reports had indicated flames were visible on the roof. This was incorrect. Only smoke was showing. All employees had evacuated prior to arrival.

"Working closely with Lake Country Foods staff, we were able to determine that two sprinkler heads were operating over a 'powder drying line.' The burning was contained inside the power dryer ductwork," said City of Oconomowoc Deputy Chief Glenn Leidel in a press release. 

Leidel said the sprinkler system cooled the ducts enough to contain the fire and the dryer line involved was disconnected from the rest of the building. Various access panels in the duct system were opened and the smoldering cocoa
powder product inside was removed and extinguished, he said.

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Republican candidates in Waukesha County

March 30, 2012 8:04 a.m. | We'll have a team at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Pewaukee tomorrow to cover Republican candidates Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich as they speak at an event hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Watch for coverage this weekend, as well as in Tuesday's paper.

Dogs get to scramble for eggs

March 30, 2012 12:00 a.m. |  There will be lots of dogged determination as pups of all shapes and sizes set out to hunt for treats at the Doggy Bag’s 9th annual Easter egg hunt.

The special event for canines only starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Doggy Bag, 150 E. Wisconsin Ave. in Downtown Oconomowoc.

Every egg your dog finds will contain a tasty treat.

As a special remembrance of the day, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos (as long as your pet doesn’t decide to go on a rabbit chase). Cost is $5 for the photo.

For more information about the Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny call (262) 560-1717.

Aurora to close 11 pharmacies

March 29, 2012 1:10 p.m. | Aurora Health Care plans to close 11 pharmacies systemwide effective tomorrow afternoon, Lake Country Publications learned Wednesday afternoon.

According to an Aurora spokesman, 82 Aurora employees will be affected.

Locally, the Aurora pharmacies in the Village of Sussex and the City of Waukesha are slated to close, but nine others in a system that includes 80 pharmacies and stretches from Green Bay to the Illinois border will close as well.

Of the affected employees, spokesman Adam Beeson said, "Our hope is to redeploy all of them within our system. We have identified and offered about half of them new positions, and the other half we're hoping we can identify positions for them and offer them to them. That's our goal."

He said the company anticipates finding positions for most, if not all, affected employees. He also stated that the majority would stay on with Aurora until April 20, but some could lose their positions as early as April 2.

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Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week coming in April

March 29, 2012 11:37 a.m. |  April 16 through 20 is Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin, according to information received from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs.

Did you know that…Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.

In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Service, the fourth highest number on record. The earliest outbreak occurred on April 10th. On August 19th, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. Five others were injured in 2011.

In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.

The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.

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We want to know...what car shows are planned for this year?

March 29, 2012 11:12 a.m. |  It's just about that time of year where covers are pulled off of classic cars and drivers hit the road and the local car show circuit. 

So we want to know...what car shows are being planned in the Mukwonago area this year?

Drop me a line!


Join ProHealth Care as they walk for cancer

March 29, 2012 8:56 a.m. | Walk with a cause during ProHealth Care's annual Park Walk for Cancer in Mukwonago on Saturday, May 5.

Schedule of events are:

8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.: Pledge Turn-In, T-Shirt Pick-Up, On-Site Registration, Raffle Ticket Sales

9:45 a.m.: Welcome and Survivor Message

10:00 a.m.: Walk Begins, 1.1 and 1.7 Mile Routes, Raffle Drawing

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Tax financing for Delafield project

March 28, 2012 8:52 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Plan Commission has set April 28th as the date for a public hearing into the proposed creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District for a residential development on an 11 acre parcel of land east of City Hall.

Most of the future real estate tax revenues in the district will be devoted to paying for public improvements that will be part of a 77 unit single and multi family residential development located between Bleeker and Lake Streets, south of Division Street, according to city officials.

The plans call for 13 single family urban style row houses that will have porches built onto the front of the house and detached garages built in back of the houses. In addition, there will be two apartment buildings with a total of 64 units ranging in size from one to three bedrooms.

Developer Joe McCormick of Madison said real estate tax revenues are necessary to bridge an approximately one million dollar gap between the amount of money financial institutions are willing to loan for the project and the amount of money he and others have invested.

City officials said the developmentn will lead to the completion of a neighborhood street system that has been on city planning documents since in the late 1800s.

Fundraiser held tonight for East Troy Resource Center

March 28, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The East Troy Family Community Resource Center is holding a fundraiser at Cousin’s Subs in East Troy tonight from 4 to 7 p.m.  They will receive 10 percent of the proceeds from all food sales.  I addition, there will also be a bake sale and 50/50 raffle.

Customers can take a chance on the plinko board to win prizes from Cousin’s Subs. The Easter Bunny will even be there to see the kids. 

The East Troy Family Community Resource Center is an active non-profit organization that recognizes the value of partnering with schools, businesses and the community to form a healthy atmosphere of learning, support and individual growth.  The Center works cooperatively with local schools to enhance the programming they are already offering to families.  Additionally, the Center supports local businesses by working with them to help educate community members in a variety of ways on the issues that affect their lives and how they can be served by their own community.  

For more information on the East Troy Family Community Resource Center visit www.easttroyfamily.webs.com/

Longtime Sussex resident Bill Berger dies

March 28, 2012 11:29 a.m. | Sussex is grieving the loss of longtime resident and business owner, Bill Berger.

Berger came here in 1975 at age 54 and put down roots as he continued retirement in a place where he could be close to his five children who had come to live in the greater Sussex and Lake Country area.

He bought the former Taylor Hotel also once called Paul's Tap and Templeton Hotel that was once located in the old Templeton part of Sussex. He turned it over to his children to run renaming the establishment Olde Templeton Inn. Berger is also known for being a staunch supporter of the Sussex Lions Club. His pocketbook was always open to their causes.

Olde Templeton Inn became very popular for both the locals and visitors especially for its Friday night fish frys. It underwent many renovations.

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Visit the last Winter Farmers Market

March 28, 2012 11:28 a.m. | Come visit the last Winter Farmers Market on Sunday, April 1.  

The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market has lots of great programs scheduled and a terrific array of local Wisconsin producers and vendors  unveiling new products.

 The market will be held on  Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.at the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center,N68W37850 County Trunk K, Oconomowoc. The market is open to the public and all the programs are free.  

Ten Chimneys receives $40,000 grant

March 28, 2012 11:18 a.m. | Genesee Depot - Through a $40,000 grant, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation will again provide lead support for the Ten Chimney Foundation’s Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Program. The grant was made as a part of the Foundation’s first quarter competitive grantmaking process.
The national program began in 2007 as an opportunity for regional actors across the
country to hone their acting skills. Each summer, 10 top actors gather at Ten Chimneys, the former summer retreat of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne in Genesee Depot, for an intense weeklong session led by a master teacher. In 2012, Broadway legend Joel Grey will lead the program.
Also a part of the first-quarter cycle, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation awarded
$20,000 to the United Way in Waukesha County to enable the agency to identify and assess the health and sustainability of health and human service agencies in Waukesha County.

A final report and recommendations will be disseminated to the public. Overall, the Foundation awarded $618,00

Dousman church attracting members

March 28, 2012 10:02 a.m. | Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Dousman has experienced increased interest and new members after officially becoming an open and affirming congregation.

Two families from Dousman and Summit said they joined the church because they want their children, "to be raised in a church that accepts everybody."

Rev. Nansi Hawkins said, “open and affirming” is the term used to designate United Church of Christ congregations that “publicly affirm, celebrate and endorse gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered (GLBT) members.

Hawkins said that around six new families have made Emmanuel their regular church since the church became open and affirming.

More on this story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index

Former Town of Merton woman accused in drug death

March 28, 2012 9:39 a.m. |

A former Town of Merton woman was charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court for supplying heroin to a Waukesha man who died from an overdose of the drug last year.

Natasha A. Hedstrom, 25, of Madison, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony count of first-degree reckless homicide for the death of Shawn R. Ropel, 30, on Nov. 29, 2011. Hedstrom was also charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

According to the criminal complaint, Hedstrom told police she purchased heroin on Nov. 28 for Ropel and after injecting the drug in Milwaukee, returned to Ropel’s Waukesha residence where she believed Ropel again injected the drug. At about 2:35 a.m. Hedstrom called 911 after noticing Ropel’s face had turned blue and CPR attempts to revive him failed.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Hedstrom.

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Arrowhead's Wieczorek is Principal of the Year

March 28, 2012 8:13 a.m. | Arrowhead principal Gregg Wieczorek has been named Principal of the Year.

He was nominated by a teacher at the North campus.

A team made up of readers from the state Department of Public Instruction, The Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, the Wisconsin Education Association, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, and the state Parent Teacher Association review the applications and ultimately select a worthy candidate.

Read more in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

Smith, Swan make All-State teams

March 28, 2012 6:34 a.m. |  Arrowhead senior Jenny Smith and Pewaukee senior Jordyn Swan were named to the Associated Press All-State third and fourth teams respectively. The All-State teams were released late Tuesday.

Smith, who will play at Bradley University next season, was named to the third-team. Swan, who will play at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, was named to the fourth team.

Nicole Bauman of New Berlin Eisenhower, named the winner of the Miss Basketball Award last week in Wisconsin, was named to the first team on the All-State squad.

Soccer girls begin season

March 27, 2012 9:22 p.m. | Arrowhead's varisty girls soccer team played  late into the game, but Madeline Dallman said enough was enough, ending matters.

She finished on what AHS head coach Scott Asher said was "a take it and go with with it play".

The Warhawks opened the season with a 1-0 win at home against Verona.

Pewaukee lost in the second overtime 2-1 against Wauwatosa East in the Pirates' 2012 debut.

Elections are next week. Do you know who's on your ballot?

March 27, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Spring elections are next week, April 3. Do you know what names are going to appear on your ballot?

In case you forgot, check out this week's Living Lake Country papers. We'll recap the candidates running for local spots on town, village and school boards. 

Mukwonago Community Library to host Barbershop quartet

March 27, 2012 3:20 p.m. | The Mukwonago Community Library will be presenting the Easy Days Barbershop Quartet beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 3.

 Enjoyed by audiences of all ages, the Easy Days Barbershop Quartet has established a reputation as a top-notch quartet-- entertaining and full of fun. Members of the Midwest Vocal Express, the Easy Days quartet competes as a Seniors quartet in the Barbershop Harmony Society contests, and has placed in the Top 10 in both the Illinois and L.O.L District contests. They are the 2009 Land O' Lakes District Seniors Champions.

Expect a fast-paced, 45 minute floor show featuring a repertoire filled with familiar songs of the 30s and 40s and breezy banter sure to provide a great time for all.  For more information, please stop by the front desk or call us at (262) 363-6411.

This week in Lake Country Theater

March 27, 2012 2:51 p.m. |

Lake Country Theater this weeks looks at the action-drama "Hunger Games."

Lisbon may add $100,000 in road repairs

March 26, 2012 8:13 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town residents will be asked to add $100,000 to the 2012 highway repair budget during the annual town meeting Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at Hamilton High School.

Town Administrator Jeff  Musche said the proposed 25 percent increase in the $400,000 road repair budget approved in November is the result of unanticipated reserves in the town's general fund.

The town has a general fund surplus of about $1.7 million dollars, according to an annual audit. The reserve  represents nearly 40 percent of the $4.1 million annual operating budget, Musche said.

Spending cuts and higher than expected revenues resulted in a $127,000 surplus at the end of 2011, according to Musche..

The remaining $27,000 in surplus is being used to purchase power lifted cots in two ambulances.

Mixed reviews on Lisbon-Sussex consolidation proposal

March 26, 2012 7:57 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town Board members indicated Monday night they are getting mixed reviews from town residents regarding a proposal announced two weeks ago to explore consolidating the town and Village of Sussex into a city.

A public information forum is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at  6:30 p.m. at  the Richard Jung Fire Station.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke and Supervisor Dan Fischer said there is confusion about the proposal.

"I am getting some positive responses, but people need more information," said Gehrke.

Supervisor Dan Heier said the neighbors in his subdivision, located in the northwest corner of the town, have said if there is a consolidation they would prefer it be with the Village of Merton.

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Easter Egg Hunt coming to Mukwonago Field Park

March 26, 2012 5:34 p.m. | The Mukwonago Lions Club will again be sponsoring its annual Hans and Liz Christianson Memorial Easter Egg Hunt on March 31 at Field Park (corner of Highways NN and 83) in Mukwonago.

Join the fun, rain or shine. There will be four age groups, 2 to 3, 4 to 5, 6 to 7 and 8 to 9. Every child will receive a bag of candy and a prize. The park opens at 12:30 p.m. and the hunt will start promptly at 1 p.m. 

Groundbreaking held for new Oconomowoc community center

March 23, 2012 3:49 p.m. | "I couldn't think of a better way to spend the day," joked Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas as he and others tried to stay dry on a soggy Friday afternoon in Oconomowoc. The city held the ceremonial groundbreaking for its new community center despite the inclement weather.

Mayor Jim Daley used the ceremony as a opportunity to make an analogy on the city's recent progress. While he joked he could not find any Divine inspiration behind rain at a groundbreaking ceremony he said the rain could be a metaphor for the economic storm everyone is weathering.

"We're moving through it. This is just the first step in many more dominoes to follow," Daley said of city projects.

Construction on the $4.5 million center is expected to be complete by fall. It will be 20,000 square feet and three-levels on the shore of Lac La Belle. The main level will offer recreation programs like dance, aerobics and yoga and have staff offices.

The lower level, accessible from the lake side, will have a concession area and restrooms and the second floor will have a small kitchen for the senior meal program and be available for groups community groups to use as a meeting place.

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Two charged in connection with attempted bank robbery

March 23, 2012 12:57 p.m. | Winter clothing on a warm spring day made Associated Bank personnel suspicious that a man might be contemplating robbing the bank. They called authorities, who arrested a Town of Lisbon woman and a Milwaukee man.
Krystal Y. Kompsi, 28, of N65 W22001 Woodfield Drive, and Mark H. Scott, 31, of Milwaukee, were each charged March 22 with a felony count of conspiracy to commit robbery with threat of force. They are accused of planning to rob the Sussex bank March 21.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, Scott entered Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St., at about 9:10 a.m. wearing a “puffer type” winter coat, which a teller thought was odd because it was 70 degrees outside. The teller immediately informed her supervisor about her suspicions, the complaint said.
The bank manager then greeted Scott, who said he wanted to open an account, and he was directed to another employee, the complaint said. The teller saw Scott leave the bank about five minutes later and also noted that he was wearing gloves, the complaint said.
The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was contacted about a suspicious person in the bank, and deputies waited outside for the suspect to come out. When Scott left the bank, he walked toward a vehicle Kompsi was in, and both were taken into custody. A deputy found Scott in possession of a piece of paper that said, “give me the money,” the complaint said.

Read more on this story in the Tuesday Lake Country Reporter.

Man says he used heroin for toothache

March 23, 2012 12:25 p.m. | Kevin A. Sossaman, 23, of Ixonia told police he used heroin to ease pain from a bad tooth after being found unconscious on March 20.

According to the criminal complaint, City of Oconomowoc police were called March 20 at about for an unconscious person, Sossaman, in a vehicle.

Police found a needle mark on Sossaman and seized a metal tin that appeared to be used for cooking heroin as well as the drug itself. Sossaman’s friend was in possession of a needle who told police he found in the car, the complaint said.
Sossaman told police the needle and heroin was his and that he used the drug because of tooth pain “and needed to take the edge off,” the complaint said.

Sossaman was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court March 21 for possessing the drug. He is scheduled to appear in court March 28 for a hearing.

Downed power line in Wales affects only one home

March 23, 2012 12:12 p.m. |  Only one home is currently without power in Wales, WE Energies states, after a wire was snagged and pulled from a customer's home earlier this morning. 

The downed wire has been cleared from the road. 

Is it OK for candidates to sign recall petitions?

March 23, 2012 11:21 a.m. | The media has been buzzing with stories about candidates in the upcoming municipal and school board elections who have signed recall petitions.

How do you feel about it? Vote under the Kettle Moraine Index poll of the week.

Accident with reported injuries on Big Bend Dr. at I-43

March 23, 2012 9:19 a.m. |  Waukesha County Dispatch is advising of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Big Bend Dr. and I-43 in Big Bend. 

More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Wires down on Highway 83 near Main St. in Wales

March 23, 2012 9:03 a.m. |  Waukesha County Dispatch is advising of fallen wires on Highway 83 just south of Main St. in Wales. 

Reports indicate that wires from a pole to a residence have fallen, and have pulled the meter off the side of the home. 

WE Energies has been notified of the incident. 

Check back for more information as it becomes available. 

Armonia trio brings musical blends to Books & Company

March 23, 2012 12:00 a.m. | If you were in Italy, you might hear the word “armonia” at a concert or other musical event, referring to the lovely “harmony,” which the word means in Italian.

Back in Oconomowoc, Armonia refers to a local trio that sings an array of genres including folk, old gospel, Native American as well as music of singer-songwriters from the ‘60s to the present.

The group, which has been together for four years, is performing at 7 p.m. Saturday at Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc.

Members of the trio are Karen Haskell, Michelle Hoyt and Sheila Larkin.

Haskell, a long-time Oconomowoc resident, plays piano and guitar and has performed in a variety of bands. She is the choir director at Lake Country Unitarian Church.

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Senator Mary Lazich to visit Big Bend, Vernon during Town Hall Meetings tour

March 22, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  Senator March Lazich, (R-New Berlin), will be speaking at Big Bend Village Hall, W230 S9185 Nevins St. this Saturday, March 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as part of her Town Hall Meetings tour. 

She will also be speaking at Vernon Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Dr., Big Bend on Thursday, March 29 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Other appearances in the area include:

Waterford Town Hall, 415 North Milwaukee Street, Waterford from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on March 24 

Waukesha Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road, Waukesha from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on March 24

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Plea deal apparently in works for accused owl thieves

March 22, 2012 11:49 a.m. |

Waukesha – The Dousman teens accused of stealing an owl from the Wildlife in Need Center in the Town of Ottawa Nov. 12 may be headed for a plea deal with prosecutors.

Matthew R. Kuhlemeyer, 18, of N2809 Road Z, and Dilan S. White, 18, of 592 N. Buth Road, appeared in court this morning. Kuhlemeyer’s attorney, Daniel Fay told Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina he is having continuing discussions with the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office regarding the case and White’s attorney, Paul Bucher, said he expected a resolution to the case.

The men, who are seniors at Kettle Moraine High School, are scheduled to appear in court June 11.

The men are each charged with burglary and criminal damage to property for stealing an owl named Dakota. The teens took the bird to an acquaintance’s house where it escaped. The owl was captured Dec. 7.

Chambers see 20/20 together

March 22, 2012 10:39 a.m. |
The Hartland Chamber of Commerce and Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide 20/20 Networking, an effective, low-cost marketing method for developing sales opportunities and contacts, based on referrals and introductions. The next meeting is set from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, March 27, at Waukesha State Bank, 1227 Corporate Center Drive, Oconomowoc. Registration begins at 10:45 a.m.
The event includes 20 minutes of networking, followed by 20 minutes of education courtesy of a guest speaker, followed by 20 minutes of questions/answers, referral appreciation nods and extended networking. Several participants will also be randomly selected for a 20-second elevator speech. Then, at the conclusion of each formal program.
Cost: preregistration members $3, nonmembers $5, walk-ins $10 and $15; no refunds for non-attendance. Nonmembers are limited to two visits.
For more information, contact the Hartland Chamber of Commerce, (262) 367-7059, or admin@hartland-wi.org.

See photos from the scene of the attempted robbery

March 21, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Lake Country Publications photographer Todd Ponath shot a few photos from the scene of the attempted bank robbery in Sussex this morning.

Check out the gallery here.

Details released in Sussex bank robbery

March 21, 2012 4:16 p.m. | According to a statement released by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, employees at the Main Street Associated Bank in Sussex spotted a suspicious male in their parking lot at approximately 9:15 a.m. this morning.

The statement said the suspect was clad in a large winter jacket, wearing gloves, and sunglasses when he entered the bank. The sheriff's department was notified of the situation when the man began talking with bank employees.

When squads arrived, they noticed a running vehicle near the bank occupied by a female driver. According to the sheriff's department, the suspect left the bank without incident, but based on the suspect's behavior and his dress on a day that temperatures exceeded 80 degrees, he and the driver of the vehicle were detained by law enforcement.

The sheriff's department said that evidence recovered from the male suspect "indicated intentions of robbing the bank."

The two suspects, a 31-year-old male, and a 28-year-old female are Waukesha County residents, and are currently in custody.

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OHS art show opens March 22

March 21, 2012 1:35 p.m. | Oconomowoc High School, artCade, will be hosting a K-12 District Art Show, "Faces of Art Education in Oconomowoc".

This show is on display to recognize student art month and showcase all of the hard work that OASD students do throughout the year. Family members and friends are invited to attend the opening of the show on Thursday, March 22 from 4 – 5:30 p.m.  Come enjoy the artwork and refreshments.

The show will be available for viewing after the reception during regular high school hours until April 19. 

Motorcycle accident kills Waukesha man

March 21, 2012 12:07 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc – A 23-year-old Waukesha man was killed Tuesday night when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving.
Jesse Helm was leaving his job at Bruno Independent Living on Executive Drive at 9:32 p.m., when the accident occurred.
“He lost control of the motorcycle as he was driving out of the parking lot,” City of Oconomowoc Police Chief Dave Beguhn said.
“Jesse was transported by ambulance to Aurora Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead by hospital staff. The cause of the accident is undetermined at this time,” he added.
Beguhn said that witnesses reported hearing the motorcycle revving and then saw the motorcycle sliding with Helm on it.
“It is undetermined if it was driver error or a mechanical issue,” the chief added.
Helm was not wearing a helmet.

KM seventh grader grabs third place in C-Span video contest

March 21, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School seventh grader Tyler Johnson won third place for his 2012 C-Span StudentCam Documentary. Johnson's eight-minute documentary is titled "Nineteenth Amendment: Women's Suffrage" and was among eight third place middle school winners.

C-Span will be at KMMS on Monday, March 26 at 1:00 p.m. to recognize Johnson's third place documentary. His winning video and interview will be airing on C-Span on April 11.

His video can be seen at studentcam.viddler.com/videos/watch.php

Having a bun ol' time with the Wienermobile

March 21, 2012 11:28 a.m. |  The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile rolled into Mukwonago last week on March 13, and we have the pictures to show just how much fun everyone had!

Check out the photo gallery here: www.livinglakecountry.com/multimedia/143658156.html

Swallow names new principal

March 21, 2012 11:11 a.m. | The Swallow School Board named a new principal last night for the K-8 school.

Robert Antholine will serve as the school's next principal, replacing interim principal Charlotte Hall at year's end.

Antholine comes to Swallow from the Muskego-Norway School District where he worked for more than 10 years as a teacher at the 5th, 6th, and 7th grade levels. He also served as a district literacy coach and mentor. He spent the last two years as an assistant principal.

The newly named principal will assume his duties this summer.

Bank closed, police collecting evidence

March 21, 2012 10:36 a.m. | Sussex - Police are collecting what appears to be evidence from a car parked on Orchard Drive a street near Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St., after a suspected robbery was reported at the bank around 10 a.m.

Lake Country Publications photographer Todd Ponath said a police evidence van is parked nose to nose with a car parked on Orchard Drive. Ponath said an officer walked from the car with bags that could be evidence related to suspects.

Ponath said a Waukesha County Sheriff's squad remains on Orchard Drive blocking the street from traffic. However, Main Street is open and pedestrians and cars are going about their day. The bank remains closed.

Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies from Sussex, Lisbon and Pewaukee are on scene as well as the Lannon Police Department.

More on this story as it develops.

Suspected robbery in progress at Sussex bank

March 21, 2012 10:05 a.m. | Residents have called Lake Country Publications office to report a robbery in progress at Associated Bank on Main Street in Sussex. Another resident reported police squad cars were blocking the road on Main Street.

Watch for more as this story progresses.

Graffiti suspects get a curfew

March 21, 2012 8:04 a.m. | Be home by midnight.

That's the curfew imposed by Waukesha County court commissioner Thomas Pieper on Erika Bredlow of Summit and Michael Rady of Watertown.

Bredlow and Rady are charged with spray painting graffiti on the side of Kettle Moraine High School earlier this month.

Read more on this story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter and Kettle Moraine Index.


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Board votes yes on hybrid plan for Ixonia

March 20, 2012 10:04 p.m. | Parents of current third grade students at Ixonia School will be receiving a district survey in which they will be asked to state whether they would prefer to keep their child at Ixonia next year, or move them to Nature Hill Intermediate School.

Due to high enrollment numbers, Ixonia School will be short  two classrooms next year. District officials planned on recommending that both sections of fourth graders be moved to the intermediate school. However, in light of some parent concerns, Superintendent Dr. Pat Neudecker said she would survey parents to see if there would be a balance in choices. There must be a near-equal number of students requesting both options for the grade to be split, and that balance will include gender and student educational needs. The Oconomowoc School Board voted in favor of the Superintendent's recommendation.

However, if balance is not found through the surey, the issue will come back before the Board for further discussion.

Motorcycle driver dies in Town of Vernon crash

March 20, 2012 12:30 p.m. |

A motorcycle accident killed a man on Craig Drive, just south of Maple Avenue late this morning. 

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is still investigating an accident involving a lone cyclist that was found along the road by a passerby around 11:41 a.m. today, according to Cpt. Frank McElderry.

An older man traveling south on Craig was ejected off his motorcycle after hitting a berm by a curve in the road. The driver was not wearing a helmet and suffered apparent head injuries, McElderry said. Vernon fire personnel announced the man dead at the scene.

DNR holding controlled burns today in Vernon Marsh area

March 20, 2012 12:30 p.m. |  If you see smoke in the air around Vernon and Mukwonago, don't worry-the DNR is conducting controlled burns in the area today. 

Details on specific locations for the burns are not currently available. 

Vernon candidate forum tomorrow night

March 20, 2012 12:20 p.m. |  A candidate forum will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Vernon Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Dr., Big Bend. 

Candidates seeking the Supervisor No. 1 seat are incumbent Rodell Singert and newcomer Jeff Millies. Candidates seeking the open Supervisor No. 3 seat are Jane Craig and David Nowicki. 

Return to '21 Jump Street'

March 20, 2012 11:33 a.m. | Lake Country Theater this weeks looks at the comedy "21 Jump Street."

Waukesha man accused of selling pirated DVDs from China

March 20, 2012 11:31 a.m. |

Waukesha – Kevin A. Breitzman, 35, of Waukesha man has been accused of purchasing pirated Disney movies from China and then reselling them for as much as seven times more on the Internet, according to court documents filed Monday afternoon.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security led to Breitzman who allegedly had been purchasing hundreds of DVDs from a Hong Kong company in 2010 and then allegedly selling them on eBay making between $2,000 and $4,000, according to the criminal complaint filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

He estimated he purchased about 1,000 DVDs, mostly Disney films, for $2.70 per video and then selling them on eBay for $10 to $17 per video, the complaint said.

Breitzman, charged with one felony count of trafficking in counterfeit marks, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court May 7. If convicted, Breitzman faces a maximum sentence of 3 years in prison and 3 years of extended supervision.

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Kettle Moraine High School among Milwaukee Magazine top 10 schools

March 19, 2012 4:00 p.m. | According to a news release from the Kettle Moraine School District, Kettle Moraine High School was ranked in the top 10 schools in the five-county Milwaukee area in Milwaukee Magazine’s Best Schools (April, 2012 edition) for "Top Scorers." The District was ranked in the top 10 for "The Big Picture."

Top Scorers are recognized based on traditional indicators of college readiness- ACT scores and the percentage of students scoring 3, or higher, on Advanced Placement (AP) tests. Kettle Moraine School District was also acknowledged in the top ten K-12 districts for providing a “well-rounded” experience based on equal emphasis of K-12 test scores for the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam (WKCE) and American College Test (ACT), as well as AP offerings, and student achievement (3+) on the AP exam. 

“We are very excited to be recognized for the great work of our students and staff. These results demonstrate our commitment to meeting the needs of students through comprehensive opportunities and personalized learning,” stated Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

Pewaukee teachers, student win Kohl Awards

March 19, 2012 2:17 p.m. | Two Pewaukee teachers and a student won awards from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

Asa Clark Middle School language arts teacher Rebecca Reagles and Pewaukee Lake Elementary third grade teacher Lindsay Draeger were awarded with the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship Award, according to the Pewaukee School District. Teacher fellows receive $1000 rewards, and their schools will each receive $1000 grants.

Teacher Fellowship Award-winners are chosen for their "superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom", a statement from the school district said.

High school senior Ashley Harding earned the Initiative Scholars Award. The foundation awards approximately 85 graduating high school students with the award each year. Harding will receive a $1000 scholarship, which recognizes students who have demonstrated a "high level of motivation to achieve, have shown strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and have overcome significant personal obstacles or adversity."

Priest violated seal of confessional

March 19, 2012 7:55 a.m. | A priest from St. Catherine's Church in the Town of Oconomowoc violated the seal of confessional, according to a ruling by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Read more here.

Allegation of abuse filed against Genesee Depot pastor

March 18, 2012 12:23 p.m. |  

Parishioners at St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot received news this weekend of a claim of sexual abuse to a minor filed against Pastor Mark Molling.

Retired priest Robert Gozma read a letter from Archbishop Jerome Listecki dated March 17 announcing the news to the parish. Molling has been placed on temporary administrative leave while the Archdiocese of Milwaukee conducts its investigation. According to the letter, no substantiation of the allegation has occurred and Molling has denied the allegation, which dates back to the mid-1990s. 

According to Gozma, the allegation was reported to the district attorney for review and the district attorney declined to prosecute, however, the Diocese is conducting its own investigation using a private, independent investigator. The claim was filed prior to the Feb. 1 deadline for filing sexual abuse claims against the Diocese, Gozma said.

Gozma will assume administrative duties at the parish in Molling's absence.

De Pere ends AHS' bid at state

March 18, 2012 1:03 a.m. | The De Pere varsity girls basketball team defeated Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 Girls Sectional Final at Sheboygan North 57-46.

Amanda Bauer scored 20 points for the Warhawks.

De Pere advanced to the WIAA Division 1 State Girls Basketball Tournament for the second time in the last three years.

Milwaukee man gets jail sentence for 'senseless beating'

March 16, 2012 3:46 p.m. |

Waukesha – A judge Friday sentenced Mark A. Snow of Milwaukee to 10 months in jail for the "unprovoked attack" on a Town of Merton man and his wife last July at a Stone Bank tavern.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge said Snow’s beating of John "Crazy Jack" Grimm "a senseless act" and there seems to be no answer as to why Snow punched and then stomped on Grimm outside of Hollywood’s Roadhouse, W332 N6629 County Highway C, July 23.

Kieffer sentenced Snow to the work-release jail to be followed by three months of probation. Kieffer also imposed, but stayed a prison sentence of 1-1/2 years in prison and 2 years of extended supervision "to hang over the head" of Snow. If Snow violates conditions of his probation he will automatically be sent to prison, Kieffer said.

Grimm of Town of Merton, told Kieffer he suffered broken ribs and shoulder and he continues to suffer pain. Janet Grimm said she was pushed by Snow and suffered bruising.

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RR "Quiet Zones" approved in Sussex

March 16, 2012 1:16 p.m. | Village of Sussex - Canadian Northern Railway train whistles will be silenced in the Village of Sussex in  the "very, very near future," according to Village Trustee Tim Dietrich.

Dietrich said the Federal Railway Administration has informed him that the village's application to establish railway quiet zones along the north and south bound Canadian Northern route has been approved.

Dietrich said the railway administration also approved the improvements  proposed by the village at the rail crossings at Silver Spring Road, Main Street, Good Hope Road and Plainview Road.

The improvements will include construction of median strips approaching the crossings that will prevent vehicles from driving around railroad crossing gates when they are lowered with the approach of on coming trains.

Because of the safety improvements, Canadian Northern officials will be required to instruct train engineers not to blow whistles as they past through Sussex in except in cases of emergency.

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Prom Dress exchange at OHS

March 16, 2012 1:06 p.m. | Oconomowoc High School organization Students 4 Service is holding a prom dress exchange today from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

The exchange is being held at The Vic, next door to the Little Theater. For $30 you can rent a prom dress and return it to them the week after prom. The dresses are then cleaned and returned to the owners.

Two traffic light poles down at Highway 83 and Highway LO

March 16, 2012 12:35 p.m. |  The traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway LO are currently out of order after a vehcile hit and knocked down two light poles and a speed limit sign in the intersection at around 12 p.m. today. 

Police are still investigating the cause of the crash. 

Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for more information. 

OAC goes green with Irish music Saturday

March 16, 2012 12:00 a.m. | While pubs will be bursting with noisy St. Patrick’s Day revelers, the Oconomowoc Arts Center will be pulsing with the joyful sounds of Irish music.

Girsa, a Gaelic word that means “young girls,” will entertain the St. Patty’s Day crowd Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The eight young women from Pearl River, New York, have been performing together for six years and have produced several CDs. Their performances have been called “refreshing” and “simply exquisite.”  

They all play instruments including fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, whistle, piano, accordion and guitar.

The girls have known each other for years and participated in Irish music and dance when they were growing up in Pearl River. Most learned traditional Irish music from their parents, many of whom were taught by some of Ireland’s music greats.

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Arrowhead girls advance to sectional final

March 15, 2012 10:39 p.m. | The Arrowhead girls basketball team topped Nicolet in the WIAA sectional semifinal Thursday, 49-44. Read the full story here.

Village won't contribute to fire study

March 15, 2012 8:43 p.m. |  Village of Merton - It appears Village officials are unlikely to contribute to the cost of a consultant's study into how three privately chartered volunteer fire departments can provide more cost efficient services to the village and Town of Merton.

"I am against spending $50,000 on a study," said Village President Robert Weber.

"It is putting the cart before the horse," added Village Administrator Tom Nelson.

Nelson said there are internal issues between the departments that should be resolved before the study is conducted.

After the meeting, Nelson predicted the board may reconsider whether to contribute to the study when fire fighters with the Merton department  are satisfied the issues  between the departments have been resolved.

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Ixonia parents to be surveyed

March 15, 2012 8:08 p.m. | District administrators announced tonight that they will investigate the possibility of sending only one class of fourth grade students to Nature Hill Intermediate School next year to deal with the overcrowding issues at the school.

Initially, school leaders planned on recommending to the School Board that both classes move to the school to meet upcoming classroom needs. In the hybrid plan, parents would be surveyed to see if they would prefer their student remain at Ixonia or move to the intermediate school. If numbers, and other factors, incuding gender and students needs, are balanced, then the school would move its computer lab into the library to open a classroom for one section of fourth grade students.

Superinendent Dr. Pat Neudecker will present the option at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, along with the  costs of all the options investigated. The Board is expected to vote on the issue at that time.

Facebook timeline; what are your thoughts?

March 15, 2012 1:48 p.m. | Visit the Living Lake Country Facebook page and weigh in on the new Facebook timeline debate. While you're there like us and let us know what you'd like to see in our papers.

Support the Mukwonago Food Pantry this St. Patrick's Day

March 15, 2012 12:00 p.m. | On Sat. March 17th, St Patricks Day from11a.m. to 10 p.m., Blue Bay Restaurant , 927 Main St., Mukwonago will be donating 50% of all Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner sales to the Mukwonago Food Pantry in honor of the pantry's 20th year in Mukwonago. 

Enjoy this traditional dinner, support a local business and help a non-profit all at the same time.

Old World Wisconsin historical gardener's book recognized with award

March 15, 2012 11:21 a.m. | The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces that "Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers" by Old World Wisconsin historical gardener Marcia Carmichael was one of only five books selected for the American Horticultural Society's annual Book Award.

Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. Nominated books are judged by the AHS Book Award Committee on qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality.

The judges' comments included: "an outstanding template for what other regionally oriented, historical gardening books should aspire to;" "[a] fascinating window into the courage, resourcefulness, and adaptability of our immigrant past;" and "it is both fun to read and authoritative, with interesting illustrations, terrific recipes, and informative notes," according to a news release from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Big Bend man charged with 7th OWI

March 15, 2012 9:41 a.m. |

Waukesha – A 59-year-old Big Bend man was charged Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with seventh-offense drunken driving.

Dennis J. Brooks of S69 W22025 Sonoma Way, was stopped by a Village of Mukwonago officer after witnessing Brooks’ vehicle driving off Highway ES, crossing the centerline, enter the parking lot of a closed strip mall and then a business parking lot Wednesday shortly after midnight, according to the criminal complaint.

Brooks failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. He was convicted of drunken driving in Oct. 1990, October 1991, October 1998 and January 2003 and twice in November 1995.

Brooks appeared in court yesterday and bail was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in court March 16 for a hearing. If convicted Brooks faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and 5 years of extended supervision.

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Village candidates sound off on future of Mukwonago

March 14, 2012 11:54 p.m. |  Four candidates for three Village of Mukwonago trustee seats sounded off at a candidate forum hosted by the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce tonight. Trustees Dennis O'Bryan, Elliot Bakst and Darlene Johnson were joined by former trustee Arnie Fickau to share their visions for the future of the village.

Making the village pedestrian friendly and more inviting to businesses, as well as having less governmental control, were themes that surfaced. Additionally, candidates stated they are reluctant to reduce services to residents despite budget constraints pushed on the village from the state level. 

Read more about the Village of Mukwonago candidate forum in next week's Chief.

Lisbon, Sussex consolidation proposed

March 14, 2012 8:49 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town residents are going to be asked whether they are interested in consolidating their local government with the Village of Sussex and becoming a new municipality called the City of Sussex-Lisbon.

The consolidation is one of four future governance options the Town Board will present to residents at an April 4 meeting at the Richard Jung Fire Station. The board approved a notice of the meeting to be posted on the town website and a news release during a special meeting Wednesday night

The announcement followed a series of seperate closed town door meetings of the Village Board and the Town Board in an effort to resolve some of the differences that have divided the two governmental bodies.

Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke said the negotiations, along with current economic conditions and the town's desire to keep taxes down, promoted the Town Board to meet with its constitutents and discuss governance options.

He said he wanted town resident to ask questions and express their opinions about all four options.

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St. Paddy fish fry comes to St. Paul on Friday

March 14, 2012 12:01 p.m. |  A ‘St. Paul & Paddy’ fish fry will be held on Friday, March 16 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul School in Genesee Depot. at the intersection of Highway D and 83.

Enjoy ‘Fish & Chips’ and green beer along with delicious desserts.  The menu also includes baked cod, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, coffee and milk. Soda and alcoholic beverages are available for an additional fee. Pricing is $10.25 per adult and $5.25 per child. Children ages 4 and under are free. 

Come wearing green or St. Patrick ‘wear’ and receive a special gift. (One per household while supplies last.) There will also be a free drawing for a bit o’ lovely jewelry treasure- a beautiful green Pandora bead and leather bracelet donated by Barnes Jewelers in Oconomowoc. You must be present to enter drawing, however. All proceeds of this event will benefit St. Paul School.


Eagle makes ball field better

March 14, 2012 11:13 a.m. | Ball players on the Okauchee Lion's Park field will have fresh, green grass to play on this summer thanks to Oconomowoc High School senior Davy Schick.

With the help of area volunteers and businesses, Schick made a major improvement to the field outfitting it with grass instead of the dirt base players had dealt with in years past.

The project helped Schick earn his Eagle Scout rank. The work began last August and this spring the first sets of cleats will embark on the new grass.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Help bring smiles to those with disabilities during Horse Power Healing Center fundraiser

March 14, 2012 9:43 a.m. |  Join Horse Power Healing Center in providing self-esteem and confidence in those with mental, physical or emotional disabilities during their Think Spring Fundraiser being held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 17 at Roma's Ristorante, N8416 Highway ES in East Troy. 

A wide selection of items will be on display for sale including jewelry, Tupperware, kitchen items and more. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Horse Power Healing Center. 

Visit www.horsepowerhealingcenter.com for more information. 

'Substantial progress' in Lisbon, Sussex talks

March 13, 2012 9:30 p.m. | Village of Sussex - The "Hatfield-McCoy" relationship between the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Sussex may be coming to an end.

The governing bodies of the two communities are holding a series of closed door sessions in an effort to resolve some of the issues that divide them.

The Lisbon Town Board met behind closed doors Monday night. The Sussex Village board was entering the second hour of a closed session at 9 p.m. tonight.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said the Lisbon board may hold another closed session later this week depending upon the outcome of tonight's village board meeting.

Village President Greg Goetz said he will brief Gehrke on the village board meeting after it is over.

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Town of Mukwonago candidates sound off during forum this evening

March 13, 2012 8:06 p.m. | Three Town of Mukwonago residents are vying for two supervisors seats and sounded off their views on how the town should progress during a candidate forum this evening at Town Hall, hosted by the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tom Stefanowski, Ruth Ann Nicoson and Todd Werginz each had two minutes to answer eight questions that were prepared by the chamber; some of which revolved around potential commercial growth in the town.

Werginz said that while “I understand the premise that it would create a larger tax bracket,” he would like to see the town keep its rural feel.

Nicoson referred back to a 2002 Smart Growth Survey that was conducted in the town and stated that at that time, residents were split in half for and against growth. “At this point, we have the new (Highway 83). I'm open to looking at the idea (of allowing commercial growth in the town), and allowing the citizens of the town to make their feelings known. Ultimately it is their decision,” she said.

Stefanowski stated that “we need the residents to come to plan commission meetings and town board meetings so we know what they want and what they’d like us to do. Without their input, things will not improve in the town.”  

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Waukesha man charged in two drug-related deaths

March 13, 2012 4:29 p.m. |  



Waukesha – A 27-year-Waukesha man was charged March 12 in Waukesha County Circuit Court for allegedly supplying heroin to a Muskego woman and a City of Delafield man.

Kevin S. Cobus was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide for the deaths of Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego and Cody C. Riggs, 26, of City of Delafield, according to the criminal complaint.

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Author Marcia Carmichael to visit Mukwonago Community Library

March 13, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  Join Marcia Carmichael, the historical gardener at Old World Wisconsin, as she discusses her newest book, “Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers” beginning at 1:30 p.m. on March 17 at the Mukwonago Community Library, 300 Washington Ave., Mukwonago.  

Culture and history can be passed from one generation to the next through the food we eat, the vegetables and fruits we plant and harvest, and the fragrant flowers and herbs that enliven our gardens. The plants our ancestors grew tell stories about their way of life.  Ms. Carmichael will share timeless lessons with today’s gardeners and cooks about planting trends and practices, garden tools used by early settlers, popular plant varieties, and favorite flavors of Wisconsin’s early settlers.

For more information, stop by the Reference Desk or cal us at (262) 363-6411

Pfeiffer joins AHS football staff

March 13, 2012 3:51 p.m. |  Dave Pfeiffer, who was a standout football and baseball player at Arrowhead and a 1974 AHS graduate, has been named the new defensive coordinator at Arrowhead. Head football  coach Greg Malling and athletics director Kevin Flegner told the Lake Country Reporter about the hiring.

The AHS football field is named after Pfeiffer's father Franklin.

Pfeiffer, 55,  was the head coach at Sheboygan South for 11 seasons before retiring from that post two years ago. He has coached at Concordia University, Waukesha North and Kewaskum previously.

Pfeiffer lives in Pewaukee.

Wales wants to maintain historic charm

March 13, 2012 2:56 p.m. | The Village of Wales has proposed a set of design guidelines for property owners or would-be developers to follow. The guidelines would be specific to what officials are calling the Village Center which is the commercial/downtown area of the village along Highway 18 and part of 83.

Buildings in this area date back to the 1900s and officials want to maintain their historic charm. The guidelines encourage architecture that is reminiscent of Wales, U.K. with a country feel.

According to the draft guidelines:

"Residential, compatible small businesses and specialty store buildings should continue to reflect the predominantly residential architectural character by
using peaked roofs complemented with building facades consisting of natural or 'natural appearing' materials. Business buildings should be constructed
with a residential architectural style with pitched roofs as opposed to incompatible boxed‐shaped, concrete block structures with flat roofs that are devoid of any
architectural style. The landscape design character for the Village Center should consist of mostly natural landscaping, low fieldstone or limestone walls, and
ornate open fences such as cedar split‐rail, white picket or decorative wrought‐iron fences."

The village will hold an open house to discuss the guidelines and proposed district from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the community building, 216 W. South St.

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Nature Hill student death likely due to respiratory infection and underlying cardiac condition

March 13, 2012 9:31 a.m. | According to information from the Waukesha County Medical’s Examiner’s office, an autopsy on Jacob Butschke, the 7th grade student at Nature Hill Intermediate School who passed away last weekend,  was completed on March 12.  The evidence points to a likely respiratory infection combined with an underlying cardiac condition.

Laboratory results do not show evidence of meningitis. The cause of death is pending further studies.


Eagle man challenges IRS rules for tax preparers

March 13, 2012 8:00 a.m. | Elmer Kilian's been doing other people's taxes for a long time, but a new the federal rule might force the 80-year-old Eagle resident into retirement -- unless he prevails in a federal lawsuit against the IRS.

Kilian is one of three independent tax preparers who, with the help of a libertarian public interest law firm, are suing to block implementation of the new licensing requirements. The suit is to be filed Tuesday in federal district court in Washington D.C.

It contends the IRS doesn't have the authority to require licensing,  annual training and testing of an estimated 350,000 independent tax preparers. The new regulations, effective this year, exclude lawyers, CPAs, enrolled agents or those working for large commercial tax return companies like H & R Block and Jackson Hewitt from the annual training and testing.

"These regulations are typical government protectionism," said Scott Bullock, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, which represents Kilian and the other tax preparers. "They benefit powerful industry insiders at the expense of entrepreneurs and consumers who will likely have fewer options and face higher prices."

About 60 percent of all U.S. tax returns are filled out by paid  tax preparers, according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO has found significant quality issues over the years. In one 2006 study, the GAO took tax returns to 19 different commercial tax preparers, and 17 of 19 incorrectly calculated the taxes due.

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'Contention' in Dousman fire merger talks

March 12, 2012 10:25 p.m. |  Town of Ottawa - Town Chairman Richard Arrowood has warned that the transfer of fire trucks from the dissolved Summit Fire District to the newly consolidated Dousman Fire District "is going to be a point of contention with the Town of Ottawa."

Arrowood told the Town Board Tuesday night he had anticipated Summit officials would lease its fire trucks to the Dousman Fire District for a nominal fee as part of the consolidation agreement between Ottawa, Dousman and Summit.

According to the agreement, the Dousman Fire District will be expanded to cover all of the Village of Summit as well as the Village of Dousman and most of the Town of Ottawa. The Summit Fire District,, which covered the northern half of the Village of Summit as well as the Village of Oconomowoc Lake, will be dissolved.

"If fire service is going to be provided to an additional area, additional equipment will be needed to provide the fire service," Arrowood said.

However, he added, apparently Summit officials are planning to sell the fire trucks rather than donate or lease them to the Dousman district.

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Youtube videos explain Mukwonago referendum

March 12, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Asking for an $11.2 million referendum over the next four years to cover revenue lost  due to the sunset of the 2007 referendum this school year and a loss in state aid, the Mukwonago Area School District posted a video on its website. The video explains the referendum and its impact on residents.

To view the video go to www.youtube.com/watch

Additionally, a commitee - Citizens for Mukwonago Schools - comprised of parents, community leaders, alumni and friends of the Mukwonago Area Schools has created a video regarding the referendum as well.

The Citizens for Mukwonago Schools video can be found at : youtu.be/GDUxprHrlNU

Say "Bye Bye" to PHS auditorium

March 12, 2012 2:02 p.m. | Pewaukee will have one final chance to say "bye bye" to the old high school auditorium when it hosts "Bye Bye Birdie" this weekend.

The show will be the last before the auditorium is repurposed into fine and visual arts classrooms as part of the ongoing construction projects that resulted from a November 2010  building referendum.

The school district is constructing a brand new 750-seat auditorium in the footprint of the former gymnasium. The new auditorium, which is expected to open in December, will replace the current one, which was constructed along with the high school in 1968.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 16, and 2:30 p.m. on March 17 and 18.

Man gets probation for accidently shooting his son

March 12, 2012 1:36 p.m. |

Waukesha – A Town of Delafield man was sentenced Monday to one year probation for accidentally shooting his son last March.

Craig D. Savage, 37, of W289 N2183 Louis Ave., was ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick C. Haughney to 100 hours of community service and fined him $243.

Savage said he was walking through his living room holding a loaded handgun and as he talked with his 10-year-old son "all of the sudden there was a bang and the gun went off," the criminal complaint said.

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Mukwonago Chamber hosts candidate forums this week

March 12, 2012 10:01 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two candidate forums this week to inform residents about those running for office.

Tomorrow night starting at 6:30 p.m. for the three residents vying for a seat on the Town of Mukwonago board. The forum will be held at Town Hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Rd. Candidates are Tom Stefanowski, Rtuh Ann Nicoson and Todd Werginz.

On Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 440 River Crest Ct., Village of Mukwonago contendors Dennis O'Bryan, Darlene Johns, Elliot Bakst and Arnold Fickau will sqaure off. 

Each candidate will have two minutes to answer 8 questions including:  what makes Mukwonago so special, how that the Hwy 83 improvement is complete and we have a gateway into the town, what are your thoughts on allowing commercial development into the town, and how can the town maintain its current service levels with the state’s mandated tax freeze? What alternative revenue sources would you be willing to ask residents to consider?

Nature Hill grieves loss of seventh-grader

March 12, 2012 9:47 a.m. | The Oconomowoc school community is mourning the sudden loss of 12-year-old Jacob Butschke, who died at home this weekend. The cause of death has not been determined.

The Nature Hill seventh-grader appeared in the school play, Annie Jr., which had its final performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

Read more in Tuesday's paper.

Accused KMHS taggers charged

March 12, 2012 9:38 a.m. |

Waukesha – A former Kettle Moraine High School student and her boyfriend admitted to authorities they spray painted graffiti on KMHS March 1 and what they painted were lyrics from a rap song, according to the criminal complaint filed March 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Charged with two misdemeanor counts of graffiti each were Erika M. Bredlow, 19, of 1035 S. Waterville Road, Village of Summit, and Michael J. Rady, 19, of Watertown. Along with spray painting graffiti on the school they are accused of painting graffiti on a silo in the Town of Genesee.

One phrase on the school was the same as on the silo and contained obscenities and threatened to kill people, the complaint said. A second phrase on the school said "die yuppie scum," the complaint said.

Both Bredlow and Rady said they did not intend to frighten or threaten anyone, the complaint said. Rady said the profanity laced message was from a rap song and Sheriff’s Department detectives were able to confirm it was from a rap song, the complaint said.

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Mukwonago falls short against Spartans

March 11, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The Mukwonago boys basketball team played an inspired sectional final against Madison Memorial, looking for a fifth consecutive visit in the state title game, but ultimately fell by a 57-52 count at Kettle Moraine on Saturday. Read the full story here.

AHS girls charge into WIAA sectional

March 10, 2012 8:55 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team played its best first half of the season Saturday night and rolled to an eventual 57-38 victory over visiting Menomonee Falls in a WIAA regional championship game. AHS will play in the sectional next Thursday night.

The Warhawks, thanks to a big first half effort from senior guards Amanda Bauer and Kyle Davis, rolled to a commanding 36-17 lead at halftime. Falls got as close as 12 points twice in the second half. Both Bauer and Davis scored 11 points each in the first half.

AHS improved to 21-3 on the season and will play defending state champion Nicolet in Thursday's sectional. 

Jenny Smith led the Warhawks with 16 points followed by Bauer with 15, Davis 11 abnd Kelly Smith 10.

Three girls teams in regional finals

March 10, 2012 9:45 a.m. |  Three of the five girls basketball teams from the Lake Country area will play in WIAA regional championship games on Saturday. Winners of those games will advance to the sectionals next week.

The KM girls will host Watertown in a Division 1 regional final on Saturday at 4 p.m. 

Arrowhead will host a Division 1 regional on Saturday at 7 p.m. as they entertain Menomonee Falls.

Lake Country Luthearn will  play in a Division 5 regional title game on Saturday against  host Burlington Catholic Central at 7 p.m.

Oconomowoc girls ousted

March 09, 2012 10:39 p.m. | Verona's Ashley Bartow scored 23 points, lifting her team past Oconomowoc in the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball playoffs Friday, 48-40. Read the full story here.

AHS girls win WIAA opener

March 09, 2012 9:28 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Germantown Friady night in a WIAA Division 1 regional game, 51-47. The victory advanced the Warhawks (20-3) into Saturday's championship game at home at 7 p.m. against Menomonee Falls (19-4).

The Warhawks had defeated Germantown four weeks ago by more than 20 points.

AHS led from start to finish but watched as the visitors cut their deficit to one at 41-40 in the fourth quarter.

Kyle Davis led the winners with 16 points. Jenny Smith added 10 points for the Warhawks

CMH stuns Pewaukee girls

March 09, 2012 9:17 p.m. |  The highly ranked Pewaukee varsity girls basketball team suffered a stunning loss Friday night as visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial rallied in the fourth quarter to stop the Pirates, 56-48. CMH outscored Pewaukee by a 26-16 margin in the final period to pull out the shocking victory.

Jordyn Swan had 18 points and Emily Wirth 17 for the Pirates.

Allison Mueller led the Crusaders with 17 points.

Pewaukee finished with an 18-5 record.

West girls end Hamilton's season

March 09, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Hamilton's varsity girls basketball team lost twice in 10 days against Waukesha West. This time, it was more disheartining for the home team, as the sixth-seeded Wolverines advanced to the WIAA regional final with a 39-27 upset victory in the second round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.

The third-seeded Chargers (17-6) got 13 points from sophomore forward Mackenzie Latt. Waukesha West was led by junior Michelle Farrow  matched Latt's offensive output with 13 points.

At the half the Chargers, held to one shot each trip down the floor most of the night, trailed the Wolverines, 19-12.

"What can  you say about this?" Hamilton coach Dan Carey said. "Give Waukesha West all the credit for coming in with a great game plan. They really played outstanding defense and shut us down. It stings now but it doesn't take anything away from what this team's accomplished this year."

The Chargers, who won the Greater Metro Conference, got to the free throw line only six times, converting three by Latt.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Joe Hite: 7 p.m. May 27, Okauchee Lake Yacht Club, W340 N6338 Breezy Point Road, Oconomowoc. 7 to 11 p.m. Joe Hite will perform, and all proceeds will benefit the Okauchee Fireworks Fund. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Minimum $10 per person.

Burgundy Ties Plays: 8 p.m. May 28, Bucky’s Lakeside Pub and Grill, 50n 35016w Wisconsin Ave, Okauchee. The combination of their eclectic sound and live performance makes Burgundy Ties stand out as an original and inspired Milwaukee band. Visit www.burgundytiesband.com. Free.

Duck/Homemade Boat Race: 10 a.m. May 28, Nixon Park, 339 Maple Ave., Hartland. Races start at 11 a.m. There will be food for sale as well as other family-friendly activities. Entry fee per race is $5 and $1 to purchase a duck. All proceeds go to saving the swifts and to the Ice Age Trail. For rules and information, visit www.savetheswifts.com.

Rummage Sale: 9 a.m. May 26-27; 8 a.m. May 28, Rummage Sale, N41W29213 Prairie Wind Circle South, Pewaukee. Volunteers and donations needed. We will supply tax donation forms to donors. Anything not sold will be donated to Goodwill and Lake Country Caring.

All weekend happenings