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Looking ahead to our All-Area basketball teams in 2015

March 30, 2014 10:01 p.m. |  The All-Area basketball teams for Lake Country/Mukwonago Publications this season were relatively easy to choose this season, though they were nothing like the teams I would have envisioned last year.

Each year, I like to peek ahead into the crystal ball and speculate on next year's All-Area teams. As a refresher, the choices this year on the boys side were Paul Miller and Mitchell Oleson (Kettle Moraine), Bryce Nze (Arrowhead), Aaron Nixon (Mukwonago), Brady Ellingson (Sussex Hamilton) and Eric Lutzen (Pewaukee). The choices for the girls included Baylee Barker (Oconomowoc), Linley Achtenhagen (Kettle Moraine), Bre Cera (Mukwonago), Kelly Smith (Arrowhead), Mary Hirt (Lake Country Lutheran) and Abby Gerrits (Pewaukee).

For a variety of reasons, we saw three two-time selections from past years not make the list. On the boys side, Oconomowoc's T.J. Schlundt moved to a post-graduate program and Mukwonago's Dominic Cizauskas was ruled out because of mid-season suspension. On the girls side, Hamilton standout Mackenzie Latt moved to Michigan. The door was open for several newcomers.

So take this with a grain of salt. But barring injury or something unforeseen, here's a look ahead to the 2014-15 basketball season and some names to consider for the next batch All-Area teams.


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AHS girls win Rempe Relays

March 30, 2014 6:18 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls track team took part in two indoor meets on Saturday, and the Warhawks came away with a championship-winning performance.

The Warhawks won the title in the Peter Rempe Cardinal Relays at Waukesha South with 111 points. Mukwonago took second in the 13-school field with 98 points.

AHS also competed in the Watertown Indoor Invitational on Saturday and placed fifth of 10 teams with 52 points. Slinger won the crown with 93 tallies, and Kettle Moraine took second with 87 points.

At South, the Warhawks won seven events, more than any other school. AHS won four running events, one hurdle relay and two field events relays.

AHS won the 4x240 with the team of Lizzy Bejna, Mary Bartelson, Jenna Goulet and Kathleen Wartman. They also won the 1,600 relay with the combination of Bejna, Sara Kaiser, Jackie Dubnicka and Payton Wesley.

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Big run for Pewaukee boys

March 30, 2014 6:15 p.m. | At first glance, the third-place finish by the Pewaukee boys track team last Friday at the 14th annual Doug Johnson Bulldog Invitational at West Allis Central might not appear to be that big of a deal. But for the Pirates, that high finish might be an indication of bigger and better things to come this spring.

Competing against a nine-school field of mostly Division 1 teams, the Pirates came within four points of winning the championship. Host Central won the team championship with 130 points, closely followed by Franklin with 128 tallies and Pewaukee with 126.50 points. West Allis Hale was fourth at 106.50.

"We came into the meet hoping to win it," said Pewaukee coach John Kashian. "We came very close. We could have gotten a few more points had things gone better. But there were some teachable moments for us. We'll get back to practice on Monday and talk about those things. In a big meet like this that's very competitive, you just can't let points slip away. But we had a very good day. I like what I see so far."

The Pewaukee girls team, despite small numbers, also finished a surprising third with 70 points. Powerhouse Brookfield East won with 172 points, and Milwaukee King took second at 84. West Allis Central was fourth in the field of 10 schools with 67 tallies.

Boys show they belong

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Bowling Scores 04/02/14

March 30, 2014 3:22 p.m. |

Jay's Lanes

Monday Mixed

Jeff Vandegenachte 722 (236, 228, 258), Aaron Cieslak 715 (222, 246, 247), Jeff Jaeck 695 (236, 245, 214), Paul Sadler 682 (224, 222, 236), Heidi Kossow 662 (181, 215, 266), Doug Krebsbach 652 (196, 215, 241), Sue Leppin 608 (209, 159, 240), Erin Rogosienski 595 (194, 199, 202), Eleanor Treffinger 565 (206, 188, 171), Debb Jaeck 551 (150, 222, 179), Bev Kunda 529 (168, 171, 190)

Tuesday Seniors

Don Jerousek 625 (217), Tim Vlasis 596 (234), John Frymark 565 (216, Dick Stocks 561, Dave Schahczinski 545 (216), Jim Johnson 544 (223), Duane Brissette 537, Tom Varrelmann 535, Fran DeGrave 203, Joe Heinzman 526, Faye Kampa 486 (178), Sharon Vlasis 479, Judy Heinzman 470 (193), Anna Flury 469 (182: Judy Stocks 452, Judy Atkins 445, Rita Heinz 427, Neva DeGrave 422, Phyllis Beil 404

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Klug, Menzia named first team in GMC

March 30, 2014 3:20 p.m. | The Hamilton girls basketball team, after tying for second in the Greater Metro Conference behind Divine Savior Holy Angels by one game (16-7 overall), placed two players on the first team All-GMC list.

Sophomore guard Taylor Klug and senior guard Hannah Menzia both named first-team All Conference. DSHA's Arike Ogunbowale was named the league Player of the Year for a third time.

Sophomore Molly Diehl was named "high honorable mention" and senior Emily Kneer netted "honorable mention." Menzia and Kneer were both named to the league's Scholar Athlete list.

Brookfield Central's Lydia Rohde, Brookfield East's Mariah Miller and Wauwatosa East's Katie Salmon joined Ogunbowale and the Hamilton players on the first team. Rohde (Northwestern) and Salmon (Loyola) will both play NCAA Division 1 basketball next year.

All Conference

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Sports Shorts 04/02/14

March 30, 2014 3:05 p.m. |

Current, former wrestlers join forces at Whitewater

Several Mukwonago wrestlers competed Saturday for the annual Purple Pummel Folkstyle tournament held at UW-Whitewater. Wrestlers were divided into five-man round-robin brackets.

Andrew Meixelsperger, Nick Armstrong, Erik Hendriksen, Jon Ryback, Darius Schwartz, Derek Hermanson, and Nate Arquinego all competed in the high school division. Wrestling in the open division were 2013 MHS graduate Brandon Schallock, 2012 graduate (and UW-Oshkosh wrestler) Mike Berg, former captain of Mukwonago's 2011 state semifinalist team Garrett Gutenberger, 2010 graduate Jayson Keuler, 2010 graduate Ben Tordik and current MHS coaches and 2005 graduates Brett Coffelt and Grant Winchowky.

Hermanson, whose wins included one over a Division 2 State qualifier, took first place. Armstrong, Schwartz, and Hendriksen all placed second. Meixelsperger placed third, Arquinego fourth and Ryback placed fifth.

Schallock took second in the open division, as did Coffelt, who defeated a coach from Arrowhead in his final match. Winchowsky placed third, Berg fourth and Gutenberger fourth. Kuehler and Tordik took fifth.

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HHS runs well at New Berlin West

March 30, 2014 2:44 p.m. | Members of the Hamilton boys and girls track and field teams were at the Schreiber Classic on March 26 at New Berlin West.

Hamilton's varsity girls finished in second place behind the Vikings with 60.75 points. The junior varsity team won the meet with 45.33 points. On the boys side, Hamilton's junior varsity and varsity teams ended up in fourth place with 21 and 25 points, respectively.

Kaila Carter won the triple jump at the varsity level for the Chargers, clearing 29 feet, 3 inches. Erin Fardy was fourth in the pole vault at 8-0. Meghan Joyner finished in fourth place in the high jump at 4-6 and took second place in the 55-meter hurdles at 9.81, just in front of teammate Claire Birk at 9.92.

Mariana Feudner won the 55 dash in 7.55.

Emma Woelfel won the 1,600 in 6:06.23. Bianca Stubler won the 400 with a time of 1:05.01. Ashlyn Paulson ended up in second place in the 800 at 2:35.48.

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Ellingson handled all challenges

March 30, 2014 2:39 p.m. | Brady Ellingson has been able to take down many foes in his spectacular four-year varsity career at Sussex Hamilton. Mononucleosis was just the latest.

Though the illness, characterized by an enlarged spleen and fatigue, usually knocks a player out for a month or more, Ellingson missed only two games when he came down with the ailment midway through the year. It turned out he'd already been playing with the illness and didn't need much longer to get clearance.

"Right after the Marquette win (Dec. 20), I felt fine on the bus ride back but started feeling out of it; I thought I had a cold," Ellingson said. "It was unusual because Christmas Eve, I went to my grandma's house on my mom's side and fell asleep at like 7 p.m. for two hours. That's unusual for me because I don't take naps often. I was so tired over Christmas break, but I thought I was just run down, and I kept sleeping."

He struggled in a win over Racine Horlick shortly after the holiday, then finally saw a doctor. But patients with the illness are usually given a green light after a month, when the danger to the spleen has passed. Consequently, Ellingson was only off the floor for his team's losses to West Allis Central and Wisconsin Lutheran.

"He never really got his legs back until probably the latter part of the season," Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni said. "I tried to get him more rest and time off the court, and he worked himself back into shape. You look at our last eight games, after we lost to Brookfield Central, we ended up winning 7 of our last 8."

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Offense flexes its muscles in openers

March 30, 2014 2:34 p.m. | At first glance, one might think these were Hamilton football scores from last fall.

The Chargers varsity softball team defeated Wauwatosa East in their season opener at Tosa East, 28-0. On April 7, the Chargers won their home opener at Armory Park against West Allis Central, 14-0.

Kelsey Mason went 5 for 5 against the Red Raiders. Overall, the Chargers pounded out 16 hits in only four innings.

Karly Vigani was the winning pitcher for Hamilton.

Danielle Draggoo went 3 for 3 with three RBIs for the Chargers in the five-inning victory against the Bulldogs. Taylor Vigani went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run.

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Zuzick excited about new era of Hamilton soccer

March 30, 2014 2:32 p.m. | Chris Zuzick is the head coach of Hamilton's varsity girls soccer team this spring, taking over for longtime coach Tom Konkol, after several years with the program and countless ones involved with soccer in the Sussex area.

Not only does he know the players in the program, having watched or coached them on their way up, he knows this group has upside writen all over.

"We have a very strong group of seniors," Zuzick said. "I see this team playing at a high level because of it."

Midfielder Hannah Menzia, defender Hannah Conant and midfielder Molly Matthiesen are this year's captains for the Chargers. Goalie Hannah Bjorklund, defender Robyn White, defender Emily Strazlko, forward Aspyn Gruber and defender Natalie Ferschl also represent seniors on the squad.

Forward Kirsten Windbiel, midfielder Meghan Wieseckel, midfielder Taylor Mears, forward Allison Croft and midfielder Lauren Anthony are all juniors.

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Indians 10th at impressive venue in Illinois

March 30, 2014 2:27 p.m. | Vince Komar was overwhelmed on March 27. The Mukwonago varsity boys track and field team traveled to Illinois, competing in the Proviso East Midwest Classic Indoor Meet, and Komar couldn't believe what kind of facility the high school had for track and field.

"I've never seen anything like it," he said. "It's a field house built in 1958 that's state-of-the-art. Unlike anything I've seen. This place was impressive."

Mukwonago placed 10th overall among a sea of teams with 25.5 points. Arrowhead made the trip and finished just ahead of the Indians, who didn't have distance runner Sam Boyle competing due to injury.

"Sam will be fine; we just played it safe and kept him out for a week," Komar said.

Jeremy Harr won the triple jump at 44 feet, 6 inches. In the high jump, Zach Dybul and Zach Zaborowski each cleared 5-10.

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Lightning baseball squad loaded again

March 30, 2014 2:13 p.m. | Expectations remain exceptionally high for Lake Country Lutheran baseball, and why not? One year after just missing the WIAA Division 4 state title, falling in a heartbreaker to Greenwood in the title game, 6-4, the Lightning come into the new season with its roster largely intact

Under coach David Bahr, entering his 11th season as the head coach of the Lightning, LCL will head into 2014 as the No. 1 team in the state.

BJ Sabol, a senior, is one of the team's leaders both as a hitter and pitcher. He batted .505 last season and knocked in 49 to go along with 10 triples and a .817 slugging percentage. The left-hander was 8-0 on the mound, striking out 79 in 48 innings with a 1.60 earned run average. Sabol is poised to sign with a Division 1 or Division 2 college when the next signing period begins.

"BJ Sabol is one of the top players in Southeastern Wisconsin," Bahr said. "He's been putting up gaudy numbers since last spring and continued to throughout the summer."

Sabol comes from successful baseball bloodlines. His grandfather, George Sabol, coached Johnson Creek for more than 30 years and is a member of the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Cooney to kick off season Tuesday

March 30, 2014 2:05 p.m. | Mike Bizjak, Oconomowoc's varsity girls soccer coach, said his team began preparation for their April 1 season-opening match at West Allis Hale as well as can be expected.

"We did about everything you can do indoors during the first week of practice," Bizjak said. "The girls worked hard and competition for spots on the two teams (JV and varsity) has been excellent."

Bizjak said players who have shown their leadership qualities during the first week of practice have been junior forward Dani Sowinski, senior defender Audrey Adler and senior defender Taylor Greene.

Last season, the Raccoons racked up a 16-3-1 overall record, winning the Wisconsin Little Ten before losing in a WIAA sectional match against Appleton North. The only other teams that defeated Oconomowoc during the regular season were Waukesha West and Menomonee Falls.

Graduates off the team that went 6-0-1 in league play were Hailey Orsted, Morgan McMahon, Kelsi Krakauer, Allison Pauer, Jillian Burnette, Jessie Pampuch, Taylor Pampuch and Sydney Snyder. Taylor Pampuch was the Player of the Year last season before heading to play soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Krakauer and Sowinski were both also first-team players along with goalie Megan Shanahan, who is a senior this year. Adler was voted second team. Greene was named honorable mention as a junior.

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KM girls second at Watertown

March 30, 2014 2:01 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's girls track team took part in the 10-team Watertown Indoor Invitational last Saturday and came away with a strong second-place finish

Slinger, expected to be one of the top teams in this part of the state this spring, won the meet championship with 93 points. KM was second with 87 tallies. A second Kettle Moraine team took eighth place with 29 points.

"Overall, even though we were missing our two top point scorers for the meet, I thought we did a very good job," said KM coach Steve Lewis. "We split our squad into two teams, so we probably could have scored a few more points and won the meet had we kept everyone together. But it was a good day. It was nice to see a lot of kids do well."

Kettle Moraine picked up four first-place finishes for the day.

The first win came in the jump medley as the team of Sadie Bishop in the triple jump and Alyssa Skrove and Brenna Merte in the long jump took top honors. They had a combined distance of 62 feet, 3 inches and won the event by more than two feet. Bishop had the best distance of the day in the triple jump.

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June 7th Adaptive Water Ski Day for Waukesha County on Pewaukee Lake

March 30, 2014 7:42 a.m. | Saturday June 7th, we are taking on a first-come first-serve basis the first 45 people with disabilities that preregisters to water ski with sit skis for adaptive water skiing. Contact Kurt Roskopf 262 720 7031 adaptiveski@waterski.org If you don't make that first set of people going skiing, don't worry: You are welcome to come out and learn from the on-land instructions, demonstrations, and experiences. We are also going to schedule future sessions as well. For all things other than preregistering to ski on sit skis for adaptive water skiing, please contact Kurt Roskopf 262 720 7031 adaptiveski@waterski.org If you would like to volunteer, donate money to these programs, loan or donate equipment even up to a boat, please let Kurt know. Having skis, ropes, life jackets, and such is all helpful to contribute to allowing us to do as many of these programs as possible. We are also doing adaptive water skiing in Muskego at the same time, so that is an option as well. JoeKards will provide some art creations for some of the attendees AdvoCare will share information on hydration and other tips for days by the water and with sports Tupperware will share information on what is available to help support funding for these programs. Donna Lexa Art Centers will have art on display there. County Executive Dan Vrakas will be out to this event to share some remarks about this work on making adaptive water skiing more available in Waukesha County through our community groups and charities. A big thank you to Smokey's Bait Shop for donating use of their boat launch for the success of this event.

Rep. Bill Kramer charged with sexual assault in 2011 case

March 28, 2014 10:04 p.m. | Madison — Rep. Bill Kramer has been charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault on allegations of groping a female legislative staffer in Muskego three years ago, raising anew the question of whether he will be able to remain in his post until the end of his term.

The charges issued by a Waukesha County prosecutor come one month after Kramer, 49, was accused of groping another aide and sexual harassing a lobbyist in a separate recent incident after a Washington, D.C., fundraiser. On Monday, the Waukesha Republican filed paperwork saying he would not run for re-election but so far has not stepped down from his post, which he holds until January.

Deputy District Attorney Debra Blasius filed the charges Friday, alleging that Kramer had grabbed the breasts and groin of a legislative staffer in Muskego after a Republican event at a bar there. He has his initial appearance scheduled for April 14.

A certified public accountant and attorney with a degree from Duke University Law School, Kramer now faces the most serious legal issue of his career — each count of sexual assault carries a potential penalty of up to $100,000 in fines and 40 years in prison.

Jim Gatzke, Kramer's attorney, said Friday that he believes his client will be exonerated.

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Dance Night to benefit Seniors on the Go service

March 28, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Rotary Club of Mukwonago and the Mukwonago Lions Club have teamed up once again to host a fundraiser benefiting the Mukwonago Seniors on the Go taxi service.

The organizations will host a dance at American Legion Post 375 on Highway NN from 7 to 11 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday March 29.

The event will feature music by the band Press Play, a silent auction, 50-50 raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Lake Country golf outing set for April 26

March 28, 2014 1:35 p.m. | The eighth annual Lake Country Charity Invitational high school golf tournament will be played this year at Brown Deer Park in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 26. Brown Deer is the former home of the PGA Tour's US Bank Championship.

A field of 33 teams from around the state will take part in this year's event. Milwaukee Marquette won last year's championship at Erin Hills.

Last year's tournament raised $75,699, benefitting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). The invitational has raised $327,000 in its first seven years.

This year's tournament is looking for corporate, business and individual sponors. Hole sponsorship are also available.

To make a donation to this year's event, call Becky Pinter at (414) 456-5831(414) 456-5831 or Tom Tallmadge at (414) 453-3215(414) 453-3215. More information can be found at lccinvite.com.

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Arrowhead softball team has holes to fill

March 28, 2014 1:33 p.m. | For the first time in years, veteran Arrowhead softball coach Emily Martin has a lot of holes to fill, with at least six positions in the field after last year's graduations and just four players back from the 2013 squad, which was one of the top teams in the Classic 8 Conference.

The good news is that the Warhawks have their top two pitchers back from last year in senior lefthander Noelle Weiss and righty Monica Fischer. Junior Makenzie Paszek also is a very capable pitcher as well.

But only two other starters are back from last season. Sophomore Claire Brzenk started in center field last year, and Paszek also served as a designated hitter. Paszek will play third base this spring.

"After losing a lot of seniors last year, we're definitely going to need some people to step up and contribute," Martin said. " Right now, it's hard to tell much because the weather has been so bad. But a lot of the kids have worked hard in the offseason, and I'm excited what this team can bring."

In addition to the solid pitching depth, Arrowhead appears to have good numbers elsewhere.

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KM softball hopes to play sleeper

March 28, 2014 1:19 p.m. | Veteran coach Scott Graf thinks his Kettle Moraine softball team could be a sleeper this year in the highly competitive Classic 8 Conference this spring. Graf knows that Mukwonago, Muskego and Arrowhead will be tough teams to beat.

"Those three teams seem to be always at the top of the conference standings," Graf. "And I'm sure they'll be strong again this year. But I like the way our team looks right now. The weather has been terrible and we haven't been outside hardly at all. But things look good. We've got a big group of seniors that will help us out and some younger kids who are looking very good. I'm anxious to get outside and see how things look."

Pitching could be a strong part of the KM lineup this year. Freshman Sommer Kunstmann has looked very good in the early practices, and junior Sara Smith also can pitch. Senior Reagan Meyers will return as the starting catcher, with junior Sam Chase as part of the catching mix.

Around the infield, Meghan Smith and Sara Smith will share the job at first base, and senior Becca Wilber will play second base. Senior Jordan Fink, playing with the varsity for the fourth straight year, will play shortstop, and freshman Katelyn Yute will play third base.

"The infield should be pretty good," Graf said. "This is Jordan's fourth year with the varsity and she'll be our leader. The key will be making plays. Infield defense is always a key to winning games."

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Fourth write-in for County 11 seat

March 28, 2014 1:15 p.m. | A fourth write-in candidate has come forward for the County Supervisor Seat #11. 

Buddy Liesener, of Pewaukee, joins Lisa Coursin, Christine Howard and Shannon Highum in the race for the county seat.

All candidates are registered write-ins and their names will not be on the ballots -- voters must remember to write it down themselves. 

Sports Shorts 03/26/14

March 28, 2014 11:27 a.m. |

Middle school volleyball teams racking up wins

The Templeton seventh- and eighth-grade girls volleyball teams swept Lakeshore on March 20 at home.

Top servers included Anna Lemke, Erin Niebler, Gwen Watson, Kayla Dowler, Kenzie Kolesari, Lauren Power, Maddie Lange and McKenna Packer.

Nina Pridavka, Ellie Strackbein and Emily Hirn led the Bulldogs in the eighth-grade match from behind the service line. Jaden Campanelli and McKenna Walczak led the team at the service line in a win over Menomonee Falls on March 8.

Molly Hubred had 13 assists for the seventh-grade team as it took 3 of 5 from Falls.

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Early resident's life was filled with tragedy

March 28, 2014 11:26 a.m. | This tale of a lady has a pig start and a pig ending.

The Town of Lisbon had their very first town meeting on April 5, 1842, at the Lisbon Plank Road School (Halquist area). One of the very first ordinances was about pigs running loose. A rule was adopted that stated that pigs running loose had to wear a three-board yoke or there was a fine of $1 payable to the town treasurer.

Now to get back to the sad lady tale. Her maiden name was Sophia Freed, born March 19, 1815, in Kent County, England.

She grew up in England after the Napoleonic Wars. She met her future husband, William Russell, born in May 1811, in West Wall, Kent County, England, and they were married on Dec. 23, 1840, in East Sutton, Kent County.

Russell was listed as a wood sawyer in one census, and as an agriculturist in another. They lived in a house in East Sutton, abut 8 miles southeast of Maidstone, Kent County.

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March 28, 2014 11:23 a.m. |

Contact information

To send information for this column, contact Sue Hesselgrave at (414)840-6602 or buildingabetterbutler@yahoo.com

Butler Library

The Butler Library has a new web site, www.butler.lib.wi.us

The library will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, with music, cake and guest speakers.

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Boy Scout Troop's long history comes to an end

March 28, 2014 11:23 a.m. | Probably the oldest Sussex area Boy Scout group, Troop 39, has disbanded recently because of lack of volunteer leadership and various other factors. This was revealed in a month's letter from the Sussex Lions Club, which for years has been a financial angel for the troop. Troop 39 even used the Sussex Village Park building, built by the Lions Club in 1973-74 on the highest point in the central par of the park.

How gar back does Troop 39 go?

Well, lifetime local resident Jennie Schmidt, who had boys in the club, can remember it being a viable organization in the 1940s. Then there is the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society Museum, which their records has a prominent Boy Scout picture of Sussex boy,Victor R. Munz, at about age 12, and since he was born at W232 N6274 Waukesha Ave. in 1918, we can assume the photo was taken about 1930. He went on to be in the service in World War II, where he rose to captain with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific He was awarded three Purple hearts, plus a stack of other medals, and ribbons. He died in 1987.

Getting back to Troop 39 — which is about 75 years old, if not more — according to the Sussex Lions Club letter, the troop turned over some its equipment to the remaining Boy Scout units in the Sussex area,Troops 95 and 175.

Since 1960, 54 years ago, there has been a plaque displayed in the Sussex community of all the Eagle scouts that have been turned out by Troops 39, 95 ad 175. Today this plaque is on display in the Quad Room of the Pauline Haass Public Library, and is up to date for 2013, with the 2014 winners set to be added as soon as the brass labels are available. Nationally, only about 1% to 2% of all beginning Boy Scouts ever gain this highest of scouting honors. Currently there are 166 Sussex Boy Scout Eagle troop Eagle scouts (in 54 years), an average of three a year.

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Fest, fun and food this weekend

March 28, 2014 12:00 a.m. | It looks as though winter has overstayed its keep. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do at indoor venues in Lake Country.

On Saturday, Lake Country Community Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The fest features more than 140 vendor booths plus health fair, food court, live music, exhibitor raffles, children’s activities, student productions, product demonstrations, food drive.

Friday fish fries will be served at from: 4 to 7 p.m.  at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave., Butler, and 5 to 8 p.m. at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, 2777 Mission Road, Merton.  Eat in or carry out for $8 at St. Agnes. Call (262) 781-9521 for information. Dinner at the Nashotah House is $12 or $8. Call (262) 309-7619 for more information.

There’s ice skating at the Mullett Ice Center this weekend from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The center is located at 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. Cost is $5 adult, $4 junior/senior, $2 skate rental. Call (262) 369-3600 for more information.


March 27, 2014 4:15 p.m. | Meals are open to the general public aged 55 and over. All meals are prepared and cooked fresh on site and are served with coffee, tea or milk. Reservations must be made before noon one day in advance by calling (920) 563-4831 or (920) 563-4802. Meals are served promptly at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Thursday at the First Congregational church United Church of Christ, 31 W. Milwaukee Ave., Fort Atkinson, except when announced otherwise. Meals are a suggested donation of $4.25, Carry out $4.75. www.fortfcc.org

Tuesday, April 8: Hawaiian chicken, rice, creamed peas, biscuit, 7up cake

Wednesday, April 9: Tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich, 3 bean salad, frozen yogurt

Thursday, April 10: Tater tot casserole, fresh bread, raisin salad, lemon poppy seed cake

Tuesday, April 15: Hamburger steak/fried onions, augratin potatoes, cabbage, dinner roll, cake

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Attention livestock producers

March 27, 2014 1:51 p.m. | The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia, today repeated his appeal to livestock producers affected by natural disasters to keep thorough records. This includes livestock and feed losses, and any additional expenses that are a result of losses to purchased forage or feed stuff.

Record information including:

· Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses

· Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts

· Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures

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Local scout earns gold

March 27, 2014 1:39 p.m. | Girl Scouts of Wisconsin — Badgerland Council recently honored 12 girls who earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest national award a Girl Scout can earn. The Gold Award recognizes girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through take-action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.

The Girl Scouts were presented the Gold Award during a recognition ceremony held in March. "I am honored to congratulate these remarkable Girl Scouts," said Marci Henderson, CEO of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin — Badgerland Council. "Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award are young women of extraordinary achievement. They are well-prepared to become leaders in our communities." The 12 Badgerland Council Gold Award recipients join the ranks of an elite group of outstanding young women. Nationwide, less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts achieve this prestigious award.Their hard work and dedication reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set them apart and will prove invaluable throughout life.

Local scout

Katie McCarthy, Troop 2854 — Fort Atkinson Katie wanted to share her passion for scientific studies while, at the same time, incorporating her love of art. Katie developed a project to paint a mural in her school. And not just any mural but one that incorporates modern media! The mural gives a visual example of evolution featuring characters from the animated tv show The Simpsons. The mural's purpose is to stimulate students to seriously consider taking science classes. Katie said, "Many of our science courses are challenging and students don't value learning the course content because it's unrelatable. I took a popular TV show and used it to help students want to learn." The long-term impact of Katie's project is clear - an uptick in enrollment in science courses. Meanwhile, the art is already having an unexpected impact at the school — she's had requests from non-science teachers who want to duplicate her mural project for their own subject areas.

Spread Your Wings 03/30/14

March 27, 2014 1:15 p.m. | Waukesha County Technical College offers these hands-on courses. To register, call (262) 691-5578 or go to www.wctc.edu.

Exploring Indian Spices

In this hands-on class, discover why and how spices are used in Indian cooking. Learn to create individual spice mixtures and how to cook with them. CRN 22620 meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, with instructor Susan Pack. Cost: $28.30

Cake Decorating: The Next Step

You've learned how to level and frost your cake, now learn more. In this hands-on techniques class, discover many more skills that can be added to your cake decorating repertoire. No baking will be done in this class. CRN 22585 meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays, April 2-16 with instructor Kate Vitalbo. Cost: $75.94

Faculty art featured at UW-Waukesha

March 27, 2014 1:14 p.m. | Recent work from two members of the UW Colleges' art department faculty will be on display in the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha's art gallery through May 2.

Pieces by Tom Fleming, professor of art at UW-Marathon County, feature salt-fired porcelain, while Frank Zetzman, professor of art at UW-Fox Valley, uses ceramic, acrylic, bone, iron and wood in his work.

UW-Waukesha is located at 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. For directions to the UW–Waukesha campus, including the Fine Arts Center (Southview) and the art gallery, go to www.waukesha.uwc.edu/about/overview/campus-map.

Statements from the featured artists:

Fleming – This series of pieces strives for vertical stature, but is really involved with motion and transformation. The wings are reaching out, exploring the horizontal space that surrounds them. Some seem to embody the energy that formed the whole, rippling outward; flowing into the environment they've struggled to rise above. Other works, perhaps like a creeper plant, send probing feelers out to examine this unfamiliar space, tentative and fragile. At times the balconies seem stable and vibrant, actively orbiting around the central structure, helping to lift the piece higher. The gravity defying structures at other times spiral away seemingly out of control. I am very much interested in this flow from layer to layer as they undulate off their core and, am equally concerned with the relationship between the vertical and the horizontal balancing act.

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Community Briefs 03/30/14

March 27, 2014 1:11 p.m. |

Wisconsin Philharmonic revives summer concert

The Wisconsin Philharmonic will present "Stormy Weather Family Concert" at 3 p.m. May 31 at Shattuck Auditorium at Carroll University.

The concert features Isaac Young and the Waukesha Area Chamber Orchestra. Join the Wisconsin Philharmonic at 2 p.m. for an instrument petting zoo and at 3 p.m. for a side-by-side concert with Waukesha's youth.

Tickets are $12 adults, $8 students. Family rates are available. Call (262) 547-1858 to order tickets.

The orchestra's last concert of the season is "Lyric Masters" at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.

Philharmonic gala has 'Downton Abbey' look

March 27, 2014 1:08 p.m. | Fans of the public television hit program "Downton Abbey" were delighted when the Wisconsin Philharmonic selected it as the theme of its British Period Costume Gala.

The Legend at Brandybrook was an ideal setting for the event. Beautiful lace, satin and taffetta ball gowns were perfectly set off by the architectural detailing of the club.

Theatre on Main to stage 'Evita' in summer

March 27, 2014 1:05 p.m. | Theatre on Main will present the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Time Rice musical masterpiece "Evita" as its summer musical.

"We are very pleased to be staging "Evita" this summer and we welcome Oconomowoc native, Zach Woods, as director," said Kimm Mann, the theater managing director.

Woods made his Theatre on Main directorial debut this past year when he staged his original drama, "Depth of Field." Woods has also appeared on Theatre on Main's stage as Jesus in its production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" in March 2013, and subsequently as Moritz in "Spring Awakening. Woods is a graduate of Oconomowoc High School and holds a BFA in acting and musical theater from the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point.

Auditions have been slated for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 30. Candidates should come prepared with 32 bars from a musical theater piece, preferably from "Evita" along with the sheet music in the appropriate key. A pianist will be provided. A cappella and CD accompaniment is acceptable, but not recommended. A dance audition will also be held. If neither one of the audition times is workable, email mainstreettheatre@gmail.com to make other arrangements.

"Evita" is the story ofArgentina's controversial First Lady. As an illegitimate 15-year-old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor existence for the bright lights of Buenos Aires. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, she was a starlet at 22, the president's mistress at 24, First Lady at 27, and dead at 33. Eva Peron, said to be a "saint to the working-class, reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military," was destined to leave a fascinating political legacy unique in the 20th century. Told through a compelling score that fuses haunting chorales with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, "Evita creates an arresting theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

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Witt disputes doctor's finding of competency

March 27, 2014 1:03 p.m. | Shawn Witt is contesting a doctor’s determination that he is competent to stand trial in the shooting death of his father.

Dr. Mark Phelps of the Mendota Mental Health Institute filed a psychological report with the Waukesha County Circuit Court earlier this month. The examiner previously requested that proceedings be delayed so that an inpatient evaluation could be conducted.

The report, which concluded that Witt is competent to stand trial, was presented at a review hearing Wednesday, March 26. Attorney Anthony Rosario disputed the report’s determination on behalf of his client and requested that a specialist perform further evaluation.

The court has granted that request and scheduled a new review hearing for Wednesday, April 23.

According to the complaint, Village of Summit Police found the body of James Witt in the basement of his home at 34825 Elm St. on the afternoon of Jan. 22. Shawn Witt, 27, was an immediate suspect. The father had requested a restraining order against his son the day before.

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Fort Atkinson school lunch menu

March 27, 2014 1:03 p.m. | Free and reduced-fee meal applications are available year-round at each school office. For more information, call Barb Waara, student nutrition, at (920) 563-7811 Ext. 1161.

High school and middle school breakfast

Monday, April 7:Choice of one: Breakfast sandwich, bagel and cream cheese, Benefit bar, or cereal and cheese stick, fruit or juice, milk

Tuesday, April 8: Choice of one: Breakfast pizza, bagel and cream cheese, yogurt and muffin, or cereal and cheese stick, fruit or juice, milk

Wednesday, April 9: Choice of one: Mini pancake wraps, bagel and cream cheese, breakfast round, or cereal and cheese stick, fruit or juice, milk

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Community Briefs 03/30/14

March 27, 2014 12:47 p.m. |

Shakespeare Behind Bars talk at UW-Waukesha

Curt L. Tofteland , founder and producing director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, will present "What Dreams May Come?" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at UW-Waukesha-Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha.

The distinguished lecture event is subtitled "Art, Theatre, and the works of William Shakespeare: A personal journey into the wasteland of the American Industrial Prison Complex."

The Mission of Shakespeare Behind Bars is to offer theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.

Cost for the lecture is $2 for UW-Waukesha students, $5 general admission.

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Community Briefs 03/30/14

March 27, 2014 12:42 p.m. |

Forum discusses heroin and other teen drug use

A rise in heroin use among young people in Lake Country has prompted the Oconomowoc School District to partner with other concerned local groups in scheduling a public forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at The Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.

The free event, recommended for ages 12 and older, will feature speakers familiar with drug treatment, law enforcement and criminal justice, as well as individuals in recovery from heroin addiction and family members who lost a loved one through a drug overdose.

Information on prevention, education and treatment will be available at a Resource Fair at 6 p.m.

Featured speakers are Paul Raddatz, local father of an overdose victim; Judge Timothy Kay, Lake Country Municipal Court Judge; Chris Kohl, Waukesha Metro Drug Unit Detective; Chris Gleason, Director, Rosecrance McHenry County; Your Choice – A Family's Journey to Recovery

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How we love the county? Let me count the ways!

March 27, 2014 12:33 p.m. | Waukesha County is a great place to live and do business. To find out why, let's review some numbers.

Waukesha County is the third largest and second fastest growing county in the state. We have the second highest per capita income in the state and a home ownership rate of 77.1 percent. The county ranks in the top four percent of counties nationwide to achieve the coveted AAA bond rating.

Waukesha County ranks fourth in Wisconsin for tourism. Residents and visitors alike enjoy 77 lakes, 21,000 acres of public parks, 20 public golf courses, 129 miles of hiking and biking trails, more than 70 miles of cross-country ski trails, nearly 200 miles of snowmobile trails and 10 campgrounds.

Nearly 13,000 businesses are located in the county, from Fortune 100 companies to sole proprietorships and everything in-between. Industry diversification is one of our strengths. We have a strong manufacturing base, accounting for one in five jobs. Education, health care, information services and software development, retail, finance, insurance, construction, transportation, utilities, entertainment and food services all have a significant presence.

Waukesha County is a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. From 2000-2010, Waukesha County businesses and individuals licensed more than 3,800 patents, representing more than 15 percent of the total from Wisconsin.

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March 27, 2014 12:20 p.m. | Conscious Evolution Video: 12 p.m., March 30, Grace United Church, 1631 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson. Public is invited to attend this no charge two-part series. Humanity Ascending, will explore the question "What is our power that is good?" while tracking the growth and development of life from the "Big Bang". Following the 40 minute video, there will be time for reflection and discussion. For more info call (920) 563-5160.

Monthly Pancake Breakfast: 7 a.m.-12 p.m. American Legion Post 304, 115 N. Third St., Palmyra. Small meal, $3; all you can eat, $5; children younger than 6 eat free.

4th Annual Hospital Food Fight: 1-4 p.m. March 30, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha. Local hospital chefs compete for Best Hospital Food in Wisconsin. Also samples from area restaurants and food providers,kids activities,education sessions,a chance to vote for their favorite Taste Test station, raffle., $40 at door, kids free! (262) 548-9148 http://www.countryspringshotel.com.

Student Piano Recital: 2-3:30 p.m. March 30, Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield. Free musically eclectic performances presented by the students of Ellen Figueira, instructor at Hartland Conservatory of Music., http://www.delafieldlibrary.org/.

Country Gospel and Bluegrass Concert: 3:30-5:30 p.m. March 30, Vernon Presbyterian Church, S71 W23280 National Avenue, Vernon. Free concert by Wildwood Society. Bring nonperishable food items for food pantry. Social with refreshments follows the concert.

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Church event sheds light on human trafficking

March 27, 2014 12:16 p.m. | Twenty-seven million people are caught in human trafficking worldwide and many in our community came together to learn about it on March 22 at 18 West Dining and Banquets, Delafield.

Dr. Gloria Halverson, recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian of the Year award from the Medical College of Wisconsin, shared compelling and disturbing information about this worldwide travesty. Speaking of her medical work rescuing trafficked victims as young as 5 from brothels, Halverson informed the packed audience about how children are lured into trafficking, suffer untold physical, emotional and psychological effects, and need to be rescued. From the rat-infested brothels of Mumbai to more of the same in Nicaragua, Halverson told of heroic stories of rescue and recovery for trafficked victims.

Halverson's work in Nicaragua with House of Hope (HOH) is a model of how a holistic approach to rescue can bring physical, spiritual, psychological and emotional healing to these women and children. Teams of medical professionals from the Christian Medical and Dental Association hold clinics in Nicaragua and tend to their many needs. They help find treatment for diseases. They help them gain an education, life skills for dignified ways of earning an income, give them assistance in dealing with emotional trauma, invite them to Bible studies where they learn they are loved and valued by God as created masterpieces, and gain hope through the protection available to them.

Representatives of House of Hope were present at the NOT FOR SALE event and sold jewelry crafted by rescued victims that enables them to stay out of prostitution. Two-thousand dollars worth of jewelry was sold at this event and all of that goes to the trafficked victims who made the pieces. Additionally, $2,310 was given to HOH to provide school uniforms for 89 children who are educated through their efforts. Uniforms help provide protection for the girls as the pimps observe (from the fact that they have a uniform) that they are cared for and subsequently leave them alone.

"Our community had a great propensity towards action in seeking to support these victims," said Jan Frans from the Grace Church Event Planning Team. "There was a huge thirst to learn and make an ongoing difference." (House of Hope also provides opportunities for Parties with a Purpose where their crafted jewelry can be sold and 100% profits are returned to recovering victims.")

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United Way's volunteer luncheon set for April 8

March 27, 2014 12:14 p.m. | United Way in Waukesha County's Volunteer Engagement will host its annual 'Inspire by Example' Volunteer Recognition and Celebration Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee.

The Volunteer Recognition and Celebration luncheon will feature stories of outstanding volunteerism throughout Waukesha County. The awards will be presented by special guest, TMJ4 news anchor and reporter, Charles Benson. The public is invited to attend the luncheon to show their support and enjoy the festivities that will be taking place, such as a delicious lunch, a raffle comprised of thousands of dollars worth of prizes, and an abundance of inspiration.

Individual registration costs $45, or a corporate sponsor table of 10 can be purchased for $550.

Event supporters include presenting sponsor the Journal Sentinel, and major sponsors: Marine Bank, ProHealth Care, Inc., GE Healthcare, GE Healthcare Financial Services, and GE Waukesha Gas Engines.

For more information on the event, go to: UnitedWayWaukesha.org/annual-recognition-event.

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Learn something new and feel alive

March 27, 2014 12:11 p.m. | Throughout our lives we are constantly bombarded with new challenges and learning experiences, regardless of age. Even at the brittle age of, let's say, 72, you're still expanding your knowledge at a rate that is unfathomable. We as humans have the ability to be innovative, critical and compassionate. Never say it's too late to try something new.

Over 100 years ago, do you think man thought he could achieve flight? The Wright Brothers certainly did. In 1950, do you think man thought he could walk on the moon? The brave men and women working for NASA certainly did. So when you're faced with a problem that you think might require some elaborate multifarious scheme to solve, do you think a solution is possible? Hopefully, you certainly do. Indubitably we can presume that most issues we face aren't as colossal as we make them out to be, but that doesn't subtract from their worth.

Getting back to that whole "learning" phenomenon, it is important for us to realize that every problem we face will help mold us into better people. From those problems, we find ourselves learning from our failures and successes. If you're not facing many problems right now, you probably aren't trying hard enough to better yourself as a person.

I have a personal story that might seem kind of ridiculous, but hopefully it is germane to the topic of discussion. For as long as I can remember, I've always loved rhythm. As a small elementary school kid, I constantly made annoying sound effects trying to emulate a drum kit or a robot. Eventually, I signed up for my fifth-grade band to become a percussionist. My family couldn't afford to pay the instrument rental, so I was forced to only practice during school hours. This made mastering my respective instruments very difficult, especially since I was expected to practice at home. Many years later, my passion was rejuvenated by my developing taste in alternative rock and electronic music. I became even more obsessed with rhythm and begged my parents to get me a drum set for my birthday or Christmas. Unfortunately, this never came into fruition and I was left to my own devices.

Becoming ever so frustrated, I regressed back to my elementary sound effects to feed my percussionist craving. The only difference this time was that I had years of rhythmic knowledge backing me up, making my sound effects into something more artistic. I hadn't realized how much I had learned over the years and how much potential could come from my newly discovered talent: beatboxing. Soon I began to refine this skill and put on miniature performances for my friends and classmates. I never thought I would've become good enough to perform on stage with anything music related; but that all changed. By the time you've received this paper, I will have already performed for Pewaukee's Got Talent: a showcase of our town's most gifted and creative musicians.

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From Packers to packaging, Color Ink does it all

March 27, 2014 12:05 p.m. | The life-size corrugated plastic image of Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rogers that is found in every Associated Bank lobby in the state is the work product of Color Ink, the Sussex based printing and communication company that was started 34 years ago in the basement of a home in the Merton Terrace subdivision.

Today, the company employees more than 100 full time and 50 part time employees who work three shifts a day, five days a week.

About a quarter of a million printed items leave the 65,000-square-foot plant at the corner of Silver Spring Drive and Highway 164 in 300 to 400 boxes every day.

The plant is equipped with nine sheet-fed printing presses, a full bindery, a mail order operation, a full digital printing operation and a digital photography and video studio.

It also has a creative department for website design, video production and editing, animation, literature design, illustration and retouching, and packaging design and engineering.

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March 26, 2014 4:28 p.m. | Mukwonago High School senior Peter Hesse took second place in the Mukwonago Optimists Club annual essay contest with a theme of how dreams lead to success.

How Dreams Lead to Success

By Peter Hesse

Dreams enable imagination. They instigate the imaginative gears within the mind to begin processing and developing ideas. They are the origin of all ideas large and small, grand and trivial. A dream is a powerful tool which contains endless capabilities. Once dreamt, a dream will never disappear. It may remain dormant, but a dream never dies.

Dreams represent the initial step toward success. They commence the creative process that incorporates itself in every aspect of our life. Dreams lead to the formation of ideas. Ideas form the tangible aspects of our dreams. They take the abstract concept of the dream and enable it to be usable in reality. However, people need to be willing to act upon those ideas.

There are countless dreams in the world, but none of those dreams mean anything if the dreamer does not act upon them. The dreams provide the drive necessary to be successful in life. The motivation to break the 100-meter sprint record, to receive a record deal, or to become a doctor all stem from a basic, original dream. For example, the doctor's original dream most likely started as a dream to help people. The singer's dream started as a dream to be a great singer. The sprinter's dream started as a dream to be able to run fast. Eventually as their dreams develop, they incorporate the specific details and constraints into their dreams to organize their ideas and actions much more accurately. Their dreams are the driving force behind all their actions. The dreams motivate them to become better at their skill set and better people in general. Dreamers that do not use the motivation of their dreams will never experience complete successfulness. They may receive a taste of success over time, but they will never receive the full feeling of succeeding at their dream.

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Jefferson County Community Briefs

March 26, 2014 3:29 p.m. |

Recycling at the Jefferson library

The Jefferson Public library is embarking on a recycling program that will benefit both the environment and the library. We are asking the community to donate their empty ink cartridges, used cell phones and small electronics so that we can raise some funds and also keep the environment a little greener. A collection container will be available in the library to collect your used laptops, inkjet printers, laser printer cartridges, cell phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, GPS systems and headphones. Items that cannot be recycled are ink tanks or toner tubes, so please do not place those in the collection box. Please wrap any items donated in a plastic bag and place them in the collection box located at the entrance to the juvenile department near the elevator. If you have any questions call (920) 674-7733 ext. 3.

Spring turkey permit levels reduced

Remaining over-the-counter permits in Turkey Management Zones 6 and 7 will not be issued and over-the-counter permits in zones 4 and 5 will be reduced by 25 percent in response to hunter feedback requesting a conservative approach to the number of permits issued for this spring's hunt, due to concerns that increased winter mortality has depressed turkey numbers. Although Department of Natural Resources biologists recognize that spring harvests do not play a significant role in wild turkey population dynamics, it is clear that prolonged periods of cold and deep snow have impacted turkeys throughout the northern part of the state. Do you support the reduction in spring turkey permit numbers? Vote your opinion at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RJFKMPC

Ruby's celebration

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Uniform Voting Hours - bringing fairness to Wisconsin voters!

March 26, 2014 3:19 p.m. | ***Updated 3/29/14

1)  Governor Scott Walker signed his name to Bill 324, adding that "early voting hours" be extended for 110 hours, not the 90 hours as originally outlined.  Just how the left can argue against 110 hours (ten days) to vote BEFORE an election, equally in all municipalities across Wisconsin, as "suppression" or "racism" is beyond me. There are no obstacles.  There are no barriers.  And absentee ballots are always there, as is election day itself.  No common sense argument against uniformed early voting hours exists - unless you live in that wacky alternative universe known as "liberalism."  

 Just how was it A-O-K for 2% of the state to allow its citizens to vote on weekends and other extended hours prior to an election, and all other municipalities could not?  One also has to wonder if the scenario were different  What if Waukesha and Washington County had been the municipalities extending hours and staying open on weekends, while other municipalities could not.  Think the lefties would be having a fit over that?  charging "voter suppression"  or "racism?"  Nah.  I don't think for one moment that liberals would have cared if it was Waukesha or Washington County that would have been affected by uniform voting hours if that indeed were the case.  The hypocrites of the left would have been applauding this bill providing "fairness" when it comes to early voting hours across the state.

2)  A liberal comment to this blog cited the following source as "proof" of voter suppression  and Republican intent to do so in the state of Florida by "limiting early voting times":


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community briefs 03/30/14

March 26, 2014 2:16 p.m. |

UW-Waukesha hosts Shakespeare Behind Bars lecture

Curt L. Tofteland , founder and producing director of Shakespeare Behind Bars, will present "What Dreams May Come?" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at UW-Waukesha-Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha.

The distinguished lecture event is subtiled "Art, Theatre, and the works of William Shakespeare: A personal journey into the wasteland of the American Industrial Prison Complex."

The Mission of Shakespeare Behind Bars is to offer theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.

Cost for the lecture is $2 for UW-Waukesha students, $5 general admission.

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community briefs 03/30/14

March 26, 2014 2:14 p.m. |

Literacy Council needs volunteer tutors

Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha (LCGW) is seeking volunteers to tutor children and adults in reading, writing, math and English as a second language. LCGW has these following hour-long informational meetings scheduled:

· Wednesday, April 2, 1-2 p.m.

· Thursday, May 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

All informational sessions are held at the LCGW office at 217 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 16, Lower Level in Waukesha. If you cannot attend an informational meeting and would like to become a tutor, email Cathy at cathy@waukeshaliteracy.org, call LCGW at (262) 547-7323 or visit the agency website at www.waukeshaliteracy.org.

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community briefs 03/30/14

March 26, 2014 2:13 p.m. |

East Troy HS planning trip to France and Spain

The East Troy World Language Department is planning a June 2015 trip to France and Spain.

There is a $100 savings for students who enroll by March 31, 2014. This discount has been graciously extended by EF Tours for ETHS families. We have several students who are already enrolled.

If your family is considering the trip, but is not ready to commit yet, you may still enroll until approximately 100 days prior to departure.

Do you have any questions for us? What information can we provide to help you to make this decision? Do you need an enrollment packet? Please contact Ms. Geisert or Mrs. Busch for additional help.

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Congressman Sensensbrenner to host town hall meeting

March 26, 2014 2:08 p.m. |  Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner announced that he will be hosting a town hall meeting on Sunday, March 30, at the Oconomowoc City Hall.

The congressman will meet with constituents from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall, 174 E. Wisconsin Ave. 

Sensenbrenner represents the 5th Congressional District, which includes parts of Waukesha, Milwaukee and Dodge counties, and all of Washington and Jefferson counties. He has held the seat since 1978. 

Your Letters 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 12:47 p.m. |

Theft of donations is a 'sad moment'

To the editor,

I am the current president of the Oconomowoc Silver Streak Inc., a nonprofit organization providing transportation service to the elderly and disabled in the Oconomowoc area since 1991.

Our riders rely on Silver Streak for transportation to and from medical and dental appointments, errands, shopping and senior meal sites. We rely on donations from the public and local governments, funding from grants as well as hundreds of volunteer hours to support our mission to provide low-cost transportation to our riders.

With the rising cost of gasoline, insurance and maintenance, every dollar we receive is important. We recently had approximately $50 stolen from one of the acrylic donation boxes that we have placed at local businesses. Seniors are the folks who built our neighborhoods, businesses, schools and churches that we enjoy today. It was a sad moment when those who have provided so much to our community were taken advantage of through such a senseless act.

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Oconomowoc Park and Recreation 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 12:28 p.m. |

Junior tennis

Spring outdoor junior tennis lessons at Fowler Park are from April 26-May 27. Lessons are offered to youth ages 4-11 from those who haven't tried tennis to advanced beginners. Players will work with USPTA Elite Pro and Hall of Famer Barb Mueller. Go to apm.activecommunities.com/Oconomowoc to sign up.

Swim lessons

Swim lessons at City Beach are a popular summer activity, and lesson times are filling up. There are three sessions throughout the summer to choose from, beginning in June. If you are interested in swim lessons, sign up online today at apm.activecommunities.com/Oconomowoc.

Sand volleyball leagues

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UPDATE: Sex assault charges against Rep. Bill Kramer referred to DA's Office

March 26, 2014 12:25 p.m. |  District Attorney Brad Schimel said Wednesday that charges of sexual assault against Rep. Bill Kramer were referred to his office by the Muskego Police Department.

Schimel said via email that he could not comment on the nature of the allegations, which are being reviewed by a deputy district attorney in his office.

"It will be reviewed quickly, but I have no way of knowing whether or not any charge will be issued, nor can I say whether there might be any further investigation required, so I could not predict a timeline at this point," he wrote.

Kramer, a lifelong resident of Waukesha, was removed as majority leader earlier this month by Assembly Republicans after accusations that he sexually harassed one woman and inappropriately touched another while in Washington, D.C.

Gov. Scott Walker and others have called on him to resign. He filed paperwork Monday with state election authorities saying he would not be running for re-election. 

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Oconomowoc Area News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 12:25 p.m. |

Column information

To send information for this column, contact Rebecca Seymour, (262) 560-4254 or wrkseymour@sbcglobal.net by 7 p.m. Saturday.

Woman's Club

The Oconomowoc Woman's Club will meet Wednesday, April 2, at the Oconomowoc Lake Club, 4668 Lake Club Circle. Social hour starts at 11 a.m., lunch at noon, with a meeting and program after lunch. This month's meeting will feature live music by "A Little Bit of Heaven." Cost is $18 for lunch. For information and reservations, call Georgia Gossett at (262) 696-4477.

Stairway to Heroin

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Sign up today for Best Buddies Friendship Walk

March 26, 2014 12:15 p.m. | Mukwonago High School Best Buddies Friendship Walk kickoff will be held Wednesday, March 26 at 5:30 pm in the MHS library/common. Come to learn more about the walk and have some custard donated by the Mukwonago Culvers.

The Friendship Walk changes lives, as participants walk to help Best Buddies promote inclusion, friendship, and leadership for people with and without Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as raising money.

The event is open to the public. Mukwonago community members are invited to form their own teams. 

The MHS Best Buddies participates in the Lake Country, Wisconsin Walk at Lapham Peak, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield on  Saturday, May 17, from  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those interested in joining the MukWalkers Team can sign up online or at the walk kickoff. Interested parties can join the MukWalkers Team or make a donation online or at the high school.

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Wessberg welcome addition to STiKS

March 26, 2014 11:59 a.m. | Former Atlanta Braves draft choice Sean Smith can help your son learn how to grip a bat, develop a comfortable stance and increase your release time from behind the plate down to second base. Just swing on over to STiKS Academy. You can't miss it, located behind Olympia Resort Spa and Convention Center, at the base of the abandoned ski hill.

Smith, the founder of STiKS, has a problem, though. Former baseball players in the area are abundant, know the game and are schooled at teaching fundamentals essential for a player's steadied growth toward higher levels of play.

That's not the case with the girls who aspire to play fastpitch softball. Smith, the son of Oconomowoc baseball guru Dave Smith, is quick to admit that game, especially the pitching part of it, is an entirely different animal.

Oconomowoc High School softball fans were spoiled the past four years. Delaney Osterday had things well in hand, playing catch with All-State catcher Renate Meckl day in, and day out. The two standouts, along with third baseman Brianna McGuire, led the Raccoons to a 13-1 record and a championship trophy in the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference last spring.

Meckl has seen substantial time as a freshman for the University of Tennessee-Martin women's team. Osterday is a rookie pitcher for Georgetown University.

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Food and food for thought this weekend

March 26, 2014 11:02 a.m. | Community Calendar submissions may be faxed to (262) 367-1136 or emailed to happenings@jcpgroup.com. Include time, date, full address and contact information for the event. Submission deadline is noon Wednesday.

Through MARCH 31

Teacher Appreciation Month: Johnson Creek Premium Outlets. Teachers and support staff are invited to present their employee ID or name badge at the information center to receive a free Johnson Creek Premium Outlets VIP Coupon Book, $5 retail value.

Through APRIL 16

Community-Wide Lenten Worship Services: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, Grace United Church, 1631 Janesville Ave., Fort Atkinson. Everyone is invited to attend the worship services and eat lunch. Worship offerings will be divided between the Fort Atkinson Food Pantry and Family Promise Ministry. Donations accepted lunch. Childcare is available.

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Merton News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 10:57 a.m. |

Column information

Information for the Merton News must be submitted by 9 a.m. Mondays for publication in the Thursday edition of the paper. Contact Jill Michals at (262) 538-0858 or jamichals@att.net.

Merton School

Register by March 28 to receive a $25 discount for this summer's Camp Invention. For information, see the Merton School website or contact Director Mary Iwanski, iwanskim@merton.k12.wi.us .

The deadline for ordering Celebration Day T-shirts is Friday, April 11. Cost is $5, payable to Merton PTO.

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Student Notes 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 9:55 a.m. |

Herb Kohl Educational Foundation

Jacob Stern of Waukesha, a Pewaukee High School student, and Lydia Bronner of Hartland, a University Lake School student, have been named Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholars for 2014.

Sussex-Lisbon News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

Column information

The deadline for submitting information for this column is 5 p.m. Thursday. Kathy Smith can be reached at (262) 246-4737 or ksmith0254@yahoo.com

Mammoth background

"The History of Mammoth Springs" will be presented by Fred Keller at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Pauline Haass Public Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex.

Keller, local historian, will trace the uses of the land that was first a quarry in 1890 to Kewpies to homes and stores. The program is free and there is no registration.

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Stone Bank-North Lake News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 9:17 a.m. |

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To send information for the Stone Bank-North Lake column, contact Dawn Esser at (262) 538-4944 or ournews@hotmail.com by 6 p.m. Sunday.

Town Hall Library

"Pete the Cat" is the theme for the toddler and preschool story times April 1 and 2 at Town Hall Library McBroom Community Room, Highway VV, North Lake. Story time for preschoolers is at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Toddler time for two- to four-year olds is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Caregivers must accompany the child during toddler time.

Baby Time will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 3 at the library. The theme is 'Pete the Cat.' Baby Time is a 20 minute program designed for children 0 to 2 years old.

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Three lines of thinking in local sports that need to go

March 26, 2014 9:03 a.m. |  It's a great time of year to be a sports fan, but with the convergence of the NFL offseason push, MLB baseball and NCAA tournament comes some recycled topics that have irritated me over the years. I present to you: three things people should stop thinking:

When will Yovani Gallardo be an ace?

Quickly: name the Seattle Mariners ace. You got it, Felix Hernandez, one of the best pitchers in the game for the last several years. What about the Washington Nationals? Stephen Strasburg, of course. You'd probably think CC Sabathia for the Yankees, Matt Cain for the Giants, Roy Halladay for the Phillies and maybe even Jered Weaver for the Angels or rising star Jose Fernandez for the Marlins. What did they all have in common last year? Missing the playoffs.

Next, who comes to mind as the "ace" when you think of the Cincinnati Reds, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Atlanta Braves or Oakland Athletics? You have to think about it a little, and any name you consider isn't going to be in the "ace" conversation. Heck, even Boston, last year's World Series champion, has an "ace" in Jon Lester who won't draw the same association as others.

Having one of the game's best pitchers, like Clayton Kershaw or Justin Verlander or Adam Wainwright, certainly doesn't hurt. But the point is that having an "ace" pitcher doesn't necessarily correlate to a playoff berth. Rather, having an abundance of quality pitching, mostly within the starting rotation, is paramount. A team of five Yovani Gallardos would make for an excellent baseball rotation, even if one Yovani Gallardo falls below the subjective "ace" threshold.

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Pewaukee News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:47 a.m. |

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Please send news and information about upcoming events to Juli Garton at pewaukeenews@gmail.com or (262) 370-0904 by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Call to create

Pewaukee Area Arts Council and Positively Pewaukee offer an opportunity to create "UnBALLieavable Art" using a bowling ball for the annual Art in the Downtown project 2014.

UnBALLievable art will be placed in the Pewaukee community and/or will be adopted, sold or sponsored by businesses and individuals the first week of June.

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Hartland News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:43 a.m. |

Column information

To send information for the Hartland News Column, contact Christin Wilhelm at newsinhartland@outlook.com or (262) 720-2679 by 5 p.m. Sunday.

Hartland Public Library

Infant story time will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 29. Parents or guardians with babies through 2 years old are invited to join in for finger play, songs, poems and short stories. A short playtime with age appropriate toys follows the storytime.

Tuesday Morning Book Club will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1. The group will discuss "Beautiful Mystery" by Louse Penny.

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your letters 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:25 a.m. |

Was referendum truth

or tactic?

To the editor,

The Town of Delafield fire station referendum was placed on the ballot Feb. 18 because the board argued that ballot placement in the primary was needed because they wanted to get bids collected thereafter in order to start the project in April or May. However, after the board meeting on March 11, the need for having it on the February ballot may have been a political tactic just to ensure the referendum had a better chance to pass with a lower voter turnout — which is usually the case during a primary election, especially when it was the only thing on the ballot.

At the March 11 board meeting, Mr. Mann, the project adviser, was asked wether the soil testing for the proposed site was completed yet. Then, when asked about the architectural plans needed in their efforts to start the bidding process, his reply was "They are still being prepared by the architect and should go out in May."

My question to the Town Board and our chairman is, if none of this is done yet, what was the urgency of putting the referendum on the ballot in February? Why not wait until the April 1 election, where voter turnout is much higher and where other items will be on the ballot as well? Secondly, what if the soil tests come back and don't support the desired location?

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Wales News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:22 a.m. |

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To send information for the Wales News Column, contact Barb Johnson at (262) 646-8935 or email barbj99@wi.rr.com.

Wales Cub Scouts

Pack 91 Cub Scouts collected 1,043 items for the Kettle Moraine Food Drive on Friday, March 28.

The Pack's three-year food collection total is 3,247.

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Kettle Moraine Chronicle 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:21 a.m. |

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To send information for the Kettle Moraine Chronicle, contact Chris Totzke, (262) 646-4134 or kmchronicle@wi.rr.com, by 7 p.m. Sunday.


Student Senate will host a blood drive on Monday, April 7. Students ages 16 and older, with permission slips, are eligible to donate. For information, visit the Student Senate table during lunch in the cafeteria at KM High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales.


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Genesee-North Prairie News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:20 a.m. |

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To send information to the Genesee-North Prairie Column, contact Andi Bishop at (262) 527-1176 or geneseenews@gmail.com.

Boy Scout Troop 135

Boy Scout Troop 135 congratulates its newest Eagle Scout. Justin Haase completed his Board of Review on March 2. His Eagle project was to restore the veterans memorial at Genesee Town Park for VFW Post 5270 of Genesee Depot.

The troop begins planning for a weekend camp outing, April 4-6, at Wild Wings in Campbellsport to include fishing, camping, hiking, firearm safety, an opportunity to work on archery and shotgun skills as well as participate in a service project.

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Dousman-Ottawa News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:20 a.m. |

The years go fast

This will be my last edition of the Dousman/Ottawa column. I can't believe it has been six years that I have been writing this column. Thanks to all of the people I have gotten to know electronically. I will miss talking to you!

Column information

To send information for the Dousman-Ottawa column, contact Chris Keefe at (262) 965-5972 or ckeefeindex@gmail.com.

Plan meeting

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Delafield-Nashotah News 03/27/14

March 26, 2014 8:17 a.m. |

Column information

To send information for the Delafield-Nashotah column, contact Chris Totzke, (262) 646-4134 or dn-news@wi.rr.com, by 7 p.m. Sunday.

Delafield Public Library

The library will offer the following programs:

Kitchen Science Kids: Our Five Senses: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, ages 3-6 with caregivers. Registration required.

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Radcliffe's Rundown

March 25, 2014 10:45 p.m. |


Wisconsin enjoyed a moment Saturday that will be the signature on the 2013-2014 season barring a run to the national championship, a near-flawless half of basketball to rally from a sizable deficit against Oregon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, backed by an amazing home crowd that put the volume at seldom-reached decibel levels. I get that most fans will still be disappointed if the Badgers lose to Baylor on Thursday (and I would be one of them, having predicted in this space that they were destined to win the whole thing), but a game like that is so magical that I would have a hard time feeling like the Badgers didn't achieve something special should they fall short. It's the same way I felt about the final Green Bay Packers game of the regular season. I'm not sure I can muster much disappointment after bearing witness to that show.


Division 1 voters for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State team, and all of them selected Kelly Smith of Arrowhead first-team All State. She was one of four unanimous choices to make the 11-player list, and she was also named Classic 8 Player of the Year.


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No more Big Three, but OHS softball solid

March 25, 2014 10:34 p.m. | In the last four years, the Oconomowoc softball team has been one of the most successful programs in this part of the state. Led by the trio of Renate Meckl, Delaney Osterday and Brianne McGuire, the Raccoons not only were major contenders in the highly competitive Wisconsin Little Ten Conference but also in the WIAA tournament series.

But all three of those standouts graduated last spring, and the new-look Raccoons will have to establish its own identity this season under veteran coach Dave Schweder.

"There's no doubt that we're going to miss Renate, Delaney and Brianne," Schweder said. "All three of those girls were outstanding players. But we have a great group of kids this year that we feel very confident that they can play at this level."

One year ago OHS won the the WLT championship, edging out both Watertown and Beaver Dam, the longtime conference powerhouses. This year Watertown is expected to be the favorite to win the 2014 league title, and Hartford also figures to be in the mix.

"Watertown has their pitcher back, and Patty Jansen always has her kids playing well," Schweder said. "Hartford has a senior pitcher who has been there the last four years. But I like our chances too if we can stay focused."

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It's time to jump into the brackets

March 25, 2014 10:25 p.m. | After getting humiliated for years trying to successfully fill out my NCAA men's basketball bracket, I thought I would try something different this year. I thought I would jump into the competition at the Sweet 16. That's right; I'm diving into the brackets for the first time this Thursday.

Over the years, I'm not sure if I've ever picked the winner of the best sporting event in the world. I've tried picking upsets, but they've never taken place. I've tried going with the favorites, again no luck. You name the team, I've picked them wrong.

As soon as this year's tournament field was selected almost two weeks ago, I told everyone who would listen that not a single No. 1 seed would make the Final Four. It looks like Florida has the best chance of accomplishing that, but I see them going down this week.

I thought Syracuse would win the South Regional, but that didn't work out too well. I saw Creighton winning the West Regional and once again, I would have been wrong. I thought New Mexico and New Mexico State would make a lot of noise in their respective regionals. Both lost in the first round.

So, I'm entering the competition this week with a clean slate.

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Pirates finish big, take third at major meet

March 25, 2014 10:22 p.m. | Pewaukee's boys track team took third last Friday night at the 2014 Nelson-Daniel Indoor Track Classic at Kachel Fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Competing against a strong field of 26 teams in the Small School division, the Pirates were solid all the way across the board and finished with 57 points. Powerhouse Grafton won the championship with 65 points, and Whitewater was second with 59 tallies.

"For just the second meet of the season, the guys did a great job," said Pewaukee coach John Kashian. "We opened the season with a good performance at West Allis and then we did even better in this meet. We got very good performances from a lot of kids. This is the biggest team we've ever had (110 kids), and that's going to help. We hope to have a big season."

The Pewaukee girls team also competed at UW-Whitewater and finished in 19th place of 26 teams. Lake Mills won the championship with 48 points. Pewaukee had 8 points.

In the boys division, the Pirates did not win any events but came up with four seconds, one third, two fourths, a fifth and two sixths. Points were awarded to the top eight finishers in each event.

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Delafield Town adopt vacation rental code

March 25, 2014 9:05 p.m. | Town of Delafield - With little debate, the Town Board tonight quickily and uanimousy adopted a new local code that requires property owners to obtain a town permit before placing their homes on the vacation rental market.

Town Chairman Paul Kanter credited the Plan Commission wilth crafting an ordinance that relieved concerns he had about the town attempting to regulation home owners renting their property.

Supervisor Clare Dundon said a pubic hearing was held about two weeks ago and no one voice opposition to the proposal.

The ordinance requires property owners to obtain a conditional use permit from the town before renting their property. The permit requirements incorporate existing state regulations and state licensing requirements for tourist rooming houses.

There are additional local requirements that regulate off street parking, fencing and landscaping, and maintaining records related to who rented the property.

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Former Waukesha County Sheriff's lieutenant charged with obstruction, theft

March 25, 2014 6:51 p.m. | A former lieutenant with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was accused Tuesday of obstructing state authorities investigating her for prescription pill theft.

Sarah L. Massa, 36, was charged Tuesday, March 25, in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor theft and obstructing an officer, both misdemeanors.

She could face 18 months in prison and $20,000 in fines if convicted.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha Police contacted state authorities last year about the theft of opiate medication from the McDermott residence at 1501 Pewaukee Rd., Waukesha.

Massa was suspected of stealing the medication, which was prescribed to her grandmother, Leona McDermott, to treat pain related to terminal cancer, the complaint states.

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Annual fish-a-ree held

March 25, 2014 4:36 p.m. | Sunday, Feb. 9, was the annual Lions Club Fish-a-ree. The Whitewater Lioness Club, with Lions working the kitchen, served breakfast to over 400 people. Downstairs, numerous raffle prizes were available for those who came off the lake. Lunch was provided starting at 10 a.m.

Trucks, cars, ATV's, and snowmobiles ventured out early and little "cities" with tents, fishing huts and vehicles, dotted the lake. Fish weighing started at 8 a.m. with many fish arriving during the 8 hour period to win that hourly prize for largest northern, bass, perch, crappie, or a blue gill. and try for the Grand northern, bass and perch, crappie or blue gill prize at the end of the day.

Grand prize fish winners

■ Northern 33-1/8 inch 9.0 lb. — Terry Schoenherr

■ Black bass 23 inch 5.5 lbs — Steve Spangler

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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.