here.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
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 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.
here.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
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
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.
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.» Read Full Article
Lake Country area basketball fans will have the opportunity to see a pair of WIAA boys tournament sectional championship games on Saturday afternoon.
At 1 p.m. at Oconomowoc High School, the Division 5 title game will feature Randolph against Racine Lutheran. The winner moves to the state meet.
At 3 p.m. at Arrowhead, the Warhawks will host a Division 3 sectional final as Marshall and Racine St. Catherine's will play for the state spot.
Should the Arrowhead girls defeat Germantown Friday night at home in a regional game, AHS will also host the girls regional championship game Saturday at 7 p.m. Arrowhead would play either Hartford or Menomonee Falls in that game.
Authorities in Colorado released details of the skiing accident that claimed the life of 18-year-old Patrick Sievert.
The Arrowhead senior had arrived in Colorado four days before Thursday's accident. Sievert was skiing on an intermediate trail with his family at Copper Mountain in Summit County, Colorado when for unknown reasons he veered off the trail and into a valve shed used for snowmaking. Authorities reported that the victim was wearing a helmet.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:20 a.m. Thursday morning. Copper Mountain Ski Patrol personnel responded to the scene, but their efforts to save Sievert proved unsuccessful.
The Summit County coroner determined that his death was due to skull fractures sustained in the accident.
Mike Gnewuch, 35, a Social Studies teacher and defensive cooridnator for the Arrowhead varsity football team, has been named the new varsity head football coach at Fond du Lac High School. Gnewuch took the Fond du Lac job Thursday night.
Gnewuch, who has been coaching in the highly successful football program at Arrowhead for the last 9 years, will finish out the year at AHS, both teaching and coaching in the track program, before moving to Fond du Lac in early June.
"I'm really looking forward to being the head coach at Fond du Lac," Gnewuch said. "The administration team there is outstanding. My years at Arrowhead couldn't have been better. It was a tough decision to leave. I'm grateful for the opportunioty that Arrowhead gave me years ago."
Gnewuch was a varsity assistant coach for eight years under Tom Taraska and one year under Greg Malling.
The Mukwonago boys basketball team will play in the sectional final for the first time in more than 15 years, meeting perennial state powerhouse Madison Memorial at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Kettle Moraine.
The Indians topped Burlington on Thursday.
The first day is Saturday, when it opens at noon. Regular hours start next week, when it will open at 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and noon Saturdays and Sundays.
It will open with about 15 menu items: small plates such as tapenade, hummus and artichoke dip, soups, homemade pretzels and cheese and sausage plates. Prices will range from around $5 to $9.
Two of its own beers (brewed under contract until the brewpub gains approval to brew on site, expected in a month or two), Robert's Rye and 505 stout, will be available on tap, as will six other Wisconsin craft beers.
It also will have a small selection of red and white Wisconsin wines and Wisconsin spirits.» Read Full Article
Village of Dousman - Three key issues will apparently have to be resolved before the communities of Dousman,Summit and Ottawa can agree on the proposed consolidation of the Dousman Fire District.
Elected officials representing communities agreed during a more than three hour meeting Thursday night that a key component of a suggested formula for determining how much each municipality would contribute to the proposed department's operation will have to be revised.
There is also uncertainity over how much fire equipment the Village of Summit is willing to either donate or sell to the newly created fire department. The villages of Summit and Oconomowoc Lake share in the ownership of the fire equipment that might be available to the Dousman department after the Summit Fire District is dissolved.
The municipalities also have not reached a final agreement on how they each will repay a bond issued by the Town of Ottawa on behalf of the fire district to rennovate the Dousman Fire Station.
If those issues are resolved, the municipalities will then have to settle their differences over what should be the name of the newly created district.» Read Full Article
Village of Pewaukee – Village planners Thursday agreed to recommend the Village Board to rezone a parcel on East Wisconsin Avenue to institutional, which will open the door allowing an assisted living facility.
Lori Paprocki, of Healthspan Inc., is proposing to build a 20-bed facility at 559 East Wisconsin Ave. Village officials have called the building, which used to be a former bait shop, "dilapidated" and an "eyesore."
Lake Country Publications received word Thursday afternoon that another Arrowhead student passed away today.
Patrick Sievert, a senior at the high school, died in a skiing accident in Colorado, sources said.
Sievert, who celebrated his 18th birthday last month, was reportedly vacationing in Colorado with his family at the time of the accident. Details surrounding the accident were not immediately available.
The news left Arrowhead, which is still recovering from the death of another student just last week, in a state of shock. J.T. Hilligoss, an AHS junior, was found dead in his bedroom last Monday, and now, just 10 days later, students at the high school learned that another young life had been claimed.
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Sievert was a member of the high school’s swim and soccer teams. He also played intramural volleyball.
The Oconomowoc Area Foundation will be accepting applications for its 2012 grant cycle, which runs from March 19 through May 18. The foundation will distribute $165,000 to support local nonprofits and projects.
To be eligible, an organization must propose a project primarily serving residents of the Oconomowoc Area School District, including Summit, Wales, Dousman, Ottawa or Nashotah.
A meeting will be held to review the application process March 30 at 8:30 a.m. at the YMCA at Pabst Farms, 1750 E. Valley Rd. in Oconomowoc. A discussion about strengths and weaknesses of proposals will also be covered. First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.
The Mukwonago Public Library, 300 Washinton Ave., will be hosting the event "Necessities for Brain Health and Wellness" from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13.
Judy Gunkle, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a fun and interactive program for anyone interested in brain health. Topics will include how memory works, age-related memory changes—what is normal and what is not—how to live a brain-healthy lifestyle, and ways to reduce your risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.
For more information stop by the front desk or call us at 363-6411.
The Retzer Nature Center will host a free Organic Lawn Care Workshop SOS (Support our Soil) from 10 to 11 a.m. March 10 at the center, S14 W28167 Madison St., Genesee.
Learn about the latest trends and steps to a green and healthy lawn through organic practices that feed the soil without harming the environment. Call (262) 548-7801 to register by Friday.
*A community brief in last Sunday's Living Lake Country incorrectly listed the date as March 11. We apologize for the error.
The Oconomowoc Lions are hosting their 41st Annual Rose Sale to raise funds for charitable efforts in the community.
One dozen roses cost $15. Lions will deliver on March 23 and 24 to homes and businesses within the Lake Country area. Call Rich Schulte at (262) 567-5411 to place your order. All proceeds are donated back to the local community in order to fulfill the Lions motto "We Serve."
Proceeds benefit such organizations as: Angels Grace Hospice, Food Pantry, YMCA at Pabst Farms, Senior Citizen Center, Oconomowoc Fire Department, Middle School, City of Oconomowoc Beaches, Chamber of Commerce, Eye Exams for Youth, Diabetes Screenings, Badger Boys and Girls, Defibulators for the City and Town of Oconomowoc Police Departments, Post Prom and Wisconsin Lions Camp.
The Wisconsin Lions state endeavors also include Wisconsin Lions Camp for Children and Adults with Disabilities, Diabetes Awareness, Leader Dog, Eye Glass recycling and Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin, along with providing help to the local community.
For more information about the Oconomowoc Lions contact, Schulte at or
Kathy Rosenkranz, PR Director at (414) 315-2978.
A car fire had the right lane of northbound I-43 at Highway 83 closed for nearly a half hour as the Mukwonago Fire Department battled a car fire.
The driver of the red Volkswagon Jetta pulled his car along the side of the road when they saw smoke coming from the engine area around 1:50 p.m. this afternoon. All passengers exited the vehicle before the car became fully engulfed in flames.
No one was injured in the incident.
The road was reopened around 2:25 p.m.
The Packers Training Table Chef Nicholas Klug visits Park View Middle School tomorrow from 8:45 to 10 a.m. Klug's visit is a result of the school's winning "Fuel Up to Play 60" video recipe for a healthy breakfast recipe.
Students in the Oconomowoc High School Junior State of America (JSA) chapter will conduct an Oconomowoc Area School District Board of Education Candidate Forum from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 in the OHS Little Theater. The forum is open to the public.
Four candidates are running for the three seats, each for a three-year term. The candidates are: Lisa M. Arenas, John Griswold (inc.), Dave Guckenberger (inc.) and Donald Wiemer (inc.).
The forum will begin with opening statement by the candidates, outlining reasons for running. Questions from a student panel will follow along with questions from the audience.
The Junior State of America (JSA) is a nonpartisan, student-run organization sponsored jointly by high schools and The Junior Statesman Foundation as an extracurricular, social studies activity on high school campuses. JSA gives students hands-on experience in current affairs and government issues. The election is April 3.
When you hear the words “wild game” you might think of a big Brewers or Packers victory.
But when you add the word “dinner” to it, you might think more of bucks.
In any case, they’ll be lots of winning recipes at the annual Wild Game Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, N59 W22476 Silver Spring Drive, Sussex.
Hunters and fisherman are invited to bring their favorite dish to share.
Proceeds from the event will be shared with Sussex Outreach Services.» Read Full Article
Presale for tickets for the Division 1 sectional semifinal boys basketball game Thursday between Sussex Hamilton and Germantown will take place at the respective high schools this week. The game will be played Thursday, March 8 with an 8:30 p.m. tip at Waukesha North High School.
A limited amount of tickets remain available. Tickets will not be sold at North the day of the game. Doors open at 8 p.m.
Dousman officials are planning to adopt a village-wide fire protection service fee that will help pay for the village’s share of the operating cost of the newly consolidated Dousman Fire Department which is expected to begin operations in January of 2013.
However, the fee will be charged only to those property owners who call for emergency fire or medical assistance more three times a year. Village President Jack Nissen said the Village Board plans to hold informational meetings intended to educate village residents and property owners, and seek their opinion, about the proposal before it is considered for final adoption.
If adopted at a future meeting by the Village Board, could be implemented this year.
Dousman Fire District Chief Steve Totzke is expected to recommend the amount of the fee based on the history of fire and emergency medical calls in the village and the amount of money necessary to help pay the village’s share of the districts operating costs without increasing village real estate taxes.
Another purpose of the fee, according to the village officials, is to recover some of the costs of providing fire and emergency medical services to nonprofit institutions, particularly Three Pillars Senior Community Center, owned by the Masons.
State law exempts The Masonic Lodge and the other nonprofit institutions from paying real estate taxes that provide revenue to pay for village fire and emergency medical services.
Three Pillars accounts for between 170 and 180 of the approximately 250 emergency fire and medical service calls in the village, according to Totzke.
The village presently pays about $75,000 a year in fire service contract fees to the Dousman and Summit Fire Districts. However, those costs to the village will increase by about $60,000 a year when the two fire districts are consolidated into one district later this year.
More on this story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.
Eyeing the success of the first year of two charter schools at Kettle Moraine High School, the School Board is now considering a proposal for KM Explore, a charter school at the elementary level.
Read more in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter
Five candidates for the Kettle Moraine School Board fielded questions from residents during a candidate forum in the high school library tonight. Dealing with questions regarding the proposed elementary charter school, teacher compensation, and post retirement benefits, candidates presented their views and urged residents to vote.
School Board member Colin Butler, School Board President Terri Philips, and newcomers Kathy Kapsy, Amy Lange and Bernie Ziebart vie for three seats on the board in the April election.
VILLAGE OF MERTON - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has awarded the village a $300,000 grant to uncover and reroute Spring Creek near the east end of the downtown business district, according to village officials.
The creek enters the village north of the intersection of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue (Hwy.74) and flows west and south, underneath asphalt parking lots, and through a bridge and culvert on Main Street.
The culvert and the asphalt on the parking lot are crumbling but state water quality regulations will not permit the asphalt over the creek to be repaired.
Village officials want to uncover and reroute the creek as part of a downtown redevelopment plan and the DNR is willing to help pay for the project.
Village officials are considering two alternatives for rerouting the creek that might effect two commercial buildings on Main Street; the NAPA Auto Parts store and the building in which the M & M Restuarant is- located.
Three men who represent decades of dedication were recognized at Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Oconomowoc firefighter lieutenants Rik Krahn, 40 years, Don Murray, 25 years and Tim Kassens, 20 years received a standing ovation from city officials and the meeting's audience which included their family members for their many years of service.
Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Leidel said it was quite the honor to stand among the men. "I express my appreciation, but remember this is just a sampling. We have 50 members who represent a tremendous amount of dedication to the community," said Leidel.
The deputy chief said it is the city's practice to recognize members who have 20 or more years of service with a plaque or who have attained 5-year milestones in their careers.
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Town of Delafield – The Plan Commission tonight tabled a proposal for a 16,000-square foot facility at Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary retreat center off Cherry Lane after about 60 residents attended a public hearing on the proposal.
Plans call for a new worship center and banquet facility. The commission will take up the matter next month.
The Oscar Mayer wienermobile will be rolling into Mukwonago to share in some "bun" a week from today.
From 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on March 13, visitors can take an upclose look at the wienermobile and enjoy a free hot dog fresh off the grill, courtesy of the Town of Mukwonago Police Department and Oscar Mayer. (weather permitting)
Throughout the afternoon, non-perishable foods and personal care items will be collected as donations to the Mukwonago Community Commission and the local Salvation Army, respectively.
Don't miss out on this chance to "ketchup" with the wienermoble and help make a difference for those in need.
The Master Machine team, bowling in the Monday Three-Man league at Hartbrook Lanes in Hartland, bowled the second-highest individual scratch team game in the country this season Monday night by firing an 847. The top score in the country is a 864 rolled in New York last October.
The trio of Scott Gessay (268), Scott Burns (300) and Jeff Mierow (279) combined for 32 strikes out of a possible 36. The three bowlers left just four 10-pins on the night.
The all-time high individual three-man game is an 897 rolled in 2006.
Waukesha – A former Town of Mukwonago man was sentenced Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court for dealing heroin.
Alexander M. Wcislo, 31, now of Palmyra, was sentenced to five years probation.
According to the criminal complaint, Wcislo sold a City of Waukesha undercover officer $40 worth of heroin on Feb. 9 2010. The next day Wcislo was sentenced to six months in the work-release jail and three years probation on a felony charge of possession of a narcotic drug. As part of his probation, Wcislo was to attend alcohol and drug abuse treatment/counseling and not to use or possess alcohol or drugs without a prescription.
One week later the officer arranged to purchase $100 of heroin from Wcislo and on March 3, 2010, the officer purchased $200 worth of heroin, the complaint said. The officer asked Wcislo if would be interested in buying high grade marijuana and Wcislo said he used to be a "huge weed dealer" but that he cannot smoke marijuana because his probation agent tests him.» Read Full Article
The FAA is working this morning on removing the small plane that a Racine pilot landed in the Mukwonago River near I-43 after experiencing engine problems yesterday.
Mukwonago defeated Beloit Monday night to claim the regional title. Watch for complete coverage of the game in the March 7 Chief.
CITY OF DELAFIELD - City officials may express formal opposition to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's plans to expand and widen the Hwys. 83 and 16 interchange at the northeastern border of the city and the northwestern border of the Village of Hartland, according to Mayor Ed McAleer..
McAleer said the $8 million plans to expand the interchange will require the state to expand portions of Highway 83 south of the interchange from two to four lanes. Expanding the highway to four lanes is contrary to the city's "Smart Growth" plan which is supposed to guide city officials in future development.
McAleer said the master land use plan calls for Highway 83 to remain two lanes from the interchange south to Mariner Drive near Naga-Waukee County Park. Some of the land in the city south and west of the interchange is zoned for agricultural use.
The Common Council was scheduled to discuss the interchange project at tonight's meeting. Earlier in the day, Ald. Beth Leonard asked city officials to delay the discussion for two weeks because she would not be able to attend tonight's meeting and wanted to participate in the discussions about the project
Mukwonago - A small plane trying to make an emergency landing Monday on Interstate 43 wound up in the Mukwonago River near the Rochester St. area, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Pederson said.
The right lane of I-43 southbound was closed due to the plane crash four nearly four hours, reopening at 6:08 p.m..
The pilot was the only person on board, Pederson said.
Pederson said the pilot was hurt but the injuries were not life-threatening.
Pederson said Mukwonago authorities were taking the lead on responding to the incident.» Read Full Article
A 59-year old man from Racine flying a small plane made an emergency landing in the Mukwonago River north of the Fox River after experiencing engine problems at about 2:20 pm today.
A Village of Mukwonago police officer saw the low-flying plane and noticed the prop on the plane was not turning, according to Police Chief Kevin Schmidt. The pilot landed the plane in the Mukwonago River, approximately 400 feet off of I-43. The pilot told police he had mechanical problems and because of traffic on the freeway, choose to land in the river.
Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stien reported that the pilot was flying to Burlington airport when he experienced the engine trouble. After restarting the engine several times, the pilot decided to put the plane down in the river. He was able to get out of the plane, however he received cuts and bruises from the crash. The pilot was treated at the scene, but refused to be transported to a hospital.» Read Full Article
Traffic on southbound I-43 is backed up between Center Drive and the bridge over the Fox River because of the downed plane in the area. Motorists are encouraged to use other routes.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is reporting that the right lane of I-43 southbound is closed due to a plane that has landed in the water near where the Fox and Mukwonago Rivers intersect.
Information is slow to come in but check back for further updates.
Preliminary reports are coming in that a plane has crashed near I-43 between Mukwonago and Vernon near where the Fox and Mukwonago Rivers intersect.
No further information is available at this time but will be posted as it becomes available.
Waukesha - A 19-year-old Jefferson County woman has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in connection with the heroin overdose death in July of a Hartland man.
Kandice W. Essmann of rural Oconomowoc is accused of supplying heroin to Dustin L. Williams, 24, who was found unresponsive by his mother on July 23 and later pronounced dead at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, according to a criminal complaint.
Williams' mother, Nancy Williams, told Hartland police that Essmann had been with her son at the Williams' residence during the evening of July 23 and he appeared fine.
About 10 minutes after Essmann left the residence, Nancy Williams discovered her son was not breathing.
According to the criminal complaint, Essmann told investigators on July 24 that Dustin Williams had begged her to get some heroin and that the two drove to a location where Essmann bought $50 worth of the drug.» Read Full Article
A man and woman have been arrested in connection with threatening graffiti found last week on the outside of Kettle Moraine High School. Acording to a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department Monday, dectectives Sunday arrested a 19-year-old Watertown man male and a 19-year-old Summit woman in connection with the graffiti spray painting incident, which occurred at KMHS Friday. The two were also involved with similar spray painting acts that occurred in a surrounding community.
Both were taken into custody, booked, and released.
"The investigation has determined that the incident was a vandalism matter. While the language painted on the outside school wall was vulgar, there was no threat of violence intended by the suspects to any student or staff member of Kettle Moraine High School," the statement said.» Read Full Article
A 19-year-old Watertown man and 19-year-old Summit woman were both arrested Sunday in connection with graffiti found last week at Kettle Moraine High School, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
The two are suspected of also being involved with similar spray painting in the surrounding community.
"While the language painted on the outside school wall was vulgar, there was no threat of violence intended by the suspects to any student or staff member of Kettle Moraine High School," according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
The District Attorney's Office is considering charges of criminal damage to property, and other possible charges.
dnr.wi.gov, has been redesigned to make it easier to find information, to buy licenses online or to access permit applications, according to a news release from the DNR. In addition to a cleaner design and improved search functions, the new website highlights outdoor activities for all seasons, department news and provides links to its social media sites. Visitors also will see a feedback link in the footer to provide comments.The Department of Natural Resources website,
A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the graffiti found last week on the outside of Kettle Moraine High School, according to an announcement made through the Waukesha Sheriff's Department's Twitter feed Sunday night.
Further details are not yet available.