Parishioners at St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot received news this weekend of a claim of sexual abuse to a minor filed against Pastor Mark Molling.
Retired priest Robert Gozma read a letter from Archbishop Jerome Listecki dated March 17 announcing the news to the parish. Molling has been placed on temporary administrative leave while the Archdiocese of Milwaukee conducts its investigation. According to the letter, no substantiation of the allegation has occurred and Molling has denied the allegation, which dates back to the mid-1990s.
According to Gozma, the allegation was reported to the district attorney for review and the district attorney declined to prosecute, however, the Diocese is conducting its own investigation using a private, independent investigator. The claim was filed prior to the Feb. 1 deadline for filing sexual abuse claims against the Diocese, Gozma said.
Gozma will assume administrative duties at the parish in Molling's absence.
The De Pere varsity girls basketball team defeated Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 Girls Sectional Final at Sheboygan North 57-46.
Amanda Bauer scored 20 points for the Warhawks.
De Pere advanced to the WIAA Division 1 State Girls Basketball Tournament for the second time in the last three years.
Waukesha – A judge Friday sentenced Mark A. Snow of Milwaukee to 10 months in jail for the "unprovoked attack" on a Town of Merton man and his wife last July at a Stone Bank tavern.
Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge said Snow’s beating of John "Crazy Jack" Grimm "a senseless act" and there seems to be no answer as to why Snow punched and then stomped on Grimm outside of Hollywood’s Roadhouse, W332 N6629 County Highway C, July 23.
Kieffer sentenced Snow to the work-release jail to be followed by three months of probation. Kieffer also imposed, but stayed a prison sentence of 1-1/2 years in prison and 2 years of extended supervision "to hang over the head" of Snow. If Snow violates conditions of his probation he will automatically be sent to prison, Kieffer said.
Grimm of Town of Merton, told Kieffer he suffered broken ribs and shoulder and he continues to suffer pain. Janet Grimm said she was pushed by Snow and suffered bruising.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Canadian Northern Railway train whistles will be silenced in the Village of Sussex in the "very, very near future," according to Village Trustee Tim Dietrich.
Dietrich said the Federal Railway Administration has informed him that the village's application to establish railway quiet zones along the north and south bound Canadian Northern route has been approved.
Dietrich said the railway administration also approved the improvements proposed by the village at the rail crossings at Silver Spring Road, Main Street, Good Hope Road and Plainview Road.
The improvements will include construction of median strips approaching the crossings that will prevent vehicles from driving around railroad crossing gates when they are lowered with the approach of on coming trains.
Because of the safety improvements, Canadian Northern officials will be required to instruct train engineers not to blow whistles as they past through Sussex in except in cases of emergency.» Read Full Article
Oconomowoc High School organization Students 4 Service is holding a prom dress exchange today from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17.
The exchange is being held at The Vic, next door to the Little Theater. For $30 you can rent a prom dress and return it to them the week after prom. The dresses are then cleaned and returned to the owners.
The traffic lights at the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway LO are currently out of order after a vehcile hit and knocked down two light poles and a speed limit sign in the intersection at around 12 p.m. today.
Police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Check next week's Mukwonago Chief for more information.
While pubs will be bursting with noisy St. Patrick’s Day revelers, the Oconomowoc Arts Center will be pulsing with the joyful sounds of Irish music.
Girsa, a Gaelic word that means “young girls,” will entertain the St. Patty’s Day crowd Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The eight young women from Pearl River, New York, have been performing together for six years and have produced several CDs. Their performances have been called “refreshing” and “simply exquisite.”
They all play instruments including fiddle, bodhran, mandolin, whistle, piano, accordion and guitar.
The girls have known each other for years and participated in Irish music and dance when they were growing up in Pearl River. Most learned traditional Irish music from their parents, many of whom were taught by some of Ireland’s music greats.» Read Full Article
full story here.The Arrowhead girls basketball team topped Nicolet in the WIAA sectional semifinal Thursday, 49-44. Read the
Village of Merton - It appears Village officials are unlikely to contribute to the cost of a consultant's study into how three privately chartered volunteer fire departments can provide more cost efficient services to the village and Town of Merton.
"I am against spending $50,000 on a study," said Village President Robert Weber.
"It is putting the cart before the horse," added Village Administrator Tom Nelson.
Nelson said there are internal issues between the departments that should be resolved before the study is conducted.
After the meeting, Nelson predicted the board may reconsider whether to contribute to the study when fire fighters with the Merton department are satisfied the issues between the departments have been resolved.» Read Full Article
District administrators announced tonight that they will investigate the possibility of sending only one class of fourth grade students to Nature Hill Intermediate School next year to deal with the overcrowding issues at the school.
Initially, school leaders planned on recommending to the School Board that both classes move to the school to meet upcoming classroom needs. In the hybrid plan, parents would be surveyed to see if they would prefer their student remain at Ixonia or move to the intermediate school. If numbers, and other factors, incuding gender and students needs, are balanced, then the school would move its computer lab into the library to open a classroom for one section of fourth grade students.
Superinendent Dr. Pat Neudecker will present the option at the Board of Education meeting Tuesday night, along with the costs of all the options investigated. The Board is expected to vote on the issue at that time.
On Sat. March 17th, St Patricks Day from11a.m. to 10 p.m., Blue Bay Restaurant , 927 Main St., Mukwonago will be donating 50% of all Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner sales to the Mukwonago Food Pantry in honor of the pantry's 20th year in Mukwonago.
Enjoy this traditional dinner, support a local business and help a non-profit all at the same time.
The Wisconsin Historical Society Press announces that "Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers" by Old World Wisconsin historical gardener Marcia Carmichael was one of only five books selected for the American Horticultural Society's annual Book Award.
Each year, the American Horticultural Society recognizes outstanding gardening books published in North America with its annual Book Award. Nominated books are judged by the AHS Book Award Committee on qualities such as writing style, authority, accuracy, and physical quality.
The judges' comments included: "an outstanding template for what other regionally oriented, historical gardening books should aspire to;" "[a] fascinating window into the courage, resourcefulness, and adaptability of our immigrant past;" and "it is both fun to read and authoritative, with interesting illustrations, terrific recipes, and informative notes," according to a news release from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Waukesha – A 59-year-old Big Bend man was charged Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with seventh-offense drunken driving.
Dennis J. Brooks of S69 W22025 Sonoma Way, was stopped by a Village of Mukwonago officer after witnessing Brooks’ vehicle driving off Highway ES, crossing the centerline, enter the parking lot of a closed strip mall and then a business parking lot Wednesday shortly after midnight, according to the criminal complaint.
Brooks failed a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. He was convicted of drunken driving in Oct. 1990, October 1991, October 1998 and January 2003 and twice in November 1995.
Brooks appeared in court yesterday and bail was set at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in court March 16 for a hearing. If convicted Brooks faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and 5 years of extended supervision.» Read Full Article
Four candidates for three Village of Mukwonago trustee seats sounded off at a candidate forum hosted by the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce tonight. Trustees Dennis O'Bryan, Elliot Bakst and Darlene Johnson were joined by former trustee Arnie Fickau to share their visions for the future of the village.
Making the village pedestrian friendly and more inviting to businesses, as well as having less governmental control, were themes that surfaced. Additionally, candidates stated they are reluctant to reduce services to residents despite budget constraints pushed on the village from the state level.
Read more about the Village of Mukwonago candidate forum in next week's Chief.
Town of Lisbon - Town residents are going to be asked whether they are interested in consolidating their local government with the Village of Sussex and becoming a new municipality called the City of Sussex-Lisbon.
The consolidation is one of four future governance options the Town Board will present to residents at an April 4 meeting at the Richard Jung Fire Station. The board approved a notice of the meeting to be posted on the town website and a news release during a special meeting Wednesday night
The announcement followed a series of seperate closed town door meetings of the Village Board and the Town Board in an effort to resolve some of the differences that have divided the two governmental bodies.
Town Board Chairman Matt Gehrke said the negotiations, along with current economic conditions and the town's desire to keep taxes down, promoted the Town Board to meet with its constitutents and discuss governance options.
He said he wanted town resident to ask questions and express their opinions about all four options.» Read Full Article
‘St. Paul & Paddy’ fish fry will be held on Friday, March 16 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul School in Genesee Depot. at the intersection of Highway D and 83.A
Enjoy ‘Fish & Chips’ and green beer along with delicious desserts. The menu also includes baked cod, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, coffee and milk. Soda and alcoholic beverages are available for an additional fee. Pricing is $10.25 per adult and $5.25 per child. Children ages 4 and under are free.
Come wearing green or St. Patrick ‘wear’ and receive a special gift. (One per household while supplies last.) There will also be a free drawing for a bit o’ lovely jewelry treasure- a beautiful green Pandora bead and leather bracelet donated by Barnes Jewelers in Oconomowoc. You must be present to enter drawing, however. All proceeds of this event will benefit St. Paul School.
Ball players on the Okauchee Lion's Park field will have fresh, green grass to play on this summer thanks to Oconomowoc High School senior Davy Schick.
With the help of area volunteers and businesses, Schick made a major improvement to the field outfitting it with grass instead of the dirt base players had dealt with in years past.
The project helped Schick earn his Eagle Scout rank. The work began last August and this spring the first sets of cleats will embark on the new grass.
More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.
Join Horse Power Healing Center in providing self-esteem and confidence in those with mental, physical or emotional disabilities during their Think Spring Fundraiser being held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 17 at Roma's Ristorante, N8416 Highway ES in East Troy.
A wide selection of items will be on display for sale including jewelry, Tupperware, kitchen items and more. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Horse Power Healing Center.
Visit www.horsepowerhealingcenter.com for more information.
Village of Sussex - The "Hatfield-McCoy" relationship between the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Sussex may be coming to an end.
The governing bodies of the two communities are holding a series of closed door sessions in an effort to resolve some of the issues that divide them.
The Lisbon Town Board met behind closed doors Monday night. The Sussex Village board was entering the second hour of a closed session at 9 p.m. tonight.
Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said the Lisbon board may hold another closed session later this week depending upon the outcome of tonight's village board meeting.
Village President Greg Goetz said he will brief Gehrke on the village board meeting after it is over.» Read Full Article
Three Town of Mukwonago residents are vying for two supervisors seats and sounded off their views on how the town should progress during a candidate forum this evening at Town Hall, hosted by the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Stefanowski, Ruth Ann Nicoson and Todd Werginz each had two minutes to answer eight questions that were prepared by the chamber; some of which revolved around potential commercial growth in the town.
Werginz said that while “I understand the premise that it would create a larger tax bracket,” he would like to see the town keep its rural feel.
Nicoson referred back to a 2002 Smart Growth Survey that was conducted in the town and stated that at that time, residents were split in half for and against growth. “At this point, we have the new (Highway 83). I'm open to looking at the idea (of allowing commercial growth in the town), and allowing the citizens of the town to make their feelings known. Ultimately it is their decision,” she said.
Stefanowski stated that “we need the residents to come to plan commission meetings and town board meetings so we know what they want and what they’d like us to do. Without their input, things will not improve in the town.”» Read Full Article
Waukesha – A 27-year-Waukesha man was charged March 12 in Waukesha County Circuit Court for allegedly supplying heroin to a Muskego woman and a City of Delafield man.
Kevin S. Cobus was charged with two counts of first-degree reckless homicide for the deaths of Jamie L. Hansen, 24, of Muskego and Cody C. Riggs, 26, of City of Delafield, according to the criminal complaint.» Read Full Article
Join Marcia Carmichael, the historical gardener at Old World Wisconsin, as she discusses her newest book, “Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers” beginning at 1:30 p.m. on March 17 at the Mukwonago Community Library, 300 Washington Ave., Mukwonago.
Culture and history can be passed from one generation to the next through the food we eat, the vegetables and fruits we plant and harvest, and the fragrant flowers and herbs that enliven our gardens. The plants our ancestors grew tell stories about their way of life. Ms. Carmichael will share timeless lessons with today’s gardeners and cooks about planting trends and practices, garden tools used by early settlers, popular plant varieties, and favorite flavors of Wisconsin’s early settlers.
For more information, stop by the Reference Desk or cal us at (262) 363-6411.
Dave Pfeiffer, who was a standout football and baseball player at Arrowhead and a 1974 AHS graduate, has been named the new defensive coordinator at Arrowhead. Head football coach Greg Malling and athletics director Kevin Flegner told the Lake Country Reporter about the hiring.
The AHS football field is named after Pfeiffer's father Franklin.
Pfeiffer, 55, was the head coach at Sheboygan South for 11 seasons before retiring from that post two years ago. He has coached at Concordia University, Waukesha North and Kewaskum previously.
Pfeiffer lives in Pewaukee.
The Village of Wales has proposed a set of design guidelines for property owners or would-be developers to follow. The guidelines would be specific to what officials are calling the Village Center which is the commercial/downtown area of the village along Highway 18 and part of 83.
Buildings in this area date back to the 1900s and officials want to maintain their historic charm. The guidelines encourage architecture that is reminiscent of Wales, U.K. with a country feel.
According to the draft guidelines:
"Residential, compatible small businesses and specialty store buildings should continue to reflect the predominantly residential architectural character by
using peaked roofs complemented with building facades consisting of natural or 'natural appearing' materials. Business buildings should be constructed
with a residential architectural style with pitched roofs as opposed to incompatible boxed‐shaped, concrete block structures with flat roofs that are devoid of any
architectural style. The landscape design character for the Village Center should consist of mostly natural landscaping, low fieldstone or limestone walls, and
ornate open fences such as cedar split‐rail, white picket or decorative wrought‐iron fences."
The village will hold an open house to discuss the guidelines and proposed district from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 at the community building, 216 W. South St.» Read Full Article
According to information from the Waukesha County Medical’s Examiner’s office, an autopsy on Jacob Butschke, the 7th grade student at Nature Hill Intermediate School who passed away last weekend, was completed on March 12. The evidence points to a likely respiratory infection combined with an underlying cardiac condition.
Laboratory results do not show evidence of meningitis. The cause of death is pending further studies.
Elmer Kilian's been doing other people's taxes for a long time, but a new the federal rule might force the 80-year-old Eagle resident into retirement -- unless he prevails in a federal lawsuit against the IRS.
Kilian is one of three independent tax preparers who, with the help of a libertarian public interest law firm, are suing to block implementation of the new licensing requirements. The suit is to be filed Tuesday in federal district court in Washington D.C.
It contends the IRS doesn't have the authority to require licensing, annual training and testing of an estimated 350,000 independent tax preparers. The new regulations, effective this year, exclude lawyers, CPAs, enrolled agents or those working for large commercial tax return companies like H & R Block and Jackson Hewitt from the annual training and testing.
"These regulations are typical government protectionism," said Scott Bullock, an attorney with the Institute for Justice, which represents Kilian and the other tax preparers. "They benefit powerful industry insiders at the expense of entrepreneurs and consumers who will likely have fewer options and face higher prices."
About 60 percent of all U.S. tax returns are filled out by paid tax preparers, according to the Government Accountability Office. The GAO has found significant quality issues over the years. In one 2006 study, the GAO took tax returns to 19 different commercial tax preparers, and 17 of 19 incorrectly calculated the taxes due.» Read Full Article
Town of Ottawa - Town Chairman Richard Arrowood has warned that the transfer of fire trucks from the dissolved Summit Fire District to the newly consolidated Dousman Fire District "is going to be a point of contention with the Town of Ottawa."
Arrowood told the Town Board Tuesday night he had anticipated Summit officials would lease its fire trucks to the Dousman Fire District for a nominal fee as part of the consolidation agreement between Ottawa, Dousman and Summit.
According to the agreement, the Dousman Fire District will be expanded to cover all of the Village of Summit as well as the Village of Dousman and most of the Town of Ottawa. The Summit Fire District,, which covered the northern half of the Village of Summit as well as the Village of Oconomowoc Lake, will be dissolved.
"If fire service is going to be provided to an additional area, additional equipment will be needed to provide the fire service," Arrowood said.
However, he added, apparently Summit officials are planning to sell the fire trucks rather than donate or lease them to the Dousman district.» Read Full Article
Asking for an $11.2 million referendum over the next four years to cover revenue lost due to the sunset of the 2007 referendum this school year and a loss in state aid, the Mukwonago Area School District posted a video on its website. The video explains the referendum and its impact on residents.
To view the video go to www.youtube.com/watch
Additionally, a commitee - Citizens for Mukwonago Schools - comprised of parents, community leaders, alumni and friends of the Mukwonago Area Schools has created a video regarding the referendum as well.
The Citizens for Mukwonago Schools video can be found at : youtu.be/GDUxprHrlNU
Pewaukee will have one final chance to say "bye bye" to the old high school auditorium when it hosts "Bye Bye Birdie" this weekend.
The show will be the last before the auditorium is repurposed into fine and visual arts classrooms as part of the ongoing construction projects that resulted from a November 2010 building referendum.
The school district is constructing a brand new 750-seat auditorium in the footprint of the former gymnasium. The new auditorium, which is expected to open in December, will replace the current one, which was constructed along with the high school in 1968.
Tickets cost $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 16, and 2:30 p.m. on March 17 and 18.
Waukesha – A Town of Delafield man was sentenced Monday to one year probation for accidentally shooting his son last March.
Craig D. Savage, 37, of W289 N2183 Louis Ave., was ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick C. Haughney to 100 hours of community service and fined him $243.
Savage said he was walking through his living room holding a loaded handgun and as he talked with his 10-year-old son "all of the sudden there was a bang and the gun went off," the criminal complaint said.» Read Full Article
The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting two candidate forums this week to inform residents about those running for office.
Tomorrow night starting at 6:30 p.m. for the three residents vying for a seat on the Town of Mukwonago board. The forum will be held at Town Hall, W320 S8315 Beulah Rd. Candidates are Tom Stefanowski, Rtuh Ann Nicoson and Todd Werginz.
On Wednesday night from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 440 River Crest Ct., Village of Mukwonago contendors Dennis O'Bryan, Darlene Johns, Elliot Bakst and Arnold Fickau will sqaure off.
Each candidate will have two minutes to answer 8 questions including: what makes Mukwonago so special, how that the Hwy 83 improvement is complete and we have a gateway into the town, what are your thoughts on allowing commercial development into the town, and how can the town maintain its current service levels with the state’s mandated tax freeze? What alternative revenue sources would you be willing to ask residents to consider?
The Oconomowoc school community is mourning the sudden loss of 12-year-old Jacob Butschke, who died at home this weekend. The cause of death has not been determined.
The Nature Hill seventh-grader appeared in the school play, Annie Jr., which had its final performance at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Oconomowoc Arts Center.
Read more in Tuesday's paper.
Waukesha – A former Kettle Moraine High School student and her boyfriend admitted to authorities they spray painted graffiti on KMHS March 1 and what they painted were lyrics from a rap song, according to the criminal complaint filed March 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.
Charged with two misdemeanor counts of graffiti each were Erika M. Bredlow, 19, of 1035 S. Waterville Road, Village of Summit, and Michael J. Rady, 19, of Watertown. Along with spray painting graffiti on the school they are accused of painting graffiti on a silo in the Town of Genesee.
One phrase on the school was the same as on the silo and contained obscenities and threatened to kill people, the complaint said. A second phrase on the school said "die yuppie scum," the complaint said.
Both Bredlow and Rady said they did not intend to frighten or threaten anyone, the complaint said. Rady said the profanity laced message was from a rap song and Sheriff’s Department detectives were able to confirm it was from a rap song, the complaint said.» Read Full Article