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Pewaukee wins LOL opener

April 29, 2012 6:44 p.m. |  Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team opened the 2012 season Sunday by defeating the host Brookfield Blue Sox, 12-7.

Other games Sunday saw Lannon whip Hartland 13-3, Brookfield Bulldogs blank North Lake 13-0, Oconomowoc down Monches 9-1, Sussex edge Merton 7-5 and West Bend outlast Menomonee Falls 10-8.

John Doe is a cesspool

April 29, 2012 3:00 p.m. | Bob Dohnal and his wife, Jean, write a paper known as "The Conservative Digest."  The following article was forwarded on to me from Mr. Dohnal, and he has given me permission to re-print it.  Given that the May 8th governor's race primaries are coming up shortly, it will be interesting to see if Mr. Dohnal's prediction comes true.  Will  Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm wait for the moment before the primary (or actual election in June) to drop some trumped-up charges on Governor Scott Walker simply in order to help out Mayor Tom Barrett in the race for the governorship?  Barrett needs all the help he can get.  Will the District Attorney of Milwaukee lend a hand?  Only time will tell... 

JOHN DOE IS A CESSPOOL

The never-ending John Doe fishing expedition, run by Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm, is a cesspool of leaks, corruption, and partisanship. It is no wonder that there have been leaks: the great majority of employees are rank partisans, giving money to the liberals and signing recall petitions.

Normally, John Doe investigations are aimed at one person or a group in one incident. Chisholm has used this as a massive fishing expedition in order to "Get Scott Walker.” It is so slow, it has gone on for two years, frequently leaking information to the Journal, Shepherd Express, Isthmus, and Joel McNally. It is a powerful political tool.

On the Charlie Sykes (WTMJ AM620) show, Brian Fraley of the MacIver Institute correctly forecast the time and entrance of Tom Barrett into the governor's race. He also predicted coming indictments by John Chisholm, to help his buddy Tom Barrett, in an attempt to elect Barrett, and his big spending, economy- killing agenda, to the governorship. In Milwaukee,  these guys stick together and watch each others backs. What greater thing could John Chisholm do than indict Scott Walker, on some flimsy evidence, right before the election?  It has been said that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich if he wants to do so.

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Nickolaus won't run for re-election as Waukesha County clerk

April 28, 2012 11:00 p.m. | Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, widely criticized over the conduct of elections in her county, announced Saturday she has decided not to seek re-election in November.

But the embattled clerk said in a prepared statement that she would not relinquish "any authority or responsibility" for upcoming elections through the end of her term because "I am the Waukesha County constitutional officer charged with the responsibility of elections."

After problems in the election earlier this month, Nickolaus reportedly agreed under pressure from County Executive Dan Vrakas to cede election responsibilities to her deputy for the upcoming recall races.

Her campaign manager said Saturday she "never ever agreed to hand over the responsibility given to her constitutionally as clerk" to administer the elections. "Kathy is still in charge," said the manager, Dan Hunt, adding Nickolaus was unavailable for comment.

The deputy clerk will serve as liaison between municipal clerks and county clerks, oversee election result processes and make sure the results are reported to the Government Accountability Board, Hunt said.

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You can still RSVP for the Splash Pad Gala May 5th!

April 27, 2012 4:40 p.m. |

Please join  us at the Spring Splash Gala to Benefit Construction of
Waukesha County's first 
Splash Pad
 
 
At The Oconomowoc Lake Club
4668 Lake Club Circle
Oconomowoc, WI 53066

Hor d'oeuvres , Served Dinner w/wine, Desert Stations, Cash Bar.
Live Music by Bobby Way & The Fabulous Wayouts
Silent & Live Auction, Raffle Items

Black Tie Optional $125 Per Ticket For More Information and to register online, please go to: http://www.lakecountryrotarysplashpad.com/The_Spring_Splash.html

For more information or to reserve by phone, call Tom at 262-367-4747

Killer ordered to pay restitution to cover cost of his child

April 27, 2012 12:39 p.m. |

A judge Thursday ordered convicted killer Darren Wold to pay the family that is taking care of his child nearly $74,000.

A judge ruled Wold, who is sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Kimberly Smith in 2009, pay restitution to Laurie and Robert Zanotti. Laurie Zanotti is Smith’s sister and is taking care of Smith and Wold’s son, who is now 6.

The restitution is to cover the costs of supporting the child until he reaches 18-years-old. Wold was convicted of hiring a California man, through a friend of Wold’s, to kill Smith.

Positively

April 27, 2012 11:32 a.m. | This month features a guest column by Mukwonago Village Trustee Michael Sellenheim

One of the biggest battles people face is fear of failure. Many times this stems from a fear of rejection, resulting in roadblocks being established in our minds to what we can and cannot do. Our humanness tends to fall victim before the battle even begins.

When we let fear settle in our minds, it begins to control our ability to perform. We create a paralysis of being able to accomplish what we really want to do. Our initial response may be to procrastinate from doing the tasks we need to do. Eventually, the desire to complete what we initially intended to becomes less and less. We gradually become the victim of our self-inflicted thoughts.

So how can we conquer fear? Below are three steps you can do immediately.

1. Cultivate a positive attitude of confidence. Confidence is a good quality.

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Biz Briefs 04/29/12

April 27, 2012 11:21 a.m. |

ProHealth has new 3D mammography

Waukesha - ProHealth Care announced that it is the first health care system in Wisconsin to offer a new three-dimensional mammography that represents a revolutionary advancement in the ability to detect breast cancer at the earliest stages.

The technology, called tomosynthesis, uses specialized computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or "slices," to build a 3D graphic image.

The 3D mammography gives radiologists the ability to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of the breast tissue in a flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue one millimeter at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

Recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, tomosynthesis may be able to find up to 20 percent more cancers than conventional mammography.

School Lunches 04/27/12

April 27, 2012 11:16 a.m. |

Fort Atkinson lunch menus,

week of April 30

Free and reduced-fee meal applications are available year-round at each school office. For more information, call Barb Waaram, student nutrition, at (920) 563-7811 Ext. 1161.

High school and middle school sandwich line

April 30: Choice of grilled cheese, chicken burger, cheeseburger or sub; soft pretzel, country-blend vegetables, choice of fruit or juice, milk

May 1: Choice of pizza, cheeseburger, pork carnitas or sub; tossed salad, choice of fruit or juice, milk

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Births 04/27/12

April 27, 2012 11:15 a.m. |

From Watertown Regional Medical Center

Kowal - Laura and Aaron Kowal of Watertown announce the birth of their daughter on Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Price/Soto - Leanna Price and Rudy Soto of Watertown announce the birth of their daughter on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Customer Appreciation Days at Rocky Mountain Chocloate Factory April 27 & 28

April 27, 2012 10:24 a.m. | Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is hosting Customer Appreciation Days from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday More photosand Saturday, April 27 and 28, at its Downtown Delafield store, at Clock Tower Square, 807 Genesee St.,
 

This special thank you from owners Harry and Mary Schaff offers free samples, drawings and gifts (with a $15 purchase or more).

For more information, call (262) 646-7778. For coupons, drawing and contest entry forms click here or visit www.rmcf.com/WI/Delafield50820

Missing Grandma: Spaghetti Bake I

April 27, 2012 8:41 a.m. | One of the dishes my mother-in-law, Helena, used to prepare was a spaghetti bake that my youngest daughter, Milena, loved. This next recipe from allrecipes.com is a take on that.

Google ImageSpaghetti Bake I

Ingredients

12 ounces spaghetti

1 cup chopped onions

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Mukwonago icon Harold Koeffler dies

April 27, 2012 7:21 a.m. | Harold Koeffler, who owned Koeffler Chevrolet in Mukwonago for decades, died Wednesday at age 100.

Visitation is planned for 2:30 until the Masonic service on Sunday, April 29, at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home, 930 Main St., Mukwonago. A second visitation is planned for 10:30 until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, April 30, at the funeral home. The family will have a private burial at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Mukwonago.

Memorials are suggested to the Mukwonago Public Library or Timber Tree.

Koeffler was involved in numerous community organizations and efforts, including membership of the Mukwonago Kiwanis and Kiwanis Foundation Board, the Mukwonago Library Board, Shriners, 32nd-degree Mason, Scottish Rite and Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Cousin Otto's Clown Alley under the name "Wheels." He was the Waukesha Coin Club's oldest member, attending his last coin show and negotiating sales last month.

He loved to travel, and visited every continent. He was an invited member of the first USA business delegation to China, walked on Antarctica icebergs at age 82 and explored Iceland at 92.

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Feel good about yourself at free clinics

April 27, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Knowing you’re healthy can bring peace of mind. But sometimes the costs associated with simple tests can be daunting.

If you’re looking for some free peace of mind, why not visit the Touched Twice Lake Country Free Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Two churches in Delafield are hosting all sorts of free screenings and other activities to make you feel good about yourself.

Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Road, is offering medical screenings, vision and chiropractic care and haircuts.

At Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, you can visit the food pantry, have your teeth checked or get family photos.

Hot meals will be served at both churches.

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Group promotes donating organs

April 26, 2012 6:42 p.m. | Destination Donation is a nonprofit team of athletes and weekend warriors set on promoting awareness about organ donation.

"The goal is to encourage people to live beyond themselves through the gift of life by organ tissue and eye donation," said co-founder Alan Petelinsek.

According to Trey Schwab, a double lung recipient of the UW health organ procurement organization and spokesman for Destination Donation, "Every other day, someone from Wisconsin dies on the donation waiting list."

With April recognized as National Organ Donation Month, the organization is pushing to reach the goal of expanding the team nationally. "The vision of the team is that the orange dot will become as big as the pink ribbon," said Petelinsek. "Destination Donation encourages people to register to be organ donors by visiting www.yesiwillwisconsin.com.

"By joining the team and wearing the familiar orange dot clothing, members serve as moving billboards and ambassadors while training and participating in running, biking, and triathlon events."

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Spread Your Wings 04/29/12

April 26, 2012 5:38 p.m. | The following programs are held at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education, 1500 N. University Drive, unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.waukesha.uwc.edu/ce or call (262) 521-5460.

Writing Poetry

This class meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, April 30-May 14, with instructor Margaret Rozga. New and returning students will enhance their poetry skills with this clublike class. Bring a sample of work to the first class. Fee: $40.

Assisted Review in Math (ARM)

ARM meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1-22, or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 2-23, with instructors Kurt Vanderhoef and Adam Figarsky. ARM is an ALEKS-based math workshop meant for college-bound students who need some assistance or have not taken math for a while. This workshop can help students to brush up on much-needed math skills and prepare them to take (or retake) the college math placement test, so they can place more accurately in their first semester and save time and money. ALEKS is an artificially intelligent program that can be accessed online and will create a training path customized to individual math needs. Start with a pretest to determine skill level and take a post-test to see levels of improvement. Fee: $19.95; ALEKS software purchased separately $40. Call Continuing Education for access code and instructions.

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Experiences the sights and sounds of Lake Country

April 26, 2012 5:36 p.m. | It's rare to have painters, photographers, composures and musicians in the same room together, but a free event on Wednesday achieves the feat. A release event will be held for DVD and CD recordings that feature the Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra's (OCO) debut concert. The free reception presents the collaboration of inspiration called the Lake Country Project, which are recordings based on Lake Country area landmarks.

Last July, OCO recorded its debut concert of music written about the Lake Country area by renowned composers. Selections include, "Sailing on Pewaukee Lake," "Climb the Tower (Lapham Peak)," and Sunset on Lake Nagawicka." The music is paired with breathtaking photos and artwork of these areas tying the senses together for an experience completely unique to Lake Country.

The OCO is a nonprofit organization that brings together an ensemble of about 45 musicians in a semiprofessional setting with the mission to lead, enrich and inspire the community through orchestral performances and music education.

At the reception will be the musicians, videographer, composer and artists that participated in the project. The event is free and is from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 at the White House of Music, 2101 Springdale Road, Waukesha. The DVD will be shown at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall, catering will be provided by Noodles and Co.

If you can't make the event, but would like to purchase a copy of the DVD or CD, you can purchase them online at www.oconchamberorch.org or at the following locations: Wine Maniacs, Books & Co., Jewelry Mechanic, Lorleberg's, The Gallori, Whelan's, Hartland Music Center and White House of Music.

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Community Briefs 04/29/12

April 26, 2012 5:36 p.m. |

Register for An Evening to Remember

Waukesha - An Evening to Remember, the annual gala event of Safe Babies Healthy Families, is set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at the Marriott Hotel, W231 N1600 Corporate Court, Pewaukee.

The black tie-optional event features dozens of silent auction items. Complimentary wine will accompany a gourmet dinner followed by a presentation and live auction. Attendees can enjoy easy checkout for purchases and donations with "one-swipe" credit card check-in.

The gala is the largest annual fundraiser for Safe Babies Healthy Families. The agency provides comprehensive, relationship-based programs to help at-risk parents establish safe, stable environments for themselves and their young children.

Individual and table registrations can be purchased at www.safebabieshealthyfamilies.org. Event sponsorships are still available, and donated items or services for the silent and live auctions are welcome.

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Community Briefs 04/29/12

April 26, 2012 5:36 p.m. |

Church helps with 'Project Move'

Faith Springs Church will collect furniture and other household goods for the needy from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 12, at the church, N13 W28771 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee.

The collection supports "Project Move," a countywide effort by the Hope Center in Waukesha. Items accepted include working appliances, car seats, play pens, high chairs, cribs (no drop-down sides), dressers, end tables, mattresses and box springs, beds, kitchen tables and chairs, lamps, living room chairs, recliners, love seats, small couches, window air conditioners and fans. All items must be in good usable condition and suitably sized for apartment use. Items with rips, stains or animal hair will not be accepted. Tax receipts will be provided upon request.

Washed and wearable clothing may also be donated. The biggest need is for socks and new underwear for men, women and children. There is also a strong need for men's clothing and shoes.More information about the collection can be found at FaithSpringsPCUSA.org/ProjectMove; more information on Hope Center can be found at HopeCenterWI.org.

Raise money for HAWS, on foot and online

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Local pub and grill scene gets a little spark

April 26, 2012 5:16 p.m. | Okauchee residents know and are spreading word fast that the best food and camaraderie can be found right in their own backyards. With three food industry veterans as the owners, Spitfire Pub and Grill, N51W34911 Wisconsin Ave., Okauchee, has become a hot spot for fun, food and drinks.

Friendly business

Owning their own restaurant was always a dream for friends Paul Jansen of Pewaukee, Mary Kunstek of Okauchee and Carl Marzolf of Waukesha. After working at the Bradley Center together for nearly 20 years, the trio decided to take theirculinary,catering and restaurant business experience to the next level.

The three agreed that with a solid friendship under their belts and an understanding of each other's credibility and character, they could embark on a successful business venture.

"I think we all respect each other and understand each other's work ethic and commitment level," Jansen said.

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Two KM elementary principals resign

April 26, 2012 5:16 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District - Life is unpredictable as Kettle Moraine Superintendent Pat Deklotz can attest as she begins the process of replacing two elementary school principals following the resignations of Wales Elementary School Principal Brenda Vogds and Cushing Principal Greg Gentle.

Vogds resigned after her husband took a position in Minnesota at his company's headquarters. Gentle resigned last week because of personal reasons that don't allow him to relocate to this area, Deklotz said.

Vogds

"Its fantastic for our family, but professionally it's kind of sad for me," said Vogds.

With two young children, the move positions Vogds and her family for longevity in a location, she explained. Vogds taught at Kettle Moraine High School in 2005, served as the district technology coordinator for two years and as the Wales principal for two years. She will stay until June as Wales transitions to a new principal and will return to run the technology academy in August.

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Community Briefs 04/26/12

April 26, 2012 5:16 p.m. |

Do you qualify for Lifeline phone service?

Low-income consumers in Wisconsin may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of basic monthly telephone service. Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service provides discounts each month on telephone bills for qualified subscribers. A household is limited to one Lifeline discount, even if the household has more than one telephone account or is receiving services from more than one telephone company and a wireless phone company.

Qualifications for participation vary by state. Consumers might also qualify for Link-Up, which helps with the initial installation costs of getting telephone service.

To learn more about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, visit the www.lifeline.gov site. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area should call (800) 366-8201 or visit www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about eligibility.

For more information about CenturyLink Internet Basics, visit www.centurylink.com/internetbasics or call (800) 257-3212.

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Community Briefs 04/29/12

April 26, 2012 5:16 p.m. |

BluesFest names headliners

The Waukesha Rotary Club announced that California blues guitarist Coco Montoya, will headline Friday, Aug. 10, and JJ Grey & Mofro will headline Saturday, Aug. 11, at the 2012 Waukesha BluesFest stage, at Naga-Waukee Park, Delafield.

Born into a family with generations-old roots in rural Florida, Grey original songs are inspired by musicians, including Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd, soul greats Otis Redding and Toots Hibbert, and country stars George Jones and Jerry Reed. Mentored by legendary bluesmanAlbert Collins, Montoya went on to become the guitarist for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for 10 years before making the move to lead his own band.

A self taught guitar slinger Montoya plays left-handed and upside down in the style of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix. Gates open at 12:30 p.m. both days with the music running from 1 to 10:30.

The day includes food and beverages and an Art Show featuring regional and locally known artists.

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Get ready for Pewaukee Golf Outing

April 26, 2012 5:16 p.m. | With the spring and summer seasons rapidly approaching, the annual Pewaukee Golf Outing is right around the corner. This event is the perfect opportunity to go out and show off all of those hidden golf skills you've been keeping quiet about all winter long. The Pewaukee Football Golf Outing will be held on June 16, 2012 at Western Lakes Golf Course in Pewaukee. Registration is currently available.

The day will be begin at 11:30 a.m. with registration, Putting Green, and Driving Range open. Lunch will be served at Noon. Golfing will begin at 1:00 p.m., with a shotgun start-four person(Scramble) format. Dinner, along with the silent auction, followed by the live auction will begin at 6:00 p.m.. To add to the excitement, the Pewaukee Football Board invites you to help welcome their new Head Varsity Football Coach, Justin Friske! This year will be an exceptional one! Make sure to mark your calendars and register online. It's always a great time and it will be helping a great cause! Any people or businesses that interested in either golfing, donations, or sponsorships should go online to www.pewaukeefootball.org.

Sponsorship levels begin at $100 (Silver). This includes recognition at the golf outing, and on the Pewaukee Football website, along with a sponsor window cling. The next level begins at $600 (Gold). This level includes all Silver benefits, plus golf package for four (golf, lunch, dinner), and recognition as a "Gold Sponsor" on the Pewaukee Football website. Our third level is $1,200 dollars (Platinum). This includes all Gold and Silver benefits, plus a tee/hole sponsorship, recognition as "Platinum Sponsor" on Pewaukee Football website, banner displayed at Pewaukee Varsity and Youth Football home games, company name announced at Pewaukee Youth home games, and company logo included in youth football program. Other sponsorships are available! Be sure to check out the Pewaukee Football website, www.pewaukeefootball.org for more details. All money raised at this year's Golf Outing will be put toward the track and stadium renovation at Pewaukee High School. Any contributions for these renovations are greatly appreciated! In addition to the golf outing, Pewaukee Football also has their Youth Football registration taking place. Any 5th-8th grader residing in the Pewaukee School District and interested in football and/or cheerleading should register online, also at www.pewaukeefootball.org. Make sure to sign up by May 31, as fees will be raised after that date! Equipment handout will be on August 6, 2012.

Exciting things are happening in the Pewaukee School District and Pewaukee Football Program; make sure you are a part of it! Let's Go Pirates!

Court Actions 04/29/12

April 26, 2012 5:16 p.m. | The convictions listed below come straight from the records of Lake Country Municipal Court, Pewaukee Village Municipal Court, Waukesha Municipal Court or City of Pewaukee Municipal Court. To the best of our knowledge, each case is new and distinct. Any repetition of the same conviction is caused by municipal court offices and is not the fault of this newspaper. The convictions are for fines of $100 and greater. Our goal is to publish convictions within about three months of the court date.

Briana L. Harmon, 35, Nashotah, unnecessary noise, $107.70 and speeding, $139.20; Thomas E. Hartrich, 22, Ixonia, unnecessary noise, $126.60; Jacquelyn A. Hazard, 25, Hartland, impeding driving in parking lot, $126.60.

Richard J. Heimann, 30, Hartland, driving with a suspended license, $523.50; Colin Lee Held, 21, Colgate, operating after revocation, $114; Christopher S. Henning, 26, Pewaukee, no insurance, $114.

Samuel A. Herget, 19, Colgate, speeding, $139.20; John M. Hess, 27, Oconomowoc, failure to obey traffic officer, sign/signal, $139.20; Michael R. Hoeft, 32, Ixonia, driving with a suspended license, $523.50 and no insurance, $240.

Effort renewed to honor Civil War hero from Delafield

April 26, 2012 5:00 p.m. | A decades-long effort to get the Medal of Honor awarded to a Civil War hero from Delafield appears to be on track again.

Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Ron Kind, both Wisconsin Democrats, introduced legislation Thursday that would allow the president to award the nation's highest medal to Alonzo Cushing, an artillery officer killed at the battle of Gettysburg.

Just 22 when he was killed during Pickett's Charge, Cushing refused to leave his guns even though severely wounded. The 1st lieutenant was buried beneath a headstone inscribed "faithful until death" at his alma mater, West Point.

In 2010 the secretary of the Army approved the request for a Medal of Honor for Cushing by a group of people who had campaigned for the award since the 1980s. Normally, a recommendation for the Medal of Honor must be made within two to three years of the heroic action, and the medal must be awarded within three to five years.

Because 149 years have passed since Cushing fought for the Union Army, Congress must waive the time limits, which is what the legislation is requesting. If that is done, the president must then approve the nomination.

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Classic 8 Conference Relays

April 26, 2012 3:32 p.m. | As expected, Arrowhead won both the boys and girls competitions at the Classic 8 Conference Relays on April 21, held at Mukwonago for the boys and Waukesha West for the girls. Mukwonago took second in both competitions, with the KM boys grabbing third and the girls taking fourth.

We are not alone in the trenches

April 26, 2012 3:12 p.m. | Long before the warm weather beckons, the Hartland Chamber has already been fastidiously planning summer festivities. In fact, most events have their inaugural kick-off shortly after the previous year's activities have wrapped. There are dates to be scheduled, contracts to be signed and committees to be formed; and when you rely on a wealth of volunteers who go out of their way to help, the earlier things can be nailed down the better. Having just completed the 8th annual Lake Country Community Fest (with the March 21, 2013 date already set!), committee volunteers are deep in the trenches finalizing details for the upcoming golf outing and street dance.

The Tri-Chamber Golf Outing - "Connected By Links" is scheduled for June 1 at Western Lakes Golf Course. Committee members from Hartland, Delafield and Pewaukee are securing sponsors, donors and golfers, and as the host chamber this year, Hartland is coordinating this dynamic group of volunteers. The public is invited to participate in this terrific day of golf and networking to meet business peers in a relaxed setting. Even if you don't golf, your company might want to consider an exclusive tee sponsorship to personally greet the golfers. But don't wait too long - many of the sponsorships are already sold out and our golfer roster is already halfway filled! Dinner-only options are also available for non-golfers who still want the chance to network.

The annual Hartland Street Dance is scheduled for Saturday, July 21. The early evening family area features a dunk tank, rock wall, mini-train rides, games and, new this year, a Community Clay Stomp ™! The Boogie Men will take to the stage to rock the night with their musicalgenius. With thousands converging in downtown Hartland, this is easily one of the best pay-per-view sponsorship opportunities available. In fact, several businesses sought out the chamber after last year's event, having noticed the sponsorship banners in abundance to discover how they could be involved too. With that multitude of sponsorships, endless donations and easily 100 volunteers in attendance, it is arguably the biggest chamber hosted community event of the year.

Believe it or not, even fall events like the Business Trick or Treat and Halloween Bash are already being planned with committee meetings ongoing for some time now. The constant in all these activities? The unwavering volunteer support the chamber relies upon, lives and dies by, and absolutely, unequivocally must have in order to pull them off. April was National Volunteer Month and as such we wish to publically praise and thank our wonderful volunteers and members who sponsor, donate and participate throughout the year. Your efforts are helping the Hartland Chamber accomplish great things in your community, your talents are appreciated and you do make a difference. So to all of our "points of light" we say thank you. We truly couldn't do it without you.

If you wish to make an investment in the continued growth and prosperity of the Hartland community, visit www.hartland-wi.org or contact the Hartland Chamber at (262) 367-7059 for more information about ways to get involved.

Designing Women with a Cause

April 26, 2012 3:12 p.m. | Each year a group called "Designing Women with a Cause" presents a viewing of artistically decorated dining tables, or tablescapes, and opens the display to the public for the benefit of a charity.

This year ACAP, or the Adaptive Community Approach Program, was the recipient of funds the Designing Women raised at the benefit. Co-chairs of the event were Jill Bergen and Georjean Zilles. Table themes varied from "Titanic" to "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend." Diners at one table faced a unique centerpiece, a 1965 Shelby Cobra owned by Don Roberts.

See who attended

Lisa Dawes

April 26, 2012 2:54 p.m. | Lisa Dawes has always known that she wanted to work in special education. The newly-hired director of student services/special education for the Oconomowoc Area School District traces her passion for the field back to her youth.

"I worked with a child in my neighborhood with speech concerns caused by an early trauma, we essentially adopted him as part of our family and worked with him daily to begin to talk and overcome the side effects of the trauma," the 47-year-old Dawes recalled.

"When I found out that doing this type of work was actually a 'real job' I was so excited! I never looked back from that moment," she added.

The busy educator extends that commitment to helping others in a variety of community services. "I like to get involved in causes for cancer, Relay for Life and Cancer Walks/Runs. I lost some very important people in my life to the disease and I like to do what I can to help. We (as a family) have also supported Children's Hospital fundraisers," she added.

Where do you live?

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Dispose of your old medications this weekend

April 26, 2012 11:56 a.m. |  Waukesha County Drug Collection and Awareness will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 28 at various locations throughout the county.

Properly and safely dispose your old medications, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications. 

Collection locations are:

D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 W. Maple Ave., Mukwonago

Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc (Regional Cancer Center entrance)

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Germantown 3, Mukwonago 2

April 26, 2012 11:38 a.m. | The Mukwonago girls soccer team dropped a nonconference battle against Germantown on a rainy and cold April 19, 3-2, despite goals from Kylie Pratt and Chay Magolan. The Indians went 2-3 in a wildly busy week of soccer. Erica Landry scored twice in a 5-1 win over Port Washington, and she added the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 win over Cedar Grove.

The Radcliffe Baseball Truths, 2012 edition

April 26, 2012 11:38 a.m. | The Radcliffe Baseball Truths are back, this time in response to a slow start by your National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers. Just like last April, I feel obligated to point out some intricacies about the game we love. I wrote this when the team was 7-9, and they've since won a couple in a row (as I write this, they're losing to Houston in the series finale).

The obligatory "It's Early!" point. The April wins and losses count as much as anything else, and it's just fine to feel annoyed when your team is stinking up the joint. But the team hasn't exactly gone into a tailspin despite subpar performances from players who historically are going to contribute significantly: namely Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart. To me, it's encouraging knowing that the best is yet to come.

Do baseball fans expect the Red Sox, Angels or Phillies to remain in last place all year? Because they are right now, and none of them has a better record than the Brewers. The Brewers were 16-21 last year at one point. It's probably not realistic to flat out expect the run they went on midseason to replicate, leading to a franchise-best 96 wins. But the example should also demonstrate that just because a team is struggling early doesn't mean it won't win 90 or 95 games.

The "protection" myth. "Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong" came out in 2006, and it's exactly the type of thing fans who steer clear of "new stats" would avoid. It's dense in analysis, but it tackles a lot of issues people assume are true, including the idea that a player is better "protected" in the lineup and sees better pitches to hit when the batter behind him is equally or close-to-equally awesome.

I could spend three columns outlining the data, but you'll just have to trust me: the baseball prospectus gurus who wrote the book discovered this idea is wrong. Maybe players do see better pitches, but the performance of a player does not change dramatically based on who's batting next. A great hitter is still a great hitter, and a bad one is still a bad one, with almost no change.

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MHS DECA students take honors at competition

April 26, 2012 11:36 a.m. | Mukwonago DECA students walked away with prizes from the DECA Career Development Conference during March 13-15 in Lake Geneva.

Students competed in marketing-related events with business representatives and managers. DECA is a co-curricular association of marketing students. Received the following state awards and honors:

Mary Kavan, ju nior, competed in restaurant and food service management and served as a chapter voting delegate. She won each of her competitive events at state: second place, restaurant and food service management series; series finalist, marketing comprehensive medalist; economics medalist; human resource management medalist; information management medalist and national qualifier.

Victoria Lakey-Wheat, senior, competed in automotive services marketing, gold student, and public speaking: second place national gold student; senior management institute (SMI) finalist and national qualifier.

Anjie Peck, senior competed in hotel and lodging management, gold student, and public speaking: fifth place, national gold student, SMI finalist and national qualifier.

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Hook, line and sinker

April 26, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Fishing is a popular activity in Wisconsin, and the start of the season is just around the corner. With nearly a million acres of water inside the state's borders, Wisconsin is one of the premier fishing destinations in the country. Fishing is a great way to spend some time relaxing in the great outdoors and enjoying all Wisconsin has to offer.

Traditionally, opening day for the season is the first Saturday in May, with this year's start coming on May 5. Fishing is big business in Wisconsin, creating $2.75 billion in economic activity, more than 30,000 jobs, and $200 million in tax revenues for local and state governments. Fishing tournaments allow people from across the nation to experience our scenic state, while at the same time, benefit both local businesses and the state's tourism industry.

Wisconsin is perfect for fishing. We are blessed with more than 15,000 inland lakes, 43,000 miles of rivers, 650 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, and right next to the world's fifth-largest lake, Lake Michigan. Those numbers, combined with recordbreaking catches, make Wisconsin a popular fishing spot. Each year, about 1.4 million people fish in Wisconsin, catching a total of 88 million fish.

Whether you are an experienced angler or just a beginner, Wisconsin has something for everyone when it comes to fishing. With 165 different species of fish, our states boasts both game fish and easy-to-catch fish. If you are new to fishing, there are some easy opportunities to try out the sport. Wisconsin has a one-day fishing license, a free fishing weekend, and free loaner equipment.

Anyone age 16 or older needs a fishing license to fish in Wisconsin. They are easily obtainable online at dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing, calling (877) WILICEN (877-945-4236) or in person at any DNR service center or license sales agent. Many hardware stores and sporting goods stores also offer licenses. Individuals may choose from a variety of fishing licenses, including a one-day license, an annual license, a husband-wife license, and a senior citizen license.

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Community Briefs 04/29/2012

April 26, 2012 11:34 a.m. |

Do you qualify for Lifeline phone service?

Low-income consumers in Wisconsin may qualify for assistance that will reduce the cost of basic monthly telephone service. Lifeline Affordable Telephone Service provides discounts each month on telephone bills for qualified subscribers. A household is limited to one Lifeline discount, even if the household has more than one telephone account or is receiving services from more than one telephone company and a wireless phone company.

Qualifications for participation vary by state. Consumers might also qualify for Link-Up, which helps with the initial installation costs of getting telephone service.

To learn more about the Lifeline and Link-Up programs, visit the www.lifeline.gov site. Individuals living in a CenturyLink service area should call (800) 366-8201 or visit www.centurylink.com/lifeline to inquire about eligibility.

For more information about CenturyLink Internet Basics, visit www.centurylink.com/internetbasics or call (800) 257-3212.

Spread your wings 04/29/2012

April 26, 2012 11:34 a.m. | The following programs are held at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education, 1500 N. University Drive, unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.waukesha.uwc.edu/ce or call (262) 521-5460.

Writing Poetry

This class meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, April 30-May 14, with instructor Margaret Rozga. New and returning students will enhance their poetry skills with this clublike class. Bring a sample of work to the first class. Fee: $40.

Assisted Review in Math (ARM)

ARM meets from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1-22, or from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, May 2-23, with instructors Kurt Vanderhoef and Adam Figarsky. ARM is an ALEKS-based math workshop meant for college-bound students who need some assistance or have not taken math for a while. This workshop can help students to brush up on much-needed math skills and prepare them to take (or retake) the college math placement test, so they can place more accurately in their first semester and save time and money. ALEKS is an artificially intelligent program that can be accessed online and will create a training path customized to individual math needs. Start with a pretest to determine skill level and take a post-test to see levels of improvement. Fee: $19.95; ALEKS software purchased separately $40. Call Continuing Education for access code and instructions.

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Missing Grandma

April 26, 2012 11:34 a.m. | One of the dishes my mother-in-law, Helena, used to prepare was a spaghetti bake that my youngest daughter, Milena, loved. This next recipe from allrecipes.com is a take on that.

Spaghetti Bake I

Ingredients

12 ounces spaghetti

1 cup chopped onions

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Diving into chemistry

April 26, 2012 11:32 a.m. | Second-year chemistry students at Mukwonago High School dove into the multifaceted issue of water quality as they collected data to share with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The students assisted with costly water monitoring and learned about real science with a hands-on project in area waterways.

As MHS juniors and seniors tugged on waders and stepped into the cold waters of Jericho Creek and the Mukwonago and Fox rivers on April 24, the adage "seeing is believing" became a teaching tool in the submicroscopic world of chemistry.

"One of the most visual ways for students to 'see' chemistry is through the use of technology to collect and analyze data, specifically with portable lab devices and probeware," MHS chemistry teacher Alison Wierzbicki wrote in a grant summary.

The Toyota Tapestry grant through NSTA (National Science Teacher Association) provided Wierzbicki with $1,000 for equipment to use in monitoring the water quality in the Mukwonago River watershed and Fox River, both of which are affected by urban development and invading non-native species.

As students strengthen their data analysis skills, they in turn tutor and collaborate with Eagleville Elementary Charter School students in monitoring Jericho Creek, located next to the elementary school and about two miles downstream from one of the high school monitoring sites.

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Community Thrift store benefits area charities

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Community Thrift has opened at 321 Summit Ave. on Watertown's east side.

The store sells back to the community to benefit local charities. Agencies supported by the store include the Watertown Humane Society, Hands of Hope, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jefferson County Head Start, Adoration Abode and the Family Center.

In addition, the store is equipped with a sponsorship booth that is used every Saturday by a local nonprofit agency. The booth can be used for providing information, hosting a bake sale or other opportunities.

Community Thrift sells both new and used items. The store has a drop off area where employees will unload items from vehicles. Every Saturday features a "Donuts for Donations" special where those donating items from 9 a.m. to noon receive free coffee and doughnuts.

Co-director James Clary worked for Bethesda for about five years, managing thrift stores both as a district director and in corporate management. Co-director Robert Seifert spent five years working in operations at several thrift stores and was co-manager of the Watertown Thrift Store.

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Tamarack Road barn is site for trailgroup's rummage sale

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Palmyra - Consignments and donations will be welcomed at a horse-trail group's May 4-6 rummage sale, one of many during an annual, communitywide event.

The sale, featuring horse-related as well as general household items, launches Southern Kettle Moraine Horse Trail Association's 2012 calendar of events. It will be held at Rae Miller's horse barn, N158 Tamarack Road, Palmyra, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Lunch will be available.

"Items must be clearly marked and dropped off by May 2," Miller said. "Extra tables and volunteers are welcome.

"If you would like to receive a profit from the items sold, you will need to put your initials on the tag. Participants can staff their own sale for a per-table fee of $10 to SKMHTA or consign items for a 30-percent commission to SKMHTA."

Any items that do not sell must be picked up by 4 p.m. May 6 or at a mutually agreed time, Miller said, adding that anything left behind will be put out for giveaway or trash.

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Make a clean sweep in Jefferson Co.

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Jefferson County will conduct a Clean Sweep from 8 to 10:30 a.m. May 19 at the Watertown Street Department, 811 S. First St.

Many appointments are available; call (920) 262-4080 or (920) 262-4081 for an appointment. Household and agricultural hazardous waste accepted include: chemicals, cleaners, pesticides, oils, oil filters, solvents, adhesives and oil paints.

Pharmaceuticals are also accepted, including unused prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, inhalers, vitamins and veterinary/pet medicines. No sharps/needles, radioactive materials, oxygen tanks or medical equipment are accepted. Leave drugs in the original containers, but remove your name and prescription number.

The City of Watertown invites residents and farmers from the Town of Clyman and Village of Clyman to participate. This is a new opportunity for residents to dispose of their hazardous materials and drugs property.

Each vehicle will be charged $10. If you are a VSQG (very small quantity generator) business you must register three weeks before the event so all the paperwork can be processed. Businesses that cannot attend the spring Clean Sweep should call Jefferson County at (920) 674-7430 to make arrangements for disposing of unwanted hazardous waste at the fall events. Fall Clean Sweeps are Sept. 15 at the Fort Atkinson Public Works Department and Oct. 5 at the Whitewater Public Works Complex.

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Eight agriculture career education scholarships awarded

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. |  The Jefferson Agri-Business Club awarded eight $550 scholarships this month to students attending agricultural colleges.

Recipients were Brenna Brandley of Fort Atkinson, Felicia Bohn of Watertown, Taylor Holterman of Watertown, McKala Kiessling, Tyler Kovalaske, Olivia Peter of Lake Mills, Nicolas Schlais and Nolan Wilharm of Fort Atkinson.

Brandly plans to attend NE Iowa Community College to pursue a major in agriculture. Bohn plans to major in animal science and animal genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Hamilton plans to study agriculture communications at UW-Madison. Kiessling plans to enter the preveterinary program at Murray State. Kovalaske plans to become a dairy farmer after going through the UW-Madison short course. Peter expects to major in dairy science at UW-Madison. Schlais plans to continue his studies in preveterinary science. Wilharm will seek a degree in agriculture business from UW-Platteville.

 Agri-Business Club scholarship funds are raised with the cooperation of grant and scholarship recipients in the agribusiness food stands at the Jefferson County Fair, the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and the club's annual cheese sale.

The club offers an opportunity to support youth and their activities in Jefferson County, to promote Wisconsin's agricultural industry, and to network with others in the agricultural community. Monthly meetings are regularly scheduled on the third Tuesday of the month at Fairview in Jefferson. For more information, call the organizations current president, Tim Dettman, at (920) 699-3133.

Deadline for dance registration drawing near

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Many new dance classes will be offered at the Rock Lake Activity Center this spring and summer for both children and adults. Adults may choose from ballroom dance steps such as swing, salsa, rumba, fox trot and more, adult ballet, contemporary and lyrical and adult hip-hop. Children may experience hip-hop, ballet and more. Sessions begin in May and continue in June. For more information or to register, visit www.rocklakeac.org or call (920) 945-0156.

Garden plots are ready to plant. Rent your own plot for the season at the RLAC. Grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers - whatever you want. Just $30 will cover the cost of a plot for the season. Approximate plot size is 0 feet by 15 feet, but some will vary slightly. Plots are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cooking classes with Holly Bergum. Learn to make quick and delicious dishes using locally grown vegetables and fruits. Classes are from 6 to 8 p.m. on the last Friday of each month, June through September. Participants may register for one class or all four. To find out more, visit the RLAC website or call (920) 945-0156.

Bike tuneups: Bring in your bike in during weekday center hours April 23-May 26 and have your bike tuned up for $50 per bike. The tuneup includes truing the wheels, adjusting brakes, cleaning the derailleur, cleaning and lubricating the chain, cleaning the cassette and adjusting the gears.

Preschool art and cartooning for elementary age students. Young Rembrandts returns to RLAC to offer spring art classes for preschool and elementary school-age children. Young Rembrandts teaches children how to draw using a method that all children can succeed with. Students will learn about drawing and art while developing academic, conceptual and critical-thinking skills. Each week and each session offer all new lessons. All classroom supplies are provided, and a qualified, trained instructor leads the children through lessons. Through art instruction, parents can expect improved attention to detail and time on task, improved visual and spatial organizational skills, creative and problem-solving skills, self-confidence, patience and persistence. Preschool classes are available from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Fridays, May 4-25 at $38 per session. The cartooning class for elementary age students meets from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Fridays, May 4-25, at $42 per session. A minimum of 6 students is required. To register, go to www.youngrembrandts.com or call (608) 444-3213.

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On The Move 04/27/12

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Dolores Taylor was Top Sales Production agent for Century 21 Affiliated in February, and Liz Kostroski was Top Sales Production and Most Closed Sale Sides for March. Liz Kostroski and Missy Duvall tied for Top Listing Agent in March.

Brian Hollenbeck and Paula McPherson were named the top agents in January, February and March for the Watertown Shorewest Realtors office. They are both broker associates and certified relocation specialists.

Community Briefs 04/27/12

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. |

Register for Watertown soccer

The Watertown Soccer Club will hold registration from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Brandt Quirk Park for players entering fourth through eighth grades in fall 2012.

In addition to registration there will be a potluck picnic and pickup games for the players. Games will be mixed ages playing together in an informal atmosphere. Bring cleats and shin guards if you want to participate.

Players on current club teams are asked to check with their coaches to see what they are assigned to bring.

Incoming fourth-grade families are invited to register, eat, mingle and enjoy the evening.

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Community Briefs 04/27/12

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. |

Crave Brothers Cheese fares

well in contest

Waterloo - Employees of Crave Brothers Cheese earned several honors at the annual Wisconsin Grilled Cheese Championship.

Arise Sjostrom, marketing manager, took Best of Show for the amateur division with her apple cinnamon roll sandwich. Her winning recipe featured Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics Les Freres combined with cinnamon raisin bread, Vermont maple apple drizzle and topped with powdered sugar and diced red and green apples. She won an American Kitchen by Regal Ware 10-piece triply stainless steel set.

Beth Crave, chef and customer service manager, entered the professional division and took second with her A Walk in the Woods, which included locally harvested and roasted asparagus, sauteed Portabella mushrooms and cave-aged Les Freres cheese on truffle buttered sourdough bread.

Donors and volunteers needed

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Community Briefs 04/27/12

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. |

Marketing opportunities

with Fort schools

 The Fort Atkinson School District will host two continental breakfast meetings to inform business leaders and community members about marketing opportunities with the district.

The meetings are planned for 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. May 3 and 10 at Capn's Steakhouse, 855 Lexington Blvd.

The marketing opportunities are the result of the School Board's approval of a sponsorship policy, similar to what many school districts now have in place.

To learn more about this program before the breakfast meetings, visit www.fortschools.org, click on District on the left side, scroll down to sponsorships and click on sponsorship guide.

Nothem named student commencement speaker

April 26, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Ninety seconds.That's all the time a student has to pitch a business idea in the National Elevator Pitch Competition. Sixty of the finest college entrepreneurs in the country traveled to Dallas in October to make a fast impression at that event.

Justin Nothem, an entrepreneurship major at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, decided to pitch "College Dogs," his innovative hot dog vendor business. He still remembers the adrenaline running through his body as he waited for his turn in the final round.

"I was anxious and practicing my pitch over and over again," he said. "I think a lot of people thought I would choke, but once I started talking, I nailed it."

Nothem's proposal and charm impressed judges and attendees alike. He won second place and captured the People's Choice Award.

On Saturday, May 12, he'll bring that same enthusiasm to UW-Whitewater's spring undergraduate commencement ceremony as he addresses his peers as student speaker.

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Energy subsidies

April 26, 2012 10:32 a.m. |

Worldwide wind power generation exceeded 250 billion kilowatthours in 2009, which is equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of over 22 million average households in the United States. Wind generation increased by about 20% from 2008 to 2009, and has more than tripled since 2004. Despite this growth, the world still generated only 1% of its total electricity from wind power in 2009. Since 2011 the approvals for new wind power farms have leveled off.

The primary reasons that wind power permits have stagnated is two-fold; the cost of electrical power has dropped (lower natural gas cost and less power consumption) and the federal subsidies for wind generation have diminished (energy subsidies have been reduced since the bankruptcies of Solyndra, LSP Energy, SunPower, etc).

Some municipalities are struggling to fund the wind turbines that have already been erected.
The Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) posted a statement on April 19th, stating that the residents of Minnesota paid $70 million more for electricity last year to fund the operations of the wind farms to achieve the ‘Green Energy Mandates’ that were legislated in 2007.

Mark Glaess, MREA executive director, said, “The Renewable Energy Standard (RES) passed by the 2007 Minnesota State Legislature directs electric utilities to ramp up their percentage of renewable energy sales to 25 percent by 2025. Put another way, one of every four kilowatt hours must come from renewable energy by 2025. Unlike many other states, Minnesota does not exempt co-ops and municipal utilities from complying with renewable energy standards. To meet the state’s escalating demands, rural electric co-ops and utilities locked in long-term “take or pay” contracts to purchase power from wind farms.”

When the law was written in 2007, the projected energy use (costs) for 2011was 50% greater than the actual energy costs. The drop in cost is due to the lagging economy and competition from natural gas pushed the price of energy down significantly.

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Your Letters 04/26/12

April 26, 2012 9:18 a.m. |

Letters Policy

We welcome your letters, but keep them short - up to 400 words, or 300 words for election letters.

Each letter must bear a signature; letters from a group must be signed by a representative of that group. For verification purposes, we ask that you also include your complete address and telephone number. We do not run letters with names withheld unless there is a dire reason. Although we try to publish as many letters as we can, we reserve the right to edit or reject any correspondence for legal or other reasons. Letter writers will be limited as to the number of letters we will print in a period of time.

Letters can be sent to 810 Cardinal Lane, Suite 210, Hartland, WI 53029; faxed to (262) 367-1136; or e-mailed to lakenews@jcpgroup.com.

To keep this as a forum for ideas, we also discourage letters thanking a long list of people or sponsors; please, limit them to about a half-dozen. And, in the interest of fairness, in the issue before a local election we will not publish letters about candidates.

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Mukwonago man injured in motorcycle accident Wednesday

April 26, 2012 8:29 a.m. |  A 41 year old Mukwonago man was taken to Froedtert Hospital via Flight for Life yesterday after crashing his motorcycling on Green Lane in the Town of Waukesha yesterday. 

The man sustained head and internal injuries. He was found unconscious next to his motorcycle in the tree line approximately 30 feet off of the road. The man was not wearing a helmet at the time. 

The initial investigation indicates the motorcycle was traveling eastbound on Green Lane and lost control in a curve south of Sunset Drive. The motorcycle went down on the roadway, slid across the westbound lane, and came to rest in the tree line. The wet road surface appears to be a factor in the crash.

The incident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

Witte named new AHS girls cage coach

April 25, 2012 3:17 p.m. |  Rick  Witte, the top varsity assistant under former coach Heidi Hamilton for the last three seasons at Arrowhead, hasbeen named the new AHS head girls basketball coach. Athletic director Kevin Flegner made the announcement Wednesday.

Witte, 28, the Dean of Students and a math teacher at Arrowhead, will take over his head coaching duties immediately. He met with his team Wednesday afternoon to tell them of the school's decision.

Hamilton resigned as the head coach three weeks ago to spend more time with her family.

Witte is the fifth person to coach the varsity girls team at Arrowhead and sixth head coach overall. Hamilton coached the Warhawks two different times. Other AHS coaches have been Jean Neuser, Pete von Allmen and Ron Reichle.

Alice Baker Library in Eagle holds community focus groups about expanding

April 25, 2012 1:35 p.m. |  The Alice Baker Memorial Library will hold a series of community focus groups tomorrow to gain insight into what works well, what could be better, and what other collections or programs the community would like to see in the library. Sessions will be held approximately every two hours between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the library, 820 East Main St. in Eagle. 

Everyone is invited to attend the meetings. Individual focus group meetings will be scheduled throughout the day to make it easy for everyone to participate in one session. 

Police Blotter 04/26/2012

April 25, 2012 1:20 p.m. |

City of Oconomowoc

Possession of heroin

Police are seeking charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia against a 25-year-old Oconomowoc man after an incident that took place on April 14.

According to the police report, officers out on patrol were doing a park check at Oerding Park, 500 N. Lapham St., and saw a man standing outside a vehicle and appeared to be rummaging near the center console of the vehicle.

Officers made contact with the man and a check revealed he had outstanding warrants and was taken into custody. The man was sweating and seemed nervous.

Police noticed a razor blade in the front driver's side door. Police noted it was obvious that it had been dropped or placed there recently. Police conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle.

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Don't jump to judge

April 25, 2012 1:20 p.m. | During the past few weeks there have been two fatal shootings, one just east of Dodge County and another in Florida. Though both have attracted significant media coverage, the Florida shooting of a young man seems to have created more of a stir, to include a group placing a high dollar bounty on the shooter's head. Politicians are claiming racism, anti-gun rights activists are crying for more gun control, and some talking heads on TV and radio have already served as judge and jury, convicting the shooter long before any investigation is complete. This is dangerous and hinders an official investigation.

As Sheriff, I have fielded numerous questions since these events occurred, most soliciting my thoughts as to whether each shooting was a "good shoot" or a "bad shoot." My response has remained a constant, "I do not have enough information, I was not there, did not witness the event so, therefore, I don't know." What I do know and can articulate is what I feel the circumstances would need to be, what facts must be present, to determine whether either shooting is self-defense or a criminal act.

People need to wait and see the results of the investigation before we socially condemn a shooter or make the event a racially motivated act when there may not be any truth to that whatsoever. My hope is that nothing like this occurs in Dodge County. However, if it should, I would ask each and every person to allow the system and the investigators the time, space, and support needed to recreate the event, complete a thorough investigation, and examine the evidence to determine the facts.

How would such a case be handled in Dodge County? Should the initial responders to the shooting call feel there was a criminal act; the person would be placed under arrest immediately. If the facts are very clear and it may be a self-defense event, we will collect evidence which will include the weapon, clothing of shooter and victim, blood test from shooter and written statements. Should the facts conflict with the story as told by the shooter an arrest may be made. If the evidence mirrors the story as told, the investigation will continue, to include an autopsy and if the evidence matches the facts as presented, the next step will be to consult with the district attorney's office for review.

This process could take days, even weeks. What will confuse many and shed negatively upon our efforts is the armchair quarterbacks who where not witnesses but feel they must interject their suspicion without knowing the facts. Shooting another human being is traumatic, even to those in law enforcement and the military. Regular citizens who take a life in what they perceive as an act of self-defense situation are not exempt. They suffer as well; they just took another person's life. We, the public and law enforcement, owe it to both the shooter and the victim to complete a thorough and unbiased investigation before we render judgment.

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Ixonia woman to go to trial in drug death

April 25, 2012 1:20 p.m. | Waukesha - A 20-year-old Ixonia woman was bound over for trial last week in connection with the drug overdose death of a Hartland man last summer.

Kandice W. Essmann appeared at a preliminary hearing April 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, and a court commissioner found probable cause that a felony had been committed. Essmann is charged with first-degree reckless homicide and manufacture/deliver heroin, both felonies. Essmann entered a not-guilty plea.

According to the criminal complaint, Essmann is accused of purchasing heroin and selling it to Dustin L. Williams, 24, of Hartland on July 23, 2011. Williams was found not breathing at his residence later that day. Williams was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police learned Essmann had been with Williams that day, and Essmann told police that when she left the residence Williams was "passing out" and "nodding out," the complaint said. Essmann admitted she and Williams had used heroin that day.

Essmann said she and Williams purchased $50 worth of heroin and went back to his residence and injected the drug and then took Xanax and oxycodone pills. Essmann said she bought the heroin, and Williams paid her $50 for it, the complaint said. She also said she gave Williams a Xanax pill and two oxycodone pills, the complaint said.

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Your letters 04/26/2012

April 25, 2012 1:04 p.m. |

A call for resignation

To the editor,

It's all about the money. Lisa Arenas-Hedrick signed the Walker Recall petition for the same reason others did. Signers like Arenas-Hedrick believe it's the duty of Wisconsin private sector workers to pay much higher taxes so that teachers can pay little to nothing for their retirement and health care benefits. This arrangement has been unfair in Wisconsin for far too long. Arenas, who apparently hid her identity on the petition, is an employee of a public school system who says it was the governor who lied about the education budget. But being a teacher, Arenas has a vested interest in having the rest of us pay more in taxes for her own gain. None of our tax dollars should be used to fund this grotesquely expensive recall and for her part in causing the absolutely unnecessary additional tax bill Arenas-Hedrick should resign immediately.

Rich Jefferson

Oconomowoc

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Walk for Water this Saturday in Mukwonago

April 25, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School National Honor Society is holding a "Walk for Water" on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the MHS track to raise money to build a well in Uganda. The participation fee is $10, with all proceeds going toward the well.

Money is being raised through The Water Project and participants will be walking two miles to experience the distance that some people have to travel just to get water.

For more information regarding the walk, contact  mukwonagowalkforwater@yahoo.com

Jumping into the NFL Draft night chaos

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | For fans of the National Football League, Thursday night will be New Year's Eve. Personally, I think that's a little overboard. But I'm the same guy that thinks the Hartland Street Dance, the Pewaukee Beach Party and the Taste of Lake Country are the three best nights of the year.

So, what's going on Thursday night that has the entire NFL family and its millions of fans in a tizzy? I'll give you a hint. Have you ever heard of Mel Kiper Jr.?

It's the first night of the NFL draft. Every so-called guru, from Kiper to Todd McShay to Peter King, make their mock drafts and try to pick the minds of general managers all over the league and figure out which college player is going to which NFL team. Other than the first few choices, no matter how much you're in the know, it's just luck if you get more than seven or eight choices correct.

ESPN, the gospel for all NFL fans, will certainly be covering each and every pick, predicting who is going to get selected before it happens and then analyzing the pick with utmost scrutiny after the choice is made. There's a good chance that more people will watch the first night of the NFL draft than they will the Presidential Election come November.

I've polished my crystal ball, gazed into the stars Monday night, enjoyed a couple of delicious manhattans and I'm ready to roll. Remember, I've got a total of 30 minutes, at the most, into my pre-draft homework.

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Witte new AHS girls cage coach

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Arrowhead High School didn't have to look too far or too long to find its new varsity girls basketball coach. In fact, all they did was look down the bench.

Arrowhead named three-year varsity assistant coach Rick Witte as its new girls coach. AHS athletic director Kevin Flegner told the Lake Country Reporter about the school's decision Wednesday.

Witte replaces former coach Heidi Hamilton, who resigned three weeks ago to spend more time with her family. Hamilton has a son in seventh grade and a daughter in fourth grade.

Witte becomes the fifth different coach to lead the AHS girls program. Jean Neuser was the first coach, and he was followed by Pete von Allmen, Hamilton, Ron Reichle, and Hamilton a second time.

Witte is currently the Dean of Students at Arrowhead and also teaches mathematics.

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KM girls move to 4-0

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | On paper, the Kettle Moraine softball team might not look that impressive, but all the Lasers do is win and win and win.

The Lasers hosted talented Mukwonago on Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game and knocked off the Indians, 6-4.

The victory improved KM to a sharp 4-0 record, all league wins. KM will return to action Thursday when they play at Milwaukee Pius.

"We played one of our best games of the season tonight," said KM coach Scott Graf. "Mukwonago came into the game with a 3-1 league record, and we're playing very well. But we got a great pitching effort from Ashley Ausprung and our defense made all the key plays in the field. Plus, we're pretty good hitters. We did everything right today. It was a solid win for us."

Mukwonago scored three runs on four hits in the first inning but managed just four more hits and one run the rest of the way.

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Lasers in front again

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | It's been an impressive run for the Kettle Moraine Lasers varsity girls soccer team. The Lasers had to work a little harder Tuesday at Waukesha South but kept their record unscathed with a 3-2 overtime victory against the Blackshirts.

Freshman forward Olivia Hively had the game-winning goal in the 89th minute on an assist from freshman midfield Chase Rehm.

Another freshman, forward Julia Zach, scored the first two goals of the night for the Lasers (5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Classic 8 Conference).

Sophomore defender Lauren Hotchkiss had the assist on Zach's first goal on the night. Sophomore defender Krista Szolyga had the other assist on Zach's second goal.

"We didn't play well early, especially in the first half," KM coach Will Loepfe said. "In the second half, we played the way we are capable of and it was great to see. We can't wait. We need to play right from the start."

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Martell's goal lifts AHS in OT

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | The Arrowhead Red lacrosse team won a battle of undefeated teams last Tuesday, April 17, when Rachel Martell's overtime game-winner lifted the Warhawks lacrosse team past Kettle Moraine at Greg Vock Field, 13-12.

Quinn Sousa tied the game with seconds remaining in regulation for the Lasers, and Autumn Smith scored one of her four goals with less than two minutes to play, pulling her team within a score. The teams traded OT goals before Martell raced past the Lasers defense and planted the game-winner.

Kristen Layo added three goals for the Lasers. Olivia Haines recorded 13 saves.

Arrowhead downs Mukwonago netters

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys tennis team defeated Mukwonago Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet, 5-2.

Winning matches for the Warhawks were Peter Kopanon, Tommy Schubert and Seth Connelly in singles and Alex Hirsch and Jordan Fritz and Ryan Raut and Chad Menster in doubles.

KM falls to West

Chayce Roecker and Jake Angst/Matt Dallman both recorded victories at the No. 1 flights - the latter in three sets - but the Lasers fell Tuesday in a Classic 8 Conference battle to Waukesha West.

"This is as strong a team for Waukesha West as I've seen, and I felt we played them tough," coach Brett Roecker said. "For only being a freshman, I felt my number one singles player, Chayce Roecker, really played a smart match, controlling the points and getting a great win over an experienced player in Chris Guzman. My No. 1 doubles team played very well, especially in a comeback in the first set after being down 2-5 to win it 7-5, and then in a great third set where they really controlled the net."

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PHS's Sweeney takes medalist honors at Woodland meet

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys golf team played in a Woodland Conference West Division mini meet on Tuesday at New Berlin Hills and tied for first place with Greendale with 174 strokes.

Greendale won a scorecard tiebreaker and ended up in first place, dropping the Pirates to second.

Other team scores were New Berlin Eisenhower with 180, Greenfield 182, New Berlin West 187 and Whitnall 190.

Corey Sweeney of the Pirates took medalist honors with a round of 36. He had two birdies and two bogeys.

Andrew Knoll of New Berlin West was second with 37, and Matt Tomczyk of Greendale took third at 40.

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Arrowhead's Dailey hurls perfect game

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Arrowhead senior pitcher Rebecca Dailey pitched a six-inning perfect game against host Waukesha South on Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game. AHS won the game, 13-0. The loss kept the Blackshirts winless on the season.

AHS improved to 3-1 overall and 3-1 in league play. After Tuesday's action, Kettle Moraine leads the league with a 4-0 record. Arrowhead will play at Waukesha West on Thursday.

Dailey, who tossed a no-hitter last year in the opening round of the WIAA regional, struck out five batters and did not walk a hitter.

Arrowhead scored two runs in the first, one in the third, three in the fifth and seven in the sixth.

"We played a nice game," Arrowhead coach Emily Martin said. "Becs pitched a very solid game and we made all the plays behind her. We hit the ball very well. I thought Kelsey Wasilczuk played a great game for us. She makes all the plays in the field and is a very good hitter. I think she's the brains behind it all for us. This was her first game hitting sixth and she delivered."

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Sonderman earns medalist

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | The varsity golf teams from St. John's Northwestern Military Academy and University Lake School hosted the Lancer/Laker Invitational last Saturday at the Rolling Hills golf course in Oconomowoc, and University School of Milwaukee won the championship with 345 strokes.

Milwaukee Marquette was second with 350. Other team scores were Watertown Luther Prep at 355, Lake Country Lutheran 362, Heritage Christian 369, St. John's Northwestern 373, University Lake School 472 and Trinity Academy 498.

Medalist for the day was Aaron Sonderman of Lake Country Lutheran with a round of 6-over-par 77. Sonderman shot 40 on the front and 37 on the back.

Second place went to Greg Booth of USM with 80.

Other scores for Lake Country Lutheran were MacKenzie Allen with 89, Kyle Herdt 93, Jake Hansen 103 and Garrett Hopkins 108.

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Ross medals for AHS

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | The varsity boys golf teams from Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine stand in first and second place, respectively, in the Classic 8 Conference after the second maxi-meet of the season Monday and Tuesday.

Competing at Merrill Hills on Monday and Edgewood Golf Course on Tuesday, Arrowhead shot 304 to win, and Kettle Moraine fired a 312 for second place.

AHS senior Matt Ross was medalist for the 18 holes with a score of 72. Kettle Moraine's Ross Baker was second with 74. Other Arrowhead scores were Matt McIntosh with 76, John Langhoff 77, Connor Thiel 79 and Paul Lyons 81.

Other KM scores were Ryan Franklin with 79, Dylan Patscot 77, Nick Cieslak 85 and Michael Chase 88.

Charity golf meet coming Saturday at Erin Hills

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | There will be nothing but winners at Erin Hills golf course this Saturday. That's when the sixth annual Lake Country Charity Invite will take place, as a field of 36 high school boys golf teams will battle for the prestigious championship. Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer will also have a very profitable day.

Hosted by former Arrowhead varsity golf coach Tom Tallmadge and the AHS golf team, this year's event hopes to raise funds for the MACC Fund in their never-ending battle to eradicate childhood cancer and related youth blood disorders.

The last five LCC tournaments have raised $192,000 for the MACC Fund.

"This is a special event for a couple of reasons," said second-year Arrowhead coach Greg Budzien. "It's a big day for all the kids who get to play at one of the most prestigious and best golf courses in the United States, and it's a challenge to all of them to raise as much money as they can for the MACC Fund. In the end, the real winners are all of the children who will benefit from the money raised. It's just a wonderful day for everyone involved. Our former coach, Tom Tallmadge, is the driving force behind it all."

Northwestern Mutual has stepped up to be the anchor sponsor this year. That organization got the ball rolling for this year's meet by donating $5,000 to the Lake Country Charity Invite.

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PHS shakes off slow start

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls soccer team got off to a rocky start on Tuesday but kicked things into high motion after a little halftime briefing.

The Pirates defeated Saint Thomas More, 5-1, in a Woodland Conference match on Tuesday at home.

Five different players scored, including sophomore forward Kelly Landry, sophomore midfielder Jordan Blaser, sophomore midfielder Nicole Blaser, sophomore forward Jennifer Gohlke and junior midfielder Lyndsay Schaffner.

"Things just weren't working out in the first half, but overall I thought our team was patient, letting things develop in the second half when we played much better," Pewaukee head coach Rick Kocchi said.

Sophomore defender Emma Jansen had one of her better performances of the season as the team's primary central defender.

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Lightning softball team 3-3

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | The Lake Country Lutheran varsity girls softball team defeated Heritage Christian on April 17, 9-4. Against Almond-Bancroft, the Lightning fell in six innings on April 21, 10-0. Against Brookwood, Lake Country Lutheran was defeated, 11-4. The Lightning stopped Living Word Lutheran on April 24, 11-7.

Emily Howe has been the workhorse in the circle for Lake Country Lutheran this spring. She got the victory against Heritage Christian and Living Word Lutheran.

Gabrielle Simons had three hits against Brookwood. Autumn Ellenbecker knocked in a pair of runs and had two hits against Living Word Lutheran.

Hannah Kruk continued to play well defensively in the outfield.

Overall, the Lightning are 3-3 this season under head coach Andi Kornowski.

Hawks play CMH soccer to tie

April 25, 2012 11:34 a.m. | It's been a decade since the Arrowhead girls soccer team knocked off the mighty Catholic Memorial girls soccer team. The last win came in 2002, though AHS was able to tie CMH a few years later. The same held true Tuesday, with the Warhawks and Crusaders tying at 0-0.

Arrowhead varsity girls soccer coach Scott Asher spoke candidly about his team's offensive advances but praised the defense up and down for denying the Crusaders (9-2-1 overall, 1-0-1 in the Classic 8 Conference) for 100 minutes.

"We only had a couple chances and seriously nothing to write home about," Asher said. "But on defense we were outstanding all night long against a very good team."

Junior Maddie Dallman, senior Leah Anderson and sophomore Nicole Hedrich spearheaded the defensive movements for AHS.

"Those three were simply outstanding," Asher said. "They deserve a lot of credit. The entire team does forgetting the shutout."

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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.

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