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Memorial services remember fallen veterans

May 30, 2011 3:19 p.m. |

Members of the Dousman American Legion Post 405 (top photo) stand behind a white table memorializing those who have served and have not returned during a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at Cory Park

Members of the United States Submarine Veterans march down Highway 83 in the Mukwonago Memorial Day procession.

Area Memorial Day ceremonies honored fallen service men and women in Wisconsin.

WIAA softball pairings set

May 29, 2011 5:53 p.m. | The WIAA Division 1 softball regionals will begin statewide Tuesday and four Lake Country area teams will be playing that day.

Arrowhead will host Milwaukee Hamilton, Waukesha North will host Kettle Moraine and Sussex Hamilton will play at Oconomowoc on Tuesday. All three of those games will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday's winners will play in the regional finals on Thursday. Should Oconomowoc and Arrowhead win, they would play on Thursday at Arrowhead at 4:30 p.m.

Bulldogs take over LOL West lead

May 29, 2011 5:49 p.m. | Thanks to a pair of victories on Saturday and Sunday, the Brookfield Bulldogs are in sole possession of first place in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league with a 5-0 record. Defending champion West Bend is second at 5-1 and Pewaukee is third at 4-1.

Games on Saturday saw the Bulldogs defeat Sussex 5-2, Lannon stop Monches 5-3, Pewaukee outlast the Brookfield Blue Sox 12-10 and West Bend down Oconomowoc 10-3.

On Sunday , Pewaukee was rained out at the Bulldogs. Other action saw West Bend defeat the Blue Sox 9-6, Oconomowoc upset Sussex 5-4, Lannon rally past Merton 12-11, Menomonee Falls defeat North Lake 5-2 in 10 innings and Monches hammer Hartland 14-0 in five innings.

If it's Memorial Day, there must be a ski show

May 27, 2011 2:07 p.m. | The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club will kick off the summer with a show at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 30, at the Pewaukee lakefront.

The club's regular season also begins next week, with shows typically slated for 6:45 p.m. Thursdays all summer long. The show schedule is subject to change. For more information, visit www.plwsc.org.

Homestead track sectional photo gallery now online

May 27, 2011 6:55 a.m. | We've just published Peter Zuzga's photo gallery featuring action from the WIAA Division 1 track and field sectional at Homestead.

Arrowhead posted victories in the boys and girls competitions, which also featured athletes from Germantown, Homestead, Oconomowoc, Menomonee Falls and Whitefish Bay.

The state meet is Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, in La Crosse.

Go to photo gallery.

Trial for Siepmann murder still uncertain

May 26, 2011 11:51 a.m. | Whether the grandson of Real Estate mogul Ron Siepmann, Richard Wilson, is competent to stand trial for killing his grandfather with an ax May 8 remains unknown.
During a brief court hearing May 26, Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court, a psychologist’s report to determine whether Wilson is competent to stand trial on a first-degree homicide charge was sent by a court commissioner to Judge William Domina’s court. Domina will hear the case Thursday.

Wilson is accused of bludgeoning his grandfather with an ax May 8. Siepmann, 78, is the founder of Siepmann Realty in the City of Pewaukee.

More on this story in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter.

Sailboat owner sought

May 26, 2011 11:44 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The Police Department is seeking the owner of a sailboat that no one has claimed in nearly three years.
An AMF sailboat washed up on shore in the 500 block of Kopmeier Drive in August 2008, but no one has inquired with the department about a missing boat. The boat has markings on it, and anyone seeking to claim the boat must be able to identify the markings.
If no one claims the boat it will be auctioned off. To inquire about the boat, call the Police Department at (262) 691-5678.
 

North Lake School District discusses new teacher contract

May 26, 2011 11:29 a.m. |

The North Lake School Board met in closed session on Wednesday evening to discuss the language of a potential contract extension for its teachers, but the school district’s superintendent, Pete Hirt, said no action was imminent.

"We’ve been working on some language issues for our contract, for a potential contract," he said in a phone message. "We are not ready to offer a contract or to put a tentative agreement together. We’re not at that point yet."

The school district posted another special school board meeting agenda for 6:45 a.m. on Friday morning. Hirt said the board would continue negotiations in closed session before returning to open session.

As part of the closed discussion, the school board will also address personnel issues, after which, Hirt said, the district would issue layoffs to some staff members.

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Competency hearing on killer of Real Estate mogul postponed

May 26, 2011 11:24 a.m. |

Waukesha – A hearing on whether Richard Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, is competent to stand trial for killing his grandfather, Ron Siepmann on May 8, was postponed to June 2.

During a brief hearing this morning in Waukesha County Circuit Court, a psychologist’s report to determine whether Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, is competent to stand trial on a first-degree homicide charge was sent by a court commissioner to Judge William Domina’s court. Wilson is accused of bludgeoning his grandfather with an ax.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel would not comment on the contents of the report and no details were released during the hearing.

Wilson is accused of killing his grandfather with an ax. After his mother, Martha Wilson, found her father dead in a shed on the Siepmann’s Town of Merton property, Richard Wilson was asked by a relative what happened and he replied, "I stopped the spell after 127 years," the criminal complaint said.

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No insurance changes yet for AHS teachers, support staff

May 26, 2011 10:56 a.m. |

In a Thursday morning Arrowhead School Board meeting, Superintendent Craig Jefson explained the school district’s budget outlook for the 2011-12 school year as well as a proposal to change insurance carriers for teachers and support staff to a less costly alternative for the school district.

The school board met to vote on the proposed insurance changes, but the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the Arrowhead United Teachers Organization (AUTO) decided not to ratify any changes to their health insurance packages in time for the special school board meeting.

"The support staff (AFSCME) took it back and voted it down, but they still want to talk to us. AUTO wanted to continue talking. They said they didn’t want to say no to this," Jefson explained to a reporter after the meeting.

The superintendent said AUTO remained open to making changes to both its health insurance coverage and modifications to its Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) contributions.

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Golf outing to benefit good cause

May 26, 2011 10:41 a.m. | The Anxiety Disorders Foundation is planning its second annual golf invitational at Rolling Hills Country Club, W389 N6996 Pennsylvania Street, on Friday, June 3.    

The event beings at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch, followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. At 5:30 p.m., participants will enjoy dinner, cocktails and an auction.

The format will be a four person team, two best ball event with handicap to raise money for ADF treatment scholarships. Cost is $150 per person, or $35 for dinner only.

ADF raises money to make treatment for anxiety disorders (such as OCD, PTSD, Panic Disorder, General Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder) available to people who could not otherwise afford it. In 2010, ADF provided treatment to 40 individuals and donated 1,100 hours in pro bono treatment. For more information, visit the ADF website at www.anxietydisordersfoundation.org.

  

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Save the date for “Cinderella” in Mukwonago

May 26, 2011 10:10 a.m. | Before making summer vacation plans consider this opportunity for children in the Mukwonago area. The Mukwonago Optimist Club is again sponsoring a drama camp in July, 2011 for the children of the Mukwonago area. Children will be working with two directors from Prairie Fire Theater Group from Barrett, Minn. for the week of July 25 through the 30. Then on Friday evening, July 29  and Saturday afternoon, July 30, participants will be participating in a musical performance of “Cinderella.”

If interested in this activity, watch the Mukwonago Chief and look for flyers at the schools or go to the website mukwonagooptimist.org for more details. 

For questions contact Edie at  ediesimons@yahoo.com  

GE sues City of Pewaukee over taxes

May 25, 2011 2:28 p.m. |

Waukesha – General Electric is suing the City of Pewaukee claiming the city has over assessed one of its properties on Watertown Road by almost $10 million and is seeking a refund of nearly $140,000. If successful, the city could see a total reduction of taxes from the corporation of more than $300,000 as property taxes on another property it owns have already been reduced.

GE Co. filed the suit Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court and is asking the city for a refund of $138,000 for excessive taxes on its property at N16 W22420 Watertown Road. In the lawsuit, the city set the 2010 assessment for the condominium property at about $15.3 million which represents a 79 percent increase over the 2009 assessment that had been set at about $8.5 million. GE paid tax of $218,817, the suit said.

GE alleges the property should have been assessed not higher that $5,649,375 and its taxes should not have been higher than $80,321.

Last year, GE successfully sought to have the classification of its property across the street, GE Healthcare Institute’s facility, N16 W22419 Watertown Road, changed by the state Department of Revenue from commercial to manufacturing, which significantly reduced the property’s value and cut its taxes by 46 percent.

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I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 25, 2011 1:55 p.m. | Tonight's closures in Waukesha County include:

Single lane closure northbound and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 from  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parking lane closure westbound Bluemound Road at Elm Grove Road 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Full closure Highway 164/Highway J entrance ramp to I-94 westbound 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

For more information visit www.repave94.org

New Waukesha County Board map advances

May 25, 2011 12:16 p.m. | Waukesha - Despite a few dissenters, the Waukesha County Board has approved a tentative map realigning the 25 county supervisor districts that will come into play in next April's election.

The plan - which now goes to municipal governments for drawing local ward boundaries in the next 60 days - was approved Tuesday 18-3.

Voting no were Supervisors Dave Falstad of Oconomowoc Lake and Michael Inda of Summit, two of three incumbents who would have to face off in the same district if they seek re-election. The third, Ted Rolfs of Chenequa, was absent. Also voting no was Thomas Schellinger of Brookfield, whose current Brookfield-Elm Grove district would be redrawn to eliminate Elm Grove and incorporate a portion of New Berlin.

Under the plan, available at www.waukeshacounty.gov, nine incumbents would face competition from each other in four districts if all seek re-election. Five of the 25 districts would have no incumbent living inside their boundaries. Sixteen districts each have one resident incumbent.

The County Board will take final action on the new apportionment plan, redrawn as a result of shifting population since the prior Census 10 years ago, in August or September. In December, candidates for County Board declare their intention to run based on the new districts.

Grilling to Give postponed

May 25, 2011 11:52 a.m. | Grilling 2 Give, the annual fundraiser  at Oconomowoc High School hosted by the school's Advanced Marketing class and DECA club has been postponed from its planned date of May 26 to May 31. The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will feature student musicians and activities for  children.

The outdoor barbecue  is open to the public, and for a charge of  $6 participants have a  choice of burger, brat or veggie burger, chips and a soda. Proceeds from the event will be used to held a district family in need, as well as for the school's year-long Cambodia Challenge, which goes to supporting a school in Cambodia.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 24, 2011 4:00 p.m. | The Highway F entrance ramp to I-94 westbound will be fully closed this evening from 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for construction.

Lake Country School District extends teachers contracts

May 24, 2011 3:58 p.m. | The Lake Country School Board reached an agreement this morning with the Arrowhead United Teachers Organization (AUTO) to extend its teacher’s contract for one year.


The current contract expires at the end of June, but the two sides renegotiated many aspects of the current agreement that will ultimately eliminate the school district’s $327,000 structural deficit for next year. In addition, it ensures that 5.5 of the 6.5 teaching positions slated for layoffs will be called back.


The new agreement also includes a health insurance change. The teachers will retain WEA Trust as their insurance provider, but they will move to a different policy that includes a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA). Currently, single teachers pay a $100 yearly deductible, while family deductibles were $200. Under the new contract, the respective yearly deductibles are $250 and $500, according to Lake Country Superintendent Mark Lichte.


The administrator anticipated a savings of $175,000 from the health insurance changes. Currently, teachers pay approximately $250 per year for their health insurance in the district. Next year, they will pay approximately $1000.


According to school board president Andrea Shrednick, the teachers will receive a pay increase based on the consumer price index rather than a structured raise.
District taxpayers can expect the total tax levy to drop by approximately $272,000, Lichte said, although he cautioned that the levy drop depended on what happens at the state level with Governor Walker’s stalled budget bills.

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After Hartland teachers agree, union blocks insurance switch

May 24, 2011 3:44 p.m. | Hartland - Teachers in the Hartland-Lakeside School District have agreed to switch health insurance providers to save the district $690,000, but the executive committee of a union that represents teachers at Arrowhead High feeder schools is blocking the change, officials say.

Faced with a $1.2 million reduction in state aid for the 2011-'12 school year, the School Board has been looking at ways to reduce costs and avoid program cuts and increases in class sizes, Superintendent Glenn W. Schilling said Tuesday.

The board determined it could achieve some saving by switching teachers' health insurance from WEA Trust, the nonprofit company started 40 years ago by the state's largest teachers union, to another provider when the contract expires June 30.

In the end, the board and teachers - after a series of joint meetings to study the issue - agreed to go with United Healthcare.

Teachers overwhelmingly supported the change, said Schilling and Ginny Henningsen, the former School Board president who has been serving as a liaison in negotiations with teachers since leaving the board in April.

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You might want to fill your tank today

May 24, 2011 2:04 p.m. | Gas prices are expected to rise sharply in the next 48 hours, according to a news release from GasBuddy.com.

"I expect stations to increase prices to $3.89-$4.15 by weekend with a majority of stations starting to raise prices as early as tomorrow morning," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

DeHaan tweeted that a price hike was likely in the Great Lakes area after ExxonMobil's Joliet, Ill., refinery was heard to have had yet another unexpected problem while restarting its facility, boosting concern about supply as the summer driving season is just days away.

Mukwonago fourth graders ready to defend cream puff as state dessert

May 24, 2011 1:30 p.m. | Clarendon Avenue Elementary School fourth grade teacher Janine Coley and six students will head to the Wisconsin Senate Committee on Education public hearing on Senate Bill 100 to defend their proposal of designating the cream puff as the Wisconsin state dessert tomorrow in Madison.

Ranch celebrates, one year after tornado

May 24, 2011 10:45 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine Ranch, W379 S9674 Highway S, Eagle was hit hard when the tornado struck last June. Despite loosing lost 25 acres of pasture, trees and a donkey named Gus who was struck by a tree, the ranch is now back. To celebrate, the ranch will hold its first Music Fest this Memorial Day weekend.
Festivities will run from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 27, and noon to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29.
Friday activities
5 to 7 p.m. wagon rides, panning for gold, vendors and music
8 p.m. to midnight Southern Impact Band in the BuckHorn Saloon
Saturday activities
Noon to 6 p.m. open truck show and swap meet
1 p.m. bike blessing by the Rev. Carol Boyden of Little Prairie United Methodist Church and David Bratlie of River Wood Church of Burlington
2 p.m. Catch the Chicken Race
4 to 6 p.m. Motor Cycle Rodeo with a variety of competitions, including a wiener bite, barrel push, potato pick and set, water balloon toss, slow ride race, spud hunt and pole in the hole.
2 to 6 p.m. Brothers of the Road, featuring Keith and Tony from Lukyn Skywyrd in the JackAss Saloon
2 to 6 p.m. Soul Shaker Band in the BuckHorn Saloon
8 p.m. to midnight The Blood Stones Band in the BuckHorn Saloon
Sunday activities
8 a.m. Poker Run registration
10 a.m. Poker Run begins; stops include C&J’s Crossroads in Elkhorn, the Log Cabin in Burlington, The Bunker in Waterford and It Ain’t Heaven in Mukwonago
4 to 6 p.m. Tallen T-man in the BuckHorn Saloon
8 p.m. to midnight Long Crawl Home Band
Available food will include chicken sandwiches, burgers, hotdogs, brats, nachos and more. Two bars will sell ice-cold drinks.
All ages are welcome. Parking and admittance is free. Horse riding trails will be closed during the event.
Kettle Moraine Ranch is a recreated western town and offers horse trail rides, hayrides, a place to have company parties and even weddings. The ranch has been owned by the Gagliano family since 1967.
For more information or to register, call (262) 594-2122 or email info@kettlemoraineranch.com.
 

No recusal in Waukesha judge's disorderly conduct case

May 24, 2011 10:30 a.m. | The Racine County judge set to preside over the case charging a Waukesha County judge with disorderly conduct has no plans to recuse himself, the Racine Journal Times reports.

Waukesha Circuit Court Judge Linda Van De Water ran into the legal problem last month after a domestic incident in a Caledonia neighborhood in January.

Her attorney has indicated he may ask the Racine County District Attorney's office to be replaced with a special prosecutor, according to the Journal Times. A hearing is set for July 11 before Circuit Judge Gerald Ptacek.

Mukwonago collecting suggestions for new logo

May 23, 2011 3:26 p.m. | Mukwonago Area School District is inviting people to submit one or more ideas for a nickname and/or logo between May 23 and July 25. People are asked to access the appropriate form on the district’s website between  at http://www.masd.k12.wi.us/mhsnewlogo.cfm#d179158

The school board directed district administration to start gathering suggestions for a new logo while the district awaits the Waukesha County Circuit Court decision on a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the mascot law.

Read the complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

Collection brings in 4,596 pounds of unused meds in Waukesha County

May 23, 2011 2:30 p.m. | Waukesha - In Waukesha County's recent drug collection effort throughout the county, nearly two pounds of unused or outdated medication was dropped off for every vehicle that showed up.

In all, 4,596 pounds of medications - most of it non-prescription items - were dropped off at a half dozen collection sites. A total of 292 pounds of prescription drugs, 154 pounds of inhalants and mercury thermometers, and 4,150 pounds of non-controlled substances were dropped off by about 2,300 vehicles.

The May 14 collection was sponsored by the Waukesha County Drug Free Communities Coalition. The aim of the program is to reduce prescription abuse, accidental poisonings and prevent pollution of waterways from drugs flushed down drains.

Since 2009 when the program began, three collections have been held and nearly six tons of medication has been collected for disposal.

Authorities identify man struck, killed by train

May 23, 2011 1:44 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago - The man killed after being struck by a train on Wednesday has been identified as Dennis K. Graham, 52, of Milwaukee.

Graham was lying between the tracks when he was hit by the freight train about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday about one-quarter mile north of Highway NN, Town of Mukwonago police said in a news release issued Monday.

The train conductor and engineer saw Graham on the tracks but could not stop the train in time to avoid striking him, police said.

The train was traveling 35 mph and the train horn was sounded and brakes applied when the man was spotted, police said.

The train consisted of two engines and 56 cars, 23 of which were loaded, police said.

No phone service to Hamilton High School

May 23, 2011 1:04 p.m. | Last evening's storms have disrupted phone service to parts of the Hamilton School District.

Calling Hamilton High School, Templeton Middle School, or the school district offices results in a busy signal, and a message on the school district's website said that service providers were working to remedy the problem.

In the meantime, parents that need to contact the schools or district offices should visit the district website and choose from a list of e-mail address contacts for each respective office.

Bank VP nominated to Sussex Board

May 23, 2011 10:06 a.m. | Village of Sussex - Robert Zarzynski, a vice president of business banking  for M&I Bank, is expected to be appointed by the Village Board Tuesday night to fill a vacancy on the board created when former Trustee Greg Goetz was elected Village President in the April municipal elections.

Zarzynski  is being recommended to the board by Goetz and Trustee Pat Tetzlaff. Zarzynksi, a village resident for 19 years, serves on the Village Board's Finance and Personnel Committee. He said he sought the appointment because he wanted to be more involved in the communtiy. He was one of ten applicants for the position.

Tetzlaff said she is recommending Zarzynski because she believes his financial background and experience will be valuable to the Village Board as it considers financial options for the implementation of the village's downtown redevelopment plans, the possible construction of a new village hall, and other improvement projects the village will consider as the region's economy recovers from the national recession.

Tetzlaff was assigned by the board to conduct interviews of the applicants and make a recommendation to the board. Trustee Tim Dietrich sat in on five of the applicant interviews including Zarzynski's. Newly elected Trustee Jim Batzko, a City of Delafield police officer, sat in on the other five interviews.

Most main highways open for Memorial Day weekend

May 23, 2011 9:12 a.m. | Memorial Day weekend travelers will find a few work zones that may slow their travels. Projects on the state’s Interstate Highway System will allow at least two lanes in each direction, however delays can be expected during peak travel periods. In Milwaukee, at the I-94/I-43/I-894 Mitchell Interchange, ramps from northbound I-94 to westbound I 43/I-894 and from eastbound I-43/I-894 to southbound I-94 are closed with detours posted via local streets or via I-94 through downtown Milwaukee.

Other major projects that may impact travel include I-94 in Waukesha and Dane counties and work on US 41 at Oshkosh and Green Bay.

State safety officials remind motorists that they should stay alert, slow down, and allow a safety cushion between vehicles when approaching and driving through work zones. The most frequent crash in a work zone is a rear-ender.

During the Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Click It or Ticket mobilization, encouraging motorists to buckle up to protect themselves in the event of a crash. Unbuckled motorists will get a ticket.

A  map of the work zones may be found on the WisDOT Web site.

Click It or Ticket campaign begins today

May 23, 2011 9:02 a.m. | More than 385 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin will be out in force patrolling streets and highways—day and night—during the national Click It or Ticket safety belt campaign from Monday (May 23) through June 5. This year’s Click It or Ticket is the largest coordinated law enforcement mobilization ever in Wisconsin, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“Click It or Ticket is more than just a slogan for law enforcement agencies. Whenever officers observe an unbelted driver or passenger, they will stop the vehicle and issue a citation,” says Wisconsin State Patrol Major Dan Lonsdorf, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “Last year in Wisconsin, there were nearly 120,000 convictions for failure to fasten safety belts, which was an all-time high. Among all traffic violations, safety belt convictions in Wisconsin were second only to speeding convictions.”

Although buckling up—every trip, every time—is undeniably the best possible protection against being ejected from a vehicle or thrown around violently inside it during a traffic crash, too many people are killed or injured needlessly because they were unbuckled, according to Lonsdorf.

In Wisconsin, about one out of five motorists does not buckle up. Wisconsin’s safety belt use rate of 79 percent lags behind the 85 percent national average for safety belt use. Wisconsin is also behind neighboring states, including Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois, which have safety belt use rates of more than 90 percent.

In Wisconsin and throughout the nation, teen safety belt use is much lower than other age groups. Not buckling up coupled with a lack of driving experience is a major reason why traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for young people nationwide.

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AHS golfers win two more

May 22, 2011 5:31 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 1 in the state and winners of the last four WIAA Division 1 state championships, won two more 18-hole meets late last week. The Warhawks won their fourth straight Classic 8 Conference championship on Thursday at Washington County and then won the Waukesha County Championship at Wanaki on Saturday. Kettle Moraine, ranked No. 2 in the state, finished second in both meets.

On Thursday at the conference tournament, AHS won with a 292 score. AHS junior Matt Ross was the medalist with a conference-record score of 5-under-par 67. Other AHS scores were Kyle Driscoll with 74, Matt McIntosh 74, Connor Thiel 77 and John Langhoff 78. Ross was named conference Player of the Year.

KM was led by Nic Johnson with 72. Other scores for the Lasers were Eric Rogers with 76, Tyler Sheveland 77, Ryan Franklin 80 and David Trungale 85.

At Wanaki on Saturday, Arrowhead won with 301 strokes and KM had 306.

Johnson of KM was the medalist with a round of even-par 71. Other KM scores were Sheveland with 76, Franklin 77, Rogers 82 and Trungale 86.

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Two stay perfect in LOL West

May 22, 2011 5:23 p.m. | Two of the 12 teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league remained undefeated after play on Sunday. Sussex and the Brookfield Bulldogs both won to move to 4-0 on the season.

Games Sunday saw Merton stop Hartland 8-2, West Bend whip Pewaukee in seven innings 15-1, Lannon edge North Lake 5-4, Sussex nip the Brookfield Blue Sox 5-3, Brookfield Bulldogs stop Oconomowoc 11-4 and Menomonee Falls upset Monches 6-4.

The Bulldogs will play Saturday at Sussex.

Four games will be played this Saturday, six more will be played on Sunday and one will be played on Monday.

Marine receives keys to new home in Mukwonago

May 22, 2011 7:41 a.m. |

Cpl. Jeremy Stengel plans to spend the night in his new home tonight after receiving the keys to his specially adapted home in Mukwonago today. Stengel hugged his girlfriend Georgia Parsons (top photo) after arriving at the house escorted by the Mukwonago Fire Department and about 25 motorcycles. 

Larry Giull, the veteran liason with Homes for Our Troops and Jared Burback of Burback Builders present Stengel with the keys. (Middle photo from left to right.)

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Oconomowoc woman dies from May 6 crash injuries

May 20, 2011 6:22 p.m. | A 42-year-old woman from Oconomowoc has died from the injuries she suffered in a car crash on May 6, the Lincoln County Sheriff's office reported.

Jannette M. Kuhn was thrown from her car when it overturned off Highway D near Tomahawk. She died in the intensive care unit of Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield on Thursday night.

Sheriff's deputies determined that alcohol played a role in the crash, according to a release from the sheriff's department.

Eastbound I-94 lanes shift this weekend

May 20, 2011 3:30 p.m. |  

Eastbound traffic on I-94 in the Waukesha County portion of the I-94 project (that is, from Pewaukee east) will be switched onto the newly repaved inside lanes this weekend, as work advances into Stage 3 of the project.

During this stage, the outside lane and shoulder will be closed for repaving until late June. Traffic will experience this new configuration beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Motorists are reminded to observe posted speed limits in the work zone.

May is poppy month

May 20, 2011 2:09 p.m. | American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members will be handing out red poppies to honor veterans and military men and women serving the country.

Walworth County Fair Centennial Farm applications available

May 20, 2011 11:28 a.m. | The Walworth County Fair announces that the 2011 Centennial Farm Applications are now available online at WalworthCountyFair.com or at the Fair Office, located in Elkhorn at 411 East Court Street on Highway 11.

In order to qualify, farmers must have family ownership of the farm for at least 100 years. The applications will be due no later than June 1, 2011. Honorees will be awarded a plaque at a ceremony on Monday, Sept. 5 at 1:30 P.M.

For further information, please call (262) 723-3228.

Lazich comments on approval of Voter ID bill

May 20, 2011 11:24 a.m. | After Democrat stall tactics delayed a vote on voter ID legislation Tuesday, the Senate finally approved Assembly Bill 7 (AB 7) Thursday morning. Most notably, AB 7 requires citizens provide photo identification to vote at a polling place or to vote absentee.

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), a sponsor of AB 7 and Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportations and Elections, issued the following statement after the approval of AB 7.

“The approval of bipartisan voter ID legislation by both houses of the state legislature is long overdue. The vast majority of Wisconsinites support requiring photo identification to vote. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections, voter ID legislation is one of my top priorities. Assembly Bill 7 achieves an important objective: Protect every citizen’s right to have their vote fairly counted.

“Ensuring integrity of elections is of utmost importance in our democracy. Requiring voters to prove their identity is a reasonable step and one that is constitutional. Assembly Bill 7 strengthens Wisconsin voters’ confidence in the electoral process and guarantees everyone the right to vote.

“I applaud the Senate’s action today, and encourage Governor Walker to sign Assembly Bill 7.”

Mukwonago recognizes National Police Week

May 20, 2011 9:55 a.m. |

National Police Week is drawing to a close tomorrow. According to a press release from the Mukwonago Police Department:

"This year has been especially deadly for our nations Police Officers.  To date, 67 officers have been killed in the line of duty.  That equates to one Police Officer dying every 53 hours. Policemen are killed in very small agencies to very large agencies – it does not matter.  Please remember Police Officers during this week and wave to one of us!  It does matter.  When a Policeman goes out the door and says good bye to his/her family he or she always knows it could be the last time he or she sees them – to protect society and keep everybody safe.  Remember, police officers go where everybody else runs from!! They are the modern day centurions! Think about it!  We continue to thank Mukwonago for the great support our community shows to our officers.  It is truly appreciated."

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 19, 2011 3:51 p.m. |

Overnight single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to HWY 100 (only one lane open to traffic).    Overnight Full Closure southbound Moorland Road entrance ramp to I-94 eastbound.

Senate approves Photo ID bill this morning

May 19, 2011 1:12 p.m. | The republican controlled state Senate gave final legislative approval of a bill this morning requiring voters to show a valid ID at the polls. The Assembly approved the bill last week.

Republicans limited debate to an hour when senators came to the floor. Democrats used 10 minutes complaining about the limits, but Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said Democrats had plenty of opportunity to speak. In the end the bill passed 19-5 along party lines. It's all but certain Walker will sign the measure into law.

Spectators in the Senate gallery exploded into shouts and screams after the vote, yelling "Shame! Shame! Shame!" and "Recall! Recall! Recall!" They then burst into singing "We Shall Overcome."

Under the bill, voters would have to present a driver's license, a state ID, a passport, a military ID, naturalization papers or a tribal ID. College students could vote with a school ID as long as it has their signature and an expiration date that falls within two years of the card's issuance. University of Wisconsin IDs currently don't meet that criteria and would have to be updated to comply before students could vote.

According to a press release from this afternoon, Senator Mary Lazich is quoted as having said that "the approval of bipartisan voter ID legislation by both houses of the state legislature is long overdue. The vast majority of Wisconsinites support requiring photo identification to vote. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections, voter ID legislation is one of my top priorities. Assembly Bill 7 achieves an important objective: Protect every citizen’s right to have their vote fairly counted."

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Lemke to return to perform May 22

May 19, 2011 11:21 a.m. | Leslie Lemke will return to the area after a 30-year absence to perform in concert May 22 in Whitefish Bay.
Lemke, who is blind, has cerebral palsy and is brain damaged, was raised on Pewaukee Lake
His musical genius came to light about 45 years ago when he was 14 years old and to the amazement of his foster parents played Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 like a professional pianist. Since then, Lemke has been able to play and retain any song he has ever heard.
Lemke was raised on Pewaukee Lake and became well-known, performing at area schools, churches and county fairs.
About 30 years ago, Shirlee Monty of Wauwatosa wrote a book about Lemke titled “May’s Boy.” The title of the book came from his foster mother, May Lemke, who called him her miracle. After the book was published, Lemke appeared on bigger stages and on national television, including the “Phil Donohue Show” and “60 Minutes.”
Lemke, now 59, lives with his stepsister, Mary, who has been caring for him for the 23 years since May Lemke died.
Monty, who helped organized the concert at United Methodist Church, 819 Silver Spring Drive, said Lemke and his stepsister live in northern Wisconsin in an old farmhouse that is need of repair, with their only income coming from Social Security.
There are no tickets, but organizers are having a goodwill offering instead. The concert begins at 2 p.m.
 

Cooney grad contestant on 'Wheel of Fortune'

May 19, 2011 11:18 a.m. | Former Oconomowoc resident David Ansay recently tried his luck and skill at solving puzzles on popular TV game show "Wheel of Fortune."

The 1999 Oconomowoc High School graduate was chosen to appear on the show that will air on June 2. Ansay joined the Air Force after graduating from OHS and is stationed near California where he and his parents traveled for the show's taping in March.

Watch for more on this story in the May 24 Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Wounded Marine to get keys to accessible house

May 19, 2011 11:10 a.m. | Mukwonago - Marine Cpl. Jeremy Stengel, who lost his left leg and suffered other wounds in Iraq, will be presented on Saturday with the keys to a special house that was built for him in Mukwonago by an army of volunteers.

Stengel as well as the volunteers who built the free wheelchair-accessible home for him through the Homes for Our Troops program will be honored during the key ceremony at the home at 637 Augusta Drive.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with an escort from Patriot Guard Riders and a flag line formed by volunteers.

The keys will be presented to Stengel at 11 a.m., and a tour of the home will follow.

Construction of the three-bedroom home kicked off in February on a build brigade weekend during which workers framed the house, installed the windows and doors and put on the roof.

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Poker Run to benefit Mukwonago Food Pantry

May 19, 2011 8:59 a.m. | Double Ds summer kickoff poker run will leave Double Ds at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 21.  Cost is $10 per person or $15 Per Couple, which includes food upon returning to Double Ds. Sign in begins at 10 a.m.

Mukwonago Food Pantry will be doing some Raffles before 12 p.m. and at one stop along the route. Proceeds to benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry.

Contact Ryan at (262) 363-3671 or on his cell phone at (414) 207-7071.

Man killed by train in Town of Mukwonago

May 18, 2011 10:00 p.m. | Town of Mukwonago Police are investigating the death of a man who was hit by a train at about 3:14 p.m. today.

Town Police Chief Thomas Czarnecki reported that a northbound Wisconsin Central train saw an adult white male lying parallel between the train tracks about one-half mile north of Highway NN and was unable to stop. Police have not been able to make positive identification at this time.

The train crossing at Highway NN was closed while police investigated the incident. Police were on scene until about 8:30 p.m., according to Czarnecki.

SEE IT: Video of state superintendent's visit to KM schools

May 18, 2011 3:09 p.m. | Wales – Kettle Moraine (KM) Superintendent Pat Deklotz welcomed State Superintendent Tony Evers and other education officials: Scott Jones, DPI media contact; Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director of The National Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO); another member of the CCSSO staff; Tim Gavigan, Ex Dir of CESA 1; and Bruce Connolly, Dir of the Institute at CESA 1 for a site visit on Wednesday, May 18 to observe KM’s Personalized Learning initiatives first hand in Kettle Moraine School District’s (KMSD) classrooms.

The group visited classrooms at Wales Elementary School and Magee Elementary School.
The guests arrived at Wales Elementary in the morning and spent 30 minutes Lisa Welsh and Wanda Richardson’s kindergarten classroom. Next they went to Magee Elementary where they spent approximately 30 minutes in the Terry Kaldhusdal and John Hallagan fourth-grade classrooms.
 

Watch a video of their visit here

KMHS senior wins Prudential Spirit Award

May 18, 2011 2:59 p.m. |

Kettle Moraine High School senior Dylan DeLisle has traveled to Haiti twice, however the work she did during her most recent trip earned recognition through the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards where she was named a Distinguished Finalist for her work in disaster relief. Prudential representative Joshua Konkel presented DeLisle’s award at the May 10 Kettle Moraine School Board meeting.

Read the complete story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.

Jezak set to retire from firefighting

May 18, 2011 2:56 p.m. |

Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Greg Jezak has hung around fire stations most of his life, first as a kid with his dad, later as a firefighter and for the past nine years as fire chief for the Wales-Genesee Fire Department. With about 32 years of fire service behind him, Jezak will turn off his pager, hang his helmet and turn to the next chapter of his life starting July 1.

Look for the complete story in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.

Read aloud volunteers wanted

May 18, 2011 2:10 p.m. | The annual summer read aloud program, sponsored by National Mutual Benefit Branch 717 in cooperation with the Oconomowoc Public Library, pairs high school student volunteers with young elementary school readers.  The program is currently seeking volunteers and readers.

The program is held mid-June through mid-August with volunteers and readers arranging their own flexible schedules of half-hour sessions to take place at the library. 

Interested high school and young adult volunteers should call Rhonda McKenna at (920) 474-4050 before Friday, June 3. 

Parents wanting to register their grade-school children to read to a volunteer on a regular basis as stated above should register at the library on June 14. 

For more information, call (920) 474-4050 

Rep. Craig sworn into office

May 18, 2011 1:21 p.m. | Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) is the newest member of the Wisconsin State Assembly after being sworn into office yesterday. According to a press release from the Wisconsin Legislature, Craig won a special election on May 3rd to replace Rep. Scott Gunderson who resigned to take a position with Governor Walker's Administration.

After being sworn into office yesterday, Rep. Craig participated in his first session day where a number of important proposals were debated and passed by the State Assembly, including bills repairing two programs hidden by Governor Doyle in the 2009-2011 State Budget: "Governor Doyle's early release program for criminals and a costly traffic stop data collection program opposed by law enforcement leaders statewide," the press release states.

Representative Craig can be contacted at (608) 266-3363

Horse Power Healing Center to host open house

May 18, 2011 11:48 a.m. |

The Horse Power Healing Center will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Jericho Creek Farms.

Events scheduled for the day include: from 1 to 2:30 p.m., meet the staff and therapy horses; rider demonstration; from 2:30 to 4 p.m., question and answer session.

Fundraising opportunities at the event will include: from 1 to 3 p.m., a silent auction; from 2:30 to 4 p.m., race a radio controlled Traxxas truck.

Horse Power Healing Center is located at Jericho Creek Farms, S 101 W 34628 Hwy LO, Eagle. For more information, visit www.horsepowerhealingcenter.com or call (262) 594-3667.

O'Leary to retire

May 18, 2011 7:04 a.m. | Jim O'Leary, former athletic director for the Oconomowoc Area School District and history teacher at the high school, will retire at the end of the school year.

The School Board accepted his request for early retirement at its Board meeting last night. O'Leary has served the district for 21 years. He was athletic director for 15 years before returing to the classroom to teach.

AHS softball team defeats KM

May 17, 2011 8:46 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls fastpitch softball team defeated host Kettle Moraine Tuesday in a Classic 8 Conference game, 10-5. The win moved AHS to 9-1 in league play and KM fell to 5-6.

The Warhawks lead Waukesha North (8-3) by two games in the loss column.Those two teams will play Thursday at Arrowhead at 4:30 p.m.

The Warhawks trailed 5-2 going into the top of the fifth inning and then broke the game open with a seven-run rally.

Kelsey Wasliczuk had two hits and three RBIs to lead the winners. Alexis Panaro had three hits and Kara Olsen had two hits.

KM got two-hit games from Candace Rupnick, Katie McCann, Steph Wenig and Maddie Churches.

Evers to visit Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc schools Wednesday

May 17, 2011 5:54 p.m. |  

State Superintendent Tony Evers will welcome Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), for a day-long visit of Wisconsin Innovation Lab Network school sites in Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 1 on Wednesday, May 18.

Wisconsin was identified as a member of the CCSSO Partnership for Next Generation Learning last year. The Wisconsin Innovation Lab Network, led by the DPI and CESA 1, is a five-year commitment of research, development, and dissemination activities that will help participating states develop systems that support personalized learning and higher student academic achievement. Innovation lab schools are examining personalized learning, performance-based learning, teaching and learning that incorporates emerging technology, strategies for including student voices in planning reform activities, and systems that support the learning of all students.

At 10:30 a.m., Evers and Wilhoit will observe the kindergarten classroom at Wales Elementary School. Following that visit, they will learn about innovation lab activities in a fourth-grade classroom at Magee Elementary School in Genesee Depot.

The noon luncheon at Oconomowoc High School will include a roundtable discussion with teacher leaders and administrators from the Kenosha, Kettle Moraine, and Oconomowoc school districts.

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Difficulties with web updates

May 17, 2011 4:16 p.m. | LivingLakeCountry.com is experiencing technical difficulties and parts of the website isn't updating properly. Our IT department is working on the problem, and we hope to have things back to normal soon.

In the meantime, be sure to check Lake Country Watch for updates throughout the day, and pick up a copy of our papers on newsstands.

Police probe grass fire in park

May 17, 2011 12:58 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Police are investigating a fire that burned several acres in Simmons Woods Park on Monday afternoon.
Police have questioned three suspects whom officers encountered at the park. One of the three said the other two were smoking cigarettes, but the fire apparently had already been started.
The fire was first noticed by a woman walking in the park off Cecelia Drive at about 3:40 p.m. The woman called 911 and said there were flames in the area of the boardwalk that runs through a marsh and wetland area of the park.
 

The Pewaukee Fire Department responded, along with firefighters from the towns of Lisbon and Delafield and Sussex departments. The fire was contained shortly before 6 p.m.

Look for more on this story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

Three stay perfect in LOL West

May 16, 2011 7:56 p.m. | Three of the 12 teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league remained undefeated after Sunday's action. Sussex, Pewaukee and the Brookfield Bulldogs are all 3-0.

Games Sunday saw Pewaukee defeat Menomonee Falls 9-3, Sussex whip Lannon 12-4, Brookfield Blue Sox edge North Lake 5-3, Oconomowoc blank Hartland 8-0, Brookfield Bulldogs edge Monches in 11 innings 2-1 and West Bend stop Merton 3-2.

Luke Nelson of Oconomowoc belted his league-leading third home run against Hartland and Vic Erato, batting .636, clubbed a grand slam homer for Sussex. Jay Wojcinski homered for the Blue Sox and Matt Lopez had four hits for North Lake.

Monches lost to the Bulldogs by giving up two unearned runs to the visitors.

LOL names new Hall of Famers

May 16, 2011 7:49 p.m. | The Land O' Lakes Old Timers Association announced its 2011 Hall of Fame inductees Monday afternoon.

Going into the Hall of Fame this year will be Bill Beno of Pewaukee, John Engel of Hartland, Steve Pease of Dousman, Dave Berka of Brookfield, Tim Behrend of Genesee and Rollie Kilt of Port Washington.

The banquet will be held on Wednesday, June 22 at the Germantown Legion Hall. For tickets call Bob Groth at 691-2712.

Walworth County Fair searching for outstanding seniors

May 16, 2011 5:23 p.m. | Do you know of a senior citizen that dutifully contributes to others and/or their community? If so, you can nominate them for the Walworth County Fair’s Outstanding Senior Citizen Contest.

Anyone can submit a nomination. Nomination deadline is June 20. Nominees must be at least 65 years in age by September 1 and a Walworth County resident. Up to five outstanding senior citizens will be honored at the awards ceremony on Senior Citizen Day, September 1.

Winners will be selected on the basis of their current involvement rather than past accomplishments. 

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, log onto www.walworthcountyfair.com or call the Fair Office at (262) 723-3228.  

Board to consider Jezak's retirement

May 16, 2011 5:14 p.m. | The Wales/Genesee Joint Fire Board will discuss the resignation letter of Fire Chief Greg Jezak at its May 17 meeting. The resignation would end about 32 years of total fire service, nine serving as Fire Chief at Wales/Genesee Fire Department.

Watch Living Lake Country for updates and the complete story in the Kettle Moraine Index.

Ex-lawyer enters guilty plea to robbing Wales bank

May 16, 2011 2:53 p.m. | Waukesha – A former Summit lawyer entered a guilty plea this afternoon to robbing a Wales bank last summer.

Peter T. Elliott, 62, Elliott stole about $10,000 from Town Bank 200 Summit Ave., June 12. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, charges of possessing firearm in a school zone and carrying a concealed weapon were dismissed.

Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Jayne Dewire recommended Elliott be sentenced to five years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision. She also recommended Elliott pay restitution in the amount of $10,116 to Town Bank. Elliott will be sentenced July 22.

Elliott was a practicing lawyer from June 1974 through October 2008 and in connection with his law practice maintained a trust account. Elliott diverted $3.6 million in funds from the account for his personal use, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Elliott was sentenced Nov. 4 in federal court to five years in prison to be followed by five years of supervision. He was also ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution. He has appealed that decision. Dewire recommended the bank robbery sentence be consecutive to the federal sentence.

Isn't it spring?

May 16, 2011 2:30 p.m. | Despite the calendar (it insists that it's May), the National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for tonight. Temperatures should sink to the low to mid 30s by late tonight or early Tuesday morning.

Those with green thumbs who have already put in their garden might want to cover sensitive plants.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 16, 2011 1:41 p.m. | Overnight full closure of Bluemound entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound. 

Overnight single lane closure northboun and southbound Moorland Road under I-94. 

Overnight single lane closure westbound Bluemound Road from Sunny Slope Road to Florence Drive.

Mukwonago to host "Maximize your Memory" event

May 16, 2011 11:30 a.m. | Concerned about your memory? Join the educational program at LindenGrove Mukwonago Campus from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 18. The program will provide participants with information on brain structure and function, factors that contribute to forgetting, and important aspects of brain fitness. The event will be presented by Judy Gunkel, Community Outreach Director with the Alzheimer's Association. Light refreshments will be served.

Please call LindenGrove at (262) 363-6830 to register.

Village of Mukwonago yard waste pick up Thursday

May 16, 2011 11:22 a.m. | The Village of Mukwonago will be picking up yard waste this Thursday, May 19.

Brush must be tied in bundles, not exceeding 4 feet in length. Each bundle must not exceed 50 pounds. If brush it not bundled, it will not be picked up. Leaves must be placed in clear bags. There is a 30 bag limit for each stop. Bags and bundles must be at the curb by 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Limit of 10 minutes per stop.

Didja hear the one about ...

May 13, 2011 3:56 p.m. | A rumor circulating around Mukwonago about a dead body being found last night is just that: a rumor. So says Mukwonago Village Police Chief Kevin Schmidt.

Schmidt said he has received numerous calls from parents and news outlets checking on the story, but he said there's just no truth to it.

He added that police think the rumor might have started at the high school.

Pill drop at Arrowhead today

May 13, 2011 11:23 a.m. | Members of the community can drop off unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs at the Mullet Ice Center until 6:30 p.m. today.

Students from Arrowhead's medical terminology and business practices class organized the event in an effort to keep everyday medications out of the hands of teenagers that might abuse them.

Organized in conjunction with the Hartland Police Department, the Arrowhead pill drop gives residents a safe place to dispose of the medications.

Besides keeping them out of the hands of teenagers, dropping medications at the pill drop will help keep them from being flushed down drains or toilets and contaminating the local water supply.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 13, 2011 11:22 a.m. | Motorists on I-94 in Waukesha County can expect the following closures this evening for between one and two hours:

I-94 east and west bound entrance and exit ramps at Moorland Road

Bluemound (Highway 18) entrance to westbound I-94

Westbound exit ramps to Barker Road (Highway 18)

I-94 westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway F

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Kettle Moraine eighth grader wins in C-SPAN video contest

May 13, 2011 10:47 a.m. |

Kettle Moraine Middle School eighth grader Rylie Morris (top photo, right) and classmates explored the C-SPAN Digital Bus on May 12. Morris won honorable mention in the C-SPAN StudentCam 2011 competition for her video, "Childhood Obesity."

Watch for additional photos on Living Lake Country and in the Kettle Moraine Index.

View Morris' video at the following link: studentcam.viddler.com/videos/watch.php

Jawbone found in Delafield is ceramic, anthropologist says

May 13, 2011 10:43 a.m. | The supposed human jawbone unearthed by a gardener in the City of Delafield turned out to be a ceramic copy, according to an anthropologist from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

How or why it turned up in a garden south of I-94 near Cushing Road remains unclear, but Leslie Eisenberg, the anthropologist who analyzed the jaw replica after receiving it from the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office said, "It turned out not to be bone, but ceramic of some kind."

According to City of Delafield Police, a woman called police to report that she had found what appeared to be a jawbone while pulling weeds from her garden.

The bone was taken to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined there was a strong chance that it was a human bone, police said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office recommended the bone be taken to an anthropologist in Madison for further investigation, where Eisenberg laid the notion to rest.

Drug seminar at Arrowhead

May 13, 2011 10:34 a.m. | Your Choice Live, the Lake Country based organization of former teen addicts and parents, will present a two hour program of teen and adult speakers about the dangers of drug addiction in Lake Country on Tuesday, May 17th, between 7 and 9 p.m., at the Arrowhead High School North Campus auditorium.

Included in the program will be former Arrowhead High School students Tyler Lybert and Ashleigh Nowakowski, as well as former Oconomowoc High School student Ricki Keepman and Catholic Memorial High School student Michael Richter.

Parent speakers include Rick and Sandra Lybert, Susan Montie, Donald "Duke" Maynard and Paul Raddatz, all Lake Country area residents who teenagers encountered challenges with drug addiction.

The teens and parents were featured in a recent Lake Country Publications series that focused on the extent of drug addiction in Lake Country and what steps parents and school are taking to combat it.

Tuesday's nights program at the high school is intended to give Lake Country parents an understanding of "what addiction really looks like in the life of a surburban students as explained by young people who have lived it," according to Sandra Lybert, a spokeswoman for the organization.

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DNR starts drawdown on Waterford Dam

May 13, 2011 9:24 a.m. | The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced today that the water level behind the Waterford Dam on the Fox River will be lowered due to recently discovered seepage around an abutment wall and through the earthen bank.  This drawdown is necessary to facilitate investigation of the problem and stabilization of this area of the dam. The 10-foot high dam is owned by Racine County and located in Waterford.

The controlled drawdown of the Waterford Dam was ordered by the DNR and began Wednesday, May 11, and is expected to take several days.   Approximately 3 to 6 inches of water will be released each day from behind the dam, until the seepage is minimized or stopped.  The impoundment will remain drawn down until an engineering plan and fix can be developed and implemented.  There is no estimated date of completion at this time.

Meet local authors at Saturday's open house

May 13, 2011 12:00 a.m. | You don’t have to go to New York or Chicago to find talented authors. There are plenty of creative wordsmiths right in our own neighborhoods.

On Saturday you’ll be able to meet eight local authors at an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at Books & Company, 1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc. 

Featured are Denise Folcik, Charlene Lassig, Larry Kreuscher, Ilona Fridl, Dale Reich, Brett Champan, Linda Pischke and Fred von Kamecke.

You’ll get to talk to the authors about their latest books and purchase copies for autographing. Refreshments will be available.

For more information, call (262) 546-0106.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 12, 2011 2:57 p.m. | Full overnight closure to the I-94 westbound entrance and exit ramps at Highway F.

Visit www.repave94.org for more information.

Waukesha County Fair holds first annual fun run

May 12, 2011 2:51 p.m. | The first Annual Fair Fun Run 5K Run/Walk, sponsored by 94.5 LAKE FM, will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 on the Waukesha County Fairgrounds during the Waukesha County Fair, which runs Wednesday, July 20 thru Sunday, July 24. Runners/walkers of all skill levels and families are welcome to participate. 

The race begins at 8 a.m. and the 3.1 mile course takes participants around the perimeter of the fairgrounds including running in gravel, grass, dirt (possibly mud) and asphalt. The race will finish on the south end of the grounds, near the Leinie Lodge, site of the annual Kiwanis Pancake breakfast at the Fair. Participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy the pancakes after the run for just $5.

If you register by July 1, the registration fee is just $20 and includes one all day admission to the Fair good on Saturday, July 23 and a complimentary race T-shirt. Registration after July 1 is $25 and does not guarantee a T-shirt. Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 but you can register on site the day of the race. To register, go to http://www.zapevent.com and then search Fair Fun Run.  

MYSO Philharmonia free concert at OAC May 17

May 12, 2011 11:52 a.m. | Three Oconomowoc High School students will perform with the  Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Philharmonia  2010 – 2011 in a concert May 17 from 1-2:15 p.m., at the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

OHS  students Torrin Hallet, Horn; Chloe Growth, Horn; and Heather Casterline, Horn are among the 140-member orchestra that will perform in a free concert that is open to the public.

Human jaw bone found in Delafield

May 12, 2011 11:22 a.m. | A Delafield woman dug up a surprise while gardening May 10 – a human jaw bone.
According to police, a woman who lives off Cushing Park Road called police to report that while she was pulling out weeds, she came across what appeared to be a jaw bone. Police said the bone was close to the surface.

The bone was taken to the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined there was a strong chance that it was a human bone, police said. The Medical Examiner’s Office recommended the bone be taken to an anthropologist in Madison for further investigation.

The anthropologist determined the bone was definitely not from an animal, and that it was a “very, very” old bone, police said.

The anthropologist was not able to determine the sex or age of the person, police said.

The bone may be turned over to the Wisconsin Historical Society for further investigation.
 

Hail, no!

May 11, 2011 4:37 p.m. | Marble-size hail is pelting Hartland as storms race through the area.

Groundbreaking ceremony for 9/11 memorial planned

May 11, 2011 4:31 p.m. | A groundbreaking ceremony for the 9/11 memorial project in the Town of Lisbon is planned for 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Lisbon Town Hall, @234 N8676 Woodside Road.

Thunderstorm warning issued

May 11, 2011 2:56 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southern Waukesha County until 3:30 p.m.

The storm is capable of producing quarter-size hail and damaging winds.

Communities in the path of the storm include Palmyra, East Troy, Mukwonago, North Prairie, Big Bend, Eagle, Genesee and Genesee Depot.

Severe thunderstorm watch in effect

May 11, 2011 1:28 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Waukesha County, in effect until 7 p.m.

Fugitive Pewaukee man nabbed

May 11, 2011 1:27 p.m. | A Pewaukee man, who is listed as one of the Milwaukee Police Department’s top 10 most wanted fugitives, was arrested Tuesday by the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Arthur T. Schmoller, 29, was also wanted by Milwaukee, as well as the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department on drug charges, according to a press release from the State Patrol.

Following a lengthy investigation, State Patrol officers with assistance from the Department of Criminal

Investigation located Schmoller in Waukesha and took him into custody following a traffic stop, the statement said. There were two felony warrants out for his arrest.

Kettle Moraine High School principal selected

May 11, 2011 11:31 a.m. | Mishicot High School Principal Jeff Walters was announced as the next principal at Kettle Moraine High School at the school board meeting last night.

Walters, who will officially begin his duties as KMHS principal on July 1, precedes David Hay as principal.

Watch for the complete story in the Kettle Moraine Index .

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 11, 2011 10:24 a.m. | Full overnight closures will occur tonight on the southbound Moorland Road enterance ramp to I-94 eastbound, and the westbound I-94 exit ramp to Moorland Road northbound.

Visit www.repave94.org for more information

Oconomowoc's Russ among two finalists for Merton superintendent post

May 10, 2011 4:38 p.m. |  

A pair of principals emerged as the top candidates for the Merton School District’s superintendent vacancy.

The school board narrowed the list down to two after beginning the search for a replacement for retiring superintendent Mark Flynn, who announced in January that he would not return to to the school district next year. One of the finalists, joining Tina Van Meer, who currently serves as the principal at Abraham Lincoln Accelerated Learning Academy in the Monroe School District, is Oconomowoc’s Ronald Russ, the current principal at Nature Hill Intermediate School.

The Merton School District plans to host both candidates for separate staff and community forums on May 18 and 19 after each candidate tours the district’s schools. At the forums, community members will have an opportunity to ask questions of the candidates and learn about their backgrounds in education.

School board member Karl Melnick said he hopes the school district can select its new superintendent shortly after the forum concludes on May 19.

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Waukesha County Fair seeks Top Singer

May 10, 2011 3:12 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair Association is seeking contestants for the 2011 Waukesha County Fair Top Singer contest, presented by WITI-FOX 6, on Wednesday, July 20, opening night of the Waukesha County Fair, sponsored by Aurora Heath Care. The Fair runs Wednesday, July 20 thru Sunday, July 24.  

Preliminaries for Top Singer will be held on the Fairgrounds in the Arena on Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 4 pm. Registration ends promptly at 5:30 pm. Contestants must be age 16 to 28. Individuals who advance will perform on stage and before a panel of 3 distinguished judges in the Leinie Lodge, sponsored by Citizens Band of Mukwonago, Wednesday, July 20 at 7:30 pm.

·         Registration is just $5 in advance, $10 the night of the preliminary contest. Entrants should be prepared to sing a capella (without music) and those under 18 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Entrants can preregister by mailing a check for $5 to the Waukesha County Fair along with name, date of birth, street address, phone number & email address to the Waukesha County Fair Office – 2417 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072.

·         The Top Singer winner will receive $250 in cash and have the opportunity to perform his or her winning song on the Miller Lite Main Stage Sunday, July 24, immediately before The Beach Boys perform at 6 pm. First runner-up will also receive a cash prize and may perform in place of the Top Singer should he or she be unavailable.

·         For the complete rules and how to enter the contest, visit www.WaukeshaCountyFair.com.

Siepmann grandson held, charged with murder

May 10, 2011 2:02 p.m. | The grandson of Ron Siepmann, Richard Wilson, 17, of Fox Point, is being held on $2 million bail for allegedly killing his grandfather with an axe on Mother’s Day. He has been charged with first-degree homicide in Waukesha County Circuit Court.


District Attorney Brad Schimel called it a “very shocking event. It appears it came completely out of the blue.”


“It is a terrible tragedy for a family, the death of a loved one and the loss of a loved one. It’s really as bad as a tragedy can get,” Schimel said.


Court Commissioner Martin Binn said the allegations are “graphic and brutal” “that shake the conscience of the court.”


Binn ordered a competency evaluation be held; Wilson is scheduled to appear in court on May 26.

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OHS recognized for outstanding work

May 10, 2011 1:33 p.m. | The Overture Center in Madison recently announced  that Oconomowoc High School's fall 2010 production of Bye Bye Birdie won 8 Tommy Awards. 

The Tommy Awards began last year as a way to honor excellence in the field of High School Musical Theatre throughout the state of Wisconsin, and are named after Wisconsin native, Tom Wopat. 

This year more than 30 productions were reviewed by a team of theater professionals from Wisconsin and performing arts educators from the Madison area.    Oconomowoc High School won the following 2011 Tommy Awards: Best Scene in a Musical "The Telephone Hour", Best lead Performer - Male, Calum Bedborough, Best lead Performer - Femal, Anna Herro, Best Choreographer, Karl Miller, and Best Costume Designer, Cheryl Filmore.

Three other students will also be recognized at the awards ceremony for their work: Honorable Mention Lead Actor: Scott Filmore, Honorable Mentional Supporting - Julia Luebke and Honorable Mention Supporting Karly Schultz.

The Tommy Awards are open to the public and will be held Sunday, June 5 at 7 p.m. in Overture Hall in Madison. Tickets are $15 and available online at www.overturecenter.com/community/tommy-awards

Taraska resigns as Arrowhead football coach

May 10, 2011 11:52 a.m. | The Lake Country Reporter learned Tuesday morning that 29-year Arrowhead football coach Tom Taraska will resign as the head coach at a news conference Tuesday set for 1:15 p.m. at South Campus.

Taraska, one of the most successful high school football coaches in Wisconsin history, will also retire as a physical education teacher at Arrowhead at the end of the current school year.

See a photo gallery of Taraska through the years.

Taraska's first year at Arrowhead was 1982 and his final season was 2010. In that span, Taraska led the Warhawks to four WIAA Division state championships (1993, 1994, 1996 and 2007) and also watched his teams finish second five times (2000, 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2008).

His teams made the title game nine times in a span of 18 years. No other team has ever accomplished that feat in state history. His teams also made the WIAA playoffs 20 times in his 29 seasons.

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I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

May 10, 2011 10:25 a.m. | Tonight there will be a full closure of the I-94 eastbound and westbound enterance and exit ramps at Highway 164/Highway J in Waukesha County.

Visit www.repace94.org for more information.

Car fire on I-94 westbound blocks traffic

May 09, 2011 3:50 p.m. | Westbound lanes of I-94 in the area of Elmhurst Road were closed around 3:45 p.m. after a car heading west caught fire.

Firefighters are working to control the fire in the car now parked on the shoulder of the interstate, but have stopped all traffic heading west on I-94 in this area. Drivers may want to seek an alternate route.

No further details were available at the time of this posting.

Slain developer remembered

May 09, 2011 2:13 p.m. | Prominent real estate developer Ronald Siepmann is being remembered today, after his body was found near a shed on his property in the Town of Merton on Sunday.


“We’re in shock,” said June Lang, a neighbor of Siepmann’s for more than 40 years.


“Ronnie was a good guy,” said John Lang, who said he did not want to comment further as the “family needs peace and quiet.”


Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the home on Beaumont Lane at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.


A 17-year-old relative of Siepmann’s has been taken into custody. He is expected to be charged Tuesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

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Story time hour in Big Bend on Wednesday

May 09, 2011 11:30 a.m. | The Big Bend Library will be hosting a special story hour with members of the Big Bend Fire Department at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday May 11 at the Big Bend Village Library, W230 S9175 Nevins St. Children will learn fire safety in their homes, visit the fire station and be allowed to take photos on fire trucks and rescue squads.  Handouts and treats will be provided. There will be an outdoor surprise, weather permitting.

Please call (262) 662-3571 to R.S.V.P.

Merton man killed

May 09, 2011 6:07 a.m. | JSOnline is reporting that a 78-year-old man was killed at his Town of Merton home this weekend. Police have arrested a 17-year-old from Fox Point.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 06, 2011 3:36 p.m. | WAUKESHA COUNTY - With warm weather approaching, the ProHealth Care Regional Cancer Center is offering free skin cancer screenings at locations in Waukesha, Mukwonago and Oconomowoc. Those who have a suspicious mole or spot on their skin and are not under the care of a dermatologist can make an appointment for a free screening. 

Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Hispanic Community Health Resource Center in Waukesha (for Spanish speaking only)

Monday, May 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital

Tuesday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at D. N. Greenwald Center, Mukwonago

Wednesday, May 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Waukesha Memorial Hospital

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Kapenga responds to Walker's Sick Pay Bill

May 06, 2011 3:32 p.m. |

Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 23. This Bill will preempt local ordinances requiring paid leave for family, medical or health issues and will provide employers with the flexibility that they need to not only stay in business, but to put more people back to work.

State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement about the Bill signing: “The Sick Pay Bill will ensure that businesses in Wisconsin have uniform laws in place on employment relations, preventing a patchwork of government mandates that would prove detrimental to Wisconsin’s business climate. It will ensure that business owners in Milwaukee, and all other areas of the state, are free to run their businesses in the way that they feel will be most efficient and successful, thus, allowing them to grow, expand and to create additional jobs for Wisconsin workers,” said Kapenga.

“I was very excited and honored to bring this legislation forward,” continued Kapenga. “This is what the voters sent us to Madison to do. We will continue to limit government and to get out of the way of the free market.”

SilverSneakers coming to Mukwonago

May 06, 2011 3:03 p.m. | Older adults are invited to celebrate National SilverSneakers Day on May 18 by participating in the Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness Program at SilverSneakers fitness locations all over the country. In Mukwonago, the Mukwonago Athletic Club will be recognizing National SilverSneakers Day with a Pot Luck Luncheon open to all seniors. The luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Kickboxing Room, right after the Senior Cardio Class. Admission is free; just bring a dish to pass. 

Those interested can contact Brent Reichert at (262) 363-2212 to get your name on the list of attendees.

“National SilverSneakers Day was developed to recognize physically active older adults across the nation and honor their commitment to an active, healthy lifestyle,” explains Brent Reichert, General Manager of the Mukwonago Athletic Club.

SilverSneakers is made available through many Medicare health plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans as a benefit to their members at little or no additional cost.  Members receive a fitness membership, with access to all basic amenities plus SilverSneakers signature group exercise classes. National access allows members to participate at any of more than 11,000 SilverSneakers locations in all 50 states.

To find out if you are eligible for SilverSneakers, contact your health plan provider. For more information about SilverSneakers at the Mukwonago Athletic Club, please contact the membership services department at (262)363-2212. 

Burglars hit pharmacies in Hartland, Sussex

May 06, 2011 2:18 p.m. |  

Two smash and grab burglaries at Aurora pharmacies occurred within a half-hour of each other May 3.

At about 11 p.m. the Aurora pharmacy at 109 E. Capitol Drive in Hartland was entered. Someone smashed out a window and the perpetrator grab medication and left quickly, according to Hartland police.

At about 11:30 p.m., someone smashed the door at the Aurora pharmacy off Highway 164 near Main Street in Sussex and took assorted narcotic drugs, according to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Steve Pederson. Pederson an Aurora pharmacy in Slinger was also recently burglarized.

Police do not have a suspect.

Oconomowoc Farmer's Market to open May 14

May 06, 2011 2:10 p.m. | It's a sure sign of spring - the Oconomowoc Farmer's Market will open for the season from 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14 in the St. Paul Lutheran Church parking lot, 210 E. Pleasant St.

For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at (262) 567-2666

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A Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, and 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Jerome Parish School, 1001 S. Silver Lake St. The bazaar will feature handcrafted items, a raffle and Sweet Shop treats. A luncheon, which includes a beverage and dessert, will be $7 and served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1. Admission is free.
The Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets Doo-Wop Quartet will entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at St. Olaf’s Church, Highway O and Roosevelt Road in the town of Ashippun. Cost is $20 adults in advance, $25 at the door if seats are available. Call (414) 651-3915 for tickets.
A Supreme Breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at St. Bruno Church, 266 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman. Breakfast includes pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, hash browns, orange juice and coffee.Proceeds to benefit charities in the Dousman area. Hosted by the Dousman Knights of Columbus Council 6436 with the Dousman Masonic Lodge 315. Cost is $7 adults, $3 children under 10.
The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market will open for the season and celebrate five years starting at 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center in Oconomowoc. From 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. will be a ribbon cutting; 10:15 to 10:30 a.m. will be birthday cake cutting and presentation by Alice in Dairyland. The market will be open 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through March 2015, except Nov. 30 and Dec. 28. For more information, visit www.oconomowoc.org.

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