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Get out and walk or run for a good cause this weekend

May 31, 2013 12:00 a.m. | It’s great to get out in the fresh air and exercise.

But if you can walk, run or jog for a good cause, that’s even better.

Check out several walk/runs in the area this weekend.

Teresa’s Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer will be from 7 to 11:30 p.m.  Friday at Olympia Resort & Conference Center, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc.  It includes a 5k run and 1-mile walk plus music from 8 p.m. to midnight, drinks and appetizers.  Costumes are encouraged.

Franny’s Walk & Harley Ride to Fight Pancreatic Cancer is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Saturday at Indian Head Park, 800 Main St., Mukwonago.

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Greater Delafield Community Fund raises $31,000 for local charities

May 30, 2013 3:14 p.m. | The Greater Delafield Community Fund raised $31,128 in the past campaign. In its spring board meeting the fund gave grants to 28 social service agencies. The funds were given based on servicing the needy who resided in the greater Delafield area which includes the city and town of Delafield, the Village of Nashotah, and villages of Summit, Hartland and Oconomowoc Lake.

The fund was established in 1965 and the primary source of funds is an annual mailing campaign conducted in the fall.

You can make donations at www.GraterDelafieldFund.org.

New Hamilton vice principal’s responsibilities include staff development, discipline

May 30, 2013 12:23 p.m. | The Hamilton School Board appoint Laura Westcott as the new associate principal at Hamilton High School at its May 20 meeting. She will replace Keith Nerby, who was recently hired as a middle school principal in the Burlington Area School District.

Laura Westcott said via email her main priority in her first year, which begins July 1, will be to develop positive relationships with Hamilton students, staff, parents, and community members and immerse herself in her new environment.

“This knowledge will help me facilitate the goal of improving academic achievement for all and preparing students for college and career,” she said.

Westcott’s new responsibilities include staff development, course scheduling, student attendance and disciplinary matters. She will also supervise several departments.

Formerly an academic dean at West Allis Central High School, Westcott said she has experience planning professional development, coordinating Advanced Placement and WKCE testing, writing school improvement plans and working with students at risk, among other things.

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Brooklife holding services for fallen officer today

May 30, 2013 9:32 a.m. | Brooklife Church will be celebrating the life of Lieutenant Jeffery C. Kreft of Spring Prairie today.

Lieutenant Kreft was a member of the Twin Lakes police department for six years and also spent time as an officer in East Troy, Genoa, Delavan and Geneva.

Kreft was killed while driving home after his shift on Saturday, May 25 at 6:30 a.m. His vehicle was involved in a head-on collision after a pickup truck driven by a 16-year-old boy crossed the center line.

The visitation will be from 3-7p.m. at Brooklife Church in Mukwonago and the memorial service will begin at 7p.m.

Flight for Life called to Ashippun accident

May 30, 2013 8:59 a.m. |  Flight for Life was called to the scene of an accident this morning in the area of  Hwys. P and O in the Town of Ashippun.

It is believed there were three people in a SUV and the driver of a pickup truck involved in the crash. 

Mukwonago Community Library announces director finalists

May 30, 2013 3:00 a.m. | The Mukwonago Community Library has announced two finalists for the Library Director position.

Current interim director Jane Ameel has been serving in the position since the departure of Nick Weber in January.

The two finalists for the position of Library Director are:

Ann Lininger, current Racine Public Library Technical Services Department Head
and
Elizabeth (Beth) Bechtel, current Manager of Technical Services at the Waukesha Public Library.

Library Board President Sue Ciechanowski said that both women come from extensive backgrounds working in Wisconsin libraries and she is excited about having two candidates with technical services experience.

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Friends of the Mukwonago River holding pancake breakfast

May 29, 2013 3:12 p.m. | The Friends of the Mukwonago River will be hosting a pancake fundraising event this Saturday, June 2 at the Lake Beulah Yacht Club in East Troy.

The event will take place from 8 to 10 a.m. with watershed activities for kids and adults at  8:30, 9 and 9:30 and kayak and paddle boat demos from 9-11 a.m. 

Bring your water gear and your appetite and support Friends of the Mukwonago River.

ProHealth announces $70 million facility in Pewaukee

May 29, 2013 12:55 p.m. | ProHealth Care has just announced plans to build new $70 million facility in Pewaukee, right along Pewaukee Road.

“Modern medicine is making great strides in cancer care, but cancer remains a difficult diagnosis, and our patients deserve the very best we can offer,” said Susan Edwards, ProHealth Care’s chief executive officer. “With this project, we will be able to provide convenient, accessible, state-of-the-art care delivered in a way that exceeds expectations.”

The facility, a cancer treatment center, will be built on a 14-acre site in Pewaukee along Pewaukee Rd, just north of the I-94 interchange. It’s proposed at the intersection of Pewaukee Rd and N Riverwood Dr.

“At ProHealth, we offer the latest treatment options for adults with cancer, plus access to leading clinical trials, and our patients’ five-year survival rates regularly exceed national averages,” Peter Johnson, MD, a medical oncologist and medical director of the ProHealth Care cancer program said. “We are proud to be able to bring the highest level of care to our patients.”

According to the announcement, the new cancer center will pull together, at one convenient location, all of the services patients need, from diagnosis and treatment to support and survivorship services.

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KM softball team falls

May 28, 2013 9:28 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's No. 8 seeded girls softball team lost to No. 4 seeded Watertown on Tuesday afternoon, 6-0. KM finished the season with a 7-13 mark.

The Lasers managed just two hits in the game, getting one each from Ashley Madsen and Becca Wilber.

Watertown will now play in the sectional championship game at Arrowhead Thursday at 4:30 p.m. They will play either West Allis Hale or Menomonee Falls.

Leeds makes state golf tourney

May 28, 2013 9:25 p.m. | Pewaukee High School sophomore Justin Leeds qualified for next week's WIAA Division 2 state tournament at University Ridge in Madison by shooting a round of 74 at the New Holstein sectional at Badger Creek Golf Course.

The Pirates failed to gain a team berth by finishing fourth. Only the top two teams advance to state.

Friends of Vernon Marsh hold spring forum tomorrow

May 28, 2013 3:57 p.m. | Friends of Vernon Marsh will host a spring forum from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Citizen’s Bank of Mukwonago’s Waukesha Office on Highway 59 and Center Road.

Guest speaker Tim Lizotte, Department of Natural Resources supervisor for Southeast Wisconsin, will provide an update on what is happening in the marsh this spring and summer and important habitat projects. Lizotte will also discuss wildlife management issues, including wolves, cougars and elk.

Light refreshment will be available. This meeting is free and open to anyone who is interested; no RSVP required.

Plea hearing for Delafield man shot by police delayed

May 28, 2013 3:00 p.m. |

A plea hearing in the case of a 31-year-old Delafield man shot by police in January for allegedly pointing a gun at his father has been pushed back a month.

Justin G. Ebbe was charged on Feb. 7 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with endangering safety through use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors which carry a combined maximum sentence of a year in prison and $11,000 in fines.

On Jan. 9, Ebbe allegedly went into a bedroom with a loaded shotgun at his parent’s residence on Twin Oaks Drive in the Town of Delafield, according to the criminal complaint.

Ebbe had recently filed for divorce from his wife and was threatening to commit suicide. His mother, Jane Graff, tried to disarm him, but he allegedly fired a shot into the floor near her feet, according to the complaint.

Graff called police while Ebbe’s father, Paul Ebbe, tried to reason with his son. Three sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene and fired upon Ebbe after he refused to drop the weapon. Ebbe was shot twice and transported to the hospital for medical attention.

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Democratic convention announces keynote speaker Julian Castro

May 28, 2013 2:29 p.m. | OCONOMOWOC -- San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be the special speaker at the Democratic State Convention at Olympia Resort and Conference Center in Oconomowoc on Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. Also speaking will be Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

State Democratic Chairperson Mike Tate made the announcement today, May 28, saying, "I am thrilled to welcome a rising star in the Democratic Party, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, as our special Convention guest speaker on June 7th in Oconomowoc. Many of us had the opportunity to hear Mayor Castro's speech at the DNC Convention last year, where he was the keynote speaker. If you didn't catch it, let me assure you -- Mayor Castro knows how to get a crowd of Democrats fired up and ready to go."

Castro is a native of San Antonio. He graduated from Stanford University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School.  Castro attributes his interest in politics partly to his mother who was a Chicano political activist in the 1970s. He served on the San Antonio city council before becoming San Antonio’s youngest ever mayor. His identical twin brother Joaquín is currently a U.S. Representative for Texas’s 20th C.D.

The state Democratic convention will open at Olympia on Friday, June 7, with a Unity Fair at 2 p.m. Registration and caucus meetings will begin at 3 p.m. There will be an orientation for delegates at 4 p.m. The convention hall will open for speakers at 5 p.m. On Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m., delegates will elect an executive board, vote on the party platform and on new resolutions.

The deadline for early registration is this Friday. Registration at the door is ten additional dollars. For more information contact Melissa Baldauff at (608) 260-2409. Local contact is Tom Hibbard 262-369-1099.

DNR loses in court

May 28, 2013 10:24 a.m. |  North Lake - Two lawyers representing groups opposed to a proposed public boat launch on the west shore of North Lake say they have won a major victory in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mac Davis has apparently ruled invalid permits the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has issued for the project in addition to reversing two decisions by an Administrative Law Judge that were favorable to the DNR, according to attorneys Don Gallo and William Gleisner III.

Gleisner represents the Reddelien Road Neighborhood Association which  has opposed the boat launch because they say its construction would have an adverse impact on storm water drainage on nearby private property as well as have an adverse environmental impact on the lake.

Gallo represents the North Lake Management District which has argued the public boat launch should be located at a site on the east side of the lake, near the downtown business district for unincorporated North Lake which is located in the Town of Merton.

DNR has insisted for the past decade that the public boat launch should be located on the west shore of the lake and issued its self the permits necessary for construction of the project.

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Mukwonago observes Memorial Day

May 24, 2013 2:55 p.m. | The Mukwonago Memorial Day procession steps off at 9:30 a.m. at Park View Middle School.

Members of American Legion Post 375, Legion Post 375 Auxiliary, VFW Post 7221, United States submarine veterans, and members from the USS Wisconsin (SNN 908) along with local dignitaries, scout troops and the Phantom Legion Marching Band will process south on Highway 83, stopping at the cemetery for prayer, the paying of taps, and firing of arms and continues east on Washington Avenue ending at the Mukwonago Community Library.

Capt. R. Scott Laedlein, commanding officer at the Navy Operation Support Command in Chicago will be the guest speaker.

Ceremonies include placing of a honorary wreath, a folded flag ceremony, and black balloon release. Ice cream will be served after the ceremony.

Put some Spring in your step this weekend

May 24, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Put some Spring in your step and enjoy an energetic dance performance this weekend.

At the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., the OPUS 9 Dance Performance will feature community dancers performing contemporary, hip-hop dance pieces, variations from “Swan Lake,” “Don Quixote,” “Raymonda” and “La Fille Mal Gardee.” The performance is 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $16. Call (262) 567-3172 or visit www.oasd.k12.wi.us for more information.

Students will show off all they’ve learned at the Aspire Dance Studio Spring Recital at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday at Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N4915 Town Line Road, Sussex.  Tickets are $5 to $12. For more information call (414) 732-0178 or www.hamiltonfineartscenter.com

If you’re looking for some unique artistic creations visit the Art & Wares Show on Saturday at Amy’s, S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot. Vendors will sell their wares in the parking lot and grassy area.

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KM softball team upsets No. 1 seed

May 23, 2013 8:48 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's  girls softball team, seeded eighth in the WIAA sectional, upset No. 1 seeded Mukwonago Thursday afternoon, 2-1. The Lasers had lost twice to Mukwonago during the Classic 8 Conference season.

With the score tied at 1-1, the Lasers scored once in the top of the seventh when Ashley Madsen  delivered a two-out infield single that scored Linley Achtenhagen with the winning run.

Ashley Ausprung stopped the Classic 8 Conference champions on eight hits. She walked just one and struck out four.

KM is now 7-12 on the season. They will play third-seeded Watertown on Tuesday.

Citizens seek to block Milwaukee Street project

May 23, 2013 2:12 p.m. |  City of Delafield - About a dozen residents who live on, or in the vicinity of, Milwaukee Street have notified the city of their intent to seek  legal action blocking the widening of the scenic, tree lined street that winds its way through some of the city's lake shore residential neighborhoods and into the downtown business district.

The neighbors have filed a Notice of Claim contending that the city is failing to comply with its master plan, is violating an ordinance that requires voter approval of public works projects of more than one million dollars, and is adding to storm water pollution of Lake Nagawicka by planning to construct a curb and gutter storm water control system.

City Administrator Tom Hafner said the Notice of Claim has been turned over the city's insurance company whose lawyers are expected to advise the city on whether to reject the claim.

Individuals intending to file legal actions against local governments must first file a Claim of Notice to provide the public body with an opportunity to either settle the dispute out of court or reject the claim. The individuals have the option to file a law suit if the municipality rejects the claim.

City officials are planning on widening the street in order to allow for additional space for pedesterians and bikers and improve storm water run off  as well as traffic safety. Many of the residents living on, or near, the street objected; arguing the project was not necessary and would destroy hundreds of trees.

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Congressmen fight for recognition of Delafield's Civil War hero

May 23, 2013 1:53 p.m. | According to a news release from DC, U.S. Reps. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced legislation to posthumously award Lieutenant Alonzo Cushing with the Medal of Honor.

Lt. Cushing, a Wisconsin-born Civil War hero, played a pivotal role in the Union victory at Gettysburg and July 1-3 of this year marks the 150th anniversary of that battle.

A native of Delafield, WI, Cushing is best remembered for his actions on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg when he helped turn the tide during Pickett’s Charge. On July 3, 1863, the third day of battle, Cushing commanded 110 men and six cannons positioned on Cemetery Ridge. They received the full force of Confederate artillery and Pickett’s Charge of 13,000 infantry. In a period of just a few hours, all of his officers had been killed and Cushing himself was wounded though he refused to withdraw from the field. He continued to fight, and sustained two more wounds before finally succumbing to his injuries.

"Lt. Cushing was a courageous leader who gave his life to protect our sovereign nation,” Sensenbrenner said. “This brave soldier from Wisconsin should be awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic service.”

Recommendations for the Medal of Honor must be formally made within two years of the heroic action and awarded within three years. This bill, strongly backed by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, makes it possible to waive this requirement with an act of Congressional approval and the President’s signature.

WCTC fills vacant seats

May 23, 2013 10:09 a.m. | Waukesha County Technical College has announced today that three vacated seats on the district board have been filled.

According to a news release, the seats will be filled by Elizabeth Thelen, Mary Baer and Pauline Jaske. Thelen is filling the expired term for an Additional Member and will serve July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016. Baer is filling the expired term for an Employee Member and will serve July 1, 2013 –June 30, 2016. Jaske is filling the expired term for an Employer Member and will serve July 1, 2013-June 30, 2016. 

Since 1998, Thelen has been self-employed as a coach/facilitator for Be! Business Growth Consulting. She also serves as the talent and education advisor for The Water Council of Waukesha and served on the Oconomowoc School District Board from 2010 to 2013. Her areas of expertise include employee development, performance management and leadership development. Thelen resides in Ixonia.

 

 

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Mukwonago selects new Village Administrator

May 23, 2013 2:15 a.m. | The Village of Mukwonago board has appointed John Weidl as Village Administrator.

In a closed session meeting on May 21, the village appointed Weidl who accepted the position and will start his work with the village on July 1.

Weidl is the current Administrator/Clerk-Treasurer/Director of Public Works for the City of Princeton in Princeton, Wis. 

According to his public LinkedIn profile, Weidl began his position in Princeton in January of 2011. Prior to that he worked in the Office of the Administrator in Lake Zurich, Ill.

Weidl's profile also states his education includes a BA in Political Science and European History and an MPA in Urban Management and Development both from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his education, it also states that Weidl was part of the U.S. Air Force and is an Iraqi War veteran.

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Lake Country fire talks continue

May 22, 2013 9:10 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Although they had some sharp verbal exchanges tonight, representatives of four Lake Country communities are trying to avoid an impasse in their negotiations to consolidate the City of Oconomowoc Fire Department into Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR)

Representatives from the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa who control LCFR balked at a proposal tonight from Mayor Jim Daley of the City of Oconomowoc that the three communities will pay Oconomowoc an annual credit of about $350,000 as part of a formula to fund the proposed consolidated fire department.

Daley argued the credit would help ensure that the city saved money as a result of the consolidation and it would also recognize that in future years ithe city would be paying the largest share of the department's operating  expenses.

He said the credit would be worth it to the communities because of the savings they would experience in their municipal  budgets as a result of the consolidation. The savings would range from about $100,000 for the City of Delafield to about $8,000 for the Village of Chenequa.

Delafield Mayor Ed McAleer said the credit would be politically unacceptable unless it was phased out over a period of years. McAleer noted in future years Oconomowoc would be receiving the most services from the consolidated department because of growth in both residential and commercial developments.

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AHS, KM golfers move to sectionals

May 22, 2013 5:56 p.m. | The Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine boys golf teams earned sectional berths Wednesday at two different WIAA Division 1 regional sites. The top four teams from each regional earn sectional berths.

AHS finished second (320) at their own regional at Naga-Waukee. Cedarburg won with a 307 score.

Kettle Moraine grabbed the fourth and final sectional berth at the Waukesha West regional at Morningstar with a score of 323.

Both will play in sectional events next week.

Prairie View holds benefit bake sale tonight

May 22, 2013 4:04 p.m. | Prairie View Elementary is having a Cookie's for Cancer bake sale tonight from 5 to 7 p.m.

The first graders will host the event to support pediatric cancer research in the school's lobby.

DNR board approves acquisition along Oconomowoc River

May 22, 2013 1:01 p.m. | The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved, on a 7-0 vote, the purchase of 140 acres in the Town of Erin for land that will become part of the Loew Lake unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

The Department of Natural Resources will buy the parcel with funds from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund. The price: $720,000, which was below appraisals.

The land is owned by Renotta and Robert Thompson and includes 1,275 feet along the Oconomowoc River.

The Journal Sentinel’s Don Behm described the project in a story earlier this week.

Zion collects items for Oklahoma families

May 22, 2013 12:04 p.m. | Zion Episcopal Church in Oconomowoc is collecting donations to send families in Moore, Oklahoma.

Rev. Michael Caldwell said they're accepting all kinds of donations like non-perishable foods, diapers, packing supplies, bottled water, blankets, soaps etc.

You can drop off items at Zion Episcopal, located at 135 Rockwell, from 12-5 p.m. this Sunday, May 26. They are also happy to accept donations outside of those hours and you can call (262) 567-7505 to make arrangements.

The truck with donated goods will drive down on Monday, May 26. 

Brick sale supports Veteran Park improvements

May 22, 2013 11:24 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc -  Members of the Honor and Valor committee that are raising funds to refurbish Veterans Memorial Park will be on hand during and after the City of Oconomowoc's Memorial Day Parade to sell personalized bricks.

A table will be set up in the parking lot of Spinnakers Restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue for the sale.

The bricks can be purchased in honor or memory of a veteran and proceeds from the sale will be used to support the park improvements.

 Brick prices are $125 for a 4×8 brick offering three text lines with 13 per line, or $150 for an 8×8 brick offering six text lines with 13 characters per line. A space is considered a character.

Mukwonago children will have new park this summer

May 21, 2013 10:27 p.m. |  The Village of Mukwonago board review the final plan for a Washington Park development that would place play equipment at the park near the library.

Made possible through the donation of play equipment from Joe and Karen McAdams, the park will feature a play structure as well as a swing set component. 

The Village will have the responsibility of creating a connecting path to the sidewalk, providing chips for the play area, and moving a tree.

The park plans will now officially be set in motion. Chairman of the Health and Recreation committee and supervisor Mike Sellenheim said weather and plans permitting, the park should be complete at the end of July.

KM girls win softball opener

May 21, 2013 9:50 p.m. | Host Kettle Moraine's girls softball team blanked visiting Waukesha South in a WIAA Division 1 regional first-round game Tuesday, 10-0. KM scored nine times in the fifth inning.

KM, seeded eighth, will play against host No. 1 Mukwonago Thursday at 5 p.m.

Ashley Ausprung pitched a three-hitter and struck out four for the Lasers.  Hannah Foltz had two hits and three RBIs for the Lasers and Ashley Madsen and Jordan Fink drove in two runs each.

Board approves relocatable units

May 21, 2013 9:40 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School Board voted tonight to purchase two relocatable classroom units to be installed at Meadow View and Ixonia Schools before the start of the 2013-14 school year. The measure will help alleviate capacity issues at the schools.

For more on this story, read the Thursdsay edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Weiss, Hawks win softball opener

May 21, 2013 6:34 p.m. | Spurred on by a one-hitter by junior southpaw Noelle Weiss, Arrowhead's girls softball team opened play in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 regional by blanking visiting Wauwatosa West, 3-0. The win vaulted Arrowhead into the regional championship game Thursday against host Menomonee Falls.

Weiss struck out nine, walked two and hit a batter. Only one ball was hit out of the infield against Weiss.

AHS  (10-6) scored once in the second and twice in the third. Abby Kolbow and Kara Olsen had RBIs for the Warhawks and Olsen, batting a team-best .422, had two hits as did Taylor Jacobs.

Big Bend businesses battle construction

May 21, 2013 4:31 p.m. |  Hammer Rehab and Fitness will be hosting a "Road Construction Survival Party" this Friday, May 24 at their facility on Big Bend Drive in Big Bend.

The business plans to have music, food, games and prizes from 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. to foster a postive attitude and give a reason to celebrate despite dramatic and confusing construction in the area.

Look for more information on the party, as well as how other businesses in Big Bend are dealing with the construction in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief.

Pewaukee Ski Club announces clean water donation

May 21, 2013 2:36 p.m. | The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club announced Tuesday that they will be donating $7,000 toward local projects dedicated to improving the area’s waterways.

According to the press release, the three beneficiaries of this donation are the Water Resource Fund, the Wetland Fund and the Water Quality Testing Program. All three programs are administered by the Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District.

“It is with continued support from our sponsors and the community that we are able to be part of the solution toward achieving cleaner and healthier lakes for the community,” said club president Jean Russell.

Last year, the Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club donated funds to purchase “Eagle Eye” technology. It’s been a successful bird deterrent system that contributed to the decrease in alarming E. coli tests last year, allowing the beach to remain open all summer long.

A ceremony commemorating the event is scheduled for May 27 at 5:30 p.m. at Lakefront Park. The Pewaukee Lake Ski Club will present a ceremonial check to Richard Nowacki, Chairman of the Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District Board of Commissioners. Immediate after the ceremony, the ski club will perform its first show of the 2013 season.

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Farmer's Market vouchers for Seniors

May 21, 2013 1:21 p.m. |  Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) is again administering the Senior Farmer’s Market Voucher Nutrition Program for Waukesha County.

Seniors must be 60 years of age or older (Native Americans 55 years of age or older) and will need to verify that their monthly income is at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline. Vouchers are disbursed on a first-come first-served basis and are limited to one pack of vouchers per household. This program will provide seniors with $25 worth of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. 

June 11                        10 – 11am                 Messnor Manor, Menomonee Falls

June 11                        2 – 3 pm                    High Ridge Manor, New Berlin, WI

June 13                        10 – 11 am                 Saratoga Heights, Waukesha

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Pewaukee priest resigns over relationship with woman

May 21, 2013 12:40 p.m. | A young priest at a Pewaukee Catholic Church has resigned his duties as a result of a relationship he has had with a woman.

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said in a letter to Catholics Tuesday  that Father Sean O'Connell has stepped down as administrator of Queen of Apostles Parish for failing "to exercise good judgement in a relationship he has had with an adult woman."

"Father Sean will need to address his actions and he will receive assistance in doing so," Listecki said.

No additional information was immediately available about O'Connell or the circumstances involving the relationship.

O'Connell, 32, was ordained in 2009 and has been at Queen of Apostles since 2012.

St. John's Military Academy student leaves country after sexual assault

May 21, 2013 12:16 p.m. | Delafield -- 17-year-old Pablo Gonzalez Carbajal is just now facing serious charges for sexual assault of a child under 16 after attacking another student at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield last year.

According to the criminal complaints, a City of Delafield detective was contacted on June 28, 2012 after a 14-year-old boy, another student, told his family that he had been coerced into performing sexual acts last year.

Court records said the boy felt pressured by the Carbajal and “he did not tell anyone what happened because he was scared of what the defendant would do to him.”

City of Delafield Police Chief Scott Taubel said that the year long investigation has been difficult because Carbajal is a Mexican citizen who has since returned to Mexico City.

“We have made several attempts to contact him but we have not been able to interview him,” Taubel said.

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Do you have Lake Country ties to Oklahoma tornado?

May 21, 2013 7:19 a.m. | Do you have Lake Country ties to the tornado in Oklahoma? Know someone who does? We'd like to talk to you. Drop us a line at lakenews@jcpgroup.com or call our newsroom at (262) 367-3272.

Waukesha County Sheriff Detective arrested for OWI Sunday morning

May 20, 2013 9:42 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki reported Monday evening that early Sunday, a Waukesha County Sheriff's detective was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

The release said the detective was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday by the Sparta Police Department. It states the detective has served on the Sheriff's Department for 23 years and was off duty at the time of the arrest.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter and the detective has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation, the release states.

Delafield debt sold at 1.3% interest

May 20, 2013 8:44 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The UMB Bank of Kansas City, Mo., has agreed to sell about $1.485 million in city debt at an interest rate of 1.3361 per cent.

The Kansas City bank was one of six financial institutions to bid on the selling of $1,477,589 in 10 year general obligation promissory notes. The interest cost will be about $136,500

The other bids ranged from 1.3604 per cent offered by Bankers Bank of Madison to 1.5871 per cent by BOSC, INC, a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corporation of Milwaukee. 

Since the debt is in the form of notes issued at $5,000 increments rather than bonds, the money loaned can be used on a wide range of city projects, according to the city's financial advisor, Philip L. Cosson of Ehlers.

Cosson, who is a senior financial advisor and director at Ehlers, said other municipalities in southeastern Wisconsin have received favorable interests rates on their municipal loans..

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Prairie View holds Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale

May 20, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Prairie View Elementary School first graders will hold a Cookies for Kids’ Cancer bake sale on Wednesday, May 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the school lobby, to support pediatric cancer research. Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is committed to raising the funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancer. 

Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers. Through local bake sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities, and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer. Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children - more than asthma, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and pediatric AIDS combined. Nearly 13,000 children are diagnosed with cancer each year. Survivors of childhood cancer face a broad range of physical and psychological challenges imposed by the disease, and some will suffer its long-term effects for the rest of their lives. Despite all these statistics, there has not been a new drug developed specifically for pediatric cancer in 20 years.

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OHS girls softball team wins league title

May 19, 2013 5:35 p.m. | The Oconomowoc girls fastpitch softball team captured the outright championship Saturday by winning a Wisconsin Little Ten Conference doubleheader against host Beaver Dam. Cooney won those games by scores of 11-5 and 11-0.

OHS finished the conference season with a 13-1 mark, two games better than Watertown.

The conference championship was the second in school history for the Raccoons and the first in 31 years.

Senior catcher Renate Meckl leads Oconomowoc in hitting with a brilliant .590 batting mark. OHS is 15-4 on the season and they'll host a WIAA Division 1 regional title game on Thursday.

Blue Sox only undefeated LOL West team

May 19, 2013 5:30 p.m. | The surprising Brookfield Blue Sox improved to 3-0 on the season Sunday afternoon by shocking powerful West Bend on the road, 6-5. The Blue Sox are now the only undefeated team in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league.

Other games Sunday saw Oconomowoc edge Lannon in 11 innings, Hartland nip Monches 5-4, Menononee Falls nip North Lake 11-10, Brookfield Bulldogs whip Merton 11-3 and Sussex stun Pewaukee, 12-0.

A full slate of games will be played this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Family pizza business opens in Oconomowoc

May 17, 2013 1:57 p.m. | Eric's Hand Tossed Pizza & Subs recently opened at 1280 Brown St. Owner Eric Hasler, 25, makes it all fresh at his business where you can find him and his brother, mom and even grandfather cooking up fresh pizza and subs on Friday night.
He delivers, too. Hasler said he'll deliver within a 10-mile radius from his Oconomowoc location.

Here's a fresh pizza he made for some hungry reporters who visited his business Friday.

Watch for more in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Walmart, Sam's Club stores proposed for Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc

May 17, 2013 1:45 p.m. | A Walmart supermarket and discount store and Sam's Club store are being proposed for Oconomowoc's Pabst Farms site, where city officials had once hoped to see a regional mall developed.

The 151,000 square-foot Walmart supercenter and 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club would anchor the western portion of the Pabst Farms Town Centre site, north of I-94 and east of Highway 67. That plan was announced Friday by Walmart, property owner and developer Pabst Farms Development Inc., and city officials.

Pabst Farms Town Centre would have approximately 1 million square feet of stores, restaurants and a cinema in an open-air retail center, according to the developer.

Preliminary construction on the Town Centre is expected to begin later this year. No date has been set yet for the construction of the new Walmart and Sam’s Club.

The Town Centre site is already zoned for retail use that includes large-format stores, said Jason Gallo, city planner.

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Walk or run for good on Saturday

May 17, 2013 12:00 a.m. | May is filled with so many ways to enjoy the outdoors.

One of the best ways is to get in some exercise and at the same time contribute to a worthy cause.

This Saturday there are lots of runs and walks in Lake Country.

Only the quick and strong will survive the Wisconsin Zombie Mud Run at the Waukesha County Expo Center Grounds. Registration starts at 7 a.m. Go to www.wisconsinzombiemudrun.com for more information.

Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County is having its first 5K Home Run/Walk at Frame Park in Waukesha. The event will help raise funds for building efforts and spread awareness of organization’s mission. Go to www.hfhwaukesha.org for more information.

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Waukesha County surgeon indicted; health care fraud alleged

May 16, 2013 6:02 p.m. | A Waukesha County surgeon has been indicted on 13 counts of federal health care fraud.

Cully White, 44, of Pewaukee faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines on each count if convicted.

According to the U.S. attorney's office, from November 2010 to October 2011, White recruited another doctor to dictate reports that made it appear the second doctor had conducted "inner-operative nerve monitoring" while White performed surgeries, and paid the second physician $150 for each report. The other physician did not conduct the monitoring, or even have the required training to do so, according to prosecutors.

White then used the reports to submit claims of $265,000 to insurance companies for the nerve monitoring services. White only collected $82,000 on those claims, and paid a total of nearly $15,000 to the second physician, who is not identified in a U.S. attorney's office news release.

White is a doctor of osteopathic medicine. He operates Cully White, Neurosurgery and Spine, S.C., in Milwaukee.

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Hartland motorcyclist killed in Tuesday accident

May 16, 2013 11:12 a.m. | A motorcyclist involved in a crash with a Pewaukee squad car Tuesday has died.

Joshua Lang, 27, of Hartland was pronounced dead later that day of injuries sustained in the crash.

At about 9:58 a.m. Tuesday, a Village of Pewaukee police officer was positioning his marked squad car along the side of Highway 16 near Capitol Drive to remove debris (about 10 paver bricks) from the roadway. The squad's emergency lights were activated.

Lang struck the right rear quarter panel of the squad car, which was along the median, and was taken to Froedtert Hospital by Flight for Life.

Village police had previously reported Lang was not wearing a helmet.

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Oconomowoc ski hill won't open this season

May 16, 2013 10:15 a.m. | Highlands of Olympia ski hill is not anticipated to open this winter after the managers of the hill said the lifts need $50,000 to $60,000 worth of repairs and upgrades.

The ski hill managers told the property's new owners, Magna LLC, they were willing to make the investment if they could have a 10-year or longer, lease. A Magna spokeswoman said they could not grant that long of a lease.

Read more here.

Mukwonago Community Choir in concert this weekend

May 16, 2013 8:17 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area Community Choir, headed by John Anello III, will present a vocal jazz-pop concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Our Savior's Wesleyan Church, S93 W30580 Highway NN, Mukwonago.

Selections include, among others, "Africa," MoonGlow," "Hawaii Five O," "Take Five," "Moon River," "The Longest Time," "Loves Me Like a Rock," "Over the Rainbow" and more.
There is no admission charge, although donations for the Mukwonago Food Pantry are welcomed and encouraged.

Hirschfeld commits to Wisconsin

May 15, 2013 5:29 p.m. | Arrowhead junior standout defensive end/tackle  Billy Hirschfeld verbally commited to play football at the University of Wisconsin for the 2014 season.

Hirshfeld, 6 foot 6, 266 pounds, was one of the top defensive players in Wisconsin High School football last season when the Warhawks won the WIAA Division 1 state championship.

He was recruited by many prominent Division 1 programs the past year.

Mukwonago holds hazardous waste collection this Saturday

May 15, 2013 3:56 p.m. |  The Village of Mukwonago will be holding a special one-day collection of household hazardous waste open to any Waukesha County resident on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The collection will take place at the Village Public Works Garage at 630 Hwy NN.

Old, unusable chemicals, pesticides, wood preservatives, solvents, oil-based paints, and mercury-containing products will be accepted. Latex paint and non-hazardous cleaning materials will not be accepted.

 

For more information, including a detailed list of acceptable household hazardous waste materials, visitwww.waukeshacounty.gov/hazardouswaste or call 262-896-8300.


This program is funded by Waukesha County and Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with the local municipalities. Proof of residency is required at all locations at all times.

Siergiej resigns at Arrowhead

May 15, 2013 3:21 p.m. | Successful Arrowhead girls hockey caoch Jinelle Siergiej resigned from that position earlier today. She's moving on to coach at Robert Morris University.

Siergiej turned the fortunes of the AHS girls program around in just a couple of seasons.

The school will post an opening for the coaching position today.

Dine out to support disaster relief

May 15, 2013 2:35 p.m. | Two area restaurants are among the eateries participating in the Dine for Disaster throughout Eastern Wisconsin on Thursday, May 16.

They are Emperor's Kitchen, Inc., 3149 Golf Road in Delafield and Hartland Inn, 110 Cottonwood Ave. in Hartland.

Participants will donate a portion of sales to benefit their local American Red Cross disaster relief and community disaster prevention and education.

While the Red Cross responds to big disasters such as floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes each year, the most frequent threat people face is a fire in their own home. Disaster Action Team workers respond to an emergency every nine minutes around the United States. Locally, it was nearly 500 last year.

During a disaster, Red Cross provides a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, emotional support and hope. Through community support, Red Cross offers individuals and families basic emergency needs to recovery guidance.

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Donate at North Prairie blood drive

May 15, 2013 2:18 p.m. | A Red Cross North Prairie Community blood drive will be held at Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, S50W33042 Town Rd GE (located on the corner of Highway E and GE, about one mile north of North Prairie) on Thursday, May 30 from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.  

Donors who donate blood between May 23 and 31 could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards. 

For an appointment call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit the website

High winds, rain hit Lake Country

May 14, 2013 9:01 p.m. | Wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and rain hit the Hartland area at 8:51 p.m. Tuesday. There were some power outages in the Hartland area.

The area along I-94 in Delafield got heavier rain than in Hartland. High winds were also reported in Delafield and south of Delafield.

Law office will renovate building in downtown Mukwonago

May 14, 2013 4:03 p.m. | Jeffrey Nichols of downtown-Milwaukee-based Crivello Carlson has purchased 114 Main Street in downtown Mukwonago and is investing in the building in an effort to help revitalize the downtown community.

Nichols is most well-known in the Mukwonago community for his work representing the two people challenging the Mukwonago Indians nickname. 

See more in tomorrow's Chief. 

Highway 16 has been reopened

May 14, 2013 2:55 p.m. | All lanes of traffic have been reopened on Highway 16 in Pewaukee.

The road had been closed because of a serious motorcycle/squad car accident this morning.

Hy. 16 near Pewaukee closed

May 14, 2013 12:38 p.m. | Eastbound Highway 16 at Ryan Road in Pewaukee has been closed since about 11:45 a.m. due to an accident. One motorcyle could be seen laying in the right lane just short of the Ryan Road bridge in Pewaukee.

Westbound lanes were open. The road was still closed as of 12:36 p.m.

Eastbound traffic was being routed off of Highway 16 at Jungbluth Road about one mile west of the crash site. Heavy delays could be seen on Highway JJ going into Pewaukee.

T-shirt sale helps support Special Olympics

May 14, 2013 12:17 p.m. |  Help support Special Olympics.  The 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run shirts are available for purchase at the Village Hall in Wales. Shirts are $15 and can be purchased by cash or check (payable to Special Olympics) and will be available until May 28. 

Kettle Moraine High School nationally certified for PLTW

May 14, 2013 12:02 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine High School announces that it has received national certification for its Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program.  PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science class to real-life biomedical science projects. PLTW also prides itself on high-quality professional development of its teachers and an engaged network of business, community and university partners to give students the fullest experience.

The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes Kettle Moraine High School for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW’s national standards. Additionally, certification as a PLTW school provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW coursework. PLTW has more than 40 affiliate college and university partners.

Read more in this week's Kettle Moraine Index.

Oconomowoc couple charged with home break-in

May 14, 2013 11:54 a.m. | An Oconomowoc man and woman were charged Friday with allegedly breaking into the Brookfield home of a family friend in May 2012 and stealing approximately $3,300 wortth of electronics. The woman told police that her boyfriend had stolen the items without her knowledge and they tried to break back in to return them.

Calvin G. Rolbiecki Dobson, 30, and Natasha Harland, 19, were each charged on May 10 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary of a building or dwelling, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of more than 12 years in prison, $25,000 in fines, or both.

Several bench warrants had been issued for Harland in Waukesha and Jefferson County for failing to appear in court on various misdemeanor and felony charges, including drug-related offenses.

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Brookfield Police officers were dispatched to 17130 West Burleigh Place on May 29, 2012 after receiving reports of a burglary.

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Click it or Ticket campaign starts May 20

May 14, 2013 11:07 a.m. | Big Bend Police will be teaming up with other area law enforcement during the state-wide Click it or Ticket it campaign  from May 20 to June 2 .  

Additional patrols will be instituted during this period in an effort to enhance driver safety through the seat belt laws according to Big Bend Police Chief Michael Hartert.

Westbound 16 reopens

May 14, 2013 10:53 a.m. | Westbound Highway 16 in Pewaukee has been reopened now that Flight for Life has left the scene of a motorcycle/squad car crash between Main Street and Capitol Drive.

Eastbound lanes, where the crash took place, remains closed.

Merton celebrates student writers at Concert Night

May 14, 2013 10:48 a.m. | Talented young writers from Merton School were let loose on May 7 at Camp Whitcomb for the 13th annual Writer’s Round-Up, an opportunity for students to let nature inspire them and learn about the publishing business from local artists.

The stories, plays, poems and various other artworks created at Camp Whitcomb will be featured at a “Concert Night” scheduled for 6 p.m. on May 29. The best pieces of writing will be read by students and a book with the collected works will be published and presented to participants.

The Writer’s Round Up was first envisioned by retired gifted and talented curriculum coordinator Roger Thorson in the 2000-01 school year. Sixth grade teacher Mary Susa said each grade K-6 teacher chooses a student who will spend a day finding inspiration in a non-school setting.

“Typically, we are looking at a kid who is strong academically, who could afford a day away, and who has exhibited a strong writing ability,” she said.

Students met with local author JoAnne Kaminski and illustrator Renee Love on May 7 to discuss the process of taking an idea and turning it into a published work. Kaminski is a former Milwaukee Public School teacher who has published several children’s books, as well as books on teaching and student reading. Renee Love is an illustrator for the Love of Books Publishing company.

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Flight on way to Pewaukee crash

May 14, 2013 10:13 a.m. | Flight for Life is on the way to a crash on eastbound Highway 16 near Main Street in Pewaukee.

A motorcyclist hit the back of a squad car. Traffic will be diverted for a time while the victim is tended to and the accident scene cleaned up.

Traffic diverted Monday after attempted suicide

May 14, 2013 10:00 a.m. | Traffic was diverted on highway 16 during rush hour Monday evening.

An Oconomowoc woman is currently hospitalized after jumping off the highway 16 bridge and onto traffic over county trunk highway P around 5:13 p.m. yesterday.

Town of Oconomowoc Police Chief James Wallis said the event was witnessed and no foul play was suspected. 

Cleaning lady charged with stealing safe, jewelry

May 14, 2013 9:46 a.m. |  A 33-year-old cleaning lady was charged with allegedly stealing a safe from a Town of Merton home last year, along with several pieces of jewelry that police said were later sold.

Dousman resident Joenelle L. Sawa was charged on May 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft, which carries a maximum sentence of more than three years in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha County deputies were dispatched to the Ceschi residence at N67 W29557 Richter Road in Merton on Nov. 13, 2012 after receiving reports of a theft.

Jeff Ceschi told police that he came that afternoon and found that a safe located in his bedroom was missing and his wife did not know where it had gone. While talking to Ceschi, officers were informed that the safe in question had been found dumped in the middle of an intersection.

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Plant swap at Eagle Historical Society

May 13, 2013 4:58 p.m. | The Eagle Historical Society Museum, 217 Main Street, invites friends and neighbors to swap and share perennial plants on Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Participants are invited to bring  plants, take  plants and meet Master Gardeners Nancy Manschot and Sandy Schwartz who will be available to answer gardening questions and offer planting suggestions.  

Call Elaine for more information at (262) 594-3301.

Ashippun Lions Club rummage this weekend

May 13, 2013 10:39 a.m. |  The 9th Annual Ashippun Lions sponsored Rummage Days occurs  May 17 -18 this year. 

The main event occurs at Triangle Park (corner of Hwy 67 and Hwy O) in Ashippun.  It  will  feature two large tents  of items  including furniture, clothes, electronics, tools, antiques, toys, power tools, books and more. 

Many other rummage sales will be happening in the township on the same days as we encourage participation from other community members. Pick up map of other rummage sales at Triangle Park.

In conjunction with the rummage sale,  the Lions will be grilling hot dogs and brats so stop in for lunch and a beverage on Friday or Saturday.

All money raised at the Lions sale goes to Ashippun Lions projects in the community.  

Mukwonago man pleads guilty to child sex assault

May 13, 2013 10:24 a.m. | A 33-year-old Mukwonago man pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of second-degree sexual assault of a child, accused in April 2012 of inappropriately touching his 6-year-old stepdaughter. 

Bealhen was originally charged with first-degree sex assault of a child, which carried a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

The Department of Human Services contacted the Mukwonago Police Department on April 21, 2012 regarding an investigation into the possible sex assault of a 6-year-old Mukwonago girl.

The girl’s father said he was concerned about troubling things the girl had said about her stepfather, Bealhen. The girl was interviewed by investigators and said that Bealhen touched her buttocks, vaginal area and chest on multiple occassions in the past two months. She said she wanted to tell her mom, but Bealhen had told her not to.

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Pewaukee leads LOL West standings

May 12, 2013 5:11 p.m. | Thanks to a 9-2 victory over visiting North Lake on Sunday afternoon, Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team took over sole possession of first place by improving to 3-0 on the season.

Games on Sunday saw Oconomowoc stop host Hartland 8-4, Lannon drub visiting Monches 12-5, host Brookfield Blue Sox blank Merton 6-0, visiting West Bend defeat Menomonee Falls 10-4 and the Brookfield Bulldogs down host Sussex, 4-3.

Pewaukee leads the way with a 3-0 mark. West Bend and the Blue Sox also are undefeated as both sport 2-0 records.

Arrowhead golfers win Kaz title

May 12, 2013 11:17 a.m. | Arrowhead's boys golf team sprung a major upset Saturday at the 24-school Kaz Invite at New Berlin Hills by stunning No. 1 ranked Marquette and winning the meet championship. AHS won its first invite title of the year with 324 strokes. Marquette was second at 327. Kettle Moraine was ninth at 341.

AHS was led by Kyle Tanriverdi with 78.  He placed fourth overall. Other Arrowhead scores were Connor Thiel with 81, Tyler Peterson 82 and Spencer Jepsen 83.

KM was led by Dylan Patscot with 80, tying him for seventh place in trhe field of 120  players.

Seonbuchner commits to Iowa State

May 11, 2013 6:48 p.m. | Arrowhead linebacker Sam Seonbuchner, a 6-2, 200 pound linebacker, has verbally committed to play college football at Iowa State University in the fall. He made his decision today.

Seonbuchner was one of the top defenders this year for the undefeated and WIAA Division 1 state champion Warhawks last fall.

Eagle hosts Community Rummage Sale this weekend

May 10, 2013 2:59 p.m. |  Eagle Business Association is in the middle of it's four-day rummage sale.

There are 71 homes participating in the community rummage sale which starts at 8 a.m. each morning and closes at 5 p.m. each day and runs through Eagle, parts of North Prairie and parts of Palmyra.

Maps are available at several local businesses including gas stations, restaurants, retail locations, Citizen's Bank of Mukwonago in Eagle, Eagle Methodist Church, and Alice Baker Memorial Library.

In addition to rummaging there will be a free wine tasting at the BP gas station both Saturday and Sunday. When you need a break from rummaging, from 9 a.m.-12p.m. the Winterhose Park Icelandic Horse Farmm off of Highway 59 East will be showing their Icelandic horses in competition and spectators are welcome for no cost.

For more information visit the Eagle Business Association website. 

Mark Duchow passes away

May 10, 2013 7:49 a.m. | Mark Duchow of Delafield, in the boat business for many years, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon after a very brief illness. He is survived by his wife Margaret and his children.

Duchow, a longtime booster of Arrowhead High School sports, was instrumental in numerous fundraising events for the AHS athletic department and scholarship funds.

AHS girls win track title

May 10, 2013 6:43 a.m. | Arrowhead's girls track team captured the Classic 8 Conference outdoor championship Thursday night at wet and cold Waukesha North. AHS won the title with 188 points and Mukwonago was a distant second with 129.5 points.

The Warhawks won 7 events.

Winning for AHS wereTaylor Amann in the pole vault, the 3,200 meter relay team of Kat Kredell, Gretchen Berg, Tayler McCormack and Maggie Dawes, Jackie Dubnicka in the 1,600, Kathlean Wartman in the 300 hurdles,  the 400 relay team of Miranda Winkelman, Jenna Goulet, Caroline Bong and Vanessa Voss, Natalie Burant in the  3,200 and the 1,600 relay of McCormack, Mary Bartelson, Lea Patek and Kate Novacek.

Lots of rain

May 10, 2013 6:34 a.m. | The Lake Country area has been hit with more rain the last 24 hours.

The maintenance department at Chenequa Country Club reported that 1.5 inches of rain has fallen from 10 a.m. on Thursday until 5:30 a.m. on Friday. More rain was expected through 12 noon.

Moms and flowers go together

May 10, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Mother’s Day always coincides with springtime and that means the time for choosing flowers and planning our gardens.

This weekend there are lots of events for mom and for springtime planting.

There are several plant sales in the area offering great opportunities to pick out annuals, perennials, hanging baskets and more.

A Garden Boutique will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Three Pillars Senior Living Communities Village on the Square, 375 Highway 67, Dousman. There will be potted perennials, silk flowers, jewelry spring and creative gifts, garden and home decor and Mother’s Day gift ideas.

Retzer Nature Center Annual Spring Sale is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at S14-W28167 Madison St., Genesee. Find the perfect native plant for your garden, ranging from $4 to $20. Varieties include shooting star, cardinal flower, Virginia bluebell, and prairie blazing star. Add rain barrels and compost bins to your already environmentally friendly garden. Compost bins are $45 and rain barrels with diverter kits starting at $60.

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Friends of Vernon Marsh needs volunteers

May 08, 2013 2:28 p.m. |  Friends of Vernon Marsh will sponsor its third annual Vernon Marsh Spring Litter Cleanup at 9 a.m. Saturday May 11, rain or shine.

Volunteers will clean up the perimeter parking areas and wildlife viewing areas surrounding the marsh. Wear sturdy shoes, old clothes, and work gloves.

Meet at Frog Alley upper parking area off Highway 83. Volunteers will be assigned an area; when finished volunteers may leave or move on to another area.

Mukwonago Relay for Life looking for 100 cancer survivors

May 08, 2013 12:00 p.m. | With the 100th anniversary of the American Cancer Society taking place this year, the Relay For Life Planning Committee of Mukwonago is hoping to have 100 Cancer Survivors from the Mukwonago and surrounding area attend the Relay Event at Field Park on Friday night, June 21 at 6 p.m.

 A survivor is anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer.  Whether the fight is just beginning or has been completed, all survivors are encouraged to attend.

 A survivor reception and pig roast meal will be available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for survivors.  Relay For Life will begin at 6 p.m. with opening comments and a “survivor lap” where all survivors in attendance start the event off after receiving a purple survivor t-shirt.

 If you are a survivor and would like to attend, please contact Valerie Tribble at (262) 523-5509 at the American Cancer Society and provide her your t-shirt size.

Halquist Stone to donate $200K youth sports complex

May 08, 2013 8:06 a.m. | Halquist Stone plans to build a 14-acre complex for youth softball and soccer adjacent to Hamilton High School.

The Sussex company anticipates spending more than $200,000 on materials, equipment and labor.


"Halquist Stone has always felt investment in our community's youth is the best investment we can make," said Tom Halquist, company vice president. "That's why we created Dozer Day in 1996 and grew it into the largest one-day event in Southeast Wisconsin."

Dozer Day ended in 2009 because of increasing insurance and stricter MSHA (mine Safety and Health Administration) regulations. The event raised more than $100,000 annually for the Hamilton School District and nearly $1 million over the course of 10 years.

Plans for the new sports complex call for six 50-yard-long soccer fields, two 40-yard-long soccer fields and one NCAA regulation-size soccer field, as well as two Little League-sized fast-pitch softball fields. The land is owned by the Hamilton School District and is just south of the high school.

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Oh, deer! Sharpshooters to take on Pewaukee problem

May 08, 2013 7:54 a.m. | The City of Pewaukee plans to employ sharpshooters to help thin the deer herd in the Rocky Point neighborhood. Read more in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

Oconomowoc superintendent announced

May 07, 2013 10:39 p.m. | The School Board announced at its meeting tonight that Dr. Roger Rindo has accepted the superintendent position with the Oconomowoc Area School District. He replaces Dr. Pat Neudecker who is retiring at the end of the school year.

Rindo is currently superintendent of the Tomahawk School District.

For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

City of Oconomowoc land swap for apartment complex passes, but with opposition

May 07, 2013 10:38 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Common Council passed an agreement to swap parcels of land owned by Bob Felker on North Main Street with city owned land on Worthington Avenue Tuesday night, but not without debate.

Last summer the city entered into a developer's agreement to swap the land so it can expand Village Green. In turn Felker will construct a 60-unit apartment complex at Worthington Street and Wisconsin Avenue.

Concerns came from Alderwoman Cathleen Slattery who is nervous about ongoing negotiations for the final piece of land on North Main Street the city wants for the Village Green expansion. The city is in negotiations with Tommy Lin, owner of Fong's, to buy the land his restaurant is on. The parcel is the last piece the city envisions for the expansion which is adjacent to Felker's properties.

Slattery is concerned the city will not be successful in its negotiations and then end up in a similar situation to eminent domain process it has initiated over land across from the community center wanted for parking after two years of failed negotiations.

City Attorney Bill Chapman and Mayor Jim Daley warned not passing the land swap agreement could have repercussions because of a memorandum of understanding Council approved last summer regarding the apartment project.

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Decision on Thackeray Trail extension in Oconomowoc delayed

May 07, 2013 10:32 p.m. |

City of Oconomowoc – Mayor Jim Daley put the breaks on a decision to extend Thackeray Trail to Silver Lake Street. After a large group of residents filled City Hall Tuesday night and kicked off with a 15-minute comment from a concerned resident, Daley said now is not the time to make a decision.

Daley suggested postponing the vote and scheduling a public meeting to go over technical specifics of the plan and hear residents’ concerns. However, despite his suggestion to hold off and have more discussion, residents still wanted their voice to be heard Tuesday night.

Officials did not disagree with hearing residents. “I want to hear what people have to say. This is a very hot topic and I have received many phone calls on it,” said Alderwoman Cathleen Slattery who lives in District 2 which includes Thackeray Trail.

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Finalists announced for Mukwonago Village Administrator

May 07, 2013 5:07 p.m. | The finalists for Village of Mukwonago administrator have been decided.

The hiring committee had narrowed the field of  37 applicants to 10 candidates, and reviewed those videos on Monday. This afternoon, village clerk Steve Braatz released the names of the four finalists. 

In alphabetical order they are:

Barry Dykhuizen, Guttenberg, IA
Ryan McCue, Wautoma, WI
John Weidl, Princeton, WI
Judy Weter, East Troy, WI

The board will have a meet and greet with the candidates on May 16. Interviews will take place on May 17 and the a recommendation is scheduled to be made to the board that day, however Braatz is unsure if that will occur.

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Pick up a cake for Mom and help support Mukwonago scouting

May 07, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  The Cub Scouts of Pack 363 in Mukwonago will be hosting a Cake Bake Auction this Saturday May 11th. The auction will run from 11:00am until 1:00pm in the Rolling Hills Elementary Gymnasium, W322S9230, Beulah Road, Mukwonago.  All proceeds will help support Pack 363.

The public is welcome to attend, bid on or donate cakes. For additional information please visit  www.mukwonagopack363.com/

Pewaukee City to hire sharpshooters for deer

May 07, 2013 3:19 p.m. | City of Pewaukee — Misconceptions and murky facts ran the gamut for residents in the Rocky Point subdivision who wanted help controlling the deer population in their neighborhoods. 

The audience was discussing everything from Irish Spring soap to motion sensitive sprinklers, old wives tales for white tails. 

Residents say they have too many deer: Their gardens are demolished, the deer walk right up to their windows, they’re afraid the does could maul onlookers, driving is dangerous and they’re worried about deer ticks. They presented their concerns in a petition to the council Monday.

“I think we’re all concerned about safety. We don’t want bullets coming through the windows but we don’t want deer coming through the windows, either,” one homeowner said.

On the other hand, a handful of residents at the meeting opposed sharpshooting efforts. One man said some of the residents might be feeding the deer and contributing to the problem.

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Gas leak in Town of Merton

May 07, 2013 1:47 p.m. |  Town of Merton - Stone Bank Fire Department officials say no one was home at W332 N6429 Highway C when landscaping  crews apparently struck a gas line leading into the home from a gas main.

A We Energies official said the company's crews responded to the emergency and temporarily patched the broken gas line. There were no further incidents, according to a spokesman for the Stone Bank Fire Department.

Fire destroys vending company van

May 06, 2013 11:49 a.m. | A vending company’s work van caught fire on Highway 16 this morning, just west of Highway 83.

Lake Country Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Edwards said the driver immediately coasted into the curb lane and exited the vehicle. No one was injured.

Two engines responded, and nearby police agencies diverted traffic.

“We did close (eastbound) 16 for a while because of the size of the van,” Edwards said.

A specific figure for loss and damages is not available at this time but Edwards said there were food products and paper products in the truck, in addition to some vending company money for transport. The money they were able to save from the fire was secured by the Chenequa Police Department.

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Eastbound 16 closed near Highway 83

May 06, 2013 10:59 a.m. | Eastbound Highway 16 is closed near Highway 83 in Hartland. Watch for updates as they become available.

Mukwonago dog exercise area fundraiser coming May 11

May 06, 2013 12:00 a.m. |  A fundraiser to raise money for the proposed dog exercise area at Mukwonago County Park will be held on Saturday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spa Paw and Tail Premier Pet Resort and Doggie Daycamp, 5055 S. Emmer Drive, New Berlin. 

The fundraiser will include music, food, pet portraits, a silent auction and more providing fun for the whole family, including furry friends. Call Paw and Tail at (262) 784-7292 to make an appointment for pet portraits. 

Three LOL teams stay perfect

May 05, 2013 6:05 p.m. | Three of the 12 teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league remained undefeated after two weeks of play. Pewaukee, Sussex and Menomonee Falls are tied for first place with 2-0 records.

Games on Sunday saw Pewaukee whip Merton 14-2, Hartland down Monches 15-6, Menomonee Falls defeat Oconomowoc 11-5 and Sussex blank Lannon 9-0.

The two games scheduled for McCoy Field in Brookfield were cancelled due to wet grounds. Those games were North Lake against the Brookfield Blue Sox and West Bend against the Brookfield Bulldogs.

KM boys, AHS girls win track meets

May 04, 2013 3:38 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine boys track team won its own Brian Steinke Invite title on Friday night and the Arowhead girls track team won its own Richard Myrhum Invite the same night.

Alex Sharrock led the Lasers by winning both hurdle races and running on the winning 1,600 relay team. Other individual winners were Mac Reidy in the shot put, Mike Hooper in the long jump and Josh Wiliams in the 800.

Arrowhead was led by senior Vannesa Voss who won the long jump and finished second in the 100 and 200 dashes. She also ran on the winning 400 relay with Miranda Winkelman, Jenna Goulet and Caroline Bong.

9 Pin-Tap to benefit Mukwonago Athletics

May 03, 2013 3:22 p.m. | Friends of Mukwonago Athletics and Mukwonago Lions Club will be hosting a 9-Pin-Tap tournament May 18 and 19 at Jay's Lanes to benefit the building of the Mukwonago Fitness Center.

Those interested in signing up for a team should register on the Friends of Mukwonago Athletics Website: http://www.friendsofmukwonagoathletics.com/ 

Register early for your choice of times. 

Burn will close Highway 67 Monday

Eagle mother accused of drugged driving with child

May 03, 2013 9:29 a.m. | A 40-year-old Eagle mother has been charged with drugged driving in the Village of Mukwonago on April 30 with her 8-year-old daughter as a passenger.

Shanon P. Newman was charged on May 1 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, second offense, with a minor child in the vehicle. Newman was previously convicted of operating while intoxicated in 2010.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Mukwonago Police Department officer pulled Newman over in the late evening on Tuesday, April 30 after he observed her driving erratically, weaving between lanes and at one point coming to a sudden stop in a 40 mph speed zone.

He described Newman as being extremely irritated and acting “hyper.” She made reference to a disorderly incident that happened earlier, of which the officer was already aware because of police radio traffic.

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Put some Spring in your step

May 03, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Doesn’t springtime just make you wanna dance?

Then why not try contra dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee.

Beginner lessons are from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by dancing until 11 p.m.. Cost is $8. Students are $5.  For more information call (262) 490-0769 or visit www.prairiehillwaldorf.org.

If you’d rather watch dancing than participate plan to see the Just for Kix Spring Dance Show from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Country Lutheran High School, 401 Campus Drive, Hartland. Tickets are $4. Students are $2 and children 2 and younger admitted for free.

The weekend is filled with lots of other fun things to do including Free Comic Book Day is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kowabunga Comics, 102 N. Main St., Oconomowoc.  The event includes comic giveaways, comic book artists, costume contest, game demos and more.

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Spaghetti dinner this weekend to promote Mukwonago Lacrosse Club

May 01, 2013 4:17 p.m. | The Mukwonago Lacrosse Club will host a spaghetti dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Half-Time Sports Grille, 325 Bay View Road, Mukwonago.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 10. The menu includes spaghetti, pizza, side salad, garlic bread and soda.

 

Need a tree? See the Kiwanis this weekend

May 01, 2013 12:29 p.m. |  The Waukesha Kiwanis Club will hold its 17th annual Early Risers tree sale from 8 a.m. to noon or sold out Saturday, May 4, at Bauer Bros. Produce Stand, Highway 164 and Skyline Avenue, Town of Vernon; St. Mary’s, Highways 67 and 18, Dousman; Kwik Trip, Highways 83 and 18, Wales; Citizens Bank of Mukwonago, Highway NN and Godfrey Lane, Eagle; and Citgo, Highways 59 and 83, Genesee.
The sale will feature Colorado blue spruce and Black Hills spruce. Cost: 16- to 20-inch trees, $4. To reserve trees in advance, call (262) 364-8298.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

The Art of the Bicycle: Dec. 17-20, Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield. Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 11am-4pm; first and third Saturdays of each month: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Free. http://www.delafieldartscenter.org/.

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Dec. 31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details., $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van http://www.thecountrychristmas.com.

Nutcracker Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 1 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 East Forest Street, Oconomwoc. Mainstage Academy of Dance performs this beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy. Visit www.theoac.net for more information or tickets. $14-$16 http://www.wedancemainstage.com 

Tom Heideman’s Swamp Party: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Delafield Brewhaus, 3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield. For more information call (262) 646-7821.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

All weekend happenings.