Arrowhead's varsity baseball team got off to a fast start Monday night, scoring seven runs the first two innings before rolling to a title-clinching 10-2 victory over visiting Mukwonago.
The win was the 15th straight for the Warhawks in Classic 8 Conference play without a loss. Mukwonago is in second place with six losses. AHS has six games remaining. AHS is the first team in the 12-year history of the Classic 8 to start the year with 15 striaght wins.
Justin Mortensen pitched six and one-third innings, striking out five and walking five. He is now 5-0 in conference games.
Senior catcher Karl Sprung came up big for the Warhawks. Besides making a great play at the plate, he drove in three runs for the night, getting a two-run single in the first inning and then belting a long solo home run to right in the third.
Leadoff hitter Chris Pendergast had two hits and four RBIs for the winners. Connor Harmann also had two hits.» Read Full Article
Village President James Soneberg has issued a slow, no-wake order on the Fox River in the Village of Bend, prompted by rapidly rising waters on the river.
Recent rainfall has caused the river to crest its banks, threatening several properties. In addition, features that had been previously exposed may now be hidden beneath the water, creating a hazard to those using the river.
Violation of the order carries a $200 fine.
Independence Day, arguably the biggest nation-wide party of the year, is upon us, but it’s not limited to the weekend of July 4. Several festivals and events are scheduled earlier, leading up to the main event. Get your patriotic celebrations underway at these summer events:
- Audacious Beer Celebration: Features draft beers, artisan cheeses, food and music, 6 to 11 p.m. June 26; 2 to 11 p.m. June 27, Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland. www.audaciousbeer.com.
- Hartland’s Hometown Celebration: Live music, food and drinks, fireworks, a parade and more, June 26-28, Nixon Park, Hartland.
- Hartland Community Band & 132nd Army Band Concert: A patriotic selection of music, 6 p.m. June 26, Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland. 262-567-5134.
- Kettle Moraine Days: Carnival rides, food, live music, games, fireworks and more, June 26-28, Eagle Village Park, 217 N. Main, Eagle.
- Kiwanis Beach Party: Children’s entertainment, volleyball tournament, food and music, 5 to 11 p.m. June 26; 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. June 27, Lakefront Park, 222 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. www.pewaukeekiwanis.org.
- Amerifest: Activities include patriotic concerts, games, clowns, a picnic lunch and a car show, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 28, Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee. 262-695-2211.
Check out more weekend events on the Weekend Happenings blog.
The City of Pewaukee Police and Fire Commission will conduct a hearing at 3 p.m. Aug. 24 and 26 in the Common Council Chambers over allegations that Police Sgt. Cher Sneider has been untruthful and has acted inappropriately.
Sneider is accused of trying to date a known drug suspet.
After examining charges filed by acting chief Capt. Dan Meister, the commission on June 25 ruled that those charges are sufficient to warrant a hearing. Meister is seeking to have Sneider fired or demoted.
Westbound traffic on Highway 16 was backed up during rush hour as motorists stretched their necks to look at a camper or RV that wound up deep in the ditch along the highway at the edge of the Legends at Bristlecone Pines golf course in Hartland.
The backup starts about a half-mile east of Jungbluth Road past the scene of the backup between Merton Avenue and Jungbluth, according to a witness.
The Pewaukee School Board will continue talks about the community survey at its meeting at 6 p.m. June 30 to discuss the next steps in the process at not at 6:30 p.m. as previously reported.
Waukesha – A West Allis man irritated at a car dealership commercial is accused of sending a threatening message directed at the dealership spokesperson.
Jeffrey A. Blaha 48, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Wednesday with one felony count of threats to injury or accuse of a crime..
According to the criminal complaint, Mary Ann Scaffidi of Town of Merton was informed in April of a profanity laced posting on Craigslist that included a threat. The threat was posted on the Internet site Craigslist in a section known as “rants and raves.” Scaffidi is a spokesperson for the Heiser Automotive Group
Authorities learned the posting came from a computer belonging to Blaha. A Sheriff’s Department detective questioned Blaha who said he saw “three commercials featuring Scaffidi that ran three times back to back, and this set him off,” the complaint said.
Blaha is scheduled to make his initial appearance in court July 6.
Oconomowoc Fire Department was called around 4:45 p.m. to a structure fire at 208 Franklin Road. The fire was extinguished but the owner said they could still see smoke coming from the residence.
Mutual aid from Ashippun Fire Department was called around 5 p.m. to help with clean up. No further details were available at this time.
Both lanes of westbound Highway 16 are blocked and motorists are driving on the shoulders because the heat has caused the pavement to heave in Oconomowoc near Florence Lake, between Highway P north and south. Squads are on the scene.
Waukesha – A Village of Pewaukee woman is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a substance abuse clinic in Waukesha.
Dawn R. Mackey, 45, of 1303 Meadowcreek Dr., was charged June 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two felony counts of theft from a business setting.
According to the criminal complaint, Mackey was employed as a billing clerk at Quality Addiction Management (QAM) Clinic in Waukesha and is accused of not depositing customer payments into a bank. Accountants hired by physicians at the clinic an estimated $168,460 was missing since 2005.
Investigators found numerous cash deposits into Mackey’s account many occurring less than one week from a missing QAM deposit, the complaint said.
Fifth District Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner will hold office hours Monday, June 29 at 11 a.m. at Dousman Village Hall, 11:45 a.m. at Genesee Town Hall and 12:30 p.m. at Wales Village Hall.
During the meetings, Sensenbrenner will respond to residents' questions and comments on federal issues as well as work with individuals regarding personal matters with federal government.
Sensenbrenner has invited area state legislators to join him for this upmcing meeting so they may answer questions on state issues.
For more information, call (800) 242-1119 or (262) 784-1111.
Eat at Mama Mia's in Wales on Monday, June 29 from 4:30 until 9 p.m. and you'll be helping support a local man with cancer.
Gary Stein is battling cancer for the fourth time in 16 years. Gary, his wife Dawn, and their three children have known cancer for far too long. Dawn was seven months pregnant with their daughter when Gary's fight first began. Gary is self-employed so the toll is not just emotional, but financial as well.
Mama Mia's, 200 W. Summit (Highway 18), has offered to donate 20 percent of their dinner proceeds to the Gary Stein Cancer Fund.
If you have any questions or would like to donate directly, please contact Cate Sabol at 262-902-2765.
North Lake School District - North Lake School will hold its biggest annual fundraiser this weekend with this Sunday's North Lake School Golf Outing and there's still time to get in on the swing.
The golf outing will be held at the Western Lakes Golf Club on June 28 with registration from noon to 1 p.m. Golfers will start the 18-hole golf scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Appetizers, cash bar, raffles and a silent auction will begin at 6 p.m.
The fee is $100 for 18-holes of golf which also includes dinner. For more information or to register, contact the school office at (262) 966-2033.
Veteran Pewaukee girls soccer coach Randy Staus has stepped down from his coaching post, Pewaukee Athletic Director John Maltsch reported.
Staus, who remains the head boys soccer coach at Pewaukee, needs to spend time with his family.
"He's got two young sons, and there just isn't enough time to do it all. We understand," Maltsch said.
Maltsch said the search for a replacement is under way.
With summer temperatures in full-force there's no better place to cool-off than on the lake, but the Department of Natural Resources and area municipalities will be reminding residents to be safe on the water this weekend as they crack down on boaters driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
The Pewaukee Lake Patrol is taking part in a national effort called "Operation Dry Water" and increasing boat patrols from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28.
Over 20-percent of fatal boating accidents are a result of alcohol use, and the effort is designed to reduce alcohol-related accidents and fatalities as well as deter alcohol use on the water.
"Operation Dry Water" also coincides with a number of summer Pewaukee festivites.
"This weekend with the Pewaukee Beach Party, we will be having extra patrols more so than other weekends," said Sergeant Kim Miswald of the Pewaukee Lake Patrol.» Read Full Article
Kettle Moraine School District - Synthetic turf should be in place on the Kettle Moraine High School football field by the end of August, just a few weeks before fans pack the bleachers for the first home football game.
The Kettle Moraine School Board voted to accept a gift of more than $400,000 for the artificial turf field from KM Share the Field members at last night's School Board meeting.
Construction for the synthetic turf is slated to begin June 29 and be complete by Aug. 21.
The Share the Field project began in 2006 as a grassroots effort to replace the field and a volunteer committee spearheaded numerous events and fundraisers to grow funds for the project. Fundraising has taken longer than originally hoped, but in that time synthetic Turf technology has improved, Share the Field project chairman Larry Laux has said. Synthetic turf is now more natural looking and feeling with improvements to the grass blades. The turf will be warranted for 10 years but is expected to last a few years beyond. Ultraviolet rays break down synthetic but because of the limited exposure in Wisconsin, Kettle Moraine's turf could last 12 years of more.
Superintendent Pat Deklotz said Share the Field's donation is the largest the district has ever received.» Read Full Article
A commercial truck went off the road near the intersection of Highway 16 east and I-94. One lane was available around 9 a.m. and traffic is backed up to the Capitol Drive exit.
Those traveling east on 16 might want to take an alternate route to I-94 to avoid delays. No further details are availble at this time.
According to information from Oconomowoc Director of Economic Development, Bob Duffy, the city has contracted with KL Construction to remove the building at 315-317 E. Wisconsin Ave.
The removal will take place from Monday, June 23 through Tuesday, June 30. During this time, the sidewalk may be closed to ensure pedestrian saftey.
Pewaukee Land O' Lakes pitcher Aaron Sorenson came within two outs of the first no-hitter of the season in the Western Division Sunday afternoon as he rolled past host North Lake on Sunday, 11-0.
Sorenson retired the first 16 batters he faced before losing his perfect game when he walked Chris Sonier in the sixth.
He kept his no-hitter going after retiring one batter in the bottom of the ninth. North Lake catcher Jason Newbauer, batting ninth and hitting just .148 coming into the game, singled to left-center on a low pitch, breaking up the no-hit bid.
Sorenson finished with a one-hitter and had nine strikeouts.
Pewaukee (5-5) scored six runs in the eighth inning and three more in the ninth to pull away from a narrow 2-0 lead.» Read Full Article
Thunderstorms. Humidity. Beach parties. Festivals. No doubt about it, summer is here! There are so many fun activities to choose from this weekend, I'll let them speak for themselves:
- Downtown Delafield will be abuzz with activity during the annual Delafield Block Party, featuring food and beer tents, live music, street dancing, family activities and more, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday.
- Two area Lion's Clubs are hosting carnival rides, live music, food, and sports tournaments all weekend long: Okauchee Lion's Days in Okauchee Lion's Park, and Mukwonago Lion's Summerfeste at Field Park in Mukwonago.
- Participate in baseball and softball games, enjoy live music, and stuff yourself with summer treats druing the annual Monches Chickenfest, 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Monches Recreation Club.
- St. Anskar's Church in Hartland invites the community to a World Tour of Beer, also offering food and non alcoholic beer and beverages, 6 p.m. Saturday.
- Enjoy a performance showcase of singing, dancing and acting during SummerStage of Delafield, 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, at Lapham Peak State Park.
- Local artists will display and sell pottery, jewelry, original and wearable art and more throughout downtown Oconomowoc's Sunday Artisan Faire, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Check out more events at the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.
A registered nurse from Oconomowoc, working at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, had her license suspended indefinitely by the Board of Nursing (BON).
According to information from the Wisconsin Department of Regulation & Licensing, Heidi K. Sutter withdrew 66 doses of oxycodone from the drug dispensing machine between June 12 and July 12 of 2007. A review found that only 19 of Sutter's withdrawls of oxycodone were fully charted as being administered to patients and in at least 10 cases, there was no documentation at all where references to pain and/or pain medication are to be charted. The BON order stated Sutter was evaluated at a counseling service and was not diagnosed with any substance abuse or dependence condition.
Sutter agreed to the BON's action which also granted an immediate stay of the suspension. This allows Sutter to continue working as long as she continues to submit to drug screens. If she does not continues with the drug screens, or tests positive for controlled substances, the indefinite suspension could be reinstated and further conditions could be places on her before being allowed to practice again.
The Oconomowoc Community Dinner, a free monthly meal sponsored by the Cooperating Churches of Oconomowoc, will be held Monday, June 29, at Dr. Martin Luther Church, 325 S. Main Street.
This is not a need-based meal, it's a special dinner held to celebrate fellowship in the community. No freewill offering will be accepted. The Community Dinner is held from 5 to 6:30 p.m., on the last Monday of every month.
For more information, please call Kerri Johanning at (262) 560-1541.
The Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) is administering the Seniors Farmer's Market Voucher Nutrition Program for Waukesha County. Seniors must be 60 years of age or older (Native Americans 55 years or 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. The program will provide seniors with $25 worth of fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs.
The vouchers are being disbursed at various locations throughout the county including Monday, June 29 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Food Panty; Wednesday, July 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Oconomowoc Community Center; Wednesday, July 8 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Sussex Food Pantry and on Wednesday, July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Associated Bank in Dousman.
For more information, please call the CAC office at (920) 262-9667, or the County;s Aging and Disability Resource Center at (262) 548-7848.
Oconomowoc Fire Department was dispatched to a home fire at Dorchester Drive in Oconomowoc around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The fire is out but crews are securing the home and aiding residents. Dispatchers reported one person that was inside the home suffered smoke inhalation.
Smoke alarms did their job and alerted the occupants of Music Dynamics in Wales to a fire today, according to Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Greg Jezak.
Everyone got out of the building safely, he said. A dog also escaped injury.
The fire was contained to the kitchen/break area and was knocked down quickly, Jezak said.
Six or seven departments responded, as well as the Rapid Response Team. Firefighters responded from Wales-Genesee, North Prairie, the City and Town of Delafield, Town of Waukesha and Dousman.
The fire alarm at Rookies was apparently inadvertently set off while its batteries were being changed. The fire department's response has been cancelled.
The Okauchee Fire Department has been dispatched to a fire at Rookies sports bar on Wisconsin Avenue in Okauchee.
Firefighters from several departments responded to a fire at Music Dynamics, 110 E. Oak Crest, Wales, at about noon today, including the Town and City of Delafield, North Prairie, Town of Waukesha and Dousman. A witness said there was no smoke or fire showing.
Former physician Mark Benson entered no-contest please to three charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and two counts of causing injury while driving drunk this afternoon in connection with a crash last April that killed Jennifer Bukosky, 39, of the Town of Oconomowoc, her unborn child and her daughter, Courtney Bella, 10.
In exchange, prosecutors dropped a bail-jumping charge and a charge of driving with a revoked license.
Benson's plea deal comes a month before he was scheduled to go to trial on July 13.
Arrowhead High School and Kettle Moraine High School have both been recognized as among the top high schools nationwide by Newsweek magazine.
KM debuted at 1,424 out of nearly 27,000 public high schools nationwide. Arrowhead is listed as 916.
The schools are ranked according to a ratio taking into account the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. All of the schools on the list are in the top 6 percent of public schools when measured this way.
The 14th Annual Relay For Life of Sussex-Menomonee Falls-Pewaukee named Chuck Ward its 2009 honorary chair for is and may be contacted by the information provided for a feature article.
Opening ceremonies for this free community event to celebrate cancer survivors and raise funds for cancer research will start at 6 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Menomonee Falls High School.
The two-day affair Saturday and Sunday will feature special performances by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band, the Zoja Dance group, Accompany of Kids and Milwaukee Brewer's Racing Sausages.
For a complete schedule of events, go to the Relay For Life of Sussex-Menomonee Falls-Pewaukee Web site.
Gayle Gaborsky, a neighbor of Margaret Zerwekh's on the millpond in the City of Delafield, has filed an intent to sue the City of Delafield for $1.1 million in damages for lost real estate value she has incurred as a result of the city's failure to acquire the dam and preserve the millpond.
Faced with a $600,000 shortfall in anticipated revenues this year, the Common Council last night tentatively approved a measure that would require nonunion employees to take unpaid furloughs the day before the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends. Additional furloughs of one to three days might be required later this year.
The measure also calls for delaying hiring some employees, including a police chief, and freezing all equipment purchases and nonmandatory training.
The shortfall was discovered in the last several weeks as the city began its 2010 budget process.
Swallow School District - Swallow School is seeking candidates for a new principal as the current principal is leaving for a position at an area high school.
Bob Hall, who has been the principal at Swallow the past four years, will be the new principal at Catholic Memorial High School, said Superintendent Jeff Klaisner.
"It's a huge loss for our school," Klaisner said. "His ability to work with all the students, his advocacy for them, his honesty and integrity and his professionalism are unparalleled."
The district posted the principal position last week and will discuss the process of filling the role at the Thursday's School Board meeting.
Town of Mukwonago- The Town Police are asking residents to lock their car doors and garage doors after a series of thefts from cars during the overnight hours of June 14 to 15.
Four thefts from cars took place in the Crossgate, High Cross Drive area that night. So far, a GPS unit, radio speakers and a cell phone have been reported stolen. Some of the overnight thefts involved someone entering unlocked garage doors and removing items from cars in the garages.
The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has identified Town of Vernon residents Eric J. Solheim, 43, and Rhonda R. Miklos, 42, who were pronounced dead at the scene of a motorcycle accident on Oakdale Drive and Hillview Drive in the Town of Vernon at 7:50 p.m. Sunday June 14.
Solheim, who was driving the motorcycle, was traveling northbound on Oakdale Drive when he missed the turn at the intersection of Hillview Drive. The motorcycle landed on its side, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a southbound car head on that was slowing to make a right turn onto Hillview Drive. Miklos was a passenger on the motorcycle.
The 48-year-old Town of Vernon woman driving the car and her 15-year-old daughter were not injured.
The accident is currently under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
Interfaith Senior Programs, Inc. will hold its annual meeting on Monday, June 22, at Steinhafel's Community Room, located on the southwest corner of I-94 and Hwy. F in Waukesha. The meeting is free and open to the public and will highlight agency programs and accomplishments as well as financial results for the 2008 fiscal year.
Interfaith Senior Programs is a faith-based, non-profit organization serving Waukesha County. The agency coordinates a network of more than 1,500 volunteers serving over 1,000 individuals and 120 non-profit organizations and government agencies annually.
Arrowhead's varsity baseball team improved to a school-record 9-0 in Classic 8 Conference play Monday night by whipping visiting Waukesha West, 18-1. The game was called due to the run-rule after five innings.
AHS improved to 12-3 overall and has won 12 of its last 13 games.
Justin Mortensen pitched all five innings, striking out eight, allowing five hits and walking one. Mortensen is 3-0 on the season.
At the plate, the Warhawks exploded for 16 hits, tying its best total of the season. Connor Harmann was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and Ryan Passaglia and Andrew Bauer had three runs batted in each and two hits apiece. Others with two hits were Chris Pendergast, Brian Crook and Jared Kavinsky.
AHS blew the game open by scoring six runs in the first and eight in the second.
Oconomowoc - Mark Benson, who is accused of killing a popular Oconomowoc High School principal in a crash over a year ago, is expected to enter a guilty plea under a plea agreement tomorrow afternoon, according to reports from TMJ4 who cite anonymous sources.
A guilty plea from the 56-year-old former surgeon would bypass the jury trial currently scheduled for July. Benson would then go to sentencing.
Benson is charged with three counts of homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle, two counts of causing injury while drunken driving, and driving with a revoked license relating to a deadly crash April 25 in the City of Oconomowoc.
Killed were Jennifer Bukosky, 39, of the Town of Oconomowoc, her unborn child and daughter. Bukosky’s son was injured, as well as another passenger.
Benson's motion hearing is scheduled for 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon at the Waukesha County Courthouse.
City of Oconomowoc- ProHealth Care's Oconomowoc's Memorial Hospital will particpate in the nation's first joint military/civilian disaster drill from 5-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18. The drill, called 'Operation Red Dragon,' is a homeland defense training exercise which will simulate a major chemical decontamination disaster.
The drill will include 30-40 mock victims, dozens of military personnel, decontamination tents, military vehicles and a BIDS (Biological Integrated Detection System) unit. The prupose of the drill is to test coordination and communication between the military and area hospitals and to ensure their ability to respond and continue patient care in a large-scale incident. The exercise will play out at hospitals in seven counties in Southeast Wisconsin, including Waukesha Memorial.
Veteran fast-pitch softball coach Dan Bantin has decided not to coach at Pewaukee High School next season.
"Dan has decided to resign to spend more time with his wife," John Maltsch, Pewaukee' s Athletics Director said.
During his two years at the head of the program, Bantin complied a 20-26 record. This season, the Pirates defeated Whitnall in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs before losing against Cudahy.
City of Delafield - A 21-year-old Delafield woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison this afternoon in Milwaukee County Circuit Court for her role in the murder of a college student, who was allegedly stabbed multiple times by her boyfriend last year.
Tammi LaFave, 21, of 1452 Main St., received a sentence of 20 years in prison and five years extended supervision for helping her boyfriend Travis Zoellick, 20, kidnap UWM student Haroon Khan, 31, of Milwaukee. Zoellick allegedly killed Khan in a wooded area near Watertown and then killed himself two days later.
LaFave was Zoellick's girlfriend for about two weeks and went along with him to steal a car that Khan had up for sale, according to the criminal complaint. LaFave accompanied Zoellick to the east side of Milwaukee to steal the car and dropped off Zoelick near Khan's residence.
A short time later, Zoellick met with LaFave in Milwaukee. LaFave then got into the Mitsubishi where Khan was also a passenger. Zoellick then pointed a gun at Khan and took some zip ties from LaFave, in order to tie up Khan. LaFave then got out of the car, the complaint said. Zoellick drove to Watertown where he walked Khan into a wooded area and stabbed him several times, the complaint said.» Read Full Article
According to the calendar, summer officially begins Sunday, June 21. But according to the smell of brats wafting through the air, the sounds of live music filling the outdoors, and the sight of people dancing, laughing, and smiling in the evening warmth, summer is right here, right now.
Nothing spells summer like a street dance, and Oconomowoc is kicking off the season with live music from Genuine Draft, food, beverages, a beer tent, and a parade, all starting at 5 p.m. Saturday in Fowler Park. Other summer-licious events:
- Enjoy an outdoor showing of the classic "ET" during the Cinema in the Sand series at dusk in Lakefront Park, Pewaukee.
- Experience an old-fashioned game of Base Ball as it was played in the 1860s, 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle.
- Jerusalem Presbyterian Church in Wales invites the community to its annual chicken barbecue, 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
- Peruse the wares of over 650 sellers at Maxwell Street Days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Field Park in Mukwonago.
- Support autism research during the Family Walk/Run and bake sale, 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Fowler Park.
For a complete listing of weekend events, check out the Weekend Happenings blog on the homepage.
Pewaukee – Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has stepped forward to help three local Brett Favre fans launch a grassroots effort to raise money for the Special Olympics.
Palin has autographed 60 copies the book “Letters To Brett Favre: A Fan Tribute” written by Wisconsin author Thomas Hapka and Favre fans Erick and Adam Rolfson. The fans are sponsoring an online auction through their Web site, letterstobrettfavre.com, featuring the books signed by Palin, as well as additional copies signed by past and present Green Bay Packer players.
The Rolfsons and Hapka will be kicking off their eBay auction fundraiser with a press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the main conference room of the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St.
The books will be sold to the highest bidders, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Special Olympics.
Erick Rolfson describes the effort as the continuation of a grassroots movement. “This has become like the butterfly effect, and we’re seeing more people stepping forward to get involved,” Rolfson said. “Other political figures and members of the NFL have already agreed to sign books and help us raise money for this wonderful cause.”» Read Full Article
Veterans from around the country ended their day at City Beach Thursday afternoon. The group is part of the Wounded Warrior Project's (WWP), Midwest Soldier Ride, a rehabilitative cycling event designed to help wounded soldiers heal both the physical and mental wounds of war. The rides are also used to raise awareness for WWP, which helps injured service members and provides programs to meet their needs. The group started its Thursday ride in Waterloo at the Trek Bicycle headquarters. Members cycled 40 miles to a welcome from a crowd of family and community members anticipating their arrival. Utility employees and veterans Craig Clemmensen, Mark Niggemeier, Andy Evans, Kevin Jezak and Erik Voneiff welcomed the riders with the stars and stripes hoisted above Wisconsin Avenue on a utility truck. "We are honored to have them visit our community," said Niggemeier. Iraq veteran Chad Watson and his wife Jillian of Chicago said they have enjoyed the ride and look forward to what's ahead. On Friday, the Soldier Ride will tour the Underwood Creek region around Wauwatosa passing through Honey Creek Parkway and Bluemound Heights along Bluemound Road before passing by Miller Park. And watch for them Friday night at Miller Park as they'll throw out the first pitch at the Brewers game and enjoy the game from the corporate suite. The ride will continue through Illinois Saturday and Sunday culminating their trek along Archer Avenue in Chicago to a reception hosted by the Chicago Firefighters Union at Sundown Meadow Park. "It makes me feel alive," Mark Mix of Ohio said of his experience so far on the ride. For more information on the ride and interactive route maps, visit sr.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Kettle Moraine High School graduate Scott Matyas was pick No. 885 by the New York Yankees on June 10 in the 2009 Major League Baseball amateur players draft.
Matyas a right-handed pitcher and four-year starter at Kettle Moraine, recently completed his junior season for the University of Minnesota baseball team where he enjoyed a great deal of success on the mound for the Golden Gophers
City of Pewaukee - Police were dispatched to a report of gunfire near Highway 164 and Watertown Road early this evening to find the gunshots were actually paintballs.
A neighbor called the police on a 38-year-old man at 5:30 p.m. tonight for gunshots, but when police responded they found the man shooting paintballs into a cardboard target at an apartment building located just southwest of the Highway 164 and Watertown Road intersection.
"It was a big nothing," said Sgt. Gene Wilbur. The neighbor mistook the paintball gun for a real gun, he said.
Four officers responded to the incident.
The hospital part of the project remains on schedule to open in early 2010.
The new Summit home for Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic will open Oct. 26. It will replace the current Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic at 915 Summit Ave. in Oconomowoc, although urgent care services will continue to be offered there. The new clinic also will replace the Aurora Wilkinson Women’s Center and the Aurora Vision Center, both currently in Oconomowoc. The Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic will also move from its Oconomowoc location to the Summit campus. Additionally, the current Aurora Pharmacy at 915 Summit Avenue will remain open, and a new Aurora Pharmacy will be open at the Summit facility.
The new Aurora Medical Center campus in the Town of Summit is at the southeast corner of Interstate 94 and Highway 67. The new Aurora Wilkinson Medical Clinic will be on the west side of the campus, and the new Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic is on the south side. Patients will enter the campus from Highway 67 or from Delafield Road.» Read Full Article
Arrowhead's varsity baseball team improved to 7-0 in Classic 8 Conference play Tuesday night by scoring a come-from-behind 6-2 win over host Mukwonago. The Warhawks exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh inning when the Indians committed four errors.
AHS finished with just five hits, its second lowest total of the season. Brian Crook, batting .484 on the season, had two hits. Karl Sprung had a hit and an RBI and is now batting .483.
Justin Mortensen pitched a five-hitter for the Warhawks. The senior left-hander had 10 strikeouts and walked just two.
AHS will host Catholic Memorial in a key Classic 8 Conference game Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Kettle Moraine's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 2 in the state most of the season, finished in second place Tuesday afternoon at the WIAA Division 1 state tournament at University Ridge in Madison.
Arrowhead won the team title with a 596 total. KM was second at 607. The Lasers finished five strokes ahead of third-place Lake Geneva Badger.
The second-place finish is the best in school history. KM was playing in the state meet for the fifth time.
UW recruit Sam Frank led the Lasers, shooting an even-par score of 144. Frank had rounds of 73-71 and tied for fourth place. The winning score was a 139 by Anthony Aicher of Wausau East. Frank finished third last year and seventh in 2007.
Other KM scores were Nic Johnson at 150 (74-76), Mike Cabush at 153 (76-77), Eric O'Neil at 160 (81-79) and Ryan Franklin at 169 (85-84).
Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, ranked No. 1 in the state all season, lived up to that lofty billing on Tuesday by winning its third consecutive WIAA Division 1 state title by finishing the two-day, 36-hole meet with a 596 score. That's the second-lowest winning score in meet history.
AHS became the fifth school to capture three straight state titles. Madison West did it twice and Racine and Middleton also won back-to-back-to-back state crowns.
Arrowhead defeated second-place Kettle Moraine by 11 strokes.
If AHS wins the state title next spring, they'll be the first team in state history to capture four straight state championships.
Arrowhead was led by senior Mike Sorenson, who tied for seventh overall with a 147 total. He had rounds of 76-71 to finish at 3-over-par.» Read Full Article
Oconomowoc's varsity baseball team lost at Riverside Park in Janesville on Tuesday 9-7 to the host team, Janesville Craig. The Raccoons (11-16 overall) held a lead until the fifth inning. Walks (7) hurt Oconomowoc. Nash Bell was the losing pitcher. He walked six in five and two thirds innings. Zach Wilson and Blake Holbrook also pitched.
"Things were sailing along pretty well, but we got to the fifth inning and things changed, when they scored four runs," Pat Neary, Oconomowoc's head coach said.
Derek Doudna had three hits for Oconomowoc. Fernando Viso knocked in three runs for the Raccoons.
"Walks killed us, Neary added.
Results of an autopsy have not yet been completed in the death of Jonathon Colby, 21, of Hartland, who was found dead in his dorm room on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.
Colby is a 2006 graduate of Arrowhead High School and was entering his senior year at Creighton, where he was studying chemistry.
Sources told a local Omaha television station that evidence of drugs was found in Colby's room, leading investigators to believe he may have overdosed.
The Lake Country Lutheran varsity baseball team was scheduled to play in the WIAA Division 4 Sectional semifinal on Tuesday in Beaver Dam. The game has been postponed until Wednesday due to heavy rains in the Beaver Dam area.
At 1:30 P.M. on June 10, the Lightning meet Burlington Catholic Central. Winners of the game between the Lightning and the Hilltoppers meet the Algoma-St. Mary's Central winner at 5 p.m. for a state tournament berth.
A tree knocked down during Monday's afternoon storm blocks Highwy ES between Oakland Avenue and Maple Street in the Village of Mukwonago.
A large tree splits and just misses hitting the house on the corner of Highway ES across from Walgreens.
The City of Delafield Fire Department is responding to a tree down at Vettelson and Nagawicka roads. There is no electrical hazard.
The westbound lane of traffic is blocked on Vettelson Road near Lake Country School.
A tornado warning remains in effect until 4:30 p.m. for Southeastern Wisconsin County.
Trained weather spotters reported a funnel cloud and pingpong-ball-sized hail along I-43 near Mukwonago. The possible tornado is thought to have been near Big Bend or Mukwonago. Muskego is in the path of this storm.
City of Pewaukee - A City of Pewaukee Police Officer whose been on paid administrative leave since November is being accused of making use of a police database to get a man’s phone number so she could go out with him and the acting chief is asking she be fired.
While off-duty, City of Pewaukee Police Sergeant Cher Sneider asked an on-duty police officer to use a secure and confidential database which is used to assist law enforcement officers in their investigations to get a man’s phone number who she thought was "hot," according to charging documents.
The man, whose referred to as John Doe in the documents, is a City resident with a known criminal history with the Department. In 2008, the Department was investigating John Doe and his suspicion of illegal activity including the potential of illegal drug activity which is information Sneider was aware of, according to the documents.
Sneider, while off-duty, then made a number of calls to the man’s home as well as went to the man’s home but did not find him home. Sneider told another officer she had been calling John Doe and going to his house while off-duty in an attempt to get him to go out with her.» Read Full Article
Traffic is down to one lane from Oakland to Maple on Highway ES in Mukwonago because of a tree down.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for southeastern Waukesha County near Potter Lake and Mukwonago. Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was in the area at 3:32 p.m. and moving east at 30 miles per hour. Affected areas include Mukwonago, Big Bend and Muskego. The warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 3:45 p.m. for the same area. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 7 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Waukesha County until 7 p.m.
Kettle Moraine senior Samantha Berg and University Lake School freshman Molly Seidel won state championships last Friday and Saturday at the WIAA state meet at Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse.
Berg won the 300-meter low hurdles for the KM girls team. The UW recruit was timed at 45.30. She also finished second in the 100 high hurdles (14.98).
Seidel became the first Lake Country area track athlete to win two individual events at a state high school track meet. Seidel won the 3,200 with a meet record time of 10:49.98. The day before she won the 1,600 at 5:02.52. That missed setting a record by just over one second.
The Arrowhead boys track and field team won the state championship in LaCrosse, winnng the 4x200 and 4x400 relays Saturday to put the wraps on the title.
The Warhawks finished with 52 points, winning in dominating fashion over Menomonee Falls (37), a team that trumped AHS at the regional and sectional level.
Defending champion Kettle Moraine finished 22nd with 12 points. Oconomowoc scored 9 points, and Mukwonago scored 8. University Lake School's Molly Seidel won two events, KM's Samantha Berg won the 300 hurdles and Tim Hucke won the 800.
The Warhawks already had the title sewn up when the 4x400 team of Casey Panawash-Bielinski, Tim Hucke, Evan Resimius and Tyler Zeman won in 3:19.84.
The 4x200 team of Chris Pendergast, Resimius, Jake Weber and Panawash-Bielinski won in 1:29.17.» Read Full Article
The Kettle Moraine soccer team lost a heartbreaker in Beaver Dam on Saturday in the WIAA Division 1 soccer sectional final, ending the Lasers season.
With a berth in the state tournament on the line, the Wolverines defeated KM in double overtime, 2-1. Katie Richter converted a penalty kick in the second extra session to seal the victory.
Meagan Wanecke scored for the Lasers off a corner kick by Melissa Leister in the 31st minute. West was the No. 1 seed in the sectional, and the Lasers were No. 3.
Hamilton girls basketball coach Dan Heckman has chosen to step down from his position after 17 years working within the program in some capacity.
The school sent an official release detailing the situation.
"Earlier in the year, school administrators conducted an investigation prompted by concerns raised by several parents," the release said. "The investigation determined Heckman’s coaching practices to be appropriate. Even though administrators recommended that Heckman remain as head coach, Heckman said the situation has created division and a distraction for the team."
Said Heckman, “This decision has been difficult, but I sincerely believe this is best for the team at this time."
Hamilton principal Candis Mongan offered praise for Heckman.» Read Full Article
After being arrested for his involvement in a sex sting, Bobby T. Jones, aka Tom Jones, 66, of the Village of Mukwonago, resigned from his positions on the Village Board of Building and Zoning Appeals and on the Fox River Commission.
Jones was arrested in Green Bay on May 12 for allegedly using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and exposing a child to harmful material after he began emailing a college student posing as a 14-year-old girl. When the email conversations turned sexual, the Green Bay Police Department set up a sting operation.
Jones has been charged with the use of a computer to facilitate a sex crime and second-degree sexual assault of a child.
Jones’ preliminary hearing was held in Green Bay June 4, where a waiver of preliminary hearing form was filed. Jones is set for arraignment July 28 at 10:30 a.m.» Read Full Article
University Lake School freshman Molly Seidel added to her mantle with a state championship Friday in the 1,600 meters while competing at the WIAA track and field year-end meet in LaCrosse.
Seidel, the top seed in both Division 3 distance races, held of a late charge from Carli Kronstedt of Pittsville, who used a strong kick to take the lead from Seidel in the final stretch of the race. Seidel kicked back and won the race in 5:02.52, just shy of the Division 3 state record (5:01.31, set by Heather Murphy of North Crawford in 1991).
Seidel also won the Division 3 state cross country title last fall. She will compete in the 3,200-meter run tomorrow.
Follow state track updates and ruminations at the Preps Alcove.
There's still time to volunteer at community built playground Imagination Station. If you don't have time to help build, you can still help by dropping off some food and water for volunteers.
You can drop off: watermelon, (on sale at Pick 'n Save), oranges, bananas, cookies and baked goods anytime through Sunday. Also, food is needed for Saturday lunch. Thirty hot casseroles of something like a tomato-based elbow macaroni with beef or turkey or any family style casserole would be greatly appreciated. Ten to 15 green salads with bottles of dressing on the side are also needed.
You can check the playground Web site for the most up-to-date needs, oconomowocplayground.org.
It's that golden time of the year when the bitter cold is far behind us and the thick summer humidity has yet to weigh us down. The days are warm and mild, the nights have a comfortable spring snap, and greenery is bursting everywhere we look. There are several events this weekend that take advantage of the weather, so get outdoors and enjoy the blooming renewal of nature before the mosquitos get wind of our activities and hunt us down.
- All Wisconsin State Parks are open for free this Sunday, so enjoy a picnic or a hike at Lapham Peak, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Participate in a National Trails Day hike along the Ice Age Trail in Monches, 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
- The 4th annual Yellow Brick Road 5K Run/Walk & Kids Run begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, at Fowler Park in Oconomowoc.
Other fun outdoor activities:
- Gear up for festival season with live entertainment, a car show, a softball tournament and more during the Stone Bank Firefighter's Festival, 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday, at Fireman's Park in Stone Bank.
- The Pewaukee Police and Fire Departments are hosting a Safety Day event featuring children's activities, food, and a soccer tournament, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Wagner Park.
- Help raise money for a wheelchair accessible van while enjoying live music, raffles, games and food at the Gerry Barwick Fundraiser, 5 p.m. Saturday, at the American Legion Post in Hartland.
More events are listed on the Weekend Happenings Blog.
The Town of Vernon Board plans on discussing the resignation of Big Bend-Vernon Fire Board member Michael Doble at tonight's meeting.
Doble, who has been a member of the fire board for three years, cited "slanderous misstatements made by the town board regarding decisions made by the fire board," as the main reason for his resignation.
The Lake Country Lutheran varsity baseball team defeated Johnson Creek in eight innings on June 2, 10-9 at Roosevelt Field. It was the first game of the post-season for the Lightning (18-8 overall).
Eric Schumacker had three hits for the winners. Mark Babel went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs.
Josh Paliafito was the winning pitcher in relief of Matt Brueser.
The win moved Lake Country Lutheran to the WIAA Division 4 Regional final on Wednesday at Living Word Lutheran.
Arrowhead's varsity baseball team defeated visiting Waukesha South Tuesday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 12-5. The win was the sixth straight foe the Warhawks, now 6-2 overall and 5-0 in league play.
AHS broke open a 1-1 game by scoring six runs in the third inning.
Josh Henkel and Jared Kavinsky had big nights at the plate for the winners. Kavinsky had three hits and two RBIs and Henkel was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in. Andrew Bauer also had two hits for the Warhawks.
Justin Mortensen pitched five innings and earned the win.
Arrowhead will host MIlwaukee Marquette on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
City of Delafield - The Common Council unanimously approved tonight merging the City of Delafield Fire Department into the Lake County Fire Department, which presently serves the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa.
The vote followed a 45 minute discussion by the council of the proposed consolidation agreement developed during the past year by a nine member committee with three representatives from each of the three communities.
Nashotah village trustees are expected to ratify the agreement on Wednesday night and the proposal will be present to the Chenequa Village Board for its likely approval on Monday, June 8.
If approved, the consolidation will merge the Delafield department with its $1.5 million annual budget and eight full time fire fighters and paramedics into the Lake Country department, created in 2001, with a budget of about $150,000 and force of all volunteer fire fighters.
"They have some skills that we don't have and we have some skills they don't have," said Alderman Gerald MacDougall, who was a member of the consolidation committee.» Read Full Article
A 12-year-old Oconomowoc boy was released from the hospital over the weekend after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bike at Forest and State Streets on Saturday.
Taking part in the Brookfield Central WIAA Division 1 sectional at Wanaki Golf Course Monday, the varsity boys golf teams at Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine both qualified for next week's WIAA state meet at University Ridge in Madison on Monday and Tuesday. Only the top teams from each sectional earn state meet berths.
Arrowhead won the team title with 293 strokes. KM and Brookfield East tied for second at 298, forcing a 10-man playoff. KM and East tied on the first hole with four-man scores (4 of 5 scores count for each team) of 20. On the second playoff hole, KM defeated East by a 17-19 score.
However, the meet didn't end there as some controversy arose after the second playoff hole. KM junior Eric O'Neil was questioned by tournament officials on whether he violated a rule prior to his second shot on the first playoff hole.
After tournament directors contacted the WIAA and Wisconsin State Golf Association officials, it was finally decided, after more than an hour of discussion, that O'Neil had not violated any rules, thus giving KM the second state berth.
Arrowhead senior Mike Sorenson was medalist for the day, shooting a round of 1-under-par 70. Other AHS scores were Steve Sorenson 73, Matt Ross 73, Sam Weber 77 and Clayton Jones 90.» Read Full Article
Pewaukee - Car owners can save money and pump-up safety with properly inflated tires, but many drivers don't check their tires regularly.
The Milwaukee Hybrid Group (MiHG), the nation's largest hybrid owners group, will be offering free tire check and inflation at the Pewaukee Walmart, 411 Pewaukee Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 to educate the public on tire safety and fuel efficiency at the "Pump Your Ride to $avings" event.
MiHG staff and volunteers will check vehicle tire pressure, inflate as needed and then discuss and handout information on tire safety as well as fuel efficient driving tips.
Despite protestations last week by The Legend managing partner Jack Gaudion that a deal was not in the works, The Legend has now signed a purchase agreement for Bristlecone Pines Golf Club, according to a statement from The Legend.
The organization plans to rename the club The Legend at Bristlecone. The Legend at Brandybrook in Wales and Bristlecone in Hartland will operate as one combined club.