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City reschedules public hearing

June 29, 2011 4:39 p.m. | A public hearing that had been scheduled for July 5 in the City of Oconomowoc has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the council chambers.

The purpose of the hearing is to hear public comments on the ordinance for redistricting the boundaries of the City of Oconomowoc aldermanic districts. See Tuesday's paper for more on the proposed plan.

Share your fireworks shots

June 29, 2011 9:43 a.m. | As you go out to celebrations and fireworks shows this holiday weekend, think about taking your camera. We'd love to see your most interesting shots! Send them to lakenews@jcpgroup.com or submit them through the "Your Photos" section of our website.

Volunteers needed: Horse Power Healing Center

June 29, 2011 9:41 a.m. | The next organizational meeting for Horse Power Healing Center is set for 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in the Eagle Municipal Building, 820 East Main St., Eagle. Volunteers are needed for gardening, weed eating, barn chores, sidewalking, leading horses, office work and fundraising.

For additional information about riding or volunteering, call Linda Konichek at (262) 594-3667.
 

Schmidt hurls one-hitter for AHS

June 28, 2011 8:31 p.m. | Arrowhead left-handed pitcher Dan Schmidt allowed just one infield single, and Arrowhead jumped all over Mukwonago on Tuesday afternoon in a Classic 8 Conference game for a 10-0 victory.

It was Arrowhead's fourth straight win and moved the Warhawks to 12-6 overall. At 9-4 in the Classic 8, AHS sits in second place.

Schmidt registered four strikeouts in his six innings, walking four. With two runners on and two outs in the second inning, Mukwonago third baseman Devan Ott recorded the only hit, a slow roller that turned into a hit when Jake Tuttle won a race to the bag at second base.

The Warhawks committed just one error behind Schmidt and provided plenty of offense, including three runs in the first and five more in the fourth. Jordy Pendergast delivered three hits, two RBIs and three runs.

The game was over after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Lamp singles home Oconomowoc

June 28, 2011 8:06 p.m. | Corey Lamp's two-out single to left field knocked in Peyton Williams, giving Oconomowoc's Senior Legion team a 2-1 victory in eight innings over Watertown on Tuesday at Roosevelt Field.

Matt Klink got the victory in relief of Sam Loppnow. Loppnow homered to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Oconomowoc is 5-7 overall this season.

MHS marching band prepares to march in Nation's Capitol

June 28, 2011 3:23 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School Marching Band, the Phantom Legion, is gearing up to represent the state of Wisconsin in Washington D.C.  The MHS band was the only high school band chosen to represent the state of Wisconsin in the National Independence Day Parade on July 4th in the Nation’s Capital.

America’s National Independence Day Parade is an annual event that draws thousands of spectators from around the nation and world. It features invited bands, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, balloons, equestrians, drill teams and other national dignitaries, VIPS and celebrities. 

“This is a huge honor for our marching band, and one of the first big events we will take part in under our new identity as the Phantom Legion,” said Matt Koscinski, director of the Phantom Legion. “We look forward to representing our state well with our new identity, new uniforms and new personnel."

In addition to the parade, the MHS Phantom Legion will be touring many of the sites the Nation’s Capital has to offer. They will have the opportunity to participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, listen to the National Symphony and watch the National fireworks display all from the vantage point of the Capital Lawn.

“The students have put in over 26 hours of rehearsal time to prepare for this event,” Koscinski said. “I know with all their hard work and dedication, the Phantom Legion will make Mukwonago High School and the state of Wisconsin very proud."

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Thoreau visited Eagle 150 years ago today

June 27, 2011 3:59 p.m. | Today is the 150 year anniversary of when Henry David Thoreau stopped in Eagle. He was traveling between Prairie du Chien and Milwaukee. The train made 18 stops, Eagle being one of them. Thoreau was on a trip from Maine to Minnesota and back. Horace Mann, Jr. was also on the trek.

(Information provided by the Alice Baker Memorial Library in Eagle)

Horse Power Healing Center needs volunteers

June 27, 2011 3:49 p.m. |

 Horse Power Healing Center in Eagle is looking for a few good volunteers. Volunteers are needed for gardening, weed eating, barn chores, sidewalking, leading horses, office work, and fundraising. The next organizational meeting will be at the Eagle Municipal Building, 820 East Main Street, Eagle, WI, 53119 on Friday, July 1 at 7 pm. For additional information about riding or volunteering, call Linda Konichek at 262-594-3667.

I-94 lanes, ramps in Waukesha County to reopen Tuesday

June 27, 2011 3:26 p.m. | All lanes and ramps on Interstate 94 in Waukesha County will reopen in time for the morning rush hour Tuesday.

And lane restrictions on the Hoan Bridge will be lifted during Summerfest as crews begin shifting traffic Tuesday morning. That project remains on schedule to finish work on the Hoan Bridge by late fall.

The huge resurfacing project on eastbound and westbound I-94 met a significant milestone with the reopening of westbound lanes and ramps in Milwaukee County from 27th St. to 70th St. last Friday night. Now the rest of the highway will reopen from the Milwaukee County line at 124th St. to State Highway 16 by Tuesday morning. Crews will start to remove lane restrictions on I-94 in Waukesha County following Monday's evening rush hour.

Some nighttime lane and ramp restrictions will be required so workers can finish landscaping, ramp surfacing, drainage improvements and bridge repairs through the end of the summer, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Construction work will also continue on Moorland Road and 27th St.

Crime down in Oconomowoc

June 24, 2011 12:16 p.m. | There is some good news to share coming from the City of Oconomowoc Police Department which reported an 18 percent decrease in total crime for 2010.

 For more on this story, read the Tuesday Oconomowoc Focus.

  

 

Power returned to all of Waukesha County over night

June 23, 2011 10:11 a.m. | Shortly before midnight last night, WE Energies crews restored power to the few remaining homes that were left without power after Tuesday's bought of storms.

WE Energies reported that between 10,000-12,000 people were without power in Waukesha County at the outage peak on Tuesday. Crews thought they had a head start restoring power Tuesday afternoon only to be hit with more outages during the evening’s storms. Almost all of the outages were due to falling trees bringing down both power lines and a few dozen power polls.
 

I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 23, 2011 8:24 a.m. | I-94 construction closures for today and tonight in Waukesha County include:

Parking lane closure westbound Bluemound Road at Elm Grove Road 9am-3pm
Single lane closure north and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 9am-3pm
Intermittent closure Barker Road/Highway 18 entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound 8pm-5:30am
Intermittent closure I-94 eastbound exit ramps to Bluemound Road/Highway 18 8pm-5:30am
Intermittent closurenorth and southbound Moorland Road entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound 8pm-5:30am
Full closure southbound Moorland Road entrance ramp to I-94 eastbound 8pm-5:30am
Single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to Milwaukee County Line 8:30pm-5:30am*

Long term closures are still in effect.

Visit www.repave94.org for more information.

Oconomowoc's Got Talent

June 22, 2011 12:43 p.m. | 'Oconomowoc's Got Talent' and the Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) are set to celebrate Saturday, June  25 with an all-ages talent show to benefit the foundation's'Peforming Arts Center Enhancement Fund (PACE).

The show will be held at 7 p.m. on the main stage of the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

This is the second year for the show. For more information, visit www.opef.info

Pancakes in the park support Honor Flight

June 22, 2011 11:53 a.m. | The Eagle American Legion Auxiliary will host its 16th annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 25, in conjunction with Kettle Moraine Days in the Eagle Village Park. This veterans organization will serve all-you-can-eat pancakes, with a side of scrambled eggs, sausage or ham, coffee or milk. Cost: adults, $5; children 11 and younger, $3.
Proceeds will be donated to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The mission of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is to fly WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars to see their memorials in Washington, D.C. 
A fall flight date is pending successful fundraising efforts statewide. The Eagle Legion Auxiliary will match all breakfast proceeds from the weekend fundraising food sales during Kettle Moraine Days to support this program. In addition, the Auxiliary’s hot beef sandwiches will be served all weekend long.
 

Power still out for some Mukwonago residents

June 22, 2011 9:09 a.m. | According to the WE Energies website, a handful of Mukwonago residents are still without power this morning after strong storms ripped through southeastern Wisconsin yesterday and last night.

Nearly 300 people are without power along Highway E near Eagle Spring Lake north of Highway J. The cause for that outage is listed as "tree contact."

Look for further storm coverage in the June 29 edition of the Mukwonago Chief.

Residents cut school board stipends at Kettle Moraine

June 21, 2011 8:47 p.m. | Residents at Kettle Moraine School District annual meeting cut school board member stipends by $500 a year.

In making the motion, Joseph Krechel rationalized that if the Kettle Moraine budget is in such bad shape, all should bear the burden of cuts.

With the motion, board stipends will be $2,500 for the 2011-12 school year.

The motion passed by a 27-10 vote.

Was it a tornado?

June 21, 2011 5:48 p.m. | Residents in the Village of Summit are left wondering whether it was a tornado that ripped through their neighborhood this afternoon.

Dousman dentist Mike Goral, who lives at 826 N. Griffith Road, said he had to finish filling a patient's teeth when the storm hit, but when he made it to his Summit home, he discovered about two dozen trees on 11 acres had been struck down.

Goral's daughter Emma and wife, Ginger, headed for the basement when they heard the storm coming. They described loud noises as they sheltered from the storm, and extensive damage to trees when they came back upstairs.

The story was similar at other homes in the Griffith Road area. A swath of woods in an area near Griffith, Genesee Lake Road and Highway 67 had numerous trees snapped off at the top, and several large evergreens that were uprooted.

Despite the extensive tree damage in the area, it doesn't seem there was any damage to other property.

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Mukwonago woman describes damage

June 21, 2011 5:47 p.m. | The power remains out at 411 Lois St., Mukwonago, and neighbors are gathering to clear debris from Marge Bilke’s yard.
Bilke was at work at Lake Country Publications in Hartland this afternoon when she got a call from home at the height of the storm. Her granddaughter, Sam, was home alone, and branches were falling around the house.
The closer Bilke got to Mukwonago on her way home, the worse the damage got, she said. She reported seeing a big tree uprooted on Meadowview in Field Park subdivision.
When Bilke got home, she discovered big limbs hanging on wires, tree debris all over the yard and branches that had just missed the garage and house..
 

More storm damage photos from Lake Country area

June 21, 2011 5:14 p.m. |

The Village of Summit fire department breaks out the chainsaw as they work to clear a fallen tree blocking Valley Road Tuesday evening after a heavy storm went through the area.

Strong winds take down a tree outside the Miller home on Valley Road Tuesday evening.

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Pewaukee storm damage photos

June 21, 2011 5:00 p.m. |

A large tree lays across George Street in Pewaukee after heavy storms blew through the area Tuesday, June 21. High winds brought many trees and wires down in the Lake Country area.
 

Ray Ccech of Pewaukee directs traffic around a tree laying across George Street in Pewaukee after heavy storms blew through the area Tuesday.

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Storm takes down power lines, trees as it moves through Mukwonago

June 21, 2011 4:53 p.m. |

A crew from Createscape (top photo) pulled out a chain and chainsaw and started removing a tree blocking Highway EE in the Town of Mukwonago before Waukesha County crews could arrive on scene after a thunderstorm rolled through the area this afternoon.

A tree marked for removal (middle photo) for a road project fell on the home of Michael and Irma Durr on Meadow View Lane in the Village of Mukwonago. The tree hit the end of the house and the neighbor's vehicle, snapping off a Spruce tree in the process, according to Durr.

Power lines in Field Park lay under a downed tree (bottom photo) Tuesday afternoon.

Live wires close Mukwonago street

June 21, 2011 4:42 p.m. |

Live wires and downed branches close Park Avenue near Franklin Street in the Village of Mukwonago after strong winds and rain swept through the area.

Damage was also reported elsewhere in Mukwonago, Delafield and the Dousman area. See additional posts in Lake Country Watch at LivingLakeCountry.com.

UPDATE: Roads blocked in Delafield, Summit, Oconomowoc

June 21, 2011 4:40 p.m. | Trees and power lines have caused road blocks in the area.

On Nashotah Road, there is blockage from down trees, one lane is open.

Recent storms have knocked down power lines on Valley Road in Oconomowoc. Traffic is blocked in both directions.

We Energies, Summit and Delafield police and Summit Fire Department personnel are on scene to aid with clean up and repair.

Show us your storm damage

June 21, 2011 4:23 p.m. | Did severe storms that rolled through the area Tuesday tear things up at your home? Did you capture some compelling images of storm activity or what it left behind?

Send us your photos to share with readers.

Send photos and information to lakenews@jcpgroup.com

Lots of debris, damage in Mukwonago

June 21, 2011 3:58 p.m. | The storm that swept through Mukwonago this afternoon has left a lot of debris and damage in its wake.

Branches and trees are littering Sugden Road; though there is debris, the road is passable.

A big tree is down on a house in the Field Park subdivision.

Another tree that had been down across Highway I has already been cleared out of the way.

County crews are on their way to Highway EE near Beulah Road, where a tree is blocking the road. In the meantime, a passing landscape crew stopped and began working on clearing the tree.

Storm blocks traffic on highways 67, 18

June 21, 2011 3:57 p.m. | Severe storms that have recently rolled through the area resulted in Highway 67 in Dousman being blocked with branches and a barn roof that blew off. The exact area of 67 is unclear at this time.

Highways 18 and BB is also blocked with debris after the storm.

No futher information is available at this time.

Storm, power outages hit Mukwonago

June 21, 2011 3:48 p.m. | Over 100 Mukwonago residents are currently without power, according to the WE Engeries website. Up to 1,000 residents are without power near Eagle Spring Lake.

No information has been provided when service might be restored.

Flood advisory issued

June 21, 2011 3:44 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for northeastern Waukesha County until 6:30 p.m.

Thunderstorms swept through the area earlier this afternoon dropping an estimated inch of rain. More rain is possible. Runoff could cause minor flooding along small streams and near low water crossings.

Highway EE blocked by downed tree

June 21, 2011 3:39 p.m. | Highway EE north of the Mukwonago Town Hall near Beulah Road is blocked by a downed tree. Police are directing motorists to take other routes.

Tornado sirens going off in Mukwonago

June 21, 2011 3:04 p.m. | Tornado sirens are reportedly sounding in Mukwonago. Children at the Tumbleweedz daycare are being taken to a tornado shelter. Residents are urged to take cover.

Storm moves through Mukwonago

June 21, 2011 3:01 p.m. | Residents in the Mukwonago area should be on alert for severe thunderstorms now moving through the area. Trees were reported down around 3 p.m. in the area of Field and Lois.

Severe thunderstorms headed for western Waukesha County

June 21, 2011 2:45 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for areas including western Waukesha County until 3:15 p.m.

Severe thunderstorms were expected to be near North Prairie by about 2:50 p.m.; Dousman, Lapham Peak State Park and Wales by about 2:55 p.m.; Okauchee Lake, Delafield and Hartland by about 3 p.m.; and Merton by about 3:05 p.m.

The storms are capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 21, 2011 11:56 a.m. | I-94 construction closures for today and tonight include:

Parking lane closure westbound Bluemound Road at Elm Grove Road 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Inside single lane closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 until June 22 at 9:30 p.m


Single lane closure north and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to Milwaukee County Line 8:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.

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Pancake breakfast offered at Kettle Moraine Days

June 21, 2011 10:54 a.m. | The Eagle American Legion Auxiliary will be hosting its 16th annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 25, in conjunction with Kettle Moraine Days in the Eagle Village Park.

From 7 to 11a.m., the Auxiliary will be serving all-you-can-eat pancakes, with scrambled eggs, sausage or ham, and coffee or milk in the Village Park structure.  The charge for adults is $5 and $3 for children under 12.

The proceeds of this year's event will be donated to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.  The mission of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is to fly WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars to see their memorials in Washington, DC. The group also works closely with schools throughout Wisconsin to ensure that the heroic stories of our veterans are built into the curriculum so that future generations will fully appreciate the sacrifices made on their behalf.  A fall flight date is pending successful fundraising efforts across the state. 

The Eagle Legion Auxiliary will match all breakfast proceeds from their weekend fundraising food sales during Kettle Moraine Days to support this program providing assistance to our soldiers and their families.

Eagle one year later

June 21, 2011 10:50 a.m. | The first day of summer holds a whole new meaning for residents in Eagle as they look at the anniversary of the EF2 tornado that ripped through the area last year. While physical recovery is evident, emotional healing will take time, according to Eagle officials.

Read about the recovery in the Mukwonago Chief's tornado anniversary coverage tomorrow.

Palmyra Garden Walk set for June 25

June 21, 2011 9:57 a.m. | The Friends of the Powers Memorial Library will hold their annual fundraiser, the Palmyra Garden Walk on Saturday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain date is Sunday, June 26.

Tickets may be purchased at the library before the day of the walk and until 1:30 the day of the walk. Ticket price is $10. Maps of the gardens are available at the library desk.

The event includes a raffle that features a 2010 collector series Packer football, along with many other prizes.

More information on the library can be found at www.powersmemoriallibrary.org/

Rain, fog will cloud morning

June 21, 2011 7:25 a.m. | You might want to plan a few extra minutes for your commute to work this morning. Heavy fog is slowing things down in some areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory through noon today. It has also issued an urban and small stream advisory for central and northern Waukesha County. Thunderstorms could drop up to an inch and a half of rain, leading to flooding in some areas, including Delafield, downtown Waukesha, Hartland, Pewaukee, Sussex, Wales, Butler, Lannon and Merton.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 20, 2011 1:58 p.m. | I-94 construction closures in Waukesha County for tonight include:

Single lane closure north and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Parking lane closure westbound Bluemound Road at Elm Grove Road 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Intermittent closure Highway 16 eastbound system ramp to I-94 eastbound  8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
Intermittent closure I-94 eastbound exit ramp to Highway 164/Highway J 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
Intermittent closure Highway 164/Highway J entrance ramp to I-94 eastbound 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
Intermittent closure I-94 eastbound exit ramp to Highway F 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
Intermittent closure north and southbound Moorland Road entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m. (Weather Backup)
Intermittent closure I-94 eastbound exit ramp to Moorland Road 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m. (Weather Backup)
Full closure Moorland Road entrance ramp to I-94 westbound 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
Single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to Milwaukee County Line 8:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
Full closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 for 15 minutes at 11:59 p.m.
Outside single lane closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 REOPENS at 11:59 p.m.
Inside single lane closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 11:59 p.m. until June 22 at 9:30 p.m.
Single lane closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 11:59 p.m.-5:30 a.m.


Long term closures are still in effect.

Visit www.repave94.org for more information.

Arrowhead hires new football coach

June 20, 2011 11:42 a.m. | Greg Malling, 37, of Rockville, Md., has been named the new varsity football coach at Arrowhead High School. AHS athletic director Kevin Flegner told the Lake Country Reporter late Monday morning.

Malling was one of six finalists from the field of 25 candidates who applied for the job. Of the six finalists, four were from outside of Arrowhead, and two were members of last year's varsity staff.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of coaching football at Arrowhead," Malling said. "I want to continue the rich tradition that the program has had under coach Tom Taraska. I've heard a lot of about the school and the entire community. I can't wait to get started."

Taraska retired in May from the head coach position after 29 years at the helm.

Malling and his wife will be coming to town Friday.

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Fire destroys Mukwonago home

June 20, 2011 7:52 a.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting a fire destroyed a Town of Mukwonago home overnight. See more here.

Cooney Concert Series begins Thursday

June 17, 2011 1:25 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Parks and Rec Dept. will begin its freeThursday Night Concert Series at 7 p.m., June 23.

Kicking off the series wil be the Caribbean Eclipse steel drum band, at City Beach on Lac LaBelle.

Representative Craig pleased with mascot provision in State budget

June 17, 2011 11:48 a.m. | Representative David Craig (R- Town of Vernon) issued the following statement after passage of the 2011-2013 State Budget:

 “The 2011-2013 State Budget provides a marked improvement over the budgets of the previous administration. It is important to remember that our work as a legislature is far from complete; we must continue the fight to reduce government spending in Wisconsin to lessen the crushing tax burden on our citizens in order to achieve a lasting economic recovery. This budget illustrates our commitment to attaining true fiscal responsibility and more transparent accounting.”   

“I was particularly pleased that my Assembly colleagues included a provision authored by myself, Representatives Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Steve Nass (R-Town of La Grange) and Senator Mary Lazich (R- New Berlin) which will extend the deadline for compliance for school districts that are subject to an order from DPI to change their mascot. Extending the deadline for compliance to January 15, 2013 provides the Legislature more time to change the state law that was enacted last session.”

Historical Society Press books featured in Festival of Books this weekend

June 17, 2011 11:44 a.m. | The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is this weekend in Waukesha! Join Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors Louis Wasserman and Caren Connolly on Saturday, June 18 as they discuss "Wisconsin's Own: Twenty Remarkable Homes." They will be speaking at 10 a.m. in Commons 101 on the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha campus.

The houses profiled in "Wisconsin's Own" are a mix of public ones you may have visited and private homes you've been hoping for an invitation to explore. These homes are representative of the varied architectural styles in Wisconsin, from an Italianate along the Mississippi and an interpretation of a 16th century northern Italian villa overlooking Lake Michigan to an Adirondack-style camp in the North Woods and a 14 bedroom Georgian Revival mansion on Lake Geneva. The Prairie School is represented, with examples by Frank Lloyd Wright and his mentor Louis Sullivan.

Additionally, Press author Ed Janus will be speaking about his new book, "Creating Dairyland." Stop by the Commons Patio on Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m. to hear his talk.

In "Creating Dairyland," journalist, oral historian, and former dairyman Ed Janus opens the pages of the fascinating story of Wisconsin dairy farming. He explores the profound idea that led to the remarkable "big bang" of dairying here a century and a half ago. He helps us understand why there are cows in Wisconsin, how farmers became responsible stewards of our resources, and how cows have paid them back for their efforts. And he introduces us to dairy farmers and cheesemakers of today: men and women who want to tell us why they love what they do.

 

Relay For Life begins tonight

June 17, 2011 11:09 a.m. | The Sussex-Menomonee Falls-Pewaukee American Cancer Society Relay for Life Event will begin with an opening ceremony at 6 p.m. tonight at Sussex Hamilton High School and continue until 9 a.m. Saturday, June 18.


Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch is the honorary chair and will speak at the opening ceremony. Along with Kleefisch, Kaitlyn Sweeney, 3, is the honorary youth chair.

Sweeney was diagnosed with stage 3 Wilm’s tumor at 8 months old. The tumor, along with her affected kidney, were removed and she began radiation and chemotherapy. After six rounds of radiation and 6 1/2 months of chemotherapy, she finished her last treatment and received news that she is was remission in November of 2009.

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I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 17, 2011 10:42 a.m. | I-94 closures in Waukesha County for today include:

Single lane closure norht and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


Full closure Highway F entrance ramp to I-94 westbound from 10:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.


Full closure I-94 WB exit ramp to Highway 164/Highway J from 10:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.


Full closure Moorland Road entrance ramp to I-94 westbound from 10:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m.

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Lisbon incorporation expected to be denied

June 17, 2011 9:21 a.m. | The chairwoman of the state Incorporation Review Board is expected to deny a petition for the Town of Lisbon to be incorporated as a village. A question remains as to whether she will leave a small glimmer of hope for some town officials and citizens who have campaigned for village status for the town.
Chairwoman Dawn Vick’s decision was expected to be sent by certified mail to the Waukesha County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon, June 17, and posted on the Department of Administration’s website Monday morning, June 20.
While dismissing the petition, Vick could allow a new petition to be filed later that would address issues raised by state officials relating to land in the southeast corner of the town, extending east along Highway K from 164 to the Town Line Road and north along Town Line Road to approximately Plainview Road.
According to the Department of Administration (DOA), the land is isolated from the remainder of the town and would be better serviced by surrounding villages rather than the proposed government. The so- called “islands” in the southeast corner also contribute to the town failing to meet the requirement of compactness and homogeneity to qualify to become a village, according to some state officials.
The findings and determinations prepared by the DOA staff were the subject of an hour and half debate among the five Incorporation Review Board members during a meeting in Madison on Wednesday, June 15.
 

Lazich comments on approval of State budget which includes provision on mascot

June 17, 2011 8:45 a.m. | State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) issued the following statement after the Senate approved the 2011-13 state budget.

“The budget Governor Scott Walker and the Legislature approved does not borrow and tax recklessly,” Lazich said. “The budget charts a course away from debt and propels Wisconsin into economic recovery.”

“The last four budgets included billion dollar increases. The two most recent budgets each increased by $6 billion. This budget is not increased by even one billion dollars. This budget refrains from increasing taxes and fees, eliminates the structural deficit and sets the stage for economic prosperity.”

The budget includes a provision by Lazich and Assembly Representatives David Craig (R-Town of Vernon), Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Steve Nass (R-Town of La Grange) that gives Mukwonago High School until Jan. 15, 2013 to change its mascot. The deadline to comply with the Department of Public Instruction mandate was Oct. 8, 2011.

“Mukwonago High School and the Mukwonago community go to great lengths to be respectful to Native American history,” Lazich said. “Currently, school districts are assumed guilty of discrimination and must prove innocence. This is a fundamental departure from our country’s legal tradition and must be addressed. The extended deadline will give the school, Legislature and court system time to operate and address this issue.”

Trial underway in double homicide

June 17, 2011 7:15 a.m. |

Waukesha – Jury selection in the double-homicide case involving Chad Lurvey wrapped up earlier than planned Thursday with the prosecutor and defense attorneys outlining their cases in opening arguments.

Lurvey, 36, formerly of the Town of Ottawa, is alleged to have killed Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, both of Mukwonago in August 2002.

The men were shot and stabbed and their bodies discovered in a pond on the Lurvey property off Highway 67. The men were found wrapped in chains and blankets. The men were last seen alive with Lurvey.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel said the homicides were connected to alleged drug trafficking between the three men. Schimel alleged Lurvey was storing cocaine and marijuana for Lurvey.

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Drug dispute cited in double homicide

June 16, 2011 7:54 p.m. | Waukesha - Chad Lurvey killed two men with blasts from his shotgun nearly nine years ago because he owed them money related to drugs and he was worried they would harm him over some missing "product," Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel told a jury Thursday.

Schimel, in his opening statements at the start of Lurvey's trial, said the evidence will prove Lurvey killed Brian Lazzaro of Mukwonago and Andrew Long of West Milwaukee.

But Lurvey's attorney, Stephen P. Hurley, said the evidence will show Lurvey did not kill the men and that police didn't investigate associates of Lazzaro and Long, who may have had reasons to want them dead. Hurley called Lazzaro a "big-time drug dealer in the community" and said that Long owed more than $100,000 to his supplier.

Schimel, though, said Lurvey talked to others about killing the men.

"This is a murder case about drug trafficking," Schimel said, noting that Long had paid Lurvey to store kilos of cocaine and pounds of marijuana on Lurvey family property in Ottawa. Some of the cocaine was buried in buckets on the property, Schimel said.

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Jury selection in double-homicide under way

June 16, 2011 2:28 p.m. | Waukesha – Jury selection in the double-homicide case involving Chad Lurvey started this morning and may last through Friday.

Lurvey, 36, formerly of the Town of Ottawa, is alleged to have killed Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, both of Mukwonago in August 2002.

The men were shot and stabbed and their bodies discovered in a pond on the Lurvey property off Highway 67. The men were found wrapped in chains and blankets. The men were last seen alive with Lurvey.

If jury selection runs through Friday the trial would begin Monday. It is expected to last two weeks.
 

Trial set to begin in 2002 double homicide

June 15, 2011 4:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Nearly nine years after the bodies of two men were found wrapped in blankets and chains in a Waukesha County lake, the man accused of killing them is scheduled to go on trial Thursday in the double-murder case.

It took authorities until 2009 to gather enough evidence to charge Chad Lurvey, 37, formerly of Ottawa, long a suspect in the deaths of Brian Lazzaro of Mukwonago and Andrew Long of West Milwaukee.

The bodies of Long and Lazzaro, both 25, were found in September 2002 in a 6-acre private lake on property in Ottawa owned by Lurvey's family. They had been missing since Aug. 24, 2002.

They had been shot multiple times with a shotgun and their necks were cut, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case that charges Lurvey with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Investigators had been called to the lake by Lazzaro's parents and other people who had gone there on Sept. 5, 2002, to search for Lazzaro and saw what they believed to be a body floating along the shoreline, the complaint says.

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Mlachnik named AD, basketball coach at SJNMA

June 15, 2011 4:37 p.m. | Duane Mlachnik has been named the new athletic director and varsity basketball head coach at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) in Delafield, effective July 1.

Mlachnik has more than 25 years of high school basketball coaching experience, according to a news release from SJNMA. Most recently, he was head coach of the boys varsity basketball team at Muskego High School from 2008-09. From 2005-08, he was the head girls basketball coach there.

He played high school baketball for a year at Muskego in the late 1970s, and played two years at St. Leo University in Florida and one year at Waukesha County Technical College. Mlachnik also played basketball, baseball and football at St. John's Northwestern, where he graduated in 1980.

"We could not be more pleased than to have Duane Mlachnik on our team as St. John's Northwestern Military Academy's director of athletics," said Jack Albert Jr., president of SJNMA. "Duane brings vision, an understanding of the academy's mission and a work ethich that will take our programs to improved levels of excellence and recognition."

Mlachnik spent 27 years at Utility Tool and Machine Co. Inc., a family-owned company founded by his grandfather. The the past two years, he has been an operations manager of Electro-Cut EDM, a Spectrum Works LLC company.

Bridge repairs on Capitol Drive slated for next week

June 15, 2011 4:31 p.m. | The state Department of Transportation has planned repairs to the westbound Highway 190 (Capitol Drive) bridge over Highway 74/F beginning the night of June 24.

The work will repair damage that was done when the bridge was hit by a dump truck, according to a new release from the DOT.

Traffic will be shifted to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction during the repairs. In addition to the lane closures, the Highway 74/F ramp to westbound 190 will be closed. A posted detour will follow Highways M, 164 and K.


The contractor, Edward Kraemer and Sons, anticipates completion of the work by mid-July, weather permitting.

Oconomowoc's Got Talent show set for June 25 at OAC

June 15, 2011 8:16 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) is sponsoring its second annual talent showcase, 'Oconomowoc's Got Talent'.

 The  fundraising event is an all-ages talent show to be held  June 25 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. The event benefits the foundation’s Performing Arts Center Enhancement (PACE) fund. 

Seventeen acts comprise this year’s fun-filled evening, showcasing talents including singing, dancing, musical instrument performances, sketch comedy and more.

 Tickets are on sale in advance at Oconomowoc Realty, 156 E. Wisconsin Ave., and the Oconomowoc Arts Center during box office hours (  noon – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, cash or check only). Student and senior tickets are $8, adult tickets are $12, and there is a family maximum of $35. The event also includes a raffle, with tickets $5 each or 5/$20 on sale at the show and in advance at Oconomowoc Realty. Prizes include a 42” flat-screen TV, $250 cash, an Apple iPad, $50 gas card and sports tickets. The drawing will be during the show on June 25 and you need not be present to win.

Pups and Petals event this weekend in Mukwonago

June 15, 2011 7:00 a.m. |

Pups and Petals

The Garden Mart will be hosting its Pups and Petals Event starting at 9:30 a.m. on June 18. The event will feature dog competitions in areas including obedience, tricks, and costumes. Each participant will receive a goodie bag for their dog. Prizes will be given to the top three winners. The Garden Mart will be donating 15% of proceeds from pet products bought that day to the Waukesha Humane Society. Adoptable pets from the humane society will be on location for the event.

For a registration form, please email midwestlandscape@centurytel.net.

The Garden Mart is located at W297 S9115 Highway 83 in Mukwonago.

Walworth County Fair hosts fashion show

June 14, 2011 10:33 p.m. | The Walworth County Fair Fashion Show is themed nautical/military and will take place on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 10:30 a.m.Judges are looking for old military styles and nautical apparel.

Contestants may pre-register online at walworthcountyfair.com or by stopping in at the Fair Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Fair Office is located at 411 E. Court St. in Elkhorn on Highway 11. Participants may also pre-register the morning of the event. Prizes will include ribbons for adults and ride coupons for children. 

For more information, please contact the Fair Office at (262) 723.3228.

Cement truck knocks out power along Lake Nagawicka

June 14, 2011 6:26 p.m. | Fifty-four We Energies customers along Lake Nagawicka just south of the Village of Nashotah were without electricity Tuesday evening after a cement truck knocked over a utility pole, a company spokesman said.

The power failure was reported shortly before 4 p.m. after the truck struck the pole in the 3000 block of Nagawicka Ave., We Energies spokesman Barry McNulty said.

The service interruption affected an area primarily east of County Highway C and south of Vettelson Road, McNulty said.

Utility officials expected to have power restored later Tuesday evening, McNulty said.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

June 14, 2011 1:46 p.m. | I-94 construction closures in Waukesha County for tonight include:


Full closure southbound Moorland Road entrance ramp to I-94 eastbound from 8 p.m.-5:30 a.m.


Single lane closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 from 9:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.


Single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to Milwaukee County Line from 9:30 p.m.-5:30 a.m.

Long term closures are still in effect.

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Construction workers found Loncin's body after ATV accident

June 14, 2011 1:17 p.m. |

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) continue to investigate the ATV related death of Town of Genesee resident John Loncin, 46, early last week.

The Sheriff’s Department has reported that John Loncin's body was found by construction workers reporting for duty around 6 a.m. on June 7. The workers contacted the Sheriff’s department, who arrived at the scene with the addition of DNR personnel.

Since initial reports were released, authorities have determined that Loncin was riding his ATV on Highway 83 in the construction zone .1 mile south of Holiday Road in Waukesha sometime between 6:30-7 p.m. when the last construction worker left the scene on June 6 and the time Loncin’s body was discovered Tuesday morning.

Based on conditions found at the scene, it is believed that Loncin jumped a creek with his ATV, landed on a pile of rocks left from construction, lost control, and was thrown from the vehicle.

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Special household hazardous waste collection June 18 in Delafield

June 14, 2011 10:49 a.m. |

A special one-day collection of household hazardous waste will be held on Saturday, June 18 from 8 a.m. until noon in Delafield. The collection will be held at the City Department of Public Works, 111 Main Street, and is open to any county resident.

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 HHW materials, visit the web site at www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call (262) 896-8300.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for tonight

June 13, 2011 3:20 p.m. | I-94 closures in Waukesha County for tonight include:

Single lane closure I-94 eastbound from Highway 16 to Milwaukee County Line from 9:30pm-5:30am

Long term closures are in effect as well.

Visit www.repave94.org for more information.

St. John's Mukwonago holds kids camps

June 13, 2011 7:00 a.m. |

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and School will be holding bible, basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, crafts camps for students going into 4 year old preschool through 8th grade from June 20-24. Students in grades 2 through 8 during the last 45 minutes of each day have the choice of doing a craft or participating in basketball, soccer, baseball, or golf.

The camps will be held at the church, 410 Highway NN West, Mukwonago from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. Call (262) 363-8627 to register.

Old World Wisconsin celebrates recovery from last year's tornado

June 11, 2011 3:55 p.m. |

Old World Wisconsin Director Dawn St. George (top photo) welcomes state, county and local dignitaries including Village of Eagle Police Chief Russ Ehlers and Eagle Fire Chief Justin Heim during the One-Year-Later Appreciation Event at the Wisconsin historic site this morning. The event recognized the progress the museum made in the year since the devastating tornado ripped through Eagle taking down nearly 3,000 trees at the site and closing the museum for almost five weeks.

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OHS softball team to state

June 10, 2011 9:36 p.m. | Oconomowoc's varsity girls fastpitch softball team defeated host Watertown Friday night in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship game, 4-1.

The win vaulted the Raccoons to next week's state tournament in Madison. It will be the second state tournament appearance in school history.

Dalaney Osterday pitched all seven innings. She did not walk a batter.

With the score tied 1-1, Cooney scored two runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh. Megan Finn homered over the fence in the seventh.

Osterday and Brianne McGuire had two hits each for the winners.

Stop by Sussex bank's car wash for charity

June 10, 2011 3:26 p.m. | North Shore Bank has teamed up with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Bubrick’s Complete Office and United Stationers for “Car Wash 4 Kids” to benefit patients at the hospital. The car wash will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sussex branch, W249 N6600 Hwy 164 and Main St.

“This is one way to take a fun summertime activity and give back to Children’s Hospital,” said Sue Doyle, vice president for North Shore Bank. “We’re very appreciative of all the local businesses that are taking an active role in this
effort, and we applaud their community spirit.”
Students from the Waukesha Express swim team and Racine United soccer club are volunteering their washing
skills. Other area youth groups are volunteering at their local branches to help give back to Children’s Hospital.
Bubrick’s Complete Office and United Stationers are supplying the materials for the car wash.
“We love getting involved in the communities where we and our customers live, and this is a great way to do
that,” said Ron Beam, president of Bubrick’s. “We’re happy to help support this wonderful cause.”
The following area Wisconsin North Shore Bank branches are also participating as car wash hosts:

• Brookfield Capitol, 15830 W. Capitol Dr.
• New Berlin, 15505 W. National Ave.
• West Allis, 10533 W. National Ave.
 

Competition tests drivers on and off the course

June 10, 2011 2:57 p.m. | The Wisconsin Motor Carriers Association will hosting the 74th annual Wisconsin State Truck Driving Championships on Friday and Saturday at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee.

About 80 drivers will participate in the written and on-course competitions.

The written test evaluates their knowledge of the industry, regulations pertinent to safe driving and basic safety.

The six-problem obstacle course run on Saturday will test drivers in backing, parking, turning and stopping maneuvers. The driving competition begins at 7 a.m. Drivers will also compete in a pre-trip inspection competition that shows a driver’s experience in detecting planted defects on equipment.

Winners will be announced at an awards banquet at the Richard T. Anderson Center Commons on the WCTC campus at 7 p.m. Saturday. The winners will go on to compete in a national truck driving competition. Awards for Rookie of the Year and Pre-trip Inspection also will be presented. Companies with two or more driver contestants will compete for a Team Trophy.

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I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 10, 2011 9:31 a.m. | I-94 construction closures in Waukesha County for today and tonight include:

Flagging operations north and southbound Elm Grove Road at Bluemound Road from 9am-3pm

Single lane closure north and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 from 9am-3pm


Single lane closure north and southbound Highway F over I-94 from 11:30pm-7:30am


Full closure I-94 eastbound exit ramp to Highway F from 11:30pm-7:30am

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KM baseball team nips West

June 10, 2011 9:18 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity baseball  team edged host Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference game Thursday night, 7-6.

Cory Ott pitched the  first six innings for the Lasers and earned the win. Austin Finn pitched a scoreless seventh for KM.

Keith Koehn had two hits and one run batted in for the Lasers. Scott Sayles added two hits to that total.

KM is now 4-4 overall and 4-2 in league play. West is also 4-2 in conference play.

Arrowhead nine rolls past South

June 10, 2011 9:14 a.m. | Host Arrowhead's varsity baseball team scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning and smashed Waukesha South Thursday night in a Classic 8 Cofnerence game, 12-2.

Matt Gaberino pitched all five innings and earned the win. He allowed three hits, struck out four and walked four.

At the plate, Brady Williams was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Gaberino had two hits and three runs batted in and Zach Henkel drove in two runs.

AHS improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in league play.

Holocaust Survivor to speak in Big Bend Tuesday

June 10, 2011 7:00 a.m. | Paul Argiewicz was only eleven years old when he was arrested by two SS officers in Nazi occupied Poland. His miraculous true story of heartrending tragedies, seven different concentration camps and spending his young life working in Nazi slave labor camps. His story will hold you spellbound even though more than 65 years have passed.

Come hear Paul's touching and extraordinary story told by him and written in his memoir, Number 176520, at 7 p.m. on June 14 at the Big Bend Library, W230 S9475 Nevins St., Big Bend.

Reservations requested by calling (262) 662-3571.

Weekend show is the cat's meow

June 10, 2011 12:00 a.m. | If you love cats and would love to spend a a few hours in the company of dozens of felines plan to visit the Waukesha County Expo Center this weekend for the Wisconsin-Illinois Cat Fanciers Silver Anniversary Show.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the expo located at 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha.

All seven juding rings at the show will be decorated in the silver anniversary theme as purebreeds including Maine Coons, Bengals, Persians, Sphynx, a hairless breed, as well as household pets show off for the judges. Judging will be held both days, with junior exhibitors on Sunday. Fourteen judges are being flown in from all over the United States for the show.

Representatives from the Humane Animal Welfare Society and Purebred Cat Rescue cat shelters will be available with cats and kittens to adopt. Both shelters would be grateful for any kitten food or litter donations brought to the show.

Admission for the cat show is $6, $5 for seniors 65 and older and $3 for children 10 and under. Parkinig is free.

Lasers advance to sectional final

June 09, 2011 10:34 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's girls soccer team continued its underdog run through the WIAA playoffs, defeating Madison LaFollette on the road Thursday, 3-2, and advancing to Saturday's sectional final against Waukesha West.

Geena Swentik chipped a free kick from the top of the box over the outstretched hands of LaFollette's keeper midway through the second half, giving the Lasers the one-goal advantage. KM withstood a furious final 15 minutes from the Lancers to preserve the lead.

It was Swentik's second goal of the game. Emily Hotchkiss scored in the fourth minute, and the Lasers (9-9-2)  never trailed but saw LaFollette answer each of the first two strikes.

CMH defeats Pewaukee girls

June 09, 2011 7:25 p.m. | Waukesha Catholic Memorial's varsity girls soccer team stopped Pewaukee in the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Semifinals on Thursday 2-0.

The game was played at Carroll University.

Senior midfielder Karly Lentz had both goals for the Crusaders. The second was a header off a corner kick from senior forward Nikki Condit.

It was just the second loss of the season for Pewaukee, ranked second behind the Crusaders in Division 2 by the Wisconson Soccer Coaches Association.

Authorities investigate Genesee man's ATV related death in Mukwonago

June 09, 2011 4:19 p.m. | Authorities are investigating the circumstances that lead to 46 year old Town of Genesee resident John Loncin's death while riding his ATV in Mukwonago earlier this week. It is believed that Loncin was off-roading in the construction zone along Highway 83 in Mukwonago around the time the accident occurred.

According to the Waukesha Medical Examiner's Office, Loncin was pronounced dead at 7:37 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is involved with the investigation, Town of Mukwonago Police report.

Look for further details in the June 15 edition of the Mukwonago Chief.

Russ formally offered Merton superintendent position

June 09, 2011 12:01 p.m. | The Merton Community School District’s Board of Education met early this morning to formally offer the vacant superintendent position to Ronald Russ, the current principal at Nature Hill Intermediate School in the Oconomowoc School District.

Board Vice President Karl Melnick said that Russ accepted the position and will assume his new duties on July 1. Russ will succeed outgoing superintendent Mark Flynn, who is leaving to pursue a position as an adjunct professor at Cardinal Stritch University.

Russ cannot officially sign any contracts until after June 21 because of the language of his current contract in Oconomowoc, according to Melnick.

“He’s very energetic,” the board vice president said. “I think his views regarding curriculum is probably more in line with what some of the community was looking for.”

The Merton School District’s efforts to implement a 21st-century, project-based learning model into its curriculum was met with opposition from a large core group of parents that felt that the school district was getting away from the basics of a traditional education and focusing too much on technology.

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Parents' Night Out

June 09, 2011 9:21 a.m. | Back by popular demand, the Oconomowoc Public Library is hosting a Parents' Night Out  from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24.

Parents can enjoy a night out while the children's librarian and local teens provide games, snacks and fun.

Pre-registration is required. Email childrens@cooney.lib.wi.us or call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210. Please provide your name, children's names and ages and your phone number. All children who attend must be potty-trained.

There is a suggested donation of $5 per hour, per child. All proceeds support the renovation of the Oconomowoc Public Library's Teen Area.

I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 09, 2011 8:49 a.m. | I-94 closures in Waukesha County for today and tonight include:


Parking lane closure east and westbound Bluemound Road at Elm Grove Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Single lane closure north and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Single lane closure I-94 westbound from Milwaukee County Line to Highway 16 from 11:59 p.m to 5:30 a.m.*

*Lane closure in addition to already in place long term lane closure

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Do you have storm damage?

June 08, 2011 8:52 p.m. | Are you waking up to storm damage this morning?  Send us your photos: lakenews@jcpgroup.com.

'Hurricane-force' winds possible

June 08, 2011 8:26 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 9 p.m. for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha County.

The storm is capable of producing quarter-sized hail and "extreme damaging hurrican force winds in excess of 100 mph," according to an alert issued by the weather service.

The storm is near Edgerton and moving east at 90 mph.

Areas in the path of the storm include Okauchee Lake, Delafield, Wales, Mukwonago, Pewaukee, Sussex and downtown Waukesha.,

County executive lauds Summit K-9

June 08, 2011 4:11 p.m. | Village of Summit - Search and rescue officer A.J. Marhofke and his partner, Zip, a border collie received a special commendation from Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas at Village Hall Wednesday afternoon.

Zip is the county's first search and rescue dog and has been serving the area for more than a decade with Marhofke, a canine forensic search specialist who operates a nonprofit volunteer forensic evidence recovery team called 911BC he founded in 1969.

But Zip has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and the dog's days of search and rescue have faded into retirement. But before Marhofke says his final goodbye to Zip, Vrakas on behalf of Waukesha County, gave him something to hang on the wall as an extra special reminder of his special partner and friend.

The commendation recognizes Zip's 12 years of service with 911BC, noting that both Zip and Marhofke, "have given many hours of their time to search for missing children and to recover forensic evidence, all free of charge ... conducted themselves with the highest level of professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm and their efforts have truly made Waukesha County a safer and better place," the commendation reads.

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Target wins $1 million tax refund from Oconomowoc

June 08, 2011 2:56 p.m. | Oconomowoc - The city has agreed to refund Target Corp. a total of $1,043,457 to settle court cases in which Target alleged the city overvalued the company's Midwest Distribution Center and levied excessive taxes.

The settlement agreement, approved by the Common Council on Tuesday night, calls for the city to issue refunds of $500,457 for 2009 by June 15 and $543,000 for 2010 by Aug. 15.

The agreement covers tax assessment years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Property assessments for 2009 and 2010 were reduced as part of the agreement, which resulted in the refunds, city Finance Director Sarah Kitsembel said.

Under the deal, the assessment for 2008 remains unchanged and a court appeal involving that year will be dismissed. The city will be released from any claim that the property valuation for that year was excessive, according to the agreement.

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Maxwell Street Days are back

June 08, 2011 2:52 p.m. | If it's summer, that means Maxwell Street Days must be just around the corner. Mukwonago's kicks off this weekend, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 11 and 12 at Field Park at the corner of Highways 83 and NN. More than 650 vendors are expected. By then, it'll be cool enough you'll be able to walk around without risking heat stroke -- forecasters are calling for partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. Get out and enjoy summer!

KM teacher awarded Kohl Fellowship

June 08, 2011 2:19 p.m. | The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship and Fellowship program announced the recipients for the 2011 Herb Kohl Fellowship awards in spring. This year, Kettle Moraine School District honors Kettle Moraine High School teacher Dana Broehl as a recipient. Broehl teaches World Languages and is an Assessment for Learning Coach for the district, according to a press release from the district.

Fellowship recipients are chosen for their superior ability to inspire a love of learning in their students, their ability to motivate others, and for their leadership and service within and outside the classroom.  Broehl exemplifies all of these traits through her dedication to students and her commitment to the implementation of a research-based assessment system that balances the use of formative and benchmark assessments throughout KMSD.

“As a district, we recognize Dana as an excellent educator and innovator. We know the impact that she has on our students as well as with the transformative work she is helping to facilitate at the district level. It is absolutely wonderful that others across our state also recognize her strengths and contributions,” explains Superintendent Pat Deklotz.

Cream puff one step closer to title as state dessert

June 08, 2011 2:07 p.m. | The state Senate has passed a bill that would designate a state fair staple as Wisconsin's official dessert.

Fourth-graders from Clarendon Avenue Elementary School in Mukwonago have been pushing lawmakers to appoint the cream puff as Wisconsin's favorite treat. They convinced Republican Sen. Mary Lazich to introduce a bill after she visited their classroom earlier this year. The Senate passed the proposal on a voice vote on Wednesday. It goes next to the state Assembly.

'Heat burst' reported in Jefferson, Waukesha counties

June 08, 2011 12:08 p.m. | Milwaukee set records for heat yesterday, but the atmosphere saved its "heat burst" for today.

The rare phenomenon - strong down drafts blowing hot air ahead of a thunderstorm - will drive temperatures over 90 degrees in Jefferson, Walworth and Waukesha counties during the noon hour. The National Weather Service says the bursts are part of a storm system that delivered light showers and strong wind gusts near Whitewater and Palmyra.

The storm is forecast to move into Milwaukee County and has wind gusts up to 55 mph.

Judge denies Benson's motion to seek reduced sentence

June 08, 2011 10:08 a.m. | Waukesha – A judge this morning denied a motion to re-sentence Mark M. Benson, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a fatal crash that killed three people in the City of Oconomowoc in 2008.

Benson, 58, sought to have his sentenced reduced because he claims he was sentenced on inaccurate information regarding how much prescription drugs were in his system at the time of the crash. Killed in the Aug. 25, 2008 crash on Highway 67 were Jennifer Bukosky, 39, of Town of Oconomowoc, her daughter, Courtney, and unborn child, Sophia. Injured were her son Zachery, 13, and Deborah Gibbs, 11.

Benson’s attorney, Jerome Buting filed a motion claiming that Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis used information from a defense expert, Dr. Frances M. Gengo, of Buffalo, N.Y., who is an expert pharmacologist, wrote in his report misinformation regarding how much Ambien was in Benson’s system at the time of the crash.

Buting’s motion said Gengo has "poorly worded sentences" and inferred Benson had a much greater level of the drug in Benson’s system than what he had. Gengo’s report inferred Benson had 10 to 15 times the level of what he should have.

Davis in his ruling said he did not depend on the level of the drug but rather the fact Benson did not brake when he slammed into the rear of Bukosky’s vehicle, which was stopped for a traffic light. Davis said Benson was intoxicated at the time and his sentencing "did not depend on the level of Ambien."

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Thunderstorms heading for Lake Country

June 08, 2011 9:17 a.m. | A line of strong thunderstorms is moving across Jefferson County and is expected to reach Waukesha County within the next hour.

The storms now stretch from Fort Atkinson to Watertown. Nickel-size hail, winds up to 50 mph, frequent lightning and brief heavy downpours are possible with the storms.

They are expected to be near Okauchee Lake by 9:50 a.m., Hartland by 9:55, and Sussex by 10:05.

Culvers ‘Day of Giving’

June 08, 2011 8:25 a.m. | Hartland – In an effort to assist in the relief efforts for those affected by devastating tornadoes and floods that have ravaged the country this spring, Culver’s restaurants will sponsor a “Day of Giving” with participating restaurants nationwide, dedicating 10 percent of all sales Tuesday, June 14 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.


Local participating Culver’s include Culver’s of Hartland, 701 Industrial Court; Culver’s of Johnson Creek, 525 Village Walk Lane; Culver’s of Menomonee Falls, W186 N9581 Bancroft Drive; Culver’s of Oconomowoc, 1177 Summit Ave; Culver’s of Sussex, W249 N6620 Highway 164; Culver’s of Watertown, 1722 Church St.; Culver’s of Waukesha, 1720 Highway 164, 840 W. Sunset Drive and Culver’s of Waukesha, 2600 N. Grandview Blvd.


“Culver’s has a rich history of giving back to our communities in times of need. These are our communities and our guests that are affected,” says Phil Keiser, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Raising badly needed funds for food, shelter, and emotional support during these difficult times is part of the Culver’s True Blue spirit.”


Many of Culver’s restaurants have been involved in disaster relief efforts on the local level this spring through percent of sales days, donation canisters and other methods. The “Day of Giving” will complement those ongoing efforts.


For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook or www.twitter.com/culvers.
 

AHS golfers settle for second

June 07, 2011 9:08 p.m. | Arrowhead's No. 1 ranked varsity boys golf team, the four-year reigning WIAA Division 1 state champions, had to settle for second place Tuesday afternoon as Middleton snapped Arrowhead's championship run by winning the 2011 state title with 608 strokes. Arrowhead was second at 618 and Marquette was third at 629.

Kettle Moraine took seventh place in the 16-school field with 654 strokes.

Ben Skogen of Onalaska won the individual title with a 1-over-par score of 145.

Kyle Driscoll led Arrowhead as he tied for fourth place at 150 (77-73). Matt Ross was seventh at 152 (75-77).

Nic Johnson led Kettle Moraine by tying for 13th with a 155 total (82-73).

OHS softball team upsets No. 1 Menomonee Falls

June 07, 2011 7:05 p.m. | Playing against  No. 1 seeded  Menomonee Falls in the WIAA sectional Tuesday afternoon in the Falls, the No. 5 seeded Oconomowoc varsity girls fastpitch softball team recorded one of its biggest victories in school history as they knocked off the Indians in a semifinal game in eight innings, 5-4.

The win vaulted the Raccoons into the sectional championship game for the just the second time in school history. OHS (18-7) will play against host Watertown Friday at 7 p.m. in the sectional championship game. The winner will advance to next week's state meet in Madison.

Cooney fell behind the Falls (19-2) 3-0 after three innings but then rallied to tie the game at 3-3 with a three-run outburst in the top of the fourth. Renate Meckl, Brianne McGuiore and Keely Rolbiecki scored those runs as Lauren King had the only RBI in that rally with a clutch, two-out single.

With the score tied going into the eighth, OHS scored twice in that inning as Megan Finn got hit with a ptich to start the inning and winning pitcher Delaney Osteday belted a double to put runners on second and third. A walk to Meckl loaded the bases with no outs.

Finally, after a couple of baserunning guffaws by the Raccoons, Oconomowoc scored their first run when Kaitlyn Ballman walked with the bases loaded to score pinch-runner Lexi Punzel. Osterday then scored on a passed ball.

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Alice Baker Library hosts events for teens, children this month

June 07, 2011 4:01 p.m. | Teen Book Club-June 15: Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited to join the summer Teen Book Club. The first selection is Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The inaugural meeting will be moderated by Lindsay Fournier. The event starts at 6 p.m.

Family Storytime-June 15: Maria Hinners will present a Family Storytime at 7 p.m. Kids are invited to wear pajamas and bring a pillow for sitting.

Recycling in Your Community-June 16: Kids can learn about responsible citizenship and recycling to save energy and avoid waste at 1 p.m.

TGEL Teen Games-June 17: Teens in grades 7 through 12 are invited for an evening of open gaming-cards, board games, and Wii. Use library games or bring games from home. Snacks will be provided. Event starts at 7 p.m.

Family Art and Reading with Gus-June 20: Bring the family to enjoy a group art project and to read to Gus the therapy dog. Event starts at 2 p.m.

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Ex-doctor convicted in fatal crash in 2008 back in court Wednesday

June 07, 2011 3:18 p.m. | Waukesha – Mark M. Benson, the once prominent orthopedic surgeon from the Village of Summit who was convicted of killing three people while under the influence of prescription drugs, will appear in court Wednesday morning to argue he was sentenced on inaccurate information.

Benson, 58, was sentenced in August 2009 for the deaths of Jennifer Bukosky, 39, of Town of Oconomowoc, her daughter, Courtney, and unborn child, Sophia. Injured were her son Zachery, 13, and Deborah Gibbs, 11.

Benson was driving on Highway. 67 when his Cadillac Escalade slammed into the rear of Bukosky’s Honda Accord, which was stopped in traffic on Highway. 67 in the City of Oconomowoc April 25, 2008. A traffic reconstructionist said the Escalade was traveling about 50 mph at the time of impact.

While Benson had not consumed alcohol that day he had taken Oxycodone, Xanax and Ambien, according to court documents.

Jerome Buting, Benson’s attorney, argued in motion filed April 8 that an expert witness for the defense incorrectly estimated the level of Ambien, a drug to treat insomnia, in his blood system.

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Water quality advisory at Village Beach lifted

June 07, 2011 2:13 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee  - The Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department recently posted a water quality advisory due to rising E. coli bacteria levels at Village Beach, but the advisory was lifted Tuesday afternoon.

According to the department’s website, the levels were at 326 and 518 units per 100 ml of water. Levels under 235 units are good under the federal EPA’s good water quality guideline. The levels were not high enough to warrant closing the beach. The results from Monday's sampling showed the levels had dropped to 41 and 17. 

Sussex M&I seeks pantry donations

June 07, 2011 11:08 a.m. | Employees at the Sussex office of M&I Bank are collecting donations for Sussex Area Outreach Services food pantry as part of M&I Community Day¸ a nationwide mobilization of M&I employees to benefit the communities in which they work.
 

The collection of nonperishable food items, clothing, personal hygiene items, paper products and cash donations will run through June 10. The public, as well as M&I customers and employees, are invited to donate in the lobby of the M&I Bank office, N64 W25050 Prospect Circle, Sussex from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.
 

M&I Community Day was launched in 2001, and since its inception, thousands of people have benefited from the efforts of M&I employees corporate wide. Individual M&I locations choose the organizations their project(s) will benefit based on the needs of their local communities.
 

I-94 Waukesha County closures for today and tonight

June 07, 2011 9:44 a.m. | I-94 construction closures in Waukesha County for today include:

Daytime single lane closure north and southbound Moorland Road under I-94 

Daytime parking lane closureeast and westbound Bluemound Road at Elm Grove Road 

Overnight full closure I-94 eastbound exit ramp to Moorland Road

Overnight full closure I-94 north and southbound Moorland Road entrance ramps to I-94 eastbound

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AHS goflers in second place at state

June 06, 2011 9:43 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys golf team, the four-year reigning WIAA Division 1 state champions, stand in second place after the first day of play at the 2011 state tournament at University Ridge in Madison.

Middleton leads the team scoring with 308 strokes. Arrowhead is second at 311 and Milwaukee Marquette is third at 318. Kette Moraine struggled, falling to a tie for eighth place at 332.

AHS was led by Matt Ross with 75. Other Arrowhead scores were Kyle Driscoll with 77, John Langhoff 77, Matt McIntosh 82 and Connor Thiel 83.

KM was led by Ryan Franklin with 78.

Hot enough for you?

June 06, 2011 3:43 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected to top out in the mid to upper 90s, with heat index readings approaching 100.

The hot, humid weather may cause heat-related health problems for anyone without air conditioning or working outside.

The weather service encourages people to drink plenty of fluids, stay in air-conditioned rooms if possible, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

State track and field photo gallery now online

June 06, 2011 2:16 p.m. | We've just updated the photo gallery from Peter Zuzga and Todd Ponath with more action from all divisions in this year's state track and field meet in La Crosse.

Brookfield East won the boys Division 1 competition with 57 points to 39.33 for Arrowhead. Bradley Tech was tops in the girls Division 1 meet, outpacing Arrowhead, 64-40.

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Sen. Lazich to hold Town Hall meetings this weekend

June 06, 2011 11:20 a.m. | State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) will hold three Town Hall Meetings this weekend.
The first Town Hall Meeting will be Friday, June 10, 2011, at the East Troy Village Hall 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. in meeting room A.
Two meetings are scheduled for Saturday, June 11, 2011. The first Town Hall Meeting Saturday is scheduled 10 a.m. until 12 noon at the Waterford Village Hall.  The second Town Hall Meeting Saturday is 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Franklin Public Library in Fadrow Room A.
Citizens of Senate District 28 are invited to attend any of these meetings.

Severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Waukesha County

June 06, 2011 9:22 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Waukesha County until 10 a.m.

At 9:17 a.m., the weather service radar indicated a severe storm near Hartford and moving southeast. The storm is capable of producing ping-pong-sized hail.

The storm is expected to be near Lannon at about 9:50 a.m. and Butler at about 10. Other areas likely to be affected by the storm include Holy Hill, Hubertus, Richfield, Colgate and Germantown.

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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. 

 

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