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Arrowhead game postponed to Friday

July 30, 2009 5:33 p.m. | Arrowhead's baseball team will play Friday at 2 p.m. in the state semifinals against Muskego, one day after rain washed away the WIAA schedule in Stevens Point.

Both semifinals and finals games were postponed to Friday, with the first semifinal beginning at 11 a.m. and the championship to follow at 6 p.m.

Arrowhead qualified for the semifinal after a 6-4 win Wednesday against West Bend West in the quarterfinals.

Two Boys Recovered from Bark River

July 30, 2009 2:04 p.m. | At around 1:45 p.m. today a father reported two children went missing on Bark River near Crooked Lake in Waukesha.

A resident on Genesee Lake Road in the Town of Summit located the boys, who were on a yellow raft, around 1:55 p.m., and they were reportedly safe, according to a police scanner.

Their ages and additional information hasn't been released.

Pewaukee teacher convicted of drug-offenses resigns

July 30, 2009 12:22 p.m. | Pewaukee School District - The Pewaukee School Board accepted the resignation of a kindergarten teacher who had been placed on administrative leave last year after being charged for illegally obtaining prescription drugs.

Jacqueline Plant, 35, of Watertown, a former kindergarten teacher with the district, was sentenced in December 2008 to three years’ probation for the offenses.

According to Superintendent JoAnn Sternke the Board accepted Plant’s resignation this week. Plant had been on unpaid administrative leave until Monday when her resignation was accepted.

Police were tipped-off in April 2008 when a Waukesha physician called police because he believed a patient in his examining room was using a false identity to obtain prescription drugs. After investigation, police found Plant had prescriptions under four false names. According to the criminal complaint, Plant stated that she had a prescription drug addiction for about one year, which occurred since her mother had died. Plant said she had back surgery in August and had been taking more than the prescribed amount, the complaint stated. She said she had been taking about 30 tramadol pills a day, according to the complaint.

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Head-on collision in Town of Merton

July 30, 2009 9:25 a.m. | Two people were injured in a head-on collision that occurred this morning on Highway E at Woodland Drive in the Town of Merton.

The crash occurred at 7:43 a.m., and the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department arrived on the scene at 7:46 a.m. along with fire fighters. There is no update on the condition of those injured, but they were transported to Oconomowoc Memorial just after the departments arrived at the scene.

Lieutenant Thom Moerman of the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department said the cause of the crash is being investigated and that flight rescue crews were initially called and later canceled.

Highway E will be closed for another half an hour while the Waukesha County Sheriffs Department conducts cleanup of the accident site, Moerman said.

Accident near Monches

July 30, 2009 8:43 a.m. | Rescue workers responded to the scene of a serious accident this morning in the area of Highway E and Woodland near Monches. Further details were unavailable.

Arrowhead wins thriller

July 29, 2009 6:28 p.m. | Brian Crook belted a two-run home run in the 8th inning and lifted Arrowhead to a 6-4 victory over West Bend West in the WIAA summer baseball state quarterfinal in Stevens Point on Wednesday afternoon.

Crook's seventh home run of the year cleared the left-field wall by plenty and sent the Warhawks into a celebration.

Matt Mayoras, down to his last strike with two outs in the seventh, drove in Crook from third with the tying run, making it 4-4. West Bend West had taken a lead in the top of the seventh on a squeeze bunt.

Jordan Paszek allowed three runs in the first but settled and held West scoreless thereafter. Andrew Bauer earned the win in relief. The Warhawks will play either Muskego or New Holstein tomorrow at approximately 12:30 p.m. The winner of that game will play for a state title at 3:35 p.m.

Visit the Preps Alcove for live updates.

Allied Pools in Oconomowoc closing

July 29, 2009 4:44 p.m. | Allied Pools, 1408 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, confirmed plans to close the pool, hot tub and game retail locaiton by the end of August.

The owner of the store was not available to discuss reasons behind the store's closing.

Stay tuned for more on this story in Tuesday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Street Dance planned for Aug. 8

July 29, 2009 2:45 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc- The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its Street Dance from 5 to 11 p.m. on Aug. 8, following the Downtown Oconomowoc Merchants Association's  Maxwell Street fesitivies.

East Wisconsin Avenue will be closed between City Hall and the Village Green for the event. The north and south municipal parking lots will remain available for customer parking.

The band "Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns" will play from 7-11 p.m. and  is being sponsored by First Bank Financial Centre.

Ice Cream Social planned for Aug. 9

July 29, 2009 2:39 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc- The Oconomowoc Area Historical Society will hold its 11th Annual Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9 at City Beach.

Organizers invite the community to enjoy a root beer float or ice cream sundae and get a front row seat for theband concert, boat parade and fireworks.

Raffle tickets will be available for a Trek bike, and five winners will receive a copy of the new DVD produced by the Oconomowoc Area Historical Society: "America's Kings & Queens: The Gilded Age in Middle America".

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Historical Society and Museum. For more information, please call 569-0740.

Event raises $8,500 to battle cancer

July 29, 2009 2:33 p.m. | A flagging economy and an increase in the number of alternate fundraising activities took a toll on the 2009 Relay for Life event in Oconomowoc, held last weekend at Oconomowoc High Scgool.

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Despite the challenges, the approximately 75 participants raised a net total of $8,500 for the cause.

“This was a rebuilding year and we had new committee volunteers and they did an awesome year. We are so grateful that we had so many businesses behind us,” said Jill Cardinal, a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.

“The fact that people came out, hopefully, they will spread the word that it’s a fun event and it will bring more people next year,”  she said.  

Live Arrowhead updates now at Preps Alcove

July 29, 2009 2:19 p.m. | Sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live updates from Stevens Point when Arrowhead takes on West Bend West at 3:35 p.m. today. Readers can submit questions and comments to the live blog at the Preps Alcove.

Lang hotel is being sold

July 29, 2009 10:55 a.m. | City of Delafield – Another Delafield landmark owned by developer Bob Lang is apparently being sold.

Rookus Capital of Jenison, Mich., a Grand Rapids suburb, is purchasing the Delafield Hotel, according to City Planner Roger Dupler.  Dupler said he has met with representatives of the company regarding proposed remodeling for the hotel located near the intersection of Wells and Genesee Streets.

Dupler said he was told about two weeks ago that the Michigan development firm was in the process of closing the sale of the hotel.

A receptionist for the company said it specializes in a vast array of commercial and residential developments including boutique hotels. Company executive Scott Rookus has yet to respond to a Lake Country Publications' voicemail regarding the transaction.

Neither Lang nor his assistant Suzanne Schroeder could be reached for comment.

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Pewaukee commission to decide police sergeant's future

July 29, 2009 10:22 a.m. | City of Pewaukee - A City of Pewaukee Police sergeant placed on paid administrative leave since late last year will finally know her future with the Police Department when a City commission makes a final ruling in August. 

The City of Pewaukee Police and Fire Commission will hold final hearings on Police Sergeant Cher Sneider on Aug. 24 and Aug. 26, said Police and Fire Commission President Mark Millard.

The City’s Acting Police Chief Dan Meister is asking Sneider be fired for being untruthful and acting inappropriately, including trying to date a known drug suspect.

Meister is requesting the Commission terminate Sneider or, at a minimum, demote her to a patrol officer and suspend her pay for four weeks, according to charging documents.

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Amazing Skies

July 28, 2009 12:58 p.m. |

The Lake Country area was spared of severe weather last night, but amazing sunset skies still graced the area. This photo was taken just north of the City of Oconomowoc off Hwy 67.

Delafield's Downtown Business Group Social

July 28, 2009 9:45 a.m. | Delafield’s Downtown Business Group (DBG) is hosting a "Social" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at Anderson’s Pub & Grill, 621 Milwaukee St., Delafield.

Complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available. The DBG is looking for thoughts on how to make it (the DBG) better for you.

DNR grants boathouse permit

July 27, 2009 10:42 a.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources granted the Chapter 30 grading permit for Michael Begler's boathouse on Upper Oconomowoc Lake without exception July 23.

The boathouse Begler is constructing in tandem with a home at N52 W35577 West Lake Drive in the Town of Oconomowoc has created controversy because his neighbor Carol Uebelacker says construction of a boathouse in the subdivison violates deed restrictions established by the architectural committee.

The DNR held a public hearing July 7 in the Oconomowoc Town Hall. Twenty-four people attended the meeting, most residents of Upper Oconomowoc Lake, to debate whether or not boathouses should be allowed. However, the DNR's purpose of the meeting was to gather comment as to whether the boathouse would be a detriment to public interest.

Begler will be required to follow Chapter 30 criteria and individuals have 30 days from the decision's mailing date to file an appeal.

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Visit Preps Alcove for AHS baseball results

July 27, 2009 10:07 a.m. | Sports director JR Radcliffe will provide live blogging from Stevens Point when the Arrowhead baseball team challenges West Bend West in a state quarterfinal game at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday. Visit the Preps Alcove for all the action and subsequent updates as the Warhawks navigate through the WIAA state tournament.

Two LOL West teams clinch playoff berths

July 26, 2009 7:12 p.m. | Two of the 12 teams in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league have clinched post-season playoff berths. Oconomowoc (14-2) and Lannon (13-3) are in the playoffs.

Five teams remain in the battle for the final four playoff berths. Those five are the Brookfield Bulldogs (11-5), West Bend (10-6), Menomonee Falls (10-6), Sussex (10-6) and Pewaukee (9-7). Only two weeks of play remains in the regular season.

Games Sunday saw Sussex  stop Merton 10-3, Oconomowoc handle North Lake 11-3, West Bend whip Hartland 15-6, Pewaukee rally past the Bulldogs 12-10 and Menomonee Falls stop Lannon, 8-7

On Saturday, Sussex defeated the Bulldogs, 9-3, and on Friday North Lake upset Merton, 6-5.

Cardinals win in LOL

July 25, 2009 10:18 p.m. | Sussex defeated the Brookfield Blue Sox 9-3 on Saturday in a Land' O' Lakes Western Division baseball game.

Seth Kroenke hit a home run for the Cardinals. Darin Leveraus was the winning pitcher for Sussex.

By defeating the Blue Sox, Sussex (9-6 in LOL Western Division play) kept their divisional playoff hopes alive with the win.

Arrowheasd baseball team moves to state

July 24, 2009 7:28 p.m. | It's official! Arrowhead's varsity baseball team, sporting a school-record 30-5 record, is on its way to next week's WIAA state tournament at  Stevens Point.

Playing in the championship game late Friday afternoon at the Germantown sectional, the Warhawks got a brilliant pitching performance from senior right-hander Andrew Bauer and tons of offense as they whipped Brookfield East, 10-0. The game was called to the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth inning.

AHS will be making its seventh state meet appearance and second in the last four years. In 2006 they finished second.

Bauer allowed just four hits, struck out three and walked one. He improved to 8-0 on the season.

Bauer also had a monster game at the plate, going 4-for-4. Ryan Passaglia and Connor Harmann added two hits each for the winners. David Miller drove in what turned out to be winning run in the bottom of the third inning with a sacrifice fly taht scored Matt Mayoras.

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Mukwonago ousted in semifinals

July 24, 2009 6:01 p.m. | The Mukwonago baseball team fell to Whitnall in the WIAA summer baseball semifinals on Friday at Waukesha West, 6-4.

The Indians surrendered three runs in the first inning after two quick outs and nobody on base. Two errors, three walks and six straight batters reaching base aided the Falcons rally, and MHS never pulled back to even.

Down 5-0 after two frames, the Indians tried to chip away. Josh Tanguay belted a solo home run to pull his team within the final margin of defeat in the fifth, but the Indians were unable to score in the sixth and seventh.

Hometown festivals give Lake Country a chance to shine

July 24, 2009 3:33 p.m. | While the Big City (Milwaukee) claims a cornucopia of festivals with various cultural, musical, and traditional themes, the variety is almost overwhelming.  Lake Country, on the other hand, keeps it local and specializes in fairs and festivals that promote everything the area has to offer, producing simple, special, and often spectacular affairs.  Celebrations this weekend include:

  • Tast of Lake Country, 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakefront Park in Pewaukee.
  • Dousman Derby Days, 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Cory Park in Dousman, featuring the famous frog jump competition.

Other events of note include:

  • The Plein Air Painting Event, July 24-31 throughout Oconomowoc, where artists will paint outdoors and sell their work at a silent auction at the end of the event. 
  • The SummerStage Youth Ensemble presents scenes from Shakespeare during the "Love and Other Tragedies" show, 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 2 p.m. Saturday, at Lapham Peak.
  • The Oconomowoc Area Historical Society and Museum is hosting a slideshow presentation on "Sailing on the Inland Lakes", 10 a.m. Saturday.

Check out other events for this weekend (July 24-26) on the Weekend Happenings Blog.

Sprung's walk-off homer wins for AHS

July 24, 2009 2:20 p.m. | Arrowhead senior catcher Karl Sprung capped off his best offensive game ever Friday afternoon by belting a long, walk-off home run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Warhawks (30-5) defeated Menomonee Falls, 4-3, in the opening round of the WIAA Germantown sectional.

The win vaulted Arrowhead to the sectional championship game, set to be played at Germantown at 5 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will advance to next week's state meet at Stevens Point.

Sprung, after going 4-for-4 in the first nine innings, hit the first pitch he saw to leadoff the 10th inning and the towering fly to right field easily cleared the fence, giving the Warhawks the win. Sprung also drove in three runs in the game.

Sprung also made at least three good defensive plays, including a diving catch of a bunt attempt in the top of the 10th inning when the Falls had a runner on second base and nobody out.

Jordan Paszek came on in relief of starter Justin Mortensen for the Warhawks  to start the fifth inning and pitched six scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and struck out 6. Mortensen allowed three runs, all coming in the  third ining. He struck out four and allowed six hits.

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Arrowhead plays Friday at Germantown

July 23, 2009 7:13 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity baseball team, sporting an impressive 29-5 record, will play in the WIAA Germantown sectional on Friday at 11 a.m. as they meet Menomonee Falls in the semifinals.

The winner of that game will play in the championship game at 5 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the state tournament on Wednesday, July 29 at Stevens Point at 3:35 p.m.

Brookfield East and Brookfield Central will play in the other semifinal game at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

Obermueller wins State Am title

July 23, 2009 7:09 p.m. | Tyler Obermueller of River Falls, a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin, captured the championship at the Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament  Thursday afternoon at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha by shooting a 72-hole score of 4-over-par 288. It was his fist State Amateur title.

Obermueller had rounds of 71, 69, 71 and 77. He finished one shot ahead of Andrew Dekeuster of Racine and Miles McConnell of Madison. They both finished at 5-over-par.

The top Waukesha County finisher was six-time Amateur champion Mark Bemowski, whio plays out of Kettle Moraine Golf Club. He was tied for fifth at 8-over-par. Mike Sorenson of Merton, who graduated from Arrowhead in June, tied for eighth place at 9-over-par.

OHS Class of '59 reunion this weekend

July 23, 2009 1:52 p.m. |  Oconomowoc High School’s class of 1959 is celebrating its 50th reunion with a three-day event, July 24-26. Festivities will begin with a get-acquainted hour at 5 p.m. followed by a fish and chicken buffet at 6 p.m. in Old Ashippun at Prebnow’s Maple Inn, N887 Highway 67 (the former Benny Krueger’s).

Saturday’s events will kick off at 9:30 a.m. at the Oconomowoc and Lake Country Museum, 103 W. Jefferson St., the former Armory at Roosevelt Park. Coffee and refreshments will be served followed by a museum self-guided tour and presentation at 10 a.m.

Doors will open at 3 p.m. at Rolling Hills County Club (formerly Lac La Belle), W389 N6996 Pennsylvania St. At 4 p.m. Tony Rocker, an award-winning Elvis tribute artist, will take you back to the ’50s; a class photo will be taken at 5:30 with cocktails and a raffle to follow and dinner at 7.

Everyone is expected to meet at the City Beach band shell at 9:30 a.m. Sunday for a pontoon cruise around Lac La Belle, weather permitting, followed by lunch at the Kiltie.

The reunion committee has been unable to locate Larry L. Hill (St. Jerome grade school) and John Charles Miller (Okauchee grade school). If you have any information about these classmates, call Joan Evans Krueger at (262) 5679-0919.

Swallow School hires new principal

July 23, 2009 12:58 p.m. | Swallow School District - Swallow School hired a longtime Waukesha West associate principal to fill the role of its new principal. 

Michelle Ferris, an associate principal with Waukesha West for the past 10 years, will assume the role of Swallow's principal in early August. 

Superintendent Jeff Klaisner said the district chose Ferris because of her experience as an educational leader and her ability to work with all members of the school community.

"She's just an excellent administrator," Klaisner said.

The district chose Ferris out of over 50 applicants for the position.  The district interviewed 10 of the applicants and brought back five of them for second interviews.

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ProHealth to close Lawrence Center

July 23, 2009 11:51 a.m. | ProHealth Care announced today plans to close the Lawrence Center, its 26-bed residential facility for treatment of individuals with alcohol and other drug addictions (AODA), effective Aug.14. Outpatient services provided at the facility, located on Saylesville Road, will be transitioned to ProHealth Care’s Behavioral Medicine Center, located within Waukesha Memorial Hospital’s Professional Building. Detoxification, recently transitioned from the Center to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, will continue to be provided at the hospital. Inpatient rehabilitation and day treatment services will be discontinued.

The change is prompted by national trends away from traditional inpatient rehabilitation and day treatment models for chemical dependency and drug addiction, coupled with the pressures of the current economic environment. Founded in 1984, the Center is licensed as a community-based residential treatment facility. As such, the Center must be staffed 24 hours a day with nurses and other professionals despite a fluctuating census, which is averaging fewer than four patients a day this fiscal year.

Golf outing benefits Courtney Bella foundation

July 23, 2009 10:26 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc- Area golfers are invited to take to the links for a good cause on Saturday, August 8.The outing is a fundraiser for the Courtney Bella/Imagine A Day Foundation, which promotes the creative and performing arts in the Oconomowoc Area School District.


The foundation was established after 10-year old Courtney, her unborn sister, and mother were killed in a car accident by an impaired driver. Courtney’s brother Zach and family friend Deborah Gibbs were also injured in the crash.


The four-person scramble will be held at Pagancia Golf Course, beginning at 8:30 a.m., and people may sign up in foursomes, twosomes or as singles. Cost of the outing is $75 and includes the 18 holes with cart, and food afterwards donated by Culvers. Interested golfers can sign up at Paganica or call organizer Jeff Samp at (262) 269-8423.

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Elsen takes lead at State Am

July 22, 2009 4:51 p.m. | Jordan Elsen of Kenosha, a member of the University of Wisconsin men's golf team, and Tyler Obermueller of River Falls, took the third-round lead in the Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament Wednesday at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha.

Elsen and Obermueller stand at 2-under-par 211 after three rounds. Elsen has shot rounds of 69-72-70 and Obermueller has fired scores of 71-69-71.

Veteran Mark Bemowski, playing out of Kettle Moraine Golf Club, is second at 1-under-par. Brent Wong of Whitnall Park, the second-round leader, shot 79 and fell to fifth place.

Mike Sorenson, recent graduate of Arrowhead, is in ninth place at 5-over-par.

The 72-hole tournament will finish Thursday.

Authorities suspect arson at Sugden drug house

July 22, 2009 1:34 p.m. | Chief Jeff Rolfe with the Mukwonago Fire Department said today that authorities suspect arson may be the cause of the fire that began around 11:30 p.m. last night at S79 W30319 Sugden Road in the Town of Mukwonago.

According to Rolfe, both the electricity and the natural gas were disconnected at the time of the July 2 bust in which investigators used a search warrant and discovered a marijuana growing operation capable of producing three crops a year.  Rolfe said that meant all the common sources of a fire occurrence at that location had been removed.

"That makes us very suspicious," he said.

Arson Investigators were on scene this afternoon, along with the Mukwonago and Town of Waukesha fire departments.

Captain Charles Wood, Commander of Waukesha METRO Drug Unit said at this time, the two suspects involved in the growing operation had not yet been summoned.

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Suspicious fire destroys Mukwonago house targeted for narcotics investigation

July 22, 2009 10:17 a.m. |

Flames still flicker and smoke lingers early Wednesday morning after a fire around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 drew multiple fire departments to a home on Sudgen Road, west of Highway 83, in the Town of Mukwonago. The fire occured at a house which was targeted for a narcotics investigation. The house was not occupied at the time of the fire. The Waukesha County Sheriff''s Department is treating the fire as suspicious and fire investigators are investigating the scene, according to Waukesha County Sheriff Detective Steve Pederson.

Rail could stop in Oconomowoc

July 22, 2009 10:04 a.m. | Tuesday evening at the City of Oconomowoc Common Council meeting the three potential sites for rail stops in Oconomowoc were presented by Bureau of Economic Development Director Robert Duffy.

The three sites include the intersection of South and Church streets, the intersection of Cross and Collins streets and the Intersection of Collins and Silver Lake streets.

The Council voted to approve the first two sites for Wisconsin Department of Transportation review but didn’t vote on the third site because of parking challenges and because the city didn’t want to impact traffic flows on recently constructed projects, Duffy said.

If approved the rail station could be functional by 2012 and would be completely government funded.

For more information read the upcoming issue of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Volunteer Fire Dept. scammed in online purchase attempt

July 22, 2009 10:02 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc- An Internet transaction being investigated by local authorities has left the Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department scammed out of $3,000.

The organization had fundraised for about a year in an effort to buy an ATV for the department. They thought they found it on a popular Website.

“We found one through and made arrangements. The person we were supposedly buying it from told us to put the money into an account called, which is a legitimate place," explained Mike Gartzke, president of the Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department.


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Two injured in Ashippun crash

July 22, 2009 9:35 a.m. | Town of Ashippun - Two men were injured Tuesday afternoon in a motor vehicle crash on Highways P and O in the Town of Ashippun.

According to information from the Dodge County Sheriff's Department,  Michael Cadena was traveling north on Highway P when his vehicle was struck by a vehicle operated by Mark Klingele,  traveling southbound on Highway P and attempting to turn left/east onto Highway O. 

Both men were transported to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital with non life threatening injuries. Klingele was cited for operating while intoxicated causing injury. The crash remains under investigation by the Dodge County Crash Investigation Team.

Wong leads State Am

July 21, 2009 8:44 p.m. | Brent Wong, playing out of Whitnall Park, has the second-round lead in the Wisconsin State Amateur golf tournament at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha.

Wong stands alone at 5-under-par 137. He leads by two shots over veteran Mark Bemowski of Kettle Moraine Golf Club. Bemowski stands at 139. Tyler Obermueller of River Falls is third at 2-under par.

Three players, including Kevin Cahill of the host course, are tied for fourth place at 1-under-par.

The cut was 12-over-par, one of the highest  cuts in recent meet history. The final two rounds will be Wednesday and Thursday.

Brookfield Central stops Pewaukee again

July 21, 2009 8:09 p.m. | It was much closer this season, but the same team was able to advance.

Playing at McCoy Field in Brookfield, the host Brookfield Central Lancers defeated Pewaukee's varsity baseball team in the opening round of the WIAA Regional. This year's final score was 9-4. Last season the Lancers dominated in the same spot 16-0.

"We knew it wasn't going to be like last year. Pewaukee's got a quality team, and today, you really couldn't tell who was the No. 2 seed and who was the No. 7 seed," Jeff Bigler, Brookfield Central's head baseball coach said.

Ricky Leachy was the winning pitcher for the Lancers (36-9 overall). Leachy struck out 12 and walked two.

Pewaukee pitcher Brent Simcich yielded nine hits, four walks and six earned runs.

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AHS nine edges Hamilton

July 21, 2009 7:49 p.m. | Arrowhead's No. 1 seeded varsity baseball team won its opening game of the WIAA post-season tournament Tuesday night by hanging on for a nailbiting 3-2 victory over Sussex Hamilton.

The win vaulted the Warhawks (29-5) to Friday's sectional at Germantown. They will play Menomonee Falls (28-9) at 11 a.m. The winner of that game will play in the sectional title game at 5 p.m. for the right to play in next week's state tournament in Stevens Point.

Hamilton finished the season at 17-17.

The 29 wins by the Warhawks is a new school record.

Arrowhead led 3-0 going into the top of the seventh before watching the Chargers rally for two runs when A.J. Fotsch singled to right field. But with runners on first and third and just one out, Hamilton's next two batters made out to end the threat.

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Victim of fatal crash in Merton identified

July 21, 2009 1:46 p.m. | Town of Merton – The Waukesha Country Sheriff's Department released the name of the victim of a fatal accident Monday in the Town of Merton.

Marcy Corby, 60, of Town of Erin died after her van struck a tree at about 9 p.m. off North Shore Drive near Petersen Drive, according to Capt. Karen Ruff of the Sheriff's Department.

Ruff said alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash. Police were told that Corby had just returned from a trip and she may have been tired. Ruff said.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

Erin woman killed in crash in Town of Merton

July 21, 2009 8:50 a.m. | Town of Merton – A 60-year-old Town of Erin woman was killed Monday night when her van went off West Shore Drive and hit a tree.

According to a Waukesha Country Sheriff's Department press release, the woman was driving west on West Shore Drive at about 9 p.m. when it crossed over the southbound lane and hit the tree near Petersen Road. The Flight for Life helicopter responded as well as the Sheriff's Department and Stone Bank Fire Department personnel. Attempts were made to save the woman’s life. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the statement said.

A medical condition may have contributed to the crash, the statement said.

The accident is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

Fire breaks out on High Street in Village of Pewaukee

July 21, 2009 8:42 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – A fire broke out in a two-story house at 360 High Street this morning.

The Pewaukee Fire Department and village police were called to the fire at about 7 a.m. An ambulance was called to the scene but it is unknown if anyone was injured. Firefighters quickly got the fire under control. High Street at Capitol Drive was closed off.

Boyle leads State Am at Merrill Hills

July 20, 2009 8:03 p.m. | Pat Boyle of Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine grabbed the first-round lead in the 2009 Wisconsin State Amateur Monday by firing a 4-under-par round of 67 to lead the field of 180 golfers.

Brent Wong of Whitnall Park and Mark Bemowski of Kettle Moraine Golf Club tied for second with rounds of 3-under-par 68. Jordan Elsen of Kenosha Country Club is fourth at 2-under 69.

Three golfers, Andrew Dekeuster of Meadowbrook, Joe O'Brien of Racine Country Club and Gary Menzel of The Bog all shot rounds of 70. Kevin Cahill of the host club shot 71.

Play will continue on Tuesday with another 18 holes. After the round, the top 70 players, including ties, will make the cut and play the final two days on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bulldogs lose two in LOL West

July 20, 2009 2:40 p.m. | The defending champion Brookfield Bulldogs suffered through a tough Land O' Lakes Western Division weekend last Saturday and Sunday, losing two games. The Bulldogs lost home games to Oconomowoc and Menomonee Falls by the same 3-2 score.

Oconomowoc grabbed two wins, as did Lannon. The two longtime powerhouses are now tied for first place with 13-2 records. The Bulldogs are next at 11-4. West Bend and Menomonee Falls are tied for fourth with 9-6 records. Sussex holds the sixth and final playoff spot at the moment with an 8-6 mark.

Only three rounds of games remain in the regular season.

Jeff Rhoads of Oconomowoc leads the batting race with a .534 mark. Others doing well are Erik Kramer of West Bend at .500, Tim Mertins of Hartland at .500, Zach Kozlowski of Lannon at .500, Derek Nelson of Oconomowoc at .471, Mike Jacobs of the Bulldogs at .459, Dean Haase of Lannon at .452, Kris Franzen of the Bulldogs at .444, Seth Kroenke of Sussex at .428, Bob Manders of Lannon at .422, Jeff Lueck of Menomonee Falls at .417 and Bryan Metzger of Lannon at .415.

Authorities break up burglary ring

July 20, 2009 8:36 a.m. | A burglary ring was thwarted recently when an Ashippun man called authorities after being awakened by loud banging noises from his neighbor's home. The man looked out the window and saw three adults forcibly entering the residence, removing items and then putting them in an unfamiliar vehicle.

The man called 911 to report the incident at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 17, and provided authorities with a description of the vehicle. Dispatchers sent several squads to the area and received mutual aid from Washington County Sheriff's Dept., Town of Oconomowoc Police Dept., and City of Hartford Police Dept.

A Dodge County Deputy confronted the burglars within 25-minutes, in the driveway of another residence in Washington County. The homeowner, an off-duty police officer, was awakened by the burglars kicking in his door and was in the process of calling 911.

Authorities took two females, ages 25 and 29, and a 20-year-old male  into custody and are being held in the Washington County Detention Center. The group is suspected in numerous burglaries in southeastern Wisconsin.

Summer fun all over Lake Country

July 17, 2009 3:50 p.m. | Nothing says summer like live music under the stars and a fistful of fried food on a stick.  As the summer festival season swings along, check out these fun weekend events:

  • Carnival rides, children's activities, music, and food that only seems edible this time of year await you at the annual Waukesha County Fair, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Waukesha County Expo Center.
  • Check out classic cars and motorcycles, stuff yourself with food from the Sausage Haus, and dance the night away during the Cooney Cruise Bike & Classic Car Show and Street Dance, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc.
  • The Eddie Butts Band will get your feet tapping during the Hartland Street Dance, 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday on East Capitol Drive, from North Avenue to Church Street.
  • Compete in a pie-eating contest and other old-time games during the Old Fashioned Farm Fair, Saturday and Sunday at the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago.
  • Celebrate Pewaukee history during an Ice Cream Social hosted by the Pewaukee Historical Society, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Clark House Museum.
  • Enjoy and evening of Irish music and dance during the SummerStage performance at Lapham Peak State Park, 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

More events are listed on the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.

GM gives OK, Horter here to stay

July 17, 2009 2:53 p.m. | Tom Horter announced this morning that GM will rescind it's decision to not renew Horter Chevrolet of Mukwonago's franchise agreement past October of 2010. 

Horter has sent GM all the necessary paperwork in order to renew the contract past 2010.

"I would like to personally thank all of Mukwonago for their help and support and prayers in this matter," said Horter.

For more on this story, see next week's Mukwonago Chief.

Mukwonago board says No to town-wide utility district

July 15, 2009 9:24 p.m. | Although the specifics as for the best solution to the Country Bliss flooding situation has yet to be determined, town board members decided tonight that paying for a solution with a town-wide utility district was out of the question.

They have asked Town Attorney John Macy to draft an ordinance for a basin-wide district, which may be lessened to a specific neighborhood district after further discussion.

The board will discuss the ordinance at next month's board meeting and may set a date for a public hearing at that time.

Carey named new Sussex girls coach

July 15, 2009 6:46 p.m. | Dan Carey,  a teacher at Templeton Middle School in Sussex,  has been selected to be the new girls varsity basketball coach at Sussex Hamilton. The Lake Country  Reporter Sports Department learned of the hiring this week.

Carey replaces Dan Heckman, who was not hired back as the head coach after ther2008-09 season.

ProHealth's Nurse On-Line Service to be discontinued

July 15, 2009 11:36 a.m. | ProHealth Care announced today its 24-hour Nurse-On-Line health information service will be discontinued as the organization moves to reduce costs and to more effectively meet patient needs.

Calls to Nurse-On-Line have steadily declined in the past few years as more consumers use the internet to find a physician, look up health care information and register for classes and screenings.

The transition will be accomplished in phases and will be complete by October 1. For more information about changes in service hours go to

Man charged in 2002 double homicide

July 14, 2009 2:54 p.m. | Waukesha – Chad Lurvey was charged today with homicide for the murder of two men seven years ago in the Town of Ottawa.

Chad Lurvey, 35, appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court and is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long. Lurvey was believed to be the last person to see the two men alive.

Lazzaro and Long, both 25, and formerly of Mukwonago, were found dead in a small lake on the Lurvey family property off Highway 67 in 2002. They were both bound, suffered shotgun wounds, and had their throats slit, according to court documents.

Both men were seen at Lurvey’s residence, 4068 Highway 67, at about 3 p.m. Aug. 24, 2002, according to court documents. The men were reported missing Aug. 28. Lazzaro’s body was found Sept. 5 and a search of the lake resulted in the discovery of Long’s body the next day.

According to search warrants filed in 2002, investigators found a T-shirt and a sock with bloodstains on them.

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Town of Mukwonago may charge special fees

July 14, 2009 2:13 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago has scheduled a special town board meeting for 6:30 p.m. July 16 to discuss potential town fees and/or special charges.

Residents voted down the town's proposal to charge $154 for garbage collection at the town's annual meeting last November; however, due to the town's worsening financial situation, the issue of charging for garbage collection will be examined once more.  The board is suggesting each residence be charged $77 for the remainder of the year as a means of building back up the town's surplus.

Comments from the public will be heard at Thursday's meeting, which will be held in the Mukwonago Town Hall Meeting Room, W320 S8315 Beulah Road.

Triathlon participant drowned, police reprot says

July 14, 2009 1:58 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee - Daniel Murry of Milwaukee drowned while participating in the Pewaukee Triathlon Sunday, according to a police report.

Under an open records request, the report listed the cause of death was drowning and the incident was an accident. Murry, 33, was participating in the quarter mile portion of the triathlon and after a short time in the water he started flailing and went under the water. Triathlon personnel and City of Pewaukee boat patrol police quickly responded and got Murry out of the water.

Murry was taken out of the water and was given CPR but he could not be revived, the report said.

Pewaukee makes list of best small towns

July 14, 2009 1:51 p.m. | Money Magazine Monday released its annual list of best 100 small towns in America and Pewaukee was listed at number 61.

The magazine cited the community's proximity to Milwaukee, affordability, low crime rate, the many amenities that are nearby, such as restaurants, and Pewaukee Lake.

Another Title IX complaint filed with Arrowhead

July 14, 2009 11:13 a.m. | Arrowhead Union High School District - Almost a year after one case was closed, another complaint has been filed against Arrowhead alleging the district discriminates against female athletes in violation of federal law.  

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is investigating a new complaint opened July 7 that is connected to the other case, said U.S. Department of Education spokesman Jim Bradshaw in an email.

"This new case is related to a previous case which is now closed," said Bradshaw. "That complaint also alleged, in part, that the Arrowhead Union District discriminates against female high school students by failing to provide equal opportunities to boys and girls with respect to the accommodation of athletic interests and abilities."

In 2006, an anonymous Title IX complaint was filed with OCR which alleged the girls field hockey program did not receive the same resources as boys sports teams at Arrowhead.  Two years after that complaint was filed, in September 2008, OCR issued a determination of insufficient evidence to support a violation. 

 "After thoroughly reviewing that request and the additional information submitted by the complainant, OCR determined that this additional information was sufficient to require OCR to open a new complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of sex by the district, which is currently under investigation," he said.

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AHS makes it 21-0

July 13, 2009 7:10 p.m. | A perfect 21-0. That's how the Arrowhead varsity baseball team finished the 2009 Classic 8 Conference season Monday afternoon after scoring a 9-4 victory  over host MIlwaukee Pius at Rainbow Park in West Allis.

The Warhawks became the winningest team in the 12-year history of the league. The best previous record was 18-2 in 2003 by Waukesha West. AHS improved to 26-5 overall.

Junior southpaw Jordan Paszek was the winning pitcher for the Warhawks, working six and two-thirds innings before giving way to Andrew Bauer for the final out. Paszek gave up just one hit, struck out five, walked four and hit two.

Paszek ended up driving in the eventual winning run with a two-run single in the sixth inning. Matt Mayoras and Josh Henkel scored on that hit.

Mayoras was 3-for-3 for the Warhawks and Henkel, Connor Harmann, Karl Sprung and Brian Crook had two hits each. Crook belted his team-leading sixth home run in the fifth inning.

Child locked in car

July 13, 2009 2:29 p.m. | Pewaukee Police are responding to a call for a child locked inside a vehicle on Bluemound Road.  The child reportedly is alert and responded to a police officer at the scene.  Check back for further details as they become available.

Pewaukee School District plans to purchase $200,000 adjacent property

July 13, 2009 10:48 a.m. | Pewaukee School District - The Pewaukee School District plans to purchase a less than half-acre property adjacent to the campus for $200,000 for potential future growth. 

A special meeting will be held Monday to take action to authorize the School Board to purchase the 0.34 acre property currently occupied by a residential home. 

Assistant Superintendent John Gahan said the district has heard clearly from the community that keeping one campus is important and when the opportunity arose this spring to purchase the property, the district chose to take advantage of it.  Future growth of the school district cannot be predicted 10 to 15 years down the road, Gahan said. 

The district has not yet looked at specific plans to develop the property.  There are no immediate plans to take the home down, but in the long-term it will probably be razed, said Gahan. 

The district will borrow to pay off the property keeping within revenue limits, Gahan said.

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Lutheran Homes presents open house

July 13, 2009 10:12 a.m. | On Wednesday, July 15 Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc will host an open house for its new Life Enrichment Center that will officially open on July 16.

The open house will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Life Enrichment Center location at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. Life Enrichment Center Director Geri Heppe said the Center is open to the public. Heppe said during the open house cardiologists from ProHealth will be answering questions.  

“This is for the community of Lake Country,” Heppe said.

The Center is 26,723 square feet and features include a 65 seat café, which is open to the public and has an ice cream bar and a variety of other food options; it serves as a satellite campus for Waukesha County Technical College and offers classes for those 50 and older, and it offers health services such as memory screenings and stroke risk assessment.

Rollover at Lisbon Road

July 13, 2009 8:44 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc -Police are responding to a rollover at Highway 16 and Lisbon Road at the bypass.

Initial reports are that the semi and a Lincoln SUV collided. A 50-year-old woman in the SUV suffered a possible broken arm  and was complaining of neck pain. The driver of the semi is declining any medical attention.

Man drowns in Pewaukee Lake during triathlon

July 13, 2009 7:19 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Tragedy struck the Pewaukee triathlon Sunday morning when a 33-year-old man died during the swimming portion of the event.

Daniel Murry of Milwaukee was swimming in Pewaukee Lake when he was seen grabbing onto a lifeguard boat and then flotation device and then under the water. Murry was pulled out of the lake and lifeguards and Pewaukee Fire Department personnel administered CPR but Murry could not be revived.

Western Division overpowers Northern Division LOL standouts

July 12, 2009 9:24 p.m. | Seth Kroenke had three hits and four runs scored, helping the Land O' Lakes Western Division Land O' Lakes all-star team against the best  the Northern Division had to offer Sunday afternoon at Menomonee Falls.

The Western Division cruised to a 20-2 victory in this year's gala.

Don August was the winning pitcher. The Menomonee Falls right-hander pitched the first three innings for the winners.

Legend at Bristlecone to go fully private

July 10, 2009 10:49 a.m. | The Legend has announced plans to take the recently acquired Bristlecone Pines, now renamed The Legend at Bristlecone, fully private by the end of the 2009 golf season. The venue has undertaken a “Drive for 25” campaign to fill the 25 memberships needed to take the golf operations at The Legend at Bristlecone fully private.

Until Sept. 1, initiation deposits at The Legend will be sold for $15,000.  After September 1, deposits will return to $35,000 as they were prior to the membership drive. 

Public play at The Legend at Bristlecone will cease before the end of the 2009 golf season.

Lane closures expected on 83

July 10, 2009 10:46 a.m. | Traffic will be disrupted on Highway 83 from Highway 16 north to North Lake while the state Department of Transportation resurfaces the roadway, beginning next week.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, and should be completed by September.

The 3.2-mile project is expected to cost about $400,000. The work will require lane closures controlled by flaggers. No detours are expected.

Firefighters respond to house fire

July 10, 2009 10:14 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc– All occupants of the Babe residence at 707  York Imperial Drive safely evacuated a house fire that occurred over night.

The City of Oconomowoc Fire Dept. responded to the call of a structure fire just before 1 a.m. and found flames extending up the back side of the two-story building, into the soffit, attic and roof.

Firefighters removed five cats and one dog from the residence. Two of the cats did not survive the incident.

Heavy fire damage occurred to the exterior rear wall and roof of the building along with significant flame, smoke and water damage to the interior of the rear half of the building. Heavy smoke damage and moderate water damage was occurred in the remainder of the structure.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and no damage estimates are available at this time.

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Taraska stadium signage in this fall

July 09, 2009 11:26 a.m. | Arrowhead Union School District - The Arrowhead High School football stadium will officially be named after the school's accomplished head football coach when signs go up in the stadium this fall. 

The Arrowhead School Board approved naming the football stadium after coach Tom Taraska in February and a board committee has been developing signs they hope will be up in time for Arrowhead's first football game September 4.

The signs have been paid for entirely through donations and will be placed underneath the scoreboard as well as on the stadium fencing.  The official name is Pfeiffer Memorial Field at Taraska Stadium. 

Taraska has been at Arrowhead nearing three decades beginning his career with the district in 1982 as a physical education teacher and head football coach.  Since 1993, Arrowhead has made nine state championship appearances and took away four state titles. Since 2000, AHS has been at the state title game six times, with the most recent appearance in 2008.

Seminar planned on Medicare/Medicaid rules

July 09, 2009 10:28 a.m. |         

City of Oconomowoc  - A panel discussion will take placeTuesday, July 14 at 10:30 the new Lake Country Life Enrichment Center on the Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc Campus, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave.,  Oconomowoc. The discussion will feature field experts who will help take the mystery out of government program funding in a seminar designed to assist seniors and their families in making decisions about their resources.

The session, entitled 'New Rules for Medicare and Medicaid - Who Pays for What and When?'  will help answer the questions: how do the new laws impact families and facilities, how does the new legislation affect your community and what do you really need to know?

Panelists to include: Robert C. Daly, Schober, Schober & Mitchell; Attorney at Law; Denise Gundrum, Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc Social Services; Tom Massnick, Thrivent Financial; Financial Planner; Donna Schlender, Accounting Services Unlimited; Tax Advisor and Geri Heppe, Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc; Gerontologist.

Refreshments will be served. Please register with Geri Heppe, Director of Life Enrichment at (262) 244-6592. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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Sexually oriented business regulations reccommended

July 08, 2009 11:17 p.m. | According to City of Oconomowoc zoning ordinance, sexually oriented businesses are permitted within a heavy industrial district in the city. However, the city does not have any areas that are classfied as a heavy industrial districts, therefore if an adult/sexually oriented business wanted to locate within the city, it would not have that option and the city could face a federal lawsuit for violation of freedom of speech and expression.

In response to this, the Plan Commission passed a reccommendation that amends the current ordinance to allow this type of business to locate in one of the city's urban industrial districts of which there are three.

Mayor Maury Sullivan identified the move as a procedural effort in order to protect the city from a potential lawsuit which could also have the result of an adult business locating in any part of the city near other uses that it could be offensive to.

The ordinance still must come before common council for continued discussion and adoption. More on this story in Tuesday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Accident reported on Highway 16 in Hartland

July 08, 2009 4:15 p.m. | We've had a report of a car accident on Highway 16 at North Avenue in Hartland. No further information is available at this time.

Two finalists selected for Pewaukee Police Chief

July 08, 2009 3:26 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - Two finalists have been selected to fill the vacant Pewaukee Police Chief position including a captain with the West Allis Police Department and a lieutenant with the Waukesha Sheriff's Department.

Charles Padgett, a West Allis Police Department captain and Larry LaFavor, a Waukesha Sheriff's Department lieutenant, have been named finalists to replace former Police Chief Gary Bach, who reached a retirement agreement with the City in December. 

"They're both respected leaders in their community staffs and within their departments," said Police and Fire Commission President Mark Millard, a lieutenant with the City of Brookfield Police Department.  

Millard said the Police and Fire Commission may reach a decision on the new police chief at their closed session meeting Aug. 4, following candidates meeting with Mayor Scott Klein and other city officials.   

The current proposed salary range for the police chief is $85,000 to $93,000, said City Administrator Tammy LaBorde. 

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Summer Academy Musical starts

July 08, 2009 1:11 p.m. | Kettle Moraine’ s Summer Academy Musical “All Shook Up” begins this Friday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. Based on the 2005 Broadway musical by playwright Joe DiPietro this “Twelfth Night” update combines the music of Elvis Presley with a 50s themed love story.

During the performances a silent auction will be held with such items as Brewer’s tickets and tickets to Herb Kohl’s suite in the Bradley Center for an Admirals hockey game. Proceeds will go towards the drama club for use in future productions and for other projects throughout the year.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more in depth information read next Thursday’s Kettle Moraine Index and view the details below.

What- Kettle Moraine Summer Academy performance of “All Shook Up”-

When- July 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 15 at 2 p.m.

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Sensenbrenner to hold Pewaukee Town Hall Meeting

July 08, 2009 12:22 p.m. | Fifth District Congressman, Jim Sensenbrenner will hold a Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 12, for Pewaukee area residents at Pewaukee City Hall.

Sensenbrenner will respond to questions and comments on federal issues during the first part of the meeting, and will meet with constituents on a one-on-one basis during the second half of the meeting to assist them with any problems that they may be having with federal agencies.

Sensenbrenner has invited area state legislators to join him for this meeting so that they may answer questions on state issues.

For more information or special accommodations, call Sensenbrenner's office at (262) 784-1111 or visit

Benson: "I am 100% at fault"

July 08, 2009 8:31 a.m. | In a letter written to Milwaukee radio host Gene Mueller of WTMJ (620 AM), Mark Benson says he was "100% at fault" for the  April 25, 2008, crash that killed Oconomowoc educator Jennifer Bukosky, her unborn child and daughter Courtney Bella, and injured her son Zachary Bella and family friend Deborah Gibbs.

Benson's letter also says he mistakenly thought he was driving on a valid license that day, and said he misinterpreted a judge's order about an ignition interlock system. He admits to having taken prescription drugs that day, but said he doesn't understand how he could be charged as an intoxicated driver.

To read Benson's letter and related materials, click here.

Wilson powers Post 91 past Mayville

July 08, 2009 8:21 a.m. | Oconomowoc's Senior Legion baseball team is 10-6 overall, with a 5-2 league record after winning at Roosevelt Field on Tuesday, 10-2 against Mayville.

Zach Wilson was the story in the game. He struck out 13 while allowing only three hits in six innings.

"Zach kept them off balance the entire game," Josh Fenzl, the Post 91 manager said.

Derek Doudna went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. Tanner Wensman and Aaron Benz each had two hits for Oconomowoc.

delsman wins pro tourney

July 07, 2009 7:00 p.m. | Charlie Delsman of Hartland, 24, won his second professional golf tournament on Monday as he won the Capital Times Invitational at Odana Golf Course in Madison. He finished at 11-under-par.

Delsman shot rounds of 63-70 to win the crown by four shots over assistant UW-Madison men's golf coach Brian Brodell and Rick Witt of Blackhawk Country Club. . Delsman earned $1,500.

In his morning round he made eight birdies. He was 8-under through the first 12 holes.

Delsman is playaing regularly this summer on the NGA Hooters Tour. In his last six rounds, Delsman is 26-under-par.

Hartland woman cashes in non-winning lotto tickets for $1,000

July 07, 2009 4:17 p.m. | Hartland - The second time is the charm for one Hartland woman who cashed in her non-winning lottery tickets to win $1,000 last week.

Jennifer Mendyk of Hartland mailed in non-winning lottery tickets to try her chances at the Wisconsin Lottery's weekly Super Second Chance Drawing and won. 

Mendyk was one of ten weekly $1,000 winners from more than 35,000 mail-in entries. 

To try your second chances, mail $5 worth of non-expired, non-winning Wisconsin Lottery tickets in an envelope no larger than 4.5" by 9.5" to:

Super 2nd Chance, P.O. Box 77006, Madison, WI 53707-1006

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Home-based gun dealer a go in Oconomowoc

July 07, 2009 2:06 p.m. | The Town of Oconomowoc Plan Commission voted 3-2 Monday night to approve a conditional use request for operation of a  firearms sale business operated by David Schnoor out of his home on McMahon Road.

Schnoor, 47, has been a licensed antique gun collector for three years and would emphasize that type of product through his Web site, however, he will not limit his inventory to antique firearms he said. Schnoor said that online gun buyers are subject to the same processes as retail shoppers.

Plan Commission and Board of Supervisors member Janis Husak said she spoke with the police chief before Monday's meeting and reported the chief feels comfortable with approving the business.

After last night's approval by the Plan Commission, the request will be sent to Waukesha County for a special zoning permit approval before Schnoor can operate out of his home.

Adult entertainment

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Oconomowoc chamber warns of check scam

July 07, 2009 1:01 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Police Department is cautioning businesses to be alert for two people who have been passing bad checks in the area under the names Cleveland W. Boyden and Lucille Mills.

The department has received several complaints from Oconomowoc merchants who have accepted checks from those people, but whose checks are being returned as either having insufficient funds in the account or having the account closed. The checks are TCF Bank checks and have Boyden's information on them.

Boyden and Mills are black, about 44 years old and from the Watertown area, police said. 

People who have had contact with either are encouraged to call Detective Cristian Harnisch at the Police Department, (262) 569-3257.

Police suggest businesses protect themselves by requesting photo id, not accepting a personal check from either Boyden or Mills, calling the Police Department at (262) 567-4401 immediately if they come into contact with either Boyden or Mills and obtaining a vehicle description and license number if possible.  

AHS makes it 18 straight

July 06, 2009 7:59 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity baseball  team faced its toughest test of the season Monday night against visiting Waukesha South and survived, scoring once in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Blackshirts, 4-3.

The win improved AHS to a perfect 18-0 in Classic 8 Conference play, the first team ever in league history to win that many games to start a season. Arrowhead is  now 23-4 overall.

With the score deadlocked at 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, junior Brian Crook, batting .527 on the season with a team-high five home runs, opened the inning when the South left fielder dropped his fly ball. South then walked Karl Sprung and Connor Harmann to load the bases with no outs. The Blackshirts then walked Matt Mayoras, forcing in Crook with the winning run.

Arrowhead has three conference games remaining. If they win all three, they'll be the first team ever in the Classic 8 to go undefeated. They also would become the first undefeated conference championship team in the 52-year history of baseball at the school.

Arrowhead will play Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  at  Frame Park in Waukesha against last-place Waukesha North.

Lions Daze

July 06, 2009 2:39 p.m. | The annual Lions Daze celebration is taking place July 10-12 at Sussex Village Park.

According to Jim Long, co-chairman of the event, this is the 43rd year of the event that has expanded its carnival to include 16 rides and is offering an $18 ride wristband special on Saturday and Sunday. In addition a specialty beer tent was added with a $2 special for beer purchases on Sunday. The event features live music from the Sweet Tarts on Friday, The Crisis on Saturday and Hat Trick on Sunday.

Other highlights include: a 20-minute fireworks display at dusk on Friday, tractor pull at 4 p.m., Saturday,  a cash prize softball and kickball tournament, co-ed volleyball, bingo and sheepshead tournament, a parade with 50 to 60 participants at 4 p.m. Saturday, free pony rides, free camel rides and a free petting zoo on Sunday.

All proceeds go towards Sussex Lion's Club charities and in the past have helped support: Hamilton High School and the Lisbon and Sussex fire departments.

For more information read Wednesday’s edition of the Sussex Sun or visit

Two killed in Town of Mukwonago accident

July 06, 2009 10:33 a.m. |

Two people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident that occurred at 12:41 p.m. July 5 at the intersection of Highways 83 and I in the Town of Mukwonago. Mary Zivney, 87, of the City of Waukesha was stopped at the stop sign heading westbound on Highway I. She attempted to cross Highway 83 and pulled out in front of a 2004 Lincoln Navigator driven by Lawrence Laport from Mukwonago. The passenger side door of Zivney’s Pontiac was struck and Kenneth Zivney, 88, the passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mary later died at Froedtert Hospital.

After the two vehicles collided, Laport’s Navigator struck a third vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway I that was stopped at the stop sign. The driver of that vehicle, Ricky Hagenau of Dousman, along with Laport, was transported to Waukesha Memorial for minor injuries. Another vehicle went into the ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection, ran over a stop sign and ended up hitting a utility pole.

Derek Nelson leads LOL West hitters

July 06, 2009 9:58 a.m. | With just four weeks remaining in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball  regular season, Oconomowoc first baseman Derek Nelson leads the individual batting race with a .511 batting average.

Nelson is followed by Kris Franzen of the Brookfield Bulldogs at .508, Jeff Rhoads of Oconomowoc at .500, Mike Jacobs of the Bulldogs at .500, Dean Haase of Lannon at .500, Tim Mertins of Hartland at .500, Erik Kraemer of West Bend at .500, Zach Kozlowski of Lannon at .485, Jeff Lueck of Menomonee Falls at .440, Dan Green of Menomonee Falls at .425 and Ken Poniewaz of the Brookfield Blue Sox at .422.

Oconomowoc and Lannon are tied for first place with 11-2 records and the defending champion Brookfield Bulldogs are one-half game back at 10-2.

This Sunday the LOL All-Star game will be played at Menomonee Falls at 1 p.m. The West will play the North at Trenary Park.

Eagle Springs Lake residents celebrate Independence Day

July 04, 2009 12:19 p.m. |




Roan Koeper, 16 months, (top left) waits for the start of the Eagle Springs Lake annual Fourth of July kids parade Saturday morning behind Eagleville Elementary School. Mitch Mann (upper right), 9, shows his patriotism. Quinn and Kail Koeper (bottom left and right), both 4, drive in the kids parade. Parade participants enjoyed Engine Company 56 custard after the parade.

Fireworks light up East Troy festival Friday night

July 04, 2009 12:19 a.m. | Susanna Rains, 3, of Mukwonago enjoys a sparkler while waiting for the start of fireworks at the East Troy Fourth of July Fesitival Friday night.

Alderman gets CPR after crash at City Hall

July 02, 2009 2:45 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - A City of Pewaukee alderman was found not breathing and without a pulse after he backed his SUV into a parked squad car and side-swiped a Parks Department truck in a City of Pewaukee parking lot June 27.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department report, H. Roger Hathaway, 63, N21 W26781 Cattail Court, was backing up his 2004 Saturn SUV from the area of the recycling center at about 1:50 p.m. and it struck two city vehicles.  Hathaway backed-up "very fast" into a City of Pewaukee squad car pushing it into the Parks Department building and also side-swiping a City of Pewaukee Parks truck that was parked beside the squad, according to a City of Pewaukee police report. 

Officers called to the scene found Hathaway in the driver's seat slumped over and unresponsive and the doors to Hathaway's car locked, according to the report.  An officer used a baton to break out the front passenger side window to unlock the doors, the report states.  An officer checked Hathaway's vital signs and found he did not have a pulse and was not breathing, according to the report.

Officers then pulled Hathaway from his vehicle and used a defibrillator to shock him and then began to perform CPR until they were relieved by members of the Pewaukee Fire Department, the report states. 

Witnesses driving behind Hathaway's vehicle reported seeing his vehicle stop and they then went around his SUV.  They noted his vehicle's reverse lights were on and he was slightly slumped over before he backed-up into the squad and Parks Department truck. 

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State budget causes Arrowhead budget cuts

July 02, 2009 12:12 p.m. | Arrowhead Union High School District - Arrowhead Union High School District will need to cut about $165,000 from the district's budget because of state budget reductions to per pupil revenue limits.

The state budget cut revenue limits from nearly $275 per pupil to $200.

To account for the cuts, the district will not fill a full-time alternate education program position and will reduce the buildings and grounds budget, OPEB contributions and debt service expenses.  Additionally the district will save money with a different insurance carrier contract.

The Finance Committee discussed the budget implications at a meeting today, but the School Board still needs to approve the recommendations. 

Merton fifth-grader sings national anthem before Brewers game

July 02, 2009 8:19 a.m. |  

Cole Winston of the Village of Merton, a fifth-grader at Swallow School, won a competition at the Brewers On-Deck Fanfest in January to sing the national anthem at a Brewers game. He sang the song solo and a capella at the game Sunday, June 28, to a sold-out crowd.

To hear Cole sing, click on this link.

Three nabbed for thefts from vehicles

July 01, 2009 3:11 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc- Three individuals suspected of committing a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles were apprehended recently.

The City of Oconomowoc Police Department had 25 reports of entry into unlocked vehicles in the months of May and June in the Orchards, Thackeray Trail, Heritage Heights and River Bend subdivisions.

On June 24, at 3:45 a.m., police received a call regarding three suspicious people in the area of Concord Road. When officers checked the vicinity, they interrupted the men entering a vehicle. The three fled on foot. Officers set up a perimeter and called for the Waukesha County Sheriff Department’s canine unit and apprehended one of the suspects.

According to Police Chief Dave Beguhn, information was developed that identified the other two suspects who later turned themselves in to authorities.

The three men are 17, 19, and 20 years of age. Two are city residents and one is homeless with ties to the area. All three have been referred to municipal court on theft charges.

Beef O' Brady's closes in Pewaukee

July 01, 2009 3:00 p.m. | Beef O Brady's, a family-style restaurant on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee has reportedly closed. The business did not open on Monday and patrons looking for lunch today were told the restaurant was permanently closing due to economic challenges.

Mukwonago swimming hole now open

July 01, 2009 1:35 p.m. | In an effort to help the citizens of Mukwonago beat the heat, the Village would like to remind everyone that the swimming hole is open.  The swimming hole is located in Indianhead Park, 820 Main St., just north of the Village Hall.  There is no lifeguard on duty, so it is swim at your own risk.  There is no fee to swim.

Library board chooses architectural firm

July 01, 2009 1:02 p.m. |

At a special library board meeting last week, the Library Board chose Uihlein Wilson as the architectural firm to carry out the Mukwonago Community Library addition.

Del Wilson will be the partner in charge of the project and said he did his first library project in 1980 and has been working on them ever since.

"We have a rhythm of libraries," he said. "We have lots of experience in library projects and expansions."

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Oconomowoc Sentry to close

July 01, 2009 11:15 a.m. | Sentry Food Store, 630 E. Wisconsin Ave., announced Tuesday it will close July 31. A statement released by Bob Fleming of BKT Enterprises Inc., which owns the store, said a loss of business during the Wisconsin Avenue road construction was the major factor that contriubuted to the store's closing.

More on this story in the July 2 Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Hawks win conference title

July 01, 2009 9:04 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity baseball team remained undefeated in the Classic 8 Conference through June, stopping Waukesha West at Waukesha West, 6-2. It's 16th win of the season in Classic 8 Conference play secured the league championship for the Warhawks.

Jordan Paszek was the winning pitcher for Arrowhead. He struck out 11 and walked seven. Andrew Bauer pitched the final inning for the Warhawks (20-4 overall).

Brian Crook went 3-for-3. Karl Sprung went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Arrowhead.

Roundy's recalls beef

July 01, 2009 8:33 a.m. | Roundy's Supermarkets Inc. is recalling beef products from Pick 'n Save, Copps and Rainbow food stores with a "use or freeze by" dates between April 25 and May 30.

The date can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the meet scale label.

The recall is based on the JBS Swift Beef Co.'s voluntary recall of beef products because of possible E. coli contamination.

Roundy's has several Pick 'n Save stories in Lake Country.

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We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

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The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

North Shore Bank-Taste of Lake Country: 5 p.m. July 29, 4 p.m. July 30, Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Headline Friday night is The Toys and Saturday night The Love Monkeys. Free.

Kids from Wisconsin: 7:30 p.m. July 29, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Celebrating its 48th show season with a talented group of 33 young performers representing 29 different hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is Sing! Free.

Wisconsin State Frog Jump Championship: 1 p.m. July 30-31, Cory Park, Downtown Dousman, Dousman. Visit  

Catelyn Picco: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W Main St., Wales. Free.

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