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Arrowhead stunned by Homestead

Aug. 30, 2013 11:47 p.m. | One of the most anticipated regular-season football battles in years lived up to its reputation, though that came at the chagrin of defending Division 1 champion Arrowhead. Host Homestead, the defending Division 2 state champ, scored with 1:42 to go and held on for a 13-7 win over the Warhawks on Friday.

Quarterback Nick Allen capped a 71-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run for the Highlanders to account for the winning points. Arrowhead held a 7-0 lead at halftime after a Blake Mielke 67-yard touchdown run, but Homestead pulled even in the third quarter on Allen's 7-yard run.

It was Arrowhead's first loss since Level 2 of the 2011 playoffs, snapping a streak of 14 consecutive victories. Homestead held the high-powered Arrowhead offense to just 206 yards of total offense.

Raccoons rally to take down Muskego

Aug. 30, 2013 11:11 p.m. | The way the first 5 minutes, 50 seconds of the game went last Friday night, things did not look good for the host Oconomowoc football team. Visiting Muskego ran 13 plays to Cooney's three in that span and had itself what seemed to be at the time a very comfortable 14-0 lead.

But what happened in the next 20 minutes turned out to be the difference in the game as the host Raccoons scored on five consecutive possessions and ended up rolling over the Warriors in their second straight nonconference victory over a Classic 8 Conference team, 38-28.

"We just didn't get down after Muskego scored on its first two possessions," said Oconomowoc senior standout quarterback Canton Larson. "We got together and said, 'Let's go out and get this thing.' We had nothing to lose. They were ahead 14-0 and we weren't doing a thing. I'm proud of the way all the guys dug in and bounced back. The offense scored a bunch of points and the defense got us stops when we needed them. This one feels good right now."

The win improved the Raccoons to 2-0 on the season going into Friday's Wisconsin Little Ten Conference opener at West Bend West. It's the third straight year that Cooney has opened the season with two straight wins.

"We knew they were going to come out and try to drop the hammer on us," Cooney coach Ryan McMillen said. "But our kids on defense bounced back and played well. They pound the ball at you and you have to hang in there against that. We made some adjustments, and that helped a lot. We knew what we had on offense and felt we could score, too. Things worked out for us tonight. Now it's time to get ready for the start of conference play."

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Big-play Pirates strike down Wisco

Aug. 30, 2013 10:36 p.m. | It's aptly called a momentum swing because just as easily as it pulls away, there's a chance it will come back with equal velocity.

A litany of big-yardage scoring plays helped the Pewaukee football team score a high-profile victory Friday, a 35-20 win over perennial powerhouse Wisconsin Lutheran. Among the four touchdowns of at least 53 yards was a 65-yard touchdown run by Ryan Stepanovich with 1:08 to play in the first half, coming after Wisconsin Lutheran had pulled to within a score. Though the Pirates offense entered the 2013 season with a modest 13-point performance in a Week 1 shutout of Waterford, they were clicking on all cylinders at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

"I just felt like we played with a lot of heart," Pewaukee coach Justin Friske said. "We had a lot of issues last week on both sides of the ball that we had to clean up. That's an excellent football team. They're always going to be near the top. They're so well-coached, the players are so talented. What we just wanted to do is embrace the opportunity to be out here and give it our best."

The Pirates (2-0) now have everyone's attention, sweeping a pair of nonconference opponents that were state finalists just two years ago and more or less handling a Vikings program that routinely reaches the highest levels of the playoff ladder. Collin Sternad had touchdown runs of 64 and 53 yards, and Matt Wendelberger caught a 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Tenpas, one that gave the Pirates a 35-14 edge.

The Vikings made it interesting thereafter, scoring on their first possession of the fourth quarter on a 41-yard pass connection between quarterback Logan McShane and Tyler Parbs with 9:24 to play. After the conversion failed and Pewaukee subsequently punted, Parbs caught another pass for 52 yards to the Pewaukee 28. The drive wound up stalling on the 3-yard line when the Vikings fumbled the ball away on a 4th and goal attempt.

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Heavy rain, hail hit Lake Country

Aug. 30, 2013 4:25 p.m. | Heavy rain and hail measuring as big as a dime hit most of the Lake Country area around 3 p.m. Friday. Winds measured around 35 to 40 miles per hour.

The severe weather had the many motorcyle riders in the area for the 110th Anniversay  Celebration driving quickly for cover.

Small branches can be seen on many lawns in the Village of Hartland.

Reminisce with a resident from Red Brick Museum

Aug. 30, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in the Red Brick Museum in Mukwonago? What was the village like more than 50 years ago? Visit the Red Brick Museum on Sunday, Sept. 8, and reminisce with Izetta Schoenrock, who can answer those questions. “Izzy” will be at the museum from 1-4 p.m. to share her memories and answer questions about living in the Red Brick House.

Izzy, her husband, Karl, and daughter Judy came to Mukwonago in summer 1951 and moved into the Red Brick House with the caretaker at the time. The Schoenrocks used most of the rooms as they are today. They ate in the summer kitchen, used the dining room for guests, slept in the bedrooms upstairs and used a carriage house where Judy enjoyed playing with her friends. 

Severe thunderstorm warning for Waukesha County

Aug. 30, 2013 2:07 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northcentral Waukesha County until 2:45 p.m.

At 2:03 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was 5 miles east of Iron Ridge and moving southeast at 20 mph.

Radar indicated the storm was accompanied by quarter-sized hail, which could cause damage to vehicles.

The National Weather Service has also issused a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire county until 9 p.m.

East Troy robotics team hosts workshop

Aug. 30, 2013 1:41 p.m. |  The Patronum Bots of East Troy will host a Build a Better Bot workshop with 13 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics teams on Saturday, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at East Troy High School, 3143 Graydon Avenue. 

The FTC Workshop will be lead by Cougar Robotics from Columbus, Ohio.  Cougar Robotics was the captain of the winning alliance from this year’s FTC World Championships. Teams from Illinois and Wisconsin plan to attend the full-day workshop to learn from this world champion team. 

Heat advisory issued

Aug. 30, 2013 11:28 a.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory, in effect through 6 p.m. today.

Temperatures are expected to reach the lower 90s this afternoon, with heat indices of 100 to 103.

The heat can be most stressful on small children, the elderly or those with medical conditions. Leaving a child or pet in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time, can be deadly, warns the advisory.

The weather service suggests taking precautions such as rescheduling strenuous activities for early morning or evening, wearing lightweight and loose-fitting clothing, and drinking plenty of water.

A cold front is expected to sweep into the area tonight, with temperatures dropping to the mid 60s. Highs on Saturday are expected in the lower to mid-80s.

Highland Games showcase Celtic culture

Aug. 30, 2013 12:00 a.m. | It’s a long Labor Day weekend and that means more time to do something fun.

Harley’s 110th Anniversary Celebration: 10 a.m. Aug. 28-Sep. 1, Wisconsin Harley Davidson, 1280 Blue Ribbon Drive, Oconomowoc, is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Harley Davidson with a five-day event that includes two live music stages, a beer garden, vendor village and much more.  Visit http://www.wishd.com/ for more information.

Four actors play all the zany characters in the fast paced whodunit “The 39 Steps” at SummerStage. Show times are  7:30 p.m. Aug. 30-Sep. 1, 5-8, 12-14. SummerStage is located at W329 N846 County Highway C, Delafield. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit http://www.summer-stage.org for tickets and more information.

Don’t miss the Wisconsin Highland Games this weekend at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha. The festival is  5-10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (pub open till 9 p.m.)  The weekend includes live music, Celtic merchandise, vendors, demonstrations, exhibitions, hands-on activities, Scottish tea room, authentic Celtic food and other concessions. (262) 548-7200 visit www.wisconsinscottish.org for more information.

If you’re in good running shape you might want to take part in the Lake Country Half Marathon on Saturday at Crosspoint Community Church, N Lake Road, Oconomowoc. The event features half marathon and 5k courses. For more information visit http://www.crosspointwi.com or call (800) 429-8044.

Grandmother's donation establishes largest scholarship program in Hamilton's history

Aug. 29, 2013 2:12 p.m. | Hamilton High School will be offering 50 scholarships worth $4,000 each beginning in the spring of 2014 thanks to a sizable donation from a local grandmother.

Marjorie Wrezic, grandmother to two Hamilton graduates and one current high school student, told teachers attending a Back-to-School breakfast on Aug. 29 that they “touch lives every day.”

“I have hopes that this scholarship will give children that don’t have the opportunities that others do the chance to succeed,” she said.

Kathleen Cooke said that Wrezic’s grandchildren, including attendees Ashley and Lauren LaFond, would tell their grandmother what they were studying every day after school. 

“They were always bragging about this teacher or that teacher,” Wrezic said.

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Pabst Farms sues City of Oconomowoc for $20 million

Aug. 29, 2013 10:28 a.m. |

Lawyers for Pabst Farms Co. filed a claim against the City of Oconomowoc on Thursday morning seeking $20 million in damages as a result of the city's denial of a land division and conditional-use permit for a Kwik Trip gas station and car wash.

The council voted down the requests July 16, on a 5-3 vote. Aldermen Mike Miller, Cathleen Slattery, Bob Morgan, Jim Larsen and Tom Strey voted no. Aldermen Dave Nold, Jim Preston and Rich Allen voted yes on a request for a certified survey map (CSM) to divide a lot and a conditional use permit (CUP) necessary for operation of the gas station.

On Aug. 14, the law firm representing Pabst Farms Development -- DeWitt, Ross and Stevens -- filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court seeking to reverse the votes. The city has 20 days to respond to the lawsuit.

Pabst attorney Jon Axelrod said Thursday that the city has 120 days to respond to the most-recent claim to " avoid spending millions of taxpayer dollars."

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It's time for Harley parties, Oconomowoc dealership, Waukesha plan celebrations

Aug. 29, 2013 9:24 a.m. | The roar of Harley riders began filling the streets Wednesday night and the Harley-Davidson 110th anniversary celebration festivities kick-off at the Summerfest grounds tonight.

However, if you're looking for a Harley celebration closer to home if you live in Waukesha County, Wisconsin Harley-Davidson has a five day celebration planned.

And downtown Waukesha organizers will close the streets for live music on Saturday.

Make sure car seats are correct at safety check

Aug. 28, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Statistics show only one in five car seats is used correctly. Is your child riding safely and in the correct seat?

Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition, led by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, will host a Booster and Car Seat Safety Check on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Mukwonago Fire Department, Station 1, 1111 Fox Street. 

Volunteer, certified child passenger safety technicians will assist families to ensure children are riding safely. A limited supply of low-cost child safety seats will be available for purchase. Child and vehicle must be present to purchase seat. When making an appointment, please indicate interest in purchasing a seat. 

To make an appointment, call (414) 231-4896.

Wednesday paper delivery delayed

Aug. 28, 2013 8:55 a.m. | Due to production issues at our printing press, delivery of the Sussex Sun and Mukwonago Chief will be delayed today. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and hope to have the papers delivered when the situation is rectified.

If you're looking for news from those areas now, click on the Sussex Sun or Mukwonago Chief tab on this website, LivingLakeCountry.com.

Benefit for Merton man slated for this weekend

Aug. 28, 2013 7:50 a.m. | A bake sale and brat fry to benefit David Golla of Merton is planned for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Sussex Piggly Wiggly, N63 W23735 Main St.

Golla was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia that did not respond to chemotherapy. He has had a bone marrow transplant and has suffered several complications requiring hospitalization.

In addition to the fundraiser, donations are welcome at any Landmark Credit Union or at the event. Make checks payable to the David Golla Family Benefit Fund.

For more information, call Kim Schippers at (262) 709-1391 or Monica Bartley at (920) 470-0610.

North Prairie game maker a finalist in Walmart competition

Aug. 27, 2013 3:59 p.m. | One North Prairie woman is making a name for herself after Walmart selected her party game as a finalist for the Get On The Shelf campaign.

Michelle Lichtenberg's game Penny For Your Thoughts is a finalist in the vote driven competition.

Find out more about Lichtenberg and the game in next week's Kettle Moraine Index, but for a sneak peek and to vote visit the Get On The Shelf contest page here.

Texas barbecue chain will open shops in Pewaukee, Sheboygan

Aug. 27, 2013 2:48 p.m. | Dickey's Barbecue Pit, a franchised restaurant chain based in Dallas, Texas, will open locations in Pewaukee and Sheboygan on Thursday.

The Pewaukee restaurant, on Capitol Drive just west of Highway 164, is owned by franchisees Sherri Povolo and her son-in-law, Craig Hatfield. The Sheboygan restaurant is near Calumet Drive and North Avenue on the city's northwest side.

 Dickey's, which began in Dallas in 1941, has 322 restaurants in 40 states. Other Wisconsin locations include Kenosha, Madison, Green Bay, Eau Claire, Wausau and Menomonie. Another shop is to open in Appleton in about a month.

Bark For Life coming to Field Park

Aug. 27, 2013 12:42 p.m. | The second annual Bark For Life (an American Cancer Society event), a walking event for canine friends, either dogs that have been caregivers to a cancer patient or a dog that has battled cancer themselves, will be held in Field Park on Saturday, Sept. 21. Registration is $20 per dog before the event or $25 the day of the event. 

Dogs participating in the walk must be current with their vaccinations and proof must be on hand when event waivers are signed. Dogs must be on a leash at all times during the walk. Goodie bags and neckerchiefs for the dogs and cupcakes for the humans will be available. Raffle prizes and a pet costume contest, along with demonstrations and vendors will be part of the event, as will Photography by Elizabeth Murphy. The walk is sponsored by End of the Leash and supported by For Pet's Sake and Pennies-4-Paws.

To sign up for this year's event, please contact Valerie Tribble at (262) 523-5509 at the ACS office. Questions regarding the event can be directed to Dawn Sharon at (262) 349-3995 or check out the event on Facebook: Bark For Life-Mukwonago.

Cooper convicted of attempted homicide in Ottawa shooting

Aug. 27, 2013 10:52 a.m. | Demetrius Cooper was convicted late Monday night of attempted homicide, having been accused nearly two years ago of trying to kill a Town of Ottawa man who was working with the Janesville Police Department.

Cooper managed to dodge a second homicide conviction. A jury composed of seven men and seven women determined after 4 1/2 hours that the 32-year-old Janesville man had not intended to murder Katie Kletzke, wife of police informant Aaron Kletzke. He was instead convicted of first-degree reckless endangerment and witness intimidation. He is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 11 and could face up to 80 years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

The Kletzkes told police the night of November 11, 2011 that an unidentified man had tried to shoot them while they stood outside their residence on Pine View Lane, just west of Highway 67. The couple managed to escape into the house unscathed, according to the criminal complaint.

Police recovered several .45-caliber shell casings near the house and the Kletzkes said that they saw a silver pickup truck parked on the street shortly before the shooting. Aaron Kletzke, a 34-year-old heroin addict, had arranged controlled drug buys for the Janesville Police Department as an informant and was set to testify against Cooper at trial in December 2011. According to the criminal complaint, he immediately suspected Cooper was the shooter.

The prosecution, led by Waukesha County District Attorney’s Sue Opper and Brad Schimel, managed to convince the jury that was indeed the case, despite never turning up the murder weapon or fingerprints.

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Arrowhead remains atop NOW/Lake Country football poll

Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 a.m. | Defending WIAA Division 1 football champion Arrowhead (1-0) has been a fixture at the top of the MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country suburban football poll for more than a season.

The Warhawks retain their top spot in the rankings this week after 42-7 victory over Kenosha Bradford in the opening game of the season.

Arrowhead's next game is a non-conference matchup at defending Division 2 state champion Homestead this Friday. The Highlanders are fifth in the suburban poll.

Franklin defeated Hamilton, 44-16, in its opening game and is currently second in the suburban football poll.

You can see the rest of the top-ranked teams, a playoff forecast for area squads, Coach's Confidential, standings, photo of the week and more at MyCommunityNOW/Lake Country Push for the Playoffs page.

Arrowhead to hold annual 24-hour swim relay

Aug. 27, 2013 8:49 a.m. | The Arrowhead girls swimming and diving team will hold its sixth annual "Swim to the NAT" 24-hour relay beginning the morning of Wednesday through Thursday.  The members of the team will be swimming in shifts continuously for 24 hours.
 
The distance covered represents the approximate distance from Arrowhead High School to the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison, home of the state meet in November. The team members will be collecting non-perishable food items during the relay for the Hartland Food Pantry and raising money to support a cure for multiple sclerosis and funding the Stacey Mayer scholarship in honor of a former member of the AHS swim team, who was killed in a car accident in 2007. 
 
Donations can be dropped off at the pool at AHS between 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, or a check can be mailed payable to AHS Girls Swim & Dive Team directly to Arrowhead High School, attn. head coach Ruth Ann Ahnen, 700 North Ave, Hartland, WI 53029. 

Hot enough for you?

Aug. 26, 2013 3:54 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory through 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Temperatures are expected in the low to mid 90s, with heat index values of 100 to 105 degrees.

The hat can be most stressful on small children, the elderly or those with medical conditions. Do not leave children or pets in an enclosed vehicle, even for a short time.

If possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing and drink plenty of water.

Blake Shelton day planned for Pewaukee

Aug. 26, 2013 2:41 p.m. | Country singer Blake Shelton may be talking about Pewaukee next month.

Back in 2010, he said Pewaukee wouldn’t work in a country song. His YouTube channel had posted a video, part of a take six series, called “Top 6 Words That Should Never Be in a Country Song.”

Pewaukee hit number two.

As he overemphasized the wrong syllables akin to out-of-towners’ dialect, Shelton said it was a town “evidently in Wisconsin.”

But to him, Pewaukee sounds like the two things that you do in the bathroom. “I don’t like that,” he said.

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OHS program for parents of new students

Aug. 26, 2013 10:16 a.m. |  Oconomowoc High School will host a program for parents of new students from 6 to 8 p.m. on  Tuesday, Aug. 27   

 Parents should enter through the OAC doors and report to the OAC auditorium for  a welcome address from OHS Principal Joseph  Moylan.

This is an opportunity to see  the school, hear about course curriculum and expectations, and get information on clubs, activities, athletics and volunteer opportunities.  

Please make sure to bring your student's schedule.

AHS football team rolls in opener

Aug. 23, 2013 9:39 p.m. | WIAA Division 1 state football champion Arrowhead overwhelmed visiting Kenosha Bradford Friday night in its season-opener, 42-7. The Warhawks led 35-0 at halftime.

AHS scored touchdowns on their first four possessions, running just 14 plays. Those scores came in a span of just 5:28.

Scoring for the Warhawks were Blake Mielke on a 43-yard run, Ty Jager on an 11-yard run, Jack Nate on a 27-yard pass from Mielke, Johnny Duranso on a 60-yard run and Ricky Finco on a 51-yard punt return.

The defense got a pair of interceptions from Sam Seonbuchner and Charlie Reuteman.

Romenesko out for the year at AHS

Aug. 23, 2013 5:32 p.m. | Arrowhead senior defensive back Alex Romenesko suffered a season-ending ACL knee injury at last week's scrimmage against Indian Trails. It was the third scrimmage of the day for the Warhawks.

Romenesko, a starter on last year's WIAA Division 1 state championship team, was expected to be one of the top defensive back sin southeastern Wisconsin this fall.

Franklin, Hamilton football photo gallery now online

Aug. 23, 2013 10:49 a.m. | We have just posted Peter Zuzga's photo gallery from the Franklin football team's 44-16 victory over Hamilton in the opening night of the WIAA football season.

You can also see a social-media recap of the Hamilton vs. Franklin football game on our Storify page. NOW's Steven L. Tietz was at the game, and you can see his Hamilton vs. Franklin game story here.

Have some family fun before school starts

Aug. 23, 2013 12:00 a.m. | The start of school is just around the corner so why not take advantage of the last days of summer vacation at a fun family event in Lake Country.

If you’re looking for some back-to-school bargains, check out the Dousman Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday throughout downtown Dousman. Booklets are available at Bullfrog Station starting at 7 a.m.

See tractors, engines, farm implements and more at the 55th Annual Antique Power Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Sussex Village Park on Weaver Drive in Sussex.

If you prefer machines that fly to the ones on the ground, head over to Wings Over Waukesha and see vintage, military and contemporary aircraft on display and in the air. The event is 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Waukesha County Airport, 2651 Aviation Drive, Waukesha.

St. Agnes Parish in Butler is holding its annual festival from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. There will be live music, food, beverages, rummage sale, midway rides and games, raffles and auction plus kids movies.  There’s a   fish fry Friday and rib and chicken dinner on Saturday.

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Sheriff hands out 18 citations to teens after fight at Dodge County Fair

Aug. 22, 2013 11:56 a.m. | The Dodge County Sheriff's Office issued 18 citations after a fight between teenagers at the Dodge County Fair last weekend.

According to a release from the Sheriff’s Office, 18 citations for disorderly conduct were handed out to 11 females (ages 13-17) and seven males (14-17) from Beaver Dam, Horicon, Mayville, Burnett and Juneau who were involved in the incident.

According to reports, the fight ensued because of name calling and initially involved five girls. The other girls got involved when a lemonade cup was smashed over one of the girl’s head which led to another girl getting thrown down to the ground being kicked and punched.

After interviewing the boys, they indicated they did not seek out assistance or call 911. They stated they thought someone else would call and that they didn’t have to, according the Sheriff's release.

The release continues that one of the boys stated he wanted to stay and watch and actually admitted to yelling “fight, fight” hoping that one of the girls would get assaulted because he did not like her. 

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Man dies in Hartland motorcycle crash

Aug. 22, 2013 11:37 a.m. | A 49-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Hartland this morning.

According to police, the man was northbound on Walnut Ridge Drive at about 7:40 a.m. when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed.

Hartland and Delafield Police responded to the site, as did the Hartland Fire Department and Flight for Life, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet, according to Hartland Police.

 

Flood warning issued

Aug. 22, 2013 11:16 a.m. | Southeastern Waukesha County is under an urban and small stream flood advisory until 2 p.m.

National Weather Service radar indicates thunderstorms with heavy rainfall estimated at 1 to 2 inches per hour. Runoff is expected to cause minor flooding along small streams and near low water crossings and along highways streets and underpasses and other drainage areas and low-lying spots.

Heavy rain, high winds hit Lake Country

Aug. 22, 2013 11:10 a.m. | The entire Lake Country area was  hit with heavy rain, lightning and high winds at 10:30 am. Thursday morning. Wind gusts of over 40 miles per hour covered the area.

Traffic on Highway 16 near Hartland was slowed to 25 miles per hour from 10:30 am. to 11 a.m.

On East Capitol drive in Hartland two street drains were clogged and water in both  the east and west lanes measured in excess of 6 inches. Near the curbs the water measured 10 inches.

The high winds and rain knocked out power briefly in Hartland.

ProHealth participates in job training for adults with disabilities

Aug. 22, 2013 10:48 a.m. | ProHealth Care is participating in Project SEARCH, a job training program for young adults with cognitive and physical disabilities.

Project SEARCH, an initiative of Easter Seals Southeast Wisconsin in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, is an innovative workforce and career development model that benefits the individual, the workplace and the community. The ultimate goal is for interns to gain competitive skills and become employed.

Reggie Newson, secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, will attend the event, along with ProHealth Care leaders and representatives from Easter Seals. Also attending will be 12 Project SEARCH interns who will be working at Waukesha Memorial and their parents.

Project SEARCH is a one-year program for young adults, 18 to 25 years old, living with disabilities. The program will run from September through June. The interns will experience a total immersion in the business environment by completing 10-week internships in three departments at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

The interns will work in a variety of areas including food and nutrition services, facilities, logistics, neurosciences, cardiovascular, care management and nursing administration.

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Severe thunderstorm warning for Waukesha County

Aug. 22, 2013 10:06 a.m. | Waukesha County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:45 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, radar indicates wind gusts of up to 60 mph. Roofs, siding and trees could be susceptible to damage. Locations that could be affected include Okauchee Lake, Delafield, Hartland, Wales, downtown Waukesha, Pewaukee, Mukwonago, Dousman, Lapham Peak State Park, North Prairie, Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc Lake, Stone Bank and Nashotah.

Braves hold scrimmage an fundraiser Saturday

Aug. 21, 2013 3:57 p.m. | The Mukwonago Youth Braves football team is hosting a scrimmage in multiple parks around Mukwonago on Saturday.

Dozens of teams from 5th to 8th grade will take the field.

 McDonald's of Mukwonago will also be donating a percent of all sales Saturday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM to Mukwonago Football. Stop by for breakfast or lunch to support the Braves program.

Panther cookout starts football season in Palmyra

Aug. 21, 2013 12:00 p.m. | The Palmyra-Eagle Panthers are kicking off the football season with a cook out sponsored by the Quarterback Club during the first game on Friday, August 23 beginning at 5 p.m. at Palmyra-Eagle High School. The Quarterback Club will serve brats, chicken breasts or hamburgers with two sides and a soda for $7.

Football action begins at 7p.m. when the Panthers take on Whitewater for the first home game of the year.  

The PEHS football schedule, as well as all other sports schedules can be found online.

Flood hired as new director of public information for Kettle Moraine School District

Aug. 21, 2013 10:21 a.m. | Chris Flood has been named director of public information and community engagement for the Kettle Moraine School District, effective Aug. 26. Flood will replace Jill Husskisson, who held the position for four years and resigned in July, taking a job in the private sector.

Flood, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media communications from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, comes to the district after working as an education reporter for Waukesha Freeman and the Oconomowoc Enterprise.

“Through my work as a reporter, I have seen first-hand the unique outlook and passion leaders in the Kettle Moraine School District have when it comes to transforming public education,” Flood said. “I look forward to working alongside administrators and teachers in this innovative district and sharing that work with our community.”

“We are excited to bring Chris onto the Kettle Moraine team,” said Superintendent Pat Deklotz. “His work with the media and his experience with social media will support the district's efforts to keep our community engaged and informed with the work of the district.” 

The Kettle Moraine School Board approved Flood’s hiring Tuesday, Aug. 20. 

Trial begins for man charged in Ottawa shooting

Aug. 20, 2013 5:00 p.m. |  Aaron Kletzke received a bit of good news before he and his wife were shot at outside their Town of Ottawa home in November 2011.

He had received a letter supposedly sent by Bank of America which said he had inherited an “Education Fund” worth over $10,000.

“Our return of funds will be located in Rockford IL; you will need to bring two forms of identification along with this form,” the letter states. “Failure to do so will result in funds donated to several Associations. If you intend to disregard please insure to contact me with you intentions.”

The letter listed a phone number where bank representative “Kimberly Anderson” could be reached.

District Attorney Brad Schimel argued on Tuesday, Aug. 20 in his opening statement to the jury that this was the first attempt by Demetrius Cooper to kill Kletzke, 36, who was then working as a confidential informant with the Janesville Police Department.

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Pewaukee awarded Google eCity award

Aug. 20, 2013 4:59 p.m. | Pewaukee has just been given the 2013 eCity Award by Google.

The Google eCity Award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state and points to Pewaukee’s robust online business community for helping this Lake Country destination claim the title of the digital capital of Wisconsin.

Digital capitals’ businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies, according to Google.

Google and independent research firm, Ipsos MORI, analyzed the online strength of local small businesses in cities in all fifty states. The city with the highest scores in each state was designated a 2013 Google eCity. More information on the methodology can be found here.

"It's very good news," said City of Pewaukee Administrator Tammy LaBorde.

Village of North Prairie receives state funded loan

Aug. 20, 2013 4:13 p.m. | The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL) today approved a State Trust Fund Loan totaling $63,265 to the village of North Prairie to refinance bank debt.

In their meeting today, the Board approved the following loans totaling slightly more than $2.5 million for seven projects in the state.

North Prairie refinancing bank debt was one of two projects in Waukesha County, the other being the Village of Summit receiving $150,000 to finance a 2013 capital improvement budget.

State Trust Fund Loan monies come from the principal of the state’s Common School Fund enhanced by revenue generated by fees, fines, forfeitures, unclaimed property and timber sales.

New crossbow hunting season?

Aug. 20, 2013 1:52 p.m. | The state of Wisconsin could get a new crossbow hunting season this year.

The new crossbow hunting season would run concurrently with the archery deer hunting season. Sen. Paul Farrow says in a news release that it will provide for a new era of sporting heritage in Wisconsin by gaining the interest of women, children, the elderly and disabled to Wisconsin’s hunting traditions.

A compromise allows for the DNR to create the new season in 2014 and allow enough time to evaluate the impact of the new season on the deer herd.

The bill, offered by Senator Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma), was passed by a vote of 95-0 in the State Assembly in June and has been the topic of extensive discussion in the State Senate. After weeks of discussion and amendment drafts, the Wisconsin State Senate is prepared to move Assembly Bill 194, also known as the Crossbow Hunting Bill, through the legislative process.

“Although members of the State Senate will ultimately make some changes to this legislation, it is the hard work and dedication of Representative Mary Czaja that truly held this legislation together,” stated Farrow. 

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Hike the Berm at Vernon Marsh

Aug. 19, 2013 6:30 p.m. |  Friends of Vernon Marsh will hold a "Hike the Berm" event on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon. This is an unguided self-serve event, held rain or shine.

Take a walk along the Berm from the Frog Alley parking lot (one mile one way) or start on the Mukwonago side, from the parking area next to the Mukwonago Water Tower,  Bear Den DNR Building, (almost two miles, one way) and walk through the woods along the railroad tacks to the Berm.  No maps needed, it's an easy trail to follow.  

Visit the Friends of Vernon Marsh website and click on Latest News, comment on the event listing and state how many Marsh Miles you earned.

North Main Street in Oconomowoc closed Aug. 26-30

Aug. 19, 2013 9:46 a.m. | North Main Street, between West Wisconsin Avenue and Lisbon Road will be closed from Monday, Aug. 26 to Friday, Aug. 30.

A private contractor is installing a new water service for the property at 112 N. Main St. It will take up to two days to remove the concrete and install the new service.  Once the concrete has been replaced it will take another three days for it to cure before the street can be open to traffic.  

The posted detour route will use Lisbon Road, Oakwood Avenue, Walnut Street and Wisconsin Avenue to get around the work area. During the closure, there will be access to all of the business along North Main Street. Residents in the area will have
access to their properties at all times, but must enter and exit the area at Lisbon Road.

Delafield fire started in gazebo fireplace

Aug. 19, 2013 7:44 a.m. | A fire at a Town of Delafield home on Saturday is thought to have started in a natural gas fireplace in a gazebo attached to the house.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and Town of Delafield Fire Department responded to a fire at N31 W20225 Summerhill Road at about 1:55 a.m. Several other department also responded.

The residents were alerted by smoke detectors, and were able to get out of the house before the fire department arrived. One person was taken to the hospital for treatment of possible smoke inhalation.

The fire was contained to the gazebo, according to the Sheriff's Department. The fireplace had been used by the homeowner earlier in the evening.
 

Dominick, Pewaukee blank the Falls

Aug. 17, 2013 5:03 p.m. | Playing at Sussex in a Land O' Lakes Western Division  baseball playoff semi-final game Saturday, the Pewaukee Muskies got a brilliiant eight-inning performance from right-hander Adam Dominick as they defeated Menomomee Falls, 4-0.

The win vaulted the Muskies into the title game against host Sussex on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winners go to the LOL Grand Championships.

Dominick blanked the Falls for eight innings before Eric Schmitz pitched the ninth. Dominick has blanked the Falls in his last 18 innings against the Lakers.

Shortstop Nick Wichser anchored the Pewaukee offense by clobbering a two-run homer in the first inning.

Town of Delafield firefighters contain blaze to gazebo

Aug. 17, 2013 7:15 a.m. | Town of Delafield firefighters contained a residential fire early Saturday to an attached gazebo on the property, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Smoke detectors alerted residents, who had evacuated the home in the W29000 block of Summerhill Road before authorities arrived about 1:55 a.m..

The fire is believed to have started in a natural gas fireplace inside the gazebo.

One resident was tranpsorted to a hospital for possible smoke inhalation.

Motorcyclist airlifted after colliding with truck in Oconomowoc

Aug. 16, 2013 3:25 p.m. | According to reports a 60-year-old motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after colliding with a truck on Valley Road in Oconomowoc Friday afternoon.

http://fox6now.com/2013/08/16/motorcycle-rider-hurt-after-collision-with-truck/

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign runs from August 16 to September 2

Aug. 16, 2013 3:00 p.m. |  Approximately 330 law enforcement agencies across the state, including many local patrols, will be out in force to combat drunken driving during the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign beginning Friday, August 16, through Labor Day, September 2.

 

To help prevent drivers from getting behind the wheel when they're impaired, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation offers a free "Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober" mobile app. This app includes a find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone's GPS system to locate alternative transportation, a blood alcohol estimator and designated driver selector. The Drive Sober app can be downloaded by visiting www.zeroinwisconsin.gov.

 

Menomonee Falls SUV crash leaves three injured

Aug. 16, 2013 11:48 a.m. |  An accident on the U.S. Highway 41/45 on-ramp last week has left three men in the hospital, two with life-threatening injuries, according to a news release from the Menomonee Falls Police Department.

The release states that Menomonee Falls Police were dispatched at 3:43 p.m. on Aug. 15 to a vehicle crash at the northbound on-ramp to U.S. Highway 41/45.

Investigators said it appears that an SUV occupied by the three men crashed into a parked semi-trailer being used for construction in the area.

The men were transported to a local hospital, one via Flight for Life and two by ambulance, according to the complaint, and two of the men sustained life-threatening injuries.

Shows, art fairs and festivals galore this weekend!

Aug. 16, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Like the grand finale of a fireworks display, Lake Country shows, fairs and festivals are making the last bursts of summer.

In Sussex, the Rod and Piston Show featuring cars, pickups, motorcycles and semis is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at  Sussex Village Park. An all you can eat pancake breakfast for $5 starts at 7 a.m.; lunch at 11 a.m. Beverages will be available throughout the day.

There are more cars plus vintage vessels at the Antique & Classic Boat Show 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at  Lakefront Park, 222 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Also featured at the event are big wheel bikes, music, refreshments, veterans fly-by and a waterfront art fair.

This weekend’s Ixonia Days  at Ixonia Fireman’s Park, Park Street, Ixonia, includes a carnival, food and beverages, entertainment, truck pullers, Sunday parade and a chicken dinner.

The Donna Lexa Memorial Art Fair starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail, South Wales Road, Wales. The fair includes art, sculpture, photography, live music, a used book sale and silent auction.

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Support FOMA this weekend at Pick 'n Save in Mukwonago

Aug. 15, 2013 11:22 a.m. | Pick ‘n Save Mukwonago will host a brat fry on Saturday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in support of the Friends of Mukwonago Athletics (FOMA), which is raising funds for the Mukwonago High School athletic department to expand its fitness center. The goal is to bring the fitness center in line with other Division One high schools in the area, providing needed equipment to the school’s physical education and athletic students.

In addition to the brat fry, the store also launched an in-store campaign by selling one dollar Fast “M”s (the MHS logo) to customers who want to support the project. All monies raised from the brat fry and in-store campaign will be donated to FOMA. The in-store campaign will run from Aug. 10 through Aug. 24. 

This marks the second fundraising effort by the store to support the project.  The first event raised nearly $1,500 in two hours. 

In addition, customers will be able to purchase tickets to FOMA Fest, a fundraising event on October 5.  The event will take place at the Kettle Moraine ranch in Eagle. The price of the tickets is $25.

Alan Randall's release from mental hospital delayed

Aug. 15, 2013 11:20 a.m. | Delays continue to plague Alan Randall’s release from a mental hospital, despite his being found ready for a conditional release into the community by a jury in April.

State Department of Health Services (DHS) officials said at a hearing on Thursday, Aug. 15, that no group home could be found for Randall, 54, in Outagamie County, where he has worked and volunteered for 20 years while institutionalized.

Craig Powell, Randall’s attorney, said that law enforcement rejected Randall’s placement in one group home in the area because it already served as housing for several other high-profile offenders. Another group home rejected Randall’s placement because he did not suffer from any mental health issues.

A group home was found for Randall in Waukesha County, but such a placement is opposed by Powell, Judge Donald Hassin and District Attorney Brad Schimel.

“While I share the belief that Mr. Randall cannot be left waiting, I feel like moving him to Waukesha is not a step forward and may be a step backward,” Powell said.

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Grab your cape, mask and head to downtown Oconomowoc for Moonlit Movies Ocomicon

Aug. 15, 2013 9:19 a.m. | Bring out your inner superhero and join other caped crusaders tonight in downtown Oconomowoc for an event sure to bring out the avenger in you!

Moonlit Movies presents its annual themed summer event downtown with Ocomicon.

http://www.livinglakecountry.com/oconomowocfocus/news/avengers-assemble-for-ocomicon-today-b9975679z1-219597871.html

Merchants warned to be on the alert

Aug. 15, 2013 7:56 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago police are cautioning merchants to be on the alert for a group that has been stealing at businesses in the Lake Geneva Area.

Walworth County investigators said two men and a woman typically enter a business and while one of the men engages the clerk in a discussion about an advertising program, the other two are attempting thefts, whether personal property or store inventory.

The subjects have not been identified, and there are warrants out for them. For more information, call Mukwonago police at (262) 363-6435.
 

Man in fatal crash identified

Aug. 14, 2013 4:05 p.m. | The man killed in a crash in the Town of Merton early this morning has been identified as Ronald Beasley III, 35, of Lyndon Station.

Police start pursuing Beasley at about 1 a.m. as he was speeding on Highway C near Maple Lane in Chenequa. Beasley fled north on C and crashed about a mile away, at Hasslinger Drive in the Town of Merton. The vehicle left the roadway, rolled over and trapped the driver -- Beasley -- under the vehicle.

Pabst Farms files suit against Oconomowoc after Council denies Kwik Trip

Aug. 14, 2013 3:17 p.m. | Waukesha - Pabst Farms Land Co. filed a civil suit in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Wednesday against the City of Oconomowoc. The suit is in response to a July 16 Common Council vote to deny a certified-survey map (CSM) and conditional-use permit (CUP) that would have allowed Kwik Trip to build a new gas station and car wash in the Pabst Farms development off Highway 67.

According to the lawsuit, Pabst is asking the court to review documents and transcripts related to the decision to deny the requests, and is seeking to have the court overturn the council's decision. 

The suit states that the council acted in an "arbitrary and unreasonable" fashion in voting to deny the CSM without any discussion or providing the opportunity for Pabst or others involved in the Kwik Trip proposal to address the council.

The suit also states that the vote was made "without an adequate record, was contrary to factual findings of the Plan Commission, and was without basis under the city's ordinances and zoning code requirements."

The document also states that denying the CSM was "discriminatory in that it was taken as a result of bias on the part of some or all members of the Common Council voting against Pabst Land Co."

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Man killed in crash after chase

Aug. 14, 2013 11:15 a.m. | A rollover crash in the Town of Merton killed the driver of the vehicle early Wednesday.

The crash, at Hasslinger Drive, took place after a short police chase.

According to the Chenequa Police Department, officers tried to stop a speeding car at about 1 a.m. on northbound Highway C near Maple Lane, but the vehicle fled and crashed about a mile later.

Police said the car left the roadway and rolled over, trapping one man underneath. He was the sole occupant of the car. Sgt. Dan Neumer said that no officers were injured during the chase.

The incident is under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Deptartment. Further details were not available before press time.

Medical examiner: Brucker died of smoke, soot inhalation

Aug. 14, 2013 8:37 a.m. | Authorities are continuing to investigate the explosions and fiery blaze that consumed a two-story three-unit aparment building and claimed the life last week of Sarah Brucker, 36.

Brucker died of soot and smoke inhalation, according to an autopsy report issued by the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office late Tuesday.

Brucker’s body was found “in a somewhat fetal-type position with the back to the wall” near a point of egress from the apartment, according to Waukesha County Sheriff’s Detective Judy Kropp in an application for search warrant issued Aug. 8 by the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Kropp added, “When the victim’s body was discovered inside the upper unit, fire investigators had several concerns about the location of the body. The point of origin of the fire is not yet determined, but it appears that there was a point of egress near the location of the victim’s body. It does not appear to make sense; the victim would have used the egress, unless she was somehow incapacitated.”

The warrant was issued in an effort to seek evidence indicating whether arson was committed.

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Four big Waukesha County winners in last week's Powerball

Aug. 13, 2013 4:04 p.m. | Last week’s third- largest Powerball ever attracted even the occassional player as the jackpot reached $448.4 million. While Wisconsin didn’t hold any of the three winners who will split the grand prize it did have four smaller winners, all who happen to be from Waukesha County.

Three lucky residents matched all five numbers for $10,000, the fourth matched all five numbers and also had the power play multiplier option to make the winning ticket worth $40,000.

According to the Wisconsin Lottery, three tickets have now been accounted for.

Those three tickets were sold at Kwik Trip in New Berlin, Stop-N-Go in Pewaukee, and PDQ in Delafield.

One $10,000 ticket, sold at Paper Chase at 159A Highway 64 in Dousman, has yet to be claimed. Winners have 180 days from the date of the drawing to validate their tickets and claim their prizes.

Rod & Piston Show this weekend

Aug. 13, 2013 7:54 a.m. | The 7th annual Sussex Lions Piston & Rod Show will hit the streets this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Village Park in Sussex.

Watch for details in this week's Sussex Sun.

Waukesha County Park System announces end of season beach closings

Aug. 12, 2013 4:00 p.m. | As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end, and as the kids start heading back to school, so do the Waukesha County lifeguards. Closing dates have been set for the six beaches within the Waukesha County Park System. Dates are based on lifeguard availability.

Park goers are reminded that Waukesha County beaches are only open when lifeguards are on duty and swimming is prohibited when beaches are closed.

The following are the Waukesha County beach closing dates:

Mukwonago Park – Thursday, Aug. 15 at 4 p.m.

Minooka Park – Sunday, Aug. 18 at 4 p.m.

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County seeks to fill District 2 seat

Aug. 12, 2013 2:34 p.m. | The Waukesha County Board office is seeking applicants to fill the District 2 County Board seat, which will be vacated because Gov. Scott Walker has appointed County Supervisor Dave Falstad to the Labor and Industry Review Commission. Falstad will resign his duties as County Board supervisor effective Aug. 31.

District 2 includes the Town of Oconomowoc, Village of Oconomowoc Lake, Village of Summit, Village of Chenequa, parts of the Village of Lac la Belle, and Wards 6 and 10 in the Town of Merton. A map of the district is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov or at the County Board office.

To apply for the appointment, send a letter of interest, along with background information and experience to: Chairman Paul L. Decker, Waukesha County Board Office, Room 170, 515 W. Moreland Boulevard, Waukesha, WI 53188 or send email to pdecker@waukeshacounty.gov. The deadline for receipt of letters of interest is 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

The Waukesha County Board’s Executive Committee will interview applicants on Monday, Sept. 16. It is anticipated that the candidate recommended for the appointment will be sworn into office at the Waukesha County Board’s Sept. 24 meeting. The selected candidate will fill the remainder of the term of office, which expires in April 2014.

For further information, contact Sarah Spaeth, legislative policy advisor, at (262) 548-7001 or sspaeth@waukeshacounty.gov.

Pewaukee eliminates the Bulldogs

Aug. 11, 2013 6:56 p.m. | Pewaukee's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team eliminated defending Western Division champion Brookfield Bulldogs from the post-season playoffs on Sunday as they blanked the visiting Bulldogs, 8-0.

Brock Guetzke worked eight innings and allowed just three hits for Pewaukee.  He struck out six. Eric Schmitz pitched a three-up, three-down ninth.

John Sarcia had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Muskies. Nick Wichser and Tim Mertins also had three hits each for the winners and Austin Hansen added two hits to that total.

Bulldogs, Falls win LOL playoff games

Aug. 10, 2013 6:25 p.m. | The Brookfield Bulldogs edged the Brookfield Blue Sox Saturday 4-2 in the opening round of the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league. Menomonee Falls nipped West Bend in a second playoff game, 3-2.

On Sunday Sussex will host Menomonee Falls at 1 p.m. and  Pewaukee will host the Bulldogs at 2:30 p.m.

MHS presents "Breakfast Club" this weekend

Aug. 09, 2013 2:58 p.m. | Recent Mukwonago High School gradautes will revisit lessons from high school via a stage production of the 1985 classic "The Breakfast Club" at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 in the MHS auditorium.

 

Adapted and directed by class of 2011 graduate Ben Hogan, this production hopes to attract an audience of both young and old, for the trials and tribulations of the brain (Garret Ramstack), the athlete (Jeremy Byington), the basket case (Katlyn Pluer), the princess (Erica Steib), and the criminal (Zach Ursem) are one for the ages, along with the disciplinary banter of Principal Vernon (Brian Turner) and the harsh honesty of the janitor (Derek Beck).

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The play does contain explicit dialogue and is not suitable for viewers younger than 14.

Jazz and bluegrass fills the air

Aug. 09, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There’s music in the air all summer long with outdoor concerts.

The big event this weekend is the Waukesha Bluesfest, Friday and Saturday at Naga-Waukee Park on Highway 83 in Delafield. Music starts at 1 p.m. both days.

Friday’s lineup features Nikki Hill at 7:30 p.m. and The James Hunter Six at 9 p.m. On Saturday, see Bryan Lee and the Blues Power Band at 7:30 p.m. and Moreland & Arbuckle at 9 p.m.

Tickets at the gate are $20 for a single-day pass and $35 for a two-day pass. For more information visit www.waukeshabluesfest.com.

The Genesee Ridge Bluegrass Band will play starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at SummerStage, W329 N846 County Highway C, Delafield. Call (262) 337-1560 or visit www.summer-stage.org for more information.

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Update: Town of Delafield fire fatality confirmed

Aug. 08, 2013 10:53 a.m. | A five-alarm fire last night in the Town of Delafield is under investigation.

The extent of injuries are still unclear but the Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that there is a fatality. No additional information is yet available because the victim's family is still being contacted.

The alarm sounded at about 9 p.m. and was upgraded to five alarms at 10:32 p.m., according to Town of Delafield Fire Chief Paul Kozlowski.

Kozlowski said the fire was under control by about 11 p.m., although engines remained on site until about 5 a.m. 

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Hartland newspaper office on the move

Aug. 08, 2013 8:21 a.m. | Lake Country Publications promised that our staff would be mobile, and we are living up to that this week.

The publisher of the Lake Country Reporter, Oconomowoc Focus, Sussex Sun, Kettle Moraine Index and other local magazines and newspapers is moving down the street, from property we lease to property our company owns, starting Thursday, Aug. 8.

Our new address is 1010 Richards Road, Hartland. Public office hours at that location will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Phone numbers and email addresses at the new address for our staff should be unchanged, for the most part.

For the past few months, our staffs have been equipped with laptop computers and mobile phones so their offices are wherever they happen to be at any given time, including the local library, coffee shop, a baseball game, the office on Richards Road or our Waukesha office at 1741 Dolphin Drive.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, some staff might be inaccessible while data and phone lines are being moved, but everything is expected to return to normal by the end of the business day.
 

Fire trucks out in Hartland

Aug. 07, 2013 9:13 p.m. | One large fire truck and one emergency fire vehicle were seen going south on Maple Avenue in Hartland at 9:06 p.m. Wednesday night. They appeared to be headed to the Hartridge Subdivision.

Author series begins at Old World Wisconsin

Aug. 07, 2013 4:10 p.m. |  Wisconsin Historical Society Press authors travel "back in time" at the Wisconsin Historical Society's Old World Wisconsin living history site in coming weeks to share histories from their books on topics from rural life to the Civil War and bicycling. Authors will discuss their books in the Ramsey  Barn Theater and then sign books at the site's gift shop, which is accessible without site admission.

The series begins this Saturday, August 10th with "This Wicked Rebellion" by John Zimm.

Editor John Zimm joins the site's Civil War Wisconsin weekend to share letters and Civil War history from the awarding-winning book This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin's Civil War Soldiers Write Home, which draws from the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection of more than 11,000 Civil War letters. Zimm will present a book discussion at 2 pm. and sign books from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Water main break in downtown Oconomowoc

Aug. 07, 2013 10:52 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc staff has alerted residents to a watermain break on St. Paul Street near City Hall. The main break was reported at 8 a.m.

Crews are on scene.

Legal trouble in Oconomowoc after blocking Kwik Trip?

Aug. 06, 2013 9:51 p.m. | Common Council met in closed session Tuesday night following its regular meeting to discuss potential litigation involving Kwik Trip.

The company has spent more than a year working with the city on plans for a new store off Highway 67 in the city.

After months of back and forth with architectural and plan commissions, Kwik Trip gained approval for what company representatives deemed a state-of-the art store in the area by design and green standards.

The store was proposed across from an already existing store on Highway 67. It would be in the Pabst Farms development.

The Council vote to approve the store was defeated 5-3 with aldermen Cathleen Slattery, Bob Morgan, Mike Miller, James Larsen and Tom Strey voting against the proposal. Rich Allen, Jim Preston and Dave Nold voted for it.

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Oconomowoc plans special election for vacant district 2 seat

Aug. 06, 2013 9:38 p.m. | Common Council Tuesday night voted to let the residents of district 2 have the say in who should fill a recently vacated seat.

Council debated the topic of holding a special election based on the budgetary impact of the election which is estimated to cost between $4,000 and $7,000 or more depending on several factors.

Alderwoman Cathleen Slattery initially appeared the most vocal opponent of the election because of cost. But after debate said she appreciated comments from others in support of letting the constituents have their voice.

"I think the district 2 residents should have at least one elected alderman," said Slattery before casting her vote with the six other alderman to approve the election for fall.

She is referring to the recent appointment of Alderman Tom Strey to district 2 after the seat was vacated by the late Elly Cochrane. Strey was selected by council from a pool of seven applicants for the post. Council publicly interviewed the candidates and then voted in open session.

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Man with knife robs Oconomowoc food truck

Aug. 06, 2013 9:25 p.m. | A man threatened two women working at Chilango Express, a Mexican food truck in downtown Oconomowoc, with a knife Tuesday afternoon. Police say they were called around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday by one of the women who said the man demanded money from the two women and then fled the scene.

The man, described as white, in his 20s with a thin build and about 5 feet 11 inches tall, took off with an undisclosed amount of cash and has not been located.

The truck was parked in the 200 block of East Wisconsin Avenue Tuesday when the suspect wearing a white T-shirt and tan cargo shorts robbed the women working inside the truck.

Police arrived at the scene two minutes after the call and searched the area but with no success. The man also took a green apron which contained cash.

Police Chief Dave Beguhn said the last robbery in the area involved a serial bank robber who hit banks in the area and was later caught. However, the man never displayed a weapon.

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Empire Level fights counterfeits

Aug. 06, 2013 4:17 p.m. | Empire Level, a family-owned manufacturer headquartered in Mukwonago, has sold millions of iconic torpedo levels to construction professionals and do-it-yourselfers. For more than 90 years, Empire has been the leading designer of measuring tools in more than 50 countries and currently holds more than 30 active patents on its technology.

Recently, Empire Level has fought back against Chinese counterfeits that have violated those patents, and encouraged other retailers and manufacturers to do the same.

Read more about their fight in tomorrow's Mukwonago Chief.

Get tickets for historic mail boat tour

Aug. 06, 2013 9:43 a.m. |  Explore Oconomowoc’s  past as Shorehaven takes the reins for the Historic Oconomowoc Mail Boat Tours on Lac La Belle Aug. 12 – 16 during the famous Festival Week. Celebrate Oconomowoc's gilded legacy with narrated tours running at 1 and 6 p.m. from behind the Shorehaven Center for Life Enrichment at 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave.    Tours run about 90 minutes and take place rain or shine. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to tour time. Tickets are $12 per person and must be obtained in advance. Checks payable to Shorehaven, mail to Shorehaven, attn: Mail Boat Tour, PO Box 208, Oconomowoc WI 53066. Include date, tour time, address and phone number with your check. Tickets will be mailed out on receipt of payment.   All riders must be ticketed. Call 262 560-6907 or email swberg@lho.org with questions. 

KM Explore receives Implementation Grant

Aug. 05, 2013 4:19 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Explore charter school is among 19 new charter schools for the 2013-14 school year to recieve  funds in a new round of federally funded charter school grants for the state totaling $12.8 million.

Kettle Moraine School District will recieve a $200,000 Initial Implementation Grant for KM Explore, a 5K through fifth grade elementary charter school following the mission of engaging a commuity of learners through authentic learning experiences.

Visit the KMSD website for more information on KM Explore.

Genesee home destroyed by fire

Aug. 05, 2013 7:25 a.m. | Fire destroyed a Genesee home Sunday.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the owner of the home at S36 W30351 St. Davids Drive reported a fire in the attic and flames coming out of the side of the house at about 1:33 a.m. Aug. 4. The homeowner was able to safely evacuate.

The first Sheriff's Department deputy on scene at 1:37 a.m. reported the house was fully engulfed in flames.

The Wales-Genesee Fire Department responded, as well as numerous other departments.

The home is a total loss, according to the Sheriff's Department. No other homes were damaged, and a cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The incident remains under investigation.

One LOL playoff berth still up for grabs

Aug. 03, 2013 7:01 p.m. | Five of the six berths in the Land O' Lakes Western Division post-season  baseball playoffs have been determined  and the final spot will be awarded on Sunday.

The top five seeds are Sussex first, Pewaukee second, Brookfield Bulldogs third, Menomonee Falls fourth and West Bend fifth.

The Brookfield Blue Sox host North Lake Sunday and if the Blue Sox win, they get the sixth and final playoff berth. If North Lake wins, Oconomowoc gets the final playoff berth.

On Friday night West Bend stopped Oconomowoc, 10-1.

On Saturday Pewaukee edged Monches 4-2, Hartland downed North Lake 5-1, Sussex whipped the Bulldogs 9-1, Menomonee Falls edged Merton 6-5 and Lannon upset the Blue Sox, 8-4.

Mark your calendar: local National Night Out events next week

Aug. 02, 2013 3:17 p.m. | National Night Out events happen all over the country during August. 

The Mukwonago Community has three on the agenda for next week. Each event is hosted by the local Police Department and features tours of police cars and fire engines as well as meeting local officials and officers. Many local businesses and organizations are also invited to participate. 

Big Bend will host their National Night Out in Village Hall Park from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. The event includes free give-aways and food, a raffle and silent auction featuring a signed Green Bay Packers Ball (including Donald Driver!), and a rock climbing wall.

Mukwonago hosts their National Night Out in Field Park from 6-9p.m. Tuesday Aug. 6. The event will have many activities for children including Eagle Fire Department's Survive Alive house, face-painting and bounce house. 

North Prairie has theirs Thursday Aug. 8 from 6-8 p.m. in conjunction with Steve G's Cars and Guitars live music and car show at Veteran's Park, 132 N. Harrison Street. There will be safety tables, finger-printing and a driving simulator in addition to a bounce house, squad-car pinata and free food.

Fire station subject of Delafield special meeting

Aug. 02, 2013 12:27 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - A special meeting of the Town Board has been scheduled for Monday, August 5, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall so town supervisors can discuss hiring an architect to design a new fire station.

Town Clerk Mary Elsner said Supervisor Cindi Ducow, who is the Town Board's liasion with the fire department, requested the special meeting be called. Duchow could not be reached for comment.

During its July 23 meeting, the Town Board agreed to hire a consulting firm to prepare and distribute requests for proposals to area architects who might be interested in assisting the Town Board in the construction of a new fire station.

Town officials and residents have debated for more than a decade over the need to replace to the existing fire station on Maple Avenue. Fire officials and some town board members have argued that the station is too small and outdated. Some have suggested a new station be constructed in the Sports Commons recreational park located near the intersection of Silvernail Road and Maple Avenue, adjacent to Interstate 94.

Town voters have rejected the idea of a new fire station in three referendums in the approximately last 10 years.

Get some fresh air or fresh food this weekend

Aug. 02, 2013 12:00 a.m. | It’s another busy weekend in Lake Country with plenty of ways to enjoy the waning summer months.

If you’re looking for locally grown fresh food this weekend, why not stop by an area farmers market.

There are several weekend markets. Saturday markets include 7:30 a.m. to noon in Oconomowoc at the South Municipal Parking Lot, 175 E. Wisconsin Ave.; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  in Delafield at the Municipal Parking Lot, Dopkins and Main streets; and 8 a.m. to noon in Waukesha at Riverfront Plaza, on the Fox River downtown.

The Hartland Farmers Market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion /VFW, 299 Goodwin Ave.

For kids, Lake Country Playhouse is presenting a charming play called “Aladdin McFaddin” featuring a number of area youngsters through Aug. 11. Shows are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is located at 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. For more information visit www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

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Former Richmond school teacher named Swallow principal

Aug. 01, 2013 10:32 a.m. |  Former Richmond School Dean of Students Kyle Moore was named Wednesday night the new principal of Swallow School, replacing outgoing Principal Bob Antholine.

According to a news release, Kyle Moore taught third, fourth and sixth grade in the Richmond School District for 13 years. In 2012, he was hired as an assistant principal at Whitman Middle School in Wauwautosa.

Moore was involved in implementing the Richmond School District’s Transformative Learning Action Plan in the 2011-12 school year, which focused on technology and global awareness in classrooms.

Moore, a resident in the Town of Lisbon, is expected to start Aug. 13.

Moore’s selection comes only a month after the announcement that Bob Antholine was leaving the school to become director of elementary education in the Waukesha School District. Antholine was hired last year to replace interim Principal Char Hall.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Home School Ice Skate Sessions: 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (through Dec. 12), Howard G. Mullett Ice Center, 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. $4.
Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Oct. 18, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. This is a fundraiser for the St. Jerome eighth grade Washington D.C. trip. www.stjerome.org.
Fall Festival and Best Chili Contest: 5-8 p.m. Oct. 18, Vina Mundi, S42 W31428 Highway 83, Genesee Depot. Enter your best chili or just taste and pick your favorite.
Free Family Movie Night: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center, W314 N7462 Highway 83, North Lake. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Movies start at 6 p.m. “Monsters, Inc.” rated G, in Rooms 103 and 104. “The Blind Side” rated PG, lower level of Parish Center. Hot dogs and snacks will be served. Children must be accompanied by an adult. RSVP to (262) 966-2191 or www.blteresaparish.org.

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