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Learn about UW-System at KM college night

Sept. 29, 2012 11:19 a.m. | Kettle Moraine High School will hold a College Planning Night for students and their parents on Monday, Oct.1 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  

A representative from the UW-System and counselors will be available to answer questions regarding admission criteria, the application process, and housing. Questions can be directed to the KMHS guidance office at (262) 968-6200.

Mukwonago out-muscles KM

Sept. 28, 2012 11:46 p.m. | The first drive of the game pretty much told the story of the night.

Visiting Mukwonago took the ball 80 yards in 15 plays on the very first possession of the game, scored a touchdown on an 8-yard run by senior running back Daniel Timmers and then added a 2-point conversion on a run by Jason Strickler to grab a quick 8-0 lead.

The Indians took a 15-0 edge at halftime, never looked back and eventually grabbed an 18-3 Classic 8 Conference victory over Kettle Moraine on Friday.

The win locked up a WIAA playoff berth for the Indians, who moved to 4-1 in league play with two games left. Mukwonago is now 4-2 overall.

For Kettle Moraine, the playoff situation is now dire. KM fell to 2-3 in league games and now must win its final two starts of the season, against Muskego and Catholic Memorial, to make the playoffs. The Lasers fell to 2-4 overall.

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Oconomowoc clinches playoff berth

Sept. 28, 2012 11:17 p.m. | The Oconomowoc football team followed the Homecoming parade into the end zone time and time again, then kept marching right into the playoffs.

The Raccoons took care of business against Hartford on Friday, 43-14, securing their fourth win in the Wisconsin Little Ten and clinching a playoff berth after a two-year hiatus from the postseason. Coach Ryan McMillen said his team successfully bypassed the potential distractions of Homecoming week to hammer out a win after a lopsided loss to Wisconsin Lutheran one week earlier.

“We were focused, we were ready to play,” he said. “The Wisco game wasn’t representative of us, and we want to stay in the hunt. Our offensive players, when they play and just have a want-to to go score and leave their worries at the door, they execute.”

Zach Poker had a dazzling four catches for 149 yards and three touchdowns, Nico Even added 95 yards on the ground and quarterback Canton Larson showed an ability to keep plays alive and keep drives moving, and the Raccoons never trailed.

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Sept. 28, 2012 4:53 p.m. | Sheeple

All of humanity can be placed into either of 3 categories; sheep, wolves and sheepdogs.

The sheep category makes up the vast majority of people. In my estimation, about 80% of everyone in the US are sheep. Sheep are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. 

Sheep are productive and healthy, with their only thoughts focused on grazing, shelter and play.  They follow who ever is leading them at the time. Of course, they grouse about the poor condition of the pasture or the murkiness of the drinking water from time to time, but in general they plod along barely seeing past the end of their own noses.

Sheep really are not capable of self-defense, because the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm them or their young ones is just too hard, and so they choose the path of denial. The sheep generally do not like the sheepdog. He looks a lot like the wolf. He has fangs and the capacity for violence. 

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Lannon Main Street delays begin Monday

Sept. 28, 2012 3:16 p.m. | Village of Lannon - Drivers who pass through Lannon on their daily commute might experience minor delays starting Monday as the village begins storm sewer work.

Workers will replace storm sewer along Main Street betweenLannon and Vine streets after inspection discovered the storm sewer was collapsing.

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Quad expands to print USA Weekend

Sept. 28, 2012 2:59 p.m. | Quad/Graphics Inc. announced Sept. 27 that it has expanded and extended its agreement with Gannett Co. Inc., to print copies of USA Weekend, a Sunday magazine inserted into more than 700 newspapers weekly. The new, longer-term multiyear agreement will include additional incremental print volume beginning in 2016, as well as additional freight, logistics and distribution services volume.

“USA Weekend has an impressive reach and impact with a circulation of more than 22 million copies,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO. “Under this new agreement, Quad/Graphics will continue to print the major portion of those copies, using a new manufacturing plan that optimizes all the strengths of our industry-leading gravure printing network. We are picking up additional future volume and we look forward to a growing service relationship with Gannett.”

Said J. Austin Ryan, Senior Vice President of Operations for Gannett Publishing Services, “Quad configured a new and improved services platform that will provide significant savings in time and money for us,” Ryan said. “We appreciate Quad/Graphics partnering with us to improve this aspect of our business.”

Coconut is the word of the day: Coconut Shrimp with Coconut Mashed Potatoes

Sept. 28, 2012 1:39 p.m. | While at a volleyball tournament in Ohio this summer, I received a call from Julie Buhler, a friend I hadn't seen since high school. It turns out she now lives in Tennessee and is the owner of Ellendale’s Restaurant where another high school friend just happened to be dining – thus the phone call while in Ohio from Tennessee.

Julie would be coming up to visit Milwaukee and wanted to get together at one of her favorite restaurants, and a Carol Deptolla’s Top 30 Restaurants 2012 pick, La Merenda. It's an intimate little place at 125 E. National that serves tapas style with a variety of dishes from around the world. Below is their amazing recipe for an Indonesian dish.

Sambal Goreng Udang, an Indonesian shrimp dish, from La Merenda, 125 E. National Ave.La Merenda's Sambal Goreng Udang (coconut shrimp with potatoes)


1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 pound (16 to 20 count) uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined

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Ready, set, manufacture

Sept. 28, 2012 11:23 a.m. | October is Manufacturing Month. As our area manufacturers take center stage, do you know the following facts?

The No. 1 economic development issue for Waukesha County and the U.S. right now is the critical shortage of skilled workers.

The U.S. leads the world in manufacturing, producing 23 percent of global gross domestic product (compared to only 10.8 percent in China).

By 2020, there will be 123 million highly-skilled, high-paying jobs in the U.S., and only 50 million Americans with the right education to fill these positions.

The elderly population in Wisconsin will double over the next 30 years, but the working population will only grow 0.4 percent.

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Student Writer 09/30/12

Sept. 28, 2012 11:07 a.m. | Young writers in the summer writing camp Scribblin' Scribes wrote about favorite memories as one of their writing activities in the weeklong camp in July at Mukwonago High School.


By Brianna Konitzer

When I went to get my first puppy, it was a scorching hot spring day in 2010. It smelled like worms because it had just rained. My sister, brother and I were begging our parents for a cute little puppy like our cousins' dog, Lexi. My family and I ended up going to look at some the Friday before Easter.

The place where we got our dog was kind of an hour to two hours away. Where we were it was cold and you cold hear a little thunder in the distance. I was so excited to get my own pet puppy. We found out about the puppies wee were looking at on Petfinder. We wanted a small but very cute dog that loves to play with us.

We found two litters and were going to see them that day. The first litter was very small in size, but had a big number of puppies. I think it was about 10 puppies in the group. They were a mix of three dogs - Yorkshire terrier, Pekingese and poodle. I call it a Yorapekapoo. We were thinking about getting a boy that was a cute light cocoa brown. We were thinking about it, but then when we visited the other litter, I think I was about to faint, the puppy was so cute! We bought it that day and got it the day after Easter as an Easter present.

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Senior Lunches 09/28/12

Sept. 28, 2012 10:53 a.m. |

October senior dining menu

Seniors who want to eat at any of the senior dining sites must call one day in advance, between 10 a.m. and noon. Donation amount is $3.50; meals are catered by Feil's Catering. The Johnson Creek senior dining site is open Mondays only, at St. John's Lutheran church (920) 674-8134; the Lake Mills site is City Hall, (920) 648-2919; Jefferson, Senior Center, (920) 675-0102; Rome, home-delivered, (920) 674-8134.

Senior dining sites might close because of snow or ice storms or extreme cold weather. Home-delivered meals might also not be delivered because of poor weather conditions. Listen to WFAW 940 AM or Channel 6 Fox news television stations for closings.

Milk is served with each meal.

Monday, Oct. 1: Chicken Marsala, baked potato, mixed vegetables, bread, peach slices

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Sept. 28, 2012 10:52 a.m. |

From Watertown Regional Medical Center

Garrison/Beerbohm - Sierra Garrison and Jordan Beerbohm of Watertown announce the birth of their daughter on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

When I grow up...

Sept. 28, 2012 8:38 a.m. | Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is a pretty incredible thing. We asked some local students what they want to be when they grow up. From brain surgeons to sports stars, their imaginations and creativity are sure to put a smile on your face. See their responses in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.

This is what we have to overcome...

Sept. 28, 2012 6:38 a.m. | (Sent from my conservative sister, Paula (thanks!)):

This woman will cancel out one of our votes.  Our Dear Leader has given away thousands of free phones.  And the Democrats claim they don't buy votes or voters - the evidence speaks for itself.
Our nation is surely doomed if 51% of the population gets to the point of entitlement that this woman is clearly already at.  DO NOT get discouraged, stay involved and informed.  We must prevail in November - or this is where we are headed.   Grabbing the handouts to pacify us in our shared misery.

(*Note -information provided by Charlie Sykes/WTMJ AM620): 

Advocates have quickly turned the perk (free cell phones) into an entitlement. The spokesman for the leading company offering the subsidized phone says, "Having a telephone service, just in general, is not a privilege, it should be a right of each one.”  Presumably this means that they are also entitled to free text messages, call waiting, and caller ID as well.

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Good food that's good for you

Sept. 28, 2012 12:00 a.m. | When someone says they’re cooking a nutritious meal we might figure it’s not going to taste good. But food that’s good for you can taste good, too.

This Saturday, top chefs and top doctors in the area will demonstrate how to make nutritious and delicious meals designed to fight chronic illness at the 2nd Annual Harvest for Your Health at NuGenesis Farms in Pewaukee.

The event is from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday under the white tents at NuGenesis Farm with the Good Harvest Secret Pizza Garden as a backdrop.

Master of ceremonies for the evening is County Executive Dan Vrakas. Dr. Stan Markus and the Milwaukee Guitar Quartet will entertain.

“We really stepped up this year,” said Kathy Bero, founder and president of NuGenesis. “No one is going to want to miss this pizza picnic with a punch.”

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Community Briefs 09/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 7:44 p.m. |

Energy program to take applications

Energy Services Inc. for Waukesha County announces the following outreach application sites for the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

Energy Services Inc. provides assistance to low- and moderate-incomehouseholds. Households with a total gross income at or below the following amounts may be eligible for assistance; one-person household, $6,071; two-person $7,939, three-person $9,806, four-person $11,674 and five person $13,542.

October application sites for Waukesha County residents include 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31, at La Casa de Esperanza, 410 Arcadian Ave., Waukesha; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Muskego Food Pantry, W189 S8184 Mercury Drive; 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 and 23, and 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, Waukesha Food Pantry, 1301 Sentry Drive; 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Ave; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Village of Big Bend.

Make a stand, and make it right

Sept. 27, 2012 6:10 p.m. | With the first two weeks of the 2012 archery deer hunt behind us, it's not too late to give some serious thought to tree stand safety.

Ever since I was a teenager, I preferred hunting deer from some form of elevated stand. In the beginning, it was just setting or standing on a tree stump to get a better view of my surroundings.

Eventually, I learned the value of climbing a small hill or ridge to look for cautious deer in the days before the family step-ladder became our portable elevated deer stand.

Today, portable tree stands are available in just about every configuration you can imagine, and to accommodate most weather conditions. If the stands are metal, avoid using them during a thunderstorm.

Homemade, permanent wooden ladder stands should be carefully inspected each year before using, even if the ladders are made with treated lumber.

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Spread Your Wings 09/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 6:06 p.m. | The following programs are held in room WK114 at the Waukesha campus, 327 E. Broadway, of Waukesha County Technical College unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.wctc.edu or call (262) 691-5578.

Eat Right, Feel Great

This class meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 2-16, with registered dietitian Mary LaRock. Eating great foods can help prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and even the signs of aging. Learn how to prepare and enjoy delicious foods that can help your health rather than harm it (including cookies). The recipes of this hands-on cooking course will incorporate healthy fats, whole grains and seasonings that are light on salt and high on flavor. Perfect for those with pre-diabetes, metabolic syndrome or anyone who wants to improve their health but never diet.' Fee: $74.53.

Spicy Heat

This class meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 10 and 17, with instructor Debbie Kroes. If you love a little (or a lot) of spicy heat in your food, this is the class for you. We will create some spicy dishes from a variety of cultural cuisines in this hands-on cooking course. You might also be surprised by how some of your favorite flavors can be made more complex by adding a little spice. Don't be afraid to kick it up a notch. Fee: $47.75.

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Community Briefs 09/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 6:06 p.m. |

'Candide' comes to Carroll

Waukesha - Milwaukee Opera Theatre (MOT) will perform "Candide" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Room B13 of Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University, 218 N. East Ave, Waukesha. Seating is limited.

Tickets: premium reserved $25, general admission $20, students and seniors $15.

"Candide" is a tale of romance and woe, originally written by Voltaire and adapted by Hugh Wheeler. Music is by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics are by Richard Wilbur, Stephen Sondheim and John Latouche.

With "Candide," MOT brings intimate opera to a whole new level, staging this masterwork in the simplest of surroundings - ordinary classrooms.

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The junior jump

Sept. 27, 2012 6:06 p.m. | On Sept. 4, Kettle Moraine High School welcomed over 300 new students to its ranks with the help of the relatively new LINK Crew program.

Traditionally, KM's first day is strictly for freshman and their upperclassmen mentors. The purpose of the LINK Crew is to help the new students find their classrooms and get a feel for what high school is all about. The day starts with an activity-filled seminar followed by small group meetings between the guides and their assigned groups. After lunch, the new students get to try their hand at finding their classrooms, without the rest of the school crowding the hallways. This may all sound pretty obvious and unoriginal, but having been on both sides of the process, both as a freshman and as a LINK leader, I have to say it is an experience that is anything but unremarkable.

Being new can be a little scary. Looking back, high school seemed like one big mystery. Being a freshman on LINK day definitely has its perks, though. You're really only expected to show up. You gain some valuable insight and some new upperclassmen friends. Parts of the experience may seem silly, but none of it is pointless. The groups grow more and more comfortable with each other as the day goes on. It may take a while to realize just how much is actually gained from that first day - I'm just getting it now - but looking back, it was one of the most significant days of my high school career.

This year as a junior, I got the opportunity to experience LINK Crew from the opposite end of the spectrum. I wasn't expecting the day to have such an impact on me. I was one of 100 students just helping the new kids feel comfortable. But then it hit me - "Wow, I've been here for three whole years."

Nobody ever tells you how subtly momentous that transition from sophomore to junior year is. In one short summer, you go from underclassmen to upperclassmen. All of a sudden, you're driving yourself places; you're looking at colleges; your grades matter more than ever. Of course I still live at home and I'm not an adult. But I'm experiencing what it's like to have a job, pay for gas and juggle important things in my life. LINK day reminded me that we're never truly prepared for what's next. You just have to wing it and enjoy what comes.

Seminar offered on records, meetings

Sept. 27, 2012 6:02 p.m. | Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen invites the public, media representatives and government officials to register now to attend upcoming Department of Justice (DOJ) seminars on the public-records and open-meetings laws.

Online registration is open at online at www.doj.state.wi.us/dls/OMPR/PROM/OMPRreg_.asp. Register early, as space will be limited.

"I strongly encourage those who want to better understand open government and their rights and responsibilities under the law to attend one of these seminars," Van Hollen said. "Education is key to compliance with, and to prevention of, violations of the public-records and open-meetings laws."

The live programs will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 4, at in the Campus Center, Room 214, at Carroll University, Waukesha.

A live webinar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17. More information about how to connect to the webinar will follow as the program date approaches.

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Give blood at these county drives

Sept. 27, 2012 6:02 p.m. | The BloodCenter of Wisconsin is making it easy for Waukesha County residents to give back to their community through several upcoming blood drives.

Big Bend. 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the gym at St. Joseph Parish, S89 W22650 Milwaukee Ave.

New Berlin: 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Fellowship Hall at Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, 15250 W. Cleveland Ave.; 7 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Council Chambers at the New Berlin City Hall, 3805 South Casper Drive.

North Lake: 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, W314 N7462 Highway 83.

Oconomowoc: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, in the gym at St Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church & School, 818 W. Wisconsin Ave.

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Grocer donates truckload of items to local food pantry

Sept. 27, 2012 6:02 p.m. | The Food Pantry of Waukesha County recently received nearly 6,000 pounds of donated food from Sendik's Fine Foods.

Phillips Edison & Company, owner of Sendik's Towne Centre in Brookfield, sponsored a $5,000 Grocery Giveaway Promotion at Sendik's Fine Foods, 18985 W. Capitol Drive Brookfield, during August.

Contest participants entered to win the grand prize of $5,000 in gift cards to Sendik's Fine Foods bycompleting an entry form. The drawing winner was Linda Doering of Pewaukee.

Sendik's Fine Foods matched the number of contest entries received with a nonperishable food item donation totaling 6,000 items. The donation benefited The Food Pantry of Waukesha County, an organization that provides food to more than 6,400 individuals in the area. Sendik's Fine Foods delivered the food totaling 5,967 pounds on Sept. 18.

"Typically we see a sharp decline in donations during the summertime," said Karen Tredwell, Executive Director of Food Pantry of Waukesha County. "Yet many of the families we serve rely heavily upon our programs with kids out of school and not receiving discounted or free meals during the day. This donation will have a significant impact on our programs."

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When I grow up, I want to be …

Sept. 27, 2012 1:14 p.m. | While sitting in your office cubicle with no view, do you ever find your mind wandering and recalling that dream job you told everyone you would have when you were a child?

Think back to when you first figured out what you wanted to do with your life. How did those plans work out for you? Many of us dreamed of becoming astronauts, deep-sea divers, explorers, doctors, teachers, or professional athletes. While most of us end up in a different field than what we originally anticipated, most of us still harbor those dreams somewhere deep inside.

We asked a group of students from Lake Country School what they want to be when they grow up. Some of their answers probably ring a bell.

For the love of a child

Sept. 27, 2012 1:12 p.m. | The love and caring which people have shown for young Jack Bartosz and his family was clearly shown at a recent gathering to benefit the foundation which his parents, John and Sarah Bartosz, formed shortly after Jack was diagnosed in 2005 with a childhood cancer, neuroblastoma.

Since then, the I Back Jack Foundation has sponsored clinical trials that aim to save the lives of children fighting cancer. The recent death of Jack has caused supporters to rally around the family by continuing to support them and the foundation. For more information, visit www.ibackjack.org

See who attended

Waukesha County deer test positive for EHD

Sept. 27, 2012 11:56 a.m. | State wildlife officials have confirmed that samples submitted from deer found dead in Dane, Sauk and Waukesha counties have tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD). A number of citizens in southern Wisconsin contacted the Department of Natural Resources with recent observations of small groups of dead deer. EHD has now been confirmed in Columbia, Rock, Sauk, Dane and Waukesha counties.

“Our neighbor states have been seeing EHD outbreaks for the last several weeks and now it has made its way into southern Wisconsin,” said Eric Lobner, DNR southern Wisconsin wildlife supervisor. “It is a fairly common disease carried by midges, commonly referred to as no see ums, which are not a threat to humans, so there is no cause for alarm."

EHD is often fatal, typically killing an infected deer within seven days. The last EHD observation in Wisconsin was in 2002 in Iowa County where 14 deer died from the virus. EHD is common across southern states and occasionally shows up as far north as the upper Midwest. This year, outbreaks of EHD have been reported in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa. The disease is typically short lived as the flies that transmit the disease die with the first hard frost.

Wildlife officials say there is no risk to people or pets from deer that have died of EHD and that the venison is safe to eat. Deer carcasses can be left on the landscape to decompose. The DNR will not be collecting or removing deer that have died as a result of this outbreak.

To report a sick deer observation call the DNR call center at (888) WDNR- INFo (1-888-936-7463), send email DNRInfo@Wisconsin.gov, or use the chat feature on the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov/contact. Staff members are available seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be prepared to provide details about the condition of the deer and the exact location where the deer was observed.

Drunken driver takes out Oconomowoc roundabout sculpture

Sept. 27, 2012 11:07 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - A drunken driver damaged a lighted sculpture in a roundabout that serves as a gateway to the downtown area.

According to information from the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, a 32-year-old Town of Oconomowoc man was driving his 2005 Lexus SUV west on Wisconsin Avenue at 3 a.m. on Sept. 23 and failed to negotiate the roundabout.

His vehicle struck the sculpture and then flipped on its side, hitting the brick light display.

The driver was trapped in the vehicle and had to be extricated by the Oconomowoc Fire Department. He suffered no apparent injuries.

Alcohol was a factor in the crash and the driver was arrested for first offense drunken driving.

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Community Briefs 09/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:36 a.m. |

Run, walk, roll for Paralysis Foundation

Waukesha - A 5K run/walk/roll to benefit the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation will be hosted by Carroll University (CU) at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Carroll's Schneider Stadium, 240 N. Barstow St. Students will lead prerace stretching at 8:30 a.m.; event begins at 9, rain or shine, no refunds. Team participation is encouraged to raise money and awareness for individuals with paralysis.

Bryon Riesch, paralyzed from his chest down after an accident, has worked with CU's health sciences programs and has benefited from relationships developed with students and faculty. CU students in the health sciences provide wellness activities across the lifespan for individuals experiencing varied diseases and disabilities..

To register, visit brpf.myetap.org/fundraiser/BryonsRunToCureParalysis. Registration received by Sept. 28 will ensure a race-day T-shirt. Fees: preregistration for carols students, faculty and staff $15; other attendees $25, family pack $60; day-of registration $20 and $30.

For more information, contact CU's Recreation Office, (262) 650-4825 or rsaal@carrollu.edu, or visit www.brpf.org.

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Take a look back at 2011 to drown your Brewers sorrows

Sept. 27, 2012 10:36 a.m. | The Milwaukee Brewers essentially found themselves eliminated from the playoff chase this week after an admirable late-season push, so to pick my spirits up, I watched last year's Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It's probably the most exciting game ever held at Miller Park. I invite you to relive it with me; here are my in-game observations.

I didn't know they closed the roof roughly 15 minutes before first pitch. The on-field reporter for TBS said it was a move made to create consistency for the whole series, which had featured closed domes in the first four games. It was an 80-degree day in Milwaukee that evening, so it was probably pretty toasty on the cramped upper levels of Miller Park.

I remember not being terribly worried about Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy , who pitched both Game 1 and Game 5 in the series. But the dude was 21-4 that year and came into the game with a 2.88 ERA. Crazy.

I love seeing Prince Fielder in a Brewers jersey again. I don't love seeing him swing at outside cheese and miss to end an inning. He'll always be susceptible to that pitch.

Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo doesn't allow a run but throws 22 pitches in the first and 22 more in the second, including eight pitches to opposing hurler Ian Kennedy before inducing a fly ball to left field. How was he able to stay in the game a full six innings? Ryan Braun had to make a basket catch with the sunlight from the right field window making the snag difficult. It would have been a run if it had landed.

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Seminar offered on records, meetings

Sept. 27, 2012 10:30 a.m. | Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen invites the public, media representatives and government officials to register now to attend upcoming Department of Justice (DOJ) seminars on the public-records and open-meetings laws.

Online registration is open at online at www.doj.state.wi.us/dls/OMPR/PROM/OMPRreg_.asp. Register early, as space will be limited.

"I strongly encourage those who want to better understand open government and their rights and responsibilities under the law to attend one of these seminars," Van Hollen said. "Education is key to compliance with, and to prevention of, violations of the public-records and open-meetings laws."

The live programs will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 4, at in the Campus Center, Room 214, at Carroll University, Waukesha.

A live webinar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 17. More information about how to connect to the webinar will follow as the program date approaches.

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Spread your wings 09/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:28 a.m. | The following programs are held at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education, 1500 N. University Drive, unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.waukesha.uwc.edu/ce or call (262) 521-5460.

Variable Annuities I

This class meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, with instructor Charles Winn. Thinking about retirement options? If you don't already own an annuity, you have probably thought about using one for retirement. Understand the variable annuity you already own, or better evaluate whether one is appropriate for you. Fee: $29.

Austria: In the Footsteps of the Habsburgs

A free information session for this trip is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, with Laura Beenen. Interested parties will learn about the trip involving several Habsburg cities: Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava in Slovakia, and Vienna. Included are tours that enrich knowledge of classical music and classical art and architecture. Learn about the Austro-Hungarian Empire at its peak and the lasting effects of the Nazi and Communist occupations in the eastern countries. The stay in Vienna will be longer to take in the greatness of this city, which was home to persons as diverse as Mozart, Freud, Lenin and Hitler. This trip will provide participants opportunities to use their developing language skills in a real-life setting and to enjoy the sites of countries in the east of Europe, less often visited by American tourists. Trip dates: May 10-22, 2013. Cost: approximately $4,168, based on double occupancy; singles supplement $529.

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Family Center offers October events

Sept. 27, 2012 10:28 a.m. | The East Troy Family Community Resource Center (ETFCRC) has numerous programs planned for October.

Wednesday Play Group: 90:30 to 10:30 a.m., for children age 5 and younger. This is an opportunity for little ones to socialize and learn about sharing, cooperation and fair play. This also provides caregivers an opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

Alphabet Adventures: 9:30 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays for ages 2-5. Each week focuses on a different letter of the alphabet. In October, class will cover the letters C, D, E, F and G. Each week teachers will try to incorporate different skills such as cutting, coloring, counting, pasting, color and shape recognition in addition to presenting a new letter. Preregister by the Monday before the class.

Mondays 6 to 6:45 p.m. for ages 4 and older:

Oct. 1, Pumpkin Roll: Make a Halloween centerpiece or decoration to take home out of fabric and a recycled toilet paper tube. Register by Sept. 30.

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Community Briefs 09/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:28 a.m. |

Help your school win its share

Waukesha - Returning for its fourth year, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is launching its Calling All Communities campaign to award 18 schools a share of $1 million. Community voting runs through Oct. 21. The school that garners the most community votes will win $150,000, and the next 17 schools with the most votes will receive $50,000. Winnings can be used any way the school sees fit to enhance students' learning experience.

Calling All Communities is open to all K-12 schools nationwide . Anyone 18 years or older can vote once. Voters obtain a voting code by visiting a local U.S. Cellular store, and then enter the code online at uscellular.com to cast a vote.

Since the program began in 2008, U.S. Cellular has awarded $3 million to 38 schools across the country..

Official rules are at uscellular.com/callingallcommunities.

The choice for women could not be more clear

Sept. 27, 2012 10:26 a.m. | Something was missing from all the speeches at the Republican convention: how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan's vision for women will threaten our health and economic well-being.

Romney and Ryan's plan to end no-cost access to birth control, end access to breast and cervical cancer screens, repeal the health insurance protections found in the Affordable Care Act and eliminate equal-pay protections for equal work will dramatically affect women's health and economic well-being.

The fact that Romney and Ryan kept mum on their women's health policies as they took to the national stage shows just how out of touch they are.

Women need access to birth control so we can plan for our families, participate in the workforce and fulfill our earning potential. Becoming a mother before we are ready makes that much less likely.

The majority of American women are now the breadwinners in their households. Yet women still only make 77 cents for every dollar made by their male counterparts. Women pay more for their health insurance, including 68 percent more in out-of-pocket costs. The fact that women earn less money than men for doing the same work and pay more for health insurance are two incredibly important economic concerns that Romney and Ryan fail to recognize.

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Community Briefs 00/30/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:26 a.m. |

Wisconsin Wind Orchestra at Carroll University

Waukesha - The Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, the resident professional ensemble of Carroll University, will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Humphrey Memorial Chapel, 238 N. East Ave. Tickets: adults $10, students and seniors 60 and older $5.

The orchestra is led by Lawrence Dale Harper, professor of music. The concert includes a performance of "Fratres" by Estonian composer Arvo Part, written in a tintinnabuli (Latin, meaning "bell") style influenced by mystical experiences with chant music. The concert continues with "Suite Persane" ("Persian Suite") by French composer André Caplet.

After an intermission, the orchestra will perform "Siegfried Idyll" by German composer Richard Wagner. This piece was originally written for small chamber orchestra as a Christmas present to his wife Cosima to celebrate the birth of their child, Siegfried.

Call the box office at (262) 524-7633 or purchase tickets at the door starting at 3 p.m. For more information, contact the music office at (262) 524-7182 or dlemere@carrollu.edu.

Filmmaker Josh Fox explores risks of fracking in 'Gasland' lecture

Sept. 27, 2012 10:22 a.m. | Explosive tap water isn't often associated with New York. However, it is a problem some New Yorkers face today because of hydraulic fracturing (fracking).

Josh Fox, founder and artistic director of the International WOW Company, starts off the fall 2012 Contemporary Issues Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Young Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with his presentation "Gasland." The lecture series, presented by the College of Letters and Sciences, is in its eighth year.

Susan Johnson, chairwoman of the Political Science Department and coordinator of the lecture series, said this semester's lectures offer insight on pressing, current issues facing society today and will inspire people to "stimulate their minds and think critically."

"Presently, there is a proposal in Wisconsin for sand-fracking," Johnson said. "It's been promoted as safe, but that's not always the case. This presentation will help educate people about fracking as well as the environmental and economic consequences that come with it."

"Gasland," Fox's 2010 documentary about hydraulic fracturing in the United States, earned him an Oscar nomination, several Emmy Awards, a Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize, the Environmental Media Award for Best Documentary and many other honors. In "Gasland," Fox reached out to scientists, politicians and gas industry executives, and visited people in states where fracking is used to investigate its effects.

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Lannon condo development hit with foreclosure suit

Sept. 27, 2012 10:17 a.m. | A condo development in Lannon has been hit with a foreclosure suit.

Whispering Ridge Acquisition Co. defaulted on the loans, and now owes principal totaling $6.4 million, plus additional unpaid interest charges and late fees, according to the suit, filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court by North Shore Bank.

Whispering Ridge was originally designed as a 220-unit condominium development, with two-story townhouse condos as well as eight-unit buildings. The development, near Highway 74 and Town Line Road, was later sold to the current owner, a group formed by Orion Realty Advisors LLC.

Orion changed the mix to ranch-style condos in hopes of drawing more buyers, said Orion co-owner Robert Rice. That led to revised plans for 184 units.

But the decline in demand for new housing hurt those efforts, leading to the defaulted loans, Rice said. So far, just 58 units have been developed, he said.

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PADA/Fort HealthCare partner to share story

Sept. 27, 2012 10:16 a.m. | People Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse (PADA) is partnering with Fort HealthCare for two showings of "Telling Amy's Story," a documentary about Amy Homan-McGee, a 33-year-old mother of two who was killed by her husband in 2001. She had decided to leave an abusive marriage, and while Amy's 4-year-old and 7-month-old sons waited in the car with her mother, she was fatally shot by her husband.

The documentary has aired on nearly 300 public television stations, covering 85 percent of the United States population. Showings at Fort HealthCare will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8. PADA staff will be present to answer audience questions, and light refreshments will be served.

"This free showing is meant to bring awareness to domestic violence, because too often family and friends don't know how to help a suspected victim," stated Amy Venables O'Neil, PADA executive director.

In addition to the film, information will be available about the Fort HealthCare Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. To learn more about PADA, visit www.padajc.org. For information about the film presentation, SANE program or Love Lights, call Fort HealthCare Volunteer Services at (920) 568-5276.

Koats for Kids kicking off another year

Sept. 27, 2012 10:16 a.m. |  Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) and Lake Mills Cleaners are partnering again this year to provide warm winter coats and accessories to those in need in Jefferson County.

The annual Koats for Kids distribution will be at two sites this year: in Watertown at the CAC Office, 114 E. Main St., and in Jefferson at the Workforce Development Center, 864 Collins Road.

Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Watertown site and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson site. The Watertown site will also be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 27.

How can I receive a coat?

To receive a coat, participants are required to register and show identification for each person in the household who needs a coat (this includes photo identification for adults; medical cards, school ID, Social Security card or report card for children). Koats for Kids is intended to serve households with income at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level, which is equivalent to $1,164/month or $13,963/year for one person; $1,989/month or $23,863/year for a family of three. Participants will self-declare their income on the intake form.

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Community Briefs 09/28/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:16 a.m. |

Historical Society gives away $175

The Jefferson Historical Society will end Jefferson's 175th birthday year by giving away a total of $175 in three cash prizes to people who enter the drawing at the museum. First place wins $100; second is $50 and third place will be $25.

To win, all you have to do is visit the museum (free admission) by Nov. 28, sign up on an entry form and then drop it in the Happy Birthday Jefferson present box.

The Jefferson Historical Museum is behind the City Hall Complex in the building's lower level next to the western parking lot facing Gardner Street. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, for the Jefferson Art Walk. The winners will be announced by Michael Clish at the Christmas parade on Dec. 1.

Community Briefs 09/28/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:16 a.m. |

Clinics donate

to support high school athletes

UW Health Partners Ixonia, Johnson Creek, Juneau, Lake Mills and Waterloo clinics have donated more than $5,700 to local schools' athletic booster clubs.

The gift was a result of a recent annual enhanced sports physical clinic offered as a service to the community. More than 200 youths participated. Students received a standard WIAA sports physical along with counseling from a registered dietitian and a certified athletic trainer, all designed to help them perform well and stay healthy. They paid a nominal fee for this service, all of which was donated to their local high school athletic programs. For more information, call Jennifer Coates at (920) 262-4539.

Community Briefs 09/28/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:16 a.m. |

First-time youth hunter program offered

The Jefferson County Parks Department is offering first-time youth hunters a chance participate in a limited gun deer hunt in portions of Dorothy Carnes County Park. The hunt will take place Nov. 17-20 and Nov. 22-25.

Applicants should specify a preference for the first or second hunt on the application. Selected participants and chaperones required to participate in a two-hour orientation. Applicants are required to be first-time hunters between age 10 and 14, and have a chaperone with a minimum of five years of deer-hunting experience present at all times. Eligible hunters will also be required to possess a valid Wisconsin gun deer tag.

The Jefferson County Parks Department will accept completed applications from Oct. 1-19. Applications are available at the Parks Department or www.jeffersoncountywi.gov/parks. 

Two hunters will be randomly drawn to participate in the hunts. For more information, contact the Jefferson County Parks Department at (920) 674-7260 or janes@jeffersoncountywi.gov.

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UW-Whitewater named military-friendly school

Sept. 27, 2012 10:14 a.m. | For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been declared a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Veterans coordinator Janice Nordin cites the entire university's commitment to veterans, "from the chancellor on down," as the main reason UW-Whitewater continues to receive the honor.

UW-Whitewater has a reputation for welcoming military students, offering them resources and honoring their service. Campus policies help students cope with military training requirements and sudden deployments, and Nordin's expertise on education benefits has won statewide recognition.

Annie Weberpal, a graduate student and member of the Wisconsin National Guard, coordinated a welcome for veterans attending this year's Plan-It Purple orientation. The informal session showed the incoming students that they were not alone in a sea of teenagers.

Next spring, Erin Celello, assistant professor of English, will teach an all-veterans section of freshman English.

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Community Briefs 09/28/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:14 a.m. |

Child actors, actresses needed

Watertown Players Inc. will hold open auditions for "Rented Christmas - The Musical" from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday Sept. 29, at the Watertown Public Library, 100 S Water St.

Actors/singers from age 6 to adult are needed for the cast. No prior experience is necessary. The performances will run the weekends of Dec.7 and 14.

The musical tells the story of John Dale, a middle-aged bachelor and prominent businessman, who has a challenging job for Anne Weston, proprietor of the local rental shop. He wants to rent a Christmas - not just with a tree and Christmas carols, but complete with a wife, a family and all of the happiness for which he has been secretly longing.

Anne thinks she has creatively solved the problem of a Christmas family by calling the actors guild, but when the young actors come down with the measles, her last hope is to turn to the local orphanage. A "rented" Christmas soon turns into a new life for all concerned, which makes this a warm holiday treat.

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Community Briefs 09/28/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:14 a.m. |

Record enrollment at UW-Whitewater

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student enrollment for fall 2012 is a record 12,034 students. That's up from 11,615 students in fall 2011, and 11,557 in fall 2010. Chancellor Richard Telfer said campus efforts to improve student retention and accept more transfer students contributed to the record enrollment.

New majors for this year include international business, computer science, environmental science and Japanese, bringing the total number of undergraduate academic programs to 52.

Students involved in extracurricular activities continue to excel. Five athletic teams - football, men's basketball, gymnastics and men's and women's wheelchair basketball - won national championships last year. Student organizations, including the American Marketing Association, Pi Sigma Epsilon and Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, took first-place honors at their national conferences.

Homecoming fun at farmers market

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On the move 09/28/12

Sept. 27, 2012 10:14 a.m. | PremierBank announced the hiring of Bill Jacobs as compliance officer for the bank organization.

Jim Romenesko has been named director of Whirl-Pak Sales at Nasco. Romenesko will manage the Whirl-Pak brand globally; develop new products for laboratory sampling; represent Whirl-Pak at conventions, exhibitions and meetings throughout the country; and will search for new customers, vendors and markets.

Gem and Mineral Show in Jefferson

Sept. 27, 2012 10:10 a.m. | Come to the Jefferson County Fair Park for the 40th annual Gem and Mineral Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

The Rock River Valley Geological Society has invited 14 dealers with polished stones and gems, mineral specimens, fossils, rough rock, carved items and a wide selection of jewelry made from natural gems and minerals.

A club sale of minerals, gems and jewelry and faceted gems takes place both days. The sale gives an opportunity for everyone to obtain a unique specimen that has been donated by club members and dealers.

Gary Richards, educator at the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha, will share information on Wisconsin and Upper Michigan mining history and the potential revival of mining. He will bring a collection of copper and other mineral specimens from that area.

Demonstrations and presentations will be ongoing both days. See Jan Beyerlein making free-form jewelry and watch Bill Jeske and Rick Zwiefel faceting gems. Members of Greenbush Prospectors will demonstrate prospecting, and you can try your hand at gold panning. Watch flint knapping by Mike Peters of Fort Atkinson. See how arrowheads can be made from flint or chert rock using deer antler as the tool. He will bring a large collection of knapped items and tools used at different times in history.

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Hildebrand to receive regional literary award

Sept. 27, 2012 10:10 a.m. | Professor and author John Hildebrand is this year's recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor's Regional Literary Award.

Hildebrand, a professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, will be honored for his nonfiction works, "Mapping the Farm: The Chronicles of a Family" and "Reading the River: A Voyage Down the Yukon."

"His books offer a fascinating and honest perspective of the peoples and places he's visited. There's a deep understanding of the impact that place has on culture and people," said Chancellor Richard Telfer.

A public event, which will feature a reading and book signing, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in Summers Auditorium in the James R. Connor University Center.

"I'm very pleased and honored to get this recognition because I teach at a state university, and I've sent all my children to state universities," Hildebrand said. "It's very important to me as a teacher and parent."

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Turtle Island Quartet brings program to UW

Sept. 27, 2012 10:10 a.m. | Jazz chamber group Turtle Island Quartet will celebrate the music of Jimi Hendrix with their dynamic "Have You Ever Been … " program at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 at the Young Auditorium, 930 W. Main St., on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus. Tickets are $24 and can be purchased by visiting tinyurl.com/94qhzo3.Given the expansive repertoire of the Grammy-winning string quartet that forms an amalgam of classical, jazz, American vernacular and world music, the pioneering Turtle Island Quartet explores a wide span of stylistic ground that founder and violinist David Balakrishnan summarizes: "We operate within the archetypal form of the string quartet, which is a great part of the music tradition, but we've also found a way to live in contemporary times."


The epitome of that expression is best showcased on the last two Turtle Island recordings for the Concord Music Group's imprint Telarc International: 2007's "A Love Supreme: The Legacy of John Coltrane," an album of interpretations from the jazz saxophone legend's songbook; and 2010's "Have You Ever Been …," an homage to the music of Jimi Hendrix, with a new musical suite composed by Balakrishnan that was in part inspired by the rock guitarist, whom he calls a "musical genius."

"Our goal is to reveal different aspects and important facets of both Coltrane's and Hendrix's music without violating either artist's original intentions, but showing the depth of their genius," he said.


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Ready for reaping Fall plants provide harvest

Sept. 27, 2012 9:56 a.m. | Flowers may have faded, but for the avid gardener, the time is ripe with opportunity to collect seeds from plants as an economical means of expanding garden plantings, or even to share with friends.

"To me it's one of the most fun things I do," said Betty Adelman, owner of Heritage Flower Farm in Mukwonago.

Heritage Flower Farm is an award-winning boutique nursery on Highway L that grows heirloom plants. Although the farm ends its season Sept. 30 with a seed exchange, Adelman will be collecting seeds into January, in the case of the lavender growing in the nursery.

Seed collecting is dependent on when plants flower, Adelman said. In the case of lavender, yucca and hyssop, plants will have seeds ready for reaping once the flowers have withered.

Walking through the nursery at Heritage Flower Farm, sunflowers droop over paths, loaded with seeds for birds or for planting. Butterfly bushes, which used to barely be hardy in this area, hold stalks of seeds after a warm winter and summer. Red buckeye trees hold groups of seeds waiting to drop. Adelman collects the brown seeds and stores them in moist sand over the winter. Swamp milkweed, which at one time sported pretty pink flowers, now burst with pods full of seeds ready for the taking.

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Dakota, trucks, rock walls and more at Harvest Fest

Sept. 27, 2012 8:45 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Usher in fall with free fun galore at the Oconomowoc Harvest Fest sponsored by the chamber at Olympia on Saturday, Oct. 6.

More than 30 exhibitors will have information and hands-on activities. New this year is an open house at Highlands Sports Center. Organizers are planning a rock wall, bouncy house, obstacle course and more to get you moving and ready for what Highlands is planning once the snow falls.

Other activities include visits from Wildlife In Need's great horned owl, Dakota, Wave Soccer players and area mascots.

Head outside and touch a truck or check out electric vehicles.

Watch for a story on the upcoming Harvest Fest in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Wow! What a true prediction: "If I were the Devil." By Paul Harvey

Sept. 27, 2012 8:32 a.m. |

How did Paul Harvey know what was going to happen to America? What he predicted in his 1965 radio address is stunning to say the least. What he said is not happening just here in America, but the world over. Am I wrong?

GOP to host debate party

Sept. 27, 2012 8:05 a.m. | The Republican Party of Waukesha County will host a debate party at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at  the Campaign Victory Office, 1701 Pearl St., Waukesha. Those in attendance will watch Senate candidates Tommy Thompson (R) and Tammy Baldwin (D) in a televised debate. For more information, call (262) 522-2889 or send an email to hq@waukeshagop.org.

Open house today at WCTC

Sept. 27, 2012 9:00 a.m. | Prospective students can visit Waukesha County Technical College’s open house today, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m. Admissions, Registration, Financial Aid, Advising and other departments will be on hand to answer questions about the technical college.

Visitors can tour the facility and labs, visit faculty and see industry-specific projects. Refreshments and door prizes will be available. Guests will also receive a voucher to waive the WCTC application fee ($30).

Those interested can register online at WCTC.edu or call Jodi Wiesneski at 262.691.5129. You can also request additional information there if you cannot attend. Walk-ins will be welcome.

Lane reopens on I-94

Sept. 26, 2012 3:45 p.m. | The scene of a vehicle fire that closed a lane of traffic on westbound I-94 has now been cleared.

Westbound lane of I-94 closed near Delafield

Sept. 26, 2012 3:36 p.m. | A vehicle fire has closed one of the westbound lanes on I-94 near Highway 83 in Delafield, according to a news release from the state Department of transportation.

On the attack together, two heads even better

Sept. 26, 2012 3:08 p.m. | Headers are cool. Everyone involved in soccer knows that, so this year Oconomowoc athletics director Scott Raduka figured two heads would be better than one.

As Labor Day and the new school year approached, Oconomowoc High School teacher and head boys soccer coach Jason Werchowski was given on opportunity for career advancement, taking on large responsibility as the associate principal at Silver Lake School. Thus, Dan Green joined Werchowski as co-head coach of the soccer squad.

"With Jason getting the chance at the position, I felt it would be a good move to get Dan, an excellent soccer coach, more of a role," Raduka said. "The two work extremely well together. They're passionate, hard-working coaches who care about the program and the kids. Their personalities make it work."

Werchowski enters his ninth season coaching Oconomowoc at the varsity level after replacing another Oconomowoc soccer guru, Alex Marlis.

And although the Raccoons record heading into October isn't exactly what was expected, Werchowski knows the team is getting closer.

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Oconomowoc Area News 09/27/12

Sept. 26, 2012 2:46 p.m. |

Oconomowoc Farmers Market

Oconomowoc Farmers Market will take place from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church parking lot, 210 E. Pleasant St.

Bicycle donations

Sustain Jefferson has teamed up with Working Bikes, a Chicago area nonprofit group, to collect old and broken bicycles. Bring donated bikes to the Skills for Simple Living Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Concord Community Center, 1095 Concord Center Drive or the Ixonia Transfer & Recycling Center, W1276 Elmwood Ave. from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays before Sept. 29. For information, visit www.sustainjefferson.org.

Piggly Wiggly brat shack

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State board approves 169-acre addition to southern unit of Kettle Moraine

Sept. 26, 2012 2:46 p.m. | The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved state purchase of 169 acres adjacent to the southern unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest in Walworth County.

The addition will enable the state Department of Natural Resources to expand the Whitewater Lake Campground in the forest and improve fish habitat in a section of  Whitewater Creek, a trout stream, that flows through the property, officials said.

The DNR will buy 169.33 acres from the Elaine D. Taylor estate at a cost of $796,000 following approval by the board.

A tall ridge on the property is part of the 75-mile-long glacial moraine that extends northeast through Walworth, Waukesha, Washington and Fond du Lac counties. A landscape inventory shows there is 52 acres of woods and 34 acres of wetlands interspersed with agricultural fields and grassland on the parcel.

The property is between the Bluff Creek State Natural Area and the Clover Valley Fen State Natural Area, off Hi Lo Road three miles southeast of the City of Whitewater.

Your letters 09/27/12

Sept. 26, 2012 2:44 p.m. |

Homecoming concert example of excellence

in education


The upcoming OHS Wind Symphony reunion concert is an event which goes well beyond the usual homecoming festivities. Over 100 graduate students of the Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Buz Hoefer, are coming from all points of the USA and several foreign countries to commemorate and celebrate the memories of being part of one of the finest band experiences in the nation.

The question might be asked; just what is it that motivates a graduate to put aside the time it takes to re-sharpen critical and dormant skills which are needed to hopefully recreate the incredible highs gained 15 or more years ago? And the answer might be just as elusive as the power of art itself. Suffice it to say it is a huge measure of respect for the high quality of the music performed and the conductor who must correctly interpret the composer's intent. Add to that the feelings of wellness that comes when something of great value has been achieved through personal sacrifice.

Throughout the years the band program at Oconomowoc has enjoyed a stellar reputation both nationally and internationally. And so it still does today. A portion of the concert will be performed by our current 2012-13 Wind Symphony under the direction of Mr. Mike Krofta.

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Police Briefs 09/27/12

Sept. 26, 2012 2:42 p.m. |

Welch drops appeal, case closed

Attorney John Wasielewski confirmed this week that Justin P. Welch, who was convicted last year in the murder-for-hire of Kim Smith of Oconomowoc, has dropped his bid for appeal.

According to online court records Welch's lawyer filed a postconviction motion in April, but Welch made the decision in June not to pursue it.

Wasielewksi said he could not comment on the issue.

"No, that is something between an attorney and client," he explained.

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Police Blotter 09/27/12

Sept. 26, 2012 2:42 p.m. |

City of Oconomowoc

Two injured in crash

The drivers of two vehicles involved in a head-on crash on Sept. 18 were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash at Highway 67 and Delafield Road.

According to the police report, the vehicle driven by Mary Maddente, 49, of Delafield, was westbound on Delafield Road at 7 a.m., proceeding through the intersection of Highway 67 with a green light.

The vehicle driven by Trisha L. Balliet, 40, of Helenville, turned into the path of Maddente's vehicle to make a left turn to go northbound on Highway 67, causing the vehicles to collide head-on.

The collision pushed Maddente's vehicle north where it stopped on the median. Balliet's vehicle was turned around and came to rest on the southwest corner of the intersection.

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Wisconsin grew .3 percent, Waukesha unchanged

Sept. 26, 2012 2:25 p.m. | The Department of Health Services released their mid-year population count earlier today and figures show that Wisconsin's population has grown by about 16,000 people, or 0.3 percent, in the past year.

There were 5.70 million residents in the Wisconsin during 2011, according to the agency's statistics, a modest increase from the 5.69 million people in 2010.

Brown County led the way in percentage growth, gaining about 2,300 residents, or 0.9 percent. Dane County also grew 0.9 percent, adding a state-high 4,214 residents. Next were Milwaukee County, which added about 2,000 residents (0.2 percent), and Outagamie County, which added 1,145 people (0.6 percent).

The counties that lost residents are mainly in the far north and were already among the smallest in the state. Forest County lost about 100 residents, or 1 percent, leaving about 9,200 remaining. And the state's second-smallest county got 1 percent smaller, as Florence County lost 41 residents to end up with about 4,400.

Overall, 42 counties saw population growth, 19 lost residents and 11 remained essentially unchanged.

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WCTC seeks indoor firearms facility

Sept. 26, 2012 1:29 p.m. | The Waukesha County Technical College’s District Board on Tuesday gave approval to explore off-campus locations for an indoor, tactical firearms facility to meet community and law enforcement needs and provide training for the College’s Police Academy program.

“We’re looking for a modern, indoor range suitable for law enforcement where we can do scenario-based training and tactical applications,” said Brian Dorow, WCTC’s associate dean of criminal justice.

The range will be staffed by WCTC instructors, Dorow said. When not in use by local law enforcement, the range will be open to the public on a membership basis.

WCTC will complete a Request for Proposals (RFP) to lease property with an existing structure, within close proximity to the College’s Pewaukee campus to maintain continuity of training between the Morris Street Law Enforcement Training Center and the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) track. Once a site has been determined, WCTC will hold public input sessions in that area to solicit feedback from the community. In addition, the project will require a series of approvals from the WCTC District Board, Wisconsin Technical College System Board and the Village of Pewaukee, and may be subject to an environmental study.

The estimated cost for the firearms facility is approximately $1.4 million. The College hopes to begin construction in June 2013 and open the range in October 2013.

Spending falls in Waukesha County budget proposal

Sept. 26, 2012 1:22 p.m. | Waukesha - Spending on Waukesha County government services and construction projects would drop 3.8% to $273.7 million in 2013, under a budget proposed by County Executive Dan Vrakas.

The bottom line - an overall cut in county government spending of $10.9 million next year - was achieved by spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

Financial challenges from rising vehicle fuel prices, increased spending on adult jail inmates and reductions in investment income were more than offset by reducing the capital budget by $12 million, according to budget documents.

Cutting county spending will lessen the property tax burden on home and business owners, Vrakas said.

"Last year, we were able to freeze taxes on a median valued home," he said in comments before the County Board.

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How good are the undefeated teams?

Sept. 26, 2012 1:18 p.m. | The 2012 Wisconsin football regular season is five weeks old and just three games remain to be played before the WIAA postseason begins. The Lake Country area still has three undefeated teams.

Just how good are the Arrowhead Warhawks, Pewaukee Pirates and Lake Country Lutheran Lightning?

For the first time in Lake Country area history, all three of those teams are undefeated, sporting perfect 5-0 records. All three have clinched playoff berths, and all three appear to have excellent chances to run the board and finish at 8-0.

While high school rankings and polls are far from an exact science, all three also made the Associated Press top 10 this week. Arrowhead is ranked No. 1 in the Large Division and Pewaukee is ranked seventh in the Medium Division. Lake Country Lutheran is ranked ninth in the Small Division. Take those rankings for what they are. But it does mean that all three of those schools are earning a lot of respect around the state.

Let's take a quick look at all three teams

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Win gives kickers at least a share

Sept. 26, 2012 1:18 p.m. | With a 4-0 victory on Sept. 25 over Waukesha South, the Arrowhead varsity boys soccer team clinched at least a share of the Classic 8 Conference championship.

The Warhawks improved to 5-0-1 in league play.

Senior forward Mitch Bastien scored twice for the Warhawks. Senior forward Sam Fredman and senior defender Zach Self each had one goal.

Fredman and sophomore midfielder Steven Peterson had assists.

"This was a game where everyone prepared coming in and it gave us a positiveresult," Arrowhead varsity boys soccer coach Jeff Staus said. "We're at this point due in large part to our coaching staff. They get these guys ready every night for tough matches in this conference."

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PHS improves to 6-1-1 in Woodland Conference

Sept. 26, 2012 1:18 p.m. | On Sept. 24, the host Pewaukee varsity boys soccer team cruised to victory over South Milwaukee in a Woodland Conference match, 3-1.

The victory pushed Pewaukee's overall record to 11-2-3, including a 6-1-1 standing in league play.

Senior midfielder Ethan Brownell, junior midfielder Brad Nagel and junior midfielder Alex Zabel scored for the Pirates. Junior midfielder Bennett Wiley and senior defender Sohan Shah recorded assists.

At the half, the score was tied, 1-1.

"We made some adjustments at the half and the guys picked up the pace, creating more opportunities," Pewaukee head boys soccer coach Randy Staus said. "Our speed of play increased and we were able to put more pressure on them because of it."

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Arrowhead swimmers fight off Milton

Sept. 26, 2012 1:18 p.m. | Last Saturday at the Fort Atkinson Invite, it was a showdown between Arrowhead, the No. 1 ranked girls swim team in Division 1, and the two-year defending WIAA Division 2 state champion Milton.

It was the Warhawks who captured the championship at the 10-school meet with 512 points, and Milton took second with 377. Fort Atkinson was a distant third with 297 tallies. Rounding out the top five were Burlington at 254 and New Berlin Eisenhower 246.

The Warhawks won just two of the 11 events, compared to six victories for Milton.

"We did not win a single individual event," said Arrowhead coach Jen Pollnow. "However, our depth was outstanding and that proved to be the difference for us. The girls swam well, but we're off from their best times in many events. Milton has some quality swimmers. It was a fun meet for us."

Arrowhead handed Milton its first loss of any kind in 2 ½ years.

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Spikers breeze by South

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | Rycki Ebert dished out 12 kills, and Madison Dettmann handed out 21 assists as Arrowhead coasted past Waukesha South in girls volleyball Tuesday, 25-19, 25-19, 25-12.

Alyssa Kelling and Kelly Smith each had six kills for the victors, with Kelling adding four aces, four blocks and six digs.

Ebert added six digs, and Meghan Supple finished with five aces and six digs. The Warhawks improved to 3-2 in league matches and 11-18 overall.

Boys reach semifinal

The Arrowhead boys volleyball team hosted its own invitational over the weekend, reaching the semifinals and falling to returning state qualifier Germnatown, 2-1.

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KM needs win Friday against Mukwonago

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | It seems like only yesterday that the 2012 Wisconsin High School football season was about to begin. Five weeks later, the year is more than half over and only three weeks remain in the regular season.

Unlike any other season in Lake Country history, three of the five local teams (Arrowhead, Pewaukee and Lake Country Lutheran) are undefeated, sporting perfect 5-0 records. St. John's Northwestern Military is 3-2 on the year, and Kettle Moraine is 2-3 overall.


Mukwonago (3-2) at

Kettle Moraine (2-3)

The Lasers need to win two of their final three games to make the playoffs. After this week's game with Mukwonago, KM will play at Muskego and then close with a home game against Catholic Memorial. Mukwonago comes into Friday's game with a 3-1 Classic 8 Conference record, and Kettle Moraine stands at 2-2.

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Champions regatta coming to PYC

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | Last weekend, the Pewaukee Yacht Club hosted the successful E-Scow Blue Chip regatta, one of the biggest inland lakes events for E boats all year.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday things will get even bigger when the PYC hosts the 2012 US SailingChampionship of Champions regatta.

The Championship of Champions is unique in that it takes place at a different lake each year, and each year a different fleet of boats is sailed. This year, all 19 sailors will jump into C boats and try and win the 20-race event. Each race lasts about 30 minutes, and skippers will never race in the same boat twice.

All sailors have to be current U.S. one design National, North American or World Champions of their respective classes.

The only Lake Country area sailor taking part will be Augie Barkow. He qualified for the meet by winning a national E-Scow event.

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Hawks netters are simply dominating

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | During the Classic 8 Conference dual-meet season which ended last week, Arrowhead's varsity girls tennis team was totally dominating, winning all seven team events and rolling to an impressive 45-4 match record.

The Warhawks were just as dominating on Monday at the conference tournament at the Woyahn Tennis Center at Heyer Park in Waukesha.

After getting rained out on Saturday, the league tournament was switched to Monday, and not even the two days off could slow down the Arrowhead girls.

The Warhawks overpowered the competition for the second straight year. On Monday, they won championships in six of the seven flights, giving them 12 titles out of a possible 13 the last two years. Last year, AHS only entered six entries, as their No. 1 doubles team could not play due to SAT tests. Arrowhead won the other six crowns.

Arrowhead continued that impressive run of success on Monday at this year's league tournament. The Warhawks swept all four singles events and then won both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

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Home cooking as Halla wins twice

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | Naga-Waukee director of golf Tom Halla recently had a big week in two separate golf tournaments as he came away with a pair of prestigious championships.

Halla, one of the top amateurs in the state for many years, first won the 61st annual Wisconsin Public Links Championship flight title at Naga-Waukee and Wanaki and then added a victory in the Wisconsin State Golf Association's Director's Cup tournament at Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine. It was his second Public Links championship. His first game in 2002 in Fond du Lac.

They were his second and third titles of the season. Earlier this year, he and longtime partner John Haines won the Billy Sixty Best Ball tournament at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee.

In the Public Links tournament, Halla fired a 1-over-par 72 at Wanaki and then shot a 4-under-par 68 at Naga-Waukee to finish at 3-under-par 140. He defeated Max Hosking by one shot.

Kevin Van Rossum of Hartland tied for fourth place with a 144 total.

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Arrowhead field hockey team keeping busy

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | On Sept. 19, the Arrowhead varsity girls field hockey team defeated Divine Savior Holy Angels, 2-0. Kayla Yenter and Laura Bero scored for the Warhawks. Nicole Catalano had three saves.

At the Huskie Invitational in Oak Park, Ill., Arrowhead defeated Huron (Mich.), 3-1 with goals from Bero, Kelly Monahan and Yenter. Catalano finished with seven saves.

Against New Trier (Ill.), the Warhawks slipped, 2-1. Bero had a first-half goal for Arrowhead.

Saturday, Arrowhead defeated LaFayette High School from St. Louis, last year's state champion in the Show-Me State.

Carly Brengosz and Rachelle McDowell had the goals. Catalano had 12 saves.

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Arrowhead golfers advance

Sept. 26, 2012 1:12 p.m. | The Arrowhead girls golf team is back in the WIAA sectional, moving forward without much drama.

Taking part in their own WIAA Division 1 regional at Ironwood Golf Course Tuesday, the Warhawks finished in second place in the eight-school field. The top four teams at each regional and top four individuals on nonqualifying teams earn berths into next week's sectional.

Homestead won the team title with 318 strokes. Other qualifying teams were Arrowhead at 324, Cedarburg 367 and Menomonee Falls 398.

AHS was led by Lauren Lauterbach with a round of 77. Anika Hitt of Homestead took medalist honors with a score of 73.

Other AHS scores were Lauren Reeg with 81, Claire Lauterbach 82, Jessica Yost 84 and Allison Chomniak 88.

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Bring some seeds, take some seeds for seed exchange

Sept. 26, 2012 12:14 p.m. | The Heritage Flower Farm, 33725 County Road L,  is sponsoring its first seed exchange on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a seed collecting, saving and planting demonstration at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. 

People are invited to brind their seeds and get seed others have collected. 

Seeds are ready for collecting when they turn darker and appear dry. Seeds should be collected in paper bags or envelopes to keep them dry. Separate seeds from chaff and take to the exchange in paper envelopes - at least 20 seeds per envelope - identified on the outside with the plant's name.

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Lake Country Players present “The Diary of Anne Frank”: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Lake Country Playhouse, 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland. $13 - $18 (262) 367-4697, www.lakecountryplayhouse.net.

Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center Grand Opening: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 4, Cottonwood Wayside Nature and Education Center, 901 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. Features the new chimney which will be home to more than 1,000 displaced chimney swift birds. Event also includes face painting, nature scavenger hunt, games and more. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available for purchase.

Indian Summer: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 5, Ashippun Town Hall, Highway P and Highway O, Ashippun. Buckskinner encampment, tepee tours,wigwams, Native American drummers and dancers, Highlanders Voyageur Camp plus Revolutionary, Civil and Spanish-American War camps. Free admission. (920) 474-4619 http://www.ashipppun.com.

Dark Carnival: 7-10:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, Enterprise Building, 212 Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Formerly Haunted High, exhibit features more than 70 volunteers creating 50 specters and zombies plus special effects, lighting and sounds. $15, $23 fast pass. Open 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 for kids 5-12 ($5) with lighted displays and treats along the way.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

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