The three local high school football teams still alive in the WIAA state playoffs all will host Level 3 games either this Friday night or Saturday.
Pewaukee (9-2) will host Wisconsin Lutheran (9-2) in a Division 3 game.
Lake Country Lutheran (8-3) will host Burlington Catholic Central in a Division 7 game. The site of this game has not yet been determined.
Sussex Hamilton will host Milwaukee Riverside in a Division1 game.
Only eight teams in each division are still left in the battle for the state championships.
Arrowhead's two varsity cross country teams capped off brilliant 2011 fall seasons Saturday afternoon by winning Division 1 state championships at the WIAA state meet at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
The AHS boys made it two strraight state titles as they won this year's meet with 71 points. Janesville Craig was a distant second with 134 tallies.
Russ Sandvold and Kyle Lewin led the Warhawks by finishing second and third respectively. Others scoring for Arrowhead were Will Conley in 14th, Ben Bierman 28th and Jake Dubnicka 55th. Ryan Adamski ran 143rd and Ryan Glynn 148th to round out the AHS lineup.
The Arrowhead girls won the state crown just as impressively, winning with 56 points. No. 1 ranked Neenah was second with 81 points.
Jackie Dubnicka led the Warhawks in second place at 14:26 for the 4,000-meters. Others scoring for AHS were Taylor McDowell in eighth, Natalie Burant 16th, Lea Patek 21st and Teagan Seneczko 24th. Rounding out the Arrowhead lineup were Tayler McCormack in 104th and Amanda Bauer in 117th.
University Lake School senior Molly Seidel put her name in the WIAA state cross country record books late Saturday morning by winning her fourth straight Division 3 girls individual championship at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Seidel and Suzy Favor (Stevens Point, 1982-85) are the only four time state champions in the 98-year hitstory of the sport.
Seidel won Saturday's 4,000-meter race with a new state record time of 13:39.59. She broke her own record of 13:44.31 set last yaer.
Her sister, Isabel of ULS, just a sophomore, finished fifth with a time of 15:06 in the 131-runner field.
Visiting Verona piled up 568 yards of offense Friday night and eliminated No.8 ranked Arrowhead from the second round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs, 44-28.
The loss ended the AHS season with an 8-2 record. Verona, ranked third in the state, improved to 11-0 on the season.
It marked the second straight year the Warhawks were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs.
Arrowhead's defense got burned for 543 yards rushing on 64 carries by Verona. The biggest thorn in Arrowhead's side was senior running back Tyler Parker, who finished the night with an incredible 338 yards on 28 carries. That's the most yards ever gained by a back against the Warhawks in the 56-year history of the school.
Arrowhead led 21-7 late in the first quarter and then got outscored 37-7 in the final 34 minutes of the game.» Read Full Article
Workers pulled 55 propane bottles from materials slated for recycling at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility this week, according to a release from the facility.
"This could have caused a major explosion," said plant manager Jim Lewis, whose employer, ReCommunity Recycling, operates the facility under contract with Waukesha County.
This summer, fast response by the fire department and quick thinking by recycling facility staff minimized the damage from a small explosion that was apparently caused by the compaction of a 1-pound propane cylinder in the baler at the MRF, 220 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha. The resulting small fire was quickly controlled; no one was injured.
Small propane tanks are apparently being placed in residents' recycling bins or at municipal dropoff sites and then delivered to the recycling facility. "During processing, materials are compressed under hundreds of pounds of pressure in order to form a large bale for shipping. Even when propane tanks are empty, they rmain pressurized and can explode when compacted," said Waukesha County Solid Waste Supervisor Karen Fiedler.
For information on proper disposal of propane cylinders contact the retail store where the item was purchased or visit the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association website at www.wipga.org For more details on what can be recycled, visit www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling or call (262) 896-8300.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Pewaukee residents trick-or-treated in style last weekend during Halloween Hullabaloo at Wagner Park.
See our photo feature in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.
The ProHealth Care Research Institute and Diabetes Center are seeking participants for a study of type 2 diabetes. The study is seeking women over age 35, who are not pregnant and have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The goal of the study is to demonstrate improvement in diabetes management after participants attend comprehensive diabetes education courses and exercise in a structured program. The results of the study will be the foundation for a pilot diabetes rehabilitation program at ProHealth Care.
The study’s diabetes classes and exercise program will be held in Waukesha and Oconomowoc. Those who are interested in participating in the study can contact Cheryl Knapp, ProHealth Care clinical research coordinator, at 262-928-7637.
KM Parent Resource Network will host nationally recognized Bullying & Harassment speaker, Jim Jelinkse, on Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m., in the Cushing Elementary Activity Center. How do you recognize, cope with, and prevent bullying and harassment? Learn what to do if your child is a bystander, a victim, or the bully.
The program is free to all Kettle Moraine parents K4 through grade 12, but reservations are suggested by visiting http://kmprn.eventbrite.com/
A follow-up "coffee chat" about the program will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Delafield Public Library. All 4K-12 parents and community welcome.
Visit www.kmsd.edu/parentresources for more details.
Nearly 40 middle and high school students spent the night in boxes last night to create awareness for homelessness.
All Saints Lutheran Church, Wales and Christ the King Lutheran Church, Delafield brought youth together at All Saints Church for Box Night on Oct. 26, to raise money for the Hope Center and awareness of homelessness.
See what some of the youth had to say about the experience in Lake Country Recent Videos or http://vimeo.com/31210800 .
Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective Robert Grall, a computer forensics expert, testified this morning he examined the computers of Darren Wold, 43, of Lubbock, Texas, and Jack Johnson, 67, of Mexico, who are alleged to have conspired to kill Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc on Oct. 1, 2009. He also examined the cell phones used by Wold and Smith.
Grall testified he found text messages from Wold to Smith and on Sept. 10, 2009, Smith had text messages and phone calls blocked from her phone.
Prior to Sept. 10, Grall recovered numerous text messages from Wold dating back to late April, 2009 and then there was a gap until late November 2007, when Wold and Smith split up. Wold is the father of Smith’s son and the couple was engaged in a bitter child custody battle in 2009.
In messages sent in early September Wold repeatedly made comments about not sending any more money to Smith for child support and that he was going to lose his job.» Read Full Article
The Village of Eagle Police Department will host an informational session open to all citizens and business owners regarding the Concealed Carry Law, which becomes effective on Nov. 1, 2011. The session is being held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Eagle Village Hall, 820 E. Main St., Eagle.
The presentation is scheduled to conclude at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eagle Police Chief Russ Ehlers and his officers will be available after the presentation to answer any related questions.
The Koepke family of Oconomowoc has been selected as the recipients of the Leopold Conservation Award from Sandy County Foundation and the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
The Koepkes were finalists for the award because of their soil conservation techniques and community outreach among other things.
The award was announced at the Oct. 26 meeting of the state Natural Resources Board. The Koepkes will receive the $10,000 award and a Leopold crystal Dec. 4 at the WFBF Annual Meeting in Wisconsin Dells.
The Koepke farming tradition dates back further than the historic conservationist the award is named after. Aldo Leopold was born in 1887 while John Koepke's great-great grandfather settled in Oconomowoc and began his farm in 1875.
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The Eagle Police Department will host an informational session open to the public regarding the new legislation of carrying concealed weapons on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Eagle Village Hall, 820 E. Main Street.
Residents and business owners of any municipality are encouraged to attend whether you are interested in obtaining a concealed carry permit or wish to learn more about the new legislation. The presentation is scheduled to conclude at about 8:30 p.m. Officers wil remain available after the presentation to answer questions.
Check out video from the Mukwonago Rotary Halloween Haunt at Park View Middle School in our Recent Lake Country Videos.
Waukesha – A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Detective testified this afternoon how he connected the three players in the murder-for-hire case that resulted in the death of Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc on Oct. 1.
Detective Michael Hecht, the white collar crime expert with the department, said it was while he examined the finances of Darren Wold and Jack E. Johnson that he found a connection between the two men and a suspected killer.
Wold, 43, of Lubbock Texas, is the former boyfriend of Smith and the father of her child. Johnson, 67, of Mexico, was a longtime friend of Wold.
A money transfer of $200 made by Wold to Johnson on Sept. 29 was the key to connecting the dots, based on Hecht’s testimony. Hecht learned the money was wired to Johnson in California and on the same day Johnson wired the money to a person claiming to be Rick Freeman at the Tri City Bank in Cudahy. Further investigation by Hecht led the detective to learn Johnson had purchased an airline ticket for a person by the name of Rick Freeman.
Authorities would later learn that Freeman was the step brother of Justin Welch, 28, of California. Welch used his stepbrother’s identity to cross the U.S. and Mexico border as well as fly to Milwaukee. Welch has pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide. Welch testified that he was to be paid $7,000 by Wold for killing Smith. Johnson acted as the middle-man in the alleged conspiracy.» Read Full Article
About 40 students from the seventh and eighth grade confirmation classes of All Saints Lutheran in Wales and Christ the King Lutheran in Delafield, will be spend the night outside in cardboard boxes tonight at All Saints Lutheran Church, 705 W. Tomlin Road, to raise awareness of homelessness.
Known as Box Night, the event will also raise money for The Hope Center, a non-profit organization that provides meals, clothing, shelter and transitional living for homeless people in Waukesha County. Pastor Roy Nelson of All Saints and Pastor Gary Grindeland of Christ the King will also sleep in boxes overnight, along with the youth.
The pastors and youth start the event at 9 p.m. Wednesday night.
The 1950s has been celebrated on the screen and stage with its trademark fashions of rolled up jeans and poodle skirts, ponytails and slicked back hair and favorite hang-outs like the malt shop. But it's the music that so clearly identifies the era and that has remained popular today.
Theatre on Main's "4 Ever Fifties" is a nifty musical journey through that time with tunes that everyone can remember or relate to. Even those who weren't around at that time can enjoy the music through the wonders of the Internet.
"4 Ever Fifties," concludes its three-weekend run with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc.
The show features the talents of The 4 Guyz -- James Siba, Steve Uselman, J.W. Anderson and Peter Donalds, who sing, dance and mug their way through the nostalgic '50s. You'll hear all the great tunes of the '50s and '60s starting with "Rock Around the Clock" and endiing with Good Night Sweetheart." In between are hits like "Teenager in Love," "Peppermint Twist," "Blue Moon," "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "The Wanderer" and many others.
Segments on TV shows from the past and old commercials, like Brylcream and Alka-Seltzer, are strolls down memory lane for many.» Read Full Article
City of Oconomowoc - A $15 increase in the city garbage fee is proposed because of an increase by the vendor. City Administrator Diane Gard said the city has not raised garbage fees since 2009 and will not generate extra revenue from the change. Council will consider the increase this its Nov. 1 meeting along with the following.
- Resolution authorizing issuance and sale of $5,000,000 general obligation promissory notes. The city needs to refinance debt that is due in its downtown tax incremental district (TIF)
- Resolution for city website redesign. Officials have had past discussions about a redesign of the city website to revamp the municipal resource and make it more user friendly.
- Resolution to contract for professional services for land surveyor and property description services; resolution to contract for professional services for Community Development Authority legal representation; resolution to contract for a retail development consultant for Pabst Farms Town Centre; and a resolution to contract for legal services from Reuter, Whitish and Cole, SC
The four above items relate to securing outside professional services on an as-needed basis.
- Ordinance amending §4.075 of the Municipal Code relating to Warrant Service Fees – 1st Reading. This would bring the fee in line with actual costs of warrant service.
- Ordinance Amending §9.02(1)(2)(3)Discharging and Carrying Weapons – 2nd Reading. The amendment will become law upon adoption by council and publication.
- Ordinance to Repeal / Recreate Subchapter 17-8 Signage Regulations – 2nd Reading. The ordinance will become law upon adoption by council and publication.
- Set Property Tax Levy for 2012; 2012 City Budget
A public hearing for comment on the city’s proposed 2012 budget is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Following the hearing during the regular council meeting, Common Council will discuss and could make changes to the proposed budget. If there are no changes, members will set the levy and adopt the budget. The Committee of the Whole met Sept. 20 for a budget workshop and made a recommendation at that meeting the council adopt the draft budget. » Read Full Article
The Waukesha County Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Unit on Monday seized about 60 pounds of marijuana and $500,000 in cash from a storage facility in Lannnon, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities also found two handguns, a rifle and a motor vehicle, along with other recreational vehicles.
During a followup investigation, a search warrant was served at an apartment in Menomonee Falls, and a 28-year-old man was taken into custody after police found another 5 pounds of marijuana and 1 1/2 ounces of cocaine.
Law enforcement agencies participating included the Village of Lannon Police and Fire departments, Village of Menomonee Falls Police Department, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department patrol division and K-9 unit.
The Waukesha County Metropolitan Drug Enforcement Unit is composed of members from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield, New Berlin, Muskego, Waukesha, Village of Eagle, Hartland, Pewaukee and Menomonee Falls Police Departments as well as the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office.
State lawmakers are looking at a bill titled "Strong Communities/Healthy Kids Act, Senate Bill 237" that would give local school districts the authority to develop their own human growth and development cirriculum.
In a legislative column from State Senator Mary Lazich, she writes "under current law, communities teaching human growth and development curriculum must abide by rigid state mandates and must teach comprehensive sex education. The Strong Communities/Healthy Kids Act is not an outright repeal of current law named the Healthy Youth Act, nor does it require abstinence only education."
"With something as personal as human growth and development curriculum, it makes sense that major decisions are by families and local school districts," Lazich additionally writes.
According to a representative from Sen. Lazich's office, the Senate Ed Committee had a public hearing on the bill last Wednesday. They are scheduled to hold a committee vote on it tomorrow. If it passes the committee, then it can go for a full senate vote.
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Defense attorneys went on the offense today challenging the credibility of the man who testified he was hired to kill Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc two years ago.
Justin P. Welch, 28, on Monday gave intense testimony that Darren M. Wold, 43, the former boyfriend of Smith, and Wold’s friend Jack E. Johnson, 67, conspired to have Smith murdered and were going to pay Welch $7,000 to do so.
Attorneys for Wold and Johnson repeatedly went after Welch’s ability to tell the truth and he was only testifying for the state in order to get a chance at parole from his pending life sentence.
Welch pleaded guilty to first-degree homicide in May for killing Smith, 39, of Oconomowoc.» Read Full Article
The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of recipients for its 2011 Annual Awards which will be presented at a celebratory dinner on Nov. 2.
The individuals and companies recognized this year include: Citizen of the Year: Jalane Sauer; Service Organization of the Year: Greener Oconomowoc, Inc. ; Business of the Year: Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly. In addition local businesses were honored with 'Green Business Awards' based on the size of the company. For the small-size Business Category: Evolution Marketing, Medium-size Business category: Sentry Equipment Corp., and large-size Business category: Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.
For more on this story read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
Remnants of the old industrial arts classes sit in the back of one room at Park View Middle School – a couple of saws, a grinder, and a couple of pieces of equipment for cutting and bending metal. Carpeting now covers the floors once frequented by sawdust. Computers line rooms, silent sentinels to this new era of technical education middle school students have entered this school year.
Read about Project Lead the Way in the Mukwonago School District in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
The Village of Big Bend will be holding a "Facts on concealed carry" presentation tomorrow night beginning at 7 p.m. at the Village Hall, W230 S9185 Nevins St., Big Bend.
Police Chief Michael Hartert will clarify often misunderstood information surrounding the bill.
For more information call (262) 662-3782.
The Friends of Vernon Marsh, Inc., will be holding its annual membership meeting on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Citizen's Bank of Mukwonago Waukesha office at 2109 Corporate Drive, Waukesha
The meeting will include an informal presentation by DNR officials and Friends of Vernon Marsh Board members.
Firefighters work on the two vehicles involved in a crash around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night that knocked down a traffic light in the Village of Mukwonago. The westbound lane on Highway NN west of the Highway 83 intersection was closed while firefighters and police were on scene.
At least one person was transported by ambulance. No further information was available at this time.
The Oconomowoc varsity girls cross country team and junior Noah Brown of the OHS boys team all earned WIAA state berths last Saturday at the Oregon Division 1 WIAA sectional.
The top two teams at each sectional and the top five individuals on nonqualifying teams earn state berths.
The Cooney girls won the team title with 51 points. Verona Area was next with 69 points.
Olivia Radtke led the Raccoons in fourth place at 15:18. Running behind Radtke were Mandy Prom in fifth at 15:18, Hannah Heidvogel in 11th at 15:48, Riley Frieler 15th at 16:02, Maddie Houston 16th at 16:06, Katie Jaeger 23rd at 16:24 and Erin Vande Zande 31st at 16:32.
Brown finished ninth in the field of 84 runners and earned the third at-large berth with a 5,000-meter time of 16:32. This will be Brown's second straight state appearance.» Read Full Article
For the second straight year, both Pewaukee varsity cross country teams have qualified for next week's WIAA Division 2 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.
Running in the Whitewater sectional on Saturday, the PHS girls won the team title and the Pewaukee boys team finished second. The top two teams at each sectional earn state meet berths.
The PHS girls won the team title with 45 points. Watertown Luther Prep was second with 90 tallies.
Lian Arzbecker led the Pirates in fifth place with a time of 15:45. She was followed by Allie Beecher in sixth at 15:51, Ali Bacon ninth at 15:56, Courtney Stanczak 12th at 16:03, Karen Young 13th at 16:12, Maggie Schauer 14th at 16:14 and Megan Murray 23rd at 16:28.
In the boys race, Pewaukee was led by senior Scotty Wolter in fifth place at 17:31. He was followed by Austin Weyer in 10th at 18:02, Jon Grunwaldt 14th at 18:14, Tyler Stanczak 27th at 18:49, Scott Sutter 42nd at 19:09, Clark Varin 57th at 19:36 and Aaron Jakel 58th at 19:36.
Sparked by Ricky Finco's 99-yard touchdown return of the game's opening kickoff, Arrowhead's varsity football team got off to a great start and never looked back, eventually scoring a wire-to-wire 37-14 victory over host Middleton Saturday in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.
Senior quarterback Ryan Saeger scored on touchdown runs of 9, 9 and 15 yards and he also tossed a 11-yard TD pass to Dom Todarello later in the game. They also had a safety when senior tackle John Curtis tackled the Middleton quarterback in the end zone.
Saeger and senior running back Nick Abresch both rushed for over 100 yards in the game.
The win marked the seventh straight year the Warhawks won its opening round playoff game,
On defense, Arrowhead got big games from Kevin Brester and Jackson Groonwald, who both had two interceptions. Jackson Abresch, Billy Hirschfeld, Jesse Christofferson, Eric Rabas and Matt Gasper also had big nights on defense for the winners.
Kettle Moraine senior Taylor Vinhal capped off a very good season Saturday morning by finishing third at the West Allis Hale WIAA Division 1 cross country sectional and earned a state meet berth in the process.
The top five runners on nonqualifying teams earn state berths. Vinhal finished third overall and earned the second at-large berth with a 4,000-meter time of 14:53.
Vinhal will run at state next Saturday at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
The two varsity cross country teams at Arrowhead both won WIAA sectional titles Saturday morning at Tendick Park in Saukville and will be returning this year to the WIAA state meet next week in Wisconsin Rapids.
AHS, the No. 1 ranked and defending state champion boys team won the sectional crown with a school-record total of 19 points. Wauwatosa East took the second state spot with 79 tallies.
Their top five runners finished seventh or better. Russ Sandvold won the race at 15:47 and he was followed by Kyle Lewin in second (15:50), Will Conley fourth (16:18), Ben Bierman fifth (16:24) and Jake Dubnicka seventh (16:32). Rounding out the AHS lineup were Ryan Adamski in 23rd (17:22) and Ryan Glynn 29th (17:33).
The AHS girls won the team title with 23 points, it lowest sectional score in school history. West Bend West grabbed the second state spot with 71 tallies.
Jackie Dubnicka and Taylor McDowell ran first and second for the Warhawks. Dubnicka won with a time of 14:41 and McDowell was second at 14;44. Others scoring for Arrowhead were Natalie Burant in fourth (15:07), Lea Patek fifth (15:14) and Teagan Seneczko 11th (15:36). Rounding out the AHS lineup were Tayler McCormack in 19th (16:06) and Amanda Bauer 36th (16:49).
Join the Rotary Club of Mukwonago for a spooky good time during its third annual Halloween Haunt from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Parkview Middle School.
The event is geared toward children ages 3-14, and will feature several booths decorated for Halloween by local businesses.
Parents will be able to vote for the best haunted booth. First place receives $100, and second place receives $50.
Entry is $3 per person.
All money raised during the event will be used by the Mukwonago Rotary Club to provide scholarships, support the Mukwonago High School's Building Trades Program and other projects. Last year more than $3,000 was raised for these programs.
Waukesha – The man who killed Kimberly Smith on Oct. 1, 2009, is scheduled to take the stand Monday in the murder-for-hire case.
Justin Welch, 28, of California, has pleaded guilty first-degree homicide for stabbing Smith in her residence and faces a life sentence. However, under an agreement with prosecutors, the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office will recommend Welch be released on parole after serving 34 years in prison.
In his opening argument Tuesday, District Attorney Brad Schimel said Welch would testify he was to be paid $7,000 for killing Smith. Prosecutors are attempting to prove Smith’s former boyfriend, and the father of her child, Darren Wold, 43, of Lubbock, Texas, hired Welch through his good friend, Jack Johnson, 67, of Rosarito, Mexico. Wold and Johnson are also charged with first-degree homicide.
In testimony today, Oconomowoc Police Department Detective Andrew Rich testified he talked with Wold on Oct. 1, 2009 and informed him Smith had been murdered. The conversation was recorded. The jury heard Wold say "whoa" when Rich said Smith had been killed. Wold then asked how his son was doing.» Read Full Article
Mukwonago High School announced it has relieved football coach Bill Schulte from its head position after six seasons at the helm.
"The district is thankful for Coach Schulte's years of service to the program," the release said. "The search for a new head football coach will begin immediately. ... MHS will strive to hire a great football coach who can help our program to return to elite status in both the Classic 8 Conference and at the state level."
The Indians won the WIAA Division 1 state championship with a perfect 13-0 record under coach Keith Hensler, followed by an 11-1 season and loss to eventual state champion Racine Park in Level 3. In the six years since, Mukwonago has gone 22-36, making the playoffs three times and winning a first-round game once. The Indians finished 4-5 this year and missed the playoffs.
The Classic 8 Conference, boasting some of the state's premier football programs in Arrowhead, Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial, will only get tougher next year when Southeast Conference squad Muskego joins the league. The Warriors lost only one game in the regular season, to undefeated Kenosha Bradford, this fall.
As the demand to buy local, organic produce increases, so too does the need for farmers who grow the products.
Greg and Cathy Kosmeder of the Town of Erin are part of a trend that is reviving agriculture in Wisconsin and providing second careers for some Lake Country area residents. The pair converted a horse pasture into an organic garlic farm that sells its produce almost exclusively online.
For more on this story, read this Sunday's Living Lake Country Sunday.
While haunted houses are cropping up everyone, each one promising more screams per minute than the next, it's refreshing to see Halloween events that won't give young children nightmares.
Pewaukee has put together a weekend of fun, seasonal activities with younger children in mind. Called "Halloween Hullabaloo," the festivities begin tonight at Wagner Park, N31 W23320 Green Road, with the trick-or-treat path. Children, ages 1 to 10, will travel a path through the park and, rather than be frightened by ghouls and goblins, they will be greeted by storybook and Disney characters.
There will be three time slots starting at 6, 6:15 and 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $2 for residents and $12 for nonresidents. The event also incluldes treats and crafts for the kids. To register, contact the Park and Recreation Department at (262) 691-7275.
A children's and dogs' costume parade will meet at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the Beach House, 222 W. Wisconsin Ave. in Pewaukee. It will continue to Village Hall, 235 Hickory St., for a tour of police cars and fire engiines as well as trick-or-treating with downtown merchants until 2 p.m.
So if you're looking for a frightful Halloweeen, perhaps you should elsewhere than Pewaukee. But if you're looking for a delightful Halloween, then look no further!
Waukesha - A planned demonstration of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department's new $260,000 armored vehicle was hijacked by a real-life tactical incident.
Deputy Inspector Eric Severson said the vehicle, a military-type truck bought with federal Department of Homeland Security funds and money seized from drug dealers, was called into service just as it was being driven from the county's fleet garage to the courthouse complex for the demonstration planned Thursday afternoon for county supervisors and the news media.
While he did not know all the details, he said the Bearcat, as it is called, was summoned by Waukesha police to an incident involving a man with a gun at the Stop-N-Go convenience store at the corner of St. Paul and S. Washington avenues.
Waukesha Police Sgt. Jerry Habanek said the call shortly before 2 p.m. involved a man who was sitting in his car, reportedly with a gun in his lap, at the gas pumps for about 30 minutes. The city's SWAT team in its vehicle and the county's new Bearcat responded, with the man's vehicle sandwiched between the two. Severson said the "intentional accident" didn't damage the Bearcat.
Charges referred» Read Full Article
Join Magician David Seebach during his "Wonders of Magic Show" being presented at the Big Bend Village Library at 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 26.
The event is open to all ages.
To register, call (262) 662-3571.
Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' proposed small-business loan program, rejected last month by the County Board, could get a second chance next week.
Supervisor Dave Falstad, one of 13 supervisors to vote against the $300,000 tax financed program, will ask for reconsideration at the board's meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the courthouse.
Nine supervisors supported the plan in September, but County Board Chairman Jim Dwyer, who was among them, said three supervisors - Ted Rolfs, Pamela Meyer and Jean Tortomasi - were absent for the vote and two of them have indicated support for the plan. If all 25 supervisors are present Tuesday, 13 votes would be necessary for reconsideration and passage.
The Small Business Leverage Loan Program would have provided no-interest loans of up to $50,000 to highly leveraged eligible companies in existence at least a year that need temporary gap financing. Businesses targeted for the loans would be in manufacturing, technology, suppliers of local manufacturers and similar job creators.
The $300,000 comes from tax funds returned to the county by communities who close out tax incremental financing districts with surpluses. Under tax incremental financing, communities keep all the property taxes on new development in a designated area until public investments that helped spur that development are fully paid off.
The Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest is sponsoring an informational meeting concerning resource and recreational facility management within the state forest, according to a release from Paul Sandgren, Forest Superintendent. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011at the Eagle Municipal Building, 820 East Main Street, Eagle.
The purpose of the meeting is to inform the public about resources and ongoing activities within the forest. The meeting format will provide an opportunity for people to ask questions and provide input.
Some of the topics that will be discussed at the meeting include: native plant community management, including invasive species control and prescribed burning, restoration/relocation of the Scuppernong River, trout habitat improvement, ongoing and future timber harvests, reforestation efforts, trail and campground improvements, restoration of prairie in the Scuppernong River Habitat Preservation Area, deer chronic wasting disease in the Southern Unit, pheasant stocking and grassland management.
After buffeting the area with strong winds, Mother Nature will follow up with a spate of cold weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for 1 to 9 a.m. Friday. Temperatures are expected to drop into the upper 20s to mid 30s overnight, and frost is expected to develop after midnight.
This could affect outdoor plants.
Waukesha – In emotional testimony this afternoon, Timothy McMickle recalled the harrowing moments when he found his girlfriend slain in his living room nearly two years ago.
McMickle’s live-in girlfriend, Kimberly Smith, was stabbed repeated in McMickle’s home at 334 S. State St, in the City of Oconomowoc. Smith’s former boyfriend and the father of her son, Darren Wold, 43, is standing trial for her death, along with Wold’s friend, Jack Johnson, 67. Prosecutors are attempting to prove Wold, through Johnson, hired Justin Welch, 28, of California, to kill Smith.
McMickle testified that Oct. 1, 2009, was a normal day when he got up for work and left the house at about 6 p.m. McMickle said he last saw Smith in the kitchen making coffee.
Later that morning he called Smith at her workplace, Waukesha County Health and Human Services, but learned she had not arrived at work and had not called in, McMickle said. McMickle, a delivery truck driver, then called her cellphone but there was no answer, he said.» Read Full Article
"Wisconsin is open for business," and manufacturing is one of the state's great strengths, state business representatives seem to agree. During a luncheon this afternoon at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and representatives from various economic groups spoke about Wisconsin's future.
Panel members spoke about where Wisconsin stands economically compared to the other 50 states using figures from a report released today by the U.S. Chamber's National Chamber Foundation and prepared by the Praxis Group.
"Manufacturing is Wisconsin's ticket in the future," Kleefisch said.
For more information on the U.S. Chamber's National Chamber Foundation report and what the panel had to say about Wisconsin business, check out next week's Lake Country Publication's newspaper.
A CrossFit workout event is scheduled Nov. 12 in Hartland in honor of 1st Lt. Daren Hidalgo, a West Point graduate killed in Afghanistan in February.
Hidalgo attended Kettle Moraine middle and high schools and graduated from West Point in 2009.
The CrossFit workout in Hidalgo's memory will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 12 at CrossFit Lake Country, 1115 Cottonwood Ave., Hartland. The $30 fee for each participant will go to the Daren M. Hidalgo Memorial Fund.
CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program.
Hidalgo enjoyed participating in CrossFit workouts along with his two brothers, Jared and Miles, who also serve in the military. His brothers designed the CrossFit workout for participants at the Nov. 12 event.» Read Full Article
Michael East, a former co-worker of Darren Wold, testified Wednesday afternoon saying while the two worked together at a medical business in Lubbock, Texas, Wold made comments wishing Kimberly Smith was dead. He said these comments were made in late February and early March of 2009.
Smith was found dead in her Oconomowoc home on Oct. 1, her hands bound and with multiple stab wounds to her chest. Wold and Smith were in a custody dispute over their son.
Wold is charged with first-degree homicide and accused of conspiring with friend Jack Johnson to kill Smith.
East, who shared an office with Wold, testified Wold said he wanted Smith killed so that he could get his child back and not have to pay child support.
East said Wold called Smith, "every name in the book," along with his threats, but that no one at their office took his threats very seriously because Wold was always kind of sarcastic.» Read Full Article
Oconomowoc High School seniors took a trip to the ‘Reality Store’ recently, which brought them a mock experience in the adventures of personal finance.
The students were randomly assigned an occupation and salary along with a checkbook to record their purchases and expenses. They were tasked with making decisions on housing, transportation, insurance and food as well as dealing with unforseen circumstances that arise in life.
For more on this story, read tomorrow's edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.
The Mukwonago Village Players have announced the cast for their holiday production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas.”
Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs, including the perennial favorite, White Christmas. Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a
The cast includes Cole Heeren, Haley Vick, Grace Prochnow, Gabby Beilfuss, Trent Smith, Rayza Da Sihea, Vanessa Ganczer, Mellissa Leinen, Taylor Lemley, Bernie Fraser, Kevin Koehne, Dick Szopinski, Doris Gitzlaff, Erika Obst, Sheri Watkins, Keara Flaherty, Sadie Rose Grundman, Talia Obst, Kendall Behl, Samantha Behl, Stephanie Windau, Hailey Windau, Brittany Windau, Stephanie Linder, Kate Calvey, Brooke Behl, Jenna Watkins, and Madisyn Fairchild all from Mukwonago along with Jim Hansen, Pamela Gannon, Mike Cavill, Brittany Oberley and Gwendolyn Gannon from Eagle and Kaitlyn Fischer from North Prairie. We also have Brian Schalk from Mount Pleasant, Caitlin Dolan from Wauwatosa, Jordan Hunt from Waukesha, Casandra Mullen from West Bend, Emily Werth and Sarah Werth from East Troy and Sailor Ames from Brookfield.
This production is being directed by Pat Hitt and will be performed Dec. 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. All performances will be at the Mukwonago High School Auditorium in Mukwonago. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors (60 and over), and $12 for Kids (12 and under). Tickets are available on-line at www.mukwonagovillageplayers.org. Tickets are also available through Miller Pharmacy or The Hidden Cafe or Espresso Love Coffee, all in Mukwonago.
For more information, call (262) 470-4786 or email email@example.com
City of Oconomowoc - Common Council sent an ordinance that will allow chickens in more rural parts of the city back to Plan Commission Tuesday night saying they need more detailed information on the law before approving it.
As the city revamps its current ordinance - that will likely be done before the end of the year - Plan Commissioner Jason Gallo thought it was an appropriate time to discuss the ordinance. Under the current code, chickens are allowed within the city but only in more rural areas with larger lots. However, Gallo said his department receives around a dozen requests to keep chickens in the more urban areas of the city. Because of this he thought with the changing code, why not revisit the idea and see what officials think.
Gallo said the idea of allowing chickens in more parts of the city was not well-received by the Plan Commission prior to Tuesday's meeting and they recommended not changing the ordinance.
On Tuesday, Alderman Jimi Hall said he was fine with chickens being allowed on larger, more rural lots, but wanted to see specific criteria that a resident would have to meet to have the poultry. Alderwoman Cathleen Slattery asked why the city couldn't look at what its neighbor, the City of Delafield, has established as parameters for residents with chickens there.
Council will revisit the issue at a future meeting. Watch for more on this discussion in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.» Read Full Article
If you have loose items in your yard, such as garbage cans, children's toys or Halloween decorations, you might want to put them in the garage this morning, as high winds are expected to sweep into the area this afternoon.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, in effect from 4 p.m. today to 10 a.m. tomorrow. Winds will increase throughout the day, from 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 30 mph, to 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 to 50 mph this afternoon and evening.
The NWS noted that drivers of high-profile vehicles should be especially cautious.
The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind watch for tomorrow afternoon into Thursday afternoon.
Expect strong, blustery winds across Southeastern Wisconsin. Sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph could occur, with gusts up to 60.
Winds could be strong enough to knock down tree limbs or lines, and could scatter garbage cans and other loose items left outside. Motorists with high-profile vehicles are advised to take caution.
Starting this month, the Eagle Recreation Department will be hosting a variety of classes that are open to the public.
Tuesday and Thursday Evenings; 6 p.m.-7:15pm
Weeks of October 31st-December 5th» Read Full Article
The three high school football teams from the Lake Country area that qualified for the WIAA post-season tournament have announced dates and times they will play.
Pewaukee (7-2) will host Waukesha Catholic Memorial (6-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. in a Division 3 game. The winner will play the winner of the Kewaskum (9-0)-Brown Deer (5-4) game the following week. This is the second straight year that PHS and Memorial will play in the first round.
Arrowhead (7-1) will play against host Middleton (8-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the first round in Division 1. If Arrowhead wins, they will host Verona (9-0) or Watertown (6-3) the following week.
Lake Country Lutheran (6-3) will host Fall River (5-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kettle Moraine High School in a Division 7 game. If Lake Country Lutheran wins, they will play next week against either Living Word Lutheran (8-1) or Johnson Creek (6-3).
Waukesha – When Kimberly Smith’s live-in boyfriend, Timothy McMickle found her lying dead in their City of Oconomowoc home Oct. 1, 2009, he immediately named Darren M. Wold as the one who murdered her.
"That (expletive) did it. She’s got an ex-boyfriend. We thought he was in Texas," McMickle told a 911 dispatcher yelling out Wold’s name.
The 911 call was the first evidence a panel of 16 jurors heard late Tuesday morning in the murder-for-hire case. Wold, 43, and his friend Jack E. Johnson, 67, both formerly of Waukesha, are both charged with first-degree homicide as they are accused of conspiring to kill Smith, 39. Justin Welch, 28, of California has pleaded guilty to stabbing Smith to death and is expected to testify and implicate Wold and Johnson. Welch is facing a life sentence in prison.
Prosecutors will attempt to prove Wold, a former boyfriend of Smith and the father of her son, arranged for her murder through Johnson, who in turn bought plane tickets for Justin Welch, 28, to fly from California to Wisconsin to kill Smith, 39, of Oconomowoc.» Read Full Article
Students at Mukwonago High School will join more than 2 million others across the country to cross social and racial boundaries on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of the 10th annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day, an event designed to foster respect and understanding in schools.
Mix It Up encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one day. Student organizers agree that Mix It Up at Lunch Day encourages students to cross group lines and meet new people. Mix It Up also fosters school spirit and unity, raises awareness about social boundaries and helps students meet different kinds of people.
This is just one of the activities planned by the MHS SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) chapter to raise awareness during America’s Safe Schools Week. The group also sponsored a candlelight ceremony featuring 280 candles held by members, students, and community that commemorated the lives lost to school-related violence in the past two decades.
Other activities during the week include lunch non-violence pledge sign-up, a purple and orange bead giveaway, and for National SAVE Day on Friday, a Rock-a-Thon. SAVE members and any interested students will collect pledges and team up to "rock" the night away in rocking chairs at MHS in room 124 from 8 p.m. to midnight. There will also be games, food, prizes, music, movies and more.
Proceeds from the rock-a-thon will go toward bringing Challenge Day to MHS in February.» Read Full Article
Mukwonago resident Paul Teply has lived alongside his giant cottonwood tree for the past 22 years, and has grown quite fond of it. But due to complaining neighbors, the tree's fate doesn't look so good.
The Village of Mukwonago is beginning a law suit against Teply who refuses to remove the tree.
Hear all sides of the story tomorrow in the Mukwonago Chief, or online under the "Mukwonago Chief" tab.
Utility work connected with a project to construct a new building at 142 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland, will result in lane closures and parking restrictions today and tomorrow.
No parking will be allowed on East Capitol from Goodwin Avenue to 160 E. Capitol Drive. Traffic will be down to one lane, with flaggers. Motorists should plan for delays.
The East Troy Bible Church, 2660 North Street, is accepting donations of kids and teen clothing anytime before Sunday, Oct. 30 for distribution on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 3 to 8 p.m. during its Free Clothing Exchange.
Any size clothing is welcome, but fashions that a teenager would wear are preferred. Separare clothing by boys and girls if possible.
Check out the Free Clothing Exchange Facebook page for more details.
Traffic on Center Oak near Plainview and Lake Five roads in Merton is blocked, as a train is stopped on the crossing. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes.
Police are on scene.
Details about the cause of the train's stopping were not immediately available.
Heroin in Eagle, really? People in small towns don’t associate heroin use with their quiet little suburbia life. That’s for the bigger cities. However, in the past 18 months three people in Eagle have died from heroin overdose, according to Village of Eagle Police Chief Russ Ehlers.
Learn about Eagle's S.A.P. (Seek-Apprehend-Prosecute) program to stomp out heroin use in small town Eagle in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.
The Oconomowoc Parent Education Network invites you to a Parent Information Night on Wednesday, November 16 and 30; 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Nature Hill Intermediate School, 850 Lake Dr., Oconomowoc.
Parenting With Love and Logic is a two-night class to help parents have less stress and more fun.
Presenter Kristin Hasbrook’s» Read Full Article
The Village of Mukwonago Police would like to remind all citizens who street park overnight that the Winter Parking rules go into effect on November 1, 2011 and run through April 1, 2012. Any person wishing to park overnight on Village of Mukwonago streets between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. are required to purchase a parking permit at the Village Police Department.
A yearly permit costs $35 and monthly permits cost $8. As a reminder, vehicles are to be parked on the even side of the street on even dates prior to midnight and the odd side of the streets on odd dates prior to midnight. There is absolutely no overnight parking on through highways, namely Highway 83 (North and South Rochester Street) and Highway ES (Fox Street and Main Street). If you should have any questions, please call the Mukwonago Police Department at (262) 363-6434.
More than two years after Kimberly Smith of Oconomowoc was slain, two of the men accused of planning the murder are now on trial.
Jury selection for the trial of Darren M. Wold, 43, and Jack E. Johnson, 67, both formerly of Waukesha, was slated to begin today.
Watch for our coverage in Thursday's paper and future issues.
Oconomowoc's varsity girls cross country team captured the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship Saturday at West Bend High School by winning a tiebreaker with Beaver Dam.
Both teams finished with 58 points and OHS won the title when their No. 6 runner, senior Hannah Heidvogel, defeated the Beaver Dam sixth runner. Heidvogel finished 32nd overall and the sixth Beaver Dam runner placed 37th.
Olivia Radtke led Cooney by finishing fourth with a 4,000-meter time of 15:41. Other OHS runners were Mandy Prom in sixth at 15:46, Riley Frieler ninth at 15:50, Maddie Houston 15th at 16:08, Erin Vande Zande 24th at 16:20, Heidvogel 32nd at 16:35, Caitin Hartnett 33rd at 16:46 and Lauren McVey 36th at 16:57.
The OHS boys finished second with 71 points. Heavily favored Wisconsin Lutheran with 22 tallies.
Noah Brown led the Racoons in sixth place at 16:32. Joe Zack was seventh at 16:34. Other Oconomowoc runners were Paul Timm in 16th at 17:21, Brandon Buchholtz 19th at 17:32, Alex Kunz 23rd at 17:41, Matt Spheeris 40th at 18:18, Jake Ullrich 44th at 18:22 and Kenny Fenske 48th at 18:36.
Arrowhead's two varsity cross country teams, highly ranked in the Division 1 State Coaches Poll, lived up to that lofty billing on Saturday by winning championships in the Classc 8 Conference meet at Naga-Waukee Park.
The girls team won with 21 points, the second-lowest total in the 15-year history of the conference. Waukesha West was second with 59 tallies. Kettle Moraine was fourth with 111 tallies.
AHS won the boys championship with 23 points, the third-lowest winning score in conference history. Waukesha South was second with 64 points and KM was fourth with 116 tallies.
Arrowhead's Taylor McDowell nipped teammate Natalie Burant for the individual championship with a time of 15:00.62. Burant was second at 15:00.65.
Other AHS runners were Jackie Dubnicka in fifth at 15:11, Lea Patek sixth at 15:18, Teagan Seneczko seventh at 15:43, Nicole Jett 13th at 16:32, Tayler McCormack 21st at 16:48 and Amanda Bauer 25th at 16:51.» Read Full Article
Pewaukee's two varsity cross country teams took part in the Woodland Conference meet Friday at Hales Corners Park and the PHS girls finished second and the boys took fourth.
Shorewood won the girls title with 50 points and Pewaukee had 86. Shorewood also won the boys crown with 37 points and the Pirates had 150.
Lian Arzbecker led the Pirates in 11th place with a time of 16:05. She was followed by Courtney Stanczak in 12th at 16:15, Allie Beecher 20th at 16:30, Karen Young 21st at 16:37 and Ali Bacon 22nd at 16:39. Rounding out the lineup were Megan Murray in 24th at 16:44 and Molly Hilgart 28th at 16:56.
Scotty Wolter led the Pewaukee boys team as he ran eighth at 17:18. Others figuring in the scoring were Austin Weyer in 21st at 17:51, Jon Grunwaldt 32nd at 18:11, Tyler Stanczak 33rd at 18:12 and Aaron Jakel 56th at 19:20. Scott Sutter was 60th and Carl Varin was 64th.
Waukesha - An attempt to reverse Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas' budget proposal that would close the girls' secure detention section of the Juvenile Center failed to win support of the County Board's Health and Human Services Committee Thursday.
Supervisor Janel Brandtjen, chairman of the committee, proposed a budget amendment that would restore funds for the operation, but her motion failed on a 3-4 vote in committee. She said after the meeting that she didn't know whether she would independently pursue the amendment with the full County Board.
Vrakas proposed closing the unit because the number of girls held at the center has dropped to about 30 a year, compared with 127 a year five years ago. The budget calls for contracting with Washington County's unit in West Bend for the service, with transportation back and forth provided by Waukesha County.
Health and Human Services Director Peter Schuler defended the closing, saying he saw no change in the trend toward fewer girls being held in secure detention. He also said that "Washington County will do a good job."
Contracting for the girls' detention space would save nearly $200,000, according to Vrakas' budget proposal. Some of that would be used to fill other gaps created in the health and human services budget, including replenishing funds for programs aimed at keeping troubled youth out of more expensive correctional and residential care facilities.» Read Full Article
Mayor Jim Daley shared some breakfast and a list of city accomplishments with over the last year with those attending the Oconomowoc Chamber's annual State of the City address at Olympia Thursday morning.
Daley led the charge to streamline city process regarding business and development approvals when he took office in spring of 2010. That included changing the requirements needed to open up a restaurant or small business downtown which drastically reduced the time merchants would need to invest at City Hall before they can open their doors.
He also immediately directed staff to begin a revamp of the city's zoning code after a public meeting where Daley invited developers to weigh on what they think city staff could do better to help them.
Looking ahead Daley said construction of a new community center on Lac La Belle, continued work with Pabst officials on the Pabst Farms Town Centre are at the top of the list. He also said a continued focus on attracting development downtown that includes pursuit of Rockwell and a possible second multi-residential development on the west side of downtown, are top priorities. And Daley even hinted at the potential for a new tenant in the former YMCA building and future public-private partnerships that could help the city realize a makeover of the Fowler Lake parking lot.» Read Full Article
A Nashotah couple has been ordered to pay $99,000 in forfeitures, assessments and other costs, plus $5,000 in additional restoration, for violations related to construction on Upper Nashotah Lake.
According to the complaint, Susanne and Michael Michels did not have the permits required by state law before they placed stone walls and boat rails and disturbed more than 10,000 square feet along the bed and bank of the lake, beginning in August 2009. They also placed 70 cubic yards of sand on the lake bed without permits and with inadequate erosion control measures.
They have since completed extensive restoration and related corrective action required by the state Department of Natural Resources, according to a news release from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.
I-94 has been reopened in Delafield, after a fiery crash closed the eastbound lanes for more than an hour, according to the state Department of Transportation.
The Hartland Fire Department is responding to a car crash on Highway 16 at North Avenue, according to 620WTMJ. The accident is out of traffic.
The left lane of eastbound I-94 has been reopened at Highway 83 after a multiple-car crash closed all lanes between Highways 83 and E in Delafield.
A fiery, multi-car acccident on I-94 a half-mile east of Highway 83 has closed the interstate to eastbound traffic.
There were four cars reportedly involved in the accident near the Town of Delafield skateboard park on the eastbound lanes of Highway 83 a half mile east of Highway 83. One of those cars was engulfed in flames.
Authorities were closing 94 for eastbound traffic and diverting it to Highway 83 until the fire could be extinguished and the accident cleaned up. Watch for more details as the morning unfolds.
Molly Seidel’s ongoing quest to set the bar even higher continued Tuesday at the Lancer Invite, held at the St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy golf course.
The University Lake School senior cross country runner finished in 13:10.08, dropping another nine seconds off her personal record and re-setting what is believed to be the fastest 4,000-meter time in state history.
“(The course) is built kind of slow, because you’re running in tall grass on the side of the fairways, plus you have a lot of cushion,” said ULS coach Mike Dolan, who timed Seidel at 5:11 after the mile and 10:33 after two miles – roughly right on par with her state-record performance in the 3,200 meters at last year’s state track and field meet.
Last Friday at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invite at McCarty Park – a much faster course – Seidel took a wrong turn and ran about 200 yards off course before correcting and finishing the race in 14:13. Dolan believes had she stayed on course, she would have threatened the 13-minute barrier.
Seidel’s next race comes in two weekends in the Division 3 sectional at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She ran 13:36 earlier this year on the same course at the Angel Invite.
Waukesha - A 13-year veteran of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has been disciplined on charges ranging from insubordination and unsatisfactory performance of duties to political activity during work hours.
Detective Christine Fabry, who was promoted to detective in January 2002, was given a three-day unpaid suspension by the Sheriff's Grievance Committee, as recommended by Sheriff Dan Trawicki.
According to the statement of charges released this week in response to a request by the Journal Sentinel under the state public records law, Fabry was cited with six rule violations.
She was charged with three counts of insubordination for repeatedly violating a captain's order that she not go to the Pewaukee sheriff's substation unless for legitimate work-related matters. In one instance, she went to the station while off-duty looking for a detective to discuss personal concerns and, not finding him there, located him at a traffic stop and diverted his attention from his official duties. On at least nine other occasions, she went to the substation contrary to orders and without permission.
The charges say that Fabry admitted going to the station "a few times" to talk to a detective about getting political campaign signs for a judicial candidate, a violation of the department rule banning political activity during duty hours.» Read Full Article
Village of Sussex - Village Engineer Eric Nitschke announced to the Village Board tonight that he is resigning to accept the position of Director of the Southeastern Region of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Nitschke, a 1999 civil engineering degree graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, was appointed Village Engineer/Public Works Director in October of 2007. He had served in both public and private sector engineering positions, with an emphasis on water resources and quality, before joining the village staff.
He said his resignation is effective October 28 and plans to assume his new position with DNR on October 31. Melissa Weiss, assistant Village Administrator, will serve as interim public works director until a new village engineer is hired, according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.
Nitschke said in an interview after the board meeting that he is aware of the challenges he is likely to face in the politically and environmental charged position as director of what has become one of the department's most controversial regions.
Veteran regional director Gloria McCutcheon was asked to resign by newly appointed DNR Director Cathy Stepp three weeks after newly elected Governor Scott Walker took office in January of 2010. Some poltiical observers and environmentalist believed her resignation was an initial signal of Walker's intentions to shake up the powerful state agency.» Read Full Article
Brandon Hagenow scored for Hamilton's varsity boys soccer team, but it wasn't enough as the Chargers lost at Wauwatosa East 3-1 in the opening round of the WIAA Division 1 Boys Soccer Tournament on Tuesday.
"We played hard, but 'Tosa put a few in on us, give them credit," HHS head soccer coach Adam Marshall said.
Kettle Moraine defeated Waukesha South 6-0 in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 Soccer playoffs, and Oconomowoc took care of Waterford 3-1.
Mac Wheeler got the shutout for Kettle Moraine after a long weather delay.
Trey Dowling scored twice for KM. The Lasers (14-6-1) host Madison La Follette on Thursday.
In the match up between Oconomowoc and Waterford, the guests scored first at Arrowhead High School, but the higher seed, OHS came back, with the game-winner coming from Travis Nelson in the 39th minute.
Oconomowoc plays Sun Prairie at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.
As expected, the Pewaukee Pirates clobbered Milwaukee Messmer in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs 9-0,
Austin Klemm had the first goal, the game-winner for PHS. The Pirates host New Berlin Eisenhower on Thursday. The Lions defeated Wisconsin Lutheran 4-1 to earn the chance to upset PHS.
Junior Leighann Cabush of Kettle Moraine's varsity girls golf team shot the round of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament on Tuesday by firing a round of 2-under-par 70- to rally for a tie for second place in the individual scoring.
Cabush opened with 79 before firing 70, the lowest round in this year's tournament. Waukesha junior Emily Joers won the Division 1 title with a 2-over-par score of 146. She had rounds of 73 both days. She also won the individual crown two years ago before finishing second last year
Cabush was eighth last year. KM teammate Ally Amadon shot 90-86 for a 176 total.
Arrowhead placed sixth in the team scoring at 121-over-par. Homestead won the Division 1 team crown at 81-over-par. Madison Edgewood won the Division 1 title with a score of 70-over-par.
AHS scores were Peyton Gunnison with 84-85, Lauren Lauterbach 87-87, Lauren Reeg 89-88, Christina Sorenson 93-89 and Izzy Villarreal 91-108.
North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 North Main Street, will host a Covered Dish Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.,
The dinner includes casseroles, salads, desserts and a beverage served buffet style. Cost is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, children are $5 and children younger than 5 are free.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Delafield Downtown Business Group will be sponsoring three Ladies Night Out shopping events in downtown Delafield during October, November and December.
The 22 business establishments that are sponsoring the events will offer special sales and extended business hours from 5 to 9 p.m. There will also be drawings for prizes at the end of each event.
The evenings are scheduled for Oct. 13, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8. The Delafield Downtown Business Group is affiliated with the Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce and represents businesses in the business district of historic downtown Delafield
A School Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Mary Benet, 86, has been identified as the victim in the fatal accident that took place Oct. 7 at Highways K and 83 in the Village of Chenequa.
She was a passenger in the car driven by another nun, Sister Kieran Sawyer, 76, who was injured and taken Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital for treatment.
The crash involved a dump truck driven by Frederick Kleppin, 56, of Hartford, who was not injured in the accident.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
An accident at Highways 18 and 83 has complicated the morning commute for many, including those heading for nearby Kettle Moraine High School.
620WTMJ reports that the cars are out of the way, but traffic flow in the area is still slowed.
Flight for Life responded to a serious accident in the Town of Summit this morning. Highway 67 was closed in both directions.
The crash, which occurred at about 6 a.m., involved four vehicles at Genesee Lake Road and Highway 67, according to authorities.
620WTMJ has more on the story here.
Village of Dousman - Trustees voted uanimously Monday night to abolish the village's police department and replace it with a $262,000 a year police service contract with the police department of the neighboring Village of Summit.
A two year contract between the communities guarantees Dousman residents that for 16 hours a day there will be at least one Summit police officer patroling the village. During the remaining 8 hours, an officer will be assigned to patrol both the Village of Dousman and a portion of the Village of Summit, according to Summit Police Chief Ken Race.
Dousman Village President Jack Nissen said the contract may save the village $35,000 to $40,000 annually while increasing the time devoted to police patrols and reducing the time spent on administrative duties. The Dousman department consisted of a full time chief who is retiring, two full time officers, and about a half dozen part time officers.
Because the department could not always rely on the availablity part time help, there were sometimes gaps in police coverage that the Village Board could not afford to fill, according to Nissen.
The village could not increase the police budget and fund other government operations because state imposed tax levy limits restricted the village's ability to raise new revenues, according to Nissen.
Arrowhead's varsity girls golf team shot a team score of 63-over-par on Monday morning at the WIAA Division 1 state high school girls tournament at University Ridge in Madison. The Warhawks are 28 strokes behind first-place Homestead after the first round. Play will continue on Tuesday.
Peyton Gunnison led the Warhawks with 84. Other AHS scores from the first round were Lauren Lauterbach with 87, Lauren Reeg 89, Izzy Villarreal 91 and Christina Sorenson 93.
Leighann Cabush of Kettle Moraine shot 79 and Ally Amadon of the Lasers fired 90. Those two qualified as individuals.
Waukesha - Chad Lurvey lost another bid Monday to have a mistrial declared in the case in which he received two life prison terms without the possibility of parole for killing two men nine years ago.
It was the second time Waukesha County Circuit Judge Patrick C. Haughney denied a motion for a mistrial, both times related to contentions by Lurvey's attorney, Stephen P. Hurley, that prosecutors presented testimony and evidence related to the use of drug-detecting dogs after telling him before the trial began that such evidence would not be used.
Lurvey, 37, was sentenced July 19 to spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Brian Lazzaro of Mukwonago and Andrew Long of West Milwaukee after a jury convicted him of the homicides in June.
The bodies of Lazzaro and Long were found wrapped in blankets and chains and floating in a lake on Lurvey family property in Ottawa in September 2002. Lurvey was reportedly the last to see the two alive on Aug. 24, 2002, the day they disappeared. Lurvey, who stored cocaine and marijuana on his property for Long, told authorities that Lazzaro and Long came to his property on that Aug. 24 to pick up the drugs and left with the drugs, according to court records.
Lurvey was charged in July 2009 with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths. It took investigators that much time to gather evidence against him, including holding a secret John Doe hearing.» Read Full Article
City of Delafield - City officials and unions representing police officers and public works employees have tentatively reached an "understanding" that will enable the city to balance its 2012 budget without laying off employees.
City Administrator Tim Schuenke praised the unions for "stepping up to the plate, understanding the situation, and working with us. They did not have to do what they did."
Subject to approval expected Tuesday night from the police union, the 13 police officers and nine public works employees represented by the two unions have agreed to a salary freeze in 2012. The agreement will have no impact on the pension and health care benefits included in the two contracts that are schedule to expire in 2012.
City officials have said that because of state imposed limits on real estate tax increases, the city would have been forced to lay off at least one employee in order to met union contract obligations and pay for other city operations.
The salary freeze tenatively agreed to by the unions will allow the city to balance its proposed $11.1 million budget, about $5.2 million of which covers day to day operating expenses, according to Schuenke» Read Full Article
Kettle Moraine's varsity football team kept their 2011 WIAA playoff hopes alive Friday night by defeating visiting Milwaukee Pius in a Classic 8 Conference game, 34-16.
KM improved to 3-3 with the win. The Lasers must defeat host Waukesha Catholic Memorial this Friday night to make the playoff field. Memorial is 4-2 in league play.
Pius led 16-0 at halftime before exploding for 34 unanswered points in the second.
Turning in big games on defense for the Lasers were Luke Ferranti, Andy Keal, Dom Nabak and Jake Rademacher.
A two-vehicle accident took place on Highway 83 on Friday at the intersection of Beaver Lake Road and Highway K in Chenequa around 3:15 p.m. A car with two females inside was struck by a dump truck that was traveling on Higway 83.
It's believed that one of the females in the car has died.
The roads around the crash site were closed until almost 7 p.m.
Joe Schobert plunged in from 1 yard away with 1:43 to play, lifting Waukesha West to a 19-13 victory before a packed house at Taraska Stadium on Friday.
The two teams came into the meeting ranked among the top three in the state, and both brought undefeated records into the monster Classic 8 Conference rivalry. Ryan Saeger tied th game with a 10-yard run at the 5:08 mark in the fourth, though an extra point was blocked to keep the score at 13-13.
Schobert made a dynamic leaping catch for a 30-yard gain on the ensuing drive and capped the scoring by leaping over the pile on the goal line. Arrowhead blocked its second extra point of the night and had one last gasp to tie or take the lead, but the drive stalled at the West 45 yard line.
West improved to 8-0, and Arrowhead fell to 6-1.
Schobert scored all three touchdowns for West, and the quarterback Saeger had both on the ground for the Warhawks.
Support the Big Bend Crime Prevention Committee during their rummage sale being held tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Clark St. at Ramona Ave.
Items being sold include a tool box, a Schwinn bike, a camera, balls, 2002 Brewers All Star game lanyard and more. All proceeds will benefit the Big Bend Crime Prevention Committee.
The Downtown Oconomowoc Merchants Association the 32nd annual Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m. throughout downtown Oconomowoc tonight.
The evening includes in-house local artists and entertainers at downtown shops, free horse and carriage rides, a pumpkin carving contest and live music.
For more information, call (262) 567-7114 or visit www.downtownoconomowoc.org.
JR Radcliffe on Twitter tonight for updates on Waukesha West and Arrowhead in the Classic 8 Conference football game of the year, with kickoff from AHS at 7 p.m. tonight.Follow Lake Country Publications sports director
You don't need a Twitter account to follow along. You can follow all area games using the #wisfb hashtag.
Put you "John Hancock" on the concrete foundation at the construction site of the nearly completed Mukwonago Community Library from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 8. The library is located at 300 Washington Ave., Mukwonago.
Please enter on the northwest side of the grounds (just east of the basketball court) as the front enterance is currently under construction.
For more information call the library at (262) 363-6411.
View plans for the new Oconomowoc community center during an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department, 121 S. Silver Lake St.
You can view drawings, visit with city staff and architects of the project and submit comments.
Common Council last month approved a resolution in support of the financing needed to build a new $4.3 million community center on the shore of Lac La Belle. Last year, council voted to move the center to the lakefront from an previous location across the street at the intersection of Wisconsin and Worthington. Mayor Jim Daley then said the change in location would be a win-win for the city preserving lakefront property for a public use and opening up a piece of land for the city to market to a developer.
Many spoke in favor of the move last month when council approved support of financing the center. Residents said this would offer them a chance to enjoy one of the two lakes that envelope the downtown.
Tonight's open house will give residents another chance to offer input on the design and amenities that could be offered in the new center.» Read Full Article
Waukesha - Eight new Dodge Grand Caravans, purchased 10 months ago with $186,192 in federal stimulus funds, are sitting unused in storage at a county park because Waukesha County has found no takers for its proposed workers' van pool program.
Public Works Director Allison Bussler said transit officials have been pitching the program to employers, whose workers could drive and ride the county vans to and from work for a fee.
So far, not a single minivan has been put into service.
The vans arrived last December and January, were titled and outfitted with special transit logo decals, and then were stored for the winter at the Waukesha County Expo Center. When they had to be cleared out for the county fair, the vans were moved by convoy to a barn at Mukwonago County Park.
"They are certainly not being hidden away," Bussler said. "They are in storage to protect them."» Read Full Article
The Lake Country area will be well represented at next week's WIAA state girls golf tournament at University Ridge in Madison.
The Arrowhead girls team earned a state berth by finishing second Tuesday at the Oshkosh sectional at Lakeshore golf course. Homestead won the meet with 316 strokes and AHS was second at 345. Only the top two teams from each sectional earn state berths.
Arrowhead was led by Peyton Gunnison with 83. Other Arrowhead scores were Izzy Villarreal with 85, Lauren Reeg 88, Lauren Lauterbach 89 and Christina Sorenson 90.
KM missed a state team berth by a single stroke at the Naga-Waukee sectional. Milton won the event with 339 and Mukwonago had 342. KM was next with 343.
However, KM advanced two individuals to the state meet. Junior Leighann Cabush tied for first place with a round of 2-over-par 73 and junior Ally Amadon grabbed the third and final individual spot with an 80. Cabush tied with Emily Joers of Waukesha for first place.» Read Full Article