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Motorcyclist killed in Highway 16 crash in Hartland; witnesses sought

Oct. 21, 2012 10:50 p.m. | A motorcyclist was killed Sunday when a car traveling west on Highway 16 in Hartland crossed through the median into the eastbound lanes and struck the motorcycle, according to the State Patrol.

The crash, west of county Highway E (North Ave.), happened about 4 p.m. The driver of the car was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The identities of the motorcyclist and the driver of the car were not released.

The State Patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Trooper David Schmidt at (262) 785-4711.

Pewaukee, KM soccer teams headed to state

Oct. 20, 2012 9:42 p.m. | By the narrowest of margins, both Kettle Moraine and Pewaukee's boys soccer teams advanced to the WIAA state tournament next week, winning in shootouts at Saturday's sectional finals.

The Pirates defeated Shorewood in a shootout at Whitewater, 4-2, after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes. The Pirates will play in the Division 2 state semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The opponent: Mount Horeb, last year's state champion.

Kettle Moraine, which also brought the top seed into Saturday night's sectional final, matched host Muskego in regulation, 1-1, then won in the shootout. The Lasers, who reached the state championship match last fall, will play at 2 p.m. Thursday against Neenah, one of the squads KM beat in last year's tourney.

Marquette, the odds-on favorite to repeat as state champion, sits on the other side of the bracket and could theoretically meet the Lasers in a state-title rematch Saturday.

Hamilton, Arrowhead, LCL advance

Oct. 20, 2012 12:36 a.m. | Sussex Hamilton delivered a dazzling performance in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs, trouncing Middleton from the Big Eight Conference at Stan Grove Field, 44-9.

Drew Patterson ran the ball 23 times for 299 yards and three touchdowns, with Nick Knoebel and Tony Gumina adding scores as well. The Chargers (7-2), seeded third, advanced to face second seeded Verona in Level 2. The Wildcats (8-1) defeated Oconomowoc in Level 1, 23-13.

Arrowhead (9-0) showed no mercy against Milwaukee Vincent, scoring 35 points in the first quarter alone and coasting to a 56-0 victory. All those points came in the first half. Sebastian Luksich took the opening kickoff 77 yards to set the tone.

Blake Mielke threw for two touchdowns, and a number of players found the end zone, including Drew Becker, Dominic Todarello, Ricky Finco, Nick Bastien, Johnny Duranso and Cody Sellhausen.

Lake Country Lutheran defeated Fall River in the Division 7 bracket, 41-26, breaking the game open after the visitors pulled to within 21-20 at one point. The second-seeded Lightning (9-0) will try to remain undefeated by hosting upstart Johnson Creek (6-2), which upset Rio in the first round.

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Oconomowoc falls too far behind

Oct. 20, 2012 12:17 a.m. | Time and again, the Verona Wildcats appeared to be on the verge of turning their first-round Division 1 playoff game against Oconomowoc into a rout.

Time and again, the Raccoons battled back.

In the end, though, too many missed opportunities, too many penalties, a 16-0 halftime deficit and the tough running of Wildcats senior running back Dom Wise  proved too much to overcome Friday night as host Verona extended the Raccoons’ playoff-victory drought to 11 seasons with a 23-13 victory.

The loss marked Oconomowoc’s sixth-straight postseason loss to a Big Eight Conference opponent since 2001, and its second straight to the Wildcats (8-1), who were state semifinalists a season ago.

“Down 16-0 to a top-notch program like Verona …” said third-year Oconomowoc coach Ryan McMillen. “We came out in the second half and we played a little bit, left it all out there and made a run at it. It just didn’t go our way in the end. We didn’t make enough plays to get it back our way.”

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Pewaukee leaves no doubt

Oct. 19, 2012 10:59 p.m. |

Two weeks ago, underdog New Berlin West gave undefeated Pewaukee all it could handle in the second-to-last game of the Woodland Conference season. In that game, the Vkings had the ball at the PHS 10-yard line with one minute to play, trailing 27-24.
 
The Vikings were within a single play of handing the Pirates their first loss of the season, but the Vikings never made that play and fell, 34-24. The rematch would bring no such drama, with the Pirates dominating from the word go en route to a 52-21 victory.
 

Taking advantage of a turnover by West on the first possession of the game, the Pirates scored four plays after the David Girmscheid fumble recovery when Ryan Stepanovich found the end zone on a 2-yard run. Jacob Stern's extra-point kick was good and the route was on at 7-0.

 
From there it was all Pewaukee. The Pirates led 24-0 at halftime and improved that edge to 38-0 with 7:55 to play in the third period.
 
West did manage back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 38-14 but the Pirates put the game away by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter. West closed out the scoring on a 45-yard touchdown run by Dylan Wiese with 2:20 to play.
 
"We didn't play very well the first time we played them and we talked about that all week," said first-year PHS coach Justin Friske. "The guys came out focused tonight right from the start. We made some mistakes last time and West got the lead on us. We didn't let that hapen this time around."
 
After the Stepanovich touchdown gave Pewaukee the lead at 7-0, it also got a 32-yard field goal from Stern and touchdowns from Girmscheid on a 4-yard pass from T.J. Watt and a 5-yard pass from Watt to Stepanovich.
 
In the second half, the lead went to 38-0 when Collin Sternad scored on a 3-yard run and Stepanovich scored on a 75-yard run.
 
The final two scores came on a 36-yard run by Stepanovich and a 2-yard run by Sternad.
 
The Pewaukee defense held the Vikings to just 93 yards in the first half. Turning in big plays for the PHS defense were Girmscheid, Kevin Baumann, Matt Ottman and Austin Schroeder.
 
Pewaukee, now 9-0 on the season, will play next Friday or Saturday at home in the second round.

Turnovers cost Mukwonago against Madison West

Oct. 19, 2012 10:54 p.m. |  

Short-handed and slippery-handed, Mukwonago's football team was never able to put it together Friday against Madison West in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.
 
Missing a number of key players and committing six turnovers, the Indians couldn’t crack the scoreboard until 11 seconds remained in the game, and West finished with a 22-7 victory for its first playoff victory since 1981.
 
Mukwonago committed four of those turnovers in the first half, though the team still trailed by only 7-0 until the last one. Madison West scooped up the ball on the Indians 11 with 3:10 to play in the half and scored on a 12-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Alex Brown and receiver Christian Graf.
 
After Mukwonago went 3-and-out, the Regents struck again on a 25-yard pass to Graf on 4th and 10. West started with the ball on its own 24 with 59 seconds to play and needed just two plays to move within striking distance. A blocked extra-point and failed conversion on the final two touchdowns left the Regents with a 19-0 lead at the break.
 
“They were very athletic, which we knew going in, they were very prepared and they played hard,” Mukwonago first-year coach Clay Iverson said of the Regents. “We did everything we could in the first half to give them the game. You can’t turn the ball over ever, but in the playoffs, everything is ramped up and every mistake you make is amplified.”
 
The Indians reached the 17-yard line before fumbling it away on their first series of the game after West struck on its opening drive with a 29-yard touchdown scurry by Brown. Nick Blohm intercepted the ball right back four plays later, but Mukwonago ultimately turned it over on downs after again moving inside the red zone. Blohm also recovered a fumble in the game.
 
The Indians defense held its own, sniffing out a fake punt and stopping West on 4th and 1, but a fumble gave the ball right back. Again, Mukwonago forced a 3-and-out, but the punt deflected off a Mukwonago player and went back to West. Mukwonago forced yet another drive to stall to keep the score manageable.
 
“The defense played hard all year,” Iverson said. “I’m proud of these kids for believing and accepting a new program. They’ll be the ones that can be remembered for turning the program around. It’s disappointing tonight, but there are a lot of good things to come.”
 
Aaron Nixon delivered a touchdown pass to Kyle King for Mukwonago’s only touchdown of the game with 11 seconds on the clock. MHS then recovered its own onside kick but ran out of time to strike again.
 
Mukwonago finished 5-4, its first winning record since 2005 when it finished 11-1.
 
The team wasn’t playing with its full armory. Fullback Jason Strickler and halfback/kicker Dan Timmers, two of the team’s primary ball carriers all season, were absent after sustaining injuries in the season finale against Arrowhead. Offensive lineman Charlie Younger and linebacker Mayson Madden were also out with injuries.

Pewaukee wins playoff opener

Oct. 19, 2012 10:25 p.m. |  Pewaukee's football team hosted New Berlin  West Friday night in a WIAA Division 3 first-round playoff game and smashed the Vikiings, 52-21.

The win vaulted the undefeated  Pirates (9-0)  into the second round next Friday or Saturday against Waukesha Catholic Memorial.

PHS led 10-0 after the first quarter and 24-0 at halftime. That lead grew to 38-0 in the third period.

Junior running back Ryan Stepanovich rushed for 184 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns for the night. David Girmscheid scored once and gained 104 yards on nine carries.

On defense, Pewaukee  got big games from Girmscheid, Eric Lutzen, Matt Ottman, Kevin Baumann, Jake Paget and Derek Folkert.

Three Pillars Haunted Woods from 6:30 to 8 tonight

Oct. 19, 2012 12:21 p.m. | Halloween fun for the family begins at 6:30 p.m. today courtesy of Three Pillars. All are invited for candy and fun as you embark into a Halloween wonderland that encompasses the grounds of the senior living community.

The event is free, but donations for the food pantry are requested. Read more about the event here.

Regulator bans Nashotah broker from securities industry

Oct. 19, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Thomas P. Casper, a Nashotah stock broker, has been banned from the securities industry after allegations he borrowed a total of $50,600 from elderly widows, his mother and other relatives without his firm's approval to cover costs for marriage counseling, a fourth drunken driving fine and other expenses, according the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's October report of disciplinary actions.

Casper was employed by Stifel Nicolaus at the time he borrowed the money, but resigned in November 2010 after an investigation into his financial activities by Stifel. He was then registered with Northland Securities Inc. until December 2011.

Casper said in a statement that he "left the securities industry voluntarily to pursue other unrelated endeavors."

"All loans were repaid in full years ago, no clients or family members were harmed in any way, and no clients or family members lodged any complaints at any time against (Casper) or Stifel Nicolaus," his statement said. Casper also said he did not deliberately mislead Stifel Nicolaus or FINRA regarding loans from clients and family members.

During Stifel's investigation, Casper refused to provide copies of his bank statements to the firm's in-house counsel and his own branch manager, FINRA records show. Casper also falsely told his branch manager that one of the widows had been confused about the loan and actually had made it to a different broker, the records said.

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Fish fry at First Congregational tonight

Oct. 19, 2012 8:28 a.m. | First Congregational Church Mukwonago will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 tonight (Friday, Oct. 19) at the church, 231 Roberts Drive.

Information in this week's Mukwonago Chief inadvertently included the website from another church. You can find First Congregational Church on the Web at fccweb.net. We apologize for any confusion.

Fitness, health center proposed for Hartland

Oct. 19, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A start-up business that would provide diet management, physical therapy and other health and wellness services has been proposed in Hartland.

Solstice LLC, operated by Timothy Murray, of Oconomowoc, wants to lease 13,000 square feet at a 40,000-square-foot building at 590-594 N. Shore Drive, said David Cox, Hartland village administrator.

Solstice's application for a conditional use permit had its initial review at this week's Plan Commission meeting, where it received favorable comments, Cox said. It will undergo further review at the commission's November meeting.

Twirl away at St. John’s spaghetti supper

Oct. 19, 2012 12:00 a.m. | There’s no doubt about it: Spaghetti is a fun food. Even the name sounds like fun.

What other food dangles in such delightful ways and hangs so happily from the mouths of babes and grownups alike.

While most people associate spaghetti with Italian food, it actually may have originated elsewhere. Some believe that Marco Polo brought spaghetti noodles to Italy in the 13th century, a souvenir from his travels to China.  There’s some evidence that spaghetti may have been used in ancient Greek cooking and early Arab dishes.

No matter how you twirl it, spaghetti is a favorite.

If it’s one of your favorites, join the crowd at the spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, N67 W28321 Sussex Road in Merton.

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Controversy begins swirling around Sussex supercenter

Oct. 18, 2012 8:28 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - About a half-dozen citizens - most of them Town of Lisbon residents- voiced "concerns" tonight regarding plans to construct a 200,000 square foot Meijer's grocery-household goods super center in the village at intersection of Hwys. 164 and K ( Lisbon Road).

Their appearance at the Plan Commission meeting is the first indication of potential public opposition to the project that appears to have the support of both the Village Board and the Plan Commission. Village officials announced the date for two more public hearings on the proposal.

A November 28 date has been approved for two separate public hearings that will held on the same evening at the Community Center. The public hearings conducted by the Plan Commission will be in regards to land use map changes that will be necessary if the project is to be approved and the terms of a conditional use permit which will also have to approved if the company hopes in begin construction in 2013.

The Village Board will conduct a hearing next week on October 23 on a proposed change in the village code that will permit buildings of up to 250,000 square feet for conditional uses. The existing code restricts building sizes for conditional uses to 125,000 square feet.

The size of the building, the amount of traffic it will generate, its proximity to an adjacent wetland, and plans to operate the super center and a gas station 24 hours a day, seven days a week ,were among the concerns raised  by the neighorbors.

Cops and Kids, Bus52 documentary now online

Oct. 18, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Documentary troop, Bus 52, just released their four minute clip today which features the Pewaukee based Cops and Kids Foundation.

Bus 52 filmed at Buck Rub Archer late September, where former City of Pewaukee Police Officer Bob Kraemer was teaming up with local police officers to teach kids archery and other community building skills.

"We wanted to do a story about cops out in their community, because police people are such an important part of the community. They just keep people in mind and help build respect for the community," explained Bus 52 filmer Amy Wallace. Bus 52 is a nonprofit organization touring the continental United States year-round to document people who are doing good.

Kraemer's programs began in 2001 as Cops and Bobbers with the City of Pewaukee Police Department. When Kraemer retired in 2010 he expanded the program and founded Cops and Kids. It now includes other departments (Pewaukee, City of Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, and Town of Waterford). He caters to a mix of kids, whether they're well-behaved, special needs or "bad kids that are in a bubble."

"(Fishing, archery and bowling) are just the tools. It's to get the rapport with the officers and break down those barriers. Remember, a lot of times when kids have contact with the officers, something negative is happening. Their parents got pulled over in the car for speeding. There was a domestic violence incident. So they see the cops and unfortunately they think, 'hey, when you're naughty I'm taking you to the police department and putting you in the jail.' They're afraid of the police," Kraemer said, "But not here." 

One lane of I-43 SB closed between Big Bend/Mukwonago through tomorrow

Oct. 18, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Work began today on the deck pour of a bridge on I-43, between Highway 83 and Highway 164 in Waukesha County. To accommodate the pour, one southbound lane will be closed until tomorrow afternoon.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through the work zone.

Hooper pleads not guilty to failing to report death of infant

Oct. 18, 2012 10:01 a.m. | The man accused of failing to report the fatal stabbing of his baby in September pleaded not guilty this morning to the felony charge against him.

Kevin J. Hooper, 33, of the Town of Oconomowoc, appeared in court along with attorney Daniel Grable and waived his right to a preliminary hearing in entering the plea. He was charged Sept. 18 with failing to report the death of a child, a class I felony punishable by a maximum of 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hooper's wife, Dana, 32, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide after she allegedly stabbed the couple's 10-week-old daughter six or seven times at their home on Sept. 15. According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police she heard voices in her head telling her to kill the infant.

The court earlier this month ordered a competency evaluation for Dana Hooper, the results of which the court will review at an Oct. 22 hearing.

Police found the lifeless infant at the couple's home on Lisbon Road in the Town of Oconomowoc on Sept. 15 after hospital staff alerted authorities. After the fatal stabbing, Kevin Hooper took his wife to Rogers Memorial Hospital and checked her in for psychiatric help. He allegedly made no mention of the murdered baby at that time. It was not until hours later when Dana Hooper told hospital staff she had killed her daughter that authorities were alerted.

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Clean cars mean clean air, see them at Oconomowoc event

Oct. 17, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Check out  neighborhood electric vehicles, a home-built, electric motorcycle, the all-electric Nissan Leaf and more alternative fuel vehicles at Oconomowoc Utilities as part of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey events on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Representatives from local environmental and business organizations, alternative fuel vehicle experts, an electric vehicle designer and companies that

have incorporated alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets will be available to share insight and information on these topics. The event is part of The American Lung Association Wisconsin Clean Air Choice Program's free educational events being held in the metro-Milwaukee area on Oct. 25.

The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the utility, 808 S. Worthington St., Oconomowoc.

For more information, visit www.WICleanCities.org/events.

Grab the kids and head out to Three Pillars Halloween Haunted Woods on Friday

Oct. 17, 2012 3:34 p.m. | Village of Dousman - Three Pillars senior community is celebrating its 20th year of converting its grounds into a Halloween wonderland for children. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. It's a free trick or treat for children. Donations of nonperishable food for the pantry are requested.

Read more about the event here.

Breast cancer benefit tonight at Woodhouse Day Spa

Oct. 17, 2012 1:07 p.m. | During October, men and women across the country support the 2.9 million breast cancer survivors and hundreds of thousands of newly diagnosed individuals for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the past seven years, The Woodhouse Day Spa in Mukwonago has done its part in supporting the community by hosting a fundraising event at their spa, which has raised more than $15,000 towards the Southeastern Regional Breast Care Fund (SRBCF). 

This year, the annual event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Woodhouse owners Susie Hotz and Cheryl Berg expect the attendance and donation to be higher than ever this year.

“Breast cancer has affected nearly every one of our clients, friends and family members in some way. To give back and do our part to raise awareness, we began hosting this event in 2006 and each year have raised more and more money,” said Hotz. “This year our goal is to raise $8,000 for SRBCF. We hope to see many new and familiar faces at the event and invite everyone in the area to come support Breast Cancer Awareness Month while enjoying a relaxing evening at the spa.” 

 A variety of local businesses and vendors will participate in the event, including Half-Time Sports Grille, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Vault Denim. The benefit will feature guest speakers and informational booths, complimentary spa services such as massages and facials, raffles and a silent auction, discounted skincare products and 10 percent off all services booked the night of the event through Nov. 15.

Guests are asked to make a donation of $5 and the first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit SRBCF, an organization that provides underserved men and women in southeast Wisconsin with financial assistance and facilitation to breast health services.

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State law prevents teen drivers from using cell phones

Oct. 17, 2012 11:44 a.m. |  Starting Nov. 1, the State of Wisconsin will ban teen drivers from using their cell phones in the car, except in the case of an emergency. Look for the complete story in next week's Lake Country papers. 

In the mean time, what are your thoughts about cell phone use in the car? What is the worst thing you've seen happen because a driver was on their phone? Do you think people should be allowed to use their phone's GPS while driving? Drop me a line and be part of the story: abudde@jrn.com or (262) 368-2973.

KMSD considering referendum

Oct. 17, 2012 10:20 a.m. |  The Kettle Moraine School Board seems to be looking down the road to referendum as it asked administration last night to continue gathering information on costs for needed technology and facility improvements. 

While a longer timeline leading to a referendum would allow for more information gathering and community involvement, board members questioned how urgent technology and facility needs would be addressed in the interim.

Director of Technology Services Brandon Kostolni and Director of Facility Services Dale Zabel will continue putting together cost estimates for technology and facility projects to bring back to the board.

In-person absentee voting begins Monday

Oct. 17, 2012 8:50 a.m. | A new state law this year restricts the amount of time voters can submit an absentee ballot. Starting Monday, voters have a two-week window to head to their polling place if they'd like to vote absentee in person. However, you can fill out an application to have a ballot mailed to you at any time from now until Monday.

Oconomowoc City Clerk Diane Coenen said her staff has created a mini polling place in anticipation of a rush of absentee voters during the two-week period. Coenen said the city had 3,000 absentee voters the last presidential election.

Another new regulation this year is that absentee voting ends at 5 p.m. the Friday before the Nov. 6 election. Originally it ended the Monday before the Tuesday Election Day.

Coenen said voters that would like to vote absentee might have to wait a bit depending on when the rush of voters comes in to City Hall because of the shorter window to vote absentee.

Read more about this here.

Dousman-Summit fire district merger completed

Oct. 16, 2012 11:37 p.m. |  Village of Dousman - The villages of Dousman and Summit and the Town of Ottawa took the final step tonight in the consolidation of the Summit and Dousman fire districts.

The governing bodies of the three communities approved an initial operating budget for the newly consolidated Dousman Fire District of $973,000 beginning in January of 2013.

The communities agreed they would contribute $600,000 to the operations of the department. The remaining monies will come mostly from ambulance revenues and other emergency medical service fees.

The Village of Summit will provide about $327,000. The Village of Dousman will pay about $139,000 and the Town of Ottawa will contribute about $133,767. Each community's contribution is based on the population, tax base, and number of emergency calls within the community.

The Summit Fire District which serves portions of the villages of Dousman and Summit as well as the Village of Oconomowoc Lake will be dissolved at the end of this year.

Village also signs on to Lake Patrol Fund

Oct. 16, 2012 10:22 p.m. | The Village of Pewaukee has joined the City of Pewaukee in signing on to establish a joint lake patrol equipment fund and agree to setting aside leftover money into a separate account, to be used for upcoming capital expenses.

This means if there are funds leftover at the end of this year, then Pewaukee Lake Patrol does not need to return them to the respective general funds, but could use them for upcoming expenditures that have been approved in the capital plan – handheld radios, for example.

The Board did discuss a hope to tweak the language in the agreement to change how the patrol decides funding and purchases. Accordingly, expenditures would not have to be approved by all three boards/councils (Village of Pewaukee, City of Pewaukee, Town of Delafield) but only by one representative of each municipality (president, mayor, and town chair). Funds and items, after all, are already allocated and agreed to through the budget process. Tonight, however, the Village Board expressed they would want to retain some control in that process.
 
The measure was unanimously approved by the Village Board. The item will be placed on the Town of Delafield’s agenda for final joint approval on October 23.
 

Village of Pewaukee rejects fiscal impact application

Oct. 16, 2012 10:10 p.m. | A fiscal impact analysis requirement for rezoning was denied by the Village Board in Pewaukee tonight. The measure came fully recommended by the Plan Commission and would have required rezoning, land use plan amendment and conditional use applicants to provide information regarding their impact to the tax base.

It would require applicants to assess their costs to the village. For example, if a large grocery store were to move into Pewaukee, it might change local traffic patterns. The store would collect data and tell the village whether there could be an extra cost to, say, providing a stoplight or a crosswalk in the future. Other costs to the tax base would also include water or utility use, fire or police calls and other public works projects. They may also consider the development's impact on raising or lowering property tax values. Previous discussions with Village attorneys had cautioned the Board from using revenue-centered language to avoid discrimination.

Tax-based questions are already scrutinized by the Plan Commission, and have been for fifteen years, according to Trustee Jeff Knutson who didn’t see a reason to formalize it. Other members, like Trustee Dean Flowers, said he could think of some developments which would have been turned away by such analyses, even though they were positive for the community.

“We need to be very choosy about what we allow into this community… We’re not a farming community anymore. Our open spaces are gone,” said President Tom Calder.

Regardless, the ordinance was denied 4-3. It may still be possible for the measure to be tweaked and resubmitted.

Local fire departments participate in Safe Kids program

Oct. 16, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  Pizza topped with cheese – and prevention – may just save your life. Firefighters from Wales/Genesee and North Prairie will “Delivering Fire Prevention,” a program of Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition, the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18. The program is designed to increase awareness about the importance of having working smoke detectors in every home, while reminding homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke detectors twice a year. 

This year’s participating area restaurants are: Paisano's Pizzeria, Tenerelli’s and ZaZing! Primo Pizza in North Prairie; Pizza Guy in Wales and Marty’s Pizza in Delafield. 

Families will be chosen at random to have their pizza delivered by a fire truck. If they have working smoke detectors in their home, their pizza will be free, compliments of the pizza restaurant. Some families may receive a free smoke or carbon monoxide detector, and all families will receive fire prevention education from Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin. 

Children in homes without working smoke alarms are at greater risk of fire-related injury or death. Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin recommends: installing smoke detectors on every level in your home and in each bedroom, cleaning and checking smoke detectors once every month to ensure they work properly, changing batteries twice a year and replacing smoke detectors every 10 years.

Delivering Fire Prevention is sponsored by State Farm®, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and participating fire departments and pizza restaurants. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit safekidswi.org. 

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KMHS staff serves for Culver's Cares fundraiser tonight

Oct. 16, 2012 9:41 a.m. | Kettle Moraine High School Principal Jeff Walters and school board member Terri Phillips, along with Captain Laser, will be serving customers at Culver's in Wales from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 and KMHS teacher Margaret Mulqueen and library media specialist Joanne Sobolik will serve from 6:45 to 8 p.m. during Culver's Cares Night.

From 5 to 10:30 p.m.  Culver's in Wales will donate 10-percent of all sales to support continuing renovation efforts in the KMHS library media center. 

Free soup and bread meal at Eagle church today

Oct. 16, 2012 9:09 a.m. | Eagle United Methodist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Nurture and Outreach Ministries is offering a free community soup and bread meal today, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join members for food and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall.

GOP to hold debate-watching party

Oct. 16, 2012 7:30 a.m. | The Republican Party of Waukesha County is planning several events this week:

The GOP will open its doors tonight (Tuesday) for a debate viewing party of the debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

It will also hold a Senate debate viewing party on Thursday, featuring Tommy Thompson and Tammy Baldwin.

Both debate events will open at 7 p.m.; the debates themselves begin at 8. Snacks and beverages will be served.

On Friday, the movie "Occupy Unmasked" will be shown at 7:30 p.m.; popcorn and other snacks and beverages will be provided.

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City signs on to Pewaukee Lake Patrol fund

Oct. 15, 2012 8:31 p.m. | The City of Pewaukee Common Council has agreed to establish a joint lake patrol equipment fund to set aside leftover money into a separate account, to be used for upcoming capital expenses.

This means if there are funds leftover at the end of this year, then Pewaukee Lake Patrol does not need to return them to the respective general funds, but could use them for upcoming expenditures that have been approved in the capital plan – handheld radios, for example.

A change that could come here would be one of policy and the City Attorney Riffle explained that expenditures would not have to be approved by all three boards/councils (Village of Pewaukee, City of Pewaukee, Town of Delafield) but only by one representative of each municipality (president, mayor, and town chair). Funds and items, after all, are already agreed to through the budget process.

The measure was unanimously approved by the Common Council but Alderwoman Kathleen Novack raised some continuity concerns.

“I don’t have, necessarily, a problem with it just as long as we’re not setting a precedent. That we’re not going to get in trouble with the (Joint) Library or some other entity,” Novack said.

Bowl for Jacob on Oct. 20

Oct. 15, 2012 4:40 p.m. | A bowling benefit for Jacob Reichert's ongoing treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at Jay's Lanes in Mukwonago. 

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to form in many different organs, primarily in the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes, lungs, and even on the skin. Some cases of TSC are extremely severe, while others can be very mild with no symptoms.

While in the womb, a prenatal ultrasound showed four tumors in Jacob’s little heart, which is often associated with (TSC).  Blood tests taken at birth officially diagnosed Jacob with this genetic disorder that would cause him lifelong battles, which began with seizures when he was two weeks old and requires multiple medications three times a day, many trips to Children's Hospital and will require brain surgery within the next couple of months.

Donations can be made to: The Jacob Reichert Fund at any Associated Bank branch.

Wrong way through Oconomowoc roundabout will cost $40,000 to repair

Oct. 15, 2012 4:25 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Public Works Director Mark Frye said it will cost around $40,000 to repair damages to the city's roundabout sculpture and median area after a drunken driver plowed through the area on Sept. 23.

"At this time, we are estimating $40,000 to repair or replace the items," Frye said of the sculpture, masonry pillar, signs, plants, electrical wiring for the LED lights that light the sculpture at night and curb. He said the majority of the cost, $30,000, is for the replacement of the sculpture.

In 2010, the Oconomowoc Rotary donated the sculpture to the city for its roundabout that sits at the entrance to downtown.

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.

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Gun scare at OYF game

Oct. 15, 2012 9:36 a.m. | The Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. was called to Ski Slide Park on Saturday after it was discovered that an Elkhorn man brought a loaded weapon to a youth football game.

An email sent on Oct. 14 from the Oconomowoc Youth Football association board of directors explained the situation:

 "During one of the games this afternoon, a visiting fan from Delavan was legally open carrying a handgun on site.  After being told by several people that despite his ability to legally carry the firearm, they were uncomfortable with it's unneccesary presence at a youth football game, he decided to hide the gun in the woods on the visitors side instead of securing it in a safe place.  The gun, which did have ammuntion in it was then found by two very young children who were playing in the woods.  They turned it over to another adult, who for some reason did not reveal that he had it and instead made it known that he had turned it in to the concession stand when he was in fact in posession of it.  In the meantime the gun's owner discovered it was missing and went to the concession stand to reclaim it.  The gun was not there, but in the posession of the other person who the children had given it to.

At this point the officials were directed to immediately stop the game and our game management secured all players and made certain that all children were accounted for.  Because of the false information given to us, we believed that we may have had a missing and loaded weapon that could literally be on the ground somewhere.  The Jefferson County Sheriff responded and determined that the firearm was in posession of the man who the children had given the gun to.  

Several parents and coaches from both Delavan and Oconomowoc assisted in ensuring the safety of players while the situation was occuring and we are grateful for all that stepped in to help.  Unfortunately, we can't tell you that at no time were our players or spectators in danger because the fact is that it simply isn't true.  Because of this man's incredibly poor judgment we could have had a very tragic situation, especially considering that two very young children from Delavan found a loaded gun on the ground.  

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Get those election letters in

Oct. 15, 2012 8:07 a.m. | While the election is still three weeks away, noon today, Monday, Oct. 15, is the deadline for submitting letters related to the election and candidates for all Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications papers.

Letters received after that deadline may not be published before election day, depending on available space. The last day letters will be published is Oct. 25.

We welcome letters at our Hartland office, 810 Cardinal Lane; our Mukwonago office, 111 N. Rochester St.; and via email, lakenews@jcpgroup.com.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: Nov. 27-30, Dec. 5-31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details. $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van. www.thecountrychristmas.com

 World’s Greatest Cookie Sale: Noon-4 p.m.  Nov. 28, Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Sale features homemade holiday cookies and baked goods in many varieties. Entertainment includes magic shows, cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting, holiday coloring contest and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Sale ends at 4 p.m. For more information on the World’s Greatest Cookie Sale, call Country Springs, (262) 547-0201 or visit thecountrychristmas.com/cookiesale. Free.

 German Christmas Market: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 28, 29 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30, Downtown Oconomowoc, 100 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Celebrate Wisconsin’s heritage at this family festival that features heated tents, German beer, music, live bands, authentic German food, vendors, Santa and more. Free http://www.germanchristmasmarket.org. 

 Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 30, Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc. Features local seasonally grown produce and artisan food products.  www.oconomowoc.org.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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