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Close Sales Tax Loopholes Now!

Nov. 29, 2008 11:36 p.m. | The State of Wisconsin is staring at a huge budget deficit, as a result of the current economic crisis.

Let's assume that most of the programs provided for by the State are desired by the residents of Wisconsin.

If all programs are "necessary" (necessary being defined as wanted by WIsconsin citizens), then the only way to cover the deficit is to raise taxes.

In Friday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it was pointed out that closing loopholes in the State Sales Tax could raise an additional $1.6 Billion per year. This would cover 60% of the projected 2010-2011 deficit.

Equal application of a tax to all goods and services is sound economic sense. It's also fair. Why should real estate agents, accountants, lawyers, exterminators and purveyors of bull semen get special treatment?

AHS girls lose to Oak Creek

Nov. 29, 2008 9:41 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team lost to No. 5 ranked Oak Creek Saturday night at home in a nonconference game, 46-31.

AHS fell behind 18-1 with three mintues to go in the first half and never recovered. The Warhawks cut the deficit to 34-25 with 6:34 remaining but then watched as Oak Creek reeled off seven straight points to pull away for a final time.

Arrowhead, 1-1 on the season, got 9 points from sophomore Jessica Goetz and 7 from senior Stefanie Berg.

Bush Derangement Syndrome

Nov. 29, 2008 1:30 p.m. | Jeff Blackwell's most recent post:  "Inside Bush's Brain",  is a classic example of "Bush Derangement Syndrome."  The definition of Bush Derangement Syndrome being;   the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency -- nay -- the very existence of George W. Bush.

I did send such a comment to Mr. Blackwell regarding his post  and he chose not to print it*.  Therefore, I thought it best to write my own blog concerning the constant Bush-bashing that some liberals cannot seem to resist. 

Even though many on the left are clearly suffering from "Bush Derangement Syndrome", shouldn't they be celebrating the fact that their savior is about to appear?  The "Chosen One", Barack Obama won the presidency!!!  President Bush will soon be gone!   Why that isn't enough to finally make them happy isn't clear to me.  Why so many must persist in deriding and slandering our current President is baffling.  Bush's  term will be up in January, people!  Give your hate-filled rants a rest, for goodness sakes!  Are some liberals only happy when they are miserable?  When they have something to complain about?  Beating up on Bush and continually beating up on themselves because of a self-induced guilt-complex due to all the wrongs they see in America solves nothing.  Yes, America isn't perfect.  But America is the one country that all others in the world aspire to.  Ever ask yourself why we have such a huge problem with illegal immigration?  People would do anything to get into the United States.  I don't see any Americans trying to sneak over the border to Mexico or flee into Canada. Maybe some of the unhappy liberals that are so ridiculously embarrassed by Bush, and what they perceive as the ills of American society, should try a border-crossing into Mexico. They may find peace and happiness at last!

When the dust has settled, maybe some common sense will prevail. Many people may actually begin to realize that President Bush was not the evil twin of Hitler that many liberals made him out to be.  He was not worse than the terrorists we are fighting (as some really whacked-out lefties claim).  Maybe they'd discover that as a president, he wasn't all that bad.   Also, Bush is a true American - a strong president who, at one of our country's most difficult times after 9/11, found the courage and strength to protect our country.  He realized that was his most important job.  Bush did not listen to the whiners and the wimps at the time, who felt we needed to "understand our enemy."  He didn't care if he had to make unpopular decisions that lowered his approval ratings or threatened his legacy.   No. Instead,  Bush used the greatest military on the face of the earth to take the fight to the terrorists and protect this wonderful country of ours.  There has not been another terrorist attack on U.S. soil since Bush has decided to fight against terrorists. Bush did not ignore the terrorists like Bill Clinton did.   Clinton and his half-baked reactions to several terrorist attacks during his presidency helped to embolden our enemy.   Clinton set the stage for 9/11. 

So, continue to beat up on Bush if you can't help it.  If it somehow makes you feel better.  I admit,  Bush wasn't perfect.  After all, in my opinion, he didn't act like a true conservative in many areas.  His recent bailout plan is yet another waste of taxpayer dollars, as is directing the government to help out major corporations, banks and others in this time of economic crisis.  Also, Bush's many attempts to appease the Democrats, which puzzled many conservatives like myself, just resulted in Bush getting kicked in the teeth.    He clearly didn't learn.  And he did spend money like a Democrat, which made conservatives cringe.  However, when it came to one of the most important duties of a President - National Security - Bush rose to the occasion, for which we should all be thankful!   And don't forget - due to our hard-fought-for freedoms, Americans have every right to criticize, slander, and call our President every name they wish - no matter how baseless or unreasonable such views are.  (Wonder if those who continually rip Bush could freely say the same derogatory things about Raul Castro in Cuba? or Hugo Chavez in  Venezuela? or Saddam Hussein during his rule in Iraq?) 

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AHS boys lose to Tosa East

Nov. 29, 2008 9:52 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team let a 36-21 first half lead slip away Friday night against Wauwatosa East  at the City/Suburban Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College and ended up losing to the defending WIAA Division 1 state champions in a second round game, 66-58.

Tosa East outscored the Warhawks (1-1) in the second half, 45-22.

Junior guard Russ Finco scored 15 points to lead AHS. Andy Fox added 13 points for the Warhawks and Charlie Fischer and Ben Mills added 11 and 10 points respectively for Arrowhead.

Kelm scores 30 for KM

Nov. 29, 2008 9:47 a.m. | Led by a big night from guard Dan Kelm, Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team defeated Nicolet 78-65 in the second round of the City/Suburban Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College Friday afternoon.

KM led 44-30 at halftime and then put the game away by outscoring the Knights in the final period, 23-17.

Kelm made five 3-pointers in the game and all nine of his free throws.

Three others scored in double figures for the Lasers. Matt Mikesell added 12 points and Sean Drout and Tom Wenzler had 10 points each.

Inside Bush's Brain

Nov. 29, 2008 12:43 a.m. | In this season of thanks, the entire world, with the exception of a relative handful of delusional, self-proclaimed "Bushies", has the same item at the top of their "thankful" list - even if they don't celebrate Thanksgiving.

That item would be, of course, the imminent retirement of George W. Bush. If he is lucky, Bush will vanish into the parched scrublands of Texas where he can desiccate in obscurity. On the other hand, if justice is served, he will spend his final days in a prison cell, where I trust he will not be tortured, as he has ordered so many others to be.

Either way, we are all united in our gratitude that he will soon leave the White House and the levers of power can be wiped clean for our next president.

Recently, Bush took the time out of his hectic schedule to be interviewed for posterity. By his sister. That is so pathetic. I'm surprised he didn't insist on being interviewed by his mother.

As one would expect, Bush's reflections on his terms as president reflect his own, unique reality.

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All holiday, all the time

Nov. 28, 2008 3:58 p.m. | A typically boisterous Black Friday marked the "official" start of the holiday season this morning, so from now until Dec. 26, you can expect this Weekend Teaser to be all holiday, all the time.  There's plenty of festive things to do that may or may not include shopping, so take your pick:

  • Two holiday parades are taking place this weekend: at 7 p.m. tonight in Butler, and 5:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Watertown.
  • Enjoy a new twist on the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" at the Octagon House Museum: audiences will be led through scenes instead of watching them on a stage, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Kids can tell Santa their Christmas wishes while eating breakfast at St. Agnes Parish in Butler, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, or they can enjoy crafts, music and a puppet show during Christmas for Kids at Christ Lutheran Church in Pewaukee, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
  • Families are invited to a Gingerbread House Event at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 9:15 a.m. Sunday.

Check out the Community Calendar on the homepage for more weekend happenings.

Traffic fatality in Waukesha

Nov. 28, 2008 3:00 p.m. | According to Sergeant John B. Konkel with the City of Waukesha Police Department, a vehicle travelling eastbound on  the off ramp from I-94 approaching Highway  T crossed over the median on T, went across northbound lanes and crashed into the barrier wall at 12:47 p.m. Nov. 27. 

Both the 82-year-old male driver and his 79-year-old female passenger were transported by Waukesha Fire Department ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.  The female passed away at the hospital later in the day.  The extent of the male’s injuries are unknown at this time. 

The vehicle was  a 2006  Chevrolet.  Names are being withheld at this time upon notification of relatives.  The crash is still under investigation at this time and the cause has yet to be determined.  No other vehicles were involved.

Load 'em up

Nov. 28, 2008 1:38 p.m. | Today is not just another day in a troubled economy. It's Black Friday and people are taking advantage of great retail sale prices.

As of noon today, American TV sold $6 million worth of product, compared to their typical day sales of just $1 million (totals are company wide.)

John Jordan with American TV Distribution Center in Pewaukee said he and his employees were busy with customer orders all morning.  Flat screen televisions, blue ray players and video game systems were among the hot items.

American Employee Cody Husske delivers an item to a customer.  Items waiting to be picked up were piling up at the end of the conveyor belt.

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Shopper robbed in Delafield Target parking lot

Nov. 28, 2008 12:58 p.m. |

A Black Friday shopper was robbed in the parking lot of the Delafield Target at 2553 Sun Valley Drive off Highway 83 around 6 a.m.

The shopper went back inside the store and called police 6:35 a.m. to report that their purse had been taken and they were assaulted in the lot by the suspect, according to Waukesha County Communications, the dispatch center for the City of Delafield. There was no mention of a weapon and officers are calling the incident a strong-arm robbery.

The dispatcher was unable to get a description of the suspect during the call. Police said further details are not available but are encouraging shoppers to keep gifts concealed in the trunks of vehicles.

Expecting respect and respecting expectations

Nov. 28, 2008 9:51 a.m. | Katie,

I didn't go to college, but instead started working in the manufacturing industry, where I have worked my way up to high-level management. I love what I do and I think I'm very good at my job, but apparently my young age (I'm under 30) makes a lot of people think I'm not capable.

It's not just co-workers, it's also vendors and customers, who are mostly much older.  They treat me like a kid, even though I usually have better ideas and solutions than them. I'm really getting tired of proving myself to these people. If I was 20 years older, no one would question my judgment.  How can I get them to respect me?

Aaron in Milwaukee

Aaron,

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On the loose: Early morning shoppers are everywhere!

Nov. 28, 2008 8:37 a.m. | Thanksgiving has come and gone.  We've eaten.  We've socialized. We've slept ... a bit. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is notorious for its early morning best-of-the-year deals.  This year more than ever, many shoppers are looking for ways to save some extra money.

Shoppers were out early this morning, forming lines in the Mukwonago Wal-Mart by 2 a.m. hoping to snag a flat screen television, blue ray player or power wheel, all of which had practically sold out by 7 a.m.

The parking lot at Target in Delafield was completely full bright and early this morning and a long line of drivers waited to exit the lot and travel to other shopping destinations.

There's still time to catch those sales - Mukwonago Wal-Mart store manager Robb Dobratz said he expects another round of shoppers around 10 a.m.

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AHS boys defeat Custer in opener

Nov. 27, 2008 8:33 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team knocked off Milwaukee Custer Thursday night in the opening round of the City/Suburban Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College, 73-70.

AHS led 38-34 at halftime and then outscored Custer 18-12 in third quarter to get a bigger lead.

Junior Russ Finco fired in a career-high 35 points for the Warhawks. He had three 3-pointers, 10 total baskets and sank 12 of 16 free throws. Sophomore Charlie Fischer chipped in with a career-best 13 points. Ben Mills grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

KM boys fall to King

Nov. 27, 2008 8:26 a.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity boys basketball team opened the season Wednesday night by suffering a 67-56 setback to Milwaukee King in the City/Suburban Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

King jumped out to a 32-20 lead at halftime and never looked back.

Josh Luterbach led the Lasers in scoring with 17 points. Dan Kelm added 16 and Tom Wenzler chipped in with 14.

KMHS skaters open new era with win - Simandl paces Lasers' attack with 4 points

Nov. 26, 2008 11:00 p.m. | Two goals and two assists by senior Danny Simandl helped the Kettle Moraine-Mukwonago varsity hockey team pick up a win in its season debut Friday under new coach John Brymer, 7-0, over Waupun.

Simandl opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 10:05 into the first period.

Seniors Andrew Sumwalt and Cody Mertens followed with goals in the second period.

In the third, Simandl opened a four-goal period for KM with a power-play goal in the first minute. Junior Nate Freeman and seniors Al Hansen and Ross Chicantek followed with goals for the Lasers.

Assists went to Chicantek, Mike Cabush, Lukas Nelson, Ethan Hudson, Simandl (2), Mertens, Justin Yute and Freeman.

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Scharnell's catering strong; deli to close

Nov. 26, 2008 2:38 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Beginning Dec. 6, Scharnell's Catering & Deli will simply be Scharnell's Catering as the deli portion of the downtown Oconomowoc business is closing.

Angie and Steve Scharnell announced that the deli portion of their 1 1/2 year combonation business will close indefinetly due to the slumping economy, and slowed business during the seven month downtown reconstruction project.

The catering side, which dates back 25 years in the Scharnell family, will remain open and is still strong, the couple said, with events books throughout December and into next year.

The couple stated the closure of the deli is temporary, but the state of the economy over the next few months will determine when they could reopen.

They hope the catering business over the next several months will rebound the deli.

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Mukwonago sees first donation to Yule Feed Families

Nov. 26, 2008 11:44 a.m. | 'Tis the spirit of giving and Mukwonago has seen it's first generous donation that will benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry.

The Chief is holding a Yule Feed Families food drive, in which cash donations and nonperishable food items are sought to foster the pantry's outreach in the community.  The drive runs from Thanksgiving through December 19.

The Chief will contribute 70 cents for every dollar donated and 40 cents for every food item, up to a maximum donation of $500.  To qualify for the matching donation, take donations to the Mukwonago Chief Office, 555 Bay View Road between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Chief first announced the food drive in this morning's paper and already we have received a donation of $100.

Let's keep giving and make this holiday season a little brighter for someone in need.

Luterbach lifts KM girls

Nov. 26, 2008 10:31 a.m. | Kettle Moraine sophomore forward Anna Luterbach scored 17 points for the Lasers on Tuesday, helping the host team defeat Milwaukee Lutheran 42-39 in a nonconference varsity girls basketball game.

Luterbach scored 6 of the first 8 points for Kettle Moraine, which started out missing its first six shots from the field.

Senior center Rachel Kerzner had 7 points and 14 rebounds for the winners.

"On Tuesday, Luterbach really got us going. She had a great game," JoEllen Dickert-Sturtz, Kettle Moraine's head coach said.

The Lasers (2-0) travel to Watertown for another nonconference game with the Goslings on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Heavy stench in Pewaukee

Nov. 26, 2008 8:04 a.m. | The air around the Capitol Drive area of Pewaukee near Wal-Mart smells heavily of burning rubber.  If anyone knows the source of the stench, please comment below or e-mail us at lakenews@jcpgroup.com.

Science Contest for HOH/Deaf kids

Nov. 26, 2008 7:35 a.m. | Students with hearing loss in grades six through 12 can compete in the Rochester Institute of Technology's fourth annual National Science Fair.  Prizes include cash awards of up to $500!

Students can compete individually or as a two or three person team and should submit their most interesting and challenging science project.

For an entry form, competition rules, acceptance criteria and a schedule of activities at the fair, visit:  http://www.ntid.rid.edu/prospective/science/   The deadline to submit project summaries is January 15, 2009.

Have a great week!

Copyright 2008 Tami Klink

ULS girls lose cage game

Nov. 26, 2008 7:18 a.m. | Host University Lake School's varsity girls basketball team lost to University School of Milwaukee Tuesday night, 46-22. Brighid Dolan led ULS with 10 points. Leah Josephson led USM with a game-high 15 tallies.

ULS trailed 28-10  after two periods and never caught up in the second half.

Richard Chambers MD 1923-2008

Nov. 26, 2008 6:32 a.m. |  Dr. Richard Chambers passed away last Thursday. Dr. Richard was an institution in the Village of Hartland.  He started practicing medicine here at his Lawn street clinic (123 Lawn St.) back in 1962, moving his practice to the then rural area from Milwaukee.  *** and his wife Helga had many children , both their own and many who considered them parents. He was active in the community even past his retirement.  He and his son Paul recruited me to practice at the then Hartland Clinic in 1982.  A very skilled and caring group, it was a good fit for me and it successor is the ProHealth Care Medical Associates Clinic where I practice now. 
*** always believed any medical clinic was only as good as the people who worked there and made sure Hartland Clinic was staffed by caring and loving people. He provided advice, training, and mentoring for me for which I will always be grateful. I didn't get to see him near as much as I should have in recent years, and now suddenly its time to say goodbye.

***, thanks for all you have done for this community, its residents, your friends and your family.  You will be missed.
And yes, I will tuck my shirt in.

Cooney, Hamilton boys win opener (area roundup)

Nov. 25, 2008 11:05 p.m. | With renewed expectations and almost everyone back from the 2007-08 team, the Oconomowoc boys basketball team opened the season with a 46-40 victory over host Monona Grove on Tuesday.

Derek Doudna and Matt Schram each poured in 13 points, and junior point guard Paul Williams added 10. A 16-4 edge in the second quarter propelled OHS to an advantage.

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No strangers to expectations and a healthy contingent of returnees, Hamilton staged a 79-66 victory over visiting Watertown on Tuesday. Junior dynamic duo Brett Meinecke (29 points) and Kameron Cerroni (28) led the scoring charge, with junior Brian Gryszkiewicz adding 10. Hamilton cleared the 20-point plateau in each of the first three quarters.

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Senior Lunches

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. | The senior meal program offers nutritious meals for people 60 and older, as well as educational and recreational programs.

Reservations are required 24 hours in advance, before 1 p.m., by calling the local site, BirchRock Apartments, (262) 363-4458, or the Department of Aging at (262) 548-7826. Meal donations of $3.50 or whatever one can afford are suggested.

Menu items may be substituted based on availability.

Meals are served at BirchRock Apartments, 280 BirchRock Way, at 11:45 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 1: Vegetarian lasagna, cranberry juice, Italian-lend vegetables, Italian bread and butter, gingerbread or plain cookie

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Upcoming Meetings

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. |

Mukwonago Area Schools

Mukwonago High School library, 605 W. School Road, (262) 363-6300

Curriculum/Policy Committee: 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in MHS library

Buildings/Grounds & Transportation: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in District Office

Village of Big Bend

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Alice Baker Memorial Library

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. |

Holiday closing

Alice Baker Library will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.

VGEL

The library will hold VGEL (Video Gaming at Eagle Library) for all ages from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Try your hand at Wii and Dance Dance Revolution.

Holiday Card Express

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Anniversary

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. |

McCarthy 50th

Jim and Marilyn McCarthy of Mukwonago recently reached their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008.

They were married Nov. 8, 1958, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waukesha. They are both retired from farming, and Jim enjoys reading and farm shows while Marilyn enjoys gardening, cooking and antiques. They both enjoy being with family.

They have five children, Kathleen (John) Schullek of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Rosanne (Paul) Jezior of Geneva, Ill.; Lori (Tom) Thomas of Oak Park, Ill.; Robert (Nicole) McCarthy of Livingston, Wis.; and Kevin (Anne) McCarthy of Mukwonago. They have nine grandchildren, Eric and Melissa Schullek; Kelly, Kevin and Bryan Jezior; Maranda, Mya and Makaya McCarthy; and Patrick (Julie) Lohman. And they have one great-grandson, Alex Lohman.

They celebrated with family and friends at Saxe’s on Sunday, July 27.

Engagements

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. |

Texley-Goetsch

Sarah Texley and Mark Goetsch have announced their engagement.

Parents of the future bride are Mike and Teresa Texley of Mukwonago. Parents of the future groom are Scott and Ann Goetsch of East Troy.

The bride-to-be is a 2001 graduate of Mukwonago High School and a 2005 graduate of UW-Whitewater with a degree in elementary education. She is employed as a teacher in Racine.

The groom-elect is a 2000 graduate of East Troy High School and a 2003 graduate of Milwaukee Area Technical College with a degree in chemistry. He is employed as a chemist for BASF.

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Area gears up for holidays with variety of festive events

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. |

Ongoing

“The Nutcracker: The Story Behind the Ballet”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13; 3 p.m. Dec. 7 and 14, Mukwonago High School, 605 W. School Road, Mukwonago. The play version of the traditional ballet, performed by the Mukwonago Village Players and the Mukwonago High School drama department. 262-470-7529.

East Troy Electric Railroad Holiday Express: 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21, The Elegant Farmer depot, Highways ES and J, Mukwonago. Scenic rides on a historic trolley. $12 adults, $11 seniors, $7 children 3-11. 262-642-3263.

The Spirit of Christmas Past: noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, Old World Wisconsin, S103 W37890 Highway 67, Eagle. Discover the origins of holiday traditions with storytelling, caroling, historic games and holiday treats.

Irish Holiday Dinner: 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13 and 14, Old World Wisconsin, S103 W37890 Highway 67, Eagle. Learn how Irish immigrants celebrated Christmas with dinner, music and dancing. Reservations required.

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Mukwonago residents vote down garbage fee

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. | Only two residents attended last year's town budget hearing. This year, so many residents attended the Nov. 19 hearing that there weren't enough chairs to accommodate them. There weren't enough parking spots available in the lot. More than 100 people packed Town Hall, in a room that has a capacity of half that. So many people attended because they wanted to make sure the board heard them.

They did not want to pay the proposed $154 for garbage collection.

The town had proposed the fee as a way to cope with increasing costs and a state mandate on holding the line on spending. The State of Wisconsin will allow municipalities to raise their levies by just 2 percent next year.

Town Accountant Michael Rotroff explained that the town spent more on snow removal in 2007 and 2008 than what it budgeted for, causing it to dip into the town’s surplus. Also, union salaries are being raised by 4 percent this year.

“The board can’t pay the increase of union salaries and still keep the budget, so they are asking to charge the garbage fee so they can continue on,” Rotroff said.

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Help us help others

Nov. 25, 2008 11:00 p.m. | In times like these, when doom and gloom seem to dominate headlines, it can be hard to feel optimistic. But helping others is always a good way to lift your own spirits and get into the holiday season.

In the spirit of holiday giving, the Mukwonago Chief is holding a Yule Feed Families food drive to benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry.

Cash donations and nonperishable food items are sought to foster the pantry’s outreach in the community – a job that can be difficult in tough economic times like these, when it seems almost everyone is tightening his belt.

Food Pantry Executive Director Cynthia Eggleston said her organization is feeding more people than ever this year, but donations are down.

“We are way down,” said Eggleston. “In all the years I’ve been doing this, this year has been the hardest, and I don’t see any immediage changes.”

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

All weekend happenings.