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Light My Volt!

Nov. 30, 2011 1:35 a.m. | Three new Chevrolet Volt electric/gas automobiles, the great white hope of GM and the Obama Administration that subsidized the Volt's development up to the hilt, recently caught fire during crash tests. Their lithium-ion battery packs burst into flame during the tests, creating minor consternation within GM which is frantically exercising damage control. This $41,000 vehicle is subsidized at about $8,000 a copy to get the price down(!) In addition, many $billions of taxpayer money (can you say that if it's all borrowed from China?) was "invested" in the development of the car and its battery pack.

Over two years ago, I wrote a lengthy blog post ("Batteries Not Included"--May 24, 2009) on the subject of electric automotive propulsion. (Some of the drawings are not reproduced in the archive version, for some reason.) In that post I discussed the heat problems inherent in large-scale lithium-ion batteries. Following is an excerpt from that prescient post. (Remember, it is dated 2009.)

There are three battery types in past, current and projected use for automotive propulsion: lead-acid, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) and lithium-ion (Li-ion). The first is the familiar storage battery presently in your automobile(s). The second (NiMH) is used by Toyota in their hybrid Prius and in all other present-day hybrids. The third (Li-ion) is largely in the developmental stage for automotive propulsion, although commonly used in low-power applications like laptop computers and cameras. Let's look at these three technologies


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Pirates fall in double OT

Nov. 29, 2011 11:23 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost to host Slinger in double overtime Tuesday night in a nonconference game, 93-89. It was the highest losing total of points ever scored by the Pirates.

Kray Bradley fired in a career-best 30 points for the Pirates before fouling out. He scored 23 points in the fourth period and the two overtimes.

Pewaukee (1-1) finished the game with out six of its top nine players. Jordy Edgerson and Cameron Hehn both suffered knee injuries in the first quarter and Bradley, Ben Steker, John Czerwinski and Austin Hansen all fouled out.

Czerwinski and Jordan Daul had 13 points each and Steker had 12.

Arrowhead boys team falls to Wisco

Nov. 29, 2011 10:59 p.m. | Arrowhead took a lead on a 3-pointer from Kenny Finco with just more than a minute to play, but state-ranked Wisconsin Lutheran answered and made its free throws down the stretch in a 74-68 win in boys basketball Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Finco finished with 29 points and hit a game-tying and go-ahead triple in the fourth quarter, but Chris Golden (25 points) answered the second trey with a go-ahead jumper that gave Wisco the lead for good. The Vikings are ranked ninth in the Division 2 state rankings.

AHS (0-2) meets Bradley Tech on Saturday.

AHS hockey team wins

Nov. 29, 2011 9:46 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team improved to 2-0 on the season Tuesday night by scoring a 2-1 victory over visiting Fond du Lac at the Mullett Center. It's the second time in five years and third time in nine seasons the Warhawks have started 2-0.

The game-winning goal came with just 4:48 remaining in the game. Garrett Opay scored that goal after picking up a perfect pass from Jared Johnson.

AHS led 1-0 after the first period when Johnson scored. Mike Adams had the assist on that goal.

The game was tied at 1-1 after two periiods.

Arrowhead goalie Tim Routes had a big game for the winners. He saved 22 of 23 shots for the night.

Dousman-Summit fire merger approved

Nov. 29, 2011 9:18 p.m. | VILLAGE OF DOUSMAN - The governing bodies of the communities of Dousman, Ottawa and Summit have unanimously agreed to merge the Dousman and Summit fire districts.

Effective in 2013, each community's share of the operating costs of the newly consolidated department will be determined by a formula based on the population of each community, the number of fire and ambulance calls in each community, and the value of each community's residential and commercial structures, excluding land.

The Village of Summit and the Town of Ottawa agreed to allow the formula to be phased in over a five year period because it will result in a $50,000 increase in fire and medical emergency response costs to the Village of Dousman.

Despite the intial cost increase, Dousman officials believe the consolidation will help the village reduce potential costs for fire and emergency medical services in the future.

The phase in period will end if, and when, Dousman Village trustees can impose a special service fee on not for profit institutions owning land  in the village. 

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Generac holds second job fair tomorrow in Whitewater

Nov. 29, 2011 4:00 p.m. | Following the company’s recent job fair at their Waukesha headquarters after they announced the addition of more than 400 new jobs, Generac Power Systems will hold another job fair Wednesday, November 30th at their manufacturing plant in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

In response to increased demand, as many as 300 assembly positions remain available. Many of these positions must be filled in the next 90 days. Generac is looking for qualified applicants and will hold the job fair at their Whitewater manufacturing facility located at 757 North Newcomb Street from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30th.

At the job fair, prospective employees will meet with hiring managers about Generac’s exciting career opportunities. The company is recruiting general assembly workers, production supervisors (2nd and 3rd shift), manufacturing engineers, industrial engineering technicians (3rd shift), and quality advisors (3rd shift). All positions include a comprehensive benefits program.

Attendees should bring an updated resume and are encouraged to apply online at www.Generac.com. Generac Power Systems is an equal opportunity employer.

Holiday music, pet photos with Santa, craft fairs and cookie walks on the weekend calendar

Nov. 29, 2011 3:44 p.m. | Community Calendar submissions may be faxed to (262) 367-1136 or emailed to happenings@jcpgroup.com. Include time, date, full address and contact information for the event. Submission deadline is noon Wednesday.


Alzheimer’s Support Group: 6:30 p.m. every third Monday of the month, Reflections Adult Day Care, 511 Madison Ave., Fort Atkinson. (920) 563-3759 or (920) 674-5929.

 Asperger’s & ASD Support Group: 7 p.m. third Monday of the month, Trinity Lutheran Church, 346 W. Pine St., Lake Mills. Contact jennifer@trinitylm.com or (920) 648-2717 for more information.

Cambridge Food Pantry & Resource Center: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Mondays, 211 South St., Cambridge. Doors open at 5 p.m. Customers may shop the Food Pantry once every 14 days. Call (608) 423-8142 for more information.

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My Ndamukong Suh conundrum

Nov. 29, 2011 3:43 p.m. | So here’s my dilemma with Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, one week after he drove the head of Packers offensive lineman Evan Dietrich-Smith into the turf, then spiked him for good measure as he rose to his feet.

I still kind of like the guy.

I had the pleasure of attending the Thanksgiving Day game at beautiful (seriously, an incredible stadium) Ford Field, where I saw the Packers prove to Detroit fans that their team wasn’t quite ready for the Big Time. From our perch in section 323, my wife (an avid Lions fan) and I (adorned in my Josh Sitton jersey) weren’t quite sure what had happened when referee Terry McAulay gave the heave-ho to Suh in the third quarter of a game that had been circled on both teams’ calendars for quite some time.

“Did they really just eject Suh?” I asked her. “That’s him, heading to the sideline, right? No. 90?”

Confirmation that No. 90 was, in fact, Suh, was all around me. I would estimate among the sea of Honolulu Blue jerseys packed into the stadium that day, roughly 30 percent bore the name and number of the fiery second-year player from Nebraska. He has become a celebrity in D-Town for a team that quite honestly needs a person like Suh, and the fan base spent a great deal of energy last Thursday chanting his name.

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Town in dark Tuesday; light pole placement questioned

Nov. 29, 2011 12:46 p.m. | We Energies sent out phone calls to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) to investigate if a light pole at the intersection of highways 83 and I was placed too close to a power line causing power outages to Town of Mukwonago residents during a gusty Tuesday morning.

Construction just wrapped up last week on the Highway 83 reconstruction, and We Energies wonders if the pole was misplaced during construction, said We Energies spokesman Barry McNulty.

Town of Mukwonago Police said high winds caused several wires to sway and make contact with the metal pole blowing out the power at the intersection.

We Energies reported that around 4,000 customers saw a split-second power outage just after 6 a.m. Tuesday. Of the 4,000 that experienced an outage, 2000 lost power for nearly and hour while 2,000 customers only experienced a brief outage. Another 50 customers were in the dark for around 70 minutes as power was restored.

Town of Mukwonago Police had the intersection closed for around an hour to allow We Energies to restore power.

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Facebook a new tool for job searches

Nov. 29, 2011 11:58 a.m. | Perhaps you are growing increasingly dissatisfied with your current job, or like far too many people, you lost your job to corporate downsizing. Whatever the reason that compels you to seek new employment, one thing is certain, many of the methods used in the job hunt have changed.

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, job seekers relied solely on the classified advertisements in newspapers to learn of openings in their field of interest. They would mail in a resume and wait for a call for an in-person interview.

Former Pewaukee resident Tim Murphy, a 1999 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School has a master's degree in international studies from University of Denver and a bachelor's in history from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a regular blog columnist on Brazen Careerist, www.brazencareerist.com/, a site offering job search and career advice, networking tips and other information. Murphy also writes his own blog on the subject.

Know where to look

In today's job market, technology and networking are more than buzz words, they have become two key components in the hunt for employment.

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Village taxes up, but state dips

Nov. 29, 2011 11:58 a.m. | Village of Sussex - The board approved a $49 increase in the 2012 levy last week, however, residents are expected to see an overall $9 decrease in their complete tax bill that includes all state and municipal taxes according to Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.

The village levy in 2012 is $5,329,226 compared to $5,137,862 in 2011 or a 3.7-percent increase. The tax rate for 2012 is $4.73 compared to $4.51 in 2011. The owner of a $290,000 home can expect to pay $1,371 in village taxes in 2012.

Smith said the largest amount of the levy difference of about $190,000 is the $96,000 loss of state funding. He said the next largest portion that accounted for the increased levy is $30,000 tagged for the library, and senior and recreation programming.

"Half of that $30,000 is going to be set aside for a library formula funding change or in preparation if the town (Lisbon) does indeed decide to pull out," of the joint library agreement shared between the two communities, Smith explained.

Lisbon Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said earlier this month, the Town Board may have an obligation to consider no longer funding its share of operations of the Pauline Haass Library and instead require town residents to pay a county library tax.

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Falls providing up to $1M grants to help company expand facilities

Nov. 29, 2011 11:56 a.m. | Menomonee Falls - Wacker Neuson is headed for expansion, and according to village officials, more may be on the horizon. The Village Board recently approved the development agreement with the manufacturing company as part of its tax incremental financing district (TIF) No. 11, which was created solely for Wacker Neuson.

Wacker Neuson manufactures light and compact equipment and vehicles.

The current site on Pilgrim Road just north of Harley-Davidson is being expanded with a 90,000-square-foot building giving the company more manufacturing space. Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald said that could mean more jobs as well for the company.

Fitzgerald also said that favorable conditions, particularly in Menomonee Falls, could mean further expansion on the site now that much of the bedrock has been cleared.

Rock removal was part of the agreement with the village in which Falls agreed to supply a $500,000 grant that covers part of an estimated $1.5 million removal process.

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CDA looks at grants for economic development

Nov. 29, 2011 11:56 a.m. | Village of Sussex - The Village Board last week directed the Community Development Authority (CDA) to begin working out details of a grant program that would offer small amounts of money to help spur economic development in the village.

Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said there are current CDA loan programs in place, but this program would be different in that grant money would be given out to help businesses surpass certain "hurdles" that could hold them back from expanding or possibly locating in the village.

The first example is discussion of a $5,000 grant for Color Ink on Highway 164. Smith said the business is looking to relocate its warehouse from Waukesha to a vacant space next to its Sussex location. "The grant is for $5,000 which is a very small amount, but it is enough to clear up hurdles that have prevented," the business from making the move in the past, Smith said.

He said issues with the state acquiring land on Highway 164 has "created hurdles" for Color Ink's plan. "We are going to help solve those problems," with the grant, Smith said.

He said the money for the grant program would come from returns on investments the CDA has made in the past and not be tax dollars. He said the concept is to make the grants an ongoing program.

Condos near Seven Stones progressing

Nov. 29, 2011 11:56 a.m. | Village of Sussex - Units have already been sold for a 56-unit condo development near Seven Stone and Williams Drive off Highway 164 said Sussex Village Administrator Jeremy Smith.

"They are building for people," Smith said Tuesday. He said the final lift of asphalt was put down recently. Site grading, installation of water mains, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer, as well as curbs and gutters for streets were also completed recently.

Village officials provided more than a million dollars for public improvements in order to help spur sales next spring in a private condominium project whose developers have entered into a unique agreement with the village. The land owners, Peter and Herbert Gross, along with John Whalen of Corner Stone Development, have agreed to repay the village for the improvements through special real estate tax assessments. Construction contractors D.F. Tomasini of Sussex submitted the lowest competitive bid for the project at $1,043, 237.

Smith said Tuesday the next phase of construction is a clubhouse and the first unit before the end of the year and coming out of spring the goal is to be working on the next couple of buildings.

"There's no sense in slowing down," Smith said. "It helps numbers all around and helps developers pay back the village's investment."

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Templeton sends five vets on Honor Flight

Nov. 29, 2011 11:14 a.m. | The Templeton Middle School Student Council, with help from AFSCME Local 3086 - which represents Hamilton School District custodians, paraprofessionals and some Village of Sussex employees - held a successful campaign that raised enough money to send five World War II veterans on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

Student Council advisor Patty Sankey said students initially planned a four-day campaign with the goal of raising $500 to send a veteran on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II memorial.

They had planned to announce their results at the school's annual Veterans Day program. The campaign started off with a $500 surprise donation from an anonymous staff member who challenged students to match the donation. Students then raised another $1,104.20. At Templeton's Veterans Day program, held Nov. 4, students learned that AFSCME Local 3086 contributed an additional $895.80, bringing the total of the campaign to $2,500.

Hamilton School Board members recently recognized the Templeton Student Council and AFSCME Local 3086 for their contributions to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight program.

Power Test donates technical tools to Hamilton

Nov. 29, 2011 11:14 a.m. | Power Test, a Sussex manufacturer of dynamometers and control systems, donated 60 new dial calipers to the Hamilton School District for use in its applied engineering and technology classes.

Half of the calipers will be used in the "Gateway to Technology" class at Templeton Middle School where students will use them in a unit on measurement and apply them to their designs created in the computer-aided design program Autodesk Inventor. The other 30 calipers will go to Hamilton High School where students in a manufacturing course will use them to learn about measurement, tolerancing and quality control.

Along with the caliper donation, Power Test provided the district with two sets of 0-3 inch micrometers which will allow students to measure the manufactured parts with a high degree of precision. The donations are valued at more than $1,000.

"We are very fortunate to have such a generous and cooperative partnership with PowerTest," said Hamilton teacher Brian Steingraber.

Instruction in precision measurement was limited in the past because the district had only four calipers. With the donation, an entire class is able to use the calipers while studying and applying measurement concepts. Steingraber, an applied engineering and technology teacher, finds the instruments valuable because they provide authentic experiences for students.

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Charlie Brown classics composer comes to HFAC

Nov. 29, 2011 11:14 a.m. | Five-time Grammy-nominated musician, composer, arranger and pianist David Benoit and his quartet will play a show of holiday favorites and Vince Guaraldi-penned Peanuts classics during a holiday show at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Hamilton Fine Arts Center.

Songs will include, "Linus and Lucy" made famous by the Christmas TV specials. The show also features the voices of the Templeton Middle School choir, directed by Jaye Mier.

Benoit electrified the jazz world when he released a version of "The Peanuts Theme" that became a No. 1-hit on jazz radio.

He has performed "The Peanuts Piano Concerto" with several orchestras as part of his tribute to Charles Schulz and the music of Vince Guaraldi. In 2000, he released his GRP tribute recording "Here's To You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years." In 2005, Benoit released "40 Years: A Charlie Brown Christmas," featuring Toni Braxton, Norman Brown, Chaka Khan, Dave Koz, the Rippingtons, Vanessa Williams and others.

Reserved seating tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (55 years and older) and $10 for students (17 years and younger). The event is supported by the Hamilton Education Foundation and the Milwaukee Marriott West.

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Earliest residents of Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon

Nov. 29, 2011 11:14 a.m. | Sussex, Lisbon and Lannon are on top of the Niagara reef of dolomite rock. Dolomite belongs to the limestone family of rocks but true limestone is calcium carbonate, while dolomite is calcium carbonate with magnesium. Limestone is somewhat soft, while calcium carbonate/magnesium dolomite is considerably harder.

This Niagara reef deposit of dolomite runs up from Illinois through Waukesha County and then goes up the upper Fox River Valley (Lake Winnebago) and then out of Wisconsin through Door County. It then curves through and down Lake Huron and gets its namesake from Niagara Falls.

The upper lip of Niagara Falls is made of Niagara reef dolomite limestone, the same hard stuff we have in the Sussex area. If it was the softer calcium carbonate limestone or shale (mud rock) Niagara Falls would just be rapids of broken rock.

The Niagara reef in the Sussex area was laid bare by glaciers 10,000 years ago and was a surface rock when pioneers came here in the late-1800s. Soon it was quarried for various uses and in the top 15 feet of soil; many fossils were found most notably cephalopods, a bubbly snake-like fossil.

This fossil, which according to geology books could grow up to 14-feet-long, was one of the beginning animals of the Paleozoic era of 400 million years ago. In its time, in the warm seas, it was the largest animal in the world. However, rarely is it found complete as it would die and surface in the waves and be broken into pieces anywhere from inches to a couple feet. Today these fossils can be found with a little persistence.

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Your Letters 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m. |

No to Walker

To the editor,

Petitions are out and I have signed. I voted no to Walker last year because of the dictatorial style of government used in Milwaukee County and is now applied to the entire state.

Ten reasons for the recall:

1) Refusal to build the rail line. This system would have not been for my use but for our grandchildren and their children. Scott Walker has locked them into a 1950s technology called the Interstate System. Cancelling of this project caused lost jobs and development opportunities.

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Funeral Services 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m. | Tanya F. Jones (nee Knickelbein), 69, of Sussex died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. Visitation and a funeral service were Monday, Nov. 28, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, Sussex.

DeLorr Tepp (nee Brehm), 87, of Menomonee Falls died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011. Visitation and a funeral service were Monday, Nov. 21, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, Menomonee Falls.

Death Notice 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m. |

Violet V. Pfennig

Violet V. Pfennig, age 86, of Clintonville, formerly of Sussex and West Bend, WI, passed away on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Kindred Hearts in Clintonville.

"Vi" was born on January 25, 1925 in Underhill, WI, the daughter of the late Gottfried and Olga (Moser) Tonn. She was confirmed on July 17, 1938 at Christ Evangelical Church, Hintz, WI. She attended Linsey Brook Elementary and later received her GED at Waukesha Technical School. Violet lived in Milwaukee for a number of years where she married Howard Pfennig on July 5, 1952 at the Zion Lutheran Church. The couple had two daughters, Janet and Jane. In August 1960, the couple moved to Sussex where they lived for 44 years. Violet worked at Sentry Foods in Sussex and Jewel Foods in Milwaukee until retirement. While living in Sussex, Vi was an active member at Faith Lutheran Church, Sussex Senior Citizen Group and the Senior Club. In 2004, the couple moved to West Bend until 2007 when they moved to Clintonville. Her husband, Howard preceded his wife in death on November 23, 2007 after 55 years of marriage. In August 2011, Vi moved to Kindred Hearts, Clintonville where she was loved and taken care of until the time of her death. Her hobbies included bowling, traveling, playing cards, reading and most of all, meeting new people. She was a member of the Red Hatters of Angelus and of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Clintonville.

Survivors include: her daughters: Janet (Gene) Salzman, Campbellsport and Jane (Gary) Paige, Montevideo, MN; her grandchildren: Jeremiah (Jennifer) Salzman, Theresa, WI; Joshua (Angela) Salzman, Hastings, MN; Amber (Scott) Sippel, Cedar Rapids, IA; Sarah Paige, St. Paul, MN; & Krystal Paige, Montivideo, MN; her great-granddaughter: Lila Salzman and baby Salzman due July 2012; her sister: Ruth (Donald) Pringnitz, Clintonville; her brother: Rueben Tonn, Clintonville; nieces, nephews and cousins and especially her family from Kindred Hearts and Angelus Retirement.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard, her sister, Fern (John) Leverich, her adopted sister, Gladys (Harvey) Gardafee, her adopted brother, Alvin (Eleanor) Tonn, her sisters-in-law, Ruth Specher, Norma Henkel, & Jeanette Bosanec and her brother-in-law, Sam Bosanec.

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Community Briefs 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m. |

Have holiday tea at Old Falls Village

Menomonee Falls - The Miller-Davidson House at Old Falls Village will be festively-decorated in a WWII theme for the holidays and open for visitors from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec.4 for the annual Silver Tea.

The Menomonee Falls Historical Society offers free admission, parking and refreshments for this event. Donations are gratefully accepted. A Christmas Cookie Bake Sale will be held in the Public House, and Mrs. Claus will pay a visit and read stories to the children. This year's theme is "I'll Be Home for Christmas."

Tour this lovely, restored home which was once the summer home of Emma Davidson of the Harley-Davidson clan. The home is decorated by the Menomonee Falls Garden Club and supported by Bank of Memories & Flowers and Shady Lane Greenhouse.

Old Falls Village is located at the corner of Highway Q and Pilgrim Road in Menomonee Falls. For information, see oldfallsvillage.com.

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Community Briefs 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m. |

Sussex VFW hosts Kids' Christmas

Veterans of Foreign Wars Horne - Mudlitz Post 6377 will host a Kids Christmas Party at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Sussex Bowl, N64 W24576 Main St., Sussex, for children 10 and younger that live in Sussex, Lisbon, Lannon and Merton; must be accompanied by a parent.

The party includes, gifts from Santa, crafts, games, food and drink. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the food pantry. Registration is required by Tuesday, Dec. 13, to (262) 896-1061 or (262) 628-0039. For questions call (262) 820-9704.

Celebrate the holidays at greenhouse

Menomonee Falls - The Shady Lane Greenhouse, W172 N7388 Shady Lane, offers Wonderful Wreath Making is at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 30. Fee is $37.50. A Fresh Indoor Wreath Making seminar using mixed greens and magnolia leaves is at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4. Fee is $30. Create a Tabletop Candle Arrangement at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, fee is $25.

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Business owner, donor celebrates 90th birthday

Nov. 29, 2011 11:12 a.m. | Not everyone comes to Sussex from a United States wandering past to retire but Sussex's William "Bill" Berger came here in 1975 at age 54 and put down roots as he continued retirement in a place where he could be close to his five children who had come to live in the greater Sussex and Lake Country area.

Berger's has a rich history in the Sussex community that will likely be the topic of conversation during a 90th birthday celebration open to all at Rumors Sports Bar & Grill at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. His actual 90th birthday is Dec. 19 which happens to be just six days ahead of when his favorite NFL team, the Chicago Bears, take on the Packers. A former Chicago native, Berger became a big Bears fan and has fun hanging at local taverns joshing Packers fans.

Sussex start

Berger made a big splash when he bought the former Taylor Hotel also once called Paul's Tap and Templeton Hotel that was once located in the old Templeton part of Sussex. He turned it over to his children to run. For Berger, he was getting his own bar to hang out in with his family and friends. He renamed the establishment Olde Templeton Inn. Berger held court, but never worked a day in his bar as his children took over operations.

Berger is also known for being a staunch supporter of the Sussex Lions Club. His pocketbook was always open to their causes. Berger donated so freely to the Lions that the club made him an honorary member. In the club's history that spans more than 70 years, Berger is one of only two honorary members.

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Is misplaced light pole to blame for Town of Mukwonago power outage this morning?

Nov. 29, 2011 11:02 a.m. | WE Energies sent out phone calls to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) this morning to investigate if a light pole at the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway I was placed too close to a power line causing power outages to Town of Mukwonago residents during a gusty Tuesday morning.

Construction just wrapped up last week Wednesday on the Highway 83 reconstruction between Highway NN in Mukwonago and Highway 59 in Genesee, and WE Energies wonders if the pole was misplaced during construction. 

Town of Mukwonago Police report that high winds caused several wires to sway and make contact with the metal pole blowing out the power at the intersection. 

WE Energies reports that around 2,000 customers saw a split second power outage just after 6 a.m. Tuesday but that around 2,000 customers were without power for around 50 minutes, and just over 50 customers were in the dark for around 70 minutes as power was restored. 

Town of Mukwonago Police had the intersection closed for around an hour to allow WE Energies to restore power. 

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'Arthur Christmas'

Nov. 29, 2011 11:00 a.m. | 'Twas the night before Christmas and all systems are go.

In "Arthur Christmas" the North Pole operation might not been outsourced but it has gone high tech including a stealth, reindeer-less sleigh.

The latest animated Christmas film is filled with jokes, though some will fly as fast as Donner and Blitzen over the heads of the young ones and sight gags will zip by quickly.

The North Pole is an automated operation run by thousands of elves with a NASA-like control center. Santa is something of a figure head as his son Steve (voiced by Hugh Laurie), runs the one-night operation efficiently.

But younger son Arthur (James McAvoy) is a clod and regulated to responding to letters to Santa, a job he embraces. While the gift operation is high-tech, Arthur remains a traditionalist and believes in the personal touch.

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KM skaters lose in title game

Nov. 29, 2011 10:30 a.m. | The host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc varsity boys hockey team split its two games last Friday and Saturday in the 2011 Turkey Shoot Invitational at Naga-Waukee Park.

On Friday, the Lasers won their opening round game by stopping the Appleton United, 3-1. In the championship game on Saturday, the Lasers lost to Cedarburg, 3-1.

In the win over Appleton, the Lasers never trailed, scoring once in each of the three periods.

Senior Justin Yute scored less than three minutes into the game. Appleton tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, but the home team took the lead for good when junior Greg Simandl connected with 2:12 remaining in the period on senior Michael DelVecchio's assist. DelVecchio also scored with just 1:54 left to play. Simandl and junior Matt Sherry assisted.

Junior Quinn Disrud played in the net for the Lasers and saved 17 of 18 shots. KM had 46 shots on goal.

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Novotny named football MVP

Nov. 29, 2011 10:30 a.m. | Mukwonago High School quarterback Cody Novotny was named the football team's Most Valuable Player, one of several plaudits handed out by the coaching staff following the 2011 season.

"This award is well deserved, as Cody was an excellent leader, on and off the field," said coach Bill Schulte.

Novotny was also named the team's Offensive Player of the Year, and Branden Lloyd was cited as Defensive Player of the Year. The Indians finished the year at 4-5, including a 3-4 record in the Classic 8 Conference, one win shy of playoff qualification.

Team Awards

The Mukwonago football team handed out its postseason awards:

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How to take $1.5 trillion out of the budget

Nov. 29, 2011 10:19 a.m. |

Police Blotter 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:50 a.m. |

Village of

Big Bend


Theft charges are being sought against a 21-year-old Big Bend woman after she checked out seven DVDs from the Big Bend Library, W230 S9185 Nevins St., and refused to return them. The loss is estimated at $140.


During the early morning hours of Nov. 27, someone drove onto the lawn of a home in the 8700 block of Mulberry Street, striking an address sign and making several tire ruts in the grass. The damage is estimated at $100.

Village of Mukwonago


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Community Brief 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:50 a.m. |

Skip the baking, but enjoy cookies

The Caldwell United Methodist women present a cookie walk from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the church, 8504 Caldwell Road (Highway O). Stop by and hand-select your favorite fancy cookies to place in a decorated container ready for giving. Save $1 per pound of cookies with this article.

Proceeds will go to local, national and international missions focusing on women, children and youth. For more information, call the church at (262) 363-2680 or visit www.caldwellumc.org.

Food drive off to a slow start

Nov. 29, 2011 9:32 a.m. | The Mukwonago Chief's annual Yule Feed Families food drive is off to a slow start, but we're hopeful the community will pull through for those in need.

The Chief will collect food and monetary donations to benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry and Kitchen Kupboard, through 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

We will match 70 cents for each dollar donated and 40 cents for each food item donated, up to $250 for each pantry. If you write a check, be sure to write it directly to the food pantry of your choice, and not to the Mukwonago Chief. Donations should be delivered to the Chief office, 111 N. Rochester St., Mukwonago. Please be aware that checks may not be cashed until after the drive is over.

Help make this a memorable, filling holiday for our hungry neighbors.

The Yule Feed Families drive began at a sister newspaper in 1991.

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Budget OK'd in close vote

Nov. 29, 2011 9:30 a.m. | Town of Vernon - Board members spent nearly an hour in discussion before finalizing and adopting the 2012 budget Nov. 17.

About 20 residents were in attendance to hear the board's decision on the budget, which included a 2-percent pay increase for town employees, a topic residents have expressed mixed feelings on. Despite the raises, employees will actually see less in their take-home pay, as they will contribute more toward insurance and benefits next year.

Public comments at the Nov. 17 meeting were similar to those expressed during the Nov. 10 budget hearing, when the town's tax rate, highway expenditures, and supervisor salaries were approved as proposed.

In supporting the pay increase, one resident said, "Our Department of Public Works (DPW) has always done a great job and will continue to do so. A 2-percent increase in their wages is a small consolation when asking them to do the same work with fewer people."

Another said, "There is no good morale in this building anymore. I think we need do something. Two percent isn't too much to increase."

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Community Brief 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:30 a.m. |

Auxiliary hosts annual holiday breakfast

The North Prairie Fire Department Auxiliary will host its annual holiday breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 3 at Village Hall, 130 N. Harrison St.

Scrambled eggs, sausage, potato casserole, muffins and sweet buns will be served, as well as milk, coffee and orange juice. There is no cost to attend, but voluntary donations will be collected.

Kids can have their picture taken with Santa Claus, and The Prairie Pioneer 4-H club will hold a bake sale. The Fire Department will collect nonperishable food items for the Eagle Food Pantry and Kettle Moraine Food Pantry.

For more information, call the North Prairie Fire Department Auxiliary at (262) 392-2700.

Boys wear down Bradley Tech

Nov. 29, 2011 9:30 a.m. | The Mukwonago boys basketball team got a fresh start on the Fresh Coast.

After two previous unsuccessful tries opening the season in the Fresh Coast Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Mukwonago emerged with a 63-57 victory over Bradley Tech, one of the perennial strongholds in the traditionally superb City Conference.

Playing in a 10:30 a.m. game Saturday, the Indians put four players in double figures - none of whom were seniors for a young but physically strong team looking to improve on its 12-11 record last year.

"We have a strong group of kids, and they all have the ability to score with their back to the basket," MHS coach Jim Haasser said. "They get to gaps very well and shoot it a little. (Marquette University basketball coach Buzz Williams) talks about changeables; he loves guys that can play multiple positions, taking advantage of matchups. We hope to set our guys down in the post area and let them do their magic."

Working against a man-to-man defense that couldn't prevent the Indians from getting looks inside, Mukwonago rallied from a 9-point deficit early in the second quarter against Tech. MHS shot only 15 of 50 from the floor, but Haasser said only 10 of those attempts came from outside the lane area.

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Welcome back, Hwy. 83

Nov. 29, 2011 9:30 a.m. | Thanksgiving travelers got the first taste of the new Highway 83 corridor last week. After being closed from Highway NN to Highway 59 since March 23, the highway reopened Nov. 23. The opening was marked by ribbon-cutting ceremonies in Mukwonago and Genesee.

Several local and county dignitaries spoke during the Mukwonago ribbon-cutting.

"My thoughts today are for gratitude and appreciation for all the hard work that's been done by all the individuals throughout this project," said Town of Mukwonago Supervisor Bob Lawn. "Mukwonago has felt the stress of this economic time period … but our community has stayed together and has stayed strong and we have followed the bear."

"Mukwonago is strong and it's getting stronger. Our best days are yet to occur," Lawn said.

The Mukwonago Chief caught up with other officials during lunch at Culvers after the ceremony.

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Indians get comfortable in OT

Nov. 29, 2011 9:30 a.m. | The Mukwonago girls basketball team made a key defensive mistake in the final seconds of regulation Saturday against D.C. Everest, but the Indians found a way to atone just fine.

After allowing a late 3-pointer that forced overtime, MHS clamped down and permitted just a single point in the extra session, on their way to a 47-42 victory in the season opener and coaching debut for Todd Frohwirth.

Kendall Martenet (14 points) scored the first four points of the extra period, giving the Indians a cushion they wouldn't relinquish.

"We took them out of their system a little bit, and they panicked and took some bad shots," Frohwirth said of the overtime. "We were able to get comfortable because we got that first basket quickly."

Frohwirth said his defense did the job, though a defensive breakdown allowed the open look from the perimeter with fewer than five seconds to play.

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Still time to file KMSD Hall of Fame nominations

Nov. 29, 2011 9:19 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District will accept nominations for the Trailblazers’ Hall of Fame through December 1.

KMSD proudly honors the accomplishments and humanitarian efforts of former graduates in the Laser Trailblazers’ Hall of Fame. The criteria for nomination are that the candidate (living or deceased) must be a Kettle Moraine graduate of 10 years or more and has made or is making a significant contribution to society and their community.

The nomination form is available online at www.kmsd.edu/trailblazers. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Debbie Carrasco-Zanini by phone at (262) 968-6300, ext. 5305 or via e-mail atcarrascd@kmsd.edu.

Your Letters 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:12 a.m. |

You're invited

To the editor,

From Dec. 9-18, the Mukwonago Village Players (MVP) and Mukwonago Drama Department will perform Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at Mukwonago High School. Grace Notes Orchestra will supply the music to this winter classic under Director Gary Groubert. Pat Hitt is the director of "White Christmas," and this is the first musical Pat has directed.

The cast is loaded with talent, which includes MVP newcomers Brian Schalk as Bob Wallace, Kaitlin Dolan as Betty Haynes, Mukwonago High School graduates Cole Heeren and Haley Vick as Phil Davis and Judy Haynes. MVP veterans Jim Hansen plays Maj. Gen. Thomas F. Waverly and Trent Smith as Ralph Sheldrake. More newcomers are Jerri Landry as Martha Watson, Gabrielle Beilfuss and Grace Prochnow, who will share the role of Susan Waverly.

"White Christmas" will kick off the 40th year the Mukwonago Village Players has entertained Mukwonago, East Troy and the surrounding communities.

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Franklin proves no match for UW-W

Nov. 29, 2011 9:12 a.m. | It's on to round three of the NCAA Division 3 national football playoffs for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team.

After disposing of Albion College at home two Saturdays ago, 59-0, the Warhawks made it two straight playoff wins last Saturday as they whipped visiting Franklin College before a jam-packed Perkins Stadium crowd, 41-14.

The victory vaults the two-year defending national champs into the third round this Saturday at home against Salisbury College at noon.

Last Saturday's victory was the 42nd in a row for the Warhawks, the longest winning streak in all of college football.

Once again, players from Mukwonago played roles in the win:

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In Service 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:10 a.m. |

Timothy Schell

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Timothy Schell graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Schell completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Schell is a 2006 graduate of Mukwonago High School and the son of Colleen Buckstead of Mukwonago.

Mukwonago Community Library 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:10 a.m. |

Santa story times

There will be special sessions of the 10 a.m. pre-school and lapsit story times Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 14 and 15. Not only will these story times focus on Santa and popular holiday stories, they will also be the very first ones held at the new library in the brand new story room. Come bring your little ones for fun, reading, and a first look at the brand new facility.

New mission statement

As we move to our new home, we have a new mission statement that we feel captures the essence of the library as a vital part of our community. Mukwonago Community Library: Engaging, Empowering and Enriching Your World. The library is all about helping you and your community, and our new mission makes sure our focus remains on that key principle. Have some ideas on how we can help engage, empower or enrich Mukwonago? Let us know by putting it in our suggestion box, or by commenting on our blog or Facebook page.

Computer classes back in spring

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Alice Baker Memorial Library 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:10 a.m. |

Pre-proposal open house

Anyone interested in learning more about the library expansion feasibility study RFP may stop by from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, for a pre-proposal open house. More details are available on the library's website.

Fall pre-K story time

Stories and crafts take center stage during preschool story time with Maria Hinners from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7; for ages 2 and older, siblings welcome.

Family movie

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Girl's mission continues to warm hearts, hands

Nov. 29, 2011 9:10 a.m. | Meaghan Rath was just 11 years old when she died last year. During her short time on this earth, Meaghan made it a point to bring happiness to others through selfless acts of kindness. Family members were so touched by Meaghan's determination to help others that they have since formed Meaghan's Mission, a project to provide area homeless and needy with warm mittens and hats.

Meaghan's mission

Linda Galkowski of Mukwonago, a family member of Meghan's, recalls the week before Meaghan went into the hospital with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Meaghan and other young girls in the family were invited to Galkowski's house to bake cookies. But Meaghan was so sick that day that her mom, Kate Rath of East Troy, told Galkowski she wouldn't be able to make it. An hour later, Galkowski heard a knock at her door, and opened it to find Meaghan standing there. "I came to make cookies," she told Galkowski in a frail voice.

"She was so touched that I had invited her, she wanted to be there," Galkowski said. "She just had a real determination" in everything she did.

Angie Wolter, Galkowski's daughter, recalls a particular day when Megahan was in the hospital. She had just undergone treatment that caused pain in her feet while she walked. Word got to Meaghan that a 2-year-old girl down the hall was upset about having to be in the hospital. Meaghan put together a present, grabbed a book and made her way down the hallway despite her own pain. Meaghan gave the present and read a story to the little girl.

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Community Briefs 11/30/11

Nov. 29, 2011 9:08 a.m. |

Hansel and Gretel

puppets come to Big Bend

The Big Bend Library, W230 S9175 Nevins St., Big Bend, will host puppeteer Mark Nichols from Puppet Place at 6:45 p.m. Dec. 14. Nichols will present "Hansel and Gretel."

Registration is required because of limited space. Call (262) 662-3571 to register.

Offer helping hand

with business' food drive

Mukwonago Family Chiropractic will participate in the Wisconsin Chiropractic Association's 2011 Helping Hands Food Drive during business hours through Dec. 15, to help food pantries during the holiday season when they have a critical need for food.

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Nick "the construction guru" on Newstalk 1130

Nov. 28, 2011 8:22 p.m. | Hi all!

It's been a while since I addressed all of you. Truth is I have been working on something big!

The big news is that I have my own radio show on Newstalk 1130 WISN at 10am on Sundays. I'll be working with Jerry Bott, discussing all kinds of remodeling and construction subjects and answering questions from my blog. Tune in this Sunday for a lot of info and maybe even some fun....


Quote of the decade or quote of the century?

Nov. 28, 2011 5:36 p.m. | “The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the US Government cannot pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies.  Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally.  Leadership means that, "the buck stops here.'  Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren.  America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.  Americans deserve better.”

~ Senator Barack Hussein Obama, March 2006!

There is more from his famous hyocritical 2006 quote. http://thirdlensmedia.com/candidconservatives/obamas-hypocritical-quote-of-the-decade/

Help stock Mukwonago food pantries

Nov. 28, 2011 4:03 p.m. |  There are still a few days left to help Mukwonago area food pantries and save $1 at Mukwonago Culvers.

Customers who bring in one non-perishable food pantry item will get $1 off any value basket through Dec. 3. All items will be donated to local food pantries, including the Mukwonago Food Pantry and the Kitchen Kupboard Food Pantry.

An avalanche of holiday events this weekend

Nov. 28, 2011 1:05 p.m. | To have weekend entertainment events listed in Weekend Happenings, fax (262) 367-1136 or email happenings@jcpgroup.com. Make sure the time, date and place are included. Deadline is noon Monday.


Jean Crane and Friends "Watercolor Expressions VII": 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-3; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 5-10 (through Jan. 31), Lake Country Gallery, Pewaukee Rd, Pewaukee. Through Jan. 31.

One Woman’s Passion: The Jane Doud Collection of Wisconsin Artists: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1-3, 5-10 (through Dec. 26), Ploch Art Gallery, 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield. http://wilson-center.com/visual/ploch-art-gallery. php.

The Art of the Gift Holiday Show: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 2; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3; 12-4 p.m. Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 5-8; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 10 (through Dec. 31), Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St., Waukesha. (Through Dec.), http://www.almontgallery.org/.

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Thank you

Nov. 28, 2011 11:12 a.m. | As I walk through stores blaring Christmas music before the turkey is thawed, I wonder if we have forgotten how to properly give thanks. When I looked back on the past several weeks of my life, I realized I was blessed with a rare opportunity to give thanks.

A few weeks ago, I realized there was a sizable event swiftly approaching and with it, the responsibility for securing 32 judges for a FIRST LEGO League competition. More than eight weeks of work by about 400 elementary aged children hinged on my ability to find people skilled enough to fill these roles, and I didn't have nearly as many spots filled as I would have liked. Pickings were becoming slim as I went through list after list of potential candidates, and as the lists shrunk, panic swelled.

I called on faith and every person that came to mind. The day arrived, and so did the judges. Now with the event past and the judges' rubrics tucked away, it is with deep gratitude that I give thanks for every person who stepped forward to help make that day a success.

In the grand scheme of life, this is minor, despite the stress it brought. There were no casualties or serious illnesses or injuries. Those are reasons for bended knee thanksgiving, yet smaller occurrences point us to the grace we find when giving thanks. We find the beauty in being thankful when the road is rough, the climb hard and the support strong. We could see it in the little things like a smile or a kind word, or the willingness to help, yet we don't often recognize those moments as such. Not right away. Sometimes it takes distance for us to focus on the blessings we have in our lives - distance and challenge.

Had I not taken the challenge of this task, I would never have experienced the depth of gratitude I left with that day (nor the exhaustion). So as I give thanks for every person who has entered my life, I give thanks for the grace that accompanies the humility of knowing none of us can do this alone.

AHS skaters blank BDHS

Nov. 28, 2011 11:00 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls ice hockey team opened up the season with a 7-0 victory at the Mullett Ice Center on Friday against Beaver Dam.

"We came out slow but eventually found out a way to get the puck in the back of the net," Arrowhead varsity girls ice hockey coach Jinelle Siergiej said.

Makenna Thomas, Courtney Kruger and Hannah Bird each scored twice for the Warhawks. Alex Beversdorf had the other goal.

Thomas and Shelby O'Connor each had two assists for the Warhawks. Bird and Rachel Martell had each had one assist.

"I see lots of potential with our freshmen," Siergiej said. "Hannah Nicholson has come a long way since December, when we moved her in goal after she was a forward."

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Dignitaries take part in Highway 83 ribbon cutting

Nov. 28, 2011 10:57 a.m. | Village of Mukwonago, state and county officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome back Highway 83 on Nov. 23. Take a look at the event under Recent Lake Country Videos at Living Lake Country.

King tops AHS in opener

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team ran into a talented Milwaukee King team Saturday night at the Fresh Coast Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College and dropped its season opener, 76-55. King is expected to be one of the top teams in the state this season.

The Warhawks, with just one player back this season who saw extensive playing time one year ago, turned in a solid first half and trailed by just six at the intermission, 39-33, but King outscored the Warhawks in the third, 24-9.

"I thought we came out with a lot of intensity and played a pretty good first half," AHS coach Craig Haase said. "We handled their pressure pretty well. But in the third quarter, we got a little impatient offensively against the severe pressure they gave us. That's when they pulled away."

AHS led just once in the game at 7-6. Max Hanratty scored four of those points, and Eric Cottrell and Kevin LeRoy also scored. King regained the lead on their next possession and never looked back.

Junior guard Kenny Finco led the Warhawks in scoring with 14 points. He also added five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore center Billy Hirschfeld, in his first varsity game, added 9 tallies for Arrowhead. Hirschfeld made 4 of 6 shots from the floor. DJ Escamilla added 8 points to that total, and LeRoy had 7.

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AHS skaters win opener in OT

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team showed some big-time resiliency Saturday night, when the new-look Warhawks scored an exciting 5-4 overtime victory over visiting Oshkosh at the Mullett Ice Center.

The Warhawks, sporting a roster full of players making their varsity debuts, bounced back from an early 3-1 deficit to stun the Ice Hawks in the opening game of the season for Arrowhead.

AHS tied the game at 4-4 by scoring two goals within 22 seconds of each other in the final period. That forced overtime, where Sam Schultz fired in the game-winner just 3:14 into the extra period. Three-year letterman Jared Johnson had the assist on the game-winner.

While the game finished on a high note for the Warhawks, it certainly didn't start that way. Talented Oshkosh forward Nick Monfils, who scored 63 points last year, fired in three goals in the first 17 minutes to give his a team a 3-1 lead midway through the second period.

"Our guys played very nervous at the start," said second-year Arrowhead coach Mike Watt. "A lot of the guys pushed the envelope way too much. They tried to do too much and got playing too much as individuals. The good news is we finally settled down and played a lot better hockey. To come out of this with a win is a credit to the kids. They never gave up."

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Dietrich hot for area hockey team

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | The Waukesha/Pewaukee/St. John's combined varsity boys hockey team opened the season last Friday and Saturday by scoring a pair of victories at Waunakee.

On Friday, the Wings defeated Wisconsin Rapids, 5-4. The following day they stopped Waupaca, 5-0.

In the victory on Friday, Zed Dietrich had a big night for the winners, scoring four goals. Jack Culp had the other goal for the Wings, and Doug Devoe and Trent Borgardt added a pair of assists each. Joey Horan and Coe Venes added assists to that total.

Jake Kupsky played in the goal and saved 30 of 34 shots.

The Wings led 4-1 after the first period and 5-2 after two stanzas.

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PHS girls endure OT heartbreak

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team let a golden opportunity slip away last Saturday afternoon. What seemed like a come-from-behind victory disappointingly turned into a heartbreaking loss for the highly-touted Pirates.

Playing in the Thanksgiving Shootout at Brookfield Central, the Pirates let a six-point lead slip away in the final 30 seconds of regulation and eventually lost to talented Sheboygan North in overtime, 55-52.

But it wasn't the loss that upset PHS coach Todd Hansen; it was the way the team lost that got his goat.

Leading 47-41 with 30 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and having possession of the ball, the Pirates turned the ball over on their final three possessions and allowed the Golden Raiders to tie the game at 47.

In overtime, North nailed a 3-pointer to take a 50-47 edge, but Pewaukee senior Jordyn Swan hit a triple of her own to tie the game at 50. From there North inched away, outscoring the Pirates by a 5-2 margin the rest of the way.

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Area golfers make it a Green Friday

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | It was Black Friday all over the United States last week. Shoppers from coast-to-coast jammed the stores to get a jump on their holiday buying

But for the golfers in the Lake Country area, there would be no crowded conditions or long checkout lines.

With a slight wind coming out of the south, the grass still as green as ever and the temperatures in the mid 50s, hundreds of golfers took advantage of the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend and turned out in record numbers at a bunch of local courses.

The weather turned wet on Saturday and very cold on Sunday, and that could very well be the end of the local season. The forecast calls for cold temperatures this week. The normal high temperature for Nov. 25 is just 41 degrees.

Naga-Waukee, the most popular course for area golfers, served 190 golfers Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It was one of the busiest days ever at the course this late in the season.

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Franklin proves no match

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | It's on to round three of the NCAA Division 3 national football playoffs for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team.

After disposing of Albion College at home two Saturdays ago, 59-0, the Warhawks made it two straight playoff wins last Saturday as they whipped visiting Franklin College before a jam-packed Perkins Stadium crowd, 41-14.

The victory vaults the two-year defending national champs into the third round this Saturday at home against Salisbury College at noon. Last Saturday's victory was the 42nd in a row for the Warhawks, the longest winning streak in all of college football.

Once again, players from Lake Country played roles in the win:

Bryan Spakowicz (Pewaukee) - The 5-foot-11, 217-pound sophomore linebacker was credited with five tackles in the game, collecting one solo and four assists. Spakowicz now has 29 tackles for the year.

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Locals play whistle-blower role

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | Lake Country-based officials were part of last weekend's WIAA football championship showcase, with three area men serving on the crew officiating the Division 7 title game last Thursday, Nov. 17, between Greenwood/Granton and Seneca.

Paul Vanden Heuvel served as umpire, Erich Uebersohn was linesman and Dave Schill served as line judge for the contest, which Greenwood/Granton won at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, 40-0.

Vanden Heuvel and Uebersohn are graduates of Arrowhead High School, and Schill graduated from Pewaukee.

The team worked with referee Fred Stampe of Wausau and Jim Baker of West Bend.

KM skaters lose in title game

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | The host Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago/Oconomowoc varsity boys hockey team split its two games last Friday and Saturday in the 2011 Turkey Shoot Invitational at Naga-Waukee Park.

On Friday, the Lasers won their opening round game by stopping the Appleton United, 3-1. In the championship game on Saturday, the Lasers lost to Cedarburg, 3-1.

In the win over Appleton, the Lasers never trailed, scoring once in each of the three periods.

Senior Justin Yute scored less than three minutes into the game. Appleton tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period, but the home team took the lead for good when junior Greg Simandl connected with 2:12 remaining in the period on senior Michael DelVecchio's assist. DelVecchio also scored with just 1:54 left to play. Simandl and junior Matt Sherry assisted.

Junior Quinn Disrud played in the net for the Lasers and saved 17 of 18 shots. KM had 46 shots on goal.

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Pewaukee defense stops KM cold

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | For Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team last Friday night, defense made the difference.

Hosting neighboring Kettle Moraine in the opening game of the season for both teams, the Pirates put all kinds of pressure on the Lasers and forced the visitors into an incredible 30 turnovers, 17 of which came in the first half. The end result of that combination was a convincing 71-53 victory for Pewaukee.

"We had way too many turnovers and that gave them too many chances," said KM coach Brad Bestor. "We didn't take care of the ball. But give them a lot of credit. They used a lot of different defenses and brought a lot of intensity and energy to the game. The turnovers hurt us a lot."

On the other side of the court, longtime Pewaukee head coach Tim Reuter knew his team had a good night on the defensive end of the floor.

"I told the guys before the game to get an identity," Reuter said. "Play good defense and play hard. They did that all night. We have a lot of guys who can play, and we'll try to keep the game up-tempo by playing a lot of them. Tonight, a lot of guys played well, especially on defense."

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Good start erased by HHS

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | Kettle Moraine got off to an excellent start on Friday at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout, but Sussex Hamilton's sharp shooting in the second quarter spelled doom for a young Lasers team in a 51-35 loss Friday.

Lauren Krohn and Mackenzie Latt combined to score 32 points for the Chargers, with Krohn hitting three of the team's four 3-pointers in the second quarter that turned a 15-10 lead after one quarter into a 35-24 deficit at halftime. The Lasers were outscored again in the third quarter, 11-2.

"That was the difference," coach JoEllen Dickert-Sturtz said. "I was really pleased with the way we came out with a lot of energy. Latt had a big second quarter, and Krohn hit three 3-pointers on us."

Emma Melotik had 11 points for Kettle Moraine. Linley Achtenhagen had 6 points, and Courtney Leister had 5 points. Olivia Weber and Chloe Tompkins each scored 4 points. Tompkins had five rebounds and also led the team with four steals;.

Kettle Moraine shot 13 for 48 (27 percent) from the field in Friday's opener.

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PHS reloading for another Woodland run

Nov. 28, 2011 10:32 a.m. | With a fleet of new faces in the varsity lineup, Pewaukee wrestling coach Ed Kurth knows he'll have his hands full as his team tries to continue its 37-0 unbeaten run since joining the Woodland Conference.

Last year, the Pirates won the league conference tournament for the fifth straight year but return just 4 of 14 wrestlers from the regional lineup, where Pewaukee finished second for the first time in 10 years, a mere 14 points behind Delavan-Darien.

Among the graduation losses were state medalist Nathan Moore and fellow state qualifier Gill Saya-ang.

"We will be young but we will compete for the conference title once again, as well as a state berth," Kurth said. "Wrestling is for those who can combine a disciplined work ethic with a fearless warrior-like mentality that will deliver success. I am very pleased with the young men who are out for wrestling this year. We have probably worked harder in the first week this year than we did in any inaugural week of the last decade, and that is because we have the young kids who are willing to do what it takes to defend their title."

Though he has many new faces to work with, some of the old ones bring in a strong track record. Senior Josh Berg could become the program's first-ever four-time state qualifier this season. He has 116 career victories at Pewaukee, and he was the school's fastest to attain 100. He went 35-13 last year at 140 pounds, and he'll be looking for his third conference championship and fourth regional crown in 2011-12.

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Jonah Hahn 11/27/11

Nov. 28, 2011 8:28 a.m. | Jonah Hahn, an eighth-grader at Park View Middle School, wrote the following poem for his language arts class taught by Matthew Dorhmann. Students were asked to write an autobiographical poem about "where I'm from," which was to tell about the student's background and who makes them who they are.

Where I'm from

By Jonah Hahn

I am from a baseball lying in the dry summer grass,

from the smell of barbeque cooking on the grill

and the sound of the water dripping from the hose onto the pavement.

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School Lunches 11/25/11

Nov. 28, 2011 8:19 a.m. |

Fort Atkinson school lunch menus, week

of Nov. 28

Free and reduced-fee meal applications are available year-round at each school office. For more information, call Barb Waaram, student nutrition, at (920) 563-7811 Ext. 1161

High school and middle school sandwich and pizza line

Nov. 28: Choice of meatball sub, chicken burger, cheeseburger, sub or nachos; tator tots, Wisconsin-blend vegetables, choice of fruit or juice, milk

Nov. 29: Choice of hot beef sandwich, cheeseburger, chicken burger, sub or nachos; tossed salad, broccoli, choice of fruit or juice, milk

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Senior Lunches 11/18/11

Nov. 28, 2011 8:18 a.m. |

November senior dining program

The Jefferson County senior dining program is held at the Senior Center in Jefferson. Reservations and cancellations must be made two days in advance by calling (920) 675-0102. A donation of $3.25 is suggested. Senior dining sites might close because of snow or ice storms or extreme cold weather. Home-delivered meals might also not be delivered because of poor weather conditions. Listen to WFAW 940 AM or Channel 6 Fox news television stations for closings.

Coffee, bread and milk are served with each meal.

Thursday, Dec. 1: Chopped steak and gravy, mashed potatoes, Creole tomatoes, multigrain dinner roll, blueberry yogurt

Friday, Dec. 2: Barbecue riblet on a bun, diced white potatoes, mixed salad greens, warm cinnamon apples

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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.