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AHS rolls into state title game

Nov. 10, 2012 10:12 p.m. |  Arrowhead's undefeated and No. 1 ranked football team advanced to next Friday's WIAA Division 1 state championship game Saturday by rolling over previously undefeated Hudson at D.C. Everest in Schofield,, 43-20.

AHS (12-0) will play in the title contest at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 4 p.m. against Sun Prairie (12-0).

AHS fell behind 14-9 in the second quarter on Saturday but then rallied to take a 29--20 lead at halftime. In the second half the Warhawks held Hudson scoreless while scoring two touchdowns.

The Warhawks, who will be playing in the Division 1 championship game for the 10th time, piled up 598 total yards in the game. Arrowhead passed  for 490 yards.

Senior quarterback Brady Kelliher completed 24 of 35 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns. Junior end Ricky Finco caught nine passes for 254 yards.

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Lasers felled in state semifinal

Nov. 10, 2012 3:27 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's boys volleyball team went down swinging against No. 2-seeded Burlington in the WIAA state semifinal Saturday afternoon, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20.

Adam Martell finished with 14 kills for the Lasers, and Mitchell Oleson added 12.

Lasers rally around coach to win state quarterfinal

Nov. 09, 2012 11:01 p.m. | For being such a small appendage, the pinky finger can wield its share of pain if damaged. Adam Martell shrugged it right off.

The Kettle Moraine senior leader dislocated the digit in a crucial fourth set against Wauwatosa East in the WIAA boys volleyball state quarterfinal. But he was on the floor when the Lasers rallied for wins in the final two sets, throwing down the game-winning kill in a 25-15, 18-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-11 thriller at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa.

"Being the pinky finger, (it didn't really concern me)," said Martell, who finished with 20 kills and a .325 attack percentage. "It hindered me a little bit. It's not the swinging or setting or anything, it's the block again. Last time I did it (on the left thumb), I went right back up and hit the same exact thumb."

Martell busted his finger on a block that fell and gave the Lasers an 11-8 lead. Martell missed two points -- KM won them both -- and checked back in after a timeout, registering five more kills the rest of the match.

"It was mangled," assistant coach Sean Curley said. "He didn't even want to take the point off. He wanted the trainer, wanted it popped and wanted to get right back in there."

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To discharge or otherwise discriminate against any individual because of any of the following

Nov. 09, 2012 5:58 p.m. | http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/111/II/322

Prohibited bases of discrimination. Subject to ss. 111.33 to 111.365, no employer, labor organization, employment agency, licensing agency, or other person may engage in any act of employment discrimination as specified in s. 111.322 against any individual on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, military service, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours, or declining to attend a meeting or to participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters.

In this case "political discrimination" on who's going to get layed off first.



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Saturdays are for shopping local in Oconomowoc

Nov. 09, 2012 12:46 p.m. | The owners of Willows Gallery in downtown Oconomowoc are gearing up for the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce's Shop Second Saturday tomorrow.

"Shopping local is so important, not just for small business but for the communities we all share. The Chamber in Oconomowoc has given us an awesome program to promote this very important cause," said Joshua Phinn of Willows Gallery.

He said the BE LOCAL campaign, Shop 2nd Saturday is an opportunity to support local merchant, but also the change to win free stuff. When you make a purchase at participating stores - list found at  http://www.oconomowoc.org/community/be-local/ you will be entered in a drawing to win a gift from one of those participating business.

To read more about Saturday's Be Local program and what is offered, go here.

Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market on Sunday

Nov. 09, 2012 12:42 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market kicks off its season on Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape and Supply. Alice in Dairyland and Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will be there to celebrate the market's first day.

Read more here.

Waukesha County knows business

Nov. 09, 2012 11:13 a.m. | One of Waukesha County's biggest cheerleaders, County Executive Dan Vrakas, always has some great stats to share when celebrating the opening or expansion of an existing business in our area. Here are some facts he often highlights:

Waukesha County is consistently one of the fastest growing (top five) counties in the state. We are the third largest county with eight percent of our state's population, but our businesses are responsible for 13 percent of the state's economic output. Furthermore, Waukesha County ranks second highest in personal income, first in post-secondary education, and number one in privately-held patents.

We're one of only 10 counties without a sales tax and were named the lowest spending per capita county in the state by the Wisconsin Taxpayers' Alliance. We continue to be one of fewer than four percent of counties in the nation (out of more than 3,000) to hold a coveted AAA/Aaa bond rating. This status allows the county to borrow funds at the lowest cost possible to help keep our taxes lower.

Waukesha County has a strong, diversified workforce. Manufacturing, health and education, retail, transportation and utilities comprise some of our largest employment sectors. Our manufacturing base, which directly accounts for one in five local jobs, is particularly impactful. Many Waukesha County manufacturers are growing and looking for skilled employees. And for every manufacturing job filled, two to three service sector jobs are created.

As you can see, Waukesha County has a great story to tell. So far this year, the Waukesha County Business Alliance has organized more than 30 ribbon cuttings and ground breakings to celebrate new businesses opening in our area or current business expansions. These events have been held for a wide variety of businesses - manufacturing additions , IT centers of excellence, research and development facilities, bank expansions, sandwich shops, marketing firms, and more. Add to that all of the ribbon cutting events hosted by our local chambers, you really can feel the business buzz in Waukesha County!

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Two recipes, one dish: Spaghetti a la Carbonara - AB

Nov. 09, 2012 10:58 a.m. | Last week I gave you Tyler Florence's spaghetti carbonara recipe, and mentioned Anne Burrell's take on the dish. I've tried them both and enjoyed each. While Tyler's has a few more layers of flavor, Anne's is a creamier version. Try them both, and you decide which you like best. I know which one I prefer. I'll let you know in my blog at www.livinglakecountry.com. Share your thoughts there, too, or tweet your favorite at twitter.com/Cooks_CornerLCP.

Anne Burrell's Spaghetti a la CarbonaraSpaghetti a la Carbonara


2 tablespoons olive oil

¾ cup pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice (have to admit, I used hard salami here)

1 pound spaghetti

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Student Writers 11/11/12

Nov. 09, 2012 10:52 a.m. | Mukwonago High School students in Sarah Dianich's honors freshman English class wrote impromptu persuasive pieces in their journals. Abby Cyra and Maegan Green both wrote about running.

Don't ask me why I run, ask yourself why you don't

By Abby Cyra

It takes a special person to be a runner. You have to be both mentally and physically prepared for anything that comes your way. For most people, this is a difficult task. They don't understand that you're supposed to feel pain, then push through it and get beyond it. They never make it far enough to reap the rewards and understand why people run. Why I run.

So you ask, "Why should I run?" and "why is it even worth it?" Well, it's more than worth it. After you finish a long, hard run or race, the burst of confidence, pride and exhilaration you feel is priceless. It's almost like winning the lottery or jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet. Sure, you don't believe that those events can even compare to painful, sweaty running, but I believe they can. You won't know until you experience it for yourself. Running is worth every second.

Endurance, toned muscles, bragging rights, just more reasons to run. There is nothing better than waking up early, lacing up your running shoes, and racing out into the cool, quiet morning air. Every day you do this, and suddenly you feel stronger and can go farther. Everyone should be able to live that experience. It's possible; all you have to do is start. Then, reap the rewards of muscular thighs and eating whatever you want.

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Spread Your Wings 11/11/12

Nov. 09, 2012 10:51 a.m. | The following programs are held in room WK114 at the Waukesha campus, 327 E. Broadway, of Waukesha County Technical College unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.wctc.edu or call (262) 691-5578.

Shake That

Salt Habit

This class meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, with registered dietitian Mary LaRock. It is recommended that healthy adults eat no more than 2300 mg of sodium in their daily diet. When heart disease and blood pressure issues are present the recommended intake may drop to not more than 1500mg per day. In this world of processed food, where one serving of canned soup could supply this amount, what's a person to do? Learn to prepare quick and easy lower sodium recipes and learn your options for selecting prepackaged foods. Practice the tricks and prepare tasty, lower sodium dishes. Fee: $21.40.

Muffin Mania

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Marriage Licences 10/19/12

Nov. 09, 2012 10:46 a.m. |

Marriage license applications, as filed with Barbara A. Frank, Jefferson County clerk

Natalie Mae Heise, 40, Watertown, Jamison Michael Fedie, 36, Watertown, Sept. 29, 2012; Aimee Marie Hough, 22, Waterloo, Darren Alan McGettigan, 24, Watertown, Oct. 11, 2012

Sarah Marie Walters, 27, Watertown, Ryan James Stern, 26, Concord, Oct. 6, 2012; Erin Kress Schneider, 32, Waterloo, Matthew John Ziaja, 30, Waterloo, Sept. 29, 2012

September Dawn Jaworek, 23, Lake Mills, Matthew Carl John, 25, Lake Mills, Oct. 6, 2012; Stephanie Elizabeth Parsley, 30, Waterloo, James Ross Gabrus, 30, Waterloo, Sept. 29, 2012

Carmen Miriam Gonzalez, 56, Ixonia, Zenon Perez Lopez, 50, Ixonia, Sept. 29, 2012; Tiffany Lynn Linkous, 28, Aztalan, Dustin Thomas Marshall, 32, Aztalan, Oct. 6, 2012

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Your Letters 11/09/12

Nov. 09, 2012 10:45 a.m. |

Thank you to school staff

To the editor,

The Jefferson County Area Retired Educators Association and WSRA wish to acknowledge and appreciates the services of all the administrators, teachers and support staff in our area schools during American Education week.

Judy Block


Sports Shorts 11/08/12

Nov. 09, 2012 10:39 a.m. |

Eighth-grade hoops teams win

The Pewaukee eighth-grade Red girls basketball team beat Slinger at home last week, 32-5. Leading scorers for the team were Haylie Hansen and Zoe Bierce, both with 10 points. Rachel Rosencrans led the rebounding effort.

The team defeated Badger West Bend, 29-8. Hansen scored 10 points, and Shelby Clark had six.

The eighth-grade Black team earned its first win of the season over Badger White, 49-5. Hannah Finley finished with 20 points, while Allison Andes added 10.

In a 28-8 win over Slinger on Nov. 6, Mackenzie Schill scored 16 points for eighth-grade Black. Mandi Schoeneker scored 12 in a 34-20 loss to Kewaskum on Oct. 29.

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Charlie's Choices 11/08/12

Nov. 09, 2012 10:19 a.m. | After suffering through three losing weeks in a row, the bankroll managed to survive with minimal damage.

But how about my picks last week? I played six games and won them all, a perfect 6 for 6. How many professional handicappers had a weekend like that? I'll tell you. None!

My top play last weekend ($500) was Houston (minus-10) over Buffalo. The Texans once again delivered. And I'm proud to say so did the Green Bay Packers. I also won with Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle.

The bankroll won $1,500 for the week, moving my profit for the season to $800. I've connected on 28 of 47 selections. I'll take that every time.

The games look tougher to me this week. But I still have a lot of faith in my choices.

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Pages from the Past 11/0712

Nov. 09, 2012 10:17 a.m. |

100 years ago - Week of Nov. 7, 1912

Paul Heling, a Lisbon farmer that lived on what is today Highway 164, is recuperating after being struck by lightening. He was working his land when a rain storm came up. He took his horses and went under a tree for protection. Lightening struck the tree, knocking down the horses and Heling. The horses recovered and fled back to the homestead, leaving the unconscious Heling. Help came after a search. He suffered multiple burns and had a hard time walking but is recovering.

50 years ago - Week of Nov. 7, 1962

Mr. and Mrs. Otis Motz of Colgate went to Las Vegas for the 44th annual convention of the American Legion. Noted speaker at the convention was FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Otis Motz marched in the 13,000-member parade. The ranks of WWI veterans are thinning but WWII and Korean War were well represented.

The Women's Association of Lisbon Presbyterian Church served an ham dinner for $1.50.

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Visit a war memorial on Veteran's Day

Nov. 09, 2012 7:42 a.m. | If you're looking for a quiet way to honor Veteran's Day, consider visiting one of Lake Country's many war memorials. See this week's Living Lake Country Sunday for photos of the area's memorials.

Club gets good at breakfast

Nov. 09, 2012 12:00 a.m. | When you make breakfast for 24 years, it’s probably going to be pretty good.

While members of the Ixonia/Concord Explorers Club have been only making their breakfast just once a year, it’s still probably going to be pretty good.

This Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ixonia Pub, on Marietta Avenue in Ixonia, the club will be hosting its 24th annual I.C.E. Snowmobile Club Country Breakfast.

The breakfast includes eggs, eggs deluxe, pancakes, blueberry pancakes, ham, hash, hash browns, sweets, juice, milk, coffee and more.

Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Ixonia Pub, Loppy’s or any club member. Tickets at the door are $8.50. Breakfast for children 6 to 12 is $4 while children 5 and younger eat free.

A Eulogy For America

Nov. 08, 2012 6:09 p.m. | (My thanks to Peter Leminska for allowing me to reprint his article regarding the recent presidential election and what it means for America.)


                                                                A Eulogy for America

The long-awaited election is finally over. Half the country is elated, and the other half is numb. During the weeks leading up to the election, Republicans had been encouraged by pollsters and political analysts, who confidently announced that no President in recent history won re-election with a national unemployment rate over 7.2 percent.  They showed poll after poll indicating that a significant majority of Americans believe we are on the wrong track. They pointed out that uncommitted voters inevitably break for the challenger in the final moments. They said it’s all about voter turnout, and concluded Republicans were much more likely to show up at the polls.

This should not have been a close election. All things considered, Barack Obama should have been easily defeated, especially by a challenger so experienced and eminently competent as Mitt Romney.   

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Hartland South students enjoy a Harvest Hoedown

Nov. 08, 2012 5:44 p.m. | Dressed in western attire, grades three through five students and their families from Hartland South Intermediate School and the Hartland School of Community Learning enjoyed music, dancing, and carnival games at their first harvest hoedown celebration on Friday, Nov. 2.

Families ate chili, caramel apples and had a pie eating contest prepared by Hartland South parent and staff volunteers. Principal Dave Risch was a good sport as kids had the opportunity to throw pies in his face during one of the games. The planning committee thanks local businesses for their support; especially Culver's of Hartland and Home Depot ofDelafield. Leftover chili from the event was donated to the Hope House of Milwaukee.

The Harvest Hoedown is one of the many events the Hartland-Lakeside Education Foundation holds to build a stronger school-student-parent partnership. Other events include Movie and Trivia Nights, the upcoming Breakfast with Santa & Holiday Bazaar on Dec. 2, Screen Free Week, the Spring Dance, and the Hartland Healthy Life Run/Walk on May 18.

For more information on the Hartland/Lakeside School District, visit www.hartlake.org. For more information on the foundation, visit www.hartlakefoundation.com.

Community Briefs 11/11/12

Nov. 08, 2012 5:44 p.m. |

Donate blood this holiday season

Madison - The holiday season is just around the corner, and the American Red Cross asks everyone to support its mission by giving a blood donation.

Recently, Superstorm Sandy forced the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives along the East Coast, resulting in a shortfall of thousands of donations. While blood drive operations are being restored in the affected areas, the need for blood donations continues.

Upcoming Waukesha County blood donation opportunities.

Waukesha: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Humana, 2 Riverwood Place North 19W24133.

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Multi-talented star fixes to come home

Nov. 08, 2012 5:44 p.m. | Through curiosity, hard work and encouragement from her hometown of Waukesha, including the Waukesha Civic Theatre, Carmen De La Paz has made a dream come true on her way to becoming an international TV personality.

Carmen will return to Waukesha for a very special night of song and story telling about her Waukesha roots, beginning at 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.

Carmen grew up one block away from the old Waukesha Civic Theatre located at 506 N Washington Ave. As a seventh-grader at Butler Middle School, she heard that the theater was looking for young kids to play in "Christmas on Angel Street" and was chosen for the cast. From that point on, Carmen and the stage were inseparable.

"Once I knew there was a possibility of the dream, I had to do everything I could to find out what that is and get ready."

She spent the following years learning everything she could about theater - from acting to how the lights and sound worked.

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State boys volleyball a hidden gem

Nov. 08, 2012 5:44 p.m. | This is a column I wrote last year shortly after the state boys volleyball tournament, and with the event scheduled for Nov. 9-10, I thought it would be a good time to trot it out once again. It's funny that I mention the frequency of an underdog story, and then we see all eight No. 1 seeds advance this year (though local entrant Kettle Moraine might fit the bill, kind of).

I'll get a raised eyebrow or two when a friend or colleague asks which sport is my favorite to cover. I've declared my love for baseball on numerous occasions in the past (primarily the Brewers), and I do enjoy the atmosphere of basketball at the prep level. I've also developed an interest in wrestling, particularly dual meets.

But the answer to the question is volleyball.

My love for the sport isn't necessarily something shared by all my colleagues, but I always feel a tinge of disappointment when the boys season ends at the state tournament in Wauwatosa, as it did last weekend. With both the boys and girls seasons taking place at the same time, the end of the tourney means roughly 10 months will pass before volleyball comes back.

It's too bad, because when volleyball is played at an elite level between two teams - boys or girls - there is no better sport to watch.

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Spread Your Wings 11/11/12

Nov. 08, 2012 5:42 p.m. | The following programs are held in Room WK114 at the Waukesha campus, 327 E. Broadway, of Waukesha County Technical College unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.wctc.edu or call (262) 691-5578.

Authentic Chinese Appetizers

This class meets from 6 to 8:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, with instructor Mic Pietrykowski. Learn how to create authentic Chinese appetizers in this hands-on cooking class. Fee: $21.40.

Baked Bite-Size Sweets

This class meets from 1 to 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, with instructor Katie Vitalbo. In this hands-on baking course, learn not only how to bake delicious desserts but also how to decorate and present them in style. Fee: $47.75.

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Community Briefs 11/11/12

Nov. 08, 2012 5:42 p.m. |

Home School Skate

Skate sessions for home school students will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 27, Dec. 4 and 11, Jan. 15, 22 and 29, at the Mullett Ice Center, 700 North Ave. Cost: $3; includes skate rental. For more information, call (262) 369-3600.

Aurora highlights how minutes matter

Nov. 08, 2012 5:42 p.m. | Aurora Medical Center in Summit last month hosted an Oktoberfest event at the Golden Mast. While this was a fun, festive, fall event it was also a community outreach event with an important message regarding traumatic injuries and critical trauma care.

No one expects to have a traumatic injury, but when it happens "Minutes Matter." That was the message brought by Dr. Thomas Derrig, Medical Chief of Staff at Aurora Medical Center in Summit.

Did you know that traumatic injury is the fourth leading cause of death for all ages and the leading cause of death for people under the age of 45?

"We are fortunate, here in Lake Country, because Aurora Medical Center Summit is currently functioning as a Level II Trauma Center and they expect to receive full verification in the spring 2013. You would have to travel to Milwaukee or Madison to receive a higher level of care," said Nancy Johns, Foundation Development Officer with Aurora.

Abby Kelly experienced Aurora's Level II Trauma Care firsthand when the fall from a horse sent her toAurora Medical Center Summit's Emergency Department with critical spleen and kidneyinjuries.

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Getting Involved

Nov. 08, 2012 5:42 p.m. | This week on Tuesday, Nov. 6, people all over the country moved to the polls, including the students of Kettle Moraine High School. A mock polling station was set up in the school library for social studies teachers to take their classes to throughout the day. The students didn't vote officially, of course, but their votes were still important.

I have always been interested and intrigued by politics; the history, different nations and their relationships, the cultural aspects, even the psychology behind authority figures are fascinating to me. As a student in KM Global Charter School, I decided to take advantage of this interest and learn more about the elections. Of course, I've already learned about the three branches of the government, how voting works, etc.

This semester I decided to take my knowledge a step further and work on a project based on raising political awareness in teens. I have just started to realize how important it is for our community and the nation as a whole to educate students on their government. Sure, we all have to take U.S. history. Every now and then we'll glance at a headline. Maybe we'll even tune into a debate or two during election season. That doesn't really prepare us, or legitimately inform us for the reality of these elections. What does it all mean? What are the controversies? It isn't easy to sort through all the propaganda to read between the lines. It's pretty common for teenagers (at least in this day and age) to simply take on their parents' opinions.

I'm not old enough to vote yet, but I did not want to be a parrot. I wanted to understand the policies and make my own decisions. After putting in hours of research, I formed my opinions; and I wanted to help others make theirs. The group I was working with has created a website aimed toward teens that has unbiased information on each of the candidates, in-depth and paraphrased, on all of the issues. There's also a quiz to help students figure out what their opinions mean, party-wise. A glossary of political terms is included as a reference. The point is to make for a better educated generation of future voters.

As I'm writing this I don't know who won. I do know that it is important to get students involved. Whatever party you sympathize with - democrat, republican, or third party - make your vote (real or not) count.

Salvation Army looking for holiday help

Nov. 08, 2012 5:42 p.m. | Help make a difference this holiday season by signing up to volunteer to ring bells. More than 50 locations are available throughout Waukesha County. Sign up online at waukeshasa.volunteerfirst.org or send an email to Marcy Stutzman at marcy_stutzman@usc.salvationarmy.org for more information. Visitors can go to www.usc.salvationarmy.org/Waukesha throughout the season and watch as the kettle fills up.

Holiday toy donations

Teen Gift Drive: Each Christmas gifts run low for youth ages 12-17. Host acollection for this age specific gifts. Suggestions include sports equipment, DVDs, mp3 players, watches,wallets, makeup, jewelry and gift cards.

Angel Tree: Host anAngel Tree at your church, business or organization. Tags will be provided listing gift suggestions. Patrons will select a tag, purchase one or more of the gifts listed and return the gifts. Gifts will be matched with an appropriate child.

Adopt-A-Family: Sponsor a Waukesha County family in need. The Salvation Army will match donors with an appropriate family to purchase gifts for.

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Boys volleyball tournament a hidden gem

Nov. 08, 2012 2:30 p.m. | This is an article I wrote last year about this time, highlighting my affinity for the WIAA boys volleyball state tournament in Wauwatosa. The sentiments then hold true today with the tourney slated for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10.


County's business climate is good for business

Nov. 08, 2012 1:02 p.m. | The Pewaukee Chamber will host a luncheon at Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Country Springs Hotel. Attendees will learn about Waukesha County's Business Climate from Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas and Waukesha County Board Chair Paul Decker. From 11 to 11:30 a.m. visitor will have an opportunity to meet the Pewaukee Chamber Board of Directors who will have spotlight tables showcasing their business. Networking with chamber businesses will continue until 11:45 a.m. and then lunch will be served followed by chamber announcements, the keynote speakers and their interactive presentation.

Facts to be presented include Waukesha County's population is approaching 400,000 and represents over 12 percent of Wisconsin's Economic output and eight percent of the state's population; over 35 manufacturing employers in Waukesha County are looking for four to five "good people" to hire today; several Waukesha County manufacturers are expanding or making plans to; 85 percent of workers in key manufacturing jobs in the county are age 55 or older; programming skills are the hottest ticket to well-paying jobs. Starting salaries for specialized developers are anticipated to see a nine percent jump next year - putting the annual salary range between $92,750 and $133,500, according to bizjournals.com Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012; GE has 6,500 employees in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties at 10 locations. GE Healthcare is a major high-tech company for the area with more than 2,800 employees holding engineering degrees. .

In addition to learning about the "state of Waukesha's business climate," those attending will have an opportunity to ask questions about County government, and share your thoughts about the role and value of business to the success of Waukesha County.

Vrakas is a Wisconsin Republican politician and businessman. Born in Waukesha, Vrakas graduated from Waukesha High School in 1974 (which became Waukesha South in 1975) and from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, in 1979. From 1991 until 2005, Vrakas served in the Wisconsin State Assembly. In 2005, he resigned from the Wisconsin State Assembly to become the County Executive of Waukesha County, in a special election, and has been re-elected and has been serving in that capacity ever since.

lives in Hartland and currently serves as full time chair of the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors. In addition to teaching sales, marketing and entrepreneurial courses at WCTC, Decker is founder of the Maverick Innovation Lab with partner Tom Price of Price Engineering in Hartland.

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Everyone wins when fantasy meets history

Nov. 08, 2012 12:48 p.m. | History and fantasy crossed paths at the Dousman Stagecoach Inn Museum in Brookfield recently. Members of the Elmbrook Historical Society decorated the historic inn and welcomed parents and children to walk through the three floors of the building and view an inn as it might have appeared in another time. Lots of cobwebs and spooky looking characters added to the atmosphere.

See who attended.

If you have an event you'd like Lorayne to attend, send and email to lritt@core.com.

Fourth annual Municipal Chili Cook-Off this weekend

Nov. 08, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  Add a little spice to your weekend with the fourth annual Municipal Chili Cook-Off from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Dr., Wales. Entry with 2 or more nonperishable food items or a cash donation. For more information call  (262) 968-3968.

Holiday care packages for troops overseas

Nov. 08, 2012 11:34 a.m. | A student-led group at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is honoring student cadets by hosting two donation dropoff points to send holiday care packages filled with letters and other items to those who are deployed overseas.

Donations may be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Walmart, 1362 W. Main St., Whitewater, and the week of Nov. 26-30 at the University Center on the UW-Whitewater Campus. Students and the public are invited to purchase an item to place in the donation bin and/or make a cash donation that will go toward the UW Whitewater ROTC Fallen Soldier memorial fund. Thank-you cards are also being sold for a $1 donation; the purchaser may print their name and write words of encouragements on the back to send with the care packages.

The most commonly requested items include protein snacks (tuna in foil packets, nuts, jerky, peanut butter), individual drink mixes, personal-care items, dice and cards, magazines, books and DVD's.

"It is our sincere hope that our efforts will demonstrate how much we appreciate our cadet students and military's efforts as well as honoring loved ones that are serving our country," said student Jessica Tucker, whose boyfriend serves in the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

The UW-Whitewater student group is led by Jessica Tucker, Rachel Church, Jennifer Coates, Heather Rhoades, Michael Cropp and Nina Link, with support from the school's ROTC program.

Getting your home ready for the hosting season

Nov. 08, 2012 11:34 a.m. | Some might call the fall and winter months the holiday season, but it could just as easily be known as the hosting season. It's the time of year when cooking for crowds and welcoming friends and family for celebrations is the name of the game. For those opening their homes to guests, it can be hectic, but there are plenty of ways to make the season as full of cheer as it should be.

Decorating your home for the holidays goes hand-in-hand with getting ready for guests, whether those visitors are planned or impromptu. So, as you start to consider your décor themes, think about updates that can be made around the house to make your guests feel even more at home.

Give your decorations a checkup. By pulling out your holiday decorations well ahead of time, you can save yourself the stress of last-minute surprises like broken platters or light strings with half the bulbs burned out. If you find items that are broken or in disrepair, don't throw them out; make a few quick fixes instead. Repair broken items with reliably tough adhesives, and replace burnt-out bulbs individually, rather than buying entire new strands.

Stock your pantry. During every holiday this season, food will be a major focus. Be prepared for the biggest days by having all the ingredients you need in your pantry, freezer and - closer to the actual events - your refrigerator. From spices to stock to sweet treats, it's better to have everything on hand rather than risking the chance of the grocery store being closed or dealing with the long, hectic holiday lines. It's also a great opportunity to make sure that you have enough supplies on hand to feed guests who stay for a few days at a time.

Freshen your linens. Guest rooms often go dormant during the quieter seasons of the year and need a bit of airing out before the hosting season. Keep a few sets of linens freshly laundered to avoid stale smells. Make sure you also have a few extra blankets clean and ready to use as throws, and don't forget to vacuum or clean window treatments, where dust easily collects.

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Plaque dedication honors MHS alumni armed service members

Nov. 08, 2012 11:01 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School History Club will honor MHS alumni who have given their lives serving our country during a plaque dedication and reception on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:15 p.m. In the MHS commons 

For more information, contact Maura Frenn, History Club advisor at (262) 363-6200, ext.25203

Newspaper prompts school investigation into sexual assault charges against student

Nov. 08, 2012 10:54 a.m. | Seventeen-year-old Daniel Koepke faces four felony charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl over the summer.

He was charged in Washington County Circuit Court on July 17. Charges include first-degree child sexual assault, exposing genitals or pubic area, causing a child to view/listen to sexual activity and incest. Monday, Nov. 5, however, was the first time officials at Hamilton School District heard of it.

Koepke is a senior at Hamilton High School and lives on Majestic Heights Trail, right around the corner from Woodside Elementary.

The conditions of his bond state that he is to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family, he’s to stay at his main residence, that he is not to travel outside of the state except for a planned trip with his family, and he is not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 16 except his younger brother.

Last week, the alleged victim’s mother – who lives in Washington County – contacted the Sussex Sun saying, “I want all those kids at that elementary school, on his street and at the high school to be safe.”

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Parent presentation on "Dark Side of the Internet"

Nov. 08, 2012 10:53 a.m. | Oconomowoc Parent Education Network invites you to a Parent Information Night tonight from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the OHS Little Theater (enter through doors to the Oconomowoc Arts Center) regarding "The Dark Side of the Internet"

 Presenter Eric Szatkowski has been a special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investiga-tion for 20 years. He’s currently assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee. Since 1999, Eric has earned a reputation as one of the top officers in the nation in apprehending sexual predators of children who use the Internet and/or cell phones to seduce or exploit children.

Eric’s work has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States Attor-ney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He has also provided assistance to dozens of law enforcement agencies in the area of online exploitation of children

 He will be giving a presentation to intermediate students during the day.

This presentation on the digital exploitation of children in-cludes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of children while online or using cell phones. Eric Szatkowski will provide a live, eye-opening demonstration of some troubling sites our children can easily visit. He will also explain how filters and monitoring software can be used to protect our children.

The trail gets trickier as night falls

Nov. 08, 2012 10:50 a.m. | The afternoon sun was just setting when Frank Slayton of Oconomowoc finished climbing down from his tree stand.

After picking up the practice arrow he shot into the soft dirt to unload his crossbow, he began the slow, long walk back to his truck.

Within minutes, however, his cell phone rang. The conversation went like this:

"Frank, this is Alan, I just shot a nice buck, but he ran into the dry cattail marsh between us. Can you come over to my stand and help me look for him?"

"OK. I'll bring my gear along and leave it at your stand while we look. It'll take a few minutes because it's getting dark."

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Old World ramps up for holiday events

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. | Eagle - This holiday season visitors to Old World Wisconsin can enjoy breakfast with Father Christmas, dinner with Ebenezer Scrooge, and a midday stroll through the 1870s Crossroads Village, all decked out for the holidays.

Holiday dinner theater

"The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge" by Mark Brown is offered weekends, Nov. 23-Dec. 16; 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 and 9, (show only, no meal) and 5 p.m. Dec. 16.

Billed as the Trial of the Century, this funny and warm play provides an engaging alternative to more traditional holiday tales. Guests can enjoy a themed buffet in the historic Clausing Barn, and then will be escorted by the show's characters to the almost 150-year-old Caldwell Farmers' Club Hall, where the drama unfolds. The menu matches the show in amusement, and includes Scrooge's apricot and chestnut stuffed pork loin, "spirited" pepper-crusted beef tenderloin, "ghostly" rice pilaf, "slanderous" toffee bread pudding and more.

Tickets to the dinner theater performance include a voucher for The Spirit of Christmas Past event (below).

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Santa Train marks 40th anniversary

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. | Limited tickets are now available for those who would like to ride in passenger trolley cars that will follow the East Troy Electric Railroad's Santa Train on Saturday, Dec. 1, when it makes its annual journey from the North Pole to East Troy.

In observance of the 40th anniversary of the tradition of Santa's arrival by rail, the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and the East Troy Electric Railroad welcome the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce as an event partner.

The East Troy Electric Railroad is running the Santa Train and the passenger cars as a holiday gift to people who enjoy the magic of Santa traveling by rail. All proceeds from the sale of tickets for the passenger cars will go to the East Troy and Mukwonago chambers of commerce.


The original East Troy Christmas parade train, started by the East Troy Jaycees and the railroad in 1972, was a historic reproduction of the Schuster's Christmas parade in Milwaukee. The Schuster's department store chain sponsored the parade, established in 1928, to kick off the Christmas shopping season. It disappeared in 1955 with the demise of the Milwaukee Electric Lines interurban and streetcar system.

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Local poet launches new book at Cornerstone

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. | Cornerstone Restaurant, W31343 Highway 83, Genesee Depot, is hosting a reception in honor of local poet Mary Jo Balistreri's new book, "Gathering the Harvest," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Balistreri will read from her new collection and will sign the books. The event is free and open to the public.

"I'm really honored to be reading at Cornerstone Restaurant and share the poetry that is essential in saving my life," said Balistreri. "Through poetry, I feel encouraged to explore my interior life, the life outside my window, to witness, praise and grieve the journey of this one life and make sense of it. "

Balistreri has earned awards from writing organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. In the last year, she won her second Jade Ring honor from the Wisconsin Writers Association and was also the first-place winner in the Franciscan Center's Spiritual Literature Contest for nonfiction. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Verse Wisconsin, The Healing Muse and Crab Creek Review.

"Gathering the Harvest" is Balistreri's second book of poems published by Bellowing Ark Press. Her books can be purchased at the event or through her website at maryjobalistreripoet.com. For more information, visit the website or call (262) 547-6087.

We had a job; we did it

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. | The Department of Administration announced in October that the state finished the fiscal year with a surplus of $342 million. Gov. Scott Walker promptly deposited $108.7 million of that in the state's rainy day fund - the largest such deposit ever. Do we really need to keep pointing out the obvious?

The fiscal reforms that we instituted beginning with Act 10 and continuing with the 2011-13 budget have turned the state around so drastically that other states should now be using Wisconsin as their model on how to budget.

We turned Wisconsin around from a state that had one of the biggest per-capita deficits into a state with a healthy surplus. We turned Wisconsin into a model of fiscal responsibility. We turned Wisconsin into the envy of so many other states' governors and legislatures.

What a difference two years make. Remember when we took control in January 2011? Remember a $3.6-billion - that's with a "B" - deficit? Remember how we owed Minnesota $60 million for a reciprocity deal that we weren't paying off? Remember how we owed $200 million to the state's patient compensation fund? Those black marks on Wisconsin are gone - just bad memories.

Today the future is bright for Wisconsin. While our federal government owes some $16 trillion - nearly $60,000 for every man, woman and child in our country - Wisconsin has removed the burden of debt and deficit from the backs of our future generations.

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Two recipes, one dish

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. | Last week I gave you Tyler Florence's spaghetti carbonara recipe, and mentioned Anne Burrell's take on the dish. I've tried them both and enjoyed each. While Tyler's has a few more layers of flavor, Anne's is a creamier version. Try them both, and you decide which you like best. I know which one I prefer. I'll let you know in my blog at www.livinglakecountry.com. Share your thoughts there, too, or tweet your favorite at twitter.com/Cooks_CornerLCP.

Anne Burrell's Spaghetti a la CarbonaraSpaghetti a la Carbonara


2 tablespoons olive oil

¾ cup pancetta, cut into ¼ inch dice (have to admit, I used hard salami here)

1 pound spaghetti

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Community Briefs 11/11/12

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. |

Focus groups

to help county

with planning

Waukesha County is updating its strategic plan. As part of that process, consultant Baker Tilly Virchow Krause (Baker Tilly) will conduct a series of three focus groups to solicit feedback from county residents on issues facing county government.

The three focus groups are: members of the business and nonprofit community, randomly selected county residents, and residents who have had direct contact with county government, selected by each of the 25 County Board members. The focus groups will be held Nov. 14 and 15.

The feedback gathered from the groups will be used by the consultants and members of the steering committee to update the countywide strategic plan.

Residents selected for the focus groups will receive a letter via mail and are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are contacted to participate in a focus group, RSVP to the contact information provided on the request letter or to the County Executive's Office by calling (262) 548-7902.

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Heroes among us, serving their country

Nov. 08, 2012 10:40 a.m. | A t Park View Middle School, a Wall of Heroes reminds those who pass by of the sacrifices people in the armed services make in service to their country.

As students and staff members brought in pictures of family members in the service, a writing project focused on heroes. Some of those heroes were the military faces on the wall. Some examples of the military heroes in the lives of PVMS students are listed below.

Stephanie Tomasik

There are heroes living among us … such as my hero brother Benjamin Allen Tomasik. In 2008, he joined the Marines. Ben is strong, smart, family-oriented and funny. He has this way of making everyone smile and feel safe within themselves. Ben has always looked out for my sister and me. He can be a little crazy, but when he has to, he can truly amaze you by his strength and skills. Ben's a lot of things in a very wide range, but the one thing I'm most proud of to say is that he's my brother.

Tyler Jessup

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Oconomowoc's Gymlingo closes on sale to move into former church

Nov. 08, 2012 10:25 a.m. | Gymlingo owners, Tai Yong Cao and Kathleen Ping, recently announced that they have closed on the sale of the former St. Jerome Church on Main Street in downtown Oconomowoc. They now will begin work to move their gymnastics business into the larger space. They said the move will enable them to offer more to customers and have higher levels of training for competition.

They said they are now working with contractors to begin remodeling, but have not yet set a timetable for relocating the business.

Watch for more on this story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Kids' Choice Reading Program

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Kids’ Choice Award encourages children in grades 4, 5 and 6 to keep reading at an age when interest in books often wanes. The program engages kids in the pre-teen years by giving a sense of ownership in the project as the award acknowledges their choices for the best books. Librarians from public libraries and school library media centers gather nominations from students and choose  15  titles. The Library System provides posters and bookmarks to participating public libraries and schools.

Kids who read at least five of the books vote for their favorite in early February at their school and public libraries or online at www.wcfls.org/kidschoice/. The winners - the books that Waukesha County Kids love to read (including the top vote getter and up to 3 honorable mentions) - are announced around Valentine's Day.

The Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer team sponsors the program, offering tickets to Milwaukee Wave games as reading incentives and participating in the annual award ceremony each February.

For more information contact Claudia Backus, Waukesha County Federated Library System, Library Services Specialist at 262-896-8087 or clbackus@wcfls.lib.wi.us

Community Briefs 11/09/12

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. |

Cambridge gears up for holidays

Cambridge - The Prescott Mall, 149 W. Main S., is getting new life with Cambridge Diva Day on Nov. 25 and Cambridge Country Christmas from Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

Also in upcoming weeks, the Chamber of Commerce is coordinating Small Business Saturday, a small business expo, on Nov. 24, featuring vendors highlighting products geared toward women and spa items.

There will be a wine bar with diva wineglasses for sale with a complimentary glass of wine as well as hourly raffles. Proceeds will benefit the Country Christmas fund.

In addition to the small business expo there will be boutique specials, a fashion show, wine tastings and treats in the Main Street shops.

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Community Briefs 11/09/12

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. |

Singles club hosts Casino Night

As a way to arouse awareness of the singles club Be True LLC is holding a Casino Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Plattdeutscher in Watertown.

At 7:30 p.m. blackjack is the name of the game and don't worry if you don't know how to play. Extraordinary Parties and Events is providing the casino tables and has dealers who are willing to teach you the game.

At the end of the casino fun, the dealers will exchange your winnings for tickets that will go toward prize drawings. If there is enough interest, Be True will consider hosting events for couples as well, so couples should not hesitate to join in on the evening's fun.

Lake Mills takes Day into Night

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. | The Lake Mills Main Street Program is thrilled to announce that

The second annual Legendary Ladies event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 17. This girlfriend's getaway is scheduled to coincide with the first Saturday of deer hunting season.

"This event will keep our Legendary Ladies busy shopping all day, and then enjoying food, drink and live entertainment into the evening hours," said Main Street Executive Director Katie Otto. "There will be things to do from 10 a.m. until well into the evening. Special pricing, presentations, demonstrations, refreshments and entertainment - there is something for everyone."

More than 20 businesses expect to participate. Registered ladies will receive a bag filled with coupons and specials to be used that day and beyond, and pins that can be worn in their hair or on their jackets to identify them as participating Legendary Ladies as they shop.

Most shops in downtown Lake Mills will be open until 5 or 6 p.m., but the fun will continue into the evening. Enjoy a meal at one of the many Lake Mills restaurants, and then stop in at one or more of the live music venues throughout the evening. Carp's Landing will have the Nate Morales Acoustic band at 4 p.m., and WAMI winner Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo Blues Band beginning at 9 p.m. Water House Foods hosts Beth Kille at 6:30 p.m., and Tyranena Brewing Co. will have the band Daylight in the Swamp beginning at 7.

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Student entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas in Chicago

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. | The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will send six students - more than any other university - to compete in the National Elevator Pitch Competition Nov. 1-3 in Chicago.

The event, run by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, is the largest "elevator pitch" competition in the nation, offering students a unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges and win up to $3,500.

"It's extraordinary. Ten percent of all competitors are UW-Whitewater students," said William Dougan, Irvin L. Young Professor of Entrepreneurship and adviser of the UW-Whitewater CEO chapter. "It's indicative of the strong program here that attracts talented entrepreneurs."

The elevator pitch competition requires students to sell their business idea to someone in a limited time frame - in this case, the time it takes for a short elevator ride. Past participants have received national exposure and have gone on to gain new customers, partners and investors in their businesses.

From websites to social media to mini helicopters, UW-Whitewater students' ideas are varied and sophisticated.

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Farm to School program teaches kids to eat local

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. | Schools across the nation celebrate National Farm to School Month, and local school districts are no exception. Farm to School programming instills healthy eating habits early in life, when most children are adaptable to change. An added benefit is that Farm to School programming also stimulates the local economy by supporting area farmers and their families.

Fort HealthCare, CESA 2 Cooperative Purchasing, and Town and Country RC&D, in partnership with local school districts, have formed a countywide consortium: Eat Here. Eat Well. Recently, the CESA 2 Whitewater Innovation Center hosted a gathering to explore Farm to School collaboration opportunities among Jefferson County school districts, such as cooperative purchasing and cross-promotion. School district representatives shared current successes and future opportunity for program growth and collaboration.

The Fort Atkinson School District has embraced the Farm to School movement by serving local apples and Schroeder's Farm watermelon, and piloting a Harvest of the Month program through the rest of the school year.

October featured red, white and blue potatoes, and November will bring a feast of cranberries. Community volunteers, PTO members and students from the ProStart high school culinary class worked closely with the district's nutrition staff to bring Harvest of the Month to students.

In Cambridge, a multiprong approach to the Farm to School initiative has occurred. Last spring, the PTO helped build a school garden in which children, parents and volunteers planted cherry tomatoes, broccoli and butternut squash later served in school meals. To volunteer, visit Facebook.com/CambridgeSchoolGarden.

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Your letters 11/09/12

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. |

Thanks to community for help

To the editor,

This world is made up of truly amazing people. We would like to thank all the people who have given their ongoing care and prayers of support since Dean's accident and to those who attended the recent benefit and social held in his honor. So many people helped to make it possible and a huge success.

Thank you to the people who organized the event and to all of the people and businesses who donated and bid and purchased items for the live and silent auctions and to those who donated, made and served the food and desserts and gave their time, the auctioneer, DJ and janitors, our congregation at Immanuel Lutheran Church at Farmington, and so many others.

Our faith that "God helps us handle what we are given" is helping us get through this. God has so richly blessed us, and we will be forever grateful to all of you.

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On the move 11/09/12

Nov. 08, 2012 9:04 a.m. | Jessica Palombi has joined Schenck AccuRate of Whitewater as marketing coordinator.

Kate Blank has joined UW Health Partners Doctor's Court Clinic as a physician's assistant

Schenck AccuRate, Whitewater, announces the promotion of Rich Janowski to manufacturing engineer.

Richard Austin has been named senior vice president of finance and product strategies at Fort Community Credit Union.

Heidi Grebe has joined Shorewest Realtors' Lake Country office as a sales associate.

Calling All Families features insects at museum

Nov. 08, 2012 9:04 a.m. | Fort Atkinson - The Hoard Historical Museum in Fort Atkinson will feature the "insect ambassadors" from the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 17. This program is the second of five programs that are part of the museum's 2012- 13 Calling All Families program series. Presenters will share collections of live and preserved bugs.

The Calling All Families series is an expansion of the former Calling All Scholars series. Programs in this new series are designed for visitors of all ages. Children, parents, and grandparents are all encouraged to attend. Students in grades four and beyond are welcome to attend without adult supervision. No registration is required, and there is no fee to attend.

Who are the insect ambassadors? They are both graduate and undergraduate students studying entomology at UW-Madison. They volunteer around the state to share their love for and knowledge of bugs. Insects account for more than two-thirds of all known organisms and have many interactions with humans and other life-forms on our planet.

The insect ambassadors will bring with them to the museum several boxes of preserved insects, including those native to Wisconsin as well as some exotic specimens. Live specimens might include Madagascar hissing cockroaches, death's head cockroaches, tomato hornworm caterpillars, walking sticks and a rose hair tarantula.

 This program will take place in the museum's Luella Hoard Gallery, adjacent to the Historic Hoard House where the Bird Room Display is located.

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Community Briefs 11/09/12

Nov. 08, 2012 9:04 a.m. |

Deer hunters' widows can take advantage of sale

The Lebanon Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) will host its annual Deer Hunters' Widows Craft, Vendor and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Lebanon Elementary School gym, Highways O and R in Lebanon.

There will be a variety of crafters and vendors at the event. The PTO will sponsor a bake sale at the event and will also sell food and refreshments.

For more information or to arrange for a booth at the event, call (920) 925-3388 or (920) 925-3736.

Community Briefs 11/09/12

Nov. 08, 2012 9:04 a.m. |

Financial Peace University offered in Fort

First United Methodist Church will offer the video series Financial Peace University with bestselling author and syndicated radio talk host Dave Ramsey beginning Sunday, Jan. 20.

This series teaches participants how to make a budget they can understand and actually use, get out of debt and stay that way, invest with confidence and change their financial future. This course is open to the public.

A class preview is offered at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, in fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church, 320 S. Main St., Fort Atkinson.

Class will run from Jan. 20-March 17. Registration is $100 per family, which covers the cost of materials and take-home audio copies of the video series. Child care can be provided and financial assistance if needed. Classes are 1 ½ hours per week. For more information,n contact Bob Bell, (920) 563-2355, or Bob Cheek, (920) 563-4328, or office@fortmethodist.org or visit www.DaveRamsey.com.

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Holiday bazaar kicks off Classic Christmas weekend

Nov. 08, 2012 9:04 a.m. | Lake Mills - The Rock Lake Activity Center (RLAC)m 229 Fremont St., is ready to go for its seventh annual holiday bazaar, craft and vendor show. The bazaar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Up to 40 crafters and vendors will be throughout the rooms and halls of the center. Some are returning vendors and some are new to the show.

Janet Pyles will be on hand with her handmade woolen hats and mittens. Pyles creates her items from recycled materials that she gathers from torn, discarded pieces as she volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul in Lake Mills. She creates her one-of-a-kind pieces, sells them and then donates her proceeds right back to St. Vincent's. Pyles is one of many crafters and home vendors who will sell their wares at the show.

Also at the event, families may have holiday photos taken, for a fee. Customers will receive CDs of their photos within three days to make holiday copies. Photos are taken by appointment only. No animals are allowed. To register for a sitting, call the RLAC at (920) 945-0156.

The board and members of the RLAC will provide concessions throughout the day of the event. The board's famous chili will be available, hot dogs or chili dogs, sweets and more for purchase in the center's cafeteria. Visitors will also be encouraged to enter one of the many drawings available that day. Prizes include two tickets to the RLAC Casino Night event in January, a three-day personal trainer package, a six-week session from a martial arts studio and an RLAC class pass for any Standard Level fitness classes. Winners do not have to be present to win.

Crafters or home vendors interested in participating in the day's event should register through the center at www.rocklakeac.org or call (920) 945-0156. The event kicks off the Lake Mills' Classic Christmas weekend. Purchase Tour of Home tickets through the center and get a guide for other events taking place the same day.

Candidate steps forward for 98th Assembly seat

Nov. 08, 2012 8:15 a.m. | A candidate has stepped forward as a candidate for the 98th Assembly seat, which is expected to be vacated if Rep. Paul Farrow (R-Pewakee) takes the 33rd State Senate seat in the December election.

Matt Morzy (R-Waukesha) will seek Farrow's Asssembly seat.

Farrow won both the primary for the Senate position and the 98th Assembly spot in Tuesday's election. He is uncontested in December's general election for the Senate seat. If he wins that election, his Assembly seat would be vacated and would be filled in a special election, possibly in spring. Gov. Scott Walker has not set a date for such an election.

“I hope to continue to deliver the same great representation to the 98th Assembly district that (Farrow) provided,” Morzy said in a prepared statement. “I am a proud supporter of the fiscal commonsense approach to leadership that Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans have shown in the last two years. I pledge that I will look to pass budgets that provide for us now and in the future, work to improve the economic outlook in Wisconsin, and to provide for our veterans that have sacrificed so much for us.”

A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Morzy has lived in Waukesha County since he enrolled at Carroll University in 2001. He graduated in 2005 from Carroll with a bachelor's of business administration in finance and is pursuing a master's degree in finance from Marqueet University.

Aaaauuuggghh! We Lost!!

Nov. 07, 2012 5:49 p.m. | The morning dawned dark and dreary. A cold drizzle was falling. I went out to my mailbox to get the paper and...there it was, big, black and scary: the headline--"It's Obama!"  My heart sank. I hadn't watched the election coverage the night before. I went to bed fat, dumb and happy. Today, on this depressing day, the truth slammed into me. We are doomed! We won't survive another four years of the Evil One.

The I went into the kitchen. There, at my window feeder was a tiny black-capped chickadee. Another was at my (heated) bird bath drinking. Then a beautiful crimson cardinal flew onto my white bird feeder in the yard. Then I realized, God was in his Heaven and all was right with the world. Life would go on and we would suvive.

O.K., that's a bit embellished. I didn't--and don't--think we are doomed. I don't like our continuing president. I think he is not good for this country. He will try to drag this nation further to the left, perhaps with some success. The economy will stagger onward in the doldrums. Unemployment will stay high because many businesses, especially small ones, will be reluctant to expand and hire due to uncertainty about government regulations and the impact of Obamacare.

But we will survive! Four years is a drop in the bucket of history. This is a strong country, with great resources that, unfortunately, we are not utilizing. But this nonsense of renewable energy, windmills and solar panels, will eventually sink under its own weight of excessive cost and inefficiency. If by some miracle it doesn't, then I am wrong and it will work, which would be a good thing.

The greatest danger, in my view, is the rise of an entitlement class of people who depend on government for sustenance. This includes many college students, who came out in droves for Obama thinking that he would somehow forgive their loans and/or provide for their education. Should this group become too large, we could have an "Atlas Shrugged" condition where the payers would be buried by the takers. Remember, government has no money of its own. All is our, or China's, money, and the latter is not limitless. Thus, the drift toward socialism, if that's where we're headed and I believe it is, will of necessity be self-limited and will collapse of its own weight. I doubt we will get that far. This country has too long and successful an experience with capitalism.

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Defending the freedom to fail

Nov. 07, 2012 4:58 p.m. | As a nation matures its government develops an ongoing battle of ideology. The battle revolves around the question of whether the government should save people from themselves. 

Since the beginning of human existence, people have done things that are not in their own best interest. Whether the topic is obesity, alcohol consumption, smoking, driving patterns, spending, etc. there is a government agency trying to protect people from themselves and influence behavior. I am not opposed to government trying to educate people and influence behavior…as a principle. But I am unsure of what to place the line on where it becomes counter-productive.  

When a person makes the decision to consume vast amounts of alcohol on a daily basis, historical data will indicate that the probability that this individual will see a decline their lifestyle will be rather high. When this individual finds himself living in the streets after losing his house, job, marriage, etc, what is the government’s responsibility in this matter?

Being a parent, I have found that the basic nature of people is to take the easy way out and to take as little responsibility for one’s self as possible. For example, one of my sons signed up for a school fundraiser.  He was to sell a certain amount of product to get an award. I told my son to do his best in selling the business discount cards and I would pay for the remaining unsold cards. Knowing that I would cover him in case his efforts were unsuccessful, he never sold even one of the cards. I ended up with the entire bill. Sure, he claims that he gave it an abundance of effort; he just wasn’t able to sell any. When reviewing the results, it became clear that I was the one who made the mistake. I gave my son an easy out. He had no skin in the game and thus the results of his efforts were inconsequential. 

As sovereign beings we have the freedom to succeed. This freedom to succeed always carries with it the freedom to fail. If one is not free to fail, one cannot truly succeed. In my son’s case, he reaped the spoils of success, while failing. I felt like a failure as a father because I taught my son the wrong thing. I taught him dependence, not rugged individualism.

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Charlie's Choices 11/08/12

Nov. 07, 2012 3:41 p.m. | After suffering through three losing weeks in a row, the bankroll managed to survive with minimal damage.

But how about my picks last week? I played six games and won them all, a perfect 6 for 6. How many professional handicappers had a weekend like that? I'll tell you. None!

My top play last weekend ($500) was Houston (minus-10) over Buffalo. The Texans once again delivered. And I'm proud to say so did the Green Bay Packers. I also won with Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore and Seattle.

The bankroll won $1,500 for the week, moving my profit for the season to $800. I've connected on 28 of 47 selections. I'll take that every time.

The games look tougher to me this week. But I still have a lot of faith in my choices.

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Arrowhead by the numbers

Nov. 07, 2012 3:39 p.m. | Arrowhead has 67 touchdowns on the season, and 32 of those have come on plays of 20 yards or longer. Eighteen of those touchdowns have come on plays of 50 yards or longer.

In coach Greg Malling's two years as head coach, the Warhawks have rolled to a 19-2 record. Arrowhead has won 13 of its last 14 games.

In the last seven years, Arrowhead has put together a brilliant mark of 77-9.

Arrowhead has made the state semifinals five times in the last seven years and seven times in the last 11 seasons.

AHS has made the WIAA postseason 16 straight years and 21 times in the last 22 seasons. The only year the Hawks missed was 1996. This is their 23rd overall playoff appearance.

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Thanksgiving all year long

Nov. 07, 2012 2:48 p.m. | It's the beginning of November and I have to admit I am already starting to feel a little anxious as the holiday season draws ever near. Political junk mail has quickly been replaced with shiny toy store magazines and Mitt, Obama, Tommy and Tammy have finally been relieved by ads featuring this year's "must have" gadgets, gizmos and thingamajigs.

This time of year, I really have to work at trying to find that balance. Not feeling guilty about diving into that luscious piece of homemade pumpkin pie because I was successful in avoiding the hot artichoke dip earlier in the feast. Or forgoing the pull of the mall on Black Friday and taking our kids for a walk in the woods instead.

It's about taking a moment (or two!) to step back and ponder why we do the things we do during this particular time of year. What or who are we preparing for? What types of memories will we create? What traditions are we passing down to our children? What are we thankful for and how can we reach out to those people who don't have as much as we do?

Gathering together to share a great meal, while expressing our gratitude for each other and for all we have been blessed with makes us feel good. It also allows us to feel like we belong to something much bigger than just ourselves. Why wait until Thanksgiving each year to experience this?

In January of 2001, the Cooperating Churches of Oconomowoc started to sponsor a free Community Meal to everyone living within the Oconomowoc area. The dinner is hosted by First Congregational UCC of Oconomowoc from 5 to 6 p.m. on the last Monday of every month, except December.

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Your letters 11/08/12

Nov. 07, 2012 2:44 p.m. |

To a great community

To the editor,

On behalf of the Maelyn Lind family, we would like to thank family, friends and the community for the outpouring of support over the past ten days. We would like to thank each of you individually; however, there are hundreds and hundreds of wonderful people in our local community who have guided us through this trying time in our lives.

Please continue to pray for all of the families impacted by this tragedy, and we will continue to move forward remembering the many great attributes of Maelyn.

Tim, Kaela and Logan

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Funeral Services 11/08/12

Nov. 07, 2012 2:32 p.m. | Harlan J. "Har" Gerritsen, 82, of Oconomowoc died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Visitation will be from 3 until the 5 p.m. celebration of life Thursday, Nov. 8, at Elmbrook Church, 777 S. Barker Road, Brookfield. Military honors will immediately follow the service.

Oconomowoc Area News 11/08/12

Nov. 07, 2012 2:32 p.m. |

Parent information night

The Oconomowoc Parent Education Network will sponsor a Parent Information Night titled "The Dark Side of Technology, The Internet, Cell Phones and Social Media" presented by Eric Szatkowski from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Oconomowoc High School Little Theater. Enter through the main doors of the Oconomowoc Arts Center. Due to the mature nature of the presentation, this is an adults only event. For information, send an email to Katie Westerman at kathleen. westerman@oasd.k12.wi.us.

Artist reception

Lake Terrace Apartments will showcase the work of Mukwonago artist Charlotte Fung Miller and her son Matt Miller with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1380 W. Wisconsin Ave. All work will be available for viewing and purchase. Artwork is displayed on the first floor Lake Terrace Art Gallery. For information, call (262) 567-8341.

OHS Players

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Weekend fire destroys two Village of Mukwonago garages

Nov. 07, 2012 12:34 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Fire Department was called to Andrews Street Saturday just as daylight savings switched the time over to 2:01 a.m. for a garage that had caught fire. 

On scene, fire department crews were met by Town and Village of Mukwonago Police who had been the first to arrive, and discovered that the fire had spread to the neighboring garage, Deputy Chief Andy Wegner said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

The garage that initially caught fire was just about a pile of ashes when the fire department arrived. Luckily, the second garage was made mostly of brick which helped contain the fire. However, the heat from the second garage burning was so strong that the siding of the corresponding home started to melt. Crews were able to keep the situation under control to prevent the home from starting on fire. 

The fire burned through power lines near the scene, and around a half dozen residents were without power for three to four hours. As soon as emergency crews cleared the scene, We Energies arrived and repaired the power lines. 

Mutual aid was provided by Eagle, Vernon, Tess Corners, Town of Waukesha, a squad from North Prairie and the North Prairie auxiliary canteen unit. Dousman, Wales Genesee and Big Bend Fire Departments provided  station coverage while the Mukwongo department was on scene. 

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KM faces Tosa East in quarterfinal

Nov. 07, 2012 12:21 p.m. | When Kettle Moraine hits the floor Friday at the WIAA boys volleyball state meet, it will essentially be the underdog in any match it plays, though not by much. Remarkably, all eight No. 1 seeds in the sectionals advanced to the state showcase, and KM did so convincingly with a three-set win in the sectional final. However, the Lasers were the only team in the field not ranked in the top 10 in the final boys volleyball coaches poll.

Quarterfinal foe Wauwatosa East picked up the No. 3 seed (four were awarded) and was randomly assigned to KM. The Red Raiders (30-6) needed to work to get this far, topping Brookfield Central in the sectional final, 3-2. The Lancers had been one of the top-ranked teams all year. East had to top crosstown rival Tosa West in the semifinal, 3-1.

The 2006 state champion won its first Greater Metro Conference title in 10 years, posting a 5-0 record. That honor usually goes to perennial powerhouse Marquette, which comes in with the No. 4 seed and will wear the rare badge of "underdog" when the state meet begins at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Tosa East is no stranger to state, having made the trip seven years in a row.

Co-captains include senior Ben Mihelich (team-leading 324 kills) and junior Ben Plaisted (314), who also stands second in assists behind setter Mitch Wagner (533). Mihelic also leads the team with 171 digs.

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Weekend Happenings

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

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

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

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

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

All weekend happenings.