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Ice damming 101

Dec. 31, 2010 12:35 a.m. | Ice Damming 101

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ice dam season. I was out on a roof call this morning and “whalah” there it was before my vary eyes …..an ice dam! Now I’ll be the first to admit it’s not quite yet “the perfect storm” but I fear it’s coming. We have had some good ice dam weather but the best is yet to come. This is one of the worst of the winter hauntings, causing roof damage, staining drywall and creating the possibility of mold. So with this in mind I pulled an old but trusty text on the causes and remedies of this wonderland curse. Understanding the what’s and how’s just might save you big dollars and frustration.

What causes Ice Dams?

 There is a complex interaction among the amount of heat loss from a house, snow cover, and outside temperatures that leads to ice dam formation. For ice dams to form there must be snow on the roof, and, at the same time, higher portions of the roof's outside surface must be above 32° F while lower surfaces are below 32°F. For a portion of the roof to be below 32°F, outside temperatures must also be below 32°F. When we say temperatures above or below 32°F, we are talking about average temperature over sustained periods of time.

The snow on a roof surface that is above 32°F will melt. As water flows down the roof it reaches the portion of the roof that is below 32°F and freezes. TA DA!—an ice dam.

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Start a New Year's fitness plan with fun in the snow.

Dec. 31, 2010 12:00 a.m. | Many people have “losing weight” or “start a fitness program” on their New Year’s resolution list.

So off they go to purchase treadmills and weights, join health clubs and stock up on sprouts and tofu.

But there are so many ways to stay fit that are both fun and inexpensive.

In winter, there are lots of places in Waukesha County to ice skate including the Mullett Ice Center in Merton, Eble Ice Arena in Brookfield, Naga-Waukee Park Ice Arena in Delafield.

Retzer Nature Center has snowshoe rentals to let you try something new on the snow. If you’ve never been on snowshoes, sign up for the Winter Wildlife on Snowshoes events scheduled for Jan. 15, 29 and Feb. 12, 19 and 26.

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Pewaukee girls move to 8-0

Dec. 30, 2010 9:07 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team improved to 8-0 on the season Thursday night by scoring a 50-43 nonconference win over visiting Brookfield East.

Jordyn Swan led the Pirates with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Emily Wirth added 14 points and eight rebounds. Wirth scored 10 of her points in the final period.

The score was tied at 37 going into the final period.

The day after - it's all good: Breakfast Casserole, Candied Bacon & Cheesy Hash Browns

Dec. 30, 2010 9:49 a.m. | I love breakfast. It's my favorite meal of the day; followed only by brunch, which, of course, includes breakfast - see the pattern here? One of my favorite breakfasts includes eggs over medium, wheat toast and bacon; another is creamy oatmeal with brown sugar and Craisins; add a cup of orange juice, some coffee or -wait for it - Mountain Dew (I know, but the third ingredient is concentrated orange juice - look at the label) and I'm good to go.

I also love breakfast casseroles. They can be made up ahead of time, and all you have to do is pop them in the oven the next morning and voila - everybody's happy. These next three dishes are great breakfast treats and will be a welcome reprieve on New Year's Day after a night on the town.

Google ImageBreakfast casserole

Ingredients

2 pounds sausage

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

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KM girls lose to De Pere

Dec. 29, 2010 9:45 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity girls basketball team blew a 26-20 first half lead Wednesday night and lost to visiting De Pere in a nonconference game, 53-41.

KM got outscored 33-15 in the second half.

Anna Luterbach fired in 15 points to lead the Lasers. Kelly Robinson tossed in 8 points for the Lasers and Olivia Weber had 6.

Community Briefs 01/02/11

Dec. 29, 2010 4:56 p.m. |

Arrowhead student honored

Mitchell Hoefle, a student at Arrowhead High School, has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. This accomplishment represents six years of adventure, fun, work, and dedication to the Boy Scout program for Hoefle, a member of Troop 359 in Hartland.

During the process of satisfying the requirements for the Eagle rank, Hoefle performed community service and provided service and leadership for his troop, including serving as Senior Patrol Leader and Quarter Master. In addition to the traditional outdoor skills learned in Boy Scouts, Hoefle has a host of merit badges including all of the shooting sports, rifle, shotgun and archery.

His Eagle project was to organize and construct three flag poles for the Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School in Hartland. He was formally presented the Eagle Scout award at a Court of Honor ceremony at Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School on Oct. 24.

Home School Skate Sessions offered

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Final plea for host families

Dec. 29, 2010 4:56 p.m. | Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester home-stay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. This is the last chance for these young ambassadors to fulfill their life-long dreams, as their placement deadlines are rapidly approaching.

According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.) President, John Doty, the students are all between 15- and 18-years old, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E. currently has programs to match almost every family's needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools.

P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match. As there are no "typical" host families, P.I.E. can fit a student into just about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family.

Families who host for P.I.E. are also eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student.

For the upcoming programs, P.I.E. has students from Germany, the Former Soviet Union, Venezuela, Argentina, Norway, Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil, Korea, Mexico, Australia, Denmark, Ghana, China and many other countries. P.I.E. is also participating in two special government-funded programs to bring scholarship students from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union as well as predominantly Islamic countries such as Yemen, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Kuwait, Iraq and Qatar to the United States.

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Spread Your Wings 01/02/11

Dec. 29, 2010 4:56 p.m. | The following programs are held at University of Wisconsin-Waukesha Continuing Education, 1500 N. University Drive, unless otherwise noted. All programs are open to the public. Register at www.waukesha.uwc.edu/ce or call (262) 521-5460.

SOC 234 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOC 234 meets from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and focuses on the experience of American racial, religious, ethnic and nationality groups; the nature of intergroup relations in the United States; the relationship of intergroup dynamics to social change, and to basic ideological, technological, and institutional structures and processes. The program has an emphasis on social conflict over education and access to the legal system; three credits.

Court Actions 01/02/11

Dec. 29, 2010 4:54 p.m. | The convictions listed below come straight from the records of Lake Country Municipal Court, Pewaukee Village Municipal Court, Waukesha Municipal Court or City of Pewaukee Municipal Court. To the best of our knowledge, each case is new and distinct. Any repetition of the same conviction is caused by municipal court offices and is not the fault of this newspaper. The convictions are for fines of $100 and greater. Our goal is to publish convictions within about three months of the court date.

Kyle J. Anderson, 24, Ixonia, operating while suspended, $303; Anthony B. Andrews, 67, Okauchee, no valid driver's license, $114; Michael A. Andrews Jr., 19, criminal damage to property, $303.

Tyler K. Antczak, 19, Oconomowoc, underage alcohol, $177; Jason G. Apuli, 29, Hartland, operating after revocation/suspension, $114; Karen J. Arenz, 51, Oconomowoc, unnecessary noise, $126.60.

Hugo Ayala Gomez, 22, Pewaukee, operator's license expired, $114; Nancy E. Babe, 52, Oconomowoc, speeding, $151.80; Jose C. Baltiererez, 39, Sussex, no insurance, $240.

Erik J. Barber, 18, Colgate, speeding, $114; Austin H. Baumann, 23, Oconomowoc, operating while suspended, $303; Austin J. Beller, 18, Delafield, unnecessary noise, $126.60.

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Local Irish dancers earn place on Dublin stage

Dec. 29, 2010 4:54 p.m. | Waukesha dancers from the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance took high placements at the Mid-America Irish Dance Championships, held Nov. 26-28 in Chicago. Among the top performers is Alexa Peter of Waukesha, who qualified to represent the United States in the 2011 World Irish Dance Championships in Dublin, Ireland, April 17 through 23.

Peter took silver out of 117 solo competitors as well as gold in team dancing. This was her second solo silver at the regional competition. Through her Irish dance career, she has taken eighth in the nation as well as two World silver medals in team dancing. Also a performer, Peter is a member of Trinity II, Trinity's performance group, and recently traveled to Toulon, France, to perform in the 37th annual Festival les Cultures du Monde.

Peter is a sophomore at Waukesha North High School where she is on the high honor roll, plays the cello and is involved in student council, track, forensics, photography and art. "Alexa is a very determined dancer. She takes her craft very seriously and puts in the work it takes to be successful," said Trinity teacher Laura McNamara. "Her skills as a teacher are also blossoming, making her a wonderful role model for young dancers."

School wide, Trinity had a record breaking 16 gold medal placements in solo and team competition, more than twice the number of gold medals for any other school. As the Mid-America Championships is the qualifying round for the World Championships, Trinity now has 44 dancers who are qualified to compete at the Worlds in solo competition in 2011, another first for the Mid-America region. Of those qualifiers, 88 percent placed in the top 10 and 77 percent placed in the top five.

"We're known for being an internationally renowned team school, but the solo results both local and internationally have surged in the last several years," said Mark Howard, Trinity founder. "It's an exciting time for us because the adjustments we have made in the way we teach are paying dividends for our students. That being said, this competition didn't bring the results for some of our dancers that they had hoped. In terms of training, those losses are just as important because of the life lessons that they bring. I know that in the long run, those placements served dancers just as well as the ones who came out on top."

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New Year, New You

Dec. 29, 2010 2:38 p.m. | The New Year is upon us, and maybe, like so many people who choose to make resolutions, you're worried about your bottom line. No, not that bottom line. We're talking about the one you try not to see when you pass the full length mirror.

Or maybe the onset of winter and the thought of the gray months ahead have put you in a post-holiday funk.

Recently, we asked area experts about ways to banish the winter blues through fun indoor exercise.

Anne Zeratsky, fitness coordinator at West Wood Health and Fitness Center in Pewaukee, suggested a change of pace.

"Maybe it's time to join a gym. A lot of people need to be around other people to stay motivated during the cold winter months. You can take a variety of classes, use the pool and do things you maybe haven't been doing," Zeratsky said.

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Fishy business

Dec. 29, 2010 12:10 p.m. | Wisconsin's 2011 tournament fishing season has barely begun, but if 2010 was any indication to the contests popularity - let the record show that more than 80,000 anglers participated in the 595 DNR approved fishing tournaments, collecting $3.9 million in prize money according to statistics from the state's fishing tournament permit system.

While larger fishing tournaments have been required to obtain a permit since the mid-1990s, it wasn't until 2004 that a new law directed the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to update the rules as tournament numbers increased.

Working with an advisory group, the DNR proceeded to update the rules to establish limits on the size and number of tournaments on some lakes and rivers to help minimize concerns such as crowding, the spread of invasive species and indirect fish mortality.

"Based on what we've seen so far, there doesn't seem to be any major issues with capacity limits - tournament organizers are getting the lakes and dates they wanted," says Jonathan Hansen, one of the fisheries biologists who works on the tournament permitting issues.

According to Joanna Griffin, tournament coordinator for the DNR, the permit system and database have helped reveal just how popular these fishing tournaments are. "What's interesting is where all the tournaments occur and how much money, time and effort is devoted to them."

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Volunteers of the Year sought

Dec. 29, 2010 11:48 a.m. | The United Way in Waukesha County's Volunteer Center seeks nominations within four categories by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28. Nominations are sought for the following awards:

Volunteer of the Year: Recognizes an individual or couple who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a nonprofit organization within Waukesha County.

Youth Volunteer of the Year: Presented to a high school student who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a nonprofit organization within Waukesha County.

Group Volunteers of the Year: Recognizes a team of three or more volunteers (adults, youth or combination) that has initiated and implemented a project or program with benefits to a community within Waukesha County.

Business Partner of the Year Award: Presented to a business that has mobilized a group of employee volunteers from within to help a community within Waukesha County with an exemplary project or program.

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Final plea for families to host foreign teens

Dec. 29, 2010 11:48 a.m. | Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester home-stay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families.

This is the last chance for these young ambassadors to fulfill their life-long dreams, as their placement deadlines are rapidly approaching.

According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.) President, John Doty, the students are all between 15- and 18-years old, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and are anxious to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E. currently has programs to match almost every family's needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools.

P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an informal in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match.

As there are no "typical" host families, P.I.E. can fit a student into just about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family.

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Property tax increases send a chill to state homeowners

Dec. 29, 2010 11:48 a.m. | As Wisconsin enters the deep freeze of winter, property owners are reminded of how much they are required to pay to fund their local municipality, school district and technical college. We all know taxes are necessary to fund essential programs, but taxpayers are drawing a line in the sand, and many want the Legislature to restore a meaningful property tax freeze next session.

According to the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, net state property taxes, on average, rose by about 4.9 percent in 2009. In 2010, school district taxes, on average, will increase by 3.4 percent. In Wisconsin, property owners account for nearly 4.5 percent of personal income, the highest in 14 years.

Over the last few years, the Legislature adopted and the governor reluctantly approved a temporary, three-year levy limit on municipal spending. By controlling what a municipality could spend, the amount of money collected from property taxpayers was limited, and in some cases, reduced. The outgoing governor made no effort to make the levy limit permanent. In fact, in his last budget he dramatically relaxed the property tax constraint and gave local units of government more flexibility to raise tax levies. That flexibility has led to the increase of the property tax levy limit of 3.2 percent for municipalities, which is three times what they were 25 years ago..

Wisconsin's property tax burden generally hovers between the eighth and 10th highest in the nation. That ranking could increase, as the 2009-11 state budget also eliminated a major tax-control component to public education funding: the Qualified Economic Offer, or QEO. Under the state's school funding structure, the QEO allowed for reasonable pay increases for public school teachers, while being mindful of the property taxpayers who fund public education.I believe any changes (to the school funding formula) must include a reinstatement of the QEO.

Property tax relief is always a hot topic. I continue to work on income tax relief initiatives for seniors, such as my tax-free pension income bill and graduated personal tax exemptions for those older than 65. Elected officials at every level must ensure government lives within its means. If we are ever to regain our economic balance and entice businesses and residents to stay or locate in Wisconsin, we must enact meaningful property tax reforms.

Jake Schierts 01/02/11

Dec. 29, 2010 11:48 a.m. | Prairie View Elementary School fifth-graders wrote holiday haikus.

Jake Schierts

Christmas

Jolly, colorful

Decorating, celebrating, caroling

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School, FD, merger among top stories

Dec. 29, 2010 11:34 a.m. | An eventful year in Lake Country wraps up. Here's a look back at some of this year's top stories:

1 Third time's the charm. After two failed referendums - in November 2009 and April 2010 - seeking improvements to the schools, the Pewaukee School District finally met with success this fall. Construction is slated to begin in April on $16.45 million worth of projects at the high school, including the addition of eight new classrooms, a new gymnasium, the renovation of the existing gymnasium into an auditorium with a box office, concession area, dressing rooms and expanded lobby space. The current cafeteria will be expanded. The current auditorium will be renovated into band and choir rooms with additional storage, office space and practice rooms. The projects are expected to be completed by November 2012.

2 New fire station rejected. A controversial plan to build a new fire station in the Town of Delafield ended with just nine votes making the difference in a November referendum. Residents narrowly defeated the measure, which Fire Department officials maintained was critical to the future of the department. Citing the decision as a major factor, longtime Fire Chief Dean Richards announced in December that he would resign at the end of the year.

3 Merger mania in Pewaukee. Officials from the Village and City of Pewaukee continued to mull the idea of merging the two communities.

A huge sticking point appears to be the creation of a street utility district (SUD) in the village that would subsidize the merger for a period of time. The Common Council approved a merger ordinance that included the SUD; the Village Board approved an ordinance without the SUD. The two must pass identical measures before it could go to residents in a binding referendum.

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My personal favorite stories told in 2010

Dec. 29, 2010 11:33 a.m. | If you're enjoying what you're reading, chances are the author had fun writing it, too. I sometimes think the best writers are the ones who can take a mundane topic and make it seem interesting, but that's only part of the truth.

A writer makes those things seem interesting because he or she legitimately IS interested -- in other words, the best writers are those who experience a temporary fascination, even if that topic wouldn't cause the writer to raise an eyebrow were it not for professional reasons.

Like most people, I'm critical of my own work, and it's hard for me to re-read what I've written weeks later, since I'll always find little things I would have done differently. There are some stories, however, that I DO enjoy to re-read, and those are the moments when the topic truly did captivate me and I was energized to pound out the story the second my interviews were complete.

My five favorites from 2010:

"Hardships no match for state-bound Morrison"(Feb. 23 Oconomowowc Focus)

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Snuggling up with a good book, read by the author

Dec. 29, 2010 11:24 a.m. | In the small, quiet meeting room of the Mukwonago Community Library several eager young readers waited, bouncing about the room. In the center of the room, a stand covered in green material loomed above the youngsters. As South Milwaukee author Janet Halfmann opened the first book, the children learned they would soon become anchors to kelp floating in the ocean as Halfmann read "Good Night, Little Sea Otter," one of her latest children's titles recently released.

The story of a baby sea otter saying goodnight to every one of his ocean friends unfolded with the children holding tight to the strands of kelp to keep mama and baby otter from floating away. The gentle story was one of two Halfmann shared during Bedtime Buddies story time at the library.

Halfman, is an award-winning author of more than 30 fiction and non-fiction children's books. Before becoming a children's author, Halfmann worked as a daily newspaper reporter, children's magazine editor, and creator of coloring and activity books for Golden Books. The mother of four and grandmother of four, Halfmann enjoys gardening, exploring nature, visiting living-history museums, and spending time with her family when she is not writing.

Halfmann got the idea for "Good Night, Little Sea Otter" when she was writing a magazine article about two young scuba divers off California's coast.

"In researching the many creatures the teens met in the underwater kelp forest, I especially fell in love with the sea otters," Halfmann said on her website www.janethalfmann.com . "I was fascinated by how the mother sea otter wraps herself and her baby in kelp strands for the night so the two won't drift away. I knew I had found the perfect pair to star in a bedtime story."

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The day after; it's all good

Dec. 29, 2010 11:22 a.m. | I love breakfast. It's my favorite meal of the day; followed only by brunch, which, of course, includes breakfast - see the pattern here? One of my favorite breakfasts includes eggs over medium, wheat toast and bacon; another is creamy oatmeal with brown sugar and Craisins; add a cup of orange juice, some coffee or -wait for it - Mountain Dew (I know, but the third ingredient is concentrated orange juice - look at the label) and I'm good to go.

I also love breakfast casseroles. They can be made up ahead of time, and all you have to do is pop them in the oven the next morning and voila - everybody's happy. These next three dishes are great breakfast treats and will be a welcome reprieve on New Year's Day after a night on the town.

Breakfast casserole

Ingredients

2 pounds sausage

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

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AHS splits on way to Bradley Center

Dec. 29, 2010 11:06 a.m. | An old nemesis got the Arrowhead varsity boys hockey team again Tuesday afternoon.

The Warhawks, after defeating Whitefish Bay on Monday in the opening round of the Milwaukee Admirals Shoot Out in Milwaukee, lost in the semifinals on Tuesday to Milwaukee Marquette by a 4-1 score. Both games were played at Wilson Park.

Arrowhead was scheduled to play Wednesday at the Bradley Center in the third-place game.

The loss to Marquette (9-1) marked the second time this season the Hilltoppers defeated AHS following a 2-1 win Dec. 3.

Arrowhead's lone goal came from Brady Vassar in the first period. Colton Sweitzer, the leading scorer for Arrowhead this year while Vassar is second, assisted on that goal.

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Warhawks win swim meet

Dec. 29, 2010 11:06 a.m. | The Metro Swim Officials meet in Milwaukee on Tuesday was all about junior Jake Prodoehl and the Arrowhead varsity boys swim team.

The Warhawks won the meet title with 451 points in the 15-school meet.

Prodoehl, in his third season with the varsity, captured two individual races and also swam on one winning relay. He took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.90 and then won the 500 freestyle with a clocking of 4:54.26.

He also swam the anchor leg on the winning 200 medley relay team with Evan Barta, Brent Schreibel, Roberto Lopez, who won with a time of 1:41.25.

Barta took first place in the 200 backstroke at 1:58.99, and Schreibel won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.96.

Sports Shorts 12/30/10

Dec. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m. |

Lake Country Officials to meet

The Lake Country Officials Association will hold its January meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m.

This meeting at Hartbrook Lanes is essential for those officials looking to officiate Arrowhead Middle School Athletic Conference boys basketball games that begin Jan. 17.

Any new officials are encouraged to attend.

For more information contact Chris Schuck at (262) 224-2363.

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Lots of questions that need answers

Dec. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m. | With another year about to pass, there are so many questions to be asked in the world of sports. Here are just a few of those questions that need answers.

• Are the Green Bay Packers better than the Chicago Bears? Won't we find that out this Sunday? There's no way the Packers can lose to the Bears, is there?

• How soon will it be before the proud Big 10 Conference wakes up and renames its two divisions for the upcoming 2011-12 season to simply the West and East Divisions? Just how dumb was it that the powers-to-be in the Big 10 came up with the names of Legends and Leaders for their division names? How could highly educated personnel come up with Legends and Leaders?

• After watching the Miami Heat destroy the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers on Christmas Day, is there any doubt that Miami is the clearly the team to beat in the NBA? Or is San Antonio the best team in the league?

• Will the Wisconsin-TCU matchup in the Rose Bowl be the best bowl game of them all? Or will the national championship game between Oregon and Auburn live up to its No.1 billing?

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Bowling Scores 12/30/10

Dec. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m. |

Lucht bowls 780 series

Scott Lucht fired a 780 national honor count Monday night in the Three-Man league at Hartbrook Lanes. Lucht bowled games of 259, 255 and 266 for his best score of the season.

Hartbrook Lanes

Wednesday Social

Jamie Ireland 750 (266, 229, 255), Aaron Brown 739 (234, 227, 278), John Peters 713 (279, 211, 223), Lance Schwarzenbacher 674, Kayla Klink 629 (208, 219, 202)

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Father, son bowl 300 games five days apart

Dec. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m. | The father-son combination of Bob and Mike Benfield got the same early Christmas present, though it wasn't something that could be placed under a tree.

For the two longtime Hartland residents, their holiday gifts came in the form of 300 games just five days apart.

For Bob, 66, the achievement had much more meaning than fir his son. Bowling in the Thursday Major league at Hartbrook Lanes in Hartland, Bob fired his first career 300 games in the middle of a 661 series Dec. 16. After 36 years of league bowling, Bob had finally reached every bowler's ultimate goal.

Mike, 45, bowling in the New Berlin Ale House Mixed league on Tuesday, Dec. 21, came up perfect a few days later by rolling his seventh career 300 game. Mike is averaging 220 this season.

The night Bob fired his perfect game, Mike was bowling in the same league on the next pair of lanes.

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Arrowhead boys cagers earn holiday split

Dec. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m. | One tough loss and one rewarding victory. That was the story line on Monday and Tuesday for the Arrowhead varsity boys basketball team at the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University in Milwaukee.

Arrowhead opened play late Monday night in the annual event by dropping a nail-biter to No. 3 ranked Germantown, 64-60.

The following afternoon, the Warhawks bounced back by scoring a convincing 64-48 victory over perennial powerhouse Wauwatosa East. The split moved Arrowhead to 8-2 on the season.

"Once again this was a good experience for us playing in this event," Arrowhead coach Craig Haase said. "It's nice to get out and play some different teams, some of the best teams in the state."

Hawks lose close one

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Let's go to the replay: 2010

Dec. 29, 2010 11:04 a.m. | A dramatic buzzer-beater that changes the destiny of an area basketball team, a local player becoming a national force and one of the best distance runners the state has ever seen all marked the landscape during the 2010 calendar year in the Lake Country Reporter coverage zone. A look at the stories that stood out in 2010:

The bank is open

Charles Rushman hits a bank shot at the buzzer to give Arrowhead a victory over Marquette in the state semifinals, and the team's hot shooting disposes of favored Madison Memorial one day later to clinch the Warhawks their first-ever boys basketball title. A layup in the final seconds by Michael Skarie lifts the Warhawks over Menomonee Falls in the sectional final, part of a magical run to Madison.

Know Watt's coming

Former Pewaukee standout J.J. Watt more than exceeds his expectations as a member of the University of Wisconsin football team, becoming one of the Big Ten's most powerful forces along the defensive line. The Badgers are headed to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day with Watt as one of the team MVPs, and he now has to decide whether to return for his senior season or enter the NFL Draft in April.

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Death Notice 12/30/10

Dec. 29, 2010 10:36 a.m. |

Julie Johnson

Julie J. (nee Colosimo) Johnson age 55, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2010 after a courageous five year battle with cancer. Julie is survived by her loving husband Bob, children Robbie and Annie, mother Priscilla Colosimo, brother JerryColosimo, sisters Judy (Milo) Moore, Jackie (Dick) Henning, Jan Colosimo and Jenny Naus. Julie is survived by other relatives and dear friends in Oconomowoc. Julie was preceded in death by her father, Robert Colosimo.

Julie was an active member and past board member of the Oconomowoc YMCA. Julie and her family are members of the LaBelle Yacht Club and she served as president of the LaBelle Yacht Club Sailing School. Julie and her family are members of the Ausblick Ski Club and she served as program coordinator for the Ausblick Ski Race Team. Julie and her family are members of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Oconomowoc. Julie changed careers in 1992 after fifteen years of service at AT&T (formerly Ameritech & Wisconsin Bell) to dedicate her life to raising her children with her husband.

A memorial service for Julie will be held on December 29th, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 Concord Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066. Visitation will take place from 11:00 a.m. until time of service. After the service Julie's family and friends will be hosting a "Celebration of Julie's Life" at the Johnson residence. All are welcome.

Memorials to the Julie Johnson Memorial Fund are appreciated. Donations to this fund will go to the Edna Gladney Adoption Center, Ft. Worth, TX, AngelsGrace Hospice and to assist with her children's college education.

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Police Blotter 12/30/10

Dec. 29, 2010 10:34 a.m. |

Village of Dousman

Suspicious vehicle

Police investigated a report of a suspicious vehicle that was parked in front of the Community Center on North Main St. around 1:09 a.m. on Nov. 13. After a consent search of the vehicle owned by a Milwaukee resident, two bags of marijuana where recovered. Brandon M. Causey, 18, of Milwaukee was charged with possession and taken to the Waukesha County Jail and later released. The owner of the vehicle was not charged.

Suspicious activity

Tom Klein reported around 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 that someone unscrewed light bulbs from around the business, the Bicycle Doctor at 105 N. Main St. responded back for an alarm, checked the building and everything appeared in order.

City of Delafield

Theft

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Hawks defeat Tosa East

Dec. 28, 2010 8:30 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team improved to 8-2 on the season Tuesday afternoon by scoring a 64-48 win over Wauwatosa East in the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout at Concordia University.

The Warhawks led 21-10 after the first period and never trailed.

Charlie Fischer and Charles Rushamn  led the Warhawks with 16 points each. Ryan May had 10 points and Ricky Lovett added 8.

KM hockey team romps

Dec. 28, 2010 7:34 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago varsity boys hockey team rolled over Mount Carmel (Illinois) on Tuesday afternoon in the second round of the Joe Raymond Memorial Tournament at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena, 8-1.

Justin Yute, the leading scorer for the Lasers this season, had six points for the winners, scoring three goals and adding three assists.

Others scoring goals were Kyler Schmor, Austin Kreinz, Elliott Siewert, Luke Steidl and Matt Sherry. Getting assists were Schmor (2), Steidl, Austin Freeman, Drew Fuller and Sam Hart.

KM/Mukwonago is now 3-7 on the season.

Death Panels? What Death Panels?

Dec. 28, 2010 6:39 p.m. | Remember last year when Obama and his socialist buddies were trying to sell us all on the wonderful benefits of socialized medicine?  How a government take-over of healthcare would ensure that all of us had great care at little cost?  We'd be able to keep our own doctors?  our own health insurance if we wanted?

Well, many of us knew we were being told a bunch of lies,  and the more that comes out now shows our concerns were right on target.  We were being lied to - all along. 

Many will recall that one of the big uproars with Obamacare had to do with "death panels."  That is, the government would "help" the elderly and seriously ill to decide that, hey - maybe more care, pills, surgery, etc. wasn't in their best interest.  Nor was it in the best interest of society, since the sick and elderly are a burden - and they cost money.  It's better off for society if they just die.  Well, Obama and his cronies declared there was no such thing in the bill (yes, the same bill that had to pass in order for any of us to learn what was really in it - according to Queen Pelosi).  They were outraged that people would even suggest such a horrific idea!

Hmmmm.  Flash forward to the present.   Just recently, in the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel on Sunday, December 26th, came this little story buried in the main section on page 17A:  "Obama enacting end-of-life planning."  What?  Obama and his Democratic followers laughed at those who claimed the government would be promoting "death panels" within the writings of Obamacare.  Talk radio personalities, doctors, the concerned public, conservatives, Republicans, and others (especially Sarah Palin - who called them out right away)  were demonized  and called  "liars" for suggesting the very idea of  "death panels!"  Well, seems those socialists denying such now owe many of us a big apology.  (We'll be waiting a long time for that...).  Turns out that Obamacare has a little policy - pertaining to end-of-life issues -  buried within that is outlined in Medicare regulations.  Doctors will be paid by the government if they advise patients on end-of-life care, which, according to the Journal/Sentinel article, includes "advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment."

Seems that the congressional supporters of this new policy have been keeping quiet.  They do not want to bring this little tidbit to the attention of the general public - and the mainstream media is helping them out by reporting very little on this recent "discovery."    So, the "death panels" that Obama and his cronies denied were in the Obamacare bill do exist.  The government is achieving this through "regulation-writing" which means they are taking parts of the bill and interpreting it however they wish.  They are doing so in anticipation of a fight from Republicans (who are gearing up to fight socialized medicine and the unconstitutionality of parts of the bill itself), who are beginning to voice concerns  that the next goal of Obamacare may allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.  Sounds far-fetched?  Think again.

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AHS hockey team splits

Dec. 28, 2010 6:25 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys hockey team, taking part in the RBC Showdown at Wilson Park in Milwaukee on Monday and Tuesday, split its first two games in the three-day tournament.

On Monday the Warhawks defeated Whitefish Bay Coop, 3-2. On Tuesday, they lost to Milwaukee Marquette, 4-1. AHS is now 6-5-1 on the season.

Arrowhead will play at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee on Wednesday in the third-place game at noon.

In the win over Whitefish Bay Coop, Colton Sweitzer, Brady Vassar and Cal Essig scored goals. Will Reiland and Vassar had assists. Nick Fisher turned back 16 of 18 shots in the goal for the Warhawks.

On Tuesday, Vassar scored the lone goal (Sweitzer had the assist) as Marquette led 2-1 after the first period and never looked back.

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Mukwonago man charged with 6th OWI with child in vehicle

Dec. 28, 2010 4:18 p.m. |

Waukesha – A 35-year-old Village of Mukwonago man was charged this afternoon with sixth-drunken driving after he rolled his vehicle, with his young son in the vehicle, on Highway 83 in the Town of Mukwonago Christmas morning.

Jeffrey G. Gleiss of 227 Arrowhead Drive, who is being held on $10,000 cash bail in Waukesha Count Jail, was also charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer as well as the felony charge of operating while intoxicated- sixth offense, with a minor child in the vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint, Gleiss was driving north on Highway 83 when his vehicle apparently left the road and into a ditch and then hit a road hazard sign, knocking it down, straddled a culvert for a driveway and then the vehicle rolled onto its roof near Sugden Road at about 10:30 a.m.

A Town of Mukwonago officer arrived and found the vehicle on its side and a 5-year-old boy in the vehicle.

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KM hockey team falls

Dec. 28, 2010 1:16 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine/Mukwonago combined boys hockey team lost Monday in the first round of the Joe Raymond Memorial tournament at the Naga-Waukee Ice Arena  to Green Bay Notre Dame, 7-1.

Junior Austin Freeman scored the lone goal for the Lasers.

KM will play Mt. Carmel of Illinois Tuesday at 4 p.m.

AHS girls hockey team wins

Dec. 28, 2010 1:11 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls hockey team defeated the Brookings Rangers of South Dakota , 8-3, Monday in the opening round of the Schwan Cup in Blaine, Minnesota.

Katherine Roznik scored three goals for the Warhawks and Marissa Weber chipped in with two goals.

AHS will play in the second round Tuesday at 8 p.m. The title game wil be Wednesday.

Glancing ahead to basketball postseason

Dec. 28, 2010 12:04 p.m. |

My chances of attending the Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout this year were going to be slim anyway, but I was disappointed when the showcase was compelled to move away from the campus of Marquette University to Concordia in Mequon.

Don’t get me wrong – the tournament still surely ranks among the best in the state and this year added a third day to its annual extravaganza, bringing some of the best teams from around the state (and beyond) to compete in the holiday-time event. Under the guidance of state hoops guru Mark Miller, the event is tightly connected to the annual Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook, a must-have for enthusiasts of state high school sports.

But the Al McGuire Center was a perfect home for such things. An intimate venue with high-class facilities and the aura of a powerhouse Division 1 program, the facility was absolutely ideal for the two-day string of games. But it also presented a conflict of interest, with so many Division 1-level recruits brought to the campus. It gave the Golden Eagles a bit of an added edge in showing off their environment.

The good news is that the Al remains the home for some prep hoops in the state. Playoff games, under the operation of the WIAA, can still be played in the facility and the organizing body of high-school athletics will make full use of the Al in March.

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A look at the local bar scene at New Year's

Dec. 28, 2010 11:53 a.m. | Lake Country has a variety of local drinking establishments to choose from.

Whether you are a biker, a banker, a townie, a jock or just someone looking to wet your whistle at the neighborhood corner tap, Lake Country has something for you. Some have been here forever, some are brand-new. Others are trendy, while others are where you go to run into old friends. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a sampling of the variety of establishments in Lake Country. Take a look and see if you can't find something to appeal to you.

Delafield Brewhaus 3832 Hillside, Drive, City of Delafield

Hours: Monday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. See www.delafield-brewhaus.com for more information.

Claim to fame: Their own handcrafted brews, of course. At any given time, patrons will find seven to nine brews on tap, and the combinations are always changing. The microbrewery always carries its Dock Light, Delafield Amber, Pewaukee Porter and Sommerzeit Hefe Weizen on tap as well as several seasonal beers at a time.

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A look at the local bar scene at New Year's

Dec. 28, 2010 11:53 a.m. | Lake Country has a variety of local drinking establishments to choose from.

Whether you are a biker, a banker, a townie, a jock or just someone looking to wet your whistle at the neighborhood corner tap, Lake Country has something for you. Some have been here forever, some are brand-new. Others are trendy, while others are where you go to run into old friends. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but a sampling of the variety of establishments in Lake Country. Take a look and see if you can't find something to appeal to you.

Sussex Bowl N64 W24576 Main St., Sussex

Hours: Open 11 a.m. every day

Claim to fame: Bowling, volleyball and karaoke

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New Delafield fire chief decision tonight

Dec. 28, 2010 11:42 a.m. | The Delafield Town Board is expected to select a new fire chief to replace outgoing chief Dean Richards who led the department for 13 years.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall, N14 W30782 Golf Road.

More on this story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

Hamilton announces kindergarten registration

Dec. 28, 2010 11:08 a.m. | Kindergarten registration for children in the Hamilton School District begins at the end of January for the 2011-12 school year. There are several kindergarten options for 4- and 5-year-olds. An optional half-day program for 4-year-olds is available to children who turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2011. The district offers parents the option of choosing full- or half-day programming for children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2011.

Required at registration are the child's original birth certificate and immunization record. Proof of residency is required when the first child in a family registers in the district. Forms may be downloaded from the district website at www.hamilton.k12.wi.us/district/enrollment. Also suggested is a list of emergency phone numbers and information if a child will be picked up or dropped off at a location other than home. Children are welcome to attend, but the child's attendance is not necessary.

Register in one of three ways

4K: Registration 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Jan. 24-28 with extended hours until 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at Willow Springs Learning Center, W220 N6660 Town Line Road, Menomonee Falls, (262) 255-6190, where the program is offered.

5K for children now in 4K: Registration forms containing current student information will be sent home the week of Jan. 31. Parents will update information on the forms and choose half- or full-day kindergarten for 2011-12. Parents of current Willow Springs 4-year-old kindergartners are not required to complete registration at their home school.

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On the road to Pasadena

Dec. 28, 2010 11:08 a.m. | Four Hamilton High School graduates will play at the 2011 Rose Bowl for the Badgers - although they will use their trombones and trumpets instead of a football.

 HIGH STEPS – Dan Fourness, of the Village of Sussex, is now a junior at UW-Madison. He and two other Hamilton High School graduates, David Keene and Josh Gratz, play trombone in the Badger marching band. The university’s marching band boasts four members from Hamilton High School, all of whom will head to Pasadena, Calif. for the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.Dan Fourness, Andy Kerber, Josh Gratz and Dave Keene took off for California on Tuesday to accompany the rest of the University of Wisconsin contingent representing the Badgers at the "Granddaddy of them all." Fourness, Gratz and Keene are all junior trombone players at UW-Madison, while freshman Andy Kerber plays the trumpet.

After paying their dues at back-to-back Champs Sports Bowls in Orlando the last two years, the three juniors will get a taste of the national spotlight and experience one of college football's biggest games. The Badger football team takes on the third-ranked and undefeated Horned Frogs of TCU on Jan. 1.

"I am beside myself," said Fourness, who will march down Pasadena's Colorado Boulevard with the rest of the marching band during the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year's Day. "As far as marching band goes, I can't think of anything larger that you could really do."

But the magnitude of the moment is not lost on a freshman who has never experienced a bowl game.

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Lisbon incorporation debate begins

Dec. 28, 2010 11:06 a.m. | Town of Lisbon — The petition filed last week by Lisbon-Inc.org seeking the incorporation of the Town into a village will trigger a chain reaction of events that will eventually determine the future governance of the community.

"It is an historic document because we believe it is the first time that a petition to incorporate has been filed with the state by a group of citizens rather than the town government. This represents the wishes of the people of the community. We want to put Lisbon on the map as the Village of Lisbon," said Denise Wenger, one of the three founders of citizens group that raised the $25,000 filing fee necessary to submit the petition to the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

However, Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said the Town Board will maintain its arms-length relationship with the incorporation campaign. He said town supervisors support incorporation but are not prepared to invest local government money or resources in the effort. He said the board will discuss the incorporation its Jan. 10 meeting.

Meanwhile, Sussex Village President Tony Lapcinski in an interview with Lake Country Publications asserted that the village is providing a disproportionate amount of government services to residents of the town and questioned whether the town could provide the level of services required of a village by state law.

"I would welcome the Town of Lisbon becoming a village because that would mean they would have provide services that the state requires of a village and that would good for both Sussex and Lisbon," Lapcinski said.

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Creek, 'triangle' could change

Dec. 28, 2010 11:06 a.m. | Village of Sussex — Two downtown landmarks - Sussex Creek and the Main Street and Silver Spring Road triangle intersection - may be changed as a result of redevelopment plans being reviewed by village officials.

The eastern branch of the creek is likely to be uncovered from beneath asphalt surfaces and rerouted as part of the plans proposed by Vanderwalle & Associates Inc. of Madison that were reviewed earlier this month by the Community Development Authority (CDA). The eastern branch of the creek enters the downtown business district a few blocks north of the intersection of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue and meanders south into the cannery site where it connects with the west branch of the creek.

One of alternatives included in the plans also calls for eliminating the triangle intersection by rerouting a portion of Main Street and Silver Spring Road to create a T-intersection southeast of the existing triangle. The new configuration would be designed to improve traffic flow, attract potential businesses or developers, and make downtown more attractive, according to village officials and planning consultants.

Village Trustee Pat Tetzlaff, who chairs the CDA, said the purpose of the proposed plans is to provide village officials with some general concepts and details regarding how downtown business districts might be redeveloped in the future. Once the concepts and some of the details of the plan are adopted by the Village Board, it is then the role of village officials to determine how to best implement those concepts, she said.

"It can be a very emotional issue and I hope the public hearing we will hold will wake up everyone. It has been kind of a sleepy issue. But I think it is important that we determine as a community how we want Sussex to look in the future," she said.

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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.