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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Germantown nips AHS boys

Dec. 28, 2010 8:47 a.m. | Undefeated Germantown (10-0) rallied from an eary 10-point deficit to defeat Arrowhead Monday night at Concordia University in the Wiscconsin Basketball Yearbook Shootout, 64-60. AHS fell to 7-2 with the loss.

Ryan May led the Warhawks with 13 points. Charlie Fischer added 11 and Charles Rushman 10 for Arrowhead. Jonny Fischer chipped in with 8 points.

Germantown was led by Zak Showalter with 17 points.

Jingle Bell Dinner continues a Christmas tradition.

Dec. 24, 2010 12:00 a.m. | So what are you doing Christmas Day? Perhaps you’re going to church and opening presents with the family in the morning. In the afternoon, maybe you’re hosting a gathering of friends and family or are invited to a festive dinner.

Or maybe you’re resigned to just spend a quiet day at home, but are looking for a festive way to spend the holiday.  You might know of a homebound person who could use some cheering up this Christmas.

Enter a host of Christmas angels.

In the spirit of the season, St. Jerome Parish and Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc are teaming up for their 21st Annual Jingle Bell Dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Christmas Day.

Volunteers from both churches will cook and serve community members at St. Jerome Parish School, 1001 S. Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc.  The meal is free to all.

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United Way donates $1,000 to Oconomowoc fund

Dec. 23, 2010 3:58 p.m. |  

United Way in Waukesha County’s Board of Directors approved an emergency funding request received from the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
 
The Chamber reached out to United Way in Waukesha County when the organization learned that 85 individuals and families in the Oconomowoc area are without a home and living in their cars due to economic difficulties.
 
United Way in Waukesha County’s funding will provide the individuals in need with basic need resources supplies such as sleeping bags, personal hygiene items/toiletries and other immediate emergency needs.
 
John Schiraj, director of impact strategies & results at United Way in Waukesha County, said, “It was important for us to respond to this emergency as we look to support all areas of the county. We are thankful for the quick action taken by our Board to approve the request.”
 
An URGENT COMMUNITY NEEDS FUND for the Oconomowoc residents in need has been established at First Financial Bank Centre. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be submitted at any first Financial Bank Centre branch in Oconomowoc (155 W. Wisconsin Avenue; W359 N5900 Brown Street; 1300 Summit Avenue, Suite 100).
 
Read more about this issue in the story "Work continues to address homeless issue" by reporter Donna Frake,
 

One trial in murder-for-hire case

Dec. 23, 2010 9:29 a.m. |  

Waukesha – There will be one trial in the murder-for-hire case that resulted in the brutal death of Kimberly Smith in her City of Oconomowoc home Oct. 1, 2009.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer ruled this morning that Darren Wold, 42, Jack E. Johnson, 66, and Justin P. Welch, 27, will be tried at the same time.

Kieffer ruled in favor of a prosecutor’s motion to join the cases for one trial and denied defense attorneys’ motions to sever the cases.

According to prosecutors, Wold, formerly of Waukesha, allegedly sent money to Johnson of Mexico, who in turn allegedly hired Welch, 27, of California, to kill Smith. All three men are charged with first-degree homicide. Gloves and a knife from Smith’s kitchen were found in a storm sewer near her Smith’s house. DNA and fingerprints linked Welch to the murder.

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New effort to help those in need in Oconomowoc

Dec. 22, 2010 12:58 p.m. | Businesses, community leaders, and local relief agencies are joining forces to create immediate, short-term solutions for Oconomowoc area families and individuals in crisis. Economic difficulties have put many local families and singles into hardship situations. People need help with basic living needs, such as food and medications. Some have become homeless or are on the verge of eviction.

A special emergency fund has been established to accept monetary donations at all three First Bank Financial Centre locations in Oconomowoc, entitled URGENT COMMUNITY NEEDS FUND.

The Oconomowoc Food Pantry will also be accepting non-perishable, ready-to-eat food in support of this community relief effort

Water main break in Hartland

Dec. 22, 2010 11:36 a.m. | A water main break at Renson Road and Nixon Avenue has closed the intersection, the Village of Hartland is reporting. Parents should use an alternate route when picking up children from Hartland North Elementary School. Water has been shut off on Renson and Hazel Lane until 4 p.m.  

Mukwonago School Board waits to begin logo, nickname change

Dec. 20, 2010 9:26 p.m. |  After listening to several residents argue the constitutionality of the law that forces districts to change logos and nicknames that are determined to promote discrimination and pupil harassment after a complaint is filed against the district, the Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education decided to postpone beginning the process of making the change at the high school. 

With a suit over the logo challenge scheduled for an injunction hearing on Feb. 2, the board will revisit the matter at its Feb. 28 meeting. 

Stay up late for glimpse of lunar eclipse

Dec. 20, 2010 2:22 p.m. | Assuming the weather cooperates by providing a clear sky (and that seems questionable, in light of the forecast, which calls for snow and freezing rain overnight), sky-watchers in Lake Country (and across North America) will be treated to a rare total lunar eclipse.

The eclipse will begin at 12:33 p.m. and will continue through 5:01 a.m., according to Accuweather.com.

Winter weather advisory in effect for Monday night

Dec. 19, 2010 10:04 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 5 p.m. Monday through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Snow is expected to spread over Southeastern Wisconsin from late Monday afternoon into the evening. It will transition to freezing drizzle late Monday night or Tuesday morning. The NWS is predicting snow accumulations of 2 to 3 inches of snow.

Roads may be snow-covered and icy by Monday afternoon or early evening. Roads should improve by late Tuesday morning as temperatures warm above freezing.

Big Bend and Vernon fire departments go their own ways

Dec. 19, 2010 4:50 p.m. |

After a year of disagreement and planning, the Big Bend-Vernon Joint Fire Department dissolved on Dec. 18.

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Pewaukee man found guilty in fatal crash

Dec. 17, 2010 3:39 p.m. |

A City of Pewaukee man, already convicted six times for drunken driving, was found guilty Friday in the Aug. 1, 2008 fatal crash that killed an Elm Grove man and injured two others.

Daniel P. Henningsen, 44, was found guilty by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer. Henningsen chose to have Kieffer, rather than a jury, decide his case. A four-day trial ended Dec. 9.

Henningsen was driving west on Capitol Drive in the City of Brookfield when his Oldsmobile van struck a Jeep puling out from Mountain Drive at about 12:15 a.m., according to the criminal complaint. Pronounced dead at the scene was William E. Gray, 51, of Elm Grove. Gray’s wife, Kelley and his sister-in-law, Lori Borden were injured.

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Have a festive feast with Father Christmas this weekend.

Dec. 17, 2010 12:00 a.m. | There are many benevolent figures connected with Christmas. For most people, Santa Claus is the one that comes readily to mind.

But there is another figure that also appears this time of year – Father Christmas. Many other countries have versions of Father Christmas, such as Pere Noel in France and Babbo Natale in Italy. And while Santa prefers his red costume, Father Christmas traditionally wore a bright green suit.

We rarely get to see Father Christmas around here, but this weekend you’ll get your chance. Old World Wisconsin is hosting Breakfast with Father Christmas at its beautiful Clausing Barn from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Children will get a chance to meet Father Christmas and everyone will enjoy a hearty buffet breakfast that includes garden quiche, baked French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, breakfast potatoes, homemade breads and sweets and fresh fruit plus a carving station featuring roast whole turkey. To truly make it an old-fashioned Christmas dinner there will even be roasted chestnuts.

Kids will also get a stocking stuffer from Father Christmas as well as photos to always remember the special occasion.

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Shop with a Sheriff Saturday, Dec. 18

Dec. 15, 2010 2:36 p.m. |

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is celebrating the upcoming holiday season with its first Shop with a Sheriff program at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, at the Waukesha Walmart, 2000 S. West Ave., Waukesha.

Through donations from Jon McAlpine from Jani King Commercial Cleaning Services, Timothy True from ICMA-RC Services and Walmart, the Waukesha Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Waukesha County Health and Human Services have organized this event to help children in need purchase gifts for their families.

Deputies from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department will be teaming up with children from Waukesha County to purchase holiday gifts for their family members as well as something for themselves.

For additional information, contact Lt. Torin Misko of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department at (262) 896-8154.

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Railroad crossing snag snarls traffic

Dec. 15, 2010 2:31 p.m. | An apparent foul-up in the crossing lights at the railroad tracks on Cottonwood Avenue in Hartland is causing some traffic congestion.

The lights at the crossing are flashing, and one of the arms is down, but there does not appear to be a train in the vicinity. Traffic is backed up, and cars are starting to go through the crossing despite the warning signs.

Stadler sent to prison for seven years

Dec. 13, 2010 3:46 p.m. |

Waukesha – Former Lisbon supervisor James C. Stadler, convicted in 2008 for wielding a gun with his wife and children home, was sentenced this afternoon to seven years in prison for violating conditions of his probation.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen B. Stilling also ordered Stadler to five years of extended supervision after serving his time in prison.

In February 2008 a jury found Stadler guilty of felony intimidation of a witness and misdemeanor counts of pointing a firearm at another, three counts of possession of a switchblade and disorderly conduct while possessing a dangerous weapon. He was sentenced in May 2008 to five years probation by Judge J. Mac Davis who ordered him not to possess any weapons, have any contact with his then wife, Lynn, or eldest daughter unless they agree in writing to have contact with him.

Stadler ran into trouble with the law when he removed the battery cable and spark plug wires on his second-wife’s car earlier this year to prevent her from leaving the residence and he possessed various weapons, according to court documents.

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Part 2 of Mother Nature's one-two punch

Dec. 13, 2010 5:33 a.m. | Bitter cold has swept into the area after the weekend's snow and wind. A wind chill advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. Winds are expected to continue from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph, driving the wind chill to -15 to -20.

There are no reported closings in Lake Country this morning. Keep up to date on closings here.

Mukwonago area, Waukesha County avoid heaviest snow in storm

Dec. 12, 2010 9:43 a.m. |

 

Snowplows hit the roads in the Town of Mukwonago Sunday morning as winds increase and temperatures start to drop. A vehicle heads south on Highway E, just south of North Prairie, Sunday morning. The highway was wet with patches of snow and subdivision roads were snow-covered in the Town.

Waukesha County and the Mukwonago area dodged the heaviest snowfall during the weekend storm, however, the State of Wisconsin advises against driving anywhere in the state if not necessary on Sunday.

Batten down hatches for storm

Dec. 11, 2010 10:05 p.m. | Lake Country remains under a blizzard warning tonight, as the rain that fell throughout the day gives way to snow. The warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday, with snow accumulation expected to reach 4 to 9 inches and strong winds making conditions worse throughout the day Sunday. The National Weather Service cautions that whiteout conditions and some impassable roads are expected. Law enforcement officials suggest residents should avoid travel, if possible.

Check here for closings.

Have pictures of the storm? Share them with us by sending them to  lakenews@jcpgroup.com

Accident causes traffic backup

Dec. 10, 2010 3:37 p.m. | A two-car accident on the off-ramp from eastbound Highway 16 at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee is affecting traffic, according to a witness.

Traffic is being diverted around the incident through the WCTC parking lot. Traffic is backing up on the ramp.

An ambulance, firetruck and police are at the scene.

Big Bend Fire Department gains certification

Dec. 10, 2010 3:32 p.m. | The Village of Big Bend Fire Department received its Emergency Medical Services Provider license this week, which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18. The certification authorizes the department to engage in providing emergency medical services to residents.

The department will swear in John Ludwig as its new Chief at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, as the new Big Bend Fire Department goes into action.

Gas up the snowblower

Dec. 10, 2010 2:36 p.m. | Bundle up, Lake Country, it looks like another winter storm is headed this way.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. A mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to develop late tonight and Saturday morning. It may turn to rain for a time, and will then change to snow Saturday afternoon. Snow may be moderate to heavy, and gusty winds mean blowing and drifting is expected Saturday night and Sunday.

Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are possible before it all wraps up Sunday night. Higher accumulation is expected in the northern parts of Waukesha and Jefferson counties.

The area will be hit with a second punch going into the start of next week, as frigid temperatures are expected to follow the weekend's precipitation. Wind chills of -15 to -30 are expected Sunday night into Monday.

The National Weather Service noted that the track of the storm remains somewhat uncertain. "A slight shift north or south will impact snow amounts and the amount of mixed precipitation," it said in a news release. "The most uncertain area is along the populated I-94 corridor from Madison to Milwaukee." 

Fink steps down as KM football coach

Dec. 10, 2010 10:12 a.m. | Kettle Moraine football coach Mike Fink has decided to step away from the position, instead focusing solely on his task as the school's athletics director.

Fink announced his plans Sunday at the football team's postseason banquet. He has been piloting the football program for 13 years and has served as AD for nine years.

The Lasers missed the football postseason the past two seasons on the heels of a first-round upset victory over Sun Prairie in the 2008 playoffs and a 7-3 season the year before. His career mark at KM is 57-66.

The search for his replacement will begin immediately.

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Wirth sent to prison

Dec. 09, 2010 5:36 p.m. | Andrew Wirth, convicted in October of two counts of negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, will spend 10 years in prison.

Wirth was sentenced today in Jefferson County Court.

He received the maximum sentence on each count, five years in prison and five years extended supervison. The sentences will run consecutively.

Wirth was convicted in connection with the 2009 killing of Town of Oconomowoc Police Officer Jennifer Luick and her boyfriend, Gregg Peters.

Watch for details in Tuesday's paper.

Judge denies temporary injunction for Mukwonago logo change

Dec. 09, 2010 11:03 a.m. |  Waukesha – A judge this morning denied a temporary injunction sought by two Mukwonago School District residents to prevent the changing of the school’s Indian logo.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald Hassin said the plaintiffs, Craig Vertz and James Schoolcraft, did not show that there is a likelihood the state law was unconstitutional and that they have suffered irreparable harm because of the state’s mandate to change the logo.

Attorney Samuel C. Hall, representing Vertz and Schoolcraft, argued that when the state mandated this summer that the district change the logo because it stereotyped Native Americans, residents were denied due process; the school district has spent $17,000 to comply with the order, and that the cost ultimately will be passed onto the taxpayers thus causing the taxpayers irreparable harm; and the process to force the change is unconstitutional. Hall argued there are no rules to the process.

Attorney Clayton Kawski, representing the state Department of Public Instruction, argued the residents did have due process through its elected officials on the School Board, there are rules to the process and they were followed, and showing the law is unconstitutional requires a high burden of proof.

Hassin said any law adopted by the Legislature has a "strong presumption it is constitutional," and the plaintiffs did not show a "likelihood of success" in proving it is unconstitutional, he said.

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A ringing endorsement for handbell choirs.

Dec. 08, 2010 10:44 a.m. |  There are many visual symbols of the Christmas season: twinkling lights, festooned greenery, Nativity scenes.

There are many sounds, too, that we hear this time of year. Perhaps one of the most unmistakable sounds of the season is the ringing of bells. We hear the gentle tinkling of the Salvation Army’s bells during their Red Kettle campaign. If we’re lucky enough to take a horse-drawn carriage or sleigh ride during the season, we might hear the bells jingling from the horses’ sides as they trot along.

By far the most beautiful sounds from bells come from handbell choirs. Besides being a treat for the ears, it is most entertaining to watch the musicians in their white gloves deftly handling the sparkling golden instruments. And the sound that emits from these chambers is pure joy. It seems ash though they simply cannot produce an unpleasant sound.

This weekend, the Lake Country Ringers will present its 2010 holiday handbell concert, Christmas Bells are Ringing. The program will be presented at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, at Atonement Lutheran Church, S70 W16244 Martin Drive in Muskego and at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 at Southminster Presbyterian Church 200 Richard St. in Waukesha. 

Each concert includes seasonal, holiday and humorous music that is sure to delight even the most cynical Scrooges at this most wonderful time of the year. 

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Kettle Moraine wins thriller over CMH

Dec. 07, 2010 10:37 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine boys basketball team won a barn-burner over Catholic Memorial on Tuesday, 49-48, rallying back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter.

The win was the first for the Lasers (1-2) under temporary head coach Reid Chase.

KM hit nine three-pointers in the game, including five consecutive makes from beyond the arc in the fourth quarter, giving the Lasers a lead after CMH took a 44-30 advantage with the first basket of the final quarter.

Memorial reclaimed the lead and held it with 30 seconds left, when Jon Galando picked up a loose ball and got fouled at the 18-second mark. He made both freebies sandwiched around a timeout, and KM recorded a defensive stop to best the defending Division 2 state champions.

Kyle Kita finished with a team-high 17 points. He and Matt Hoppe each delivered two fourth-quarter 3-pointers, and Galando provided the other.

Arrowhead boys top Mukwonago

Dec. 07, 2010 9:24 p.m. | The Arrowhead boys basketball team easily bypassed the first hurdle in the Classic 8 Conference season, topping Mukwonago at AHS on Tuesday night, 75-53.

Sophomore Kenny Finco enjoyed a breakout performance by scoring 18 points, and senior Charlie Fischer finished with 17. The Indians were led by senior Derek Hasanoglu, who tallied 25 points and 7 rebounds.

Austin Brinkman added 9 points for the Indians.

Holiday Train to arrive at 9 p.m. tomorrow

Dec. 07, 2010 11:16 a.m. |  

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will be arriving in Hartland at 9 p.m. Wednesday. A story published in the Tuesday Lake Country Reporter gave an incorrect time. The train will pull in near the old train depot site on Pawling Avenue.
Residents are encouraged to bring donations to the food pantry to the event. All food and money raised will stay in the community for local distribution.

Michalek won't run for town chairman

Dec. 06, 2010 10:23 p.m. |  Town of Vernon Chairman Fred Michalek announced today that he will not run for town chairman in spring, due to time commitments with the position.

Read the complete story in the Dec. 8 Mukwonago Chief.

East Troy police looking for suspect

Dec. 06, 2010 5:07 p.m. | The Town of East Troy Police Department released a sketch on Sunday of a man wanted for an attempted home invasion on Thursday.

Police said that a man armed with a handgun knocked at a house on Walnut Street in the Miramar subdivision on Dec. 2. When the resident answered the door, the man pointed the handgun at the person and then fled.

According to police reports, the man is described as 16 to 20 years old, about 6 feet tall with ear-length brown hair and some facial hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue down-type winter coat and gray tennis shoes.

The East Troy School District went on external lockdown as a precaution because of the invasion and the age of the suspect, according to police.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the East Troy police at (262) 642-3700.
 

Delafield Fine Foods closes its doors

Dec. 04, 2010 5:25 p.m. | Delafield Fine Foods closed its doors today, Saturday, Dec. 4, reports JSOnline. The upscale grocery store specialzed infresh locally grown products, cooking classes and "meals on the go."

The store originally known as Gaglianos was owned by Cerillo Foods before Susie and Jason Steiner of the Steinergroup of Cudahy took over operations earlier this year and full ownership in July 2010

A letter from the Delafield Fine Foods Team on the door stated, "It is with regret we must inform you that Delafield Fine Foods will be closing permanently Dec. 4, 2010." They thanked the patrons for support and loyalty and were "saddened and disappointed" about the closing.

The Steiners own several buildings in downtown Delafield and stated that they are throughly committed to the area and "don't want the closing of the store to send the wrong message."

Questions should be directed to Nathan Schroeder of the Steinergroup at (414) 766-9575.

$1 million lottery ticket sold in Oconomowoc

Dec. 03, 2010 9:54 a.m. | Santa came early to a lucky person who purchased a Powerball ticket for the Dec.1 drawing at the Speedway gas station in Oconomowoc.

According to a release for the Wisconsin Lottery, this marks the fourth time this year a Powerball ticket sold in Wisconsin is worth $1 million to the lucky winner, thanks to Powerball’s Power Play prize multiplier feature.

The ticket matched all five regular winning numbers in the Powerball drawing to earn the ticket holder a $200,000 prize. But, because the player also purchased the Power Play prize multiplier feature, the $200,000 prize was automatically multiplied by five.

Power Play turned the $200,000 ticket into a $1 million winner.

The ticket-holder has 180 days from Wednesday’s drawing to claim the prize at the Lottery’s headquarters in Madison.

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Winter Storm to Hit Southern Wisconsin

Dec. 03, 2010 9:44 a.m. | According to a press release from Wisconsin Emergency Management, the State of Wisconsin is monitoring the first winter storm of the season that will hit southern Wisconsin tonight.   The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories from Eau Claire to the Milwaukee area.  

The storm system is expected to move into the state by late afternoon and will continue thru Saturday afternoon. Forecasters are expecting 4-6 inches of snow.

Motorists should be prepared to adjust travel plans and take extra precautions. The snow will impact travel Friday evening through Saturday morning.   Current winter road conditions are available at www.511wi.gov or call 511.  

In addition, motorists should have a winter emergency kit in their vehicle with a shovel, flashlight, blanket, hat and gloves, and snacks. A complete list of items is available at http://ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov.

Both the Wisconsin National Guard’s Joint Operations Center (JOC) and the Wisconsin Emergency Management 24 Hour Duty Officer will monitor the storms.  The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will not be activated at this time; however that could change if conditions should deteriorate.

Arrowhead wrestlers win thriller

Dec. 02, 2010 11:18 p.m. | With one match to go and Arrowhead's wrestling team needing a pin, the Warhawks were nonetheless facing a best-case scenario.

Defending state champion Jake Sueflohn recorded a pin in the final match at 152 pounds, guiding the Warhawks to a 36-34 win over Mukwonago in a dual that annually seems to determine the eventual Classic 8 Conference champion. The Warhawks won the clash for the fourth straight year, and all of those matches came down to the last of 14 bouts.

Sueflohn topped Mukwonago's Tyler Zamzow in 1 minute, 16 seconds, one of several pins on the evening. Perhaps just as large as Sueflohn's win was Cory Cinelli at 119 pounds, who shocked MHS senior Garrett Gutenberger by recording a second-period pin while facing a 4-1 deficit.

Mukwonago got pins from Blake Vick and Tyler Ladwig at 189 pounds and 285, respectively, taking a 16-9 lead after four matches. AHS responded with three wins in four rounds -- including pins by Andrew Crone, Adam Yde and Cinelli -- to build a lead as large as 30-22.

MHS sophomore Joe Mattson took a 9-0 lead over Mitchell Berenz at 135 but had to ward off a nearfall situation that lasted for well over a minute in the third period. Mattson ultimately prevailed, followed by a win from Kirk Zylke and a pin by Jordan Treuer to give MHS a glimmer of hope heading into the final round, with a 34-30 lead. Hank Mattson also won by pin on the evening.

Inn at Pine Terrace has new owners

Dec. 01, 2010 3:39 p.m. | Oconomowoc bed and breakfast, the Inn at Pine Terrace's former owners Mike and Kristen Bachman sold the 11-room inn Nov. 8 to John and Ruth Gresley of Mequon.

The new owners also own Gresley House Bed and Breakfast in Mequon. A price was not disclosed in a release annoucing the sale.

Read more about this story in the Tuesday Oconomowoc Focus.

Now dash away all to see Santa and his reindeer on Saturday.

Dec. 01, 2010 1:20 p.m. | In Clement Moore’s 1823 poem “The Night Before Christmas” Santa arrives in a miniature sleigh pulled by eight tiny, flying reindeer.

As we all know, Moore’s vision is pure fantasy, but one that has been cherished around Christmas time for years.

First of all, reindeer, also known as caribou, are not tiny at all. They weigh a couple hundred pounds and don’t normally get very far off the ground. In actually, reindeer did pull something called a “pulk,” sort of a toboggan, in the region of Lapland.

And both the males and females do have those huge, gorgeous antlers you see in pictures around this time of year.

But did you ever really see one up close? A real-live Dasher, Dancer, Prancer or Vixen?

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Richards resigns as Delafield fire chief

Dec. 01, 2010 6:15 a.m. | Longtime Town of Delafield Fire Chief Dean Richards is resigning, effective Dec. 31.

Richards said he has been "wrestling" with the decision to resign for some time and "I continue to wrestle with it at this moment."
 
A key moment in his decision making came after the Nov. 2 election in which town residents shot down a referendum by nine votes for a new $4 million firehouse off Golf Road.
 
"The referendum was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back," Richards said.
 
"I must be honest in reporting that the referendum and other factors surrounding our attempt to build a new Station 1 was quite simply the last straw for me," Richards wrote. "Based on recent meetings, I have had to acknowledge that we may have to go back to the drawing board and start a 10-year process with five design iterations all over again. Humbly, I admit that I simply don't have the energy to do this, and I would be a detriment to the process if I stayed around."
 
"...the failure to address Station 1's problems has just claimed its first casualty," he added.
 
Read more on this story in the Thursday Lake Country Reporter.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

The Art of the Bicycle: Dec. 17-20, Delafield Arts Center, 719 Genesee St., Delafield. Diane Lehman, Peter Kudlata and Wheel & Sprocket. Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 11am-4pm; first and third Saturdays of each month: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and by appointment. Free. http://www.delafieldartscenter.org/.

Country Christmas Outdoor Drive-through Lights Display: 5-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays through Dec. 31. Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Pewaukee. Wisconsin’s largest drive-through holiday lights event features more than a million holiday lights along a mile-long trail that winds through the woods, Includes animated figures and holiday scenes. Call (262) 970-5398 for details., $15-$25. $15 per carload, $25 limo, mini-coach or large van http://www.thecountrychristmas.com.

Nutcracker Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 1 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 East Forest Street, Oconomwoc. Mainstage Academy of Dance performs this beloved Tchaikovsky ballet, a holiday classic the whole family will enjoy. Visit www.theoac.net for more information or tickets. $14-$16 http://www.wedancemainstage.com 

Tom Heideman’s Swamp Party: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Delafield Brewhaus, 3832 Hillside Drive, Delafield. For more information call (262) 646-7821.

Updates to this calendar are made weekly Monday afternoon. 

 

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