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Police remind residents - arrange for a safe ride home from New Year's parties

Dec. 30, 2013 4:26 p.m. | The Southeast Wisconsin Multi-Jurisdictional OWI Task Force be conducting a street roll call on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 4 p.m. at the municipal parking lot located at St. Paul Avenue and Madison Street in the City of Waukesha.  

Multiple law enforcement agencies from Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties will be in attendance at the roll call.  These agencies will then deploy resources not only on New Year's Eve, but throughout the holiday weekend with one mission - to apprehend drunken drivers.

Mukwonago police would like to remind all residents to think when they drink during the holiday season. Officers will be out in force once again during the New Year's season looking for impaired drivers.

Prior to engaging in drinking, make sure to arrange having a safe ride home and do not get behind the wheel. There are still way too many needless injuries and deaths caused by drunken drivers. The Village and  Town of Mukwonago Police Departments are both active members of the Southeast Wisconsin OWI Task Force and will have multiple high visibility deployments with one mission – to detect and arrest impaired drivers.

The Southeast Wisconsin OWI Task Force consists of state, county, and local agencies from both Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.  Currently, 25 law enforcement agencies from both counties belong and participate in various OWI task force deployments on specific dates.  

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Packers in Delafield tonight for autographs

Dec. 30, 2013 3:03 p.m. | Delafield - Legends of the Field, 2910 Golf Road, will host a public autograph signing with Green Bay Packers, Jamari Lattimore and Sean Richardson from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30.
Come meet Packers rising stars, Linebacker Jamari Lattimore and Safety Sean Richardson. Both players have made large contributions for the injury riddled 2013 NFC North Champions.
This autograph signing is open to the public with limited tickets available online at www.legendsofthefield.com; you can stop in the day of the event.

Merchandise will be available before the signing or bring in your own item to be autographed.
 

Storytime planned at Oconomowoc Public Library

Dec. 30, 2013 9:17 a.m. | Not much beats cuddling up with good story, especially during the winter. Consider bringing your little ones to the Oconomowoc Public Library's Storytime; no registration is required. 

Baby Storytime (18 months and under): Tuesdays at 9:15 am

Lapsit Storytime (19-35 months): Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 am; Preschool Storytime (36 months and up): Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:45 am

Pewaukee defeats top-ranked Oak Creek

Dec. 28, 2013 10:08 p.m. | It was a battle between two undefeated teams, and it definitely lived up to its billing. Oak Creek, the No. 1 team in the state, met the No. 4 team in Division 2 in Pewaukee, and the Pirates used a late momentum shift to pull off a 42-41 upset in the championship of the Oak Creek Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

Pewaukee (9-0) trailed midway through the fourth quarter, 37-28, but still summoned the offense to land one of the biggest outcomes of 2013.

"They're good and they're huge," Pewaukee coach Todd Hansen said of Oak Creek, "and we just didn't quit fighting. Fourth quarter, I think we had 20 points. It didn't look good. We were down 8 or 9, we got a couple of steals, and our girls just kept believing."

The Pirates briefly took a 39-37 lead on a 3-pointer from Jessie Bacon before Oak Creek (7-1) finally responded with 2 points from Steph Kostowicz to tie the game at 39 with less than 2 minutes to go. After a free throw from MacKenzie Schill and another two points from Kostowicz, Oak Creek led 41-40 with only seconds to go in the game. Schill scored the winning basket with 5.4 seconds to play, and despite an excellent chance for the Knights to score at the other end at the buzzer, the Pirates walked off the court with a big win.

"We got a couple steals off our press and our young kids made plays," said Hansen. "Jessie Bacon had a basket or two as a sophomore. Abby Gerrits, I mean, she's one of the best sophomores in the state. MacKenzie Schill a freshman. Those are some young kids making huge plays for us, and we just kept believing."

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Poor visibility for driving on area roads

Dec. 27, 2013 8:43 a.m. |  Eagle Fire  Department is on the scene of an accident at Highway 59 and Sprague Road. According to scanner traffic, visibility is very poor in the area due to fog. Use extreme caution.

Lots of ways to relax after the holiday rush

Dec. 27, 2013 12:00 a.m. | The holiday rush is over and we can now relax as we head into the new year.

If you’re thinking of trying a new sport – say, curling, for instance – the Kettle Moraine Curling Club is hosting an open house from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at 2630 Oakwood Road, Hartland.

Participants should wear warm layers and bring clean rubber-soled shoes; equipment will be provided. No reservations required; there is no charge. Go to www.kmcurlingclub.com for more information.

If skating is more your style, the Mullett Ice Center will have public skating hours from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through March 30. Special holiday hours include 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27 and 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 31. The Mullett Ice Center is located at 700 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland. Cost is $5 adult, $4 junior/senior, $2 skate rental. For more information call (262) 369-3600.

If the sky’s not the limit for you, check out the planetarium programs at the Charles Z. Horwitz Planetarium, S14-W28167 Madison St., Genesee, on Saturday. "The Sky Tonight" will be presented at 11 a.m.  It is a participatory sky theater program that includes kids craft activities, music and a chance to meet space characters. "The Season of Light" at 1 p.m. takes the audience back 2,000 years to investigate the true date for the birth of Christ. Cost for each program is $4. Go to http://www.waukeshaschools.com/planet/ for more information.

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Waukesha Salvation Army falls short of goal

Dec. 26, 2013 10:12 a.m. | As the Salvation Army Red Kettles go into storage for another year, it fell short of the $445,000 goal needed to continue the quality of services for people in need next year. The total raised as of Christmas eve was $405,040 or 91-percent of the goal, according to a press release from the Salvation Army.

“The cold weather had people who would normally ring, a bit timid about weathering a shift at the kettle – although many groups and individuals, families, clubs, and businesses tried hard to cover shifts throughout Waukesha County,” said Major Carol Lemirand.  “The cold weather should remind us there are people without basic needs such as adequate homes or a place to even call home, some who keep their heat very low to save expenses, but still encounter the need for assistance once spring comes and the turn off season begins. It should remind us, hungry people walk a great distance to receive a nutritious hot meal three nights a week at “The Sal.”  We’ve heard from many families who came for Christmas – The Salvation Army gifts were the only gifts their children would have this year because hours of employment have been reduced.  We need to be there to support our neighbors and remain a strong community.”

Donations will continue to be accepted until the end of January in hopes programs can remain strong for those in need.  Donations can be made by mailing a check to The Salvation Army,  445 Madison St., Waukesha,  WI 53188 or by going online.  

For additional information please call The Salvation Army at (262) 547-7367.

Waukesha County briefly loses dispatch radio system

Dec. 24, 2013 1:04 p.m. | Radio communications at Waukesha County's communications center went down briefly Tuesday, forcing dispatchers to switch to a backup system.

A dispatch supervisor said she had few details but reported the system was quickly restored after she contacted engineers who keep the radio system running.

In July, the communications center in Waukesha took 911 calls for Milwaukee County when Milwaukee County's communications system went down due to an electrical fire.

Christmas eve armed robbery at Pewaukee Kwik Trip

Dec. 24, 2013 8:06 a.m. | Police were called to an armed robbery at a Kwik Trip at W229 N2086 Redford Boulevard around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

According to information shared by Waukesha County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Beal,the suspect was able to obtain an undisclosed amount of money. No injuries were
sustained during the incident.

Beal said the suspect was a black man around 6-feet-tall with a slender build and wearing a dark colored jacket and dark pants.

Beal said the man displayed a hand gun and then left in an unknown vehicle. Police have not said if the man got away with any money.

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An interview with Santa

Dec. 23, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  Every kid waits in line to talk to Santa in the days leading up to Christmas. Here is an exclusive interview with a special reporter getting the scoop as the big day approaches. 

See the complete story in the Living Mukwonago Chief tomorrow. 

Still time to enjoy a festive holiday event

Dec. 20, 2013 12:00 a.m. | If you haven’t done anything festive this holiday there’s still time.

You’ll find dancing, concerts, shopping and food to enjoy this last weekend before Christmas.

If you still have a few folks to shop for on your list head to Oconomowoc for the Last Minute Shopping Experience from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Oconomowoc.  The event will feature vendors from around the area who are offering fun and affordable gift ideas. Free gift wrapping from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and pictures with Santa from noon to 3 p.m.

If you’d like to stay local for holiday gifts head over to the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center, County Road K, Oconomowoc.  The market features seasonally grown produce, farm raised items such as brown eggs, grass-fed beef and meats such as elk, goat and lamb plus specialty local seafood products.

For a truly festive performance make plans to see The MainStage Academy of Dance’s presentation of the “Nutcracker”  Ballet at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.  Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. For tickets call (262) 560-3172.

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Walker signs Indian mascot bill

Dec. 19, 2013 12:40 p.m. | According to Attorney Sam Hall, who received word from Rep. Steve Nass' office, Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 297 into law today. 

Representative Nass praised Governor Walker for a deliberative review of the proposal that included listening to all perspectives before reaching his decision to sign it.

"We reformed a flawed law by replacing it with a better process to address any potential inappropriate use of Indian logos, mascots, and team names.  No longer will the mere existence of an Indian logo, mascot or team name automatically be construed as a violation of state law,” Nass said.

“Governor Walker showed great leadership by indicating his personal preferences on this matter would not supersede the input from all interested parties.  Even though he will sign AB 297 into law, he is providing moral direction to all sides to achieve greater understanding and more dialogue in a less confrontational manner,” Nass said.

School Board President Loren Tieman was happy to hear the news, hoping this will make things better for Mukwonago.

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Walker signs mascot bill into law

Dec. 19, 2013 12:30 p.m. | Sources have indicated that Gov. Scott Walker has signed legislation that would change the law governing race-based logos, mascots and team names. More information as it becomes available.

It could be a sloppy commute tonight -- and tomorrow morning

Dec. 19, 2013 12:00 p.m. | A freezing rain advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. tonight to 9 a.m. Friday.

Up to a tenth of an inch of ice could be created by the weather system, according to the National Weather Service, which could make for hazardous conditions on roads and sidewalks

Northeast winds will keep temperatures at or below freezing, whild mild and moist air aloft will lead to widespread precipitation.

Freezing rain is expected to begin early this evening and last into at least mid-morning Friday.

Quad/Graphics elects Kathryn Quadracci Flores to board

Dec. 18, 2013 1:56 p.m. | Quad/Graphics announced that they have elected Dr. Kathryn Quadracci Flores, M.D., to its board of directors, effective December 13, 2013. Dr. Flores fills the board seat formerly occupied by her mother, Betty Ewens Quadracci, who died Monday, December 9, at age 75.

In addition, Dr. Flores will fill her mother’s trustee position on the Quad/Graphics Voting Trust, which has majority voting control for Quad/Graphics. Dr. Flores is one of four trustees. The other long-standing trustees are Dr. Flores’ sister Elizabeth Quadracci Harned, who, for many years, worked in sales and management at Quad/Graphics; brother Joel, Quad/Graphics Chairman, President & CEO; and David Blais, Quad/Graphics Executive Vice President of Sales and Client Services.

Dr. Flores, a surgeon, is the eldest daughter of the late Harry V. Quadracci and Betty Ewens Quadracci who launched Quad/Graphics in Pewaukee, Wis., in 1971. Dr. Flores’ younger brother, Joel, currently serves as Quad/Graphics’ Chairman, President & CEO.

Dr. Flores’ previous board experience with the company includes serving the advisory board for QuadMed, a subsidiary of Quad/Graphics that provides employer-sponsored healthcare management solutions, including developing and managing on-site primary care clinics.

Other members of Quad/Graphics’ board of directors include J. Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO of Quad/Graphics; William J. Abraham Jr., Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP; Douglas P. Buth, Retired Chairman, CEO & President, Appleton Papers, Inc.; Christopher B. Harned, Managing Director, Investment Banking Group, M&A Team, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.; Thomas O. Ryder, Retired Chairman & CEO, Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.; and John S. Shiely, Chairman Emeritus, Briggs & Stratton Corporation and Former Chairman, President & CEO, Briggs & Stratton Corporation.

Governor's deadline on mascot bill approaches

Dec. 18, 2013 12:13 p.m. | The deadline to veto or sign the bill making it harder to remove race-based school mascots faces Gov. Scott Walker tomorrow, according to the Associated Press. Without Walker's signature the bill would become law, however, Walker said he would either veto or sign it by the deadline.

On Tuesday, Walker said he may sign the bill, citing concerns that the current law may infringe on the free speech rights of public schools.

The Great-Lakes Inter-Tribal Council sent Walker a letter last week asking him to veto the bill, acording to the Associated Press. Democrats have also asked Walker to veto the bill. 

The bill would invalidate the Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) orders to the Mukwonago Area School District to change its Indian logo and nickname. 

Friday the 13th accident remains under investigation

Dec. 18, 2013 10:47 a.m. | An early morning car accident sent one motorist to the hospital Friday, Dec. 13, via Flight for LIfe.

Between 5:30 and 6 a.m. one vehicle rear-ended another vehicle on westbound Highway 16 just east of Sawyer Road in the Town of Oconomowoc. There was one occupant in each vehicle.

Lt. Paul Beal of the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department said the driver of the striking vehicle, a 50-year-old man from Mukwonago was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital. The driver of the car that was rear-ended was a 58-year-old man from Watertown who did not sustain serious injury.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation, inattentive driving may be the cause, but has not been confirmed. No citations have been issued.

Law enforcement agencies on scene included the Town of Oconomowoc, City Of Delafield, Village of Chenequa and Waukesha County Sheriff. The Okauchee Fire Department and Lake Country Fire and Rescue also assisted. Traffic was diverted for several hours.
 

Kettle Moraine nails down referendum amount

Dec. 17, 2013 10:34 p.m. | Balancing the needs outlined in an $87 million master plan, to a level of support show in a community survey, the Kettle Moraine School District Board of Education unanimously agreed to put a $49.6 million project to referendum vote in the April election tonight. 

A team from the architectural firm of Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and the construction management firm of J.H. Findorff & Son (Findorff) trimmed down a preliminary budget of $53.7 million presented on Dec. 3. Reductions in the preliminary plans were made after consulting with Kettle Moraine administration to bring the scope of the project down to $49.3 million.

In an effort to stay below $50 million, which showed the most commitment from residents that completed a community survey on the master plan priorities, yet address more of the pressing capital needs within the district, School Board President Gary Vose made a motion to pursue a referendum resolution of $49.6, adding $300,000 back into the project budget.

The School Board will review a draft of the referendum resolutions on Jan. 7 and approve the referendum resolutions on Jan. 14. 

Meet and greet with Packer Datone Jones in Mukwonago tonight

Dec. 17, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  Lynch's Horter Chevrolet in Mukwonago is hosting a meet-and-greet event with Packer defensive end Datone Jones at their dealership located at 915 Main Street in Mukwonago.

The first round draft pick will make an appearance from 6-8p.m. Receive a signedd autograph along with other dealership offers and surprises.

RSVP to the event here

Former clerk Kathy Nickolaus plans a run for Waukesha County Board

Dec. 17, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Former Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is asking voters to set aside her embattled history in county government and give her a fresh start in political life.

Nickolaus has filed nomination papers to challenge County Board Supervisor Dave Zimmermann for the 2nd District supervisory seat in the April 1 spring election. The district encompasses the northwest corner of the county, generally north and south of Oconomowoc, and extends east to include Chenequa.

Nickolaus served as county clerk from 2002 to 2012. She decided not to seek re-election in November 2012 after she drew statewide criticism for failing to include votes from Brookfield in a 2011 Supreme Court race.

The error fueled momentum for a statewide, taxpayer-financed recount that reversed initial returns and resulted in a re-election victory for Justice David Prosser.

A state Government Accountability Board investigation found Nickolaus violated state law in how she reported election results, but without criminal intent.

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Mukwonago police remind shoppers to lock up

Dec. 16, 2013 4:06 p.m. | With holiday shopping in full force, the Village of Mukwonago Police Department reminds shoppers of a few points to protect their property.

Lock your car everywhere you go. Do not leave your keys in your car, and don’t leave your car running unattended (this is against Village ordinance and an easy theft target).  When you buy packages, keep them out of sight in the trunk of your vehicle or if you have a conceal roller type tarp in the back of your vehicle use it to hide your gifts. When shopping in the store, do not leave your purse unattended in your cart, carry it on you whenever possible.  

Don’t let a thief ruin your holidays.

Teen snow day at OPL

Dec. 16, 2013 11:40 a.m. |  Calling all students in grades 7-12. Come to the Oconomowoc Public Library and re-live the snow days of your childhood.

 Wear your pajamas, play with 'snowballs' (marshmallows) and watch a holiday movie!

 This free event will be held from 1:30 - 4 p.m. on  Saturday, Dec. 21.  No registration required. 

Just bring yourself and your friends. 

Mukwonago girls edge Arrowhead

Dec. 13, 2013 10:36 p.m. | Sophomore Bre Cera hit 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter, and the Mukwonago girls basketball team finished the game on a 10-2 run to top the state's No. 2 ranked team, Arrowhead, by a 43-40 count Friday in a Classic 8 Conference battle at MHS.

A long 3-pointer by Kelly Smith at the buzzer bounced out. She finished with 14 points but split a pair of free throws with 7.8 seconds left, leaving Mukwonago with a 41-40 lead. Cera hit two freebies with 6.6 to play.

Cera, who did not score in the first half, finished with 13 points. Arrowhead jumped out to a 15-7 lead, but neither team led by 5 points the rest of the way. Arrowhead grabbed a 38-33 lead on a Jenna Goulet 3-pointer with 2:52 to go, but Mukwonago turned up the defensive pressure thereafter. A steal and basket by Courtney McKeever with a foul attached at the 1:45 mark gave MHS a 39-38 lead, and it would not trail again.

Arrowhead (4-1) shot 11 of 50 (22 percent) and incurred its first loss of the year. Mukwonago improved to 3-1.

Special presentation of A Christmas Carol Tuesday

Dec. 13, 2013 3:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Community Library will host a special presentation of A Christmas Carol on Tuesday night.

Rose Productions of Chicago is brining the traveling two-person Christmas favorite to the Mukwonago Community Library on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at  7 p.m.

Join the group for a special two-person performance of Dickens' holiday classic in a lively 40-minute presentation.

All are welcome and no tickets are necessary. 

Booze and Belts campaign starts Dec. 13

Dec. 13, 2013 1:14 p.m. | To make streets and highways safer during the upcoming holiday season, law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin will mobilize for the annual “Booze and Belts” campaign from Friday, Dec. 13, to Saturday, Dec. 21, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

“Alcohol-related crashes killed 223 people in Wisconsin and injured nearly 3,000 last year. In addition, more than half of the drivers and passengers killed in crashes last year were unbuckled,” says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. “That’s why law enforcement agencies are cracking down on impaired and unbuckled motorists. Last year in Wisconsin, there were nearly 27,000 convictions for drunken driving and more than 100,000 for failure to fasten a seat belt.”

According to Pabst, the goal of law enforcement officers during Booze and Belts and throughout the year is to save lives and reduce injuries by getting motorists to buckle up and drive sober—not to issue more tickets or make more arrests.

“For all of us, the best gift we can give our loved ones is to ensure they come together to celebrate the holidays rather than mourn a needless injury or death,” Pabst says. “We all must work together to attain zero preventable traffic deaths in Wisconsin, and there’s no better time of year to make progress toward that goal than right now.”

Highway 16 lanes reopen after crash in Waukesha County

Dec. 13, 2013 11:46 a.m. | Crews have cleared a crash that closed the westbound lanes of Highway 16 near Hartland for about four hours Friday.

The crash scene was near Waukesha County Highway P.

Holiday shows display lots of local talent

Dec. 13, 2013 12:00 a.m. | While most of us probably have the luxury of a large television with high definition pictures there is still a more vivid way to watch a show. That’s live theater.

In Lake Country we are fortunate to have a number of fine theater companies. And this time of year, holiday shows make for a festive evening or afternoon entertainment.

Hear lots of familiar holiday tunes and see many of your favorite holiday characters in Waukesha Civic Theatre presents “Candy Cane Tales and Holiday Carols.” Shows are at 7 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 p.m., 6 p.m. Dec. 14; 2 p.m. Dec. 15; 7 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m., 6 p.m. Dec. 21; and 2 p.m. Dec. 22, at  264 W. Main St., Waukesha. For information  visit www.waukeshacivictheatre.org.

Lake Country Playhouse is getting into the spirit of the season with “A Christmas Carol, the Musical.” Shows are 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12-13; 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, at 221 E. Capitol Drive, Hartland.  Visit www.lakecountryplayhouse.net for more information.

Theatre on Main is presenting “Mame” for its holiday offering this year. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14; 4 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20; 2 p.m. and 7:30 Dec. 21, at 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc. Visit  www.theatreonmain.org for more information.

Hy. 83 accident causes delays

Dec. 12, 2013 6:08 p.m. | An apparent one-car accident on Highway 83 northbound at Industrial Drive in Hartland caused some big delays around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

An SUV was seen in the ditch on the east side of 83 at Industrial Drive. Highway 83 was closed from Industrial Drive north to Highway 16 for about 15 minutes.

Because traffic was routed into the Hartland Industrial Park, delays of about 15 minutes were seen on all of the roads in the Industrial Park.

There appeared to be no serious injuries from the crash.

Early registration offered for St. Paul kindergarten

Dec. 12, 2013 1:16 p.m. | St. Paul School, Highways D and 83 in Genesee Depot, will have a drop-in 4- and 5-year-old kindergarten information gathering opportunity and early registration day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. 

Parents are invited to visit the school with their child. The school touts itself as being a values-enriched, statewide top-ranking educational environment with smaller class sizes, equipped with current state-of-the-art teaching technology, and a reinforced safe instructional environment. 

Parents are invited to take a glimpse of a kindergarten classroom in action, or stop by in the evening of early registration day if that is more convenient. Take a tour of the school and meet the kindergarten teacher and school principal. Learn about the school’s “Buddies Not Bullies” program and hear about St. Paul’s Catholic-enriched education. 

For more information or to schedule a private school tour or classroom shadowing experience for your child, call the school office at (262) 968-3175.

Lake Country Reporter delivery delayed

Dec. 12, 2013 12:51 p.m. | Issues with our press have delayed delivery of some Thursday papers. If you live in the Sussex-Lisbon area and did not receive your paper today, it should be delivered tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Bigger board, wireless Internet part of 2014 Ashippun budget

Dec. 12, 2013 9:25 a.m. | Town of Ashippun - There will be a 10 percent increase in the town's budget next year to pay for two more supervisors. Electors voted this summer to increase the size of the board.

Supervisor Bill Bremer led the effort saying the town needed a wider representation. "At this point there are two people running the town. I'm the one who's sitting out and not that involved," he said in a previous interview.

The addition will increase the budget about $13,000.

Officials are also working to bring wireless Internet access to rural areas of the town. The board is set to discuss the item tonight. Residents requested this be added to town expenses. The estimated cost is $2,500.

While the two additions are new to the town's overall operating expenses, the town levy increased by .1 percent, or about $526 overall.
 

Some Thursday papers will be late

Dec. 12, 2013 7:54 a.m. | Some subscribers of our Thursday papers will receive their papers late today because of press issues. We are working to rectify the problem and apologize for the inconvenience.

Christmas in Eagle Friday night

Dec. 11, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  Enjoy a wintry hayride and a visit from Santa in Eagle. The Eagle Business Association along with the Village of Eagle Police and Eagle Fire Department,  will host the annual Hayride for Canned Goods from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Village Gazebo. Santa will arrive via fire truck at 7 p.m., so plan accordingly and enjoy hot chocolate and a bonfire with the whole family.

In conjunction with that event, the Eagle Historical Society, 217 Main St., will host the St. Theresa choir for a Christmas singalong around the 1885 player piano; the community is invited to join in.

Local piano and violin students will also play holiday selections, and all children are invited to make paper chains to decorate the tree and an ornament to take home. The society will also serve punch and cookies and have their doll and toy exhibits on display along with its traditional Christmas decorations.

Update on armed robbery in Sussex

Dec. 10, 2013 7:28 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a hold-up alarm at Associated Bank, N64 W23710 Main St, Sussex, at 4:37 p.m.

When officers arrived on scene, they confirmed that an armed robbery had occurred and the suspect fled prior to officer’s arrival.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’ 9”, 160 lbs., wearing a two-tone dark and light gray winter jacket, a blue hooded sweatshirt with a zipper, white undershirt, blue ski mask with one opening for the face, blue “mechanics” type gloves, blue jeans and white shoes.

The majority of the winter jacket is darker gray, with lighter gray accents, including a light gray stripe across the back.

The incident is still under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

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Armed robbery at Associated Bank in Sussex

Dec. 10, 2013 5:56 p.m. | A spokesperson for the Waukesha Sheriff's Department has confirmed there has been an armed robbery at the Associated Bank in Sussex.

One male suspect fled from the bank and the department is currently investigating the situation.

No other details are available at this time.

Police surround Associated Bank in Sussex

Dec. 10, 2013 5:14 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff's Deputies have surrounded the Associated Bank in Sussex, after a call came in at 4:37 p.m. this evening.

According to Jennifer Wallschlaeger, spokesperson for the Sheriff's Department, deputies are currently assessing the situation. She had no other details at this time.

According to one witness, deputies were armed and  using spotlights outside of the bank.

Look back for more details as they become available. 

Big Bend to host first holiday event Friday

Dec. 10, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  The Village of Big Bend will host its first Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Village Hall.

The ceremony will also give the Big Bend Celebrations Committee the opportunity to recognize the winners of the first home decorating contest. Santa will be on hand to recognize the winners, and cookies and hot chocolate will be available inside Village Hall.

Watermain break cancels class at Lake Country Lutheran

Dec. 10, 2013 1:16 p.m. | No snow day for Lake Country Lutheran, but they are getting two water days.

Classes are canceled for students Tuesday and Wednesday this week after a water emergency in the art room today.

While scanners previously discussed a possible fire at the school, emergency responders arrived to fix the watermain and crews are still helping clean up. 

"We had a watermain break. Water had been gushing for a half an hour... All the way from the art room, into the hallway, and even into my office," Principal Dwayne Jobst said.

Jobst said school was canceled for the day and there will be no school tomorrow. 

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Water clean-up close Lake Country Lutheran for the day

Dec. 10, 2013 11:57 a.m. | According to the Waukesha County Fire Scanner, Lake Country Lutheran might have experienced a small fire this morning.

Crews on scene called for additional units to come in and  help clean up gallons of water.

Officials on the scanner said the remainder of the school day would be canceled.

This is a developing story and we will post updates as they become available. 

Mukwonago woman sentenced for $250k theft from Brookfield business

Dec. 10, 2013 11:02 a.m. | A 53-year-old Mukwonago woman who pleaded no contest in October to stealing more than $225,000 from Brookfield’s Management Research Services (MRS) was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday, Dec. 9. 

Victoria Boivin, who was employed for four years as a human resources administrator by the privately-owned company, said in a statement to the court that she could not convey how sorry she was.

“I am very sorry and I want to tell you, your honor, that I truly, truly want to make right for what I did,” she said tearfully. 

Waukesha County Judge Michael Bohren said that he was concerned that Boivin’s sincerity, “may not go deep enough.” 

“This is not shoplifting a candy bar from the store,” he said. “This is substantial theft.”

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Sheriff's Department releases sketch of Town of Eagle suspect

Dec. 09, 2013 8:33 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has released a sketch of a man they believe was involved in the Town of Eagle armed robbery on November 24

The basic description of the person in the drawing is a white male, appeared as though he had light skin with some type of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The suspect is early to mid-20’s, 5’10 to 5’11” 160-180 pounds, thin to medium build with dark straight hair and brown eyes. The suspect was wearing a knit or ribbed skull cap, dark hooded sweatshirt with hood up over his head. The sweatshirt had black and white horizontal stripes and the suspect was wearing a black and dark gray jacket unzipped over the sweatshirt with blue jeans. They may also be driving a gold Chevrolet Trailblazer or similar type of vehicle.

Park snowmobiles until trails are ready

Dec. 09, 2013 4:00 p.m. | With winter storms hitting Wisconsin this weekend, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) conservation wardens and recreational staffers ask all snowmobile enthusiasts to hold off hitting the snowmobile trails until local authorities give a green flag, according to a news release from Joanne Haas, DNR Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Cathy Burrow, the DNR snowmobile trails grant manager, says ultimately the decision to open the trails is done at the local level where officials and local clubs care for the trails.

Conservation Warden Todd Schaller, chief of the Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Recreational Safety Program, says sometimes over-anxious snowmobilers can sometimes create problems by using the trails before they have been officially opened.

“In addition to being irresponsible, unsafe and illegal; it greatly threatens the landowner agreements that the club members have worked so hard to obtain and has resulted in closing large portions of trails throughout the state,” Schaller says.

Snowmobile trail information such as conditions and openings can be found through county foresters, park and recreation officials, local snowmobile clubs, local chambers of commerce and on the Snow Conditions Report on the Wisconsin Department of Tourism web site, acccording to Schaller.

Waukesha County Sheriff's lieutenant under investigation

Dec. 09, 2013 9:58 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Friday that one of its lieutenants was being investigated by an agency within the Department of Justice for unspecified reasons. 

The Sheriff's Department has launched its own internal review, the news release states, but, "will not release any information pertaining to that review."

Dennis Angle, deputy chief for the Waukesha City Police Department, said that his department had received the complaint against the lieutenant and referred it to the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI).

According to the agency's website, "the DCI has a primary responsibility of investigating crimes that are statewide in nature or importance."

Angle said that he did not feel comfortable discussing a case that was not being conducted by his department. 

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Arrowhead tops KM in triple overtime

Dec. 07, 2013 7:44 a.m. | Arrowhead won an early battle in the Classic 8 Conference boys basketball chase, outlasting Kettle Moraine in a triple-overtime marathon Friday, 75-70.

Paul Miller scored 28 points for the Lasers, but Arrowhead outscored KM in the third OT, 14-9. Ricky Finco led the Warhawks with 20 points, while Jake Nate (15), Bryce Nze (14) and Matt Calewarts (10) also hit double figures.

Mitchell Oleson added 17 points for KM, with Mitch Pfeifer posting 12 and George Schwartz 10. Both teams figured to be near the top of the league standings this season.

Read the full story here.

AHS girls BB team moves to 3-0

Dec. 06, 2013 9:42 a.m. | Arrowhead's girls basketball team improved to 3-0 Thursday night by whipping visiting Brookfield East, 69-38. AHS outscored the Spartans by a 36-10 margin at halftime.

Callie Lederman led the Warhawks with 13 points. Kelly Smith added 12 to that total and Jenna Goulet scored 9.

Weekend is brimming with holiday fun

Dec. 06, 2013 12:00 a.m. | If you don’t have any holiday spirit yet, this is the weekend to get some.

There are parades and tree lightings, good food to eat and wonderful holiday shows.

Enjoy a festive Dinner with Santa from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Park Lawn Elementary School, 300 Park Lawn St., Oconomowoc. The event includes free kids’ crafts and activities plus photos with Santa ($5)

The Butler Christmas Parade starts at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at Frontier Park, 5301 Park Drive, Butler. After the parade enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, trolley rides plus food pantry collection at the Community Building in Frontier Park.

On Saturday, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Monches will had a craft fair featuring unique handmade items including hand-sewn folk art, hand-crafted baskets, quilted items, braided rag rugs, knitted socks and wool felted hats. There will also be baked goods, raffle items, chili, sandwiches and refreshments.

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Wisconsin Upside Down hosts Lunch with Santa

Dec. 05, 2013 5:04 p.m. | Wisconsin Upside Down invites individuals with Down Syndrome and their families to the sixth annual Lunch with Santa from noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15 at Marriott Milwaukee West at I-94 and Highway F.
The free event features a buffet, visit with Santa and kids may shop for family gifts at our Secret Santa Shop. Participants will sing carols, dance and enjoy a special performance by Arrowhead High School’s Broadway Company.

Register by Dec. 10. RSVP to thomtalent@aol.com and include the number of adults and number of children attending. Also, include any special food needs or allergies. Gluten free available.

Waukesha County United Way running short of campaign goal

Dec. 05, 2013 2:06 p.m. | Despite bigger donations from some local businesses this year, fund raising for United Way in Waukesha County is flagging at 60% of its 2013 goal.

The organization, which supports nonprofit agencies that provide health and social services, said in a news release that it may not achieve its campaign goal of $4.75 million, having raised $2,812,431 so far.

"We have seen tremendous corporate and individual donor support this year, but unfortunately we are also seeing some losses that cause concern for our final outcome," Executive Director Jayne Thoma said in the release.

"Despite the fact that we are halfway through the campaign season, we still have a long way to go. There are families and individuals in our county relying on vital community services," Rob Reilly, a chair of the United Way campaign.

The annual campaign runs through Jan. 31, 2014. To make a contribution or to coordinate a workplace giving campaign, call (262) 547-8459 or visit www.UnitedWayWaukesha.org/give.

Kettle Moraine alumni basketball returns

Dec. 05, 2013 1:09 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District athletic department is hosting its annual alumni basketball get-together with a game and social on Saturday, Dec. 28. 

The first games of the day begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Kettle Moraine High School gymnasium. There will be three pools created, depending on the amount of committed players. Cost is $10 per player to enter. The entry fee goes toward an event T-shirt. 

Those interested in participating must RSVP to Athletic Director Mike Fink at finkm@kmsd.edu or Eric Solberg at solberge@kmsd.edu by Monday, Dec. 23. 

This is the second year for the annual event. A social hour at Finn's Bar and Grill, 220 W. Summit Ave, Wales, will follow the game. 

Attwell announces for Delafield Mayor

Dec. 05, 2013 12:31 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Plan Commission member Kent Attwell, declaring himself "the only true fiscal conservative running for the office," will annnounce tomorrow his plans to seek election as Mayor, suceeding incumbent Ed McAleer  who will not be seeking reelection to an eighth term.

Attwell, also chairman of the city's Lake Welfare Committee, becomes  the third candidate for mayor which means there will be a Feb. 18 primary election. The two candidates receiving. the highest votes in the primary election will face off in the spring municipal elections in April.

Common Council members Alderwoman Michele De Yoe and Alderman Jeff Krickhahn have already announced thier candidacies.

In an interview this morning with Lake Country Publications, Attwell said  his experience working in private industry along with his city government experience makes him "the most qualified candidate" for the job.  Attwell will formally announce his candidacy tomrrow at 12:15 p.m. at City Hall.

Attwell says he is a senior strategic account manager for General Electric Corporation where he works with annual budgets that are three to four times the size of the city's $10 million plus budget.

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Cold outside? Oconomowoc Winters Farmers Market is cozy inside

Dec. 05, 2013 10:03 a.m. | Get fresh at the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market this Sunday. The seasonal market that runs twice a month on Sundays has been drawing record crowds for local fare sold by vendors from throughout the region.

The market is held inside the greenhouses at Oconomowoc Landscape and Supply. Stroll comfortably in the warmth of the greenhouses while shopping from around 30 vendors.

Lake Country Publications foodie, Cynthia Luksich shared two recipes she made from items at the market. Great for holiday meals.

www.livinglakecountry.com/blogs/staffblogs/233149151.html

For more information on the market, visit www.oconomowoc.org/calendar/winter-farmers-market/

Highway 83 accident witnesses sought

Dec. 04, 2013 4:27 p.m. | Witnesses to an accident on the corner of I-43 and Highway 83 in Mukwonago around 6:40 p.m. on Dec. 3 are asked to call the Village of Mukwonago Police Department at ( 262) 363-6434 to give their account of the accident.

The incident happened where the exit ramp from southbound I-43 intersects with Highway 83. Anyone who saw this accident are encouraged to contact the Mukwonago polic due to conflicting accounts of what happened.  

Food pantry items collected at holiday lights display in Mukwonago

Dec. 04, 2013 2:58 p.m. |  

Lisa and Tim Traub are collecting non-perishable items for the Mukwonago Food Pantry as people drive by to see their outdoor Christmas light display.  Music is playing and lights are lit from 5 to 11 p.m. every night through New Year's.  The display is located at W309S8780 Green Acre Drive, Mukwonago.

DOT informational meeting held at Mukwonago Library

Dec. 04, 2013 2:39 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Southeast Region in Waukesha will hold a public information meeting to discuss preliminary designs for the reconstruction of Highway 83 from Highway 20 to I-43 in Racine, Walworth and Waukesha Counties. The meeting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division Street, Mukwonago. 

The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the status of preliminary design investigations and the project schedule. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2019, according to the DOT.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project. Maps showing the proposed improvement alternatives will be on display. DOT representatives will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.

Those who are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, can contact Traci Gengler at (262) 548-8727.  Written comments regarding the project can be mailed to Traci Gengler, WisDOT, 141 NW Barstow Street, Waukesha, WI 53187.  Citizens who are hearing-impaired and require an interpreter may request one via the Wisconsin Telecommunications Relay System (dial 711).

Donors needed for Waukesha blood drive

Dec. 04, 2013 12:59 p.m. | Save the day for patients by donating blood at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin's drive on Monday, Dec. 9 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the gym at Fox River Christian Church, S46 W24130 Lawnsdale Rd.

Donating blood during the holiday season can make a profound impact on patients in the Waukesha community and beyond. It is a time of year when donations often decrease because of inclement weather and holiday activities. The generous gift of blood donation could help a patient to feel well enough to take part in activities most people take for granted, such as enjoying the upcoming holidays with loved ones.

Sweet treats on sale at Mukwonago Food Pantry cookie fundraiser

Dec. 04, 2013 12:29 p.m. | The Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, is holding its annual cookie walk on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., or until sold out. More than 40 homemade traditional and non-traditional cookies, bars and candy will be on sale, including 10 different diabetic treats and “Puppy Love” treats for "your tail-waggin friends."

Print, Pack and Ship will be on hand to mail purchases. This year's “Cookie Book” will also be on sale for $7 or free with a purchase of $30.

Festival of Trees on display at Garden Mart

Dec. 04, 2013 12:15 p.m. |  

The Festival of Trees will be on display at the Garden Mart, Highway 83, this week for the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center's Midnight Magic. Businesses purchased undecorated trees, which they decorated to be judged and auctioned off by silent auction on Midnight Magic, Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Park View Middle School seventh and eighth grade students in Kelly Ebert's self-contained art class decorated these trees for the Fesitval of Trees. 

Women's Center gets $4,000 Packers grant

Dec. 04, 2013 8:38 a.m. | The Women's Center celebrated being awarded a $4,000 grant from the Green Bay Packers Foundation this week. The grant was awarded after longtime volunteer, The Metropolitan Builders Association, was given the Green Bay Packers Community Quarterback Award bestowed to those who work to improve their community.

The MBA recently did some major renovations at the center to improve transitional housing there so more families have a place to stay in their time of need.

Read more here.

Kids' holiday gift workshop

Dec. 04, 2013 8:24 a.m. |  Children in grades 4k -4th grade are invited to attend a free event at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 10-11:15 a.m  on Saturday, Dec. 7.  Make gifts for everyone on your list!

Please register at oplholiday2013.eventbrite.com

Kids can also practice reading with Dharma the therapy dog on the same day.Sign up for your 15-minute appointment by calling (262) 569-2193, ext. 210.

Holiday Train schedules stops in Wisconsin

Dec. 04, 2013 8:11 a.m. | The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will arrive in Wisconsin on Wednesday with stops planned in Sturtevant, Milwaukee, Hartland and Columbus.

The annual holiday train is decorated with lights and travels across Canada and the U.S. to raise money and collect food for local nonprofits.

On Wednesday, the train has the following scheduled stops:

■ 5:35 p.m. Amtrak Depot, 9900 E. Exploration Court, in Sturtevant.

■ 7:15 p.m. Amtrak Depot, 433 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee.

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Book fair at Dousman Elementary

Dec. 04, 2013 7:49 a.m. | Dousman Elementary School invites the public to its annual book fair Thursday, December 5. The fair is open until 8 p.m. Come eat a pizza dinner, visit with Santa from 5 to 7:30pm and check out the selection of books.

Public information meeting tonight on Wis. 83 tomorrow

Dec. 03, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting on Wednesday Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m. at Mukwonago  Community Library, 511 Division Street.

The DOT will discuss the reconstruction of Wis. 83/Northwest Highway from Wis. 20 to I-43 in Racine, Walworth, and Waukesha Counties. The meeting will be an informal open house so that attendees may stop in at their convenience to view exhibits, meet with project staff, ask questions and provide feedback.

This is the first of two planned public information sessions on the topic. The next will be held in the summer of 2014 with construction scheduled for 2019.

Delafield Gun Club permit rejected

Dec. 02, 2013 8:39 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council tonight unanimously voted to reject the Hartland Sportsmans Club request for an operating permit for its gun club firing ranges located on about 35 acres of property on the southeast edge of the city near Maple Avenue and Interstate 94.

The council members said the gun club posed a potential public safety hazard to surrounding residential and commercial neighborhoods. In addition, they said the club was not a compatable use of the land located near the residential and commercial neighborhoods.

Representatives of the gun club argued they had developed state of the art safety improvements on the five firing ranges and reforms in the safety rules and regulations and organization of the gun club.

The council voted to uphold a recommendation by the Plan Commission which also reject the permit request.

Enjoy a holiday classic with Mukwonago Village Players

Dec. 02, 2013 4:09 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Village Players and Mukwonago High School present “It’s a Wonderful Life” in the 10th annual joint Christmas production between the high school and the Village Players. The holiday show is presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, 13, and 14 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 15, all in the MHS auditorium. 

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online. Online ticket sales are closed starting the Thursday before that weekend’s shows. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the high school on the day of the show or at Miller Pharmacy, Espresso Love Coffee or Shanahan’s Coffee.

For more information or tickets, call (262) 470-4786, or visit the Village Players website.

Bowling tournament for Lucht held this weekend

Dec. 02, 2013 2:39 p.m. | A fundraising 9-pin tap bowling tournament will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hartbrook Lanes in Hartland to help longtime bartender Scotti Lucht help pay for some big medical expenses.

Lucht, who is fighting cancer, hopes to be at the event all three days. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Lucht.

There are openings on Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday’s shift is full. There are openings on all three slots on Sunday, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded to all the top finishers and raffles and other events will take place.

To take part or make a contribution, call Tim Hoff at (262) 993-9698.

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Junk in the Trunk Group Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 25, St. Jerome Catholic Church, 995 Silver Lake St., Oconomowoc. Over 30 families selling new and used items. Fundraiser for the eighth grade Washington D.C. trip this spring. www.stjerome.org/index.php.
Petlicious Annual Halloween Costume Contest: 12-2 p.m. Oct. 26, Petlicious Dog Bakery & Pet Spa, 2217 Silvernail Road, Waukesha. For Elmbrook Humane Society. Judging for best pet/owner theme, best pet costumes also dog food demonstrations, treats for dogs and humans, doggy ice cream, raffles, rescue groups and vendors. $5 donation (262) 548-0923.
Kinder Oktoberfest: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 25, Fowler Lake Park, N Oakwood Ave, Oconomowoc. Event is a celebration of German culture and cuisine and includes live music, games, and German treats such as brats, sausages, pretzels.
International Food Festival/Dinner: 4:30-7 p.m. Oct. 25, North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie. Sample seven ethnic foods. Dinner includes pie and beverage German potato salad and red cabbage, pasta shells, Greek salad, curry chicken, Swedish meatballs, pasties and pollo guisado. $10 adults, $9 seniors.

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