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Town of Oconomowoc will pay for dam replacement

Jan. 30, 2012 8:04 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc - The Town Board voted unanimously Monday night to replace the Monterey dam and bridge at a cost not to exceed $1 million.

The vote garnered applause from the audience of residents - many who live on Ashippun Lake and the dam's mill pond.

The vote was the conclusion of several years of debate surrounding the project. Monday's vote was the fourth option presented to the board regarding the dam's removal and replacement.

The historic dam has been slated for removal for a few years after the state Department of Natural Resources discovered seepage and ordered it to be removed. Also connected to the project is replacement of a bridge adjacent to the dam after a sinkhole formed next to the bridge at an abandoned mill house.

Ashippun Lake residents approached the town last year requesting re-investigation of the dam's removal after they discovered the lake and surrounding wetlands would be adversely effected if the dam were removed.

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KM Parent Resource Network provides talk on wellness

Jan. 30, 2012 4:00 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine School District Parent Resource Network hosts Pro Health Care pediatrician, Dr. Joe Tzougros's presentation on Winning Wellness in Our Schools, on February 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cushing Elementary School Activity Center.

Parents can learn why practicing sound nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices are important life skills that will set children up for success not only at school, but for a lifetime 

Advance registration is suggested, but not required. This program is co-sponsored by the KM Wellness Committee and is open to all parents of students grades 4K through 12.

Visit the PRN website at for more information about this, and future programs.

Calling all young scientists

Jan. 30, 2012 2:44 p.m. | The first annual Waukesha County Science and Engineering Fair is set for March 10 at Waukesha County Technical College.

Waukesha County high school students interested in participating should be starting their projects now, if they hope to complete them by March 10.

The science fair is the brainchild of Pewaukee resident Jim Jaeschke, a retired electrical engineer, who serves on the board of the Wisconsin Science Education Foundation. He noticed that only a handful of students had science projects at the state science fair, prompting him to organize Waukesha County's own state qualifying competition.

For more information on how to enroll your project, visit or read the whole story in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Looking for some winter fun?

Jan. 30, 2012 2:01 p.m. | Do the winter doldrums have you looking for something fun to do?

If you need some motivation or just a few fun ideas to help beat cabin fever this time of year, be sure to check out the feature story in yesterday's edition of Living Lake Country Sunday.

You can read it online at or in print.

Will Waldo predict an early spring?

Jan. 30, 2012 12:06 p.m. | Waldo the woodchuck has his work cut out for him Thursday. Serving as the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) animal ambassador, Waldo has also been commissioned by  the Milwaukee Groundhog Club to serve as the area's official groundhog for Groundhog Day.

Join Waldo and others on Thursday at the Elks Lodge, 2301 Springdale Road Waukesha, in the Upper Ballroom.

At 10 a.m. WINC Education Coordinator, Leslie Kiehl, will present an educational program about the Wildlife In Need Center including many of its educational animal ambassadors. At 11, Groundhog Club President Richard Perschon, will present Waldo the woodchuck to make his prediction; stick around to meet and greet the animal ambassadors up close.

Members of the public wishing to attend must contact the Wildlife In Need
Center at (262) 965-3090 by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1 to guarantee a spot.

OPL offers certified therapy dog to help young readers

Jan. 30, 2012 10:44 a.m. | Would your child enjoy practicing their reading skills on a  special friend? Young readers are invited to visit Oconomowoc Public Library from 10 - 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4.  School-age kids who would like to practice reading aloud to a good, quiet, furry listener can read aloud to a certified therapy dog.
Read a library book or bring your own
The event is free., but space is limited.  Please call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210 or email to make your appointment. 

Town of Mukwonago holds town electors meeting tomorrow on Country Bliss purchase

Jan. 30, 2012 9:50 a.m. | The Town of Mukwonago will be holding a special town electors meeting tomorrow night for residents to voice their opinion on the town purchasing a one acre lot to needed to complete a pipeline project that would alleviate flooding in the Country Bliss subdivision. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mukwonago Fire Station #2, W320 S8315 Beulah Rd. 

On Dec. 29, the town received an approximate one acre lot at the bottom of the hill on Campfire Lane in the Country Bliss subdivision to be used as a location for the retention pond. The town has needed the land to move forward with the last project it considered: a pipeline that would divert water from Memory Lane-Paradise Lane in Country Bliss and send it west along Memory Lane to South Oak Tree Drive.

Arrowhead wrestlers down Mukwonago

Jan. 27, 2012 10:47 p.m. |  Host Arrowhead's varsity wrestling team defeated Mukwonago in a Classic 8 Conference dual meet Friday night, 32-25. AHS won 8 of the 14 matches.

Recording the lone pin for the Warhawks was Andrew Crone.

West boys smash Kettle Moraine

Jan. 27, 2012 10:42 p.m. |  Waukesha West's varsity boys basketball team rolled over Kettle Moraine Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 90-52. The Wolverines outscored KM by a 53-21 margin in the second half.

Paul Miller led the Lasers with 20 points and Ben Varick tossed in 12 points.

Pewaukee BB team rolls

Jan. 27, 2012 10:36 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity boys baskebtall defeated host Greenfield Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 64-32. PHS improved to 10-5 overall and 8-3 in league play.

The Pirates outscored Greenfield 40-13 in the second half.

Jordan Daul led Pewaukee with 10 points. Ben Steker and David Girmscheid chipped in with 8 points each.

Memorial boys defeat Arrowhead

Jan. 27, 2012 10:30 p.m. |  Host Waukesha Catholic Memorial handed the Arrowhead varsity boys basketball team a 64-48 Classic  8 Conference setback Friday night. AHS fell to 7-9 overall and 5-4 in league play.

Kenny Finco led the Warhawks with 15 points. Ryan Saeger chipped in with 8 points.

Pewaukee girls keep winning

Jan. 27, 2012 10:28 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team rolled past Greenfield Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 67-38. Thje win was the 10th in a row for the Pirates and moved them to 12-2 overall and 10-1 in league games.

Jordyn Swan fired in 22 points to lead the Pirates. Natalie Wood chipped in with 16 points, Emily Wirth had 9 and Emma Jansen 8.

AHS girls defeat Memorial

Jan. 27, 2012 10:26 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity girls basketball team defeated visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 59-32. The win was the seventh in a rowfor AHS and improved the Arrowhead mark to 11-2 overall and 8-1 in league play.

The Warhawks led 25-13 at halftime.

Senior guard Amanda Bauer led the winners with 17 points. Jenny Smith chipped in with 12 tallies.

Five area runners named All-State

Jan. 27, 2012 4:06 p.m. |  Five high school runners from the Lake Country area were recently named to the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association's first-team All-State squad.

Girls named to the first team were Molly Seidel of University Lake School, Jackie Dubnicka of Arrowhead and Taylor McDowell of Arrowhead.

Boys named to the first team were Arrowhead senior Russ Sandvold and Kyle Lewin. 

Seidel made the team for the fourth straight year and Dubnicka, Sandvold and Lewin made the first team for the second consecutive year.

Locals named to the second teams were Natalie Burant of Arrowhead and Taylor Vinhal of Kettle Moraine on the girls side and Will Conley of Arrowhead on the boys team.

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Archbishop Listecki in Dousman on Sunday

Jan. 27, 2012 3:41 p.m. | St. Bruno is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its school this year. To mark the occasion, Archbishop Jerome Listecki will be presiding over an anniversary celebration Mass at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29.

For more on this story, visit

Ewald brings home the hardware

Jan. 27, 2012 3:09 p.m. | Brian Ewald, dealer at Ewald Chevrolet Buick in Oconomowoc earned a nomination for the 2012 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

Ewald, who runs the Ewald Automotive Group along with his brothers and fellow Lake Country area residents Craig, Dan, and Tom Ewald, is one of a select group of dealers from across the country who will be honored at the 95th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition in Las Vegas on Feb. 4, 2012.

Read more about Ewald and the honor he received in Tuesday's edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Man accused of sexually assaulting granddaughter

Jan. 27, 2012 2:34 p.m. |

Waukesha – A 54-year-old Watertown man was charged Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court for allegedly sexually assaulting his 5-year-old granddaughter numerous times.

According to the criminal complaint, the girl, who lives in the Town of Oconomowoc, told police that her grandfather "kisses her like grown-ups do and I don’t like it," and touched her inappropriately.

The girl told police that at the time her grandfather lived with her family and she recalled playing house with her grandfather and he inappropriately touched her, the complaint said.

The man, who is not being identified to protect the identity of the victim, was questioned by police and denied the allegations though he said he accidentally touched her inappropriately once by accident as they were wrestling around on the couch, the complaint said.

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Pewaukee man gets prison in snack stand burglary

Jan. 27, 2012 1:09 p.m. | Waukesha – A man was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for burglarizing a snack stand in the Village of Pewaukee last summer.

Bobby D. Heilman, 20, participated in breaking into a concession stand at Village Park with David A. Ogren, 20, of Bayview, according to court records.

A concession stand at Village Park was burglarized late July 24 or early July 25 and a gas card which was used four times at a Pewaukee station.

The investigation led to Rachael Grams 17, of 119 W. Wisconsin Ave., Village of Pewaukee, who said she got the card from Ogren. Heilman told police he entered the stand and opened the door for Ogren and they took the card and two half barrels of beer.

Ogren was sentenced in November to two years probation on a burglary charge. Judge Kathryn Foster also sentenced Heilman to three years of extended supervision to follow his time in prison.

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Election laws get political

Jan. 27, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Lake Country clerks recently weighed in on the current election laws including the new voter ID rule.

The local officials say the ever-changing laws - which seemed to increase after the Bush/Gore recount - cause increased stress at the polls.

“I have lost confidence in our election laws because there have been so many changes,” added Ottawa Clerk Melissa Klein who has been in charge of town elections since 1985.

“Clerks talk among themselves. And, we have wondered what happens if one of us makes a mistake; that something slips by one of us because of all of the changes. Are they going to set up an election clerk jail?” asked Susan Atherton of the Village of Pewaukee.

Now this year with a multitude of elections on the horizons clerks have to work extra hard to make sure things are done correctly. Voters will also have to be more prepared and pay attention if they intend to cast a ballot in 2012.

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Lisbon winter fest still a go

Jan. 27, 2012 12:12 p.m. | Head out to Lisbon Community Park at Lake Five and Oakwood roads from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday for the towns annual winter fest.

Officials on Friday confirmed the event is still a go. Residents are invited to enjoy outdoors sports and family activities where food and refreshments will be served. The events will also give residents an opportunity to meet their elected representatives and the municipal staff.

In addition to sledding, the Lisbon event will also include cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and ice skating at the approximately 125-acre community park. The refreshments are scheduled to be served around a large bonfire on the lower level of the park near the Bug Line Recreational Trail.

Genesee Depot ice cream shop closes

Jan. 27, 2012 11:42 a.m. | Pal’s Ice Cream Shoppe & Grille located on Highway 83 in Genesee Depot, closed its doors and served its last ice cream cone yesterday, according to Cathy Witkowski, owner of Catherine's Corner. 

Lilies Place, a coffee and wine café, located in the same Victorian building, will remain open and will be expanding its menu, Witowski said. A lounge area will also be available. 

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Lions fishing jamboree coming to Phantom Lake

Jan. 27, 2012 11:23 a.m. | The Mukwonago Lions Club will be sponsoring its annual fishing jamboree on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakeside Inn on Phantom Woods Road, Mukwonago.

Cash prizes will be awarded for the largest fish in six categories - walleye, northern, bass, perch, pan fish and scavengers, as well as hourly drawings and raffles.  

Team Trivia!

Jan. 27, 2012 10:25 a.m. | Are you one of those people who knows a little bit about everything? Interested in finding local folks who participate in team trivia? Check out this week's Living Kettle Moraine Sunday for groups in the Mukwonago area.

Polka for pets at Oompa Paws

Jan. 27, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Polka and party go together like pets and people. When you put them all together you get a polka party for pets with lots of people.

Oompa Paws, the Polka Party for HAWS, will bring together animal lovers to dance and have fun from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Saxe's on Highway 18 just west of highway 83 in Genesee.

The first annual polka party for HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society, promises to be an evening of great dance music featuring Carol & the Keynotes, who will help you keep your New Year's resolution of getting more exercise while helping HAWS animals.

You'll also get a chance to win door prizes and bid on silent auction items. There will be a cash bar all night.

Take a break from dancing at 9 p.m. for chili and cookies and then get back on the floor for more.

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Public school open enrollment period nears

Jan. 26, 2012 4:13 p.m. | The open enrollment period for public schools begins in early February.

The annual open enrollment period runs from Feb. 6-24, so parents interested in enrolling their children in a school district other than their own resident school district should take note.

Stay tuned to next week's editions of Lake Country Publications' newspapers for all the information you need about open enrollment.

Generac sues Kohler over marketing brochure

Jan. 26, 2012 3:50 p.m. | Waukesha's Generac Power Systems Inc. has sued Kohler Co., alleging that Kohler is misrepresenting one of Generac's products in a marketing brochure.

The allegations - denied by Kohler - are the latest twist in a running dispute between the two Wisconsin-based generator manufacturers.

At issue in the new lawsuit, filed this week in federal court in Milwaukee, are what Generac describes as false statements by Kohler about Generac's 20-kilowatt generator. The machine is among those aimed at homeowners, a key business segment for Generac.

In its complaint, Generac alleges that the Kohler brochure describes its 20-kilowatt generator as providing features not included on the Generac counterpart, including a commercial-grade engine and corrosion-proof enclosure.

Generac argues that it does in fact offer those features. But what the Waukesha company alleges is particularly bothersome is that Kohler's brochure portrays Generac's equipment as not offering something called "low-speed diagnostic exercise."

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New forum question: Obama vs. Walker

Jan. 26, 2012 3:43 p.m. | has a new forum question up. We want to know what you thought of both the president's State of the Union address and the governor's State of the State address.

Did they address your concerns? Are you more optimistic about the direction of our country and Wisconsin? Did you take issue with some of their plans or statements?

Let us know in our online forum at our homepage, .

Oconomowoc meets Monday to decide on dam

Jan. 26, 2012 3:37 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc - The Town Board will decide at a special meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, whether to commit about $1 million to rebuild the Monterey dam.

For the past several months, the town has been working with state officials in hopes of securing $1.4 million for the dam's replacement.

The town planned to remove the dam but Ashippun Lake residents have expressed concerns about the effect on the lake and wetlands if the dam is removed.

Representatives from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) and the DNR will be at the meeting to present information on potential effects to the lake and wetlands as well as potential alternatives that could protect the lake quality.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at Oconomowoc Town Hall.

St. Paul to select fairest of the science fair

Jan. 26, 2012 1:14 p.m. | St. Paul School, Genesee Depot, will hold its second annual juried science fair on Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m.

Forty-five middle school students participated in the scientific process over the last three months and prepared the results of their experiment by writing a paper on the process and method. They finally developed a presentation board complete with charts and graphs which demonstrated the results of their experiment and indicated whether their hypotheses were correct, according to a school news release.

“It has been quite an adventure to see what started out as an I wonder type question develop into a project where the students focused on the scientific method,” commented Kelly Moran, middle school science teacher.  

“We are so fortunate to have twenty members of the professional adult community volunteer to come in and jury the fair for us,” added Principal Cherie Sanford.

Three places will be awarded the top prizes. An honorable mention will also be selected from each grade. 

Mukwonago Chief's Five Who Give series begins

Jan. 26, 2012 1:01 p.m. | This week's Mukwonago Chief features the first of our annual Five Who Give series. In case you haven't had a chance to read your paper yet, here is the story online:

Purchase of 125 acres by DNR approved

Jan. 25, 2012 2:38 p.m. | The state Natural Resources Board on Wednesday unanimously approved spending $1 million to purchase 125.8 acres of grassland, woods and wetland in Waukesha County for a newly designated Paradise Valley Wildlife Area.

The property owned by Ed and Vicki Schardt encompasses about 100 feet of shoreline on spring-fed Reagon Lake, a few miles south of Dousman, Department of Natural Resources real estate director Dick Steffes said.

The acquisition was approved on a 7-0 vote at the board's regular monthly meeting in Madison. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee and Gov. Scott Walker must concur with the purchase before it can be closed. Financing would come from the state Stewardship land conservation fund.

Natural Resources Board members stated the property will add public recreation space in heavily populated southeastern Wisconsin, Steffes said.

In addition to hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching and cross-country skiing, the property will provide a corridor for a segment of a planned trail between the Ottawa Lake campground in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the Glacial Drumlin Trail.

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Free blue recycling bins offered in Waukesha County

Jan. 25, 2012 2:00 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County recycling staff will provide free blue bins for recyclables, while supplies last, at eight Waukesha County libraries in February and will be on hand during evening sessions to answer questions about recycling.

All the sessions run from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., except at the Waukesha library where the hours will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The dates and libraries: Brookfield on Feb. 7; Oconomowoc on Feb. 9; New Berlin on Feb. 13; Waukesha on Feb. 15; Elm Grove on Feb. 16; Town Hall Library at North Lake in the Town of Merton on Feb. 21; Pewaukee on Feb. 23 and Delafield on Feb. 27.

Killer's death ruled drug overdose

Jan. 25, 2012 1:18 p.m. | A convicted killer from Waukesha County who was found dead in his prison cell in November died from a drug overdose, the Dodge County medical examiner said Wednesday.

The cause of death of David A. Wapp, 31, was methadone toxicity and the death has been ruled an accident, Medical Examiner Patrick J. Schoebel said.

State Department of Corrections spokesman Timothy Le Monds said the department is conducting an investigation to determine how Wapp obtained the methadone.

Wapp was sentenced in June 2010 to life in prison with no possibility for parole for stabbing his former girlfriend, Samantha Peterson, to death on Sept. 5, 2009.

Wapp was found unresponsive in his cell the morning of Nov. 8 at Waupun Correctional Institution and was pronounced dead at a hospital that afternoon.

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Facebook program planned for parents

Jan. 25, 2012 1:16 p.m. |  Parents: Are your children on Facebook, and you agree with the research which says that the best way to protect your child online is to not fight them, but join them?

Find out how to best utilize your Facebook page, securely post and share your pictures and, most importantly, work with the complex Facebook privacy policies and settings.

 Oconomowoc Parent Education Network invites you to a Parent Information Night program called 'Facebook for Parents, Beyond the Basics'. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from  7 to 8:30 p.m. Certified Online Instructor Jodi Rupnow will be the presenter.  The event will be held at Oconomowoc High School Little Theater (enter through Arts Center doors) 

Please contact Katie Westerman at for more information,to register or to sign up for e-mail reminders.

Waukesha man accused of physically abusing his son

Jan. 25, 2012 8:30 a.m. |

Waukesha – A Waukesha man who allegedly uses corporal punishment on his children was charged this week in Waukesha County Circuit Court for hitting his 9-year-old son.

The 46-year-old man was charged with a felony count of physical abuse of a child for an incident that allegedly occurred Dec. 8.

According to the criminal complaint filed Jan. 23, the boy was at his father’s residence when his father became angry as the boy was doing poorly in school and the man accused the child of lying. The boy told police his father got out a belt but did not use it but the man did strike the boy "hard on the buttocks" and grabbed the boy "around the neck from behind and started throwing him around," the complaint said.

The boy told police that he had pain in his neck and jaw and officers did see red marks on the boy’s neck, the complaint said.

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Lazich Announces Town Hall Meetings

Jan. 24, 2012 4:00 p.m. | State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) scheduled three Town Hall Meetings January 26, 2012.  Town hall meeting times and locations are: 

Waterford Public Library, 101 N. River St. from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hales Corners Public Library, 5885 S. 116th St.  from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Muskego Public Library, S73 W16663 Janesville Rd. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

Citizens of Senate District 28 are invited to attend any of these meetings. 

Sussex postpones sledding party

Jan. 24, 2012 1:45 p.m. | Think snow. That's what Sussex Recreation Department Director Amy Flaherty is doing. She contacted Lake Country Publications Tuesday to report that the department has decided to postpone its annual sledding party planned for this weekend.

"We are going to move forward with the make up date of Feb. 18," said Flaherty.

Residents are invited to bring their sleds to Sussex Village Park, Weaver Drive and Main Street, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18.

For more information, visit the department's website,

Seidel wins national runner of the year award

Jan. 24, 2012 10:45 a.m. |  University Lake School senior Molly Seidel, one of the top cross country runners in Wisconsin history, was honored Tuesday morning by being named the 2011 Gatorade National High School Female Cross Country runner of the year. 

Only one  girl runner wins the award each year.

Seidel, just the second female in state history to win four consecutive WIAA state CC chanmpionships, was notified of the award around 9 a.m. when US distance Olympian Shalane Flanagan surprised her in her ULS classroom. 

A official awards ceremony, with members of the Gatorade and ESPN High School attending, followed at ULS at 10 a.m.

Seidel and her family take part  in the ESPY Award show in July in Los Angeles.

St. John's Mukwonago to host production of "Shine, Jesus, Shine"

Jan. 24, 2012 9:46 a.m. |  St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church invites the community to a Christian concert with contemporary music sung by With One Voice, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the church, 410 Highway NN West.  

St. John’s brass, hand bells, hand chimes, Sunday school, Lutheran Elementary School, church choir and men’s choir will also present selections. All the musicians and singers will join together with the assembly in “Shine, Jesus, Shine” as the closing selection. 

A spaghetti dinner served by the St John’s Ignite high school students will precede the concert at 5:15 p.m.

Old World Wisconsin gets new director

Jan. 24, 2012 7:04 a.m. | Eagle - Old World Wisconsin is getting a new director.

Daniel Freas will begin his new position next Monday.

The previous director, Dawn St. George, became the assistant administrator of the Division of Museums and Historic Sites in Madison this summer.

Freas comes from Indiana, where he worked as vice president of guest experiences for Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Indianapolis.

Freas will oversee a full-time staff of 15 and a large seasonal staff of interpreters and volunteers.

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MASD set to go wireless

Jan. 23, 2012 4:02 p.m. |  Mukwonago Area School District sets policies and infrastructure in place as the district rolls out wireless access in all buildings starting Feb. 6.

“I get questions from students every day asking when we are going wireless,” said Julie Miller, K-12 technology integrator. “I think right now everybody (staff) is feeling eager, anxious, and cautious because people care and want to get it right.”

Read the complete story in Wednesday's Living Mukwonago Chief.

Pewaukee High School artists on display

Jan. 23, 2012 1:18 p.m. | An art exhibit featuring the works of students in Pewaukee High School's AP Art Exhibit is currently on display at the high school.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 27, where Amber Wilson, Anna Kaisler, Megan Grzechowiak, Megan Patrick, Andrew Bohn, Aly Rakowksi, Clare Tuma, Clancy Mask, Kelly Stamper, Tali Hansen, Lauren Sisco, Hailey Thomas, and Megan Becker all have their work on display.

Their pieces were all completed during the first semester of AP Studio Art.

Eat at Sussex Culver's to support Hamilton Choir

Jan. 23, 2012 11:10 a.m. | The Sussex Culver's will donate 10 percent of all proceeds today to the Hamilton High School Choir Boosters.

If you're about to leave the office in search of lunch, consider stopping by. The promotion runs all day, so stop by for dinner too.

After 5 p.m., patrons may even get treated to a song from Hamilton choir students.

The Hamilton High School Choir Boosters is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and maintaining the choral music program at Hamilton High School. The organization seeks to provide the choir programs with visibility, communication, moral and financial support in hopes of providing Hamilton students with the best music education possible. 

Actor Alan Alda named master teacher at Ten Chimneys

Jan. 22, 2012 7:06 p.m. | Genesee Depot - Actor, writer and director Alan Alda will be the master teacher for next year's fellowship program for actors at Ten Chimneys.

Ten Chimneys is the National Historic Landmark estate of theater greats Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

The Ten Chimneys Foundation says he will focus on spontaneity during the weeklong program in July 2013.

In a statement, Alda said he's looking forward for his week at Ten Chimneys.

For this July's program, Broadway legend Joel Grey is the master teacher focusing on the American Musical Theatre.

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Slow moving heading west

Jan. 20, 2012 4:46 p.m. | Two vehicles that have run off the road because of conditions have slowed down traffic heading west on I-94 and Highway 16.

Drivers heading home from the work day might want to take an alternate route if planning to travel Highway 16 west. A vehicle has run off the road and into the area several feet off the side of the highway about a half mile west of Ryan.

On I-94 a semi-trailer has jacknifed and is causing delays as officials work to get the truck unstuck at the Highway 164/J exit to I-94 west.

Conditions are slick and roads are snow-covered.

DOT winter driving tips

Jan. 20, 2012 2:04 p.m. | The snow continues to pile up outside, so please remember to use extra caution when driving home today.

Here's a few winter driving reminders and tips from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

Protect yourself and your passengers and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Pavement temperatures will be low, reducing the effectiveness of salt; expect some slippery spots, especially by bridges and overpasses.

Drive for conditions – slower speeds, slower acceleration, slower steering and slower braking.
Leave extra room between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. The larger the vehicle, the longer the stopping distance.

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This historic home could be yours

Jan. 20, 2012 11:50 a.m. | Pewaukee - This house at 305 Main St. is one of the oldest houses left standing in the village. It was built in 1850 and if you have or can find the means to move it and negotiate with the owners, the house can be yours.
Charles and Sandy Merkel bought the house almost a year ago with the intent of remodeling and adding on to fit their family of six. They lived just two doors down from the house and have a great love and admiration for Main Street. It is their home and don’t want to leave it.

But with a large family, they need for a larger house. However, renovating the old home to their needs turned out to be a larger undertaking than originally thought. They sought out a new location, but no other houses and land brought the Merkel family what they needed.

The Merkels don't want to tear the  house down, and are hoping someone can find a use for it.

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

Break out the shovels

Jan. 20, 2012 11:21 a.m. | Snow is coming down in Lake Country, and the area could see as much as six inches before it's all said and done.

Reports indicated that roads are becoming icy and snow-covered throughout the area, so drivers should exercise caution and leave plenty of space between vehicles.

Temperatures are forecasted to stay bitterly cold throughout the day and into tonight. Hartland should see a high of just 14 degrees today with lows dropping to around 7 degrees. The snow should taper off this evening.

For this weekend's Waukesh JanBoree, the weather should be ideal. With a fresh blanket of snow and temperatures in the mid-20s on Saturday, and mid-30s on Sunday, JanBoree goers can expect a full slate of winter activities.

Go green, save some green

Jan. 20, 2012 11:19 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hartland Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide 20/20 Networking, a unique, expanded networking/educational opportunity for their respective members. The next 20/20 Networking meeting will be from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the American Legion Flanagan Dorn Post #294, Hartland. A 20 minute program will be presented by the Waukesha County Parks and Land Use Department re: Green Your Business & Save Some Green!”
20/20 Networking is an effective, low-cost marketing method for developing sales opportunities and contacts, based on referrals and introductions – a way for you to make the maxim “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” work for you.
Meetings are scheduled the fourth Tuesday, every other month. Each Chamber will take turns hosting. A local chamber restaurants listing will be available for those who wish to continue networking. Cost: preregistered members $3, nonmembers $5; walk-ins $10 and $15. No refunds for non-attendance. Non-members are limited to two visits before joining a chamber.
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It's time to play in the snow

Jan. 20, 2012 11:12 a.m. | Monches - Now that we have a blanket of white stuff that is building as we speak, get out and enjoy that winter weather.

Head out to Monches Winter Fest beginning at noon on Saturday at Monches Ball Park, Highway E and Center Oak Road.

The North Lake Nomads invite you to check out a vintage snowmobile show, enter a raffle, take a ride on a snowmobile, play games, warm up by the fire pit and recharge with food and refreshments. Donations to the food pantry are requested.

Ski race

If you're looking for something a bit more challenging, join the Lapham Peak Ski race that begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Lapham Peak State Park, W329 N846 Highway C.

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Man accused of stealing from his parents' firm

Jan. 20, 2012 10:57 a.m. |

Waukesha - A Town of Mukwonago man is accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from his parent’s business over the course of seven years.

Brian C. Kleinhans, 44, was the general manager of Garage Products, Inc., in the Village of Mukwonago, and is suspected of taking unauthorized salary increases and paychecks and using the firm’s credit card to make personal purchases, according to the criminal complaint filed Jan. 17 in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

From September 2003 through December 2006, Kleinhans allegedly received 11 extra paychecks by paying himself twice in 11 weeks, according to the complaint. From January 2002 to November 2006, Kleinhans allegedly issued 16 checks from the company’s checking account, 15 were made out to him and one to the Mukwonago Athletic Club to pay for Kleinhans’ membership, the complaint said.

In addition, Kleinhans allegedly used the business’ credit card from January 2003 to February 2006 for his personal use and in July 2009, Kleinhans allegedly paid for his home phone service using company funds, the complaint said.

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

Jan. 20, 2012 8:17 a.m. | Get out and enjoy the snow with a sleigh ride. In this week's Living Lake Country Sunday, you'll read about Oconomowoc's Hoof Beats Express and find out how to have some good old-fashioned with your family this winter.

Take a nostalgic sleigh ride at Winter Fest at Monches Park

Jan. 20, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Mother Nature took its sweet time about changing seasons this year. While many were happy about a couple more months of fall, those who love winter activities have been anxious for those first serious flakes to fall.

Now that they have, all those fun things to do in the snow are full steam ahead. That includes the Winter Fest hosted by the North Lake Nomads Snowmobile Club.

All day Saturday, starting at noon, club members will welcome visitors for some winter fun. The festival takes place at Monches Park, W300 N9223 County Road E, at Highway E and Center Oak Road in Hartland

First off, you'll want to imagine yourself in the midst of a Currier & Ives scene from bygone days, all bundled up in a sleigh pulled along by Clydesdales as their breath makes big puffs into the cold air.

Or you can zoom into the 21st century and take a snowmobile ride through the wintry landscape.

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DNR to host conference on effective woodland stewardship

Jan. 19, 2012 3:55 p.m. |  The Department of Natural Resources announced today that the 23rd annual Southeast Wisconsin Woodland Owners Conference will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Country Springs Hotel & Conference Center, 2810 Golf Road in Waukesha. The all-day event begins at 7:30 a.m. and is designed to help woodland owners learn more about effective land stewardship.

“Wisconsin has 16 million acres of forest land that cover almost one - half of the state. About 60 percent of that forest land is owned by individual landowners and many are looking for useful tools to sustainably manage their woodlands,” according to DNR forester Randy Cooper. ”This is one of the largest woodland conferences in southern Wisconsin and a great opportunity to meet other landowners with similar interests.”

Presentation topics for this year include: tax saving strategies for timber harvests, working around water features, estimating market value of your trees, Managed Forest Law update, GPS for woodland owners, a panel discussion with forestry professionals, voluntary public access programs and tips on selecting power equipment. Numerous exhibitors will be on hand to show and discuss their forestry-related products and services.

In conjunction with the 2102 Woodland Conference, the Seno Woodland Education Center is pleased to offer part one of a two part workshop called Ties to the Land. Each session will focus on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation. The first Ties to the Land session will be held on Friday, February 3. See the brochure listed below for more information.

Cost for the woodland conference is $46 per person, or $76 per couple, and includes all materials, refreshments and lunch. There is an early registration discount before January 19. To register, contact Milwaukee County UW-Extension at 414-256-4631. The agenda and conference brochure can be downloaded from the UW Extension website at: or the Wisconsin Woodland Assistance website:

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We want to know....what is the ice like out there?

Jan. 19, 2012 2:04 p.m. |  Warm winter weather had ice fishers and skaters waiting patiently on shore until open waters froze. Now that temperatures are finally dipping, Lake Country Publications is curious: are waters frozen enough for winter recreation? What types of activities are your friends and neighbors engaging in outside? What did you do to fill your time before winter activities were possible? Have there been any problems on the water that you've seen?

Drop us a line: 

Monches bridge closed for safety concerns

Jan. 19, 2012 10:43 a.m. | The bridge over the Monches dam was closed last week. Inspectors determined the steel girders have rusted to a point they may not be able to support the concrete slabs on the bridge deck.

Officials said the bridge would be reopened if temporary repairs could be made; otherwise, it will not be used again until it can be replaced.

For now motorists will have to use detours. Motorists traveling from the south will be directed to travel Hartley Road northeast to Highway Q and follow Highway Q west back to Highway E.
Motorists traveling from the north should take Highway Q east to Hartley Road and go southwest on Hartley Road back to Highway E.

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

Dousman man charged with 7th OWI

Jan. 19, 2012 10:00 a.m. |

Waukesha – A Dousman man, sentenced in 2008 for his sixth drunken driving offense, was charged yesterday for driving intoxicated once again.

Michael A. Laur, 34, of N2639 Road Z, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with a felony count of operating while intoxicated, seventh offense.

According to the criminal complaint, a City of Oconomowoc officer saw a vehicle driving south on Highway 67 at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday at a high speed. The officer pursued the vehicle which turned into a driveway and the officer subsequently arrested Laur.

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More snow headed our way

Jan. 19, 2012 8:02 a.m. | Remember how just a couple weeks ago, people were lamenting the lack of snow? Last Thursday's storm took care of that complaint, and as if to make sure there's plenty to go around, Mother Nature is planning to drop some more.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Friday. Snowfall is expected to begin midmorning, and continue into the evening. Accumulations of 5 to 7 inches are expected.

And even before tomorrow, the weather is treacherous, with bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills.

Bundle up, everyone!

Work on arterial road in Pabst Farms to begin this spring

Jan. 18, 2012 9:22 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Common Council Tuesday night approved the construction and construction management of the southeast arterial, a road that will connnect Pabst Farms to Highway P.

Construction is anticipated to begin in March, weather permitting, and be complete before the end of the year.

The road has long been planned in the development and was to coincide with the recent I-94/Highway P project. The road will serve as a connection to the yet-to-be-built regional shopping mall, Pabst Farms Town Centre.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

United Way campaign exceeds goal in Waukesha County

Jan. 17, 2012 4:26 p.m. | Waukesha - United Way in Waukesha County finished strong and will exceed its $4.3 million goal, campaign co-chairmen announced Tuesday.

The campaign raised $4.35 million, which is 6% more than what was raised last year when the campaign totals fell 3.4% short.

"Our largest companies all increased their contributions this year, as did many smaller companies and individuals," said Joan Shafer, 2011 annual campaign co-chair.

In all, 12,000 individuals and 500 companies contribute to the annual Live United campaign.

The dollars are invested in programs ranging from meeting basic needs of individuals to developing self-reliance.

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Portion of Highway E in Merton to close beginning tomorrow

Jan. 17, 2012 2:51 p.m. | Highway E between Highway Q and Hartley Road will be closed begining tomorrow, Jan. 18 due to a regular bridge inspection determining the bridge can no longer safely carry highway traffic. 

Detours will be as follows:

From the south, drivers should take Hartley Road northeast to Highway Q, then take Highway Q west back to Highway E.

From the north, drivers should take Highway Q east to Hartley Road, then take Hartley Road southwest back to Highway E. 

Crash on 94 in Pewaukee

Jan. 17, 2012 9:20 a.m. | An ambulance has been dispatched to an accident on eastbound I-94 at Redford Boulevard. Further details are unavailable.

Slick roads have cars in ditch along I-43

Jan. 17, 2012 8:23 a.m. |  The roads are slick this morning Lake Country residents, so use great caution while commuting.

Two cars are currently in the ditch along I-43 near Big Bend. One vehicle is disabled in the median near Hi-Lo; another off to the right shoulder near Oakdale. 

Rollover accident in Vernon

Jan. 17, 2012 7:45 a.m. | Scanner traffic indicates there has been a serious accident in the Town of Vernon. A truck has reportedly rolled over in the area of Big Bend Drive and Highway L and is resting on its top in the water. This report is unconfirmed. More details as they become available.

Winter Farmers Market set for Sunday

Jan. 17, 2012 7:30 a.m. | Join Greener Oconomowoc and the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce on Sunday Jan.22, from 9:30 am until 1:30pm for the fifth Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market of the season at Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center’s greenhouses, located at N68 W37850 Hwy. K in Oconomowoc.

 Shoppers will be able to purchase locally grown  apples, garlic, onions, carrots, beets, Brussels sprouts,  and over seven varieties of mushrooms and organic herbs.

Sloppy commute this morning

Jan. 17, 2012 7:26 a.m. | Roads in Lake Country are mostly wet, though snow is beginning to accumulate. West of Dousman, roads are snow-covered. Winds are compounding things by blowing snow around, which may cause drifting later today. Motorists are advised to be cautious today.

Motorists throughout the area should be cautious this morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 3 p.m. today. Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected.

Once the snow stops, the bottom is supposed to drop out of the thermometer, with temperatures plummeting to near zero tonight, with the potential for below-zero wind chills.

And to think, a week ago golfers were out on the links!

Mukwonago heads to referendum

Jan. 16, 2012 11:48 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District will be going to a referendum vote for the April election after the School Board approved a referendum question asking for $11.2 million over the next four years. 

Read the complete story in Wednesday's Living Mukwonago Chief.

Mukwonago man charged for filing fraudulent tax returns

Jan. 16, 2012 4:12 p.m. |

Waukesha – A Town of Mukwonago man, who has said he is a tax protester, was charged today for filing fraudulent income tax forms for the years 2005 to 2009 two years he was convicted by a jury for tax evasion.

Michael L. Gengler, 37, of S85 W30643 Stonegate Drive, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five felony counts of fraud/rendering income tax return.

Gengler was convicted of tax evasion in October 2009, and one month later was sentenced to nine months in the work-release jail and two years probation.

Gengler was also ordered to file taxes for the last three years, pay all taxes owed, and file all future taxes.

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Delafield Public Library offers extended hours for teens tonight

Jan. 16, 2012 3:24 p.m. | The Delafield Public Library announced on Facebook that it will offer extended hours for teens trying to study tonight and tomorrow.

According to the Facebook post, teens with a valid student ID can study from 8-10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, and Tues., Jan. 17.

The library said it will put out free cookies and other refreshments beginning at 8 p.m.

Delafield's Schuenke announces retirement

Jan. 16, 2012 2:55 p.m. | CITY OF DELAFIELD - City Administrator Tim Schuenke has announced he plans to retire July 15.

"I am retiring for personal reasons, and I want you to know this was a very difficult decision for me. Delafield is a great community and a great place to work. Nevertheless, I feel it is time for me to move on. I have worked in public service for 37 years; 34 of those have been in top management,," Schuenke said in a memo to the Common Council.

Schuenke's memo made no mention of his heart surgery in late 2010 to replace a 35-year-old heart valve. He returned to work in March 2011 after a three-month leave of absence.

Schuenke, 61, described by one city alderman as a "superstar" of municipal government, was appointed Delafield city administrator  in July 2008 after he took advantage of an early-retirement package offered by the City of Park Ridge, Ill., where he had served as city manager.

He recieved a lifetime achievement award from the Illinois City/County Management Association in 2008 and served as president of the association in 1994 and 1995.

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Womens group announces January event

Jan. 16, 2012 1:47 p.m. | The Professional Women’s Development Network, a group of the Waukesha County Business Alliance, will hold its first event of the year on Jan. 26 at Western Lakes Golf Club at W287 N1963 Oakton Road, Pewaukee. The breakfast topic is “It’s (Not) a Man’s World”, and will feature Marie O’Brien, President of Enterforce, Inc., Judie Taylor, President of DUECO/UELC, Inc., and Susie Feia, President of Feia Construction. 

The event starts at 7:15 a.m. with a full breakfast and networking, with the main program running from 8 to 9 a.m. The cost to attend is $25 for Alliance members and $40 for non-members. The Professional Women’s Development Network series is sponsored by Aurora Health Care.

Celebrate winter at weekend festivals

Jan. 16, 2012 1:40 p.m. | To have weekend entertainment events listed in Weekend Happenings, fax (262) 367-1136 or email Make sure the time, date and place are included. Deadline is noon Monday.


Watercolor Expressions VII: Jean Crane and Friends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 19-21; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 22; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 23-28 (through Jan. 31), Lake Country Gallery, W240-N3485 Pewaukee Road, Pewaukee. (Through Jan. 31).

Random Color-Unexpected Results: Marilee Shepard and Connie Pelzek: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 21; 12-4 p.m. Jan. 22; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 28 (through Feb. 12), Almont Gallery, 342 W. Main St., Waukesha. Opens Jan. 1 (through Feb. 15),

Milwaukee Area Teachers of Art Exhibition of Drawings, Prints and Photographs, reception: 4-6 p.m. Jan. 21, Carroll University Marceil Pultorak Atrium Gallery, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. .

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Roenicke, Smoltz, Anderson at Westbrook Church tonight

Jan. 16, 2012 12:45 p.m. | Atlanta Braves legendary pitcher John Smoltz, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, and TV announcer Brian Anderson will all be at Delafield's Westbrook Church tonight to talk about how people can help better  their communities.

Anderson, a Hartland resident, started an organization called What's the Point with his friend Greg Marshall, of Milwaukee. Their goal was to bring successful people together in hopes of influencing people to find their purpose in their communities and social circles.

Learn more about What's the Point in a recent article at

Tonight's event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are required, but they are free for the general public. E-mail to get tickets.

St. Charles principal leaving at year's end

Jan. 16, 2012 12:17 p.m. | In a recent letter home to parents, St. Charles principal Michael Halstead announced he would step down as the school's leader after this school year.

Halstead said he was leaving due to medical issues that have kept him from working regularly.

"Current medical issues make it very difficult to work on a full-time basis," he told parents in the letter.

Halstead has served as principal at the Catholic school in the Village of Hartland for the last three years, and he indicated that he would play a role in finding the school's next principal. He anticipated the school advertising for the open position beginning late this month and starting the interview process near the end of February.

Of his time at St. Charles, Halstead said, "It was a good time. It's been a very rewarding three years for me, and I think we've accomplished...a lot."

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UW-Madison Marching Band at OHS on Jan. 29

Jan. 16, 2012 10:59 a.m. | The UW-Madison Varsity Band will return to the Oconomowoc Field House on Sunday, Jan. 29.

The Oconomowoc High School Marching Band will premier their brand new uniforms at 1:30 p.m. and the Varsity Band will begin their performance at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance at the OHS office, Books & Co. and Piggly Wiggly or $12 at the door.


Fundraiser planned for transplant patient

Jan. 16, 2012 10:55 a.m. | Join the community to help active Oconomowoc Area School District parent, Jenny Lavine and her family as they battle with Jenny's sudden illness and emergency liver transplant.

The fund raiser is scheduled for Saturday, Jan.  28 from 4 to 11 p.m., with a spaghetti dinner available from 4 to 8 p.m. Music, dancing and raffles will add to the effort which will take place at the Dousman/Ottawa Lions Club Community Center, 235 N. Main Street, Dousman.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, contact Mary or call 262-965-9450.

Winter looks to be here to stay

Jan. 16, 2012 7:35 a.m. | Now that winter's here, it's apparently planning to stay. A weather system is expected to move into Southeran Wisconsin by this afternoon that could bring more precipitation, according to the National Weather Service.

Starting this afternoon, there could be some light rain or drizzle, and with dropping temperatures, roads could become icy.

As the colder air moves in, precipitation is expected to change over to snow, with 2 to 3 inches expected Tuesday.



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Pewaukee girls win seventh straight

Jan. 13, 2012 10:39 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team won its seventh straight game Friday night as they whipped visiting St. Francis in a Woodland Conference ganme, 66-28.

PHS improved to 9-2 overall and 8-1 in league play. Coupled with Cudahy's loss to New Berlin West, the Pirates are now in sole possession of first place in the Blue Division.

Jordyn Swan fired in 19 points to lead the winners. Natalie Wood added 12 tallies for the winners and Shannon Wisniewski had a season-best 11 points.

Pewaukee boys whip St. Francis

Jan. 13, 2012 10:10 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team rolled past host St. Francis in a Woodland Conference game Friday night, 76-43.

PHS improved to 7-5 overall and 6-3 in league play.

John Czerwinski and Brock Bateman shared scoring honors for the Pirates with 14 points. Bateman scored all of his points in the fourth quarter. Jordy Edgerson had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Mukwonago boys upset Arrowhead

Jan. 13, 2012 9:38 p.m. |  Mukwonago's varsity boys basketball team outscored host Arrowhead 42-26 in the final 17 minutes of the game Friday night and scored a come-from-behind 58-56 Classic 8 Confernece victory.

Both teams are now 5-2 in league play.

Junior Nate Tanguay, who finished with  24 points, made a twisting layup with 1.9 seconds left for the game-winning points.

AHS led 11-0 early in the game and 19-4 with a minute gone in the second period.

Junior guard Kenny Finco of Arrowhead made his first five shots of the game and finished with 24 points. Finco had 18 of those points in the first half.

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Ex-developer charged with bilking funds

Jan. 13, 2012 4:05 p.m. |

Waukesha – Former developer Dennis L. Gritzmacher, who served 14 months in federal prison for tax evasion, was charged Jan. 12 for bilking his former company out of more than $90,000 during a time when he was being investigated for tax evasion.

Gritzmacher, 64, of W310 N6644 Chenequa Dr., Town of Merton, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five felony counts of theft and one count of identity theft. Gritzmacher allegedly diverted funds into an account he opened at Citizen’s Bank of Mukwonago in New Berlin.

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Magee Elementary nominated for Blue Ribbon Schools program

Jan. 13, 2012 2:47 p.m. |  Magee Elementary School in the Kettle Moraine School District is among eight Wisconsin schools nominated for the 2012 national Blue Ribbon Schools program, according to a Department of Public Instruction news release today. 

Nominated schools must complete an application from the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on results and scientifically based instruction. The applications are reviewed and the Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced next September.

Area traveling conditions terrible

Jan. 12, 2012 6:11 p.m. |  Traveling conditions on all roads in the Lake Country area is very dangerous. Slippery conditions exist on all minor and major roads.

Highway 16 from Pewaukee to Hartland was snow covered in both lanes. Most cars were traveling at speeds of 30 miles per hour or less. The same is true for Highway 83 from Chenequa to I-94. I-94 was very slow in both the east and westbound lanes. 

Cars were in the ditch on Highway 83 from Wales to Hartland and squad cars with their lights on could be seen just south of Vettleson Road. Two cars were also in the ditch on Highway 16 just west of Ryan Road.

In the Village of Hartland, conditions were snow-covered and slippery. 

Increased winds were causing blowing snow and slippery conditions on most roads.

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Handful of closings

Jan. 12, 2012 3:36 p.m. | There are just a handful of cancellations in Waukesha County at the moment, but you can track them as they come in by clicking here.

Here's the list so far:

Ascension Lutheran Church, Waukesh: No children's choir or evening activities

Crosspoint Community Church, Oconomowoc: No activities after 5 p.m.

St. James Parish, Menomonee Falls: No community dinner

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Games canceled

Jan. 12, 2012 3:03 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area School District reported at 3 p.m. that OHS boys basketball games and wrestling meets have been rescheduled.

Check the school website,, for new dates.

Weather causes traffic delays & accidents

Jan. 12, 2012 2:32 p.m. | The much ballyhooed first snowstorm of the season is in effect. Blustery winds, slippery roads and snow accumulation are combining to make driving challenging. On westbound Highway 16,  a car is in the ditch just east of the Highway P exit in Oconomowoc. Motorists are urged to use caution as snow totals are expected to rise throughout the day and into Friday.

Roads slicking up

Jan. 12, 2012 2:31 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is currently working on 10 or so crashes or vehicles in the ditch throughout the county. 

Nothing serious has been reported so far. 

Please use caution while driving today. 

Drivers reporting slick conditions, local closings announced

Jan. 12, 2012 2:03 p.m. | Area drivers have reported slick conditions with the increasing snowfall including Highway 16.

Local agencies are also announcing cancellations tonight including:

  • Crosspoint Community Church Oconomowoc - No activities after 5 p.m.
  • St. Jerome Oconomowoc -  Canceled Catholicism Series and 1st Communion Parent Meeting rescheduled for Jan. 17.

An accident was reported in Delafield at 2 p.m.


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Sheriff's Department confirms Tuesday Genesee roll over accident was fatal

Jan. 12, 2012 1:50 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that 20 year old Aaron A. Anderson of the Town of Waukesha passed away from injuries suffered during a rollover accident in the Town of Genesee around 12:14 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Anderson was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer southbound on Highway DT near Parkers Place when his vehicle rolled and ejected him. 

He was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Wauwatosa.

The Sheriff's Department reports that road conditions were not a factor and that the crash is still under investigation. 

Oconomowoc applies for DNR grant for City Beach expansion

Jan. 12, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Oconomowoc - The city has applied for a $247,500 grant from the state Department of Natural Resources to help cover the cost of land purchased for the expansion of City Beach on Lac La Belle.

The matching grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund administered by the DNR would cover 50% of the fair market value of the 0.3-acre parcel along the lake.

The DNR is still looking into appraisals of the land, and the actual grant amount, if awarded, could change.

The land is part of the property the city acquired along Lac La Belle for $2.6 million for a new community center and beach expansion project. Three houses on that property have been razed, said John Kelliher, the city's director of Parks, Recreation & Forestry.

The sliver of land for which the city is seeking the DNR grant would remain green space for recreation use, Kelliher said.

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The white stuff has returned

Jan. 12, 2012 12:01 p.m. |  It took a while, but winter has arrived. Snow is starting to fluff down from the sky. The good news for this noon hour is, however, that conditions seem to be just fine-for now. 

The Village of Mukwonago Department of Public Works has crews out salting streets, but the Village of Mukwonago Police Department reports that there have been no accidents so far. 

Town of Mukwonago Department of Public Works Director Rick Peterson said that road in the town are just fine so far too. Crews are holding off on salting for now to prevent unnecessary salt from ending up in the ditch and local waterways. However, eyes are on the weather and the roads, and crews will be dispatched if conditions get worse. 

To report an accident or slippery areas, contact your local police department. 

Don't worry, it's coming

Jan. 12, 2012 8:48 a.m. | Morning commuters were treated to continued mild weather, but the forecast still calls for a snow storm later today.

Meteorologist Scott Steele from TMJ4 said the snow will start to show up after you've settled in at your desk around 9. Here's a link to the latest forecast. Watch our site for local updates on conditions in the area.

Bicyclist struck by vehicle in Waukesha County

Jan. 12, 2012 12:02 a.m. | A bicyclist was flown by Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital Wednesday after being struck by a motorist in the Town of Eagle, according to a Waukesha County Sheriff's Department news release late Wednesday.

The vehicle, a Mitsubishi Eclipse being driven westbound on Highway ZZ by a 67-year-old woman, collided with the 62-year-old man on the bicycle. He was riding southbound on Highway Z about 4 p.m. Wednesday. The bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. The Sheriff's Department said his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.

The Waukesha and Jefferson County sheriff's departments and the Town of Eagle Fire Department responded to the scene.

Waukesha man accused of setting car, house on fire

Jan. 11, 2012 4:01 p.m. | Waukesha – A 28-year-old Waukesha man was charged Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court for setting a car on fire and attempting to set a house on fire in Waukesha Dec. 31.

Quentin T. Morgan was charged with felony counts of attempted arson of a building, arson of property other than a building, and second-degree reckless endangerment.

According to the criminal complaint, Morgan, who lived with his girlfriend, Brittany Rudolph, at 1080 Whiterock Ave., had an argument during the early morning hours of Dec. 31. Morgan went to a bar and when he returned allegedly hit Rudolph in the face as well as another woman.

During a pushing match between Rudolph and Morgan a friend of Rudolph’s said she was calling the police and Morgan threatened to blow the house up, the complaint said.

Morgan was witnessed leaving the house and Tiffany Pease, who lives in the lower unit of the house saw flames coming from her 1998 Mercury Mountaineer. Morgan and Rudolph lived in the upper unit.

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See MHS version of Chopped

Jan. 11, 2012 1:28 p.m. | Watch for the Mukwonago High School version of Chopped in Sunday's Living Kettle Moraine and check out the online photo gallery and video at 

Two area teens face armed robbery charges for Vernon robbery

Jan. 11, 2012 9:47 a.m. | Peter D. Heinemann, 17, of W230 S9085 Clark St., Big Bend and Samuel L. Mork, 18, of W279 S8715 Lookout Circle, Mukwonago, face up to 40 years in jail and $100,000 in fines if they are convicted of armed robbery for allegedly stealing $1,350 in cash and $203 in checks from Cerny's Midway Market, S90 W27545 Highway ES, in the Town of Vernon.

For the complete story, check out today's Mukwonago Chief, or scroll down on the Living Lake Country homepage to find the full story under the Mukwonago Chief heading. 

Time to dig out that shovel

Jan. 11, 2012 7:42 a.m. | Area residents will probably need to put their shovels to use sometime in the next couple days for the first time this winter.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch effective from Thursday morning through Friday morning.

The storm is expected to start early Thursday and wind down early Friday after dropping 7 to 9 inches of snow. Winds are also expected to play a role, with gusts of 20 or 25 mph blowing snow around.

Roads are expected to become snow covered and slippery. Periods of heavier snowfall combined with blowing snow may reduce visibility significantly at times.


Pewaukee girls whip Whitnall

Jan. 10, 2012 10:36 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team got a big first half effort from Jordyn  Swan and Natalie Wood as they whipped visiting Whitnall in a Woodland Conference game, 62-41.

PHS improved to 8-2 overall and 7-1 in league play.

Swan scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half for the Pirates and Natalie Wood had all 9 of her points in the first half. Emily Wirth chipped in with 9 points and 5 rebounds and Danielle Jasinski had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Arrowhead boys rally past South

Jan. 10, 2012 10:32 p.m. |  Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team rallied from a first-half deficit Tuesday night to defeat host Waukesha South in a Classic 8 Conference game, 58-49.

AHS improved to 7-5 overall and 5-1 in league play. Friday they host Mukwonago.

South led 18-11 after the first quarter and 28-27 at halftime. Arrowhead took the lead for good in the third period.

Kenny Finco had 17 points to lead the Warhawks. Ryan Saeger added 11 points for the winners.

Isaiah Pitchford and Ryan Smith had 12 points apiece for South.

Pewaukee boys lose to Whitnall

Jan. 10, 2012 10:28 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team lost to seventh-ranked Whitnall Tuesday night in a Woodland Conference game at Whitnall, 70-56.

PHS fell behind 16-4 after the first period and never caught up.

Whitnall improved to 11-1 on the season with the win. Pewaukee fell to 6-5 on the year and 5-3 in league play.

Kray Bradley led the Pirates with 17 points and Jordy Edgerson added 14.

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Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

North Shore Bank-Taste of Lake Country: 5 p.m. July 29, 4 p.m. July 30, Pewaukee Beach Front, 120 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. Headline Friday night is The Toys and Saturday night The Love Monkeys. Free.

Kids from Wisconsin: 7:30 p.m. July 29, Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Celebrating its 48th show season with a talented group of 33 young performers representing 29 different hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is Sing! Free.

Wisconsin State Frog Jump Championship: 1 p.m. July 30-31, Cory Park, Downtown Dousman, Dousman. Visit  

Catelyn Picco: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 31, Mama D’s Coffee, 104 W Main St., Wales. Free.

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