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Find some comfort food on a cold winter's day

Jan. 31, 2014 12:00 a.m. | In winter time we think of comfort food, and what could hit the spot better on a cold winter’s day than a hot, thick bowl of chili?

Downtown Oconomowoc is holding its celebration of the dish at Chili Fest from 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Oconomowoc.

Chili tasting is from noon to 2 p.m. There’ll be a beer tent and warming house on the Village Green with DJ music and raffles. Other activities include ice carving, hockey and softball tournaments, fishing clinic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and skating and kite flying on Fowler Lake. Call (262) 567-7114 or visit for more information.

At the St. Joan of Arc School Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday enjoy hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn and other treats. The school is located at 120 Nashotah Road, Nashotah. Besides food the event features games, prizes, face painting, clowns and Golden Ticket Raffle. Visit for more information.

If you’re fishing for a good meal on Friday try the fish fry at Nashotah House, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah, from 4 to 8 p.m.  The dinner includes fried or baked fish, French fries, German chocolate cake, old-fashioned cocktails and New Glarus Spotted Cow. Cost: $12 adults, $8 kids, free for children under 5.

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Preliminary hearing set for Shawn Witt

Jan. 30, 2014 3:08 p.m. | Shawn Witt appeared briefly in court today, in chains and surrounded by baliffs.

Shawn Witt has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, accused of killing his 60-year-old father, James Witt, at their shared home in Summit.

Witt, 27, has also been charged with narcotic drug possession, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

Attorney Anthony Rosario appeared with Witt, who requested that a preliminary hearing be scheduled for Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow will be presiding.

His cash bond has been set at $1 million and he remains at Waukesha County Jail.

DA: We can't end heroin epidemic with incarceration only

Jan. 30, 2014 9:38 a.m. | Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel shared startling numbers with a local Rotary Club Monday which illustrate the rapid increase of heroin use in the county.

Schimel discussed how the drug abuse - which usually starts with prescription pain pills - is not associated with the back alley junkie you would imagine. Schimel said the vast majority of those using the drug are 24 or younger.

He said the increase of opiate-related deaths in the county has risen from 2.19 per 100,000 people in 2000 to 8 per 100,000 people in 2010. Another comparison shows that more than 40 opiate-related deaths occurred in the last year compared to 23 traffic-related deaths in the county.

Schimel's message is part of an effort to get the message out about the epidemic and educate people on how to watch for signs of the drug abuse and how to help stop it.

Watch for more on this story in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Goodbye, cold; hello (again), snow

Jan. 30, 2014 7:57 a.m. | The subzero weather has moved out, bringing more seasonable temperatures -- and snow.

Late morning through midafternoon should see 1 to 3 inches fall on the area, but strong, gusty winds are expected to cause blowing and drifting snow, contributing to difficult travel conditions.  

Arrowhead cage teams down Mukwonago

Jan. 30, 2014 7:31 a.m. | Arrowhead's two basketball teams defeated Mukwonago Wednesday night in makeup games from Tuesday night.

The AHS girls moved to 15-1 on the season as they stopped the Indians, 50-41. Senior Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with a season-best 30 points. MHS defeated Arrowhead earlier this season, 43-40.

Arrowhead's boys team stopped the Indians, 52-36. Matt Calawerts and Bryze Nze had 13 points each for the winners and Ricky Finco chipped in with 11.

Pennoyer pleads not guilty in heroin overdose

Jan. 29, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Troy S. Pennoyer, 32, appeared in court today after being accused of supplying the heroin that killed 35-year-old David R. Teske of the Town of Eagle last November.

Pennoyer entered a plea of not guilty after the court decided he would be bound over for trial.

According to the criminal complaint, Teske was found facedown on his bedroom floor by his father. Resuscitation efforts failed and officers found items often used to inject heroin when they searched the home.

While initially adamant that they had only played frisbee, Pennoyer allegedly admitted that he knew a heroin dealer named "Rick" and said he might have provided Teske with the drugs, according to the complaint. Detectives believe the men would say they were playing frisbee golf as “disc golf” was a code word for heroin use.

Detective Ryan Dronek testified today, explaining that there were also several text messages on Pennoyer’s phone indicative of creating or following through with a drug transaction. Dronek also explained that they searched Pennoyer during questioning and allegedly found a paper bindle with a white substance inside of it, field testing positive as heroin.

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Watch out for construction work near Highway 18 and 83

Jan. 29, 2014 3:51 p.m. | Phase 1 of the sanitary construction project in the Village of Wales will begin Thursday, Jan. 30, affecting traffic flow on Highway 18 and Highway 83 near Kettle Moraine High School (KMHS), according to the Kettle Moraine School District website. 

Driving lanes near KMHS could be reduced to one lane at times. District officials urge drivers to take travel time into consideration and use extra caution when driving through a construction zone. 

Questions about the project can be directed to the Village of Wales at (262) 968-3968.

Wisconsin open enrollment begins Feb. 3

Jan. 29, 2014 12:17 p.m. |  Wisconsin's public school open enrollment application starts Feb. 3 and runs to April 30 for the 2014-15 school year, allowing parents an opportunity to send their children to any public school district in the state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). 

The open enrollment application period is the only tuition-free opportunity for most parents to apply for their children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one assigned to them based on where they live. 

"Wisconsin is among a number of state's nationwide that offer public school open enrollment across school districts," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "The state's long-running program supports parental involvement and shared responsibility for educating children."

Under the full-time public school open enrollment program, parents must apply during the three-month application period to the school district they wish their children to attend, according to the DPI. Online application is encouraged. Application deadlines are firm. Early and late applications are not accepted. Districts will notify parents by June 6 whethe or their applications have been approved or denied. 

Traffic clearing up in Lake Country

Jan. 29, 2014 11:50 a.m. | Traffic is finally clearing up in the Highway 16 corridor. 

Eastbound lanes were backed up this morning after reports of a car accident near the Jungbluth Rd. Passerby motorists recalled seing a vehicle resting in the median. 

OHS adopt a school video

Jan. 29, 2014 11:11 a.m. | It might be cold outside, but there's warmth in this video of Oconomowoc High School students helping those in need. Check out the video which is posted on the school's website

Approximately 70 students from OHS  took part in the school's annual Adopt A School program in December that provides necessities and gifts to underprivileged children. This year, students visited with children from Pershing Elementary School.  

Read more about the project here: 

Chili, ice sculptures and more downtown Oconomowoc Saturday

Jan. 29, 2014 8:36 a.m. | Head out to downtown Oconomowoc Saturday for Chili Fest presented by the Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association.

The event features giant kites by Gift of Wings, ice skating, a hockey tournament, chili cookoff by participating restaurants who ask you to stop by and taste test and more.

Visit for more information and watch for a story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Big crowd at Delafield forum

Jan. 29, 2014 12:49 a.m. |  City of Delafield - About 100 citizens braved bitterly cold temperatures Tuesday to attend a candidates forum at Christ the King Lutheran Church where four candidates in the Feb. 18 mayoral primary election discussed a wide range of city issues.

The candidates are Alderperson Michele De Yoe and Jeff Krickhahn, former Alderman Al Zietlow and Lake Welfare Committee Chairman Kent Attwell. The two candidates winning the largest number of votes in the primary election will face off in the April 1 municipal election.

The forum was sponsored by the citzens group, A Better Delafield, and the forum was moderated by representatives of the Milwaukee  County League of Women Voters.

The sharpest disagreements among the candidates came over the issues of economic development, dredging Lake Nagawicka, and creating a lake management district.

De Yoe and Krickhahn voiced opposition to the Zietlow's proposal that a lake management district be formed. He suggested the special taxing district would be the best way to preserve and protect the lake and end the bickering between lake and non lake residents in the city.

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Pabst Farms won't strike up a deal with Walmart, yet

Jan. 28, 2014 2:51 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Mayor Jim Daley Tuesday announced changes to the Pabst Farms Town Centre plan that include allowing for larger-scale retailers, but holding off on Walmart, for now.

According to the information submitted by the city, Pabst Farms has agreed to not enter into an agreement with Walmart for one year and pursue other retail tenants for the Town Center.

If three years pass, Walmart could come back into the picture, but Pabst has agreed to allow the city's Common Council to determine whether or not the big box retailer is wanted in the area. Pabst agreed to not pursue legal retribution if the Council votes against a Walmart.

"Pabst Farms has shown a recognition that a portion of Oconomowoc has been vocal in their concern over the direction the development has taken. Pabst Farms has indicated they need the requested changes to their approved Town Centre plan in order to market their property to a wider range of end-users," Daley said.

Those changes include additional acreage for the Town Center, increased square footage for retail anchors, and removal of a monument wall between the development and I-94 which would replaced by landscaping and storm water components.

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Pabst Farms agrees to delay on Walmart plans

Jan. 28, 2014 11:06 a.m. | The developers of Oconomowoc's Pabst Farms project have agreed to delay plans to sell land for a new Walmart and Sam's Club stores, and will instead seek other retailers for those parcels.

Pabst Farms has agreed to not enter an agreement with Walmart for one year, according to a statement released Tuesday by Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley. 

If, after that period expires, and a Walmart proposal resurfaces within three years, Pabst Farms "will agree to allow the city's Common Council to make a determination on whether or not we want those particular retailers in our community at that location," the statement said.

Also, Pabst Farms is agreeing not to pursue "legal retribution" if the council's decision opposes a Walmart proposal, the statement said.

In return for that concession, the council would approve changes to the Pabst Farms development agreement that would allow additional land within the project's Town Centre retail area.

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Report: Opportunities abound in Mukwonago

Jan. 28, 2014 7:51 a.m. | Fast, casual restaurants, liquor sales, clothing, steakhouses: all present an opportunity for new business in Mukwonago, according to a study by Redevelopment Resources.

The report also suggests the village rework its website to appeal more to potential residents or businesses.

Read more about the report in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Sussex man pleads guilty to possessing pipebombs, "suicide vest" and shotgun shells

Jan. 27, 2014 4:59 p.m. | A 20-year-old Sussex man suspected of making explosives in his Champeny Court apartment last October has entered into a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

Anthony Haessly pleaded guilty on Wednesday, Jan. 15 in the Eastern District Court of Wisconsin to one count of unlawful transportation of ammunition and one count of transporting explosive materials. A third count of importing explosive materials was dropped by prosecutors.

Haessly could face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines under the law, but prosecutors have agreed to request a reduced prison sentence with no fines under the plea agreement.

Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were first alerted by a neighbor on Oct. 23 that Haessly was allegedly in possession of pipe bombs, according to a search warrant affidavit.

The neighbor told police in the affidavit that Haessly said he would use explosives on anyone, including law enforcement officials, if he was sent back to jail. Haessly was convicted of burning down a cottage at the Lad Lake Residential Treatment Center in August 2010 and sentenced to five years probation with a minimum one-year jail sentence, according to court records.

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Honor sought for Willliam Cushing

Jan. 27, 2014 4:36 p.m. |  Washington D.C. - Two members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation have asked the Secretary of the Navy to name a new combat ship after William Cushing, a Delafield native and Civil War Naval hero.

Republican U.S. Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls and Democratic U.S. Rep Ron Kind of LaCrosse said in a letter to Secretary Raymond Mabus that Cushing deserved the honor because of his numerous heroic acts during the war including the sinking of the Confederate ship the Albermale.

They also pointed out that the Navy ship will be built in Wisconsin and will include components made in Wisconsin. There have been five previous Navy ships named for Cushing.

Cushing is the brother of Alonzo Cushing, another Delafield native and civil war hero. Sensenbrenner and Kind played key roles in the adoption of federal legislation that enables the Secretary of Defense and the Presidents to posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Alonzo Cushing.

Cure cabin fever at Retzer's Wild Winter Night

Jan. 27, 2014 4:13 p.m. | Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street, Waukesha, is providing a cure for cabin fever  with its annual Wild Winter Night on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. 

Visitors can enjoy guided winter night hikes throughout the evening, free snowshoe rentals and an informal sing-along by a warm campfire with s’mores and hot cocoa during the event. There will be indoor activities like the Guess the Scat – candy game, Design a Frame or make a Recycled Bird Feeder. Explore the winter sky through an outdoor observation with telescopes, as well as an indoor Planetarium program entitled “Journey to the Stars.”

The guided Owl Prowl hikes are scheduled for 6:15 and 8:15 p.m.  Learn about the owl and other nocturnal animals during the hike. Join in on the Winter Tracking Presentation and create an animal track booklet at 6:45 or 7:30 p.m.

Planetarium shows are limited to 90 people per show, and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 6 p.m.  Show times are every half-hour starting at 6:30, last show is 8:30 p.m.

This event is held no matter what the weather, so dress accordingly. A limited amount of snowshoes will be available so there may be a waiting time.  

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Disgraced former police officer accused of robbing Mukwonago bank

Jan. 27, 2014 11:38 a.m. | A disgraced former officer with the  Mukwonago Police Department was charged on Jan. 17 in federal court with robbing a M&I Bank in June 2010.

According to the federal complaint, Alvin J. Brook was off-duty on June 15, 2010 when he allegedly jumped over the service counter at the M&I Bank in Mukwonago and used his department-issued firearm to strong arm three clerks into giving him more than $50,000 in unmarked cash. 

The complaint states that Brooks, 41, threatened to kill the employees if they exited the bank vault and then fled the scene.

One clerk told police investigating the robbery at the time that the suspect seemed to have police or military training, according to the complaint. Another employee said the gun used in the robbery resembled one issued to the investigating officer, a glock model 23. 

Police noted that in the surveillance footage it appeared the robber had a hand-held radio antenna protruding from his pocket. One victim said in the complaint that she heard “police chatter” during the incident, as if the suspect had a police scanner on him, the complaint states. 

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Mukwonago schools closed tomorrow

Jan. 27, 2014 9:12 a.m. | All Mukwonago Area School Distrrict schools will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 28, due to the winter weather advisory issued for the area, according to an announcement from Supertintendent Shawn McNulty. All evening activities for Monday, Jan. 27 have also been cancelled. 

Another round of severe weather closes area schools

Jan. 27, 2014 6:52 a.m. | Area school districts have called off classes Monday and Tuesday because of another round of extreme cold, with wind chills expected to send temperatures plummeting well below zero.

School closures include: Arrowhead, Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, Hamilton, Palmyra-Eagle and Pewaukee. Kettle Moraine Superintendent Pat Deklotz also cited icy roads and blowing and drifting snow in the decision to close school Monday.

Wind, cold close Kettle Moraine schools two days

Jan. 27, 2014 5:46 a.m. |  Due to icy and difficult road conditions caused by severe wind combined with the harsh and frigid temperatures, with the wind chill remaining at -32 degrees throughout the day on Monday and predicted to go to a -50 degrees on Tuesday, Kettle Moraine Schools will be closed both Monday, Jan. 27 and Tuesday, Jan. 28, according to the district website. This includes all evening activities.

The District Office will remain open.

Roads slippery in Lake Country

Jan. 26, 2014 8:22 a.m. | A total of just over four inches of light, fluffy snow fell in the Lake Country area early Sunday morning creating slippery  conditions on most roads.

The snow started around  2 a.m. and had quit by 7 a.m. In Hartland the snow measured 4.5 inches.

Sunday morning as of 8 a.m. Highway 16 had just one reasonably clean lane in both directions. Traffic was going between 30 and 40 miles per hour. The one clear lane still had some snow in it. There were two cars in the ditch eastbound between Hartland and Pewaukee.

Highway 83 between Delafield and North Lake also was slippery. Traffic there was going around 30 miles per hour.

In Hartland, roads were plowed but still snow covered. Many of the intersections were slippery.

PHS boys defeat Whitnall

Jan. 24, 2014 9:20 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's boys basketball team defeated Whitnall tonight, 65-54. PHS is now 11-4 on the season.

Steve McGowan led the Pirates with 17 points. Evan Hansen chipped in with 12.

Report: Former Mukwonago officer arrested in connection with 2010 bank robbery

Jan. 24, 2014 7:52 p.m. | According to WMTV-15, the NBC affiliate in Madison a former Mukwonago Police Officer has been arrested for armed bank robbery in relation to a June 15, 2010 robbery of M&I Bank in Mukwonago.

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

Breakfast with the Village President next week

Jan. 24, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Rotary Club of Mukwonago will host the club’s annual Visitor’s Day on Jan. 30 at 7 a.m. at the Mukwonago Village Hall.

The event will include a light breakfast and a presentation by Village President Fred Winchowky on the major issues facing the village in 2014.

The meeting is expected to end around 8 p.m. To RSVP please e-mail Dwight Cruikshank at

Waukesha County schools could cancel classes due to the cold once again

Jan. 24, 2014 2:36 p.m. | With extreme wind chills heading to southeastern Wisconsin once again early next week, superintendents will evaluate whether it's too cold for school.

Waukesha Superintendent Todd Gray said Friday that superintendents across Waukesha County will hold a conference call late Sunday afternoon to decide if they will close their schools on Monday.

Gray said they'll discuss their options at that time but they might not have a decision until very early Monday morning. 

"Right now Monday's forecast at 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. would not necessarily cause us to close," Gray said. "That could change over the weekend."

Gray said a wind chill warning of minus 35 would close the schools but depending on conditions the districts may even consider closing with slightly less wind chills if there are strong wind gusts.

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Summit man charged with homicide in father's death

Jan. 24, 2014 12:30 p.m. |

Shawn T. Witt was charged Friday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, accused of killing his 60-year-old father at their shared home in Summit.
Witt, 27, has also been charged with narcotic drug possession, two counts of misdemeanor theft, two counts of violating a restraining order, and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.
He is currently being held in Waukesha County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. 
According to the criminal complaint, Summit Police were dispatched at about 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 22 to check in on the well-being of James Witt, Jr., who resided at 34825 Elm St. 
Officers were greeted at the residence by Shawn Witt, who told police his father had “gone up north,” the complaint states. Also present were two friends of Shawn Witt, who are not currently facing charges related to the incident. 
Shawn Witt had been accused the day before of beating his father after an altercation at the residence. He was charged with battery and disorderly conduct and released on a $1,500 signature bond on the condition that he have no contact with his father. 
James Witt had also requested a temporary restraining order. 
“He yells at me all the time because I made him get a job,” James Witt wrote in the request. “I fear for my life. He said he is taking over the house and I cannot stop him.”
James Witt said his son had once put electrical wires to his head in an attempt to kill him.
The restraining order was granted and Shawn Witt was served the order in jail.
According to the complaint, officers decided to search the residence to make sure everything was all right. They found James Witt’s body in the basement, wrapped in a blanket. Next to his body was a rifle. 
Shawn Witt told police in the complaint that he had gone back to his father’s house after being released from jail. He claimed that his father had come at him with a knife and he shot him twice in self-defense. 
No knife described by Shawn Witt was found at the residence, the complaint states.
He told police in the complaint that he had lied to his friends and said his father committed suicide. The friends helped him burn a couch that had blood on it and they then went to Milwaukee to sell items belonging to James Witt. The money made from the sale was used to purchase heroin, Shawn Witt said.
Police later learned that James Witt’s debit card was used at a Kwik-Trip gas station in Oconomowoc. Shawn Witt admitted to using the card after he killed his father, the complaint states.
Witt later changed his statement and said he may have shot his father three times, according to the complaint. He said James Witt seemed to be in pain, “so he decided to put him out of his misery and shot him in the head.”
A medical examiner concluded that Witt was shot once in the left buttocks and once in the abdomen, but both wounds were survivable. The gunshot wound to the head was the fatal wound, the complaint states.
Assistant District Attorney Lesli Boese said at a news conference on Friday, Jan. 24, that James Witt did the right thing in requesting the restraining order.
“We tell people it is a piece of paper,” she said. “They still need to be diligent. We offer them resources and we do the best we can.”
Shawn Witt had previously been convicted in Jefferson County of operating while intoxicated on three separate occasions, according to court records. 
The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department worked with the Summit Police Department to investigate James Witt’s death. Dan Trawicki commended the Summit Police Department on its response to the incident at the news conference. 
Shawn Witt is expected to appear at a court hearing on Jan. 30

Epiphany dinner, concert comes to St. John's

Jan. 24, 2014 10:04 a.m. |  St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN West, Mukwonago is holding its annual Epiphany Concert and dinner on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning at 5:15 p.m.  

An Italian dinner hosted by the Ignite Youth Group is availabe for $8 for adults and $5 for kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 p.m. and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes, and more.  

Summit death remains under investigation

Jan. 24, 2014 7:55 a.m. |  A 60-year-old man thought to be the victim in a death investigation in the Village of Summit was afraid that his son would kill him.

"I fear for my life," the father said in a statement attached to a petition for a restraining order against his son.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, Village of Summit Police were called to check on the well-being of a man in a home at 34825 Elm St. on Thursday morning and found a 60-year-old man deceased.

In a news release, the Sheriff's Department called the death "suspicious." Summit police are working with the Sheriff's Department on the case. Neither agency has released any additional information.

While the address and the age of the victim match those of the man who sought the restraining order on Jan. 21, police have not confirmed they are the same person.

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Take the plunge into winter

Jan. 24, 2014 12:00 a.m. | While the meek may stay warm and cozy inside, the many hardy souls in this neck of the woods thumb their noses at the cold.

Take all those warm-blooded creatures participating in the Polar Bear Plunge at 11 a.m. Saturday at  SandBar Sports Pub, W278-N2315 Prospect Ave., Pewaukee. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The $20 cost includes a souvenir T-shirt. For more information go to

On Saturday night head over to the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit for the Candlelight Ski & Hike from 6 to 9 p.m. The event starts at  S91-W39091 Highway 59, Eagle. The purple loop at the Nordic Trailhead will be lighted. There will be a big fire outside to help you stay warm or you can go inside where there will be chili and refreshments for sale.

If you’re not into the cold and snow but prefer to beat winter blues with comfort food, there are several options including the Friday night fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Highways 83 and D in Genesee Depot. The all-you-can-eat menu includes beer battered and baked cod, grilled cheese, curly fries, baked potato, coleslaw, rye bread, applesauce, coffee and milk plus one dessert. Call (262) 392-2920 for more information.

A more exotic dish, along with more traditional favorites, will be served at the annual Coon Feed at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the  American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak , Delafield. Donation: $12 adults/ $6 children 12 and younger.

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More than 50 accidents on icy roads

Jan. 23, 2014 1:00 p.m. |  Isolated icy patches on Waukesha County streets and highways contributed to 56 accidents, an unusually high number, this morning, according to Waukesha County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jennifer Wallschlager.

Wallschlager said the slick spots were the result of morning traffic creating precipitation on streets that was quickly turned to ice by sub zero temperatures. The slick spots were unnoticed by unsuspecting motorists who were traveling too fast for conditions, she said.

There were 14 personal injury accidents and 22 roll over incidents along with 20 accidents where there was property damage only, according to Wallschlager.

One of the accidents occured west of the Highway 16 and Jungbluth Road interchange where a similar accident occured at nearly the same location at approximately the same time on Tuesday morning.

Two people were injured in that accident. One of the motorists told sheriff's deputies that he was  blinded by the sun and did not see the vehicle in front begin to slow down. The names of the accident victims and their conditions are not available.

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St. John's dinner and Epiphany concert

Jan. 23, 2014 12:40 p.m. | St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Highway NN, Mukwonago, invites the public to its annual Epiphany Concert and dinner at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

The Italian dinner is hosted by the Ignite Youth Group. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes and more.

Death investigation in Summit

Jan. 23, 2014 11:39 a.m. |   The Village of Summit Police Department responded to an address on Elm Street last night  to check the well being of a resident.  They located a 60 year old man deceased inside the residence and believed the death to be suspicious, according to a release from the Waukesha Sheriff 's Department.

The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department and the Village of Summit Police Department are working closely on this investigation.  This is an ongoing investigation and  more information will be released as it becomes available.

Authorities say  there is no need for residents to be concerned for their safety at this time.

Driver in Town of Eagle hit and run located

Jan. 23, 2014 11:37 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department released a statement thanking the community for their efforts in helping to locate the suspected driver in a hit and run that occured in the Town of Eagle on Jan. 15 near Eagleville Elementary school.

The operator of the vehicle has been located. There was no additional information immediately available.

Six cars in the ditch on Hy. 16

Jan. 23, 2014 9:59 a.m. | Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. this morning a total of  6 cars were seen in the snow-covered ditches on eastbound Highway 16 between Merton Avenue in Hartland and Yench Road just west of Pewaukee.

The on-ramp at Merton Avenue to eastbound Highway 16 was slippery and created some problems for at least two drivers who were in the ditch. Under the bridge at North Shore Drive two cars, one on each side of the road. were also in the ditch. One more car was in the ditch at Yench Road.

At 9:30 a.m., another eastbound car was in the snow bank in the median.

Two Sherrif's SUV's were on the scene at 9:30 a.m. and a Waukesha County plow truck loaded with salt was also at the scene by North Shore Drive.

Some streets slippery

Jan. 23, 2014 9:51 a.m. |  Motorist should be on the look for isolated icy patches apparently caused by drifting snow on streets and roads north of Highway 16.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is wrapping up the investigation what appears to have been a multi car fender bender at the interchange of Highway 16 and Jungbluth Road. There was a similar accident near the same location at about the same time Tuesday morning.

Less than a mile north, the intersection of Highways K and KE is snow co vered and slippery. There are also portions of the Lake Five Road that are snow covered because of drifting snow.

Death investigation in Summit

Jan. 23, 2014 9:13 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is handling a death investigation in the Village of Summit.  More information as it becomes available.

St. Joseph Catholic School hosts open house Sunday

Jan. 22, 2014 4:00 p.m. | St. Joseph Catholic School in Big Bend will kick off their Catholic Schools Week celebration by hosting an Open House on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm.

Students, teachers and staff will celebrate mass together at 10:30am. Refreshments will be served during the open house. Science Fair exhibits will be on display, and there will be a book fair. Classroom tours will be given, and all teachers will be in their classrooms to welcome visitors and answer questions.

For more information, contact: Mrs. Janice St. Louis, Principal, 262-662-2737 or

Are you going to the Olympics?

Jan. 22, 2014 2:58 p.m. | Are you heading to Sochi for next month's Olympics? Were you planning to go, but terror threats have scared you off? We'd like to hear from you. Drop us a note at

Hit and run in Town of Eagle under investigation

Jan. 22, 2014 2:37 p.m. |  The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for assistance in locating a suspect involved in a hit and run accident on Wednesday Jan. 15 in the Town of Eagle.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. the Sheriff's Department responded to a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian in front of Eagleville Elementary School on County Highway LO just west of County Highway E in the Town of Eagle.

The vehicle is possible a 2005-2006 Ford "F-series" pick-up. It is further described as light colored or possible silver, "very clean" and should be missing the mirror from the driver's side door. The vehicles driver side mirror was broken off due to the accident and left at the scene.

If you have any information about the vehicle or possible operator please contact Detective Ladwig at (262) 548-7461.

Brooklife Church displays art therapy work

Jan. 22, 2014 12:00 p.m. | Milwaukee Center For Independence (MCFI) L.I.F.E. Services art therapy clients will display their work at a gallery showing through Feb. 20 at the Brooklife Church, 857 S. Rochester St., Mukwonago. The church is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Additionally, the public can meet  the artists at a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10.

L.I.F.E. Services is a program area of the Milwaukee Center for Independence that offers daily living skills training, recreational and leisure activities, help for people recovering from brain injury and stroke, travel and camping opportunities for people with disabilities, and employment readiness and placement services for people facing disadvantages.

Former juvenile center employee pleads guilty to distributing nude images

Jan. 22, 2014 10:59 a.m. |

A 37-year-old former employee of the Norris Adolescent Center in Mukwonago pleaded guilty Tuesday, Jan. 21 to three counts of distributing images of nudity. 
Robert Turk was charged last June in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of child pornography possession for allegedly trading images of prepubescent girls using a fake Facebook account. 
Turk was sentenced by Judge Donald Hassin, Jr. to 5 1/2 years in prison and six years extended supervision, but that sentence was stayed in lieu of three years probation and nine months in county jail. He was ordered to have no contact with minors (except his daughter) while on probation and to not use the Internet, except for work and educational purposes.
According to the criminal complaint, The Waukesha County Sheriffs Department was tipped off on April 30 by state agents that Turk was using the pseudonym “Charles Carmichael” on Facebook to distribute images of child pornography.
“Charles Carmichael” revealed in those private messages provided in the complaint that he lived in Wisconsin and worked as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor at the Norris Adolescent Center. The center, located at W247 S10395 Center Drive in Mukwonago, provides treatment to juveniles ages 12 to 18 with alcohol drugs, mental health, sexual and behavior issues, the center’s website states.
Deputies learned through a records warrant that the Facebook account was registered to Turk’s apartment at N16 W26571 Tall Reeds Lane in Pewaukee, according to the complaint. 
A search warrant was issued on June 10 and police found numerous illicit images of young girls on a hard drive belonging to Turk, according to the complaint.
Turk told police in the complaint that he used the pictures to facilitate Internet role playing, pretending to be the father or older brother of the young girls.
Norris Adolescent Center did not respond to a request for comment. 

Wind chill advisory in effect tonight

Jan. 22, 2014 7:33 a.m. | You'll want to bundle up tonight and tomorrow, as the National Weather Service has issued a windchill advisory, in effect from 9 p.m. tonight to noon Thursday.

Low temperatures will range from 2 degrees to 5 below zero. Northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph will cause wind chills of minus 20 to minus 25 degrees. 

Mukwonago Village Players to host community meeting Thursday

Jan. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Village Players are holding their January Board and Community meeting on Thursday Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mukwonago Community Library. The group will hold elections for new board members as well as discuss direction and players for the next year and beyond. All are welcome as the group “strives to bring quality theatre to the Mukwonago and surrounding areas.”

Pewaukee looks for yet another new water tower

Jan. 21, 2014 1:41 p.m. | Pewaukee City staff sought direction Monday night: Should they try harder to win the Ridgeview Parkway site or do they invest time and money finding another spot?

While Pewaukee is replacing the tower for structural and aesthetic reasons, it also would introduce the capacity needed to keep up with demands on the water system. The continually developing industrial and office sectors in the city, in particular, call for a new tower 160-170 ft tall in that area.

Appeals may be needed at the county level to pursue that original plan, which the city has already sunk over $100,000 into. Plans for an orange and white patterned, 750,000-gallon, $2 million water tower on Ridgeview Pkwy were denied by the Waukesha County Airport Commission last fall.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to keep asking questions and go to all these (county) boards, if we’ve invested all this infrastructure,” Alderperson Cheri Enters said.

Alternative locations would require expensive environmental analyses, new infrastructure and potential land purchases from neighbors.

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Big Bend man accused of threatening municipal judge

Jan. 21, 2014 10:43 a.m. |  A 29-year-old Big Bend man has been accused of threatening to file false tax liens against a Muskego municipal judge over a suspended driver’s license.

Michael G. Rinderle, W229 S8840 Clark St., was charged on Monday, Jan. 20 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with threatening to injure a public official, a felony which carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Rinderle is being held at Waukesha County Jail on a $85,000 cash bond, according to court records. The district attorney’s office has filed paperwork requesting that Rinderle be extradited to Pennsylvania, where he stands accused of fleeing an officer.

According to the criminal complaint, the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department was asked earlier this month to investigate a suspicious email sent to Muskego Municipal Judge Patrick Berigan on Jan. 1.

The email read in part: “It has come to my attention that when I was out traveling the country, handling other corrupt municipal judges, you went behind my back and leveraged the DOT [Department of Transportation] to take my license away.”

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Heroin: Even in small-town Eagle

Jan. 21, 2014 7:53 a.m. | Living in a small town is no guarantee of shelter from the harsh realities of drugs, and Eagle is no exception.

In this week's Mukwonago Chief, learn how the Police Department is being proactive in its fight to protect citizens from heroin and other drugs.

Sweet class

Jan. 20, 2014 4:37 p.m. |  A chocolate demonstration class will  take place Tuesday, Jan. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Center for Life Enrichment,

Join local candy artist, Melissa Kimball to explore how to make bark, suckers, toffee, peanut butter cups, turtles, and more.  Perfect for beginners through experienced candy makers.  Samples and recipes will be provided.  

Cost for the class is $15. Send payment to the Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc, WI  53066. Include the names of attendees and a contact phone number. Call 262 354-1375 or e-mail for information, or go for information.

Eagle Lioness holds chili dinner

Jan. 20, 2014 4:15 p.m. |  The Eagle Lioness Club will hold its third annual chili dinner on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Eagle. 

Dinner includes all-you-can-eat choice of chili or homemade macaroni and cheese, salad, dessert, bread, and coffee or milk. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10 and children under three are free. 

Proceeds go to fund scholarships, sponsor campers to Lions Camp, the food pantry, the Alice Baker Library and help in the community. 

Brian Dorow announces he will not run for Waukesha County Sheriff

Jan. 20, 2014 11:48 a.m. | Brian Dorow said in a statement on Monday, Jan. 20 that he will not be running for Waukesha County Sheriff next year.

Dorow, dean of the Department of Criminal Justice at Waukesha County Technical College, said that his decision not to run was both professional and personal.

“I have a great job at WCTC working on criminal justice, homeland security and counterterrorism programs,” he said. “I am currently working on the biggest project and accomplishment of my career. That is the opening of the indoor firing range facility for the law enforcement community and the general public.”

He said he is currently involved in organizing two large community events, the Potawatomi Area Council’s Boy Scout Breakfast on Feb. 21 and Donald Driver’s “Driven to Achieve Awards” on March 29, and has committed himself to coaching his son’s youth football team in the fall.

“I do aspire to have a key leadership position in Waukesha County someday and will always continue to consider my options,” he said. “Lastly, I want to thank my many supporters. For two straight days, I have received nonstop calls pledging support from the law enforcement community, business leaders and my friends and family members.”

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Mukwonago Athletic Club to host Biggest Loser competition

Jan. 20, 2014 11:30 a.m. | The Mukwonago Athletic Club has two days left to sign-up for it's Biggest Loser competition. 

There are multiple times available for training sessions including one with three-time Olympic participant Debbi Sullivan. 

Read more about Debbi's Olympic memories and her current activities and her thoughts about Sochi in an upcoming issue of the Mukwonago Chief. Find out more about the Biggest Loser Challenge by visiting 

A new home for homeless swifts

Jan. 20, 2014 7:57 a.m. | A group of students from the charter Hartland School of Community Learning is working to make sure chimney swifts have a place to roost when they return to Hartland from their winter in warmer climes.

A new apartment complex will displace the birds from their former home at the former Hartland Florist location.

Read more in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Pewaukee boys win in OT

Jan. 17, 2014 10:13 p.m. | Pewaukee's boys basketball team defeated host Brown Deer tonight in a Woodland Conference game in overtime, 70-65.

PHS is now 10-4 on the season.

Eric Lutzen and Ryan Stepanovich had 15 points each for the Pirates and Evan Hansen, Joe Buschman and Parker Brey had 10 points each.

Pewaukee girls move to 13-0

Jan. 17, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's girls basketball team defeated Brown Deer in a Woodland Conference game tonight, 66-28. PHS is now 13-0 overall and 8-0 in league play.

Abby Gerrits had 10 points, 7 steals and 5 rebounds to lead the winners. Sarah Caccese and Dani Jasinski had 9 tallies each and Natalie Sheridan, Jessie Bacon and Madi Brey had 7 points apiece.

Arrowhead girls down KM

Jan. 17, 2014 9:56 p.m. | Host Arrowhead defeated the Kettle Moraine girls basketball team tonight in a Classic 8 Conference showdown, 66-56. Both teams are now tied for first place in the league standings with 5-1 records.

KM led early 10-3 before the Warhawks went on a 22-2 run to lead at halftime, 37-22. KM roared back in the third quarter and cut the deficit to two (45-43) going into the final period.

Kelly Smith led the winners with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

KM was led by Linley Achtenhagen and Chloe Tompkins with 19 points each.

St. John's Lutheran holds concert and dinner

Jan. 17, 2014 4:00 p.m. |  St. John's Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN in Mukwonago  invites you to their annual Epiphany Concert and dinner on Sat. Jan. 25 beginning at 5:15pm. Italian dinner hosted by the Ignite Youth Group. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 kids. The free concert begins at 6:30 and features numerous choir groups, hand bells, hand chimes, and more.

Hartland Sportsman's Club files suit against City of Delafield

Jan. 17, 2014 9:27 a.m. | City of Delafield -The Hartland Sportsman's Club has filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court, seeking to overturn a decision by the city Plan Commisson and Common Council last year denying the gun club's request for a new operating permit for its firing ranges.

The club is on 35 acres near Maple Avenue and I-94.

City Administrator Tom Hafner said city officials received a summons and court documents Wednesday afternoon.
The gun club's original permit was revoked three years ago after city officials determined the club had failed to meet safety standards required by the permit. A pregnant woman was grazed by a bullet that escaped one of the gun club firing ranges in April of 2010.
Club officials filed for a new permit last summer but it was rejected unanimously by both the Plan Commission and Common Council after a series of public hearings and meetings.

Get in the groove with jazzy social luncheon

Jan. 16, 2014 1:35 p.m. | It’s time to beat the January blahs and get into the groove with local musician Frank Balistreri from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Center for Life Enrichment, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Come to listen, visit and dine while enjoying the soothing sounds of this well-known musician. The menu includes soups and crusty breads, beverage and dessert for $12. RSVP by noon Monday, Jan. 20. Send payment to the Center for Life Enrichment. Include names of attendees and a contact phone number.

For more information, call (262) 354-1375 or email The Center for Life Enrichment is part of the Shorehaven Campus. Go to to learn more.

MASD committee meeting cancelled

Jan. 16, 2014 12:07 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education finance committee meeting on Jan. 20 has been cancelled.

Asa Clark: 'Be Our Guest' this weekend

Jan. 16, 2014 11:53 a.m. | The Asa Clark Middle School Jr. Players will be putting on "Beauty and the Beast Jr." at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16; 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17; and 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 18, in the Pewaukee High School auditorium.

Director is Holly Hartz, music director is Krystle Stingle, technical director is Candace Senner, and administrative director is Kathy Birkes-Drees.

Ticket information is available at
Tickets are $7-$10, with all proceeds going to the drama department!.

AHS cage teams sweep Muskego

Jan. 16, 2014 11:28 a.m. | The two Arrowhead basketball teams grabbed victories over Muskego Wednesday night in a pair of  Classic 8 Conference games.

The boys team stopped the Warriors, 66-60. Bryce Nze led the winners with 19 points and Charlie Reuteman and Billy Hirschfeld chipped in with 12 points each.

The girls team stopped Muskego, 54-28. Kelly Smith led the Warhawks with 12 points and Kayla Lorenz with 10 points. Ally May added 8 points for AHS.

Trial date set for man charged in Pewaukee stabbing

Jan. 16, 2014 11:00 a.m. |  The defense for Drew Bucholtz withdrew its insanity plea on Wednesday, Jan. 15 and and told a judge that negotiations over a plea bargain are ongoing.

Bucholtz, 23, was charged last July in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree homicide, intimidation of a witness and misdemeanor theft after allegedly stabbing ex-girlfriend Miranda Hager in the throat outside the Marriot Hotel in Pewaukee.

Bucholtz fled following the incident, according to the criminal complaint, but was arrested two days later at a Milwaukee apartment. Hager and her family were in attendance at Bucholtz’s hearing, presided over by Judge Lloyd Carter.

Defense attorney Paul Bucher said that a psychological examination requested in September did not support an insanity plea. Bucholtz has entered a new plea of not guilty.

A jury trial has been scheduled for April 15, but Bucher told the judge that a plea bargain was possible. He said that he was in discussion with Assistant District Attorney Pablo Galaviz about Bucholtz pleading guilty to a lesser charge of first-degree reckless injury.

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Library to hold lecture on great snow storm of 1947

Jan. 16, 2014 10:26 a.m. | The Friends of the Pauline Haass Library will present a free program on "Cream City Memories" with an emphasis on the great Wisconsin snow storm of Jan. 21, 1947 at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.

Twenty-four inches of snow fell that day and snarled greater Milwaukee for a three-day period. The people who lived through this storm are fast disappearing, and speaker Dick Pfeiffer still counts it as one of the great days of his life's memories.

The lecture will take place in the Quad Room at Pauline Haass Library, N64 W23820 Main St., Sussex.

St. Paul School to celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Jan. 15, 2014 1:02 p.m. |  St. Paul School, Highway 83 and D in Genesee Depot, will hold an open house on Sunday, Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.

Activities include Are You Smarter than a St. Paul Student, an interactive trivia game; a concert performed by the award-winning St. Paul School band; and a science fair exhibition. 

Call the school office at (262) 968-3175 for more information.

Community thanks fire chief for four decades of service

Jan. 15, 2014 10:24 a.m. | A celebration was held recently to acknowledge the dedication for Fire Chief Milt Wegner, who has served the Dousman and Summit communities for more than four decades.

“I’ve had 46 years of fire service and feel it’s my time to step aside and let young people get involved. It’s been a great experience — all 46 years,” he added.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus

Merton School to explore new early-start option

Jan. 15, 2014 10:21 a.m. | The Merton School District announced in an email to parents Friday, Jan. 10, that it will be exploring the option of an earlier school start time for children who do not rely exclusively on bus transportation.

Superintendent Ron Russ said the school hopes to create a 7:30 a.m. early-start section for each grade level beginning in the 2014-15 school year, but that is contingent on sufficient enrollment in the program. 
If more students apply for the early-start program than seats available, the district will use a lottery system to select students. Students who have siblings already enrolled in the program will be automatically selected if an early-start section exists in the student’s grade level.
Parent Jacqui Budde has one child in sixth grade at Merton, and two children at Arrowhead. She said via email that she likes the new program and applauds the school’s efforts to offer the option. However, she said the current schedule works for her family.
“I don’t think my son will take advantage of the option, however,” she said. “To be honest, he really enjoys the fact that he gets to sleep in much later than his older siblings.”
School Board President Dean Dobbertin said he supports the program.
“I think we are in a situation where we need to let parents have an option and I think this is an option that will help them,” he said.
Russ said that the current start time of 8:50 a.m. is the number one reason parents choose to open enroll their child out of the district, most often going next door to the North Lake School District. 
“Those families tell me it’s early start,” Russ said. “North Lake families are home by 2:30, a huge difference from getting home at 4:30.”
A 7:30 a.m. start time would align Merton’s schedule with Arrowhead High School, Russ said, and a earlier end to the school day would give students more time for extracurricular activities, homework and family. 
The early-start option would only be available to students that have an alternative means of transportation. The district currently leases its busing services from Dousman Transport Company through a joint agreement with Arrowhead and the K-8 feeder districts. That agreement limits when each district can expect busing services, with districts that start later paying less for services than early-starting districts. 
Russ said that about 60 percent of families already transport their kids to school and only 55 percent of students are eligible for bus services. He said that if demand for the program means less students riding the bus, that could mean cost savings for the district.
Russ said an early-start option would not impact curriculum or extracurricular activities. Students would receive the same instruction, regardless of when they first arrive at the school.
“We want to make sure that nothing changes unless parents choose to make a change,” Russ said.
The district has scheduled two forums to discuss the change with community members. The first forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27. The second forum is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

KM referendum set for April ballot

Jan. 14, 2014 10:40 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine School District Board of Education unanimously approved resolutions to put a referendum question on the April ballot at a special meeting on Jan. 14. 

The referendum question will ask residents to allow the district to borrow funds, not to exceed $49.6 million, for capitol maintenance projects, technology infrastructure, safety and security, and limited renovations to learning spaces, according to a referendum fact sheet. 

Kit Dailey, public outreach specialist for Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA), outlined a communications plan for educating residents about the referendum and needs of the district, and stressed that school board members will be a resource for residents leading up to the vote.

School Board President Gary Vose said the fact that board members unanimously approved the resolutions says alot.

"I'm excited about going forward with this," said Vose. 

AHS hockey teams falls to USM

Jan. 14, 2014 8:41 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys hockey team grabbed a 2-0 lead late in the second period but watched as visiting University School of Milwaukee rallied to score the final three goals of the game as they posted a 3-2 Classic 8 Conference win over the Warhawks.

Sam Schultz and Matt Daury gave Arrowhead a 2-0 early in the second period but USM burned the AHS defense for two goals in the final 55 seconds of the second period to tie the game.

USM then scored the game-winner with 9:46 left to play.

Lake Country driving conditions terrible

Jan. 14, 2014 8:36 p.m. | A total of 4 inches of snow had fallen in Hartland as of 8:30 p.m. and all of that snow has made driving conditions poor throughout the area.

Traffic on Highway 16 near Hartland was pretty much limited to one lane and cars were going no faster than 40 miles per hour.

The village streets in Hartland were snow covered and slippery and the side roads in the Town of Merton were also covered with snow and extremely slippery.

Get free screening for bladder health concerns

Jan. 14, 2014 2:08 p.m. | ProHealth Care will offer a free screening to address bladder health concerns from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the D.N. Greenwald Center, 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago.

More than 34 million Americans suffer from an overactive bladder, which can create frequent bladder interruptions or other bladder control problems.

ProHealth Care is offering free 15-minute screening appointments that include a brief survey and a private consultation with a urogynecology specialist. A physical therapist will also be available to offer advice on how to maintain bladder muscle function.

To register for a screening appointment time, call (262) 928-2745.

Timing of snow bumped back a bit

Jan. 14, 2014 8:08 a.m. | A winter weather advisory is now in effect from 9 a.m. to midnight today.

Snow was expected to spread into Southeastern Wisconsin between 7 and 9 a.m., dropping 2 to 5 inches before it finishes tonight. The highest amounts of snow should be north of Milwaukee, with lesser amounts to the south.

Brisk winds this afternoon could cause some blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility and making travel difficult.

North Prairie FD could face tough financial decisions

Jan. 14, 2014 7:51 a.m. | A public hearing last week revealed four options for the North Prairie Fire Department, which faces the potential loss of nearly 70 percent of its funding next year, when municipalities that contract with the department pull out of those contracts.

Read more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Waukesha County Inspector Severson announces bid for Sheriff

Jan. 13, 2014 4:02 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Sheriff's Department second-in-command, Eric Severson, declared his candidacy for Sheriff Monday afternoon.

"I am excited to announce that I am a Republican candidate for the office of Sheriff of Waukesha County. Serving in Waukesha County law enforcement for the past 27 years has been an honor and responsibility that I have taken very seriously," he said in a campaign announcement sent Monday afternoon.

The announcement also listed endorsements from current Sheriff, Dan Trawicki, who announced last week he will not seek reelection in 2015. He also listed endorsements from several area police chiefs and Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel.

"With nearly three decades of law enforcement service, I feel I have prepared myself for this next challenge. I am committed to continue my dedication to the citizens of Waukesha County and look forward to serving as the next Sheriff," Severson wrote.

His announcement comes a few days after Brian Dorow, Dean of Waukesha County Technical College's Department of Criminal Justice, said he's considering running for the position. Dorow has not made an official announcement yet.

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Craig speaks out on federal home loan rules

Jan. 13, 2014 3:48 p.m. | On Jan. 10, the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) new “qualified mortgage” rules took effect, according to a press release from Rep. David Craig (R-Town of Vernon). With reports showing Wisconsin’s housing market on the rise, financial experts have expressed concerns with the impact of the CFPB’s new rules and the impact they will have on the mortgage industry.

“While our state’s housing market appears to be on the rebound, the federal government threatens to stop that progress. By imposing a one-size-fits-all standard on so-called ‘qualified mortgages,’ the CFPB fails to realize that one of the biggest assets our local financial institutions have is how well they know their communities and the character of their customers. The CFPB’s approach ignores those strong local connections and simply pins arbitrary financial markers to a person’s ability to obtain a mortgage,” said Craig.

Various industry experts have expressed concerns that this new rule could specifically make it more difficult for those who are self-employed or for those taking out larger mortgages to obtain those mortgages.

“As chairman of the Assembly Committee on Financial Institutions, I have helped push our state in the direction of opening up the access to capital that our small businesses and families need. Unfortunately, for every step our state takes forward, the federal government moves us one step back,” added Craig.

Go Wild at OPL

Jan. 13, 2014 12:20 p.m. |  The Oconomowoc Public Library welcomes Kohl's Wild Theater from 10-10:45 a.m. on Saturday,  Jan. 18.

Children in grades 4k- 4th grade are invited to attend this free, fun  conservation-themed  theatric al performance with audience participation, puppetry, and songs.

Please register at

Kohl’s wild Theater is presented by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and Kohl’s Cares

Extreme cold moves out; snow moves in

Jan. 13, 2014 7:49 a.m. |  We're past last week's subzero streak, but we're not out of the woods yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday because of expected snow.

Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches are expected in the Metro Milwaukee area; more to the north. Winds are expected to compound the effects of the snow, causing some drifting. 

All Oconomowoc Common Council incumbents have challengers

Jan. 10, 2014 12:06 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - For the first time in many years, every Common Council member will be campaigning to keep their seat this spring.

A challenger, or two, has filed for a seat. A few offered comments to the Focus on reasons they chose to run. Read more here.

Maple Ave. Elementary to close at 10 a.m.

Jan. 10, 2014 9:13 a.m. |  School officials from the Hamilton School District said that Maple Ave. Elementary will be closing at 10 a.m. today due to a water main break in the Village of Sussex.

Hamilton Spokeswoman Denise Lindberg said the school has contacted parents. Children who have not yet arrived at the school will not be expected to show up.

"We can't have school in session without a water supply," Lindberg said. "We don't have a choice, it's state law."

The busted water main also shutoff water next door at the Peace Lutheran Academy, a K-8th grade parish school that serves about 20 students.

A spokeswoman for that school said that classes would continue as usual and she expected it would not have an impact on food services.

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Sheriff looking for missing Merton teen

Jan. 10, 2014 8:48 a.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is asking for help locating a missing teen from the Village of Merton. Sonja M. Tomasicyk, 14, was last seen around 4 p.m. Thursday at her home.

 She is described as about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, 150 pounds, has long brown hair to about the middle of her back and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, an unknown color long sleeve shirt covered by a dark grey sweatshirt, a puffy style winter coat, black fuzzy boots and a velvet patchwork purse with colored patterns and flowers.

According to a news release from Lt. Brian Larson, there are indications she left her home on her own free will. "We currently are not considering this as an abduction," he said.

If you have seen Sonja or have any information to her whereabouts, contact the Waukesha County Communication Center at (262) 446-5070.

Turnaround in weather keeps commute dicey

Jan. 10, 2014 7:52 a.m. | The weather has warmed, but driving today could remain tricky, with a freezing rain advisory from the National Weather Service in effect from 1 to 7 p.m.

Ice accumulations should be less than one-tenth of an inch, but will make for slipper conditions and hazardous travel on untreated roads.

The precipitation is expected to turn to occasional snow tonight into early Saturday, with accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.

No need to hibernate; there's lot's to do in the cold!

Jan. 10, 2014 12:00 a.m. | Though the winter world seems at a standstill, it doesn’t mean we need to not stay active. There are plenty of things to do inside and outside.

For couples who want to get out but want a fun night for their kids too, check out Parents Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at YMCA at Pabst Farms, 1750 Valley Road in Oconomowoc. Parents can drop their kids off for a night of swimming and other activities, even a pizza dinner, while they go to a movie, dinner or out with friends. Cost is $15 for members and $20 for others. Call (262) 567-7251 to register.

If you love being out on a crisp night why not plan on bringing the family to Lapham Peak by Candlelight from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Lapham Peak State Forest, W329 N846 Highway C, Delafield.  Friends of Lapham Peak State Forest will host a candlelight ski/hike night beginning at Trecker Lodge in the park. The event will also include a bonfire, refreshments and skating (weather permitting). Participants may bring their own food for grilling in the park. The event is free; park entrance fees apply. Call (262) 646-3025 for more information.

Every day we see shining examples of the sun and stars. But what makes them glow? Learn the answer as The Astronomy Club of Pewaukee Program presents “What Makes the Sun and Stars Shine?” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St., Pewaukee.

Singer, violinist and songwriter Ida Jo will be featured at the next Cabaret Cafe Dinner Show at 6:30 p.m.  Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Dinner is at 6:30; show at 7 p.m., Cost is $33 for dinner and show for adults, $23 students. The show alone is $23 for adults, and $12 for students. For more information call (262) 560-3172.

Taylor to retire, more big changes coming for North Prairie FD

Jan. 09, 2014 10:48 p.m. |  At a two hour public hearing in the Village of North Prairie the more than 60 attendees were notified that Chief Brian Taylor of the North Prairie Fire Department will retire on December 31, 2014. 

This is just one piece of the puzzle in the discussion of what to do with the North Prairie Fire Department as the Town of Genesee has voted to not renew their contract in 2015 and the Town of Ottawa has "indicated it is not likely"  to renew a contract with the Village according to Village of North Prairie President Deb Hall. 

The two departments going to the use of the primary department to cover their entire municipality leaves North Prairie with a loss of more than $170,000 in revenue, almost 70 percent of the current operating budget. 

There were several options for the department discussed at the hearing. Read more about those in next week's paper. 

Mukwonago Schools committee meeting cancelled

Jan. 09, 2014 1:02 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education building, grounds and transportation committee meeting for Monday, Jan. 13 has been cancelled. 

Try tai chi for free Saturday

Jan. 09, 2014 12:58 p.m. | The Mukwonago Athletic Club will offer a free one-hour introductory tai chi class at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. Marlynne Hodges, a certified instructor of the Tai Chi for Health Institute will provide the class. A six-week class will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The health benefits of tai chi include increased flexibiltiy and muscle strength, greater fitness, correct body posture, integration of body, mind and spirit, improved flow of internal energy (chi). Tai chi may increase focus and decrease feelings of stress and depression integrating the mind. This program is also supported and recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.

Members and nonmembers are invited. Attendees should arrive by 10:45 a.m. RSVP to the Mukwonago Athletic Club at (262) 363-2212. 

Lake Country School raises $72,000 for engineering and science

Jan. 09, 2014 12:55 p.m. | Lake Country School will be offering two new nine-week engineering units beginning next fall thanks to the financial support of local businesses, families and booster clubs.

The school raised almost $72,000 through fundraising, according to Superintendent Mark Lichte. The funds will be used to purchase 23 new high-end computers, design software, and a dozen robotics kits. The school will also be merging two classrooms to create a new math and engineering lab.

Local families donated $16,850 of the overall amount, with the rest coming from businesses and booster clubs, according to school records. Midwest Composite Technologies Inc. donated $3,500, Midwest Engineering Systems donated $5,000 and Fisher Barton Inc. donated $10,000. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated $20,000 to the project and the school’s Education Foundation provided another $10,000.

“It was overwhelming, truly,” said Assistant Principal Stacy Yearling. “Every time I would get an email from Mark, I was so amazed by the response, and grateful that we have this kind of community.”

Thanks to the fundraising, the Gateway to Technology unit “Design & Modeling” will be offered to seventh graders beginning next fall. Students will use modeling software to learn sketching techniques, descriptive geometry, measurements and computer modeling, and to explore how design influences their everyday lives.

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Waukesha County Board considers limiting funds to museum

Jan. 09, 2014 11:36 a.m. | Before it approved giving the Waukesha County Museum $150,000 in its 2014 budget, many supervisors had their concerns about continuing to help fund it.

Now, on the heels of the museum announcing serious financial woes, the Waukesha County Board will consider an ordinance that limits the disbursement of funds to no more than 8.3 percent of the $150,000 appropriation each month of the fiscal year until the executive committee approves full funding. 

It would only give an approval after it receives reports of support from the Waukesha County Department of Administration.

The ordinance request was made by Supervisor Peter Wolff, who represents the Town of Delafield.   

"The county board did not have the correct financial data when we approved the museum's funding during the 2014 budget review," Wolff said. "As stewards of the taxpayer money, the county board needs more information about the museum's financial viability before we can release all the funds."

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Third candidate emerges in Pewaukee School Board race

Jan. 09, 2014 10:03 a.m. |  Newcomer Ari Mahdavi, 572 Pond View Court, has filed paperwork to challenge incumbents Brian Kammers and Larry Dux for a seat on the Pewaukee School Board this spring. 

Brian Kammers is the board's current vice president; Larry Dux is the board clerk. 

Oconomowoc boutique carries world-renowned designs

Jan. 09, 2014 10:02 a.m. | Beth Frost's new Merle Norman boutique off Brown Street in Oconomowoc is home to the popular cosmetics, but also the designs of Xiaolin, a young designer who's work is catching fire.

Xiaolin creates dresses unlike anything you've seen before made entirely of feathers. Read more about the boutique and why the Asian designer out of Florida, who's launching her own line this year, decided to have the Oconomowoc boutique become the only place in Wisconsin to carry her items.

The boutique is at W359 N5002 Brown St. Suite 101.

Brian Dorow interested in Waukesha County Sheriff position

Jan. 08, 2014 4:12 p.m. | Shortly after longtime Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced plans not to seek re-election next year, two names have surfaced as candidates interested in the position.

Brian Dorow, associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College's Department for Criminal Justice, is interested in the position according to sources. Dorow was a supervisor in the City of Waukesha Police Department.

Sources have also indicated Waukesha County Sheriff Inspector Eric Severson is interested in serving as the county's next sheriff.

Trawicki has served as sheriff for 34 years and said it was just a good time to step down.

Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki won't seek re-election

Jan. 08, 2014 2:45 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki announced today that he does not plan toSherriff Dan Trawicki seek re-election in 2015.

Trawicki told TMJ4 reporter Charles Benson that there's no reason why he's stepping down, but it was just a good time.

Trawicki will complete his third four-year term this year. He swiftly defeated Republican challengers in the last election and a Democratic challenger never emerged.

Trawicki started as a cadet with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department in 1979 and worked his way through the ranks where he spent the last 12 years as sheriff.

He will retire after serving 34 years. His term ends on Dec. 31, 2014.

Parent Resource Network program helps overloaded youth, adults

Jan. 08, 2014 12:27 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine Parent Resource Network a program to help people learn to recognize anxiety, depression, and achievement stress in children, teens, and adults. "Overload" will be held on Monday, Jan. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Cushing Elementary School activity center, 227 Genesee Street, Delafield. 

This free event is for parents and family members, friends, high school students, educators, emergency responders and medical professionals, coaches, workplace supervisors – anyone in any school district who is interested in helping others receive the proper help they need and possibly even save a life.

The first part of the presentation will focus on a simple 50-minute educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize when someone is experiencing a mental health emergency and get that person at risk the help they need. “QPR” stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer. This three-step action plan will teach attendees how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, offer hope, and refer someone to resources for intervention and assessment. The presenter for QPR is Christine Kleiman, the program director for the Safe and Healthy Schools Department at CESA 7.

The second half of the evening will be a discussion about what anxiety and stresses look like at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Each phase of children’s lives have different areas that can cause youth concern. Kettle Moraine High School Guidance Counselor, Nancie Schneider, will walk the group hrough the school continuum and give warning signs to look for possible “overload” at each age so people have the ability to intervene and get children help to cope with life’s stressors.

Register on Eventbrite to attend.

Kettle Moraine poised for referendum

Jan. 08, 2014 11:20 a.m. | Long months of work starting with an $80 million master plan and guided by a community survey led the Kettle Moraine School Board to the initial drafts of resolutions for a $49.6 million referendum Jan. 7.

Carefully choosing wording to stress the direction and scope of the projects and wishes of the residents, School Board members will convene Jan. 14 to take action on the referendum question for the spring ballot.

Once the board approves the initial resolution authorizing the general obligation bonds, a second resolution would provide for a referendum election.

Stepping closer to referendum, the initial resolution would authorize up to $49.6 million on the April 1 ballot for the purpose of paying for capital maintenance needs, technology infrastructure improvements, safety and security upgrades, renovations and improvements, fixtures, furnishings and equipment for district buildings.

With language on the resolution in place, the district's attorney Jeff Peelen of Quarles and Brady, turned the board's attention to campaign practices as the district moves closer to the spring vote. Peelen pointed out three areas: general prohibition on using district funds for advocating for referendum, the role of School Board members and administrators, and the district separating itself from groups for or against the referendum.

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Newcomers file for Oconomowoc Common Council; mayor unopposed

Jan. 08, 2014 9:13 a.m. | The City of Oconomowoc will not have a primary in February, but come April 1, here's who will be on the ballot for a seat on the Common Council

District 1: Jim Preston (inc.), Derek Zwart and Scott Antonneau

District 2: Tom Strey (inc.) and Louis Kowieski

District 3: Denny Daggett (inc.), Joe Warren and Matt Rosek

District 4: Bob Morgan (inc.) and Charlie Shaw

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Kettle Moraine School District ready for referendum

Jan. 07, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Taking another step toward referendum, the Kettle Moraine School District Board of Education drafted resolutions authorizing a referendum in an amount not to exceed $49,600,000 on the April 1 ballot for the purpose of paying the cost of capitol maintenance needs; technology infrastructure improvements; safety and security upgrades; renovations and improvements; fixtures, furnishings, and equipment for district buildings. 

Attorney Jeff Peelen of Quarles and Brady, the district's bond counsel, presented the drafts for review by the School Board Tuesday night. The Board will take action on the referendum resolutions at a special meeting on Jan. 14. 


Oconomowoc pulls out of health science high school charter agreement

Jan. 07, 2014 10:46 p.m. |  As Kettle Moraine School Board members went over revisions to the contract between the governance council for the High School of Health Sciences (HS2) and Kettle Moraine School District (KMSD), the biggest change was the absence of Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) in the agreement. Oconomowoc backed out of the contract since the charter could not secure a facility within a health care provider, Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Pat Deklotz told board members on Jan. 7.

Last month at an informational meeting on the new charter, Director Steve Plum announced the school would be housed within the footprint of Kettle Moraine High School. Designed as a partnership charter school between OASD, KMSD, Wisconsin Medical College, Aurora Summit and ProHealth Care to create an immersive environment for students to explore opportunities in the health care field, when the plan for a health care partner to host classroom space for the school was no longer an option, OASD made its decision to disengage from the dual instrumentality of the school.

OSAD remains supportive of the idea of a high school for health sciences and may join at a later date if the school gains a position within a health care provider, Deklotz pointed out. 

More election contests in Delafield

Jan. 07, 2014 3:46 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Citizen activist Laura Schult has announced she will challenge incumbent Alderwoman Michele De Yoe in the Fourth District.

"This has been coming for some time. Neighbors have been encouraging me to run for the past several years," Schult said.

Schult has been involved in zoning battles to prevent commercial development of her rural woodland neighborhood south of the Highway C and Interstate 94 for several decades.

The Hartland Sportsman's Club is likely to become an issue in the campaign. DeYoe has twice voted against issuing permits to the gun club that was shut down three years ago because of violations of city safety standards.

Schult has been more sympathetic to the gun club by suggesting the city government created some of the issues involving the club by allowing residential and commercial development to take place near the club located on Maple Avenue near Interstate 94.

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Ellen O'Brien to retire

Jan. 07, 2014 2:00 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Veteran Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Ellen O'Brien is ending a 28 year career in local government by announcing her retirement from the city at the end of February.

O'Brien served 19 years in the City of Delafield, 6 years with Waukesha County and almost 3 years with the Town of Delafield.

"I have really enjoyed working in local government. I have enjoyed working with my fellow employees and I have enjoyed working with people in the customer service aspect of the job," she said.

Does "Anchorman 2" have staying power?

Jan. 07, 2014 1:38 p.m. |  Does "Anchorman 2" have what it takes to stick around? Our review has his doubts. Check out our review in this week's papers. 

Black ice causing problems for second day

Jan. 07, 2014 8:59 a.m. | For the second day in a row, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is warning motorists about the dangers of black ice, which is causing problems on the freeway system.

The DOT has said conditions are expected to remain for the next 24 hours that lead to the formation of black ice. Bridges, overpasses and ramps are especially susceptible. Salting is less effective with subzero air temperatures, and it is possible that treated areas could still see the reformation of black ice, according to the DOT.

Motorists are asked to remain viligant.

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We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

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The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.






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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