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Pewaukee school sets Sandy Hook benefit concert

Jan. 13, 2013 3:38 p.m. | A benefit rock concert is being planned at the Pewaukee High School auditorium later this month to help the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims in Connecticut.

Rock 2 Remember will begin at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 and is open to the public with a $10 minimum donation at the door. The concert, which will feature various genres, from rock to acoustic or instrumental, is best suited for those ages 14 and older, according to organizers.

The concert will feature local and student musicians, who are donating their time, said Mike Callies, an organizer and a teacher at Pewaukee High School, 510 Lake St., in Pewaukee.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Newtown Memorial Fund to help victims' families with immediate needs, help create a memorial to the victims, and establish a scholarship fund for the classmates of the victims and future generations.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed at their school last Dec. 14 before the gunman killed himself.

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Arrowhead handles Mukwonago boys

Jan. 11, 2013 10:20 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball team out-quicked Mukwonago in a battle between undefeated teams in the Classic 8, eventually rolling to a 74-56 victory in Mukwonago.

The two teams came into the night knotted at 6-0 in conference, and MHS took a 19-15 lead after the first quarter. But Arrowhead, which only turned the ball over five times, hit 9 of 16 from beyond the arc and never allowed Mukwonago closer than seven points after halftime.

Kyle Keranen made all four of his takes from distance and finished with 26 points, one of three Warhawks in double figures. Dominic Cizauskas finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Indians.

Pewaukee boys down Greendale

Jan. 11, 2013 9:42 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's boys basketball team defeated Greendale Friday night in a Woodland Conference game, 69-60. The win moved the PHS record to 11-4 overall.

PHS enjoyed a 36-28 advantage in the second half.

Ryan Stepanovich had 16 points for the Pirates and Eric Lutzen had 13 and Dave Girmscheid 12.

Arrowhead girls lose to Mukwonago

Jan. 11, 2013 9:38 p.m. | Visiting Mukwonago's girls basketball team rallied in the second half Friday night to score a 50-44 Classic Conference victory over Arrowhead. The win was the ninth straight for Mukwonago as they improved to 12-1 on the year and 6-1 in league play.

The loss dropped Arrowhead to 7-5 and 5-1 in league play.

Bre Cera had 12 points for the Indians and Jenny Tuttle had 11.

Arrowhead was led by Ally May with 10 points.

Shop local in Oconomowoc, win prizes on Saturday

Jan. 11, 2013 2:34 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce’s Be Local program will hold its monthly Shop Second Saturday event Jan. 12 at participating businesses.
The Shop Second Saturday program creates greater visibility for Be Local businesses and offers customers who make purchases at Oconomowoc Be Local businesses the chance to win drawings for special prizes.
A gift drawing is held after each Second Saturday event. Customers who make a purchase from Be Local businesses during the Shop Second Saturday event can complete a special prize drawing entry form. Customers must complete the prize form completely for eligibility. Each monthly winner will be drawn on the third Wednesday.
Winners will be contacted and their name will be placed on the Chamber website and submitted to area newspapers. All gifts will be donated by the Be Local/Shop Second Saturday participants.
December winners for Shop Second Saturday prize drawings were: Books & Company, Christy Buchta and Stacey LaFlamme; Tropitana, Kristi Schultz; Vino Etcetera!, Natalee Kingman; and Willows Gallery, Cindy Meckl.
For more information, contact the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce at (262) 567-2666 or visit for a list of participating businesses.

Winter farmers market continues Sunday, new vendors added

Jan. 11, 2013 11:53 a.m. | Join the Oconomowoc Chamber and Greener Oconomowoc on the second and fourth Sundays in (Jan. 13 and 27) for the third season of the Oconomowoc indoor winter farmers market. The market is inside the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center’s greenhouse, N68 W37850 Highway K, Oconomowoc.
In addition to seasonal producers featured in 2012 at the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market, the market announced several new vendors for the January through March markets.

New vendors include: Marks Sweet Stuff (salsas and sauces), Doug’s Prairie Kitchen (handcrafted marinara and chili sauce), LuAnn’s Homemade Butters (multiple flavors of honey butter – Cinnamon, Strawberry, and Cranberry), Witte’s Vegetable Farm (seasonally available fresh produce – carrots, lettuce, spinach, beets, leek, brussel sprouts, cabbage, parsnips, etc).

New to the 2013 markets will also be Amy’s Delight, offering Alterra coffees, tea, apple cider and hot chocolate.
The January educational programs will feature experts that can help you to learn more about healthy eating and how to incorporate local ingredients into your diet.

From 11 to 11:30 on Sunday, Jan. 13,  Waterhouse Foods will present “How to Make Bread Demonstration." Learn the basics of slow-rise bread making. See each step in the process and learn a little science.
From 10 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, Dr. TJ Rinaldi, Clinic Director Milwaukee Chiropractic Group presents “Chiropractic Cooking – Healthy Eating” and from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Steppin’ Out Foods LLC offers “Unique Food Ideas for People & Dogs We Care About.”

About the market
A committee of individuals from the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce and Greener Oconomowoc manage the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market jointly. For more information about the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market and for market closing due to severe weather, visit

Help bring local history to life, be a docent at Ten Chimneys

Jan. 11, 2013 11:41 a.m. | Genesee Depot - The growing docent corps at Ten Chimneys is solidifying that the organization’s tag line, “More than a Great Museum,” rings true. It is a beautiful National Historic Landmark museum. But, the experience is also largely focused on the “art of living” and finding personal inspiration from the Lunts and their lives. This fact has resonated with guests and is why Ten Chimneys’ docent corps continues to expand and includes volunteers from many diverse backgrounds. The 2012 class of docents included among many others, an FBI employee, a City Planner, a Radio Show Hostess, a Radiologic Technician and a Spanish Teacher - proof that Ten Chimneys is not for theatre aficionados alone.

Docents at Ten Chimneys lead two-hour tours of the National Historic Landmark home of Broadway legends Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, located in Genesee Depot. All docents complete an in-depth, 14-week training course to introduce guests to Ten Chimneys during the May through November tour season.

“As a History Major currently at UW-Waukesha, I saw becoming a docent as the first steps toward the rest of my career in Public History,” said Chloe Rettinger, who became a docent in 2012. “Being a part of the Ten Chimneys Foundation Volunteer Corps has changed my life and opened doors to opportunities that I never would have imagined.”

The course includes a historical study of the Lunts and their era, an in-depth exploration of the decorative arts found at Ten Chimneys, and a focus on the core values for which the Lunts were best remembered.

Prospective docents choose one of the following sessions:

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Mullett makes donation to AHS hockey programs

Jan. 11, 2013 10:01 a.m. | The Arrowhead High School boys and girls hockey programs have received a generous donation from the Don Mullett family. Mullett has graciously pledged to donate $30,000 to the two hockey programs this season.

Mullett also will be pledging additional funds to the two programs over the next few seasons.

The Mullett Ice Center on the Arrowhead campus is named after Don Mullett's  father, Howard G. Mullett.

Body found in Milwaukee River identified

Jan. 10, 2013 10:38 p.m. | Authorities recovered the body of a man identified as Robert John Silverman, 51, of Milwaukee Thursday morning in the Milwaukee River near Wisconsin Ave. The cause of his death remains undetermined.

Restaurant proposal turned away third time

Jan. 10, 2013 9:53 p.m. | It’s two steps forward and one step back for Tom Davis, owner of 221 W Wisconsin Avenue, who was turned away from his third meeting with the Village of Pewaukee Planning Commission.

“I am very much encouraged by the enthusiasm and interest in the idea but unfortunately I think we still have to ask the applicant to come up with more ideas to somehow secure some solid, onsite parking,” President Tom Calder said.

While the meeting was just a consultation and no action or motion was required by the commissioners, Davis was asked to find more solutions for his parking dilemma and also return with signed agreements for a few of his current ideas. 

Davis, and his business partner Chris Trifilio, have hopes to put a restaurant on the site of a former gas station. They already have three Milwaukee-based restaurants interested in operating out of that space. According to a formula, which Village Planner Mary Censky explained exists in some form within all communities, they would ideally need 34 onsite parking spaces.

There’s been discussion on a 27 space compromise if the employees agree to park offsite. Censky did point out that this would be hard for Pewaukee to enforce if the restaurant is noncompliant.

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New group aims to heal hearts

Jan. 10, 2013 4:19 p.m. | A new group, formed by those who've experienced a cardiac event, hopes to heal hearts in Waukesha County.

It's a newly recognized Mended Hearts chapter, the second ever chapter in Wisconsin. They've announced that their first meeting will be this Sunday.

The Jan. 13 meeting will be at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital in the Fowler Lake Room from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Calvin Langmade, a local psychologist, is the guest speaker for the evening. He will lead discussion focusing on the depression and anxiety that often accompanies major cardiac events. Langmade, who has been diagnosed with a coronary heart disease, will offer strategies and tips for coping with stress. 

The event is free and open to the public. Anyone with heart problems, or their loved ones and caretakers, are invited. 

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Water off at Village Hall in Merton

Jan. 10, 2013 2:53 p.m. | Village of Merton is under a water bottle advisory at Village Hall. A water sanitation technician tested the well water in the building and found traces of coliform bacteria.

The Department of Health says that total coliform bacteria can come from the soil, in water that has been influenced by surface water, and in human or animal waste.

The Department of Health also states that most coliform bacteria do not cause disease and any strains (like E. coli 0157:H7)  that can cause serious illness are rarely found in drinking water. 

More testing should pinpoint the cause for it and Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Julie Ofori-Matmüller said that water technicians will be returning a few times for follow up tests.  

They hope to have the water in the building up and running on Monday.

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MHS Night on Broadway coming Saturday

Jan. 10, 2013 12:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago High School choral department hosts its annual Night on Broadway on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Contact Charlotte Kolby for further information.

Now is the time to finish GED before old scores expire at end of year

Jan. 10, 2013 11:57 a.m. | According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, each year, nearly 9,000 Wisconsin adults earn a certificate of high school completion, which opens doors to employment, further education, and opportunity. 

“A GED gives adults an option to improve their employment situation or pursue additional education,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “GED-completers have gone on to successful careers as engineers and doctors, mechanics and office workers. The GED is a second chance that opens doors to the future.”

Changes are on the horizon for the GED program in Wisconsin and across the nation. When the new computer-based series of tests is launched in 2014, scores from the 2002 Series GED will expire.

“December 13, 2013, is the deadline for anyone who started taking the current GED series of tests to finish,” Evers noted. “The Department of Public Instruction is partnering with testing center, adult basic education, and community-based organization staff; literacy group volunteers; and corrections personnel to reach out and find people who started the current GED series and help them finish before they must start over with the new tests.”

Adults who want to complete the 2002 Series GED must physically go to a testing center to take the tests but do not have to finish the series at the same testing center where they started. While information about the GED program and finishing the 2002 series GED is available online, the GED test cannot be taken online. GED tests can only be taken at an official GED testing center. Wisconsin’s GED website, which includes a list of testing centers in the state, is available here

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Oconomowoc council to consider controversial resolution to extend Thackeray Trail Tuesday

Jan. 10, 2013 10:41 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - For more than a year residents of Whitman Hills Park subdivision have attended Common Council meetings to stay in the loop on the city's plans to extend Thackarey Trail to Silver Lake Street. The residents are opposed to the extension saying it is unnecessary and will create issues in their neighborhood.

The city has been studying the extension for several years culminating in work eyed at being done at the same time as storm sewer work in the area.

Officials will consider the resolution on Tuesday and it's likely that many of the residents will show up to speak against it. The residents have often worn the color red when attending past meetings to signify stop or slow down on the road extension.

Watch for this story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Body pulled from Milwaukee River

Jan. 10, 2013 9:52 a.m. | A dive team has pulled a body from the Milwaukee River. An identity has not yet been determined.

Police have been searching for two young men, missing since New Year's Day: 24-year-old Kettle Moraine High School graduate Nick Wilcox, and a 22-year-old Milwaukee man, Evon Young.

Read more on today's development here.

Back the Pack at Expo Center rally

Jan. 09, 2013 3:08 p.m. | Radio station ENERGY 106.9 is organizing a rally supporting the Packers for 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at the Waukesha County Expo Center.

The station is asking people to show up wearing green and gold. All those present will be organized into the shape of the Packers "G" logo, and a photo will be taken to send on the road with the Packers to show the state's support.

Names released in shooting incident

Jan. 09, 2013 1:04 p.m. | A 22-year-veteran of the Waukesha Sheriff's Department has been placed on administrative leave in the wake of a shooting.

Michael Doud, 52, was among deputies who responded to a home at N4 W31808 Twin Oaks Drive in the town of Delafield at about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday, in response to a 911 call. The caller stated that a 31-year-old man, Justin Ebbe, was suicidal and in possession of a shotgun. There were two other family members in the home at the time.

Ebbe failed to put down the weapon after deputies repeatedly ordered him to do so, according to the Sheriff's Department. Doud shot and injured Ebbe, and he was taken by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital, where he remains this afternoon.

This incident remains under investigation by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.

Oconomowoc Community Center grand opening Feb. 7

Jan. 09, 2013 8:56 a.m. | The finishing touches are being put on the  new Oconomowoc community center with a public grand opening slated for the evening of Feb. 7, said Parks Recreation and Forestry Director John Kelliher.

The Focus toured the 21,000-square-foot center on Monday which boasts a dance studio, meeting rooms, staff offices and more on the first level. The ground level has room for a potential restaurant vendor; the city will let out requests for proposal soon.

The top floor is the crown jewel of the new rec center offering incredible views of Lac La Belle in an impressive space that can be divided into three rooms or used as one large one equipped with an  innovative sound system, bar and warming kitchen.

Watch for photos and story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Roads still closed after officer involved shooting

Jan. 08, 2013 5:59 p.m. | A representative of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said that they're still processing the scene and the roads are still closed.

The precise location has yet to be confirmed but the roads are still closed on parts of Highway 83. Twin Oaks Drive was also blocked near Huckleberry Way.

Officer involved shooting disarms 31-year-old in Town of Delafield

Jan. 08, 2013 5:35 p.m. | A 31-year-old man was injured when a Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputy shot him at a Town of Delafield home this afternoon, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

Deputies responded when a resident called 911 to report the man was suicidal and in possession of a shotgun. The caller reported that the shotgun was loaded and was discharged in the residence.

Deputies at the scene made contact with the man, who had the shotgun inside the residence. After repeated demands to drop the weapon, a 22-year veteran deputy of the Sheriff’s Department shot and wounded the man. The man was disarmed and was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

This incident is being investigated by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.

Check here for updates.

Shooting in Town of Delafield

Jan. 08, 2013 5:12 p.m. | We just confirmed with Waukesha County Sheriff's Department that there has been a shooting in the Town of Delafield. 

Sheriff Daniel Trawicki has prepared a news release stating the following:

At approximately 1:50 p.m. the Waukesha County Communication Center received a 911 call from a resident in the Town of Delafield reporting a 31 year-old male family member was suicidal and in possession of a shotgun. The caller reported that the shotgun was loaded and was discharged in the residence. Deputies from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office responded to the residence and made contact with the subject who had the shotgun inside of the residence. After repeated verbal demands to drop the weapon, a 22 year veteran deputy of the Waukesha Sheriff’s Office, discharged his service weapon and wounded the subject. The subject was disarmed and was transported by flight for life to Froedtert Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

This incident is being investigated by the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department.


St Joseph’s celebrates Catholic Schools Week With open house

Jan. 08, 2013 4:13 p.m. | St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Big Bend will kick off the nationwide Catholic Schools Week celebration with an Open House on Jan. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.  The school band will perform, and there will be a Scholastic book fair.  Classroom tours will be given, and teachers will be available in their classrooms to welcome visitors and answer questions.  Join our students for mass at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. 

Other activities for the week-long celebration include Jump Rope/Hoops for Heart, a pep rally, career day, and Pennies for Patients service project to benefit leukemia research.

For more information, contact: Mrs. Susan Shawver, Principal,

Long time Delafield official dies

Jan. 07, 2013 8:20 p.m. | City of Delafield - The Common Council observed a moment of silence tonight in honor of Tom Maney, the city's building inspector for a quarter of a century, who died earlier today at the age of 62 at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc.

Maney worked with his father Floyd  in the family business, the Maney Hardward store, before he and Mark Miller created Miller Maney Inspectors in 1992. He served as the city's part-time contractual building inspector from 1986 to until his retirement last year. He served on the Plan Commission from 1979 to 1989.

A memorial service has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7 at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 3p.m. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 1:00 p.m. Pagenkopf Funeral Home in Oconomowoc is charge of the arrangements.

Mukwonago High School local scholarship applications open tomorrow

Jan. 07, 2013 4:10 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School Local Scholarship Application is now available for all MHS seniors, according to MHS guidance counselor Paige Patenaude. 

One short application, with no essay portion, qualifies seniors for more than 30 different scholarships available to MHS seniors only. Visit the MHS website at under “Guidance” and then under “scholarships.”

There are a variety of criteria for the different scholarships, many of which do not regard GPA but focus on intended major, involvement or financial/personal hardships, Patenaude explained. Applications must be submitted online or to the MHS guidance office by Feb. 21.

Local businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a scholarship can contact Patenaude at There are no minimums and the criteria for the recipient can be determined by the sponsor.

“Thank you to all our past and current sponsors for your support of our amazing MHS students to pursue their post secondary aspirations,” Patenaude added. 

Pat McCurdy comes to OAC

Jan. 07, 2013 11:35 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Arts Center Cabaret Cafe Series will feature Pat McCurdy at shows planned for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 11 and 12.

Known locally, regionally and nationally, this singer-songwriter has an unusual off-beat sense of humor and is a crowd favorite. He is well known for his comic lyrics and hilarious observations on life, love and “vacation with mom and dad.”

Look into the dinner and show package available. 

 Show Only
Adults $22
High School Students & Younger $12

Dinner Package: Includes Show Ticket & Dinner
Adults $32
High School Students & Younger $20

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Watermain break in Oconomowoc on Forest

Jan. 07, 2013 10:03 a.m. | The City of Oconomowoc reported a water main break on Forest, east of Main Street around 8 a.m. on Monday.

Crews are on scene. The street is slippery because of the water and officials urge caution if you are traveling in this area.

Mukwonago schools will have milk

Jan. 07, 2013 9:55 a.m. | Despite the closing of Golden Guernsey Dairy in Waukesha on Saturday, Mukwonago Area School District schools don't expect to see a disruption in service, according to Food Service Supervisor Pam Harris.

"Our distributor, Mapleton Dairy Haulers in Oconomowoc, contacted me at home twice yesterday to let me know that we already have enough milk for today, and they have negotiated an arrangement with Kemps Dairy in Cedarburg," Harris said. 

Mapleton Dairy Haulers told Harris they did not expect a disruption in milk service to the Mukwonago Area School District. 

Hooper back in court in March

Jan. 07, 2013 9:51 a.m. | Kevin Hooper of the Town of Oconomowoc will be in court next on March 4.

Hooper is charged with failing to report the stabbing death of his infant daughter last fall. His wife, Dana, has been charged with the murder.

Hooper was in court for a hearing this morning. Negotiations are ongoing with the District Attorney's Office, and the matter has been postponed for 45 days.

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Weekend Happenings

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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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