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Pewaukee girls roll over Greendale

Feb. 14, 2014 11:06 p.m. | Pewaukee's girls basketball team improved to 18-1 Friday night with a 73-39 win over host Greendale. PHS trails l Milwaukee Pius by one game in the West Division standings in the Woodland Conference.

Abby Gerrits led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Pewaukee plays at New Berlin Eisenhower on Tuesday at home against Pius on Friday.

Arrowhead BB teams both win

Feb. 14, 2014 11:03 p.m. | Arrowhead's two basketball teams grabbed victories over Waukesha South Friday night. The boys team stopped the Blackshirts by a 77-52 score and the girls defeated South, 65-28.

Ricky Finco led the boys team with 21 points, all coming on 3-pointers. Finco was 7 of 10 from beyond the arc.

Ally May led the girls team with 15 points.

The boys are 15-6 on the season and the girls are 18-2.

KM girls defeat Waukesha North

Feb. 14, 2014 11:00 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's girls basketball team led from start to finish Friday night as they stopped visiting Waukesha  North in a huge Classic 8 Conference game, 42-37. KM remains just one game behind league leading Arrowhead with two league games remaining.

Linley Achtenhagen fired in 17 points to lead the Lasers. Emma Melotik made two free throws with 25 seconds remaining to ice the win.

KM led 26-11 at halftime.

Kettle Moraine boys secure share of Classic 8 title

Feb. 14, 2014 10:41 p.m. | “You’re still ugly,” the Waukesha North student cheering section proclaimed to the Kettle Moraine fans in the second half Friday night at North. The Lasers had long ago taken control of the scoreboard, and there weren’t many other topics worth chanting over.

Though looks are in the eye of the beholder, it’s hard to see a conference title as anything but beautiful.

Kettle Moraine seized a 40-15 lead at halftime, and though North buried 11 three-pointers in the second half and racked up 36 points in the fourth quarter alone, the Lasers never lost control in a 79-66 victory. The win ensured a least a tie for the Classic 8 Conference title – the first for KM in the 17 years of the league.

“Nobody can ever take it away from us,” KM coach Brad Bestor said. “We’re conference champions right now. Obviously our whole motto is ‘one more,’ and we’re going to be ready to go and get selfish with it (and try to win it outright Thursday). I’m just really proud of our guys, regardless. It’s the first time Kettle Moraine has ever been a conference champ in the Classic 8 in boys basketball. It’s a credit to these guys, the work they put in.”

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Construction worker impaled at job site

Feb. 14, 2014 11:29 a.m. |  An unidentified construction worker suffered serious injures Thursday, Feb. 13 after a seven-foot fall from scaffolding onto a mason stick at Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. 

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the stick impaled the man's lower torso and he was transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital. 

The man was apparently alert when the ambulance arrived, but his current condition is unknown, a spokeswoman for the department said.

Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary is located at W284 N404 Cherry Lane, Waukesha.

Dining, dancing, comedy help Cupid hit the mark this weekend

Feb. 14, 2014 12:00 a.m. | If you’re still up in air about your Valentine’s weekend plans, there are lots of options in Lake Country for young and old.

Children 10 and younger can have a fun time at the Little Sweetheart Dance from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pabst Farms YMCA, 1750 Valley Road, Oconomowoc. The evening includes dancing and crafts. Kids will make a picture frame with photos taken at the Y. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for community participants. Adults can attend free. Call (262) 567-7251 to register.

Young women in grades 9 to 12 are invited to the Valentine’s Dance from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m.  Saturday at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy Farrand Hall Gymnasium, 1101 Genesee St., Delafield. The chaperoned event is a social opportunity for young ladies who are interested in attending the Academy’s annual Midwinter Ball. There will be a DJ and snacks available for purchase. Dress is casual. Go to for more information.

St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount Ave. in Butler is putting a little humor into the day with a Valentine’s Day Dinner/ComedySportz Show on Friday. The evening starts with a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by the comedy show at 8 p.m. Cost is $25. Call (414) 461-9675 for more information.

If an evening of smooth tunes is more your style go see Four Guyz in Dinner Jackets at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Dinner package tickets are $38 adults and seniors and $28 high school students. Show only tickets are $28 adults and seniors and $18 high school students. Call (262) 560-3172 for more information.

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Snow storm limits visibility

Feb. 13, 2014 12:26 p.m. |  Lake Country motorists should use caution as a brief, but heavy and  and unexepcted, snow storm  has limited drivers' visibility and is leaving all primary and secondary roads and highways snow covered.

Road crews throughout the region have responded quickly and are plowing some of the major roads and highways. However, the plowed streets are becoming quickly covered by blowing snow.

Most secondary roads and subdivision streets have not yet been plowed.

In some parts of the region, particularly north of Highway 16, roads and streets have not yet become slippery as a result of the snow although visibility in limited.

Snow should end soon

Feb. 13, 2014 11:33 a.m. | Narrow bands of heavy snow that have moved into the area should end by 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Up to an inch of snow is expected. Visibility has been reduced to a quarter-mile in some areas. Up to an inch of snow is expected to accumulate before the snow showers taper off and move out of the area.

Feed the Need Concert

Feb. 13, 2014 9:30 a.m. |  Do your heart a favor and share the love at the "Feed the Need" concert tomorrow night, Valentine's Day, from 7-9 p.m. at Studios, Etc., located at 124 E. Wisconsin Ave., behind Roots Cafe.

The event is free to attendees with a non-perishable food item or cash donation for local food pantries. No reservations are required, but attendance is limited to 75.

Come enjoy and support local performers, including: Parker Cristan,   Jaime Nyland,   Nate Groonwald,  Paula Garcia,  Ralph Garcia,  Donna Kummer, Tamara Martinsek,   Steve Pfisterer,  Anne Van Deusen,  Liz Norton,  Alex Johnson, Laura Monagle,  Michael David Stoddard,  Julia Luebke,  Lynne Carlstein,  Ben Carlstein, Grace Johnson,  Bridgette Wells and  Mark Carlstein.

Some area roads getting slippery

Feb. 12, 2014 3:21 p.m. | Some roads in the Lake Country area are getting slippery as the light snow continues.

Highway 16 eastbound between Oconomowoc and Hartland was not too bad in the right lane but snow covered and slippery in the left lane. A buildup of snow between lanes was making changing lanes difficult at times.

Highway 83 both north and south between Highway 16 and I-94 was mostly  just wet. A buildup of snow was visible between lanes.

Highway E (Maple Avenue) south of Nixon Park to North Shore Drive  drive was getting snow covered and getting slippery.

MHS will host Honor Flight exhibit, film

Feb. 12, 2014 3:00 p.m. | Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, in partnership with Mukwonago High School, is pleased to announce that the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Traveling Art Show will be on display for two weeks and will host a special showing of the film.

Mukwonago High School will show the 82 minute movie Honor Flight: One Last Mission on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. in MHS Center. The movie focuses on the trip taken by Wisconsin WII veterans.

The display which includes 120 photographs will be on display at the school library in the school library Feb. 17-28 during normal schools hours (8 a.m.-2p.m.). The library will also be open to the public on Tuesday Feb. 18 from 3-7 p.m. and Saturday Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to view the exhibit.

Lions' chicken barbecue provides winter treat

Feb. 12, 2014 12:00 p.m. | For 38 years, the Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club has braved snow storms, ice storms, rain, freezing cold weather and beautiful sunshine on the third Sunday in February to bring the delicious chicken barbecue dinners to the community. This year is no exception. Sunday, Feb. 17, is the 38th Annual Chicken Barbeque held at the Big Bend/Vernon Lions Community Center, Highway L and the Fox River in Big Bend (south of 164).

Dinners are served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Order a half chicken, or a quarter chicken with or without the sauce. The cost is $8.50 for a half chicken and $5.50 for a quarter chicken. Potato salad, coleslaw, a roll, dessert and beverage are included with each dinner. Dinners are eat in or carry out. Free delivery is available within one mile of the club house with a minimum of four orders. Call (414) 322-9066 for delivery. 

This is one of the Lions Club’s major fundraisers with all proceeds going directly back to the community. Proceeds from past dinners have helped to purchase Smart boards for the elementary schools in the community along with additional equipment needed to complement this technology. Many individuals in the community have benefitted through eye exams and hearing assistance provided by the Lions.

The Lions Club also support the Wisconsin Lions Camp which hosts 1,700 special needs campers each year, many from our own community. The campers go to the Wisconsin Lions Camp at no charge.

Delafield Hotel sold to Michigan investor--again

Feb. 12, 2014 10:29 a.m. | The building which houses the Delafield Hotel has been sold to a group led by a Michigan investor--marking the second such sale over the past four years.

The 38-room luxury hotel, 415 Genesee St., Delafield, was sold to 616 Hotel LLC by Rock River Property Holdings LLC for $4.45 million, according to state real estate records. The sale was recorded Tuesday.

616 Hotel is led by Scott Rookus, who operates Rookus Capital Partners LLC, of Jenison, Mich. Rookus couldn't be reached for comment Wednesday.

Rock River Property Holdings is an affiliate of Ixonia Bank. 

Delafield Hotel was created within a former warehouse that developer Robert Lang had built when he owned Lang Cos., a supplier of calendars, stationery and specialty gifts which he sold in 2003. Lang opened the hotel in 2006.

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Tosa West boys stop Pewaukee

Feb. 11, 2014 11:14 p.m. | Host Wauwatosa West scored a narrow 67-62 Woodland Conference victory over the Pewaukee boys basketball team Tuesday night. PHS fell to 12-7 on the season.

Ryan Stepanovich led the Pirates with 17 points. Evan Hansen chipped in  with 15 and Eric Lutzen had 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Pewaukee girls defeat Tosa West

Feb. 11, 2014 11:10 p.m. | Host Pewaukee's girls basketball team improved to 17-1 on the season Tuesday night by scoring a 56-41 Woodland Conference win over Wauwatosa West.

Pewaukee is in  second place in the Woodland West Division standings. Milwaukee Pius leads the way at 12-0 and the Pirates are next at 12-1.

PHS led 29-23 at halftime and slowly pulled away in the final two periods.

Sophomore Abby Gerrits led the Pirates with 16 points. Senior Dani Jasinski chipped in with 11.

Lunch & Learn event held at Pauline Haass Library

Feb. 11, 2014 4:30 p.m. | A Lunch & Learn event on nutrition will be held at the Pauline Haass Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19. Registered dietitian and nutritionist Lisa Grudzielanek of Lisa G. Nutrition will speak on what "healthy foods" are responsible for making people overweight and sick and strategies to revolutionize your health and release weight.

Register online with Kathryn Wagner of the Sussex Area Chamber of Commerce at

Coffee with a Cop in Mukwonago Thursday

Feb. 11, 2014 3:00 p.m. | The Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments are hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event at the Mukwonago Culvers, 1090 N. Rochester Street, on Thursday Feb. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The event is designed to break down barriers between the public and local officers and the departments would like to invite citizens to discuss concerns they have about the community. Chief Kevin Schmidt and Chief Thomas Czarnecki will be on hand along with other officers to meet and greet community members.

Waukesha Co. man prevails, again, in challenge of IRS rules for tax preparers

Feb. 11, 2014 2:12 p.m. |  An octogenarin tax preparer from Eagle has prevailed in a challenge of new IRS licensing rules that he said would have forced him into retirement and put hundreds of thousands of other small income tax services out of business.

Elmer Kilian (Photo courtesy of Institute for Justice)Elmer Kilian, 81, (left, in a photo from the Institute for Justice) was one of three people who sued over the new IRS requirements in 2012 with the help a Libertarian public interest law firm, the Institute for Justice. The new rules would have imposed expensive and time consuming competency testing and continuing education requirements on small time tax preparers, as well as require them to have internet connections.

Kilian, who works with a calculator and a typewriter, said Tuesday he was glad to get news of the court victory, but didn't have too long to crow about it. It's tax season.

"I've been busy this week," he said. "I've got three people coming in this afternoon."

ar the appeals court ould not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Delafield names new deputy clerk

Feb. 11, 2014 1:09 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Town of Geneva's elected Town Clerk/Treasurer Debbie Kirch has been named Deputy Clerk Treasurer for the City of Delafield.

Delafield City Clerk Gina Gresch said Kirch will begin working with the city on March 3. Deputy Clerk/ Treasurer Ellen O Brien who has worked for the city for nearly 20 years announced her retirement earlier this year.

Gresch had placed a high priority on finding someone with election administration experience as well as other skills to replace O Brien.. Kirch has about 14 years experience as a municipal clerk and treasurer as well as 17 years experience in the private sector as an office assistant and staff accountant.

O Brien will be available to assist in the transistion, according to Gresch.

Mukwonago eyes internship

Feb. 11, 2014 7:54 a.m. | An internship might be the way to go for the Village of Mukwonago, which is considering how to get an economic development specialist on board.

Under a proposal discussed by trustees, current staff would be reallocated and the internship program would help as the village starts the function of an econimic development specialist, without creating a new position.

Read more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Orchestra pops concert, spaghetti dinner held at Park View

Feb. 10, 2014 4:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School and Park View Middle School orchestras will present their annual Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 hosted at Park View. Before the concert the orchestras will host a spaghetti dinner and raffle from 5 to 7 p.m. to raise money for second semester activities including, guest clinicians and buses for fieldtrips.

This year’s concert will feature a classic James Bond medley, the Kansas hit “Dust in the Wind,” Gershwin’s, “I Got Rhythm,” the Drop Kick Murphy’s “Shipping Up to Boston,” and the classic western theme “Rawhide.” The middle school orchestra will be playing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and “Tuxedo Junction”. Special guests will be the Park View Voices.

Walk up seating will be available for the dinner, but advance reservations are highly encouraged. For reservations, please e-mail Roxanne Carloni at

Library Olympics

Feb. 10, 2014 11:56 a.m. |  Calling all students in grades 4k- 4th grade - come to the Oconomowoc Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10-11 a.m. and participate in the Library Olympics.

Try your skills with ice cube bobsled racing, ping-pong slalom, marshmallow catapulting, and make an eat and Olympic "torch" and more.

Please register at:

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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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