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Jewelry thief gets probation

March 30, 2011 6:00 p.m. | Waukesha – A man described as a career criminal who went on a crime spree that stretched from the south east to the Midwest in 2007 was sentenced March 25 to three years probation for stealing jewelry from a Wales store that year.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Patrick C. Haughney imposed and stayed a prison sentence of 1-1/2 years and three years of extended supervision for James B. Mayhew, 34, of Hopkinsville, Ky.

According to the criminal complaint, Mayhew stole numerous pocket watches and jewelry between July 8 and 11, 2007, from the Antique Center, 323 E. Summit Ave. The jewelry was valued at $11,754. A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department detective was able to find fingerprints in the store and they were matched by the Wisconsin State Crime Labe to Mayhew, the complaint said.

Mayhew is currently incarcerated in a Virginia prison for stealing from antique shops in that state.

Kirchenwitz steps down as OHS hoops coach

March 30, 2011 3:05 p.m. | Arno Kirchenwitz, who was named as the new Oconomowoc baseball coach last fall, has stepped down as girls basketball coach at the school.

The girls compiled a 20-4 record in 2010-11. Kirchenwitz was head coach for two decades and an assistant with the baseball program for 17 years before head coach Pat Neary retired last spring. Read the full story.

AHS girls win track title

March 30, 2011 1:42 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls track team captured the championship Tuesday night at the Lois Wolf Indoor Invitational at Whitefish Bay. The Warhawks won with 108 points. Whitefish Bay was second with 76 points.

Winning events for the Warhawks were Heather Bong in the 60-yard dash (7.53), Jackie Dubnicka in the mile run (5:25), Cami Gilson in the  pole vault (10-6) and the 3,200 relay team (10:16).

Taking seconds were Liz Duchow in the 60 dash, Bong in the 220 dash, Vannessa Voss in the long jump, Becky Doleschy in the shot put and the 640 relay team.

Two Town of Vernon DPW workers laid off this morning

March 30, 2011 10:49 a.m. | Two Vernon Department of Public Works employees were escorted out of town hall this morning after the board discussed possible budget cuts in closed session last night.  The town board voted to approve the layoffs after reconvening in open session yesterday with a 4-1 vote. The decision to cut from the DPW came as a result of the state's proposed budget bill and anticipated cuts to road and recycling programs. These layoffs drop the number of DPW employees from six to four.

Doug Salentine, Vernon Department of Public Works Director said that the affects of these cuts have been immediately apparent as work scheduled for this morning has not been able to be complete due to lack of staff.

“We’ve never been at four (employees). This department cannot function properly with four people,” Salentine said.

Watch for complete story in the April 6 Mukwonago Chief.

Henschel new V-ball coach at AHS

March 29, 2011 8:44 p.m. | Jean Henschel, 35, a special education teacher at Arrowhead, has been named the new varsity boys volleyball coach at AHS.

Henschel previously coached the Warhawks from 2002 through 2005. She led the Warhawks to back-to-back WIAA state tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005.

Thurs. is last day to donate shoes to Afghan children

March 29, 2011 4:56 p.m. | North Lake resident Bill Gillette is wrapping up his drive to put shoes on barefoot Afghan children.

He's already delivered the first shipment from Lake Country residents to a lucky group of kids in his area of operations, but the last day to donate is approaching fast - March 31.

Shoe donations can be dropped off at various collection points around the area including Emperor's Kitchen in the City of Delafield, both Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly locations (Hartland and Oconomowoc), the Town Hall Library in North Lake and the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parishes in Monches and North Lake.

Gillette is currently serving with the US State Dept. in Afghanistan. Read more about his efforts in next Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus.

Merton School Board candidate forum at 6:30 tonight

March 29, 2011 3:30 p.m. | Residents can hear the three candidates for Merton School Board sound off on the issues facing the school tonight.

The candidate forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Merton Intermediate School Little Theater.

Challenger Amy Hemmer will be on hand to discuss the school district's future with incumbent board members Dean Dobbertin and Mark Bradley.

Swallow to discuss teachers contract in closed session tonight

March 29, 2011 3:24 p.m. | The Swallow School Board plans to discuss an extension to its agreement with its teachers tonight.

The board will confront the topic in closed session at a special school board meeting at the school.

Officials say that the teachers submitted a formal request for a contract extension and that the board will at least consider their request.

The meeting, slated to begin at 6 p.m., will go into closed session upon convening.

Stone Bank will not pursue contract extension with teachers

March 29, 2011 3:13 p.m. | After hearing proposals from its teachers, the Stone Bank School Board has no plans to pursue a contract extension at this time.

Teachers asked the board to consider a contract extension last week, which the board then discussed in closed session on March 25, but according to the school district's superintendent, the district has no interest in adopting any such proposal at this point.

"There's so much that is unknown about how this is all developing and how things are going in Madison," said superintendent Phil Meissen. "But I do think that our district looking at an extension is not an option for us."

Meissen said that talks are not continuing at this time, and that the board plans to heed the advice of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) and not pursue any extensions at this time because of the uncertainty surrounding the fate of the collective bargaining law that some contend is passed, and others say is not.

Search for LCL principal begins anew

March 29, 2011 3:01 p.m. |

Even after tabbing Jeremy Lowe, of Vail Colo., as their choice for the new principal of Lake Country Lutheran High School, the school still has no principal for next year after Lowe declined the offer.

The Board of Directors of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee selected Lowe at the end of January, but they were later informed that Lowe was no longer interested in the position.

Thus, the school goes back to the drawing board. Before offering the position to Lowe, the board had narrowed its principal search to three top candidates, including Lowe, Craig Ernstmeyer, the current principal at Saxony Lutheran High School in Jackson, Mo., and Chad Kogutiewicz, a principal and teacher at Hales Corners Lutheran Middle School.

Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee chief executive officer Todd Moritz said that both Ersntmeyer and Kogutiewicz remain candidates for the position along with several other new applicants.

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Mukwonago school board returns to open session

March 28, 2011 9:43 p.m. | After more than an hour-long closed session, the Mukwonago School Board has decided to meet with teachers and talk about a possible contract extension for next year.

"All we are doing is deciding to sit down and talk," said School Board President Paul Wysocki. "We are not committing ourselves at this time."

Watch for a complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

Mukwonago board heads into closed session

March 28, 2011 8:22 p.m. |

After an hour of citizens’ comments, the Mukwonago School Board left the MHS auditorium to go into closed session regarding possible discussion with teachers on contract extensions.

Superintendent Paul Strobel reminded those at the meeting that the board would not be voting on any contracts at the meeting this evening.

Possibility of contract extension fills auditorium for Mukwonago school board meeting

March 28, 2011 8:16 p.m. | The crowd at the Mukwonago School Board meeting was split between asking the school board to use the tools Governor Scott Walker presented in the budget repair bill to keep taxes down and working with the teaching staff to work on a contract compromise.

Community members warned the school board that extending the teaching contract would tie the district's hands, while teachers cited the district motto of students, staff and community working together to continue to provide quality education.

Lisbon 9-11 memorial arrives

March 28, 2011 4:59 p.m. | Town of Lisbon - A piece of the World Trade Center was unloaded at the Richard Jung Fire Station Monday that will serve as the centerpiece for a 9-11 memorial in Town Hall Park.

 UNLOADING – Lisbon Park Superintendent John Greiten (left) and Public Works Director Joe Klemm (left) work to unload from a town trailer the 911 beam that was trucked from New York City to Lisbon to be the centerpiece of 911 Memorial Park to be built near Town Hall. The I beam is from a column in the New York World Trade Center that was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

The 5-foot-long, 1-ton I beam section from a column of one of the twin towers is intended to reduce the distance between Lisbon and New York City as well as honor those who responded to the attack and lost their lives said Fire Chief Doug Brahm during a dedication ceremony Monday.

 911 BEAM – Town of Lisbon volunteer fire fighters and residents look over the I-beam from the World Trade Center that was delivered to the town Monday. The beam will be the centerpiece of a proposed 911 Memorial Park slated to be built near Town Hall on Woodside Road.

According to preliminary design plans, the beam will be mounted between two stainless steel replicas of the town towers located in a plaza on the side of a hill in Town Park near Lisbon Town Hall.

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Mukwonago School Board meeting moved to MHS auditorium tonight

March 28, 2011 10:16 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education meeting tonight, March 28, has been moved to the Mukwonago High School auditorium. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m.

Due to this relocation, the meeting is unable to be broadcast live on Channel 13. Proceedings will be recorded and replayed on Channel 13 at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, according to Julie Miller, technology administrator.

Delafield boy accidentally shot by father

March 27, 2011 10:09 p.m. | A 10-year-old Town of Delafield boy was accidentally shot in the stomach by his father according to recent reports.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident that was reported Sunday evening from the family's home.

The boy was taken to Children's Hospital by Flight for Life for emergency surgery. No further information was available on his condition at 10 p.m. Sunday. 

Authorities reported the father was cleaning his gun when the boy was accidentally shot in their home.

More on this story as it develops.

I-94/Highway P work begins Monday

March 25, 2011 10:29 a.m. | Construction begins Monday on reconstruction of the Sawyer Road/ Highway P interchange with I-94. The project will include improvements to about a half-mile of I-94 in each direction, reconstruction of the bridges over Highway P and four roundabouts. The project will add a full diamond interchange at Highway P which will serve as a connection to Pabst Farms. Construction will run through November.

Detours will be marked in stages two and three of the project and there might be lane restrictions on I-94 during off-peak hours throughout the project, and the existing ramps will be closed at various stages.

Watch for more on this story in Tuesday's Living Oconomowoc Focus.

Mukwonago School Board to address teachers' contracts on Monday

March 25, 2011 9:51 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education will discuss the status of the teacher and classified union contracts at its meeting on March 28 to consider either extending the current contract or enter into a new contract with teachers.

Language in the teachers' contract states that if neither party informs the other party of a change with the contract by Feb. 1, the current contract will remain in effect for another year, said Superintendent Paul Strobel. Since the budget repair bill was announced after that date, no notice of contract changes was given.

The teachers' union brought the contract language to the district's attention on March 17. Strobel said the issue would be discussed at the school board meeting on Monday to determine if the current contract will be extended or if there will be a voluntary settlement on a new contract with concessions on wages and benefits.

Watch for the complete story in the Mukwonago Chief next week.

Celebrate spring at the Wildlife in Need pancake breakfast and baby shower

March 25, 2011 12:00 a.m. | It’s spring and the world is coming to life. All around us, there are hints of green in the grass, spring bulbs poking their cold noses through the ground, critters waking up from their long winter’s nap.

At the Wildlife in Need Center, spring is the baby season and that means staff will be seeing orphaned owls, squirrels, songbirds, raccoons, hawks, chipmunks,  mallards and other creatures as they take their fledgling steps through a dangerous world. 

The center is celebrating spring – and the near-completion of its new facility – with a pancake breakfast and baby shower from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Dousman/Ottawa Lions club, 235 Main St., Dousman. The meal includes pancakes with toppings, eggs, sausage, coffee and juice. You’ll also be able to purchase goodies to take home at the bake sale.

Several of the center’s educational ambassador animals will be at the event and staff and volunteers will be available to answer questions. Merchandise such as clothing, puppets and cards will also be available for purchase.

The Wildlife in Need Center is hoping to have its new home ready in a few months and is counting on community support  to help make that possible.

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Morning suicide was a Mukwonago High School student

March 24, 2011 3:57 p.m. | Mitchell Fischer, 17,  a junior at MHS, passed away early  this morning.

Support staff will be available at the school to assist students.  A room will be available for students to voluntarily come and sign a banner that will be given to the family.  

Funeral arrangements are pending. 

Boy commits suicide in Eagle

March 24, 2011 8:44 a.m. | A 17-year-old boy is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Waukesha County Sheriff's Department officials and the Eagle Fire Department responded to the call at a Village of Eagle home at about 1:35 a.m. Thursday.

Slick roads lead to nine-car accident in Pewaukee

March 24, 2011 8:35 a.m. | A Wauwatosa woman received minor injuries in a nine-car pileup on the Capitol Drive overpass on Duplainville Road at about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday, according to a news release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The woman was the only person to be injured.

The Sheriff's Department attributes the crash to icy roads. County law enforcement agencies responded to 65 accidents in three hours Wednesday evening.

Traffic on eastbound Capitol Drive was diverted for about 1-1/2 hours.

Travel with caution on icy roads tonight

March 23, 2011 8:13 p.m. | The Mukwonago Fire Department reports icy, slippery roads in the area and advises caution when driving tonight. According to the department, trucks are out salting the roads at this time.

Village of Mukwonago candidates square off in political forum

March 23, 2011 7:39 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago President and Trustee candidates discuss issues facing the Village at the Political Candidate Forum hosted by the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce tonight.

Jim Wagner and Fred Winchowky, along with trustee candidates Mark Penzkover, Michael Sellenheim, Arnie Fickau and Jim Decker talk about their vision for the growth of the Village, top priorities they would face if elected to office and their position on two Village issues - combining dispatch services with the county and privatizing ambulance services.

Watch video footage on Living Lake Country to hear their responses.

Mukwonago Library open for business again

March 23, 2011 2:42 p.m. |  

John Gilless of Mukwonago uses a computer at the Mukwonago Community Library today. The library reopened Wednesday in its temporary location in the Goodden's Sports store on Highway ES in Mukwonago The library had been closed since Saturday for the move to prepare for the start of construction on the library's expansion project.

Meditation Labyrinth at North Prairie United Methodist Church

March 23, 2011 11:35 a.m. | An indoor meditation labyrinth is available in the basement at North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main Street (across from Bill's gas station), daily March 28 through April 2 from 9 a.m. to noon and other times by appointment.

The public is cordially invited.  Labyrinths have been used by many cultures and religious traditions for over 4000 years as a tool for healing, meditation and prayer.  The labyrinth is not a maze to get lost in, but rather a patterned circuit offering people of all faiths a place to think, walk and reflect.  Afternoon and evening hours are available by appointment and groups are welcome.  

Please call (262) 392-3292 to reserve the space.  Devotional materials will be available and you may bring your own.

Accused killer in murder-for-hire case to plead guilty

March 22, 2011 11:54 a.m. |  

Waukesha – The man accused of slaying an Oconomowoc woman in the fall of 2009 in the murder-for-hire case will be entering a guilty plea next month.

Donna Kuchler, the lawyer for Justin P. Welch, informed Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James R. Kieffer this morning that her client would be entering a plea.

Justin Patrick WelchWelch, 27, is charged with first-degree homicide in the death of Kimberly Smith, 39, who was stabbed to death in her City of Oconomowoc home Oct. 1, 2009. Also charged with the same offense are Smith's former boyfriend, Darren Wold, 37, formerly of Waukesha, and Wold's longtime friend, Jack Johnson, 66, of Mexico.

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Oconomowoc man found guilty in dog death

March 22, 2011 7:10 a.m. |

Waukesha – Michael H. Tessmer was found guilty by a jury Monday for kicking a dog to death in front of his two children two years ago.

Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., Town of Oconomowoc, was charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and causing mental harm to a child. Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking the family dog on Feb. 28, 2009, because the dog urinated and defecated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day.

Tessmer faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison. He will be sentenced May 9.

Testimony ends in dog killing case

March 21, 2011 4:07 p.m. |

Tessmer’s son and daughter, then 7 and 11-years-old respectively at the time, were normal children, she said. But they witnessed their father "brutally attack" the dog.

"The defendant kicked and kicked and kicked the dog," said Hulgaard who said Tessmer was angry over the dog urinating and defecating in the house.

Tessmer kicked the dog, saw his children standing nearby and the continued to kick the dog, she said.

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Understand and learn to cope with Reactive Attachment Disorder

March 21, 2011 3:05 p.m. | Parents United, a consortium of area school districts, will sponsor a program on Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by child psychotherapist Ray Kinney, M. S. with Cornerstone Counseling Services. The program will be held at the Radisson Hotel Conference Center, Highway 164, Pewaukee, in the lower level of the hotel.

The program will help parents understand and learn to cope with children who struggle to attach, including addressing how to parent a child with attachment challenges, are adopted children more at risk, international adoption, can a loving parent have a child with RAD and a review of the most recent research related to brain development and institutional care.

For additional information or to make a reservation call: Edie Scott at (262) 965-2001 or e-mail

Mukwonago Community Library on the move

March 21, 2011 12:13 p.m. |

Mukwonago Community Library staff and volunteers reshelf books while a crew from Anchor Moving Systems put shelf units in place on Monday at the library's temporary location on Bay View Road. The library is set to reopen on Wednesday, March 23, according to Library Director Nick Weber.

Arrowhead girls fall in sectional final

March 19, 2011 8:45 p.m. | Nicolet started on a 15-2 run, and Arrowhead never broke even in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final girls basketball game Saturday at Kettle Moraine. The Warhawks fell to the Knights, 55-22.

Ashley Green scored 15 points to pace a balanced Nicolet attack. Amanda Bauer and Jenny Smith both scored 6 points for Arrowhead, which watched Nicolet ride an 18-0 run to put the game out of reach late in the second and early in the third quarter.

Arrowhead allowed only 2 points in the fourth quarter, but the damage had been done. Arrowhead finished 18-7.

State Court of Appeals confirms Porticello decision

March 18, 2011 5:35 p.m. | The Wisconsin District II Court of Appeals on March 16 affirmed that the City of Oconomowoc acted correctly in granting Tony Pipito variances for his now-closed Silver Lake restaurant, Club Porticello.

The opinion comes after the State of Wisconsin appealed Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Ralph Ramirez's 2009 decision that zoning board of appeals acted correctly in granting Pipito the variances in 2008. It affirmed that the variances did not create an environmental detriment to the lake by constructing the restaurant within the 75-foot setback of the lake.

“We conclude that the board applied the proper legal standard and acted reasonably given the evidence. Its decision was based on the evidence, and there was no bias in favor of Pipito. We affirm the circuit court’s order affirming the board’s decision,” the Court of Appeals concluded.

A remittance hearing for costs incurred regarding the case is set for April 15.

More on this story in Tuesday's Living Lake Country Reporter and Oconomowoc Focus.

Oconomowoc man to become first married Catholic priest in Archdiocese

March 18, 2011 5:23 p.m. | Russell Arnett will become a Catholic priest during an ordination ceremony at St. Jerome Parish in Oconomowoc on Saturday. He will be the first married Catholic priest in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

Arnett began his journey into Catholicism after first becoming an Episcopalian priest many years ago. He said the more he served as an Episcopal priest, the more he felt drawn to Catholicism.

He and his wife, whom he met while attending Nashotah House in the late 1990s while becoming an Episcopal priest, converted to Catholicism in 2007. They moved to Oconomowoc and Arnett began his journey of becoming a Catholic priest. He also taught adult and youth ministries at St. Jerome.

For his transition, he was sponsored by former Archbishop Timothy Dolan and later William P. Callahan.


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Damaged assessed at Sussex Village Hall

March 18, 2011 4:43 p.m. | A structural engineer was called in earlier this week to inspect the extent of damage caused by a crack in the first floor in the Village Hall, in the village clerk's office, according to Village Public Safety Chairwoman Pat Tetzlaff.

Tetzlaff, a trustee on the Village Board, said the engineering firm said there is no immediate danger created by the crack in the floor that they believe may have been the result of remodeling work done 30 years ago.

A recent report issued by an architectual firm and a construction company suggested the 90 year old school building was structurally sound but cannot be relied on much longer to serve as the center of the village's government.

Tetzlaff also chairs a committee appointed by the village board to explore alternatives, including possibly rebuilding or replacing, the Main Street school as the site for village government.

However, village officials will also consider steps that can be taken to preserve the school building which has served as a village icon and landmark for decades.

Lake Country dominates magazines top 10 places to live

March 18, 2011 4:32 p.m. | Five Lake Country communities have been named among the top ten best suburbs to live in according to Milwaukee Magazine.

The Town of Mukwonago, the Town of Delafield, and the Village of Sussex were named the top three. The Village of Merton was ranked seventh and the City of Pewaukee eighth.

The City of Delafield, the Village of Pewaukee, the Village of Mukwonago, the City of Oconomowoc and the Village of Summit were listed among the top 25 suburban communities.

The magazine identifies what it ranks as 50 top surburban in its April edition which was mailed to subcribers last week and is on newstands today.

Sussex named top suburb

March 18, 2011 3:05 p.m. | Village of Sussex – Village officials are reporting that Sussex is going to be named by Milwaukee Magazine in its April edition as among the Top 10 preferred Milwaukee suburbs.

In a voicemail message, Village Administrator Jeremy Smith said that he had been told the magazine pegged Sussex as number three of the top 10.

“It is a wonderful thing for our village,” he said in the message.

Smith could not be reached for further comment. However. Village Clerk Sue Freiheit confirmed Smith has received notification about the award.

More on this story in Wednesday's Sussex Sun.

Mukwonago library on the move

March 18, 2011 2:05 p.m. | The Mukwonago Community Library began the move to its temporary home at the Goodden's Sporting Goods, 1012 Main Street, today. The library will be closed starting Saturday, March 19 and will reopen at the new location on Wednesday, March 23.

Boy Scouts begin Scouting for Food drive tomorrow

March 18, 2011 1:58 p.m. |

Local Boy Scout troops begin the Scouting for Food drive this Saturday by distributing plastic bags to homes in surrounding neighborhoods. Recipients can fill the bags with non-perishable food and other items and place the bags on their porch for pick up on Saturday, March 26. Scouts will then sort the items and deliver to a local food pantry.

Cub Scout Pack 26 in Big Bend will deliver the collected food to the Mukwonago Food Pantry on March 26 at 1 p.m.

Hearing held on Lisbon’s status as a village

March 18, 2011 1:52 p.m. | Town of Lisbon – A voice from the past spoke out in support of incorporation for the Town of Lisbon last week and rebutted arguments by a Sussex village attorney that the town was not qualified or adequately prepared to become a village.

Former Town Chairman Gerald Schmitz, who served as chairman from 1997 to 2007, described to the state Incorporation Review Board some of the town’s efforts during the past decade to prepare itself to be a village and reach agreements with surrounding communities to share services and respect each other’s borders.

A citizens’ group,, told the board during the five hour hearing that the town has sufficient population density, tax revenues, and municipal services and is sufficiently homogenous and compact to meet state standards for a village. About 100 people attended the hearing were 47 town residents and business owners spoke in support of incorporation of the town into a village.

Attorney Stanley Riffle represented the villages of Sussex and Menomonee Falls in opposing the incorporation. He said the town’s tax rate and ability to deliver municipal services was not comparable to surrounding villages and the town as not “reasonably homogenous and compact” to qualify as a village. Riffle argued one of the reasons the community was not homogenous was because it is served by two high schools and multiple elementary and middle school districts.

In rebuttal, Schmitz rattled off a list of about a half dozen nearby communities served by multiple schools district. He added that the population density and the compactness of the Town of Lisbon is comparable to the Village of Richfield in Washington County which Riffle represented during its successful attempt to be incorporated as a village.

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Fatal accident closes Highway 83 in Racine County early this morning

March 18, 2011 1:21 p.m. |

At 4:03 a.m. this morning, the Racine County Communications Center received several calls of an accident in the 7500 block of Highway 83, north of Greeley Road.

At the scene, officers and rescue crews found a 2003 Chevy Avalanche had struck several trees and was severely damaged.

A female occupant was pronounced deceased at the scene.  A male occupant was flown to Froedert Memorial Hospital by Flight for Life where he remains in stable condition.

Preliminary investigations indicate that speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.  Investigation also indicates the vehicle was northbound on Highway 83 and drifted to the right shoulder.  The operator over corrected and slid back across both lanes of traffic as it spun.  The vehicle exited the roadway into the west ditch line where it impacted two large trees.

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Oconomowoc Library hosts high school book club

March 18, 2011 1:12 p.m. |  Students in 9th-12th grade are invited to join in a free book club at the Oconomowoc Pub Library.

 This month it will discuss the book “Feed” by M.T. Anderson.

The group meets on Wed. April 27,  from 4-5 p.m. at the library at 200 W. South Street in Oconomowoc. Free food will be provided.

 Pick up your free copy of the book at the library’s checkout desk, read it, and then  come to book club. The book is yours to keep.

If you have any questions, please contact Betsy at (262)-569-2193 or

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Palmyra-Eagle schools looking for community input

March 18, 2011 1:10 p.m. | Palmyra-Eagle School District has released a survey form asking for input from community members, parents, teachers and district staff. 

The survey form will be sent home with students today and is available at local businesses or from the school Website at To download the survey form, please click on the Press Releases link.

“The budget changes have provided us options in regard to funding,” says Glenn Schlender, P-EASD superintendent. “The school board is focused on preserving classes and programs while still supporting our teachers and staff; we’d like to hear what the community residents are thinking.”

The survey form asks residents which educational areas should be preserved, or cut back; in addition, it asks for input in regard to teacher-employee benefits options and retirement funding. 

“As we move forward with the budget process, we need to hear from residents,” says Schlender. “And I add that we are extremely proud of our teachers’ dedication to the students during this uncertain time.”

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Michael Perry coming to OAC

March 18, 2011 1:05 p.m. | Bestselling author, humorist and songwriter, Michael Perry and his band, The Long Beds, present a fun evening of great music on OAC’s main stage onSaturday, April 2, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available through the box office 262-560-3172 or on line at


Michael Perry and The Long Beds bring together a combination of original music that is a mix of straight up country twang, church harmonies and has been often referred to as “Americana” and "roughneck folk".


Perry began writing songs in the early 1990s during long nights when he was struggling to survive on prose (he is the author of four books: Population 485, Truck, Off Main Street, and Coop). With no arts background (he has a nursing degree) he found himself drawn especially to the work of poets and singer/songwriters. He began writing songs as a way to break up all-night typing sessions, and eventually he had enough of them that a musician friend invited him to play at a coffee shop.   In 2006, he released his first album, Headwinded.

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Highway 83 closed south of Mukwonago

March 18, 2011 9:09 a.m. | Highway 83 is temporarily closed south of Mukwonago between highway L and highway O. Both directions of traffic are being diverted by police.  It is unclear how long the road will be closed for. No details as to why the road is closed have been released.

Arrowhead tops KM in double overtime

March 17, 2011 10:11 p.m. | The Arrowhead girls basketball team survived a thriller Thursday night at Kettle Moraine, topping the host Lasers in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal in two overtimes, 51-47.

Andrea Hirschfeld hit her only basket of the game, a putback off a rebound with 27 seconds left in the second session to give the Warhawks a 48-47 edge. Kettle Moraine then called a timeout it didn't have, leading to two technical free throws and possession for the Warhawks.

Arrowhead didn't hit on either freebie, but Kyle Davis drained two free throws on the ensuing possession, and Davis then stole the ball when KM tried to set up a final shot, drawing contact on her way to the hoop to earn game-clinching free throws.

The Warhawks advance to face Nicolet on Saturday at Kettle Moraine in the sectional final. The winner of that contest will appear in the Super Tuesday event three days later in Oshkosh.

KM finished 17-7 and was led by Robinson's 18 points. The Warhawks improved to 18-6. Jenny Smith scored 20 points for AHS.

Hamilton girls bow out in semifinal

March 17, 2011 8:37 p.m. | Courtney Lemon scored 11 points in her final game, and the Sussex Hamilton girls basketball team lost a 54-32 WIAA sectional semifinal to top-seeded Nicolet on Thursday at Kettle Moraine.

The Chargers finished the year 16-8 and reached the sectional for the first time since 1998.

Ashley Green and Alex Cohen -- two players headed to Division 1 universities on basketball scholarships in UW-Milwaukee and Northwestern, respectively -- both scored 19 points to front the Nicolet charge. Hamilton was within 6 points at halftime but couldn't contain the Knights in the second half.

Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Leahy's Luck on Saturday

March 16, 2011 12:43 p.m. | What started out as two brothers and their kids 20 years ago has evolved into “Leahy’s Luck” today, one of the area’s premier Irish bands with five albums to their credit.

Most of the kids are grown and gone, but brothers Tom and Brian Leahy have added Randal Harrison on violin and Stas Venglevski on accordion to create a distinct style of world music.

The group has been busy this week celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with their music and will be coming to the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Froest St., this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24 for adults, $18 for seniors and $8 for students. Call (262) 560-3172 for ticket information. For more information about the band, visit

Trial begins for alleged dog killer

March 15, 2011 4:49 p.m. |

Waukesha – Testimony began this afternoon in the trial of a Town of Oconomowoc man who allegedly kicked his dog to death two years ago.

Mark H. Tessmer, 54, of W348 N6053 California Ave., is charged with felony counts of mistreatment of animals and mental harm to a child.

Tessmer is accused of repeatedly kicking a 3-year-old Australian labradoodle in front of his two children, who were 7 and 11-years-old at the time, on Feb. 28, 2009, because the dog had defecated and urinated in the house. The dog was found dead the following day.

Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hulgaard argued in her opening arguments that Tessmer kicked the dog with his work boot 10 times in the chest. "Their dad literally kicked their dog down the hallway," she told a jury.

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Dousman names new fire chief

March 15, 2011 4:16 p.m. | Stefan Totzke, current part-time deputy chief for the Dousman Fire District, has been selected as the District's new full-time fire chief, effective March 28.

Totzke replaces Joseph Giver as fire chief, who left the Fire District on Feb. 14 to become the new full-time chief for the Verona Fire District.

Lawsuit by former Delafield administrator dismissed

March 15, 2011 10:24 a.m. | City of Delafield – A federal district court judge has summarily dismissed former City Administrator Matt Carlson’s lawsuit against the city and five individual alderpersons who voted to fire him.

The Common Council members' action followed a closed session on Nov. 19, 2007, as a result of unfavorable performance reviews and earlier disputes with individual council members.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa ruled that the contract between the city and Carlson permitted the Common Council to fire him “without cause,” provided he was given “severance pay in a lump sum equal to six months pay and benefits” and a lump sum cash payment for all accrued vacation, sick and personal days as well as any deferred compensation.

The judge also ruled that Carlson failed to provide the federal court with sufficient evidence “upon which a reasonable jury could find in his favor” that the city denied him his constitutional right to due process when he was fired. Furthermore, the judge said Carlson failed to provide evidence to support his claim that five council members acted in concert to have him fired and intentionally harmed his reputation and professional standing in the community and interfered with his ability to gain future employment.

After he was fired, Carlson was appointed president and chief executive officer of the National Sporting Goods Association, where he is paid $180,000 per year plus benefits, including health insurance, a pension, sick time holidays and a company car, according to court records.

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Highway 83 construction delayed again

March 15, 2011 10:23 a.m. | Construction to highway 83 in Mukwonago has been delayed a second time due to unresolved contract negotiation between contractors and the state, Dennis Shook, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Southeast Regional Communications Manager reported Monday night.

Shook said the delay is due to the contractors and the state working out language details in the contract.

A new start date has not been set, and will be dependent on the approval of the contract.

Updates will be made as they become available.

West Wisconsin at RR crossing in Pewaukee closed

March 15, 2011 10:09 a.m. |

Village of Pewaukee – West Wisconsin Avenue near the railroad tracks has been closed to traffic in order for crews to repair a water main break that occurred Monday afternoon.

David White, public works director, said the work should be completed by later today.

Monday, a water main broke and water gushed out in the area of West Wisconsin Avenue near the tracks. The street was closed for about 90 minutes until village crews could close a valve and shut off the flow of water. No damage was reported, White said.

NBE eliminates Pewaukee girls

March 12, 2011 6:36 p.m. | New Berlin Eisenhower's  varsity girls basketball team defeated Woodland Conference rival Pewaukee Saturday afternoon at Waukesha North in a WIAA Division 2 regional championship game, 47-41.

Pewaukee ended the season with a 22-2 mark. Both of those losses came to Eisenhower.

Pewaukee and the Lions were tied at 23 with 6:05 to go in the third period before Eisenhower went on a 10-3 run to close out the quarter and take the lead for good. PHS never got closer than six points the remainder of the game.

Junior Nicole Bauman fired in 23 points to lead the winners. Anna Hahn had 16 points.

Pewaukee was led by Jordyn Swan who had 15 points. Emily Wirth chipped in with 10 tallies.

Oconomowoc girls successful at home

March 12, 2011 3:47 p.m. | Kendra Brooks scored 21 points as the host Oconomowoc Raccoons varsity girls basketball team advanced to the WIAA Division 1 Sectional Semifinal with a 60-37 victory over Madison West on Saturday.

Oconomowoc improved to 20-3 with the victory and will play at Verona Area High School at 8 p.m. in the next round on Thursday.

Mandy Prom had six assists for the Raccoons.

Arrowhead shocked at buzzer

March 12, 2011 9:44 a.m. | Waukesha West's Joe Schobert hit a double-cluth 3-pointer at the buzzer, lifting the Wolverines to a gut-wrenching 58-57 victory over Arrowhead in the WIAA Division 1 playoffs Friday night at the Al McGuire Center.

With 7 seconds left, Austyn Lingle brought the ball down court for West and dished to Schobert in the right corner, who elevated, flinched for a second as a defender screamed by, and rattled home the game-winner as the buzzer sounded.

Led by 12 points from Ricky Lovett of the bench, the Warhawks held a 57-52 lead with 35 seconds to go. West pulled within a basket on a Dillon Gilpatrick 3-pointer off an out-of-bounds play, then fouled with 7 seconds on the clock. Two missed free throws later, West had its final chance.

The defending Division 1 state champs, which went undefeated in Classic 8 Conference play -- including a sweep over West in the regular season -- finished the year 20-4. See the full photo gallery here.

Pewaukee girls play on

March 11, 2011 9:07 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team defeated New Berlin West on Friday at home in a WIAA Division 2 Regional Semi-final, 55-45.

The Pirates (22-1) went 25-for-30 at the free throw line. Jordyn Swan had 11 points for the winners. She also had 10 rebounds. Martha Radke scored 15 points for New Berlin West.

"All season we've been good at the free throw line," Todd Hansen, the Pewaukee head coach said. Hopefully that continues."

Group of 25 students walks out from OHS

March 11, 2011 3:32 p.m. | Approximately 25 students walked out from the final class period at Oconomowoc High School today.

The students said they skipped class to show solidarity with their teachers as the budget battle in Madison continues. The group of students coordinated the walkout via Facebook and text messages throughout the school day.

"We just thought we'd support our teachers and try to do our part and send a message that we don't like what's going on," said Mike Schulz, a senior at the high school.

"Obviously we can't all vote, so we tried to voice our opinions by protesting," commented Alyson Nemoir, also a senior.

Principal Joseph Moylan was less than pleased with the conduct of his students. He said the student walkout accomplishes nothing, and he indicated that the school will take disciplinary action against those that participated.

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OHS students to walkout in protest

March 11, 2011 2:01 p.m. | Students at Oconomowoc High School are readying to participate in a walk-out this afternoon at 2 p.m. to  protest against the Governor's proposed budget repair bill.

Follow Arrowhead's basketball team tonight

March 11, 2011 11:49 a.m. | Follow along with the courtside blog as Lake Country Publications sports director JR Radcliffe provides commentary and updates from the Al McGuire Center, when Arrowhead takes on Waukesha West in the WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal Friday.

Game time is 8:30 p.m. The live blog kicks in for the 5:45 p.m. game between Germantown and Waukesha South -- the two winners will meet in the sectional final Saturday.

Students present Willy Wonka's sweet show at the OAC this weekend

March 11, 2011 12:00 a.m. | When Roald Dahl, creator of the Willy Wonka stories, was growing up in the 1920s in England, two of the country’s famous chocolate companies were vying for the taste buds of children. One would send packages of chocolate to children to taste test, while both companies planted spies, posing as employees, in each other’s factories in order to steal trade secrets. That was the background for Dahl’s stories of the eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, whose factory became the playground of his popular children’s book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” in 1964. The book eventually was adapted into movies and plays.

At 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, children at Silver Lake Intermediate School will become Charlie Bucket, who finds a golden ticket in a chocolate bar earning him a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory; Veruca Salt, a spoiled rich girl whose whining get her in deep trouble; Oompa Loompas, whose ditties teach childhood lessons; and the other unforgettable Dahl characters as they present their version of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The show will be held at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.

Tickets are $8. Children 3 and younger are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the school. For more information, call (262) 560-4309.  

Quad earnings drop after acquisition

March 10, 2011 11:51 a.m. | Sussex - Quad Graphics Inc. reporter lower earnings in the last quarter because of heavy integration costs associated with the acquisition of World Color Press Inc.

Read more here.

Bus slides into ditch during slippery morning conditions

March 09, 2011 2:32 p.m. | A school bus carrying kids from St. John's Lutheran School in Mukwonago slid into the ditch this morning  while making a turn around 8 a.m..  According to St. John's Lutheran School, students were transferred to a second bus that deliveed them to the school 15 minutes late.  No students were hurt.

Robotics regional set for March 11-12

March 09, 2011 1:51 p.m. | The FIRST Robotics Wisconsin Regional event  is planned for March 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at US Cellular Arena in Milwaukee.

It is free and open to the public.

The engineering competition wil lfeature 51 robots from five states and Canada competing to find out which robot is the best. The event is a combination of racing and sports with lots of action for everyone.

Visit the OHS Robotics Team at the regional  - team number 269 -   wearing bright safety green t-shirts that read 'I Like Robots'.

For more information, go to

Lisbon incorporation hearing begins at 3 p.m.

March 09, 2011 11:57 a.m. |  

Town of Lisbon – The Wisconsin Incorporation Review Board will begin its March 16 hearing in the Town of Lisbon at 3 p.m. rather than 1 p.m. The Wisconsion Department of Administration said information in the board’s published agenda indicating the meeting would start a 1 p.m. is incorrect.
The board will be conducting a hearing expected to last about three hours on a petition to incorporate the Town of Lisbon to a village. The petition was filed by a citizen’s group Lisbon-Inc. org. It appears likely the petition will be challenged by a lawyer representing the Villages of Sussex and Menomonee Falls. Both share borders with the Town of Lisbon.

Insurance seminar features state deputy commissioner

March 09, 2011 10:52 a.m. | Dan Schwartzer, Deputy Commissioner of Insurance for the State of Wisconsin, wil lbe speaking at Olympia at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11 at the Spring Seminar hosted by Snyder Insurance.

The Deputy Commissioner will provide an update on the Health Care Reform Act and how it relates to the State of Wisconsin and will also discuss the most current information in the insurance industry.

For more information, or to reserve a spot at the seminar, please call (262) 567-0288

Good Shepherd Church to host national speaker

March 09, 2011 10:45 a.m. | The Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Oconomowoc is hosting an event on March 17 featuring national speaker Rev. Sharon Delgado, an ordained United Methodist minister from California and the former executive director of Earth Justice Ministries.

She travels the country presenting seminars, workshops and lectures on peace, justice and the environmental, social and economic effects of economic globalization.

The event, 'Making Peace with Mother Earth' will be held at the church, 209 W. Wisconsin Ave., at noon and a pot luck meal featuring a sustainable local sourced beef stew will be served. For more information, please call the church at (262) 567-2144

Hazardous roads make commute difficult

March 09, 2011 8:03 a.m. | Heavy, wet snow is making for a difficult commute this morning, as roads are snow-covered and extremely slippery. Numerous cars have spun out.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. Three to four inches of snow should accumulate before it's over. The snowfall should become lighter this afternoon.

Trinity girls win cage opener

March 09, 2011 8:02 a.m. | Trinity Academy's varsity girls basketball  team won its first round game in the WIAA tournament Tuesday night by defeating visiting Williams Bay in a Division 5 game, 53-41.

Trinity outscored the visitors by a lopsided 33-13 margin in the middle two periods to pull away.

Sydney Dieck fired in 24 points to lead the winners. Alexandra Noack added 18 and Renee Kolbeck scored 11.

Trinity will now play against No. 1 seeded Burlington Catholic Central on Friday at 7 p.m.

LCLHS Blood Drive

March 07, 2011 3:28 p.m. | The American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Lake Country Lutheran High School (LCLHS). Appointments may be schedule online at Enter Sponsor Code: 4520, or call (800) 448-3543. A single whole blood donation can help save the lives of up to three people.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the Blood Drive. Send an e-mail to Katie Baganz at if interested in helping out

New police chief selected for Village of Mukwonago

March 07, 2011 2:40 p.m. | Village of Mukwonago Police Lt. Kevin Schmidt will take the reins as chief of police, effective Friday, March 11, at 4 p.m. Schmidt will take over for Police Chief Fred Winchowky, who is retiring after 39 years of service with the police department.

Watch for more on the new police chief in this week's edition of the Mukwonago Chief.

Highway 83 construction delayed

March 07, 2011 1:09 p.m. | Commuters who use highway 83 in Mukwonago have around a week left before construction begins.  The start date has been moved to approximately March 16 from the first anticipated March 7 due to contractual negotiations, Wisconsin DOT Regional Communications Manager Dennis Shook explained. 

The first phase of construction will reduce traffic on highway 83 to a single lane each direction between McDonalds and Shell Gas to allow for median work.  Highways I and 59 will run a single lane each direction for several hundred feet on either side of highway 83.  The project will be executed in four phases, and will be completed in late November. 

AHS boys defeat Hamilton

March 05, 2011 9:14 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys basketball team, ranked No. 9 in the state in the latest state Division 1 AP poll, opened up defense of their WIAA state championship Saturday night by defeating neighboring Sussex Hamilton in the  regional championship game, 66-47.

The win moves the Warhawks (20-3) into the sectional next Friday at the Al McGuire Center in Milwaukee against Classic 8 Conference rival Waukesha West (18-5).

The Warhawks trailed 19-14 almost two minutes into the second period before going on a 12-0 run that turned that deficit into a 26-19 lead. Hamilton (8-15) never got closer than five points the rest of the game.

Charlie Fischer and Brandon St. George hit long 3-pointers in that surge and Ricky Lovett and Kenny Finco also scored for AHS.

In the fourth period, with Hamilton trailing 52-45, the Warhawks put together a 9-0 run that put the game away. Scoring in that rally were Ryan May, Blake Mattson, Charlie and Jonny Fischer.

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Arrowhead wrestlers fall in finals

March 05, 2011 7:46 p.m. | Arrowhead's wrestling team fell to Wisconsin Rapids in the WIAA Division 1 state finals Saturday night in Madison, 44-26.

Cory Cinelli (119 pounds) and Andrew Crone (103) pulled off pins for the Warhawks, and Shane Hughes (215) and Jake Sueflohn (152) both won in their final varsity match. Mitchell Berenz added an overtime victory at 130, and Adam Yde scored a 4-0 win at 125.

The Warhawks finished second for the second time. Rapids has won 15 of the last 17 championships.

OHS wins regional championship

March 05, 2011 3:36 p.m. | Ryan Prom scored 33 points as the host Oconomowoc Raccoons defeated Middleton on Saturday in a WIAA Division 1 Regional final 73-59.

Oconomowoc (14-9) will play at Sun Prairie on Thursday in the opening round of the sectional against the Madison Memorial-Madison La Follette winner.

Zach Poker scored 16 points and TJ Schlundt finished with 12 points.

"I've been at Oconomowoc 11 years and I know this is the first time we've been in the sectional. It feels great," Kurt Melton, the Oconomowoc head boys basketball coach said.

Arrowhead advances to state finals

March 05, 2011 11:06 a.m. | Arrowhead's wrestling team will take a crack at state superpower Wisconsin Rapids at 6 p.m. Saturday night after defeating Mukwonago in the state semifinals in Madison on Saturday morning, 36-28.

Andrew Crone entered a winner-take-all scenario at 103 pounds and delivered immediately, pinning Mukwonago's Tommy Kolasinski in 59 seconds to seal victory. The Warhawks also picked up pins from Adam Yde (125), Mitchell Berenz (130), Jake Sueflohn (145), and Shane Hughes (215).

Mukwonago briefly took a 25-24 lead with three matches left, but Hughes and Crone -- both coming off an appearance in the individual state finals one weekend earlier -- remained. Pins for the Indians came from Mayson Madden in a thriller at 171 and Joe Mattson at 135.

Rapids has won 14 of the last 16 team state titles and placed 10 wrestlers on the podium last weekend at individual state.

Mlachnik's half court buzzer beater saves St. John's

March 04, 2011 10:30 p.m. | St. John's NW Military Academy shocked Hope School when senior D.J. Mlachnik took an inbound pass from midcourt and released a high-arcing buzzer-beater from just inside the halfcourt stripe. See YouTube video of the winner here.

Arrowhead, Mukwonago to meet in state semifinal

March 04, 2011 9:15 p.m. | Arrowhead and Mukwonago's wrestling teams will meet in the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals at Madison on Saturday morning after topping their foes in the quarterfinals Friday night.

The Warhawks dispatched Kenosha Tremper, 38-32, and Mukwonago defeated Franklin, 34-21.

Adam Yde was given a forfeit at 125 pounds for the Warhawks in the final match of the day, breaking a 32-32 tie to tip the scales Arrowhead's direction. Tremper didn't have a wrestler eligible to compete after bumping up its top wrestlers to different weight classes in an effort to get an edge.

Mitchell Berenz defeated 50-3 Tremper junior Dominic Garcia at 130 pounds in the first match of the day, 2-0. Arrowhead wrestled from behind most of the meet but got pins from Zak Ryder (189), Andrew Crone (103) and Cory Cinelli (119), plus another forfeit awarded to Shane Hughes at 215.

Mukwonago's lead was 16-12 when the Indians put it into another gear. Tyler Ladwig won his battle with Brenden Butler in overtime at heavyweight, and a pin by Tommy Kolasinski at 103 put the Indians up by 16 with three matches left. Hank Mattson recorded the other pin at 125 to cap the day.

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Lightning boys race past ULS

March 04, 2011 8:48 p.m. | The Lake Country Lutheran varsity boys basketball rolled to victory at home on Friday 78-40 over University Lake School in the second round of the WIAA Division 5 boys basketball tournament.

Matt Babel scored 32 points for the Lightning (15-9).

Sean O'Neill had 22 points for the Lakers. (10-12).

"We really didn't have an answer tonight for Babel. He's such a good player," Danny Ehnert, the ULS varsity boys basketball coach said. "And Lake Country Lutheran is deep, so falling behind early didn't help."

The Lightning outscored ULS 24-6 in the first quarter.

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Follow live updates from state wrestling

March 04, 2011 6:43 p.m. | Arrowhead and Mukwonago will take part in the WIAA Division 1 team state wrestling tournament in Madison on Friday and Saturday night. Keep up to date with the action here.

Mukwonago man gets prison for fatal snowmobile crash

March 04, 2011 4:44 p.m. |

Waukesha – A judge this afternoon sentenced Wayne A. Barkley, 23, of Town of Mukwonago to 7-1/2 years in prison for his role in a fatal snowmobile crash on Phantom Lake in December 2009.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge William Domina also ordered Barkley to 6 years of extended supervision to follow his prison sentence.

Barkley entered the plea to a felony charge of homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle. He also entered a no contest plea to a felony bail jumping filed in November for violating conditions of his bail.

Barkley was racing another snowmobile on Phantom Lake in the Town of Mukwonago at about midnight Dec. 23 when he braked and the sled tipped over. Domina said Barkley was driving about 60 to 70 mph. His passenger, Chelsey Lobenhofer, 17, of Town of Vernon, was thrown off the single seat snowmobile and hit a slow moving car on the ice. She was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe head trauma as well as other serious bodily injuries. She died Dec. 26.

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Mukwonago gallery to hold grand opening this weekend

March 04, 2011 12:55 p.m. | Wood'n it be Nice, 716B Main Street, Mukwonago, will be holding their grand opening Saturday, March 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Wood'n it be Nice sells handmade wooden items such as furniture, jewelry boxes, wine racks, and more.

Complimentary refreshments and special pricing will be available during the opening.

Y program lets parents and kids enjoy a night out.

March 04, 2011 12:00 a.m. | At the end of a long work week, many parents yearn for a quiet evening out. And that often means without the kids. But the kids deserve a break from their studies and school week as well.

The perfect solution is the Live Y’ers program, a once-a-month program for children in grades K6 through 4. Parents can drop their kids off at the YMCA at Pabst Farms in Oconomowoc at 6:30 p.m. – or at 5 p.m. for dinner and play time. This month’s Live Y’ers program will be this Saturday, March 5 with a theme of “Me Pot of Gold.”

Mom and dad won’t even be missed while the kids are enjoying rock wall and gym activities, swimming, crafts and a snack.  Kids are grouped by age as they move from one activity to the next. They will probably hate to leave their new friends and all the fun when it’s time to get picked up at 9:30 p.m.

Cost is just $10 for Y members and $12 for community participants.

For more information about the Pabst Farms Live Y’ers program, cal (262) 567-7251.

Shoppping day event benefits Mukwonago Library expansion

March 03, 2011 12:12 p.m. | Moms, caregivers and grandmothers, can enjoy shopping along with fun acitivities for kids on Wednesday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mukwonago Village Hall, 440 Rivercrest Court.

Products will be available from Avon, Tupperware,  Barefoot Books, Pampered Chef, Beijo Handbags, Bonnico Jewelry Designs, Uppercase Living and chiropractic information from Dr. Erica Knurr from the Big Bend/Vernon Relief and Wellness Center.

There will also be a craft for kids and a toy play area. A special storytime with Miss Jane from the Mukwonago Community Library will be held at 10:30 a.m. Musical entertainment will be provided at 1 p.m. by sister singing duo Deb and Cindy.

A percent of the proceeds from sales benefits the MukwonagoCommunity Library Building Expansion Fund.

For more information call (262) 617.5603.

Follow live updates from wrestling team state

March 03, 2011 10:20 a.m. | Keep tabs with JR Radcliffe at the Preps Alcove for live updates from the WIAA Division 1 team state meet in Madison, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday with the state quarterfinals.

Arrowhead will face off with Kenosha Tremper, and Mukwonago will meet Franklin in the state quarterfinals at the University of Wisconsin Fieldhouse. The winners will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the championship match to take place at 6 p.m.

OASD reacts to Walker's proposal

March 02, 2011 10:53 a.m. | Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Mike Barry, responding to Gov. Walker's proposal that identifies a 5.5 percent reduction in school district revenue, said that would translate into a $2.75 million reduction year over year for the Oconomowoc Area School District.

Barry said some of the possible ways for school districts to bridge the budget gap are suggested in the Governor’s Repair Bill. Those ideas include a cost shift from the employee share of pension costs; I would expect a similar cost shift in savings for health insurance plans. These were two specifics mentioned in the Governor’s Repair Bill," he added.

Those measures could represent a cost savings of $2 million to the district. Additional avenues will be explored to close the remaining gap. "At the end of the budget process, then we'll look at the potential reductions in staff, but we're not going to start there," Barry said.

KM does not anticipate any layoffs

March 02, 2011 9:24 a.m. | Kettle Moraine School District officials are still working their way their way through the implications of Gov. Walker's budget, according to Superintendent Pat Deklotz. While district officials see flexibility and responsibility in the budget plan, Deklotz said the are not able to determine how it will affect KMSD, partly because the budget is not yet finalized.
"We are not anticipating making any layoffs, in part because of the flexibility in the budget repair bill and in part because of retirements and resignations," said Deklotz.


The number of retirement requests this year is not the largest number Deklotz has seen in her time as superintendent. Of 32 teachers who are eligible to request retirement, Deklotz said she has recieved 16 requests.
Additionally, Deklotz said she does not anticipate a dramatic increase in class sizes next year.
District officials will continue to read through the budget and watch the issue closely, while remaining focused on providing a quality education to students during a stressful time, according to Deklotz. The bottom line is educating children, and the district will do that, said Deklotz.
"Our state is facing some significant challenges and it will take everyone working together to come out of this," said Deklotz. "I again commend the professionalism of everyone in the district, our teachers, our parents, our school board."

Vrakas disappointed with closing of Ethan Allen

March 02, 2011 9:04 a.m. | In a statement released Wednesday morning, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said he was disappointed that the governor plans to close Ethan Allen School in his biennial budget. Vrakas said he had hoped to consolidate the state's juvenile corrections facilities at the Town of Delafield facility.

“I am disappointed to see that the budget bill proposes to close Ethan Allen School.  I had hoped that, for the sake of efficiency, the decision would have been to consolidate all three juvenile facilities at Ethan Allen," the statement read. " However, I understand that it was a tough decision by the Governor.  If the juvenile centers were not consolidated, the daily rate to house juveniles at these facilities would have increased by nearly 40%."

Oconomowoc mayor comments on state budget

March 02, 2011 8:57 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley said it's now incumbent of local  Jim Daleygovernments to realize savings through less spending Tuesday night in reaction to Gov. Scott Walker's release of the state budget.

However, Daley said he felt confident the city would be in a fairly good position to realize savings because of past fiscal management.

"Fortunately Oconomowoc is in a sound position from past management and therefore that impact will be less ensued," Daley said.

City Administrator Diane Gard said staff will be working together in the coming months as state transportation aid and other reports are received.

Kapenga reaction: This is what constituents asked him to do

March 02, 2011 8:52 a.m. | State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) shared his thoughts about the governor's proposed biennial budget in a statement.

Today Governor Walker put forth a bold plan to eliminate Wisconsin’s $3.6 billion deficit. The proposed budget reduces overall spending by nearly 7%, and does so without raising taxes, increasing fees, or raiding segregated funds. In addition, it stops the accounting tricks used in the past by both Republicans and Democrats, reducing our structural deficit by 90 percent; the 33rd Assembly District representative said.

This is tough, there is no denying that, but it is what the citizens of the 33rd District asked me to do. The old practice of tax and spend has come to an end. I will be reviewing the budget bill in more detail once it becomes available, but so far it looks like it will accomplish the goal of restoring fiscal responsibility in government.

Local reactions to biennial budget

March 02, 2011 8:46 a.m. | While many local school officials were not ready to draw conclusions about the potential impact of Gov. Walker's proposed biennial budget, here are some initial reactions:

"That’s huge. I mean, I guess I just don’t understand the logical thinking that this is going to help. How can you offer a quality educational program?" Hartland-Lakeside Superintendent Glenn Schilling said.

"My concern is that no matter how it’s sugar-coated, if there is too much taken from the schools, there is going to be a loss of services. Reducing benefits is one thing. It’s fine, and I think there is some reality there that we said, ‘OK, I think we can move forward with this’ ", said Schilling, who pointed out that his district has cut approximately $2 million out of its budget in the last five years by cutting programs and streamlining operations. "But I think if it goes deeper than that, that’s my concern – that we would not be able to continue the quality."

"We're going to be faced with keeping a teacher in the classroom that's going to serve 150 children a day versus a roof project," said Al Zietlow, the Lake Country seat on the Arrowhead School Board, during a discussion on building and maintenance projects Wednesday morning.

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Late violation dooms Lasers

March 01, 2011 9:39 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's Trey Dowling was whistled for a controversial carrying call with 1.6 seconds remaining, short-circuting any chance the Lasers had to defeat Waukesha North in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs Tuesday night.

The Lasers officially lost, 48-40, but a series of technical fouls trumped up the final deficit. KM was within 41-40 after Matt Hoppe's layup bounded out with 8 seconds left. But North missed two free throws -- and five total in the final 1 minute 12 seconds -- and gave the Lasers one last chance to win.

Dowling drove the length of the floor, tried to shake a defender and was whistled for the carry, which prompted a reaction from coach Reid Chase that drew a technical foul. After North made two free throws, KM was whistled for an intentional foul on the inbound, and technicals on Connor Keating and Kyle Kita followed.

Jake Ricciardi scored 24 points to lead North, which will face Germantown on Saturday in the regional final.

Reese wins it for Pewaukee at the buzzer

March 01, 2011 8:56 p.m. | Senior guard David Reese canned a running 23-foot jump shot with less than one second to play Tuesday night to vault his Pewaukee varsity boys basketball  team to a stunning come-from-behind 51-48 victory over visiting Waukesha Catholic Memorial in the opening round of the WIAA Division 2 regional.

With the score tied at 48, CMH had the ball with 21 seocnds to go before turning it over with 4.5 seconds to play. Reese made the steal, took off with the ball, crossed half court and launched an awkward running jumper with a second to play. The ball swished through the net with 0.7 showing on the clock.

The game-winning shot set off a wild celebration on the court between Pewaukee players and fans.

By winning, Pewaukee will play against host New Berlin West Friday at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the regional title game on Saturday at Waukesha West at 7 p.m.

Junior center Jordy Edgerson fired in a game-high 19 points for the Pirates. Reese finished with 8 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals.

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UPDATED: Ethan Allen would close under Walker plan

March 01, 2011 4:33 p.m. | Documents released by the Walker administration indicate that the state will close Ethan Allen School in the Town of Delafield along with Southern Oaks Girls School in Racine.

The juvenile corrections facilities will consolidate operations at Lincoln Hills School in Irma.  

The document says, "The Department of Corrections can no longer afford to operate three separate juvenile facilities. The Department faces a $21 million deficit by the end of fiscal year 2010-11."

Approximately 230 people work at Ethan Allen.

Report: Walker calls for Ethan Allen shutdown in biennial budget

March 01, 2011 3:34 p.m. | A source indicates that Gov. Scott Walker will announce plans to close Ethan Allen School in the Town of Delafield during his biennial budget address tonight.

Rumors have long circulated that the juvenile corrections facility was in danger of closing in favor of consolidating its operations with Lincoln Hills School in Irma. It is unclear whether the governor's proposal calls for the two facilities to consolidate.

State Rep. Chris Kapenga (R- Delafield), who represents the 33rd Assembly District where Ethan Allen is located, had been leading a charge to keep the correctional facility open. 

In October, Kapenga said that while he was in favor of consolidating the state's juvenile corrections facilities to ease a $25 million juvenile corrections budget deficit, he worried that if Ethan Allen were to close it would reopen as an adult detention facility. 

"They have put millions and millions of dollars into the facility over the last few years into renovations of the facility. So there is no way, in my opinion, the state cannot look at that as an option for an adult population," the state rep. said in an October interview. "That is our concern. So we want to look at the other facility, the Lincoln Hills facility. There is no community around that, so from a safety concern standpoint, and a property value standpoint, there is very little risk. It is complete opposite from Ethan Allen because there are so many people that live near it, and we're concerned for the safety of our kids."

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Flags lowered to half-staff Wednesday for Daren Hidalgo

March 01, 2011 2:55 p.m. | Flags at Wisconsin National Guard armories, air bases and other facilities across Daren Hidalgo - Photo by Associated Pressthe state will fly at half-staff Wednesday, March 2 in honor of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Daren Hidalgo who lost his life while serving his country in Afghanistan. 

The guard will render these honors in accordance with an executive order issued by Gov. Scott Walker ordering the state and American flags be flown half-staff at all buildings, grounds and military installations of the State of Wisconsin beginning at sunrise on Wednesday, March 2 and ending at sundown.
Hidalgo was a former student of Kettle Moraine High School. His family resides in Waukesha.
 An Army carry team pauses after loading a transfer case containing the remains of 1st Lt. Daren M. Hidalgo into a transfer vehicle during a dignified transfer ceremony at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. According to the Department of Defense, Hidalgo, of York, Pa., died while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Ecology class to be held on March 5 in Eagle

March 01, 2011 2:29 p.m. |

Join Marlin Johnson on the Eagle Nature Trail to identify trees and shrubs and talk about ecology. Johnson is a retired biology teacher from UW-Waukesha and manages the UW-Waukesha  Field Station in Waterville. Coffee and hot chocolate will be provided. The event is being held from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. on March 5 at 820 East Main Street, Eagle, WI 53119.

Sponsored by the Alice Baker Library. Please call 262-594-2800 for more information.

Two injured in Highway 83 crash

March 01, 2011 2:07 p.m. |

Two people were transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital after their cars collided on Highway 83 by the I-43 southbound on-ramp shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

The accident closed southbound 83 until both vehicles were removed from the scene.

The extent of injuries is not known at this time. For further information, check next week's Mukwonago Chief.

Southbound Highway 83 temporarily closed

March 01, 2011 1:31 p.m. | Southbound Highway 83 at interstate 43 is temporarily closed due to a two car accident. No further information is provided at this time. Updates will be posted as they become available.

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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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