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Body identified as Nick Wilcox, missing UWM student

March 29, 2013 11:56 p.m. | The week before he went missing, Nick Wilcox visited the parents of a friend who had recently died.

"His friend had been an only child of the family. Nick was very attached to them - there were so many families he was like a son to - and he went to his mom and said, 'Mom, do you have any extra Christmas cookies? I'd like to take some over to my friend's parents to let them know they're not forgotten or alone,' " the Rev. Mike Frans said Friday.

"That's the kind of guy he was, just thoughtful and funny, in a good way," said Frans, of Grace Church in Delafield, who served as Wilcox's pastor while the 24-year-old was growing up.

Frans spoke of Wilcox on Friday, after the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office said a body removed from the Milwaukee River on Thursday night was that of Wilcox.

Family, friends and volunteers have searched in the months since Wilcox disappeared between 1 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1. He had been celebrating the New Year and was last seen outside the Irish Rec Room, 1023 N. Old World 3rd St.

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Tickets for Waukesha County Fair go on sale Monday

March 29, 2013 2:58 p.m. | Advance general admission tickets and VIP concert tickets go on sale Monday, April 1, at 9 am for the 171st Waukesha County Fair, sponsored by InPro Corporation. The Fair runs Wednesday, July 17 through Sunday, July 21 on the Waukesha Expo Grounds. Tickets will be available at

Get your tickets April 1 through May 31 and receive half price adult admission.

At the request of Fairgoers, the Fair is again offering VIP SEATING  & ELITE VIP SEATING  for all Miller Lite Main Stage shows. Tickets for the VIP SEATING & ELITE VIP SEATING will be available while supplies last, or until noon the day of the concert.

This year's performers include Hinder (July 18), Cheap Trick (July 19), Slaughter & Great White (July 20) and The Spinners (July 21). 

Body found in Milwaukee River identified as Nick Wilcox

March 29, 2013 10:37 a.m. |  The Milwaukee Medical Examiner has identified that a body pulled from the Milwaukee River Thursday night is that of Kettle Moraine High School graduate and UW-Milwaukee student Nick Wilcox.

Wilcox, 24, was last seen leaving the Irish Rec Room during the early morning on New Year's Day.

Family and friends organized a community-wide search for Wilcox, distributing fliers, holding prayer vigils and combing the Third Ward for any indication of where he might have disappeared to on Jan. 1.

Clear Channels Communication donated several billboards in the Milwaukee area to aid in the search and a $10,000 reward was offered by the family to anybody who could provide information that aided in the missing person investigation.

A Facebook page created to aid in the search was flooded with prayers and condolensces for the family Friday morning.

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Teens face time over bad romance

March 29, 2013 9:49 a.m. | An Oconomowoc teenager and her friend each face nine months in prison after the teenagers allegedly spray-painted slurs on an ex-boyfriend’s car last November.

Oconomowoc resident Jacqueline J. Gerritsen and Ixonian Amanda M. Beasley, both 19, were each charged on March 28 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of criminal damage to property. The misdemeanor carries a maximum sentence of nine months in prison, $10,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint, Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a park and ride in the Town of Oconomowoc on August 22 after Gerritsen’s ex-boyfriend, Cody Blehovde, reported the vandalism. The two women allegedly covered Blehovde’s car and windows with silver and blue paint, scratched the doors and broke a rearview mirror.

Blehovde told police he suspected Gerritsen because she often used some of the profane words written on the side of his car while talking about his new girlfriend.

Beasley initially denied involvement in the incident, telling police that Gerritsen had acted alone. Gerritsen contradicted her when talking to police, saying she was involved.

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Easter egg hunts scattered over Lake Country

March 29, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There are lots of things to do this holiday weekend starting with a fish fry at the Nashotah House, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The meal includes fried or baked cod, with rye bread, coleslaw, and German chocolate cake for dessert. Beverages of coffee and fresh brewed iced tea are also included in the price of $10 for adults, $5 for children 4 to 11, free for children under 4. Perch may be substituted for cod for an additional $2.

On Saturday, there are egg hunts all over Lake Country including one from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring Creek Church, N35-W22000 Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, and another in Pewaukee at Pewaukee Village Park, 325 Capitol Drive starting at 10 a.m. Bring food pantry items to the latter.

If the weather looks unpleasant, there’s an Indoor Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday at River Hills West Healthcare Center, 321 Riverside Drive, Pewaukee.

Hartland’s Easter egg hunt starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave., Hartland.

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Hartland man, 26, dies from apparent overdose

March 28, 2013 2:10 p.m. | A 26-year-old Hartland man, Corey Patz, died from a possible overdose on March 27.

According to police, a roommate called 911 around 3:57 a.m. from Patz’s apartment at 335 Hartridge Dr. because he had stopped breathing. The roommate, the police and the paramedics administered CPR but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Without toxicology reports it is unclear which drugs could have contributed to his cause of death, but initial reports indicate that the man could have died from an overdose. The medical examiner conducted the autopsy today but was not yet prepared to sign off on a cause of death.

“There are drugs in his system but it is an ongoing investigation,” Deputy Chief Michael Bagin said.

Oconomowoc High School grad heading to Texas to see alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University, play

March 28, 2013 1:26 p.m. | When Sarah Ardellini went to downtown Milwaukee's Bar Louie last weekend to watch Florida Gulf Coast University play, she was the only person there wearing her school's colors. But by the end of the night when her lesser-known school beat Georgetown, everyone wanted to know where she got that FGCU shirt.

"Everyone wanted my shirt and wanted to know where I got it. I told them that's where I went to school," said Ardellini Thursday afternoon as she finished packing to head to Texas to see her school play University of Florida tomorrow.

Besides being the only person in the bar with FGCU blood in her veins last week, Ardellini said she's pretty sure she's the only Oconomowoc native who so far has attended the school. But she's also pretty sure that may soon change.

FGCU's visibility has exploded after its recent performance. The southern university, which was just established in 1997, is USA Today's Team of the Day Thursday being dubbed "Cinderella Watch." And FGCU today likely has more than just Ardellini and her family and friends rooting for it.

But Ardellini is too excited to watch from afar, she's heading to Arlington to get a piece of the action. "On Sunday before they played San Diego State my dad started talking about going to Texas. I told him I had a few days off work and he shouldn't joke," she said with a laugh. Her dad wasn't joking and they're on their way along with her mother, boyfriend and brother.

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Community input sought for new Mukwonago superintendent

March 28, 2013 11:17 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education is looking for input from community members as the district begins its search for a new superintendent.  A superintendent search survey can be found online

The survey will close on April 15, 2013 and results will be shared by the end of April.

Wanted: Awesome Easter eggs, and the people who decorate them

March 28, 2013 11:11 a.m. | Do you or does someone you know decorate elaborate Easter eggs?

We're looking for unique Easter eggs, blown, rhinestoned or otherwise to feature in an upcoming issue of our paper.

If your or someone you know takes special time in crafting the perfect Easter Egg, we'd like to hear from you.

Please comment below or e-mail Kaitlin at

Demo to begin on Oconomowoc's Accentuate to make way for more Vino Etcetera

March 28, 2013 9:45 a.m. | What better way to celebrate some real spring weather than some building demo? That's what Jason Dvorak has planned for his downtown Oconomowoc building at 120 E. Wisconsin Ave. today.

The building for many years has housed home decor store, Accentuate! run by Bill Winkels. Winkels two years ago began a new venture in the lower level of the building called Vino Etcetera with his daughter-in-law, Corrienne Winkels. Early this year, Corrienne announced plans to expand Vino Etcetera and Bill is going to close Accentuate! and focus on two stores he runs in Olympia. Watch for more on the demo and what's in store for Vino Etcetera. And read more about the business, here.

Court asked to stop Sussex Meijer's store

March 28, 2013 9:28 a.m. |  Village of Sussex -  Waukesha County Circuit Court has been asked to stop the proposed development of a nearly 200,000 square foot Meijer's super store slated to be built at the Intersection of Highway 164 and Highway K (Lisbon Road) later this year.

In a law suit filed on behalf of Town of Lisbon resident Larry Pfannerstill, Milwaukee attorney Joseph Cincotta asserts that the Village of Sussex's approval of the project is illegall "spot zoning."

In addition, Cincotta argues the village's approval of the project violates a border agreement with the Town of Lisbon.

Pfannerstill lives adjacent to the development site. He and other nearby town residents have opposed the project since its inception late last year.

Town officials have argued there was an understanding between town and the village officials, as part of the 2001 border agreement, that there would be no "big box" stores approved in either community.

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Delafield Harley camp ground approved

March 27, 2013 9:21 p.m. | City of Delafield - The Delafield American Legion Post's plans to convert its athletic fields and picnic areas into a temporary campground for veterans attending the 110th annual Harley-Davidson celebration in Milwaukee was approved tonight by the Plan Commission.

The temporary campground will accomodate about 150 bikers and RV owners who are either veterans or legion members attending the event Labor Day weekend, according to event chairman Craig Hoaglund.

Hoaglund said the local legion is providing the temporary campground as a fund raising event and because there is a shortage of available camping space for this year's celebration.

He said there will be no entertainment or vendors allowed in the camp ground and he said a "quiet time" will be enforced from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.

"After everyone gets into the camp grounds, the only thing you will hear the rest of the night will be snoring," he told the Plan Commission.

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Village of Eagle hosts Easter Egg Hunt Friday

March 27, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Village of Eagle is having their annual Easter Egg Hunt in Town Park, this Friday, March 29.

Students ages 1-8, who have the day off school, can meet in Town Park prior to the 10 a.m. start time.

New Swallow School Board candidate emerges

March 27, 2013 12:30 p.m. | A new write-in candidate has filed paperwork to compete in the Swallow School Board race, mere days before the April 2 election.

Hartland resident Jill Fitzpatrick Smith announced via Facebook that she will challenge board Vice President John Fuhs, according to School Board officials. Until now, Fuhs was running unopposed.

"I think we need to focus less on the budget - not that that is not important - but focus more on the heart and soul of Swallow," Fitzpatrick Smith said.

She said she respects the hard work and dedication of the current School Board members, but feels they are disconnected from parents' concerns.

"I have been a parent for over eight years at Swallow School," she said. "We love the teachers, and we have seen a lot of turnover on staff in the last few years, which is disheartening."

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Mukwonago Powerball winner steps forward

March 27, 2013 11:59 a.m. | Clarence Cavins of Mukwonago stepped forward to claim his $10,000 winning Powerball prize yesterday afternoon, according to the Wisconsin Lottery. Cavins purchased the winning ticket from the 5 Star Citgo in Mukwonago. 

Wisconsin sold four $10,000 winning tickets for this weekend's Powerball drawing, according to the Wisconsin Lottery. Winners had to match four of the five numbers drawn plus the Powerball.

Waukesha lawyers poll favors Patience Roggensack for state Supreme Court

March 27, 2013 11:47 a.m. | The Waukesha County Bar Association released results of its judicial poll Wednesday, and incumbent Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack garnered more "qualified" and fewer "unqualified" votes than challenger Ed Fallone.

The organization's 531 members got ballots, but only 169 returned them.

In the "highly qualified" category, Roggensack led 93 to 36, but only 40 to 35 under "qualified." Fallone, a professor at Marquette University Law School,  got 54 "not qualifieds" to 18 for the incumbent. Forty-three voters had no opinion on Fallone, while 15 had no opinion of Roggensack.

The election for the 10-year term is Tuesday.

What was that log structure on Silver Lake?

March 27, 2013 10:20 a.m. | Some log structures popped up on Silver Lake recently and may have had some wondering just what they are. The structures are called fish cribs. The state Department of Natural Resources uses them to add natural habitat to lakes.

The cribs will sink about 20 feet below the lake's surface once the ice melts and offer a place for many types of aquatic life to congregate. Fisheries biologist for the DNR, Ben Heussner said three cribs have been place there this year adding to five previously put in the lake.

Heussner dives in the lake each year to see how the cribs are being used. He said the cribs have been a success adding more natural habitat to the lake that is lacking it. Trees and other "debris" are removed for homes or boat travel, so the DNR helps to replace it a bit.

Here is a photo of a fish crib from one of Heussner's recent dives.

New Swallow School Board candidate emerges days before election

March 27, 2013 9:36 a.m. |  According to Swallow school officials, a new write-in candidate has filed paperwork to compete in the Swallow School Board race, mere days before the April 2 election.

Hartland resident Jill Fitzpatrick Smith announced via Facebook that she will be challenging board Vice President John Fuhs for his seat, who until now was running opposed.

Fuhs, who has served on the school board since 2009, sits on the Employee Relations & Personnel subcommittee and is a delegate for the Cooperative Educational Service Agency and the Wisconsin Association of School Boards.

Watch for more information as this story develops.

Delafield Town Board urged to find fire station site

March 26, 2013 9:35 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - About a dozen residents attended a Town Board meeting tonight to urge town officials  to promptly begin seeking a site for the construction of a new fire station to replace the existing station on Maple Avenue near Pewaukee Lake, north of Interstate 94.

The Town Board has put off a decision on where to construct a new fire station pending the outcome of discussions about a possible consolidation of the town fire department with the Lake Country Fire and Rescue which serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.

The LCFR officials decided two weeks ago to break off the talks with the Town of Delafield and focus on a possible consolidation with the City of Oconomowoc fire department.

Some of the citizens were also apprently looking for a commitment from Town Chairman Paul Kanter that he would no longer consider locating the new fire station at a town park immediately west of Town Hall on Golf road. Kanter told the group he had ruled out the site after it had been rejected by voters in two referendum.

Some leaders of the group said after the meeting they  might support the Town Board considering a site in the Sports Common park on Silvernail Road, south of the interstate and east of Maple Avenue.

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Highway 18 reopens after crash west of Waukesha

March 26, 2013 5:08 p.m. | Highway 18 in Waukesha County has reopened in both direction after an accident closed all lanes of traffic near Moraine View Drive in Wales.

Traffic was diverted for about two hours.


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Highway 18 reopened

March 26, 2013 4:46 p.m. |  Eastbound and westbround traffic on Highway 18 near Wales has been restored after a crash closed the road earlier this afternoon.

The highway had been shut down in both directions at Moraine View Drive. All lanes are now open, according to the state Department of Transportation. 

Eagle nature trail earns grant for restoration

March 26, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Volunteers at Eagle Elementary School and members of the Eagle Nature Trail Committee are planning a prairie enhancement project at the Eagle Nature Trail, which links the local library and the school in the Village of Eagle. The funds for the project are provided by the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program administered by Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes.

Learning about native plants that have grown in this area for thousands of years is a goal of the project for children, volunteers and the community at large.  Participants will learn about the butterflies, songbirds and other critters that use these native plants for food and shelter. 

Site preparation began last summer and fall with various groups donating time to help clear invasive plants and shrubs. Among those groups were the Palmyra-Eagle High School students of the National Honor Society, an AmeriCorps group, and local citizens.

Wild Ones is a non-profit education association dedicated to encouraging the use of native landscaping for its inherent beauty and for the benefit of the environment. The Kettle Moraine Chapter meets the second Saturday of the month at DNR headquarters on Highway 59. 

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Fire merger talks April 4

March 26, 2013 12:09 p.m. |  Village of Nashotah - The Lake Country Fire and Rescue Consolidation Committee will begin discussions with Oconomowoc city officials at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, regarding the proposed consolidation of the Oconomowoc Fire Department and LCFR, according to Nashotah Village President Rich Lartz who chairs the consolidation committee.

The committee will consist of three representatives from each of the four municipalities involved in the discussion. The LCFR serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.

The meeting is scheduled for the City of Delafield fire station.

Representatives from the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah, the three municipal "owners" of LCFR, decided two weeks ago cut off talks with the Town of Delafield and Village of Hartland and focus consolidation efforts on the City of Oconomowoc.

Oconomowoc city officials had indicated they were ready to begin consolidation talks immediately while officials from the Town of Delafield and Village of Hartland has some reservations about consolidating with the LCFR, according to Lartz.

One of four winning Powerball tickets sold in Mukwonago

March 26, 2013 9:57 a.m. |  Wisconsin sold four $10,000 winning tickets for this weekend's Powerball drawing, according to the Wisconsin Lottery. 

The Wisconsin Lottery says the four $10,000 tickets were sold at the 5 Star Citgo in Mukwonago, Tri-Par Oil in Saukville, Petro Center in Sheboygan Falls, and the Kwik Trip at 124 West McCoy Blvd. in Tomah. Those winners had to match four of the five numbers drawn plus the Powerball.

As of Tuesday, the Mukwonago winner has not stepped foward.

Hartland teen faces 10 years for stealing car, crashing it

March 26, 2013 9:48 a.m. | A 17-year-old Hartland teenager faces 10 years in prison after stealing his mother’s vehicle and crashing into several cars on Hartridge Drive last November, less than a block away from Hartland South Elementary.

Matthew J. Hale was charged on March 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with second degree reckless endangerment, a felony. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison, $25,000 in fines, or both. Hale did not have a drivers license and told police that he intended to “steal money” from the PDQ Food Store in Delafield.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Hartland Police officer was dispatched to Hartridge Drive just north of Hartland South Elementary at approximately 5 a.m. on Nov. 21, 2012 after receiving reports of a car accident.

Ismet Mustafa told police that he was parked on the street in front of an apartment building on Hartridge Drive waiting for a friend. He saw Hale’s vehicle coming toward him and Hale sideswiped another parked car before crashing head on into Mustafa’s vehicle.

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Focus groups will help guide Mukwonago superintendent selection

March 25, 2013 10:17 p.m. |  Focus group work has started as the search for the next superintendent of the Mukwonago Area School District moves ahead with the goal to have a candidate selected and hired by the end of June to start July 1. 

Each principal in the district has been asked to select two community members to participate in community focus groups, which will be held April 8 at 5:30 pm and April 10th at 6:30 p.m. Additionally, municipal leaders and members of community groups are asked to join groups to help determine the next leader of the Mukwonago schools. The focus groups will help determine criteria for hiring the new superintendent. 

The district plans to begin interviewing candidates by the middle of May, with final candidates touring the district to allow principals to see the candidates in a type of informal interview in different situations, Director of Business Services Darren Clark explained to school board members at tonight's meeting.

Suspect charged with organizing fake photo shoot of Arrowhead teens

March 25, 2013 6:38 p.m. | Gary A. Medrow faces new charges in Waukesha County for allegedly contacting two Arrowhead High School athletes to arrange a photo shoot on behalf of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Medrow, 69, was charged on March 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with telephone harassment and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.

A resident of Greenfield, Medrow was previously charged in Ozaukee County with several misdemeanors for a similar incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls, allegedly pretending to be photojournalist “Mike Clark” with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Medrow is scheduled to appear at a hearing in that case on April 9.

The Journal Sentinel has previously reported that Medrow has a long history of using false personas to convince people to indulging his fetish: persuading strangers to carry each other around. Medrow has reportedly cajoled people into indulging his fetish since 1968, impersonating journalists, police officers and crash scene investigators to achieve his ends.

According to online court records, Medrow has been charged in several different counties for similar behavior, with charges ranging from impersonating a peace officer to disorderly conduct.

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DOT sets meeting on Highway 83 reconstruction from Perkins to Glacier

March 25, 2013 4:27 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) southeast region in Waukesha is announcing a public information meeting to discuss final design for the reconstruction of Highway 83 from Perkins Road to Glacier Pass in Waukesha County.

The meeting is scheduled from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 in the Library of the Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, Wales. The meeting will follow an informal open house format.

The improvements include reconstructing Highway 83 from a two-lane rural roadway to a four-lane divided urban roadway with a multi-use trail along the west side. The intersections of County E/DE at 83 and Highway 18 at 83 will be improved as part of the proposed work. The bridge over the Glacial Drumlin State Trail will also be reconstructed.

Currently this project is on schedule for construction in 2014. The public is encouraged to attend the meeting, provide input and ask questions concerning this project.  Maps showing the proposed improvements will be on display and representatives of the WisDOT project team will be available to discuss the project on an individual basis.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, or would like more information, contact Mohammad Hossain, P.E., Project Manager, WisDOT southeast region at (262) 548-8783.

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Man charged in Kettle Moraine High School grads' overdose death

March 25, 2013 1:27 p.m. | A 24-year-old Delafield man charged with first degree reckless homicide for allegedly providing a powerful opiate medication to a Kettle Moraine High School graduate found dead by friends of an overdose in December.

Ryan H. Tentoni was charged on March 22 in Waukesha County Circuit Court under what is commonly referred to as the Len Bias law in the death of 24-year-old Delafield resident Wayne G. Wilson.

Named after college basketball player Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose in 1986, the 1989 Wisconsin law allows the state to prosecute dealers who provide drugs to addicts who later die of an overdose.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel previously said he is using the law aggressively to curb opiate abuse in the county. According to criminal records, seven people were charged under the law in 2012 and four people were charged in 2011.

If convicted, Tentoni could face up to forty years in prison, $100,000 in fines, or both.

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Farrow listening session held in North Prairie today

March 25, 2013 9:49 a.m. | State Senator Paul Farrow (33rd Senate District) will be holding a listening session in the Village of North Prairie board room on Monday, March 25 from 5 p.m. to - 6:30 p.m.

Bank-owned Oconomowoc golf course, ski hill sold

March 22, 2013 4:28 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc – Managers of Highlands of Olympia and STiKs Academy can rest a little easier after recent news that the property their businesses operate on has been sold after going into receivership. ISB Community Bank President and Chief Executive Officer, Dan Westrope, confirmed that the bank did sell the property to an individual about two weeks ago.
“We are happy to see it sold. We want this to stay a community-owned and run property,” said Westrope.
However, Westrope declined to share the buyer’s name or amount of sale. The bank took over the property last year when former owner, Jeff Statz filed for receivership. Staz owed the bank about $2 million and the bank took over ownership in exchange.

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

I43 Ramp closure Saturday in Mukwonago

March 22, 2013 3:02 p.m. | If you need to go northbound out of Mukwonago on Saturday, begin looking for alternate routes.

From 7 a.m. until approximately 5p.m. Saturday the ramp to northbound I-43 will be closed at Highway 83.

This is closure is part of scheduled maintence.

Edgewood Avenue, a common detour, is also closed for repairs. Residents can take ES to Big Bend and meet up with 43 on Highway 164.

Waukesha County Airport's control tower one of 149 on final closure list

March 22, 2013 2:30 p.m. | The list is now official and it wasn't good news for eight airports in Wisconsin.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced today that the airport control towers at Waukesha County's Crites Field and Milwaukee County's Timmerman Field on Milwaukee's northwest side are among the 149 that will begin a four-week closing process beginning April 7.

The other airport control towers that will close in the state are in Mosinee, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Janesville, La Crosse and Oshkosh. 

The tower closures are a result of the FAA having to cut nearly $600 million from its budget as part of $85 billion in across-the-board federal spending cuts.

According to a release from the FAA, the agency kept 24 federal contract towers open that had been previously proposed for closure as well as an additional 16 towers under the “cost share” program.

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Nashotah dean among Episcopal bishops who agree to sanctions

March 22, 2013 10:43 a.m. | Retired Episcopal Bishop Edward L. Salmon, now dean of the Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Waukesha County, is among nine bishops who have agreed to sanctions for their part in supporting breakaway congregations in lawsuits over church assets.

Salmon came to Nashotah House in 2011, after retiring as bishop of the church's South Carolina Diocese. He was unavailable for comment on Friday. 

According to Religion News Service:

Under the terms of the agreement, the nine bishops “express regret for any harm” to the Dioceses of Quincy (Ill.) and Fort Worth (Texas) as a result of their actions, which included filing amicus briefs that were sympathetic with the breakaway groups.

The bishops also pledged to stop supporting breakaway groups in court cases, at least until the church’s General Convention addresses the matter in 2015. They also agree to help defray costs incurred by the church in reaching the accord.

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Egg-cellent ways to enjoy the weekend

March 22, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There are lots of egg-cellent ideas for things to do this weekend before Easter.

Kids can bring their baskets to two traditional egg hunts on Saturday. A Community Easter Egg Hunt for ages 12 and younger will be from 10 a.m. to noon St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stone Bank Road, Merton. In Sussex, the Easter Eggstravaganza begins at 1 p.m. at  Armory Park on Maple Avenue.

On Sunday, American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, Delafield, will host an Easter Egg Hunt at 1 p.m.  First Congregational United Church of Christ, 815 S. Concord Road in Oconomowoc, will have an Easter egg hunt after the 10 a.m. worship service. The event also includes kids’ activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

If you’re looking for some dining options, try the fish fry at the Nashotah House, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 22 and 29. Chose from fried or baked cod at $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Start Sunday with the hearty Lumberjack Brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Camp Whitcomb/Mason Meinerz Friendship Lodge, Camp Whitcomb Road, Merton.  The meal is $10 adults, $9 seniors, $6 children.

Extreme cat hoarding case occurred in a Town of Oconomowoc home, barn

March 21, 2013 4:23 p.m. | The 144 cats that were found in the extreme hoarding case last week came from a Town of Oconomowoc residence and barn, police logs indicate.

Lynn Olenik, executive director of the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, said that while 50 have been saved from the property at W390 N9275 Pennsylvania St., 94 could not.

Olenik said the Humane Society got a call from Waukesha County Humane Officers, a separate branch that works for Waukesha County’s Parks and Land Use, after it had received a complaint.

When they got to the scene, it wasn’t pretty.

Olenik said most of the cats, which were found in the house and in the nearby barn, were sick and in grave condition. Many were dehydrated, others were very thin from not being fed and most had infections as some were covered in feces.

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Kettle Moraine High School names Mike Vuolo as associate principal

March 21, 2013 2:15 p.m. | Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Patricia Deklotz has announced the promotion of Mike Vuolo to associate principal at Kettle Moraine High School, effective July 1.

Vuolo will replace Kehl Arnson, who is leaving the district at the end of the school year. Vuolo will report to Jeff Walters, the district’s high school Principal.

Vuolo is a nine-year veteran at Kettle Moraine, who joined the district in 2004.

He has worked as a high school social studies educator teaching traditional and online courses, and currently serves as the chair of the school’s social studies department.

Vuolo is a member of the building’s School Leadership Team, and has served as a union representative and member of the union negotiations team.

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Easter Bunny is for the dogs at Doggy Bag

March 21, 2013 12:14 p.m. | The Doggy Bag LLC. will host an Easter egg hunt and pictures with the Easter Bunny, from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at The Doggy Bag, 150 E. Wisconsin Ave., downtown Oconomowoc.

The Easter bunny will stop by and pose for pictures with the dogs, the Easter egg hunt begins at 3 p.m. Pictures: $5, the Easter egg hunt is free.
For more information, call (262) 560-1717.

Woman tired of poor Mary Todd Lincoln portrayals does own research, writes own script

March 21, 2013 11:23 a.m. | Actress Jessica Michna spent two years researching Mary Todd Lincoln and poured over hundreds of drafts of a script until she reached "perfection." She will perform her one-woman drama, “Mary Todd Lincoln: The Whitehouse Era” at the Delafield Public Library at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

"I just got tired of seeing reenactments of her that were not really even performances, but her only standing there beside President Lincoln," said Michna.

Watch for more on Michna and her Lincoln portrayal in Tuessday's Lake Country Reporter. If you're interested in attending the show, Reserve a seat at or (262) 646-6230.

Driver in fatal Hartford crash identified as Lisbon woman

March 21, 2013 10:56 a.m. | Police identified a woman Thursday who died during a two-vehicle accident on Wednesday.

Anna Kruppe, 65, of Lisbon died from injuries sustained during the accident and was pronounced dead at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. The accident occurred about 7:25 a.m. Wednesday on Highway 60 about one mile west of the Hartford Walmart.

One vehicle was westbound on Highway 60 when it collided with a second vehicle that was crossing Highway 60 southbound after pulling out of the Quad/Graphics parking lot, 1900 W. Sumner St. Police did not identify which vehicle Kruppe was driving and said the cause remains under investigation.

The other driver is being treated at Aurora's Summit Hospital.

Phones, Internet will be down at Mukwonago office

March 21, 2013 8:13 a.m. | Telephone and Internet service will be interrupted at our Mukwonago office from about 1:30 to 5 p.m. today as we switch to a new service provider.

The system should be restored for the start of business hours Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Commission selects Captain Otto for Pewaukee Chief

March 20, 2013 7:58 p.m. | The Police Commission would like to see Captain Tim Otto become the next Chief of Police in the Village of Pewaukee, they announced Wednesday.

They’ve reached out to a number of other commissions across the state to streamline their job descriptions and hiring process. Commissioner David Spakowicz said that they took the best of the best.

The commission held interviews for internal candidates on March 11. There were two interested candidates who met the qualifications (though, the commission was prepared to search externally if they couldn't fulfill the departments' needs). The commission then met with the Village Board in closed session on March 19 to discuss salary ranges.

“We did decide on a salary range in closed session and once that gets approved by the Village Board during open session, then, with the acceptance of Captain Otto, we’ll go from there,” Spakowicz said.

While there are a few T’s to cross and I’s to dot, the commission hopes to have a chief in place by April 2 to ensure a seamless transition. The board is expected to make a formal motion to offer a salary figure to Otto, who then has to accept it.

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Ten Chimney's Foundation teams up with UW-Waukesha to present classes

March 20, 2013 3:59 p.m. | The Ten Chimneys Foundation’s Director of Historic Preservation, Keith MacKay will be presenting two upcoming courses that offer a deeper look into the history of historic house preservation and interior design in conjunction with UW-Waukesha.

The first, discussing building preservation, will be held on March 30th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The second will be held April 27th from 10 a.m.-12p.m. discussing interior design.

Each class is $59 and includes an optional tour led by MacKay immediately following the class.

To register, contact UW-Waukesha Continuing Education (262) 521-5460.

Village of Mukwonago names firm for administrator search

March 20, 2013 12:35 p.m. |  The search for a Mukwonago village administrator moves forward after the Village Board approved a search firm at its meeting last night. 

The Village of Mukwonago Board approved entering a contract with Public Adminstration Associates, LLC to conduct a search for the next village administrator contingent upon favorable reference checks.

Kettle Moraine alumni inducted into Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame

March 20, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Kettle Moraine High School (KMHS) will honor three former graduates to the Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame during the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, March 22 at 9:15 a.m. in the KMHS west gymnasium. 

The Kettle Moraine community is invited to join students, staff and guests in celebration of the achievements of William H. Meyers, class of 1988, John R. Mezydlo, class of 2002, and Lauren Martell Vertz, class of 1976. Meyers, Mezydlo and Vertz will be recognized for their entrepreneurial, science and technology, and humanitarian impact on their community and schools.

More information about the 2013 Laser Trailblazer Hall of Fame ceremony and the 2013 inductees can be found online.

Calling all car enthusiasts!

March 20, 2013 11:35 a.m. | 30West magazine is looking for a list of upcoming antique and classic car shows to feature this summer. If you've got the buzz on a show this summer in Southeastern Wisconsin, please email the information to

Village reopens, tables fishing pier debate

March 20, 2013 12:14 a.m. | Go fish.

A few Village of Pewaukee trustees have made it clear that they’re not ready to end discussions for the fishing pier, quite yet.

During a heated discussion on Tuesday night, a motion was made to reconsider the vote that occurred on March 5. President Calder and Trustees Jeff Knutson, Zompa and Flowers supported the measure.

On March 5, the board decided “not (to) install the fishing pier for this year and that the Village explore funding options prior to next year and to utilize sealed bids.” That decision has essentially been undone and the cards have been placed back into the boards hands for discussion and possible action.

Currently, the pier funds would have to come from future borrowing. While the Village Board agreed on the initial cost, about $43,000, for the public fishing pier during budget season, board members were not prepared for February's newest quotes with sturdier materials and long-term guarantees. The actual price tag amounted to around $109,000.

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Technology steers 21st Century learning at Kettle Moraine

March 19, 2013 11:58 p.m. |  As technology continues to drive and push education, the Kettle Moraine School Board approved its 2013-16 information and technology plan tonight.


Using the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan and the School District of Kettle Moraine vision of “personalized learning”  and the ISTE NETS Essential Conditions (“necessary conditions to effectively leverage technology for learning”) as guides and inspiration, District Technology Integrator Krista Moroder and Director of Technology Services Brandon Kostolni outlined a plan to put technology into more student hands and provide teachers with proper training and technological support.

However, the technological investment for 21st Century learning requires access for every learner to help bolster active engagement in learning that goes beyond memorizing facts. The district has done much to create the collaborative culture that transforms education, explained Moroder, setting the stage for "a technology-infused education" that "maximizes learning and encourages communication, collaboration, and critical thinking."

As the district pushes forward, providing teachers with professional development and support, the need for increased bandwidth throughout the district to support curriculum aligned to the state Department of Public Instruction's vision for digital learning brings one stumbling block district officials must face.

Relocatable classrooms eyed for Ixonia, Meadow View

March 19, 2013 10:05 p.m. | The School Board is investigating the possibility of using relocatable classrooms as a temporary measure  to cope with capacity issues at Ixonia and Meadow View Schools next year.

The relocatable classrooms could provide the relief the district needs until a long-term facility solution is found.  For more on this story read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Mukwonago Fire Department receives grant

March 19, 2013 3:51 p.m. | The Mukwonago Fire Department recently received a grant of $1,000 for the purchase of new gas detectors from the Wisconsin Energy Foundation.

The fire department would like to thank the Wisconsin Energy Foundation for their assistance in the purchase of this vital piece of equipment. 

Mukwonago man charged with committing cordial robbery in Brookfield

March 19, 2013 2:01 p.m. | A 30-year-old Mukwonago man was charged with allegedly robbing a Subway Restaurant in the Town of Brookfield on March 13. Employees at the Subway said the robber was unusually cordial, introducing himself as “Mike,” apologizing for taking the store’s money and wishing them a good night.

Salvador Sanchez was charged on March 18 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with robbery with threat of force, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, $50,000 in fines, or both.

Sanchez is a suspect in two other robberies in the City of Waukesha, a Waukesha Police detective said in the complaint.

According to the criminal complaint:

Town of Brookfield police officers were dispatched at about 10 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 to a Subway Restaurant on West Bluemound Road after receiving reports of a robbery.

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Phones, Internet will be out at Mukwonago office

March 19, 2013 10:03 a.m. | The phone lines, fax and Internet will be down from about 2 to 5 p.m. today at our Mukwonago office as we change to a new service provider. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The new system should be up and running for the opening of business tomorrow.

Mukwonago plans search for new superintendent

March 18, 2013 4:06 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Area School District Board of Education will meet on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at the district office to work on plans for the search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Paul Strobel announced his retirement last month after working in the district for 35 years. His retirement is effective July 21.

Pewaukee crash kills Hartland woman

March 18, 2013 12:03 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – A car crash on an icy Highway 16 left Crystal Littleton, a 21-year-old Hartland woman, dead early Saturday morning.

Early on March 16, just after midnight, Littleton was driving eastbound on the highway when she lost control of her car along the icy road, according to Captain Tim Otto.

Littleton crossed the median onto oncoming traffic and was struck by two westbound vehicles. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of in the other two cars were transported to the hospital and their cars were towed, due to damage. The highway was cleared before 5:30 a.m.

According to Otto, one went to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital and the other to Waukesha Memorial Hospital while neither of the two drivers suffered from any life threatening injuries.

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Hosts of Pewaukee drinking party that preceded 3 teens' deaths agree to fines

March 18, 2013 11:50 a.m. | A Pewaukee couple and their teenage son agreed Monday to pay reduced fines for hosting a July drinking party for underage guests, after prosecutors agreed to drop some of the 26 citations issued to the family.

Three 18-year-olds who had been at the party died when their car slammed into a tree in Delafield that night. The driver's blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. The victims of the fatal crash were all students from Arrowhead High School, two recent graduates and one who would have been a senior.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel responded with issuing the multiple citations against Scott and Charlene Wetzel, and their son Jason for procuring alcohol for someone under 21. Schimel said at the time the citations were issued in December that he was trying to send a message to the community that it's not OK to give underage people alcohol.

He said no criminal charges were possible because the recipients of the alcohol were 18. Had the students been younger, Schimel said, he would have pursued tougher sanctions.

The Wetzels had sought a jury trial in the matter, but on Monday agreed to a single ticket for the father and son, and four for Charlene Wetzel, who had actually provided the alcohol - one for each victim who died, and one for the all the other young people at the party.

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Help grow OPEF

March 18, 2013 11:05 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF)  started less than five years ago and has already provided $400,000 of capital support for arts center enhancements and close to $200,000 to teachers for classroom innovations and curriculum expansion. To continue to grow and prosper as a strong education foundation, and to help our public schools be on the forefront of teaching and learning, it needs volunteers with many different interests and skills:

  • Marketing: writing, graphic design, social media, press relations – for the creative types
  • School and Community outreach – represent OPEF at school/community activities
  • Database management and data entry work – strong organizational and clerical skills
  • Special events, i.e. Haunted Ball, a new music event, a new fun sports event, others!
  • Grant writing for funds – requires good research and writing skills
  • Clerical/Office skills - Record keeping, bookkeeping or accounting
  • General fundraising – OPEF’s strategic plan calls for many activities to raise funds better

It can structure your involvement  with different amounts of time commitment and in many different ways, including internship roles with job descriptions.  To express your interest or to learn more about OPEF’s needs, fill out the online Friend/Volunteer link on OPEF’s home page  or email  or  call 262/313-9911. 

Mukwonago girls fall to Riverside in state final

March 16, 2013 10:20 p.m. | Mukwonago minimized Milwaukee Riverside’s 6-5 post presence Breanna Lewis, but it was the rest of the Tigers who did damage, and the Indians fell in their first-ever state title game appearance in a 55-41 loss Saturday in Green Bay.

Plagued by inconsistent foul shooting (10 of 18) and an inability to get looks at the basket in the second half, the Indians (25-3) saw a 21-18 lead with 2:10 to go in the first half melt away, and Riverside went on a 14-4 run starting late in the third that put the Tigers in front the rest of the way.

“They’re really good and we didn’t play our best game,” Mukwoango coach Todd Frohwirth said. “That’s called life, and it happens in tournaments all the time. We have great kids, and everything’s OK.”

MHS senior guard Jenny Tuttle closed her career with 10 points and 8 rebounds, finishing a season in which she was named first-team All State by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association.

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1 killed, 2 hurt in crash on icy Pewaukee highway

March 16, 2013 10:54 a.m. | A 20 year-old woman was killed early Saturday after she lost control of the car she was driving on an icy road, crossed the median on Highway 16 and was struck by two oncoming vehicles, Pewaukee police said Saturday.

The drivers of the two other vehicles were injured and transferred to area hospitals, Pewaukee Sgt. John Maloney said. Their conditions are unknown at this time, he said.

The accident occurred about 12:05 a.m. in Pewaukee when the woman's car was going eastbound on Highway 16 approaching Capitol Drive, he said.

She lost control because of icy road conditions, went through the median and into the westbound lane where she was struck by the two vehicles, he said.

The woman died at the scene. She was wearing seat belt and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor, he said.

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Oconomowoc woman charged with theft after allegedly being overpaid $10,000

March 16, 2013 10:25 a.m. | What would seem like a dream to most employees counting down the years to retirement has become a nightmare for Oconomowoc resident Lynda G. Johnson.

Johnson, formerly an employee at Stein Garden Center in the City of Oconomowoc, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony theft on March 13 after failing to report that she was paid more than 10 times her hourly wage by the company.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson, 47, was allegedly paid $88.25 an hour, instead of the agreed upon rate of $8.25 an hour, during her six weeks of employment. The company told police she was employed from late April to late May of last year. Altogether, she allegedly received $10,000 more than what she should have been paid by the company.

An attorney for Stein Garden Center said in the complaint that Johnson quit abruptly on May 14, providing no warning to the company that she was leaving.

The company discovered the payment error in June and allegedly tried to contact Johnson both by phone and certified mail, but received no reply. The company’s attorney said in the complaint that he was eventually able to make contact with Johnson, but she said she knew nothing about the money.

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Mukwonago on fire, shoots way to state championship game

March 15, 2013 8:46 p.m. | Another weekend, another state championship opportunity for the Mukwonago basketball program.

The Indians (25-2) utterly dominated Arrowhead on Friday in the WIAA Division 1 state semifinal at the Resch Center in Green Bay, 64-44, earning a trip to the state final against either Milwaukee Riverside or Superior. That game tips at 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

One week earlier, the boys basketball team earned its own trip to the title game before falling to Germantown with the gold ball on the line.

The two teams had played neck-in-neck when they split two regular-season meetings, but the Indians had this one in control early, going on a 20-3 run in the first quarter and taking a 26-7 advantage after the first quarter. Mukwonago finished the night shooting 56.8 percent, including 8 for 17 from distance (47.1 percent).

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Two local eateries bring home honors

March 15, 2013 3:01 p.m. | Katharine Hincak of the Hidden Cafe, 716 Main Street, Mukwonago won both Best in Show and the People's Choice award for her chandelier cake at the second annual Baker's Association Cake Competition as part of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association show.

Her chocolate colored chandelier cake was decorated with sugar flowers, jawbreaker pearls and edible glitter to catch the eye and win the hearts of those at the show.

At the same time, North Prairie restaurant operator Steve Schilling of ZaZING! Received the Wisconsin Restaurant Association's highest honor: 2013 Restaurateur of the Year.

Read more about both in upcoming issues of the Mukwonago Chief.

Waukesha woman charged with attacking others at N.A. meeting

March 15, 2013 1:57 p.m. |  An 18-year-old Waukesha woman could face more than 16 years in prison after allegedly attacking several people, including arresting officers, following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting in the City of Waukesha.

Samantha A. Mueller was charged on March 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with physical abuse of a child, attempted battery of a peace officer, resisting an officer, causing injury, two counts of misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Waukesha police were dispatched to St. Luke’s Church, 300 Carroll St. in Waukesha, after receiving reports that a fight had broken out outside the church following a Narcotics Anonymous meeting.

An officer made contact with a group of people standing in the parking lot who said that Mueller had hit several people after the meeting. Mueller told police that people at the meeting had been “trash talking” her and calling her names through text messages.

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Employee charged with allegedly stealing $160,000 from insurance company

March 15, 2013 11:49 a.m. | A 56-year-old man employed by American Family Insurance in the City of Pewaukee has been charged with five counts of business theft, accused of stealing approximately $160,000 while employed as a claims adjuster for the company.

Franklin resident Brian M. Costa was charged on March 13 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of business theft over $10,000. Oshkosh resident Sharon R. Krause-Cronk, 50, was charged with the same offenses for allegedly cashing the checks for Costa and receiving half of the ill-gained profits.

If found guilty on all counts, Costa and Krause-Cronk could each face up to 50 years in prison, $125,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

A Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputy was contacted on Dec. 12 by Attorney Beth Boyer-Ryan, assistant general counsel for American Family Insurance. Boyer-Ryan told the deputy that they suspected an employee at the company, Costa, had stolen approximately $160,000 by filing false claims between 1997 and 2012.

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Hartland,Town of Delafield, out of fire talks

March 14, 2013 9:16 p.m. | Village of Nashotah - Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) officials decided tonight to break off fire department consolidation discussions with the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland so they could focus on  merger discussions with the City of Oconomowoc fire department.

The decision was announced following a one hour closed session by a committee of representatives of the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah, the communities that finance, and are served by, the regional fire and emergency medical response agency.

Committee Chairman Rich Lartz, president of the Village of Nashotah, said the committee decided that LCFR would be in danger of growing too fast and too big if it absorbed the Oconomowoc, Town of Delafield and Hartland fire departments at the same time.

Lartz said City of Oconomowoc officials have said they are prepared to begin consolidation discussions immediately while officials from the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland have been hesistant about committing to a consolidation with LCFR.

Oconomowoc, the Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland indicated late last year they might be interested in consolidating with Lake Country Fire and Rescue. Consolidation discussions were held in August, September and February.

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Police catch Pewaukee bank robber

March 14, 2013 2:27 p.m. | The Brookfield Police have arrested a 21-year-old Milwaukee man who allegedly robbed a bank in Pewaukee yesterday.

The man, who wore a ski mask, apparently entered the Capitol Dr. Pick N’ Save around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and approached the teller stationed at the Guaranty Bank inside. He allegedly said he wanted to make a withdrawal but handed a note to the teller demanding money.

Captain Tim Otto said that the note indicated that he had a weapon, although none was visible and none was located on the suspect. No one was injured during the incident.

“The teller was outstanding. She did everything right,” Otto said.

The teller appeared to make a withdrawal and gave the suspect cash – over $2,000 – with a dye pack, set on a timer. It exploded in the parking lot and witnesses were able to make note of the man while he drove away, his clothes and his cash stained. According to police reports, he took off in a Chevy Malibu with personalized plates and was caught minutes later on the 13700 block of Capitol Drive.

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Do you know what a locavore is?

March 14, 2013 10:30 a.m. | Join Greener Oconomowoc's Coffee Conversations led by area experts including Deborah K. Turner & Dr. Janet Drake who will present, "Experiences of a Responsible Food System - Living as Locavores & Eating Seasonally."

A locavore is someone interested in eating locally sourced food. This topic will be discussed along with the presentation, "The Changing Face of A Responsible Food System; Production Agriculture, Local Food Sourcing and the intersection of Business" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at Whelan’s Coffee and Crème, 163 E Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Lisa Geason-Bauer, President Evolution Marketing/OWFM Director will present, "Overview of Responsible Food Systems, Emerging Business Opportunities and Farmers' Markets" and Audrey Lasse, Greener Oconomowoc Community Garden Director, will present, "Greener Oconomowoc Community Garden Project & Growing Young Gardners."

For more information, visit RSVP to: Tom at (262) 391-7168 or

Injured snowmobiler misidentified

March 14, 2013 8:24 a.m. |

A story in today's Lake Country Reporter misidentified a snowmobiler injured on Okauchee Lake. The injured man is Jim Douglas of Merton. As indicated in that story, that was unconfirmed information the Reporter has been seeking to verify through official sources. We apologize for the error.


Waukesha man charged with allegedly pointing gun at family, causing an hour-long standoff with police

March 13, 2013 5:18 p.m. |  A 30-year-old Waukesha man has been charged with recklessly endangering safety after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife and four children during an argument on Sunday, March 10 and causing a one-hour standoff with police.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the alleged victims, was charged on March 12 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety, misdemeanor disorderly conduct and four counts of misdemeanor pointing a firearm at another. If convicted of all charges, he could face more than 13 years in prison, $65,000 in fines, or both.

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Waukesha police were dispatched to the family’s residence, located near the intersection of Madison Street and North Grandview Boulevard, a little after 1 p.m. on March 10 after receiving reports of a domestic abuse incident.

The man’s father-in-law called police after his daughter called him asking for help, saying that her husband had a handgun and was walking around with it. The father-in-law told police that he could hear a lot of shouting in the background before the phone went dead.

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Mukwonago Police step-up enforcement in preparation for St. Patrick's Day

March 13, 2013 4:11 p.m. |  To combat drunken driving and increase safety belt use, the Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments will intensify their traffic safety enforcement efforts during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from March 4 through March 20th.

The increased enforcement is part of  financial grants that the Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments received from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety.

“Our intensified traffic safety enforcement during St. Patrick’s Day holiday period and throughout this year will help prevent motorists from killing and injuring themselves and others on our roadways.  We’re striving to increase voluntary compliance with traffic safety laws; not to write more seat belt tickets or make more drunken driving arrests,” says Lieutenant Ken Pileggi.

 Some simple steps for a safe St. Patrick’s Day:

·         Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin

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Irish-themed fish fry coming to St. Paul

March 13, 2013 12:33 p.m. | St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot is holding its second annual St. Paul and Paddy fish fry this Friday, March 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Cost of the meals are $10.25 for adults, $5.25 for kis and ages 4 and younger eat free.

The Irish-themed dinner features performances by the Glencastle Irish Dancers in the gym every half hour from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. including two session offering Irish dance lessons for kids. Ireland afficiado Arthur Cola will be in the church's galleria for presentations from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Call (262) 392-2920 for more information or to reserve a spot for larger groups.

Counselor in training scholarship offered for Mukwonago teens

March 13, 2013 12:00 p.m. | The North Prairie Lions are offering a scholarship for a Mukwonago Area Schools 16 or 17-year-old students interested in attending the Counselor in Training Program at the Wisconsin Lions Camp for children with special needs.

If interested apply online. For scholarship information contact Lion Lisa at (262) 378-1033.

Sussex development gains another approval

March 12, 2013 8:33 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Village official's more than 20 year dream of redevelopment of the Mammoth Springs Cannery Company site has moved another step closer to reality.

The Village Board tonight uanimously approved creating of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that will generate real estate tax revenues to pay for public improvements that are part of Brookfield entrepreneur Arthur Sawall's plans to build a residential and retail complex at the corner of Main Street and Waukesha Avenue.

The TIF District will include a 40 acre triangular shaped area that extends from the triangle intersection of Main Street and Silver Spring Drive east to Waukesha Avenue. A committee of local government and school districts whose boundaries include the TIF District are expected to give final approval to the district next week.

The Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on March 21 on Sawall's proposal to build three three-story high end apartment buildings with under ground parking and two retail buildings on the site. The Village Board is scheduled to give final approval to the project in April. Sawall said he hopes to break ground in May or June.

Lisbon Deputy Clerk resigns

March 12, 2013 8:09 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - For the second time in as many months, Town Clerk Jeff Musche is probably going to have to conduct a municipal election without a deputy clerk.

Deputy Clerk Cassy Rivers, who was hired earlier this year, has resigned for personal reasons, according to Musche.

Both Rivers and Musche were ill during most of election day during the spring primary election on Feb. 19. Rivers was hospitalized the weekend before the election because of severe flu symptoms.

Musche received emergency room and hospital treatment the day before the election because of chest pains. His election day activities were severely limited because doctor's were not sure what was causing the pains.

The election was successfully conducted by the chief election inspectors at the town's three polling places. Musche said he would be relying on their assistance again for the April 2 municipal elections.

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Enjoy some St. Paddy's fun this weekend

March 12, 2013 4:56 p.m. | There are all kinds of ways to celebrate the St. Patrick’s Day holiday this weekend including some food options.

If you’re in the mood for corned beef and cabbage, head on over to North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St. in North Prairie starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potato and other vegetables, salads, homemade bread, dessert and choice of beverage. Cost is $10, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 5 and younger.

On Monday, enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at the Sussex Community Center on Maple Avenue in Sussex starting at 11:30. For reservations call (262) 548-7848.

There’s also some ways to get crafty for the holiday.

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Warning of local donation scam

March 12, 2013 4:48 p.m. | Mukwonago Police Chief Kevin Schmidt issued a statement to us regarding a scam that has taken place in surrounding communities.

The statement reads:

There is a company called Against All Odds which is also doing business as Dreamers of America, LLC. They hire black students to go door to door under the premise of selling items and collecting money for Habitat for Humanity.  This group is a scam.

The BBB has received numerous complaints from citizens in Wauwatosa, Fox Point, Shorewood, and Pewaukee.  Additionally, Habitat for Humanity just issued an advisory to the Milwaukee Community, as Dreamers of America is NOT affiliated with Habitat for Humanity.

The subjects have been using a vehicle identified as a 2003 red Chevy Venture van with unknown plates.

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Four people charged in last year's brawl at Monkey Joe's

March 12, 2013 1:43 p.m. | Two men and two women were charged with disorderly conduct for a brawl that broke out at Monkey Joe’s child play center in Waukesha last September.

Albert J. Harrell, 37; Joann Lindsey, 33; Brenda L. Messling, 55; and Donell L. Messling, 36 were all charged on March 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

During the time of the incident, Harrell was out on bail for felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and as such was also charged with felony bail jumping.

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha Police officers were dispatched to Monkey Joe’s, 2040 W. Bluemound Rd. in Waukesha, at approximately 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 23, 2012, after receiving reports of a fight in progress.

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Man charged with stealing jewelry from grandparents' home in Mukwonago

March 12, 2013 1:22 p.m. |  A 27-year-old man was charged with burglary and theft after allegedly pawning jewelry he had stolen from his grandparents house in Mukwonago on Feb. 23.

David T. Bornfleth was charged on March 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony counts of burglary of a building and theft, $2,500 to $5,000.

According to the criminal complaint:

Mukwonago police were dispatched on March 2 to the residence of Robert and Christine Bornfleth at S110 W30426 YMCA Camp Road in the Town of Mukwonago.

The couple said that their house had been burglarized and several items had been taken, including a 37-inch LG LCD flat screen TV, a Sony video camera, and an ice cream bucket containing $40 in change and numerous jewelry items valued at approximately $4,000.

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Sen. Farrow to meet with residents in Sussex on Tuesday

March 12, 2013 11:22 a.m. | State Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) will hold a listening session from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Village of Sussex Village Hall, N64 W23760 Main St. Farrow and members of his legislative staff will be on hand to listen to the questions, concerns and suggestions of area residents.
Call Farrow’s office at (800) 863-8883 for any questions regarding the upcoming Listening Sessions.

North Prairie Lions Club holds pancake breakfast

March 12, 2013 9:07 a.m. | The North Prairie Lions Club's 36th annual pancake, eggs and sausage breakfast and raffles will be held on Sunday, March 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the North Prairie Village Hall, 130 N. Harrison Street. 

Advance tickets for are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets at the door are $5.50 for adults and $3.50 for children. Children under 5 eat free.

Lannon approves fire talks with Falls

March 11, 2013 9:57 p.m. |  Village of Lannon - With some dissent, the Village Board tonight approved a resolution authorizing Lannon and the Village of Menomonee Falls to continue their negotiations about a possible fire department consolidation or shared fire service agreement.

The agreement directs board president Jerry Newman to represent the village in the discussions and report any proposed agreement back to the Village Board for its approval.

Trustees Daryl Fiene and Ronald Nellis questioned why members of the village's Public Safety Committee were not included in the negotiations along with Newman..

"Two heads are better than one," said Fiene pointing out that some members of the Public Safety Committee have had extensive experience with the fire department.

Nellis added that a memorandum of understanding between the two departments had not been presented to the village trustees. However, Nellis did vote for the resolution in the voice vote in which Fiene vote "no."

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Village candidate forum Wednesday night at Mukwonago Village Hall

March 11, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce will host a “Get to know the candidates” forum at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 in the main-level meeting room at the Mukwonago Village Hall. 

Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive early to make sure the event starts on time. 

If you would like your question submitted for consideration, send it via email to

Sen. Ron Johnson staff to visit Chenequa

March 11, 2013 3:31 p.m. | Senator Ron Johnson has announed staff mobile office hours today; they will be stopping in Chenequa later this month. 

Johnson announced that his staff would be available for mobile office hours at the Chenequa Village Hall, in the board room, on 31275 West Hwy K from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on March 21.

According to the press release, these office hours allow constituents to meet with the staff to request assistance with a federal agency or regarding other federal matters.

New updates from AHS Alumnus in Senegal, Africa

March 11, 2013 2:09 p.m. | Marisa Comeau-Kerege, an AHS alumnus who updated her blog today, writes one of her final and most poignant entries about her time spent in Senegal, Africa.

"So this stereotype that comes with the word “Africa” is just that, a stereotype. So yes, in parts of Africa there is starvation, AIDS and Lion King worthy settings, but that’s not all. There is so much more to it than that."

Comeau-Kerege joined 95 other fellows last August through Global Citizen Year, to spend about six months in a developing country. She's been living in Senegal since September and is slated to return to the states in April. 

Recently, she's also put together a video about her experiences, which you can view here.

Manga edition of Book Club for Intermediate School students

March 11, 2013 11:15 a.m. | Manga edition of Book Club for students in grades 7and 8 will be held at the Oconomowoc Public Library from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

This is a free  get-together to discuss manga and graphic novels. Come ready to recommend your favvorites and hear about some new titles to check out.  Don’t know much about manga? No problem - manga fans new and old are welcome.

Please register at  Please contact Betsy at
(262) 569-2193 or with any questions.

Sussex woman dies in New Berlin accident

March 11, 2013 8:35 a.m. | Denise Merkel, 54, of Sussex was pronounced dead on scene after she was struck by possibly two vehicles on I-43 in New Berlin around 5 a.m. on March 2.

According to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and New Berlin, Merkel was an occupant in a disabled vehicle parked on the shoulder of I-43 and was walking across traffic when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

It's believed Merkel was struck by a second vehicle as she was laying in the roadway on I-43 between 5:25 and 5:35 a.m.

Anyone with information regarding the second vehicle, contact Detective Todd Ladwig at (262) 548-7461.

Fishing for a place to drop a line? You can skip Pewaukee

March 11, 2013 7:54 a.m. | There will be no public fishing pier on the Village of Pewaukee lakefront this year.

The public pier was taken out last year amid safety concerns for its rundown condition. The board had planned to replace it, but balked at the $100,000+ cost -- at a time when the village is also facing a deficit in its budget.

Read more in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

Mukwonago falls in state-championship battle

March 09, 2013 10:57 p.m. | Germantown played like the defending state champion Saturday, leading most of the way and building a healthy cushion late to turn away Mukwonago’s state title bid in the Division 1 boys basketball championship game, 57-28.

The Indians held the Warhwawks to their lowest point total of the season, shy of the 61 they scored against Arrowhead in the regional final, but a late drought removed any hopes of the Indians staging a comeback at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Nick Blohm scored off a feed from Dominic Cizauskas with 6:38 to go, putting Mukwonago within 38-26, and Blohm’s free throws with 5:32 to go made it 38-28, but those were the final Indians points of the game. Germantown meanwhile closed on a 19-0 run to turn the contest into a blowout.

“I thought we battled about as hard as we could battle,” Mukwonago coach Jim Haasser said. “I’m very proud of the boys, that’s a tough 64 minutes of basketball in two days. I thought we competed right up until the end, the way we talk about competing on a nightly basis. They do so many different things so well. You try to take this away, they’ll burn you with that.

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May Day comes early for Arrowhead girls

March 09, 2013 7:07 p.m. | In one of the most dramatic finishes in school history, Arrowhead sophomore Ally May canned an 10-foot jump shot from just inside the free-throw line with .02 of a second showing on the clock Saturday afternoon at Sheboygan South to give the Warhawks an incredible come-from-behind 43-41 sectional final victory over No. 5 ranked Kimberly.

The win vaulted the Arrowhead girls into this Friday’s state tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Warhawks (18-8) will play longtime Classic 8 Conference rival Mukwonago (24-2) in the first game of the Division 1 semifinals at 6:35 p.m. The two teams split a pair of conference games this season.

May’s shot swished through the basket, igniting a wild celebration on the court right in front of the Arrowhead bench. Arrowhead will be making its eighth state tournament appearance and first since 1996.

“This is unbelievable,” said May. “I can’t believe what we just did. I don’t know what to say. Vanessa made a move to the hoop and my girl left me to pick her up. Vanessa then got the ball to me and I just shot it. I really didn’t think about it. I didn’t have time. To be honest, I don’t remember too much about it. But it sure was nice to see it go in.”

May’s basket capped off a brilliant rally that saw the Warhawks battle back from a 37-28 deficit with 5:17 left in the game.

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Mukwonago girls handle Sun Prairie, qualify for state

March 09, 2013 5:47 p.m. | Amber Gray is used to this. Playing in the Classic 8 Conference, the Mukwonago senior sees her share of talented post players, so guarding Marquette University recruit McKayla Yentz of Sun Prairie looked much the same.

When the Indians head off to the WIAA Division 1 girls basketball tournament, it will be even more of the same. That’s because the Indians will be facing a familiar foe in conference mate Arrowhead.

For the first time since 2003, the Indians are headed to the state tournament, with the state semifinal Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The 53-38 win over Sun Prairie on Saturday cemented an impressive turnaround for the Indians (24-2) under second-year coach Todd Frowhirth.

Gray had the primary responsibility on Yentz, the unquestioned leader of the upstart Cardinals (14-12), a fourth seed that had upset its way into the sectional final at Middleton. Yentz scored just 7 points before the fourth quarter, when she added another 10 after the game was in hand.

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AHS girls win, move to state

March 09, 2013 4:59 p.m. | Thanks to a last-second basket by sophomore center Ally May, Arrowhead's girls basketball team upset Kimberly Saturday afternoon, 43-41 at Sheboygan South in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship game. The win moved the Warhawks into next Friday's state tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. AHS (18-8) will play Classic 8 Conference rival Mukwonago (24-2) at 6:35 p.m.

May''s shot broke a 41-41 tie with .02 second showing on the clock.

Arrowhead trailed by a 37-28 margin with 5:17 remaining in the game before outscoring the Papermakers (23-3) by a 15-4 margin in the last 5:04.

Maggie Doleschy had 14 points to lead the Warhawks and Kelly Smith had 12, Tori Miller 10 and May 7.

Mukwonago to play for state championship

March 08, 2013 10:47 p.m. | The Mukwonago boys basketball narrative has always included a reference to the team’s football roots, with four starters serving as prominent members of the Indians gridiron team. Milwaukee King coach Jim Gosz became the latest believer in the storyline.

“I tell you what, I’m going to see a Mukwonago football game next year,” Gosz said late Friday.

Out-muscling a talented Milwaukee King squad in the state semifinal, the Indians delivered a bruising performance that featured a huge rebounding advantage and a 64-47 upset victory that put the Indians on the goal line for a state championship.

The Indians (23-4) will play Saturday against spectacular Germantown (27-0), looking to repeat as state champ after an 80-60 shellacking of Oshkosh North in the other Division 1 semifinal.

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AHS girls play at 1 p.m.

March 08, 2013 2:39 p.m. | Arrowhead's girls basketball team will play against Kimberly (23-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the WIAA sectional championship game at Sheboygan South. It was originally reported that the game would be at 7 p.m.

AHS is 17-8 on the season, has won 6 straight games and 9 of their last 10.

Tickets will be sold Saturday at Sheboygan South.

Rep. Craig reacts to state mining bill

March 08, 2013 2:30 p.m. | Local State Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released a statement through his office today after last night's vote on the state mining bill.

The controversial bill to create a mine in northern Wisconsin has created tension between Democrats who have environmental and economoic concerns and Republicans who cited job creation and economic growth.

Rep. Craig, in favor of the bill, released this statement:

“Not only will this legislation help create thousands of jobs in Northern Wisconsin, but it will also help create many jobs in Southeastern Wisconsin, including in the 83rd Assembly District. Today’s vote reaffirms that the miner on our state’s flag is alive and well – and here to stay.”

Read more on the mining bill with our media partners, JSOnline.

Pewaukee Community Fair tomorrow

March 08, 2013 1:34 p.m. | The 2nd Annual Pewaukee Community Fair will be held on Saturday, March 9 at Pewaukee High School. Local businesses and area organizations are invited to get together and meet the community for a day of family fun.

The Pewaukee Community Fair will run from 10 to 3 p.m. Silent auctions, demonstrations, vendor booths and food will be available. There will also be a children's carnival that includes, games, prizes, activities and a bounce house.

The fair is hosted by Pewaukee PTO, a 501 c3 nonprofit organization. They sponsor quality programming and activities that benefit children’s education, as well as host special events that encourage family involvement — what we believe is one of the single most important determinants of a child’s success in school.

100% of proceeds made from this event will go to the schools in the Pewaukee School District.

Pewaukee man allegedly strangles father over bathroom privacy

March 08, 2013 11:34 a.m. | A 27-year-old man was charged with allegedly strangling his father at the family’s residence in the Village of Pewaukee on March 5, after the two men got into an argument over bathroom privacy.

The man, who will not be identified to protect the victim, was charged on March 6 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

According to the criminal complaint:

Village of Pewaukee police were dispatched to the family’s residence located on the 600 block of Capitol Drive on the afternoon of March 5 after receiving reports of a domestic disturbance.

The police spoke with the man’s mother, who said that her son was upstairs and police had to intervene immediately.

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Gem show this weekend

March 08, 2013 10:48 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine Geological Society's (KMGS) 51st annual show is this weekend at the Waukesha County Expo Center South Hall, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha.

The show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and 50 cents for children.

Presentations include:

11 a.m. Saturday: Jim Boyd of Millard will share his experiences of 25 years hunting dinosaurs

1:15 p.m. Saturday: Dean Stone of Effingham, Ill., will present "The Illinois Fluorite Story."

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Time is running out to register for Kettle Moraine Trivia Night

March 08, 2013 10:23 a.m. |  Registration deadline for the third annual Kettle Moraine Education Foundation Trivia Night is Monday, March 11. Teams of eight or more are invited to participate. Pre-registration is required. 

Doors for the trivia night open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Kettle Moraine High School and the first round begins at 7 p.m. 

More than 500 people participated in the event last year, which raises funds for the KM Education Foundation.

Go here for more details and the registration form.

Support local Oconomowoc businesses tomorrow and win free stuff during Shop Second Saturday

March 08, 2013 9:47 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce’s Be Local program will hold its monthly “Shop Second Saturday” event Saturday, March 9, at participating businesses.
Shop Second Saturday is held on the second Saturday of every month to promote the larger Be Local philosophy of supporting Oconomowoc’s economy by shopping at local businesses.
Customers who make purchases at participating Oconomowoc Be Local businesses on the second Saturday of each month are offered the chance to win special prizes by completing an entry form.
Winners are drawn on the Wednesday following Shop Second Saturday and will be contacted by phone or email. Winner’s names will be placed on the Chamber website and submitted to area newspapers.
The February winners for Shop Second Saturday prize drawings were: Jim Vaughn (Books & Company), Tory Lemke (Fox Lake Country Antiques) Kristen Schieble (Sherper’s) and Laurrie? Vertz (Willows Gallery).
For more information, call the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce at (262) 567-2666 or visit for a list of participating businesses.

From composting to gluten-free living, the Oconomowoc Winters Farmers Market is where it's at on Sunday

March 08, 2013 9:39 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Winter Farmer’s Market continues on Sunday, March 10 with fresh produce in the middle of the winter and something to do with your family on Sundays.
From 9:30 to 11 a.m., Waukesha County Land Resources Division will present an Ask The Expert demonstration, Composting, Rain Barrels & Rain Gardens.” Discount coupons on compost bins and rain barrels will be offered.

From 11 to 11:30 a.m. Ask the Vendor Expert presents Wheat Free Treats, “All About Gluten Free Pie & Tart Crusts (Demonstration)” and from 11:30 a.m. to

12:30 p.m. a Proper Pruning Basics demonstration will be presented by Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center Staff. Learn the art and science of proper pruning practices.

The next and final winter market of the season is on March 24. Tall Pines Land Conservancy will present “Protecting Our Valuable Water Resources” from 10:30 to noon.

The winter farmers market is held in the greenhouses of Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center off Highway K. Visit or call (262) 567-2666.

Fun and games this Saturday in Lake Country

March 08, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There’s something for everyone this Saturday in Lake Country – fun, games, science, food … even history.

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the Lions pancake breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee St., Delafield. Proceeds benefit the club’s charities. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 children.

Over at the Wales-Genesee Lions Club there’s dart ball going on starting at 11 a.m. The club is located at S42 W31320 State Highway 83, Genesee.

Learn about Voyager I and II flights during the “Infinity and Beyond: Voyagers’ Travels into Space” program at the Pewaukee Public Library, 210 Main St., Pewaukee. The program, hosted by the Pewaukee Astronomy Club, starts at 7 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about Sussex history, plan to visit The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St. in Sussex. The museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. by appointment only. Call Fred Keller at (262) 246-3603 for an appointment. Admission is $4. Children 10 and younger admitted free.

Community Watch


» Body identified as Nick Wilcox, missing UWM student Updated:  3/29

» Tickets for Waukesha County Fair go on sale Monday 3/29

» Body found in Milwaukee River identified as Nick Wilcox 3/29

» Teens face time over bad romance 3/29

» Easter egg hunts scattered over Lake Country 3/29

» Hartland man, 26, dies from apparent overdose 3/28

» Oconomowoc High School grad heading to Texas to see alma mater, Florida Gulf Coast University, play 3/28

» Community input sought for new Mukwonago superintendent 3/28

» Wanted: Awesome Easter eggs, and the people who decorate them 3/28

» Demo to begin on Oconomowoc's Accentuate to make way for more Vino Etcetera 3/28

» Court asked to stop Sussex Meijer's store 3/28

» Delafield Harley camp ground approved 3/27

» Village of Eagle hosts Easter Egg Hunt Friday 3/27

» New Swallow School Board candidate emerges 3/27

» Mukwonago Powerball winner steps forward 3/27

» Waukesha lawyers poll favors Patience Roggensack for state Supreme Court 3/27

» What was that log structure on Silver Lake? 3/27

» New Swallow School Board candidate emerges days before election 3/27

» Delafield Town Board urged to find fire station site 3/26

» Highway 18 reopens after crash west of Waukesha Updated:  3/26

» Highway 18 reopened 3/26

» Eagle nature trail earns grant for restoration 3/26

» Fire merger talks April 4 3/26

» One of four winning Powerball tickets sold in Mukwonago 3/26

» Hartland teen faces 10 years for stealing car, crashing it 3/26

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Best Summer Ever


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

Waukesha County Fair


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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

All weekend happenings