Moving ahead with a comprehensive facility and technology planning process that will result in a long-term master plan, the Kettle Moraine School District Board of Education and KM administration seek community input through three workshops in May.
The board has established priorities that focus the work on safe, appropriate, and motivational learning environments; equitable access to technology resources; and flexible learning environments designed for sustainability and dynamic K-12 instructional needs. The district is working with Eppstein Uhen Architects(EUA) and J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. (Findorff) to develop long term options for the board and community to consider as they define priorities and solutions.
Workshops will explore findings from the Facility & Technology Assessment report, the Master Plan, and assessment of phasing and financial impact. Community members are invited to participate at any one of the following informational and interactive workshops:
Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. at Kettle Moraine Middle School in Dousman
Saturday, May 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Delafield Council Chamber in Delafield» Read Full Article
A concert has been planned to benefit Family Promise of Western Waukesha County, an organization that helps homeless children and their families.
Singers Carrie Elkin and Danny Schmidt will perform at Lake Country UU Church, W299N5595 Grace Dr., Hartland, at 7:30 p.m., for one night on Wednesday, May 1.
Students in the Pewaukee School District are teaming up with Two Men and a Truck to make Mother's Day a happier holiday for some area moms.
They are collecting items for Hebron House in Waukesha, a shelter that offers assistance to the homeless. Learn more about what you can donate, and how, in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter.
The Kettle Moraine boys track team and the Arrowhead girls track team won championships Friday night at the Lake Geneva Badger Invite.
The KM boys dominated the action from the start. Mac Reidy won both weight events and Alex Sharrock swept the two hurdle events.
Vanessa Voss had a big day for the Arrowhead girls team. Voss won the 100 and 200-meter dashes and she also ran the anchor leg on the winning 400-meter relay team.
The first week of the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball season got off to an impressive start Sunday as two pitchers threw no-hitters.
Sam Mulkey of Merton pitched a no-hitter against visiting North Lake. Merton won the game by a 2-0 score.
Bryant Bullock pitched a 7-inning no-hitter against host Hartland. West Bend won the game, 14-1.
Other scores on Sunday were Sussex over Merton 16-1, Pewaukee over Oconomowoc 8-6, Menomonee Falls over Lannon 11-6 and the Brookfield Blue Sox over the Brookfield Bulldogs 8-1. That last game was played at Monches.
Nationwide, YMCAs host Healthy Kids Day on April 27.
The Mukwonago YMCA will have an open house in its new facility from 10 a.m. to noon. Children and their families will learn about keeping their bodies healthy, participate in family-friendly activities and enjoy a community fair for free.
Congressman Paul Ryan will hold a listening session from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Monday, April 29, at the Dousman-Ottawa Lions Club, 235 N. Main St., Dousman.
"These listening sessions provide a great opportunity for me to answer questions, discuss the major legislative proposals before Congress and address the concerns of First District residents," Ryan said. "I am looking forward to talking with those I serve about the common-sense solutions needed to get our country and our economy back on track."
Calvin T. Eleby, 19, was sentenced to five years in prison and five years extended supervision on April 25, after pleading guilty last September to one count of second-degree sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl.
Eleby was charged in April 2012 of having sex with the girl on multiple occasions beginning in June 2011. She told investigators that when she refused to perform oral sex on him, he would grab her head and force her to do it, according to the criminal complaint.
Eleby, an Oconomowoc resident, has had several run-ins with the law since the original charges were filed. In September he was charged with having sex with a 17-year-old girl, despite the terms of his bond stating he was to have no contact with any underage girls, and in November he was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety after allegedly threatening his girlfriend with a knife. The April 25 sentence is concurrent to any sentence that might be handed down in the other two incidents.
In Thursday’s sentencing, Judge Kathryn Foster ordered the defendant to maintain absolute sobriety and he may not use the Internet or possess pornography, according to online court records. He is also not to have any contact with underage girls and must register as a sex offender.
The weekend is loaded with activities for everyone, from book lovers and folks wanting to raise chickens.
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland will be at the Delafield Public Library, 500 Genesee St., Delafield, from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday. Garland will talk about his poetry, experiences and the value of poetry.
If you’re looking for some good reads, check out the used book sale 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Oconomowoc Public Library, 200 W. South St., Oconomowoc. Sunday is $2 per bag day.
If you’re feeling a little crafty, head over to the craft fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Okauchee American Legion Post, N50-W35181 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could gather fresh eggs from your own yard for your morning omelet? You can learn all about raising chickens at Friends of Nature’s two locations on Saturday. Chick Day will be at 9 p.m. at the Genesee Deport store, on Highway 59, west of High 83. The workshop will start at 1 p.m. at the Oconomowoc location on Brown Street. Gold Star chicks are available for $3.99.» Read Full Article
A six-person jury decided Thursday afternoon that Alan A. Randall, convicted in 1977 of killing Summit Police Officers Robert "Rocky" Atkins and Wayne Olson, should be allowed conditional release from a mental hospital after 36 years, a decision that left family of the victims in tears.
"The dead are dead, and now he's out," Janice McGuire, Olson's sister, said.
Atkins' sister Diane Stojanovich said she could not put into words how she was feeling.
"Am I pleased with it?" She asked, holding back tears. "No."
District Attorney Brad Schimel said the prosecution did not have any basis to appeal the jury's verdict.» Read Full Article
Arrowhead's girls softball team improved to 4-0 Wednesday afternoon by scoring a 10-0 Classic 8 Conference victory over visiting Waukesha West.
Monica Fischer tossed a 2-hitter for the Warhawks.
Becky Walker and Carly Brengosz had three hits each for the winners and Kara Olsen and Taylor Jacobs had two hits apiece.
The City of Delafield Plan Commission meeting tonight has been canceled due to lack of quorum. On the agenda was a proposal for a new Christian school among other items.
City Clerk Gina Gresch said the agenda items will be moved to next month's meeting on May 29.
A fundraiser for Mukwonago High School's new fitness center will be held this Saturday, April 27 from 11a.m.-1p.m. outside of the Pick 'n Save on Rochester Street.
Johnsonville Brats will be available for $1 and other sponsors include Dr. Pepper Soda, Brownberry Buns, and 1250 WSSP radio.
All proceeds will go to help offset the cost of a new fitness center at Mukwonago High School.
Hartland resident August T. Birch was convicted in a court trial Tuesday of second-degree sexual assault after being charged last October with sexually molesting his mentally handicapped daughter.
Birch could face up to 40 years in prison for the offense and is expected to be sentenced on July 22. Birch’s attorney, Thor Templin, chose to forgo a jury trial and instead Judge Jennifer Dorow was tasked with determining Birch’s culpability.
At the one-day trial on April 23, evidence presented by the prosecution included a recorded interview with Birch’s 15-year-old daughter, in which she alleged that her father had fondled her breasts for over a year. According to the criminal complaint, the girl has the mental capacity of an 8 year old and Birch told police that he had done it to “bond” with his daughter.
He told police he did find his daughter attractive and the touching excited him, according to the complaint. His wife, stepmother of the victim, said that she had seen Birch touch his daughter inappropriately once, but had difficulty believing he had engaged in that type of behavior regularly.
The man’s daughter also spoke in person on behalf of the state, lead by Deputy District Attorney Debra Blasius, and was cross-examined by the defense.» Read Full Article
Construction began earlier this month on the 2-mile stretch of Capitol Drive between Highway 16 and Five Fields Drive in Pewaukee.
The project consists of resurfacing the roadway, lengthening right turn lanes, crosswalk improvements and signal upgrades.
The project team will begin working at night in order to maintain the project schedule. During the morning rush hour (from 6 to 9 a.m.) two lanes of eastbound traffic will be opened. During the evening rush hour (from 3 to 7 p.m.), two lanes of westbound traffic will be opened. All other times, there will be one lane of traffic in each direction.
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St. John''s Northwestern Military Academy has named Gene Boley as the program's new head football coach, Athletic Director Paul Havel announced.
Boley replaces Gary Richert who retired from coaching at the end of last season.
The Garden Mart on Highway 83 in Mukwonago will host a spring open house from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27.
From noon until 4 p.m. special events will be taking place to benefit the Mukwonago Fire Department, the Mukwonago Dog Park and with spring-related events.
The Mukwonago Fire Department will be on hand with equipment from 1 to 3 p.m. Kids will be invited to paint a pot and plant a flower for $5. There will also be an animal petting area, demonstrations of products, and Akita and Friends Dog Rescue.
The Wisconsin State Democratic Convention will be held in Oconomowoc this year. The Waukesha County Democrats have just announced that it’s scheduled for June 7-8 at Olympia Resort and Conference Center.
Commenting on the state Democratic convention being in Waukesha County for the first time in thirty years, WCD Chair Dick Pas said, “Almost forty percent of Waukesha Couny votes Democratic in some races. And Waukesha County Democrats are pleased to host the state Convention in 2013.”
“Waukesha County Democrats support strong public schools as the ladder for our children’s and grandchildren’s success, which in turn supports strong property values,” he said. “We look forward to preserving those strong Waukesha County and Wisconsin values in our work at the Convention.”
The convention will open with the Democratic Unity Fair at 2 p.m. on Friday, with registration following at 3 p.m. The Convention Hall will open at 5 p.m. and hospitalities are scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. On Saturday, the Convention Hall will reopen at 8 a.m. for work on the party platform, resolutions and voting for state party officers. The convention will end at 2 p.m. Saturday. The main speaker has not been named, but state and local party leaders will be speaking on Friday night.
Registration for the convention can be done at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin website. For hotel reservations please call the Olympia Resort and Conference Center at 1-800-558-9573. If you would like to participate in the platform and voting you must register as a delegate by May 17 and must be a paid-up party member by May 25. If you simply wish to attend the convention, pre-registration is $20 and registration at the door is $30.» Read Full Article
Town of Lisbon - Town officials have indicated a willingness to reopen negotiations with the Village of Sussex over a new joint long term funding agreement for the Pauline Hass Library.
The Town Board, following a one and a half hour closed session, unanimously approved a letter to be sent to village officials saying the town would "welcome" new negotiations.
In the letter, the town board said the counter proposal they offered last year, which was rejected by the village board, should not be considered a "take it or leave it offer."
Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said the four town supervisors during the closed session agreed on some parameters he could negotiate with the village including increasing the amount of money the town would consider sharing annually in library cost.
The town's counter proposal suggest town officials might be willing to contribute about $250,000 to $280,000 annually to the library.» Read Full Article
Cooper Power Systems is cutting nearly two-thirds of its 260 jobs in Pewaukee and is moving the work to Mexico, the company said Monday.
After the loss of 163 jobs, the company will have fewer than 100 employees at the plant that makes components used in the electrical industry, the company said in an email.
The job cuts comprise 130 production jobs and 33 salaried positions.
On its website, Cooper says its Wisconsin locations include Pewaukee, Waukesha, Franksville and South Milwaukee. In 2012, the Houston-based company was acquired by Eaton Corp. for $11.8 billion.
Eaton spokesman Mark Horner said the company is moving the production of molded rubber from Pewaukee to a plant in Queretaro, Mexico, in 2014 - with full production there by the end of 2015.» Read Full Article
Yesterday Representative Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon), was awarded Legislator of the Year by Pro-Life Wisconsin at their annual spring awards dinner.
“I am honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from Pro-Life Wisconsin," siad Craid. "I came into the State Legislature in 2011 with a firm commitment to uphold the sanctity of life and I remain dedicated to that commitment. While we live in the shadow of Roe v. Wade, we can take, and have taken, important, legislative steps to protect unborn life.”
Friends of the Library will be holding its Spring 2013 Used Book Sale at the Oconomowoc Public Library.
Dates and time for the event are as follows: Friday, April; 26, from 4-6 p.m. for Friends of the Library only; from 6 - 8 p.m., the sale is open to everyone.
The sale continues on Saturday, fApril 27 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and from 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 28.
On Sunday, the sale is $2 for all the books that fit in a paper bag.
Dodge - Jim Schlieve has his initial appearance at 9 a.m. today in Dodge County Circuit Court. He faces more than a dozen felony charges related to the theft of about $200,000 from the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashippun.
Church members became suspicious of Schlieve after they repeatedly tried to contact him about donating money from an endowment fund to a charitable cause with no response. Schlieve was in charge of handling the endowment fund that is used to pay the pastor's living expenses and for charitable effort.
When a detective questioned him about the missing money, he admitted to taking it over the past several years to pay for personal bills. There is also an ongoing investigation regarding about $5,000 to $10,000 missing from the Ashippun Lions Club. Schlieve was the club treasurer.
Schlieve faces more than 100 years in prison and $290,000 in fines.
Read more here.
The Richmond School Board announced Friday afternoon that Jeff Weiss has been hired as the district's new superintendent.
The School Board conducted a comprehensive search for a new superintendent to replace retiring Superintendent George Zimmer. Weiss will visit Richmond School regularly before he officially begins on July 1.
He is currently employed by the Racine Unified School District as assistant superintendent for elementary education. There he oversees 21 elementary schools and a 4K center.
Weiss is married with three children ages 16, 13 and 10.
The Alice Baker Library is hosting a tea with American Girl author, Kathleen Ernst on Monday, April 22 from 4-5p.m. in the Eagle Munipal building.
Learn about the stories behind the stories of Kathleen's fourteen American Girl books. She will share insights about her original history mysteries, her newer Kit, Josefina, Kirsten, and Molly mystery books, and what it was like to create and write the books about Caroline Abbott, the newest American Girl historical character.
Light refreshments will be available. Door prizes will be given away, including a Caroline doll! Kathleen will have books for sale, have time to meet fans, and autograph books.
For more information visit the Alice Baker Library website: http://www.alicebaker.lib.wi.us/
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St. Anthony on the Lake drama club members (from left, front) Rachel Schuchardt of Pewaukee, Macy Otto of Pewaukee, (back) Jenna Lange of Wales, Erica Ziolkowski of Pewaukee, and Ava Hofbauer of the Town of Delafield rehearse for the production of "Fiddler on the Roof," which runs Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m and Sunday, April 21 at 1 and 3 p.m. at Kettle Moraine High School. Tickets cost $5 in advance by calling (262) 968-3805 or $6 at the door.
Drama club members (from left) Elena Hofbauer of the Town of Delafield, Michelle Horning of the Town of Delafield, Sierra Lange of Wales, Haley Guidinger of Waukesha, and Marissa Ziolkowski of Pewaukee rehearse the wedding scene from Fiddler.
The City of Oconomowoc will conduct a mock tornado watch and warning as part of the state's 2013 Tornado Drill beginning at 1 p.m. today.
At 1 p.m. the National Weather Service will issue a mock tornado watch. At 1:45 p.m. the National Weather Service will issue a mock tornado warning and a siren will be activated at 2 p.m.
Schools and businesses may participate in the drill.
An Arrowhead senior is organizing a benefit concert to be held May 2 for the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.
Bri Alexander, vice president of the Student Senate at Arrowhead, said she organized the concert after her own family suffered a loss from childhood cancer.
“It hit home for me because I lost my 8-year-old cousin, who died last year from child cancer,” Alexander said.
The “Hope in the Spotlight” concert will feature musical performances from Arrowhead students from the choir and dance programs. The entry fee is $8 and all proceeds, including the sale of T-shirts and wristbands featuring the “Hope in the Spotlight” logo, will go to the MACC Fund.
A silent auction and raffle is also planned for the event. Raffle tickets will cost $2 a piece, $3 for five or $6 for 10, and the grand prize winner will receive a $500 Apple store gift card.» Read Full Article
If you love this planet we live on then why not show your support by attending an Earth Day activity this weekend.
Learn what happens to tons of recyclables during the Earth Day event at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility, 220 S. Prairie Ave., Waukesha, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Tour the facility and learn how recycling works. Enter to win prizes, such as a home compost bin, enjoy music by 99.1 WMYX and meet the recycling mascot. Go to http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/recycling for more information.
The Earth Day Bike Summit will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc. Presented by Greener Oconomowoc, the event includes lunch featuring local food, helmet fittings and sale, bike safety checks, educational demos and Earth Day expo. The movie "Pedaling a Dream" will be shown from 2:30-4 p.m.
Make an Earth Day work of art at Earth Day’s Wax World Crayola Crayon Class from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Willows Gallery, 126 E. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Jake Miller will lead an Earth Day themed crayon class for all skill levels. Supplies provided Cost is $15 each. Or, sign up with two or more friends or family and pay just $10 each. Go to http://www.willowsgallery.com for more information.
Village of Summit - After nearly two hours of public comment, the Plan Commission voted unanimously to direct staff to draft a conditional use permit for Rogers Memorial Hospital to establish a mental health facility off Cedar Ridge Road.
Many residents spoke during a public hearing Thursday night - most with concerns about the future use of the site - a few for the project. Rogers is proposing establishing a 28-bed residential facility to treat patients with anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorders. It has plans within the next five years of adding another 20 beds.
Residents have voiced concerns about the development for the past month when Rogers first approached the village about a conditional use permit for the site that once housed a senior living community. Rogers recently bought the land that sits between Upper Nemahbin and Lower Nashotah lakes for about $4 million.
Residents are worried about the environmental impact, increased traffic on Valley Road, parking, increased light pollution and lake traffic. They have outlined their requests to be included in the conditional use permit. The Plan Commission discussed some of their requests after the public hearing. Many they said would be addressed in specific site plans and are already required by village ordinance.
There was a discrepancy about the amount of boats, kayaks and canoes, and how often Rogers staff and patients can use the lakes. Commissioners said they didn't feel it was their right to limit use on the lake as no resident is limited on how often they use the lake.» Read Full Article
City of Delafield - Representatives from four communities have begun working on a funding compromise that if adopted could lead to the consolidation of the City of Oconomowoc Fire Department into Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) which serves the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah and the City of Delafield.
A consolidation committee began working on the structure and some of the concepts of the compromise during a nearly 70 minute meeting tonight at the LCFR's Delafield Fire Station.
It appears likely the plan will not inlcude revenues from fire inspection fees charged to commercial building owners which would be a major concession to Oconomowoc Mayor Jim Daley. Daley has vehemently opposed the fees being charge in Oconomowoc although they are levied in the City of Delafield.
However, it appears the committee is going to insist on using the existing funding formula for LCFR as the basis for funding the newly consolidated department rather than a proposal submitted two weeks ago by the City of Oconomowoc.
Two different proposals submiited by Village of Chenequa representatives incorporated some elements of the Oconomowoc plan into a funding formula would achieve similar savings as proposed by Oconomowoc.» Read Full Article
A 23-year-old Sussex woman was charged with allegedly breaking into her mother’s ex-boyfriend’s trailer home last October, stealing a loaded handgun she claimed was subsequently stolen from her.
Kayla M. Eddy was charged on April 17 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary, arming self with a dangerous weapon. The maximum sentence is increased because Eddy was previously convicted in 2009 of possessing an illegally obtain prescription.
Currently, Eddy is being charged with four misdemeanors in two different counties – Milwaukee and Waukesha – for retail theft, bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Waukesha County Sheriff’s Deputy was flagged down on Oct. 15 by Steven Wiedmeyer, who told the officer that his trailer home, located on McLaughlin Road in the Town of Lisbon, had been broken into. He claimed a loaded handgun and $700 to $800 in change was missing from the home and believed his ex-girlfriend’s daughter, Eddy, was the burglar.» Read Full Article
A 43-year-old Pennsylvania man in town for a funeral has been charged with disorderly conduct after a fight broke out Wednesday at a relative’s house over the electricity bill.
Anthony D. Marconi was charged on April 17 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with being party to the crime of disorderly conduct, which carries a maximum sentence of three months in jail, $1,000 in fines, or both.
According to the criminal complaint:
Officers from both the Village and Town of Mukwonago Police Departments were dispatched at 11:15 a.m. on April 17 to the Marconi home, located at W309 S10377 Westview Court in the Town of Mukwonago, after receiving reports of a fight in progress.
Homeowner Colleen Marconi, mother to both Anthony Marconi and Vito Marconi, told police that her husband had passed away a few days prior and the family had gathered in her residence for the funeral.» Read Full Article
Village of Summit - The Plan Commission continues a public hearing at 6:30 tonight at Village Hall to consider approval of a conditional use permit for Rogers Memorial Hospital to open a mental health facility off Cedar Ridge Road.
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Pewaukee fire fighters have successfully put out the fire on Rocky Point Road and Fire Chief Kevin Bierce is reporting that no one was injured.
The kitchen fire started this morning, Pewaukee responded and upgraded the fire to a 1 Alarm. Mutual aid responded and kept the fire contained. Bierce said that it was a very big house, but they were able to limit the fire to the kitchen.
A report is underway but Bierce said that the home is still structurally sound, though, it does have extensive smoke damage.
"The guys got on scene, did a great job," he said.
Lake Country photographer Todd Ponath was at the scene this morning and a gallery is already online.
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The City of Oconomowoc declared a slow, no wake ordinance for Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake until further notice.
No one should operate a motor boat in speeds of excess of slow no-wake until the declaration is repealed. This ordinance shall be posted on the public boat launch sites for both lakes.
Attention all school-age children who would like to practice reading aloud with a quiet, furry listener. Read aloud to Dharma, the library’s certified therapy dog. You can read a library book or bring your own.
The opportunity will be on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 10 a.m at the Oconomowoc Public Library. Each appointment is 15 minutes.
There is no cost to participate. Please call (262) 569-2193, ext. 210 to make your 15-minute
appointment. Space is limited.
Three cars were involved in an accident on Highway 16 eastbound just 400-yards west of the Capitol Drive exit in Pewaukee at 8 a.m.
A white van, a maroon car and a black SUV were involved. The black SUV hit a fence in the mud and was in the grass right of Highway 16 and the maroon car was in the mud in the median. The white van was being towed away.
Traffic was backed up for more than one mile as of 8:20 a.m. on eastbound Highway 16. An ambulance came to the scene at 8:20 a.m.
The Village of Hartland has postponed the spring brush pickup one week due to abnormally heavy rains. There will be one pass made throughout the village beginning on Monday, April 22. Please have all of your brush at the curb/street edge by 7:30 a.m. that day. All other requirements remain unchanged. Brush must be cut into 10-foot lengths or less. Side branches more than 2 inches in diamer must be cut from the main branch. Brush should be stacked neatly, with the cut ends facing the street.
Grass clippings, leaves and other yard waste will not be picked up. Wire, plastic, metal, lumber, rail ties, stumps, rocks or gravel will not be picked up.
Visit www.villageofhartland.com for more details.
While the rivers are certainly getting higher and there is more water pooling on the ground than we are used to, local DPW Directors are making light of the situation, saying there's not much you can do about the rain.
Steve Deegan from the Village of Eagle said that having no rivers in his area directly, his largest problem has been water collection build up in ditches. He said right now, there's no action being taken or reported damage to village property.
Eric Pederson of the Village of Big Bend, when asked how things were going, responded without missing a beat.
"Well, we took out a building permit," Pederson said. "We're building Noah's Ark this week if anyone wants to help," he added with a laugh.
He said that if the Fox River rises anymore, the area might see some problems, but for now the only thing they can do is keep an eye on the sky and hope for a day or two without rain. As of Monday, one small industrial street was flooded, but no other major concerns were reported.
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The Village of Pewaukee has decided to fill the vacant trustee position through a weighed interview process.
During their board meeting yesterday, they discussed their options. They could appoint, leave the position vacant, schedule special elections or interview applicants. Everyone decided to avoid special elections, to save the costs to the village and prevent staff from going through the needless stress.
Trustee Pat Nauth actually recommended that Village keep the seat vacant to cut back on costs, too.
“We’re all adults, here,” she said.» Read Full Article
A 19-year-old Pewaukee man was charged with allegedly hitting his mother’s boyfriend with a golf club last week, bloodying his face and causing swelling over both his eyes.
Alec T. Mueller was charged on April 15 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with felony bail jumping, misdemeanor bail jumping and misdemeanor battery. Mueller was charged in August with possession with intent to distribute marijuana, a felony, and in July was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.
According to the criminal complaint:
Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to W287 N3271 Lakeside Road in the Town of Delafield shortly after midnight on Sunday, April 13 after receiving reports of a fight in progress.
Police spoke with Guy K. Junk, the alleged victim, who said that he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend’s son, Mueller, who struck him in the head with a golf club.
Officers located the club which appeared to be covered in blood. The head was found inside a cardboard box.» Read Full Article
A 43-year-old Mukwonago man was charged with allegedly breaking into his sister’s Delafield home, drinking several bottles of her liquor, and passing out with two firearms, including one outfitted with an illegal silencer.
Steven J. Spinelli was charged on April 15 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of a firearm silencer, possession of a firearm while intoxicated, criminal trespassing and misdemeanor theft.
According to the criminal complaint:
Nicole Bamrah told Sheriff’s deputies she returned to her home, located at N14 W30422 Willow Hill Road in the Town of Delafield, on April 12 and found her brother’s motorcycle parked in the driveway.
In the basement, she found her brother passed out drunk on the couch, she said. He told her that he allegedly found a way in through the garage and showed her two handguns he had allegedly hidden. She told him to leave and he became agitated, so she offered to go upstairs and get him some water if he went back to bed.» Read Full Article
A 33-year-old Hartland man could face more than seven years in prison after being found by police taking a “nap” in his car outside a Pewaukee gas station last July, allegedly sleeping off a narcotic high.
Thomas W. Cox was charged on April 17 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, third offense. Cox was convicted of his second offense of drugged driving in 2002, and is currently facing charges of burglary in Milwaukee County Circuit Court.
According to the criminal complaint:
Cox was found asleep in his vehicle at 4 a.m. on July 24, 2012 by a Good Samaritan gassing up at the Stop N Go located at 405 Ryan St. in the Village of Pewaukee. She asked an employee to call police because she was concerned about the man’s medical condition.
Pewaukee Police officers struggled to wake Cox, who was breathing but unresponsive. He did eventually wake up after a flashlight was shone in his eyes, which officers described as glassy and bloodshot.
The defendant seemed to be unsteady on his feet, officers said. Cox told police he had four beers at a friend’s house and was on his way home when he decided to stop at the gas station and take a “nap.”
The Little Sisters of Hoboken come to the St. James stage this weekend courtesy of the Mukwonago Village Players.
When the sisters discover that their cook, Sister Julia has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.”
Nunsense, directed by Pat Hitt and featuring Molly Smith and Nancy Loomis of Mukwonago, Roseann Fasi of New Berlin, Susan Muenter of East Troy, and Erica Edquist of Milwaukee, will be performed on April 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27 at St. James Catholic Parish, 830 County Road NN East, Mukwonago.
Seating is Limited. Early ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Dinner-inclusive performances at 7:30 p.m. - adults $25???, students (25 and younger with school ID) $22, ???Seniors (60and older) $22; Sunday, April 21 show??? at 2 p.m. - adults $15, students $12,??? seniors $12
Tickets can be purchased online at TicketRiver, and at the following venues: St. James Catholic Parish, Miller Pharmacy, Espresso Love Coffee Shop, or Shanahan’s Coffee House.
Town of Lisbon - Approximately 100 town residents - most of them apparently from the Good Hope/Hillside roads neighborhood - voted uanimously tonight at an annual town meeting to authorize the Town Board to spend up $50,000 to acquire land to site a 250 foot tall communications tower.
The tower, estimated to cost about $1.2 million including supporting buildings and facilities, is part of an upgrade in the emergency communication system that links 37 municipal police and fire first responders in Waukesha County.
Fire officials have said that new towers are needed in the towns of Lisbon and Vernon in order to strengthen emergency communication signals in those communities. The Lisbon tower was slated to be located on town land adjacent to a fire station and public works garage located near the intersection of Good Hope and Hillside roads.
Residents in the neighborhood objected to the tower arguing that it would reduce property values and pose safety issues in the residential area.
In an effort to seek a compromise, town officials have been negotiating with two commercial property owners along Indian Grass Lane, a small commercial and light industrial district located near the Highwy 164 and Silver Spring Road intersection.» Read Full Article
Town of Lisbon - The future of a Pauline Haass Library cost sharing agreement between the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Sussex will be discussed at the Monday, April 22 meeting of the Town Board, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.
Negotiations between the town and village over a future long term funding agreement for the library have been at an impasse for the more than six months. Lisbon officials are insisting that the village pay a larger share of the library operating cost since village residents used the library more than town residents.
Gehrke said last year that he wanted the Town Board to consider possibly terminating the long term agreement which expires in 2014 and converts to a yearly agreement. However, Gehrke decided to post pone the discussions until after the April 2 municipal election.
Two veteran town officials - former Supervisor Wendy Landry and former Treasurer Rebecca Plotecher - both advocated continuing the libary agreement in their respective campaigns for town supervisor positions. Both candidates were defeated.
Newly elected Supervisor Hannah Heinritz campaigned in support of terminating the agreement. Another newly elected supervisor, Steve Panten, said he hoped the agreement could be continued but also pointed out that the town could save money by eliminating the annual library payment.» Read Full Article
Oconomowoc's girls softball team stopped visitng Watertown Tuesday afternoon, 8-4. OHS took charge by scoring five runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Delaney Osterday was the winning pitcher. She allowed 10 hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Bri McGuire had three hits for the winners and Renate Meckl and Brooke Little added two hits each.
Arrowhead's girls softball team has started the 2013 season with a 2-0 record after winning on Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Warhawks stopped Catholic Memorial, 13-6. Taylor Jacobs and Claire Brzenk had two hits each to lead the winners. Noelle Weiss was the winning pitcher.
On Tuesday they stopped visiting Kettle Moraine, 9-3. Monica Fischer was the winning pitcher, striking out nine. Becky Walker had two hits for Arrowhead.
City of Oconomowoc - City Planner Jason Gallo said Tuesday evening zoning for an assisted living facility near a subdivision has been shifted to a different area. The change is an attempt at a compromise after more than 50 residents spoke against the zoning near their neighborhood at the April 10 Plan Commission meeting.
Developer Jim Siepmann on behalf of Citizens Bank of Mukwonago is seeking a zoning change for a portion of about 60 acres of land the bank is eyeing for different uses including the assisted living facility.
Impassioned residents spoke against this type of use that would be accessed through their neighborhood. They worried about increased traffic and the safety of their children who play in the neighborhood park.
Gallo said the developer has modified plans to move the facility to the southwest corner of the development site near zoning proposed for apartment style housing off Lisbon Road.
Flight for Life is picking up at least one passenger thrown from a vehicle in a rollover accident on Highway C.
Dispatchers were reporting a 19-year-old female was not wearing a seatbelt and thrown from a vehcle. She suffered a leg and pelvis injury, but is in stable condition.
Flight For Life was on scene at about 5:13 p.m. Other people were reported injured but no other information was available at the time of this posting.
It's that time of year-- annual town meetings in our local area begin tonight.
For more information on these meetings including locations and agendas, please visit each area's website.
Tonight at 7p.m.
Town of Lisbon
Town of Vernon
Town of Mukwonago
Town of Genesee
Town of Ottawa
Wednesday April 17, 7p.m.
Town of Eagle
Town of Delafield
Monday April 22, 6:30p.m.
Town of Merton
It's sunny now, but gray skies are expected to move back into the area Wednesday, with 2 to 3.5 inches of additional rain expected by Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of Southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha County. Major flooding is possible on area rivers, including the Rock and Fox. The Weather Service cautions that water will collect in low-lying areas that are already saturated, leading to flooding in areas even away from waterways.
The Eagle Police Department plans to retire the badge number of Officer Don Bishop, who suffered an apparent heart attack while on duty with the City of Brookfield Police Department last week.
Bishop was also a part-time officer with the Eagle department, a reserve officer with the Mukwonago Police Department and a longtime member of the North Prairie Fire Department.
Read more in this week's Mukwonago Chief.
City of Delafield - Plans for a 250,000 square foot Christian elementary school building that will serve 250 to 350 students from kindergarten to eighth grade located on 150 acres of farm land west of the intersection of Highway 83 and Cardinal Lane will be presented to the Plan Commission on April 24.
Chenequa industrialist Brian Nahey will present conceptual plans and a video promoting the Christian Education Leadership Academy which will be located west and south of Highway 83 near the City of Delafield/Village of Hartland border.
Nahey initially presented the plans on March 6 to a group of neighbors who live the near the proposed school site in a wooded area north of the Bark River. The plans got mixed reviews with Lake Country School District board members expressing the strongest reservations.
They said they were concerned that local taxpayers would have to pay more money to provide special education and transportation services to students who lived in the district but attended private schools. The academy would be the fifth private school located in the district.
Following that meeting, Nahey said he would postpone presenting the plans to city officials until he had more time to "reach out to the community."» Read Full Article
From the first week of school, the 15 computers in Big Bend Elementary School’s computer lab are used on a weekly basis by classes, for keyboarding instruction, lessons with Espresso Education or searching for books on Destiny Quest, the library’s catalog. The tech-savvy staff has spent hours learning about useful Internet and software applications that are available to teachers and students to provide supplementary support as the school tries to meet the needs of all learning styles of students.
The biggest stumbling block, however, has become trying to juggle time for 400 students on 15 computers in the current computer lab.
“Time in the computer lab has decreased over the last couple of years due to our new keyboarding curriculum,” Principal Shawn Waller explained in a grant application for additional computers.
Recognizing that students use technology at a much younger age, the district revised its curriculum last year to introduce keyboarding concepts starting at the kindergarten level instead of fourth grade.
Unfortunately, competition will continue to increase with Smarter Balanced Assessments, which replaces the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exams, and online progress monitoring tools.» Read Full Article
A portion of Oak Crest Drive between Highway 18 and Wales Elementary School will be closed from 12:45 to 2:15 p.m. today while Kettle Moraine High School students and staff participate in a safety drill.
The drill will evacuate students to the football field, and then to temporary shelter at Bethlehem Luthern Church and school buses, according to a phone message from high school principal Jeff Walters.
A 24-year-old Burlington man apparently accidentally shot himself in the left hand while handling a loaded revolver at a friend's apartment in North Prairie on Sunday, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. The birdshot round also struck a 24-year-old woman, who lives in the apartment.
The woman was standing a few feet away and was hit by several pieces of birdshot in the upper chest and face, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.
Waukesha Memorial Hospital contacted the Sheriff's Department at 4:01 a.m. to report two patients who had arrived at the Emergency Department with gunshot wounds.
Neither patient's injuries were life-threatening, and the Sheriff's Department's initial ruling indicates the shooting was accidental, although it remains under investigation.
Journal Sentinel reported this morning that Town of Brookfield police officer Don Bishop, 32, died while on duty this morning of an apparent heart attack while responding to a burglary.The
According to the report, Bishop was also a part-time police officer in the Village of Eagle and a former reserve officer for the Mukwonago Police Department. According to a release statement, Bishop was also a 10-year member of the North Prairie Fire Department as a firefighter and EMT.
Bishop has also previously served as a dispatcher for both Waukesha County Communications and the City of Oconomowoc Communication Center.
He was a graduate of Mukwonago High School.
This story is still developing. Town of Brookfield police chief Chris Perket and Town of Brookfield Administrator Rick Czopp plan to speak on the death later today.
A driver in an older model red Pontiac was pulled over by several police cars around 5 p.m. on Friday on the eastbound lane of Highway 16 just 300 yards east of North Avenue in Hartland.
Four squad cars, three from Delafield and one from Hartland were on the scene at 5:20 p.m.
The driver of the car was removed from his vehicle and put into one of the squad cars.
Murder at the Banquet by Robert LaVohn will be performed as dinner theater at St. Peter's School in East Troy.
The play is set at a banquet celebrating mystery writers but mayhem ensues when there is a murder at the table.
The production will be presented on April 13th with a lasagna dinner for 6p.m, with the play to follow at 7:30 p.m. The tickets for that performance are $46 per couple, or $25 per person. Tickets for the play only will be available for $12.
On April 14th, the 2p.m. performance includes dessert and beverage for $19 per ticket.
Both shows take place at St. Peter's School Cafe/Gym, 2001 Elm Street, East Troy.» Read Full Article
As the trees bud and the flowers bloom the Lake Country area becomes even more alive with fun things to do.
If comedy is your bag, check out the funny folks at Funny Business Live Comedy Night at 9 p.m. Saturday at Club Indigo, 1350 Royale Mile Road, in Oconomowoc. Admission is $10 plus two drink minimum.
Perhaps you’re thinking about learning a new instrument. Ever think about the Native American flute? Learn how to play this simple instrument at a class presented by the Wokini Flute Circle from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hartland Public Library, 110 E. Park Ave., Hartland.
In keeping with the Native American theme, Dennis Hawk will present traditional Native American songs on flute and guitar at a Kirtan Concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Lake Country Unitarian Universalist Church, Grace Drive, Hartland. Admission is $10 at the door.
For some tasty options this weekend, visit Savor the Flavor from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Legend at Brandybrook, Legend Way in Wales. The annual food-tasting event hosted by the Waukesha County Business Alliance features food from 15 local restaurants.» Read Full Article
The maintenance department at Chenequa Country Club measured 3.66 inches of rain at the golf course from late Sunday night through 6 a.m. Thursday morning. Almost another one-half inch fell to the ground from 7 a.m. through noon on Thursday.
The Bark River spilled over on to land at the Hartland softball park and south from there before downtown Hartland.
Because of the strong winds on Wednesday and Thursday, ice was piled as high as 6 feet along the southwest shore close to the Naga-Waukee boat launch on Pewaukee Lake at 11 a.m. on Thursday. The lake was clear of ice in all spots except for the area from Dylan's Steakhouse to the Naga-Waukee boat launch.
The Kettle Moraine Middle School Band will head to the Wisconsin Dells to participae in the sixth annual band festival at the Kalahari on April 26. This will be the band’s fifth appearance at the festival, according to a new release from the Kettle Moraine School Districti.
The Band Festival was created in 2008 with the goal of offering middle school bands with a quality festival band experience in a supportive environment. Each participating band performs a number of selections for a panel of master adjudicators. Following the performance, each band receives written and audio comments along with a thirty minute clinic by one of the adjudicators.
Performances will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 and begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Performances are free and open to the public.
Find more information about the band festival at the Kalahari online.
Waukesha County officials are reminding residents not to place propane cylinders in household blue recycling bins after workers at the county recycling facility found more than 100 in the first week of April.
Propane tanks can cause explosions during the recycling facility's baling process when materials are compressed by hundreds of pounds of pressure. Even when cylinders are empty, they remain pressurized and can explode when compacted.
In 2011, a cylinder exploded at the facility and caused a small fire. No one was injured.
Propane cylinder manufacturers usually include a tag with disposal information. Residents also can find local propane tank dealers to dispose of the cylinders at waukeshacounty.gov/recycling.
A 21-year-old Sussex woman was charged with receiving stolen property while police continue to investigate an October break-in at a U.S. Cellular store in New Berlin.
Helping residents build their own personal Eden is the mission of the Waukesha County Green Team, an organization founded in 2008 to help neighbors raise chickens, recycle materials and work toward a more sustainable future.
Deb Schneider, vice president of the organization, said she cannot pick a particular point when she first got interested in sustainability – it has always been a part of her life.
“I’ve always had an interest, all the way back until … well, as long as I can remember.”
In the late 1970s, amid the OPEC oil embargo and the Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident, Schneider and her husband started to get serious about sustainable living, transforming their home so it worked with nature, not against it.
“Mother Nature doesn’t work in a monoculture,” Schneider said.
Schneider and the Green Team are big promoters of the permaculture school of ecological design, which promotes having several different food systems working together in a miniature ecosystem.
Dave Pfeiffer, who spent last season as the defensive coordinator for WIAA Division 1 state champion Arrowhead, has been named the new head football coach at Kettle Moraine High School.
The 56-year-old 1974 Arrowhead graduate will take over immediately.
Pfeiffer previously was a head coach at Sheboygan South High School for 11 years (1996-2006) and also coached at Kewaskum and Waukesha North. He also coached college football at Concordia University.
Pfeiffer replaces Darnell Wiltz, who compiled a 6-11 record in his two seasons at KM. Pfeiffer is the seventh football coach in Kettle Moraine history. The first coach was Hugh Blank in 1965.
After an hour-and-a-half of interviews and deliberation, Common Council members appointed Tom Strey as District 2 alderman filling a seat left vacant after the death of longtime Alderwoman Lora Mae "Elly" Cochrane.
According to his application for the post, Strey works part time for the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home in Oconomowoc. He is a past member of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Board, has served on county district and state boards for the American Legion and is president of Oconomowoc Legion Post 91.
Strey received four votes from aldermen Dave Nold, Bob Morgan, Mike Miller and Cathleen Slattery.
Seven people applied for the position along with Strey, they are: Kiara Caldwell, Joe Kozinski, Tyler Lloyd, Nate Zastrow, Leroy Watson and Bruce White.
Zastrow received two votes from aldermen Rich Allen and Jim Preston and Alderman James Larsen voted for Lloyd.» Read Full Article
City of Oconomowoc - A group of more than 50 residents, mostly from Wood Creek Subdivision, protested a proposed zoning request on Wednesday's Plan Commission agenda that would have allowed for construction of a 22-bed assisted living facility.
The development sits adjacent to the subdivision and is controlled by Citizens Bank of Mukwonago. Developer Jim Siepmann on behalf of Citizens Bank is seeking approval for three developments - a multi-family site of about 22 acres, a 20-lot single family subdivision and 3.5 acres encompassing three lots that would be used for construction of senior assisted living housing. Plans also call for establishing a 5.9-acre park as part of the development that is bordered by Lisbon Road to the south and Lake Drive on the north.
Currently, the city's Planning Department has seen a plans for the assisted living facility, but not specifics on the other two developments.
Residents were against the senior assisted living facility. They had major concerns about increased traffic and other adverse impacts of their neighborhood they said has between 40 and 100 children playing on sidewalks and in a neighborhood park daily.
Residents said they couldn't understand why the proposed development was designed with the assisted living facility closest to the existing single-family homes and not closer to the proposed multi-family, higher-density housing proposed in the development plans. They said they would be happier if the assisted living facility was moved adjacent to the higher-density housing and single-family homes be constructed next to their existing single-family neighborhood.» Read Full Article
Half-way through a dreary week is the perfect time to be looking forward to the weekend.
The Village of Big Bend Fire Department is hosting their pancake breakfast and open house this Sunday, April 14 from 7a.m.-12:30p.m at Village Hall, 59185 Nevins Street in Big Bend.
Admission is $5 for all you can eat pancakes with three sausages, and children under 2 eat free. Eggs and additional sausages can also be purchased at the event.
Fire and EMS staff will have equipment on display, there will be free blood pressure checks, Operation Lifesaver's Little Train, and additional displays for the Police Department, Women's Center, Burn Center and more.
The Oconomowoc Memorial Auxiliary will once again sponsor its biennial Tour of Homes and have announced it will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28. The event showcases many of the lovely homes in the Lake Country area.
A 17-year-old Mukwonago teenager who told a police officer last week he was selling marijuana to help save for college now could face up to seven years in prison.
The teenager was charged on April 9 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession with intent to deliver THC, 200 grams or fewer, and possession of methamphetamine.
According to the criminal complaint:
The teenager was pulled over by a Mukwonago police officer on April 8 after failing to yield the right of way, almost causing an accident, at the intersection of CTH ES and Phantom Woods Road.
The officer said he detected a strong odor of marijuana in the teenager’s vehicle, but he denied having any. The office said he was going to call in a K-9 unit and the teenager admitted there was marijuana in his vehicle.» Read Full Article
A traffic accident at Highways 164 and J has traffic backed up. A tow truck has arrived on scene.
Southbound traffic can get through, but northbound traffic on 164 is being diverted.
Sample appetizers, entrées and desserts from 15 restaurants and vendors Friday at Savor the Flavor of Waukesha County, at the Legend of Brandybrook country club.
Participating are 8-twelve MVP Bar & Grill, Albrecht’s Delafield Market, Au Bon Pain, Becky’s Blissful Bakery, Burke’s Lakeside, La Fuente, Lakefront Grille, the Melting Pot, NuGenesis Farm, Old Tavern foods, Pat’s Rib Place, Rochester Deli, Saz’s Catering Lake Country, Taylor’s Peoples Park and Weissgerber’s Seven Seas.
Tickets are $40 or $75 for two. Buy them in advance online, or at (262) 542-4249 or at the organizer, the Waukesha County Business Alliance, 2717 N. Grandview Blvd., Suite 300, Waukesha, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
Tickets also will be sold at the door during the event, which runs 7 to 10 p.m. Brandybrook is off Highway 18 and Brandybrook Road, at 1 Legend Way in Wales.
who has been displaced after last week's fire in the Town of Vernon.The Wisconsin Athletic Club in Waukesha is hosting a benefit for the Delker family,
Kathy Delker, her husband, and two children were displaced after their home became a total loss last Wednesday night. While she has been working on insurance claims and things you wouldn't think of like replacing checks and driver's licenses, Delker's coworkers have been hard at work planning a benefit.
The fundraisers will take place at the Wisconsin Athletic Club this Thursday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m.
Monica Larson, front desk manager at the Wisconsin Athletic Club, said the event will include a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction with prizes that include a Bucks autographed jersey, a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, an iPod nano, Brewers tickets, and jewelry -- all donated by community members.
Renee Salamone, a group exercise director, has organized the event that will also have access to the bar and appetizers and will accept donations.» Read Full Article
Upscale resale boutique Fabulous Finds and outdoor equipment and clothing retailer Clear Water Outdoor are scheduled to open in downtown Delafield in May.
Commerical real estate firm Steinergroup said Fabulous Finds is set to open May 1 at 505 Wells St., offering "an affordable mix of home furnishings and accessories" with top brand names.
Clear Water Outdoor is scheduled to open the week of May 6 at 803 Genesee St. near Clock Tower Square.
The Delafield Arts Center has relocated its entrance from Genesee St. to 527 Milwaukee St. to accommodate Clear Water Outdoor, Steinergroup said.
As two long-serving Hartland trustees vie for the last village seat, the board of canvassers confirmed last week's results. No addtional absentee ballots were submitted and no recounts will be issued, according to Village Clerk Connie Casper.
"I'm not going to put people through (a recount) just for the number to be the same," Jack Wenstrom said.
Wenstrom has lost his seat, by two votes, to Randy Swenson. Swenson received 458 votes and Wenstrom received 456. Newcomer Diane Vernon also lost with 404 votes.
"I'm kind of surprised by how close it was between Jack (Wenstrom) and I," Swenson said. "I'm glad they re-elected me, but I'm kind of surprised by Ann (Wallschlager). We'll see how it changes the board."
Newcomer Ann Wallschlager surprised many by taking the highest number of votes and forcing one of the incumbents off the board.» Read Full Article
Steinergroup has just announced the lease signing of two new retailers for Downtown Delafield, leading to the reconfiguration of the Delafield Arts Center.
According to a press release received today, Fabulous Finds and Clear Water Outdoors will be opening in May.
“Downtown Delafield isn’t just for shoppers anymore – it’s for retailers, too,” Steinergroup CEO Jason Steiner said.
Fabulous Finds, slated to open May 1, is an upscale resale boutique which will be located at 505 Wells Street in Downtown Delafield. It’s described as an “affordable mix of home furnishings and accessories to the discerning Lake Country-area shopper” and will carry brand names like Michael Kors, 7-For All Mankind, Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and more. Home furnishings will range from traditional to contemporary.
Clear Water Outdoors, slated to open May 6, will be located at 803 Genesee St. by Clock Tower Square. A Wisconsin owned and family run outdoor store, Clear Water Outdoor first opened its doors in Lake Geneva in 2005. According to another press release, the core mission of Clear Water Outdoor is to “encourage and enhance one’s life outdoors, at any age and in any season.” The company carries merchandise from top outdoor brands in addition to hosting and sponsoring events and classes geared toward running, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, yoga and climbing.
Local paddles will be scheduled at Delafield area lakes this summer as opportunities to try out boats and boards. CWO also employs ACA and PaddleFit Certified Instructors who can be scheduled for Paddle Instruction, Guided Tours and Private Paddle Events.» Read Full Article
Every school district in the state will recieve about $24 per child, enough to put a book in the hand of every youth in every district, according to a release from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands (BCPL). Common School Fund earnings of $30.1 million will be distributed to Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools.
Funds for library aid distribution are provided by the earnings on BCPL investment in community projects throughout the State of Wisconsin. These investments are made by lending municipalities and school districts money directly through the BCPL State Trust Fund Loan Program and also by purchasing state and municipal bonds. BCPL investments provide funding for Wisconsin projects that include economic development, school repairs and improvements, local utilities and infrastructure, and capital equipment and vehicles.
“Public school libraries benefit greatly from the Board’s prudent investment strategies,” said Secretary of State Doug La Follette, who serves as Chair of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. “For many school districts, the library aid provided by the Common School Fund is the only money available to them for new library books and materials for the students.”
The Common School Fund was established in Article X of the State Constitution by Wisconsin’s founding fathers as a permanent school trust fund. The Board of Commissioners of Public Lands administers both the Common School Fund and the BCPL State Trust Fund Loan Program.
“These loans help ensure that our law enforcement personnel and first responders are well equipped with the tools and infrastructure to keep their communities safe,” said Attorney General and Commissioner J.B. Van Hollen. “Communications networks, ambulances, and public safety buildings have all been financed using the State Trust Fund Loan Program.”» Read Full Article
Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. James Catholic Parish will be collecting donations of small household items and clothing on Saturday, April 13 from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The collection truck will be parked in front of the St. James Parish Center on County Highway NN. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Waukesha County has a very large store near the corner of Sunset and Prairie Avenues in Waukesha so the group is in need of a large amount of donations to be able to continue its ministries to the poor and needy of the surrounding communities.
Larger items, such as furniture or major appliances,can be donated by calling the store at (262) 547-3281 to schedule a truck pick-up appointment.
A decade's worth of legal battles have apparently come to an end, and all that remains now is for funding to be arranged for the removal of Margaret Zerwekh's roller mill dam on the Bark River.
Zerwekh's attorney, Steven Schumki, said last week an out-of-court settlement has been reached between Zerwekh and her neighbors on the former millpond. The neighbors wanted to retain the dam and preserve the pond, while Zerwekh wanted the dam removed so the river could return to a more-natural course.
Read more on this story in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.
An Ashippun church council member faces 14 felonies related to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the church.
The charges were filed April 4 in Dodge County Circuit Court against Jim Schlieve, 62, of Ixonia.
Schlieve faces 10 felony counts of theft of more than $10,000 and four felony counts of identity theft for financial gain for allegedly taking about $200,000 from Zion Lutheran Church.
News of the alleged theft surfaced earlier this year when the Town of Ashippun had concerns money might be missing from town funds because Schlieve’s wife, Vickie, is the town clerk. An audit determined no town funds were missing. The same cannot be said for the church, however, which had its endowment funt drained by Schlieve, according to the complaint.
According to previous statements and the criminal complaint, no one knew about the theft except Jim Schlieve.
In the 12-page complaint, Schlieve admitted to taking the money. According to the complaint, Schlieve explained that his wages had been cut about five years ago at his job at Engine Power Inc., and he needed the money for daily expenses.
“ … I just started, as you say, (to) take 100 here – I’m gonna pay it back – … all of that, and it just snowballed. I have violated the trust of members of our congregation,” Schlieve said during an interview with a Dodge County Sheriff’s Department detective, according to the complaint.
Schlieve told the detective that he figures around $190,000 is missing “that I need to repay.” He stated that he has about $300,000 in a retirement fund and planned to repay the money from the 401(k) account, the complaint said.
Zion Lutheran Church established an endowment fund after the sale of church property in 2005. The Rev. Bob Thays told detectives that the fund had about $200,000, which was placed in an interest-bearing account; interest were transferred into a separate account used to disseminate money to charitable causes and to offset the pastor’s housing allowance.
According to Thays’ statement in the complaint, Schlieve is in charge of the endowment fund and writes checks as charitable purposes arise. He said that for money to be spent from the fund, it has to go through a five-person committee. He said the only checks Schlieve is authorized to write are to the church to offset the pastor’s housing allowance.
Thays told detectives that other parish members became suspicious when they could not get in touch with Schlieve to discuss spending some of the endowment money on a charitable cause. The complaint states that Schlieve was avoiding people and not getting back to them. Also, a bank statement came to the church indicating that there was less than $200 in the endowment fund account. Thays contacted the bank and discovered numerous checks cashed by Schlieve. He also discovered several checks had been written to the Ashippun Lions Club.
In February the Lions Club contacted the Dodge County Sheriff’s Department to investigate between $5,000 and $10,000 missing from the club’s checking account.
According to Lions Club member Jim Franke, when the club met Jan. 21, Schlieve, who was the club treasurer, was not in attendance, although he sent a financial report indicating the club had $6,499 in its account. But the bank indicated the account balance was only about $60, Franke said.
Franke said he became suspicious of Schlieve taking money from the club, “because I knew what my wife knew (as a member of the church council)”: that Schlieve was suspected of taking church funds. Franke said the club was able to see some evidence through checks that money that was supposed to be going to different organizations — including the Ashippun Food Pantry — had not. Franke said they found checks written from the Lions Club account to the church endowment fund.
Responding to a detective’s request for information on checks written from the church’s investment fund, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA) sent information on 92 checks written to James or Jim Schlieve between January 2009 and January 2013, totalling $162,687.67. The checks are listed on the criminal complaint and range from $150 to $8,500 over the four-year period.
Dodge County Managing Attorney Robert Barrington said the investigation over the Lions Clubs funds is ongoing and is complicated because some of the church’s funds and Lion’s Club funds were intermixed. It’s unclear whether or when a complaint might be filed regarding the Lions Club’s missing funds.
Based on all the charges listed in the complaint, Schlieve could face 124 years in prison and $290,0000 in fines. His initial appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 22 in Circuit Court Branch 5.
It was just two weeks ago that the Federal Aviation Administration said that 149 airport control towers, including Waukesha County’s Crites Field, would begin a four-week closing period April 7.
Kurt Stanich, airport manager, said the Waukesha County Airport was on the third batch of closures scheduled for May 5.
But that decision, Stanich said, has been pushed back until June 15.
In a press release released by the FAA today, it said the additional time will allow the agency to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to the closure decisions.
“Extending the transition deadline will give the FAA and airports more time to execute the changes to the National Airspace System,” the release said.» Read Full Article
The Red Brick Museum of Mukwonago has become an official master gardner site after the work of a few dedicated systems and the support of the board.
Along with the title, this allows the Red Brick Museum to be eligible for funds to improve their gardens.
Learn more about this program and what it means in next week's Chief.
A California woman playing online computer games was able to help stop a domestic abuse incident on April 4, calling police after a Mukwonago woman told her through the game that her estranged husband was trying to break into her home.
The 41-year-old Mukwonago man, who will not be identified to protect the alleged victim, was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with false imprisonment, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and misdemeanor intimidation of a victim.
According to the criminal complaint:
Mukwonago Police were contacted by dispatch a little after 2 a.m. on April 4, receiving reports that a California woman had called police because her partner in the Facebook game “Words With Friends” was requesting help.
The Mukwonago woman, identified as the alleged victim, had given the California woman her address, near Sugden Road just west of Highway 83, and told her to call 911.» Read Full Article
We asked local kids to write stories based on some of our staff photos. Read the winners' entries in this week's Chief Sunday and Sunday Living.
City of Delafield - Representatives of Lake Country Fire and Rescue and the City of Oconomowoc exchanged funding proposals tonight to pay for the operations and capital expenses of incorporating the Oconomowoc fire department into the regional department that serves the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah.
The two hour meeting of the 12 member consolidation committee revealed some key issues that will have to resolved before the three municipal "owners" of the regional department agree to consolidation with the City of Oconomowoc.
The funding proposal offered by Oconomowoc officials is different from the formula that the City of Delafield and the villages of Chenequa and Nashotah use to share in the cost of LCFR.
Oconomowoc Major Jim Daley is also opposed to the fire inspection fees presently charged by the LCFR.
Village of Chenequa representatives do not feel the funding plan offered by the City of Oconomowoc adequately addresses possible future growth in the Delafield and Oconomowoc in terms of economic development, population and increased emergency calls.» Read Full Article
Rarely is the court’s compassion and its sense of justice in such synchronicity as it was Thursday evening in room C219 of the Waukesha County Courthouse.
Shortly after the completion of the Drug Treatment Court, presided over by Judge William Domina every Thursday, Waukesha resident Kevin Cobus was found guilty by a jury of his peers on two counts of first-degree reckless homicide by delivery of drugs.
The Drug Court and the Len Bias Law under which Cobus was prosecuted are the carrot and stick used by the criminal justice system to curb the malignant growth of narcotic drug abuse in Waukesha County.
The 1989 law, which allows the state to prosecute dealers who provide drugs to individuals who die of an overdose, was named after college basketball phenom Len Bias, who died of a cocaine overdose shortly after being picked up by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 draft.
The Drug Court allows high-risk criminal offenders the opportunity to enter a rigorous drug treatment program, which requires constant monitoring and regular court appearances to track progress. If participants, primarily heroin addicts, complete the program, they have the opportunity to have their charges reduced or even dropped.» Read Full Article
A 19-year-old Mukwonago woman reported to be driving erratically on I-43 was arrested on March 18 outside a Muskego Piggly Wiggly and charged with driving while under the influence of heroin.
Julia C. Bell was charged on March 26 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating while intoxicated, second offense. She was previously convicted of driving under the influence in February 2011.
According to the criminal complaint:
A witness reported to police he observed Bell driving erratically on I-43 Southbound at approximately 6:30 p.m. on March 18, swerving in between lanes before exiting the highway onto Racine Avenue in Muskego. He said he followed Bell as she drove into the Piggly Wiggly parking lot, located on Racine Avenue just south of I-43.
An officer from the Muskego Police Department identified Bell’s vehicle and spoke to her in the parking lot. The officer said Bell’s speech was slurred and raspy and her pupils were, “pinpoints.”» Read Full Article
Will the City of Oconomowoc be one step closer to a merger with Lake Country Fire and Rescue? A meeting tonight between officials may be an indicator.
However, City Administrator Diane Gard said that the city will bring up its take on the funding formula that would be established and what they think needs to be changed.
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Four people safely got out of a house on fire in the Town of Vernon last night, according to preliminary information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff's Department deputies and firefighters responded to a home at W264 S7640 Mount Everest Road at about 11:30 p.m. Fire departments from numerous communities assisted the Town of Vernon Fire Department in fighting the blaze.
The people in the house discovered the fire in an attached garage and called 911 from a cellphone.
The house was fully engulfed in fire and sustained substantial damage, according to the Sheriff's Department. Several vehicles and a boat were also damaged.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Sheriff's Department.» Read Full Article
Two Pewaukee fire department vehicles and one sheriff's squad was at the scene of a small brush fire 50 yards south of Highway 16 east-bound one-quarter mile east of Jungbluth Road.
The fire was under control as of 5:15 p.m.
Traffic was not backed up because of the fire.
Waukesha - Leading by example, True Life Church Pastor, Rev. Michael Hook, has invested his retirement life savings in his church’s new building campaign. The campaign has raised more than $500,000 in two years - $100,000 of it coming directly from Hook - according to a church board member.
“Lives will be changed in this new facility, impacting believers for future generations,” Hook said. At 61,
Hook is only a few years from retirement. When asked about his plans for the future, now that he has donated his savings, Hook said, “I’ll do what I’ve always done after pastoring 39 years, trust God to provide.”
The new building, at 1615 Silvernail Road, will be dedicated Saturday, April 6, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1:45 p.m. Church Trustee and Building Campaign Director Caroline Jens, is scheduled to speak about the success of the campaign. A worship service starts at 2 p.m. and is open to the public.
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas is scheduled to attend the ribbon cutting. Several local pastors are scheduled to speak during the service, including the son of the founding pastor, Ed Arrington, and church district superintendent, John Putnam.» Read Full Article
The Crazy Quilters' Quilt Guild of Mukwonago will hold it's annual quilt show on Saturday April 6 from 9a.m.-5p.m. and Sunday April 7 from 10a.m.-4p.m. at Parkview Middle School in Mukwonago.
This year's theme is "Here's to Hollywood: Movies, Bookies, Fairy Tales."
There will be 300 quilts on display, vendor booths featuring products from some of the area's finest quilt shops, a queen sized quilt raffle and a raffle to win a Bernina sewing machine donated by Pamella's Place in Genesee Depot.
There will also be a "red, white, and blue" boutique featuring patriotic items and all proceeds from those sales will go to Union Grove VA Home to assist them in the purchase of a step exerciser for their patients.
Lunch will also be available.
Admission is $5 for one day or $8 for both days. Children under 10 are free.
Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and the Waukesha County Business Alliance announced today that they're bringing Green Bay Packer Clay Matthews to help raise funds for their proposed indoor tactical range.
"An Evening with Clay Matthews" will be on Wednesday, May 1 at WCTC from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The night will feature gourmet cuisine prepared by WCTC Culinary students, live and silent auctions on sports memorabilia and time for photographs with Clay Matthews. Cash bar will also be available.
The cost is $100 per person or $750 for table of eight. No guests will be admitted without prior RSVP.
Funds will support the proposed indoor tactical range. This state-of-the-art firearm training site will serve the needs of the college, the law enforcement community and the general public.
John Fuhs claimed an overwhelming victory in the Swallow School Board election, defeating write-in candidate Jill Fitzpatrick Smith, who decided only last week that she was going to challenge the incumbent for his seat.
Fuhs, who has served on the school board since 2009, secured 377 votes. 78 voters chose a write-in candidate in the election, but it was unclear at press time how many of those votes Fitzpatrick Smith received.
Fitzpatrick Smith congratulated Fuhs on the victory, admitting her chances of winning after only a week of campaigning were, “a long shot.”
She said that, despite losing, she was overall happy with the results.
“We got the word out that there were people out there that were dissatisfied and I was proud to represent that,” Fitzpatrick Smith said.» Read Full Article
Cindy Milgram and Victor Frangopolous claimed two vacated seats in the April 2 Swallow School Board election on April 2, replacing long-time board members President Ken Skarie and Clerk Lisa Boyer.
Milgram, 38, and Frangopolous, 44, each secured 278 and 231 votes, respectively, with Lew Krisberg, 61, trailing behind with 181 votes.
“I thank everybody who voted for me and I congratulate Ciny and Victor,” Krisberg said. “I look forward to seeing them at meetings.”
Krisberg lead Frangopolous in the primary election on Feb. 19, receiving 102 votes to Frangopolous' 83, but Frangopolous managed to pull ahead.
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Despite dropping out early in the race, Bill MacCluskey, 45, still managed to obtain 92 votes. He said previously that he would not accept the seat if he did win because he wanted to spend more time caring for his ailing mother.