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Two airlifted from accident

May 29, 2009 3:54 p.m. | Two patients were taken by helicopters from a truck vs. car accident on Lang Road west of Highway 67 in Oconomowoc at about 3 p.m.

The local Flight for Life responded, as well as a medical transport helicopter from Fond du Lac.

The Oconomowoc and Stone Bank fire departments were also on the scene.

Two great tastes that taste great together

May 29, 2009 3:24 p.m. | Enriching yourself with outdoor activities, live entertainment and grilled summertime food: Great.  Enriching others through charitable work or donations: Even better.  Put the two together and what do you get?  An unbeatable combination that makes it easy to be awesome.  Examples of fun events with a purpose this weekend:

  • Enjoy live music from the Erik Kanter Trio, The Red, Black and Blues, Jordan Elder, and the Awakening, during the Concert For Eve, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, at the Lapham Peak State Park Summer Stage.  Proceeds will help fund a wheelchair accessible van for Eve Karcher, a girl with cerebral palsy.
  • Double D's Pub & Eatery in Mukwonago is giving away a free brat or hot dog lunch and offering prizes in a raffle, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, to benefit the Mukwonago Food Pantry.
  • Bring a nonperishable food item for the Hartland Food Pantry to Out-N-About in Hartland, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, and enjoy free refreshments, children's activities, local artwork, and a scavenger hunt, throughout downtown Hartland.
  • Help young people help others by raising funds for a youth summer servant trip at Galilee Lutheran Church's carnival, barbeque lunch and car wash, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Check out other events at the Weekend Happenings Blog.

Lanes closed on I-94 for truck fire

May 29, 2009 1:57 p.m. | The Pewaukee Fire Department has requested that the middle and right lanes be closed on I-94 in the area of a truck fire east of Redford Boulevard.

The truck is fully engulfed, and may be carrying fertilizer.

Additional ambulance requested

May 29, 2009 1:56 p.m. | A second ambulance has been requested at the scene of a rollover accident on I-94 at Sawyer Road.

Car fire in Pewaukee

May 29, 2009 1:51 p.m. | The Pewaukee Fire Department has been dispatched to a pickup truck fire on westbound I-94 east of Redford Boulevard. Further details are not yet available.

Rollover on I-94

May 29, 2009 1:48 p.m. | Rescue personnel are en route to a rollover accident on I-94 east of Highway 67. Further details are not yet available.

Let the summer begin!

May 29, 2009 12:08 p.m. |  

Tomorrow is the official start of summer for the Waukesha County Park System’s six beaches. All beaches will open Saturday, May 30 at 10 a.m.

County beach hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends, with lifeguards on duty daily.

Waukesha County park entrance fees are $3 weekdays and $5 weekends/holidays. Beaches are included in the park entrance fee. Annual park entrance stickers are available for $25 for county residents, $36 for noncounty residents and $12.50 for senior citizens.

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Man injured at Tools Inc., Sussex

May 29, 2009 8:03 a.m. | A 31-year-old man has been injured in an industrial accident at Tools Inc., W248 N5500 Executive Drive, Sussex, at about 7:15 this morning.

The man was apparently using a crane to lift a heavy battery from a forklift when the battery swung and struck his leg, according to information from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Sussex Fire Department rescue personnel responded.

Mukwonago man arrested in Internet sex sting

May 28, 2009 10:09 a.m. |

Bobby Thomas Jones, aka Tom Jones, 66, of the Village of Mukwonago, was arrested in Green Bay on May 12 for allegedly using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime and exposing a child to harmful material. Jones serves on the Village of Mukwonago Board of Building and Zoning Appeals.

According to a release from the Green Bay Police Department, the department was contacted April 14 about a computer crime class that was being taught at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Jones apparently contacted someone in the class who was posing as a 14-year-old girl and began chatting with her online. The conversation turned sexual, and the Police Department set up a sting operation and began the investigation.

Jones travelled to Green Bay where he thought he was going to meet the 14-year-old. Instead, he was greeted by officers and taken into custody without incident, according to the report.

Village of Mukwonago Police were contacted by Green Bay Police to help search Jones’ house, said Lt. Kevin Schmidt.

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Golf course sale denied

May 27, 2009 11:46 a.m. | Village of Hartland - A managing partner of the Legends of Brandybrook Golf Club in Wales is denying reports that he is in the process of purchasing the Bristle Cones Pines Golf Club on the northeast corner of the Village of Hartland.

Several local golf industry sources have said that Jack Gaudion has been in negotiations with John Malec who owns the golf course which is part of the ultra high end Bristle Cones Pines residential development. Reports on the pending sale have been circulating around local golf courses.

Efforts to reach Malec for comment have failed. However, Gaudion said this morning, "you can report that I am not" in the process of purchasing the Hartland golf course.

Bristle Cones Pines has catered to members of the public as well as homeowners in the residential development while its owners have attempted to convert it to a member only course.

Gaudion and his partner Ron Kuhlman have been credited with successfully operating since 2003 the family oriented Wales private club which features tennis courts and a water park in addition to the golf course and large club house. The pair recently took over the Bergamount, another golf course located in a high end residential development in the Village of Oregon near Madison.

Deal close for Bristlecone Pines

May 26, 2009 10:08 p.m. |

The owners of The Legend at Brandybrook golf course in Wales are close to finalizing a deal to buy Bristlecone Pines in Hartland from owner John Malec. Two years ago, the same ownership team purchased Bergamont in Oregon near Madison and renamed it The Legend at Bergamont.
It is believed the name of the course will also change to The Legend at Bristlecone once the sale is final.

Home fire in Oconomowoc

May 26, 2009 2:15 p.m. | Oconomowoc Fire Department was dispatched to 618 E. Madison on a call of a smoke-filled home. Residents and pets have been evacuated, no other details are available at this time.

LCL baseball on a hot streak

May 26, 2009 1:16 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran’s varsity baseball team won four times in recent days, sweeping a doubleheader from Kenosha Christian Life 7-6, 6-1, before taking care of Greendale Martin Luther, 9-8, and Milwaukee Lutheran, 14-2.

Matt Brueser pitched two complete games for the Lightning during the winning streak. The left-hander struck out 13 in the two games without issuing a walk. Josh Paliafito and Kevin Kornowski had the other victories on the mound for the Lightning (17-7 overall).
Wil Goodman went 7-for-12 with five runs scored including a home run in the four games. Hunter Mason went 7-for-14 with six runs scored and four RBIs.

Lien levied on Pewaukee City Hall

May 22, 2009 4:30 p.m. | A law firm has levied a lien on Pewaukee City Hall because its roofer has not paid fringe benefits to employees, according to a letter from Previant, Goldberg, Uelmen, Gratz, Miller & Brueggeman.

Robert's Roofing & Siding Inc. is required to pay the benefits under collective bargaining and trust agreements, according to a letter the law firm sent the city.

The firm estimates the roofing company owes about $50,000 in benefits on the job. "Under state law, the municipality is to withhold a sufficient amount" to pay the claim, the letter said.

Memorial Day in Lake Country

May 22, 2009 3:58 p.m. | While firing up the grill, soaking in some fireworks, or cheering on a water ski team this Memorial Day, take a moment to think about the various wars America has fought and the numerous casualties we have suffered.  Regardless of the provocation or politics behind each conflict, we owe our thanks to the service men and women who bear the brunt of decisions made thousands of miles away.  To the lost, the injured, and those out on the battlefield today, let us salute them with a raised beer, a steamy brat, and a darned spectacular fireworks show.

Memorial Day activities in Lake Country include:

  • Veteran's Festival at Village Park in Pewaukee, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
  • Ceremony and service hosted by the Genesee VFW Post 5270, 1 p.m. Sunday at the War Memorial at Genesee Town Park.
  • A brat fry open to the public at St. John's UCC in Merton, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday.
  • Presentations throughout Dousman by the American Legion Post 405 (see the Weekend Happenings blog for details).
  • The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club show, 5:30 p.m. Monday, at Pewaukee Beach.
  • Parades: 10 a.m. Monday in Pewaukee, starting at Pewaukee High School; and 10 a.m. Monday in Merton, starting at Fireman's Park.

High speed rail press conference Tuesday

May 22, 2009 12:56 p.m. | Students involved in the Wisconsin Student Public Interest Research Group, (WISPIRG) will stop at Maxim's At the Oconomowoc Depot, 115 E. Collins St., at 3 p.m. May 26 to hold a press conference in support of Wisconsin's proposed high speed rail route.

Forty students will travel from Green Bay to Milwaukee next week some by bicycle through each town to press conference locations. According to a press release from the WISPIRG, students will wear matching T-shirts and carry a giant map of the proposed train route. Events will also include a human-powered train with many people, much like a Chinese dragon costume.

The group will stop at the Downtown Transit Center in Milwaukee and the Brookfield Town Hall before making their way to Oconomowoc.

Gov. Jim Doyle and other top Midwestern officials are seeking $3.5 billion in federal stimulus money for the 110-mph regional rail that would connect Milwaukee to Madison.

Pewaukee call center to add 100 jobs

May 21, 2009 12:04 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - In bleak economic conditions, U.S. Cellular's recent announcement is a ray of sunshine as it plans to fill 100 positions at its call center in the City of Pewaukee. 

"We're in a time that we're able to grow," said Bill Isaac, director of U.S. Cellular's call center in the City of Pewaukee.  The center is located at W233 N2095 Ridgeview Parkway. 

Openings are for frontline, customer service positions and new hires will receive 6-weeks paid training and be eligible for medical, dental, and vision benefits on day-one, Isaac said.  Isaac said the position would be ideal for new high school graduates or those recently laid off. 

U.S. Cellular was part of a job fair last week with the Waukesha County Workforce Development Center to grow its pool of applicants, and Isaac said they're still looking for applicants.  Those interested can apply at

The 100 new hires will bring the Pewaukee call center to about 500 employess, Isaac said.

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Silver Lake 'Charlotte's Web' time correction

May 21, 2009 11:09 a.m. | Silver Lake Intermediate School's presentation of "Charlotte's Web" is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 21-23, and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St., Oconomowoc.

An item in a news column in the Thursday Focus included an incorrect start time. We apologize for the error.

Oconomowoc Legion observes Poppy Day

May 21, 2009 10:02 a.m. |  

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 91 of Oconomowoc, has designated Friday, May 22 Poppy Day. Volunteers will distribute the red crepe paper flower in exchange for contributions to assist local veterans and their families. Volunteers will be throughout the city at locations such as Sentry Foods, K-Mart and Stein Garden & Gifts.

The poppy is a worldwide symbol of sacrifice, honoring the men and women who served and died for their country in all wars.

The poppy is also a reminder to the community of the continuing needs and support of our veterans.

Slow, no-wake order lifted

May 20, 2009 12:47 p.m. | The slow, no-wake order has been lifted on Lac La Belle in Oconomowoc, according to the city.

Pond neighbors file suit

May 20, 2009 12:40 p.m. | City of Delafield  - Margaret Zerwekh's neighbors have filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court challenging a ruling by an administrative law judge that Zerwekh can remove the dam she owns on the Bark River near the corner of Main Street and Mill Road.

The lawsuit argues that Administrative Law Judge Jeffrey Boldt and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources failed to follow state laws and regulations and failed to protect the property rights of the homeowners by issuing a permit that allows Zerwekh to remove the dam.

The neighbors have objected to the dam removal, arguing that it will adversely affect the property values of their homes located along the millpond and deprives the city of a recreational asset.

A lawyer for the Department of Natural Resources predicted the lawsuit could delay the removal of the dam and the restoration of the Bark River "for months" and that it is rare for a circuit court judge to reverse a ruling by an administrative law judge.

Memorial Day celebrations span Lake Country

May 19, 2009 8:33 a.m. | Art

"Poetic Captured Reflections" and "Soulful Inspirations": May 22-25, Lakes Gallery of Fine Art, N76 W31428 Highway V V, North Lake. Collaborations of artists Anne Wall and Holly Kallie with poet Christina M. R. Norcross, 262-966-1804,

Annual Student Exhibit:(through May 22), Fine Arts Center Gallery, Southview Hall, UW-Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. 262-521-5445.

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, photo essay by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio: (through Aug. 16), Marceil Pultorak Atrium Gallery, Carroll University, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha. 262-524-7192.

Images and Shapes: James Mlaker and Kathryn Rambo: (through May), Village Centre, Purloin Studio, W164 N8859 Mill St., Menomonee Falls. 262-255-9090.

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A hint of summer festivals with art fairs, motor shows and outdoor music

May 11, 2009 1:02 p.m. | Art

Art for the Heart in the Barn: reception 6 to 10 p.m. May 15, exhibit runs Saturdays and Sundays through June 14, N7381 County Road O, Elkhorn.  The barn will be filled with art and open to the public.  847-899-6962.

Spring Art Walk: 5 to 9 p.m. May 15, downtown Delafield.  Support local businesses with an evening of art and music.  262-646-8100.

Artisan Faire: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17, downtown Oconomowoc, Oconomowoc. Local artists will sell handmade pottery, jewelry, soaps, candles, and original and wearable art, plus live music on the Village Green.  262-560-1717.

Erinwood Artist Group "Watercolor Show": 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 16, Fish Hatchery, 417 Main St., Delafield.

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Nature in bloom for late spring activities

May 04, 2009 12:40 p.m. | Art

"Aprons in the Wind": May 8-10, Lakes Gallery of Fine Art, N76-W31428 Highway VV, North Lake. Aprons will be on display that honor special women, 262-966-1804,

"Paris Streets: A One Man Show": reception 5 to 8 p.m. May 8, Gallery 1, 3201 Golf Road, Delafield. Featuring Chuck Weber, 414-646-2400.

"Poetic Captured Reflections" and "Soulful Inspirations": May 8-10, Lakes Gallery of Fine Art, N76-W31428 Highway V V, North Lake. Collaborations of artists Anne Wall and Holly Kallie with poet Christina M. R. Norcross, 262-966-1804,

Annual Student Exhibit: (through May 22), Fine Arts Center Gallery, Southview Hall, UW-Waukesha, 1500 N. University Drive, Waukesha. 262-521-5445.

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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.

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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.

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