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Motorcycle collides with car on Highway C

July 30, 2010 1:18 p.m. | Flight for Life lands on the scene just north of Highway 16 where a 48 year-old driver of a motorcycle collided with a car on Highway C Friday afternoon. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet when he collided with the car and sustained non life threatening injuries and was transported to the hospital by Flight for Life.

A 48-year-old local man was taken by Flight for Life Friday afternoon after sustaining head injuries after his motorcycle collided with a vehicle on Highway C just north of Highway 16.

Lake Country Fire Department and Rescue crews remove a 48 year-old driver of a motorcycle that collided with a car on Highway C just North of Highway 16 Friday afternoon. The driver of the second vehicle was not injured.Flight for Life and Lake Country Fire Department crews move a 48 year-old driver of a motorcycle to a waiting helicopter to be transported to the hospital Friday afternoon after he collided with a car on Highway C just North of Highway 16. Both the motorcycle and vehicle were northbound on Highway C around 1 p.m. Friday when they collided. The man was not wearing a helmet and suffered non-lifethreatening injuries, according to Lt. Rankas of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department. However he was taken by Flight for Life because of the fact it was a head injury according to Rankas.

The driver of the of the other vehicle did not suffer any injuries.

The accident is under investigation.

Dine alfresco at Taste of Lake Country.

July 30, 2010 12:00 a.m. | I don’t know about you, but food just always seems to taste better outdoors. Sitting under blue skies with gentle summer breezes stirring the air does something to the taste buds. So when you combine a beautiful outdoor venue with great food, the culinary experience can’t be beat. This weekend, from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, some of Lake Country’s finest eateries will present their cuisine at Taste of Lake Country in downtown Pewaukee. You’ll be able to sample cuisine from: Brewer’s Two Café, Butler Inn, Dunn Bros. Coffee, Famous Dave’s BBQ, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Piano Blu, Weissgerber’s Golden Mast Inn and Wisconsin Machine Shed. In addition, the following storefront locations are welcoming visitors to sample their fare: The Chocolate Factory, Seester’s Mexican Cantina and Cakes While U Wait. While food is the star, the event also features live music to enhance your dining pleasure.

West topped in state semifinals by Franklin

July 29, 2010 11:30 p.m. | Eventual state champion Franklin limited Waukesha West to just three hits in the WIAA state baseball semifinal in Stevens Point on Thursday afternoon, taking a 5-1 decision. The Wolverines were bidding to become the first Waukehsa-area team to reach the summer baseball championship game.

Quotes from West coach Chad Montez, furnished by NOW Newspapers sports reporter David Cotey:

"Our bats never came to life today, even in the first game. The first game we had three hits and pitched and played good defense, but this game we just couldn’t get the hits when we needed. We hit some hard balls but could never just put two, three hits together.

"(Franklin pitcher Ian Malmstadt) did a very good job. He threw strikes. He didn’t get himself in trouble a whole lot. They made plays behind him, and their outfield is pretty good. They’re a good baseball team.

"I’m real proud of our guys. We were 17-17 a year ago. To be 28-7 with a conference championship and you make it to the final four in state, that’s not too shabby."

Waukesha West wins state quarterfinal

July 29, 2010 11:40 a.m. | Waukesha West, overcoming a series of delays that pushed its WIAA state quarterfinal game back one day, defeated Germantown with a two-run rally in the sixth on Thursday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point, 2-1.

The Classic 8 Conference champs got a lift from conference Player of the Year Ryan Solberg, whose one-out triple in the sixth plated the tying run. Solberg scored on Aaron Jushka's subsequent single and gave West the lead.

Pitcher Jeff Neumann allowed one run on three hits in six innings, and Solberg worked the seventh for the save. West will face Franklin in a semifinal later today. Barring a change to the schedule, West would play in the state-title game this evening with a victory.

The game was delayed because of wet grounds, and problems with the lights eventually forced the postponement to this morning.

West coach Chad Montez's quotes, as provided by NOW Newspapers writer David Cotey:

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Harry Potter coming to Oconomowoc

July 28, 2010 2:15 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc will close down Wisconsin Avenue from City Hall to Main Street on Aug. 12 for a big screen showing of  "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone".

Moonlit Movies is sponsoring the event on the heels of its successful offering last year with the anniversary showing of "the Wizard of Oz". Organizers estimate a potential turnout of  6,000-7,000 visitors.

Downtown businesses are being asked to embrace the Harry Potter theme, encouraging window design, costumes and product sales, in the week before the showing to create a festive environment.

One of the changes being made from last year is the utilization of the Chase Bank parking lot for space for a minimum of 10 stations available for food and merchant vendors.  For more information on this event, read tomorrow's Oconomowoc Focus.

Vernon to discuss possibility of referendum

July 28, 2010 12:18 p.m. | The Vernon Town board will meet tomorrow night at 7 p.m. to discuss the future of the Town fire service and whether or not a referendum is necessary.

The board will discuss ways to best gather input from town residents and whether or not a referendum is the best way to do so.  If the board decides against a referendum on the September primary, they will then discuss what, if any, action is necessary to gather input from residents on the future of the Town fire service.

Fill The Bus – School Supply Contributions Needed July 31

July 28, 2010 11:34 a.m. | Help the Waukesha County Backpack Coalition Fill The Bus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 31, at Wal-Mart, Pewaukee, Sam’s Club, Waukesha, and Walgreens, Hartland. This event greatly needs donations of new backpacks and school supplies that will be used to ensure Waukesha County students in need start school this fall with the supplies they need to learn and be successful.

Submitted PhotoRecycle Raccoon will make appearances at Walgreens and the Klements Famous Racing Sausages will be at the the Wal-Mart in Pewaukee and Sam’s Club in Waukesha from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In 2009, just fewer than 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to Waukesha County students in need and similar numbers are projected for this year.

“Any support you could provide this program will make a significant impact in the lives of hundreds of families in the community. It is a joy to see the faces of the children light up when they receive their brand new backpack” stated Colleen Martin Waukesha County Backpack Coalition founding member.

Visit for additional information.

Back to school clothing exchange comes to St. John's

July 28, 2010 9:41 a.m. | St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 410 Hwy NN West, Mukwonago, is hosting a back to school children’s clothing exchange.

Drop off unneeded children’s clothing from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 2 and 3.

Drop off unneeded children’s clothing and pick out free clothing for your children for the new school year from 5:30 to 8:15p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Aug. 4, 5, and 6. Leave clothes on hangers if they already are on hangers.

St. John's Mukwonago hosts blood drive

July 28, 2010 9:37 a.m. | St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Highway NN, Mukwonago, will hold a blood drive on Monday, Aug. 2 from 3 to 7 p.m. Appointments are encouraged. Contact the church office at (262) 363-8627 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Waukesha West Bypass Public Information Meeting

July 27, 2010 11:56 a.m. | Waukesha County's Public Works Department is holding a supplemental public information meeting for the West Waukesha Bypass form 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 at Waukesha West High School, 3301 Saylesville Road (County X) in Waukesha.  The meeting will be an open house and interested persons may stop in anytime between 4 and 8 p.m. to review the displays, ask questions and provide comments.

An earlier meeting was held on July 14, 2010, which was advertised in local papers, a press release and a newsletter; however the newsletter arrived too late to provide adequate notification.  Therefore, a supplemental meeting is being held to ensure maximum opportunity for public input on the study.

Information from the July 14 meeting will be on display and also available on the project website,  Waukesha County and their consultant team will be present to explain the exhibits and to answer questions about the study and the initial range of alternatives.

Lurvey bail upped to $1 million

July 27, 2010 11:52 a.m. | Waukesha – Chad J. Lurvey, charged in a double murder in 2002, is now being held in Waukesha County Jail on $1 million bail after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident outside a Walworth County bar last week.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. Mac Davis this morning upped Lurvey’s bail from $500,000 to $1 million for violating conditions of his bail. Davis also imposed an additional $50,000 bail for the two new charges of felony bail jumping.

Lurvey, 36, formerly of Town of Ottawa, is accused of killing Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, and formerly of Town of Mukwonago in August 2002. He was freed Aug. 25, after Davis reduced his bail from $1.5 million to $500,000. Conditions of his bail included not consuming alcohol and not committing a crime.

According to the criminal complaint, Lurvey was at a bar in Darien July 14, and consumed alcohol and when he left his vehicle struck another vehicle

Police were able to trace the truck to Lurvey because he used his credit card at the bar. At his residence in Delevan, Lurvey denied being at the bar.

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Mukwonago beach open with advisories

July 26, 2010 2:02 p.m. | The beach at the Waukesha County Park in Mukwonago is open under advisories on Monday after high E. coli levels closed the beach over the weekend. Additional samples will be taken and the beach advisories will remain in place until the level is below 235, according to the Waukesha County Parks website.

Waukesha West ousts Kettle Moraine

July 24, 2010 5:51 p.m. | Kettle Moraine scored twice in the top of the first, but Waukesha West answered quickly and ultimately scored an 8-2 win over the Lasers in the WIAA sectional semifinal Saturday night at West.

The Lasers finished the season 16-19.

James Gattas delivered an RBI double, part of a quick strike in the opening frame, but the Wolverines pieced together three runs in the bottom half of the frame to take a lead they would never give back. A two-run error in the fourth allowed West to pad its lead.

The Wolverines advanced to face Muskego in Sunday's sectional final.

Sussex to annex Lisbon?

July 23, 2010 5:37 p.m. | Village of Sussex - Village trustees are expected to consider next week a resolution indicating that the Village Board is willing to consider annexing all of the territory in the Town of Lisbon. 

It is unclear whether the village would attempt to annex any town land if the resolution was adopted by two thirds of the seven trustees. However, there are indications village officials believe the resolution is necessary because of a citizens group's effort to upgrade Lisbon's local government from a town to a village.

Town officials "are going to take some time to think about what has happened and then decide what to do about it" according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke. The Town Board last week endorsed the incorporation petitions filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court by the citizens group

Gehrke said he believed 90 percent of town residents would oppose annexation into the village "because of the villages extremely high taxes" that he said "reflects the village administrations lack of fiscal discipline."

Gehrke said Village President Tony Lapcinski told him in a telephone conversation Friday that the Sussex did not want to be neighbors with another municipality that had lower taxes and provided fewer services than Sussex. Lapcinski could not be reached for comment.

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Slow no-wake issued on Pewaukee Lake, area roads flooded

July 23, 2010 10:15 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The Pewaukee Lake Patrol issued a slow no-wake warning this morning as lake levels continue to rise. According to the Village of Pewaukee Police Department, which oversees the lake patrol, at 8:30 a.m. the lake level at the dam in downtown Pewaukee was about 6 inches above the slow no-wake level mandated by the state Department of Natural Resources. Lake levels are expected to continue to rise.

Also, Hickory Street near the Highway 16 bridge in the village is flooded, as is the westbound lane of Highway JJ near Yench Road in the City of Pewaukee. Highway KE (Jungbluth Road) is closed between Highway JJ and Highway 16 due to high water levels. About 5.5 inches of rain fell yesterday, according to the Lake Pewaukee Sanitary District. 

Kettle Moraine baseball postponed, relocated

July 23, 2010 9:28 a.m. | The Kettle Moraine baseball team's game against Waukesha West scheduled for today has been postponed on account of weather and rescheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Lasers were scheduled to play in the WIAA sectional semifinal at Muskego, with the sectional final to follow. Instead, the game will be relocated to Waukesha West, with the winner expected to play at 2 p.m. Sunday in the sectional final back at Muskego.

The state tournament begins Wednesday, July 28.

Slow, no wake on Fowler and Lac La Belle

July 23, 2010 8:54 a.m. |  

City of Oconomowoc Director of Public Works Mark Frye announced Friday morning that both Fowler Lake and Lac La Belle are under slow, no Wake conditions until further notice. 


City officials will notify the public when levels have improved.

Rains cause fun and flooding in Lake Country

July 22, 2010 9:20 p.m. | Chief Photographer Todd Ponath captured these photos of how torrential rains affected Sussex and Pewaukee earlier this evening. A pond in Sussex becamed a place for family frolic. On Highway F in Pewaukee, it was slow going for motoriists.


 A pond formed by the heavy rains became a place for frolic in Sussex


Flodding on Highway F in Pewaukee caused slow going for motorists.

Mancuso stays on as AHS coach

July 22, 2010 6:15 p.m. | Viince Mancuso, who was named the interim varsity baseball coach at Arrowhead High School  in May when veteran coach TimO'Driscoll resigned from that post five days before the season was to start,  will lead the Warhawks again next season.

Athletics director Kevin Flegner of Arrowhead said Thursday morning that the interim label has been removed and that Mancuso will coach the Warhawks next season.

AHS finished with a 16-17 record this past season.

Prior to taking the varsity position, Mancuso coached the junior varsity and the freshman teams at Arrowhead under O'Driscoll.

Tornado warning in Hartland and Oconomowoc

July 22, 2010 5:26 p.m. | There is a tornado warning for the Oconomowoc, Hartland and surrounding areas. Here is the National Weather Service bulletin:

... A Tornado Warning remains in effect for northern Jefferson and
northwestern Waukesha counties until 600 PM CDT...

At 521 PM CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous
storm was located near Watertown Airport... or near Watertown... moving
east at 40 mph.

This dangerous storm will be near...
Okauchee Lake around 545 PM CDT.
Hartland... Delafield and Lapham peak State Park around 550 PM CDT.

Other locations impacted by this dangerous storm include
Pipersville... Ixonia... Lac La Belle... Monterey... Oconomowoc...
Mapleton... Oconomowoc Lake... stone bank... Chenequa and North Lake.

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Some buildings remain closed, but Old World readies for reopening on July 24

July 22, 2010 1:01 p.m. | While several buildings will be closed to the public when Old World Wisconsin officially reopens on July 24, there were 25 smiling interpreters on hand and eager to meet people for a media event on Thursday, said Marty Perkins, Curator of Research for Old World Wisconsin.

Perkins said the Caldwell Farmers Hall will be fenced off and closed as the museum reopens with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, plus Farm Power Day. The Grotelueschen blacksmith shop, the Peterson wagon shop and the stable behind the General Store in the Crossroads Village area will not be accessible during opening events, as well as the Grube barn on the Schulz farm in the German area.

Additionally, there is no picnic area by the Clausing Barn at this point; however there are other tented areas available for picnicking.

Smiling interpreters at Old World Wisconsin greeted a school group from Sauk Circle during the media open house on Thursday.

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Accident on I-94 has traffic backed up

July 21, 2010 4:26 p.m. | An accident in the eastbound lanes on I-94 at Highway C has traffic backed up as far as Highway 67, according to one witness.

Civil War demonstration adds history to East Troy marketplace offerings

July 21, 2010 3:31 p.m. | The East Troy Marketplace will feature a new attraction on Saturday, July 24. The Reinholz family's Civil War living history demonstration will be held during the marketplace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jack, Jason, Stephanie, Josiah and Wyatt Reinholz will portray participants in a military and civilian encampment, including a campfire and musket firing.

For more information call the East Troy Chamber of Commerce office at (262) 642-3770.

Pewaukee Village shoots down street utility district

July 20, 2010 9:04 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The potential merger of the village and City of Pewaukee appears to be dead as the Village Board tonight rejected the creation of a street utility district, a key component in advancing the consolidation of the two communities.

On a 3-4 vote, the board rejected a motion to create the street utility district (SUD), which would have paved the way for the two communities to have different tax rates until such time the rate would be blended into one rate.

Voting against the ordinance establishing the SUD were Trustees Tom Calder, Cathy Baumann and Paul Evert along with Village President Jeff Knutson. Voting for the creation of the district were Trustees Joe Zompa, Steve Ebling and John Laimon.

The board did vote to approve the consolidation ordinance on a 6-1 vote, with Laimon voting no.

However, the board amended the ordinance to remove the SUD from it. The matter will now go before the city’s Common Council, which next meets Aug. 2, and approval there would seem to be in doubt.

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Kettle Moraine wins thriller, advances

July 20, 2010 8:28 p.m. | Down to its last out and staring down a three-run deficit, the Kettle Moraine baseball team rallied behind the bat and arm of Dalton Grove, registering a staggering 5-4, eight-inning win over host Mukwonago on Tuesday.

The win kept the sixth-seeded Lasers alive in the WIAA playoffs, sending them to the Muskego sectional Friday.

With two outs, nobody on, and Mukwonago holding a 4-1 lead, David Hayden walked and scored on Kurtis Koehn's bloop single. Grove then clobbered his 11th home run of the year, a laser beam to left field that tied the score.

After brother Dylan Grove wormed out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the seventh -- concluding with a long fly out to the deepest part of the park off the bat of Jameson Sadowske -- Dylan doubled with one out and pinch-runner Brian Ladd later scored on a wild pitch.

Mukwonago countered with a two-out double from Ty Bauschek in the eighth, and an error moved the tying run to third. Coach Brian Adamczyk put Dalton on the hill and elected for the risky play to walk cleanup man Josh Tanguay, loading the bases and putting the winning run on second base. The senior Grove fell behind Kyle Hansen, 3-1, and then induced a game-ending fielder's choice.

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AHS baseball season ends

July 20, 2010 8:20 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity baseball team had its 2010 season come to an end Tuesday night as they lost to host Brookfield Central at McCoy Field in the opening round of the WIAA regional, 6-2.

The AHS season ended at 16-17, its first losing season in 24 years.

Jordan Paszek was the losing pitcher depsite tossing a three-hitter. He struck out six but walked five and hit two batters. The Warhawks were guilty of four errors. Three of the batters who walked scored runs.

Brady Williams had an RBI in the third inning and Jordy Pendergast singled in a run in the fifth.

AHS missed a golden opportunity to get back into the game in the third inning when they loaded the bases with nobody out and the top of the order coming to bat. They scored just one run.

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PHS out of summer playoffs

July 20, 2010 7:24 p.m. | The Menomonee Falls Indians defeated the Pewaukee Pirates 10-0 in six innings in Menomonee Falls on Tuesday.

It was A WIAA Regional  Summer Baseball Tournament game.

Nick Clement pitched into  the sixth inning before giving way to Joey Neu.

Derek Watt  and Austin Kaatz had hits for Pewaukee.

Merger vote up in air because trustee has gone fishin'

July 20, 2010 11:07 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – A vote on the long-debated merger issue may not occur tonight because one village trustee has gone fishing.

The Village Board is slated to vote on an ordinance to establish a street utility district and the consolidation ordinance. However, Trustee Paul Evert notified village staff late last week that he would be going fishing today, said Village Clerk Sue Atherton, who was asked this morning if all board embers would be in attendance.

Passage of both ordinances would set the stage for a November referendum on consolidating the village with City of Pewaukee. The city’s Common Council did not take action on the consolidation ordinance last night.

The street utility district needs approval of six of the seven members and the consolidation ordinance needs five of seven members.

Village President Jeff Knutson said he was upset that Evert would not be in attendance.

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Ex-teacher held on $10,000 bail

July 19, 2010 3:45 p.m. | Bryan F. Wendt, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met while student teaching, is being held in Waukesha County Jail on an additional $10,000 cash bail for violating conditions of his bail for having contact with the victim.

Wendt, 27, was freed on $25,000 cash bail after being charged in May after he was charged with having sex with the girl during the summer of 2009.

Wendt’s attorney Paul Bucher told Waukesha County Circuit Court Commissioner Martin Binn that his client denied the allegations. Bucher said Wendt was jogging in North Prairie Thursday when a vehicle drove up along side him and the girl jumped out, hugged Wendt, and then got back into the car.

The Waukesha Police Department received a tip Thursday that Wendt, a former teacher in the Oconomowoc School District, was attempting to contact the Waukesha girl. Detectives were able to monitor the situation and arrested Wendt when he had contact with the juvenile.

Wendt is accused of having sex with the girl who he met while student teaching at Waukesha Central Middle School. The girl was 14-years-old at the time, according to the criminal complaint.

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East Troy summer concert features Swing Nouveau

July 19, 2010 9:15 a.m. | The East Troy Community Band's "Thursday Nights on the Square" free summer concert series will present the Milwaukee Big Band “Swing Nouveau” at 7:30 p.m. on the historic East Troy Village Square on Thursday, July 22. O'Leary Plumbing & Heating will be serving up ice cream before the concert.

Baseball teams in regional Tuesday

July 18, 2010 8:10 p.m. | All three Lake Country area high school baseball teams will open WIAA regional play onTuesday night. All three teams will play on the road.

Arrowhead, the defending WIAA state champions, will play at McCoy Field in Brookfield against Brookfield Central at 5:30 p.m.

Kettle Moraine will play at host Mukwonago at 5 p.m.

Pewaukee will play at Trenary Field against host Menomonee Falls at 5 p.m.

Tuesday's  winners will play Friday in the WIAA sectional tournaments.

Oconomowoc take LOL West lead

July 18, 2010 8:02 p.m. | Host Oconomowoc scored a 10-7 win over the Monches Irish Sunday afternoon at Roosevelt Field to take over sole possession of first place in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league.

With the win, the Five O's improved to 10-3, one game ahead of the Brookfield Blue Sox (10-4).

On Saturday, games saw Pewaukee down Sussex 5-2, Brookfield Bulldogs whip Lannon 15-1 and Brookfield Blue Sox edge Merton 4-2.

On Sunday, Pewaukee outlasted Merton 7-6, Lannon nipped Menomonee Falls 5-3, Brookfield Bulldogs stopped Hartland 8-1, West Bend trounced North Lake 19-2 and Sussex downed  the Brookfield Blue Sox, 12-5.

A full slate of games will be played this Saturday and Sunday.

Dolske powers Lannon in LOL

July 18, 2010 4:36 p.m. | Jed Dolske hit a 3-run homerun, lifting the Lannon Stonemen to a 5-3 win over the Menomonee Falls Lakers on Sunday in the Land O' Lakes Western Division.

Nick Erd was the winning pitcher.

Jed Dolske hit a 3-run homerun, lifting the Lannon Stonemen to a 5-3 win over the Menomonee Falls Lakers on Sunday in the Land O' Lakes Western Division.

Nick Erd was the winning pitcher.

Dog Day Afternoon offered at Mukwonago Food Pantry

July 17, 2010 9:31 a.m. | An afternoon of fun for dogs and their owners will be provided at the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, on July 17 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dogs must be leashed.

The event will feature games and contests for dogs, a $5 nail trim Clinic, Bishon and Little Buddies Rescue, a kissing booth, kids area, bake sale, crafts, basket raffles every hour and more. Proceeds benefit Barney's Blessings Pet Food Pantry.

Ex-AHS chief sentenced for drunken driving

July 16, 2010 4:01 p.m. | Waukesha – Former Arrowhead High School Superintendent David Lodes was sentenced this afternoon to 130 days in jail for his second drunken driving offense.

Lodes, 58, of N19 W28905 Golf Ridge North, Town of Delafield, was ordered by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Robert Mawdsley to 60 days in the work-release jail and 70 days of day reporting; revoked his driver’s license for 18 months and has to pay $916 in fines and court costs.

Lodes was arrested Nov. 18 in the City of Delafield. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.308, almost four times above the legal limit of 0.08, when he was arrested for allegedly drunken driving, according to court records.

Lodes told Mawdsley he was on his way to an Alcohol Anonymous meeting but he had “a lot of bottled up issues” and bought a bottle of alcohol and drank it in his car and then was stopped by police on his way home.

Mawdsley told Lodes he was fortunate a police officer stopped him because “you could have killed someone.”

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Ex-OSD teacher accused of sex assault faces new charge

July 16, 2010 12:57 p.m. | Waukesha – Former Oconomowoc School District teacher Bryan F. Wendt, accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he met while student teaching in Waukesha, is facing charges for violating conditions of his bail for having contact with the girl.

The Waukesha Police Department received a tip Thursday that Wendt, a former teacher in the Oconomowoc School District, was attempting to contact the Waukesha girl. Detectives were able to monitor the situation and arrested Wendt when he had contact with the juvenile, according to a statement released by the department.

Wendt is accused of having sex with the girl who he met while student teaching at Waukesha Central Middle School. Wendt admitted to having intercourse three or four times and oral sex several times beginning in the summer of 2009, according to prosecutors.

Wendt of 210 Cypress Point, North Prairie, is charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault and two felony counts of child enticement.

Wendt is now facing a charge of bail jumping, according to the police department statement.

Have a sundae, Sunday in Pewaukee.

July 16, 2010 12:00 a.m. | “Ice cream social” conjures thoughts of women wearing long dresses with bustles and wide-brimmed hats holding parasols in the park while they daintily nibble on their icy treat. It’s a wonderful pastoral scene that can be recreated this Sunday, July 18 – only participants need not be so formerly dressed as in days gone by. This Sunday’s social, sponsored by the Pewaukee Historical Society, is from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Clark House, 206 E. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee. The stars of the show include sundaes, cones and floats to be enjoyed on the grounds plus Mrs. Clark’s Pie Pantry featuring whole pies to be enjoyed later at home. Added attractions include demonstrations of old-time ice cream making using ice harvested from Pewaukee Lake, a display of items found in Pewaukee Lake, lectures on Waukesha Beach and the Old Watertown Plan Road, a one-man band and silent auction. The Clark House Museum will also be open. For more information, call (262) 691-0233.

Old World to reopen

July 15, 2010 1:26 p.m. | A month after shutting down due to the Eagle tornado, Old World Wisconsin is reopening.

The site's Grand Reopening events include:

July 24-25: Laura Ingalls Wilder Days PLUS Farm Power, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturday only: Farmhand Buffet from 4 to 7 p.m. and Barn Dance from 6 to 9 p.m.  Reservations recommended.

Aug. 14: Flavor of Wisconsin from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.  Reservations required.

For more information, click here or call (262) 594-6300.

Portion of Highway M closed

July 15, 2010 12:06 p.m. | The Waukesha County Department of Public Works has closed Highway M between Highways F and 164 in the City of Pewaukee because of flooding from last night's storms.

Highway signs will alert motorists to the closure, and a detour is posted. Drivers will be diverted to northbound Highway F, then west to Highway 164, where they can reconnect to Highway M.

The portion of the highway will be closed until the water recedes and the roadway is passable.

UPDATE: Network restored

July 15, 2010 8:55 a.m. | Phone and Internet service has been restored to Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications offices in Hartland and Mukwonago.

Lake Country/Mukwonago Publications network down

July 15, 2010 8:43 a.m. | Heavy storms Wednesday night affected Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications' Internet and phone lines. Internet and phone service is down at Lake Country Publications. IT staff is working on the problem and said they hope to have everything back online by noon Thursday.

Phone lines do work at Mukwonago Publications (262) 363-4045, but Internet is currently down.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will return any calls or requests as soon as possible.

Appeals court rejects Pewaukee City police union plea

July 14, 2010 1:37 p.m. | City of Pewaukee – A state appeals court today  upheld a Waukesha County Circuit Court decision to deny a restraining order to halt the disbanding of the police department on Dec. 31, 2009.

The City of Pewaukee Police Association sought the order in December after a judge ruled in to dismiss a civil action by the union to halt the process of the city contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department.

The union argued the city should have acted on a direct-legislation petition before approving a contract with the Sheriff’s Department.

The District 2 Appeals Court ruled direct legislation does not apply when it comes to contracting for police services.

Humid weather may mean storms tonight

July 14, 2010 12:38 p.m. | With weather today approaching 90 degrees and hot, humid days in the extended forecast, residents in Waukesha County should be prepared that storms may be in our future.

Today's TMJ4 is reporting that thunderstorms are likely tonight after midnight.  Some of those storms may be severe.

Check here for updated weather information as it becomes available.

Highway NN closed for accident reconstruction

July 13, 2010 1:07 p.m. |

Mukwonago Fire Department emergency personnel load the driver of a motorcycle into an ambulance after an accident on Highway NN by the Greenridge Shopping Center shortly after noon today.

The driver crashed into the back of a car waiting to make a left turn into the center's parking lot. Both the car and the motorcycle were westbound on Highway NN. The motorcycle driver was transported to the hospital with severe head injuries. The driver was not wearing a helmet.

Highway NN will be closed for at least an hour while police reconstruct the accident.

Motorcycle accident with injuries at Highways NN and ES

July 13, 2010 12:35 p.m. | A motorcycle accident at Highway NN and Highway ES near the Greenridge Center in Mukwonago has police rerouting traffic at the intersection.

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

Work begins on Highway 83 in Genesee

July 12, 2010 9:34 p.m. |

Workers begin reconstruction at the railroad crossing on Highway 83 in Genesse on Monday. A detour on Highway 83 in the Town of Genesse is scheduled through Friday, July 16, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced.  The detour will utilize Highways 59,  E and  D.

The roadway will be closed at the railroad crossing during the reconstruction. Access will be maintained to local businesses.

Work is weather-dependent.  Motorists are advised to expect delays.

Governor appoints new county Circuit Court judge

July 09, 2010 4:21 p.m. |  

Gov.Jim Doyle announced today the appointment of Kathleen Stilling to the Waukesha County Circuit Court.  Stilling will fill the vacancy created by the election of Judge Paul Reilly to the Court of Appeals.
"I have tremendous confidence in Kathy Stilling," Doyle said.  "Her commitment to justice, fairness and respect is unparalleled."
"I thank Governor Doyle for this opportunity," Stilling said. "I feel privileged to serve the wonderful people of Waukesha County as a circuit court judge."
Kathleen Stilling served in the State Public Defender’s Office from 1981 to 1989 and has been in private practice since 1989 engaged in civil and criminal litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 
Stilling is a member of the Waukesha County Bar Association, the State of Wisconsin Bar Association and the Association for Women Lawyers. She is an active volunteer in her local church, Boy Scout troop and community, serving as a guest lecturer in local schools and working with the Coalition for Drug Free Communities. Kathy and her husband, Jerome Buting, have two children, Stephen and Grace, and live in Brookfield.

Pavement buckles near Mukwonago

July 09, 2010 4:17 p.m. | The pavement in the right lane of southbound I-43 near Highway 83 in Mukwonago has buckled, according to a bulletin from the state Department of Transportation.

UPDATE: Oconomowoc dentist was in plane crash

July 09, 2010 3:25 p.m. |  

Oconomowoc dentist Jim Michaels, 54, was in the plane that crashed in the Rocky Mountain National Park Thursday evening.
Michaels was with his daughter Tonie, 18, planning to fly to Aspen and Telluride before returning home. Both only suffered minor injuries. According to reports they used trees and debris from the plane to build a shelter while waiting to be rescued. Park rangers reached them Friday morning. They were brought down from the wreckage in a helicopter.
Michaels owns Dr. James Michaels of Oconomowoc Dental Care on Summit Avenue. He owned the 2009 American Champion plane and the cause of the crash has not been determined.

Oconomowoc plane crashes in Colorado

July 09, 2010 1:46 p.m. | According to recent reports a plane registered to Michael's Air Service of Oconomowoc crashed in Forest Canyon a remote part of Rocky Mountain National Park Thursday.

The passengers - whose identity is not currently available - are a 54-year-old man and his 18-year-old daughter. They only suffered minor injuries in the crash which occurred around 5 p.m.

A park spokesman said both were conscious and moving when rangers arrived at the wreckage Friday morning. The rangers have not decided to evacuate them and the cause of the crash has not yet been determined. However an Internet search of Michael's Air Service shows an FAA listing for Michael's Air Service LLC at 819 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, which is the same address for Dr. James Michaels of Oconomowoc Dental Care.

Detour on Highway 83 next week

July 09, 2010 1:11 p.m. |  

Traffic will be detoured around Highway 83 in Genesee Depot on Monday through Friday, July 12-16, while the railroad crossing is being reconstructed. Access will be maintained to local businesses.
The detour will route traffic to Highways 59, E and D. Work is dependent on the weather; motorists should expect delays.
Also next week, the state Department of Transportation was expected to start work on Highway 83 between Glacier Pass and Golf Road in Delafield on Monday, July 12.
The project, which is expected to be finished by late September, will consist of a mill and overlay project, including widening turn lanes at several intersections. Signals will be replaced at Hillside Road, Heritage Drive, the I-94 on- and off-ramps and Golf Road. In addition, the Lake Country Trail crossing will be moved to the Golf Road intersection.
The 2.7-mile project is estimated to cost about $2.9 million.
Milling and paving will occur from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Croatian Day Picnic offers food and music

July 09, 2010 11:57 a.m. | The 51st annual Croatian Day Picnic on Saturday, July 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. will feature barbecued lamb, pig, and chicken, as well as Croatian sausage and Cevapcices. Held in Mukwonago Field Park at Highway 83 and NN, music will be proviced by Sinovi and Milwaukee CFU Tammies.

Admission is free. The event will be held rain or shine.

Mukwonago Food Pantry offers services to Eagle tornado victims

July 09, 2010 9:33 a.m. | All Eagle residents displaced or affected by the tornado are welcome to make use of the current services offered by the Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Avenue, Mukwonago. Please note times and days of office and pantry hours, they are as follows:

Office Hours; sign up for programs                            Pantry Hours: receive food

Monday and Tuesday 8a.m. to 3 p.m.                                        Monday and Tuesday-9 a.m. to noon

Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.                                                Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.                                                     Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Hwy 83 detour next week

July 09, 2010 9:25 a.m. | A detour on Highway 83 in the Town of Genesse is scheduled for Monday, July 12 through Friday, July 16, announced the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.  The detour will utilize Highways 59,  E and  D.

The roadway will be closed at the railroad crossing while it is being reconstructed. Access will be maintained to local businesses.

Work is weather-dependent.  Motorists are advised to expect delays.

Mukwonago is going to the dogs!

July 09, 2010 12:00 a.m. | It’s the dog days of summer, so what better way to enjoy it than at A Dog Day Afternoon. Pooches and their owners will find more to do at the event than there are kibbles in a dog bowl. The canine fun takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at The Mukwonago Food Pantry, 325 Eagle Lake Ave., Mukwonago. Sponsored by Barney’s Blessings Pet Food Pantry, the event includes games and contests for dogs, $5 nail trim clinic, Bishon and Little Buddies Rescue, a kids' area, bake sale, crafts and basket raffles. Stay for the whole day and buy a hot dog lunch that comes with a soda and chips. All good dogs on leashes are welcome to come and play for the day.

Proceeds from church rummage to help Eagle tornado fund

July 08, 2010 5:10 p.m. | Brooklife Church, 1231 South Rochester, (inside the westbury bank building) will be holding a rummage sale on Tuesday, July 12 and Thursday, July 15 from 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. All of the proceeds from the sale will go towards the Eagle Disaster Relief Fund. Men's women's children's and infants clothes and shoes will be rummaged.

Checks can be made payable to Eagle Disaster Relief Fund and will be forwarded to Chase Bank, 111 Main Street, Eagle, WI 53119.

Update: Pewaukee Water Ski Club on water tonight

July 08, 2010 12:03 p.m. | The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club show won't have to perform on land now that Village Beach has reopened today.

The show entitled "Skiing with the Stars" will begin at 6:45 p.m. on the water. 

Tonight is Senior Citizens Night where seniors from throughout Lake Country are invited to watch the show. Seniors will receive complimentary homemade baked goods and ice cold lemonade during intermission.

Village Beach opens at noon today

July 08, 2010 11:56 a.m. | Village Beach will reopen at noon today after being closed for two weeks because of high levels of E-coli bacteria. 

Tests for bacteria levels came back good, officials said. 

The Beach had been closed since June 24.  E-coli levels threatened to alter plans for the annual triathlon this Sunday and the water ski show at 6 p.m. tonight. 

Pewaukee Water Ski Club to perform on land tonight

July 08, 2010 10:57 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The show will go on.

The Pewaukee Lake Water Ski Club announced they will be performing their show on land tonight despite the beach being closed due to high E. coli counts, according to a statement released by the club.

Tonight is Senior Citizens Night where seniors from throughout Lake Country are invited to watch the show. Seniors will receive complimentary homemade baked goods and ice cold lemonade during intermission. The show skiers are excited to perform their show entitled “Skiing with the Stars” on land with full costumes, music and their show announcer. The land show begins at 6:45 p.m. at Lakefront Park in downtown Pewaukee.

Ski Club members will build pyramids and perform other daring acts that are usually performed on the water, according to the statement.

Eagle schedules final brush pickup from tornado damage

July 08, 2010 9:26 a.m. | The Town of Eagle will be having a final brush pickup on Thursday, July 15. All affected residents should bring their remaining brush to their curbside.

Severe thunderstorm warning in effect

July 07, 2010 2:40 p.m. | The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Northeastern Waukesha County and Southeastern Washington County until 3:15 p.m.

Delafield refuses to reconsider gun club vote

July 07, 2010 8:11 a.m. | With no discussion, the Delafield Common Council voted 6-1 Tuesday not to reconsider its June 10 decision to shut down the Hartland Sportsman's Club.

See the story in Thursday's Lake Country Reporter.

Delafield gun club wants to "work with the city"

July 06, 2010 3:26 p.m. | City of Delafield - In a letter to city officials, the Hartland Sportsman Club has apologized "for the burden that has been placed on you by recent events" and indicated that the membership of the gun club wants to "work with the city" in effort to regain its operating permit.

"We ask that you reconsider your June 10th decision. The city does not need to pull our Conditional Use Permit to control the Hartland Sportsman's Club. We intend to work with the city," the club said in an unsigned letter distributed to city officials today.

The Common Council is scheduled to decide tonight whether it will reconsider its vote on June 10 to revoke the club's permit. The revocation came after neighbors provided the city during an April 28 hearing with evidence the gun club was violating its permit.  Less than 24 hours later, a 31 year old pregnant woman sitting on the outdoor patio of a nearby restuarant was grazed by a bullet that escaped the gun club's firing range.

Some city officials had anticipated the gun club would challenge in court the city's authority to control gun club operations and revoke the permit. The letter, however, seems to indicate gun club members have decided they would rather negotiate with the city.

Mayor Ed McAleer and some council members have suggested they might be willing to allow the club to reopen provided its shooting activities were limited to bows and arrows, trap shooting, air guns and waxed bullets. Higher caliber weapons would not be permitted on the club's firing ranges, according to the compromise suggested by McAleer and others.

Baseball icon Neary retires

July 06, 2010 1:11 p.m. | Oconomowoc baseball coach Pat Neary, who has spent 41 years as coach in the program and 27 as head coach, has announced his retirement.

Neary, who also spent 12 years as a junior varsity coach and two as a freshman coach, finished his varsity career with a record of 339-230.

He was elected to the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007 and won nine Wisconsin Little Ten Conference titles, in addition to six state tournament berths and three state runner-up finishes.

Neary has overseen 10 eventual NCAA Division 1 baseball players.

Pewaukee Village beach remains closed

July 06, 2010 10:32 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – The public beach in the downtown will remain closed for at least one more day.

A spokesperson for the Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department said this morning that a sample from the lake could not be taken Sunday or Monday due to the July Fourth holiday but a sample was taken today and the results will be known Wednesday morning. The beach has been closed since June 24 due to high E-coli levels.

E-coli bacteria can cause nausea, fever, and stomach cramps. It is recommended that people do not swim in the water until E-coli counts reach a safe level.

Watt accepts Northwestern's offer

July 05, 2010 7:39 p.m. | Pewaukee running back/linebacker Derek Watt became the second area football player committing to a Big Ten program when he accepted an offer to play with Northwestern on Monday.

Watt joins Arrowhead linebacker Derek Landisch, who committed to Wisconsin last week. To follow bite-sized morsels from the Lake Country preps scene, follow the PrepsAlcove on Twitter.

Merton man killed in cycle crash

July 04, 2010 6:30 p.m. |

A 62-year-old Merton man was killed Friday when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into his home.
Warren Steigerwald, N49 W28674 Chardon Drive, drove onto his driveway from his front yard at about 4 p.m., lost control of his motorcycle and struck his home. He was ejected from the motorcycle, and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

LC Caring founder dies

July 04, 2010 6:23 p.m. |

Eileen Mooers, 52, of Delafield died this weekend after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
She was instrumental in founding Lake Country Caring several years ago.
Friends had organized a fundraiser to help pay for her treatments this spring.  
Known widely for her faith, Mooers shared her story in January as a speaker at the YMCA at Pabst Farms.
She is survived by her husband, Neal, daughters Annika, Kathryn and Rachel, other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services are pending.

Celebrating Independence Day in East Troy

July 04, 2010 4:31 p.m. | Fourth of July revelers celebrate during the East Troy Lions Club annual four-day Fourth of July Festival, which includes fireworks and a parade, along with various festival activities.

Amara Santiago, 5, of Milwaukee glows with sparkler fun while waiting for the start of fireworks at East Troy Saturday night.

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Cooney falls in LOL West

July 03, 2010 5:31 p.m. | Oconomowoc's Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball team gave up just four hits Saturday afternoon but lost to the visiting Brookfield Bulldogs, 6-3. Cooney is now 8-3 and Brookfield is 7-4.

Seven walks, two errors and a hit batter did in the Five O's. Justin Mortensen was the losing pitcher and Josh Eidt picked up the win.

Kris Franzen had two of Brookfield's four hits.

Cooney had 12 hits, getting four each from Jeff Rhoads and Mike MItchell. Luke Nelson added two hits to that total

Hot Fourth on tap

July 02, 2010 6:00 p.m. | Bring plenty of water to cool off during those July Fourth parades Sunday as temperatures are expected to be in the 90s. That night Mother Nature is expected to provide her own fireworks with thunderstorms

Quad closes on Worldcolor acquisition

July 02, 2010 3:26 p.m. |  

Quad/Graphics has announced that its acquisition of World Color Press Inc. is complete. The closing follows overwhelming approval by shareholders of both companies as well as final court approval.
"This is a defining moment in our company’s history and for the future of our industry," said Joel Quadracci, chairman, president & CEO of Quad/Graphics. "We believe in the power of print in a multichannel media world, and we now have more talent, technology and solutions in more places to better serve our clients well into the future. Our new leadership includes the best and the brightest from both companies, building a unique team of innovative people who will redefine print for the benefit of all our stakeholders."

Pewaukee Village to mull merger vote in November

July 02, 2010 11:49 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee – Village President Jeff Knutson said this week that he would be asking the Village Board Tuesday about having a non-binding referendum regarding the merger with the City of Pewaukee.

Knutson said he will suggest questions regarding the proposed street utility district and the consolidation ordinance be placed on the Nov. 2 ballot. The board needs to approve the street utility district in order for the consolidation to move forward. Currently there do not appear to be enough votes to approve the district that would create a separate tax for the village in a merged community. The district would pay for such things as sidewalks, street lights and brush and yard waste pickup.

Two get prison in area heroin case

July 02, 2010 11:43 a.m. | Waukesha – Two 23-year-old area residents were sentenced this week to prison for dealing heroin.

Stephanie L. Scheuerell was sentenced June 28 to two years in prison and three years of extended supervision by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Linda Van de Water.

Van de Water sentenced Shawn A. Melvick, 23, of 1091 Hancock Dr., Oconomowoc, July 1 to one year in prison and two years of extended supervision.

According to the criminal complaint, Wauwatosa Police used a confidential informant to purchase drugs from a Milwaukee woman through Scheuerell on Jan. 23, 2009. The informant arranged to drive Scheuerell to meet the Milwaukee woman and purchased $300 worth of heroin, and officers observed Scheuerell make a transaction with the woman, the complaint said.

A confidential informant told police Scheuerell had purchased heroin from the Milwaukee woman for several others including Malvick but that Malvick and the others now purchased the drug from the woman directly, the complaint said.

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Check website for updates on slow no-wake

July 02, 2010 9:58 a.m. | A slow no-wake order is still in effect for Lac La Belle, city officials said today.

Boaters are instructed to check the City's website,,  today for changes. Signs at the boat launch will also provide updates.

This restriction will remain in place until the water is 6 inches above normal summer levels. City of Oconomowoc Director of Public Works Mark Frye posted the directive at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 .

Waukesha County Museum will host Old World Wisconsin 4th of July activities

July 02, 2010 8:37 a.m. | The Waukesha County Museum will be open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will host activities previously canceled due to tornado damage at Old World Wisconsin.

Staff interpreters will demonstrate wool carding and spinning while others will lead an assortment of children's games.  Outdoor activities will be free of charge and the museum will also be open for visitors for a special reduced admission of just $2 per person.

The museum is located at 101 W. Main Street at East Avenue in Waukesha.

Pewaukee Beach closed

July 01, 2010 4:12 p.m. | The beach at Lakefront Park in the Village of Pewaukee is entering its second week of closure because of high levels of E. coli bacteria.

The beach was closed June 24 because of the bacteria levels. The Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department routinely takes water samples at the beach.

Testing has occurred every day since the 24th, except for Sunday, June 27, and bacteria levels remain too high to open the beach to public swimming.

Sources of E. coli can be agricultural runoff, urban stormwater and sewage overflows, wildlife and waterfowl feces.

Although the direct cause of the bacteria cannot be determined at this time, the village received confirmation from the Department of Natural Resources that there was a sewage bypass into the lake on June 23.

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Weekend Happenings

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

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

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

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

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