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Great Scot! It’s Highland Games weekend

Aug. 31, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The festival season is winding down but there is one big one yet to happen.

That’s the Wisconsin Highland Games, a celebration of all things Scottish, Irish and Celtic, taking place at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha.

The sights, sounds and tastes of the British Isles will be all around including men in kilts, the wail of bagpipes and the distinctive flavors of haggis and ale.

Hands-on activities, demonstrations, performances, and competitions will take place all weekend. You’ll see all sorts of feats of strength such as the caber (log) toss plus dance performances by leaping Highland dancers and opportunities to shoot the longbow, toss the battle axe or just relax with a refreshing beverage at St. Andrew’s Pub and listen to the sounds of the British Isles.

The Wisconsin Highland Games opens Friday with ceremonies, live music and a party from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Vrakas capital budget winds down major projects

Aug. 30, 2012 4:22 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas released his five-year capital plan Thursday that will, in next year's budget, see the end of funding for the county's two largest projects - the $35.2 million new health and human services building and the multiphase widening of Janesville Road that began in 2006 at a total cost of $38 million.

Vrakas' plan calls for 2013 spending of $28.9 million - $12 million less than this year. Typically, the county levies one-year taxes for 20% of project costs - and sometimes as much as 25% - and borrows the rest, paying off the debt in 10 years.

With construction well under way on the new health and human services building, Vrakas announced that another $1 million saving, in addition to the $500,000 previously announced, will occur as a result of the favorable bidding and weather-related construction climates.

The building, located along Riverview Ave. surrounded by Moor Downs Golf Course and near the current health and human services offices, is scheduled to be finished at the end of next year.

The proposed five-year building plan for all county projects, totaling about $69.5 million after nearly $20 million in offsetting revenue, devotes $42.8 million to road projects. Another $37.6 million in federal funds will help pay for the highway projects.

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Summer's not over yet

Aug. 30, 2012 8:08 a.m. | Record heat could move into the area today, with temperatures expected to reach 96 to 99 degrees.

On the positive side, the humidity is expected to be low.

The National Weather Service cautions people to take frequent breaks when outside and stay hydrated. Temperatures in cars can skyrocket, so be sure all children and pets are out of the vehicle when you reach your destination.

Horse keeping codes sent out to public hearing

Aug. 29, 2012 9:34 p.m. | The City of Delafield Planning Commission has yet to make a decision regarding the keeping of horses on agricultural lake properties.

The issue was brought to the commission because there was some confusion with a property at Price Rd. that has dual zoning; one allows the keeping of horses, the other does not. City Planner Roger Dupler did some research since then and pointed out other municipal codes that coincide with it.

“If we are to impose a setback limit to horses, then it should apply to other livestock as well,” Dupler said.
Now a horse of a different colore, the City of Delafield needs to figure out how such codes would affect lake district properties, especially agricultural or rural estate areas and particularly those with other livestock. Lake Welfare Representative Kent Attwell was also interested to learn more about the intent behind the allowances and restrictions, pertaining to water runoff in agricultural areas.
“As I understand it, there are two lots in the lake district that have horses. But all the farmland on 83 will be affected by this.” said Kevin Fitzgerald.
The Planning Commission agreed, unanimously, to send the issue to the next public hearing which is scheduled for Sept. 26.

Delafield rejects Sleep Number signage, again

Aug. 29, 2012 8:38 p.m. | Sleep Number may be feeling blue right now. The planning commission denied Select Comfort Corporation’s appeal to overturn the staff’s previous rejection of the sign petition on Aug. 29. 


The sign petition, submitted by Told Development Company, was originally rejected because the colors were considered inappropriate. 
John Key, Director of Real Estate & Construction for Sleep Number, wore blue to the meeting. “As you can tell, blue is our color,” Key said.
Key sought to put a panel on the monument at Nagawaukee Shopping Center, as well as install a front and rear sign. The panel was intended to display the logo – a blue button.
Unfortunately, the color restrictions at the shopping center are set. Red, white and green are the only colors allowed. Exceptions have been made in the past, however.
“Every time we grant an exception, we deviate further from color continuity,” Mayor Ed McAleer said.
It may be feasible, on the other hand, to swap out the color green from the approved palette and replace it with blue. The decision would have to be decided at a public hearing and the landlord would have to submit a petition.
Dan Jashinsky and Lake Welfare Representative Kent Attwell moved to deny the appeal, which was unanimously approved. Park & Recreation Representative Chris Smith made it clear, though, that the Select Comfort business would be a welcome addition to the community and the council invited Key to return for the hearing on Sept. 26.

Owl nappers get probation

Aug. 29, 2012 4:55 p.m. | After a nearly three-hour sentencing hearing this afternoon in the Waukesha County Courthouse, the two men accused of taking Dakota the owl from his enclosure at the Wildlife In Need Center last year were sentenced.

Dousman men Matthew Kuhlemeyer and Dilan White, both 18, will serve three years' probation, 35 days of day reporting and more than $750 in court costs, under a sentence by Judge William Domina. Both defendants previously agreed to pay $6,500 in restitution to the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC).

Kuhlemeyer and White had been charged with burglary and vandalism for allegedly taking Dakota from his outdoor enclosure last November. Dakota subsequently escaped his captors and flew into the woods. He was found weeks later on a Dousman couple's porch, in poor health.


Assistant District Attorney Michele Hulgaard originally asked for 10 days in the work-release jail. The defense requested strictly probation, saying jail was not a fair punishment. Domina said 35 days of reporting to probation officials was in lieu of work-release jail.

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Owl-nappers plead guilty

Aug. 29, 2012 3:58 p.m. | Matthew R. Kuhlemeyer and Dilan S. White, both 18 and of Dousman, pleaded guilty this afternoon to taking Dakota, an owl at the Wildlife In Need Center, in November 2011.

The plea, which was filed in Waukesha County Circuit Court, was part of an agreement with prosecutors. The Waukesha County District Attorney's Office has recommended three years probation and 10 days in the work-release jail.

Each man has already paid $6,500 in restitution.

The two men had been charged with burglary and vandalism for allegedly taking Dakota from his outdoor enclosure last November.

Dakota subsequently escaped his captors and flew into the woods. He was found weeks later on a Dousman couple's porch in poor health.

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Back Jack by celebrating his life

Aug. 29, 2012 12:30 p.m. | A celebration of 10-year-old Jack Bartosz's life is planned for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, Delafield. A reception will follow.

The worship center doors will open at 5. Photos and videos will be displayed in the church lobby.

Read more about Jack in the Thursday Lake Country Reporter.

Waukesha County ends failed van pooling program

Aug. 29, 2012 11:46 a.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha County Board on Tuesday unanimously voted to discontinue the county's failed van pooling program for commuters, a pilot program that never took hold.

In late 2010, the county spent about $186,000 on eight vans that were intended to provide a more efficient door-to-door transit service than large fixed route buses, but only one of the vans was ever put in service. Another $35,000 was spent on marketing and operating costs.

Initially, the county intended to use federal stimulus funds from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the purchase, but those funds were never drawn on.

Now the county hopes to sell the Dodge Caravans for a minimum of $15,500 to nonprofit agencies to recoup some of the costs. If not sold, the vans would then be put up for auction as other county surplus equipment is.

North Prairie Church hosting salad bar supper

Aug. 29, 2012 10:51 a.m. | Looking for a healthy meal option tonight? The North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 North Main Street, is holding a salad bar supper on Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Cost of dinner is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. The dinner includes a buffet of salads of all sorts, a sandwich, dessert, and a choice of beverage.

Oconomowoc orchestra in running for national award

Aug. 29, 2012 9:30 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Roberta Carpenter, has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Performance.

According to a release, the ensemble was selected from scores of applications reviewed this summer from all across the United States. The American Prize is a series of new, non-profit competitions designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States, based on submitted recordings.

More on this story in Thursday's Focus.

Jack Bartosz loses battle to cancer

Aug. 28, 2012 3:48 p.m. |  Jack BartoszThe Lake Country community joins the Bartosz family in saying, after William Cullen Bryant, "And we wept that one so lovely should have a life so brief."

On August 27 around 4:15 p.m., Hartland boy Jack Bartosz passed away. He was 10-years-old.

"Our amazing boy left his tired body so his soul could soar free. As we grieve for the loss of our beloved Jack we also remember Jack’s personality, humor, sensitivity and heroism. We are thankful he is at peace yet are missing him so desperately," the Bartosz family said today in a statement.

He had been battling high-risk neuroblastoma, an aggressive childhood cancer, since his diagnosis in 2005. He had surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, vaccines, clinical trials and more. He relapsed each time.

Jack has become well-known in the years he has struggled with his disease as the face of the I Back Jack Foundation. His family created the publicly supported charity in 2006 to raise funds for pediatric oncology research. To date, the family has raised over $300,000 in research for childhood cancer.

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Vrakas to seek budget to study election equipment needs

Aug. 28, 2012 2:34 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will seek $70,000 in next year's capital budget to prepare the way for new election equipment countywide.

Shawn Lundie, Vrakas' chief of staff, said Vrakas included the new proposal after talking to Republican nominee for county clerk, Kathleen Novack, who concurred with its need. Democrat Jessie Read, her opponent in the November general election, was not similarly contacted, however.

The funds, if approved by the County Board, would pay a consultant to establish system requirements, business processes and a needs analysis for new election hardware and software.

The proposal will be part of the 2013-'17 capital plan Vrakas intends to submit to the County Board on Friday.

"Waukesha County is a rapidly growing county and in recent years the number of reporting units in the county has increased," Vrakas said. "This, coupled with the collecting, tallying and reporting vote totals, has made the process cumbersome. The goal is to automate and streamline the system as much as possible to prevent human error."

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Attending the Democratic National Convention?

Aug. 28, 2012 2:20 p.m. | Lake Country Publications has launched a new blog as Delafield resident Brian Dorow is sharing his experience at the Republican National Convention.

We'd like to do similar coverage of the Democratic National Convention Sept. 3-6 in Charlotte, N.C., but need a local resident or residents to blog for us.

If you're interested, contact Lake Country Publications by sending an email to or calling (262) 361-3272.

Find the RNC blog under Community Blogs at

Join Pigskin Picks to test your skills against local celebrities, veteran sportswriters

Aug. 28, 2012 1:13 p.m. | How well do you know high school football?

You can find out by visiting to join MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest. You will have the chance to win prizes as you test your pigskin prognostication skills against celebrity experts and NOW's staff of award-winning sportswriters.

Reigning Miss St. Francis Colleen Mrotek (pictured) and Time Warner Cable Sports 32's JP Cadorin join the fray this season as celebrity experts picking games each week. They will be joined by Lake Country Sports Director JR Radcliffe and NOW sports reporters John Rech, Tom "Sky" Skibosh and Steven L. Tietz. 

Weekly winners will receive movie passes to Marcus Theatres. The top three finishers at the end of the season are eligible to receive a gift certificate to Bartolotta restaurants worth $100, $50 or $25.

The contest begins this week and lasts until the end of the regular season.

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Learn more about recycling, conserving resources

Aug. 28, 2012 12:25 p.m. |  Waukesha County Recycling staff will visit local libraries to teach residents how to increase recycling rates to help conserve resources, create jobs and save money for communities.  Staff will be available to explain plastics and codes as well as discuss what your recyclables are made into.   This is a great opportunity for residents to ask questions about recycling, get information on how to dispose of items, and even pick up a replacement or second blue bin (while supplies last).   

Area locations and dates include:

Oconomowoc Library: 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12

Pewaukee Library: 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17

Delafield Library: 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 18

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Mukwonago considering new graduation venues

Aug. 27, 2012 10:25 p.m. | Mukwonago High School has plans to form a committee to explore graduation options this year other than holding the commencement at Elmbrook Church as it has since 2005.

Following the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in July stating the Elmbrook School District violated the constitutional separation of church and state by holding graduation ceremonies inside Elmbrook Church, Superintendent Paul Strobel consulted with an attorney from the school board association, regarding Mukwonago's graduation.

The attorney told Strobel that in all likelihood Americans United for Separation of Church and State would get an injunction based on the decision from the Elmbrook case if Mukwonago were to hold graduation in the facility. The attorney told Strobel he didn't see much success in using the facility. 

While the Elmbrook School Board voted last week to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the district violated the Constitution by holding graduation ceremonies at Elmbrook Church, that process could take more than a year, Strobel explained to school board members Monday night. 

With only a 1,400 seating capacity in the MHS gymnasium - allowing a class of 400 graduates just three tickets per person - the school board didn't consider using holding the ceremony in the gym as a feasible option for graduation. 

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East Troy Farmers Market features pet show

Aug. 27, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Martin’s Hardware-Rental & Pet will present a pet show during the East Troy Farmers Market on Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. on East Troy’s historic village square.

The pet show will begin at 6 p.m., with registration from 5:30  to 5:50 p.m. immediately before the show or in advance at the store, located at 3288 Main St. in the Village Marketplace.

When participants and pets check in, they will receive a doggie goodie bag, compliments of Martin’s Hardware-Rental and Pet. Plus at the end of the pet show, all the participants’ names will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate. The winner will be announced immediately following the pet show. All participants must be on a leash.

The market, which is sponsored by the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, takes place every Thursday through Sept. 27. It features fresh produce, crafts and prepared food from local vendors, plus the Kids Zone sponsored by Bright Beginnings Day Care, along with music and special events each week.

Future special events include Kids Day on Sept. 6, Wine Tasting at the Red Door Café on Sept. 13, Club Day on Sept. 20 and the season finale, Michael Fields Agricultural Institutes’ Fall Festival on Sept. 27.

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Pink Heals tour passes through Mukwonago

Aug. 27, 2012 11:02 a.m. |

Pink-shirted motorcyclists lead the procession of pink fire trucks for the Pink Heals tour as it heads from Mukwonago to Delafield on Monday.  The Cares Enough to Wear Pink and Pink Heals Movement supports women of the country and anything that may harm them. 

To learn more about the program check here.

Lake Country students competitive in ACTs

Aug. 27, 2012 8:03 a.m. | The state released average ACT scores last week, and Lake Country schools compare favorably. In fact, all four public high schools in Lake Country (Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, Pewaukee and Arrowhead) had average scores that exceeded the statewide average.

Read more in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus and Lake Country Reporter.

Prep roundup: LCL upsets Catholic Central

Aug. 25, 2012 12:52 a.m. | For years, the biggest hurdle standing in the path between Lake Country Lutheran and succeeding on the highest level of small-school football in Wisconsin has been Burlington Catholic Central, a perennial power in the Midwest Classic.

Not tonight.

Though now a member of the Metro Classic, the Hilltoppers still figure to be in the mix when the Division 7 playoffs roll around. But on Friday, LCL defeated BCC for the first time in school history, 21-20.

Quarterback Jacob Simons threw for a touchdown to Jacob Demman and ran for two others, including one touchdown run that broke a 14-14 tie in the final moments of the third quarter. The Hilltoppers scored with 5:31 to play in the game, but an extra point was no good, accounting for the difference in the game.

Ben Wilkins kicked the extra point that accounted for the winning point.

Pewaukee 27, Greenfield 0
: In the first game for new coach Justin Friske, Pewaukee coasted to a road victory over Greenfield.

Oconomowoc sneaks past Kettle Moraine

Aug. 25, 2012 12:16 a.m. | Oconomowoc's Casey Bednarski drilled a 21-yard field goal with 3:33 to go, giving the Raccoons their one and only lead Friday night in a 24-23 victory over Kettle Moraine at OHS.

Playing in the football season opener, the Lasers led 22-14 with 2:59 to play in the third quarter before the Raccons mounted a comeback. Junior quarterback Canton Karson hit Jack Bourdo for a 29-yard touchdown in the final seconds of the third quarter, pulling his team within 23-21.

Nick Cieslak and Ben Varick connected for two touchdowns to lead the Lasers. The Raccoons defeated KM for the second year in a row.

Hamilton shows high definition

Aug. 24, 2012 11:22 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton bills its new scoreboard at Stan Grove Field as the only one of its kind at a high-school venue in Wisconsin, one that comes with a high-quality video board capable of displaying highlights packages and scrolling advertisements.

The Chargers made sure the on-field product was just as fun to look at.

Hamilton’s Drew Patterson rumbled for more than 200 yards, the defensive line flustered Franklin’s aerial assault, and the Chargers took command against a very strong squad en route to a 31-21 win Friday.

The junior Patterson, whose brother Nick was the Offensive Player of the Year in the Greater Metro Conference last year, rushed 32 times for 245 yards, including 44 yards on the final drive that milked the game’s final 4:18. He had left the game earlier in the second half with leg cramps.

“He is solid as a rock,” Hamilton coach John Damato said. “We lost him a little bit with his cramping, but I’m glad he came back. We rode his coat tails at the end there and iced it with a couple first downs.”

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Todarello's switch helps Arrowhead switch gears

Aug. 24, 2012 10:50 p.m. | What a difference a half can make, and what a difference a player like Dom Todarello did make.

An inspired second half performance and one of the most outstanding single half individual performances in school history vaulted the Arrowhead football team to an impressive 41-21 victory over visiting Minnetonka High School of Minnesota.

After falling behind by a 21-6 margin at halftime, the Warhawks outscored the Skippers by a whopping 35-0 in the final two quarters.

“I’ve never seen an entire team, the offense, the defense, the special teams, turn it around the way we did in the second half,” said second-year Arrowhead coach Greg Malling. “We decided at halftime that enough was enough. It was all phases that got it done. It was everybody doing something.”

And it was Todarello who had the biggest hand in the huge AHS turnaround.
The 5-11, 186-pound starting running back switched to quarterback on the second play of the second half. After managing just 117 total yards in the first half on six possessions, Todarello got the AHS offense rolling as the Warhawks scored touchdowns on five straight possessions. The talented Todarello had a hand in all of those scored.

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Police on scene of robbery suspect crash

Aug. 24, 2012 3:43 p.m. |

Waukesha and Walworth counties' sheriff's offices investigated the accident resulting from a crash after a robbery suspect raced down Beulah Road near Mukwonago, according to preliminary reports. Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Stein reported that the suspect was transported to Waukesha Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. 

The Mukwonago Chief will report further information as it becomes available. Watch for the complete story in the next Mukwonago Chief.

Downed person reportedly a robbery suspect

Aug. 24, 2012 2:57 p.m. | More information is coming in about the suspect who was reportedly shot by police near Mukwonago just a short while ago. 

It appears that several police agencies were pursuing a robbery suspect when the suspect crashed on Beulah Road near Marsh Road. 

We're being told the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department will handle the crash investigation; the Walworth County Sheriff's Department the robbery. 

Information will be shared as it becomes available. 

Suspect reportedly shot near Mukwonago

Aug. 24, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Information is coming across the Waukesha County Police and Fire scanner that indicates shots have been fired and a suspect is down in the area of Marsh Road and Highway J near the Village of Mukwonago. 

A local law enforcement official stated that preliminary reports indicate that a person robbed a People's Bank-location unclear-and made their way from Walworth County into Mukwonago where shots were fired. 

Again, reports are preliminary. 

Updates as more information becomes available.

Mukwonago Education Foundation to hold annual fundraiser

Aug. 24, 2012 11:53 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Education Foundation will hold its seventh annual fundraising dinner and auction at The Broadlands Golf Club on Sept. 23.

For more information on the foundation and the work it does in local schools, check out Carol Spaeth-Bauer's feature in this week's Living Kettle Moraine Sunday.

Take a trip in a historic Pullman during Chicago Days

Aug. 24, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Anyone who has been to Chicago has probably seen the city’s well-known “L” transit system, snaking its way above the city.

If the “L” has always intrigued you, or if you’re a fan of trains in general, plan to visit Chicago Days, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the East Troy Electric Railroad, 2002 Church St., East Troy.

Chicago Days celebrates Chicago’s railway history, featuring a collection of rapid transit cars that whisked people around Chicago and its suburbs. You’ll see the 4000-series cars of the pre-1970 “L,” which have old-time light fixtures, walkover leatherette seats and “bowling alley” seating at the ends.

The historic Pullman-built cars of the famed Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad will also be running the rails during the weekend, ferrying passengers from the railroad’s historic depot and museum to the old-style terminal at the Elegant Farmer in Mukwonago.

Tours of the car barn, housing restored coaches and cars undergoing restoration, will also be featured during Chicago Days.

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Brookfield Central tops Mukwonago in thriller

Aug. 23, 2012 10:57 p.m. | Vantwon Melton caught an 11-yard touchdown pass in the corner with 14 seconds to go, lifting Brookfield Central's state-ranked football team to a thrilling win over Mukwonago on Thursday in a spirited prep football season opener, 19-18.

Melton's catch from junior quarterback Riley Richarz capped an 11-play drive that navigated 80 yards in 1:35. The conversion came on third down after the Mukwonago defensive back slipped on the turf at MHS , leaving Melton wide open.

Central failed on the two-point conversion, and in a last-gasp effort, Mukwonago's Ty Behling picked up the ensuing squib kick and ran it back to the Brookfield Central 27-yard-line with five seconds on the clock. But a 44-yard field goal attempt from Dan Timmers was short.

The Lancers trailed much of the night but pulled within 18-13 with 5:19 to go in the game on a 1-yard touchdown plunge from DeMario Harris. Mukwonago's drive stalled at the Central 44-yard line, leading to a punt that bounced out of bounds narrowly across the goal line for a touchback, mere inches from being down at the 1-yard line.

Timmers hit on a 35-yard field goal just before halftime to give Mukwonago an 18-7 lead at the break. The Indians, under first year coach Clay Iverson, started that drive to 3:09 to go when Tyler Wozny batted a ball into the air in single coverage and came down with an interception. That happened one play after Timmers went around left edge for a go-ahead 10-yard touchdown on 4th and 2.

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Hartland/Lakeside to open K5-2 charter school for fine arts

Aug. 23, 2012 4:07 p.m. | Hartland North Elementary School will house an arts-based charter school in the 2013-'14 school year, recently approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, according to Principal Heather Grindatti.

The new charter school, Hartland North's Fine Arts Charter school, will infuse arts and literacy into traditional subjects, Grindatti said, such as rewriting and performing a dramatic interpretation of a story read in class.

Both the existing school and the charter school will operate side-by-side in the same building, both staffed by district personnel, Grindatti said. The traditional school serves about 400 students grades K4 through second, but the charter school will host two multiage classrooms of 25 students each, ranging from K5 through second grade.

Research shows art is an effective way to reinforce concepts learned in school, Grindatti said. She also said there's research to back the benefits to community and differentiated learning in multiage classrooms, which exist in some schools in the Hartland/Lakeside district.

An earlier headline for this post identified the charter school as a K4-2 school. It has been corrected to K5-2.

All lanes of area of I-94 closed for utility emergency

Aug. 23, 2012 3:41 p.m. | An apparent utility emergency has closed all lanes of I-94 - east and west - from Highway 83 to Highway SS, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The DOT said lanes will be closed for about an hour, reopening around 4:30.

Alternative routes are: westbound I-94: exit Highway SS, north to Golf Road, west on Golf Road to Highway 83, south on 83 to I-94 westbound. Eastbound I-94: Exit  Highway 83, north on  83 to Golf Road, east on Golf Road to Highway SS, south on SS to eastbound I-94.

Blood drive in Pewaukee today

Aug. 23, 2012 7:59 a.m. | The annual Bob Braunschweig community blood drive is from 2 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 23, in the upper level of Galilee Lutheran Church, N24 W26430 Crestvies Drive, Pewaukee.

The drive memorializes Braunschweig, who received numerous transplants in his fight against leukemia.

For more information, visit or call Susan Keller at (262) 695-1118.


Keep an eye on your mail

Aug. 22, 2012 3:53 p.m. | A Town of Delafield man reported this afternoon that someone stole a check out of his mailbox, forged his signature and attempted to cash it.

The man was concerned that neighbors might experience something similar.

If this happens to you, contact police.

Brush fire along Highway 16

Aug. 22, 2012 2:06 p.m. |

Pewaukee firefighters work to extinguish a brush fire along Highways 16 and High Court in Pewaukee Wednesday, Aug. 22. One lane of Highway 16 was closed and the eastbound on-ramp to Highway 16 was closed while crews worked to extinguish the flames around noon on Wednesday.

Flames are seen from a brush fire along Highway 16 at High Court on Wednesday afternoon

No information has been released on the cause of the fire or the amount of area that was burned.

Ottawa and Eagle thefts under investigation

Aug. 22, 2012 1:14 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating a number of residential burglaries in the Town of Ottawa and Town Eagle, according to a news release from the department. The most recent have been on Waterville Road.  Most of these have occurred by the suspects entering through unlocked doors during the overnight hours. There have also been some burglaries where screens were cut.

The Sheriff's Department is asking all residents to be alert and to call the department if they notice anything suspicious in their neighborhoods.  We are also reminding all residents to be vigilant about securing their residences, especially in the evening hours. 

If anyone has information about these incidents please contact the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department at (262) 548-7122.

Summer Harvest Festival coming to East Troy

Aug. 22, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Michael Fields Agricultural Institute will host its eighth annual Summer Harvest Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the institute, W2493 Highway ES (Main Street and Townline Road). 

The day will offer a local farmers market with a variety of items and farm products, live music by Brew City Drifters and Adam Helwin, feature exhibit of Paul Thoresen’s “Cows: A Closer Look” photo series (30-percent of sales will benefit MFAI); an intern-led “Stella Garden” tours, hayride field tours, sweet corn and watermelon picking, sustainability demonstration and presentations of the work MFAI shares, children activities and a square dance from 6 to 8 p.m. in the white barn featuring the Limber Timber Square Dancers of Elkhorn. 

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

Hartland manufacturer moving to new Pabst Farms building

Aug. 22, 2012 11:06 a.m. | Lake Country Manufacturing Inc. plans to begin construction on a new building at Pabst Farms, in Oconomowoc, during the first quarter of 2013 and move there from Hartland by the end of next year, a company executive said Wednesday.

Lake Country plans to develop an 81,295-square-foot facility at 940 Blue Ribbon Circle North, located in the Pabst Farms business park south of I-94 and west of Highway 67. The firm is now at a 42,575-square-foot facility at 510 Cardinal Lane, in Lake Country Industrial Park.

Lake Country, which makes buffing and polishing products and has 15 to 20 employees, needs more space for its growing business, said Jay Schneider, vice president of operations. The 9-acre site at Pabst Farms has enough room for a future expansion of the building, he said.

Fischer resigns from Lisbon Town Board

Aug. 22, 2012 8:25 a.m. | Lisbon Supervisor Dan Fischer announced his resignation to Town Board Monday citing medical reasons.

In an email to Lisbon Town Chairman Matt Gehrke and Administrator Jeff Musche, Fischer said  his resignation will be effective Aug. 28, the date of the next Town Board meeting.

Dan Fischer

"... due to a family medical issue that will not allow me adequate time to sufficiently serve the needs of the town," wrote Fischer of the reason behind his resignation.

Fischer ran unoppposed for another term this spring. He has served as the Town Board liaison between the park department, town engineer, town inspector and plan commission.

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Large vehicle, camping ordinance rejected

Aug. 21, 2012 10:33 p.m. | A Village of Pewaukee Ordinance was denied 4-2 on Tuesday night, Aug. 21. The ordinance, proposed Ordinance No. 2012-08, concerned the parking of large vehicles or trailers on village streets and would create Section 54.132 of the municiple code in regards to camping in the village.

Basically, it would oversee large vehicles that park on village streets for extended periods of time – like going camping with your RV or parking your trailer at your kid's house for a few days.

“You’re taking a sledgehammer to kill a fly,” said trustee Pat Nauth.

The ordinance was first discussed on July 3 and got pushed back for further research. Council members expressed concern over policing or enforcing the issue. Some members found the issue not to be prevalent or harmful enough to warrant discussion. They also were concerned by how it would affect their constituents.

“There are a lot of private vehicles, that citizens drive today, that weigh over 6,000lbs,” said President Tom Calder.

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I-43 repaving to run into November in Waukesha County

Aug. 21, 2012 5:10 p.m. | Workers are nearly finished repaving I-43 in Walworth County, but work on the Waukesha County stretch of the freeway is expected to continue into November, a state Department of Transportation spokesman says.

The $38 million job started in February extends more than 26 miles, from New Berlin to Elkhorn.

Last week, all lanes were reopened on the 14.5-mile stretch from Elkhorn to Mukwonago, although workers are still putting on finishing touches, said Michael Pyritz, spokesman for the Transportation Department's southeastern regional office in Waukesha. That phase of the project was budgeted to cost $12.9 million but is expected to come in about $900,000 under budget, he said.

Lanes are still being closed outside rush hours on the 6.8-mile stretch between state Highways 83 and 164 and on the five-mile stretch from Highway 164 to Moorland Road, Pyritz said. The speed limit has been reduced to 55 mph on both stretches, he said.

Also still under way is work to widen the bridges that carry I-43 over Martin Road in New Berlin and to replace the bridge decks. The bridge work is expected to wrap up in October, about a month ahead of the rest of the repaving project, Pyritz said.

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Oconomowoc golf course closes

Aug. 21, 2012 3:41 p.m. | The Olde Highlander Golf Course located adjacent to the grounds of
Olympia Resort has been closed, effective immediately.

The golf course is under separate ownership from Olympia Resort. Olympia Ski Hill is also under separate ownership, as is the STIX Batting Cages.

Further information was not immediately available.

Tell us about area Halloween events for 2012!

Aug. 21, 2012 2:12 p.m. |  Yes, it's only August but we're hard at work compiling a list of fall and Halloween activities from around the Lake Country area!

If there is a community event you want to make sure gets on the list, please email me:

Mukwonago YMCA set for unveiling event on Aug. 25

Aug. 21, 2012 11:36 a.m. | There is still time to get tickets to the Mukwonago YMCA Benefit Dinner and Unveiling event on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mukwonago YMCA on Wolf Run.

Costs of tickets are $50 per person or $95 per couple and can be purchased by calling the Waukesha YMCA at (262) 542-2557 or online here.  Attire is business casual.

Live music, hors d'oeuvres, and refreshments are available as guests tour the facility.

Corporate sponsor packages are available.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at or by calling (262) 542-2557. 

Take an evening stroll through Old World's gardens

Aug. 20, 2012 4:16 p.m. | Another Heirloom Garden Stroll is scheduled at Old World Wisconsin on Thursday, Aug. 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., this time an evening stroll through the Schulz and Koepsell Gardens. Cost of the tour is $20 per person.

Each tour concludes with refreshments featuring flavors from the homelands of the gardens visited; evening strolls include refreshments in the garden toured, plus a cash bar. 

Reservations are required and available online or at (262) 594-6301. Reservations for a garden stroll include a single-use, half-price museum admission voucher, valid for the 2012 season.

The stroll will be led by the site's expert historical gardener, Marcia Carmichael.  In addition to researching, organizing and leading management of the site's 12 heirloom gardens, Carmichael is also the award-winning author of "Putting Down Roots:  Gardening Insights from Wisconsin's Early Settlers," which was published in 2011 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press and features the gardens of Old World Wisconsin.  Copies of "Putting Down Roots" will be available at the museum store, and Ms. Carmichael will be available to sign books after each tour.

Waukesha County Board chairmanship to remain full time

Aug. 20, 2012 1:58 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker and other members of the board's Executive Committee on Monday put to rest any notion that the chairman's job should be part time.

"We know it takes more to being in the chairman's position than a lot of people recognize," Decker said in explaining how his time has been occupied since taking over the chairman's job in April.

Initially, he was among those who apparently underestimated what it took to do the job.

Before assuming the role, Decker had publicly stated he would run for the chairmanship on the belief that a majority of county supervisors would vote to reduce the job to part time. He said full use of technology and County Board staff would allow him to handle the job as well as his own business, a technology innovation consulting firm.

County Executive Dan Vrakas called on the County Board to consider the move shortly after Jim Dwyer, the County Board chairman for 18 years, was defeated in his re-election bid for county supervisor. The County Board chooses its chairman from among its members.

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Deck pour to cause lane restrictions on I-43 SB

Aug. 20, 2012 8:45 a.m. |  A bridge deck pour is ongoing on the Edgewood Bridge. The work will require that the median and one lane of traffic remain closed for a 24 hour period. There will be message boards up alerting motorists that the lane will be closed.

This work will occur on the other bridges between Highway 164 and Highway 83. The times and dates are condition dependent. It is expected that five more similar closures will take place prior to the completion of the project.

As always, please drive carefully and stay alert in the construction zone.

Oconomowoc City Beach open today

Aug. 19, 2012 11:20 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - City Beach reopened around 9 a.m. on Sunday after it was closed on Wednesday afternoon because of poor water quality.

When it closed the beach, the city posted information that it would test E.coli levels in the water. Once the levels were at a safe level, the beach reopened.

Bulldogs win LOL West title

Aug. 18, 2012 6:00 p.m. |  For the third time in the last five years the Brookfield Bulldogs have won the Land O' Lakes Western Division championship.

The Bulldogs won the crown Saturday afternoon by scoring a wire-to-wire 14-9 win over the host Pewaukee Muskies. Brookfield led 9-0 after three innings.

Jeff Lueck was the second of three Brookfield pitchers and grabbed the win. Pewaukee starter Eric Schmitz gave  up 12 runs in five innings.

Brookfield had 16 hits as Ernest Castro drove in four runs and Scott Booth had three RBIs.

Nick Wichser and Brandon Kranz had two hits each for Pewaukee and Kurt Sarcia and Brandon Werner drove in two runs apiece.

Classic boats float to Pewaukee's lakefront for Saturday's show

Aug. 17, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Mankind has been floating their boats for hundreds of years, mainly as a way to get from point A to point B.

But “modern man” has created much quicker ways to get around, putting boat travel in the realm of recreation rather than necessity. One thing is for sure – whatever people travel in, they want to look good, which means that boats are often things of beauty.

If you love looking at these marvelous aquatic conveyances from our past, stop by the Eighth Annual Pewaukee Antique & Classic Boat Show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Pewaukee’s Lakefront Park, north of the beach.  The event is sponsored by the Antique and Classic Boat Society, Glacier Lakes Chapter (

More than 30 antique and classic boats will be docked at the pier for up-close viewing. You’ll also be able to see The Thor of Oslo, a beautiful 30-foot wooden cruiser build in 1958 for Harold E. Koch. It is the Featured Boat of the Show and will be arriving at 10:30 a.m.

You’ll also see a number of antique cars displayed along Wisconsin Avenue and see The Wheelmen ride their antique big wheel bicycles.

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Let us know about area fall events

Aug. 16, 2012 3:24 p.m. |  Believe it or not, we're starting to gather fall event information. If there are any local fall festivals, corn mazes, haunted houses, pumpkin farms etc. that are open to the public that you'd like to share with us, drop us a line:

Town of Mukwonago votes down billing resident for grassfire

Aug. 15, 2012 8:50 p.m. | The Town of Mukwonago board voted not to bill a town resident for starting a fire that burned around 20 acres of July 4. The fire was started when the man lit a smoke bomb to smoke out gophers in his yard.

Read the full story in next week's Mukwonago Chief.

Oconomowoc City Beach closed

Aug. 15, 2012 3:50 p.m. | Oconomowoc City Beach was closed Wednesday for poor results on water-quality testing and will remain closed until water quality improves, the city announced via its website at about 3 p.m.

According to the information posted, additional water testing will occur, and the beach will reopen once E. coli levels drop to an acceptable level. Updates on the beach closing will be provided on the city website,

According to information from the city, if a one-time sample for E. coli has more than 1,000 colonies per 100 ml of water, the swimming area will be closed. A notice will be posted at the swimming area and on the city's website. The swimming area will be closed until two consecutive days of sampling are below 1,000 colonies per 100 ml of water.

Head to Field Park in Mukwonago for fresh produce today

Aug. 15, 2012 2:21 p.m. |  

Plenty of fresh produce waits for shoppers at the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce Farmers Market until 6 p.m. today in Field Park. 

Along with produce, the market also offers honey, soap, bird and squirrel feeders and even meat products for sale. 

Watch for the feature on the Mukwonago Farmers Market in the Living Kettle Moraine Sunday on Aug. 19.

Hartland-Lakeside Referendum defeated, again

Aug. 15, 2012 12:26 a.m. | The Hartland-Lakeside exceed limit referendum was defeated with 58 percent voting no (1,586) and 42 percent voting yes (1,154), according to the final uncanvassed results in the Waukesha County Clerk's office.

The district sought voter approval to exceed the state-imposed revenue limit authority by $600,000 for the next five fiscal years. A ‘yes’ vote would have allowed the district to exceed its revenue limit by up to that amount each year. A ‘no’ vote means the district's revenue will be capped at state-imposed limits.

Voters rejected a similar referendum in February for $930,000.

Follow The Lake Country Reporter for the full story.

Hovde, Kozlik, Behrend win close races in Town of Merton

Aug. 14, 2012 9:57 p.m. |  The U.S. Senate race ran close in the Town of Merton. Eric Hovde won with 694 votes. Tommy Thompson just missed it with 671. Scott Fitzgerald trailed behind with 401 and Mark Neumann followed with 292.

Another close call with the County clerk race. Gina Kozlik won at 626 votes, followed by Kathleen Novack at 514 and Kathleen Karalewiz at 371.

James Behrend got the most votes for Register of Deeds at 921. Michael Starich received 316 and Barbara Larson-Lloyd received 241.

The Town of Merton also had a handful of voters for the Hartland-Lakeside referendum. Twenty-six said no and seven said yes. 

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Lisbon result no surprise to Fischer

Aug. 14, 2012 9:55 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - While some town officials may have been caught by the surprise by the margin of defeat in a advisory referendum on the proposed consolidation of the town with the Village of Sussex, Supervisor Dan Fischer, who lead the opposition to the consolidation proposal, said he expected voters would rejected the idea by large numbers.

"There were very few people that I talked to who were in favor of it and most of the people who said they opposed it told me they strongly opposed it and they planned to vote. So, the margin didn't surprise me," Fischer said

Town Administrator Jeff Musche said the margin surprised him. He anticipated that the heavy voter turnout might generate a larger number of  voters in favor of the proposition which failed by a 79 percent (2,119 votes) to 21 percent (596 votes) margin.

Musche said nearly 50 percent of the town's registered voters cast ballots on the proposition.

Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said "it is unfortunate that a majority of our residents do not want to explore consolidation with Sussex and the efficiencies that this would bring. I understand the hesitation in dealing with the Village of Sussex. On a positive note, I see the election results as a clear display of Lisbon residents showing a strong sense of community and their love for the municipality they call home. I hope that a way is found for preserving this moving forward for the long term."

Thompson wins in Town of Ottawa

Aug. 14, 2012 9:27 p.m. | Tommy Thompson takes another top spot in the Town of Ottawa for U.S. Senator, beating his opponents with 340  votes. Eric Hovde came in second with 258 votes followed by Jeff Fitzgerald with 177 votes and Mark Neumann with 125.

Kathleen Karalewitz received the most votes for County Clerk with 230. Kathleen Novack came in a close second with 229  votes. Gina Kozlik won 179 votes. 

James Behrend won the most votes for Register of Deeds with 354. Barbara Larson-Lloyd received 134 votes while Michael Starich received 129.

The town had an approximate 35 to 40 percent voter turnout with 975 voters.

Hovde, Karalewitz, Behrend win in Genesee

Aug. 14, 2012 9:20 p.m. | Eric Hovde took the most votes in the Town of Genesee with 193. Tommy Thompson came in a close second with 191 votes while Jeff Fitzgerald received 108 votes and Mark Neumann received 77.

Kathleen Karalewitz won for County Clerk with 172 votes to Kathleen Novack's 134 and Gina Kozlik's 103.

James Behrend won the most votes for Register of Deeds with 174. Michael Starich received 119  votes while Barbara Larson-Lloyd received 95.

Lisbon crushes consolidation

Aug. 14, 2012 9:18 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Voters have rejected by a nearly 80 percent margin in a non binding referendum the idea of the Town of Lisbon consolidating with the Village of Sussex.

A total of 2,299 ballots (79 percent) were cast in opposition to the proposed consolidation with 596 (21 percent)  votes in favor of it.

The referendum generated a 50 percent voter turn out in the town which is as many as 20 percent points higher than the voter turn out in some other communities in Lake Country and more than twice the predicted 20 percent state wide turn out for the partisan primary election.

Pridemore dominating in Waukesha County

Aug. 14, 2012 9:10 p.m. | Even with only 36 percent reporting in Waukesha County by 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, it appears that Rep. Don Pridemore has maintained as the favorite in the newly created 22nd Assembly District.

Pridemore - formerly of the 99th district - will likely now serve in the newly created 22nd which covers a similar area including Town of Erin, Richfield, Lisbon, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Butler and parts of Milwaukee.

The veteran representative has claimed 1,951 votes compared to challenger Nick Oliver's 425 by 9:30.

The race extends to Washington County where results were not yet posted online at the time of this report.

Thompson, Karalewitz, Behrend win in Dousman

Aug. 14, 2012 9:00 p.m. | Dousman voters favored Tommy Thompson  for U.S. Senator in Dousman, winning with 177 votes. Eric Hovde received 106 while Mark Neumann won 87 votes. Jeff Fitzgerald received 64.

Kathleen Karalewitz got the most votes for County Clerk with 142 over Kathleen Novack's 100 and Gina Kozlik who received 92. Jessie Read received 29 votes.

James Behrend won Register of Deed with 158 votes. Michael Starich received 67 while Barbara Larson-Lloyd received 81.

Check Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index for complete coverage.

Thompson, Karalewitz, Behrend take Wales

Aug. 14, 2012 8:54 p.m. | Tommy Thompson won the top spot for U.S. Senator in Wales with 212 votes. Eric Hovde received 175 while Mark Neumann won 102 votes. 

Paul Ryan was the favorite for U.S. representative over Rob Zerban in a 457 to 30 vote. 

Chris Kapenga received 431 votes to win over Thomas Hibbard who received 31 votes for Representative to the Assembly-District 99

In a close race, Kathleen Karalewitz got the most votes for County Clerk with 171 over Kathleen Novack's 135 votes and Gina Kozlik who received 130.

James Behrend won Register of Deed in Wales with 232 votes. Michael Starich received 93 while Barbara Larson-Lloyd received 86.

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Karalewitz, Hovde win in North Prairie

Aug. 14, 2012 8:41 p.m. | Eric Hovde won North Prairie for U.S. Senator, beating his opponents with 167 votes. Tommy Thompson came in a close second with 156 votes followed by Jeff Fitzgerald with 79 votes and Mark Neumann with 59. Tammy Baldwin received 17 votes.

Incumbent Paul Ryan won 365 votes for Representative in Congress over Rob Zerban who received 13 votes.

Kathleen Karalewitz received the most votes for County Clerk with 133. Kathleen Novack received 126 votes and Gina Kozlik won 97 votes. Jessie Read received 16.

James Behrend won the most votes for Register of Deeds with 165. Barbara Larson-Lloyd received 81 votes while Michael Starich received 80.

The village had a 32% voter turnout with 484 voters.

Short voting lines in the Town of Mukwonago

Aug. 14, 2012 6:42 p.m. |  

Voters in the Town of Mukwonago didn't have long to wait to cast their vote in today's primary.

Steady voter turnout in Hartland

Aug. 14, 2012 6:28 p.m. |  The voter turnout was steady all day at the downtown Hartland voting center in the Village Hall. At 5:10 p.m. a total of 777 voters had cast ballots in the center for wards 1-6.

Genesee voter turn out a bit low so far

Aug. 14, 2012 2:39 p.m. |  Town of Genesee poll workers are reporting lower voter turnout numbers than normal as of 2 p.m. However, they anticipate those numbers will pick up as people leave work and head to the polls.

Check back later this evening for complete election coverage. 

Video: Senate candidate Neumann interviewed after voting

Aug. 14, 2012 1:08 p.m. | U.S. Senate candidate Mark Neumann of Nashotah cast his ballot Tuesday morning at Stone Bank Fire House. Watch his post-vote media interview here

Large voter turnout in Lisbon

Aug. 14, 2012 11:37 a.m. |  Town of Lisbon - A local non binding referendum and a tight four way race for the GOP nomination in the November U.S. Senate race is apparently spurring Town of Lisbon voters to the polls in unusually high numbers for a non presidential primary election.

Town Clerk Jeff Musche said this morning it is too soon to describe the turnout as "heavy" or approaching record numbers for a partisan primary election that does not include presidential candidates.

"It is hard to say because usually this election is in September when we have more voters who are at home than in August,but we also have the referendum which is going to add to the turnout," he said.

Musche believes the turn out is on track to reach at least 55 percent.

Deputy Clerk Sandi Gettelman said she was surprised when she learned that more than 300 voters had cast ballots at the Richmond Road fire station by 10:30 a.m. and more than 300 voters had cast ballots by 11 a.m. at Town Hall.

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It's election day

Aug. 14, 2012 7:38 a.m. | Today is election day (yes, again!), so don't forget to stop by your local poll and cast your vote.

In addition to the high-profile GOP Senate primary, there is also a contested race for Waukesha County clerk as well as register of deeds.

Some communities will see referendums. Residents of the Hartland-Lakeside School District are being asked for permission to exceed the state revenue limits. Lisbonites will voice their opinion on whether the town should pursue consolidation with the Village of Sussex, if conditions are favorable.

Not sure where to vote? Click here to go to a site that will help you find your polling place.

Mukwonago resident dealing with aftermath of Sikh shootings

Aug. 13, 2012 4:56 p.m. | The week following the shootings at the Oak Creek Gurdwara left King Gurinder Singh Phul, 48, of Mukwonago sleepless, waking in the night, thinking of what worshippers went through on Aug. 5 when a gunman shot down six members of the Sikh community. 

However, the message he and others in the Sikh community share is one of forgiveness and spreading understanding of the Sikh faith. 

Read King's story in the Aug. 15 Mukwonago Chief. Go here to learn more about the Sikh faith.

Registration open for Pewaukee Park & Rec

Aug. 13, 2012 3:57 p.m. | Registration for Pewaukee residents only began today, Aug. 13 for fall and winter programming but classes are filling up.

The Pewaukee Park and Recreation Department will continue to team up with the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department for the ever-popular ‘Badges ‘N Buddies’ program. This season, they’ve organized free archery lessons and bowling games. Both programs are already filled to capacity.

“There are a few (programs) that you know will fill right away,” said Recreation Supervisor Monica Kaskey.

They offer classes for a wide range of age groups. Toddlers can learn to dance with Princess Ballet classes, develop their soccer skills at Wagner Park or kiss a frog at their new Tall Tales fairytale class. Older kids can also join a flag football league, learn how to ice skate or get their own tackler box, rod, and lucky fishing hat in the Fishing Academy.

Adults can get into Zumba shape at the Crossroads Church or relax with tai chi basics at South Park. Parks & Recreation is also organizing a Wisconsin winery tour, as well as a Door County and Chicago tour. Grownups could also learn some holiday crafts or pick up some money saving tricks at the extreme couponing class.

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More on Lisbon house fire

Aug. 13, 2012 2:55 p.m. | A Lake Country Publications photographer is reporting that the fire is in a house on west side of Hillside Road just north of Ridgefield Drive at the intersection of Hillside Lane.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies have closed Hillside between Ridgefield Dive and and Plainview Road.

The Sussex and Lisbon fire departments were dispatched to a call of house fire at about 3 p.m. at N7707 Hillside Road, Lisbon.

According to reports, it is a fully involved fire.

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We want your opinion on the Paul Ryan nomination

Aug. 13, 2012 9:12 a.m. |  What is your reaction to Paul Ryan being chosen as the Republican VP candidate? Did you attend the rally and what was that experience like?

Drop me a line:

Please provide your name and where you're from. 

Romney, Ryan start campaign in Waukesha

Aug. 13, 2012 8:01 a.m. | Thousands turned out to see GOP candidate Mitt Romney and newly chosen vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Sunday, and Lake Country Publications was there. See Tuesday's paper for reactions from those in the crowd, photos and more -- and check back online later today for video from the event.  

What do you think of Romney's choice of Ryan as his running mate? Click here, then scroll down and vote.

Pewaukee, Bulldogs in LOL finals

Aug. 12, 2012 8:31 p.m. |  The Land O' Lakes Western Division playoffs will feature Pewaukee and the Brookfield Bulldogs in the finals this coming weekend.

The Bulldogs will play at Pewaukee Saturday at 1 p.m. If Pewaukee wins, the two teams will play on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Brookfield for the right to represent the Western Division in the LOL Grand Championships. If Brookfield wins, the playoffs are over and the Bulldogs go to the finals for the second straight year.

Pewaukee defeated visiting West Bend on Sunday, 12-2. Nick Wichser and Mike Grabarczyk had three hits each for the winners and Brandon Kranz and Kurt Sarcia had two hits each.

Adam Dominick was the winning pitcher, tossing an eight-hitter. He walked one and struck out 10.

Walk-off homer sinks Oconomowoc

Aug. 12, 2012 4:57 p.m. |  Billy Bynum hit a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the 12th inning Sunday afternoon to defeat visiting Oconomowoc in a first-round Land O' Lakes Western  Division playoff game, 12-11.

Oconomowoc had the lead in the top of the 10th, 11th and 12th before allowing West Bend to tie or win the game in each inning.

By winning, West Bend had to travel to Pewaukee at 3:15 p.m. to play host Pewaukee at 4:45 p.m. later on Sunday.

Menomonee Falls was playing against the host Brookfield Bulldogs also late on Sunday afternoon.

Renovation slated for Merton Intermediate School library

Aug. 10, 2012 1:41 p.m. | The Merton Community School Board set money aside to renovate the Intermediate School library next summer.

The School Board authorized $60,000 from the 2011-12 budget to be carried over in the district’s fund balance dedicated to capital improvement.

The School District is already in discussions with contractors, and they expect the project to begin next June.

“The flooring is terrible in there. There’s asbestos underneath it. The carpet is beyond its wear, and it’s time,” said Merton Superintendent Ron Russ.

“We’re really excited that we’re able to achieve that project without going to referendum or anything like that. (We are) living within our means.”

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Dwyer fundraiser this weekend

Aug. 10, 2012 1:31 p.m. |  “Get Laura Home” fund an event this weekend with The Knights of Columbus on Saturday Aug. 11, at the Piggly Wiggly in Oconomowoc on Brown Street.

Money is being raised to help Laura Dwyer cover the costs of home repairs, medicals bills, and lost income. You can help by buying a brat, drinking a beer or sampling some sweets. You can also donate money at any M&I Bank for “Get Laura Home” fund.

Other Upcoming Events:

Sept. 16: Family Fun Fest: Benefit for Laura at Harnischfeger Park, 11 A.M.

Sept. 29: Foolery’s Liquid Therapy in Okauchee

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Sallmann's motion denied

Aug. 10, 2012 11:26 a.m. | A judge denied a motion Aug. 9 to reduce the cash bail for the Genesee man accused of slicing his wife’s chin open in a domestic disturbance July 25.

Ronald A. Sallmann, 61, of Genesee appeared in Waukesha County Circuit Court last week wearing a red prison suit with “WCJ” emblazoned on the back. He and defense attorney Paul Bucher appeared seeking to reduce his cash bail from $100,000 to $10,000 – a request denied by the court.

Sallmann was charged July 27 with first-degree reckless injury, striking a police animal and resisting an officer after a domestic disturbance on July 27 ended in a 2-and-a-half-hour standoff with the Waukesha Sheriff’s Department Tactical Unit.

Deputies ended the standoff after releasing a canine unit and using a Taser to subdue Sallmann.

Sallmann’s wife suffered a 6- to 7-inch laceration along the bottom of her jawline nearly all the way up to her left ear, after he allegedly slashed her with a knife. The couple had been in an argument the night before about Sallmann’s use of pain medication and alcohol abuse, according to the criminal complaint, and when Sallmann’s wife returned home July 27, Sallmann was banging on the wall of his bedroom with his fists. The complaint said his wife decided she would try to pack some things and quietly sneak out of the house, because he was “in one of his moods.”

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Highway M closing for culvert work

Aug. 10, 2012 9:22 a.m. | A section of Highway M, between Highway F (Redford Boulevard) and Highway 164 (Pewaukee Road), in the City of Pewaukee will be closed from 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, through 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. The stretch of highway will be closed for the replacement of four cross-culverts.
During the closure, a detour will be established for Highway M traffic using Highway 164 (Pewaukee Road, Capitol Drive and Highway F). The highway will remain open for local and business traffic

Celebrate the arts in Oconomowoc

Aug. 10, 2012 8:11 a.m. |  The Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts will light up the community Aug. 18 and 19. Plus, there's a week full of fun family activities leading up to the weekend festival. Read all about it in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.

Celebrate German culture at Schurz Park on Moose Lake Sunday

Aug. 10, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Anyone whose family history goes back a ways in Southeastern Wisconsin is almost sure to have some German roots. German names like Schultz, Schroeder and Schneider pop up often in these parts.

A hundred years ago in the Milwaukee area, German beer gardens were popular attractions and the German language so prevalent some businesses put “English spoken here” signs in their windows.

German influence is still evident in the area in parks, architecture and cuisine. In summer, bratwurst is a tailgate favorite and you can still find Wienershnitzel at area restaurants.

If you want to enjoy all the wonderful aspects of German culture, plan a visit to Schurz Park on Moose Lake in Hartland for German American Day.

Festivities are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and include music by the River City Kapella and the Music Vendors. There will be singing, a parade, ethnic dancing and children’s games. And no German celebration would be complete without great German food such as goulash, roll braten with spaetzle, red cabbage, brats, hamburgers and cakes.

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Donate blood today at the Mukwonago Community Library

Aug. 09, 2012 11:12 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Community Library is holding a blood drive today until 3:30 p.m.  Please stop in if you can and donate a pint to help save someone's life.

Game Night for gifted kids tomorrow at Books & Co.

Aug. 09, 2012 10:42 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - All are invited to Game Night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10 at Books and Company. The events are held monthly as resource and opportunity for fellowship for gifted children and their families.

Judy Shaffer will offer suggestions on how to empower you and your child in meeting their educational needs. Shaffer will speak to parents and kids first from 6:30 to about 6:50p.m.

After Shaffer, the kids will get to work with Anne Raskopf from the Delafield Arts Center and the parents will continue with Shaffer. Raskopf will emphasize ecology as well as art with the kids. Kids should wear clothing that can get paint on and bring a plastic water bottle or soda bottle to paint. Before you bring it, empty it out and clean it out as well.

The program is for gifted 8 year olds through high school age; it ends at 8:30p.m.

Gifted kids from all districts in addition to Oconomowoc are welcome. The organizers' goal is to share information about the social/emotional needs of gifted children and create a ripple effect, parents and kids teaching others and sharing.

Oconomowoc to replace Lac La Belle dam

Aug. 09, 2012 10:00 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - It's time to replace the Lac La Belle dam, but after the project is complete residents won't notice much of a difference.

City staff member James Lamp said minor deterioration was found when the dam was inspected in 2007 and last year Ayers & Associates was hired to conduct an engineering study. Based on their study, the piers, decking and steel fish screen will be removed and replaced, Lamp said. He said the foundation will remain. The entire project is expected to take 90 days to complete. It will fix the areas that are deteriorating and the design won't change, Lamp said.

The city is sharing the cost of the project with the Town of Oconomowoc and Village of Lac La Belle. The city has control of the dam and will be the prime contract holder.

Terra Engineering & Construction Corp. of Madison came in with the favorable bid for the project at $142,600. The project is expected to cost $172,733 and the town and village will contribute $115,156 toward that cost with the city paying $57,578. Any final construction costs will be split three ways.

Oconomowoc lifts watering restrictions

Aug. 08, 2012 2:55 p.m. | Today, Aug. 8, the city lifted watering restrictions that went into effect in June.

City Administrator Diane Gard announced the plan to lift the restrictions at Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Gard said staff has been monitoring pumping levels and the city is now using less than 300 million gallons a day.

"The implementation of the restrictions was a pro-active approach to avoid any quantity/mechanical issues that could arise due to increased pumping directly related to the extreme heat/drought and subsequent irrigation, and in doing so, prevented the initiation of a complete watering ban," reads a post on the city's Facebook page.

Gard said if the water use rises accompanied by lack of rain, the city may have to reinstitute the restrictions.

"The Oconomowoc Water Utility would like to thank the citizens and businesses for their dedicated co-operation during this period. With your co-operation and some rain events, we were able to sustain our water supply without any problems/interruptions. We encourage the continued conservation and wise use of this valuable resource, helping to ensure plentiful quantities for future generations," read the Facebook post.

Prayer vigil planned at Pewaukee temple

Aug. 08, 2012 2:41 p.m. | The Hindu Temple of Wisconsin is holding a prayer vigil from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, at the temple, N4063 W243 Pewaukee Road.

“The terrible tragedy at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek has touched us all very deeply and in many personal ways,” says Anand Adavi, president of the Hindu Temple of Wisconsin. “We stand in solidarity with our Sikh brothers and sisters. We share the great pain and loss of the Sikh community and the affected families and join other faith communities in offering our heartfelt prayers for the victims.”

The prayer vigil is open to everyone, of any faith.

Adavi notes that personal donations and this week’s collections from the Hindu Temple cafeteria will be donated to the Sikh Temple.

Directions to the Hindu Temple can be found on its web site at

Mukwonago visits Alice in Wonderland

Aug. 08, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Optimist Club provides a theatrical experience for kids every summer with the help of Prairie Fire Children's Theatre. Read how the group helps kids "catch the fire" in Living Kettle Moraine Sunday. Check out photos from last week's Alice in Wonderland show here.

Mukwonago phones back on

Aug. 08, 2012 9:01 a.m. |  Phones are back online at the Mukwonago Office. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Mukwonago office phones down

Aug. 08, 2012 8:17 a.m. | The phones and Internet are out at the Mukwonago Chief office this morning. If you're trying to contact someone there, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as things are back up and running. Thanks for your patience!

Fraud investigation at an end

Aug. 08, 2012 8:05 a.m. | An investigation into suspected voter fraud in the City of Delafield earlier this year has run into a dead end, according to a letter from District Attorney Brad Schimel to the city.

Read more in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter.

UW students may help with Oconomowoc waterfront design

Aug. 07, 2012 7:41 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - The city's Finance Committee is recommending contracting with Community Design Solutions (CDS) for an update of its downtown waterfront plan.

CDS works in collaboration with students in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The city wants the students to help with an updated plan for design of its Fowler Lake waterfront, downtown parking and Village Green.

The city would pay CDS $4,775 for the updated plan. Committee members hailed the idea as innovative and said it would bring a fresh perspective to the area proposed for redevelopment.

Common Council was expected to consider final approval of the contract.

For more on proposed downtown redevelopment read here and here.

Plans announced for Mukwonago dog park

Aug. 06, 2012 4:35 p.m. |  Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas announced plans today to create a dog exercise area at Waukesha County’s Mukwonago Park, located at W325 S9945 Beulah Road in Mukwonago. This will be the third off leash dog area within the County Park System, according to information from the Waukesha County Park System. 

The basic elements of the Mukwonago Park Dog Exercise Area will include parking, mowed grass walkways, entrance gates and signage for the Large Breed and Small Breed areas, as well as perimeter fencing and signage. The existing nearby park shelter will be incorporated into the design. A small parking area dedicated for users to access the pond with the dogs will be provided. 

Read the complete story Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

Skinny Dinner Starter serves winning recipe in kitchen challenge

Aug. 06, 2012 4:28 p.m. |  Looking for a fast, low cal recipe that kids will love? That search brought Waukesha resident Bree Schumacher the title of the Hottest Kitchen Entrepreneur Challenge recently and an appearance on Fox 6 Real Milwaukee.

The challenge, a regional contest to find the next great food entrepreneur, is sponsored by Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and by Reliable Water Services a local provider of commercial water heaters, boilers and water softeners.

Schumacher took home the grand prize of $2,500 in seed money from Reliable Water Services to help start her business; a comprehensive entrepreneurial consultation package from MATC; over $500 worth of professional cookware and professional knives from Boelter Superstore and a two-hour private meeting with food industry executives serving on FaB Milwaukee’s Advisory Council.  

Read more about Schumacher and her concept Skinny Dinner Starter: Superfood Italian in the next Kettle Moraine Index.

North Prairie hosts National Night Out tomorrow

Aug. 06, 2012 3:33 p.m. |  The North Prairie Police Department will host National Night Out from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 in Veteran’s Park, 132 N. Harrison St. The department will have a variety of safety stations including: home, internet, gun, stranger danger, drug prevention, smoke free, bicycle, fire and 911. Kids can play in an inflatable bounce house, try their detective skill on a scavenger hunt and take aim at our piñata. Representatives from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department Metro Unit and North Prairie Police and Fire Departments will be on hand. Live Music performed by the Average Basement Band. A light dinner will be provided. 

OHS teacher to perform in Milwaukee

Aug. 06, 2012 11:03 a.m. | Oconomowoc High School teacher and director of the OHS Players,Tom Klubertanz, will be performing in the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre production of the comic chestnut, "A Thousand Clowns," August 9 to 26  in the Cabot Theatre of the Broadway Theatre Center, located in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

Klubertanz has the lead role of Murray Burns, who believes in living life fully, even if that means going to the movies instead of looking for a job. Unfortunately, his eccentric, carefree nature makes him a questionable role model while raising his 12-year-old genius nephew in New York City.

Join National Night Out tomorrow

Aug. 06, 2012 10:35 a.m. | Two local police departments will participate in the National Night Out tomorrow evening. Here's a look at what is planned:

Big Bend

The Big Bend Police Department will celebrate from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the Village Park ball diamond area. Events include: Flight for Life, magic show, self-defense demonstration, prizes for kids, raffles/silent auction, rubber duck race, Waukesha County K9 unit; food by the Lions Club; local businesses.


The Village and Town of Mukwonago police departments will gather for National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. at Field Park. There will be many police and fire displays as well as other fun attractions for the entire family. The event is free. The event is sponsored by the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce, the Village and Town of Mukwonago police departments, the Mukwonago Fire Department and the Mukwonago Neighborhood Watch Group.

Playoff field set in LOL West

Aug. 05, 2012 6:46 p.m. |  The six-team playoff field in the Land O' Lakes Western Division baseball league has been set. The top seed is West Bend followed in order by the Brookfield Bulldogs, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls, Oconomowoc and Sussex.

Games will begin this Saturday as Sussex plays at Pewaukee and Oconomowoc travels to Menomonee Falls. West Bend will host the lowest remaining seed on Sunday and  the Bulldogs will host the highest remaining seed the same day.

Sussex gained the final spot Sunday by rallying for an 8-7 come-from-behind win over host Monches. The winners scored two runs in the eighth and three in the ninth.

Monches had runners on second and third when the final out was made in the bottom of the ninth.

Todd Johnson of Sussex, who had 14 hits in a row at one stretch, has won the individual batting championship. Officials averages are not yet available.

Free concert Saturday night in Oconomowoc

Aug. 03, 2012 2:16 p.m. | A free outdoor summer concert will be held  on Saturday, Aug.4,  from 7 -11 p.m. at the Rhodee Memorial Bandshell, 324 W. Wisconsin Ave.,  at City Beach in Oconomowoc.

The concert features music by Flight, an Eagles tribute band.

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Best Summer Ever


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

Waukesha County Fair


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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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