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St. John's to receive $2 million for new arts center

Sept. 29, 2009 4:38 p.m. | St. John's Northwestern Military Academy President Jack Albert Jr. shared some good news at Monday's Waukesha Rotary meeting. Albert said that the Academy is set to receive $2 million to go toward a new arts center on campus.

Albert made a point to share the news at Monday's meeting because he was upset at recent news in an"un-named" publication insinuating that St. John's is in financial trouble.

No one would commit this type of money if St. John's was in trouble, Albert said.

Further details were not available as of this writing.

Bucher withdraws divorce petition

Sept. 29, 2009 4:35 p.m. | The Associated Press is reporting that former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher has withdrawn his divorce petition from Jessica McBride. They are Lake Keesus residents.

McBride was in the news earlier this year for having an affair with Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn. McBride had written a profile on Flynn for Milwaukee Magazine.

SUV tipped, stoplight knocked down in Highway 83 accident

Sept. 29, 2009 1:41 p.m. | Two vehicles collided in a busy Village of Mukwonago intersection on Sept. 29, closing the road and detouring traffic for about 45 minutes while the Mukwonago Fire Department attended to the drivers of the vehicles.

A SUV north-bound on Highway 83 and a car west-bound on Holz Parkway collided in the intersection of 83 and Holz around 11 a.m., causing the SUV to tip onto the passenger side and slide into the stoplight, knocking it down.  The drivers of the vehicles were transported to the hospital, one to Froetdert and the other to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

The driver of the car was 63-year-old Arthur Stroede III of Milwaukee. The driver of the SUV was 54-year-old David Yardley of Delevan.

The accident is under investigation by Village of Mukwonago Police.

One Church One God at Crosspoint

Sept. 29, 2009 10:50 a.m. |

Crosspoint Community Church, W380 N6931 N. Lake Road Oconomowoc, will host the next in the One Church One God youth event series from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.The event brings together youth from across Lake Country for a night of praise, worship, prayer, testimony and teaching from the Bible. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. Music will be led by C2K (Cross to Kingdom). Jay Cavaiani will provide the message.


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Waukesha County drug collection and awareness Oct. 3

Sept. 29, 2009 10:05 a.m. |

Several locations throughout Waukesha County will collect prescription medications Oct. 3.

Residents are invited to bring prescription medication, over the counter medication, ointments, sprays, inhalers, creams, vials, herbals and pet medications to five locations throughout Waukesha County including locations in Pewaukee and Oconomowoc. Biohazardous material and household hazardous waste is not allowed.

The drug collection in Pewaukee is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WCTC, 800 Main St. in the main parking lot. Oconomowoc’s drug collection is from 9 a.m. to noon at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, 791 Summit Ave. at the Regional Cancer Center entrance. For more information, visit

One injured in semi truck/car crash

Sept. 28, 2009 3:49 p.m. |

A car, which was south-bound on Highway 83, and a north-bound semi sideswiped shortly after 2 p.m. on Sept. 28. Highway 83 south of Wolf Run was closed to traffic while the Mukwonago Fire Department extricated the driver of the car from the vehicle. Flight for Life could not respond to the scene because of high winds. The driver of the semi was not injured.

A wheel (top photo) sits in the middle of Highway 83, just south of the Walworth County line, as Mukwonago fire fighters work to extricate the driver of a car (middle photo). The roof of the car is removed (bottom photo) so emergency personnel can treat the driver. 

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Accident shuts down part of Highway 83

Sept. 28, 2009 2:37 p.m. | Highway 83 south of Wolf Run in Mukwonago has been shut down due to an accident that appears to have involved a car and a semi-truck.  The accident occurred sometime after 2 p.m. today just south of the Walworth County line.

Reports indicate that a person is currently being extricated from the car.

Check back for more details as they become available.

Local business owner, musician, dies

Sept. 28, 2009 10:53 a.m. | Local business owner and musician Ken Rhodee, 73, passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, at his home.

Rhodee, who was named Citizen of the Year by the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce in 2004,  managed Rhodee Florist for the last 51 years , was an important part of the Oconomowoc American Legion Band and has served as its managed since 1978, and had his own band, the Ken Rhodee Orchestra. He marched in his first parade with the American Legion Band when he was 13 and every year thereafter.

Rhodee is survived by his wife, Judy,  their four children, grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held  at Pagenkopf Funeral Home on Wednesday Sept. 30, 2009, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Dr. Martin Luther Church from 9 to 10 a.m. with a service immediately following.  Memorials are suggested to Dr. Martin Luther Church or to the Oconomowoc Memorial Regional Cancer Center

Power still out in Delafield area

Sept. 28, 2009 8:16 a.m. | About 300 customers in the Delafield area remain without power due to storms with high winds that rolled through the area last night and this morning.

Barry McNulty, spokesperson for WE Energies, said about 3,000 customers were without power from an area stretching from the Waukesha/Delafield area north to the Town of Erin.
McNulty also said a telephone wire and not an electrical wire, as had been reported, fell onto I-94 near Highway C in the City of Delafield at about 9:20 p.m. Sunday. The wire led to the closure of the freeway for about an hour.

A National Weather Service wind advisory for much of the region is in effect until 7 p.m. Sustained northwest winds from 25 to 40 mph and gusts up to 50 mph are being forecast.

AHS gridders bounce back

Sept. 26, 2009 12:13 a.m. | Arrowhead's varsity football team bounced back from its first loss of the season the week before by rolling over visiting Milwaukee Pius Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 42-14.

AHS improved to 2-1 in league play and 3-1 overall.

AHS led 21-0 early in the second period and 35-7 at halftime. Scoring those touchdowns for the Warhawks were Russ Finco on a 21-yard pass from Tom Parish, Colton Sweitzer on a 16-yard run, Parish on a 68-yard run, Jamal Wright on a 39-yard run and Finco on a 32-yard pass from Parish.

Sweitzer's scored the only AHS touchdown in the second half on a 43-yard run

Matt Boerner, Blake Mattson, Landisch, Jake Poehls, Jason Boerner and Dan DiGiacomo all played well on defense.

Vannarom wins it in overtime ... again

Sept. 25, 2009 10:37 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton kicker Nathan Vannarom found the fourth time to be the charm Friday when his overtime field goal gave the Chargers a 10-7 win over West Allis Central.

Vannarom missed from 45 yards and 37 yards, then had a 39-yarder lined up at the end of regulation, but Central's Mike Westrich blocked the attempt.

In overtime, Hamilton defensive back Brian Gryszkiewicz intercepted a third-down pass in the corner of the end zone, and each of Hamilton's three standout running backs got a touch on the ensuing Chargers possession, leading into the Vannarom chip shot from 23 yards.

On two occasions, Hamilton saw touchdown runs erased by penalties, including a 44-yard run by Aaron Clinton-Earl. HHS (4-1) improved to 2-1 in the Greater Metro Conference. The team was playing without quarterback Kameron Cerroni, who tore his ACL last week in a loss to Menomonee Falls, and reigning conference Defensive Lineman of the Year Tyler Hust sustained an injury that held him out of the second half.

It wasn't Vannarom's first overtime game-winner -- he hit the clincher against Mukwonago earlier this year.

Harvest food: Tasty. Filling. Nutritious?

Sept. 25, 2009 4:05 p.m. | A few things come to mind when you hear the word "harvest", and they mostly revolve around food.  And around this time of year, food is traditionally rich and satisfying--stews to keep you warm from the chill, baked goods to enjoy at family gatherings, and other tasty treats that are designed for comfort, not necessarily nutrition. 

However, the Good Harvest Market in Pewaukee will prove that seasonal harvest fare can be good for you at their Harvest Health Fair, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, featuring an organic cookout, a health fair, games, prizes and more.

Other "harvesty" events include:

  • Homestead Animal Farm in Hartland will debut their annual creative corn maze, "Nellie Our Farm Dog", this weekend.  The farm also features a petting zoo, pumpkins, gourds, and other seasonal items.
  • Check out the emerging autumn colors along the rolling Kettle Moraine during the Community Run/Walk at Wales Community Park, 8 a.m. Saturday.
  • St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot is hosting an Oktoberfest, with a pig and chicken roast, live polka music, a 50/50 raffle and more, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday.
  • Stock up on apples and apple pie at the Elegant Farmer's annual Autumn Harvest Festival, also featuring hayrides and pumpkin picking.

For more weekend events, check out the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.

ULS to host annual barn sale Oct. 1-3

Sept. 25, 2009 3:55 p.m. |  

University Lake School will host its 52nd annual barn sale Oct. 1-3 with over 20,000 square feet of shopping, live auction and "famous" ULS apple crisp.

The ULS barn sale will be held Friday, Oct. 1 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A live auction is scheduled for noon Saturday with cars, boats, lawnmowers and more.

About 7,000 shoppers attend the sale each year which features over 40 different shopping departments including infants, hardware, furniture, linens, boutique, toys, electronics and housewares.

In 1958, a group of ULS founding parents started the barn sale which has now evolved into a school tradition. Originally intended to be a rummage sale where new teachers could go and buy household supplies, furniture and clothing, the sale was eventually opened to the public. Today, over 80 volunteers spend the summer working on the barn sale and over 500 people volunteer during the sale weekend. The barn sale attracts visitors from all over Southeastern Wisconsin and beyond and raises over $150,000 annually to help defray tuition costs for students at ULS.

Arrowhead's Mills commits to Boise State

Sept. 24, 2009 4:32 p.m. | For the first time in years, an Arrowhead basketball player will be headed to a Division 1 college with the commitment of 7-foot-1 senior center Ben Mills to Boise State.

The big man was being pursued by a long list of schools and is ranked among the top players in a very talented state class of 2010. Mills is slated as No. 9 among seniors by

The Broncos finished 19-13 last season and 9-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Warhawks, which went 17-5 last year, return all five starters this season.

City of Pewaukee continues contracting talks tonight

Sept. 24, 2009 4:06 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - The Common Council will again take up the issue of contracting with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department at tonight's meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. in the Common Council Chambers, W240 N3065 Pewaukee Road, to continue discussion on whether to disband the Police Department in favor of contracting for police services. 

Sheriff Dan Trawicki said in a meeting earlier this month that the move could save the city about $1 million.  The Police Department countered Trawicki's proposal at a Sept. 10 meeting. 

Correction to PHS homecoming parade starting point

Sept. 24, 2009 8:07 a.m. | The Pewaukee High School homecoming parade will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, at Queen of Apostles School.

The parade will travel past the lake and up Lake Street.

Pink ribbons on storefronts have significance

Sept. 23, 2009 5:34 p.m. | As the roar of motorcycles is heard in Oconomowoc and the Kettle Moraine area this weekend as the annual Rock River Harley Owner's Group (HOG) "Ridin' to a Cure" fundraiser carries out, others on the streets are doing their part to participate and support research for breast cancer.

Downtown Oconomowoc businesses will don pink ribbons on their storefronts to signify they are collecting money to add to the breast cancer research fundraiser.

As of Wednesday, participating businesses are:

Ambiance Salon, Debby's Salon, Griffin's Gallery of Fine Art, Sherper's, Lake Country Conservatory, Betrothed, May Garden Center, Beverly Designs, The Doggy Bag, Accentuate!, Homstead Lighting and Decor and The Oconomowoc Gallery.

Stop in and shell out some support.

H1N1 at KMMS

Sept. 23, 2009 11:20 a.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School has had three confirmed cases of H1N1 flu this week, according to parents from Principal David Carr.

Carr urged parents to keep children home if they are sick. Children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home, he wrote.

Children should be kept home until they are free of fever, without fever-reducing drugs, for 24 hours.

For more information about H1N1 (swine flu), visit

H1N1 clinic tomorrow

Sept. 23, 2009 10:18 a.m. |  

Still not sure what H1N1 is and how you can help control its spread?
Join public health manager Dr. Nancy Healy-Haney, epidemiologist Ben Jones, Dr. Laura Radke and communicable disease control supervisor Rosie Kapp as they discuss H1N1 (swine flu) and antiviral recommendations, isolation and control measures and mass vaccination clinics.
The seminar will be from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Ruekert/Mielke Conference Room, W233 N2080 Ridgeview Parkway, Pewaukee.
The event is free to attend, but because of limited seating, advance registration is required. Register on the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce Web site, www. 

Delafield crash victim identified

Sept. 22, 2009 5:22 p.m. | Police have identified the 78-year-old Oconomowoc woman killed in a crash Sunday on Highway 16 as Helen F. Zibolski.

Zibolski was riding in her with her grandson, Andres F. Heckenkamp, 20, also of Oconomowoc driving when Heckenkamp lost control of the vehicle just west of Highway 83 and it rolled. Zibolski was not wearing her seatbelt and was thrown from the car. Heckenkamp suffered non-lifethreatening injuries and said he does not remember the crash.

The two were heading home after attending two wakes of relatives Sunday. Police have ruled out alcohol or drugs as contributing factors and the matter will be sent to the district attorney's office for review however, charges aren't expected according to police.

Fire destroys storage garage at Country View Campground

Sept. 22, 2009 11:11 a.m. | Officials confirmed today that last night's fire on Craig Avenue destroyed a storage garage at Country View Campground in the Town of Vernon.

The Big Bend/Vernon, Mukwonago, Tess Corners, Town of Waukesha and Tichigan fire departments responded to a call from the owner of the campground around 8 p.m. last night.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department Arson Investigation Team also responded.

Chief Phil Buchholtz with the BBVFD said that due to the amount of damage that occurred, the cause of the fire is undetermined.  He said they initially thought there was a possibility that one of the vehicles stored in the garage could have started the fire, but that with the amount of damage, it was next to impossible to determine whether that was the case.

Multiple vehicles and sports vehicles were stored in the 40-by-60-foot garage, which was a total loss.  The estimated damage is somewhere in between $250,000 and $300,000.

Craig Avenue closed

Sept. 21, 2009 8:49 p.m. | Craig Avenue is closed to traffic from Coldwell Road to Highway LO due to the structure fire in the Town of Vernon.

Structure fire in Vernon

Sept. 21, 2009 8:13 p.m. | Multiple fire departments are responding to a fully involved structure fire on Craig Avenue in the Town of Vernon. 

Check back for updated information once it becomes available.

KMMS plans evacuation drill

Sept. 21, 2009 4:10 p.m. | Kettle Moraine Middle School is planning an evacuation drill with students on Tuesday. The drill is one of the expectations of the school's crisis preparation plan.

Students will move from the middle school to Dousman Elementary, where they will line up as they do for fire drills. Attendance will be reported, and then the students will move back to the middle school.

McMiller Sports Center case to be heard in Dane County

Sept. 21, 2009 12:29 p.m. | Waukesha – A judge ruled today that the case filed by Steven and Patricia Williams against the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources regarding the McMiller Sports Center in Eagle should be heard in Dane County.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Donald J. Hassin made the ruling as Steven and Patricia Williams sought an injunction to prevent the transfer of ownership from them to Dan and Lloyd Marks, owners of the Milford Hills Hunt Club in Jefferson County.

According to Hassin, the only defendant names in the suit is the State of Wisconsin and since the other parties named in the suit have not yet been served, the case should be transferred to Dane County.

McMiller is the only shooting range open to the public in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, Ozaukee and Washington counties.

For more information on this case, check out this Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

Jury: OAW not negligent in Melka case

Sept. 21, 2009 12:27 p.m. | A jury ruled late last week that Arrowhead High School was not negligent when football player Adam Melka suffered a brain injury in a game in September 2005.

The ruling came after a 3 1/2-week trial.
A lawyer for the Melkas said his clients were "very disappointed" by the decision and would discuss their options.
At the heart of the trial was whether Adam Melka suffered a concussion during a scrimmage and whether he was properly evaluated by the trainer, Jason Ables of Orthopaedic Associates of Wisconsin.
An attorney for the Melkas suggested the jury award Melka between $2 million and $4 million to cover medical expenses, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

Village man dies after hitting tree

Sept. 21, 2009 12:27 p.m. | Village of Pewaukee – A 27-year-old Village of Pewaukee man died after hitting a tree with his vehicle early Saturday morning.

Brad A. Burroughs was driving a Chevy Blazer about 40 to 45 mph on Meadowcreek Drive at about 12:37 a.m. Sept. 19 when he hit a tree, according to police.

Burroughs was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital, where he died. Burroughs was the sole occupant of the vehicle and was not wearing his seatbelt. Alcohol may have been a factor, police said.

Grandmother dies in roll-over accident

Sept. 21, 2009 12:23 p.m. |

City of Delafield – A 78-year-old Oconomowoc grandmother died after the vehicle her 20-year-old grandson was driving rolled over on Highway 16 on Sunday evening, according to Delafield police.

City of Delafield Police and Fire Departments responded to the one-vehicle accident just west of Highway 83 at about 5:15 Sept. 20.

The woman was thrown from the vehicle and was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

The grandson, also from the Oconomowoc area, was transported to Froedtert by ambulance. His injuries were less severe and his current condition is unknown, according to Delafield police.

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Body of man found in Pewuakee Lake identified

Sept. 21, 2009 8:08 a.m. | Village of Pewaukee police have released the name of the 69-year-old man who was found early Sunday morning in Pewaukee Lake as Henry R. Teuteberg of Village of Oconomowoc Lake.

According to authorities, indications are that he was on the fishing pier prior to being discovered just before 6 a.m. by a fisherman from Menomonee Falls.

Police do not suspect foul play. The cause of death is pending the Medical Examiner's report, which is expected to be completed today.

Lannon wins it all

Sept. 20, 2009 5:00 p.m. | Scott Doffek pitched seven innings, Dean Haase hit a two-run home run and Bob Manders slammed a three-run shot, powering the Lannon Stonemen past the New Berlin Lakers on Sunday at Malone Park in New Berlin. The Stonemen won the Land O' Lakes Grand Championship game, 14-5.

Jed Dolske pitched the final two innings for Lannon.

Greg Donovan started and worked into the third inning before giving way to Chris Dibb. Deano Mlachnick scored twice for New Berlin, champions of the LOL Eastern Division this summer.

Ben Kaebisch went 3-for-6 with three runs scored for Lannon. Haase scored three times. Jim Barwick went 3-for-5 for the champions.

Lightning football team remains undefeated

Sept. 19, 2009 5:09 p.m. | Lake Country Lutheran's varsity football team improved to 4-0 overall with a 56-35 Midwest Classic Conference victory over St. John's on Saturday.

The Lightning grabbed the lead for good on an untimed down to end the first quarter. Senior Jared Wartinbee scored from a yard out to give the Lightning a 21-14 lead. At the half, Lake Country Lutheran led 36-21.

St. John's (2-2 overall)  scored on its final two possessions.

OHS stuns Hartford

Sept. 19, 2009 11:43 a.m. | Oconomowoc's football team pulled out a program-affirming win Friday by shocking traditional powerhouse Hartford at OHS, 19-14.

Facing a 14-0 deficit, quarterback Garrett Stocke connected with senior Paul Williams for an 11-yard touchdown, then hit Mike Finn for an 89-yard deep ball that pulled the Raccoons within 14-12. Brady Nold broke a 69-yard run to give OHS the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

The Raccoons, now 2-0 in conference and 2-2 overall, beat the Orioles for the first time since 2004.

Kita sparks KM gridders

Sept. 19, 2009 9:16 a.m. | Led by a strong performance by sophomore quarteback Kyle Kita, the Kettle Moraine varsity football team defeated visting Waukesha North Friday night in a Classic 8 Conference game, 21-15. Both teams are now 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.

Kita ran for touchdowns of 67 and 46 yards and passed for a third, connecting on a 9-yard scoring strike to junior Will Orne. Everett Scott kicked all three extra points.

North got touchdowns from Steve Peterson as he caught scoring strikes from quarteback Chris Aho that covered 30 and 80 yards.

Kita finished with 113 yards on just 14 carries. Senior tight end Sam Campbell also played well for the KM offense, both receiving and blocking.

Hamilton QB injured in loss to Falls

Sept. 19, 2009 12:30 a.m. | Hamilton lost quarterback Kameron Cerroni and a contest against one of the premier teams in the Greater Metro Conference on Friday in a 17-7 loss to Menomonee Falls.

HHS (3-1, 1-1) lost Cerroni to injury in the fourth quarter on a fake punt pass play. His status going forward was not immediately clear.

Aaron Clinton-Earl scored a touchdown, but the Chargers were unable to generate anything more despite more than 250 yards of offense.

"It seemed that both defenses had something to prove against some really high-powered offenses," said Charger coach John Damato. "It's such a great rivalry and was really a four-quarter game."

Pirates make it four straight

Sept. 18, 2009 11:01 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity football team, off to one of its best starts in school history, improved to 4-0 Friday night by hammering host St. Francis in a Woodland Conference game, 42-0.

The Pirates scored 21 points in the first period and 14 more in the second to lead 35-0 at halftime. Scoring those touchdowns were Ben Bellows, Bryan Spakowicz, Josh Fritchen, and Travis Decker.

Spakowicz finished the night with 154 yards rushing on 14 carries. Bellows averaged 12.2 yards on five rushes. Top defenders were Fritchen, Decker, Ben Castro, Kent Girmscheid, Mike Dusel and A.J. Olivares

West gridders stun Arrowhead

Sept. 18, 2009 10:54 p.m. | Thanks to a 10-yard plunge by senior quarterback Ryan Young in overtime, host Waukesha West Wolverines stunned No. 2 ranked Arrowhead last Friday night 12-6 in the second Classic 8 Conference game of the season.

The two teams went to overtime when Arrowhead kicker Drew Meyer, who was just 1 of 5 in previous field goal tries this season, nailed a 33-yarder with  1 second remaining in regulation.

Young scored the first West TD with 4:41 to go in the fourth quarter on another 1-yard. That score was set  up by a fumble recovery by David Anderson at the goal line

The only other AHS points came on a 21-yard field goal by Meyer in the second period.

Big wine and food event on Sunday

Sept. 18, 2009 5:56 p.m. | The Lake Country Rotary Club will host its fifth annual Lake Country Wine & Food Festival on Sept. 20 from 1:30 to 5 pm at the Golden Mast on Okauchee Lake. All proceeds  will fund the Lake Country Rotary Club’s donations to various charities and worthy causes. The Wine and Food Festival will feature over 200 of world’s best wines. 

To buy tickets for the event, please contact the Golden Mast at 262-567-.7047 or pruchase them at the door. Cost is $60 and includes all sampling and faire from numerous restaurants serving on site. 
To learn more, visit

The Lake Country Rotary is a volunteer service club of over 90 men and women from the community working to support the local community as well as Rotary International’s philanthropic projects worldwide. Visit us at of the local beneficiaries of the funds raised include: Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine High School Scholarships, Angels Grace Hospice, Boys and Girls Club—Camp Whitcomb/Mason, Waukesha’s C.A.R.E. center for abused children, and all of the Lake Country area food pantries. 

Festivals, fairs and fundraisers (oh my!)

Sept. 18, 2009 4:07 p.m. | It's official: the first showings of bright orange, vibrant red and warm yellow leaves are peeking through the green, which means fall is finally here (now if someone would just inform the thermometer...) 

But just because we can't quite break out the sweaters and scarves doesn't mean we can't enjoy the seasonal events the are piling up as fall rolls along.  Check out these harvesty offerings:

  • Discover Harvest Hollow, Goblin's Glen, the Pumpkin Patch and the Monster Mash, all at Mukwonago's annual Fall Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday throughout the Mukwonago area.
  • Enjoy live music, a parade, a pie contest and much more at the North Prairie Harvest Festival, Friday through Sunday at Veteran's Park.
  • North Lake is also hosting a Harvest Festival featuring duck races, inflatables, a rummage sale and more, Saturday at North Lake Fireman's Park.
  • Not to sound too redundant with the "harvest festival," but the Retzer Nature Center is hosting its annual Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, featuring hay rides, orchard tours and a host of other seasonal activities.

But if the smell of hay and pumpkins and autumn candles aren't your thing, do something good for the community and check out these fundraising events:

  • Flight for LIfe will host an open house and blood drive at their hangar at the Waukesha County Airport, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Support AngelsGrace Hospice during their "On Angels Wings" dinner and auction, 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Golden Mast on Okauchee Lake.
  • If you're a fan of water skiing, water ski shows, Pewaukee Lake, or all three, join the ski club for their dinner and auction fundraiser at the Pewaukee Yacht Club, 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Foundation to the rescue with ATV money

Sept. 18, 2009 2:43 p.m. | A former volunteer fire department's leftover funds have stretched to help the Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department after it was recently scammed out of $3,000 it raised to purchase an ATV.

At 2 p.m. Friday, Tim Scherer, a representative from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, graciously handed over a check to volunteer firefighter Mike Gartze for $11,075 to go toward the purchase of a brand new Polaris Ranger.

Scherer, who once served on the New Berlin Volunteer Fire Department, caught wind of Oconomowoc's misfortune through the local media. He decided that money from the unique fund - that was created after the New Berlin went to a municipal department - would be greatly used by the Oconomowoc volunteers.

The ATV will aid the Oconomowoc Volunteer Department throughout the seasons to serve the community in a multitude of ways Gartze said. He said the Oconomowoc Volunteer Fire Department can't thank the Greater Milwaukee Foundation enough for its support.

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House fire in Oconomowoc

Sept. 17, 2009 7:42 a.m. |  City of Oconomowoc- The Oconomowoc Fire Department was dispatched at 4:18 p.m. yesterday to a reported structure fire at a multi-family residence at 703 South Silver Lake Street in the City of Oconomowoc.

 Upon  arrival, heavy smoke and fire was showing from the rear second story of the wood frame structure. All occupants were out of the house when firefighters responded to the scene.

 An exterior knockdown of the visible fire was rapidly made, followed by extensive work inside the attic above the second floor where the fire had extended. The remaining fire in the attic was quickly brought under control and extinguished. There were no injuries to the occupants or emergency personnel.

The porch where the fire originated was heavily damaged and its contents destroyed. There was heavy smoke and some fire damage in the kitchen adjacent to the porch and in the attic and smoke and water damage throughout the remainder of the building. A monetary damage estimate is not available at this time. Red Cross was also on scene to assist the two displaced families.

Fire departments from Okauchee and Summit and members of the Western Waukesha County Rapid intervention Team assisted at the scene. Units from Lake Country and Dousman Fire Departments provided standby coverage at the Oconomowoc Fire station during the call.

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Nelson named in LOL West

Sept. 16, 2009 11:10 p.m. | Former Southern Illinois University standout Luke Nelson and current Oconomowoc Five' O's player was named Land O' Lakes Western Division Pitcher of the Year and MVP by the league coaches and directors.

Pat Smith of Monches was voted the Coach of the Year.

Lannon middle infielder Zach Kozlowski was named the 2009 Western Division Rookie of the Year.

AAYFL offers to work with family

Sept. 16, 2009 4:35 p.m. |


The Wisconsin All-American Youth Football League is willing to work with a family seeking concessions to an equipment policy that, so far, has prevented their 12-year-old son from competing.

Graham Bartunek has albinism, a defect of melanin production that results in little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair and eyes, and partially blind. Graham is seeking to be allowed to play with a tinted visor on his helmet, which is a violation of AAYFL rules.

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Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce seeks executive director

Sept. 16, 2009 4:26 p.m. |  

Pewaukee - The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce is looking for an executive director but a familiar face will hold the position in the meantime.

Former chamber executive director Amy Kommer will take on the role until a new director is found.

Laura Podd served as the executive director for about a year, said Jean Daul, president of the Chamber.

"We wish her the best of luck in her endeavors," said Daul.

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Mukwonago man charged in stabbing

Sept. 16, 2009 4:23 p.m. | Waukesha – A 29-year-old Town of Mukwonago man was accused this afternoon with the murder of a 21-year-old woman Sept. 5.

David A. Wapp of W308 S10521 Green Hill Ct., was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide for the death of Samantha L. Peterson, 21 of Waukesha.

Peterson was found late Sept. 5 in the back seat of a car parked at S. West Avenue and Wood Street in Waukesha. Peterson was found with multiple stab wounds. Officers went to the area after receiving a 911 call from a resident in the area at about 11 p.m., according to Waukesha police.

Police said Wapp had a previous relationship with Peterson, who attended the University of Whitewater as a freshmen but then transferred to UW-Waukesha where she graduated in June.

Wapp had been released from prison less than a week prior to the incident. According to court records, Wapp has a lengthy criminal history that includes battery, carrying a concealed weapon and child abuse.
Wapp was arrested the following day in Milwaukee.

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Precautions raised at Wales school due to man who committed suicide

Sept. 16, 2009 2:40 p.m. | Village of Wales – School children at Wales Elementary School were kept inside this morning and authorities investigated a nearby incident.

Waukesha County Sheriff's Department deputies along with emergency medical personnel from the Wales/Genesee Fire Department responded to an address on Main Street at about 9 a.m. for a wellbeing check, according to the statement released by the Sheriff's Department.

Police found a deceased adult male in the rear of the residence. The preliminary investigation indicates he died from a gunshot wound to the head, however the incident is still under investigation by the Sheriff's Department.

Do to the close proximity of the residence to the school, school officials were asked to keep the students inside for approximately one hour. At no time were any of the students or staff in any danger, according to the release.

Mentally disabled child found wandering in Butler

Sept. 16, 2009 1:54 p.m. | Village of Butler – A 30-year-old City of Pewaukee man is facing charges after he fell asleep while taking care of a 5-year-old girl with mental disabilities who had wandered off from the home they were visiting Sept. 13.

The Pewaukee man went to visit a friend who lives on Colfax Place and while watching a movie with the girl the men fell asleep and the girl wandered off. Neighbors found the girl and called police. However, the girl was unable to give police any information. Butler firefighters knocking on doors eventually located the Pewaukee man, who is engaged to the girl's mother and was responsible for taking care of the girl.

Butler police are recommending the Waukesha County District Attorney’s Office charge the Pewaukee man with child neglect

Highway 164 expansion denied

Sept. 16, 2009 1:49 p.m. |

 U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman issued a decision Monday to stop a four-lane expansion project planned for Highway 164 in both Washington and 2 Waukesha1 counties that would pass through Sussex and Lisbon.

"I am pleased to report that as co-plaintiffs in this case both the Highway J Citizens Group , U.A. (HJCG) and the Waukesha County Environmental Action League (WEAL) won a big legal victory here," said HJCG Steering Committee Member Jeff Gonyo.

Adelman ruled that the defendants, which include the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and state Department of Transportation, failed to properly analyze the effects of the project and other reasonable alternatives in lieu of expanding Highway 164 to four lanes.

The plaintiffs filed the action in 2005, claiming defendants acted "arbitrarily and capriciously in approving a highway expansion project in Southeastern Wisconsin," according to the federal lawsuit decision.

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City working to OK face shield for practice for 12-year-old football player with disability

Sept. 16, 2009 1:47 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Graham Bartunek, 12, just wants to level the playing field.

He and his family are hoping to repeal an equipment prohibition that currently bans the use of tinted face shields in the AAYFL (All American Youth Football League),  an accommodation that would allow the student athlete to compete despite his disability.

Born with a condition known as albinism, a defect of melanin production that results in little or no color (pigment) in the skin, hair, and eyes, and partially blind, Bartunek said the shield protects his skin and eyes that are especially sensitive to the sun. 

City of Oconomowoc Park and Recreation Director Ray Mauer, said Wednesday morning that his department was working through the issue and hoped to have it resolved, on their end, by the end of the day.

“What we’re doing on the City’s behalf is talking with our attorney and insurance carrier so that it’s possible for Graham to use the tinted shield in practice,” he said.

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OASD expects jump in enrollment

Sept. 16, 2009 12:13 p.m. | Oconomowoc Area Schools-  A preliminary head count of students estimates that enrollment in the  Oconomowoc  Area School District will jump between 80-90 students this year.

A projection made for budget purposes had earlier estimated a growth of 40 students.

"We had to be cautious for financial purposes, because revenue in the school district is tied to enrollment," explained Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Mike Barry.

Barry said that while exact numbers are not yet known, the two grade levels with the biggest growth are kindergarten and first grade.

"That's what you see with a growing school district," he added.

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Highway 16 lane closures

Sept. 15, 2009 10:54 p.m. | Motorists may want to choose an alternate route beyond Highway 16 to avoid delays as lane closures are in effect. Traffic is reduced to one lane heading eastbound from the Highway 83 exit to Capitol Drive and from near the I-94 exit to Capitol Drive heading west.

AHS wins battle of Classic 8 leaders

Sept. 15, 2009 6:43 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys soccer team remained unbeaten this season. It won at Kettle Moraine 5-2 in a Classic 8 Conference game over the Lasers on Tuesday. Both teams entered the game with 3-0-0 conference records.

Jordan Dai, Michael Dorau, Andy Fox, Clay Loofboro and Tyler Hess each had goals for Arrowhead.

Jared Kobriger scored both goals for Kettle Moraine (10-2-1 overall).

The Warhawks came into  the match with Kettle Moraine ranked No. 5 in the state by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association. Kettle Moraine entered the week ranked No. 10 in the division 1 poll.

"They (Arrrowhead) are the best eam we've played this season," Greg Prospero, Kettle Moraine's head boys soccer coach said.

TONIGHT: Village of Mukwonago hearing on water/sewer

Sept. 15, 2009 11:10 a.m. | The Village of Mukwonago will hold a public hearing tonight to levy special assessments on various village properties for improvements in sanitary sewer, water main, road reconstruction and drainage improvements.

The exact amount and manner of payment of the proposed assessment will be determined by the Village Board after the public hearing.

The hearing will begin tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Board Room at Village Hall, 440 River Crest Court, Mukwonago.

Newcomer to seek re-election

Sept. 14, 2009 4:37 p.m. |  

Republican Scott Newcomer of Delafield plans to seek re-election for his 33rd Assembly District seat.

"My focus right now is on the fall legislative session that begins this week," Newcomer said. "I will continue to find ways to work with the Democrats to get reasonable legislation passed, while serving in the minority. After the session next year, I will focus on campaigning on my accomplishments in the Assembly and work with my colleagues to make sure we regain a Republican majority in the Assembly."

Newcomer has held the 33rd District Assembly seat since a special election in December 2005. He was re-elected in 2006 and again in 2008.

Joe Deklotz, also of Delafield, recently announced his name would be on the ballot for the district’s seat. The primary election is still a year away on Sept. 14, 2010.

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Lane closures scheduled on the Oconomowoc bypass

Sept. 14, 2009 2:25 p.m. |  

Starting Sept.21, the west leg of the Oconomowoc bypass, from the Rock River to the Highway 67 interchange, will have periodic lane closures while pavement repairs are being made.
This work will be a moving operation, with the number of travel lanes reduced down to a single lane in each direction.  The work is anticipated to take two to three weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

Hawks roll in league opener

Sept. 11, 2009 9:49 p.m. | Arowhead senior Brian Crook returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown Friday nightas the host AHS varsity football team whipped Mukwonago in the Classic 8 Conference opener for both teams, 35-9.

Later in the first half, AHS (2-0) got touchdowns from Derek Landisch on a 2-yard run, Tom Parish on a 7-yard run, Parish on an 11-yard run and Adam Sandstrom on a 13-yard pass from Parish.

AHS led 35-3 at halftime, but did not score in the second half. Mukwonago scored on a 60-yard fumble recovery by junior Ryan Crawley with 4:22 to play.

Pewaukee bowls over Eisenhower

Sept. 11, 2009 6:49 p.m. | Bryan Spakowicz scored three touchdowns and threw for another on a halfback pass play, helping the Pirates to an easy 42-21 win over fellow Woodland Conference behemoth New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday.

The running back uncorked the biggest pass of the game in the second quarter, finding Mike Olewinski for an 80-yard bomb that gave the Pirates a 20-14 lead with 3:03 left before halftime. After a blocked punt, quarterback Patrick Bacon hit Matt Dabney to put the Pirates up, 26-14.

Spakowicz took the majority of the running plays in the second half while junior Derek Watt nursed a twisted ankle. He did not play in the second half but would likely be available going forward.

Pewaukee racked up 427 yards of total offense and held the Lions to 195. The Pirates also held a monumental edge in time of possession, 30:38 to 17:22.

SJNMA celebrates Sept. 11 two ways

Sept. 11, 2009 4:07 p.m. | It's almost fitting that St. John's Northwest Military Academy's 125th anniversary falls today, Sept. 11, on the anniversary of one of America's most important and unforgettable moments.  In honor of both, the academy is hosting two days of events, including these highlights:

  • Hartland Community Band concert: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday.
  • Parade through downtown Delafield: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday
  • Picnic: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Football game against Heritage Christian: 2 p.m. Saturday.

For more information and a full list of activities, check out the Kettle Moraine Index page on Living Lake Country.

On a lighter note, check out these weekend activities:

  • Meet the Wales Genesee firefighters at their fundraiser at Wales Quick Lube, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
  • Help support cystic fibrosis research at the Tent Event fundraiser at Palmer's Steakhouse in Hartland, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Get your fill at the Chicken Dinner & Pie Auction at Stone Bank Community Park, 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
  • Check out the "Autumn Skies" during a program at the Harken Observatory in Pewaukee, 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Fire dept. responds to call of natural gas odor

Sept. 11, 2009 12:59 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Fire Department is enroute to a call at 650 Armour Road for a call reporting an odor of natural gas.

AHS boys CC team places second

Sept. 10, 2009 8:05 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity boys cross country team finished second in its own AHS Invitational Thursday afternoon as many of the best teams in the state took part.

Waukesha West won the team championship with 78 points. Hot on their heels were the Warhawks with 85 points. Rounding out the top five were Shorewood with 87, Germantown 101 and Milwaukee King 132.

Peter Drews of Shorewood won the 5,000-meter race with a time of 16:11.

Arrowhead was led by sophomore Russ Sandvold in second at 16:15. Other AHS runners were Tyler Zeman in 13th at 16:19, Nick Linnan 21st at 17:11, Brad Lewin 23rd at 17:19 and Will Conley 26th at 17:30.

Oconomowoc was led by Matt Brooks and Tyler Yost who palced 36th and 38th respectively with times of 17:46 and 17:51. A total of 97 runners took part.

Seidel dominates at AHS CC Invite

Sept. 10, 2009 7:58 p.m. | There was no stopping sophomore Molly Seidel of tiny University Lake School Thursday afternoon at the prestigious and talent-laden Arrowhead Cross Country Invitational.

Seidel, the defending WIAA Division 3 state champion, led every step of the way in the 4,000-meter race and won the event with a personal-best time of 14:18.49. Seidel pulled away from Waukesha North junior Jenna McMiller in the final 800 yards to win the race by seven seconds. North's Sammi Donovan was third (14:28) and Arrowhead senior Gabby Levac, the defending WIAA Division 1 state champion, was fourth at 14:36.

The meet is one of the strongest of the season each year.

Homestead won the team championship with 68 points. Other teams in the top five were Whitefish Bay with 82, Waukesha West 103, Arrowhead 105 and Waukesha North 172.

After Levac for Arrowhead came Danielle Dvorak in 17th at 15:31, Andie Zeman 19th 15:38, Amanda Bauer 21st at 15:40 and Kellie Wolfgram 45th 16:35.

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Lisbon resident cast in movie

Sept. 10, 2009 3:51 p.m. | Town of Lisbon resident and host of the "Stan and CV In the Morning" show on B933 FM, Carol Gortmaker, will now also be heard in the movies.

Gortmaker and her radio co-host, Stan, were cast as TV news reporters in the movie, "New Day" which was filmed and produced locally in the Milwaukee area.

"Our parts play the voice of two people doing a news cast right after 9/11," said Gortmaker.

The movie is about a Robert Logan, whose wife, Alison, was aboard American Airlines Flight 77.  Robert watched in terror as his wife's hijacked plan crashes into the Pentagon on Sept. 11. However, years later, he comes to find out a brain damaged patient at a secure hospital bears a striking resemblance to Alison.

Gortmaker said she enjoyed taking a stab at acting and the "news biz" and is excited for the movie's premiere at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Live blogging from Pewaukee football game Friday

Sept. 10, 2009 12:55 p.m. | The Pewaukee football team will wage battle with New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday in a clash of Woodland Conference titans, and sports director JR Radcliffe will be on hand to provide live updates from the field. Check out the Preps Alcove and sign up for an e-mail reminder to follow along tomorrow night.

Hartland Fire Department to hold 9/11 remembrance

Sept. 09, 2009 10:29 a.m. | Hartland - The Hartland Fire Department invites the community to attend a Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at the fire station Friday morning. 

The Fire Department will observe a moment of silence and remembrance followed by a short ceremony at 8:46 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 in front of the fire station, 150 Lawn St.

Call the fire station with any questions (262) 367-6878.

Delafield resident to challenge Newcomer

Sept. 08, 2009 2:50 p.m. | A Delafield resident will challenge Representative Scott Newcomer for his seat in the 33rd Assembly District.

Joe Deklotz, a 25-year resident of the district and a real-estate broker in Lake Country, recently announced his candidacy for the position.

"I have become very disappointed in the performance of our state government, specifically as it relates to fiscal and social issues," Deklotz said on his campaign Web site. "Their actions have resulted in larger government, higher taxes, and a number of social programs that many of us do not agree with. All of this has encouraged a number of very good businesses and citizens to leave the state. It’s time to get serious, this can not continue."

The primary election is over a year away on Sept. 14, 2010. Deklotz said on his site that he is starting to campaign now so that people in the District will fully get to know him and feel confident supporting and voting for him. He believes the time will give him the opportunity to listen and fully understand the issues facing the District and the State, he said.

Deklotz’s wife, Pat, is superintendent of the Kettle Moraine School District. They have three children.

17th Annual POW/MIA Vigil set for Sept. 11-12

Sept. 08, 2009 2:27 p.m. |  City of Oconomowoc – Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 635, will hold its 17th annual POW / MIA Vigil beginning with a silent march from Mueller Square at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 to Memorial Park on North Lake Road, where at 7 p.m., opening ceremonies will begin.

The silent march will include a massing of color guards, followed by family and friends  wearing placards with the names of Wisconsin’s missing.

Anyone wanting to join the march to honor and remember the missing is welcome to do so.

A traditional reading of the names and lighting of candles will take place for each serviceman in Wisconsin listed as a POW or MIA during the Vietnam War.

The vigil runs for 24 hours until the 7 p.m. closing ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 12.

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Oconomowoc Fire department to hold annual 911 Memorial

Sept. 08, 2009 2:16 p.m. |  The City of Oconomowoc Fire Department  will be having its annual 9/11 Memorial event, beginning at 8:30 a.m., on  Friday, Sept. 11 at the Oconomowoc Fire Station.

The event will last approximately one hour, commemorating in real time the terrible events of that day.

The Department is  honored to have four visitors from the Fire Department of its sister city of Dietzenbach, Germany participating in the event as well.

The event is open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Lannon blanks New Berlin in LOL

Sept. 06, 2009 3:38 p.m. | Eric Rohe pitched a complete-game shutout, stopping the New Berlin Lakers in the Land O' Lakes Grand Championship Playoffs on Sunday at Joecks Field in Lannon.

The Stonemen, powered by a 2-run single from Sussex-Hamilton and University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh standout, Scott Hagen, kept  it's dreams alive with a 3-0 win over the Lakers, this year's LOL Eastern Division entry.

Greg Donovan, (UW-Whitewater) was the complete-game losing pitcher for New Berlin. The Lakers play the Waterford Rivermen this weekend. Time, day, T.B.A. The loser will be out of the LOLGC Playoffs.

Pewaukee rolls over Greenfield

Sept. 05, 2009 4:22 a.m. | Vistiing Pewaukee scored two touchdowns in each of the first three quarters Friday night as they rolled over host Greenfield in a Woodland Conference game, 42-0. The Pirates improved to 2-0.

Bryan Spakowicz scored an on 11-yard run and Austin Sternad caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Bacon to get the Pirates off to a fast start in the opening quarter. From there Greenfield never threatened.

Others scoring for Pewaukee were Derek Watt (three touchdowns) and Spakowicz one.

The Pirates outgained the Hawks, 324 yards to 136.

Vannarom ends marathon at Stan Grove Field

Sept. 04, 2009 10:50 p.m. | Nathan Vannarom put Friday night's donneybrook to bed. Finally.

It took three overtime sessions, but Vannarom's 43-yard field goal in the third overtime session was the deciding factor in  Sussex-Hamilton's 32-29 victory over the Mukwonago Indians.

Mukwonago and Hamilton both scored touchdowns in the second overtime. The Indians got a touchdown from Joshua Tanguay on fourth down and goal. The  Chargers drew even on a score from Taylor Hillmann.

The contest was tied 22-22 after regulation.

"This was a very emotional game," John Damato, Hamilton's head football coach said.

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KM gridders down Oconomowoc

Sept. 04, 2009 10:36 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's varsity football team celebrated its first game on its new synthetic turf field Friday night by defeating neighboring Oconomowoc in a nonconference game, 17-7. The win evened the KM mark at 1-1 and Oconomowoc fell to 0-2.

KM led 14-0 at halftime as Kyle Kita tossed a 50-yard touchdown pass to Dylan Rogers for the first score and Kita scored on a 1-yard run late in the second period. Everett Scott kicked two extra points.

Cooney scored on an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second half when quarterback Garrett Stocke hit receiver Paul Williams on a short pass that the elusive Williams turned into a score, cutting their deficit to 14-7.

The final points of the game came early in the fourth quarter when Scott kicked a 46-yard field goal.

Calm before the autumn storm

Sept. 04, 2009 3:57 p.m. | It's the first week of school--a transitory time between summer and fall that also means slim pickings when it comes to weekend events.  My inbox is already chock full of events for the following weekend, which officially kicks of the autumn activity season.  But today, I can only offer these few options to fill your weekend with fun:

  • Celebrate Celtic culture at the Wisconsin Highland Games this weekend, Friday through Sunday, at the Waukesha Expo Center.
  • Take your chances with a lively game of Saturday Night Bingo at Queen of Apostles Catholic School in Pewaukee, 7 and 8 p.m. sessions on Saturday.
  • Help support the YMCA Strong Kids programs with a Half Marathon and 5K around La La Belle, 7 a.m. Saturday, starting and ending at Crosspoint Community Church.
  • SummerStage of Delafield presents "A Bit O' The Irish" one-act plays at Lapham Peak, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For the rest of the weekend activities available, check out the Weekend Happenings Blog on the homepage.

COP police, fire fundraiser raises $15,000 for children's hospital in 6-year-old's memory

Sept. 04, 2009 2:35 p.m. | City of Pewaukee - A Police and Fire Association fundraiser raised over $15,000 for Children's Hospital in memory of a six-year-old boy who died in a car accident last summer in Pewaukee. 

The city’s Police Association and Fire Association held a fundraiser Aug. 22 with a police versus fire softball game, raffles, food, games, dunk tank and silent auction.

The event raised about $15,200 for the Children’s Hospital’s Herma Heart Center, a charity chosen by the family of six-year-old Bryce Dempsey who was tragically killed in a traffic collision in July 2008.

Officials credit the cooperative efforts of the associations, Dempsey family, the Pewaukee Athletic Association, Children’s Hospital and countless donors of prizes and hours for the event’s success. The police versus fire softball game produced a first-time win out of three tries for the police department. The 18 to 15 victory gained the department the coveted traveling trophy.

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Obama's speech will be available in Mukwonago, Kettle Moraine schools

Sept. 04, 2009 1:59 p.m. | President Barack Obama's speech on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. will be available in classrooms in the Mukwonago Area and Kettle Moraine School District.

A Sept. 2 letter from Kettle Moraine School District Superintendent Patricia Deklotz informed parents in the district that all Kettle Moraine schools will have the opportunity to hear the President's address and where it fits within the curriculum, students will engage in a dialogue following the remarks.

"We will use this opportunity to engage students in critical thinking," Deklotz said in the letter. "We also encourage our parents to speak with your students about the President's message, what it meant to them and how it aligns with your personal beliefs."

In the Mukwonago Area School district, letters went home to parents of elementary children informing them that the speech will be available in classrooms throughout the district. Any parent who objects to having their child hear the speech should let the teacher know, said Mukwonago Superintendent Paul Strobel.

The President's speech will be available to all classrooms in the Mukwonago district, however, at the high school and middle school, many students will be at lunch when the speech is scheduled to be broadcast, Strobel said.

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OASD will archive President's speech for later review

Sept. 04, 2009 1:20 p.m. | Oconomowoc Area Schools-  Inquires made by community members to the district office regarding a planned presidential message to children about  the importance of education that will be broadcast on Tuesday, on C-SPAN and via webcast, prompted a statement by Superintendent Dr. Patricia Neudecker.

In response to questions, Neudecker assured residents that the US government has not directed  or required schools to use the broadcast and neither the state, nor the Oconomowoc Area School District, has mandaded the use of the broadcast or materials. The US Dept. opf Education produced an online sample of activities that could be used with the speech.

The Superintendent said that since teachers have a responsibility to preview instructional materials before they are used to insure age appropriateness and relevance to the curiculum, the live speech will be archived for later review. If after reviewing the speech a teacher determines it meets the appropriate criteria,. it may then be used. Teachers will be asked to inform parents of any plans to use the speech and allow students to opt out at a parent's request.

"Any message about the importance of education, setting personal goals, and striving to be the best one can be is a powerful message for all students," Neudecker wrote. "Our area schools are fortunate to celebrate high graduation rates of almost 100 percent, but we must all be reminded that approximately 30 percent of our nation's youth may not graduate from high school. While I have yet to hear the President's message to students, I assume it will be genuine and hopefully powerful. If it is just that, I believe it will be useful regardless of it is heard live or at a later time, in school, or in home," Neudecker added.

Upcoming Library Workshops

Sept. 03, 2009 8:48 a.m. | It's time for Round 2 of the Uihlein-Wilson Architects / Mukwonago Community Library Design and Program Development workshops.

The architects will meet with the school board, district officials, parent groups and home schoolers from 10:35 until noon Tuesday, Sept. 8 at the Library.  They will then meet with senior groups, churches and public and civic groups from 1 until 2:30 p.m.

The Wednesday, Sept. 9 schedule includes a meeting with the Towns of Vernon, Mukwonago, Genesee and North Prairie from 9 until 10:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the Mukwonago Community Library at 363-6411.

Lurvey, accused of killing two in 2002, posts bail

Sept. 02, 2009 1:54 p.m. | Waukesha – Chad Lurvey, charged with the murder of two men in 2002 is now free after posting $500,000 bail Tuesday.

Lurvey’s bail was reduced Aug. 25 by Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge J. mac Davis from $1.5 million to $500,000.

Lurvey, 35, is accused of killing Brian Lazzaro and Andrew Long, both 25, and formerly of Town of Mukwonago in August 2002.

The two men were found in a pond on Lurvey’s property off Highway. 67 in the Town of Ottawa. The men were found shot and cut and wrapped in chains and blankets. The men were last seen alive talking to Lurvey on Aug. 24, 2002, prosecutors said.

Sussex man seriously injured in early mornng crash

Sept. 02, 2009 1:27 p.m. | Town of Lisbon – A 25-year-old Sussex man was taken by helicopter to Froedtert Memorial Hospital this morning after he apparently lost control of his vehicle on Ryan Road.

According to a statement released by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, the man was driving north on Ryan Road at about 2:18 a.m. and lost control of the vehicle and it crashed just north of Lynndale Road. Sheriff deputies found the man pinned inside the vehicle. The man was taken to Froedert by the Flight for Life helicopter with serious injuries.

Alcohol may have been a contributing factor, according to the release. The accident remains under investigation.

DMV offices closed Friday, Sept. 4 for employee furlough

Sept. 02, 2009 11:04 a.m. | All Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices will be closed for business on Friday, Sept. 4 as DMV staff complete the second of eight unpaid days required for each of the next two years.  Employee furloughs for all university and state employees are part of the 2009-11 state budget.  All state offices will also be closed on Monday, Sept. 7 in observation of Labor Day. 

DMV’s automated phone system will remain available so that motorists can still make road test appointments and have access to recorded information.  

Titling and registration services are offered by many third-party partners such as some police stations, grocery stores and financial institutions around the state. A list can be found at Many other services are also available online. 

All DMV offices will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Sept. 8.   

Dock of the Bay liquor license suspended

Sept. 01, 2009 12:50 p.m. | Town of Oconomowoc- After conviction on its third offense of being open after hours, the Dock of the Bay tavern has had it luiquor license suspended for 10 days, with five of those stayed.

The tavern will serve its five day suspension on Monday, Oct. 19 through midnight Friday, Oct. 23. The suspension will have no effect on the grocery/retail business, which is separate from the tavern operation.

Should the tavern commit any additional law violation, the remaining five days stayed will be imposed against the Dock of the Bay.

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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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