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Messwood takes torch in Midwest Classic

Sept. 28, 2013 8:31 p.m. | Tywan Ramsey had blinders on.

"All I know is, the ball was in my hands," the senior lineman for Messmer/Shorewood said. "I kid you not, my peripheral vision was shut off. I was looking forward to the end zone and went straight for it. My senior goal this year was to make a defensive score, and I accomplished that."

You can forgive him for shutting out everything else when he picked up a botched Lake Country Lutheran punt and rumbled in from 23 yards away for a game-tying touchdown in the final minute of the first half Saturday. This was, after all, the biggest game on the co-op program's schedule – maybe including the playoffs.

The score tied the game, and Messwood never trailed again. A 21-12 victory at Lake Country Lutheran meant the Greyhounds walked away with the inside track on a Midwest Classic Conference title.

"It's been a battle for three years straight and we really wanted to get this one," quarterback Taylor Dennis said. "I can't tell you how much it means to me and the program. … When I took that last kneel, I looked down at my arms and I just had goose bumps."

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Arrowhead girls win big CC title

Sept. 28, 2013 6:23 p.m. | Arrowhead's No. 1 ranked girls cross country team, the two-year WIAA Division 1 state champions, lived up to that top billing Saturday by winning the 76th annual Midwest Invite in Janesville. The Warhawks had 90 points and finished just ahead of Neenah, who had 92 tallies.

Freshman Annie Hughes led the Warhawks in 12th place with a time of 15:01. She was followed by Natalie Burant in 14th at 15:20, Mackenzie Kubik 15th at 15:23, Jackie Dubnicka 21st at 15:33, Caroline Miller 28th at 15:37, Brynn Bartlett 30th at 15:39 and Lea Patek 41st at 16:06.

AHS undefeated in Classic 8

Sept. 28, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Arrowhead's football team  leads the Classic 8 Conference standings with a perfect 4-0 mark. Waukesha West and Catholic Memorial are second with 3-1 marks.

It was incorrectly reported Friday night that the Warhawks were 3-1 in league play.

Arrowhead is 5-1 overall.

Early lead doesn't hold for Chargers

Sept. 28, 2013 1:13 a.m. | The Sussex Hamilton football team looked like it was in good shape on Friday evening at Hart Park after the Chargers scored their second touchdown in the first quarter to go up 14-0 against league-leading Marquette. But momentum shifted, and Marquette piled on the offense to come out with a 38-21 win.

After Sean Coady intercepted a pass by Marquette's Charlie Greif and brought it down to the 1-yard line, who else but senior workhorse Drew Patterson ran in the touchdown for a 7-0 Chargers lead. Patterson celebrated again later in the quarter after an 11-yard run gave Hamilton a 14-0 lead. The comfortable lead for the Chargers was short lived, however, as a big run by Marquette's Steve Gilpin set up an impressive 12-yard touchdown run from Joe Dorff, who dodged his way around several Hamilton defenders in order to reach the goalline.

"I watch college football, pro football, and I see those guys throw picks all the time," said Greif, "and they never hang their heads. They always just regroup themselves, take a deep breath, and you come back."

The touchdown opened the flood gates, and Marquette scored two more touchdowns in the first half on passes from Greif to Gilpin and Mike Thompson to go into halftime with a 21-14 lead.

"We've been learning how not to quit all year long," said Marquette head coach Jeff Mazurczak. "I don't think it fazed our guys; I think they stayed right in it and they stayed on our game plan."

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Scoring reaches new heights as Cooney tops Wisco, 84-82

Sept. 28, 2013 12:42 a.m. | This actually happened.

It would have been enough for the Oconomowoc football team to knock off mighty Wisconsin Lutheran, move to 6-0 on the year, clinch a playoff berth and get an inside track on the Wisconsin Little Ten title. Wisco, which came into the WLT meeting Friday with a 22-game conference winning streak and a string of 11 straight wins over Oconomowoc, looked like the biggest obstacle to the Raccoons' first conference title since 2002.

But that's not the reason at least one fan was getting his picture taken in front of the scoreboard at Oconomowoc High School after the game. The 84-82 score had something to do with that.

Eighty four to eighty two. It's not a misprint, it wasn't basketball and it didn't need overtime.

When Jason Brandl emerged from the bottom of a scrum with the football, Oconomowoc had recovered a final onside kick from Wisconsin Lutheran with 30 seconds to play and secured perhaps the biggest win of coach Ryan McMillen's five years as head coach. Along the way, the two teams racked up a combined point total that by most accounts obliterated the previous Wisconsin state record.

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Arrowhead downs West, 13-7

Sept. 27, 2013 10:13 p.m. | Arrowhead's football team, led by five interceptions, held on to defeat visiting Waukesha West Friday night, 13-7.

Charlie Reuteman had the final inteception for the Warhawks with 1:16 remaining to ice the game. Reuteman and Andy Hessler had two interceptions each and Thomas Eggert had one.

AHS led at halftime 13-0, thanks to a 33-yard pass from Blake Mielke to Ricky Finco and a 36-yard pass from Mielke to Jake Miller.

Arrowhead is the only undefeated team at 4-0. West and Catholic Memorial are next at 3-1.

New referendum date in Delafield town

Sept. 27, 2013 4:52 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - The date of a referendum seeking voter approval on $3.9 million for construction of a new fire station and town hall is going to be changed from December 10 to February 18, according to town officials.

Supervisor Cindi Duchow said the Town Board will establish a new date for the referendum during its October 8 board meeting. The referendum will be held in conjunction with the February municipal primary elections rather than in a special December election.

Duchow said one of the reasons the referendum date is being changed is so "everyone in the town will know that every thing is above board. The Town Board is making sure that all of the eyes are dotted and tees crossed," she said.

Duchow acknowledged that some town residents had questioned the board's motives earlier this week when it voted to hold the referendum in December. 

The residents complained that December was not a good month for an election and the referendum date gave the impression that the Town Board was trying to dampen voter interest.

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Special Town Board meeting postponed

Sept. 27, 2013 10:25 a.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town officials have postponed until Monday morning a special  Town Board meeting that had been scheduled today so the board could adopt formal resolutions necessary for a December 10 referendum asking voters to approve $3.9 million for a new fire station and town hall. 

Town officials must have the wording of the referendum filed with the Waukesha County Clerk 70 days prior to the date of the election which would be Tuesday, October 1.

Town Chairman Paul Kanter told three town supervisors and about a half dozen town residents at the Town Hall this morning that the meeting was being postponed because it had not been called in accordance to the town code.

The code stipulates that in order to call a special meeting of the Town Board the town clerk must have received a written request from two supervisors 36 hours prior to the time of the requested meeting.

Town Clerk Mary Elsner received a verbal request for the meeting from Supervisor Larry Krause. Krause wanted the special meeting so the board could approve the resolutions including the wording of referendum. He requested the meeting earlier this week after the board had uanimously agreed on Tuesday night to call the referendum.

Military academy gets million-dollar bequest

Sept. 27, 2013 8:03 a.m. | St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (SJNMA) received a bequest of $1.67 million from alumnus John Richard “Rick” Leone, class of 1975.

Leone was a student-athlete on the football, wrestling and golf teams at the academy. He continued his career both as a student and member of the football team at Lakeland College in Wisconsin until a swimming accident left him in a wheelchair.

He later graduated from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Leone never forgot the lessons he learned at the academy and never gave up on his dreams to “be somebody.”

For 27 years, Leone assisted his father and sisters in building Bonney Forge Corp. in Pennsylvania. The company supplies high-tech valves and fittings to the gas and oil industry, with offices and manufacturing sites in the United States, China and Italy. At the time of his passing, Leone was executive vice president of the company.

Involved in many organizations, Leone’s passion encompassed charities and programs for physically challenged individuals, which included wheelchair marathons and big game hunting around the world. His primary cause was SJNMA,  where he gave scholarships to help cadets in financial need to afford the same education that he received. He also supported building the academy’s football and lacrosse stadium, Rick Leone Stadium, which was dedicated in 2009.

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Cool things to do on cool days!

Sept. 27, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Fall is in full swing and that means lots to do during the cooler days.

Motorcyclists will be Ridin’ to a Cure to a cure this weekend. It’s the 19th annual ride for breast cancer research. The event is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Olympia Resort & Conference Center, 1350 Royale Mile Road, Oconomowoc. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m.  Friday with a survivor‘s ride/pre-registration party. From 8:45 to 11: 30 a.m. Saturday bikers ride a scenic route through the Kettle Moraine area. The route will end at the Olympia Resort for a post-ride celebration event. For more information call (414) 955-4700.

On Sunday, head over to All Saints Lutheran Church, 705 W. Tomlin Road in Wales for the Apple Fest from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features food, fellowship, games and a silent auction.

At Simmons Woods Park, 889 Cecelia Drive in Pewaukee celebrate the beginning of autumn with a free family hike through the wooded trails at the Fall Frolic from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. You don’t have to register but you may want to bring bug spray.

Also on Sunday, shop for fresh-from-the-fields goodness at the Hartland Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hartland American Legion / VFW, 299 Goodwin Ave.

Fatal crash in New Berlin last night

Sept. 26, 2013 3:29 p.m. | A Pewaukee man was killed in a single vehicle accident in New Berlin yesterday night.

According to a news release issued by the New Berlin Police Dept., officers were dispatched at 10:51 p.m. to Lincoln Ave at Johnson Rd.

The driver, a 47-year-old man from the City of Pewaukee, was pronounced dead at the scene. A 26-year-old man, a passenger, from the City of Waukesha, was transported to the hospital for injuries.

Police say that the accident is still under investigation but believe alcohol and speed to have been factors in the crash.

Special Delafield town board meeting

Sept. 26, 2013 2:17 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - The Town Board has scheduled a special meeting for 9 a.m. Friday.

Town Clerk Mary Elsner said she was told the purpose of the meeting was for the board to formally adopt two resolutions that will implement the board's decision on Monday, Sept. 23, to hold a December 10 referendum seeking voter approval for $3.9 million to construct a new fire station at the Sports Commons park.

Elsner said the meeting was requested by Supervisor Larry Krause.

Ochoa sentenced to 60 days jail, plus parole

Sept. 26, 2013 1:51 p.m. | Waukesha County Circuit Courts is ordering 60 days of jail time for Jennifer Ochoa, in addition to one year probation.

“We expect adults to make adult decisions to protect children from making childlike decisions,” Judge Lloyd Carter said.

Ochoa, 42, who plead no contest to the misdemeanor of contributing to the delinquency of a child, was convicted after providing alcohol to a 14-year-old Oconomowoc boy who was severely burned in a gasoline explosion. A no contest plea was entered should the family of the victim pursue additional charges in civil courts.

Ochoa, along with her neighbor Brandon S. Grenier, allegedly provided marijuana and alcohol to the teenaged victim in the September 2012 incident.

“You didn’t intend for this to happen. Mr. Grenier didn’t intend for this to happen. But the allegation is that you supplied the alcohol,” Carter said.

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Republican legislators introduce changes to Indian logo, mascot law

Sept. 26, 2013 11:52 a.m. | Wisconsin Assembly speaker Robin Vos and other members of the Legislature announced a proposal to change Wisconsin's current Indian nickname and mascot law, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Legislature.

The proposal "puts the proper mechanism in place for appeals from the community without putting on undue burden on school districts," said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

The Mukwonago Area School District "strongly supports" the proposal and "encourages the Legislature to act quickly to approve the measure, according to a news release from Attorney Sam Hall.

The proposal would require any complainant to also include a petition signed by at least 10-percent of adult residents, with signatures obtained within the 120-day period before the complaint is filed, and the burden of proving that the use of the nickname promotes discrimination, pupil harassment or stereotyping would be placed on the complainant, among other requirements.

The legislation will be considered by the Legislature within the coming weeks. 

Michaelmas at Prairie Hill Waldorf on Friday

Sept. 26, 2013 10:33 a.m. | What does community, hard work, hot food, fresh-pressed apple cider, singing and a play about taming a dragon have in common? Michaelmas!

On Friday, Sept. 27, Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee will hold its annual Michaelmas - The Festival of Courage, from 3 to 6:15 p.m.

About seven days after the autumnal equinox, Waldorf schools throughout the world celebrate Michaelmas. The Archetype of Michael gives a picture of strength, courage and clarity. The taming of the dragon (children dress up as a huge dragon) play is a metaphor for encouraging full potential and taming doubt.

This year the school’s community project is a willow fence for the preschool (Wonder Garden) outdoor play area. Parents and children alike will work to build this fence to help keep the children safe. Half of the supplies were donated by The Home Depot. Children and parents will also work on planting bulbs around the 13-acre property and other fall cleanup yard work.

The children then sing, play flute and put on the dragon-taming play in the courtyard. Then we eat. All the parents make a chili or Michaelmas bread to pass.

Pabst Farms developer asks attorney general if Oconomowoc alderwoman violated state law

Sept. 26, 2013 10:02 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Pabst Farms developer Peter Bell is questioning an alderwoman's motives in using her personal email to communicate with constituents.

On Wednesday, Bell forwarded emails to Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen from Alderwoman Cathleen Slattery pertaining to the Pabst Farms development after the Common Council denied a conditional-use permit and certified survey map for a Kwik Trip in the development. Bell asked Van Hollen for an opinion over whether Slattery's use of her personal email violates state open records laws.

After the council denied those requests, Pabst Farms attorneys filed an open-records request seeking documents, including emails, from aldermen regarding Pabst Farms and the Kwik Trip.
Pabst Farms has also filed a lawsuit seeking to reverse the decision and is suing the city for $20 million based on loss of development as a result of the vote.

People have questioned whether the no vote for Kwik Trip was council members' message to Pabst Farms that they oppose a proposed Walmart and Sam's Club as anchors to the long-awaited outdoor mall.

On Wednesday, Bell shared several emails with Van Hollen questioning if they violate the state public records law. In the letter to Van Hollen, Bell said he has concerns about Slattery using her personal email to conduct city business in order to prevent those documents from falling into the hands of others as a result of open-records requests.

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Gun club hearing concluded

Sept. 25, 2013 10:27 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Plan Commission has postponed until October 30 its deliberations on the Hartland Sportsmans Club request for a permit to reopen the gun club three years after a woman was accidental struck with a bullet that escaped  one of the firing ranges while she was dinning outdoors at a nearby restuarant.

Mayor Ed McAleer urged the Plan Commission to postpone deliberation on the issue until next month after hearing more than two hours of public testimony, most of it in opposition, regarding the gun club's permit application.

"I think we have been given a lot of information. There are still a lot of questions. I think it would be better if we take a fresh look at all of this rather than trying to look at 11 p.m. tonight," McAleer said, noting there was other business the commission had to act on before considering the gun club  permit request.

Lawyers and engineers representing the gun club outlined improvements in construction of the firing rangs and changes in operations at the club intended to improve the club's safety standards. The city revoked the club's previous permit after concluding the club had failed to meet safety standards in the park.

Opposition to gun club voiced at Delafield hearing

Sept. 25, 2013 9:15 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Nearly two dozen citizens have testified during the first hour and a half of the public hearing conducted by the Plan Commission on a proposed conditional use permit to reopen the Hartland Sportsmans Club that was closed three years ago after a bullet from one of the gun clubs firing ranges struck a woman while she was dining on an out door patio of a nearby restuarant.

All but four of the 19 individuals testifying at the hearing expressed opposition to the city allowing the club to be reopened. A group of boy scouts and their two leaders appeared at the hearing in support of the club.

The hearing was recessed for a five minute break at 9 p.m. by Mayor Ed McAleer who presides over commission meetings. Nearly 150 people are in attendance. McAleer said he did not know if the commission would vote tonight on the permit proposal.

Lawyers and engineers representing the club outlined operational and construction improvements they will make at the ranges if a conditional use permit is granted by the city. The club representatives said the firing ranges would not used until the safety improvements were completed.

Opponents of the permit argued that the gun club is located in the midst of a commercial and residential area and stray bullets from the range could still strike commercial buildings and homes despite the proposed safety requirements.

Mike Hamilton new KM girls BB coach

Sept. 25, 2013 4:16 p.m. | Mike Hamilton, the top assistant coach for the highly successful New Berlin Eisenhower girls basketball team, has been named the new varsity head coach at Kettle Moraine High School.

Hamilton met with the team this week and is already in the process of getting ready for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Eisenhower has compiled a 130-20 record the last 6 seasons. He has been the girls assistant for the last 6 years and was the boys assistant at Eisenhower before that.

Hamilton replaces Janine Emmer who resigned from that post earlier this year after coaching the Lasers for one year.

Power out in Oconomowoc after gas leak

Sept. 25, 2013 12:34 p.m. | The City of Oconomowoc Utilities reported intermittent interruptions of power over the next several hours as crews restore power after a gas leak was discovered.

The city's website said the We Energies leak is being addressed, but there may be interruptions as repairs progress.

It's unclear what caused the leak at this time.

One student involved in Mukwonago bomb threat

Sept. 25, 2013 12:12 p.m. | After studying security video from Mukwonago High School, Village of Mukwonago police determined the main suspect in last week's bomb threat acted alone. Charges against a 14-year-old student have been referred to the Waukesha County juvenile court. 

A 17-year-old student had also been questioned, but the 14-year-old student's claims of the older student acting as an accomplice were discredited by video footage, according to Police Chief Kevin Schmidt.

Learn how drugs, alcohol affect teen brain development

Sept. 25, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Waukesha County Drug Free Communities (DFC) will host two forums, one intended for community members and the other for professionals, about the effect of drugs and alcohol on teenage brain development.  The forums will be presented by Dr. Ken Winters, Director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse, on Sept. 26 and 27 at Steinhafel’s Community Room, W23 N1013 County Road F, Waukesha.

The forums will provide a holistic view of teenage brain development: the emerging science around brain development, the impact of drugs and alcohol on the brain and the role of parents, teachers and the greater community on supporting healthy teenage brain development.  There will also be an opportunity for questions at the end of the presentation.

Seating is limited so registration is required.  The events will be held at the following times.

Community members forum on Thursday, Sept. 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m., registration and resource fair at 6:30 p.m. “Navigating the Teen Years: Travel Inside the Adolescent Brain” Register here

Professionals forum on Friday, Sept. 27 from8:30 to 10:30 a.m., registration at 8 a.m. “Addressing Teen Substance Abuse: A Clinical Perspective on Adolescent Brain Development.” Register for the professional forum here.

Gospel quartet to perform at Dousman church

Sept. 25, 2013 10:54 a.m. |  Gospel Quartet to perform at Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church this Sunday.

 The popular Gospel quartet, Eternity, will bring their four-part Gospel harmony   to Highview Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Dousman for a special fundraising concert. The performance will be held on Sunday, September 29 at 6:30 pm; admission is free, but a free will offering will be taken for the “ Family Promise of Western Waukesha County” 

Family Promise is an organization which assists homeless children and their families by providing overnight shelter, meals and support services with the goal of achieving permanent housing and sustainable independence. 

Mock accident held at Mukwonago High School today

Sept. 25, 2013 9:00 a.m. |  Mukwonago High School, in conjunction with Froedtert Hospital, is conducting a safety exercise on the west side of the parking lot for the senior class today. Titled, "Forever Changed," the program consists of two parts - a mock accident in the morning, beginning around 9 a.m., and a presentation in the afternoon. Both elements center on the dangers of texting while driving and driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Mukwonago fire and police will be responding to the school as if the accident is real. If available, Flight for Life will also be responding and landing in one of the practice fields by the high school. 

Delafield town fire station referendum set

Sept. 24, 2013 11:48 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - The Town Board Tuesday night uanimously agreed to call a December 10 referendum for voters to decide whether to approve spending $3.9 million on a fire station/town hall building to be constructed on the soutwest corner of the Sports Commons park on the intersection of Silvernail Road and Maple Avenue.

The voice  vote came after nearly two hours of free flowing debate between Town Board members, their consultants, and about a dozen town residents attending the meeting.

The board rejected, without a formal vote, a suggestion by Town Chairman Paul Kanter that the voters be allowed to select one of three construction options suggested by town consultants. 

Supervisor Cindi Duchow said she was concerned voters would split thier votes over the three options and fail to give the referendum the majority vote it needed to pass.

The options included building only a fire station on the site. Another options was building the combination fire station/town hall and the third option provided for the immediate construction of the fire station with town hall office facilities to be phased in later.

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Waukesha County tax bill won't increase under proposed budget

Sept. 24, 2013 9:20 p.m. | On Tuesday Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas introduced his 2014 Executive Budget, which freezes the county portion of the property tax bill.

“Through efficiency, smart budgeting and sticking to our core values, we are able to hold the line on County property taxes for 2014,” Vrakas said.

In order to freeze taxes, Waukesha County practices conservative budgeting and focuses on collaborating with other governments and the private sector to implement efficiencies and save tax dollars.

One partnership Vrakas highlighted is an effort to reduce employee health insurance costs by partnering with the City of Waukesha and the Waukesha School District to develop a privately operated on-site medical clinic within existing space on County grounds. A recent study projected that this clinic will generate nearly $7 million in savings over five years for the County, City and School District, by lowering health claims and prescription drug costs through onsite management and encouraging greater efficiency in care. The County is currently seeking a privately run healthcare provider to operate the facility.

Vrakas’s proposed budget maintains investments in roads and buildings. Vrakas said that by maintaining infrastructure, Waukesha County will help retain, grow and attract businesses while continuing to provide a high-quality of life for residents.

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Proposed Waukesha County budget cuts museum funding in half

Sept. 24, 2013 8:01 p.m. | The Waukesha County 2014 budget cuts funding for the Waukesha County Museum from $300,000 to $150,000. The reduction is something museum Chief Executive Officer, Kirsten Lee Villegas, pleaded with county board members earlier this month not to do.

Lee Villegas said the funding is crucial for the county museum to continue its operations.

From 1964 to 2002, the county paid all costs associated with museum operations. But the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors sold the historic county courthouse complex to the Waukesha County Historical Society for $1 in 2002.

In January 2003 the county transferred ownership to the museum, but through a 10-year agreement, taxpayers still funded some of the museum's expenses.

That agreement expired this year. Board Supervisor Walter Kolb told Villegas at a previous meeting that continuing to appropriate $300,000 to the museum was "overboard" and that the county has other priorities to fund with taxpayer dollars. The $300,000 amounts to about 80 cents per taxpayer each year.

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Eternity Gospel Quartet to perform at Brooklife Saturday

Sept. 24, 2013 3:46 p.m. | Brooklife Church, 857 S. Rochester St., will host the Eternity Gospel Quartet Concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The updated version of a gospel quartet harmonizes in the style of the Oak Ridge Boys, Gaither Vocal Band and Signature Sound. A freewill offering will be accepted for water filters in Peru.

Flight for Life responded to Okauchee rollover

Sept. 24, 2013 12:15 p.m. | Flight for Life carried a 27-year-old woman from the scene of a rollover on Monday.

The woman was driving down Highway K near Circle Dr. when the vehicle rolled over. It was around 2:46 p.m. The cause is not yet known and the matter is still under investigation, according to the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department.

Lt. Kristen Wraalstad said there was no other vehicle involved in the accident and the driver was transported to Froedtert Hospital.

Stone Bank Fire Deptartment and Lake Country Fire and Rescue assisted. 

Get AHS spirit wear for homecoming

Sept. 23, 2013 1:31 p.m. |  Arrowhead Booster Club is planning a sale on homecoming spirit wear from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, outside the ticket booth at the football stadium. 

Friday's homecoming game will be a "red out," so all red T-shirts and red sweatshirts will be discounted. 

College fair open to Mukwonago juniors and seniors

Sept. 23, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Mukwonago High School juniors and seniors can explore and talk with admissions representatives from every major university and technical college in Wisconsin, Minnesota and surrounding states at the UW-Parkside college fair on Monday, Sept. 30. 

Students interested in attending the college fair will leave MHS by bus at 8 a.m. and return at 12:30 p.m. Cost of the trip is $5 per student to cover busing costs. Students should bring a lunch or money to purchase lunch. Permission slips and money are due in the MHS guidance office  by Sept. 26. Permission forms are available in the guidance office. 

Questions can be directed to MHS guidance counselor Paige Patenaude at

Arzbecker leads Pewaukee CC girls

Sept. 21, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Lian Arzbecker finished fourth overall and led the Pewaukee girls cross country team to a fourth-place finish Saturday in the 11-school Franklin Invitational.

Westosha Central won the meet with 39 points and Pewaukee had 77.

Arzbecker ran fourth over the 5,000-meter course with a time of 20:20.

Arzbecker was followed by Ashton Keene in 12th, Karen Young 17th, Morgan Patterson 19th at Sophia Desidero 25th.

Timm leads Cooney boys CC team

Sept. 21, 2013 3:57 p.m. | Thanks to a second-place finish by senior Paul Timm, the Oconomowoc boys cross country team finished third last Saturday at the Franklin Invitational. Verona Area won with 62 points followed by Greenfield with 119 and OHS at 129.

Timm ran second overall with a 5,000-meter time of 16:39.

Others scoring for the Raccoons were Andy Woods in 19th, John McVey 32nd, Nico LaBracke 35th and Jacob Nugent 41st.

Pewaukee glides past Tosa West

Sept. 20, 2013 11:18 p.m. | Pewaukee quickly erased the bitter taste from last week's loss at Greendale by thumping visiting Wauwatosa West on Friday night, 41-13.

"We talked a lot about forgetting last week and moving forward," Pewaukee head coach Justin Friske said. "We try to strive on being 1-0 every week. We wanted to get off to a hot start again and get a streak going. We talked all week about letting our play speak for itself."

The victory kept the Pirates (4-1, 2-1) near the top of the Woodland West Conference standings, while the Trojans dropped to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in the conference.

Pewaukee senior quarterback Ben Tenpas suddenly sparked a slow first quarter with a 65-yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Matt Wendelberger down the middle of the field.

Much of the first half lacked excitement, but when the Pirates' Evan Hansen returned a punt 45 yards to the Trojans 14 in the waning moments of the second quarter, Pewaukee had a chance to pull away. Six plays later, Tenpas crept in from the 1-yard line to put the Pirates up 14-0 at halftime.

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Arrowhead stops Mukwonago, 24-3

Sept. 20, 2013 10:00 p.m. | Visiting Arrowhead handed the Mukwonago football team a 24-3 Classic 8 Conference loss Friday night. The Warhawks improved to 4-1 with the win and the Indians fell to 3-2.

Arrowhead led 14-0 at halftime, thanks to a 5-yard scoring run from Ty Jager and a 9-yard touchdown pass form Blake Mielke to Jake Miller.

AHS then scored in the second half after  getting blanked in the final two periods the last three games. Trevor Ostling booted a 32-yard field goal and Mielke scored the final points on a 1-yard run.

Once again the AHS defense was brilliant. In the first half Mukwonago had just one first down and 38 yards of offense. Arrowhead got big games on defense from Matt Seitz , Billy Hirschfeld, Charlie Reuteman, Jack Bredeson and Andy Hessler. Seitz and PJ Shaw had interceptions for the winners.

Waukesha County authorities seek help on possible '50s homicide

Sept. 20, 2013 3:01 p.m. | A mysterious letter about a possible homicide has the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department asking for help.

The letter states that in the late 1950s, possibly the fall of 1957 or 1958, a homicide occurred near a low bridge on Okauchee Lake. The victim is described in the letter as a white man with dark hair who was wearing blue jeans and a dark jacket. The victim may have operated a truck at the time of the crime and may have had affiliations with airplanes.

The suspect's name is "Gordie," according to a news release describing the letter.

The sheriff's department would like to speak with anyone who may have any information about the alleged homicide, the identity of "Gordie" or any unexplained missing person case. Anyone with information can call Detective Ryan Dronek at (262) 896-8139.

Career Callings kicks off at Brooklife Monday

Sept. 20, 2013 3:00 p.m. | Career Callings, a new monthly career care ministry outreach in the Mukwonago area, will host it's launching event at Brooklife Church on Sept. 23.

At 7 p.m. in the cafe meeting area Bob Blau will facilitate a group exercise looking into the barriers in work success and addressing the question "What do I do now?"

Career Callings is a class mean to offer career support to people in the community facing transition in their work. In today's rapidly changing workplace many people desire to make a change but don't know how to proceed.

The focus of career callings will be to offer resources to help people in their professional life as well as personal support and encouragement.

If you are interested in attending the Sept. 23 event or would like more infomration on Career callings please contact Michael Sellenheim at or call the Brooklife Church Office at (262) 379-4470.

Alan Randall free after almost 40 years in mental hospital

Sept. 20, 2013 2:47 p.m. | Wishing him good luck, Waukesha County Judge Donald Hassin signed off on Alan Randall’s release from a mental hospital beginning on Sept. 30, almost 40 years after he was first accused of killing two Summit Police officers.

Hassin also vacated at the Sept. 20 hearing a previous judge’s order that Randall serve 10 years probation following his release, a sentence he received for committing a string of burglaries around the time of the murders.

Randall, 55, is expected to live in a rented room in Neenah, Wis. and be monitored by the Department of Health Services. He has arranged employment at the Hang Up Art Gallery, where he has worked for several years on a release program from the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison.

Gallery owner Bill Casper described Randall as a gentle person who worked well with customers. He said Randall often expressed remorse about what he had done.

"Many times he said, 'I'm really sorry and sad about my situation,'" Casper said. "He never once tried to say, 'I was only a kid, I didn't know what I was doing.' He never tried to downplay what he did."

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Northbound ramp from Wis 83 to I-43 to close this weekend

Sept. 20, 2013 11:21 a.m. |  The northbound ramp from WIS 83 to I-43 will remain closed over the weekend to allow for paving operations to take place. The work is weather dependant and will be impacted by any inclement conditions. This phase of the project will run through Sunday. The ramp will be opened sooner if the paving operations completed in advance of the posted closure.

Additional closures are planned for the same ramp on Tuesday Sept. 24 and Thursday Sept. 26. The closures on those days are set to take place from 9AM until 7PM each day.

Detours are posted and will be in place for the entire time of the paving operations.

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

Mike Kusch resigns from Arrowhead School Board

Sept. 20, 2013 11:13 a.m. |  Arrowhead School Boad member Mike Kusch stepped down from the board at a special meeting of the school board on Thursday, Sept. 19.

Kusch, first elected to the at-large seat in 2005, said that he needs more time to focus on his business, Hartland Service, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.

“It has been an honor for me to be part of the community and to be part of the process of making education better in this community,” he said.

Kusch, 56, previously served on the Swallow School Board for six years, including two years as president, and has been a volunteer firefighter with the North Lake Fire Department for 20 years.

Kusch’s resignation leaves open an at-large seat that the board said it hopes to have filled by its November meeting. Superintendent Craig Jefson said that candidates will be interviewed by the board before a decision is made. Whoever fills the vacancy will have to be formally elected to the position in next spring’s election.

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Special Olympics cookout at Mukwonago Walgreens

Sept. 20, 2013 10:51 a.m. |  Mukwonago Walgreens will host a charity cookout and raffle on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walgreens parking lot. Proceeds benefit the Mukwonago Special Olympics. 

City of Oconomowoc begins hydrant flushing Monday

Sept. 20, 2013 9:44 a.m. | The City of Oconomowoc's fall water main and hydrant flushing will run from Sept. 23 to Oct. 31. For a map of where flushing will occur, go to

Dodge County Correctional Facility employee charged with sexual assault

Sept. 20, 2013 9:01 a.m. | Dodge County Sheriff Patricia Ninmann released information Friday morning about an alleged sexual assault by a correctional staff member that worked in the kitchen at the detention facility.

According to a release from the Sheriff, on Sept. 19 Lori A. La rue of Beaver Dam, was charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault by correctional staff.

"Ms. Larue was an employee of our food service contractor working in the kitchen of the Dodge County Detention Facility. Initial investigation revealed Ms. Larue may have had sexual contact with an inmate that was housed at the Detention Facility," read the release.

“When the Sheriff’s Office became aware of the complaint the suspect was removed from the facility access and a thorough investigation began, and is still ongoing. This type of alleged conduct is unacceptable and breaches the safety and security of the facility,” said Ninmann.

“The Sheriff’s Office provides training to the non-secure staff that allows them additional knowledge on the proper interaction with inmates. I am disappointed that this outside employee chose to violate the trust of the facility and inmates that we house. We will take every step possible to assure that this is an isolated incident and I assure the public at no time was the integrity of the facility breached, nor were any Dodge County Sheriff’s Office employees involved,” Ninmann stated.

It's a festival weekend in Lake Country

Sept. 20, 2013 12:00 a.m. | The days are getting shorter and the weather is nippy, which means only one thing -- fall is here!

Besides the crisp days and fall colors come a whole host of festivals.

At North Lake Fireman’s Park on Park Road the Harvest Festival starts at 7 a.m.  Saturday with a flea market and craft show. There will be food provided by local businesses throughout the day. A Flight for Life helicopter will land at 1:30 p.m. and there will be pony and camel rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting and more. Food donations will be accepted by St. Vincent de Paul Society. A parade will begin at 12:30 p.m. at Champion Run in Churchill Subdivision.

Retzer Nature Center is hosting the Apple Harvest Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The family festival features craft exhibitors, apple market with heirloom apples, homemade apple pie, children’s activity and craft area, hayrides, concert and much more. Parking is $5 parking fee.

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha starts Friday and continues through Sunday. The festival features more than 100 authors of adult and children’s books who will provide talks, readings, and panel discussions in areas that include poetry, mystery, romance, science fiction, history, nature, adventure, and food.  Other presentations include Little Free Libraries, Kohl’s Wild Theater, Dakota the Owl from the Wildlife in Need Center (WINC) and the Windy Hill Brass. For a complete schedule of authors and events visit

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Mukwonago bomb threat culprits found

Sept. 19, 2013 2:00 p.m. | Authorities at Mukwonago High School have identified students responsible for Tuesday's bomb threat found written on the wall of a stall in a boys bathroom at the school near the end of the school day on Sept. 17. 

"We are confident that the students took no steps whatsoever in making, planting, or bringing an explosive device to MHS," said Superintendent Shawn McNulty. "The written threat was simply a very poor attempt at humor."

At this time police and school officials are working to determine the proper legal and school consequences for the individuals involved, according to McNulty. 

Watch for the complete story in the Sept. 25 Living Mukwonago Chief.

Local Ace Hardware stores bring in design experts for free paint consultations

Sept. 19, 2013 11:32 a.m. | Local Ace Hardware stores will host a Color Consultation event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21. Meet one-on-on with area interior designersm for a 15-minute color consultation. Designers will be on hand to answer homeowners’ questions, provide them with color recommendations from Ace’s Clark+Kensington paint+primer and share design tips and trends. There is no cost to participate, however space is limited and customers must book their consultation in advance at Customers should also bring room photos to assist the designers at their consultation.

Participating stores are Olsons and Tomchek Ace Hardware, Waukesha; Ace Hardware of Oconomowoc; Wardens Ace Hardware, Mukwonago; Elliott Ace Hardware, Pewaukee; Ace Hardware, Sussex; and Hahn Ace Hardware, Delafield.

Literacy Council needs you to help a child do better academically

Sept. 19, 2013 11:21 a.m. | Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha (LCGW) needs volunteers to work with children and adults in improving their reading, writing, math and English speaking skills. LCGW is hosting its annual “90 Tutors in 90 Days” Campaign from Sept. 8 through Dec. 8. The organization is seeking help to meet its 90 Tutors in 90 Days goal.

For more information, contact the LCGW office at (262) 547-7323.

These hour-long informational meetings will be held at these various locations throughout the community:

• 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, Books & Company Bookstore (1039 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc)

• 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, The Book Café (304 N. East Ave., Waukesha)

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Downtown Oconomowoc developer says he has interest from banks

Sept. 19, 2013 11:10 a.m. | The developer of the long-awaited downtown Oconomowoc project, Fowler Lake Village, once called Rockwell, is seeing interest from financial institutions after years of waiting.

Read story here.

Celebrate last day of Summer at Shorehaven event

Sept. 19, 2013 9:21 a.m. |  It’s a "Swing, Snack and Stroll" September afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 when the Shorehaven Campus invites all to a  last day of summer event. From 3 to 4 p.m., the Al Anderson band performs under the tent at 1380 W. Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc.

Visit between 2 to 5 p.m. at 1305, 1306 and 1380 W. Wisconsin Ave when the public can meet Shorehaven’s new CEO, Edward Somers.

Tour the new  Prayer Garden, sample refreshments at each location, register for door prizes and explore the Shorehaven lifestyle, and Center for Life Enrichment classes and events.

There will be free popcorn at Forgotten Treasures Resale Shop till 5 p.m., treats in the Shorehaven Great Room and enjoy appetizers at Lake Terrace Apartments in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Engage in ice-cream sundaes, mini-massages, yoga demonstrations and WeCare Clinic tours, a personal hygiene item drive to benefit the Salvation Army of Waukesha County, and free blood pressure screenings at the Center for Life Enrichment. 

Celebrate the last day of summer at Shorehaven. For information call (262) 560-6907 or email

Officials investigating bomb threat at Mukwonago High School

Sept. 18, 2013 7:51 p.m. |  Mukwonago High School officials spent Wednesday investigating a bomb threat found written on a stall of a boys bathroom late Tuesday afternoon. The threat stated the school would be bombed on Sept. 26, said Superintendent Shawn McNulty.

McNulty said police and school administration are working to keep everyone safe, but stressed the threat was specific to Sept. 26.Officials are reviewing security camera video and talking with custodial staff to help track down the person responsible for the threat. Principal Jim Darin sent an email to parents Wednesday afternoon explaining the situation. 

After 3 crashes, driver arrested in Waukesha County on 5th OWI charge

Sept. 18, 2013 7:14 a.m. | A 44-year-old La Crosse man was arrested on allegations of his fifth drunken-driving offense after he allegedly caused three crashes Tuesday night in the area of Wales and the Town of Delafield, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.

In all three crashes, Brian J. Hafner continued driving, troopers said. He was arrested about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near Highway C and I-94 with the assistance of Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies.

Hafner also had a revoked driver's license and was on probation for drunken driving. Two of the crashes involved property damage, while a third involved a minor injury.

Join Eagle fun run to raise money to beautify the village

Sept. 18, 2013 12:00 a.m. | The Eagle Business Association's 5K-Gazebo walk/run will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Village of Eagle Gazebo on Main Street. Pre-registration is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Race starts at 9 a.m.  The day of race registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

About 25 vendors and food will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and live music will be available from noon to 4 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available from noon to 4 p.m.

The fundraising event is being provided to create awareness and raise money to "Beautify the Village of Eagle." EBA’s goal is to “Beautify” the Village of Eagle by contracting with a UW-MadisonArchitecture/Design student to come up with a plan. The student will provide suggestions to beautify the Village.

Oconomowoc clerk: We must proceed with a special election

Sept. 17, 2013 9:30 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - To hold a primary, or not to hold a primary. That was the question city officials thought they could consider recently after choosing to hold a special election to fill a vacant seat in District 2.

However, the state Government Accountability Board (GAB) told them otherwise.

When Common Council voted in August to hold a special election, City Clerk Diane Coenen told them they could decide if they wanted to hold a primary. Council in the past has decided not to hold to a primary with no more than three candidates and just hold a general election to fill a vacant seat. Based on past procedure, the city proceeded to leave a primary up in the air.

However, Coenen was later contacted by the GAB after election officials reviewed her special election timeline and was told, "There will be a primary if there are 3 or more candidates. It isn't a decision of the governing body."

Three candidates filed to run for the seat - Ken Herro, James Callaghan and Dee Dee Jacobsen.

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Haass Library budget stalled

Sept. 17, 2013 9:21 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - Town officials say a proposed 2014 budget for the Pauline Haass Library will not be approved by the Town Board unless an agreement can be reached with the Library Board on the disposition of farm land that the widow Haass donated to the town for library purposes.

Town Supervisor Ryan Lippert said representatives of the the town and Village of Sussex who are trying to negotiate  a long term funding agreement for the library had agreed the 2014 municipal contribution to the library would total about $875,000, not the $894,000 included in the $1.2 million budget library officials presented tonight.

Furthermore, Town Chairman Matt Gehrke said there will be no budget approved by the town for the Library until an agreement is reached on the land. The library board has threatened to file a law suit against the town seeking custody of the land.

Gehrke added "there is a zero percent chance" that the Town Board would approve the $894,372 municipal contribution proposed in the budget. The town would pay about $426,000 of the contribution and the village would pay abour $468,000, according to the proposed budget.

The two municipalities are obligated to provide the library in 2014 at least the $884,600 they contributed in 2013 if the town board refused to adopt the 2014 budget, according to an agreement between the town and village.

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Natural area master plan meeting in Mukwonago tonight

Sept. 17, 2013 3:51 p.m. | Tonight the public will have an opportunity to review maps and materials regarding the Kettle Moraine State Forest Mukwonago River Unit and LuLu Lake State Natural Area Master plan.

The open house will take place from 5-7 p.m. at the Mukwonago Town Hall, W320S8315 Beulah Road.

There will be a short presentation at 5:30 p.m. and Department of Natural Resources staff will be available for questions. 

West Bend woman nearly perfect in NOW's Pigskin Picks

Sept. 17, 2013 10:37 a.m. | Michele Spiekerman of West Bend has won a pair of tickets to Marcus Theatres by correctly picking all five games in MyCommunityNOW's Pigskin Picks football contest and coming the closest to predicting the final score of the West Allis Hale vs. Marquette tie-breaker.

You can join the Pigskin Picks contest and test your picking skills each week against a field of area football fans, NOW sportswriters and celebrity guests. Weekly winners receive two tickets to Marcus Theatres and overall winners will receive gift cards to Bartolotta Restaurants.

Featured games this week are Arrowhead at Mukwonago, Oak Creek at Franklin, Brookfield East at Brookfield Central, Menomonee Falls at Hamilton and Milwaukee Lutheran at Germantown.

Join Pigskin Picks football contest.

McAleer will not run

Sept. 16, 2013 7:54 p.m. |  City of Delafield - Delafield's seven term mayor, Ed McAleer, told the Common Council tonight that he will not seek reelection in April of 2014.

One of Lake Country's longest serving elected officials, McAleer was first elected mayor in 1994 and served four two year terms before stepping down in 2002. He regained the office in 2008.

McAleer, who will be 68 in November, said he wants to enjoy full time retirment.

When he decided not to seek reelection in 2002 it trigged a wide open city election with five candidates running for mayor. Paul Craig, a school teacher, was elected to two terms.

A similar wide open election is expected to occur in 2014 where City Hall insiders are predicting any where from three to five candidate for the part time mayor's position.

Pewaukee man, 28, found dead in car in Hartland

Sept. 16, 2013 6:45 p.m. | A man found dead inside a car in Hartland is believed to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Monday.

According to Village of Hartland police, an officer visiting a home to check out a complaint of loud music shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday found the man in the 900 block of Merton Ave.

Limited space availabe for the Mukwonago Education Foundation tailgate party fundraiser

Sept. 16, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Time is running out to reserve a spot at the Mukwonago Area Education Foundation's eighth annual fundraising dinner and auction on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Broadlands Golf Club, 18, Augusta Way, North Prairie. 

Space is limited and reservations for the Tailgate Party are due by Wednesday, Sept. 19. Forms are available on the Foundation website. Cost is $50 per person. Sponsorship levels are available by calling Mary at (262) 613-2048 for more information. 

Sports casual attire with your favorite team colors sets the tone for the evening's activities, starting with the silent auction at 2:30 p.m., hors d' oeuvres and cocktails. Dinner and the live auction follow. 

Proceeds support the Foundation's grant program which awards money directly to classroom projects  and equipment.  

Man charged with liquor truck theft outside Hartland grocery store

Sept. 16, 2013 3:22 p.m. | A 28-year-old Milwaukee man was charged last week with numerous felonies for allegedly stealing a truck full of liquor parked outside a Hartland Piggly Wiggly.

Edward D. Campbell was charged on Sept. 11 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with vehicle theft, property theft (value exceeds $10,000), operator eluding an officer, resisting an officer, and four counts of hit-and-run.

According to the criminal complaint, Village of Hartland Police were dispatched at 7:20 a.m. on Sept. 10 to the Piggly Wiggly located at 505 Cottonwood Ave. after receiving reports of a theft.

Kevin Schroeter, a delivery driver for Capitol Husting Company, told police that his work truck, filled with more than $23,000 in liquor, had been stolen from the location.

The truck, believed to be driven by Campbell, was spotted by a witness heading east on I-94 near County Highway F in Pewaukee. Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies confirmed the spotting and began pursuing the truck, which was traveling at 10 miles per hour in heavy traffic.

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Dam being removed

Sept. 16, 2013 11:08 a.m. | Contractors for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have begun to remove the wooden and steel structure of the Upper Nemahbin Roller Mill Dam on the Bark River, according to the dam's owner, Margaret Zerwekh.

Zerwekh's late husband, Kenneth, purchased the dam in the late 1940s and at one time used it to generate small amounts of electricity. The dam was built in 1836.

Over the past decade Zerwekh has battled to get permission from the DNR to remove the dam. She was warned by state officials in the mid 1990s that she either had to make extensive repairs on the dam or remove it.

She chose to remove the dam, but neighbors who lived along the millpond of the dam objected but were unsuccessful in their efforts to block removal of the dam.

According to DNR officials, the remaining steel and wooden structures of the dam will be removed, while much of the earthen mound that surrounded the dam will remain in place, and the Bark River will return to a more natural downstream flowage.

Meat 'n Place closes in Delafield

Sept. 16, 2013 10:20 a.m. |  City of Delafield - Lake Country restaurateur Joe Armeli said this morning that he is seeking a new location for his popular Meat n Place steak house after notifying city officials that he does not intend to reopen the restuarant in its downtown Delafield location.

Armeli told Lake Country Publications that he has been unable to negotiate an agreement with real estate representatives of Anchor Bank regarding new improvements needed in the buiilding at 621 Milwaukee Street which, according to local lore, once served as a stage coach stop.

Armeli said the air conditioning in the building is nearly 50 years old and needs to be replaced. He closed the restuarant in early May shortly after Anchor Bank repossed the buidling from Delafield lawyer/landlord Tom Aul.

The restuarant and upstairs apartments was among about a half dozen downtown buildings owned by Aul. Aul and bank officials said the bank took over the buildings after refinancing negotiations failed.

Armeli relocated the restuarant from its Stone Bank location to downtown Delafield early last year.

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UPDATED: Pewaukee man, 29, found dead in Hartland

Sept. 16, 2013 9:19 a.m. | The Hartland Police Dept. are reporting more details on the Pewaukee man, 29, found dead in his car early Sunday. The Waukesha County Medical Examiner's office has confirmed that the man is Ryan Zuercher.

On Sunday, September 15, 2013 at approximately 3:15 am, officers were sent to a loud music complaint at a home in the 900 Block of Merton Ave in Hartland.

In the driveway at the residence officers discovered a vehicle with the stereo set really loud. Upon approaching the vehicle, a 28 year old Pewaukee man was discovered slumped over in the driver seat with a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to a Hartland Police Department news release.

A detailed investigation has been initiated by the Hartland Police Department, along with the Waukesha County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Wisconsin Crime Lab Field Response Unit. Officers from Chenequa, Delafield, Elm Grove and Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

Deputy Chief Michael Bagin said that the weapon was found inside the car and it appears to be a self-inflicted wound. However, he said, there are still a number of unknowns and they are continuing the investigation. An autopsy report will be available this afternoon.

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Hartland Florist apartments removed from Monday’s Plan Commission meeting

Sept. 16, 2013 7:58 a.m. | Village of Hartland -- Consideration of a proposal to build apartments on the Hartland Florist property at 621 and 627 W. Capitol Drive has been removed from the agenda for the Plan Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, Monday, Sept. 16. The project’s developers, Premier Real Estate Management, requested that the agenda item be removed so they can fully address a number of site and engineering concerns that were identified by village staff during their review of the proposal.

A public hearing scheduled for the Village Board meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 will still take place as planned. The developers may request a special Plan Commission meeting be held sometime in late September or early October to keep their project moving forward. After the proposal is discussed at a Plan Commission meeting, the item will then move on to the Village Board, which could discuss the proposal as early as its Oct. 14 meeting.

Panthers seize control of Woodland Conference

Sept. 13, 2013 11:38 p.m. | Greendale football coach Rob Stoltz feels his team has a lot more to give than what it mustered Friday in a crucial Woodland West battle against Pewaukee. But that doesn't mean his explosive offense was struggling to score.

The Panthers led by as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter, and though the Pirates scratched back within six points at the 39-second mark, an ensuing onside kick drifted out of bounds, and the Panthers walked away with a 34-28 victory at Greendale.

Running back Jake Zywicki ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Josh Ringelberg threw for 208 yards and two touchdowns as Greendale won the battle of 3-0 teams and snapped Pewaukee's 18-game regular-season winning streak.


"We gave them every opportunity to get back in the game," Greendale coach Rob Stoltz said. "Not once, not twice, repeatedly, all second half. That's what you get when you play Pewaukee; they're a phenomenal program, very well coached. You talk about getting 100 percent out of the players, they do it.

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AHS football team blanks Memorial

Sept. 13, 2013 9:57 p.m. | Host Arrowhead handed the Catholic Memorial football team its first loss of the season Friday night, 12-0. Both teams are now 3-1 on the season.

All 12 of the AHS points came in the first half. Trevor Ostling booted field goals of 20 and 28 yards and they added a 24-yard touchdown run by senior Ricky Finco.

At the half, Arrowhead had 13 first downs and 218 yards and CMH had one first down and 35 yards.

Arrowhead's defense was led by Matt Seitz, Billy Hirschfeld, Sam Seonbuchner, Charlie Reuteman, Kevin Driscoll and Andy Hessler.

AHS has now defeated CMH seven straight times and 12 of their last 13 meetings.

County Board to fill District 2 seat Monday

Sept. 13, 2013 1:36 p.m. | The Waukesha County Board’s Executive Committee will be placing their secret ballots on Monday to determine who will fill the vacant District #2 seat.

Candidates will be interviewed by the committee that day. Those who have filed include the following: Kathy Nickolaus, Richard Stromwell, Tina Smith and Dave Zimmerman.

The Executive Committee will cast ballots on Monday. The candidate chosen will be sworn in during the Waukesha County Board meeting on Sept. 24. They will hold the seat until the term expires in April of 2014. 

Feast on the past this weekend

Sept. 13, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There’s a focus on the past this weekend with several museum events.

The Clark House Museum, 206 E Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee, is celebrating Harvest Fest with a rummage and bake sale, concert by the Civic Broadway Singers, historical exhibits and tours of the museum. The event, from noon to 5 Sunday, is hosted by the Pewaukee Area Historical Society. For more information call (262) 691-2191 or visit

Find out how much those old attic and basement treasures are worth at Antique Appraisal Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Depot Museum, N63 W23075 Main St, Sussex. Hosted by the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical Society, the event includes expert appraisals at $5 for each item, $12 for three items. Written appraisals are $25 each. The museum will be open during the event.

Learn how Wisconsin pioneers prepared for winter at the Autumn on the Farms events at Old World Wisconsin, weekends in September. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday you’ll be able to see how the fall harvest was preserved at the Pickles and Preserves event.  Old World Wisconsin is located at W372 S9727 Highway 67, Eagle. For more information go to

If you’re hankering for fish on Friday come to Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Capitol Drive, Pewaukee, for a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m.   Schwai‘s fish and shrimp plus grilled cheese will be served. Dinners include French fries, coleslaw, rye bread and homemade desserts. Beverages available.

Brookfield East rebounds from loss in style

Sept. 12, 2013 11:23 p.m. | Brookfield East didn't need the whole week to get over a crushing loss.

After six days – one less than usual thanks to the locally televised Thursday night game – of pondering a blown 16-0 lead and 29-23 Greater Metro Conference loss to Marquette, the Spartans showed they were still very much a team to be reckoned with. A 38-21 win over another traditional GMC power, Sussex Hamilton, put East back on track.

"We got kind of a rough start those first three games and lost a heartbreaker last week," said East quarterback Zach Damico, who ran for 156 yards and accounted for three East touchdowns. "We were just able to put it together in the second half this time and play a complete game. ... Everyone's got games under their belt and we're just gaining trust in each other. We have a bunch of sophomores and a freshman playing with us today. We're gaining confidence and just believed."

With three sophomore offensive linemen leading the way, freshman running back Sam Santiago-Lloyd racked up 95 yards and scored two second-half touchdowns that helped the Spartans distance themselves from the Chargers.

"Our number one running back two weeks ago sprained his ankle on the first play of the game; we played him against Marquette and he was probably about 60 percent," East coach Tom Swittel said of Gerald Childs, who did not carry the ball against Hamilton. "We couldn't even give him the ball. (Santiago-Lloyd) is our next best back."

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West, AHS wins CC titles

Sept. 12, 2013 6:54 p.m. | West Bend West won the boys championship and Arrowhead won the girls title Thursday at the 28th annual Arrowhead Cross Country Invite. More than 1,000 runners took part.

The title was the fourth in a row at the AHS meet for the Warhawk girls.

The top individual finisher from the Lake Country area was University Lake School's Isabel Seidel who finished second overall.

Lea Patek led the girls runners from Arrowhead and Will Simons paced the AHS male runners.

Hartland, Arrowhead loses power

Sept. 12, 2013 6:48 p.m. | Many homes in the Village of Hartland and Arrowhead High School both lost power Thursday around 5 p.m.

In Hartland, the north side of Capitol Drive, including the popular Palmer's Steakhouse did not have power still at 6:50 p.m. Many businesses, including Mike Badani's Citgo Vilage Mart, also had no power.

Hartridge subdivision also  lost power.

The football games at Taraska Stadium were in jeopardy of being cancelled because the lights had no power.

7-Eleven robbed at gunpoint

Sept. 12, 2013 2:50 p.m. | There was an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven located at N49 W35964 Wisconsin Ave. in the Town of Oconomowoc on Sept. 9.

After 2:00 a.m. a male -- described as possibly white, wearing all black and carrying a black backpack, medium build, around 5’ 11” and wearing goggles -- displayed a long barrelled firearm. The man then asked the clerk to lay on the ground and count to 100.

The robber took an undisclosed amount of cash and a carton of cigarettes. Town of Oconomowoc Investigator Kristen Wraalstad said the suspect appears to have fled on foot.

Police are still investigating and ask that anyone with information contact the department at (920) 474-4812.

Calling parents, former students of Mike Krill

Sept. 12, 2013 12:34 p.m. | If you are a parent of a student in Mr. Krill's class at Nature Hill Intermediate School, or a former student of his, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your experiences with him as a teacher, and what you think about the incident and the reaction to it. 

Free day of play for Girl Scouts and families

Sept. 12, 2013 9:16 a.m. | Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast will host a free Day of Play Sept. 21 in conjunction with Nickelodeon’s ninth annual Worldwide Day of Play.

Families and troops are encouraged to join in activities at Camp Alice Chester in East Troy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities include archery, soccer, tennis, hula hooping, blow-up obstacle course, bean bag toss, bike safety, letter boxing, kite decorating, hiking and more.

This is a free event. Bring your own picnic lunch; water and a snack will be available. Groups should pre-register online to ensure giveaways, — including jump ropes, pedometers and Frisbees — are ready for pick-up upon arrival.

A special commemorative patch for the Day of Play will be available for free at all Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast Resource Centers.

Community event providers will also offer activities for Girl Scout troops and families on Sept. 21. Participating community event providers include: the Academy of Performing Arts in Franklin; Adventure Rock in Pewaukee; KAIA F.I.T. SE Wisconsin in Greenfield; Mequon Nature Preserve in Mequon; Nature in the Parks/Wehr Nature Center in Franklin; and Skatetown in Racine.

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Teacher on leave after posting

Sept. 11, 2013 7:37 p.m. | Oconomowoc Area Schools — An accidental posting of a personal journal entry by an intermediate school teacher that was inadvertently shared with students earlier this week has led to the teacher being placed on administrative leave.

Mike Krill, a popular and well-respected sixth-grade teacher at Nature Hill Intermediate School accidentally posted his personal reflections on the state of education and his faith.

Krill runs a "flip" classroom, in which videos are made available for student use. He used an application for the videos and would send the link to the students.

Krill "accidentally posted a private journal entry as an audio note to the same website he uses to share videos with you," Nature Hill Principal Mike O'Connor explained in an initial letter sent to parents about the situation earlier this week.

"The tone of the message was sad and frustrated, but in no way negative about students," O'Connor said in that first note to parents.

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Mukwonago High School Open House tonight

Sept. 11, 2013 3:51 p.m. |  MHS will host it's open house from 6-8 p.m. tonight. Unlike years past, the school willnot run a bell schedule and instead offer parents flexibility to stop and see their students teachers at any time. 

Oconomowoc schools to provide unisex bathrooms to address needs of transgender elementary student

Sept. 11, 2013 2:40 p.m. | Parents of a first grade girl at Summit Elementary School were upset recently after learning that a 6-year-old transgender child walked in on their child while she was using the restroom.

As a result of the Sept. 6 incident, the district has taken steps to provide a unisex bathroom in the elementary school and are working to provide those same facilities at all district schools.  

According to a press release issues this morning: “The Oconomowoc Area School District has worked with the parents of a transgender elementary student, in order to ensure that no discrimination is directed at the student, and in order to fully observe the legal rights of this student and all other students in the District."

“Last week concerns were raised by the parents of other students at the elementary school regarding use of school bathroom facilities by the transgender child.  The District believes that these concerns are legitimate, and that a solution which would meet the legal and practical concerns of all students and parents is appropriate and necessary," it read.

For more on this story, read the Thursday edition of the Oconomowoc Focus.

Expand horizons through 4-H or continuing education

Sept. 11, 2013 12:21 p.m. | Learn what UW-Waukesha and UW-Extension Continuing Education and Waukesha County 4-H have to offer during ReDiscover 4-H and Discover Continuing Education on Saturday, Sept.14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UW-Waukesha, 1500 N University Drive, Waukesha. 

The free family event is open to all ages, offering more than 50 workshops and hands-on activities for family, children (K-5 through high school), and adults.  

Children can have fun with robotics, arts and crafts, or drama while adults dabble in Photoshop or learn a new trick in the iPad class.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., performances highlighting music, dancing, public speaking, and acting entertain participants during lunch.  At 12:30 p.m., a special drawing for door prizes begins. Informational tables will provide information on activities and programs, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. while continuing education instructors and representatives of 4-H clubs and programs are on hand to answer questions. 

This event allows the community to come and discover, or rediscover, what these groups have available to you to build and develop lifelong interests and skills.  

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Summit Police Chief resigns after two months

Sept. 11, 2013 8:57 a.m. | After being appointed July 1, Village of Summit Police Chief Jeff Herro has resigned from his post. Village Administrator Henry Elling said the resignation is related to a personnel matter and declined to comment further.

Herro, an Ottawa resident, came from the New Berlin Police Department and was the top pick of two finalists. The other finalist was Brent Kroll, who is with the Hales Corners Police Department and a resident of the City of Waukesha.

After his appointment, Herro said he was excited to work in the area where his family lives. He said he planned to bring "forward thinking" and "innovation" to the department and looked forward to building camaraderie with the staff.

The Summit Police Department includes 10 full-time officers and seven part-time officers who patrol the village's 28 square miles and also provides police services for the Village of Dousman.

Herro's last day is Oct. 3 and during a special meeting Tuesday night, the Police Commission tabled any discussion on staffing of the department. However, they directed Elling to reach out to another top candidate and expect to meet as soon as next week.

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Eagle residents advise "no" to new police station in referendum

Sept. 10, 2013 8:17 p.m. | More than 250 Eagle residents came out to give their say on whether or not the Eagle Police Department should get a new station.

The referendum is advisory only but residents certainly showed a strong opinion that there is not a need at this time.

In question 1: Should the village construct a new police station with the understanding that the construction of a new station would not otherwise increase the Police Departments overall budget 161 people responded "no" with 92 voting "yes".

In question 2, which included the consideration of an increase in the overall budget the opinion was solidified as 234 people responded "no" with only 16 voting "yes".

Question 3 was simply stated: Is there a need for a new village police station?
166 people responded "no" with 87 responding "yes"

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Final Maxwell Street Days this weekend

Sept. 10, 2013 4:06 p.m. | Although the weather hasn't followed it's lead, summer is slowly winding down and one  tell-tale sign is the last Maxweel Street Days of the season this weekend in Mukwonago. 

It's the last chance for residents and visitors to come out and discover treasures at the event until next summer, but it's also a great opportunity to support a new local intiative that Carol Spaeth Bauer tells you more about in tomorrow's Chief.

New details on this morning's car chase

Sept. 10, 2013 12:10 p.m. | The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department has just issued a news release with new details on this morning's Hartland-Brookfield police chase.

According to the police, the Village of Hartland Police Department was dispatched to a stolen vehicle complaint at 505 Cottonwood Ave in Hartland. It was reported that a large white straight truck, that contained liquor, had been stolen while the driver was inside the Piggly Wiggly grocery store.

The vehicle is owned by Capitol-Husting Company of Milwaukee, WI. The Hartland Police Department began the investigation and released information about the vehicle to surrounding jurisdictions.

A citizen, who had a police scanner, called in after seeing the vehicle eastbound on I-94 near Hwy F. The citizen continued to provide updated information about the truck’s location. Squads from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield, City of New Berlin, Village of Hartland and Town of Brookfield Police Departments, as well as the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to assist.

WSD located the vehicle eastbound I94 near Springdale Road. With the assistance of the Town of Brookfield Police Department, they attempted to stop the vehicle. The Straight Truck continued eastbound I94 sideswiping a vehicle in an attempt to get away.

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WCTC welcomes 'Apprentice' speaker Bill Rancic

Sept. 10, 2013 10:27 a.m. | Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) will host “Capturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit: An Apprentice’s Story with featured speaker Bill Rancic” on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the college’s Richard T. Anderson Education Center, 800 Main St., Pewaukee.

Bill Rancic burst onto the national scene when he was hired by Donald Trump as the winner of the first season of NBC's breakthrough program "The Apprentice."
Currently, Rancic is speaking to businesses and organizations around the world on motivational and business topics, developing real estate in Chicago, and producing and appearing in several television programs. Viewers can now tune into the sixth season of Style Network's reality series "Giuliana and Bill."

A published author of a New York Times best-selling book, Rancic wrote You're Hired: How To Succeed In Business And Life. This book chronicles Rancic’s successful life, experience and proven advice. He continued to make a name for himself as an author by writing Beyond the Lemonade Stand to help educate and motivate young people worldwide about the value of money and how to leverage skills, talents and abilities at an early age. All proceeds from the sale of this book have gone to charity. Rancic has also co-authored I Do ... Now What with his wife Giuliana Rancic where they share secrets to everlasting love.

After graduating cum laude from Loyola University, Rancic went on to become a successful entrepreneur when he founded Cigars Around The World, a monthly online subscription-based retailer that became a multi-million dollar enterprise.
Highly engaged in charitable activities, Rancic is about to complete his second trip to Haiti, building homes for victims of the earthquake. He is also an active board member for the Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.

Cost to attend this special event is $40 per person or $300 for a table of eight. Cost includes lunch. Proceeds benefit WCTC Small Business Center Scholarships. Check-in/registration begins at 11 a.m. on the day of the event.

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Police chase ends in Brookfield crash

Sept. 10, 2013 9:25 a.m. | A police chase, starting in Hartland before 7:30 a.m., ended in Brookfield when the driver crashed.

The vehicle, a box truck belonging to a liquor distribution company, traveled east on I94 and exited at Moorland Rd., just blocks away from Brookfield Mall. The car came to a crashing stop in a residental area off Moorland Rd.

Police are still on the scene and details will be available later today. Check for updates.

Referendum today in Eagle

Sept. 10, 2013 7:16 a.m. | The polls are now open in the Village of Eagle, allowing residents an opportunity to voice their opinion on a proposed new police station.

The vote will be advisory only, and tallies will be presented to the Village Board to discuss at its Sept. 12 meeting.

The three questions being asked are:

Should the village construct a new police station with the understanding the construction of a new police station will not otherwise increase the overall Police Department budget?

Should the village construct a new police station with the understanding the construction of a new police station will increase the overall Police Department budget?

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Library land showdown looms in Lisbon

Sept. 09, 2013 8:07 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - There may be a showdown next week between the Town of Lisbon, the Village of Sussex and the Pauline Haass Library Board over about 60 acres of farm land that was deeded to the town by the widow Haass for library purposes.

Library Board Chairman Robert Williams said tonight that he might leave it up to three local governments to try to resolve during a September 17 meeting the land dispute between Lisbon and the library board.

Officials from the town and the village have said the land dispute must be resolved before the two municipalities can reach an agreementon how they will provide long term funding for the library.

Town officials contend the land belongs to the town since it was deeded to the town for town library purposed by Haass. Library officials argue that according to state law any lands bequeathed for library purposes must be in the control of a library board.

Officials from the town and library board have submitted different proposals over how the Library would be reimbursed by  both the town and village for the land. But, they are at an impasse over which proposal to adopt.

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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation golf outing comes to Wisconsin Sept. 16

Sept. 09, 2013 4:05 p.m. | The first Southeastern Wisconsin National Fallen Firefighters Foundation golf outing will be Monday, Sept. 16, at Western Lakes Golf Club, W287 N1963 Oakton Road, Pewaukee. 

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) is a 501©3 nonprofit organization intended founded in 1992 by the United States Congress to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighter and assist their families and co-workers. Since 1992, the foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and co-workers.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. Golfers tee off with a shotgun start at noon. Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

The outing, $100 for individuals and $400 for foursomes, includes golf and carts, lunch, dinner, goodie bags, hole contests and raffle prizes, including a Packers package, a Badgers football package and Brewers ticket package. Numerous sponsors include Fire-Rescue supply, WE Energies ang Generac Power systems.

Fire-Rescue supply, Paul Conway Shields, WE Energies, Generac Power systems, Wis Alliance for fire Safety, Foster Coach Sales, Brookfield Academy ,Herbert H. Kohl Charities Inc, Spargo Salon and Spa, SURGE Restaurant Group, The Legend at Merrill Hills, Morningstar Golf Course, Waukesha Fire County Chiefs, WISCO Alloys, Orange Leaf yogurt, and The Horton GroupLocated in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

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Names released in fatal crash

Sept. 09, 2013 11:41 a.m. | An Oconomowoc woman and West Bend woman were killed Sunday when the black Nissan they were in crossed the median on Highway 16 near Highway C in Nashotah and struck another vehicle head-on.

Glenda Skalecki of Oconomowoc and Karen Gulley of West Bend were pronounced dead at the scene. Skalecki was identified as the driver of the eastbound black Nissan. Her vehicle went into the gore area for the eastbound Highway 16 off-ramp to Highway 16 at about 12:28 p.m., then came back onto the roadway, crossed the median and went into the westbound lane of Highway 16, where it struck a Toyota driven by Nicholas Rindt of New Berlin. 

Rindt was taken to Froedtert Hospital by ambulance. A 7-year-old child was taken to Children's Hospital by Flight for Life. A 6-year-old was taken to Children's Hospital by ambulance. Their conditions are unknown, according to a statement from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Squads responded to the scene from the Sheriff's Department, City of Delafield Police Department, City of Oconomowoc Police Department, Town of Oconomowoc Police Department and Wisconsin State Patrol, as well as emergency medical services from Lake Country Fire and Rescue.


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Oconomowoc surges to 3-0

Sept. 07, 2013 12:15 a.m. | Canton Larson had free reign of the football field.

The senior quarterback's 65-yard scramble for a touchdown was one of many scores for Oconomowoc, as the Raccoons earned a convincing 42-14 victory over host West Bend West on Friday.

The big play happened near the end of the first half. Larson snapped the ball and was instantly surrounded by the West Bend West defense, but the senior managed to evade defenders, found an opening on the left side of the field and took off.

"To be quite honest, I just ran," Larson said. "I felt backside pressure and I felt the guy grab me, and I was like, 'Uh oh,' and then I just started running. Then I saw my O-line, there was a wall of them, and I was like, 'I just have to run that way.' My receivers did a really good job blocking downfield, which helped out a lot. Two guys that got pinned, which helped. My O-line busted their butts getting downfield, but to be quite honest, I just ran. I wanted to score."

Larson had an impressive night, completing 14 of 20 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. He also had five rushing attempts for 76 yards.

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Arrowhead defeats KM, 21-3

Sept. 06, 2013 11:10 p.m. | Arrowhead's football team defeated host Kettle Moraine Friday night in the first game of the Classic 8 Conference season for both teams, 21-3.

AHS improved to 2-1 and KM fell to 1-2.

AHS got a 70-yard touchdown pass from Blake MIelke to Ricky Finco and pair of short scoring runs from senior Ty Jager.

Arrowhead led 21-0 at halftime. The AHS defense held the Lasers to just 25 yards on 21 plays in the first half and no first downs.

KM's lone points came on a 23-yard field goal from senior Austin Wolf.

DNR says it won't appeal decision on North Lake boat launch site

Sept. 06, 2013 3:06 p.m. |  The state Department of Natural Resources announced in a news release Friday that it will not appeal a Waukesha County judge’s order blocking the building of a public boat launch site on North Lake.

In announcing the decision, DNR secretary Cathy Stepp said the DNR is allowing for a “cooling off period to let tensions calm between parties.”

“It does not benefit the state and the people whose interests in the outdoors we represent to continue down the current path of battling in court over public access to public waters,” Stepp said.

Don Gallo represents the North Lake Management District (NLMD), which has argued the public boat launch should be located on the east side of the lake, off of Highway 83 near the downtown business district for unincorporated North Lake.

“I think the past couple years has been difficult for both sides and I think both sides are hopefully ready to sit down and work out a resolution,” Gallo said.

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Boy Scout trailer stolen from Genesee Depot church parking lot

Sept. 06, 2013 12:58 p.m. |  

The Boy Scouts of Troop 135 in Genesee Depot arrived at their weekly meeting last night and discovered the troop’s equipment trailer had been stolen. Only a cut padlock was found in the area.

The trailer contains essentially all of the scouts' camping equipment, including tents, stoves, cooking supplies, canopies, lanterns, coolers, tools and chairs. Even the formal United States and troop flags, with more than 40 years' worth of ribbons, poles and stands were inside.

"The scouts worked hard over the years to raise money to buy the trailer and camping equipment. Scouts and parent volunteers spent countless hours donating their time to outfit the trailer for the troop," said Scoutmaster Pat Hoppel. "The boys were planning a camping trip this weekend at Mukwonago County Park and had invited Webelos Scouts from area grade schools to camp with them and learn more about Boy Scouts. I am gathering some basic equipment to make sure we still have a great weekend, but this is a sad day for all of the boys.

"We hope that whoever did this will return the trailer and equipment, especially since we just learned the church’s insurance no longer covers our loss,” added Hoppel.

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Waukesha West stuns Mukwonago in overtime epic

Sept. 06, 2013 12:14 a.m. | "You won't see a game like that one again."

The public address announcer at Mukwonago High School had it right in the immediate aftermath of Thursday's epic showdown between Waukesha West and the host school. West's Thomas MacCudden delivered the winning two-point conversion on a winner-take-all play in overtime, lifting the Wolverines to a 45-44 thriller that left Mukwonago stunned.

One play earlier, MHS had compelled an incomplete pass on the conversion, but a penalty for defensive holding gave West one more crack. Mukwonago traveled the length of the field with 1 minute to play in regulation to tie the game, then scored first in the extra session in a playoff atmosphere.

"The character of Mukwonago's team coming back down two scores … We played against a great football team there," West coach Steve Rux said. "Our guys are completely spent right now. This is what high school football is all about. At any point in that game, it could have gone the other way. We had great football, great players and great coaching on both sides of the ball."

Momentum swings

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Still lots of time to enjoy outdoor events

Sept. 06, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There’s a hint of fall in the air but there’s still lots to enjoy outdoors.

Visit downtown Delafield for their active arts scene starting at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. You’ll meet many local artists and see their creations plus enjoy live music and horse-drawn carriage rides.

It’s still festival season and that means St. Charles Fall Fest all weekend including live music, carnival rides, an outdoor Mass and great food. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on the church grounds,  313 Circle Dr, Hartland.

Friday’s  Legendfest at Naga-waukee Park, 651 State Highway 83, Delafield, hosted by Legends of the Field, includes appearances and autographs from local sports legends, music by the Eddie Butts Band, a silent auction, raffles, giant slide and refreshments.  Proceeds benefit the Waukesha Women‘s Center. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $20, $30 for couples and free for kids 12 and younger.

There are also several church family days this weekend including Rally Day and Old-Fashioned Church Picnic hosted by Zion Lutheran Church at Ashippun Firefighter’s Park, State Highway 67. Worship service with backpack blessing at 8:45 a.m. is followed by a picnic including baseball game, bean bag toss, parachute games, tattoos and prize bags for kids.

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High speed chase ends peacefully

Sept. 05, 2013 2:02 p.m. |  A high speed chase, beginning at 11:07 a.m. in Jefferson County this morning ended peacefully in Brookfield today.

A 40-year-old woman driving a blue van was originally stopped by a motorcycle officer in Jefferson County on 94E, near the 277 mile post. When she fled the officer, a state patrol caught up to the van a mile later but the woman increased her speed.

WI State Patrol says she was driving as fast as 110 miles per hour and had two other passengers in her car at the time. 

She took a slight detour around highway 83 before driving back onto 94E. 

Officers attempted to spike her tires twice -- once west of Barker Rd. and once east of Barker Rd. The second set of spikes were successful and all four tires were blown east of Barker Rd. in Brookfield. 

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Vezzetti Family Dental Care offers free services for veterans, military

Sept. 05, 2013 1:41 p.m. | On Sept. 12, Vezzetti Family Dental Care, W249 N5245 Executive Drive, Suite 206,  Sussex will offer free dental exams, cleanings, X-rays and fillings to those who serve our country as part of Freedom Day USA, a national Thank You Movement for the members of our military and their immediate families, along with veterans. 

For a list participating businesses, visit

For more information on Vezzetti Family Dental Care's participation, call them at (262) 820-3330.

Officials mull how to update the Waukesha County Courthouse

Sept. 05, 2013 1:29 p.m. | Waukesha County officials are looking at different scenarious to renovate, or even construct, a new county courthouse. Adding Waukesha City Hall at this location is eyed as another option.

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Pre-register for Village of Eagle 5K

Sept. 04, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Eagle Business Association is following its motto of growing a beautiful future for Eagle by holding a run/walk to raise awareness and money to beautify the Village of Eagle.

The 5K event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21. Pre-registration is currently open for $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. If registered by Sept. 7, runners and walkers will receive an event t-shirt 

The run/walk will take off from the Village of Eagle Gazebo at 9 a.m. Those not interested in participating in the run/walk can still enjoy vendors and food available from 9-4p.m., live music from noon until 4 p.m. and horse-drawn carriage rides from noon-4p.m.

Day-of registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under with t-shirts available on a first-come first-serve basis. Registration will occur from 7:30-8:45 a.m. on September 21 at the Eagle Gazebo. 

To register, e-mail the Eagle Business Association at 

Banned Books Week Teen Party

Sept. 04, 2013 12:54 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Library is inviting students in grades 7-12 to come celebrate their right to read freely at its Banned Books Week Teen Party.

The event will be held from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25. 

 Snacks will be provided. Bring yourself and friends, too! 

Auditions set for Halloween shows at Old World Wisconsin

Sept. 04, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Auditions for October performances of “Halloween Legends and Lore” at Old World Wisconsin will be conducted on Mondays, Sept. 9 and 16, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the outdoor museum's Clausing Barn Restaurant. 

“If you love to tell stories, act, sing, dance and entertain, and love Halloween, we have the perfect way for you to share your enthusiasm and energy,” said Bob Parker, assistant director and manager of this event.

Between Oct. 18 and 26, Old World Wisconsin will present four evenings of “Halloween Legends and Lore” as part of an outdoor Halloween entertainment that mingles 18th-and 19th-century Wisconsin ghost stories with the folk and fairytales of the Old World.

Guests will discover fantastic mazes, solve strange riddles and puzzles, create and decorate macabre artifacts, and encounter cackling witches, gloomy grave diggers, strange beasts, eerie fortune tellers and bizarre entities. They'll also learn the terrifying origins of the Ridgeway Ghost, and witness ghostly tales come to life, while enjoying tasty and disturbing treats and drinks. The evening culminates with a wild bonfire finale.

Actors and storytellers should prepare a two-minute piece from European or Wisconsin folklore to share. Actors may also be asked to read from a script. This production calls for men and women, ages 16 and up. Rehearsal schedules will vary depending on role and may include some weekend afternoons beginning in late September and some weekday evenings in the week before the event.

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

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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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