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Details shared on downtown Oconomowoc apartments

Oct. 30, 2012 3:16 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Officials Tuesday shared details on the five-story, 60-unit Worthington Apartments that will be built across from the new community center.

The project, developed by Bob Felker, will include two levels of enclosed parking, a common area, private fitness room, a second-story landscaped courtyard and will rise to 60 feet at building peak along Wisconsin Avenue.

Site preparation will take place before the end of the year and construction is expected to begin in spring of 2013 with completion by early 2014.

Watch for more on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Kettle Moraine schools host Chinese principal in educational exchange

Oct. 30, 2012 12:27 p.m. |

Guo Zhenzou principal of Shigang Street Primary School No. 2 in Shijizhuang, China, hosted by Dousman Elementary School Principal Brian Stuckey the week of Oct. 26 through Nov. 2 sits for a photo during his visit to Dousman Elementary School.

Last year Stuckey spent time at Zhenzou's school and now the exchange continues as Zhenzou spends a week observing and learning from the students, staff, and families in the Kettle Moraine School District. During his visit he will be touring all of KMSD schools, observing classrooms, presenting information about China to students, attending leadership meetings, and continuing to explore the possibilities for partnerships that this exchange creates.

Zhenzou observes Dousman Elementary School first graders Keifer Sharlow (left) and Ben McElwer practice math with a card game.

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Highway 59 re-opened in both directions after crash

Oct. 30, 2012 12:06 p.m. | A stretch of Highway 59 just east of Highway 83 that was closed in both directions in Waukesha County because of a three-vehicle crash Tuesday morning has been re-opened.

The accident scene was cleared at 11:28 a.m., and all lanes of traffic are now open, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Two people were hospitalized for their injuries after the 6 a.m. crash near a large egg farm. One was transported by Flight for Life to Froedtert Hospital, according to Waukesha County Sheriff's Detective Steve Pederson.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Three people were treated at the scene and released. A fourth person was transported by ambulance to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, while the fifth was taken to Froedtert by Flight for Life, Pederson said.

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Highway 59 still closed: here is the posted detour

Oct. 30, 2012 9:33 a.m. |  Highway 59 is still closed both directions near Highway 83 after an accident this morning.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has posted the following detour: 

Eastbound traffic goes north on Brookhill Road to Highway D, then east on Highway D to Hillside Road, then south on Hillside Road back to Highway 59. Westbound traffic reverses those directions.

Check back for more information as it becomes available. 

Multi-car crash closes Highway 59

Oct. 30, 2012 7:15 a.m. | Highway 59 near Highway 83 was shut down at about 6 a.m. because of a multiple-vehicle crash.

The highway is closed in both directions. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation estimated it would be 8 a.m. before the incident could be cleared and the road reopened.

More details online as they become available. Watch for a report in Thursday's Kettle Moraine Index.

Rep. Craig receives WMC 2012 Working for Wisconsin Award

Oct. 29, 2012 4:09 p.m. | Today Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) received the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) 2012 Working for Wisconsin Award at the InPro Corporation headquarters in Muskego, according to a news release. WMC presents the Working for Wisconsin Award to legislators who voted in favor of job-creating legislation 75 percent or more of the time. 

“This award represents our commitment to building an economic environment in Wisconsin that encourages job creation and expansion," said Craig. "We pledged to enact legislation that would encourage job-creation in Wisconsin last session and this award from the business members of WMC highlights our success.”

“I was proud to represent the residents of the 83rd Assembly District by voting in favor of pro-jobs legislation this past session,” continued Craig.  “We have more work to do but the success of this past legislative session put Wisconsin on the path toward job growth and economic prosperity.”  

For more information, please contact Representative Craig’s office (toll-free) at 888-534-0083 or email at

Help United Way through "United We Dine"

Oct. 29, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Thirty-three restaurants throughout Waukesha County partnered with United Way for ‘United We Dine,’ a program that gives local restaurants the opportunity to support the community by donating a percentage of their customers’ purchases to the United Way campaign.

United We Dine events continue throughout November. Information about restaurant location and donation information can be found at the United We Dine website. Restaurants interested in joining the program are encouraged to call United Way in Waukesha County at (262) 409-2421.

Dates for participating restaurants are listed below.

Nov. 1 – Nashotah Clubhouse, Nashotah; Nov. 2 – Double D’s Pub and Eatery, Mukwonago; Nov. 5 – Around the Lakes Family Restaurant, Oconomowoc; Nov. 6 – Brisco County Wood Grill, Menomonee Falls; Nov. 7 – Alpine Lanes, Muskego; Nov. 8 – Café One24, Brookfield; Nov. 12 – Sprizzo Gallery Caffe, Waukesha; Nov. 13 – Hardees, Waukesha; Nov. 13 – Seester’s Mexican Cantina, Pewaukee; Nov.14 – Chuck E. Cheese, Brookfield; Nov. 15 – Outback Steakhouse, Brookfield; Nov. 19 – Rochester Deli, Waukesha; Nov. 20 – Blue Bay Restaurant, Mukwonago; Nov. 21 – Michael’s House of Prime, Pewaukee; Nov. 23 – Endter’s Sports Grill, Hartland; Nov. 24 – Endter’s Sports Grill, Hartland; Nov. 26 – The Picnic Basket, Nashotah; Nov. 27 – The Chocolate Factory, Pewaukee, Waukesha, Oconowmoc, and Elm Grove; Nov. 28 – Ally’s Bistro, Menomonee Falls.

Oconomowoc Chamber Director Pat Ornberg to retire

Oct. 29, 2012 3:56 p.m. | Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Pat Ornberg announced that she will retire from her post at the chamber's annual awards dinner on Friday, Oct. 26.

Chamber Board President James Fenzel commended Ornberg on her exceptional service.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Mukwonago Community Commission invites you to its annual fall meeting

Oct. 29, 2012 3:27 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Community Commission will hold its annual fall meeting at 9:30 a.m. on November 3 in the Mt. Olive Lutheran Church basement. 

A couple of items on the agenda will be Thanksgiving Dinners for those in need and tbe Adopt-A-Family Program for Christmas. 

The public is welcome to attend this meeting.  If you would like to donate a turkey,or adopt a family for christmas, please contact Carole Hahl at  262-662-3953 or Crystal Rozanske at 262-370-3132

Ramp closures on I-43 scheduled for tomorrow, Thurs

Oct. 29, 2012 2:22 p.m. | To accommodate construction, several ramps along I-43 will be closed tomorrow in Waukesha County. 

The southbound exit ramp onto Highway 83 in Mukwonago will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow.

The on and off ramps at Highway Y will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1.

Please find alternate routes during these closures. 

Lane closure on I-43 at Edgewood Ave. for construction

Oct. 29, 2012 2:05 p.m. | Work began today on a bridge deck pour of a bridge on I-43, between Highway 83 and Highway 164 in Waukesha County. To accommodate the pour, one southbound lane will be closed until tomorrow afternoon.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through the work zone. 

Light the way tonight in observance of Sept. 11

Oct. 29, 2012 9:18 a.m. | Ottawa resident Carol Janc is calling on everyone to light up the night at 8 p.m. tonight in remembrance of the events of Sept. 11 and the recent tragedy in Benghazi.

Below is her letter to the editor.

Dear Editor:  

I remember the original Sept. 11. My husband and I and some friends were traveling at the time. Flying to Canada, we got as far as the Holiday Inn across the street from the Minneapolis Airport. We sat stunned in the lounge with Northwest flight crews watching TVs. Suddenly, we four retirees seemed to be the go-to parents for a bunch of young people who grew gray before our eyes. It was a horrific night; the sound of F-14s could be heard throughout that night and for several days afterward.

And now, on a smaller scale, tragedy has struck again in Benghazi on a small plot of land which housed the US Embassy and US citizens. Four of whom are now dead.  Murdered, really. Again, we are stunned.

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Good runs for Houston, Frieler

Oct. 27, 2012 4:23 p.m. |  The two Oconomowoc High School girls runners turned in big performances Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 state  cross country meet at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Houston, only a freshman, finished 11th overall in the field of 190 runners with a 4,000-meter time of 14:44. That's the fastest time in school history for an OHS runner at the state meet for that distance.

Junior Riley Frieler placed 24th overall with a time of 15:06. 

AHS girls win state CC title

Oct. 27, 2012 3:54 p.m. |  Arrowhead's  girls cross country team won the WIAA Division 1 state championship Saturday afternoon at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. It was the second straight state crown for the Warhawks.

AHS dominated the meet, winning with 41 points. Neenah was second with 70.

Jackie Dubnicka led the Warhawks in third place in the field of 190 runners with a 4,000-meter time of 14:24. She was was followed in the scoring by Lea Patek in 13th at 14:47, Payton Wesley 15th at 14:52, Natalie Burant 20th at 15:01 and Morgan Hobbs 26th at 15:10. Rounding out the AHS lineup were Alyssa Nigh in 50th at 15:34 and Maggie Dawes 84th at 15:46.

The 41 points is the lowest total in school history for the three-time state champs.

Good runs for Brown, Zack

Oct. 27, 2012 2:05 p.m. |  Oconomowoc's two cross country runners turned in good races Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

Senior Noah Brown was 19th in the field of 190 runners with a 5,000-meter time of 16:08. Fellow senior Joe Zack was 49th with a clocking of 16:35.

AHS boys fourth at state CC meet

Oct. 27, 2012 2:02 p.m. |  Arrowhead's boys cross country team had its two-year reign as WIAA Division 1 state champions end Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids as they settled for fourth place in the field of 20 teams. Madison West won with 80 points followed by Madison La Follette with 108, Stevens Point 120 and Arrowhead 131.

Jake Dubnicka led the Warhawks as he ran a time of 16:00 over the 5,000-meter course and placed 15th in the field of 190 runners.

Other AHS runners were Ben Bierman in 21st, Will Conley 51st, Will Simons 52nd, Josh Bodnar 85th, Dillon Reynolds 161st and Steve Kelly 177th. 

Hamilton stranded on doorstep against Verona

Oct. 26, 2012 11:31 p.m. | For two quarters Friday night, Sussex Hamilton followed its familiar formula for success, riding the powerful running of junior Drew Patterson to a 28-21 lead at the half.

Three turnovers later – the final one coming when Patterson couldn’t control a pitch on 4th and 2 from Verona’s seven-yard line with 32 seconds left to play –and the Chargers’ hopes of returning to the quarterfinals of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs were dashed with a 35-28 loss to the Wildcats.

“When you’re going back and forth with that kind of offense and our offense, it makes it exciting for fans," said Hamilton coach John Damato. “Everything’s escalated in the playoffs. When you have two good football teams, you talk about field position, you talk about big plays, you talk about critical penalties at critical times. That’s just how it goes. Everything is magnified.”

The play was the culmination of a back-and-forth thriller featuring two outstanding talents in Patterson and Verona senior running back Dom Wise, who seemed to turn the game into a contest of who could top who.

Patterson finished with 150 yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries and added two receptions for 36 yards and a 99-yard kickoff return for another score in the second quarter.

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Arrowhead reaches another level

Oct. 26, 2012 10:56 p.m. | The show continued Friday night for the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Arrowhead football team, and the show AHS put on against visiting Germantown in a Level 2 WIAA Division 1 playoff game was clearly its best performance of the season.

Turning in perhaps the best first half of football in school history, the Warhawks scored on all seven of their first-half possessions, rolled to a 47-0 lead at the intermission and eventually won the game by a lopsided 47-7 score. The lone Germantown touchdown came in the final minutes of the game.

“Our guys are good, they always come out ready to play and that’s what we did tonight,” said second year Arrowhead coach Greg Malling. “The kids on offense are very explosive and I’m not surprised how well the defense is playing either. You just can’t divide any of the three phases of the game. When one’s cooking it makes it a lot easier on the other two. The offense plays so good because the defense makes it easy for us. When we play defense we can take more shots. All the kids are working together right now.”

And that just might be the understatement of the year. At least that’s how it looked Friday.

Offensively, the Warhawks (10-0) had seven possessions in the first half and scored on all seven, and quickly. Those drives consisted of three plays, six plays, one play, three plays, seven plays, four plays and nine plays. Those seven touchdowns came in a total elapsed time of just 8:54. AHS had 357 total yards in the first half.

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Catholic Memorial shuts down Pewaukee

Oct. 26, 2012 10:35 p.m. | Matt Hubley has had a busy week. Next week will be busy, too.

The Catholic Memorial two-way standout, who committed to play defense for the University of Wisconsin on Tuesday, helped his Crusaders shut down undefeated Pewaukee on Friday, and he also scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as CMH advanced in the WIAA Division 3 football playoffs, 21-0.

"It was hectic, but it was fun," Hubley said. "I enjoyed every minute of it, but I wanted to concentrate on this game. My focus is our opponent each week ... We played great today up front."

The Pirates, which came in with a 9-0 record, simply never got anything going, never moving within the CMH 35-yard line. Pewaukee's defense also kept the Crusaders from mounting long drives, but the Crusaders struck on big plays, including Hubley's runs of 30 and 27 yards in the fourth quarter for scores.

"The offensive line was giving me a great push, and we were able to bounce it to the outside, and it was wide open," Hubley said.

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2012 Trick-or-treat times in Lake Country

Oct. 26, 2012 1:38 p.m. | Making plans to tote the little ones for treats this weekend? Here's a list of 2012 events and local trick-or-treat times in Lake Country.

'Iconic’ showcases local playwrights

Oct. 26, 2012 12:00 a.m. | When creative minds meet, sparks fly.

Sometimes it is a proliferation of ideas that causes the reaction; other times it’s the clash of ideas.

In the new adult comedy “Iconic,” sparks fly when three playwrights butt heads with each other and their teacher, a playwright himself.

“Iconic,” the brainchild of local playwrights Amy Schwaab and Nancy Bicha-Dale, premiere’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Delafield Art Center, 803 Genesee St., Delafield. It will also be presented at 7:30 Saturday and Friday and Saturday Nov. 2 and 3.

Schwaab and Bicha-Dale have also written “The Big Bad Wolf Meets Santa Claus,” a 2008 Lake Country holiday hit.

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Sussex man, 76, charged in Waukesha shooting case

Oct. 25, 2012 5:32 p.m. | Waukesha - A 76-year-old man was charged Thursday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon and seven other crimes after Waukesha police said he shot at them while they were responding to a domestic violence complaint Tuesday afternoon.

Richard A. Petarius of Sussex had gone to the Waukesha residence of his ex-wife armed with a 12-gauge shotgun a few hours after he had been in court and was found in contempt of the terms of the couple's 2010 divorce.

According to a criminal complaint:

Phyllis Petarius, 75, lives at the Wyndwood Condominiums in the 1800 block of E. Racine Ave. Richard Petarius was inside his ex-wife's condominium when two police officers arrived around 4:15 p.m. As one officer was interviewing her at the entrance to the residence, the suspect appeared inside holding a shotgun and pointed it at the officer. One of the officers started shooting at Petarius as his ex-wife was pulled outside to safety. Petarius fired two shots at the officer. The second officer also fired shots into the room. No one was struck by the gunfire.

Phyllis Petarius was treated at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for a broken arm and other minor injuries. She suffered the broken arm when Richard Petarius pushed her onto the concrete floor of a garage as he forcibly entered the residence.

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Sussex man charged in Tuesday's Waukesha shooting

Oct. 25, 2012 2:52 p.m. | The man who pointed a long gun at Waukesha police and shot at officers was charged today in Waukesha County Court.

Richard A. Petarius, 76, of Sussex was charged with 1st-degree intentional homicide, two counts of 1st-degree recklessly endangering society, burglary-armed with a dangerous weapon, false imprisonment, intimidate victim/damage property, possess firearm-contrary to injunction, possess short-barreled shotgun/rifle, aggravated battery-elderly and violating a domestic abuse injunction.

Petarius’ charges come two days after officers from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Butler, New Berlin, F.B.I and the Wisconsin State Patrol responded to the Wyndwood Condominiums in the 1800 block of Racine Ave. due to a domestic-related incident.

When officers arrived at the residence at 4:18 p.m. they met with a 75-year-old female victim, who had been divorced from Petarius.

While officers were interviewing the woman, Waukesha Police Chief Russell Jack said Petarius appeared and pointed the gun at officers and shot at them. The officers returned fire and disengaged from the residence with the victim.

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Change to Friday's Candidate Forum in Delafield

Oct. 25, 2012 1:41 p.m. | Due to a scheduling conflict, the previously scheduled Candidate Forum for the 33rd State Senate District this Friday in Delafield  has been changed to “A Conversation with Representative Paul Farrow.”

The program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, in the Delafield City Hall Council Chambers, located at 500 Genesee Street, Delafield.

Learn about MHS Spain trip

Oct. 25, 2012 12:28 p.m. |  In June, 38 Mukwonago High School (MHS) students capitalized on their years of Spanish language studies by spending 11 days in Spain. 

There will be an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Room 237 at the high school to learn more about next summer’s trip. Students who sign up early get a discount. 

Students traveled from Granada in southern Spain to Cordoba, Sevilla, Madrid and on to Barcelona. Some of the activities they participated in included tea at a Moroccan tea house, learning how to salsa, creating their own glass art, biking through the Gothic district of Barcelona and watching Spain beat France and Croatia during the soccer playoffs. Students also visited historic sights such as la Alhambra, el Alcazar, the Prado Art Museum and the third largest cathedral in the world in Sevilla. 

This trip will be offered again during the summer of 2014 to MHS students who will be in level four or five Spanish during the 2013-14 school year. For more information, send an email to Nicole Marble at or Karen Sperstad at

Old World Wisconsin offers free admission with food donations

Oct. 25, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Old World Wisconsin will host a food drive on Oct. 28, offering free museum admission to each guest who donates four (or more) non-perishable food items.  All donations will go to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County.

Museum director Dan Freas sought out this partnership as a way for Old World Wisconsin to give back to the community at the end of the regular daily operating season.  Freas saw an immediate connection with the museum of rural immigrant life: "Autumn is a time to bring in the harvest. Wisconsin's original settlers would have been stocking up for the coming winter.  In that spirit, we are hoping that our communities will help us to fill the shelves of those in in need.  This is the first time we're offering this program, and our hope is that its success will help us to make it an annual event."

The Food Pantry of Waukesha County serves up to 100 households each day, distributing almost 2,500 cans, boxes, and units of food.  Freas' optimism is apparent; his hope is that generous visitors will donate at least enough to supply one day's needs for the organization.

Hours and Regular Admission

The museum is open from 11 am-5 pm this date. Regular museum admission is:  Adults $16; children (5-17) $9 (children under 5 are free); students and senior citizens (65 and over) $14; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $43.  

Update: Photos of accident in Ixonia

Oct. 25, 2012 11:24 a.m. | An accident at Ski Slide Road in Ixonia is being reported involving a medical transport bus. Flight for Life is on the scene.

Reports so far are one person was transported by Flight for Life, another to local hospital for treatment of injuries.


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Delafield salon spearheading effort to benefit shooting victims

Oct. 25, 2012 8:53 a.m. | Mary Beth Berns, owner of Craig Berns Salon in Delafield, is leading a purple ribbon campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and collect donations for the Azana Victims Fund.

The effort is in response to the fatal shooting at the Brookfield salon and spa on Sunday. More than 20 area salons are expected to participate in the campaign slated for Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Salons already annually hold a "Cut it Out" day when a portion of the day's sales is donated. This year the proceeds will go to the Azana Victims Fund.

Watch for more on this story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus and Lake Country Reporter.

Hartland Halloween Bash canceled

Oct. 25, 2012 8:26 a.m. | Those looking forward to the Halloween Bash planned by the Hartland Chamber of Commerce for Saturday will have to find different revelry that night. The event has been canceled.

The chamber is refunding the cost of tickets to those who purchased them. If you have not been contacted about your refund, call the chamber at (262) 367-7059.

The chamber invites all to come participate in the downtown business trick-or-treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight.

Trick-or-treat at Lake Country Health & Rehab

Oct. 25, 2012 8:20 a.m. | Lake Country Health & Rehab is hosting a safe community trick-or-treat from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lake Country Campus, 2195 N. Summit Village Way, Oconomowoc. 

Stop by and meet the Brewers Klements Racing Sausages and enjoy some family fun. 

Highway 83 still closed, one person reported dead

Oct. 24, 2012 5:15 p.m. | Authorities are still working to clear a crash on Highway 83 at Boys School Road. WTMJ-4 has reported that one person is likely dead as a cause of the crash; authorities have not confirmed this.

The crash happened at 2:55 p.m. and has closed all lanes on Highway 83. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is on the scene.

Accident at Maple Ave. and Golf Rd. in Delafield

Oct. 24, 2012 4:29 p.m. |  Delafield emergency crews are responding to a two vehicle accident in the intersection of Maple Ave. and Golf Road, according to information coming through on the Waukesha County Dispatch website. 

Updates will be made as information becomes available.

All lanes blocked on Highway 83

Oct. 24, 2012 3:43 p.m. | The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has issued a notice that all lanes of Highway 83 have been blocked after an accident at about 2:55 p.m.

The accident is at Highway 83 and Boys School Road. The DOT estimates traffic will be blocked for about two hours. Traffic is being diverted at the scene.

Town of Vernon holds budget public hearing tonight

Oct. 24, 2012 3:07 p.m. |  Will the residents of the Town of Vernon agree with a two percent pay increase for town employees, as well as a three percent raise in the amount they contribute to their insurance? Find out tonight. The public hearing begins at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, W249 S8910 Center Dr. 

Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club hosts Halloween Party

Oct. 24, 2012 3:00 p.m. | The Big Bend/Vernon Lion's Club will sponsor a Youth Halloween Party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 27 from  at Big Bend Elementary School. 

The Party is for toddler through 5th grade.  Children should come in costume.  Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.  There will be entertainment, free hot dogs and pumpkins. Admission is also free.

All Saints box night brings awareness to homelessness

Oct. 24, 2012 12:57 p.m. |  Seventh and eighth grade confirmation students from All Saints Lutheran Church in Wales and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Delafield will spend Thursday night sleeping outside in cardboard boxes on Oct. 25 at All Saints to help raise awareness of homelessness in Waukesha County. 

Students are also collecting pledges, hoping to raise $1,000 for the Hope Center in Waukesha, a ministry that provides food, clothing and shelter to the homeless. Additionally, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is providing a matching grant of up to $1,000.

Funeral services set for shooting victim

Oct. 24, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Visitation for Maelyn Lind is planned for 2 until the 5 p.m. funeral service Sunday, Oct. 28, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant St., Oconomowoc.
Memorials in Maelyn’s name are suggested to the Oakton Avenue Law Offices Trust Account, 200 Oakton Ave., Pewaukee, WI 53072.

Big Bend Halloween party Saturday

Oct. 24, 2012 11:10 a.m. | The Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club will host a community Halloween party for children from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Big Bend Elementary School.
Toddlers through fifth-grade students are invited, and should come in costume. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes in four age categories.
Lots of activities will keep the children busy, with entertainment, photo opportunities, costume judging, free hot dogs, cookies and beverages, free pumpkins and goody bags to take home. Clowns will be on hand to paint faces and do balloon sculpting.

Talk to people not paying much at the pump

Oct. 24, 2012 8:41 a.m. | Oconomowoc Utilities invites the public to an alternative fuel vehicle show from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the utility, 808 S. Worthington St.

National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey events. More than 160 events are being held nationwide to bring awareness to the benefits of alternative fuels. In Milwaukee, free educational events include a tour on a propane-powered bus to sites that have other alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).

Oconomowoc resident and owner of Evolution Marketing, Lisa Geason-Bauer, recently purchased an all-electric Nissan Leaf. She was invited by Jerry Medinger of the ALA to be part of the Milwaukee Odyssey tour. Being someone who is passionate about sustainable living, Geason-Bauer asked Medinger if Oconomowoc could be part of Wisconsin Odyssey events.

Representatives from conservation fields and owners of alternative fuel vehicles will be on hand with their vehicles to talk. Vehicles on display will include:

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV)

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Merton woman Maelyn Lind remembered as hero to both spa and family

Oct. 23, 2012 8:54 p.m. |  

Maelyn Lind, 38, of Merton was killed on Suday Oct. 21 after the estranged husband of one of her co-workers attacked Azana Salon & Spa in Brookfield. Two others, Zina Haughton, 42, and Cary Robuck, 35, were also killed.

Lind's daughter Kaela Lind and father Keith Hanson spoke about her late Tuesday at the Stone Bank Fire Department from a prepared statement.

Kaela Lind said that Maelyn was excited about being a new grandmother, usually wanting to see Xander and Lily (both born earlier this year) as soon as she got home. Kaela said she was “the most caring, loving, outgoing woman" who was full of life and passion. She added that, “best of all, she was the coolest mom.” 

“She died a hero, not only to those at Azana on Sunday, but she was also our hero. We love you and miss you dearly,” Kaela Lind said.

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Trick-or-treating for Mukwonago Food Pantry

Oct. 23, 2012 4:36 p.m. | The Mukwonago Junior Indians baseball club will be collecting food and products for the Mukwonago Food Pantry from Oct. 28 through 31 during established trick-or-treat times. 

Items for donation include canned pears, fruit cocktail, peaches, applesauce, green beans, peas, beets, corn, and spinach, mixed vegetables, chunky soup, chicken noodle soup and other soups. Also crackers, Ramen noodles, Rice A Roni, plain rice, noodles and pasta, spaghetti sauce, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and paste, condiment items, baking items, cereal, soap and toiletry products.

Father of victim in Brookfield shooting says daughter was martyr

Oct. 23, 2012 4:26 p.m. | The father of Maelyn M. Lind, one of three women killed Sunday in a shooting at a Brookfield spa, said Tuesday that a detective had told his son-in-law that Lind had put herself between the 20-year-old daughter of Zina Haughton, the estranged wife of the shooter, and the shooter himself.

"Maelyn was trying to fight for the guy's gun," Keith Hanson said during an interview on WTMJ-AM (620). "She actually ended up getting shot and was able to save one of the girls. . . . She took a bullet for I believe it was Zina's daughter.

"I know that this guy hated Maelyn because she was Zina's friend. He knew my daughter. He hated her with a passion because she was sticking up for Zina."

The shooter, Radcliffe F. Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, killed himself inside the spa after killing his estranged wife, Lind and another salon employee, Cary L. Robuck, 35, of Racine. Lind, 38, lived in Merton in Waukesha County.

Hanson said his daughter died at a time when she was happy in her life. She had just reconciled with her husband and was enjoying her grandchildren.

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TV repairman Gardetto headed to prison

Oct. 23, 2012 4:14 p.m. | A television repairman who repeatedly ripped off consumers in the Milwaukee area will be spending the next two years in jail.

James D. Gardetto, 47, was sentenced Monday to two years of initial confinement in a Wisconsin state prison, three years of extended supervision and three years of probation for engaging in unfair trade practices, according to Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s office.

Gardetto was convicted in August of six charges of unfair trade practices as well as bail jumping and obstructing a police officer by lying.

According to a criminal complaint:

In the summer of 2011, Gardetto pretended to fix a television owned by customers in Pewaukee. He cashed the check for the work, but when the customers realized the item wasn’t repaired, he returned and demanded more money to fix the problem.

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Celebrate the season during Colors of Autumn…a concert for Cambodia

Oct. 23, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Celebrate the season with a mix of familiar and contemporary texts in traditional and modern musical settings during Colors of Autumn…a concert for Cambodia beginning at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3 at Caldwell United Methodist Church, 8504 Caldwell Rd., Mukwonago. 

There’s a little bit of everything from the traditional “For the Beauty of the Earth” by Folliott S. Pierpoint and Robert Wetzler to the spirited Sephardic “Hamisha Asar” by Flory Jagoda.

Admission is free, however, a freewill offering will be received to help fund Wisconsin people’s ongoing community development and humanitarian projects for the vulnerable people in Siem Reap Province, northwest Cambodia. 

 Shop imported Cambodian items:  silks, jewelry, carved wood and stone and novelty items.  Enjoy delicious foods and beverages at the reception following the concert.  The public is welcome.

For more information go to or or call Jenny Hensgen at 262.534.4511 or Deanna Shimko at 414.313.0343

Foggy drive in store

Oct. 23, 2012 3:43 p.m. | If you found it hard to see through the fog during your morning commute today, watch out. There's more of the same in the forecast.

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for 10 p.m. tonight to 10 a.m. Wednesday. Plan some extra time into your drive so you can slow down and stay safe.

Big Bend considers allowing fowl in village

Oct. 23, 2012 10:57 a.m. |  Village residents might soon have something to cluck about. 

An ordinance is in the works that would allow residents to keep up to six chickens hens on residential properties.  Village Clerk Bobbi Woppert explained that several residents recently showed an interest in keeping chickens, which prompted the ordinance being drafted. 

The working, unapproved ordinance would prohibit residents from keeping roosters and from slaughtering chickens outdoors within village limits. It also prohibits chickens from being kept in a residential dwelling or garage; they must be kept in the property’s rear yard and must be at least 25 feet from any residential dwelling on an adjacent lot and 10 feet away from the property line. Chickens would need to be kept in a fenced area at all times and have a structure devoted exclusively for use as a hen house. The hen house would be required to be a covered, predator-resistant, well-ventilated structure and provide a minimum of 2 square feet per chicken. The house must be kept in a clean, dry and sanitary condition at all times.

The proposed ordinance also states that chicken feed, if stored outdoors, must be kept in sealed containers.

Anyone who keeps chickens in the village would have to obtain an annual permit.

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Oconomowoc resident victim of shooting

Oct. 22, 2012 7:56 p.m. | Maelyn Lind, 38 from Oconomowoc was killed in yesterday's shooting at Azana in Brookfield. Authorities released Lind's name along with another victim, Cary Robuck, 35 from Racine.

The women were killed Sunday morning along with Zina Haughton, 42, of Brown Deer when her estranged husband, Radcliffe Haughton, shot them and then took his own life.

Parishioners at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church - Oconomowoc are holding a prayer vigil for Lind this evening in the wake of a disturbing shooting at the Azana Hair Salon & Spa in Brookfield, WI. The public is invited to attend and share in a time of prayer. Pastor Lance O’Donnell will officiate the vigil.

What: Prayer Vigil

When: Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

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Palmyra-Eagle district heading to referendum vote

Oct. 22, 2012 4:33 p.m. | After nearly two years of studying district needs and a comprehensive facilities study in 2010, Palmyra-Eagle Area School District readies for two referendum questions on Nov. 6 asking for more funds to maintain programs and services as well as borrowing funds for much-needed facilities projects. 

An operational referendum will ask for $430,000 per year for four years, starting next school year, while a second referendum question will ask residents to allow the district to borrow funds for $6.45 million in facilities projects over a 20-year period with technology upgrades repaid in five years. 

 District Administrator Glenn Schlender has talked to numerous community groups, sign boards have been posted throughout the district with information on the referendum questions and open houses will provide tours of the two elementary schools. The first school tour will be Tuesday, Oct. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. at Eagle Elementary School. Other tours and open houses will be held Oct. 24 and 29 at Eagle Elementary and Palmyra Elementary. 

Details regarding the two referendum questions are listed on the PEASD website. Read the complete story in the Oct. 24 Mukwonago Chief. 

Brookfield shooting victim from Town of Merton

Oct. 22, 2012 1:27 p.m. | Maelyn M. Lind, 38, of the Town of Merton was among the dead after yesterday's shooting at Azana Spa in Brookfield, Lake Country Publications has learned. She was 38 years old.

A spokesperson for the family issued the following statement, "On behalf of the Lind family, we would like to thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. As you know, the family is going through a very difficult time and we would appreciate the media respecting the privacy of the family. The family at this time is grieving the loss of their lovely daughter, spouse, and mother. We would appreciate your cooperation at this time."

The family spokesperson described Lind as a, "wonderful person who always had a smile on her face."

Prayer vigil set in Oconomowoc

Oct. 22, 2012 12:03 p.m. | Parishioners at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church - Oconomowoc will hold a prayer vigil this evening in the wake of a disturbing shooting at the Azana Hair Salon & Spa in Brookfield, WI.  The public is invited to attend and share in a time of prayer.  Pastor Lance O’Donnell will officiate the vigil.

What:   Prayer Vigil

When:  Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

Where: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 210 E. Pleasant Street, Oconomowoc

School report cards posted by DPI

Oct. 22, 2012 11:59 a.m. |  The school report cards, part of the new  state accountability system, reflected in Wisconsin’s approved ESEA Flexibility Request are posted on the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) website.

Schools receive a score from zero to 100 for each of four Priority Areas. Districts are listed alphabetically on the DPI website with report cards and report card details listed for each school within the district.

Motorcyclist killed in Highway 16 crash in Hartland; witnesses sought

Oct. 21, 2012 10:50 p.m. | A motorcyclist was killed Sunday when a car traveling west on Highway 16 in Hartland crossed through the median into the eastbound lanes and struck the motorcycle, according to the State Patrol.

The crash, west of county Highway E (North Ave.), happened about 4 p.m. The driver of the car was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The identities of the motorcyclist and the driver of the car were not released.

The State Patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact Trooper David Schmidt at (262) 785-4711.

Pewaukee, KM soccer teams headed to state

Oct. 20, 2012 9:42 p.m. | By the narrowest of margins, both Kettle Moraine and Pewaukee's boys soccer teams advanced to the WIAA state tournament next week, winning in shootouts at Saturday's sectional finals.

The Pirates defeated Shorewood in a shootout at Whitewater, 4-2, after a scoreless regulation and two overtimes. The Pirates will play in the Division 2 state semifinal Friday at 3 p.m. at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The opponent: Mount Horeb, last year's state champion.

Kettle Moraine, which also brought the top seed into Saturday night's sectional final, matched host Muskego in regulation, 1-1, then won in the shootout. The Lasers, who reached the state championship match last fall, will play at 2 p.m. Thursday against Neenah, one of the squads KM beat in last year's tourney.

Marquette, the odds-on favorite to repeat as state champion, sits on the other side of the bracket and could theoretically meet the Lasers in a state-title rematch Saturday.

Hamilton, Arrowhead, LCL advance

Oct. 20, 2012 12:36 a.m. | Sussex Hamilton delivered a dazzling performance in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 football playoffs, trouncing Middleton from the Big Eight Conference at Stan Grove Field, 44-9.

Drew Patterson ran the ball 23 times for 299 yards and three touchdowns, with Nick Knoebel and Tony Gumina adding scores as well. The Chargers (7-2), seeded third, advanced to face second seeded Verona in Level 2. The Wildcats (8-1) defeated Oconomowoc in Level 1, 23-13.

Arrowhead (9-0) showed no mercy against Milwaukee Vincent, scoring 35 points in the first quarter alone and coasting to a 56-0 victory. All those points came in the first half. Sebastian Luksich took the opening kickoff 77 yards to set the tone.

Blake Mielke threw for two touchdowns, and a number of players found the end zone, including Drew Becker, Dominic Todarello, Ricky Finco, Nick Bastien, Johnny Duranso and Cody Sellhausen.

Lake Country Lutheran defeated Fall River in the Division 7 bracket, 41-26, breaking the game open after the visitors pulled to within 21-20 at one point. The second-seeded Lightning (9-0) will try to remain undefeated by hosting upstart Johnson Creek (6-2), which upset Rio in the first round.

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Oconomowoc falls too far behind

Oct. 20, 2012 12:17 a.m. | Time and again, the Verona Wildcats appeared to be on the verge of turning their first-round Division 1 playoff game against Oconomowoc into a rout.

Time and again, the Raccoons battled back.

In the end, though, too many missed opportunities, too many penalties, a 16-0 halftime deficit and the tough running of Wildcats senior running back Dom Wise  proved too much to overcome Friday night as host Verona extended the Raccoons’ playoff-victory drought to 11 seasons with a 23-13 victory.

The loss marked Oconomowoc’s sixth-straight postseason loss to a Big Eight Conference opponent since 2001, and its second straight to the Wildcats (8-1), who were state semifinalists a season ago.

“Down 16-0 to a top-notch program like Verona …” said third-year Oconomowoc coach Ryan McMillen. “We came out in the second half and we played a little bit, left it all out there and made a run at it. It just didn’t go our way in the end. We didn’t make enough plays to get it back our way.”

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Pewaukee leaves no doubt

Oct. 19, 2012 10:59 p.m. |

Two weeks ago, underdog New Berlin West gave undefeated Pewaukee all it could handle in the second-to-last game of the Woodland Conference season. In that game, the Vkings had the ball at the PHS 10-yard line with one minute to play, trailing 27-24.
The Vikings were within a single play of handing the Pirates their first loss of the season, but the Vikings never made that play and fell, 34-24. The rematch would bring no such drama, with the Pirates dominating from the word go en route to a 52-21 victory.

Taking advantage of a turnover by West on the first possession of the game, the Pirates scored four plays after the David Girmscheid fumble recovery when Ryan Stepanovich found the end zone on a 2-yard run. Jacob Stern's extra-point kick was good and the route was on at 7-0.

From there it was all Pewaukee. The Pirates led 24-0 at halftime and improved that edge to 38-0 with 7:55 to play in the third period.
West did manage back-to-back touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 38-14 but the Pirates put the game away by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter. West closed out the scoring on a 45-yard touchdown run by Dylan Wiese with 2:20 to play.
"We didn't play very well the first time we played them and we talked about that all week," said first-year PHS coach Justin Friske. "The guys came out focused tonight right from the start. We made some mistakes last time and West got the lead on us. We didn't let that hapen this time around."
After the Stepanovich touchdown gave Pewaukee the lead at 7-0, it also got a 32-yard field goal from Stern and touchdowns from Girmscheid on a 4-yard pass from T.J. Watt and a 5-yard pass from Watt to Stepanovich.
In the second half, the lead went to 38-0 when Collin Sternad scored on a 3-yard run and Stepanovich scored on a 75-yard run.
The final two scores came on a 36-yard run by Stepanovich and a 2-yard run by Sternad.
The Pewaukee defense held the Vikings to just 93 yards in the first half. Turning in big plays for the PHS defense were Girmscheid, Kevin Baumann, Matt Ottman and Austin Schroeder.
Pewaukee, now 9-0 on the season, will play next Friday or Saturday at home in the second round.

Turnovers cost Mukwonago against Madison West

Oct. 19, 2012 10:54 p.m. |  

Short-handed and slippery-handed, Mukwonago's football team was never able to put it together Friday against Madison West in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs.
Missing a number of key players and committing six turnovers, the Indians couldn’t crack the scoreboard until 11 seconds remained in the game, and West finished with a 22-7 victory for its first playoff victory since 1981.
Mukwonago committed four of those turnovers in the first half, though the team still trailed by only 7-0 until the last one. Madison West scooped up the ball on the Indians 11 with 3:10 to play in the half and scored on a 12-yard touchdown connection between quarterback Alex Brown and receiver Christian Graf.
After Mukwonago went 3-and-out, the Regents struck again on a 25-yard pass to Graf on 4th and 10. West started with the ball on its own 24 with 59 seconds to play and needed just two plays to move within striking distance. A blocked extra-point and failed conversion on the final two touchdowns left the Regents with a 19-0 lead at the break.
“They were very athletic, which we knew going in, they were very prepared and they played hard,” Mukwonago first-year coach Clay Iverson said of the Regents. “We did everything we could in the first half to give them the game. You can’t turn the ball over ever, but in the playoffs, everything is ramped up and every mistake you make is amplified.”
The Indians reached the 17-yard line before fumbling it away on their first series of the game after West struck on its opening drive with a 29-yard touchdown scurry by Brown. Nick Blohm intercepted the ball right back four plays later, but Mukwonago ultimately turned it over on downs after again moving inside the red zone. Blohm also recovered a fumble in the game.
The Indians defense held its own, sniffing out a fake punt and stopping West on 4th and 1, but a fumble gave the ball right back. Again, Mukwonago forced a 3-and-out, but the punt deflected off a Mukwonago player and went back to West. Mukwonago forced yet another drive to stall to keep the score manageable.
“The defense played hard all year,” Iverson said. “I’m proud of these kids for believing and accepting a new program. They’ll be the ones that can be remembered for turning the program around. It’s disappointing tonight, but there are a lot of good things to come.”
Aaron Nixon delivered a touchdown pass to Kyle King for Mukwonago’s only touchdown of the game with 11 seconds on the clock. MHS then recovered its own onside kick but ran out of time to strike again.
Mukwonago finished 5-4, its first winning record since 2005 when it finished 11-1.
The team wasn’t playing with its full armory. Fullback Jason Strickler and halfback/kicker Dan Timmers, two of the team’s primary ball carriers all season, were absent after sustaining injuries in the season finale against Arrowhead. Offensive lineman Charlie Younger and linebacker Mayson Madden were also out with injuries.

Pewaukee wins playoff opener

Oct. 19, 2012 10:25 p.m. |  Pewaukee's football team hosted New Berlin  West Friday night in a WIAA Division 3 first-round playoff game and smashed the Vikiings, 52-21.

The win vaulted the undefeated  Pirates (9-0)  into the second round next Friday or Saturday against Waukesha Catholic Memorial.

PHS led 10-0 after the first quarter and 24-0 at halftime. That lead grew to 38-0 in the third period.

Junior running back Ryan Stepanovich rushed for 184 yards on 12 carries and scored four touchdowns for the night. David Girmscheid scored once and gained 104 yards on nine carries.

On defense, Pewaukee  got big games from Girmscheid, Eric Lutzen, Matt Ottman, Kevin Baumann, Jake Paget and Derek Folkert.

Three Pillars Haunted Woods from 6:30 to 8 tonight

Oct. 19, 2012 12:21 p.m. | Halloween fun for the family begins at 6:30 p.m. today courtesy of Three Pillars. All are invited for candy and fun as you embark into a Halloween wonderland that encompasses the grounds of the senior living community.

The event is free, but donations for the food pantry are requested. Read more about the event here.

Regulator bans Nashotah broker from securities industry

Oct. 19, 2012 11:00 a.m. | Thomas P. Casper, a Nashotah stock broker, has been banned from the securities industry after allegations he borrowed a total of $50,600 from elderly widows, his mother and other relatives without his firm's approval to cover costs for marriage counseling, a fourth drunken driving fine and other expenses, according the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's October report of disciplinary actions.

Casper was employed by Stifel Nicolaus at the time he borrowed the money, but resigned in November 2010 after an investigation into his financial activities by Stifel. He was then registered with Northland Securities Inc. until December 2011.

Casper said in a statement that he "left the securities industry voluntarily to pursue other unrelated endeavors."

"All loans were repaid in full years ago, no clients or family members were harmed in any way, and no clients or family members lodged any complaints at any time against (Casper) or Stifel Nicolaus," his statement said. Casper also said he did not deliberately mislead Stifel Nicolaus or FINRA regarding loans from clients and family members.

During Stifel's investigation, Casper refused to provide copies of his bank statements to the firm's in-house counsel and his own branch manager, FINRA records show. Casper also falsely told his branch manager that one of the widows had been confused about the loan and actually had made it to a different broker, the records said.

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Fish fry at First Congregational tonight

Oct. 19, 2012 8:28 a.m. | First Congregational Church Mukwonago will host a fish fry from 4:30 to 7:30 tonight (Friday, Oct. 19) at the church, 231 Roberts Drive.

Information in this week's Mukwonago Chief inadvertently included the website from another church. You can find First Congregational Church on the Web at We apologize for any confusion.

Fitness, health center proposed for Hartland

Oct. 19, 2012 7:00 a.m. | A start-up business that would provide diet management, physical therapy and other health and wellness services has been proposed in Hartland.

Solstice LLC, operated by Timothy Murray, of Oconomowoc, wants to lease 13,000 square feet at a 40,000-square-foot building at 590-594 N. Shore Drive, said David Cox, Hartland village administrator.

Solstice's application for a conditional use permit had its initial review at this week's Plan Commission meeting, where it received favorable comments, Cox said. It will undergo further review at the commission's November meeting.

Twirl away at St. John’s spaghetti supper

Oct. 19, 2012 12:00 a.m. | There’s no doubt about it: Spaghetti is a fun food. Even the name sounds like fun.

What other food dangles in such delightful ways and hangs so happily from the mouths of babes and grownups alike.

While most people associate spaghetti with Italian food, it actually may have originated elsewhere. Some believe that Marco Polo brought spaghetti noodles to Italy in the 13th century, a souvenir from his travels to China.  There’s some evidence that spaghetti may have been used in ancient Greek cooking and early Arab dishes.

No matter how you twirl it, spaghetti is a favorite.

If it’s one of your favorites, join the crowd at the spaghetti supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at St. John’s United Church of Christ, N67 W28321 Sussex Road in Merton.

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Controversy begins swirling around Sussex supercenter

Oct. 18, 2012 8:28 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - About a half-dozen citizens - most of them Town of Lisbon residents- voiced "concerns" tonight regarding plans to construct a 200,000 square foot Meijer's grocery-household goods super center in the village at intersection of Hwys. 164 and K ( Lisbon Road).

Their appearance at the Plan Commission meeting is the first indication of potential public opposition to the project that appears to have the support of both the Village Board and the Plan Commission. Village officials announced the date for two more public hearings on the proposal.

A November 28 date has been approved for two separate public hearings that will held on the same evening at the Community Center. The public hearings conducted by the Plan Commission will be in regards to land use map changes that will be necessary if the project is to be approved and the terms of a conditional use permit which will also have to approved if the company hopes in begin construction in 2013.

The Village Board will conduct a hearing next week on October 23 on a proposed change in the village code that will permit buildings of up to 250,000 square feet for conditional uses. The existing code restricts building sizes for conditional uses to 125,000 square feet.

The size of the building, the amount of traffic it will generate, its proximity to an adjacent wetland, and plans to operate the super center and a gas station 24 hours a day, seven days a week ,were among the concerns raised  by the neighorbors.

Cops and Kids, Bus52 documentary now online

Oct. 18, 2012 12:20 p.m. | Documentary troop, Bus 52, just released their four minute clip today which features the Pewaukee based Cops and Kids Foundation.

Bus 52 filmed at Buck Rub Archer late September, where former City of Pewaukee Police Officer Bob Kraemer was teaming up with local police officers to teach kids archery and other community building skills.

"We wanted to do a story about cops out in their community, because police people are such an important part of the community. They just keep people in mind and help build respect for the community," explained Bus 52 filmer Amy Wallace. Bus 52 is a nonprofit organization touring the continental United States year-round to document people who are doing good.

Kraemer's programs began in 2001 as Cops and Bobbers with the City of Pewaukee Police Department. When Kraemer retired in 2010 he expanded the program and founded Cops and Kids. It now includes other departments (Pewaukee, City of Waukesha, Menomonee Falls, Milwaukee, and Town of Waterford). He caters to a mix of kids, whether they're well-behaved, special needs or "bad kids that are in a bubble."

"(Fishing, archery and bowling) are just the tools. It's to get the rapport with the officers and break down those barriers. Remember, a lot of times when kids have contact with the officers, something negative is happening. Their parents got pulled over in the car for speeding. There was a domestic violence incident. So they see the cops and unfortunately they think, 'hey, when you're naughty I'm taking you to the police department and putting you in the jail.' They're afraid of the police," Kraemer said, "But not here." 

One lane of I-43 SB closed between Big Bend/Mukwonago through tomorrow

Oct. 18, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Work began today on the deck pour of a bridge on I-43, between Highway 83 and Highway 164 in Waukesha County. To accommodate the pour, one southbound lane will be closed until tomorrow afternoon.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

Drivers are encouraged to stay alert and drive carefully through the work zone.

Hooper pleads not guilty to failing to report death of infant

Oct. 18, 2012 10:01 a.m. | The man accused of failing to report the fatal stabbing of his baby in September pleaded not guilty this morning to the felony charge against him.

Kevin J. Hooper, 33, of the Town of Oconomowoc, appeared in court along with attorney Daniel Grable and waived his right to a preliminary hearing in entering the plea. He was charged Sept. 18 with failing to report the death of a child, a class I felony punishable by a maximum of 3 1/2 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hooper's wife, Dana, 32, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide after she allegedly stabbed the couple's 10-week-old daughter six or seven times at their home on Sept. 15. According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police she heard voices in her head telling her to kill the infant.

The court earlier this month ordered a competency evaluation for Dana Hooper, the results of which the court will review at an Oct. 22 hearing.

Police found the lifeless infant at the couple's home on Lisbon Road in the Town of Oconomowoc on Sept. 15 after hospital staff alerted authorities. After the fatal stabbing, Kevin Hooper took his wife to Rogers Memorial Hospital and checked her in for psychiatric help. He allegedly made no mention of the murdered baby at that time. It was not until hours later when Dana Hooper told hospital staff she had killed her daughter that authorities were alerted.

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Clean cars mean clean air, see them at Oconomowoc event

Oct. 17, 2012 3:38 p.m. | Check out  neighborhood electric vehicles, a home-built, electric motorcycle, the all-electric Nissan Leaf and more alternative fuel vehicles at Oconomowoc Utilities as part of National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey events on Thursday, Oct. 25.

Representatives from local environmental and business organizations, alternative fuel vehicle experts, an electric vehicle designer and companies that

have incorporated alternative fuel vehicles into their fleets will be available to share insight and information on these topics. The event is part of The American Lung Association Wisconsin Clean Air Choice Program's free educational events being held in the metro-Milwaukee area on Oct. 25.

The event runs from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the utility, 808 S. Worthington St., Oconomowoc.

For more information, visit

Grab the kids and head out to Three Pillars Halloween Haunted Woods on Friday

Oct. 17, 2012 3:34 p.m. | Village of Dousman - Three Pillars senior community is celebrating its 20th year of converting its grounds into a Halloween wonderland for children. The event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. It's a free trick or treat for children. Donations of nonperishable food for the pantry are requested.

Read more about the event here.

Breast cancer benefit tonight at Woodhouse Day Spa

Oct. 17, 2012 1:07 p.m. | During October, men and women across the country support the 2.9 million breast cancer survivors and hundreds of thousands of newly diagnosed individuals for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the past seven years, The Woodhouse Day Spa in Mukwonago has done its part in supporting the community by hosting a fundraising event at their spa, which has raised more than $15,000 towards the Southeastern Regional Breast Care Fund (SRBCF). 

This year, the annual event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Woodhouse owners Susie Hotz and Cheryl Berg expect the attendance and donation to be higher than ever this year.

“Breast cancer has affected nearly every one of our clients, friends and family members in some way. To give back and do our part to raise awareness, we began hosting this event in 2006 and each year have raised more and more money,” said Hotz. “This year our goal is to raise $8,000 for SRBCF. We hope to see many new and familiar faces at the event and invite everyone in the area to come support Breast Cancer Awareness Month while enjoying a relaxing evening at the spa.” 

 A variety of local businesses and vendors will participate in the event, including Half-Time Sports Grille, Pampered Chef, Tastefully Simple and Vault Denim. The benefit will feature guest speakers and informational booths, complimentary spa services such as massages and facials, raffles and a silent auction, discounted skincare products and 10 percent off all services booked the night of the event through Nov. 15.

Guests are asked to make a donation of $5 and the first 100 attendees will receive a complimentary gift bag. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit SRBCF, an organization that provides underserved men and women in southeast Wisconsin with financial assistance and facilitation to breast health services.

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State law prevents teen drivers from using cell phones

Oct. 17, 2012 11:44 a.m. |  Starting Nov. 1, the State of Wisconsin will ban teen drivers from using their cell phones in the car, except in the case of an emergency. Look for the complete story in next week's Lake Country papers. 

In the mean time, what are your thoughts about cell phone use in the car? What is the worst thing you've seen happen because a driver was on their phone? Do you think people should be allowed to use their phone's GPS while driving? Drop me a line and be part of the story: or (262) 368-2973.

KMSD considering referendum

Oct. 17, 2012 10:20 a.m. |  The Kettle Moraine School Board seems to be looking down the road to referendum as it asked administration last night to continue gathering information on costs for needed technology and facility improvements. 

While a longer timeline leading to a referendum would allow for more information gathering and community involvement, board members questioned how urgent technology and facility needs would be addressed in the interim.

Director of Technology Services Brandon Kostolni and Director of Facility Services Dale Zabel will continue putting together cost estimates for technology and facility projects to bring back to the board.

In-person absentee voting begins Monday

Oct. 17, 2012 8:50 a.m. | A new state law this year restricts the amount of time voters can submit an absentee ballot. Starting Monday, voters have a two-week window to head to their polling place if they'd like to vote absentee in person. However, you can fill out an application to have a ballot mailed to you at any time from now until Monday.

Oconomowoc City Clerk Diane Coenen said her staff has created a mini polling place in anticipation of a rush of absentee voters during the two-week period. Coenen said the city had 3,000 absentee voters the last presidential election.

Another new regulation this year is that absentee voting ends at 5 p.m. the Friday before the Nov. 6 election. Originally it ended the Monday before the Tuesday Election Day.

Coenen said voters that would like to vote absentee might have to wait a bit depending on when the rush of voters comes in to City Hall because of the shorter window to vote absentee.

Read more about this here.

Dousman-Summit fire district merger completed

Oct. 16, 2012 11:37 p.m. |  Village of Dousman - The villages of Dousman and Summit and the Town of Ottawa took the final step tonight in the consolidation of the Summit and Dousman fire districts.

The governing bodies of the three communities approved an initial operating budget for the newly consolidated Dousman Fire District of $973,000 beginning in January of 2013.

The communities agreed they would contribute $600,000 to the operations of the department. The remaining monies will come mostly from ambulance revenues and other emergency medical service fees.

The Village of Summit will provide about $327,000. The Village of Dousman will pay about $139,000 and the Town of Ottawa will contribute about $133,767. Each community's contribution is based on the population, tax base, and number of emergency calls within the community.

The Summit Fire District which serves portions of the villages of Dousman and Summit as well as the Village of Oconomowoc Lake will be dissolved at the end of this year.

Village also signs on to Lake Patrol Fund

Oct. 16, 2012 10:22 p.m. | The Village of Pewaukee has joined the City of Pewaukee in signing on to establish a joint lake patrol equipment fund and agree to setting aside leftover money into a separate account, to be used for upcoming capital expenses.

This means if there are funds leftover at the end of this year, then Pewaukee Lake Patrol does not need to return them to the respective general funds, but could use them for upcoming expenditures that have been approved in the capital plan – handheld radios, for example.

The Board did discuss a hope to tweak the language in the agreement to change how the patrol decides funding and purchases. Accordingly, expenditures would not have to be approved by all three boards/councils (Village of Pewaukee, City of Pewaukee, Town of Delafield) but only by one representative of each municipality (president, mayor, and town chair). Funds and items, after all, are already allocated and agreed to through the budget process. Tonight, however, the Village Board expressed they would want to retain some control in that process.
The measure was unanimously approved by the Village Board. The item will be placed on the Town of Delafield’s agenda for final joint approval on October 23.

Village of Pewaukee rejects fiscal impact application

Oct. 16, 2012 10:10 p.m. | A fiscal impact analysis requirement for rezoning was denied by the Village Board in Pewaukee tonight. The measure came fully recommended by the Plan Commission and would have required rezoning, land use plan amendment and conditional use applicants to provide information regarding their impact to the tax base.

It would require applicants to assess their costs to the village. For example, if a large grocery store were to move into Pewaukee, it might change local traffic patterns. The store would collect data and tell the village whether there could be an extra cost to, say, providing a stoplight or a crosswalk in the future. Other costs to the tax base would also include water or utility use, fire or police calls and other public works projects. They may also consider the development's impact on raising or lowering property tax values. Previous discussions with Village attorneys had cautioned the Board from using revenue-centered language to avoid discrimination.

Tax-based questions are already scrutinized by the Plan Commission, and have been for fifteen years, according to Trustee Jeff Knutson who didn’t see a reason to formalize it. Other members, like Trustee Dean Flowers, said he could think of some developments which would have been turned away by such analyses, even though they were positive for the community.

“We need to be very choosy about what we allow into this community… We’re not a farming community anymore. Our open spaces are gone,” said President Tom Calder.

Regardless, the ordinance was denied 4-3. It may still be possible for the measure to be tweaked and resubmitted.

Local fire departments participate in Safe Kids program

Oct. 16, 2012 4:00 p.m. |  Pizza topped with cheese – and prevention – may just save your life. Firefighters from Wales/Genesee and North Prairie will “Delivering Fire Prevention,” a program of Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition, the evening of Thursday, Oct. 18. The program is designed to increase awareness about the importance of having working smoke detectors in every home, while reminding homeowners to change the batteries in their smoke detectors twice a year. 

This year’s participating area restaurants are: Paisano's Pizzeria, Tenerelli’s and ZaZing! Primo Pizza in North Prairie; Pizza Guy in Wales and Marty’s Pizza in Delafield. 

Families will be chosen at random to have their pizza delivered by a fire truck. If they have working smoke detectors in their home, their pizza will be free, compliments of the pizza restaurant. Some families may receive a free smoke or carbon monoxide detector, and all families will receive fire prevention education from Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin. 

Children in homes without working smoke alarms are at greater risk of fire-related injury or death. Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin recommends: installing smoke detectors on every level in your home and in each bedroom, cleaning and checking smoke detectors once every month to ensure they work properly, changing batteries twice a year and replacing smoke detectors every 10 years.

Delivering Fire Prevention is sponsored by State Farm®, Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin and participating fire departments and pizza restaurants. For a complete list of participating restaurants, visit 

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KMHS staff serves for Culver's Cares fundraiser tonight

Oct. 16, 2012 9:41 a.m. | Kettle Moraine High School Principal Jeff Walters and school board member Terri Phillips, along with Captain Laser, will be serving customers at Culver's in Wales from 5 to 6:45 p.m. Oct. 16 and KMHS teacher Margaret Mulqueen and library media specialist Joanne Sobolik will serve from 6:45 to 8 p.m. during Culver's Cares Night.

From 5 to 10:30 p.m.  Culver's in Wales will donate 10-percent of all sales to support continuing renovation efforts in the KMHS library media center. 

Free soup and bread meal at Eagle church today

Oct. 16, 2012 9:09 a.m. | Eagle United Methodist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Nurture and Outreach Ministries is offering a free community soup and bread meal today, Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join members for food and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall.

GOP to hold debate-watching party

Oct. 16, 2012 7:30 a.m. | The Republican Party of Waukesha County is planning several events this week:

The GOP will open its doors tonight (Tuesday) for a debate viewing party of the debate between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.

It will also hold a Senate debate viewing party on Thursday, featuring Tommy Thompson and Tammy Baldwin.

Both debate events will open at 7 p.m.; the debates themselves begin at 8. Snacks and beverages will be served.

On Friday, the movie "Occupy Unmasked" will be shown at 7:30 p.m.; popcorn and other snacks and beverages will be provided.

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City signs on to Pewaukee Lake Patrol fund

Oct. 15, 2012 8:31 p.m. | The City of Pewaukee Common Council has agreed to establish a joint lake patrol equipment fund to set aside leftover money into a separate account, to be used for upcoming capital expenses.

This means if there are funds leftover at the end of this year, then Pewaukee Lake Patrol does not need to return them to the respective general funds, but could use them for upcoming expenditures that have been approved in the capital plan – handheld radios, for example.

A change that could come here would be one of policy and the City Attorney Riffle explained that expenditures would not have to be approved by all three boards/councils (Village of Pewaukee, City of Pewaukee, Town of Delafield) but only by one representative of each municipality (president, mayor, and town chair). Funds and items, after all, are already agreed to through the budget process.

The measure was unanimously approved by the Common Council but Alderwoman Kathleen Novack raised some continuity concerns.

“I don’t have, necessarily, a problem with it just as long as we’re not setting a precedent. That we’re not going to get in trouble with the (Joint) Library or some other entity,” Novack said.

Bowl for Jacob on Oct. 20

Oct. 15, 2012 4:40 p.m. | A bowling benefit for Jacob Reichert's ongoing treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon to 6 p.m. at Jay's Lanes in Mukwonago. 

Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) is a rare genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to form in many different organs, primarily in the brain, heart, kidneys, eyes, lungs, and even on the skin. Some cases of TSC are extremely severe, while others can be very mild with no symptoms.

While in the womb, a prenatal ultrasound showed four tumors in Jacob’s little heart, which is often associated with (TSC).  Blood tests taken at birth officially diagnosed Jacob with this genetic disorder that would cause him lifelong battles, which began with seizures when he was two weeks old and requires multiple medications three times a day, many trips to Children's Hospital and will require brain surgery within the next couple of months.

Donations can be made to: The Jacob Reichert Fund at any Associated Bank branch.

Wrong way through Oconomowoc roundabout will cost $40,000 to repair

Oct. 15, 2012 4:25 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Public Works Director Mark Frye said it will cost around $40,000 to repair damages to the city's roundabout sculpture and median area after a drunken driver plowed through the area on Sept. 23.

"At this time, we are estimating $40,000 to repair or replace the items," Frye said of the sculpture, masonry pillar, signs, plants, electrical wiring for the LED lights that light the sculpture at night and curb. He said the majority of the cost, $30,000, is for the replacement of the sculpture.

In 2010, the Oconomowoc Rotary donated the sculpture to the city for its roundabout that sits at the entrance to downtown.

According to information from the City of Oconomowoc Police Department, a 32-year-old Town of Oconomowoc man was driving his 2005 Lexus SUV west on Wisconsin Avenue at 3 a.m. on Sept. 23 and failed to negotiate the roundabout.

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Gun scare at OYF game

Oct. 15, 2012 9:36 a.m. | The Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept. was called to Ski Slide Park on Saturday after it was discovered that an Elkhorn man brought a loaded weapon to a youth football game.

An email sent on Oct. 14 from the Oconomowoc Youth Football association board of directors explained the situation:

 "During one of the games this afternoon, a visiting fan from Delavan was legally open carrying a handgun on site.  After being told by several people that despite his ability to legally carry the firearm, they were uncomfortable with it's unneccesary presence at a youth football game, he decided to hide the gun in the woods on the visitors side instead of securing it in a safe place.  The gun, which did have ammuntion in it was then found by two very young children who were playing in the woods.  They turned it over to another adult, who for some reason did not reveal that he had it and instead made it known that he had turned it in to the concession stand when he was in fact in posession of it.  In the meantime the gun's owner discovered it was missing and went to the concession stand to reclaim it.  The gun was not there, but in the posession of the other person who the children had given it to.

At this point the officials were directed to immediately stop the game and our game management secured all players and made certain that all children were accounted for.  Because of the false information given to us, we believed that we may have had a missing and loaded weapon that could literally be on the ground somewhere.  The Jefferson County Sheriff responded and determined that the firearm was in posession of the man who the children had given the gun to.  

Several parents and coaches from both Delavan and Oconomowoc assisted in ensuring the safety of players while the situation was occuring and we are grateful for all that stepped in to help.  Unfortunately, we can't tell you that at no time were our players or spectators in danger because the fact is that it simply isn't true.  Because of this man's incredibly poor judgment we could have had a very tragic situation, especially considering that two very young children from Delavan found a loaded gun on the ground.  

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Get those election letters in

Oct. 15, 2012 8:07 a.m. | While the election is still three weeks away, noon today, Monday, Oct. 15, is the deadline for submitting letters related to the election and candidates for all Lake Country and Mukwonago Publications papers.

Letters received after that deadline may not be published before election day, depending on available space. The last day letters will be published is Oct. 25.

We welcome letters at our Hartland office, 810 Cardinal Lane; our Mukwonago office, 111 N. Rochester St.; and via email,

Watertown rallies to edge Cooney

Oct. 13, 2012 12:29 a.m. | On a chill night, Watertown and Oconomowoc waged a hotly contested battle for second place and a shot at sharing the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference title. Possible home field advantage in the upcoming playoffs was also on the line. Each team boasted 5-1 conference records, and both teams’ sole loss came against undefeated Wisconsin Lutheran.

Watertown trailed 16-13 with just 2:39 to play, then took advantage of a short punt and good field position to post a 19-13 victory on the road.

With a playoff atmosphere as backdrop, the two teams burst onto the scoreboard
on the opening possessions of the game. Watertown used just six passing plays to cover 82 yards and score in a 2-minute game-opening drive. Tarek Yaeggi completed 5 throws, the final toss a 16-yard touchdown to Sam Zwieg followed by a Josh Fisher kick for the extra point.

Equally energized, the Raccoons responded with a drive eating up just more than 4 minutes and 60 yards of gridiron. The series used 10 plays that included four
completions on five attempts by Canton Larson. The quarterback hit Tyler Enright for the 13-yard touchdown, but the extra point kick was blocked leaving Watertown ahead, 7-6.

Two very solid defenses then took charge with the teams struggling for field
position and surviving several penalties. An interception by Andrew Guenther stopped a Goslings drive, but Oconomowoc could not capitalize on the turnover.

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Brookfield East tops Hamilton in OT

Oct. 13, 2012 12:16 a.m. |

In the end, it came down to Brookfield East’s defense having to stop Sussex Hamilton junior running back Drew Patterson one last time.

The Chargers came out and lined up for a 2-point conversion following Patterson’s 6-yard touchdown run that cut the score to 14-13, in overtime.

Right before the play East called time out to talk things over and the Chargers ended up changing the play.

“We had a play called,” Chargers coach John Damato said. “We were going to go off the edge. Then we decided to go up the middle.”

East coach Tom Swittel and his staff had noticed that Patterson was right behind quarterback Mark Gryszkiewicz.

“When they put Patterson up, they didn’t have him at tailback. So they moved him up and put him right behind the quarterback. It’s a ‘tell.’ We expected that.”
Patterson got the ball and drove into the middle of the Spartans defense where he was met by Jack Podewils, Alex Lessila, Eric Weller, Alec James and the rest of the defense.
“I saw the ref walking in and he did this (signal no touchdown) and I was just happy,” James said. “So I started smiling…at the bottom of the pile.”

Damato didn’t second guess himself.
“I wouldn’t take it back,” he said. “They were giving that to us a little bit. We just came up six inches short. It was a good push. It just wasn’t enough.”

It was not surprising that the game came down to one play as two outstanding teams squared off all night and came up with big plays when they needed them.

Defense dominated the game in a scoreless first half, and penalties hurt both teams. East was flagged six times in the first half, including three delay of game penalties, and Hamilton was hit with two crucial holding penalties. 
“They hurt us quite a bit,” Damato said. “In stalling some drives...once you start to get some momentum it’s taken away. We have to clean that up and I think we will.”

Swittel was asked about his halftime comments to his ballclub.

“I told them it was a heavyweight fight,” he said. “Anybody who has ever been in a fight knows the guy that loses is the guy that flinches. And I said we were not going to flinch.”

In the third quarter, the Spartans recovered a Chargers fumble and Spartans senior quarterback Zach Damico tossed a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Brian Smith, and Connor Allen’s point after made it 7-0 with 10:05 on the clock.

But then the Chargers got into the act and went 60 yards in six plays keyed by a 40-yard run by Patterson, who scored from 2 yards out to tie the game at 8:13.

“I think it woke us up a little bit,” Damato said. “I think we both woke each other up.”
After Smith returned the kickoff 40 yards to the 50-yard line, the Spartans went on an 11-play drive. But an offensive pass interference penalty pushed the ball back and Allen’s 45-yard field goal attempt hit the crossbar and bounced back.
The Chargers then went on a 16-play drive which ended when Kenny Lo’s 26-yard field goal was wide left.

Each team had a chance to win it in the final minutes of regulation, but Lo was short on a 42-yard field goal attempt.

On the 14-play drive, an illegal block in the back, a holding penalty and a fumble kept the Chargers from scoring.

East got the ball back on its own 20 and a 43-yard run by Damico eventually set up a 35-yard field goal attempt with one second left when Damico, who was out of timeouts, spiked the ball. 

But a fumbled snap prevented chance at win in regulation.

Hamilton won the toss in overtime and selected to take the ball second. It only took East four plays to go 25 yards, as Damico scored when he raced 19-yards for the score after bouncing off a would-be tackler.
“It was a speed option to the outside,” Damico said. “I had to read (running back Zach Schober) on the pitch so I just cut up. I ran right into him (the defender) but he didn’t wrap up and I went in for the score. It was a great feeling.”

Both coaches complimented their opponents.

“It was a great football game,” Damato said. “I’m proud of our kids. Our kids fought hard. So did Brookfield East. It was a great high school football game.”

Said Swittel, “You know you play to win, and John Damato and Sussex Hamilton, they’re winners.”

Patterson rushed for 119 yards and Damico led East with 101.

AHS rolls over Mukwonago

Oct. 12, 2012 10:09 p.m. |  Arrowhead's undefeated and No. 1 ranked football team closed out the 2012 regular season Friday night by whipping visiting Mukwonago, 40-6. AHS finished the year at 8-0 and won the Classic 8 Conference title with a 7-0 mark.

Mukwonago and Catholic Memorial shared second place at 5-2.

Three of the four first-half touchdowns for the Warhawks came on two long punt returns and one after a turnover. Ricky Finco returned a punt 52 yards for the first score and Dom Todarello scored the fourth one on a 61-yard  punt return.

Senior quarterback Brady Kelliher scored on two running plays and Ty Jager caught a short pass form Kelliher for the other AHS touchdowns.

Arrowhead got big games on defense from Jackson Abresch, Austin Fisher, Billy Hirschfeld, Matt Seitz, Brian Sesolak and Logan Rupard.

Ad group criticizes Generac advertising

Oct. 12, 2012 4:39 p.m. | The National Advertising Division (NAD) said Generac has violated procedures and regulation in its promotion of products to customers.

According to Milwaukee Biz Journal reports, last month, Generac was told by the group to discontinue certain advertising that was misleading with unsupported claims in advertising that included information claiming the company's standby home generators were the most environmentally friendly.

Generac responded saying it provides ample information for consumers to decide which product to purchase. It also said after review, the NAD did agree the company provided a reasonable basis for its advertising claims. However, the NAD still wanted clarification.

Today, Biz Journal reporter Jeff Engel reported that NAD said Generac violated the advertising industry procedures by mischaracterizing the original case findings. According to the report, competitor, Kohler Co., had previously contacted customers about the NAD case findings.

In turn, Generac, "which the ad group said had complained about Kohler’s conduct, sent a lengthy message to customers that the group said omitted key information about its findings," according to Engel's story.

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Help Eagle Scout candidate at Castle Park

Oct. 12, 2012 8:03 a.m. | Eagle Scout candidate Ryan Murray will be at Castle Park, 520 Hartridge Boulevard, Hartland, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, to work on his Eagle Scout project.

He is organizing a community effort to rid the park of invasive buckthorn, and to plant tulips and build and install bird and bat houses. Call Ryan at (262) 212-0094 for more information about how you can help.

Castle Park is in the Hartridge subdivision.

Detective Steve Pederson looks back on longtime career

Oct. 12, 2012 7:53 a.m. | After 27 years with the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Detective Steve Pederson will retire in November. We caught up with him to ask him about his career and his plans for retirement.

For more, see this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.

Get out into the autumn's beauty for the Kettle Moraine Studio Tour

Oct. 12, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The countryside is ablaze with natural beauty. So why not complement nature’s talents with those of area artists this weekend?

This weekend, the Kettle Moraine Studio Tour will be celebrating its 14th year with its largest tour ever. Visitors will be able to see eight art studios at six locations and see the work of 19 award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers and musicians, all within a 20-mile radius.

The tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Five new guest artists will join the 14 returning artists.

The art studio of Layna Portugal will be featured for the first time. Her studio, outside of Eagle, will feature earth-inspired simplicity in her clay pieces. Other artists at her studio are new to the tour --  Judy Dishman and Yuki Nyhan, both specializing in earthenware.

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Houston wins CC race for Oconomowoc

Oct. 11, 2012 10:01 p.m. |  Oconomowoc High School freshman Marlie Houston won the individual championship Thursday at the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference meet at McCarty Park in West Allis. Houston won the race with a 4,000-meter time of 14:25. She won by 20 seconds.

The OHS girls finished in fourth place. West Bend West won the team title.

The Cooney boys team turned in a strong performance and finished second with 56 points. Wisconsin Lutheran won with 45 points. Noah Brown of Oconomowoc was third overall.

St. John's wins final football game

Oct. 11, 2012 9:54 p.m. |  The St. John's Northwestern Military Academy football team defeated visiting Brookfield Academy Thursday afternoon, 21-20 to lock up a berth in the upcoming WIAA post-season playoffs.

Eric Imel scored on a 70-yard run with 3:42 to left to play for the come-from-behind win. Imel also scored on a 76-yard kickoff return and Dominic Pfister caught a 25-yard touchdown pass for the Lancers,  who finished the regular season with a 6-2 mark.

Pfister rushed for 159 yards in the game.

Good day at state for netters

Oct. 11, 2012 9:46 p.m. |  The girls tennis players from Arrowhead and Kettle Moraine had good days at the first day of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison Thursday.

In singles, Arrowhead's Teagan Hipp won her first round match and moved to Friday morning's second round. Arrowhead's Emily Kolbow had a bye and will play on Friday morning.

In doubles, the KM team of Zoe Roecker and Maddie Strunsee won their first-round match and moved to Friday's second round.

The AHS team of Abby Kolbow and Kali Flesch won their first-round match and will play Friday morning.

Meet award winning author Kathleen Ernst at Old World Wisconsin

Oct. 11, 2012 4:55 p.m. |  Old World Wisconsin will host a book launch and signing from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 21 for award-winning mystery writer Kathleen Ernst's latest novel, "The Light Keeper's Legacy," the most recent edition in the popular Chloe Ellefson mystery series. 

In this Door County, Wisconsin-based mystery, an island's history holds clues to a modern mystery.  Chloe Ellefson is on temporary assignment from Old World Wisconsin to consult on restoring the island's historic lighthouse. Chloe's tranquility is spoiled when a dead woman washes ashore.

Old World Wisconsin was chosen by Ernst for the launch as the two earlier books in the series, "Old World Murder" and "The Heirloom Murders" are set at the museum, where Ernst once worked as a curator.

Admission is not required to visit the museum store which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day of the signing. 

Museum admission:  Adults $16; children (5-17) $9 (children under 5 are free); students and senior citizens (65 and over) $14; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $43.

Free Community Soup and Bread Meal

Oct. 11, 2012 1:10 p.m. |  Join Eagle United Methodist Church for their Free Community Soup and Bread Meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 16. 

The event will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the church, 305 E. Main St. in Eagle. 

Grab lunch at Hartland brat fry today, support Hartland food pantry

Oct. 11, 2012 11:19 a.m. | To help celebrate Roundy’s 140th Anniversary a brat fry is going on today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Square Pick 'n Save off Highway 83.

Proceeds from your lunch sale will benefit the Hartland Food Pantry.

Quad/Graphics announces acquisition of Vertis

Oct. 11, 2012 9:35 a.m. | Village of Sussex - Less than a week after news that Quad/Graphics netted a $900 million deal with Time magazines, it announced Wednesday that it will acquire marketing communications company, Vertis.

According to a release from Quad:

Quad/Graphics will acquire substantially all of the assets comprising Vertis’ businesses for $258.5 million, which includes the payment of approximately $88.5 million for current assets that are in excess of normalized working capital requirements. Upon completion, the acquisition will enhance Quad/Graphics’ position as a leader in the production of retail advertising inserts, direct marketing and in-store marketing solutions while providing continuity, financial stability and continued business investment for Vertis’ clients and employees.

Quad/Graphics intends to use cash on hand and draw on its revolving credit facility to finance the acquisition of Vertis. Vertis expects to generate approximately $1.1 billion in revenues and approximately $60 million in EBITDA, adjusted for restructuring, impairment and other transaction-related expenses, during fiscal year 2012.

After taking into account significant anticipated synergies, Quad/Graphics expects that the acquisition will be accretive to earnings, excluding any non-recurring integration costs. The combined entity will realize efficiencies and cost-savings derived from a superior and more efficient operating platform, expanded volume-driven mailings and more efficient procurement programs.

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Oconomowoc's Irish pub readying to reopen

Oct. 11, 2012 8:54 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Popular downtown spot, The Pub, is anticipating reopening the weekend of Oct. 26 after months of cleanup and renovations.

The Irish restaurant and bar sustained severe smoke and water damage after neighboring building, Stapleton Realty, caught fire on July 1. Sharon Phillips who lived upstairs died of smoke inhalation and another sustained major injuries after jumping from her apartment window, but recovered. That woman, Mary Dollack, is the sous chef at The Pub. Owners Aelred and Bernie Gannon are excited that Dollack will be joining them to celebrate their business' reopening.

They have gutted the entire inside and are excited to share some new changes to the quaint downtown destination.

Watch for their story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.

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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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