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Village Square apartments decision delayed

Oct. 30, 2013 9:21 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Plan Commission has postponed for at least a month its decision on whether to allow the construction of a 90 unit apartment complex in the Village Square shopping center at the interchange of Highways 83 and 16.

The decision to postpone the vote was made before the Plan Commission conducted a public hearing tonight that was attended by more than two dozen residents who live adjacent to the shopping center and are opposed to the apartment complex.

Eight of the residents spoke at the hearing and asserted that an apartment complex is not permitted in the out of court agreement that was reached by the city and  developers of the project during the mid 1990s.

The out of court settlement came after the city had initially refused to approve the proposed shopping center mostly because of the intense opposition the project engendered from the neighbors and other citizens from Delafield and surrounding communities.

The neighbors also argued that an apartment complex would violate the terms of the agreement regarding the size and operations of buildings and businesses that would be permitted in the shopping center.

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Roufus to open academy in Hartland

Oct. 30, 2013 6:23 p.m. | Roufusport MMA Academy will open a Hartland branch with a Grand Opening celebration running 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2.

Guests are invited to train with Duke Roufus and the Roufusport teaching staff, with the opportunity to watch the Roufusport Competition Team training at the location from 12 to 1 p.m. A meet and greet will run from 1 to 2 p.m. featuring UFC World Lightweight champion Anthony Pettis and teammates Sergio Pettis, Erik Koch, Chico Camus and Dustin Ortiz, with free autographs.

The location will open at 804 Rose Drive. For more, call (262) 367-3400.

Mukwonago VEX teams ready for Toss Up game

Oct. 30, 2013 12:04 p.m. |  Three Park View Middle School VEX Robotics teams will compete at the Milwaukesha Fall VEX Robotics Middle School Competition at Waukesha West High School, 3301 West Saylesville Road, Waukesha on Nov. 2. Forty teams will battle their robots in the VEX Robotics Competition game Toss Up. 

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 9:45 a.m., and qualifying matches starting at 10 a.m. Elimination rounds start at 2:20 p.m. with the awards and closing ceremony taking place at 5 p.m.

Vex Robotics Competition is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. 

For more information about VEX Robotics visit the website. See a complete story and photos on the Park View teams in the Nov. 3 Living Chief Sunday.

Sussex man accused in prom night sex assault

Oct. 30, 2013 10:11 a.m. |  A 34-year-old Sussex man has been charged with allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old girl at a Brookfield hotel on prom night.

Jason Rybacki was charged on Monday, Oct. 28 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with one count of child enticement and two counts of child sex assault.

According to the criminal complaint, Town of Brookfield Police were first made aware of a Racine County investigation into the allegations on Oct. 24.

The 15-year-old girl said in the complaint that she had met Rybacki in September using a phone application called Whisper, which encourages users to “share secrets, express yourself and meet new people.”

After talking over the phone, Rybacki allegedly picked the girl up from school and took her to lunch, the girl said in the complaint. They continued to talk and made plans for the girl to skip her high school homecoming and instead stay at a hotel with Rybacki.

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Dense fog advisory issued

Oct. 30, 2013 8:16 a.m. | Take it slow on your commute this morning, as the National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory, effective until 10 a.m.

Visibility is expected to be less than a quarter-mile.

Motorists are encouraged to turn their headlights on, slow down and leave plenty of distance between cars.

Pabst Farms drops $20 million claim against City of Oconomowoc

Oct. 29, 2013 3:40 p.m. | Pabst Farms has dropped a $20 million claim against the city after Common Council revisited — and approved — requests to build a Kwik Trip in the Pabst development.

“Pabst Farms looks forward to restoring the excellent relationship that existed between the City and Pabst Farms before the Kwik Trip episode. We hope that the withdrawal of the Pabst Farms claim will help restore that relationship,”Attorney Jon Axelrod wrote in a statement.

Axelrod is with the firm, DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, which represented Pabst Farms following Council’s rejection of the Kwik Trip in July. Council revisited the requests to divide a parcel of land and for a conditional use to operate a Kwik Trip in the Pabst development off Highway 67 and the Oconomowoc Parkway.

Officials had concerns about safety of the entrance to the gas station and car wash crossing the Lake Country Trail off Oconomowoc Parkway. The city and developer worked with Waukesha County Parks and Land Use to require safety markings be placed on the trail crossing when the development is constructed. The county has no jurisdiction over the trail crossing. We Energies owns the land the trail runs through and approved the easement for the driveway entrance to the Kwik Trip.

No timeline has been shared for construction of the Kwik Trip.

Arrowhead grad killed in Michigan freeway crash

Oct. 28, 2013 5:11 p.m. | Arrowhead High School graduate and Hartland native Jared Kavinsky was one of two people killed in a fatal car crash that occurred on I-196 near Saugatuck, Mich. last week.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kavinsky, 21, lost control of a black Honda in the southbound lanes of I-196 at about 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. The vehicle struck a median cable barrier and came to a stop in the left southbound lane.

Terrence Noone, 62, of Chicago, stopped his vehicle in an attempt to offer assistance to Kavinsky, The Press reports. Both men were fatally struck by a third vehicle driven by a 26-year-old Michigan man, who was flown to a nearby hospital after suffering serious injuries.

Arrowhead Superintendent Craig Jefson said Kavinsky, a 2010 graduate, was an active member in the school’s band, baseball program and the community.

The family will hold a visitation from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 and from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at Harder Funeral Home, 18700 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield. 

Fundraiser to help East Troy resource center

Oct. 28, 2013 4:56 p.m. |  The East Troy Family Resource Center's annual silent auction fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Ivan's Backstage on the square in East Troy. 

Tickets are $15 per person, which includes hors d'oeuvres and dessert buffet. A cash bar will be available. The fundraiser includes a huge silent auction, a wine pull and a beer raffle. Musical performance will be provided by Terry Murphy.

For ticket information or to make a donation, contact Marolyn Komperud at (262) 642-4909 or 

Gun club appearance postponed

Oct. 28, 2013 3:02 p.m. |  City of Delafield - An attorney for the Hartland Sportsman Clubs has postponed a scheduled appearance by gun club representatives at the Wednesday, October 30, Plan Commission meeting when commission members were expected to consider whether to recommend the city grant a new operating permit for the gun club.

City Clerk Gina Gresch said she was contacted via voice message and email earlier today by gun club lawyer Scott Burns. Burns requested that discussion of the conditional use permit be placed on the Nov. 20 Plan Commission agenda.

Gresch said the messages did not indicate why the gun club representatives would not be ready for the meeting Wednesday. Burns was not available for comment.

Gun club lawyers and engineers had been requested by city officials to respond to arguements made by businesses and home owners located near the club who oppose it being allowed to reopen.

The opponents argued that proposed new safety standards and improvements slated to be implemented at the club would not meet safety standards suggested by the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Arrowhead High School holds crisis drill Monday morning

Oct. 28, 2013 8:30 a.m. | If you see police and emergency vehicles at Arrowhead High School Monday morning, don't be alarmed it's just a drill. School administration reported around 8 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28 that the school is holding a crisis drill. Police and firefighters will be on campus.

Arrowhead soccer team edges Germantown, 1-0, for state berth

Oct. 26, 2013 10:27 p.m. | Arrowhead boys soccer coach Jeff Staus empasizes a simple philosophy:

"Play what's in front of you" or more simply don't get ahead of yourself. Keep the ball in play, look for the open man, and win the next game.

That's what the top-ranked team in the state Saturday night, as it used a nifty Colin Dibb goal in the 57th minute to beat host Germantown, 1-0, in the WIAA sectional final and earn its first state tournament berth since 2009.

"He wants us to keep battling, to keep playing our game," said senior co-captain and midfielder Colin Koerber. "Above all, stay calm and execute."

Because they maintained that mantra, the visitors (19-0-2) earned the right to play in a a WIAA State Division I semifinal against Classic 8 rival Musekgo (21-4-2) on Friday, Nov. 1 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.

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Lake Country Lutheran dominates in opening round

Oct. 26, 2013 8:56 p.m. | Saturday afternoon's Level 1 football playoff between Lake Country Lutheran and visiting Port Edwards turned into an easy trip to the second round for the Lightning, as LCL took a 40-0 win Saturday afternoon at home.

Scoring opened in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ben Wilkins to Adam Tovar, but Vinny D'Agostini couldn't deliver the extra point while kicking into a strong headwind. Near the start of the second quarter, Justin Prostinak wove through the Blackhawks defense and ran 58 yards for the second Lightning touchdown. On the other side of the ball, the best defensive play came from the special teams when the Lightning blocked a Port Edwards punt attempt, though LCL couldn't add to its lead and held only a 13-0 edge at the break.

"We've got to play sound D, and you've got to have a running game," said Lightning coach Greg Brazgel. "I don't know if there's a football coach in the whole nation that says, 'As long as we don't run the ball and play poor defense, we'll be all right,' so everyone's working on their D and their running game, and they answered the call. I told them 13-0 at halftime was not acceptable for Lake Country Lutheran, and they answered with 27 in the second half, so they really stepped up their game."

The offense did indeed step it up in the second half with touchdown runs from Wilkins and Ian Kindred and touchdown receptions from Charlie Jacques and Alex Groth. The defense also kept up the pressure, however, with the Blackhawks finding it difficult to even pick up a first down.

"Defense did great," said defensive tackle Ross Gottschalk. "We really work as a team this year, and we really communicate very well. Everyone plays. It's not just one person in (all the time). I feel good. I'm really happy to keep that goose egg up there."

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Pewaukee kickers headed back to state

Oct. 26, 2013 8:43 p.m. | All season long, Pewaukee's been piecing things together, and that's a great thing when the subject matter is soccer.

In the WIAA Division 3 sectional final at Pewaukee on Oct. 26, Pewaukee bundled those pieces together in a short time span. When the day was done, the Pirates earned another trip to Uihlein Soccer Park with a 3-0 victory against longtime nemeses Waukesha Catholic Memorial.

"This one came down to some set pieces early in the second half, and we didn't respond well," Crusaders veteran head boys soccer coach John Bisswurm said. "They hit us quickly, and we didn't collect ourselves. Give them all the credit in the world, and I wish them well moving forward."

Scoring took place in a 5-minute span early in the second half. Pewaukee scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 48th minute off a set piece. Chandler Bentley, a junior midfielder, took the corner kick and bent his serve into the six-yard box. Junior defender Jack Wirth described what happened next.

"With the wind, it hit off the crossbar, and I kept my head cool and sort of ran through it, and it worked out," Wirth said.

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Kettle Moraine soccer kept from state trip

Oct. 26, 2013 8:38 p.m. | The WIAA Division 1 soccer tournament hadn't been kind to No. 1 seeds even heading into the sectional final level, with five of the eight already out. Two more fell Saturday, and Kettle Moraine got caught in the carnage.

Madison West, a third seed that had already downed top-seeded Madison Memorial in a 5-0 blowout Thursday, continued its head of steam with a 2-0 win over Kettle Moraine at Lake Geneva Badger. The Regents held the Lasers to essentially one crisp shot on goal, a cross that glanced off the post in the 19th minute.

"They had a great gameplan, they executed will, they hustled where they really needed to hustle and took care of business," KM coach Greg Prospero said of West. "It just didn't bounce our way today. It was still very satisfying, the fact that we got here."

The Lasers were looking for a third consecutive appearance in the state tournament, having appeared in each of the past two state-championship games and fallen to Marquette. The state superpower Hilltoppers had been one of the casualties in the sectional semifinal round, falling to KM's Classic 8 Conference cohort Muskego.

Kettle Moraine had the brisk wind in its favor in the first half and controlled almost the entire 40 minutes on its side of the field – except for a brief hiccup in the 10th minute when West took a 1-0 lead. Luke Miller cashed in a breakaway after eluding KM goalie Dominic Spano, who had come to the front of the box to challenge. Miller's shot on a wide-open net barely trickled past Alex Eichstaedt swooping in for a last-chance save.

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Bednarski, Oconomowoc get all of it against Madison West

Oct. 26, 2013 12:27 a.m. | The fourth quarter, poisoned with a myriad of penalties, late hits and even ejections, nearly overshadowed what kind of evening Casey Bednarski and the Oconomowoc football team had.

OHS and Madison West combined for 247 yards of penalties in the WIAA Division 1, Level 1 football game, but more importantly, Oconomowoc moved on to the next round with a 37-6 victory over the Regents —the first playoff win for the Raccoons since 2001.

"It was a hard-fought game by our kids; those guys haven't gotten beaten like this all season, so I think frustration takes over," Oconomowoc head football coach Ryan McMillen said. "It got sloppy tonight. I thought we could have done a better job finishing this one off in the second quarter, but all night our defense played their tails off. They have some special kids on that team. They've got some nice players, but our guys battled."

Badnarski caught four passes, three for touchdowns, including a 65-yard score on a pass from Canton Larson in the second quarter. His second touchdown catch covered 82 yards before he was on the receiving end of Larson's strike from 47 yards out.

"We worked the personal matchup, and he happened to be the guy in the right spot," McMillen said. "He's been doing that for us all season."

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Pirates advance to second round

Oct. 26, 2013 12:21 a.m. | After giving a nod to a great name from Pewaukee's past, the Pirates marched forward. It's on to the second round for the No. 3-seeded football team in Division 3.

Hosting sixth-seeded Elkhorn on Friday night in the opening round of the WIAA Division 3 playoffs, the Pirates struggled offensively most of the night but still had enough talent to score a wire-to-wire 20-6 victory. The win vaulted Pewaukee into the second round this coming Friday or Saturday against No. 2 seeded Waukesha Catholic Memorial.

"We weren't as sharp as we've been, but I thought Elkhorn played very well, " said second-year Pewaukee coach Justin Friske. "We didn't play that well, but in the playoffs it's about advancing. We didn't get a lot of style points tonight but we got the W. And right now we're on our way to the second round."

The win moved PHS to 9-1 on the season. In Friske's two years as head coach, Pewaukee is now 18-2.

Friday's victory also marked the third year in a row that the Pirates advanced out of the first round and fifth time they've accomplished that in the last six seasons.

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Turnovers help Mukwonago shut down La Follette

Oct. 25, 2013 11:57 p.m. | Dominic Cizauskas simply took it away.

Madison La Follette quarterback Jordan Carlson had a surefire touchdown as he scrambled toward the end zone with 6 minutes left in the first half. With Mukwonago nursing a 6-0 lead, it appeared La Follette had taken control of the game, but even though Carlson got across the goal line, the football never made it that far. It was all part of a sound 25-0 win for Mukwonago in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 playoffs at La Follette (7-3), an upset on paper that marked Mukwonago's first playoff win since 2006.

Cizauskas, the All-State caliber linebacker destined for the University of Wisconsin, came in from the right and seized the football as Carlson tried rushing in from 6 yards out, giving Mukwonago the ball at its own 1-yard line. It was the first of two first-half takeaways inside the 5-yard line. Matt Hartung's interception in the end zone halted a La Follette scoring opportunity in the final seconds of the half.

"Two plays where we were able to get takeaways down by the goal line (stand out)," Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson said. "Those two plays stick out in my mind; you've got to make those plays this time of year."

First MHS took away the football, then it took away the momentum. Scoring proved easier to come by in the second half as the Indians pulled away.

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Special meeting Monday for Half-Time Sports Grille in Mukwonago

Oct. 25, 2013 3:00 p.m. | The Village of Mukwonago has called a special meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m. to discuss Half-Time Sports Grille's move to downtown Mukwonago.

The restaurant, which is planning to relocate to 200 Rochester Street, would like to be open before the end of the year but has many hoops to jump through including parking and right-of-way issues.

In order to address the remaining issues prior the the next board meeting, the special meeting Monday will tie up loose ends for the project to be presented with recommendations to the board at their regularly scheduled Nov. 5 meeting. 

Village Administrator John Weidl explained that the Village is trying to accomodate the project timeline but wants the community to be aware of the special meeting so residents feel welcome to come and express their thoughts and concerns about the project.

Look for more information on the project and on the special meeting in next week's Mukwonago Chief. 

Eagle Fire Department Pancake Breakfast tomorrow

Oct. 25, 2013 1:04 p.m. |  The Eagle Fire Department will host a pancake and sausage breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 26 for all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage and a department open house, 126 E. Main Street. 

The event runs from 7 a.m.- 12 p .m. and  proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to fund equipment upgrades to the fire trucks. 

Suspect in manhunt apprehended

Oct. 25, 2013 11:41 a.m. |   The manhunt for a suspect in a stolen vehicle case has been resolved.

  Law enforcement personnel have confirmed that William C. Rennhack, 21,  was apprehended Thursday night in Marquette County.

   On Oct. 23, just before 1:30 p.m., the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a report of stolen vehicle.

  During this investigation, the suspected stolen vehicle was located and a short traffic pursuit ensued involving the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department.

  The suspect vehicle was found a short time later in the area of Monroe and Lafollette Roads in the Town of Lebanon in Dodge County.   The male suspect fled on foot and involved law enforcement began a search of the area.

Last day for Tony & Mia's in Delafield is Sunday

Oct. 25, 2013 10:33 a.m. | The Italian restaurant Tony & Mia's in Delafield is serving its final meals on Sunday, the restaurant says on Facebook

The restaurant is open regular hours until then. On Sundays, it serves brunch and lunch only, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Co-owner Randy Piering, who cures the bacon and other meats for Tony & Mia's brunch, has said he might consider opening another restaurant serving breakfast.

Piering opened Tony & Mia's with his wife, Camille DiNicola, in 2011. DiNicola is the chef at the restaurant, 515 Wells St.

A sale of the restaurant is in the works but is not yet final.

Get a Packers autograph in Delafield

Oct. 25, 2013 8:08 a.m. | Legends of the Field, 2910 Golf Road, Delafield, will host an autograph session with Green Bay Packers Nick Collins and Tramon Williams from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The session is open to the public, with limited tickets available online at and at the store's locations in Greenfield, Delafield and Mequon. If tickets are still available, you can stop in the day of the event.

Merchandise will be available before the session, or bring in your own item to be autographed.

Authorities confirm explosive devices found in Sussex

Oct. 25, 2013 7:59 a.m. | The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department Bomb Squad removed two improvised explosive devices from the apartment on Champeny Court in the Village of Sussex, confirms a statement from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The 20-year-old man arrested has not yet been identified.

Once the apartment was deemed safe, the evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes.

The incident remains under investigation by the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department and the ATF.

Learn to fly this weekend!

Oct. 25, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Ever want to learn how to fly? Here is your chance!

Spring City Aviation is holding its Fall Open House and Learn to Fly event  from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Saturday at the Waukesha County Airport, 2651 Aviation Drive, Waukesha.  Free breakfast snacks and introduction of staff begins at 9:30 a.m. Activities include flight simulator rides, weather seminar, aircraft rental, learn to fly seminar and prize drawings.

There’s lots of Halloween events this weekend with trick-or-treaters out collecting goodies all weekend. Over at North Lake School, the Halloween Family Fun Fair will be from 4 to 6 p.m.  Saturday. The event, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,  includes children’s games and activities, bounce houses, food and beverages, raffles and silent auction, live entertainment, vendor and craft display booths plus indoor trick-or-treat. Admission is $1 admission, games 50 cents to $4 and raffle tickets 50 cents each.

Positively Pewaukee’s Halloween Fun Fest is from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in Downtown Pewaukee. Downtown businesses will be handing out treats to kids. There will also be a costume parade and other activities during the event.

Downtown Oconomowoc will also have its Halloween Parade starting at 4 p.m. Saturday in  Downtown Oconomowoc and ending at Roosevelt Park for festivities.

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Man arrested in Sussex; two suspicious devices found so far in residence

Oct. 24, 2013 5:56 p.m. | One man is in custody tonight after the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department searched a residence in the Champeny Court apartment complex in Sussex this afternoon. So far, two suspicious devices have been found, according to Sheriff's Department Inspector Eric Severson.

Severson stated that late last night, the department obtained information that a resident might be building suspicious devices. The department issued a search warrant and executed that warrant early this afternoon. According to Severson, the Sheriff's Department took the subject into custody. No one was injured. 

The department has found two devices, both of which have been destroyed in a controlled fashion by the Milwaukee Bomb Squad, which is on scene now, along with the Sussex Fire Department and the Federal Bureau of Firearms and Tobacco.

Severson stated that neighboring residents were informed of the incident and asked to evacuate the area. Residents outside of the immediate proximity were notified door-to-door of the situation.

Residents who are not able to be in their homes can seek shelter in the Pauline Haass Public Library, Severson said.

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In North Prairie, Genesee or Wales? Pizza for dinner!

Oct. 24, 2013 4:05 p.m. |  Need a dinner idea? Try calling your local pizza restaurant.

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

The Wales-Genesee and North Prairie fire departments are participating in the Delivering Fire Prevention program Thursday, Oct. 24, through Safe Kids Southeast Wisconsin Coalition. 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 restaurants are Pizza Guy, (262) 968-4900; Tenerelli’s, (262) 392-3693; ZaZingPrimo Pizza, (262) 392-8012; and Sideliners Pub and Grill ,(262) 968-1778. 

Hamilton joins campaign to commit to safe driving

Oct. 24, 2013 11:51 a.m. |

Hamilton High School students are rallying community members to commit to safe driving to reverse the startling statistic that car crashes are the number one killer of teens in the U.S. and Canada. The school is participating in Celebrate My Drive, a program that celebrates the fun of getting a driver’s license while teaching all drivers positive habits to help avoid car crashes.
Hamilton High School’s driver education instructor Jackie Rottler said, "I hope we can raise awareness in our community about teenagers making good choices when they are behind the wheel and driving in our busy community."
Community members can support the school’s effort by logging on to between Oct. 18 and 26 to make a safe driving commitment. The school with the most safe-driving commitments will win $100,000 and a possible concert by Kelly Clarkson.
Car crashes are the number one killer of teens, and a teen’s first year on the road is the most dangerous. Using research as a guide, State Farm is approaching teen driver safety, a winnable public health battle, by engaging teens while they learn to drive in a supportive and positive way. Learn more about the initiative at

I-94 still experiencing delays

Oct. 24, 2013 11:28 a.m. |  The westbound lanes of I-94 were shut down this morning between Highways SS and 83.

A dump truck had tipped on its side and was blocking both lanes. Public Information Officer Jennifer Wallschlaeger said the driver lost control around 9:07 a.m. this morning. It was the only vehicle involved and the operator sustained minor injuries. 

The accident remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, the scene hasn't been cleared yet because another two car accident followed at 10:24 a.m., so delays are still expected on westbound I-94.

Westbound I-94 shut down

Oct. 24, 2013 9:27 a.m. | The westbound lanes of I-94 are shut down between Highways SS and 83.

A dump truck has tipped on its side and is blocking both lanes.

Suspect sought in Ashippun

Oct. 24, 2013 7:59 a.m. |    Residents of the Town of Ashippun were cautioned last night to secure their homes and vehicles as authorities searched for a suspected car thief who is presumed armed.

  On Wednesday, Oct. 23, just before 1:30 p.m., the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a report of stolen vehicle.

  During this investigation the suspected stolen vehicle was located and a short traffic pursuit ensued involving the Town of Oconomowoc Police Department.

     The suspect vehicle was found a short time later in the area of Monroe and Lafollette Roads in the Town of Lebanon in Dodge County.

 The male suspect fled on foot and involved law enforcement began a search of the area. The person of interest is William C Rennhack, 21, who is being described as    a Caucasian male, 6’2”, 170 lbs, red hair and brown eyes.

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Dine out and help United Way

Oct. 23, 2013 1:38 p.m. | Eighteen local restaurants throughout Waukesha County have partnered with United Way in Waukesha County for ‘United We Dine,’ during the months of November and December. ‘United We Dine’ is 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.

Those interested in demonstrating their support for the community’s United Way campaign are encouraged to visit the restaurants listed below.  Additional information about restaurant location and donation information can be found at the United We Dine website

Nov. 4 – Denny’s, Waukesha; Nov. 6 – Buffalo Wild Wings, Pewaukee; Nov. 7 – Uno Chicago Grill, Menomonee Falls; Nov. 8 – First Watch, Brookfield; Nov. 11 – Denny’s, Pewaukee; Nov. 12 – Max Meier’s Hartland Inn, Hartland; Nov. 13 – Yo Mama! Frozen Yogurt, all locations; Nov. 14 – Hispania, Delafield; Nov. 15 – Hardee’s, Waukesha; Nov. 18 – Chuck E. Cheese’s, Brookfield; Nov. 19 – Rochester Deli, Inc., Waukesha; Nov. 21– Brisco County Wood Grill, Menomonee Falls; Nov. 22 – Krueger’s, Menomonee Falls; Nov. 23 – Endter’s Sports Grill, Hartland; Nov. 26 – Denny’s, Waukesha; Nov. 27 – Ally’s Bistro, Menomonee Falls; Dec. 2 – The Picnic Basket, Nashotah; Dec. 3 – The Chocolate Factory, all four Waukesha County locations.

Any restaurants interested in joining the program for next year’s campaign are encouraged to call United Way in Waukesha County at (262) 409-2421.

Volunteer for Salvation Army bell ringing

Oct. 23, 2013 12:17 p.m. | Red Kettle stands lined up at the Salvation Army in Waukesha wait for the start of the bell ringing campaign on Nov.1. The campaign is the Salvation Army's major fund raiser of the year to provide for needs throughout the year, such as shelter for homeless men, prescriptions, clothing, groceries to families in need, and reduced fares for seniors with Seniors on the Go taxi service in Mukwonago.

While the Salvation Army would prefer to staff all bell ringing sites with volunteers, sometimes it is forced to hire individuals to staff a bell ringing site. Hundreds of spots are still open and need to be filled, please consider signing up today online.  

This is a great volunteer opportunity for families, churches, friends, service clubs, and businesses, to show the spirit of giving.  Many  regular volunteers sing carols, play music, or dress up their pet and bring them out. It's about having fun, spreading holiday cheer and helping those in need in the community.

There are more than 25,000 hours of ringing to fill all locations available throughout Waukesha County including: Waukesha, Oconomowoc, Sussex, Muskego, Mukwonago, and New Berlin from Nov. 1 through Dec. 24. Locations include all Piggly Wiggly, Pick’N Save, Wal-Marts, Kmart-Oconomowoc, Waukesha State Bank, Sentry, Shopko, Sendik’s Fine Foods, Walgreen’s, Sam’s Club, Gander Mountain, JC Penny’s, and Martha Merrills.

Community recognition of bell ringing will be Friday, Nov. 22 at the Waukesha tree lighting in downtown Waukesha.  

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Hamilton School District has school tomorrow, Oct. 24

Oct. 23, 2013 11:43 a.m. | A column that ran in this week's Sussex Sun incorrectly stated that there was no school tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 24, for the Hamilton School District, due to a teacher's in-service.

Hamilton does, in fact, have school Thursday, Oct. 24. There is no school on Friday, Oct. 25.

We apologize for the error.

Oconomowoc's Mike Herro named citizen of the year

Oct. 23, 2013 9:22 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Longtime community advocate and Cooney native, Mike Herro, was named the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year for the work he's done in the community.

Herro said he was humbled by the recognition. He also said he's honored to be in such good company referring to other award winners. They include:

Paula Jacobs - Women in Business Leadership

Service Organization - Legion Post 91

Green Business - Brennan's Farm Market

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Elsner on extended medical leave

Oct. 22, 2013 11:28 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town Clerk/Treasurer Mary Elsner is on an extended medical leave, according to Town Officials.

Town Chairman Paul Kanter said during Tuesday night's Town Board meeting that town officials are not sure when Elsner will be able to return to work.

In the meantime, the Town Board agreed to hire former Town of Vernon Deputy Clerk Sandy Porter to a part time position at Town Hall assisting Deputy Clerk Treasurer Diann Wick.

Town officials have not indicated the reason for the medical leave.

Safe Halloween at Linden Ridge in Mukwonago

Oct. 22, 2013 4:18 p.m. |  Linden Ridge, 841 Highway NN East in Mukwonago, is preparing for the annual Safe Halloween from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 25.

The Safe Halloween program — which is free and open to the public — features a magic show from 2 toi 2:45 p.m. and trick-or-treat from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. with a “spooktacular” display of costumes. Children should be in costume and must be accompanied by an adult. 

Plan Commission OKs apartment rezone for Hartland Florist

Oct. 21, 2013 9:33 p.m. | The Village of Hartland Plan Commission approved on Monday, Oct. 21 the rezoning of property  at 621 and 627 W. Capitol Drive, the former home of Hartland Florist, to allow for the development of three apartment buildings.

The commission's recommendation will be sent to the Village Board, which will vote on whether or not to rezone the property at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 28.

Commissioner David De Courcy-Bower voted against all items related to the development, arguing that the building has historical significance, not just to the village, but statewide.

“We rely on our comprehensive plan to provide us guidance on how to construct buildings on village property,” he said. “I am baffled by why we are ignoring the historical preservation part of our plan.”

The Village of Hartland’s 2020 Master Plan, which was updated in 2009, states: “Historic preservation can help to maintain the unique identity of a community, especially within a community’s ‘downtown’ area, in a time when many factors tend to create a national homogeneity in the environment.”

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Spaghetti dinner benefits East Troy scholarship fund

Oct. 21, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  The East Troy Lioness Club will sponsor an "All You Can Eat" Spaghetti Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lindey’s on Beulah, W1340 Beach Road, East Troy. 

Catered by Toothpicks Catering, the meal includes spaghetti, tossed salad, garlic bread and dessert for $8 for adults and $5.50 for children ages 4 to 12. Children younger than 4 are free. Carryouts are available. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling Amy at (262) 742-5101.

There will also be a turkey dinner basket raffle. Proceeds go to the East Troy Lioness High School Scholarship. 

Children's comedy and Trick or Treat at OPL

Oct. 21, 2013 12:32 p.m. | Join former Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey clowns Miller & Mike for a free, one-of-a-kind comedy performance for children at the Oconomowoc Public Library at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. It is recommended for children ages 4k and up.  

Trick or Treat at the Oconomowoc Public Library will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26. The library is located at 200 W. South St.., in Oconomowoc  

Feeling a little chilly?

Oct. 21, 2013 7:28 a.m. | This morning's chill will give way to even colder temperatures tomorrow, as the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for 1 to 8 a.m. Tuesday.

A hard freeze is expected overnight, bringing the growing season to an end. Temperatures away from Lake Michigan are expected to drop below 28 degrees. The subfreezing temperatures will kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Homeowners are reminded to winterize garden hoses and outdoor faucets.

Pirates roll over Brown Deer

Oct. 19, 2013 12:31 a.m. | Visiting Brown Deer came out strong last Friday night against the state-ranked Pewaukee football team. The Falcons scored on their first two possessions and took a 10-7 lead with 2:06 left to to play in the first quarter.

But after that, it was all Pewaukee.

The Pirates made some adjustments on defense and cranked up their offense, scoring 49 unanswered points the rest of the way and rolling to a convincing 56-10 Woodland Conference victory in the final regular season game of the year.

"That's a very fast and explosive team we played tonight and their quarterback is a great player," said second year Pewaukee coach Justin Friske, referring to Brown Deer's Zach Baun. "They did some good things against us early in the game. We were aware of their speed, but it was hard to mimic in practice. Once we made some adjustments and got things straightened out, our kids played very well. We had a ton of kids do some big things tonight. This was a great team win for us."

The victory closed out another highly successful regular season for the Pirates. Pewaukee moved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Woodland Conference West Division play. Greendale won the title (9-0, 6-0) and the Pirates were second.

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Arrowhead gridders lock up outright league title

Oct. 19, 2013 12:29 a.m. | Zero. The number of touchdowns Arrowhead has given up in the first half of all nine games this season. Zero is the same number of first downs the mighty Warhawks allowed in the first half at Taraska Stadium against Waukesha South on Friday as Arrowhead wrapped up a conference title with a 52-18 win.

Arrowhead walked away with an 8-1 overall record and 7-0 mark in league games.

This week's Arrowhead highlights were brought to you by versatile senior wide receiver Jake Miller, who doubled as a passer on one occasion quite nicely, hooking up with senior wide receiver Ricky Finco on a 45-yard pass play. Miller received the pitch from sophomore quarterback Jonathan Duranso and found Finco 20 yards behind the nearest Blackshirts' defender.

Miller caught a nine yard touchdown pass from Duranso with 9:22 to play in the first quarter, starting the scoring barrage for the Warhawks.

"Our offense is finally starting to click," Miller said. "We're really getting to know each other and think that's helping us take off. Since the disappointment of the Homestead game, we've been focused on getting better each week, and I think we are now."

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Oconomowoc tops Watertown for outright WLT title

Oct. 18, 2013 11:58 p.m. | Oconomowoc coach Ryan McMillen smiled and remembered hoping he wouldn't need all five years. But in the aftermath of his team taking home the school's first outright Wisconsin Little Ten football title since 2001, the wait seemed to be worth it.

"I thought it would happen earlier to be honest with you, but that's just me talking," McMillen said after his team's 20-13 win over Watertown on Friday, netting McMillen his first championship in five years at the helm. "I guess you're never really satisfied as a coach. I remember when I got hired, they said I've got five years. I said 'Great, you gave me four years too many, let's go.'"

McMillen has shepherded the program's full turnaround from second-tier Wisconsin Little Ten team to 9-0 conference champion, and the regular-season finale came against a Watertown team looking for a share of the crown for the first time since 1996. But a big run by Oconomowoc standout quarterback Canton Larson and a defensive effort that kept the Goslings high-powered offense in check ensured that it would be only Cooney walking off the field with the title.

"When's the last time you saw Oconomowoc travel like that?" McMillen mused. "You can just feel the energy pumping through the community. We finished the way we wanted to. For everything that's come to the area of Oconomowoc, I'm just proud that a bunch of young kids can do that for a community."

In eight previous games, Watertown had scored no fewer than 35 points, but the Goslings were held to 231 total yards against Oconomowoc. When Stephen Buske caught a 16-yard touchdown pass with 5:04 remaining, the Goslings still had a shot, but Watertown's final drive of the game stalled on its own 25. Cooney took over and kneeled out the clock to cap the undefeated season.

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Bestselling Wisconsin Author Lesley Kagen visits Eagle

Oct. 18, 2013 3:00 p.m. | This Saturday from 3-4 p.m. the Alice Baker Library proudly hosts an event with author Lesley Kagen. She loved books as a child and was drawn to words, especially poetry. She often tells her stories from the viewpoint of children. All of her books deal with profound loss but she weaves humor and hope into her stories. This program is presented through the generosity of Century Fence and Buscher Properties. There will be time for questions and answers, book signing, and refreshments. Hosted by the Friends of Alice Baker Library Eagle.

Why not see a show this weekend!

Oct. 18, 2013 12:00 a.m. | Lake Country is loaded with talent as evidenced by the high quality of community theater in the area. Why not see for yourself at one of the shows opening this weekend.

The Broadway Company at Arrowhead High School is presenting “Oklahoma!,” the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Show times are 7 p.m. Oct. 18-19; 1 p.m. Oct. 20; 7 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 25-26. Tickets are $16.

“Doctor Marigold’s Prescription” by Charles Dickens will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 E. Forest St. Oconomowoc. Tickets are $24 for adults, seniors and college students and $12 high school students and younger. Call (262) 560-3172 for more information.

Waukesha Civic Theatre is putting on “You Can’t Take It With You” at 264 W. Main St. in downtown Waukesha. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19; 2 p.m. Oct. 20; 8 p.m. Oct. 25; 4 p.m. 8 p.m. Oct. 26; 7 p.m. Oct. 27; 8 p.m. Nov. 1; 2 p.m. 8 p.m. Nov. 2; 2 p.m. Nov. 3. Visit for more information.

The hilarious adult musical “Avenue Q” will be presented by Theatre on Main, 25 S. Main St., Oconomowoc. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19; 4 p.m. Oct. 20; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26; 4 p.m. Oct. 27; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1-2; 4 p.m. Nov. 3. For more information call (262) 560-0564 or visit

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Dousman Elementary fueling healthy lifestyles

Oct. 17, 2013 10:52 a.m. | Dousman Elementary School has been chosen to receive $1,000 for the second consecutive year to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. Dousman Elementary School was selected from several schools that applied for funding across the state to help them jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient rich foods (low fat and fat free dairy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

"The FUTP 60 team at Dousman Elementary continues to amaze and impress everyone with their dedication and commitment to modeling and instilling the importance of health and wellness in our school community," said Dousman Elementary Principal Brian Stuckey.

Library board will sue Lisbon

Oct. 16, 2013 9:43 p.m. |  Village of Sussex - Lawyers for the Pauline Haass Library Board are expected to file a law suit in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Monday seeking control of about 65 acres of farm land that Pauline Haass donated to the Town of Lisbon to be used for library purposes.

Library officials say that according to state law assets that are bequeathed to library's should be under the control of a library board. Town officials rebutt that Haass's will clearly indicates she intended for the Town Board to determine how to use the land for library purposes.

An effort to mediate the issue out of court has failed. The Library Board two weeks ago authorized its attorney to file the law suit if the two sides could not mediate the dispute.

"Nothing has changed," said Library Board member Ryan Lippert following a 55 minute closed session held tonight. Lippert is also a Lisbon Town Supervisor and said he would vote against authorizing the library board to spend any money on legal fees for the law suit.

Sussex Village Trustee Tim Dietrich, who is also a member of the library board, agreed with Lippert's assessment that the closed session did not change the library board's earlier decision to file the law suit.

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Three Pillars' 21st annual Halloween Haunted Woods this weekend

Oct. 16, 2013 3:49 p.m. | Three Pillars will host it's annual Halloween Haunted Woods this Friday. Beginning at Dousman Elementary School, 341 E. Ottawa Ave., from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 18 a free shuttle bus takes you to and from Three Pillars at Highway 67 South to Hwy Z.  This is a free community trick-or-treat event for children in sixth grade and younger, plus families, are welcome with a non-perishable food item. Event occurs rain or shine.

Milwaukee couple charged in thefts at Harley factory

Oct. 16, 2013 12:13 p.m. | A Milwaukee man and woman face charges for allegedly stealing copper on several occasions from the Harley Davidson factory in Menomonee Falls.

Tammy B. Ilk, 32, and Jaren J. Brezovar, 25, were each charged on Oct. 14 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with five counts of misdemeanor theft.

Last week, two Milwaukee men were charged with allegedly stealing over 12,000 pounds of copper in little over a month from the same Harley Davidson factory.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Oct. 10, an officer with the Menomonee Falls Police Department was dispatched to the Harley Davidson factory on Pilgrim Road to talk with security personnel about alleged copper thefts.

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Costume ball coming to KMHS

Oct. 16, 2013 12:00 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine High School (KMHS) Wind Symphony presents its KMHS Costume Ball on Friday, Oct. 18 and Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the KMHS auditorium. 

Enjoy exciting music, dramatic acting, and much more. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for students and grandparents.

Waukesha County consignment sales comes to Expo Thursday

Oct. 16, 2013 11:55 a.m. | Just Between Friends Waukesha County fall consignment sale, will be held at the Waukesha County Expo Center, 1000 Northview Road, Waukesha from Thursday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 20. Hours for the Waukesha County sale will be Thursday, Oct. 17; Friday, Oct. 18; and Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A $3 admission fee will be charged on Oct. 17. There is no admission charge the other three days.

The sale will offer gently used and new children’s and junior clothing, maternity clothing, toys, strollers, car seats, shoes, DVDs, board and electronic games, books, children’s shoes, and much more.

Prime Time Shopping is a special feature offered by the Waukesha JBF Sale. Customers can be a part of the first group to gain access to the sale by reserving limited "Prime Time Shopping" spots, available for a fee of $15 per person. Registration is required as space is limited. To register, email and say you want Prime Time Shopping.

 A half price sale will take place on Sunday.  

Mascot bill passes Assembly, moves on to Senate

Oct. 16, 2013 7:22 a.m. |  Associated Press

Assembly Republicans passed a bill Tuesday that would make it harder to strip public schools of American Indian mascots, sending the proposal on to the Senate despite Democrats' complaints that the measure is racist.

Democrats railed against the bill for 2 ½ hours on the Assembly floor, taking turns blasting it as an ugly step backward in race relations.

"Indians are real people. They're not mascots," said Rep. Nick Milroy (D-South Range). "Stand up for human rights and human dignity."

The bill comes as the Mukwonago Area School District is fighting a state Department of Public Instruction order to drop its "Indians" nickname and logo. District officials say they've used the nickname for more than 80 years; their lawyers say it could cost around $100,000 to change it.

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Arrowhead golfers win state championship

Oct. 15, 2013 9:54 p.m. | Their lead was vanishing — and fast.

Arrowhead's girls golf team, which controlled the two-day WIAA Division 1 state tournament for the majority of the 36 holes, was suddenly on the ropes.

Verona, which entered Tuesday's second day at University Ridge 10 strokes behind the Warhawks, had closed within four strokes with three holes to play.

But Arrowhead, the state's most steady and consistent team since the season began in early August, never blinked, and now the Warhawks are celebrating the second state title in school history and their first since 2004.

Arrowhead gained six strokes on Verona over those three critical final holes. And moments later, Warhawks coach Mike Breaker and his team of five steady golfers were hoisting the championship trophy they've craved all year long.

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Kwik Trip in Oconomowoc gets go-ahead second time around

Oct. 15, 2013 8:25 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - Four of six alderman gave a proposed Kwik Trip in Pabst Farms off Highway 67 the green light Tuesday night.

Council Tuesday considered several items pertaining to the construction of a Kwik Trip gas station and car wash off Highway 67 with an entrance from the Oconomowoc Parkway.

In July, Council voted 5-2 to deny Kwik Trip's requests. Two aldermen that voted in July were Rich Allen and Cathleen Slattery who votes votes were split in favor and against the development respectively.

Since July, Allen has resigned from his seat because he moved out of the district. Slattery resigned amid controversy surrounding alleged bias and attempts to circumvent the public records law following her no vote on the Kwik Trip.

Also following the no votes in July, Pabst Farms filed two lawsuits. One seeking reversal of the Kwik Trip vote and another for $20 million claiming loss of development based on Council's actions. 

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Rollover accident in Hartland

Oct. 15, 2013 5:06 p.m. | A driver, that according to witnesses, failed to stop at the intersection of Hartbrook Drive and Merton Avenue when exiting Highway 16 in Hartland hit another vehicle turning left causing it to flip Tuesday afternoon.

Police and fire personnel from Hartland, Lisbon and Chenequa were on scene helping extricate the driver of the flipped car. The woman was transported by ambulance. It's unclear if others were injured and other specifics of the accident at the time of this post.

Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt and Halloween Haunt this weekend

Oct. 15, 2013 4:05 p.m. |  Calling all pumpkin-carvers, businesses and organizations; your creations are needed!

The Jack-o-Lantern Jaunt will be held in conjunction with Rotary’s Halloween Haunt on Oct. 18 and 19 in Mukwonago’s Field Park. This stroll through the park includes hundreds of pumpkins each year, but it would not be possible without help. Advertise your business for the price of a pumpkin or tackle a creative project with your family.

All pumpkins must be dropped off at the Field Park Pavilion from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. Tea lights will be provided to bring your lantern to life.

Want to leave  your pumpkins at home? Enjoy a stroll through the park or the family-friendly haunted house. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under. Drive through the park from 6-6:45 p.m. or walk through from 7-10 p.m. and enjoy the pumpkins along with games, sweets and a showing of The Giant Spider, a family friendly Halloween flick.

Lisbon library mediation, maybe

Oct. 14, 2013 11:04 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - The Town Board tonight unanimously- but reluctantly - agreed to enter into non binding mediation with the Pauline Haass Library Board in an effort to settle their dispute over control of about 65 acres of farm land donated by the widow Haass to the town for library purposes.

However, the Town Board added some conditions to the mediations that the Library Board maybe unwilling and unable to meet.

The Town Board wants the Village of Sussex  involved in the mediation since there is a possibility Sussex may have to match any payments the town makes to the library has part of an out of court settlement.

Lisbon and Sussex are the municipal "owners" of the library.

Village officials say they want to stay of the dispute between the town and library board and would agree to be included in the mediation if was approved by the Village Board which is unlikely.

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Business gesture adds spice to Indian logo debate

Oct. 14, 2013 4:00 p.m. | Some Mukwonago residents who received a "kind" spices package from Penzey Spices haven't taken kindly to the gesture.

Spicing up the Mukwonago Indians logo and nickname issue, as an amended repeal bill, AB 297, passed through the State Assembly committee last week, Penzeys Spices mailed packages of “kind” spices, a $10 voucher and a three-page letter to people in Mukwonago over the weekend. 

In the letter, owner Bill Penzey talks about how the “kindness of the people of Mukwonago” helped him during the start-up years for Penzey Spices. Penzey said he believes “those who chose to name so many of our area school teams for Native Americans were doing so to honor them for their strength, courage and bravery, today we know the reality and the history of that image is not so simple or so straightforward.” Penzey talks about the nation’s history with Native Americans being one of “violence, broken promises and covering up the truth with lies.”

Read the complete story in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief.

Homestead secures spot atop suburban football poll

Oct. 14, 2013 9:15 a.m. | The Homestead football team retains its No. 1 ranking in the NOW/Lake Country suburban football poll by holding off a rally by Germantown to clinch at least a share of its 13th consecutive North Shore Conference title.

You can see the rest of the teams ranked in the poll, get a capsule look at schools who have clinched playoff spots, learn what coaches really think, and much more at the Push for the Playoffs special section.

Go to NOW/LakeCountry Push for the Playoffs.

Harvestine gives a kick to Lancers

Oct. 11, 2013 11:32 p.m. | Sussex Hamilton senior Bret Harvestine doesn't throw, catch or run for the football team. And sometimes, the all-conference soccer player can't fit football practice into his schedule. But he did enough on Friday night to put the Chargers into the playoffs.

Harvestine's 29-yard boot with 2 seconds left gave Hamilton a thrilling 24-21 win over host Brookfield Central (6-2, 4-2 Greater Metro) and clinched a postseason berth for the Chargers (5-3, 4-2) with only Wauwatosa East left on the regular season schedule.

As the Chargers moved closer to field goal range in the waning seconds, all eyes shifted to Harvestine.

"Teammates are coming up to me like, 'Bret you might have to do this thing,'" Harvestine said. "I just sat by myself, took a few deep breaths and did what I had to do. That's my third field goal of the year. It's crazy. All I could think was 'Get it through the uprights.'"

He did – right down the middle – and with plenty of room to spare. Harvestine was comfortable from 35 yards out in warm-ups and hit from as deep as 42 yards deep in practice just days ago.

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Cooney grabs eighth straight victory

Oct. 11, 2013 10:50 p.m. | Ryan McMillen hasn't asked Oconomowoc athletics director Scott Raduka to dust off the trophy-case shelf yet this season, but a trophy is definitely on the way.

It's just not clear if the incoming hardware will be one-of-a-kind.

Host Oconomowoc clinched at least a share of the Wisconsin Little Ten Conference championship, improving to 6-0 in the league with a 38-20 victory on Senior Night on Oct. 11 in a game that truthfully wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The win meant the Raccoons had a share of the league title for the first time since 2002, and with a win against Watertown next Friday, the league title would be the first outright crown for Cooney since 2001.

Oconomowoc was ahead 38-7 with 10:16 to play in the game after getting a 12-yard touchdown run from senior Nate Nord. Slinger got short touchdown runs from Thomas Lofy and Dwayne Corbitt late in the game.

"Truthfully we don't talk about or worry about any stuff like trophies, and accolades takes care of themselves," McMillen said. "If we take care of our stuff, we'll be fine. Back when I played, we never talked about anything like that either. We went out, played hard and had fun. At the end of the day, the other team knew they played us. That's what this team is working at right now."

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Mukwonago falters in fourth against CMH

Oct. 11, 2013 10:41 p.m. | In a game where the first pass for either team was tossed with 2:09 to go in the third quarter, it's somewhat ironic that the two biggest plays of the night were designed to go through the air.

Mike Schmidt caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Cameron Krausert with 7:14 to play, giving Catholic Memorial a 14-10 lead on Mukwonago in a Classic 8 football contest Friday at Waukesha North. When the Crusaders' defense snuffed out a Mukwonago pass play on fourth-and-6 from the Catholic Memorial 9-yard line, the Crusaders had secured a gritty comeback win.

Mukwonago led after the third quarter, 14-0, though the Crusaders closed the period on the drive and scored on John Clark's 2-yard touchdown with 9:43 to play. On the ensuing series, Mukwonago attempted a fake punt from its own 23, a maneuver that collected just two of the necessary seven yards and put the Crusaders on the Mukwonago 25.

"That's my call, and it didn't work," Mukwonago coach Clay Iverson. "That's part of this job. That one's on me."

Three plays later, Krausert found Schmidt.

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Show your culinary skills in first Cluck Off in Okauchee

Oct. 11, 2013 9:17 a.m. | Prove your chicken cooking skills by competing in the first V's Cluck Off at Hideaway Bar & Grill, on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Cost to enter is $40 and includes two whole roasters and two drinks. You can cook the chickens any way you want.

All cooking must be done at the Hideaway. Chickens supplied, you bring cooking instruments.

Judging will be based on presentation, tenderness, creativity and taste. You must submit at least one cooked breast, leg, thigh and a wing. All extra cooked chicken should be given out to spectators. Prizes awarded to top contenders.

Cooking will begin at noon; electricity and water provided.

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Fish fries, chili and pancakes on the weekend happenings menu

Oct. 11, 2013 12:00 a.m. | If you like eating then there’s lots to love in Lake Country this weekend.

You can start with several Friday fish fries.

From 4 to 8 p.m., Interfaith Senior Programs is hosting a fish fry fundraiser at Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Road, Waukesha.

Queen of Apostles Church, on Capitol Drive in Pewaukee, is serving fish and shrimp dinners plus grilled cheese sandwiches from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

St. Jerome Parish in Oconomowoc is also serving a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

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Lake Country fire budget cut

Oct. 10, 2013 11:45 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The governing board of the Lake Country Fire and  Rescue has agreed to reduce by about $62,000 the amount of money the City of Delafield and the villages of Nashotah and Chenequa will be asked to contribute to the department's nearly $2 million budget in 2014.

Fire Chief Jack Edwards told  board that the department can cut its payroll by about $45,000 by reducing the number of part time and paid on call fire fighter/paramedics assigned to shifts at the Delafield and Nashotah stations,

According to department officials, during most of 2013, the department  often had at least eight fire fighter/parmadics on duty during some shifts. In 2014, that number will be reduced to six, according to board president Rod Stotts.

The payroll cuts will also help reduced by about $48,000 the amount of money the City of Delafield will be expected to contribute to the department.

 The Delafield Common Council on Monday, Oct. 7 rejected the LCFR's original budget proposal because it would have increased the city's contribution to the department by about $75,000.

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Firefighter Dave Dean appointed to Arrowhead School Board

Oct. 10, 2013 11:39 a.m. | The Arrowhead School Board voted at Wednesday’s meeting to appoint Dave Dean, assistant fire chief for the Hartland Fire Department, to fill an at-large board seat vacated in late September by Mike Kusch.

Besides serving as assistant fire chief in Hartland, Dean is also a long-time volunteer with the Ashippun Fire Department and Stone Bank Fire Department. Dean had been a candidate two years earlier for an appointed seat, but lost to current board member Tim Langer.

Superintendent Craig Jefson said he believed that Dean’s visibility in the community and willingness to learn more about how the school functioned really helped him as a candidate.

“He knows about our special needs program, he has worked with our teachers, he just recently met with our automotive department teachers,” Jefson said.

Dean said seeing what the school had to offer motivated him to become involved.

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Some papers not delivered today

Oct. 10, 2013 9:11 a.m. | Due to a press breakdown, some editions of the Lake Country Reporter, Kettle Moraine Index and Oconomowoc Focus were not delivered today and will be delivered Friday morning instead.

Many newsstands have copies for sale, and all stories are available online at

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Sussex man charged with burglary, gun theft

Oct. 09, 2013 4:05 p.m. | A 28-year-old Sussex man was charged on Tuesday with allegedly breaking into a neighbor’s home on Sunset Drive and stealing two shotguns.

Nicholas S. Strobel was charged on Oct. 8 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary, arming self with a dangerous weapon, and felony theft.

Strobel was previously convicted in 2012 of felony theft and forgery. He was sentenced to three years probation beginning on June 21, 2012

According to the criminal complaint:

Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched at about 11:15 p.m. on Oct. 7 to a home at N62 W24154 Sunset Drive to investigate a burglary.

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Oconomowoc woman accused of child abuse

Oct. 09, 2013 3:31 p.m. | A 41-year-old Oconomowoc woman was charged on Oct. 8 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with child abuse, allegedly beating her 14-year-old son after an argument in the car.

According to the criminal complaint:

City of Delafield Police were dispatched on Oct. 7 to 2840 Heritage Drive after receiving reports of a fight in progress.

Police at the scene found a woman standing over her 14-year-old son, who was laying on the ground in the fetal position. The woman will not be identified so as to protect the identity of the victim.

The woman told police she had been fighting with her son and she had struck him, “half-a-dozen times.”

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Mukwonago woman pleads no contest to stealing $225k from business

Oct. 09, 2013 3:05 p.m. | Mukwonago resident Victoria T. Boivin pleaded no contest on Monday, Oct. 7 to three counts of felony business theft, having been accused in June of draining a Brookfield business expense account of more than $225,000 in less than four years.

Two more counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft were dismissed, but will be taken into account for her sentencing on Dec. 9.

According to the criminal complaint, City of Brookfield Police were first alerted to the thefts in June 2012. A financial accountant for Brookfield-based Management Research services said that Boivin, 53, had spent more than $5,000 on personal expenses using two company-issued credit cards. Furthermore, she had written to herself 329 fraudulent checks totalling $225,721 from May 2009 to May 2012.

Brookfield Police suspected that Boivin had a gambling addiction and subpoened Potawatomi Bingo Casino records. The records showed that Boivin had gambled away more than $100,000 between 2008 and 2012, the complaint states.

Defense attorney Jerome Buting said that Boivin has already paid off a “large chunk” of the stolen money, through home refinancing and asset liquidation.

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Amended version of Indian logo/nickname law moves to Assembly floor

Oct. 09, 2013 12:57 p.m. | State Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) announced the rapid movement of the amended version of AB 297 through the Assembly committee process.  The Assembly Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing voted today to support the amended proposal and move the bill forward for an Assembly floor vote on Oct. 15, according to a news release from Nass.

“The end of this unfair Doyle-Era law on Indian logos, mascots, and team names was made possible by the principled stand of citizens in the Mukwonago School District.  I am honored to represent Mukwonago and other communities with proud traditions incorporating Indian-related logos and team names,” Nass said.

     The amended version of AB 297 does the following:

-It maintains a complaint process under state law, but requires a complainant to obtain the signatures of school district residents equal to at least 10% of the number of students enrolled in that district.  Those signatures must be obtained in the 120 days prior to the date of the complaint filing.

-A complaint forwarded to the state triggering a hearing would be administered by the Division of Hearings and Appeals within DOA, instead of the Department of Public Instruction.  It’s important to note that the Department of Public Instruction will still participate in the review of the complaint and be able to share their findings with the hearing officer.

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Audition for "It's a Wonderful Life"

Oct. 09, 2013 11:58 a.m. | The Mukwonago Village Players (MVP) will be casting 12 men, 10 women, four boys and two girls for the upcoming Christmas show, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” to be presented at Mukwonago High School in December. Auditions will be held on the Mukwonago High School stage on Oct. 14 and 15 at 6:30 p.m.

All persons age 7 to 70 are invited to audition. No experience or preparation is necessary. 

This will be the 10th annual Christmas production, which is a joint effort of Mukwonago High School and the Mukwonago Village Players.

MVP is also looking for people interested in helping backstage, with props, costumes, set construction, lighting, sound, make-up, assistant director, etc. If interested, please email the director, Pat Hitt at, or come to auditions.

Fire drill at Dousman Elementary today

Oct. 09, 2013 9:26 a.m. | Emergency vehicles at Dousman Elementary are there to conduct a drill.

Officials will test the ability to evacuate and move students off campus from 8:50 to approximately 10:30 a.m.

As part of the drill, Ottawa Avenue, Main Street, Park Street and Wolf Drive will be utilized for 45 minutes while students walk to an adjacent evacuation-transportation site. The drill will test evacuation and communication skills among the school, transportation, police and fire officials.

Parents are aware that the school will be conducting the drill.

Town grants clerk leave

Oct. 08, 2013 10:24 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Veteran Town Clerk-Treasurer Mary Elsner has been granted a leave of absence by the Town Board.

Town Board Chairman Paul Kanter would not discuss the lenght of the leave or whether it was health related.

"You may ask her when she returns if you wish," Kanter told a report. "Frankly, I don't thnk the First Amendment is important in these matters. It is personal," Kanter added.

The board granted the leave following an approximately 15 minute closed session.

Deputy Clerk-Treasurer Diann Wick, also a veteran town employee, will assume Elsner's duties.

Town will "redo" fire station vote

Oct. 08, 2013 10:12 p.m. |  Town of Delafield - Town officials have decided the the Town Board will "redo" later this month a September board meeting where they adopted resolutions establishing a Feb. 18 referendum seeking voter approval for a $3.9 million to construct a fire station/town hall in the Sports Commons park at Maple Avenue and Silvernail Road.

Town Board Chairman Paul Kanter urged town residents who wanted to speak on the issue of building a new fire station to attend the October 22 Town Board meeting.

"We will stay there until 1 a.m. if necessary to make sure everyone is heard," Kanter said.

Kanter said the board will "redo" at the October 22 meeting the discusions and votes cast during the September meeting.

Kanter said questions have been raised whether items discussed and actions taken during the September meeting were properly included on the meeting agenda.

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Ken Herro and James Callaghan earn most votes in Oconomowoc primary

Oct. 08, 2013 8:33 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - James Callaghan and Ken Herro earned 178 and 125 votes respectively to move on to a general election Nov. 5. The election is being held to fill a recently vacated District 2 aldermanic seat.

 DeeDee Jacobsen, the third candidate in the primary, earned 100 votes. "I will always support Oconomowoc," Jacobsen said when asked if she felt like another run for a seat was possibly. She said right now she's happy with the support she received as a newcomer. She said she looks forward to continuing her work with children that attend Parks and Recreation programs including an upcoming Thanksgiving feast.

 James CallaghanHerro was unavailable for comment after Tuesday's results were posted shortly after polls closed.

Callaghan thanked his supporters especially his family. "I look forward to the November election and am working hard to show District 2 that we can keep this city moving forward," he said.

There were a total of 405 votes cast Tuesday from District 2 residents accounting for a 15.5 percent turnout.

Delafield city tax rate up ten cents

Oct. 08, 2013 4:41 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The city staff has proposed a 2014 budget that includes a real estate tax levy of $5,895,919, an increase of $100,366 or 1.7 percent  compared to 2013.

The levy will require a tax rate of $4.44 per $100,000 in assessed real estate value, a 10 cent or 2.4 percent increase above 2013.

The tax rate will produce a $42.37 increase in the municipal real estate tax bill for a home valued at $400,000.

A budget workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at the fire station. A public hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Cith Hall and the budget is scheduled to be approved on Nov. 18.

Woodhouse Day Spa Breast Cancer event tomorrow

Oct. 08, 2013 4:00 p.m. |   The Woodhouse Day Spa in Mukwonago will host its eighth annual Breast Cancer Awareness event on Wednesday Oct. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. The event, which supports the Southeastern Regional Breast Care Fund in providing critical information  about Breast Cancer Awareness, will be held at the spa located at 325 Bay View Road, Suite F.

Owners Susie Hotz and Cheryl Berg hope to increase their fundraising goal to more than $7,000. The Southeastern Regional Breast Care Fund will receive 100-percent of the proceeds from the event.

The celebration will feature a silent auction, raffles and “Save A Rack, Buy A Quack” where guests can purchase a rubber duck for $10. Each duck has a value of a minimum $10; and one grand prize duck valued over $200.

Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will also be provided by the Grist Mill (East Troy). Guests are asked to R.S.V.P. for the event by calling the spa at (262) 363-8878

A Blood Drive with the Blood Center will also be held from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Appointments can be booked online, or by calling (262) 363-8878.

Hamilton School Board to explore new training facility at high school

Oct. 08, 2013 1:22 p.m. | The Hamilton School Board approved funding to explore the possibility of erecting a multi-purpose training facility at the high school.

The board, which met on Tuesday, Oct. 1, approved spending $4,000 to contract for civil engineering and negotiate a contract to develop a service road relocation behind the school. 

Public relations coordinator Denise Lindberg said the plan was still tentative, but the board recognizes a need for more training space.

She said that since 1994, the district has renovated various schools nine times.

“We haven’t added any athletic space in that time - we put a priority on the classroom space - but the number of students involved in sports has exploded since the 1990s,” Lindberg said.

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Delafield rejects LCFR buget

Oct. 07, 2013 11:07 p.m. |  City of Delafield - The Common Council tonight rejected the $1.9 million Lake Country Fire and Rescue (LCFR) 2014 budget that called for a city contribution of $781,162, a $75,000 or nearly 10 percent increase above 2013.

Mayor Ed McAleer and some members of the council chastized the LCFR governing board for failing to recognize and aggressively respond to declining revenues and increased spending trends that began developing earlier this year.

McAleer said the governing board should have been taking steps to reduce payroll costs rather than adding a captain's position. Alderperson Tim Aicher and Michele De Yoe questioned why the department had not developed a long range plan for dealing with the fiscal crisis.

Alderwoman Lynn Morrison said discussions about consolidating LCFR with the City of Oconomowoc Fire Department should be called off until LCFR has its finances in order.

However, the council's action was criticized by Nashotah Village President Rich Lartz. The villages of Nashotah and Chenequa along with the city are the municipal "owners" of the department.

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Generac purchases Oshkosh generator company

Oct. 07, 2013 4:28 p.m. |  Generac Holdings Inc. announced Monday the signing of a purchase agreement with Oshkosh based Baldor Electric Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABB Group, to acquire their generator products division.

“Acquiring Baldor Generators is a great strategic fit for Generac’s business, providing us immediate access to a larger industrial product line to better support the North American and global power generation markets,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, President and Chief Executive Officer of Generac. “By offering additional power solutions up to 2.5MW, this acquisition improves our competitive position in the marketplace by increasing the addressable market that our distribution partners can serve.”

Jagdfeld continued, “Investing in the Baldor Generator business accelerates our organic efforts to increase our share of the commercial and industrial power generation market while also adding significant production and test capacity for future growth. With our enhanced scale and focus, we believe we can execute on the meaningful revenue and cost synergies that we have identified to date.”

Baldor Generators offers a complete line of portable, mobile, standby and prime power generators. Following the close of the transaction the Baltor brand name will become Generac and Baldor employees will become Generac employees. The Oshkosh facilitie will become part of Generac’s manufacturing footprint and Generac will continue to serve Baldor’s current customers. 

Library offerings

Oct. 07, 2013 1:31 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Library is hosting the following programs and events:

 Baby Storytime (18 months and under): Tuesday at 9:15 am

Lapsit Storytime (19-35 months): Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am

Preschool Storytime 3 years and up): Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:45 am.  There is no registration for Storytime.

Tke a chance with the library's Guessing Jar.  Guess how many Hershey Kisses are in the jar and enter the number for chance to win them all.   Contest will run until Halloween.

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Suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times now online

Oct. 07, 2013 12:40 p.m. | We've just posted our comprehensive listing of 2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times, featuring activities from Milwaukee County, Ozaukee County, Washington County and Waukesha County.

2013 suburban Milwaukee trick-or-treat times.

Pewaukee finds its footing after halftime

Oct. 05, 2013 12:20 a.m. | The Pewaukee football team came into this game expecting a tough battle, and they got one.

The Pirates were held scoreless in the first half before rallying in the second half for a 27-7 victory Friday night over host New Berlin West. The win ensured the Pirates a playoff berth and kept them in second place behind Greendale, while West will have to win its final conference game in two weeks to keep its playoff hopes alive after the spirited loss.

"Our message to the guys all week was, 'Listen, this is a team that's senior-laden, and they are playing with their backs to the wall,'" Pewaukee head coach Justin Friske said about New Berlin West. "They're going to come out swinging, and we've got to stand in, take their punches, and fight like crazy, and in the first half we saw a lot of that. It was a game to the end."

The first half was mostly uneventful, except for a Vikings' scoring chance at the end. They had gotten the ball within the 5-yard line but were unable to punch it in. Nathan Henrichs was brought in to attempt a short field goal, but his attempt was wide left, leaving both teams scoreless at the end of the half.

"We started off, honestly, a little bit shellshocked," said Friske. "I'm not sure our guys mentally knew how tough these guys were really going to be, and hats off to New Berlin West. Those guys played their tails off. They really did."

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Oconomowoc fends off Hartford's upset bid

Oct. 04, 2013 11:12 p.m. | This time, it was the defense's turn to make things happen.

One week after an 84-82 offensive showcase against Wisconsin Lutheran, the Oconomowoc football team staved off what would have been a disheartening followup, rallying for 14 points in the fourth quarter to down Hartford on Friday, 21-14.

Nate Nord jumped a rout when Tommy Noennig dropped back to pass on first-and-goal from the 8-yard line with 2:09 to play, corralling an interception that put the Raccoons in control and allowed them to move to 7-0 on the year. Battles with Slinger and Watertown are all that remain between Cooney and a conference title, though Hartford (2-5) looked like the least-daunting test remaining on paper, and it proved to be anything but easy.

"Before that Wisco game, our starting defense was shutting kids down," said Nord, who also had a touchdown on offense in the first half. "I think the Wisco game was just a fluke game. I think our defense is capable of shutting them down. If we had another chance (at Wisco), we'd have a great chance of sending a message."

Oconomowoc needed the defensive boost on a night when the well-choreographed big plays that helped the squad beat Wisco for the first time since 2001 simply weren't materializing. Sam Phillips made a diving recovery on a Hartford fumble after the Orioles had reached the OHS 27-yard line with 9:56 to play in a 14-14 game, and quarterback Canton Larson found Jack Bourdo for a 30-yard touchdown less than two minutes later.

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Mukwonago parade is still a go

Oct. 04, 2013 3:58 p.m. | "Don't rain on my parade" may have never been more true.

After a delay in float building due to weather this morning, Mukwonago administrators watched the weather throughout the day and announced at the end of the pep rally the parade was still a go.

Don't forget, the parade follows a new route this year, leaving MHS on Roberts Drive, then heading south on Meadowview Court, east on Macarthur Drive to Highway 83, south on Highway 83 (Rochester Street), east on Washington Avenue, then north on Division, ending by the Mukwonago Community Library.

Get scared, get money for Oconomowoc teachers

Oct. 04, 2013 12:49 p.m. | Join the fun and help scare up some funds to benefit the Oconomowoc Area School District.

The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) continues its terrifying tradition of supporting schools through Haunted High, this year renamed Terror @ 212. In a new location with even more spine-tingling surprises, Terror @ 212 opens tonight, enter if you dare.

 For the past four years, the effort has drawn nearly 9,000 visitors each year and raised an average of $75,000 each year. These funds support grants for teachers to bring innovative and expansive programs to classrooms at all of our public schools.

TERROR @212, at 212 E. Wisconsin Ave. is a huge venue; much bigger than it looks - crews built the equivalent of 20 theatrical stage sets.


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Go treasure hunting this weekend

Oct. 04, 2013 12:00 a.m. | There are bargains to be had this weekend in Lake Country.

University Lake School  is holding its 56th annual Barn Sale from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. 5o 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.  The school is located at 4024 Nagawicka Road, Hartland. Buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win one of two Honda Metropolitan scooters.

There are more treasures to be found at the American Legion Auxiliary Rummage Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Clubhouse, 128 W. Wisconsin Ave. (east end of Spinnaker’s Restaurant), Oconomowoc.

There are also opportunities to enjoy some good food this weekend.

The first First Friday Fall Fish Fry of the season is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, and the first Friday of the month through Dec. 6, at Nashotah House Theological Seminary, 2777 Mission Road, Nashotah. The meal includes fried or baked fish, French fries with all the fixings and German chocolate cake. The cost is $12 adults, $8 children. Early bird specials start at 4 p.m. Call (262) 309-7619 for information.

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Take Aim at Cancer next weekend

Oct. 03, 2013 4:00 p.m. |  Schultz Resort, Rod and Gun Club will host a Take Aim at Cancer event from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at its facility, W142 S8025 Schultz Lane, Muskego.

All men, women and children currently fighting cancer are welcome and encouraged to attend a free day at the range. Archery, trap, rifle and pistol ranges will be open, and instructors will be present. All targets and ammunition will be provided by club members and SCI Wisconsin Chapter Inc. At 2 p.m. there will be a Civil War Era Gatling Gun Demonstration.

Pre registration is required and limited to the first 30 participants. For more information or to register, contact Frank Schuh at or (920) 606-6042.

Plan lunch at the Oconomowoc Pig Saturday to support Senior Center

Oct. 03, 2013 12:04 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Senior Center will host a brat fry at the Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly, 1300 Brown St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Proceeds from the sale will go toward senior center programming.

Oconomowoc church invites all to great crafts, good food

Oct. 03, 2013 12:02 p.m. | Two floors of crafters descend on the First Congregational United Church of Christ at 815 South Concord for a celebration of autumn during the 24th annual free craftfest from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. The juried event showcases noted craftspeople from across the Midwest, including jewelry, artwork, clothing, home decor and more. The day will also feature a silent auction, food tent, taffy apple, heavenly sweets and homemade pie sale and ample parking.

Discover an array of vendors both inside and outside. Call (262) 567 – 4461 or go to for more information.

Blessing of the animals in Eagle this weekend

Oct. 03, 2013 11:41 a.m. |  St. Theresa Parish is planning a blessing of the animals at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the parish, 136 W. Waukesha Road, Eagle.

A notice in this week's Mukwonago Chief listed an incorrect time for the event. We apologize for the error.

Bring your caged or leashed animal to receive a blessing. Stuffed animals that represent pets who have died are also welcome. 

The event will include an appearance from the parish's own "St. Francis of Assisi," the patron saint of animals, who will be available for photos with your pet.

Guest presentations will be made by a deputy from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department with his canine partner, Soldier; and Dakota, a great horned owl animal ambassador from the Wildlife In Need Center.

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Reporter, Focus, Index delivery may be delayed

Oct. 03, 2013 8:35 a.m. | Production issues at our printing press mean that Thursday's delivery of the Lake Country Reporter, Oconomowoc Focus and Kettle Moraine Index will be delayed for some readers.

Readers who do not receive delivery today should receive their papers tomorrow. Copies may also be available at newsstands.

News from those issues is also available at Read the top stories on the main page, and click the appropriate tab at the top of the page for more from each paper.

Pewaukee powers way to control of Woodland soccer

Oct. 02, 2013 9:47 p.m. | The Pewaukee soccer team remained unbeaten with two regular season matches to play, but more importantly, the Pirates grabbed sole possession of first place in the Woodland Conference on Wednesday with a 4-0 win over Wauwatosa West.

The Trojans came into Pewaukee also unbeaten in Woodland play, but the Pirates used a dominant second half to assert themselves as the class of the conference.

All four goals came after halftime. The first half proved to be a defensive battle with little action near either goal; the Pirates held a 3-0 advantage on corner kicks and outshot West 3-1 but had nothing to show for it.

“In the first half, we were just hitting it a bit too hard and seemed a little bit excited,” Pirates head coach Randy Staus said. “The guys were kind of saying to each other, ‘Just settle down.’ We weren’t playing our best in those first 10 minutes.”

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Library board offers town mediation

Oct. 02, 2013 9:00 p.m. |  Village of Sussex- The Pauline Haass Library Board has offered to engage in non binding mediation with the Town of Lisbon in an effort to resolve out of court their dispute over about 65 acres of farm land that the widow Haass bequeathed to the town for library purposes.

If the Town Board refuses the offer, the Library Board will file a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court seeking custody and control of the farm land.

Library officials contend that state law requires that they have control of the land since it was donated for library purposes.

Town officials say the Haass will clearly indicated she intended the town have the land to use for town library purposes.

The dispute over the land is blocking the Town of Lisbon and the Village of Sussex from reaching a new long term funding agreement that would pay for about 85 percent of the library's operating budget.

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Alice Baker Library receives mini-grant

Oct. 02, 2013 4:00 p.m. | The Alice Baker Memorial Library is one of 40 small and mid-size libraries throughout Wisconsin that received a $250 grant in late summer to support early literacy projects that encourage reading with young children and their caregivers. The mini-grants are part of a new Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative, coordinated by the Department of Public Instruction’s Public Library Development Team. Library staff members are using the grants to develop an early literacy activity area or launch a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading program.

More information in next week's Mukwonago Chief. 

Vinegar-soaked Waukesha man charged with burglary

Oct. 02, 2013 3:36 p.m. | Angel S. Diaz-Martinez, 1356 Dopp St., Waukesha, was charged on Sept. 23 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with burglary, felony criminal damage to property and illegal entry into a building.

According to the criminal complaint, police were dispatched at 9 a.m. on Sept. 21 to Apple Nutrition, 1400 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, after receiving reports of a burglary.

Store manager James Nowak said he showed up to open the business and found the glass front door smashed in with a wrought iron chair. Inside, the store appeared to be ransacked. Pungent vinegar and deep-red cherry juice was spilled out onto the floor and sales merchandise was strewn about. Footsteps from an Adidas shoe indicated the suspect fled west.

Dispatchers advised investigators that a suspicious man was being detained by police at 1081 Regent Road. The man, Diaz-Martinez, had red splotches on his pants and reeked of vinegar.

He was also wearing a shirt, believed to be stolen, which read: "It's Usually the Nuts that Change the World."

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Evacuation drill at KM High School today

Oct. 02, 2013 1:50 p.m. | Students at Kettle Moraine High School are participating in a safety education/evacuation drill this afternoon.

As part of the drill, a portion of Oak Crest Drive will be closed to local traffic as students are evacuated to the football stadiuim, then to temporary shelter at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

The drill is to simulate an evacuation and confirm logistics of temporary shelter in the event a school emeergency requires evacuation and relocation, according to a note to parents from the School District.


The drill will also test local police and fire response, as well as the district's communication system.

Got a great closet?

Oct. 02, 2013 1:32 p.m. | 30West is looking to feature unique closets in 2014.

Whether it's big and grand or smaller but superbly organized, we want to see it!

Send a photo by Oct. 18 to Amy Nixon at to be considered.

Change to Mukwonago homecoming activities tonight

Oct. 02, 2013 12:31 p.m. | Due to predicted rainy weather on Thursday night, Oct. 3, Mukwonago High School has moved the homecoming bonfire to tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 2. 

The poweder puff football game will be played at 6 p.m. with the bonfire and car smash at 7:30 p.m.

See today's Mukwonago Chief for a list of other homecoming acitivities this week.

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Best Summer Ever


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

Waukesha County Fair


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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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