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Watertown rallies to edge Cooney

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

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

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

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

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

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Brookfield East tops Hamilton in OT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swittel was asked about his halftime comments to his ballclub.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But a fumbled snap prevented chance at win in regulation.

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

Both coaches complimented their opponents.

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

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

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

AHS rolls over Mukwonago

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

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

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

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

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

Ad group criticizes Generac advertising

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

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

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

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

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

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Help Eagle Scout candidate at Castle Park

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

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

Castle Park is in the Hartridge subdivision.

Detective Steve Pederson looks back on longtime career

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

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

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

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

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

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

Five new guest artists will join the 14 returning artists.

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

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Houston wins CC race for Oconomowoc

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

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

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

St. John's wins final football game

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

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

Pfister rushed for 159 yards in the game.

Good day at state for netters

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

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

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

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

Meet award winning author Kathleen Ernst at Old World Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

Free Community Soup and Bread Meal

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

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

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

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

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

Quad/Graphics announces acquisition of Vertis

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

According to a release from Quad:

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

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

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

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Oconomowoc's Irish pub readying to reopen

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

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

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

Watch for their story in Tuesday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Freeze warning tonight

Oct. 11, 2012 8:02 a.m. | As we get deeper into fall, the freeze warnings are coming more frequently. The National Weather Service has issued one such warning for 1 to 7 a.m. Friday, as temperatures are expected to drop into the mid 20s to low 30s. Conditions could kill crops and other sensitive plants.

Library snafu leads to thousands of erroneous overdue notices in Waukesha County

Oct. 10, 2012 4:18 p.m. | Close to 15,000 library users in Waukesha County have erroneously received email notices about overdue materials due to a technical snafu, a library official said Wednesday.

The error happened late Tuesday night while staff was testing features of the county's new library catalog system, which is expected to go live on Nov. 28.

"It was just supposed to be internal," said Tom Hennen, director of the Waukesha County Federated Library System, who received a notice himself. "Somehow rather than just being a test drive, they actually got sent out. It comes down to, someone didn't turn off the switch that said, 'Let these really go out.' "

The overdue notices were sent to people who had materials checked out on Aug. 8 and have signed up for email notifications from the Brookfield Public Library, Delafield Public Library, Elm Grove Public Library, Mukwonago Community Library, Muskego Public Library, New Berlin Public Library, Oconomowoc Public Library, Pauline Haass Public Library in Sussex, Pewaukee Public Library, the Town Hall Library in North Lake and the Waukesha Public Library.

Library users in Big Bend, Butler, Eagle, Hartland and Menomonee Falls were not affected because those libraries don't send out email notifications, Hennen said.

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Oconomowoc Administrator Diane Gard first to earn Chamber award

Oct. 10, 2012 3:51 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce announces its 2012 Annual Awards recipients who will be recognized at a dinner at Golden Mast on Oct. 26.

City Administrator Diane Gard is the first recipient in the chamber's new award category recognizing women leaders in business.

Below is a list of the winners with information from the Chamber's release.

Citizen of the Year: Pam Thomas volunteer involvement is endless. She is the epitome of volunteerism in the Oconomowoc community.


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Filing date closed: Two Republicans vie for 33rd

Oct. 10, 2012 2:35 p.m. | Democrat Darcy Gustavsson of Brookfield declared candidacy for State Senate District 33 last week, but did not turn in nomination signatures by the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Candidates who filed before yesterday’s special election deadline include current Assemblymen Paul Farrow of Pewaukee and Chris Kapenga of Delafield. Because they are both Republican nominees, the special election primary Nov. 6 will likely determine who ultimately takes the seat.

Merton Schools back to normal after brief lockdown

Oct. 10, 2012 2:32 p.m. | A brief lockdown at the two Merton schools ended without incident this morning.

According to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, authorities were alerted to a possibly suicidal individual carrying a weapon in the vicinity of the two abutting schools at approximately 11 a.m.

"So just as a precautionary measure they (sheriff's deputies) contacted the schools to do a lockdown until they found him," said Capt. Karen Ruff of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The man in question was found in Milwaukee County a short time later, and the school was returned to normal status by 11:50 a.m.

Merton Community School District Superintendent Ron Russ e-mailed parents in the wake of the incident but offered few details.

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OHS holds citrus sale

Oct. 10, 2012 2:29 p.m. | The Oconomowoc chapter of AFS Intercultural Programs USA is holding its annual Florida citrus sale, now through Thursday, Nov. 1.

Boxes of Florida Riversweet fruit are available in these quantities: Indian River ruby red grapefruit $32 for 36 pounds or $19 for 18 pounds; navel oranges $34 for 40 pounds or $20 for 20 pounds; tangelos $19 for 20 pounds; and mixed grapefruit & oranges $20 for 20 pounds. 

Orders will be ready for pickup from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Oconomowoc High School loading dock on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The Oconomowoc AFS uses the proceeds from the citrus sale to provide a small monthly stipend to two foreign exchange students at  OHS, as well as to help send OHS students on study abroad programs.  

To order citrus or for more information about AFS, contact Karen Gould at (262 )567-3964 or Stephany Freedman at (920) 261-0388.

Join the Green Team for local wine tasting

Oct. 10, 2012 1:26 p.m. |  Join the Waukesha County Green Team  this Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. as they sample local wines from Pieper Porch Winery in Mukwonago. 

The Green Team has organized this informal get-together to relax, socialize, taste local wine, and help promote an area business. 

RSVP is required by Thursday by emailing 

Pieper Porch Winery is located at S67 W28435 River Rd. (Highway I).  

Final performances of Breaking Legs held this weekend

Oct. 10, 2012 1:13 p.m. | There is still time to catch the Mukwonago Village Player's production of Breaking Legs as the show wraps up this weekend with performances on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

The adult comedy, performed at Ivan's on the Square, 2087 Division Street, East Troy, takes place in an Italian restaurant owned by a successful mobster. A former college professor of the mobster's daughter comes looking for financial backing for a play he's written, not realizing his potential backers are gangsters.

Ticket prices are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors and can be purchased online at TicketRiver.  or in person at Miller Pharmacy, 801 N. Rochester St., Mukwonago; Espresso Love Coffee, 105 N. Rochester St., Mukwonago; Shanahan's Coffee House, 920 Greenwald Court, Mukwonago, or at Ivan's on the Square.

For more information visit the MVP website.

Mukwonago Farmers Market holds last event for season

Oct. 10, 2012 11:37 a.m. |  The Mukwonago Farmers Market is holding their last market for the season today from noon until 6 p.m. at Field Park, the corner of Highway 83 and NN. 

With Halloween around the corner, today would be the perfect time to pick out a few pumpkins and much more.

Kindergartners find their zen with yoga

Oct. 10, 2012 8:47 a.m. | Kindergarten students at Ixonia Elementary are noticeably more balanced after their teacher decided to have them try some yoga.

Jennifer Ellis said she introduced yoga to her students to help them build their core and gross motor skills. Ellis said the yoga also helps the students' focus and attention span.

Said Ellis, “Since we began, I have noticed that yoga has had a calming effect and allows students to better focus on their tasks.” She added, “It has really built our classroom ‘family’ and given students success as a team.”

Watch for tips on how you can help your children relax and focus at home and photos of the kindergarten yoga in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Oconomowoc's Betty Christopherson shares story of winning $6.3 million

Oct. 09, 2012 3:25 p.m. | City of Oconomowoc - It was a cool, windy fall day outside, but inside the Kwik Trip on Brown Street things were busy. Not with the lunch rush, but with an afternoon press conference held for Betty Christopherson who won the $6.3 million Megabucks.

Christopherson purchased the ticket while stopping on the way to visit her niece. While she's played the lottery for a few decades using notable numbers, last Wednesday's ticket was simply a quick pick.

The Oconomowoc resident lives at the Berkshire Senior Community apartments and said it wasn't until very early Thursday morning she realized she had the winning numbers. She said after realizing she's won millions, she couldn't even yell out in excitement out  of respect for her sleeping neighbors.

Christopherson bounced from media interviews to photos and hugs with family before accepting her giant check from the Wisconsin Lottery. The afternoon carried on with some cake and more photos.

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Spooky Saturday is planned at OPL

Oct. 09, 2012 12:57 p.m. | Children in grades 4k - 4th grade are invited to participate in "Spooky Saturday!" on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 10-11:15 a.m. at the Oconomowoc Public Library.

Celebrate Halloween with some fun crafts and games.   Costumes are welcome but not required. Please register for this free event at:

Christopherson is lottery winner

Oct. 09, 2012 7:48 a.m. | The owner of the winning ticket in the  $6.3 million Megabucks lottery drawing will take part in a news conference today at 2 p.m. at the Kwik Trip station, 1220 Brown St., that sold her the lucky ticket.

City of Oconomowoc retiree Betty Christopherson claimed the ticket on Monday and has indicated she will take a lump sum cash payment, or $3.15 million after taxes.

Lane closure on I-43

Oct. 09, 2012 7:28 a.m. | One southbound lane on I-43 will be closed on the Oakdale Bridge today as work is done on the bridge deck, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The bridge is between Highways 83 and 164.

KM golfers in first place

Oct. 08, 2012 6:47 p.m. |  Kettle Moraine's No. 3 ranked girls golf team shot into the lead at the WIAA Division 1 state high school golf tournament at Cherokee Country Club in Madison on Monday.

KM shot a 343 score to lead No. 1 ranked Homestead by two shots. Green Bay Notre Dame is third at 347 and Arrowhead fourth at 350.

Leighann Cabush led the Lasers with a round of 78. Lindsay Schmidt added an 83 for Kettle Moraine.

Waukesha senior Emily Joers is the leader with a 75.

One lane of I-43 closed through tomorrow

Oct. 08, 2012 2:52 p.m. |  Work will begin today on a bridge deck pour of the Oakdale Bridge on I-43, between Highway 83 and Highway 164 near Big Bend. To accommodate the pour, one southbound lane will be closed through Tuesday afternoon.

Please take alternate routes and allow extra time for travel.

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

Quad/Graphics and Time reach $900mil deal

Oct. 08, 2012 1:16 p.m. | Sussex based Quad/Graphics, Inc. announced today that it has reached a new, multi-year $900 million-plus agreement with Time Inc. to expand its magazine print work for the New York publisher.

Quad/Graphics will handle more than 85 percent of the print work for 19 of the company’s titles, including Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Money, Real Simple, Fortune, Essence and Golf. The work represents a 35% increase in incremental Time Inc. print volume for Quad/Graphics over the term of the agreement, beginning in January 2014.

Quad/Graphics already prints 100 percent of Entertainment Weekly. Major additional volume will come from expanded regional printing of Time and People, giving Quad/Graphics 100 percent of the print work for these weekly titles for the first time.

“We are pleased to be growing our business relationship with Time Inc., and capitalizing on our leading nationwide magazine platform to print more titles and more volume in more places,” said Joel Quadracci, Chairman, President & CEO. “Under this new agreement, Time Inc. has entrusted us with the vast majority of its magazine work, and we will continue to deliver the timely service and quality product they have come to expect from us, a progressive print partner.”

Could incorporation be tied to library funding?

Oct. 08, 2012 9:41 a.m. | A Village of Lisbon could afford to contribute more to the Pauline Haass Public Library than a Town of Lisbon could, according to Town Chairman Matt Gehrke.

Read more on Gehrke's take on things in Tuesday's Lake Country Reporter.

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

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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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