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Good runs for Houston, Frieler

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

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

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

AHS girls win state CC title

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

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

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

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

Good runs for Brown, Zack

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

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

AHS boys fourth at state CC meet

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

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

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

Hamilton stranded on doorstep against Verona

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

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

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

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

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

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Arrowhead reaches another level

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

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

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

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

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

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Catholic Memorial shuts down Pewaukee

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

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

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

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

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

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2012 Trick-or-treat times in Lake Country

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

'Iconic’ showcases local playwrights

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

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

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

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

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

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Sussex man, 76, charged in Waukesha shooting case

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

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

According to a criminal complaint:

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

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

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Sussex man charged in Tuesday's Waukesha shooting

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

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

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

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

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

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Change to Friday's Candidate Forum in Delafield

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

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

Learn about MHS Spain trip

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

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

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

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

Old World Wisconsin offers free admission with food donations

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

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

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

Hours and Regular Admission

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

Update: Photos of accident in Ixonia

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

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


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Delafield salon spearheading effort to benefit shooting victims

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

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

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

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

Hartland Halloween Bash canceled

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

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

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

Trick-or-treat at Lake Country Health & Rehab

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

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

Highway 83 still closed, one person reported dead

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

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

Accident at Maple Ave. and Golf Rd. in Delafield

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

Updates will be made as information becomes available.

All lanes blocked on Highway 83

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

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

Town of Vernon holds budget public hearing tonight

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

Big Bend/Vernon Lions Club hosts Halloween Party

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

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

All Saints box night brings awareness to homelessness

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

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

Funeral services set for shooting victim

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

Big Bend Halloween party Saturday

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

Talk to people not paying much at the pump

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

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

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

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

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV)

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

Oct. 23, 2012 8:54 p.m. |  

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

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

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

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

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Trick-or-treating for Mukwonago Food Pantry

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

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

Father of victim in Brookfield shooting says daughter was martyr

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

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

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

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

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

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TV repairman Gardetto headed to prison

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

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

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

According to a criminal complaint:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Foggy drive in store

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

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

Big Bend considers allowing fowl in village

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

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

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

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

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

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Oconomowoc resident victim of shooting

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

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

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

What: Prayer Vigil

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

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Palmyra-Eagle district heading to referendum vote

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

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

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

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

Brookfield shooting victim from Town of Merton

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

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

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

Prayer vigil set in Oconomowoc

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

What:   Prayer Vigil

When:  Monday, October 22 at 7 p.m.

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

School report cards posted by DPI

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

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

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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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