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Pewaukee man charged with severely injuring jogger

Nov. 29, 2010 3:39 p.m. |  Waukesha – A 21-year-old Village of Pewaukee man, convicted last year in a major heroin ring, was charged this afternoon with driving under the influence of heroin Sunday morning and his vehicle hitting and severely injuring a  44-year-old jogger.

Thomas A. Brinkman of 516 Park Ave. was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with reckless driving causing great bodily harm and operating while intoxicated causing injury. This is Brinkman’s second arrest for drunken driving.

The victim, Gregory Phelps, 44, of the Village of Pewaukee, was taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa with severe injuries.

According to the criminal complaint, Brinkman was driving on Capitol Drive when witnesses saw Brinkman’s vehicle hit a curb and hit Phelps, who was jogging on the north side of Capitol Drive near Ormsby Street.  Phelps apparently flew onto the hood of the vehicle as the vehicle’s windshield was damaged considerably.

Phelps was bleeding profusely from a large cut to the back of his head, and also may have had broken ribs. According to police, Phelp’s wife told them that hospital personnel informed her that Phelps had severe brain swelling ,and surgeons removed a clot from his brain.

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Seidel just misses making national meet

Nov. 27, 2010 7:16 p.m. | University Lake School junior Molly Seidel took part in the Midwest Regional of the Foot Locker High School Cross Country Championships Saturday at UW-Parkside in Kenosha and missed making the nationals by one spot.

The top 10 finishers advance to the national meet in California on Dec. 11. Seidel finished in 11th place.

Seidel had a time of  17:45.4. The 10th place finisher was Waverly Neer of Indiana with a time of 17:40.0 over the 5,000-meter course.

One week earlier Seidel ran a 5,000-meter race on the same course and won the event with a time of 17:11. That time is the third-fastest high school girls clocking ever on the Parkside course.  A time of 17:18 by Allison Woodward of De Pere won Saturday's race.

Pewaukee girls rally past Arrowhead

Nov. 27, 2010 7:01 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team rallied back from a 17-12 deficit in the first half to defeat Arrowhead at Oak Creek Saturday afternoon, 41-33. The score was tied at 21 going into the fourth period.

Emily Wirth fired in 17 points for the Pirates, scoring 11 of those in the decisive fourth quarter. Jenny Smith led Arrowhead with 9 points.

The game was the first of the season for both teams.

Pewaukee defeat KM boys in cage opener

Nov. 27, 2010 6:29 p.m. | Pewaukee's varsity boys basketball team, thanks to a 15-0 run in the first quarter and  a 19-0 run in the second and third periods, defeated host Kettle Moraine in the season opener for both teams Saturday afternoon, 66-40.

Jordan Daul scored the first 14 points of the fourth period for the Pirates and finished the game witrh  24 tallies. Dave Reese added 9 points to that total and Jordan Edgerson and Austin Hansen chipped in with 7 tallies each.

KM was led by Trey Dowling with 18 points. Kyle Kita added 11 for the Lasers.

Shoppers hit area stores for Black Friday specials

Nov. 26, 2010 10:59 a.m. |

Customers at Mukwonago Wal-Mart wait in a line that stretches through the store to purchase an iPod touch during Black Friday specials at 5 a.m. Store managers reported that shoppers also filled the store for midnight specials after Thanksgiving.

A million twinkling lights brighten the holidays at Country Christmas

Nov. 26, 2010 12:00 a.m. | One of the most recognizable signs of Christmas is light. As the holiday nears, the night fills with sparkling, twinkling lights on homes and trees, shrubs and lawn ornaments.

But no where in the whole state are there more holiday lights than at the Country Christmas drive-through light display now open at Country Springs Hotel and Conference Center in Waukesha. 

In its 15th year, the display features over a million holiday lights festively displayed over 40 acres of countryside. After feasting your eyes from the comfort of your car, stretch your legs and visit the Christmas Village and the fabulous model train wending its way through the town. You’ll also be able to purchase some concessions before heading over to The Streets of Bethlehem and the incredible life-size Fontanini nativity that’s a replica of the one in the Vatican.

Country Springs is located at 2810 Golf Road in Waukesha off of I-94. Cost for the display is $15 per carload. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursdays  and 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and holidays.

Dozer Days are over

Nov. 24, 2010 4:02 p.m. |  

The Hamilton Education Foundation, host of the popular Dozer Day at Halquist Stone’s Sussex Quarry, determined at a recent board meeting that the popular Southeastern Wisconsin event will no longer occur.
Dozer Day has had an excellent track record in regards to safety issues during the event; however, due to “interpretation of safety regulations by the Mine, Safety and Health Administration, it became apparent that Dozer Day would not happen next year,” said Tom Halquist, a co-founder of the event in a press release sent out Nov. 24.
“It is with great regret that it has come to an end,” HEF Chairman George Semrad said. “We certainly understand that Halquist must comply with government regulations. It would be difficult to imagine Dozer Day without operating machinery.”
“It is hard to put into words how grateful HEF is to Halquist Stone Company for inviting the community to its quarry all these years,” Semrad said. “We appreciate the generosity of everyone at Halquist who worked to make Dozer Day a successful, fun event.” Semrad said the HEF board will convene later this
year to pursue other avenues of fundraising.
Dozer Day was created to benefit the Hamilton Education Foundation, which allows the Hamilton School District to provide financial support and other resources to enhance and enrich the educational opportunities
of students in the district. Major sponsors of the event included: QuadGraphics, Wisconsin Army National Guard, MLG Commercial, FABCO, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Halquist Stone Company.
In 2009 Dozer Day celebrated it’s 10th year of the event and raised over $100,000 for the foundation.
Throughout the years, Dozer Day raised nearly one million dollars that benefited schoolchildren throughout the Hamilton School District in Waukesha County and was one Southeastern Wisconsin’s largest one day events attracting over 20,000 people of all ages every year.

Indian Logo hearing postponed

Nov. 24, 2010 11:38 a.m. |

The lawsuit filed by Mukwonago residents Craig Vertz and James Schoocraft asking for a preliminary injunction or restraining order in the case which argues the new state law that forced the Mukwonago School District to change its Mukwonago Indians logo is unconstitutional, has been postponed until 8:30 a.m. Dec. 9.
Attorney Clayton Kawski was in court this morning for Defendants State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Tony Evers and Paul Sherman, and argued the Attorney General's Office was not served with a copy of the complaint and moved for dismissal.
Attorney Samuel C. Hall for the Plaintiffs stated the Attorney General's Office was served on behalf of the named defendants.
The Court found that a state statute stipulates that if a "statute, ordinance or franchise is alleged to be unconstitutional, the attorney general shall also be served with a copy of the proceeding and be entitled to be heard."
The Court further decided the Attorney General was not served and therefore postponed both the Defendant's motion for dismissal and the Plaintiff's motion for an injunction until Dec. 9, and asked the Attorney General's Office be served by Dec. 1.

Get the latest information on holiday travel and weather here

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Sun, Chief, Waukesha NOW to be delivered Thursday morning to home-delivery customers

Nov. 24, 2010 9:51 a.m. | Because of inserting problems at the press, home delivery of this week's issues of the Sussex Sun, Mukwonago Chief and Waukesha NOW that were scheduled for delivery today will be delayed one day. All three papers will be delivered to regular weekday home-delivery readers tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day - in plenty of time to see the sales in the many Black Friday inserts.

For Waukesha readers who receive the weekday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, delivery will actually be on the normal delivery date of Thursday. Anyone receiving mail delivery should receive the Chief  as scheduled today. The Sun will be delivered on the next mail service day. 

If you would like a copy immediately, the Sussex Sun and Mukwonago Chief are already for sale on local newsstands. News from the Chief and Sun is already posted online at and from Waukesha Now at, and both are updated around the clock.

We apologize tor the inconvenience to our readers and customers due to this delivery change.

Man taken by Flight

Nov. 22, 2010 4:21 p.m. | City of Pewaukee – A 51-year-old Kenosha man had to be extricated from his vehicle and taken by Flight for Life helicopter this morning with unknown injuries from a crash that occurred at 9:17 a.m. on Redford Boulevard.

According to statement released by the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department, the man was driving a van north on Redford Boulevard when he did not stop at Capitol Drive for a red light and the van hit the rear of a flatbed trailer, flipping over the rear portion of the trailer.

The crash remains under investigation.

The Sheriff's Department and Wisconsin State Patrol, along with the City of Pewaukee and Village of Sussex fire departments responded.

The crash remains under investigation.

Tornado watch in effect

Nov. 22, 2010 1:19 p.m. | A tornado watch is in effect until 6 p.m. for southcentral and southeastern Wisconsin, including Waukesha County.

Two Town of Mukwonago employees resign

Nov. 19, 2010 11:00 a.m. | Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeff Rolfe and Town of Mukwonago Treasurer Diane Steinke have both resigned.

Rolfe's resignation was announced at last night's Budget Hearing. He's resignation is effective Jan. 11. 

"It's unfortunate we're going to lose a good Chief," said Town Board Supervisor Tom Stefanowski.

Steinke will be resigning effective Dec. 3.  The clerk and treasurer's positions were changed from elected to appointed at the town's annual meeting effective next April.  The board is currently interviewing for a combined administrator/clerk/treasurer position.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in the past years" said Steinke in a written statement. 

Plan your holidays before the parade passes by.

Nov. 19, 2010 12:00 a.m. | Who doesn’t love a parade? Even in Wisconsin, where the weather turns cold and blustery, we bundle up the kids, put hot liquid into the thermos, grab a few lawn chairs and find a good spot along the curb to watch the array of bands, floats, costumed characters and dancers. And at the very end, the excited squeals start to rumble along the route as anxious children first spot Santa on his ornate throne.

This Sunday, Waukesha County’s biggest parade wends its way through downtown Waukesha streets starting at 4 p.m.

Kids can bring their letters to Santa and give them to the mail carriers at the start of the parade or to Santa’s elves at the end. Be sure to include your name and address to receive a return note from Santa.

Before the parade, stroll through the festive downtown shops and enjoy carolers singing traditional holiday tunes and costumed characters handing out treats. Stop by Cuddles/Martha Merrell’s Books in the heart of downtown from noon to 3 p.m. for pictures with Santa, then stake out your curbside spot.

Let the holidays begin!

Vernon appoints new fire chief

Nov. 17, 2010 11:50 a.m. | The Town of Vernon Fire Commission appointed Big Bend-Vernon Fire Captain Alex Felde as its new fire chief at its meeting last night.

Felde has served as Captain on the joint department since 2007.  He'll be the new Town of Vernon Fire Department's first Fire Chief.

The joint department is set to dissolve Dec. 18.

For more on this story, see next week's Mukwonago Chief.

Yuletide Faire at Prairie Hill

Nov. 17, 2010 11:40 a.m. |

The 22nd annual Yuletide Faire will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee.

This holiday festival for the whole family includes strolling minstrels, costumed characters. On both days, meet the Pickle Man and Muffin Man or give the Pocket Lady some coins, and be rewarded with a small, hidden treasure from her mysterious cape. Enjoy marionette puppet shows, magicians, storytelling, face painting and much more. Also, children can get creative at kids-only craft workshops throughout both days.

Tickets: advance 16 and older $4, door $5; advance ages 2-15 $1, door $2; free for younger than 2. Advance tickets are available from the school directly. Proceeds support educational programs at Prairie Hill Waldorf School.

The Yuletide Faire is Prairie Hill’s largest outreach event, drawing more than 2,000 visitors over its two-day run and raising more than $30,000 for the school.

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Pewaukee's Watt switches to Wisconsin

Nov. 15, 2010 10:53 p.m. | Pewaukee linebacker and running back Derek Watt, named earlier Monday to the WIsconsin Football Coaches Association All-State team on defense, has switched his college commitment to play football from Northwestern to Wisconsin.

Watt, the younger brother of current Badgers standout J.J. Watt, had initially verbally agreed to play for the Wildcats in July. Wisconsin had also scouted the younger Watt, who led Pewaukee to a 7-3 record this fall, and had offered a greyshirt, meaning a delayed scholarship opportunity kicking in after the 2011 fall semester.

J.J. offered his brother a congratulatory update on Twitter late Monday, essentially breaking the news. Kyle Heikkinen of Badger247 added confirmation of the switch on Twitter and said the opportunity remained a greyshirt situation for now.

Derek Watt joins another Lake Country linebacker, Derek Landisch of Arrowhead, as UW recruits from the 2011 class.

Judge will wait to make decision regarding joining of cases in Smith murder trial

Nov. 15, 2010 5:01 p.m. | After a motion to join the cases of the three men accused of conspiring to kill Kimberly Smith last October, Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge James Kieffer said he wanted time to review the case as well as other related precedents before making a decision.

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel made the motion in hopes of trying the three men, including Smith’s ex-boyfriend, Darren Wold, as well as Jack Johnson and Justin Welch, using the same evidence in a single case.

Welch is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, while Wold and Johnson are charged with being party to first-degree intentional homicide.

Wold’s attorneys allege that their client had no involvement in a conspiracy to kill Smith, and they believe that lumping the three accused men together would prevent Wold from having a fair trial. They plan to show evidence that Jack Johnson and Justin Welch worked together without any involvement by Wold.

Both Welch's and Johnson's representatives argued on Monday that allowing Wold to testify against the others would impede their abilities to have fair trials as well.

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Landisch named Defensive Player of Year

Nov. 15, 2010 11:19 a.m. | Arrowhead linebacker Derek Landisch was named the state's Defensive Player of the Year by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, which released All-State football teams today.

Landisch, who helped the Warhawks finish 9-2 this season and take a share of the Classic 8 Conference, will play for the University of Wisconsin next fall.

Sussex Hamilton defensive end Cameron Clinton-Earl, Pewaukee linebacker Derek Watt and Arrowhead kicker Drew Meyer were also named All-State. Kettle Moraine assistant coach Greg Vock, after whom the KM football field was named earlier this year, was named one of the Assistant Coaches of the Year.

Judge to consider joining cases for Smith trial today

Nov. 15, 2010 10:15 a.m. | Lawyers for Darren Wold, ex-boyfriend of Kimberly Smith, who was murdered in her Oconomowoc home last October, plan to present evidence that Wold was not part of the conspiracy planned to murder her.

Judge James Kieffer will hear the arguments this afternoon during a motion to join all three men's cases into one for a trial.
Wold's attorneys filed a document Nov. 3 that states Wold had no involvement in the conspiracy.
Justin Patrick Welch
They plan to show evidence that Jack Johnson and Justin Welch worked together without any involvement by Wold.
Wold is alleged to have conspired with longtime friend Johnson and Justin Welch to plan for Welch to fly from California to Wisconsin and murder Smith. The effort is alleged to be a plot for Wold to gain full custody of a son he and Smith had together.
 Jack Johnson
Watch the Oconomowoc Focus and for more on this story.

Man dies in St. Jerome Run/Walk

Nov. 14, 2010 12:26 p.m. | A South Milwaukee man died after collapsing  while running in the St. Jerome Run/Walk event held Saturday in Oconomowoc.

Pastor of St. Jerome Church Father John Yockey said the man, 54--year-old Greg Nowak, collapsed about 9:30 a.m., just 40 feet from the finish line. The veteran runner was racing with two nurses and an EMT, who immediately performed CPR on him until an ambulance arrived on the scene to transport him to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

AHS girls win state swim title

Nov. 13, 2010 6:35 p.m. | Arrowhead's varsity girls swim team, ranked No. 1 in the state all season, lived up to that lofty billing Saturday afternoon by winning the WIAA Division 1 state championship.

The title was third in a row for the Warhawks and eighth in the last nine years.

AHS won Saturday with 260 points. Waukesha South/Mukwonago was second with 204.5 points.

The Warhawks won two events, both relay races. The team of Kate Jones, Mary Warren, Miranda Helbig and Holly Johnson won the 200 medley relay (1:44.70) and the 200 freestyle relay team of Haley Pietila, Warren, Katie Duranso and Johnson won with a time of 1:34.86.

Pietila had the best individual finish as she placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:04.31).

Waukesha West moves to state finals

Nov. 13, 2010 6:15 p.m. | Thanks to  a stellar effort by its defense, the Waukesha West varsity footbll team rolled into the WIAA Division 1 state championship game Saturday afternoon by stopping powerful Kenosha Bradford in a semifinal game at Arrowhead, 30-15.

By winning, the Wolverines improved to 12-1 on the season and will play Stevens Point next Friday at 4 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison  for the coveted state champiionship.

West held Bradford to its season-low number of points. Prior to Saturday, the fewest points the Red Devils (11-2) had scored was 28  last Saturday in a Level 3 playoff game.

Nick Tehan scored on an 87-yard fumble recovery to start the game for West and midway through the second period Matt Losiniecki of the Wolverines recovered a fumble that led to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Berghoefer to tight end Dylan Chmura.

West broke the game open in the fourth quarter when junior running back Joe Schobert scored on a 95-yard touchdown run with 8:12 remaining in the game. That score made it 30-15.

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Mukwonago School reports man stopped by playground - nothing inappropriate happened

Nov. 12, 2010 10:23 a.m. | Town of Mukwonago Police are doing extra patrols past Rolling Hills Elementary School today after a man stopped his car near the school during the lunch recess on Thursday.

The man, reportedly in his 50s, driving a dark green Pontiac Sunfire, pulled the car over and threw a ball over the fence, according to a letter that went home to parents that day. The man returned about 20 minutes later and was walking along both sides of the road, according to Rolling Hills Elementary Principal Nick Reichhoff. The man shouted that he was looking for his glasses. When the playground monitor approached the man, he left the area.

Nothing inappropriate or illegal happened, Reichhoff reported. Reichhoff contacted Town of Mukwonago Police because "it was an odd situation," and sent a letter home to parents and to other elementary schools as a precaution.

A complete story on the incident can be found in the next issue of the Mukwonago Chief.

Murder mystery takes a hilarious twist.

Nov. 12, 2010 12:00 a.m. | There’s been a murder, several actually. Whodunit? Who cares! It’s all good fun and laughs when the Kettle Moraine Middle School presents “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” by John Bishop this weekend.

The show takes a light-hearted look at those dark (dun-dun-dun!) thriller mysteries from the Golden Age of Hollywood. It’s both a loving homage and biting send-up for the films of the time.

The plot? It’s a pot of bubbling stew using every device known to theatrical man – secret passages, revolving bookcases, Nazi saboteurs, struggling comedians, cabaret singers and secret agents, not to mention the eccentric Elsa von Grossenkneuten who accuses one of her crew of being the Stage Door Slasher. The dastardly deed-doer did his (her?) dastardly deed right in the middle a boffo Broadway show. The group of flamboyant thespians have gathered for the first time since their show was, literally, cut short.

Trey Korte is the show’s director assisted by Abby Kean who also serves as costume supervisor. Set designers are art teachers Bill Barder and Brock Rumohr, who have their hands full with the old mansion’s secret passages.

Performances for “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” are at 7:30 Friday and Saturday, Nov. 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14. Tickets are $8 at the door.

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American Legion Post 375 honors veterans

Nov. 11, 2010 12:25 p.m. |

American Legion Post 375 member Al Forrest salutes as Post Commander Jim Foster raises the flag during a Veterans Day ceremony at Linden Grove Mukwonago. The ceremony commemorates the 92nd anniversary of the signing of the armistice on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, marking the end of fighting during World War I.

Ethan Allen inmate charged with sexual assault

Nov. 11, 2010 10:11 a.m. |

WAUKESHA-- An eighteen-year-old inmate at Ethan Allen School for Boys, in the Town of Delafield, was charged with attempted second-degree sexual assault of one of the detention facility’s psychologists. The man was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Nov. 10.

According to a Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department criminal complaint, Brandin Bremer, of Dubuque, IA, admitted that he "just snapped" on Oct. 25, when he had thoughts about kissing the psychologist and touching her on her private areas. Bremer stated that, "he just started looking at her and thoughts started popping in his head."

The complaint indicates that Bremer grabbed the victim around her neck as he tried to kiss her, and she began screaming for help. He subsequently fled the room where he was confronted by Youth Counselor, Anthony Banks, who was able to pursue and restrain Bremer after tackling him to the ground. Bremer repeatedly spat on Banks’ face and tried to punch him.

According to the complaint, Bremer was charged with attempted second degree sexual assault, two counts of assault by a prisoner and one count of disorderly conduct. If convicted, he could face 36 years in prison and roughly $86,000 in fines.

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Join Kettle Moraine Golden Lasers on Nov. 19

Nov. 11, 2010 9:59 a.m. | All Kettle Moraine area seniors, 55 and older, are invited to join the Golden Lasers’ next meeting on Friday, Nov. 19 at the Brandybrook Community Center located at S11W29980 Summit Ave, Waukesha.

A meal will be served at 11:30 a.m. The cost of the meal is $4.

To make a reservation, please contact the Community Education Office at (262) 968-6273 ext. 5326.

Mukwonago residents file suit against state over logo decision

Nov. 11, 2010 9:51 a.m. | Two Mukwonago residents have filed a lawsuit against the state Department of Public Instruction that challenges the DPI's decision to order the Mukwonago School District to change its Indian nickname and logo.

Earlier this year, the DPI ordered the change after a hearing on a complaint from former student Rain Koepke, who maintained that the logo was discriminatory and promoted racism.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court by James Schoolcraft and Mukwonago Braves Football President Craig Vertz.  It names the Mukwonago Area School District as an involuntary plaintiff, saying that the district may have an interest in the suit's outcome.

School Superintendent Paul Strobel said the School District is in no way behind the lawsuit and is not funding the lawsuit, which claims the state law allowing residents to file complaints about district logos is "vague and ambiguous."

The suit goes on to claim that the total costs associated with changing the nickname and logo could cost the taxpayers of the District up to $100,000.  But according to both Strobel and Mukwonago High School Principal Shawn McNulty, the change will cost less than $50,000.

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Still time to get in on holiday baking contest

Nov. 11, 2010 9:38 a.m. | Samples of holiday baking have been coming in to the newsroom this week in preparation for tomorrow's judging of the Lake Country Publications holiday baking contest. It's not too late to enter -- bring your entry to the Hartland office, 440 Cardinal Lane, Suite 220, before tomorrow morning. See a copy of the rules here.

At stake? Gift certificates to Piggly Wiggly, a gift subscription to the Lake Country Publications newspaper of your choice and, of course, bragging rights.

St. John's Northwestern hosts Veterans Day ceremony

Nov. 10, 2010 3:02 p.m. | A Veterans Day ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy's Farrand Hall Gymnasium, 1101 Genesee St., Delafield. The public is invited.

Packers Food Drive to Benefit Mukwonago Food Pantry

Nov. 10, 2010 10:13 a.m. |

The First Annual Nick and Andrea Collins, Ryan Grant and Brandon Chillar Thanksgiving Food Drive will benefit the New Berlin Food Pantry, the Mukwonago Food Pantry and surrounding communities and churches.

Bringing one full bag of groceries will earn residents an autograph from all the Green Bay Packers in attendance to include Nick Collins, Ryan Grant, Nick Barnett, Brandon Chillar, Tramon Williams, Desmond Bishop and more. The event will take place at IEWC Global Solutions, 5001 S. Towne Drive in New Berlin from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Cash donations are welcome.

For more information, visit

Train horns no more in Oconomowoc

Nov. 10, 2010 9:37 a.m. |  

According to information released by Public Works Director Mark Frye Wednesday, at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 a new, quieter era will begin for the City of Oconomowoc.
"On this date, the 27 or so trains per day passing though our community will be silent as they make their way to the east or west," Frye said.
The establishment of a Quiet Zone will take effect on this date and the trains will no longer sound their horns as they approach and go through any of the seven crossing.
"As everyone knows, because of the short distance between the crossings there are times when the horns sound like one long blast from one end of the city to the other," Frye said.
To qualify for a quiet zone, the city provided information to the Federal Railroad Administration that if the train horns were silenced the total risk index number for the city would decrease with the installation of delineators at the crossings. During this year’s street maintenance project, delineators were installed at each of the crossings in preparation of approval for a quiet zone. In addition to the delineators, the one side of the Main Street crossing was rebuilt to accommodate a different gate configuration that could be used in the future.
The best safety feature for pedestrians and drivers at a railroad crossing is common sense, said Frye. Do not enter the crossing if the gates are down and/or the red lights are flashing. Take the time to stop, look and listen prior to crossing the tracks. Should the operator of the train see a safety concern they can use their horns as a warning signal.

What's next for Delafield fire station?

Nov. 09, 2010 1:39 p.m. | The Delafield Town Board will discuss what's next for the town fire station after a referendum to build a new station failed by a mere nine votes in last week's election.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Delafield Town Hall, N14 W30782 Golf Road. Watch tomorrow for this story.

Elegant Farmer Giving Thanks Days this weekend

Nov. 09, 2010 10:38 a.m. | The Elegant Farmer at Highways ES and J in Mukwonago hosts its annual Giving Thanks Days, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13 and 14, to benefit local food pantries. The Elegant Farmer invites all to come in to purchase their Thanksgiving pies early and they will donate $3 for each eight-inch or larger pie purchased. Area food pantries that will benefit from this fundraiser are The Mukwonago Community Kitchen Cupboard and Food Pantry, Kettle Moraine Food Pantry, Food Pantry of Waukesha County, East Troy Food Pantry, The Waukesha Salvation Army and Eagle Community Food Pantry.

To entice your support of Giving Thanks Days, the Elegant Farmer offers its signature Apple Pie Baked in a Paper Bag and other pies including pumpkin, caramel apple, cranberry walnut and more. To make your Thanksgiving meal complete, they also offer fresh, local turkey, fresh cranberries baked breads, blue ribbon cheeses and many other specialty items.

The Elegant Farmer is open year round 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call (262) 363-6770 or visit

Town leaf and brush pickup this weekend

Nov. 09, 2010 10:34 a.m. |

The Town of Mukwonago will have their fall leaf and brush pickup Saturday, Nov. 13. Brush and bags should be out at the road on Friday night, Nov. 12, or no later than 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 13.

Brush must be grouped in manageable bundles weighing not more than 50 pounds and not more than 4 feet in length. Leaves must be in clear plastic bags or paper bags and there is a 30 bag limit per stop. Do not put out any non-compostable materials.

Anyone who has brush and bags that exceed the limit may contract directly with John’s Disposal Service of Whitewater. Special arrangements can be made by calling John’s at (888) 473-4701.

Playgroup to tour fire station

Nov. 09, 2010 10:32 a.m. |

The Play Together Grow Together playgroup sponsored by Brooklife Church will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 12, at the Mukwonago Fire Department, 1111 Fox St., Mukwonago.

Participants can take a tour of the Mukwonago Fire Department, learn about fire safety and explore the trucks and equipment just like a real firefighter. Then, enjoy a pizza dinner at the fire station. Cost: families $6. RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 11 to Jenny Schroeder at (262) 751-7241 or

Park View's F.A.M.E. this Friday

Nov. 09, 2010 10:29 a.m. |

Park View Middle School presents "F.A.M.E." from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the school.

Tickets: advance $7, door $10; Advance sales will be from 7 to 7:25 a.m. through Friday, Nov. 12, outside the school office. Students must have a Mustang Pass and permission slip to purchase tickets and will receive a coupon for a free beverage or snack with admission. Make all checks payable to Park View Middle School.

Activities include DJ music/karaoke and open gym basketball, bungee run, obstacle course, gladiator jousting, giant slide, bingo, movies, Legos, foosball tables and interactive games. Concessions will be available for purchase.

West football team moves to state semis

Nov. 06, 2010 7:39 p.m. | Waukesha West's varsity football team, anchored by a brilliant performance by its entire defense, defeated visiting Middleton Saturday afternoon, 27-10, to advance to the WIAA Division 1 state semifinals for just the third time in school history.

The Wolverines held Middleton (10-2)  scoreless in the final 27 minutes and allowed the Cardinals just 73 yards of offense in the entire second half.

Middleton scored first in the game, scoring on the first possession of the night, marching 80 yards in just nine plays to take a quick 7-0 lead.

But from there it was all West. Junior running back Joe Schobert, who finished the night with a 246 yards rushing on 36 carries, tied the game by scoring on a 3-yard run. West took the lead for good on the first play of the second period when junior quarterback Brandon Berghoefer scored on a 1-yard sneak.

Other points for the Wolverines came on two 30-yard field goals by sophomore kicker Steve Drida and a 4-yard touchdown run by Schobert.

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Holiday Recipe Contest

Nov. 05, 2010 7:43 p.m. | Lake Country Publications (LCP) is hosting its first holiday recipe contest, open to Lake Country residents, through Thursday, Nov. 11. We're looking for holiday cake, cupcake, cookie and pie recipes, so dig through those old cookbooks, call your mom or grandma or just start experimenting and let the baking begin for a chance at winning a prize. The more original your recipe, the better!

There will be three winners for each category; the top recipe in each class will receive a $50 gift certificate to Fox Bros. Piggly Wiggly. Second place will receive a $25 gift certificate. Third place will be awarded a one-year gift subscription to the Lake Country Publications newspaper of your choice.

The top three recipes in each category will be published along with a photo of the contest winner in holiday Cook's Corner columns in November.

Contest rules

• One recipe per entrant per category (may enter in each category).

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Sports director to chat Saturday on WSSP

Nov. 05, 2010 1:51 p.m. | Lake Country Publications sports director JR Radcliffe will chat live with on AM-1250 WSSP radio during Saturday morning's "Varsity Blitz Coach's Show," discussing the WIAA football postseason. Radcliffe will speak with host Mike McGivern around 10:45 a.m., with the weekly show running from 10 until noon.

For a preview of Level 3 football games, beginning Friday night, visit the "Scramble to Camp Randall" blog on JSOnline.

St. William Annual Craft Fair this weekend

Nov. 05, 2010 10:05 a.m. | The annual Craft Fair at St. William Christian Women is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6 and 7, at 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. There will be over 50 exhibitors, a bake sale, raffle and refreshments.

For more information, call (262) 549-1363 or (262) 542-9637.

Start your holiday shopping ... and help a good cause!

Nov. 05, 2010 12:00 a.m. | Believe it or not, it’s really not too early to start thinking about holiday shopping. And while the department stores have been twinkling with lights and ornaments and gift ideas, even before Halloween, there are lots of other shopping options to consider.

One of the most pleasant ways to find that something special for that special someone is to visit one of the many craft fairs, bazaars and boutiques taking place at area churches, schools and club houses. The beauty of purchasing items at these events is that the proceeds usually go toward some charitable cause.

One such event is this Sunday’s Shopping Bazaar at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish on Highway 83 in North Lake. The bazaar is from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parish center. Among the possible presents are gourmet foods, jewelry, stone tiles, Tupperware, candles, handbags and more

But the best part is your purchase will help fund the 2011 Blessed Teresa Workcamp Mission Trip. These missions send hard-working people into communities around the country to provide needed repairs to the homes of the elderly, disabled or simply those who can’t afford them. Truly a worthy cause.

So this holiday season, why not start your shopping right in your neighborhood and help carry out the true meaning of Christmas

Quad acquires HGI

Nov. 04, 2010 11:10 a.m. | Quad/Graphics has announced its acquisition of HGI Co., a full-service commercial and specialty products printer, building on a partnership the two companies established earlier this year.

The acquisition brings together HGI's expertise in the commercial and specialty products segments with Quad/Graphics' technology and innovation to provide quick-turn, customized and value-added solutions on a global scale.

HGI  - which had been majority owned and led by Craig Faust and his team of print industry professionals - will opperate as a division of Quad/Graphics. Faust will serve as the division's preseident.

Quad/Graphics entered into a partnership with HGI in February, purchasing a minority interest. Faust retained majority ownership.

Rebecca Kleefisch to undergo elective chemo

Nov. 04, 2010 8:38 a.m. |  Lt. Governor-elect Rebecca Kleefisch announced today that she will undergo elective chemotherapy as a preventative measure in her fight against colon cancer.

“Later today, I will begin elective chemotherapy to ensure that the tumor that was successfully removed from my colon in August will never come back.," Kleefisch said.

"As a 35-year-old wife and mother with 2 small children, I am following the recommendation of my doctor to begin preventative treatment. I was given the choice of whether to do chemo, and we decided as a family that it's the right choice for me. ???I expect to keep a full, normal work schedule over the course of the treatments and can't wait to start the exciting work of getting Wisconsin back to work again!” 

Govenor-elect Scott Walker said in a statement today that he supports Kleefisch's plan.

"Rebecca has shown remarkable strength and determination through a very long sttae-wide campaign, while at the same time undergoing successful cancer treatment. Tonette and I will continue to support Renecca and Joel and their daughters Ella and Violet through this treament and transition period."

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AHS to host event for vets

Nov. 03, 2010 12:42 p.m. |  

Get out your yellow ribbons and help support your local veterans at the third annual "Guitars for Vets" event at Arrowhead High School.
The event, dubbed a coffeehouse concert, will rock the North Campus Commons on Friday, Nov. 5 beginning at 6:30 p.m., when AHS students and English teacher Frank Balistreri show off their musical talents during the open mic portion of the event. At 8, the duo of acoustic guitarist Bill Camplin and electric guitarist Jason Klagstad will donate their time to the cause and play for all attendees.
Dryhootch, a veterans support organization that recently opened a coffeehouse in Milwaukee, will provide coffee, while a variety of desserts and Baskin Robbins ice cream will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets will cost $10 for adults and $5 for students at the door.
Proceeds from the event will be donated to two veterans support groups in Milwaukee: Guitars for Vets, which provides returning veterans with a guitar and private lessons, and Dryhootch, a coffeeshop that helps veterans make the difficult transition back to civilian life.
The Guitars for Vets event is sponsored by the AHS American Problems Students and the International Student Club. Every student club or athletic team at Arrowhead is obligated to participate in a community service project during the school year, and the AHS community has made veteran support a top priority.
According to Pat Downing, the International Student Club’s adviser, students from the school have collected enough money to send seven World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., on "Honor Flights" to visit the national World War II Memorial and other landmarks. Each flight costs about $1,500, but provides veterans with the trip of a lifetime.
At each home football game this fall, the school recognized one AHS alumnus who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and when the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 32d Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home from its year-long deployment to Iraq last year, the high school raised the most money of any school in Wisconsin or Minnesota for a welcome home project. As a thank you, AHS received a U.S. flag that flew over an American military installation in Baghdad.
For more information, supporters are encouraged to call Downing at (262) 369-3611 Ext. 4122.

Culver's gets final OK

Nov. 03, 2010 9:04 a.m. |  

A tax incremental financing (TIF) district intended to help fund costs related to the construction of a new Culver’s restaurant received its final approval Wednesday morning.
The TIF Joint Review Board voted unanimously to approve the district, which will provide $150,000 in a forgivable loan to franchise owner Greg Howe to help finance land acquisition and redevelopment costs.
The loan will be paid off over the 14-year scheduled life of the district with money from the tax increments. If the increments generated by the development do not cover the loan’s principal and interest, Howe would be obligated to pay off the loan.
Howe, a Town of Delafield resident, plans to build a Culver’s restaurant at 701 Industrial Court, near the southeast corner of Highway 83 and Cardinal Lane. An existing self-serve car wash on the property will be torn down.
Howe was scheduled to close on his purchase of the property and obtain necessary permits from the village later in the day on Wednesday. If the closing and permit-issuing proceed without a hitch, Howe said that work would likely proceed immediately and that the car wash could potentially be demolished by the end of the day Wednesday.
The new Culver’s is tentatively scheduled to open by mid- to late February next year.

Delafield fire vote results were inverted, referendum on firehouse defeated

Nov. 03, 2010 8:06 a.m. | Town of Delafield – The results of the referendum vote on borrowing $4 million for a new firehouse were inverted when initially released, meaning the measure was defeated by nine votes rather than passing by nine votes.

By a vote of 2,128 to 2,119 residents defeated the referendum. The new station would have replaced the  near 50-year-old building on Maple Avenue. It was proposed to be located on Golf Road near the Town Hall.

Fire Chief Dean Richards said this morning the results were “heartbreaking” and members of the department were “extremely disappointed.”

City of Pewaukee residents OK advisory referendum to merge with Village

Nov. 02, 2010 11:46 p.m. | City of Pewaukee residents voted to approve an advisory referendum question on merging the City and Village of Pewaukee.

Voters approved the measure, which asked "As residents in the City of Pewaukee, would you be in favor of merging communities with the Village of Pewaukee to create one municipality...if residents can realize utility and property tax savings?"

The question received 4513 "YES" votes (64 percent) to 2582 "NO" votes (36 percent).

UPDATED: Pewaukee Schools referendum passes

Nov. 02, 2010 11:00 p.m. | UPDATE: School district residents approved the Pewaukee Schools referendum question with a final vote tally of 4344 "YES" votes (54 percent) to 3745 "NO" votes (46 percent).

The school district is now authorized to spend $16.45 million on major improvements to Pewaukee High School, including eight additonal classrooms, an expanded cafeteria, remodeling the fine and visual arts classrooms, remodeling the current gym into a reconfigured 700-seat auditorium and constructing a replacement gym.


The Village of Pewaukee is reporting 1883 "YES" votes versus 1579 "NO" votes for the Pewaukee School District's referendum question.

A "YES" vote would authorize the school district to spend $16.45 million to make major improvements to Pewaukee High School.

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Farrow breezes into Assembly

Nov. 02, 2010 10:53 p.m. | Republican candidate Paul Farrow easily won the 98th Assembly seat over Democrat Victor Weers. With votes still to be counted, Farrow of the Village of Pewaukee has 16,654 votes to Weers of City of  Brookfield, who has 4,491.

Today's TMJ4 declares Walker, Johnson winners

Nov. 02, 2010 9:41 p.m. | Today's TMJ4 is reporting that MSNBC and NBC have declared Scott Walker the projected winner of the Wisconsin governor's race over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

They also are now projecting Ron Johnson to defeat Russ Feingold in the US Senate race.

Stay tuned to for more updates throughout the evening.

Police: Distracted driving caused morning crash

Nov. 02, 2010 4:00 p.m. | Distracted driving led to the crash this morning that closed Highway 83 in the Town of Delafield, between Highway 18 and I-94, according to police.

Detective Steve Pederson of the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department said a 19-year-old Wales man was southbound on Highway 83 at about 6:45 a.m. when he became distracted while using an electronic device. His 1997 Nissan went off the road and onto the gravel shoulder near Mary Court. He overcorrected when he steered back onto the roadway and lost control of the vehicle, Pederson said.

His car then hit a northbound 2006 Buick driven by a 45-year-old Milwaukee woman. Both drivers were taken to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Pederson said.

Further details were not available.

Strong voter turnout in Hartland

Nov. 02, 2010 2:55 p.m. | The Village of Hartland had a good voter  turnout Tuesday afternoon at its Village Hall location Tuesday as more than 2,000 people had voted as of 2:45 p.m. Two lines of 5 to 8 people could be found at that time to check in.

Voting also was taken place Tuesday for the Village of Hartland  at St. Charles Church.

Smoke from controlled burn fills Mukwonago sky

Nov. 02, 2010 2:43 p.m. |

According to the Town of Mukwonago Police Department, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is in the process of doing a controlled burn off of Frog Alley Road in the Town of Mukwonago today.

Voters keep polls busy

Nov. 02, 2010 10:16 a.m. |

Polls workers in the Town of Mukwonago saw a steady stream of voters Tuesday morning with about 100 residents voting in the first half hour.

Mary D'Amour gets a ballot from poll worker Barbara Griffin (top photo) and Steve Ikeler leaves a voting booth in the Town Hall Tuesday morning.

Hartland winter parking rules now in effect

Nov. 02, 2010 10:09 a.m. | Village of Hartland – November has arrived and that means the winter parking restrictions are now in effect until March 31.

Parking will be prohibited on village streets between 2 a.m. and 8 a.m. Anyone who receives a notice to move their vehicle will have 6 hours to get the vehicle off the road before its towed.

Anyone wishing to park on the street must call 262-367-0358 ext. 400 after 3 p.m. each day to determine if parking will be allowed for the following morning.

Information on the restrictions is on the village’s Website:

Highway 83 closed

Nov. 02, 2010 7:21 a.m. | 620WTMJ is reporting that a traffic accident has closed Highway 83 in both directions between Glacier Pass and Mary Court. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Fire destroys garage in Big Bend fire

Nov. 01, 2010 4:54 p.m. |

Six fire departments and about 35 firefighters responded to a fire at a Village of Big Bend home on Clark Avenue near Rose Avenue around noon on Monday.

According to Big Bend-Vernon Fire Chief Brian Peterson, the owner of the home was welding under a car in the garage when the ground caught fire. The owner extinguished the fire and went into the house for lunch. While eating lunch, the owner smelled smoke as the smoke alarms went off in the house. Upon opening the door to the garage, the owner found the garage fully engulfed.

The owner evacuated the house. One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

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House fire in Big Bend

Nov. 01, 2010 3:19 p.m. | Multiple fire departments were on scene at a house fire in Big Bend this afternoon near the intersection of Maple and Clark Street.

One firefighter was taken from the scene by ambulance for heat exhaustion.  Check back for updated information as it becomes available.

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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.

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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