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AHS rolls into state title game

Nov. 10, 2012 10:12 p.m. |  Arrowhead's undefeated and No. 1 ranked football team advanced to next Friday's WIAA Division 1 state championship game Saturday by rolling over previously undefeated Hudson at D.C. Everest in Schofield,, 43-20.

AHS (12-0) will play in the title contest at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 4 p.m. against Sun Prairie (12-0).

AHS fell behind 14-9 in the second quarter on Saturday but then rallied to take a 29--20 lead at halftime. In the second half the Warhawks held Hudson scoreless while scoring two touchdowns.

The Warhawks, who will be playing in the Division 1 championship game for the 10th time, piled up 598 total yards in the game. Arrowhead passed  for 490 yards.

Senior quarterback Brady Kelliher completed 24 of 35 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns. Junior end Ricky Finco caught nine passes for 254 yards.

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Lasers felled in state semifinal

Nov. 10, 2012 3:27 p.m. | Kettle Moraine's boys volleyball team went down swinging against No. 2-seeded Burlington in the WIAA state semifinal Saturday afternoon, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20.

Adam Martell finished with 14 kills for the Lasers, and Mitchell Oleson added 12.

Lasers rally around coach to win state quarterfinal

Nov. 09, 2012 11:01 p.m. | For being such a small appendage, the pinky finger can wield its share of pain if damaged. Adam Martell shrugged it right off.

The Kettle Moraine senior leader dislocated the digit in a crucial fourth set against Wauwatosa East in the WIAA boys volleyball state quarterfinal. But he was on the floor when the Lasers rallied for wins in the final two sets, throwing down the game-winning kill in a 25-15, 18-25, 18-25, 25-22, 15-11 thriller at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Wauwatosa.

"Being the pinky finger, (it didn't really concern me)," said Martell, who finished with 20 kills and a .325 attack percentage. "It hindered me a little bit. It's not the swinging or setting or anything, it's the block again. Last time I did it (on the left thumb), I went right back up and hit the same exact thumb."

Martell busted his finger on a block that fell and gave the Lasers an 11-8 lead. Martell missed two points -- KM won them both -- and checked back in after a timeout, registering five more kills the rest of the match.

"It was mangled," assistant coach Sean Curley said. "He didn't even want to take the point off. He wanted the trainer, wanted it popped and wanted to get right back in there."

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Saturdays are for shopping local in Oconomowoc

Nov. 09, 2012 12:46 p.m. | The owners of Willows Gallery in downtown Oconomowoc are gearing up for the Oconomowoc Area Chamber of Commerce's Shop Second Saturday tomorrow.

"Shopping local is so important, not just for small business but for the communities we all share. The Chamber in Oconomowoc has given us an awesome program to promote this very important cause," said Joshua Phinn of Willows Gallery.

He said the BE LOCAL campaign, Shop 2nd Saturday is an opportunity to support local merchant, but also the change to win free stuff. When you make a purchase at participating stores - list found at you will be entered in a drawing to win a gift from one of those participating business.

To read more about Saturday's Be Local program and what is offered, go here.

Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market on Sunday

Nov. 09, 2012 12:42 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market kicks off its season on Sunday at Oconomowoc Landscape and Supply. Alice in Dairyland and Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas will be there to celebrate the market's first day.

Read more here.

Visit a war memorial on Veteran's Day

Nov. 09, 2012 7:42 a.m. | If you're looking for a quiet way to honor Veteran's Day, consider visiting one of Lake Country's many war memorials. See this week's Living Lake Country Sunday for photos of the area's memorials.

Club gets good at breakfast

Nov. 09, 2012 12:00 a.m. | When you make breakfast for 24 years, it’s probably going to be pretty good.

While members of the Ixonia/Concord Explorers Club have been only making their breakfast just once a year, it’s still probably going to be pretty good.

This Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ixonia Pub, on Marietta Avenue in Ixonia, the club will be hosting its 24th annual I.C.E. Snowmobile Club Country Breakfast.

The breakfast includes eggs, eggs deluxe, pancakes, blueberry pancakes, ham, hash, hash browns, sweets, juice, milk, coffee and more.

Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Ixonia Pub, Loppy’s or any club member. Tickets at the door are $8.50. Breakfast for children 6 to 12 is $4 while children 5 and younger eat free.

Fourth annual Municipal Chili Cook-Off this weekend

Nov. 08, 2012 12:00 p.m. |  Add a little spice to your weekend with the fourth annual Municipal Chili Cook-Off from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Kettle Moraine High School, 349 N. Oak Crest Dr., Wales. Entry with 2 or more nonperishable food items or a cash donation. For more information call  (262) 968-3968.

Plaque dedication honors MHS alumni armed service members

Nov. 08, 2012 11:01 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School History Club will honor MHS alumni who have given their lives serving our country during a plaque dedication and reception on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:15 p.m. In the MHS commons 

For more information, contact Maura Frenn, History Club advisor at (262) 363-6200, ext.25203

Newspaper prompts school investigation into sexual assault charges against student

Nov. 08, 2012 10:54 a.m. | Seventeen-year-old Daniel Koepke faces four felony charges after allegedly sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl over the summer.

He was charged in Washington County Circuit Court on July 17. Charges include first-degree child sexual assault, exposing genitals or pubic area, causing a child to view/listen to sexual activity and incest. Monday, Nov. 5, however, was the first time officials at Hamilton School District heard of it.

Koepke is a senior at Hamilton High School and lives on Majestic Heights Trail, right around the corner from Woodside Elementary.

The conditions of his bond state that he is to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family, he’s to stay at his main residence, that he is not to travel outside of the state except for a planned trip with his family, and he is not to have any unsupervised contact with anyone younger than 16 except his younger brother.

Last week, the alleged victim’s mother – who lives in Washington County – contacted the Sussex Sun saying, “I want all those kids at that elementary school, on his street and at the high school to be safe.”

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Parent presentation on "Dark Side of the Internet"

Nov. 08, 2012 10:53 a.m. | Oconomowoc Parent Education Network invites you to a Parent Information Night tonight from  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the OHS Little Theater (enter through doors to the Oconomowoc Arts Center) regarding "The Dark Side of the Internet"

 Presenter Eric Szatkowski has been a special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/Division of Criminal Investiga-tion for 20 years. He’s currently assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee. Since 1999, Eric has earned a reputation as one of the top officers in the nation in apprehending sexual predators of children who use the Internet and/or cell phones to seduce or exploit children.

Eric’s work has been recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States Attor-ney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. He has also provided assistance to dozens of law enforcement agencies in the area of online exploitation of children

 He will be giving a presentation to intermediate students during the day.

This presentation on the digital exploitation of children in-cludes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of children while online or using cell phones. Eric Szatkowski will provide a live, eye-opening demonstration of some troubling sites our children can easily visit. He will also explain how filters and monitoring software can be used to protect our children.

Oconomowoc's Gymlingo closes on sale to move into former church

Nov. 08, 2012 10:25 a.m. | Gymlingo owners, Tai Yong Cao and Kathleen Ping, recently announced that they have closed on the sale of the former St. Jerome Church on Main Street in downtown Oconomowoc. They now will begin work to move their gymnastics business into the larger space. They said the move will enable them to offer more to customers and have higher levels of training for competition.

They said they are now working with contractors to begin remodeling, but have not yet set a timetable for relocating the business.

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

Kids' Choice Reading Program

Nov. 08, 2012 9:06 a.m. |  The Waukesha County Kids’ Choice Award encourages children in grades 4, 5 and 6 to keep reading at an age when interest in books often wanes. The program engages kids in the pre-teen years by giving a sense of ownership in the project as the award acknowledges their choices for the best books. Librarians from public libraries and school library media centers gather nominations from students and choose  15  titles. The Library System provides posters and bookmarks to participating public libraries and schools.

Kids who read at least five of the books vote for their favorite in early February at their school and public libraries or online at The winners - the books that Waukesha County Kids love to read (including the top vote getter and up to 3 honorable mentions) - are announced around Valentine's Day.

The Milwaukee Wave professional indoor soccer team sponsors the program, offering tickets to Milwaukee Wave games as reading incentives and participating in the annual award ceremony each February.

For more information contact Claudia Backus, Waukesha County Federated Library System, Library Services Specialist at 262-896-8087 or

Candidate steps forward for 98th Assembly seat

Nov. 08, 2012 8:15 a.m. | A candidate has stepped forward as a candidate for the 98th Assembly seat, which is expected to be vacated if Rep. Paul Farrow (R-Pewakee) takes the 33rd State Senate seat in the December election.

Matt Morzy (R-Waukesha) will seek Farrow's Asssembly seat.

Farrow won both the primary for the Senate position and the 98th Assembly spot in Tuesday's election. He is uncontested in December's general election for the Senate seat. If he wins that election, his Assembly seat would be vacated and would be filled in a special election, possibly in spring. Gov. Scott Walker has not set a date for such an election.

“I hope to continue to deliver the same great representation to the 98th Assembly district that (Farrow) provided,” Morzy said in a prepared statement. “I am a proud supporter of the fiscal commonsense approach to leadership that Gov. Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans have shown in the last two years. I pledge that I will look to pass budgets that provide for us now and in the future, work to improve the economic outlook in Wisconsin, and to provide for our veterans that have sacrificed so much for us.”

A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Morzy has lived in Waukesha County since he enrolled at Carroll University in 2001. He graduated in 2005 from Carroll with a bachelor's of business administration in finance and is pursuing a master's degree in finance from Marqueet University.

Weekend fire destroys two Village of Mukwonago garages

Nov. 07, 2012 12:34 p.m. |  The Mukwonago Fire Department was called to Andrews Street Saturday just as daylight savings switched the time over to 2:01 a.m. for a garage that had caught fire. 

On scene, fire department crews were met by Town and Village of Mukwonago Police who had been the first to arrive, and discovered that the fire had spread to the neighboring garage, Deputy Chief Andy Wegner said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

The garage that initially caught fire was just about a pile of ashes when the fire department arrived. Luckily, the second garage was made mostly of brick which helped contain the fire. However, the heat from the second garage burning was so strong that the siding of the corresponding home started to melt. Crews were able to keep the situation under control to prevent the home from starting on fire. 

The fire burned through power lines near the scene, and around a half dozen residents were without power for three to four hours. As soon as emergency crews cleared the scene, We Energies arrived and repaired the power lines. 

Mutual aid was provided by Eagle, Vernon, Tess Corners, Town of Waukesha, a squad from North Prairie and the North Prairie auxiliary canteen unit. Dousman, Wales Genesee and Big Bend Fire Departments provided  station coverage while the Mukwongo department was on scene. 

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Local poet launches new book at Genesee Depot restaurant

Nov. 07, 2012 12:00 p.m. | Cornerstone Restaurant, W31343 Highway 83 in Genesee Depot, is hosting a reception in honor of local poet Mary Jo Balistreri’s new book, “Gathering the Harvest,” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 3 p.m. Balistreri will be reading from her new collection of poems and signing the books. The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served. 

“I’m really honored to be reading at Cornerstone Restaurant and share the poetry that is essential in saving my life,” says Balistreri. “Through poetry, I feel encouraged to explore my interior life, the life outside my window, to witness, praise, and grieve the journey of this one life and make sense of it. I always hope that in some way the best of my poems will resonate with others in a way playful or compassionate, and serve as a starting point for intimacy as if the reader and I are sitting across the table from each other, sharing our stories.”

Balistreri is an accomplished poet who has earned awards from writing organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Florida. In the last year, she won her second Jade Ring honor from the Wisconsin Writers Association and was also the first place winner in the Franciscan Center’s Spiritual Literature Contest for nonfiction. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies such as Verse Wisconsin, The Healing Muse, and Crab Creek Review. 

Gathering the Harvest is Balistreri’s second book of poems published by Bellowing Ark Press. Her books can be purchased at the event or through her website.

For more information, please visit the website or call (262) 547-6087.

Town of Mukwonago voters favored Thompson

Nov. 07, 2012 9:14 a.m. |  As was the trend last night in Waukesha County, Town of Mukwonago voters cast their ballots in favor of Tommy Thompson for Senate over Tammy Baldwin, 3,511 votes to 1,246.

The town saw a 90 percent voter turnout yesterday. 

Novack wins Waukesha County Clerk race

Nov. 07, 2012 8:14 a.m. | Republican Kathleen Novack has been elected as the new Waukesha County Clerk over Democrat Jessie Read, 155,430 votes to 63,575.

After the results were announced last night, Read made the following statement:

"First I would like to extend my congratulations to Kathleen for her win for the County Clerk office. I wish you all the best. I am certain you will manage this office with integrity and competency.

I feel that I have achieved some measure of success as well. This is my first time running for public office and I am pleased with what I was able to accomplish with this campaign. I also feel that I gave the voters of Waukesha County a viable choice for this county office - something that I don't believe they have had for a long time. That is a victory in and of itself.

Again my congratulations to Kathleen and thank you for a civil and well fought race. And to the good people of Waukesha County - I think you might well hear from me again. This will not be my one and only political race."

Town of Ottawa voters favored Thompson

Nov. 07, 2012 7:57 a.m. |  Tommy Thompson beat Tammy Baldwin in the race for Senate in the Town of Ottawa with 1,704 votes to 673.

The town reports an 88 percent voter turnout with 86 people registering as a new voter. 

The day after ...

Nov. 07, 2012 7:40 a.m. | The election is over. The political attack ads are gone. You probably already know that President Barack Obama won a second term, and that Democrat Tammy Baldwin was elected as Wisconsin's first female U.S. Senator. But what you might not know is how the vote went in your own community.

Did your village vote the way the rest of the state did? Or did it buck the trend? Were there any surprises in the way local communities voted? We'll have that information and more in our election coverage in Thursday's papers and online later today.

High voter turnout

Nov. 07, 2012 7:02 a.m. | High voter turnout was being reported throughout the Lake Country area on election night. TheVillage of Wales reported  89 percent of registered voters come out to cast a ballot in the Presidential election, 87 percent in the Village of Summit.

 Despite  Lake Country  residents staying the course with its strong Republican support, Wisconsin went in favor of Obama and  also elected Tammy Baldwin in the US Senate race against veteran Wisconsin politican Tommy Thompson.

Kapenga comfortably wins 99th Assembly

Nov. 07, 2012 1:57 a.m. | Chris Kapenga (R) wins the 99th Assembly seat with all wards reporting in, including those within the Village of Hartland.

Waukesha County shows 25,861 votes for Kapenga and 8,011 for his opponent Thomas Hibbard (D).

Hibbard said that he has many projects that he’ll turn his attention to now that campaigning is over, including a book that he’s currently working on. He also said that if the Democratic Committee asks him to run again in the future, he would consider it.

“I feel we ran a good campaign and achieved some things for Democratic candidates in the future. I’m hopeful that the days of one-party elections in Waukesha County are a thing of the past. I’m disappointed by the results, but I congratulate Chris Kapenga on his victory. I still say that there are a lot of problems in Southeastern Wisconsin and districts similar to Assembly 99, and without the environmental ideas of the Democrats I don’t see anyone doing anything about these problems except
letting them get worse,” Hibbard said.

98th Assembly Seat to become vacant

Nov. 07, 2012 1:34 a.m. | Waukesha County is reporting all but five Waukesha City wards in the the 98th Assembly seat but it will become vacant until the next special election.

Although, incumbent Paul Farrow won with 19,843 votes over newcomer Eric Prudent with 8,159, the seat will remain vacant as Farrow moves on to the 33rd State Senate seat.

"First and foremost, I'd like to congratulate President Obama on his re-election, as well as Tammy Baldwin for her election to the US Senate. Democrats across our state have worked tirelessly to make sure that our country keeps moving in the right direction in the coming years, and we have taken a great step in the right direction as a country today. I'd also like to congratulate Paul Farrow on reaching the end of this election, and I wish him the best in his additional race for Wisconsin's 33rd Senate District. I also want to thank everyone that has supported my campaign. This includes my staff, my volunteers, my contributors, and everyone else that has backed me in this monumental race. We're all in this together, and I look forward to continuing my fight for Wisconsinites in the future," Prudent said in a prepared statement.

A special election to fill the assembly seat will likely take place during the spring primary and election in February and April. Governor Walker has yet to announce the official date for that election.

Kapenga concedes 33rd Senate to Farrow

Nov. 07, 2012 1:18 a.m. | With over 75 percent reporting in, Paul Farrow has gained a slight lead at 27,449 votes over Chris Kapenga who holds 25,052 votes for the 33rd State Senate Seat. Kapenga recently called Farrow to concede the primary special election race.

In a prepared statement, Kapenga wrote that he wanted to congratulate Paul Farrow in his win and said that he looked forward to continuing his service with Farrow in the state legislature to “make Wisconsin a better place to live and work.”

“I look forward to working with Chris Kapenga and serving both the 98th and 99th Assembly Districts, during the next State Legislature session,” Farrow said. He also said that he was excited about working for better education and education reform during the next session.

A general election is still planned to take place early December and Farrow's vacant seat in the assembly seat will likely trigger a special election, possibly in spring of 2013.

95 vote difference for close 33rd Senate Seat, still counting

Nov. 06, 2012 11:53 p.m. | Some are calling the race between Paul Farrow and Chris Kapenga for the 33rd State Senate Seat the closest race in Wisconsin tonight. 

The City of Pewaukee and some wards in the City of Waukesha have yet to report.

Farrow currently holds 17,683 votes and Kapenga carries 17,778. That's a difference of 95 votes.

Both candidates are also running in separate Assembly races -- 98th Assembly and 99th Assembly, respectively.

Nass wins 33rd Assembly District seat

Nov. 06, 2012 11:24 p.m. |  Republican Steve Nass easily won the Assembly District 33 seat, claiming 62-percent of the vote over challengers Scott Woods (D) and Terry Virgil (L). See the complete story in next week’s Mukwonago Chief.

Palmyra-Eagle School District referendums fail

Nov. 06, 2012 11:09 p.m. | Both Palmyra-Eagle referendum questions failed with 58-percent of voters saying no to exceeding state revenue limits to maintain educational programs compared to 42-percent voting in favor of supporting district operations and 53-percent saying no to borrowing funds for facility maintenance compared to 47-percent voting in favor of the referendum. 

Watch for the complete story in the next Mukwonago Chief.

33rd Senate still close

Nov. 06, 2012 10:34 p.m. | It's a close race for the primary between Republicans Paul Farrow and Chris Kapenga for the vacant 33rd State Senate Seat. 

With 34% reporting in, Farrow holds 12,125 or 52 percent while Kapenga carries 11,218 or 48 percent.

Both candidates are also running in separate Assembly races -- 98th Assembly and 99th Assembly, respectively.

Kleefisch keeps seat in 38th; challenger said he can 'hold head up high'

Nov. 06, 2012 10:31 p.m. | Republican incumbent Joel Kleefisch will serve another term in the 38th Assembly District as he beat Democratic challenger Scott Michalak Tuesday night.

The district spans three counties - Jefferson, Dane and Waukesha - and the Oconomowoc resident incumbent Kleefisch saw decent competition from Michalak in some areas.

In Waukesha County, Kleefisch earned 8,085 votes and Michalak, 2,977, Dane, Kleefisch 2,258, Michalak, 3,840; and in Jefferson, Kleefisch, 3,565, Michalak, 3,385 (with 73 percent reporting as of 10 p.m.).

Michalak said he can hold his head up high after working hard to campaign. He said he wore out three pairs of shoes and knocked on more than 20,000 doors throughout the district.

Kleefisch pulls ahead in 38th; wins in Waukesha County

Nov. 06, 2012 9:53 p.m. | According to reports, incumbent Joel Kleefisch has pulled ahead in the race for the 38th Assembly District with 78 percent reporting.

In Waukesha County, Kleefisch has won with 8,085 votes to Democratic challenger Scott Michalak's 2,977. Libertarian Leroy Watson of Oconomowoc earned 223 votes in Waukesha County.

90% turnout in Ashippun, GOP votes dominate

Nov. 06, 2012 9:44 p.m. | Ashippun Clerk Vickie Schlieve reported a 90 percent turnout in the town for the fall election Tuesday night.

Of the 1,566 ballots cast, 1,144 voted for Romney/Ryan while 410 voted for Obama/Biden. The strong Republican totals continued with 1,121 votes cast for Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate compared to 399 for Tammy Baldwin.

Another race in Ashippun was for the 39th Assembly district again with a Republican candidate winning, Mark Born, 1,147 votes to Democratic candidate Jim Grigg's 355 votes.

Large turnout in Village of Summit

Nov. 06, 2012 9:31 p.m. | The Village of Summit reported an 87 percent turnout on election day. Watch for individual results from Summit voters in Tuesday's election.

Race close so far between incumbent Kleefisch and newcomer Michalak

Nov. 06, 2012 9:24 p.m. | Democratic newcomer Scott Michalak is showing some competition in Assembly District 38 in his challenge to incumbent Joel Kleefisch who has held the seat for several terms.

With more than 40 percent reporting, Michalak is leading with 54 percent or 6,584 votes compared to Kleefisch's 5,200 votes at the time of this post. Libertarian candidate Leroy Watson of Oconomowoc has 316 votes.

Watch for more on this race as polls continue to post results.

Thompson wins in Town of Eagle

Nov. 06, 2012 9:22 p.m. | Tommy Thompson takes yet another Lake Country area, beating Tammy Baldwin in the race for Senate 1,563 to 579 in the Town of Eagle.

The town had a 92 percent voter turnout.

Thompson wins in Town of Genesee

Nov. 06, 2012 8:51 p.m. | Tommy Thompson wins in a landslide in the Town of Genesee, beating Tammy Baldwin in the Senate race with 3,487 votes to 1,291.

The town is still calculating the number of new voters, but had a 91 percent voter turnout based on the number of registered voters as of this morning.

Big Bend voters favor Thompson

Nov. 06, 2012 8:46 p.m. | Big Bend voters showed their favor for Tommy Thompson during today' election as he beat Tammy Baldwin 508 to 240 in the village.

The village had a 93 percent voter turnout and 68 new registered voters.  

Thompson takes North Prairie

Nov. 06, 2012 8:34 p.m. | Tommy Thompson beat Tammy Baldwin in the race for Senate in today's election, 959 votes to 339 in the Village of North Prairie.

The village has reported a 90 percent voter turnout with 67 new voters registered.

Thompson wins over Baldwin in Village of Eagle

Nov. 06, 2012 8:31 p.m. | Tommy Thompson won more votes in the Village of Eagle in the race for Senate, beating Tammy Balwin 780 votes to 259.

The village reported a 90 percent voter turnout with 67 new voters registered.

This information is according to unofficial results.

Aside from spoiled ballots, voting goes well in Village of Mukwonago

Nov. 06, 2012 6:34 p.m. |  

Village of Mukwonago poll worker Bob Sockrider (right) watches as Jeff Kleiber casts his ballot.

The Village saw a steady flow of voters today as officials expect a high voter turnout for the presidential election. Voting went smoothly with few problems during the day following a big rush of morning voters. However, according to poll worker Bob Zautner, as of 6 p.m. there had been 69 spoiled ballots because of voter error.

Hamilton Schools not notified of student's child sexual assault charges

Nov. 06, 2012 4:31 p.m. | Seventeen-year-old Daniel Koepke faces four felony charges after allegedly sexually assaulting his 6-year-old cousin over the summer.

He was charged in Washington County Circuit Court on July 17.Charges include first-degree child sexual assault, exposing genitals or pubic area, causing a child to view/listen to sexual activity and incest. Yesterday, Monday, Nov. 5, however, was the first time that the Hamilton School District had heard of it.

Koepke is a senior at Hamilton High School and lives on Majestic Heights Trail, right around the corner from Woodside Elementary. Koepke has been released under specific bond conditions, according to the alleged victim’s mother.

The Washington County District Attorney’s Office has not yet returned our phone calls seeking more information about Koepke’s case and the conditions of the bond.

Last week, the alleged victim’s mother – who lives in Washington County – began contacting area news outlets, including Lake Country Publications, because “I want all those kids at that elementary school, on his street and at the high school to be safe.”

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Oconomowoc Roundy's Distribution Center sends water to New Jersey

Nov. 06, 2012 2:43 p.m. |

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday a truck arrived at Roundy's Oconomowoc Distribution Center on Delafield Road and crews began loading the 20 pallets of water to head to New Jersey for those affected by storms.
Roundy's sent a truck load of 16.9 oz. units of Roundy’s bottled water, valued at $7,185.60. The load includes: 20 pallets, 1,440 cases or  34,560 bottles of water going to those in need.

The truck is expected to arrive in New Jersey by 7 a.m. Thursday.

Village of Pewaukee Clerk addresses voting malfunction concerns

Nov. 06, 2012 2:33 p.m. | There might have been a voting machine error at about 9 a.m. in the Village of Pewaukee, according to voter Paul Provinzano, but Village Clerk Nancy Zastrow said that they are following procedure.

Provinzano told the Journal Sentinel that he inserted his ballot into the machine but the number, 298, did not change.

He alerted Zastrow, who said that although it is possible that the machine malfunctioned somehow, because it made the acceptation beep rather than the rejection beep, she is “98.5%” sure that the vote counted.

The same error might have happened 10 minutes later, and Zastrow’s staff made note of that, as well. Zastrow said that no other errors have happened since then.

“I’ve been in contact with the Government Accountability Board; we’ll figure it out, and every vote will count,” Zastrow said.

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Morning voter turn out "typical"

Nov. 06, 2012 10:19 a.m. | Lake Country election officials are describing as "typical" what appears to be a heavy voter turn out through out the region.

Election officials in Lisbon, Sussex, and the Village of Merton reported waiting lines in excess of 100 people as the polls opened at 7 a.m.

More than 70 voters had cast ballots within the first 26 minutes of voting at Hamilton High School, on Town Line Road, one of three polling places for the Town of Lisbon.

A line of voters stretching from inside the National Guard Armory on Maples Avenue to an outside parking lot formed quickly after the polls opened in the Village of Sussex.

Nearly 200 voters in the Village of Merton and nearly 250 in the Village of Hartland had cast ballots within the first two hours of voting.

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The Pub reopens today at 4 p.m.

Nov. 06, 2012 9:22 a.m. | Whether you are celebrating or drowning your sorrows this election night, you can do it at The Pub in Oconomowoc  which officially reopens today at 4 p.m., The tavern has been closed since a July 1 fatal  fire broke out in an adjacent building, leaving the Pub with substantial water and smoke damage,

The kitchen is not open yet, but the drinks will be flowing!


Polls are open!

Nov. 06, 2012 7:22 a.m. | Whoever you support, get out there and cast your vote today. Then, let us know about your experience: Were there long lines? Any problems with ballots? Or did everything go smoothly? Send us an email at or tweet at us (@LakeCountryPubs) on Twitter. Have a picture with your "I voted" sticker? A photo of the line you had to stand in? Send us that too!

Check Community Watch throughout the day to see how election day is going in Lake Country. And watch for local vote totals and stories in Thursday's paper.

Final Oconomowoc Haunted High raises $95,000

Nov. 05, 2012 8:02 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Education Foundation (OPEF) announced Monday that its three haunted events raised more than $114,000 to support educational opportunities in the Oconomowoc Area School District. 

Proceeds from the Haunted High attraction at the former Oconomowoc Middle School, combined with income from the third OPEF’s Haunted Ball
and the raffle of the Haunted Bus, set new records for the foundation as it enters its fifth year.
“We set out to make 2012 our best year yet, and we did just that, thanks to more than 500 volunteers, an amazing group of leaders and the support of sponsors and donors,” said Mike Herro, president, OPEF board of directors.
More than 9,500 “victims” went through the 10 sessions of Haunted High’s “Senior Year,” ending the four-year run.

Net proceeds from Haunted High alone were $95,000, a 106 percent increase over the first Haunted High in 2009.

More on this story in Thursday's Oconomowoc Focus.

Project CRISS for parents comes to Mukwonago schools

Nov. 05, 2012 4:53 p.m. |  Project CRISS (Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies), is a philosophy of teaching and learning adopted by the Mukwonago Area School District, which is designed to help all students read, write and learn more effectively. 

Parents can learn CRISS principles and strategies in a workshop at Mukwonago High School on Monday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the library. 

Interested participants are asked to RSVP to Ann Murphy at

Read more about CRISS strategies in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief. 

Middle school students head to "mock" polls

Nov. 05, 2012 4:46 p.m. |  Park View Middle School students cast their votes for president today in a mock election, complete with a realistic ballots and voting machine. Find out who won in Wednesday's Mukwonago Chief. 

Drop off donations for VA Hospital at James Taylor and Sons Inc.

Nov. 05, 2012 4:40 p.m. |  James R. Taylor and Sons, Inc. is looking for help supporting veterans this month. The East Troy-based roofing and siding company is collecting donations for the VA Hospital of Milwaukee. Donations can be dropped off at 2115 Division St., East Troy on Mondays, Wednsdays or Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

For every item donated, the name of the donor will be entered into a drawing for a $250 VISA gift card. Drawing for the gift card will be held on Dec. 1.

The list of items needed by the VA Hospital can be found here.

Here is your chance to learn more about the Mukwonago River

Nov. 05, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Friends of the Mukwonago River, a local organization dedicated to protecting the Mukwonago River and its associated watershed ecosystems, will present the short film ”Glacial Refuge: The Phenomenally Diverse Mukwonago River” followed by a discussion and tips on how you can help protect this amazing local treasure for future generations at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 7 the Mukwonago Community Library, 511 Division St. 

The Mukwonago River watershed is home to over 50 species of fish including the threatened Longear Sunfish, several species of rare freshwater mussels, an incredible diversity of wetlands, and some of the highest water quality in Southeastern Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has designated the Mukwonago River watershed one of its four “Last Great Places” in Wisconsin.

This program is free of charge and everyone is welcome. For more information, stop by the front desk or call the Library at (262) 363-6411.  

Mukwonago Chief phones are working again

Nov. 05, 2012 10:57 a.m. |  Phones are once again working in the Mukwonago Chief office. 

We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Animal program for children at OPL

Nov. 05, 2012 9:32 a.m. | The Oconomowoc Public Library , 200 W. South St., is inviting children in grades  4K-4th grade to a special program at 10 a.m.  on Saturday, Nov. 10.
 Meet and learn about real “Animal Ambassadors” from the Wildlife in Need Center! 
 The event is free. Please register at
Also, after the program, practice reading aloud with Dharma, the library’s therapy dog.  Please call Betsy at (262) 569-2193 ext. 210 to make your appointment today.

Phones out at our Mukwonago office

Nov. 05, 2012 8:31 a.m. | Phone service to our Mukwonago office has been interrupted. The outage also affects our Internet. Please leave a message and our staff will get back to you as soon as possible or send an email to or call our Hartland office at (262) 367-3272.

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Best Summer Ever


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

Waukesha County Fair


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






Weekend Happenings

Featured this week:  

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

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

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

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

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