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Fleece sorting, holiday container garden ideas at Sunday's Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market

Nov. 18, 2012 9:39 p.m. | The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market continues on Sunday as it presents its first Ask the Expert Vendor program on Sunday as Georgia Meyer of Silver Creek Alpacas holds an alpaca fleece sorting demonstration. Meyer is currently studying to be a certified fleece sorter, something that less than a dozen people in the United States are certified to do.
Meyer’s demonstration will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at her booth in the greenhouses.
Following the demonstration, Oconomowoc Landscape Supply & Garden Center staff will demonstrate, “How to Create a Festive Container Garden,” from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
The indoor winter farmers market is free and open to the public. The market runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Oconomowoc Landscape Supply and Garden Center (OLSGC) greenhouses, N68 W37850 Highway K.
Terry Van Lare, owner of OLSGC said he’s happy to host the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market, “The greenhouses are the perfect place for this twice monthly event, when the temperatures drop below zero our greenhouses allow the sunshine in, while keeping the cold out.”
Van Lare further explains, “We have received so many inquiries on whether we be hosting the market again this year. People really want it and obviously by the traffic through our greenhouses, they support it.”
Lisa Geason-Bauer, Greener Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market Director and Co-Chair of the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market planning committee is very excited about the focus of the programming for the 2012-13 season of the market. Geason-Bauer explains, “The Oconomowoc Winter Farmers’ Market will continue to offer a free wholesome gathering place for people of all ages and families during the winter months. This years educational programs will be focused around the topic of sustainable living and lifestyles.”
The public and community are invited to purchase locally grown and produced products ranging from artisan breads, toffee, eggs, cheese, beef, lamb, dips, sauces, vegetables, crackers, granola, fudge sauce, and more. Additions to the 2012-13-winter farmer market include more producers and a larger amount of seasonally grown produce such as micro greens, garlic and mushrooms. New products include raw honey, pickled asparagus, belly beans, jams and more.
For more information about the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market, call (26) 567-2666. For a complete list of all producers and market products go to .

Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged

Nov. 16, 2012 8:54 p.m. | For more than 40 years, Gary Medrow has wielded a telephone the way a check forger wields a pen.

Except instead of faking signatures for financial gain, Medrow has used the phone as a disguise to impersonate people in officialdom - from police officers to accident investigators - to indulge his favorite fetish: persuading complete strangers to carry each other around.

The latest persona adopted by the 68-year-old serial impostor, according to a criminal complaint, is that of a Journal Sentinel photojournalist, calling two female high school athletes to set up photo shoots in which they would hold each other upon their shoulders.

Medrow, of Greenfield, was arrested Friday and charged in Ozaukee County Circuit Court with two counts each of telephone harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident involving two Cedarburg High School girls.

Authorities in Franklin, Verona, Hartland and Mequon are investigating similar incidents, which involve female athletes who have had their pictures in the newspaper, Cedarburg police Officer Joe Biliskov said.

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AHS wins state football championship

Nov. 16, 2012 8:25 p.m. |  Arrowhead's undefeated and No. 1 ranked football team capped off a perfect season (13-0) Friday night at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison by rolling over previously undefeated and No. 3 ranked Sun Prairie in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game, 35-14.

The score was 35-0 before the Cardinals scored twice in the final four minutes of the game.

Arrowhead led 35-0 at halftime as Ricky Finco, Brandon Kim, Steve Radeztsky, Brady Kelliher and Kenny Finco scored touchdowns for the Warhawks. At the intermission, the Warhawks had piled up 306 total yards compared to just 93 for Sun Prairie. The Cardinals had just 7 yards rushing on 14 carries in the opening half.

Jackson Abresch, Matt Seitz, Billy Hirschfeld, Logan Rupard, Charlie Reuteman and Brian Sesolak all made big plays in the opening half for the AHS defense.

It was the fifth state title in school history.

Arrowhead wins state football championship

Nov. 16, 2012 5:43 p.m. | The Arrowhead football team delivered a positively dominant performance in the WIAA Division 1 football title game Friday at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, topping Sun Prairie, 35-14.

Arrowhead took a 35-0 lead and compelled a running clock for all but the final 4:14 of the second half, winning its fifth gold ball and finishing the year 13-0. Sun Prairie scored a pair of late touchdowns but dropped to 12-1.

Quarterback Brady Kelliher ran for a touchdown and threw three others to Ricky Finco, Brandon Kim and Kenny Finco in the first half. The Warhawks piled up 220 passing yards in the process and came within four yards of the overall D1 title game record in the first half alone.

After a completion on the first series of the second half, AHS surpassed the previous passing mark of 224 yards, set by Marshfield in 2002. The Warhawks finished with 225 and 408 total yards. Steve Radeztsky also rushed for a score in the first half.

Arrowhead did not score fewer than 31 points in any game this year. The team now has state titles in 1993, 1994, 1996, 2007 and 2012, with five runner-up finishes, as well.

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The Pub in Oconomowoc reopens

Nov. 16, 2012 3:24 p.m. | With repairs of smoke and water damage complete after a July fire in a neighboring building, the Pub at 114 N. Main St. in Oconomowoc is open for business again.

The Irish pub, owned by Aelred and Bernadette Gannon, began serving drinks last week. Tuesday, the kitchen returned to work.

The Pub is open Monday through Saturday; the bar opens at 4 p.m., and the kitchen is open 5 to 9 p.m. 

House fire appears under control

Nov. 16, 2012 9:49 a.m. | Firefighters quickly extinguished flames that shot through the roof of the house on fire on Lake Drive in Okauchee.

Crews now appear to be overhauling hot spots in the house fire. It is likely they will remain on scene for quite some time, but it appears as if the fire is well under control at this point.

Multiple departments fighting house fire

Nov. 16, 2012 9:39 a.m. | Heavy smoke is pouring from a home on fire on Lake Drive in Okauchee.

Firefighters are cutting ventilation holes in the roof, according to a witness. 

Everyone got out of the home with no problem, according to scanner traffic.

Firefighters on scene include personnel from the Summit, Oconomowoc and Okauchee fire departments as well as Lake Country Fire and Rescue.

House fire in Okauchee

Nov. 16, 2012 9:17 a.m. | Firefighters are responding to a report of a house fire on Lake Drive in Okauchee.

According to scanner traffic, the house is a two-story single-family home.

More details as they become available.

Hartland students head back to school after lockdown

Nov. 16, 2012 6:32 a.m. | Hartland - Police will be patrolling the neighborhood around a Hartland elementary school Friday as students head to class.

Officers armed with assault rifles searched a 3-acre wooded area around Hartland North Elementary on Thursday afternoon after two students reported seeing a man in a dark hooded sweat shirt holding a rifle-size weapon. Police Chief Robert Rosch says the two 7-year-old boys heard a loud bang and ran back into the school.

The building was locked down. Officers say they didn't find anything suspicious. Superintendent Glenn Schilling tells WISN-TV it's better to "err on the side of caution."

Yuletide Faire is a Medieval-themed celebration

Nov. 16, 2012 12:00 a.m. | The term “Yuletide” is associated with the Christmas season.

Yuletide, however, was actually a religious festival of Germanic peoples long before the celebration of Christmas. Early references are in Germanic month names.

Whatever its beginnings, Yuletide conjures up thoughts of colorful, long ago Medieval celebrations.

Prairie Hill Waldorf School is getting ready for its Medieval-themed holiday festival. The 25th Annual Yuletide Faire will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the school, N14 W29143 Silvernail Road, Pewaukee.

The family event includes unique handcrafted fashions, gifts and toys plus a silent auction. A whole host of characters will be delighting children throughout the day including the Pocket Lady, Pickle Man and Muffin Man. Kids will also enjoy strolling minstrels, marionette puppet play, magic show and children’s craft workshops.

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Village residents trash garbage fee in Mukwonago

Nov. 15, 2012 10:27 p.m. |  After residents spoke out against shifting a $50 garbage and recycling fee to property owners in the Village of Mukwonago as an annual fee, the Village Board voted tonight to take money out of reserve funds and put the full garbage fee back on the tax roll.

A number of residents complained that the Village keeps hitting them with fees, which slowly and incrementally increase over time - a trend they did not like seeing.

"If the Village wanted to spend more money than allowed, the honest thing would have been to put it to referendum and ask taxpayers if they are willing to support that," said resident Mary Pires. 

Read the full story in the next Mukwonago Chief.

Students at Hartland North, St. Charles released after going on lockdown after a reported gunman

Nov. 15, 2012 5:13 p.m. | After going on lockdown this afternoon after a gunman was seen near Hartland North Elementary, Village of Hartland Police Chief Robert Rosch said all the school children have been safely released.

Rosch confirmed that at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday two children at Hartland North Elementary saw a man with a rifle and heard a loud bang in the woods that is just north of the school.

Rosch said after returning to the school the students were visibly upset and reported it to the school.

After talking with the students, Rosch said the school as well as St. Charles and the adjacent daycare were put on lockdown.

“Our main concern was the safety of the kids,” Rosch said on locking down the schools.

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Press conference to be held on school lockdown

Nov. 15, 2012 4:20 p.m. | Lake Country Publications just received word that a press conference will soon be held at the Hartland Fire Department on the lockdown at Hartland North Elementary.

More details as they become available.

Hartland North on lockdown

Nov. 15, 2012 4:08 p.m. |  Hartland North Elementary School was put on a lockdown about one hour ago. Armed police are in the surrounding area.

There was a report of a man with a gun in the area.

OHS seniors sign D1 scholarships

Nov. 15, 2012 3:32 p.m. |  Three Oconomowoc High School seniors signed Division 1 athletic scholarships Thursday morning in the upper gymnasium in front of  a crowd of coaches, parents,  teachers, friends and fellow students.

Ian Gordon signed to swim with the University of Minnesota.

Softball players Renate Meckl and Delaney Osterday signed scholarships to to play fastpitch at the collegiate level. Meckl signed to play with the University of Tennessee-Martin and Osterday signed with Georgetown University.

Meckl is a catcher and Osterday is a pitcher.

$25,000 reward offered for arrest of Pewaukee bank robbery suspects

Nov. 15, 2012 3:06 p.m. | A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man and a woman wanted in connection with the armed robbery of the PNC Bank at 395 Pewaukee Road in Pewaukee.

Although the robbery occurred June 28, the suspects remain at large and law enforcement officials believe they remain in the area, said Leonard Peace, a public affairs specialist with the FBI.

There's also been a lack of leads in the case, he said.

The female suspect is described as white, 5 feet 4 inches, with a thin build. She was wearing a dark ski mask, dark zip-up sweat shirt with a gray hoodie, black sneakers, dark pants, and gray and black gloves.

The second suspect is a black man who is between 5-9 and 6-2, with a thin build. He was wearing a gray zip-up hoodie, dark bandanna with white designs covering his face, dark pants, dark shoes and a carrying a blue duffel bag with red stripes.

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Mukwonago High School among top 10 contest finalists

Nov. 15, 2012 2:44 p.m. |  Mukwonago High School is among the top 10 finalists in the 2012 Healthy School Makeover Contest. Finalists will be judged by a jury of the contest's participating organizations to determine the grand prize winner for the $45,000 school makeover.

Judging is based on the following categories: interest in improving health/wellness, problem and solution defined, implementation opportunity, innovation and coordinated approach to school health/wellness. Winners will be announce on Dec. 10.

Go here for more information on the contest.

Hamilton student pleads no contest to sex charges

Nov. 15, 2012 9:30 a.m. | Daniel Koepke, 17, a former student at Hamilton High School, pleaded no contest in Washington County Circuit Court this morning to causing a child to view sexually explicit content and incest. Charges of sexual abuse of a child and exposing genitals were dismissed.

He was charged in July in connection with an incident involving a 6-year-old relative he was babysitting. Click here for more.

Judge Andrew T. Gonring found Koepke guilty of the two charges. Koepke will be in court for his sentencing at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

Koepke is now considered a convicted felon and could face up to $25,000 and 12 1/2 years in prison under the causing a child to view sexually explicit content charge, and $100,000 and 40 years in prison under the incest charge.

"The court recognizes that there is some disagreement regarding who initiated the removal of clothes," Gonring said, to audible gasps from members of the victim's family, who were in court.

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Experience German Christmas traditions in Oconomowoc

Nov. 15, 2012 9:06 a.m. | Organizers of the city's inaugural German Christmas Market have been hard at work the past few weeks readying the downtown attraction that will be open Thanksgiving weekend.

A miniature village has been cropping up on the city's Village Green at Main Street and Wisconsin Avenue. The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23.

Twenty-five wooden European chalets will house vendors, a concert stage will have musicians rotate to entertain market-goers and children can take photos with Father Christmas with a portion of the proceeds donated to Hurricane Sandy relief.

Outside the market, Wisconsin Avenue will shut down and a 50-foot movie screen will run a reel of holiday movies while the downtown merchants offer holiday specials, carriage rides, carolers and more.

For more information, visit

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Arrowhead grad posts first blog from Africa

Nov. 14, 2012 2:38 p.m. |  In August, we wrote about Arrowhead High School's recent graduate Marisa Comeau-Kerege's big trip to Africa. 

Today, she posted her first blog titled "Adjustsments" from Senegal and she writes about her transition from Stanford University to Senegal's capitol, Dakar.

Comeau-Kerege is traveling through Global Citizen Year, a corps-type program that recruits and trains graduating seniors in service and leadership. 

In her blog, she writes, "This isn’t our 'perfect' little world anymore. This isn’t our culture. This isn’t what I expected. I realized quickly that I really hadn’t prepared myself for this year at all."

Still time to donate hats and mittens to Mukwonago Optimist Hat and Mitten tree

Nov. 14, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago Optimist Club will be sponsoring a “Hat and Mitten Tree” through Nov. 30. The Club is asking that community members donate hats and mittens that will be given to the local food pantries for distribution.

Area community banks will be the local drop off sites. Citizens Bank of Mukwonago, 301 N. Rochester St. and 827 S. Rochester St. (Riverview) and 1010 N. Rochester St. (Parkview) and 2109 Corporate Drive, Waukesha; PyraMax Bank, 405 River Crest Court; Waukesha State Bank, 1160 N Rochester St.; Johnson Bank, 1000 Fox St.; BMO Harris Bank, NA, 730 Fox St.; Associated Bank, 707 N. Rochester St.

Beware of ad solicitation

Nov. 14, 2012 11:40 a.m. | The Hartland Chamber of Commerce is cautioning businesses about a possible scam.

According to the chamber, a business identifying itself as SRI Inc. out of Delray Beach, Fla., is contacting businesses to sell advertising space on drug awareness folders. They are leading people to believe that the advertising space they purchase will benefit Arrowhead High School and that the folders will be distributed at the school.

The school has noted that they are not actively working with SRI Inc. and will not benefit from any of the advertising sales, according to the chamber.

Contact the chamber at (262) 367-7059 with any questions.

City of Oconomowoc has found three lost pets, is one yours?

Nov. 14, 2012 9:34 a.m. | The following animals were recently found in the City of Oconomowoc. A gray kitten with white paws and underbelly was found on River Bluff Circle; a black and white cat with a pink collar was found on Pleasant Street and a male dachshund was also found.
 Anyone interested in claiming or adopting one of these animals should call the City of Oconomowoc Police at (262) 567-4401.

Oconomowoc businesses, students deliver cartloads of food to pantry

Nov. 14, 2012 8:46 a.m. | City of Oconomowoc - People in Oconomowoc have come out in full force in recent weeks to help the Oconomowoc Area Food Pantry. The help couldn't have come at a better time as pantry organizers Bill and Lois Jackson said November is the food bank's busiest month, followed by December.

Recent drives that have helped stock pantry shelves include:

True Blue Day: Five carloads of nonperishable food items and $800 in cash was donated after the drive run by Snyder Insurance Agency that invites businesses to wear blue jeans to work in exchange for donations to the pantry.

Stuff the Bus: Meadow View students with the generosity of the community were able to donate 10 full shopping carts of food and $325.90 after their stuff the bus fundraiser.

Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat: Oconomowoc High School’s chapter of the International Thespian Society collected 1,588 pounds of food .

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Join the YMCA at Pabst Farms for their annual Turkey Trot

Nov. 13, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Join the YMCA at Pabst Farms for their fifth annual Turkey Trot beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 22.

The event is a non-competitive run along the Lake Country Trail. Everyone in the community is welcome to come out for this free event, intended to remind us to be thankful for health and wellness. Distances will be marked for any length run/walk from two miles up to 8+. Join us for a fun time of pre-feast calorie burning. New this year. Consider expressing the spirit of Thanksgiving by bringing a small donation for the Strong Kids Fund, and a canned good for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry.

For more information call (262) 567-7251. 

Taxes remain flat in Waukesha County budget

Nov. 13, 2012 3:40 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County government will be able to balance its 2013 budget with a few dollars less from most homeowners.

The county will collect $512 in property taxes for 2013 - $2 less than this year's budget - on a home with a median value of $243,200. The taxes will help pay for a $273.77 million spending plan for 2013 adopted Tuesday by the County Board.

The total cost of county government drops 3.8% in 2013, fully $10.9 million less than this year, County Budget Manager Keith Swartz said.

Waukesha County spends less per resident than any other county in the state, Swartz said.

Much of the decline in next year's budget was due to spending less on major capital construction projects than this year.

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Donate new toys to Aqua Fun Pools toy drive

Nov. 12, 2012 4:02 p.m. | Help Waukesha County families this Christmas by donating to a toy drive Nov. 11 through Dec. 9 at Aqua Fun Pools, S71 W23325 National Ave., Suite 8, Big Bend; or W232 N6052 Waukesha Ave., Sussex. Aqua Fun is teaming up with the Waukesha Salvation Army for the drive. 

Breakfast with Santa

Nov. 12, 2012 11:40 a.m. | You and your family are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa!

Join Park Lawn School  PTO and Staff  on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 8 to 10:30 am at the cafeteria at Oconomowoc High School, 641 E. Forest St.,  in Oconomowoc.   

Advance tickets  are for sale at Park Lawn Elementary School Office  until  Monday, Nov. 19

Tickets are $6 in advance for adults, $8 at the door and $4 for children, 10 and under, in advance, $6 at the door.

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, fresh fruit, coffee, juice and milk. There will be free activities for the children, and photos will be available for purchase.

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20 year old Big Bend woman dies in crash overnight

Nov. 12, 2012 8:00 a.m. |  A 20 year old Big Bend woman was killed after her vehicle struck a utility pole on Artesian Avenue near Scenic Dr. in Big Bend at around 12:19 a.m. this morning, according to a press release from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department is still investigating the crash, but preliminary reports indicate the woman was travelling eastbound on

Artesian Avenue from Scenic Drive. Upon cresting a hill, she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a utility pole.

Squads from the Waukesha County Sheriff’s

Department and EMS personnel from the Town of Vernon Fire Department responded to the scene where the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Community Watch


» Fleece sorting, holiday container garden ideas at Sunday's Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market 11/18

» Man suspected of impersonating photojournalist is arrested, charged Updated:  11/16

» AHS wins state football championship 11/16

» Arrowhead wins state football championship 11/16

» The Pub in Oconomowoc reopens 11/16

» House fire appears under control 11/16

» Multiple departments fighting house fire 11/16

» House fire in Okauchee 11/16

» Hartland students head back to school after lockdown 11/16

» Yuletide Faire is a Medieval-themed celebration 11/16

» Village residents trash garbage fee in Mukwonago 11/15

» Students at Hartland North, St. Charles released after going on lockdown after a reported gunman 11/15

» Press conference to be held on school lockdown 11/15

» Hartland North on lockdown 11/15

» OHS seniors sign D1 scholarships 11/15

» $25,000 reward offered for arrest of Pewaukee bank robbery suspects 11/15

» Mukwonago High School among top 10 contest finalists 11/15

» Hamilton student pleads no contest to sex charges 11/15

» Experience German Christmas traditions in Oconomowoc 11/15

» Arrowhead grad posts first blog from Africa 11/14

» Still time to donate hats and mittens to Mukwonago Optimist Hat and Mitten tree 11/14

» Beware of ad solicitation 11/14

» City of Oconomowoc has found three lost pets, is one yours? 11/14

» Oconomowoc businesses, students deliver cartloads of food to pantry 11/14

» Join the YMCA at Pabst Farms for their annual Turkey Trot 11/13

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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.

All weekend happenings