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Pewaukee girls move to 3-0

Nov. 30, 2012 9:44 p.m. |  Pewaukee's varsity girls basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season Friday night by scoring a lopsided 63-23 Woodland Conference win over visiting Wauwatosa West.

PHS was led by freshman Abby Gerrits with 13 points. Danielle Jasinski chipped in with 12 tallies.

Police Chief Baumann announces retirement

Nov. 30, 2012 2:06 p.m. | Police Chief Baumann submitted his notice of retirement to the president of the Police Commission late today.

The letter reads:

Dear Mr. President, Members fo the Police Commission, Members of the Village Boad and the citizens of Pewaukee:

A noted poet once wrote, 'Work is love made visible.'

After an exceedingly proud 38 years as a police officer, including a resoundingly rewarding 28 years as a Chief of Police, I am announcing my retirement from active duty, effective April 2, 2013.

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Waukesha County Fair seeking artists for 2013 fair

Nov. 30, 2012 12:43 p.m. | The Waukesha County Fair Association is looking for local artists to perform at the 2013 Waukesha County Fair. Media kits will be accepted now through February 1, 2013 for the 171st Fair that runs July 17 through July 21 on the Waukesha Expo Grounds.

Media kits with music samples can be submitted to the Fair Association for consideration. Please email the kit to Shari Black at or mail it to the Fair Office: Waukesha County Fair, Attn: Shari Black, 2417 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee, WI 53072. Media kits will be kept on file and not returned.

The Waukesha County Fair is also offering stocking stuffer advance admission tickets for the 2013 Fair now through Dec. 31.  Stocking Stuffer Advance Admission tickets are available online at $4.50 for adult (regularly $9) and $2.00 for children (regularly $5).

MASD Learning Committee to meet Monday

Nov. 30, 2012 11:19 a.m. | The Mukwonago Area School District Learning Committee will meet on Monday, Dec. 3 at 6:45 p.m. in the district office board room. Educator effectiveness and college and career readiness are among the agenda items. To see the agenda go here

After the elections...

Nov. 30, 2012 7:40 a.m. | Lake Country municipal clerks look back on a year of elections and discuss how those elections affect their jobs and daily routine in our story in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday. Don't miss it.

Domestic violence case against former Brewers pitcher dismissed

Nov. 29, 2012 4:52 p.m. | A prosecutor on Thursday dismissed domestic battery charges against former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Francisco Rodriguez because the victim and a witness have both returned to Venezuela.

Rodriguez, 30, was charged last month after a September incident at his home in Wales involving his 23-year-old girlfriend.

The woman told Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies that Rodriguez had struck and injured her but  three days later said the argument was all her fault and recanted her story that Rodriguez had caused her injuries.

The case had been set for trial next week, but at a status hearing Thursday, Waukesha County  District Attorney Brad Schimel told the court the state could not meet its burden of  proof and the case was dismissed.

Schimel said later that he believes the girlfriend and a member of the household staff who was in Rodriguez's home the night of the incident are both in Venezuela. He said neither has responded to attempted contacts.

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KM boys move to 3-0

Nov. 29, 2012 8:25 a.m. |  Kettle Moraine's boys basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season Wednesday night by scoring a come-from-behind 56-52 nonconference win over host West Bend East.

KM trailed 30-24 at halftime and then outscored East by a 32-22 margin in the final two periods.

Paul Miller led the Lasers wih 16 points and Mike Ottusch and Mitchell Oleson added 14 tallies apiece. Dakota Perron added 8 points for the winners.

Pewaukee man charged in heroin overdose death

Nov. 28, 2012 4:40 p.m. | A 22-year-old Pewaukee man has been charged in the heroin overdose death of another man in May.

Colin D. Kincaid faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Hao Wang, 21.

According to a criminal complaint released Wednesday by the Waukesha County district attorney's office:

Wang was found dead May 16 in an apartment in the 1300 block of Sunnyridge Road in Pewaukee. Wang's roommate told police they had both come home from work at Asiana restaurant the night before, drank some beer and snorted some powdery substance that Wang had with him. Wang used much more of the powder than the roommate, who found Wang dead the next morning.

Another co-worker told police Wang talked of his drug use and that his supplier was someone named Colin who lived in the same apartment complex.

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Help local food pantries during Mukwonago Midnight Magic

Nov. 28, 2012 12:40 p.m. | The East Troy/Mukwonago area Business Breakfast Club (BBC) will participate in Christmas events during Midnight Magic on Saturday, Dec. 1. The East Troy members of the BBC will be headquartered at the Red Door Café/JT Interiors for Santa Comes to East Troy from 5 to 8 p.m. The Mukwonago festivities will be held at The House of Insurance (on the Triangle in Mukwonago) during Midnight Magic after the parade until 9 p.m. 

Bring a $5 minimum cash donation, or five paper goods or food items to either location for a free entry into two raffles during the event. The donations will be given to the East Troy Food Pantry and the Mukwonago Kitchen Kupboard Food Pantry. 

BBC meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday, at Zeneli’s Restaurant in Mukwonago. Its mission is to enable local business professionals, who provide exceptional and ethical services, to meet regularly in order to create consistent business growth by focusing on referrals and common promotional activities. Stop in at the Red Door Café or The House of Insurance on Dec. 1 to learn more about BBC.

Pridemore files for State Superintendent race

Nov. 28, 2012 11:57 a.m. | 99th Assemblyman Don Pridemore (R) has filed with the WI Government Accountablity Board for his bid as Superintendent of Public Instruction. 

He joins incumbent Tony Evers as the only two currently registered for the election, scheduled for April 2. Nomination papers must be turned in before Jan. 2. If more than two candidates file, a primary will be held in February.

Pridemore, 66, of Hartford, was first elected to the Assembly in 2004. He was unopposed when he was re-elected for a two-year term to the Assembly -- formerly in the 99th district - he will now serve in the newly created 22nd seat which covers a similar area including Towns of Erin, Richfield, Lisbon, Lannon, Menomonee Falls, Butler and parts of Milwaukee.

Pridemore would have to resign from his post in the State Assembly if he wins next year. 

Office party leaves the office behind

Nov. 28, 2012 9:04 a.m. | Office parties have been the subject of holiday jokes for years. They are the party equivalent of the fruitcake gift.

Part of the problem might be that office parties take place in … offices. And offices are places of work, not play.

If you take the office party away from the office, then the fun can begin.

Olympia Resort has done just that with its annual Little-Big Holiday Office Party.

Their motto is “Forget the little office party … go big and leave the planning to us.”  

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Pewaukee cage teams win

Nov. 27, 2012 10:42 p.m. |  Pewaukee's two varsity basketball teams both scored victories Tuesday night.

The host PHS girls team edged Slinger, 44-42. Freshman Abby Gerrits led the Pirates with 16 points and junior Danielle Jasinski chipped in with 12 tallies. Sarah Caccese added 8 rebounds for the winners.

The visiting Pewaukee boys team downed Thomas More, 72-59. PHS never trailed in the final three periods.

Eric Lutzen scored 17 points to lead the Pirates and added 11 rebounds. Dave Girmscheid chipped in with 13 points and Jordan Hass had 9 points. 

AHS boys stop Wisco

Nov. 27, 2012 10:37 p.m. |  Arrowhead's boys basketball team played some tough in-your-face defense from start to finish Tuesday night and downed No. 7 ranked Wisconsin Lutheran in a nonconfernece home game, 52-44 at AHS.

Wisco only led in the  game twice for a total of 69 seconds.

Kyle Keranen scored 12 points in a row for the Warhawks in the second half and finished with a game-high 16 points. Jackson Abresch chipped in with 12 tallies and Ricky Finco had 10.

Generac looks to hire 100, job fair Nov. 28

Nov. 27, 2012 4:10 p.m. | Generac Power Systems is looking for qualified applicants to fill approximately 100 permanent manufacturing, professional and technical positions.

Qualified applicants can apply at a job fair the company is holding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Generac’s Whitewater manufacturing facility, 757 N. Newcomb St.

At the job fair, prospective employees will meet with hiring managers about Generac’s exciting career opportunities. The company is recruiting general assembly workers, production supervisors, manufacturing engineers, industrial engineering technicians, CMM programmers, and quality advisors. All positions include a comprehensive benefits program.

Demand for generators continues to rise due to more frequent and longer lasting power outages across the United States. Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent winter storm that devastated the Northeast, for example, left more than 8 million without power—many for more than 10 days.

Applicants interested in working at Generac’s manufacturing facility in Jefferson, Wis., slated to open in early 2013, are encouraged to apply at the Whitewater job fair, as well.

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Palmyra Eagle band holds Christmas concert

Nov. 27, 2012 10:33 a.m. | The Palmyra Eagle Community Band will hold its  2012 Christmas Concert on Sunday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Palmyra United Methodist Church, 122 N. 5th Street, Palmyra. 

The band will be playing a variety of classic and contemporary selections including “A Classic Christmas,” “Christmas at the Movies,” “A Touch of Holiday Flute,” with Deb Gilbert, Melody Brady and Caitlin Gamble on flute. Soloists featured will be Jim Neist on trumpet, playing “The Toy Trumpet” and Ellie Hawes on alto saxophone playing “White Christmas”.  

The band also will play “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” with narration by Gina Neist. There will be Christmas favorites such as, Jingle Bell Rock and Christmas Time is Here performed by the Kettle Moraine Blues.

The finale of the concert is a Palmyra Eagle Community Band tradition of an audience sing-along led by Yvonne Marie. The evening will be topped off with our complimentary Christmas Cookie Reception.

Winter Wonderland coming to Waterford this weekend

Nov. 27, 2012 10:18 a.m. |  The Village of Waterford will be decked out with boughs of holly and glistening with garland on Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. when the 14th annual Winter Wonderland Parade makes its way through the historic downtown. 

Hosted by Absolutely Waterford, a non-profit organization working to revitalize Main Street, the seasonal event will include more than 20 participants seeking to spread good cheer to more than 2,000 spectators who line the street. 

“Our winter parade is a holiday tradition that local families and those from surrounding areas have come to enjoy for more than a decade,” said Michelle Bores-Stockton, executive director of Absolutely Waterford. “We are pleased to be able to take on this event that promotes our charming downtown and the businesses that has kept it thriving.”

Through sponsorship from Runzhiemer International, and support from other local businesses, the parade will include a horse-drawn carriage, world-renowned trick-roper Charlie Keyes, who will lasso on his unicycle, bands, hot air balloon baskets and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus, among others. 

“This is a truly community-backed effort. The event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and hard work from our sponsors and volunteers,” Bores-Stockton added. 

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Enjoy holiday lights and help the food pantry

Nov. 27, 2012 9:49 a.m. |  

Tim and Lisa Traub, W309S8780 Green Acre Drive, Mukwonago, lit their annual Christmas light display on Thanksgiving and are collecting food items for the Mukwonago Food Pantry every night through New Year's night. Lights are on from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly.

The display is located about a mile from Mukwonago high School, just off Highways EE and I. Donations can be placed in the red bin located behind the food pantry sign.  

When is midnight magical?

Nov. 27, 2012 7:51 a.m. | Christmas magic will be sprinkled over Mukwonago on Saturday during the annual Midnight Magic event, which includes a parade, horse-drawn carriage rides, a crafter's marketplace, pictures with Santa, shopping opportunities, fireworks and more.

Watch for details in this week's Mukwonago Chief.

Lisbon approves new sheriff's contract

Nov. 26, 2012 8:36 p.m. |  Town of Lisbon - The Town Board has unanimously approved a new five year police service contract with the Waukesha County Sheriff's office that has regional implications.

Approval of the contract means that Lt. Torin Misko, the commander of the sheriff's sub station in Sussex, will have supervisory authority over police service contract deputies assigned to the villages of Sussex and Merton as well as the town.

Lisbon and the villages of Sussex and Merton will share in the cost of the sub station commander position which  is expected to be elevated from lieutenant to captain next summer.

Sussex village officials asked the position be elevated to captain in order to reduce turn over and provide the commander with greater authority.

Village officials were concerned that unless the position was upgraded to captain,   Lt. Misko would be assigned to different duties if  he was promoted next year.

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Weekend Happenings

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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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