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Hamilton hoops has huge night

Dec. 15, 2012 8:29 a.m. | It was a big day on the hardcourt for the Hamilton basketball program, as both the girls and boys teams defeated Wauwatosa East on Friday.

For the girls, it marked a historic occasion. Though the 69-16 win doesn't count as a surprise for the No. 2-ranked team in the state, junior Mackenzie Latt became the program's all-time leading scorer with her 18-point performance. She now has 829 points in her career, bypassing Christa Goetz (821), a 1991 graduate. Stephanie Kirchner (2009) had been second on the list with 717.

The boys, meanwhile, scored a 60-46 win over Tosa East in a battle between two of the league's best teams. Brady Ellingson scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter, and Tony Gumina added 21 as the Chargers moved to 6-0. The girls team upped its record to 7-0.

Vikings crush Oconomowoc boys

Dec. 14, 2012 10:24 p.m. |

The first quarter was a disaster for the Oconomowoc boys basketball team on Friday evening at Wisconsin Lutheran, and the uphill battle from there was too much for the Raccoons as the Vikings emerged with a 75-39.

Wisco took a 24-3 lead after the first quarter.

The Vikings were already up 9-3 when the Oconomowoc collapse began. Lutheran’s Dez Cockroft scored two points off a steal, and Jamare Griffin did likewise on Oconomowoc’s following possession. Griffin then scored a 3-point basket after Keith Franklin intercepted a pass, and Franklin then subsequently scored a 2-point basket off another intercepted pass, the fourth consecutive turnover by the Raccoons leading to points for the Vikings. It seemed difficult for the Raccoons to even get out of their own half of the court, and by the end of the first quarter, the Vikings had scored 15 points off of turnovers.

“Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers,” said OHS coach Kurt Melton. “When we keep giving the ball to a team like that, easy possessions, easy baskets, everything was going their way and it just started early.”

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Pewaukee girls downed by Pius

Dec. 14, 2012 9:55 p.m. | In what could very well turn out to be a perennial struggle between two of the best teams in the Woodland Conference, league newcomer Milwaukee Pius went on a 13-0 run in the first half and never looked back in a 49-36 win over the Pirates at PHS on Friday.

Lindsay Wisnewski closed the game with a flourish for the Pirates, scoring the final 8 points of the game for either side and finishing with 12 of her 14 in the fourth quarter. Her final basket was a 30-foot heave as time expired, but the Lady Popes had already done enough damage.

Facing a quick Pius squad, the Pirates committed 25 turnovers and gave up 16 offensive rebounds. Pewaukee, without a senior in the rotation, nonetheless boasts a 5-2 record, while Pius improved to 7-1.

2 killed in Waukesha County crash

Dec. 14, 2012 10:44 a.m. | Two men were killed in a single-vehicle crash early Friday in the Town of Lisbon in Waukesha County, according to the sheriff's department.

At 2:13 a.m., deputies and personnel from the Lisbon Fire Department responded to the crash on county Highway KF and Ryan Road. The driver and occupant were both pronounced dead at the scene. The initial investigation indicates the vehicle was northbound on Ryan from Lynndale Road and left the road on a curve, hitting a tree.

The men, ages 23 and 24 from the Merton area, were not identified pending notification of families.

When winter hits, will you be ready for fun?

Dec. 14, 2012 10:31 a.m. | Sure, it's unusually warm outside right now, but we all know we live in Wisconsin - and that means snow is surely on its way. When it comes, we've got some great winter activities for you to enjoy locally .

Check out this week's Living Lake Country Sunday for some great ideas.

Crash victims were from Merton

Dec. 14, 2012 10:27 a.m. | The victims in a fatal crash in Lisbon early this morning were a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man, both from Merton, according to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department.

Their names are not yet being released.

'Battle of the bells' tomorrow in Mukwonago

Dec. 14, 2012 9:36 a.m. | The Police and Fire departments will be facing off in a charitable "battle of the bells" from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Mukwonago Walmart on Wolf Run.

The Salvation Army will place red kettles outside both entrances; one will be manned by Police Department personnel, and one by Fire Department personnel in a challenge to see who can collect more donations.

In the spirit of good-natured competition, police officers have said they would hand out baseball cards in an attempt to sway the contest their way, according to Julie Cooper, representing the Salvation Army.

Introduce kids to Santa at breakfast

Dec. 14, 2012 12:00 a.m. | Young children sometimes have a hard time with Santa.

That’s understandable if they are not prepared. Imagine you are 3 years old, in a crowded department store with strangers all around and suddenly you’re asked to sit on the lap of a huge man wearing an outrageous red suit. He has so much white hair on his face you can’t even see flesh. The man looks like no one you know.

It can be daunting.

Perhaps a good way to start is to take your youngster to a breakfast with Santa, like the one at the Delafield American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road, on Saturday.

The pancake breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon and includes raffles and treats. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.  

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Fentanyl overdose suspected in 24 year-old's death

Dec. 12, 2012 11:42 a.m. | More information was made available regarding the death of a 24-year-old Delafield man, Wayne Wilson.

Wilson was found in his bedroom on Laurel Circle around 8 p.m. on Dec. 5, according to police. Reports say that his girlfriend and his best friend stopped by to check on his well being because Wilson hadn't responded to phone calls or text messages, and did not show up for his work shift at 4 p.m.

Reports say the two found him without a pulse and not breathing in his bedroom. They called 9-1-1 and tried to administer CPR. When emergency responders arrived, they pronounced him dead on the scene.

Police reports show that friends and family members said "there was nothing that had been said by Wilson that would indicate any concerns that he would attempt to harm himself."

Friends indicated that Wilson had struggled with an addiction to pain killers. A high dosage Fentanyl patch was found on the scene.

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It's 12-12-12, and one Oconomowoc resident is celebrating, are you?

Dec. 12, 2012 7:56 a.m. | Happy 12-12-12 day. The corresponding date only comes around every 100 years and Stefani Rose Watson from Oconomowoc is celebrating her diamond birthday by turning 12 years old today.

Read about her here.

Are you celebrating a birthday today? Or as a Packers fan, are you doing anything special to commemorate "Aaron Rodgers Day?" Let us know.

Pewaukee CNG station opens as Kwik Trip bets on natural gas

Dec. 11, 2012 4:57 p.m. | La Crosse-based Kwik Trip, Inc. has opened a compressed natural gas filling station in Pewaukee, the eighth station in the Upper Midwest that it's launched this year.

Kwik Trip said Tuesday it's looking to create both a CNG and LNG (liquefied natural gas) infrastructure corridor along the interstate highways linking the Twin Cities with Chicago. Its other metro Milwaukee store is located in Sturtevant.

The ninth store -- including seven in Wisconsin and two in Minnesota -- is slated to open next week in Sheboygan, with at least 10 more planned for next spring, Kwik Trip said.

The Pewaukee store is located off Interstate 94 at exit 295 on Redford Boulevard.

Eagle winter hayride to help fill pantry shelves

Dec. 11, 2012 2:00 p.m. | The Eagle Business Association is sponsoring a Winter Hayride for a Canned Good on Friday, Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. One canned good per person.

The pantry is in need of food items that would be appropriate to fill baskets for a holiday meal like cranberries, yams, stuffing mixes, muffin mixes, green beans, Frehcn onions, cream of mushroom soup etc. 

The hay wagon loading zone is at Response Realtors parking lot next to the gazebo in the Village of Eagle. 

Rock and roll with ULS

Dec. 11, 2012 10:06 a.m. | Two bands from the University Lake School (ULS) Rock and Roll Academy (RRA) will perform a live concert at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Stackner Middle School Library.
The bands are part of the Rock and Roll Academy’s after-school program, which is open to the public (second semester sessions are enrolling now). RRA is also offered to students in grades five through eight during the school day as part of the school’s music curriculum. The Rock and Roll Academy at ULS is the only program of its kind in the Midwest, and one of three sites for the program nationwide. The program is student-driven learning and promotes collaboration among bandmates.

Dousman Main Street decision soon

Dec. 10, 2012 8:28 p.m. |  Village of Dousman - Village Trustees are expected to decide later this month to begin the reconstruction of Main Street in the spring of 2013.

The Village Board will also decide at a yet to be scheduled special meeting whether they want to reconfigure, or bury, utility lines in the downtown business district as part of the Main Street reconstruction project which will also involve repairing or upgrading buried sewer and water lines.

Three of the five village board members  indicated during a special meeting Monday night that they were ready to begin the project as soon as possible..

"I would like to begin construction as soon as the thaws begins in the spring," said Village President Jack Nissen.

Trustee Harold Dessart said he might have been willing to wait a year to begin the project if the village had an opportunity to acquire state or federal grants for the project. But, he said, that opportunity does not appear to be available.

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Oconomowoc woman, 20, gets 8 years for fatal heroin overdose

Dec. 10, 2012 4:52 p.m. | A 20-year-old Oconomowoc woman was sentenced Monday to eight years in prison for a heroin overdose that killed a Hartland man last year

Dustin L. Williams' mother found him unresponsive at their home July 23, 2011, about 10 minutes after Kandice Essmann, his friend since high school, had been there visiting. He was later pronounced dead at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital.

Essmann was charged in March with first degree reckless homicide for giving Williams heroin on that night. She pleaded no contest in October.

Waukesha Circuit Judge William Domina added seven years of extended supervision to Essmann's sentence, and gave her credit for 220 days she's been in jail. Three other drug-related offenses were dismissed but read in for sentencing purposes.

Essmann told investigators on July 24 that Dustin Williams had begged her to get some heroin and that the two drove to a location where Essmann bought $50 worth of the drug.

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Marcus buys Sussex film-buying, booking firm

Dec. 10, 2012 1:14 p.m. | Marcus Theatres announced Monday it has agreed to purchase MESCOP Inc., a Sussex-based film buying and booking business.

Under the agreement, Marcus Theatres will perform film buying services for 14 exhibitors with 75 screens at 20 locations in three Midwestern states. Milwaukee-based Marcus Theatres currently books films for its 687 owned and managed screens, as well as an additional 146 screens operated by other owners.

MESCOP was founded in 1971 by Fred Florence. The company is operated by his son, James Florence, who will retire upon completion of the sale. The purchase is expected to close before year end. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Mukwonago High School hosts financial aid night

Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 p.m. | The Mukwonago High School Guidance Department will host a Financial Aid Night on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the MHS Center. A financial aid representative will provide a presentation and answer questions on the application process and other aspects of Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Financial aid is something that all college bound students, regardless of family income or assets, are eligible for. There are several different types including grants, subsidized loans, unsubsidized loans, and work study programs. The FAFSA application is free to fill out and submit and is available here beginning Jan. 1. Funds are dispersed based on financial need, family size, etc. but also on a first come-first served basis so it is important that parents and students fill out and file their application as close to that Jan. 1 date as possible. 

Please contact Paige Patenaude at or Donna McKonly at with questions.

Mukwonago schools present joint concert tonight

Dec. 10, 2012 10:31 a.m. | The Mukwonago High School and Parkview Middle School Orchestras present their annual Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Mukwonago High School Center. Admission is free. This is the first time the MHS and Parkview orchestras have presented a joint holiday concert. The program will feature traditional Christmas music, as well as the Irish tunes, and works from Dvorak and Mozart.

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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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