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Golden Guernsey Dairy closes doors

Jan. 05, 2013 4:32 p.m. | Golden Guernsey Dairy, based out of Waukesha, stunned many of its  longtime customers Saturday morning by locking its doors. No milk service was available at that time. The dairy is not expected to reopen.

Several outlets that sell their popular dairy products,  including many in the Lake Country, were informed of the decision to close Saturday. The Waukesha location was locked up on Saturday.

Arrowhead boys stop West

Jan. 04, 2013 10:21 p.m. | Arrowhead's boys basketball  team turned in a brilliant defensive effort Friday night and downed visiting Waukesha West in a Classic 8 Conference battle, 58-36. AHS remained undefeated in league play.

Kyle Keranen had 10 points for the Warhawks and DomTodarello had 9.

West girls defeat Arrowhead

Jan. 04, 2013 10:03 p.m. | The host Waukesha West girls basketball team moved to 6-0 and remained in sole possession of first place in the Classic 8 Conference standings Friday night by scoring a 58-50 win over Arrowhead. The Warhawks fell to 5-1 in league play.

Lizzy Connors had 16 points for West and Michelle Farrow had 15 points and Dani Rhodes 9.

Arrowhead was led by Lauren Peterson and Megan Douglas with 12 points each and Jenny Goulet had 11, all coming in the third quarter in a span of 3:39.

New leads on missing KM grad

Jan. 04, 2013 2:50 p.m. |

Family and friends of Kettle Moraine High School graduate Nick Wilcox, missing since New Year’s Day, gathered at Milwaukee’s Irish Rec Room on Thursday night. The bar, in the 1000 block of North Old World Third Street, was where Wilcox celebrated the new year and is the last place he is known to have been seen.
According to the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD), Wilcox was last seen outside the bar between 1 and 2 a.m. Jan. 1. Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer said there has been no new information police are willing to release, but they are following up on several leads.
Rumors have circulated that Wilcox was spotted outside a Qdoba restaurant in Milwaukee’s downtown at about 3 a.m., but Stanmeyer said he could not confirm that information.
Nick WilcoxThe Irish Rec Room closed for several days after the incident and now serves as a headquarters for volunteers who have spent the past week circulating fliers and searching the Milwaukee riverfront.
Kelly Vecitis, a managing partner for the bar, said he had never experienced something like this.
“They are doing their best to follow what they know,” he said. “There has been a lot of support.”
Vecitis said last week that the bar would open again Friday, Jan. 4, but the search party would continue to meet on the second floor.
Anyone who would like to volunteer is welcome to come to the bar, Vecitis said, adding, “We will point them in the right direction.”
About 60 community members attended a prayer service at Grace Church in Delafield on Thursday night. The Rev. Mike Frans said the church received calls of support from people around the country.
“People from Virginia to Kansas to Tennessee said they were praying for the family,” Frans said.
Family members did not respond to requests seeking comment for this story.
“He was adventurous,” Frans said. “He went on a week hike with members of the youth group, up to Long’s Peak in Colorado.”
Frans said friends and family struggling during this crisis should remember the story of the Prodigal Son.
“God understands what it is like to have a son who is suffering,” Frans said. “A son that is missing.”
Nick Wilcox is blond-haired and blue-eyed, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Anyone with information about his disappearance is encouraged to call the MPD at (414) 935-7403.

Watch out for Medicare phone scam

Jan. 04, 2013 12:56 p.m. | If you receive a phone call claiming that you need a replacement Medicare card, hang up. It is a scam.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) recently received a complaint on behalf of a senior who received a phone call from a group calling itself “Preferred Benefits to Seniors.”

By the end of the call, this consumer had turned over their bank account number to the caller, but was able to close her bank account before any money was stolen.

A number of consumers have complained on different scam-tracking websites about receiving similar calls from this group. In their complaints, consumers note that the caller often tells seniors that they need replacement Medicare cards. In order to process the new card, the caller asks to “verify” the senior’s personal information and asks for the senior’s bank account number.

The caller typically provides a toll-free number for any future inquiries, but the number is simply linked to an answering service and no additional information on the group is made available.

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ProHealth offers information on health screenings

Jan. 04, 2013 11:07 a.m. | The community is invited to attend a free program about recommended routine
health screenings from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Town Bank, 850 N. Shore Drive, Hartland.

ProHealth Care family medicine physician, Erin Polczynski, will help attendees sort through the list of recommended routine screenings and find out which tests would be best for their needs.

Polczynski practices family medicine at the ProHealth Care Medical Associates clinic in Hartland.

To register for the program, visit or call (262) 928-2745.

How is your community embracing technology?

Jan. 04, 2013 10:28 a.m. | Local municipalities are using technology to make things easier on residents. Read how in this week's Living Lake Country Sunday.

Fire consolidation with Village of Pewaukee?

Jan. 04, 2013 1:21 a.m. | The Village of Pewaukee is “bothered” by the costs associated with their Fire and EMS Services through the City of Pewaukee, according to President Calder. They’ve decided to start looking elsewhere, beginning with nearby fire consolidation talks.

“But I look at the rate history -- in 2004, we paid $1,740 per call. Our new rate is $5,796 a call. You look at the challenges we have with our budget and you look at this total amount… that is a significant part of our budget,” President Calder said.

The Village of Pewaukee currently contracts those services to the City of Pewaukee Fire Department. While the board made it clear that there are in no way complaints over the quality of services, they are concerned by the costs.

“I think we need to take a serious look, at possibly some options or thinking outside of the box, to see what we might be able to do and look at what could help save this community.”

Many of the board members would like to think outside of the box and into the Lake Country Fire & Rescue. LCFR already focuses around the City of Delafield and the Villages of Nashotah and Chenequa. The Lake Country Reporter recently highlighted other potential fire consolidation talks with the City Oconomowoc, Town of Delafield and the Village of Hartland.

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Village of Pewaukee considers metered parking

Jan. 03, 2013 11:36 p.m. | The Pewaukee Village Board is warming up to the idea of metered parking.

“Paid parking is still an option,” President Tom Calder said.

The idea was rehashed during Thursday night’s board meeting and, while no action was taken, they did ask the Planner Mary Censky to offer quotes for a parking study. An outdated study exists from a few years ago and doesn’t include recent developments, charged parking or the proposed parking area on Oakton.
So, they’d like to hire the village planner to research other communities, review anticipated village developments and analyze some costs.

“I think there is some merit in updating the information, certainly, but it won’t by itself answer a number of questions (the former) study itself raised ... There are questions like, ‘What is the village’s threshold,’ ‘What are the business owners, the existing property owners threshold in the downtown area … what will that impart on them?’”

Calder told the board that area businesses, along with Positively Pewaukee, were not in favor of charging for parking or felt pressure to tally up their own lots if public spaces are charging. 

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OPL plans "Reading Challenge"

Jan. 03, 2013 12:15 p.m. | It's time for the annual Milwaukee Bucks "Library Reading Challenge" at the Oconomowoc Public Library. Students  in grades 3-10 may pick up a special scorecard at the library, on which they keep track of how many pages they read.

When they reach 500 pages, they get a voucher for a free ticket to a Milwaukee Bucks game, where they will also receive a special Bucks t-shirt. Students who read 750 pages become "Overtime Readers" and enter into special drawings at the game they attend.

All scorecards are due to the library by Feb. 27. Scorecards and complete details are available at the library.

Search continues for Wilcox

Jan. 03, 2013 12:00 p.m. | Today is the third day that friends and family members have been canvassing the downtown Milwaukee area in search of Nick Wilcox.

Wilcox, 24, is a Kettle Moraine High School graduate, currently studying at UW-Milwaukee.

He went missing on New Year’s Eve in downtown Milwaukee. He was reported to have been last seen outside the Irish Rec Room on Old World 3rd St. early Tuesday morning, Jan. 1.

Wilcox is described by family and friends as being about 6’2″ tall, 180 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

At this time, family and friends are conducting search efforts primarily along the river and in downtown Milwaukee. No evidence of Nick has been found.

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Richmond school board president files non-candidacy

Jan. 03, 2013 11:18 a.m. | Two school board incumbents have filed non-candidacy papers and will not be running for re-election this spring. President Ken Skarie and Clerk Lisa Boyer will not be returning.

There's no shortage of candidates, however, and five folks have filed papers to fill those three-year terms. Here's a list of candidates for those two positions: 

Cindy Milgram, Town of Lisbon
Bill MacCluskey, Pewaukee
Michelle Jackson, Town of Lisbon
Lew Krisberg, Town of Lisbon
Victor J. Frangopoulos, Town of Lisbon

Mukwonago supervisors face challenger for two open seats

Jan. 03, 2013 11:08 a.m. | Two Town of Mukwonago supervisors will be challenged in the spring election, while incumbent Town Chairman Dave Dubey runs unopposed. Supervisors Peter Topczewski and Lyle Boucher will face James Hintz for two open supervisor seats on the spring ballot. 

Vernon supervisors face challengers in spring election

Jan. 03, 2013 10:39 a.m. |  While Town of Vernon chairman and treasurer candidates will face no opposition on the spring ballot, two candidates will battle for the position of clerk and two supervisors will be opposed in the spring election.

Newcomer Jim Slawny will be unchallenged for the two-year term of town chairman, and incumbent treasurer Laureen Dashek will also run unopposed for her two-year term. 

Sandy Porter and Karen Schuh will vie for the town clerk seat. Rodell Singert will challenge incumbent Thomas Bird for Supervisor #2 and Daniel Scherbarth faces incumbent Bill Craig for the seat of Supervisor #4. All terms are for two-years.

Court reverses judge who saved Mukwonago Indians name

Jan. 03, 2013 10:38 a.m. | Residents opposed to a state order to change the name of Mukwonago High School teams from Indians have lost one court battle, but vow to appeal

The state Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a Waukesha County circuit judge's ruling that state administrators violated due process in a hearing that resulted in an order that the Mukwonago Area School District stop using Indians as its athletics mascot. A resident of the district had filed a complaint that mascot promoted discrimination.

Other residents challenged the way the hearing was conducted and Circuit Judge Donald Hassin Jr. agreed with James Schoolcraft and Craig Vertz that the state's 2010 law, as applied against Mukwonago schools, was unconstitutional because the decision maker  — a Department of Public Instruction employee — had an impermissibly high risk of bias.

But the appeals court found that Schoolcraft and Vertz lacked standing to challenge the administrative hearing process because they were never part of it.

Samuel C. Hall Jr., a Crivello Carlson attorney representing the two men, said they're not giving up the fight.

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No challengers for Village of Big Bend candidates

Jan. 03, 2013 10:26 a.m. |  The Village of Big Bend president and three trustees will all be unopposed on the spring ballot. Incumbent Village President James Soneberg will seek re-election for the two-year term of president, while incumbents Mike Conn, Ron Peterson and Bob Heinemann will be on the ticket for another two-year term as village trustees.

Four to battle for three seats for Village of Mukwonago trustee

Jan. 03, 2013 10:15 a.m. |  With three open seats for Village of Mukwonago trustee, four candidates have filed election papers for the two-year term. Incumbents James Decker, Mark Penzkover and Michael Sellenheim will be challenged by Elliot Bakst in the spring election. Incumbent Village President Fred Winchowky will be unopposed on the ballot. 

Delafield council may have to fill vacancy

Jan. 03, 2013 10:12 a.m. | City of Delafield - Unless someone mounts a successful write in campaign for the April 2 municipal election, the Common Council will have to make an appointment to fill a vacancy in the Third Aldermanic District or hold a special election sometime later this year.

Incumbent Jane Lazynski, a downtown commercial property owner who served on the council for less than a year, filed documents shortly before Christman with City Clerk Gina Gresch indicating she is not running for reelection.

Gresch said this morning that no one has filed candidacy petitions for the Third District. The district's boundaries include most of the south Nagawicka Lake shore and downtown business and residential districts. Wednesday was the deadline for filing municipal candidacy petitions.

Lazynski was elected to the council in 2012 when new district boundaries were drawn as a result of the once a decade federal census. Long time Third District incumbent Erv Sadaowski no longer resided in the district as a result of reapportionament.

The council has the option of either appointing someone to fill the vacancy or conducting a special election, according to Gresch.

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Calder and Knutson run for Village of Pewaukee

Jan. 03, 2013 10:08 a.m. | It's getting crowed for the Village of Pewaukee. Filing time closed late yesterday and we're seeing two presidential candidates and some new faces on the ballot.

Incumbent and Village President Tom Calder will again be running against the former Village President Jeff Knutson.

One incumbent, Trustee Cathy Baumann, will not be seeking re-election and two newcomers have turned in their papers. 

There are three, at-large village trustee seats available and one village president seat. Each term will serve for two years. Here's a list of who's running:

Village President: Tom Calder at 504 High Street (incumbent)
Village President: Jeffrey Knutson at 759 Glacier Road (former president)
Village Trustee: Paul Evert at 327 Lookout Drive (incumbent)
Village Trustee: Jennifer Murphy at 733 Cheviot Drive (newcomer)
Village Trustee: Bill Woolley at 255 Main Street (newcomer)

Two new faces for the Village of Hartland

Jan. 03, 2013 9:59 a.m. | Things are heating up in the Village of Hartland as two newcomers have filed in time for election season.

There are three trustee seats open in the Village of Hartland, plus one village president seat. Elections are at-large and each term will serve for two years. 

Here's a list of who's filed: 

Village President: David Lamerand at 536 Saxony Court (incumbent)
Trustee: Richard Landwehr at 251 Meadow Lane (incumbent)
Trustee: Jack Wenstrom at 734 River Reserve Drive (incumbent)
Trustee: Randy Swenson 709 Canterbury Circle (incumbent)
Trustee: Diane Vernon, 311 Hill St (write-in candidate, 2012)
Trustee: Ann Wallschlager, 1148 Mary Hill Circle (newcomer)

Black dog found in City of Oconomowoc

Jan. 03, 2013 9:42 a.m. | A female black dog with white chest and white front paws which was recently found in the 900 block of Concord Road in the City of Oconomowoc.

It was found wearing a nylon collar, but no tags.


Anyone interested in claiming or adopting this dog should contact the City of Oconomowoc Police Dept at (262) 567-4401.

Hamilton High School student dies from gunshot wound

Jan. 03, 2013 9:04 a.m. | Hamilton High School student, Aaron Zagorski, 18, died of an apparent gunshot wound on New Year's Day.

Aaron Zagorski

The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department received a call about his death the morning of New Year's Day.

Jennifer Wallschleger with the Sheriff's Department said an autopsy report has not been completed. She could not confirm if the wound was self-inflicted, but said there is no reason to worry there was a gunman involved. She said the high school's resource officer has brought in counselors to help students.

Zagorski was an athletic standout playing football for the Hamilton Chargers and also running track. He was recently selected as a student of the month in November for academic achievements.

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Getting fit for the new year

Jan. 02, 2013 12:14 p.m. | If 2013 is your year for a new, more fit you, the next Living Kettle Moraine Sunday offers 13 ways to get fit and stay with an exercise program from experts at the Mukwonago Athletic Club and the Mukwonago YMCA.

"First up, we cannot achieve what is not defined.  So, what is fitness?" asks Brent Reichert, M.S. general manager at the Mukwonago Athletic Club. "The most basic components are cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility/mobility, and body composition (the percentage of your body weight that is fat vs. lean body mass, such as bone, muscle, etc.).  This needs to be noted, because most just focus on cardio this time of year, which is only one aspect of fitness." 

Reichert outlines 13 tips for getting fit in 2013, while Nicki Kolinske, fitness and wellness director at the YMCA of Central Waukesha County-Mukwonago YMCA provides 13 tips for sticking with that fitness resolution throughout the year.

From setting goals, to knowing what activity you enjoy and having fun with fitness, Kolinske points out the need to mix up workouts, make exercise and yourself a priority, incorporate physical activity into your daily activities and never give up on that goal to be more fit in 2013.

Search continues for 24-year-old KM grad

Jan. 02, 2013 11:30 a.m. | Family and friends are searching for Nick Wilcox, 24, who went missing while celebrating the New Year in downtown Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Police are also searching for Wilcox, who was reported to have been last seen outside the Irish Rec Room on Old World 3rd St. early Tuesday morning, Jan. 1.
Wilcox is described by family and friends as being about 6’2″ tall, 180 lbs, with blonde hair and blue eyes.
Wilcox is a Kettle Moraine graduate and his Facebook profile lists him as a student at WCTC. A former neighbor, Karin Zoril, described him as always very nice and outgoing.
“He’s a good guy,” Zoril said, “I hope they find him.”
FOX6 reported that a bouncer at the bar saw Nick leave with another man in a red shirt between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m.
At this time, family and friends are conducting search efforts primarily along the river. No evidence of Nick has been found.
Milwaukee police are urging anyone with information to contact the Sensitive Crimes Division at 414-935-7403.

Oconomowoc High School grad screens third 'Mortal Kombat' installment

Jan. 02, 2013 10:26 a.m. | Head out to Theatre on Main Saturday for the third installment of OHS graduate Zachary Woods' "Mortal Kombat" series.

Woods said while the film shares the same name as the Hollywood movie, his version is a different storyline alltogether.

He and other Oconomowoc natives have put together the third installment that will be shown at Theatre on Main at 7:30 p.m.

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

KM grad missing

Jan. 02, 2013 10:09 a.m. | Kettle Moraine High School graduate Nick Wilcox has been reported missing. Read more here and watch for updates at 

Cold start to 2013

Jan. 01, 2013 9:47 a.m. |  The 2013 new year started on a frigid note in the Lake Country area as temperatures dipped below zero at one Lake Country area community.

The official weather station at Merton Intermediate School reported a temperature of minus 1 as of 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday. Hartland and Delafield had temperatures of plus 1 and Pewaukee reported in at  plus 2 degrees.

Learn how to propagate native seeds

Dec. 31, 2012 4:00 p.m. | The Kettle Moraine Chapter of Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes will present Three Easy Ways to Propagate Your Native Seeds by Theresa and Gerhard Stegemann on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. at  the South Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, S91W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, one mile west of Eagle.

Three easy and inexpensive methods of propagation that anyone can master will be demonstrated. Stegemanns will also describe the transformation of their three-quarter acre Whitewater Lake shoreline property from a Canada Goose respite to an abundantly diverse wildlife habitat of trees, shrubs and prairie/savanna plantings.

The presentation is open to the public. There is no admission fee.  Refreshments will be served.

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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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