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Health prompts change in roles for Lakeview principal

July 21, 2011 5:48 p.m. | Lakeview Elementary School Principal Dawn Marisch will not be well enough by fall to return to her duties, due to a sudden medical emergency that almost took her life last month.

Muskego-Norway School District officials had hoped that she would be able to return by the start of school, but now it looks like Marisch will not be ready to return until late December.

So, she and former Lakeview principal Alan Groth will switch jobs, the School Board decided.

Groth was Lakeview's principal for nine years before becoming director of student learning in 2007. And Marisch has excellent potential to be successful in a curriculum and instruction role at the district level, Superintendent Joe Schroeder wrote in a letter Monday to Lakeview parents. That position also gives flexibility for a gradual return to work as opposed to the job of principal with its daily demands, Schroeder said.

Marisch will report to Tammy Kapp, director of school performance, he said.

State sues Flat Rate Plumbing, says it deceived customers

Oct. 28, 2014 10:37 p.m. | Flat Rate Plumbing Inc. of New Berlin has been sued by the Wisconsin attorney general's office on accusations it used fraud and lies to trick its customers into spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary replacements during in-home service calls for routine repairs.

Some of those replacements were for items that Flat Rate's repairmen purposely broke in order to get the job, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday.

"Flat Rate has routinely deceived consumers who called for simple repairs such as unclogging drains or fixing leaky pipes, into spending large amounts — often thousands of dollars — for extensive unnecessary work," the attorney general's office said in a news release late Monday.

The release announced the lawsuit against Flat Rate Plumbing, its owner and president, Lester Gumieny Jr., and plumber Andrew J. Gomez. Both are accused of violating Wisconsin's consumer protection laws. Gomez personally engaged in deceptive sales, according to the lawsuit.

"Flat Rate's technicians have falsely told homeowners that equipment could not be repaired and had to be replaced, that clogged pipes could not be cleared but had to be replaced, and that houses could not be sold unless old pipes were upgraded, among other false statements," the news release goes on. "Flat Rate's technicians sometimes have intentionally damaged homeowners' pipes or other plumbing equipment, without consent, in order to pressure the homeowners to agree to proposed service jobs."

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New Berlin sets new date for debate on taking over waste contractions

Oct. 27, 2014 11:48 a.m. | Those who want to see the New Berlin Common Council debate whether the city should contract for residential trash and recycling pickups should go to the City Hall on Monday, Nov. 10.

The original meeting date of Nov. 11 was moved to accommdate the annual Veterans Day observance held at the City Hall. The council is expected to make its decision at that meeting. Currently, New Berlin residents make private arrangements for trash and recycling pickups.

Suburban roundup: Week one of the WIAA football postseason

Oct. 27, 2014 9:22 a.m. | Blowouts, nailbiters, rising stars and a mud bowl mashup. Such is the story of the kickoff weekend of the WIAA football playoffs.

A roundup of our coverage:

-Initial Reaction podcast: Examining week one matchups.

-Mukwonago duked it out against Hartford in a muddy march of the old-school, smashmouth gameplan, winning 29-6.

-Turnovers spelled the end of Sussex Hamilton's playoff hopes. The Chargers lost 23-16 to Waunakee.

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Muskego wins convincingly over Manitowoc

Oct. 24, 2014 11:39 p.m. | With a convincing 31-7 victory over visiting Manitowoc Lincoln, Muskego's football team advanced to the second round of the WIAA playoffs for the first time since 2011.

The Warriors' reward? A rematch with their rivals, the Mukwonago Indians, a team the Warriors hammered, 38-6, in the regular season finale just one week ago.

"We look forward to it," Muskego coach Ken Krause said. "It's our crosstown rival. We have a traveling trophy now. We have similar type of athletes. The coaching staffs do a good job with their kids. We're excited about it and excited to be at home."

"It's exciting (to play Mukwonago), and this is a very big weight off all our shoulder," senior quarterback Jeff Schweitzer added. "It's a big relief for all of us. The new season started today, and it started off on a high note."

The Warriors (8-2) earned the rematch with Mukwonago thanks to a dominant defensive effort against the Ships (5-5) in a first-round contest Friday, Oct. 24, at home. Muskego held Manitowoc Lincoln to 295 yards and didn't allow the Ships to score until the closing seconds.

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Preps football photos of the week: Level 1

Oct. 24, 2014 10:50 p.m. | The fight for a championship trophy started Oct. 24 as Level 1 of the WIAA playoffs kicked off.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Level 1.

Rep. Bill Kramer faces jail time after pleading to sexual assault

Oct. 23, 2014 2:39 p.m. | Waukesha — Just days ahead of a scheduled jury trial, state Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Town of Waukesha) Thursday pleaded no contest to reduced charges of two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault.

Kramer entered the plea during what was to have been a status conference on the case, stemming from felony sexual assault charges filed in March against the former No. 2 lawmaker in the Assembly.

Assistant District Attorney Debra Blasius said her office will recommend three years of probation, with a variety of conditions, including nine months in jail with work-release privileges.

Kramer, 49, will not have to register as a sex offender, but must undergo a sex offender assessment and any recommended treatment. Sentencing is set for Nov. 25 before Reserve Judge Neal Nettesheim.

By avoiding a felony conviction, Kramer will be able to serve the remainder of his term in the Assembly, which ends in January. He is not seeking re-election this fall.

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Poll: Which area team will win a state football title?

Oct. 22, 2014 9:00 a.m. | This week is when championship seasons title runs are started. Level 1 of the 2014 WIAA Football Playoffs start Friday.

But we want to know which, if any, of the area local teams will win a title in Divisions 1, 2 and 3. Answer on our polls.

Last year Arrowhead beat Franklin in Division 1, and Greendale lost in Division 3 championship games.



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Across Wisconsin, uneven property assessments fly in the face of fairness

Oct. 19, 2014 9:55 a.m. | A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found inappropriate reductions in property assessments creating an unfair system. In dozens of communities across Wisconsin, 20% or more of taxes are being paid by the wrong people.

Preps football photos of the week: Week 9

Oct. 17, 2014 10:18 p.m. | The regular season of the 2014 high school football season came to a close for area teams Oct. 17.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 9.

Muskego to allow chickens on residential lots

Oct. 15, 2014 11:45 a.m. | Muskego — The chickens are coming to Muskego.

On a split vote, the Muskego Common Council last week voted to allow chickens to be raised on residential lots of any size.

They can already can be raised on very large properties.

Under the new ordinance, people can have as many as four hens, but no roosters. They must also be in a secure enclosure and homeowners must abide by several other rules including those involving setbacks and odors.

The council also agreed with the plan commission that those who want to raise chickens should not have to get the agreement of their neighbors as was in the original proposed ordinance. However, they will still have to get a $20 permit.

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Controversial lake home/condo project back to Muskego Plan Commission

Oct. 15, 2014 11:33 a.m. | Muskego — On Nov. 4, the Muskego Plan Commission will fill in the blanks as to why it did not give a controversial lake home/condominium development proposal a favorable recommendation when it sent it on to the Common Council.

Last week, aldermen said they wanted to have that information before they voted on the proposal.

The plan calls for building five condominium lake homes in a gated community and a two-story 12-unit condominium structure. The project would be on Janesville Road north of Pioneer Drive.

Critics have said the project is too dense because all 17 housing units would be on just half the total 6.7 acres. A single-family home with a large yard occupies the other half.

The commission rejected the project because it would create two high-density lots, Alderman Kevin Kubacki said.

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Preps football photos of the week: Week 8

Oct. 10, 2014 10:00 p.m. | Big conference games and homecoming festivities were a big part of high school football as the season continued in Week 8 on Oct. 9 and 10.

Now Newspapers and Lake Country Publications compiled the best photos shared on social media featuring teams from our coverage area, predominantly in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Here's the best sights and sounds from Week 8.

Submit election letters now: deadline is Oct. 20

Oct. 09, 2014 9:21 a.m. |

The deadline to submit letters to the editor related to the November election is fast approaching. Letters must be in our office by noon Monday, Oct. 20, for publication before the election.
Letters must be 300 words or shorter, and must be uniquely written -- not form letters sent out en masse. Letters must bear the writer's name, and must also include your complete address and telephone number for verification purposes. (We will not publish your address or phone number.)
While we would like to publish as many letters as possible, we reserve the right to edit or reject letters for legal or other reasons. 
Letters can be sent to 1741 Dolphin Drive, Suite A, Waukesha , WI 53186; faxed to (262)446-6646; or e-mailed to can also submit letters online via our submission form.

Waukesha's Common Council denies New Berlin's request for its fire services

Oct. 07, 2014 9:00 p.m. | The city of Waukesha will not be providing automatic fire and EMS services to the city of New Berlin.

A week after Waukesha's Finance Committee recommended the council approve the agreement between the two cities, Waukesha's Common Council voted against it in a 9-5 vote at its meeting Tuesday night. 

The agreement entailed firefighters from Waukesha's Station 2, located on 1714 Pearl St., off highways 59 and 164, respond on average to about 20 to 25 emergencies per year to an area in New Berlin bordered roughly by Greenfield, Lincoln and Cleveland avenues. 

New Berlin Fire Chief Lloyd Bertram came to Waukesha's Acting Fire Chief Steve Howard earlier this year with the request of Waukesha providing a first response to this small portion of New Berlin because Waukesha's Station 2 is closer to this area than New Berlin's closest station. 

"New Berlin can serve this area but knows that we're closer," Howard said. 

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So far, New Berlin likes Kohler Ridge conservation subdivision plan

Oct. 07, 2014 5:04 p.m. | About 143 acres in the 21000 block of Lawnsdale Road could soon be developed into 48 homesites.

The lots of the proposed Kohler Ridge conservation subdivision would be at least three-quarters of an acre. But the developer plans to buy a tree farm next door and would use those 60 acres to help get the housing density down to the city's requirements for a conservation subdivision.

The developer will ask for part of the tract to be rezoned, also, dropping the upland resource conservancy and the quarry zoning that are there now. The quarry known as the Kohler Pit is being reclaimed now.

The New Berlin Plan Commission on Monday appeared generally pleased with the subdivision conceptual plan except that a second access road will be needed for the plan to comply with city codes. The Plan Commission will do a site walk on Oct. 15, possibly with the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Subdivision plans will likely be submitted after that to go through the city approval process.

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