Dakota the owl returns to his public Saturday

Feb. 28, 2012 3:50 p.m. | The Wildlife In Need Center announced today that Dakota the great horned owl's recovery is complete and he is ready to make his first public appearance outside the center. He is still in re-training, but in light of this, the center is hosting an educational program at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha’s Theater at 3 p.m. on Saturday.


According to the WINC, Dakota was deemed unreleasable more than a decade ago by expert wildlife rehabilitators and he was taken in by the Wildlife In Need Center to help launch its young environmental education program.

In that time, Dakota has educated more than 80,000 people about respecting and appreciating his wild counterparts. But he reached a whole new audience when his theft last November brought national attention to the center he calls home.

The outpouring of cards and letters of support the center received on his behalf ranged from students as far away as Florida to local community groups and religious leaders, many of which had the opportunity to meet Dakota during his first 10 years of outreach programming.

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Free seminar on caring for organic lawns

Feb. 28, 2012 1:06 p.m. | Waukesha County is sponsoring a workshop on caring for an organic lawn on March 10 from 10 a.m.to 11 a.m. at the Retzer Nature Center, S14 W28167 Madison Street. You have to register by Friday, March 10. Call 262-548-7801 for more information.

Artists selected for Waukesha GuitarTown project

Feb. 27, 2012 4:32 p.m. | Waukesha - Thirty artists from southeastern Wisconsin who will turn 10 replica and 20 regular Gibson Les Paul guitars into works of art as part of the Waukesha GuitarTown project were announced Monday afternoon at a downtown reception.

The artists were selected by members of the project steering committee based on tentative plans. Ten will tackle 10-foot-tall fiberglass guitar sculptures that will be staged beginning about June 1 mostly along Main St. on both public rights of way and private property. Another 20 artists will work on playable Gibson guitars, which will be finished off by the Gibson Guitar Corp. with strings and other finishing hardware. Their locations have not been determined.

Artists chosen for the large sculptures are:

Retired Carroll University art professor and sculptor Willis Guthrie, his son Jim and grandson Ryan; Racine sculptor of metal fantasy pieces Bill Reid; Waukesha portrait artist Chuck Weber; Waukesha painter noted for portraits of rock and blues musicians Tom Noll; mural artist Ben Stark of Milwaukee; Waukesha water colorist Marcia Schneider; retired art teacher, sculptor and pop art painter Ramona Audley of Oconomowoc; Jennifer Espenscheid, a Milwaukee artist who does murals, portraits, illustrations and abstracts; Waukesha artist specializing in plaster paintings Jeff Seymour; and Milwaukee graphics designer and painter Gene Evans.

The finished works will be unveiled at a May 31 VIP event and at the first of a summer Friday night concert series on June 1.

Artists for Waukesha's Gibson GuitarTown Project to be announced Monday at Key Westconsin

Feb. 27, 2012 10:00 a.m. | The guitars for the Gibson GuitarTown Project have been here for a few weeks and its locations have been selected.

All that needed to be done was to announce the artists who will decorate the guitars.

That announcement will come Monday afternoon at a public reception at Key Westconsin in downtown Waukesha, 331 Riverfront Plaza.

There will be a meet and greet with the artists from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Waukesha restaurant. The 30 artists will then take their guitars and begin decorating them in preparation for the May 31 ceremony when they will be unveiled over a two-day ceremony.

Once the 10, 10-foot tall fiberglass sculpture-like guitars are unveiled, they will be on display in downtown as a walking tour. The 20 Les Paul playable guitars will be put in downtown businesses and will be auctioned off for local charities.

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Man hospitalized after crashing into tree in Waukesha

Feb. 27, 2012 7:20 a.m. | WAUKESHA - Waukesha Police say that a man has been hospitalized after crashing his vehicle into a tree Monday morning.

Waukesha Police Captain Ron Oremus told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jay Sorgi that the man appeared to be having a medical issue when the crash occurred.

The crash happened at about 6:20 a.m. Monday morning on the 800 block of Madison Street, near La Salle Avenue.

Oremus said that the man's vehicle was weaving on the road when it got close to one tree.  The car then got back on its path before it weaved on the road again and struck another tree.

According to Oremus, rescue crews took the man to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, and he should survive his injuries.

29 lawsuits filed against DuPont over tree damage

Feb. 23, 2012 4:00 p.m. | Waukesha - Twenty-nine lawsuits were filed Thursday against DuPont in Waukesha County by property owners alleging that the chemical giant's herbicide Imprelis has killed or is killing their trees.

The lawsuits contend that DuPont marketed the weed killer as being environmentally friendly and safe to use and "that is simply not the truth."

"In its relatively short time on the market, DuPont's Imprelis has proven to be a frighteningly effective tree killer," the suits say.

Coniferous trees are particularly susceptible to being damaged or killed by the herbicide, according to the lawsuits.

Among those who are suing DuPont de Nemours and Co. are Summit Police Chief James Race and Waukesha County Circuit Judge Ralph Ramirez.

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Waukesha-area boys basketball teams in star-filled regional

Feb. 22, 2012 1:54 p.m. | It’s a star-filled bracket.

That’s one way to characterize the regional of three of the Waukesha-area boys basketball teams after looking at the WIAA postseason brackets that were released last weekend.

From the state’s best team – Germantown – to arguably the state’s best player – Menomonee Falls’ J.P. Tokoto – this portion of the Division 1 bracket has plenty of sizzle.

There’s also a familiar Classic 8 foe – Arrowhead – that is suddenly one of the hotter teams around.

Waukesha West (12-9, 7-6 Classic 8), the fifth seed in the nine-team regional, received the best seed of the three schools and will open with Tokoto (a University of North Carolina recruit) and Falls (12-9, 7-6 Greater Metro Conference), the region’s fourth seed.

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High school winter sports: Swimming, wrestling, hoops on schedule for Waukesha

Feb. 17, 2012 11:28 a.m. | It’s a busy weekend in the high school sports world. WIAA state swimming and diving championships are Saturday and the Waukesha-area schools will be well-represented in Madison.

The Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial co-op team – the sixth-ranked team in the last state coaches association poll, has a plethora of entries and is coming off a second-place finish at last year’s state meet. They are also on the heels of a second-place finish at last weekend’s sectional.

The Waukesha West/Mukwonago team and the Waukesha North/Kettle Moraine also have entries and look to finish off their seasons with a bang after the teams took third and fifth, respectively, at last weekend’s sectional.

Wrestling individual sectionals are Saturday as well and Waukesha South’s Bill Prochniewski is the one to watch. The 106-pounder is a perfect 42-0 this season and while he has his eyes on a state title as the No. 1-ranked wrestler in his weight class, he has to first finish off his sectional at Waukesha West. The first session begins at 10:30 a.m.

South’s Kyle Johnson (152 pounds) and Brock Milkent (285) will also look to follow up their regional titles with sectional wins.

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Audit cites weaknesses in Waukesha County clerk operations

Feb. 16, 2012 4:42 p.m. | Waukesha - A number of weaknesses were found in Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' office operations, according to a newly released audit report, including the failure to return about $27,000 in dog license fees owed municipalities that has accumulated over several years.

In response to the audit, Nickolaus said she's already instituted a number of recommended changes.

The county's internal audit manager, Lori Schubert, and Nickolaus will discuss the findings at the County Board's Executive Committee meeting at 9 a.m. Monday.

None of the nine recommendations contained in the audit report was ranked as most critical in importance, but nearly all were described as having a significant impact on efficiency and effectiveness.

The audit did not examine most of Nickolaus' election systems and duties, which were audited in the fall of 2010. In April, Nickolaus' failure to count 14,000 votes from Brookfield in unofficial election night returns - or to tell the public about it for nearly two days - temporarily tipped the apparent Supreme Court election outcome and led to a costly and time-consuming statewide recount.

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HR Committee selects its national search firm for city administrator position

Feb. 16, 2012 3:03 p.m. | Colin Baenziger & Associates was chosen by the HR Committee Wednesday night as the national firm that will help them in its search for Waukesha's next city administrator.

The Florida-based firm was selected over the Illinois-based Voorhees Associates and Slavin Management Consultants, a firm in Georgia.

The HR Committee made this recommendation to Mayor Jeff Scrima and it will be brought before the Common Council at its next meeting, which is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

Members of the HR Committee met with CBA as well as Slavin last Saturday, while it interviewed Voorhees at a scheduled meeting last night.

In addition to assisting the HR Committee in narrowing a field of candidates to relieve Community Development Director Steve Crandell of his duties as the interim city administrator, CBA will help the Common Council with the description of the position and come to a conclusion on who that person will report to in the future. 

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Repeat sex offender released from prison, will live in Waukesha

Feb. 16, 2012 2:36 p.m. | A repeat sex offender has been released from prison and will be living in the City of Waukesha – the same area in which he lived before. 

Jessie Vasquez, who was convicted in 1999 of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old male household member on multiple occasions over four years, will reside at 1356 E. Moreland Blvd. #1 B.  

According to the Waukesha Police Department, Vasquez was released to the community on Feb. 24, 2009 and lived in that area. But after a rules violation, he was taken back into custody by the Department of Corrections in July 2011.

Vasquez, who is 5-feet-11 with black hair, brown eyes and weighs 260 pounds, was first convicted of having sexual relations with a 7-year-old boy on multiple occasions in 1987.

Vasquez, who will be under the supervision of the Department of Corrections – Division of Community Corrections, will be a life registrant with the sex offender registry and will be submitting to face-to-face registration with law enforcement.

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Victim in Waukesha fatal crash identified

Feb. 15, 2012 12:02 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha police have identified the victim of Tuesday's fatal car crash on E. North St. and W. Moreland Blvd. as 34-year-old Andrea R. Berger of Pewaukee.

Berger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from her car after it crashed shortly before 7 a.m. in a weather-related accident.

Police Capt. Ron Oremus said she was traveling southbound on E. North St. and slid into oncoming traffic. Two other vehicles were involved in the crash. One other female was taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and a man was treated at the scene and released.

Title IX complaints filed against 5 school districts

Feb. 15, 2012 7:50 a.m. | Five area school districts are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights for allegations of discrimination against female high school athletes.

A complainant has made the allegations against the Kettle Moraine, Oconomowoc, Mukwonago, Waukesha and Elmbrook school districts.

Read more in tomorrow's Lake Country Reporter, or follow this story later today at LivingLakeCountry.com.

Recycling, landfill dumping both drop in Waukesha County

Feb. 14, 2012 3:58 p.m. | Waukesha - Waukesha County residents recycled slightly less last year, but the amount of trash they threw into landfills decreased by an even bigger percentage - continuing an eight-year trend.

And while the amount of recyclables processed at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility in 2011 dropped slightly, their sale at markets brought in significantly more revenue than a year earlier, said Karen Fiedler, supervisor of the county's solid waste program.

Twenty-five of the county's 37 communities haul their recyclables to the county processing plant in Waukesha. In 2011, the facility processed 21,431 tons of recyclables, about 1% less than 2010. The sale of bottles, steel and aluminum cans, glass and paper brought in $1.6 million, compared with just under $1.2 million a year ago, Fiedler said.

Money from the sale of recyclables, plus a state grant that dropped about 40% this year, to $874,000, are used both to return funds to the participating communities and earmarked in a fund balance that will eventually help the county replace its recycling facility in the future.

Fiedler said that the level of greenhouse gas emissions reduced from recycling those materials was equivalent to taking more than 6,400 cars off the road for a year, and it kept 50,000 cubic yards of waste out of landfills, equivalent to a football field filled more than 30 feet high.

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Green Bay Packers Mason Crosby in Waukesha Wednesday

Feb. 14, 2012 2:40 p.m. | Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby will sign autographs to benefit March of Dimes at the Farmers Insurance Altis Agency from 3 to 4:30 pm. Wednesday. 

For a donation of $20 per autograph, Crosby will sign an item brought to the agency by the contributor.
No personal photographs will be allowed during the signing.
All monies will be donated to March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter to improve the health of babies.
The Altis Agency is located at 210 E North St., Waukesha.

Deadly crash in Waukesha

Feb. 14, 2012 8:34 a.m. | Click on the video link to see raw video from TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Nick Montes.

WAUKESHA - The Waukesha Police Department and Fire Department are on scene at the scene of a deadly three-car crash.

Police said that a 34-year-old woman died in the crash which happened at about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday on the 1900 block of East North Street, just north of West Moreland Boulevard.

Another woman was killed in the crash.

Authorities said that according to early indications, the 34-year-old woman was driving her vehicle southbound on North Street when it went into oncoming traffic.

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Woman dies in early morning crash

Feb. 14, 2012 8:33 a.m. | A 34-year-old woman was killed this morning in a three-car accident at East North Street and West Moreland Boulevard in Waukesha.

According to police, the crash was reported at 6:47 am. Early indications are that the victim’s vehicle was traveling southbound on East North Street, coming into the city, and slid into oncoming traffic. Officers indicated that the driver was ejected as a result of the weather-related accident. She was not wearing a seatbelt.
The Waukesha Fire Department transported the victim to Waukesha Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. One other female was transported by the Waukesha Fire Department to Waukesha Memorial Hospital for non life-threatening injuries and a male was treated at the scene and released.
This accident is still under investigation by the Waukesha Police Department.

Town of Waukesha settles snowplowing dispute for $297,500

Feb. 13, 2012 1:34 p.m. | Waukesha - The Waukesha Town Board will pay its former snowplowing contractor $297,500 to settle a year-old lawsuit over a disputed contract and service charges.

Eric S. Jacobson Grading Co. had been seeking $355,477 plus interest and attorney's fees.

With the settlement agreed to, Waukesha County Circuit Judge J. Mac Davis on Friday dismissed the town's lawsuit and Jacobson's counterclaim.

Jacobson had provided snow plowing services to the town since 1984 and last winter was in the first year of a new three-year contract. The new contract, which handed more control to the contractor, was approved in 2010 by a Town Board majority that was shortly afterward ousted in a recall election.

The newly elected board members then attempted - but after a deadline spelled out in the contract - to impose new rules and town oversight on Jacobson, which the contractor ignored.

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Selection on city administrator search firm will wait a couple more days

Feb. 13, 2012 10:54 a.m. | The Human Resources Committee intended on selecting a search firm for Waukesha’s next city administrator on Saturday when it met with the final three national firms at City Hall.

But that decision was put on hold due to one of the firms not being able to make it to the interview.

Ald. Joan Francoeur said Voorhees Associates, based out of Illinois, could not attend its 12:30 p.m. interview due to an illness.

As a result, the HR Committee will instead meet with Voorhees Associates at the regularly-scheduled HR Committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 207 at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.

Francoeur said the committee’s intention is still to make a decision on a firm by the end of Wednesday’s meeting and added the fact that they didn’t interview all three on Saturday isn’t going to slow down the process.

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Playable Gibson guitars arrive in Waukesha

Feb. 10, 2012 11:22 a.m. | Norm Bruce, a downtown business owner and the president of the downtown Business Improvement District, announced that the 15 playable Gibson guitars for the Waukesha Gibson GuitarTown project have arrived in the city.

He said Waukesha's steering committee will show off the guitars at its 1 p.m. meeting today at the Waukesha State Bank Community Meeting Room, 151 E. St. Paul Ave.

The 10-foot guitars that will be on permanent display in downtown Waukesha arrived in the city a couple of weeks ago.

Moreover, the locations of the guitars that the committee proposed last week were all approved this week by the Public Art Committee, the Plan Commission and the Board of Public Works.

The guitars are set to be painted by local and regional artists and are scheduled to be unveiled during a two-day ceremony beginning May 31.

Friday Night Hoops: Waukesha teams have tough tests this week

Feb. 09, 2012 2:05 p.m. | The high school regular season basketball schedule is winding down as there’s two weeks left in the boys’ season, while the girls go a week later.

The contenders and the top teams in the Classic 8 for both the boys and girls are well-established as Mukwonago and Pius have led the boys division much of the season, while Pius and Arrowhead are well above the rest in the girls league.

The Waukesha-area schools, meanwhile, have struggled with consistency and are either in the middle or at the bottom of their respective conferences.

While there are some very talented players on some of the Waukesha-area teams, most of them have yet to solve the league’s best teams. Some haven’t matched their success from last year, while inexperience and youth have contributed to some of the struggles.

Even so, strides have been made at some of the schools and most have had success outside of the conference, which shows the league’s depth. The top teams are also some of the area’s best, especially on the girl’s side.

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Sheriff's official says bus ran red light in Waukesha crash

Feb. 09, 2012 10:00 a.m. | Waukesha - Investigators at the scene of a Thursday morning bus and SUV crash at Highway I and 164, which injured several people and sent a Waukesha West High School student and an adult to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, said the bus driver ran a red light, according to Waukesha County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Pederson.

Eight people were evaluated at the scene by emergency medical personnel, but only a female student and a female driving the SUV had injuries serious enough, but which were not life-threatening, for transport, he said.

Pederson said the bus fishtailed after the crash and then collided with two other cars that were stopped for the traffic light. The speed limits are 55 mph on Highway 164 and 45 mph on Highway I, or Lawnsdale Road.

Dairyland Bus Co., for whom the bus driver worked, had another bus on scene shortly after the 7 a.m. accident to continue the bus route.

Rezoning advances housing proposal in Waukesha

Feb. 08, 2012 4:04 p.m. | Waukesha - With comments at a public hearing about equally split for and against a west side rental project targeting workers with below-average incomes, the Common Council voted 9-5 Tuesday to rezone 9.5 acres for 70 apartments and a 36-unit facility for patients with dementia.

MSP Real Estate and Development Co. is using low-income housing tax credits from the state to obtain financing for the project, which will have rents somewhat lower than the market and aimed at workers earning 60% or less of the county's median income.

The project will be built on Meadow Lane, buffering residential neighborhoods to the west and south and commercial developments to the north and east, including the newest Goodwill Industries store off Silvernail Road and a strip mall and retail complex off Grandview Blvd.

Opposition came largely from residents of the nearby Pebble Valley subdivision, many of whom said there were enough apartments, and a substantial vacancy rate, in the city and area. Several said the apartments would only depress rents elsewhere and cause more vacancies, which would hurt property values.

Woven through the public hearing comments were reminders that MSP and the federal government had filed lawsuits against the City of New Berlin after it first approved and then rejected a similar affordable-housing project in that city last year.

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Wisconsin Virtual Academy will offer informational session in Waukesha

Feb. 08, 2012 11:44 a.m. | Wisconsin Virtual Academy, an online public school that offers individualized online education for Wisconsin students in grades K-12, will hold an information session in Waukesha on Wednesday.

The informal meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at the Milwaukee Marriott West, located at W231 N1600 Corporate Court in Waukesha.

During the meeting, parents and students will have the opportunity to learn more about whether learning through an online public school is best for them.

The meeting is taking place now so families can explore education options during Wisconsin's Open Enrollment period (Feb. 6 to April 30).

Enrollment in Wisconsin Virtual Academy is open to students in grades K-12 who reside anywhere in the state of Wisconsin. But they must complete the State Open Enrollment Application for the 2012-13 school year during that three month period.

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Plan Commission meets tonight to discuss Gibson locations

Feb. 08, 2012 9:48 a.m. | The review process for the proposed locations of the Gibson Les Paul guitar sculptures continues tonight.

Two days after Waukesha's Public Art Committee unanimously approved the 13 locations the Waukesha Gibson GuitarTown steering committee selected, the Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to go over them as well.

Following tonight's meeting, the locations will then go before the Board of Public Works on Thursday. That meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Both Thursday's meeting and tonight's meeting are at City Hall (201 Delafield St.) with the Plan Commission, which will be televised on Channel 25, taking place inside the City Hall Council Chambers and the Board of Public Works taking place in Room 207.

This project is just about a month old, but many developments have occurred in the last couple weeks as the 10-foot tall guitars have arrived in Waukesha and five guitars have been added to the project.

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Generac to spend $8 million to $10 million on expansion

Feb. 07, 2012 9:58 a.m. | Generac Power Systems Inc. said Tuesday it's spending $8 million to $10 million to expand and remodel its headquarters, in Waukesha, and to create a technical center.

Generac said it employs more than 550 people at its headquarters, and plans to add more than 200 jobs over the next three years.

The expansion and remodeling is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, the company said.

Generac said it has purchased land adjacent to its Waukesha headquarters for future expansion.

Police evacuate hotel rooms after woman's frantic call

Feb. 05, 2012 11:08 a.m. | A frantic call from an Indiana woman who feared her gang-member husband was planning to shoot her led Waukesha police to evacuate several rooms at a hotel northeast of Waukesha Saturday night.

The woman called police about 9:15 p.m., saying she had gotten into an argument at a McDonald's restaurant with her 32-year-old husband from Indiana, who she said was a gang member, according to Waukesha police.

The argument escalated when the couple returned to their hotel, the Extended Stay at 2520 Plaza Court. The woman stayed in her minivan with her six kids while her husband went into the hotel room. She feared that he was going to get his gun to shoot her.

Police arrived and escorted the woman and her children to safety while surrounding the hotel room. Police also evacuated nearby rooms and called the man out of his room. He surrendered himself and his .45-caliber gun to the police about 10:15 p.m. The man was taken into custody without injury.

Police said they plan to recommend he be charged with recklessly endangering safety and domestic disorderly conduct.

Proposed guitar locations have been selected for Gibson project

Feb. 03, 2012 1:06 p.m. | Just three days after the 10, 10-foot tall guitars arrived in the city for the Waukesha Gibson GuitarTown project, another development with the project has taken place.

Norm Bruce, the spokesperson of the Waukesha Gibson GuitarTown committee, announced Friday afternoon the proposed locations in downtown Waukesha of the 10, 10-foot tall guitars that will be painted by local and regional artists over the next few months.

Here is a list of the proposed 13 locations:

  • Waukesha County Museum (near Styza Properties and The Clock Tower Condos on Main Street)
  • Lare's Fashions (near Krumrich's Jewelers, Allo Chocolat and Martha Merrill's Books and Cafe on the corner of Main and Casper streets)
  • Sloppy Joe's Soda Fountain (near the southeast corner of "5 Points" at the intersection of Main, W. Broadway St. and N. Grand Ave.)
  • Space outside The Clarke Hotel (formerly the Black Trumpet near Bangles and Bags on the west corner of "Five Points" on W. Broadway St. and N. Grand Ave.)
  • Waukesha State Bank (near the Waukesha Gazebo along the Fox River Walkway on Bank Street)
  • Taylor's People's Park (near Almont Gallery, The Steaming Cup and The Potter's Shop on the corner of Main and Clinton streets)
  • Otto's Fine Art Academy (near River's End Gallery, Couri Insurance, Restyle Studio and Bodway's on the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue)
  • Restyle Studio (near River's End Gallery, Couri Insurance, Otto's Fine Art Academy and Bodway's on the corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue)
  • Main Street Residence (near Moxie, State Farm Insurance and the future Kendall Lofts on Main Street)
  • Waukesha Tattoo Company @ Galleria Edge (near Moxie, State Farm Insurance and the future Kendall Lofts on Main Street)
  • Rotunda (near Berg Management, Chef Jack's and J. Lotti's Pub & Grill House on the corner of South and Gasper streets)
  • The Waukesha Freeman Building on Barstow Street
  • Club 400 on Williams Street

Although there are 10 guitars, Bruce said the 13 proposed locations were intended.

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Friday Night Hoops: Rematch games in store for Classic 8 contests tonight

Feb. 03, 2012 11:34 a.m. | There’s only a few weeks left in the WIAA boys and girls basketball regular season and all the games matter now.

Whether you’re in first or at the bottom of the conference, there’s something to play for – be it a roster spot, conference positioning, WIAA postseason seeding or simply pride.

Like all of the conference games going forward, these games are repeats of earlier in the season.

And unlike last week, these eight games were a little tougher to predict, because after reviewing the matchups I think there could be some very entertaining games. I think most of them appear to pit evenly matched teams against each other.

Below is the schedule of the games in the Classic 8 that involve Waukesha-area schools with a description on the teams and my predicted winner in bold.

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Nationally-acclaimed "The Cat's Pajamas" vocal group to perform at Waukesha North Saturday

Feb. 02, 2012 3:48 p.m. | Waukesha North High School is already home to quite a few talented singers/musicians who have entertained audiences inside their school’s auditorium.

On Saturday night, a well-known group that sings around the country - “The Cat’s Pajamas” – will do the same.

The five-person all-male group will begin the show at 7 p.m. as part of North’s Choir Concert.

Tickets for the concert, also labeled as the “Carnegie Hall Benefit Concert,” are $7 for students, $10 for adults or $25 for families. The proceeds will go toward North’s Concert Choir’s trip it is taking in April to New York City.

While that will be a new experience for those students, singing at schools is nothing new for the “The Cat’s Pajamas.”

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Software firm Connecture hiring 25 in Waukesha, 75 more possible

Feb. 02, 2012 11:14 a.m. | Connecture Inc., a growing health insurance software firm, is hiring for 25 jobs in Waukesha and expects to add another 75 this year.

The Atlanta-based company already employs 115 people at its Waukesha office, and demand for its services is increasing as insurers and others react to the sweeping health care reform act approved in March 2010, marketing manager Megan Riddle said Thursday.

Companywide employment has risen by more than half since 2010, with more than 200 now working for Connecture at its three offices - Waukesha, Atlanta and Farmington, Conn., Riddle said.

In Waukesha, she said, the positions the company is looking to fill pay about $85,000 a year on average.

"We are looking at Java developers, business analysts, project managers, quality-assurance analysts - so lots of software development jobs," Riddle said.

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10-foot Gibson guitars arrive in Waukesha

Feb. 01, 2012 9:26 p.m. | Waukesha - Ten 10-foot-tall guitars, modeled after the Les Paul Gibson, arrived on a flatbed trailer - guarded by a mammoth fiberglass bulldog - Tuesday, a sure sign that the GuitarTown Project is for real.

The Gibson Foundation and Mayor Jeff Scrima announced earlier this month that Waukesha had been selected for the project, following on the heels of cities such as Los Angeles, Nashville and London.

In other GuitarTown Project cities, the guitars typically were decorated by artists, often signed by celebrities and auctioned off to raise money for charity.

A Waukesha steering committee will select artists to turn the plain pieces into works of art that will be mounted in prominent spaces downtown, said Lynn Gaffey, artist and gallery owner who serves on the committee.

The guitars were made by F.A.S.T. Corp. of Sparta. George Clemmerson, who delivered the hollow sculptures, said they weigh about 50 pounds each. They're free standing but came with metal stands. The bulldog that accompanied them was headed to a Beloit restaurant, Clemmerson said.

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Flight for Life called to Highway 59 accident

Feb. 01, 2012 9:14 a.m. |

An 18-year-old woman was transported by the Flight for Life helicopter to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee after an accident on Highway 59 last night.
According to Waukesha police, a report of an crash involving two vehicles was reported to dispatch at around 8:27 p.m. Tuesday at Highway 59 and East Broadway Avenue.
Besides the 18-year-old, two other people were injured in the accident. They were transported by the Waukesha Fire Department to Waukesha Memorial Hospital.
The accident is still under investigation by the Waukesha Police Department.

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Community Watch

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» Free seminar on caring for organic lawns 2/28

» Artists selected for Waukesha GuitarTown project 2/27

» Artists for Waukesha's Gibson GuitarTown Project to be announced Monday at Key Westconsin 2/27

» Man hospitalized after crashing into tree in Waukesha 2/27

» 29 lawsuits filed against DuPont over tree damage 2/23

» Waukesha-area boys basketball teams in star-filled regional 2/22

» High school winter sports: Swimming, wrestling, hoops on schedule for Waukesha 2/17

» Audit cites weaknesses in Waukesha County clerk operations 2/16

» HR Committee selects its national search firm for city administrator position 2/16

» Repeat sex offender released from prison, will live in Waukesha 2/16

» Victim in Waukesha fatal crash identified 2/15

» Title IX complaints filed against 5 school districts 2/15

» Recycling, landfill dumping both drop in Waukesha County 2/14

» Green Bay Packers Mason Crosby in Waukesha Wednesday 2/14

» Deadly crash in Waukesha Updated:  2/14

» Woman dies in early morning crash 2/14

» Town of Waukesha settles snowplowing dispute for $297,500 2/13

» Selection on city administrator search firm will wait a couple more days 2/13

» Playable Gibson guitars arrive in Waukesha 2/10

» Friday Night Hoops: Waukesha teams have tough tests this week 2/9

» Sheriff's official says bus ran red light in Waukesha crash 2/9

» Rezoning advances housing proposal in Waukesha Updated:  2/8

» Wisconsin Virtual Academy will offer informational session in Waukesha 2/8

» Plan Commission meets tonight to discuss Gibson locations 2/8

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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.

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.