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OCONOMOWOC — Next week is set to be a big week for the city’s two new parks as John and Lavinia Rockwell Park’s design renderings will be shown to the Committee of the Whole and the skate park will receive a vote on its phase 2 construction contract during the Common Council meeting. Read more

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WEST BEND — One woman’s positive guidance, one child at a time, is setting up generations of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County for success. Read more

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VERNON — The village’s Board of Appeals set a date Monday for a special hearing regarding the event barn known as the Halverson House and an ongoing disagreement between the business and village over how the former is allowed to operate. Read more

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WEST BEND — Students at Fair Park Elementary School are running their own restaurants, going fishing and even building a space shuttle, all with the help of their imagination and the school’s new natural outdoor play area. Read more

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WAUKESHA — The city of Waukesha Police Department announced that they will be unable to host the traditional Waukesha Night Out event which had been scheduled for Aug. 4. Read more

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WEST BEND — The Museum of Wisconsin Art joins museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer.The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day on May 15 and end on Labor … Read more

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WEST BEND — For many children in low-income situations, a haircut can be a luxury. To help boys coming from vulnerable situations, the River Bend Place and Blades Barbershop teamed up to give children in need free haircuts. Read more

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OZAUKEE COUNTY — The Ozaukee County Board approved Wednesday morning appointing Kim Buechler as the second interim Washington Ozaukee public health officer for the Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department. Read more

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WAUKESHA — The historic Frame House has received an award of excellence under the restoration/rehabilitation category from the Wisconsin Association of Historic Preservation Commissions since Andrew Frame’s great-granddaughter spent years restoring the home. Read more

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WEST BEND — Plans for a new, all-inclusive playground at Ridge Run Park in West Bend, providing a place for all children of all abilities to play together, are leaping forward as designs are finalized and fundraising goals are set. Read more

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WAUKESHA — The Waukesha city administrator has been issued a written letter of reprimand for hiring the new cemetery director without the Common Council’s confirmation and other violations within city codes and HR Policy B-2, a records request revealed Tuesday. Read more

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HARTFORD — The Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center is preparing for the summer season, with the city looking to increase capacity and return practices to something close to normal, after so many things last summer were often marked and altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

WAUKESHA — The Common Council will discuss a March 23 email sent by City Administrator Kevin Lahner to department heads, requesting they and their staff make sure to include him in on all communications with Common Council members, after two council members placed the item on the Tuesday Com… Read more

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WAUKESHA — If you’ve been driving anywhere around New Berlin, Waukesha, or even West Allis or Muskego, chances are you have witnessed the scope of Waukesha’s Lake Michigan water project. Read more

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WASHINGTON COUNTY — On Wednesday, Washington County supervisors authorized the county to enter into a 10-year contract with Eagles Entertainment, Inc. to bring additional live performance acts to the Washington County Fair Park & Conference Center’s , as well as make several facilities improvements. Read more

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WAUKESHA — Although economic activity is trending back towards pre-pandemic levels and COVID-19 cases remain low, some sectors remain more hamstrung than others. One in particular continues to struggle despite consumer enthusiasm: restaurants. Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — Since 2001 the Lake Area Free Clinic has been a valuable community resource for those in need of medical services — and more recently dental services — by providing them with a place to go and access to inexpensive or free medical care. Read more

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CEDARBURG — Casey Bowe has been selected as principal of Cedarburg High School for the next school year. Adam Kurth, current CHS principal, will be the Hartland Arrowhead High School principal beginning July 1. Read more

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WEST BEND — Several West Bend, Washington County and community leaders gathered at the Eisenbahn Trailhead on Rusco Road Wednesday morning to not only break ground on a new trailhead facilities project, but also to pay homage to Jeff Puetz, president of Bike Friendly West Bend as he retires from West Bend Mutual Insurance and steps down from his leadership role. Read more

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WAUKESHA — The Housing Action Coalition of Waukesha County saw plans for emergency shelter renovations to their building along Sentry Drive approved at the Plan Commission meeting Wednesday night – moving their long-anticipated project on to the next steps of approval. Read more

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WEST BEND — Walls are going up at the new changing room at Blue Lotus Farm & Retreat Center, 5501 County Highway M.  Read more

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WAUKESHA — The Salvation Army of Waukesha County will launch a crisis chaplaincy program in Waukesha on May 3 at 6 a.m. — providing emergency emotional and spiritual care for victims and community members affected by trauma. Read more

WEST BEND — On Monday, the West Bend School District Board of Education awarded a student transportation contract to Go Riteway, instead of current provider Johnson Bus/Landmark Student Transportation which has been part of the community for 79 years. Read more

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WAUKESHA – While the disciplinary letter which the Common Council voted 9-6 to place in City Administrator Kevin Lahner’s employment file has not been made available to The Freeman, members of the council spoke of the administrator’s performance with The Freeman on Monday. Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — The Common Council is reviewing requests for proposal for an independent study on dispatch services in the city to see what the facts are for keeping local dispatch or switching to Waukesha County Communications. Read more

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WAUKESHA — From lawyers to elected officials and bank customers to nonprofit leaders in Waukesha County, Don Taylor served as a mentor and an inspiration, always willing to listen and to help those who came to him with a question or in need of assistance. Read more

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WEST BEND — In his second State of the County Address on Thursday, County Executive Josh Schoemann largely focused on the community joining together to support neighbors throughout the many challenges this past year. Read more

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CEDARBURG ­- The 2021 Strawberry Festival has been canceled. The Festivals of Cedarburg Board made its decision Wednesday night based on current CDC guidelines and COVID-19 trends. Read more

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OCONOMOWOC — After the rousing success Oconomowoc experienced as part of the 80th celebration of “The Wizard of Oz” and the city’s new Oz Plaza in 2019, city staff and the Common Council are aiming to take Oz Plaza a few steps further to enhance the tourist attraction. Read more