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Artist Thomas Jewell will hold a “Skies Across America” show through Nov. 27 at the Jones Family Gallery in the Dwight Foster Public Library, 209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson.

The exhibit will be on display through Nov.27 during regular library hours.

The show is comprised of paintings Jewell has created over the past 18 months from on site sketches he made during family trips.

“I have always had the idea to do a series of paintings featuring the meeting of sky and land. The sky is the dominant aspect of each piece,” Jewell said.

“I invite everyone who enjoys original art and the beauty of the “American sky as it meets the landscape” to come see my paintings from across 22 states. The location of each painting will be identified as to its location within the specific state.”
Jewell's general philosophy for his paintings is to capture the mood or feeling of a place or moment in time.

“I relish the play of ever changing light.  I look for that magical moment of when sky, land and light come together in a dazzling display of beauty.  I want the viewer to be able to feel the mystery of the atmosphere.”
Jewell's work has been exhibited throughout Wisconsin as well as several other states. His paintings have received several awards over the years and are included in numerous corporate and private collections.

Jewell continues to do private commission work and plans for future shows and gallery exhibits.  He continues his affiliation with Oil Painters of America and Visionary artists.

WALWORTH COUNTY TODAY -- Black Point Estate is partnering with Horticultural Hall once again on their popular winter lecture series, Veranda Views from the Hall. Kicking off the series this year is a program by Wisconsin author and storyteller Rochelle Pennington on the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald .

No other Great Lakes shipwreck is more well-known than the Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared into a stormy Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975, when wind gusts peaked at nearly 100 miles per hour and waves reached the height of three-story buildings. The Edmund Fitzgerald remains the largest shipwreck on the Great Lakes.

Pennington delves into the various theories and opposing views of dive detectives who are still trying to solve the mystery of what led to the demise of the 29-man crew.

Audience members will be led from the launch of the ship to its final radio broadcasts, and from the Fitz's discovery on Superior's bottom to the raising of artifacts from its watery grave.

This program also includes a complete circle tour of Lake Superior's extraordinary shorelines.

Pennington is an award-winning newspaper columnist and bestselling author of ten books including "Highlighted in Yellow" co-authored with H. Jackson Brown, "The Historic Christmas Tree Ship," "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," and more. Her work has been included in multiple bestselling series over the past two decades.

“Rochelle is both a lively storyteller and an entertaining lecturer so we are thrilled to bring her back to the Lake Geneva area,” Black Point Director David Desimone was quoted as saying in a news release.. “Last year’s program on maritime archeology drew over 150 people and we expect a similar turn out for this program on the fascinating story of the Fitzgerald."

Additional programs in this year’s series include Doll Play, A History of Doll Houses with Wisconsin Historical Society curator Leslie Bellais; Wisconsin Supper Clubs with author Mary Bergin and filmmaker Holly Deruter; Pabst: The Man and The Mansion with Pabst Mansion executive director John C. Eastberg and The Impact of World War One on Milwaukee with Milwaukee County Historical Society archivist, Kevin Abing. More information about each event will be released as the program date approaches.

If you go

When: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016
Cost: $5. Reservations can be made by calling Black Point Estate at 262-248-1888.
Where: Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin 53147
For more information on any of these programs, please visit Black Point Estate at To purchase tickets please call 262-248-1888.

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:27

East Troy man faces fifth OWI charge

ELKHORN -- An East Troy man is charged in Walworth County Court with driving while intoxicated a fifth time, according to his criminal complaint.

1114 hartliebPolice stopped Jeffery A. Hartlieb, 38, of 2786 Main St., No. 424, at 11:47 p.m. Oct. 8 at the intersection of Church Street and Buell Drive, village of East Troy, for driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to the complaint.

Field and breath tests indicate Hartlieb was too intoxicated to drive, given his previous convictions, according to the complaint. A preliminary breath test found he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.07.

Hartlieb has previously been convicted of OWI violations in 2004, twice in 2007 and 2009, according to the complaint.

Monday, 14 November 2016 14:18

Lakeland Players presenting 'Broadway Santa'

ELKHORN -- Don't miss Lakeland Players' up-coming production of the children's holiday musical, "Broadway Santa."

Join this hilarious holiday excursion as Santa and Mrs. Clause and the rest of the North Pole gang make Broadway history performing  Santa's  stage play.

With show tunes and punch lines to spare, this production is sure to be a hit.

Thirty-three talented young actors will perform this delightful musical, singing and dancing their hearts out.  

Amberleigh Aller of Lake Geneva, is directing as well as choreographing and overseeing the musical direction of this fun filled show.  

Jessica Shaffer of Elkhorn will be assisting her. Linda  Kouzes of Delavan is the producer.


What: "Broadway Santa"

When: 4 p.m. Nov. 26 and Nov. 27; 4 p.m. Dec. 3 and Dec. 4

Where: Walworth County Performing Arts Center (The old Sprague Theater), downtown Elkhorn

Tickets: $10 and can be purchased at The Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, or by calling 262-812-3866 to  reserve at the door, or order on line at

ELKHORN -- A $215,000 grant will help Walworth County Treatment Court reach participants sooner and address a wider range of needs for participants, coordinator Katie Behl said.

Using the state grant money, Walworth County can employ a full-time pretrial services coordinator, Behl said.

Instead of waiting three months after arrest, referrals could be swifter, and Behl will know earlier whom her program can target, she said.

Read the full story at HERE.


Sunday, 13 November 2016 19:46

Viewing tips for tonight’s super moon

Did you see tonight’s super moon? A super moon is when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest point to the earth as it makes its way around its orbit.

Astronomers call it the perigee-syzygy, meaning the moon is both full and closest to Earth. Tonight’s version will be a “showstopper,” according to NASA.

It’s the nearest super moon in almost 70 years — and we won’t see another like it until 2034.

“When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a super moon,” NASA says.

Here are five things to help you enjoy this super moon this evening, from READ


ROCK COUNTY -- Delavan Fire Chief Timothy O’Neill recalls the first time his department called on Mercyhealth’s MD-1 emergency field team.

"We had a 10-year-old child that was pinned on a stairwell, and she needed minor surgery to remove an object that was impaled in her," O’Neill said. "Only a doctor can do that."

The MD-1 team uses specially equipped Chevy Tahoes that transport physicians to the scene of an emergency at the request of EMS teams.

They don’t replace them in the field, but instead provide additional expertise, particularly in trauma cases.

The program currently serves Rock, Walworth and Winnebago counties, as well as other areas in northern Illinois.

As local volunteer emergency medical service departments are increasingly squeezed between growing complexity and demand on one side and staffing shortages on the other, this unique private-public partnership has become a lifesaver.

Taxpayers also benefit because neither the responding agencies or patients are billed for MD-1 services.

Now about 3 years old, the service has become an integral part of local EMS responses.

"It’s been a very good service. There are some residents who went into cardiac arrest who wouldn’t be walking around today if it wasn’t for the MD-1 program," O’Neill said.

Jay MacNeal, Mercyhealth EMS medical director, said the vehicles respond to various types of emergencies.

"They could respond to car accidents. They could respond to farm equipment extrications. They could be sent to assist a patient with a unique medical condition," MacNeal said. "Sometimes we will respond to a scene, and a paramedic will have everything taken care of, but we will stay to learn how they might handle a situation, so it helps us improve our program. Not only do we teach the EMTs and paramedics, but the EMTs and paramedics teach us."

Mercyhealth started the MD-1 program in Rock County in 2013 and expanded to Walworth County the following year. The program was then started in Winnebago County and northern Illinois in October 2015.

MacNeal said he developed the idea from a similar program that he worked with when he attended Yale University.

"When I interviewed with Mercy, I brought the idea with me," MacNeal said. "We’re unique in that most of these programs are used in large urban areas, and our program is mostly in rural areas working with community hospitals."

The MD-1 program includes four vehicles. Three of the vehicles are available 24 hours a day, and a fourth vehicle is used for special events and as a backup for when additional emergencies may occur.

The vehicles are equipped with extrication equipment, a defibrillator, triage kit, glidescope video intubation unit, mechanical CPR device, ultrasound equipment and public safety radios.

"We try to carry things that a typical field unit might not have," MacNeal said. "When we load a patient on a vehicle, we try to do things that would best treat them on their way to the hospital."

MacNeal said the vehicles can access areas that other emergency vehicles may not be able to reach.

"Most paramedics or EMS services have the proper equipment to get to an emergency, but sometimes we can use our four-wheel vehicles to get to an emergency before a paramedic," MacNeal said. "Sometimes a helicopter may not be able to get to an emergency during a blizzard, but an MD-1 vehicle can. Sometimes we can get to an emergency when another vehicle can’t because of weather."

MacNeal said patients are treated and taken to the nearest hospital or medical facility.

"We may take them to the nearest trauma center or local community hospital or cath(eterization) lab," MacNeal said. "If they need to go to a specialty hospital, we may go there. We try to match the right facility for the patient. If they don’t have a severe injury, we may take them to a medical facility closest to their home. People think that just because it’s a Mercy program, we only take people to a Mercy facility, but that’s not the case. We serve the entire community."

MacNeal estimates that the vehicles respond to about 40 calls a month.

"The doctors average a call every other day," MacNeal said. "Sometimes we may not get called to a scene, but a paramedic may call us for advice to treat a patient that may have a certain condition. We tell people we’re like a coach on a football team. We’re OK with sitting on the sidelines, but don’t leave us behind when you go to an away game."

Clinton Fire Chief John Rindfleisch said the Clinton Fire Protection District has received assistance from the MD-1 program numerous times.

"We’ve had to use (the program) multiple times," Rindfleisch said. "It’s a great asset to the county."

Rindfleisch said the program has assisted the department during traffic accidents and fires and has offered rehabilitation services to the firefighters.

"We recently had a search and rescue situation, and they assisted us with that," Rindfleisch said. "Usually, if there’s advanced level of care, that’s usually what we call them for. They supplement our services."

Interim Milton Fire Chief Chris Lukas said his department also has benefited from the program.

"We’ve asked for assistance from them, and we’ve received assistance from them several times," he said.

Lukas said the department usually has enough firefighters available to respond to an emergency, but sometimes the MD-1 physicians can provide additional care to patients.

"We haven’t had to use it as a substitute for personnel," Lukas said. "Basically, we have smaller vehicles that can get back in the woods. They bring a physician to the scene, and they can give patients treatment that they wouldn’t have received until they arrived to the emergency room. It’s a great benefit to the community. I’m glad we have it available to us."

CLINTON -- Two Clinton schools were locked down for about 20 minutes Friday morning as police chased two car theft suspects, Clinton police officer Dan Sterns said.

Two Clinton police officers and two Rock County sheriff's deputies were involved in a foot pursuit of two juveniles near the middle school and elementary school at about 9:20 a.m., Sterns said.

The department was notified of a stolen vehicle Thursday, Sterns said.

The department discovered the vehicle and dusted it for prints. After the prints were uncovered, a warrant was issued for the suspects, Sterns said.

Two of the suspects were found together and fled police. After they were caught, they gave up the location of the third individual, Sterns said.

The suspects, all 16 years old, live in Avalon, Clinton and Beloit and are Clinton Community High School students, Sterns said.

They were referred to juvenile authorities on charges of trespassing, burglary and operating a vehicle without owner consent. Two also are accused of resisting arrest, Sterns said.

The pursuit took place three blocks from the school, Sterns said.

Sterns said the juveniles should appear in court Monday.

WHITEWATER -- Sarell Martin was working in Madison on Wednesday night, Nov. 9, 2016, when his fiancee called with bad news.

A fire had started at the University Gardens Apartments, where Martin's financee lives with his 3-year-old twins.

The UW-Whitewater public relations student rushed back to Whitewater and was "bombarded" by flashing lights when he arrived at the apartment building. Crews from 28 fire departments were working to extinguish the fire.

Martin searched frantically for his family and found them sitting in an ambulance with blankets given to them by UW-W students.

His fiancee's apartment was considered an "unaffected area," he said, but power and utilities had been shut off for the whole complex. Residents were not allowed to return.

Martin said he was "livid." Where was his family supposed to stay?

A little before 9 p.m., Martin called a trusted professor he knew lived in the area. He just wanted some blankets for his family.

Jim Disrude, a communications lecturer at UW-W and Martin's academic adviser, called Martin back. He said he had worked out a deal to get Martin and his family a hotel room at the Super 8.

"In the midst of such a tragic moment," Martin said, "the amount of beauty and care on display, it was captivating."

"Sarell is such a wonderful person," Disrude said. "It put some things at ease for him. I was trying to imagine what it would be like to be in his position last night, and it made this decision pretty easy."

The fire displaced more than 200 residents of the University Gardens Apartments, said Barbara Behling, the state American Red Cross spokeswoman. The building has more than 100 units.

The apartment building was still closed Thursday. However, the Whitewater Police Department issued a statement Thursday evening that the building had been released to Cardinal Capital Management, which will determine which apartments will remain closed and which will be reopened.

Whitewater fire Capt. Joe Uselding said the fire directly affected about eight apartments, and those would be closed "for the foreseeable future."

At 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, the fire department responded to 370 N. Tratt St. for a report of smoke coming from an apartment, according to a news release. Crews reported a fire in one of the common hallways that had spread through a doorway to the exterior of the building.

Uselding said the fire blocked a stairwell, forcing some residents to jump out of second-story windows. Still, he said there were no major injuries to residents or firefighters. He said one person suffered smoke inhalation.

Uselding said fire crews were on the scene for about four hours Wednesday.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's office, according to the release.

The Wisconsin Chapter of the National Fire Sprinkler Association issued a statement expressing concern about the apartment's lack of sprinklers.

Uselding said the apartment building was not required to have sprinklers, but buildings constructed after 2011 are. If the apartments are rebuilt, they will have to have sprinklers, he said.

Two other UW-W students displaced by the fire have found housing at Fox Meadows Apartments, Jeff Angileri, assistant university spokesman, said in an email. University Gardens Apartments are community apartments, not UW-W housing.

Behling said 19 people stayed with the Red Cross on Wednesday night at the Starin Park Community Building, 504 W. Starin Road.

"Last night, we were providing food, comfort, medications, a shoulder to lean on," Behling said.

She said the Red Cross will help people find more permanent housing.

The Red Cross, schools, churches and other charities are creating a multi-agency resource center to help displaced families, according to a Red Cross news release. The center will provide food, clothing, computer kiosks, phone-charging stations and help with paperwork.

It will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Whitewater Middle School cafeteria, 401 S. Elizabeth St.

The Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to people who might have been responsible for the fire. Call Whitewater police Detective Derrick Schleis at 262-473-0555, ext. 4, or Walworth County CrimeStoppers at 262-723-2677.


-- Visit, call 1-800-REDCROSS/733-2767 or text "REDCROSS" to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

-- Contributions also can be sent to the local Red Cross chapter at 2600 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee WI 53233 or to the Whitewater Unified School District Family Emergency Fund at the school district's central office, 419 S. Elizabeth St., Whitewater.

-- The Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin St., Whitewater, is collecting clothes to give to the displaced families, said Barbara Behling, the state American Red Cross spokeswoman.

-- Food donations may be given to the Whitewater Food Pantry.


Residents of the building can call University Gardens Apartments at 262-472-7087 to find out whether they can return to their apartments.

UPDATE: Final score, Franklin 35, Badger 14. Great season comes to an end.

KENOSHA -- Badger High School (12-0) enters the state semifinals for the second straight year and third time in five seasons when it takes the field tonight, Nov. 11, 2016, against top seeded Franklin at 7 p.m. at Kenosha Bradford.

Win, and the Badgers are in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game at 4 p.m. Nov. 18, 2016 in Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Badger previously lost 21-13 to Sun Prairie in a D1 semifinal in 2012 and then fell 28-14 to Waukesha West in a D2 semifinal last season.

This time around, Badger draws Franklin, who knocked off Milwaukee Marquette 45-23.

The Gazette recap for last week's 28-7 WIAA Division 1 semifinal victory over Middleton is HERE.

2016 Football State Championships

Thursday & Friday, Nov. 17-18
Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.

Thursday, Nov. 17

Div. 7:  10 a.m.
Div. 6:  1 p.m.
Div. 5:  4 p.m.
Div. 4:  7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 18

Div. 3:  10 a.m.
Div. 2:  1 p.m.
Div. 1:  4 p.m.



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