Parades and ceremonies set for Memorial Day 2017 in Silver Lake and Twin Lakes

Memorial Day parades and ceremonies will take place in Silver Lake and Twin Lakes on Monday, May 29:

Silver Lake — Memorial Day observance will begin in Silver Lake with the annual Schultz-Hahn American Legion Post #293 parade at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29. The parade begins at Riverview School, heads east on Prosser Street to Cogswell Drive and then south to 1st Street. It then goes west on Lake Street and then turns north on 2nd Street and finally east on North Street ending in the parking lot at the American Legion Hall parking lot. A ceremony will be held in the parking lot immediately following the parade. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Twin Lakes — American Legion Post 544 in Twin Lakes will host its annual Memorial Day parade this year on Monday, May 29. The parade through Twin Lakes begins at 11 a.m. There will be a service after the parade at the post in Legion Park. The parade starts in Lance Park, moves along Lance Drive and Main Street east to Lake Avenue, where it turns south to Legion Drive, where it turns east and ends at the post.

Salem Lakes still working on water patrol

Salem Lakes is still putting together a way to have water patrol on village lakes this summer, perhaps even before the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Village Board received on update on that effort at a special meeting Tuesday evening at Salem Town Hall.

Village administrator Patrick Casey said village staff is still working to put together a patrol force made up of off duty sheriff’s deputies employed by the village, hopefully in time for this weekend, the unofficial start of summer and the boating season. In April, Sherrif David Beth spoke at a Village Board meeting, saying he felt there was interest among deputies in working for the village as water patrol officers. Beth said he would allow the deputies to use their KCSD equipment while working for Salem Lakes.

“We have been working on this contrary to those who have unnamed sources …” Casey said in apparent reference to comments made at the beginning of the meeting during citizens comments by former village President Bruce Nopenz. Nopenz suggested the water patrol formation had not been pursued and that requests for information about the effort had not been answered.

Sheriff’s Deputy Kent Waldow said he knows of at least four deputies willing to do water patrol in Salem Lakes, including three available this weekend. The Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit also would be available this weekend.

Water patrol is an issue because it was formerly handled by the Public Safety Department. But the operations of that department were suspended by the Village Board in April.

Salem’s Public Safety Department was the subject of some controversy among Town Board members last year when board members learned that the department had been accepted to a grant program to increase traffic enforcement. That program required a certain number of contacts per shift covered by the grant. Consequently, officers were doing more traffic enforcement, especially along Highway 50, than in the past. Officer Michael Ventura died in a crash on July 8, 2016 on Highway 50 while driving a Public Safety Department vehicle. The town withdrew from the grant program in August. In November, with the merger of Silver Lake and Salem in process, the Silver Lake Village Board created a Public Safety Department from the old Salem department, though with some apprehension from trustees about the scope of powers.

While no board member stood in the way of Casey continuing to put together a water patrol force for this summer, some trustees seemed to suggest that maybe water patrol should be eliminated in the future.

Trustee Ted Kmiec said he thinks whether water patrol is needed in the future should be considered before the next boating season starts in 2018. If it is eliminated, some changes to village ordinances would be needed, he said.

But village President Diann Tesar said residents are telling her water patrol is needed.

“People do want water patrol … ,” Tesar said. “We have to have some presence or people will know. It will catch on like wild fire.”

Casey also reported on another lake related issue of some contention over recent weeks — buoys.

As of Monday, Casey said all buoys that are the responsibility of the village to place had been placed by Highway Department personnel.

Deal of the Day: Hill Country Market $25 gift card half off

HCMl-west-of-the-i-web-ad-(1)Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal!

Today’s offering is from Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Suite #1, Salem. Hill Country Market features local, organic, and gluten-free grocery products, produce, fine cheese, sausage, wine and beer, gourmet sandwiches, homemade soups, deli items, fresh meat, baked goods and more. They believe that fresh, local, and natural ingredients are best. You can even expect to see produce straight from their garden during the growing season. Make sure you visit the tea and coffee bar at Hill Country Market and the deli offering quality meat and cheeses from Boar’s Head. Hungry? Check out Hill Country Market’s unique, made-to-order sandwiches and panini’s as well as salads, soups of the day, fresh baked goods, and more.

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Twin Lakes passes ordinance requiring dogs on leashes in public

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If you have your dog off your own property in Twin Lakes, it should be on a leash, after the latest adjustment to village ordinances regarding animals at large.

The Village Board passed the ordinance change at last week’s regular board meeting.

The ordinance formerly had a provision to allow a dog to be off a leash, but be under voice control. That provision was struck, meaning a leash is required now.

The ordinance also requires a person be holding the leash, a provision added years ago to head off people trying to exploit a loophole by having a leash on the dog, but no one on the other end, said village President Howard Skinner.

The board also made another last minute change to strike language that prohibited pets on village beaches. The board instead wanted to allow animals anywhere in parks — even beaches — as long as they are on a leash.

The changes were approved unanimously.

Brighton School Honor Roll third quarter 2016-17

The following students were named to the Brighton School honor roll for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year:

Eighth Grade

Principal’s honor roll — Abigail Conrad,  Hannah E. Coots, Noah Dufek,  Emmarie N. Eppers, Megan M. Fliess, Megan M. Lejcar,  Alyssa M. Meyer, Antonina L. Miller,  Sydney R. Nys, Jacob R. Seward, Chloe Uhlenhake, Alexandra Wolf.

Honor roll — Max Calzada, Daniel P. Patten, Matthew Smith.

A-B honor roll — Ashland D. Boero, Donald F. Brand, Lexie L. Wisnefski.

Seventh grade

Principal’s honor roll — Evan D. Beth, Juliana R. Golla, Reece M. Haney, Kolton Krueger, Holly A. Ludwig, Rebecca L. Springer, Samantha Taylor, Carlie R. Vorpagel.

Honor roll — Owen D. Andersen, Ella Birkholz, Benjamin R. Bruzas, Ean A. Daniels, Ellie A. Daniels, Kelsey B. Duhig,  Simone Felber, Jackson Garcia, Raven H. Schiavo.

A-B honor roll — Brielle Gagne, Trinity Koltanowski, Jacob E. Kreuscher.

Sixth grade

Principal’s honor roll — Brayden H. Coots, Austin Dawson, Vivian M. Dufek, Clare Fallon, Frederick B. Goetz, Rabeka Liberto, Nathan T. Nelson, Olivia K. Rasch, Aidan Runyan, Seth D. Taylor, Cordelia Wallace.

Honor roll — Richard J. Davy, Cate J. Debell,  Sydney Dome, Katelyn Griffey, Delaney Koltanowski, Tristan J. Peyron, Jentry Shouse, Lucas Sullivan.

A-B honor roll — Mikayla Amick, James Hernandez,  Tanner D. Obregon.

Fifth grade

Principal’s honor roll — Chloe L. Brown, Grace M. Davy, Jackson T. Golla, Owen Keller, Ethan C. Pedersen, Chloe S. Rausch, Brielle Ryshkus, Reese Spafford, Paige Sullivan.

Honor roll — Chloe J. Andersen, Samantha N. Rausch, Camryn Stillman.

A-B honor roll — Connor A. Brown, Waylon A. Brusky, Alessa S. Burnett, Kailee Krueger, Travis Larson, Andrew L. Lofgren,  Weston W. Wisnefski, Andrew Wolf.

A word from our sponsors: Western Kenosha County Tennis Association offering 2017 summer programs

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The Western Kenosha County Tennis Association is hosting a variety of tennis programs this summer.

Programs are available for all levels of experience for children 5 to 14. There also is an an adult program planned.

All sessions take place at the Central High School tennis courts.

More information and registration is available here.

Central HS hosting World’s Fair May 23

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Central High School will be hosting a World’s Fair at the school Tuesday, May 23 from 1:50 to 2:42 p.m. (during 7th hour) in the cafeteria.

This event is conducted by students representing their research on a chosen country. The community is invited to see their work as well.

Visitors should check in at the main office as this is during the school day.

Central HS jazz concert is May 24

Jazz Central performs at 2017 State Solo & Ensemble Festival at UW-Parkside on May 6.

Central High School’s Jazz Central Spring Concert will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at 7  at Westosha Central High School. The evening’s performance will celebrate the 100th birthdays of some of the greatest jazz pioneers: Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Rich, and Thelonius Monk.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Off and on again Salem Lakes meeting on Tuesday to discuss and maybe decide Public Safety Dept. and water patrol fates

Clearly the Salem Lakes Village Board is ready to again take up the issue of the Public Safety Department and water patrol.

The question — over the last few days anyway — has been when.

On Sunday, the village issued notice of a special Village Board meeting to be held Monday at 7 p.m. That meeting agenda had one item: “Discussion and possible action relative to Village Public Safety and reinstatement and Water Patrol.”

On Monday morning, a notice saying the meeting was cancelled was sent out. That was followed at about 4:30 p.m. with a new notice of a calling of a special meeting signed by two trustees for a special meeting on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m. at Salem Town Hall.

The Tuesday meeting has two agenda items: “Heritage Estates issue with sidewalks and driveways” and the public safety/water patrol item.

Salem’s Public Safety Department was the subject of some controversy among Town Board members last year when board members learned that the department had been accepted to a grant program to increase traffic enforcement. That program required a certain number of contacts per shift covered by the grant. Consequently, officers were doing more traffic enforcement, especially along Highway 50, than in the past. Officer Michael Ventura died in a crash on July 8 on Highway 50 while driving a Public Safety Department vehicle. The town withdrew from the grant program in August.

In November, with the merger of Silver Lake and Salem in process, the Silver Lake Village Board created a Public Safety Department from the old Salem department, though with some apprehension from trustees about the scope of powers.

In April, the board in a 6 to 1 vote suspended operations of the Public Safety Department with the intent to come up with a way to still have water patrol this year on the village’s lakes.

UPDATE about 7:18 p.m. — A closed session “relative insurance contract negotiations” has been added to the meeting agenda.

State to start reconstruction on Highway 45 in Racine County after Memorial Day


If construction on Highway 45 in Bristol wasn’t enough to get you down, here’s an announcement from WisDOT about more work to be done on Highway 45 in Racine County from the north side of Union Grove up to Highway 30 starting after Memorial Day:

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will begin a reconstruction project on US 45 from 7th Ave. to WIS 20, in Racine County. Work on this approximate 3.5 mile roadway involves removing the old roadway, grading the roadway and ditches, replacing culverts, paving a new roadway and replacing the signalized intersection at County C with a roundabout. The project is scheduled to last two construction seasons. Stage 1 will take place from just north of 7th Ave. (near Union Grove High School) to just north of Church Road. To complete this work, a full closure of the roadway is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 30. During construction, this segment of US 45 and of County C at US 45 will be closed to through traffic but open to local traffic. Local traffic consists of vehicles with a destination, including a business that is within the closed section of roadway. Motorists wishing to bypass the construction are encouraged to use the official detour on WIS 75, accessing it by way of WIS 20 or WIS 11. As the closure of County C is limited to near US 45, motorists wishing to accessing businesses in that area are encouraged to use County C, rather than US 45, whenever possible. Later this spring to early summer, a smaller segment of US 45 near the high school will be closed to ALL traffic for complete removal of the roadway to replace a large culvert. This hard closure may last up to eight weeks. Stage 1 is scheduled to be completed in fall 2017. Work will cease over winter months at which time the road will be reopened. Stage 2 is scheduled to begin spring 2018, resulting in a full closure of US 45 from just north of Church Road to WIS 20. This roadway is anticipated to be reopened in fall 2018. The contractor Payne & Dolan, Inc. plans on completing the $9.6 million project in fall 2018. Please note that the schedule of work is weather dependent and subject to change.
As always, please use caution when driving through work zone. More information about the project can be found on 511 Wisconsin at https://projects.511wi.gov/us45rac/.

Deaths May 22, 2017: Peter Thomas Marsalek, Mary K. Clark, Bernice M. Richter

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Identity of man who died in crash with school bus released

The identity of a man who died after a van he was driving rear-ended a school bus in Trevor on Friday has been released.

The driver of the van was Peter Thomas Marsalek, 21, of Antioch, said a statement from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department released Monday.

The bus had just picked up a student in the 24500 block of Highway C when the crash occurred, with the van impacting the bus in the rear. There were 19 students and a driver on the bus, which was transporting students to Central High School in Paddock Lake. Four students had minor injuries. Three were transported to local hospitals by ambulance and one refused further treatment.

Preliminary photos and evidence at the scene of the crash show little or no skid marks from the the van, a delivery vehicle owned by a local tile company, Sheriff David Beth said Friday.

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La Salette Pancake Breakfast May 28

Memorial Day Weekend Pancake Breakfast at La Salette will take place Sunday, May 28, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and dessert will be served.

The breakfast is $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-12.

La Salette is located at 10330 336th Ave. (Highway KD), Twin Lakes.  For more information call 877-3111 or visit www.lasaletteshrine.org

Deal of the Day: Village Pub Fish Fry $20 gift card half off

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Have you heard about our feature at West of the I called Deal of the Day? It offers you great values on goods and services from local businesses. Here’s how it works. We offer a gift certificate or gift card from a local business for half price of its face value. For example, you get a $50 gift card but only pay $25 for it. Now that’s a deal! Full conditions available here.

Our offering today is for Friday Fish Fry at The Village Pub, located in the American Legion Building, 307 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake. Serving begins at 3 p.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Full service begins at 10 a.m. on weekdays and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sundays. Looking to host a party? The hall is available for rent. In-house catering also available. Book your party now by calling 262-889-8255. Our offer today is for a $20 gift certificate, available for $10.75 (75 cents processing fee) good for two fish fry dinners on Fridays. Certificate must be used for dine-in only. Full description of conditions is available here. It’s easy to purchase a Deal of the Day! Click the button below and you will be taken to PayPal’s site, where you can securely pay with a credit card or through your PayPal account. A PayPal account is not needed. We instantly receive notice of your purchase and we mail out the certificate usually the same day. One purchase per advertiser each 30 days. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





Rainy days ahead

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Showers and thunderstorms should start Monday night and pretty much continue through Tuesday and Wednesday.

The latest, local National Weather Service forecast shows a 60 percent chance of showers/storms tonight (most likely between 6 and 10 p.m.), a 70 percent chance of showers/storms Tuesday (most likely between 1 and 6 p.m.) and a 50 percent chance of showers Wednesday, tampering off to a 30 percent chance of showers Wednesday night.

Temperatures will slip through the period, with a high on Monday of 70, a high on Tuesday of 64 and a high on Wednesday of 58.

Deaths May 21, 2017: Donna R. Wolf

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Vida Terry recognized for long service to Brighton

Vida Terry of Brighton was recognized for her long service to the town as an election official and in other capacities and roles as well.

A reception in Terry’s honor was held at Brighton Town Hall Sunday.

Terry started as an election official for the town in 1964. She also served as town treasurer for 10 years.

Here is a short video interview with Terry:

Here is the text of a commendation of Terry from the state legislature sponsored by state Rep. Samantha Kerkman and state Sen. Van Wanggaard:

WHEREAS, Mrs. Vida Terry, of the Town of Brighton in Kenosha County Wisconsin has served as an election official since 1964; and

WHEREAS, Terry is a wonderful example of Civic mindedness and has served her community of Brighton for 53 years; and

WHEREAS, Terry also served several terms as Town Treasurer and continues to be a part of the Treasury; and

WHEREAS, Terry embraced and enforced the ever-changing election laws in her position as Chief Election Inspector; now

THEREFORE, be it resolved that the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, on the motion of Senator Van H. Wanggaard and Representative Samantha Kerkman, do commend Mrs. Vida Terry on her impressive public service and dedication to her community. They join the Town of Brighton in congratulating her for her outstanding accomplishments.

State Representative Samantha Kerkman,  61st Assembly District

State Senator Van H. Wanggaard, 21st Senate District

Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association and Twin Lakes considering pavilion in Lance Park

Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association President Wayne Trongeau points to the hill that the chamber first proposed digging out to place a pavilion at Lance Park.

The Twin Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and the Twin Lakes village government are exploring the building of a pavilion in Lance Park.

The chamber proposed the idea at a Village Board meeting in March. The pavilion could replace the chamber’s need to rent and erect tents at the park each summer for Libertyfest. The rest of the year, the village could rent out the pavilion to others, chamber representatives say.

On Monday, Village Board members, village administrator Jennifer Frederick and representatives of the chamber leadership met at Lance Park to discuss the possibilities.

The chamber is figuring a 60 feet by 90 feet structure with a roof but open sides would work for their purposes. Initial thoughts were to cut into the hill that runs along the park’s parking lot’s west side to locate the structure. The tent the chamber has been using is erected in the parking lot.

But Village Board members thought that might be expensive due to the amount of dirt that would have to be moved.

Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald suggested using the natural bowl in the park west of the parking lot for a music venue and area for Libertyfest. Others raised concerns about the cost of that alternative, but Trustee Aaron Karow, who is experienced with excavation, said using the bowl would likely be less expensive than digging out the hill. Chamber President Wayne Trongeau, a retired police officer, said he was concerned the bowl would create a hang out when not in use that could not be patrolled easily by police officers.

Eventually, some consensus seemed to develop around the idea of locating the pavilion in a flat area just east of the restroom building and Scout House at the park. Possible problems with that area are utilities running in relatively shallow trenches in that area and concerns about conflicting with Aquanuts Ski Team performances at the lakeside amphitheater. The ski team also had a representative present at the meeting at the park.

Possibilities for how to pay for the structure include chamber fundraising, village contribution or some combination.

It is expected that when the chamber is not using the pavilion for Libertyfest it would be available for rental use by other groups or parties, therefore generating some revenue.

This shows the flat area where a pavilion could be placed near the existing Scout House and restroom building.

A word from our sponsors: May 21, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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Here are open houses being hosted today by Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty (click the links below for more information):

33100 120th St, Twin Lakes

33031 121st Pl, Twin Lakes

35110 69th St, Burlington

24941 87th St #6, Salem

8285 Schaal Rd, Burlington

7216 288th Ave, Salem

Units responding for transformer in Wheatland

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At about 9:43 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding for a report of a blown transformer near the 36000 block of 31st Street in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Caller saw a flash in direction of a transformer. No smoke or flames seen.

Deaths May 20, 2017: James Franklin DeBruhl

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Law enforcement agencies prepare for 2017 Click It or Ticket mobilization

The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin State Patrol are among the law enforcement agencies across the state and the country gearing up for the Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization from May 22 through June 4.

Representatives of the Sheriff’s Department, State Patrol and the Racine County Sheriff’s Department held a kick off press conference at the Pleasant Prairie Tourist Information Center Thursday.

“We lose so many people in Wisconsin and across this nation because of no seatbelts,” Beth said. “(Wearing a seatbelt) is such an easy fix that saves lives every day.”

Here are all of Beth’s comments:

Lt. Nathan Clarke of Wisconsin State Patrol said Wisconsin has been improving in the number of people that use seatbelts, but that there is still room to do better. About 88 percent of Wisconsinites use seatbelts, but the national average is over 90 percent.

“The most dangerous thing you are going to do today is operate or ride in a motor vehicle,” Clarke said. “The number one thing you can do to make sure you arrive home safely to your family is wear your seatbelt.”

Here is video of Clarke’s comments:

During the multi-state Click It or Ticket mobilization “law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement at State borders, sending a zero tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what State,” said a Sheriff’s Department press release.

Highway 45 update May 19, 2017: Signals stake out, sawing and more utility relocations

Note: With the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, we will be telling our readers what work took place on the Highway 45 project in the week just past and what is expected to take place in the coming week. Check back every Friday for the latest.

What happened this week (week of May 15) —  US 45 and County A2/WG Intersection: Common excavation continued, electrical facilities were staked out for signals, loop detectors and conduit were stalled for signals, curb and gutter slipped and high early strength base patches were poured. Sawing for base patches began on US 45 from County A2/WG to the north. Utilities continued relocations.

What’s expected for next week (week of May 22) — US 45 and County A2/WG Intersection: Binder and surface layers will be laid down,  scheduled to reopen Wednesday. Marsh excavation will be performed at the southeast corner of US 45 and County CJ. Sawing for base patches will continue on US 45 from County A2/WG to the north. Utilities will continue relocations.

Central HS bands to compete in Cedar Point Music in the Parks festival

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The Central High School Band and Jazz Central are participating in the Music in the Parks festival from May 19-21.

The bands will travel to Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio. Performances will be held at a local school district where the CHS Bands will perform Friday night and compete against other band programs in the Midwest. The band members will spend Saturday at Cedar Point Amusement Park.

This will be the 4th Music in the Parks festival the CHS band program has participated in and their 2nd festival at Cedar Point Amusement Park.

Deaths May 19, 2017: Leo A. Kirchner, Maria Elisa Zamba

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UPDATE: Driver who died in crash with bus from Antioch

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The driver of a van that died after that vehicle rear-ended a school bus on Highway C in Trevor Friday morning was identified as a 21-year-old man from Antioch, Sheriff David Beth said at a press conference in Kenosha Friday afternoon.

The name of the man was being withheld pending notification of family, Beth said.

There were 19 students and a driver on the bus, which was transporting students to Central High School in Paddock Lake. Four students had minor injuries. Three were transported to local hospitals by ambulance and one refused further treatment, Beth said.

Preliminary photos and evidence at the scene of the crash show little or no skid marks from the the van, a delivery vehicle owned by a local tile company, Sheriff David Beth said Friday.

“The van appears to have hit (the bus) at a pretty good speed … probably highway speed,” Beth said.

The speed limit at that point is 45 mph, said Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer, sheriff’s department public information officer.

The bus had just stopped to pick up a student. The student has just gotten on the bus and seated when the crash occurred, Beth said.

Beth estimated that the bus was moved 60 feet forward by the force of the crash.

The other students were checked out at the Salem Lakes Fire Department/Highway Department building in Trevor by emergency medical personnel.  Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and units from several other area departments responded to the scene as mutual aid under a box alarm.

“They talked to everybody to make sure they were OK,” Beth said.

Ultimately the uninjured students went to school with school representatives, Beth said.

The incident is still under investigation, Beth said.

Beth acknowledged, in answer to a reporter’s question, that seatbelts on school buses would increase safety in these situations, but he conceded that seatbelt usage “would be very difficult for a single bus driver to monitor.”

Here is video of Beth’s statement that started out the press conference:

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A word from our sponsors: Washburn Lodge to host Armed Forces Day Dinner May 20

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The Brethren of Washburn Lodge F.& A.M. 145 invites you to attend our Armed Forces Day Dinner to honor Americans in uniform who serve their country in times of war and peace. Those who are honored on this day include people who serve the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines Corps, and Coast Guard, as well as our WI National Guard and Reserve Service members who are dedicating themselves to our National defense and providing humanitarian support in times of local crisis or disaster.

The dinner will take place on May 20, from 2-4 p.m., at Washburn Lodge, 8102 199th Ave., Bristol. Pulled pork will be served. Cost: $8 for a sandwich w/chips or $10 for a plate w/ coleslaw and potato salad. $2 discount to Veterans and Active Duty Service men and women.

UPDATE: Van driver dies in Friday morning crash

The driver of a van that struck the rear of a school bus this morning in Trevor died as a result of their injuries, a statement from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said.

Here is a statement released by the Sheriff’s Department at about 8:45 a.m.:

At this time Deputies and the Salem Fire Department are at the scene of a crash involving a van and a school bus in the 24500 block of Wilmot Road. Preliminary investigation determined the westbound bus, which was transporting students to Westosha Central High School, was stopped at that location.  The van which was also westbound struck the rear of the bus. Highway C is closed between Highway 83 and 258th Avenue both east and westbound and will remain closed as the investigation continues. Two students were transported from the scene to the hospital for minor injuries.  The remaining students were transported to the Trevor Fire Department to be released to school officials and parents. The operator of the van involved is deceased.

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Units responding for crash in Salem

Units responding for crash in Salem

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At about 7:08 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways C and Highway 83 in Salem.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a car and a school bus with about 20 children on board.

UPDATE about 7:13 a.m. — Crash scene is on Highway C west of Highway 83. No injuries among students being reported. Driver of car, which struck the rear of the bus, may be trapped in vehicle.

UPDATE about 7:16 a.m. — Traffic on Highway C being blocked by deputies in both directions.

UPDATE 7:25 a.m. — Salem F/R command activates a life safety box alarm. Bristol Fire and Rescue, Paris Fire and Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units now responding.

UPDATE 7:49 a.m. — Box alarm upgraded for ambulances only. Ambulances requested from Kansasville Fire Department, Kenosha Fire Department, Fox Lake (Ill.) Fire Department and Paris. Ambulances staging at Town of Salem Fire/Rescue Station #1 in Trevor, near the scene of the crash.

UPDATE 8:06 a.m. — Central High School has issued an automated call to all students’ families that the crash involved a bus with their students. The recorded message says no students were reported injured, but they all are being checked out by emergency medical personnel. An assistant principal and a counselor from the school also have been sent to the scene.

UPDATE about 8:35 a.m. — Deputy requests evidence tows for bus and the van that struck the bus.

UPDATE 8:42 a.m. — WISN has helicopter video of the scene:

Cooler, wetter weekend

It’s going to be much cooler and wet this weekend, says the latest, local National Weather Service forecast.

After days this week of upper 70s-plus highs, Friday’s high temperature is expected to reach just 50. Saturday’s high is forecast for 66 and Sunday’s high 63.

Rain is also likely during that period. Friday there will be an increasing likelihood of rain through the day, with the strongest possibility around 2 p.m.  Saturday rain is at least likely between about 7 a.m. and midnight, with thunderstorms possible later. in that period. There’s an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday.

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