Winter weather advisory issued

snow-sxc-webThe National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for our area.

The advisory will be in effect from 1 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday. Snow accumulation should begin this afternoon as rain turns to snow, with the local forecast calling for up to 3 inches of snow by tomorrow morning.

Temperatures will be dropping and roads may become snow covered and slippery, the advisory states. Blowing snow may be most hazardous on rural north-south roadways.

There is a 40 percent chance of snow Tuesday, but no accumulation expected. Lesser chances of snow persist in the forecast through Friday.

Deaths Nov. 23, 2104: Tammy M. Henning

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Snow in forecast for Monday and Monday night

snowflakepaper-mf-sideshowmomThe warm, rainy weather from Sunday should change to colder and snowy weather Monday, says the local National Weather Service forecast.

Rain is expected to continue tonight, transitioning to snow after 1 p.m., Monday and be all snow after 2 p.m. Total accumulation could be 1 inch during the day.

Snow is expected to continue Monday night with another 1 to 2 inches of snow possible.

St. Alphonsus School hosting Cookie Walk on Dec. 13

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Photo by jdurham via morgueFile.com

St. Alphonsus School is once again hosting its “Cookie Walk”.

Thousands of delicious homemade Christmas cookies will be sold at this event. The Cookie Walk will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out). Doors open at 9 a.m. The event will take place at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church’s Biersack Center, 6211 344th Ave. in New Munster, WI.

“This event is a great kick-off to the holiday season. Save time during this busy holiday season by purchasing a wide variety of homemade cookies at the Cookie Walk. We promise we won’t tell anyone you didn’t bake the cookies yourself,” said Erin Decker, event coordinator.

Cookies will be sold for $8.95 per pound. If you have any questions or would like to pre-order cookies, please contact St. Alphonsus at 262.537.4379 x 240.

Units responding to accident

4:55 p.m. – Salem Fire and Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue are responding to a rollover accident in the 30700 block of Hwy 50.

5:00 p.m. – Witness reports SUV hit median.  Report from scene; one patient, out of the vehicle no extrication required.  Northeast lanes of Hwy 50 are blocked.

Community Library announces holiday closings

community-library-logoAll Community Library branches, Salem, Silver Lake, and Twin Lakes will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Regular hours at Salem and Twin Lakes will resume on Friday, Nov. 28. The Silver Lake location is closed on Fridays but will resume hours on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Central HS ABS to host Father-Daughter Dance for charity Dec. 5

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Central High School’s Association of Business Students is hosting its 4th annual Father-Daughter Dance on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the school.

Cost is $15 per couple and $5 for each additional daughter. The event will include music, dancing, photos, a DIY candy table, beading tables and raffle prizes.

If dad is unable to attend, uncles, grandfathers and father figures are encouraged to come.

Proceeds from the dance will benefit March of Dimes and MDA.

Click here for more information and to pre-order tickets.

A word from our sponsors: Nov. 23, 2014 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

AD-bear-realty-glenda-butch-revise2Note: Glenda and Butch Dupons, of Bear Realty, are westofthei.com sponsors.

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

11105 233RD AVE, SALEM

23115 84TH ST, SALEM

27211 85TH PL #H2, SALEM

25016 87TH ST #2, SALEM

Deaths Nov. 22, 2104: Gerald B. Coleman

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Units responding to crash on I-94 ramp

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 5:34 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Kenosha Fire Department units are responding to a crash on the northbound I-94 on ramp from Highway 50.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved.

Units responding for mutual aid to Racine County

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:52 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue are responding to a request for mutual aid to a smoke investigation and building evacuation in the 34100 block of Arbor Lane in the Town of Burlington.

Twin Lakes is being requested to reapond with an ambulnce and Wheatland with an engine.

Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade 2014 is Dec. 5 & 6

from the 2013 Trees on Parade.

from the 2013 Trees on Parade.

Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association Trees on Parade 2014, sponsored by Allied Plastics, Inc, will take place Friday Dec.5 and Saturday Dec. 6 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 701 Lake Ave., Twin Lakes,

Categories for the 2014 Tree Decorating Contest are:  Junior, Business and General.

New this year  is a Gingerbread House Contest. The houses will be created by local high school culinary students.

You can visit Santa on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Kids can have fun in the Children’s Area with creative arts and face painting, sponsored by Mad Dan’s Restaurant.

Mom and Dad can catch the Christmas spirit and start their Christmas shopping with over 20 vendors to choose from.

Kids get your coloring contest picture from the school turned in on time. Winner get cash prizes.

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Tree and Gingerbread House before you leave.  Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

The event will include a raffle and a 19″ LED TV/ DVD  combo for the door prize.

After Trees on Parade closes on Saturday, go to Central Park by the Caboose for the Village Tree Lighting Ceremony and more fun activities.

More information available here.

Deaths Nov. 21, 2014: Lorraine M. Wier, Doris E. Richter

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Units responding to vehicle fire in Wheatland

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:14 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to a report of a vehicle fire along Highway 50 just west of Highway P in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Vehicle on fire is on a trailer, but there is no truck attached to the trailer.

UPDATE 4:24 p.m. — Dispatch reports that deputy on scene says vehicle is fully engulfed, but away from other vehicles.

Lakewood School Fall Festival is Saturday

maple-leaves-webThe Lakewood School Fall Festival will take place Sat., Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A full day of fun activities will include: Book fair, craft fair, bake sale, art auction, jazz band, face painting, games and activities, raffles and prizes, flag football tourney and more.

There’s even an after party. A community dance begins at 7 p.m. Admission is 1 canned food item. All food donations will be given to the Twin Lakes Food Pantry.

Units responding for CO alarm in Salem

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 3:39 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to the 8100 block of 247th Avenue in Salem for a carbon monoxide alarm.

Per dispatch: Alarm was reported by a resident who was not experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide.

Freezing rain advisory in effect tonight

The National Weather Service has issued a freezing rain advisory starting early Saturday morning.

The advisory will be in effect from 1 to 10 a.m. Saturday.

Temperatures are expected to be warming through the weekend, but the chance of freezing rain and rain is likely to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for the higher temps.

Saturday’s high temperature should be about 43 and Sunday’s high should be about 47. But there’s a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday night and a 90 percent chance Sunday and Sunday night.

The balance of the week should see high temps starting in the 30s, but dropping as the week goes on.

 

Central HS production of “Anything Goes” opens tonight

Central High School Performing Arts’ fall musical, “Anything Goes” opens tonight,with additional performances Saturday and Sunday.

Set aboard an ocean liner with classic songs by Cole Porter, this tap dancing musical will have you humming the tunes, tapping your toes, and laughing in the aisles.

Regular price tickets are $10 for Adults, $8 for Students/Senior Citizens, Children aged 5 and under free.

Performance dates are: Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at Central High School, 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake.

Here’s a video trailer for the Central production:

Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

breezy hill nursery 1Have 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 Breezy Hill Nursery, 7530 288th Ave. Breezy Hill Nursery offers a full line of landscaping and gardening supplies. At this time of year, the feature is the Holiday Gift Gallery. Come browse beautiful displays and get advice from Breezy Hill’s design expert. You are bound to find great gifts and decor for the holidays.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Breezy Hill Nursery gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). 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. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





Deaths Nov. 20, 2014: Paul J. Oliver

This post sponsored by Westosha Floral.

The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Silver Lake passes tax levy with 1 percent decrease

silver-lake-VHThe Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday passed a tax levy with a 1 percent decrease from 2014.

The 2015 tax levy will be $1,036,237. The 2014 tax levy was $1,050,151.

The budget for 2015 and the 2015 tax levy passed with a 5 yes, 1 no vote with Trustee Pat Dunn voting against and Trustee Michael Decker absent.

The effect on your taxes depends on what, if anything, has happened to your home’s assessment. If your assessment has not changed, your village taxes should go down slightly.

The village is planning to have a village wide reassessment done in 2015.

Units responding to crash along I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:15 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in about the 700 block of I-94 in Paris.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a single vehicle that is off the road and in the ditch.

UPDATE 3:19 p.m. — Deputy on scene reporting crash is just south of Highway KR and that there are no injuries.

Wheatland Center School Craft & Vendor Fair is Nov. 22

wheatland_warhawksThe Wheatland Center School Fall Craft & Vendor Fair will be on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come holiday shop from one-of-kind crafters and home party vendors and support WCS classrooms by purchasing homemade crafts or baked goods. Also at the fair will be pictures with Santa, Scholastic book fair, kids’ crafts, and food and refreshments to benefit the WCS Band. The Fall Craft & Vendor Fair is sponsored by the WCS PTO.

Western Kenosha County Historical Society to host Holiday Potluck Dec. 7

The Folly Turkey Farm that existed west of the hamlet of Trevor on County Highway C, near to the current Town of Salem Treatment Plant. They operated an extensive mail order business for processed turkeys in any of 28 different forms and tastes as well as fresh for pickup. For a time, they operated a small store on the property and employed many locals. Some of their literature claims over 12,000 turkeys, many of these arriving as young animals thru the Trevor Post Office. This enterprise had several buildings, a huge drive-in size freezer, and two or three huge pressure cookers. The shell of one building still stands, but all the cages, and accessory buildings are now gone, the last, the residence, removed May, 2006. This property was once owned by the Mrs George Higgins, a Udall. The Udall family was a very early Salem/Wheatland family owning huge tracts of land and very active in the development of Fox River, Wilmot and Trevor./Image courtesy of Western Kenosha County Historical Society

The Folly Turkey Farm that existed west of the hamlet of Trevor on County Highway C, near to the current Town of Salem Treatment Plant. They operated an extensive mail order business for processed turkeys in any of 28 different forms and tastes as well as fresh for pickup. For a time, they operated a small store on the property and employed many locals. Some of their literature claims over 12,000 turkeys, many of these arriving as young animals thru the Trevor Post Office. This enterprise had several buildings, a huge drive-in size freezer, and two or three huge pressure cookers. The shell of one building still stands, but all the cages, and accessory buildings are now gone, the last, the residence, removed May, 2006. This property was once owned by the Mrs George Higgins, a Udall. The Udall family was a very early Salem/Wheatland family owning huge tracts of land and very active in the development of Fox River, Wilmot and Trevor./Image courtesy of Western Kenosha County Historical Society

The Western Kenosha County Historical Society, 25905 114th Ave, Trevor, will be hosting its annual (casual) Holiday Potluck on Dec. 7, Sunday, at 1 p.m.

As usual, there will be time to chitchat, see the history hall and visit until seating at 2 p.m. This is a potluck to augment the main course provided by the society.

RSVP is required, please by Dec. 1 at 630-336-4155 or 262-862-7753.

Also, attendees are asked to bring a ‘small little something’ to share in SHOW ‘N TELL. There will be a short meeting after dessert, affirm memberships, elect officers and continue visiting. Weather permitting, attendees will be able to visit the one-room schoolhouse, Twin Oaks, on the campus.

Silver Lake creates fire chief selection committee

silver-lake-fd-doorThe Silver Lake Village Board approved the creation of a committee to make a recommendation to the board on an individual to hire as a part-time fire chief to lead the Silver Lake Fire Department.

Trustee Roger Johnson, the chairman of the Emergency Services Committee made the motion to create the committee. He presented the following make-up for the seven-member committee:

  • Three members from the Silver Lake Fire Department.
  • Three fire chiefs from neighboring fire departments.
  • Silver Lake Police Chief Andrew Trudeau.
  • Johnson.
  • The three members of the SLFD would have one collective vote and Johnson would not be able to vote on committee business.

    During discussion of the committee, Trustee Patrick Dunn asked that Trudeau be removed from the committee because comments he has made show him to be biased against some department members that might apply for the position. Johnson agreed to the change and said another neutral party will be sought to fill Trudeau’s seat.

    When members of the audience suggested that creation of the committee should wait until present Chief Allison Draeger was done being chief, Johnson pointed out Draeger was not qualified to be chief under the department’s own standard operating procedures. The SOPs say a chief should have experience as an officer before being considered as chief.

    Draeger was elected chief by the department membership this summer and began acting as chief after the resignation of Chief David Kordecki, who was appointed by the board in June. Kordecki resigned in July. The fire department had objected to the hiring of Kordecki by the Village Board with no input from the department.

    No timeline for coming up with a recommendation on a fire chief was revealed.

    UPDATE — Trudeau issued the following statement (via email):

    “I assisted them in getting a municipal common hiring process outlined for the Fire Chief position and was a key role in getting this process moving forward. Now given the fact they want a fourth outside member to be on the panel to take my place I think that will be a struggle to get this accomplished. Getting that many qualified outside members to be involved with this process will be very difficult in my opinion. I knew it would be hard getting three Fire Chief’s on board given the political climate, but I had made good progress to try and make that happen. I do not think some people have thought through how much leg work needs to still be done to make this a reality. Since I have been taken out of the committee I hope Trustee Pat Dunn steps up to the plate for the village to get this task accomplished since he has taken such an interest in this issue as they will need all the help they can get to make this happen.”

    Trevor-Wilmot students, staff celebrate principal’s birthday with shirts and ties

    trevor-wilmot-gavlin-birthdayThe Trevor-Wilmot School student body might have looked a little more formal today than usual, but it was for a good reason.

    Many of the students and staff of all genders dressed in shirts and ties today to honor Principal Ted Gavlin, who marked a milestone birthday today — his 50th.

    The students showed their appreciation for their principal in a morning assembly.

    At the conclusion, Gavlin had his own announcement: “My gift to you is no homework tonight  for anybody.”

    The cheers were loud and long.

    Randall School facilitate groups at Middle School Leadership

    /Submitted photo

    /Submitted photo

    Middle School Leadership was held on Friday, Oct. 17 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This conference is open to schools in Southeastern Wisconsin who are members of the Whitewater TAG Network.

    This year, 30 schools, over 130 students, participated in the day-long event. This year’s them was: “Don’t just hear the voice, Be the voice!”

    Students attending began their day with a presentation by Ardan James, a nationally known illusionist and mime, whose stage performance stressed the important qualities of being a good leader. He then led an hour-long, hands-on workshop for all the students.

    In the afternoon, student from all the schools were divided into small groups to apply these skills. While four Randall students participated in this event, the groups were facilitated by 14 Randall students who trained prior to the conference to run these small group activities.

    Special Olympics flag football team wins state bronze

    special-olympics-football-2014The Panthers flag football team recently won the bronze medal at the Special Olympics State Tournament.

    The team, coaches, family and other supporters celebrated the season with pizza at the Trevor Fire Station Tuesday night.

    Team members are: A.J. Dannan, Jacob Best, Cody Ruie, Alex Kamin, Andy Bong, David Schmeelk, Steven Poepping, Seth Peters, Peter Annis, Garret Trefz, Daniel Frania.

    Coaches are: Steve Bluemel, Jim Klink, Jeff Gust, John Schmeelk, Mark Nigro.

    The team was supported with uniforms and other needs by Westosha-Salem Kiwanis Club.

     

    A word from our sponsors: Wisconsin Emissions Testing available at Wilmot Auto Service

    wilmot-auto-exterior-2011-webNote: Wilmot Auto Service is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

    Wisconsin Emissions Tests can now be done at Wilmot Auto Service.

    The test is free to you. Call 862-6300 for an appointment. Hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 to 11 a.m.

    Wilmot Auto Service, Inc is an independent auto repair shop and has earned the Blue Seal of Excellence Recognition as prescribed by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of vehicle repair and service by means of voluntary testing and certification for automotive repair and service professionals.

    Dwayne & Cindy Garwood are the owners and Dwayne is an ASE Master technician and has been in the automotive repair business for over 25 years, 15 of these years have been in Wilmot. Dwayne’s grandpa Harmon Garwood started Wilmot Auto Service in 1951. They are celebrating 63 years in business. He employs ASE certified and ASE master technicians. Dwayne’s commitment to you has always been to offer the highest quality, honest and friendly auto service.

    Wilmot Auto Service offers a variety of services like alignments, brakes, tires, timing belts, check engine lights and state inspections. They can be reached at 262-862-6300. They are located at 11307 Fox River Rd. Wilmot, WI 53192 with the BP gas station in downtown Wilmot. www.wilmotautoservice.com

    A word from our sponsors: New weekly ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry posted at westofthei.com

    Note: Marv & Alison’s Sentry is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

    This week’s ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry  in Paddock Lake is now available at westofthei.com. Click on the ad to see the full line-up of values for this coming week.

    The sale prices in this ad (click here to see ad) are effective from Thursday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 19.

    This week’s ad includes no clip coupons. Pick up a paper copy of the weekly ad at the service counter and then have the cashier scan the bar code to get all the big savings you have coming

    Check out this week’s Marv & Alison’s Sentry ad for great values you can get right here in Western Kenosha County.

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