A word from our sponsors: St. Alphonsus to host Fish Boil Sept. 26

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Note: St. Alphonsus School  advertised this event on westofthei.com. — DH

St. Alphonsus School will host a Fish Boil on Friday, Sept. 26, at the St. Alphonsus Parish Center, New Munster.

Serving will be from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Includes all you can eat boiled fish, potatoes, onions, carrots, coleslaw, dessert, milk & coffee. Grilled cheese sandwiches also will be available.

Advanced tickets are available in the school office. Ticket prices: Adults (12 & older) $11.00 in advance, $11.50 at the door; Children (4-11) $5.00 in advance, $5.50 at the door; 3 and under Free.

Carry outs will be available.

Twin Lakes PD to participate in Pharmaceutical Take Back

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The Twin Lakes Police Department will participate in the eighth National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The TLPD is one of six locations in Kenosha County that has a Medication Drop Box. Twin Lakes’ box is available 24/7, located in the lobby of the Police Department located at 920 Lance Drive in Twin Lakes.

Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., on Sept. 27, TLPD will have a volunteer and an officer in the parking lot to accept the medications to make it easier for residents not have to exit their vehicle.

On Saturday, September 27, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate the eighth National Pharmaceutical Take Back Initiative. Like the seven previous collection efforts, this is a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous pharmaceutical controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.

This one-day effort will continue to bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances may be collected. The general public is often unaware of the distinction in medication status. Also included is pet medication, ointments and creams.

For Wisconsin participants, liquids will continue be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids must be in their original packaging and evenly distributed within the boxes of collected solid prescription medications. No drums/containers of liquids without the original packaging will be accepted. Additionally, inhalers and needles/sharps will not be accepted.

 

Salem United Methodist Church celebrating 135 years this weekend

salem-um-church-oldSalem United Methodist Church is celebrating its 135th Anniversary this weekend.

The congregation’s anniversary theme is: “Many Generations Continue to Praise Thy Works” Psalm 145:4. In honor of the 135th Church Anniversary, the Salem family will gather for a Homecoming Celebration Dinner on Saturday, Sept. 20. Church Anniversary Worship Services will be held on Sunday, Sept,.21 at 9:30 am.

Joanna Carlberg has put together a 135th anniversary book with historical information and photos. The book can be previewed here and there is ordering info there as well.

Dr. Francis and Martha Paddock donated a parcel of land for the church near the C&NW Railroad in 1879.

Robocalls saying they are from the IRS a scam, says state agency

phone-sxc-Penny-Mathews-webHave you received an automated phone call purporting to be from the IRS? IF you have — or you do in the future — it is likely a scam, says the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Here’s more info in a media release from DATCP:

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A word from our sponsors: Hartnell Chevrolet hosting customer appreciation day Saturday

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Hartnell Chevrolet is hosting Customer Appreciation Day Saturday, Sept. 20 at the dealership.

The event will take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. It will include food fun and raffles.

It also will be a great time to get a look at all the latest Chevy has to offer. Every vehicle on the lot will be marked down.

Carb Busters holding fundraiser Saturday at Trevor restaurant

On Saturday, Sept. 19, Linda’s Cafe is donating 10 percent of all food purchases that day to support the fundraising efforts of team “Carb” Busters”, which will be participating in the Step Out: 5K Walk to Stop Diabetes on Oct. 18 to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The team has a goal of reaching $2,000 through all of its various fundraising efforts.

Linda’s is located at 25827 Wilmot Road, Trevor. Open 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Units responding for leaking tanker on I-94

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:14 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units are responding to the northbound lanes of I-94, at mile marker 347.

Per dispatch: Response is for a semi gas tanker that may be leaking.

UPDATE 9:30 p.m. — Tanker has not been located yet.

UPDATE: Body of man missing on Silver Lake found

The body of John Spoor, 66, of McHenry, Ill. was found today in Silver Lake.

From a statement released by Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Bill Beth:

This morning the efforts to locate Mr. Spoor in the waters of Silver Lake resumed at about 0745 hours. Mr. Spoor was found floating in about 7 feet of water by the Town of Salem water recovery team at about 0824 hours. Kenosha County Sheriff’s Detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of Mr. Spoor’s death, but an initial overview shows no signs of foul play. An autopsy will be scheduled by the Kenosha County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Spoor was reported missing by family on Tuesday. He had gone to Silver Lake to fish.  His unoccupied boat was found on Silver Lake, along with his vehicle in the village. Fire and law enforcement personnel from numerous local and area departments have been searching the lake and shoreline for Spoor since then.

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Search for man on Silver Lake continues Friday

Personnel from area fire departments are traveling to Silver Lake again this morning for a third day of searching for a McHenry, Illinois fisherman who went missing Tuesday evening.

John D. Spoor, 66, was reported missing by family on Tuesday. His unoccupied boat was found on Silver Lake, along with his vehicle in the village.

Fire and law enforcement personnel from numerous local and area departments have been searching the lake and shoreline for Spoor since then.

UPDATE 8:40 a.m. — Grass rig from Town of Salem Fire/Rescue Station #2 being dispatched to the Department of Natural Resources boat launch on Silver Lake.

Kenosha County Safety Fair is Sept 20

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The Kenosha County Safety Fair will take place Saturday, Sept 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sam’s Club, Highway 31 and Washington Road, in Somers.

The event, which includes demonstrations from fire, rescue and police and other agencies from throughout the county, is free.

Outdoor demonstration are scheduled to include:

  • 11 a.m. — Kenosha County Dive Team.
  • 11:45 a.m. — Kenosha County Specialized Response Team rope demo.
  • 12:30 p.m. — Burn room sprinkler demo.
  • 1:15 p.m. — Vehicle crash and accident demo.
  • 2 p.m. — Flight for Life medical transport helicopter.

Other outdoor displays will police K-9 demo, fire vehicles, rescue vehicles, police vehicles, rope aerial rescue, Sheriff’s Department Tactical Response, bomb squad.

Indoor booths and displays will be from county Emergency Management, the county Division of Health and the county Memorial Team.

The event is sponsored by the Kenosha County Fire Rescue Safety Association, the Kenosha County Fire Chiefs Association, Kenosha County Emergency Management and Sam’s Club.

Warmer for the weekend

hot-thermometer-istockTemperatures are expected to be warmer for the next few days than they have been lately, says the local National Weather Service forecast.

After some fog this morning, today’s temperature is expected to reach 72. Saturday, the high temperature may reach 81, with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon. Sunday’s high temperature should reach 70.

That trend will basically continue early next week, with temperatures in the high 60s or low 70s.

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Deaths Sept. 18, 2014: Charles Anthony Hollencamp

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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 for gas leak in Randall

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:50 p.m., Randall Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding to the 40500 block of 91st Street in Randall for a report of a possible gas leak.

Per dispatch: Caller is reporting that a gas meter on the outside of a building appears to be hissing. Utility company crew also responding.

UPDATE 3:52 p.m. — Randall FD command requests Twin Lakes Fire Department respond as mutual aid with an engine.

UPDATE 3:54 p.m. — Dispatch reports that a utility crew on the scene says there is no leak. Randall FD command returns still responding units to quarters.

UPDATE 3:59 p.m. — Randall chief clearing the scene.

Investiture of Judge David P. Wilk

 Judge David P. Wilk sworn in by his father Judge S. Michael Wilk.

Judge David P. Wilk sworn in by his father Judge S. Michael Wilk.

It was a family affair. His son Jackson, Boy Scout Troop 505, presented the American flag. His daughter Audrey, Girl Scout Troop 7006, led the Pledge of Allegiance. His father administered his oath. Wife Lynn and mother Joan looked on, along with a courtroom full of friends and family that was standing room only.

David Wilk was appointed by Governor Scott Walker to complete the term of Judge Wilbur Warren, who retired. The term expires July 31, 2015.

Attorney David Berman reads the Order of Appointment.

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Garage sales page updated

garage-saleWest of the I’s garage sales page has been updated.

Be sure to check it out each week before you begin your bargain hunting.

If you’d like your sale added to the list, please drop us a line at darren@westofthei.com. Include your address, days, hours etc. We’ll even add a map to your info.

Search for man missing on Silver Lake continues Thursday

map-silver-lakeThe search for John Spoor, 66, of McHenry, Ill. will continue Thursday on Silver Lake.

Here is the latest statement from Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Bill Beth:

The search for Mr. Spoor will continue today on the waters of Silver Lake. Incident Command is Silver Lake Fire Chief Allison Draeger. At this point the plan for the search is to first check the shoreline areas and then resume the sonar search of the deep waters. Search teams are expecting assistance from cadaver dogs today as well. Agencies involved in the search today are the Wisconsin DNR, Kenosha Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit, Village of Silver Lake Fire Department, Town of Salem Fire Department, and Town of Randall Fire Department.

Spoor was reported missing by family on Tuesday. His unoccupied boat was found on Silver Lake, along with his vehicle in the village.

Fire department and law enforcement personnel searched for Spoor from about 10:30 p.m., Tuesday until 2 a.m. Wednesday and then resumed searching from 8 a.m. to about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

UPDATE 1:55 p.m. — County Dive Teams members toned out to respond to the Silver Lake village boat launch, non-emergency response.

Silver Lake Village Board appoints police chief and assistant chief

silver-lake-police-doorThe Silver Lake Village Board has replaced its former full-time police chief with two individuals who will split that role on a part-time basis.

The board unanimously approved (with Trustees Mike Decker and Chris Willkomm absent) appointing current Silver Lake PD officers Duane Kreier as chief and Andrew Trudeau as assistant chief at Wednesday’s Village Board meeting.

Both leadership positions are to be part-time. The arrangement was proposed by the officers at a meeting between village President Sue Gerber and Trustee Roger Johnson and members of the police department on Tuesday, Johnson said.

If the arrangement was to continue, it could save the village about $50,000 a year, said Trudeau, who will be moving from full-time status to part-time status.

“We will be able to have the same level of coverage,” Trudeau said. “You have to have someone there to oversee … Our goal with this … is to just move forward with a positive direction with our department …”

Former Police Chief Dan Kingsley resigned from his position earlier this month. He had been an officer on the SLPD since 1992 and chief since 2002.

The appointments are only effective through November, which is when a referendum on whether to dissolve the village government will be held.

The board also voted unanimously to promote one of the department’s part-time officers to full-time.

Deaths Sept. 17, 2014: Cheryl Anne Paeth

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Air One helicopter joins search for missing fisherman

map-silver-lakeThe Air One law enforcement helicopter joined the search for John Spoor, who went missing Tuesday on Silver Lake.

The helicopter crew was not able to find anything significant, said a statement issued by Sgt. Bill Beth, spokesman for the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department.

From Beth’s statement:

… The search for Mr. Spoor continues in the waters of Silver Lake. Air One (A law enforcement coalition helicopter) assisted with the search this afternoon. Air One estimated visibility at about 10 feet deep, given the favorable sunshine and weather conditions. Air One was not able to locate anything in that depth of water or along the shoreline of Silver Lake. Sonar equipment continues to be used to check the remainder of the deeper waters of Silver Lake. Search teams will continue to search until about 7:30PM tonight, when light conditions become less favorable for the search. At that time teams will assess the best course of action for tomorrow.”

Spoor went fishing in his boat on Silver Lake Tuesday. His boat and car were later found. Fire department and law enforcement officers searched for Spoor until 2 a.m. this morning and then resumed searching at about 8 a.m.

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Units responding for crash in Twin Lakes

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 3:04 p.m., Twin Lakes Fie and Rescue units and Twin Lakes Police offices are responding to a report of a crash in the 300 block of Lance Drive in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle involved and in the ditch.

Man missing on Silver Lake identified; search continues

Boats prepare to join the search for David Spoor Wednesday morning.

Boats prepare to join the search for David Spoor Wednesday morning.

The man who was on Silver Lake Tuesday but became separated from his boat and is now missing has been publicly identified as John D. Spoor, 66, of McHenry, Illinois.

It appears Spoor was fishing with his boat, said Sheriff David Beth. Spoor’s boat and his car were later found, but he is still missing as of the sheriff’s 10 a.m. briefing to the media.

Twelve fire departments from Wisconsin and Illinois are assisting with the search, with Town of Salem Fire/Rescue serving as the fire command agency. Some of the boats are equipped with sonar, which may allow firefighters to detect objects in the water, Beth said.

The search involves six boats in the water and is focused on the northern part of the lake near the DNR launch and the Silver Lake County Park beach, Beth said.

Dive team members are on stand-by, Beth said.

Spoor’s boat was found in trolling mode, Beth said.

Here is more info from a media release from the Sheriff’s Department issued at about 11 a.m:

On 09-16-14 at 2144 hours the Kenosha Joint Services Dispatch Center received a call to check for a missing fisherman’s vehicle. The Village of Silver Lake Police Department was dispatched and began this search. At 2234 hours Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies joined efforts to locate the missing man. Initially, the McHenry (IL) County Sheriff’s Department requested that the DNR boat launch in Silver Lake be checked for the vehicle of an overdue fisherman. The 66 year old fisherman had been gone since 0800 hours on 09-16-14 from his home in McHenry. The man was expected back home at about 1600 hours, but had not returned. Deputies did locate the man’s vehicle at the boat launch. As the search around the area continued, the man’s boat was located on the waters of Silver Lake not too far from shore. Salem Rescue responded with a boat crew as well as, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit. Night time searches were called off at about 0200 on 09-17-14 and scheduled to resume at 0800. At 0800 hours today (09-17-14) search teams did resume searching the waters of Silver Lake. The search is considered a recovery mission at this point. A command post was established on Manor Drive in the Village of Silver Lake with Salem Fire Chief Mike Slover as the Incident Commander. Boats from the Wisconsin DNR, Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, Village of Silver Lake Police Department and Salem Rescue are being utilized. Additionally, sonar equipment from Lake County, IL is being utilized to search underwater. A citizen also volunteered a pontoon boat in order to shuttle equipment to and from the waters.

Here is video of Beth’s 10 a.m. media briefing later:

UPDATE 1:22 p.m. — Not a lot of new information from the noon media briefing from Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Weyker: Eight boats are now on the lake searching. A perimeter land search did not find anything. Crews on the boats include divers, who can react if something significant is found on sonar. Teams are expected to continue to search as long as possible. Sonar is not effected by it being dark outside, but divers will not be asked to go into the water under conditions they feel are unsafe. All boat launches to the lake have been closed.

Note: We will have video of Weyker’s press briefing soon. — DH
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Westosha Senior Community Center walk-a-thon is Saturday

The Westosha Senior Community Center will host a Walk-a-thon and family fun day on Saturday, Sept. 20.

There will be a welcome and coffee and snacks at 10 a.m. Open remarks will take place at 10:45 a.m. and the walk will officially start at 11 a.m. Closing remarks and refreshments will take place at noon.

Participants are asked to sign/pledge on the sheet in the Westosha Senior Community Center Office, 19200 93rd Street (Highway C), Bristol.

Call 262-891-3436 or visit www.westoshaseniorcenter.com for more information.

UPDATE: Search for man on Silver Lake will resume Wednesday

View from the boat launch.

View from the boat launch. /Earlene Frederick photo

Silver Lake Fire, Silver Lake Police, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, Kenosha County Dive Team and DNR responded to a report that a 66 year old man from McHenry, IL was missing in Silver Lake. His boat was located, but after searching about three hours, the search was called for the night. They will resume searching Wednesday morning.

Kenosha Sheriff’s Department Capt. Ken Weyker gave the following update at the scene last night:

UPDATE about 7:50 a.m., — Town of Salem Fire/Rescue personnel being toned out to respond to Cogswell and Manor in Silver Lake.

Trevor boat.

Trevor boat. /Earlene Frederick photo

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DNR /Earlene Frederick photo

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Command post. /Earlene Frederick photo

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Search personnel. /Earlene Frederick photo

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Units responding to Silver Lake boat launch

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Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units are responding to a the Silver Lake boat launch, Manor and Cogswell, in Silver Lake.

Per dispatch: Salem is being asked to respond with a boat and a thermal imaging camera to search for a lost boat.

UPDATE about 10:23 p.m. — Silver Lake Fire Department also responding.

UPDATE 5:54 a.m., Wednesday — Boat was found, but not occupant. More info here.

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Randall supervisors pitch old fire department building for Bassett Post Office


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Three Randall town supervisors urged United States Postal Service officials to consider the former Randall Fire Department station in Bassett as a location for the Bassett Post Office at a meeting at Town Hall Tuesday.

The meeting was held by US Postal Service officials to update the community on the status of the Bassett Post Office, which closed in July after losing its lease. As an emergency measure, Bassett boxes were temporarily relocated to the Twin Lakes Post Office, while retaining their Bassett addresses.

Since the postal service has been unable to find a suitable location for a new Bassett Post Office, the fate of that post office has moved to a 60-day stage where it will be under study for final closure — discontinuance in USPS terminology.

But town Supervisors Lauren Fox, Randy Kaskin and Bob Gehring all offered the former fire department building (see Google Streetview image above), which shares a parking lot with Town Hall, as a possible location for a post office.

Fox asked why the building was not considered before the determination was made that no suitable location existed.

“I can understand why people are upset,” Fox said. “We have a perfectly good building over there that could be used as a post office. We’re more than willing to negotiate whatever you need.”

USPS representative Diane Jones said, while she personally is unable to negotiate real estate matters, she would be definitely bring the town’s proposal to the proper officials within USPS.

Part of that building is used to house buses for the Western Kenosha County Transit system.

About 20 members of the public attended the meeting. Most were upset with the possibility of having to change their long-held Bassett mailing addresses either to a Twin Lakes or other post office box or start receiving rural delivery from the Burlington Post Office and have a Burlington mailing address.

There were 82 post office box holders in the Bassett Post office when it closed.

After the 60 day study period, a final determination on whether to close the Bassett Post Office for good would take indefinite amount of time, the USPS officials said.

“I wish I could give you dates for when responses would come back, but I can’t,” said USPS representative Nancy Borst. “It could take a month; it could take a year.”

Bassett box holders will be able to keep their Twin Lakes boxes with Bassett addresses until the final determination is made.

US Postal Service officials address the public at Randall Town Hall in Bassett on Tuesday.

US Postal Service officials address the public at Randall Town Hall in Bassett on Tuesday.

Deaths Sept. 16, 2014: Lois M. Huissen

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Sponsored post: Brighton School Special Education Notices 2014

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Twin Lakes to leave Schoors Lane-Matthew Avenue connection chained — most of the time


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The Twin Lakes Village Board considered opening Schoors Lane at Matthew to traffic but decided to continue to abide by a 2007 resolution that closed Schoors to traffic from that end.

The resolution says Schoors is substandard for traffic, with a average width of just 18 feet, and thus it should remain closed where it meets Matthew Avenue unless that changes. The road is now blocked by a locked chain across the connection between the two streets (see above Google Streetview image from 2012).

This winter, the chain was opened so that village public works crews could plow snow from Schoors across Matthew and into the ditch on the east side of the road, said village President Howard Skinner.

Kathy Ticha, a village resident, recently wrote a letter to Village Board members asking why the road was closed to traffic at Matthew. Ticha lives in a neighborhood north of the intersection.

“If the village is comfortable having the road open during the snow season so the plows can get through then I suggest that they leave it open 12 months out of the year,” Ticha’s letter read in part.

Six residents who live along Schoors Lane spoke in support of keeping the chain up as much as possible, citing concerns about safety with the narrow street. If opened, they fear the road could become a regular short cut between Matthew and East Lakeshore Drive, but not be safe for a larger volume of traffic.

Two residents of the Whispering Oaks subdivision, development of which prompted the closure of the road in the first place, spoke in favor of opening the street. Ticha also spoke, reiterating her position at first, but then later saying she was sorry she brought up the issue.

Trustee Thomas Connolly suggested continuing to follow the provisions of the 2007 resolution and  leave the connection between the two roads chained, except for snow removal, since the road is still substandard.

“They haven’t been resolved or addressed,” Connolly said of the issues presented in the 2007 resolution.

The consensus of the other present board members (Trustee Aaron Karow was absent) was to take no action.

 

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