Kenosha County Youth In Governance program accepting nominations

YouthInGovernance_Logo-webKenosha County Youth In Governance, a youth empowerment program that offers area teens the chance to directly participate in local government is seeking nominations for motivated young people for the 2017-2018 year.

The requirements to participate in Youth in Governance are:

  • Youth must be a Kenosha County resident.
  • Youth must be a high school student in 10th or 11th grade.
  • Youth must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • Youth must be able to attend the monthly meetings of their committee.
  • Youth must attend at least one Kenosha County Board meeting during their term.
  • Youth must participate in the YIG Bus Tour held last Wednesday in June.
  • Youth must be able to attend additional committee meetings that are combined with other committees.

To nominate a young person, nomination forms are available here or contact Tedi Winnett, Director, Kenosha County UW-Extension at 857-1931. Nominations are due Feb. 3.

Dense fog advisory continues

Forfog 12-21-2011-1_opt the third morning in a row, Western Kenosha County is under a dense fog advisory from the National Weather Service.

The advisory continues until noon, when conditions are expected to improve. Visibility may be reduced to a quarter mile or less.

Saturday, with a high of 52, will start off a string of warmer days expected to last through at least Wednesday.

Units responding to crash in Paddock Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 1:24 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the intersection of Highways 50 and 83 in Paddock Lake for a report of a crash.

Flood warning issued

WEATHER-ALERT-logo-all-3-webThe National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Fox River in Western Kenosha County.

The river  measured 10.4 feet at the New Munster gauge at 10 a.m., Friday. Flood stage is 11 feet.

The current forecast is for the river reaching flood stage noon Saturday. The river is forecast to reach a crest of 11.5 feet Sunday and remain at about that level until Tuesday morning, when it may start to recede. The river should be back under flood stage by Thursday.

Rain remains in the forecast for Friday, with lesser chances of rain and/of snow through Monday. Rain and snow is then likely again Wednesday.

Central HS 2017 variety show is Jan. 27 & 28

booster-chs-falconWestosha Central High School presents the 2017 Variety Show on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium of the school located at 24617 75th Street in Paddock Lake.

Admission is $5.

There are 15 acts performed by CHS students.

A word from our sponsors: Lakeland Little League onsite registration at Westosha Central High School on Jan. 26

lakeland-little-league-logo-9-2015Note: Lakeland Little League is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Lakeland Little League will be holding onsite registration at Westosha Central High School in the Career Planning Center on Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Anyone who has not registered yet is invited to attend. This is for the 2017 season of baseball and softball.

Central High School is located at 24617 75th St. in Paddock Lake.

More information about Lakeland Little League here.

Dense fog advisory issued

fog 12-21-2011-1_optThe National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Western Kenosha County.

The advisory extends to noon Friday.

That’s the second foggy morning in a row.

There also is a 100 percent chance of rain Thursday night and a 50 percent chance of rain Friday, tapering off as the day goes on, the latest local NWS forecast says.

Friday will also kick off a run of days with a high of at least 40 degrees that will run through Wednessday.

Salem plans last Town Board meeting activities

town-of-salem-sign-webThe Salem Town Board is planning to mark its last meeting on Feb. 13 with refreshments afterwards.

The board at a special meeting on Monday discussed how to mark the last meeting in the town’s 174-year history. On Feb. 14, Salem’s merger with Silver Lake as the new village of Salem Lakes will become official.

“It sounds so sad … but it will be great in the future,” said Chairman Diann Tesar.

Town Clerk Cindi Dulaney suggested getting a cake, to which Supervisor Dennis Faber quipped “With 174 candles on it. Better have the fire department here.”

Lest anyone think that the board will have no other business on the agenda that night the board already on Monday put several business items on the agenda for the final meeting.

Units responding for alarm in Silver Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:58 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units are responding to a fire alarm at a building in the 400 block of South Cogswell Drive in Salver Lake.

Per dispatch: Alarm company says fire alarm was triggered by a smoke detector.

Units responding for fire in Camp Lake

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

At about 10:50 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a possible fire in a home in the 27800 block of 100th Street in Camp Lake.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting white smoke coming from a clothes dryer. Caller and a dog have evacuated the building.

UPDATE 10:54 a.m. — Full Salem response toned out. One unit on the scene confirming smoke showing.

UPDATE 10:58 a.m. — ARA response toned out for all Town of Salem stations and Randall Fire Department for structure fire.

UPDATE about 11:05 a.m. — Salem activates box alarm. Additional units responding from Bristol Fire and Rescue, Silver Lake Rescue Squad and other area fire departments.

UPDATE 11:34 a.m. — Box alarm has been struck by Salem Fire command.

UPDATE 11:50 a.m. — Some fire units being released by command to return to quarters.

Scholarships for students with disabilities available from Society’s Assets

societys-assets-logoSociety’s Assets has made applications for the 2017 Scholarship Awards program available.

Area high schools and colleges have received application packets and the public may also inquire with the office listed below. Students with physical and/or sensory disabilities could be eligible for up to $25,000 in scholarships, with the number of awards to be determined.

Applicants must reside in the Society’s Assets service area, which includes Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock, and Jefferson counties. Graduating high school seniors, continuing students, or adults returning to school on a full-time basis to seek a post-secondary degree in the fall of 2017 are eligible. Judging will be based on academic record, extracurricular activities, personal essay, and recommendations. All application materials must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2017.

For an application packet, or more information, contact the Community Relations Coordinator at the Racine office of Society’s Assets, (262) 637-9128, ext. 3605.

Proceeds from the annual Society’s Assets Open Golf Outing are used to fund the Society’s Assets Scholarship Awards. The 2017 Scholarship Awards will be presented at the Society’s Assets Open on June 19. Golfers and sponsors are welcome.

Society’s Assets is a non-profit organization that serves people with disabilities in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock, and Jefferson counties. The agency assists seniors and people with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their homes in the community of their choice.

Offices located in Racine, Kenosha, and Elkhorn provide independent living skills training; information and referral; peer support; advocacy; supportive home care services; adaptive equipment and home modifications; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) services; financial and medical benefits consultation; bill paying and representative payee services; housing, employment, and transportation information; and Veterans’ services.

Society’s Assets, which originated from the grass roots efforts of people with disabilities, has assisted people in leading more independent lives since 1974.

 

Donations of toys or pet food get free admission to Friday CHS-WUHS basketball games

wuhs-and-chs-logos-comboOn Friday, Jan. 20, Westosha Central High School will be hosting Wilmot Union HIgh School in a boys and girls basketball doubleheader.

This game will be part of the CHS Athletic Hall of Fame weekend. Any fan who brings a donation of either pet food or toys for the Meals on Wheels program will receive free admission. The Meals on Wheels program is asking for smaller size bags of food for easy delivery.

Silver Lake tables appointment to vacant trustee seat

silver-lake-VHThe Silver Lake Village Board on Wednesday tabled the appointment of someone to their vacant trustee seat.

The opening was created by the resignation of Trustee Dan Withers, who cited new out of state job responsibilities as the reason for his resignation. Withers’ term expires in April 2018

The board had intended to take letters from people interested in being appointed to fill out Withers term and then consider them and make a decision Wednesday.

But as of the start of the meeting Wednesday only one letter had been received. Village President Bruce Nopenz said he would like to have more people to choose from.

The board will continue to accept letters from people interested in filling the post up to the next regular meeting, Feb. 1

Letters of intent should include two paragraphs stating why the person would like to be a trustee and what their qualifications are to fill the position.

Letters may be submitted in a sealed envelope to the village clerk during normal business hours

Deaths Jan. 18, 2017: Brian “Bubba” Fox, Joanne Marie Golbricht

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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:

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Westosha and Wilmot cheer teams compete at 2017 iCheer

Westosha Team members are: Front row: Alyssa Bock, Lindsay Mazurek, Madi Hansen, Joscelynn Gould, Sara Hebior, Madi Leafblad, Morgan Langer, Samantha Fornell. Standing left to right: Nina Scott, Rylee Johnson, Rebecca Glassen, Layne Schroeder, Jaden McKenna, Krissy Swatkowski, Claire Fox, Brenna Maloney, Lulu Toney, Grace Ziehm, Lauren Shane, Lauren LaPlant, Hannah Hogan. /Submitted photo

Westosha Team members are: Front row: Alyssa Bock, Lindsay Mazurek, Madi Hansen, Joscelynn Gould, Sara Hebior, Madi Leafblad, Morgan Langer, Samantha Fornell. Standing left to right: Nina Scott, Rylee Johnson, Rebecca Glassen, Layne Schroeder, Jaden McKenna, Krissy Swatkowski, Claire Fox, Brenna Maloney, Lulu Toney, Grace Ziehm, Lauren Shane, Lauren LaPlant, Hannah Hogan. /Submitted photo

Last weekend, cheer teams from Westosha High School and Wilmot High School competed in the iCheer event at Greendale High School.

Westosha Varsity earned 110.4 out of a possible 120 points winning the large varsity division.

Wilmot Varsity Cheer earned second place in the small varsity D2 division with a score of 86.350.

In JV competition, Wilmot’s team took first place in the JV Large division and Westosha’s team placed third.

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Deal of the Day: Cabana Tan $25 gift card half off

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 from Cabana Tan in Paddock Lake. Cabana Tan Spa is dedicated to bringing you the most amazing tanning experience in all of SE Wisconsin! Their 3400 square foot facility offers 5 levels of Tanning, Airbrush Tanning, Laser Teeth Whitening, Massage Therapy and A Unique Boutique to shop in. The employees are educated in the indoor tanning industry and eager to customize the perfect tanning package or spa package just for you. Both single sessions and package deals are offered, along with a VIP Club for those year round tanners that want the absolutely lowest price possible with some really great benefits too! Cabana Tan’s private tanning rooms are designed to relax your mind while you achieve the perfect tan. Cabana Tan is open daily to accommodate your busy schedule and their commitment to cleanliness is unsurpassed. The offer today is for a $25 gift certificate for Tanning Beds Only for $13.50 (includes $1.00 processing charge). Certificate expires 12/30/17.





Salem School Board discusses referendum community education efforts

salem-falcon-webThe Salem School Board discussed at its regular meeting Tuesday some ways it will seek to educate the community about the upcoming $3 million referendum.

The board voted in December to pursue a $3 million total, three-year, non-reoccurring referendum to support operations. Administration officials say the referendum is needed to avoid about $1 million in budget cuts, maintain a healthy fund balance and avoid short-term borrowing.

Projections from a consultant say the tax rate will not be increased from its current level by passage of the referendum, officials say.

At a Jan. 10 special meeting the board set the referendum vote to coincide with the spring election on April 4. The wording of the question will be: BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of the Salem School District, Kenosha County, Wisconsin that the revenues included in the School District budget be authorized to exceed the revenue limit specified in Section 121.91, Wisconsin Statutes, by $870,000 for the 2017-2018 school year, by $1,070,000 for the 2018-2019 school year and by $1,070,000 for the 2019-2020 school year, for non-recurring purposes consisting of general operational costs associated with maintaining the current levels of educational programming, technology, and facilities. (Note: An earlier version of this story misstated this aspect. — DH)

David Milz, district administrator, said plans are underway for three to four referendum nights, where community members could attend and hear a presentation on the need for the referendum and have an opportunity to ask questions. Milz said he also can attend meetings for municipalities within the district (Paddock Lake and Salem) to explain the issues. A mass mailing to district residents is another possibility.

“The important thing is to get the word out to the entire community, the facts the issues, as unemotionally as possible,” said board member Steve Brown. “I think people need to know exactly what is going to happen if it passes and what is going to happen if it doesn’t.”

Presented with some draft written public education information at the meeting, board President Dana Powers suggested working it into a less dense and wordy tri-fold brochure format.

Brown also said the school will need to be aware of countering misinformation on social media, which he said has already started.

“Having actual information,” Brown said,  “that’s what people need to hear.”

2017 Kenosha County 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Derby cancelled due to poor ice conditions

A view of the lake at KD Park showing current ice conditions. /Submitted photo

A view of the lake at KD Park showing current ice conditions. /Submitted photo

The annual Kenosha County 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Derby has been cancelled due to poor ice conditions.

The derby was to take place Saturday.

Here is the full announcement from the county Department of Public Works and Development Services:

Due to unseasonably high temperatures and limited ice accumulations, the Kenosha County Parks is canceling its annual 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Derby. The ice fishing derby was scheduled to occur on January 21, 2017 from 7 am – 11 am at KD Park, 8530 352 nd Ave, Burlington, WI 53105. The fishing derby will not be rescheduled for the 2017 winter season. The 4-H Youth Ice Fishing Derby is hosted by the Kenosha County Parks in cooperation with County Executive Jim Kreuser, the Kenosha County University of Wisconsin Extension 4-H and the Pringle Nature Center. This annual event gives children the opportunity to ice fish with experienced adults as well as join in special activities including snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and self-guided hikes through over four miles of trails throughout KD Park. The 4-H is a youth organization that belongs to the members, their families and other interested adults who serve as volunteer leaders. In 4-H, young people share, grow, and learn together from various projects, events, and activities in informal situations under the guidance of their families and other leaders. 4-H is open to all youth from kindergarten through age 19. Kenosha County’s KD Park encompasses 234 acres with a newly developed parkway, parking lots, storm water management features and increased accessibility to its 39-acre lake. To find out more winter events and activities offered by Kenosha County, please visit their website at www.kenoshacounty.org or call 262-857- 1869.

Units responding for crash in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 6:11 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 18000 block of Highway 142 in Paris.

Per dispatch: Extent of injuries unknown; fluid leaking from a vehicle.

Salem approves camp’s revised plans for zipline and bunkhouse; neighbors approve too


The Salem Town Board on Monday recommended approval of a conditional use permit amendment for the expansion of the Camp R. Sol Boy Scout Camp in Wilmot.

The board first considered the request at last week’s regular board meeting but tabled it after opposition to the proposal surfaced from residential neighbors to the west of the camp. Neighbors were concerned about several aspects, including the building of a bunkhouse and a zipline/climbing tower at a location they felt was too close to their properties.

The vote at Monday’s special board meeting was 4-0 with Supervisor Dan Campion absent.

Joseph Behles, an architect representing the camp, said after last Monday’s meeting, the neighbors and camp representatives met and agreed to several changes to the original plan, including:

  • Not expanding a roadway along the west property line, unless requested to do so by emergency services.
  • Not constructing the gravel parking area previously shown near the camp entry.
  • Moving the climbing wall/zip line an additional 125′ east of where it was originally shown, and limit activities to between 8 a.m. and dusk. Only one zip line is to be installed, and that no lights or sound systems will be installed.
  • A bunkhouse/camper cabin will be built approximately 16 feet farther east, so that it is 100 feet east of the west property line.
  • Installation of some landscape buffer planting.
  • Moving a campfire spot further east.

Neighbor Brian Lolmaugh after Monday’s meeting confirmed that the neighbors were satisfied with the changes.

The matter now moves to Kenosha County for approval there.

Garage sales page updated

garage-saleNo really, there’s a garage sale this week!

West of the I’s garage sales page has been updated. A new entry has been posted.

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.

A word from our sponsors: Hartnell Chevrolet seeking Sales Associate

hartnell-logoHartnell Chevrolet is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Hartnell Chevrolet in Salem Wisconsin is looking for a Sales Associate with drive and determination. If you are looking to start or advance your career in sales, here’s the opportunity you’ve been looking for. Hartnell Chevrolet has been serving the area since 1919. Our longevity in this highly competitive field is directly related to the efforts of our talented team of professionals, and we are looking for more great people to join our team. We offer an outstanding pay plan and the best working hours in the industry plus all the BENEFITS including health, 401K. Automotive sales experience is a plus but not necessary.

As a Sales Associate, you’ll be responsible for sales activities, create and maintain excellent relationships with our customers, conduct business in a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods, such as email, Facebook, telephone, in-person appointments, superior communication and customer service skills, excellent follow-through skills, understanding of manufacturer’s specifications, maintaining a positive, can-do attitude, instrumental in helping this division increase overall dealership sales, valid driver’s license. We are drug free.

If you are this candidate then send resume to mmisurelli@hartnellchevrolet. com

 

Winter weather advisory re-issued

The National Weather Service has re-issued a winter weather advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Western Kenosha County.

The advisory is in effect until 6 a.m.

Rain is expected to continue overnight and colder than air temperatures on road surfaces may lead to icing, which may lead to hazardous travel conditions. Tonight’s forecast calls for a low of 34 degrees.

The latest, local forecast also calls for fog before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday’s high is forecast for 38 degrees.

Deaths Jan. 16, 2017: Arlene M. “Arlo” Gerloff

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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:

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Units investigating smoke in Twin Lakes

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:40 p.m., Twin Lakes Fire Department units are responding to a report of smoke coming from a home in the 500 block of Oakwood Trail in Twin Lakes.

Per dispatch: A caller reports smoke coming from the lower portion of the home.

Units responding for water call on Powers Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 11 a.m., Randall Fire Department, Twin Lakes Rescue and county dive team members are responding to the 40600 block of 91st Street in Powers Lake for a water all.

Per dispatch: Caller reports a possible need for a rescue on the lake.

UPDATE 11:03 a.m. — Dispatch reports that original caller located binoculars and now believes a sled with fishing gear is what went into the lake. Randall fire command says one unit will continue to verify, but other responding units are released.

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

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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!





Units responding for crash in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:13 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways B and AH in Salem.

Per dispatch: Vehicle may be rolled over.

UPDATE 7:16 a.m. — Deputy on scene says two people reporting injuries.

School closings for Jan. 16, 2017

Local school districts are announcing closings for Monday due to hazardous travel conditions.

As of 5:50 a.m. closings have been announced for:

  • Central High School.
  • Salem Grade School.
  • Brighton School.
  • Wheatland Center School.
  • Randall School.
  • Riverview School.

UPDATE 5:53 a.m.

  • Bristol School.
  • Paris School.
  • Trevor-Wilmot School.
  • Wilmot Union High School.
  • Lakewood School.

Winter weather advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Western Kenosha County.

The advisory will be in effect until noon.

Mixed precipitation of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected. Temperatures will be warming through the day and precipitation may eventual become just rain this afternoon.

The rain is expected to continue into Monday night and perhaps even early Tuesday morning.

Monday’s high temperature is forecast for 35.

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