Units Responding to Wilmot Raceway

12:35 p.m. – Units are responding to a report of white smoke from a passerby at Wilmot Raceway.

12:37 p.m. – Fire is a controlled burn.

Randall School third trimester honor roll for 2015-2016


Note: This post sponsored by Bassett Auto Repair. — DH

The following students were named to the Randall School third trimester honor roll for the 2015-2016 school year:

7th Grade

Straight A’s: Madison Brockway, Madeline Hershelman, Carly Rohn, Sydney Youra, Elliana Zerr.

High Honors: Ana Bishop, Jessah Bollinger, Dylan Collins, Emma Franklin, Arianna Karow, Korik Klein, Kaldan Kopp, Jelena Koprowski, Celeste Leedle, Jacob Loose, Lauren Maki, Gavin Mortensen, Zachary O’Brien, Kaitlyn Pahl, Brooke Sattersten, Trevor Spencer, Kiley Wharton, Kimberly Zender.

Honorable Mention: Taylor Albrecht, Jack Awe, Josephine Beinecke, Hannah Clark, Mason Diedrich, Benson duChemin, Leo Falletti, Evan Feltner, Jack Fuller, Antonio Guerrero, Ryan Herreid, Jacob Heuer, Kailyn Kiraly, Benjamin Meinken, Hailie Morton, Sophia Parisi, Gavin Pelky, Tyler Richards, Kenneth Riley, Wyatt Schwarz, Isabelle Stypla, Madison Toro, Zachary Vacala, Madison Vavrina, Mary Weber, Alicia White, Tyler Wilkerson, Tyler Wilson.

8th Grade

Straight A’s: McKinley Boyle, Jordan Roszko, Claire Vozel.

High Honors: Quinn Adamek, Kenna Britton, William Brown, Michelle Edmonds, Rachel Fraley, Dylan Griffin, Mason Griffin, Alfred Hodges, Faith Hoogewind, James (Will) Josko, Brianna Jung, Bryce Kerkman, Kenzi Ketterhagen, Mitchell Kocken, Kaitlin Kovacek, Elijah Lee, Connor Luoma, Caleb Massarelli, Erin Meinken, Abby Morgan, Maija Pearson, Eric Piispanen, Jason Rullman, Cameron Schrader, Dawson Schumacher, Ryan Stalker, Abigail Suiter, Thomas Trocke, Shane Vacala, Sara Walther.

Honorable Mention: David Amburgey, Barbara Bonogofsky, Braeden Cowart, Matthew Folos, Andrew Kovnat, Faith Krich, Morgan McDonough, Curtis Mener, Teresse Nunez, Ryan Regnier, Kaleb Toney, Zackary Watson, Sarah Weber, Keenan Wiley, Blake Zager.


Note: This post sponsored by Bassett Auto Repair. — DH

A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Libertyfest is July 1-3; carnival rides return

libertyfest-2014-parade-24Note: Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Twin Lakes Libertyfest 2016 is July 1-3 this year.

The annual festival, organized by the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association includes music, food, a parade, fireworks and fun.

This year also marks the return of carnival rides to Lance Park for the fest.

Here is a day by day schedule:

Friday

  • Open 5 pm-midnight.
  • Carnival Rides, Games, Food & Beer Tents open.
  • 5-7 pm Nora Collins (country music).
  • 8-midnight Pat Watters Band (country music).

Saturday

  • 11:00 am Parade ( Legion Park to Lance Park).
  • Open 11:30 am-midnight.
  • Carnival Rides, Games, Food & Beer Tents open.
  • 2-4:30 pm Twin Lakes Idol Contest.
  • 5-7 pm Kyle Young (jazz/pop/rock).
  • 7:30 pm Aquanuts Water Ski Show.
  • 8 pm-midnight Random Maxx.
  • Fireworks at Dusk (Random Maxx will break for the fireworks).

Sunday

  • “Family Fun Day” Attractions.
  • Open 11:30 am-8 pm.
  • Carnival Rides, Games, Food & Beer Tents open.
  • Noon 3rd Annual Duck Races.
  • 1-3 pm Bill’s Little Big Band (Swing music).
  • 4-8 pm The Affects (50’s & 60’s music).
  • Bingo Schedule TBD.

Units responding for investigation in Silver Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:33 a.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to the 100 block of West Lake Street, Silver Lake for an investigation.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting possible hot spots from an earlier fire.

Cooler weather ahead

hot-thermometer-istockTemperatures are heading for a bit of a dip over the remainder of this week, says the latest local National Weather Service forecast.

While high temperatures have been flirting with 90 of late, they will be firmly in the 70s starting Tuesday, where the high is expected to top out at 71. Highs the rest of the week are expected to be 77 on Wednesday, 80 on Thursday (OK, one exception, but just barely), 74 on Friday, 77 on Saturday and 79 on Sunday.

Lows should be in the 50s for that whole stretch.

The most significant chance of rain is a 50 percent chance of a thunderstorm Thursday night.

Well, at least you can give that air conditioner a rest.

Salem School honor roll fourth quarter 2015-16

This post was sponsored by Paddock Lake Pet Services

The following students were named to the Salem School fourth quarter 2015-16 honor roll:

Eighth grade

High honors — Gianna Aiello, Kathryn Boyd, Ashlee Calkins, Lorenzo del Aguila, Garrett Edmonds, Gianna Giorno, Colton Hauser, Megann Holst, Myles Kazumura, Kevin Keating, Hannah Kline, Abigail Luellen, Julie Lynch, Paul Lynch, Sophia Lynch, Connor MacLeod, Marlena Moore, Jaden Morris, Aaliyah Novitovic, Kayla Oswalt, Addison Parish, Rebekka Pelli, Sarah Pohjola, Naomi Racas, Mia Rogers, Carissa Rudd, Zoe Shanaver, Hannah Veium, Ronald Verhaalen, Joseph Wade, Morgan Williams.

Honors — Heaven Anderson, Alexis Arnold, Grace Bendix, Kylie Brannon, Riley Burbach, Gavin Carlson, Victoria Kraemer, Nathaniel Nucci, Paige Patton, Lindsi Patyk, Kyle Pflug, Katie Piccone, Brett Schmadebeck, Holly Strauss, Alexis Tennyson, Brenda Torales-Macedo, Sara Turk, Claudia VanAken, Brian Vedder, Jenna Connolly, Otto Gross, Katherine Hackeloer, Madison Heck, Maigann Hulsman, Hailie Kane.

Seventh grade

High honors — Jillian Adams, Courtnee Bader, Laura Beinecke, Teegan DeHamer, Jordan Farnsworth, Sean Fookes, Katelyn Hannah, Shannon Hughes, Jessie Jahneke, Layni Kennell, Maya Klementzos, Aydan Kovachik, Grace Krueger, Madison Lopatka, Anna MacIntyre, Anthony Mack, Joshua McConnell, Madilynn Mitacek,  Kyle Mitchell, Riese Mosback, Madeline Nulph, Jeremiah Perrault, Mackenzie Ruth, Julisa Sand, Jonathan Steinbach, Adam Strauss, Ashton Sumwalt, Shawna Vermilyer, Emily Wermeling, Caden Wyatt.

Honors — Logan Aiello, Carolann Bradley, Nolan Bruni, Sofia Bryan, Michelle Frahm, Kylie Gapko, Allison Gerrits, Joshua Greenwood, Lauren Haak, Nicholas Hassett, Corey Hinze, Nicholas Kanabay, Jennifer Kelly, Jena Leopoldt, Tyler Moats, Marissa Morin, Rebecca Olson, Saralynn Parker, Rebecca Pauletti, Madison Sheen, Noelle Sheen, Maggie Skinner, Olivia Sperling, Abigayle Stichauf, Joseph Sullivan, Aynslie Tullis, Ryan Ultsch, Roberto Velasquez, Hannah Volbrecht, Corwin Wheeler-Rowe, Nathan Williams, Carlie Winslow.

Sixth grade

High honors — Chloe Alcalde, Hayley Anderson, Isabella Avila, Connor Barribeau, Bradley Bell, Cody Bykowski, Makayla Cooper, Carlee Diggs, Glen Dittmer, Kialis Ealey, Joel Engberg, Kyle Ferris, Veda Gibbs, Isaac Grosskurth, Doreen Grubb, Evie Hinze, Alexis Hora, Lilly Hudon, Sophia Hull, Tristin Jantz, Aryna Karnila, Zachary Kazumura, Keegan Kearby, Margaret Kimpler, Brooke Lindom, Julia Luellen, Emily Ramirez, Jake Roberts, Evan Rosenick, Trinay Rudd, Connor Schmidt, Joseph Sevilla, Sabrina Shoulders, Derek Sieberth, Tucker Siminak, Gurkash Toor, Dakota Veium, Steven Verhaalen, Ava Viirre, Benjamin Wade, Autumn Wright

Honors — Molly Ahrens, Michael Ash, Alexander Bierman, Carson Burbach, Connor Carlson, Ashlynn Day, Alejandro del Aguila, Erin Esteb, Jaxon Faust, Rebecca Gray, Kylee Grosch, Jaden Kelley, Lauren Landry, Steven Lidbloom, Gianni Mack, Zoe Moran, Simon Neblich, Beckham Perez, Mateo Quiroz, Wyatt Rehberg, Emma Roberts, Tristen Rudd, Carter Schuler, Riley Spencer, Drew Stueber, Tyler Tennis, Nykia Umphyres, Cody Venard, Hailey Warren, Cooper Wyatt.

This post was sponsored by Paddock Lake Pet Services

A word from our sponsors: 2016 Paddock Lake bike parade is July 2; cash prizes for best decorated bikes

The decorated bikes await judging.

Note: The village of Paddock Lake is advertising this event with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The annual Paddock Lake bike parade will take place July 2.

Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate with a bike decorated for the holiday. Parade line-up will take place at 9:30 a.m. at McAlonan Park, 248th Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets. The parade will start at 10 a.m. The route will proceed north on 248th Avenue to 61st Street, then east to 236th Avenue, then south to Village Hall.

This year’s prizes for decorated best decorated bikes will be $325 for first, $325 for second and $325 for third prize and $25 for best costume. Decorated bike prizes are for participants younger than 18. Costume contest is open to all ages. Prize money was donated by Salem Township Rescue Assoc., c/o Tom and Pat Flowers.

After the parade, there will be hot dogs, chips, lemonade and prizes for parade participants.

2016 Wheatland Fire Department Festival parade coverage (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

wheatland-fd-parade-2016-19The Town of Wheatland Fire Department Festival parade took place down Geneva Road through New Munster on Sunday afternoon.

The parade featured area emergency services vehicles, entries from local businesses and a lot of classic cars. The parade started at the west end of New Munster and ended up at the festival site.

Here is some video of the emergency vehicles with siren blaring, including units from Town of Wheatland Fire Department, Wheatland Constable Bob Santelli, town Chairman Bill Glembocki, Twin Lakes Police Department, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Randall Fire Department:

Here are some more photos from the parade:
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A word from our sponsors: June 26, 2016 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):

2614 200th Ave, Union Grove

6309 328th Ave, Salem

24204 64th St, Salem

1-2 pm  10816 269th AVE, Trevor WI  53179 (Lake view and access)

10-11 am  21800 121st ST, Salem TS, Bristol WI 53104

11:30-12:30   16805 93rd ST (Bristol), Glenda

11- NOON 325 W. Depot St, Silver Lake WI  Butch

NOON-1  pm   208 S. Cogswell DR, Silver Lake WI  Butch

Deaths June 25, 2016: David Smaniotto

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:

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2016 Miss Wheatland crowned

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Miss Wheatland 2015 Brooke Bierdrzycki, crowned her successor, Alexandra Paleka. This helped kickoff the three day Wheatland Fireman’s Festival at New Munster Park. She received a $500 scholarship and other prizes.

Alexandra is 17, and graduated from Catholic Central High School. She was involved in National Honor Society, Key Club, forensics and newspaper. This Fall she will attend St. Norbert College, majoring in communication and media studies.

Silver Lake Music at the Park is June 26

music notes-sxc-Robert Proksa_optThe first Silver Lake 2016 Music at the Park will take place Sunday, June 26 at Schmalfeldt Park, 498 E. Wisconsin Ave., Silver Lake.

Jubal’s Call will perform from 4 to 6 p.m.

Attendees should bring their own chairs.

Units responding for crash in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 3:42 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash at Highways 45 and 50 in Bristol.

Per dispatch: Two vehicles involved. Traffic blocked.

A word from our sponsors: 2016 Paddock Lake bike parade is July 2; cash prizes for best decorated bikes

The decorated bikes await judging.

Note: The village of Paddock Lake is advertising this event with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The annual Paddock Lake bike parade will take place July 2.

Residents of all ages are encouraged to participate with a bike decorated for the holiday. Parade line-up will take place at 9:30 a.m. at McAlonan Park, 248th Avenue between 72nd and 73rd Streets. The parade will start at 10 a.m. The route will proceed north on 248th Avenue to 61st Street, then east to 236th Avenue, then south to Village Hall.

This year’s prizes for decorated best decorated bikes will be $325 for first, $325 for second and $325 for third prize and $25 for best costume. Decorated bike prizes are for participants younger than 18. Costume contest is open to all ages. Prize money was donated by Salem Township Rescue Assoc., c/o Tom and Pat Flowers.

After the parade, there will be hot dogs, chips, lemonade and prizes for parade participants.

Happening now: DNR hosting Outdoor Day June 25

A Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Day will take place Saturday, June 25 at Burlington Conservation Club from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring your family and join the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Burlington Conservation Club to help promote the safe and wise use of natural resources.

Children and adults will be able to come out and participate in:

  • Archery.
  • Air Rifle.
  • Trap Shooting.
  • Treestand Safety.
  • Trapping.
  • Fishing.
  • Camping.
  • Backpacking.

Bring your questions for the warden and rangers.

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.

Units responding for crash in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 10:24 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of a crash in the 28400 block of Silver Lake Road in Salem.

Per dispatch: Single motorcyclist down.

UPDATE 10:47 p.m. — Deputy requests tow for motorcycle.

Deaths June 24, 2016: George I. Boyd, David W. Fogarty, Ruth Warwick

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:

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Bango visits Falcon Hoops Basketball Camp

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Falcon Hoops Basketball Camp was held this week at Central high School. The camp is for all girls and boys entering 2nd through 8th grade. Bango, mascot of the Milwaukee Bucks, came for a visit on the last day of camp. He posed for pictures with the kids and watched them perform some of their skills. About 90 kids attended camp this year.
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A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Libertyfest is July 1-3; carnival rides return

libertyfest-2014-parade-24Note: Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Twin Lakes Libertyfest 2016 is July 1-3 this year.

The annual festival, organized by the Twin Lakes Area Chamber & Business Association includes music, food, a parade, fireworks and fun.

This year also marks the return of carnival rides to Lance Park for the fest.

Here is a day by day schedule:

Friday

  • Open 5 pm-midnight.
  • Carnival Rides, Games, Food & Beer Tents open.
  • 5-7 pm Nora Collins (country music).
  • 8-midnight Pat Watters Band (country music).

Saturday

  • 11:00 am Parade ( Legion Park to Lance Park).
  • Open 11:30 am-midnight.
  • Carnival Rides, Games, Food & Beer Tents open.
  • 2-4:30 pm Twin Lakes Idol Contest.
  • 5-7 pm Kyle Young (jazz/pop/rock).
  • 7:30 pm Aquanuts Water Ski Show.
  • 8 pm-midnight Random Maxx.
  • Fireworks at Dusk (Random Maxx will break for the fireworks).

Sunday

  • “Family Fun Day” Attractions.
  • Open 11:30 am-8 pm.
  • Carnival Rides, Games, Food & Beer Tents open.
  • Noon 3rd Annual Duck Races.
  • 1-3 pm Bill’s Little Big Band (Swing music).
  • 4-8 pm The Affects (50’s & 60’s music).
  • Bingo Schedule TBD.

Deal of the Day: Glazed Bakery $10 gift card half off

glazed-ad-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!

Our offering today is from Glazed Bakery on 24123 75th Street, Paddock Lake. Glazed specializes in cakes for all occasions. There’s a coffee bar and delicious pastries, bread, cookies, donuts and breads on sale every day. Indoor and outdoor seating. Hours are 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. The offered gift certificate is for $10 towards baked goods which we are selling for $5.75 (includes 75 cent processing). 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 June 23, 2016: Brenda Gertrude Rozman

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:

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Megan (Kerkman) LeQuesne to among UW-Whitewater athletics 52nd Hall of Fame Class

Megan (Kerkman) LeQuesne, Central High School graduate, will be among the the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater department of intercollegiate athletics 52nd Hall of Fame Class.

The other former student-athletes are: Jeremy Burks ’01, Stuart Elzy ‘01, Melinda (Erickson) Hoffman ’02, , Kara (Krumenauer) Meissen ’01, Allison (Erickson) Tenhagen ’02, Steve Tenhagen ‘02 and Ryan Zelhofer ’04 will be inducted. Other honorees include LaMont Weaver under the category of athletic department personnel and Richard and Roni Telfer, who will receive the Distinguished Service Award.

LeQuesne, Calss of ’02, was a four-year, first team All-WIAC honoree for the UW-Whitewater softball team from 1998-2001. The 2001 WIAC Player of the Year also garnered All-Region accolades four times, including three years on the first team. LeQuesne helped lead the Warhawks to the 1999 WIAC regular season and tournament championships and to a trio of appearances in the NCAA Tournament regional (1998, 1999, 2000). She was a two-time selection to the NCAA Tournament All-Great Lakes Regional Team (1999, 2000) and a two-time team Most Valuable Player and team captain. LeQuesne’s name appears in numerous places in the program’s career record book. She ranks second in runs scored (159), tied for second in triples (14), third in stolen bases (47), tied for third in at-bats (544), fourth in hits (214), sixth inbatting average (.393), sixth in doubles (35) and 10th in runs batted in (100). LeQuesne was a two-year member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll. She graduated with a bachelor’s in finance.

All 11 individuals will be recognized for their contributions to Warhawk athletics as part of the UW-Whitewater football team’s game against Morningside (Iowa) on Saturday, Sept. 24. Inductees will be honored at halftime and at the annual Hall of Fame banquet following the game.

2016 Silver Lake Boat Parade set for July 4

From the 2014 parade. /Contributed photo

From the 2014 parade. /Contributed photo

The 2015 Fourth of July Silver Lake Boat Parade will take place July 4 starting at 1 p.m. on the water of Silver Lake.

Participants can dress up their body and boat and join the fun. Boats meet on the lake in front of Silver Lake Marina. There will be a lead boat. The parade is once around the lake. Prizes are handed out aftewards.

Prizes are awarded for most patriotic boat and Best Disney Characters Celebrating the Fourth.

Just because you don’t have a boat doesn’t mean you can’t participate. There will be a prize for the most patriotic pier.

If you would like your boat or pier considered for judging or have questions, please email Pauline at sl4ofjulybp@gmail.com. You will be assigned a number and sent instructions. Or look up the event here on Facebook.

All are invited to participate. So grab your boat, your kayak, your PWC, your dingy, strap on a flag on join in the fun. The parade goes on rain or shine (thunder and lightning no so much). Please secure your decorations so they do not end up in the lake.

Randall School supports four veterans for honor flights

randall-vets-rainbow-2016Randall Consolidated School was able to donate $1,857, with an additional $250, as a matching donation to come soon, to the Wisconsin Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

The Randall Student Council, the group organizing this project, set their goal early in the fall of 2015 to send two veterans to Washington DC. However the support was overwhelming. Fundraising began with a “Pay-to-Play” hat day. Students are normally not allowed to wear hats. On this special day, students and staff could donate $1 and wear a hat all day!  The day raised $317.00. The next “Pay-to-Play” was, “Somewhere over the rainbow, dreams come true! Help us make the dreams of our veterans come true.” Every grade level got an assigned color. This event raised an additional $510.00.

Nearing their goal, the Student Council talked to administration and asked if they could have a special fundraiser just involving the teachers. At Randall, teachers are only allowed to wear blue jeans on Fridays or for Wildcat Wednesdays, which happens once a month. The council asked if it might be able to sell certificates to teachers that would allow them to wear jeans on another day. With permission, the council sold certificates for $5 each. Each certificate gave the teacher permission to wear jeans for one day. They simply wore the certificate sticker (purchased for $5) that said they donated to the Honor Flight. The teachers loved this idea and purchased enough certificates to equal $780.00. Lastly, Ron Rozell, an Air Force veteran, and parent of Randall students Ty and Cody made a personal donation, with a matching donation from We Energies Foundation to arrive soon. This donation and the matching funds from his employer were added to the collection.

In all, the year-long project will make it possible to send four veterans to Washington DC in an upcoming flight.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization that transports veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials.

Units responding for investigation in Wheatland

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:38 p.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding for an investigation in the 7800 block of Highway KD.

Per dispatch: Caller has reported what may be a field fire.

Units responding for fire along Bristol-Paris border

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:12 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue, Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a fire in the 13900 block of 60th Street (Highway K) along the Paris-Bristol border.

Per dispatch: Fire is in a pole barn housing equipment. People there trying to remove some equipment. A nearby barn houses animals.

Deal of the Day: Leslie’s Kayak and Paddle Board Rental $50 gift card half off

leslie's-rental-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 offer is from Leslie’s Kayak & Paddle Board Rental, 3101 E. Lakeshore Drive in Twin Lakes (next to Sand Bar and Island Grill). You can rent kayaks and paddle boards to explore beautiful Lake Elizabeth from Leslie DiCarlo. Call (630) 664-2971 ahead of time so Leslie can make sure the right equipment is available to accommodate your group. If you are an angler, Leslie also now has fishing boats available for rental. Our offer today is for a $50 gift card, which you can buy for $26 ($1 processing fee included). That’s enough to cover a half day of kayak or paddle board rental. 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 below to get your Deal of the Day!





DNR biologist: No evidence of cougar found

This photo of a mountain lion or cougar is in the public domain.

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A search of the area in Western Kenosha County where some residents believe they saw a cougar Tuesday turned up no evidence a big cat was there, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman said Wednesday.

DNR personnel found tracks in the area from a number of animals such as coyotes, deer and other small mammals, but no cougars, said Marty Johnson, DNR wildlife biologist.

“What we found was no evidence of a cougar,” Johnson said. “As far as the department is concerned, there was no cougar there.”

The DNR relies on hard evidence such as tracks or a photo before determining that a cougar has been in a given area, Johnson said.

Johnson has said in the past that cougars are sometimes mistaken for other animals such bobcats or coyotes. Cougars are not considered resident animals of Wisconsin, but are occasionally seen here.

Reports from several residents, along with what appeared to be some attacked chickens, triggered a search for a cougar in Western Kenosha County, Tuesday.

An automated emergency call about cougar sightings was put out by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday to phone numbers in a three-mile radius from the 35500 block of  52nd Street in Wheatland. That location is where some chickens appeared to have been attacked by a predator in recent days.

Tuesday, several residents reported seeing the animal, believed to have been moving in a southeast direction from that approximate location, which prompted the call, a sheriff’s department spokesman said.

Johnson said the coop where the chickens were attacked was examined by DNR personnel. The coop has an open top and could have been entered by a number of types of animals, such as raccoons. The property owner is setting up trail cams on that property that might provided some photographic evidence of what is there.

Chickens would be unusual prey for cougars, who typically would hunt deer, Johnson said.

The DNR has received some additional reports of local cougar sightings Wednesday, Johnson said.

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Wheatland Fire Dept. annual festival is June 24-26

wheatland-fd-name-webThe 48th Annual Town of Wheatland Fire Department Festival will take place June 24-26 at New Munster Park.

This event includes food, fun and refreshment for all.

Here is the lineup of activities for the weekend:

  • Friday, June 24 — 95 WIL Rock 5:01 Club starts off at 5 p.m. Softball games start at 6 p.m. Miss Wheatland Contest is at 7 p.m. Identity Crisis will play 7:30-11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 25 — Softball games start at 10 a.m. Baggo tournaments start at 11 a.m. Kids Are People Too performs at 1 p.m. Bella Cain wil play 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 26 — Softball games start at 10 a.m. Kids parade at 1 p.m.

$15 wrist band each day includes kids meal and bouncys all day Saturday and Sunday.

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