A word from our sponsors: Cicchini Asphalt celebrating 35 years of being your full service asphalt contractor

Celebrating-35-Years-trans-webNote: Cicchini Asphalt is westoftheicom sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

If you are looking to have some paving work done this year, Cicchini Asphalt  is your full-service residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal asphalt paving and maintenance contractor.

Serving Kenosha and Racine counties for more than 30 years, Cicchini Asphalt has been synonymous with quality and durability.  Their years of experience in the Wisconsin area have given them the knowledge and understanding of the unique climate conditions.  These climate conditions are an important consideration when repairing, maintaining, or reconstructing an existing asphalt pavement or installing new bituminous asphalt pavement.

At Cicchini Asphalt, they understand that no two projects are alike and that every single project, whether big or small, requires thorough attention to detail.  As a potential customer, you can take comfort in the fact that Cicchini is fully insured, bonded, prequalified and experienced in providing asphalt services to local residents, businesses, cities, towns and school districts.  Cicchini believes that it is important that you know that they take pride in their work.  It is their goal to deliver the best product in Kenosha and Racine and to satisfy every single customer that they deal with, whether they are residential, commercial, industrial or municipal.

Cicchini’s management staff has over 70 years of combined experience in the paving industry.  The majority of their employees in the field have been with the company for more than 10 years.  It is this experience, knowledge, and stability within Cicchini Asphalt  that allows them to run efficiently to better serve their customers.  Cicchini’s in-house engineer has the ability to completely design and engineer a project to meet and exceed any of your needs.

Contact Cicchini Asphalt at 262-654-1929 or click here for an estimate.

A word from our sponsors: Looking to get involved with the community? Try Paddock Lake Area Lions Club

lion-logo-colorNote: Paddock Lake Area Lions Club is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Looking for a way to get involved in your community? Consider the Paddock Lake Area Lions Club.

The Paddock Lake Area Lions commitment to the community is made possible because of the efforts of many individual and corporate donors, volunteers and partnerships with those in our area. The club is a non-profit organization meeting challenges by simply responding: WE SERVE.

In hospitals and senior centers, in areas battered by natural disaster, in schools and eyeglass recycling centers, Lions are doing community volunteer work, helping, leading, planning and supporting. WE SERVE by assisting those in need with the cost of eye exams, eyeglasses, school supplies, etc. The club’s community projects include assisting Special Olympics with their fundraisers, supporting Lakeland Little League’s equipment purchases and Westosha Community Center spring clean up. Because the club is local, it can serve the unique needs of the community we live in.

New club members are important and the club seeks individuals willing to volunteer their time and efforts to benefit the entire community. The Paddock Lake Area Lions Club meets the third Tuesday of each month, at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Silver Lake, (or at another area restaurant).

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Lions, please feel free to contact:

  • Cindy Taylor, Treasurer (262) 914-4241
  • Mike Taylor, President (262) 914-4242
  • Ken Burns, Vice President (262) 492-6737

Missing pets: Black dog

A big black dog was picked up after a man and his son found him in the middle of the intersection Highway 75 and Highway K along the Salem/Brighton border. Dog picked up about 9 p.m. on May 24.

Call Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department for more information 262-605-5100.

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.

Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast 2016 at Crane Farm on June 18

dairy-beakfast-signThe 2016 Kenosha County Dairy Breakfast will take place on June 18 at Crane Dairy LLC, 29320 31st St., in Brighton.

This annual event includes: A big farm breakfast, milking demonstrations, a Wisconsin products tent, old-fashioned children’s games and more. The event takes place from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The breakfast will include scrambled eggs with ham and cheese, pancakes, fresh bread and butter, yogurt, muffin, milk, juice, and ice cream. There is no cost to tour the farm. The breakfast price is $6 adults, children 6 and under are free.

All parking (general, handicap, motorcycle and bicycle) will be at the farm, but in the event of severe rain the week of the event, cars will park at and people shuttle from the Kenosha County Center (Highways 50 & 45), Westosha Central High School and Brighton Grade School.

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser is organizing the DairyAir Dairy Breakfast bike ride to the dairy breakfast. More information on that event is available here.

Deal of the Day: Home Again $25 gift card half off

ad-home-again-camp-lake-address-webHave 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 Home Again, 9524 Camp Lake Road, Salem. In Home Again, chef/owner Emily Schubkegel is striving to offer a restaurant that is elegant but still has a family friendly feel. “You can feel comfortable, but it still has some classy elements,” Schubkegel said of Home Again. She calls the food “elegant home cooking.” Everything is made from scratch. The menu offers appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and soups and salads. Home Again is open every day but Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Phone is 262-857-8200 and you can visit them on the web at: www.homeagainrestaurant.com Today’s offer is for a $25 gift certificate which you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). Certificate must be used for eat 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. Click the button to get your Deal of the Day!





Units responding for crash along Twin Lakes-Randall border

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 10:39 a.m., Twin Lakes Fire and Rescue and Randall Fire Department units are responding to a report of a crash in the 35300 block of Highway HM, along the Randall-Twin Lakes border.

Jazz Central concert tonight at Central HS

Photo by Colin Jaccino via stok.xchng

Photo by Colin Jaccino via stok.xchng

The final Central High School concert of the school year will take place tonight, Wednesday, May 25, at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium. Jazz Central will be performing several popular swing tunes that the audience will be familiar with such as Pennsylvania 6-5000, Jumpin’ East of Java, and Freddie Freeloader. Each Jazz Central member will have a featured solo throughout the evening’s performances. The Saxophone Quartet, made up of Delaney Coomans, Ndolo Nkabyo, Graham Andrews, and Kyle Vivian will also be performing their State Solo & Ensemble piece. Graham Andrews and Ndolo Nkabyo will also perform their State Solo & Ensemble duet. The performance run time is approximately 45 minutes. Admission is free and the public is welcome to join the event.

Randall Olympics 2016 opening ceremony coverage (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

randall-olympics-2016-1The ninth Randall School Olympics opened Tuesday with a ceremony at the school much like the real Olympics.

The Randall Olympics are being held to coincide with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The opening ceremony featured a parade of nations, with each grade representing a country, a torch lighting, the Olympic oath and other elements familiar to anyone who has watched the Olympics on TV. There were several musical performances by school band and choir groups. Thee also was a presentation about Brazil, the host of this summer’s Olympic Games.

The Randall Olympics are organized by the Physical Education Department with help from the art and music departments and all academic teachers. The Parent/Teacher Committee purchases participation medals for all participants and parent volunteers will help run the events.

The athletic events will begin on Wednesday and continue through June 1 . Classes will compete as homerooms in the events, in hopes of earning a gold, silver or bronze certificate. Award presentations will follow the conclusion of competition at each grade level.

Physical education teacher Mike Perry concluded Tuesday’s ceremony by saying he hoped for good weather, but if weather is inclement events will continue inside in modified form.

Here is video of some highlights of the opening ceremony:

Here are some more photos from the opening ceremony:
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Units responding for crash in Camp Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:04 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of a crash in the 26700 block of Highway SA in Camp Lake.

Per dispatch: Reported by a passerby; believed to be a single vehicle involved.

UPDATE: Judge upholds placement of sex offender in Wheatland

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Allan Torhorst has upheld the placement of a sex offender under the supervised release program at a Wheatland residence on Highway 50.

The decision was issued this afternoon. A hearing was held this morning in which both sides in the case presented testimony, but Torhorst did not issue an immediate decision.

Wheatland’s prosecuting attorney Todd Terry said he expects the town to pursue an appeal.

The case relates to the state’s proposed placement of Michael McGee of Racine County in a Wheatland house in the 32200 block of Highway 50 starting May 20. McGee is part of the state Department of Health Services Supervised Release program. The state had not been able to find a residence for McGee in Racine County and was ordered by a Racine County judge to look in Kenosha County. The state contacted the landlord of the Highway 50 home because they had used it for sex offenders before and found it was available. But local government and law enforcement officials mobilized to block the placement, in part because a one year old lives next door to the subject property.

In his decision Tuesday, Torhorst orders the placement take place at the home in the 32200 block of Highway 50 within 10 days.

Torhorst said he did not find merit in any of Kenosha County’s arguments presented Tuesday, including that the court was not previously made aware by the state of the presence of a 1-year-old child next door. From the decision:

The Court concludes that such information, in this case, is not required. McGee does not fall within that class of persons in which his placement by the Department of Health Services requires the Court to be informed of children in the prohibited zone. This position of opposition was also the position of the Racine County District Attorney in opposing the release plan. The Court concludes that since such information is not required by the statute and upon the testimony at the hearing the Court concludes the plan is in conformity with the statute both prior to and after the enactment of 2015 Act 156.”

Torhorst’s decision is available here.

Here is some coverage of Tuesday’s hearing from Earlene Frederick, who was reporting for westofthei.com:
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Units responding to crash on I-94

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:09 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue and Newport Fire Department units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 10400 block of the northbound lanes of I-94.

Per dispatch: Pickup truck is rolled over.

UPDATE 4:14 p.m. — Two injuries being reported. Two ambulances requested.

Hearing held but decision to wait on placement of sex offender in Wheatland

No decision immediately followed a hearing held Tuesday in Racine regarding the placement of a child sex offender in a Wheatland house.

Judge Allan Torhorst heard arguments Tuesday morning from Kenosha County, Sheriff David Beth, a Sheriff’s Department detective, a neighbor of the house who has a 1-year-old child and the Kenosha County victim witness coordinator as well as a representative of the state Department of Health Services Supervised Release program.

Torhorst said he would inform both sides of his decision.

The case relates to the state’s proposed placement of Michael McGee of Racine County in a Wheatland house in the 32200 block of Highway 50 starting May 20. McGee is part of the state Department of Health Services Supervised Release program. The state had not been able to find a residence for McGee in Racine County and was ordered by a Racine County judge to look in Kenosha County. The state contacted the landlord of the Highway 50 home because they had used it for sex offenders before and found it was available.

But local government and law enforcement officials mobilized to block the placement, in part because a one year old lives next door to the subject property.

Note: We expect to have more coverage of this story later, either added here are in a new post. Check back! — DH

OPINION: Help keep the “silent invader” under control in Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth

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Note: The following post was submitted by the Twin Lakes Aquatic Plants Committee. — DH

Lake Mary and Lake Elizabeth have a silent invader, an invasive plant which, if not kept under control, will form a dense mat across our lakes.

Aquatic plants are our friends, as long as they are in moderation. They are visually pleasing and environmentally desirable. Their presence is natural and normal in our lakes, and in fact they are an important link in a lake’s life system. However, in large quantities, plants can interfere with recreational uses and may be a serious problem. Eurasian watermilfoil is an invasive plant which grows much faster than our native plants.

In addition, Eurasian watermilfoil dominates the re-growth community. Plants in our lakes are nourished by phosphorus and nitrogen that originate in the watershed (the hills around our lakes) and are washed into the lake. To prevent excessive growth of aquatic plants, phosphorus has been banned in fertilizers on our watershed. Nitrogen in fertilizer encourages the growth of plants, and “greens up” our lawns. But when it washes into our lakes, it feeds the plants in the lake. So be judicious about the use of fertilizer!!

Why care about Eurasian watermilfoil? Invasive plants threaten our lakes, which are precious resources that underwrite the economy of our community. So, the Twin Lakes Aquatic Plants Committee arranged for our lakes to be treated with herbicide to control the growth of invasive plants. Before treatment, notice went out to property owners in the community. The Lake District obtains a permit from the DNR to treat invasive species. It is not intended to harm native aquatic plants.

In addition to using fertilizer sparingly, check your boat when you launch it as it may be carrying undesirable hitchhikers: invasive plants!

Rita Meier

Twin Lakes Aquatic Plants Committee

A word from our sponsors: Catholic parishes seek building maintenance person

at-alphonsus-help-wanted-artNote: St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus parishes have advertised this position with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus parishes are looking for a maintenance person.This person will work with the director of administrative services to insure that all building operations are running properly and correctly. Prior experience in this area is desired. Candidate needs to be efficient, self-motivated and reliable. Applicant must have experience in basic plumbing, electrical HVAC and computer applications. Applicant must be open to work related physical. Hours are part-time with a range of 10-15 hours per week; hours may vary with season. Please call Pat Vos at 262-537-4370 ext. 237 with questions. Application deadline is May 24, 2016

Units responding for alarm in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:11 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of an supervisory alarm in the 12500 block of 280th Avenue in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Alarm company reports a hallway smoke alarm was triggered.

UPDATE 7:15 p.m. — Dispatch has spoken to person on the scene who says alarm was triggered by burnt food. One engine to continue to respond. All other units returning to quarters.

Paddock Lake turns down donation of old schoolhouse

brass-ball-schoolThe Paddock Lake Village Board has turned down an offer to donate to the village an old schoolhouse building at Brass Ball Corners (Highway 50 and Highways 83/75).

The board decided the estimated $172,000 cost of relocating the schoolhouse (known as Brass Ball School), buying property on which it would sit and other related costs was too steep, despite the historical preservation aspect, said village administrator Tim Popanda.

In 2009, village resident Conio Lehnert, owner of Brass Ball Fruit Stand and the adjacent Salem School District No.3 School house offered to the village by donation the cira 1860 wood frame school building, Popanda explained. Lehnert proposed that when he sold his property he would offer the village a first right of refusal, if the perspective buyer revealed that the school house would be removed  or demolished. On May 4, village staff were informed that an offer to purchase has been submitted, and that the buyer wishes to honor the informal agreement between the village and  Lehnert. The unnamed buyer requested that the village enter into an agreement that would guarantee removal of the structure within 12 months. The agreement would also require the village to remove the structure’s foundation and restore the site to a dust free condition.

Popanda said the plan had been to move the building to the southeast corner of the the Highway 50 and Highway 83 intersection. That property houses a historical marker about Brass Ball Corners and is owned by the state Department of Transportation. The village would have to buy the property from the state to make the move.

The building would not likely be eligible for any kind of historical preservation grants because it has been renovated into a residence, Popanda said. The building also needs substantial repairs to be habitable.

Though the board rejected the donation of the whole building due to the cost, Popanda said he is hoping to arrange an opportunity to salvage some parts of the building that could be interesting for historical display.

A word from our sponsors: The Diettrich Farm offers unique summer riding camp program and more

Camp7-diettrich-2016Note: The Diettrich Farm is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH.

The Diettrich Farm, an equine growth and learning center, offers a unique summer riding camp program for children of all ages and experience levels. The week long camp offers lasting benefits. Campers develop confidence, enhance their self-esteem, learn to trust their intuition, develop horsemanship skills, and spend time out enjoying nature. Each day, campers work on their riding and horse care skills. Aside from the grooming and riding, they learn bathing, first aid, barn management, and all the fun activities of life on a farm! Days are packed with lots of horse related games, activities, and guest speakers! Parents are encouraged to join their campers on the last day to enjoy a fun, noncompetitive show to display what they’ve learned throughout the week.

The activity at the Diettrich Farm doesn’t end when the summer does! Lynn Diettrich, founder, has been offering year round boarding, clinics, and lessons since 1987. Horses receive roomy 10 by 10 stalls, daily turnout, and attentive care. There is a spacious indoor arena, or if you prefer the trails, the Diettrich Farm is conveniently located next to the south trail entrance of Bong State Park. Whether you’re a first time rider or have been riding your whole life, the Diettrich Farm has something to offer everyone! To find more information on boarding, lessons, contact information, or to check out summer camp dates, find The Diettrich Farm  on Facebook or check out their website: www.thediettrichfarm.com.

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Central HS Choir concert tonight

music notes-sxc-Robert Proksa_optThe Central High School Concert Choir and Choraliers will perform tonight, Monday, May 23, under the direction of Rob Clark, with accompanist Jennifer Scheele. Guest percussionists will be Zach Smith and Maggie Hillock.

The choral groups will perform an eclectic array of music from spirituals, including “Ride the Chariot,” to contemporary pieces. The program will close with a medley from the Broadway hit, “The Phantom of the Opera.”

The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium at Central High School located at 24617 75th St., Paddock Lake. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items that will be donated to The Sharing Center in Trevor.

Temps in the 70s, low 80s this week; thunderstorms possible

hot-thermometer-istockWestern Kenosha County should see a noticeable warm up this week, with high temperatures in the 70s and even low 80s, says the National Weather Service forecast.

Frost warnings and such should be a memory as even nighttime lows should be no cooler than the upper 50s.

There is, however, a good chance of stormy weather at times during this week. There’s a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday, a 70 percent chance Wednesday, a 50 percent chance Thursday night, a 60 percent chance Friday and a 50 percent chance Friday night.

A word from our sponsors: Catholic parishes seek building maintenance person

at-alphonsus-help-wanted-artNote: St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus parishes have advertised this position with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus parishes are looking for a maintenance person.This person will work with the director of administrative services to insure that all building operations are running properly and correctly. Prior experience in this area is desired. Candidate needs to be efficient, self-motivated and reliable. Applicant must have experience in basic plumbing, electrical HVAC and computer applications. Applicant must be open to work related physical. Hours are part-time with a range of 10-15 hours per week; hours may vary with season. Please call Pat Vos at 262-537-4370 ext. 237 with questions. Application deadline is May 24, 2016

Silver Lake and Paddock Lake approve new Community Library Board arrangement

bookshelf-mf-jppi_optSilver Lake and Paddock Lake have approved a new joint operating agreement for the Community Library that will realign how Library Board members are distributed among the five member municipalities.

Both approvals came at the municipalities’ respective village board meetings Wednesday. Twin Lakes also approved the agreement Monday.

Under the new agreement, there will be a 10-member governing board with Salem having four reps, Twin Lakes having two reps and then one each for Paddock Lake, Silver Lake and Randall. There will also be one rep appointed to represent the local school districts.

The board currently has two board members from each municipality and one representing Wilmot and Central high schools.

Most members of the joint library had sought to keep the two members per municipality arrangement for the library board, despite that it appeared to violate current state statutes that required members be apportioned by population of the member municipalities. The desire to keep the two members per municipality arrangement — in place since the library’s founding in 1980 — was so strong that most of the members agreed to create a side agreement that would have Salem effectively give some of its board appointments to other municipalities to restore the two per municipality governing board.

But Paddock Lake officials objected to the side agreement because they felt it conflicted with state statutes and they sought a formal opinion from the state Department of Public Instruction. In March, Paddock Lake officials received that opinion, which said the side agreement was non-compliant.

The state Department of Public Instruction, which oversees libraries, had threatened to cut off some funding to the Community Library if the board did not come into compliance with the state statute.

“We don’t want the funding cut off for the library so we have to acquiesce,” Silver Lake village President Bruce Nopenz said.

The Salem and Randall town boards are yet to vote on the agreement.

Brighton School Honor Roll third quarter 2015-16

Note: This post is sponsored by Gagliardi Law, LLP. — DH

The following students were named to the Brighton School honor roll for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year:

Principals Honor Roll

Eighth grade — Frank R. Bain, Kenna M. Beth, Kayla N. Daniels, Anastasia M. Doyle-Bruce, Tyme Eppers, Charles J. Feeney, Elizabeth E. Gorka, Isabelle A. Keen, Heidi A. Ludwig, Hannah M. Moat, Keith A. Myers, Hannah E. Nelson, Alyssa Rasch, Daniel Seward, Adam Seybert, Ryan K. Spafford, Paige Wysiatko.

Seventh grade — Max Calzada, Abigail Conrad, Hannah E. Coots, Noah Dufek, Megan M. Fliess, Megan M. Lejcar, Alyssa M. Meyer, Sydney R. Nys, Daniel P. Patten, Jacob R. Seward, Mckenna F. Smith, Alexandra Wolf.

Sixth grade — Evan D. Beth, Kelsey B. Duhig, Simone Felber, Juliana R. Golla, Rebecca L. Springer, Carlie R. Vorpagel.

Fifth grade — Austin Dawson, Vivian M. Dufek, Clare Fallon, Emma R. Gold, Katelyn Griffey, Delaney Koltanowski, Nathan T. Nelson, Utopia Pasika, Olivia K. Rasch, Aidan Runyan, Caleb C. Smith, Lucas Sullivan, Seth D. Taylor, Cordelia Wallace.

Honor roll

Eighth grade — Trinity M. Pflueger.

Seventh grade — Emmarie N. Eppers, Antonina L. Miller, Ross Rudich, Matthew Smith, Chloe Uhlenhake.

Sixth grade —  Jessica E. Boyd, Ean A. Daniels, Phineas A. Doyle-Bruce, Reece M. Haney, Trinity Koltanowski, Jacob E. Kreuscher, Holly A. Ludwig, Raven H. Schiavo, Samantha Taylor.

Fifth grade — Brayden H. Coots,  Richard J. Davy, Gabriell Eppers, Frederick B. Goetz, Rabeka Liberto.

A-B honor roll

Eighth grade — Devin Felber, Caden L. Ryshkus,.

Seventh grade — Ashland D. Boero, Donald F. Brand, Hunter Schwertfeger, Lili P. Welker, Lexie L. Wisnefski.

Sixth grade — Owen D. Andersen, Morgan T. Buchberger.

Fifth grade — Mikayla Amick, Nevaeh Hutchins, Tanner D. Obregon, Tristan J. Peyron, Elizabeth J. Wisnefski.

Note: This post is sponsored by Gagliardi Law, LLP. — DH

A word from our sponsors: May 22, 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):

20900 60th St, Bristol

314 N Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

208 S Cogswell Dr, Silver Lake

6347 373rd Ave, Burlington

2614 200th Ave, Union Grove

5436 373rd Ct, Burlington

16805 93rd St, Bristol

21800 121st St, Bristol

Units responding for burning in Bristol

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 8:51 p.m., Bristol Fire and Reacue units are responding to a report of burning in the 20200 block of 82nd Street in Bristol.

Units responding for crash in Powers Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 7:20 p.m., Twin Lakes Rescue and Town of Wheatland Fire Department units are responding to a the 39600 block of Bloomfield Road in Powers Lake.

Per dispatch: Response is for a down motorcyclist.

Wheatland Center School Color Blast Run/Walk 2016 coverage (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

wcs-color-run-2016-8The Wheatland Center School Color Blast 2016 took place Saturday at the school.

The event featured a course that used the fitness trail on the school property. Runners/walkers were periodically blasted with color powder at stations throughout the course. At the finish line, there was water and other refreshments. A Boy Scout troop also was selling brats and related items.

The event, organized by the school’s PTO, drew over 200 registered participants. Proceeds from the event will benefit WCS athletics.

Here is video of some of the participants at the start:

Here are some more photos:

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Volunteers plant flowers in planters along Main Street in Twin Lakes

tl-downtown-planting-2016-2A group of volunteers took advantage of nice planting weather Thursday to make downtown Twin Lakes a little more green — and many other colors found in flowers.

The volunteers planted pots along Main Street. Employees from Keller Williams were on site volunteering as part of their “Red Day”- a day devoted to volunteering in the community. Another partner in the project, Allied Plastics, also sent employees to assist in the planting.

Twin Lakes resident Karla Lennon approached the village earlier this year wishing to head an initiative to put flowering plants along Main Street in the downtown area. The idea took off and gained much support from community members and businesses including Creative Edge Landscapes, Allied Plastics, Keller Williams, Vozel Landscaping, and the village.

Creative Edge Landscapes donated all of the flowers for the pots. Allied Plastics donated 40 bags of planting soil while the village donated available top soil to fill the planters. Vozel Landscaping has agreed to water and maintain the plants throughout the year.  Twin Lakes Charity (a branch of the Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association) has been involved to accept tax-deductible donations. The village, contributions from miscellaneous donors and a $1,000 donation from an anonymous donor purchased the planters for the downtown project.

The May 19 planting included filling nine 34” by 17” planters, five 20” by 10” planters, and two re-purposed decorative garbage cans made into planters by Public Works.

The Main Street Flowers group hopes to purchase more planters as more donations roll in or in future years to help develop the program.

Twin Lakes Subway supplied free sandwiches to the volunteers working on May 19.

“This has truly been a group effort,” says village administrator Jennifer Frederick. “It has been great to see so many local businesses and residents getting involved to help beautify our downtown. We hope this is only the beginning.”

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A word from our sponsors: May 21, 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):

8816 226th Ct, Salem

Deaths May 20, 2016: Herbert George Holst Sr.

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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