A word from our sponsors: Mobil seeking gas station attendants

Note: Rote Oil is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Mobil is seeking applicants for part-time cashiers. Must be reliable and available to work various shifts per week.

More information about the position and an online application available here or apply in person at:

Brass Ball Mobil
25406 75 th St., Salem, WI 53168

Any direct questions please call Becky at 262-843- 2660.

This location is a Mobil Gas Station attached to Burger King.

Summer-like temps expected this week

Summer 2017 is planning on going out with one last heat wave — well a heat wave for mid September anyway.

The latest local National Weather Service forecast for our Western Kenosha County calls for high temperatures in the 80s through Monday. The forecast calls for a high of 86 on Wednesday and a high of 85 on Friday, the first official day of fall.

Rain? Not likely. There’s a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday night and a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday.

Deaths Sept. 18, 2017: John Carl Tossava Jr., Genevieve C. “Cookie” Rudnik, Elizabeth J. “Betsy” Krause

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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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UPDATE: Suspect arrested in hit and run death

A suspect has been arrested in the hit and run crash that killed a Trevor bicyclist Sunday.

A Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department news release identified the suspect as a 39-year-old male, who is in custody. Charges are pending.

Jackie Hutcheson Jr., 29, of Trevor, died at the scene of the crash on Highway JF south of Highway C, the Sheriff’s Department said. He was riding a bicycle northboud when he was struck from behind by a vehicle also traveling northbound. The crash was reported at about 9:45 p.m.

The driver of the car left the scene. Deputies identified the car as dark colored and possibly a Volvo.

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Units responding to crash in Trevor

UPDATE: Man dies in hit and run crash in Trevor

A bicyclist died after being struck by a vehicle on Highway JF south of Highway C in Trevor Sunday night.

Jackie Hutcheson Jr., 29, died at the scene as a result of his injuries, a news release distributed Monday morning from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said.

The vehicle that struck Hutcheson left the seen, the release said. It is believed to be dark colored and possibly a Volvo.

Here is the new release:

On 09-17-17 at 9:45 pm the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue responded for a serious injury crash on Highway JF (260th Avenue), approximately one tenth of a mile south from Highway C (Wilmot Road). Investigation on scene revealed that a 29 year old male identified as Trevor, WI resident Jackie Hutcheson Jr. was riding a bicycle northbound on 260th Avenue when he was struck from behind from a vehicle also traveling northbound. The vehicle left the scene in an unknown direction. The speed limit in this area is 35 mph. The suspect vehicle is believed to be dark colored and possibly a Volvo. Mr. Hutcheson died at the scene due to the injuries he sustained. This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information please call the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department at: 262-605-5100

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Units responding to crash in Trevor

Units responding for crash in Wheatland

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At about 8:45 a.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 32500 block of Highway 50 in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Involved vehicles are off to the side of the westbound lanes.

Still time to enroll in Wheatland Center School community education classes

wheatland-school-community-educationWheatland Center School is offering a variety of community education classes.

There is still time to join a class.

Fees for classes vary.

Check out this brochure for the whole line-up and a registration form.

A word from our sponsors: Catholic parishes seek maintenance person

Note: St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus Parish are advertising this position with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Catholic Parishes of St. John the Evangelist in Twin Lakes and St. Alphonsus Parish in New Munster are looking for a maintenance person.

This position will work with the Business Manager to insure that all building operations are running correctly and properly. Prior experience in this area is desired. Candidate needs to be self-motivated and reliable. Applicant must have experience in basic plumbing, electrical, HVAC and computer applications. Applicant will be required to have a work related physical performed. Hours are part-time with a range of 10-15 hours per week; hours may vary with season.

Please call Pat Vos @ 262-537-4370 ext. 237 with questions . Application deadline is Sept. 25, 2017.

Deaths Sept. 17, 2017: Lois J. Schultz

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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 responding to crash in Trevor

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At about 9:48 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways JF and C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a bicyclist apparently hit by a vehicle, which is no longer on the scene.

UPDATE 9:51 p.m. — Scene is on Highway JF south of  Highway C.

UPDATE 9:57 p.m. — Traffic being shut down by deputies on Highway JF from both directions.

Unity and prayer service to be held Sept. 30 in Bassett

A Service of Unity and Prayer,  sponsored by the Twin Lakes churches, will be held Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Westosha Baptist Church, 35300 Bassett Road, Bassett.

All are welcome to attend this service to affirm unity and pray for the world.

A word from our sponsors: Sept. 17, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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

24504 68th St, Salem

23300 111th St, Trevor

25136 83rd Pl, Salem

19710 83rd St, Bristol

2403 136th Ave, Kenosha

Randall School student council organizes events to benefit school hit by Hurricane Harvey

Randall School Student Council has organized two events to help raise money for Rockport Fulton Schools in Houston devastated by Hurricane Harvey.

Rockport Fulton schools in Aransas County, Texas were devastated by Hurricane Harvey. Rockport and Fulton were ground zero, and its five campuses have catastrophic damage. Buildings are missing, supplies gone. Many students, 65 percent of whom come from economically disadvantaged households, lost their homes. The whole community is working to restore power and help refugees, but for this storm, the damage was so immense that, as the saying goes, “it will take a village.”

The first event will take place on Friday, Sept. 15, a Pay-to-Play day. Students paid $1 to participate in Farmer Day.

Next up on Friday, Septe. 22, Randall will have their first dance. Theme:  Fall Dance. This will be open to students in grades 6-8 who attend Randall, Lakewood, Wheatland, Riverview, Trevor-Wilmot and Brighton schools. Admission is $5, with $1 of that going to this relief fund.

A word from our sponsors: Now is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard

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Fall is the time to visit Hafs Road Orchard.

The orchard store is bursting with fresh apples for eating, cakes, pies, apple sauce, salads and crisps. Please feel free to call (262) 279-3638 to check on quantities of your favorite varieties. Be sure to pick up some fresh apple cider and don’t forget the orchard’s handmade Honeycrisp caramel apples.

The orchard also has a fantastic selection of gourds and pumpkins.

Hafs Road Orchard is open through Thanksgiving. Check here for hours.

Honeycrisp are a delicious healthy holiday gift.

Hafs Road Orchard is conveniently located just 7 miles east of Lake Geneva at W632 Hafs Road Genoa City.

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60 days ago Fox River was at record high; now approaching record low

The Fox River has really seen its ups and downs this year.

Mid July, the Fox River, after a couple days of heavy rain, reached a record crest of 17.47 feet. That beat the previous record  crest by over two feet.

Fast forward to mid-September — a dry, dry September — and the river is approaching making the record low water list.

As of Friday evening, the river stood at 5.83 feet, as measured at the New Munster gauge. The fifth lowest low water mark on record is 5.55 feet. The lowest is 4.72 feet, set in July of 2012.

The upside of all of this I suppose is people still trying to recover from the July flooding certainly don’t appear to be in danger of a relapse any time soon.

A word from our sponsors: Mobil seeking gas station attendants

Note: Rote Oil is a westofthei.com sponsor. This is a paid announcement. — DH

Mobil is seeking applicants for part-time cashiers. Must be reliable and available to work various shifts per week.

More information about the position and an online application available here or apply in person at:

Brass Ball Mobil
25406 75 th St., Salem, WI 53168

Any direct questions please call Becky at 262-843- 2660.

This location is a Mobil Gas Station attached to Burger King.

Salem Lakes adopts new logo

The new Salem Lakes logo adopted by the Village Board.

The new village of Salem Lakes now has a new official logo, though it may seem familiar to town of Salem residents.

The logo, which features trees, a sun, a blue heron and the village’s founding year, was accepted by the Village Board Monday.

Who created the logo was not discussed, but it looks a lot like the old town of Salem logo, only arranged in a horizontal rectangle instead of a circle.

“I like it,” said village President Diann Tesar. “It incorporates the lake view.”

The old town of Salem logo.

The board held some discussion before the vote about how the logo will be used. Village administrator Patrick Casey said initially the logo would start appearing on letterhead and maybe some signs. Eventually it may move to village vehicles and elsewhere the old town logo was used.

Trustee Dan Campion was interested in knowing more details about how the logo might be used, including having the board weigh in on maters such as how the letter head looked.

“How are we going to brand this?” Campion said.

Casey said how the logo would be used beyond letterhead and signs would be the subject of ongoing discussion for the board.

A word from our sponsors: Sept. 16, 2017 open houses from Bear Realty’s Glenda and Butch Dupons

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

24504 68th St, Salem

Units responding for line break in Wheatland

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At about 6:50 a.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units are responding for a report of a gas line break in the 3300 block of Dyer Lake Road in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: Workers were digging and struck a gas line which is now hissing.

Deaths Sept. 15, 2017: Eric Edward Holmstrom

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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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Highway 45 update Sept. 15, 2017: Signs installation completed between Highways WG and C, completed excavation and base aggregate placement, completed sidewalk from 83rd to 86th Street

Note: With the help of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, we will be telling our readers what work took place on the Highway 45 project in the week just past and what is expected to take place in the coming week. After today, the state will begin providing an update every two weeks, instead of weekly. Check back every Sept. 29 for the latest. — DH

What happened this week (Week of Sept. 11) — Began placing and compacting shoulder aggregate from County WG to County C. Began placing topsoil from 83rd to 86th Street. Began trimming base aggregate for concrete pavement from STH 50 to 83rd Street. Continued MSE wall installation between 82nd and 83rd Street. Continued final slope grading from County C, working to the north. Continued final landscape restoration as work progresses. Completed permanent sign installation from County WG to County C. Completed excavation and base aggregate placement for the project. Completed concrete sidewalk from 83rd to 86th Street.

What’s expected to happen next week (Week of Sept. 18) — Begin concrete pavement placement (NB lane) from WIS 50 to 83rd Street. Begin landscape restoration from 83rd to 86th Street. Continue topsoil placement from 83rd to 86th Street. Complete landscape restoration from County WG to County C. Complete MSE wall installation between 82nd and 83rd Street. Complete sign installation from County WG to County C.

String of 80 something degree days in forecast

For the the first time in a while, the latest, local National Weather Service forecast for Western Kenosha County includes a string of high temperatures in the 80s.

Friday’s forecast high is 82, Saturday’s high is forecast for 84 and Sunday’s high is forecast for 80.

There is a bit of a chance of rain on Sunday (30 percent).

Looking further out, after a cooler Monday with a high of 73, the high temperature for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is forecast for 77.

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. 14, 2017: Leslie “Les” D. Halladay, Jack Reinhard Uttech

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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 responding for crash in Trevor

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At about 1:35 p.m., Salem Lakes Fire/Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a crash at Highways 83 and C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: Deputy on scene reports no injuiries, but wants children in a vehicle checked out.

A word from our sponsors: Catholic parishes seek maintenance person

Note: St. John the Evangelist and St. Alphonsus Parish are advertising this position with westofthei.com. This is a paid announcement. — DH

The Catholic Parishes of St. John the Evangelist in Twin Lakes and St. Alphonsus Parish in New Munster are looking for a maintenance person.

This position will work with the Business Manager to insure that all building operations are running correctly and properly. Prior experience in this area is desired. Candidate needs to be self-motivated and reliable. Applicant must have experience in basic plumbing, electrical, HVAC and computer applications. Applicant will be required to have a work related physical performed. Hours are part-time with a range of 10-15 hours per week; hours may vary with season.

Please call Pat Vos @ 262-537-4370 ext. 237 with questions . Application deadline is Sept. 25, 2017.

Twin Runners Snowmobile Club show and swap meet is Sept. 17

Come join the Twin Runners Snowmobile Club as they present a vintage snowmobile show and swap meet on Sunday, Sept. 17. The event will be held at the Club shed, 469 W. Main St. in Twin Lakes.

Many beautifully restored classic machines will be on display starting at noon. Show classes this year will be original and restored pre-1971, 1972-1975, 1976-1985, best of show. New this year are (all years) race, custom, and open. For kids 16 and under Pre-1985 and 1986- present. There will
also be new equipment and accessories shown by area recreation equipment dealers. The swap meet is an ideal place to recycle your used equipment, parts, and to find some bargains. Swap spaces are free.

Another feature of the event is the pig roast. It will be available for $10 per person and includes sides and beverages. Current paid up club members are free.

Tickets for the trail maintenance raffle will also be sold.

The show runs from noon until 5 p.m. Trophies for the show and raffle winners will be announced at 3 p.m.. Swap and show line up will begin at 10 a.m.

For further information, contact Jacob at (262) 206-5559.

Dense fog advisory issued

It’s foggy out there again Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County. The advisory will be in effect until 10 a.m.

Visibility could be reduced to a quarter mile or less. When driving, use your headlights and allow extra following distance.

Deaths Sept. 13, 2017: Gerald H. Jones

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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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Wheatland considering study of Slades Corners drainage solutions

This map, included in the R.A. Smith proposal for a study, shows three possible alternatives (in red) for addressing high water drainage in Slades Corners (click for larger view).

The Wheatland Town Board is considering commissioning a study of engineering solutions to drainage in Slades Corners.

But befoer going ahead with the study, the board will see if it can get some funding to help pay for the cost of the study.

At Monday’s Town Board meeting, town engineer Len Roecker, of R.A. Smith National, addressed a proposal to perform the study. It would examine alternatives for high water drainage relief for the natural depression area west of the intersection of 39200 Avenue and Highway 50 near Slades Corners. Alternatives would be presented with estimated costs.

Residents and business owners in Slades Corners have expressed concern that construction and the expansion of Highway 50 to four lanes has adversely changed drainage there.

“It’s something I think would allow you to understand if the town wants to move forward with something like this,” Roecker said of the study.

Cost for the study is not to exceed $14,300, Roecker’s proposal said.

Town Board members seemed to be in favor of approving the study, but town Chairman Bill Glembocki suggested exploring whether grant funding might be available to help cover the cost of the study. Meeting with Wisconsin Department of Transportation or state legislature representatives was also suggested since the expnasion of Highway 50 may have contributed to the situation.

The board held up formally approving proceeding with the study until funding sources could be explored.

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