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Units responding for crash in Paris

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:10 p.m., Paris Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 5800 block of Highway 45 in Paris.

Per dispatch: Single vehicle hit a sign and entered the ditch. Sign may be under vehicle. Extent of injuries unknown.

UPDATE 9:40 p.m. — All fire/rescue units clearing the scene and returning to quarters with no patient transport to a hospital.

Deaths June 30, 2015: William J. Neumiller

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Rich Rubietta to lead special musical service at Bristol United Methodist Church July 5

music notes-sxc-Robert Proksa_optUnited Methodist Pastor Rich Rubietta from Park Ridge, Illinois will lead a special Musical service of worship hosted by Bristol United Methodist Church of Bristol, Wisconsin on Sunday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Rubietta is a songwriter and worship consultant who conducts high-energy, interactive worship experiences which include audience participation and upbeat versions of familiar hymns and original material.

A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Music and an Illinois Arts Council ArtsTour artist, Rubietta has been offering new styles to traditional church hymns and songs.

“I’m finding that folks in the church of all ages and all denominations are yearning to sing their faith using music that moves them on a deeper emotional and spiritual level,” he says. “My goal is give everyone freedom to try new things or not, without any pressure. As long as the local musicians and I can facilitate an experience that helps people feel God’s presence, then its mission accomplished!”

Rev. Rubietta has produced the CD called Quiet Places: God’s Music to Restore Your Soul, which is a companion resource to accompany the book. The songs on the CD are meditative, musical arrangements of scriptures, one for each chapter in the book. His CD for Children and the young at heart, Room 4U & Me received Parents’ Choice Approved award and contains Character Education songs from his Public School Music Assemblies.

Rev. Mary Lu Palmer, retired pastor of Bristol and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Churches says, “Having Rich Rubietta here is one of the ways we can open ourselves to fresh ways of worshiping God and also reach out to our community and share a special experience together.”

Silver Lake FD accepts donation of pet oxygen mask

Mary Sue Lux, DVM, and other staff of Westosha Veterinary Hospital place the SIlver Lake Fire Department's new oxygen mask over a dog while SLFD Lt. Allen Dunski observes.

Mary Sue Lux, DVM, and other staff of Westosha Veterinary Hospital place the SIlver Lake Fire Department’s new oxygen mask over a dog while SLFD Lt. Allen Dunski observes.

The Silver Lake Fire Department now has a new tool to help pets that it rescues from burning buildings.

Representatives of the department on Monday accepted a donation of a pet oxygen mask from Invisible Fence Brand and Westosha Veterinary Hospital in Silver Lake.

Steve Burbick of Invisible Fence said the company annually makes such donations in conjunction with local veterinary practices witht eh goal of equiping all fire departmetns with the equipment.

SLFD Lt. Allen Dunski said in the past when the department had a pet rescued from a fire that appeared to be having trouble breathing the best that could be done is getting a mask intended for humans near the pets nose. This new mask will allow the muzzle of a pet to be put right in the mask.

“We think it’s about time we had something like this on the engine,” Dunski said. “Hopefully, it will make a difference with somebody’s pet.”
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Units responding to crash along Salem/Brighton border

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

At about 5:40 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash at Highways B and K along the Salem/Brighton border.

Per dispatch: Two or three vehicles may be invovled. A utility pole and wires are down. A transformer may also have been damaged.

UPDATE 5:41 p.m. — Salem F/R heavy rescue truck and second ambulance dispatched.

UPDATE 5:45 p.m. — Salem F/R command arriving on scene confirms down wires and says reports two vehicles involved. Also requests that Highway B traffic be blocked due to low hanging power lines.

UPDATE 5:57 p.m. — Flatbed tow truck being requested for one vehicle.

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I-94 ramp to Highway 20 set to re-open this week

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation says an exit ramp from I-94 in Racine County, closed since March, should reopen this week.

From a media release:

During the early morning hours of July 3, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is scheduled to reopen the I-94 East (southbound) exit ramp to WIS 20 in Racine County. This ramp is scheduled to be open in time for the Friday morning commute. The new exit ramp will still have adjacent construction activities while the bridge over WIS 20 is being built. Motorists are urged to be patient and anticipate some traffic delays during peak hours. The ramp has been closed since late March for crews to rebuild a portion of the ramp, as part of the WIS 20 Interchange Reconstruction project. More information about the project can be found at: www.plan94.org

Units responding for fire alarm in Paddock Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:48 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to the 24500 block of 67th Street for a fire alarm at a residence.

UPDATE 4:52 p.m. — Per dispatch: Deputies on the scene with residents report that this was an accidental alarm. Most fire units remaining in quarters. One continuing to verify situation.

Genoa City Jays U14 are 2015 Chain of Lakes Baseball League champs

/Submitted photo

/Submitted photo

The Genoa City Jays U14 baseball team took first place in the Chain of Lakes Baseball League with a record of 16-3-1 (tie due to rainout that could not be rescheduled).

The team, part of Genoa City Recreation, is made up of players from Lake Geneva, Genoa City, Burlington, Randall, Twin Lakes and Silver Lake. It competes against Illinois teams from Antioch, Grayslake, Johnsburg, Richmond-Burton, Grant and Avon.

Team members are (as pictured above, from left): John Lininger, Michael Rozell, Lance Crawley, Connor Love, Gavin Hoerth, Spencer Giffen, Daniel Porter, Mason Griffen, William Josko, Dylan Griffen, Seth Robinson, Ian Torstenson, Zach Phillips, Gavin Hackney, Nolan Walter, Austin Popenhagen. Kneeling in front: Manager/Coach Mike Rozell

Salem incorporation committee recommends more study

This slide from Monday's presentation shows areas of the current town that the committee felt might not be allowed to incorporate along with the rest of the town.

This slide from Monday’s presentation shows areas of the current town that the committee felt might not be allowed to incorporate along with the rest of the town.

A Salem citizen committee that has been researching incorporation for a little over a year delivered a report on its findings and a recommendation to do a little more study of the issue.

The presentation was made at a special electors meeting Monday evening. Committee Chairman Michael Mike Ullstrup led the audience through an information-packed 83 slide presentation on the committee, its findings and some recommendations for next steps.

“Settle in there’s a lot of information,” Ullstrup told the audience as he began.

The goal, Ullstrup said, was to uncover the unblemished truth about incorporation, a topic he said is fraught with misinformation and “urban legends.”

“Our objective was to find truth,” Ullstrup said.

Why would the town want to incorporate as a city or more likely a village? The most compelling reasons are securing the town’s boundaries and better control over zoning decisions. Land within towns can be incorporated into contiguous village and cities, thereby reducing the tax base of the town. Town zoning decisions are ultimately made at the county level, not locally like with incorporated municipalities.

Ultimately, the group determined that there are three practical methods by which the  town could incorporate:

Traditional incorporation — This is a process involving the state Department of Administration and circuit court. It can be done without any agreement from neighboring municipalities. It is possible — maybe even likely — the state would not approve of the whole town incorporating, creating a situation where part of Salem would be a village and the rest a remnant town. It would require approval through a referendum of town voters in the area to be incorporated. Typically the process takes about two years.

Annexation — This would involve an incorporated municipality annexing the town as a whole. This would require some cooperation between the two municipalities. The whole town could be absorbed into the village (only villages are contiguous to Salem). A referendum would be required in the town, but not in the village. If negotiations between the municipalities went well, it could come together faster than a traditional incorporation.

Boundary agreement — This would involve a formal agreement between the two municipalities to become one. Ullstrup called this the “Wild West” of incorporation methods since basically anything the two municipalities agreed to could in theory be included in the agreement. Like annexation, it in theory could take less time than traditional incorporation and could bring the whole town along into the new municipality.

If Salem incorporated, perhaps the largest added ongoing cost would be full-time police protection. Villages and cities over 5,000 population are required to provide full-time police protection. Salem’s population is about 12,000. The committee determined the easiest way to do that would likely be to contract for dedicated coverage by the Sheriff’s Department, which would cost about $400,000 a year, Ullstrup said.

While a boundary agreement is in place with Paddock Lake through 2027, Ullstrup said the committee assessed the future threat of annexation from Paddock Lake as high after that. The committee had felt the threat of annexation from Silver Lake was low, the committee later ungraded that to medium when encouraging annexations became a campaign issue in the April Silver Lake municipal elections. Bristol was judged to be a low threat.

The committee offered three recommended steps forward:

1.) Decide if becoming incorporated is desired. Some factors to consider would include: Higher operational costs, but also opportunity for savings; transition costs will be incurred; a village’s borders are secure; a village controls its own planning and zoning and can react more quickly to the needs of residents and businesses; some of the current Town of Salem could be left behind, especially in a traditional incorporation; are there timing opportunities/threats that need to be considered and is the town willing to start spending money and focusing resources on this effort?

2.) Work through the density question. This would help determine if regular incorporation would risk splitting the town. The committee suggested using data from the county to come to a precise answer to this question.

3.) Determine the best method to incorporate.

Town board members were present as audience members, but no timeline for any further discussion or action was set.

Town Chairman Diann Tesar commended the committee for its hard work and bringing clarity to the subject.

“We hope we put to rest some of those urban legends” Ullstrup said.

The study process began with a motion at an electors meeting in April 2014 made by Kyle Christensen. After Monday’s meeting, Christensen said he was “very impressed” with the work of the committee his motion created.

“I initiated it for information,” Christensen said. “It’s all about gathering information.”

The presentation Ullstrup used Monday is available here. More detailed information from the committee is expected to be posted at the town’s website later this week.

Units responding for alarm in Wheatland

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:24 a.m., Town of Wheatland Fire Department and Twin Lakes Rescue units along with sheriff’s deputies are responding to a residence in the 39500 block of Bloomfield Road in Wheatland.

Per dispatch: An upstairs smoke alarm has been activated.

UPDATE 9:25 a.m. — Dispatch reports to Wheatland FD command that alarm company says alarm is false and was triggered by shower steam. Most fire and rescue units returnign to quarters. Some will continue to verify.

Deaths June 29, 2015: Linda Ann Dohse, Marlene Joyce Rothamer

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Central Falcons win youth clay target shooting state championship

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

/United States Marine Corps photo-Public Domain. Via Wikimedia Commons

The Central Falcons, a youth clay target team representing Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake, won their first ever Wisconsin State High Overall Championship on June 27. The High Overall designation means that the Falcons had the highest combined total for the three Wisconsin State Championships in Skeet, Sporting Clays, and Trap.

Critical performances by John Dietz, Ben Schroeder, and Nick Thomey in Skeet; John Dietz, Brandon Sites, and Tyler Perona in Sporting Clays; as well as outstanding trap scores contributed by Matt Perona, John Dietz, Dustin Hucker, Nick Thomey and Nick Leopoldt resulted in the overall win, as well as First Place Varsity finishes in the Skeet and Trap disciplines. Scores from Evan Wisniewski, Dalton Karow, Tyler Perona, and Nathan Miller could also have been used to contribute to the State Trap win without changing the result, however only scores from five athletes are used for scoring purposes.

Standout scores from John Dietz in all three State Championships earned him the High Overall designation in the individual category as well.

This year’s Wisconsin Scholastic Clay Target Program Championships were attended by record numbers of collegiate, high school, middle, and elementary school athletes. The Trap event, held at the Wisconsin Trapshooting Association’s Homegrounds Shooting Park in Rome, Wisconsin, boasted 967 youth participants.

The team is grateful for support from The Conservation Club of Kenosha County (Bristol Ranges) and for the use of their shotgun range which serves as the home field where they practice. The Scholastic Clay Target Program is a nation-wide youth development program that sponsors clay target teams and competitions in all clay target disciplines, including American Trap and Skeet, Sporting Clays, Olympic (Bunker) Trap, International Skeet, and Doubles Trap. Several SCTP athletes attend camps at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs each year where they hope to obtain the skills necessary to compete on the Olympic level.

Deal of the Day: Breezy Hill Nursery $25 gift card half off

breezy-hill-nursery-summer-2015Have 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 offering is from Breezy Hill Nursery, 7530 288th Ave. Breezy Hill Nursery offers a full line of landscaping and gardening supplies. Their retail center offers gifts, decor, garden and landscaping products, delivery services and classes. Breezy Hill’s Garden Center Staff are passionate gardeners who are truly excited by the opportunity to share their knowledge, offer up some advice or show off the exciting signature specimen plant material their garden center is known for.

Today’s offer is for a $25 Breezy Hill Nursery gift card that you can buy for $13.50 ($1 processing fee included). 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!





Delainey Smith signs letter of intent with Alverno College for soccer

Central High School soccer Coach Luis Totera, Delainey Smith and her parents Melinda and William Smith. /Contributed photo

Central High School soccer Coach Luis Totera, Delainey Smith and her parents Melinda and William Smith. /Contributed photo

Central High School senior Delainey Smith has signed a letter of intent with Alverno College in Milwaukee to play soccer.

Smith has played soccer since Kindegarten through various leagues in Kenosha County and in Virginia Beach, VA.

Units responding for crash in Randall

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

At about 8:44 p.m., Randall Fire Department and Silver Lake Rescue Squad units are responding to a report of a crash in the 31600 block of Highway C in Randall.

Per dispatch: Reports are that a single vehicle rolled over, that vehicle may be smoking and the driver still inside.

UPDATE 8:58 p.m. — Twin Lakes Fire Department responding for mutual aid to help with freeing a person from the vehicle.

UPDATE 9:12 p.m. — Twin Lakes Fire Department responding to set up a landing zone for Flight for Life medical transport helicopter.

/Earlene Frederick photo

/Earlene Frederick photo

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/Earlene Frederick photo

 

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Deaths June 28, 2015: Arnold E. Dahl, Nicholas Peter Willkomm

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Units responding to Trevor-Wilmot School for alarm

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5:40 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue unit are responding to a report of a fire alarm at Trevor-Wilmot School.

Units responding to county park for medical call

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 5 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units andsheriff’s deputies are responding to Silver Lake County Park for a medical park.

Per dispatch: Patient is a woman who has fainted at the beach pavilion.

Units responding for bed fire in Wilmot

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:20 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 11900 block of 304th Avenue in Wilmot for a bed on fire.

Per dispatch: The bed is in a bedroom of a residence and flames were seen.

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. — Address is actually 10000 block of 304th Avenue. Silver Lake Fire Department also responding with an engine.

UPDATE 2:34 p.m. — Fire command on the scene reports fire is under control. All units still responding told to stand down.

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!





Incorporation options topic for Salem special electors meeting Monday

town-of-salem-sign-webA special meeting of Salem electors will be held Monday, June 29 starting at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 9814 Antioch Road (Highway 83), Salem.

The agenda includes just one item, a presentation on the findings of the Town of Salem Incorporation Study Committee.

The committee was formed after an initiative at the April 2014 annual meeting. The group was charged with examining all aspects of the town incorporating as a village.

A word from our sponsors: June 27, 2015 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):

22414 31st St., Brighton

11105 233rd Ave, Salem

31120 Burlington Rd, Brighton

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Units responding for burning in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:55 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputies are responding to the 9700 block of 270th Avenue in Salem for a burning complaint.

Per dispatch: Neighbor has reported a bonfire and fireworks at this location.

Deaths June 27, 2015: Leonard Boresch

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The following deaths of local residents and those with local connections are being reported by funeral homes today. Click on name to see obituary/service information: Continue reading →

Mutual aid

Salem engine is responding to Antioch Station 1 at 5:46 pm.

Car fire

Bristol and Pleasant Prairie fire are responding to a fully engulfed vehicle fire in the center lane north bound on I-94 at 4:20 pm.

Brian Hopkin, Riley Meisinger named to Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Dean’s List

Area residents have been named to Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Dean’s List for the spring semester. To be eligible for Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.6 or higher.

Local students include:

  • Brian Hopkins, of Silver Lake, a senior.
  • Riley Meisinger, of Twin Lakes, a freshman.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, residential, Christian liberal arts college located on the border of Milwaukee and Wauwatosa. For more information, visit wlc.edu.

A word from our sponsors: Twin Lakes Libertyfest set for July 3 & 4

libertyfest-2013-8Note: Twin Lakes Chamber and Business Association is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Twin Lakes annual summer celebration, Libertyfest, is set for Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 this year at Lance Park in Twin Lakes.

The for all ages event is organized by the Twin Lakes Area Chamber and Business Association.

Highlight of this year’s event include:

  • Mandy Z & Rural Route 1, Country Music from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 3.
  • Twin Lakes own Megan Ruger from the Voice 8 p.m. to Midnight on July 3.
  • Fireworks at dusk (new night) on July 3.
  • Grand Parade from Legion Park to Lance Park starting at 11 a.m., July 4.
  • Pawfest Dog Contests, 1 to 4 p.m. July 4.
  • Duck races, 4 p.m., July 4.
  • Ari Castronovo, Nashville’s new “It Girl” performs at 7:30 p.m., July 4.
  • Bella Cain will Rock the Night from 9 p.m. to midnight July 4.

There’s much more scheduled. Click here for full details.

Timothy Davis makes Harding University Dean’s List

Twin Lakes resident Timothy Davis, a senior psychology major at Harding University, is among more than 1,200
University students included on the dean’s list for grades achieved during the spring 2015 semester.

The dean’s list is published each semester by Dr. Larry Long, University provost, honoring those who have achieved high scholarship. To be eligible, a student must be carrying 12 or more hours with a 3.65 or higher grade-point average and no incompletes.

Harding is the largest private university in Arkansas with 6,075 students and has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report for the 21st consecutive year as a top 25 school in the South. Harding also maintains campuses in Australia, Chile, England, France, Greece, Italy and Zambia. For more information visit www.harding.edu.

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