A word from our sponsors: Fortier Jewelers Gold Buying Event and Spring Sale April 23-25

ad-fortier-jewlers-3-2015-revised-webNote: Fortier Jewelers is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Fortier Jewelers is having a Gold Buying Event and Spring Sale April 23-25th.

During that time, Fortier Jewelers will pay cash for your jewelry!

Fortier Jewelers buys 10k, 14k, 18k, Platinum, Dental Gold, Sterling Silver, Sterling Flatware sets, broken jewelry and unwanted jewelry. They also buy silver coins (dimes, quarters, halfs and dollars 1964 and before).

Fortier Jewelers will also have 50% off any in stock merchandise those 3 days. That means that all jewelry, watches, pearls, add-a-pearls, rings, pendants, earrings, diamond engagement sets and gifts are all 50% off retail price! Does not include: job repairs, custom jobs, loose diamonds, loose gemstones or items already discounted.

Karyn van Heijningen is first recipient of Connie Reyes Award for Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

County Executive Jim Kreuser last week gave the first Connie Reyes Award for Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention to Karyn van Heijningen of Community Impact Programs.

Kreuser thanked all of those who work to prevent child abuse and neglect and proclaimed April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in Kenosha County. The theme for the month-long commemoration is “Keeping kids safe and families strong.”

“The things you do, hear and see are very difficult, but, as a result of your work, lives are saved, families are strengthened and our community is better,” Kreuser said at an event honoring those who work in the area of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention.

The event focused on honoring Connie Reyes, a Kenosha County social worker, who was murdered in her home on April 12, 1990 as revenge for placing a child in foster care.

Kreuser said Reyes was killed simply for doing her job, protecting children.

“We will not forget the positive impact Connie Reyes had on the lives of children and families in Kenosha County, her work to build community partnerships and to improve the safety net for families in need,” Kreuser said.

Kreuser said van Heijningen was selected from among the qualified nominees for her work coordinating the Coordinated Response to Abuse and Neglect Program (CoRE), which brings together all the various community partners to address abuse and neglect, and for leading the Turn the Town Blue awareness campaign for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.

The Connie Reyes Award for Excellence in Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention will be awarded annually. The recipients’ names will be listed on a plaque on display at the Kenosha County Human Services Building, 8600 Sheridan Road.

To report child abuse/neglect, please contact the Kenosha County Access Office at 262-605-6582.

Units responding for burning in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 12:49 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and a sheriff’s deputy are responding to a report of burning in the 7900 block of Shorewood Drive in Salem.

Per dispatch: Caller reporting that someone is burning furniture cushions.

Christ Lutheran Church Annual Rummage Sale is April 24; donations being accepted now

Christ Lutheran Church Annual Rummage Sale will take place April 24.

Everyone is welcome.

You can donate items Sunday afternoon April 19 through Thursday, April 23. Rummage Sale is Friday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale will be at the church at 224929 75th Street (Highway 50), Paddock Lake.

Everyone is welcome.

A word from our sponsors: April 19, 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):

24510 84TH ST, SALEM

11105 233RD AVE, SALEM

3300 200TH AVE, PARIS

16006 60TH ST, PARIS


19612 81ST #ST, BRISTOL


UPDATE: Rain expected later this afternoon

rain-boots-sxc-Puffin-Smuffin-webThe National Weather Service forecast is now calling for rain on Sunday a little later than what was forecast yesterday.

Rain is now likely after possible after 1 p.m., likely after 4 p.m. and pretty darn sure about 6 p.m., says NWS hourly weather data.

Units responding to down power lines in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 4:03 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue and Silver Lake Rescue units are responding to a report of down wire in the 8400 block of Fox River Road in Salem.

Per dispatch: Wires were brought down by someone driving a tractor trailer through a yard. Wires are resting on the metal trailer.

Rain Sunday and maybe Monday; cooler after that

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

Graphic by Agata Urbaniak

I hope you had the chance to enjoy the sunny and warm weather of Friday and Saturday because there is a change in the forecast for the coming week.

There’s a 90 percent chance of rain Sunday and Sunday night followed by a 50 percent chance of more rain Monday. There’s a lesser chance of more rain Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Meanwhile those high temperatures in the 60s (and even in the 70s last Friday) from last week will be gone this week. High are expected in the 50s all week, with some lows at night flirty with freezing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

Riverview PTO and Multicultural Night Committee thanks sponsors

Riverview PTO and Multicultural Night Committee would like to thank the following businesses for their food and prize donations:

Action Territory, Apple Holler, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Brat Stop, Breezy Hill, Bristol Oaks, Cabana Tan, Colony House, Foley’s Detailing, Gino’s East (Lake Geneva), Hartnell Chevy, Mary Kay (Rhonda Jenkins), Milwaukee Admirals, Noodles & Company, Panda Express (Kenosha), Papa Saverio’s (Richmond), Pizza Joint (Antioch – Girardi’s), Popeye’s (Lake Geneva), River Valley Kitchens, Sand Bar and Island Grill (Twin Lakes), Salon Salon, Schenning Insurance, 75th St. Inn, Shedd Aquarium, Sprecher’s (Lake Geneva), Wilmot Stage Stop, Tastefully Simple (Lori Horvath), Taste of Italy (Silver Lake), Texas Roadhouse (Kenosha), Twin Lake Country Club, Wild Roots, Wilmot Union High School, Woodman’s, Scully’s (Silver Lake). and Zak’s Raks.

The committee would also like to thank the parents and staff who made donations and helped to make this a successful event once again for the school.

A word from our sponsors: April 18, 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):

24510 84TH ST, SALEM



Powerful Tools for Caregivers series set for May in Bristol

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a 6-week educational series designed to provide caregivers with the tools they need to take care of themselves. This program helps family caregivers reduce stress, improve self-confidence, communicate feelings better, balance their lives, increase their ability to make tough decisions and locate helpful resources. Classes will be held at the Westosha Community Center, 19200 93rd Street (Highway C), Bristol, from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, every Thursday from May 7 to June 11. A suggested donation of $10 is asked to help cover the cost of materials.

For more information or, to request a registration form contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center: 262-605-6646 or 1-800-472-8008. Class size is limited and registration is required by Monday, May 4.

A word from our sponsors: Hill Country Market wine tasting to feature dessert special

breezy-hill-wine-and-chocolate-web-artYou won’t want to miss this month’s wine tasting at Hill Country Market on Thursday, April 23.

This month, the focus will be on your sweet tooth. Participants will sample wines that are perfect for accompanying dessert and enjoy unique dessert appetizers. Grab some friends and enjoy a relaxing evening out at the market. Event is $15/person. You’ll also receive a $5 off coupon for use in the market for the evening.

Please pre-register so they can be sure to have plenty of sweets and a wine glass ready for you when you arrive. Call 262-537-4867 to register today.

Units responding for crash in Salem

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 9:40 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a crash in the 8400 block of Highway 83 in Salem.

Per dispatch: Crash involves a car and a motorcycle.

UPDATE 9:42 p.m. — Additional Salem units being dispatched to set up a landing zone for Flight for Life medical transport helicopter.

UPDATE 9:46 p.m. — Flight for Life estimated time of arrival 18 minutes.

UPDATE 10:12 p.m. — Helicopter has landed.

Deaths April 17, 2015: Elizabeth Rose “Elsie” Lukasik, Lillie J Patterson

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: Continue reading →

Units responding to burning in Paddock Lake

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At 7:51 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units are responding to a report of burning in the 7700 block of 243rd Avenue in Paddock Lake.

Kenosha County Fair Association 11th Annual Consignment Auction is Sunday

The Kenosha County Fair Association 11th Annual Consignment Auction will be held Sunday, April 19, at 10 a.m. at the Kenosha County Fairgrounds.

Items for sale include: Tractors, Farm equipment; Lawn & Garden; Shop & Garage items; Trees- Scotch and white pine, Blue Spruce, and some apple trees; windows, doors, and building material; and collector farm toys, antiques and collectibles.

Terms: Cash or check. Lunch by the Kenosha County Fair Ladies. Presented by The Bill Stade Auction Co. www.stadeauction.com.

The fairgrounds are located 4 miles south of Highway 50 on Highway W or 10 miles west of I-94 on Highway C to Wilmot, then north to the Fairgrounds, or 4 miles north of Illinois Highway 173 on Wilmot Road.

Taylor Naef named to Augustana College Dean’s List for 2014-15 winter term

Augustana College announced 856 students were named to the Dean’s List for the 2014-2015 winter term. Students who have earned this academic honor have maintained a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher on a four-point scale for courses taken during the term.

Taylor Naef from Bristol, was among the students named to the winter term Dean’s List. Naef is a junior majoring in Biology.

Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. The college is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Current students and alumni include 155 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 13 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world’s most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meeting Monday

An Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will be meeting at the Westosha Senior Center Monday, April 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The Westosha Senior Center is located at 19200 93rd St Bristol.

A word from our sponsors: Birchwood Transportation seeking OTR/local company drivers

birchwood-transporation-drivers-3-2015-no-number-webNote: Birchwood Transportation is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Birchwood Transportation is seeking seeking OTR/local company drivers.

NEW PAY PACKAGE !! You Can Start @ .40 cents/mile local and regional company drivers.

If you have:

  • 3 years Verifiable Experience.
  • Good Driving Record.
  • Good Work History.
  • Good PSP Report.

We have:

  • Competitive Wages.
  • Great Benefits Package.
  • Late Model Tractors.
  • Bonus Program and 401K

If either of these positions sounds like a match for you Call Scott at 866-424-5644 Ext 1457 or apply in person at BIRCHWOOD TRANSPORT INC 3111 152nd Ave Kenosha WI 53144

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.

In last meeting as Silver Lake president, Gerber calls for police contracting referendum

silver-lake-VHAt her last meeting as Silver Lake village president, Sue Gerber Wednesday attempted to slate a referendum on whether the village should eliminate its own police department and contract with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department for police protection.

Gerber made a motion to hold the referendum after reading a statement regarding Tuesday night’s public hearing on the sheriff’s department proposal.

In her statement, Gerber said the issue of dissolving the police department was too important to be dealt with just by the Village Board.

“I do not feel it is fair to this community for police officers to decide their own fate. Nor do I feel feel this board should make a decision about police coverage in this community,” Gerber said. “I don’t even feel it should be up to the new board. This situation come up once before and it was brought to a referendum for the people to decide.”

But during discussion of the motion, objections were raised by some trustees.

Trustee Patrick Dunn contended it was improper for the board to hold a referendum on a decision about a contract.

Trustee Michael Decker, who did not run for re-election and also was at his last meeting, protested that the board should make the decision and not defer to a referendum.

“We have a seven-person board to make these decisions,” Decker said. “We’re elected, we’re paid to make these decisions.”

Decker went on to allege that some people on the board who were not re-elected — presumably including Gerber —  were now reversing their position on contracting with the sheriff’s department.

“I understand that certain people on the board that go voted off kind of want to make a statement contradictory to where they were at two months ago,” Decker said.

Eventually the audience got involved in the discussion and Gerber eventually withdrew her motion on the referendum.

Here is video of about 12 minutes of the back and forth that continued for about 30 minutes (Technical difficulties mean the video and audio are out of sync. Sorry about that. — DH):

Deaths April 16, 2015: Raymond E. Wilson

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: Continue reading →

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!

Trevor-Wilmot School Honor Roll second trimester 2014-15

Note: This post was sponsored by Salon Sage. — DH

The following students were named to the Trevor-Wilmot School honor roll for the second trimester, 2014-15 school year:

8th Grade

Michael Baum, Zachary Bennett, Brianna R. Burns, Ty A. Cole, Analie Conforti, Taylor Eidson, Caitlyn Feltner, Kyle J. Grzyb, Drew Hebior, Emily Lemar, Jacquelyn Mendez, Lucas Mendoza, Maisy D. Merkel, Jenna R. Merlock, Hailey Middleton, Kennedy M. Muff, Cole M. Mulcahy, Olivia Pachol, Jordan L. Paulsen, Carissa C. Pittman, Miranda Preuss, Micaela F. Ross, Michael Sandman, Luke Shurtleff, Leif-Erik E. Triller, Hunter J. Vetterkind, Jessica R. Zeitler, Madison G. Zerr.

7th Grade

Brynn O. Amundson, Jordan C. Backe, Kyle A. Breunig, Carter B. Byfield, Molly S. Cannon, Matigan G. Champine, Tallon H. Cole, Emily R. Conigliaro, Aidan E. Cooke, Skylar R. Critzer, Taylor R. DeBello, Erma L. Dippold, Hunter C. Flory, Evan M. Gerold, Maxwell S. Hagberg, Julia M. Hansen, Alexandra L. Hoffman, Randy C. Johnivan, Alyssa M. Jouett, Olivia N. Kremer, Benjamin R. Lasch, Karina O. Leber, Julianna V. Marsch, Michael L. Nelson, Caylee M. Pearson, Emma A. Perrine, Curtis M. Peterson, Paige K. Sala, Madeline Smith, Simon Stried, Taylor M. Suterko, Ryan D. Vazquez, Austin J. Videlka, Josephine L. Wellman, Kaleigh A. West.

6th Grade

Danielle A. Aronson, Dominick R. Batassa, Gavin D. Bodven, Amanda J. Bossong, Anastasia M. Brooks, Evelin Cervantes, Tanner S. Cole, Mikayla K. Coxon, Faith L. Elrod, Lydia E. Fielder, Rebekah T. Fowler, Riley J. Hagberg, Gabriel W. Handorf, Erin M. Hansen, Carson E. Hebior, Jenna Heischberg, Mitzi M. Herrell, Gracie D. Hover, Alexis D. Knabel, Raul Lopez Jr., Cayden R. Loveless, Meadow R. Loveless, Conner S. Marshall, Dylan N. Mendoza, Kaitlyn A. Middleton, Kody C. Molitor, Diego R. Pichardo, Camden C. Pittman, Kyleigh M. Pittman, Avery J. Pollard, Stefan M. Rachev Jr., Shannon L. Raditz, Sophia L. Rebellato, Karralinn J. Regnier, Liliana K. Saynay, Zachary J. Schackmuth, Carter M. Schmidt, Ashleigh L. Schwager, Landen W. Sweatman, Gage B. Techmanski, Lucas W. Wagemann, Kyle M. Weidner.

Note: This post was sponsored by Salon Sage. — DH

Tornado warning drill scheduled for today

TornadoOkla-pd-noaa-webA statewide tornado drill is planned for today. Kenosha County is expected to participate.

At 1 pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45 pm a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. Kenosha County warning sirens are expected to be activated. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather, said Kenosha County Emergency Management Director Lt. Gil Benn.

The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drill will be cancelled.

The National Weather Service hourly forecast calls for the slight chance of rain today to have ended by the drill time, but  skies may be overcast.

UPDATE 1:50 p.m. — Sirens sounding for test tornado warning.

A word from our sponsors: Northlake Engineering on pace for a record year – now hiring assemblers and engineers

northlake_building (1)Note: Northlake Engineering is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

Northlake Engineering, Inc. has increased its employee count by over 25 employees since October.  Northlake celebrated the highest month of shipping in company history in March and had a nice celebration for all employees.  Northlake continues to grow and is on pace to set a new record for annual sales.

As a result, Northlake continues adding to its staff of assemblers and are now adding engineering resources as well.  Visit their website for details www.northlake-eng.com. 

Northlake Engineering is a small, family-owned company located in Bristol, WI, specializing in design and production of custom magnetics, power supplies and assemblies. Northlake employs just over 75 people so the  company is large enough to provide opportunities for advancement and small enough that you are not lost in the crowd.  Northlake has an excellent production schedule working  Monday-Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Northlake workers complete 40 hours in a compressed schedule.  Overtime may be available.  Northlake has a state of the art facility and many tasks are done seated at a work bench rather than standing at an assembly line. Northlake offers a competitive wage and benefits package. More information about Northlake Engineering is available here.

Northlake is currently seeking individuals to assemble the company’s products. Duties include: Assembly, winding, soldering, wiring, potting, testing, crimping, laminating, taping, etc.


  • Ability to read and comprehend work instructions in English.
  • Ability to lift and move materials weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Coordination in handling parts and wires.
  • Training in the use of measuring devices and test instruments preferred.
  • Soldering experience preferred.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Specification reading experience preferred.

This is a direct hire position in a drug free work environment. Northlake is an equal opportunity employer: Minorities, Women, Veterans, Disabilities.

Apply online by clicking here.

Apply in person to: Northlake Engineering, 8320 193rd Avenue, Bristol, WI 53104.

Apply via fax: 262-857-6819

Apply via email to: jkurylo@northlake-eng.com


Silver Lake has attorney fees three times greater than budget for year

silver-lake-VHA bill for attorney fees to Silver Lake was withdrawn from the bills to be paid Wednesday night after Trustee Patrick Dunn asked for information about what services were rendered.

The Silver Lake Village Board approved the other bills for payment after the $23,000 attorney bill was withdrawn.

Dunn said the village has accrued over $50,000 in attorney fees since January. The board budgeted $13,000 for attorney fees for all of 2015.

In December, the Village Board hired a new village attorney, Robert W. Mulcahy of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. He replaced long time village attorney Linda Gray of Oleniczak & Gray, LLC.

Dunn said Wednesday that when Mulcahy was hired Dunn was assured that attorney services would fit within the budgeted $13,000.

Dunn questioned why the bills from Michael Best & Friedrich LLP are marked personal and confidential and addressed to Gerber.

Gerber said it was the nature of some of the work that required it be kept confidential.

Village Clerk Terry Faber said the plan was to pay parts of the $23,000 attorney fees from the storm sewer fund, the sewer fund and the attorney fee section of the general budget.

Dunn asked for an itemization of the work done by Mulcahy. Gerber began to say what some of the work was for, but Dunn said he wanted the information in writing.

Mulcahy, who is typically at Village Board meetings, was not in attendance Wednesday.

Units responding for crash in Trevor

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

Photo by kconnors via morgueFile.com

At about 2:25 p.m., Town of Salem Fire/Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 26300 block of Highway C in Trevor.

Per dispatch: A single vehicle was reported as leaving the road, entering a field near Trevor-Wilmot School and then rolling over.

UPDATE 2:28 p.m. — Unit on the scene reports single vehicle involved with heavy damage. Driver still inside.

Randall School students move on to district in speech contest

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/Submitted photo

Randall School participated in the 2015 Modern Woodmen’s School Speech Contest. This year’s contest topic was: “An interesting landmark”.

Twenty-seven students at Randall, grades 6-8, competed in this competition during the first round.  Round 2 consisted of 6 finalists: Lauren Christensen, McKinley Boyle, Shane Vacala, Kaldan Kopp, Elli Zerr, and Kimmy Zender.

  • First Place was McKinley Boyle, grade 7.
  • Second Place- Kimmy Zender, grade 6.
  • Third Place- Kaldan Kopp, grade 6.

Boyle and Zender will move on to the district level competition on April 20. The district competition will include five schools participating in the program. The first, second, and third place winners at the district level will be eligible to move on to the state level competition.This year the district speech contest will be hosted and held at Randall School.

A word from our sponsors: New weekly ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry posted at westofthei.com

Note: Marv & Alison’s Sentry is a westofthei.com sponsor. — DH

This week’s ad for Marv & Alison’s Sentry  in Paddock Lake is now available at westofthei.com. Click on the ad to see the full line-up of values for this coming week.

The sale prices in this ad (click here to see ad) are effective from Thursday, April 16  through Wednesday, April 22.

This week’s ad includes no clip coupons. Pick up a paper copy of the weekly ad at the service counter and then have the cashier scan the bar code to get all the big savings you have coming.

This ad also includes 10 for $10 Meat Sale and Berries sales.

Check out this week’s Marv & Alison’s Sentry ad for great values you can get right here in Western Kenosha County.

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